On his fact-finding mission to the country in late 2017, he found internal overdependence on oil, poor governance and corruption had hit the Venezuelan economy hard, but said “economic warfare” practised by the US, EU and Canada are significant factors in the economic crisis.
In the report, Mr de Zayas recommended, among other actions, that the International Criminal Court investigate economic sanctions against Venezuela as possible crimes against humanity under Article 7 of the Rome Statute.
The US sanctions are illegal under international law because they were not endorsed by the UN Security Council, Mr de Zayas, an expert on international law and a former senior lawyer with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said.
The article is fantastic for telling both sides with some decent level of detail that's always missing from the neocon and fake-liberal press on purpose.
Nicolas Maduro needs to be protected because the US plutocrats will try to do to him what they did to Salvador Allende of Chile: murder him. The US fascists assassinated Allende and sent in the neoliberal (privatizer) Chicago Boys (freshwater Libertarians without any foreign-policy consciences) to rape Chile for the US plutocrats.
Frankly, it's what happened to Russia; but, they didn't have to kill gullible, naive Gorbachev, and Yeltsin turned into a compliant, bumbling alcoholic.