2019-04-05: News Headlines

Peter Crowley (2019-04-05). Thinking About Russia: Pigeonholing Doesn't Work. counterpunch.org Black-and-white thinking rarely works and certainly not about Russia. Consider the following. Only days ago, about 100 Russian troops landed in Venezuela to deter a U.S. invasion. At home, Russian security forces continue to repress pro-democracy movements, dissidents and LGBT rights activists. The Russian military has long aided the Bashar al-Assad regime, which is responsible More

Sara Flounders (2019-04-05). Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats. workers.org The following is Part 2 of an excerpted talk given March 21 at a Workers World Party meeting in New York City. The writer, the co-director of the International Action Center, was part of the March 9-18 delegation to Venezuela organized by the U.S. Peace Council. Venezuela's conflict with imperialism . . . | Continue reading Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats at Workers.org

Whitney Webb (2019-04-05). Guaido set to enact uprising rooted in U.S. Regime-change operations manual. mronline.org With its hands tied when it comes to military intervention, only covert actions—such as those described in the RED Team document—are likely to be enacted by the U.S. government, at least at this stage of its ongoing "regime change" effort in Venezuela. | Source

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-05). NATO's Mission Creeps into Latin America as Unholy Alliance Turns 70. mintpressnews.com "Vladimir Putin harbors dark dreams of imperialism," Mike Pompeo told his NATO audience with his usual lack of self-reflection. Pompeo went on to bemoan Russia's military presence in Venezuela, where 100 military personnel have been stationed in defense of the government of Nicolas Maduro.

Marco Teruggi (2019-04-05). Venezuela seeks a way out of the emergency. workers.org This article was published in pagina12.com.ar on April 2. Translation by Michael Otto. On Sunday, March 31, Nicolás Maduro announced a special 30-day electricity plan to create "a special department of power management that will be able to balance the national electricity system." He declared it Sunday night, after a . . . | Continue reading Venezuela seeks a way out of the emergency at Workers.org

Jonathan Power (2019-04-05). The CIA: Surprise, Kill, Vanish. counterpunch.org The International Criminal Court (ICC) which prosecutes crimes against humanity is under attack again by the Trump Administration for pursuing Americans. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama supported it. George W. Bush tried to close it down but then decided to cooperate with it. Donald Trump is against it and encouraged John Bolton, his National Security Advisor, to publically More

Kurt Nimmo (2019-04-05). Pompeo Appoints Fox News Neocon as Spokesperson. globalresearch.ca And the neocon-ization of the Trump administration continues. While The Donald is packing away Big Macs and Diet Cokes, his neocon secretary of state is appointing likeminded warmongers. | Morgan Ortagus is a deep insider with connections to both sides of …

United Nations (2019-04-05). Venezuelans brave torrential border river, face exploitation, abuse — UN urges greater protection. un.org The Venezuela refugee crisis, which has already left some 1.1 million children, returnees and people in-transit lacking protection and basic services across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), has prompt the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to call on regional Governments to uphold their rights and protect unaccompanied, undocumented children.

Jon Wiener (2019-04-05). Stacey Abrams: 'Open That Door'. thenation.com Stacey Abrams: 'Open That Door'

Zero Hedge (2019-04-05). Saudis Threaten to Ditch Petrodollar as "Nuclear Option" to Block NOPEC Bill. globalresearch.ca Three years ago — almost to the day — Saudi Arabia rattled its first sabre towards the United States, with an implicit threat to dump US Treasuries over Congress' decision to allow the Saudis to be held responsible for the …

plenglish (2019-04-05). Venezuela Denounced Murder of Young Man by Hired Killers in Tachira. plenglish.com Caracas, April 5 (Prensa Latina) Freddy Bernal, protector of the Venezuelan state of Tachira -in the border with Colombia-, denounced the murder of young Brayan Talero by alleged hitmen in the sector of Aguas Calientes, locality of Ureña.

plenglish (2019-04-05). Russia, Venezuela Sign Agreements, Strengthen Cooperation. plenglish.com By Antonio Rondon Garcia | Moscow, Apr 5 ( Prensa Latina ) Russia and Venezuela signed bilateral agreements Friday and confirmed the strengthening the basis for future cooperation, with a business forum determining business intentions for about 3.2 billion euros.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-05). 'Worker Power Wins': Google Scraps Controversial AI Ethics Board After Widespread Outrage. commondreams.org In a win for collective action, Google canceled an ethics advisory board on artificial intelligence that began to crumble after the appointment of a couple controversial members sparked outrage among thousands of employees, tech experts, and the public. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

plenglish (2019-04-05). Venezuela Implements New Power System's Protection. plenglish.com 05 de abril de 2019, 17: 05Caracas, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Venezuela is implementing a new mechanism to protect the National Power System (SEN, in Spanish), focusing on dealing with emergencies and working on its restructuring and consolidation.

teleSUR (2019-04-05). Mormon Church Reverses Controversial LGBTQ Policy. telesurenglish.net Same-sex marriage couples will no longer be classified as "apostates" by The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints (LDS). Apostates are people who have been excommunicated for "turning their back on the church." | RELATED: | Brunei's Death Penalty for Gay Sex a Human Rights Violation: UN | The label came with the policy of not allowing children of couples in same-sex marriages to be baptized until age 18, and also required an adult child to move out of their parents' househol…

susan_p (2019-04-05). Venezuela: Guaido stripped of immunity, protest erupt over blackouts. greenleft.org.au Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has lifted self-declared "interim president" Juan Guaido's parliamentary immunity, opening the door for criminal charges to be brought against him. | The unanimous April 2 decision came following a request from the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and included an "authorisation" to continue investigations into the parliamentary deputy and president of the National Assembly. | The ANC based its move on article 200 of Venezuela's constitution, which gives the TSJ the unique power to overrule parliamentarian…

WSWS (2019-04-05). New York Times laments stalled Venezuelan coup. wsws.org The Times has a filthy record of supporting US wars for regime change and right-wing coups across the planet.

plenglish (2019-04-05). Venezuela to Host 8th International Theater Festival. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Ministry of Culture is preparing the Eighth International Theater Festival 2019, to be held from April 12 to 21 in this capital, where 30 national and eight international groups will participate.

plenglish (2019-04-05). Maduro Highlights Legacy of Venezuelan Writer Romulo Gallegos. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro highlighted Friday the legacy of novelist and politician Romulo Gallegos (1884-1969) on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death.

plenglish (2019-04-05). Mass Popular Mobilization in Venezuela on April 6. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) The speaker of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, called on Thursday to a mass popular mobilization in this capital on April 6 to defend the Bolivarian Revolution.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-05). Refuting Right-Wing Narrative, James Foley Foundation Says It Rescinded Pompeo Award Over Handling of Khashoggi Murder. commondreams.org "The protection of free speech and promotion of journalists' safety is a key pillar of our foundation and this award would have been in conflict with that key principle." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2019-04-05). Interview: How Chemist Warehouse workers won. greenleft.org.au After a 16-day strike, workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres declared victory on March 28. Among their biggest gains were an 18.75% wage rise over four years and the conversion of labour hire workers to permanent positions after six months of work. | These are significant wins — and much better than those that workers have been winning recently in times of wage stagnation and high unemployment. | Workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres in Somerton and Preston, in Melbourne, and Eagle Farm, in Brisbane, began their indefinite strike on March 12 over three main issues: a wage rise to bri…

plenglish (2019-04-05). Colombian Movement Defending Peace Asks ELN to Cease Fire. plenglish.com 05 de abril de 2019, 18: 04Bogota, April 5 (Prensa Latina) Members of the Defend Peace movement asked the National Liberation Army (ELN) on Friday to decree a unilateral ceasefire to help channel dialogue with the Colombian government.

plenglish (2019-04-05). Russia, Venezuela Strengthen Technological Educational Cooperation. plenglish.com 05 de abril de 2019, 17: 41Moscow, April 5 (Prensa Latina) Russia and Venezuela this Friday strengthen their cooperation in the field of communications, education and culture, in the framework of the XIV session of the High Level Intergovernmental Commission (CIAN) of both countries.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-04-04). NATO-Exit: Dismantle NATO, Close Down 800 US Military Bases, Prosecute the War Criminals. globalresearch.ca Washington's unspoken hegemonic objective is Worldwide militarization and economic conquest. This imperial design is carried out through acts of war, military intervention, coups d'Etat, regime change, US sponsored insurgencies, cyber-warfare, economic sabotage and destabilization. "All options are on the table".

Fight Back (2019-04-04). Venezuela suffers without electricity, yet perseveres. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – The Venezuelan people continue to suffer terrorist attacks of a style previously unseen in the world. | They are not plagued by car bombings, although opposition activists were planning such acts when they were apprehended by police last year – nor lynching in the streets, although that is exactly what happened to Maduro supporters on the barricades of the Guaidó-led opposition in the spring of 2017. Instead, Venezuela is the first country in history to suffer terrorist attacks on its very nervous system: the national electric grid, known in Venezuela as the SEN (National Electric System). | U.S.-ba…

Kei Pritsker (2019-04-04). Watch | Brazil, Colombia, Now Venezuela: US Pursues Right-Wing Hegemony in South America. mintpressnews.com Watch: From Colombia and Brazil, Kei Pritsker on the decades of US meddling in South America that preceded the ongoing coup in Venezuela.

STAFF (2019-04-04). Fossil Fuel Trade Associations Spent $1.4 Billion on Ads in Past Decade. therealnews.com The American Petroleum Institute spent over half of that total on contracts with the PR giant Edelman, says Kert Davies of Climate Investigations Center…

Millennial Politics Team (2019-04-04). Afro-Venezuelans and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Discussion with Akinyele Umoja. millennialpolitics.co With new domestic controversies breaking every day in the United States, it can be difficult to keep track of what's happening abroad, even when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. But it's essential for progressives to stand in solidarity with the Global South internationally to ensure that all people are guaranteed the right to self-determination in the face of imperialism and colonialism. Such a dynamic is present currently in Venezuela, where National Assembly President Juan Guaidó has been recognized by capitalist entities across the world, including the…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-04). VIPS Urge Trump to Avoid War in Venezuela. consortiumnews.com VIPS warn that Trump's policies regarding Venezuela appear to be on a slippery slope that could take us toward war in Venezuela and military confrontation with Russia. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Avoiding War with Russia… Read more →

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-04-04). Stacey Abrams: How We Fight for the Right to Vote. thenation.com Stacey Abrams: How We Fight for the Right to Vote…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Federal elections: Why you should support the socialists. greenleft.org.au Following on from its successful state election campaign last year, Victorian Socialists is standing three candidates in the forthcoming federal election: Sue Bolton in the seat of Wills, Kath Larkin in the seat of Cooper, and Jerome Small for the seat of Calwell. | Green Left Weekly's Alex Bainbridge spoke to Sue Bolton about the block the major parties pose to progressive politics and why it is important to support socialist candidates. | What struck you the most about this budget? | This budget does bugger all for anyone on a low income and gives handouts to the wealthy and corporations. | All the income tax c…

Fred_F (2019-04-04). Venezuela delegation urges concrete solidarity action. greenleft.org.au Solidarity activists who recently returned from a fact-finding tour of Venezuela are calling for concrete actions by the Australian community to assist the Venezuelan people currently facing economic hardship, primarily as a result of harsh US sanctions. | Among the proposals raised at a March 30 forum held in the Maritime Union of Australia Sydney offices were to send a container's load of goods directly to grassroots organisations and to raise funds for an agro-ecological school. | There is also a proposal to send a solidarity delegate to Venezuela in January next year. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero told t…

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (2019-04-04). Former US Intelligence Agents Urge Trump to Avoid War in Venezuela. theantimedia.com VIPS warn that Trump's policies regarding Venezuela appear to be on a slippery slope that could take us toward war in Venezuela and military confrontation with Russia. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Avoiding War with Russia over Venezuela Mr. President: Your Administration's policies regarding Venezuela appear to be on a slippery slope …

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Mandatory detention: A history of bipartisan cruelty. greenleft.org.au How did Australia go from a place where its migrant hostels fostered some of the world's most famous bands to one where the detentions centres it presides over are described as "hell on Earth"? | Prior to May 1992, there was no mandatory detention in Australia. | At most, a couple of hundred people came via boat to seek asylum each year. They were housed in places such as the Villawood Migrant Hostel. | Some of the migrants who first met and jammed at these hostels went on to form iconic bands such as the Easybeats and AC/DC. It was…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-03). Rep. Ro Khanna on WH Security Clearances, Ending Support for the Saudi War in Yemen, and Venezuela. democracynow.org The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite "serious disqualifying issues." We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, "Congressional oversight is not a choice—it's the law." We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

Peter Bolton (2019-04-03). In the US, a Guaido-like figure would have been locked up long ago. thecanary.co The Venezuelan government has just barred the leader of the US-backed coup from holding public office. As would be expected, Western governments have been … | Read more In the US, a Guaido-like figure would have been locked up long ago | By Peter Bolton

Paul Dobson (2019-04-03). Guaido's Parliamentary Immunity Revoked as Maduro Sacks Electricity Minister. venezuelanalysis.com The measure paves the way for criminal proceedings to be brought against the opposition leader.

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-03). Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela is not "just about oil". dissidentvoice.org Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin and in other areas of the country. But it is not all 'about oil'; actually, …

The Real News Network (2019-04-03). The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. dissidentvoice.org Venezuela has become a popular argument against socialism amongst conservatives because of the deep economic crisis it is currently traversing. Defenders of the Bolivarian project, though, say that US sanctions and economic war are to blame for the crisis. Greg Wilpert presents an analysis that tries to take all the factors into account.

Ben Norton (2019-04-02). VIDEO: Honduras has an actual dictatorship and humanitarian crisis — Thanks to a US-backed coup. thegrayzone.com While the Trump administration oversees a coup attempt in Venezuela, Honduras is suffering from an actual dictatorship and humanitarian crisis,…

Fight Back (2019-04-02). Minnesota joins national protests for end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela, around the world. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On March 30 around 100 people gathered at the busy intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis to participate in the national call for action issued by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). UNAC's original call was to draw attention to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) 70th anniversary but as the United States' attempts to force Juan Guiado into power in Venezuela became more aggressive, the focus of the protest shifted more to #HandsOffVenezuela. | Kim DeFranco, a member of Women Against Military Madness and the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, open…

Eds. (2019-04-02). The south, the blackout and beyond: As chavismo mobilizes in Venezuela, the U.S. increases pressure. mronline.org After two months, the images are clear: Chavismo has maintained its capacity for mobilization, while the right wing is in the process of losing what it had managed to regain on January 23. | Source

Steve Striffler — Common Dreams (2019-04-02). Venezuela, US Solidarity, and the Future of Socialism. venezuelanalysis.com The US left's failure to build solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution has opened the way for right-wing efforts to delegitimize Maduro and justify US intervention.

STAFF (2019-04-02). The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. therealnews.com Venezuela has become a popular argument against socialism amongst conservatives because of the deep economic crisis it is currently traversing. Defenders of the Bolivarian project, though, say that US sanctions and economic war are to blame for the crisis. Greg Wilpert presents an analysis that tries to take all the factors into account…

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-01). Venezuela's Maduro Announces Electricity Rationing Plan as Protests Break Out. venezuelanalysis.com Scattered demonstrations took place in parts of Caracas and several provinces as the government tries to address water and electricity shortages.

STAFF (2019-04-01). How Big Tech Helped Big Oil Automate the Climate Crisis. therealnews.com Companies such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have triumphantly announced themselves as petroleum production partners, Gizmodo reporter Brian Merchant has documented in a recent report…

Lucas Koerner (2019-04-01). Venezuelan Gov't Authorizes Expansion of Red Cross Aid. venezuelanalysis.com Opposition leader Guaido claimed "victory" but government spokespeople say the move has "nothing to do" with US efforts to force in "humanitarian aid."

Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly (2019-04-01). Venezuela: Why is Maduro Still in Power? venezuelanalysis.com Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes analyses why Maduro remains in power after recently visiting Venezuela.

Mision Verdad (2019-04-01). Solidarity, Survival and Sabotage: Reconstructing the History of the Blackouts Tormenting Venezuela. thegrayzone.com While Venezuela's government and the Chavista movement proclaimed victory over the worst blackouts to plague the country, Washington's coup masters…

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