2019-04-15: News Headlines

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-04-15). The Prosecution Of Julian Assange Is A Threat To Journalists Everywhere. dissidentvoice.org Supporters of Julian Assange gather outside Westminster Court after Assange's arrest (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz for AFP-NurPhoto) Take action to protect Julian Assange. Click here to read about what you can do. Support the Embassy Protection Collective. The United States is recognizing its fake coup president, Juan Guaido, in Venezuela and we understand that his people …

Eds. (2019-04-15). Defiant resistance: the Venezuelan crises and the possibility of another world. mronline.org Bob Dylan once said, "Let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late." February 23rd, 2019, was the day that Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed President of Venezuela, had "authorized" "humanitarian aid" to enter Venezuela, an attempt to force the Maduro government, and thus the Venezuelan people, to their knees. | Source

Marco Teruggi (2019-04-15). Venezuelan right wing runs out of cards to play. workers.org This article was published on April 12 on pagina12.com.ar. Translation by Michael Otto. For the third time since January, the United States has convened a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to address the issue of Venezuela. The goal this time was to get Juan Guaidó recognized as the . . . | Continue reading Venezuelan right wing runs out of cards to play at Workers.org

teleSUR, LA (2019-04-15). US Pushing for War with Venezuela: Moncada. telesurenglish.net The President of the United States (US), Donald Trump, is secretly preparing for a war against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela's Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Samuel Moncada, said on his Twitter account. | RELATED: | US Forces Ready to Attack Venezuela: Southern Commander | "Trump's war against Venezuela is in full swing even if its leaders deny it publicly. It is a clandestine multi-national operation, a crime on a large-scale that was planne…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-15). US Threatens Venezuela at UNSC as IMF Freezes Funds. globalresearch.ca The United States pressured the United Nations to recognize self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido during a Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Wednesday. | US Vice President Mike Pence told the UNSC that "the time has come" for the UN to recognize …

Prof. James Petras (2019-04-15). Why Venezuela Has Not Been Defeated. globalresearch.ca Introduction | Over the past half-decade, a small army of US analysts, politicians, academics and media pundits have been predicting the imminent fall, overthrow, defeat and replacement of the Venezuelan government. They have been wrong on all counts, in each and …

teleSUR (2019-04-15). Syria's Assad meets with Iraqi security adviser in Damascus. telesurenglish.net Syria's President Bashar al-Assad held a meeting with Iraq's top security official in Damascus on Sunday (April 14). | RELATED: | Arreaza Meets Syria's Assad, Says Venezuelan Right Promotes 'Violence, Death' | Assad's meeting with Iraq's National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayyad focused on regional and bilateral issues, according to SANA news agency. | Syrian ambassador to Iraq Sattam al-Dandah was also present in the meeting. | The meeting comes one day after the…

teleSUR (2019-04-15). Ukrainian President has One-Man Debate as Opponent is a No-Show. telesurenglish.net Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a one-man debate for the presidential election at the country's largest stadium in Kiev on Sunday, as his opponent Volodymyr Zelensky failed to show up. | RELATED: | Ukraine: Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky Leads Presidential Vote | The person who is seeking for re-election arrived at the stadium and waited for his opponent for 45 minutes, before he gave a press conference. | At the press conference, Poroshenko said he will, at the request of…

Green Party (2019-04-15). What is really happening in Venezuela? indybay.org Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland | DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.

WSWS (2019-04-15). Falsifying history and repudiating democratic rights: Floyd Abrams' attack on WikiLeaks. wsws.org We are reposting David North's essay, first published over eight years ago, in defense of Julian Assange against efforts by the US media and government to discredit the WikiLeaks founder after the 2010 release of the Iraq War Logs.

Max Blumenthal (2019-04-14). US Military Attack on Venezuela Mulled by Top Trump Advisors and Latin American Officials at Private DC Meeting. thegrayzone.com EXCLUSIVE: Away from the public eye, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think tank hosted a top-level, off-the-record…

teleSUR (2019-04-14). CARICOM Nations Meet to Discuss Regional Security Challenges. telesurenglish.net Caribbean leaders held the 20th Meeting of the Caribbean Community's Ministerial Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) on Friday. | RELATED: | CARICOM To Present Points on Venezuela, Haiti, Guyana | In a press statement, CARICOM declared that "the crime and security situation in the Region demands greater collaboration and co-operation a…

teleSUR (2019-04-14). IMF Fails to Recognize Guaido as Venezuela's 'Interim President'. telesurenglish.net The director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, said Saturday that majority of the organization's executive committee membershave failed to recognize opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido as the "interim president" of Venezuela. | RELATED: | Venezuela Turns Out for Militia Day Celebrations | "It has to be a large majority of the membership actually recognizing diplomatically the authorities that they regard as legitimate," Lagarde said in a press conference at the IMF and…

teleSUR (2019-04-14). Venezuelan Govt Reveals Plans of Far-Right 'Terrorist' Cell. telesurenglish.net Vice President of Communication, Tourism, and Culture of Venezuela, Jorge Rodriguez, revealed Thursday the members and plans of a far-right "terrorist" group called Cocoon 2.0, based off of information provided by Roberto Marrero Borgas and other found in his cellphone after his March 21 capture. | RELATED: | Guaido's 'Terrorist' Collaborator Arrested in Venezuela: Govt | Marrero Borgas alleged "chief of staff" for lawmaker Juan Guaido, was arrested after the Venezuelan intelligence…

STAFF (2019-04-14). Georgia Joins National Anti-Abortion Onslaught With "Heartbeat Ban" truthout.org Statehouse activities in the first quarter of 2019 have shown an increased boldness on the part of openly anti-abortion legislators, culminating this month with Georgia's "heartbeat bill," which would criminalize abortion at six weeks. Maligned Gov. Brian Kemp has vowed to sign it before the May 1 deadline. | "These last few months, Governor Kemp and the extreme GOP in Georgia have m…

plenglish (2019-04-14). Venezuela's Defense Mter Highlights Civic-Military Unity. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela"s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino has highlighted the strength of the country"s civic-military union, while recalling people"s triumph over the coup perpetrated 17 years ago by oligarchic sectors.

plenglish (2019-04-14). Chinese Ambassador to Chile Rejects Pompeo's Allegations. plenglish.com Santiago de Chile, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) China's Ambassador to Chile, Xu Bu, has slammed allegations by US State Secretary Mike Pompeo during his recent visit to Santiago and termed them absurd and baseless.

Greg Grandin, Noam Chomsky (2019-04-13). 'It Is Not Enough to Simply Oppose US Military Intervention': A Response to WOLA on Venezuela. commondreams.org Protestors rally in support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as they hold a banner featuring the late former president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, the current president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro and 19th century Venezuelan military and political leader Simon Bolivar, outside the Venezuelan Consulate in Midtown Manhattan, January 24, 2019 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Claudia Andrade (2019-04-13). Por qué las mujeres defienden la Revolución Bolivariana de Venezuela. liberationnews.org "Los dolores del mundo son más grandes para las mujeres … y aún más grandes para las mujeres de la clase popular, de la clase más pobre" dijo Hugo Chávez en un discurso en 2012.

United Nations (2019-04-12). Friday's Daily Brief: human rights in Sudan, sombre anniversaries for Rwanda and Nigeria, and fears of 'chaos' in Libya. un.org Top news on Friday included: a call for respect for human rights in Sudan's protests; the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda; five years since the Chibok girls were abducted in Nigeria; the UN chief condemning a deadly terrorist attack in Pakistan; continued fighting in Libya's capital; and an update on Colombia's peace process.

John McEvoy (2019-04-12). A first-hand account of the 'humanitarian' warmongering on the Venezuelan border. thecanary.co This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. Ahmed Kaballo is a Sudanese-British activist and journalist. He spent six … | Read more A first-hand account of the 'humanitarian' warmongering on the Venezuelan border | By John McEvoy

Eds. (2019-04-12). Venezuela confronts fabricated chaos. mronline.org Against all imperialist logic, the Venezuelan people refuse to be subjugated. | Source

STAFF (2019-04-12). Sudan's President Carries Out Coup to Defuse Movement Against Him. therealnews.com Prof. Khalid Ahmad says that what looks like military coup against Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir, is actually of the president's own making, to defuse the growing movement and ICC indictment against him…

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-12). Russia Warns Bolton: 'Monroe Doctrine' Remarks Insulting to Latin America. mintpressnews.com The Trump administration is re-deploying old and fatal Cold War warriors, elevating them to high positions. The same people who were murdering, plotting and cheering assassins. The list reads like a "Wanted for Genocide" catalog: Elliott Abrams, Michael Pompeo and yes: John Bolton.

John McEvoy (2019-04-12). While 'all options are on the table' for the US, Venezuela's civil militias are preparing for battle. thecanary.co This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. US president Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested that "all options … | Read more While 'all options are on the table' for the US, Venezuela's civil militias are preparing for battle | By John McEvoy

John McEvoy (2019-04-12). Fearless: the Venezuelans that went toe-to-toe with the US empire at their border. thecanary.co This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. On 23 February, the US attempted to force 'humanitarian aid' trucks into … | Read more Fearless: the Venezuelans that went toe-to-toe with the US empire at their border | By John McEvoy

ROAR Collective (2019-04-12). Can the Bolivarian Revolution Survive the Venezuelan Crisis? venezuelanalysis.com Creating the space for and allowing the Bolivarian Revolution to flourish is perhaps the most important achievement of Venezuela's Chavista government — but can it survive the current crisis? Dario Azzellini, George Ciccarello-Maher and VA's Cira Pascual Marquina opine in this abridged ROAR compendium.

Marco Teruggi, Pagina 12 (2019-04-12). Is the U.S. Prepared to Accept a Defeat in Venezuela? venezuelanalysis.com Analyst Marco Teruggi takes stock of the US-backed coup attempt and discusses what comes next.

susan_p (2019-04-12). Who are Venezuela's colectivos? greenleft.org.au The media calls them armed thugs and US Senator Marco Rubio wants them put on the terrorist list, but who are Venezuela's colectivos (collectives)? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes met with some of them to find out. | As we walked around the 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas, an announcement came through Cucaracho's walkie talkie: "We are in a war and the main target of this offensive is the popular movements, the colectivos. This is no coincidence: they know the colectivos are their main obstacle and 23 de Enero is the tip of the iceberg." | Cucaracho — "that's what they call me" — is a member of the…

Venezuela Analysis (2019-04-12). US Threatens Venezuela at UN Security Council as IMF Freezes Funds. theantimedia.com (VA) — The United States pressured the United Nations to recognize self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido during a Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Wednesday. US Vice President Mike Pence told the UNSC that "the time has come" for the UN to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's "legitimate president" and accept the latter's representative to the world body. He …

Alan MacLeod (2019-04-11). Dictator: Media Code for 'Government We Don't Like'. fair.org by Alan MacLeod Most dictatorships in the world are supported by the United States (Truthout, 9/23/17)—but this isn't true of most governments described by US media as "dictatorships." | Let's start with a quiz: Quick! Name some dictators! | I'm willing to bet most of you responded with just a few of the same names: Assad, Putin, Castro, Kim Jong-un, Gaddafi, Maduro. This is not because they are the only dictators in the world (far from it), or that all of them even necessarily qualify for the…

Eds. (2019-04-11). The U.S. Government has been monitoring Venezuela's electricity system for over a decade. mronline.org The North American intelligence agencies and their government's attention and monitoring of the electricity situation in Venezuela is long-standing. This was confirmed by more than 1,000 documents released by Wikileaks which mention the status of the National Electric System in Venezuela and the Simón Bolívar Hydroelectric Plant located in Guri. | Source

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-11). US Threatens Venezuela at UNSC as IMF Freezes Funds. venezuelanalysis.com Diplomatic battles rage on at international bodies such as the UNSC, the OAS and the IMF.

STAFF (2019-04-10). Pompeo: Sanctions Increase "Pain and Suffering" in Venezuela (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Sec. of State Mike Pompeo recently openly admitted that the sanctions are causing pain and suffering and that this would accelerate the process of toppling the Maduro government. Mark Weisbrot discusses the approach and what Democrats and progressives could do to stop this…

STAFF (2019-04-10). More Sanctions on Venezuela: Operation Florida 2020 (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com Senators Menendez and Rubio introduced a bipartisan bill to intensify the sanctions that are strangling Venezuela's economy. Mark Weisbrot says this is largely possible because members of Congress are unaware of the suffering the sanctions are causing in Venezuela…

Anya Parampil (2019-04-10). OAS Sacrifices Its Charter for Trump's Desperate Venezuelan Regime Change Bid. thegrayzone.com In a legally dubious attempt to legitimize Juan Guaido's shadow regime, the US pushed to install a neoliberal operative implicated…

United Nations (2019-04-10). Venezuela's needs 'significant and growing' UN humanitarian chief warns Security Council, as 'unparalleled' exodus continues. un.org Over a month after two competing resolutions on Venezuela failed to pass, the UN Security Council met on Wednesday to discuss the "very real humanitarian problem" facing the country, where close to seven million people are in dire need of aid, and some 5,000 people continue to flee across borders every day.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-10). Venezuela: New Power Outage as Oil Output Plummets. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuela's oil output fell significantly in March as a result of electricity problems and US sanctions.

Anya Parampil (2019-04-09). Did NY Times Violate Its Own Ethics Code to Feature Child of Venezuelan Coup Plotter? thegrayzone.com After the New York Times was slammed for obscuring comedian Joanna Hausmann's family ties to the Guaido shadow regime, her…

Various (2019-04-08). Over 40 Groups Call on Congress to Oppose Sanctions, Military Intervention. venezuelanalysis.com Several US groups are pressuring Congress to oppose sanctions and military intervention against Venezuela.

Michael Selby-Green (2019-04-08). UN Rapporteur: US Sanctions on Venezuela Are 'Blunt' Way to Engineer Regime Change, Causing Blanket Starvation. thegrayzone.com US sanctions against Venezuela are like "going into microsurgery with a kitchen knife" and are holding an entire population hostage,…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-08). Venezuela: US Imposes Fresh Sanctions as Rival Marches Held. venezuelanalysis.com Washington further tightened the screws on Venezuela's oil industry Friday.

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-04-08). Socialism Has to Be Feminist or It Won't Be Emancipatory: A Conversation with Indhira Libertad Rodriguez. venezuelanalysis.com In this interview, a young feminist intellectual looks at how feminism intersects with the anti-imperialist and anticapitalist struggles.

unitedEditor (2019-04-07). Why is the US preparing for war against Venezuela's electric grid? uwidata.com Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recently announced that the US is conducting an "electric war" against the country. According to him, this represents a broader attack of "US imperialism against our people". The electric war announced and led by the US imperialism against our people will be defeated. Neither anyone nor anything may overcome the people …

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…

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.

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,…

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.

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.

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."

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