2019-05-13: Social Media Postees

Government Guarantees well-being of Venezuelan Emigrants Abroad
plenglish.com | 2019-05-13
13 de mayo de 2019, 16: 37Caracas, May 13 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government cares about the welfare of its citizens abroad despite the economic blockade imposed on the country by the United States, the Foreign Ministry remarked.
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Venezuelan Gov't Moves Forward in Rectification Process, Maduro Said
plenglish.com | 2019-05-13
13 de mayo de 2019, 16: 47Caracas, May 13 (Prensa Latina) The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has assured on Monday that the Bolivarian Revolution advances in the process of rectification of errors in the methods of government, taking into consideration proposals made by the people.
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US Sanctions Against Venezuela Limits Access to World Market
plenglish.com | 2019-05-13
Caracas, May 13 (Prensa Latina) US government's hostile measures against Venezuela has reached on Monday their maximum expression in the international financial market to hinder Caracas" access to the importation of basic goods for social programs.
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Rural Colombia and Central America Facing Hunger and Poverty
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic head the list of countries in Latin American and the Caribbean facing urban-rural gaps and deep rural inequalities that generate extreme poverty and hunger, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO). | RELATED: | UN Food Org Praises Bolivia's Progress on Poverty, Hunger | The five nations are a priority group that will be part of the fi…
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Colombian Social Movements Ask UN to Protect Magistrates
plenglish.com | 2019-05-13
Bogota, May 13 (Prensa Latina) Defend Peace Movement asked the United Nations for measures to protect high court judges, victims of pressure and threats in the context of key decisions for peace.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Cartel drug lord pleads guilty to bribing US federal agent with cash and prostitutes
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-13
A Colombian Cali Cartel cocaine | trafficker pleaded guilty Friday to bribing a former Homeland Security | Investigations Special Agent in exchange for the dismissal of an indictment and | official authorization to enter the U.S. Last year, the former federal agent | pleaded guilty to accepting approximately $20,000 in cash, as well as dinner, | drinks, and prostitutes during an extended hotel stay in Bogota, Colombia. | While working as a case agent for | Operation Cornerstone, a large-scale Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task | Force case that resulted in indictments of over 100 Colombia-based cocaine | tr…
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Defected Venezuelan General's Call for New Coup Gets No Support
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
The defected air force general, Ramon Rangel, issued a video Monday attempting to convince the Venezuelan Armed Forces to rise up against legitimate President Nicolas Maduro and support the illegally self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaido. | RELATED: | The Bolivarian Revolution Metes Out Poetic Justice | The defector's call was met with dead silence from the Venezuelan Armed Forces, prompting him to blame the "communist dictatorship" in Cuba. | "We have to find a way to get r…
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Venezuela's Guaido Wants Direct Line to Pentagon
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-13
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido confirmed this weekend that his diplomats are seeking to open a direct line of communication with the US military, and would use them for "coordination" of possible military action to impose regime change. Guaido said having direct lines of communication between him and the Pentagon would put more pressure on President Maduro …

Venezuela's Guaido Wants Direct Line to Pentagon

Guaidó requests U.S. military assistance to overthrow Venezuelan government
Morning Star | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-13
Self-declared Venezuelan "president" Juan Guaidó ordered his political envoy in Washington this weekend to open "direct communications" with the U.S. military on removing elected President Nicolás Maduro. Guaidó, the unelected chief of the defunct National Assembly, declared himself interim president in January but has failed to unseat the government, with rallies in support of the …
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Guaido 'Open' to Accepting a US Offer to Invade Venezuela
Jason Ditz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-13
After last week's US-backed coup failed to install Juan Guaido in power in Venezuela, Guaido remains keen to be supported by the US, and told Italian newspaper La Stampa that he would "probably accept" a US offer to invade….
globalresearch.ca/guaido-open-accepting-…

Guaido Hits Hard Times, Begs US Military For Help
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
Venezuelan coup leader Juan Guaido is hitting hard times now after failing to gain the support of the people and military of the Bolivarian Republic. Guaido has gone as far as instructing his agents in the U.S. to beg for military support to help seize power in Venezuela. | RELATED: | Defected Venezuelan General Colossally Fails to Rally Support for Another Coup | According to the Associated Press, Guaido asked Carlos Vecchio in Washington to immediately open u…
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Guaido asks US military for meeting to plan 'restoring democracy' in Venezuela
rt.com | 2019-05-13
Officials loyal to the US-backed self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido have requested a meeting with US Southern Command to begin planning a military intervention in Venezuela, after multiple failed attempts to take power. | …
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Louisiana's Million-Dollar Charter School Scam
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-13
This story was produced by FOX8 WVUE, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and WWNO New Orleans Public Radio as part of Reveal's Local Labs initiative, which supports lasting investigative reporting collaborations in communities across the United States. | Since 2007, Carlie Care Kids has run a child care out of a couple of nondescript converted townhouses in Terrytown, Louisiana. N…
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Documentary 'Moundsville' digs deeper into Appalachian 'Trump country'
Lou Martin | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-13
The 2018 documentary Moundsville drops viewers into the West Virginia town with no introduction. Instead, the film takes us directly into conversations with local residents, the mayor, a former mayor, retirees, a couple of historians, young entrepreneurs–a dozen or so people from all walks of life. They talk about the town's history, the prehistoric burial mound for …
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The Earth Just Eclipsed a Terrifying Threshold
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-05-13
This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration measures atmospheric carbon dioxide at its Moana Loa observatory. You can see that on May 11 we were just about at 415 parts per million of CO2. A couple of days this week, we've gone over 415. When I say that, you should run screaming like a tsunami is coming over the horizon with mayhem on its mind. 415 is bigger than a million tsunamis. We put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere when we drive gasoline aut…
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Welcome to coup university: A Pentagon scholar's guide to overthrowing governments
rt.com | 2019-05-13
With the Venezuela crisis making regime change once again the talk of the town in Washington, the US Special Operations Command has published a paper chronicling the highs and lows of seven decades of foreign interference. | …
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PATRICK LAWRENCE: A Week of Dangerous Developments from Iran to North Korea
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-13
The increasingly aggressive moves by Trump's hawkish advisers give the impression of a palace coup, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Neoconservative hawks in the Trump administration, led by National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary… Read more ?…
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Embassy Protection Collective Releases Statement on 34th Day of Venezuelan Embassy Standoff
Embassy Protection Collective | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-13
"The Embassy Protectors will not barricade ourselves, or hide in the embassy in the event of an unlawful entry by police. We will gather together and peacefully assert our rights to remain in the building and uphold international law."
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Activists at Venezuelan Embassy Offer State Department a Peaceful Resolution to Standoff
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-13
Activists protecting the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington have written to the State Department offering a way to peacefully end the standoff between themselves and an argy mob of Guaidó supporters. Activists who have lived inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington… Read more ?…
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Viewing Venezuela through a Fairy Tale Lens
Gerrard Bonello | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-13
On May 1 the Washington Post published an article entitled " Venezuela's opposition put together a serious plan. For now it appears to have failed."[1] By doing so it has presented its readers with a gripping fairy tale. …
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Interview With Abby Martin And Robbie Martin Of Media Roots Radio On Venezuela
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-13
On this week's "Unauthorized Disclosure" podcast, we have a crossover episode with "Media Roots" radio. In the first part of the show, we talk with Abby Martin and Robbie Martin of Media Roots about some of the projects they're involved in currently. Abby tells us about "Empire Files." Robbie mentions…
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Venezuelan Embassy: Water Shut Off, Police Block Entry of Food
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-13
After the water was suddenly shut off in the Venezuelan embassy in the United States located in Washington, D.C. Saturday morning, CODEPINK activists are being stopped by local police from bringing in food to those inside. | Electricity inside the building …
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The Plot to Kill Venezuela
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2019-05-13
A mural of former Venezuela President Hugo Chavez (1954-2013). The U.S. government and the Venezuelan oligarchy first tried to overthrow Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution in 2002. Nearly twenty years later, they are still at it. (Photo: Univision) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Venezuela's crisis: a view from the Communes
Federico Fuentes | mronline.org | 2019-05-13
Federico Fuentes explores grassroots communal organisation, and the tension between popular power and sectors of the government. | Source…
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US Press Reaches All-Time Low on Venezuela Coverage
Daniel Kovalik | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-13
As famed Latin American author Eduardo Galeano once wrote, "every time the US 'saves' a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or a cemetery." Of course, as we look over the wreckage left by the US in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, we see…
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No Enforcement of Law While Democrat-Republicans Do Nothing
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-13
The Embassy Protection Collective at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are now facing no power or water and no delivery of food or medicine because the United States Secret Service and the Washington, D.C. police refuse to enforce the law while the Democrat-Republicans stay silent.
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The Social Movement Photography of David Bacon: Iraq Under Occupation
David Bacon | progressive.org | 2019-05-13
Iraq had one of the most radical labor movements in the Middle East before the reign of Saddam Hussein. After the U.S. invasion in 2003 Bacon traveled to Iraq to learn what had become of the workers. He did not anticipate what he saw.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-social-ju…

Bolton Is Spinning Israeli 'Intelligence' to Push for War Against Iran
Gareth Porter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-13
John Bolton has gotten away with a dangerous deception. The national security adviser's announcement Sunday that the Pentagon has deployed air and naval forces to the Middle East, which he combined with a threat to Iran, points to a new …
globalresearch.ca/bolton-israeli-intelli…

US Navy in Persian Gulf is a Target not a Threat: Iran
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
A senior commander from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards stated on Sunday that the U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represents a target, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported. | RELATED: | US Deploys Missile; Claims Iran And Proxies May Launch Attack | The IRGC commander's comments came in response to the recent buildup of U.S. forces and missiles in the Persian Gulf region. U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton anno…
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Pompeo Takes a Page From the Bernard Lewis Playbook on Iran
Alastair Crooke | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-13
Inspired by his intellectual hero Bernard Lewis, Pompeo, together with Richard Perle's PNAC colleague, John Bolton, seems to be itching to using the Lewis recipe of 'hitting Iran between the eyes with a big stick.
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Is America Ready for John Bolton's War with Iran?
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-13
National Security Advisor John Bolton's announcement this week that the U.S. is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region seemed perfectly framed to put America on a war footing with …
globalresearch.ca/america-ready-john-bol…

Bolton Leading Trump on Reckless War Agenda
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-13
The president's advisers are orchestrating policies that have quickly destabilized the world and jeopardized the security of the United States, says Colonel Ann Wright. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News For a person who claims to be a deal… Read more ?…
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Prosecution of Assange may be severely compromised under English law, agrees barrister
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2019-05-13
A barrister and adviser to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange argues that any intended prosecution of him by the US or Sweden may have been severely compromised. And as such, that would invalidate any extradition request from either of those countries. | Consequences of US political interference: | Commentary on Assange and WikiLeaks by US politicians has been rife. For example, CIA chief Mike Pompeo described WikiLeaks as a…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/05/13/prosecution-of-assange-may-be-severely-compromised-under-english-law-agrees-barrister/

Russia Confirms Lavrov-Pompeo Meeting in Sochi
plenglish.com | 2019-05-13
Moscow, May 13 (Latin Press) Despite the suspension of an initially scheduled stop in Moscow from the visit of US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to this country, the Russian Foreign Ministry has clarified on Monday that all the meetings in Sochi remain full time.
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Venezuela's Maduro Government Not Near Collapse
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-12
Andrej Hunko, a member of Germany's parliament recently visited with President Maduro and parallel president Juan Guaidó. Hunko discussed the importance of a negotiated solution, humanitarian aid, to Venezuela, and…
therealnews.com/stories/venezuelas-madur…

Support the Embassy Protection Collective: Resisting Trump's war on Venezuela
Aminta Zea and Kei Pritsker | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-12
The Embassy Protection Collective is a movement based in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington D.C. opposing the illegal US-backed coup against the legitimate, elected government of Venezuela — the government of President Nicolás Maduro. Standing against U.S. militarism and the war economy rigged for the rich, the EPC's fight to defend international law, including the …
liberationnews.org/support-the-embassy-p…

Sabotage? No water for activists besieged in Venezuela's US embassy, govt denies cut-off
rt.com | 2019-05-12
Anti-coup activists holed up in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington say they have been left with no utilities after the water supply was shut off or disrupted. The municipal water provider has denied responsibility. | …
rt.com/usa/459092-venezuela-embassy-wate…

U.S. Media Lies Help Trump's Venezuela Warmongering
Jacob Sweet | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-12
As most of the world knows by now, the United States government intends to organize regime change in Venezuela. Attempts to this effect have been made in the past — most notably in 2002, when its economy and standard of living was exemplary in the region — but not so brazenly as now. Today, the …
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How Lies Become "Facts" in U.S. "News"
Eric Zuesse | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-11
On Fox News Channel's May 2nd edition of "The Story with Martha MacCallum" was alleged, by the program host (at 2: 45 in this video), that one reason we must invade Venezuela (if we will) is that "People have lost 24 pounds" there. So (her point was), if we invade, that's not evil, it's no coup, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/how-lies-beco…

Statement from Venezuelan social movements to Embassy Protectors in U.S
Social Movements of Venezuela | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-11
"Your defense of the headquarters of the Embassy of the Venezuelan State in Washington, D.C. is an emblematic case of struggle for respect of international law, human rights and the right of peoples to choose their own form of government."
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Canada's Justin Trudeau Continues Push to overthrow Venezuela's Government
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-11
The effort Justin Trudeau is putting into overthrowing Venezuela's government is remarkable. During the past 12 days the prime minister has raised the issue separately with the leaders of the EU, Spain, Japan and Cuba. On Tuesday Trudeau had a phone conversation with European Council President Donald Tusk focused almost entirely on Venezuela, according to …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/canadas-justi…

A first-hand account from Caracas from the day of the coup through May Day
Peter Lackowski | mronline.org | 2019-05-10
Today there was a farcical attempt to take a military airport that fizzled. It turned into a dozen or so guys throwing stones and being ignored. The Guardian is shamelessly running video of something that happened weeks ago as though it were today. We were there and it was all normal. | Source…
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Venezuela's crisis: A view from the communes
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
Within hours of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó calling for street mobilisations to back his attempted military coup against President Nicolás Maduro on April 30, Guaidó's supporters had looted and set fire to the headquarters of the Indio Caricuao Commune in south-west Caracas. | The building was used for local residents' meetings and housed a commune-run textile enterprise, which funds projects in the community. | Atenea Jiménez, from the National Network of Comuneros (commune activists) said: "Once again attacks on the communes by fascist sectors have begun." | She also noted however that comuneros "a…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-crisis-view-communes

Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
In the midst of Venezuela's prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people's power and self-management. | Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled Tachira state lies to its west. | Despite this conflictive surrounding, José María "Chema" Romero managed to increase the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) vote in the 2017 mayoral elections by 70% from its…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-how-one-local-council-working-overcome-crisis-through-peoples-power

Colombia: 'Terrible trend' of rights defenders killed, harassed; UN calls for 'significant effort' to tackle impunity
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-10
Alarmed by the "strikingly high number" of human rights defenders being killed, harassed and threatened in Colombia, the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) in the country on Friday, called on authorities to "make a significant effort" to "tackle the endemic impunity" surrounding these cases.
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Friday's Daily Brief: human rights in Colombia, Myanmar and Nigeria, global displacement, and more
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-10
This Friday, we cover: the UN calling for an end to attacks against human rights defenders; a record number of displaced due to conflict and disasters; human rights issues in Myanmar; 900 children released from the ranks of a north-east Nigeria self-defense armed group; and referenda asking for the border dispute between Belize and Guatemala to be examined by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
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Leaked: USA's Feb 2018 plan for coup in Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-10
This was far more than just a military plan. It was comprehensive–directing military, diplomatic, and propaganda, policies–regarding the Trump Administration's planned "Overthrow" of Venezuela's Government. | Source…
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Distorting 'Democracy' in Venezuela Coverage
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-05-10
Writing of the failed US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela on April 30, Uri Friedman of The Atlantic ( 5/1/19) referred to the Venezuelan branch of the coup as Juan "Guaidó's pro-democracy movement." The logical contradiction could scarcely be more pronounced: A wave of Friedman's wand transforms a political force seeking the military overthrow of Venezuela's elected government into a "pro-democracy movement." | The Venezuelan government's current mandate comes from winning an election on May 20, 20…
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Washington's Dogs of War Are Snarling at Iran and Venezuela
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army . . . Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all…
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MintPress, Grayzone Journalists Endure US Govt Blackout and Siege at Venezuelan Embassy in DC
Mnar Muhawesh | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-10
The Trump administration is violating international law and harassing American journalists in plain sight. These actions are sadly taking place in a country that prides itself on upholding the First Amendment to its Constitution, which should be protecting press freedom.
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