2019-05-21: News Headlines

Editor (2019-05-22). EE.UU.: °Fuera de Irán! workers.org Como si la pandilla de la Casa Blanca se sintiera incompleta simplemente nivelando las amenazas económicas contra China, haciendo comentarios hostiles sobre Rusia e imponiendo sanciones ilegales —ilegales porque equivalen a un castigo colectivo de las poblaciones— sobre Venezuela, Cuba y Corea del Norte, una vez más han puesto la . . . | Continue reading EE.UU.: °Fuera de Irán! at Workers.org

Ben Norton (2019-05-21). Venezuelan opposition extremist, a US military veteran and 'aid volunteer,' sends death threat to embassy defenders. thegrayzone.com Far-right Venezuelan opposition activist Luis Medina, a former US Marine and volunteer for Juan Guaido's aid stunt, told CODEPINK embassy…

plenglish (2019-05-21). Venezuela Ratifies Commitment to Dialogue as a Road to Peace. plenglish.com 21 de mayo de 2019, 11: 21Caracas, May 21 (Prensa Latina) President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, reaffirmed Tuesday that dialogue and understanding is the best path to peace as a mechanism for the peoples" development.

plenglish (2019-05-21). Venezuelan Mothers Demand Cessation of Economic Blockade. plenglish.com 21 de mayo de 2019, 10: 49Caracas, May 21 (Prensa Latina) The U.S.-imposed economic blockade to Venezuela prevents on Tuesday that several children of this South American nation can receive specialized medical assistance in Argentina, a diplomatic source said.

teleSUR (2019-05-21). Venezuela has the Means to Defeat the US Blockade. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia, Carlos Rafael Faría Tortosa, said Tuesday that despite the ongoing blockade by the United States, his country has found ways to defeat them and continue to advance his nation's economic development. | RELATED: | Chavistas March in Caracas to Mark Nicolas Maduro's Re-election | In an interview with the Russian agency RT, Tortosa said that "when our president announced that the gold production in the country has been recovering, the U.S. gove…

plenglish (2019-05-21). Venezuela Debates Whether to Eliminate Parliamentary Immunity. plenglish.com Caracas, May 21 (Prensa Latina ) The Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly (ANC) is debating a bill to eliminate the parliamentary immunity automatically when a national lawmaker commits an offensive action to the interests of the country, said local legislator Marelis Perez here Tuesday.

plenglish (2019-05-21). Venezuela, Cuba Strengthen Relations Despite US Meddling. plenglish.com Caracas, May 21 ( Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza assured on Tuesday that Venezuela and Cuba are strengthening their cooperation relations and respect for sovereignty, despite the meddling actions and economic suffocation imposed by the United States.

plenglish (2019-05-21). Venezuelans' Repatriation Advances Despite International Blockade. plenglish.com Caracas, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza assured on Tuesday that the government"s repatriation program "Return to Homeland" is moving forward despite the international blockade sponsored by the US government.

Ian Goodrum (2019-05-21). Hoping memories of Iraq have faded, U.S. hawks push new war with Iran. peoplesworld.org You could set a watch to it, or maybe a countdown timer. After being frustrated by Venezuela's resistance against a Washington-backed coup attempt, President Donald Trump and his favored attack dog, National Security Advisor John Bolton, have trained their sights on a new target: Iran. Earlier this month, an aircraft carrier strike group and bomber …

Staff (2019-05-21). Trump Says the Military Industrial Complex is Pressuring him Into a War With Iran. therealnews.com With a thirty year Boeing veteran at the Pentagon, Patrick Shanahan as Acting Secretary of Defense, and with John Bolton and Mike Pompeo at the helm, war with Iran is likely says the former chief of staff to Secretary of State, Col. Larry Wilkerson…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-21). No War With Iran, Say 62 Groups in Letter to Congress. commondreams.org "Trump and his National Security Advisor John Bolton are taking this country to the brink of a completely avoidable military confrontation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Darius Shahtahmasebi (2019-05-21). All the Times John Bolton Called for War with Iran. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in 2018 | The fact that Donald Trump's recent hawkish stance on the Syrian government coincided with John Bolton's first day as national security advisor is most likely no accident. Syria and Iran …

plenglish (2019-05-21). We will Defend Venezuela in ALBA-TCP, Diaz-Canel Says. plenglish.com Havana, May 21 ( Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel assured on Tuesday that the Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People"s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) will defend Venezuela.

United Nations (2019-05-21). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Libya civil war, African displacement, global trade tensions, terrorists' children 'secretly detained', and more. un.org Tuesday's stories include: Libya facing "permanent division", regional war; Africa event highlights forcible displacement; terrorists' children 'secretly detained' in Syria; Venezuelans need protection; global trade tensions rise.

plenglish (2019-05-21). Venezuela Foreign Minister Meets Top Cuban Authorities. plenglish.com Havana, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban leaders Raul Castro Ruz and Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez discussed bilateral issues in Havana with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Monday night, Granma newspaper reports on Tuesday.

ANSWER Coalition (2019-05-21). Forum: Eyewitness Venezuela with Gloria La Riva. indybay.org 2969 Mission St. near 26th St.

Peter Koenig (2019-05-21). Venezuela in "Misery": Lies and Deceit by the Media. dissidentvoice.org To the Editor in CHIEF New York Times — 18 May 2019 Venezuela's Collapse Is the Worst Outside of War in Decades, Economists Say Subtitle: Butchers have stopped selling meat cuts in favor of offal, fat shavings and cow hooves, the only animal protein many of their customers can afford. This introduction is accompanied by …

Marissa Sanchez (2019-05-21). Nationwide tour visits 35 cities to dispel U.S. lies on Venezuela. liberationnews.org To help break the U.S. media/government blockade and offensive against Venezuela, PSL organizer and Liberation News reporter Gloria La Riva traveled across the country.

Laura Wells (2019-05-21). What's Really Happening in Venezuela. indybay.org The Long Haul Infoshop | 3124 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA. 94705…

Nicky Reid (2019-05-21). Trump's War In Venezuela Could Be Che's Revenge. counterpunch.org Che Guevara had a dream. After decades of chasing the American Empire into guerrilla street fights from Guatemala to the Congo, Che dreamed of drawing that dreadful beast into an unwinnable quagmire on the graves of its first victims in the heart of Latin America, the treacherous mountain forests of Bolivia where the Conquistadors first More

Manuel E. Yepe (2019-05-21). Maduro Gives Trump a Lesson in Ethics and Morality. counterpunch.org In clear violation of the Vienna Convention, the United States police entered by force, after 37 days of resistance, the premises that housed the Venezuelan Embassy and arrested the four activists protecting the diplomatic headquarters from the terrorist vandalism of the so-called "Venezuelan opposition. "The Venezuelan government will respond to the invasion of its embassy More

teleSUR (2019-05-21). Iran Eggs on Trump With Historical Reminder of Failed Invasions. telesurenglish.net Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to end Iran if they were to engage the American forces in combat. The Iranian diplomat reminded Trump of his country's history and several of the empires that failed to conquer ancient Persia. | RELATED: | War With The US Will Be The End Of Iran: Trump | In his tweet directed at Trump, the Iranian Foreign Minister said: "Goaded by #B_Team, @realdonaldTrump hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & o…

Staff (2019-05-21). Russians Have Meddled in 36 Elections. The US Has Meddled in 81. truthout.org In this country, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let's face it, when it comes to election meddling, it's been me, me, me, 24/7 here. Yes, in some fashion some set of Russians meddled in the last election campaign, whether it was, as Jared Kushner improbably claimed, "a couple of Facebook ads" or, as the Mueller report described it, "the Russian government interfer[ing]… in sweeping and systematic fashion." | But let me mention just a few of the things th…

plenglish (2019-05-21). Colombia's Supreme Court Accepts Attorney General's Resignation. plenglish.com 21 de mayo de 2019, 16: 18Bogota, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Colombian Supreme Court of Justice accepted on Tuesday Nestor Martinez"s firm resignation as Attorney General of the Nation; he alleged to leave office due to disagreements with the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).

plenglish (2019-05-21). Santrich Case Goes to Supreme Court of Colombia. plenglish.com 21 de mayo de 2019, 09: 12Bogota, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Colombia"s Supreme Court of Justice will have to solve, starting on Tuesday, the competences to try former Commander Jesus Santrich, after his defense attorneys challenged the guarantee judge.

Fight Back (2019-05-21). FRSO denuncia el arresto ilegal del negociador por la paz colombiano, Jesus Santrich, y demanda su liberación inmediata. fightbacknews.org Jesús Santrich, ex-negociador por la paz de las FARC-EP, poeta, pintor, músico, y una voz popular para la paz ha sido re-encarcelado con el uso de un cargo por drogas inventado que proviene de la corte del Distrito Sur de Nueva York. Los cargos son ampliamente percibidos como un intento por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos, en colaboración con sectores de la oligarquía colombiana, para descarrilar el acuerdo de paz entre las FARC-EP y el gobierno colombiano. | La Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz (JEP – una corte que fue instituida por el acuerdo de la paz colombiano) falló que Santrich no puede ser extraditado…

teleSUR (2019-05-21). Human Rights Defender Paula Rosero Killed in Colombia. telesurenglish.net Human rights defender Paula Andrea Rosero Ordóñez was murdered Monday night by a group of strangers in the department of Nariño, in southwestern Colombia, official sources said. | Rosero Ordóñez, 47 years old, was the representative of the Public Ministry of the town of Samaniego, in Nariño, and had previously warned she was receiving threats against her life. | According to a police report, the lawyer was approached by two hit men, who shot her at close range. | Although she was given first aid almost immediately, it was impossible to save his life, the reports said. The Attorney General of the Nation and t…

Ben Chacko (2019-05-20). U.S. 'bid to destroy Venezuela' threatens foundations of international law, ambassador warns. peoplesworld.org

Consortiumnews (2019-05-20). The Struggle Is the Meaning. consortiumnews.com Craig Murray mulls the depressing series of events over the past few weeks involving Iran, Venezuela, Ecuador and the U.S. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk There is no conceivable interest of the ordinary people of the Western world being served by… Read more →

Fight Back (2019-05-20). Venezuela: "Forward to the Communal Offensive! fightbacknews.org The following essay was published in the latest party bulletin of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). It comes after two weeks of open debate within the Bolivarian movement about how to deepen the revolutionary process in the country. The piece was translated into English by Fight Back! staff. | It is no small thing what we are facing. It is no small thing who we are fighting against – even less so because we are resisting, we are advancing, we are reaching forward. Our Homeland is under permanent attack and our people suffer from a criminal imperial assault, aggressions of all types, in a war of imme…

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-05-20). Venezuela: Widespread Gasoline Shortages as Sanctions Take Toll on Oil Sector. venezuelanalysis.com Long queues have been seen at gas pumps around the country in recent days.

Jeb Sprague (2019-05-20). øQuiénes son los partidarios del golpe que asediaron la embajada de Venezuela en Washington? thegrayzone.com Las tácticas de intimidación de los asediadores pro-golpe de la embajada mostraron la verdadera cara de una oposición venezolana violenta,…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-05-20). Next Stop, the UN: Embassy Protectors and Other Groups to Stage UN General Assembly Protest. mintpressnews.com The Embassy Protection Collective, the activists that fought for the US to respect international law at the Venezuelan embassy, are just getting started.

Valerie Reynoso (2019-05-20). The Violent History of the Venezuelan Opposition. counterpunch.org The West alleges that the Venezuelan opposition is peaceful and democratic; however, their extensive history of right-wing violence proves otherwise. The Venezuelan opposition is led by a predominately white bourgeoisie, the US state department and its allies. The US state department has provided at least $49 million since 2009 in aid for Venezuelan right-wing opposition More

Liberation Staff (2019-05-20). U.S. breaks international law, seizing Venezuelan Embassy and arresting guests. liberationnews.org Under international law — 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, articles 22 and 45 — a host country is prohibited from invasion or interference with another nation's embassies, and is in fact obligated to defend it.

Fight Back (2019-05-20). FRSO denounces the illegal arrest of Colombian peace negotiator Jesus Santrich, demands his immediate liberation. fightbacknews.org Jesus Santrich, former peace negotiator for the FARC-EP, poet, painter, musician and a popular voice for peace, has been re-arrested on a trumped-up drug charge out of the Southern District of New York. The charges are largely seen as an attempt by the United States, in league with sectors of the Colombian oligarchy, to derail the peace accord between the FARC-EP and the Colombian government. | The Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP — a court that was instituted by the Colombian Peace Agreement) ruled that Santrich could not be extradited to the United States due to many irregularities in the case, including i…

Lucas Koerner (2019-05-20). There's Far More Diversity in Venezuela's 'Muzzled' Media Than in US Corporate Press. fair.org Time ( 4/16/19) joined in on the corporate media's literary fad of fictionalized accounts of the Venezuelan crisis. | The international corporate media have long displayed a peculiar creativity with the facts in their Venezuela reporting, to the point that coverage of the nation's crisis has become perhaps the world's most lucrative fictional genre. Ciara Nugent's recent piece for Time ( 4/16/19), headlined "'Venezuelans Are Starving for Information': The Battle to Get N…

Strategic Culture (2019-05-19). Venezuela Exposes the Myth of John Bolton's "Genius" theantimedia.com (SC Op-ed) — April 30 was the real April Fools' Day in Venezuela: They proclaimed a coup and nobody came. The fiasco of the latest obviously unsuccessful US attempt to topple twice democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro made a laughing stock of the US government throughout the world and is now exposing new splits in the Trump administration in …

Staff (2019-05-19). Trump-Bolton Aggression Against Iran Contained by Russia, Japan, China, and EU. therealnews.com Vijay Prashad says the very dangerous statements, economic sanctions and military aggression unleashed by Washington this week against Iran was countered by cool headed diplomacy by Japan, Russia, EU and China…

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-18). The plot to kill Venezuela. mronline.org Vijay Prashad looks at the purpose and impact of sanctions against Venezuela. | Source

pip.hinman (2019-05-17). Guaido requests US military cooperation to oust Maduro. greenleft.org.au Self-declared "Venezuelan Interim President" Juan Guaido has ordered the setting up of a meeting with the United States Armed Forces to discuss cooperation in his efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro. | During a gathering of supporters in the upper-middle class Caracas district of Las Mercedes on May 11, Guaido announced that he instructed his representative in the US, Carlos Vecchio, to establish a "direct relationship" with the US Southern Command (SouthCom), which controls all US overt and covert military operations in Latin America and the Caribbea…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Headlines for May 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Immigration Plan Favors Job Skills Over Asylum Claims and Family Ties, Trump Officials Reportedly Clash Over U.S. Sabre-Rattling With Iran, UNICEF Chief Calls Yemen War "a Test of Our Humanity" That "We Are Badly Failing", Venezuelan Government Blasts U.S. Seizure of Embassy as Vienna Convention Violation, Brazilian Teachers and Students March Against Education Cuts, Mexican Journalist Francisco Romero Killed in Playa del Carmen, Lawyer Says Tennessee Prisoner "Suffered Excruciating Pain" During Execution, Alabama Prisoner Put to Death After "Pro-Life" Governor Denies Reprieve, Senate Confirms Anti-Choice A…

Staff (2019-05-17). Trump Admin Breaks and Enters Venezuela's Embassy, Arrests Activists. therealnews.com After more than a month of living in the Venezuelan embassy, DC police and secret service broke open the doors to arrest for activists who had been staying in the embassy to protect it against an opposition take-over. The move sets a dangerous precedent, says Medea Benjamin…

Pablo Navarrete (2019-05-17). Brian Eno on Eurovision in Israel. thecanary.co Musician Brian Eno explains why Israel hosting Eurovision is a propaganda coup for the apartheid state. | By Pablo Navarrete

Jeb Sprague (2019-05-17). Who's Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela's D.C. Embassy? mintpressnews.com The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they left Venezuela's D.C.-based opposition with a serious PR problem. After a week of hateful outbursts, a handful of marketing strategists emerged as de facto spokespeople for the mob.

Sputnik News (2019-05-16). Police Raid Venezuelan Embassy in DC, Arrest Last Remaining Members of Embassy Protection Collective. mintpressnews.com The activists from the Embassy Protection Collective have been living inside the embassy since 10 April in a bid to protect it from US attempts to seize the facility and hand it over to supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Joyce Chediac (2019-05-16). Iran war crisis: What's really going on? liberationnews.org It's time to get the U.S. military out of the Middle East, leave the people there to determine their own lives, and use the money instead to meet human needs at home.

Consortiumnews (2019-05-16). Why Read Consortium News? consortiumnews.com Consortium News brings you in-depth coverage from a fresh perspective of the biggest stories of the day. Read us to keep up with the crises of Iran, Venezuela and WikiLeaks. You can read The New York Times and The Washington… Read more →

Jeb Sprague (2019-05-16). Who's behind the pro-Guaido mob that besieged Venezuela's embassy in Washington? thegrayzone.com The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they…

Ben Norton (2019-05-16). Us-Backed Opposition Leader Admits Venezuela 'Is Not a Dictatorship'. mintpressnews.com Opposition leader María Corina Machado, a key figure in the US coup plot, admitted that Venezuela "is not a dictatorship" and only international "humanitarian intervention" can topple Maduro.