2019-05-22: News Headlines

Fight Back (2019-05-22). Witness to attempted U.S.-orchestrated Venezuela coup speaks in Minneapolis. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – "The area we were in was an opposition neighborhood, but nobody's leaving their houses. The news in the U.S. is saying people are flocking to the streets because they're 'being liberated', but no one's leaving their houses. It was so untrue it was shocking," said Tracy Molm, to about 40 community members gathered to hear her firsthand account of the events of April 30 in Caracas, Venezuela. | That day saw unelected presidential pretender Juan Guaido appear outside an airbase in Caracas, claiming a military uprising to oust elected President Nicolás Maduro was about to take place. Despite heavy p…

teleSUR (2019-05-22). Timeline of Half a Decade of US Economic War Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net As of Jan. 23, 2019 when the self-declared 'president' Juan Guaido attempted to lead a coup, the hostility of the U.S. blockade against Venezuela increased substantially. | RELATED: | Cuba Shows Support for Venezuela in 18th ALBA Political Council | However, the latest sanctions by Washington against Venezuela come as a culmination of almost half a decade of U.S. aggression by multiple successive administrations seeking to put an end to decades of leftist rule in the oil-rich…

Ben Norton (2019-05-22). A US Military Veteran and 'Aid Volunteer' Sends Death Threat to Venezuela Embassy Defenders. mintpressnews.com Far-right Venezuelan opposition activist Luis Medina, a former US Marine and volunteer for Juan Guaido's aid stunt, told CODEPINK embassy defenders "we are coming to get you with plenty of ammunition."

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-05-22). US Economic War on Venezuela Targets CLAP Food Program Relied on by Millions. mintpressnews.com While the U.S. likes to characterize its regime-change efforts in Venezuela as humanitarian in nature, the targeting of officials involved in a program that so many ordinary Venezuelans rely on reveals that the U.S. aims to install opposition leader Juan Guaido by any means necessary.

Tanya Rawal-Jindia (2019-05-22). Is Canada's new Ombudsperson for responsible enterprise really capable of remedying the international damage caused by Canada's mining industry? nationofchange.org This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | On April 8, 2019, Jim Carr appointed Sheri Meyerhoffer — a former lobbyist for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers — to fill Canada's newest position: Canada's Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE). Meyerhoffer assumed this position 15 months after the role was promised and 11 months afte…

Thomas Knapp (2019-05-22). A US War on Iran Would be Evil, Stupid, and Self-Damaging. counterpunch.org "If Iran wants to fight," US president Donald Trump tweeted on May 19, "that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again."The "threat" Trump appears to be responding to is a statement from Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that "[w]e are certain … there will not be a war since neither we want a war nor does anyone have the illusion that they can confront Iran in the region."Some "threat," huh? Let's seek a little clarity as to just who's threatening whom here: In 1953, US and British intelligence operatives orchestrated a coup d'etat, overthrowing Iran's democratically el…

plenglish (2019-05-22). Venezuela Denounces Obstacles to Health Programs for Children. plenglish.com Caracas, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela is facing serious obstacles to save the lives of children through government programs, as a consequence of coercive policies by the United States, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced.

plenglish (2019-05-22). Ex Colombian Attorney General to be Investigated for Odebrecht Case. plenglish.com Bogota, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Colombia"s Ad Hoc Prosecutor Leonardo Espinosa has requested Congress to investigate former Attorney General Nestor Martinez for his links to the Odebrecht scandal.

Richard H. Black (2019-05-22). The World Would be Much Safer if President Trump Replaced Bolton and Pompeo. globalresearch.ca It is still uncertain whether the United States will go to war with Iran or not, according to the Virginia State Senator Richard Hayden Black. | According to Senator Richard Hayden Black, the world would be much safer if the …

Daniel Larison (2019-05-22). The Trump Administration "Panicked over Nothing". Pompeo Exaggerated Claims. "Do They Think We are Stupid" globalresearch.ca The Trump administration's overhyped claims of an increased Iranian threat went over like a lead balloon with allied officials this week: | A NATO military intelligence official who was briefed on Pompeo's claims about increased Iranian aggression in the Middle East …

NIAC Action (2019-05-22). 62 Organizations to U.S. Congress: Pass Legislation to Halt a "March to War" with Iran. globalresearch.ca In light of President Trump and John Bolton's dangerous escalations against Iran and a forthcoming intelligence briefing on Capitol Hill this afternoon, 62 organizations — including J Street, Indivisible, NIAC Action and Win Without War — sent a letter calling …

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

Staff (2019-05-22). Canada's Anti-Venezuela Policy: A Result of Material Interests and US Subordination. therealnews.com Canada has followed the Trump administration's lead on Venezuela, but it's charting a very different path with regard to Cuba. Yves Engler explains that while there are material reasons for the difference, Canada has followed the U.S. lead for a long time…

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (2019-05-22). There's Far More Diversity in Venezuela's Media Than in US Corporate Press. theantimedia.com (FAIR) — 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 News in a Country in …

Laura Wells (2019-05-22). What's Really Happening in Venezuela. indybay.org The Long Haul Infoshop | 3124 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA. 94705…

Edward Hunt (2019-05-22). Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela 'On Track to be Worse than Syria'. progressive.org As the Trump Administration tightens its squeeze on the country, U.S. officials warn of increased migration and "profound collapse."

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…

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). Almagro Against Venezuela Dialogue, in Favor of Use of Force. telesurenglish.net Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has shown his cards once again on Tuesday, coming out against the proposed dialogue between Venezuela's government and the country's opposition, in an interview with Infobae. | RELATED: | Maduro Confirms Dialogue with Venezuelan Opposition in Norway | "The last step of the responsibility to protect is the use of force…an incremental process in which obviously results have to come out," said Almagro,…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-05-21). Venezuela: Maduro Proposes Early Parliamentary Elections as ANC Extends Mandate. venezuelanalysis.com "Let's see who gets the most votes," Maduro challenged the opposition.

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…

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…

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.

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

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.

Jim Naureckas (2019-05-21). Why Jon Chait Can't Read. fair.org Just as an aside, Jonathan Chait's critique (New York, 5/17/19) of Matt Taibbi is directed almost entirely at the headline of Taibbi's piece (Rolling Stone, 5/16/19), which as I'm sure Chait is well aware was most likely not written by Taibbi. | New York's Jonathan Chait ( 5/17/19)…

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,…

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.

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 →

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-05-16). Venezuela: Gov't-Opposition Talks Reported as DC Embassy Raided. venezuelanalysis.com Maduro decried the embassy raid a "criminal act" and vowed to seek justice at the UN.

Ben Norton (2019-05-16). US-backed opposition leader admits Venezuela 'is not a dictatorship' and only foreign intervention can topple Maduro. thegrayzone.com Opposition leader María Corina Machado, a key figure in the US coup plot, admitted that Venezuela "is not a dictatorship"…

pip.hinman (2019-05-16). Hands join against seismic testing. greenleft.org.au Hundreds of people gathered on northern Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter beaches to protest the resumption of seismic testing in early May. | Oil and gas company Asset Energy wants to blast its way across 1600 square kilometres of offshore seabed. Its Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 covers 4500 square kilometres of the coast north of Sydney harbour. | The exploration involves firing soundwaves to assess the ocean floor geology. The resulting sonic booms will potentially affect the navigation of dolphins and whales and impact on marine ecosystems. | If the testing is positive offshore oil rigs will dot a large sec…

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…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-16). As EPA Insists Weed Killer Roundup is Safe, a Jury Orders Monsanto to Pay $2B to Couple With Cancer. democracynow.org U.S. agribusiness giant Monsanto has been ordered to pay its highest damages yet in a massive lawsuit over the popular weedkiller Roundup. A jury ordered Monsanto to pay more than $2 billion in punitive damages to Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a couple who were both diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer after using Roundup on their properties for decades. Monsanto is owned by German pharmaceutical giant Bayer. The main ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, glyphosate, is said to cause the cancer. Attorneys estimate that there are thousands of similar cases against Roundup pending in courts around the country.

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.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-15). Despite Threats & No Electricity, Anti-Coup Activists Remain Inside Venezuelan Embassy in D.C. democracynow.org In Washington, D.C., four activists remain in the Venezuelan embassy after police raided the building Monday night. Activists with CodePink, ANSWER Coalition and Popular Resistance have been inside the embassy since late April at the invitation of Venezuela's government in order to prevent it from being taken over by Venezuela's U.S.-backed opposition, led by Juan Guaidó. Last week, authorities cut off water and electricity to the embassy. We speak with CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin about the ongoing stand-off at the embassy.

unitedEditor (2019-05-15). Military Coup to Civilian Rule. uwidata.com Out of all the former colonial African states that formed after the Second World War, Sudan has seen some of the most explosive social and political turmoil. Coup after coup, insurgency after insurgency — the country has been engulfed in almost never-ending struggle since the British Empire and Egypt granted its independence in 1956. …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-15). After End of Dictatorship, Sudan's Protest Movement Demands Transition From Military to Civilian Rule. democracynow.org Mass protests in Sudan continue to call for civilian rule following last month's military coup. On Monday, the Transitional Military Council says it has reached an agreement with protest leaders on a transitional power structure. Demonstrators have been demanding a transfer from military to civilian rule following last month's military coup that ousted longtime leader Omar al-Bashir. The announcement comes after at least six protesters and a member of security forces were killed when security and paramilitary troops opened fire on crowds outside military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on Monday. Dozens more…

Michael Atkinson (2019-05-15). Colombia, Now What?: 'The Shape of Now'. progressive.org In his new film, director Manuel Correa casts a cool eye on the oddly surreal social landscape of the country after years of civil war.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-15). Headlines for May 15, 2019. democracynow.org Alabama Legislature Passes Near-Complete Abortion Ban, U.S. Evacuates Non-Emergency State Dept. Personnel from Iraq, Houthis Launch Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities, Pompeo Meets With Lavrov & Putin Over Iran, Venezuela, 2020 Elections, CNN: Migrant Children Sleeping Outside on the Ground at Texas Border Patrol, Pennsylvania Sues Purdue Pharma Over Oxycontin, Reports: Donald Trump Jr. Agrees to Conditional Senate Hearing, San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology, Pilots' Union Confronted Boeing Over Faulty 737 Max Jets After First Fatal Crash, NYC Activists Stage Hunger Strike To Call for Halt to Will…