2019-05-23: Social Media Postees

From Golden Boy to Total Failure: The Media Trajectory of Juan Guaido
Alexander Rubinstein | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-23
(MPN) — At first, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido was characterized by the mainstream media as the eighth wonder of the world. But now, after his failed military revolt, it seems 'Coupbama' (as Guaido is known) is being treated more harshly by the press. In the immediate aftermath of the attempted military coup, the mainstream media …

From Golden Boy to Total Failure: The Media Trajectory of Juan Guaido

Guaido "hires" an economic hitman (Venezuelan debt)
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-23
Washington's actions in August 2017 drove Venezuela out of the international financial system and disabled the country from issuing debt for purposes of refinancing the debt acquired in previous years, as well as using foreign banks. | Source…
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Guaidó Out of Gas (2/2 )
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-23
The US has failed its regime change venture in Venezuela. Former Chief of Staff to Nicolás Maduro, Temir Porras joins Sharmini Peries for analysis…
therealnews.com/stories/guaido-out-of-ga…

Guaidó Out of Gas (1/2 )
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-23
After several failed US-backed coup attempts, Juan Guaidó sent an envoy to Oslo to explore talks with the government. Former Chief of Staff to Nicolás Maduro, Temir Porras, joins Sharmini Peries for analysis…
therealnews.com/stories/guaido-out-of-ga…

Maduro Proposes Early Elections for Venezuela's National Assembly
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-23
(VA) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed holding early parliamentary elections as a way to defuse the country's political crisis. "Let's see who gets the most votes! Let's find a political, constitutional and democratic path forward," Maduro said at the end of a march on Monday commemorating the anniversary of his reelection on May 20, 2018 to …

Maduro Proposes Early Elections for Venezuela's National Assembly

The Pathology of John Bolton
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-23
John Bolton has been saying for years he wants the Iranian government overthrown, and now he's made his move. But this time he may have gone too far, writes Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News I knew… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/23/the-pathol…

Venezuelan NCA Will Revoke Immunity of Opposition Lawmakers
plenglish.com | 2019-05-23
Caracas, May 23 (Prensa Latina) The speaker of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, announced on Thursday that this constitutional body will revoke parliamentary immunity to a new group of opposition lawmakers who participated in the failed coup attempt of April 30.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela?
Jeff Faux | thenation.com | 2019-05-23
Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela?
thenation.com/article/venezuela-democrat…

Gloria La Riva and Silvio Rodrigues: "Eyewitness Venezuela"
UUSF Forum | indybay.org | 2019-05-23
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British Steel collapse threatens 25,000 jobs
wsws.org | 2019-05-23
British Steel's insolvency threatens to be a virtual coup de grâce against a once powerful section of the working class that has been repeatedly betrayed by the trade unions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/23/stee…

The U.S. Stands to Lose Much More Than a War With Iran
Scott Ritter | truthdig.com | 2019-05-23
An invasion of the Strait of Hormuz would devastate the U.S. military, but it's America's position in the world that may never recover.
truthdig.com/articles/the-u-s-stands-to-…

The Trump Administration "Panicked over Nothing". Pompeo Exaggerated Claims. "Do They Think We are Stupid"
Daniel Larison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
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 | …
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The World Would be Much Safer if President Trump Replaced Bolton and Pompeo
Richard H. Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
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 …
globalresearch.ca/world-much-safer-presi…

Witness to attempted U.S.-orchestrated Venezuela coup speaks in Minneapolis
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-22
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…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/22/witness-atte…

US Economic War on Venezuela Targets CLAP Food Program Relied on by Millions
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-22
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.
mintpressnews.com/us-economic-war-venezu…

A US Military Veteran and 'Aid Volunteer' Sends Death Threat to Venezuela Embassy Defenders
Ben Norton | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-22
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."
mintpressnews.com/a-us-military-veteran-…

62 Organizations to U.S. Congress: Pass Legislation to Halt a "March to War" with Iran
NIAC Action | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
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 …
globalresearch.ca/62-organizations-to-u-…

EE.UU.: °Fuera de Irán!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-05-22
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
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Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela 'On Track to be Worse than Syria'
Edward Hunt | progressive.org | 2019-05-22
As the Trump Administration tightens its squeeze on the country, U.S. officials warn of increased migration and "profound collapse."
progressive.org/dispatches/humanitarian-…

Canada's Anti-Venezuela Policy: A Result of Material Interests and US Subordination
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-22
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…
therealnews.com/stories/canadas-anti-ven…

There's Far More Diversity in Venezuela's Media Than in US Corporate Press
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-22
(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 …

There’s Far More Diversity in Venezuela’s Media Than in US Corporate Press

Brazil's Justice Minister Moro Loses Battle in Congress
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was close to losing support from Congress Wednesday, only winning approval from disgruntled lower house lawmakers by a small margin, for his move to downsize the country's executive branch. | RELATED: | 'Leave Venezuela Alone': Brazil's Lula Tells Trump in Interview | But lawmakers voted against putting the Council for Financial Activity Control (COAF), a key tool for flagging suspicious funds moving through the banking system, under the control…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazils-Justice-…

A US War on Iran Would be Evil, Stupid, and Self-Damaging
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-22
"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…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/22/a-us-war-on-…

Trump Says the Military Industrial Complex is Pressuring him Into a War With Iran
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-21
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…
therealnews.com/stories/trump-says-the-m…

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

Venezuela: Maduro Proposes Early Parliamentary Elections as ANC Extends Mandate
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-21
"Let's see who gets the most votes," Maduro challenged the opposition.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14502

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Libya civil war, African displacement, global trade tensions, terrorists' children 'secretly detained', and more
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-21
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.
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Nationwide tour visits 35 cities to dispel U.S. lies on Venezuela
Marissa Sanchez | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-21
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.
liberationnews.org/nationwide-tour-visit…

Venezuela in "Misery": Lies and Deceit by the Media
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-21
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 …
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FRSO denuncia el arresto ilegal del negociador por la paz colombiano, Jesus Santrich, y demanda su liberación inmediata
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-21
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…
fightbacknews.org/node/7450

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

The Struggle Is the Meaning
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-20
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 ?…
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Venezuela: Widespread Gasoline Shortages as Sanctions Take Toll on Oil Sector
Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-20
Long queues have been seen at gas pumps around the country in recent days.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14500

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

There's Far More Diversity in Venezuela's 'Muzzled' Media Than in US Corporate Press
Lucas Koerner | fair.org | 2019-05-20
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…
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U.S. breaks international law, seizing Venezuelan Embassy and arresting guests
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-20
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.
liberationnews.org/u-s-breaks-internatio…

Trump-Bolton Aggression Against Iran Contained by Russia, Japan, China, and EU
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-19
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…
therealnews.com/stories/trump-bolton-agg…

Guaido requests US military cooperation to oust Maduro
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/guaido-requests-us-military-cooperation-oust-maduro

Who's Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela's D.C. Embassy?
Jeb Sprague | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-17
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.
mintpressnews.com/whos-behind-the-pro-gu…

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

Venezuela: Gov't-Opposition Talks Reported as DC Embassy Raided
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-16
Maduro decried the embassy raid a "criminal act" and vowed to seek justice at the UN.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14495

US-backed opposition leader admits Venezuela 'is not a dictatorship' and only foreign intervention can topple Maduro
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-16
Opposition leader María Corina Machado, a key figure in the US coup plot, admitted that Venezuela "is not a dictatorship"…
thegrayzone.com/2019/05/15/opposition-le…

As EPA Insists Weed Killer Roundup is Safe, a Jury Orders Monsanto to Pay $2B to Couple With Cancer
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-16
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.
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/16/as_epa_in…

China Delivers 71 Tons of Medical Aid to Venezuela
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-15
"With this second shipment, as well as that which we already received from the Russian Federation, the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent some 166 tons of medicines and supplies have arrived in the country," Health Minister Carlos Alvarado said.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14490

Russia Warns US Against Venezuela Meddling as Alleged Bomb Threat Temporarily Closes National Assembly
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-15
Four more opposition deputies have also been accused of treason and conspiracy following the April 30 attempted putsch, bringing the total to fourteen.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14491

After End of Dictatorship, Sudan's Protest Movement Demands Transition From Military to Civilian Rule
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-15
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/15/after_end…

Military Coup to Civilian Rule
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-15
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. …
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Colombia, Now What?: 'The Shape of Now'
Michael Atkinson | progressive.org | 2019-05-15
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.
progressive.org/dispatches/colombia-the-…

Un colectivo de activistas protege la embajada de Venezuela en Washington, D.C
Morgan Artyukhina | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-14
El jueves 25 de abril se llevó a cabo una enérgica manifestación frente al edificio después de que docenas durmieran en la embajada la noche anterior.
liberationnews.org/un-colectivo-de-activ…

Pesticide Lawsuits and the Threat Hiding in the Perfect Lawn
Lauren Sandford | progressive.org | 2019-05-14
More than 13,400 consumer lawsuits against Monsanto and Bayer AG, which manufacture the weed-killer Roundup, allege it is the cause of various cancers. Now, a new judgment has awarded one couple $2 billion in damages.
progressive.org/op-eds/pesticide-lawsuit…