Daily Archives: April 29, 2019

2019-04-29: News Headlines

Fight Back (2019-04-30). FRSO Venezuela delegation meets with Minister of Communes. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation in Venezuela met the Minister of Communes Blanca Eckhout, after her triumphant speech about building 2.6 million new homes. Eckhout quoted Hugo Chavez, saying, "Our new society cannot be capitalist because capitalism is designed to destroy our homeland, our society and our people." | The FRSO delegation is meeting with communists, progressive political figures and members of Venezuela's government.

RT (2019-04-30). Pompeo's talk of 'Russian meddling' is not about democracy, but about power. rt.com The 'Russian meddling' conspiracy theory was hatched by Democrats in 2016 as a way to defeat Donald Trump. Now the Trump administration is invoking it to justify massive military spending, spying, coups and censorship.

John McEvoy (2019-04-29). Activists are resisting threats to seize Venezuela's embassy in Washington. thecanary.co Named the Embassy Protection Collective, scores of activists are currently occupying the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC at the invitation of the Venezuelan government. The collective, which includes prominent US organisers and journalists, is resisting threats from the US-backed Venezuelan opposition to seize the embassy illegally. | Embassy Protection Collective: | Venezuelan diplomats were given "a two-week ultimatum to vacate the embass…

United Nations (2019-04-29). Monday's Daily Brief: drug-resistant diseases, Venezuelan refugees, fighting in Tripoli, and hate speech. un.org Top stories this Monday include: 10 million people could die every year due to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria; 300,000 Venezuelan children in Colombia need humanitarian aid; civilians continue to be under fire in Libya; and a summit to tackle hate speech.

teleSUR (2019-04-29). Libyan Mufti Urges Muslims To Boycott Hajj Over Saudi Crimes. telesurenglish.net Libya's Grand Mufti Sadiq al-Ghariani called on Muslims around the world to boycott Hajj because the Saudi government is allegedly using the pilgramage revenues to commit crimes against "fellow Muslims". | RELATED: | US Wants To Carve Up Venezuela Like Syria and Libya: Russia | In Ghariani's opinion, making the pilgramage to Mecca is important for all Muslims, but going a second time would be committing "an act of sin rather than a good deed" because of the money that goes to the…

plenglish (2019-04-29). ALBA-TCP for Solidarity Exchange among Peoples, Maduro Asserts. plenglish.com Caracas, April 29 (Prensa Latina) The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, said on Monday that the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People"s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) will continue committing on solidarity exchange.

plenglish (2019-04-29). Venezuela, an Example of Dignity after Leaving OAS, Official Says. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela's withdrawal from the Organization of American States (OAS) was described as a supreme example of national dignity by the country's permanent representative at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

plenglish (2019-04-29). We Demand End of US Blockade and Political Hostility, Diaz-Canel Says. plenglish.com Havana, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said Monday the May 1 parade will be a scene to denounce the US aggressiveness against Venezuela and Nicaragua and demand the rapid release of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-29). New Report Reveals US Sanctions Have Cost 40,000 Venezuelan Lives. mintpressnews.com The Washington DC-based Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) published a report Thursday on the effects of US sanctions against Venezuela. | The 27-page paper was authored by economists Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs, who determined that sanctions have "inflicted very serious harm to human life" in Venezuela. | "The sanctions are depriving Venezuelans of lifesaving medicines, medical equipment, food, and other essential imports," Weisbrot, Co-Director of CEPR, said in a press release. For his part, Sachs added, "American s…

The Red Poppy Art House (2019-04-29). Music of the Banned – Music from Iran, Kurdistan, Sudan and Venezuela. indybay.org Brava Theater | 2781 24th St | San Francisco, CA 94110…

Black Alliance for Peace (2019-04-29). Battle for Venezuelan Embassy Continues. globalresearch.ca Demonstrating solidarity with the embattled Bolivarian republic of Venezuela is today's litmus test of anti-imperialism. | As African/Black internationalists, we stand in the tradition of our people's historic anti-war and anti-imperialist positions. We understand that when our folks are clear, they …

United Nations (2019-04-29). Some 300,000 Venezuelan children in Colombia need humanitarian assistance; UNICEF looks to boost response funding. un.org Without increased support, the health, education and well-being of at least 327,000 children from Venezuela living as migrants and refugees in Colombia will be in jeopardy, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Monday.

plenglish (2019-04-29). Venezuela Activates Risk System in Monagas State after Earthquake. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government is keeping the Risk Management System active Monday to assess damages and needs after the 4.6 magnitude earthquake in the northeastern state of Monagas.

plenglish (2019-04-29). Venezuela's Withdrawal from OAS Is a Victory, Expert Says (+Photo). plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela is setting a precedent and a victory by denouncing the Organization of American States (OAS) with its withdrawal from that agency, Venezuelan lawyer Yarisma Perez said on Monday.

Dan Bacher (2019-04-29). Judge fines pipeline company $3.3 million for 2015 Santa Barbara oil spill. indybay.org Missing from the press releases from the Santa Barbara County DA's Office, Attorney General's Office and environmental groups and the superficial press coverage of the spill, the investigation, the jury trial and sentencing is one of the biggest and most ironic stories regarding the Refugio Oil Spill. In a classic example of the deep regulatory capture that pervades what passes for "marine protection" in California, the head of the oil industry trade association, the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), that lobbies for the Plains All American Pipeline corporation happens to be the very same "marine guard…

plenglish (2019-04-29). Colombian Opposition Urges Motion of Censure against Defense Minister. plenglish.com Bogota, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) The opposition in Colombia announced Monday today it will file a motion of censure against Defense Minister Guillermo Botero, who is accused of lying about the murder of FARC ex-militia member Dimar Torres.

Consortiumnews (2019-04-29). PATRICK LAWRENCE: The US Moves on Iran's Oil Market as an Expression of an Irrational Foreign Policy. consortiumnews.com Patrick Lawrence gauges the backfiring potential of Pompeo's withdrawal on Thursday of U.S. sanction waivers from eight major importers. A Decisive Defeat in Long-Running Battle with Foreign Policy Minders By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Secretary of State Mike… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-04-29). US Agreed To Pay North Korea For Otto Warmbier's Hospital Bills. telesurenglish.net U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton told Fox News on Sunday that a Trump administration official signed a document pledging to pay North Korea US$2 million for Otto Warmbier's hospital bill. | RELATED: | Cuban Top Diplomat: John Bolton Is a Pathological Liar | Bolton, however, denied that the U.S. sent any money to North Korea, despite the country's insistence that the Trump administration pay Warmbier's medical bill. | When asked by the Fox News host if North Korea did in fact…

Fight Back (2019-04-28). FRSO Venezuela delegation meets with communist leaders. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – On their first day in Venezuela, April 28, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation held a two-hour meeting with members of Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) Central Committee and leaders of the Communist Youth of Venezuela. | The FRSO delegation is headed by Organizational Secretary Tom Burke. | The groups shared their views on the revolutionary struggle in both of their countries, and the importance of international solidarity. | Pedro Eusse, a PCV Politburo member and trade union leader, said "If there is anything positive about the U.S. aggression we face today, it is th…

Yves Engler (2019-04-27). Canada Gets Cozy with Repressive Middle East Monarchies. dissidentvoice.org While Justin Trudeau's government embraces repressive Middle East monarchies, they want us to believe their campaign to oust Venezuela's government is motivated by support for democracy and human rights. On a tour of the Middle East last week Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan met his United Arab Emirates counterpart Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi in …

Fight Back (2019-04-27). Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Arreaza addresses NYC activists. fightbacknews.org New York, NY — More than 50 people gathered at The People's Forum, on the evening of April 25 for a talk by the Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza. Arreaza was part of a Venezuelan delegation visiting the United Nations to demand an end to U.S. sanctions against their country. The sanctions have completely frozen Venezuelan assets and have stalled government activities meant to help the population. | In the last few months, the United States has heightened the attacks on the democratically elected government of Nicolás Maduro. While the U.S. has always attempted to meddle in Venezuelan aff…

Eds. (2019-04-27). Venezuelan Government announces arrests over electrical blackouts. mronline.org The government issued an arrest warrant request for the ex-security chief of the Guri Complex, who allegedly fled to the US following the March blackouts. | Source

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-27). Voices from Inside the Besieged Venezuelan Embassy. mintpressnews.com "If [the U.S. invades the Venezuelan Embassy] tomorrow, it will send a message to the world that no embassy is safe in the United States… it's a message that 'if you don't bow down to us, do what we tell you, put in the government that we'd like, we will take your embassy." – Kevin Zeese…

Morgan Artyukhina (2019-04-26). Collective protects Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. liberationnews.org Activists from across the country, including a group of tenants staying inside the embassy as the invited guests of the legitimate government, have working around the clock to prevent the illegal seizure of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. by opposition forces loyal to coup leader Juan Guaido.

Editor (2019-04-26). Stop U.S. sanctions! workers.org The gang that announces Washington's policies has laid out a program of punishment, aimed at populations of countries on three continents. Any honest international court would charge them with crimes against humanity. Marchers in New York join millions who reject U.S. sanctions on Venezuela.WW photo: Brenda Ryan Secretary of State . . . | Continue reading Stop U.S. sanctions! at Workers.org

Anya Parampil (2019-04-26). Watch Americans defend Venezuela's embassy in DC from takeover by coup forces. thegrayzone.com An inside look at the grassroots Embassy Protection Collective comprised of Americans who have gathered from across the country to…

ANSWER Coalition (2019-04-26). All out this weekend: People's mobilization must continue to protect Venezuelan Embassy from illegal seizure. liberationnews.org We are calling for a full mobilization of all people of conscience to join us on Saturday, April 27 at 2: 00 p.m. at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C.

pip.hinman (2019-04-26). Haiti: US mercenaries caught moving $80M from Petrocaribe fund. greenleft.org.au Embattled President Jovenel MoàØse used United States' help in a poorly executed, but serious, effort to consolidate power writes Matthew Cole (The Intercept) and Kim Ives (Haiti Liberte). | Reprinted with permission of The Intercept. | *** | Most of the Americans arrived in Port-au-Prince from the United States by private jet early on the morning of February 16. They had packed the eight-passenger charter plane with a stockpile of semiautomatic rifles, handguns, Kevlar bulletproof vests and knives. Most had been p…

John Feffer (2019-04-26). What's Driving Bolton's Attacks on the "Troika of Tyranny"? counterpunch.org If you're in the market for a troika of tyranny, Donald Trump, John Bolton, and Mike Pompeo certainly fit the bill. Or, if you'd rather focus on countries not individuals, you might single out Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt as the three most likely candidates. Perhaps, if you're in a confessional mood, More

Anya Parampil (2019-04-25). Venezuelan opposition reps throw temper tantrums when confronted about lack of legitimacy, interventionist plans at OAS. thegrayzone.com At the OAS, two top representatives of Juan Guaido's US-backed shadow government — Gustavo Tarre and David Smolansky — lost…

Millennial Politics Team (2019-04-25). What Everyone Needs to Know About Venezuela: A Podcast with Miguel Tinker Salas. millennialpolitics.co Professor Miguel Tinker Salas, author of "Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know," joins us for the joint Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics podcast series on Venezuelan politics.

Staff (2019-04-25). Venezuela's Embassy: Activists vs. US Government. therealnews.com Activists defending the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are ready for a long battle, laying the groundwork for legal challenges as the Trump administration's Elliot Abrams issues warnings against them…

Staff (2019-04-25). Venezuela's Parallel Ambassador Seated at OAS as Activists Defend Embassy. therealnews.com The Organization of American States allowed the ambassador of Venezuela's self-declared president to participate in his first meeting. The move could signal an attempt to take over Venezuela's embassy in DC, which activists are defending…

Pablo Vivanco (2019-04-23). Former U.N. Official: U.S. Goal Is to "Asphyxiate" Venezuela. progressive.org Alfred de Zayas argues that Caracas has grounds to reject offers of "aid" coming from Donald Trump's White House, given the precedent of U.S. humanitarian aid being used as a trojan horse.

Staff (2019-04-23). Comedian Zelenskiy Wins Ukrainian Presidency in Landslide. therealnews.com In a contest against incumbent Petro Poroshenko, the TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy won an overwhelming majority of 73%, signaling a hunger for real change in Ukraine…

Staff (2019-04-23). Trump's Latest Iran Sanctions Show an Unraveling of US Foreign Policy. therealnews.com Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says unilateral sanctions against Iran are illegal, and show the ascendancy of John Bolton; they intensify tension with China and threaten our international position…

ANSWER Coalition (2019-04-22). Protect the Venezuelan Embassy from Illegal Seizure! liberationnews.org We are calling all people from around the country to come to the Venezuelan Embassy on Wednesday, April 24 and stay there in protection of it.

Joshua Cho (2019-04-18). Outlets Denounced as 'Enemies of People' Still Promote Trump's Anti-Immigrant Narratives. fair.org If you keep up with all the various xenophobic "crises" and "threats" propagated by corporate media—depicting the United States as an overwhelmed nation, besieged by teeming swarms of scheming foreigners intent on stealing jobs and seizing scarce public benefits from across the southern border—you'll recall that the United States has apparently been under "invasion" …

Max Blumenthal (2019-04-16). Asesores de Trump se reúnen en Washington para evaluar ataque militar contra Venezuela. thegrayzone.com EXCLUSIVA: Alejado de la mirada pública, el CSIS presidió reunión de alto nivel, y off the record, para explorar opciones…

Max Blumenthal (2019-04-15). VIDEO: How the Pentagon and CIA Push Venezuela Regime-Change Propaganda in Video Games. thegrayzone.com The US military and CIA launder coup propaganda through popular first-person shooter video games like Call of Duty, simulating assassinations…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-31). All About the Oil: Daniel Kovalik on U.S. Intervention in Venezuela. 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…

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-28). The U.S.-Sponsored Right-Wing Venezuelan Counterrevolution: A Podcast with Dr. Tim Gill. millennialpolitics.co Dr. Tim Gill, author of "The State and Civil Society in Socialist Venezuela," joins us for the Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics joint podcast series on Venezuela.

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-24). U.S. Imperialist Intervention in Latin America: A Discussion with Professor Alexander Aviña. millennialpolitics.co Professor Alexander Aviña joins us for the Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics podcast series on Venezuela to discuss the history of U.S. imperialism in Latin America.

CounterSpin (2019-03-22). Robert Dreyfuss and Diana Duarte on the Media's Role in Iraq War. fair.org

2019-04-29: Social Media Postees

FRSO Venezuela delegation meets with Minister of Communes
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-30
Caracas, Venezuela – The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation in Venezuela met the Minister of Communes Blanca Eckhout, after her triumphant speech about building 2.6 million new homes. Eckhout quoted Hugo Chavez, saying, "Our new society cannot be capitalist because capitalism is designed to destroy our homeland, our society and our people." | The FRSO delegation is meeting with communists, progressive political figures and members of Venezuela's government.
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/29/frso-ven…

Pompeo's talk of 'Russian meddling' is not about democracy, but about power
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-30
The 'Russian meddling' conspiracy theory was hatched by Democrats in 2016 as a way to defeat Donald Trump. Now the Trump administration is invoking it to justify massive military spending, spying, coups and censorship. | …
rt.com/usa/457867-pompeo-russian-meddlin…

ALBA-TCP for Solidarity Exchange among Peoples, Maduro Asserts
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-29
Caracas, April 29 (Prensa Latina) The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, said on Monday that the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People"s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) will continue committing on solidarity exchange.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Monday's Daily Brief: drug-resistant diseases, Venezuelan refugees, fighting in Tripoli, and hate speech
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-29
Top stories this Monday include: 10 million people could die every year due to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria; 300,000 Venezuelan children in Colombia need humanitarian aid; civilians continue to be under fire in Libya; and a summit to tackle hate speech.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

Battle for Venezuelan Embassy Continues
Black Alliance for Peace | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-29
Demonstrating solidarity with the embattled Bolivarian republic of Venezuela is today's litmus test of anti-imperialism. | As African/Black internationalists, we stand in the tradition of our people's historic anti-war and anti-imperialist positions. We understand that when our folks are clear, they …
globalresearch.ca/battle-venezuelan-emba…

We Demand End of US Blockade and Political Hostility, Diaz-Canel Says
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-29
Havana, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said Monday the May 1 parade will be a scene to denounce the US aggressiveness against Venezuela and Nicaragua and demand the rapid release of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Venezuela, an Example of Dignity after Leaving OAS, Official Says
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-29
Caracas, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela's withdrawal from the Organization of American States (OAS) was described as a supreme example of national dignity by the country's permanent representative at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Activists are resisting threats to seize Venezuela's embassy in Washington
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-04-29
Named the Embassy Protection Collective, scores of activists are currently occupying the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC at the invitation of the Venezuelan government. The collective, which includes prominent US organisers and journalists, is resisting threats from the US-backed Venezuelan opposition to seize the embassy illegally. | Embassy Protection Collective: | Venezuelan diplomats were given "a two-week ultimatum to vacate the embass…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/04/29/activists-are-resisting-threats-to-seize-venezuelas-embassy-in-washington/

Venezuela's Withdrawal from OAS Is a Victory, Expert Says (+Photo)
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-29
Caracas, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela is setting a precedent and a victory by denouncing the Organization of American States (OAS) with its withdrawal from that agency, Venezuelan lawyer Yarisma Perez said on Monday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Music of the Banned – Music from Iran, Kurdistan, Sudan and Venezuela
The Red Poppy Art House | indybay.org | 2019-04-29
Brava Theater | 2781 24th St | San Francisco, CA 94110…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/29/1882302…

Some 300,000 Venezuelan children in Colombia need humanitarian assistance; UNICEF looks to boost response funding
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-29
Without increased support, the health, education and well-being of at least 327,000 children from Venezuela living as migrants and refugees in Colombia will be in jeopardy, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Monday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

New Report Reveals US Sanctions Have Cost 40,000 Venezuelan Lives
Ricardo Vaz | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-29
The Washington DC-based Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) published a report Thursday on the effects of US sanctions against Venezuela. | The 27-page paper was authored by economists Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs, who determined that sanctions have "inflicted very serious harm to human life" in Venezuela. | "The sanctions are depriving Venezuelans of lifesaving medicines, medical equipment, food, and other essential imports," Weisbrot, Co-Director of CEPR, said in a press release. For his part, Sachs added, "American s…
mintpressnews.com/us-sanctions-venezuela…

Venezuela Activates Risk System in Monagas State after Earthquake
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-29
Caracas, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government is keeping the Risk Management System active Monday to assess damages and needs after the 4.6 magnitude earthquake in the northeastern state of Monagas.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Libyan Mufti Urges Muslims To Boycott Hajj Over Saudi Crimes
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-29
Libya's Grand Mufti Sadiq al-Ghariani called on Muslims around the world to boycott Hajj because the Saudi government is allegedly using the pilgramage revenues to commit crimes against "fellow Muslims". | RELATED: | US Wants To Carve Up Venezuela Like Syria and Libya: Russia | In Ghariani's opinion, making the pilgramage to Mecca is important for all Muslims, but going a second time would be committing "an act of sin rather than a good deed" because of the money that goes to the…
telesurenglish.net/news/Libyan-Mufti-Urg…

Judge fines pipeline company $3.3 million for 2015 Santa Barbara oil spill
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-04-29
Missing from the press releases from the Santa Barbara County DA's Office, Attorney General's Office and environmental groups and the superficial press coverage of the spill, the investigation, the jury trial and sentencing is one of the biggest and most ironic stories regarding the Refugio Oil Spill. In a classic example of the deep regulatory capture that pervades what passes for "marine protection" in California, the head of the oil industry trade association, the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), that lobbies for the Plains All American Pipeline corporation happens to be the very same "marine guard…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/28/1882301…

Colombian Opposition Urges Motion of Censure against Defense Minister
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-29
Bogota, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) The opposition in Colombia announced Monday today it will file a motion of censure against Defense Minister Guillermo Botero, who is accused of lying about the murder of FARC ex-militia member Dimar Torres.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

PATRICK LAWRENCE: The US Moves on Iran's Oil Market as an Expression of an Irrational Foreign Policy
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-29
Patrick Lawrence gauges the backfiring potential of Pompeo's withdrawal on Thursday of U.S. sanction waivers from eight major importers. A Decisive Defeat in Long-Running Battle with Foreign Policy Minders By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Secretary of State Mike… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/04/29/patrick-la…

US Agreed To Pay North Korea For Otto Warmbier's Hospital Bills
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-29
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton told Fox News on Sunday that a Trump administration official signed a document pledging to pay North Korea US$2 million for Otto Warmbier's hospital bill. | RELATED: | Cuban Top Diplomat: John Bolton Is a Pathological Liar | Bolton, however, denied that the U.S. sent any money to North Korea, despite the country's insistence that the Trump administration pay Warmbier's medical bill. | When asked by the Fox News host if North Korea did in fact…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Administra…

FRSO Venezuela delegation meets with communist leaders
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-28
Caracas, Venezuela – On their first day in Venezuela, April 28, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation held a two-hour meeting with members of Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) Central Committee and leaders of the Communist Youth of Venezuela. | The FRSO delegation is headed by Organizational Secretary Tom Burke. | The groups shared their views on the revolutionary struggle in both of their countries, and the importance of international solidarity. | Pedro Eusse, a PCV Politburo member and trade union leader, said "If there is anything positive about the U.S. aggression we face today, it is th…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/28/frso-ven…

Voices from Inside the Besieged Venezuelan Embassy
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-27
"If [the U.S. invades the Venezuelan Embassy] tomorrow, it will send a message to the world that no embassy is safe in the United States… it's a message that 'if you don't bow down to us, do what we tell you, put in the government that we'd like, we will take your embassy." – Kevin Zeese…
mintpressnews.com/voices-from-inside-the…

Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Arreaza addresses NYC activists
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-27
New York, NY — More than 50 people gathered at The People's Forum, on the evening of April 25 for a talk by the Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza. Arreaza was part of a Venezuelan delegation visiting the United Nations to demand an end to U.S. sanctions against their country. The sanctions have completely frozen Venezuelan assets and have stalled government activities meant to help the population. | In the last few months, the United States has heightened the attacks on the democratically elected government of Nicolás Maduro. While the U.S. has always attempted to meddle in Venezuelan aff…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/27/venezuel…

Venezuelan Government announces arrests over electrical blackouts
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-27
The government issued an arrest warrant request for the ex-security chief of the Guri Complex, who allegedly fled to the US following the March blackouts. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/04/27/venezuelan-gover…

Canada Gets Cozy with Repressive Middle East Monarchies
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-27
While Justin Trudeau's government embraces repressive Middle East monarchies, they want us to believe their campaign to oust Venezuela's government is motivated by support for democracy and human rights. On a tour of the Middle East last week Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan met his United Arab Emirates counterpart Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi in …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/canada-gets-c…

All out this weekend: People's mobilization must continue to protect Venezuelan Embassy from illegal seizure
ANSWER Coalition | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-26
We are calling for a full mobilization of all people of conscience to join us on Saturday, April 27 at 2: 00 p.m. at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C.
liberationnews.org/all-out-this-weekend-…

Activists Remain In Venezuelan Embassy With Gratitude From Foreign Ministry
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-26
Embassy protectors pack the Hugo Chavez library for an event with John Kiriakou (Photo by Margaret Flowers) Washington, DC — Thursday, April 25, the day activists anticipated the Secret Service might evict them from the Venezuelan embassy, turned into a day of growing support for and attention to the embassy protection efforts. Activists are making …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/activists-rem…

Stop U.S. sanctions!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-04-26
The gang that announces Washington's policies has laid out a program of punishment, aimed at populations of countries on three continents. Any honest international court would charge them with crimes against humanity. Marchers in New York join millions who reject U.S. sanctions on Venezuela.WW photo: Brenda Ryan Secretary of State . . . | Continue reading Stop U.S. sanctions! at Workers.org
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Collective protects Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C
Morgan Artyukhina | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-26
Activists from across the country, including a group of tenants staying inside the embassy as the invited guests of the legitimate government, have working around the clock to prevent the illegal seizure of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. by opposition forces loyal to coup leader Juan Guaido.
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Watch Americans defend Venezuela's embassy in DC from takeover by coup forces
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-26
An inside look at the grassroots Embassy Protection Collective comprised of Americans who have gathered from across the country to…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/26/americans-ven…

Haiti: US mercenaries caught moving $80M from Petrocaribe fund
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-26
Embattled President Jovenel MoàØse used United States' help in a poorly executed, but serious, effort to consolidate power writes Matthew Cole (The Intercept) and Kim Ives (Haiti Liberte). | Reprinted with permission of The Intercept. | *** | Most of the Americans arrived in Port-au-Prince from the United States by private jet early on the morning of February 16. They had packed the eight-passenger charter plane with a stockpile of semiautomatic rifles, handguns, Kevlar bulletproof vests and knives. Most had been p…
greenleft.org.au/content/haiti-us-mercenaries-caught-moving-80m-petrocaribe-fund

What's Driving Bolton's Attacks on the "Troika of Tyranny"?
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-26
If you're in the market for a troika of tyranny, Donald Trump, John Bolton, and Mike Pompeo certainly fit the bill. Or, if you'd rather focus on countries not individuals, you might single out Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt as the three most likely candidates. Perhaps, if you're in a confessional mood,…
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Venezuela's Parallel Ambassador Seated at OAS as Activists Defend Embassy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-25
The Organization of American States allowed the ambassador of Venezuela's self-declared president to participate in his first meeting. The move could signal an attempt to take over Venezuela's embassy in DC, which activists are defending…
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Venezuela's Embassy: Activists vs. US Government
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-25
Activists defending the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are ready for a long battle, laying the groundwork for legal challenges as the Trump administration's Elliot Abrams issues warnings against them…
therealnews.com/stories/defense-of-venez…

What Everyone Needs to Know About Venezuela: A Podcast with Miguel Tinker Salas
Millennial Politics Team | millennialpolitics.co | 2019-04-25
Professor Miguel Tinker Salas, author of "Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know," joins us for the joint Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics podcast series on Venezuelan politics.
millennialpolitics.co/miguel-tinker-salas-venezuela/

Venezuelan opposition reps throw temper tantrums when confronted about lack of legitimacy, interventionist plans at OAS
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-25
At the OAS, two top representatives of Juan Guaido's US-backed shadow government — Gustavo Tarre and David Smolansky — lost…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/24/tarre-smolans…

Former U.N. Official: U.S. Goal Is to "Asphyxiate" Venezuela
Pablo Vivanco | progressive.org | 2019-04-23
Alfred de Zayas argues that Caracas has grounds to reject offers of "aid" coming from Donald Trump's White House, given the precedent of U.S. humanitarian aid being used as a trojan horse.
progressive.org/dispatches/us-goal-to-as…

Comedian Zelenskiy Wins Ukrainian Presidency in Landslide
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-23
In a contest against incumbent Petro Poroshenko, the TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy won an overwhelming majority of 73%, signaling a hunger for real change in Ukraine…
therealnews.com/stories/comedian-zelensk…

Trump's Latest Iran Sanctions Show an Unraveling of US Foreign Policy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-23
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says unilateral sanctions against Iran are illegal, and show the ascendancy of John Bolton; they intensify tension with China and threaten our international position…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-latest-ir…

Protect the Venezuelan Embassy from Illegal Seizure!
ANSWER Coalition | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-22
We are calling all people from around the country to come to the Venezuelan Embassy on Wednesday, April 24 and stay there in protection of it.
liberationnews.org/protect-the-venezuela…

Outlets Denounced as 'Enemies of People' Still Promote Trump's Anti-Immigrant Narratives
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-04-18
If you keep up with all the various xenophobic "crises" and "threats" propagated by corporate media–depicting the United States as an overwhelmed nation, besieged by teeming swarms of scheming foreigners intent on stealing jobs and seizing scarce public benefits from across the southern border–you'll recall that the United States has apparently been under "invasion" …
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Asesores de Trump se reúnen en Washington para evaluar ataque militar contra Venezuela
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-16
EXCLUSIVA: Alejado de la mirada pública, el CSIS presidió reunión de alto nivel, y off the record, para explorar opciones…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/16/trump-csis-re…

VIDEO: How the Pentagon and CIA Push Venezuela Regime-Change Propaganda in Video Games
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-15
The US military and CIA launder coup propaganda through popular first-person shooter video games like Call of Duty, simulating assassinations…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/15/video-how-the…

US Military Attack on Venezuela Mulled by Top Trump Advisors and Latin American Officials at Private DC Meeting
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-14
EXCLUSIVE: Away from the public eye, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think tank hosted a top-level, off-the-record…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/13/us-military-a…

Por qué las mujeres defienden la Revolución Bolivariana de Venezuela
Claudia Andrade | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-13
"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.
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Who are Venezuela's colectivos?
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
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…
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OAS Sacrifices Its Charter for Trump's Desperate Venezuelan Regime Change Bid
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-10
In a legally dubious attempt to legitimize Juan Guaido's shadow regime, the US pushed to install a neoliberal operative implicated…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/10/oas-guaido-tr…

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

Afro-Venezuelans and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Discussion with Akinyele Umoja
Millennial Politics Team | millennialpolitics.co | 2019-04-04
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…
millennialpolitics.co/akinyele-umoja-afro-venezuelan/

All About the Oil: Daniel Kovalik on U.S. Intervention in Venezuela
Millennial Politics Team | millennialpolitics.co | 2019-03-31
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…
millennialpolitics.co/daniel-kovalik-venezuela/