Monthly Archives: May 2019

2019-05-31: News Headlines

unitedEditor (2019-05-31). Venezuela asks Turkey to serve as a "protecting power…" uwidata.com While speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters, Venezuela's UN representative Samuel Moncada commented on US authorities' demand that embassy employees loyal to Nicolas Maduro vacate the premises so that they can be handed over to employees working on behalf of us-backed self-declared interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido.According to Moncada, the United States …

Corinna Barnard (2019-05-31). John Bolton's Absurd 'Troika Tyranny'. consortiumnews.com The real tyrants are U.S. allies in the Middle East (not Venezuela, Cuba or Nicaragua), writes Danny Sjursen. By Danny Sjursen TomDispatch.com American foreign policy can be so retro, not to mention absurd. Despite being bogged down in more military… Read more →

Daniel Carmody (2019-05-31). Activists protest John Bolton's commencement speech at U.S. Coast Guard Academy. liberationnews.org Bolton has been unabashed in his campaign to launch new wars against Iran, North Korea, and now Venezuela.

Paul Dobson (2019-05-31). US Hints at Sanctions Against Venezuela CLAP Food Programme. Bolivarian Militia to Protect CLAP. globalresearch.ca Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the incorporation of the National Bolivarian Militia into the subsidised CLAP (Local Supply and Production Committees) food programme. | The move comes as rumours circulate of upcoming US-led sanctions against the leaders of the programme, …

susan_p (2019-05-31). US activists vow to protect Venezuelan embassy. greenleft.org.au At 9.30am on May 16, police officers illegally entered the Venezuelan embassy in the Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington DC and arrested four activists lawfully living in the building since April 10, as guests of the legitimate Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro. | The four activists arrested were Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese (with the group Popular Resistance), Adrienne Pine (an academic) and David Paul (a CODEPINK member). They are part of a group called the Embassy Protection Collective. | According to the Embassy Protection Collective's attorney Mara Verheyden Hilliard, the activists were charged…

plenglish (2019-05-31). Venezuela Is on the Peace Path in Dialogue, Maduro Says. plenglish.com Caracas, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Today, dialogue represents the only way for stability in Venezuela within the Constitution, President Nicolas Maduro said.

Staff (2019-05-31). Opposition Demand for Maduro's Resignation a Non-Starter, Says Norwegian Official. therealnews.com An unnamed Norwegian official with inside knowledge of the talks between the Venezuelan opposition and government in Oslo said the opposition "needs to be more realistic." We discuss the talks with Norwegian Venezuela specialist Eirik Vold…

MAIL (2019-05-31). Headlines for May 31, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Threatens Tariffs on Mexican Goods in Bid to Halt Migrants, Trump Administration Plan Would Bar Most Central Americans from Seeking Asylum, Louisiana Governor Signs Anti-Choice Bill as Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic Is Set to Close, GOP Gerrymandering Expert Led Push to Add Citizenship Question to Census, Civilians Flee Russian-Backed Syrian Assault on Last Rebel-Held Province, North Korea Executes Special Envoy to the U.S. After Failed Trump Summit, Colombia Releases Ex-Guerrilla Leader Wanted by the U.S. on Drug Charges, U.S. Drug Agency Targeted Honduran President in Cocaine Trafficking Probe, Hondurans…

plenglish (2019-05-31). Supreme Court of Colombia Assumes Competence in Santrich Case. plenglish.com Bogota, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) of Colombia will take over from today the competition in the case of FARC leader Jesús Santrich, given his condition as congressman of the Republic.

plenglish (2019-05-31). Santrich Sends Message of Hope about Peace in Colombia. plenglish.com Bogota, May 31 (Prensa Latina) After being released the eve, FARC leader Jesús Santrich sent "a message of hope in the construction of a peace that seems elusive, but placed as an imperative to continue looking for it at all costs."

plenglish (2019-05-31). Venezuela Moves Toward Delivery of Three Million Homes. plenglish.com Caracas, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan government is still delivering homes through the Gran Mision Vivienda Venezuela (GMVV), to reach the goal of three million.

plenglish (2019-05-31). Venezuela Seizes More Than 8,000 Kilograms of Drugs in 2019. plenglish.com Caracas, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The president of the National Antidrug Office (ONA), Juan Grillo, said on Friday that in the first semester of 2019, Venezuelan authorities seized 8,985 kilograms of different narcotics.

Eugene E Ruyle (2019-05-31). U.S. Imperialism and the Struggle for Venezuela's Future. indybay.org Starry Plough Pub | 3101 Shattuck Ave, at Prince St in Berkeley | Near Ashby BART…

Yves Engler (2019-05-31). Canada's Trudeau Government Supportive of Venezuela Anti-democratic Hardline Elements. globalresearch.ca Not only has Canada financed and otherwise supported opposition parties in Venezuela, Ottawa has allied with some of its most anti-democratic, hardline elements. While the Liberal government has openly backed Voluntad Popular's bid to seize power since January, Ottawa has …

Fight Back (2019-05-31). Minnesotans say "No coup! No war! Hands off Venezuela!" fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – 30 people held signs reading "Hands off Venezuela" and a big banner saying "No coup – no sanctions – no war – hands off Venezuela" on a bridge from Loring Park to the Walker Sculpture Garden over Interstate 94 in Minneapolis during rush hour, May 30. Ten lanes of traffic filled with rush hour traffic traveled underneath. The protesters heard hundreds of honks of agreement that the U.S. shouldn't intervene in Venezuela. | Afterwards protesters gathered to hear from Tracy Molm, a member of the MN Anti-War Committee, to hear an update from Venezuela, "Today we were seen by thousands of people in Mi…

plenglish (2019-05-31). Venezuelan Government Invites EU Special Advisor to Visit the Country. plenglish.com Caracas, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has officially invited the European Union"s (EU) Special Advisor for Venezuela, Enrique Iglesias, to visit Venezuela in the near future.

Alan Macleod (2019-05-31). MintCast Interviews Filmmaker Robbie Martin: The Neoconservative Endgame. mintpressnews.com MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb recently spoke to Robbie Martin ( @FluorescentGrey), a filmmaker whose recent documentary series A Very Heavy Agenda explores how prominent Bush-era neo-conservatives have continued to dominate the Washington foreign policy debate and have been instrumental in creating and fomenting Russiagate and Cold War 2.0. | Neoconservatives, or Neocons, have been a key force in Washington for decades and seem to maintain their…

Yves Engler (2019-05-31). Canada Supports Most Hardline, Anti-Democratic Elements of Venezuela's Oppposition. dissidentvoice.org Not only has Canada financed and otherwise supported opposition parties in Venezuela, Ottawa has allied itself with some of its most anti-democratic, hardline elements. While the Liberal government has openly backed Voluntad Popular's bid to seize power since January, Ottawa has supported the electorally marginal party for years. Juan Guaidó's VP (Popular Will in English) …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-31). 'Coalition Against Death Alley' Kicks Off 5-Day March for Environmental Justice in Louisiana's Petrochemical Corridor. commondreams.org Activists in southern Louisiana kicked off a five-day march on Thursday that aims to bring environmental justice to Cancer Alley—the 85-mile stretch between Baton Rouge and New Orleans that's home to poverty-stricken communities in the shadow of scores of petrochemical facilities. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-05-31). Mueller's Dispute With Barr Is a Turning Point on the Road to Impeachment. truthout.org It's too soon to tell for sure, but a couple of events this week may turn out to have been turning points in the Trump era. First, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, a conservative Republican held a town hall meeting in his district to explain to his constituents why he has decided the president should be impeached. He was surprisingly well received. We learned that even some conservatives appreciate someone who has the courage to buck the party leadership on an issue of principle. Perhaps there's a lesson in that for Democrats. | The other event was the first comment anyone has heard from the sphinx-like special…

Bill Van Auken (2019-05-31). The Hangman of the Middle East: US-backed Regime in Egypt Hands Down Nearly 2,500 Death Sentences. globalresearch.ca Egypt's US-backed dictatorship of Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has sentenced 2,443 people to death since coming to power in a bloody coup in 2013, according to a report issued this week by the UK-based human rights group Reprieve. | Of those …

T.J. Coles (2019-05-31). May Plot? Did U.S. Concerns Over Huawei Hasten Theresa May's Departure? counterpunch.org Britain's PM Theresa May spent the last two years fighting off numerous Brexit-related coup attempts from within her Conservative (Tory) party. But the sudden announcement of her departure came just two weeks after US officials cautioned May not to award contracts to China's Huawei. Was this May's Gough Whitlam moment? GOUGH WHITLAM AND THE FIVE More

plenglish (2019-05-31). Nicaragua Reaffirms Commitment to Solve National Crisis. plenglish.com Managua, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Reconciliation and National Unity (GRUN) of Nicaragua reiterated on Friday its commitment to the fulfillment of the agreements to solve the crisis that the country has been going through as a result of the coup attempt of 2018.

RT (2019-05-31). US to investigate reports N. Korea executed senior diplomat after Hanoi summit failure — Pompeo. rt.com Following a slew of reports that North Korea had executed a senior envoy who participated in the Hanoi peace summit with US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he's 'checking it out.'

susan_p (2019-05-31). Turkey: Leyla Gàºven ends hunger strike. greenleft.org.au Peoples Democratic Party MP, Leyla Gàºven ended her 200-day hunger strike on May 26. Gàºven had been consuming only sugar and salt solutions and vitamins. | Gàºven, a member of the Turkish parliament, began her hunger strike in prison. She was arrested for criticising the Turkish invasion of Afrin, a predominantly Kurdish area of northern Syria. | Gàºven's hunger strike was a protest against the isolation of imprisoned PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) leader Abdullah àñcalan, who has been imprisoned since 1999 and has not been allowed visitors, including family members and lawyers, f…

James Wright (2019-05-31). Ex Labour MP breaks open the heart of the antisemitism smear campaign on BBC Newsnight. thecanary.co Former Labour MP Clare Short got right to the heart of the antisemitism smear campaign against the Jeremy Corbyn-led movement on 28 May. | "Widening of the definition": | Short, who resigned from Tony Blair's front bench over the invasion of Iraq, told Newsnight host Emma Barnett: What's happened is there's bee…

MAIL (2019-05-30). Headlines for May 30, 2019. democracynow.org Robert Mueller Says His Report Did Not Exonerate President Trump, Mueller's Public Remarks Stoke Calls for Trump's Impeachment, Israeli Knesset Dissolved as PM Netanyahu Fails to Form Ruling Coalition, Without Evidence, John Bolton Blames Iran for Oil Tanker Sabotage, Louisiana Lawmakers Approve Ban on Most Abortions, Disney May Halt Filming in Georgia If State Abortion Ban Takes Effect, Latin American Rape Survivors Who Were Denied Abortions Appeal to U.N., Argentines Hold One-Day Strike Against IMF-Imposed Austerity, Argentine Lawmakers Consider Bill to Decriminalize Abortion, Honduran Protesters Mobilize Again…

Lucas Koerner (2019-05-30). Venezuela: Norway Talks End as Pence Telephones Guaido. venezuelanalysis.com Maduro praised "constructive dialogue" while the opposition reiterated appeals to the armed forces.

Marco Teruggi (2019-05-30). Maduro plans early legislative elections. workers.org This article was published in pagina12.com.ar on May 21. Translation by Michael Otto. May 20, 2018, is the date used as the focus of the narrative justifying the current attempted coup. On that day, Nicolás Maduro won the election for president. A large grouping of rightists had announced months before . . . | Continue reading Maduro plans early legislative elections at Workers.org

teleSUR (2019-05-30). Colombian University Fires Professor Critical of Gov't. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Pontifical Xavierian University (PXU) decided Tuesday to end the contract of the Argentinian philosopher, Luciana Cadahia, without justifying the reasons for doing so, a decision which generated reactions among national and international politicians and academics. | RELATED: | Strike Against President Macri Leaves Argentina Paralyzed | "I asked them for the reason and they did not answer me," said Cadahia referring to the Faculty of Philosophy's authorities where she work…

teleSUR (2019-05-30). Colombia: FARC Leader Jesus Santrich Freed at Top Court's Order. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Prosecutor office announced Thursday the release of Jesus Santrich, less than a day after the country's Supreme Court ordered his release, the latest development in a legal saga concerning his detention and possible extradition to the United States. | RELATED: | Supreme Court of Colombia Orders Release of Jesus Santrich | From prison, Santric…

teleSUR (2019-05-30). Colombian High Court Rejects Duque's Objections to Peace Deal. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Constitutional Court rejected all six of President Ivan Duque's objections meant to prevent final approval of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). | RELATED: | Colombian University Fires Professor Critical of Gov't | Approved as part of the Peace Agreement in 2016 under the administration of Juan Manuel Santos, the JEP was monumental in ending half a century of violence between paramilitary groups and the country's largest guerilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-05-30). President Trump is Pardoning War Criminals as He Prosecutes Whistleblowers. theantimedia.com (MPN) — President Donald Trump has already made clear his soft spot for war criminals, having brought one — Elliot Abrams — into his administration. Then, earlier this month, Trump pardoned Army First Lieutenant Michael Behenna. Now, reports indicate Trump is just getting started. And while Trump appears to be making moves to pardon more war …

Ricardo Vaz (2019-05-30). Venezuelan Central Bank Releases Economic Data After Three-Year Hiatus. venezuelanalysis.com Inflation and GDP indicators had not been released since 2016.

teleSUR (2019-05-30). African Countries Launch World's Largest Free Trade Zone. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, 24 African nations enacted the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), an economic integration mechanism that will make it the world's largest trade zone. | RELATED: | South African Alliance Gathers to Show Solidarity to Venezuela | "Historical milestone!" the Trade and Industry Commissioner of the African Union Albert Muchanga said who added, "we celebrate the triumph of the courageous, pragmatic and continental commitment to economic integration." | T…

CGTN Africa (2019-05-30). Comoros president pardons 17 jailed opposition figures. cgtn.com Comoros President Azali Assoumani pardoned 17 jailed opposition figures in a decree issued on Wednesday. | Among those freed was Hassane Ahmed el-Barwane, secretary general of the main Juwa opposition party, who was sentenced to seven years in prison for assaulting a soldier. | All those pardoned were jailed for up to 20 years on charges linked to unrest that followed a controversial constitutional referendum to extend the president's term last year. | Four others sentenced to life on charges of attempting a coup and threatening state security had their terms reduced to 20 years, said presidential adviser Mohamed…

teleSUR (2019-05-30). US: Aid Volunteer Faces 20 Years in Prison for Helping Migrants. telesurenglish.net A United States federal court is weighing in on the case of volunteer Scott Warren, who is on trial and facing 20 years in prison on "smuggling" charges for aiding a pair of undocumented migrants in Arizona. | RELATED: | Trump Imposes 5% Tariff on All Mexican Goods Until It Solves Border Issue | A member of the humanitarian group, No More Deaths, Warren was taken to trial Tuesday on three felony charges: two for allegedly harboring an immigrant couple and one for cons…

Whitney Webb (2019-05-29). Bolton Alleges Iran Maritime Sabotage But Evidence Points Elsewhere. mintpressnews.com ABU DHABI, U.A.E. — On Wednesday, National Security Advisor John Bolton told a group of reporters in Abu Dhabi that "naval mines almost certainly from Iran" had been used to conduct the alleged "sabotage" attack on four commercial vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates' port of Fujairah earlier this month. "There is no doubt in anybody's mind in Washington who is responsible for this and I think it's important that the leadership in Iran know that w…

Staff (2019-05-29). Sen. Graham's Call for Military Intervention in Venezuela: A Scare Tactic? therealnews.com Sen. Lindsey Graham issued one of the most explicit threats of military intervention against Venezuela yet. But does he mean it and does he truly believe Venezuela is a threat to the United States or is he just trying to scare the Maduro government? We discuss the latest escalation with CEPR's Alex Main…

Paul Dobson (2019-05-29). US Hints at Sanctions Against Venezuela CLAP Food Programme as Maduro Incorporates Militia. venezuelanalysis.com The Venezuelan President looks to combat corruption and improve the programme which benefits 6 million Venezuelan families.

Paul Dobson (2019-05-27). Venezuela: New Round of 'Face to Face' Talks to be Held in Norway. venezuelanalysis.com The content of the dialogue between Maduro's and Guaido's teams has not been disclosed.

Ben Norton (2019-05-25). Bipartisan thirst for more war: 75% of Congress calls on Trump to boost intervention in Syria, to 'pressure' Iran and Russia. thegrayzone.com While Trump threatens Iran and Venezuela with new wars, 400 Congress members, including leaders from both parties, want to intensify…

Fight Back (2019-05-24). Venezuela: The opposition collapses, revolution advances. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On May 20, a massive rally filled downtown Caracas as Venezuela's revolutionary movement marked one year since Nicolás Maduro was elected to a second term as president. The celebration comes just three weeks after Juan Guaidó, the Trump-appointed leader of the Venezuelan far right, launched a failed military coup against Maduro. | Since that foolish day, events in Venezuela have accelerated. The opposition lies defeated, and the revolutionary movement advances, millions strong, to with the aim of socialism. | The collapse of the counter-revolution | On April 30, Juan Guaidó declared the "final stage…

Lucas Koerner (2019-05-24). NYT Parrots US Propaganda on Hezbollah in Venezuela. fair.org by Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz The New York Times ( 5/2/19) publishes sensational charges about an official enemy, based on documents only the Times has seen, vouched for by unnamed intelligence agents. What could go wrong? | Judith Miller and Michael Gordon published their now infamous New York Times article o…

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…

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.

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,…

2019-05-31: Social Media Postees

John Bolton's Absurd 'Troika Tyranny'
Corinna Barnard | consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-31
The real tyrants are U.S. allies in the Middle East (not Venezuela, Cuba or Nicaragua), writes Danny Sjursen. By Danny Sjursen TomDispatch.com American foreign policy can be so retro, not to mention absurd. Despite being bogged down in more military… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/31/john-bolto…

Activists protest John Bolton's commencement speech at U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Daniel Carmody | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-31
Bolton has been unabashed in his campaign to launch new wars against Iran, North Korea, and now Venezuela.
liberationnews.org/activists-protest-joh…

US activists vow to protect Venezuelan embassy
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-31
At 9.30am on May 16, police officers illegally entered the Venezuelan embassy in the Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington DC and arrested four activists lawfully living in the building since April 10, as guests of the legitimate Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro. | The four activists arrested were Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese (with the group Popular Resistance), Adrienne Pine (an academic) and David Paul (a CODEPINK member). They are part of a group called the Embassy Protection Collective. | According to the Embassy Protection Collective's attorney Mara Verheyden Hilliard, the activists were charged…
greenleft.org.au/content/us-activists-vow-protect-venezuelan-embassy

Venezuela Is on the Peace Path in Dialogue, Maduro Says
plenglish.com | 2019-05-31
Caracas, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Today, dialogue represents the only way for stability in Venezuela within the Constitution, President Nicolas Maduro said.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Opposition Demand for Maduro's Resignation a Non-Starter, Says Norwegian Official
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-31
An unnamed Norwegian official with inside knowledge of the talks between the Venezuelan opposition and government in Oslo said the opposition "needs to be more realistic." We discuss the talks with Norwegian Venezuela specialist Eirik Vold…
therealnews.com/stories/opposition-deman…

US Hints at Sanctions Against Venezuela CLAP Food Programme. Bolivarian Militia to Protect CLAP
Paul Dobson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the incorporation of the National Bolivarian Militia into the subsidised CLAP (Local Supply and Production Committees) food programme. | The move comes as rumours circulate of upcoming US-led sanctions against the leaders of the programme, …
globalresearch.ca/us-hints-sanctions-aga…

Venezuela asks Turkey to serve as a "protecting power…"
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-31
While speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters, Venezuela's UN representative Samuel Moncada commented on US authorities' demand that embassy employees loyal to Nicolas Maduro vacate the premises so that they can be handed over to employees working on behalf of us-backed self-declared interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido.According to Moncada, the United States …
uwidata.com/3684-venezuela-asks-turkey-t…

Santrich Sends Message of Hope about Peace in Colombia
plenglish.com | 2019-05-31
Bogota, May 31 (Prensa Latina) After being released the eve, FARC leader Jesús Santrich sent "a message of hope in the construction of a peace that seems elusive, but placed as an imperative to continue looking for it at all costs."
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Supreme Court of Colombia Assumes Competence in Santrich Case
plenglish.com | 2019-05-31
Bogota, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) of Colombia will take over from today the competition in the case of FARC leader Jesús Santrich, given his condition as congressman of the Republic.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

U.S. Imperialism and the Struggle for Venezuela's Future
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2019-05-31
Starry Plough Pub | 3101 Shattuck Ave, at Prince St in Berkeley | Near Ashby BART…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/27/1882364…

MintCast Interviews Filmmaker Robbie Martin: The Neoconservative Endgame
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-31
MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb recently spoke to Robbie Martin ( @FluorescentGrey), a filmmaker whose recent documentary series A Very Heavy Agenda explores how prominent Bush-era neo-conservatives have continued to dominate the Washington foreign policy debate and have been instrumental in creating and fomenting Russiagate and Cold War 2.0. | Neoconservatives, or Neocons, have been a key force in Washington for decades and seem to maintain their…
mintpressnews.com/neoconservative-push-w…

Venezuelan Government Invites EU Special Advisor to Visit the Country
plenglish.com | 2019-05-31
Caracas, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has officially invited the European Union"s (EU) Special Advisor for Venezuela, Enrique Iglesias, to visit Venezuela in the near future.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Venezuela Seizes More Than 8,000 Kilograms of Drugs in 2019
plenglish.com | 2019-05-31
Caracas, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The president of the National Antidrug Office (ONA), Juan Grillo, said on Friday that in the first semester of 2019, Venezuelan authorities seized 8,985 kilograms of different narcotics.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Canada Supports Most Hardline, Anti-Democratic Elements of Venezuela's Oppposition
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-31
Not only has Canada financed and otherwise supported opposition parties in Venezuela, Ottawa has allied itself with some of its most anti-democratic, hardline elements. While the Liberal government has openly backed Voluntad Popular's bid to seize power since January, Ottawa has supported the electorally marginal party for years. Juan Guaidó's VP (Popular Will in English) …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/canada-suppor…

Venezuela Moves Toward Delivery of Three Million Homes
plenglish.com | 2019-05-31
Caracas, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan government is still delivering homes through the Gran Mision Vivienda Venezuela (GMVV), to reach the goal of three million.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Canada's Trudeau Government Supportive of Venezuela Anti-democratic Hardline Elements
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
Not only has Canada financed and otherwise supported opposition parties in Venezuela, Ottawa has allied with some of its most anti-democratic, hardline elements. While the Liberal government has openly backed Voluntad Popular's bid to seize power since January, Ottawa has …
globalresearch.ca/ottawa-anti-democratic…

Minnesotans say "No coup! No war! Hands off Venezuela!"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-31
Minneapolis, MN – 30 people held signs reading "Hands off Venezuela" and a big banner saying "No coup – no sanctions – no war – hands off Venezuela" on a bridge from Loring Park to the Walker Sculpture Garden over Interstate 94 in Minneapolis during rush hour, May 30. Ten lanes of traffic filled with rush hour traffic traveled underneath. The protesters heard hundreds of honks of agreement that the U.S. shouldn't intervene in Venezuela. | Afterwards protesters gathered to hear from Tracy Molm, a member of the MN Anti-War Committee, to hear an update from Venezuela, "Today we were seen by thousands of people in Mi…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/31/minnesot…

'Coalition Against Death Alley' Kicks Off 5-Day March for Environmental Justice in Louisiana's Petrochemical Corridor
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-31
Activists in southern Louisiana kicked off a five-day march on Thursday that aims to bring environmental justice to Cancer Alley—the 85-mile stretch between Baton Rouge and New Orleans that's home to poverty-stricken communities in the shadow of scores of petrochemical facilities. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/31/coaliti…

The Hangman of the Middle East: US-backed Regime in Egypt Hands Down Nearly 2,500 Death Sentences
Bill Van Auken | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
Egypt's US-backed dictatorship of Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has sentenced 2,443 people to death since coming to power in a bloody coup in 2013, according to a report issued this week by the UK-based human rights group Reprieve. | Of those …
globalresearch.ca/hangman-middle-east-us…

May Plot? Did U.S. Concerns Over Huawei Hasten Theresa May's Departure?
T.J. Coles | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
Britain's PM Theresa May spent the last two years fighting off numerous Brexit-related coup attempts from within her Conservative (Tory) party. But the sudden announcement of her departure came just two weeks after US officials cautioned May not to award contracts to China's Huawei. Was this May's Gough Whitlam moment? GOUGH WHITLAM AND THE FIVE…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/31/may-plot-did…

Mueller's Dispute With Barr Is a Turning Point on the Road to Impeachment
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-31
It's too soon to tell for sure, but a couple of events this week may turn out to have been turning points in the Trump era. First, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, a conservative Republican held a town hall meeting in his district to explain to his constituents why he has decided the president should be impeached. He was surprisingly well received. We learned that even some conservatives appreciate someone who has the courage to buck the party leadership on an issue of principle. Perhaps there's a lesson in that for Democrats. | The other event was the first comment anyone has heard from the sphinx-like special…
truthout.org/articles/muellers-dispute-w…

Nicaragua Reaffirms Commitment to Solve National Crisis
plenglish.com | 2019-05-31
Managua, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Reconciliation and National Unity (GRUN) of Nicaragua reiterated on Friday its commitment to the fulfillment of the agreements to solve the crisis that the country has been going through as a result of the coup attempt of 2018.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

US to investigate reports N. Korea executed senior diplomat after Hanoi summit failure — Pompeo
rt.com | 2019-05-31
Following a slew of reports that North Korea had executed a senior envoy who participated in the Hanoi peace summit with US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he's 'checking it out.' | …
rt.com/usa/460730-north-korea-executions…

Turkey: Leyla Gàºven ends hunger strike
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-31
Peoples Democratic Party MP, Leyla Gàºven ended her 200-day hunger strike on May 26. Gàºven had been consuming only sugar and salt solutions and vitamins. | Gàºven, a member of the Turkish parliament, began her hunger strike in prison. She was arrested for criticising the Turkish invasion of Afrin, a predominantly Kurdish area of northern Syria. | Gàºven's hunger strike was a protest against the isolation of imprisoned PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) leader Abdullah àñcalan, who has been imprisoned since 1999 and has not been allowed visitors, including family members and lawyers, f…
greenleft.org.au/content/turkey-leyla-guven-ends-hunger-strike

Ex Labour MP breaks open the heart of the antisemitism smear campaign on BBC Newsnight
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-05-31
Former Labour MP Clare Short got right to the heart of the antisemitism smear campaign against the Jeremy Corbyn-led movement on 28 May. | "Widening of the definition": | Short, who resigned from Tony Blair's front bench over the invasion of Iraq, told Newsnight host Emma Barnett: What's happened is there's bee…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/31/ex-labour-mp-breaks-open-the-heart-of-the-antisemitism-smear-campaign-on-bbc-newsnight/

Maduro plans early legislative elections
Marco Teruggi | workers.org | 2019-05-30
This article was published in pagina12.com.ar on May 21. Translation by Michael Otto. May 20, 2018, is the date used as the focus of the narrative justifying the current attempted coup. On that day, Nicolás Maduro won the election for president. A large grouping of rightists had announced months before . . . | Continue reading Maduro plans early legislative elections at Workers.org
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Venezuela: Norway Talks End as Pence Telephones Guaido
Lucas Koerner | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-30
Maduro praised "constructive dialogue" while the opposition reiterated appeals to the armed forces.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14515

Colombian University Fires Professor Critical of Gov't
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-30
Colombia's Pontifical Xavierian University (PXU) decided Tuesday to end the contract of the Argentinian philosopher, Luciana Cadahia, without justifying the reasons for doing so, a decision which generated reactions among national and international politicians and academics. | RELATED: | Strike Against President Macri Leaves Argentina Paralyzed | "I asked them for the reason and they did not answer me," said Cadahia referring to the Faculty of Philosophy's authorities where she work…
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Colombian High Court Rejects Duque's Objections to Peace Deal
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-30
Colombia's Constitutional Court rejected all six of President Ivan Duque's objections meant to prevent final approval of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). | RELATED: | Colombian University Fires Professor Critical of Gov't | Approved as part of the Peace Agreement in 2016 under the administration of Juan Manuel Santos, the JEP was monumental in ending half a century of violence between paramilitary groups and the country's largest guerilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces…
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Colombia: FARC Leader Jesus Santrich Freed at Top Court's Order
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-30
Colombia's Prosecutor office announced Thursday the release of Jesus Santrich, less than a day after the country's Supreme Court ordered his release, the latest development in a legal saga concerning his detention and possible extradition to the United States. | RELATED: | Supreme Court of Colombia Orders Release of Jesus Santrich | From prison, Santric…
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President Trump is Pardoning War Criminals as He Prosecutes Whistleblowers
Alexander Rubinstein | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-30
(MPN) — President Donald Trump has already made clear his soft spot for war criminals, having brought one — Elliot Abrams — into his administration. Then, earlier this month, Trump pardoned Army First Lieutenant Michael Behenna. Now, reports indicate Trump is just getting started. And while Trump appears to be making moves to pardon more war …

President Trump is Pardoning War Criminals as He Prosecutes Whistleblowers

Venezuelan Central Bank Releases Economic Data After Three-Year Hiatus
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-30
Inflation and GDP indicators had not been released since 2016.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14516

African Countries Launch World's Largest Free Trade Zone
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-30
On Thursday, 24 African nations enacted the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), an economic integration mechanism that will make it the world's largest trade zone. | RELATED: | South African Alliance Gathers to Show Solidarity to Venezuela | "Historical milestone!" the Trade and Industry Commissioner of the African Union Albert Muchanga said who added, "we celebrate the triumph of the courageous, pragmatic and continental commitment to economic integration." | T…
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Comoros president pardons 17 jailed opposition figures
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-05-30
Comoros President Azali Assoumani pardoned 17 jailed opposition figures in a decree issued on Wednesday. | Among those freed was Hassane Ahmed el-Barwane, secretary general of the main Juwa opposition party, who was sentenced to seven years in prison for assaulting a soldier. | All those pardoned were jailed for up to 20 years on charges linked to unrest that followed a controversial constitutional referendum to extend the president's term last year. | Four others sentenced to life on charges of attempting a coup and threatening state security had their terms reduced to 20 years, said presidential adviser Mohamed…
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US: Aid Volunteer Faces 20 Years in Prison for Helping Migrants
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-30
A United States federal court is weighing in on the case of volunteer Scott Warren, who is on trial and facing 20 years in prison on "smuggling" charges for aiding a pair of undocumented migrants in Arizona. | RELATED: | Trump Imposes 5% Tariff on All Mexican Goods Until It Solves Border Issue | A member of the humanitarian group, No More Deaths, Warren was taken to trial Tuesday on three felony charges: two for allegedly harboring an immigrant couple and one for cons…
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Bolton Alleges Iran Maritime Sabotage But Evidence Points Elsewhere
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-29
ABU DHABI, U.A.E. — On Wednesday, National Security Advisor John Bolton told a group of reporters in Abu Dhabi that "naval mines almost certainly from Iran" had been used to conduct the alleged "sabotage" attack on four commercial vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates' port of Fujairah earlier this month. "There is no doubt in anybody's mind in Washington who is responsible for this and I think it's important that the leadership in Iran know that w…
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Sen. Graham's Call for Military Intervention in Venezuela: A Scare Tactic?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-29
Sen. Lindsey Graham issued one of the most explicit threats of military intervention against Venezuela yet. But does he mean it and does he truly believe Venezuela is a threat to the United States or is he just trying to scare the Maduro government? We discuss the latest escalation with CEPR's Alex Main…
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US Hints at Sanctions Against Venezuela CLAP Food Programme as Maduro Incorporates Militia
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-29
The Venezuelan President looks to combat corruption and improve the programme which benefits 6 million Venezuelan families.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14514

Venezuela: New Round of 'Face to Face' Talks to be Held in Norway
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-27
The content of the dialogue between Maduro's and Guaido's teams has not been disclosed.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14510

Bipartisan thirst for more war: 75% of Congress calls on Trump to boost intervention in Syria, to 'pressure' Iran and Russia
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-25
While Trump threatens Iran and Venezuela with new wars, 400 Congress members, including leaders from both parties, want to intensify…
thegrayzone.com/2019/05/24/bipartisan-wa…

Venezuela: The opposition collapses, revolution advances
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-24
Chicago, IL – On May 20, a massive rally filled downtown Caracas as Venezuela's revolutionary movement marked one year since Nicolás Maduro was elected to a second term as president. The celebration comes just three weeks after Juan Guaidó, the Trump-appointed leader of the Venezuelan far right, launched a failed military coup against Maduro. | Since that foolish day, events in Venezuela have accelerated. The opposition lies defeated, and the revolutionary movement advances, millions strong, to with the aim of socialism. | The collapse of the counter-revolution | On April 30, Juan Guaidó declared the "final stage…
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NYT Parrots US Propaganda on Hezbollah in Venezuela
Lucas Koerner | fair.org | 2019-05-24
by Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz The New York Times ( 5/2/19) publishes sensational charges about an official enemy, based on documents only the Times has seen, vouched for by unnamed intelligence agents. What could go wrong? | Judith Miller and Michael Gordon published their now infamous New York Times article o…
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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-…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

Would Venezuela be in crisis under Hugo Chavez?
CGTN America | cgtn.com | 2019-05-17
Hugo Chavez made Venezuela one of the richest countries in South America. Today, the Venezuelan economy is collapsing. On this episode we speak to Temir Porras, a former advisor to Chavez, on what could have been done to avoid the current crisis.
america.cgtn.com/2019/05/17/would-venezu…