Daily Archives: May 4, 2019

2019-05-04: News Headlines

RT (2019-05-04). Pro Guaido supporters harass journalists, anti-war activists outside Venezuela's US embassy (VIDEOS). rt.com Journalists covering the standoff at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC have been harassed by a group of Juan Guaido supporters, who demand that the 'Embassy Civilian Protection Collective' vacate the diplomatic building.

Eds. (2019-05-04). It's only a coup if the U.S. Government says so. mronline.org Media side with Trump cronies rather than common sense in labeling coup a 'protest'. | Source

Staff (2019-05-04). The Calm After the Storm in Venezuela: Opposition and Government Measure Support in Streets. therealnews.com It would seem that the April 30th coup effort by Juan Guaidó backfired and energized the Chavista base while it demoralized the opposition. Mike Fox reports from Caracas…

Tyler Durden (2019-05-04). Lindsey Graham Wants Aircraft Carrier to Confront Russians and Cubans in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (ZH) — No, it doesn't appear to be mere hyperbole, considering it's the well-known neocon uber-hawk senator from South Carolina, who like the late John McCain would never waist precious opportunity to put the USA firmly on the war path. Addressing recent reports that Cuba and Russia have sent troops to Venezuela to prop up embattled President Nicolas …

Consortiumnews (2019-05-04). Activists at Venezuelan Embassy Under Threat From Violent Mobs. consortiumnews.com Activists who have been living in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington have called on the State Dept. and Secret Service to stop violent mobs from attacking them. Activists who have been living inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington are reporting… Read more →

RT (2019-05-04). MSM melts down as Trump talks Venezuela with Putin… and 'feels same way'. rt.com America's most trusted talking heads are in meltdown mode, once again accusing Donald Trump of taking orders from Vladimir Putin, after the US leader was seemingly too soft with the Russian president in a recent phone call. |

Eds. (2019-05-04). Chavez the Radical XXI: socialism must be created at the grassroots level. mronline.org In this installment of Tatuy TV's "Chavez the Radical," Chavez discussed the role of the commune in the construction of socialism in Venezuela. | Source

RT (2019-05-04). Lee Camp ponders Pompeo's CIA lies & Guaido's embassy-storming goons (VIDEO). rt.com American comedian Lee Camp dove into this week's most eye-catching headlines, tearing apart bizarre comments made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and weighing in on right-wingers laying siege to the Venezuelan Embassy.

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Another coup fails. greenleft.org.au "Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…

Alan Macleod (2019-05-03). MintCast Episode 2: Failed Coup in Venezuela, Forgotten US Atrocities in the Koreas, and Joe Biden's Race Problem. mintpressnews.com MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss current events in Sri Lanka, France and Venezuela and also delve into U.S. efforts to hide the real history of the Korean War, as well as Joe Biden's history of teaming up with notorious American racists.

Staff (2019-05-03). Why Won't the Mainstream Media Call It a Venezuelan Coup? truthdig.com By refusing to acknowledge efforts to oust Maduro for what they are, the political press has again proved itself a stenographer for power.

John McEvoy (2019-05-03). Explosive new book dissects the soft coup that brought fascism to Brazil. thecanary.co On 28 October 2018, Brazil elected a fascist, racist, sexist, and homophobic president. And an explosive new book delves into how that happened, providing a crucial point of reference for resistance in the process. | Washingt…

Maicol David Lynch (2019-05-03). Venezuela on the cusp of a coup: An eye-witness visitor reports. peoplesworld.org CARACAS, Venezuela—"I don't care for Maduro as a leader, but I'm all for socialism!" This was the response I received time and time again from the so-called "opposition" to the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) headed by Nicolás Maduro during my 14-day visit in the country last month. I was sent to Venezuela as …

Jake Johnson (2019-05-03). Pointing to Disastrous History, Sanders Warns Against Military Action in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (CD) — Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday condemned the Trump administration's threats to take military action in support of right-wing coup plotters in Venezuela. The Vermont senator joined the chorus of progressive members of Congress and advocacy groups warning that U.S. intervention would only worsen political turmoil in Venezuela—and could potentially spark an all-out civil war. "The Trump administration …

Eric Zuesse (2019-05-03). U.S. Government Plan, Dated 23 February 2018, for Coup in Venezuela, Now Leaks Out. globalresearch.ca A detailed plan from "UNITED STATES SOUTHERN COMMAND" dated "23 FEBRUARY 2018" was issued with the title "PLAN TO OVERTHROW THE VENEZUELAN DICTATORSHIP 'MASTERSTROKE'" and is here presented complete. | This document was personally signed by Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, who

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-03). We thought it was merely a stone, but it carried away our wealth. mronline.org n Venezuela, the political leadership of the oligarchy beg for the men in green to set aside the Constitution, as Juan Guiadó and the Venezuelan right-wing opposition attempted a military coup in Venezuela this Tuesday. | Source

Peter Koenig (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Another Failed Coup Attempt. dissidentvoice.org In the early morning hours of 30 April, 2019, the self-declared "Interim President", Juan Guaidó, launched what at first sight appeared to be a military coup — Guaidó calls it "Operation Freedom" (sounds very much like a Washington-invented title) — against the democratically elected, legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro. With two dozen of defected armed …

Walter Smolarek (2019-05-03). Venezuela embassy protectors stand strong against coup supporters' attacks. liberationnews.org Despite escalating violence carried out by supporters of the coup attempt, anti-war organizers residing in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are standing strong with the support of steadfast activists outside the building.

Whitney Webb (2019-05-03). Anti-War Voices on Both Sides Warn of Coming CIA Provocation to Kill Guaidó, Blame Maduro. mintpressnews.com With Guaidó rapidly losing momentum and credibility after Tuesday's failed coup, López and his U.S. backers may turn on their own if they think it will benefit or energize their cause or if it could be used to set the stage for foreign military intervention.

Comitato No Nato (2019-05-03). The US/NATO Orchestration of the 2014 Maidan Coup in Ukraine. globalresearch.ca The Following text is Section 9 of | The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War, : | by the Italian Committee No War No NATO | * | Documentation presented at the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, Florence, April 7, …

WSWS (2019-05-03). German government backs attempted right-wing coup in Venezuela. wsws.org In a joint press release with the far-right Brazilian government, the German Foreign Ministry gave its unconditional backing to the criminal attempted coup in Venezuela.

Paul Dobson (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Lopez Arrest Warrant Issued as Military Show Strength for Maduro. globalresearch.ca Venezuela's judicial authorities have issued a new arrest warrant for fugitive opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez following his escape from house arrest early Tuesday morning. | Caracas' Fifth Court revoked Lopez's house arrest Thursday and ordered his immediate detention, indicating that once …

Edward B. Winslow (2019-05-03). US Imposes Illegal and Deadly Sanctions on Venezuela in David vs. Goliath Battle. globalresearch.ca "We are complicit in crimes against humanity when we know about them and when we don't stop them." — Jacob Appelbaum | The unilaterally issued economic sanctions that the US leveled against Venezuela in 2017 and this year violate international laws …

susan_p (2019-05-03). US sanctions have killed more than 40,000 people in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'

Staff (2019-05-03). Trump's "Troika of Tyranny" Meddles in Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua. truthout.org Under the guise of protecting human rights, the Trump administration is illegally meddling in three countries it has dubbed the "troika of tyranny" — Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. National Security Adviser John Bolton claimed, "Miami is home to countless Americans, who fled the prisons and death squads of the Castro regime in Cuba, the murderous dictatorships of Chavez and Maduro in Venezuela, and the horrific violence of the 1980s and today und…

Staff (2019-05-03). Trump, Putin Discuss Nuclear Pacts, Mueller Report in Hour-Long Call. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than an hour Friday about nuclear weapons agreements, the conflict in Venezuela, North Korea and also briefly about special counsel Robert Mueller's just completed report on Moscow's interference in the 2016 election. | "They had a very good discussion. Spoke for a little over an hour," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House. "They discussed nuclear agreements, both new and extended, with the possibility of having conversations with China on that front as well." | "There was a discussi…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-03). Pointing to Disastrous History of US Intervention, Sanders Warns Against Military Action in Venezuela. commondreams.org "I will do everything I can to see that U.S. troops do not get involved in a civil war in Venezuela." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuelan economist: 'Hyperinflation is a powerful imperialist weapon'. greenleft.org.au Much is made in the media of Venezuela's deep economic crisis. But why does Venezuela have the world's highest inflation rate and what impacts have the sanctions really had on the country? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes spoke to Venezuelan economist Pascualina Curcio, from the Simón Bolívar University, to find out more. | Hyperinflation is a grave problem in Venezuela, but its causes are less clear. How do you explain it?: | The determinant cause of hyperinflation in Venezuela is the political manipulation by third parties of the exchange rate between the bolívar [Bs, Venezuela's local currency] and…

Fight Back (2019-05-03). New Yorkers celebrate May Day. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – On May 1, hundreds of people in New York City celebrated on International Workers' Day. The day was kicked off in Harlem, where a rally for the laundry workers was held as they demanded better working conditions. The day continued at a Trump Tower on Wall Street. Hundreds gathered near the Stock Exchange under the banner "No walls in the workers struggle." | Speeches centered on the different struggles workers are currently facing in the United States and abroad. Many of the speakers also brought up Venezuela and how we need to keep fighting against U.S. intervention. | Once the program ended, th…

Bertha Mojena Milián (2019-05-03). U.S. Lies to Justify Further Attacks on Cuba. globalresearch.ca In statements to the press on Wednesday afternoon, the Cuban Foreign Ministry's Deputy Director for the United States, Johana Tablada, reiterated that "Cuba does not participate with military troops or personnel in military operations in Venezuela" | *** | "There are no …

Carla Stea (2019-05-03). "Psychopath Capitalism": US Economic Terrorism and Genocide Against the People of Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The U.S. maneuvers to destroy the Maduro government's UN accreditation, and replace it with their puppet Guaido are horrifying and Machiavellian, and, quite realistically, since the US has absolutely no scruples, nor any respect for international law, there is an ominous possibility that they may succeed.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-03). Headlines for May 3, 2019. democracynow.org Pelosi Accuses Barr of Lying to Congress over Mueller Report, Rep. Nadler Threatens to Hold Barr in Contempt, Over a Million Evacuate as Cyclone Slams Northeastern India, Venezuela Court Orders Arrest of Opposition Leader Leopoldo López, Two Activists Arrested Outside Venezuelan Embassy in D.C., EU Threatens to Sue U.S. over New Restrictions on Cuba, Senate Fails to Overturn Trump Veto on Yemen War, Assange to Fight Extradition to the United States, Pentagon Accused of Killing 10x as Many Civilians Overseas as Acknowledged in New Report, Report: U.S. Military Spending Is Higher Than Next Eight Countries Combined,…

RT (2019-05-03). 'We saw this playbook in Iraq': Ilhan Omar shoots back at VP Pence in socialism spat. rt.com Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has fired back at Vice President Mike Pence, after Pence accused her of "choosing socialism over freedom" by opposing regime change in Venezuela. |

Jorge Martín (2019-05-03). Guaidó's botched coup—what does it mean and what's next? mronline.org Jorge Martin looks at some of the reasons why the April 30 attempted coup failed, as well as examining Guaido's claim that he controls the military. | Source

Max Blumenthal (2019-05-02). DC Embassy Protectors Force Guaido's Shadow Ambassador to Flee in Failure as Coup Flops in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com A group of determined US activists forced Juan Guaido's shadow ambassador, Carlos Vecchio, to flee from a rally that was supposed to mark his triumphant entry into the Venezuelan embassy in Washington.

Max Blumenthal (2019-05-02). DC embassy protectors force Guaido's shadow ambassador to flee in failure as coup flops in Venezuela. thegrayzone.com A group of determined US activists forced Juan Guaido's shadow ambassador, Carlos Vecchio, to flee from a rally that was…

Fight Back (2019-05-02). FRSO delegation at mega May Day rally in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela — The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation in Venezuela participated in the massive International Workers Day rally in Caracas, May 1. Hundreds of thousands of working people participated. President Maduro addressed the rally. | The massive outpouring of support for Venezuela's national democratic government came on the heels of a failed coup attempt.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-02). A Debate on Maduro: Two Venezuelans Oppose U.S. Intervention But Differ on Steps Ahead. democracynow.org Competing pro- and anti-government rallies were held Wednesday as President Nicolás Maduro accused the United States of backing Tuesday's failed coup led by opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Speaking to a massive crowd of supporters outside the presidential palace of Miraflores, Maduro said the United States had been tricked into believing that several top Venezuelan officials were ready to break with his government. In Washington, the National Security Council held a principals' meeting on Wednesday to discuss Venezuela. The Washington Post reports the staff of national security adviser John Bolton clashed with a t…

Fight Back (2019-05-02). Eyewitness Venezuela: 400,000 workers rally for May Day in Caracas. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – On May 1, May Day, in the heart of downtown, 400,000 workers poured into the streets for two reasons: to honor their day, International Workers Day; and to celebrate the defeat of the coup attempt against their elected president Nicolas Maduro. | The energy was incredible in what can only be described as a victory rally, as the working class has defeated every attack inflicted against it by imperialism in the past 20 years. Workers marched in their work uniforms, behind the banners of their socialist unions – miners, oil workers, cement workers, teachers and all other sectors of the economy.

Alan Macleod (2019-05-02). Venezuela: It's Only a Coup if the US Government Says It Is. mintpressnews.com In their efforts to refrain from using the negative—but accurate—term "coup" to describe events they support, the media have sometimes had to go to bizarre, roundabout and garbled lengths to dance around it.

Whitney Webb (2019-05-02). Having Admitted to "Lying" and "Cheating" while CIA Director, Pompeo Drops Another Whopper after Failed Venezuelan Coup. mintpressnews.com The lack of scrutiny given by the mainstream media to Bolton and Pompeo's claims is yet another troubling sign of the transformation of many mainstream media outlets into faithful government stenographers.

Michael Fox (2019-05-02). Once Again, Mainstream Media Get It Wrong on Venezuela. thenation.com Once Again, Mainstream Media Get It Wrong on Venezuela…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-02). Venezuela: Failed Coup Argues for New Approach. consortiumnews.com The Trump administration should set aside its disinformation campaign and start looking at reality, says Fulton Armstrong. By Fulton Armstrong Special to Consortium News The Trump administration's approach to Venezuela have both policy and intelligence failure written all over them…. Read more →

Peter Bolton (2019-05-02). Pro-coup protesters surround Venezuelan embassy in Washington but meet resistance from peace activists. thecanary.co As the coup attempts in Venezuela rage on, a battle over the country's embassy in Washington has been raging too. As The Canary previously reported, a group of activists called the 'Embassy Protection Collective' have been living in the embassy as guests. Their aim is to keep it out of the hands of opposition leader Juan Guaidó's self-proclaimed shadow govern…

ANSWER Coalition (2019-05-02). Struggle to protect the Venezuelan Embassy in D.C.: coup-makers blocked on May Day. liberationnews.org The illegal seizure of the Embassy has been stopped by a combination of disciplined activists who held their ground and a legal strategy that asserted their rights.

John McEvoy (2019-05-02). US progressives offer ray of hope and resistance as military threats against Venezuela intensify. thecanary.co After another failed coup attempt in Venezuela, W…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-02). Headlines for May 2, 2019. democracynow.org Attorney General Barr Grilled by Senate Judiciary over Mueller Report, Trump Administration Says It May Go to War to Oust Venezuelan President, Hundreds Arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Paris, France, at May Day Rallies, Haitians Mark May Day with Calls for Living Wages, Ouster of President MoàØse, Honduras Cancels Education and Healthcare Privatization Plans Amid Protests, Puerto Rico May Day Protesters Demand End to Austerity Measures, 10,000 South Carolina Teachers Rally for Union Rights and Livable Wages, New York Domestic Workers Join Protest at the Trump Building on Wall Street, 16-Year-Old Gu…

FAIR (2019-05-02). Don't Let Up on Big Media. fair.org Dear FAIR friends, There's a reason tens of thousands of you read FAIR's posts. Here are just three in the past week that have been widely shared across the social media landscape. Zero Percent of Elite Commentators Oppose Regime Change in Venezuela Corporate Media Are Here to Warn You: Medicare for All Is a …

Consortiumnews (2019-05-02). First-Hand Account of Protecting the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington. consortiumnews.com Kevin Zeese, co-founder of the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective, described the situation inside the embassy on Wednesday. 'Focused on Sovereignty and Peace' By Dennis J. Bernstein Special to Consortium News On May 1, I conducted this phone interview with Kevin… Read more →

Jake Johnson (2019-05-02). US Will Take Military Action in Venezuela "If That's What's Required" theantimedia.com (CD) — Going a step beyond the "all options are on the table" platitudes consistently parroted by Trump administration officials, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the U.S. is prepared to take military action in Venezuela "if that's what's required." "The president has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent—military action is possible," Pompeo said in an interview on Fox …

2019-05-04: Social Media Postees

It's only a coup if the U.S. Government says so
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-04
Media side with Trump cronies rather than common sense in labeling coup a 'protest'. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/04/its-only-a-coup-…

The Calm After the Storm in Venezuela: Opposition and Government Measure Support in Streets
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-04
It would seem that the April 30th coup effort by Juan Guaidó backfired and energized the Chavista base while it demoralized the opposition. Mike Fox reports from Caracas…
therealnews.com/stories/the-calm-after-t…

Lindsey Graham Wants Aircraft Carrier to Confront Russians and Cubans in Venezuela
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-04
(ZH) — No, it doesn't appear to be mere hyperbole, considering it's the well-known neocon uber-hawk senator from South Carolina, who like the late John McCain would never waist precious opportunity to put the USA firmly on the war path. Addressing recent reports that Cuba and Russia have sent troops to Venezuela to prop up embattled President Nicolas …

Lindsey Graham Wants Aircraft Carrier to Confront Russians and Cubans in Venezuela

Chavez the Radical XXI: socialism must be created at the grassroots level
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-04
In this installment of Tatuy TV's "Chavez the Radical," Chavez discussed the role of the commune in the construction of socialism in Venezuela. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/04/chavez-the-radic…

MSM melts down as Trump talks Venezuela with Putin… and 'feels same way'
rt.com | 2019-05-04
America's most trusted talking heads are in meltdown mode, once again accusing Donald Trump of taking orders from Vladimir Putin, after the US leader was seemingly too soft with the Russian president in a recent phone call. | …
rt.com/usa/458367-media-meltdown-trump-p…

Activists at Venezuelan Embassy Under Threat From Violent Mobs
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-04
Activists who have been living in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington have called on the State Dept. and Secret Service to stop violent mobs from attacking them. Activists who have been living inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington are reporting… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/03/activists-…

Lee Camp ponders Pompeo's CIA lies & Guaido's embassy-storming goons (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-05-04
American comedian Lee Camp dove into this week's most eye-catching headlines, tearing apart bizarre comments made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and weighing in on right-wingers laying siege to the Venezuelan Embassy. | …
rt.com/usa/458372-lee-camp-venezuela-ass…

Pro Guaido supporters harass journalists, anti-war activists outside Venezuela's US embassy (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2019-05-04
Journalists covering the standoff at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC have been harassed by a group of Juan Guaido supporters, who demand that the 'Embassy Civilian Protection Collective' vacate the diplomatic building. | …
rt.com/usa/458339-venezuela-embassy-stan…

Venezuela on the cusp of a coup: An eye-witness visitor reports
Maicol David Lynch | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-03
CARACAS, Venezuela–"I don't care for Maduro as a leader, but I'm all for socialism!" This was the response I received time and time again from the so-called "opposition" to the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) headed by Nicolás Maduro during my 14-day visit in the country last month. I was sent to Venezuela as …
peoplesworld.org/article/venezuela-on-th…

U.S. Government Plan, Dated 23 February 2018, for Coup in Venezuela, Now Leaks Out
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
A detailed plan from "UNITED STATES SOUTHERN COMMAND" dated "23 FEBRUARY 2018" was issued with the title "PLAN TO OVERTHROW THE VENEZUELAN DICTATORSHIP 'MASTERSTROKE'" and is here presented complete. | This document was personally signed by Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, who …
globalresearch.ca/u-s-government-plan-da…

German government backs attempted right-wing coup in Venezuela
wsws.org | 2019-05-03
In a joint press release with the far-right Brazilian government, the German Foreign Ministry gave its unconditional backing to the criminal attempted coup in Venezuela.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/03/maas…

The US/NATO Orchestration of the 2014 Maidan Coup in Ukraine
Comitato No Nato | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
The Following text is Section 9 of | The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War, : | by the Italian Committee No War No NATO | * | Documentation presented at the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, Florence, April 7, …
globalresearch.ca/usnato-orchestration-c…

Why Won't the Mainstream Media Call It a Venezuelan Coup?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-03
By refusing to acknowledge efforts to oust Maduro for what they are, the political press has again proved itself a stenographer for power.
truthdig.com/articles/why-wont-the-mains…

Venezuela embassy protectors stand strong against coup supporters' attacks
Walter Smolarek | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Despite escalating violence carried out by supporters of the coup attempt, anti-war organizers residing in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are standing strong with the support of steadfast activists outside the building.
liberationnews.org/venezuela-embassy-pro…

MintCast Episode 2: Failed Coup in Venezuela, Forgotten US Atrocities in the Koreas, and Joe Biden's Race Problem
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-03
MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss current events in Sri Lanka, France and Venezuela and also delve into U.S. efforts to hide the real history of the Korean War, as well as Joe Biden's history of teaming up with notorious American racists.
mintpressnews.com/mintcast-episode-2-fai…

Anti-War Voices on Both Sides Warn of Coming CIA Provocation to Kill Guaidó, Blame Maduro
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-03
With Guaidó rapidly losing momentum and credibility after Tuesday's failed coup, López and his U.S. backers may turn on their own if they think it will benefit or energize their cause or if it could be used to set the stage for foreign military intervention.
mintpressnews.com/anti-war-voices-warn-o…

Pointing to Disastrous History, Sanders Warns Against Military Action in Venezuela
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-03
(CD) — Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday condemned the Trump administration's threats to take military action in support of right-wing coup plotters in Venezuela. The Vermont senator joined the chorus of progressive members of Congress and advocacy groups warning that U.S. intervention would only worsen political turmoil in Venezuela–and could potentially spark an all-out civil war. "The Trump administration …

Pointing to Disastrous History, Sanders Warns Against Military Action in Venezuela

Guaidó's botched coup–what does it mean and what's next?
Jorge Martín | mronline.org | 2019-05-03
Jorge Martin looks at some of the reasons why the April 30 attempted coup failed, as well as examining Guaido's claim that he controls the military. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/03/guaidos-botched-…

Explosive new book dissects the soft coup that brought fascism to Brazil
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-05-03
On 28 October 2018, Brazil elected a fascist, racist, sexist, and homophobic president. And an explosive new book delves into how that happened, providing a crucial point of reference for resistance in the process. | Washingt…
thecanary.co/reviews/2019/05/03/explosive-new-book-dissects-the-soft-coup-that-brought-fascism-to-brazil/

We thought it was merely a stone, but it carried away our wealth
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-05-03
n Venezuela, the political leadership of the oligarchy beg for the men in green to set aside the Constitution, as Juan Guiadó and the Venezuelan right-wing opposition attempted a military coup in Venezuela this Tuesday. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/03/we-thought-it-wa…

Venezuela: Another Failed Coup Attempt
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-03
In the early morning hours of 30 April, 2019, the self-declared "Interim President", Juan Guaidó, launched what at first sight appeared to be a military coup — Guaidó calls it "Operation Freedom" (sounds very much like a Washington-invented title) — against the democratically elected, legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro. With two dozen of defected armed …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/venezuela-ano…

Venezuela: Another coup fails
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
"Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-another-coup-fails

Venezuela: Lopez Arrest Warrant Issued as Military Show Strength for Maduro
Paul Dobson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Venezuela's judicial authorities have issued a new arrest warrant for fugitive opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez following his escape from house arrest early Tuesday morning. | Caracas' Fifth Court revoked Lopez's house arrest Thursday and ordered his immediate detention, indicating that once …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-lopez-arrest…

Pointing to Disastrous History of US Intervention, Sanders Warns Against Military Action in Venezuela
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
"I will do everything I can to see that U.S. troops do not get involved in a civil war in Venezuela." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/03/pointin…

'We saw this playbook in Iraq': Ilhan Omar shoots back at VP Pence in socialism spat
rt.com | 2019-05-03
Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has fired back at Vice President Mike Pence, after Pence accused her of "choosing socialism over freedom" by opposing regime change in Venezuela. | …
rt.com/usa/458316-ilhan-omar-venezuela-p…

US Imposes Illegal and Deadly Sanctions on Venezuela in David vs. Goliath Battle
Edward B. Winslow | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
"We are complicit in crimes against humanity when we know about them and when we don't stop them." — Jacob Appelbaum | The unilaterally issued economic sanctions that the US leveled against Venezuela in 2017 and this year violate international laws …
globalresearch.ca/us-imposes-illegal-dea…

US sanctions have killed more than 40,000 people in Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'…
greenleft.org.au/content/us-sanctions-killed-more-40000-venezuela

New Yorkers celebrate May Day
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-03
New York, NY – On May 1, hundreds of people in New York City celebrated on International Workers' Day. The day was kicked off in Harlem, where a rally for the laundry workers was held as they demanded better working conditions. The day continued at a Trump Tower on Wall Street. Hundreds gathered near the Stock Exchange under the banner "No walls in the workers struggle." | Speeches centered on the different struggles workers are currently facing in the United States and abroad. Many of the speakers also brought up Venezuela and how we need to keep fighting against U.S. intervention. | Once the program ended, th…
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Venezuelan economist: 'Hyperinflation is a powerful imperialist weapon'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Much is made in the media of Venezuela's deep economic crisis. But why does Venezuela have the world's highest inflation rate and what impacts have the sanctions really had on the country? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes spoke to Venezuelan economist Pascualina Curcio, from the Simón Bolívar University, to find out more. | Hyperinflation is a grave problem in Venezuela, but its causes are less clear. How do you explain it?: | The determinant cause of hyperinflation in Venezuela is the political manipulation by third parties of the exchange rate between the bolívar [Bs, Venezuela's local currency] and…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-economist-hyperinflation-powerful-imperialist-weapon

"Psychopath Capitalism": US Economic Terrorism and Genocide Against the People of Venezuela
Carla Stea | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
The U.S. maneuvers to destroy the Maduro government's UN accreditation, and replace it with their puppet Guaido are horrifying and Machiavellian, and, quite realistically, since the US has absolutely no scruples, nor any respect for international law, there is an ominous possibility that they may succeed.
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San Diego PSL stands with workers everywhere on May Day
Michaela Malone | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Carrying signs printed with the words "Hands Off Venezuela," members of the PSL and the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) also stressed the need for solidarity with working class Venezuelans…
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U.S. Lies to Justify Further Attacks on Cuba
Bertha Mojena Milián | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
In statements to the press on Wednesday afternoon, the Cuban Foreign Ministry's Deputy Director for the United States, Johana Tablada, reiterated that "Cuba does not participate with military troops or personnel in military operations in Venezuela" | *** | "There are no …
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Trump's "Troika of Tyranny" Meddles in Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-03
Under the guise of protecting human rights, the Trump administration is illegally meddling in three countries it has dubbed the "troika of tyranny" — Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. National Security Adviser John Bolton claimed, "Miami is home to countless Americans, who fled the prisons and death squads of the Castro regime in Cuba, the murderous dictatorships of Chavez and Maduro in Venezuela, and the horrific violence of the 1980s and today und…
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Trump, Putin Discuss Nuclear Pacts, Mueller Report in Hour-Long Call
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-03
WASHINGTON–President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than an hour Friday about nuclear weapons agreements, the conflict in Venezuela, North Korea and also briefly about special counsel Robert Mueller's just completed report on Moscow's interference in the 2016 election. | "They had a very good discussion. Spoke for a little over an hour," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House. "They discussed nuclear agreements, both new and extended, with the possibility of having conversations with China on that front as well." | "There was a discussi…
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Having Admitted to "Lying" and "Cheating" while CIA Director, Pompeo Drops Another Whopper after Failed Venezuelan Coup
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-02
The lack of scrutiny given by the mainstream media to Bolton and Pompeo's claims is yet another troubling sign of the transformation of many mainstream media outlets into faithful government stenographers.
mintpressnews.com/pompeos-claim-that-mad…

A Debate on Maduro: Two Venezuelans Oppose U.S. Intervention But Differ on Steps Ahead
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-02
Competing pro- and anti-government rallies were held Wednesday as President Nicolás Maduro accused the United States of backing Tuesday's failed coup led by opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Speaking to a massive crowd of supporters outside the presidential palace of Miraflores, Maduro said the United States had been tricked into believing that several top Venezuelan officials were ready to break with his government. In Washington, the National Security Council held a principals' meeting on Wednesday to discuss Venezuela. The Washington Post reports the staff of national security adviser John Bolton clashed with a t…
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Once Again, Mainstream Media Get It Wrong on Venezuela
Michael Fox | thenation.com | 2019-05-02
Once Again, Mainstream Media Get It Wrong on Venezuela…
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DC embassy protectors force Guaido's shadow ambassador to flee in failure as coup flops in Venezuela
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-02
A group of determined US activists forced Juan Guaido's shadow ambassador, Carlos Vecchio, to flee from a rally that was…
thegrayzone.com/2019/05/02/guaido-vecchi…

Venezuela: It's Only a Coup if the US Government Says It Is
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-02
In their efforts to refrain from using the negative–but accurate–term "coup" to describe events they support, the media have sometimes had to go to bizarre, roundabout and garbled lengths to dance around it.
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FRSO delegation at mega May Day rally in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-02
Caracas, Venezuela — The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation in Venezuela participated in the massive International Workers Day rally in Caracas, May 1. Hundreds of thousands of working people participated. President Maduro addressed the rally. | The massive outpouring of support for Venezuela's national democratic government came on the heels of a failed coup attempt.
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US progressives offer ray of hope and resistance as military threats against Venezuela intensify
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-05-02
After another failed coup attempt in Venezuela, W…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/02/us-progressives-offer-ray-of-hope-and-resistance-as-military-threats-against-venezuela-intensify/

Venezuela: Failed Coup Argues for New Approach
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-02
The Trump administration should set aside its disinformation campaign and start looking at reality, says Fulton Armstrong. By Fulton Armstrong Special to Consortium News The Trump administration's approach to Venezuela have both policy and intelligence failure written all over them…. Read more ?…
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Eyewitness Venezuela: 400,000 workers rally for May Day in Caracas
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-02
Caracas, Venezuela – On May 1, May Day, in the heart of downtown, 400,000 workers poured into the streets for two reasons: to honor their day, International Workers Day; and to celebrate the defeat of the coup attempt against their elected president Nicolas Maduro. | The energy was incredible in what can only be described as a victory rally, as the working class has defeated every attack inflicted against it by imperialism in the past 20 years. Workers marched in their work uniforms, behind the banners of their socialist unions – miners, oil workers, cement workers, teachers and all other sectors of the economy.
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Struggle to protect the Venezuelan Embassy in D.C.: coup-makers blocked on May Day
ANSWER Coalition | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-02
The illegal seizure of the Embassy has been stopped by a combination of disciplined activists who held their ground and a legal strategy that asserted their rights.
liberationnews.org/struggle-to-protect-t…

DC Embassy Protectors Force Guaido's Shadow Ambassador to Flee in Failure as Coup Flops in Venezuela
Max Blumenthal | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-02
A group of determined US activists forced Juan Guaido's shadow ambassador, Carlos Vecchio, to flee from a rally that was supposed to mark his triumphant entry into the Venezuelan embassy in Washington.
mintpressnews.com/dc-embassy-protectors-…

Pro-coup protesters surround Venezuelan embassy in Washington but meet resistance from peace activists
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2019-05-02
As the coup attempts in Venezuela rage on, a battle over the country's embassy in Washington has been raging too. As The Canary previously reported, a group of activists called the 'Embassy Protection Collective' have been living in the embassy as guests. Their aim is to keep it out of the hands of opposition leader Juan Guaidó's self-proclaimed shadow govern…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/03/pro-coup-protesters-surround-venezuelan-embassy-in-washington-but-meet-resistance-from-peace-activists/

Venezuelan FM Arreaza addresses anti-war activists in New York City
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-02
The Foreign Minister recounted the arm-twisting tactics of U.S. ambassadors in countless countries, where they have have threatened to pull IMF loans and trade deals from governments that refuse to recognize the puppet "president" Juan Guaidó.
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Don't Let Up on Big Media
fair.org | 2019-05-02
Dear FAIR friends, There's a reason tens of thousands of you read FAIR's posts. Here are just three in the past week that have been widely shared across the social media landscape. Zero Percent of Elite Commentators Oppose Regime Change in Venezuela Corporate Media Are Here to Warn You: Medicare for All Is a …
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The Tragedy of Venezuela is the Tragedy of the US
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-02
Trump doesn't give a farthing about Venezuela and is letting his underlings let slip the dogs of war in so long as it secures Florida's electoral votes for Trump 2020, says Lawrence Wilkerson. By Lawrence Wilkerson Anti-War.com Knowing what I… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/02/the-traged…

First-Hand Account of Protecting the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-02
Kevin Zeese, co-founder of the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective, described the situation inside the embassy on Wednesday. 'Focused on Sovereignty and Peace' By Dennis J. Bernstein Special to Consortium News On May 1, I conducted this phone interview with Kevin… Read more ?…
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