2019-05-08: Social Media Postees

Will the Trump Regime Attack Venezuela and Iran?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
Imperial madness defines US geopolitics under Republicans and undemocratic Dems, seeking dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations. | Naked aggression and other hostile actions are its favored strategies. Trump delegated his geopolitical agenda to hardline extremists Pompeo and Bolton….
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Pompeo in Baghdad to Pressure Iraq to Join Press Against Iran; Iraq Declines
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-05-08
Mike Pompeo and John Bolton are known, serial, dedicated liars.(Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Trita Parsi: John Bolton has wanted war with Iran for 20 years. Now could be his best chance
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-08
In a statement on Sunday night, Bolton said the move was intended to "send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attacks on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force."
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President Maduro Ratifies Commitment to Red Cross Principles
plenglish.com | 2019-05-08
Caracas, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday praised the work carried out by the International Red Cross and ratified the Executive"s commitment to cooperate with the agency.
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MPs Denounced Anzoategui Governor For Misappropriation of Funds
plenglish.com | 2019-05-08
08 de mayo de 2019, 15: 40Caracas, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Deputies of the Legislative Council of the state of Anzoategui, accompanied by representatives of the people, denounced the opposition governor Antonio Barreto for misappropriation of funds, reported this Wednesday in the local press.
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Canada's Liberal government abets US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela
wsws.org | 2019-05-08
Last week Canada proclaimed its support for Guaidó's coup attempt and stepped up its efforts to bring to power a far-right, pro-imperialist regime in Caracas.
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Venezuela ¥s Armed Force Rejects US Meddling
plenglish.com | 2019-05-08
08 de mayo de 2019, 15: 49Caracas, May 8 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) rejected on Wednesday statements made Tuesday regarding Venezuela by the Head of the US Southern Command, Admiral Craig Stephen Faller.
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Venezuelan Justice Investigates Those Involved in Attempted Coup
plenglish.com | 2019-05-08
Caracas, May 8 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and the Public Ministry of Venezuela are carrying out an investigation to determine those involved in the attempted coup d"état on April 30, when five people were killed.
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The Quiet Coup
Vern Loomis | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-08
Does William Barr appear to be easily manipulated? Do you really think he lacks inner strength? James Comey thinks so (James Comey: How Trump Co-opts Leaders Like Bill Barr). How about Mike Pompeo and Stephen Miller? Does Donald Trump have them acting out of character? Do you think Lindsey Graham does his bidding out of …
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Failed 'coup' actually a corporate fake news story designed to trick Venezuelan soldiers and the public
Dave Lindorff | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-08
we now know the truth: the whole thing was a fraud staged at the instigation of Washington in hopes that the Venezuelan people and rank-and-file troops would fall for the trick and think a coup was underway.
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Ross Camp Santa Cruz Tuesday 5-7-2019
AutumnSun | indybay.org | 2019-05-08
Today with only a couple camp residents now in the area. Heavy equipment is being brought in and the police have closed off the area, including the footbridge!
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What Is Happening at the Venezuelan Embassy Is an Outrage
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-08
Right here in Washington DC an unprecedented showdown is unfolding. Venezuelan supporters of self-declared interim president Juan Guaido have been trying to take over the Venezuelan Embassy. This goes against international law, the wishes of the government in control in Venezuela, and the dogged determination of a group of US citizens called the Embassy Protection Collective, who have been living in the Embassy since April 15. | A takeover of the embassy of a sovereign nation whose government holds power and is recognized by the United Nations would be illegal according to the 1961 Vienna Conventions on Diplomati…
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Social movements under intense attack despite Colombia 'peace plan'
Medea Benjamin | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-08
This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | With Venezuela occupying the small bandwidth our media has for news about Latin America, there is virtually no information about Colombia, where a horrible wave of violence in the past two years has taken the lives of hundreds of social movement leaders and activists around the country, especially in places such as Cauca, Antioquia, Santander and Arauca. That's why Colombia's social movements organized the Humanitarian Refugee Convergence, w…
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China Reaffirms Respect for UN Charter on Venezuela Issue Resolution
plenglish.com | 2019-05-08
Beijing, May 8 ( Prensa Latina ) China reaffirmed Wednesday its call to respect the basic principles of the UN Charter in any initiative to resolve the situation in Venezuela, stressing that internal affairs belong to its government and people.
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A Permanent, Soylent-Based Solution to Capitalism
Jennifer Matsui | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-08
The architects of "regime change" in Venezuela and Iran know only too well that their interventions never bring about anything beyond chaos, destruction and death. Our Overlords are not deluded, pie-in-the-sky dreamers but clear-sighted, rational merchants of nightmares. Where we see endless despair and violence as a result of their meddling, they see a surge…
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Pence lifts US sanctions from Venezuela's defector general, hopes to inspire more turncoats
rt.com | 2019-05-08
The US has lifted sanctions from a former Venezuelan spy chief, who recently defected from President Nicolas Maduro's side. US Vice President Mike Pence hopes this incentive will prompt others to defect as well. | …
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US is Acting in Venezuela like the ' West Cowboy ', Spanish FM Says
plenglish.com | 2019-05-08
Madrid, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Spain"s Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell, accused Wednesday the United States of behaving like a "cowboy" in Venezuela and demanded a solution to the political conflict in that country through peaceful means.
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Corporate Media Target Gabbard for Her Anti-Interventionism–a Word They Can Barely Pronounce
Owen Walsh | fair.org | 2019-05-08
by Owen Walsh Tulsi Gabbard being challenged on The View ( 2/20/19) by Ana Navarro: "Why are you so against intervention in Venezuela?" | Presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has not garnered much press coverage since announcing her bid on February 2; she's the 13th-most-mentioned Democratic candidate on TV news, according to FAIR's most recent count ( 4/14/19). | But when corporate media do talk about the Hawaii congressmember, they tend to reveal more about themselves than about her…
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U.S. State Department publishes, then deletes sadistic Venezuela hit list boasting of economic ruin
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-08
The Grayzone has obtained a list of "key outcomes" on Venezuela deleted out of apparent embarrassment by the State Department. It boasts of wrecking the nation's economy, destabilizing its military, and puppeteering its political opposition. | Source…
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Trump, emulating Hitler
Atilio A. Borón | mronline.org | 2019-05-08
Against this plan led today by Trump and his collaborators, free peoples from all over the world are on the front line with Venezuela. Therefore, international solidarity with their struggle is an inescapable moral imperative for all women and all men of good will. | Source…
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Plans Against Cuba, Venezuela are Interfering, Diaz-Canel Denounced
plenglish.com | 2019-05-08
Havana, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said today that US plans against the Caribbean island and the Venezuelan people are perverse and highly interfering.
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US Venezuela Sanctions Violate Human Rights, International Law: UN Expert
TeleSUR English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-08
UN expert Idriss Jazairy stated that unilateral measures are against the U.N.'s Declaration on the Principles of International Law concerning friendly relations and cooperation among States.
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Colombia Concerned About Falling Coffee Prices
plenglish.com | 2019-05-08
08 de mayo de 2019, 15: 46Bogota, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Coffee producers in Colombia this Wednesday were alarmed by the sharp decline in world market coffee prices below 90 US cents per lb.
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Trump and Bolton Are Putting War With Iran on a Hair Trigger
Bob Dreyfuss | thenation.com | 2019-05-07
Trump and Bolton Are Putting War With Iran on a Hair Trigger…
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Trita Parsi: John Bolton Has Wanted War With Iran for 20 Years. Now Could Be His Best Chance
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-07
Iran is accusing the United States of "psychological warfare" after National Security Advisor John Bolton announced the U.S. is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the region. In a statement on Sunday night, Bolton said the move was intended to "send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attacks on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force." On Monday acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the deployment was made because of a "credible threat by Iranian regime forces" but he offered no details. Axios is reporting…
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US Deploys Four B-52 Bombers to Deter "Possible Attack" by Iran
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-07
(ZH) — The deployment of American military assets to the Middle East continues to ramp up following national security advisor John Bolton's Sunday night statements warning the US is prepared to send "a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime". Citing "possible attack by Iran" against US troops in the region, four B-52 bombers are now on their way …

US Deploys Four B-52 Bombers to Deter "Possible Attack" by Iran

Air Pollution Crisis Exposes More Environmental Racism in Illinois
Sharon Lerner | theintercept.com | 2019-05-07
Wendy Abrams has used her wealth to help protect the environment and public health. She's the founder of a public art exhibit meant to raise awareness on climate change, serves on the board of the Waterkeeper Alliance, and has been on the boards of the NRDC Action Fund and the Environmental Defense Fund's National Council. She helped found the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chica…
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FRSO Venezuela delegation meets with trade union leader
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-07
Caracas, Venezuela – The delegation from Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) met with Jacobo Torres, May 6, the international relations coordinator for the Central of Bolivarian Socialist Workers (CBST) and a member of the international relations commission of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). He also is a delegate for the working class in the Constituent National Assembly (ANC). | They met Torres at one of the work stations of Corpoelec, the state-run electricity company that provides power to the entire country. In March, far-right terrorists, with the support of the United States, attacked…
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Failed 'Coup' a Fake Corporate News Story Designed to Trick Venezuelan Soldiers–and US Public
Dave Lindorff | fair.org | 2019-05-07
by Dave Lindorff | After days of breathless reporting in the US media about public and military support for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro collapsing, and about an April 30 coup by presidential poseur Juan Guaidó, we now know the truth: The whole thing was a fraud, staged at the instigation of Washington in hopes that the Venezuelan people and rank-and-file troops would fall for the trick and think an actual coup was underway. | We also know, from an excellent May 2 report by Michael Fox in the Nation magazine, that the US mainstrea…
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Embassy Protection Collective: We're Still Here And We're Staying
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-07
The Embassy Protection Collective formed on April 10, the day after the Trump administration manipulated the Organization of American States (OAS) to change the rules so they could recognize their puppet, Juan Guaido, as president of Venezuela. The OAS could not get the required two-thirds vote to recognize a government so they changed the rules …
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Washington's hybrid war on Venezuela — a very 21st-century attempt at regime change
Jeb Sprague | mronline.org | 2019-05-07
Rather than carry out conventional war, over recent months U.S. officials have sought to promote internal divisions, sabotage, and economic collapse within Venezuela. Here's the full story of Washington's hybrid war on the country. | Source…
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Foreign Minister Arreaza: 'The People of Venezuela Are Prepared to Defend Their Sovereignty'
TeleSUR English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-07
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced US sanctions and asset freezes during a recent trip to Moscow.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14472

Defending the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-07
Washington, DC – On May 4, over 100 people came out to support the Embassy Protection Collective that has been inside the Venezuelan embassy, defending it for the past several weeks. | The day also featured a crowd of between 100 and 150 opposition goons. Their numbers grew for a few hours during their opposition-organized outdoor concert. These are people who make no secret of their desire for their own country to be the target of a U.S. invasion. | Inside the embassy, the protectors have ranged in numbers from between 20 and 50 people over the course of the past two weeks. They are living there with the support…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/6/defending…

Bolton's Vague Press Release Lays Foundation for Military Attack Against Iran
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-06
According to Bolton's statement, an attack launched by a "proxy" of Iran on not just assets but "interests" of the U.S. in the region or "interests" of a U.S. ally in the region, would now be sufficient to trigger a U.S. attack on Iran, even if Iran itself was not directly responsible.
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Rachel Maddow endorses regime change in Venezuela to "push Russia back," sympathizes with Bolton and Pompeo
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-06
The top rated MSNBC host took her trademark brand of liberal militarism to new levels by branding efforts to avert…
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Testigo en Venezuela: 400,000 trabajadores se reúnen para el Primero de Mayo en Caracas
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-06
Caracas, Venezuela — En el primero de mayo, día del trabajador, en el centro de la ciudad, 400,000 trabajadores acudieron a las calles por dos razones: para honrar su día, el Día Internacional de los Trabajadores; y para celebrar la derrota del intento de golpe de Estado contra su presidente electo Nicolás Maduro. | La energía fue increíble en lo que solo se puede describir como una manifestación de victoria, ya que la clase trabajadora ha derrotado todos los ataques infligidos contra ella por el imperialismo en los últimos 20 años. Los trabajadores marcharon en sus uniformes de trabajo, detrás de las bande…
www.fightbacknews.org/node/7424

Fake news: CNN falsely claims US-appointed Venezuelan coup leader Guaidó was 'elected'
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-06
Six CNN journalists produced an article falsely claiming US-appointed Venezuelan coup leader Juan Guaidó was elected, before quietly issuing a…
thegrayzone.com/2019/05/06/cnn-venezuela…

Fake news alert: CNN says Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido 'won election in January'
rt.com | 2019-05-06
CNN took the concept of "fake news" to a whole new level with a recent report on Venezuela, in which it claimed that citizens "chose" coup leader Juan Guaido over current president Nicolas Maduro in January "elections." | …
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Right-wing mob countered by rally to resist siege on Venezuelan embassy protectors
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-06
In response to an emergency call to action from the Embassy Protection Collective — a group of anti-war activists including members of Popular Resistance, the ANSWER Coalition and Code Pink — people from across the East Coast gathered in Washington, D.C. on May 4 to counter the increasingly abusive right-wing mob that had massed outside the Venezuelan Embassy in an attempt to illegally seize the building on behalf of U.S.-backed coup leader Juan Guaidó.
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Crisis-Afflicted Humanity is like an Alzheimer's Patient Lost in the Forest
Ben Debney | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-06
A couple of very useful quotes are attributed to Einstein. The first is his definition of madness as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The second is his observation about the impossibility of solving problems using the thinking that created them. If we combine the two, we can see that…
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US State Department publishes, then deletes sadistic Venezuela hit list boasting of economic ruin
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-06
The Grayzone has obtained a list of "key outcomes" on Venezuela deleted out of apparent embarrassment by the State Department….
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The Atlantic Illustrates Everything That's Wrong With Media Coverage of Venezuela Sanctions
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-05-06
The Atlantic ( 4/17/19) wonders "whether slow suffocation will prove a match for the myriad international actors that have shored up support for Maduro." | "Trump's Venezuela Policy: Slow Suffocation," an Atlantic report ( 4/17/19) by Uri Friedman and Kathy Gilsinan, passed up a rich opportunity to expose the humanitarian pretexts for economic intervention, and…
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Israeli offensive, North Korean missiles, Venezuela, Assange
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-06
Israel offensive On May 4, the Israel Defense Forces announced an air strike on dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip. The office of the Turkish news agency Anadolu in the Gaza Strip was hit in the course of the offensive. Mevlàºt àáavu≈üoƒülu called the incident an example of aggression on the Israeli side, and …
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How GMO Seeds and Monsanto/Bayer's "RoundUp" are Driving US Policy in Venezuela
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-06
With Juan Guaidó's parallel government attempting to take power with the backing of the U.S., it is telling that the top political donors of those in the U.S. most fervently pushing regime change in Venezuela have close ties to Monsanto and major financial stakes in Bayer.
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Secret Service Blocking Food From Reaching Activists Inside Venezuelan Embassy
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-06
"It is a strange irony that the same tactics being used against Venezuela are being used against the Embassy Protection Collective." — Activist and Embassy Protector Kevin Zeese…
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Activists defy right-wing siege at Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-06
Clashes outside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC are continuing with Juan Guaido supporters growing increasingly hostile and violent. | Source…
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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…
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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-…

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…
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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.
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