2019-05-09: News Headlines

Jesse Jackson (2019-05-09). President Trump's Insatiable Appetite for Regime Change. commondreams.org White House National Security Advisor John Bolton talks to reporters about the security and political turmoil in Venezuela and called for a peaceful transition to a government controlled by acting President Juan Guaido, outside of the White House West Wing on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-05-09). TYT's Uygur discovers 'direct evidence' of Trump-Russia collusion… Twitter says 'huh?'. rt.com Donald Trump is reportedly irritated that John Bolton failed to deliver a quick and easy victory in Venezuela. But one US journalist says it proves the US president is taking direct orders from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Philip Giraldi (2019-05-09). Pandering to Israel Means War with Iran. globalresearch.ca The United States is moving dangerously forward in what appears to be a deliberate attempt to provoke a war with Iran, apparently based on threat intelligence provided by Israel. The claims made by National Security Advisor John Bolton and …

Juan Cole (2019-05-09). Pompeo in Baghdad to Pressure Iraq to Join Press Against Iran; Iraq Declines. globalresearch.ca US secretary of state Mike Pompeo made a surprise four-hour visit to Baghdad on Tuesday in connection to the panic he is trying to trump up, along with US national security adviser and Sheldon Adelson plant John Bolton about Iran …

Paul R. Pillar (2019-05-09). Bolton's War. Escalating US Hostility against Iran. Seeking a Pretext for War. globalresearch.ca National Security Advisor John Bolton, aided by his comrade-in-arms Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is doing everything possible to instigate a war with Iran. Naked aggression as a means of starting such a war may be too much …

F. William Engdahl (2019-05-09). A Chinese Caribbean? Washington Not Happy About "New China Focus" in Cuba, Venezuela and Panama. globalresearch.ca As it becomes clear that the Trump Administration support, so far unsuccessful, for regime change in Venezuela is also very much about targeting the huge financial presence of China with the Maduro government, recent news of a major Chinese oil …

RT (2019-05-09). US cuts off power to Venezuelan Embassy with activists besieged inside. rt.com The Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC was plunged into darkness after the US authorities shut down power in the building. The anti-coup activists hunkered down inside say they are not leaving despite the blackout.

Peter Koenig (2019-05-09). Venezuela: A Risk to Dollar Hegemony. dissidentvoice.org After the new coup attempt — or propaganda coup — Venezuela lives in a state of foreign imposed insecurity. The failed coup was executed on 30 April by Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed and Washington-trained and endorsed "interim President", and the opposition leader, Leopoldo López, who was hurriedly freed from house arrest by Guaidó with a …

Staff (2019-05-09). Anya Parampil from Inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. therealnews.com The Real News Network interviewed Anya Parampil, a journalist with The Grayzone, live from the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. where activists with the Embassy Protection Collective are preventing the Venezuelan opposition from taking over the embassy.

teleSUR-ne-EF (2019-05-09). Sanders, AOC Plan Radical Offensive on Wall Street. telesurenglish.net United States Senator Bernie Sanders and House member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have proposed legislation that would cap interest rates on credit cards and other consumer loans at 15 percent. | RELATED: | AOC Says She Follows Democratic Leadership on Issue of US Intervention in Venezuela | The proposal, introduced Thursday, also calls for…

Eds. (2019-05-09). The Atlantic illustrates everything that's wrong with media coverage of Venezuela sanctions. mronline.org "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 instead exhibited the worst tendencies of corporate media coverage of U.S. policy in Latin Ame | Source

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-09). 'Dangerous and Appalling': US Defenders of Venezuelan Embassy Demand Secret Service End Illegal Water and Power Shutoff. commondreams.org What is happening at the embassy, said one activist, is "a microcosm of the what is taking place in Venezuela as the U.S. continues to try and orchestrate a coup." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

MintPress News Desk (2019-05-09). MintPress, Grayzone Journalists Endure US Gov't Blackout and Siege at Venezuelan Embassy in DC. theantimedia.com (MPN) — MintPress News journalist Alexander Rubinstein and a reporter for The Grayzone, Anya Parampil, are besieged inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, and have been since March 30, in an egregious attack against press freedom. On Wednesday evening, events took a turn for the worse as the Metropolitan DC police cut off the power and water to the …

Peter Koenig (2019-05-09). Venezuela — A Risk to Dollar Hegemony — Key Purpose Behind "Regime Change" globalresearch.ca After the new coup attempt — or propaganda coup — Venezuela lives in a state of foreign imposed insecurity. The failed coup was executed on 30 April by Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed and Washington-trained and endorsed "interim President", and …

Press TV (2019-05-09). Venezuela Accuses UK of Denying Venezuelans Food, Healthcare by Blocking Gold Deposits. globalresearch.ca Britain is denying millions of Venezuelans food and healthcare by blocking access to the South American country's gold deposits at the Bank of England, says Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. | Speaking during a visit to Moscow, the Russian capital, …

teleSUR (2019-05-09). Anti-War Activists Confront Guaido Backers at Venezuela Embassy. telesurenglish.net Clashes ensued Wednesday evening at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. between representatives of the international NGO Code Pink who have barricaded themselves in the embassy and supporters of the right-wing Venezuelan opposition outside. | RELATED: | Police Arrest Second Top Venezuelan Opposition Lawmaker | Opposition groups prevented basic commodities such as food from entering the embassy on May 8. The Collective of Protection of the Embassy threw a backp…

plenglish (2019-05-09). Venezuela's Public, Private Banks To Exchange Currencies. plenglish.com Caracas, May 9 (Prensa Latina) By derogating the Foreign Exchange Law and the new economic policy of opening to free exchange in Venezuela, public and private banks will carry out operations with legal currencies, reported on Thursday MP Jesus Faria.

Mnar Muhawesh (2019-05-09). MintPress, Grayzone Journalists Endure US Govt Blackout and Siege at Venezuelan Embassy in DC. mintpressnews.com The Trump administration is violating international law and harassing American journalists in plain sight. These actions are sadly taking place in a country that prides itself on upholding the First Amendment to its Constitution, which should be protecting press freedom.

Riaz Malik (2019-05-09). Obama's Frustration with Clinton Campaign Should be a Warning to Dems. mintpressnews.com Will Democrats stop wasting their time rehashing conspiracy theories and actually start opposing Trump on Venezuela? On mass surveillance? On tax breaks to the wealthy? On defense spending?

John McEvoy (2019-05-09). Sanctions kill. Top US economist says 'the world needs more journalists willing to report' that fact. thecanary.co In April 2019, two leading economists at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) produced a revealing study regarding the impact of economic sanctions on Venezuela. The economists, Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs, estimated that US sanctions killed 40,…

WSWS (2019-05-09). Pompeo lays down the law during UK visit. wsws.org The US secretary of state's remit was to demand that the UK government toe the line in backing the geo-strategic imperatives of US imperialism… or else.

teleSUR (2019-05-09). US Embassy in Jerusalem 'Officially Open': Mike Pompeo. telesurenglish.net The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that the country's embassy in Jerusalem is "officially open" almost a year after the embassy building was inaugurated. | RELATED: | Delusional 'Deal of The Century' Leaked: Palestinians Lay Down Arms, US Intervention in Gaza | Pompeo said that the r…

Olivia Rosane (2019-05-09). US dismisses climate change at Arctic Council Summit: Pompeo says melting sea ice brings 'new opportunities for trade'. nationofchange.org The U.S. objections come as the Arctic just experienced its five warmest years on record, and is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-05-09). Waging War on Iran without Turkey? Is Turkey Sleeping with the Enemy? The Russia -Turkey -Iran "Triple Entente" globalresearch.ca While US-Turkey military cooperation (including US air force bases in Turkey) dates back to the Cold War, Turkey is sleeping with both Iran and Russia. Trump's response takes the form of both military threats and economic sanctions coupled with financial manipulation of foreign exchange markets directed against Turkey's Lira.

AutumnSun (2019-05-09). Ross Camp Eviction, Santa Cruz, Tuesday 5-7-2019. indybay.org 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!

teleSUR (2019-05-09). Chile: House of Reps Approves Same-Sex Couple Adoption. telesurenglish.net Chile's House of Representatives approved a reform to its adoption law Wednesday that could allow same-sex couples to adopt children. | RELATED: | Chile: Ex-Pinochet Agent Gets 10 Years For MIR Leader's Murder | The text was approved by 104 votes, while 35 were against it, and four abstained, say sources within the House. | The Movement of Homosexual…

teleSUR (2019-05-09). TFA Head: Deforestation Leading Planet to 'Ecological Collapse'. telesurenglish.net The Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) is making an urgent call to put an end to deforestation, which has destroyed forest cover equivalent to the surface area of Nicaragua, in 2018 alone. | RELATED: | 2018 Sees Deforestation of 12M Hectares, Brazil Leads in Losses | "We have to act now and we must do so with much more urgency," TFA Director Justin Adams said at the end of the organization's annual meeting in Bogota, Colombia this week. | Adams stressed that urgent attention is re…

plenglish (2019-05-09). Colombia: FARC Party Demands Release of Jesus Santrich. plenglish.com Bogota, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Thirteen months after the incarceration on Thursday of the FARC leader Jesus Santrich, congress people from that political party demanded his release as a gesture of hope for peace in Colombia.

Peter Bolton (2019-05-09). Coup supporters in Washington try to smear peace group with misleading video. thecanary.co As The Canary previously reported, the Venezuelan embassy in Washington is currently under siege by coup supporters. Peace activists of the Embassy Protection Collective have been living inside since the last remaining diplomatic staff left last month. But now, coup backers have sought to smear these activists with…

RT (2019-05-08). Pence lifts US sanctions from Venezuela's defector general, hopes to inspire more turncoats. rt.com 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.

Eds. (2019-05-08). U.S. State Department publishes, then deletes sadistic Venezuela hit list boasting of economic ruin. mronline.org 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

Atilio A. Borón (2019-05-08). Trump, emulating Hitler. mronline.org 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

teleSUR (2019-05-08). Hackers Steal Over US$40M from Cryptocurrency Company Binance. telesurenglish.net Some US$40 million worth of bitcoins were stolen by hackers from one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, Binance, the company confirmed Wednesday. | RELATED: | Venezuela to Use Cryptocurrency Profits to Build Homes for Homeless | "The hackers had the patience to wait, and execute well-orchestrated actions through multiple seemingly independent accounts at the most opportune time," said Binance in an official statement.

TeleSUR English (2019-05-08). US Venezuela Sanctions Violate Human Rights, International Law: UN Expert. venezuelanalysis.com 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.

Jennifer Matsui (2019-05-08). A Permanent, Soylent-Based Solution to Capitalism. counterpunch.org 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 More

Paul Dobson (2019-05-08). Venezuela: ANC Revokes Lawmakers' Immunity over Alleged Role in Coup Attempt. venezuelanalysis.com The move paves the way for the criminal charges to be levied against the deputies.

Vern Loomis (2019-05-08). The Quiet Coup. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-08). Headlines for May 8, 2019. democracynow.org Iran to Suspend Part of Nuclear Deal Citing U.S. Sanctions, Pompeo Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq As U.S.-Iran Tensions Mount, UN Rapporteur Slams U.S. For Using Sanctions to Precipitate Humanitarian Disasters, 1 Dead, 8 Injured in Colorado School Shooting Near Columbine, NYT: Trump's Tax Records Show He Lost Over $1 Billion Between 1985 and 1994, House Prepares to Hold Barr in Contempt as Justice Dept. Advises Trump to Invoke Executive Privilege, Georgia Enacts One of Nation's Most Restrictive Abortion Bans, Uber & Lyft Drivers Strike Ahead of Uber's Wall Street Debut, Tens of Thousands of Teachers in Oregon to Wa…

Owen Walsh (2019-05-08). Corporate Media Target Gabbard for Her Anti-Interventionism—a Word They Can Barely Pronounce. fair.org 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. | A veteran…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-05-07). Embassy Protection Collective: We're Still Here And We're Staying. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-07). Trita Parsi: John Bolton Has Wanted War With Iran for 20 Years. Now Could Be His Best Chance. democracynow.org 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…

Bob Dreyfuss (2019-05-07). Trump and Bolton Are Putting War With Iran on a Hair Trigger. thenation.com Trump and Bolton Are Putting War With Iran on a Hair Trigger…

Sharon Lerner (2019-05-07). Air Pollution Crisis Exposes More Environmental Racism in Illinois. theintercept.com 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…

TeleSUR English (2019-05-07). Foreign Minister Arreaza: 'The People of Venezuela Are Prepared to Defend Their Sovereignty'. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced US sanctions and asset freezes during a recent trip to Moscow.

Fight Back (2019-05-07). Defending the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC. fightbacknews.org 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…

Fight Back (2019-05-07). FRSO Venezuela delegation meets with trade union leader. fightbacknews.org 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…

Jeb Sprague (2019-05-07). Washington's hybrid war on Venezuela — a very 21st-century attempt at regime change. mronline.org 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

Democracy Now! (2019-05-07). Headlines for May 7, 2019. democracynow.org Reuters Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo Released from Burmese Prison, 500+ Ex-Prosecutors: Trump Would Be Charged with Obstruction If He Weren't President, House Dems to Vote on Holding AG Barr in Contempt Over Mueller Report, Treasury Misses Deadline To Hand Over Trump's Tax Returns, Russia Warns Against Military Intervention in Venezuela, Pompeo: Reduction of Arctic Sea Ice Opens Up "Opportunities for Trade", Turkey Scraps Istanbul Election Results After Ruling AKP Candidate Loses, Syria: Air Raids Destroy Hospitals, Kill at Least 17 Civilians, Panama Elects Centrist Laurentino Cortizo in Close Presidential R…

Dave Lindorff (2019-05-07). Failed 'Coup' a Fake Corporate News Story Designed to Trick Venezuelan Soldiers—and US Public. fair.org 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 mainstream media and its…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-06). Headlines for May 6, 2019. democracynow.org Gaza: Ceasefire Reached After Intense Fighting Kills 25 Palestinians and 4 Israelis, U.N. Report: 1 Million Species at Risk of Extinction, Trump Nominates Obama-Era Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan to Head ICE, Ex-WH Chief of Staff John Kelly Joins Board of U.S.'s Largest Jailer of Migrant Children, John Bolton: U.S. Deploying Warships to Send "Message" to Iran, North Korea Tests Missiles As Trump Admin Affirms Nuclear Deal Still on Track, U.N. Warns 40% of North Koreans in Need of Food Assistance, Colombia: Renowned Activist Francia Márquez Escapes Attack by Gunmen, Afghanistan: Taliban Raid Security HQ, Killing…