2019-05-10: Social Media Postees

Venezuela's crisis: A view from the communes
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
Within hours of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó calling for street mobilisations to back his attempted military coup against President Nicolás Maduro on April 30, Guaidó's supporters had looted and set fire to the headquarters of the Indio Caricuao Commune in south-west Caracas. | The building was used for local residents' meetings and housed a commune-run textile enterprise, which funds projects in the community. | Atenea Jiménez, from the National Network of Comuneros (commune activists) said: "Once again attacks on the communes by fascist sectors have begun." | She also noted however that comuneros "a…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-crisis-view-communes

Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
In the midst of Venezuela's prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people's power and self-management. | Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled Tachira state lies to its west. | Despite this conflictive surrounding, José María "Chema" Romero managed to increase the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) vote in the 2017 mayoral elections by 70% from its…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-how-one-local-council-working-overcome-crisis-through-peoples-power

US Foreign Policy as Bellicose as Ever
Serge Halimi | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
It only took a few months under Donald Trump's presidency for the US to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, impose new sanctions on Russia, reverse the normalisation of diplomatic relations with Cuba, announce its intention to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, warn Pakistan, threaten Venezuela with military intervention, and declare a readiness to…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/10/us-foreign-p…

The defense of Venezuela and the struggle for socialism in Latin America
wsws.org | 2019-05-10
We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online Rally delivered by Bill Van Auken.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/10/mdbv…

Venezuela tensions mount after arrest of coup leader
wsws.org | 2019-05-10
Washington continues to threaten military intervention in the oil-rich South American country.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/10/vene…

Venezuela coup enthusiast Rubio says China is secretly propping up Maduro
rt.com | 2019-05-10
Neocon US Senator and Venezuela regime change crusader Marco Rubio claims China is secretly backing President Nicolas Maduro by 'shutting down the internet' to thwart Washington-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido. | …
rt.com/news/458951-rubio-blames-china-in…

Washington's Dogs of War Are Snarling at Iran and Venezuela
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army . . . Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/10/washingtons-…

MintPress, Grayzone journalists endure US govt blackout and siege at Venezuelan embassy in DC
Mnar Muhawesh | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-10
The Trump administration is violating international law and harassing American journalists by cutting electricity to Venezuela's DC embassy. By Mnar…
thegrayzone.com/2019/05/09/mintpress-gra…

War on Venezuela?
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
Mix a little socialism in with the oil and war may be unavoidable. Thus, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, talking about Venezuela: "The president has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent. Military action is possible. If that's what's required, that's what the United States will do." He goes on, demonstrating how we lie about war in…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/10/war-on-venez…

Leaked: USA's Feb 2018 plan for coup in Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-10
This was far more than just a military plan. It was comprehensive–directing military, diplomatic, and propaganda, policies–regarding the Trump Administration's planned "Overthrow" of Venezuela's Government. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/10/leaked-usas-feb-…

A first-hand account from Caracas from the day of the coup through May Day
Peter Lackowski | mronline.org | 2019-05-10
Today there was a farcical attempt to take a military airport that fizzled. It turned into a dozen or so guys throwing stones and being ignored. The Guardian is shamelessly running video of something that happened weeks ago as though it were today. We were there and it was all normal. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/09/a-first-hand-acc…

Finding Private Bell: a Grave That Leads Deep Into Iraq's Bloody Past
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
This is the story of an elderly lady in Lincolnshire, a long-dead Scottish shepherd and a kindly Shia Muslim in southern Iraq. First, the lady. Moira Jennings, who is now 87, wrote to me from her home in England when I was covering the aftermath of the disastrous — and illegal — 2003 Anglo-American invasion…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/10/finding-priv…

Pompeo's Arctic Shipping Lanes
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
America's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking at the prestigious Arctic Council biannual meeting in Finland, christened the Arctic meltdown: "A wonderful economic opportunity for international trade." In a nutshell, here's a critique of the Secretary's advice: An ice-free Arctic reduces travel time for shipping lanes between Asia and the West by three weeks, which qualifies as one of the biggest transport revolutions since cargo planes first crossed the Atlantic in the early 20th century.
counterpunch.org/2019/05/10/pompeos-arct…

Manufactured Iranian Threat in the Persian Gulf
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-10
The U.S. military is sending an aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf, claiming there is an unspecified threat from Iran, but this has no basis other than Bolton's desire for regime change, says Col. Larry Wilkerson…
therealnews.com/stories/manufactured-ira…

Venezuela Accuses UK of Denying Venezuelans Food, Healthcare by Blocking Gold Deposits
Press TV | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-09
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, …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-accuses-uk-d…

MintPress, Grayzone Journalists Endure US Gov't Blackout and Siege at Venezuelan Embassy in DC
MintPress News Desk | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-09
(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 …

MintPress, Grayzone Journalists Endure US Gov't Blackout and Siege at Venezuelan Embassy in DC

President Trump's Insatiable Appetite for Regime Change
Jesse Jackson | commondreams.org | 2019-05-09
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…
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US cuts off power to Venezuelan Embassy with activists besieged inside
rt.com | 2019-05-09
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. | …
rt.com/usa/458837-embassy-blackout-activ…

Venezuela — A Risk to Dollar Hegemony — Key Purpose Behind "Regime Change"
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-09
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 …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-risk-dollar-…

Sanctions kill. Top US economist says 'the world needs more journalists willing to report' that fact
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-05-09
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,…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/05/09/sanctions-kill-top-us-economist-says-the-world-needs-more-journalists-willing-to-report-that-fact/

The Atlantic illustrates everything that's wrong with media coverage of Venezuela sanctions
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-09
"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…
mronline.org/2019/05/09/the-atlantic-ill…

Venezuela: A Risk to Dollar Hegemony
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-09
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/venezuela-a-r…

Anya Parampil from Inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-09
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.
therealnews.com/stories/anya-parampil-fr…

Col. Wilkerson: US Would Face a Unified Venezuelan Military in an Armed Intervention
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-09
Col. Larry Wilkerson describes the limits of a 'gringo invasion' and warns of repeating the failures of Vietnam and Iraq…
therealnews.com/stories/col-wilkerson-us…

Coup supporters in Washington try to smear peace group with misleading video
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2019-05-09
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…
thecanary.co/us/us-analysis/2019/05/09/coup-supporters-in-washington-try-to-smear-peace-group-with-misleading-video/

TYT's Uygur discovers 'direct evidence' of Trump-Russia collusion… Twitter says 'huh?'
rt.com | 2019-05-09
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. | …
rt.com/usa/458866-putin-orders-trump-ven…

MintPress, Grayzone Journalists Endure US Govt Blackout and Siege at Venezuelan Embassy in DC
Mnar Muhawesh | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-09
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.
mintpressnews.com/mintpress-grazyone-jou…

National Assembly VP Detained and 55 Armed Forces Officers Expelled in Attempted Putsch Fallout in Venezuela
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-09
Three more lawmakers also had their immunity from prosecution revoked on Wednesday.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14477

Obama's Frustration with Clinton Campaign Should be a Warning to Dems
Riaz Malik | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-09
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?
mintpressnews.com/obamas-frustration-wit…

Establishment media suddenly against war… because Trump
rt.com | 2019-05-09
Mainstream media and Democrats are suddenly concerned about President Donald Trump's hawkish advisers, questioning his administration's policy on Iran and Venezuela. Has the US rediscovered peace, or is something else afoot? | …
rt.com/usa/458941-trump-war-mainstream-m…

'Dangerous and Appalling': US Defenders of Venezuelan Embassy Demand Secret Service End Illegal Water and Power Shutoff
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-09
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…
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CodePink's Medea Benjamin: Venezuelan Embassy's Power Cut
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-09
DC's power company, PEPCO, cut the electricity to the Venezuelan Embassy Wednesday evening, even though the bill was paid in full. Secret Service and opposition protesters continue to harass the Embassy Protection Collective, which is trying to make sure that the embassy is not turned over to Venezuela's unelected parallel government representatives.
therealnews.com/stories/codepinks-medea-…

Venezuela's Public, Private Banks To Exchange Currencies
plenglish.com | 2019-05-09
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.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

A Chinese Caribbean? Washington Not Happy About "New China Focus" in Cuba, Venezuela and Panama
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-09
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 …
globalresearch.ca/washington-not-happy-n…

Waging War on Iran without Turkey? Is Turkey Sleeping with the Enemy? The Russia -Turkey -Iran "Triple Entente"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-09
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.
globalresearch.ca/is-turkey-sleeping-wit…

US dismisses climate change at Arctic Council Summit: Pompeo says melting sea ice brings 'new opportunities for trade'
Olivia Rosane | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-09
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.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/09/us-dismiss…

Pompeo in Baghdad to Pressure Iraq to Join Press Against Iran; Iraq Declines
Juan Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-09
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 …
globalresearch.ca/pompeo-baghdad-pressur…

Pompeo lays down the law during UK visit
wsws.org | 2019-05-09
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/09/pomp…

Bolton's War. Escalating US Hostility against Iran. Seeking a Pretext for War
Paul R. Pillar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-09
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 …
globalresearch.ca/boltons-war-escalating…

Can 'America First' survive John Bolton?
rt.com | 2019-05-09
After more than two years into his administration, President Donald Trump may be beginning to realize his National Security Advisor John Bolton could be anathema to his stated 'America First' foreign policy. | …
rt.com/usa/458917-can-america-first-surv…

Pandering to Israel Means War with Iran
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-09
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 …
globalresearch.ca/pandering-israel-means…

Colombia: FARC Party Demands Release of Jesus Santrich
plenglish.com | 2019-05-09
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.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Resist the world's tyrant
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-09
Agencia Bolivariana de Prensa originally published the following article by Ivan Marquez, of Colombia's FARC. It was translated by Fight Back! staff. | | By Ivan Marquez | The whole world is witnessing the decline of the most brutal empire in human history: that of the United States. The White House feels the tremor of losing control of the world, and that is why it is desperately trying to impose a global fascist dictatorship that will allow it to live beyond its sunset. | | Tucked in the eye of the hurricane of its anguish, the United States believes it has carte blanche to act arbitrarily against countri…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/9/resist-wo…

Venezuela: ANC Revokes Lawmakers' Immunity over Alleged Role in Coup Attempt
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-08
The move paves the way for the criminal charges to be levied against the deputies.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14475

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…
mronline.org/2019/05/08/u-s-state-depart…

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…
mronline.org/2019/05/08/trump-emulating-…

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.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14474

Corporate Media Target Gabbard for Her Anti-Interventionism–a Word They Can Barely Pronounce
Owen Walsh | fair.org | 2019-05-08
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…
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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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/the-quiet-cou…

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