Daily Archives: May 11, 2019

2019-05-11: News Headlines

Jason Ditz (2019-05-11). Juan Guaido Would "Probably Accept" a US Offer to Invade Venezuela. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — After last week's US-backed coup failed to install Juan Guaido in power in Venezuela, Guaido remains keen to be supported by the US, and told Italian newspaper La Stampa that he would "probably accept" a US offer to invade. Though the Trump Administration has constantly threatened to invade Venezuela in recent months, it appears they have yet to …

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-05-11). Silicon Valley Giants Collaborate With the US Government on Venezuela. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — Whenever you speak out on a public forum against internet censorship, like the recent Instagram/Facebook banning of Louis Farrakhan, Infowars, and several right-wing pundits, you always offend two major political groups. The first group are the power-serving authoritarians who identify with the left side of the political spectrum; they argue that it's good and right to …

plenglish (2019-05-11). Venezuela Takes Actions against People Involved in Attempted Coup. plenglish.com Caracas, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan authorities have continued the investigations into the April 30 coup attempt, behind which the United States is, according to recent revelations.

Eric Zuesse (2019-05-11). How Lies Become "Facts" in U.S. "News" dissidentvoice.org On Fox News Channel's May 2nd edition of "The Story with Martha MacCallum" was alleged, by the program host (at 2: 45 in this video), that one reason we must invade Venezuela (if we will) is that "People have lost 24 pounds" there. So (her point was), if we invade, that's not evil, it's no coup, …

teleSUR (2019-05-11). South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa Wins With 57% of Votes. telesurenglish.net South Africa's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) confirmed Saturday the victory of the African National Congress (ANC) and president Cyril Ramaphosa with 57.50% of the vote. | RELATED: | Partial Vote Counting in South Africa Confirms Victory by ANC | ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚&Auml…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-11). No Enforcement of Law While Democrat-Republicans Do Nothing. indybay.org The Embassy Protection Collective at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are now facing no power or water and no delivery of food or medicine because the United States Secret Service and the Washington, D.C. police refuse to enforce the law while the Democrat-Republicans stay silent.

Social Movements of Venezuela (2019-05-11). Statement from Venezuelan social movements to Embassy Protectors in U.S. liberationnews.org "Your defense of the headquarters of the Embassy of the Venezuelan State in Washington, D.C. is an emblematic case of struggle for respect of international law, human rights and the right of peoples to choose their own form of government."

Telesur (2019-05-11). Venezuela: President Maduro Reveals General Behind Coup Recruited by CIA. globalresearch.ca General Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera, one of the masterminds behind the coup attempt of April 30, had been recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States for more than a year, the president said. | President of …

teleSUR (2019-05-11). U.S. Military Still Actively Plotting Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The United States government is keeping the "military option" open in its bid to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan government stated through an official statement. | RELATED: | ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚ÄãCodepink: 'US Govt Turns Off Water in Venezuela Embassy' | "As Venezuela has been denouncing since January, the U.S. instigates, promotes, organizes and finances an irresponsible campaign aime…

Joaquin Flores (2019-05-11). Pompeo Suffers Meltdown over Venezuela's Arrest of Coup-Backer, Zambrano. globalresearch.ca US State Department head Mike Pompeo has suffered a public meltdown, reacting forcefully that the constitutional government of Venezuela actually arrested a key member of the upper house of parliament (AN) — Edgar Zambrano — who was actively engaged in …

Yves Engler (2019-05-11). Canada's Justin Trudeau Continues Push to overthrow Venezuela's Government. dissidentvoice.org The effort Justin Trudeau is putting into overthrowing Venezuela's government is remarkable. During the past 12 days the prime minister has raised the issue separately with the leaders of the EU, Spain, Japan and Cuba. On Tuesday Trudeau had a phone conversation with European Council President Donald Tusk focused almost entirely on Venezuela, according to …

Yves Engler (2019-05-11). Trudeau Continues Push to Overthrow Venezuela's Government. globalresearch.ca The effort Justin Trudeau is putting into overthrowing Venezuela's government is remarkable. | During the past 12 days the prime minister has raised the issue separately with the leaders of the EU, Spain, Japan and Cuba.On Tuesday Trudeau had a phone …

plenglish (2019-05-11). Bolivarian Project Demonstrated that Social Justice Can Be Done. plenglish.com Caracas, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The United States is trying to eliminate the Bolivarian Revolution because the project demonstrated that social justice can be done, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday.

Gareth Porter (2019-05-11). Bolton Is Spinning Israeli 'Intelligence' to Push for War Against Iran. truthdig.com John Bolton has gotten away with a dangerous deception. The national security adviser's announcement Sunday that the Pentagon has deployed air and naval forces to the Middle East, which he combined with a threat to Iran, points to a new maneuver to prepare the ground for an incident that could justify a retaliatory attack against Iran. | Bolton presented his threat and the deployments as a response to alleged intelligence about a possible Iranian attack on U.S. targets in the Middle East. Bu…

teleSUR (2019-05-11). Colombia: Leftist Congressman Denounces Threats at IACHR. telesurenglish.net Colombia's leftist congressman Ivan Cepeda has attended a hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Kingston, Jamaica to denounce death threats against him as a consequence of his role in the Colombian Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) in a case against former President Alvaro Uribe. | Cepeda says Uribe was using bribes and and witness tampering the case against him that charges Uribe ordered paramilitary groups to carry out massacres in the department of Antioqu…

RT (2019-05-10). Venezuela coup enthusiast Rubio says China is secretly propping up Maduro. rt.com 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. |

Staff (2019-05-10). Cuba to Ration Food in Wake of Economic Crisis. truthdig.com Economists and government officials blame the hardening of the trade embargo by the Trump administration and a plunge in aid from Venezuela.

Staff (2019-05-10). Denying Impact of Venezuela Sanctions is 'Like Climate Denial'. therealnews.com CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot responds to Guaidó economic advisors' dismissal of the U.S. sanctions' effects on Venezuela…

Dave Lindorff (2019-05-10). Propaganda: U.S. media's role in the Venezuela coup that never was. peoplesworld.org

Fight Back (2019-05-10). Dallas: Cuba and Venezuela solidarity forum leads to new coalition. fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – About 20 people came to Pan-African Connection in Oak Cliff, Dallas, May 9, to show solidarity with Cuba and Venezuela, and brainstorm ways to organize against imperialist threats against them from the U.S. government. Akwete Tyehimba of Pan-African Connection hosted the forum. Many of the participants were from local socialist groups but others said they were unaffiliated. | Starting off the forum, George Chalmers of the Socialist Workers Party discussed his recent trip as part of a delegation attending May Day celebrations in Havana. Chalmers spoke on the strong support of socialism in Cuba among t…

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

Democracy Now! (2019-05-10). Headlines for May 10, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Increases Tariffs on $200 Billion of Chinese Goods, Trump Nominates Patrick Shanahan as Pentagon Chief, Former U.S. Intel Analyst Charged Over Whistleblowing About Drone Program, Chelsea Manning Freed from Jail After 62 Days as WikiLeaks Grand Jury Expires, Dozens of Civilians Die as Syrian and Russian Warplanes Pound Idlib, Baghdad Suicide Bomb Claimed by ISIS Kills 8, French Activists Contest Saudi Arms Shipment, Citing Civilian Deaths in Yemen, U.S. Seizes North Korean Ship, Accusing it of Violating Sanctions, Water and Power Cut to Venezuelan Embassy in D.C. as Activists Continue Occupation, Alabama Sen…

Eds. (2019-05-10). Leaked: USA's Feb 2018 plan for coup in Venezuela. mronline.org 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

Peter Lackowski (2019-05-10). A first-hand account from Caracas from the day of the coup through May Day. mronline.org 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

teleSUR (2019-05-10). President Maduro Reveals General Behind Coup Recruited by CIA. telesurenglish.net General Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera, one of the masterminds behind the coup attempt of April 30, had been recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States for more than a year, the president said. | RELATED: | Police Arrest Second Top Venezuelan Opposition Lawmaker for Attempted Coup | President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro also revealed new details Friday about those responsible for the attempted coup this past April 30, supported and di…

susan_p (2019-05-10). Venezuela's crisis: A view from the communes. greenleft.org.au 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…

WSWS (2019-05-10). Venezuela tensions mount after arrest of coup leader. wsws.org Washington continues to threaten military intervention in the oil-rich South American country.

susan_p (2019-05-10). Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power. greenleft.org.au 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…

Serge Halimi (2019-05-10). US Foreign Policy as Bellicose as Ever. counterpunch.org 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 More

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-05-10). An admiral's blatantly 'colonialist' tweet exposes US policy on Venezuela for what it is. thecanary.co A top US economist has hit the nail on the head regarding Washington's blatantly 'colonialist' attitude towards Venezuela. | On 9 May, the current head of US Southern Command (which oversees US military interests in Central and South America) explained how he looks forward to working with Venezuelan army defectors "when invite…

Mnar Muhawesh (2019-05-10). 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.

Gregory Shupak (2019-05-10). Distorting 'Democracy' in Venezuela Coverage. fair.org Writing of the failed US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela on April 30, Uri Friedman of The Atlantic ( 5/1/19) referred to the Venezuelan branch of the coup as Juan "Guaidó's pro-democracy movement." The logical contradiction could scarcely be more pronounced: A wave of Friedman's wand transforms a political force seeking the military overthrow of Venezuela's elected government into a "pro-democracy movement." | The Venezuelan government's current mandate comes from winning an election on May 20, 20…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-05-10). Venezuelan Central Bank Liberalizes Forex Operations. venezuelanalysis.com Public and private banks will run foreign currency operations through "exchange tables."

Staff (2019-05-10). Manufactured Iranian Threat in the Persian Gulf. therealnews.com 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…

Robert Hunziker (2019-05-10). Pompeo's Arctic Shipping Lanes. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

Robert Fisk (2019-05-10). Finding Private Bell: a Grave That Leads Deep Into Iraq's Bloody Past. counterpunch.org 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 More

United Nations (2019-05-10). Colombia: 'Terrible trend' of rights defenders killed, harassed; UN calls for 'significant effort' to tackle impunity. un.org Alarmed by the "strikingly high number" of human rights defenders being killed, harassed and threatened in Colombia, the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) in the country on Friday, called on authorities to "make a significant effort" to "tackle the endemic impunity" surrounding these cases.

United Nations (2019-05-10). Friday's Daily Brief: human rights in Colombia, Myanmar and Nigeria, global displacement, and more. un.org This Friday, we cover: the UN calling for an end to attacks against human rights defenders; a record number of displaced due to conflict and disasters; human rights issues in Myanmar; 900 children released from the ranks of a north-east Nigeria self-defense armed group; and referenda asking for the border dispute between Belize and Guatemala to be examined by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Brian Cloughley (2019-05-10). Washington's Dogs of War Are Snarling at Iran and Venezuela. counterpunch.org 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 More

Robert Hunziker (2019-05-10). Pompeo's Arctic Shipping Lanes. counterpunch.org 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. More

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.

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,…

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?

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

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

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

RT (2019-05-09). Establishment media suddenly against war… because Trump. rt.com 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?

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). CodePink's Medea Benjamin: Venezuelan Embassy's Power Cut. therealnews.com 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.

Fight Back (2019-05-09). Resist the world's tyrant. fightbacknews.org 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…

2019-05-11: Social Media Postees

U.S. Military Still Actively Plotting Against Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-11
The United States government is keeping the "military option" open in its bid to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan government stated through an official statement. | RELATED: | ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚ÄãCodepink: 'US Govt Turns Off Water in Venezuela Embassy' | "As Venezuela has been denouncing since January, the U.S. instigates, promotes, organizes and finances an irresponsible campaign aime…
telesurenglish.net/news/U.S.-Military-St…

Venezuela Takes Actions against People Involved in Attempted Coup
plenglish.com | 2019-05-11
Caracas, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan authorities have continued the investigations into the April 30 coup attempt, behind which the United States is, according to recent revelations.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Juan Guaido Would "Probably Accept" a US Offer to Invade Venezuela
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-11
(ANTIWAR.COM) — After last week's US-backed coup failed to install Juan Guaido in power in Venezuela, Guaido remains keen to be supported by the US, and told Italian newspaper La Stampa that he would "probably accept" a US offer to invade. Though the Trump Administration has constantly threatened to invade Venezuela in recent months, it appears they have yet to …

Juan Guaido Would "Probably Accept" a US Offer to Invade Venezuela

Trudeau Continues Push to Overthrow Venezuela's Government
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-11
The effort Justin Trudeau is putting into overthrowing Venezuela's government is remarkable. | During the past 12 days the prime minister has raised the issue separately with the leaders of the EU, Spain, Japan and Cuba.On Tuesday Trudeau had a phone …
globalresearch.ca/trudeau-push-overthrow…

Statement from Venezuelan social movements to Embassy Protectors in U.S
Social Movements of Venezuela | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-11
"Your defense of the headquarters of the Embassy of the Venezuelan State in Washington, D.C. is an emblematic case of struggle for respect of international law, human rights and the right of peoples to choose their own form of government."
liberationnews.org/statement-from-venezu…

Pompeo Suffers Meltdown over Venezuela's Arrest of Coup-Backer, Zambrano
Joaquin Flores | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-11
US State Department head Mike Pompeo has suffered a public meltdown, reacting forcefully that the constitutional government of Venezuela actually arrested a key member of the upper house of parliament (AN) — Edgar Zambrano — who was actively engaged in …
globalresearch.ca/pompeo-venezuelas-arre…

Bolivarian Project Demonstrated that Social Justice Can Be Done
plenglish.com | 2019-05-11
Caracas, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The United States is trying to eliminate the Bolivarian Revolution because the project demonstrated that social justice can be done, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

How Lies Become "Facts" in U.S. "News"
Eric Zuesse | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-11
On Fox News Channel's May 2nd edition of "The Story with Martha MacCallum" was alleged, by the program host (at 2: 45 in this video), that one reason we must invade Venezuela (if we will) is that "People have lost 24 pounds" there. So (her point was), if we invade, that's not evil, it's no coup, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/how-lies-beco…

No Enforcement of Law While Democrat-Republicans Do Nothing
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-11
The Embassy Protection Collective at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are now facing no power or water and no delivery of food or medicine because the United States Secret Service and the Washington, D.C. police refuse to enforce the law while the Democrat-Republicans stay silent.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/10/1882337…

Venezuela: President Maduro Reveals General Behind Coup Recruited by CIA
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-11
General Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera, one of the masterminds behind the coup attempt of April 30, had been recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States for more than a year, the president said. | President of …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-president-ma…

Silicon Valley Giants Collaborate With the US Government on Venezuela
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-11
(CJ Opinion) — Whenever you speak out on a public forum against internet censorship, like the recent Instagram/Facebook banning of Louis Farrakhan, Infowars, and several right-wing pundits, you always offend two major political groups. The first group are the power-serving authoritarians who identify with the left side of the political spectrum; they argue that it's good and right to …

Silicon Valley Giants Collaborate With the US Government on Venezuela

Canada's Justin Trudeau Continues Push to overthrow Venezuela's Government
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-11
The effort Justin Trudeau is putting into overthrowing Venezuela's government is remarkable. During the past 12 days the prime minister has raised the issue separately with the leaders of the EU, Spain, Japan and Cuba. On Tuesday Trudeau had a phone conversation with European Council President Donald Tusk focused almost entirely on Venezuela, according to …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/canadas-justi…

Bolton Is Spinning Israeli 'Intelligence' to Push for War Against Iran
Gareth Porter | truthdig.com | 2019-05-11
John Bolton has gotten away with a dangerous deception. The national security adviser's announcement Sunday that the Pentagon has deployed air and naval forces to the Middle East, which he combined with a threat to Iran, points to a new maneuver to prepare the ground for an incident that could justify a retaliatory attack against Iran. | Bolton presented his threat and the deployments as a response to alleged intelligence about a possible Iranian attack on U.S. targets in the Middle East. Bu…
truthdig.com/articles/bolton-is-spinning…

Colombia: Leftist Congressman Denounces Threats at IACHR
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-11
Colombia's leftist congressman Ivan Cepeda has attended a hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Kingston, Jamaica to denounce death threats against him as a consequence of his role in the Colombian Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) in a case against former President Alvaro Uribe. | Cepeda says Uribe was using bribes and and witness tampering the case against him that charges Uribe ordered paramilitary groups to carry out massacres in the department of Antioqu…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Leftist…

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-…

Denying Impact of Venezuela Sanctions is 'Like Climate Denial'
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-10
CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot responds to Guaidó economic advisors' dismissal of the U.S. sanctions' effects on Venezuela…
therealnews.com/stories/denying-impact-o…

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

An admiral's blatantly 'colonialist' tweet exposes US policy on Venezuela for what it is
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-05-10
A top US economist has hit the nail on the head regarding Washington's blatantly 'colonialist' attitude towards Venezuela. | On 9 May, the current head of US Southern Command (which oversees US military interests in Central and South America) explained how he looks forward to working with Venezuelan army defectors "when invite…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/10/an-admirals-blatantly-colonialist-tweet-exposes-us-policy-on-venezuela-for-what-it-is/

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-…

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…

Cuba to Ration Food in Wake of Economic Crisis
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-10
Economists and government officials blame the hardening of the trade embargo by the Trump administration and a plunge in aid from Venezuela.
truthdig.com/articles/cuba-to-ration-foo…

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

President Maduro Reveals General Behind Coup Recruited by CIA
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-10
General Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera, one of the masterminds behind the coup attempt of April 30, had been recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States for more than a year, the president said. | RELATED: | Police Arrest Second Top Venezuelan Opposition Lawmaker for Attempted Coup | President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro also revealed new details Friday about those responsible for the attempted coup this past April 30, supported and di…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Presid…

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…

Propaganda: U.S. media's role in the Venezuela coup that never was
Dave Lindorff | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-10
peoplesworld.org/article/propaganda-u-s-…

MintPress, Grayzone Journalists Endure US Govt Blackout and Siege at Venezuelan Embassy in DC
Mnar Muhawesh | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-10
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…

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. | …
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Distorting 'Democracy' in Venezuela Coverage
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-05-10
Writing of the failed US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela on April 30, Uri Friedman of The Atlantic ( 5/1/19) referred to the Venezuelan branch of the coup as Juan "Guaidó's pro-democracy movement." The logical contradiction could scarcely be more pronounced: A wave of Friedman's wand transforms a political force seeking the military overthrow of Venezuela's elected government into a "pro-democracy movement." | The Venezuelan government's current mandate comes from winning an election on May 20, 20…
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Dallas: Cuba and Venezuela solidarity forum leads to new coalition
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-10
Dallas, TX – About 20 people came to Pan-African Connection in Oak Cliff, Dallas, May 9, to show solidarity with Cuba and Venezuela, and brainstorm ways to organize against imperialist threats against them from the U.S. government. Akwete Tyehimba of Pan-African Connection hosted the forum. Many of the participants were from local socialist groups but others said they were unaffiliated. | Starting off the forum, George Chalmers of the Socialist Workers Party discussed his recent trip as part of a delegation attending May Day celebrations in Havana. Chalmers spoke on the strong support of socialism in Cuba among t…
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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…

Venezuelan Central Bank Liberalizes Forex Operations
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-10
Public and private banks will run foreign currency operations through "exchange tables."
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14479

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…

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.
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Pompeo's Arctic Shipping Lanes
Robert Hunziker | dissidentvoice.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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/pompeos-arcti…

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…

Friday's Daily Brief: human rights in Colombia, Myanmar and Nigeria, global displacement, and more
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-10
This Friday, we cover: the UN calling for an end to attacks against human rights defenders; a record number of displaced due to conflict and disasters; human rights issues in Myanmar; 900 children released from the ranks of a north-east Nigeria self-defense armed group; and referenda asking for the border dispute between Belize and Guatemala to be examined by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
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Colombia: 'Terrible trend' of rights defenders killed, harassed; UN calls for 'significant effort' to tackle impunity
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-10
Alarmed by the "strikingly high number" of human rights defenders being killed, harassed and threatened in Colombia, the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) in the country on Friday, called on authorities to "make a significant effort" to "tackle the endemic impunity" surrounding these cases.
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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/

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

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…

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-…

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…

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…

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…

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? | …
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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…

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/

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…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/9/resist-world-…

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