2019-05-12: Social Media Postees

At Least 50,000 Venezuelans Registered in Return to Homeland Plan
plenglish.com | 2019-05-12
12 de mayo de 2019, 10: 43Caracas, May 12 (Prensa Latina) More than 50,000 Venezuelans are waiting Sunday for their return to their homeland through the Return to their Homeland Plan, a government initiative supporting the voluntary repatriation of Venezuelans.
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Juan Guaidó Makes Open Plea for US Military 'Coordination' in Venezuela After Failed Coup Attempt
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-12
Guaid√≥'s call came as Trump administration officials continue to suggest military intervention in Venezuela is a possibility | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Sabotage? No water for activists besieged in Venezuela's US embassy, govt denies cut-off
rt.com | 2019-05-12
Anti-coup activists holed up in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington say they have been left with no utilities after the water supply was shut off or disrupted. The municipal water provider has denied responsibility. | …
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Flight 70 of  ¥Return to Homeland Plan ¥ Arrives in Venezuela
plenglish.com | 2019-05-12
12 de mayo de 2019, 10: 42Caracas, May 12 (Prensa Latina) Flight 70 of  ¥Return to Homeland Plan ¥ arrived in Venezuela with 170 Venezuelans from Ecuador, the Caracas Foreign Ministry reported on Sunday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Venezuela's Maduro Government Not Near Collapse
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-12
Andrej Hunko, a member of Germany's parliament recently visited with President Maduro and parallel president Juan Guaidó. Hunko discussed the importance of a negotiated solution, humanitarian aid, to Venezuela, and…
therealnews.com/stories/venezuelas-madur…

Venezuela Greets Cyril Ramaphosa for Electoral Triumph
plenglish.com | 2019-05-12
Caracas, May 12 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government sent a congratulatory message to Cyril Ramaphosa after his electoral victory at the polls in South Africa, the Venezuelan Fpreign Ministry informed Sunday.
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Juan Guaidó Makes Open Plea for US Military Coordination in Venezuela
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-12
After his latest coup attempt against the elected government of President Nicolás Maduro quickly fell flat, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Saturday said he has moved to open "direct communications" with Pentagon officials with the goal of establishing greater military "coordination" with the United States. | According to the Associated Press, Guaidó announced during a…
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No Enforcement of Law While Democrat-Republicans Do Nothing
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-12
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.
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U.S. Media Lies Help Trump's Venezuela Warmongering
Jacob Sweet | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-12
As most of the world knows by now, the United States government intends to organize regime change in Venezuela. Attempts to this effect have been made in the past — most notably in 2002, when its economy and standard of living was exemplary in the region — but not so brazenly as now. Today, the …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/u-s-media-lie…

Distorting 'Democracy' in Venezuela Coverage
Gregory Shupak | commondreams.org | 2019-05-12
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaid√≥ waves after a meeting with Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno in Salinas, Ecuador on March 2, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Daniel Tapia) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Media's Shameful Handling of Bolton's Iran Threat Claims Recalls the Run-Up to the Iraq War
Ben Armbruster | commondreams.org | 2019-05-12
White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence talk before the start of a joint news conference with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Rose Garden at the White House June 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The U.S., Not Iran, Has Done Nothing but Sow Chaos in the Mideast
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-05-12
This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told NBC that Iran is an active threat to US interests and "sowing chaos" in the Middle East. | It strikes me that exactly the opposite is true. The Islamic Republic of Iran has in recent years, despite its heritage in the 1979 revolution, acted as an Establishment, status quo power. | I don't agree with Iranian policy, e.g. its Syria intervention…
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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 …
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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…

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."
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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

Venezuela Welcomes Home 91 Citizens from Dominican Republic
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-11
The Bolivarian government has announced that they will increase the number of flights that bring home Venezuelan migrants from abroad. The 'Return To The Homeland' scheme provides free flights to Venezuelans looking to return to their country. | RELATED: | Venezuela Welcomes Home 91 Citizens from the Dominican Republic | Head of the state airline Conviasa, Ramon Velazquez Araguayan, said Saturday, "We've seen the quintupling of the number of co-nationals that want to return vo…
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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

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, …
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US 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…
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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…

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

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…
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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…
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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…

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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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.
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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-…

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…

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…

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…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/10/dallas-cuba-…

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 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…

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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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…
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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…

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 | 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 …
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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…

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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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…

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…