2019-05-13: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Defected Venezuelan General's Call for New Coup Gets No Support. telesurenglish.net The defected air force general, Ramon Rangel, issued a video Monday attempting to convince the Venezuelan Armed Forces to rise up against legitimate President Nicolas Maduro and support the illegally self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaido. | RELATED: | The Bolivarian Revolution Metes Out Poetic Justice | The defector's call was met with dead silence from the Venezuelan Armed Forces, prompting him to blame the "communist dictatorship" in Cuba. | "We have to find a way to get r…

Jason Ditz (2019-05-13). Venezuela's Guaido Wants Direct Line to Pentagon. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido confirmed this weekend that his diplomats are seeking to open a direct line of communication with the US military, and would use them for "coordination" of possible military action to impose regime change. Guaido said having direct lines of communication between him and the Pentagon would put more pressure on President Maduro …

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Guaido Hits Hard Times, Begs US Military For Help. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan coup leader Juan Guaido is hitting hard times now after failing to gain the support of the people and military of the Bolivarian Republic. Guaido has gone as far as instructing his agents in the U.S. to beg for military support to help seize power in Venezuela. | RELATED: | Defected Venezuelan General Colossally Fails to Rally Support for Another Coup | According to the Associated Press, Guaido asked Carlos Vecchio in Washington to immediately open u…

Jason Ditz (2019-05-13). Guaido 'Open' to Accepting a US Offer to Invade Venezuela. globalresearch.ca 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….

RT (2019-05-13). Guaido asks US military for meeting to plan 'restoring democracy' in Venezuela. rt.com Officials loyal to the US-backed self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido have requested a meeting with US Southern Command to begin planning a military intervention in Venezuela, after multiple failed attempts to take power.

plenglish (2019-05-13). Government Guarantees well-being of Venezuelan Emigrants Abroad. plenglish.com 13 de mayo de 2019, 16: 37Caracas, May 13 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government cares about the welfare of its citizens abroad despite the economic blockade imposed on the country by the United States, the Foreign Ministry remarked.

plenglish (2019-05-13). US Sanctions Against Venezuela Limits Access to World Market. plenglish.com Caracas, May 13 (Prensa Latina) US government's hostile measures against Venezuela has reached on Monday their maximum expression in the international financial market to hinder Caracas" access to the importation of basic goods for social programs.

plenglish (2019-05-13). Venezuelan Gov't Moves Forward in Rectification Process, Maduro Said. plenglish.com 13 de mayo de 2019, 16: 47Caracas, May 13 (Prensa Latina) The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has assured on Monday that the Bolivarian Revolution advances in the process of rectification of errors in the methods of government, taking into consideration proposals made by the people.

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Rural Colombia and Central America Facing Hunger and Poverty. telesurenglish.net Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic head the list of countries in Latin American and the Caribbean facing urban-rural gaps and deep rural inequalities that generate extreme poverty and hunger, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO). | RELATED: | UN Food Org Praises Bolivia's Progress on Poverty, Hunger | The five nations are a priority group that will be part of the fi…

plenglish (2019-05-13). Colombian Social Movements Ask UN to Protect Magistrates. plenglish.com Bogota, May 13 (Prensa Latina) Defend Peace Movement asked the United Nations for measures to protect high court judges, victims of pressure and threats in the context of key decisions for peace.

Andrew Emett (2019-05-13). Cartel drug lord pleads guilty to bribing US federal agent with cash and prostitutes. nationofchange.org A Colombian Cali Cartel cocaine | trafficker pleaded guilty Friday to bribing a former Homeland Security | Investigations Special Agent in exchange for the dismissal of an indictment and | official authorization to enter the U.S. Last year, the former federal agent | pleaded guilty to accepting approximately $20,000 in cash, as well as dinner, | drinks, and prostitutes during an extended hotel stay in Bogota, Colombia. | While working as a case agent for | Operation Cornerstone, a large-scale Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task | Force case that resulted in indictments of over 100 Colombia-based cocaine | tr…

Morning Star (2019-05-13). Guaidó requests U.S. military assistance to overthrow Venezuelan government. peoplesworld.org Self-declared Venezuelan "president" Juan Guaidó ordered his political envoy in Washington this weekend to open "direct communications" with the U.S. military on removing elected President Nicolás Maduro. Guaidó, the unelected chief of the defunct National Assembly, declared himself interim president in January but has failed to unseat the government, with rallies in support of the …

RT (2019-05-13). Welcome to coup university: A Pentagon scholar's guide to overthrowing governments. rt.com With the Venezuela crisis making regime change once again the talk of the town in Washington, the US Special Operations Command has published a paper chronicling the highs and lows of seven decades of foreign interference. |

Juan Cole (2019-05-13). The Earth Just Eclipsed a Terrifying Threshold. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration measures atmospheric carbon dioxide at its Moana Loa observatory. You can see that on May 11 we were just about at 415 parts per million of CO2. A couple of days this week, we've gone over 415. When I say that, you should run screaming like a tsunami is coming over the horizon with mayhem on its mind. 415 is bigger than a million tsunamis. We put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere when we drive gasoline aut…

Lou Martin (2019-05-13). Documentary 'Moundsville' digs deeper into Appalachian 'Trump country'. peoplesworld.org The 2018 documentary Moundsville drops viewers into the West Virginia town with no introduction. Instead, the film takes us directly into conversations with local residents, the mayor, a former mayor, retirees, a couple of historians, young entrepreneurs—a dozen or so people from all walks of life. They talk about the town's history, the prehistoric burial mound for …

Staff (2019-05-13). Louisiana's Million-Dollar Charter School Scam. truthdig.com This story was produced by FOX8 WVUE, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and WWNO New Orleans Public Radio as part of Reveal's Local Labs initiative, which supports lasting investigative reporting collaborations in communities across the United States. | Since 2007, Carlie Care Kids has run a child care out of a couple of nondescript converted townhouses in Terrytown, Louisiana. N…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-13). PATRICK LAWRENCE: A Week of Dangerous Developments from Iran to North Korea. consortiumnews.com The increasingly aggressive moves by Trump's hawkish advisers give the impression of a palace coup, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Neoconservative hawks in the Trump administration, led by National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary… Read more →

Consortiumnews (2019-05-13). Activists at Venezuelan Embassy Offer State Department a Peaceful Resolution to Standoff. consortiumnews.com Activists protecting the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington have written to the State Department offering a way to peacefully end the standoff between themselves and an argy mob of Guaidó supporters. Activists who have lived inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington… Read more →

Telesur (2019-05-13). Venezuelan Embassy: Water Shut Off, Police Block Entry of Food. globalresearch.ca After the water was suddenly shut off in the Venezuelan embassy in the United States located in Washington, D.C. Saturday morning, CODEPINK activists are being stopped by local police from bringing in food to those inside. | Electricity inside the building …

Kevin Gosztola (2019-05-13). Interview With Abby Martin And Robbie Martin Of Media Roots Radio On Venezuela. shadowproof.com On this week's "Unauthorized Disclosure" podcast, we have a crossover episode with "Media Roots" radio. In the first part of the show, we talk with Abby Martin and Robbie Martin of Media Roots about some of the projects they're involved in currently. Abby tells us about "Empire Files." Robbie mentions…

Embassy Protection Collective (2019-05-13). Embassy Protection Collective Releases Statement on 34th Day of Venezuelan Embassy Standoff. mintpressnews.com "The Embassy Protectors will not barricade ourselves, or hide in the embassy in the event of an unlawful entry by police. We will gather together and peacefully assert our rights to remain in the building and uphold international law."

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-13). 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.

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-13). The Plot to Kill Venezuela. commondreams.org A mural of former Venezuela President Hugo Chavez (1954-2013). The U.S. government and the Venezuelan oligarchy first tried to overthrow Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution in 2002. Nearly twenty years later, they are still at it. (Photo: Univision) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Gerrard Bonello (2019-05-13). Viewing Venezuela through a Fairy Tale Lens. globalresearch.ca On May 1 the Washington Post published an article entitled " Venezuela's opposition put together a serious plan. For now it appears to have failed."[1] By doing so it has presented its readers with a gripping fairy tale. …

Federico Fuentes (2019-05-13). Venezuela's crisis: a view from the Communes. mronline.org Federico Fuentes explores grassroots communal organisation, and the tension between popular power and sectors of the government. | Source

Daniel Kovalik (2019-05-13). US Press Reaches All-Time Low on Venezuela Coverage. counterpunch.org As famed Latin American author Eduardo Galeano once wrote, "every time the US 'saves' a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or a cemetery." Of course, as we look over the wreckage left by the US in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, we see More

David Bacon (2019-05-13). The Social Movement Photography of David Bacon: Iraq Under Occupation. progressive.org Iraq had one of the most radical labor movements in the Middle East before the reign of Saddam Hussein. After the U.S. invasion in 2003 Bacon traveled to Iraq to learn what had become of the workers. He did not anticipate what he saw.

Scott Ritter (2019-05-13). Is America Ready for John Bolton's War with Iran? globalresearch.ca National Security Advisor John Bolton's announcement this week that the U.S. is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region seemed perfectly framed to put America on a war footing with …

Consortiumnews (2019-05-13). Bolton Leading Trump on Reckless War Agenda. consortiumnews.com The president's advisers are orchestrating policies that have quickly destabilized the world and jeopardized the security of the United States, says Colonel Ann Wright. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News For a person who claims to be a deal… Read more →

Gareth Porter (2019-05-13). Bolton Is Spinning Israeli 'Intelligence' to Push for War Against Iran. globalresearch.ca 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 …

teleSUR (2019-05-13). US Navy in Persian Gulf is a Target not a Threat: Iran. telesurenglish.net A senior commander from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards stated on Sunday that the U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represents a target, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported. | RELATED: | US Deploys Missile; Claims Iran And Proxies May Launch Attack | The IRGC commander's comments came in response to the recent buildup of U.S. forces and missiles in the Persian Gulf region. U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton anno…

Alastair Crooke (2019-05-13). Pompeo Takes a Page From the Bernard Lewis Playbook on Iran. mintpressnews.com Inspired by his intellectual hero Bernard Lewis, Pompeo, together with Richard Perle's PNAC colleague, John Bolton, seems to be itching to using the Lewis recipe of 'hitting Iran between the eyes with a big stick.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-13). Headlines for May 13, 2019. democracynow.org Sweden Reopens Julian Assange Sexual Assault Case, Seeks His Extradition, Pompeo to Discuss Iranian "Threats" in Europe as U.S. Ramps Up Military Presence, Saudi Oil Tankers Damaged in "Sabotage Attack" off UAE Coast, 187 Countries, Not Including the U.S., Agree to Landmark Deal Curbing Plastic Waste, U.S.-China Trade Talks End Without Deal, Increased Sanctions, Pentagon Redirects $1.5 Billion To Fund Border Wall, Afghanistan: Gunmen Kill Ex-Broadcast Journalist and Gov't Adviser Mina Mangal, Pakistan: Attack on Hotel Kills at Least 5, Burkina Faso: Gunmen Kill 6 People, Incl. Priest and Burn Down Church, At Leas…

Tom Coburg (2019-05-13). Prosecution of Assange may be severely compromised under English law, agrees barrister. thecanary.co A barrister and adviser to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange argues that any intended prosecution of him by the US or Sweden may have been severely compromised. And as such, that would invalidate any extradition request from either of those countries. | Consequences of US political interference: | Commentary on Assange and WikiLeaks by US politicians has been rife. For example, CIA chief Mike Pompeo described WikiLeaks as a…

plenglish (2019-05-13). Russia Confirms Lavrov-Pompeo Meeting in Sochi. plenglish.com Moscow, May 13 (Latin Press) Despite the suspension of an initially scheduled stop in Moscow from the visit of US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to this country, the Russian Foreign Ministry has clarified on Monday that all the meetings in Sochi remain full time.

Aminta Zea and Kei Pritsker (2019-05-12). Support the Embassy Protection Collective: Resisting Trump's war on Venezuela. liberationnews.org The Embassy Protection Collective is a movement based in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington D.C. opposing the illegal US-backed coup against the legitimate, elected government of Venezuela — the government of President Nicolás Maduro. Standing against U.S. militarism and the war economy rigged for the rich, the EPC's fight to defend international law, including the …

Staff (2019-05-12). Venezuela's Maduro Government Not Near Collapse. therealnews.com 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 more…

RT (2019-05-12). Sabotage? No water for activists besieged in Venezuela's US embassy, govt denies cut-off. rt.com 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.

Jacob Sweet (2019-05-12). U.S. Media Lies Help Trump's Venezuela Warmongering. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

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, …

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 …

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."

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

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…

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).

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…

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.

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…

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

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…