2019-05-15: Social Media Postees

Why Many Venezuelans Are Still Chavistas
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-15
Despite the dramatic economic crisis and the constant political conflict in Venezuela, there still is a significant proportion of the population that consider themselves to be "Chavistas." Ed Augustin examined some of the reasons for this in Caracas…
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Guaidó Calls for US Military Cooperation, but few Venezuelans Support the Move
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-15
Parallel president and opposition leader Juan Guaidó says he would like to coordinate with the US military, but following his failed April 30th coup attempt, few Venezuelans show interest. Mike Fox reports from Caracas…
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Guaido Requests U.S. military 'cooperation' to oust Maduro as U.S. vessel violates Venezuelan waters
Venezuela Analysis | mronline.org | 2019-05-15
A meeting between Guaido's team and the U.S. Southern Command is being organised. | Source…
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President Bolton Plans to Send 120,000 Troops to Middle East
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
President John Bolton has put his signature on a plan to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East in a move all too reminiscent of the invasion of Iraq. The number is close to that during the invasion and destruction …
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No to war against Iran!
wsws.org | 2019-05-15
The threat of all-out war in the Middle East is greater than at any time since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, and the potential consequences are far graver.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/15/pers…

A Criminal Affair: United States Imposes War on the Venezuelan People
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
To replace Venezuela's government with one to its liking, the United States uses special war-making tools. The plan is to make Venezuelans suffer enough so that, desperate, they will accept whatever government is presented. Troops and weapons aren't required. That approached worked in Chile in 1973, but so far in Cuba it hasn't – after almost 60 years.
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Canadian Green Leader Supports Same Old Pro-Imperialist Foreign Policies
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-15
Does Elizabeth May hate Palestinians? Does the Green Party leader want the Trump administration to attack Iran? Does she support efforts to overthrow Venezuela's government? I've been asking myself these questions since reading a Canadian Jewish News story about Paul Manly's recent victory in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith bi-election. In a story titled "Concerns raised over new …
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Protest – Stop U.S. War on Venezuela! Support the Embassy Protection Collective!
ANSWER Coalition | indybay.org | 2019-05-15
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Pasqualina Curcio: 'Hyperinflation is a Powerful Imperialist Weapon'
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-15
"Unilateral coercive measures…[directed by the U.S. against Venezuela] affect the entire population in a deliberate and systematic manner. That is why, in accordance with the Rome Statutes [of the International Criminal Court], they are crimes against humanity." | Source…
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White House Reviews US Military Plan for 120,000 Troops for Iran War
Jason Ditz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
John Bolton ordered the Pentagon to come up with an "updated" plan for getting more American troops into the Middle East to fight a war against Iran. The plans are in now, according to officials, who say that the options …
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Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of 'Increased Threat' From Iran
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-15
"Intelligence and military officials in Europe as well as in the United States said that over the past year, most aggressive moves have originated not in Tehran, but in Washington." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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US Ship Violates Venezuelan Waters as Guaido Asks US Military to Oust Maduro
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-14
(VA Op-ed) — Self-declared "Interim President" Juan Guaido has ordered the setting up of a meeting with the US Armed Forces to discuss "cooperation" in his efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro. During a gathering of supporters in the upper middle class Caracas district of Las Mercedes on Saturday, Guaido informed that he was instructing his representative …

US Ship Violates Venezuelan Waters as Guaido Asks US Military to Oust Maduro

Venezuela Receives 71 Tons of Medical Supplies from China
plenglish.com | 2019-05-14
Caracas, May 14 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Ministry of Health on Tuesday received about 71 tons of medical supplies from the technical-humanitarian cooperation between China and this South American country.
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Opposition MPs will Face Venezuelan Justice, Diosdado Cabello Says
plenglish.com | 2019-05-14
Caracas, May 14 (Prensa Latina) The President of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Diosdado Cabello, announced that a new group of opposition MPs will respond this Tuesday before Venezuelan courts after participating in the failed coup d"etat.
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Guaido Requests US Military 'Cooperation' to Oust Maduro as US Vessel Violates Venezuelan Waters
Paul Dobson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
Self-declared "Interim President" Juan Guaido has ordered the setting up of a meeting with the US Armed Forces to discuss "cooperation" in his efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro. | During a gathering of supporters in the upper middle class …
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US Federal Police Evicting Activists from Venezuelan Embassy in Washington
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-14
U.S. federal police have begun evicting activists protecting the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington from the illegitimate Guaido' regime. At around 8 pm Monday evening journalist Max Blumenthal, who was in the building, tweeted a photograph that was posted to the… Read more ?…
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Will John Bolton's Dream to Bomb Iran Come True? Ex-Iranian Ambassador Warns About U.S. Escalation
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-14
The Pentagon has reportedly drawn up a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if President Trump decides to take military action against Iran. The New York Times reports the Pentagon presented the proposal on Thursday after National Security Advisor John Bolton requested a revision to an earlier plan. Bolton has long advocated for attacking Iran. According to the Pentagon, far more than 120,000 troops would be needed if a ground invasion was ordered. This comes as tension continues to escalate between the United States and Iran. The United States recently deployed the Abraham Lincoln Carrier St…
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Ex-Iranian Ambassador Warns About US Escalation in Iran
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-14
The Pentagon has reportedly drawn up a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if President Trump decides to take military action against Iran. The New York Times reports the Pentagon presented the proposal on Thursday after National Security Advisor John Bolton requested a revision to an earlier plan. Bolton has long advocated for attacking Iran. According to the Pentagon, far more than 120,000 troops would be needed if a ground invasion was ordered. This comes as tension continues to escalate between the United States and Iran. The United States recently deployed the Abraham Lincoln Carrier…
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Venezuelan Communes Protect the State
Robert Hunziker | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-14
Direct democracy works like a charm. Check out Venezuela's Communes…. Venezuela's ubiquitous Communes are proof that direct democracy works. And, interestingly enough, those same Communes are powerful buffers to attempted coups, protecting the sanctity of direct democracy in their country. In all likelihood, John Bolton and Trump and Pence and Pompeo and Rubio were shocked …
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USA: Hands off Iran!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-05-14
As if the White House gang felt incomplete simply leveling economic threats against China, making hostile comments about Russia and imposing illegal sanctions — illegal because they amount to collective punishment of the populations — on Venezuela, Cuba and north Korea — they have once again put the Islamic Republic . . . | Continue reading USA: Hands off Iran! at Workers.org
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Panamanian President-elect Criticizes Lima Group
plenglish.com | 2019-05-14
14 de mayo de 2019, 12: 23Panama, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Panamanian President-elect Laurentino Cortizo on Tuesday criticized the Lima Group for maneuvering against Venezuela, and told reporters that it should instead be a bridge for dialogue among all Venezuelan sectors.
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The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela Is Decades in the Making
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-14
Washington has wanted to crush the Bolivarian Revolution since Hugo Chavez assumed power, and its sanctions have killed tens of thousands.
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Un colectivo de activistas protege la embajada de Venezuela en Washington, D.C
Morgan Artyukhina | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-14
El jueves 25 de abril se llevó a cabo una enérgica manifestación frente al edificio después de que docenas durmieran en la embajada la noche anterior.
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Venezuela embassy protectors to State Dept.: No illegal eviction!
| workers.org | 2019-05-14
On May 13 the Embassy Protection Collective sent this communication to the U.S. State Department. This is the 34th day of our living in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. We are prepared to stay another 34 days, or however long is needed, to resolve the embassy dispute in a . . . | Continue reading Venezuela embassy protectors to State Dept.: No illegal eviction! at Workers.org
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Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective Defies Unlawful "No Trespass" Order
Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
Since the cutting off of electricity, food and water inside the embassy has not been enough to force the collective to leave, late Tuesday afternoon, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police handed out a trespassing notice that was printed without letterhead or signature from any U.S. government official. (Photo: CodePink) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Venezuelan Communes Protect the State
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-14
Direct democracy works like a charm. Check out Venezuela's Communes…. Venezuela's ubiquitous Communes are proof that direct democracy works. And, interestingly enough, those same Communes are powerful buffers to attempted coups, protecting the sanctity of direct democracy in their country. In all likelihood, John Bolton and Trump and Pence and Pompeo and Rubio were shocked…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/14/venezuelan-c…

US State Dept Deletes Sadistic Hit List Boasting of Venezuela's Ruin
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-14
Grayzone has obtained a list of "key outcomes" that include wrecking the nation's economy, destabilizing its military and puppeteering its political opposition, reports Anya Parampil. By Anya Parampil Grayzone On April 24, six days before self-proclaimed Venezuelan "interim president" Juan… Read more ?…
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Colombian Opposition Urges Motion of Censure vs. Defense Minister
plenglish.com | 2019-05-14
Bogota, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Opposition congressmen in Colombia are preparing for Wednesday a debate on a motion of censure against Defense Minister Guillermo Botero at the House of Representatives, legislative sources reported on Tuesday.
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In Colombia, General Motors Workers Fight Surge In Firings Over Workplace Injuries
Michael Sainato | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-14
For eight years, fired General Motors workers have camped outside the United States Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. They are protesting wrongful termination due to injuries at GM's Colombia manufacturing plant. | Colombia is the leading nation in the world in murders of labor leaders and union members. | After their fight in the Colombia judicial system produced little to no results, fired GM workers pressured the U.S. government to hold the corporation accountable. | "Assembling vehicles is hard work, and many U.S. auto workers will tell you that after a 30-year career they have pain that does not go away," said Pa…
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Pesticide Lawsuits and the Threat Hiding in the Perfect Lawn
Lauren Sandford | progressive.org | 2019-05-14
More than 13,400 consumer lawsuits against Monsanto and Bayer AG, which manufacture the weed-killer Roundup, allege it is the cause of various cancers. Now, a new judgment has awarded one couple $2 billion in damages.
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Monsanto Ordered to Pay Record $2 Billion After Jury Finds Roundup Caused Cancer
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-14
(CD) — A California jury ruled Monday that Monsanto must pay a record $2 billion in damages to a couple that was diagnosed with cancer after using the company's weedkiller Roundup. "We were finally allowed to show a jury the mountain of evidence showing Monsanto's manipulation of science, the media, and regulatory agencies to forward their own agenda …

Monsanto Ordered to Pay Record $2 Billion After Jury Finds Roundup Caused Cancer

Trump Provokes Iran With Intensified Economic War
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-14
Trump and Bolton's strategy is to bait Iran into a war Bolton's wanted for twenty years — says Trita Parsi, President of the NIAC…
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White House Considers Pentagon Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops to Middle East to Fight Iran
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-14
(ANTIWAR.COM) — John Bolton ordered the Pentagon to come up with an "updated" plan for getting more American troops into the Middle East to fight a war against Iran. The plans are in now, according to officials, who say that the options envision 120,000 US ground troops in the Middle East. Incredibly, this option appears to just be …

White House Considers Pentagon Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops to Middle East to Fight Iran

The Media's Handling of Bolton's Iran Threats, Recalls the Run-Up to the Iraq War
Ben Armbruster | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
Media-savvy U.S. government officials, political operatives, and lawmakers and their staffs from all political parties and ideological persuasions have no doubt, throughout the history of our great country, duped a fair-minded but unwitting reporter into writing a juicy story in …
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Trump studying Bolton plan to send 120,000 troops to Mideast
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-14
Peace organizations and government leaders around the world are warning that the Trump administration is steamrolling toward the same disaster the U.S. rushed into in Iraq 16 years ago and in Vietnam generations before that. The heightened fear of imminent war was raised even more last night following a New York Times report that Trump …
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History's Dire Warning: Beware False-Flag Trigger for Long-Sought War with Iran
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-14
Israel's "false flag" attack on the U.S.S. Liberty in 1967 cost 34 American lives. Dick Cheney planned to disguise U.S. troops as Iranians to fire on American ships to start a war. With Bolton and Israel on the warpath, the risk of another similar act is higher than ever.
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Washington pushes to brink of war against Iran
wsws.org | 2019-05-14
Pompeo's abrupt trip to Brussels and the deployment of more US military assets to the Persian Gulf point to a calculated US escalation of a war crisis.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/14/iran…

At Odds on Many Fronts, U.S. and Russia Hope for Better Ties
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-14
Mike Pompeo and Vladimir Putin each signal a desire to focus on the future in the first high-level meeting since the Mueller inquiry ended.
truthdig.com/articles/at-odds-on-many-fr…

Guaido asks US military for meeting to plan 'restoring democracy' in Venezuela
rt.com | 2019-05-13
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. | …
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Guaido Requests US Military 'Cooperation' to Oust Maduro as US Vessel Violates Venezuelan Waters
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-13
A meeting between Guaido's team and the US Southern Command is being organised.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14486

The Social Movement Photography of David Bacon: Iraq Under Occupation
David Bacon | progressive.org | 2019-05-13
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.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-social-ju…

Activists at Venezuelan Embassy Offer State Department a Peaceful Resolution to Standoff
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-13
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 ?…
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Venezuela's crisis: a view from the Communes
Federico Fuentes | mronline.org | 2019-05-13
Federico Fuentes explores grassroots communal organisation, and the tension between popular power and sectors of the government. | Source…
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Interview With Abby Martin And Robbie Martin Of Media Roots Radio On Venezuela
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-13
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…
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Embassy Protection Collective Releases Statement on 34th Day of Venezuelan Embassy Standoff
Embassy Protection Collective | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-13
"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."
mintpressnews.com/embassy-protection-col…

Welcome to coup university: A Pentagon scholar's guide to overthrowing governments
rt.com | 2019-05-13
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. | …
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PATRICK LAWRENCE: A Week of Dangerous Developments from Iran to North Korea
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-13
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 ?…
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Bolton Leading Trump on Reckless War Agenda
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-13
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 ?…
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Pompeo Takes a Page From the Bernard Lewis Playbook on Iran
Alastair Crooke | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-13
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.
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Prosecution of Assange may be severely compromised under English law, agrees barrister
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2019-05-13
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…
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