2019-05-16: News Headlines

plenglish (2019-05-16). Maduro: US Suspension of Venezuela's Flights Is Part of Coup. plenglish.com Caracas, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The suspension of commercial and private flights between the United States and Venezuela is part of the agenda to promote a coup, President Nicolas Maduro said.

plenglish (2019-05-16). Deputy FM Says, ¥US Seeks to Undermine Venezuela ¥s Independence ¥. plenglish.com Caracas, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Deputy Foreign Minister for North America, Carlos Ron, affirmed on Thursday that the US government seeks to undermine Venezuela"s independence; therefore, they violently invaded the Venezuelan embassy in Washington.

plenglish (2019-05-16). Venezuelan Economist Proposes a New Alternative. plenglish.com Caracas, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Economist Pascualina Curcio proposed today to set the bolivar price equal to the value of gold, in order to prevent others from manipulating the Venezuelan currency.

plenglish (2019-05-16). USA Seeks to Solve Venezuela's Political Conflict through Violence. plenglish.com Caracas, May 16 (Prensa Latina) MP Andres Mendez assured on Thursday that the US seeks to resolve Venezuelan political conflict by violence, and to that end it sponsors international violations of diplomacy.

plenglish (2019-05-16). Venezuela to Present Housing Program Results at UN Forum. plenglish.com 16 de mayo de 2019, 10: 21Caracas, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela will present its government"s housing program results at the upcoming UN-Habitat Assembly in Kenya, local media reported on Thursday.

plenglish (2019-05-16). Venezuela Denounces New Violation of its Embassy in Washington. plenglish.com Caracas, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced this Thursday a new police deployment at his country"s embassy in Washington.

Roger Stoll (2019-05-16). Nicaragua: The War of 2018. dissidentvoice.org Nearly all US regime-change wars (Venezuela, Syria, Honduras, Ukraine, Libya, Yugoslavia, etc.) are wars of deception, fabrication, propaganda, coups and false flags. Sometimes there is a direct US military assault, more often not. These wars are waged by proxies, media puppets, hired hit-men, torturers, rapists, vandals, saboteurs, death squads and criminal gangs, through mock or …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-16). Venezuelan Government Denounces US Seizure of Embassy, Arrest of Peace Activists as Violation of Vienna Convention. commondreams.org Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Ron on Thursday urged the Trump administration not to hand over the country's embassy in Washington, D.C. to leaders of an attempted coup after U.S. law enforcement forcibly removed peace activists who have lived there for since last month as guests of President Nicol√°s Maduro's government. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ben Norton (2019-05-16). Us-Backed Opposition Leader Admits Venezuela 'Is Not a Dictatorship'. mintpressnews.com Opposition leader María Corina Machado, a key figure in the US coup plot, admitted that Venezuela "is not a dictatorship" and only international "humanitarian intervention" can topple Maduro.

Ben Norton (2019-05-16). US-backed opposition leader admits Venezuela 'is not a dictatorship' and only foreign intervention can topple Maduro. thegrayzone.com Opposition leader María Corina Machado, a key figure in the US coup plot, admitted that Venezuela "is not a dictatorship"…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-16). As EPA Insists Weed Killer Roundup is Safe, a Jury Orders Monsanto to Pay $2B to Couple With Cancer. democracynow.org U.S. agribusiness giant Monsanto has been ordered to pay its highest damages yet in a massive lawsuit over the popular weedkiller Roundup. A jury ordered Monsanto to pay more than $2 billion in punitive damages to Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a couple who were both diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer after using Roundup on their properties for decades. Monsanto is owned by German pharmaceutical giant Bayer. The main ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, glyphosate, is said to cause the cancer. Attorneys estimate that there are thousands of similar cases against Roundup pending in courts around the country.

Joe Emersberger (2019-05-16). As Venezuela coup falters, US refuses to back its chosen 'president' over foreign investors. thecanary.co A Venezuelan opposition economist, Francisco Rodríguez, dropped a few bombshells in his weekly "LatAm this week" report, suggesting that the US won't back its chosen 'president' over foreign investors. | Guaidó's support limited in US and evaporating at home: | Rodríguez's 13 May report discussed an announcement that coup leader Juan Guaidó's 'government' (which the US and nearly 50 other governments recognize) would make debt payments to foreign investors. The announcement has led to rif…

Jeb Sprague (2019-05-16). Who's behind the pro-Guaido mob that besieged Venezuela's embassy in Washington? thegrayzone.com The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they…

WSWS (2019-05-16). Sudanese military kills protesters demanding return to full civilian rule. wsws.org The violence erupted after the Transitional Military Council leaders, who seized power in a coup, announced they had reached an agreement with opposition leaders.

Fight Back (2019-05-16). Meeting with Venezuela's President Maduro. fightbacknews.org Fight Back! interviews noted anti-war activist Sarah Martin, of the Minnesota-based Women Against Military Madness. Martin traveled to Venezuela on a solidarity delegation organized by the U.S. Peace Council, March 11-18. | Fight Back!: The corporate media says Venezuela's government, headed by President Maduro and the national democratic Bolivarian Revolution, has little popular support. What were your impressions? | Sarah Martin: This is one of the many lies told by the media, who once again are spewing the U.S. administration's propaganda for a U.S.-orchestrated coup. Maduro is a democratically elected preside…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-05-16). Military and Opposition Forces Reach Agreement in Sudan While Tensions Persist. globalresearch.ca Representatives from the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) and the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change have been holding talks with the Transitional Military Council (TMC) for several weeks since the coup against ousted President Omer Hassan al-Bashir on …

Joyce Chediac (2019-05-16). Iran war crisis: What's really going on? liberationnews.org It's time to get the U.S. military out of the Middle East, leave the people there to determine their own lives, and use the money instead to meet human needs at home.

Press TV (2019-05-16). Trump Considering Replacing John Bolton: Report. globalresearch.ca US media reports suggest that President Donald Trump is considering replacing his hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton over his plans to push the United States towards a military conflict with Iran, Venezuela and North Korea. | Bolton "is headed for …

John Feffer (2019-05-16). Bolton in Wonderland. counterpunch.org Only 70 days into his presidency, Ronald Reagan faced an assassination attempt. While he was in surgery and the vice president was mid-flight over Texas, Secretary of State Alexander Haig famously declared in front of the press, "As of now, I am in control here, in the White House." Haig's statement was a surprise to More

Staff (2019-05-16). Don't Give John Bolton His War With Iran. truthout.org Once again, the United States is lunging toward war in the Middle East. A military attack against Iran appears imminent, despite the fact that the alleged "threat" is based on shoddy intelligence and is not supported by allies. Included in the mix is an easily manipulated president whose foreign policy ignorance is made more dangerous by his deliberate ignorance of his own ignorance, r…

Jake Johnson (2019-05-16). Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of 'Increased Threat' from Iran. globalresearch.ca A British general threw a wrench into the Trump administration's narrative that Iran is plotting attacks on American troops in the Middle East by telling reporters gathered at the Pentagon Tuesday that "there's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces" …

Eds. (2019-05-16). Warnings of 'Gulf of Tonkin 2.0' as Trump officials blame Iran for oil tanker attacks. mronline.org It's obvious that Bolton and Pompeo are trying to create a Gulf of Tonkin incident with Iran. | Source

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-05-16). That Time John Bolton Said It's Good to Lie About War. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — Journalist Whitney Webb recently tweeted a 2010 video clip I'd never seen before featuring US National Security Advisor John Bolton defending the use of deception in advancing military agendas, which highlights something we should all be paying attention to as Trump administration foreign policy becomes increasingly Boltonized. On a December 2010 episode of Fox News' Freedom Watch, Bolton …

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-05-16). Where Is the Democratic Alternative to Forever War? truthdig.com There sure are lots to choose from. By now, more than 20 candidates have announced a run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. And with national security adviser John "Regime Change" Bolton, along with the others in the four Bs cabal—Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates—seem poised to pull President Trump into war with Iran, now would seem the time for D…

pip.hinman (2019-05-16). Hands join against seismic testing. greenleft.org.au Hundreds of people gathered on northern Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter beaches to protest the resumption of seismic testing in early May. | Oil and gas company Asset Energy wants to blast its way across 1600 square kilometres of offshore seabed. Its Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 covers 4500 square kilometres of the coast north of Sydney harbour. | The exploration involves firing soundwaves to assess the ocean floor geology. The resulting sonic booms will potentially affect the navigation of dolphins and whales and impact on marine ecosystems. | If the testing is positive offshore oil rigs will dot a large sec…

Tyler Durden (2019-05-16). SWAT Team Raids Venezuelan Embassy. theantimedia.com (ZH) — A federal SWAT team breached the Venezuelan embassy in D.C. on Thursday morning, in a move the Maduro government has condemned as a violation of the Vienna Convention, which protects a nation's embassy as sovereign territory. The four remaining "Embassy Collective" activists who were remaining from among dozens of anti-war protesters who had been holed up …

plenglish (2019-05-16). Trump Sends Anti-Cuban-Venezuelan Hawk to Panama. plenglish.com Panama, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The so-called gray brain in the US strategy against the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela, Mauricio Claver-Carone, arrived in Panama to ask for help in Washington"s plans to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, local media reported on Thursday.

plenglish (2019-05-16). Cuba Rejects Violation of Venezuelan Embassy in Washington. plenglish.com Havana, May 16 ( Prensa Latina) The Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister, Rogelio Sierra, called the new police raid on the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. a shameful act.

Eds. (2019-05-16). Cuban "troops" saving lives in Venezuela. mronline.org Cubans are truly committed to the principle of sovereignty, we are protective of our independence, and we would never do to others what we would not allow to be done to ourselves. | Source

Consortiumnews (2019-05-16). Intl Community Must Protect Venezuela's Embassy in DC. consortiumnews.com The 1979 occupation of the U.S. embassy in Tehran shows why Venezuela now requires support in protecting its Washington embassy, says Alfred de Zayas. On Thursday morning Kevin Zeese, one of the activists who remained inside the embassy, reported: "The… Read more →

Peter Koenig (2019-05-16). Trump: From China to Iran to Venezuela, Threats and Sanctions Everywhere. dissidentvoice.org As of May 10, Mr. Trump has arbitrarily increased tariffs on Chinese goods imported into the US, worth about 200 billion dollars, from 10% to 25%. It is an action without any foundation. An action that makes no sense at all, as China can and will retaliate — and retaliate much stronger than what the …

WSWS (2019-05-16). Protesters occupying Venezuela embassy in Washington DC speak out. wsws.org For over a month, protesters opposed to the illegal US regime change operation in Venezuela have defended the embassy from being taken over by pro-Guaidó forces.

plenglish (2019-05-16). Illegal Entry and Arrests Denounced at Venezuelan Embassy in U.S. plenglish.com Washington, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The organization Code Pink denounced Thursday the illegal entry of U.S. authorities to the Venezuelan Embassy and the arrest of activists who remained in the building to prevent its surrender to the Venezuelan opposition.

plenglish (2019-05-16). UN Wishes Peaceful Solution at Venezuelan Embassy in Washington. plenglish.com United Nations, May 16 (Prensa Latina) U.N. Secretary-General spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Thursday that the United Nations hopes the situation at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington can be resolved peacefully.

Consortiumnews (2019-05-16). Why Read Consortium News? consortiumnews.com Consortium News brings you in depth coverage from a fresh perspective of the biggest stories of the day. Read us to keep up with the crises of Iran, Venezuela and WikiLeaks. You can read The New York Times and The… Read more →

Lauren Smith (2019-05-16). Venezuelan Embassy: Peace Activists Put US Mission on Notice. globalresearch.ca Yesterday evening activists from the International Action Center (IAC) and No War on Venezuela.org delivered a letter to the United States Mission to the United Nations in NYC from the Embassy Protection Collective (EPC). Telemundo was on the scene and …

commondreams (2019-05-16). Green Party of the United States Statement—Venezuelan Embassy. commondreams.org ______________________________…

plenglish (2019-05-16). US Police Arrests Activists in Venezuela Embassy. plenglish.com Washington, May 16 ( Prensa Latina) U.S. authorities burst Thursday into the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC and arrested four activists opposed to allowing Washington to hand over the building to the Venezuelan opposition.

Adrienne Pine (2019-05-16). An Academic Arrested for Protecting the Venezuela Embassy. commondreams.org Adrienne Pine, an associate professor of anthropology at American University, has been part of the weeks-long occupation of the Venezuelan Embassy in Georgetown which ended Thursday with arrests. (Photo: Jeremy Bigwood) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

plenglish (2019-05-16). Colombian Prosecutor Signs Jesus Santrich's Release. plenglish.com Bogota, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Several Colombian sectors are waiting for the FARC leader Jesus Santrich to be freed on Thursday, after Attorney General Fabio Espitia signed the order to release him as instructed by the JEP.

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-16). Russia's Nord Stream II Concerns Reveal Its Severe Systemic Vulnerabilities. globalresearch.ca Putin actually sounded pretty concerned about the future of Nord Stream II for the first time ever during Tuesday's press conference with his Austrian counterpart, strongly suggesting that Pompeo might have delivered a serious message to him during Monday's meeting …

Sputnik News (2019-05-16). Police Raid Venezuelan Embassy in DC, Arrest Last Remaining Members of Embassy Protection Collective. mintpressnews.com The activists from the Embassy Protection Collective have been living inside the embassy since 10 April in a bid to protect it from US attempts to seize the facility and hand it over to supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Jeb Sprague (2019-05-16). Who's Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela's D.C. Embassy? mintpressnews.com The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they left Venezuela's D.C.-based opposition with a serious PR problem. After a week of hateful outbursts, a handful of marketing strategists emerged as de facto spokespeople for the mob.

Robert Fisk (2019-05-16). Iran's Man in Iraq: "America is Not the Old America. It is Weaker Than Ever." counterpunch.org Mike Pompeo went to put the thumbscrews on the Iraqi government this week. No more electrical power from Iran, he told them, and make sure those pesky Iranians don't attack our boys in that great American base in Iraq which Trump was boasting about. The New York Times numbingly told us that his trip was More

Staff (2019-05-15). Why Many Venezuelans Are Still Chavistas. therealnews.com 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…

Staff (2019-05-15). Guaidó Calls for US Military Cooperation, but few Venezuelans Support the Move. therealnews.com Parallel president and opposition leader Juan Guaidó says he would like to coordinate with the U.S. military, but following his failed April 30 coup attempt, few Venezuelans show interest. Mike Fox reports from Caracas…

WSWS (2019-05-15). No to war against Iran! wsws.org 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.

unitedEditor (2019-05-15). Military Coup to Civilian Rule. uwidata.com Out of all the former colonial African states that formed after the Second World War, Sudan has seen some of the most explosive social and political turmoil. Coup after coup, insurgency after insurgency — the country has been engulfed in almost never-ending struggle since the British Empire and Egypt granted its independence in 1956. …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-15). Despite Threats & No Electricity, Anti-Coup Activists Remain Inside Venezuelan Embassy in D.C. democracynow.org In Washington, D.C., four activists remain in the Venezuelan embassy after police raided the building Monday night. Activists with CodePink, ANSWER Coalition and Popular Resistance have been inside the embassy since late April at the invitation of Venezuela's government in order to prevent it from being taken over by Venezuela's U.S.-backed opposition, led by Juan Guaidó. Last week, authorities cut off water and electricity to the embassy. We speak with CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin about the ongoing stand-off at the embassy.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-05-15). Showdown at the Venezuelan Embassy. dissidentvoice.org Photo by Alex Rubinstein This article describes a tense showdown that took place Monday evening between the Embassy Protectors and federal authorities, and concludes with URGENT ACTIONS people can take to resolve this dispute and stop a US-orchestrated coup. Writing on Day 36 of the campaign to prevent a US-sponsored coup by protecting the Venezuelan …