2019-05-17: News Headlines

pip.hinman (2019-05-17). Guaido requests US military cooperation to oust Maduro. greenleft.org.au Self-declared "Venezuelan Interim President" Juan Guaido has ordered the setting up of a meeting with the United States 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 May 11, Guaido announced that he instructed his representative in the US, Carlos Vecchio, to establish a "direct relationship" with the US Southern Command (SouthCom), which controls all US overt and covert military operations in Latin America and the Caribbea…

Jessica Corbett (2019-05-17). Venezuela Denounces US Seizure of Embassy as Violation of Vienna Convention. theantimedia.com (CD) — 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 Nicolás Maduro's government. "We denounce these arrests, as the …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-05-17). Protests expected at Venezuelan Embassy following ejection of last Maduro supporters. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Demonstrators are expected this Saturday at noon at the Venezuelan Embassy here two days after police — following the orders of the right-wing GOP Trump administration — ejected the last four supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from the building. The eviction, after 38 days, is a proxy for President Donald Trump's ideological effort to …

plenglish (2019-05-17). Venezuelan President Repeats Willingness to Dialogue with Opposition. plenglish.com Caracas, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Venezuela is willing to settle the differences with the opposition through dialogue, President Nicolas Maduro said after a meeting with international representatives.

plenglish (2019-05-17). Venezuela Welcomes Norway's Announcement On Beginning of Dialogue. plenglish.com Caracas, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Vice-President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodriguez, celebrated on Friday Norway"s pronouncement on a first rapprochement for political dialogue between the Caracas government and the opposition based in the European country.

plenglish (2019-05-17). Venezuelan FM Thanks Norway for Promoting Social Dialogue. plenglish.com Caracas, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Friday thanked the Government of Norway for supporting dialogue for peace and the country"s sovereignty.

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-05-17). US Illegally Evicts Protectors from Venezuelan Embassy. globalresearch.ca Today, law enforcement agents broke into the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C., and arrested the four remaining members of the Embassy Protection Collective. | "We denounce these arrests, as the people inside were there with our permission, and we consider it …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Headlines for May 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Immigration Plan Favors Job Skills Over Asylum Claims and Family Ties, Trump Officials Reportedly Clash Over U.S. Sabre-Rattling With Iran, UNICEF Chief Calls Yemen War "a Test of Our Humanity" That "We Are Badly Failing", Venezuelan Government Blasts U.S. Seizure of Embassy as Vienna Convention Violation, Brazilian Teachers and Students March Against Education Cuts, Mexican Journalist Francisco Romero Killed in Playa del Carmen, Lawyer Says Tennessee Prisoner "Suffered Excruciating Pain" During Execution, Alabama Prisoner Put to Death After "Pro-Life" Governor Denies Reprieve, Senate Confirms Anti-Choice A…

Dave Lindorff (2019-05-17). Who Knows? Who Cares? If the Media Claim 50 Countries Reject Venezuela's Elected President and Repeat It Enough It Must be True. globalresearch.ca American media still refer to Juan Guaidó, America's hand-picked "legitimate leader" or "legitimate president" of Venezuela, as having an "administration." | The truth is that his "administration" — consisting of advisors and other opposition leaders — are all either arrested …

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-17). 5/16/19: Chelsea Manning Returned to Prison; Illegal Arrests of Embassy Protectors. indybay.org On the same day, May 16, 2019, the remaining 4 Venezuelan Embassy Protectors were falsely arrested by US police who illegally entered the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. and Chelsea Manning was returned to prison as a political prisoner for refusing to cooperate with the witchhunting grand jury, and this time, the reactionary Judge Anthony Trenga added the threat of daily fines of up to $500 a day after 30 days and rising to $1000 a day after 60 days. We heard not a peep of opposition to these reactionary actions by Nazi Trump from the Democratic Party candidates for president.

teleSUR (2019-05-17). Venezuela's Arreaza: 'We Have to Reject War, Bet on Dialogue'. telesurenglish.net During an exclusive interview with teleSUR, Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza addressed some of the the highlights of the current political, economic and diplomatic situation his country is going through. | RELATED: | UN Sec-Gen 'Very Much Supportive' of Venezuela Talks in Norway | With regard to the "exploratory phase" of dialogue taki…

Ajamu Baraka (2019-05-17). 2020 Elections: It's Militarism and the Military Budget Stupid! counterpunch.org U.S. ships are involved in provocative "freedom of navigation" exercises in the South China Sea and other ships gather ominously in the Mediterranean Sea while National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo along with convicted war criminal Elliot Abrams conspire to save the people of Venezuela with another illegal "regime change" More

ANSWER Coalition (2019-05-17). Forum: Eyewitness Venezuela with Gloria La Riva. indybay.org 2969 Mission St. near 26th St.

plenglish (2019-05-17). Impact of US Blockade against Venezuela Denounced. plenglish.com 17 de mayo de 2019, 16: 28Ankara, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan ambassador to Turkey, José Bracho Reyes, today denounced the consequences of the US blockade against the South American nation, during a keynote address to the Faculty of Economics of the Technical University of the Middle East .

Derek Royden (2019-05-17). The embassy siege in Georgetown. nationofchange.org The American occupiers in the country's Georgetown embassy have mobilized in solidarity with the Venezuelan people and in the hope that they can help to prevent a war, the international left must support them.

WSWS (2019-05-17). US security forces storm Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. wsws.org The raid of the embassy is of a piece with the reckless and illegal actions taken by the Trump administration in an effort to force a regime change in Venezuela.

Ron Jacobs (2019-05-17). Uncle Sam Needs Our Help Again? counterpunch.org Earlier in 2019, the US Congress utilized its power to wage or not wage war and voted to end US involvement in the Saudi Arabian war in Yemen. Donald Trump vetoed the bill and it died. Meanwhile, the Pentagon and US intelligence agencies were ramping up pressure on the nations of Venezuela and Iran. Other More

Staff (2019-05-17). Trump Admin Breaks and Enters Venezuela's Embassy, Arrests Activists. therealnews.com After more than a month of living in the Venezuelan embassy, DC police and secret service broke open the doors to arrest for activists who had been staying in the embassy to protect it against an opposition take-over. The move sets a dangerous precedent, says Medea Benjamin…

Peter Koenig (2019-05-17). Trump — from China to Iran to Venezuela — Threats and Sanctions Everywhere — A Chronicle of Disorganized Chaos Foretold. globalresearch.ca Trump himself, has not only reached a level of incompetence and ignorance which is scary — but he has also surrounded himself with inept, preposterous people, like, Pence, Bolton, Pompeo — who, it appears, have no other means left than running around the world amok, dishing out threats left and right…

RT (2019-05-17). 'We fight too many wars!' Rev. Jackson denounces US militarism after Venezuela embassy raid. rt.com Renowned American civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson has spoken out against US militaristic foreign policy after delivering food supplies to peace activists at the Venezuelan embassy in DC before their forceful eviction.

plenglish (2019-05-17). China Calls to Peacefully Resolve Venezuela Issue. plenglish.com Beijing, May 17 (Prensa Latina) China has called on Friday to strengthen efforts between the Venezuela government and opposition to achieve a peaceful resolution to the situation there, by emphasizing its position of non-meddling in the internal affairs of the South American nation.

Bob Dreyfuss (2019-05-17). Trump May Not Want War With Iran—But the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One. thenation.com Trump May Not Want War With Iran—But the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-17). Amid Murky Intel, Experts Say Time to Be Clear: Threat of War With Iran "Solely and Unequivocally" Trump's Fault. commondreams.org "Trump action provokes Iran reaction provokes U.S. reaction and suddenly march to another quagmire catastrophic war." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Christopher Brauchli (2019-05-17). The Pompeo Smirk. counterpunch.org No wonder Mr. Pompeo awkwardly laughed or, as it was described by some observers, "smirked," when asked about the reports of the execution of four of the people with whom Mr. Trump and Mr. Pompeo had been negotiating a few shorts months ago. Their roles might have been reversed. The smirk made its appearance when More

Renee Parsons (2019-05-17). The Pompeo Bolton Tag Team from Hell. globalresearch.ca There was little pretense that when former UN Ambassador John Bolton became President Trump's National Security Adviser and former Rep. Mike Pompeo moved into the Secretary of State position, that either would bring a professionally credible and respectable presence to …

Paul Pillar (2019-05-17). Only Ones to Blame for Fresh US-Iranian Tensions: Team Trump. commondreams.org U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk during the group photo at the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East on February 14, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-05-17). Taiwan Becomes 1st Asian Nation to Pass Same-Sex Marriage Bill. telesurenglish.net On Friday, Taiwan passed marriage legislation allowing same-sex couples to form "exclusive permanent unions" and a second clause that would allow for applications for "marriage registration" with government agencies. | RELATED: | Taiwan: Same-Sex Couples Ready to Marry on 1st Day of Legality | Upon passing the bill, Taiwan became the first Asian nation to approve same-sex marriage law. The legislation, which offers limited adoption rights, was passed with a 66 to 27 majority vot…

C.J. Atkins (2019-05-17). Love wins in Taiwan: First in Asia to recognize LGBTQ marriage equality. peoplesworld.org The efforts of tireless activists like Chi Chia-wei, who has been campaigning for gay rights since he first came out in 1975, have paid off in Taiwan. Two years ago, the country's highest court made history by ruling it was unconstitutional to define marriage as only being possible between one man and one woman. Today, …

Pablo Navarrete (2019-05-17). Brian Eno on Eurovision in Israel. thecanary.co Musician Brian Eno explains why Israel hosting Eurovision is a propaganda coup for the apartheid state. | By Pablo Navarrete

plenglish (2019-05-17). Peace Advocates Sue Govt for Objections to Peace Justice in Colombia. plenglish.com Bogota, May 17 (Prensa Latina) A lawsuit was filed on Friday before the Colombian Council of State against the presidential objections to the statutory law of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).

teleSUR (2019-05-17). Colombia's FARC Jesus Santrich Injured, Unable to Leave Prison. telesurenglish.net Despite Colombia's Special Jurisdiction for Peace, JEP, ordering the Office of the Attorney General to immediately release Seuxis Paucias Hernandez, better known as 'Jesus Santrich' Wednesday, the former leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) remains imprisoned in La Picota prison. | Santrich released a handwritten note to the media Friday morning making four points, the first that the JEP ordered his release at 9: 45am Wednesday morning but that as of 11: 00am Friday he had not been released from jail. The former FARC commanders says the prison director is is "refusing to address his lawyer…

Gary Leupp (2019-05-17). Bolton and the Road to the War He Wants. counterpunch.org Isn't it obvious? A moronic president with no firm principles other than the preservation of his base's support chose as his third national security advisor the notorious John Bolton. Bolton is using his position to try to guide the supposedly isolationist president into more wars of imperialist aggression. He is the Wormtongue in Trump's court, More

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-05-17). Neocons Won't Stop Until They Get Their War With Iran. commondreams.org Trump's national security adviser John Bolton has made it his mission to spark a war against Iran, and he was part of the apparatus of building the false case for the disastrous 2003 U.S. war against Iraq. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

John Mecklin (2019-05-17). War and Peace: Bolton and Trump Tell a Confused Story About Possible Military Action against Iran. globalresearch.ca The New York Times reported earlier in the week that top Trump administration national security officials asked for and received a briefing on military plans that would send some 120,000 US troops to the Middle East should Iran take aggressive …

Peter Bolton (2019-05-17). The Washington Post's "Cartel of the Suns" Theory is the Latest Desperate Excuse for Why the Coup Attempt in Venezuela has Failed. counterpunch.org With the attempted coup in Venezuela now nearing its four-month mark, commentators in the corporate-owned Western press are scratching their heads as to why Washington's plan for its proxy, Juan Guaido, to topple the government of Nicolas Maduro has so far failed to materialize. Of course, all of the real reasons elude them because they More

Peter Lackowski (2019-05-17). Eyewitness in Venezuela: a 14-year Perspective. counterpunch.org I was in Venezuela from April 26 to May 5, 2019. It was the fifth time I have been there in a span of 14 years, so I was able to put things I saw on this trip in that context. My first visit was in 2005. I saw people begging, sleeping in doorways, street More

Jeb Sprague (2019-05-17). 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.

Richard Silverstein (2019-05-17). Ignore the Propaganda: A US War Against Iran Would Be a Costly Mistake. commondreams.org US National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listen as Trump speaks in the Oval Office in Washington on 7 February (AFP) US National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listen as Trump speaks in the Oval Office in Washington on 7 February. (Photo: AFP/Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-05-16). Venezuela: Gov't-Opposition Talks Reported as DC Embassy Raided. venezuelanalysis.com Maduro decried the embassy raid a "criminal act" and vowed to seek justice at the UN.

teleSUR (2019-05-16). US Raid on Venezuela Embassy 'A Brutal Act': Maduro. telesurenglish.net The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro rejected and repudiated the storming of its embassy by United States police officers Thursday. | RELATED | US Siege of Venezuela Embassy Violates Vienna Convention: Moncada | "The U.S. has raided the premises of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington … a brutal act against international law and lack of respect for embassies in the world," said the president. | The Venezuelan head of state says he gave instructions to take its complai…

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"…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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 →

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

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 …

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 …