Daily Archives: May 20, 2019

2019-05-20: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-20). Fear the Mustache: Why Bolton Makes Even Donald Trump Nervous. commondreams.org White House National Security Advisor John Bolton talks to reporters outside of the White House West Wing April 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. Bolton answered questions about the security and political turmoil in Venezuela and called for a peaceful transition to a government controlled by acting President Juan Guaido. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ben Chacko (2019-05-20). U.S. 'bid to destroy Venezuela' threatens foundations of international law, ambassador warns. peoplesworld.org

teleSUR (2019-05-20). 4,000 Students In Venezuela for Congress for Free Education. telesurenglish.net The XVIII Latin American and Caribbean Student Congress (CLAE) is being held in Venezuela's capital city Caracas from Monday to May 25. The congress will see the participation of 4,000 young people. | RELATED: | Caribbean Students Oppose War Plans and Demand Respect for Venezuelan Sovereignty | The National Experimental University…

plenglish (2019-05-20). Maduro Celebrates Anniversary of 2nd Electoral Victory. plenglish.com Caracas, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro remembered on Monday the first year of his reelection in May 2018 as one solid triumph of the Venezuelan people.

Staff (2019-05-20). The Creepy New Addition to McDonald's Menu. truthdig.com The great thing about corporate giants is that they're such amazing business innovators. For example, in the category of "wheel-spinning" innovation — i.e., trying to change a corporation's course without actually changing anything — it's hard to top McDonald's. | For several years, the fast-food chain has been losing customers to younger chains with healthier, more stylish offerings. So CEO Steve Easterbrook has tried to recoup the losses with PR tricks, such as calling the menu "healthy" and "fresh." But McNugg…

Jeb Sprague (2019-05-20). øQuiénes son los partidarios del golpe que asediaron la embajada de Venezuela en Washington? thegrayzone.com Las tácticas de intimidación de los asediadores pro-golpe de la embajada mostraron la verdadera cara de una oposición venezolana violenta,…

Liberation Staff (2019-05-20). U.S. breaks international law, seizing Venezuelan Embassy and arresting guests. liberationnews.org Under international law — 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, articles 22 and 45 — a host country is prohibited from invasion or interference with another nation's embassies, and is in fact obligated to defend it.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-20). 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.

plenglish (2019-05-20). Diaz-Canel Highlights Latin American Student Support to Venezuela. plenglish.com Havana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel highlighted Monday the support of Latin American students to the Venezuelan people in the face of the severity of U.S.-imposed blockade against the South American country.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-05-20). Next Stop, the UN: Embassy Protectors and Other Groups to Stage UN General Assembly Protest. mintpressnews.com The Embassy Protection Collective, the activists that fought for the US to respect international law at the Venezuelan embassy, are just getting started.

Valerie Reynoso (2019-05-20). The Violent History of the Venezuelan Opposition. counterpunch.org The West alleges that the Venezuelan opposition is peaceful and democratic; however, their extensive history of right-wing violence proves otherwise. The Venezuelan opposition is led by a predominately white bourgeoisie, the US state department and its allies. The US state department has provided at least $49 million since 2009 in aid for Venezuelan right-wing opposition More

Consortiumnews (2019-05-20). The Struggle Is the Meaning. consortiumnews.com Craig Murray mulls the depressing series of events over the past few weeks involving Iran, Venezuela, Ecuador and the U.S. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk There is no conceivable interest of the ordinary people of the Western world being served by… Read more →

Laura Wells (2019-05-20). What's Really Happening in Venezuela. indybay.org The Long Haul Infoshop | 3124 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA. 94705…

ANSWER Coalition (2019-05-20). Forum: Eyewitness Venezuela with Gloria La Riva. indybay.org 2969 Mission St. near 26th St.

Fight Back (2019-05-20). Venezuela: "Forward to the Communal Offensive! fightbacknews.org The following essay was published in the latest party bulletin of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). It comes after two weeks of open debate within the Bolivarian movement about how to deepen the revolutionary process in the country. The piece was translated into English by Fight Back! staff. | It is no small thing what we are facing. It is no small thing who we are fighting against – even less so because we are resisting, we are advancing, we are reaching forward. Our Homeland is under permanent attack and our people suffer from a criminal imperial assault, aggressions of all types, in a war of imme…

plenglish (2019-05-20). FARC Denounces Illegal Action by Colombian Prosecutor's Office. plenglish.com Bogota, May 20 (Prensa Latina) The Revolutionary Alternative Force of the Common (FARC) party insisted this Monday that the Colombian Attorney General"s Office is acting illegally with former commander Jesus Santrich in order to favor his extradition to the United States.

Fight Back (2019-05-20). FRSO denounces the illegal arrest of Colombian peace negotiator Jesus Santrich, demands his immediate liberation. fightbacknews.org Jesus Santrich, former peace negotiator for the FARC-EP, poet, painter, musician and a popular voice for peace, has been re-arrested on a trumped-up drug charge out of the Southern District of New York. The charges are largely seen as an attempt by the United States, in league with sectors of the Colombian oligarchy, to derail the peace accord between the FARC-EP and the Colombian government. | The Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP — a court that was instituted by the Colombian Peace Agreement) ruled that Santrich could not be extradited to the United States due to many irregularities in the case, including i…

plenglish (2019-05-20). FARC party in Colombia Demands Dignified Treatment for Santrich. plenglish.com Bogota, May 20 (Prensa Latina) The FARC leadership demanded the Colombian State due process and dignified treatment for Jesus Santrich as a political prisoner and given his status as a signer of the Peace Agreement.

plenglish (2019-05-20). Colombian Farmers' Leader Accuses Government of Breaking Peace Pact. plenglish.com Havana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Colombian farmer leader Nury Martinez denounced in Havana Monday the lack of will of Ivan Duque"s government to implement the peace agreements signed with the guerrillas and the assassination campaign of social leaders in that country.

Eric Margolis (2019-05-20). Fire the Nutcases Leading Us to War. commondreams.org National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talk before the start of a joint news conference 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…

Lucas Koerner (2019-05-20). There's Far More Diversity in Venezuela's 'Muzzled' Media Than in US Corporate Press. fair.org Time ( 4/16/19) joined in on the corporate media's literary fad of fictionalized accounts of the Venezuelan crisis. | The international corporate media have long displayed a peculiar creativity with the facts in their Venezuela reporting, to the point that coverage of the nation's crisis has become perhaps the world's most lucrative fictional genre. Ciara Nugent's recent piece for Time ( 4/16/19), headlined "'Venezuelans Are Starving for Information': The Battle to Get N…

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-19). Unlawful Arrests of Venezuelan DC Embassy Protectors Symbolic of US Decadence. globalresearch.ca Activist embassy protectors were invited into Venezuela's Washington diplomatic facility by its legitimate ruling authorities in Caracas. | According to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the premises of embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic facilities are inviolable territory — no one …

Strategic Culture (2019-05-19). Venezuela Exposes the Myth of John Bolton's "Genius" theantimedia.com (SC Op-ed) — April 30 was the real April Fools' Day in Venezuela: They proclaimed a coup and nobody came. The fiasco of the latest obviously unsuccessful US attempt to topple twice democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro made a laughing stock of the US government throughout the world and is now exposing new splits in the Trump administration in …

Global Research News (2019-05-19). Selected Articles: US War Agenda: Venezuela before Iran? globalresearch.ca Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …

Ben Chacko (2019-05-19). US 'Bid to Destroy Venezuela' Threatens the Foundations of International Law, Ambassador Warns. globalresearch.ca Washington's bid to "destroy Venezuela" is wrecking the international laws governing relations between all states, Venezuela's ambassador to Britain Rocio Maneiro warned today. | "Nobody really understands the danger" of the precedent set by the decision by some countries to recognise …

teleSUR (2019-05-19). China Urges US to Avoid Further Damage of Bilateral Ties. telesurenglish.net Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged the United States (U.S.) government on Saturday not to go too far in its damaging moves against Chinese interests in a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to state media. | RELATED: | China Vows To Never Surrender To US Threats | "We urge the U.S. side not to go too far," Wang told Pompeo, adding that the U.S should change its course as soon as possible so as to avoid further damage of bilateral ties and…

teleSUR (2019-05-19). OPEC, Allies Evaluate Oil Production Cut. telesurenglish.net Ministers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and their allies evaluated Sunday the evolution of the oil market and the fulfillment of the cut in crude production in force this semester, and prepare the conference convened for the end of June in Vienna. | RELATED: | Iran Oil Exports Up, Unveils Major National Refinery | The 14th Meeting of the Joint Monitoring Ministerial Committee (CMMC) of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the non-OPEC…

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-19). Trump Regime "War of Words" on Iran. globalresearch.ca John Bolton wants war on all nations the US doesn't control. His longstanding hostility toward Iran is well known. | Reportedly he's been pushing Trump for war on Iran since becoming national security advisor. His notorious 2015 NYT op-ed headlined "To …

Staff (2019-05-19). Trump-Bolton Aggression Against Iran Contained by Russia, Japan, China, and EU. therealnews.com Vijay Prashad says the very dangerous statements, economic sanctions and military aggression unleashed by Washington this week against Iran was countered by cool headed diplomacy by Japan, Russia, EU and China…

Green Party of the United States (2019-05-18). Green Party of the United States Statement — Venezuelan Embassy. globalresearch.ca The United Nations recognizes Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela. It is illegal under international law for the U.S. to facilitate control of the embassy to opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has asserted a claim to the …

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-18). The plot to kill Venezuela. mronline.org Vijay Prashad looks at the purpose and impact of sanctions against Venezuela. | Source

WSWS (2019-05-18). The assault on the Venezuelan embassy. wsws.org The violent police seizure of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington expressed in microcosm the criminality of US imperialism the world over.

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…

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

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

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…

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…

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

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.

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…

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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 …

2019-05-20: Social Media Postees

4,000 Students In Venezuela for Congress for Free Education
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-20
The XVIII Latin American and Caribbean Student Congress (CLAE) is being held in Venezuela's capital city Caracas from Monday to May 25. The congress will see the participation of 4,000 young people. | RELATED: | Caribbean Students Oppose War Plans and Demand Respect for Venezuelan Sovereignty | The National Experimental University…
telesurenglish.net/news/4000-Progressive…

Maduro Celebrates Anniversary of 2nd Electoral Victory
plenglish.com | 2019-05-20
Caracas, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro remembered on Monday the first year of his reelection in May 2018 as one solid triumph of the Venezuelan people.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

The Creepy New Addition to McDonald's Menu
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-20
The great thing about corporate giants is that they're such amazing business innovators. For example, in the category of "wheel-spinning" innovation — i.e., trying to change a corporation's course without actually changing anything — it's hard to top McDonald's. | For several years, the fast-food chain has been losing customers to younger chains with healthier, more stylish offerings. So CEO Steve Easterbrook has tried to recoup the losses with PR tricks, such as calling the menu "healthy" and "fresh." But McNugg…
truthdig.com/articles/the-creepy-new-add…

øQuiénes son los partidarios del golpe que asediaron la embajada de Venezuela en Washington?
Jeb Sprague | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-20
Las tácticas de intimidación de los asediadores pro-golpe de la embajada mostraron la verdadera cara de una oposición venezolana violenta,…
thegrayzone.com/2019/05/20/asediadores-p…

Fear the Mustache: Why Bolton Makes Even Donald Trump Nervous
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
White House National Security Advisor John Bolton talks to reporters outside of the White House West Wing April 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. Bolton answered questions about the security and political turmoil in Venezuela and called for a peaceful transition to a government controlled by acting President Juan Guaido. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/20/fear-m…

U.S. breaks international law, seizing Venezuelan Embassy and arresting guests
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-20
Under international law — 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, articles 22 and 45 — a host country is prohibited from invasion or interference with another nation's embassies, and is in fact obligated to defend it.
liberationnews.org/u-s-breaks-internatio…

What's Really Happening in Venezuela
Laura Wells | indybay.org | 2019-05-20
The Long Haul Infoshop | 3124 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA. 94705…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/18/1882349…

Venezuela: "Forward to the Communal Offensive!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-20
The following essay was published in the latest party bulletin of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). It comes after two weeks of open debate within the Bolivarian movement about how to deepen the revolutionary process in the country. The piece was translated into English by Fight Back! staff. | It is no small thing what we are facing. It is no small thing who we are fighting against – even less so because we are resisting, we are advancing, we are reaching forward. Our Homeland is under permanent attack and our people suffer from a criminal imperial assault, aggressions of all types, in a war of imme…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/20/venezuela-fo…

Diaz-Canel Highlights Latin American Student Support to Venezuela
plenglish.com | 2019-05-20
Havana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel highlighted Monday the support of Latin American students to the Venezuelan people in the face of the severity of U.S.-imposed blockade against the South American country.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Chelsea Manning Returned to Prison; Illegal Arrests of Embassy Protectors
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-20
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/17/1882346…

Forum: Eyewitness Venezuela with Gloria La Riva
ANSWER Coalition | indybay.org | 2019-05-20
2969 Mission St. near 26th St.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/17/1882347…

There's Far More Diversity in Venezuela's 'Muzzled' Media Than in US Corporate Press
Lucas Koerner | fair.org | 2019-05-20
Time ( 4/16/19) joined in on the corporate media's literary fad of fictionalized accounts of the Venezuelan crisis. | The international corporate media have long displayed a peculiar creativity with the facts in their Venezuela reporting, to the point that coverage of the nation's crisis has become perhaps the world's most lucrative fictional genre. Ciara Nugent's recent piece for Time ( 4/16/19), headlined "'Venezuelans Are Starving for Information': The Battle to Get N…
fair.org/home/theres-far-more-diversity-…

The Struggle Is the Meaning
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-20
Craig Murray mulls the depressing series of events over the past few weeks involving Iran, Venezuela, Ecuador and the U.S. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk There is no conceivable interest of the ordinary people of the Western world being served by… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/20/the-strugg…

The Violent History of the Venezuelan Opposition
Valerie Reynoso | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-20
The West alleges that the Venezuelan opposition is peaceful and democratic; however, their extensive history of right-wing violence proves otherwise. The Venezuelan opposition is led by a predominately white bourgeoisie, the US state department and its allies. The US state department has provided at least $49 million since 2009 in aid for Venezuelan right-wing opposition…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/20/the-violent-…

Next Stop, the UN: Embassy Protectors and Other Groups to Stage UN General Assembly Protest
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-20
The Embassy Protection Collective, the activists that fought for the US to respect international law at the Venezuelan embassy, are just getting started.
mintpressnews.com/next-stop-the-un-route…

FARC Denounces Illegal Action by Colombian Prosecutor's Office
plenglish.com | 2019-05-20
Bogota, May 20 (Prensa Latina) The Revolutionary Alternative Force of the Common (FARC) party insisted this Monday that the Colombian Attorney General"s Office is acting illegally with former commander Jesus Santrich in order to favor his extradition to the United States.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Colombian Farmers' Leader Accuses Government of Breaking Peace Pact
plenglish.com | 2019-05-20
Havana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Colombian farmer leader Nury Martinez denounced in Havana Monday the lack of will of Ivan Duque"s government to implement the peace agreements signed with the guerrillas and the assassination campaign of social leaders in that country.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

FARC party in Colombia Demands Dignified Treatment for Santrich
plenglish.com | 2019-05-20
Bogota, May 20 (Prensa Latina) The FARC leadership demanded the Colombian State due process and dignified treatment for Jesus Santrich as a political prisoner and given his status as a signer of the Peace Agreement.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

FRSO denounces the illegal arrest of Colombian peace negotiator Jesus Santrich, demands his immediate liberation
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-20
Jesus Santrich, former peace negotiator for the FARC-EP, poet, painter, musician and a popular voice for peace, has been re-arrested on a trumped-up drug charge out of the Southern District of New York. The charges are largely seen as an attempt by the United States, in league with sectors of the Colombian oligarchy, to derail the peace accord between the FARC-EP and the Colombian government. | The Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP — a court that was instituted by the Colombian Peace Agreement) ruled that Santrich could not be extradited to the United States due to many irregularities in the case, including i…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/20/frso-denounc…

Fire the Nutcases Leading Us to War
Eric Margolis | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talk before the start of a joint news conference 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…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/20/fire-n…

Unlawful Arrests of Venezuelan DC Embassy Protectors Symbolic of US Decadence
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-19
Activist embassy protectors were invited into Venezuela's Washington diplomatic facility by its legitimate ruling authorities in Caracas. | According to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the premises of embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic facilities are inviolable territory — no one …
globalresearch.ca/unlawful-arrests-venez…

Venezuela Exposes the Myth of John Bolton's "Genius"
Strategic Culture | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-19
(SC Op-ed) — April 30 was the real April Fools' Day in Venezuela: They proclaimed a coup and nobody came. The fiasco of the latest obviously unsuccessful US attempt to topple twice democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro made a laughing stock of the US government throughout the world and is now exposing new splits in the Trump administration in …

Venezuela Exposes the Myth of John Bolton’s “Genius”

Selected Articles: US War Agenda: Venezuela before Iran?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-19
Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-us-w…

US 'Bid to Destroy Venezuela' Threatens the Foundations of International Law, Ambassador Warns
Ben Chacko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-19
Washington's bid to "destroy Venezuela" is wrecking the international laws governing relations between all states, Venezuela's ambassador to Britain Rocio Maneiro warned today. | "Nobody really understands the danger" of the precedent set by the decision by some countries to recognise …
globalresearch.ca/us-bid-destroy-venezue…

China Urges US to Avoid Further Damage of Bilateral Ties
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-19
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged the United States (U.S.) government on Saturday not to go too far in its damaging moves against Chinese interests in a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to state media. | RELATED: | China Vows To Never Surrender To US Threats | "We urge the U.S. side not to go too far," Wang told Pompeo, adding that the U.S should change its course as soon as possible so as to avoid further damage of bilateral ties and…
telesurenglish.net/news/China-Urges-US-t…

OPEC, Allies Evaluate Oil Production Cut
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-19
Ministers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and their allies evaluated Sunday the evolution of the oil market and the fulfillment of the cut in crude production in force this semester, and prepare the conference convened for the end of June in Vienna. | RELATED: | Iran Oil Exports Up, Unveils Major National Refinery | The 14th Meeting of the Joint Monitoring Ministerial Committee (CMMC) of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the non-OPEC…
telesurenglish.net/news/OPEC-Allies-Eval…

Trump Regime "War of Words" on Iran
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-19
John Bolton wants war on all nations the US doesn't control. His longstanding hostility toward Iran is well known. | Reportedly he's been pushing Trump for war on Iran since becoming national security advisor. His notorious 2015 NYT op-ed headlined "To …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-war-words…

Trump-Bolton Aggression Against Iran Contained by Russia, Japan, China, and EU
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-19
Vijay Prashad says the very dangerous statements, economic sanctions and military aggression unleashed by Washington this week against Iran was countered by cool headed diplomacy by Japan, Russia, EU and China…
therealnews.com/stories/trump-bolton-agg…

Green Party of the United States Statement — Venezuelan Embassy
Green Party of the United States | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-18
The United Nations recognizes Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela. It is illegal under international law for the U.S. to facilitate control of the embassy to opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has asserted a claim to the …
globalresearch.ca/green-party-of-the-uni…

The assault on the Venezuelan embassy
wsws.org | 2019-05-18
The violent police seizure of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington expressed in microcosm the criminality of US imperialism the world over.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/18/pers…

The plot to kill Venezuela
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-05-18
Vijay Prashad looks at the purpose and impact of sanctions against Venezuela. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/18/the-plot-to-kill…

Guaido requests US military cooperation to oust Maduro
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/guaido-requests-us-military-cooperation-oust-maduro

The Washington Post's "Cartel of the Suns" Theory is the Latest Desperate Excuse for Why the Coup Attempt in Venezuela has Failed
Peter Bolton | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/17/the-washingt…

Who's Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela's D.C. Embassy?
Jeb Sprague | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-17
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.
mintpressnews.com/whos-behind-the-pro-gu…

Brian Eno on Eurovision in Israel
Pablo Navarrete | thecanary.co | 2019-05-17
Musician Brian Eno explains why Israel hosting Eurovision is a propaganda coup for the apartheid state. | By Pablo Navarrete…
thecanary.co/video/2019/05/17/brian-eno-on-eurovision-in-israel/

2020 Elections: It's Militarism and the Military Budget Stupid!
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
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"
counterpunch.org/2019/05/17/2020-electio…

Trump Admin Breaks and Enters Venezuela's Embassy, Arrests Activists
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-17
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…
therealnews.com/stories/trump-admin-brea…

'We fight too many wars!' Rev. Jackson denounces US militarism after Venezuela embassy raid
rt.com | 2019-05-17
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. | …
rt.com/usa/459543-venezuela-embassy-jess…

Uncle Sam Needs Our Help Again?
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/17/uncle-sam-ne…

Eyewitness in Venezuela: a 14-year Perspective
Peter Lackowski | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/17/eyewitness-i…

Trump May Not Want War With Iran–but the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One
Bob Dreyfuss | thenation.com | 2019-05-17
Trump May Not Want War With Iran–but the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One…
thenation.com/article/iran-bolton-war-fe…

Meeting with Venezuela's President Maduro
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-16
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…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/16/meeting-vene…

US-backed opposition leader admits Venezuela 'is not a dictatorship' and only foreign intervention can topple Maduro
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-16
Opposition leader María Corina Machado, a key figure in the US coup plot, admitted that Venezuela "is not a dictatorship"…
thegrayzone.com/2019/05/15/opposition-le…

As EPA Insists Weed Killer Roundup is Safe, a Jury Orders Monsanto to Pay $2B to Couple With Cancer
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-16
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.
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/16/as_epa_in…

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

Us-Backed Opposition Leader Admits Venezuela 'Is Not a Dictatorship'
Ben Norton | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-16
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.
mintpressnews.com/us-backed-opposition-l…

Nicaragua: The War of 2018
Roger Stoll | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-16
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/nicaragua-the…

Police Raid Venezuelan Embassy in DC, Arrest Last Remaining Members of Embassy Protection Collective
Sputnik News | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-16
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.
mintpressnews.com/police-raid-venezuelan…

Venezuela: Gov't-Opposition Talks Reported as DC Embassy Raided
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-16
Maduro decried the embassy raid a "criminal act" and vowed to seek justice at the UN.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14495

Intl Community Must Protect Venezuela's Embassy in DC
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-16
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:…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/16/internatio…