2019-06-05: News Headlines

plenglish (2019-06-05). Colombian James Rodriguez Says Goodbye to Bayern Munich FC. plenglish.com 05 de junio de 2019, 14: 10Munich, Germany, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) Colombian forward James Rodriguez said goodbye to Bayern Munich fans this Wednesday after announcing his withdrawal from the team.

plenglish (2019-06-05). Supreme Court of Colombia to Subpoena Santrich. plenglish.com Bogota, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice of Colombia on Wednesday announced the decision to subpoena the leader of the Alternative Revolutionary Force of the Common (FARC) and congressman, Jesus Santrich.

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2019-06-05). FARC leader Santrich freed, but peace is still held hostage in Colombia. peoplesworld.org Former FARC guerrilla commander Jesús Santrich, imprisoned on April 9, 2018, went free on May 30. Colombian authorities had held him pending extradition to the United Sates. Their plan violated the peace agreement signed in November 2016 between FARC guerrillas and Colombia's government. Santrich, born Seuxis Hernández Solarte, personifies the turmoil in Colombia stemming from …

Venezuela Analysis (2019-06-05). Canada Closes Venezuelan Embassy as Guaido Promises Maduro Out This Year. theantimedia.com (VA) — Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland has announced the "temporary" closure of her country's embassy and the withdrawal of diplomatic personnel from Venezuela, claiming Ottawa had "no choice." In a Sunday press statement, Freeland accused the Maduro government of haven "taken steps to limit the ability of foreign embassies to function" by failing to renew visas for …

Teresa Gutierrez (2019-06-05). 'Shock and awe' war on migrants and prisoners. workers.org In 2003, during the genocidal and criminal U.S. war against Iraq, the term "shock and awe" was propagated. The British Telegraph wrote 10 years later on March 19, 2013: "One expression above all others has become associated with the invasion of Iraq: 'shock and awe.' Developed at the Pentagon, . . . | Continue reading 'Shock and awe' war on migrants and prisoners at Workers.org

Medea Benjamin (2019-06-05). Travel to Cuba Falls Victim to John Bolton's Wrath. commondreams.org Beach chairs are lined up for a show at the beach of the Cayo Blanco key, a 50 minute ride in Catamaran from Varadero, on May 12, 2019, in Cayo Blanco, Cuba. Cuban tourism is facing challenges as the US government recently tightened its embargo on Cuba activating the Title III of the Helms Burton law increasing the pressure on the Cuban government by allowing U.S. courts to prosecute international companies which have worked with properties nationalized in Cuba since 1959. (Photo: Sven Creutzmann/Mambo photo/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jason Ditz (2019-06-05). Chaos as Trump Administration Bans Cruises From Visiting Cuba. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — The Trump Administration has made clear that their anger toward Venezuela's government also extends to Cuba, and this was shown again today with the administration imposing new restrictions to prevent Americans ever setting foot on Cuban soil. The new restrictions target educational trips as well as cruise ships, forbidden all cruises from stopping in Cuba for …

teleSUR (2019-06-05). Russia Denies Sharing Intel With Trump on Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sat down for an interview with the RBC Group on Tuesday to discuss a number of topics affecting his country. | RELATED: | Moscow Responds to Trump: Strikes in Syria Target 'Terrorists' | During the interview, Lavrov was asked about U.S. President Donald Trump's claims that Russia informed him about the withdrawal of their military personnel from Venezuela. | Lavrov rebuffed Trump's claims about Russia informing him of their personnel withdra…

plenglish (2019-06-05). Venezuela Hosts Latin American Meeting of Local Governments. plenglish.com 05 de junio de 2019, 11: 28Caracas, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) More than 100 officials from Latin America and the Caribbean will discuss in Caracas the construction of cooperation ties from Wednesday to June 9 during the first Latin American Meeting of Local Governments and Participatory Democracy.

plenglish (2019-06-05). Venezuela Wants to Renovate the Legislature, Maduro Says. plenglish.com Caracas, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela wants the renovation of the National Assembly (Parliament in contempt since 2016) to make progress in the process of political stabilization, President of the Republic Nicolas Maduro said.

plenglish (2019-06-05). Venezuela Urges People of the World to Take Care of the Mother Earth. plenglish.com Caracas, Jun 5 ( Prensa Latina ) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has urged Wednesday the people of the world to take care of Mother Earth on the occasion of World Environment Day.

teleSUR (2019-06-05). Chinese President Arrives in Moscow To Meet With Putin. telesurenglish.net Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Moscow Wednesday for his first state visit to the Russian Federation this year. | RELATED: | China Warns US Can't Pressure Them to Force Trade Deal | According to reports, Xi plans to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as they discuss a wide range of topics, including North Korea, Venezuela, and Syria. | The two leaders are also expected to sign or witness the signing of important cooperation documents, and attend a gathering ce…

teleSUR (2019-06-05). China, Russia Will Support Stabilization in Venezuela: Putin. telesurenglish.net President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping met Wednesday in Moscow in order to discuss bilateral agreements and strategic interests, while also discussing the situation in Venezuela, vowing that their governments would work hard to "stabilize." | RELATED: | Russia Denies Sharing Intel With Trump On Venezuela | Chinese President Xi Jinping told Russian media that China would work with the international community to play a constructive role with Venezuela and help the c…

Eds. (2019-06-05). Washington Office on Latin America gets behind U.S. regime change agenda in Venezuela. mronline.org WOLA's hawkish stance on Venezuela may seem surprising for a "human rights" organization, but it is less of a surprise for those familiar with WOLA's history. | Source

Nadia Bazuk (2019-06-05). The Ukrainian State's Interference in Church Affairs. globalresearch.ca The recent presidential elections in Ukraine ended quite unexpectedly — the comedian Volodymyr Zelensky whose bid for presidency hadn't been taken seriously by experts and voters in early 2019, defeated Petro Poroshenko and won a landslide victory. The margin between …

unitedEditor (2019-06-05). Pompeo and Trump say the US is ready for talks with Iran… uwidata.com but will Iran risk trusting them yet again? While less than a month ago everyone was concerned about the possibility of war breaking out in the Persian Gulf, American policy toward Iran now seems to have shifted once again. While in Japan, Trump stated that the US has no plans to bring down the …

United Nations (2019-06-04). Colombia: Rights experts condemn killing of reintegrated former rebel fighter, call for respect of peace process. un.org Against a backdrop of challenges in implementing the peace process in Colombia, six independent UN human rights experts condemned on Tuesday the killing of a former member of the FARC-EP guerilla movement, which they said constitutes a "violation" of the guarantees made by the Government in the 2016 peace agreement.

Ben Norton (2019-06-04). Facebook's new public policy manager for Ukraine is a nationalist hawk who volunteered with fascist party during US-backed coup. thegrayzone.com Facebook's new public policy manager for Ukraine Kateryna Kruk is a former government official, diehard nationalist, and anti-Russian jingoist who…

Ben Norton (2019-06-04). Facebook's new public policy manager for Ukraine is nationalist hawk who volunteered with fascist party during US-backed coup. thegrayzone.com Facebook's new public policy manager for Ukraine Kateryna Kruk is a former government official, diehard nationalist, and anti-Russian jingoist who…

Manuel E. Yepe (2019-06-04). Bolton's Dangerous Psychopathology. counterpunch.org John Bolton has been saying for years that he wants to overthrow the Iranian government, but this time he seems to have gone too far, writes Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief of Consortium News and former correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Sunday Times of London and many other newspapers. "I met John Bolton and More

Eds. (2019-06-04). Constitution — Title I: Fundamental Principles (Art. 1-9). mronline.org Article 1: The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is irrevocably free and independent, basing its moral property and values of freedom, equality, justice and international peace on the doctrine of Simón Bolívar, the Liberator. Independence, liberty, sovereignty, immunity, territorial integrity and national self-determination are unrenounceable rights of the Nation. | Source

teleSUR (2019-06-04). Former Jamaican PM Urges Caribbean Integration With Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Percival James Patterson called on Monday for Caribbean nations to support a united stance on the situation in Venezuela, reminding regional leaders that they had reached a common position repudiating external intervention in the country's internal affairs. | RELATED: | Caribbean Nations Call For and Recommit to Peaceful Solution in Venezuela | "We expect all our leaders to act in accordance with that decision and not to veer off in…

Staff (2019-06-04). U.S. Prepares Sanctions to Block Food Program for Millions of Venezuelans. therealnews.com The United States is preparing sanctions against a major Venezuelan government subsidized food program that distributes important food staples to over half of Venezuelans each month. The impact would be devastating. Mike Fox reports from Venezuela…

plenglish (2019-06-04). US Government for a New Discredit Campaign against Venezuela. plenglish.com 04 de junio de 2019, 10: 20Caracas, June 4 (Prensa Latina) The United States Government is on Tuesday insisting on bringing Venezuela into disrepute through a new campaign so as to further alienate global public opinion regarding the harsh situation in the South American nation, the Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza stated.

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-04). Dubious Report on Russia Withdrawing Defense Support to Venezuela. globalresearch.ca With attribution to Mark Twain's remark about false reports of his death, a Wall Street Journal report on Russia withdrawing defense support to Venezuela is greatly exaggerated. See below. | Trump is Exhibit A proof that all politicians lie, and nothing …

teleSUR (2019-06-04). UN Assembly President Espinosa Should Lead OAS: Antigua PM. telesurenglish.net United Nations General Assembly (PGA) president, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, would provide better leadership to the Organization of American States than current OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said Tuesday. | RELATED: | Almagro Against Venezuela Dialogue, in Favor of Use of Force | During the dedication of the…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-06-04). Washington Office on Latin America Gets Behind US Regime Change Agenda in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com WOLA's hawkish stance on Venezuela may seem surprising for a "human rights" organization, but it is less of a surprise for those familiar with WOLA's history.

Staff (2019-06-04). U.S. Prepares Sanctions to Block Food Subsidy for Millions of Venezuelans. therealnews.com Over half of Venezuelans currently receive a direct food subsidy delivered to their neighborhoods. Trump officials say that they are looking for ways to sanctions these. Mike Fox reports from Venezuela about the program…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-04). Senegal's opposition calls for inquiry on BP gas deal. cgtn.com A group of opposition politicians in Senegal is demanding an investigation of two major offshore gas blocks run by British Petroleum (BP) after a report alleging fraud involving President Macky Sall's brother Aliou Sall. | Aliou Sall, brother of Senegalese President Macky Sall, speaks during a news conference in Dakar, Senegal June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Christophe Van Der Perre | The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Monday published an investigation alleging that in a previously unpublished arrangement, BP agreed to pay Timis Corporation, a company run by Romanian-Australian tycoon Frank Timis, around $10 bil…

RT (2019-06-04). Pompeo says US intel only OCCASIONALLY 'gets things wrong', after bragging about 'lying' CIA. rt.com US intelligence agencies occasionally make mistakes but should still be trusted and taken at their word, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who once famously boasted that the CIA "lies, cheats and steals."

teleSUR (2019-06-04). French Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Increased 50% in 2018: Report. telesurenglish.net Despite a national call to end Yemen's "Dirty War," in 2018 French weapons sales to Saudi Arabia skyrocketed by 50 percent, a federal report revealed Tuesday. | RELATED: | US to Sell Arab Allies $8B in Arms to 'Deter Iran': Pompeo | According to the annual report, France's arms sales rose to 91 billion euros (US$102 billion) or 30 pe…

Paul Dobson (2019-06-03). Canada Closes Venezuela Embassy as Guaido Promises Maduro Out by End of Year. venezuelanalysis.com Ottawa also vowed to review the status of the Venezuelan diplomatic corps in Canada.

Ben Armbruster (2019-06-03). How mainstream US media is failing us on Trump and Bolton's march to war with Iran. nationofchange.org The Trump administration and its allies are slow-walking the United States into war with Iran, and, with a few notable exceptions, mainstream U.S. media is helping them. | Much of this assistance has been overt. | Just like during the run-up to the Iraq war, outlets like CNN, NBC, and | the New York Times have in recent we…

Elizabeth Fischer (2019-06-03). Hawkish Trump White House Endangers our Collective Conscience. counterpunch.org The war drums in the White House have been beating louder in recent months. While Trump has shown himself willing to embrace bellicose rhetoric to further his political ambitions, until recently, it had been mostly all talk. However, the appointment of known war hawk John Bolton as national security adviser signaled a strong shift from More

Ben Armbruster (2019-06-03). How Mainstream U.S. Media Is Failing Us on Trump and Bolton's March to War with Iran. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration and its allies are slow-walking the United States into war with Iran, and, with a few notable exceptions, mainstream U.S. media is helping them. | Much of this assistance has been overt. Just like during the run-up …

WSWS (2019-06-03). Trudeau and Pence plot Canada's role in US imperialist aggression. wsws.org Trump's vice president has taken on an increasingly important role in articulating and implementing US imperialist aggression, especially against China and Venezuela.

plenglish (2019-06-03). Venezuela Faces Broad-Spectrum War, says Deputy Foreign Minister. plenglish.com Caracas, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) The media campaign Venezuela faces today is part of a broad-spectrum war strategy and scheme to fragment national institutions, assured Deputy Minister of Communications William Castillo.

plenglish (2019-06-03). Venezuela Moves Forward in Rectification, Renewal and Change Progress. plenglish.com Caracas, June 3 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuela Government is today betting on the path for rectification, renewal and change in policies and management forms, according to the call by the Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro.

International Rosa Luxemburg Conference (2019-06-03). Hands Off Venezuela! Resolution of the Solidarity Event in Berlin on May 28, 2019. globalresearch.ca Venezuela is under attack. An alliance led by the United States and supported by most states of the European Union, including Germany, has set itself the goal to oust the government of President Nicolás Maduro, which was democratically elected one …

plenglish (2019-06-03). Lavrov Reiterates Rejection to Aggression on Venezuela. plenglish.com Moscow, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) Russia reiterated its total rejection to foreign interference or aggression, including a military attack against Venezuela, and insisted on the need for an inclusive dialogue in the South American country.

Yves Engler (2019-06-03). Canada Against Cuba and Venezuela. counterpunch.org Ottawa faces a dilemma. How far are Trudeau's Liberals prepared to go in squeezing Cuba? Can Canadian corporations with interests on the island restrain the most pro-US, anti-socialist, elements of the ruling class? Recently, the Canadian Embassy in Havana closed its Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship section. Now most Cubans wanting to visit Canada or get work/study More

plenglish (2019-06-03). Cuba's Migrants in the US Address Violent Washington Policies. plenglish.com Washington, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) Members of Marti Alliance reportedly analyzed on Monday the US aggressive policies against Cuba and Venezuela.

teleSUR (2019-06-03). How Venezuelans Turn to Collective Action to Defy US Blockade. telesurenglish.net As the United States government intensifies its unilateral coercive measures against Venezuela, its people have turned to one another to push ahead and deal with economic sanctions. Local Colectivos (Collectives) and demonstrations of popular support have come to represent the unbreakable will of the Bolivarian Republic. | RELATED: | Timeline of Half a Decade of US Economic War Against Venezuela | Yet the economic blockade keeps piling up, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arre…

Wyatt Reed (2019-06-03). Meet the DC tenants' advocacy group taking a stand… for regime change and war. thegrayzone.com The DC Tenants Advocacy Coalition (TENAC) attacked Americans defending Venezuela's embassy from a right-wing takeover and clamored for US military…

RT (2019-06-03). Leaked Pompeo tape adds to growing doubts over Trump's 'deal of century' for Middle East. rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly admitted that many have doubts over the US peace plan for the Middle East and it may fail. The "deal of the century" was already rejected by Palestine and earned skepticism from the EU.

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-03). Pompeo's Phony Outreach to Iran. globalresearch.ca Since its 1979 revolution, ending a generation of US-installed fascist dictatorship, Washington has been militantly hostile toward Iran — especially since Trump took office. | His regime continues all out war by other means to topple its government, wanting the Islamic …

WSWS (2019-06-03). Pompeo visit exposes deepening tensions between Germany and US. wsws.org In his visit to Berlin, US Secretary of State Pompeo reiterated long-standing differences and restated Washington's threats against Germany.

Staff (2019-06-03). Mike Pompeo Destroys Jared Kushner's 'Deal of the Century'. truthdig.com In private remarks that were recorded and leaked, the Secretary of State threw cold water on the unrevealed plan for Israel and Palestine.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-06-03). Pompeo Admits Kushner Peace Plan Likely Unworkable as Trump's Son-in-Law Openly Dehumanizes Palestinian People. commondreams.org "I get why people think this is going to be a deal that only the Israelis could love," secretary of state says in leaked audio | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eds. (2019-06-03). Building socialism from below. mronline.org The state is a disputed territory, and [entering into it] is necessary if we want to promote popular interests, but state power is not in any way the goal. In any effort to build popular power, there must be synergy between the bottom and the top. The key issue here is that what is done […] | Source