Daily Archives: June 8, 2019

2019-06-08: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-06-08). To the People of Cuba: Is Washington Preparing a "Soft Coup"? The Co-optation of Cuban Intellectuals. globalresearch.ca The Cuban Revolution constitutes a fundamental landmark in the history of humanity, which challenges the legitimacy of global capitalism. In all major regions of the World, the Cuban revolution has been a source of inspiration and struggle…

teleSUR (2019-06-07). UK: Police Arrest 4 Teens for Brutal Gay Bashing of 2 Women. telesurenglish.net Police arrested four teenage suspects Friday in an attack on a lesbian couple who were violently attacked on a London bus on May 30 after refusing their perpetrator's request to engage in intimate acts. | RELATED: | Israel's LGBTQ Community Performs Mass Marriage To Protest Anti-Gay Laws | During interviews with the media in England, where the couple lives, and Uruguay, where Geymonat is from, the doctor said she and Chris were traveling that night on the top deck of a…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-06-07). Daily Kos aims for 100K names on anti-Iran War petition to Congress. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif.—Daily Kos, a top group blog and Internet forum for grassroots activism, is aiming for 100,000 signatures on a petition to Congress against President Trump's threatened war on Iran. The group will deliver its petitions on June 10. "Let's storm the gates 100,000 strong!" originators Paul Hogarth and Erin Tulley of the Oakland, Calif.-based …

Roger D. Harris (2019-06-07). Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution in the Crosshairs of US Imperialism. dissidentvoice.org With the likes of John Bolton and Elliot Abrams directing US foreign policy, the US government has abandoned all pretense of "plausible denial" for its illegal regime-change initiatives. The "humanitarian" bombs may not be falling but, make no mistake, the US is waging a full-bore war against the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. Back in 1998, …

susan_p (2019-06-07). Venezuela: US sanctions leave millions without water. greenleft.org.au Yolimar Contreras lives in Altos de Lidice, a poor barrio on the hillsides of Caracas, with her husband and her young son, in a two-room cinderblock home. | She has lived here for seven years. They used to have running water. At least, fairly often. But not anymore. | Yolimar told RNN: "We haven't had water for three to four months, because we're high up on the hillside." | It has not stopped her from washing the floors, but now in order to get water, they have to carry it up — one 23-litre jug at a time. She is not alone. Water is out across major portions of the neighborhood. | "All week long you see peop…

plenglish (2019-06-07). President Maduro Ratifies Commitment to Women's Rights. plenglish.com 07 de junio de 2019, 09: 57Caracas, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has reaffirmed his commitment to women"s rights on World Day for Birth Rights and Respected Childbirth.

Staff (2019-06-07). Venezuelan Families Build Solidarity Amid Crisis. therealnews.com Once a month, 181 families in Caracas, Venezuela, collectively buy tons of produce, directly from a cooperative in Lara state, five hours away. The project, known as Alpargata, shows how the economic crisis is also building solidarity. Mike Fox reports from Venezuela…

Dr. Jacques R. Pauwels (2019-06-07). Profits àºber Alles! American Corporations and Hitler. globalresearch.ca 75 years ago, the D-Day 2019 commemoration of the US-led invasion of Normandy. | "World War II is widely celebrated as a "crusade" in which the US fought unreservedly on the side of democracy, freedom, and justice against dictatorship." | While America …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-06-07). D-Day Normandy Invasion after 75 Years. The Falsification of History. globalresearch.ca Today is the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. Once again the event is celebrated by demonization of National Socialist Germany and glorification of America's greatness in winning the war. | In actual fact the Normandy invasion was not a significant …

teleSUR (2019-06-07). Colombia: Duque Ratifies Special Jurisdiction for Peace Law. telesurenglish.net Colombian President Ivan Duque signed his approval on the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) legislation on Thursday after years of debate and trepidation. | RELATED: | Protect Ex-Farc Members or Risk Losing Peace: UN Tells Colombia | Approved as part of Colombia's Peace Agreement in 2016 and negotiated by the administration of former President Juan Manuel Santos, the JEP was monumental in ending half a century of violence between right-wing paramilitary groups and the countr…

W. T. Whitney (2019-06-07). Santrich Goes Free While Peace in Colombia Still Held Hostage. counterpunch.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 turmoil in Colombia stemming from the More

United Nations (2019-06-07). Four million have now fled Venezuela, UN ramps up aid to children who remain. un.org The number of people who have left Venezuela to escape the country's ongoing political and economic crisis, has reached some four million, the UN announced on Friday.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-06-07). US Treasury Department Tightens Sanctions on Venezuela Oil Sector. venezuelanalysis.com Washington is targeting diluent imports, hurting Venezuela's ability to export oil and produce fuel.

teleSUR (2019-06-07). Saint Vincent and Grenadines Voted into UN Security Council. telesurenglish.net Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was voted in as a United Nations Security Council non-permanent member Friday, along with five other nations, including Vietnam and Estonia. | The vote took place June 7 at the U.N. headquarters in New York. All 193 member states cast their votes for the 2020-2021. | Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza congratulated Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for the "historic" election. | RELATED: | Afro-Latinos Among Most Underprivileged in Region | "Venezuel…

Reese Erlich (2019-06-07). Nuclear Disarmament: The View from Moscow. thenation.com Nuclear Disarmament: The View from Moscow…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-07). 'Bravo… Now Do the Iraq War': After Hyde Reversal, 2020 Candidate Seth Moulton Reminds Biden of Other Position He May Want to Retract. commondreams.org Biden is the only 2020 presidential candidate who voted for the invasion of Iraq | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Guaido Relies on Personal Astrologer for Political Guidance. telesurenglish.net The self-proclaimed 'President' of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, does not travel without his personal astrologer and spiritual guru, Jon Lee Anderson of The New Yorker recounted in a new article. | RELATED: | Desperate Guaido Asks EU To Impose More Sanctions On Venezuela | According to the article, a "man in owlish glasses" introduced himself to Anderson as 'David' during the author's visit to Venezuela in March of this year. | David then proclaimed that Venezuelan President Nicolas…

Eric A. Gordon (2019-06-06). Comprehensive retrospective of African-American artist Charles White at LACMA. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—Right now, the critical thing to say about the magnificent Charles White retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is that it closes June 9! Sorry, the time flew and I did not get to it until a couple of days ago. A retrospective exhibition aims at a universal glance back …

teleSUR (2019-06-06). LGBTQ in Israel Protest Anti-Gay Laws in Mass Marriage. telesurenglish.net An unofficial mass wedding was held in Tel Aviv by 23 gay couples to protest Israel's discrimination against homosexual unions. | RELATED: | BDS Activists Go on Trial in Germany over Protesting Israeli 'Pinkwashing' | "Struggle is not only about demonstrations and protests," organizers said in a statement before the Tuesday event. "It is also about loving the one we want, the way we want," they said | "So in a place where it is forbidden to us to marry, we will marry…

Joshua Cho (2019-06-06). WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn't Do Anything 'Inappropriate'—Despite Record of Torture and Coverup. fair.org by Joshua Cho A Wall Street Journal report (5/25/19) by Warren Strobel whitewashed CIA Director Gina Haspel's career and put a positive spin on the CIA's insulation from public accountability with its turn towards its greatest opacity "in decades." While one might expect CIA officials to support greater secrecy around the organization, it's odd that …

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2019-06-06). U.S. government tightens Cuba travel prohibitions, targets tourism industry. peoplesworld.org The U.S. government under President Donald Trump on June 4 announced new restrictions on U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba. They took effect on June 5. National Security Advisor John Bolton, speaking to Cuban-American Bay of Pigs veterans in Miami on April 17, had set the stage. He mentioned upcoming travel restrictions plus the implementation of …

Staff (2019-06-06). Cuba Is Feeling John Bolton's Wrath. truthdig.com John Bolton hates the governments of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua— calling them the "troika of tyranny" and the "three stooges of socialism"—and is determined to use his time as National Security Advisor to eliminate the vestiges of socialism in our hemisphere. He has openly stated that the 1823 Monroe Doctrine is " alive and well," conveying that the United States will dictate th…

Medea Benjamin (2019-06-06). Travel to Cuba falls victim to John Bolton's wrath. nationofchange.org John Bolton hates the governments of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, calling them the "troika of tyranny" and the "three stooges of socialism," and is determined to use his time as National Security Advisor to eliminate the vestiges of socialism in our hemisphere. He has openly stated that the 1823 Monroe Doctrine is "alive and well," convey…

Robbie Conal (2019-06-06). John Bolton, Warmonger. thenation.com John Bolton, Warmonger…

plenglish (2019-06-06). Venezuelan Opposition without Leadership or Credibility, Cabello Says. plenglish.com Caracas, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan opposition currently lacks leadership and credibility in front of its followers and the laws of the nation, Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), said.

plenglish (2019-06-06). Venezuelan Gov't to Deliver Over 4,000 Homes. plenglish.com Caracas, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Housing and Habitat will deliver on Thursday about 4,233 houses in 11 states of the country, as part of the social program Great Housing Mission Venezuela (GMVV).

Rebecca Santana (2019-06-06). Fighting Hitler and Jim Crow: The forgotten Black soldiers of D-Day. peoplesworld.org BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)—It was the most massive amphibious invasion the world has ever seen, with tens of thousands of Allied troops spread out across the air and sea aiming to get a toehold in Normandy, France for the final Western assault on Nazi Germany. And while portrayals of D-Day often depict an all-white host …

Michael T. Klare (2019-06-06). The Pentagon's Spoiling for a Fight … But With China, Not Iran. counterpunch.org The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is gearing up for war with Iran. As in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. officials have More

WSWS (2019-06-06). Lutheran student pastor Betty Rendón deported back to Colombia less than a month after being detained by ICE. wsws.org Pleas from community members and family fell on deaf ears as the Trump administration escalates its war on immigrants.

plenglish (2019-06-06). Violence against Women Grows in Colombia. plenglish.com Bogota, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) More than 29,000 acts of violence against women were recorded in the first quarter of the year in Colombia, the Institute of Legal Medicine reported today.

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Bolivia's State-owned Company To Pen Deal With Russia's Acron. telesurenglish.net Bolivian Minister of Hydrocarbons Luis Sanchez released a statement announcing an upcoming deal between Bolivia's state oil company and Russia's Acron for joint management of a petrochemical plant in southeast Brazil. | RELATED | Bolivia's Ambassador to UN to Lead First Committee of General Assembly | "We are concluding negotiations and signing agreements with Acron in the coming days, which are not only to provide gas to the petrochemical industry but also to be partner…

Paul Dobson (2019-06-06). Venezuela: Pompeo Exposes Frustration Over Opposition Divisions as China, Russia Call for Non-Interference. venezuelanalysis.com The US Secretary of State claims efforts to unify the opposition have been "devilishly difficult."

plenglish (2019-06-06). Venezuela to Co-host with Russia OPEC Gas Summit. plenglish.com St. Petersburg, Russia, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela has announced on Thursday it will co-host with Russia the next OPEC Gas Summit as part of the 23rd International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg.

Justin Podur (2019-06-06). Sanctions Are Genocidal, and They Are the US's Favorite Weapon. commondreams.org U.S. sanctions against Venezuela have already killed 40,000 people between 2017 and 2018, according to a report by Mark Weisbrot and Columbia University's Jeffrey Sachs. (Photo: Courtesy of the authors) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-06-06). Trump Targets Cuba's Tourism and Small Businesses. therealnews.com Trump administration sanctions that impose new travel restrictions on Cuba are aimed at Cuba's economy and will have no effect on Cuba's support for Venezuela, says Nefta Freeman of IPS…

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Putin: US Army Intervention in Venezuela Would Be Disaster. telesurenglish.net Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Thursday that a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela would be a disaster and said even Washington's allies did not support such a course of action. | RELATED: | China, Russia Will Support Stabilization in Venezuela: Putin | "We are against intervention into interior political affairs of other countries. We think it causes drastic, if not tragic consequences. The cases of countries like Libya, Iraq are the best proof to that," the Russia l…

John Buell (2019-06-06). From Guatemala to Moscow to Washington, Neoliberalism and Privatization Driving Our Crises. commondreams.org These exculpatory views survived even amidst the elevation of Elliott Abrams, the war criminal architect of brutal Central American policy late last century. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Thomas Knapp (2019-06-06). Instead of a US Peace Plan for the Middle East, How about a US Peace Plan for the US? counterpunch.org US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo describes the Trump administration's plan for peace between Israel and Palestinian Arabs as "unexecutable." President Trump says Pompeo "may be right." Good! As addiction counselors say, the first step is admitting you have a problem. With addiction, the way out is not "if at first you don't succeed, try, More

Gregory Shupak (2019-06-06). In Media's Looking Glass, US Doesn't Threaten Iran But Merely Responds to Iranian Threats. fair.org by Gregory Shupak | US leaders have been threatening Iran for years, but US corporate media persistently and wrongly paint US escalations against Iran as defensive countermeasures. | George W. Bush said in 2008 that "all options are on the table" in terms of the policies the US will consider toward Iran, which was a way of saying that the US might militarily attack Iran—even a nuclear first strike would fit under "all." (Oddly, when officials talk about "all options," options that involve killing people seem to be the only kind they have in min…

Peter Bolton (2019-06-05). The sordid history of Trump's fake claims about the British royal family. thecanary.co Donald Trump has been celebrating his trip to the UK as a great success. During the official state visit, he attended a banquet and inspected the guard with the queen and other members…

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…

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.

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 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.

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

teleSUR (2019-06-05). US: Tape Shows Pompeo's Real Opinion on Venezuelan Opposition. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan opposition is divided, a fact which has presented challenges to the U.S. government in their efforts to topple President Nicolas Maduro, admitted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a secret recording leaked Wednesday by the Washington Post. | RELATED: | Sanction to Kill: How US Blockade Is Taking Venezuelans' Lives | "Our conundrum, which is to keep the opposition united, has proven devilishly difficult," Pompeo added during a closed-door meeting in New York last we…

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

2019-06-08: Social Media Postees

To the People of Cuba: Is Washington Preparing a "Soft Coup"? The Co-optation of Cuban Intellectuals
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-08
The Cuban Revolution constitutes a fundamental landmark in the history of humanity, which challenges the legitimacy of global capitalism. In all major regions of the World, the Cuban revolution has been a source of inspiration and struggle…
globalresearch.ca/to-the-people-of-cuba-…

UK: Police Arrest 4 Teens for Brutal Gay Bashing of 2 Women
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-07
Police arrested four teenage suspects Friday in an attack on a lesbian couple who were violently attacked on a London bus on May 30 after refusing their perpetrator's request to engage in intimate acts. | RELATED: | Israel's LGBTQ Community Performs Mass Marriage To Protest Anti-Gay Laws | During interviews with the media in England, where the couple lives, and Uruguay, where Geymonat is from, the doctor said she and Chris were traveling that night on the top deck of a…
telesurenglish.net/news/UK-Police-Arrest…

Travel to Cuba Falls Victim to John Bolton's Wrath
Medea Benjamin | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-07
John Bolton hates the governments of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, calling them the "troika of tyranny" and the "three stooges of socialism," and is determined to use his time as National Security Advisor to eliminate the vestiges of socialism in our hemisphere. He has openly stated that the 1823 Monroe Doctrine is "alive and well,"
counterpunch.org/2019/06/07/travel-to-cu…

Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution in the Crosshairs of US Imperialism
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-07
With the likes of John Bolton and Elliot Abrams directing US foreign policy, the US government has abandoned all pretense of "plausible denial" for its illegal regime-change initiatives. The "humanitarian" bombs may not be falling but, make no mistake, the US is waging a full-bore war against the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. Back in 1998, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/venezuelas-bo…

Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution in the Crosshairs of US Imperialism
Roger Harris | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-07
With the likes of John Bolton and Elliot Abrams directing US foreign policy, the US government has abandoned all pretense of "plausible denial" for its illegal regime-change initiatives. The "humanitarian" bombs may not be falling but, make no mistake, the US is waging a full-bore war against the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. Back in 1998,…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/07/venezuelas-b…

President Maduro Ratifies Commitment to Women's Rights
plenglish.com | 2019-06-07
07 de junio de 2019, 09: 57Caracas, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has reaffirmed his commitment to women"s rights on World Day for Birth Rights and Respected Childbirth.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Venezuela: US sanctions leave millions without water
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-07
Yolimar Contreras lives in Altos de Lidice, a poor barrio on the hillsides of Caracas, with her husband and her young son, in a two-room cinderblock home. | She has lived here for seven years. They used to have running water. At least, fairly often. But not anymore. | Yolimar told RNN: "We haven't had water for three to four months, because we're high up on the hillside." | It has not stopped her from washing the floors, but now in order to get water, they have to carry it up — one 23-litre jug at a time. She is not alone. Water is out across major portions of the neighborhood. | "All week long you see peop…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-us-sanctions-leave-millions-without-water

Venezuelan Families Build Solidarity Amid Crisis
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-07
Once a month, 181 families in Caracas, Venezuela, collectively buy tons of produce, directly from a cooperative in Lara state, five hours away. The project, known as Alpargata, shows how the economic crisis is also building solidarity. Mike Fox reports from Venezuela…
therealnews.com/stories/venezuelan-famil…

'Bravo… Now Do the Iraq War': After Hyde Reversal, 2020 Candidate Seth Moulton Reminds Biden of Other Position He May Want to Retract
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-07
Biden is the only 2020 presidential candidate who voted for the invasion of Iraq | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/06/07/bravo-n…

D-Day Normandy Invasion after 75 Years. The Falsification of History
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-07
Today is the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. Once again the event is celebrated by demonization of National Socialist Germany and glorification of America's greatness in winning the war. | In actual fact the Normandy invasion was not a significant …
globalresearch.ca/d-day-normandy-invasio…

Profits àºber Alles! American Corporations and Hitler
Dr. Jacques R. Pauwels | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-07
75 years ago, the D-Day 2019 commemoration of the US-led invasion of Normandy. | "World War II is widely celebrated as a "crusade" in which the US fought unreservedly on the side of democracy, freedom, and justice against dictatorship." | While America …
globalresearch.ca/profits-ber-alles-amer…

Santrich Goes Free While Peace in Colombia Still Held Hostage
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-07
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 turmoil in Colombia stemming from the…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/07/santrich-goe…

Colombia: Duque Ratifies Special Jurisdiction for Peace Law
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-07
Colombian President Ivan Duque signed his approval on the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) legislation on Thursday after years of debate and trepidation. | RELATED: | Protect Ex-Farc Members or Risk Losing Peace: UN Tells Colombia | Approved as part of Colombia's Peace Agreement in 2016 and negotiated by the administration of former President Juan Manuel Santos, the JEP was monumental in ending half a century of violence between right-wing paramilitary groups and the countr…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Duque-R…

Tariffs Are a Bad Response to an Imaginary Border Crisis
Mark Weisbrot | commondreams.org | 2019-06-07
Washington's nefarious War on Drugs, meanwhile, remains a cesspit of violence and U.S.-sponsored militarization that brings misery to those countries unfortunate enough to be located between the Colombian and Pervuian cocaine producers and U.S. consumers. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/07/tariff…

Saint Vincent and Grenadines Voted into UN Security Council
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-07
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was voted in as a United Nations Security Council non-permanent member Friday, along with five other nations, including Vietnam and Estonia. | The vote took place June 7 at the U.N. headquarters in New York. All 193 member states cast their votes for the 2020-2021. | Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza congratulated Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for the "historic" election. | RELATED: | Afro-Latinos Among Most Underprivileged in Region | "Venezuel…
telesurenglish.net/news/Saint-Vincent-an…

US Treasury Department Tightens Sanctions on Venezuela Oil Sector
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-06-07
Washington is targeting diluent imports, hurting Venezuela's ability to export oil and produce fuel.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14527

Trump escalates economic attack on Cuba, banning Americans from educational, cultural trips
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-07
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claimed the ban is in retaliation for Cuba "providing a communist foothold in the region and propping up U.S. adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua."
nationofchange.org/2019/06/07/trump-esca…

Four million have now fled Venezuela, UN ramps up aid to children who remain
United Nations | un.org | 2019-06-07
The number of people who have left Venezuela to escape the country's ongoing political and economic crisis, has reached some four million, the UN announced on Friday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/06/1…

Nuclear Disarmament: The View from Moscow
Reese Erlich | thenation.com | 2019-06-07
Nuclear Disarmament: The View from Moscow…
thenation.com/article/inf-trump-putin-po…

Comprehensive retrospective of African-American artist Charles White at LACMA
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-06
LOS ANGELES–Right now, the critical thing to say about the magnificent Charles White retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is that it closes June 9! Sorry, the time flew and I did not get to it until a couple of days ago. A retrospective exhibition aims at a universal glance back …
peoplesworld.org/article/comprehensive-r…

LGBTQ in Israel Protest Anti-Gay Laws in Mass Marriage
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-06
An unofficial mass wedding was held in Tel Aviv by 23 gay couples to protest Israel's discrimination against homosexual unions. | RELATED: | BDS Activists Go on Trial in Germany over Protesting Israeli 'Pinkwashing' | "Struggle is not only about demonstrations and protests," organizers said in a statement before the Tuesday event. "It is also about loving the one we want, the way we want," they said | "So in a place where it is forbidden to us to marry, we will marry…
telesurenglish.net/news/Israels-LGBTQ-Co…

Cuba Is Feeling John Bolton's Wrath
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-06
John Bolton hates the governments of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua– calling them the "troika of tyranny" and the "three stooges of socialism"–and is determined to use his time as National Security Advisor to eliminate the vestiges of socialism in our hemisphere. He has openly stated that the 1823 Monroe Doctrine is " alive and well," conveying that the United States will dictate th…
truthdig.com/articles/cuba-is-already-fe…

John Bolton, Warmonger
Robbie Conal | thenation.com | 2019-06-06
John Bolton, Warmonger…
thenation.com/article/john-bolton-warmon…

Travel to Cuba falls victim to John Bolton's wrath
Medea Benjamin | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-06
John Bolton hates the governments of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, calling them the "troika of tyranny" and the "three stooges of socialism," and is determined to use his time as National Security Advisor to eliminate the vestiges of socialism in our hemisphere. He has openly stated that the 1823 Monroe Doctrine is "alive and well," convey…
nationofchange.org/2019/06/06/travel-to-…

U.S. government tightens Cuba travel prohibitions, targets tourism industry
W. T. Whitney Jr. | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-06
The U.S. government under President Donald Trump on June 4 announced new restrictions on U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba. They took effect on June 5. National Security Advisor John Bolton, speaking to Cuban-American Bay of Pigs veterans in Miami on April 17, had set the stage. He mentioned upcoming travel restrictions plus the implementation of …
peoplesworld.org/article/u-s-government-…

Venezuelan Opposition without Leadership or Credibility, Cabello Says
plenglish.com | 2019-06-06
Caracas, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan opposition currently lacks leadership and credibility in front of its followers and the laws of the nation, Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), said.
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Venezuelan Gov't to Deliver Over 4,000 Homes
plenglish.com | 2019-06-06
Caracas, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Housing and Habitat will deliver on Thursday about 4,233 houses in 11 states of the country, as part of the social program Great Housing Mission Venezuela (GMVV).
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Fighting Hitler and Jim Crow: The forgotten Black soldiers of D-Day
Rebecca Santana | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-06
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)–It was the most massive amphibious invasion the world has ever seen, with tens of thousands of Allied troops spread out across the air and sea aiming to get a toehold in Normandy, France for the final Western assault on Nazi Germany. And while portrayals of D-Day often depict an all-white host …
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The Pentagon's Spoiling for a Fight … But With China, Not Iran
Michael T. Klare | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-06
The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is gearing up for war with Iran. As in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. officials have…
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Violence against Women Grows in Colombia
plenglish.com | 2019-06-06
Bogota, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) More than 29,000 acts of violence against women were recorded in the first quarter of the year in Colombia, the Institute of Legal Medicine reported today.
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Lutheran student pastor Betty Rendón deported back to Colombia less than a month after being detained by ICE
wsws.org | 2019-06-06
Pleas from community members and family fell on deaf ears as the Trump administration escalates its war on immigrants.
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Bolivia's State-owned Company To Pen Deal With Russia's Acron
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-06
Bolivian Minister of Hydrocarbons Luis Sanchez released a statement announcing an upcoming deal between Bolivia's state oil company and Russia's Acron for joint management of a petrochemical plant in southeast Brazil. | RELATED | Bolivia's Ambassador to UN to Lead First Committee of General Assembly | "We are concluding negotiations and signing agreements with Acron in the coming days, which are not only to provide gas to the petrochemical industry but also to be partner…
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Bolivia's State-owned Company To Pen Deal With Russia's Acron
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-06
Bolivian Minister of Hydrocarbons Luis Sanchez released a statement announcing an upcoming deal between Bolivia's state oil company and Russia's Acron for joint management of a petrochemical plant in southeast Brazil. | RELATED | Bolivia's Ambassador to UN to Lead First Committee of General Assembly | "We are concluding negotiations and signing agreements with Acron in the coming days, which are not only to provide gas to the petrochemical industry but also to be partner…
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Guaido Relies on Personal Astrologer for Political Guidance
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-06
The self-proclaimed 'President' of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, does not travel without his personal astrologer and spiritual guru, Jon Lee Anderson of The New Yorker recounted in a new article. | RELATED: | Desperate Guaido Asks EU To Impose More Sanctions On Venezuela | According to the article, a "man in owlish glasses" introduced himself to Anderson as 'David' during the author's visit to Venezuela in March of this year. | David then proclaimed that Venezuelan President Nicolas…
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Trump Targets Cuba's Tourism and Small Businesses
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-06
Trump administration sanctions that impose new travel restrictions on Cuba are aimed at Cuba's economy and will have no effect on Cuba's support for Venezuela, says Nefta Freeman of IPS…
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Venezuela: Pompeo Exposes Frustration Over Opposition Divisions as China, Russia Call for Non-Interference
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-06-06
The US Secretary of State claims efforts to unify the opposition have been "devilishly difficult."
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Trump Targets Cuba's Tourism and Small Businesses
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-06
Trump administration sanctions that impose new travel restrictions on Cuba are aimed at Cuba's economy and will have no effect on Cuba's support for Venezuela, says Netfa Freeman of IPS…
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Sanctions Are Genocidal, and They Are the US's Favorite Weapon
Justin Podur | commondreams.org | 2019-06-06
U.S. sanctions against Venezuela have already killed 40,000 people between 2017 and 2018, according to a report by Mark Weisbrot and Columbia University's Jeffrey Sachs. (Photo: Courtesy of the authors) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Venezuela to Co-host with Russia OPEC Gas Summit
plenglish.com | 2019-06-06
St. Petersburg, Russia, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela has announced on Thursday it will co-host with Russia the next OPEC Gas Summit as part of the 23rd International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg.
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Putin: US Army Intervention in Venezuela Would Be Disaster
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-06
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Thursday that a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela would be a disaster and said even Washington's allies did not support such a course of action. | RELATED: | China, Russia Will Support Stabilization in Venezuela: Putin | "We are against intervention into interior political affairs of other countries. We think it causes drastic, if not tragic consequences. The cases of countries like Libya, Iraq are the best proof to that," the Russia l…
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From Guatemala to Moscow to Washington, Neoliberalism and Privatization Driving Our Crises
John Buell | commondreams.org | 2019-06-06
These exculpatory views survived even amidst the elevation of Elliott Abrams, the war criminal architect of brutal Central American policy late last century. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Instead of a US Peace Plan for the Middle East, How about a US Peace Plan for the US?
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-06
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo describes the Trump administration's plan for peace between Israel and Palestinian Arabs as "unexecutable." President Trump says Pompeo "may be right." Good! As addiction counselors say, the first step is admitting you have a problem. With addiction, the way out is not…
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The sordid history of Trump's fake claims about the British royal family
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2019-06-05
Donald Trump has been celebrating his trip to the UK as a great success. During the official state visit, he attended a banquet and inspected the guard with the queen and other members…
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Travel to Cuba Falls Victim to John Bolton's Wrath
Medea Benjamin | commondreams.org | 2019-06-05
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…
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Venezuela Wants to Renovate the Legislature, Maduro Says
plenglish.com | 2019-06-05
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.
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Venezuela Hosts Latin American Meeting of Local Governments
plenglish.com | 2019-06-05
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.
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Venezuela Urges People of the World to Take Care of the Mother Earth
plenglish.com | 2019-06-05
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.
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'Shock and awe' war on migrants and prisoners
Teresa Gutierrez | workers.org | 2019-06-05
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
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Canada Closes Venezuelan Embassy as Guaido Promises Maduro Out This Year
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-05
(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 …

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US: Tape Shows Pompeo's Real Opinion on Venezuelan Opposition
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-05
The Venezuelan opposition is divided, a fact which has presented challenges to the U.S. government in their efforts to topple President Nicolas Maduro, admitted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a secret recording leaked Wednesday by the Washington Post. | RELATED: | Sanction to Kill: How US Blockade Is Taking Venezuelans' Lives | "Our conundrum, which is to keep the opposition united, has proven devilishly difficult," Pompeo added during a closed-door meeting in New York last we…
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