2019-06-14: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-06-14). Venezuela: UN Leader Michelle Bachelet to Meet With Maduro. telesurenglish.net U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet announced Friday she will visit Venezuela from June 19-21 and hold separate talks with both President Nicolas Maduro and the United States-backed, self-declared interim president, Juan Guaido. | RELATED: | 38 Accused of Assassination Attempt on President Maduro | Her visit, at the invitation of the Maduro administration, comes ahead of the U.N. Human Rights Council opening a three-week session starting June 24. Venezuela has suffered loss of…

Jake Johnson (2019-06-14). 'Deja Vu' of Iraq War Lies: Mike Pompeo Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without A Shred of Evidence. globalresearch.ca In a press conference that immediately evoked memories of the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday claimed Iran was behind alleged attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman …

susan_p (2019-06-14). Turkey steps up military intervention in Iraq. greenleft.org.au Turkish jets began bombing the Xakurke region of northern Iraq on May 26. The following day Turkish helicopters transported troops into the area. | This was the latest step in Turkey's growing military intervention in the predominantly Kurdish north of Iraq. Before the Xakurke invasion Turkey already had 18 military bases in Iraq. No doubt this number will rise. | Turkey has been intervening militarily in Syria for several years. Turkish troops moved into northern Syria around the towns of Jarablus, Azaz and al-Bab in August 2016. Their aim was to block the further advance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), w…

pip.hinman (2019-06-14). Venezuela: Border opens, consulates close and fuel shortages create more suffering. greenleft.org.au The border between Venezuela and Colombia has been partially reopened after nearly four months. | The principal crossing posts of the Simon Bolivar and Francisco de Paula Santander International Bridges — which connect Venezuela's Tachira State with Colombia's Northern Santander Department — were reopened on June 8 for pedestrian crossing. They still remain closed for vehicles. | The lesser used northern Paraguachon crossing and southern Paez and Ayacucho crossings remain closed, as does the Tienditas International Bridge in Tachira State, whic…

Marco Teruggi (2019-06-14). War of words over Venezuela's future. workers.org This article was published in pagina12.com.ar on June 10. Translation by Michael Otto. Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, has four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and Caribbean. All of them fit within a day and a night. They overlap. They create rhythms and dramas, especially for motorcyclists who flee the daily . . . | Continue reading War of words over Venezuela's future at Workers.org

Trita Parsi (2019-06-14). Trump Blames Iran for the Tanker Attacks. But Let's be Skeptical of his Administration's Pro-War Bluster. commondreams.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the State Department briefing room on Thursday. (Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Juan Cole (2019-06-14). Whatever Pompeo Says, There Is No Certainty Iran Mined the Tankers. commondreams.org Despite what the Saudis and blowhards like Benghazi Mike keep alleging, the Houthis don't take orders from Iran and don't have that much to do with one another. (Photo: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Richard Silverstein (2019-06-14). Is Pompeo Angling to Interfere in British Politics? commondreams.org There is absolutely no indication that British Jews as a whole feel the need for any such US intervention, nor any indication that British Jews or the British electorate as a whole accept the charge that Labour (and Corbyn by extension) is riddled with antisemitism. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-06-14). Pompeo Gulf of Oman Narrative Torpedoed by Vessel's Japanese Owner. mintpressnews.com The Japanese owner of the vessel maintains that there were no mines — or torpedos — involved, denying that such could have been the case because the damage to the ship was above the waterline. He went so far as to call the whole U.S.-pedaled notion of mines being responsible "false."

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-14). Pompeo Blames Iran for Likely Gulf of Oman False Flag. globalresearch.ca Cui bono is most important whenever an incident like Thursday attacks on vessels in the Gulf of Oman occurs. | Clearly, Iran had nothing to gain and plenty to lose from the incident. The Trump regime and its anti-Iran imperial partners …

Laura Wells (2019-06-14). Report Back From Venezuela. indybay.org The Long Haul Infoshop | 3124 Shattuck Ave | Berkeley, Ca. 94705…

plenglish (2019-06-14). US Repeats Same Script against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. plenglish.com 14 de junio de 2019, 09: 53New York, US, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) The United States is repeating the same script against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, as it tries to discredit those countries" social achievements and to punish them with sanctions that affect their economies and their peoples.

Joe Emersberger (2019-06-14). Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried By Reuters for Over a Month. commondreams.org Reuters depiction (6/7/19) of Venezuelan refugees. (Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

plenglish (2019-06-13). High Suicide Rate within the Colombian Army. plenglish.com Bogotá, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) The greatest cause of death within the Colombian Army in recent years has not been fighting in combat, but suicide, the Senator and former presidential Candidate Gustavo Petro warned the eve.

plenglish (2019-06-13). Colombian Senator Rejects Rude Imperial Policy Toward Cuba. plenglish.com Bogota, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) The policy of the US government of Donald Trump with Cuba is marked by rude interventionism and contempt for international law, denounced Colombian Senator Ivan Cepeda on Thursday in this capital.

teleSUR (2019-06-13). Colombian Radio Journalist, Peace Advocate Shot Dead. telesurenglish.net The death of a Colombian radio journalist shook the community of Samaniego, Nariño this week after he was shot dead Tuesday night in a motorcycle drive-by, authorities said. | RELATED: | Colombians Victimized by Delays in Peace Process: UN Report | Radio Journalist Libardo Montenegro's death has been ruled a homicide, the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) confirmed following a briefing with Nariño municipal authorities. | Montenegro, 42, dedicated himself to covering the region'

teleSUR (2019-06-13). Nicaragua Honors Police Killed During US-backed Protests. telesurenglish.net The National Police of Nicaragua's Sandinista government held a ceremony Wednesday to honor the 22 police officers killed by right-wing protesters during the failed coup d'etat against President Daniel Ortega one year ago. Activists also paid tribute to two Sandinista supporters who were murdered during the same period. | RELATED: | Nicaragua Approves Amnesty Law To Bring Peace | The ceremony was held in the nation's capital of Managua by senior National Police members and attended by the frie…

Ilana Novick (2019-06-13). How the Pentagon's Forever Wars Are Killing the Planet. truthdig.com It's been a harrowing couple of weeks for climate change observers. First, as Vice reported, there was an analysis from an Australian think tank, co-written by Ian Dunlop, a former fossil fuel company CEO, that posits that the planet is "reaching a 'point of no return' by mid-century, in whi…

teleSUR (2019-06-13). UN, Unions Laud Bolivia's Work to Value Indigenous Languages. telesurenglish.net The United Nations interviews Bolivian trade union leader and lauds Bolivia is avant-gardist and model country when it comes to conserving and protecting Indigenous languages, cultures, knowledge and traditions. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Evo Rips Critics 'Installed by Coups, Military Dictatorships, and Plan Condor' | In an interview with U.N. News, Felix Ajpi Secretary of Productive Development of the C…

plenglish (2019-06-13). Venezuela Incorporates New Banknotes into its Monetary Cone. plenglish.com 12 de junio de 2019, 17: 06Caracas, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) announced on Wednesday the inclusion of three new banknotes in the current monetary cone on June 13.

plenglish (2019-06-13). Venezuela To Broaden Communications in Remote Areas with Fiber Optics. plenglish.com Caracas, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) is studying on Thursday the connection of remote locations with fiber optics to broaden the service to over 15 million users.

plenglish (2019-06-13). Venezuela Incorporates New Banknotes into its Monetary Cone. plenglish.com Caracas, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) announced on Wednesday the inclusion of three new banknotes in the current monetary cone on June 13.

plenglish (2019-06-13). Venezuela, Italy Ratify Interest in Expanding Cooperation. plenglish.com Caracas, June 13 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and Italian Ambassador in Caracas, Placido Vigo, ratified the common interest in broadening cooperation ties between the two nations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported Thursday.

Tyler Durden (2019-06-13). US Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks, Says Tehran "Trying to Interrupt Flow of Oil" theantimedia.com (ZH) — Update 6: And there it is… The US has officially blamed Iran for Thursday's attacks, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters during a Thursday press briefing. The secretary of state and longtime Iran hawk said the Iranians are working to interrupt the flow of the international oil trade. He also said that Tehran rejected …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-13). 'Deja Vu' of Iraq War Lies as Mike Pompeo Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without Single Shred of Evidence. commondreams.org "Secretary Pompeo gives zero proof but insists that Iran is responsible for ship attacks in Gulf of Oman. Lies, lies, and more lies to make a case for war." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Charles P. Pierce (2019-06-13). I Don't Trust This Administration* With a Lemon Zester, Let Alone a War With Iran. commondreams.org U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room on June 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pompeo said, "It is the assessment of the U.S. government that Iran is responsible for today's attacks in the Gulf of Oman. These attacks are a threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable escalation of tension by Iran." (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

KP (2019-06-13). Four Elders Arrested at Gate as TreeSit Goes Up in Mattole. indybay.org Four Petrolia residents arrested blockading logging gate — average age 75 — as a protester climbs old growth tree in controversial Mattole logging operation in the pre-dawn hours Monday, June 10. Forest Defenders are occupying the forests and preparing for upcoming action camp. Meanwhile, the Lost Coast League is renewing their challenge to Humboldt Redwood Co.'s "sustainable" label.

teleSUR (2019-06-13). Venezuela's VP Delcy Rodriguez Meets With UN on Joint Projects. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan government announced Thursday that it will expand its cooperation with the United Nations (U.N.) system and invited them to join the country's Plan for the Care of Victims of Economic War in light of the illegal blockade imposed by the government of the United States (U.S.) | RELATED | Arreaza Slams Bolton as Man Stuck in the 'Anachronic Cold War' | After a meeting with U.N. delegates, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez urged the multilateral organization to…

Laura Wells (2019-06-13). Report Back From Venezuela. indybay.org The Long Haul Infoshop | 3124 Shattuck Ave | Berkeley, Ca. 94705…

TatuyTV (2019-06-13). Chavez the Radical XXIV: "The Land Belongs to Those Who Work It, not to the Large Landowners" mronline.org The latest episode of Tatuy TV's "Chavez the Radical" focuses on the question of land ownership in Venezuela, an issue that remains at the heart of the struggle in the countryside. | Source

Staff (2019-06-13). Why Venezuela Is the Vietnam of Our Time. truthdig.com Decades after its quagmire in Southeast Asia, the U.S. is attempting to stamp out the threat of a people's revolution once and for all.

James Carden (2019-06-13). Pete Buttigieg's Comprehensive Foreign-Policy Vision. thenation.com Pete Buttigieg's Comprehensive Foreign-Policy Vision…

teleSUR (2019-06-13). Putin Fires Police Officers for Arresting Russian Journalist. telesurenglish.net Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday fired two police generals involved in a discredited criminal case against a journalist, an episode that sparked mass protests in Moscow the previous day, the Kremlin said. | RELATED: | Russia: Putin Promises China-Friendly Investment Climate | "Police Major General Yuri Devyatkin, the chief of the Drug Control Departme…

Staff (2019-06-13). Why Venezuela Is the Vietnam of Our Time. truthdig.com Decades after its quagmire in Southeast Asia, the U.S. is attempting to stamp out the threat of a people's revolution once and for all.

teleSUR (2019-06-12). Inca Doctors Were Better Surgeons Than Civil War Medics: Study. telesurenglish.net New research shows that without the aid of anesthetic, Incan surgeons were more skilled than Civil War doctors at cranial surgery. | RELATED: | Boney Towers Come Down as Czech Ossuary Monestary Gets Makeover | Careful inspection of skulls from the Incan Empire as well as pre-Colombian Peru revealed that hundreds of Indigenous went under the knife and pr…

teleSUR (2019-06-12). We Aren't Safe in Ecuador, UNHCR Ignores Us: Colombian Refugees. telesurenglish.net For 12-days now, 79 Colombian refugees and asylum seekers in Ecuador have decided to precariously camp outside the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Quito, demanding international protection as they have received threats and attacks against their lives. | RELATED: | UN Warns Massacres in Colombia Increased 164% in 2018: Report | Yet, as many of them told teleSUR, the institutional response has been indifference and silence. | "I'm so tired of high ranking officials ignorin…

teleSUR (2019-06-12). Colombians Victimized by Delays in Peace Process: UN Report. telesurenglish.net The United Nations (U.N.) denounced on Wednesday the numerous human rights violations and extrajudicial killings in 2018 in Colombia as consequences of poor implementation of the 2016 Peace Agreement in the region. | RELATED: | Colombia: 3 Indigenous Social Leaders Murdered | The representative of the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights in Colombia (Acnudh), Guillermo Fernandez Maldonado, released the organization's annual report, along with a list of homicide victims killed in 2018. | The r…

plenglish (2019-06-12). FARC Rejects Colombian President's Statements about Santrich. plenglish.com 12 de junio de 2019, 09: 24Bogota, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) The FARC party has strongly rejected Colombian President Ivan Duque"s discourse about former Commander Jesus Santrich because "it prejudges and verges on insult".

John McEvoy (2019-06-12). Massive leak exposes the 'soft coup' that gave rise to Brazil's far-right. thecanary.co UPDATE: This article was updated at 2.25pm on 2 June 2019 to amend Michael Brooks's quote about Bernie Sanders. | A massive trove of documents leaked to the Intercept has revealed "systematic wrongdoing" among top Brazilian prosecutors to prevent the left-wing Workers' Party (PT) from winning the 2018 presidential…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-06-12). Why Hondurans set fire to the US embassy. thegrayzone.com Ten years after a US-backed coup handed Honduras over to big business, the country is rising up. A leader of…

teleSUR (2019-06-12). Arreaza Slams Bolton as "Man Stuck in the Anachronic Cold War'. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza took to Twitter on Tuesday to respond to U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton's recent comments about the Bolivarian Republic, Cuba, and Nicaragua. | RELATED: | 38 Accused of Assassination Attempt on President Maduro | "We reject @AmbJohnBoltons absurd, false, malicious & perverse statements today on Venezuela. It's no surprise that he has failed in every step he's taken. He completely ignores the country's reality. A man stuck in the an…

plenglish (2019-06-12). Venezuela Strengthens Exchange Mechanisms with West Africa. plenglish.com 12 de junio de 2019, 10: 14Caracas, June 12 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government is strengthening its exchange mechanisms with West Africa with the tour of Aristobulo Isturiz, Venezuelan Vice President for Social and Territorial Development.

Charles Pierson (2019-06-12). How Not to Honor Jamal Khashoggi. counterpunch.org After the Saudis murdered dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their consulate in Istanbul, the Trump Administration swung into action—and approved permits to transfer US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. We learned this from Senator Tim Kaine on June 4. Senator Kaine, Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, represents Virginia where Khasshogi was a permanent resident. More

KP (2019-06-12). Four Elders Arrested at Gate as TreeSit Goes Up in Mattole. indybay.org Four Petrolia residents arrested blockading logging gate — average age 75 — as a protester climbs old growth tree in controversial Mattole logging operation in the pre-dawn hours Monday, June 10. Forest Defenders are occupying the forests and preparing for upcoming action camp. Meanwhile, the Lost Coast League is renewing their challenge to Humboldt Redwood Co.'s "sustainable" label.

Ajit Singh (2019-06-12). How Venezuela's US-backed opposition distorts 'human rights' to push regime change. thegrayzone.com Venezuelan lawyer Lucrecia Hernández, director of the NGO Sures, discusses how US-funded opposition groups have politicized and weaponized "human rights"…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-06-12). This Is Not Journalism: Univision Warps Reality to Push US War Agenda. mintpressnews.com The blatant lie told by Jorge Ramos in the New York Times is part of a larger trend in Univision's coverage, which reaches 60 percent of American households and makes Univision the largest Spanish-language network in the U.S.

Paul Dobson (2019-06-12). Venezuelan Opposition: Inflation Drops Under One Million Percent. venezuelanalysis.com May was the third consecutive month with inflation below 50 percent.

Eds. (2019-06-12). Tales of resistance: beyond black and white. mronline.org On the 20th anniversary of Chávez's first "Aló Presidente" broadcast, VA columnist Jessica Dos Santos looks back on this revolutionary tool and the current challenges in the communications field. | Source

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-06-12). A Russian-American-Israeli Meeting of National Security Advisors in Jerusalem: Syria and Iran on the Table. globalresearch.ca This month of June, the National Security Advisors of Russia, the US, and Israel, Nikolay Patrushev, John Bolton and Meir Ben-Shabbat, respectively, are expected to meet in Jerusalem to talk about Iran and Syria and what Israel considers the …

teleSUR (2019-06-11). Bolivia: Evo Rips Critics 'Installed by Coups, Military Dictatorships, and Plan Condor'. telesurenglish.net As Ibero American ex-presidents should sic the international guard dogs on each other before attacking Bolivian President Evo Morales's 2019 presidential campaign, Morales said Tuesday in response to critics. | RELATED: | Bolivia Under Evo Morales: 13 Years of Reclaiming Sovereignty | Twenty-one presidents from the linguistically and historica…