2019-06-17: News Headlines

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-06-17). Massive Embezzlement Scandal Threatens Juan Guaido's Political Future. mintpressnews.com The big event that was supposed to be Guaido's watershed moment has instead turned out to be a public-relations failure far worse than his quickly quelled attempted military coup.

plenglish (2019-06-17). Venezuela Reveals Corruption Plots Led by Juan Guaido. plenglish.com 17 de junio de 2019, 15: 57Caracas, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) Communication and Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez presented new evidence that blames opposition leader Juan Guaido and theVoluntad Popular leadership for stealing money to commit crimes against Venezuela.

WSWS (2019-06-17). Spain's Supreme Court endorses 1936 fascist coup. wsws.org If Franco is rehabilitated, it is because powerful factions of the ruling class are considering another break with legality and democratic forms of rule, in order to defend their wealth.

Dan Cohen (2019-06-17). From coup leaders to con artistry: Juan Guaidó's gang exposed for massive humanitarian aid fraud. thegrayzone.com An explosive new report reveals how Guaidó representatives in Colombia embezzled $125,000 meant for humanitarian aid, suckering deserting soldiers and…

plenglish (2019-06-17). Venezuelan Migrants Target of Exploitation, Venezuelan FM Denounces. plenglish.com Caracas, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced on Monday that Venezuelan migrants are the target of precarious work and exploitation in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

plenglish (2019-06-17). Venezuela Creates Banking Mechanisms to Face US Blockade. plenglish.com Caracas, June 17 (Prensa Latina) The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) has created on Monday mechanisms to deal with the US economic blockade with which they intend to choke the country by calling off accounts and the inability to trade with foreign organizations.

plenglish (2019-06-17). Venezuelan Authorities Closed an Illegal Mining Camp. plenglish.com Caracas, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan security agencies deactivated an illegal mining camp on the edge of La Paragua river, located in Guayana, Bolivar state, reported on Monday the Operational Strategic Commander, Remigio Ceballos.

plenglish (2019-06-17). Venezuela to Repatriate 180 Venezuelans with Return to Homeland Plan. plenglish.com 17 de junio de 2019, 16: 40Caracas, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government will repatriate 180 Venezuelans from Peru this week through the government"s Plan Vuelta a la Patria (Return to Homeland) program, the Foreign Ministry announced in a press release on Monday.

Yves Engler (2019-06-17). Ottawa hires Hit Man to Overthrow Venezuelan Government. dissidentvoice.org Meet the hired gun Ottawa is using to overthrow the Venezuelan government. The brazenness of Ottawa's intervention in the South American country's affairs is remarkable. Recently Global Affairs Canada tendered a contract for an individual to coordinate its bid to oust President Nicolás Maduro. According to buyandsell.gc.ca, the Special Advisor on Venezuela needs to be …

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies (2019-06-17). U.S. Sanctions: Economic Sabotage That Is Deadly, Illegal, and Ineffective. commondreams.org On the eve of renewed sanctions by Washington, an Iranian protester holds a burning picture of President Donald Trump outside the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 4, 2018. (Photo: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-06-17). Reuters Must Answer for Burying This Venezuela Story. truthdig.com A new study reveals U.S. sanctions have taken a deadly toll, yet the news agency neglected to report on its findings for an entire month.

plenglish (2019-06-17). Russia Denies Existence of New Military Contract with Venezuela. plenglish.com Moscow, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) Russia has rejected on Monday US versions on a supposed new military contract between this country and Venezuela and denounced Washington"s intentions to create pretexts for a military escalation.

Kate Hudson (2019-06-17). Trump and Bolton Are Breaking What Nuclear Order There Is. globalresearch.ca It's 10 years now since US president Barack Obama made his famous Prague speech, committing to a nuclear weapons-free world. I remember hearing his words broadcast, amid the tumultuous cheers of the crowd in Hradƒçany Square, as if it were …

Whitney Webb (2019-06-17). MintCast Episode 4: The Real Motivation behind Russiagate, the Global War on Journalism and the Hidden Face of American Empire. mintpressnews.com MintCast hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss current events including reactions to Trump's Iran policy, the U.S. military base in the Chagos Islands and John Bolton's storied history of hawkishness.

Edward Curtin (2019-06-17). The War Hoax Redux. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration has a problem: How to start another war — this time with Iran — without having a justifiable reason for one. No doubt members of Trump's team, led by the war-thirsty and perdurable John Bolton, are …

Helen Buyniski (2019-06-17). Our Reality Can Beat Up Your Reality. Spreading False News Stories on Iran. globalresearch.ca Twitter has declared victory over disinformation, deplatforming thousands of pro-Iranian Twitter accounts this week to coincide with US Secretary of State " Rapture Mike" Pompeo's evidence-free declaration that Iran had attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. …

Joaquin Flores (2019-06-17). Pompeo's False Flag Refuted By Japanese Media: Tanker Hit by Flying Object, Not Mine — Confirms Onsite Worker. globalresearch.ca The Japanese state news agency NHK has revealed that workers on the tanker saw a plane flying toward the tanker before the explosion. United States is pinning the blame for the tanker attacks on Iran. Tehran denies the accusation. | The …

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-17). Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi dead aged 67. cgtn.com Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has died in a courtroom aged 67. | Morsi served as the fifth president of Egypt from 30 June 2012 to 3 July 2013, when he was deposed following mass protests and a military coup. | He reportedly collapsed after a court session on Monday, where he was facing espionage charges and subsequently died. | "He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became very animated and fainted. He was quickly rushed to the hospital where he later died", AFP quotes a source from the court session. | Morsi has been in prison since he was removed from office, and an organization tha…

Celina della Croce (2019-06-16). Why Venezuela Is the Vietnam of Our Time. commondreams.org Workers from Venezuela's state oil company, PDVSA, participate in an anti-imperialist march to support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in front of the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela on January 31, 2019. The US slapped sanctions on Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA in an attempt to cut off a vital source of funds. (Photo/YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

15yàöltimo (2019-06-16). Is the Venezuelan Economy Stabilizing or Is the Worst Still to Come? globalresearch.ca Lots of readers have asked us via social media what we think are the reasons that led the government and the Central Bank (BCV) to publish, all of a sudden, indicators that, also suddenly, stopped being published over three …

United Nations (2019-06-16). Record number of Venezuelans arrive in Peru: UN steps up response. un.org The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has sent extra teams this week to the border between Peru and Ecuador to support the authorities, as an unprecedent number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants — over 15,000 — have entered Peru this week.

Staff (2019-06-16). With Ongoing Cuba Sanctions, US Has No Moral Authority to Talk About Freedom. truthout.org Janine Jackson: The Trump administration announced a ban on people-to-people group travel to Cuba, a sanction merited, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin explained, because of Cuba's "destabilizing role in the Western Hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the region, and propping up US adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua by fomenting instability, undermining the rule of law and suppressing democratic processes." | The theme of most…

Michael Welch (2019-06-16). Provocations in the Gulf of Oman: Will John Bolton Get His War on Iran? globalresearch.ca Bolton announced the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and Air Force Bombers to the Middle East as part of an effort to "send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force."

Richard Silverstein (2019-06-16). Is Pompeo Angling to Interfere in British Politics? globalresearch.ca Apparently, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had quite a lively, candid conversation in a recent closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders. Among the invited guests, someone recorded Pompeo's comments, and they were quite revealing. | The Washington Post, which was given …

Global Research News (2019-06-16). Selected Articles: Gulf of Oman Attack: False Flag Towards Iran War? globalresearch.ca "It appears that Mike Pompeo has a hard time kicking his old habits. He appears to be as smug about lying as a CIA operative as he is as Secretary of State. Categorically blaming the Iranians for the recent oil …

Milton G. Allimadi (2019-06-15). Message To The Youth: Pan-African Unity Is The Path To Africa's Economic Empowerment. blackstarnews.com Nkrumah enjoys a light moment with Kennedy during U.S. visit. The CIA under President Johnson- backed the 1966 coup. Photo: Wikimedia Commons | | [Message To Africa's Youth] | | Most of Africa's socio-political and economic woes could be solved if most African countries were able to determine their own destiny–that is currently not the case. | | How is it that Congo can have mineral and natural resource wealth estimated at anywhere from $24 – to $30 trillion and remain impoverished? How is it that it can have the world's major sup…

Janine Jackson (2019-06-15). Big Media Get Big Things Wrong on Venezuela. commondreams.org Militia members and supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro take part in a march to protest against economic measures imposed by the US government and support the CLAP (Local Committee for Supply and Production) box -which contains basic family basket products at a low cost- in Caracas, Venezuela on June 8, 2019. (YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-06-15). 'We need points!' US must invade Venezuela to scare Iran & N. Korea, Graham claims. rt.com Sen. Lindsey Graham has suggested President Trump "put military force on the table" by invading Venezuela (and possibly Cuba) in order to scare North Korea and Iran into doing what they're told. What could possibly go wrong?

Staff (2019-06-15). 'We need points!' US must invade Venezuela to scare Iran & N. Korea, Graham claims. rt.com Sen. Lindsey Graham has suggested President Trump "put military force on the table" by invading Venezuela (and possibly Cuba) in order to scare North Korea and Iran into doing what they're told. What could possibly go wrong?

Laura Wells (2019-06-15). Report Back From Venezuela. indybay.org The Long Haul Infoshop | 3124 Shattuck Ave | Berkeley, Ca. 94705…

teleSUR (2019-06-15). Venezuela Scenario: US Launches Attack On Russia's Power Grid. telesurenglish.net According to an exclusive report published by the New York Times, the United States government has planted malware in Russia's electrical grid system in an act of revenge for "Russian interference," according to former and current government officials. | RELATED: | Russia To Help Venezuela Probe Cyber Attacks on Electric Grid | It seems that Venezuela was a testing ground for the Trump admi…

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (2019-06-15). Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month. theantimedia.com (FAIR) — I emailed Stephanie Nebehay of Reuters on May 22 about her article, "Venezuela Turns to Russia, Cuba, China in Health Crisis" (5/22/19). Her article depicted the impact of US sanctions as an allegation that Venezuelan government officials are alone in making. The article stated: The opposition blames [medical shortages] on economic incompetence and corruption by the …

Staff (2019-06-15). Bolton and Pompeo Are Trying to Start Another Forever War. truthout.org It is becoming increasingly evident that National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—President Trump's top two foreign policy appointees—are manufacturing a crisis in order to catapult the United States into an explosive conflict with Iran. | This shouldn't be remotely surprising, given their track records of supporting regime change across the Middle East, opposing the Ira…

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2019-06-15). Pompeo's "Tanker Narrative" against Iran."Thank God my Enemy is so Stupid"! globalresearch.ca "I was the CIA director. We lied, We Cheated, We Stole". — Mike Pompeo | It appears that Mike Pompeo has a hard time kicking his old habits. He appears to be as smug about lying as a CIA operative as …

Juan Cole (2019-06-15). Whatever Pompeo says, there is no certainty Iran mined the Tankers. nationofchange.org The mysterious mines that blew up two tankers, one of them Japanese-owned and operated, on Wednesday, sent a frisson of fear through the Gulf, since it was clear that Trump warmongers would blame Iran and then use the incident as a springboard to war. | Despite the confident pronouncements of "Benghazi Mike" Pompeo at his brief news conference, the fact is that US intelligence hasn't had time or access to come to a firm conclusion about the author of the mine attack. | Pompeo's people put out grainy video of some sort of small ship coming alongside one of the tankers and then leaving peacefully. Since this doe…

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-15). US-India Strategic Partnership: Pompeo Hinted at a Big "Surprise". Contain both Russia and China. asia-pacificresearch.com

Eric Margolis (2019-06-15). Will the Real Bombers Please Stand Up. 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. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2019-06-15). Mike Pompeo Has a Hard Time Kicking Old Habits. mintpressnews.com "I was the CIA director. We lied, We Cheated, We Stole". — Mike Pompeo | It appears that Mike Pompeo has a hard time kicking his old habits. He appears to be as smug about lying as a CIA operative as he is as Secretary of State. Categorically blaming the Iranians for the recent oil attack tankers has left allies scratching their heads; and perhaps leaving foes thinking: "Thank God my enemy is so stupid"! | On June 13, 2019, as Ayatollah Khamenei was holding talks in Tehran with Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, two oil tankers carrying oil to Jap…

Joe Emersberger (2019-06-15). Study linking US sanctions to Venezuelan deaths buried by Reuters for over a month. nationofchange.org I emailed Stephanie Nebehay of Reuters on May 22 about her article, "Venezuela Turns to Russia, Cuba, China in Health Crisis" ( 5/22/19). Her article depicted the impact of US sanctions as an allegation that Venezuelan government officials are alone in making. The article stated: The opposition blames [medical shortages] on economic incompetence and corruption by the leftist movement in power for two decades, but [President Nicolás] Maduro says US economic sanctions are…

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…

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

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.

teleSUR (2019-06-14). Caricom-Cuba Summit Denounces US Blockade on Cuba. telesurenglish.net The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Caribbean Community (Caricom) has issued their declaration adopted Friday at the conclusion of the Sixth Caricom-Cuba Ministerial Meeting, which among other things, unequivocally called for an end to the economic blockade imposed upon Cuba by the United States (U.S.). | RELATED | US Plans in Venezuela Have Failed: Cuban President | Representatives from Caricom nations met with officials from the island nation of Cuba in Georgetown, Guyana on June 14 to di…

Fight Back (2019-06-14). "Soldier People" – Report from Venezuela. fightbacknews.org The following essay was written by Vladimir Castillo, the International Affairs Coordinator of the Ministry of Communes of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. In it, Castillo lays out the anti-imperialist nature of the Venezuelan military and its strategic involvement in the Bolivarian Revolution. The essay was originally published by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and is translated here by the Fight Back! staff. | The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) directly descends from the people's armies of Simón Bolívar, the army of Liberators; from our indigenous warriors; from the liberating…

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

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 …

Staff (2019-06-14). The Mainstream Media Is Marching Us Into War With Iran. truthdig.com If there were any lingering hopes that the corporate media learned from its role in perpetuating the lies that led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and would never again help start a Middle East war on the basis of false or flimsy evidence, the headlines that blared across the front pages of major U.S. news websites Thursday night indicated that such hopes were badly misplaced. | The U.S. military late Thursday released blurry, black-and-white video footage that it claimed—without…

Jake Johnson (2019-06-14). 'Deja Vu' of Iraq War Lies as US Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without Single Shred of Evidence. theantimedia.com (CD) — 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 without presenting one single shred of evidence. "This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the …

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…