2020-05-08: News Headlines

Anya Parampil (2020-05-08). Silvercorp co-founder speaks with The Grayzone: What did State Department know about failed Venezuela invasion? thegrayzone.com The Grayzone speaks to Drew White — a close friend and business partner of Silvercorp mercenary firm founder and failed…

Steve Ellner (2020-05-08). On The Latest Failed Attempt To Topple Nicolas Maduro. zcomm.org To understand the workings of this latest botched Venezuelan regime-change scheme by a 60-man sea-borne assault group from Colombia, it's necessary to take into account the fragmentation among Venezuelan opposition extremists…

RT (2020-05-08). When silence speaks volumes: US cut off ALL communication channels with Caracas after botched mercenary raid, says Maduro. rt.com Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that evidence will soon reveal the US leader himself was behind the failed incursion attempt, noting that Washington severed all remaining ties with Caracas thereafter. | In an interview with Uruguayan reporter Jorge Gestoso on Thursday evening, Maduro said the freshly-appointed Ambassador James Story — the first formal US envoy to the country in some 10 years — and other senior American officials were to blame for last weekend's attempted raid, in which two US security contractors were arrested and eight local fighters killed. | "James Story has his feet,…

W. T. Whitney (2020-05-08). Venezuela Confronts Intimidation, Myth-making, and Dirty War. counterpunch.org Venezuela's story currently is of vulnerability and precariousness amidst signs of rising U.S. aggression. The imperialist U.S. government wants the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro removed and insists that Venezuela's massive oil reserves and the entire continent remain within the fold of international capitalism. Crucial to these U.S. designs is junior partner Colombia with

RT (2020-05-08). 'It'd be called an invasion': Trump says he'd use ARMY to raid Venezuela as he doubles down on denial of ordering botched plot. rt.com US President Donald Trump has dismissed claims the foiled plot to kidnap Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had government backing, insisting he'd have done it differently — as a proper "invasion" with an "army." | Trump called in to Fox & Friends on Friday to pour cold water on the idea that the mercenaries arrested earlier this week attempting to land at the northern tip of Venezuela were on official business from Washington. | If we ever did anything with Venezuela, it wouldn't be that way. It'd be slightly different. It'd be called an invasion. | Trump denies involvement in a failed operation to ove…

Scott Ritter (2020-05-08). US policy on Venezuela lacks meaningful direction — American mercenaries' involvement in failed coup against Maduro is more proof. thealtworld.com An abortive coup attempt with US ties exposes a lack of leadership and direction as the Trump …

Steve Sweeney (2020-05-08). Guaido Accused of Hiring Mercenaries Behind Foiled Coup Attempt in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Washington-backed Venezuelan opposition politician Juan Guaido has been accused of hiring mercenaries responsible for two foiled terror attacks, as more details of the plot begin to emerge. | Venezuelan communications minister Jorge Rodriguez confirmed that the former president of the National …

Dave Lindorff (2020-05-08). US Wants Release of Two Special Forces Veterans Who Led Failed Coup Invasion of Venezuela. counterpunch.org Imperial overreach was on full display this week as the US government demanded that a pair of US citizens — former Special Forces soldiers leading a 60-man invasion of Venezuela with the goal of fomenting a coup and/or capturing or killing that country's elected president — be released from arrest and returned to the US.

(2020-05-08). Mercenaries launch attack on Venezuelan coast, driven back. workers.org Workers World received this statement May 4 that originated from the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry about the May 3 attack on that country's shores, made even more ominous by the presence of U.S. Navy warships in the waters off Venezuela. Since that day the Venezuelans report that they stopped another similar . . . |

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2020-05-08). Venezuela: A Failed US Invasion in the Midst of a Pandemic. globalresearch.ca In the midst of a massive global pandemic that has killed tens of thousands of people and wrecked economies all over the world leaving millions jobless, some terrorists and mercenaries allegedly backed by certain governments had on 3rd May …

Telesur (2020-05-07). Mercenary Confesses Failed Plot Was to Bring President Maduro to US. globalresearch.ca Former United States ex-green beret Luke Denman, that was captured Monday by Venezuela's Armed Forces, confessed Wednesday that his group aimed at kidnapping President Nicolas Maduro as part of 'Operation Gedeon'. | "I was expecting anywhere between US$50,000 to US$100,000," …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-07). Venezuela foils yet another coup attempt. peoplesdispatch.org We look at Operation Gideon, mounted by the Venezuelan opposition with the involvement of US mercenaries, with the aim of overthrowing the legitimate Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro.

Ricardo Vaz and Lucas Koerner (2020-05-07). US Investigating Ex-Green Beret, Denies 'Direct' Involvement in Failed Venezuela Coup. venezuelanalysis.com New documents confirm that the Venezuelan opposition signed a contract with Florida-based Silvercorp to kidnap President Nicolas Maduro.

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-07). 'Duque ordered to facilitate botched mercenary invasion in Venezuela': Maduro. colombiareports.com Colombia's President Ivan Duque ordered to support American and Venezuelan "mercenaries" to overthrow Venezuela's government, its president Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday. The two former members of the United States' Special…

Ricardo Vaz and Lucas Koerner (2020-05-07). US Investigating Ex-Green Beret, Denies 'Direct' Involvement in Failed Venezuela Coup. venezuelanalysis.com New documents confirm that the Venezuelan opposition signed a contract with Miami-based Silvercorp to kidnap President Nicolas Maduro.

Staff (2020-05-07). Headlines for May 7, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 73,400 as 41 States Begin Reopening | , White House Shelves Guidelines on Reopening, as Experts Warn U.S. Failing to Stem COVID-19 Deaths, Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. Children Going Hungry as Unemployment Surges to Great Depression Levels, State Budget Cuts Loom as Trump Rails Against "Blue State Bailouts" | , United Nations Seeks $6.7 Billion for Coronavirus Aid to Poor Countries | , EU Warns Pandemic Economic Recession Will Be Worst in History | , Closing Ceremony of Spanish Coronavirus Field Hospital Marred by Tightly Packed Crowds, Venezuelan TV Airs Video of Arrested U.S. Mercenary Co…

Lucas Koerner (2020-05-07). Guardian Blames Trump's Murderous US Exceptionalism on Hugo Chávez. fair.org What better time to vilify the popular former leader of a country under deadly US siege than a deadly pandemic? Such was clearly the reasoning of Guardian journalist Rory Carroll when he penned an op-ed headlined, "Blunder, Distraction, Denial: Trump Follows Chávez's Successful Template" (4/19/20). Seemingly immune to irony, Carroll compares Venezuela's late socialist …

A. Majumdar (2020-05-07). PDF download of May 7 issue. workers.org Click to download entire 12-page PDF May Day coverage. Also: COVID‚Äë19 North Carolina protest; Genocide on Detroit; Cuban medical team; Trump and China; Pennies vs. billions; Tear down the walls A world without prisons; Mumia: On prison guards; Louisiana death camps; ‚ÄÇEditorial Fascists = bosses' tools; World Palestine Britain Venezuela . . . |

Nino Pagliccia (2020-05-07). The Hybrid War on Venezuela Moves to a New Stage of Aggression. globalresearch.ca In the early morning of last May 3 Venezuela has witnessed the first attempt of a raid by speedboats with armed mercenary forces on the central coast of Venezuela, just a few kilometres from the capital city, Caracas. The response …

Staff (2020-05-06). U.S. Mercenaries Captured in Venezuela After Failed Coup Attempt Compared to a "Bad Rambo Movie" democracynow.org We look at an incredible story unfolding in Venezuela of a failed coup attempt. Did a former Green Beret mastermind it? Two Americans have been arrested in Venezuela. President Nicolás Maduro claims the U.S. was behind the plot. "It looks like a bad Rambo movie, or a really bad telenovela," says Miguel Tinker Salas, author of "The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture, and Society in Venezuela." He notes that "the U.S. is seeking regime change … and the consequences for Venezuela could be very dire going forward."

Whitney Webb (2020-05-06). Horrifying Glimpse Into How DARPA Will "Save" You From COVID-19 & Venezuela Coup Tied Back To Trump. thealtworld.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours.

Alan Macleod (2020-05-06). Trump-Linked Mercenaries Implicate Themselves in Failed Venezuela Coup. mintpressnews.com The Trump administration immediately denied all involvement, "it has nothing to do with our government," the president said yesterday. But as the dust settled, the mercenaries immediately began implicating each other — and the U.S.

Arielle Robinson (2020-05-06). Venezuelan military foils attempted invasion by mercenaries from Colombia. workers.org Authorities patrol the coast where an alleged confrontation took place in Macuto, La Guaira, Venezuela, on 3 May. Photograph: Rayner Pena/EPA Workers World Party strongly condemns the attempted invasion of the sovereign country of Venezuela and planned attacks on its leaders by mercenary forces from Colombia in league with the . . . |

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-06). Venezuela thwarts invasion attempt by mercenaries. mronline.org Venezuelan officials reported that a group of mercenaries attempted to invade the country on Sunday but were stopped by the country's army and police.

Fight Back (2020-05-06). U.S. mercenaries captured in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – In a dramatic development on May 4, two U.S. mercenaries were captured among an invasion force on the coast of Venezuela. Luke Denman and Airan Berry, ex-U.S. soldiers from Texas, were captured by the Venezuelan Navy and can be seen in photos, face down with their hands behind their backs on the shoreline. This failed "Bay of Piglets" comes as the U.S. Navy continues to patrol aggressively along the coast of Venezuela. | As previously reported in Fight Back!, on May 3 Venezuelan military and police forces encountered a group of invaders, killing eight and capturing two. The invaders planned to initi…

news.un (2020-05-06). Venezuelans 'teetering on the brink of survival' warn UN human rights experts. news.un.org United Nations independent experts demanded on Wednesday that the Venezuelan Government take concrete actions to tackle the devastating impact on basic human rights of the country's economic crisis.

Ryan Cristián (2020-05-06). A Massive "COVID-19" Cover Up Is Underway & 'US Mercenaries' Caught In Venezuelan Coup Attempt. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (5/5/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Global Research News (2020-05-07). Selected Articles: Fake News About North Korea, Failed Invasion of Venezuela. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | | | If, like us, this is a …

sputniknews (2020-05-08). Never Cease to Fail? Private Military Company Behind Botched Venezuela Raid Suspected of Plagiarism. sputniknews.com Company head Jordan Goudreau has acknowledged his involvement in an attempt to capture Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after two of his men were captured, with one of them making a confession aired on Venezuelan TV.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). Maduro Accuses US Chargé d'Affaires Story of Being Behind Boat Incursion From Colombia. sputniknews.com MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that the US Chargé d' Affaires, for the Venezuela Affairs Unit, James Story, played a part in Sunday's boat incursion from Colombia.

Ryan Cristián (2020-05-06). Horrifying Glimpse Into How DARPA Will "Save" You From COVID-19 & Venezuela Coup Tied Back To Trump. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (5/6/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Staff (2020-05-05). Headlines for May 5, 2020. democracynow.org Dire Forecasts Warn U.S. Death Toll Could Surge in Coming Weeks as States Move to Relax Restrictions, China Rebukes Trump Admin Claim That Coronavirus Was Man-Made, Report Says Brooklyn Jail Destroying Medical Records to Hide Toll of COVID-19, J. Crew Files for Bankruptcy, Betsy DeVos Sued for Garnishing Wages of Student Loan Holders During Pandemic, EU, World Leaders Pledge Billions to Fund Coronavirus Vaccine; U.S. Sits Out, Questions Raised After 3 Doctors in Russia Fall from Hospital Windows, U.K. May Have Second-Highest Coronavirus Death Toll; France Identifies COVID-19 Case from December, Venezuela Detains…

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2020-05-05). Venezuela: Two US Citizens Captured in Botched Coup Attempt. venezuelanalysis.com Two former green berets were arrested in a second failed assault on Venezuelan shores on Monday.

Nic de la Riva (2020-05-05). Paramilitary invasions in Venezuela: Made in USA. liberationnews.org Attempted invasion taken care of swiftly and efficiently by the Venezuelan government.

Susan Price (2020-05-05). Venezuela thwarts invasion attempts by mercenaries. greenleft.org.au

Fight Back (2020-05-05). Another U.S.-inspired terror attack on Venezuela fails. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – While the U.S. Navy aggressively patrols their coast, another U.S.-inspired attack on Venezuela failed during the morning of May 3. Venezuelan military and police captured two, and killed eight, armed mercenaries during the confrontation. Traveling by speedboat from Colombia, the invaders' plan was to join local accomplices near the port of La Guairá. La Guairá is next to Venezuela's international airport and only 20 miles from Caracas. | According to those captured, the invaders planned to initiate terror attacks, including assassinations of government officials. They mistakenly thought they could…

Alan Macleod (2020-05-04). New Details Emerge Linking US to Latest Coup Attempt in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com The government of Venezuela is celebrating after thwarting another foreign-backed coup attempt Sunday, just two days after self-declared another coup attempt by "Interim President" Juan Guaidó

Paul Dobson (2020-05-04). Venezuela: 45 Killed in Guanare Prison Riot. venezuelanalysis.com The government pledged to investigate the May 1 riot, which it described as an attempted breakout.

Ricardo Vaz (2020-05-03). Venezuelan Armed Forces: Paramilitary Incursion Neutralized. venezuelanalysis.com Former US green beret Jordan Goudreau, reported to have led preparations for a coup, confirmed the operation.

Joe Emersberger (2020-05-02). Remembering Henri Falcon's May 2018 Presidential campaign in Venezuela. zcomm.org Henri Falcon was a viable candidate — attacked by his own side Venezuela's opposition had a viable candidate in Henri Falcon, a two-time governor of the state of Lara. He was first elected governor of the state of Lara in 2008 as a pro-Chavez candidate.[1] He broke with Chavez in 2010 and was then re-elected

Lucas Koerner (2020-05-02). Former US Special Ops Soldier Led Plot to Invade Venezuela: Sources. venezuelanalysis.com AP reports that the Venezuelan opposition and Colombian authorities were aware of the plan.

Alan Macleod (2020-05-01). Groundhog Day: Juan Guaidó Is Trying to Overthrow the Venezuelan Government Again. mintpressnews.com Exactly one year since his audacious coup attempt failed spectacularly, self-declared Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó is once again trying to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro. "Today I speak to the patriotic soldiers of our Armed Forces who rebelled against hunger and destruction and sided with the constitution," he

Ricardo Vaz and Lucas Koerner (2020-04-30). US to Mobilize Military Reservists in 'Anti-Drug' Operation Against Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com The Trump administration is also targeting oil-for-food deals involving the Venezuelan government and Mexican companies.

Venezuelanalysis (2020-04-27). Venezuela Rolls out Cabinet Change, Economic Measures to Combat Inflation. venezuelanalysis.com Measures include a 60 percent wage increase and a push to bring food prices under control.

Lucas Koerner (2020-04-23). Venezuela: Guaido to Use Funds Frozen in US to Pay Loyalists $5000 Monthly Salaries. venezuelanalysis.com Pro-Guaido lawmakers and diplomats will take nearly a third of an $80 million "Liberation Fund."

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2020-04-22). Trump Administration Orders Chevron to Shutter Venezuela Operations. venezuelanalysis.com The latest measures followed reports of fresh dialogue between the government and the opposition.

Paul Dobson (2020-04-20). US 'Plunders' $342m of Venezuelan Funds as COVID-19 Hotspot Breaks Out at Baseball Academy. venezuelanalysis.com The money has been transferred from a Venezuelan Central Bank account at Citibank to an account at the US Federal Reserve.

Ricardo Vaz (2020-04-16). Venezuelan Crude Production Falls amid Coronavirus Crisis. venezuelanalysis.com The Caribbean country has seen worsening gasoline shortages as the US ramps up secondary sanctions.

Whitney Webb (2020-04-14). Driven By The Dramatic Collapse Of US Shale, The Trump Administration Takes Aim At Venezuela. thelastamericanvagabond.com President Trump has claimed that the U.S. no longer needs foreign oil and is "energy independent." Yet, now the U.S. shale oil industry faces near total ruin, meaning that another "war for oil" could be in our future. With Trump again taking aim at Venezuela, we may be closer to war than we think. On …

Paul Dobson (2020-04-13). Venezuela Extends COVID-19 Quarantine as Pope Criticizes Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com This is the first time the Pontiff has spoken out against the measures.