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2019-06-17: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-06-17). Pompeo Claims US Does Not War With Iran Despite Threats. telesurenglish.net The United States is not looking for a war with Iran, but Washington will take every action necessary, including diplomatic means, to guarantee safe navigation through the vital shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. | RELATED: | Jeremy Corbyn Warns UK Gov't Against Blaming Iran Without 'Credible Evidence' | "We don't want war. We've done what we can to deter this," Pompeo said in an interview with 'Fox News Sunday', addin…

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.

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 …

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 …

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."

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…

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…

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…

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

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 …

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). 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…

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…

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 …

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

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?

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?

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…

Staff (2019-06-14). Mike Pompeo Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without Single Shred of Evidence. truthout.org 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 level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact…

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). World Pushes for Diplomacy as US Rushes to Blame Iran for Tanker Attacks. truthout.org Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are again ratcheting up as the Trump administration accused Iran of orchestrating an attack Thursday on Japanese and Norwegian oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iran denied any involvement and accused the Trump administration of trying to sabotage diplomacy. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directly accused Iran of attacking the oil tankers, and the U.S. released video of what it claimed was Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from the side of the Japanese oil tanker that was attacked. However, the president of the Japanese company that owns the ship said…

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 …

Staff (2019-06-14). Headlines for June 14, 2019. democracynow.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Accuses Iran of Attacking Oil Tankers, Federal Elections Commissioner Warns Trump over Foreign Help for Re-election, Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Step Down as White House Press Secretary, Federal Watchdog Recommends Kellyanne Conway Be Fired for Hatch Act Violations, Teen Mother and Premature Baby Found Neglected in Border Patrol Custody, Whole Villages Evacuated Amid Record Heat and Drought in India, Study Finds U.S. Pentagon Emits More Greenhouse Gas Than Portugal, Accused New Zealand Mosque Shooter Pleads Not Guilty to Terrorism and Murder, Palestinian Medic, Shot in the Head by Isr…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

Staff (2019-06-14). Vijay Prashad: U.S. Rushes to Blame Iran for Tanker Attacks as Much of World Pushes for Diplomacy. democracynow.org Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are again ratcheting up as the Trump administration accused Iran of orchestrating an attack Thursday on Japanese and Norwegian oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iran denied any involvement and accused the Trump administration of trying to sabotage diplomacy. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directly accused Iran of attacking the oil tankers, and the U.S. released video of what it claimed was Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from the side of the Japanese oil tanker that was attacked. However, the president of the Japanese company that owns the ship said it…

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…

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

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…

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…

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.

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

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…

Joe Emersberger (2019-06-14). Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month. fair.org By Joe Emersberger Reuters ( 5/22/19) attributes the idea that US sanctions are causing a health crisis in Venezuela to Venezuelan Health Minister Carlos Alvarado. | 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 impac…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

2019-06-17: Social Media Postees

Pompeo Claims US Does Not War With Iran Despite Threats
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-17
The United States is not looking for a war with Iran, but Washington will take every action necessary, including diplomatic means, to guarantee safe navigation through the vital shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. | RELATED: | Jeremy Corbyn Warns UK Gov't Against Blaming Iran Without 'Credible Evidence' | "We don't want war. We've done what we can to deter this," Pompeo said in an interview with 'Fox News Sunday', addin…
telesurenglish.net/news/Pompeo-Claims-US…

Spain's Supreme Court endorses 1936 fascist coup
wsws.org | 2019-06-17
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/17/spai…

Is Pompeo Angling to Interfere in British Politics?
Richard Silverstein | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-16
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 …
globalresearch.ca/pompeo-angling-interfe…

Selected Articles: Gulf of Oman Attack: False Flag Towards Iran War?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-16
"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 …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-gulf…

Provocations in the Gulf of Oman: Will John Bolton Get His War on Iran?
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-16
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."
globalresearch.ca/provocations-in-the-gu…

Why Venezuela Is the Vietnam of Our Time
Celina della Croce | commondreams.org | 2019-06-16
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…
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/16/why-ve…

With Ongoing Cuba Sanctions, US Has No Moral Authority to Talk About Freedom
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-16
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…
truthout.org/audio/with-ongoing-cuba-san…

Record number of Venezuelans arrive in Peru: UN steps up response
United Nations | un.org | 2019-06-16
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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/06/1…

With Ongoing Cuba Sanctions, US Has No Moral Authority to Talk About Freedom
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-16
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…
truthout.org/audio/with-ongoing-cuba-san…

Is the Venezuelan Economy Stabilizing or Is the Worst Still to Come?
15yàöltimo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-16
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 …
globalresearch.ca/is-venezuelan-economy-…

US-India Strategic Partnership: Pompeo Hinted at a Big "Surprise". Contain both Russia and China
Andrew Korybko | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2019-06-15
asia-pacificresearch.com/pompeo-hinted-b…

Whatever Pompeo says, there is no certainty Iran mined the Tankers
Juan Cole | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-15
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…
nationofchange.org/2019/06/15/whatever-p…

Bolton and Pompeo Are Trying to Start Another Forever War
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-15
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…
truthout.org/articles/bolton-and-pompeo-…

Mike Pompeo Has a Hard Time Kicking Old Habits
Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-15
"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…
mintpressnews.com/pompeo-tanker-narrativ…

Whatever Pompeo says, there is no certainty Iran mined the Tankers
Juan Cole | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-15
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…
nationofchange.org/2019/06/15/whatever-p…

Will the Real Bombers Please Stand Up
Eric Margolis | commondreams.org | 2019-06-15
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…
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/15/will-r…

Pompeo's "Tanker Narrative" against Iran."Thank God my Enemy is so Stupid"!
Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-15
"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 …
globalresearch.ca/pompeos-tanker-narrati…

Message To The Youth: Pan-African Unity Is The Path To Africa's Economic Empowerment
Milton G. Allimadi | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-15
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…
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Big Media Get Big Things Wrong on Venezuela
Janine Jackson | commondreams.org | 2019-06-15
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…
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'We need points!' US must invade Venezuela to scare Iran & N. Korea, Graham claims
rt.com | 2019-06-15
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? | …
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Venezuela Scenario: US Launches Attack On Russia's Power Grid
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-15
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…
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Venezuela Scenario: US Launches Attack On Russia's Power Grid
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-15
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…
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Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-15
(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 …

Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month

Study linking US sanctions to Venezuelan deaths buried by Reuters for over a month
Joe Emersberger | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-15
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…
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'We need points!' US must invade Venezuela to scare Iran & N. Korea, Graham claims
Staff | rt.com | 2019-06-15
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? | …
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Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-15
(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 …

Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month

Study linking US sanctions to Venezuelan deaths buried by Reuters for over a month
Joe Emersberger | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-15
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…
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Report Back From Venezuela
Laura Wells | indybay.org | 2019-06-15
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Mike Pompeo Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without Single Shred of Evidence
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-14
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 level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact…
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Vijay Prashad: U.S. Rushes to Blame Iran for Tanker Attacks as Much of World Pushes for Diplomacy
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-14
Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are again ratcheting up as the Trump administration accused Iran of orchestrating an attack Thursday on Japanese and Norwegian oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iran denied any involvement and accused the Trump administration of trying to sabotage diplomacy. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directly accused Iran of attacking the oil tankers, and the U.S. released video of what it claimed was Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from the side of the Japanese oil tanker that was attacked. However, the president of the Japanese company that owns the ship said it…
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Trump Blames Iran for the Tanker Attacks. But Let's be Skeptical of his Administration's Pro-War Bluster
Trita Parsi | commondreams.org | 2019-06-14
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the State Department briefing room on Thursday. (Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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World Pushes for Diplomacy as US Rushes to Blame Iran for Tanker Attacks
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-14
Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are again ratcheting up as the Trump administration accused Iran of orchestrating an attack Thursday on Japanese and Norwegian oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iran denied any involvement and accused the Trump administration of trying to sabotage diplomacy. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directly accused Iran of attacking the oil tankers, and the U.S. released video of what it claimed was Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from the side of the Japanese oil tanker that was attacked. However, the president of the Japanese company that owns the ship said…
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Whatever Pompeo Says, There Is No Certainty Iran Mined the Tankers
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-06-14
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…
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'Deja Vu' of Iraq War Lies as US Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without Single Shred of Evidence
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-14
(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 …

'Deja Vu' of Iraq War Lies as US Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without Single Shred of Evidence

Headlines for June 14, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-14
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Accuses Iran of Attacking Oil Tankers, Federal Elections Commissioner Warns Trump over Foreign Help for Re-election, Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Step Down as White House Press Secretary, Federal Watchdog Recommends Kellyanne Conway Be Fired for Hatch Act Violations, Teen Mother and Premature Baby Found Neglected in Border Patrol Custody, Whole Villages Evacuated Amid Record Heat and Drought in India, Study Finds U.S. Pentagon Emits More Greenhouse Gas Than Portugal, Accused New Zealand Mosque Shooter Pleads Not Guilty to Terrorism and Murder, Palestinian Medic, Shot in the Head by Isr…
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Is Pompeo Angling to Interfere in British Politics?
Richard Silverstein | commondreams.org | 2019-06-14
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…
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'Deja Vu' of Iraq War Lies: Mike Pompeo Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without A Shred of Evidence
Jake Johnson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-14
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 …
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Pompeo Gulf of Oman Narrative Torpedoed by Vessel's Japanese Owner
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-14
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."
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Pompeo Blames Iran for Likely Gulf of Oman False Flag
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-14
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 …
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Venezuela: Border opens, consulates close and fuel shortages create more suffering
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-14
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…
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Venezuela: Border opens, consulates close and fuel shortages create more suffering
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-14
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-border-opens-consulates-close-and-fuel-shortages-create-more-suffering

War of words over Venezuela's future
Marco Teruggi | workers.org | 2019-06-14
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
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Venezuela: UN Leader Michelle Bachelet to Meet With Maduro
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-14
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…
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US Repeats Same Script against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua
plenglish.com | 2019-06-14
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.
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Caricom-Cuba Summit Denounces US Blockade on Cuba
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-14
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…
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"Soldier People" – Report from Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-06-14
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…
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Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried By Reuters for Over a Month
Joe Emersberger | commondreams.org | 2019-06-14
Reuters depiction (6/7/19) of Venezuelan refugees. (Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month
Joe Emersberger | fair.org | 2019-06-14
By Joe Emersberger Reuters ( 5/22/19) attributes the idea that US sanctions are causing a health crisis in Venezuela to Venezuelan Health Minister Carlos Alvarado. | 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 impac…
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Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month
Joe Emersberger | fair.org | 2019-06-14
By Joe Emersberger Reuters ( 5/22/19) attributes the idea that US sanctions are causing a health crisis in Venezuela to Venezuelan Health Minister Carlos Alvarado. | 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 impac…
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Report Back From Venezuela
Laura Wells | indybay.org | 2019-06-14
The Long Haul Infoshop | 3124 Shattuck Ave | Berkeley, Ca. 94705…
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