2019-05-05: News Headlines

teleSUR, LA (2019-05-05). Where Is Guaido? Coup Leader Doesn't Show Up To Own Protest. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan people have rejected the recent call promoted this Saturday by the leaders of the far-right to demonstrate in front of the main military barracks of the Bolivarian Republic. | RELATED: | 7 Honor Guard Missing After Helicopter Crash in El Hatillo | Following the failed coup attempt against the legitimate President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, several supporters of the opposition held a demonstration in which its own leader Juan Guaido was absent from. | Supporters…

teleSUR (2019-05-05). AOC Refuses To Condemn Venezuela Coup. telesurenglish.net U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, has said she will follow the Democratic Party's leadership in regards to Venezuela, and refused to back President Maduro as the legitimate President of the Bolivarian Republic. | RELATED: | Trump's Neocon Administration Want War in Venezuela: Gabbard | Ocasio Cortez, sometimes referred to as AOC, was asked in an interview with the National Review if she sees President Maduro as legitimate, fo…

teleSUR (2019-05-05). Syrian, Iraqi Forces Conduct Joint Border Op Against ISIS. telesurenglish.net The Syrian government forces and Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces have banned together to conduct a joint military operation along their shared border, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported on Friday. | RELATED: | US Wants To Carve Up Venezuela Like Syria and Libya: Russia | The operation began on Friday morning and targeted the areas used by the Islamic State to infiltrate between the two neighboring Middle Eastern nations. | On Saturday, the Popular Mobilization Forces announ…

teleSUR (2019-05-05). Bolsonaro Cancels US Visit After Venues Refuse To Host Him. telesurenglish.net Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro made the last minute decision to cancel his trip to the United States after many New York venues refused to host a gala dinner honoring him, his office announced on Friday. | RELATED: | Brazil: Bolsonaro's Homophobic 'Gay Tourism' Comments Invite Abuse of Women: Critics | Due to Bolsonaro's past racist, homophobic and misogynist remarks, organizers saw multiple venues in New York refuse to host the gala dinner, incl…

Liliana Segura (2019-05-05). Ten Years After a Landmark Study Blew the Whistle on Junk Science, the Fight Over Forensics Rages On. theintercept.com In a fluorescent-lit ballroom atop Baltimore's downtown convention center, Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler stepped off the stage and began to pace. He'd had 14 cups of coffee, he boomed, along with a Hershey's bar with almonds. He was not about to stay still. | It was a snowy morning in late February. Sattler, a motivational speaker and retired Marine who once directed strategic planning for the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the final panelist at the opening plenary of the 71st Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The annual conference brings together lawyers, scientists, and forensic pract…

teleSUR (2019-05-05). Israel Will Continue Massive Attack On Gaza: Netanyahu. telesurenglish.net Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Sunday that he has instructed his country's armed forces to continue their massive attack on the Gaza Strip, Arutz Sheva reported. | RELATED: | Gaza-Israel Hostilities Flare with Rocket Attacks, Air Strikes | "I instructed the IDF to continue the massive attacks against the terrorist elements and the large number of armored, artillery and infantry forces around the Strip," Netanyahu said. "Hamas bears responsibility for its ac…

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-05). Trump Is Twisting Putin's Arm Through Belarus' President Lukashenko. globalresearch.ca The US has more or less succeeded in convincing Belarus to "defect" from Russia and pivot to the West, which therefore puts Trump in a prime position to twist Putin's arm through Lukashenko as he attempts to squeeze seemingly endless …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-05-05). RussiaGate 2.0 and The Plan to Impeach President Trump. globalresearch.ca In the wake of RussiaGate 1.0, will there be a shift in US foreign policy involving a decisive change in US-Russia relations? | Is the Witch-hunt over? | Or is RussiaGate 2.0 in the making? | * | On March 3, Trump and …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-05-05). Boob Tube: The Outer Limits of Empire. Scandal is in, Strategy is out! globalresearch.ca Baby Boomers should remember that innovative Sci Fi television series, The Outer Limits (1963). The opening monologue really was a rare look into the future… OUR future here in Military Industrial Empire's America. Remember the opening: | Control Voice: [introduction] …

Dan Bacher (2019-05-05). Psyops 101: How Big Oil Infiltrates Public Discourse to Manipulate & Deceive. indybay.org This article is based on an Earth Day presentation that I made at the Events Center at Chabot College on April 25 at the invitation of physics professor Nick Alexander. | Photo of Extinction Rebellion protest banner en route from the State Capitol in Sacramento to the Western States Petroleum Association Office on April 22 by Dan Bacher.

Imagine a Socialist U.S.A. (2019-05-05). Venezuela Celebrates May Day 2019. indybay.org The May Day 2019 march inspires dreams of a socialist U.S.A. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEIubp9K… or | venezuelanalysis.com/video/14466…

RT (2019-05-05). Pelosi fears Trump may borrow page from Democratic playbook by challenging 2020 election legitimacy. rt.com Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned her fellow Democrats that Donald Trump may question the legitimacy of the 2020 election if he loses by a slim margin — a cowardly political tactic not seen since the Democrats lost in 2016.

RT (2019-05-04). Pro Guaido supporters harass journalists, anti-war activists outside Venezuela's US embassy (VIDEOS). rt.com Journalists covering the standoff at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC have been harassed by a group of Juan Guaido supporters, who demand that the 'Embassy Civilian Protection Collective' vacate the diplomatic building.

South Front (2019-05-04). Fabricated Media Rumors: "Russian Nukes Deployed", "Cuban Intelligence Threatening Venezuelan Democracy" globalresearch.ca By May 3, another attempt of US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido and his supporters to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro had failed. | So-called "Operación Libertad", which started on April 30 as an attempt to seize power by force with …

Eric Margolis (2019-05-04). Sure. Let's Invade Venezuela. Another Jolly Little War. commondreams.org White House National Security Advisor John Bolton talks to reporters outside of the White House West Wing April 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. Bolton answered questions about the security and political turmoil in Venezuela and called for a peaceful transition to a government controlled by acting President Juan Guaido. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Staff (2019-05-04). North Korea Fires Several Short-Range Projectiles Into the Sea. truthdig.com SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea fired several unidentified short-range projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast on Saturday, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, a likely sign of Pyongyang's growing frustration at stalled diplomatic talks with Washington meant to provide coveted sanctions relief in return for nuclear disarmament. | South Korea's military has bolstered its surveillance in case there are additional weapons launches, and South Korean and U.S. authorities are analyzing the details. | If it's confirmed that the North fired banned ballistic missiles, it would be the first such launch…

Staff (2019-05-04). At Venezuelan Protest, Opposition's Frustration Shows. truthdig.com CARACAS, Venezuela—When a protester handed over a written appeal for the military's support on Saturday, a Venezuelan policeman burned the document and let the ashes fall to the ground. | The armed forces "won't be blackmailed or bought," said a second officer standing nearby. | Benito Rodriguez fumed as he watched the events unfold. | "It's a humiliation," said Rodriguez, a demonstrator who had joined a crowd of about 150 protesters gathered near La Casona, a residence historically used by Venezuelan presidents. | The scene highlights the uphill battle now facing opponents of President Nicolás Maduro who h…

Fight Back (2019-05-04). Eyewitness Venezuela: FRSO meets with Minister of Communes. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – The delegation from the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) had the honor May 2 of meeting with Blanca Eekhout, Minister of Communes and Social Movements and a member of the National Directorate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). | Despite having lost her voice during the massive May Day demonstration, she spoke with the FRSO members for nearly two hours about the experiences of the Bolivarian Revolution and the struggles in the United States. | Minister Eekhout talked with the delegation about President Maduro's call for a rectification process during his May Day…

Bill Van Auken (2019-05-04). Media Lies in Service of War for Regime Change in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Tuesday's abortive coup attempt initiated by the US puppet and self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaidó in Venezuela has served once again to expose the criminal role of the US corporate media. | Guaidó's video of himself and Leopoldo Lopez, the leader …

teleSUR (2019-05-04). South Africa: Ramaphosa Heading for Another Electoral Victory. telesurenglish.net A few days before the next May 8 presidential elections, the polls award 59 percent of the votes to Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's current president and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party candidate. The Democratic Alliance (DA), a party traditionally associated with conservative white voters is expected to receive about 20 percent of the votes. | RELATED:…

teleSUR (2019-05-04). Cuban FM: US Creates Lies to Up Aggression Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez says the United States administration under President Donald Trump is creating lies around his country in order to escalate aggression against Venezuela. | RELATED: | 'Enough with Threats, Ultimatums,' Cuba Tells US | In a Friday afternoon tweet Rodriguez said: "Among the most infamous lies by top #US officials are claiming presence of "Cuban troops" in #Venezuela; labeling more than 20000 Cuban cooperation workers in that country as "thugs" and accusing Cu…

teleSUR (2019-05-04). Ambush on Venezuelan Military Commission Leaves 3 Dead. telesurenglish.net An attack on military commission left three troops dead in Venezuela. An unrecognized group of heavily armed people ambushed a mixed military commission early this Saturday morning. | RELATED | Bolivarian Militias are Honored Today Across Venezuela | An ambush against a mixed military commission in the early hours of Saturday left three troops dead on the Magdaleno Highway in the city of Palo Negro in the state of Aragua, Venezuela. | The Venezuelan Minister of Defense condemned these…

Michael Welch (2019-05-04). Ukraine's Post-Maidan "Democratic Deficit" globalresearch.ca Notice to our readers: This week's interview guest Eva Bartlett will be speaking in Edmonton on Saturday May 4th at 7: 30pm at the Ukrainian Centre at 11018 97 Street. | She will also speak in Vancouver on Sunday May 5th …

Fight Back (2019-05-04). Venezuela: FRSO joins celebration of the life of Augusto Sandino. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – The delegation from the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) attended a ceremony in the 23 de Enero neighborhood in Caracas for the 90th anniversary of the "Plan to Realize the Great Dream of Bolivar." The Plan was written by Nicaraguan revolutionary Augusto Sandino during his armed struggle against the U.S. occupation of his country. Among the event's attendees was Yaosca Calderon Martin, the Nicaraguan ambassador to Venezuela, along with veterans of the Sandinista struggle in the 1970s and 1980s. | The event was organized by the Coordinadora Simon Bolivar, a revolutionary organiz…

teleSUR (2019-05-04). Venezuela: Socialist Party Headquarters Torched, Attacked. telesurenglish.net The local headquarters of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) in San Agustin, Caracas, was the scene of arson early Saturday morning in an act of targeted violence. | RELATED: | Pence Tries to Dismiss Ilhan Omar on Venezuela, Fails Miserably | "Violent opposition groups set fire to the local headquarters. … They lit several tire…

teleSUR (2019-05-04). Russian Foreign Minister to Meet Venezuela's Arreaza Sunday. telesurenglish.net Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks with his Venezuelan counterpart, Jorge Arreaza Sunday in Moscow, Interfax reported Saturday citing the Russian foreign ministry. | RELATED: | US Seeks Meeting with Russia to Talk About Venezuela Situation | The meeting will take place ahead of rare face-to-face talks between Lavrov and United St…

RT (2019-05-04). MSM melts down as Trump talks Venezuela with Putin… and 'feels same way'. rt.com America's most trusted talking heads are in meltdown mode, once again accusing Donald Trump of taking orders from Vladimir Putin, after the US leader was seemingly too soft with the Russian president in a recent phone call. |

teleSUR (2019-05-04). 7 Venezuelan Honor Guard Missing After Helicopter Crash in El Hatillo. telesurenglish.net Seven members of Venezuela's honor guard went missing after a military helicopter carrying crew and passengers crashed to the ground in El Hatillo, Venezuela, an official communique reported Saturday. | RELATED: | Ambush on Venezuelan Military Commission Leave 3 Dead | The Cougar Siglas helicopter was covering the Caracas to San Carlos Cojedes route when the incident occurred. | The official statement read, "At the moment authorities are meeting at the site of the accident, pe…

Eds. (2019-05-04). It's only a coup if the U.S. Government says so. mronline.org Media side with Trump cronies rather than common sense in labeling coup a 'protest'. | Source

teleSUR (2019-05-04). Mexican Police Arrest Suspected Author of Minatitlan Massacre. telesurenglish.net A man suspected of orchestrating the deadly Minatitlan massacre which took the lives of 14 people on April 19 was apprehended by Mexican police Saturday. | RELATED: | AMLO Plans to Abandon 'Prohibitionist Model,' Legalize Drug Use | Adrian Fernandez, alias "El Pelon," was arrested outside the Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) facilities in Coatzacoalcos city, s…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-04). Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison. theintercept.com Thousands of migrants have died crossing the desert in Arizona. The U.S. government is prosecuting activists who try to save lives and recover bodies.

WSWS (2019-05-04). US-China trade talks enter final phase. wsws.org One of the main sticking points is agreement on the procedure by which US tariffs imposed on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods would be lifted if a trade agreement is reached.

Robert Scheer (2019-05-04). Can We Trust Billionaires to Save Democracy? truthdig.com There's no denying that Nicolas Berggruen, the German American billionaire founder and president of the private investment company Berggruen Holdings as well as the think tank Berggruen Institute, has benefited from a global capitalist system that has fueled historic inequality. But even he can see how broken the current economic and political systems in place in the West are, so he's come up with a plan to try to revamp democracy as we know it. | Think of it as "universal basic capital instead of universal basic income," Berggruen tells Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer in a discussion about the billionaire…

teleSUR (2019-05-04). US: Felony Charges Against Activist Protesting Arms Dealers. telesurenglish.net A man in the United States is facing felony charges for spray painting 'Yemen' on the Palo Alto offices of arms manufacturers Lockheed Martin. The act was in protest of the U.S.-backed Saudi war in Yemen, which Lockheed Martin has profited from, through arms sales. | RELATED: | Yemen: Saudi Coalition Airstrike Hits School, Kills Children | Bryce Druzin has been branded a 'hero' by peace activists after spraying 'Yemen' in blood red spray paint, on the offices of weapons giant Lock…

Paul Haeder (2019-05-04). Water, Water, Water: War Against Humanity. dissidentvoice.org Capitalism is broken. It is like a gun pointed at the heart of the planet. And it's got these characteristics which mean that it will essentially, necessarily destroy our life support systems. Among those characteristics are the drive for perpetual economic growth on a finite planet. You just can't support that ecologically. Things fall apart. …

WSWS (2019-05-04). Washington political warfare intensifies with lawsuits, looming contempt charges. wsws.org The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which would handle impeachment proceedings, warned that "the system of not having a president as a dictator is very much at stake."

WSWS (2019-05-04). Japan's emperor abdicates throne. wsws.org The far right in Japan, which includes Prime Minister Abe and most of his cabinet, is pushing for the emperor to resume the pre-war role of linchpin of a repressive, militarist regime.

Jon Schwarz (2019-05-04). How to Dismantle the Absurd Profitability of Nuclear Weapons. theintercept.com The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists currently has its Doomsday Clock set to two minutes to midnight — the closest we've been to self-obliteration in nuclear history. | But nuclear weapons are more than just a terrifying threat to every living thing on earth. For decades, they've been a terrific way to make money. | A new report from PAX, a Dutch peace organization, both illuminates how profitable it can be for multinational corp…

United Nations (2019-05-04). 'Grave consequences' await if new deadly escalation of violence in Gaza continues – top UN official. un.org The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, is "deeply concerned by yet another dangerous escalation in Gaza and the tragic loss of life". According to news reports, approximately 200 rockets were fired on Saturday from the Occupied Palestinian Territory towards Israel, and various Israeli airstrikes and tank fire were carried out in retaliation.

RT (2019-05-04). Trump defends Facebook banned 'extremists,' attacks 'radical left-wing' media. rt.com How was your morning? President Donald Trump started his day by retweeting a barrage of content from Paul Joseph Watson — banned from Facebook for alleged "extremist" content, and slating the "radical left wing media." |

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-05-04). America's Blueprint for Global Domination: From "Containment" to "Pre-emptive War". The 1948 Truman Doctrine. globalresearch.ca Image: President Harry Truman | First published by GR on September 7, 2014 | We bring to the attention of our readers the writings as well as an analysis of George F. Kennan (1948) which constitute the foreign policy cornerstone of the …

Elise Swain (2019-05-04). A War Reporter Covers "The End of Ice" — And It Will Change the Way You Think About Climate Catastrophe. theintercept.com "It's possible to reach a place of acceptance and inner peace, while enduring the grief and suffering that are inevitable as the biosphere declines."

RT (2019-05-04). Nobody has to love Putin, but nuclear peace impossible without communication — Chris Hedges. rt.com President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked nuclear arms control in a phone call Friday. But what can be achieved when the US shreds treaties and Washington stays hostile to any communication with Russia? |

RT (2019-05-04). 'Anything is possible': Trump talks North Korea peace after phone call with Putin. rt.com President Trump took to Twitter to declare his support for peace on the Korean Peninsula, after discussing the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin. North Korea, meanwhile, test-fired short-range missiles.

Johnny E. Willliams (2019-05-04). Whiteness Explainer for Dummies. dissidentvoice.org Examining whiteness is of utmost importance if Americans truly wish to live in a just and peaceful society. To realize this possibility, self-identified 'whites' — and their collaborators from among the racially oppressed — must reckon with their attachment to whiteness. Whiteness was the central concern of sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois in his …

teleSUR (2019-05-04). Gaza-Israel Hostilities Flare with Rocket Attacks, Air Strikes. telesurenglish.net A wave of Israeli air strikes killed one Palestinian in Gaza Strip Saturday. Imad Nseir, 22, was killed in Beit Hanoun after Israeli planes targeted multiple areas of the enclave. | The attacks came just hours after Isreali security forces killed at least two Palestinians and injured another 51 during Friday's weekly Great March of Return protests, medics and security sources there said. ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚ÄãAnother two Palestinians were killed in an air raid on the central Gaza Strip Friday. | RELATED: …

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-05-04). Trump's Abortion Lies Are Going to Get Somebody Killed. commondreams.org Demonstrators protest in front of the Thompson Center to voice their support for Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights on February 10, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. On February 11, rallies are scheduled to be held outside of Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide to call on Congress and President Trump to pull federal funding from Planned Parenthood. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Staff (2019-05-04). Under Heavy Rocket Fire, Israeli Reprisals Kill 3. truthdig.com GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—Palestinian militants on Saturday fired over 200 rockets into Israel, drawing dozens of retaliatory airstrikes on targets across the Gaza Strip in a round of intense fighting that broke a monthlong lull between the bitter enemies. Three Palestinians, including a mother and her baby daughter, were killed, while three Israelis, including an 80-year-old woman, were wounded by rocket fire. | The fighting came as leaders from Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, and the smaller armed faction Islamic Jihad, were in Cairo for talks with Egyptian mediators aimed at preventing a fraying c…

teleSUR (2019-05-04). Last Suspect Freed in Kim Jong-un's Brother's Murder Case. telesurenglish.net Doan Thi Huong, the Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un's brother, Kim Jong Nam, has been released from a Malaysian prison after being held for over two years. | RELATED: | Woman Accused of Killing Kim Jong-un's Brother Denied Appeal | Huong was accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam using the highly toxic VH nerve agent. After being released, Huong was taken into immigration custody until her scheduled flight to Hanoi. The formerly jailed…

RT (2019-05-04). Louis Farrakhan 'far right'? CNN thinks so. rt.com In the wake of another social media purge, CNN host Alisyn Camerota described Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as a 'far right' figure on air. Did somebody hand her the wrong script?

Bryan Wall (2019-05-04). Facebook bans Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos for breaking its rules. thecanary.co Facebook has banned a number of far-right activists and commentators from its platforms for breaking its rules. Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos were two of those whose accounts were banned by the company. Jones has previously claimed the US government faked the Sandy Hook school shooting and that Hillary C…

RT (2019-05-04). Who is General Barr? Senators seem to not know how to address an attorney general. rt.com Lawmakers had plenty of questions for US Attorney General William Barr about his assessment of Robert Mueller's report on the 'Russia collusion' probe, but some seemed at a loss as to how to address him.

WSWS (2019-05-04). One hundred years since the May 4 movement in China—Part One. wsws.org The May 4 movement which erupted in 1919 was part of a broader intellectual ferment, profoundly influenced by the Russian Revolution, that led to the establishment of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921.

Patti and Doug (2019-05-04). Stopping 5G Microwave Radiation: The May 15th National Day of Action. globalresearch.ca A friend of ours who works in public relations told us once that the only group he really worries about are the people who shop at Whole Foods. And by this, we imagine he meant people who care about the …

John Clarke (2019-05-04). Conservative 'Blue Wave' Sweeps Across Canada. globalresearch.ca The federal system under which the Canadian state operates, places a great deal of decision making power in the hands of its provinces. While the dubiously progressive Trudeau Liberals run things federally (for the present), the provincial level of government …

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-04). Assange's Unjust Sentence, Will Fight Extradition to US. globalresearch.ca Grossly mistreating Assange and Chelsea Manning is all about silencing truth-telling, wanting dirty secrets about imperial high crimes suppressed, what the public has a right to know, what journalism the way it should be is obligated to report and explain …

Mike Whitney (2019-05-04). China's Belt and Road Initiative: A Tectonic Shift in the Geopolitical Balance of Power. globalresearch.ca Your Geopolitical Quiz for the Day: | Two countries are embroiled in a ferocious rivalry. One country's meteoric growth has put it on a path to become the world's biggest economic superpower while the other country appears to be slipping into …

True Publica (2019-05-04). Local Elections: MSM Nonsense — and the Real Message for British Politicians. globalresearch.ca Who won, who lost, was it Remain, Leave, blah, blah. Let's not beat about the bush here and say what this really means and not the garbage that the mainstream media would have you believe. | Change UK changed nothing at …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-04). Disproportionate Sentences: Julian Assange, Bail, and Extradition. globalresearch.ca Should journalism ever have a deity worth His, Her or Its salt, looking down upon the recent proceedings against Julian Assange will provide endless choking fits of confusion and dismay. The prosecution continues in the twisted logic that engaging a …

Jonathan Turley (2019-05-04). Israeli Ambassador Calls for the Criminalization of Antisemitic Speech. globalresearch.ca In the aftermath of another tragic shooting at another synagogue, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon has again called for the criminalization of antisemitic speech. | I have previously written about such international efforts to criminalize speech, including …

Tyler Durden (2019-05-04). Lindsey Graham Wants Aircraft Carrier to Confront Russians and Cubans in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (ZH) — No, it doesn't appear to be mere hyperbole, considering it's the well-known neocon uber-hawk senator from South Carolina, who like the late John McCain would never waist precious opportunity to put the USA firmly on the war path. Addressing recent reports that Cuba and Russia have sent troops to Venezuela to prop up embattled President Nicolas …

Consortiumnews (2019-05-04). Activists at Venezuelan Embassy Under Threat From Violent Mobs. consortiumnews.com Activists who have been living in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington have called on the State Dept. and Secret Service to stop violent mobs from attacking them. Activists who have been living inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington are reporting… Read more →

Staff (2019-05-04). The Calm After the Storm in Venezuela: Opposition and Government Measure Support in Streets. therealnews.com It would seem that the April 30th coup effort by Juan Guaidó backfired and energized the Chavista base while it demoralized the opposition. Mike Fox reports from Caracas…

Staff (2019-05-04). Taking Away Voting Rights Does Nothing to Solve Violence. truthout.org Maya Schenwar returns to "Beyond Prisons" to discuss voting rights, the current political landscape, and her forthcoming book. | Maya is the editor-in-chief of Truthout. She is also the author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better and the co-editor of the Truthout anthology Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States. She has written about the prison-industrial complex for Truthout, The New York Times, the Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Ms. Magazine and others. Maya lives in Chicago and organizes with the abolitionist collective…

Staff (2019-05-04). A Growing Number of US Flood Survivors Seek Answers. truthout.org Susan Liley didn't set out to become an activist. "A grandma, that's all I am," she says. But when her hometown of De Soto, Missouri, flooded four times in three years, Liley felt called to act. | After the first couple of floods, Liley did what she could do to help her neighbors: She dragged waterlogged furniture from a friend's home and delivered eggs from her chickens to those without electricity. But the third time around, Liley says, "I got mad." | Across the U.S., flood survivors are growing in number and — like Liley — they're getting mad and fighting back. From city streets to subdivisions…

Amy Goodman (2019-05-04). We can't back people who hate our kids: Kentucky & Minnesota teachers of year boycott Trump meeting. nationofchange.org We speak with two award-winning teachers who are trying to teach Trump a lesson. On Monday, Jessica Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, and Kelly Holstine, the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, boycotted a White House ceremony honoring them and other state winners of the award in protest of the Trump administration's education policies. But Dueñas and Holstine skipped the event to register their opposition to Trump's policies on immigration, education and LGBTQrights, saying many of the White House policies directly impact their immigrant and refugee students. |
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RT (2019-05-04). Lee Camp ponders Pompeo's CIA lies & Guaido's embassy-storming goons (VIDEO). rt.com American comedian Lee Camp dove into this week's most eye-catching headlines, tearing apart bizarre comments made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and weighing in on right-wingers laying siege to the Venezuelan Embassy.

Eds. (2019-05-04). Chavez the Radical XXI: socialism must be created at the grassroots level. mronline.org In this installment of Tatuy TV's "Chavez the Radical," Chavez discussed the role of the commune in the construction of socialism in Venezuela. | Source

Mohit Priyadarshi, The Inquisitr (2019-05-04). Palo Alto Man Hailed as a Hero For Spray Painting 'Yemen' in Blood-Red Letters at Lockheed Martin's Office. commondreams.org Bryce Druzin wants the defense contractor, which has benefitted greatly from Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, out of his neighborhood. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

CP Editor (2019-05-04). Will Progressives Stop Biden, the Credit Card Candidate? counterpunch.org

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Another coup fails. greenleft.org.au "Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…

Walter Smolarek (2019-05-03). Venezuela embassy protectors stand strong against coup supporters' attacks. liberationnews.org Despite escalating violence carried out by supporters of the coup attempt, anti-war organizers residing in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are standing strong with the support of steadfast activists outside the building.

susan_p (2019-05-03). US sanctions have killed more than 40,000 people in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'

RT (2019-05-03). Heavy water and uranium enrichment: US imposes additional nuclear sanctions on Iran. rt.com The Trump administration will sanction any assistance to expand Iran's nuclear power plant at Bushehr and ban exports of heavy water and any further uranium enrichment, the State Department has announced.

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuelan economist: 'Hyperinflation is a powerful imperialist weapon'. greenleft.org.au Much is made in the media of Venezuela's deep economic crisis. But why does Venezuela have the world's highest inflation rate and what impacts have the sanctions really had on the country? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes spoke to Venezuelan economist Pascualina Curcio, from the Simón Bolívar University, to find out more. | Hyperinflation is a grave problem in Venezuela, but its causes are less clear. How do you explain it?: | The determinant cause of hyperinflation in Venezuela is the political manipulation by third parties of the exchange rate between the bolívar [Bs, Venezuela's local currency] and…

WSWS (2019-05-03). German government backs attempted right-wing coup in Venezuela. wsws.org In a joint press release with the far-right Brazilian government, the German Foreign Ministry gave its unconditional backing to the criminal attempted coup in Venezuela.

Maicol David Lynch (2019-05-03). Venezuela on the cusp of a coup: An eye-witness visitor reports. peoplesworld.org CARACAS, Venezuela—"I don't care for Maduro as a leader, but I'm all for socialism!" This was the response I received time and time again from the so-called "opposition" to the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) headed by Nicolás Maduro during my 14-day visit in the country last month. I was sent to Venezuela as …

Paul Dobson (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Lopez Arrest Warrant Issued as Military Show Strength for Maduro. globalresearch.ca Venezuela's judicial authorities have issued a new arrest warrant for fugitive opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez following his escape from house arrest early Tuesday morning. | Caracas' Fifth Court revoked Lopez's house arrest Thursday and ordered his immediate detention, indicating that once …

Peter Koenig (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Another Failed Coup Attempt. dissidentvoice.org In the early morning hours of 30 April, 2019, the self-declared "Interim President", Juan Guaidó, launched what at first sight appeared to be a military coup — Guaidó calls it "Operation Freedom" (sounds very much like a Washington-invented title) — against the democratically elected, legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro. With two dozen of defected armed …

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-03). We thought it was merely a stone, but it carried away our wealth. mronline.org n Venezuela, the political leadership of the oligarchy beg for the men in green to set aside the Constitution, as Juan Guiadó and the Venezuelan right-wing opposition attempted a military coup in Venezuela this Tuesday. | Source

Alan Macleod (2019-05-03). MintCast Episode 2: Failed Coup in Venezuela, Forgotten US Atrocities in the Koreas, and Joe Biden's Race Problem. mintpressnews.com MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss current events in Sri Lanka, France and Venezuela and also delve into U.S. efforts to hide the real history of the Korean War, as well as Joe Biden's history of teaming up with notorious American racists.

Bertha Mojena Milián (2019-05-03). U.S. Lies to Justify Further Attacks on Cuba. globalresearch.ca In statements to the press on Wednesday afternoon, the Cuban Foreign Ministry's Deputy Director for the United States, Johana Tablada, reiterated that "Cuba does not participate with military troops or personnel in military operations in Venezuela" | *** | "There are no …

Staff (2019-05-03). Trump, Putin Discuss Nuclear Pacts, Mueller Report in Hour-Long Call. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than an hour Friday about nuclear weapons agreements, the conflict in Venezuela, North Korea and also briefly about special counsel Robert Mueller's just completed report on Moscow's interference in the 2016 election. | "They had a very good discussion. Spoke for a little over an hour," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House. "They discussed nuclear agreements, both new and extended, with the possibility of having conversations with China on that front as well." | "There was a discussi…

Fight Back (2019-05-03). New Yorkers celebrate May Day. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – On May 1, hundreds of people in New York City celebrated on International Workers' Day. The day was kicked off in Harlem, where a rally for the laundry workers was held as they demanded better working conditions. The day continued at a Trump Tower on Wall Street. Hundreds gathered near the Stock Exchange under the banner "No walls in the workers struggle." | Speeches centered on the different struggles workers are currently facing in the United States and abroad. Many of the speakers also brought up Venezuela and how we need to keep fighting against U.S. intervention. | Once the program ended, th…

Whitney Webb (2019-05-03). Anti-War Voices on Both Sides Warn of Coming CIA Provocation to Kill Guaidó, Blame Maduro. mintpressnews.com With Guaidó rapidly losing momentum and credibility after Tuesday's failed coup, López and his U.S. backers may turn on their own if they think it will benefit or energize their cause or if it could be used to set the stage for foreign military intervention.

John McEvoy (2019-05-03). Explosive new book dissects the soft coup that brought fascism to Brazil. thecanary.co On 28 October 2018, Brazil elected a fascist, racist, sexist, and homophobic president. And an explosive new book delves into how that happened, providing a crucial point of reference for resistance in the process. | Washingt…

Comitato No Nato (2019-05-03). The US/NATO Orchestration of the 2014 Maidan Coup in Ukraine. globalresearch.ca The Following text is Section 9 of | The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War, : | by the Italian Committee No War No NATO | * | Documentation presented at the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, Florence, April 7, …

Joyce Chediac (2019-05-03). Angry Yemeni shop owners boycott NY Post after attack on Ilhan Omar. liberationnews.org Stand up to Islamophobia and all forms of racism, say with one voice, "We stand with Ilhan."

Scott Ritter (2019-05-03). What If Iran Retaliates and Shuts Down the Strait of Hormuz? globalresearch.ca The effort on the part of the Trump administration to shut down Iran's ability to export oil is predicated on the false notion that the rest of the world will fall in lockstep with U.S. policy. But has President Donald …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-03). Roger Waters on Palestine: "You Have to Stand Up for People's Human Rights All Over the World" democracynow.org After a judge ruled a panel can move forward Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on "Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights," we speak with one of the event's scheduled participants: Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, one of the most popular rock bands of all time. He says he welcomes the lawsuit that challenged the event, because "what it does is it serves to shine a light on the predicament of the Palestinian people."

Kevin Gosztola (2019-05-03). 'A Massive Chill On Investigative Journalism': First Hearing In Julian Assange's Extradition Case. shadowproof.com The first procedural hearing in WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition case was held in the United Kingdom. It was very brief, and Assange appeared via video link from Belmarsh prison. "I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many, many awards and protected…

WSWS (2019-05-03). The manufactured case of Long Beach "terrorist" Marc Steven Domingo. wsws.org The arrest of the Afghan war veteran has the characteristics of an entrapment operation by the FBI and other police agencies.

WSWS (2019-05-03). Call to free Julian Assange raised in Taiwan on Labor Day. wsws.org The Free Assange Group explained to Taiwan workers that WikiLeaks served as a deterrent to war and was a tool for peace.

Chris Wright (2019-05-03). The Coming of American Fascism, 1920—1940. counterpunch.org Fascism is usually thought of as a quintessentially and almost exclusively European phenomenon, as having begun with Mussolini, culminated with Hitler, and been eradicated in World War II. The U.S., in particular, is thought to have been largely immune to it, given the absence of mass movements similar to Nazism or Italian Fascism. But there More

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-05-03). Black News Weekly. naacp.org BET: Black 22-Year-Old Software Engineer Murdered By White Neighbor Months After Court Denied Request For Protective Order A 22-year-old Baltimore resident was gunned down by his 53-year-old white neighbor just months after trying to obtain a protective order against the man. According to ABC 11, Tyrique Hudson was fatally shot in the stairwell of his apartment complex …

Connie Huynh (2019-05-03). #PeoplesWave Rises Up For #MedicareForAll. nationofchange.org We just took a huge step towards | Medicare For All: the House Ways and Means Committee has announced they | will hold, for the first time, hearings on the Medicare For All Act Of | 2019, introduced this spring by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA) and Sen. | Bernie Sanders (VT). | Ways and Means plays a decisive role in whether or not Medicare for All advances to the floor for a vote. | Who made this happen? You did. People's Action members from all across the country — nearly a thousand — came to Washington, D.C. this weekend to demand Medicare For All. We took the streets because people — our peopl…

Thomas S. Harrington (2019-05-03). Elections in Spain: Regime Maintenance Disguised as Democratic Vitality and the Possibility of Change. counterpunch.org In last Sunday's Spanish elections, Pedro Sánchez's Socialist Party (PSOE) considerably expanded its presence in the country's Parliament, while the Popular Party (PP), which for more than two decades has quite purposefully and successfully driven the country's arena of "thinkable thought" toward the hard right, had its poorest electoral showing in years. The other big More

pip.hinman (2019-05-03). High school student: 'I am a climate warrior and you should be too'. greenleft.org.au Fifteen-year-old Parker Craig gave the following speech on April 27 before a screening of Accelerate, a film by 350.org, at the Parramatta Activist Centre. | *** | I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the original custodians of this land. It is upon their ancestral lands that we meet and I extend my respect to elders both past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. | I'm a 15-year-old activist and climate warrior. | If you had asked 5-year-old me what I was scared of, I would've said the monster in my cupboard. Ten years later and I'm scared of the monster in Parliament House. | I am no…

Al-Masdar News (2019-05-03). Forgotten War: Death Toll in Yemen to Reach 233,000 by End of Year. globalresearch.ca The death toll from the ongoing war in Yemen will reach a staggering 233,000 if it continues until the end of 2019, a new report from the United Nations said. | According to the UN report, of the 233,000 estimated deaths …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-03). China-Laos Economic Relations. The Broader Strategic Implications. globalresearch.ca The Chinese and Laotian Presidents signed an action plan to build a community of shared future earlier this week after the latter's trip to the People's Republic to attend the recent BRI Forum. These two nations might seem to be …

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