Daily Archives: January 26, 2019

2019-01-26: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-01-26). At U.N., U.S. Urges All Nations to End Venezuela's 'Nightmare'. truthdig.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says it's time to back opposition leader Juan Guaido amid deep divisions and fierce resistance from Russia.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-01-26). The Exceptional Nation Asserts Its Exceptionalism. globalresearch.ca Washington has chosen a president for Venezuela. I wonder if Trump saw the black humor in doing to Maduro what the Democrats and presstitutes are doing to him. | Few Latin American governments have ever had a government that represents the …

Wolfgang Kaleck (2019-01-26). Bush, Rumsfeld & Cheney Are a Troika of Tyranny. zcomm.org As Venezuela faces an attempted coup supported by the U.S., Brazil and the European Union, we speak with human rights attorney Wolfgang Kaleck. In November, John Bolton accused Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua of being part of a "troika of tyranny." Kaleck says the real "troika of tyranny" is George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Read more…

Miguel Tinker Salas (2019-01-26). A Coup in Progress? zcomm.org Trump Moves to Oust Maduro & Install Pro-U.S. Leader in Oil-Rich Venezuela…

Whitney Webb (2019-01-26). Washington Follows Ukraine, Syria Roadmap in Push for Venezuela Regime Change. mintpressnews.com What happens in Venezuela going forward will have major consequences for the entire region and the world; and, with the U.S. already pushing countries to pick sides, the world may soon become as divided as it was immediately preceding WW II.

STAFF (2019-01-26). House Democrats Push Trump to Remove Troops From Syria. truthdig.com Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee and Ted Lieu of California, joined by 30 of their colleagues in Congress, sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday urging him "to present a long-overdue comprehensive diplomatic, political, and humanitarian strategy for Syria to Congress and the American people." | "While we believe there was never a military solution in Syria—nor Congressional authorization for the use of force—we are deeply concerned about the chaotic way in which the w…

teleSUR (2019-01-26). US-led Coalition Kills 13 Civilians in Airstrikes in Syria. telesurenglish.net A total of 42 people were killed including 13 civilians, on an offensive by the United States-led coalition against Islamic State group, in eastern Syria, according to the opposition organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) | RELATED: | Turkey, Russia to Fight Terrorism, Establish Safe Zone in Syria | At least 29 fighters from the Islami…

Stansfield Smith (2019-01-26). The US coup in Venezuela. zcomm.org For over two years we have been told Putin's Russia has interfered with the 2016 US presidential elections. We now find the US government has decided it can unilaterally invalidate the actual presidential elections in Venezuela…

Common Dreams staff (2019-01-26). Trump's 'Axis of Evil': Pompeo, Bolton & Abrams. commondreams.org 'This is truly an ominous development for the poor people of Venezuela.' | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-01-26). US coup bid pushes Venezuela closer to invasion or civil war. wsws.org Washington is keeping its embassy in Caracas open in defiance of the Venezuelan government, using diplomatic personnel as bait for a potential military confrontation.

Marc Vandepitte (2019-01-26). The US Puts Venezuela Under High Pressure. Chronicle of an Announced 'Parliamentary Coup'. globalresearch.ca For a few days now, tension has been rising high in Venezuela. On 23 January, the President of Parliament proclaimed himself president. He was immediately recognized by the US, Brazil and a number of other countries. There are fears that …

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-26). Venezuela Political Crisis: Russia Offers to "Mediate" globalresearch.ca Contrary to the Alt-Media Community's "wishful thinking" expectations that Russia would "pull a Syria" in Venezuela by commencing a full-on military intervention in support of the country's democratically elected and legitimate government, Moscow instead decided to channel the diplomatic dimension …

Ben Norton (2019-01-26). Venezuela's US-Backed Coup Leader Immediately Targets State Oil Company, Requests IMF Money. grayzoneproject.com Unelected US-backed coup leader Juan Guaidó immediately moved to try to restructure Venezuela's state-owned oil company and seek financing from…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-26). The Radicalization of US Policy on Venezuela. consortiumnews.com Not since the Cuban revolution, has the U.S. government played such an overtly activist role in Latin America, writes Steve Ellner. By Steve Ellner Special to Consortium News Washington's recognition of the shadow government headed by Venezuelan National Assembly president Juan… Read more →

Ben Norton (2019-01-26). 'It's Our Backyard!': Bill Maher Cheers US-Led Coup in Venezuela in Unhinged Colonial Tirade. grayzoneproject.com Pro-war liberal pundit Bill Maher endorsed the US-led coup in Venezuela with blatant neocolonial language: "This was the Monroe Doctrine!…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-26). Venezuela's US-Backed Coup Leader Immediately Targets State Oil Company and Requests IMF Money. consortiumnews.com Unelected U.S.-backed coup leader Juan Guaidó immediately moved to try to restructure Venezuela's state-owned oil company and seek financing from the neoliberal IMF, reports Ben Norton of The Gray Zone. US Anointed 'President' Moves to Seize National Petroleum Company By… Read more →

SURGENTES (2019-01-26). The Invisibility of Protester Deaths in Poor Areas. venezuelanalysis.com Twenty-eight people were killed in Venezuela between January 21 and 24. Venezuelan human rights organization SURGENTES examines who has been most affected by the spiral of violence.

Alison Bodine (2019-01-26). US/Canada Failed Coup in Venezuela, In Defense of Democracy and Self-Determination of the People of Venezuela. globalresearch.ca After two days of intense pressure and a concerted campaign by the US and Canada to install Juan Guaidó as the new "self-declared" interim President of Venezuela, it is clear that they have failed in this objective. It is also …

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-26). Why Would the US Want Venezuela's Oil When It Already Buys 41% of Its Total Exports? globalresearch.ca The prevailing Alt-Media narrative that Washington wants to impose a pro-US puppet regime on Venezuela in order to control all of the country's oil doesn't make much sense when considering that it already buys 41% of the Bolivarian Republic's total …

RT (2019-01-26). Trump-bashing Iraq war architect Elliott Abrams to lead US regime change in Venezuela. rt.com Washington seems so dead-set on regime change in Venezuela, the State Department has just appointed a former diplomat with a sordid track record in Latin America and Middle East to spearhead "restoring democracy" in Caracas.

Charles Glass (2019-01-26). "Tell Me How This Ends" zcomm.org America's muddled involvement with Syria…

Vanessa Beeley (2019-01-26). The White Helmets, Alleged Organ Traders & Child Kidnappers, Should be Condemned Not Condoned. globalresearch.ca The White Helmets, "volunteers" who reportedly "rescue Syrians from rubble." Never in history has such a group been so feted by the elite, or received so many awards from institutions acting as extensions of US and UK hegemony. | A recent …

Various (2019-01-26). In Defense of Venezuela's Sovereignty: Statements of Solidarity from the International Community. venezuelanalysis.com The Trump Administration's decision to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as "Interim President" is a dangerous escalation and a threat to Venezuela's sovereignty. Some countries have followed suit while many organizations around the world call for respect to the Caribbean nation's self‚Äêdetermination. Here we bring you some solidarity statements.

Steve Ellner — Consortium News (2019-01-26). The Radicalization of U.S. Policy on Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Steve Ellner examines the Trump Administration's recognition of a shadow government and, in so doing, the U.S.'s violation of international law.

South Front (2019-01-26). Video: Israeli Patrol Came Under Fire in Golan Heights. globalresearch.ca A firefight broke out on the contact line between Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement on January 24. | According to the statement, forces from the Syrian side of the …

Gregory Wilpert (2019-01-26). The US Strategy for Regime Change in Venezuela. zcomm.org From economic sanctions to international pressure, how has the US strategy for regime change in Venezuela worked until now?

Ricardo Vaz (2019-01-26). Maduro V. Guaido. zcomm.org Venezuela's Maduro and Guaido Give Dueling Speeches as US Begins Diplomatic Withdrawal…

teleSUR (2019-01-26). Several US Diplomatic Staff in Venezuela Leave Caracas. telesurenglish.net U.S. diplomatic staff left the embassy in Caracas on Friday after President Nicolas Maduro demanded their removal and decided to break relations with the North American country as a result of the coup attempt. | RELATED: | US Appoints Elliott Abrams, Mastermind Behind Anti-Chavez 2002 Coup, to Lead New Venezuela Coup | The personnel were escorted by Venezuelan security officers to Simon Bolivar International Airport, respecting international agreeme…

Various Contributors (2019-01-26). Over 70 Experts Call for US to Stop Interfering in Venezuela. zcomm.org Noam Chomsky, Alfred de Zayas, Sujatha Fernandes, Boots Riley, John Pilger, Vijay Prashad and many others oppose US interventionism in Venezuela…

teleSUR (2019-01-26). Ireland's Lower House Approves Banning Israeli Settlement Goods. telesurenglish.net The Irish Lower House of the parliament voted Friday, with a majority, in favor of a bill banning the purchase of goods and services coming from the illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. | RELATED: | This is What Solidarity Looks Like: Major BDS Victories in 2018 | If this law passes it would make Ireland the first EU nation to achieve criminalizing commercial activities with the illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank. | The bill was put forward by the Independent se…

Lawrence Wittner (2019-01-26). As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety. commondreams.org Mushroom-shaped cloud and water column from the underwater nuclear explosion of July 25, 1946, which was part of Operation Crossroads. (image/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

STAFF (2019-01-26). 40 Dead, Many Feared Buried in Mud After Brazil Dam Collapses. truthdig.com Rescue workers labor in deep waste to try to reach employees of the Vale mining complex that were swept up in the debris flow.

Gary Olson (2019-01-26). Why is Trump Being Portrayed as Russia's Stooge? zcomm.org If politically motivated, evidence-free allegations can be leveled against the president of the United States, what can't be done to the rest of us?>

teleSUR (2019-01-26). Colombia: ELN Peace Negotiators Will Not Request Asylum in Cuba. telesurenglish.net The National Liberation Army (ELN) Chief Peace Negotiator Israel Ramirez said, Friday, that the 10 members of the negotiating team will not ask for political asylum in Cuba but will return to their camps in Colombia. | RELATED: | UNSC Urges Colombia to Resume Peace Talks With ELN | Asylum "is forbidden in the ELN," Ramirez said and added that "if we suffer political persecution for our revolutionary ideas, we go to the mountains. That's the best thing to do." | The leader clarified that "if…

Internationalist Commune of Rojava (2019-01-26). Stand with Rojava, oppose Turkey's war. zcomm.org This weekend, Kurds and their allies are organizing two global days of action to stop the invasion of Rojava threatened by Turkey and Islamist mercenaries…

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2019-01-26). It Is Time for a More Decisive Resistance Against the Authorities! "Bella Ciao" globalresearch.ca The song "Bella ciao" became famous worldwide through the "Resistenca", the Italian resistance movement against fascism during the Second World War. It's about a partisan in northern Italy who flees to the mountains and says goodbye to his lover (Oh …

Karl Grossman (2019-01-26). Darth Trump: Pushing to Turn Space Into a War Zone. commondreams.org Ronald Reagan's March 23, 1983 Oval Office Speech on the "Strategic Defense Initiative" aka Star Wars. (Photo/Ronald Reagan Presidential Library) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

STAFF (2019-01-26). Undercover Agents Target Cybersecurity Watchdog. truthdig.com NEW YORK—The researchers who reported that Israeli software was used to spy on Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's inner circle before his gruesome death are being targeted in turn by international undercover operatives, The Associated Press has found. | Twice in the past two months, men masquerading as socially conscious investors have lured members of the Citizen Lab internet watchdog group to meetings at luxury hotels to quiz them for hours about their work exposing Israeli surveillance and the details of their personal lives. In both cases, the researchers believe they were secretly recorded.

Jim Miles (2019-01-26). Rule of Law — Canada Style. globalresearch.ca John McCallum, presented three arguments concerning Meng Wanzhou, one of the leading executives for Huawei, who was arrested in December in Vancouver airport, at the request of U.S. authorities. …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-01-26). The Old Lady in the Window. globalresearch.ca There are so many diverse memories to a mind that has traveled through the decades like an endless wind. Being a 'baby boomer' who just cannot accept the utter surreal bad aftertaste of our current comic book empire, one desires …

teleSUR (2019-01-26). Sudan: Former PM al-Mahdi Calls for al-Bashir's Resignation. telesurenglish.net Friday Sudanese opposition leader and former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi called for the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir, amid the protests that have already claimed the lives of some 30 people. | RELATED: | Sudan: Protesters Urge President Omar al-Bashir to Step Down | "This [administration] must leave and be replaced by a transitional government," al-Mahdi said during a sermon at a mosque, which reportedly has links to his Umma Party. | The religious leader, who until now…

Eric Margolis (2019-01-26). Afghanistan: America's Shameful War. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

amnesty (2019-01-26). Philippines: Reject attempts to lower minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12. amnesty.org Amnesty International is deeply concerned at renewed efforts by the Philippine government to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12 years old. The proposed change is contrary to authoritative guidance on international standards relating to juvenile justice, which urges States not to lower their minimum age of criminal responsibility to the age of 12. This move is all the more disturbing when seen in the context of the Philippines' 'war on drugs', which has left thousands dead and continues to claim children's lives.

RT (2019-01-26). 'It's off to the races': Trump vows to move forward with the wall in 21 days, deal or no deal. rt.com President Donald Trump's administration has promised to "move forward building the wall" in 21 days "with or without the Democrats," countering the #TrumpCaved narrative dominating Twitter after the president ended the shutdown.

David Dayen (2019-01-26). Trump's CFPB Fines a Man $1 For Swindling Veterans, Orders Him Not to Do It Again. theintercept.com The CFPB warned that if the man didn't pay his $1 fine, he could be referred to a collection agency.

James Risen (2019-01-26). Roger Stone Made His Name as a Dirty Trickster, But the Trump-Russia Coverup May Finally Bring Him Down. theintercept.com The latest special counsel indictment highlights Stone's alleged efforts to alert the Trump campaign about hacked Democratic emails obtained by WikiLeaks.

WSWS (2019-01-26). Imposition of right-wing candidate intensifies turmoil in Australia's ruling party. wsws.org Prime Minister Morrison's imposition of indigenous businessman Warren Mundine as a Liberal Party election candidate is particularly provocative within the context of the factional war raging inside the party.

WSWS (2019-01-26). Indian Trotskyists campaign for Kolkata meeting to mark the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International. wsws.org Indian university students discuss the rising danger of war and the betrayal by the Stalinist parties of the working class.

aljazeera (2019-01-26). Mexico stays neutral in Venezuela political crisis. aljazeera.com Mexico's president is calling for a peaceful de-escalation, and even offering to host a diplomatic dialogue between the two.

aljazeera (2019-01-26). Damascus condemns Turkish presence in north as breach of deal. aljazeera.com Damascus says Turkey's presence in Syria breaches 1998 Adana deal, but Ankara insists deal gives it right to intervene.

aljazeera (2019-01-26). Venezuela in crisis: All the latest updates. aljazeera.com Latest updates as Venezuela plunges further into crisis amid a growing row over Nicolas Maduro's presidency.

aljazeera (2019-01-26). US calls on countries to 'pick a side' in Venezuela crisis. aljazeera.com Russia accuses US of orchestrating a 'coup' attempt, as US secretary of state urges support for opposition leader.

aljazeera (2019-01-26). Israeli air raids on Iranian targets in Syria escalate tensions. aljazeera.com Iran says entering into a direct war with Israel is a decision for the Syrian government, but experts fear the escalating tensions between Israel and Iran.

aljazeera (2019-01-26). Tunisia calls for Arab League to readmit Syria. aljazeera.com The Arab League suspended Syria's membership in November 2011 as the death toll in the country's civil war mounted.

aljazeera (2019-01-26). EU nations give Venezuela's Maduro eight-day ultimatum. aljazeera.com Spain, France, Germany and the UK to recognise Guaido as Venezuela's president unless Maduro calls elections.

aljazeera (2019-01-26). Turkey resumes flights to Iraq's Sulaimaniyah after 16-month ban. aljazeera.com Ankara stopped flights to the Kurdish airport in September 2017 after the Iraqi region held an independence referendum.

aljazeera (2019-01-26). Protesters storm Turkish military camp in Iraq's Kurdish region. aljazeera.com One person killed and two injured after protesters, angry over recent air raids, attacked a Turkish base near Mosul.

aljazeera (2019-01-26). UN warns Bangladesh Rohingya long-term stay likely. aljazeera.com Bangladesh struggles to accommodate over 700,000 Rohingya refugees fleeing violence that began in Myanmar in 2017.

aljazeera (2019-01-26). 'Significant progress' made in US-Taliban talks in Qatar. aljazeera.com US envoy for Afghanistan and Taliban officials say talks were productive but reject reports a draft deal was signed.

aljazeera (2019-01-26). Brazil dam collapse: 300 missing, 34 confirmed dead. aljazeera.com Hundreds of people missing, feared dead as collapsed dam unleashes wave of mud at iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state.

aljazeera (2019-01-26). Jamal Khashoggi case: All the latest updates. aljazeera.com Here are the latest developments related to the Saudi journalist's murder inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-01-26). Top 5 Dumbest Arguments Defending Trump's Venezuela Interventionism. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — Ever since the Trump administration announced that it was no longer recognizing the legitimacy of the elected government of Venezuela I've been arguing with people on social media about this president's brazen coup attempt in that country. The people arguing with me in favor of Trump's interventionism are almost exclusively Trump supporters, with leftists and …

Jake Johnson (2019-01-26). Pence's Key Phone Call to Venezuelan Opposition Confirms US Orchestration. theantimedia.com Vice President Mike Pence called Guaido the night before his announcement and "pledged" that the Trump administration would support him. (CD) — As U.S. lawmakers, civil society leaders, and Latin America experts continue to warn against American intervention in Venezuela's internal political affairs, the Wall Street Journal on Friday confirmed suspicions that opposition leader Juan Guaido's move to declare himself "interim president" of Venezuela …

Tyler Durden (2019-01-26). Russian Military Contractors Arrive in Venezuela as Maduro Urges Supporters to Hit Streets. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Maduro, now backed by Russian military contractors, has urged his supporters to take to the streets to defend the legitimacy of his government. The Venezuelan leader has vowed that his country won't turn into a "Syria or Libya" situation, and that the Venezuelan military must prepare for an invasion. According to Reuters, Maduro says he's willing …

Jason Ditz (2019-01-26). "All Options Are on the Table": Trump Intensifies Anti-Maduro Push. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be heading to the UN Security Council Saturday with a very clear agenda: trying to sell the 15 members on recognizing Juan Guaido as Venezuela's president, instead of Nicolas Maduro. This is unlikely to happen uniformly, as Russia and China have already expressed support for Maduro. This is part of an …

Lydia Sherwood (2019-01-26). Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist Makana/NuclearWakeUpCall.Earth. indybay.org Described as "dazzling" by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, composer and activist who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. | Recently he toured Russia and recorded "Mourning Armageddon" in a newly decommissioned nuclear bunker in Moscow. He is performing at Yoshi's on February 21.

Dave Id (2019-01-26). Sights and Sounds from Oakland's 5th Annual Reclaim King's Radical Legacy Events. indybay.org On Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oakland on January 21, 2019, the Anti Police-Terror Project hosted a powerful and moving day of civil rights speakers, marches, children's activities, drums, music, song, and dance. In tribute to families who have lost loved ones to police violence, guns were melted and cast into into stars, displayed in a pattern recreating the constellations visible in the night sky when Oscar Grant was murdered ten years ago. These video clips capture some of the sights and sounds from morning and evening events.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-26). Defusing the Crisis: A Way Forward for Venezuela. therealnews.com Venezuelan Sociologist Edgardo Lander and TRNN's Greg Wilpert discuss how Venezuela got into its current international, economic, and political crisis and what it might take to get out of it

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-26). Attempted Coup in Venezuela with Abby Martin, Greg Wilpert, Paul Jay. therealnews.com Sharmini Peries hosts a wide ranging conversation about the US backed attempted coup in Venezuela

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-01-26). Violence Against Indigenous People Is Rising Across the World. truthout.org "It's a shame that the Brazilian cavalry hasn't been as efficient as the Americans, who exterminated the Indians." — Jair Bolsonaro, quoted in Correio Braziliense newspaper, April 12, 1998, translated.Unfortunately, in spite of some gains here and there, the phenomenon of anti-Indigenous violence seems to be ramping up once again to match the sentiments of earlier colonizers around the world. Bolsonaro's quote above — which is one of many the newly elected president of Brazil has expressed throughout his career, including t…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-25). CodePink's Medea Benjamin Disrupts Pompeo Speech to Denounce U.S. Regime Change Agenda in Venezuela. democracynow.org On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged to send $20 million to the Venezuelan opposition in the form of humanitarian aid to address the shortages of food and medicine caused in part by harsh U.S. sanctions. Pompeo made the announcement while speaking at the OAS, the Organization of American States. Pompeo's speech was interrupted by CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin, who held a sign reading, "OAS: Don't Support a Coup in Venezuela."

Fight Back (2019-01-25). ILPS supports Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro against usurper backed by U.S. and ultra-reactionaries. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following January 24 statement by Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson, International League of Peoples' Struggle. | We, the International League of Peoples' Struggle, vigorously support the democratically elected and newly inaugurated President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro and vehemently condemn Juan Guaido who has proclaimed himself the "interim president" of Venezuela in a brazen coup attempt. | Guaido is merely the stooge of US imperialism and the representative of the ultra-reactionaries of Venezuela. We therefore hold the US the most respon…

Alan MacLeod (2019-01-25). 'Resistance' Media Side With Trump to Promote Coup in Venezuela. fair.org We like to think we have an adversarial media—one that will stand up, in particular, to Donald Trump. The media assured us that they would perform their crucial democratic role in holding this dangerous new president and commander-in-chief accountable at every turn. This struck a chord with the public; in the wake of Trump's …

Ricardo Vaz (2019-01-25). Venezuela's Maduro and Guaido Give Dueling Speeches as US Begins Diplomatic Withdrawal. venezuelanalysis.com Guaido repeated calls for the military to depose the government, while Maduro urged Washington to stay out of Venezuelan affairs.

JJAFGJ (2019-01-25). Is a Foreign Military Intervention in Venezuela Imminent? venezuelanalysis.com James Jordan examines the US's interventionist move towards Venezuela alongside Colombia's recent history.

splcenter (2019-01-25). SPLC statement on Trump administration policy that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico. splcenter.org The Trump administration's war on asylum seekers sank to a new low with a policy that — beginning today — will force migrants to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. courts.

teleSUR (2019-01-25). Trump's Ally Roger Stone Arrested as Part of Mueller's Probe. telesurenglish.net Roger Stone, U.S. President Donald Trump's longtime ally and presidential campaign adviser, was arrested Friday, charged with obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements, according to a grand jury indictment made public by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office. | RELATED: | Why Is Venezuela a Key Geopolitical Target for The US? | Stone, who has repeatedly said in interviews that he was likely to be indicted, is scheduled to appear at the federal courthouse in For…

George Ciccariello-Maher (2019-01-25). Venezuela: Call It What It Is—a Coup. thenation.com Venezuela: Call It What It Is—a Coup…

Andre Vltchek (2019-01-25). Mobilize and Defend Venezuela! globalresearch.ca It is new and it is not new, but it is tremendously wicked and deadly — the latest type of coup the US invented and is now applying against Venezuela. | Of course, coups and attempted coups are what could be …

teleSUR (2019-01-25). Chomsky, Other Scholars Reject US Coup Attempt in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky; co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Mark Weisbrot; and 68 other scholars published an Open Letter Thursday demanding that the United States Government back off Venezuela. | RELATED: | Former UN Expert Zayas: US-led Coup in Venezuela Violates International Law | "The United States Government must cease interfering in Venezuela's internal politics, especially for the purpose of overthrowing the country's gover…

RT (2019-01-25). New Congress Democrats denounce Venezuela coup, get bashed for quoting RT-linked people. rt.com A handful of Democratic lawmakers are opposed to the US-backed coup in Venezuela. But besides going against most of the establishment, they are being bashed for committing a worse sin in MSM's eyes — citing RT-related people.

Greg Grandin (2019-01-25). How the Right Is Using Venezuela to Reorder Politics. thenation.com How the Right Is Using Venezuela to Reorder Politics…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-25). These Four US Politicians Became Establishment Targets for Denouncing the Venezuela Coup. mintpressnews.com "The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela. Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don't want other countries to choose our leaders — so we have to stop trying to choose theirs." — Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-01-25). Before Venezuela: The long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America. peoplesworld.org Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accuses the United States of trying to orchestrate a coup against him, and that allegation has resonance among many in a region where Washington has a long history of interventions—military and otherwise. Ever since the early 19th century, the United States has involved itself in the daily affairs of nations across …

RT News (2019-01-25). Ecuadorian Ex-president Correa: –°annot Rule Out US-backed 'Military Action' in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Washington's reckless push for regime change in Venezuela, where the US actively supports a person who "ignores all laws," might set a dangerous precedent, former president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa told RT. | A situation, in which a man "declares himself …

Max Parry (2019-01-25). Syria, Then and Now: Liberated of Western-backed Terrorism. mintpressnews.com In a surprise turn of events, last month U.S. President Donald J. Trump made the abrupt unilateral announcement that American troops would begin to withdraw from Syria. The unexpected decision provoked the wrath of the foreign policy establishment and bipartisan 'war party' in Washington who immediately denounced it as a premature, reckless move that would lead to a resurgence of ISIS. As anticipated, the Beltway blob also claimed it was another sign of Trump's perceived untold allegiance to Russian President Vladimir Putin. None of the warmongers in Washington would dare admit that the real gains made against IS…

stuart_m (2019-01-25). Venezuela: Is President Maduro 'illegitimate'? 10 facts to counter the lies. greenleft.org.au Have those who state that Nicolás Maduro is a dictator, a usurper, and that the 2019-2025 presidential period lacks legitimacy, asked themselves why he is illegitimate? Or do they just repeat what they hear? | This opinion was first advanced by the 12 Latin American countries that make up the Lima Group. Their statement reads: "The electoral process carried out in Venezuela on 20th May 2018 lacks legitimacy in that it didn't have the participation of all Venezuelan political actors, nor the presence of independent international observers, nor the international guarantees and standards needed for it to be a free,…

Many Signatories (2019-01-25). Amnesty International Should Oppose US Economic Sanctions and Incitement of a Military Coup in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Writers, academics and political activists wrote the following letter to Amnesty International encouraging the group to publically oppose US sanctions and incitement of a military coup in Venezuela.

teleSUR (2019-01-25). Adviser Behind Coup Against Chavez Now Plots Against Maduro. telesurenglish.net Former U.S. diplomat Elliott Abrams, one of the masterminds behind the 2002 coup attempt against Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, was appointed to lead the U.S. interference in Venezuela, as announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday. | RELATED: | Venezuela's Maduro Urges Dialogue Instead of US-backed Coup | "Elliott will be a true asset to our mission to help the Venezuelan people fully restore democracy and prosperity to their country," Pompeo said in announcing Abrams' appoint…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-25). Historian: Venezuela Is "Staging Ground" for U.S. to Reassert Control Over Latin America. democracynow.org While Mexico and Uruguay are calling for dialogue to address the crisis in Venezuela, much of Latin America has sided with the Trump administration by recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new leader. We look at what this mean for the broader region with professors Alejandro Velasco and Steve Ellner.

Farooque Chowdhury — Venezuelanalysis (2019-01-25). Imperialism's Direct Intervention in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com The US imperialist power, it seems, is determining issues like legitimacy and people's representation in another country while it is passing through a government shutdown, observes Farooque Chowdhury.

Fight Back (2019-01-25). Tucson tells Trump: Hands off Venezuela! fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – Just one day after President Trump announced official recognition for the illegally self-inaugurated interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, a dozen activists rallied outside the downtown federal building, January 24. The rally took a stand in solidarity with the democratically-elected president, and former union bus driver, Nicolas Maduro. | Organizers from the Tucson Anti War Committee expressed their solidarity with the masses of workers, campesinos and indigenous peoples fighting for their right to self-determination and their Bolivarian Revolution.

teleSUR (2019-01-25). UNESCO: Cuban Pharmaceutical Museum is 'Memory of the World'. telesurenglish.net Literature from the Pharmaceutical Museum in Matanzas, Cuba, were recognized Thursday as "Memory of the World" by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). | RELATED: | Venezuela Welcomes 2,500 Cuban Doctors Leaving Brazil | The books include 61 volumes, 55 of which preserve formulas of the Ernesto Triolet's "French Botica," tha…

teleSUR (2019-01-25). Venezuela's Maduro Urges Dialogue Instead of US-backed Coup. telesurenglish.net The president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro affirmed that with the opposition leaders in the country there has always been and there will be dialogue, even though they assure that this is not the case. | "There are communication channels promoted by the government," said the Venezuelan president, but lamented that the right-wing in that country insists on unconstitutional and violent ways to try to overthrow his government. | At a press conference from Miraflores Palace, Maduro assured that dialogue is the vehicle for the ideal political approach to advance a way out from the country's problems, but that the rig…

Eds. (2019-01-25). Trump recognition of rival Venezuela government will set off a diplomatic avalanche. mronline.org The Trump administration's January 23 recognition of Venezuela's National Assembly leader, Juan Guaidó, as the president of Venezuela, in opposition to the "de facto" and "de jure" president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, threatens an avalanche of nations recognizing leaders of various political factions in countries around the world as legitimate governments. | Source

Aída Chávez (2019-01-25). Congress Is Pushing Sanctions Against Supporters of Syria's Bashar al-Assad. theintercept.com On Tuesday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to impose new sanctions on the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad and its allies, and those who do business with them. The move comes a month after President Donald Trump's announcement to withdraw troops from Syria, and as some Arab governments are thawing relations with the Assad regime, which has all but secured a military victory after nearly eight years of war. The measure has been passed by the House twice in previous sessions, and a companion bill currently remains pending in the Senate. | House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot…

commondreams (2019-01-25). Supporting Non-Military Solutions, Congress Asks for Trump's Syria Strategy. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-25). How Washington's Devastating "Economic Blockade" of Venezuela Helped Pave the Way for Coup Attempt. democracynow.org Venezuela remains in a state of crisis as opposition forces—with the backing of the United States—attempt to unseat the government of Nicolás Maduro. On Thursday, Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López said the military continues to stand by Maduro. His remarks came one day after President Trump announced that the U.S. would recognize opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new leader. Guaidó, the new head of Venezuela's National Assembly, declared himself president on Wednesday during a large opposition protest. Meanwhile, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has ordered the U.S. to r…

commondreams (2019-01-25). Stop Dangerous and Counterproductive US Intervention in Venezuela. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-25). Venezuelan Foreign Minister: The U.S. Interferes in Latin American Politics Every Day, Every Hour. democracynow.org The U.S.-led effort targeting the oil-rich nation of Venezuela dates back two decades, since the late Hugo Chávez became president in 1999. In November, John Bolton accused Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua of being part of a "troika of tyranny." In September, The New York Times reported the Trump administration conducted secret meetings with rebellious military officers in Venezuela to discuss overthrowing Maduro. We air more of our recent interview with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. He came into the Democracy Now! studio last week.

2019-01-26: Social Media Postees

Venezuela Political Crisis: Russia Offers to "Mediate"
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-26
Contrary to the Alt-Media Community's "wishful thinking" expectations that Russia would "pull a Syria" in Venezuela by commencing a full-on military intervention in support of the country's democratically elected and legitimate government, Moscow instead decided to channel the diplomatic dimension … | The post Venezuela Political Crisis: Russia Offers to "Mediate" appeared first on Global Research.
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Maduro V. Guaido
Ricardo Vaz | zcomm.org | 2019-01-26
Venezuela's Maduro and Guaido Give Dueling Speeches as US Begins Diplomatic Withdrawal…
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Venezuela's US-Backed Coup Leader Immediately Targets State Oil Company, Requests IMF Money
Ben Norton | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-01-26
Unelected US-backed coup leader Juan Guaidó immediately moved to try to restructure Venezuela's state-owned oil company and seek financing from… | The post Venezuela's US-Backed Coup Leader Immediately Targets State Oil Company, Requests IMF Money appeared first on The Grayzone.
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Over 70 Experts Call for US to Stop Interfering in Venezuela
Various Contributors | zcomm.org | 2019-01-26
Noam Chomsky, Alfred de Zayas, Sujatha Fernandes, Boots Riley, John Pilger, Vijay Prashad and many others oppose US interventionism in Venezuela…
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The US Puts Venezuela Under High Pressure. Chronicle of an Announced 'Parliamentary Coup'
Marc Vandepitte | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-26
For a few days now, tension has been rising high in Venezuela. On 23 January, the President of Parliament proclaimed himself president. He was immediately recognized by the US, Brazil and a number of other countries. There are fears that … | The post The US Puts Venezuela Under High Pressure. Chronicle of an Announced 'Parliamentary Coup' appeared first on Global Research.
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The White Helmets, Alleged Organ Traders & Child Kidnappers, Should be Condemned Not Condoned
Vanessa Beeley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-26
The White Helmets, "volunteers" who reportedly "rescue Syrians from rubble." Never in history has such a group been so feted by the elite, or received so many awards from institutions acting as extensions of US and UK hegemony. | A recent | … | The post The White Helmets, Alleged Organ Traders & Child Kidnappers, Should be Condemned Not Condoned appeared first on Global Research.
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Trump's 'Axis of Evil': Pompeo, Bolton & Abrams
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2019-01-26
'This is truly an ominous development for the poor people of Venezuela.' | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Venezuela's US-Backed Coup Leader Immediately Targets State Oil Company and Requests IMF Money
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-26
Unelected U.S.-backed coup leader Juan Guaidó immediately moved to try to restructure Venezuela's state-owned oil company and seek financing from the neoliberal IMF, reports Ben Norton of The Gray Zone. US Anointed 'President' Moves to Seize National Petroleum Company By… Read more ?…
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The US Strategy for Regime Change in Venezuela
Gregory Wilpert | zcomm.org | 2019-01-26
From economic sanctions to international pressure, how has the US strategy for regime change in Venezuela worked until now?
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US coup bid pushes Venezuela closer to invasion or civil war
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-26
Washington is keeping its embassy in Caracas open in defiance of the Venezuelan government, using diplomatic personnel as bait for a potential military confrontation.
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House Democrats Push Trump to Remove Troops From Syria
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-26
Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee and Ted Lieu of California, joined by 30 of their colleagues in Congress, sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday urging him "to present a long-overdue comprehensive diplomatic, political, and humanitarian strategy for Syria to Congress and the American people." | "While we believe there was never a military solution in Syria–nor Congressional authorization for the use of force–we are deeply concerned about the chaotic way in which the w…
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The Invisibility of Protester Deaths in Poor Areas
SURGENTES | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-26
Twenty-eight people were killed in Venezuela between January 21 and 24. Venezuelan human rights organization SURGENTES examines who has been most affected by the spiral of violence.
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In Defense of Venezuela's Sovereignty: Statements of Solidarity from the International Community
Various | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-26
The Trump Administration's decision to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as "Interim President" is a dangerous escalation and a threat to Venezuela's sovereignty. Some countries have followed suit while many organizations around the world call for respect to the Caribbean nation's self‚Äêdetermination. Here we bring you some solidarity statements.
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'It's Our Backyard!': Bill Maher Cheers US-Led Coup in Venezuela in Unhinged Colonial Tirade
Ben Norton | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-01-26
Pro-war liberal pundit Bill Maher endorsed the US-led coup in Venezuela with blatant neocolonial language: "This was the Monroe Doctrine!… | The post 'It's Our Backyard!': Bill Maher Cheers US-Led Coup in Venezuela in Unhinged Colonial Tirade appeared first on The Grayzone.
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"Tell Me How This Ends"
Charles Glass | zcomm.org | 2019-01-26
America's muddled involvement with Syria…
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Trump-bashing Iraq war architect Elliott Abrams to lead US regime change in Venezuela
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-26
Washington seems so dead-set on regime change in Venezuela, the State Department has just appointed a former diplomat with a sordid track record in Latin America and Middle East to spearhead "restoring democracy" in Caracas. | …
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US-led Coalition Kills 13 Civilians in Airstrikes in Syria
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-26
A total of 42 people were killed including 13 civilians, on an offensive by the United States-led coalition against Islamic State group, in eastern Syria, according to the opposition organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) | RELATED: | Turkey, Russia to Fight Terrorism, Establish Safe Zone in Syria | At least 29 fighters from the Islami…
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The Exceptional Nation Asserts Its Exceptionalism
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-26
Washington has chosen a president for Venezuela. I wonder if Trump saw the black humor in doing to Maduro what the Democrats and presstitutes are doing to him. | Few Latin American governments have ever had a government that represents the … | The post The Exceptional Nation Asserts Its Exceptionalism appeared first on Global Research.
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The US coup in Venezuela
Stansfield Smith | zcomm.org | 2019-01-26
For over two years we have been told Putin's Russia has interfered with the 2016 US presidential elections. We now find the US government has decided it can unilaterally invalidate the actual presidential elections in Venezuela…
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Washington Follows Ukraine, Syria Roadmap in Push for Venezuela Regime Change
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-26
What happens in Venezuela going forward will have major consequences for the entire region and the world; and, with the U.S. already pushing countries to pick sides, the world may soon become as divided as it was immediately preceding WW II. | The post Washington Follows Ukraine, Syria Roadmap in Push for Venezuela Regime Change appeared first on MintPress News.
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US/Canada Failed Coup in Venezuela, In Defense of Democracy and Self-Determination of the People of Venezuela
Alison Bodine | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-26
After two days of intense pressure and a concerted campaign by the US and Canada to install Juan Guaidó as the new "self-declared" interim President of Venezuela, it is clear that they have failed in this objective. It is also … | The post US/Canada Failed Coup in Venezuela, In Defense of Democracy and Self-Determination of the People of Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
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Video: Israeli Patrol Came Under Fire in Golan Heights
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-26
A firefight broke out on the contact line between Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement on January 24. | According to the statement, forces from the Syrian side of the … | The post Video: Israeli Patrol Came Under Fire in Golan Heights appeared first on Global Research.
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A Coup in Progress?
Miguel Tinker Salas | zcomm.org | 2019-01-26
Trump Moves to Oust Maduro & Install Pro-U.S. Leader in Oil-Rich Venezuela…
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The Radicalization of US Policy on Venezuela
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-26
Not since the Cuban revolution, has the U.S. government played such an overtly activist role in Latin America, writes Steve Ellner. By Steve Ellner Special to Consortium News Washington's recognition of the shadow government headed by Venezuelan National Assembly president Juan… Read more ?…
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At U.N., U.S. Urges All Nations to End Venezuela's 'Nightmare'
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-26
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says it's time to back opposition leader Juan Guaido amid deep divisions and fierce resistance from Russia. | The post At U.N., U.S. Urges All Nations to End Venezuela's 'Nightmare' appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Why Would the US Want Venezuela's Oil When It Already Buys 41% of Its Total Exports?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-26
The prevailing Alt-Media narrative that Washington wants to impose a pro-US puppet regime on Venezuela in order to control all of the country's oil doesn't make much sense when considering that it already buys 41% of the Bolivarian Republic's total … | The post Why Would the US Want Venezuela's Oil When It Already Buys 41% of Its Total Exports? appeared first on Global Research.
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Bush, Rumsfeld & Cheney Are a Troika of Tyranny
Wolfgang Kaleck | zcomm.org | 2019-01-26
As Venezuela faces an attempted coup supported by the U.S., Brazil and the European Union, we speak with human rights attorney Wolfgang Kaleck. In November, John Bolton accused Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua of being part of a "troika of tyranny." Kaleck says the real "troika of tyranny" is George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Read…
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Several US Diplomatic Staff in Venezuela Leave Caracas
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-26
U.S. diplomatic staff left the embassy in Caracas on Friday after President Nicolas Maduro demanded their removal and decided to break relations with the North American country as a result of the coup attempt. | RELATED: | US Appoints Elliott Abrams, Mastermind Behind Anti-Chavez 2002 Coup, to Lead New Venezuela Coup | The personnel were escorted by Venezuelan security officers to Simon Bolivar International Airport, respecting international agreeme…
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The Radicalization of U.S. Policy on Venezuela
Steve Ellner — Consortium News | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-26
Steve Ellner examines the Trump Administration's recognition of a shadow government and, in so doing, the U.S.'s violation of international law.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14…

Ireland's Lower House Approves Banning Israeli Settlement Goods
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-26
The Irish Lower House of the parliament voted Friday, with a majority, in favor of a bill banning the purchase of goods and services coming from the illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. | RELATED: | This is What Solidarity Looks Like: Major BDS Victories in 2018 | If this law passes it would make Ireland the first EU nation to achieve criminalizing commercial activities with the illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank. | The bill was put forward by the Independent se…
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The Old Lady in the Window
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-26
There are so many diverse memories to a mind that has traveled through the decades like an endless wind. Being a 'baby boomer' who just cannot accept the utter surreal bad aftertaste of our current comic book empire, one desires … | The post The Old Lady in the Window appeared first on Global Research.
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As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety
Lawrence Wittner | commondreams.org | 2019-01-26
Mushroom-shaped cloud and water column from the underwater nuclear explosion of July 25, 1946, which was part of Operation Crossroads. (image/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Sudan: Former PM al-Mahdi Calls for al-Bashir's Resignation
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-26
Friday Sudanese opposition leader and former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi called for the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir, amid the protests that have already claimed the lives of some 30 people. | RELATED: | Sudan: Protesters Urge President Omar al-Bashir to Step Down | "This [administration] must leave and be replaced by a transitional government," al-Mahdi said during a sermon at a mosque, which reportedly has links to his Umma Party. | The religious leader, who until now…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sudan-Fo…

Rule of Law — Canada Style
Jim Miles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-26
John McCallum, presented three arguments concerning Meng Wanzhou, one of the leading executives for Huawei, who was arrested in December in Vancouver airport, at the request of U.S. authorities. … | The post Rule of Law — Canada Style. appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/rule-of-law-ca…

Why is Trump Being Portrayed as Russia's Stooge?
Gary Olson | zcomm.org | 2019-01-26
If politically motivated, evidence-free allegations can be leveled against the president of the United States, what can't be done to the rest of us?>…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/why-is-tru…

It Is Time for a More Decisive Resistance Against the Authorities! "Bella Ciao"
Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-26
The song "Bella ciao" became famous worldwide through the "Resistenca", the Italian resistance movement against fascism during the Second World War. It's about a partisan in northern Italy who flees to the mountains and says goodbye to his lover (Oh … | The post It Is Time for a More Decisive Resistance Against the Authorities! "Bella Ciao" appeared first on Global Research.
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40 Dead, Many Feared Buried in Mud After Brazil Dam Collapses
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-26
Rescue workers labor in deep waste to try to reach employees of the Vale mining complex that were swept up in the debris flow. | The post 40 Dead, Many Feared Buried in Mud After Brazil Dam Collapses appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Undercover Agents Target Cybersecurity Watchdog
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-26
NEW YORK–The researchers who reported that Israeli software was used to spy on Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's inner circle before his gruesome death are being targeted in turn by international undercover operatives, The Associated Press has found. | Twice in the past two months, men masquerading as socially conscious investors have lured members of the Citizen Lab internet watchdog group to meetings at luxury hotels to quiz them for hours about their work exposing Israeli surveillance and the details of their personal lives. In both cases, the researchers believe they were secretly recorded.
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Colombia: ELN Peace Negotiators Will Not Request Asylum in Cuba
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-26
The National Liberation Army (ELN) Chief Peace Negotiator Israel Ramirez said, Friday, that the 10 members of the negotiating team will not ask for political asylum in Cuba but will return to their camps in Colombia. | RELATED: | UNSC Urges Colombia to Resume Peace Talks With ELN | Asylum "is forbidden in the ELN," Ramirez said and added that "if we suffer political persecution for our revolutionary ideas, we go to the mountains. That's the best thing to do." | The leader clarified that "if…
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Darth Trump: Pushing to Turn Space Into a War Zone
Karl Grossman | commondreams.org | 2019-01-26
Ronald Reagan's March 23, 1983 Oval Office Speech on the "Strategic Defense Initiative" aka Star Wars. (Photo/Ronald Reagan Presidential Library) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Afghanistan: America's Shameful War
Eric Margolis | commondreams.org | 2019-01-26
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Stand with Rojava, oppose Turkey's war
Internationalist Commune of Rojava | zcomm.org | 2019-01-26
This weekend, Kurds and their allies are organizing two global days of action to stop the invasion of Rojava threatened by Turkey and Islamist mercenaries…
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Philippines: Reject attempts to lower minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-26
Amnesty International is deeply concerned at renewed efforts by the Philippine government to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12 years old. The proposed change is contrary to authoritative guidance on international standards relating to juvenile justice, which urges States not to lower their minimum age of criminal responsibility to the age of 12. This move is all the more disturbing when seen in the context of the Philippines' 'war on drugs', which has left thousands dead and continues to claim children's lives.
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'It's off to the races': Trump vows to move forward with the wall in 21 days, deal or no deal
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-26
President Donald Trump's administration has promised to "move forward building the wall" in 21 days "with or without the Democrats," countering the #TrumpCaved narrative dominating Twitter after the president ended the shutdown. | …
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Trump's CFPB Fines a Man $1 For Swindling Veterans, Orders Him Not to Do It Again
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-01-26
The CFPB warned that if the man didn't pay his $1 fine, he could be referred to a collection agency. | The post Trump's CFPB Fines a Man $1 For Swindling Veterans, Orders Him Not to Do It Again appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/01/26/cfpb…

Roger Stone Made His Name as a Dirty Trickster, But the Trump-Russia Coverup May Finally Bring Him Down
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2019-01-26
The latest special counsel indictment highlights Stone's alleged efforts to alert the Trump campaign about hacked Democratic emails obtained by WikiLeaks. | The post Roger Stone Made His Name as a Dirty Trickster, But the Trump-Russia Coverup May Finally Bring Him Down appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/01/26/roge…

Indian Trotskyists campaign for Kolkata meeting to mark the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-26
Indian university students discuss the rising danger of war and the betrayal by the Stalinist parties of the working class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Imposition of right-wing candidate intensifies turmoil in Australia's ruling party
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-26
Prime Minister Morrison's imposition of indigenous businessman Warren Mundine as a Liberal Party election candidate is particularly provocative within the context of the factional war raging inside the party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Venezuela in crisis: All the latest updates
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-26
Latest updates as Venezuela plunges further into crisis amid a growing row over Nicolas Maduro's presidency.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/venez…

Tunisia calls for Arab League to readmit Syria
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-26
The Arab League suspended Syria's membership in November 2011 as the death toll in the country's civil war mounted.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/tunis…

Israeli air raids on Iranian targets in Syria escalate tensions
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-26
Iran says entering into a direct war with Israel is a decision for the Syrian government, but experts fear the escalating tensions between Israel and Iran.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/israe…

Mexico stays neutral in Venezuela political crisis
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-26
Mexico's president is calling for a peaceful de-escalation, and even offering to host a diplomatic dialogue between the two.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/mexic…

EU nations give Venezuela's Maduro eight-day ultimatum
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-26
Spain, France, Germany and the UK to recognise Guaido as Venezuela's president unless Maduro calls elections.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/eu-na…

US calls on countries to 'pick a side' in Venezuela crisis
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-26
Russia accuses US of orchestrating a 'coup' attempt, as US secretary of state urges support for opposition leader.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/pompe…

Damascus condemns Turkish presence in north as breach of deal
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-26
Damascus says Turkey's presence in Syria breaches 1998 Adana deal, but Ankara insists deal gives it right to intervene.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/damas…

UN warns Bangladesh Rohingya long-term stay likely
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-26
Bangladesh struggles to accommodate over 700,000 Rohingya refugees fleeing violence that began in Myanmar in 2017.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/warns…

Protesters storm Turkish military camp in Iraq's Kurdish region
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-26
One person killed and two injured after protesters, angry over recent air raids, attacked a Turkish base near Mosul.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/prote…

Brazil dam collapse: 300 missing, 34 confirmed dead
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-26
Hundreds of people missing, feared dead as collapsed dam unleashes wave of mud at iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/brazi…

'Significant progress' made in US-Taliban talks in Qatar
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-26
US envoy for Afghanistan and Taliban officials say talks were productive but reject reports a draft deal was signed.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/progr…

Turkey resumes flights to Iraq's Sulaimaniyah after 16-month ban
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-26
Ankara stopped flights to the Kurdish airport in September 2017 after the Iraqi region held an independence referendum.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/turke…

Jamal Khashoggi case: All the latest updates
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-26
Here are the latest developments related to the Saudi journalist's murder inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.
aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/jamal…

"All Options Are on the Table": Trump Intensifies Anti-Maduro Push
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-26
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be heading to the UN Security Council Saturday with a very clear agenda: trying to sell the 15 members on recognizing Juan Guaido as Venezuela's president, instead of Nicolas Maduro. This is unlikely to happen uniformly, as Russia and China have already expressed support for Maduro. This is part of an …

"All Options Are on the Table": Trump Intensifies Anti-Maduro Push

Pence's Key Phone Call to Venezuelan Opposition Confirms US Orchestration
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-26
Vice President Mike Pence called Guaido the night before his announcement and "pledged" that the Trump administration would support him. (CD) — As U.S. lawmakers, civil society leaders, and Latin America experts continue to warn against American intervention in Venezuela's internal political affairs, the Wall Street Journal on Friday confirmed suspicions that opposition leader Juan Guaido's move to declare himself "interim president" of Venezuela …

Pence's Key Phone Call to Venezuelan Opposition Confirms US Orchestration

Top 5 Dumbest Arguments Defending Trump's Venezuela Interventionism
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-26
(CJ Opinion) — Ever since the Trump administration announced that it was no longer recognizing the legitimacy of the elected government of Venezuela I've been arguing with people on social media about this president's brazen coup attempt in that country. The people arguing with me in favor of Trump's interventionism are almost exclusively Trump supporters, with leftists and …

Top 5 Dumbest Arguments Defending Trump’s Venezuela Interventionism

Russian Military Contractors Arrive in Venezuela as Maduro Urges Supporters to Hit Streets
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-26
(ZH) — Maduro, now backed by Russian military contractors, has urged his supporters to take to the streets to defend the legitimacy of his government. The Venezuelan leader has vowed that his country won't turn into a "Syria or Libya" situation, and that the Venezuelan military must prepare for an invasion. According to Reuters, Maduro says he's willing …

Russian Military Contractors Arrive in Venezuela as Maduro Urges Supporters to Hit Streets

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist Makana/NuclearWakeUpCall.Earth
Lydia Sherwood | indybay.org | 2019-01-26
Described as "dazzling" by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, composer and activist who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. | Recently he toured Russia and recorded "Mourning Armageddon" in a newly decommissioned nuclear bunker in Moscow. He is performing at Yoshi's on February 21.
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Sights and Sounds from Oakland's 5th Annual Reclaim King's Radical Legacy Events
Dave Id | indybay.org | 2019-01-26
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oakland on January 21, 2019, the Anti Police-Terror Project hosted a powerful and moving day of civil rights speakers, marches, children's activities, drums, music, song, and dance. In tribute to families who have lost loved ones to police violence, guns were melted and cast into into stars, displayed in a pattern recreating the constellations visible in the night sky when Oscar Grant was murdered ten years ago. These video clips capture some of the sights and sounds from morning and evening events.
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Attempted Coup in Venezuela with Abby Martin, Greg Wilpert, Paul Jay
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-26
Sharmini Peries hosts a wide ranging conversation about the US backed attempted coup in Venezuela | The post Attempted Coup in Venezuela with Abby Martin, Greg Wilpert, Paul Jay appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Defusing the Crisis: A Way Forward for Venezuela
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-26
Venezuelan Sociologist Edgardo Lander and TRNN's Greg Wilpert discuss how Venezuela got into its current international, economic, and political crisis and what it might take to get out of it | The post Defusing the Crisis: A Way Forward for Venezuela appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Violence Against Indigenous People Is Rising Across the World
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-01-26
"It's a shame that the Brazilian cavalry hasn't been as efficient as the Americans, who exterminated the Indians." — Jair Bolsonaro, quoted in Correio Braziliense newspaper, April 12, 1998, translated.Unfortunately, in spite of some gains here and there, the phenomenon of anti-Indigenous violence seems to be ramping up once again to match the sentiments of earlier colonizers around the world. Bolsonaro's quote above — which is one of many the newly elected president of Brazil has expressed throughout his career, including t…
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Washington escalates coup provocations in Venezuela
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-25
Secretary of State Pompeo is to speak to the UN Security Council Saturday on Venezuela, a patent propaganda gesture aimed at preparing intervention.
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How the Right Is Using Venezuela to Reorder Politics
Greg Grandin | thenation.com | 2019-01-25
How the Right Is Using Venezuela to Reorder Politics…
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Stop Dangerous and Counterproductive US Intervention in Venezuela
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-01-25
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UNESCO: Cuban Pharmaceutical Museum is 'Memory of the World'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-25
Literature from the Pharmaceutical Museum in Matanzas, Cuba, were recognized Thursday as "Memory of the World" by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). | RELATED: | Venezuela Welcomes 2,500 Cuban Doctors Leaving Brazil | The books include 61 volumes, 55 of which preserve formulas of the Ernesto Triolet's "French Botica," tha…
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Venezuela's Maduro and Guaido Give Dueling Speeches as US Begins Diplomatic Withdrawal
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-25
Guaido repeated calls for the military to depose the government, while Maduro urged Washington to stay out of Venezuelan affairs.
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Venezuela's Maduro Urges Dialogue Instead of US-backed Coup
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-25
The president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro affirmed that with the opposition leaders in the country there has always been and there will be dialogue, even though they assure that this is not the case. | "There are communication channels promoted by the government," said the Venezuelan president, but lamented that the right-wing in that country insists on unconstitutional and violent ways to try to overthrow his government. | At a press conference from Miraflores Palace, Maduro assured that dialogue is the vehicle for the ideal political approach to advance a way out from the country's problems, but that the rig…
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Amnesty International Should Oppose US Economic Sanctions and Incitement of a Military Coup in Venezuela
Many Signatories | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-25
Writers, academics and political activists wrote the following letter to Amnesty International encouraging the group to publically oppose US sanctions and incitement of a military coup in Venezuela. | The post Amnesty International Should Oppose US Economic Sanctions and Incitement of a Military Coup in Venezuela appeared first on MintPress News.
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Asian socialists and solidarity groups defend Venezuela's people and against US intervention
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-25
Below are three statements from the Socialist Alliance (Australia), the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) and the Philippines-Venezuela Solidarity (Phil-Ven-Sol). | US Hands off Venezuela!: | By Socialist Alliance National Executive | January 24, 2019 — The Socialist Alliance strongly condemns the actions of the United States President Donald Trump in backing an attempted coup against the democratically elected government of Venezuela. | In an act of contempt for Venezuela's legal system and a violation of its constitution, opposition leader Juan Guaido swore himself in as Interim President on…
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Trump's Ally Roger Stone Arrested as Part of Mueller's Probe
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-25
Roger Stone, U.S. President Donald Trump's longtime ally and presidential campaign adviser, was arrested Friday, charged with obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements, according to a grand jury indictment made public by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office. | RELATED: | Why Is Venezuela a Key Geopolitical Target for The US? | Stone, who has repeatedly said in interviews that he was likely to be indicted, is scheduled to appear at the federal courthouse in For…
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Canada's Diversity Imperialism
Keith Jones | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
Canada's trade union-backed, ostensibly "progressive" Liberal government is playing a key role in the regime-change coup that Washington has launched against Venezuela's elected president, Nicolás Maduro. | Canada quickly seconded US President Donald Trump's announcement Wednesday recognizing Juan Guaidó, … | The post Canada's Diversity Imperialism appeared first on Global Research.
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Supporting Non-Military Solutions, Congress Asks for Trump's Syria Strategy
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-01-25
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Venezuela: Is President Maduro 'illegitimate'? 10 facts to counter the lies
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-25
Have those who state that Nicolás Maduro is a dictator, a usurper, and that the 2019-2025 presidential period lacks legitimacy, asked themselves why he is illegitimate? Or do they just repeat what they hear? | This opinion was first advanced by the 12 Latin American countries that make up the Lima Group. Their statement reads: "The electoral process carried out in Venezuela on 20th May 2018 lacks legitimacy in that it didn't have the participation of all Venezuelan political actors, nor the presence of independent international observers, nor the international guarantees and standards needed for it to be a free,…
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Revolutionary Government Declaration: Aggression Against Venezuela Must Cease
Granma | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba condemns and energetically rejects the attempt to impose a coup d'etat, a puppet government at the service of the United States, in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and expresses its unwavering solidarity … | The post Revolutionary Government Declaration: Aggression Against Venezuela Must Cease appeared first on Global Research.
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Ecuadorian Ex-president Correa: –°annot Rule Out US-backed 'Military Action' in Venezuela
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
Washington's reckless push for regime change in Venezuela, where the US actively supports a person who "ignores all laws," might set a dangerous precedent, former president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa told RT. | A situation, in which a man "declares himself | … | The post Ecuadorian Ex-president Correa: –°annot Rule Out US-backed 'Military Action' in Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
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Poderes del Estado venezolano respaldan mandato legítimo de Maduro
Prensa Latina | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-25
CARACAS — El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, cuenta hoy con el respaldo de los poderes del Estado a su mandato constitucional, ante los intentos de golpe de Estado patrocinados por el gobierno de Estados Unidos. Durante el acto de inicio del año judicial 2019, el titular del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ), Maikel Moreno, …
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Watch How Progressives Respond When Trump Isn't Wrong
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2019-01-25
Watch How Progressives Respond When Trump Isn't Wrong…
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'Resistance' Media Side With Trump to Promote Coup in Venezuela
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2019-01-25
We like to think we have an adversarial media–one that will stand up, in particular, to Donald Trump. The media assured us that they would perform their crucial democratic role in holding this dangerous new president and commander-in-chief accountable at every turn. This struck a chord with the public; in the wake of Trump's …
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US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Documented Evidence
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
Washington's motivation is the fact that according to OPEC, Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves on Earth — more than Saudi Arabia and accounting for nearly a quarter of all OPEC production. | The post US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Documented Evidence appeared first on Global Research.
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Trump recognition of rival Venezuela government will set off a diplomatic avalanche
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-01-25
The Trump administration's January 23 recognition of Venezuela's National Assembly leader, Juan Guaidó, as the president of Venezuela, in opposition to the "de facto" and "de jure" president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, threatens an avalanche of nations recognizing leaders of various political factions in countries around the world as legitimate governments. | Source…
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FRSO Condemns U.S. Intervention in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-25
Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) condemns in the strongest possible terms the actions of the Trump administration and its allies as violations of the sovereignty of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. By declaring that he will no longer recognize Nicolás Maduro as the legitimate president, and instead claiming right-wing politician Juan Guaidó is head of state, Donald Trump opens the door to a brutal Syria-style intervention in the heart of South America. It became even clearer that the United States seeks war in Venezuela when, after Maduro severed relations with the United States and demanded all of…
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Historian: Venezuela Is "Staging Ground" for U.S. to Reassert Control Over Latin America
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-25
While Mexico and Uruguay are calling for dialogue to address the crisis in Venezuela, much of Latin America has sided with the Trump administration by recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new leader. We look at what this mean for the broader region with professors Alejandro Velasco and Steve Ellner.
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How Washington's Devastating "Economic Blockade" of Venezuela Helped Pave the Way for Coup Attempt
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-25
Venezuela remains in a state of crisis as opposition forces–with the backing of the United States–attempt to unseat the government of Nicolás Maduro. On Thursday, Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López said the military continues to stand by Maduro. His remarks came one day after President Trump announced that the U.S. would recognize opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new leader. Guaidó, the new head of Venezuela's National Assembly, declared himself president on Wednesday during a large opposition protest. Meanwhile, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has ordered the U.S. to r…
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Chomsky, Other Scholars Reject US Coup Attempt in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-25
MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky; co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Mark Weisbrot; and 68 other scholars published an Open Letter Thursday demanding that the United States Government back off Venezuela. | RELATED: | Former UN Expert Zayas: US-led Coup in Venezuela Violates International Law | "The United States Government must cease interfering in Venezuela's internal politics, especially for the purpose of overthrowing the country's gover…
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New Congress Democrats denounce Venezuela coup, get bashed for quoting RT-linked people
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-25
A handful of Democratic lawmakers are opposed to the US-backed coup in Venezuela. But besides going against most of the establishment, they are being bashed for committing a worse sin in MSM's eyes — citing RT-related people. | …
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Calling for US Troop Withdrawal, House Dems Demand 'Diplomatic, Political, and Humanitarian Strategy for Syria'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-25
Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee and Ted Lieu of California, joined by 30 of their colleagues in Congress, sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday urging him "to present a long-overdue comprehensive diplomatic, political, and humanitarian strategy for Syria to Congress and the American people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Is a Foreign Military Intervention in Venezuela Imminent?
JJAFGJ | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-25
James Jordan examines the US's interventionist move towards Venezuela alongside Colombia's recent history.
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SPLC statement on Trump administration policy that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-01-25
The Trump administration's war on asylum seekers sank to a new low with a policy that — beginning today — will force migrants to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. courts.
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Confirming US Orchestration, Report Details Pence's Key Phone Call to Venezuelan Opposition Leader
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-25
"The U.S. had been planning this coup in Venezuela. It was the Trump administration that told the little-known opposition leader Juan Guaid√≥ to declare himself (unelected) 'president.'" | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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CodePink's Medea Benjamin Disrupts Pompeo Speech to Denounce U.S. Regime Change Agenda in Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-25
On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged to send $20 million to the Venezuelan opposition in the form of humanitarian aid to address the shortages of food and medicine caused in part by harsh U.S. sanctions. Pompeo made the announcement while speaking at the OAS, the Organization of American States. Pompeo's speech was interrupted by CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin, who held a sign reading, "OAS: Don't Support a Coup in Venezuela."
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/25/c…

Congress Is Pushing Sanctions Against Supporters of Syria's Bashar al-Assad
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-01-25
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to impose new sanctions on the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad and its allies, and those who do business with them. The move comes a month after President Donald Trump's announcement to withdraw troops from Syria, and as some Arab governments are thawing relations with the Assad regime, which has all but secured a military victory after nearly eight years of war. The measure has been passed by the House twice in previous sessions, and a companion bill currently remains pending in the Senate. | House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot…
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