Yves Engler (2019-05-24). Canada's Five Year Campaign to Oust Venezuela's Government. dissidentvoice.org Why does the dominant media pay so much attention to Russian "meddling" in other countries, but little to Canada's longstanding interference in the political affairs of nations thousands of kilometres from our borders? The case of Ben Rowswell illustrates the double standard well. The current Canadian International Council President has been the leading non-governmental advocate ...

C. J. Hopkins (2019-05-24). Democracy vs. The Putin-Nazis. dissidentvoice.org Back in January 2018, I wrote this piece about The War on Dissent, which, in case you haven't noticed, is going gangbusters. As predicted, the global capitalist ruling classes have been using every weapon in their arsenal to marginalize, stigmatize, delegitimize, and otherwise eliminate any and all forms of dissent from neoliberal ideology, and in ...

WSWS (2019-05-24). Incoming Ukrainian president moves to dissolves parliament. wsws.org Volodmyr Zelensky is seeking to shore up his political position and settle scores with opponents within Ukraine's oligarchy.

Eugene E Ruyle (2019-05-24). Report from Venezuela Delegation. indybay.org NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)...

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-24). Lebanon: Syrians Summarily Deported from Airport. hrw.org | | Members of the Lebanese General Security Directorate oversee Syrian refugees boarding a bus to take them home to Syria, in the northern Beirut suburb of Burj Hammoud, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. | © 2019 AP Photo/Bilal Hussein | (Beirut) — Lebanon summarily deported at least 16 Syrians, some of them registered refugees, on April 26, 2019 after they arrived at the Beirut airport, Human Rights Watch, the Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH...

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-05-24). Stop the abortion bans! Reproductive justice now! indybay.org 24th and Mission Sts.

susan_p (2019-05-24). Why does Washington hate Iran? greenleft.org.au In recent weeks the United States has sent the USS Abraham Lincoln, B-52 bombers, a Patriot missile interceptor battery and more naval firepower into the Persian Gulf in an escalation of military threats against Iran. | Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced in May that the Pentagon had plans to send 120,000 troops in the event that Iran attacked American forces in the Middle East, or if Iran resumed work that could lead to nuclear weapons. | In April, US President Donald Trump's administration designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, part of Iran's armed forces, as a "terrorist group". | The US...

UUSF Forum (2019-05-24). Gloria La Riva and Silvio Rodrigues: "Eyewitness Venezuela" indybay.org First Unitarian Universalist Church | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | San Francisco, Calif.

WSWS (2019-05-24). Fearmongering accompanies release of John Walker Lindh after 17 years in prison. wsws.org Lindh, an American captured with other foreign Taliban fighters in 2001, was released from a federal penitentiary Thursday, having served his full sentence for carrying arms on behalf of the then government of Afghanistan.

RT (2019-05-24). Trump directs AG Barr to declassify data on what prompted Russiagate probe. rt.com President Donald Trump has allowed his attorney general to declassify information about what prompted the Russiagate investigation — and ordered the heads of the intelligence agencies to cooperate with the reveal.

Manlio Dinucci (2019-05-23). Rand Corp. tells U.S.: Spend billions on weakening Russia. workers.org The author is an anti-militarist activist and expert who writes for the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto. Translation by Workers World Managing Editor John Catalinotto. May 21 — Force your opponent to stretch too far and lose his balance, then take him down. This is no judo maneuver, but the Rand . . . | Continue reading Rand Corp. tells U.S.: Spend billions on weakening Russia at Workers.org

Global Research News (2019-05-23). Selected Articles: Risk of Nuclear War Now Highest Since World War 2: UN. globalresearch.ca Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which ...

plenglish (2019-05-23). Venezuelan NCA Will Revoke Immunity of Opposition Lawmakers. plenglish.com Caracas, May 23 (Prensa Latina) The speaker of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, announced on Thursday that this constitutional body will revoke parliamentary immunity to a new group of opposition lawmakers who participated in the failed coup attempt of April 30.

teleSUR (2019-05-23). Trump's Anti-Iran, 'Arab NATO' Dangerous, Russia Warns. telesurenglish.net Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin on Thursday said that the Strategic Alliance of the Middle East (SAME), known as the Arab NATO, is a dangerous proposal and will create new dividing lines in the region. | RELATED: | Iran Will 'Suffer Greatly' If They Target US Interests: Trump | "As for the creation of different coalitions, ad hoc coalitions or alliances, we believe that it would be extremely important, given the current situation, not to create additional dividing...

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-23). Germany Seeks To Be A Mediator In Iran-US Relations. iranian.com The policy director of Germany's Foreign Ministry, Jens Plotner, has been sent to Iran today to discuss the dire political situation and the possible collapse of the nuclear deal, according to reports by the German daily newspaper Sˆºddeutsche Zeitung. Plotner is to meet the Iranian Vice Foreign Minister, Seyed Abbas Aragchi, who was also one of ...

teleSUR (2019-05-23). Hungary: Foreign Minister Rejects Western European Criticism on China. telesurenglish.net Hungary's foreign minister Thursday accused major Western European nations of "hypocrisy" and "hysteria" for criticizing central European countries' business dealings with China, and defended Hungary's use of Huawei 5G mobile phone technology. | RELATED | China Ready to Tackle US President Trump's Tech Cold War | Sixteen central and eastern European countries, including 11 European Union members, held a summit with China in April during which it pledged to increase trade and provide m...

teleSUR (2019-05-23). U.S. Urging Firms to Stop Trading Fuel with Venezuela: Report. telesurenglish.net The United States is threatening foreign firms with sanctions if they do not stop trading jet fuel with Venezuela, according to a report from Reuters. | RELATED | Timeline of Half a Decade of US Economic War Against Venezuela | The news agency cites two industry sources, who say U.S. State Department officials made calls to several large Swiss-and British-based trading houses. The aim is to limit commercial and military flights in Venezuela, as Washington continues its efforts...

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-05-23). From Golden Boy to Total Failure: The Media Trajectory of Juan Guaido. theantimedia.com (MPN) — At first, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido was characterized by the mainstream media as the eighth wonder of the world. But now, after his failed military revolt, it seems 'Coupbama' (as Guaido is known) is being treated more harshly by the press. In the immediate aftermath of the attempted military coup, the mainstream media ...

Venezuela Analysis (2019-05-23). Maduro Proposes Early Elections for Venezuela's National Assembly. theantimedia.com (VA) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed holding early parliamentary elections as a way to defuse the country's political crisis. "Let's see who gets the most votes! Let's find a political, constitutional and democratic path forward," Maduro said at the end of a march on Monday commemorating the anniversary of his reelection on May 20, 2018 to ...

Middle East Eye (2019-05-23). US Calls for Syrian Ceasefire as Chemical Attack Claim Quickly Countered. theantimedia.com (MEE) — A war monitor has countered US suspicions of a Syrian government chemical attack, as a senior American official called for a ceasefire amid heavy fighting in northwestern Syria. Washington late on Tuesday said it had seen signs that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be using chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack, ...

teleSUR (2019-05-23). Egypt Court Orders Release of Journalist After Nearly 3 Years. telesurenglish.net An Egyptian court Thursday ordered the release of a journalist from Al Jazeera television network held in pretrial detention for more than two years, his lawyer and a judicial source said. | RELATED: | Afghan Journalist, Women's Education Advocate Shot Dead | It is unclear when Mahmoud Hussein will be released from prison. Gamal Eid, the execu...

amnesty (2019-05-23). Russia: Prison sentence confirmed for Danish prisoner of conscience jailed for his faith. amnesty.org Responding to a Russian appeal court's decision to uphold a six-year prison sentence imposed on Dennis Christensen, a prisoner of conscience and Jehovah's Witness from Denmark, Amnesty International's Russia Researcher, Natalia Prilutskaya, said: | "The Russian authorities' decision to uphold the sentence is an affront to the rights to freedom of religion and association. The authorities missed an opportunity to overturn the grim injustice done to Dennis Christensen, who was thrown behind bars solely for exercising his right to freedom of religion and peacefully held belief. Dennis Christensen should be immediate...

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-23). US Is About to Sanction the World if They Don't Stop Purchasing Russian Weapons. globalresearch.ca The CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) sanctions concept of economically punishing countries that continue to purchase Russian and Chinese arms is about to become much more effective after the forthcoming global application of the "European Recapitalisation Incentive Programme", ...

Finian Cunningham (2019-05-23). Trump's Annihilation Threat To Iran And WWI DŽjˆ Vu. iranian.com The erratic US president has gone from wishing for peace with Iran to, a few days later, making a veiled threat of nuclear annihilation against the Islamic Republic. Donald Trump got on his twitter pulpit at the weekend, warning about the "official end of Iran". The configuration of military power in the Persian Gulf, the heightening of ...

Telesur (2019-05-23). Risk of Nuclear War Now Highest Since World War 2: UN. globalresearch.ca The Director of the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Renata Dwan, warned that all states with nuclear weapons are pushing for weapon modernization programs, while arms control regulations are changing or fading. | The Director of the U.N. Institute ...

Eds. (2019-05-23). Guaido "hires" an economic hitman (Venezuelan debt). mronline.org Washington's actions in August 2017 drove Venezuela out of the international financial system and disabled the country from issuing debt for purposes of refinancing the debt acquired in previous years, as well as using foreign banks. | Source

John McEvoy (2019-05-23). US chose 'the violent and illegal path' against peace activists, embassy protector tells The Canary. thecanary.co For 37 days, a group of peace activists stayed in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington to resist threats from the country's US-backed opposition to seize the premises. By 14 May, only four activists remained inside the embassy, claiming defiantly: "we are not going to leave...

United Nations (2019-05-23). Thursday's Daily Brief: Safeguarding civilians, strengthening Ebola response in DR Congo, marking Fistula Day, updates on CAR and Syria. un.org Thursday's main stories include: Better safeguards to protect civilians in conflict; UN ramps up coordination to beat Ebola in DR Congo; Obstetric fistula continues to afflict women; UN mission condemns attack in Central African Republic...

Kenn Orphan (2019-05-23). The Belligerence of Empire. counterpunch.org Empire understands nothing except ruthless expansion. It has no other raison d'etre. In the past this meant the violent acquisition of lands and territories by a militarized system where caste was very apparent and visible. But today the dealings of empire are far more duplicitous. The ruling order of this age expands empire via the acquisition of capital while using the military industrial complex to police its exploits. But there is an insidious social conditioning at work which has led the general public to where it is today, a state of "inverted totalitarianism" as political philosopher Sheldon Wolin explaine...

Tom Engelhardt (2019-05-23). Living in a Nation of Political Narcissists. counterpunch.org In this country, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let's face it, when it comes to election meddling, it's been me, me, me, 24/7 here. Yes, in some fashion some set of Russians meddled in the last election campaign, whether it was, as Jared Kushner improbably claimed, "a couple of Facebook ads" More

RT (2019-05-23). Trump says Putin didn't 'out-prepare' him at 1st meeting, bashes 'dumb' Rex Tillerson over claim. rt.com US President Donald Trump tore into Rex Tillerson after the former secretary of state said he was outclassed at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2017.

Staff (2019-05-23). Guaid— Out of Gas (2/2). therealnews.com The US has failed its regime change venture in Venezuela. Former Chief of Staff to Nicol‡s Maduro, Temir Porras joins Sharmini Peries for analysis...

Democracy Now! (2019-05-23). Leaked OPCW Report Raises New Questions About 2018 Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria. democracynow.org The State Department said Tuesday that the Syrian government may have used chemical weapons during recent fighting in Idlib. The State Department warned that the United States and its allies would respond quickly and appropriately if it is determined that chemical weapons have been used. This all comes as new questions are being raised about an alleged chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma last year. The Syrian government was accused of dropping two gas cylinders on the city, killing dozens of people. The U.S. and allies responded by carrying out airstrikes. But a newly leaked internal document from the Or...

RT (2019-05-23). Meddling 101: US Army research center publishes strategy to destabilize Russia. rt.com The US could use a variety of economic, military and ideological strategies to "overextend and unbalance" Russia, a new report sponsored by the US Army glaringly suggests, offering blueprints to divide and destabilize the country.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-23). Amnesty Urges U.S. to Pay Reparations to Syrians After Killing 1,600 Civilians in Assault on Raqqa. democracynow.org Amnesty International is calling for the United States to pay reparations to survivors of the U.S.-led military coalition attack on Raqqa. A recent investigation by Amnesty International and Airwars showed the U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians during the 2017 offensive to oust ISIS militants from the Syrian city. The coalition launched thousands of airstrikes and tens of thousands of artillery strikes on the city. U.S. troops fired more artillery in Raqqa than anywhere since the Vietnam War. At the time, the United States claimed it was the "most precise air campaign in history." We speak with M...

unitedEditor (2019-05-23). The U.S. China Trade War: Where Imperialism & Socialism Cross Swords. uwidata.com The Trump Trade War What began with imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum is escalating into an all-out Trump Trade War. U.S. relations with the People's Republic of China are approaching boiling point after President Trump's declared a national emergency and outright forbade American companies from doing business with the Chinese tech giant, Huawei, ...

Democracy Now! (2019-05-23). Allan Nairn: Impeachment Inquiry Should Focus on Trump's Actual Atrocities, Not a Russia Plot. democracynow.org As a growing number of House Democrats are backing the impeachment of President Trump, we speak with investigative journalist Allan Nairn. He says an impeachment inquiry should focus on "the atrocities that Trump is committing daily"—from the death of children on the border to the gutting of environmental protections.

pip.hinman (2019-05-23). Italian dock strike blocks deadly cargo headed for Saudi Arabia. greenleft.org.au Italian dock workers halted the loading of a deadly cargo of weapons bound for Saudi Arabia in Genoa on March 20 as they demanded Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini "open the ports to people and close them to arms". | Trade unionists and activists hailed "working-class internationalism" as they stopped the Saudi ship Bahri Yanbu loading drones and other equipment that would be used in its devastating war on Yemen. | They called their action a "historic act of solidarity". | Members of the CGiL (Italian General Confederation of Labour) union united with activists from Potero al Popolo (PaP, Power to the Peop...

Jeff Faux (2019-05-23). Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela? thenation.com Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela?

Cathy Breen (2019-05-23). So Many Wars: Remembering Friends in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Kurdistan and Turkey. counterpunch.org It's been so long since I have written, that I don't know where to begin. I pick up a binder and begin scanning through past "Dear Friends" letters. As I read, memories of trips to Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Kurdistan and Turkey begin to flood my consciousness. So many beautiful faces and stories. So many years More

South Front (2019-05-23). Video: Syrian Army Is Repelling Large Militant Attack on Kafr Nabudah. globalresearch.ca On May 21, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria) and its Turkish-backed allies launched an attack from the direction of al-Habit and Qusaybiyah in northwestern Hama on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Kafr ...

South Front (2019-05-23). Preparations for War: NATO Intelligence Activity Around Russia's Borders. globalresearch.ca In addition to the militarization of Eastern Europe, NATO partakes in active intelligence operations — be it by land, sea and air. | There are numerous reports of various intelligence (spy) aircraft going and even entering Russian airspace, and the ...

teleSUR (2019-05-23). China Ready to Tackle US President Trump's Tech Cold War. telesurenglish.net A recent tour by Chinese President Xi Jinping across southern China was an indicator of how the Asian leader will fight against President Donald Trump's trade war, namely, China is readying to replace U.S. technology with its own. | RELATED: | US Crackdown on Huawei Typical Economic Bullying: Chinese FM | "The most important thing now is to focus on ou...

Staff (2019-05-23). Guaid— Out of Gas (1/2). therealnews.com After several failed US-backed coup attempts, Juan Guaid— sent an envoy to Oslo to explore talks with the government. Former Chief of Staff to Nicol‡s Maduro, Temir Porras, joins Sharmini Peries for analysis...

aljazeera (2019-05-23). Deadly Syrian strikes as army battles rebel counterattack. aljazeera.com War monitor says at least eight people were killed, including two children, as government intensifies air campaign.

Firas Samuri (2019-05-23). Turkish Army Pullout Will Bring Peace to Northern Syria? globalresearch.ca In mid-January 2018, the Turkish General Staff announced the beginning of Olive Branch Operation. The goal was to oust the Kurds from the outskirts of Afrin, as well as to create a buffer zone along the Syrian-Turkish border. | These steps ...

WSWS (2019-05-23). Washington revives Syria chemical weapons propaganda as pretext for war. wsws.org The threat of a new US attack on Syria follows a report exposing the last chemical weapons incident attributed to the Syrian government as a staged provocation.

South Front (2019-05-23). Video: Al Qaeda Militants Develop Large-scale Advance on Syria Army Positions. globalresearch.ca Militant groups are attacking key military and civilian infrastructure in the government-controlled area. | The Reconciliation Center for Syria revealed that militants launched 17 rockets at the Russian Hmeimim airbase early on May 22. 8 rockets did not reach the base. ...

Staff (2019-05-22). US Has No Moral Authority to Deem Muslim Brotherhood 'Terrorist'. therealnews.com As'ad Abukhalil shares his perspective on the Trump administration's stated intent to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, pointing out that the U.S. has killed countless civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq in recent years...

pip.hinman (2019-05-23). Five new books for ecosocialists. greenleft.org.au In this month's round up of new books, Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus looks at books providing two views of food and farming; the origin of climate science denial; the high cost of living well; and a socialist who mostly disagrees with ecosocialism. | *** | Living Well At Others' Expense: The Hidden Costs of Western Prosperity
| By Stephan Lessenich
| Polity, 2019 | At the heart of developed societies lies an in...

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-22). What the Shake-up at Kommersant Says about Russia's Media Landscape. hrw.org | | A general view shows the Spasskaya Tower and the Kremlin wall in central Moscow, Russia, May 5, 2016. | © 2016 Reuters | This week brought the bombshell announcement that Ivan Safronov and Maxim Ivanov, two veteran reporters for Kommersant, were pressured into resigning, spurring the paper's entire politics desk to quit in protest. The business newspaper is one of the country's most respected news outlets.

Fight Back (2019-05-22). Interview with Filipino trade union leader Ed Cubelo. fightbacknews.org Fight Back! Interviewed Ed Cubelo, the chairman of the Kilusang Mayo Uno, or May 1st Movement in Metro Manila, while he was in the U.S. on a speaking tour. The KMU is one the largest trade union federations in the Philippines. | Fight Back!: Can you say a few words about what the May 1st Movement is? | Ed Cubelo: The May 1st Movement, established in 1980, is a genuine, militant union promoting and advancing workers' interests. | Fight Back!: What are the main issues facing Filipino workers? | Cubelo: Among the major issues, basically, of Filipino workers are low wages, no benefits, no security of jobs, and w...

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-05-22). US Economic War on Venezuela Targets CLAP Food Program Relied on by Millions. mintpressnews.com While the U.S. likes to characterize its regime-change efforts in Venezuela as humanitarian in nature, the targeting of officials involved in a program that so many ordinary Venezuelans rely on reveals that the U.S. aims to install opposition leader Juan Guaido by any means necessary.

Sputnik News (2019-05-22). Putin, Merkel, Macron Confirm Commitment To Cooperate With Iran — Kremlin. iranian.com Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday during a phone conversation reaffirmed their support for mutually-beneficial economic cooperation with Iran and stressed importance of preserving the Iran nuclear deal, the Kremlin said in a statement. "During the discussion of the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian ...

Fight Back (2019-05-22). Witness to attempted U.S.-orchestrated Venezuela coup speaks in Minneapolis. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN - "The area we were in was an opposition neighborhood, but nobody's leaving their houses. The news in the U.S. is saying people are flocking to the streets because they're 'being liberated', but no one's leaving their houses. It was so untrue it was shocking," said Tracy Molm, to about 40 community members gathered to hear her firsthand account of the events of April 30 in Caracas, Venezuela. | That day saw unelected presidential pretender Juan Guaido appear outside an airbase in Caracas, claiming a military uprising to oust elected President Nicol‡s Maduro was about to take place. Despite heavy p...

Staff (2019-05-22). Canada's Anti-Venezuela Policy: A Result of Material Interests and US Subordination. therealnews.com Canada has followed the Trump administration's lead on Venezuela, but it's charting a very different path with regard to Cuba. Yves Engler explains that while there are material reasons for the difference, Canada has followed the U.S. lead for a long time...

Ben Norton (2019-05-22). A US Military Veteran and 'Aid Volunteer' Sends Death Threat to Venezuela Embassy Defenders. mintpressnews.com Far-right Venezuelan opposition activist Luis Medina, a former US Marine and volunteer for Juan Guaido's aid stunt, told CODEPINK embassy defenders "we are coming to get you with plenty of ammunition."

Consortiumnews (2019-05-22). US Accuses Syria of More Chemical Attacks Just as Chemical Weapons Narrative Crumbles. consortiumnews.com You may be certain that Syria remains a geo-strategically crucial location for the U.S. empire because its keeps working to manufacture consent for interventionism there, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com The Institute for Public Accuracy published a report Tuesday about the... Read more →

Edward Hunt (2019-05-22). Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela 'On Track to be Worse than Syria'. progressive.org As the Trump Administration tightens its squeeze on the country, U.S. officials warn of increased migration and "profound collapse."

RT (2019-05-21). Democrats call for Trump impeachment as former White House counsel skips hearing. rt.com House Democrats are once again calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, after he blocked former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying about the 'Russiagate' probe. |

Richard Greeman (2019-05-21). The Yellow Vests of France: six months of struggle. mronline.org What if they succeed? We know what the 'success' of structured parties like Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain led to. Maybe a horizontal federation of autonomous base-groups attempting to re-invent democracy could do better. | Source

Jim Naureckas (2019-05-21). Why Jon Chait Can't Read. fair.org Just as an aside, Jonathan Chait's critique (New York, 5/17/19) of Matt Taibbi is directed almost entirely at the headline of Taibbi's piece (Rolling Stone, 5/16/19), which as I'm sure Chait is well aware was most likely not written by Taibbi. | New York's Jonathan Chait ( 5/17/19)...

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-21). Syria: Detention, Harassment in Retaken Areas. hrw.org | | A checkpoint in the Syrian city of Daraa. | © 2018 Friedemann Kohler/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images | (Beirut) — Syrian intelligence branches are arbitrarily detaining, disappearing, and harassing people in areas retaken from anti-government groups, Human Rights Watch said today. The abuse is taking place even when the government has entered into reconciliation agreements with the people involved. | Human Rights Watch has documented 11 cases of arbi...

Tom Engelhardt (2019-05-21). Don't Let Russiagate Fool You—America Is Still the Ultimate Election-Meddler. thenation.com Don't Let Russiagate Fool You—America Is Still the Ultimate Election-Meddler...

Nadezhda Azhgikhina (2019-05-21). The Iron Curtain for the Russian Internet. thenation.com The Iron Curtain for the Russian Internet...

RT (2019-05-21). 'No Talks, Only Resistance': Iran's Rouhani Rules Out Negotiations Under Current US Stance. iranian.com Iran is open for talks and diplomacy but those avenues are closed under the status quo, with its economy being strangled by the US, the Iranian president said, adding that Tehran's only option now is to resist. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, under whose tenure the universally acclaimed 2015 nuclear deal was struck, said on Monday ...

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-21). Venezuela: Free Freelance Photojournalist. hrw.org | | Venezuelan journalist Jesus Medina speaks with press in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. | © 2017 AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos | (New York) — Venezuelan authorities should immediately release Jesœs Medina, who they have arbitrarily imprisoned because of his reporting for nearly nine months, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Human Rights Watch said today. | On May 23, 2019, Medina is scheduled to be taken before a judge for his preliminar...

Marissa Sanchez (2019-05-21). Nationwide tour visits 35 cities to dispel U.S. lies on Venezuela. liberationnews.org To help break the U.S. media/government blockade and offensive against Venezuela, PSL organizer and Liberation News reporter Gloria La Riva traveled across the country.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-05-21). Venezuela: Maduro Proposes Early Parliamentary Elections as ANC Extends Mandate. venezuelanalysis.com "Let's see who gets the most votes," Maduro challenged the opposition.

Consortiumnews (2019-05-21). How the West's War in Libya Spurred Terrorism in 14 Countries. consortiumnews.com The first to suffer was Syria and since then the gruesome effects have been spreading in the region and beyond, to Africans and Europeans, writes Mark Curtis. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Eight years on from NATO's war in... Read more →

United Nations (2019-05-21). Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in 'secret detention facilities', UN human rights office warns. un.org In Syria, it is suspected that children whose fathers fought for terrorist group ISIL are being held in unidentified "settlements" and "secret detention facilities" away from their mothers, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday.

United Nations (2019-05-20). Children in crisis-torn eastern Ukraine 'too terrified to learn' amid spike in attacks on schools. un.org Schoolchildren are bearing long-lasting mental and physical scars of eastern Ukraine's conflict, the head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday, as the agency warned of an "alarming" increase in attacks on schools during the first four months of 2019.

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2019-05-21). Locked in a Cold War Time Warp. counterpunch.org On Saturday May 18th, the New York Times ran a lengthy front-page article by Alexander Burns and Sydney Ember entitled "Mayor Who Brought the Cold War to Vermont," which exemplifies how the poisonous political climate of the Cold War has not yet receded.The piece details presidential contender Bernie Sanders' opposition to Ronald Reagan's Central America Wars in the 1980s while Burlington Mayor, and Sanders' travels to Nicaragua and meeting with Sandinista revolutionary leader Daniel Ortega. More

United Nations (2019-05-21). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Libya civil war, African displacement, global trade tensions, terrorists' children 'secretly detained', and more. un.org Tuesday's stories include: Libya facing "permanent division", regional war; Africa event highlights forcible displacement; terrorists' children 'secretly detained' in Syria; Venezuelans need protection; global trade tensions rise.

Ben Norton (2019-05-21). Venezuelan opposition extremist, a US military veteran and 'aid volunteer,' sends death threat to embassy defenders. thegrayzone.com Far-right Venezuelan opposition activist Luis Medina, a former US Marine and volunteer for Juan Guaido's aid stunt, told CODEPINK embassy...

Peter Koenig (2019-05-21). Venezuela in "Misery": Lies and Deceit by the Media. dissidentvoice.org To the Editor in CHIEF New York Times — 18 May 2019 Venezuela's Collapse Is the Worst Outside of War in Decades, Economists Say Subtitle: Butchers have stopped selling meat cuts in favor of offal, fat shavings and cow hooves, the only animal protein many of their customers can afford. This introduction is accompanied by ...

Liberation Staff (2019-05-20). U.S. breaks international law, seizing Venezuelan Embassy and arresting guests. liberationnews.org Under international law — 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, articles 22 and 45 — a host country is prohibited from invasion or interference with another nation's embassies, and is in fact obligated to defend it.

Jeb Sprague (2019-05-20). øQuiŽnes son los partidarios del golpe que asediaron la embajada de Venezuela en Washington? thegrayzone.com Las t‡cticas de intimidaci—n de los asediadores pro-golpe de la embajada mostraron la verdadera cara de una oposici—n venezolana violenta,...

Eds. (2019-05-21). Marxism and eurocentrism. mronline.org Race, class and identity A conference hosted by International Socialism Journal 18th May 2019 central London Marxism and Eurocentrism. | Source

Staff (2019-05-19). Trump-Bolton Aggression Against Iran Contained by Russia, Japan, China, and EU. therealnews.com Vijay Prashad says the very dangerous statements, economic sanctions and military aggression unleashed by Washington this week against Iran was countered by cool headed diplomacy by Japan, Russia, EU and China...

Lucas Koerner (2019-05-20). There's Far More Diversity in Venezuela's 'Muzzled' Media Than in US Corporate Press. fair.org Time ( 4/16/19) joined in on the corporate media's literary fad of fictionalized accounts of the Venezuelan crisis. | The international corporate media have long displayed a peculiar creativity with the facts in their Venezuela reporting, to the point that coverage of the nation's crisis has become perhaps the world's most lucrative fictional genre. Ciara Nugent's recent piece for Time ( 4/16/19), headlined "'Venezuelans Are Starving for Information': The Battle to Get N...

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-05-20). Venezuela: Widespread Gasoline Shortages as Sanctions Take Toll on Oil Sector. venezuelanalysis.com Long queues have been seen at gas pumps around the country in recent days.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-05-20). Next Stop, the UN: Embassy Protectors and Other Groups to Stage UN General Assembly Protest. mintpressnews.com The Embassy Protection Collective, the activists that fought for the US to respect international law at the Venezuelan embassy, are just getting started.

unitedEditor (2019-05-19). New ISIS Caliphate with capital in Kashmir. uwidata.com The Islamic State plans revenge in the form of creating an eastern caliphate with the capital in Indian Kashmir. On the background of a defeat in Syria and Iraq, ISIS says it has instituted a province in Indian Kashmir named Wilayah of Hind. The announcement followed a clash between the militants and security forces in ...

Joshua Cho (2019-05-17). For Corporate Media, Space Belongs to Washington. fair.org by Joshua Cho | Another day, another opportunity for our perpetually "behind" and "vulnerable" military/industrial/media complex to assert the need for yet another military upgrade—this time in outer space! Jim Sciutto (Wall Street Journal, 5/10/19) fear-mongered the vulnerabilities of US space presence, warning that Russia and China "are developing new w...

amnesty (2019-05-17). Syria: Security Council must address crimes against humanity in Idlib. amnesty.org The Syrian government, supported by Russia, is carrying out a deliberate and systematic assault on hospitals and other medical facilities in Idlib and Hama, Amnesty International said today, as it shared harrowing new testimony from shattered medical workers in the region. | | With the UN Security Council (UNSC) set to discuss northwest Syria today Amnesty International urged action, calling for Russia to be pressured ove...

Ben Norton (2019-05-16). New NATO-approved US monument honors fascist Lithuanian Nazi collaborator as anti-Soviet hero. thegrayzone.com A new monument in Chicago celebrates US-born Lithuanian Nazi collaborator Adolfas Ramanauskas "Vanagas," who led a fascist militia that massacred...

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Headlines for May 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Immigration Plan Favors Job Skills Over Asylum Claims and Family Ties, Trump Officials Reportedly Clash Over U.S. Sabre-Rattling With Iran, UNICEF Chief Calls Yemen War "a Test of Our Humanity" That "We Are Badly Failing", Venezuelan Government Blasts U.S. Seizure of Embassy as Vienna Convention Violation, Brazilian Teachers and Students March Against Education Cuts, Mexican Journalist Francisco Romero Killed in Playa del Carmen, Lawyer Says Tennessee Prisoner "Suffered Excruciating Pain" During Execution, Alabama Prisoner Put to Death After "Pro-Life" Governor Denies Reprieve, Senate Confirms Anti-Choice A...

Ricardo Vaz (2019-05-16). Venezuela: Gov't-Opposition Talks Reported as DC Embassy Raided. venezuelanalysis.com Maduro decried the embassy raid a "criminal act" and vowed to seek justice at the UN.

unitedEditor (2019-05-16). Libya, a second Syria? uwidata.com The recent crisis in Libya has resulted in over 500 casualties, and a huge number of people being displaced, leaving the country essentially divided into two parts. The role of foreign countries is extremely critical to the current developments in Libya... countries whose selfish support of domestic groups has led to, and exacerbated the current ...

Paul Dobson (2019-05-15). Russia Warns US Against Venezuela Meddling as Alleged Bomb Threat Temporarily Closes National Assembly. venezuelanalysis.com Four more opposition deputies have also been accused of treason and conspiracy following the April 30 attempted putsch, bringing the total to fourteen.

TeleSur English (2019-05-15). China Delivers 71 Tons of Medical Aid to Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com "With this second shipment, as well as that which we already received from the Russian Federation, the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent some 166 tons of medicines and supplies have arrived in the country," Health Minister Carlos Alvarado said.

Ben Norton (2019-05-16). US-backed opposition leader admits Venezuela 'is not a dictatorship' and only foreign intervention can topple Maduro. thegrayzone.com Opposition leader Mar’a Corina Machado, a key figure in the US coup plot, admitted that Venezuela "is not a dictatorship"...

Jeb Sprague (2019-05-16). Who's behind the pro-Guaido mob that besieged Venezuela's embassy in Washington? thegrayzone.com The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they...

Morgan Artyukhina (2019-05-14). Un colectivo de activistas protege la embajada de Venezuela en Washington, D.C. liberationnews.org El jueves 25 de abril se llev— a cabo una enŽrgica manifestaci—n frente al edificio despuŽs de que docenas durmieran en la embajada la noche anterior.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-16). "Inside Syria's Secret Prisons": A Harrowing Account of How Assad's Torture Machine Crushed Dissent. democracynow.org A shocking exposŽ by the New York Times looks at how Bashar al-Assad's government has jailed and tortured tens of thousands of Syrians since the uprising began in 2011. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, nearly 128,000 people have disappeared. They are presumed to be either dead or still in custody. The group estimates almost 14,000 individuals have died under torture. The detentions are continuing even as the fighting winds down. More than 5,600 Syrians were reportedly arbitrarily detained last year in a 25 percent jump from the previous year. While the Syrian government has denied running a secre...

Paul Dobson (2019-05-13). Guaido Requests US Military 'Cooperation' to Oust Maduro as US Vessel Violates Venezuelan Waters. venezuelanalysis.com A meeting between Guaido's team and the US Southern Command is being organised.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-05-13). Interview With Abby Martin And Robbie Martin Of Media Roots Radio On Venezuela. shadowproof.com On this week's "Unauthorized Disclosure" podcast, we have a crossover episode with "Media Roots" radio. In the first part of the show, we talk with Abby Martin and Robbie Martin of Media Roots about some of the projects they're involved in currently. Abby tells us about "Empire Files." Robbie mentions...

Aminta Zea and Kei Pritsker (2019-05-12). Support the Embassy Protection Collective: Resisting Trump's war on Venezuela. liberationnews.org Members of Embassy Protection Collective speak out.

Social Movements of Venezuela (2019-05-11). Statement from Venezuelan social movements to Embassy Protectors in U.S. liberationnews.org "Your defense of the headquarters of the Embassy of the Venezuelan State in Washington, D.C. is an emblematic case of struggle for respect of international law, human rights and the right of peoples to choose their own form of government."

Mnar Muhawesh (2019-05-10). MintPress, Grayzone journalists endure US govt blackout and siege at Venezuelan embassy in DC. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration is violating international law and harassing American journalists by cutting electricity to Venezuela's DC embassy. By Mnar...

Ricardo Vaz (2019-05-10). Venezuelan Central Bank Liberalizes Forex Operations. venezuelanalysis.com Public and private banks will run foreign currency operations through "exchange tables."

Paul Dobson (2019-05-09). National Assembly VP Detained and 55 Armed Forces Officers Expelled in Attempted Putsch Fallout in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Three more lawmakers also had their immunity from prosecution revoked on Wednesday.

Paul Dobson (2019-05-08). Venezuela: ANC Revokes Lawmakers' Immunity over Alleged Role in Coup Attempt. venezuelanalysis.com The move paves the way for the criminal charges to be levied against the deputies.

TeleSUR English (2019-05-08). US Venezuela Sanctions Violate Human Rights, International Law: UN Expert. venezuelanalysis.com UN expert Idriss Jazairy stated that unilateral measures are against the U.N.'s Declaration on the Principles of International Law concerning friendly relations and cooperation among States.

Aaron MatŽ (2019-05-07). America in denial: Gabor MatŽ on the psychology of Russiagate (Interview transcript). thegrayzone.com Physician, mental health expert, and best-selling author Dr. Gabor MatŽ sits down with The Grayzone's Aaron MatŽ to analyze how...

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-05-07). Iran's Reduced Compliance with Nuclear Accord Should be Met with Good-Faith Diplomacy, Not Escalation. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — May 7, 2019 — In response to reports that Iran will announce a reduction in its compliance with the Iran Nuclear Agreement on May 8, the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration's unilateral withdrawal from the agreement, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the ...

TeleSUR English (2019-05-07). Foreign Minister Arreaza: 'The People of Venezuela Are Prepared to Defend Their Sovereignty'. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced US sanctions and asset freezes during a recent trip to Moscow.

Anya Parampil (2019-05-06). US State Department publishes, then deletes sadistic Venezuela hit list boasting of economic ruin. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone has obtained a list of "key outcomes" on Venezuela deleted out of apparent embarrassment by the State Department....

Ben Norton (2019-05-06). Fake news: CNN falsely claims US-appointed Venezuelan coup leader Guaid— was 'elected'. thegrayzone.com Six CNN journalists produced an article falsely claiming US-appointed Venezuelan coup leader Juan Guaid— was elected, before quietly issuing a...

Paul Dobson (2019-05-02). Venezuela: Lopez Arrest Warrant Issued as Military Show Strength for Maduro. venezuelanalysis.com The opposition leader is still in the Spanish Ambassador's residence, but has allegedly claimed asylum.

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-05-01). Venezuelans Hold Rival Marches for Workers' Day as Pompeo Threatens 'Military Action'. venezuelanalysis.com Opposition leader Juan Guaido called for "escalating strikes" following Tuesday's failed military putsch.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-30). Venezuelan Military Putsch Defeated as Leopoldo Lopez Takes Refuge in Spanish Embassy. venezuelanalysis.com Opposition protesters clashed with security forces while government supporters swiftly mobilized to defend the presidential palace.

Venezuelanalysis (2019-04-30). Venezuela: Military Uprising in Caracas (in Development). venezuelanalysis.com A military uprising is unfolding in Venezuela after a handful of the police and armed forces freed Leopoldo Lopez and blocked a highway in Caracas.

Paul Dobson (2019-04-29). OAS: Venezuela Withdraws from US 'Ministry of Colonies'. venezuelanalysis.com The government claims that the country is "more independent" after leaving the Organisation of American States.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-26). Report: US Sanctions Have Cost 40,000 Venezuelan Lives. venezuelanalysis.com Economists Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs conclude that US sanctions "would fit the definition of collective punishment."

Millennial Politics Team (2019-04-25). What Everyone Needs to Know About Venezuela: A Podcast with Miguel Tinker Salas. millennialpolitics.co Professor Miguel Tinker Salas, author of "Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know," joins us for the joint Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics podcast series on Venezuelan politics.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-24). Venezuela: Popular Movements Secure Release of Detained Communards. venezuelanalysis.com Ten communards from Portuguesa State spent over two months in jail for attempting to stop a public company from being privatized.

Paul Dobson (2019-04-24). Venezuelan Government Announces Arrests over Electrical Blackouts. venezuelanalysis.com The government issued an arrest warrant request for the ex-security chief of the Guri Complex, who allegedly fled to the US following the March blackouts.

Venezuelanalysis (2019-04-22). Venezuelanalysis Website Back Online Following Attacks. venezuelanalysis.com Our website venezuelanalysis.com was offline for over 48 hours following a massive DDoS attack.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-18). US Sanctions Venezuela's Central Bank. venezuelanalysis.com The latest sanctions are meant to limit Venezuela's access to US dollars.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-15). Venezuela: Canada Imposes Fresh Sanctions as Pompeo Vows to 'Tighten Noose'. venezuelanalysis.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Lima Group have pledged more sanctions against Venezuela.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-11). US Threatens Venezuela at UNSC as IMF Freezes Funds. venezuelanalysis.com Diplomatic battles rage on at international bodies such as the UNSC, the OAS and the IMF.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-10). Venezuela: New Power Outage as Oil Output Plummets. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuela's oil output fell significantly in March as a result of electricity problems and US sanctions.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-08). Venezuela: US Imposes Fresh Sanctions as Rival Marches Held. venezuelanalysis.com Washington further tightened the screws on Venezuela's oil industry Friday.

Millennial Politics Team (2019-04-04). Afro-Venezuelans and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Discussion with Akinyele Umoja. millennialpolitics.co With new domestic controversies breaking every day in the United States, it can be difficult to keep track of what's happening abroad, even when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. But it's essential for progressives to stand in solidarity with the Global South internationally to ensure that all people are guaranteed the right to self-determination in the face of imperialism and colonialism. Such a dynamic is present currently in Venezuela, where National Assembly President Juan Guaid— has been recognized by capitalist entities across the world, including the...

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-31). All About the Oil: Daniel Kovalik on U.S. Intervention in Venezuela. millennialpolitics.co With new domestic controversies breaking every day in the United States, it can be difficult to keep track of what's happening abroad, even when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. But it's essential for progressives to stand in solidarity with the Global South internationally to ensure that all people are guaranteed the right to self-determination in the face of imperialism and colonialism. Such a dynamic is present currently in Venezuela, where National Assembly President Juan Guaid— has been recognized by capitalist entities across the world, including the...

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-28). The U.S.-Sponsored Right-Wing Venezuelan Counterrevolution: A Podcast with Dr. Tim Gill. millennialpolitics.co Dr. Tim Gill, author of "The State and Civil Society in Socialist Venezuela," joins us for the Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics joint podcast series on Venezuela.

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-24). U.S. Imperialist Intervention in Latin America: A Discussion with Professor Alexander Avi–a. millennialpolitics.co Professor Alexander Avi–a joins us for the Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics podcast series on Venezuela to discuss the history of U.S. imperialism in Latin America.

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