Ecuador to hand over Assange’s entire legal defense to the United States

20 May 2019 — Defend Wikileaks

Three weeks before the U.S. deadline to file its final extradition request for Assange, Ecuadorian officials are travelling to London to allow U.S. prosecutors to help themselves to Assange’s belongings.

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Venezuela Newslinks 20 May 2019

20 May 2019 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day

Venezuela’s Maduro proposes early elections for opposition-held National Assembly
https://www.rt.com/news/459842-maduro-election-national-assembly/

US Foreign Policy is Nothing Short of Low-Intensity Warfare Against the Whole Planet by Finian Cunningham
https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2019/05/20/us-foreign-policy-is-nothing-short-of-low-intensity-warfare-against-the-whole-planet-by-finian-cunningham/

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Iran Newslinks 20 May 2019

20 May 2019 20:30 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day

‘It would mark the end of Iraq’: Shia Clerics warn against US war with Iran
https://www.rt.com/news/459841-iraq-clerics-warn-war-iran/

US Foreign Policy is Nothing Short of Low-Intensity Warfare Against the Whole Planet by Finian Cunningham
https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2019/05/20/us-foreign-policy-is-nothing-short-of-low-intensity-warfare-against-the-whole-planet-by-finian-cunningham/

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There’s Far More Diversity in Venezuela’s ‘Muzzled’ Media Than in US Corporate Press

20 May 2019 — FAIR

Presentacion-de-cifras-II-2018_05-12-2018.pdf

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 News in a Country in Chaos,” distinguished itself as a veritable masterpiece of this literary fad.

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China Newslinks 19-20 May 2019

20 May 2019 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day

US’s moves against Huawei will spur on new tech development in China
https://www.rt.com/news/459840-huawei-google-/

Forevergate: The Pernicious Persistence of the Russian Collusion Delusion
https://dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/forevergate-the-pernicious-persistence-of-the-russian-collusion-delusion/

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The Politics of Starvation By Dan Lieberman

20 May 2019 — Counter Currents

President Donald Trump’s use of the most vicious aspects of economic warfare prompt another examination of the politics of starvation.

After George W. Bush’s administration, Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump lessened Bush’s aggressive war policies and leaned to economic warfare. Sounds harmless when compared to exploding bombs, but it is not — economic warfare can crush an adversary without firing a shot. Gone to its extreme, economic warfare has the force of a neutron bomb; it disables the nation’s infrastructure and debilitates its population. Isolation from the international financial system, material embargos, and other sanctions reduce living standards and bring populations close to starvation The most serious aspects of economic warfare are major crimes and a form of terrorism.

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Assange: The Missing Step By Craig Murray

20 May 2019 — Craig Murray

In Sweden, prosecutors have applied to the Swedish courts to issue a warrant for Julian’s arrest. There is a tremendous back story to that simple statement.

The European Arrest Warrant must be issued from one country to another by a judicial authority. The original Swedish request for Assange’s extradition was not issued by any court, but simply by the prosecutor. This was particularly strange, as the Chief Prosecutor of Stockholm had initially closed the case after deciding there was no case to answer, and then another, highly politically motivated, prosecutor had reopened the case and issued a European Arrest Warrant, without going to any judge for confirmation.

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US War Agenda: Venezuela before Iran? Selected Articles

20 May 2019 — Global Research

Unlawful Arrests of Venezuelan DC Embassy Protectors Symbolic of US Decadence

By Stephen Lendman

According to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the premises of embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic facilities are inviolable territory — no one permitted inside without head of mission permission. Read more…
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Trump-Bolton Aggression Against Iran Contained by Russia, Japan, China, and EU

19 May 2019 — TRNN

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 (inc. transcript)

The likelihood of a U.S. war with Iran is increasing, despite alternately isolationist and provocative messages coming from Trump administration officials.

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