Venezuela Newslinks 3-4 May 2019

4 May 2019 20:50 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting

Maduro instructs military to prepare to repel US attack on Venezuela
https://www.rt.com/news/458392-maduro-venezuela-us-attack/

Fully expected: MSM melts down as Trump talks Venezuela with Putin… and ‘feels same way’
https://www.greanvillepost.com/2019/05/04/fully-expected-msm-melts-down-as-trump-talks-venezuela-with-putin-and-feels-same-way/

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Rebellion Extinction: a capitalist scam to hijack our resistance?

4 May 2019

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[UPDATE. WEDNESDAY APRIL 24 2019. FOLLOWING WIDESPREAD GRASSROOTS DISQUIET OVER THE XR BUSINESS WEBSITE, IT HAS BEEN TAKEN DOWN. WHAT THIS MEANS FOR XR AND ITS POSITION ON CAPITALISM IS NOT YET CLEAR. WE WILL PUBLISH FURTHER REPORTS AS INFORMATION COMES IN]

When Extinction Rebellion first burst into action in the UK last November, it felt as if something was finally going to change.

Their high-profile arrival on the political scene had a noticeable effect on awareness of environmental issues and gave people permission to speak more freely than before about our society and its relationship to nature.

Yes, there were many criticisms of XR tactics and language from the likes of the new Green Anti-Capitalist Front and activist Emily Apple.

But when this month’s big week of action in London got underway, with Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus blocked and Marble Arch occupied, it felt…

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Blatant Violation, by U.S. & Its Allies, Against the U.N. Charter By Eric Zuesse

4 May 2019 — The New Dark Age

America’s and its allies’ violation of the U.N. Charter, in regards to their recent actions to force a regime-change upon the sovereign nation of Venezuela, are baldly, and with unambiguous clarity, in violation of one of the seven founding “Principles” that are stated in the U.N. Charter.

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“Psychopath Capitalism”: US Economic Terrorism and Genocide Against the People of Venezuela By Carla Stea

4 May 2019 — Global Research

April 25: Foreign Minister Arreaza Describes Excruciating Suffering of the Venezuelan People Resulting From US Sanctions;

April 26: US Violates its Obligation as  UN Host Country and Sanctions the Foreign Minister for Speaking Truth to Power

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Ever More Complex EU Gas Pipeline Geopolitics By F. William Engdahl

4 May 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

Israel plans to construct the world’s longest underwater gas pipeline together with Cyprus and Greece to carry Eastern Mediterranean gas on to Italy and the EU southern states. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has just endorsed the project. It will run smack up against a competing Turkish-Russian gas pipeline, Turk Stream, against a potential Qatari-Iran-Syria pipeline, as well as de facto undercut the Washington attempt to get more US LNG gas to the EU to reduce Russian dependency.

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Venezuela: Establishment Talking Points Translation Key By Caitlin Johnstone

4 May 2019 — Caitlin Johnson

Things keep heating up in Venezuela, with possible “military options” now being seriously discussed at the Pentagon. And of course you know what that means! That’s right, it means we can expect to see even more lies and manipulations from the political/media class as the narrative managers try to get their rapey little fingers into our minds to manufacture support for unconscionable acts.

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Orwellian Cloud Hovers Over Russia-gate By Ray McGovern

4 May 2019 — Consortium News

Ray McGovern calls out the void of evidence at the heart of the Senate hearing with Attorney General Barr on Wednesday.

By Ray McGovern
Special to Consortium News

George Orwell would have been in stitches Wednesday watching Attorney General William Barr and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee spar on Russia-gate.  The hearing had the hallmarks of the intentionally or naively blind leading the blind with political shamelessness.

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Julian Assange Newslinks 4 May 2019

4 May 2019 — The New Dark Age

Disproportionate Sentences: Julian Assange, Bail, and Extradition
https://www.globalresearch.ca/julian-assange-bail-extradition/5676479

Assange’s father slams US pursuit of Wikileaks founder as ‘revenge’ for exposing war destruction
https://www.rt.com/news/458365-assange-dad-vindictive-revenge/

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Politicians celebrate “World Press Freedom Day” as Julian Assange languishes in prison

4 May 2019 — WSWS

The imperialist “lie in the soul”

May 3 is World Press Freedom Day, sponsored annually by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

UNESCO holds the event, it avows, to celebrate “the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.”

Those claims are hollow and duplicitous, as the facts demonstrate.

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National Security Archive Joins Media Groups Versus Unlimited Gag Orders

3 May 2019 — National Security Archive

Amicus Brief Argues for Court Review, Time Limits on Secrecy of National Security Letters

Washington D.C., May 3, 2019 – The National Security Archive, along with 15 other media organizations, filed a “friend of the court” brief on April 29 challenging the FBI’s authority to issue national security letters (NSLs) without any judicial oversight and under indefinite gag orders. The letters demand business records from a wide array of organizations for national security investigations, and their accompanying gag orders prohibit the recipient from speaking with anyone about the NSL, often permanently.

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