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No smoke without fire? Trump nominates new envoy to Venezuela, first in 10 YEARS after denying US involvement in failed incursion
rt.com | 2020-05-07
The White House has tapped a new ambassador to Venezuela, the first in a decade, even as relations with the country's government hit all-time lows. The appointment comes as the US continues to deny any role in a recent coup plot. | …
US Mercenaries Captured in Venezuela After Failed Coup Attempt
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-06
We look at an incredible story unfolding in Venezuela of a failed coup attempt. Did a former Green Beret mastermind it? Two Americans have been arrested in Venezuela. President Nicolás Maduro claims the U.S. was behind the plot. "It looks like a bad Rambo movie, or a really bad telenovela," says Miguel Tinker Salas, author of The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture, and Society in Venezuela. He notes that "the U.S. is seeking regime change … and the consequences for Venezuela could be very dire going forward."
U.S. Mercenaries Captured in Venezuela After Failed Coup Attempt Compared to a "Bad Rambo Movie"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-06
We look at an incredible story unfolding in Venezuela of a failed coup attempt. Did a former Green Beret mastermind it? Two Americans have been arrested in Venezuela. President Nicolás Maduro claims the U.S. was behind the plot. "It looks like a bad Rambo movie, or a really bad telenovela," says Miguel Tinker Salas, author of "The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture, and Society in Venezuela." He notes that "the U.S. is seeking regime change … and the consequences for Venezuela could be very dire going forward."
Venezuela confronts intimidation, myth-making, and dirty war
W. T. Whitney Jr. | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-06
Venezuela's story currently is one of vulnerability and precariousness amidst signs of rising U.S. aggression. The imperialist U.S. government wants the socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro removed and insists that Venezuela's massive oil reserves and the entire continent remain within the fold of international capitalism. Crucial to these U.S. designs is junior partner Colombia …
Trump-Linked Mercenaries Implicate Themselves in Failed Venezuela Coup
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-06
The Trump administration immediately denied all involvement, "it has nothing to do with our government," the president said yesterday. But as the dust settled, the mercenaries immediately began implicating each other
Horrifying Glimpse Into How DARPA Will "Save" You From COVID-19 & Venezuela Coup Tied Back To Trump
Whitney Webb | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-06
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Native American Clinic Receives Body Bags Instead of COVID-19 Testing Kits
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-06
A Seattle-area Native American health center in April received body bags instead of requested equipment to handle the coronavirus in what tribal officials described as a "metaphor" for how the Indigenous population is being treated by local, state, and federal governments around the country as the pandemic continues to rage. | "My question is: Are we going to keep getting body bags or are we going to get what we actually need?" Seattle Indian Health Board chief research officer Abigail Ech…
U.S. mercenaries captured in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-06
Chicago, IL – In a dramatic development on May 4, two U.S. mercenaries were captured among an invasion force on the coast of Venezuela. Luke Denman and Airan Berry, ex-U.S. soldiers from Texas, were captured by the Venezuelan Navy and can be seen in photos, face down with their hands behind their backs on the shoreline. This failed "Bay of Piglets" comes as the U.S. Navy continues to patrol aggressively along the coast of Venezuela. | As previously reported in Fight Back!, on May 3 Venezuelan military and police forces encountered a group of invaders, killing eight and capturing two. The invaders planned to initi…
Venezuela thwarts invasion attempt by mercenaries
Peoples Dispatch | mronline.org | 2020-05-06
Venezuelan officials reported that a group of mercenaries attempted to invade the country on Sunday but were stopped by the country's army and police.
Venezuelans 'teetering on the brink of survival' warn UN human rights experts
news.un.org | 2020-05-06
United Nations independent experts demanded on Wednesday that the Venezuelan Government take concrete actions to tackle the devastating impact on basic human rights of the country's economic crisis.
The US Has Been Exporting COVID-19 to Haiti; Now, It Is Returning a Death Squad Leader
Jake Johnston | cepr.net | 2020-05-05
As the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down borders and airports across the world, planes chartered by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continue to fly. Every two or three weeks, a deportation flight operated by Swift Air, LLC has landed at the Port-au-Prince airport. After one such flight in early April, at least three of …
Exportación de COVID-19: Inmigración estadounidense realizó vuelos de deportación a 11 países de América Latina, según datos aéreos
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2020-05-05
Un análisis de CEPR revela que es probable que hubo 232 vuelos de deportación del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) a países de América Latina y el Caribe entre el 3 de febrero y el 24 de abril de 2020. En 2019, el Servicio …
Can Haiti's Peanut Value Chain Survive US Generosity?
Jake Johnston | cepr.net | 2020-05-05
The following post is a guest submission from Marc J. Cohen and Tonny Joseph. Breakfast in Haiti typically includes manba, the local peanut butter. Unlike the smooth or chunky product found in the United States, it frequently includes a kick from chili peppers! Haitian peanut butter stands out in another way. In a country where …
UN celebrates midwives during COVID-19 crisis because 'childbirth doesn't stop for pandemics'
news.un.org | 2020-05-05
With many national health systems totally overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, midwives are demonstrating courage and resilience as they support women and newborns in the toughest of circumstances, the head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Tuesday.
Another U.S.-inspired terror attack on Venezuela fails
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-05
Chicago, IL – While the U.S. Navy aggressively patrols their coast, another U.S.-inspired attack on Venezuela failed during the morning of May 3. Venezuelan military and police captured two, and killed eight, armed mercenaries during the confrontation. Traveling by speedboat from Colombia, the invaders' plan was to join local accomplices near the port of La Guairá. La Guairá is next to Venezuela's international airport and only 20 miles from Caracas. | According to those captured, the invaders planned to initiate terror attacks, including assassinations of government officials. They mistakenly thought they could…
Bolivia vs Venezuela: COVID-19 response reveals true nature of governments
Federico Fuentes | mronline.org | 2020-05-05
Government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have put into sharp relief their true nature. This is perhaps no more evident than when we compare Bolivia and Venezuela.
New Details Emerge Linking US to Latest Coup Attempt in Venezuela
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-04
The government of Venezuela is celebrating after thwarting another foreign-backed coup attempt Sunday, just two days after self-declared another coup attempt by "Interim President" Juan Guaidó ended in total failure. A flotilla of small speed boats filled with up to 300 paramilitary units, sailed from their training ground in Colombia heading for a port near the country's capital Caracas, from where they were aiming to kickstart an…
Remembering Henri Falcon's May 2018 Presidential campaign in Venezuela
Joe Emersberger | zcomm.org | 2020-05-02
Henri Falcon was a viable candidate
Groundhog Day: Juan Guaidó Is Trying to Overthrow the Venezuelan Government Again
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-01
Exactly one year since his audacious coup attempt failed spectacularly, self-declared Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó is once again trying to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro. "Today I speak to the patriotic soldiers of our Armed Forces who rebelled against hunger and destruction and sided with the constitution," he announced on social media last night,…
Caravan for Life: Protesters in Puerto Rico Demand More Tests & Resources to Combat the Coronavirus
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-01
On Thursday in Puerto Rico, activists in dozens of cars held a "Caravan Por La Vida," or "Caravan for Life," through San Juan to demand the government provide more COVID-19 tests and sufficient resources for people to stay at home during the pandemic. At least 92 people have died from COVID-19 in Puerto Rico, and last week the island was reporting a testing rate lower than any U.S. state, at an abysmal average of 15 tests a day for every 100,000 people. No one in Puerto Rico has received $1,200 checks from the government, according to San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. Police stopped the caravan and said their sou…
Use and Costs of Breast Cancer Screening for Women in Their 40s in a US Population With Private Insurance
Kunst N, Long JB, Xu X, et al. | jamanetwork.com | 2020-05-01
This study uses Blue Cross Blue Shield Axis data to examine the total annual cost of breast cancer screening for women aged 40 through 49 years in the United States.
Generalizability of Clinical Trials Supporting the 2017 ACA/AHA Blood Pressure Guideline
Anderson TS, Odden M, Penko J, et al. | jamanetwork.com | 2020-05-01
This study uses National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data to evaluate whether patients enrolled in the clinical trials that support the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guideline are representative of the US adult population recommended additional pharmacotherapy by the ACC/AHA guideline.
Federal Bill Would Release Vulnerable People from Prisons to Help Stop Spread of COVID-19
Kanya Bennett | aclu.org | 2020-04-29
A month ago, Congress gave the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) increased authority to reduce the federal prison population. On March 29th, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ( CARES Act), providing DOJ and BOP with the ability to expand home confinement eligibility. Then, Attorney General William Barr "applaud[ed] the substantial steps ta…
Brazil: As COVID-19 death toll spirals out of control, Bolsonaro pursues strategy of 'permanent radicalisation'
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-07
Latin America & the Caribbean Federico Fuentes (translator)Issue 1264 Brazil COVID-19 Workers Party of Brazil PTMay 7,…
Venezuela thwarts invasion attempts by mercenaries
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-05
Imperialism & war Kerry SmithIssue 1264 Venezuela Bolivarian revolution US Drug Enforcement Agency COVID-19May 5,…
'Protecting birds, habitats more important than ever'
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
Protecting bird population and ecosystems is vital, the UN Environment Program said on Thursday, as destruction of nature are linked to infectious diseases such as the novel coronavirus."The coronavirus pandemic is reminding us that we live in a connected world. It's an opportunity to revisit our relationship with nature and rebuild a more environmentally responsible world," the UN agency said in a statement, ahead of the World Migratory Bird Day.World Migratory Bird Day is a biannual awareness-raising event marked on two peak days in the year