2019-05-06: News Headlines

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-06). Critics Condemn 'Double Dehumanization' of Palestinians by Corporate Media as Headlines Focus on Israeli Casualties. commondreams.org Human rights advocates and progressives in Congress on Monday slammed the corporate media for perpetuating anti-Palestinian sentiments in their reporting on the violence in Gaza and Israel over the weekend—barely mentioning Palestinians who were killed by Israeli missiles and providing no context for how the violence began. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-05-06). Israel pounds Gaza, stoking fears of invasion. wsws.org Less than a month after his far-right bloc's victory in last month's elections, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu authorised an aerial assault on Gaza, targeting at least 150 sites over the weekend.

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (2019-05-06). Around 70 Airstrikes within 12 Hours… Israel Violates the Gaza Strip: Pregnant Woman and Her Baby Girl Killed, Residential Buildings Targeted and Israeli Attacks Continue. globalresearch.ca The Israeli forces escalated their attacks against the Gaza Strip and continued to carry out intense airstrikes and shelling throughout the Gaza Strip. Moreover, the Israeli warplanes continue until the moment to target residential buildings in central Gaza neighborhoods in …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-06). The Occupation is a Crime of Aggression: Gazans React After 25 Palestinians, 4 Israelis Die. democracynow.org Leaders in Israel and Gaza have reportedly reached a ceasefire agreement after an intense three days of fighting left 25 Palestinians and four Israelis dead. Palestinian authorities said the dead in Gaza included two pregnant women, a 14-month-old girl and a 12-year-old boy. The latest round of violence began on Friday. According to the Washington Post, Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian protesters taking part in the weekly Great March of Return which began 13 months ago. Palestinians then reportedly shot and wounded two Israeli soldiers near the border. In response, Israel carried out an airstrike on a ref…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-06). Headlines for May 6, 2019. democracynow.org Gaza: Ceasefire Reached After Intense Fighting Kills 25 Palestinians and 4 Israelis, U.N. Report: 1 Million Species at Risk of Extinction, Trump Nominates Obama-Era Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan to Head ICE, Ex-WH Chief of Staff John Kelly Joins Board of U.S.'s Largest Jailer of Migrant Children, John Bolton: U.S. Deploying Warships to Send "Message" to Iran, North Korea Tests Missiles As Trump Admin Affirms Nuclear Deal Still on Track, U.N. Warns 40% of North Koreans in Need of Food Assistance, Colombia: Renowned Activist Francia Márquez Escapes Attack by Gunmen, Afghanistan: Taliban Raid Security HQ, Killing…

Norman Finkelstein (2019-05-06). Israel Has No Right of Self-Defense Against Gaza. globalresearch.ca This article was first crossposted in July 2018. | Since the overwhelmingly nonviolent demonstrations in Gaza began on March 30, 2018, the international community has strongly condemned Israel's armed attacks.A UN General Assembly resolution "deplore[d] the use of any excessive, disproportionate …

teleSUR (2019-05-06). Ilhan Omar Speaks Out About Unbearable Conditions In Gaza. telesurenglish.net U.S. congresswoman Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted Sunday about the latest episode of violence in Gaza that resulted in several people killed, including many children. | RELATED: | Ceasefire Reached Between Palestinians in Gaza and Israel | "How many more protesters must be shot, rockets must be fired, and little kids must be killed until the endless cycle of violence ends? The status quo of occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable. Only real justice can bring about secu…

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-06). Trump Backs Israel "100%" Amid Airstrikes on Gaza Strip. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — US President Donald Trump on Sunday threw his support behind Israel amid ongoing airstrikes in the blockaded Gaza Strip. "Once again, Israel faces a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. We support Israel 100% in its defense of its citizens," Trump tweeted. Since Saturday, 25 Palestinians, including two pregnant …

Zero Hedge (2019-05-06). US Troops in Syria for the "Long Haul" Atop "A Lot of Oil Resources": Pentagon Official. globalresearch.ca A high level Pentagon official has admitted that US forces will be in Syria for "the long haul" and coupled his statement by declaring the territory contains "a lot of the oil resources and arable land." | The unusually frank remarks …

Joshua Cho (2019-05-06). The Atlantic Illustrates Everything That's Wrong With Media Coverage of Venezuela Sanctions. fair.org by Joshua Cho The Atlantic ( 4/17/19) wonders "whether slow suffocation will prove a match for the myriad international actors that have shored up support for Maduro." | "Trump's Venezuela Policy: Slow Suffocation," an Atlantic report ( 4/17/19) by Uri Friedman and Kathy Gilsinan, passed up a rich opportunity to expose the humanitarian pretexts for economic interv…

Tyler Durden (2019-05-06). US Carrier Strike Group Sent to Middle East in "Clear and Unmistakable Message" to Iran. theantimedia.com (ZH) — After weeks of heated rhetoric and the exchange of threats related to US oil export sanctions on Iran, and with both sides eyeing the enforcement of its rights over the vital Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, the White House has just announced what will be looked on by Tehran as a major and …

teleSUR (2019-05-06). Defiant Turkey Vows to Not Bow to US Sanctions Over S-400 Deal. telesurenglish.net Turkey will never bow to U.S. sanctions over its agreement to purchase Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems, Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Sunday regarding a deal that has strained ties between the NATO allies. | RELATED: | UAE Spy Suspect Committed Suicide in Istanbul Prison: Turkey | The U.S. fears over the Russian-Turkish deal has to do with its Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets, which are not compatible with the S-400 system. It has warned of possible U.S.

Consortiumnews (2019-05-06). PEPE ESCOBAR: The Eagle, the Bear and the Dragon. consortiumnews.com The eagle has conveniently forgotten that the original, Ancient Silk Road linked the dragon with the Roman empire for centuries — with no interlopers outside of Eurasia, muses Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar Special to Consortium News Once upon a… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-05-06). 1,000 Israeli Soldiers To Arrive in Honduras to Train Troops. telesurenglish.net A multilateral military treaty between Honduras, Israel, and the United States will see the deployment of 1000 Israeli soldiers at Honduras. They will train the Armed Forces of Honduras (FFAA) and National Police (PN). | RELATED: | Honduran Police Clashes with Protesters over Health and Education | The main mission of the troops is to train…

Jonathan Cook (2019-05-06). The Palestinian Authority is No Longer Crying Wolf Over its Imminent Collapse. dissidentvoice.org We have been here many times before. However, on this occasion even the principal actors understand that the Palestinian Authority is not crying wolf as it warns of imminent collapse. The crisis is entirely of Israel and Washington's making. Keen to pander to hawkish public opinion in the run-up to last month's election, Israel's Prime …

Philip Giraldi (2019-05-06). Israel's Terrorists: The White Helmets Receive an Award. globalresearch.ca Increasingly, groups and even foreign governments have pandered to Israel and its supporters in the United States because they have come to understand that success in dealing with Washington can be dependent on Jewish support. | Last week, Raed Saleh, …

DXE (2019-05-06). Anti-Fur Activists Stage Bloody Fashion Show Outside Palo Alto Neiman Marcus. indybay.org Activists call on the retailer to drop fur, support the California fur ban…

Black Alliance for Peace (2019-05-06). Failed Coup in Venezuela Intensifies Battle at Embassy in Washington. globalresearch.ca Juan Guaido's coup attempt failed. | The United States is re-tooling. | Yet a battle rages at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C., where activists living inside at the invitation of the Maduro government have been under siege. They have been …

RT (2019-05-06). US deploys aircraft carrier & bombers to Middle East in 'message' to Iran — Bolton. rt.com The US is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East amid mounting animosity and a heated war of words between Washington and Tehran. |

Jake Johnson (2019-05-06). 'Itching for a war,' Bolton threatens Iran with 'unrelenting force' as US bombers deployed to Middle East. nationofchange.org In a late Sunday statement warning — without any evidence whatsoever — of "troubling and escalatory" actions by the Iranian government, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton used the scheduled deployment of an American aircraft carrier and bomber task force to the Middle East to threaten Iran with military action. | The United States, said Bolton, "is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln | Carrier Strike…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-06). 'Itching for a War,' Bolton Threatens Iran With 'Unrelenting Force' as US Bombers Deployed to Middle East. commondreams.org "The latest indication that this administration is running full speed directly into a major war with Iran." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

John Wojcik (2019-05-06). Trump sends aircraft carrier and strike force to threaten Iran. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—President Trump is sending an aircraft carrier and bomber planes, in addition to other military equipment, to waterways and land areas near Iran in what could be a prelude to an attack on that country—an attack which could trigger a wider war. When questioned by the press, the administration would not cite any specific threat …

Whitney Webb (2019-05-06). Bolton's Vague Press Release Lays Foundation for Military Attack Against Iran. mintpressnews.com According to Bolton's statement, an attack launched by a "proxy" of Iran on not just assets but "interests" of the U.S. in the region or "interests" of a U.S. ally in the region, would now be sufficient to trigger a U.S. attack on Iran, even if Iran itself was not directly responsible.

commondreams (2019-05-06). NIAC Statement on Reports that Iran Will Halt Compliance with Aspects of Nuclear Deal. commondreams.org ______________________________…

JMSECC (2019-05-06). Google Bans Press TV. dissidentvoice.org What? On April 19, 2019 (the date of the original Patriots' Day in New England), American tech giant Google disabled the accounts of Press TV, an Iranian news service, and its sister channel Hispan TV, an outlet in Spain. Google denied their access to all its services, including its popular video streaming platform YouTube and …

Staff (2019-05-06). U.S. Rushes Ships to Middle East Over Unspecified Iran Threats. truthdig.com A defense official cites indications that U.S. forces in the region are potential targets; John Bolton says the move sends a message.

RT (2019-05-06). Trump aide sparks fury for tweeting 4yo video from Ukraine & presenting it as –°URRENT Hamas strikes. rt.com Donald Trump's senior campaign adviser has been slammed for spreading "misinformation" online, after posting a four-year-old video of military action in Ukraine and claiming it was evidence of Hamas rocket launches against Israel.

Eds. (2019-05-06). Activists defy right-wing siege at Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC. mronline.org Clashes outside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC are continuing with Juan Guaido supporters growing increasingly hostile and violent. | Source

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-05-06). Secret Service Blocking Food From Reaching Activists Inside Venezuelan Embassy. mintpressnews.com "It is a strange irony that the same tactics being used against Venezuela are being used against the Embassy Protection Collective." — Activist and Embassy Protector Kevin Zeese…

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-05). Netanyahu Orders Israeli Military to Launch 'More Strikes' on Gaza. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Pressing ahead with Israeli aggression, Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said he had ordered his army to continue striking Palestine's blockaded Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported, Anadolu reports. At a Security Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said he had ordered the Israeli army "to continue their strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip," adding that the Israeli army "is beefing …

United Nations (2019-05-05). Deadly violence at Israel-Gaza border escalates dangerously: UN chief condemns in strongest terms. un.org The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, is following with "deep concern" the latest developments across the Gaza-Israeli border and urges all parties to exercise maximum restraint. Over the weekend, hundreds of rockets were launched from the Occupied Palestinian Territory into southern Israel, and Israel retaliated with hundreds of airstrikes and tank fire.

teleSUR (2019-05-05). Ceasefire Reached Between Palestinians in Gaza and Israel. telesurenglish.net After two days of on-going bombings of Gaza, Hamas and Israel have reached a ceasefire agreement to halt the cross-border confrontation, according to Hamas TV and Palestinian media. | RELATED: | International Community Condemns 'Israeli Terrorism' in Gaza as Death Toll Reaches 18 | The ceasefire is expected to go into effect at 4: 30 am on Monday (01: 30 GMT), according to the Times of Israel, which noted there had been no rockets for two hours before the ann…

Murtaza Hussain (2019-05-05). Right-Wing Israeli Author Writes "The Virtue of Nationalism" — and Accidentally Exposes Its Pitfalls. theintercept.com Over the past decade, far-right nationalist movements have swept into power across the world, from the United States to India, from Brazil to Europe. Every movement needs its texts. Today, the nationalists seem to have found one: "The Virtue of Nationalism," by the conservative Israeli philosopher Yoram Hazony. Among other plaudits, the book was recently awarded " Conservative Book of the Year" by an influential conservative campus organization. If nothing else, the award is an indicator of where conservative thought is headed.

teleSUR (2019-05-05). US Deploys Carrier, Bombers to Middle East in Warning to Iran. telesurenglish.net The United States is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in a bid to intimidate Iran, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday. | RELATED: | France 'Determined to Continue' Trade With Iran, Officials Say | Amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, Bolton claimed the decision was "in response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings." | "The United States is not seeking war with the Ira…

United Nations (2019-05-04). 'Grave consequences' await if new deadly escalation of violence in Gaza continues – top UN official. un.org The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, is "deeply concerned by yet another dangerous escalation in Gaza and the tragic loss of life". According to news reports, approximately 200 rockets were fired on Saturday from the Occupied Palestinian Territory towards Israel, and various Israeli airstrikes were carried out in retaliation.

Bryan Wall (2019-05-04). Facebook bans Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos for breaking its rules. thecanary.co Facebook has banned a number of far-right activists and commentators from its platforms for breaking its rules. Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos were two of those whose accounts were banned by the company. Jones has previously claimed the US government faked the Sandy Hook school shooting and that Hillary C…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-04). Activists at Venezuelan Embassy Under Threat From Violent Mobs. consortiumnews.com Activists who have been living in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington have called on the State Dept. and Secret Service to stop violent mobs from attacking them. Activists who have been living inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington are reporting… Read more →

Mary Owen (2019-05-04). East Harlem May Day: Protest supports laundry workers. workers.org Chanting "Pay the workers what you owe them, wage theft is a crime," more than 60 activists turned out on May Day for a protest at TYS Laundromat in East Harlem to support Laundry Workers Center members. TYS owes the workers at least $200,000 in back pay and $400,000 in . . . | Continue reading East Harlem May Day: Protest supports laundry workers at Workers.org

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-04). Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison. theintercept.com Thousands of migrants have died crossing the desert in Arizona. The U.S. government is prosecuting activists who try to save lives and recover bodies.

RT (2019-05-04). Pro Guaido supporters harass journalists, anti-war activists outside Venezuela's US embassy (VIDEOS). rt.com Journalists covering the standoff at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC have been harassed by a group of Juan Guaido supporters, who demand that the 'Embassy Civilian Protection Collective' vacate the diplomatic building.

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-03). Men Can Experience Sexual Violence in War Too. hrw.org The United Nations Security Council formally recognized for the first time that men and boys are targets of sexual violence both in wartime and in post-conflict settings. Resolution 2467, approved on April 23, calls upon UN member countries to strengthen policies to provide help for victims. | As a human-rights lawyer, during the last nine months, I have been documenting cases of conflict-related sexual violence that took place against men and boys in Syria. | As I listened to the open debate at the Security Counc…

Nick Bernabe (2019-05-03). #DivestFromFacebook: Anti-Media Shifting From Facebook to Minds. theantimedia.com (ANTIMEDIA) No good things last, it is said, and Facebook's days as a medium for spreading information have come and gone. The social network has faced a firestorm of criticism over numerous privacy violations and supposed negligence to Russia's electioneering of America's last presidential election, but one thing the tech giant is praised for in the media is …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-03). Mass. Judge Refuses to Halt Pro-Palestinian Event at UMass Featuring Roger Waters & Linda Sarsour. democracynow.org "Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights." That's the title of an event set to take place Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After three anonymous UMass students filed a lawsuit to stop the event, a judge ruled Thursday the event can proceed, saying, "There's nothing that comes even close to a threat of harm or incitement to violence or lawlessness." We get an update from Sut Jhally, event organizer and professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts, and Rachel Weber, attorney and member Jewish Voice for Peace, Western Massachusetts chapt…

susan_p (2019-05-03). US sanctions have killed more than 40,000 people in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuelan economist: 'Hyperinflation is a powerful imperialist weapon'. greenleft.org.au Much is made in the media of Venezuela's deep economic crisis. But why does Venezuela have the world's highest inflation rate and what impacts have the sanctions really had on the country? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes spoke to Venezuelan economist Pascualina Curcio, from the Simón Bolívar University, to find out more. | Hyperinflation is a grave problem in Venezuela, but its causes are less clear. How do you explain it?: | The determinant cause of hyperinflation in Venezuela is the political manipulation by third parties of the exchange rate between the bolívar [Bs, Venezuela's local currency] and…

Alicia Jrapko and Bill Hackwell (2019-05-03). Cuba Defies the Threats from Trump with Hundreds of Thousands in the Street. dissidentvoice.org Plaza of the Revolution (Photo by Bill Hackwell) Considering the level of belligerence and hostility coming from the empire of the North one might expect that the powerful May Day march through the Plaza of the Revolution might take on a defensive military overtone. But Cuba is never that way and instead they show their …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-03). Roger Waters on Palestine: "You Have to Stand Up for People's Human Rights All Over the World" democracynow.org After a judge ruled a panel can move forward Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on "Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights," we speak with one of the event's scheduled participants: Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, one of the most popular rock bands of all time. He says he welcomes the lawsuit that challenged the event, because "what it does is it serves to shine a light on the predicament of the Palestinian people."

Staff (2019-05-03). As Pugh Resigns, Is a Better Baltimore Possible? therealnews.com Baltimore's powerful mayor resigned amid corruption allegations. Three activists ask if the city charter can be amended to limit mayoral power and create a more just city…

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-03). Kenya Backsliding on Press Freedoms. hrw.org | | A Kenyan journalist participates in a protest in the capital, Nairobi, against draconian new laws restricting media freedom that were presented in parliament, December 3, 2013. | © 2013 Thomas Mukoya/Reuters | Many Kenyan journalists and rights activists travelled this week to Ethiopia for a summit to mark the World Press Freedom Day celebrations. It's a sign of how things have cha…

Walter Smolarek (2019-05-03). Venezuela embassy protectors stand strong against coup supporters' attacks. liberationnews.org Despite escalating violence carried out by supporters of the coup attempt, anti-war organizers residing in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are standing strong with the support of steadfast activists outside the building.

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