2019-05-07: Social Media Postees

White House Accuses Iran of Planning to Attack US Troops in Iraq
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-07
(ANTIWAR.COM) — A US buildup of military forces in the Middle East and threats to use force against Iran are now being justified by US officials who claim to have "clear indications" that Iran was plotting to attack US forces in Iraq according to some reports. Exactly what these "clear indications" actually were is unclear. Israeli media, …

White House Accuses Iran of Planning to Attack US Troops in Iraq

Video: The Occupation of the American Mind. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Roger Waters | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-07
This video was originally published in May 2018. | Over the past few years, Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world …
globalresearch.ca/video-the-occupation-of-the-american-mind-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict/5676765

Video: Turkey-led Forces Suffer Casualties in Failed Attack on Kurdish YPG Positions
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-07
The Idlib de-escalation zone and the northern part of Aleppo province are now two main sources of instability in Syria. | On May 4, the pro-Turkish National Syrian Army (NSA), backed by Turkish special forces, launched a surprise attack on positions …
globalresearch.ca/turkey-led-forces-suffer-casualties-failed-attack-ypg-positions/5676734

Anti-Fur Activists Stage Bloody Fashion Show Outside Palo Alto Neiman Marcus
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-05-07
Activists call on the retailer to drop fur, support the California fur ban…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/04/18823174.php

Venezuela Is Not Alone — No Esta Sola
Lauren Smith | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-07
United States activists stand with President Maduro and the people of Venezuela in resistance to Washington's attempts at regime change. Departing Venezuelan diplomats, ordered out of the country on April 15th by the Trump administration, gave the keys to its …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-not-alone-no-esta-sola/5676746

Number of US tourists to Cuba almost DOUBLES amid Trump's sanctions & threats
rt.com | 2019-05-07
Despite the Trump administration's pressure on Cuba and threats to impose a "full and complete embargo", US tourists have been flocking to the country in record numbers, according to data provided by Cuban authorities. | …
rt.com/usa/458530-cuba-tourists-us-surge/

Bolton's Vague Press Release Lays Foundation for Military Attack Against Iran
Whitney Webb | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-07
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 …
globalresearch.ca/boltons-press-release-military-attack-against-iran/5676749

Behind the U.S. Labeling of Iran's Revolutionary Guards a Terrorist Organization
Ismael Hossein-Zadeh | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-07
It can be readily demonstrated that the proffered U.S. justifications for labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization are no more than harebrained excuses designed to put further pressure on the Iranian people in pursuit of its long-standing policy of regime change from within. Indeed, it can reasonably be argued that, in light of…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/07/behind-the-u-s-labeling-of-irans-revolutionary-guards-a-terrorist-organization/

US threatens Iran with war
wsws.org | 2019-05-07
The reckless and criminal character of Washington's actions cannot be exaggerated. A US attack on Iran threatens to ignite a Mideast-wide war and rapidly draw in the other imperialist and great powers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/07/pers…

Qatar Pledges $480M to Palestinians in Occupied West Bank, Gaza
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-07
The State of Qatar announced on Tuesday that it will send US$480M to the Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. This move by Qatar comes a day after a ceasefire deal was established in Gaza. | RELATED: | Ilhan Omar Speaks Out About Unbearable Conditions In Gaza | Qatar's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday morning that US$300M of the US$480 would support health and education programmes of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA), which controls parts of the West…
telesurenglish.net/news/Qatar-Pledges-480M-to-Palestinians-in-Occupied-West-Bank-Gaza-20190507-0002.html

Ilhan Omar Speaks Out About Unbearable Conditions In Gaza
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
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 |…
telesurenglish.net/news/Ilhan-Omar-Speaks-Out-About-Unbearable-Conditions-In-Gaza-20190506-0003.html

The Palestinian Authority is No Longer Crying Wolf Over its Imminent Collapse
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-06
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/the-palestinian-authority-is-no-longer-crying-wolf-over-its-imminent-collapse/

Trump Backs Israel "100%" Amid Airstrikes on Gaza Strip
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-06
(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 …

Trump Backs Israel "100%" Amid Airstrikes on Gaza Strip

Israel Has No Right of Self-Defense Against Gaza
Norman Finkelstein | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-06
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 …
globalresearch.ca/israel-has-no-right-of-self-defense-against-gaza/5649143

Ever More Complex EU Gas Pipeline Geopolitics
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-06
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 …
globalresearch.ca/eu-gas-pipeline-geopolitics/5676572

The Occupation is a Crime of Aggression: Gazans React After 25 Palestinians, 4 Israelis Die
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-06
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/6/the_occupa…

Israeli offensive, North Korean missiles, Venezuela, Assange
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-06
Israel offensive On May 4, the Israel Defense Forces announced an air strike on dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip. The office of the Turkish news agency Anadolu in the Gaza Strip was hit in the course of the offensive. Mevlàºt àáavu≈üoƒülu called the incident an example of aggression on the Israeli side, and …
uwidata.com/3324-israeli-offensive-north-korean-missiles-venezuela-assange/

Critics Condemn 'Double Dehumanization' of Palestinians by Corporate Media as Headlines Focus on Israeli Casualties
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-06
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…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/06/critics-condemn-double-dehumanization-palestinians-corporate-media-headlines-focus?cd-origin=rss

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
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-06
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 …
globalresearch.ca/airstrikes-israel-gaza-strip-pregnant-woman-baby-girl-killed-residential-buildings-targeted-israeli-attacks-continue/5676675

The Occupation of Gaza Is a Crime of Aggression
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-06
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…
truthout.org/video/gazans-react-after-25-palestinians-four-israelis-die/

1,000 Israeli Soldiers To Arrive in Honduras to Train Troops
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
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…
telesurenglish.net/news/1000-Israeli-Soldiers-To-Arrive-in-Honduras-to-Train-Troops-Police-on-Border-Protection-20190506-0014.html

Trump aide sparks fury for tweeting 4yo video from Ukraine & presenting it as –°URRENT Hamas strikes
rt.com | 2019-05-06
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. | …
rt.com/usa/458459-ukraine-video-gaza-footage-trump/

Israel pounds Gaza, stoking fears of invasion
wsws.org | 2019-05-06
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/06/gaza…

Right-wing mob countered by rally to resist siege on Venezuelan embassy protectors
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-06
In response to an emergency call to action from the Embassy Protection Collective — a group of anti-war activists including members of Popular Resistance, the ANSWER Coalition and Code Pink — people from across the East Coast gathered in Washington, D.C. on May 4 to counter the increasingly abusive right-wing mob that had massed outside the Venezuelan Embassy in an attempt to illegally seize the building on behalf of U.S.-backed coup leader Juan Guaidó.
liberationnews.org/right-wing-mob-outnumbered-by-rally-to-resist-siege-on-venezuelan-embassy-protectors/

Kurdish Leader Ocalan Meets Lawyers for 1st Time Since 2011
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
The leader of Turkey's militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, has met his lawyers for the first time in eight years, one of them said on Monday. | RELATED: | Kurdish-Led SDF Forces Declare Victory Against IS in Syria | "This is the first meeting with the lawyers since 2011. The meeting lasted approximately one hour," on May 2, Rezan Sarica told an Istanbul press conference. | Turkey captured Ocalan, public number enemy one…
telesurenglish.net/news/Kurdish-Leader-Ocalan-Meets-Lawyers-for-1st-Time-Since-2011-20190506-0015.html

Save Nature to Save Ourselves, UN Report Pleads
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
Humanity is rapidly destroying the natural world upon which our prosperity – and ultimately our survival – depends, according to a landmark UN assessment of the state of Nature released Monday. | RELATED: | Climate Change Activists Glue Themselves to London Financial Hub | Changes wrought by decades of pillaging and poisoning forests, oceans, soil and air threaten society "at least as much as climate change," said Robert Watson, who chaired the 132-nation meeting that validat…
telesurenglish.net/news/Save-Nature-to-Save-Ourselves-UN-Report-Pleads-20190506-0017.html

Secret Service Blocking Food From Reaching Activists Inside Venezuelan Embassy
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-06
"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…
mintpressnews.com/secret-service-blocks-food-from-reaching-activists-inside-venezuelan-embassy/258244/

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

Secret Service Blocking Food From Reaching Activists Inside Venezuelan Embassy
Alexander Rubinstein | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-06
(MPN) — Since April 30, the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington has been under siege by pro-coup activists who have repeatedly stated their intention to prevent the access of food to the people inside, who are living there at the invitation of the elected government of Venezuela. The U.S. Secret Service is outsourcing its desires to remove …

Secret Service Blocking Food From Reaching Activists Inside Venezuelan Embassy

PEPE ESCOBAR: The Eagle, the Bear and the Dragon
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-06
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 ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/06/pepe-escobar-the-eagle-the-bear-and-the-dragon/

The Atlantic Illustrates Everything That's Wrong With Media Coverage of Venezuela Sanctions
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-05-06
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…
fair.org/home/the-atlantic-illustrates-everything-thats-wrong-with-media-coverage-of-venezuela-sanctions/

Ban Russians from US, sanction sports teams & target Putin, says ex-NATO commander
rt.com | 2019-05-06
The US is too "weak" on Russia in the wake of Mueller's report, a TIME article by former NATO commander James Stavridis claims, suggesting Washington go beyond sanctions to target Russian civilians, even President Putin himself. | …
rt.com/usa/458527-sanction-russians-putin-stavridis/

Defiant Turkey Vows to Not Bow to US Sanctions Over S-400 Deal
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
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.
telesurenglish.net/news/Defiant-Turkey-Vows-to-Not-Bow-to-US-Sanctions-Over-S-400-Deal-20190506-0005.html

US Carrier Strike Group Sent to Middle East in "Clear and Unmistakable Message" to Iran
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-06
(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 …

US Carrier Strike Group Sent to Middle East in "Clear and Unmistakable Message" to Iran

CNN peddles Pentagon talking points on 'credible threat' from Iran — Twitter doesn't buy it
rt.com | 2019-05-06
With US officials seemingly hellbent on sparking military conflict with Iran, CNN decided to lend a helping hand, raising claims of "credible and specific" threats from Tehran — and got roasted on Twitter for Iraq War déjà vu. | …
rt.com/usa/458519-cnn-barbara-starr-iran-tweet/

U.S. Rushes Ships to Middle East Over Unspecified Iran Threats
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-06
A defense official cites indications that U.S. forces in the region are potential targets; John Bolton says the move sends a message.
truthdig.com/articles/u-s-rushes-ships-to-middle-east-over-unspecified-iran-threats/

Bolton Threatens Iran as US Bombers Deployed to Middle East
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-06
In a late Sunday statement warning — without any evidence whatsoever — of "troubling and escalatory" actions by the Iranian government, U.S. national security advisor 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 G…
truthout.org/articles/bolton-threatens-iran-as-us-bombers-deployed-to-middle-east/

'Itching for a war,' Bolton threatens Iran with 'unrelenting force' as US bombers deployed to Middle East
Jake Johnson | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-06
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…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/06/itching-for-a-war-bolton-threatens-iran-with-unrelenting-force-as-us-bombers-deployed-to-middle-east/

US deploys aircraft carrier & bombers to Middle East in 'message' to Iran — Bolton
rt.com | 2019-05-06
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. | …
rt.com/usa/458457-us-iran-carrier-bomber-central-command/

Will the U.S. Start a War Against Iran?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-06
This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | On Sunday, May 5, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton announced that the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force had begun to make their way from the Mediterranean Sea toward the coastline of Iran. Iran, Bolton said, had made "a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings." He was, characteristically, not specific. It was enough that Bolton–who has a history of making hazardous statements–had made t…
truthdig.com/articles/will-the-u-s-start-a-war-against-iran/

NIAC Statement on Reports that Iran Will Halt Compliance with Aspects of Nuclear Deal
commondreams.org | 2019-05-06
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/05/06/niac-statement-reports-iran-will-halt-compliance-aspects-nuclear-deal?cd-origin=rss

Bolton's Vague Press Release Lays Foundation for Military Attack Against Iran
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-06
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.
mintpressnews.com/new-bolton-press-release-deploys-carrier-group-to-mideast-with-threat-of-war-on-iran/258223/

Trump sends aircraft carrier and strike force to threaten Iran
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-06
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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-sends-aircraft-carrier-and-strike-force-to-threaten-iran/

Google Bans Press TV
JMSECC | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-06
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/google-bans-press-tv/

Right-Wing Israeli Author Writes "The Virtue of Nationalism" — and Accidentally Exposes Its Pitfalls
Murtaza Hussain | theintercept.com | 2019-05-05
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.
theintercept.com/2019/05/05/israel-virture-of-nationalism-book/

Deadly violence at Israel-Gaza border escalates dangerously: UN chief condemns in strongest terms
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-05
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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1037931

'Grave consequences' await if new deadly escalation of violence in Gaza continues – top UN official
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-04
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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1037911

Facebook bans Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos for breaking its rules
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-05-04
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…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2019/05/04/facebook-bans-alex-jones-and-milo-yiannopoulos-for-breaking-its-rules/

Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-05-04
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.
theintercept.com/2019/05/04/no-more-deaths-scott-warren-migrants-border-arizona/

Activists at Venezuelan Embassy Under Threat From Violent Mobs
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-04
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 ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/03/activists-protecting-venezuelan-embassy-under-threat-from-violent-mobs/

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2019-05-07: Social Media Postees

Will the Trump Regime Attack Venezuela and Iran?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
Imperial madness defines US geopolitics under Republicans and undemocratic Dems, seeking dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations. | Naked aggression and other hostile actions are its favored strategies. Trump delegated his geopolitical agenda to hardline extremists Pompeo and Bolton….
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-attack-venezuela-iran/5676819

Pence lifts US sanctions from Venezuela's defector general, hopes to inspire more turncoats
rt.com | 2019-05-08
The US has lifted sanctions from a former Venezuelan spy chief, who recently defected from President Nicolas Maduro's side. US Vice President Mike Pence hopes this incentive will prompt others to defect as well. | …
rt.com/usa/458686-venezuela-defector-sanctions-lifted/

Video: Multiple Casualties Reported Amid Clashes in Northwestern Hama
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
On May 6, air defenses of Russia's Hmeimim airbase in Syria repelled two militant rocket attacks intercepting at least 36 projectiles, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. | According to the defense ministry, the attacks caused no damage or casualties. Militants had …
globalresearch.ca/multiple-casualties-reported-amid-clashes-northwestern-hama/5676823

Fans staying away from Eurovision in Tel Aviv
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-08
An Israeli government-backed propaganda initiative is attempting to rig another online poll about whether there should be a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv later this month. | This desperate effort to manipulate public opinion comes as Israeli organizers are struggling to unload thousands of unsold tickets to the event. | The Irish publication TheJournal.ie put up a poll asking readers whether they support the boycott. | On Tuesday, th…
greenleft.org.au/content/fans-staying-away-eurovision-tel-aviv

What Is Happening at the Venezuelan Embassy Is an Outrage
Medea Benjamin | commondreams.org | 2019-05-07
On May 1 our peaceful presence was violently besieged by angry Guaido supporters. (Photo: Codepink) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/07/what-happening-venezuelan-embassy-outrage?cd-origin=rss

Trita Parsi: John Bolton Has Wanted War With Iran for 20 Years. Now Could Be His Best Chance
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-07
Iran is accusing the United States of "psychological warfare" after National Security Advisor John Bolton announced the U.S. is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the region. In a statement on Sunday night, Bolton said the move was intended to "send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attacks on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force." On Monday acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the deployment was made because of a "credible threat by Iranian regime forces" but he offered no details. Axios is reporting…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/7/trita_pars…

Iran's Reduced Compliance with Nuclear Accord Should be Met with Good-Faith Diplomacy, Not Escalation
commondreams.org | 2019-05-07
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/05/07/irans-reduced-compliance-nuclear-accord-should-be-met-good-faith-diplomacy-not?cd-origin=rss

Behind the U.S. Labeling of Iran's Revolutionary Guards a Terrorist Organization
Ismael Hossein-Zadeh | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-07
It can be readily demonstrated that the proffered U.S. justifications for labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization are no more than harebrained excuses designed to put further pressure on the Iranian people in pursuit of its long-standing policy of regime change from within. Indeed, it can reasonably be argued that, in light of…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/07/behind-the-u-s-labeling-of-irans-revolutionary-guards-a-terrorist-organization/

China Condemns US Attitude Towards Arctic, Iran
plenglish.com | 2019-05-07
Beijing, May 7 (Prensa Latina) China has deplored on Tuesday US criticism of international cooperation in the Arctic and also its military deployment to intimidate Iran, urging it to contribute more to preserving peace in both cases.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

US threatens Iran with war
wsws.org | 2019-05-07
The reckless and criminal character of Washington's actions cannot be exaggerated. A US attack on Iran threatens to ignite a Mideast-wide war and rapidly draw in the other imperialist and great powers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/07/pers…

Trump and Bolton Are Putting War With Iran on a Hair Trigger
Bob Dreyfuss | thenation.com | 2019-05-07
Trump and Bolton Are Putting War With Iran on a Hair Trigger…
thenation.com/article/iran-war-bolton-trump-hair-trigger/

Iran's Reduced Compliance with Nuclear Accord Should be Met with Good-Faith Diplomacy, Not Escalation
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-05-07
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 …
peaceaction.org/2019/05/07/irans-reduced-compliance-with-nuclear-accord-should-be-met-with-good-faith-diplomacy-not-escalation/

Bolton's Vague Press Release Lays Foundation for Military Attack Against Iran
Whitney Webb | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-07
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 …
globalresearch.ca/boltons-press-release-military-attack-against-iran/5676749

Spain: Viggo Mortensen Slams Vox for Using Aragorn's Picture
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-07
Actor Viggo Mortensen slammed Spain's far-right Vox party for using a picture of his character in "The Lord of the Rings," Aragorn to depict the party's anti-progressive stand. | RELATED: | Spain's Far-right Vox Received Almost $1M from 'Marxist-Islamist' Iranian Exiles: Report | On April 28, Vox pu…
telesurenglish.net/news/Viggo-Mortensen-Slams-Far-Right-Vox-for-Using-Aragorns-Picture-to-Attack-Progressives-20190507-0012.html

US Deploys Four B-52 Bombers to Deter "Possible Attack" by Iran
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-07
(ZH) — The deployment of American military assets to the Middle East continues to ramp up following national security advisor John Bolton's Sunday night statements warning the US is prepared to send "a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime". Citing "possible attack by Iran" against US troops in the region, four B-52 bombers are now on their way …

US Deploys Four B-52 Bombers to Deter "Possible Attack" by Iran

White House Accuses Iran of Planning to Attack US Troops in Iraq
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-07
(ANTIWAR.COM) — A US buildup of military forces in the Middle East and threats to use force against Iran are now being justified by US officials who claim to have "clear indications" that Iran was plotting to attack US forces in Iraq according to some reports. Exactly what these "clear indications" actually were is unclear. Israeli media, …

White House Accuses Iran of Planning to Attack US Troops in Iraq

US Sanctions Violate Human Rights, International Law: UN Expert
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-07
The United Nations (U.N.) Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of sanctions, Idriss Jazairy, expressed deep concern on Monday at the recent measures against Cuba, Venezuela, and Iran by the United States (U.S), arguing the use of economic sanctions for political purposes violates human rights and international law. | RELATED: | US Gloats Own Actions to Economically Ruin Venezuela | "The resort by a major power of its dominant position in the international financial arena against its…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Sanctions-Violate-Human-Rights-International-Law-UN-Expert-20190507-0023.html

Video: The Occupation of the American Mind. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Roger Waters | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-07
This video was originally published in May 2018. | Over the past few years, Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world …
globalresearch.ca/video-the-occupation-of-the-american-mind-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict/5676765

Ilhan Omar Calls for 'Justice' and 'Lasting Peace' in Gaza
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-07
(MEMO) — Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar called for "real justice [to] bring about security and lasting peace" to Gaza after Israel rocked the Strip with air strikes over the weekend. Writing on Twitter, Omar said:…

Ilhan Omar Calls for ‘Justice’ and ‘Lasting Peace’ in Gaza

The Media's Israel-Centric Reporting of the Death Toll in Gaza
Alison Weir | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-07
Media have published a number of reports on the recent violence that emphasize Israeli deaths, begin with Israeli victims, largely ignore the year-long killing of Gazans, and frame Israeli actions as strictly defensive.
mintpressnews.com/the-medias-israel-centric-reporting-of-the-death-toll-in-gaza/258260/

Qatar Pledges $480M to Palestinians in Occupied West Bank, Gaza
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-07
The State of Qatar announced on Tuesday that it will send US$480M to the Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. This move by Qatar comes a day after a ceasefire deal was established in Gaza. | RELATED: | Ilhan Omar Speaks Out About Unbearable Conditions In Gaza | Qatar's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday morning that US$300M of the US$480 would support health and education programmes of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA), which controls parts of the West…
telesurenglish.net/news/Qatar-Pledges-480M-to-Palestinians-in-Occupied-West-Bank-Gaza-20190507-0002.html

As Mainstream Comes Down Hard on Palestinians, Sanders Cites Human Rights Violations in Gaza
Philip Weiss | commondreams.org | 2019-05-07
Sanders surely has an understanding that the Democratic base is sympathetic to Palestinians. (Photo: Bernie Sanders Facebook) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/07/mainstream-comes-down-hard-palestinians-sanders-cites-human-rights-violations-gaza?cd-origin=rss

What I Saw in Gaza Changed Me Forever
Ned Rosch | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-07
Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism is a powerful collection of 40 essays by Jews from diverse backgrounds. Each describes a personal journey from a Zionist worldview to activism in solidarity with Palestinians and Israelis striving to build a society founded on justice, equality, and peaceful coexistence. In this excerpt from the essay "Palestine and my Journey of Self-Discovery," Ned Rosch describes the deep impact of a visit to Gaza in 2014, shortly after the intensive bombings of Israel's "Operation Protective Edge." | The great Indian writer Arundhati Roy wrote, "The trouble is that once you see it, you can't un…
mintpressnews.com/what-i-saw-in-gaza-changed-me-forever-jewish-perspective-palestinian-liberation/258285/

Named: The People Killed in Gaza and Israel this Weekend
Middle East Eye | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-07
MEE Editor's note: This story is being updated and amended as more details about those killed by the air strikes and rocket attacks emerge. | After the worst fighting seen in Gaza since the war in 2014, at least 25 Palestinians, …
globalresearch.ca/people-killed-gaza-israel-weekend/5676791

Number of US tourists to Cuba almost DOUBLES amid Trump's sanctions & threats
rt.com | 2019-05-07
Despite the Trump administration's pressure on Cuba and threats to impose a "full and complete embargo", US tourists have been flocking to the country in record numbers, according to data provided by Cuban authorities. | …
rt.com/usa/458530-cuba-tourists-us-surge/

Foreign Minister Arreaza: 'The People of Venezuela Are Prepared to Defend Their Sovereignty'
TeleSUR English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-07
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced US sanctions and asset freezes during a recent trip to Moscow.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14472

Israel Won't Allow Activists During Eurovision
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-07
Israel said that it will block activists from entering the country during the 64the annual Eurovision Song Contest. The country fears that the activists will protest the event to highlight Israel's treatment of Palestinians. | RELATED: | Roger Waters Urges Madonna Not to 'Normalize Apartheid' by Playing at Eurovision in Israel | Israel is hosting this year's contest because Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the 2018 contest. The semifinals of Eurovisio…
telesurenglish.net/news/Israel-Wont-Allow-Activists-During-Eurovision–20190507-0011.html

Venezuela Is Not Alone — No Esta Sola
Lauren Smith | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-07
United States activists stand with President Maduro and the people of Venezuela in resistance to Washington's attempts at regime change. Departing Venezuelan diplomats, ordered out of the country on April 15th by the Trump administration, gave the keys to its …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-not-alone-no-esta-sola/5676746

"Endorsement of Murder": Trump Pardons US Soldier Who Tortured, Killed Iraqi Prisoner
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-07
(CD) — President Donald Trump on Monday evening pardoned an American soldier for murdering an Iraqi prisoner in 2008, generating outrage from progressives and human rights activists. First Lt. Michael Behenna was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2009 for the murder, and released on parole in 2014. The killing came a month after two of Behenna's fellow …

"Endorsement of Murder": Trump Pardons US Soldier Who Tortured, Killed Iraqi Prisoner

The Pentagon Is Reporting Low Civilian Death Tolls in Syria and Iraq. Without Accountability, People Will Keep Dying
Laila Ujayli | theintercept.com | 2019-05-07
The Pentagon says the U.S. killed 120 civilians in all its wars last year. But Amnesty International and Airwars said at least 821 died in Syria and Iraq alone.
theintercept.com/2019/05/07/syria-civilian-deaths-defense-department-pentagon/

Video: Turkey-led Forces Suffer Casualties in Failed Attack on Kurdish YPG Positions
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-07
The Idlib de-escalation zone and the northern part of Aleppo province are now two main sources of instability in Syria. | On May 4, the pro-Turkish National Syrian Army (NSA), backed by Turkish special forces, launched a surprise attack on positions …
globalresearch.ca/turkey-led-forces-suffer-casualties-failed-attack-ypg-positions/5676734

Escalation in Syria fighting cause for 'great concern' says UN chief, dozens more civilians dead or injured
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-07
UN chief António Guterres has said that he's following "with great concern" intensifying clashes in north-western Syria that have claimed yet more civilian lives and displaced thousands in recent days.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038031

Tuesday's Daily Brief: prizewinning journalists freed in Myanmar, new tracking tool for suspected terrorists, and a global bid to stop snakebite deaths
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-07
This Tuesday, we cover: the release of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar; how to detect and disrupt terrorist travel; escalation in Syria fighting; an update from the World Food Programme on Yemen; and how the UN is working to reduce snakebite deaths.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038071

Syria Testimonies: A Mother's Brave Testimony after Martyrdom of Her Son, Majed, 4th April 2019
Vanessa Beeley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-07
During my most recent trip to Mhardeh and Al Suqalibiyah– Syrian Christian towns bordering international terrorism — I interviewed the families of two martyrs, murdered by a Nusra Front rocket on the 4th April 2019. | I was profoundly affected …
globalresearch.ca/syria-mothers-brave-testimony-martyrdom-son-majed-4th-april-2019/5676810

Saudi Arabia Detains 174 Yemeni Fishermen and Their Boats in Violation of Ceasefire Provisions
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-07
"Despite Sweden's truce, Coalition forces have continued to prevent Yemeni fishermen from fishing and if the fishermen dare to sail, they will be killed or detained." — Mohammed al-Hassani, head of the Forum of Tahamah Fishermen…
mintpressnews.com/saudi-coalition-kidnaps-174-yemeni-fishermen-ignoring-provisions-ceasefire/258269/

174 Yemeni Fishermen Kidnapped by Saudi Arabia
Ahmed AbdulKareem | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-07
(MPN) — The Saudi-led Coalition kidnapped more than 170 Yemeni fishermen and seized their boats while they were fishing near the port city of Hodeida this past week. To demonstrate clearly that they posed no threat, the fishermen hung large white flags on the back of their boats and waved fish in the air as Coalition …

174 Yemeni Fishermen Kidnapped by Saudi Arabia

Yemen's Houthi Movement Unveils "National Vision" to Heal, Rebuild, and Modernize their War-torn Nation
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-07
"The National Vision symbolizes a milestone in Yemen's path towards pluralistic democracy. It shows the willingness of the National Salvation Government [led by Houthis] to work towards democracy, despite the current aggression ravaging the Yemeni Republic." — Rune Agerhus, chairman of the International Solidarity Committee with Yemen…
mintpressnews.com/houthi-movement-unveils-new-national-vision-heal-rebuild-modernize-yemen/258274/

'Climate Strike' Students Demand Fossil Fuel Divestment from CalSTRS
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-05-07
"When you become a teacher, you sign up to not only care for children, but to educate the future leaders of society," said 12 year-old Samantha of Youth vs Apocalypse. "To find out that the people I have spent most of my life with are funding to pour toxins into my future is a real slap to the face. It's a message telling the youth that you don't really care for our future, and it contradicts exactly what a teacher is."
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/07/18823312.php

US deploys aircraft carrier & bombers to Middle East in 'message' to Iran — Bolton
rt.com | 2019-05-06
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. | …
rt.com/usa/458457-us-iran-carrier-bomber-central-command/

CNN peddles Pentagon talking points on 'credible threat' from Iran — Twitter doesn't buy it
rt.com | 2019-05-06
With US officials seemingly hellbent on sparking military conflict with Iran, CNN decided to lend a helping hand, raising claims of "credible and specific" threats from Tehran — and got roasted on Twitter for Iraq War déjà vu. | …
rt.com/usa/458519-cnn-barbara-starr-iran-tweet/

Bolton's Vague Press Release Lays Foundation for Military Attack Against Iran
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-06
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.
mintpressnews.com/new-bolton-press-release-deploys-carrier-group-to-mideast-with-threat-of-war-on-iran/258223/

Google Bans Press TV
JMSECC | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-06
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/google-bans-press-tv/

Israeli offensive, North Korean missiles, Venezuela, Assange
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-06
Israel offensive On May 4, the Israel Defense Forces announced an air strike on dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip. The office of the Turkish news agency Anadolu in the Gaza Strip was hit in the course of the offensive. Mevlàºt àáavu≈üoƒülu called the incident an example of aggression on the Israeli side, and …
uwidata.com/3324-israeli-offensive-north-korean-missiles-venezuela-assange/

The Occupation is a Crime of Aggression: Gazans React After 25 Palestinians, 4 Israelis Die
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-06
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/6/the_occupa…

Israel pounds Gaza, stoking fears of invasion
wsws.org | 2019-05-06
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/06/gaza…

Trump aide sparks fury for tweeting 4yo video from Ukraine & presenting it as –°URRENT Hamas strikes
rt.com | 2019-05-06
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. | …
rt.com/usa/458459-ukraine-video-gaza-footage-trump/

The Atlantic Illustrates Everything That's Wrong With Media Coverage of Venezuela Sanctions
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-05-06
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 intervention, and…
fair.org/home/the-atlantic-illustrates-everything-thats-wrong-with-media-coverage-of-venezuela-sanctions/

Ban Russians from US, sanction sports teams & target Putin, says ex-NATO commander
rt.com | 2019-05-06
The US is too "weak" on Russia in the wake of Mueller's report, a TIME article by former NATO commander James Stavridis claims, suggesting Washington go beyond sanctions to target Russian civilians, even President Putin himself. | …
rt.com/usa/458527-sanction-russians-putin-stavridis/

PEPE ESCOBAR: The Eagle, the Bear and the Dragon
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-06
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 ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/06/pepe-escobar-the-eagle-the-bear-and-the-dragon/

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

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