2019-05-09: Social Media Postees

Waging War on Iran without Turkey? Is Turkey Sleeping with the Enemy? The Russia -Turkey -Iran "Triple Entente"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-09
While US-Turkey military cooperation (including US air force bases in Turkey) dates back to the Cold War, Turkey is sleeping with both Iran and Russia. Trump's response takes the form of both military threats and economic sanctions coupled with financial manipulation of foreign exchange markets directed against Turkey's Lira.

Bolton's War. Escalating US Hostility against Iran. Seeking a Pretext for War
Paul R. Pillar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-09
National Security Advisor John Bolton, aided by his comrade-in-arms Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is doing everything possible to instigate a war with Iran. Naked aggression as a means of starting such a war may be too much …

Pompeo in Baghdad to Pressure Iraq to Join Press Against Iran; Iraq Declines
Juan Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-09
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo made a surprise four-hour visit to Baghdad on Tuesday in connection to the panic he is trying to trump up, along with US national security adviser and Sheldon Adelson plant John Bolton about Iran …

Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Iran
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-09
(MEE) — One year after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump imposed strict new sanctions on the country, just hours after Tehran announced plans to pull out of parts of the landmark accord. The Trump administration on Wednesday announced a new round of sanctions that will target Iran's metals trade — iron, steel, …

Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Iran

Iran Urges Diplomacy as US Ramps Up "Wildly Reckless" Threats of War
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-09
(CD) — In the face of belligerent threats of war from the Trump administration, Iran on Wednesday took what some observers described as rational steps to reduce compliance with the nuclear accord to pressure European nations to live up to their end of the deal. "The path we have chosen today is not the path of war, it is the path of diplomacy," …

Iran Urges Diplomacy as US Ramps Up "Wildly Reckless" Threats of War

Iran's Actions Seek Compliance with Nuclear Deal
plenglish.com | 2019-05-09
Tehran, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Ambassador at the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi said that by withdrawing from parts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), his country seeks compliance with what the pact establishes.

Pandering to Israel Means War with Iran
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-09
The United States is moving dangerously forward in what appears to be a deliberate attempt to provoke a war with Iran, apparently based on threat intelligence provided by Israel. The claims made by National Security Advisor John Bolton and …

Trump's achievements in pressure on Iran: from economic sanctions to military confrontation
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-09
Exactly a year ago, on May 8, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump took a pivotal decision on pulling his country unilaterally out of the international nuclear agreement on the Iran nuclear deal brokered by international mediators — the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. Trump claimed that the Administration of his …

Gig Economy Drivers Strike: Uber Has Built Its $90 Billion Empire on an Anti-Worker Model
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-09
The New York Taxi Workers Alliance helped organize the Uber and Lyft strike in New York City on Wednesday. We speak to the group's executive director Bhairavi Desai.

US Seizes North Korean Coal Ship as Tensions Mount
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-09
North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles Thursday in its second such test in less than a week, and the United States announced it had seized a North Korean cargo ship as tensions again mounted between the two countries. | U.S. President Donald Trump said "nobody is happy" at the missile launches, which South Korea said were likely a protest by Pyongyang against Trump refusing to ease economic sanctions on the North. | Meanwhile, the country's foreign ministry said Wednesday that North Korea's "strike drill" last week was "regular and self-defensive," | "The recent drill conducted by our…

Sanctions kill. Top US economist says 'the world needs more journalists willing to report' that fact
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-05-09
In April 2019, two leading economists at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) produced a revealing study regarding the impact of economic sanctions on Venezuela. The economists, Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs, estimated that US sanctions killed 40,…

The Atlantic illustrates everything that's wrong with media coverage of Venezuela sanctions
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-09
"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 instead exhibited the worst tendencies of corporate media coverage of U.S. policy in Latin Ame | Source…

'Dangerous and Appalling': US Defenders of Venezuelan Embassy Demand Secret Service End Illegal Water and Power Shutoff
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-09
What is happening at the embassy, said one activist, is "a microcosm of the what is taking place in Venezuela as the U.S. continues to try and orchestrate a coup." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge WALK for PEACE
Toby Blome | indybay.org | 2019-05-09
BE GREEN AND CARPOOL | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit Buses 10, 70, 80 | and SF Muni Bus 28 stop at the bridge (SF side). | Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. | 11: 45 am: Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. | Noon: Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends to converge in the middle for World Peace. Then march to the SF side for rally.

Video: Syrian Army Liberates Another Town in Northwestern Hama
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-09
By May 8, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies had repelled a series of counter-attacks by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-led forces keeping control of all the positions captured in northwestern Hama. Especially intense clashes took place near Tell Ottman …

US Embassy in Jerusalem 'Officially Open': Mike Pompeo
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-09
The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that the country's embassy in Jerusalem is "officially open" almost a year after the embassy building was inaugurated. | RELATED: | Delusional 'Deal of The Century' Leaked: Palestinians Lay Down Arms, US Intervention in Gaza | Pompeo said that the r…

Trump and Kushner Middle East Peace Deal Is a Trojan Horse for Further Occupation
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-09
Phyllis Bennis discusses the recent Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the real nature of Kushner's supposed "deal of the century"

Coup supporters in Washington try to smear peace group with misleading video
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2019-05-09
As The Canary previously reported, the Venezuelan embassy in Washington is currently under siege by coup supporters. Peace activists of the Embassy Protection Collective have been living inside since the last remaining diplomatic staff left last month. But now, coup backers have sought to smear these activists with…

Animal rights activists free 9,000 pheasants and vow to 'dismantle the shooting industry'
Animal Liberation Press Office | indybay.org | 2019-05-09
Over 9,000 pheasants were freed by animal rights activists from a farm in Suffolk as part of their campaign to "dismantle the shooting industry, farm by farm, shoot by shoot". Suffolk Police confirmed they were investigating the incident at Heath Hatcheries in Mildenhall that happened on the night of Friday, April 19. They said a number of unknown persons cut the fence to access the property, and then broke into the cages "allowing thousands of breeding stock pheasants to escape."

Thailand: Critics Feared 'Disappeared'
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-09
(New York) — The Thai government should immediately disclose the whereabouts of three activists who were reportedly extradited from Hanoi to Bangkok, Human Rights Watch said today. Thai authorities have not acknowledged their arrest and detention, raising grave concerns that they have become victims of enforced disappearance. | Chucheep Chivasut is feared to have been forcibly disappeared along with two colleagues after they were extradited from Vietnam to Thailand in May 20…

Anti-War Activists Confront Guaido Backers at Venezuela Embassy
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-09
Clashes ensued Wednesday evening at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. between representatives of the international NGO Code Pink who have barricaded themselves in the embassy and supporters of the right-wing Venezuelan opposition outside. | RELATED: | Police Arrest Second Top Venezuelan Opposition Lawmaker | Opposition groups prevented basic commodities such as food from entering the embassy on May 8. The Collective of Protection of the Embassy threw a backp…

US cuts off power to Venezuelan Embassy with activists besieged inside
rt.com | 2019-05-09
The Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC was plunged into darkness after the US authorities shut down power in the building. The anti-coup activists hunkered down inside say they are not leaving despite the blackout. | …

Anya Parampil from Inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-09
The Real News Network interviewed Anya Parampil, a journalist with The Grayzone, live from the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. where activists with the Embassy Protection Collective are preventing the Venezuelan opposition from taking over the embassy.

'Climate Strike' Students Demand Fossil Fuel Divestment from CalSTRS
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-05-09
"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."

1,000 Israeli Soldiers to Arrive in Honduras to Train Troops, Police on Border Protection
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-09
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). | The main mission of the troops …

Yemen: Warehouse Blast Kills Schoolchildren
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-09
(Beirut) — A Houthi-controlled warehouse that stored volatile material near homes and schools caught fire and detonated in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, on April 7, 2019, causing the deaths of at least 15 children, Human Rights Watch and Mwatana for Human Rights said today. The massive blast injured more than 100 children and adults in the residential Sawan neighborhood. The groups could not determine the initial cause of the fire at the warehouse. Witnesses did not see or hear aircraft, but the Saudi Arabia-owned al-Arabiya published and broadcast [mda…

New Iran sanctions: Trump threatens anyone trading aluminum, iron, steel & copper
rt.com | 2019-05-08
The US has imposed sweeping new sanctions on anyone who trades with Iran in iron, steel, copper, aluminum and related products, escalating the economic blockade of Tehran as the nuclear deal continues to unravel. | …

Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders for Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-08
A mainstream, Democratic Party-aligned foreign policy think tank is knocking Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for voting against new sanctions on Iran in 2017 — though the think tank itself and many members of its board oppose new Iran sanctions. | Sanders has been an outspoken supporter of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said at the time that he voted against the measure in…

A Permanent, Soylent-Based Solution to Capitalism
Jennifer Matsui | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-08
The architects of "regime change" in Venezuela and Iran know only too well that their interventions never bring about anything beyond chaos, destruction and death. Our Overlords are not deluded, pie-in-the-sky dreamers but clear-sighted, rational merchants of nightmares. Where we see endless despair and violence as a result of their meddling, they see a surge…

Iran to Even the Nuclear Score with the US
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
It is going to be 30 years in another six months since the USS Abraham Lincoln, named in honour of the 16th US President, was commissioned on Nov.11, 1989 as the 5th Nimitz-class aircraft carrier of the American Navy. Now, …

Wednesday's Daily Brief: updates from the Near East and Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, World War remembrance
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-08
On Wednesday, we cover: chronic hunger in the Middle East; the toll of war on Gazans; the one-year-long detention of an academic in Iran; Syrian health facilities under attack; Ebola casualties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo hitting the 1,000 mark; and a two-day remembrance effort for those who died during the Second World War.

Is the Iran Nuclear Deal Doomed?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
On Wednesday, Iran announced the suspension of some of its JCPOA commitments, short of withdrawing from the nuclear deal altogether. More on this below. | Trump's year ago pullout greatly jeopardizes the deal's sustainability over the longterm, what its hardliners aim …

Iran Quits Parts of 2015 Nuclear Deal and Lays Down 60-Day Ultimatum
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-08
(MEE) — Iran President Hassan Rouhani has announced that Tehran is pulling out of key commitments under a 2015 international nuclear deal, a year after it was abandoned by the United States. Rouhani said Iran would keep enriched uranium stocks in the country rather than sell them abroad and threatened to resume production of higher enriched uranium …

Iran Quits Parts of 2015 Nuclear Deal and Lays Down 60-Day Ultimatum

US Venezuela Sanctions Violate Human Rights, International Law: UN Expert
TeleSUR English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-08
UN expert Idriss Jazairy stated that unilateral measures are against the U.N.'s Declaration on the Principles of International Law concerning friendly relations and cooperation among States.

Trump's "Deal of the Century" Will Use Sanctions, Military Threats to Force Palestinian Acceptance
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-08
Recently leaked provisions of the plan include threats of US sanctions & military force if Palestinians reject the plan and a requirement for Palestinians to pay the Israeli Defense Forces for protection.

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. | …

Syria Military Operation to Liberate Idlib Has Begun. Estimated 40,000 Terrorists in Idlib
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
The zero-hour has arrived in Idlib, as the long awaited military operations to clear the last remaining terrorist-controlled area in Syria has begun. It is estimated that there are 40,000 terrorists, some with their families, and they comprise many …

Hundreds of wounded Gaza protesters risk limb amputation without immediate help, warns top UN official
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-08
Millions of dollars in emergency funding is needed in Gaza to save the shattered limbs of some 1,700 people who have been seriously injured in demonstrations against Israel along the border fence, a top UN humanitarian official said on Wednesday.

Pledge to #deactivateAirbnb on May 15, Nakba Day
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-08
Pledge to #deactivateAirbnb on May 15, Nakba Day: Action AlertAfter initially committing to stop listing rentals in Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, Airbnb did a complete reversal, and will now continue to allow rentals on stolen Palestinian land. | Economic BoycottMay 8, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) …

Supermajority: Cecile Richards Teams With Alicia Garza & Ai-jen Poo to Mobilize Women Voters in 2020
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-08
As the 2020 primary and general election season heats up, we speak with former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards about Supermajority, the new political action group she helped launch that aims to train a new generation of women activists to take on grassroots campaigns and electoral politics. "Women are the majority of voters … the volunteers, we're increasingly the donors, increasingly the candidates, and it's time for political equity," says Richards. "We want to build a multi-racial, intergenerational movement to increase women's power." Supermajority was co-founded by Black Lives Matter co-founde…

Remembering the Woman Who Renovated the House that RBG Built
aclu.org | 2019-05-08
Lenora Lapidus led the ACLU's Women's Right Project for nearly two decades. She died on Sunday, May 5. | On the 50th anniversary of Selma's Bloody Sunday, one of the darkest stains in our nation's civil rights history, President Obama spoke with hope and confidence about Americans who were "unencumbered by what is, because you're ready to seize what ought to be." Lenora Lapidus lived her life by this principle. | Public servants come in many forms. They're elected officials, politicians, activists, lawyers, organizers, students, ordinary citizens, and steadfast patriots. Our beloved Lenora represen…

Intersex justice activists call on hospitals to stop unnecessary surgeries on infants
Michelle Zacarias | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-08
CHICAGO–Intersex activists and allies gathered last week outside of the Marriott Marquis hotel to protest the continued performance of medically unnecessary genital "normalizing" surgery on intersex infants. The demonstration was coordinated by Pidgeon Pagonis and Saifa Wall, co-founders of the Intersex Justice Project (IJP). The action targeted the Societies for Pediatric Urology, which held its …

The Two Narratives of Palestine: The People Are United, the Factions Are Not
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-08
The International Conference on Palestine held in Istanbul between April 27-29 brought together many speakers and hundreds of academics, journalists, activists and students from Turkey and all over the world. The Conference was a rare opportunity aimed at articulating a discourse of international solidarity that is both inclusive and forward thinking. There was near consensus …

New Era for the ERA? 35 Years Later, Will Equal Rights Amendment Finally be Ratified?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-08
Activists and lawmakers testified last week before a House Judiciary subcommittee in the first congressional hearings on the Equal Rights Amendment in more than 35 years. The constitutional amendment was approved by Congress in 1972, and was ratified by 35 states over the next decade — three states short of the required total needed by a 1982 deadline. Nevada and Illinois have since ratified the amendment. A bill by Rep. Jackie Spear would eliminate the 1982 deadline, leaving the ERA just one state away from becoming a part of the U.S. Constitution. We speak with co-presidents and CEOs of the ERA Coalition/…

The Democratic Counterrevolution Has a Self-Appointed Leader: Josh Gottheimer
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-05-08
Not long after Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were sworn into Congress, they began hearing from their new colleagues that one member of the House Democratic caucus, Josh Gottheimer, had particularly strong views about each of them. Gottheimer, a second-term representative from New Jersey, has deep ties to the lobbies for Saudi Arabia and Israel, while Tlaib and Omar are often critical of both Mideast governments. | So when Gottheimer reached out to meet with Tlaib, she was eager to take it, hoping that a personal connection would help bridge their differences. On the day of the meeting, February 6, Gottheimer arriv…

Israeli Newspaper Publishes Terms of 'Deal of the Century'
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-08
(MEMO) — The main points of US President Donald Trump's much-derided plan for the Middle East, the so-called "deal of the century," were leaked by a Hebrew-language news outlet in Israel yesterday. Israel Hayom published the main points of the deal from a leaked document circulated by the Israeli Foreign Ministry. The US has said it will reveal its …

Israeli Newspaper Publishes Terms of 'Deal of the Century'

Fans stay 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 organisers 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 April 30, t…

The Myth of a Disunited and Dysfunctional Palestine Is an Israeli Invention
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-08
The myth of the disunited and dysfunctional Palestinian is very much an Israeli invention that precedes the inception of Hamas, and even Fatah. This Zionist notion, which has been embraced by the current Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, argues that 'Israel has no peace partner'.

FROM THE FIELD: Faces and Voices of Conflict
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-08
"I want the war to stop, I want to go home and I want to go to school" – the melancholy words of a 15-year-old Ola who has been caught up in the civil war in Yemen; her story is one of many which features in a photo exhibition called Caught in Conflict put on by the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) in the United States.

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…

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