2019-05-11: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-05-11). U.S. Military Still Actively Plotting Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The United States government is keeping the "military option" open in its bid to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan government stated through an official statement. | RELATED: | ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚ÄãCodepink: 'US Govt Turns Off Water in Venezuela Embassy' | "As Venezuela has been denouncing since January, the U.S. instigates, promotes, organizes and finances an irresponsible campaign aime…

Hans Stehling (2019-05-11). Rockets Remind the World of the 12-Year Blockade of 1.8 Million Gazans. globalresearch.ca The blockade of the Gaza Strip is the ongoing land, air, and sea blockade of essential food, medical and building supplies imposed by Israel in 2007 under the pretext of arms-control but which, in reality, is in order to try …

Jake Johnson (2019-05-11). 'Stop Arming Israel, Stop Bombing Gaza': Thousands March in London Demanding Justice for Palestinians. theantimedia.com (CD) — Thousands took to the streets of London on Saturday to show solidarity with the Palestinian people and demand an end to Israel's brutal occupation. Ahed Tamimi—the 18-year-old Palestinian activist who became a global protest icon after she was imprisoned for slapping Israeli soldiers outside of her home in the occupied West Bank—joined Saturday's march and delivered a …

teleSUR (2019-05-11). Ahed Tamimi Protests for Palestinians in UK. telesurenglish.net Ahed Tamimi, an icon of Palestinian resistance, is on the front lines of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Stop The War Coalition march Saturday in London to protest against Israel's bombing of Gaza and long-time illegal occupation of Palestinian land. | RELATED: | Israelis Storm Home, Arrest Younger Brother of Ahed Tamimi | Tamimi is from the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank. She rose to prominence when she was jailed for eight months in Israel…

Phyllis Bennis (2019-05-11). The alarming rise of civilian deaths in the war on terror. nationofchange.org New reports show an escalation in civilian casualties from U.S. operations in Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia — and a pattern of U.S. denial about the scale of the problem.

WSWS (2019-05-11). With B-52s, carrier battle group in place, US war against Iran on a hair trigger. wsws.org The threatening deployments come in the midst of a new round of bellicose statements from Washington.

Gareth Porter (2019-05-11). Bolton Is Spinning Israeli 'Intelligence' to Push for War Against Iran. truthdig.com John Bolton has gotten away with a dangerous deception. The national security adviser's announcement Sunday that the Pentagon has deployed air and naval forces to the Middle East, which he combined with a threat to Iran, points to a new maneuver to prepare the ground for an incident that could justify a retaliatory attack against Iran. | Bolton presented his threat and the deployments as a response to alleged intelligence about a possible Iranian attack on U.S. targets in the Middle East. Bu…

teleSUR (2019-05-11). US Deploys Missile; Claims Iran And Proxies May Launch Attack. telesurenglish.net The United States has deployed an assault ship and a missile battery to the Middle East region, the Pentagon announced in a release Friday but did not elaborate on what the defence headquarters stated was to combat threatening actions displayed by Iran. | RELATED: | Israel Will Not Allow Iran To Obtain Nuclear Weapons: Netanyahu | "It's important that Iran understand that an attack on [U.S. nationals] or its interests will be met with an appropriate response," ABC News reported…

WSWS (2019-05-11). Iran conflict intensifies transatlantic tensions. wsws.org The European governments are doing all they can to avoid triggering a broader mobilisation against war.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-05-11). Pre-emptive Nuclear War: The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran. globalresearch.ca The text below is Chapter III of Michel Chossudovsky book entitled: The Globalization of War. America's Long War against Humanity, Global Research Publishers, Montreal, 2015. To order the book directly from Global Research click here | This chapter provides a …

Miko Peled (2019-05-11). Deal of the Century Adds "New" to the Four Thousand Year Old Name "Palestine" globalresearch.ca The apartheid regime we know as "Israel" was built on the very ruins of Palestine and imposed a brutal regime on those who still live in their country. Millions of Palestinians still languish in refugee camps in and around Palestine, …

Andrew Emett (2019-05-11). Former intelligence analyst charged with leaking classified info to reporters. nationofchange.org A former U.S. intelligence analyst was arrested Thursday and charged with providing classified information to several reporters from The Intercept. According to federal officials, the analyst repeatedly met with investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill before giving him secret documents detailing the U.S. military's drone strike operations in Afghanistan, Somalia, and Yemen. | According to the indictment, Daniel Everette Hale was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from July 2009 to July 2013, during which time he received language and intelligence training. While serving on active duty, Hale was assigned to work at…

teleSUR (2019-05-11). Yemeni Houthis Start Port Withdrawal According to UN Agreement. telesurenglish.net The Houthi rebels of Yemen have begun Saturday to retreat from two strategic ports on the Red Sea coast, in the west of the country, based on an agreement with the internationally recognized government and under the supervision of United Nations, sources of the insurgents informed today. | RELATED: | Yemen: Houthis Agree to Hand Over 3 Major Ports to Government

teleSUR (2019-05-11). Yemen: Houthis Agree to Hand Over 3 Major Ports to Government. telesurenglish.net The Yemen-based Houthi group has agreed to remove forces from three of the country's key ports over a four-day period, starting Saturday, a senior United Nations (U.N.) official confirmed Friday. | RELATED: | Yemen: Houthi Forces Agree to Withdraw From 2 Ports | The Houthis will start leaving the ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras-Issa, according to Reuters, citing chair of the U.N'.s Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), who was charged to oversee the process, Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesga…

Animal Liberation Press Office (2019-05-11). Animal rights activists free 9,000 pheasants and vow to 'dismantle the shooting industry'. indybay.org 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."

teleSUR (2019-05-11). Afghan Journalist, Women's Education Advocate Shot Dead. telesurenglish.net Gunmen shot and killed a former television journalist and cultural adviser to the Afghan parliament in Kabul Saturday, underlining threats to women and drawing widespread condemnation. | RELATED | Afghan Women Activists Wary of 'Superficial' Female Presence in Taliban Peace Talks | Mina Mangal, who used to report for prominent TV station Ariana News, was killed by two unidentified men on a motorbike close to her home in eastern Kabul in a public place, police…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-11). 'Stop Arming Israel, Stop Bombing Gaza': Thousands March in London Demanding Justice for Palestinians. commondreams.org "Palestine has the right to exist but sadly that is a right that is increasingly threatened. Palestinians should be able to live free from ever expanding settlements on stolen land." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Charles Pierson (2019-05-10). Bernard-Henri Lévy's American Requiem. counterpunch.org The new conventional wisdom, laid out in a growing pile of books and articles, is that the US under President Donald Trump has been withdrawing from the world. Bernard-Henri Lƒóvy adds to the stack with his latest book, The Empire and the Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World (2018). US withdrawal is More

Comitato No Nato (2019-05-10). The Western American Empire Plays the War Card. globalresearch.ca The Following text is Section 14 of 16 | The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War, : | by the Italian Committee No War No NATO | * | Documentation presented at the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, Florence, April …

Ahmed Abu Artema (2019-05-10). In Gaza, the Bombs Have Stopped, but Our Suffering Continues. thenation.com In Gaza, the Bombs Have Stopped, but Our Suffering Continues…

Yoav Litvin (2019-05-10). The Zionist One-Two Propaganda Punch. counterpunch.org Another round of Israeli violence inflicted on Palestinians in Gaza resulted in devastating consequences: twenty seven dead, including Amani al-Madhoun, a young woman in her final month of pregnancy, as well as 3-month-old infant Maria al-Ghazali and 12-year-old Abd al-Rahman Abu al-Jadyan, both killed alongside their parents. The flare up comes as Palestinians are routinely More

Democracy Now! (2019-05-10). Headlines for May 10, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Increases Tariffs on $200 Billion of Chinese Goods, Trump Nominates Patrick Shanahan as Pentagon Chief, Former U.S. Intel Analyst Charged Over Whistleblowing About Drone Program, Chelsea Manning Freed from Jail After 62 Days as WikiLeaks Grand Jury Expires, Dozens of Civilians Die as Syrian and Russian Warplanes Pound Idlib, Baghdad Suicide Bomb Claimed by ISIS Kills 8, French Activists Contest Saudi Arms Shipment, Citing Civilian Deaths in Yemen, U.S. Seizes North Korean Ship, Accusing it of Violating Sanctions, Water and Power Cut to Venezuelan Embassy in D.C. as Activists Continue Occupation, Alabama Sen…

Tony Cartalucci (2019-05-10). Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi: Washington Couldn't Create a More Convenient Villain. mintpressnews.com Just as America's presence in Syria was becoming increasingly awkward and unsustainable, al-Baghdadi has again emerged — just in time to remind the global public that ISIS is still an enduring threat that will require America's continued presence in the region.

susan_p (2019-05-10). Sri Lanka: bombings a pretext for intensified repression. greenleft.org.au The Sri Lankan army and police have used the bombings of churches and hotels on Easter Sunday as a pretext for repression, targeting people who have no connection with the group responsible, the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ — National Monotheism Society). | The NTJ, an extremist Islamic group, is believed to be linked to the Islamic State, based in Iraq and Syria. | Sri Lankan police have been raiding numerous Muslim groups with "Thowheed" in their name, even if they are opposed to the NTJ. As of May 2, at least 130 Muslims had been detained, according to Tamilnet. | Non-Muslims have also been affected. On…

Sara Flounders (2019-05-10). Golan is Syria! workers.org A demonstration in front of the Israeli Mission in New York City denounced Trump's recognition of Israel's 52-year illegal annexation and occupation of Golan, a province of Syria. The protest was held May 6 — Martyrs' Day in Syria and Lebanon, and for over 100 years a commemoration of continuing . . . | Continue reading Golan is Syria! at Workers.org

Serge Halimi (2019-05-10). US Foreign Policy as Bellicose as Ever. counterpunch.org It only took a few months under Donald Trump's presidency for the US to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, impose new sanctions on Russia, reverse the normalisation of diplomatic relations with Cuba, announce its intention to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, warn Pakistan, threaten Venezuela with military intervention, and declare a readiness to More

Prof. Ismael Hossein-Zadeh (2019-05-10). Why the U.S. Labeled Iran's Revolutionary Guards a Terrorist Organization. globalresearch.ca 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 hare-brained excuses designed to put further pressure on the Iranian people in pursuit of its long-standing policy …

Staff (2019-05-10). The Trump Administration Is Manufacturing an Iran Crisis. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between professor Larry Wilkerson and Sharmini Peries of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-05-10). The US and Iran Flex Their Muscles. The Iran Nuclear Deal (JCPOA) One Year after US Withdrawal. globalresearch.ca One year after the US unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal (known also as JCPOA- Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action), the US is flexing its muscles by announcing an already previously scheduled departure of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike …

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-10). Do EU Nations Side with the US over Iran on the JCPOA? globalresearch.ca As long as the US was onboard, Iran nuclear deal signatories Britain, France, and Germany supported its implementation and provisions — no longer after Trump's withdrawal. | Their rhetoric says one thing, their actions another. In response to Iran giving EU …

Staff (2019-05-10). Manufactured Iranian Threat in the Persian Gulf. therealnews.com The U.S. military is sending an aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf, claiming there is an unspecified threat from Iran, but this has no basis other than Bolton's desire for regime change, says Col. Larry Wilkerson…

Miko Peled (2019-05-10). Deal of the Century Adds "New" to the Four Thousand Year Old Name "Palestine" mintpressnews.com The apartheid regime we know as "Israel" was built on the very ruins of Palestine and imposed a brutal regime on those who still live in their country. Millions of Palestinians still languish in refugee camps in and around Palestine, yet Israel and its allies around the world celebrate "Israeli independence."

WSWS (2019-05-10). Netanyahu agrees a ceasefire with Hamas—for now. wsws.org The Israel Defense Forces launched more than 150 aerial strikes and shelled at least 200 sites in the tiny Palestinian enclave.

Consortiumnews (2019-05-10). Is Leaked Document Trump's 'Deal of the Century?'. consortiumnews.com If genuine, the report published by an Israeli newspaper widely seen as Netanyahu's mouthpiece offers a catastrophic vision of the Palestinians' future, writes Jonathan Cook. By Jonathan Cook Jonathan-Cook.net A report published this week by the Israel Hayom newspaper apparently leaking details… Read more →

susan_p (2019-05-10). Nakba 2019: Eurovision fails to hide suffering of Palestinians. greenleft.org.au The annual commemoration of al Nakba on May 15 — the 1947 catastrophe when 750,000 Palestinians were evicted from their homes and thousands of Palestinian villages wiped off the map — coincides this year with the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. | Ramadan has also begun, and Israeli crackdowns during Ramadan and around al Nakba commemorations are a given. What is different this year is the viciousness of the attacks and Israel's determination that its Eurovision PR showcase will proceed, uninterrupted by questions about its human rights record. | As Palestine…

teleSUR (2019-05-10). Honduras: Murder Rate Surges Deflating Hopes for Better 2019. telesurenglish.net The number of violent deaths in Honduras has gone up in April and May, sometimes by a rate as high as 98 percent over figures from 2018. | RELATED | 1,000 Israeli Soldiers To Arrive in Honduras to Train Troops, Police on Border Protection | According to a report by the General Directorate of Forensic Medicine and the National Observatory of Violence of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (OV-UNAH), between Jan. 1 and May 8 of 2019, 1,258 peop…

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-10). Victory Day Reminds the World About the Evils of Fascism. globalresearch.ca Russia, most of the countries of the former Soviet Union, and Israel all celebrate the end of World War II on 9 May, with this year's commemoration in Moscow being the 74th in history. This solemn day marks the victory …

Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman (2019-05-10). "Now I Can No Longer Call Myself a Zionist . . ." progressive.org A new book explores the nuances behind the opposition to Zionism and effectively dispels the myth that Jewish people who criticize Israel are "self-hating Jews."

Stanley L. Cohen (2019-05-10). The Enemy is Not Resistance. counterpunch.org The Islamic Resistance Movement began more than thirty years ago at an historical moment in time which it knew to be fraught with absolute peril for their people. The founders of this national liberation struggle examined the overwhelming military capabilities of Israel, fostered by its global superpower sponsor, the United States. They looked at Israel's expansionist programs—the Zionist project of illegal settlements erasing their homes and villages, dispossessing mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers—and at the failure of the international community to stop them. They knew then that within a ge…

United Nations (2019-05-10). UN monitoring chief welcomes Houthi offer to withdraw from key Yemeni port of Hudaydah. un.org As Yemenis continue to finalize redeployment procedures in line with the UN-brokered Hudaydah Agreement, under which Government coalition and rebel leaders are to pull forces out of the key port city of Hudaydah, the Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee on Friday welcomed an offer by the Houthi opposition to begin a unilateral withdrawal.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-05-10). 'Victory': Saudi Ship Leaves Port Without French Weapons. commondreams.org France is among the Western countries fueling the Saudi-led coalition's bombing of Yemen | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-05-10). Ramadan in Yemen: World Food Programme Aid Rots as Millions Grapple With Hunger. mintpressnews.com "We have no other choice, we sift the weevil out of the flour and use it to make breakfast," 32-year-old Aisha, a mother of three told MintPress. Expired boxes and cans of World Food Programme tuna and biscuits lined her shelves.

susan_p (2019-05-10). Venezuela's crisis: A view from the communes. greenleft.org.au Within hours of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó calling for street mobilisations to back his attempted military coup against President Nicolás Maduro on April 30, Guaidó's supporters had looted and set fire to the headquarters of the Indio Caricuao Commune in south-west Caracas. | The building was used for local residents' meetings and housed a commune-run textile enterprise, which funds projects in the community. | Atenea Jiménez, from the National Network of Comuneros (commune activists) said: "Once again attacks on the communes by fascist sectors have begun." | She also noted however that comuneros "a…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Boycott Brunei movement to continue despite Sultan's retreat. greenleft.org.au The Boycott Brunei in Australia group have said the campaign against Brunei's death-by-stoning penalty for "crimes" such as homosexuality, adultery, blasphemy and apostasy will continue despite Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's May 6 statement that he had reconsidered the April 3 order. | The activists welcomed the Sultan's comments, but noted that the Syrariah Penal Code Order (SPCO) was only suspended, not cancelled, saying life for those who breached government diktats remained grim. | "We welcome the Sultan's statement that the death penalty has been shelved," said Boycott Brunei in Australia spokesperson Peter Hackn…

Staff (2019-05-10). Government Targeting of Black Activists Reminiscent of COINTELPRO. therealnews.com In October 2017, a leaked memo entitled, "Black Identity Extremist Intelligent Assessment" revealed a government surveillance program targeting black activist liberation movements. Eddie Conway talks with Professor Adjoa Aiye and Sue Udry, executive director of Defending Rights and Dissent. They are members of the BIE Abolition Collective, a coalition of lawyers, activists and advocates who…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-05-10). The Two Narratives of Palestine: The People Are United, the Factions Are Not. counterpunch.org 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 that the More

Bryan Wall (2019-05-10). Left-wing election candidate in Ireland reveals how far-right figures harassed and intimidated her. thecanary.co A candidate in the upcoming elections in Ireland revealed that far-right activists harassed her at a recent political event. Adrienne Wallace is a People Before Pr…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Anti-CSG activists say Santos must be stopped. greenleft.org.au About 60 anti-coal seam gas campaigners gathered outside NSW parliament on May 7 to greet newly-elected MPs with a clear message: stop Santos' Narrabri Gas Project in the state's north west. | The action was organised by Stop CSG Sydney and the Knitting Nannas and Friends. | Protesters received a positive response from some MPs, including the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (SFF), the NSW Greens and an independent. | SFF's Roy Butler recommitted his party to opposing CSG developments. He also said his party supported a moratorium on CSG until all of the Chief Scientist's recommendations are implemented. | But…

Tyler Durden (2019-05-10). US Seizes North Korean Ship Suspected of Violating International Sanctions. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Just hours after North Korea launched another round of short-range missiles, its second launch in under a week, the Washington Post is reporting that US authorities have seized a North Korean ship used to sell coal in violation of international sanctions. The FBI and federal prosecutors have confirmed the ship, "the Wise Honest", is approaching US territorial …

Staff (2019-05-10). Denying Impact of Venezuela Sanctions is 'Like Climate Denial'. therealnews.com CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot responds to Guaidó economic advisors' dismissal of the U.S. sanctions' effects on Venezuela…

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