2019-05-14: News Headlines

Consortiumnews (2019-05-14). US Federal Police Evicting Activists from Venezuelan Embassy in Washington. consortiumnews.com U.S. federal police have begun evicting activists protecting the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington from the illegitimate Guaido' regime. At around 8 pm Monday evening journalist Max Blumenthal, who was in the building, tweeted a photograph that was posted to the… Read more →

Bryan Wall (2019-05-14). Thousands of activists call on Ireland's Eurovision entry to cancel her performance. thecanary.co Activists have delivered a petition to Ireland's Eurovision Song Contest entry calling on her to pull out of the event. | Sarah McTernan is due to perform in the semi-final of the competition in Tel Aviv on 16 May. The petition asks

teleSUR (2019-05-14). China Delivers 71 Tons of Humanitarian Aid to Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The People's Republic of China delivered a large amount of humanitarian aid to Venezuela on Monday, completing their second long haul of cargo to the Bolivarian Republic since March. | RELATED: | Desperate Guaido Asks EU To Impose More Sanctions On Venezuela | According to the Venezuelan Health Ministry, a Chinese Boeing 747 carrying 71 tons of medicine and surgical material arrived in Caracas on Monday, May 13. The Venezuelan Government said the delivery included supplies for…

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Madonna Refuses BDS Boycott Eurovision in Israel. telesurenglish.net The Pop superstar Madonna told Reuters on Tuesday that she plans to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, despite pressure from pro-Palestinian activist groups like the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS). | RELATED: | Palestinian Artists Urge Eurovision Singers to Boycott Israel | In her first comment on her decision to sing at the event, Madonna said she was a supporter of all human rights. | "I'll never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda…

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Desperate Guaido Asks EU To Impose More Sanctions On Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Juan Guaido called on the European Union via Twitter Sunday to impose new sanctions against Venezuela in order to weaken the country after his failed coup. | RELATED: | US Police Illegally Invade Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC | "We ask our allies in Europe to legitimize our representatives to the maximum for the consolidation of our government. In addition, we urge the European Union to extend sanctions against the regime as a measure to pressure to achieve a solution to…

Staff (2019-05-14). The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela Is Decades in the Making. truthdig.com Washington has wanted to crush the Bolivarian Revolution since Hugo Chavez assumed power, and its sanctions have killed tens of thousands.

United Nations (2019-05-14). UN monitoring team in Yemen verifies pullout of armed forces from crucial port zones. un.org The UN team set up to monitor the ceasefire agreement between warring parties in Yemen has formally verified the pullout of armed Ansar Allah, or Houthi forces, from port zones in the country that are crucial to the flow of humanitarian aid, describing cooperation they have received so far as "very good."

Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright (2019-05-14). Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective Defies Unlawful "No Trespass" Order. commondreams.org Since the cutting off of electricity, food and water inside the embassy has not been enough to force the collective to leave, late Tuesday afternoon, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police handed out a trespassing notice that was printed without letterhead or signature from any U.S. government official. (Photo: CodePink) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-05-14). Trump's Election Has Boosted Israeli Settlement Construction. truthdig.com JERUSALEM — Israel's government went on a spending binge in its West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press. | Both supporters and detractors of the settlement movement have previously referred to a "Trump effect," claiming the president's friendlier approach to the settlements is leading to additional West Bank construction. | While the new Israeli figures obtained in a freedom of information request do not prove a direct connection, they indicate this process may already be underway, showing a 39% increase in 2017 spen…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-05-14). Israel's Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza. dissidentvoice.org On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. The clashes were instigated by Israel, when the Israeli military …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-14). Headlines for May 14, 2019. democracynow.org NYT: Pentagon Readies Plan to Deploy 120,000 Troops as U.S.-Iran Tensions Mount, Trump and Far-Right Hungarian PM Orbán Celebrate "Similar Approaches" at WH Meeting, U.S.-China Trade War Ramps Up as China Retaliates with Raised Tariffs, Philippines Midterms Bolster Authoritarian President Rodrigo Duterte, Sudan: At Least 6 Protesters Killed in Clashes with Security Forces, Sri Lanka: Mounting Anti-Muslim Violence Leads to Curfew, Social Media Ban, SCOTUS Rules Users Can Sue Apple For Allegedly Monopolizing Apps Market, Reports: Israeli Security Firm NSO Group Hacked Whatsapp, AG Barr Assigns Federal Prosecutor to…

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-14). The High Cost of Failure in Idlib. hrw.org | | Peoples ride past buildings destroyed during fighting in the northern town of Ariha, in Idlib province, Syria, September 20, 2018. | © 2019 Ugur Can/DHA via AP, File | The hum of an aircraft hovering above. An explosion. Children crying in terror as their parents pick them up and flee. Blood, dust, and destruction everywhere. | It is an all too familiar sequence of events through the Syrian conflict, in Aleppo, Ghouta, and now, Idlib. Despite widespread c…

Umar Farooq (2019-05-14). How Turkey Defied the U.S. and Became a Killer Drone Power. theintercept.com Turkey couldn't get what it wanted from the U.S. so it built its own fleet of lethal drones. It uses them in Iraq, Syria — and domestically.

Mark Taliano (2019-05-14). Face to Face with the Truth. The War against Syria and its People. globalresearch.ca Everybody who has been paying attention knows that the war on Syria is not a civil war, that it was and is externally-orchestrated, perpetrated, and sustained, and that the on-going catastrophe was avoidable. | The U.S Empire and its NATO accomplices, …

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-05-14). Leaked Document Pokes Major Holes in Establishment Syria Narrative. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — "It is hard to overstate the significance of this revelation," tweets former British MP George Galloway of a new report by the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM). "The war-machine has now been caught red-handed in a staged chemical weapons attack for the purposes of deceiving our democracies into what could have turned into a full-scale …

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-14). Syria: Reveal Fate of Missing Victims of ISIS. hrw.org | | Images provided by families of their relatives who went missing in ISIS custody. | © 2019 Human Rights Watch | (Paris) — Families whose relatives disappeared in the custody of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) while the group controlled parts of Syria are struggling to learn what happened to their relatives, Human Rights Watch said. The Coalition of Families of Kidnapped by ISIS, a new organization of…

Prof. Tim Anderson (2019-05-14). Tel Aviv Is Afraid of "The Axis of Resistance" globalresearch.ca The Australian political economist and author Professor, Tim Anderson, has emphasized that the Zionist entity is afraid of the unrelenting Palestinian resistance, of Syria's looming victory and of an enhanced Axis of Resistance facing the occupied parts of Lebanon …

Philip Giraldi (2019-05-14). The Deal of the Century: Trump Team and Netanyahu Conspire to Sell out the Palestinians. globalresearch.ca In the aftermaths of both the First and Second World Wars national borders were readjusted to suit the victors and entirely new countries were created from the ruins of the empires that had collapsed as a result of the conflict. …

Staff (2019-05-14). Trump Provokes Iran With Intensified Economic War. therealnews.com Trump and Bolton's strategy is to bait Iran into a war Bolton's wanted for twenty years — says Trita Parsi, President of the NIAC…

Jason Ditz (2019-05-14). White House Considers Pentagon Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops to Middle East to Fight Iran. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — John Bolton ordered the Pentagon to come up with an "updated" plan for getting more American troops into the Middle East to fight a war against Iran. The plans are in now, according to officials, who say that the options envision 120,000 US ground troops in the Middle East. Incredibly, this option appears to just be …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-14). Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz: The US-Iran Standoff. globalresearch.ca Hegemons are never going to sound too sensible when they lock horns or joust in spats of childish anger. Power corrupts, not merely in terms of perspective but language, and making sense about the next move, the next statement, is …

RT (2019-05-14). 'Fake news': Trump says not considering 120,000 troops for 'Iran threat'. rt.com President Donald Trump denied that the military was preparing to send 120,000 US troops overseas to address an alleged threat from Iran, as was previously reported by the New York Times.

Ben Armbruster (2019-05-14). The Media's Handling of Bolton's Iran Threats, Recalls the Run-Up to the Iraq War. globalresearch.ca Media-savvy U.S. government officials, political operatives, and lawmakers and their staffs from all political parties and ideological persuasions have no doubt, throughout the history of our great country, duped a fair-minded but unwitting reporter into writing a juicy story in …

Staff (2019-05-14). The Surest Sign Yet Trump Is Considering War With Iran. truthdig.com A new report reveals the president has reviewed a plan from his national security adviser to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East.

amnesty (2019-05-14). Sri Lanka: Authorities must protect Muslims against violence. amnesty.org Responding to the killing of at least one individual and the spate of attacks against Muslim-owned businesses, mosques and houses in several parts of Sri Lanka, Amnesty International's South Asia Researcher, Thyagi Ruwanpathirana said: | "The Sri Lankan authorities must protect the country's Muslim minority as it is being targeted by mobs in horrific attacks on their homes, mosques and businesses in the wake of the Easter Sunday massacre. The authorities must take steps to promote unity in diversity against the forces of hatred, those promoting fear and violence, and pitting communities against each other. | "The…

Richard E. Rubenstein (2019-05-14). Who is Our "Adversary"? A Question of Language. counterpunch.org There's a new word in town, folks — or rather an old word with a new meaning. It has become the fashion among politicians and journalists to describe nations like Russia, China, and Iran, and leaders like Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Ali Khamenei, as "adversaries." This is a term that gives me the creeps both because of what it says and what it hides.According to Webster-Merriam, adversary is another word for "an enemy or opponent," but in today's parlance it has become a blurry euphemism. Russia and China are called adversaries by people who loathe and fear these governments, but who consider it crude,…

WSWS (2019-05-14). Washington pushes to brink of war against Iran. wsws.org Pompeo's abrupt trip to Brussels and the deployment of more US military assets to the Persian Gulf point to a calculated US escalation of a war crisis.

plenglish (2019-05-14). Iran Warns over Measures against US Policy. plenglish.com Tehran, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Iran has warned over a diversity of measures, including its withdrawal from the nuclear deal, in case that the United States Government takes the issue to the UN Security Council.

Staff (2019-05-14). Ex-Iranian Ambassador Warns About US Escalation in Iran. truthout.org The Pentagon has reportedly drawn up a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if President Trump decides to take military action against Iran. The New York Times reports the Pentagon presented the proposal on Thursday after National Security Advisor John Bolton requested a revision to an earlier plan. Bolton has long advocated for attacking Iran. According to the Pentagon, far more than 120,000 troops would be needed if a ground invasion was ordered. This comes as tension continues to escalate between the United States and Iran. The United States recently deployed the Abraham Lincoln Carrier…

Arundhati Roy (2019-05-14). U.S. Attack on Iran Would Be "Biggest Mistake It Has Ever Made" commondreams.org Arundhati Roy at Harlem's Apollo Theater, Sunday, May 12, 2019. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-14). Will John Bolton's Dream to Bomb Iran Come True? Ex-Iranian Ambassador Warns About U.S. Escalation. democracynow.org The Pentagon has reportedly drawn up a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if President Trump decides to take military action against Iran. The New York Times reports the Pentagon presented the proposal on Thursday after National Security Advisor John Bolton requested a revision to an earlier plan. Bolton has long advocated for attacking Iran. According to the Pentagon, far more than 120,000 troops would be needed if a ground invasion was ordered. This comes as tension continues to escalate between the United States and Iran. The United States recently deployed the Abraham Lincoln Carrier St…

Staff (2019-05-14). National Security Officials Detail Plan to Deploy Up to 120,000 Troops to Iran. truthout.org President Donald Trump's administration is weighing military options against Iran that could even include war, according to a new report. | Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan detailed a plan last week at a gathering of national security officials, which includes deploying up to 120,000 armed forces to the Middle East, according to the New York Times. The hypothetical plan would reportedly be implemented if Tehran speeds up its nuclear weapons program — or in the event American troops are attacked by Iran…

commondreams (2019-05-14). NIAC Statement on Bolton's Latest Military Plans for Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Iran Will 'Suffer Greatly' If They Target US Interests: Trump. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Monday Iran would "suffer greatly" if it targeted U.S. interests after Washington deployed an aircraft carrier and more jet fighters at a time of rising tensions with Tehran. | RELATED: | Saudi Arabia Says 2 Tankers Were Targeted In 'Sabotage Attack' | "We'll see what happens with Iran. If they do anything, it will be a very bad mistake," Trump told reporters at the White House. "If they do anything they will suffer greatly." | Trump's comm…

Gush Shalom (2019-05-14). We Take to the Streets of Tel Aviv to Demand an End to the Siege on Gaza. globalresearch.ca Today Tuesday, 14 May, marking one year after 64 protestors were shot dead during the Great March of Return Protests in Gaza, we will take to the streets to demand an end to the siege on Gaza and a better …

Patrick Cockburn (2019-05-14). The Mysterious "Sabotage" of Saudi Oil Tankers: a Dangerous Moment in Trump's Escalating Conflict With Iran. counterpunch.org Saudi Arabia's claim that two of its oil tankers have been sabotaged off the coast of the UAE is vague in detail — but could create a crisis that spins out of control and into military action.Any attack on shipping in or close to the Strait of Hormuz, the 30-mile wide channel at the entrance to the Gulf, is always serious because it is the most important choke point for the international oil trade. More

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-14). 'Disturbing': Trump Reportedly Reviewed Bolton Plan to Threaten Iran by Sending 120,000 Troops to Middle East. commondreams.org "If you are worried about a new war in the Middle East, you are in good company. In fact, you are probably not worried enough." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos (2019-05-13). French Activists Successfully Block Saudi Ship From Loading Weapons. theantimedia.com (CD) — A human rights organization called it a "victory for mobilized civil society" when a Saudi cargo ship left France on Friday without a planned batch of weapons. France, along with other Western countries including the U.S. and U.K., has been supplying arms to Saudi Arabia, which is leading the coalition bombing Yemen. In so doing, say human rights campaigners, …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-13). Arundhati Roy on the Indian Election and Narendra Modi's "Far-Right, Hindu Nationalist" Agenda. democracynow.org In India, the sixth phase of voting has concluded in a highly anticipated parliamentary election that is widely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking a second term in office. India is the world's largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters. The final phase of voting will take place on May 19 and vote counting will begin on May 23. Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP won a landslide victory in 2014. His government has been criticized for a crackdown on civil society, targeting political opponents, journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and writers. Human rights groups have also…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-13). Activists at Venezuelan Embassy Offer State Department a Peaceful Resolution to Standoff. consortiumnews.com Activists protecting the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington have written to the State Department offering a way to peacefully end the standoff between themselves and an argy mob of Guaidó supporters. Activists who have lived inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington… Read more →

Fréa Lockley (2019-05-13). Madonna's own song just got turned into a call to boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel. thecanary.co Pressure is rising for Madonna to cancel her scheduled appearance at the Eurovision song contest final in Israel on 18 May. And now, activists have turned one of her most iconic songs into a powerful call to support Palestinian people and boycott the competition. | "Ma…

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Ilhan Omar, Bernie Sanders Back Rashida Tlaib Amid Trump Attack. telesurenglish.net Many progressives and activists like congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Shaun King, etc., came forward in defense of congresswoman Rashida Tlaib after she was attacked by the United States President Donald Trump for her comments on Holocaust. | RELATED: | 'Hands off Ilhan': Black Women in Solidarity with Ilhan Omar | Tlaib, in an interview on Yahoo News's "Skullduggery" podcast Saturday said her ancestors, Palestinians, had to suffer to create a safe haven for the Jewish people. | "There's,…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-13). Headlines for May 13, 2019. democracynow.org Sweden Reopens Julian Assange Sexual Assault Case, Seeks His Extradition, Pompeo to Discuss Iranian "Threats" in Europe as U.S. Ramps Up Military Presence, Saudi Oil Tankers Damaged in "Sabotage Attack" off UAE Coast, 187 Countries, Not Including the U.S., Agree to Landmark Deal Curbing Plastic Waste, U.S.-China Trade Talks End Without Deal, Increased Sanctions, Pentagon Redirects $1.5 Billion To Fund Border Wall, Afghanistan: Gunmen Kill Ex-Broadcast Journalist and Gov't Adviser Mina Mangal, Pakistan: Attack on Hotel Kills at Least 5, Burkina Faso: Gunmen Kill 6 People, Incl. Priest and Burn Down Church, At Leas…

amnesty (2019-05-13). Arms shipment to Saudi Arabia flouts multiple EU states' Arms Trade Treaty obligations. amnesty.org The voyage of the Bahri Yanbu, a Saudi state-owned ship laden with arms for use in Yemen, is a serious test of EU countries' resolve to uphold their obligations under the Arms Trade Treaty and EU Common Position on Arms Exports. Several states have failed this test in the space of just a few days.

amnesty (2019-05-13). Israel: Amnesty International engages in legal action to stop NSO Group's web of surveillance. amnesty.org Amnesty International is supporting a legal action to take the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) to court, to demand that it revokes the export license of NSO Group, an Israeli company whose spyware products have been used in chilling attacks on human rights defenders around the world. | In a petition to be filed tomorrow at the District Court of Tel Aviv, approximately 30 members and supporters of Amnesty International Israel and others from the human rights community set out how the MoD has put human rights at risk by allowing NSO to contin…

amnesty (2019-05-13). Amnesty International affidavit in support of Israeli petition. amnesty.org On 14 May 2019, Israeli petitioners will be appealing the Israeli Ministry of Defense's decision to not revoke NSO Group's export license in relation to the targeting of an Amnesty Internartional staff member. Amnesty International will be supporting this petition by submitting this affidavit.

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Palestinian Activist Hanan Ashrawi Denied US Visa First Time. telesurenglish.net Veteran Palestinian activist, negotiator, and academic Hanan Ashrawi, 72, said on Monday she had been denied a United States (U.S.) travel visa for the first time, and viewed it as retaliation for her criticism of the Trump administration and Israel. | RELATED: | 'Far From Deterred' Says BDS Co-Founder After Denied US Entry | "It is official! My U.S. visa application has been rejected. No reason was given," Ashrawi tweeted, adding t…

RT (2019-05-13). Trump slams Rashida Tlaib for 'tremendous hatred of Israel' after controversial Holocaust comment. rt.com US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, accusing her of "tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people" after she made controversial comments about the Holocaust.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-05-13). Israel's Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza. mintpressnews.com The latest attack on Gaza was meant to serve the interests of all of Netanyahu's possible coalition partners and in order for Netanyahu to keep his partners happy, he needs to persistently keep pounding the enclave.

Whitney Webb (2019-05-13). With the US-Iran War Ball Now Rolling, Could an "Accident" or "False Flag" Serve as Pretext? mintpressnews.com Certain forces in the U.S. and Israel have been actively pushing for war with Iran for years and have a track record that demonstrates little inhibition about using an "accident" to start it.

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