2019-05-16: News Headlines

unitedEditor (2019-05-16). Trump's deal of the century — a new headache for the Middle East? uwidata.com Israeli media came up with a shocking story at the beginning of May. They had obtained details of Donald Trump's notorious deal of the century that pertains to settling one of the most dragged-out conflicts in the Middle East. Israel Hayom newspaper that has close links to the office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wrote …

plenglish (2019-05-16). Illegal Entry and Arrests Denounced at Venezuelan Embassy in U.S. plenglish.com Washington, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The organization Code Pink denounced Thursday the illegal entry of U.S. authorities to the Venezuelan Embassy and the arrest of activists who remained in the building to prevent its surrender to the Venezuelan opposition.

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-16). Israel's Eurovision: 'Dare to Dream' Unless You're Caged in Gaza. hrw.org | | A billboard by the Israeli group Breaking the Silence showing Tel Aviv and part of Israel's separation barrier and inviting people to join their tours to the West Bank city of Hebron is seen on a main highway ahead of the Eurovision contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2019. | © 2019 AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner | This week, Israel hosts the international song contest Eurovision in Tel Aviv, under the slogan of "Dare to Dream." Many across Europe have come hundreds of miles to Israel for the festivities…

Staff (2019-05-16). Israel Defense Forces Shoot 16 Palestinians at Nakba Day Protests. truthout.org Israeli forces opened fire Wednesday on Palestinians protesting the 71st anniversary of the Nakba and their decades long life under the boot of a merciless occupation, which is slowly starving the Gaza Strip's population with the explicit backing of the U.S. government. | The Nakba, or "disaster," is the Palestinian name for the remembrance of the 1948 forced removal of Palestinians from the newly created state of Israel, which marked the beginning of the occupation and subjugation of the Palestinian people that has continued for seven decades. | On Wednesday, members of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) shot 16…

Patricia J. Williams (2019-05-16). Eurovision's Muddled DNA. thenation.com Pop genetics don't belong in a musical event—or its marketing.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-05-16). Where Is the Democratic Alternative to Forever War? truthdig.com There sure are lots to choose from. By now, more than 20 candidates have announced a run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. And with national security adviser John "Regime Change" Bolton, along with the others in the four Bs cabal—Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates—seem poised to pull President Trump into war with Iran, now would seem the time for D…

Staff (2019-05-16). Facebook Bans Israeli Company Over Election-Disruption Campaigns. truthdig.com JERUSALEM—Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. | Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of groups and four Instagram accounts. | Although Facebook said the individuals behind the network attempted to conceal their identities, it discovered that many were linked to the Archimedes Group, a Tel Aviv-based political consulting and lobbying…

Staff (2019-05-16). Author of Flattering Trump Biography Gets Pardon From President. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump. | Black's media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph of London. He was convicted of fraud in 2007 and spent three and a half years in prison. An appeals court reversed two convictions, but left two others in place. | White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Black "has made tremendous contributions to business, and to political and historical thought." | In 2018, Black published "Donald J. Trump: A P…

Peter Koenig (2019-05-16). Trump: From China to Iran to Venezuela, Threats and Sanctions Everywhere. dissidentvoice.org As of May 10, Mr. Trump has arbitrarily increased tariffs on Chinese goods imported into the US, worth about 200 billion dollars, from 10% to 25%. It is an action without any foundation. An action that makes no sense at all, as China can and will retaliate — and retaliate much stronger than what the …

Staff (2019-05-16). How Assad's Torture Machine Crushed Dissent in Syria. truthout.org A shocking exposé by the New York Times looks at how Bashar al-Assad's government has jailed and tortured tens of thousands of Syrians since the uprising began in 2011. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, nearly 128,000 people have disappeared. They are presumed to be either dead or still in custody. The group estimates almost 14,000 individuals have died under torture. The detentions are continuing even as the fighting winds down. More than 5,600 Syrians were reportedly arbitrarily detained last year in a 25 percent jump from the previous year. While the Syrian government has denied runni…

Roger Stoll (2019-05-16). Nicaragua: The War of 2018. dissidentvoice.org Nearly all US regime-change wars (Venezuela, Syria, Honduras, Ukraine, Libya, Yugoslavia, etc.) are wars of deception, fabrication, propaganda, coups and false flags. Sometimes there is a direct US military assault, more often not. These wars are waged by proxies, media puppets, hired hit-men, torturers, rapists, vandals, saboteurs, death squads and criminal gangs, through mock or …

unitedEditor (2019-05-16). Libya, a second Syria? uwidata.com The recent crisis in Libya has resulted in over 500 casualties, and a huge number of people being displaced, leaving the country essentially divided into two parts. The role of foreign countries is extremely critical to the current developments in Libya… countries whose selfish support of domestic groups has led to, and exacerbated the current …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-16). "Inside Syria's Secret Prisons": A Harrowing Account of How Assad's Torture Machine Crushed Dissent. democracynow.org A shocking exposé by the New York Times looks at how Bashar al-Assad's government has jailed and tortured tens of thousands of Syrians since the uprising began in 2011. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, nearly 128,000 people have disappeared. They are presumed to be either dead or still in custody. The group estimates almost 14,000 individuals have died under torture. The detentions are continuing even as the fighting winds down. More than 5,600 Syrians were reportedly arbitrarily detained last year in a 25 percent jump from the previous year. While the Syrian government has denied running a secre…

South Front (2019-05-16). Video: Syria Al Qaeda Militants Lose More Territory after Failed Counter-attack. globalresearch.ca Clashes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-led coalition of militant groups continue in northwestern Hama and northern Lattakia. | 4 SAA soldiers were killed and 7 others were injured in a failed attack on Hayat Tahrir …

Jake Johnson (2019-05-16). Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of 'Increased Threat' from Iran. globalresearch.ca A British general threw a wrench into the Trump administration's narrative that Iran is plotting attacks on American troops in the Middle East by telling reporters gathered at the Pentagon Tuesday that "there's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces" …

commondreams (2019-05-16). New Syrian Government Offensive Takes Horrific Toll on Health Care Facilities. commondreams.org ______________________________…

United Nations (2019-05-16). 'Starvation' now a reality for displaced Syrians stranded in camp near Jordanian border. un.org Starvation "is already starting" in a camp for displaced people in south-east Syria, a senior UN official said on Thursday, while condemning ongoing airstrikes and retaliatory shelling in opposition-held territories in the north-west.

RT (2019-05-16). US military complex is a 'malignant virus' that's evolved to defend itself — Andrew Cockburn. rt.com The US military industrial complex has grown into a self-sustaining organism with an immune system that attacks and smothers any threat to its food supply — the taxpayers' money, writes renowned defense analyst Andrew Cockburn.

pip.hinman (2019-05-16). Protesters say 'Dutton out, refugees in'. greenleft.org.au Refugee rights activists rallied outside home affairs minister Peter Dutton's electorate office in Queensland on May 11. They are hoping Dutton will lose his seat at the federal election on May 18. | Regardless of who wins the election, the Refugee Action Coalition is organising another protest on July 19 — six years after the Rudd Labor government announced that, from that point on, all refugees who arrived by boat would be sent to offshore detention. | Mark Gillespie, spokesperson for RAC, said that the movement needs to continue to press its demands for refugee rights no matter which party forms governme…

Jeb Sprague (2019-05-16). Who's behind the pro-Guaido mob that besieged Venezuela's embassy in Washington? thegrayzone.com The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-16). Venezuelan Government Denounces US Seizure of Embassy, Arrest of Peace Activists as Violation of Vienna Convention. commondreams.org Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Ron on Thursday urged the Trump administration not to hand over the country's embassy in Washington, D.C. to leaders of an attempted coup after U.S. law enforcement forcibly removed peace activists who have lived there for since last month as guests of President Nicol√°s Maduro's government. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tyler Durden (2019-05-16). SWAT Team Raids Venezuelan Embassy. theantimedia.com (ZH) — A federal SWAT team breached the Venezuelan embassy in D.C. on Thursday morning, in a move the Maduro government has condemned as a violation of the Vienna Convention, which protects a nation's embassy as sovereign territory. The four remaining "Embassy Collective" activists who were remaining from among dozens of anti-war protesters who had been holed up …

plenglish (2019-05-16). US Police Arrests Activists in Venezuela Embassy. plenglish.com Washington, May 16 ( Prensa Latina) U.S. authorities burst Thursday into the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC and arrested four activists opposed to allowing Washington to hand over the building to the Venezuelan opposition.

amnesty (2019-05-16). This is how spoken word is sparking change across Salvador. amnesty.org A group of friends from Salvador, in northeast Brazil, is using spoken word and a mobilisation toolbox designed by Amnesty activists to transform the way people see their city. From creating a cultural space in their community to working with women in prison, the collective Sarau da Onàßa is using poetry to ensure people to know their rights. Poet and collective member Evanilson Alves reveals how… | | Poetry changed my life and I chose the pen as a way of sustaining it. | Growing up, I didn't have an outlet, but when I went to school I started expressing how…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-16). Intl Community Must Protect Venezuela's Embassy in DC. consortiumnews.com The 1979 occupation of the U.S. embassy in Tehran shows why Venezuela now requires support in protecting its Washington embassy, says Alfred de Zayas. On Thursday morning Kevin Zeese, one of the activists who remained inside the embassy, reported: "The… Read more →

amnesty (2019-05-16). Saudi Arabia: Further Information: Women Activists Face Prison Sentences. amnesty.org 11 Saudi women activists on trial before the Criminal Court in Riyadh risk being sentenced to prison terms on charges related to their women's rights activism. Many of them have campaigned against the long-standing ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, and the end of the male guardianship system. While seven women activists were temporarily and conditionally released, four others remain in detention. The 11 women remain at risk of being sentenced to prison.

Lauren Smith (2019-05-16). Venezuelan Embassy: Peace Activists Put US Mission on Notice. globalresearch.ca Yesterday evening activists from the International Action Center (IAC) and No War on Venezuela.org delivered a letter to the United States Mission to the United Nations in NYC from the Embassy Protection Collective (EPC). Telemundo was on the scene and …

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-16). Iraq Refuses to Allow the US to Attack Iran From Its Territory. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Baghdad's ambassador to Russia told reporters today that Iraq will not allow the US to use its territory for military operations against Iran. "Iraq is a sovereign nation. We will not let [the US] use our territory," Haidar Mansour Hadi, the Iraqi envoy said during a press conference when asked about his country's position …

amnesty (2019-05-16). Iran: Proposed law restricting access to lawyer would be crushing blow for justice. amnesty.org A contemptible amendment to Iran's code of criminal procedure could effectively strip detainees who are facing punishments such as the death penalty, life imprisonment and amputation, of the right to access a lawyer while they are under investigation, said Amnesty International. | An analysis of the bill published by the organization today details how, if passed, the amended law would permit the prosecution to immediately deprive individuals arrested on "national security" and certain other serious criminal charges of access to a lawyer for 20…

amnesty (2019-05-16). Iran: Regressive amendment would deal crushing blow to right to assistance of a lawyer during investigation phase. amnesty.org Iranian lawmakers must urgently revise a proposed amendment to Iran's Code of Criminal Procedure that would allow prosecution and judicial authorities to deny detainees facing "national security" and certain other criminal charges the right to access a lawyer while they are under investigation, Amnesty International said today.

Consortiumnews (2019-05-16). Why Read Consortium News? consortiumnews.com Consortium News brings you in depth coverage from a fresh perspective of the biggest stories of the day. Read us to keep up with the crises of Iran, Venezuela and WikiLeaks. You can read The New York Times and The… Read more →

Joyce Chediac (2019-05-16). Iran war crisis: What's really going on? liberationnews.org It's time to get the U.S. military out of the Middle East, leave the people there to determine their own lives, and use the money instead to meet human needs at home.

commondreams (2019-05-16). Don't Attack Iran: Anti-War Campaign to Step Up Protests Over Donald Trump's Visit. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Eds. (2019-05-16). Warnings of 'Gulf of Tonkin 2.0' as Trump officials blame Iran for oil tanker attacks. mronline.org It's obvious that Bolton and Pompeo are trying to create a Gulf of Tonkin incident with Iran. | Source

WSWS (2019-05-16). Pentagon threatens Europe over EU army plans. wsws.org The letter came amid mounting tensions between Washington and its European imperialist rivals over US war threats against Iran.

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-16). Saudi Arabia Submits Letter to UN Security Council Denouncing Iran and Houthis. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Saudi Arabia submitted on Wednesday a letter to the United Nations Security Council, in which it held Iran and the Yemeni Houthi group responsible for targeting their oil facilities on Tuesday. The letter was handed over by the Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, according to Saudi TV channel Al Arabiya. …

Steve Sweeney (2019-05-16). Iranian Communists rally progressive forces to prevent war. peoplesworld.org Iranian Communists have called for unity among the country's progressives striving for peace in response to U.S. saber-rattling intent on provoking war with Tehran. The Tudeh Party noted "a very worrying rise of tensions between the racist, pseudo-fascist, and reactionary Trump administration and the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran" in recent days. It …

RT (2019-05-16). Trump must avoid 'very stupid and costly war' with Iran — Tulsi Gabbard. rt.com Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard came out swinging against a possible conflict with Iran, slamming President Donald Trump for allowing war hawks to run his administration.

plenglish (2019-05-16). President of the Munich Conference Calls for Pact with Iran. plenglish.com Berlin, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger, stated today that only the joint efforts of the countries participating in the nuclear pact with Iran can save the agreement.

amnesty (2019-05-16). Iran: Further Information: Jailed Academic Needs Urgent Medical Care: Ahmadreza Djalali. amnesty.org Iranian-Swedish academic Ahmadreza Djalali needs urgent specialized medical care unavailable inside prison. The Iranian authorities previously conditioned his transfer to a hospital outside of prison on being shackled, which would amount to degrading treatment. He was sentenced to death after a grossly unfair trial, which used "confessions" Ahmadreza Djalali has said were obtained under torture.

WSWS (2019-05-16). Washington orders US personnel out of Iraq amid war buildup against Iran. wsws.org The evacuation order came as a senior British general said there was no heightened threat from Iranian-backed forces in the region.

South Front (2019-05-16). Video: Houthis Strike Key Saudi Oil Pipeline Amid Growing Concern over Nearing US-Iranian Armed Conflict. globalresearch.ca On May 14, Saudi Arabia halted pumping on its 1,200km-long East-West pipeline after it had been targeted by suicide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). | The kingdom's Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih confirmed the attack on the pipeline, …

Staff (2019-05-16). Don't Give John Bolton His War With Iran. truthout.org Once again, the United States is lunging toward war in the Middle East. A military attack against Iran appears imminent, despite the fact that the alleged "threat" is based on shoddy intelligence and is not supported by allies. Included in the mix is an easily manipulated president whose foreign policy ignorance is made more dangerous by his deliberate ignorance of his own ignorance, r…

Jason Ditz (2019-05-16). US Continues to Escalate Tensions, Raising Fear of Imminent War With Iran. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Tensions between the United States and Iran continue to worsen, with the Trump Administration ratcheting up allegations against the Iranians, and even incidents that were plainly nothing to do with this latest round of tensions, like Yemen's Houthis launching drone attacks against Saudi oil pumping stations, have become interlinked in the narrative, if only to …

Press TV (2019-05-16). Trump Considering Replacing John Bolton: Report. globalresearch.ca US media reports suggest that President Donald Trump is considering replacing his hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton over his plans to push the United States towards a military conflict with Iran, Venezuela and North Korea. | Bolton "is headed for …

Mashal Hashem, James Allen (2019-05-16). How Lobbying Firms Helped Destroy Yemen. thenation.com How Lobbying Firms Helped Destroy Yemen…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-16). Headlines for May 16, 2019. democracynow.org Alabama Governor Signs Nation's Most Restrictive Anti-Choice Law, Missouri Senate Votes to Ban Most Abortions After 8 Weeks, Trump Declares National Emergency, Blacklisting Chinese Telecom Huawei, Trump Delays Plans for Tariffs on Foreign Cars and Auto Parts, Trump to Announce "Merit-Based" Immigration Plan to Limit Asylum Cases, Family Reunifications, White House Refuses House Judiciary Committee Request for Documents, U.S. Won't Join "Christchurch Call" Against Online Extremism, Six Civilians Killed in Yemen as Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs Fall on Sana'a, Sudanese Troops Fire on Pro-Democracy Protesters as Militar…

Staff (2019-05-16). The Hell We've Unleashed on Yemen. truthdig.com A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen's Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family. From the tents constructed for the event, music flooded into the village and, as at any good wedding, exuberant dancing was a central part of the festivities. | Unbeknownst to the guests, the music masked the buzzing of a warplane overhead. Suddenly, in a horrific turn of events, Saudi-led…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-05-16). 77 Civilians Killed or Wounded in Sana'a as Saudi Airstrikes Target Yemeni Capital. mintpressnews.com The murderous attacks have enraged local residents, who took to the streets of Raqas to condemn the airstrikes and loss of civilian life, calling for counter-attacks on Coalition forces.

Staff (2019-05-16). A Business Model From Hell and the War in Yemen. truthout.org A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen's Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family. From the tents constructed for the event, music flooded into the village and, as at any good wedding, exuberant dancing was a central part of the festivities. | Unbeknownst to the guests, the music masked the buzzing of a warplane overhead. Suddenly, in a horrific turn of events, Saudi-…

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