2019-05-18: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-18). The plot to kill Venezuela. mronline.org Vijay Prashad looks at the purpose and impact of sanctions against Venezuela. | Source

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2019-05-18). "Journaille… Canaille!", Media Disinformation: Karl Kraus' Campaign against a "Warmongering Press" globalresearch.ca Karl Kraus, born in 1874, was one of the most important Austrian writers of the beginning of the 20th century and a sharp critic of the predominant press and inflammatory journalism of his time. "Journaille" means in reference to …

Elise Casby (2019-05-18). Fascist trends in Santa Cruz Government. indybay.org Activists and myself using the derogatory gesture of the nazi salutes were focused on and reported in the conservative and reactionary paper, The Santa Cruz Sentinel by writer, Jessica York on May 15, 2019. As usual the focus was on the graphic gesture and not the fact that public comment and other forms of democratic participation are dwindling over the years as each mayor, now Martine Watkins takes up the mantle of repression.

Jason Ditz (2019-05-18). Iraqi Parliament to Vote on Bill That Would Ban US Military Troops From Iraq. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Iraq has spent the better share of the last 16 years under US military occupation. Despite this, time and again US-Iraqi relations have come to be defined by US hostility toward neighboring Iran, and Iraq's desire to not get mixed up in that. So while Iraq's parliament was already bristling under Pentagon talk of staying in Iraq, …

RT (2019-05-18). Ominous message? US shows B-2 stealth bomber drop bunker busters amid Iran tensions (VIDEO). rt.com A blockbuster high-quality video showing a Northrop B-2 Spirit stealth bomber dropping massive, precision-guided 'bunker buster' bombs was shared online by the US Air Force even as US rallies its forces in the Persian Gulf.

Staff (2019-05-17). German Parliament Criminalizes Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement. therealnews.com Germany becomes the first country in the world to criminalize the BDS movement. Shir Hever, TRNN Correspondent in Germany and expert on Palestine-Israel, responds…

Peter Koenig (2019-05-17). Trump — from China to Iran to Venezuela — Threats and Sanctions Everywhere — A Chronicle of Disorganized Chaos Foretold. globalresearch.ca Trump himself, has not only reached a level of incompetence and ignorance which is scary — but he has also surrounded himself with inept, preposterous people, like, Pence, Bolton, Pompeo — who, it appears, have no other means left than running around the world amok, dishing out threats left and right…

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-17). Germany Votes to Define BDS Movement as Anti-Semitic. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Germany today voted to define the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as anti-Semitic, becoming the first major European parliament to do so. The German parliament — known as the Bundestag — this afternoon voted to accept a motion defining BDS as anti-Semitic. The motion, "Resist the BDS Movement — Fighting Antisemitism," was sponsored …

Ryan Gallagher (2019-05-17). France Takes Unprecedented Action Against Reporters Who Published Secret Government Document. theintercept.com Journalists in France are facing potential jail sentences in an unprecedented case over their handling of secret documents detailing the country's involvement in the Yemen conflict. | Earlier this week, a reporter from Radio France and the co-founders of Paris-based investigative news organization Disclose were called in for questioning at the offices of the General Directorate for Internal Security, known as the DGSI. The agency is tasked with fighting terrorism, espionage, and other domestic threats, similar in function to the FBI in the United States. | The two news organizations published stories in April [md…

United Nations (2019-05-17). Deadly Yemen airstrikes that claim children's lives in capital Sana'a, strongly condemned by UN. un.org Thursday's airstrikes on Yemen's capital Sana'a that reportedly killed five children and injured dozens more, have been strongly condemned by UN agencies, which have warned of the "brutal toll" on civilians of more than four years of conflict.

United Nations (2019-05-17). Friday's Daily Brief: Syria, Yemen airstrikes, Anti-torture panel, Gay rights, Climate change, #Vesak Day. un.org On Friday, we cover: Fighting in Syria's Idlib province; UN condemnation of airstrikes in Yemen; UK's forced-return policy; LGBTI rights; the UN chief's climate action trip to Tuvalu; and Vesak Day.

Ron Jacobs (2019-05-17). Uncle Sam Needs Our Help Again? counterpunch.org Earlier in 2019, the US Congress utilized its power to wage or not wage war and voted to end US involvement in the Saudi Arabian war in Yemen. Donald Trump vetoed the bill and it died. Meanwhile, the Pentagon and US intelligence agencies were ramping up pressure on the nations of Venezuela and Iran. Other More

amnesty (2019-05-17). France: Stop harassing investigative journalists: Geoffrey Livolsi, Mathias Destal and BenoàÆt Collombat. amnesty.org On 14 and 15 May, journalists Geoffrey Livolsi and Mathias Destal, working for Disclose, and BenoàÆt Collombat, with Radio France, were summoned for a hearing by the Intelligence Services after the Paris Prosecutor's office opened a preliminary investigation against them for revealing a national defence secret. In April, they had published "the Yemen papers", a series of classified documents regarding the sale of French weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and their use against civilians in the civil war in Yemen. The actions of these journalists are protected by the right to freedom of expr…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Headlines for May 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Immigration Plan Favors Job Skills Over Asylum Claims and Family Ties, Trump Officials Reportedly Clash Over U.S. Sabre-Rattling With Iran, UNICEF Chief Calls Yemen War "a Test of Our Humanity" That "We Are Badly Failing", Venezuelan Government Blasts U.S. Seizure of Embassy as Vienna Convention Violation, Brazilian Teachers and Students March Against Education Cuts, Mexican Journalist Francisco Romero Killed in Playa del Carmen, Lawyer Says Tennessee Prisoner "Suffered Excruciating Pain" During Execution, Alabama Prisoner Put to Death After "Pro-Life" Governor Denies Reprieve, Senate Confirms Anti-Choice A…

Mohamad Bazzi (2019-05-17). Both Saudi Arabia and the United States Are Probably Guilty of War Crimes in Yemen. thenation.com Both Saudi Arabia and the United States Are Probably Guilty of War Crimes in Yemen…

WSWS (2019-05-17). Saudi bombs kill Yemeni civilians, raising war tensions in Persian Gulf. wsws.org The airstrikes, claiming 77 civilian casualties, came two days after drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Mashal Hashem and James Allen (2019-05-17). How to lobby Washington to death. nationofchange.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-…

Pablo Navarrete (2019-05-17). Brian Eno on Eurovision in Israel. thecanary.co Musician Brian Eno explains why Israel hosting Eurovision is a propaganda coup for the apartheid state. | By Pablo Navarrete

Hans Stehling (2019-05-17). Netanyahu's Acts of Provocation and Destruction Including Violence against Civilians Constitute Both a War Crime and Terrorism. globalresearch.ca United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 was adopted on 23.12.2016. The resolution passed in a 14—0 vote by members of the U.N.S.C. including four parties having power of veto: China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom. | It reaffirmed that Israel's …

Paul Pillar (2019-05-17). Only Ones to Blame for Fresh US-Iranian Tensions: Team Trump. commondreams.org U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk during the group photo at the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East on February 14, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Whitney Webb (2019-05-17). Newly Released FBI Docs Shed Light on Apparent Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks. mintpressnews.com New information released by the FBI has brought fresh scrutiny to the possibility that the "Dancing Israelis," at least two of whom were known Mossad operatives, had prior knowledge of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-17). Israel Firm Meddled in Africa, Asia and Latin America Elections. globalresearch.ca An Israel-based campaign to meddle in the elections of several African, Asian and Latin American countries has been uncovered by social media giant Facebook. | Facebook announced today that it had deactivated dozens of accounts found to be spreading disinformation by …

Staff (2019-05-17). Trump Admin Breaks and Enters Venezuela's Embassy, Arrests Activists. therealnews.com After more than a month of living in the Venezuelan embassy, DC police and secret service broke open the doors to arrest for activists who had been staying in the embassy to protect it against an opposition take-over. The move sets a dangerous precedent, says Medea Benjamin…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-17). Border Official Admits Targeting Journalists and Human Rights Advocates With Smuggling Investigations. theintercept.com When first confronted with evidence that it was collaborating with Mexican law enforcement in a sweeping intelligence-gathering operation targeting journalists, activists and attorneys along the U.S.-Mexico divide, Customs and Border Protection was silent. When still more evidence emerged, in the form of documents leaked by a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower, the agency dismissed the significance of the revelations as routine law enforcement work. | Now, more than four months after the story broke, CBP is owning up to its operations — in a way — and raising new questions about its treatme…

RT (2019-05-17). 'We fight too many wars!' Rev. Jackson denounces US militarism after Venezuela embassy raid. rt.com Renowned American civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson has spoken out against US militaristic foreign policy after delivering food supplies to peace activists at the Venezuelan embassy in DC before their forceful eviction.

C.J. Atkins (2019-05-17). Love wins in Taiwan: First in Asia to recognize LGBTQ marriage equality. peoplesworld.org The efforts of tireless activists like Chi Chia-wei, who has been campaigning for gay rights since he first came out in 1975, have paid off in Taiwan. Two years ago, the country's highest court made history by ruling it was unconstitutional to define marriage as only being possible between one man and one woman. Today, …

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-05-17). The Disintegrated Mind: The Greatest Threat to Human Survival on Earth. dissidentvoice.org Like many people who have struggled to understand why human beings are driving the sixth mass extinction event in Earth's history, which now threatens imminent human extinction as well, over many decades I have explored the research and efforts of a great many activists and scholars to secure this understanding. However, with many competing ideas …

amnesty (2019-05-17). Egypt: Arrests raise fears of fresh crackdown against peaceful critics. amnesty.org The arbitrary detention of labour rights lawyer, Haytham Mohamdeen, and former political activist, Mostafa Maher, this week has raised fears that the Egyptian authorities might be embarking on a fresh crackdown targeting peaceful dissent or individuals with history of activism, said Amnesty International. | "These latest arrests have reignited a climate of fear amongst independent activists and human rights organizations about a renewed assault by the Egyptian authorities on the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly," said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty…

Bryan Wall (2019-05-17). Madonna accused of 'supporting murder and genocide' as she defends Eurovision gig. thecanary.co Palestinian activists have responded to Madonna's insistence that she'll go ahead with her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest. One accused her of 'supporting murder and genocide'. | The show must go on?: | The singer has stated that she'll not allow peo…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Immigrant Activists Maru Mora-Villalpando & Ravi Ragbir Keep Speaking Out Despite Deportation Threat. democracynow.org President Trump has unveiled plans for a new, so-called "merit-based" immigration system that would prioritize "highly-skilled" and English-speaking workers, while further restricting asylum seekers and immigrants who have family living in the United States. Although no legislative details for the plan have been revealed, Trump's proposal is likely to hit a wall in Congress, where the Democratically-led House has repeatedly clashed with the Trump administration over immigration policy. Trump's immigration policies have led to dire conditions for asylum seekers to the U.S. On Wednesday, a two-and-a-half year-old m…

Jessica Corbett (2019-05-17). Venezuela Denounces US Seizure of Embassy as Violation of Vienna Convention. theantimedia.com (CD) — 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 Nicolás Maduro's government. "We denounce these arrests, as the …

amnesty (2019-05-17). Fifteen years of LGBTI community activism in Lebanon:‚Äé A story of existence and oppression. amnesty.org Sahar Mandour‚Äé, Amnesty International‚Äé's researcher on Lebanon | The sun was shining above the groups demonstrating against the US-British military campaign against Iraq in 2003 in Beirut.‚Äé We were a group of eager youths, university student activists meeting in front of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) building in the city centre. We stood at a corner, trying to avoid a crowd calling for the victory of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and ‚Äéanother crowd cheering for a holy war in which Islam wo…

Rick Sterling (2019-05-17). Amnesty International's "Kangaroo Report" on Human Rights in Syria. globalresearch.ca This article was first crossposted in February 2017. | Introduction | Amnesty International (AI) has done some good investigations and reports over the years. This has won them widespread support. However, less well recognized, Amnesty International has also carried out faulty investigations …

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-05-17). Leaked OPCW Report Confirms What We Already Knew About Chemical Attacks in Syria. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has begun responding to queries by the press about a leaked document which contradicts official OPCW findings on an alleged chemical weapons attack last year in Douma, Syria. The prepared statement they've been using in response to these queries confirms the authenticity of the document. …

Consortiumnews (2019-05-17). CONFIRMED: Chemical Weapons Assessment Contradicting Official Syria Narrative Is Authentic. consortiumnews.com The leak undermines the fundamental assumptions behind many years of Western reporting, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has begun responding to queries by the press about a leaked document that… Read more →

amnesty (2019-05-17). Syria: Security Council must address crimes against humanity in Idlib. amnesty.org The Syrian government, supported by Russia, is carrying out a deliberate and systematic assault on hospitals and other medical facilities in Idlib and Hama, Amnesty International said today, as it shared harrowing new testimony from shattered medical workers in the region. | | With the UN Security Council (UNSC) set to discuss northwest Syria today Amnesty International urged action, calling for Russia to be pressured ove…

United Nations (2019-05-17). Repatriation of extremist fighters and families to Kazakhstan, welcomed by UN rights expert. un.org Stressing the need for some Governments to reform their laws and policies on fighting terrorism and extremism, an independent UN human rights expert welcomed on Friday Kazakhstan's repatriation of 231 of its citizens from conflict sites in Syria and Iraq, earlier this month.

United Nations (2019-05-17). Risk grows of 'catastrophic humanitarian fallout' in Syria's Idlib, where 3 million are trapped: top UN officials urge unity in Security Council. un.org The UN's Political and Humanitarian Affairs chiefs on Friday called on the Security Council to unite in support of an immediate de-escalation of fighting around Syria's Idlib province, and work towards an enduring political solution on behalf of the Syrian people.

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-17). The Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger Border Triangle Is the New "Syraq" (Syria-Iraq). globalresearch.ca Terrorist groups in West Africa are dangerously trying to transplant the "Syraq" model of transnational destabilization to the Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger border triangle in order to turn it into a similarly lawless region like the frontier between those two aforementioned Mideast …

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-05-17). Trump is bringing the US closer to a 'very stupid and costly war with Iran', warns Tulsi Gabbard. thecanary.co Donald Trump is on "the brink of launching" the US into war with Iran, warns 2020 presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard. | The military veteran and Major in the US Army National Guard blasted Trump in a new campaign video, slamming the possibility of "a very stupid and costly war with Iran": | Trump promised to get the US out…

Juan Cole (2019-05-17). Top Ten Differences Between the Iraq War and Trump's Proposed Iran War. globalresearch.ca 1. Iraq is 168,754 mi ≤ and Iran is 636,400 mi ≤; that is, Iran is geographically 3.77 times bigger than Iraq, almost 4 times as big. | 2. Iraq's population when invaded was 26 million. Iran's population today is 81 million. | 3. …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-17). Sanders Launches Petition Urging Lawmakers to Block Military Action Against Iran Without Congressional Approval. commondreams.org As heightened tension between Washington and Tehran continues to provoke warnings of potential war, Sen. Bernie Sanders released a petition as part of his presidential campaign Thursday calling on federal lawmakers to "pass legislation that would prohibit military action against Iran without congressional approval." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

John Mecklin (2019-05-17). War and Peace: Bolton and Trump Tell a Confused Story About Possible Military Action against Iran. globalresearch.ca The New York Times reported earlier in the week that top Trump administration national security officials asked for and received a briefing on military plans that would send some 120,000 US troops to the Middle East should Iran take aggressive …

Middle East Eye (2019-05-17). How is the Middle East Reacting to Increasing US-Iran Tensions? theantimedia.com (MEE) — With tensions once again ratcheting up in the Gulf, the international community has held its breath as a long-feared conflict between the US and Iran appears to inch increasingly closer. The US has blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and President Donald Trump warned on Monday that if the Islamic republic …

RT (2019-05-17). 'Fraudulent', 'poorly sourced' & 'DANGEROUS': Trump strikes out against 'fake news' on Iran. rt.com Amid rising tensions between the US and Iran, and rumors of war, President Donald Trump has blasted what he called 'fake news media' coverage of the issue, warning that it could be "dangerous" for the country. |

Bob Dreyfuss (2019-05-17). Trump May Not Want War With Iran—But the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One. thenation.com Trump May Not Want War With Iran—But the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One…

Alex Emmons (2019-05-17). Democrats Running for President Are Waking Up to the Danger of War With Iran. theintercept.com Four of the seven senators who've joined the 2020 race have signed onto a bill that would prohibit the U.S. military from spending money to attack Iran.

Kurt Nimmo (2019-05-17). Congress Wants to Steal $1.68 Billion from Iran. globalresearch.ca It's not enough to want untold thousands to die and the country destroyed, now neocons in Congress want to steal more than a billion and a half dollars from Iran as compensation for something somebody else did or didn't do….

Mehdi Hasan (2019-05-17). Four Simple Steps the U.S. Media Could Take to Prevent a Trump War With Iran. theintercept.com An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 10, 2019, in the Red Sea. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group has been deployed to U.S. Central Command as tensions with Iran have recently escalated. | helped the Bush administration spread myths and lies about the threat posed by Iraq to the United States and its allies, the Trump administration is spreading similar myths and…

Melvin Goodman (2019-05-17). Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure. counterpunch.org Many American presidents have blundered in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, but Donald Trump's personal involvement in the region has been particularly disastrous. President Eisenhower introduced the CIA to the world of covert action, when he ordered the overthrow of the legitimate government of Iran in 1953. President Reagan endorsed a U.S. troop presence in Lebanon in 1982 in order to pull Israeli chestnuts out of the fire there due to their war crimes in Beirut, offering proof to the Arab nations of Washington's one-sided support for Israel. President George H.W. Bush went ahead with Desert Storm in 1991…