2019-05-19: Social Media Postees

The Treasury Department and Moves Towards War on Iran
Gary Leupp | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-19
As Patrick Cockburn has observed in a recent Counterpunch column, "At the end of the day, the US Treasury is a more powerful instrument of foreign policy than the Pentagon for all its aircraft carriers and drones." He refers, of course, to the success of U.S. sanctions on Iran and secondary sanctions on any corporations …

Trump May Pardon US Soldiers Convicted of War Crimes: NYT
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-19
U.S. President Donald Trump has asked for files to be prepared on pardoning several U.S. military members accused of or convicted of war crimes, including one slated to stand trial on charges of shooting unarmed civilians while in Iraq, the New York Times reported on Saturday. | RELATED: | Iran Calls Increased US Sanctions 'Unacceptable' | According to the New York Times, the U.S. President requested the immediate preparation of paperwork needed, indicating he is considering pardons for the…

71 years after the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, activists call for unity and democracy across the Middle East
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-05-19
On 15 May, Palestine marked the 71-year anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe), which saw around 700,000 people expelled from their land and homes after the founding of Israel on 14 May 1948. This was one of the world's most notorious acts of ethnic cleansing…

Fascist trends in Santa Cruz Government
Elise Casby | indybay.org | 2019-05-19
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.

Roger Waters Slams Eurovision And Its Host Israel
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-19
Pink Floyd's bassist Roger Waters took to Twitter on Saturday to criticise the Eurovision competition and its host country Israel, who he has been an outspoken critic about for years. | RELATED: | Iceland Stands Up For Palestine at Eurovision 2019 Contest | Waters referred to the Eurovision competition as "bulls**t" in what he described as 'apartheid' Tel Aviv, of which he said he disapproved. | The musician then applauded the new initiative, Globalvision, which is the Palestinia…

Syrian Military Intercepts Unidentified Objects in South Syria
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-19
The Syrian military intercepted several unidentified objects Saturday that entered southern Syria from the occupied territories controlled by Israel, SANA reported. | RELATED: | 'Occupied Territories' Bombs Damascus: Syrian State Media | According to the SANA, the unidentified objects had entered Syria's Al-Quneitra province before they were downed by the Syrian military. SANA said none of the unidentified objects caused explosions inside of Syria. | Israel has attempted to attack so…

New ISIS Caliphate with capital in Kashmir
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-19
The Islamic State plans revenge in the form of creating an eastern caliphate with the capital in Indian Kashmir. On the background of a defeat in Syria and Iraq, ISIS says it has instituted a province in Indian Kashmir named Wilayah of Hind. The announcement followed a clash between the militants and security forces in …

Ominous message? US shows B-2 stealth bomber drop bunker busters amid Iran tensions (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-05-18
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. | …

U.S. Warns Airliners Flying in Persian Gulf Amid Iran Tensions
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-18
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — U.S. diplomats warned Saturday that commercial airliners flying over the wider Persian Gulf faced a risk of being "misidentified" amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. | The warning relayed by U.S. diplomatic posts from the Federal Aviation Administration underlined the risks the current tensions pose to a region crucial to global air travel. It came as Lloyd's of London warned of increasing risks to maritime shipping in the region. | Meanwhi…

Risk of Open Warfare? What Makes Iran Look Like an Immediate Threat
Paul R. Pillar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-18
The current crisis atmosphere in U.S.-Iranian relations, in which the risk of open warfare appears greater than it has been in years, is solely and unequivocally due to the policies and actions of the Trump administration. To point this out …

Iraqi Parliament Poised to Evict US Troops
Jason Ditz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-18
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 …

Iran and the Coalition of the Weird
Mike Lofgren | commondreams.org | 2019-05-18
Attacking another Middle Eastern country: what could go wrong?

Iraqi Parliament to Vote on Bill That Would Ban US Military Troops From Iraq
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-18
(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, …

Iraqi Parliament to Vote on Bill That Would Ban US Military Troops From Iraq

"Journaille… Canaille!", Media Disinformation: Karl Kraus' Campaign against a "Warmongering Press"
Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-18
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 …

Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-18
Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final : Action Alert | | Eurovision is being broadcast from apartheid Tel Aviv right now- join us to counter it | May 18, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …

And the winner of Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-18
And the winner of Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is… : PACBI StatementMore than 150,000 people, hundreds of artists and over 100 LGBT+ organizations joined our calls to boycott Eurovision 2019 | Cultural Boycott Boycott Eurovision 2019May 18, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …

Venezuela: Amnesty International in Service of Empire
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-18
Uncle Sam has a problem in his South American "backyard" with those uppity Venezuelans who insisted on democratically electing Nicolás Maduro as their president instead of by-passing the electoral process and installing the unelected US asset Juan Guaidó. No matter, Amnesty International has come to the rescue with a full-throated defense of US imperialism: Faced …

In Louisiana Capitol, protesters decry abortion ban
Gavrielle Gemma | workers.org | 2019-05-18
Fed up with online petitions and polite lobbying, pro-choice activists took over the Louisiana State Capitol rotunda in Baton Rouge May 15. Their protest followed state House and Senate committee votes in favor of an abortion ban. Members of the New Orleans Abortion Fund, Women With a Vision, New Orleans . . . | Continue reading In Louisiana Capitol, protesters decry abortion ban at Workers.org…

Argentina's 'Mothers' Cheer Cristina's Decision to Run as VP
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-18
The news that Argentina's first female president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (CFK) would be running as vice president, spread quickly through the region and was received with great enthusiasm, generating responses from some of the most influential activists in the country, the Mothers of the Plaza. | RELATED: | Ex-Argentine Leader Cristina Fernandez Announces VP Candidacy | In an official statement, the pre…

Iceland Stands Up For Palestine at Eurovision 2019 Contest
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-18
The Icelandic band Hatari created a stir at Eurovision 2019 when they displayed banners in support of Palestine when cameras panned to them during an announcement of Iceland's points, highlighting the controversial nature of this year's competition hosted in Tel Aviv, Israel. | RELATED | Israel Won't Allow Activists During Eurovision | The Icelandic techno, industrial, and punk rock bank from Reykjavik held up banners with the colors of the Palestinian flag and which read "Palestine" in bright…

Protest anti-abortion laws — Buffalo
Nigel Bouvart | workers.org | 2019-05-18
Activists from the Western New York Resistance Revival Chorus, Western New York Peace Center, New York Abortion Access Fund and Workers World Party gathered May 14 in Bidwell Park in Buffalo, N.Y. They were there in solidarity with people affected by the recent wave of anti-abortion legislation passed in several . . . | Continue reading Protest anti-abortion laws — Buffalo at Workers.org…

Victory on Elder Care Equity Sets a Marker for 2020 Debates
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-18
In 2035, the year seniors are projected to outnumber children in the U.S. population, I predict we'll look back and credit Washington activists for being on the forefront of tackling America's elder care crisis. On May 13, the state became the first in the nation to adopt a social insurance program for long-term care benefits. | "This is a huge victory for organizing and people power, for care and caregiving, and for older adults and people with disabilities," said Josephine Kalipeni, Director of Policy and Fede…

Who's Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela's D.C. Embassy?
Jeb Sprague | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-18
The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they left Venezuela's D.C.-based opposition with a serious PR problem. After a week of hateful outbursts, a handful of marketing strategists …

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

US-Israel Relationship Is 'Altar' of 'Holiness,' and Jerusalem Embassy Is 'Shrine' — US Ambassador
Philip Weiss | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-18
There's been a lot of focus on US Ambassador David Friedman saying at a ceremony in Jerusalem Tuesday that Israel "is on the side of God," as the New York Times reported. | The religious character of Friedman's remarks went well …

World Watches Last Blue Moon of the Decade
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-18
For the last time in this decade, a "Blue Flower Moon" will appear Saturday night at approximately 10: 21pm (BST), science experts said. | RELATED: | Israel Fails With Moon Landing | On Twitter, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) wrote, "Since the 1940s, 'Blue Moon' has referred to the second full Moon in a month – but tonight's Blue Moon is from the older definition, which is the third full Moon in a season that has an atypical four full Moons. And please note, the Moon will not appear b…

Video: Syrian Army Eliminated 45 Militants in Recent Clashes
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-18
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in northwestern Hama eliminated at least 45 militants during the past few days, according to pro-government sources. | Lt. Col. Mohammed Mahmoud Al-Shamali of Jaysh al-Nasir, Captain Ahmed Ismail and Mohamad Najar of …

Oil and Global Rivalry
John Foster | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-18
At the UN General Assembly in 2018, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl broke an unwritten taboo by talking about oil and war. "The recent wars imposed on the Middle East were…fought in the name of oil. Now Syria is a | …

Deadly Yemen airstrikes that claim children's lives in capital Sana'a, strongly condemned by UN
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
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.

France: Stop harassing investigative journalists: Geoffrey Livolsi, Mathias Destal and BenoàÆt Collombat
amnesty.org | 2019-05-17
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…

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

Friday's Daily Brief: Syria, Yemen airstrikes, Anti-torture panel, Gay rights, Climate change, #Vesak Day
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
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.

Uncle Sam Needs Our Help Again?
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
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…

France Takes Unprecedented Action Against Reporters Who Published Secret Government Document
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
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…

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

War and Peace: Bolton and Trump Tell a Confused Story About Possible Military Action against Iran
John Mecklin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
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 …

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

How is the Middle East Reacting to Increasing US-Iran Tensions?
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-17
(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 …

How is the Middle East Reacting to Increasing US-Iran Tensions?

Trump — from China to Iran to Venezuela — Threats and Sanctions Everywhere — A Chronicle of Disorganized Chaos Foretold
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
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…

Four Simple Steps the U.S. Media Could Take to Prevent a Trump War With Iran
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
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…

Democrats Running for President Are Waking Up to the Danger of War With Iran
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
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.

Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
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…

Trump is bringing the US closer to a 'very stupid and costly war with Iran', warns Tulsi Gabbard
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-05-17
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…

'Fraudulent', 'poorly sourced' & 'DANGEROUS': Trump strikes out against 'fake news' on Iran
rt.com | 2019-05-17
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. | …

Top Ten Differences Between the Iraq War and Trump's Proposed Iran War
Juan Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
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. …

German Parliament Criminalizes Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-17
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…

Germany Votes to Define BDS Movement as Anti-Semitic
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-17
(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 …

Germany Votes to Define BDS Movement as Anti-Semitic

Fifteen years of LGBTI community activism in Lebanon:‚Äé A story of existence and oppression
amnesty.org | 2019-05-17
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…

Venezuela Denounces US Seizure of Embassy as Violation of Vienna Convention
Jessica Corbett | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-17
(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 …

Venezuela Denounces US Seizure of Embassy as Violation of Vienna Convention

Who's Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela's D.C. Embassy?
Jeb Sprague | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-17
The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they left Venezuela's D.C.-based opposition with a serious PR problem. After a week of hateful outbursts, a handful of marketing strategists emerged as de facto spokespeople for the mob.