2019-05-20: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-05-20). War With The US Will Be The End Of Iran: Trump. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump issued a stern warning to Iran Sunday in which he threatened to end the Persian Gulf country if they went to war with America. | RELATED: | Tulsi Gabbard Warns Against Possible Trump War with Iran | "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," Trump said in a tweet. | Trump, who has reintroduced sanctions against Iran, has long criticized the government of the Islamic Republic, even going as far…

teleSUR (2019-05-20). US Warship Enters Disputed Part of South China Sea. telesurenglish.net A U.S. warship reportedly entered the disputed region of the South China Sea this morning as Washington attempts to challenge Beijing's authority there. | RELATED: | China Urges US to Avoid Further Damage of Bilateral Ties | The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which also include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and Taiwan. | China struck a more aggressive tone in its trade war with the United States on Friday. The tough talk capped…

Elise Casby (2019-05-20). 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.

Paula Radley (2019-05-20). Breaking: 'I've shut down BP. Here's why.'. nationofchange.org As you read this, I'm sitting in a big container outside BP HQ in | London, blocking one of the main entrances to the building. Along with a | team of climbers on the roof, and more people in containers like mine, | we've shut down the building. This is one of the scariest things I've | ever done, but I know it's the right thing. | Paula is one of the activists shutting down BP's head office challenging the company to clean up or clear out | We're at a critical point in history. We have the science telling us | that we are destroying our planet — that we're facing a climate | emergency. And one thing we…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-05-20). Next Stop, the UN: Embassy Protectors and Other Groups to Stage UN General Assembly Protest. mintpressnews.com The Embassy Protection Collective, the activists that fought for the US to respect international law at the Venezuelan embassy, are just getting started.

Will Parrish (2019-05-20). Border Patrol Museum Demonstrators Targeted In Crackdown On Immigrant Rights Protests. shadowproof.com Four activists turned themselves in to El Paso police on May 13 after the police issued warrants for their arrest related to a nonviolent demonstration inside a United States Border Patrol museum.

Christian Christensen (2019-05-20). From Greta Thunberg to Parkland: Young Activists and the Right-Wing Smear Industry. commondreams.org Greta Thunberg speaks at an event with other climate activists on April 22, 2019 in London, England. Greta Thunberg sparked the global student climate protests after striking from her own school in her home country of Sweden. She is visiting London whilst the Extinction Rebellion protests continue and build in momentum. (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2019-05-20). FRSO denounces the illegal arrest of Colombian peace negotiator Jesus Santrich, demands his immediate liberation. fightbacknews.org Jesus Santrich, former peace negotiator for the FARC-EP, poet, painter, musician and a popular voice for peace, has been re-arrested on a trumped-up drug charge out of the Southern District of New York. The charges are largely seen as an attempt by the United States, in league with sectors of the Colombian oligarchy, to derail the peace accord between the FARC-EP and the Colombian government. | The Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP — a court that was instituted by the Colombian Peace Agreement) ruled that Santrich could not be extradited to the United States due to many irregularities in the case, including i…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-20). The Struggle Is the Meaning. consortiumnews.com Craig Murray mulls the depressing series of events over the past few weeks involving Iran, Venezuela, Ecuador and the U.S. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk There is no conceivable interest of the ordinary people of the Western world being served by… Read more →

unitedEditor (2019-05-20). Will US strike at Iran from land, not from sea? uwidata.com While the world is adamantly watching the events in the Persian Gulf and trying to figure out when the sea battle between the U.S. and Iran starts off, Washington is drafting Plan B for an attack on the shore. The situation in the Persian Gulf deteriorated sharply at the beginning of May after the U.S. …

commondreams (2019-05-20). NIAC Statement on Trump's Tweet Threat to "End" Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

National Iranian-American Council (2019-05-20). NIAC statement on Trump's tweet threat to 'end' Iran. nationofchange.org WASHINGTON — Today, President Trump threatened to "end" Iran in a tweet on the heels of reports that rockets landed near the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad. | In response, President of the National Iranian American Council, Jamal Abdi, issued the following statement: | "President Trump's saber-rattling about Iran has reached a dangerous new low with his threat to "end" Iran — a country of 83 million men, women, and children. Since the President reneged on the Iran nuclear deal last year, the administration's policies have…

plenglish (2019-05-20). Evo Morales Condemns US Government Threats to Iran. plenglish.com La Paz, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales has condemned Monday US threats to Iran and assured that the US government is encouraging the war industry with its intention to deploy troops in the Middle East.

Jason Ditz (2019-05-20). Pentagon Leaves War Reporters in the Dark. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — As Trump Administration officials continue to talk up war with Iran, one would expect the reporters assigned to the Pentagon to be working overtime to get the specifics of what is happening. But that's not happening. The Pentagon has been increasingly opaque about everything ongoing in the military, and is no better when it comes to …

Tom Clifford (2019-05-20). From the Gulf of Tonkin to the Persian Gulf. counterpunch.org Beijing. The number of world wars should bury the argument that history does not repeat itself. But the detail is different, and the devil is in the detail. Iran. Can warmongers again offer the arguments of weapons of mass destruction? No. The Iraq playbook can't be repeated, but you don't have to go too far More

plenglish (2019-05-20). Germany Calls on US and Iran to Be Calmed. plenglish.com Berlin, May 20 (Prensa Latina) The German Foreign Ministry called on the United States and Iran on Monday to ease tensions, after President Donald Trump threatened the Persian nation on Twitter.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-20). Headlines for May 20, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Threatens "Official End of Iran" Via Tweet If It Provokes the U.S., First Phase of Kushner's Middle East Peace Plan to Focus on Palestinian Economy, Sweden Requests Detention of Assange as WikiLeaks Accuses U.S. of Illegally Seizing His Property, Australian Voters Choose Conservative PM Morrison Over Opponent Who Vowed to Tackle Climate Change, Austria Calls Snap Election After Far-Right Leader Caught in Corruption Scandal, Protesters Take to the Streets Ahead of European Parliament Elections, Narendra Modi on Track for Second Term as Prime Minister as Voting Ends in India, Taiwan Legalizes Same-Sex Marriag…

Middle East Eye (2019-05-20). Trump Tweets Threat: If Tehran Wants to Fight, It Will Be the "Official End of Iran" theantimedia.com (MEE) — US President Donald Trump issued an ominous warning to Iran on Sunday, suggesting that if the Islamic republic attacks American interests, it will be destroyed. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," Trump said in a tweet. Tensions between Washington and Tehran have …

Janine Jackson (2019-05-20). Corporate Media Setting Up Iran as New 'Threat' That Must Be Confronted. theantimedia.com (FAIR) — The Washington Post editorial's headline (5/14/19) had the US "drifting" toward war with Iran—another example, as analyst Nima Shirazi quipped, of the "world's superpower somehow having no agency over its own imperialism." If we can still call things "surreal," that would describe watching corporate media do the same things they did in the run-up to the Iraq War, things they …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-20). 'Genocidal': Trump—Who Claims He Doesn't Want War—Threatens 'Official End of Iran'. commondreams.org "President Trump's saber-rattling about Iran has reached a dangerous new low with his threat to 'end' Iran—a country of 83 million men, women, and children." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-05-20). Houthis, Yemeni Army Deny Saudi Allegations of Attempted Missile Attack Near Mecca. mintpressnews.com A Yemeni army spokesperson noted that the Houthis have never denied previous military maneuvers, saying "We do not hesitate to announce our military operations."

United Nations (2019-05-20). Hunger in Yemen: WFP considers aid suspension in face of repeated interference by some Houthi leaders. un.org The UN emergency food relief agency said on Monday that without full access and "freedom to decide" who receives lifesaving aid, in Houthi rebel-controlled areas of Yemen, it could be forced to implement a "phased suspension".

Middle East Eye (2019-05-20). France Threatens Journalists With Jail Time for Exposing Government Lies About Yemen. theantimedia.com (MEE) — France has threatened three French journalists with potential jail time for using secret documents to reveal the country's involvement in the Yemen civil war. In a series of reports published in April, investigative journalists from Disclose and Radio France revealed the number of French arms sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The documents, authored by …

United Nations (2019-05-20). Monday's Daily Brief: WFP mulls 'last resort' Yemen aid suspension, top peacekeeping awardee announced, abuzz over Bee Day, Ebola threat 'very high'. un.org This Monday, headline stories include: WFP mulls "last resort" aid suspension in Yemen; highest UN peacekeeping award to be given on Friday; busy pollinators are focus of World Bee Day; Ebola threat still "very high".

9 (2019-05-20). New Information on "Dancing Israelis" Suggests Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks. indybay.org The story of the Laughing Israelis at the World Trade Center on 9/11/01 is bigger than known previously. Hundreds of Israelis were arrested in the aftermath of the 9/11 Inside Job and the owner of their cover business, Urban Moving Systems, is now living in the USA.

teleSUR (2019-05-20). Israeli Firm Interfered in Elections in African Nations. telesurenglish.net Facebook has removed hundreds of accounts, pages, and contents by an Israeli company vying to influence foreign politics especially elections. | RELATED: | Israeli Spyware Involved in WhatsApp Privacy Breach, Human Rights Groups Targeted | The social media giant removed 256 such accounts from Facebook and Instagram on which…

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-20). Israeli Host Expects Eurovision 'Punishment' for Iceland's Palestinian Flag Display. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — The Israeli broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest said on Sunday that an unauthorised display of Palestinian flags by Iceland's band could draw "punishment" from the event's organisers. During the point-tally of Saturday's final, members of the eclectic punk ensemble Hatari held up scarf-sized Palestinian flags. A vocalist, Klemens Nikulásson Hannigan, flashed a V-for-victory sign. …

Miko Peled (2019-05-20). Plea Deal in Arson-Murder Case of Israeli Settlers Epitomizes Apartheid "Justice" mintpressnews.com The miscarriage of justice in the case of Israeli settlers in the Duma arson-murders, in which an entire family was burned to death, epitomizes Israel's Apartheid "Justice" system.

Marcia Mitchell (2019-05-20). Iraq All Over Again? And Where Is Katharine Gun. commondreams.org Whistleblower and former employee of Britain's global surveillance center GCHQ (Government Communications Head Quarters) Katharine Gun smiles as she speaks to the media during a press conference February 25, 2004 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-05-20). Corporate Media Is Gunning for War With Iran. truthdig.com The Washington Post presents the United States as "drifting toward war"—this time with Iran. | The Washington Post editorial's headline ( 5/14/19) had the US "drifting" toward war with Iran—another example, as analyst Nima Shirazi quipped, of the "world's superpower somehow having no agency over its own imperialism." | If we…

Gary Leupp (2019-05-19). The Treasury Department and Moves Towards War on Iran. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

Staff (2019-05-19). Trump-Bolton Aggression Against Iran Contained by Russia, Japan, China, and EU. therealnews.com Vijay Prashad says the very dangerous statements, economic sanctions and military aggression unleashed by Washington this week against Iran was countered by cool headed diplomacy by Japan, Russia, EU and China…

Fight Back (2019-05-19). Minnesotans reject Trump's plan for Palestine. fightbacknews.org Columbia Heights, MN – About 40 Palestinian-Americans, Palestine solidarity activists and immigrant rights activists rallied in Columbia Heights on May 16, to draw attention to the U.S. negative role in Palestine. Central Avenue in Columbia Heights is a main street for the Arab and Muslim community in the suburbs north of Minneapolis. The protest got a significant response from people returning home after work and shopping for food for their upcoming iftars. | The protest was the week of the 71st anniversary of Al Nakba, which is marked in Palestine and throughout the Palestinian diaspora every year. | Reem Salem…

teleSUR (2019-05-19). Thousands of Rights Advocates Against Alabama Abortion Law. telesurenglish.net Abortion rights activists in Mobile, Alabama carried posters and chanted slogans on Sunday against the state's new law that bans nearly all abortions in the state, even in cases of rape and incest. | RELATED: | Google Granted $150K for Ads to Anti-Abortion Group: Report | Chanting "we've only just begun" demonstrators said the law put the lives of women i…

Ed Sykes (2019-05-19). 71 years after the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, activists call for unity and democracy across the Middle East. thecanary.co 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

teleSUR (2019-05-19). Tulsi Gabbard Warns Against Possible Trump War with Iran. telesurenglish.net Two Democrats with U.S. military experience vying for the party's 2020 presidential nomination criticized Republican President Donald Trump Sunday for escalating tensions with Iran that could lead to war. | RELATED: | US Warmongers Plan to Threaten Iran by Sending 120,000 Troops | Representative Tulsi Gabbard, one of 24 Democrats running for the White House nomination, said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" that Trump was "leading us down this dangerous path towards…

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-19). Trump Regime "War of Words" on Iran. globalresearch.ca John Bolton wants war on all nations the US doesn't control. His longstanding hostility toward Iran is well known. | Reportedly he's been pushing Trump for war on Iran since becoming national security advisor. His notorious 2015 NYT op-ed headlined "To …

teleSUR (2019-05-19). OPEC, Allies Evaluate Oil Production Cut. telesurenglish.net Ministers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and their allies evaluated Sunday the evolution of the oil market and the fulfillment of the cut in crude production in force this semester, and prepare the conference convened for the end of June in Vienna. | RELATED: | Iran Oil Exports Up, Unveils Major National Refinery | The 14th Meeting of the Joint Monitoring Ministerial Committee (CMMC) of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the non-OPEC…

teleSUR (2019-05-19). Floods in Paraguay's Capital Affect More Than 12,000 Families. telesurenglish.net Winter seasonal rains have taken a toll on Paraguayans, as overflowing of the Paraguay River in the country's capital city, Asuncion has affected 12,500 families since May 10. | RELATED: | Iran Orders 60,000 to Evacuate Flood-hit Oil City | Authorities from the Directorate of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) explained that in the last 24 hours, the river rose about five centimeters, overflowing and reaching 7.25 meters and flooding riverside comm…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-05-19). "The Doomsday Forum": Senior Military, Nuclear Weapons Officials Convene… America's "$1 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Plan". Take out Russia, Iran and North Korea? globalresearch.ca "Blowing up the Planet" through the use of "peace-making nuclear bombs" is a money making undertaking, a corporate bonanza for the "defense" contractors.

Richard Galustian (2019-05-19). Iran and Why It Would be Insane for America to Go to War There. globalresearch.ca Is Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard the only sane voice in both Houses of the US Congress? | She says "War with Iran would make the Iraq War look like a cakewalk." | . | . | Russian roulette is a game of chance where players …

Global Research News (2019-05-19). Selected Articles: US War Agenda: Venezuela before Iran? globalresearch.ca Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2019-05-19). Targeting Iran. Manufactured Scenarios to Justify Military Aggression. globalresearch.ca A dangerous flashpoint has emerged in world politics at the moment. There is widespread fear that the United States and its allies might launch a military operation against Iran at any time. A US aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers are …

Staff (2019-05-19). Mideast Tensions Escalate, Rocket Explodes in Baghdad Green Zone. truthdig.com Saudis say they don't want war; Trump threatens Iran with destruction if it seeks a fight; U.S. Navy conducts Arabian Sea exercises.

Sean Bell (2019-05-19). Analysis: There Is Little Hope that Europe Will Stand in the Way of a US War with Iran. globalresearch.ca The United States will go to war with Iran if nothing is done to prevent it. This is the assumption that the world's geopolitical actors have worked off for the better part of two decades, and there has been precious …

Mark Taliano (2019-05-19). Syria: The White Helmets Are Terrorist Auxiliaries. globalresearch.ca First published on October 30, 2018 | Canada's decision to welcome White Helmets terrorists evacuated from Syria is consistent with Canada's overall strategy throughout the course of this criminal "Regime Change" war against Syria, a founding member of the United Nations, …

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-19). The OPCW Chemical Watchdog: A US Imperial Tool. The CW Douma Incident in Syria. globalresearch.ca The chemical watchdog group is mandated "to implement the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention…to achieve…a world…free of" CWs. | Its mission includes conducting "credible and transparent" on-site inspections to verify use of and destruction of these weapons." | Time and again, …

Philip Giraldi (2019-05-19). America's Most Pro-Israel Governor: Ron DeSantis Will Send More Florida Money to Israel. globalresearch.ca Ron DeSantis, Florida's new governor, should be really proud of himself. He recently recalled that when he ran for governor "…[he] promised to be the most pro-Israel governor in America and that the first delegation [he] would lead would …

teleSUR (2019-05-19). Inhumane Illegal Treatment Widespread in Israel Prisons: Report. telesurenglish.net A new report has found that prisoners in Israeli jails are often kept in facilities "unfit for human residence" and constantly face illegal punitive measures, according to a probe made by the Israeli Public Defense Office (PDO) published on May 12. | RELATED: | Israel Detained 500 Palestinians, Including 89 Children So Far in 2019 | "This is a nationwide problem that causes a daily violation of prisoners' and detainees' basic rights and a violation of their human rights,…

Janine Jackson (2019-05-19). Media Setting Up Iran as New 'Threat' That Must Be Confronted. fair.org Once again the Washington Post ( 5/14/19) presents the United States as "drifting toward war"—this time with Iran. | by Janine Jackson | The Washington Post editorial's headline ( 5/14/19) had the US "dri…