2019-05-21: Social Media Postees

Abortion ban laws say get back, 'We say fight back!'
Kathy Durkin | workers.org | 2019-05-22
"Right to life, your name's a lie! You don't care if women die!" Those words are being chanted by pro-choice activists throughout the country against reactionaries hell-bent on eradicating legal abortions. A slogan of the 1970s movement to legalize this basic right, it is being chanted today as the people's . . . | Continue reading Abortion ban laws say get back, 'We say fight back!' at Workers.org…

U.S. war threats intensify on Iran
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-05-22
May 20 — Another U.S. initiated crisis reached an ominous level this past week with President Trump's announcement that Iran suddenly presented a new, unspecified threat, serious enough to send a U.S. Naval aircraft carrier battle group churning toward the Persian Gulf, along with U.S. B-52 Stratofortress bombers and plans . . . | Continue reading U.S. war threats intensify on Iran at Workers.org…

EE.UU.: °Fuera de Irán!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-05-22
Como si la pandilla de la Casa Blanca se sintiera incompleta simplemente nivelando las amenazas económicas contra China, haciendo comentarios hostiles sobre Rusia e imponiendo sanciones ilegales –ilegales porque equivalen a un castigo colectivo de las poblaciones– sobre Venezuela, Cuba y Corea del Norte, una vez más han puesto la . . . | Continue reading EE.UU.: °Fuera de Irán! at Workers.org…

Head of Reporters Without Borders Says Israel Shot Journalists Intentionally
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-21
(MEMO) — The director-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said yesterday that the Israeli army had deliberately targeted journalists in the occupied Gaza Strip. Christophe Deloire was speaking to the Jerusalem Post, having received the Dan David Prize in Tel Aviv on behalf of the international press freedoms watchdog. "It is a war crime to target journalists …

Head of Reporters Without Borders Says Israel Shot Journalists Intentionally

Israel Extends Gaza Fishing Zone by 12-15 Nautical Miles
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
Israel announced on Tuesday that they will be extending the fishing zone in Gaza by 12 to 15 nautical milies. | RELATED: | Palestine Rejects US-Led Talk on Investment in Its Territory | "This measure is part of the civilian policy of preventing the deterioration of humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip," the head of Israel's Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Major General Kamil Abu Rukun, said in a statement posted on Twitter. | The move by t…

Netanyahu Took Trump to New Heights of Global Tension and Dropped Him
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
Israel prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu claimed he personally convinced the US president Donald Trump to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA agreement, and wished Iran to " disappear with the help of God". Israel is much …

New Information on "Dancing Israelis" Suggests Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks
9 | indybay.org | 2019-05-21
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.

NYC remembers Al Nakba
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-21
New York, NY – Over 100 people gathered in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn on May 15 to commemorate 71 years since the Nakba, or "catastrophe." The Nakba marks the 1948 anniversary of Israel's expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians from their land. | The rally was organized by Within Our Lifetime – United for Palestine (WOL) with speakers from other Palestinian and solidarity organizations. | The speakers emphasized that despite 71 years of occupation, the fight remains strong and that Palestine will one day be free. | Jessica Schwartz from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression echoed the call for continuou…

Israel's War Criminals in Their Own Words
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
Israel's public face, sustained and propagated by a wealthy and powerful diaspora that has significant control over the media, insists that the country is the Middle East's only true democracy, that is operates under a rule of law for all …

THE ANGRY ARAB: Iran's Military Options
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-21
As'ad AbuKhalil weighs Iran's position at a dangerous point in U.S. relations, but says the prospects of war are not as high as Gulf regimes and Israel want them to be. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News The crisis… Read more ?…

Working-class internationalism: Italian dock workers block Saudi weapons ship
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-21
Italian dock workers halted a deadly cargo of weapons bound for Saudi Arabia from being loaded in Genoa Monday as they demanded Matteo Salvini (Deputy Prime Minister of Italy) "open the ports to people and close them to arms." Trade unionists and activists hailed "working-class internationalism" as they stopped the Saudi ship Bahri Yanbu from …

Saudi Feminist Loujain al-Hathloul Was Waterboarded, Flogged and Electrocuted
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-21
It's been a year since women's right activist Loujain al-Hathloul was detained and jailed in Saudi Arabia for leading a movement to lift the kingdom's ban on female drivers and overhaul its male "guardianship" system. Despite international outcry, she's been imprisoned ever since. During that time, her family says, she's been held in solitary confinement and faced abuse, including electric shocks, flogging and threats of sexual violence. The Saudi government has resisted calls from human rights groups and lawmakers from around the world to release Loujain and the other jailed activists. We speak with two of Lo…

Family of Jailed Saudi Feminist Loujain Al-Hathloul: She Was Waterboarded, Flogged & Electrocuted
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-21
It's been a year since women's right activist Loujain Al-Hathloul was detained and jailed in Saudi Arabia for leading a movement to lift the kingdom's ban on female drivers and overhaul its male "guardianship" system. Despite international outcry, she's been imprisoned ever since. During that time, her family says, she's been held in solitary confinement and faced abuse, including electric shocks, flogging and threats of sexual violence. The Saudi government has resisted calls from human rights groups and lawmakers from around the world to release Loujain and the other jailed activists. We speak with two of Louja…

Maduro Gives Trump a Lesson in Ethics and Morality
Manuel E. Yepe | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
In clear violation of the Vienna Convention, the United States police entered by force, after 37 days of resistance, the premises that housed the Venezuelan Embassy and arrested the four activists protecting the diplomatic headquarters from the terrorist vandalism of the so-called "Venezuelan opposition. "The Venezuelan government will respond to the invasion of its embassy…

Trump Says the Military Industrial Complex is Pressuring him Into a War With Iran
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-21
With a thirty year Boeing veteran at the Pentagon, Patrick Shanahan as Acting Secretary of Defense, and with John Bolton and Mike Pompeo at the helm, war with Iran is likely says the former chief of staff to Secretary of State, Col. Larry Wilkerson…

Iran Eggs on Trump With Historical Reminder of Failed Invasions
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to end Iran if they were to engage the American forces in combat. The Iranian diplomat reminded Trump of his country's history and several of the empires that failed to conquer ancient Persia. | RELATED: | War With The US Will Be The End Of Iran: Trump | In his tweet directed at Trump, the Iranian Foreign Minister said: "Goaded by #B_Team, @realdonaldTrump hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & o…

This is how Republics die
Thom Hartmann | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-21
The American republic could die, just like Rome. | Wavering for some time on the verge of becoming a complete oligarchy, | America is on the verge of flipping from a democratic republic to a | strongman or autocratic form of government, something that's happened to | dozens of democracies in the past few decades, but never before here. | It's possible we won't recover from it. | The death of a republic is different from the death of a nation; Rome | was a nation for nearly 2,000 years, but its period of being a republic | was only around 300 years long. For the rest, it was a brutal empire | with a small but w…

Trump's War In Venezuela Could Be Che's Revenge
Nicky Reid | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
Che Guevara had a dream. After decades of chasing the American Empire into guerrilla street fights from Guatemala to the Congo, Che dreamed of drawing that dreadful beast into an unwinnable quagmire on the graves of its first victims in the heart of Latin America, the treacherous mountain forests of Bolivia where the Conquistadors first…

Trump threatens to use 'great force' at Iran provocation, but says there's 'no indication' of one
rt.com | 2019-05-21
As he continues to trade verbal jabs with Tehran, US President Donald Trump issued a fresh barrage of threats on Monday, vowing to meet any provocation with "great force" while calling Iran the 'number one provocateur of terror.' | …

Fire the Nutcases Leading Us to War
Eric Margolis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
President Donald Trump claimed this week that he does not want war with Iran. If he really believes this, the president ought to look into what his subordinates are doing. | Among their bellicose actions are deployment of the 'Abraham Lincoln …

Hoping memories of Iraq have faded, U.S. hawks push new war with Iran
Ian Goodrum | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-21
You could set a watch to it, or maybe a countdown timer. After being frustrated by Venezuela's resistance against a Washington-backed coup attempt, President Donald Trump and his favored attack dog, National Security Advisor John Bolton, have trained their sights on a new target: Iran. Earlier this month, an aircraft carrier strike group and bomber …

All the Times John Bolton Called for War with Iran
Darius Shahtahmasebi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
This article was originally published in 2018 | The fact that Donald Trump's recent hawkish stance on the Syrian government coincided with John Bolton's first day as national security advisor is most likely no accident. Syria and Iran …

Persian Gulf tensions rise as Trump threatens "end" of Iran
wsws.org | 2019-05-21
The apocalyptic tweet from the US president came amid provocative drills by US warships in the Arabian Sea.

Physicians for Social Responsibility Opposes War with Iran
commondreams.org | 2019-05-21

Nearly 400 Lawmakers Urge Trump to Keep Troops in Syria to "Increase Pressure on Iran and Russia"
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-21
(ANTIWAR.COM) — A bipartisan letter signed by nearly 400 US Congress members is calling on President Trump to remain militarily engaged within Syria, while claiming to be "deeply concerned" about extremists in the country. President Trump had announced a pullout from Syria in December, but had already disavowed it repeatedly by February. Still, lawmakers want to keep emphasizing …

Nearly 400 Lawmakers Urge Trump to Keep Troops in Syria to “Increase Pressure on Iran and Russia"

No War With Iran, Say 62 Groups in Letter to Congress
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-21
"Trump and his National Security Advisor John Bolton are taking this country to the brink of a completely avoidable military confrontation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Video: Donald Trump Threatens to Destroy Iran
Ken Stone | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
US President Donald Trump on Sunday ratcheted up his rhetoric toward Iran, warning that a fight with the United States would "be the official end of Iran." | Watch the interview with Canada's antiwar activist and geopolitical analyst Ken Stone below….

Trump is Making the Same Mistakes in the Middle East the US Always Makes
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
In its escalating confrontation with Iran, the US is making the same mistake it has made again and again since the fall of the Shah 40 years ago: it is ignoring the danger of plugging into what is in large part a religious conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims. I have spent much of my…

Trump's "Genocidal" Tweets Against Iran Come With a Price
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-21
Donald Trump threatened to wipe Iran off the map in a moment of yet-to-be-explained Twitter-rage Sunday night. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!" he wrote. After a few days of apparent de-escalation between the US and Iran, Trump managed to once again fuel fears of an impending war. Yet, Trump's tweet is likely more a reflection of his frustration over the failure of his pressure and coercion strategy than a carefully thought-through plan for war. | Trump is not the first U.S. official to threaten Iran with genocide. Back in 2008, then-presi…

Bomb-Laden Drone From Yemeni Rebels Targets Saudi Airport
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-21
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels attack a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Middle East tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. | The attack on the Saudi city of Najran came after Iran announced it has quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity, though still at a level far lower than needed for atomic weapons, a year after the U.S.

US Aggession Against Iraq-The San Diego Connection
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-05-21
The role of the San Diego military in the US Aggression against Iran…

War With Iran Must Be Stopped at All Costs
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-05-21
America stands on the brink of a conflict that threatens the very future of our republic. The time has come for patriotic dissent.

Iran wags impeachment dog
Tom H. Hastings | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-21
Trump is blustering at Iran and to the world that we might just need to crush that pipsqueak terror country. Um…it took nine years to invade, occupy, and finally limp out of Iraq, 288,000 Iraqi and American deaths later. Iraq is a third the population of Iran. War there would be many times more destructive, just when we …

Selected Articles: Backlash in US-China Trade War. China Defies Sanctions against Iran
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Backlash in US-China Trade War. China Defies Sanctions against Iran, Resumes Purchase of Iran Oil
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
On May 5, Donald Trump announced a devastating 25% tariff on Chinese commodity imports valued at 200 billion dollars. | According to Trump: | "China is cheating the system". | "Dirty Bureaucrats in Washington have allowed China to take advantage of our great …

As Iran Tensions Rise, Congress Moves to Curb Trump's War Powers
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-21
The House Appropriations Committee voted to advance an amendment to a defense spending package on Tuesday that would sunset the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) issued after the 9/11 attacks. The bipartisan legislation would provide Congress with new tools for containing the Trump administration as it meddles in foreign conflicts and stokes military tensions with Iran. | Rep. Barbara Lee and other House Democrats are expected to announce a new push to repeal the 2001 AUMF on Wednesday. The latest effort in Congress to scrap the longstanding authorization comes as lawmakers react to the escal…

Iran, China-US trade war, Australia election, S-500
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-21
Is the US mobilizing the armed forces against Iran? The situation in the Persian Gulf heated up dramatically this week. The United States has increased its military presence in the region and advised their citizens in Arab countries to remain vigilant. On the 6th of May, the US sent a naval strike group (the aircraft …

Tulsi Gabbard: "I Don't" Buy Report that Iran Wants to Strike U.S. Forces, Trump Looking for "Pretext" for War
Rep Tulsi Gabbard | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic presidential candidate, said she doesn't buy reports saying Iran poses a new threat to U.S. personnel in Iraq in an interview Sunday with ABC's "This Week." | *** | GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You resigned your DNC post …

62 Organizations to Congress: Halt a March to War with Iran
commondreams.org | 2019-05-21

Trump's Iran Trap
Jan Oberg | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
Remember President Trump's tweet and accompanying statements by the Trump administration officials concerning Iran — as reported here by CNN on May 19, 2019. Trump's statement amounts to a de facto declaration of war on Iran. Objectively speaking, it is a lie that Iran threatens the US. It is a lie that the US sends…

EU Supports Iranian Nuclear Deal
plenglish.com | 2019-05-21
Brussels, May 21 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) has ratified on Tuesday its complete support to the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement and insisted that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is the entity that can verify whether Iran is fulfilling its commitments.

Lindsey Graham supports 'overwhelming military response' to Iran 'threat streams'
rt.com | 2019-05-21
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has blamed Iran for "escalating tensions" in the Persian Gulf, accusing the country of threatening the US even while promising massive retaliation in response to vague "threat streams." | …

US-Iran Showdown Is One False-Flag Attack Away from Global Calamity
Robert Bridge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
Hypocritical to the core, the execution of false-flag events spare aggressive states the ignominy of appearing in public as the warmongering psychopaths they are, lest their subjects get the wrong idea as to exactly who is governing over them. | The …

British Special Forces Join US Strike Group Against Iran
Al-Masdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
British Special Forces have flown to the Middle East in the framework of a top-secret mission to rebuff possible Iranian attacks on merchant ships, according to The Sun. | Members of the elite Special Boat Service are reported to have joined …

NIAC Statement on Trump's Tweet Threat to "End" Iran
NIAC Action | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

Idlib-Based Uighur Terrorists Threatened Russian Forces in Syria
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
The so-called "Turkistan Islamic Party", the Syrian branch of the Uighur-led terrorist group previously known as the "East Turkestan Islamic Movement", threatened to deal Russia a defeat akin to the one that its Soviet predecessor experienced in Afghanistan, demonstrating the …

Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in 'secret detention facilities', UN human rights office warns
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-21
In Syria, it is suspected that children whose fathers fought for terrorist group ISIL are being held in unidentified "settlements" and "secret detention facilities" away from their mothers, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday.

How the West's War in Libya Spurred Terrorism in 14 Countries
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-21
The first to suffer was Syria and since then the gruesome effects have been spreading in the region and beyond, to Africans and Europeans, writes Mark Curtis. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Eight years on from NATO's war in… Read more ?…

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Libya civil war, African displacement, global trade tensions, terrorists' children 'secretly detained', and more
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-21
Tuesday's stories include: Libya facing "permanent division", regional war; Africa event highlights forcible displacement; terrorists' children 'secretly detained' in Syria; Venezuelans need protection; global trade tensions rise.

Syria War Report: Hama Ceasefire Initiative Failed. Clashes Ongoing
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
On May 17 and May 18, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) intercepted several unidentified aerial objects over Damascus and the southern part of the country. In both cases, the intercepted targets came from the southern Syria border, near the …