2019-05-22: Social Media Postees

Timeline of Half a Decade of US Economic War Against Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
As of Jan. 23, 2019 when the self-declared 'president' Juan Guaido attempted to lead a coup, the hostility of the U.S. blockade against Venezuela increased substantially. | RELATED: | Cuba Shows Support for Venezuela in 18th ALBA Political Council | However, the latest sanctions by Washington against Venezuela come as a culmination of almost half a decade of U.S. aggression by multiple successive administrations seeking to put an end to decades of leftist rule in the oil-rich…

Majority US Population Rejects Preemptive Strike on Iran: Study
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
Around 60 percent of citizens of the United States said the country should not conduct a pre-emptive attack on the Iranian military, while 12 percent advocate for striking first according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll. | RELATED: | US Warmongers Plan to Threaten Iran by Sending 120,000 Troops | The poll also revealed that 53 percent of U.S. citizens think of Iran as either a "serious" or "imminent" threat, up 6 percentage points from a similar poll from last July. In comparison,…

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…

US Aggession Against Iraq-The San Diego Connection
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-05-22
The role of the San Diego military in the US Aggression against Iran…

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…

The World Would be Much Safer if President Trump Replaced Bolton and Pompeo
Richard H. Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
It is still uncertain whether the United States will go to war with Iran or not, according to the Virginia State Senator Richard Hayden Black. | According to Senator Richard Hayden Black, the world would be much safer if the …

In Letter to Congress, 62 Groups say "No War With Iran"
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-22
(CD) — The White House is continuing its march to war with Iran, but resistance is growing–most recently by a group of 62 organizations that issued an open letter to Congress on Tuesday calling for the representative body to exercise its power and stop U.S. aggression. In the letter, the 62 groups call on Congress to "fulfill its constitutional …

In Letter to Congress, 62 Groups say "No War With Iran"

Do Iranian 'Threats' Signal Organized U.S.-Israel Subterfuge?
Gareth Porter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
President Donald Trump's national security team has been leaking "intelligence" about Iranian threats for a week now in an attempt to justify escalating tensions, including moving American air attack assets to the Persian Gulf. But a closer look suggests …

The U.S. Could Tear Iraq Apart Yet Again
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-05-22
Rising tensions between the Trump administration and Iran could roil the entire Middle East, and no country feels the heat more than Iraq.

Gulf Cooperation Council Summit: What Does It Have in Store for Iran?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-22
Saudi Foreign Ministry demands that the world community take tough stance on Iran and prevent it from 'spreading chaos'. Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister said Iran could eliminate the risks of a war in the region by observing international law, stopping interference in the internal affairs of regional countries, dropping support of terrorist groupings, …

The Trump Administration "Panicked over Nothing". Pompeo Exaggerated Claims. "Do They Think We are Stupid"
Daniel Larison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
The Trump administration's overhyped claims of an increased Iranian threat went over like a lead balloon with allied officials this week: | A NATO military intelligence official who was briefed on Pompeo's claims about increased Iranian aggression in the Middle East | …

62 Organizations to U.S. Congress: Pass Legislation to Halt a "March to War" with Iran
NIAC Action | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
In light of President Trump and John Bolton's dangerous escalations against Iran and a forthcoming intelligence briefing on Capitol Hill this afternoon, 62 organizations — including J Street, Indivisible, NIAC Action and Win Without War — sent a letter calling …

Washington threatens new attack on Syria amid US war buildup in Persian Gulf
wsws.org | 2019-05-22
With the Trump administration threatening a new attack on Syria on the pretext of chemical weapons, Democrats signed a letter urging an even more aggressive policy.

A US War on Iran Would be Evil, Stupid, and Self-Damaging
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-22
"If Iran wants to fight," US president Donald Trump tweeted on May 19, "that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again."The "threat" Trump appears to be responding to is a statement from Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that "[w]e are certain … there will not be a war since neither we want a war nor does anyone have the illusion that they can confront Iran in the region."Some "threat," huh? Let's seek a little clarity as to just who's threatening whom here: In 1953, US and British intelligence operatives orchestrated a coup d'etat, overthrowing Iran's democratically el…

Voltaire's Analysis of Chinese Civilization. A Model for a "Better Europe"
Prof. Dr. Gjergj Sinani | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
The following text by Professor Gjergj Sinani of the University of Tirana, Albania, was presented at the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations, programme organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, May 15-16, 2019 | *** | Voltaire is …

Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela 'On Track to be Worse than Syria'
Edward Hunt | progressive.org | 2019-05-22
As the Trump Administration tightens its squeeze on the country, U.S. officials warn of increased migration and "profound collapse."

US Accuses Syria of More Chemical Attacks
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-22
(CJ Opinion) — The Institute for Public Accuracy published a report yesterday about the leaked engineering assessment from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons investigation into an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria which directly contradicts the findings of the official OPCW report on the matter. Until the unauthorized release of this internal document the public was kept entirely …

US Accuses Syria of More Chemical Attacks

US Accuses Syrian Government of New Chemical Weapons Attack
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
The U.S. State Department accused the Syrian government of carrying out a new chemical weapons attack in the northwestern region of the country on Sunday. | RELATED: | Syrian Military Intercepts Unidentified Objects in South Syria | State Department Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement on Tuesday: "We are still gathering information on [Sunday's] incident, but we repeat our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the United States and our allies will…

US Accuses Syria of More Chemical Attacks Just as Chemical Weapons Narrative Crumbles
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-22
You may be certain that Syria remains a geo-strategically crucial location for the U.S. empire because its keeps working to manufacture consent for interventionism there, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com The Institute for Public Accuracy published a report Tuesday about the… Read more ?…

Russia Accuses Al-Qaeda of Trying to Fake Another Chemical Attack in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-22
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Intermittent fighting between Syria's government and al-Qaeda forces in Idlib turned into full-blown fighting Tuesday, with an al-Qaeda counter-attack hitting Syrian government forces in the area. Reports are that 26 soldiers and 18 jihadists were slain in the fighting. This fighting took place on the border between Idlib and Hama Provinces, and likely will be …

Russia Accuses Al-Qaeda of Trying to Fake Another Chemical Attack in Syria

Palestine refugees' relief chief warns Security Council money to fund Gaza operations will run out in mid-June
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-22
The head of the UN relief and works agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) warned on Wednesday that despite weathering a "truly existential crisis" over funding last year, money to continue operations this year in the Gaza Strip will only last until mid-June.

1,700 Youths in Gaza Face Amputation Due to Israeli Sniper Violence
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-22
My friend Andrew Rubin is an amputee. He's lost his right hand, lower arm, right foot, and lower leg. | He used to be an avid runner and cyclist. He can't do much of that anymore, although his walking is getting much better. Soon he might be able to run with his artificial leg. | Andrew is incredibly lucky. | The medical catastrophe that left his hand and foot so terribly damaged didn't kill him. But when his limbs never healed even after a decade, he decided to undergo the amputations. It was his choice, and it was made much easier because he knew what lay ahead: the most advanced artificial limbs ever imagin…

Americans Are Funding an Amputation Crisis in Gaza
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-22
My friend Andrew Rubin is an amputee. He's lost his right hand, lower arm, right foot, and lower leg. | He used to be an avid runner and cyclist. He can't do much of that anymore, although his walking is getting much better. Soon he might be able to run with his artificial leg. | Andrew is incredibly lucky. | The medical catastrophe that left his hand and foot so terribly damaged didn't kill him. But when his limbs never healed even after a decade, he decided to undergo the amputations. It was his choice, and it was made much easier because he knew what lay ahead: the most advanced artificial limbs ever imagined.

Wednesday's Daily Brief: Women boost work profits, saving biodiversity, UK loses Chagos Islands vote, Gaza funding, malaria-free in Argentina, Algeria
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-22
Today's top stories include: boosting profits at work by hiring more women leaders; saving biodiversity to beat climate change; General Assembly condemns UK over Chagos Islands; just a month of funding left for Gaza; celebrating malaria-free Algeria and Argentina; and justice experts dicuss how best to fight hate crime.

A US Military Veteran and 'Aid Volunteer' Sends Death Threat to Venezuela Embassy Defenders
Ben Norton | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-22
Far-right Venezuelan opposition activist Luis Medina, a former US Marine and volunteer for Juan Guaido's aid stunt, told CODEPINK embassy defenders "we are coming to get you with plenty of ammunition."

Say NO to abortion bans!
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 Say NO to abortion bans! at Workers.org…

Thailand: Defamation charges used to silence dissent
amnesty.org | 2019-05-22
Police have charged prominent activists Parit 'Penguin' Chiwarak, Sirawit 'Ja New' Seritiwat, and Phayaw Akkahad with defamation by publication under Article 328 of the Thai Criminal Code which carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail. The Election Commission accused the three of making defamatory speeches during a public campaign to impeach the commissioners in Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. Summoned to Phayathai Police Station on 30 April, they have denied all charges. The case appears to be politically motivated and is part of the crackdown on individuals who criticise the constitutionally independen…

Activists Push Back Against Conservative Threat to Safe and Legal Abortion
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-22
With abortion rights under threat across the country and conservative anti-abortion bills gaining momentum, women and activists are taking their protests to the streets to defend their right to privacy and bodily autonomy…

Why We, Palestinians and Israelis, Insist on Mourning Our Dead Together
Avigail Corry, Sulaiman Khatib | thenation.com | 2019-05-22
Why We, Palestinians and Israelis, Insist on Mourning Our Dead Together…

Canada's NDP MP Randall Garrison's Disgraceful Anti-Palestinian Politics
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-22
Randall Garrison is an embarrassment to everyone who supports universal human rights. The Victoria area New Democratic Party MP's anti-Palestinian politics are beyond disgraceful. Earlier this month Garrison was reappointed vice-chair of the Canada Israel Interparliamentary Group (CIIG). As such, he's continuing to refuse to heed a call from Roger Waters, Noam Chomsky, Maher Arar, …

Foreign Aid That Costs an Arm and a Leg — Literally
Phyllis Bennis | commondreams.org | 2019-05-22
Palestinian amputees break their Ramadan fast at a community center in Rafah, which was destroyed by Israeli warplanes. (Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib / Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

US Complicity in Israel's Violations of International Law
James J. Zogby | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
Last week, I addressed a United Nations Security Council meeting on "Israeli settlements". Because I knew other speakers, experts and diplomats, would address the illegality of Israeli settlements, the economic and human rights impact on the Palestinian people and the …

New Information on "Dancing Israelis" Suggests Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks
9 | indybay.org | 2019-05-22
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.

McCarthyism in Israel: Left-wing professors targeted
Special to People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-22
A fascist Israeli organization announced Tuesday, May 14, that it has launched a new website listing Israeli university professors and lecturers who are "anti-Zionist and Leftists" and inviting students to file complaints about teachers who "preach anti-Israel rhetoric." The Im Tirzu movement said the McCarthyite website, "Know Your Professor," already lists 85 academics, among them members of …

Thom Hartmann: This is How Republics Die
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-22
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 wealthy and corrup…

New York Just Made It Harder for Trump to Abuse His Pardon Power
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-22
A new bill passed in the New York state legislature would curb President Donald Trump's ability to abuse his pardoning power in order to hinder investigations into potential criminal misconduct. | The law passed by New York's General Assembly would make it easier for state prosecutors, in specific situations, to target individuals who had received a presidential pardon for federal crimes for which they were convicted, according to NBC News. Empire State law currently does not permit…

Saudi Arabia to Execute 3 Dissident Scholars After Ramadan
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is preparing to execute three dissident scholars on charges of 'terrorism', the Middle East Eye reported this week. | RELATED: | Italy Unions Refuse to Load Saudi Ship to Protest Yemen War | The MEE report cited two government sources and one male relative of the accused. They identified the three individuals as Sheikh Salman al-Awdah, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari. | According to the report, the three scholars will be executed by the Saudi authoriti…

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 …

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 …

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.

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…

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." | …

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 …

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.' | …

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"

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 ?…

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 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…

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 ?…

Syria: Detention, Harassment in Retaken Areas
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-21
A checkpoint in the Syrian city of Daraa. | © 2018 Friedemann Kohler/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images | (Beirut) — Syrian intelligence branches are arbitrarily detaining, disappearing, and harassing people in areas retaken from anti-government groups, Human Rights Watch said today. The abuse is taking place even when the government has entered into reconciliation agreements with the people involved. | Human Rights Watch has documented 11 cases of arbi…