2019-05-23: Social Media Postees

Fraud in Philippine election protested
Nathaniel Peters | workers.org | 2019-05-23
Activists representing many sectors of Philippine society and the movement for national democracy in the Philippines gathered at the Philippine consulate here May 17 to condemn widespread fraud in recent Philippine elections. The protest was part of a coordinated national day of action called by the Malaya Movement, a U.S. . . . | Continue reading Fraud in Philippine election protested at Workers.org…

'No Songs Can Be Sung': Eurovision Goes to Israel
Isaac Scher | progressive.org | 2019-05-23
Diverse groups of local and international nonviolent activists disrupted the festivities to protest against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wins in Landslide Re-election
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-23
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears set to enter a second term in a landslide victory. Election results show Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP party leading in 325 of the 543 seats in Parliament. At this rate, these numbers will give him an even greater majority than in 2014, when his party claimed the first outright majority in decades. Most analysts had predicted Modi's BJP party would lose seats in this election. Modi's government has been criticized for a crackdown on civil society, targeting political opponents, journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and writers. Human rights groups have also rai…

Italian dock strike blocks deadly cargo headed for Saudi Arabia
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-23
Italian dock workers halted the loading of a deadly cargo of weapons bound for Saudi Arabia in Genoa on March 20 as they demanded Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini "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 loading drones and other equipment that would be used in its devastating war on Yemen. | They called their action a "historic act of solidarity". | Members of the CGiL (Italian General Confederation of Labour) union united with activists from Potero al Popolo (PaP, Power to the Peop…

"India Loses Again, and the World Loses with It": Siddhartha Deb on Modi's Landslide Re-election
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-23
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears set to enter a second term in a landslide victory. Election results show Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP party leading in 325 of the 543 seats in Parliament. At this rate, these numbers will give him an even greater majority than in 2014, when his party claimed the first outright majority in decades. Most analysts had predicted Modi's BJP party would lose seats in this election. Modi's government has been criticized for a crackdown on civil society, targeting political opponents, journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and writers. Human rights groups have also raised…

US Might Send 10,000 More Troops to Middle East
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-23
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Citing ongoing US-Iran tensions and the secret intelligence on Iranian "threats" officials keep mentioning, CENTCOM is requesting that the Pentagon approve substantial numbers of additional US ground troops to be deployed somewhere in the Middle East. Though initial reports claimed that CENTCOM was only requesting "about 5,000" ground troops, subsequent reports said that the Pentagon are preparing …

US Might Send 10,000 More Troops to Middle East

US Aggession Against Iraq-The San Diego Connection
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-05-23
The role of the San Diego military in the US Aggression against Iran…

The U.S. Stands to Lose Much More Than a War With Iran
Scott Ritter | truthdig.com | 2019-05-23
An invasion of the Strait of Hormuz would devastate the U.S. military, but it's America's position in the world that may never recover.

The Pathology of John Bolton
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-23
John Bolton has been saying for years he wants the Iranian government overthrown, and now he's made his move. But this time he may have gone too far, writes Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News I knew… Read more ?…

The Belligerence of Empire
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-23
Empire understands nothing except ruthless expansion. It has no other raison d'etre. In the past this meant the violent acquisition of lands and territories by a militarized system where caste was very apparent and visible. But today the dealings of empire are far more duplicitous. The ruling order of this age expands empire via the acquisition of capital while using the military industrial complex to police its exploits. But there is an insidious social conditioning at work which has led the general public to where it is today, a state of "inverted totalitarianism" as political philosopher Sheldon Wolin explaine…

New Information on "Dancing Israelis" Suggests Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks
9 | indybay.org | 2019-05-23
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.

Rising tides of tension in the Eastern Mediterranean
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-23
Turkey, which has been immersed in a situation of economic crisis ahead of its recent electoral race, has become surrounded on all sides in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Israel, Egypt, Cyprus and Greece, which, with the support of the United States and some European countries, have begun to explore recently discovered oil and gas fields, …

Israel Launches Massive Recruitment Drive for Social Media Keyboard Warriors
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-23
(MEMO) — Israel has embarked on a massive recruitment drive to support the country's online propaganda campaign one day after its companies were exposed for spreading disinformation and meddling in the elections of several African, Asian and Latin American countries. The new initiative, which would see the government funding pro-Israel groups overseas, was unveiled by Israel's Ministry of Strategic …

Israel Launches Massive Recruitment Drive for Social Media Keyboard Warriors

Israel/OPT: Palestinian photojournalist at imminent risk of being ripped away from his family
amnesty.org | 2019-05-23
Palestinian photojournalist, Mustafa al-Kharouf, who is at imminent risk of a deportation that both violates international law and will tear him away from his wife and young child, must be granted permanent residency in East Jerusalem, Amnesty International sai…

Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela?
Jeff Faux | thenation.com | 2019-05-23
Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela?

US Is About to Sanction the World if They Don't Stop Purchasing Russian Weapons
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
The CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) sanctions concept of economically punishing countries that continue to purchase Russian and Chinese arms is about to become much more effective after the forthcoming global application of the "European Recapitalisation Incentive Programme", …

Leaked OPCW Report Raises New Questions About 2018 Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-23
The State Department said Tuesday that the Syrian government may have used chemical weapons during recent fighting in Idlib. The State Department warned that the United States and its allies would respond quickly and appropriately if it is determined that chemical weapons have been used. This all comes as new questions are being raised about an alleged chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma last year. The Syrian government was accused of dropping two gas cylinders on the city, killing dozens of people. The U.S. and allies responded by carrying out airstrikes. But a newly leaked internal document from the Or…

Video: Syrian Army Is Repelling Large Militant Attack on Kafr Nabudah
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
On May 21, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria) and its Turkish-backed allies launched an attack from the direction of al-Habit and Qusaybiyah in northwestern Hama on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Kafr …

Washington revives Syria chemical weapons propaganda as pretext for war
wsws.org | 2019-05-23
The threat of a new US attack on Syria follows a report exposing the last chemical weapons incident attributed to the Syrian government as a staged provocation.

Video: Al Qaeda Militants Develop Large-scale Advance on Syria Army Positions
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
Militant groups are attacking key military and civilian infrastructure in the government-controlled area. | The Reconciliation Center for Syria revealed that militants launched 17 rockets at the Russian Hmeimim airbase early on May 22. 8 rockets did not reach the base. …

India Reiterates Need to Respect Syria's Sovereignty and Integrity
plenglish.com | 2019-05-23
New Delhi, May 23 ( Prensa Latina ) India has reiterated the need to respect Syria"s sovereignty and territorial integrity during a recent visit by a delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Damascus.

So Many Wars: Remembering Friends in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Kurdistan and Turkey
Cathy Breen | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-23
It's been so long since I have written, that I don't know where to begin. I pick up a binder and begin scanning through past "Dear Friends" letters. As I read, memories of trips to Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Kurdistan and Turkey begin to flood my consciousness. So many beautiful faces and stories. So many years…

Turkish Army Pullout Will Bring Peace to Northern Syria?
Firas Samuri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
In mid-January 2018, the Turkish General Staff announced the beginning of Olive Branch Operation. The goal was to oust the Kurds from the outskirts of Afrin, as well as to create a buffer zone along the Syrian-Turkish border. | These steps …

Amnesty Urges U.S. to Pay Reparations to Syrians After Killing 1,600 Civilians in Assault on Raqqa
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-23
Amnesty International is calling for the United States to pay reparations to survivors of the U.S.-led military coalition attack on Raqqa. A recent investigation by Amnesty International and Airwars showed the U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians during the 2017 offensive to oust ISIS militants from the Syrian city. The coalition launched thousands of airstrikes and tens of thousands of artillery strikes on the city. U.S. troops fired more artillery in Raqqa than anywhere since the Vietnam War. At the time, the United States claimed it was the "most precise air campaign in history." We speak with M…

US Calls for Syrian Ceasefire as Chemical Attack Claim Quickly Countered
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-23
(MEE) — A war monitor has countered US suspicions of a Syrian government chemical attack, as a senior American official called for a ceasefire amid heavy fighting in northwestern Syria. Washington late on Tuesday said it had seen signs that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be using chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack, …

US Calls for Syrian Ceasefire as Chemical Attack Claim Quickly Countered

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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, …

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…

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 | …

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 …

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 …

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…

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 …

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 ?…

Ecuador: Request to Reopen Probe on CIA Killing of Jaime Roldos
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
Prominent Ecuadorean historian Jaime Galarza presented a request on Wednesday at the Attorney General's office to reopen the investigation on the alleged role of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Israeli Mossad in the 1981 murder of former left-wing president Jaime Roldos Aguilera. | RELATED: | Operation Condor Docs Show US Wanted to Rig Election in Ecuador to Prevent Left-Wing Victory | "That death to date remains unpunished and I do not say it remains a mystery,…

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, …

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 …

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."

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

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."

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…

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 …

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…