2019-05-24: News Headlines

Juan Cole (2019-05-24). Jared Kushner Is Surprised He Can't Get Palestinian Businessmen on Board with Promises of Prosperity. commondreams.org Kushner is not able to understand the pain for Palestinians of living under Israeli occupation. (Photo: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro, via Flickr @thejointstaff). | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

amnesty (2019-05-24). Israel/OPT: Further Information: Bedouin Leader Rejects Conditional Release: Sheikh Sayyah Abu Mdeighim al-Turi. amnesty.org Prominent bedouin leader Sheikh Sayyah Abu Mdeighim al-Turi's early release was scheduled on 15 May 2019. However, on that day Israeli police requested from the Israel Prison Service to include two conditions for release. First, a pledge from Sheikh Sayyah not to live in his village of al-'Araqib in the Naqab/Negev, in southern Israel. Second, to remain under a night-time house arrest regime at his family's house in the city of Rahat until October 2019, when his original prison sentence ends. The first condition was dropped following his lawyer's intervention, and Sheikh Sayyah refused the second condition, and,…

Stuart Littlewood (2019-05-24). Was that the Next Palestinian President You Just Banned, Mr Trump? dissidentvoice.org Hanan Ashrawi, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member, speaks to journalists at UN Headquarters. (UN Photo/Evan Schneider) Grandma Ashrawi is more than a match for Israel's stooges in the White House and whatever 'deal of the century' they have cooked up for the Holy Land So the Trump administration will no longer allow Hanan …

WSWS (2019-05-24). Israeli writer Amos Oz (1939-2018): A critical appreciation. wsws.org Oz published 40 books of fiction, collections of essays, speeches and letters that have been translated into 45 languages, including Esperanto.

Philip Giraldi (2019-05-24). The 2020 Election Sweepstakes Begin. Let's Keep Israel and the Phony Claims of Anti-Semitism Out of It. globalresearch.ca The more than twenty Democrats who are seeking to become their party's presidential candidate in 2020 have been more than a little reticent about the foreign policy of the United States. There has been some muttering from the more progressive …

Staff (2019-05-24). Far-Right Israeli Organization Publishes List of 'Disloyal' Professors. therealnews.com Hilla Dayan discusses the right-wing Zionist group Im Tirtzu, and the scare campaign against leftist and progressive professors going on in Israel…

Melvin Goodman (2019-05-24). The Dangerous Demise of Disarmament. counterpunch.org Donald Trump and his national security team have weakened virtually every aspect of American foreign policy over the past two years. U.S. bilateral relations with both Russia and China have worsened, driving Moscow and Beijing into their closest relationship in more than fifty years. U.S. standing in Europe, particularly with our central NATO allies, has been compromised as President Trump has embarrassed key allies in London, Paris, and Berlin. The recent bungling of political upheaval in Venezuela has made the United States a laughing stock throughout South America. Trump's obsequious behavior toward Israeli Pr…

Lawrence Davidson (2019-05-24). Senator Schumer's Divine Mission. counterpunch.org Back on 31 March 2019 I wrote an essay entitled "God and U.S. Foreign Policy." The central figure in that essay was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo is a Christian fundamentalist who believes that God is at work when it comes to both sustaining Israeli society as well as the U.S. foreign policies that underpin it. More

Arash Norouzi (2019-05-24). Israel: "Wiped off The Map". The Rumor of the Century, Fabricated by the US Media to Justify An All out War on Iran. globalresearch.ca Global Research Editor's Note | The following text by Arash Norouzi first published by the Mossadegh Project and Global Research in January 2007 confirms that the alleged "Wiped Off the Map" statement by Iran's president was never made. | In the light …

Alison Weir (2019-05-24). View the Frontline Documentary on Gaza that PBS Pulled. dissidentvoice.org PBS stations around the U.S. were scheduled to show a riveting new Frontline documentary, "One Day in Gaza," but at the last minute PBS pulled it. The film is missing important context about the issue, but it includes footage that Americans, as Israel's top funders, should see — including a young, unarmed teen being shot …

Phyllis Bennis (2019-05-24). The Amputation Crisis in Gaza: a US-Funded Atrocity. counterpunch.org 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 More

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-24). Video Shows Israeli Settlers Starting West Bank Fires, Contradicting Army Statement. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Israeli human rights organisation B'Tselem has released a video showing illegal Israeli settlers setting fire to fields in the occupied West Bank, contradicting the Israeli army's claim that the blaze was started by Palestinians. The Spokesperson's Unit of the Israeli army was yesterday forced to change its original statement, in which it claimed to have …

commondreams (2019-05-24). School Strikers and Well-known Climate Activists Issue Unprecedented Call for Action on Climate Crisis. commondreams.org ______________________________…

pip.hinman (2019-05-24). Industrial campaign needed to really change workplace rules. greenleft.org.au The results of the federal election have shown the limitations of the Australian Council of Trade Union-led Change the Rules campaign. | Green Left Weekly has previously reported that some activists withdrew from the campaign just before pre-poll voting commenced after the ACTU decided to hand out a how-to-vote card explicitly calling for first preference for Labor rather than urging voters to "Put the Liberals last". | In Victoria it seems the ACTU stuck with Labor 1, Greens 2. However, it was further criticised…

Adam Eichen (2019-05-24). Waking Up to the Sunrise Movement. commondreams.org Global warming is so existentially terrifying, even seasoned activists may avoid the issue. (Photo: Christian Kortum) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

kathy_f (2019-05-24). Stop Adani activists face post election challenges. greenleft.org.au More than 100 Stop Adani activists from around Australia participated in a webinar on May 22 to share initial reflections on the way forward for the campaign post election. | Participants generally reported initial shock at the election result but were committed to ratchetting up action. The need to strengthen links within local communities and to engage with mining communities was discussed, as was the need to correct the media lies about the "jobs bonanza" presented by the opening up of the Galilee Basin. | There was support for forging links with progressive unions, such as National Union of Workers, Electrica…

Staff (2019-05-24). Pipeline Activists Challenge Louisiana Law That Criminalizes Protest. truthout.org Last August, Water Protectors navigated their small boats through the winding bayous of Louisiana's iconic Atchafalaya Basin to a small plot of land nestled in the swamp forest. They had received written permission from co-owners of the property to set up camp there in order protest pipeline construction, but construction crews had beaten them to it. By the time the activists arrived, ancient cypress trees had been turned into mulch to make way for the embattled Bayou Bridge Pipeline. | Over th…

Mike Rhodes (2019-05-24). Keep Free Speech Alive. indybay.org For 23 years the Community Alliance newspaper has served as a voice for the voiceless and a space where union and progressive activists have come together to demand a better Fresno. We need your Support by attending the Alliance Fundraiser…

Staff (2019-05-24). Climate Activists Protest Trump California Public Lands Fracking Plan. therealnews.com As the Trump Administration considers a plan to drill for oil in California's Central Valley, environmental groups have held rallies and packed hearings. The proposal, originating under Obama, calls for fracking over 1.2 million acres close to national parks…

amnesty (2019-05-24). Ireland: One year since vote to end abortion ban. amnesty.org One year on since Ireland's vote to end its abortion ban, Amnesty International is paying tribute to the brave campaigners who spoke out for reproductive rights and sending messages of hope to people in Northern Ireland who are still subject to one of the strictest abortion bans in the world. | Today Amnesty International has released a powerful short film, 'Story of Repeal'; featuring leading activists, campaigners, politicians, and women who had bravely spoken out. | The film coincides with giant 'Now For Northern Ireland' projections which lit up buildings across London, Belfast, Dublin, and Glasgow last night…

amnesty (2019-05-24). Thailand: Defamation charges for exposing labour abuse. amnesty.org Human rights defenders, activists, journalists and former employees are facing criminal defamation lawsuits for their public comments on labour rights abuses faced by many workers at Thammakaset Co. Ltd, a chicken farm in central Thailand. Nan Win, a former farm worker and Sutharee Wannasiri, a human rights specialist and former employee of Amnesty International Thailand, go on trial on 24 May 2019 while Tun Tun Win, a migrant worker from Myanmar, will stand trial on 5 June 2019. They are three of at least 22 individuals who have faced criminal and civil proceedings initiated by this company.

Ashley Curtin (2019-05-24). 'Becoming a green, sustainable society:' Shorter work weeks is one of several strategies. nationofchange.org "This new paper from Autonomy is a thought experiment that should give policymakers, activists and campaigners more ballast to make the case that a Green New Deal is absolutely necessary."

Amy Goodman (2019-05-24). Amnesty urges US to pay reparations to Syrians after killing 1,600 civilians in assault on Raqqa. nationofchange.org "We've been presenting our cases to the U.S. coalition, asking them to acknowledge them and to move forward with some form of restitution and reparations."

Fr Daniel Maes (2019-05-24). 'Without Putin, Syria Would Have Ceased to Exist': Interview with Flemish Priest Living in Syria. globalresearch.ca The text of this interview was published by Global Research on June 15, 2017 | According to the Flemish Father Daniel Maes, who has lived in Syria since 2010, the coverage of the Syrian war is based on lies. President …

Amy Goodman (2019-05-24). Leaked OPCW report raises new questions about 2018 chemical attack in Douma, Syria. nationofchange.org A newly leaked internal document from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons reveals there were conflicting views within the organization as to what happened.

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-24). Lebanon: Syrians Summarily Deported from Airport. hrw.org | | Members of the Lebanese General Security Directorate oversee Syrian refugees boarding a bus to take them home to Syria, in the northern Beirut suburb of Burj Hammoud, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. | © 2019 AP Photo/Bilal Hussein | (Beirut) — Lebanon summarily deported at least 16 Syrians, some of them registered refugees, on April 26, 2019 after they arrived at the Beirut airport, Human Rights Watch, the Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH…

Jason Ditz (2019-05-24). US-Made Saudi Warplanes and Bombs Are Still Killing Many Civilians in Yemen. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Over the course of a five year war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia has killed the vast majority of civilians. The killings were overwhelmingly from airstrikes, which brings uncomfortable attention to the US. The Saudi airstrikes, after all, are done almost exclusively in US-made warplanes, and dropping largely US-made munitions. The US has also, for much of …

WSWS (2019-05-24). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Dockworkers in Italy and France have refused to handle cargo they say was intended to aid Saudi Arabian war efforts in Yemen while strikes and protests by miners and teachers continue in South Africa.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-24). Trump's Use of Emergency Loophole to Export US Bombs to Saudis, Critics Warn, Will Only Intensify World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen. commondreams.org Federal lawmakers and anti-war voices are raising alarm about and vowing to challenge the Trump administration's exploitation of a legal loophole to try to enable the export of billions of dollars in American-made weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Renee Parsons (2019-05-24). Peace With Iran Is a Good Thing. commondreams.org There is no question that neither Bolton nor Pompeo are to be trusted and that Bolton's over reach of authority is the key driver pushing for confrontation and divisiveness while Pompeo is a more personally shrewd team player and somewhat less of a loose cannon. (Photo: State Department via Wikimedia Commons) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-05-24). Trump says 1500 US troops deploying to Middle East for 'mostly protective' purposes. rt.com US President Donald Trump has approved a deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, apparently meant to deter what Washington calls an ongoing threat to US interests from Iran.

Whitney Webb (2019-05-24). MintCast Episode 3: Iran, Chelsea Manning, ElectionGuard and the Embassy Protection Collective. mintpressnews.com MinCast hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss the week's top stories, including U.S. attempt to escalate the situation in Iran, the unjust re-imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, Microsoft's new ElectionGuard product and get a first-hand account of the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective from Alex Rubenstein.

Dan Lieberman (2019-05-24). The New Politics of Starvation. dissidentvoice.org President Donald Trump's use of the most vicious aspects of economic warfare prompt another examination of the politics of starvation. After George W. Bush's administration, Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump lessened Bush's aggressive war policies and leaned to economic warfare. Sounds harmless when compared to exploding bombs, but it is not — economic warfare can crush an …

RT (2019-05-24). NASA exec in charge of Artemis moon mission quits after just 6 weeks, 'escorted out of HQ'. rt.com Mark Sirangelo, who joined NASA less than two months ago as special assistant to agency chief Jim Bridenstine on the Artemis project, has left his post after his proposal for a "sustainable lunar campaign" was nixed by Congress.

Brett Redmayne-Titley (2019-05-24). The Geography of War: No Iraq…? No Iran! globalresearch.ca As Iraq/ Iran economic ties continue to strengthen, with Iraq recently signing on for billions of cubic meters of Iranian natural gas, the shift towards Russian influence was certified as Iraq sent a delegation to Moscow to negotiate the purchase of the S-400 anti-aircraft system.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-24). 'This Is Big': 76 Retired US Generals and Diplomats Warn Trump Against War With Iran. commondreams.org "We have witnessed first-hand how quickly disputes can spiral out of control." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert Fantina (2019-05-24). Gulf of Tonkin 'Crisis', Iranian Style. counterpunch.org The United States government is always beating the war drums; it's what violent, rogue nations do. Currently, a non-issue in the Middle East is being seized upon as a threat to the mighty U.S. The headlines were sensational: 'Saudi Arabia says Oil Tankers Attacked as Iranian Tensions Rise'. — Bloomberg 'President Trump Warns Iran over More

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-24). Iran's Relations with India and Pakistan. Couldn't Be More Different. globalresearch.ca Iran is becoming increasingly desperate after the US intensified the economic component of its Hybrid War on the country, and while Indian Prime Minister Modi snubbed the Islamic Republic's top diplomat during his visit to the country earlier this month …

Michael Steinberg (2019-05-24). US Aggession Against Iraq-The San Diego Connection. indybay.org The role of the San Diego military in the US Aggression against Iran…

plenglish (2019-05-24). Iran Runs Out of Patience due to Europe's Inaction over Nuclear Deal. plenglish.com Tehran, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that the Islamic Republic has run out of patience due to Europe"s inaction over the withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear agreement and the resumption of sanctions on Iran.

susan_p (2019-05-24). Why does Washington hate Iran? greenleft.org.au In recent weeks the United States has sent the USS Abraham Lincoln, B-52 bombers, a Patriot missile interceptor battery and more naval firepower into the Persian Gulf in an escalation of military threats against Iran. | Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced in May that the Pentagon had plans to send 120,000 troops in the event that Iran attacked American forces in the Middle East, or if Iran resumed work that could lead to nuclear weapons. | In April, US President Donald Trump's administration designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, part of Iran's armed forces, as a "terrorist group". | The US…

patrick (2019-05-24). Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization. bdsmovement.net Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization: UpdateThrough statements issued by both the PLO and Palestinian civil society groups, and protests at German Representative Offices, Palestinians have unanimously condemned the German Parliament's anti-Palestinian resolution attacki…

Rob Urie (2019-05-24). Iran, Venezuela and the Throes of Empire. counterpunch.org With the Trump administration threatening war against Iran and Venezuela, the question of how the U.S. was brought to this point needs to be considered. To argue that current circumstances are particular to this administration is to overlook U.S. history vis-a-vis both Iran and Venezuela and that between them they possess a material proportion of More

amnesty (2019-05-23). Israel/OPT: Palestinian photojournalist at imminent risk of being ripped away from his family. amnesty.org 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…

unitedEditor (2019-05-23). Rising tides of tension in the Eastern Mediterranean. uwidata.com 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, …

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-23). Israel Launches Massive Recruitment Drive for Social Media Keyboard Warriors. theantimedia.com (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 …

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

Nathaniel Peters (2019-05-23). Fraud in Philippine election protested. workers.org 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

John McEvoy (2019-05-23). US chose 'the violent and illegal path' against peace activists, embassy protector tells The Canary. thecanary.co For 37 days, a group of peace activists stayed in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington to resist threats from the country's US-backed opposition to seize the premises. By 14 May, only four activists remained inside the embassy, claiming defiantly: "we are not going to leave…

pip.hinman (2019-05-23). Italian dock strike blocks deadly cargo headed for Saudi Arabia. greenleft.org.au 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…