2019-05-25: Social Media Postees

The Western Media is Key to Syria Deception
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-25
By any reckoning, the claim made this week by al-Qaeda-linked fighters that they were targeted with chemical weapons by the Syrian government in Idlib province — their final holdout in Syria — should have been treated by the western media with a high degree of scepticism. That the US and other western governments enthusiastically picked …

Bipartisan thirst for more war: 75% of Congress calls on Trump to boost intervention in Syria, to 'pressure' Iran and Russia
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-25
While Trump threatens Iran and Venezuela with new wars, 400 Congress members, including leaders from both parties, want to intensify…

Trump Offers No Evidence of Iranian Threat or Terrorism
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-25
Eugene Puryear and Paul Jay discuss the hypocrisy of Trump allying with Saudi Arabia, the largest sponsor of global terror, over concerns about alleged Iranian terrorism…

70+ US Army & Navy veterans urge Trump to stop Iran war-mongering, stick to diplomacy
rt.com | 2019-05-25
An open letter signed by 76 retired generals, admirals, and ambassadors calls on US President Donald Trump to stop stoking fears of war with Iran and ditch "ineffective" sanctions and threats in favor of "aggressive diplomacy." | …

US Aggession Against Iraq-The San Diego Connection
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-05-25
The role of the San Diego military in the US Aggression against Iran…

As Trump Threatens Iran With War, Espionage Charges Against Assange Threaten Journalists
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-25
The Espionage Act removes the possibility of a public interest defense for Julian Assange, and sends a chilling message to journalists and whistleblowers…

Human Rights Organizations Denounce Impact of Sanctions on Venezuela
plenglish.com | 2019-05-25
25 de mayo de 2019, 00: 10Caracas, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The blockade imposed against Venezuela has caused great damage to the health, food and daily lives of its citizens, denounced Lucrecia Hernandez, representative of the non-governmental organization Sures.

Madonna Wishy-Washes Apartheid Israel at Eurovision
Craig Wood | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-25
Art-washing is a PR tactic that uses famous artists in ways that divert attention away from bad behavior. An ad designer who combines a Monet water lily image with an oil company logo is one way. Recruiting an international pop icon like Madonna to sing at a music festival in the creepy political climate of …

What Assange Indictment Means for Press Freedom
RT | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-25
Since the DOJ has indicted WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange with 17 more charges under the Espionage Act, many activists are worried about what this means for press freedoms. Former Professor of Journalism at Woodbury University Lyle Slack join In Question to discuss what this means.

Keep Free Speech Alive
Mike Rhodes | indybay.org | 2019-05-25
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…

Amnesty urges US to pay reparations to Syrians after killing 1,600 civilians in assault on Raqqa
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-24
"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."

'Without Putin, Syria Would Have Ceased to Exist': Interview with Flemish Priest Living in Syria
Fr Daniel Maes | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
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 …

Leaked OPCW report raises new questions about 2018 chemical attack in Douma, Syria
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-24
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.

Lebanon: Syrians Summarily Deported from Airport
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-24
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…

Iran, Venezuela and the Throes of Empire
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
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…

NASA exec in charge of Artemis moon mission quits after just 6 weeks, 'escorted out of HQ'
rt.com | 2019-05-24
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. | …

The Geography of War: No Iraq…? No Iran!
Brett Redmayne-Titley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
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.

Israel: "Wiped off The Map". The Rumor of the Century, Fabricated by the US Media to Justify An All out War on Iran
Arash Norouzi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
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 (former) president was never made. | In the …

Gulf of Tonkin 'Crisis', Iranian Style
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
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…

Trump Bypasses Congress to Approve $8 Billion in Emergency Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-24
(ZH) — Not long after he reportedly agreed to send another 1,500-2,000 troops to the Middle East in yet another show of strength to combat an increasingly belligerent Iran, President Trump steamrolled Congress on Friday to approve $8 billion in arms sales to the UAE and Saudi Arabia and expedite delivery, WSJ reports. The administration invoked a rarely used …

Trump Bypasses Congress to Approve $8 Billion in Emergency Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

Peace with Iran Is a Good Thing
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
After weeks of drama with Iranian 'threats' and having conducted classified briefings with Congress on Tuesday, acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by his side, informed a press briefing that | "there will be | …

US to Sell Arab Allies $8B in Arms to 'Deter Iran': Pompeo
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-24
U.S. President Donald Trump is invoking a rare executive provision bypassing congressional review in order to extend a multi-billion dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia, citing alleged threats from Iran to the kingdom, U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo confirmed Friday. | RELATED: | Iran vs. US: Who Will Win the War … of Words? | Per the Arms Export Control Act, US$8.1 bil…

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

Iran's Relations with India and Pakistan. Couldn't Be More Different
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
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 …

Why does Washington hate Iran?
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-24
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…

MintCast Episode 3: Iran, Chelsea Manning, ElectionGuard and the Embassy Protection Collective
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-24
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.

Peace With Iran Is a Good Thing
Renee Parsons | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
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…

Trump says 1500 US troops deploying to Middle East for 'mostly protective' purposes
rt.com | 2019-05-24
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. | …

Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-24
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…

Trump's Use of Emergency Loophole to Export US Bombs to Saudis, Critics Warn, Will Only Intensify World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
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…

France: Bombing in Lyon Injures 13, Suspect Still at Large
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-24
French police are searching for the criminal behind the Lyon central city bombing which injured 13 people Friday, officials confirmed. | RELATED: | France Threatens Journalists With Prison for Exposing Its Role in Saudi War on Yemen | The suspect was captured on security video leaving a bag in front of a…

US-Made Saudi Warplanes and Bombs Are Still Killing Many Civilians in Yemen
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-24
(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 …

US-Made Saudi Warplanes and Bombs Are Still Killing Many Civilians in Yemen

Senator Schumer's Divine Mission
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
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.

Was that the Next Palestinian President You Just Banned, Mr Trump?
Stuart Littlewood | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-24
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 …

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

The Dangerous Demise of Disarmament
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
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…

Israel/OPT: Further Information: Bedouin Leader Rejects Conditional Release: Sheikh Sayyah Abu Mdeighim al-Turi
amnesty.org | 2019-05-24
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,…

View the Frontline Documentary on Gaza that PBS Pulled
Alison Weir | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-24
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 …

Palestine's First-Ever Solar Power Station Near Completion
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-24
According to Palestinian officials, the first of four planned solar panel plants has been inaugurated as part of a project which aims to reduce dependence on Israeli power sources. | RELATED: | Palestine Rejects US-Led Talk on Investment in Its Territory | Palestine's first-ever solar power station is aiming to produce 7.5 megawatts (MW) of electricity from its Noor Jericho Photovoltaic Solar Park location. | Work on this first phase is expected to be completed in June. | There…

The 2020 Election Sweepstakes Begin. Let's Keep Israel and the Phony Claims of Anti-Semitism Out of It
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
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 …

Video Shows Israeli Settlers Starting West Bank Fires, Contradicting Army Statement
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-24
(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 …

Video Shows Israeli Settlers Starting West Bank Fires, Contradicting Army Statement

Industrial campaign needed to really change workplace rules
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-24
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…

Stop Adani activists face post election challenges
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-24
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…

Thailand: Defamation charges for exposing labour abuse
amnesty.org | 2019-05-24
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.

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

Ireland: One year since vote to end abortion ban
amnesty.org | 2019-05-24
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…

"We're Stepping Up—Join Us": Climate Leaders Answer Youth School Strikers' Call for Global Action
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
As more than a million youth poured into the streets worldwide on Friday for the weekly #SchoolStrike4Climate demonstrations, well-known adult climate activists answered a call to action from school strikers with a pledge to join global protests in September. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Pipeline Activists Challenge Louisiana Law That Criminalizes Protest
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-24
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…

Climate Activists Protest Trump California Public Lands Fracking Plan
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-24
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…

The Amputation Crisis in Gaza: a US-Funded Atrocity
Phyllis Bennis | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
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…