2019-05-26: News Headlines

Mike Rhodes (2019-05-26). 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…

Mildred German (2019-05-26). Canada's Dumping Problems and The War on Garbage & Toxic Waste. indybay.org Mildred German of CFRO, Vancouver Coop Radio & Media Coop will be interviewing long-time activist Ted Alquitas, the publisher of the PhilippineCanadianNews.com on the issue of Philippines/Canada issues around garbage, and and Miranda Dick, of the Secwepemc nation around the Elders Sacred Fire in Turtle Valley that is currently stopping biosolids from being dumped in Secwepmeculcw.

Staff (2019-05-26). Iran Economic Sanctions Kill as Effectively as Bombs. therealnews.com The Trump administration's illegal economic sanctions against Iran makes it impossible to import essential medicines, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot…

Staff (2019-05-26). US Sanctions Leave Millions of Venezuelans Without Water. therealnews.com "You can't blame the Maduro government, but as for the United States, this Donald Trump is mean. He's mean and he's blocked a lot of things. We have to support each other and this U.S. blockade has to end." — Yolimar Contreras…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-05-25). Outrage After Trump, Advancing "Alarming Desire to Sow Chaos Abroad," Uses Loophole to Send US Bombs to Saudis. commondreams.org "These weapons will be used to create even more death and destruction." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Steven Sahiounie (2019-05-25). Saudi Ship of Death Halted in Europe. globalresearch.ca In a collective demonstration of solidarity between European civilians and the suffering Yemeni civilians, the Saudi ship Bahri Yanbu was turned away from ports in France and Italy without loading its deadly cargo of weapons. | Last summer, the Saudi-led coalition …

Christopher Brauchli (2019-05-25). The Muslim and The Trump. commondreams.org Activists protest President Donald Trump's "Muslim Ban" in Washington, D.C. on January 29, 2017. (Photo: Liz Lemon/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-05-25). What Assange Indictment Means for Press Freedom. dissidentvoice.org 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.

RT (2019-05-25). Bolton & Pompeo 'looking for fight' with Iran, Trump trapped in the middle — Ron Paul. rt.com "Warmongering" hawks on President Donald Trump's team are pushing him towards conflict with Iran as the situation in the region becomes more dangerous by the day, former congressman Ron Paul told RT.

teleSUR (2019-05-25). General Qorbani: Iran Can Sink US War Ships. telesurenglish.net One of Iran's most senior military figures warned the United States that Iran has the capacity to sink its ships in the event of an attack. The comments follow the Pentagon's sending in three guided-missile destroyer ships close to Iran's coast. | RELATED: | Iran vs. US: Who Will Win the War … of Words? | On Saturday, General Morteza Qorbani, senior advisor to Iran's military command came out with fighting words saying that if the U.S. "commits the slightest stupidity, we will send these shi…

RT (2019-05-25). 70+ US Army & Navy veterans urge Trump to stop Iran war-mongering, stick to diplomacy. rt.com 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."

Federico Pieraccini (2019-05-25). Shielding the World from US Chaos, No Easy Task. A Multipolar World in the Making. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump's foreign policy relies heavily on putting to use to the tools available to the Empire: economic terrorism, threats of war, diplomatic pressure, trade wars, etc. But in re…

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

Staff (2019-05-25). Trump Offers No Evidence of Iranian Threat or Terrorism. therealnews.com 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…

teleSUR (2019-05-25). Common Ground on Brexit Elusive for UK Tories Running for PM. telesurenglish.net After Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement June 7 of her resignation, the battle for Tory leadership intensified Saturday with Brexit as the main point of friction among the conservative candidates. | RELATED: | May's Potential Replacements Ready Portfolios for PM Election | Aspirants to the next United Kingdom's office of Prime Minister include the Health and…

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

Robert Fantina (2019-05-25). Gulf of Tonkin 'Crisis', Iranian Style. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Craig Wood (2019-05-25). Madonna Wishy-Washes Apartheid Israel at Eurovision. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

teleSUR (2019-05-25). Tens of Thousands of Israelis Protest Immunity for Netanyahu. telesurenglish.net Thousands of Israelis protested Saturday against legislative steps that could grant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution and limit the power of the country's Supreme Court. | RELATED | Minority Coalition for Netanyahu as Liberman Refuses to Join | The demonstration in Tel Aviv was attended by nearly all opposition parties, a rare show of unity for Israel's splintered political system. Police did not say how many people attended. A Reuters photographer estim…

Aaron Maté (2019-05-25). Leaked OPCW report suggests Syria gas attack was 'staged,' MIT scientist says. thegrayzone.com Renowned MIT scientist Theodore Postol says a newly leaked OPCW report shows the supposed 2018 gas attack in Douma, Syria…

Jonathan Cook (2019-05-25). The Western Media is Key to Syria Deception. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

plenglish (2019-05-25). Human Rights Organizations Denounce Impact of Sanctions on Venezuela. plenglish.com 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.

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 …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-24). "We're Stepping Up—Join Us": Climate Leaders Answer Youth School Strikers' Call for Global Action. commondreams.org 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…

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). 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). 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.

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…

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…

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…

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

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 (former) president was never made. | In the …

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.

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.

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…

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 …

Tyler Durden (2019-05-24). Trump Bypasses Congress to Approve $8 Billion in Emergency Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia. theantimedia.com (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 …

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 …

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…

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

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

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 …

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…

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 …

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,…

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 …

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…

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