2019-05-27: Social Media Postees

Iran`s nonaggression pact for Gulf cooperation council: who will say `yes`?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-27
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has come up with a proposal for the Persian Gulf states to sign a nonaggression pact in the wake of mounting tensions in the region. He voiced this initiative in Baghdad on May 25 as he met with the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Mohamed Ali al-Hakim. He also stressed Teheran's …

Canada's Dumping Problems and The War on Garbage & Toxic Waste
Mildred German | indybay.org | 2019-05-27
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.

Iraq Vows to Resist US Aggression Against Iran
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-27
Iraq will not support any military action against its eastern neighbor, Iran, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali Al-Hakim said at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday. | RELATED: | General Qorbani: Iran Can Sink US War Ships | "We stand by our neighbor Iran, and economic sanctions are unnecessary and cause great suffering to the Iranian people," Hakim said. | Zarif responded: "We are currently repelling all the efforts of war against Iran, whethe…

Iraq Stands With Iran Against US Sanctions on Tehran
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-27
(MEMO) — Iraq stands by Iran against US sanctions, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim said Sunday. Alhakim held talks in Baghdad with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, who arrived in the Iraqi capital for discussions with Iraqi officials. The top Iraqi diplomat said bilateral relations between Baghdad and Tehran were the focus of Zarif's visit to Iraq. …

Iraq Stands With Iran Against US Sanctions on Tehran

It Is Indifference of the Israelis that Is Killing People
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-27
In the past, whenever I went to (or more precisely, 'through') Israel, it was for some antagonistic purpose: to write about the brutal suppression of the intifada in Gaza or Hebron, to comment on the insanity of the land grab …

Noam Chomsky: We Must Confront the "Ultranationalist, Reactionary" Movements Growing Across Globe
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-27
In April, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. He looked back at the rise of fascism in the 20th century and the growing ultranationalist movements of today, from Brazil and the United States to Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Chomsky: Trump Radically Interfered with Israel's Election to Help Re-elect Netanyahu
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-27
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun a record fifth term in office after narrowing defeating former military chief Benny Gantz. In a discussion with Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky talks about how President Trump directly interfered with the Israel election by repeatedly helping Netanyahu, from moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem to recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights in defiance of international law.

Trump Regime Demand for Palestinian Surrender. Washington's "Peace Process" is a Colossal Hoax
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-27
Trump's so-called "deal of the century" has nothing to do with peace, nothing to do with resolving irreconcilable Israeli/Palestinian differences — everything to do with serving Israeli interests at their expense. | Throughout his tenure, Trump waged war on Palestinian rights, …

Another Empire's Boot Stomps on Ireland
Mike Ferner | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-27
Can a pair of U.S. military veterans and the Irish peace movement topple a key outpost of the American Empire entrenched on the Emerald Isle? That's the question a new mini-documentary explores about former Marine Ken Mayers and former Army paratrooper, Tarak Kauff as they begin a third month of activist exile in Ireland following…

The Western Media is Key to Syria Deceptions, Al Qaeda Propaganda
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-27
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 …

Keep Free Speech Alive
Mike Rhodes | indybay.org | 2019-05-27
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…

For Trying to Stop Wars in Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Says Bernie Sanders, 'I Make No Apologies'
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-26
"Have you apologized to the nation for your foolish advocacy of the Iraq war?" Sanders responded to conservative pundit Bill Kristol. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Western Media Parrot Flawed Narrative on UAE Fujairah "Sabotage". Iran Taking the Blame
Alireza Hashemi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-26
The May 12 explosions off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates–one of the oil-shipping hubs across the globe–has become a controversy shrouded in mystery that could serve the interests of those seeking escalated tensions in Iran relations. | With details …

The US Is Aware the Confrontation with Iran Is over a Large Geographical Area
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-26
US President Donald Trump no longer has any cards to wave in the face of Iran nor any grounds for negotiation. He can only resort to more economic sanctions and wait by the phone for a call from Iran, unlikely …

War On Iran — What Can Be Done
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-26
A few days ago I wrote a poem about the Red Army victory over the international forces of fascism in 1945, the poem called simply, The 9th of May, about the celebration date of the victory. The first stanza reads,…

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

Bipartisan Thirst for More War: 75% of US Congress Calls on Trump to Boost Intervention in Syria, to 'Pressure' Iran and Russia
Ben Norton | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-26
While the Donald Trump administration is threatening two new wars on Iran and Venezuela, a substantial majority of the US Congress is clamoring for more immediate action. | Nearly 400 Congress members from both chambers — roughly 75 percent of all …

Anti-Occupation Coalition Grows Stronger Despite Israeli Military Violence
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-26
I watched the Israel Defense Forces throw several stun grenades — one right after the other — deep into a crowd of my friends earlier this month. I saw people dear to me get choked by soldiers, thrown forcefully onto the ground and dragged away by their limbs. Following this, the army arrested 17 people — including many Jewish activists from around the world, two Palestinian journalists and three Palestinian residents from the area. | The crime? Presumably, the IDF's harsh punishment would be because our protest turned violent. However, we were steadfastly nonviolent. We were simply fixing a…

As Israel Basks in the Glow of Eurovision, Anti-Occupation Activists Show Tourists the West Bank
Jack Dodson | theintercept.com | 2019-05-26
At the annual international pop music contest, held recently in Tel Aviv, revelers party on the beach and activists bring busloads of tourists to catch a glimpse of life under occupation.

As Trump Avoids Congress to Send More Bombs to Saudis, Airstrike Kills Seven Yemeni Children
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-26
"Nowhere is safe for children in Yemen. The conflict is haunting them in their homes, schools, and playgrounds." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

New Syria Chemical Attack Blamed on Government. Reports Fostered Divisions Among U.S. Allies
Firas Samuri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-26
On May 19, 2019, several Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (ex. Jabhat al-Nusra) militants reported on the use of the chemical weapons in settlement of Al-Kabina by the Syrian Army (SAA). The mainstream media immediately replicated this news and a number of …

Accusations of Chemical Weapons Use by the Syrian Army Nullified by Fact-Checking
Ahmad Al Khaled | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-26
Syrian government forces allegedly committed yet another chemical attack, local opposition affiliated media reported last Sunday. | Despite the seriousness of the accusations the reports did not provide any details. Nothing was certain except for the location of the incident — | …

The Bolivarian Revolution and the Warmongering "Pacifists"
Arnold August | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-26
"Oh, I am against military intervention!" goes a "pacifist" narrative heard in the North that serves as pretext for a statement on Venezuela. This prelude consoles the soul, clears the liberal conscience and strives to maintain the desired — but …

After 200 days, Kurdish hunger strikes end in victory
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2019-05-26
Thousands of Kurdish activists have finally ended their hunger strike. Politicians, political prisoners and activists around the world had been starving themselves to protest the isolation of Kurdish leader Abdullah àñcalan. | Kurdish MP Leyla Gàºven started the hunger strikes in November 2019, and on 26 May — her 200th day without food — she announced…

Russian Gas to Germany: Will the U.S. Slap Sanctions on Nord Stream 2?
Nick Cunningham | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-26
There is a growing push in the U.S. Congress to slap sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. | The pipeline under construction would carry Russian natural gas to Germany, and has been a lightning rod of controversy both in Europe …

US Sanctions Leave Millions of Venezuelans Without Water
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-26
"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…

Bolton & Pompeo 'looking for fight' with Iran, Trump trapped in the middle — Ron Paul
rt.com | 2019-05-25
"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. | …

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…

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." | …

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…

Tens of Thousands of Israelis Protest Immunity for Netanyahu
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-25
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…

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 …

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

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 …

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

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.

The Muslim and The Trump
Christopher Brauchli | commondreams.org | 2019-05-25
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…

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.

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

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…

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. | …

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…

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. | …

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 …

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…

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 …

Israel y los Territorios Palestinos Ocupados: Líder beduino rechaza la libertad condicional
amnesty.org | 2019-05-24
Estaba previsto que el destacado líder beduino Sheikh Sayyah Abu Mdeighim al-Turi fuera puesto en libertad antes de tiempo el 15 de mayo de 2019. Sin embargo, ese día la policía israelí solicitó que el servicio de Instituciones Penitenciarias de Israel impusiera para ello dos condiciones. En primer lugar, que Sheikh Sayyah prometiera que no iba a vivir en su pueblo, Al Araqib, situado en el Naqab/Néguev, en el sur de 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,…