2019-05-28: Social Media Postees

Learn Costs of War & Celebrate Peace Heroes Assange & Manning
Abolish the Military | indybay.org | 2019-05-28
To counteract the jingoism of all capitalist media in this country in its promotion of the war machine which only exists to maximize the profits of the oil companies and the munitions makers, a few websites are in order to remind us all of the Costs of War and the Peace Heroes Assange & Manning currently jailed by the US war machine.

Does Iran's Economic Fate Depend on a Lifeline From China?
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2019-05-28
Iran's oil is cheap and of a quality that Chinese refiners prefer. (Photo: AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Iran Sees No Prospect of Negotiations with US
plenglish.com | 2019-05-28
Tehran, May 28 ( Prensa Latina ) Iran sees no prospect of negotiations with the United States, according to Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi, in statements made Tuesday to the Fars agency. "…we don"t pay attention to words; what matters to us is a change of approach and behavior", he added.

The Trump Administration Has Already Declared War on Iran
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-28
What follows is a conversation between Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research Mark Weisbrot and Sharmini Peries of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

Iran: Abusive forced veiling laws police women's lives
amnesty.org | 2019-05-28
Imagine that you are a woman leading a relatively normal life. You take the metro or bus to work or university. You socialize with friends. You may be able to afford a smartphone and enjoy posting selfies on social media. You may sometimes be lucky enough to take walks on the beach and feel the sea air in your hair. | Now imagine that before you step foot outside your front door to do any of those things, you must stop and check that your hair is properly covered with a headscarf and that you have covered up your arms and legs. | This may seem extreme but failing to do so could carry serious consequences for you.

Does Iran's economic fate depend on a lifeline from China?
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-05-28
It's hard to predict what will happen in the oil market as the U.S. sanctions on Iran tighten. For now, it looks like India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey will hold off from buying Iranian oil. These countries–with China–had been the main sources of Iran's foreign exchange. It is unlikely–at the present time–that India, Japan, […] | Source…

If Trump Really Only Wants 'No Iranian Nukes,' Then He Should Just Rejoin the Nuclear Deal
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-05-28
Iran was screwed over by the US– it gave up its only deterrence card to forestall a US invasion and regime change. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

The Ever Dependable Bully on Embassy Row; Venezuela and Iraq Are No Longer Worlds Apart
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-28
The United States is still punishing Iran for the 1979 takeover of its 'sacred' premises, its embassy in Tehran. By contrast, when American authorities occupy another nation's embassy there's nothing but approval from the American public and silent acquiescence by …

Arms Manufacturers Tell Investors That Iran Tension Fuels Business
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-05-28
Defense executives from around the country crowded into Goldman Sachs' glimmering tower in downtown Manhattan in mid-May, eager to present before a conference of bankers and financial analysts. | While much of the world was on edge over simmering tension in the Middle East, as the U.S. and its allies have stoked tensions with Iran, the businessmen at the conference talked of opportunity. | Eric DeMarco, the president of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, addressed the conference, arguing that his company is "very well-aligned" for the shift in the military budget away from asymmetrical fighting toward nation-st…

Canada's Dumping Problems and The War on Garbage & Toxic Waste
Mildred German | indybay.org | 2019-05-28
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.

Giving Preschoolers the Best Building Blocks
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-28
A Nepalese woman carries her child to school in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Monday, March 31, 2014. | © 2014 AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha | According to a recent UNICEF report, nearly half of all preschoolers – more than 175 million children worldwide – are not enrolled in a pre-primary education program. In low-income countries only one in five children attend such a program. And in 64 countries, UNICEF found…

EU elections, Theresa May resigns, Iran VS US
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-28
European Parliament elections The elections for the European parliament took place this weekend. According to the results, the European People's Party won 179 seats, and the EP's second largest faction, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, won 150. The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe came in third with 107 mandates, followed by …

Turkish Dreams of a "Radical Islamic Annex" in Northern Syria Fade Away
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-28
From the day the war began in March 2011 in Deraa, the political ideology of Radical Islam has been center stage. From the outset of the Syrian conflict, the men who carried weapons were all fighting to abolish the …

Eight years in, Syria still embroiled in conflict 'that no longer sparks outrage', Security Council hears
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-28
After eight years of deadly air strikes and terrorist attacks that have left hundreds of thousands of Syrians dead and millions of others injured, United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller asked the Security Council on Tuesday, the hard-hitting question: "Can't this Council take any concrete action when attacks on schools and hospitals have become a war tactic that no longer sparks outrage"?

Israel Fires Missile at Southern Syria, Killing Syrian Soldier
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-28
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Israel fired a surface-to-surface missile against a military site in southern Syria's Quneitra. The attack killed a single Syrian soldier, wounded two more,and damaged a military vehicle. Israeli officials were unusually forthcoming about why they attacked, claimed an "abnormal" Syrian violation of Israeli sovereignty earlier in the day, in which a Syrian anti-aircraft system fired at an Israeli …

Israel Fires Missile at Southern Syria, Killing Syrian Soldier

The Corporate Media is Key to Syria Deceptions
Jonathan Cook | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-28
(CD) — 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‚Ää–‚Äätheir final holdout in Syria‚Ää–‚Ääshould have been treated by the western media with a high degree of scepticism. That the US and other western governments enthusiastically picked up those claims should not …

The Corporate Media is Key to Syria Deceptions

Leaked OPCW engineering report concludes alleged 2018 chemical attack in Syria was staged
wsws.org | 2019-05-28
The Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media research group conclude that its findings "establish beyond reasonable doubt that the alleged chemical attack in Douma… was staged."

MIT Rocket Scientist: Leaked Document Shows Syrian Chemical Attacks Were Staged
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-28
(ZH) — "The evidence is overwhelming that the gas attacks were staged," Award-winning scientist and MIT professor emeritus Theodore Postol told The Grayzone's Aaron Maté in a newly published interview. The interview with the noted MIT rocket scientist comes after Fox's Tucker Carlson featured rare mainstream coverage of the bombshell leaked OPCW report on his show Thursday night. The "smoking gun" memo refutes key events surrounding the April 2018 …

MIT Rocket Scientist: Leaked Document Shows Syrian Chemical Attacks Were Staged

Turkey Shoots Itself in the Foot by Providing Syrian "Opposition" with Advanced Weapons
Ahmad Al Khaled | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-28
The Syrian government's offensive in northwestern provinces of Hama and Lattakia that began almost a month ago fell short of expectations. Having briefly established control over a number of areas, the Syrian army units were forced to retreat due to …

It is the Indifference of Israelis that is Killing People
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-28
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 around Bethlehem, or to report from the eerie and de-populated Golan Heights, which Israel occupies …

Video: US Sanctions Leave Millions of Venezuelans Without Water
The Real News Network | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-28
"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 Transcript: Yolimar Contreras lives in a poor barrio, on the hillsides of Caracas, with …

Video: US Sanctions Leave Millions of Venezuelans Without Water

The US under President Trump: Gravedigger of International Law
Stefan Talmon | indybay.org | 2019-05-28
The US collaboratively built international law and its institutions and had an authoritative influence for more than 100 years. Today, the US is (1) turning away from rule-based international law, (2) violating individual norms of international law, and (3) openly undermining the legal order. The US shows contempt for international law by recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan Hts…

Israeli Soldier Caught on Video Setting Fire to Palestinian Fields in the West Bank
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-28
(MEMO) — One of the two Jewish settlers recently caught on video starting a fire in the occupied West Bank is an Israeli soldier, it has been revealed. According to reports in the Israeli media, "the army knows the identity of the settler", and "two security sources confirmed the details, saying that the soldier was on leave when …

Israeli Soldier Caught on Video Setting Fire to Palestinian Fields in the West Bank

Netanyahu–unable to form a government–threatens new Israeli elections
wsws.org | 2019-05-28
Netanyahu's Likud party has introduced legislation to dissolve the Knesset and call a second election at the end of August.

Chomsky: Trump radically interfered with Israel's election to help re-elect Netanyahu
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-28
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.

Andre Vltchek: It Is Indifference of the Israelis That Is Killing People
Andre Vltchek | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-28
As always, I was impressed by Israel's infrastructure, but not by whom it serves. South Africa, during apartheid, built some of the greatest highways in the world. For the whites. Others were forced to live in the gutter. Israel does the same.

France: Authorities must stop arms-laden ship of shame bound for Saudi Arabia
amnesty.org | 2019-05-28
A Saudi Arabian cargo ship believed to be transporting Canadian armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia must be stopped in France, Amnesty International said today, as the ship transited through the maritime port of Marseille-Fos. | The organization warned there is a serious risk that the military material on board the Bahri Tabuk will be used by the Saudi Arabian armed forces to commit war crimes and other abuses in Yemen, and said there were legitimate reasons to fear that French munitions destined for Saudi Arabia may also be loaded at Marseille-Fos. | The Bahri maritime transport company's calendar shows that the B…

London activists: You can't stop us from marching against Trump
Lamiat Sabin | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-28
LONDON–A police ban aimed at preventing "Stop Trump" protesters from marching through Whitehall when Donald Trump meets Theresa May on a state visit next week will meet furious resistance, organizers say. Lindsey German, of the Stop the War Coalition, told the Star that protesters will "not accept" the Metropolitan Police's ban. She is calling on …

Let's talk menstruation — and the women breaking the taboos around it
amnesty.org | 2019-05-28
"It's that time of the month." "Red October." "On the blob." Many people would rather call menstruation anything than what it is. But in parts of the world the stigma around menstruation goes far beyond euphemisms. For some girls, menstruating means being hidden away in cattle sheds or banned from their houses; others struggle to afford tampons and pads and are forced to make do with rags. Some women have even been arrested or interrogated for their peaceful activities to change this stigma. | Yet things are starting to change. We spoke to five brilliant human rights activists breaking the taboos surrounding men…

Europe: Green Surges, Older Parties Erode, Far Right Gains
Scott Tucker | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-28
Green parties made stunning gains in the European Elections, due to the strength of many younger voters, the grass roots insurgency of ecological school strikes and marches, and the tenacity of Green Party activists. The older mainstream parties, both center-right and social democratic, received a mix of drubbing demotions and eroding support. The far right…

China steps up suppression ahead of Tiananmen crackdown anniversary
amnesty.org | 2019-05-28
The Chinese authorities must end a wave of persecution targeting those seeking to commemorate the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, Amnesty International said ahead of the 30th anniversary of the bloodshed. | | Over recent weeks, police have detained, placed under house arrest or threatened dozens of activists wh…

The Rockefeller Way: The Family's Covert 'Climate Change' Plan
The Energy & Environmental Legal Institute | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-28
"Beginning in the 1980s, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund became leading advocates of the global warming agenda. … In their Sustainable Development Program Review, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund boasts of being one of the first major global warming activists, citing its …

'The Road to Tyranny Is Paved With Corrupt Intentions': Transportation Secretary Chao Still Profiting From Asphalt-Construction Giant
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-28
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao came under fire from ethics experts and reporters after The Wall Street Journal revealed Tuesday that she still owns shares in a major construction company that provides materials for road-paving despite pledging to divest from the company in the ethics agreement she signed before her confirmation in early 2017. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

US Policy Toward Iran Is All About Regime Change
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-27
There's no ambiguity about longstanding US policy toward the Islamic Republic since its 1979 revolution. | Trump, Pompeo, Bolton, and their subordinates are more hostile toward the country than any of their predecessors. Their actions toward Iran speak for themselves. | They're …

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 …

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

US-Backed Terrorists "Struggle" after Returning from Syria. The ISIS and America's Terrorist Foreign Legions
Ulson Gunnar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-27
Upon reading the Financial Times article, " Isis fighters struggle on return to Balkan states," you might almost forget the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was and still is a hardcore terrorist organization guilty of some of …

Video: Syrian Army Delivers Blow to Al Qaeda Militants, Takes Back Kafr Nabudah
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-27
On May 26, units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and the National Defense Forces launched a surprise attack on the town of Kafr Nabudah in northwestern Hama, which had been recently captured by Hayat Tahir al-Sham …

Sophisticated Media Distortion of Palestinian Protest and Israeli Power
Ahmed Abu Artema | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-27
The BBC recently aired a documentary titled One Day in Gaza, which concentrated on the terrible events of 14 May 2018, during the Great March of Return. | Although more than 60 unarmed demonstrators were shot dead by Israeli army …

Palestinian Economic Development Under Zionist Settler Colonialism
Dr. Zuhair Sabbagh | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-27
The following research article deals with the entanglement of some Palestinian capitalist interests and Zionist colonial interests inside the Israeli market and also inside the Zionist colonial settlements. It further explores the economic and political dimensions of the collaboration of | …

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.

Israel on Verge of Fresh Elections as Lieberman Deals Blow to Netanyahu
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-27
(MEE) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chances of forming a new government became significantly slimmer on Monday, as his former defense minister Avigdor Lieberman ruled out serving with ultra-Orthodox parties. Hours later, a bill to dissolve Israel's parliament, the Knesset, passed a preliminary reading — the first step towards it dismissing itself. In a news conference earlier in …

Israel on Verge of Fresh Elections as Lieberman Deals Blow to Netanyahu

Yemen update: UNICEF chief condemns attack in Taiz that claims lives of seven children
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-27
Nowhere is safe in Yemen, the head of the UN Children's Fund UNICEF said, after an attack in the city of Taiz claimed the lives of 12 civilians, including seven youngsters — the latest victims of the country's more than four-year war.

Pakistan: Investigate North Waziristan killings
amnesty.org | 2019-05-27
The Pakistani government should immediately order an independent and effective investigation into the reported killing of at least three activists on Sunday, Amnesty International said today. | Two parliamentarians affiliated to the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) were leading a procession of activists to the Khar Kamar area of North Waziristan, along the Afghan border, when firing broke out, leading to the deaths. | One of the parliamentarians, Ali Wazir, is currently in custody of the Pakistani military. There are conflicting accounts of the incident, with the military claiming that PTM activists assaulted a ch…

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…

Iran Economic Sanctions Cost Lives
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-26
The Trump administration's illegal economic sanctions against Iran reduce access to essential medicines, according to UN experts and interview with CEPR's Mark Weisbrot…

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…

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.

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…