2019-05-29: News Headlines

Paul Dobson (2019-05-29). US Hints at Sanctions Against Venezuela CLAP Food Programme as Maduro Incorporates Militia. venezuelanalysis.com The Venezuelan President looks to combat corruption and improve the programme which benefits 6 million Venezuelan families.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-05-29). The Ever Dependable Bully on Embassy Row. counterpunch.org Embassy raided; citizens starved by sanctions; coveted oil resources targeted—again. 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 its citizens and silent acquiescence by others. I don't know about you, More

amnesty (2019-05-29). Open Letter to UN Security Council on South Sudan Sanctions. amnesty.org As a coalition of 16 international and regional civil society organizations, we are writing to seek your urgent support in addressing the precarious situation in South Sudan. Delays in implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and the recent six-month extension of the pre-transitional period demonstrate that sustained international political pressure from the region and the UN Security Council (UNSC) is essential to protect the lives of civilians, ensure continued momentum towards peace for the people of South Sudan, and end and remedy s…

teleSUR (2019-05-29). The Crimes of US Blockade Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net teleSUR provides comprehensive coverage of the brutal impacts of half a decade of U.S. sanctions.

Maritime Herald (2019-05-29). Sabotage to Ten Cargo Ships Preventing Them from Arriving in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, on Monday announced that ten boats with gasoline heading to the South American country were the object of sabotage, as part of the "persecution" resulting from the sanctions imposed by the US, against …

plenglish (2019-05-29). US Sanctions Hinder Sowing Plan in Venezuela. plenglish.com Caracas, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The blockade imposed by the United States and the economic war hinder the 2019 sowing plan in Venezuela, causing a decrease in the number of hectares planned for cultivation, denounced Wednesday the constituent congressman Braulio Alvarez.

Juan Cole (2019-05-29). If Trump really only wants 'No Iranian nukes,' then he should just rejoin the Nuclear Deal. nationofchange.org So if what Trump wanted was "no nukes," then he already had that in the form of the JCPOA, which he has tried to destroy!

plenglish (2019-05-29). Iran Predicts Failure of So-called Deal of the Century. plenglish.com Tehran, May 29 ( Prensa Latina ) Iran has predicted a resounding failure of the so-called Deal of the Century with which US aims to overturn the Palestinian cause and favor Israel.

James Carroll (2019-05-29). The Regrets of a Former Anti-War Protester. thenation.com The Regrets of a Former Anti-War Protester…

Middle East Eye (2019-05-29). John Bolton Lands in UAE as Tensions Between the US and Iran Continue. theantimedia.com (MEE) — US National Security Adviser John Bolton has said that attacks on oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earlier this month were the work of "naval mines almost certainly from Iran". The UAE has not yet blamed anyone for the sabotage of four vessels, including two Saudi tankers, which was followed two …

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-05-29). The Ever Dependable Bully on Embassy Row; Venezuela and Iraq Are No Longer Worlds Apart. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Mildred German (2019-05-29). 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.

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-05-29). Congress Fiddles While Trump Lurches Toward War on Iran. globalresearch.ca Congress, and particularly the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, seems determined to see the end of the Trump Administration before the 2020 vote. Although House Speaker Pelosi claims she is not seeking impeachment, she's accusing the president of "covering up" something. …

Whitney Webb (2019-05-29). Bolton Alleges Iran Maritime Sabotage But Evidence Points Elsewhere. mintpressnews.com ABU DHABI, U.A.E. — On Wednesday, National Security Advisor John Bolton told a group of reporters in Abu Dhabi that "naval mines almost certainly from Iran" had been used to conduct the alleged "sabotage" attack on four commercial vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates' port of Fujairah earlier this month. "There is no doubt in anybody's mind in Washington who is responsible for this and I think it's important that the leadership in Iran know that w…

teleSUR (2019-05-29). Saudi Arabia Invites Rival Qatar to Important Regional Meeting. telesurenglish.net In a rare move, Saudi Arabia has invited its neighbor Qatar to an important summit in the city of Jeddah to discuss the alleged Iranian aggression in the region. | RELATED: | John Bolton To Visit UAE Amid Ongoing Turmoil With Iran | Qatar is expected to attend this conference on Thursday along with several other GCC countries that currently have no diplomatic ties with the small Gulf nation. | According to The Guardian, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani was personally invi…

Staff (2019-05-29). Israeli Leader Uncharacteristically Quiet Over Gulf Crisis. truthdig.com JERUSALEM—Israel's prime minister has been a vocal critic of Iran over the years, accusing the Islamic Republic of sinister intentions at every opportunity. But the outspoken Benjamin Netanyahu has remained uncharacteristically quiet throughout the current crisis between the U.S. and Iran. | While Israel has welcomed Washington's pressure on Tehran, the crisis has nonetheless put Netanyahu in a delicate position, not wanting to be seen as pushing the Americans into a military confrontation and wary of being drawn into fighting with Iran's powerful proxy, the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. | "In recent d…

teleSUR (2019-05-29). Bolton Claims Iranian Naval Mines Behind Attack on Oil Tankers. telesurenglish.net U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton stated on Wednesday that Iran was behind the alleged attack on the four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates earlier this month. | RELATED: | John Bolton To Visit UAE Amid Ongoing Turmoil With Iran | According to Bolton, naval mines "almost certainly from Iran" were used to attack oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates this month and warned Tehran against new operations. | Bolton said the "prudent and respons…

Susan Dirgham and Rick Sterling (2019-05-29). Robert Stuart vs the BBC. dissidentvoice.org It's a David vs Goliath story. A former local newspaper reporter, Robert Stuart, is taking on the British Broadcasting Corporation. Stuart believes that a sensational video story about an alleged atrocity in Syria "was largely, if not entirely, staged." The BBC would like it all to just go away. But like David, Stuart will not …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-29). Headlines for May 29, 2019. democracynow.org SCOTUS Makes 2 Key Decisions on Indiana Abortion Laws, Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic May Shut Down This Week, Netflix Considers Georgia Production Boycott After Abortion Ban, Sen. Kamala Harris Announces Plan for Gov't Oversight of New State Abortion Laws, Rights Groups Challenge Rule Allowing Providers to Refuse Healthcare Based on Religious Belief, PA Policy Allowing Students to Choose Bathroom Remains in Place After SCOTUS Declines Challenge, Sen. McConnell Would Confirm a Trump SCOTUS Nominee in 2020, Angela Merkel Warns Against Rise of Nationalism, At Least 20 Civilians Killed in Syria as U.N. Warns of Hum…

plenglish (2019-05-29). Syria, Recurring Issue at Security Council. plenglish.com United Nations, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The UN Security Council is addressing on Wednesday -and for the second time this week- the situation in Syria, although discussions today are taking place behind closed doors. Progress towards a political solution is expected to be analyzed.

Dr. Bachar al-Jaafari (2019-05-29). Video: Syria Ambassador Jaafari at UN Security Council: "Words may Lie, but Actions will always Tell the Truth" globalresearch.ca At the UN Security Council meeting on May 28, 2019, Syria's permanent representative Dr. Bashar Jaafari called upon foreign military forces to withdraw from Syria? | But who are these foreign military forces? | How to compel the United States and its …

Susan Dirgham (2019-05-29). Robert Stuart vs the BBC: "Saving Syria's Children". Was the Video Footage "Real" or "Staged"? globalresearch.ca It's a David vs Goliath story. A former local newspaper reporter, Robert Stuart, is taking on the British Broadcasting Corporation. Stuart believes that a sensational video story about an alleged atrocity in Syria "was largely, if not entirely, staged." The …

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-29). Palestine: No Letup in Arbitrary Arrests, Torture. hrw.org | | Protesting the electricity crisis, in the Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza, on January 12, 2017. One demonstrator holds a sign that reads, in Arabic, "We want electricity." On that day, Hamas security forces detained scores who participated in the demonstrations in Jabalia. | © 2017 Mahmoud Abu Salama | (Ramallah) — Both the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas authorities in Gaza are arbitrarily arresting peaceful critics and opponents, Human Rights Watch said today. From January 2018 throu…

commondreams (2019-05-29). Climate Activists Bring Insurgent Message to Exxon Shareholder Meeting: #ExxonKnew, It's Time to #MakeThemPay. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-29). Thailand: No Arrests for Assaults on Junta Critics. hrw.org (New York) — Authorities in Thailand should urgently and impartially investigate repeated attacks on prominent pro-democracy activists, Human Rights Watch said today. | | | Anurak Jeantawanich, prominent critic of the Thai military government, has been repeatedly attacked, while authorities have failed to bring the perpetrators to justice. | © 2019 Private | In the past year, unidentified assailants have on several occasions, including twice in May 2019, attacked Anurak "Fo…

Erik Gunn (2019-05-29). Interfaith Activists Push for Reproductive Justice. progressive.org Less visible, but no less vocal than anti-abortion groups, are religiously-grounded defenders of strong and expansive reproductive rights…

RT (2019-05-29). 'Modern-day eugenics'? US Supreme Court ruling upholds Indiana abortion restriction. rt.com The Supreme Court has allowed part of an Indiana law restricting abortions to go into effect, reversing lower court rulings and sending a signal to pro-life activists that their constant hammering at Roe v. Wade may bear fruit.

Press Release (2019-05-29). March on the Pentagon is Calling for a Revival of the Anti-War Movement. theantimedia.com May 28, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Cindy Sheehan Email: CindySheehan@MarchonPentagon.com PRESS RELEASE: MARCH ON THE PENTAGON'S RAGE AGAINST THE WAR MACHINE March on the Pentagon is calling for a revival of the anti-war movement with plans to confront the bipartisan war machine at the White House on October 11, 2019 May 28, 2019—In response …

Abolish the Military (2019-05-29). Learn Costs of War & Celebrate Peace Heroes Assange & Manning. indybay.org 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.

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-29). Israel to Hold Fresh Elections as Knesset Votes to Dissolve Itself. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — In an unprecedented move, Israel's Knesset has voted to dissolve itself, sending the country to the polls for the second time in a year. Exactly 50 days after Israel held a general election on 9 April, and just less than a month after the 21st Knesset was officially sworn in, the parliament today voted to dissolve itself with …

Stefan Talmon (2019-05-29). The US under President Trump: Gravedigger of International Law. indybay.org 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…

teleSUR (2019-05-29). Netanyahu's Choice: New Israeli Gov't by Midnight or New Polls. telesurenglish.net Israeli right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had until late Wednesday to form a new ruling coalition with a stubborn ally or face another election. | RELATED: | Minority Coalition for Netanyahu as Liberman Refuses to Join | There was no sign of a breakthrough in talks with the far-right former defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman. Parliament began a…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-05-29). Resurrecting the PLO is Palestine's Best Response to the "Deal of the Century" dissidentvoice.org Palestinian groups, Fatah, Hamas and others should not confine themselves to simply rejecting the Trump Administration's so-called 'Deal of the Century'. Instead, they should use their resistance to the new American-Israeli plot as an opportunity to unify their ranks. Leaked details of the 'Deal of the Century' confirm Palestinians' worst fears: the 'Deal' is but …

Rabbi Brant Rosen (2019-05-29). When secular Israelis claim 'God gave this land to us'. peoplesworld.org Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, created something of a viral sensation last week when, during a speech in the Security Council, he dramatically brandished a Bible and declared "This is the deed to our land." He then continued: "From the book of Genesis; to the Jewish exodus from Egypt; to receiving the Torah …

teleSUR (2019-05-29). Netanyahu Fails to Form Gov't, Israeli Snap Elections Called. telesurenglish.net Time is up for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as his bid to form a right-wing majority government failed. On Thursday, as the May 29 deadline was reached, Israel's parliament voted to dissolve itself, triggering an unprecedented second national election in 2019 and first in Israel's history. | RELATED: | Netanyahu's Choice: New Israeli Gov't by Midnight or New Polls | After a painstaking 12-hour debate, Israeli lawmakers approved by a vote of 74 to 45, the Likud-drafted…

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-29). Why Are We Seeing Such International Apathy Toward Palestinians? theantimedia.com (MEMO) — It is always refreshing to see the international community come together in emergencies when individual countries are blighted by man-made and natural disasters. Many European countries, for example, including Italy, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus, as well as Russia and Egypt, have responded with great urgency by sending firefighting aircraft and other equipment to help Israel …

Staff (2019-05-29). Israel Heads to Election as Netanyahu Fails to Form Government. truthdig.com JERUSALEM—Israel's parliament voted to dissolve itself early Thursday, sending the country to an unprecedented second snap election this year as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition before a midnight deadline. | The dramatic vote, less than two months after parliamentary elections, marked a setback for Netanyahu and sent the longtime leader's future into turmoil. | Netanyahu, who has led Israel for the past decade, had appeared to capture a fourth consecutive term in the April 9 election. But infighting among his allies, and disagreements over proposed bills to protect Neta…

Hans Stehling (2019-05-29). Military Madness: German Hi Tech Weapons for Israel. globalresearch.ca Merkel is the most powerful and influential politician not only in Europe but in the world, today. | Yet she, herself, made arguably the greatest political and military error of the past 70 years by unilaterally agreeing to supply Israel's tiny …

RT (2019-05-29). 'Playing secretary of state': Israel-based meeting of Florida cabinet triggers scandal & suit. rt.com Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his cabinet kicked off controversy after conducting an official meeting on Israeli soil, prompting a flurry of criticism from watchdog groups and constituents alike.

Michael Doliner (2019-05-29). Why War With Iran is Not a Rational Strategy for Saudi Arabia. counterpunch.org The navy of the Former United States has a base in Bahrain, a majority-Shi'ite, Sunni-ruled, state. It is a base first controlled by the British in 1936 when Britain still had an empire. Just above the base is the oil port, Ras Tanura, a facility the United States built during the second World War and More

Jonathan Cook (2019-05-29). The Western Media is Key to Syria Deceptions. counterpunch.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‚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 have More

SAMIR (2019-05-29). Milton Don't Go! bdsmovement.net Milton Don't Go!: Open LetterBrazilian artists, academics, cultural organizations, trade unionists, political parties, indigenous people and popular movements urge Milton Nascimento to cancel Tel Aviv show | Cultural BoycottMay 29, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

Staff (2019-05-29). The Israeli Government Is Collapsing Before Our Eyes. truthdig.com We'll know later today whether prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu will succeed in forming a government. If not, Israel will have snap elections in September. In parliamentary systems, coalitions are often made after the election. In the US, the two big parties have already made their coalitions before the election (the GOP is a combination of wealthy entrepreneurs, prairie farmers, and Evangelicals, which Trump manages to bring together around economic nationalism and hatred of certain ethnic groups, or maybe most of them.) In Israel, they have to put together the coalitions afterward. The Israeli far right, wh…

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

amnesty (2019-05-28). Iran: Abusive forced veiling laws police women's lives. amnesty.org 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.

unitedEditor (2019-05-28). EU elections, Theresa May resigns, Iran VS US. uwidata.com 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 …

Lee Fang (2019-05-28). Arms Manufacturers Tell Investors That Iran Tension Fuels Business. theintercept.com 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…

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-28). Giving Preschoolers the Best Building Blocks. hrw.org | | 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-28). Headlines for May 28, 2019. democracynow.org Missouri Gov. Signs 8-Week Abortion Ban as Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi Abortion Ban, Judge Blocks Redirecting of Federal Funds to Build Parts of Border Wall, European Parliament Elections See Greens and Far-Right Gain Ground But Pro-EU Parties Retain Majority, Trump Says Regime Change in Iran Not the Goal After Sending 1,500 More Troops to Region, Trump Dismisses North Korean Missile Tests, Welcomes Anti-Biden Comments, Saudi Airstrike in Yemen Kills 12 Civilians, Including 7 Children, Head of Citizenship & Immigration Agency Resigns as Trump Admin Purge Continues, Landmark Oklahoma Opioid Trial Against John…

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-28). Does Iran's economic fate depend on a lifeline from China? mronline.org China has increased its oil purchases from Saudi Arabia by 43 percent in April. There is every indication that China will continue to increase its buys from the kingdom during the course of this year—to substitute for Iranian oil and, perhaps, for U.S. oil. | Source