2019-05-29: Social Media Postees

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

Open Letter to UN Security Council on South Sudan Sanctions
amnesty.org | 2019-05-29
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…

US Sanctions Hinder Sowing Plan in Venezuela
plenglish.com | 2019-05-29
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.

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

Sabotage to Ten Cargo Ships Preventing Them from Arriving in Venezuela
Maritime Herald | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-29
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 …

The Ever Dependable Bully on Embassy Row
Barbara Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-29
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,…

Why War With Iran is Not a Rational Strategy for Saudi Arabia
Michael Doliner | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-29
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…

Saudi Arabia Invites Rival Qatar to Important Regional Meeting
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-29
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…

If Trump Really Only Wants 'No Iranian Nukes,' then He Should Just Rejoin the Nuclear Deal
Juan Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-29
Trump said in Japan that he is not looking for regime change in Iran. | Trump said at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister ABE Shinzo, | "We aren't looking for regime change — I just want to make that | …

John Bolton Lands in UAE as Tensions Between the US and Iran Continue
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-29
(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 …

John Bolton Lands in UAE as Tensions Between the US and Iran Continue

Bolton Claims Iranian Naval Mines Behind Attack on Oil Tankers
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-29
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…

Iran Predicts Failure of So-called Deal of the Century
plenglish.com | 2019-05-29
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.

Israeli Leader Uncharacteristically Quiet Over Gulf Crisis
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-29
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…

Congress Fiddles While Trump Lurches Toward War on Iran
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-29
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. …

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

If Trump really only wants 'No Iranian nukes,' then he should just rejoin the Nuclear Deal
Juan Cole | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-29
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!

Canada's Dumping Problems and The War on Garbage & Toxic Waste
Mildred German | indybay.org | 2019-05-29
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.

Bolton Alleges Iran Maritime Sabotage But Evidence Points Elsewhere
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-29
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…

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

Syria, Recurring Issue at Security Council
plenglish.com | 2019-05-29
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.

Video: Syria Ambassador Jaafari at UN Security Council: "Words may Lie, but Actions will always Tell the Truth"
Dr. Bachar al-Jaafari | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-29
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 …

The Western Media is Key to Syria Deceptions
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-29
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…

Robert Stuart vs the BBC: "Saving Syria's Children". Was the Video Footage "Real" or "Staged"?
Susan Dirgham | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-29
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 …

Robert Stuart vs the BBC
Susan Dirgham and Rick Sterling | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-29
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 …

Palestine: No Letup in Arbitrary Arrests, Torture
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-29
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…

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

'Modern-day eugenics'? US Supreme Court ruling upholds Indiana abortion restriction
rt.com | 2019-05-29
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. | …

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

Thailand: No Arrests for Assaults on Junta Critics
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-29
(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…

Milton Don't Go!
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-29
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) …

March on the Pentagon is Calling for a Revival of the Anti-War Movement
Press Release | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-29
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 …

March on the Pentagon is Calling for a Revival of the Anti-War Movement

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

Military Madness: German Hi Tech Weapons for Israel
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-29
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 …

The Israeli Government Is Collapsing Before Our Eyes
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-29
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…

Netanyahu's Choice: New Israeli Gov't by Midnight or New Polls
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-29
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…

Israel Heads to Election as Netanyahu Fails to Form Government
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-29
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…

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

Israel to Hold Fresh Elections as Knesset Votes to Dissolve Itself
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-29
(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 …

Israel to Hold Fresh Elections as Knesset Votes to Dissolve Itself

Netanyahu Fails to Form Gov't, Israeli Snap Elections Called
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-29
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…

Resurrecting the PLO is Palestine's Best Response to the "Deal of the Century"
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-29
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 …

When secular Israelis claim 'God gave this land to us'
Rabbi Brant Rosen | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-29
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 …

'Playing secretary of state': Israel-based meeting of Florida cabinet triggers scandal & suit
rt.com | 2019-05-29
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. | …

Why Are We Seeing Such International Apathy Toward Palestinians?
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-29
(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 …

Why Are We Seeing Such International Apathy Toward Palestinians?

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

Does Iran's economic fate depend on a lifeline from China?
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-05-28
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…

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.

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 …

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…

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…

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…