2019-05-30: News Headlines

Abolish the Military (2019-05-30). 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.

Toby Blome (2019-05-30). CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge Walk for Peace. indybay.org Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive early for best parking. | Gather at 10: 45 am at either end of the bridge. | 11: 00 am Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends, to converge in the middle. Short, silent vigil in the middle. | 12: 00 pm: Rally on SF side after the bridge walk. | BE GREEN AND CARPOOL | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit Bus…

Rima Najjar (2019-05-30). Stripped of Their Rights: Understanding the Gaza Strip. globalresearch.ca Many wonder why Israel continues to persecute the Palestinians in Gaza with such brutal repression. | The answer is simple; Palestinians in Gaza pose a demographic and, indeed, an existential threat to the Jewish state, which created the inferno that is …

Monica Moorehead (2019-05-30). White House protest says 'End the sanctions on Zimbabwe!'. workers.org Protest at the White House, May 25. A march and rally was held in Washington, D.C., on May 25, African Liberation Day, to demand an end to sanctions against the southern African country of Zimbabwe. Known as Rhodesia after it was colonized by England in the late 1800s, Zimbabwe has . . . | Continue reading White House protest says 'End the sanctions on Zimbabwe!' at Workers.org

Deirdre Griswold (2019-05-30). Why the imperialists hate Huawei. workers.org The Chinese company Huawei has been targeted by the Donald Trump administration. At Washington's request, Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the company, last December. The charge? That the company did business with Iran, contrary to U.S. sanctions on that country. Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder . . . | Continue reading Why the imperialists hate Huawei at Workers.org

CGTN Africa (2019-05-30). South Sudan wants UN sanctions removed. cgtn.com The South Sudan government has urged the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to remove the sanctions against it. | The world's security body placed South Sudan in the sanctions list in 2015 following reports of gross human rights violations in the conflict that ravaged the country. | The sanctions ranged from an arms embargo against Juba, and others that targeted individuals believed to be obstructing the peace process in South Sudan. | Several senior government officials, including military commanders from both President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar factions, were among those sanctioned…

Staff (2019-05-30). Palestinian Officials Dismiss Jared Kushner's So-Called "Peace Plan" truthout.org Israel will hold new elections after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government in six weeks of negotiations following the April 9 election. This marks the first time in Israeli history a prime minister-designate has failed to form a coalition government. The news comes as the United States is continuing to promote a controversial Middle East peace plan drawn up by President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is in Israel today along with special envoy Jason Greenblatt. But the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the political crisis in Israel could kill the U.S. plan, which…

Stefan Talmon (2019-05-30). 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…

Richard Silverstein (2019-05-30). Former Israeli Defense Minister Confirms Israeli Collaboration with ISIS in Syria. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in April 2017. | In the midst of complaining about the Islamist threat to Israel and the world, Bibi Netanyahu conveniently forgets that his own country enjoys a tacit alliance with ISIS in Syria. It is …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-30). Denied Entry to US, Palestinian Diplomat Hanan Ashrawi on US "Peace Plan" & Israeli Political Crisis. democracynow.org Israel will hold new elections after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government in six weeks of negotiations following the April 9 election. This marks the first time in Israeli history a prime minister-designate has failed to form a coalition government. The news comes as the United States is continuing to promote a controversial Middle East peace plan drawn up by President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is in Israel today along with special envoy Jason Greenblatt. But the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the political crisis in Israel could kill the U.S. plan, which wil…

Danny Sjursen (2019-05-30). America's Allies in the Middle East Are the Real 'Troika of Tyranny'. thenation.com America's Allies in the Middle East Are the Real 'Troika of Tyranny'

Democracy Now! (2019-05-30). Headlines for May 30, 2019. democracynow.org Robert Mueller Says His Report Did Not Exonerate President Trump, Mueller's Public Remarks Stoke Calls for Trump's Impeachment, Israeli Knesset Dissolved as PM Netanyahu Fails to Form Ruling Coalition, Without Evidence, John Bolton Blames Iran for Oil Tanker Sabotage, Louisiana Lawmakers Approve Ban on Most Abortions, Disney May Halt Filming in Georgia If State Abortion Ban Takes Effect, Latin American Rape Survivors Who Were Denied Abortions Appeal to U.N., Argentines Hold One-Day Strike Against IMF-Imposed Austerity, Argentine Lawmakers Consider Bill to Decriminalize Abortion, Honduran Protesters Mobilize Again…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-05-30). The Real 'Troika of Tyranny' Is Made Up of U.S. Allies. truthdig.com Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel have eschewed democracy and sewn chaos across the Middle East, all with the full backing of Washington.

350 (2019-05-30). Climate activists bring insurgent message to Exxon shareholder meeting: #ExxonKnew, it's time to #MakeThemPay. nationofchange.org "It's time Exxon pay for its destruction. For years, I've seen the rise of extreme oil and gas extraction — fracking and tar sands — and increasingly extreme weather events of the climate crisis.

pip.hinman (2019-05-30). Rally vows to defend refugees' rights. greenleft.org.au Three hundred people rallied on May 24 to show solidarity with refugees, who face increasing attacks following the re-election of the Coalition government. | Lucy Honan, representing the Refugee Action Collective which called the rally, said the election result had been "bruising" for refugees and their supporters. Even though Labor and the Coalition shared bipartisan policies of offshore detention and boat turnbacks, refugees had hoped for some changes from a Labor government. | Labor had promised to accept New Zealand's offer to take 150 refugees a year from Manus and Nauru. This had raised the hopes of th…

amnesty (2019-05-30). Portrait of an activist: Camari Serau. amnesty.org | Camari Serau is a young gender non-conforming Fijian advocating for the rights of women and the LGBTI community, and supports pro-independence activists from Papua and West Papua province, Indonesia. She calls for an end to the exploitation of Papuan's sacred land, and for the fair distribution of local resources. She wants Papuans to live free of oppression, and to be allowed to gove…

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-30). Zimbabwe: 7 Detained After Rights Meeting. hrw.org | | Farirai Gumbonzvanda at Chikurubi Maximum Prison on May 29, 2019. | | © Private | (Johannesburg) — Zimbabwe's authorities should immediately release seven activists and drop fabricated charges of seeking to subvert the government. | Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the local group representing the activists, said that state security agents arrested all seven between May 20 and 27, 2019, at the Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare, the capital, on…

Staff (2019-05-30). US Abortion Rights Activists Can Draw Inspiration From Ireland. truthout.org A year ago, I stood in the street in Dublin with friends, awaiting the first exit polls of the Irish abortion referendum. The tension of the past weeks was peaking as we approached the final hours of the vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution and overturn the ban on abortion. Many of the activists and campaigners I had met over the previous days hoped to edge by with a narrow margin. As the sunny day came to a close and the first polls trickled out, we looked at our phones in disbelief. | The first polls showed a shock victory for Together for Yes, with 66 percent of voters in favor of r…

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-30). Pakistan: Investigate North Waziristan Deaths. hrw.org | | Pakistani President Arif Alvi, center on a military vehicle, reviews a military parade to mark Pakistan National Day, in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday, March 23, 2019. | © 2019 AP Photo/Anjum Naveed | (New York) — Pakistan authorities should impartially investigate the deaths of at least three people during violence between Pashtun activists and the army in North Waziristan on May 26, 2019, Human Rights Watch sai…

Vanessa Beeley (2019-05-30). Latest Attempt to Prosecute President Assad at ICC. Criminalisation of "International Justice" globalresearch.ca In March 2019 two law firms filed cases at the ICC against Syria's President Bashar Al Assad and unnamed members of the Syrian government. Toby Cadman of Guernica Chambers and Rodney Dixon of Temple Garden Chambers were the protagonists in …

United Nations (2019-05-30). Syria: Thousands of children 'hemmed in' by 'brutal and gratuitous' spike in violence. un.org A marked escalation in fighting has put tens of thousands of children in northwest Syria at "imminent risk of injury, death and displacement", the United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF) chief warned on Thursday.

Reese Erlich (2019-05-30). Foreign Correspondent: Russian Journalist Vladimir Pozner on Iran, Syria, the United States, and Putin. progressive.org He was well known in the 1980s as an articulate, English-speaking defender of Kremlin policies. Then Vladimir Pozner began describing himself as a "man of the left."

Hisham Aidi (2019-05-30). How One Man Survived Syria's Gulag. thenation.com How One Man Survived Syria's Gulag…

Dr. Michael Brenner (2019-05-30). U.S. Government Seeks NGO Help for Removing Iran from Syria. globalresearch.ca The U.S.Department of State is offering a grant of $75,000,000 to non-government-organizations to help it to further meddle in Syria. | The grant SFOP0005916 — Supporting Local Governance and Civil Society in Syria will go to "Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status …

James Carroll (2019-05-30). My Pentagon Regret. counterpunch.org Earlier this month, the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group — the massive aircraft carrier itself with its dozens of warplanes and thousands of sailors and marines, a guided missile cruiser, and four destroyers — suddenly began to make its way from the Mediterranean Sea into the Persian Gulf, heading for the waters off Iran. More

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-05-30). How Yesterday Resembles Today: Iran Confronted the US in the Straits of Hormuz in the 1980s. globalresearch.ca "We are going to intercept and stop all oil exports from the (Middle East) region if we are prevented from exporting our oil. We shall take every measure possible to close the Straits of Hormuz. If the US aims — …

unitedEditor (2019-05-30). The Impact of the European Parliament Election on Iran's Foreign Policy. uwidata.com The results of the European Parliamentary elections held earlier this month astonished the world. Nationalist and populist parties rose to unprecedented levels, their dramatic increase in votes showing that European people are looking for more empowered and sovereign governance at home. This approach could profoundly affect Iran, which will have to carefully develop relations with …

plenglish (2019-05-30). Jerusalem Belongs to Palestine, Iran's Foreign Minister Says. plenglish.com Tehran, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Yavad Zarif endorsed in a social message that Jerusalem, Al Quds, belongs to Palestine and no one can give it away or give it to others, news programs reported on Thursday.

Daniel R. DePetris (2019-05-30). Trump's Decision to Arm the Saudis Against Iran Will End in Disaster. globalresearch.ca Developments in the Persian Gulf are heating up, and they are heating up fast. | An additional 1,500 U.S. troops are packing their bags for the region—this on top of an accelerated deployment of an American aircraft carrier battle group and …

Mildred German (2019-05-30). 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.

WSWS (2019-05-30). French government threatens "national security" charges against journalists who revealed Yemen war arms sales. wsws.org Macron's actions are part of a drive by capitalist governments around the world to criminalize whistleblowing and destroy the freedom of the press.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-05-30). My Son Needed Medical Help, Not an American Bomb: A Yemeni Father Grieves. mintpressnews.com There is an old saying that the definition of madness is to do the same thing again and again, expecting a different result. Yet this strategy seems to underpin the Saudi-led Coalition's approach to its war on Yemen.

Corinna Barnard (2019-05-30). US 'Emergency' Arms Sales. consortiumnews.com The UN held a session that highlighted the humanitarian crisis in Yemen last week and the next day the White House announced a large weapons sale to the Saudi-led coalition, Thalif Deen reports. By Thalif Deen at UN Headquarters Inter Press… Read more →

David Underhill (2019-05-30). Imperial Joe: Biden Trades Bread and Circuses for War. counterpunch.org Bread and circuses pacified the Roman masses while the emperors with their legions patrolled far borders to pacify barbarians who resisted joining the empire. Joe Biden updated this governing method at his presidential campaign launch rally in Philadelphia.He offered a buffet of appetizing items to improve America's education, infrastructure, health care and climate policies. He pledged to unite the nation and restore its soul and backbone. And he said not a word about the country's ongoing and looming wars.He looked abroad only to lament that Trump's antics and his affections for "dictators and tyrants" like Put…

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 …

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…

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.

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

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.

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…

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

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…

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 …

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

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…