2019-05-31: News Headlines

Stefan Talmon (2019-05-31). 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…

WSWS (2019-05-31). Fresh Israeli elections after Netanyahu fails to form a government. wsws.org The calling of new elections expresses the crisis of bourgeois rule provoked by the twin pressures of the decades-long military suppression of the Palestinian people and deepening social inequality within Israel itself.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-31). In 'Shockingly Cruel' Move, Israel to Auction Off Classrooms It Dismantled in West Bank. commondreams.org "Less the action of a government that has lost its moral compass. More of one that has dashed that compass to the ground and is now grinding it underfoot." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Philip Weiss (2019-05-31). Israeli 'Intelligence' Is Fostering US Bellicosity Toward Iran — But 'Quietly'. globalresearch.ca As the U.S. risks a major conflict with Iran, many have pointed out that the U.S. intelligence on alleged Iranian attacks is reminiscent of the faulty intelligence leading up to the Iraq war. And several mainstream sources have said that …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-31). Upcoming Trilateral Russia -Israel -US National Security Advisors Summit. Focus on Syria and Iran. globalresearch.ca The Russian, "Israeli", and American National Security Advisors will hold their first-ever trilateral summit in Jerusalem in June to discuss what the White House described as "regional security issues", which is an obvious euphemism for Syria & Iran and the …

Robert Scheer (2019-05-31). Did the Left Betray Israel and Zionism? truthdig.com Israel and the Zionist ideology that its founding is based on have been topics at the heart of global politics for decades. On the left, progressives, especially Jewish intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky, have become increasingly critical of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. At the same time, the self-defined Jewish state has lurched further right with each election. The plight of Palestinians is moving center-stage in global human rights discussions, and the questions of Palestinian statehood and the two-state…

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (2019-05-31). Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. globalresearch.ca Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 23 — 29 May, 2019. | Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. 11 Palestinian civilians, including 3 …

teleSUR (2019-05-31). World Celebrates Al-Quds Day. telesurenglish.net Iran is leading worldwide rallies Friday for Al-Quds day, a global day of protest against Israeli aggression against the Palestinians. The theme of this year's demonstrations is the rejection of Donald Trump's and Jared Kushner's 'deal of the century' they claim will bring 'peace' to the region. | RELATED: | Palestine FM: US Peace Deal Favors Israel's Colonial Policies | Iran's president Hassan Rouhani, addressing protest crowds in Tehran said, "the deal of the century" would be…

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-31). The BDS Campaign Against Eurovision Was a Major Success. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — One of the primary targets of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement over the past year was the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest that took place in Tel Aviv earlier in May. Despite the protests, the contest went ahead and, on the day, none of the acts scheduled to appear in the final …

Paul Dobson (2019-05-31). US Hints at Sanctions Against Venezuela CLAP Food Programme. Bolivarian Militia to Protect CLAP. globalresearch.ca Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the incorporation of the National Bolivarian Militia into the subsidised CLAP (Local Supply and Production Committees) food programme. | The move comes as rumours circulate of upcoming US-led sanctions against the leaders of the programme, …

Fight Back (2019-05-31). Minnesotans say "No coup! No war! Hands off Venezuela!" fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – 30 people held signs reading "Hands off Venezuela" and a big banner saying "No coup – no sanctions – no war – hands off Venezuela" on a bridge from Loring Park to the Walker Sculpture Garden over Interstate 94 in Minneapolis during rush hour, May 30. Ten lanes of traffic filled with rush hour traffic traveled underneath. The protesters heard hundreds of honks of agreement that the U.S. shouldn't intervene in Venezuela. | Afterwards protesters gathered to hear from Tracy Molm, a member of the MN Anti-War Committee, to hear an update from Venezuela, "Today we were seen by thousands of people in Mi…

amnesty (2019-05-31). Zimbabwe: Seven activists arrested, charged with treason. amnesty.org Seven activists, arrested on different dates, are facing charges of treason after they attended a training organised by the Center for Non-Violence Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in the Maldives. Five of the activists have already appeared in court and are remanded in custody until 6 June. The offence 'subverting a constitutional government' carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. These arrests are part of an ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders, activists and opposition members in the country and are an attempt by the government to stifle peaceful protest over the recently implemented austerity mea…

Daniel Carmody (2019-05-31). Activists protest John Bolton's commencement speech at U.S. Coast Guard Academy. liberationnews.org Bolton has been unabashed in his campaign to launch new wars against Iran, North Korea, and now Venezuela.

susan_p (2019-05-31). US activists vow to protect Venezuelan embassy. greenleft.org.au At 9.30am on May 16, police officers illegally entered the Venezuelan embassy in the Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington DC and arrested four activists lawfully living in the building since April 10, as guests of the legitimate Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro. | The four activists arrested were Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese (with the group Popular Resistance), Adrienne Pine (an academic) and David Paul (a CODEPINK member). They are part of a group called the Embassy Protection Collective. | According to the Embassy Protection Collective's attorney Mara Verheyden Hilliard, the activists were charged…

Bruce Levy (2019-05-31). Health care activists descend on New York State capital. peoplesworld.org Hundreds of supporters of the New York Health Act from throughout New York State descended on Albany last Tuesday where a marathon 13-hour hearing on the future of the Act was held that will decide the future of single-payer health care in the state. Members of the New York State Legislature, in a chamber at …

Staff (2019-05-31). Environmental Justice Activists Are Leading a Green New Deal Revolution. truthout.org Even among observers who accept the grave reality of climate change, the Green New Deal is often described as an "ambitious" if not overly broad proposal for a massive public investment in green infrastructure, with the dual goals of slowing climate disruption while growing a more just economy. | However, for Indigenous people and communities of color facing the impacts of toxic p…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-31). 'Coalition Against Death Alley' Kicks Off 5-Day March for Environmental Justice in Louisiana's Petrochemical Corridor. commondreams.org Activists in southern Louisiana kicked off a five-day march on Thursday that aims to bring environmental justice to Cancer Alley—the 85-mile stretch between Baton Rouge and New Orleans that's home to poverty-stricken communities in the shadow of scores of petrochemical facilities. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-05-31). Mass Demonstrations Against Saudi Summit and US "Deal" Mark Quds Day in Yemen. mintpressnews.com Quds Day demonstrations condemned the so-called U.S. Deal of the Century and vowed to support Palestinians facing the prospect of losing their rights under the U.S.-brokered plan.

United Nations (2019-05-31). World Food Programme accesses Yemeni frontline district for first time since conflict began. un.org Amid the world's largest humanitarian crisis still unfolding in Yemen, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has gained access to the rebel-held northern district of Nihm, for the first time since the war between Houthis and the Saudi-backed Government coalition escalated in 2015.

Abolish the Military (2019-05-31). 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.

South Front (2019-05-31). Video: Syrian Army Cracks Down on ISIS Cells Near Palmyra. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) eliminated an ISIS cell, which was preparing to attack an SAA convoy near Palmyra. According to reports, the SAA killed at least 5 ISIS members and eliminated a vehicle. | Earlier this year, ISIS carried out …

MAIL (2019-05-31). Headlines for May 31, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Threatens Tariffs on Mexican Goods in Bid to Halt Migrants, Trump Administration Plan Would Bar Most Central Americans from Seeking Asylum, Louisiana Governor Signs Anti-Choice Bill as Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic Is Set to Close, GOP Gerrymandering Expert Led Push to Add Citizenship Question to Census, Civilians Flee Russian-Backed Syrian Assault on Last Rebel-Held Province, North Korea Executes Special Envoy to the U.S. After Failed Trump Summit, Colombia Releases Ex-Guerrilla Leader Wanted by the U.S. on Drug Charges, U.S. Drug Agency Targeted Honduran President in Cocaine Trafficking Probe, Hondurans…

Ben Norton (2019-05-31). US greenlights missiles for al-Qaeda-linked, Turkish-backed Salafi-jihadists occupying Syria's Idlib. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration has approved a Turkish shipment of US-made anti-tank missiles to al-Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels fighting a Russian-backed offensive…

Charles Davis (2019-05-31). What Would Democratic Candidates Do About Syria? counterpunch.org Something peculiar happened along the way to stopping a war: in order to prevent U.S. soldiers from marching on Damascus—a real possibility according to people who don't seem to follow such things—some decided that the cause of what they call "peace" required turning a blind eye to several wars that already existed. Neoconservatives, forever on More

Arabi Souri (2019-05-31). US Forces in Syria Causing Catastrophic Effects on Civilians Held in Rukban Concentration Camp. globalresearch.ca American forces occupying Syrian territory entered the country illegally and their presence impedes efforts to restore peaceful life to the country and constitutes an obstacle to stability in southeastern Syria and causing the catastrophic conditions of the residents of al-Rukban …

commondreams (2019-05-31). U.S.-led Coalition Admission of 1,300 Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria. commondreams.org ______________________________…

susan_p (2019-05-31). Turkey: Leyla Gàºven ends hunger strike. greenleft.org.au Peoples Democratic Party MP, Leyla Gàºven ended her 200-day hunger strike on May 26. Gàºven had been consuming only sugar and salt solutions and vitamins. | Gàºven, a member of the Turkish parliament, began her hunger strike in prison. She was arrested for criticising the Turkish invasion of Afrin, a predominantly Kurdish area of northern Syria. | Gàºven's hunger strike was a protest against the isolation of imprisoned PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) leader Abdullah àñcalan, who has been imprisoned since 1999 and has not been allowed visitors, including family members and lawyers, f…

Hamda Mustafa (2019-05-31). Al-Jaafari: It Is Syria's Duty and Right to Protect Its Citizens from Terrorism. globalresearch.ca Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization, which controls most of Idleb province, continues its attacks on neighboring areas and on the Syrian army positions, Syria's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari has stressed, reiterating that it is the Syrian state's …

WSWS (2019-05-31). The German government prepares military intervention in Syria. wsws.org Military support of a "safe zone" in northern Syria would mean a massive escalation of Germany's participation in the Syrian war.

plenglish (2019-05-31). Syria Describes As Unacceptable Declaration of Arab Summit on Iran. plenglish.com Damascus, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Repatriated assured on Friday that Syria described as unacceptable the declaration of an Arab Summit in the Saudi capital on Iranian meddling and set out that the presence of Iran is legal since Damascus requested for it.

WSWS (2019-05-31). US escalates threat of force against Iran. wsws.org Threats of "force" and a "very strong response" have accompanied Washington's unsubstantiated claims of Iranian responsibility for attacks in the Middle East.

Maureen McCue (2019-05-31). We Must Prevent War with Iran. progressive.org It is time for Congress and this administration to recommit to the deal between the United States, our allies, and Iran, to prevent unnecessary destruction, suffering, and death.

Alan Macleod (2019-05-31). MintCast Interviews Filmmaker Robbie Martin: The Neoconservative Endgame. mintpressnews.com MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb recently spoke to Robbie Martin ( @FluorescentGrey), a filmmaker whose recent documentary series A Very Heavy Agenda explores how prominent Bush-era neo-conservatives have continued to dominate the Washington foreign policy debate and have been instrumental in creating and fomenting Russiagate and Cold War 2.0. | Neoconservatives, or Neocons, have been a key force in Washington for decades and seem to maintain their…

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-31). The world divided by a line is a dead body cut in two. mronline.org A war against Iran—as Hamid says—will be catastrophic, not only for Iran but for Eurasia. It would divide the world into two, vultures and hyenas feasting on both halves. | Source

plenglish (2019-05-31). Iranian Foreign Minister Condemns Statement Issued in Saudi Arabia. plenglish.com Tehran, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Yavad Zarif on Friday condemned an anti-Iran statement issued during a special summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council held in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Toby Blome (2019-05-31). 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…

Melvin Goodman (2019-05-31). Congressional Catering to Netanyahu Must End. counterpunch.org Four years ago, the U.S. Congress invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint congressional session as part of his campaign to defeat the Obama administration's efforts to negotiate the Iranian nuclear accord. Netanyahu's address was an unacceptable interference in the U.S. domestic political arena and should have been challenged. President Obama refused More

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-31). US Figure of Casualties in Iraq and Syria Hides True, 'Devastating Scale' of Civilian Deaths, Says Amnesty. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 …

MAIL (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…

MAIL (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'

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

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

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…

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…

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-30). New Arrests in Crimea Seek to Silence Activists. hrw.org | | Lutfie Zudiyeva outside the courthouse in Simferopol on May 30, 2019. | © 2019 Krym.Realii | This afternoon in Crimea, Russian counterextremism police detained two women leaders of Crimea Solidarity, an independent group that speaks out for people arrested for opposing Russia's occupation of the Crimean peninsula. It's the latest of the authorities' many steps to try to silence the group. | The women are Lutfie Zudiyeva and Mumine Saliyeva, both Crimean Tatars, and their activism with Crimea Solidarity is to suppor…

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…