2019-06-13: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-06-13). Israeli Intel Agents Key Part of Anti-BDS Activities: Documents. telesurenglish.net Israeli government documents disclosed Wednesday have revealed that the national intelligence agency of Israel, Mossad, has collaborated over the past years with Israeli government through its Strategic Affairs Ministry, to sabotage the international pro-Palestinian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement on a global scale. | RELATED: | Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, AOC Sign Bill to Stop US Aid to Israel over Children Detention | The Strategic Affairs M…

teleSUR (2019-06-13). Israel Carries Out First Strikes in Gaza This Month. telesurenglish.net The Israeli Air Force carried out their first airstrikes over the Gaza Strip this month, claiming they were targeting a Hamas post. | RELATED: | Palestine Urges Egypt, Jordan To Boycott US-Led Bahrain Talks | According to an Israeli military statement, their air force was launching a retaliatory attack in response to a rocket allegedly fired by Hamas on Wednesday.In a statement, the Israeli military said fighter planes attacked "underground infrastructure" in a compound belonging…

Staff (2019-06-13). Israeli Authorities Confiscate and then Attempt to Sell Palestinian Classrooms. therealnews.com Ali Abunimah discusses the complicity of the EU, which donated pre-fabricated classrooms to Palestinian schoolchildren, but did not ensure that they would be used for the purpose of education, rather than as a way for the Israeli occupation forces to pillage Palestinian property for their own profit. Thanks to media outrage the sale of the…

plenglish (2019-06-13). Israeli Aviation Bombs Gaza Strip. plenglish.com Ramallah, Jun 13 ( Prensa Latina) Israeli warplanes have bombed agricultural areas in the north and south of the blocked Gaza Strip causing damage, but no human injuries, local authorities said.

South Front (2019-06-13). Video: Israeli Military Continues Strikes on Syria. globalresearch.ca During the night of June 12, warplanes of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched a barrage of missiles at targets near Tell al-Hara in southern Syria. According to the Syrian state media, the IDF employed electronic warfare measures to suppress …

Jason Ditz (2019-06-13). Israel's Netanyahu Vows More Preemptive Attacks Against Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Following Syrian reports that they'd foiled an Israeli attack near the Golan Heights, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to launch even more preemptive attacks against Syria in the future. Netanyahu said Israel was facing "unending" tests, and that they would continue to attack in a "systematic and consistent manner" to ensure that Syria never establishes any capability to …

Eric A. Gordon (2019-06-13). Documentary shows Israelis going back to the future in the ancestral fatherland. peoplesworld.org On my first trip to Israel, in the fall of 1993, I booked a room in a dorm in Jerusalem. I settled my bags in and descended down to the lobby to go exploring. Downstairs, I found a sizable group of German amateur musicians from the town of Dunningen, between Freiburg and Stuttgart in the …

Labor Video Project (2019-06-13). Palestinian Solidarity & SA BDS Director Desai With Professor Sang He. indybay.org SJSU professor Sang Hea Kil is interviewed by WorkWeek about her trip to the Teaching Palestine conference in Capetown, South Africa. The conference looked at the role of Israel and the Zionist apartheid state. While attending the conference, she and two other participants were sexually harassed by the South African BDS director Muhammed Desai and the organization sought to cover-up this incident.

Arabi Souri (2019-06-13). Syrian Families Released from the Infamous Rukban Concentration Camp. globalresearch.ca Dozens of Syrian families have been released from the US-controlled Rukban Concentration Camp in Al-Tanf, southeast of Syria. | The released families arrived at the Jaligam crossing in Homs eastern countryside after spending years in forced displacement and detention by the …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-13). 'Deja Vu' of Iraq War Lies as Mike Pompeo Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without Single Shred of Evidence. commondreams.org "Secretary Pompeo gives zero proof but insists that Iran is responsible for ship attacks in Gulf of Oman. Lies, lies, and more lies to make a case for war." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

amnesty (2019-06-13). More than 1 million people join global campaign to demand Iranian government release Nasrin Sotoudeh. amnesty.org More than a million people in more than 200 countries and territories across the globe have come together to express their outrage at the sentencing of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 years and six months in prison and 148 lashes after two grossly unfair trials, Amnesty International announced today, as signatures demanding her release were handed in to Iranian embassies around the world. | To mark one year since Nasrin Sotoudeh's arrest, Amnesty International is organizing a global handover of the signatures collected, calling on the Iranian authorities to release her immediately and…

RT (2019-06-13). Neither US nor Iran are ready for making a deal – Trump. rt.com US President Donald Trump has said that he believes it is "too soon to even think about" entering into any deal with Iran after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran..

Laura Gottesdiener (2019-06-13). Two Iraqi peace activists confront a Trumpian world. nationofchange.org There's a dark joke going around Baghdad these days. Noof Assi, a 30-year-old Iraqi peace activist and humanitarian worker, told it to me by phone. Our conversation takes place in late May just after the Trump administration has announced that it would add 1,500 additional U.S. troops to its Middle Eastern garrisons. | "Iran wants to fight to get the United States and Saudi Arabia out of Iraq," she began. "And the United States wants to fight to get Iran out of Iraq." She paused dramatically. "So how about all of us Iraqis just leave Iraq so they can fight here on their own?" | Assi is among a generation of yo…

James Carden (2019-06-13). Pete Buttigieg's Comprehensive Foreign-Policy Vision. thenation.com Pete Buttigieg's Comprehensive Foreign-Policy Vision…

Charles P. Pierce (2019-06-13). I Don't Trust This Administration* With a Lemon Zester, Let Alone a War With Iran. commondreams.org U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room on June 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pompeo said, "It is the assessment of the U.S. government that Iran is responsible for today's attacks in the Gulf of Oman. These attacks are a threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable escalation of tension by Iran." (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tony Cartalucci (2019-06-13). Convenient "Tanker Attacks" as US Seeks War with Iran. globalresearch.ca "…it would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off …

Staff (2019-06-13). As Trump Administration Weighs War, Iraqis Plan a Carnival for Peace. truthout.org There's a dark joke going around Baghdad these days. Noof Assi, a 30-year-old Iraqi peace activist and humanitarian worker, told it to me by phone. Our conversation takes place in late May just after the Trump administration has announced that it would add 1,500 additional U.S. troops to its Middle Eastern garrisons. | "Iran wants to fight to get the United States and Saudi Arabia out of Iraq," she began. "And the United States wants to fight to get Iran out of Iraq." She paused dramatically. "So how about all of us Iraqis just leave Iraq so they can fight here on their own?" | Assi is among a generation of yo…

teleSUR (2019-06-13). Iranian Women Boycott Taxi App Over Hijab Dispute. telesurenglish.net An Iranian ride-hailing application is facing a major boycott campaign after one of its drivers asked a female passenger to cover her head after her hijab (headscarf) fell off while in the vehicle. | RELATED: | Prominent Anti-Iran 'Writer' Not Real Person, Mouthpiece of Shady Iranian Group | Last week, a Snapp taxi app driver asked the woman he had picked up to cover her head with her hijab after it had fallen off. The request led to an argument between the two, a…

plenglish (2019-06-13). Iranian Rescuers Evacuate Tankers at Oman Sea. plenglish.com Tehran, Jun 13 ( Prensa Latina) Iranian aid workers have helped Thursday the crews of two oil tankers damaged by explosions while sailing the Oman Sea.

plenglish (2019-06-13). Iranian President Blames U.S. for Middle East Tensions. plenglish.com Tehran, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani this Thursday blamed the United States for causing all the tensions in the Middle East with its economic war against the Islamic Republic.

Laura Gottesdiener (2019-06-13). Two Iraqi Peace Activists Confront a Trumpian World. commondreams.org "In 2003, it was Iraq. In 2019, it's Iran." (Photo: Thiago Santos/cc/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Middle East Eye (2019-06-13). Congress Denounces 'Emergency' $8 Billion Weapons Deal With Saudi Arabia. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The administration of US President Donald Trump declared an emergency last month to enable arms sales to Saudi Arabia without congressional oversight. The State Department has cited alleged Iranian plans to attack US troops and Washington's partners in the Gulf to force through the sales, but many of the weapons included in the deals …

Tyler Durden (2019-06-13). US Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks, Says Tehran "Trying to Interrupt Flow of Oil" theantimedia.com (ZH) — Update 6: And there it is… The US has officially blamed Iran for Thursday's attacks, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters during a Thursday press briefing. The secretary of state and longtime Iran hawk said the Iranians are working to interrupt the flow of the international oil trade. He also said that Tehran rejected …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-13). Warnings of Effort to 'Maneuver the US Into a War' as Trump Officials Rush to Blame Iran for Attacks on Gulf Tankers. commondreams.org "These attacks are yet another warning sign that Trump and his team are leaning into a disastrous war in the Middle East." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

plenglish (2019-06-13). Trump Dismisses Dialogue with Iran in Current Context. plenglish.com Washington, June 13 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump said today it is too early to dialogue with Iran, amid the current context of growing tensions between the two countries.

plenglish (2019-06-13). US Coalition Demands the End of Sanctions against Cuba. plenglish.com Washington, June 13 (Prensa Latina) In Washington, Metro DC Coalition in Solidarity with Cuban Revolution demanded on Thursday the end of all US sanctions against Cuba, including the new travel restrictions imposed last week.

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-13). Saudi Arabia/UAE: Join Landmine Ban Treaty. hrw.org | | A sign warning "only the road has been checked," in the village of Ruwais, Mokha district. | © 2018 Private | (Washington, DC) — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should go beyond supporting mine clearance efforts in Yemen and renounce all use of these indiscriminate weapons by joining the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, Human Rights Watch said today ahead of a June 13,…

teleSUR (2019-06-13). Two Oil Tankers Come Under Attack in Sea of Oman. telesurenglish.net Two large oil tankers that were traveling through the Sea of Oman on Thursday morning have come under attack, the Al-Alam News Agency reported. | RELATED: | Yemen's Houthis Attack Saudi Airport | Citing local sources, Al-Alam reported that two successive explosions were heard in the Sea of Oman. | The Al-Alam sources said the blasts were caused by attacks on the tankers, but they did not place blame on any nation or group. | Local Pakistani sources also said the tankers had sent distress calls to the…

Staff (2019-06-13). New York Activists Are Leading the Charge on Sex Work Decriminalization. truthout.org The struggle for sex workers' rights is ramping up around the U.S. Over the winter, the Decrim NY coalition came together in New York City to win sex workers the right to survive and not be harassed by state law enforcement. In May, 100 current and former sex workers, trafficking victims and advocates who were part of the coalition traveled to Albany, where they spoke to legislators about how the existing laws governing the industry enable the profiling of trans people for allegedly selling sex. They also pushed for expanding relief for those with criminal records. | Thi…

By Global Information Network (2019-06-13). GHANA'S PRESIDENT STUNS WOMEN WITH DEMEANING REMARKS AT CANADA CONFAB. blackstarnews.com June 10, 2019 (GIN) — In this day and age of "Me Too" shaking up outdated gender relationships around the world, it was somewhat unsettling to hear Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo demean his country's working women as insufficiently activist and dynamic enough to obtain better leadership jobs. | Did he really say this at the recent Women Deliver Conference at Vancouver attended by gender activists from around the world? Really? | The President was taking issue with 52 percent of Ghana's population, the percentage of the nation comprised of women, whom he called insufficiently active to change the politica…

teleSUR (2019-06-13). Nicaragua Honors Police Killed During US-backed Protests. telesurenglish.net The National Police of Nicaragua's Sandinista government held a ceremony Wednesday to honor the 22 police officers killed by right-wing protesters during the failed coup d'etat against President Daniel Ortega one year ago. Activists also paid tribute to two Sandinista supporters who were murdered during the same period. | RELATED: | Nicaragua Approves Amnesty Law To Bring Peace | The ceremony was held in the nation's capital of Managua by senior National Police members and attended by the frie…

Staff (2019-06-13). Community Demands Answers After Trans Black Latinx Woman Died at Rikers. truthout.org Outrage is mounting over the death of Layleen Polanco, a transgender Afro-Latinx woman who was found dead in a cell at Rikers Island on Friday. Polanco was arrested on misdemeanor charges and jailed on Rikers in April when she was unable to post $500 bail. Nearly two months later, she was dead. Her family, friends and transgender rights activists are now demanding answers for the conditions that led to the 27-year-old's death. The city says the cause of death has not yet been determined. Polanco was held in a unit for transgender women while jailed at Rikers, but a week before her death she was transferred to…

MAIL (2019-06-13). Justice for Layleen Polanco: Community Demands Answers After Trans Black Latinx Woman Died at Rikers. democracynow.org Outrage is mounting over the death of Layleen Polanco, a transgender Afro-Latinx woman who was found dead in a cell at Rikers Island on Friday. Polanco was arrested on misdemeanor charges and jailed on Rikers in April when she was unable to post $500 bail. Nearly two months later, she was dead. Her family, friends and transgender rights activists are now demanding answers for the conditions that led to the 27-year-old's death. The city says the cause of death has not yet been determined. Polanco was held in a unit for transgender women while jailed at Rikers, but a week before her death she was transferred to so-…

Staff (2019-06-13). Why Don't the Dems Want A Climate Debate? therealnews.com This week, Biden endorsed the proposal for a climate debate and activists delivered a 200,000 signatures in support to the DNC. Media Matters' Lisa Hymas talks about why they're still rejecting the proposal…

The Canary (2019-06-13). Greenpeace activists continue to occupy oil rig amid police activity. thecanary.co Greenpeace said its activists remain in their position on an oil rig which was being towed out to sea, despite police attempts to remove them.Campaigners from the environmental organisation have been occupying the rig in the Cromarty Firth, near Inverness, since Sunday evening.They are calling on BP to stop drilling for oil and hope to stop the drilling rig from reaching the Vorlich oil field, where it is believed to be trying to extract up to 30 million barrels of oil.Greenpeace said that on Thursday a police helicopter was seen landing…

Rahul Verma (2019-06-13). Brexit Trade Delusions Show Why Britain Needs to Confront Its History of Empire. globalresearch.ca On 7 December, 2016, nearly six months after the referendum, Prime Minister Theresa May gave a speech to the Gulf Cooperation Council in Bahrain. She said: | "As Britain leaves the European Union so we intend to take a leap forward, …

Kim Petersen (2019-06-13). Why Would China and Huawei Commit Economic Self-Ruin? dissidentvoice.org It could be construed as a badge of professional honor that a news broadcaster is open to presenting a wide range of views. This might especially be considered so when the corporate-state media is parochially aligned to portraying an unskeptical right-wing, warmongering bizzaro worldview where left-wing (defined as socialist, communist, anarchist… not Democrats or Liberals …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-06-12). A Russian-American-Israeli Meeting of National Security Advisors in Jerusalem: Syria and Iran on the Table. globalresearch.ca This month of June, the National Security Advisors of Russia, the US, and Israel, Nikolay Patrushev, John Bolton and Meir Ben-Shabbat, respectively, are expected to meet in Jerusalem to talk about Iran and Syria and what Israel considers the …

Labor Video Project (2019-06-12). Palestinian Solidarity & SA BDS Director Desai With Professor Sang He. indybay.org SJSU professor Sang Hea Kil is interviewed by WorkWeek about her trip to the Teaching Palestine conference in Capetown, South Africa. The conference looked at the role of Israel and the Zionist apartheid state. While attending the conference, she and two other participants were sexually harassed by the South African BDS director Muhammed Desai and the organization sought to cover-up this incident.

teleSUR (2019-06-12). Palestinians Don't Want Their Own State: US Governor. telesurenglish.net Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated shortly after his recent visit to Israel that Palestinians are to blame for the ongoing occupation of their land. | RELATED: | Germany: 2 States 'Only Solution' to Israel-Palestine Conflict | "If you look at this whole conflict, to me, the biggest problem has been that Palestinian Arabs have not recognized Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state," DeSantis said. "That kind of denialism poisons really everything." | "I don't think that's real…

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-12). India Now Supports Israel at the UN against Palestine. Are They Allies? globalresearch.ca India broke with decades of its post-independence political traditions by unprecedentedly supporting "Israel" at the UN and voting against granting consultative status to a Palestinian NGO that allegedly has ties with Hamas, therefore formally allying with the self-professed "Jewish State" …

RT (2019-06-12). US presidential hopeful Buttigieg promises Americans won't pay for Israeli annexation of West Bank. rt.com The US won't "help foot the bill" if Israel annexes the settlements it has built in the West Bank, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg declared in a policy speech, deviating from the usual US deference to Israel.

Alison Weir (2019-06-12). US Senators Meet with Jewish Leaders in Semi-secret Annual Event. globalresearch.ca An article in the Times of Israel reports that "Jewish leaders are meeting with Senate Democrats today." According to the report, this is an annual event. A quarter of the Senate was in attendance (see list below). | All except one …

Paul Haeder (2019-06-12). Achikha in Hebrew, "your brother," but where is he now? dissidentvoice.org Oh, yeah, it was all planned — I'd write about the 52nd anniversary of the attack on the USS Liberty by Israel, the subsequent cover-up, and alas, half a century of Israel and the Jewish state of Mind holding sway over much of the Western world, certainly here in the USA and Canada. Big impetus …

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-12). Gaza: Unlawful Attacks in May Fighting. hrw.org | | The sign for a gift shop recently converted into a center for people with disabilities on the ground floor of a commercial building in south Gaza. On May 5, 2019, Israeli airstrikes killed three civilians in the building. | © 2019 Khaled Al-'Azayezeh, B'Tselem | (Jerusalem) — Fighting between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza in early May 2019 involved unla…

teleSUR (2019-06-12). Israel Bombs Syrian Army in Southern Syria. telesurenglish.net The Israeli forces carried out a new attack against the Syrian military in southern Syria last night, state-owned SANA reported. | RELATED: | Moscow Responds to Trump: Strikes in Syria Target 'Terrorists' | The SANA report claimed that the Israeli forces fired several missiles towards the town of Tal Al-Harra in Syria's Daraa province. | The Syrian military reportedly intercepted several Israeli projectiles as they attempted to hit their bases in Tal Al-Harra last night, SANA add…

Tony Cartalucci (2019-06-12). The Last Bastion of Al Qaeda in Syria: US Propaganda Blitz Ahead of Idlib's Liberation. globalresearch.ca A concerted effort is being made to once again flood Western headlines with now familiar and long-since discredited war propaganda as Syrian forces and their Russian and Iranian allies move in on Idlib in northern Syria to liberate it from …

Mark Taliano (2019-06-12). I am a Syrian Living in Syria: "It Was Never a Revolution nor a Civil War. The Terrorists Are Sent by Your Government" globalresearch.ca The majority here loves Assad. He has never committed a crime against his own people…the chemical attack was staged by the terrorists helped by USA and UK etc..Everyone knows that here.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-06-12). CodePink Wants to Bring Giant 'Baby Trump' Blimp to DC for July 4th Protests. commondreams.org "We will bring together people opposed to the pain and suffering caused by this administration, from family separation at the border to supplying weapons used by Saudi Arabia to kill Yemeni children." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-06-12). Yemen's Houthis Attack Saudi Airport. telesurenglish.net A statement made by Saudi authorities said Wednesday a projectile hit the arrivals hall at Abha airport (southwestern Saudi Arabia), causing material damage. Three women and two children were among the wounded, according to the statement. | RELATED: | French Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Increased 50% in 2018: Report | The Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition that has been battling the Houthi movement in Yemen said the strike was proof of Iranian support for what it called cross-bo…

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