2019-06-14: News Headlines

Jake Johnson, staff writer, Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-06-14). Think US Media Won't Help Lead Nation Into War With Iran Based on Flimsy or False Intelligence? Looks Like They Already Are. commondreams.org "Do U.S. reporters, anchors, and editors really want more Middle Eastern blood on their hands? If not, they need to fix their rather credulous and increasingly hawkish coverage of Iran—and fix it fast." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-14). Contradicting Trump Claim of Iranian Mine Attack, Owner of Japanese Oil Tanker Says 'Flying Object' Likely Caused Explosions. commondreams.org "I do not think there was a time bomb or an object attached to the side of the ship," said Yutaka Katada | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-14). Pompeo Blames Iran for Likely Gulf of Oman False Flag. globalresearch.ca Cui bono is most important whenever an incident like Thursday attacks on vessels in the Gulf of Oman occurs. | Clearly, Iran had nothing to gain and plenty to lose from the incident. The Trump regime and its anti-Iran imperial partners …

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-14). False Flag Incident in the Gulf of Oman? globalresearch.ca The Gulf of Oman lies east of the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, bordering Iran, Oman, and the UAE. It's close to Saudi territory and Pakistan. | It's a potential flashpoint area because around two-thirds of world oil passes through …

General Wesley Clark (2019-06-14). Global Warfare: "We're Going to Take out 7 Countries in 5 Years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran.." globalresearch.ca Originally published in March 2007. | Global Research Editor's Note: | This interview serves as a reminder regarding the diabolical timeline of America's hegemonic project. Is Iran the next target "to be taken out"? | All these countries are on the Pentagon's drawing …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-06-14). Pre-emptive Nuclear War: The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran. globalresearch.ca The text below is Chapter III of Michel Chossudovsky book entitled: The Globalization of War. America's Long War against Humanity, Global Research Publishers, Montreal, 2015. To order the book directly from Global Research click here | This chapter provides a …

Jake Johnson (2019-06-14). 'Deja Vu' of Iraq War Lies: Mike Pompeo Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without A Shred of Evidence. globalresearch.ca In a press conference that immediately evoked memories of the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday claimed Iran was behind alleged attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-06-14). Trump Must Not Be Allowed to Use Gulf of Oman Incidents as 'Pretext for Illegal War With Iran': Bernie Sanders. commondreams.org "The time is now for the United States to exert international leadership, and bring the countries in the region together to forge a diplomatic solution to the growing tensions." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ben Norton (2019-06-14). Timing of Gulf of Oman Attacks: Washington Aimed to Kill Historic Iran-Japan Talks in Tehran, Oil Tankers en Route to Japan. globalresearch.ca Hell-bent on isolating and suffocating Iran, the Trump administration derailed Japan's historic talks by accusing Tehran without any evidence whatsoever of attacking oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. | *** | Since entering office, the Donald Trump administration has been itching …

teleSUR (2019-06-14). US Blames Iran for Attacks on Oil Tankers in Gulf of Oman. telesurenglish.net The U.S. government has blamed Iran for the attacks on the two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the Reuters News Agency reported. | RELATED: | US Sends Warships to Gulf of Oman, Accuses Iran Over Tanker Attack | According to the Reuters report, the attack on the two oil tankers resulted in increased oil prices and increased tensions between the governments of Iran and the United States. | It was not immediately clear what befell the Norwegian-owned Front Altair…

Juan Cole (2019-06-14). Whatever Pompeo Says, There Is No Certainty Iran Mined the Tankers. commondreams.org Despite what the Saudis and blowhards like Benghazi Mike keep alleging, the Houthis don't take orders from Iran and don't have that much to do with one another. (Photo: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-06-14). US stages provocation in the Persian Gulf. wsws.org The unsubstantiated US allegations that Iran is responsible for attacks on two tankers near the Strait of Hormuz set the stage for a further escalation toward war.

Trita Parsi (2019-06-14). Trump Blames Iran for the Tanker Attacks. But Let's be Skeptical of his Administration's Pro-War Bluster. commondreams.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the State Department briefing room on Thursday. (Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Laura Gottesdiener (2019-06-14). Two Young Iraqi Activists Insist on Peace. thenation.com Two Young Iraqi Activists Insist on Peace…

Ben Norton (2019-06-14). Trump admin aims to kill historic talks and strangle Iran with evidence-free accusations. thegrayzone.com Hell-bent on isolating and suffocating Iran, the Trump administration derailed Japan's historic talks by accusing Tehran without any evidence whatsoever…

plenglish (2019-06-14). US Repeats Same Script against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. plenglish.com 14 de junio de 2019, 09: 53New York, US, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) The United States is repeating the same script against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, as it tries to discredit those countries" social achievements and to punish them with sanctions that affect their economies and their peoples.

David Hearst (2019-06-14). Why I'm Optimistic About the 'Deal of the Century'. "Palestinian Struggle Centre Stage of Arab Politics" globalresearch.ca In selling the yet-to-be-published " deal of the century" (DoC), its principle authors have said the following: | That the Palestinians are not yet capable of governing themselves (US president's son-in-law Jared Kushner); that Israel has a right to annex …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-06-14). Kushner as a Colonial Administrator: Let's Talk About the 'Israeli Model'. counterpunch.org In a TV interview on June 2, on the news docuseries "Axios" on the HBO channel, Jared Kushner opened up regarding many issues, in which his 'Deal of the Century' was a prime focus. The major revelation made by Kushner, President Donald Trump's adviser and son-in-law, was least surprising. Kushner believes that Palestinians are not More

DXE (2019-06-14). Video from Animal Rights Activists Convergence at Petaluma Slaughterhouse. indybay.org Over 75 Arrested on Felony Charges as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Slaughterhouse, Lock Necks to Slaughter Line, Rescue Ducklings…

Staff (2019-06-14). COINTELPRO 2.0: Fighting Government Surveillance of Black and Muslim Organizations. therealnews.com The Black Identity Extremist Abolition Coalition (BIEAC) convenes its first conference to collaborate on efforts to fight FBI surveillance and targeting of Black and Muslim activists and communities as "Black Identity Extremists."

The Canary (2019-06-14). Two more protesters board oil rig, campaigners say. thecanary.co Two more Greenpeace activists are occupying an oil rig in the North Sea, the organisation said.The pair are believed to have boarded the rig in the Cromarty Firth at around 4am on Friday.Campaigners from the environmental organisation have been occupying the structure since Sunday evening.Greenpeace climbers on the BP oil rig in Cromarty Firth (Greenpeace)They have been calling on BP to stop drilling for oil and hoped to stop the drilling rig from reaching the Vorlich oil field.The latest development follows the arrest of two people on Thursday who had been part of a five-day protest at the site.John Sauven, exec…

Michael Schwalbe (2019-06-14). Oppose Inequality, Not Cops. counterpunch.org Even people doing their best to improve the world make mistakes. This was evident in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, last month during a public clash on the town's Peace and Justice Plaza between defenders of Confederate statuary and anti-racist activists. Before the police arrived to insulate the two groups, mutual yelling had begun to escalate More

DXE (2019-06-14). 75+ Arrested as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Petaluma Slaughterhouse. indybay.org Over 75 Arrested on Felony Charges as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Slaughterhouse, Lock Necks to Slaughter Line, Rescue Ducklings…

susan_p (2019-06-14). Turkey steps up military intervention in Iraq. greenleft.org.au Turkish jets began bombing the Xakurke region of northern Iraq on May 26. The following day Turkish helicopters transported troops into the area. | This was the latest step in Turkey's growing military intervention in the predominantly Kurdish north of Iraq. Before the Xakurke invasion Turkey already had 18 military bases in Iraq. No doubt this number will rise. | Turkey has been intervening militarily in Syria for several years. Turkish troops moved into northern Syria around the towns of Jarablus, Azaz and al-Bab in August 2016. Their aim was to block the further advance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), w…

Max Blumenthal (2019-06-14). Behind the Syrian Network for Human Rights: How an opposition front group became Western media's go-to monitor. thegrayzone.com Top media outlets turn to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) for figures on deaths and detentions, never noting…

Joe Emersberger (2019-06-14). Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried By Reuters for Over a Month. commondreams.org Reuters depiction (6/7/19) of Venezuelan refugees. (Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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 …

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…

Staff (2019-06-13). Tankers Struck in Strait of Hormuz; U.S. Blames Iran. truthdig.com DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—The U.S. blamed Iran for suspected attacks on two oil tankers Thursday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, denouncing what it called a campaign of "escalating tensions" in a region crucial to global energy supplies. | The U.S. Navy rushed to assist the stricken vessels in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of Iran, including one that was set ablaze. The ships' operators offered no immediate explanation on who or what caused the damage against the Norwegian-owned MT Front Altair and the Japan…

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.

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…

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

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…

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 …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-06-13). Convenient "Tanker Attacks" as US Seeks War with Iran. globalresearch.ca This news of "attacked" oil tankers near the Stait of Hormuz blamed by the US on Iran — comes all too conveniently on the heels of additional steps taken by Washington to pressure Iran's economy and further undermine the Iranian government.

Staff (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..

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 …

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…

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…

teleSUR (2019-06-13). US Warships Bear Down on Gulf of Oman Over Tanker Attacks. telesurenglish.net An attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman caused a stir in the Mediterranean Thursday as the presence of a U.S. warship appeared on the horizon. | RELATED: | Israel Will Not Allow Iran To Have Nuclear Weapons: Netanyahu | Two large oil tankers, one confirmed as being registered to Japan, were traveling through the Sea of Oman Thursday morning came under a…

Tyler Durden (2019-06-13). US Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks, Says Tehran "Trying to Interrupt Flow of Oil" theantimedia.com (ZH) — Update 7: Ahead of comments to the UN Security Council (which will presumably block any action, with China and Russia backing Iran), unnamed officials are sharing with reporters some of what the US intends to say: U.S. OFFICIALS ALLEGE IRANIAN ATTACK MEANT TO ESCALATE CONFLICT OFFICIALS: ATTACK SHOWS IRAN UNINTERESTED IN DIALOGUE WITH U.S. OFFICIALS: …

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.

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..

teleSUR (2019-06-13). US Warships Bear Down on Gulf of Oman Over Tanker Attacks. telesurenglish.net An attack on a pair of Egyptian oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman caused a stir in the Mediterranean Thursday as the presence of a U.S. warship appeared on the horizon. | RELATED: | Israel Will Not Allow Iran To Have Nuclear Weapons: Netanyahu | Two large oil tankers that were traveling through the Sea of Oman Thursday morning have come under attack, the Al-Alam N…

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…

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..

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.

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, …

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.

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