Daily Archives: 2019-05-05

2019-05-05: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-05-05). Israel Will Continue Massive Attack On Gaza: Netanyahu. telesurenglish.net Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Sunday that he has instructed his country's armed forces to continue their massive attack on the Gaza Strip, Arutz Sheva reported. | RELATED: | Gaza-Israel Hostilities Flare with Rocket Attacks, Air Strikes | "I instructed the IDF to continue the massive attacks against the terrorist elements and the large number of armored, artillery and infantry forces around the Strip," Netanyahu said. "Hamas bears responsibility for its ac…

Philip A Farruggio (2019-05-05). Boob Tube: The Outer Limits of Empire. Scandal is in, Strategy is out! globalresearch.ca Baby Boomers should remember that innovative Sci Fi television series, The Outer Limits (1963). The opening monologue really was a rare look into the future… OUR future here in Military Industrial Empire's America. Remember the opening: | Control Voice: [introduction] …

UUSF Sunday morning Forum (2019-05-05). Why criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic. indybay.org Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | MLK Room…

teleSUR (2019-05-05). Syrian, Iraqi Forces Conduct Joint Border Op Against ISIS. telesurenglish.net The Syrian government forces and Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces have banned together to conduct a joint military operation along their shared border, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported on Friday. | RELATED: | US Wants To Carve Up Venezuela Like Syria and Libya: Russia | The operation began on Friday morning and targeted the areas used by the Islamic State to infiltrate between the two neighboring Middle Eastern nations. | On Saturday, the Popular Mobilization Forces announ…

DXE (2019-05-05). Anti-Fur Activists Stage Bloody Fashion Show Outside Palo Alto Neiman Marcus. indybay.org Activists call on the retailer to drop fur, support the California fur ban…

teleSUR (2019-05-04). Gaza-Israel Hostilities Flare with Rocket Attacks, Air Strikes. telesurenglish.net A wave of Israeli air strikes killed one Palestinian in Gaza Strip Saturday. Imad Nseir, 22, was killed in Beit Hanoun after Israeli planes targeted multiple areas of the enclave. | The attacks came just hours after Isreali security forces killed at least two Palestinians and injured another 51 during Friday's weekly Great March of Return protests, medics and security sources there said. ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚ÄãAnother two Palestinians were killed in an air raid on the central Gaza Strip Friday. | RELATED: …

United Nations (2019-05-04). 'Grave consequences' await if new deadly escalation of violence in Gaza continues – top UN official. un.org The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, is "deeply concerned by yet another dangerous escalation in Gaza and the tragic loss of life". According to news reports, approximately 200 rockets were fired on Saturday from the Occupied Palestinian Territory towards Israel, and various Israeli airstrikes and tank fire were carried out in retaliation.

Staff (2019-05-04). Under Heavy Rocket Fire, Israeli Reprisals Kill 3. truthdig.com GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—Palestinian militants on Saturday fired over 200 rockets into Israel, drawing dozens of retaliatory airstrikes on targets across the Gaza Strip in a round of intense fighting that broke a monthlong lull between the bitter enemies. Three Palestinians, including a mother and her baby daughter, were killed, while three Israelis, including an 80-year-old woman, were wounded by rocket fire. | The fighting came as leaders from Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, and the smaller armed faction Islamic Jihad, were in Cairo for talks with Egyptian mediators aimed at preventing a fraying c…

teleSUR (2019-05-04). US: Felony Charges Against Activist Protesting Arms Dealers. telesurenglish.net A man in the United States is facing felony charges for spray painting 'Yemen' on the Palo Alto offices of arms manufacturers Lockheed Martin. The act was in protest of the U.S.-backed Saudi war in Yemen, which Lockheed Martin has profited from, through arms sales. | RELATED: | Yemen: Saudi Coalition Airstrike Hits School, Kills Children | Bryce Druzin has been branded a 'hero' by peace activists after spraying 'Yemen' in blood red spray paint, on the offices of weapons giant Lock…

Jonathan Turley (2019-05-04). Israeli Ambassador Calls for the Criminalization of Antisemitic Speech. globalresearch.ca In the aftermath of another tragic shooting at another synagogue, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon has again called for the criminalization of antisemitic speech. | I have previously written about such international efforts to criminalize speech, including …

Staff (2019-05-04). North Korea Fires Several Short-Range Projectiles Into the Sea. truthdig.com SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea fired several unidentified short-range projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast on Saturday, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, a likely sign of Pyongyang's growing frustration at stalled diplomatic talks with Washington meant to provide coveted sanctions relief in return for nuclear disarmament. | South Korea's military has bolstered its surveillance in case there are additional weapons launches, and South Korean and U.S. authorities are analyzing the details. | If it's confirmed that the North fired banned ballistic missiles, it would be the first such launch…

Michael Welch (2019-05-04). Ukraine's Post-Maidan "Democratic Deficit" globalresearch.ca Notice to our readers: This week's interview guest Eva Bartlett will be speaking in Edmonton on Saturday May 4th at 7: 30pm at the Ukrainian Centre at 11018 97 Street. | She will also speak in Vancouver on Sunday May 5th …

RT (2019-05-04). Pro Guaido supporters harass journalists, anti-war activists outside Venezuela's US embassy (VIDEOS). rt.com Journalists covering the standoff at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC have been harassed by a group of Juan Guaido supporters, who demand that the 'Embassy Civilian Protection Collective' vacate the diplomatic building.

Bryan Wall (2019-05-04). Facebook bans Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos for breaking its rules. thecanary.co Facebook has banned a number of far-right activists and commentators from its platforms for breaking its rules. Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos were two of those whose accounts were banned by the company. Jones has previously claimed the US government faked the Sandy Hook school shooting and that Hillary C…

Mary Owen (2019-05-04). East Harlem May Day: Protest supports laundry workers. workers.org Chanting "Pay the workers what you owe them, wage theft is a crime," more than 60 activists turned out on May Day for a protest at TYS Laundromat in East Harlem to support Laundry Workers Center members. TYS owes the workers at least $200,000 in back pay and $400,000 in . . . | Continue reading East Harlem May Day: Protest supports laundry workers at Workers.org

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-04). Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison. theintercept.com Thousands of migrants have died crossing the desert in Arizona. The U.S. government is prosecuting activists who try to save lives and recover bodies.

Consortiumnews (2019-05-04). Activists at Venezuelan Embassy Under Threat From Violent Mobs. consortiumnews.com Activists who have been living in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington have called on the State Dept. and Secret Service to stop violent mobs from attacking them. Activists who have been living inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington are reporting… Read more →

Mohit Priyadarshi, The Inquisitr (2019-05-04). Palo Alto Man Hailed as a Hero For Spray Painting 'Yemen' in Blood-Red Letters at Lockheed Martin's Office. commondreams.org Bryce Druzin wants the defense contractor, which has benefitted greatly from Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, out of his neighborhood. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

United Nations (2019-05-03). Friday's Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin. un.org This Friday, we cover: a worrying food crisis in the Democratic Republic of North Korea; attacks against civilians in DR Congo; outrage after the execution of child offenders in Iran; concerns over a super cereal distributed by the World Food Programme; and post-electoral violence in Benin.

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Another coup fails. greenleft.org.au "Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…

RT (2019-05-03). Heavy water and uranium enrichment: US imposes additional nuclear sanctions on Iran. rt.com The Trump administration will sanction any assistance to expand Iran's nuclear power plant at Bushehr and ban exports of heavy water and any further uranium enrichment, the State Department has announced.

Scott Ritter (2019-05-03). What If Iran Retaliates and Shuts Down the Strait of Hormuz? globalresearch.ca The effort on the part of the Trump administration to shut down Iran's ability to export oil is predicated on the false notion that the rest of the world will fall in lockstep with U.S. policy. But has President Donald …

Nick Bernabe (2019-05-03). #DivestFromFacebook: Anti-Media Shifting From Facebook to Minds. theantimedia.com (ANTIMEDIA) No good things last, it is said, and Facebook's days as a medium for spreading information have come and gone. The social network has faced a firestorm of criticism over numerous privacy violations and supposed negligence to Russia's electioneering of America's last presidential election, but one thing the tech giant is praised for in the media is …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-03). Mass. Judge Refuses to Halt Pro-Palestinian Event at UMass Featuring Roger Waters & Linda Sarsour. democracynow.org "Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights." That's the title of an event set to take place Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After three anonymous UMass students filed a lawsuit to stop the event, a judge ruled Thursday the event can proceed, saying, "There's nothing that comes even close to a threat of harm or incitement to violence or lawlessness." We get an update from Sut Jhally, event organizer and professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts, and Rachel Weber, attorney and member Jewish Voice for Peace, Western Massachusetts chapt…

Jason Ditz (2019-05-03). Senate Fails to Override Trump's Veto on Yemen War Resolution. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Calls to reassert Congressional authority over US war-making failed to muster enough votes to override President Trump's veto of the Yemen War Powers resolution, which demanded Trump withdraw US involvement from the unauthorized war. The vote was 53-45, short of the two-thirds majority needed to override. Opposition to the war was driven by the war crimes …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-03). Headlines for May 3, 2019. democracynow.org Pelosi Accuses Barr of Lying to Congress over Mueller Report, Rep. Nadler Threatens to Hold Barr in Contempt, Over a Million Evacuate as Cyclone Slams Northeastern India, Venezuela Court Orders Arrest of Opposition Leader Leopoldo López, Two Activists Arrested Outside Venezuelan Embassy in D.C., EU Threatens to Sue U.S. over New Restrictions on Cuba, Senate Fails to Overturn Trump Veto on Yemen War, Assange to Fight Extradition to the United States, Pentagon Accused of Killing 10x as Many Civilians Overseas as Acknowledged in New Report, Report: U.S. Military Spending Is Higher Than Next Eight Countries Combined,…

Joyce Chediac (2019-05-03). Angry Yemeni shop owners boycott NY Post after attack on Ilhan Omar. liberationnews.org Stand up to Islamophobia and all forms of racism, say with one voice, "We stand with Ilhan."

Al-Masdar News (2019-05-03). Forgotten War: Death Toll in Yemen to Reach 233,000 by End of Year. globalresearch.ca The death toll from the ongoing war in Yemen will reach a staggering 233,000 if it continues until the end of 2019, a new report from the United Nations said. | According to the UN report, of the 233,000 estimated deaths …

Alicia Jrapko and Bill Hackwell (2019-05-03). Cuba Defies the Threats from Trump with Hundreds of Thousands in the Street. dissidentvoice.org Plaza of the Revolution (Photo by Bill Hackwell) Considering the level of belligerence and hostility coming from the empire of the North one might expect that the powerful May Day march through the Plaza of the Revolution might take on a defensive military overtone. But Cuba is never that way and instead they show their …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-05-03). Are the US and Israel Preparing for War in the Middle East? Lebanon is Next? globalresearch.ca Despite the lack of visible preparation for war, the Lebanese authorities consider it important to take all necessary precautions for a possible Israeli attack on Lebanon. Israel is not alone; this time its forces enjoy unlimited military support from the …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-03). Roger Waters on Palestine: "You Have to Stand Up for People's Human Rights All Over the World" democracynow.org After a judge ruled a panel can move forward Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on "Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights," we speak with one of the event's scheduled participants: Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, one of the most popular rock bands of all time. He says he welcomes the lawsuit that challenged the event, because "what it does is it serves to shine a light on the predicament of the Palestinian people."

People's World (2019-05-03). Jewish and Arab Israelis stand together for peace. peoplesworld.org Alon-Lee Green, is co-founder and national director of Standing Together, a grassroots movement uniting Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel. Standing Together is "guided by the principles of peace, equality, and social justice" and recognizes "the interconnections of the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories, the growing social and economic disparities within Israeli society, and the …

Middle East Eye (2019-05-03). Jewish-American Activists Beaten and Detained by Israeli Soldiers in West Bank. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Several Jewish-American activists were beaten and forcefully detained by the Israeli army alongside Palestinian and Israeli activists on Friday morning while working to repair a road linking Palestinian villages in the South Hebron Hills. Those forced to the ground and dragged into military vehicles included several who appeared to be rabbis, and several elderly members …

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuelan economist: 'Hyperinflation is a powerful imperialist weapon'. greenleft.org.au Much is made in the media of Venezuela's deep economic crisis. But why does Venezuela have the world's highest inflation rate and what impacts have the sanctions really had on the country? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes spoke to Venezuelan economist Pascualina Curcio, from the Simón Bolívar University, to find out more. | Hyperinflation is a grave problem in Venezuela, but its causes are less clear. How do you explain it?: | The determinant cause of hyperinflation in Venezuela is the political manipulation by third parties of the exchange rate between the bolívar [Bs, Venezuela's local currency] and…

susan_p (2019-05-03). US sanctions have killed more than 40,000 people in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-03). Men Can Experience Sexual Violence in War Too. hrw.org The United Nations Security Council formally recognized for the first time that men and boys are targets of sexual violence both in wartime and in post-conflict settings. Resolution 2467, approved on April 23, calls upon UN member countries to strengthen policies to provide help for victims. | As a human-rights lawyer, during the last nine months, I have been documenting cases of conflict-related sexual violence that took place against men and boys in Syria. | As I listened to the open debate at the Security Counc…

Walter Smolarek (2019-05-03). Venezuela embassy protectors stand strong against coup supporters' attacks. liberationnews.org Despite escalating violence carried out by supporters of the coup attempt, anti-war organizers residing in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are standing strong with the support of steadfast activists outside the building.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-03). Demanding Urgent Action on Climate Emergency, Youth Lock Their Necks to UK Parliament's Gates. commondreams.org A small group of youth activists locked their necks to the U.K. Parliament's gates Friday to demand urgent government action to address the global climate crisis while young people worldwide took to the streets as part of the weekly school climate strike. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-05-03). As Pugh Resigns, Is a Better Baltimore Possible? therealnews.com Baltimore's powerful mayor resigned amid corruption allegations. Three activists ask if the city charter can be amended to limit mayoral power and create a more just city…

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-03). Kenya Backsliding on Press Freedoms. hrw.org | | A Kenyan journalist participates in a protest in the capital, Nairobi, against draconian new laws restricting media freedom that were presented in parliament, December 3, 2013. | © 2013 Thomas Mukoya/Reuters | Many Kenyan journalists and rights activists travelled this week to Ethiopia for a summit to mark the World Press Freedom Day celebrations. It's a sign of how things have cha…

Robert Fisk (2019-05-03). What Past Civil Wars Tell Us About the Future of Syria. counterpunch.org When Syrian government soldiers first recaptured the small village of Deir Hafar from Isis in 2017, they found the black-painted but hurriedly abandoned Islamic "court" strewn with piles of documents. These hundreds of pages contained terrible proof of how the Syrian civilians there had behaved under at least three years of Isis occupation. I arrived in More

Janine Jackson (2019-05-02). 'There Are Ways to Uplift the Resilience of Communities' – CounterSpin interview with Tina Vasquez on covering immigration. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Tina Vasquez about covering immigration for the April 26, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Janine Jackson (2019-05-02). 'These Sanctions Amount to Collective Punishment Against the Entire Iranian Population'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Sina Toosi about the Trump administration's anti-Iran campaign for the April 26, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Alan Macleod (2019-05-02). MintCast Interviews Lisa Pease: Why Revisiting the RFK Assassination is Crucial to Palestinian Rights and BDS Today. mintpressnews.com MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb spoke to Lisa Pease, author of A Lie Too Big To Fail, about the compelling evidence of Sirhan Sirhan's innocence in the Robert F. Kennedy assassination and its implications for Palestinian rights.

Lee Fang (2019-05-02). GOP Lawmaker Gave Pro-War Speech on Yemen — by Reading Saudi Lobbyist's Talking Points Verbatim. theintercept.com Rep. Ed Royce spoke on the House floor against ending U.S. support for the Yemen war. His talking points were scripted by lobbyists for Saudi Arabia.

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-05-02). Failing to Override Trump on Yemen, Congress Must Keep Pushing. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — May 2, 2019 — In response to the Senate failing to secure the two-thirds majority vote necessary to override President Trump's veto of S.J.Res. 7, legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-05-02). France and the EU, Recognizing Yet Supporting Apartheid Reality in Palestine. mintpressnews.com In the face of the US backing of Israel, EU foreign policy is inconsistent, weak and, ultimately, a failure. Alas, the idea which gained momentum during the early months of Trump's presidency that the EU can develop a truly independent foreign policy position on Israel and Palestine has proven wrong.

Miko Peled (2019-05-02). What Strikes Bernie Sanders as "Extremely Unfair" Is a Catastrophe for Millions of Palestinians. mintpressnews.com There will be hope when politicians like Bernie Sanders will have the courage to call the ethnic cleansing, genocide and apartheid — all crimes that Israel perpetrated and continues to perpetuate to this day — by their real name and not describe them as merely "extremely unfair."

Turkish Minute (2019-05-02). Turkey Claims Development of New Syria Safe Zone After Meeting US Delegation. theantimedia.com (TM) — Turkish officials sounded optimistic about establishing a safe zone near its southern border after a delegation from Washington visited Ankara this week to discuss issues regarding Syria, the Hàºrriyet Daily News reported. The delegation, led by James Jeffrey, US special envoy for Syria engagement and the special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL, …

United Nations (2019-05-02). Grave concern over escalating humanitarian crisis, casualties, displacement across northwest Syria: UN. un.org The UN has said it is "gravely concerned" over reports of a worsening humanitarian situation facing civilians across northwest Syria, with rising casualties, and "waves of displacement" due to intensifying conflict.

2019-05-05: Social Media Postees

Israel Will Continue Massive Attack On Gaza: Netanyahu
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-05
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Sunday that he has instructed his country's armed forces to continue their massive attack on the Gaza Strip, Arutz Sheva reported. | RELATED: | Gaza-Israel Hostilities Flare with Rocket Attacks, Air Strikes | "I instructed the IDF to continue the massive attacks against the terrorist elements and the large number of armored, artillery and infantry forces around the Strip," Netanyahu said. "Hamas bears responsibility for its ac…
telesurenglish.net/news/Israel-Will-Continue-Massive-Attack-On-Gaza-Netanyahu-20190505-0005.html

Boob Tube: The Outer Limits of Empire. Scandal is in, Strategy is out!
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-05
Baby Boomers should remember that innovative Sci Fi television series, The Outer Limits (1963). The opening monologue really was a rare look into the future… OUR future here in Military Industrial Empire's America. Remember the opening: | Control Voice: [introduction] …
globalresearch.ca/boob-tube-the-outer-limits-of-empire-scandal-is-in-strategy-is-out/5676463

Why criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic
UUSF Sunday morning Forum | indybay.org | 2019-05-05
Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | MLK Room…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/03/18823133.php

Syrian, Iraqi Forces Conduct Joint Border Op Against ISIS
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-05
The Syrian government forces and Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces have banned together to conduct a joint military operation along their shared border, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported on Friday. | RELATED: | US Wants To Carve Up Venezuela Like Syria and Libya: Russia | The operation began on Friday morning and targeted the areas used by the Islamic State to infiltrate between the two neighboring Middle Eastern nations. | On Saturday, the Popular Mobilization Forces announ…
telesurenglish.net/news/Syrian-Iraqi-Forces-Conduct-Joint-Border-Op-Against-ISIS-20190505-0001.html

Anti-Fur Activists Stage Bloody Fashion Show Outside Palo Alto Neiman Marcus
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-05-05
Activists call on the retailer to drop fur, support the California fur ban…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/04/18823174.php

Gaza-Israel Hostilities Flare with Rocket Attacks, Air Strikes
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-04
A wave of Israeli air strikes killed one Palestinian in Gaza Strip Saturday. Imad Nseir, 22, was killed in Beit Hanoun after Israeli planes targeted multiple areas of the enclave. | The attacks came just hours after Isreali security forces killed at least two Palestinians and injured another 51 during Friday's weekly Great March of Return protests, medics and security sources there said. ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚ÄãAnother two Palestinians were killed in an air raid on the central Gaza Strip Friday. | RELATED:
telesurenglish.net/news/Gaza-Israel-Hostilities-Flare-with-Rocket-Attacks-Air-Strikes-20190504-0011.html

Under Heavy Rocket Fire, Israeli Reprisals Kill 3
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-04
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip–Palestinian militants on Saturday fired over 200 rockets into Israel, drawing dozens of retaliatory airstrikes on targets across the Gaza Strip in a round of intense fighting that broke a monthlong lull between the bitter enemies. Three Palestinians, including a mother and her baby daughter, were killed, while three Israelis, including an 80-year-old woman, were wounded by rocket fire. | The fighting came as leaders from Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, and the smaller armed faction Islamic Jihad, were in Cairo for talks with Egyptian mediators aimed at preventing a fraying c…
truthdig.com/articles/under-heavy-rocket-fire-israeli-reprisals-kill-3/

'Grave consequences' await if new deadly escalation of violence in Gaza continues – top UN official
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-04
The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, is "deeply concerned by yet another dangerous escalation in Gaza and the tragic loss of life". According to news reports, approximately 200 rockets were fired on Saturday from the Occupied Palestinian Territory towards Israel, and various Israeli airstrikes and tank fire were carried out in retaliation.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1037911

US: Felony Charges Against Activist Protesting Arms Dealers
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-04
A man in the United States is facing felony charges for spray painting 'Yemen' on the Palo Alto offices of arms manufacturers Lockheed Martin. The act was in protest of the U.S.-backed Saudi war in Yemen, which Lockheed Martin has profited from, through arms sales. | RELATED: | Yemen: Saudi Coalition Airstrike Hits School, Kills Children | Bryce Druzin has been branded a 'hero' by peace activists after spraying 'Yemen' in blood red spray paint, on the offices of weapons giant Lock…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Felony-Charges-Against-Activist-Protesting-Arms-Dealers-20190504-0021.html

Palo Alto Man Hailed as a Hero For Spray Painting 'Yemen' in Blood-Red Letters at Lockheed Martin's Office
Mohit Priyadarshi, The Inquisitr | commondreams.org | 2019-05-04
Bryce Druzin wants the defense contractor, which has benefitted greatly from Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, out of his neighborhood. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/04/palo-alto-man-hailed-hero-spray-painting-yemen-blood-red-letters-lockheed-martins?cd-origin=rss

Israeli Ambassador Calls for the Criminalization of Antisemitic Speech
Jonathan Turley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-04
In the aftermath of another tragic shooting at another synagogue, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon has again called for the criminalization of antisemitic speech. | I have previously written about such international efforts to criminalize speech, including …
globalresearch.ca/israeli-ambassador-calls-criminalization-antisemitic-speech/5676497

North Korea Fires Several Short-Range Projectiles Into the Sea
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-04
SEOUL, South Korea–North Korea fired several unidentified short-range projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast on Saturday, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, a likely sign of Pyongyang's growing frustration at stalled diplomatic talks with Washington meant to provide coveted sanctions relief in return for nuclear disarmament. | South Korea's military has bolstered its surveillance in case there are additional weapons launches, and South Korean and U.S. authorities are analyzing the details. | If it's confirmed that the North fired banned ballistic missiles, it would be the first such launch…
truthdig.com/articles/north-korea-fires-several-short-range-projectiles-into-the-sea/

Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-05-04
Thousands of migrants have died crossing the desert in Arizona. The U.S. government is prosecuting activists who try to save lives and recover bodies.
theintercept.com/2019/05/04/no-more-deaths-scott-warren-migrants-border-arizona/

Facebook bans Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos for breaking its rules
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-05-04
Facebook has banned a number of far-right activists and commentators from its platforms for breaking its rules. Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos were two of those whose accounts were banned by the company. Jones has previously claimed the US government faked the Sandy Hook school shooting and that Hillary C…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2019/05/04/facebook-bans-alex-jones-and-milo-yiannopoulos-for-breaking-its-rules/

East Harlem May Day: Protest supports laundry workers
Mary Owen | workers.org | 2019-05-04
Chanting "Pay the workers what you owe them, wage theft is a crime," more than 60 activists turned out on May Day for a protest at TYS Laundromat in East Harlem to support Laundry Workers Center members. TYS owes the workers at least $200,000 in back pay and $400,000 in . . . | Continue reading East Harlem May Day: Protest supports laundry workers at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/05/04/east-harlem-may-day-protest-supports-laundry-workers/

Pro Guaido supporters harass journalists, anti-war activists outside Venezuela's US embassy (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2019-05-04
Journalists covering the standoff at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC have been harassed by a group of Juan Guaido supporters, who demand that the 'Embassy Civilian Protection Collective' vacate the diplomatic building. | …
rt.com/usa/458339-venezuela-embassy-standoff-continues/

Activists at Venezuelan Embassy Under Threat From Violent Mobs
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-04
Activists who have been living in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington have called on the State Dept. and Secret Service to stop violent mobs from attacking them. Activists who have been living inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington are reporting… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/03/activists-protecting-venezuelan-embassy-under-threat-from-violent-mobs/

Venezuela: Another coup fails
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
"Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-another-coup-fails

What If Iran Retaliates and Shuts Down the Strait of Hormuz?
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
The effort on the part of the Trump administration to shut down Iran's ability to export oil is predicated on the false notion that the rest of the world will fall in lockstep with U.S. policy. But has President Donald …
globalresearch.ca/what-if-iran-retaliates-shuts-down-strait-hormuz/5676426

Heavy water and uranium enrichment: US imposes additional nuclear sanctions on Iran
rt.com | 2019-05-03
The Trump administration will sanction any assistance to expand Iran's nuclear power plant at Bushehr and ban exports of heavy water and any further uranium enrichment, the State Department has announced. | …
rt.com/usa/458327-sanctions-nuclear-iran-uran/

Friday's Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
This Friday, we cover: a worrying food crisis in the Democratic Republic of North Korea; attacks against civilians in DR Congo; outrage after the execution of child offenders in Iran; concerns over a super cereal distributed by the World Food Programme; and post-electoral violence in Benin.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1037851

#DivestFromFacebook: Anti-Media Shifting From Facebook to Minds
Nick Bernabe | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-03
(ANTIMEDIA) No good things last, it is said, and Facebook's days as a medium for spreading information have come and gone. The social network has faced a firestorm of criticism over numerous privacy violations and supposed negligence to Russia's electioneering of America's last presidential election, but one thing the tech giant is praised for in the media is …

#DivestFromFacebook: Anti-Media Shifting From Facebook to Minds

Mass. Judge Refuses to Halt Pro-Palestinian Event at UMass Featuring Roger Waters & Linda Sarsour
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-03
"Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights." That's the title of an event set to take place Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After three anonymous UMass students filed a lawsuit to stop the event, a judge ruled Thursday the event can proceed, saying, "There's nothing that comes even close to a threat of harm or incitement to violence or lawlessness." We get an update from Sut Jhally, event organizer and professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts, and Rachel Weber, attorney and member Jewish Voice for Peace, Western Massachusetts chapt…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/3/mass_judge…

Angry Yemeni shop owners boycott NY Post after attack on Ilhan Omar
Joyce Chediac | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Stand up to Islamophobia and all forms of racism, say with one voice, "We stand with Ilhan."
liberationnews.org/angry-yemeni-shop-owners-boycott-ny-post-after-attack-on-ilhan-omar/

Senate Fails to Override Trump's Veto on Yemen War Resolution
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-03
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Calls to reassert Congressional authority over US war-making failed to muster enough votes to override President Trump's veto of the Yemen War Powers resolution, which demanded Trump withdraw US involvement from the unauthorized war. The vote was 53-45, short of the two-thirds majority needed to override. Opposition to the war was driven by the war crimes …

Senate Fails to Override Trump’s Veto on Yemen War Resolution

Forgotten War: Death Toll in Yemen to Reach 233,000 by End of Year
Al-Masdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
The death toll from the ongoing war in Yemen will reach a staggering 233,000 if it continues until the end of 2019, a new report from the United Nations said. | According to the UN report, of the 233,000 estimated deaths …
globalresearch.ca/death-toll-yemen-reach-233000-end-year/5676414

Cuba Defies the Threats from Trump with Hundreds of Thousands in the Street
Alicia Jrapko and Bill Hackwell | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-03
Plaza of the Revolution (Photo by Bill Hackwell) Considering the level of belligerence and hostility coming from the empire of the North one might expect that the powerful May Day march through the Plaza of the Revolution might take on a defensive military overtone. But Cuba is never that way and instead they show their …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/cuba-defies-the-threats-from-trump-with-hundreds-of-thousands-in-the-street/

Roger Waters on Palestine: "You Have to Stand Up for People's Human Rights All Over the World"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-03
After a judge ruled a panel can move forward Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on "Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights," we speak with one of the event's scheduled participants: Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, one of the most popular rock bands of all time. He says he welcomes the lawsuit that challenged the event, because "what it does is it serves to shine a light on the predicament of the Palestinian people."
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/3/roger_wate…

Are the US and Israel Preparing for War in the Middle East? Lebanon is Next?
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Despite the lack of visible preparation for war, the Lebanese authorities consider it important to take all necessary precautions for a possible Israeli attack on Lebanon. Israel is not alone; this time its forces enjoy unlimited military support from the …
globalresearch.ca/are-us-israel-preparing-war-middle-east/5676431

Jewish-American Activists Beaten and Detained by Israeli Soldiers in West Bank
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-03
(MEE) — Several Jewish-American activists were beaten and forcefully detained by the Israeli army alongside Palestinian and Israeli activists on Friday morning while working to repair a road linking Palestinian villages in the South Hebron Hills. Those forced to the ground and dragged into military vehicles included several who appeared to be rabbis, and several elderly members …

Jewish-American Activists Beaten and Detained by Israeli Soldiers in West Bank

Jewish and Arab Israelis stand together for peace
People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-03
Alon-Lee Green, is co-founder and national director of Standing Together, a grassroots movement uniting Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel. Standing Together is "guided by the principles of peace, equality, and social justice" and recognizes "the interconnections of the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories, the growing social and economic disparities within Israeli society, and the …
peoplesworld.org/article/jewish-and-arab-israelis-stand-together-for-peace/

Venezuelan economist: 'Hyperinflation is a powerful imperialist weapon'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Much is made in the media of Venezuela's deep economic crisis. But why does Venezuela have the world's highest inflation rate and what impacts have the sanctions really had on the country? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes spoke to Venezuelan economist Pascualina Curcio, from the Simón Bolívar University, to find out more. | Hyperinflation is a grave problem in Venezuela, but its causes are less clear. How do you explain it?: | The determinant cause of hyperinflation in Venezuela is the political manipulation by third parties of the exchange rate between the bolívar [Bs, Venezuela's local currency] and…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-economist-hyperinflation-powerful-imperialist-weapon

US sanctions have killed more than 40,000 people in Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'…
greenleft.org.au/content/us-sanctions-killed-more-40000-venezuela

Men Can Experience Sexual Violence in War Too
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-03
The United Nations Security Council formally recognized for the first time that men and boys are targets of sexual violence both in wartime and in post-conflict settings. Resolution 2467, approved on April 23, calls upon UN member countries to strengthen policies to provide help for victims. | As a human-rights lawyer, during the last nine months, I have been documenting cases of conflict-related sexual violence that took place against men and boys in Syria. | As I listened to the open debate at the Security Counc…
hrw.org/news/2019/05/03/men-can-experience-sexual-violence-war-too

What Past Civil Wars Tell Us About the Future of Syria
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
When Syrian government soldiers first recaptured the small village of Deir Hafar from Isis in 2017, they found the black-painted but hurriedly abandoned Islamic "court" strewn with piles of documents. These hundreds of pages contained terrible proof of how the Syrian civilians there had behaved under at least three years of Isis occupation. I arrived in…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/what-past-civil-wars-tell-us-about-the-future-of-syria/

Kenya Backsliding on Press Freedoms
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-03
A Kenyan journalist participates in a protest in the capital, Nairobi, against draconian new laws restricting media freedom that were presented in parliament, December 3, 2013. | © 2013 Thomas Mukoya/Reuters | Many Kenyan journalists and rights activists travelled this week to Ethiopia for a summit to mark the World Press Freedom Day celebrations. It's a sign of how things have cha…
hrw.org/news/2019/05/03/kenya-backsliding-press-freedoms

As Pugh Resigns, Is a Better Baltimore Possible?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-03
Baltimore's powerful mayor resigned amid corruption allegations. Three activists ask if the city charter can be amended to limit mayoral power and create a more just city…
therealnews.com/stories/as-pugh-resigns-is-a-better-baltimore-possible

Demanding Urgent Action on Climate Emergency, Youth Lock Their Necks to UK Parliament's Gates
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
A small group of youth activists locked their necks to the U.K. Parliament's gates Friday to demand urgent government action to address the global climate crisis while young people worldwide took to the streets as part of the weekly school climate strike. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/03/demanding-urgent-action-climate-emergency-youth-lock-their-necks-uk-parliaments?cd-origin=rss

Venezuela embassy protectors stand strong against coup supporters' attacks
Walter Smolarek | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Despite escalating violence carried out by supporters of the coup attempt, anti-war organizers residing in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are standing strong with the support of steadfast activists outside the building.
liberationnews.org/venezuela-embassy-protectors-stand-strong-against-coup-supporters-attacks/

'These Sanctions Amount to Collective Punishment Against the Entire Iranian Population'
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-05-02
Janine Jackson interviewed Sina Toosi about the Trump administration's anti-Iran campaign for the April 26, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
fair.org/home/these-sanctions-amount-to-collective-punishment-against-the-entire-iranian-population/

MintCast Interviews Lisa Pease: Why Revisiting the RFK Assassination is Crucial to Palestinian Rights and BDS Today
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-02
MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb spoke to Lisa Pease, author of A Lie Too Big To Fail, about the compelling evidence of Sirhan Sirhan's innocence in the Robert F. Kennedy assassination and its implications for Palestinian rights.
mintpressnews.com/mintcast-interviews-lisa-pease-why-revisiting-the-rfk-assassination-is-crucial-to-palestinian-rights-and-bds-today/258111/

Failing to Override Trump on Yemen, Congress Must Keep Pushing
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-05-02
Washington, D.C. — May 2, 2019 — In response to the Senate failing to secure the two-thirds majority vote necessary to override President Trump's veto of S.J.Res. 7, legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released …
peaceaction.org/2019/05/02/failing-to-override-trump-on-yemen-congress-must-keep-pushing/

GOP Lawmaker Gave Pro-War Speech on Yemen — by Reading Saudi Lobbyist's Talking Points Verbatim
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-05-02
Rep. Ed Royce spoke on the House floor against ending U.S. support for the Yemen war. His talking points were scripted by lobbyists for Saudi Arabia.
theintercept.com/2019/05/02/yemen-war-powers-resolution-saudi-lobbyists/

What Strikes Bernie Sanders as "Extremely Unfair" Is a Catastrophe for Millions of Palestinians
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-02
There will be hope when politicians like Bernie Sanders will have the courage to call the ethnic cleansing, genocide and apartheid — all crimes that Israel perpetrated and continues to perpetuate to this day — by their real name and not describe them as merely "extremely unfair."
mintpressnews.com/what-strikes-bernie-sanders-as-extremely-unfair-struck-millions-of-palestinians-as-a-catastrophe/258140/

France and the EU, Recognizing Yet Supporting Apartheid Reality in Palestine
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-02
In the face of the US backing of Israel, EU foreign policy is inconsistent, weak and, ultimately, a failure. Alas, the idea which gained momentum during the early months of Trump's presidency that the EU can develop a truly independent foreign policy position on Israel and Palestine has proven wrong.
mintpressnews.com/france-and-the-eu-recognizing-yet-supporting-apartheid-reality-in-palestine/258091/

Grave concern over escalating humanitarian crisis, casualties, displacement across northwest Syria: UN
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-02
The UN has said it is "gravely concerned" over reports of a worsening humanitarian situation facing civilians across northwest Syria, with rising casualties, and "waves of displacement" due to intensifying conflict.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1037771

Thursday's Daily Brief: Press Freedom Day, Tuna Day, cultural dialogue, #GlobalGoals awards, updates on Syria, Somalia, Mali
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-02
This Thursday, top stories include: the celebrations of World Press Freedom Day and World Tuna Day, events for inter-cultural dialogue in Azerbaijan and for Global Goals action in Germany, and updates from Syria, Somalia and Mali.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1037791

Turkey Claims Development of New Syria Safe Zone After Meeting US Delegation
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-02
(TM) — Turkish officials sounded optimistic about establishing a safe zone near its southern border after a delegation from Washington visited Ankara this week to discuss issues regarding Syria, the Hàºrriyet Daily News reported. The delegation, led by James Jeffrey, US special envoy for Syria engagement and the special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL, …

Turkey Claims Development of New Syria Safe Zone After Meeting US Delegation

Hundreds march to Minnesota Capitol on May 1 to demand drivers licenses for immigrants
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-02
Saint Paul, MN – Hundreds of immigrants, union members and activists marched to the Minnesota State Capitol on May 1, International Workers Day. They demanded that the state legislature pass a bill to give immigrants access to drivers licenses, without adding amendments to further criminalize immigrants. They also raised other demands for immigrant and workers' rights while commemorating the workers who lost their lives in 1886 in the struggle for an eight-hour workday. | The march was organized by the May 1st Coalition – Twin Cities, which includes a variety of grassroots immigrant rights and social justice orga…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/2/hundreds-march-minnesota-capitol-may-1-demand-drivers-licenses-immigrants

Pro-coup protesters surround Venezuelan embassy in Washington but meet resistance from peace activists
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2019-05-02
As the coup attempts in Venezuela rage on, a battle over the country's embassy in Washington has been raging too. As The Canary previously reported, a group of activists called the 'Embassy Protection Collective' have been living in the embassy as guests. Their aim is to keep it out of the hands of opposition leader Juan Guaidó's self-proclaimed shadow govern…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/03/pro-coup-protesters-surround-venezuelan-embassy-in-washington-but-meet-resistance-from-peace-activists/