Daily Archives: 2019-05-15

2019-05-15: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-05-15). UK Tory government maintains benefit sanctions as misery and deaths continue. wsws.org There are almost daily reports of the savage human toll of the austerity agenda imposed by successive Labour and Conservative governments in the UK.

East Bay activists against 5G (2019-05-15). Action Day to Stop 5G – Protest Antenna at Oakland Wildlife Sanctuary and Elsewhere. indybay.org Starting at 3264 Lakeshore Ave in Oakland, and going to Oakland City Hall for 6pm Planning Commission…

Jake Johnson (2019-05-15). Warnings of 'Gulf of Tonkin 2.0' as US Officials Blame Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks. theantimedia.com (CD) — Is the Trump administration attempting to concoct a false pretext to justify launching a war against Iran? That question has become increasingly common and urgent among anti-war commentators and activists in recent days as U.S. intelligence officials—without citing any concrete evidence—blamed Iran for reported attacks on Saudi and UAE oil tankers in the Strait of …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-05-15). Israel's Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza. counterpunch.org On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. The clashes were instigated by Israel, when the Israeli military More

Tony Cartalucci (2019-05-15). Further Evidence US Attacked Syria Based on False Flag. globalresearch.ca Further evidence has emerged indicating that the alleged 2018 Douma, Syria chemical attack was staged by US-backed militants, not the Syrian government. | With the US plotting war from South America to the South China Sea, understanding how US-backed militants staged …

Jason Ditz (2019-05-15). White House Reviews US Military Plan for 120,000 Troops for Iran War. globalresearch.ca John Bolton ordered the Pentagon to come up with an "updated" plan for getting more American troops into the Middle East to fight a war against Iran. The plans are in now, according to officials, who say that the options

WSWS (2019-05-15). No to war against Iran! wsws.org The threat of all-out war in the Middle East is greater than at any time since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, and the potential consequences are far graver.

RT (2019-05-15). 'Dangerously delusional' Tom Cotton claims US would win Iran war with 'two strikes'. rt.com US Republican Senator Tom Cotton is facing severe criticism from the public after bombastically claiming that the US would win a war against Iran in just "two strikes."

Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-15). Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz: The US-Iran Standoff. dissidentvoice.org Hegemons are never going to sound too sensible when they lock horns or joust in spats of childish anger. Power corrupts, not merely in terms of perspective but language, and making sense about the next move, the next statement, is bound to be challenging. Otherwise justified behaviour can be read as provocative; retaliatory moves duly …

Jason Ditz (2019-05-15). Trump 'Sort of' Denies Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops for War With Iran. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — President Trump sort of denied last night's report that the Pentagon's plan for a war with Iran would see 120,000 US ground troops sent to the Middle East, saying that the report was in the New York Times and therefore must be "fake news." The 120,000 troops plan was attributed to the Pentagon, and said to be …

Yves Engler (2019-05-15). Canadian Green Leader Supports Same Old Pro-Imperialist Foreign Policies. dissidentvoice.org Does Elizabeth May hate Palestinians? Does the Green Party leader want the Trump administration to attack Iran? Does she support efforts to overthrow Venezuela's government? I've been asking myself these questions since reading a Canadian Jewish News story about Paul Manly's recent victory in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith bi-election. In a story titled "Concerns raised over new …

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-05-15). Bernie Sanders Delivers Online Address: 'We Must Not Go to War With Iran'. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday came out forcefully against the Trump administration angling the United States into another costly and unnecessary war of choice in the Middle East—this time against Iran—delivering an online address in which he warned that any military action without approval from Congress would be an "unconstitutional and illegal" breach of office. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-05-15). Eurovision Artist Boycott Curbed by Qatari Aid. therealnews.com As'ad Abukhalil discusses the role which Qatar plays in the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Qatar has saved the Palestinian Authority from financial collapse. Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas has allied himself with Qatar's staunch enemy Saudi Arabia…

Kenneth Surin (2019-05-15). Israel/America or Netanyahu/Trump? counterpunch.org The late Uri Avnery (1923-2018), the doughty Israeli seeker of peace with the Palestinian people, posted almost weekly on CounterPunch.Avnery was savvy enough to know that the Zionist failure to achieve peace with the Palestinians meant that Israel could never be a "normal" state, no matter how much it pretended, hypocritically, to be a "democracy" adhering to "Western values". More

amnesty (2019-05-15). Israel's refusal to grant Palestinian refugees right to return has fuelled seven decades of suffering. amnesty.org Nakba Day on 15 May marks the displacement of more than 700,000 Palestinians following the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 | More than 70 years later, Israel still denies Palestinian refugees their right to return to their land | Amnesty International's dedicated Nakba website describes the heart…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-15). Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of 'Increased Threat' From Iran. commondreams.org "Intelligence and military officials in Europe as well as in the United States said that over the past year, most aggressive moves have originated not in Tehran, but in Washington." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

John McEvoy (2019-05-14). US officials discuss sending up to 120,000 troops to Middle East as war propaganda begins over Iran. thecanary.co The Donald Trump administration is edging Washington closer to war with Iran. After pulling out of the Iran deal in 2018, the US once again applied crushing economic sanctions on the country. And recent reports show that top US officials are now drafting plans for war that c…

Staff (2019-05-14). The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela Is Decades in the Making. truthdig.com Washington has wanted to crush the Bolivarian Revolution since Hugo Chavez assumed power, and its sanctions have killed tens of thousands.

Editor (2019-05-14). USA: Hands off Iran! workers.org As if the White House gang felt incomplete simply leveling economic threats against China, making hostile comments about Russia and imposing illegal sanctions — illegal because they amount to collective punishment of the populations — on Venezuela, Cuba and north Korea — they have once again put the Islamic Republic . . . | Continue reading USA: Hands off Iran! at Workers.org

Consortiumnews (2019-05-14). US Federal Police Evicting Activists from Venezuelan Embassy in Washington. consortiumnews.com U.S. federal police have begun evicting activists protecting the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington from the illegitimate Guaido' regime. At around 8 pm Monday evening journalist Max Blumenthal, who was in the building, tweeted a photograph that was posted to the… Read more →

Bryan Wall (2019-05-14). Thousands of activists call on Ireland's Eurovision entry to cancel her performance. thecanary.co Activists have delivered a petition to Ireland's Eurovision Song Contest entry calling on her to pull out of the event. | Sarah McTernan is due to perform in the semi-final of the competition in Tel Aviv on 16 May. The petition asks

amnesty (2019-05-14). Saudi Arabia's 'year of shame': Crackdown on critics and rights' activists continues. amnesty.org Today marks the first anniversary of the arrests of several prominent women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia, after a shameful year for human rights in the Kingdom in which activists, journalists, academics, and writers were targeted, Amnesty International said today. | | In the past…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-05-14). Israel's Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza. dissidentvoice.org On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. The clashes were instigated by Israel, when the Israeli military …

Umar Farooq (2019-05-14). How Turkey Defied the U.S. and Became a Killer Drone Power. theintercept.com Turkey couldn't get what it wanted from the U.S. so it built its own fleet of lethal drones. It uses them in Iraq, Syria — and domestically.

Prof. Tim Anderson (2019-05-14). Tel Aviv Is Afraid of "The Axis of Resistance" globalresearch.ca The Australian political economist and author Professor, Tim Anderson, has emphasized that the Zionist entity is afraid of the unrelenting Palestinian resistance, of Syria's looming victory and of an enhanced Axis of Resistance facing the occupied parts of Lebanon …

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-14). Syria: Reveal Fate of Missing Victims of ISIS. hrw.org | | Images provided by families of their relatives who went missing in ISIS custody. | © 2019 Human Rights Watch | (Paris) — Families whose relatives disappeared in the custody of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) while the group controlled parts of Syria are struggling to learn what happened to their relatives, Human Rights Watch said. The Coalition of Families of Kidnapped by ISIS, a new organization of…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-05-14). Leaked Document Pokes Major Holes in Establishment Syria Narrative. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — "It is hard to overstate the significance of this revelation," tweets former British MP George Galloway of a new report by the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM). "The war-machine has now been caught red-handed in a staged chemical weapons attack for the purposes of deceiving our democracies into what could have turned into a full-scale …

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-14). The High Cost of Failure in Idlib. hrw.org | | Peoples ride past buildings destroyed during fighting in the northern town of Ariha, in Idlib province, Syria, September 20, 2018. | © 2019 Ugur Can/DHA via AP, File | The hum of an aircraft hovering above. An explosion. Children crying in terror as their parents pick them up and flee. Blood, dust, and destruction everywhere. | It is an all too familiar sequence of events through the Syrian conflict, in Aleppo, Ghouta, and now, Idlib. Despite widespread c…

Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright (2019-05-14). Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective Defies Unlawful "No Trespass" Order. commondreams.org Since the cutting off of electricity, food and water inside the embassy has not been enough to force the collective to leave, late Tuesday afternoon, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police handed out a trespassing notice that was printed without letterhead or signature from any U.S. government official. (Photo: CodePink) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jason Ditz (2019-05-14). White House Considers Pentagon Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops to Middle East to Fight Iran. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — John Bolton ordered the Pentagon to come up with an "updated" plan for getting more American troops into the Middle East to fight a war against Iran. The plans are in now, according to officials, who say that the options envision 120,000 US ground troops in the Middle East. Incredibly, this option appears to just be …

RT (2019-05-14). US war with Iran would be a disaster with ripple effects that 'could last decades'. rt.com The situation around Iran has been cranked up to fever pitch, and another American war in the Middle East seems just around the corner — a war that spells devastation for both the region and Trump's presidency, analysts believe.

Richard E. Rubenstein (2019-05-14). Who is Our "Adversary"? A Question of Language. counterpunch.org There's a new word in town, folks — or rather an old word with a new meaning. It has become the fashion among politicians and journalists to describe nations like Russia, China, and Iran, and leaders like Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Ali Khamenei, as "adversaries." This is a term that gives me the creeps both because of what it says and what it hides.According to Webster-Merriam, adversary is another word for "an enemy or opponent," but in today's parlance it has become a blurry euphemism. Russia and China are called adversaries by people who loathe and fear these governments, but who consider it crude,…

Arundhati Roy (2019-05-14). U.S. Attack on Iran Would Be "Biggest Mistake It Has Ever Made" commondreams.org Arundhati Roy at Harlem's Apollo Theater, Sunday, May 12, 2019. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Middle East Eye (2019-05-14). Why a War With Iran is Not in Donald Trump's Interests. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Sometimes you have to listen hard to Donald Trump to find out what he really wants to say. Last week, the US president buried an invitation to Iran to come and talk to him under piles of bile about John Kerry, the former secretary of state, and his contacts with Tehran. But what Trump was really saying …

Whitney Webb (2019-05-14). History's Dire Warning: Beware False-Flag Trigger for Long-Sought War with Iran. mintpressnews.com Israel's "false flag" attack on the U.S.S. Liberty in 1967 cost 34 American lives. Dick Cheney planned to disguise U.S. troops as Iranians to fire on American ships to start a war. With Bolton and Israel on the warpath, the risk of another similar act is higher than ever.

Ben Armbruster (2019-05-14). The Media's Handling of Bolton's Iran Threats, Recalls the Run-Up to the Iraq War. globalresearch.ca Media-savvy U.S. government officials, political operatives, and lawmakers and their staffs from all political parties and ideological persuasions have no doubt, throughout the history of our great country, duped a fair-minded but unwitting reporter into writing a juicy story in …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-14). Headlines for May 14, 2019. democracynow.org NYT: Pentagon Readies Plan to Deploy 120,000 Troops as U.S.-Iran Tensions Mount, Trump and Far-Right Hungarian PM Orbán Celebrate "Similar Approaches" at WH Meeting, U.S.-China Trade War Ramps Up as China Retaliates with Raised Tariffs, Philippines Midterms Bolster Authoritarian President Rodrigo Duterte, Sudan: At Least 6 Protesters Killed in Clashes with Security Forces, Sri Lanka: Mounting Anti-Muslim Violence Leads to Curfew, Social Media Ban, SCOTUS Rules Users Can Sue Apple For Allegedly Monopolizing Apps Market, Reports: Israeli Security Firm NSO Group Hacked Whatsapp, AG Barr Assigns Federal Prosecutor to…

WSWS (2019-05-14). Washington pushes to brink of war against Iran. wsws.org Pompeo's abrupt trip to Brussels and the deployment of more US military assets to the Persian Gulf point to a calculated US escalation of a war crisis.

RT (2019-05-14). 'Fake news': Trump says not considering 120,000 troops for 'Iran threat'. rt.com President Donald Trump denied that the military was preparing to send 120,000 US troops overseas to address an alleged threat from Iran, as was previously reported by the New York Times.

Staff (2019-05-14). Trump Provokes Iran With Intensified Economic War. therealnews.com Trump and Bolton's strategy is to bait Iran into a war Bolton's wanted for twenty years — says Trita Parsi, President of the NIAC…

Whitney Webb (2019-05-14). With the US-Iran War Ball Now Rolling, Could an "Accident" or "False Flag" Serve as Pretext? mintpressnews.com Certain forces in the U.S. and Israel have been actively pushing for war with Iran for years and have a track record that demonstrates little inhibition about using an "accident" to start it.

Staff (2019-05-14). National Security Officials Detail Plan to Deploy Up to 120,000 Troops to Iran. truthout.org President Donald Trump's administration is weighing military options against Iran that could even include war, according to a new report. | Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan detailed a plan last week at a gathering of national security officials, which includes deploying up to 120,000 armed forces to the Middle East, according to the New York Times. The hypothetical plan would reportedly be implemented if Tehran speeds up its nuclear weapons program — or in the event American troops are attacked by Iran…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-14). Will John Bolton's Dream to Bomb Iran Come True? Ex-Iranian Ambassador Warns About U.S. Escalation. democracynow.org The Pentagon has reportedly drawn up a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if President Trump decides to take military action against Iran. The New York Times reports the Pentagon presented the proposal on Thursday after National Security Advisor John Bolton requested a revision to an earlier plan. Bolton has long advocated for attacking Iran. According to the Pentagon, far more than 120,000 troops would be needed if a ground invasion was ordered. This comes as tension continues to escalate between the United States and Iran. The United States recently deployed the Abraham Lincoln Carrier St…

amnesty (2019-05-14). Sri Lanka: Authorities must protect Muslims against violence. amnesty.org Responding to the killing of at least one individual and the spate of attacks against Muslim-owned businesses, mosques and houses in several parts of Sri Lanka, Amnesty International's South Asia Researcher, Thyagi Ruwanpathirana said: | "The Sri Lankan authorities must protect the country's Muslim minority as it is being targeted by mobs in horrific attacks on their homes, mosques and businesses in the wake of the Easter Sunday massacre. The authorities must take steps to promote unity in diversity against the forces of hatred, those promoting fear and violence, and pitting communities against each other. | "The…

Staff (2019-05-14). Ex-Iranian Ambassador Warns About US Escalation in Iran. truthout.org The Pentagon has reportedly drawn up a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if President Trump decides to take military action against Iran. The New York Times reports the Pentagon presented the proposal on Thursday after National Security Advisor John Bolton requested a revision to an earlier plan. Bolton has long advocated for attacking Iran. According to the Pentagon, far more than 120,000 troops would be needed if a ground invasion was ordered. This comes as tension continues to escalate between the United States and Iran. The United States recently deployed the Abraham Lincoln Carrier…

United Nations (2019-05-14). Tuesday's Daily Brief: hate speech, dementia, Libya and Yemen, human rights in Brazil and Lebanon. un.org This Tuesday, we cover: the UN chief in New Zealand's Christchurch calls for end to hate speech; how a healthy lifestyle can prevent dementia; updates on fighting in Libya and Yemen; the human rights of detainees in Lebanon and people affected by leprosy in Brazil.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-05-14). Intelligence and Local Cooperation Guide Precise Houthi Drone Attack on Saudi Pipeline. mintpressnews.com Saudi and UAE vital strategic targets are all within the range of fire and Houthi sources have warned that they should expect more attacks on their oil infrastructure should the Saudi-led Coalition continue its aggression and siege on the Yemeni people.

United Nations (2019-05-14). UN monitoring team in Yemen verifies pullout of armed forces from crucial port zones. un.org The UN team set up to monitor the ceasefire agreement between warring parties in Yemen has formally verified the pullout of armed Ansar Allah, or Houthi forces, from port zones in the country that are crucial to the flow of humanitarian aid, describing cooperation they have received so far as "very good."

Philip Giraldi (2019-05-14). The Deal of the Century: Trump Team and Netanyahu Conspire to Sell out the Palestinians. globalresearch.ca In the aftermaths of both the First and Second World Wars national borders were readjusted to suit the victors and entirely new countries were created from the ruins of the empires that had collapsed as a result of the conflict. …

Staff (2019-05-14). Trump's Election Has Boosted Israeli Settlement Construction. truthdig.com JERUSALEM — Israel's government went on a spending binge in its West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press. | Both supporters and detractors of the settlement movement have previously referred to a "Trump effect," claiming the president's friendlier approach to the settlements is leading to additional West Bank construction. | While the new Israeli figures obtained in a freedom of information request do not prove a direct connection, they indicate this process may already be underway, showing a 39% increase in 2017 spen…

2019-05-15: Social Media Postees

UK Tory government maintains benefit sanctions as misery and deaths continue
wsws.org | 2019-05-15
There are almost daily reports of the savage human toll of the austerity agenda imposed by successive Labour and Conservative governments in the UK.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/15/welf…

Action Day to Stop 5G – Protest Antenna at Oakland Wildlife Sanctuary and Elsewhere
East Bay activists against 5G | indybay.org | 2019-05-15
Starting at 3264 Lakeshore Ave in Oakland, and going to Oakland City Hall for 6pm Planning Commission…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/14/18823419.php

Warnings of 'Gulf of Tonkin 2.0' as US Officials Blame Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-15
(CD) — Is the Trump administration attempting to concoct a false pretext to justify launching a war against Iran? That question has become increasingly common and urgent among anti-war commentators and activists in recent days as U.S. intelligence officials–without citing any concrete evidence–blamed Iran for reported attacks on Saudi and UAE oil tankers in the Strait of …

Warnings of 'Gulf of Tonkin 2.0' as US Officials Blame Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks

Israel's Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. The clashes were instigated by Israel, when the Israeli military…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/15/israels-common-denominator-why-israel-will-continue-to-bomb-gaza/

Further Evidence US Attacked Syria Based on False Flag
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
Further evidence has emerged indicating that the alleged 2018 Douma, Syria chemical attack was staged by US-backed militants, not the Syrian government. | With the US plotting war from South America to the South China Sea, understanding how US-backed militants staged …
globalresearch.ca/further-evidence-us-attacked-syria-false-flag/5677482

Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of 'Increased Threat' From Iran
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-15
"Intelligence and military officials in Europe as well as in the United States said that over the past year, most aggressive moves have originated not in Tehran, but in Washington." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/15/undermining-trump-bolton-war-narrative-british-general-says-no-evidence-increased?cd-origin=rss

'Dangerously delusional' Tom Cotton claims US would win Iran war with 'two strikes'
rt.com | 2019-05-15
US Republican Senator Tom Cotton is facing severe criticism from the public after bombastically claiming that the US would win a war against Iran in just "two strikes." | …
rt.com/usa/459388-cotton-war-iran-us/

Trump 'Sort of' Denies Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops for War With Iran
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-15
(ANTIWAR.COM) — President Trump sort of denied last night's report that the Pentagon's plan for a war with Iran would see 120,000 US ground troops sent to the Middle East, saying that the report was in the New York Times and therefore must be "fake news." The 120,000 troops plan was attributed to the Pentagon, and said to be …

Trump 'Sort of' Denies Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops for War With Iran

Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz: The US-Iran Standoff
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-15
Hegemons are never going to sound too sensible when they lock horns or joust in spats of childish anger. Power corrupts, not merely in terms of perspective but language, and making sense about the next move, the next statement, is bound to be challenging. Otherwise justified behaviour can be read as provocative; retaliatory moves duly …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/maximum-pressure-in-the-strait-of-hormuz-the-us-iran-standoff/

Bernie Sanders Delivers Online Address: 'We Must Not Go to War With Iran'
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-15
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday came out forcefully against the Trump administration angling the United States into another costly and unnecessary war of choice in the Middle East—this time against Iran—delivering an online address in which he warned that any military action without approval from Congress would be an "unconstitutional and illegal" breach of office. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/14/bernie-sanders-delivers-online-address-we-must-not-go-war-iran?cd-origin=rss

Canadian Green Leader Supports Same Old Pro-Imperialist Foreign Policies
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-15
Does Elizabeth May hate Palestinians? Does the Green Party leader want the Trump administration to attack Iran? Does she support efforts to overthrow Venezuela's government? I've been asking myself these questions since reading a Canadian Jewish News story about Paul Manly's recent victory in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith bi-election. In a story titled "Concerns raised over new …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/canadian-green-leader-supports-same-old-pro-imperialist-foreign-policies/

No to war against Iran!
wsws.org | 2019-05-15
The threat of all-out war in the Middle East is greater than at any time since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, and the potential consequences are far graver.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/15/pers…

White House Reviews US Military Plan for 120,000 Troops for Iran War
Jason Ditz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
John Bolton ordered the Pentagon to come up with an "updated" plan for getting more American troops into the Middle East to fight a war against Iran. The plans are in now, according to officials, who say that the options …
globalresearch.ca/white-house-reviews-us-military-plan-120000-troops-iran-war/5677457

Israel's refusal to grant Palestinian refugees right to return has fuelled seven decades of suffering
amnesty.org | 2019-05-15
Nakba Day on 15 May marks the displacement of more than 700,000 Palestinians following the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 | More than 70 years later, Israel still denies Palestinian refugees their right to return to their land | Amnesty International's dedicated Nakba website describes the heart…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/05/israels-refusal-to-grant-palestinian-refugees-right-to-return-has-fuelled-seven-decades-of-suffering/

Israel/America or Netanyahu/Trump?
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
The late Uri Avnery (1923-2018), the doughty Israeli seeker of peace with the Palestinian people, posted almost weekly on CounterPunch.Avnery was savvy enough to know that the Zionist failure to achieve peace with the Palestinians meant that Israel could never be a "normal" state, no matter how much it pretended, hypocritically, to be a "democracy" adhering to "Western values".
counterpunch.org/2019/05/15/israel-america-or-netanyahu-trump/

Eurovision Artist Boycott Curbed by Qatari Aid
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-15
As'ad Abukhalil discusses the role which Qatar plays in the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Qatar has saved the Palestinian Authority from financial collapse. Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas has allied himself with Qatar's staunch enemy Saudi Arabia…
therealnews.com/stories/eurovision-artist-boycott-curbed-by-qatari-aid

The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela Is Decades in the Making
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-14
Washington has wanted to crush the Bolivarian Revolution since Hugo Chavez assumed power, and its sanctions have killed tens of thousands.
truthdig.com/articles/the-plot-to-overthrow-venezuela-is-decades-in-the-making/

US officials discuss sending up to 120,000 troops to Middle East as war propaganda begins over Iran
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-05-14
The Donald Trump administration is edging Washington closer to war with Iran. After pulling out of the Iran deal in 2018, the US once again applied crushing economic sanctions on the country. And recent reports show that top US officials are now drafting plans for war that c…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/05/14/us-officials-discuss-sending-up-to-120000-troops-to-middle-east-as-war-propaganda-begins-over-iran/

USA: Hands off Iran!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-05-14
As if the White House gang felt incomplete simply leveling economic threats against China, making hostile comments about Russia and imposing illegal sanctions — illegal because they amount to collective punishment of the populations — on Venezuela, Cuba and north Korea — they have once again put the Islamic Republic . . . | Continue reading USA: Hands off Iran! at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/05/14/usa-hands-off-iran/

Saudi Arabia's 'year of shame': Crackdown on critics and rights' activists continues
amnesty.org | 2019-05-14
Today marks the first anniversary of the arrests of several prominent women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia, after a shameful year for human rights in the Kingdom in which activists, journalists, academics, and writers were targeted, Amnesty International said today. | | In the past…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/05/saudi-arabias-year-of-shame-crackdown-on-critics-and-rights-activists-continues/

US Federal Police Evicting Activists from Venezuelan Embassy in Washington
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-14
U.S. federal police have begun evicting activists protecting the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington from the illegitimate Guaido' regime. At around 8 pm Monday evening journalist Max Blumenthal, who was in the building, tweeted a photograph that was posted to the… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/13/us-federal-police-evicting-activists-from-venezuelan-embassy-in-washington/

Thousands of activists call on Ireland's Eurovision entry to cancel her performance
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-05-14
Activists have delivered a petition to Ireland's Eurovision Song Contest entry calling on her to pull out of the event. | Sarah McTernan is due to perform in the semi-final of the competition in Tel Aviv on 16 May. The petition asks…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2019/05/14/thousands-of-activists-call-on-irelands-eurovision-entry-to-cancel-her-performance/

Israel's Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-14
On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. The clashes were instigated by Israel, when the Israeli military …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/israels-common-denominator-why-israel-will-continue-to-bomb-gaza/

Syria: Reveal Fate of Missing Victims of ISIS
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-14
Images provided by families of their relatives who went missing in ISIS custody. | © 2019 Human Rights Watch | (Paris) — Families whose relatives disappeared in the custody of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) while the group controlled parts of Syria are struggling to learn what happened to their relatives, Human Rights Watch said. The Coalition of Families of Kidnapped by ISIS, a new organization of…
hrw.org/news/2019/05/14/syria-reveal-fate-missing-victims-isis

The High Cost of Failure in Idlib
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-14
Peoples ride past buildings destroyed during fighting in the northern town of Ariha, in Idlib province, Syria, September 20, 2018. | © 2019 Ugur Can/DHA via AP, File | The hum of an aircraft hovering above. An explosion. Children crying in terror as their parents pick them up and flee. Blood, dust, and destruction everywhere. | It is an all too familiar sequence of events through the Syrian conflict, in Aleppo, Ghouta, and now, Idlib. Despite widespread c…
hrw.org/news/2019/05/14/high-cost-failure-idlib

Tel Aviv Is Afraid of "The Axis of Resistance"
Prof. Tim Anderson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
The Australian political economist and author Professor, Tim Anderson, has emphasized that the Zionist entity is afraid of the unrelenting Palestinian resistance, of Syria's looming victory and of an enhanced Axis of Resistance facing the occupied parts of Lebanon …
globalresearch.ca/tel-aviv-afraid-axis-resistance/5677381

How Turkey Defied the U.S. and Became a Killer Drone Power
Umar Farooq | theintercept.com | 2019-05-14
Turkey couldn't get what it wanted from the U.S. so it built its own fleet of lethal drones. It uses them in Iraq, Syria — and domestically.
theintercept.com/2019/05/14/turkey-second-drone-age/

Leaked Document Pokes Major Holes in Establishment Syria Narrative
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-14
(CJ Opinion) — "It is hard to overstate the significance of this revelation," tweets former British MP George Galloway of a new report by the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM). "The war-machine has now been caught red-handed in a staged chemical weapons attack for the purposes of deceiving our democracies into what could have turned into a full-scale …

Leaked Document Pokes Major Holes in Establishment Syria Narrative

Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective Defies Unlawful "No Trespass" Order
Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
Since the cutting off of electricity, food and water inside the embassy has not been enough to force the collective to leave, late Tuesday afternoon, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police handed out a trespassing notice that was printed without letterhead or signature from any U.S. government official. (Photo: CodePink) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Will John Bolton's Dream to Bomb Iran Come True? Ex-Iranian Ambassador Warns About U.S. Escalation
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-14
The Pentagon has reportedly drawn up a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if President Trump decides to take military action against Iran. The New York Times reports the Pentagon presented the proposal on Thursday after National Security Advisor John Bolton requested a revision to an earlier plan. Bolton has long advocated for attacking Iran. According to the Pentagon, far more than 120,000 troops would be needed if a ground invasion was ordered. This comes as tension continues to escalate between the United States and Iran. The United States recently deployed the Abraham Lincoln Carrier St…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/14/will_john…

Trump Provokes Iran With Intensified Economic War
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-14
Trump and Bolton's strategy is to bait Iran into a war Bolton's wanted for twenty years — says Trita Parsi, President of the NIAC…
therealnews.com/stories/trump-provokes-iran-with-intensified-economic-war

Washington pushes to brink of war against Iran
wsws.org | 2019-05-14
Pompeo's abrupt trip to Brussels and the deployment of more US military assets to the Persian Gulf point to a calculated US escalation of a war crisis.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/14/iran…

The Mysterious "Sabotage" of Saudi Oil Tankers: a Dangerous Moment in Trump's Escalating Conflict With Iran
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-14
Saudi Arabia's claim that two of its oil tankers have been sabotaged off the coast of the UAE is vague in detail — but could create a crisis that spins out of control and into military action.Any attack on shipping in or close to the Strait of Hormuz, the 30-mile wide channel at the entrance to the Gulf, is always serious because it is the most important choke point for the international oil trade.
counterpunch.org/2019/05/14/the-mysterious-sabotage-of-saudi-oil-tankers-a-dangerous-moment-in-trumps-escalating-conflict-with-iran/

The Media's Handling of Bolton's Iran Threats, Recalls the Run-Up to the Iraq War
Ben Armbruster | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
Media-savvy U.S. government officials, political operatives, and lawmakers and their staffs from all political parties and ideological persuasions have no doubt, throughout the history of our great country, duped a fair-minded but unwitting reporter into writing a juicy story in …
globalresearch.ca/medias-shameful-handling-boltons-iran-threat-claims/5677411

Ex-Iranian Ambassador Warns About US Escalation in Iran
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-14
The Pentagon has reportedly drawn up a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if President Trump decides to take military action against Iran. The New York Times reports the Pentagon presented the proposal on Thursday after National Security Advisor John Bolton requested a revision to an earlier plan. Bolton has long advocated for attacking Iran. According to the Pentagon, far more than 120,000 troops would be needed if a ground invasion was ordered. This comes as tension continues to escalate between the United States and Iran. The United States recently deployed the Abraham Lincoln Carrier…
truthout.org/video/ex-iranian-ambassador-warns-about-us-escalation-in-iran/

U.S. Attack on Iran Would Be "Biggest Mistake It Has Ever Made"
Arundhati Roy | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
Arundhati Roy at Harlem's Apollo Theater, Sunday, May 12, 2019. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Why a War With Iran is Not in Donald Trump's Interests
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-14
(MEE) — Sometimes you have to listen hard to Donald Trump to find out what he really wants to say. Last week, the US president buried an invitation to Iran to come and talk to him under piles of bile about John Kerry, the former secretary of state, and his contacts with Tehran. But what Trump was really saying …

Why a War With Iran is Not in Donald Trump’s Interests

History's Dire Warning: Beware False-Flag Trigger for Long-Sought War with Iran
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-14
Israel's "false flag" attack on the U.S.S. Liberty in 1967 cost 34 American lives. Dick Cheney planned to disguise U.S. troops as Iranians to fire on American ships to start a war. With Bolton and Israel on the warpath, the risk of another similar act is higher than ever.
mintpressnews.com/historys-dire-warning-beware-false-flag-trigger-for-long-sought-war-with-iran/258478/

Sri Lanka: Authorities must protect Muslims against violence
amnesty.org | 2019-05-14
Responding to the killing of at least one individual and the spate of attacks against Muslim-owned businesses, mosques and houses in several parts of Sri Lanka, Amnesty International's South Asia Researcher, Thyagi Ruwanpathirana said: | "The Sri Lankan authorities must protect the country's Muslim minority as it is being targeted by mobs in horrific attacks on their homes, mosques and businesses in the wake of the Easter Sunday massacre. The authorities must take steps to promote unity in diversity against the forces of hatred, those promoting fear and violence, and pitting communities against each other. | "The…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/05/sri-lanka-authorities-must-protect-muslims-against-violence/

White House Considers Pentagon Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops to Middle East to Fight Iran
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-14
(ANTIWAR.COM) — John Bolton ordered the Pentagon to come up with an "updated" plan for getting more American troops into the Middle East to fight a war against Iran. The plans are in now, according to officials, who say that the options envision 120,000 US ground troops in the Middle East. Incredibly, this option appears to just be …

White House Considers Pentagon Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops to Middle East to Fight Iran

'Fake news': Trump says not considering 120,000 troops for 'Iran threat'
rt.com | 2019-05-14
President Donald Trump denied that the military was preparing to send 120,000 US troops overseas to address an alleged threat from Iran, as was previously reported by the New York Times. | …
rt.com/usa/459338-trump-not-sending-120000-troops/

With the US-Iran War Ball Now Rolling, Could an "Accident" or "False Flag" Serve as Pretext?
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-14
Certain forces in the U.S. and Israel have been actively pushing for war with Iran for years and have a track record that demonstrates little inhibition about using an "accident" to start it.
mintpressnews.com/with-the-us-iran-war-ball-now-rolling-will-accident-or-false-flag-serve-as-pretext/258431/

National Security Officials Detail Plan to Deploy Up to 120,000 Troops to Iran
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-14
President Donald Trump's administration is weighing military options against Iran that could even include war, according to a new report. | Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan detailed a plan last week at a gathering of national security officials, which includes deploying up to 120,000 armed forces to the Middle East, according to the New York Times. The hypothetical plan would reportedly be implemented if Tehran speeds up its nuclear weapons program — or in the event American troops are attacked by Iran…
truthout.org/articles/national-security-officials-detail-plan-to-deploy-up-to-120000-troops-to-iran/

US war with Iran would be a disaster with ripple effects that 'could last decades'
rt.com | 2019-05-14
The situation around Iran has been cranked up to fever pitch, and another American war in the Middle East seems just around the corner — a war that spells devastation for both the region and Trump's presidency, analysts believe. | …
rt.com/usa/459342-us-iran-war-disaster/

Who is Our "Adversary"? A Question of Language
Richard E. Rubenstein | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-14
There's a new word in town, folks — or rather an old word with a new meaning. It has become the fashion among politicians and journalists to describe nations like Russia, China, and Iran, and leaders like Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Ali Khamenei, as "adversaries." This is a term that gives me the creeps both because of what it says and what it hides.According to Webster-Merriam, adversary is another word for "an enemy or opponent," but in today's parlance it has become a blurry euphemism. Russia and China are called adversaries by people who loathe and fear these governments, but who consider it crude,…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/14/who-is-our-adversary-a-question-of-language/

UN monitoring team in Yemen verifies pullout of armed forces from crucial port zones
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-14
The UN team set up to monitor the ceasefire agreement between warring parties in Yemen has formally verified the pullout of armed Ansar Allah, or Houthi forces, from port zones in the country that are crucial to the flow of humanitarian aid, describing cooperation they have received so far as "very good."
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038461

Intelligence and Local Cooperation Guide Precise Houthi Drone Attack on Saudi Pipeline
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-14
Saudi and UAE vital strategic targets are all within the range of fire and Houthi sources have warned that they should expect more attacks on their oil infrastructure should the Saudi-led Coalition continue its aggression and siege on the Yemeni people.
mintpressnews.com/intelligence-and-local-cooperation-guide-precise-houthi-drone-attack-on-saudi-pipeline/258488/

Tuesday's Daily Brief: hate speech, dementia, Libya and Yemen, human rights in Brazil and Lebanon
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-14
This Tuesday, we cover: the UN chief in New Zealand's Christchurch calls for end to hate speech; how a healthy lifestyle can prevent dementia; updates on fighting in Libya and Yemen; the human rights of detainees in Lebanon and people affected by leprosy in Brazil.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038491

The Deal of the Century: Trump Team and Netanyahu Conspire to Sell out the Palestinians
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
In the aftermaths of both the First and Second World Wars national borders were readjusted to suit the victors and entirely new countries were created from the ruins of the empires that had collapsed as a result of the conflict. …
globalresearch.ca/the-deal-of-the-century-trump-team-and-netanyahu-conspire-to-sell-out-the-palestinians/5677382

Jerusalem Cable Car Project Passes Over Objections from Many Quarters
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-14
East Jerusalem has received new impetus from the rise of the Israeli far right and Washington's decision to move its embassy to the city. But if completed, critics say, the long-running proposal would contribute to erasing the visibility of Palestinians in the city they hope to make their capital. Planning for the $55 million tourism …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/jerusalem-cable-car-project-passes-over-objections-from-many-quarters/