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2019-06-16: News Headlines

Staff (2019-06-16). With Ongoing Cuba Sanctions, US Has No Moral Authority to Talk About Freedom. truthout.org Janine Jackson: The Trump administration announced a ban on people-to-people group travel to Cuba, a sanction merited, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin explained, because of Cuba's "destabilizing role in the Western Hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the region, and propping up US adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua by fomenting instability, undermining the rule of law and suppressing democratic processes." | The theme of most…

Celina della Croce (2019-06-16). Why Venezuela Is the Vietnam of Our Time. commondreams.org Workers from Venezuela's state oil company, PDVSA, participate in an anti-imperialist march to support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in front of the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela on January 31, 2019. The US slapped sanctions on Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA in an attempt to cut off a vital source of funds. (Photo/YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Entsar Abu Jahal (2019-06-16). Plenty of Fish in Gaza Sea, but Not for Palestinians. globalresearch.ca In a dangerous development June 12, Israel announced a full naval closure on the Gaza Strip until further notice, denying Palestinian fishermen access to the sea. Israel said it took the meas…

Staff (2019-06-16). The Young Iraqi Voices Our Leaders Don't Want You to Hear. truthdig.com Two Iraqi activists talk about the rising threat of another U.S. war in the Middle East and their collective two decades of peace work.

DXE (2019-06-16). Video from Animal Rights Activists Convergence at Petaluma Slaughterhouse. indybay.org Over 75 Arrested on Felony Charges as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Slaughterhouse, Lock Necks to Slaughter Line, Rescue Ducklings…

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-16). US, Israel and Saudis Pushing for War on Iran? globalresearch.ca What's going on in Washington and the Middle East is eerily reminiscent of what preceded Bush/Cheney's 2003 war on Iraq — weapons of mass deception the pretext. | All wars are based on Big Lies and deception. Pretexts are needed to …

Middle East Monitor (2019-06-16). Saudi Crown Prince Blames Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has blamed Iran for recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and called on the international community to take a "decisive stance" against Tehran, Anadolu Agency reports. In an interview with the Saudi-funded newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on Sunday, bin Salman unleashed criticism against Iran and its proxies for triggering violence …

Michael Welch (2019-06-16). Provocations in the Gulf of Oman: Will John Bolton Get His War on Iran? globalresearch.ca Bolton announced the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and Air Force Bombers to the Middle East as part of an effort to "send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force."

Global Research News (2019-06-16). Selected Articles: Gulf of Oman Attack: False Flag Towards Iran War? globalresearch.ca "It appears that Mike Pompeo has a hard time kicking his old habits. He appears to be as smug about lying as a CIA operative as he is as Secretary of State. Categorically blaming the Iranians for the recent oil …

Eric Margolis (2019-06-16). US Accuses Iran. Will the Real Bombers Please Stand Up. Japan's PM Abe: The Danger of "An Accidental Conflict" globalresearch.ca Who is attacking oil tankers in the Gulf between Oman and Iran? So far, the answer is still a mystery. The US, of course, accuses Iran. Iran says it's the US or its local allies Saudi Arabia and the United …

Staff (2019-06-16). US Blames Iran for Tanker Attack: Let's Talk Facts! dissidentvoice.org Caleb Maupin is a widely acclaimed speaker, writer, journalist, and political analyst. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and in Latin America. He was involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement from its early planning stages, and has been involved many struggles for social justice. He is an outspoken advocate of international friendship …

Tyler Durden (2019-06-16). Russia Slams CBS News for Cooperating With Syrian Al-Qaeda. theantimedia.com (ZH) — The Russian embassy in Syria has slammed CBS News for sending its reporters into Idlib province, which is controlled by the al-Qaeda group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), at a moment of a stepped up joint Russian-Syrian aerial assault campaign over the northwestern territory. Over the weekend the embassy tweeted of the CBS team's reporting from Idlib: CBS News crew …

Middle East Monitor (2019-06-16). India Embraces Israel in Unprecedented Anti-Palestine Vote at the UN. globalresearch.ca India's drift towards ethno-nationalism under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of the biggest developments of the century. This shift has seen a marked change in the country as it ditches features of liberal democracy and embraces a political ideology …

Richard Becker (2019-06-16). Trump's Middle East 'Deal of the Century' pushed back again. liberationnews.org 'A deal that only the Israelis could love'

teleSUR (2019-06-16). Netanyahu Opens 'Trump Settlement' in Israeli-occupied Golan. telesurenglish.net Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled Sunday Ramat Trump (Trump Heights), the new Golan Heights settlement named after the United States President Donald Trump. | RELATED: | 'I Will Name a Golan Town After Trump,' Grateful Netanyahu Says | "We're going to establish a new community, something that hasn't happened in many years, and in honor of President Donald Trump," Netanyahu said. | Netanyahu, however, cannot establish the new illegal settlement before the Septemb…

Fight Back (2019-06-16). Rasmea Odeh speaks on Palestine and political repression. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – A crowd gathered at The People's Forum on June 9 to hear Rasmea Odeh and Suzanne Adely speak on the repression of the Palestinian solidarity movement by the United States and Israel. Rasmea Odeh is a famous Palestinian woman leader who has dedicated her life to the Palestinian struggle and liberation of her people. She was a former political prisoner of Israel, and had her human rights violated. Odeh later became the target of political repression in the United States in 2013, after FBI raids and grand jury subpoenas targeting the Antiwar 23 were defeated. | Leading up to the event, pro-Israel righ…

unitedEditor (2019-06-16). U.S.-Iran: confrontation in Gulf of Oman. uwidata.com On June 13, Iranian and Arab media reported attacks in the Gulf of Oman on two oil tankers, the Front Altair of Norway and the Kokuka Courageous of Japan. The vessels were attacked in the waters between the territories of Iran, the UAE and Oman. Some data is indicative of a torpedo attack that resulted …

teleSUR (2019-06-15). Houthi Drone Attacks Continue to Target Airport in Saudi Arabia. telesurenglish.net The Qasif K2 drones struck the control rooms in Jizan airport as well as the refueling station in Abha, according to a spokesperson of the Yemeni armed forces. The attacks were stated to be an act of retaliation against Saudi Arabia's war against the impoverished nation. | The Houthi milita has increased its attacks on airports in recent days and launched major attacks on oil-pipelines in Saudi Arabia. | The Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition that has been battling the Houthi movement in Yemen said earlier strikes on the Airport in Abha was proof of Iranian support for what it called cross-border terrorism.

Tom Anderson (2019-06-15). Palestinian and Jewish activists call on musician and social justice activist Xavier Rudd to cancel concerts in Israel. thecanary.co Australian Palestinian and Jewish activists have called on singer and songwriter Xavier Rudd to cancel his planned concert in Israel: We are Australians, some of Palestinian background, some Jewish, and all for universal and equal human rights, who support the Palestinian call for artists, sportspeople, and others to boycott Israel until indigenous Pales…

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (2019-06-15). Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month. theantimedia.com (FAIR) — I emailed Stephanie Nebehay of Reuters on May 22 about her article, "Venezuela Turns to Russia, Cuba, China in Health Crisis" (5/22/19). Her article depicted the impact of US sanctions as an allegation that Venezuelan government officials are alone in making. The article stated: The opposition blames [medical shortages] on economic incompetence and corruption by the …

Staff (2019-06-15). Hong Kong Leader Delays Extradition Bill Amid Mass Protests. truthdig.com Activists say it falls short and plan more demonstrations as many fear for freedoms enjoyed in the former colony but not in mainland China.

Staff (2019-06-15). Why the UAW Lost Again in Chattanooga. truthout.org This article was originally published at Labor Notes.It was a bad sign. On the day voting began at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the shift change suddenly turned blue. | Throngs of workers were passing through the factory turnstiles in both directions, as the day shift ended and the night shift began. On the preceding days, handfuls of union supporters in bright green shirts were there to hand out flyers and banter with their co-workers. | But on Wednesday, instead of bustling union activists, a sea of workers passed quietly through the turnstiles wear…

DXE (2019-06-15). 75+ Arrested as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Petaluma Slaughterhouse. indybay.org Over 75 Arrested on Felony Charges as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Slaughterhouse, Lock Necks to Slaughter Line, Rescue Ducklings…

DXE (2019-06-15). Video from Animal Rights Activists Convergence at Petaluma Slaughterhouse. indybay.org Over 75 Arrested on Felony Charges as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Slaughterhouse, Lock Necks to Slaughter Line, Rescue Ducklings…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-06-15). Assange is being prosecuted for 'exposing the crimes of empire', says award winning journalist. thecanary.co Award-winning journalist Christopher Hedges accused the UK and US authorities of 'judicially lynching' Julian Assange. Speaking outside Westminster Magistrates' Court, Hedges said he came to London from the US "to speak out against"

Juan Cole (2019-06-15). Whatever Pompeo says, there is no certainty Iran mined the Tankers. nationofchange.org The mysterious mines that blew up two tankers, one of them Japanese-owned and operated, on Wednesday, sent a frisson of fear through the Gulf, since it was clear that Trump warmongers would blame Iran and then use the incident as a springboard to war. | Despite the confident pronouncements of "Benghazi Mike" Pompeo at his brief news conference, the fact is that US intelligence hasn't had time or access to come to a firm conclusion about the author of the mine attack. | Pompeo's people put out grainy video of some sort of small ship coming alongside one of the tankers and then leaving peacefully. Since this doe…

Eric Margolis (2019-06-15). Will the Real Bombers Please Stand Up. commondreams.org U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room on June 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pompeo said, "It is the assessment of the U.S. government that Iran is responsible for today's attacks in the Gulf of Oman. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

unitedEditor (2019-06-15). Shinzo Abe in Iran: a dove of peace or a foreshadower of mayhem? uwidata.com As the situation around Iran continues deteriorating, Japan has taken up an initiative to broker peace and to scale down the tensions between Washington and Tehran. While the situation kept aggravating, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was heading on a diplomatic mission to Iran. The reports on the Japanese Prime Minister's forthcoming visit on …

Staff (2019-06-15). 'We need points!' US must invade Venezuela to scare Iran & N. Korea, Graham claims. rt.com Sen. Lindsey Graham has suggested President Trump "put military force on the table" by invading Venezuela (and possibly Cuba) in order to scare North Korea and Iran into doing what they're told. What could possibly go wrong?

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2019-06-15). Mike Pompeo Has a Hard Time Kicking Old Habits. mintpressnews.com "I was the CIA director. We lied, We Cheated, We Stole". — Mike Pompeo | It appears that Mike Pompeo has a hard time kicking his old habits. He appears to be as smug about lying as a CIA operative as he is as Secretary of State. Categorically blaming the Iranians for the recent oil attack tankers has left allies scratching their heads; and perhaps leaving foes thinking: "Thank God my enemy is so stupid"! | On June 13, 2019, as Ayatollah Khamenei was holding talks in Tehran with Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, two oil tankers carrying oil to Jap…

Ed Sykes (2019-06-15). Trump talks about 'nations of terror'. Has he never met the United States? thecanary.co On 14 June, Donald Trump called Iran "a nation of terror" amid increasing tensions. That showed real nerve. Because the US is probably the 'nation of terror'. And it's held that position for many, many decades. | Wasn't 'terrorism' an official US policy?: | As Noam Chomsky has…

Jake Johnson (2019-06-15). Think US media won't help lead nation into war with Iran based on flimsy or false intelligence? Looks like they already are. nationofchange.org "Do U.S. reporters, anchors, and editors really want more Middle Eastern blood on their hands? If not, they need to fix their rather credulous and increasingly hawkish coverage of Iran—and fix it fast."

The Canary (2019-06-15). Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe begins new hunger strike in Iran jail. thecanary.co Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe — the British-Iranian mother jailed in Iran on spying charges — has begun a new hunger strike, her husband has said.Richard Ratcliffe said he had received a phone call from his wife to tell him she had informed the Iranian judiciary she had stopped taking food in protest at her "unfair imprisonment".Mr Ratcliffe said he would also not eat for the duration of her protest.He said his wife's decision followed the fifth birthday of their daughter, Gabriella, who has not been allowed to leave Iran following her mother's arrest in 2016 and is living with her grandparents.Richard Ratc…

Staff (2019-06-15). Bolton and Pompeo Are Trying to Start Another Forever War. truthout.org It is becoming increasingly evident that National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—President Trump's top two foreign policy appointees—are manufacturing a crisis in order to catapult the United States into an explosive conflict with Iran. | This shouldn't be remotely surprising, given their track records of supporting regime change across the Middle East, opposing the Ira…

The Real News Network (2019-06-15). Where Are the Skeptics as the Drums Roll for War with Iran? dissidentvoice.org Vijay Prashad challenges the media reality that Iran attacked the oil tankers, calling for a real investigation to uncover the truth.

Hans Stehling (2019-06-15). Israeli Submarines Suspected of Sabotaging Shipping in Gulf of Oman. In Case of Conflict with Iran, Oil Prices could Double Overnight. globalresearch.ca It is known that the US has for long had a comprehensive and combined plan with Israel to attack Iranian targets with huge, non-nuclear, bunker-busting, 10 ton, GBU-43 air-blast bombs capable of destroying the deepest underground installations — these are …

Craig Murray (2019-06-15). The Gulf of Credibility. False Flag, Ludicrous Allegation. Iran Rescued the Crew of the Japanese Tanker. globalresearch.ca I really cannot begin to fathom how stupid you would have to be to believe that Iran would attack a Japanese oil tanker at the very moment that the Japanese Prime Minister was sitting down to friendly, US-disapproved talks in …

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-15). Trump Regime Lurching Toward Possible War on Iran? globalresearch.ca The US is an aggressor state, its rage to control other nations, their resources and populations the greatest threat to world peace and stability. | Waging war requires selling it to manufacture public consent or at least prevent strong opposition. | Over …

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2019-06-15). Pompeo's "Tanker Narrative" against Iran."Thank God my Enemy is so Stupid"! globalresearch.ca "I was the CIA director. We lied, We Cheated, We Stole". — Mike Pompeo | It appears that Mike Pompeo has a hard time kicking his old habits. He appears to be as smug about lying as a CIA operative as …

WSWS (2019-06-15). Trump doubles down on US lies about Iran. wsws.org Trump's absurd lies about Iranian responsibility for an attack on two tankers in the Persian Gulf directly contradicted claims by the owner of one of the ships.

Mark Taliano (2019-06-15). NATO Warfare in Syria: Creating and Exploiting Desperation. globalresearch.ca NATO terrorists murdered the Grand Mufti's son. They murdered the Minister of Reconciliation's[1] son, all with a view to corrupting the Syrian government and to bending its will. It didn't work. | NATO terrorists murdered about 25,000 innocent people in Aleppo …

Joe Emersberger (2019-06-15). Study linking US sanctions to Venezuelan deaths buried by Reuters for over a month. nationofchange.org I emailed Stephanie Nebehay of Reuters on May 22 about her article, "Venezuela Turns to Russia, Cuba, China in Health Crisis" ( 5/22/19). Her article depicted the impact of US sanctions as an allegation that Venezuelan government officials are alone in making. The article stated: The opposition blames [medical shortages] on economic incompetence and corruption by the leftist movement in power for two decades, but [President Nicolás] Maduro says US economic sanctions are…

Editor (2019-06-15). WWP Editorial: No war on Iran! workers.org The U.S. government is charging that on June 13 Iran attacked two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz — the Norwegian-owned MT Front Altair and the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous. The threat of yet another U.S. military aggression in an area already devastated by decades of war is very real. . . . | Continue reading WWP Editorial: No war on Iran! at Workers.org

United Nations (2019-06-14). Yemen: maternal and newborn health 'on the brink of total collapse', UNICEF alerts. un.org After more than four years of grinding conflict in Yemen, healthcare for mothers and their babies is "on the brink of collapse", the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Friday, in a report that highlights the difficulties of childbirth and parenting in a war zone.

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-14). Yemen: Attack on Saudi Airport Apparent War Crime. hrw.org (Beirut) — Houthi forces in Yemen attacked a Saudi civilian airport on June 12, 2019, in violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today. Commanders who order deliberate or indiscriminate attacks on civilian objects are responsible for war crimes. | | | Photograph released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency shows debris on the tarmac of Abha Regional Airport in Saudi Arabia after an attack by Yemen's Houthi forces, June 12, 2019. | © 201…

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

teleSUR (2019-06-14). Bilateral Relations Between Moscow, Washington Souring: Putin. telesurenglish.net Russia-U.S. relations are getting worse, particularly due to the sanctions imposed by Washington on Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday in an interview with Mir TV channel. | RELATED: | Russia Blasts Trump for Destabilizing Europe With Plan To Increase Troops in Poland | "They (our relations) are going downhill…

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

Gabrielle Crosby and Vanessa Norris (2019-06-14). Activists honor radical roots of LGBTQ liberation movement at Boston Pride events. liberationnews.org "There's no LGBTQ liberation without socialism!"

Brian Sonenstein (2019-06-14). Prisoners, Grassroots Activists Halt Construction Of Federal Prison On Former Coal Mine. shadowproof.com Federal prisoners and grassroots activists defeated plans by the United States government to embark on the most expensive prison construction project in the country's history. The plans for a federal prison and labor camp in Letcher County, Kentucky, would have cost at least $444 million and resulted in serious and…

2019-06-16: Social Media Postees

Why Venezuela Is the Vietnam of Our Time
Celina della Croce | commondreams.org | 2019-06-16
Workers from Venezuela's state oil company, PDVSA, participate in an anti-imperialist march to support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in front of the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela on January 31, 2019. The US slapped sanctions on Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA in an attempt to cut off a vital source of funds. (Photo/YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/16/why-venezuela-vietnam-our-time?cd-origin=rss

With Ongoing Cuba Sanctions, US Has No Moral Authority to Talk About Freedom
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-16
Janine Jackson: The Trump administration announced a ban on people-to-people group travel to Cuba, a sanction merited, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin explained, because of Cuba's "destabilizing role in the Western Hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the region, and propping up US adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua by fomenting instability, undermining the rule of law and suppressing democratic processes." | The theme of most…
truthout.org/audio/with-ongoing-cuba-sanctions-us-has-no-moral-authority-to-talk-about-freedom/

Plenty of Fish in Gaza Sea, but Not for Palestinians
Entsar Abu Jahal | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-16
In a dangerous development June 12, Israel announced a full naval closure on the Gaza Strip until further notice, denying Palestinian fishermen access to the sea. Israel said it took the meas…
globalresearch.ca/plenty-fish-gaza-sea-not-palestinians/5680772

The Young Iraqi Voices Our Leaders Don't Want You to Hear
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-16
Two Iraqi activists talk about the rising threat of another U.S. war in the Middle East and their collective two decades of peace work.
truthdig.com/articles/the-young-iraqi-voices-our-leaders-dont-want-you-to-hear/

Video from Animal Rights Activists Convergence at Petaluma Slaughterhouse
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-06-16
Over 75 Arrested on Felony Charges as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Slaughterhouse, Lock Necks to Slaughter Line, Rescue Ducklings…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/13/18823933.php

US Accuses Iran. Will the Real Bombers Please Stand Up. Japan's PM Abe: The Danger of "An Accidental Conflict"
Eric Margolis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-16
Who is attacking oil tankers in the Gulf between Oman and Iran? So far, the answer is still a mystery. The US, of course, accuses Iran. Iran says it's the US or its local allies Saudi Arabia and the United …
globalresearch.ca/real-bombers-please-stand-up/5680756

Saudi Crown Prince Blames Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-16
(MEMO) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has blamed Iran for recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and called on the international community to take a "decisive stance" against Tehran, Anadolu Agency reports. In an interview with the Saudi-funded newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on Sunday, bin Salman unleashed criticism against Iran and its proxies for triggering violence …

Saudi Crown Prince Blames Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks

Provocations in the Gulf of Oman: Will John Bolton Get His War on Iran?
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-16
Bolton announced the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and Air Force Bombers to the Middle East as part of an effort to "send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force."
globalresearch.ca/provocations-in-the-gulf-of-oman-will-john-bolton-get-his-war-on-iran/5680716

U.S.-Iran: confrontation in Gulf of Oman
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-06-16
On June 13, Iranian and Arab media reported attacks in the Gulf of Oman on two oil tankers, the Front Altair of Norway and the Kokuka Courageous of Japan. The vessels were attacked in the waters between the territories of Iran, the UAE and Oman. Some data is indicative of a torpedo attack that resulted …
uwidata.com/3881-u-s-iran-confrontation-in-gulf-of-oman/

Selected Articles: Gulf of Oman Attack: False Flag Towards Iran War?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-16
"It appears that Mike Pompeo has a hard time kicking his old habits. He appears to be as smug about lying as a CIA operative as he is as Secretary of State. Categorically blaming the Iranians for the recent oil …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-gulf-oman-attack-false-flag-towards-iran-war/5680780

US Blames Iran for Tanker Attack: Let's Talk Facts!
Staff | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-16
Caleb Maupin is a widely acclaimed speaker, writer, journalist, and political analyst. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and in Latin America. He was involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement from its early planning stages, and has been involved many struggles for social justice. He is an outspoken advocate of international friendship …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/us-blames-iran-for-tanker-attack-lets-talk-facts/

US, Israel and Saudis Pushing for War on Iran?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-16
What's going on in Washington and the Middle East is eerily reminiscent of what preceded Bush/Cheney's 2003 war on Iraq — weapons of mass deception the pretext. | All wars are based on Big Lies and deception. Pretexts are needed to …
globalresearch.ca/us-israel-saudis-pushing-war-iran/5680750

Russia Slams CBS News for Cooperating With Syrian Al-Qaeda
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-16
(ZH) — The Russian embassy in Syria has slammed CBS News for sending its reporters into Idlib province, which is controlled by the al-Qaeda group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), at a moment of a stepped up joint Russian-Syrian aerial assault campaign over the northwestern territory. Over the weekend the embassy tweeted of the CBS team's reporting from Idlib: CBS News crew …

Russia Slams CBS News for Cooperating With Syrian Al-Qaeda

India Embraces Israel in Unprecedented Anti-Palestine Vote at the UN
Middle East Monitor | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-16
India's drift towards ethno-nationalism under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of the biggest developments of the century. This shift has seen a marked change in the country as it ditches features of liberal democracy and embraces a political ideology …
globalresearch.ca/india-embraces-israel-unprecedented-anti-palestine-vote-un/5680725

Trump's Middle East 'Deal of the Century' pushed back again
Richard Becker | liberationnews.org | 2019-06-16
'A deal that only the Israelis could love'…
liberationnews.org/trumps-middle-east-deal-of-the-century-pushed-back-again/

Rasmea Odeh speaks on Palestine and political repression
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-06-16
New York, NY – A crowd gathered at The People's Forum on June 9 to hear Rasmea Odeh and Suzanne Adely speak on the repression of the Palestinian solidarity movement by the United States and Israel. Rasmea Odeh is a famous Palestinian woman leader who has dedicated her life to the Palestinian struggle and liberation of her people. She was a former political prisoner of Israel, and had her human rights violated. Odeh later became the target of political repression in the United States in 2013, after FBI raids and grand jury subpoenas targeting the Antiwar 23 were defeated. | Leading up to the event, pro-Israel righ…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/6/15/rasmea-o…

Netanyahu Opens 'Trump Settlement' in Israeli-occupied Golan
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-16
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled Sunday Ramat Trump (Trump Heights), the new Golan Heights settlement named after the United States President Donald Trump. | RELATED: | 'I Will Name a Golan Town After Trump,' Grateful Netanyahu Says | "We're going to establish a new community, something that hasn't happened in many years, and in honor of President Donald Trump," Netanyahu said. | Netanyahu, however, cannot establish the new illegal settlement before the Septemb…
telesurenglish.net/news/Fake-Policy-Netanyahu-Inaugurates-Trump-Settlement-in-Israeli-occupied-Golan-20190616-0006.html

Houthi Drone Attacks Continue to Target Airport in Saudi Arabia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-15
The Qasif K2 drones struck the control rooms in Jizan airport as well as the refueling station in Abha, according to a spokesperson of the Yemeni armed forces. The attacks were stated to be an act of retaliation against Saudi Arabia's war against the impoverished nation. | The Houthi milita has increased its attacks on airports in recent days and launched major attacks on oil-pipelines in Saudi Arabia. | The Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition that has been battling the Houthi movement in Yemen said earlier strikes on the Airport in Abha was proof of Iranian support for what it called cross-border terrorism.
telesurenglish.net/news/Houthi-Drone-Attacks-Continue-to-Target-Airport-in-Saudi-Arabia-20190615-0012.html

Houthi Drone Attacks Continue to Target Airport in Saudi Arabia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-15
The Qasif K2 drones struck the control rooms in Jizan airport as well as the refueling station in Abha, according to a spokesperson of the Yemeni armed forces. The attacks were stated to be an act of retaliation against Saudi Arabia's war against the impoverished nation. | The Houthi milita has increased its attacks on airports in recent days and launched major attacks on oil-pipelines in Saudi Arabia. | The Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition that has been battling the Houthi movement in Yemen said earlier strikes on the Airport in Abha was proof of Iranian support for what it called cross-border terrorism.
telesurenglish.net/news/Houthi-Drone-Attacks-Continue-to-Target-Airport-in-Saudi-Arabia-20190615-0012.html

Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-15
(FAIR) — I emailed Stephanie Nebehay of Reuters on May 22 about her article, "Venezuela Turns to Russia, Cuba, China in Health Crisis" (5/22/19). Her article depicted the impact of US sanctions as an allegation that Venezuelan government officials are alone in making. The article stated: The opposition blames [medical shortages] on economic incompetence and corruption by the …

Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month

Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-15
(FAIR) — I emailed Stephanie Nebehay of Reuters on May 22 about her article, "Venezuela Turns to Russia, Cuba, China in Health Crisis" (5/22/19). Her article depicted the impact of US sanctions as an allegation that Venezuelan government officials are alone in making. The article stated: The opposition blames [medical shortages] on economic incompetence and corruption by the …

Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month

Study linking US sanctions to Venezuelan deaths buried by Reuters for over a month
Joe Emersberger | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-15
I emailed Stephanie Nebehay of Reuters on May 22 about her article, "Venezuela Turns to Russia, Cuba, China in Health Crisis" ( 5/22/19). Her article depicted the impact of US sanctions as an allegation that Venezuelan government officials are alone in making. The article stated: The opposition blames [medical shortages] on economic incompetence and corruption by the leftist movement in power for two decades, but [President Nicolás] Maduro says US economic sanctions are…
nationofchange.org/2019/06/15/study-linking-us-sanctions-to-venezuelan-deaths-buried-by-reuters-for-over-a-month/

Why the UAW Lost Again in Chattanooga
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-15
This article was originally published at Labor Notes.It was a bad sign. On the day voting began at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the shift change suddenly turned blue. | Throngs of workers were passing through the factory turnstiles in both directions, as the day shift ended and the night shift began. On the preceding days, handfuls of union supporters in bright green shirts were there to hand out flyers and banter with their co-workers. | But on Wednesday, instead of bustling union activists, a sea of workers passed quietly through the turnstiles wear…
truthout.org/articles/why-the-uaw-lost-again-in-chattanooga/

Video from Animal Rights Activists Convergence at Petaluma Slaughterhouse
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-06-15
Over 75 Arrested on Felony Charges as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Slaughterhouse, Lock Necks to Slaughter Line, Rescue Ducklings…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/13/18823933.php

Hong Kong Leader Delays Extradition Bill Amid Mass Protests
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-15
Activists say it falls short and plan more demonstrations as many fear for freedoms enjoyed in the former colony but not in mainland China.
truthdig.com/articles/hong-kong-leader-delays-extradition-bill-amid-mass-protests/

75+ Arrested as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Petaluma Slaughterhouse
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-06-15
Over 75 Arrested on Felony Charges as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Slaughterhouse, Lock Necks to Slaughter Line, Rescue Ducklings…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/13/18823928.php

Palestinian and Jewish activists call on musician and social justice activist Xavier Rudd to cancel concerts in Israel
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2019-06-15
Australian Palestinian and Jewish activists have called on singer and songwriter Xavier Rudd to cancel his planned concert in Israel: We are Australians, some of Palestinian background, some Jewish, and all for universal and equal human rights, who support the Palestinian call for artists, sportspeople, and others to boycott Israel until indigenous Pales…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/06/15/palestinian-and-jewish-activists-call-on-musician-and-social-justice-activist-xavier-rudd-to-cancel-his-concerts-in-israel/

Palestinian and Jewish activists call on musician and social justice activist Xavier Rudd to cancel concerts in Israel
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2019-06-15
Australian Palestinian and Jewish activists have called on singer and songwriter Xavier Rudd to cancel his planned concert in Israel: We are Australians, some of Palestinian background, some Jewish, and all for universal and equal human rights, who support the Palestinian call for artists, sportspeople, and others to boycott Israel until indigenous Pales…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/06/15/palestinian-and-jewish-activists-call-on-musician-and-social-justice-activist-xavier-rudd-to-cancel-his-concerts-in-israel/

Assange is being prosecuted for 'exposing the crimes of empire', says award winning journalist
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-06-15
Award-winning journalist Christopher Hedges accused the UK and US authorities of 'judicially lynching' Julian Assange. Speaking outside Westminster Magistrates' Court, Hedges said he came to London from the US "to speak out against"
thecanary.co/trending/2019/06/15/assange-is-being-prosecuted-for-exposing-the-crimes-of-empire-says-award-winning-journalist/

Whatever Pompeo says, there is no certainty Iran mined the Tankers
Juan Cole | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-15
The mysterious mines that blew up two tankers, one of them Japanese-owned and operated, on Wednesday, sent a frisson of fear through the Gulf, since it was clear that Trump warmongers would blame Iran and then use the incident as a springboard to war. | Despite the confident pronouncements of "Benghazi Mike" Pompeo at his brief news conference, the fact is that US intelligence hasn't had time or access to come to a firm conclusion about the author of the mine attack. | Pompeo's people put out grainy video of some sort of small ship coming alongside one of the tankers and then leaving peacefully. Since this doe…
nationofchange.org/2019/06/15/whatever-pompeo-says-there-is-no-certainty-iran-mined-the-tankers/

Mike Pompeo Has a Hard Time Kicking Old Habits
Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-15
"I was the CIA director. We lied, We Cheated, We Stole". — Mike Pompeo | It appears that Mike Pompeo has a hard time kicking his old habits. He appears to be as smug about lying as a CIA operative as he is as Secretary of State. Categorically blaming the Iranians for the recent oil attack tankers has left allies scratching their heads; and perhaps leaving foes thinking: "Thank God my enemy is so stupid"! | On June 13, 2019, as Ayatollah Khamenei was holding talks in Tehran with Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, two oil tankers carrying oil to Jap…
mintpressnews.com/pompeo-tanker-narrative/259223/

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe begins new hunger strike in Iran jail
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-06-15
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe — the British-Iranian mother jailed in Iran on spying charges — has begun a new hunger strike, her husband has said.Richard Ratcliffe said he had received a phone call from his wife to tell him she had informed the Iranian judiciary she had stopped taking food in protest at her "unfair imprisonment".Mr Ratcliffe said he would also not eat for the duration of her protest.He said his wife's decision followed the fifth birthday of their daughter, Gabriella, who has not been allowed to leave Iran following her mother's arrest in 2016 and is living with her grandparents.Richard Ratc…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/06/15/nazanin-zaghari-ratcliffe-begins-new-hunger-strike-in-iran-jail/

WWP Editorial: No war on Iran!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-06-15
The U.S. government is charging that on June 13 Iran attacked two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz — the Norwegian-owned MT Front Altair and the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous. The threat of yet another U.S. military aggression in an area already devastated by decades of war is very real. . . . | Continue reading WWP Editorial: No war on Iran! at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/06/15/wwp-editorial-no-war-on-iran/

Shinzo Abe in Iran: a dove of peace or a foreshadower of mayhem?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-06-15
As the situation around Iran continues deteriorating, Japan has taken up an initiative to broker peace and to scale down the tensions between Washington and Tehran. While the situation kept aggravating, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was heading on a diplomatic mission to Iran. The reports on the Japanese Prime Minister's forthcoming visit on …
uwidata.com/3861-shinzo-abe-in-iran-a-dove-of-peace-or-a-foreshadower-of-mayhem/

Trump talks about 'nations of terror'. Has he never met the United States?
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-06-15
On 14 June, Donald Trump called Iran "a nation of terror" amid increasing tensions. That showed real nerve. Because the US is probably the 'nation of terror'. And it's held that position for many, many decades. | Wasn't 'terrorism' an official US policy?: | As Noam Chomsky has…
thecanary.co/opinion/2019/06/15/trump-talks-about-nations-of-terror-has-he-never-met-the-united-states/

Bolton and Pompeo Are Trying to Start Another Forever War
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-15
It is becoming increasingly evident that National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo–President Trump's top two foreign policy appointees–are manufacturing a crisis in order to catapult the United States into an explosive conflict with Iran. | This shouldn't be remotely surprising, given their track records of supporting regime change across the Middle East, opposing the Ira…
truthout.org/articles/bolton-and-pompeo-are-trying-to-start-another-forever-war/

The Gulf of Credibility. False Flag, Ludicrous Allegation. Iran Rescued the Crew of the Japanese Tanker
Craig Murray | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-15
I really cannot begin to fathom how stupid you would have to be to believe that Iran would attack a Japanese oil tanker at the very moment that the Japanese Prime Minister was sitting down to friendly, US-disapproved talks in …
globalresearch.ca/the-gulf-of-credibility-false-flag-ludicrous-allegation-iran-rescued-the-crew-of-the-japanese-tanker/5680665

WWP Editorial: No war on Iran!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-06-15
The U.S. government is charging that on June 13 Iran attacked two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz — the Norwegian-owned MT Front Altair and the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous. The threat of yet another U.S. military aggression in an area already devastated by decades of war is very real. . . . | Continue reading WWP Editorial: No war on Iran! at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/06/15/wwp-editorial-no-war-on-iran/

Will the Real Bombers Please Stand Up
Eric Margolis | commondreams.org | 2019-06-15
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room on June 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pompeo said, "It is the assessment of the U.S. government that Iran is responsible for today's attacks in the Gulf of Oman. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/15/will-real-bombers-please-stand?cd-origin=rss

'We need points!' US must invade Venezuela to scare Iran & N. Korea, Graham claims
Staff | rt.com | 2019-06-15
Sen. Lindsey Graham has suggested President Trump "put military force on the table" by invading Venezuela (and possibly Cuba) in order to scare North Korea and Iran into doing what they're told. What could possibly go wrong? | …
rt.com/usa/461922-lindsey-graham-grenada-venezuela-invasion/

Israeli Submarines Suspected of Sabotaging Shipping in Gulf of Oman. In Case of Conflict with Iran, Oil Prices could Double Overnight
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-15
It is known that the US has for long had a comprehensive and combined plan with Israel to attack Iranian targets with huge, non-nuclear, bunker-busting, 10 ton, GBU-43 air-blast bombs capable of destroying the deepest underground installations — these are …
globalresearch.ca/israeli-submarines-suspected-sabotaging-shipping-strait/5680669

Trump doubles down on US lies about Iran
wsws.org | 2019-06-15
Trump's absurd lies about Iranian responsibility for an attack on two tankers in the Persian Gulf directly contradicted claims by the owner of one of the ships.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/15/iran…

Where Are the Skeptics as the Drums Roll for War with Iran?
The Real News Network | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-15
Vijay Prashad challenges the media reality that Iran attacked the oil tankers, calling for a real investigation to uncover the truth.
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/where-are-the-skeptics-as-the-drums-roll-for-war-with-iran/

Trump doubles down on US lies about Iran
wsws.org | 2019-06-15
Trump's absurd lies about Iranian responsibility for an attack on two tankers in the Persian Gulf directly contradicted claims by the owner of one of the ships.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/15/iran…

Think US media won't help lead nation into war with Iran based on flimsy or false intelligence? Looks like they already are
Jake Johnson | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-15
nationofchange.org/2019/06/15/think-us-media-wont-help-lead-nation-into-war-with-iran-based-on-flimsy-or-false-intelligence-looks-like-they-already-are/

Pompeo's "Tanker Narrative" against Iran."Thank God my Enemy is so Stupid"!
Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-15
"I was the CIA director. We lied, We Cheated, We Stole". — Mike Pompeo | It appears that Mike Pompeo has a hard time kicking his old habits. He appears to be as smug about lying as a CIA operative as …
globalresearch.ca/pompeos-tanker-narrative-against-iran-thank-god-my-enemy-is-so-stupid/5680684

Trump Regime Lurching Toward Possible War on Iran?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-15
The US is an aggressor state, its rage to control other nations, their resources and populations the greatest threat to world peace and stability. | Waging war requires selling it to manufacture public consent or at least prevent strong opposition. | Over …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-lurching-toward-possible-war-iran/5680674

Where Are the Skeptics as the Drums Roll for War with Iran?
The Real News Network | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-15
Vijay Prashad challenges the media reality that Iran attacked the oil tankers, calling for a real investigation to uncover the truth.
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/where-are-the-skeptics-as-the-drums-roll-for-war-with-iran/

NATO Warfare in Syria: Creating and Exploiting Desperation
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-15
NATO terrorists murdered the Grand Mufti's son. They murdered the Minister of Reconciliation's[1] son, all with a view to corrupting the Syrian government and to bending its will. It didn't work. | NATO terrorists murdered about 25,000 innocent people in Aleppo …
globalresearch.ca/nato-warfare-creating-exploiting-desperation/5680681

Yemen: maternal and newborn health 'on the brink of total collapse', UNICEF alerts
United Nations | un.org | 2019-06-14
After more than four years of grinding conflict in Yemen, healthcare for mothers and their babies is "on the brink of collapse", the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Friday, in a report that highlights the difficulties of childbirth and parenting in a war zone.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/06/1040531