2019-06-15: News Headlines

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 …

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 …

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…

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"

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 …

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…

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.

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…

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 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…

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…

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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). 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 …

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…

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.

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

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…

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.

Dr. David Halpin (2019-06-14). Israel, America and Britain: Building a Pretext to Wage War on Iran, Setting the Scene for a Broader War? globalresearch.ca At 11pm BST 13th of June 2019, the British Broadcasting Corporation, or more correctly, the British State Broadcaster, pumped this out on an ultra short bulletin, usual for this time of night. | (Sometimes it is difficult to rest the …

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

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

Staff (2019-06-14). "Advocate": Israeli Attorney Lea Tsemel Reflects on Defending Palestinians Who Resist Occupation. democracynow.org Attorney Lea Tsemel has defended Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli courts for nearly half a century, insisting on their humanity and their right to a fair trial. Her work has earned her the scorn and reprobation of many Israelis, as well as death threats. A staunch critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Tsemel has long argued that Palestinians who carry out politically motivated violence are freedom fighters, not "terrorists." In 1999, Tsemel won a landmark case in the Israeli Supreme Court, making it illegal for Israeli officials to torture detained Palestinians during interrogations. The docume…

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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!"

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

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…

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

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

Staff (2019-06-14). Honduras: An Unholy Trinity of Oligarchy, Repression and Extractivism. therealnews.com In the Aguan River valley, land defenders struggle to protect their water from a mining project controlled by the wealthy Facussé family. Dimitri Lascari reports from Honduras…

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

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…

Staff (2019-06-14). The Mainstream Media Is Marching Us Into War With Iran. truthdig.com If there were any lingering hopes that the corporate media learned from its role in perpetuating the lies that led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and would never again help start a Middle East war on the basis of false or flimsy evidence, the headlines that blared across the front pages of major U.S. news websites Thursday night indicated that such hopes were badly misplaced. | The U.S. military late Thursday released blurry, black-and-white video footage that it claimed—without…

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

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

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

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

Staff (2019-06-14). Bernie says Gulf tanker attacks must not be used as 'pretext' for 'disastrous' war with Iran. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders came out swinging against Washington's effort to pin blame on Iran for purported attacks on tanker ships in the Gulf of Oman, warning they are being used as a "pretext for war."

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

2019-06-15: Social Media Postees

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

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

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/

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

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

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

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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

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

'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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month
Joe Emersberger | fair.org | 2019-06-14
By Joe Emersberger Reuters ( 5/22/19) attributes the idea that US sanctions are causing a health crisis in Venezuela to Venezuelan Health Minister Carlos Alvarado. | 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 impac…
fair.org/home/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 | commondreams.org | 2019-06-14
Reuters depiction (6/7/19) of Venezuelan refugees. (Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/14/study-linking-us-sanctions-venezuelan-deaths-buried-reuters-over-month?cd-origin=rss

Bilateral Relations Between Moscow, Washington Souring: Putin
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-14
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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bilateral-Relations-Between-Moscow-Washington-Souring-Putin-20190614-0010.html

Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month
Joe Emersberger | fair.org | 2019-06-14
By Joe Emersberger Reuters ( 5/22/19) attributes the idea that US sanctions are causing a health crisis in Venezuela to Venezuelan Health Minister Carlos Alvarado. | 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 impac…
fair.org/home/study-linking-us-sanctions-to-venezuelan-deaths-buried-by-reuters-for-over-a-month/

US Repeats Same Script against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua
plenglish.com | 2019-06-14
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.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Pre-emptive Nuclear War: The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-14
The text below is Chapter III of Michel Chossudovsky's book entitled: The Globalization of War. America's Long War against Humanity, Global Research Publishers, Montreal, 2015. To order the book directly from Global Research click here | This chapter provides a …
globalresearch.ca/pre-emptive-nuclear-war-role-israel-attack-iran/5677025

Israel, America and Britain: Building a Pretext to Wage War on Iran, Setting the Scene for a Broader War?
Dr. David Halpin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-14
At 11pm BST 13th of June 2019, the British Broadcasting Corporation, or more correctly, the British State Broadcaster, pumped this out on an ultra short bulletin, usual for this time of night. | (Sometimes it is difficult to rest the …
globalresearch.ca/israel-america-and-britain-building-a-pretext-to-wage-war-on-iran-setting-the-scene-for-a-broader-war/5680621

Why I'm Optimistic About the 'Deal of the Century'. "Palestinian Struggle Centre Stage of Arab Politics"
David Hearst | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-14
In selling the yet-to-be-published " deal of the century" (DoC), its principle authors have said the following: | That the Palestinians are not yet capable of governing themselves (US president's son-in-law Jared Kushner); that Israel has a right to annex …
globalresearch.ca/why-im-optimistic-about-deal-century/5680593

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

"Advocate": Israeli Attorney Lea Tsemel Reflects on Defending Palestinians Who Resist Occupation
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-14
Attorney Lea Tsemel has defended Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli courts for nearly half a century, insisting on their humanity and their right to a fair trial. Her work has earned her the scorn and reprobation of many Israelis, as well as death threats. A staunch critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Tsemel has long argued that Palestinians who carry out politically motivated violence are freedom fighters, not "terrorists." In 1999, Tsemel won a landmark case in the Israeli Supreme Court, making it illegal for Israeli officials to torture detained Palestinians during interrogations. The docume…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/14/lea_tseme…

Pre-emptive Nuclear War: The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-14
The text below is Chapter III of Michel Chossudovsky book entitled: The Globalization of War. America's Long War against Humanity, Global Research Publishers, Montreal, 2015. To order the book directly from Global Research click here | This chapter provides a …
globalresearch.ca/pre-emptive-nuclear-war-role-israel-attack-iran/5677025

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

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

Global Warfare: "We're Going to Take out 7 Countries in 5 Years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran.."
General Wesley Clark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-14
Originally published in March 2007. | Global Research Editor's Note: | This interview serves as a reminder regarding the diabolical timeline of America's hegemonic project. Is Iran the next target "to be taken out"? | All these countries are on the Pentagon's drawing …
globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166

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

Yemen: Attack on Saudi Airport Apparent War Crime
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-06-14
(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…
hrw.org/news/2019/06/14/yemen-attack-saudi-airport-apparent-war-crime

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

Video from Animal Rights Activists Convergence at Petaluma Slaughterhouse
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-06-14
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

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

Prisoners, Grassroots Activists Halt Construction Of Federal Prison On Former Coal Mine
Brian Sonenstein | shadowproof.com | 2019-06-14
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…
shadowproof.com/2019/06/14/prisoners-activists-halt-federal-prison-project-coal-mine-kentucky/

75+ Arrested as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Petaluma Slaughterhouse
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-06-14
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

Two Young Iraqi Activists Insist on Peace
Laura Gottesdiener | thenation.com | 2019-06-14
Two Young Iraqi Activists Insist on Peace…
thenation.com/article/foreign-policy-iraqi-activists-peace-conflict-iran/

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

COINTELPRO 2.0: Fighting Government Surveillance of Black and Muslim Organizations
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-14
The Black Identity Extremist Abolition Coalition (BIEAC) convenes its first conference to collaborate on efforts to fight FBI surveillance and targeting of Black and Muslim activists and communities as "Black Identity Extremists."
therealnews.com/stories/cointelpro-2-0-fighting-government-surveillance-of-black-and-muslim-organizations

Two more protesters board oil rig, campaigners say
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-06-14
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…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/06/14/two-more-protesters-board-oil-rig-campaigners-say/

Pompeo Blames Iran for Likely Gulf of Oman False Flag
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-14
Cui bono is most important whenever an incident like Thursday attacks on vessels in the Gulf of Oman occurs. | Clearly, Iran had nothing to gain and plenty to lose from the incident. The Trump regime and its anti-Iran imperial partners …
globalresearch.ca/pompeo-falsely-blames-iran-likely-gulf-oman-false-flag/5680576

Vijay Prashad: U.S. Rushes to Blame Iran for Tanker Attacks as Much of World Pushes for Diplomacy
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-14
Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are again ratcheting up as the Trump administration accused Iran of orchestrating an attack Thursday on Japanese and Norwegian oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iran denied any involvement and accused the Trump administration of trying to sabotage diplomacy. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directly accused Iran of attacking the oil tankers, and the U.S. released video of what it claimed was Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from the side of the Japanese oil tanker that was attacked. However, the president of the Japanese company that owns the ship said it…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/14/us_blames…

Trump admin aims to kill historic talks and strangle Iran with evidence-free accusations
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-06-14
Hell-bent on isolating and suffocating Iran, the Trump administration derailed Japan's historic talks by accusing Tehran without any evidence whatsoever…
thegrayzone.com/2019/06/13/iran-gulf-of-oman-attacks-japan-talks/

Where Are the Skeptics as the Drums Roll for War with Iran?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-14
Vijay Prashad challenges the media reality that Iran attacked the oil tankers, calling for a real investigation to uncover the truth…
therealnews.com/stories/where-are-the-skeptics-as-the-drums-roll-for-war-with-iran