2019-05-31: News Headlines

Consortium News (2019-05-31). UN Torture Report: "Demonized" Assange Has Faced "Psychological Torture" theantimedia.com (CN) — The UN special rapporteur on torture has issued a stinging rebuke to the United States, Great Britain, Sweden and Ecuador for "deliberately" exposing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to years of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment," which can only be described as "psychological torture." "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political …

Dave Lindorff (2019-05-31). Sri Lankan Refugee Family That Hid Snowden in Hong Kong Now Trapped in Limbo. counterpunch.org Hong Kong. The bipartisan vengeance of the US government and it's pervasive intelligence apparatus, on display currently in its rabid hounding of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, appears to know no bounds. But as ugly as the full-court effort to bag Assange, already trapped by US the combined efforts of complicity government in Britain and Sweden More

Ben Norton (2019-05-31). US greenlights missiles for al-Qaeda-linked, Turkish-backed Salafi-jihadists occupying Syria's Idlib. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration has approved a Turkish shipment of US-made anti-tank missiles to al-Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels fighting a Russian-backed offensive…

Daniel Carmody (2019-05-31). Activists protest John Bolton's commencement speech at U.S. Coast Guard Academy. liberationnews.org Bolton has been unabashed in his campaign to launch new wars against Iran, North Korea, and now Venezuela.

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (2019-05-31). Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. globalresearch.ca Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 23 — 29 May, 2019. | Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. 11 Palestinian civilians, including 3 …

Philip Weiss (2019-05-31). Israeli 'Intelligence' Is Fostering US Bellicosity Toward Iran — But 'Quietly'. globalresearch.ca As the U.S. risks a major conflict with Iran, many have pointed out that the U.S. intelligence on alleged Iranian attacks is reminiscent of the faulty intelligence leading up to the Iraq war. And several mainstream sources have said that …

Alan Macleod (2019-05-31). MintCast Interviews Filmmaker Robbie Martin: The Neoconservative Endgame. mintpressnews.com MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb recently spoke to Robbie Martin ( @FluorescentGrey), a filmmaker whose recent documentary series A Very Heavy Agenda explores how prominent Bush-era neo-conservatives have continued to dominate the Washington foreign policy debate and have been instrumental in creating and fomenting Russiagate and Cold War 2.0. | Neoconservatives, or Neocons, have been a key force in Washington for decades and seem to maintain their…

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-31). Upcoming Trilateral Russia -Israel -US National Security Advisors Summit. Focus on Syria and Iran. globalresearch.ca The Russian, "Israeli", and American National Security Advisors will hold their first-ever trilateral summit in Jerusalem in June to discuss what the White House described as "regional security issues", which is an obvious euphemism for Syria & Iran and the …

teleSUR (2019-05-31). World Celebrates Al-Quds Day. telesurenglish.net Iran is leading worldwide rallies Friday for Al-Quds day, a global day of protest against Israeli aggression against the Palestinians. The theme of this year's demonstrations is the rejection of Donald Trump's and Jared Kushner's 'deal of the century' they claim will bring 'peace' to the region. | RELATED: | Palestine FM: US Peace Deal Favors Israel's Colonial Policies | Iran's president Hassan Rouhani, addressing protest crowds in Tehran said, "the deal of the century" would be…

Melvin Goodman (2019-05-31). Congressional Catering to Netanyahu Must End. counterpunch.org Four years ago, the U.S. Congress invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint congressional session as part of his campaign to defeat the Obama administration's efforts to negotiate the Iranian nuclear accord. Netanyahu's address was an unacceptable interference in the U.S. domestic political arena and should have been challenged. President Obama refused More

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-31). The world divided by a line is a dead body cut in two. mronline.org A war against Iran—as Hamid says—will be catastrophic, not only for Iran but for Eurasia. It would divide the world into two, vultures and hyenas feasting on both halves. | Source

Maureen McCue (2019-05-31). We Must Prevent War with Iran. progressive.org It is time for Congress and this administration to recommit to the deal between the United States, our allies, and Iran, to prevent unnecessary destruction, suffering, and death.

WSWS (2019-05-31). US escalates threat of force against Iran. wsws.org Threats of "force" and a "very strong response" have accompanied Washington's unsubstantiated claims of Iranian responsibility for attacks in the Middle East.

RT (2019-05-31). US to investigate reports N. Korea executed senior diplomat after Hanoi summit failure — Pompeo. rt.com Following a slew of reports that North Korea had executed a senior envoy who participated in the Hanoi peace summit with US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he's 'checking it out.'

Arabi Souri (2019-05-31). US Forces in Syria Causing Catastrophic Effects on Civilians Held in Rukban Concentration Camp. globalresearch.ca American forces occupying Syrian territory entered the country illegally and their presence impedes efforts to restore peaceful life to the country and constitutes an obstacle to stability in southeastern Syria and causing the catastrophic conditions of the residents of al-Rukban …

Prof. Dr. Gjergj Sinani (2019-05-31). Europe as a Community of Values. globalresearch.ca Kant in his work "Ideas for a Universal History with Cosmopolitan Intent", in Seventh Principle explained the need for peace and security among the nations as the following: "That is to say, wars, the excessive and never ending preparations for …

amnesty (2019-05-31). Nigeria: Human rights agenda. amnesty.org The human rights situation in Nigeria is marked by serious human rights violations such as extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and other ill-treatment, enforced disappearances, violence against women and girls, restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, mass forced evictions, environmental pollution and lack of accountability for human rights violations and abuses. Amnesty International is proposing the following human rights agenda and recommendations to the government to improve respect for the human rights of everyone in Nigeria.

Charles Davis (2019-05-31). What Would Democratic Candidates Do About Syria? counterpunch.org Something peculiar happened along the way to stopping a war: in order to prevent U.S. soldiers from marching on Damascus—a real possibility according to people who don't seem to follow such things—some decided that the cause of what they call "peace" required turning a blind eye to several wars that already existed. Neoconservatives, forever on More

amnesty (2019-05-31). Zimbabwe: Seven activists arrested, charged with treason. amnesty.org Seven activists, arrested on different dates, are facing charges of treason after they attended a training organised by the Center for Non-Violence Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in the Maldives. Five of the activists have already appeared in court and are remanded in custody until 6 June. The offence 'subverting a constitutional government' carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. These arrests are part of an ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders, activists and opposition members in the country and are an attempt by the government to stifle peaceful protest over the recently implemented austerity mea…

Fight Back (2019-05-31). Minnesotans say "No coup! No war! Hands off Venezuela!" fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – 30 people held signs reading "Hands off Venezuela" and a big banner saying "No coup – no sanctions – no war – hands off Venezuela" on a bridge from Loring Park to the Walker Sculpture Garden over Interstate 94 in Minneapolis during rush hour, May 30. Ten lanes of traffic filled with rush hour traffic traveled underneath. The protesters heard hundreds of honks of agreement that the U.S. shouldn't intervene in Venezuela. | Afterwards protesters gathered to hear from Tracy Molm, a member of the MN Anti-War Committee, to hear an update from Venezuela, "Today we were seen by thousands of people in Mi…

teleSUR (2019-05-31). US Blockade Deprives Venezuelan Cancer Patients of Treatment. telesurenglish.net The U.S. blockade is putting the lives of hundreds of chronically ill patients at risk, the Latin American Foundation of Human Rights (Fundalatin) denounced Friday. | RELATED: | Crimes of the Blockade | Medical treatments, surgical interventions, and bone marrow transplants have ground to a halt as U.S. sanctions have started to reach Venezuela's subsidiary linked to Petroleos de Venezue…

Paul Dobson (2019-05-31). US Hints at Sanctions Against Venezuela CLAP Food Programme. Bolivarian Militia to Protect CLAP. globalresearch.ca Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the incorporation of the National Bolivarian Militia into the subsidised CLAP (Local Supply and Production Committees) food programme. | The move comes as rumours circulate of upcoming US-led sanctions against the leaders of the programme, …

Yves Engler (2019-05-31). Canada's Trudeau Government Supportive of Venezuela Anti-democratic Hardline Elements. globalresearch.ca Not only has Canada financed and otherwise supported opposition parties in Venezuela, Ottawa has allied with some of its most anti-democratic, hardline elements. While the Liberal government has openly backed Voluntad Popular's bid to seize power since January, Ottawa has …

Yves Engler (2019-05-31). Canada Supports Most Hardline, Anti-Democratic Elements of Venezuela's Oppposition. dissidentvoice.org Not only has Canada financed and otherwise supported opposition parties in Venezuela, Ottawa has allied itself with some of its most anti-democratic, hardline elements. While the Liberal government has openly backed Voluntad Popular's bid to seize power since January, Ottawa has supported the electorally marginal party for years. Juan Guaidó's VP (Popular Will in English) …

Jessica Corbett (2019-05-31). 'Criminalizing Compassion': Trial Begins for Humanitarian Facing 20 Years in Prison for Giving Water to Migrants in Arizona Desert. globalresearch.ca Human rights advocates accused the U.S. Justice Department of " criminalizing compassion" as a federal trial began in Arizona Wednesday for activist Scott Warren, who faces up to 20 years in prison for providing humanitarian aid to migrants …

WSWS (2019-05-31). Trump to impose tariff on Mexico in attack on immigrants as Democrats denounce Russia. wsws.org The working class has no ally in the faction fight between reactionary partisans of US imperialism.

MAIL (2019-05-31). Headlines for May 31, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Threatens Tariffs on Mexican Goods in Bid to Halt Migrants, Trump Administration Plan Would Bar Most Central Americans from Seeking Asylum, Louisiana Governor Signs Anti-Choice Bill as Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic Is Set to Close, GOP Gerrymandering Expert Led Push to Add Citizenship Question to Census, Civilians Flee Russian-Backed Syrian Assault on Last Rebel-Held Province, North Korea Executes Special Envoy to the U.S. After Failed Trump Summit, Colombia Releases Ex-Guerrilla Leader Wanted by the U.S. on Drug Charges, U.S. Drug Agency Targeted Honduran President in Cocaine Trafficking Probe, Hondurans…

CGTN Africa (2019-05-31). 149 refugees evacuated from Libya to Italy. cgtn.com Migrants are seen in a shelter after they were relocated from government-run detention centers, after getting trapped by clashes between rival groups in Tripoli, Libya August 30, 2018. REUTERS/Hani Amara | The UN Higher Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) said on Thursday that 149 refugees were evacuated from Libya to Italy, in cooperation with Libyan and Italian authorities. | "Amid violent clashes and a deteriorating security situation in Tripoli, 149 vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers were evacuated to safety in Rome," UNHCR said in a statement. | The evacuated refugees are of different African nationalities, i…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-31). Condemning Trump's "Racist Attacks on Immigrants," Sanders Calls for Bans on Mass Raids and For-Profit Detention Centers. commondreams.org "We have to end the dehumanization of undocumented people," the Vermont senator and presidential candidate said during a rally in Nevada | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Ruth Milka (2019-05-31). Humanitarian faces 20 years in prison for giving water to migrants in the desert. nationofchange.org This week humanitarian aid volunteer Scott Warren will go to trial for providing water, food, clothes, and beds to two undocumented immigrants crossing the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona. | Warren, a humanitarian activist with the group No More Deaths, was arrested in January 2018 and has been charged with three felony counts for "harboring" undocumented immigrants. | No More Deaths, along with other humanitarian aid groups have left food and water in the Sonoran Desert, an area that has resulted in the death of thousands of migrants. More than 2,100 bodies of undocumented immigrants have been found in Pim…

Ralph Nader (2019-05-31). Society Is In Decay — When the Worst is First and the Best is Last. counterpunch.org Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue. Plutocrats also like to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country's priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and nurses earn comparatively little for performing critical jobs, corporate bosses including those who pollute our planet and More

South Front (2019-05-31). Video: Syrian Army Cracks Down on ISIS Cells Near Palmyra. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) eliminated an ISIS cell, which was preparing to attack an SAA convoy near Palmyra. According to reports, the SAA killed at least 5 ISIS members and eliminated a vehicle. | Earlier this year, ISIS carried out …

RT (2019-05-31). 12 killed by 'disgruntled employee' in mass shooting at Virginia Beach municipal building. rt.com Twelve people have been killed and several more injured, including a police officer, at a municipal building in Virginia Beach. The suspect, identified as a disgruntled city employee, was killed in a shootout with police.

WSWS (2019-05-31). The Man Who Killed Don Quixote: Terry Gilliam's latest tribute to non-conformism. wsws.org Gilliam has famously been attempting to make a film inspired by Don Quixote, the 17th century novel by Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, for decades.

T.J. Coles (2019-05-31). May Plot? Did U.S. Concerns Over Huawei Hasten Theresa May's Departure? counterpunch.org Britain's PM Theresa May spent the last two years fighting off numerous Brexit-related coup attempts from within her Conservative (Tory) party. But the sudden announcement of her departure came just two weeks after US officials cautioned May not to award contracts to China's Huawei. Was this May's Gough Whitlam moment? GOUGH WHITLAM AND THE FIVE More

Bill Van Auken (2019-05-31). The Hangman of the Middle East: US-backed Regime in Egypt Hands Down Nearly 2,500 Death Sentences. globalresearch.ca Egypt's US-backed dictatorship of Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has sentenced 2,443 people to death since coming to power in a bloody coup in 2013, according to a report issued this week by the UK-based human rights group Reprieve. | Of those …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-31). 'Coalition Against Death Alley' Kicks Off 5-Day March for Environmental Justice in Louisiana's Petrochemical Corridor. commondreams.org Activists in southern Louisiana kicked off a five-day march on Thursday that aims to bring environmental justice to Cancer Alley—the 85-mile stretch between Baton Rouge and New Orleans that's home to poverty-stricken communities in the shadow of scores of petrochemical facilities. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-31). US Figure of Casualties in Iraq and Syria Hides True, 'Devastating Scale' of Civilian Deaths, Says Amnesty. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

James Wright (2019-05-31). Ex Labour MP breaks open the heart of the antisemitism smear campaign on BBC Newsnight. thecanary.co Former Labour MP Clare Short got right to the heart of the antisemitism smear campaign against the Jeremy Corbyn-led movement on 28 May. | "Widening of the definition": | Short, who resigned from Tony Blair's front bench over the invasion of Iraq, told Newsnight host Emma Barnett: What's happened is there's bee…

RT (2019-05-31). NSA targeting system now deployed along Mexican border, leaked docs reveal. rt.com A top-secret NSA targeting system which dramatically increased the civilian death toll in Afghanistan and Iraq has made its way back home, according to leaked documents boasting of its use on the US-Mexico border.

commondreams (2019-05-31). U.S.-led Coalition Admission of 1,300 Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-05-31). Mass Demonstrations Against Saudi Summit and US "Deal" Mark Quds Day in Yemen. mintpressnews.com Quds Day demonstrations condemned the so-called U.S. Deal of the Century and vowed to support Palestinians facing the prospect of losing their rights under the U.S.-brokered plan.

Middle East Eye (2019-05-31). Here's How Trump Bypassed Congress to Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Schoolchildren in the United States are taught from a young age that a separation of powers is the backbone of American democracy. The system also comes with checks-and-balances meant to limit the power that the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government can wield — to prevent overreach. Last week, however, President Donald Trump threw …

Bill Frelick (2019-05-31). Trump's Policies Are Harming Refugees Worldwide. commondreams.org Somali refugees at the Dadaab refugee camp (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Tom Clifford (2019-05-31). Full-blown US-China Trade War? Rare Earths — US Has So Much to Lose, China Barely Feels the Loss. globalresearch.ca The United States sees the trade dispute it has with China as one of many. It's been down this road before, with Japan, Canada, Mexico and the European Union. | China views it differently. In Beijing the trade issue is seen …

Ellen Brown (2019-05-31). The Bankers' "Power Revolution": How the Government Got Shackled by Debt. globalresearch.ca This article is excerpted from my new book Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age, available in paperback June 1. | The U.S. federal debt has more than doubled since the 2008 financial crisis, shooting up from …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-31). Clubs, Cartels and Bilderberg. globalresearch.ca "After decades of neoliberalism, we are at the mercy of a cluster of cartels who are lobbying politicians hard and using monopoly power to boost profits." — Joseph Stiglitz, The Price of Inequality (2012) | The emergence of think tanks …

Michael Welch (2019-05-31). Trumponomics: America First, the US-China Trade War, and the Future of Global Capitalism. globalresearch.ca "The value chains that link China into Western markets are value chains that are of course Chinese, but they're closely integrated with the international investment banks and the multi-national corporations. And people who therefore see the current world, in terms …

Renee Parsons (2019-05-31). If the US Congress Has No Mojo to Govern, Let's Make It a Part Time Job. globalresearch.ca If the American public needs any further evidence that the US Congress is unable to function as an operating legislative branch of the Federal government in the 'pursuit of happiness' or to 'promote the general welfare,' look no further than …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-31). Australia's Suspicion of China's South Pacific Investments Is a Zero-sum Game. globalresearch.ca The mainstream media revived its narrative of fear-mongering about China's South Pacific investments during the Vanuatu Prime Minister's visit to Beijing and ahead of the recently re-elected Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's trip to the Solomon Islands next week. …

F. William Engdahl (2019-05-31). Washington's Silent Weapon for Not-so-quiet Wars. "A World Full of Dollars", A 2019 Global Economic Crisis. globalresearch.ca Today by far the deadliest weapon in the US arsenal is the ability of Washington to control the global supply of money, of dollars, through actions of the privately-owned Federal Reserve in coordination with the US Treasury and select Wall Street financial groups. The US is weaponizing the dollar.

South Front (2019-05-31). Video: Orthodox Crescent of Instability. globalresearch.ca The US continues its practice of creating zones and lines of chaos in key regions of the world. In the 2000s, it started a campaign to create an arc of instability stretching from Northern Africa to the east of the …

Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (2019-05-31). The 2019 Beijing Consensus of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations. globalresearch.ca On 15 May 2019, the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations was held in Beijing, China. A total of 1352 representatives from all 47 countries in Asia, countries in other parts of the world and international organizations attended the conference …

Prof. John McMurtry (2019-05-31). Global Poverty: How the Rich Eat the Poor and the World. globalresearch.ca 62 individuals — 388 in 2010 — now own more wealth than 50% of the world's population. More shockingly, this share of wealth by half of the world's people has collapsed by over 40% in the last five years.

CGTN Africa (2019-05-31). Death toll rises to 129 in Nigeria's Lassa fever outbreak. cgtn.com Lassa Fever is carried by rats. (Photo: Reuters File) | Nigerian authorities confirmed Friday that the death toll of the latest Lassa fever outbreak in the country has risen to 129. | The tally was collated from 21 states so far affected by the outbreak in the west African country since the beginning of the year. | As of April, a total of 121 deaths were recorded since the onset of the outbreak on Jan. 13. | A total of 578 cases were confirmed as of May 26, said Chikwe Ihekweazu, head of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), in a statement reaching Xinhua in Abuja. | On Jan. 22, Nigeria declared a fresh…

Paul Street (2019-05-31). Russiagate Trumps Environmental Catastrophe for the Dismal Democrats. counterpunch.org If historians still exist years from now, some of them will be struck by how Donald Trump's Democratic Party critics and their media allies obsessed over the 45th United States President's real and alleged connections to Russia while saying comparatively little about his enactment of a soulless anti-environmental agenda that accelerated humanity's march towards extinction in service to the United States' own homegrown corporate polluters. More

teleSUR (2019-05-31). Russia: US Trying to Smear Moscow With Nuclear Test Accusation. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Russia slammed the United States's allegations that Moscow was carrying out nuclear tests at the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean in violation of a moratorium and countered that Washington was attempting a smear campaign. | RELATED: | Cuba and Russia Pledge to Expand Bilateral Relations | "Such accusations are absolutely groundless and aimed at trying again to smear our country," a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, backing up the head of the R…

amnesty (2019-05-31). Russia: Health of imprisoned Crimean Tatar at risk: Edem Bekirov. amnesty.org Crimean Tatar, Edem Bekirov, has been detained in Simferopol since his detention by Russian security forces on 12 December 2018. He is a wheelchair user and has serious health conditions that require specialised medical care not available in the detention centre. After the last visit on 24 May, his lawyer reported a grave deterioration of Edem Bekirov's health prompting concerns for his life.

Andrew Levine (2019-05-31). Chutzpah, Corporate Media Style. counterpunch.org American politics is awash in hypocrisy. It always has been, but the problem has become worse in recent years, mainly, but not only, since Donald Trump became president of the United States. The level of hypocrisy surrounding, say, charges of Russian "meddling" in the 2016 election is staggering, but it seldom rises to the level More

WSWS (2019-05-31). Russian health care workers protest over wages and staffing. wsws.org Part of a wave of ongoing protests against the deplorable state of public health services in Russia, workers in Penza oblast staged a "work-to-rule" strike in late May.

RT (2019-05-31). Russiagate is #1 threat to US national security — Stephen Cohen. rt.com The systemwide US Russophobia that reached its nadir with Russiagate has created a "catastrophe" for both domestic politics and foreign relations that threatens the future of the American system, professor Stephen Cohen tells RT.

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-31). The BDS Campaign Against Eurovision Was a Major Success. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — One of the primary targets of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement over the past year was the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest that took place in Tel Aviv earlier in May. Despite the protests, the contest went ahead and, on the day, none of the acts scheduled to appear in the final …

Jud Lounsbury (2019-05-31). In Response to Mueller, Trump Equates Evasion with Exoneration. progressive.org As we learned from Al Capone, just because the government is unable to charge you with being a mobster, doesn't mean you're not a mobster.

Andy Rowell (2019-05-31). Climate denying Trump administration rebrands fossil fuels as 'freedom gas'. nationofchange.org The sheer scale of the challenge that all of us face in fighting | climate change is once again laid bare by the news that the top ten | energy companies are planning to invest even more in fossils fuels and | the Trump Administration is redoubling its assault against the climate. | This assault by Trump's cronies goes so far as to try and redefine | fracked gas as "freedom gas". | According to Bloomberg, | the top ten energy companies expect to spend $1 trillion by 2030 on | "tapping new fields to e…

Staff (2019-05-31). Amid Report of North Korea Purge, Reasons for Caution. truthdig.com A South Korean newspaper claims multiple officials close to Kim Jong Un have been executed, but its sourcing appears to be extremely thin.

Tyler Durden (2019-05-31). China Has Reportedly Developed Plan For Rare-Earth Export Ban on US. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Despite last night's disappointing PMI print, the latest sign that the trade-war backlash is hurting the mainland economy (especially since the credit injections from earlier this year are fading into the distance), Beijing is apparently undeterred, and on Friday, it continued to ratchet up threats about invoking the "nuclear option" of curbing exports of rare earth …

amnesty (2019-05-31). United Arab Emirates: INCOMMUNICADO DETAINEE AT RISK OF TORTURE: Ahmad Ali Mekkaoui. amnesty.org Lebanese detainee Ahmad Ali Mekkaoui has been held incommunicado since 11 April 2019. He is at heightened risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Ahmad Ali Mekkaoui is serving a 15-year prison sentence in the United Arab Emirates on "terrorism" charges. Legal proceedings against him have been seriously flawed, including arbitrary detention, excessive pre-trial detention, forced confessions, allegations of torture, and lack of access to medical care. In April 2019, the Prosecutor pressed new speech-related charges against Ahmad following a TV news report in which his sister and legal consultant were interviewed a…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-05-31). Edward Snowden: With Technology, Institutions Have Made 'Most Effective Means of Social Control in the History of Our Species'. commondreams.org NSA whistleblower says "new platforms and algorithms" can have direct effect on human behavior | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Graham Peebles (2019-05-31). Global rebellion to Save Our Planet. dissidentvoice.org "The greatest threat to the Earth is thinking someone else will save it." The responsibility is ours; politicians and governments are complacent, dishonest and buried in the ideology of the past. Despite repeated warnings nothing substantial has been done and time is running out. No one else is going to Save Our Planet; a global …

Rob Urie (2019-05-31). White Nationalism and the Neoliberal Order. counterpunch.org Two related tendencies have sown confusion over the crisis of liberalism that continues to unfold across the U.S. and Europe. On the one hand, the forces of the political right are ascendant. Right-wing leaders are being elected as an apparent rebuke of the serial failures of neoliberalism. On the other, the will of the polity is increasingly irrelevant to the formulation and concerns of nominally public policies.In the U.S., the political establishment continues to put forward candidates which its functionaries appear to believe can best perpetuate this illusion of democracy. Befuddlement at the rise of reaction…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-31). 'It Would Mean a Trade War': Mexico Warns of 'Disastrous' Consequences After Trump Tariff Threat. commondreams.org "This threat, taken to action, would be extremely serious, and Mexico will not stand with arms crossed." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Bill Blunden (2019-05-31). Edward Who? The Snowden Affair Ends with a Whimper. counterpunch.org "Do not send to those who tout secure drops, Tor, crypto-comms — these are traceable, diagrammable via basic net transmission tech." —Cryptome It's been more than six years since Edward Snowden went public. After all the breathless headlines, Hollywood movies, book deals, Pulitzer prizes, and glossy primetime biopics. What, pray tell, has come of it? More

Graham Peebles (2019-05-31). Global Rebellion to Save Our Planet. counterpunch.org "The greatest threat to the Earth is thinking someone else will save it." The responsibility is ours; politicians and governments are complacent, dishonest and buried in the ideology of the past. Despite repeated warnings nothing substantial has been done and time is running out. No one else is going to Save Our Planet; a global More

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-31). Joining Wave of GOP Anti-Choice Attacks, Louisiana's Democratic Governor Signs Abortion Ban Authored By Democrat. commondreams.org "Women are the base of the Democratic Party, and if you're not fighting alongside us, you don't deserve to represent the American people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Judith Deutsch (2019-05-31). WWII Lessons for the Climate Emergency. counterpunch.org "The bad news is that if history teaches us one thing, it is that there never has been an energy transition….The history of energy is not one of transitions, but rather of successive additions . . ." Bonneuil and Fressoz, The Shock of the Anthropocene The New Deal and World War II are reminders of More

teleSUR (2019-05-31). Argentinian 'Dirty War' Corporal: '4,000 Thrown into Sea Alive'. telesurenglish.net Shocking testimony from a witness and former militant of Argentina's Dirty War was revealed during a court session earlier this week | RELATED: | Argentine Court Begins Joint Process of 322 'Dirty War' Cases | Per a video conference call from Neuquen, Argentina Tuesday, Nelson Ramon Gonzalez retold the stories of dozens of kidnappings, incidents of torture, and forced disappearances between 1979 and 1980 conducted during the nation's bloody dictatorship. | The Calvary corporal co…

teleSUR (2019-05-31). US-China Trade War Could Spread to Other Sectors: Economists. telesurenglish.net Chinese economists believe the trade war between the United States and China risks spreading into other areas including global finance, scientific research, and territorial disputes. This comes as China's foreign minister announces the development of a blacklist of "unreliable" foreign companies, individuals, and organizations hostile to Chinese interests.Tra | RELATED | Huawei Files Motion Declaring US Defense Act Unconstitutional | "The trade war will last from 30 to 50 years,…

Jonathan Mazower (2019-05-31). Modi's Escalating War Against India's Forests and Tribal People. counterpunch.org The result of the biggest election in history, India 2019, is terrible news for tribal peoples in the world's biggest democracy. Politicians with authoritarian nationalist inclinations like India's newly invigorated Narendra Modi are in vogue around the world, and while many minority groups are feeling the impact of this surge to the right, the past More

William A. Blunden (2019-05-31). Edward Who? The Snowden Affair Ends with a Whimper. dissidentvoice.org Do not send to those who tout secure drops, Tor, crypto-comms — these are traceable, diagrammable via basic net transmission tech. — Cryptome It's been more than six years since Edward Snowden went public. After all the breathless headlines, Hollywood movies, book deals, Pulitzer prizes, and glossy prime time biopics. What, pray tell, has come …

WSWS (2019-05-31). The German government prepares military intervention in Syria. wsws.org Military support of a "safe zone" in northern Syria would mean a massive escalation of Germany's participation in the Syrian war.

Ron Jacobs (2019-05-31). Burlington, Vermont, Jared Kushner and the Conspiracy of Capital. counterpunch.org There's a hole in the heart of Burlington, Vermont's downtown. The result of a currently halted project to build a new shopping mall, it is currently a muddy hole that might well end up taking millions of dollars to fill. Many of those millions could well end up coming from the pockets of Burlington residents. More

Jill Richardson (2019-05-31). Dealing With Climate Fear. counterpunch.org I don't think I'm alone in feeling this way, but here goes: I can't deal with climate change. I can't read about it, I can't watch documentaries on it, and I can't think about it. I feel too powerless, and it hurts too much. The result feels like apathy, but it's not that I don't More

George Wuerthner (2019-05-31). Lessons From Yellowstone. counterpunch.org As we ponder the future of public lands in Montana, including what areas deserve protection as wilderness, it is worthwhile to look back in history to see how past protective measures were viewed. In 1872, with the establishment of Yellowstone National Park many Montana citizens were outraged. For example, the Helena Gazette opined: "We regard More

W. T. Whitney (2019-05-31). Values Are Weapons as Cuba Defends Doctors against US intervention. counterpunch.org The George W. Bush administration initiated the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program (CMPP) in 2006. The idea was to persuade overseas Cuban doctors to abandon their posts and relocate to the United States. Cuba's medical solidarity programs, in place for half a century, would suffer. President Obama ended the CMPP in January, 2017. Now the More

Moshe Adler (2019-05-31). Chinese Intellectual Property Theft: The Indictment of Huawei Is an Embarrassment. counterpunch.org With its criminal indictment at the beginning of the year the US government has successfully made Huawei…

Missy Comley Beattie (2019-05-31). Putting Values Into Action. counterpunch.org Earlier in May, two North Carolina Republicans intro'd state legislation that would place obstacles in the path of renewable energy development. Senate Bill 843, sponsored by Senators William Cook and Andrew Brock, leaves anyone with even semi-decent cognitive functioning asking WTF(?). Despite the unquestionable obviousness of the why of that What, you still can shake More

John O'Kane (2019-05-31). The Bush Leagues: the College Admissions Scam. counterpunch.org When I hear the phrase "college admission scam" I reach for my copy of George W. Bush's resume. This gem started to circulate not long after his first interviews when he ran for President, straining to recall the names of foreign leaders and stuttering through a series of painful contortions about the issues of the More

Robert Hunziker (2019-05-31). Ozone-Depleting CFCs Return. counterpunch.org In August of 1987 the world came together after a panic-attack over ongoing depletion of atmospheric ozone, aka: The Ozone Hole. Subsequently, global agreements to stop ozone depletion became the first ever "universally ratified treaties in UN history." The world banned CFCs. Thereafter, an era of good feelings about ozone restoration swept the world community More

Joseph Natoli (2019-05-31). "Get Out of the President's Way!" counterpunch.org All their life was spent not in laws, statutes, or rules, but according to their own free will and pleasure. They rose out of their beds when they thought good; they did eat, drink, labour, sleep, when they had a mind to it and were disposed for it. None did awake them, none did offer More

teleSUR (2019-05-31). Sudan Transitional Gov't Bans Al Jazeera, Revokes Staff Permits. telesurenglish.net The offices of Al Jazeera Television in Sudan was ordered shut and the network's licence withdrawn by the country's Transitional Military Council (TMC) Friday. | RELATED: | Egypt Court Orders Release of Al-Jazeera Journalist After Nearly 3 Years | According to the director of the Khartoum branch, officers appeared at the outlet, seize their belongings and instructed them that the TMC had revoked the work permits of all members of staff and correspondents effective im…

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-31). El Salvador: Fix Flawed Transitional Justice Bill. hrw.org | | Women carry a banner of photos of missing persons on a day dedicated to the children who went missing during El Salvador's armed conflict in San Salvador, El Salvador, Tuesday March 29 , 2011. | © 2011 AP Photo/Luis Romero | (New York) — The Salvadoran Congress should comply with a May 28, 2019, Inter-American Court of Human Rights order to suspend consideration of a "transitional…

David Howard (2019-05-31). Volunteer Group Launches Anti-Gun Violence Campaign to Protect Youth. indybay.org Louder than a Shot Volunteer Group Launches Anti-Gun Violence Campaign to Protect Youth | Program Launched in Advance of National Gun Violence Prevention Day, June 7th, 2019 #WearOrange…

susan_p (2019-05-31). Peterloo: A defining moment in the struggle for democracy in Britain. greenleft.org.au Peterloo | Written & directed by Mike Leigh | Starring Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake & Pearce Quigley | In cinemas now | *** | The international release of British director Mike Leigh's new film Peterloo marks 200 years since the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, England. On August 16 that year, a crowd estimated at up to 80,000 gathered in St Peter's Fields to demand parliamentary reform and an extension of voting rights. | On the orders of the government in London and reactionary local magistrates, armed troops and militias arrested the protest leaders and then charged into the crowd. They killed at l…

unitedEditor (2019-05-31). Venezuela asks Turkey to serve as a "protecting power…" uwidata.com While speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters, Venezuela's UN representative Samuel Moncada commented on US authorities' demand that embassy employees loyal to Nicolas Maduro vacate the premises so that they can be handed over to employees working on behalf of us-backed self-declared interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido.According to Moncada, the United States …

Staff (2019-05-31). Mueller's Dispute With Barr Is a Turning Point on the Road to Impeachment. truthout.org It's too soon to tell for sure, but a couple of events this week may turn out to have been turning points in the Trump era. First, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, a conservative Republican held a town hall meeting in his district to explain to his constituents why he has decided the president should be impeached. He was surprisingly well received. We learned that even some conservatives appreciate someone who has the courage to buck the party leadership on an issue of principle. Perhaps there's a lesson in that for Democrats. | The other event was the first comment anyone has heard from the sphinx-like special…

United Nations (2019-05-31). Friday's Daily Brief: Fundraising for Mozambique, Assange's rights, Asia-Pacific development, Somalia and Sudan updates. un.org This Friday, we cover: a donor conference to support life-saving and recovery aid for Mozambique following two recent devastating cyclones; the need to respect Wikileaks' Assange's rights; how Asia-Pacific is working towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ; news from Somalia and Sudan; and a new stamp honouring Kofi Annan.

plenglish (2019-05-31). Santrich Sends Message of Hope about Peace in Colombia. plenglish.com Bogota, May 31 (Prensa Latina) After being released the eve, FARC leader Jesús Santrich sent "a message of hope in the construction of a peace that seems elusive, but placed as an imperative to continue looking for it at all costs."

Staff (2019-05-31). Col. Larry Wilkerson on Mueller and Courage to Impeach Trump. therealnews.com Chuck Schumer to Nancy Pelosi, Democrats are cowardly, incompetent and without courage to begin impeachment proceedings says Col. Larry Wilkerson…

Staff (2019-05-31). Opposition Demand for Maduro's Resignation a Non-Starter, Says Norwegian Official. therealnews.com An unnamed Norwegian official with inside knowledge of the talks between the Venezuelan opposition and government in Oslo said the opposition "needs to be more realistic." We discuss the talks with Norwegian Venezuela specialist Eirik Vold…

plenglish (2019-05-31). Venezuelan Government Invites EU Special Advisor to Visit the Country. plenglish.com Caracas, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has officially invited the European Union"s (EU) Special Advisor for Venezuela, Enrique Iglesias, to visit Venezuela in the near future.