2019-05-14: News Headlines

RT (2019-05-15). Big Brother backlash? San Francisco becomes first US city to ban facial recognition. rt.com The city of San Francisco has voted to ban the use of facial recognition tech by local law enforcement and other agencies, becoming the first to take such a step toward rolling back the tide of intrusive tech-enabled policing.

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

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Desperate Guaido Asks EU To Impose More Sanctions On Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Juan Guaido called on the European Union via Twitter Sunday to impose new sanctions against Venezuela in order to weaken the country after his failed coup. | RELATED: | US Police Illegally Invade Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC | "We ask our allies in Europe to legitimize our representatives to the maximum for the consolidation of our government. In addition, we urge the European Union to extend sanctions against the regime as a measure to pressure to achieve a solution to…

(2019-05-14). Venezuela embassy protectors to State Dept.: No illegal eviction! workers.org On May 13 the Embassy Protection Collective sent this communication to the U.S. State Department. This is the 34th day of our living in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. We are prepared to stay another 34 days, or however long is needed, to resolve the embassy dispute in a . . . | Continue reading Venezuela embassy protectors to State Dept.: No illegal eviction! at Workers.org

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

Black Alliance for Peace (2019-05-14). Why 'Anti-imperialist' in the U.S. Still Means 'Paid for by Russia'. globalresearch.ca We would think the U.S. state would be embarrassed. | All three of Venezuelan neo-fascist Juan Guaido's coup attempts have failed. Donald Trump appears to be raising questions regarding the effectiveness of National Security Advisor John Bolton's pro-coup strategies …

teleSUR (2019-05-14). China Delivers 71 Tons of Humanitarian Aid to Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The People's Republic of China delivered a large amount of humanitarian aid to Venezuela on Monday, completing their second long haul of cargo to the Bolivarian Republic since March. | RELATED: | Desperate Guaido Asks EU To Impose More Sanctions On Venezuela | According to the Venezuelan Health Ministry, a Chinese Boeing 747 carrying 71 tons of medicine and surgical material arrived in Caracas on Monday, May 13. The Venezuelan Government said the delivery included supplies for…

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Venezuelan Assembly Strips Immunity of 4 Opposition Lawmakers. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Constituent Assembly approved Tuesday a resolution stripping four opposition lawmakers from immunity, accusing them of treason, following similar accusations against 10 legislators this month. | RELATED: | Desperate Guaido Asks EU To Impose More Sanctions On Venezuela | The resolution was voted on a request issued by the Supreme Court, which was itself requested by Venezuela's Attorney General Tarek William Saab. | Security forces had earlier prevented lawmakers fr…

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

Paul Dobson (2019-05-14). Guaido Requests US Military 'Cooperation' to Oust Maduro as US Vessel Violates Venezuelan Waters. globalresearch.ca Self-declared "Interim President" Juan Guaido has ordered the setting up of a meeting with the US Armed Forces to discuss "cooperation" in his efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro. | During a gathering of supporters in the upper middle class …

teleSUR (2019-05-14). US Army School Publishes Manual for Regime Change, Intervention. telesurenglish.net The school of the United States Special Operations Command published a study on the successes and failures of the country's seven decade long foreign interventions. | RELATED: | US Publicly Admits Support for Coup Attempt in Venezuela | Authored by Army Special Forces veteran Will Irwin, the Joint Special Operations University published the study, "Support to Resistance: Strategic Purpose and Effectiveness," last wee…

plenglish (2019-05-14). Opposition MPs will Face Venezuelan Justice, Diosdado Cabello Says. plenglish.com Caracas, May 14 (Prensa Latina) The President of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Diosdado Cabello, announced that a new group of opposition MPs will respond this Tuesday before Venezuelan courts after participating in the failed coup d"etat.

plenglish (2019-05-14). Venezuela Receives 71 Tons of Medical Supplies from China. plenglish.com 14 de mayo de 2019, 08: 02Caracas, May 14 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Ministry of Health on Tuesday received about 71 tons of medical supplies from the technical-humanitarian cooperation between China and this South American country.

plenglish (2019-05-14). Panamanian President-elect Criticizes Lima Group. plenglish.com 14 de mayo de 2019, 12: 23Panama, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Panamanian President-elect Laurentino Cortizo on Tuesday criticized the Lima Group for maneuvering against Venezuela, and told reporters that it should instead be a bridge for dialogue among all Venezuelan sectors.

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Seizure of $1.7B in Portugal Affects All Venezuelans: Arreaza. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza reiterated Tuesday that the illegal halt of a transfer of US$1.7 billion from Portugal's Novo Banco on May 10 "affects all Venezuelans," and clearly shows that Portugal is following orders from the United States (U.S.) government. | RELATED: | Portugal Bank Kidnaps Over US$1.7 Billion in Venezuelan Cash

Morgan Artyukhina (2019-05-14). Un colectivo de activistas protege la embajada de Venezuela en Washington, D.C. liberationnews.org El jueves 25 de abril se llevó a cabo una enérgica manifestación frente al edificio después de que docenas durmieran en la embajada la noche anterior.

Robert Hunziker (2019-05-14). Venezuelan Communes Protect the State. dissidentvoice.org Direct democracy works like a charm. Check out Venezuela's Communes…. Venezuela's ubiquitous Communes are proof that direct democracy works. And, interestingly enough, those same Communes are powerful buffers to attempted coups, protecting the sanctity of direct democracy in their country. In all likelihood, John Bolton and Trump and Pence and Pompeo and Rubio were shocked …

plenglish (2019-05-14). Venezuela Receives 71 Tons of Medical Supplies from China. plenglish.com Caracas, May 14 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Ministry of Health on Tuesday received about 71 tons of medical supplies from the technical-humanitarian cooperation between China and this South American country.

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

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

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

John Wojcik (2019-05-14). Trump studying Bolton plan to send 120,000 troops to Mideast. peoplesworld.org Peace organizations and government leaders around the world are warning that the Trump administration is steamrolling toward the same disaster the U.S. rushed into in Iraq 16 years ago and in Vietnam generations before that. The heightened fear of imminent war was raised even more last night following a New York Times report that Trump …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-14). Warnings of 'Gulf of Tonkin 2.0' as Trump Officials Blame Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks. commondreams.org "It's obvious that Bolton and Pompeo are trying to create a Gulf of Tonkin incident with Iran." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

commondreams (2019-05-14). NIAC Statement on Bolton's Latest Military Plans for Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Gush Shalom (2019-05-14). We Take to the Streets of Tel Aviv to Demand an End to the Siege on Gaza. globalresearch.ca Today Tuesday, 14 May, marking one year after 64 protestors were shot dead during the Great March of Return Protests in Gaza, we will take to the streets to demand an end to the siege on Gaza and a better …

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

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

Asad Ismi (2019-05-14). Nigeria's Humanitarian Crisis. globalresearch.ca On February 27, Nigerian voters re-elected President Muhammadu Buhari, leader of the All Progressives Congress party (APC), in a poll marred by large-scale violence, accusations of vote-rigging, last-minute delays and military inter- vention. When Buhari was first elected in 2015, …

RT (2019-05-14). Tulsi Gabbard would drop charges against Assange & Snowden. rt.com Democrat presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said she would would drop all charges against Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, as their prosecution would have a "chilling effect" on free press and whistleblowers.

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-14). No More Deaths Trial Opens as More Bodies Discovered Along Arizona-Mexico Border. theintercept.com As the federal littering trial of No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren took place in Ajo, Arizona, volunteers recovered human remains in the desert nearby.

Robert Shetterly (2019-05-14). In the Shadow of Warships and the Climate Emergency: On Getting Arrested at Bath Iron Works. commondreams.org Artist, writer, and activist Robert Shetterly placed under arrest during a direct action at Bath Iron Works in Maine on April 27, 2019. (Photo: Roger Leisner) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

John W. Whitehead (2019-05-14). Drivers Beware: The Deadly Perils of Traffic Stops in the American Police State. globalresearch.ca The Nation. The framers would be appalled."—Herman Schwartz, "The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to …

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Israeli Spyware Involved in Latest WhatsApp Privacy Breach. telesurenglish.net Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp reported Tuesday that the security breach on its messaging app likely came from a government using surveillance technology in order to target human rights groups. | RELATED: | Israel Sells Weapons and Spy Equipment to Honduras | "We're working with human rights groups on learning as much as we can about who may have been impacted in their community. That's really where our highest concern is," WhatsApp spokesman said, whose app is used worldwide b…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-14). New Warren, Jayapal Report Details Corporate Crime Free-for-All Under Trump Administration. commondreams.org "Our justice system's soft touch with huge corporations and billionaires is not a new phenomenon. But under President Trump, it is far worse than it has ever been." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Saudi Arabia Says Oil Facilities Near Capital Riyadh Attacked. telesurenglish.net Saudi Arabia said armed drones had struck two oil pumping stations in the kingdom Tuesday in what it called a "cowardly" act of terrorism two days after Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. | RELATED: | Saudi Arabia Says 2 Tankers Were Targeted In 'Sabotage Attack' | The energy minister of the world's largest oil exporter said the attack caused a fire, now contained, and minor damage at one pump station, but did not disrupt oil production or…

Comitato No Nato (2019-05-14). The US/NATO Planetary War System. globalresearch.ca The Following text is Section 15 of 16 | The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War, : | by the Italian Committee No War No NATO | * | Documentation presented at the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, Florence, April …

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Bolsonaro Fund Cuts Force Scientists to Leave Brazil for Work. telesurenglish.net Brazilian scientists and students are being forced to emigrate in search of funding for research and studies after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro announced major cuts to the public higher education system last week. | RELATED: | 'Brazil Needs More Education, Not More Guns', Lula Warns | "Scientists are no longer leaving the country by choice but because it is the only chance to continue doing their job. Brazil does not regard education and science as priorities," said Helena Nader, m…

Shane Quinn (2019-05-14). NATO Doctrine of "Nuclear Sharing" Putting Europe and the World at Grave Risk. globalresearch.ca Among European populations, it is little known that there are today scores of US nuclear weapons still stationed on the continent. Much of the reason for this broad lack of awareness regarding the sinister presence of nuclear bombs, is that …

Martha Grevatt (2019-05-14). Workers' Solidarity Day: an essential initiative. workers.org This article is based on a talk by Martha Grevatt at the Workers World Party national strategic meeting held May 11-12 in Newark, N.J. Grevatt is a member of the Executive Committee of the WWP Interim Central Committee, a managing editor of this newspaper and a long-time union activist. Initiatives . . . | Continue reading Workers' Solidarity Day: an essential initiative at Workers.org

Mark Taliano (2019-05-14). Face to Face with the Truth. The War against Syria and its People. globalresearch.ca Everybody who has been paying attention knows that the war on Syria is not a civil war, that it was and is externally-orchestrated, perpetrated, and sustained, and that the on-going catastrophe was avoidable. | The U.S Empire and its NATO accomplices, …

WSWS (2019-05-14). A new stage in the US-China trade war. wsws.org The fundamental and irresolvable contradiction of world capitalism, between world economy and the nation-state system, lies at the root of the accelerating US-China trade war.

United Nations (2019-05-14). 'Hateful attacks' pushing Sri Lanka backwards, UN advisers warn, urging an end to 'discriminatory practices' that feed intolerance. un.org Growing instances of religious-based violence in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka have prompted two United Nations Special Advisers to call for an end to "hateful attacks" directed towards the country's Muslim minority.

Teresa Gutierrez (2019-05-14). To save life on Earth, abolish capitalism ASAP. workers.org Scientists have issued yet another dire warning on the climate crisis. In what the New York Times described May 6 as a "sweeping new United Nations assessment," a 1,500-page report compiled by "hundreds of international experts and based on thousands of scientific studies" alerts the world that biodiversity around the . . . | Continue reading To save life on Earth, abolish capitalism ASAP at Workers.org

plenglish (2019-05-14). Iran Warns over Measures against US Policy. plenglish.com Tehran, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Iran has warned over a diversity of measures, including its withdrawal from the nuclear deal, in case that the United States Government takes the issue to the UN Security Council.

teleSUR (2019-05-14). 'There Won't Be War' Between Iran, US: Ayatollah Khamenei. telesurenglish.net Iranian Top Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that Tehran does not seek or want war with the United States (U.S) despite mounting tensions between both countries due to the collapse of the nuclear deal and escalating military pressure from the U.S. | RELATED: | Iran's Rouhani Calls for Unity Against 'Unprecedented' Pressure from US | "There won't be any war. The Iranian nation has chosen the path of resistance," Khamenei told state media, adding that his country…

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Saudi Arabia Says Oil Facilities Near Capital Riyadh Attacked. telesurenglish.net Saudi Arabia said armed drones had struck two oil pumping stations in the kingdom Tuesday in what it called a "cowardly" act of terrorism two days after Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. | The energy minister of the world's largest oil exporter said the attack caused a fire, now contained, and minor damage at one pump station, but did not disrupt oil production or exports of crude and petroleum products. | Oil prices spiked on news of the attack on the stations, more than 200 miles (320 km) west of the capital Riyadh. Brent crude futures rose 1.38 percent to trade at…

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Kashmiri Feminists Blame Patriarchal Society for Rape of Infant. telesurenglish.net Indian Occupied Kashmir is witnessing immense protests for the third consecutive day against the rape of a three-years-old infant. Kashmiri feminists are coming forward, criticizing the patriarchal society for this incident while most people expressing "shock" over it. | ANALYSIS: | From Mass Rapes to Half-Widows: Kashmiri Women Under Occupation | The girl was lured by a neighbor to a school bathroom where the accused allegedly raped the kid in Bandipora district of Kashmir…

Lauren Sandford (2019-05-14). Pesticide Lawsuits and the Threat Hiding in the Perfect Lawn. progressive.org More than 13,400 consumer lawsuits against Monsanto and Bayer AG, which manufacture the weed-killer Roundup, allege it is the cause of various cancers. Now, a new judgment has awarded one couple $2 billion in damages.

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

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

commondreams (2019-05-14). Free Press Report and FOIA Documents Expose Trump FCC's Neglect Toward Puerto Rico. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Ed Rampell (2019-05-14). 'Occupied Cinema': An audacious Serbian documentary about the Occupy Movement. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—If "audacity in cinema" is the theme of this year's South East European Film Festival, then the Serbian documentary Occupied Cinema is among the 14th annual SEEfest's most audacious films. Following the circa 1990 collapse of a form of socialism in former Yugoslavia, along with civil and ethnic wars, a wave of privatization swept …

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

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-05-14). How to Move Toward Impeachment, Now. commondreams.org Trump has been attacking Democrats, and vulnerable populations, and the Constitution, for months now. It is time for the Democrats to fight back. (Photo: Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-14). "Middle-of-the-Road" Climate Plans From Centrist Democrats Won't Save Us, Warns AOC at Green New Deal Rally. commondreams.org Vowing not to allow centrist and conservative politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties hamstring the push for a Green New Deal, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued a rebuke on Monday to longtime members of Congress and presidential candidates who claim incremental measures will solve the climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-05-14). UK May Increase Military Spending 'To Please US'. telesurenglish.net Britain's foreign minister has argued for a large rise in military spending so that the U.S. isn't 'alone' in fighting for 'democratic values.' Peace activists have condemned the move. | RELATED: | Jimmy Carter Lectures Trump: US Is 'Most Warlike Nation in History of the World' | Britain's Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt told the Wall Street Journal Monday that Britain must radically raise spending on its military to support their "great ally" the U.S. He said t…

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

Jesse Jackson (2019-05-14). 65 years after Brown v. Board of Education, We Risk Going Backward. commondreams.org Today, the common sense of the Brown decision is under attack. (Photo: Multicultural America. | Illustration by ©Boarding1now/Dreamstime.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-05-14). A million species threatened with extinction, UN-backed report warns. wsws.org The comprehensive study of biodiversity called for "transformative change" to protect nature and humanity.

Robert Reich (2019-05-14). The cost of Trump's trade war (and a better alternative). nationofchange.org We are now in a trade war with the second-largest economy on Earth. | On | Monday, China said it would raise tariffs to 20 or 25 percent on some $60 | billion of American goods — already being taxed at 10 percent, in retaliation | for Trump's previous tariffs on Chinese goods. | China's move came after Trump | increased tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods to 25 percent on Friday. | Tariffs are paid by American consumers | and businesses. They function exactly like taxes. By imposing them, Trump has | in effect raised taxes on most Americans by about $800 per household. China's | retaliatory tariffs…

Patrick Walker (2019-05-14). Announcing Bernie or Bust 2.0: Electoral warriors for the Green New Deal. nationofchange.org We need a populist GND — championed by a principled populist like Sanders — to sweep today's criminally insane Republicans (whom Biden likes so much) into the dustbin of history.

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

Emily Apple (2019-05-14). Sitting on a pavement just landed a homeless person 20 weeks in jail. thecanary.co Sitting on the pavement in Somerset "without reasonable excuse" landed a homeless man with a 20-week jail sentence. According to County Gazette, the man was also convicted of two other similar offences. | 'A high risk of begging': | A Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) banned the man from sitting on the pavement. He was sentenced…

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Bolsonaro Fund Cuts Force Scientists to Migrate Brazil for Work. telesurenglish.net Brazilan scientists and students are being forced to leave the country in search of funding to finish their current research and studies fearing major cuts to the public higher education system announced last week by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | 'Brazil Needs More Education, Not More Guns', Lula Warns | "Scientists are no longer leaving the country by choice but because it is the only chance to continue doing their job. Brazil does not regard education and science as…

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Kashmiri Feminists Blame Patriarchal Society for Rape of Infant. telesurenglish.net Indian Occupied Kashmir is witnessing immense protests for the third consecutive day against the rape of a three-year-old infant. Kashmiri feminists are coming forward, criticizing the patriarchal society for this incident while the general public remains in a state of "shock." | ANALYSIS: | From Mass Rapes to Half-Widows: Kashmiri Women Under Occupation | The girl was lured by a neighbor to a school bathroom where the accused allegedly raped the child in the Bandipora dist…

Staff (2019-05-14). The Surest Sign Yet Trump Is Considering War With Iran. truthdig.com A new report reveals the president has reviewed a plan from his national security adviser to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East.

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

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Iran Will 'Suffer Greatly' If They Target US Interests: Trump. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Monday Iran would "suffer greatly" if it targeted U.S. interests after Washington deployed an aircraft carrier and more jet fighters at a time of rising tensions with Tehran. | RELATED: | Saudi Arabia Says 2 Tankers Were Targeted In 'Sabotage Attack' | "We'll see what happens with Iran. If they do anything, it will be a very bad mistake," Trump told reporters at the White House. "If they do anything they will suffer greatly." | Trump's comm…

plenglish (2019-05-14). Russia: US Prepares Conditions in Europe to Use Nuclear Weapons. plenglish.com Moscow, May 14 (Prensa Latina) The deployment of nuclear weapons in Europe by the United States, with authorization from the countries of that region, constitutes a preparation for the use of those weapons of mass destruction, an official source warned on Tuesday.

Alexandra Jacobo (2019-05-14). UN chief: 'Climate change is running faster than what we are'. nationofchange.org During a joint press conference with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres had a grim warning for the public: the world is "facing a climate emergency" and is "not on track" to meet the objectives outlined in the Paris Agreement. | Guterres explained that the political will to fight climate change has faded, resulting in "climate change [is] running faster than what we are." | The fact of the matter, says Guterres, is that countries are not living up to their commitments under the 2016 Paris Agreement, which calls for limiting temperature increas…

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Madonna Refuses BDS Boycott Eurovision in Israel. telesurenglish.net The Pop superstar Madonna told Reuters on Tuesday that she plans to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, despite pressure from pro-Palestinian activist groups like the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS). | RELATED: | Palestinian Artists Urge Eurovision Singers to Boycott Israel | In her first comment on her decision to sing at the event, Madonna said she was a supporter of all human rights. | "I'll never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda…

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Madonna Refuses BDS Eurovision Boycott in Israel. telesurenglish.net The Pop superstar Madonna told Reuters on Tuesday that she plans to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, despite pressure from pro-Palestinian activist groups like the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS). | RELATED: | Palestinian Artists Urge Eurovision Singers to Boycott Israel | In her first comment on her decision to sing at the event, Madonna said she was a supporter of all human rights. | "I'll never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda…

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Mexico Prepares New Retaliation Duties Against United States. telesurenglish.net A new round of punitive duties Mexico has prepared for U.S. products to pressure President Donald Trump into lifting his metals tariffs could be ready in the next two to three weeks, a senior official said on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Mexico, China Vow to Protect Firms Against US Sanctions on Cuba | Mexico imposed tariffs on various U.S. products last year in response to Trump's duties on steel and aluminum, and the government said it could soon swap out some goods from the list fo…

Karen J. Greenberg (2019-05-14). Washington's Reliance on Redactions Threatens Our Democracy. thenation.com Washington's Reliance on Redactions Threatens Our Democracy…

Staff (2019-05-14). Barr to Investigate Origins of Mueller Probe. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was "lawful and appropriate," according to a person familiar with the issue. | Barr appointed John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to conduct the inquiry, the person said. The person could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke Monday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. | With the appointment, Barr is addressing a rallying cry of President Donald Trump and his supporters, who have accused…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-14). 'Historic' Verdict as Jury Orders Monsanto to Pay Record $2 Billion to Couple in Roundup Cancer Trial. commondreams.org "We've been fighting cancer for nine years. It was caused by Roundup. We can't do the things we used to do and we really resent Monsanto for that." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

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

James Wright (2019-05-14). The BBC bills a Koch-funded propagandist as 'left-wing' while she calls for voters to back Nigel Farage. thecanary.co The BBC has billed Ella Whelan, a columnist for the Koch brothers- funded spiked magazine, as a 'left-leaning journalist', while she calls for voters to back Nigel Farage's Brexit party: Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-14). 'Disgraceful': While Reaping $21 Billion Windfall From Trump Tax Cuts, Report Shows, AT&T Slashed 23,000 Jobs. commondreams.org "Taxpayers aren't going to let AT&T get away with receiving over $21 billion in tax cuts and then destroying the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Andrew Emett (2019-05-14). Monsanto ordered to pay $2 billion in Roundup cancer lawsuit. nationofchange.org "We've been fighting cancer for more than nine years now and we can't do any of the things we wanted to do. We really resent Monsanto for that."

Evan Malmgren (2019-05-14). The Race for Global Internet Access Is Not a Zero Sum Game. thenation.com The Race for Global Internet Access Is Not a Zero Sum Game…

WSWS (2019-05-14). Trump says he reported $1.17 billion in losses over 10 years to evade paying taxes. wsws.org Trump's statement that he claimed losses in order to evade taxes is tantamount to an admission of tax fraud.

WSWS (2019-05-14). Trump welcomes Hungarian far-right prime minister Orbán to the White House. wsws.org The Trump administration is sending a clear message of endorsement of the far-right in the upcoming European elections.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-05-14). Houthi Withdrawal from Hodeida Port Brings No Peace as Saudis Press Attack. mintpressnews.com Artillery shells and a steady stream of heavy machine-gun fire tore through the village of Al-Shijan on Monday, as Saudi-led forces renewed hostilities in the area following a Houthi withdrawal from Hodeida.

Mira Oklobdzija (2019-05-14). The New Kid on the Nationalist Block: Thierry Baudet. counterpunch.org In the media, both local and international, this new kid is called a "political dandy," a "flamboyant populist," "not your typical populist," "the naked populist," "the far right's rising star," "a new face," and the "Dutch far right's new figurehead." He is sure of himself, exposing his intellectual rather than physical muscles (though certain naked More

Michael Welton (2019-05-14). Haunted House: the Legacy of Residential Schools for Aboriginal Children. counterpunch.org "We are standing on the grounds of what once was Carcross Residential School (also known as Choutla Residential School). Here, concrete stairs that lead nowhere. There, a truck with the windows busted out. Beyond are some scattered buildings, sagging and decrepit. The site where the actual school stood is empty, save for trash and broken glass. There is heaviness here, and deep sadness. I have brought tobacco with me, but it doesn't feel right to offer it to the ground. The space is empty, and not in a triumphant way. Not like a racist monument falling, not like a wall that divides being apart stone by stone. Emp…

Dean Baker (2019-05-14). Will Higher Pay for Uber Drivers Increase Productivity Growth? counterpunch.org That's what Sarah Jeong says in a New York Times column. The piece argues that if Uber drivers got a living wage then Uber would just turn to using driverless cars. It is an interesting possibility. The argument is that higher pay is a major driver of productivity growth, as it forces companies to use More

Colin Todhunter (2019-05-14). Illegal Bt Brinjal In India: A Call To Initiate Criminal Proceedings Against Regulators And Corporations. counterpunch.org What is the point in central government orders and carefully thought out regulatory norms if government officials and regulators act with blatant disregard? This is precisely what we now see happening in India where genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are concerned. India has the greatest brinjal germplasm in the world with 2,500 varieties, including wild species. More

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

Georgina Downs (2019-05-14). Neurotoxic Organophosphate Chemicals in Your Mobile, Tablet, Laptop, Sofa, and Even Bed! counterpunch.org Some people may have never heard the word 'organophosphates' to know what they are and what they do. Others may have only heard of organophosphates in relation to nerve agent chemical attacks — such as the one in Tokyo in 1995 where sarinwas released on three lines of the Tokyosubway during rush hour, killing 12 people, severely injuring More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-14). Social Media Footprints and Electioneering in Australia. counterpunch.org It has been an uninspiring election, punctuated by occasional moments of madness on the part of various candidates. Their sin was to be incautious in their previous use of social media, a form of communication that reveals everything and nothing about a person. In a political sense, the erring tweet and the injudicious remark on More

Winston DeLaurier (2019-05-14). La crisis de la vivienda en California continúa final que se avecine. liberationnews.org øPodemos esperar que ellos resuelvan, o incluso alivien sustancialmente esta crisis para nosotros?

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-14). The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC): Crucial to the Convergence of Civilizations? globalresearch.ca The Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (CDAC) opens in Beijing on Wednesday and will be graced by a keynote speech from President Xi about the importance of civilizational harmony. China envisages a community of shared destiny where the …

Yves Engler (2019-05-14). Is Canada's Minister of Defence an Arms Pusher? globalresearch.ca Would it surprise you to learn that Canada's minister of defence is an arms pusher? | Last Friday members of Mouvement Québécois pour la Paix interrupted a $135-a-plate luncheon to confront defence minister Harjit Sajjan. At an event sponsored by …

True Publica (2019-05-14). British Government Forced to Delete Millions of Illegal Citizen Biometric Voiceprints. globalresearch.ca Last year, TruePublica published an article about how the British government were now going 'full Orwellian' in their attempt to build a national biometric database. The opening line to the article was — "We said that the government would …

Elson Concepción Pérez (2019-05-14). Trump Intent on Erasing Palestine. globalresearch.ca U.S. President Donald Trump has come up with what he calls the "Deal of the Century," the sole purpose of which is to finally remove Palestine from the world stage and put an end to the existence of the state….

Zero Hedge (2019-05-14). US Special Forces Command Issues New Guide for Overthrowing Foreign Governments. globalresearch.ca No kidding — this is not our headline, but Newsweek's: "US Special Forces School Publishes New Guide For Overthrowing Foreign Governments" — and as far as we can tell they are the only major mainstream outlet to have picked …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-14). Cleaning Out the Nutters: Paul Keating, China and Australia's Security Establishment. globalresearch.ca Inimitable to a fault, former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating had been fairly quiet on his party's policies till an impromptu press intervention last week. Catching two journalists of the ABC off-guard, Keating took little time to land a few …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-14). Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz: The US-Iran Standoff. globalresearch.ca Hegemons are never going to sound too sensible when they lock horns or joust in spats of childish anger. Power corrupts, not merely in terms of perspective but language, and making sense about the next move, the next statement, is …

Swiss Propaganda Research (2019-05-14). The Propaganda Multiplier: How Global News Agencies and Western Media Report on Geopolitics. globalresearch.ca This study was originally published in 2016. | Introduction: "Something strange" | "How does the newspaper know what it knows?" The answer to this question is likely to surprise some newspaper readers: "The main source of information is stories from news agencies. …

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