2019-05-15: Social Media Postees

'Music of Dead, Bombed-out Buildings Must be Heard' — Gaza Artists Hold Anti-Eurovision Concert in Building Destroyed by Israeli Attack
Ahmad Kabariti | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
At the front gate of the residential Al-Qamar building, which was flattened by an Israeli air strike a week ago, a Palestinian band arrives with their instruments. They sweep away small stones and building remnants as they prepare to start …
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Israel's Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. The clashes were instigated by Israel, when the Israeli military…
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'Gazavision' to Rival Israeli Eurovision
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-15
Palestinians are hosting a rival musical event in opposition to this years 'Eurovision' being held in Israel. They hope the Gaza concert will bring a message of peace and draw attention to Israeli crimes. | RELATED: | Israel's Webcast of Eurovision is Hacked with Explosion Images | 'Gazavision' music festival kicked off Tuesday and will extend to Saturday thereby coinciding with the Eurovision final in Tel Aviv. The festival is being organized by a number of Gaza strip artists…
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Siege of Venezuela Embassy Violates Vienna Convention: Moncada
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-15
Ambassador of Venezuela to the United Nations (U.N)., Samuel Moncada, denounced on Wednesday the continuing violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention by the United States (U.S.) government, regarding the ongoing illegal siege to its Embassy in Washington D.C. | RELATED: | US Police Illegally Invade Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC | "This a massive violation not just of Venezuelan rights, but of the rights of all diplomats around the world, with respect to their physical, and…
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Guaido Requests U.S. military 'cooperation' to oust Maduro as U.S. vessel violates Venezuelan waters
Venezuela Analysis | mronline.org | 2019-05-15
A meeting between Guaido's team and the U.S. Southern Command is being organised. | Source…
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Rev. Jackson Brings Food to Venezuelan Embassy Protectors
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-15
Long-time civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson was able to bring four bags of food and supplies to the remaining four activists inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. Wednesday afternoon. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Embassy: Water Shut Off, Police Block Entry of Food | teleSUR correspondent in Washington Jorge Gestoso tweeted about the delivery, "Rev. Jesse Jackson manages to deliver food to the activists who protect the Embassy of Venezuela in Washington after a…
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Pasqualina Curcio: 'Hyperinflation is a Powerful Imperialist Weapon'
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-15
"Unilateral coercive measures…[directed by the U.S. against Venezuela] affect the entire population in a deliberate and systematic manner. That is why, in accordance with the Rome Statutes [of the International Criminal Court], they are crimes against humanity." | Source…
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A Criminal Affair: United States Imposes War on the Venezuelan People
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
To replace Venezuela's government with one to its liking, the United States uses special war-making tools. The plan is to make Venezuelans suffer enough so that, desperate, they will accept whatever government is presented. Troops and weapons aren't required. That approached worked in Chile in 1973, but so far in Cuba it hasn't – after almost 60 years.
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Why Many Venezuelans Are Still Chavistas
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
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US Media Coverage of Venezuela Reaches All-Time Low
Daniel Kovalik | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-15
Analyzing 76 total press articles of the "elite" press from January 15 to April 15, 2019, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) could find not one voice that opposed Trump's regime plans in Venezuela.
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Canadian Green Leader Supports Same Old Pro-Imperialist Foreign Policies
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-15
Does Elizabeth May hate Palestinians? Does the Green Party leader want the Trump administration to attack Iran? Does she support efforts to overthrow Venezuela's government? I've been asking myself these questions since reading a Canadian Jewish News story about Paul Manly's recent victory in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith bi-election. In a story titled "Concerns raised over new …
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President Bolton Plans to Send 120,000 Troops to Middle East
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
President John Bolton has put his signature on a plan to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East in a move all too reminiscent of the invasion of Iraq. The number is close to that during the invasion and destruction …
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President Bolton Plans to Send 120,000 Troops to Middle East
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
President John Bolton has put his signature on a plan to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East in a move all too reminiscent of the invasion of Iraq. The number is close to that during the invasion and destruction …
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White House Reviews US Military Plan for 120,000 Troops for Iran War
Jason Ditz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
John Bolton ordered the Pentagon to come up with an "updated" plan for getting more American troops into the Middle East to fight a war against Iran. The plans are in now, according to officials, who say that the options …
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Top Ten Differences Between the Iraq War and Trump's Proposed Iran War
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-05-15
White House National Security Advisor John Bolton (L) and Vice President Mike Pence listen to President Donald Trump announce his decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Room at the White House May 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. After two and a half years of negotiations, Iran agreed in 2015 to end its nuclear program in exchange for Western countries, including the United States, lifting decades of economic sanctions. Since then international inspectors have not found any violations of the terms by Iran. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondr
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Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of 'Increased Threat' From Iran
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-15
"Intelligence and military officials in Europe as well as in the United States said that over the past year, most aggressive moves have originated not in Tehran, but in Washington." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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War with Iran would be 'like Christmas' for John Bolton — Tucker Carlson
rt.com | 2019-05-15
Fox News host Tucker Carlson blasted National Security Advisor John Bolton for his apparent love of violent global conflict, saying that for him war with Iran would be like "Christmas, Thanksgiving and his birthday" in one. | …
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Trump Administration Orders Diplomatic Staff Out of Iraq in Latest Move to Cement Narrative of Iranian Threat
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-15
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Israel Driving Trump White House to Catastrophic War against Iran
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
It is openly admitted that the current Right-wing Israeli government is the key driver of the Trump administration's intention to destroy the economy of the sovereign state of Iran — one of the world's oldest civilisations — by a strategy …
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Selected Articles: Is US-Iran War Looming?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …
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Warnings of 'Gulf of Tonkin 2.0' as Trump Officials Blame Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks
Jake Johnson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
Is the Trump administration attempting to concoct a false pretext to justify launching a war against Iran? | That question has become increasingly common and urgent among anti-war commentators and activists in recent days as U.S. intelligence officials– without citing any …
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Washington Pushes to Brink of War against Iran
Bill Van Auken | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
The abrupt trip staged by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Brussels to push Washington's hard line against Iran, combined with the deployment of still more US military assets to the Persian Gulf, point to Washington's calculated escalation of …
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US Military Placed on High Alert over Iranian 'Threats' in Iraq
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-15
The U.S. Armed Forces have been placed on high alert in the Middle East over what Centcom has described as "credible and possibly imminent threats to U.S. forces in Iraq." | RELATED: | 'There Won't Be War' Between Iran, US: Ayatollah Khamenei | "U.S. Central Command, in coordination with Operation Inherent Resolve, has increased the force posture level for all service members assigned to OIR in Iraq and Syria," Urban said. "As a result, OIR is now at a high level of alert as we continue…
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No to war against Iran!
wsws.org | 2019-05-15
The threat of all-out war in the Middle East is greater than at any time since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, and the potential consequences are far graver.
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US Orders Embassy Employees to Leave Iraq Amid Iranian Threat
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-15
The U.S. State Department has ordered the pullout of the employees from both the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil, the embassy said in a statement. | RELATED: | US Military Placed on High Alert over Iranian 'Threats' in Iraq | "Normal visa services at both posts will be temporarily suspended," it said, recommending those affected depart as soon as possible. It was unclear how many staff would leave. | The pullout of its non-emergency personnel from Iraq is a…
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'Dangerously delusional' Tom Cotton claims US would win Iran war with 'two strikes'
rt.com | 2019-05-15
US Republican Senator Tom Cotton is facing severe criticism from the public after bombastically claiming that the US would win a war against Iran in just "two strikes." | …
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To Counter Trump's Hawks, CodePink's Medea Benjamin Says It's Time to "Build Up an Anti-War Movement Again"
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-15
"We have to be pushing our members of Congress to speak out forcefully against what the Trump administration is now doing," says the activist. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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'Attack Iran to get reelected': Twitter discovers Trump 'warned' of Iran conflict plot — but Obama's
rt.com | 2019-05-15
As tensions ratchet up between Washington and Tehran, the internet is taking a moment to appreciate the irony of some of President Donald Trump's old tweets warning that Barack Obama was stoking war on Iran to stay in office. | …
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Bernie Sanders Delivers Online Address: 'We Must Not Go to War With Iran'
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-15
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday came out forcefully against the Trump administration angling the United States into another costly and unnecessary war of choice in the Middle East—this time against Iran—delivering an online address in which he warned that any military action without approval from Congress would be an "unconstitutional and illegal" breach of office. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz: The US-Iran Standoff
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-15
Hegemons are never going to sound too sensible when they lock horns or joust in spats of childish anger. Power corrupts, not merely in terms of perspective but language, and making sense about the next move, the next statement, is bound to be challenging. Otherwise justified behaviour can be read as provocative; retaliatory moves duly …
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Despite Christchurch Massacre and Others, Trump Refuses to Join 'Unprecedented' Global Effort to Tackle Racist Extremism Online
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-15
The White House announced Wednesday it will not join a global initiative, launched in the wake of a massacre in New Zealand two months ago, to tackle online terrorist and extremist content. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Russian Attacks on Florida County Voting Systems Must Be Countered with Action and Federal Funds
commondreams.org | 2019-05-15
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'Putin smiles': Russophobic media is having none of Pompeo's diplomacy trip
rt.com | 2019-05-15
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent trip to Sochi to meet with the Russian president and foreign minister has heads exploding. Many in the media, it seems, will not tolerate a shred of diplomacy with Russia. | …
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Pompeo's Russia Trip Hints a 'New Detente' Might be in the Works
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo visited the Russian Black Sea city of Sochi for talks with his Russian counterpart Lavrov and President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday after abruptly canceling the first part of his trip to Moscow on Monday in …
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US Facing Defeat in Afghanistan After 18 Years of War: Taliban
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-15
Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the Taliban's chief negotiator, told an "internal gathering" in Doha, Qatar on April 28th that the U.S. is on the verge of defeat in Afghanistan and will quit the war "either of their own accord, or they will be forced out." | RELATED: | Afghan Journalist, Women's Education Advocate Shot Dead | According to VOA News, Pro-Taliban social media outlets released the video of Stanekzai's speech one day after the U.S. special reconciliation envoy, Zalmay Khalil…
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Further Evidence US Attacked Syria Based on False Flag
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
Further evidence has emerged indicating that the alleged 2018 Douma, Syria chemical attack was staged by US-backed militants, not the Syrian government. | With the US plotting war from South America to the South China Sea, understanding how US-backed militants staged …
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Exiting the War System of NATO
Comitato No Nato | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
The Following text is the last section of | 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 …
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The Newspeak Road to Four Degrees Celsius
Dr. Andrew Glikson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
While a price placed on the Earth, estimated at $5000 trillion (New Formula Values Earth), belongs to the unthinkable, the haggle by conservatives over the price of mitigation of climate change underpins the reality of the Faustian Bargain, …
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How Many Millions of People Have Been Killed in America's Post-9/11 Wars?
Nicolas J. S. Davies | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
This article was first crossposted in March 2018. | The numbers of casualties of U.S. wars since Sept. 11, 2001 have largely gone uncounted, but coming to terms with the true scale of the crimes committed remains an urgent moral, political …
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Evidence that Douma 'Chemical Attack' Was Staged: OPCW's Unpublished Engineers' Report
Tim Hayward | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
The alleged chemical attack on Douma in April 2018 was the pretext for airstrikes on Syria by France, UK and US. The final report on the alleged attack published by the OPCW left unexplained why its Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) had …
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Israel Was Forced on Palestinians‚Ää. Trump Deal is a US Rubber Stamp of the Status Quo
Rima Najjar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
It's been 71 years now, to the day, and the Jewish State of Israel is still "thriving" among us as the fictitious "ancestral homeland" of Jews‚Ää–‚Ääa deceptive rhetorical ploy Thomas Friedman, among many others, has been spouting, without …
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Ten Points on Palestine's Nakba and 'Israel's' Illegitimacy
Dr. Vacy Vlazna | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
Nakba Day, the Day of the Catastrophe, is commemorated on the 15th May, the day after the Jewish terrorist Ben Gurion unilaterally proclaimed the Israeli Declaration of Independence on a gaping fault line of delegitimisation. | 1. The Balfour Declaration illegally …
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China-US Trade War: Hiatus or Busted Deal?
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
This past week the US and China failed to reach agreement on a new trade deal, despite high level China representative Lie He meeting in Washington on Thursday-Friday, May 9-10. | In the wake of the meeting, Trump and his administration …
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Modern Merchants of Death: Spyware and Human Rights
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
Arms manufacturers of old, and many of the current stable, did not care much where their products went. The profit incentive often came before the patriotic one, and led to such dark suspicions as those voiced by the Nye Committee …
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Justice Prevailed.Threats Directed against Arab-Americans
James J. Zogby | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
On May 9, a jury in US District Court for Washington, DC found a former US diplomat guilty on 14 counts of threatening me and other employees of the Arab American Institute (AAI) "because of [our] race and ethnicity" …
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Justice Prevailed.Threats Directed against Arab-Americans
James J. Zogby | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
On May 9, a jury in US District Court for Washington, DC found a former US diplomat guilty on 14 counts of threatening me and other employees of the Arab American Institute (AAI) "because of [our] race and ethnicity" …
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Jury Slams Bayer-Monsanto in Latest Roundup Cancer Trial
EWG | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
For the third time in less than a year, a California jury has delivered a stinging blow to Bayer-Monsanto, finding that the company's Roundup weedkiller caused cancer in a California couple and awarding them a staggering $2.055 billion in damages….
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How Billionaires Define Socialism
Manuel E. Yepe | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
It wasn't surprising to hear multi-billionaires Bill Gates, Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett, interviewed on CNBC-TV on Thursday, May 9, defending capitalism. But it was indeed surprising that Gates made a positive comment about socialism, or at least about what is defined in the United States as socialism. Gates pointed out that the current increase…
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New Airport Threatens Historical Ruins of Machu Picchu
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-15
The historical ruins of Machu Picchu are facing potential disaster as a newly proposed airport is threatening this Incan citadel in Peru. | RELATED: | Another Senior Peruvian Politician Gets Jail For Corruption | According to Unesco, the citadel of Machu Picchu is already facing considerable strain from the increased number of visitors, which increased by more than double in 2017. | With the increased number of visitors, the Peruvian government has approved a multi-billion dolla…
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How Billionaires Define Socialism
Manuel E. Yepe | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
It wasn't surprising to hear multi-billionaires Bill Gates, Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett, interviewed on CNBC-TV on Thursday, May 9, defending capitalism. But it was indeed surprising that Gates made a positive comment about socialism, or at least about what is defined in the United States as socialism. Gates pointed out that the current increase…
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Leaked Diplomatic Cable Suggests Saudi Foreknowledge of Sri Lanka Easter Bombings
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-15
New evidence suggests that the government of Saudi Arabia not only had foreknowledge of the brutal bombings (and did nothing to stop them) but may have played a more active and direct role in the bloodshed…
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Saudi Arabia's 'Year of Shame': Crackdown on Critics and Rights' Activists Continues
commondreams.org | 2019-05-15
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Why Everyone in the U.S. Who Counts Wants Julian Assange Dead
Thomas Neuburger | commondreams.org | 2019-05-15
On April 5, 2010, WikiLeaks released "Collateral Murder," a video showing a July 12, 2007 US Apache attack helicopter attack upon individuals in a Baghdad suburb. Amongst the over twelve people killed by the 30mm cannon fire were two Reuters journalists. (Image: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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A Biased Newsguard Honors MintPress with "Red" Rating: Here's Our Point by Point Response
Mnar Muhawesh | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-15
Newsguard reviewer Jeannie Kamin seems to conflate reporting critical of U.S.-backed terror groups in Syria, such as Al-Nusra Front and other extremist groups, with support for Bashar al-Assad.
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UK Tory government maintains benefit sanctions as misery and deaths continue
wsws.org | 2019-05-15
There are almost daily reports of the savage human toll of the austerity agenda imposed by successive Labour and Conservative governments in the UK.
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US Senators Propose Bill to Open Agricultural Trade with Cuba
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-15
U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Boozman are attempting to build bridges with Cuba and expand agricultural exports by removing barriers to private financing, the pair said announcing the return of the Agricultural Exports Expansion Act of 2019 bill proposal. | RELATED: | US Sanctions Violate Human Rights, International Law: UN Expert | "We have heard loud and clear that US farmers and ranchers want the opportunity to compete and sell their products around the world, includi…
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Sri Lankan austerity measures to deepen after terrorist attack
wsws.org | 2019-05-15
In its efforts to justify spending cuts, the government has adopted the slogan, "national security first."
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The Resilient Forests Act: a Trojan Horse to Accelerate Logging on Public Lands
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
We live in an age of Orwellian Doublespeak. Such doublespeak is exemplified by the euphemistically named "Resilient Federal Forests Act" (RFFA) sponsored by Rep. Westerman. Like previous versions, Westerman asserts RFFA will reduce massive wildfires and smoke, and promote more "resilient" forests. In the name of fire reduction, RFFA is a Trojan Horse designed to…
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Cleaning Out the Antti-China Nutters
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
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 blows against Australia's foreign and domestic intelligence security officers. They had, in Keating's view,…
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Trump's "Trade War" is a War on You
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
"It's not China that pays tariffs," Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace pointed out on May 12. "It's the American importers, the American companies that pay what, in effect, is a tax increase and oftentimes passes it on to U.S. consumers." "Fair enough," answered Larry Kudlow, head of US president Donald Trump's National Economic Council,…
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Unionists Defrock Ulster
Sam Gordon | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
The recent gunning down of 29 year old Lyra McKee in the northern Irish city of Derry once again focused widespread attention on that province of the British state. Few would be impressed by her killers' claim; sorry, we really wanted to shoot a police officer and not her. Lyra was a journalist, writer and…
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Getting Mauled by a Monopoly Utility
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
Nearly a half-century ago, the Montana Power Company was determined to turn our state into "the boiler room for the nation" with vast plans for Colstrip's coal-fired power plants and the massive strip mines to feed them. Local ranchers, farmers, landowners and environmentalists teamed up to oppose the mega-mines and pollution-belching plants and the newly…
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Too Many People, or Too Much Greed?
Manuel García, Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
During the dark early morning hours of a September 27 a few years after the Second World War, a passenger ship cruising calm South Atlantic waters struck a drifting forgotten mine, was violently breached, and quickly sank before any distress signal could be broadcast. Daylight found 26 survivors massed in, or floating in the sea…
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Unionists Defrock Ulster
Sam Gordon | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
The recent gunning down of 29 year old Lyra McKee in the northern Irish city of Derry once again focused widespread attention on that province of the British state. Few would be impressed by her killers' claim; sorry, we really wanted to shoot a police officer and not her. Lyra was a journalist, writer and…
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The Threat of Political Climate Change
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the "pink tide" of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain, the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia, socialism has devolved into nationalism, authoritarianism,…
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Is Emergency Evacuation from Seabrook Reactor Even Possible? Public Hearings Demanded
John Laforge | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
Ever wonder if the nuclear reactor near you has an evacuation plan that would work in an emergency? Have you ever been stuck in barely moving traffic on an interstate highway even when there was no crisis, no sirens, and no panic? People driving Interstate-95 near the Seabrook reactor in New Hampshire have, and they…
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan: The City with 2200+ Years of Written History
Sufyan Bin Uzayr | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
Visiting Central Asia had been on my bucket list for quite a while. So when I finally got the chance to head to Kazakhstan, I decided to take a pit-stop on my way there. This is how I got to Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan, and also the most populous city in former-Soviet Central…
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Cleaning Out the Anti-China Nutters
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
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 blows against Australia's foreign and domestic intelligence security officers. They had, in Keating's view,…
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Why is the US always 'stumbling' or 'sliding' into war? How the media misleads with language
rt.com | 2019-05-15
The way the mainstream media tells it, the United States never, ever ends up embroiled in wars and military conflicts on purpose — only ever by mistake, or as a result of things like 'bad planning' or 'strategic missteps'. | …
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Big Brother backlash? San Francisco becomes first US city to ban facial recognition
rt.com | 2019-05-15
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. | …
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Doris Day, prominent postwar American actress and singer, dies at 97
wsws.org | 2019-05-15
Her most compelling performances came in films such as Young Man with a Horn (1950), Love Me or Leave Me (1955) and, above all, Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).
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The Precise Ways Climate Change Is Putting Food at Risk
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-15
Climate change is leaving crops at risk. Driven by global warming — and with it ever greater extremes of heat, drought and rainfall — the rising mercury can explain up to half of all variations in harvest yields worldwide. | Unusually cold nights, ever greater numbers of extremely hot summer days, weeks with no rainfall, or torrents of storm-driven precipitation, account for somewhere between a fifth to 49% of yield losses for maize, rice, spring wheat and soy beans. | And once international scientists had eliminated the…
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The Green New Deal Needs an Anti-war Message
Arturo Desimone | commondreams.org | 2019-05-15
Any futile severance of anti-war agenda from the climate movement needs our criticism. (Photo: Diem25) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Colombia: Special Tribunal JEP Rejects Extradition of FARC Leader Jesus Santrich, Orders His Release
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-15
The Special Jurisdiction for Peace, JEP, ordered Wednesday the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation to immediately release Seuxis Paucias Hernandez, better known as 'Jesus Santrich.' | RELATED: | Colombian Court Rules Jesus Santrich to Occupy Seat in Congress | "The JEP applies the guarantee of non-extradition to Seuxis Paucias Hernandez, because the evidence does not allow the evaluation of the conduct nor does it establish the precise date of its realization," assur…
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Protest – Stop U.S. War on Venezuela! Support the Embassy Protection Collective!
ANSWER Coalition | indybay.org | 2019-05-15
Powell and Market St., by Powell St. BART…
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Pro-War S.F. School Board Intends to Destroy Arnautoff mural
Abolish J.R.O.T.C. | indybay.org | 2019-05-15
The pro-war San Francisco Unified School District's Reflection and Action Working Group voted 12 to 1 to destroy Victor Arnautoff's outstanding, realistic historical mural at Washington High School in the name of promoting SFUSD values, which values certainly include their promotion of the military in our public schools known as Junior Reserve Officer Training or J.R.O.T.C., which has been protested over the years to no avail.
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Trump 'Sort of' Denies Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops for War With Iran
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-15
(ANTIWAR.COM) — President Trump sort of denied last night's report that the Pentagon's plan for a war with Iran would see 120,000 US ground troops sent to the Middle East, saying that the report was in the New York Times and therefore must be "fake news." The 120,000 troops plan was attributed to the Pentagon, and said to be …

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

Who's Selling Whom? A's Stadium & The Destruction of Howard Terminal In The Port Of Oakland
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-05-15
Maritime workers, supporters of the A's, union officials and Dave Kaval, the manager of the A's spoke at the Oakland Port Board of Directors meeting on May 13, 2019 about the proposal to build an A's stadium on the Howard Terminal at the Port and 4,000 $1 million dollar condos. The Alameda Central Labor Council and the Alameda Build and Constructions Trades Council supported the stadium on Port land despite unanimous opposition by maritime unions. They are also supporting 4,000 million dollar condos on Port land which has been pushed by John Fisher, the owner of the GAP and the A's. He also controls the KIPP and…
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Israel/America or Netanyahu/Trump?
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
The late Uri Avnery (1923-2018), the doughty Israeli seeker of peace with the Palestinian people, posted almost weekly on CounterPunch.Avnery was savvy enough to know that the Zionist failure to achieve peace with the Palestinians meant that Israel could never be a "normal" state, no matter how much it pretended, hypocritically, to be a "democracy" adhering to "Western values".
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Why Many Venezuelans Are Still Chavistas
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-15
Despite the dramatic economic crisis and the constant political conflict in Venezuela, there still is a significant proportion of the population that consider themselves to be "Chavistas." Ed Augustin examined some of the reasons for this in Caracas…
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Guaidó Calls for US Military Cooperation, but few Venezuelans Support the Move
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-15
Parallel president and opposition leader Juan Guaidó says he would like to coordinate with the US military, but following his failed April 30th coup attempt, few Venezuelans show interest. Mike Fox reports from Caracas…
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ILWU Rally To Defend Howard Terminal & Port of Oakland
ILWU | indybay.org | 2019-05-15
Port Of Oakland Offices | 530 Water St. | Oakland…
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Police Attacks Berkeley
Vaughn | indybay.org | 2019-05-15
Officer Aranus of UC Berkeley police, grabs peaceful person by neck, throwing them to the ground on UCB campus, March 12, 6pm.
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Warnings of 'Gulf of Tonkin 2.0' as US Officials Blame Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-15
(CD) — Is the Trump administration attempting to concoct a false pretext to justify launching a war against Iran? That question has become increasingly common and urgent among anti-war commentators and activists in recent days as U.S. intelligence officials–without citing any concrete evidence–blamed Iran for reported attacks on Saudi and UAE oil tankers in the Strait of …

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

Eurovision Artist Boycott Curbed by Qatari Aid
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-15
As'ad Abukhalil discusses the role which Qatar plays in the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Qatar has saved the Palestinian Authority from financial collapse. Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas has allied himself with Qatar's staunch enemy Saudi Arabia…
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Israel's Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-14
On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. The clashes were instigated by Israel, when the Israeli military …
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Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective Defies Unlawful "No Trespass" Order
Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
Since the cutting off of electricity, food and water inside the embassy has not been enough to force the collective to leave, late Tuesday afternoon, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police handed out a trespassing notice that was printed without letterhead or signature from any U.S. government official. (Photo: CodePink) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Venezuela embassy protectors to State Dept.: No illegal eviction!
| workers.org | 2019-05-14
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
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Opposition MPs will Face Venezuelan Justice, Diosdado Cabello Says
plenglish.com | 2019-05-14
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.
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USA: Hands off Iran!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-05-14
As if the White House gang felt incomplete simply leveling economic threats against China, making hostile comments about Russia and imposing illegal sanctions — illegal because they amount to collective punishment of the populations — on Venezuela, Cuba and north Korea — they have once again put the Islamic Republic . . . | Continue reading USA: Hands off Iran! at Workers.org
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Guaido Requests US Military 'Cooperation' to Oust Maduro as US Vessel Violates Venezuelan Waters
Paul Dobson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
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 …
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The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela Is Decades in the Making
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-14
Washington has wanted to crush the Bolivarian Revolution since Hugo Chavez assumed power, and its sanctions have killed tens of thousands.
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Panamanian President-elect Criticizes Lima Group
plenglish.com | 2019-05-14
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.
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Venezuelan Communes Protect the State
Robert Hunziker | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-14
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 …
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Venezuelan Communes Protect the State
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-14
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…
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Venezuela Receives 71 Tons of Medical Supplies from China
plenglish.com | 2019-05-14
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.
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Un colectivo de activistas protege la embajada de Venezuela en Washington, D.C
Morgan Artyukhina | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-14
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.
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The Media's Handling of Bolton's Iran Threats, Recalls the Run-Up to the Iraq War
Ben Armbruster | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
Media-savvy U.S. government officials, political operatives, and lawmakers and their staffs from all political parties and ideological persuasions have no doubt, throughout the history of our great country, duped a fair-minded but unwitting reporter into writing a juicy story in …
globalresearch.ca/medias-shamefu…

History's Dire Warning: Beware False-Flag Trigger for Long-Sought War with Iran
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-14
Israel's "false flag" attack on the U.S.S. Liberty in 1967 cost 34 American lives. Dick Cheney planned to disguise U.S. troops as Iranians to fire on American ships to start a war. With Bolton and Israel on the warpath, the risk of another similar act is higher than ever.
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Will John Bolton's Dream to Bomb Iran Come True? Ex-Iranian Ambassador Warns About U.S. Escalation
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-14
The Pentagon has reportedly drawn up a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if President Trump decides to take military action against Iran. The New York Times reports the Pentagon presented the proposal on Thursday after National Security Advisor John Bolton requested a revision to an earlier plan. Bolton has long advocated for attacking Iran. According to the Pentagon, far more than 120,000 troops would be needed if a ground invasion was ordered. This comes as tension continues to escalate between the United States and Iran. The United States recently deployed the Abraham Lincoln Carrier St…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/14/w…

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