2019-05-17: Social Media Postees

'We fight too many wars!' Rev. Jackson denounces US militarism after Venezuela embassy raid
rt.com | 2019-05-17
Renowned American civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson has spoken out against US militaristic foreign policy after delivering food supplies to peace activists at the Venezuelan embassy in DC before their forceful eviction. | …

Sanders Launches Petition Urging Lawmakers to Block Military Action Against Iran Without Congressional Approval
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
As heightened tension between Washington and Tehran continues to provoke warnings of potential war, Sen. Bernie Sanders released a petition as part of his presidential campaign Thursday calling on federal lawmakers to "pass legislation that would prohibit military action against Iran without congressional approval." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Many American presidents have blundered in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, but Donald Trump's personal involvement in the region has been particularly disastrous. President Eisenhower introduced the CIA to the world of covert action, when he ordered the overthrow of the legitimate government of Iran in 1953. President Reagan endorsed a U.S. troop presence in Lebanon in 1982 in order to pull Israeli chestnuts out of the fire there due to their war crimes in Beirut, offering proof to the Arab nations of Washington's one-sided support for Israel. President George H.W. Bush went ahead with Desert Storm in 1991…

Congress Wants to Steal $1.68 Billion from Iran
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
It's not enough to want untold thousands to die and the country destroyed, now neocons in Congress want to steal more than a billion and a half dollars from Iran as compensation for something somebody else did or didn't do….

Neocons Won't Stop Until They Get Their War With Iran
Sonali Kolhatkar | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
Trump's national security adviser John Bolton has made it his mission to spark a war against Iran, and he was part of the apparatus of building the false case for the disastrous 2003 U.S. war against Iraq. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Ignore the Propaganda: A US War Against Iran Would Be a Costly Mistake
Richard Silverstein | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
US National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listen as Trump speaks in the Oval Office in Washington on 7 February (AFP) US National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listen as Trump speaks in the Oval Office in Washington on 7 February. (Photo: AFP/Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Democrats Running for President Are Waking Up to the Danger of War With Iran
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
Four of the seven senators who've joined the 2020 race have signed onto a bill that would prohibit the U.S. military from spending money to attack Iran.

Four Simple Steps the U.S. Media Could Take to Prevent a Trump War With Iran
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 10, 2019, in the Red Sea. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group has been deployed to U.S. Central Command as tensions with Iran have recently escalated. | helped the Bush administration spread myths and lies about the threat posed by Iraq to the United States and its allies, the Trump administration is spreading similar myths and…

The US war drive against Iran and the conflict with Europe
wsws.org | 2019-05-17
Amid growing conflicts with its strategic rivals, including its European Union "allies," Washington is seeking to reorganize Eurasian geopolitics, beginning with a war drive targeting Iran.

Uncle Sam Needs Our Help Again?
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Earlier in 2019, the US Congress utilized its power to wage or not wage war and voted to end US involvement in the Saudi Arabian war in Yemen. Donald Trump vetoed the bill and it died. Meanwhile, the Pentagon and US intelligence agencies were ramping up pressure on the nations of Venezuela and Iran. Other…

'Fraudulent', 'poorly sourced' & 'DANGEROUS': Trump strikes out against 'fake news' on Iran
rt.com | 2019-05-17
Amid rising tensions between the US and Iran, and rumors of war, President Donald Trump has blasted what he called 'fake news media' coverage of the issue, warning that it could be "dangerous" for the country. | …

War and Peace: Bolton and Trump Tell a Confused Story About Possible Military Action against Iran
John Mecklin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
The New York Times reported earlier in the week that top Trump administration national security officials asked for and received a briefing on military plans that would send some 120,000 US troops to the Middle East should Iran take aggressive …

Trump May Not Want War With Iran–But the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One
Bob Dreyfuss | thenation.com | 2019-05-17
Trump May Not Want War With Iran–But the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One…

Trump — from China to Iran to Venezuela — Threats and Sanctions Everywhere — A Chronicle of Disorganized Chaos Foretold
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
Trump himself, has not only reached a level of incompetence and ignorance which is scary — but he has also surrounded himself with inept, preposterous people, like, Pence, Bolton, Pompeo — who, it appears, have no other means left than running around the world amok, dishing out threats left and right…

Top Ten Differences Between the Iraq War and Trump's Proposed Iran War
Juan Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
1. Iraq is 168,754 mi ≤ and Iran is 636,400 mi ≤; that is, Iran is geographically 3.77 times bigger than Iraq, almost 4 times as big. | 2. Iraq's population when invaded was 26 million. Iran's population today is 81 million. | 3. …

Amid Murky Intel, Experts Say Time to Be Clear: Threat of War With Iran "Solely and Unequivocally" Trump's Fault
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
"Trump action provokes Iran reaction provokes U.S. reaction and suddenly march to another quagmire catastrophic war." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Only Ones to Blame for Fresh US-Iranian Tensions: Team Trump
Paul Pillar | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk during the group photo at the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East on February 14, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

The Washington Post's "Cartel of the Suns" Theory is the Latest Desperate Excuse for Why the Coup Attempt in Venezuela has Failed
Peter Bolton | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
With the attempted coup in Venezuela now nearing its four-month mark, commentators in the corporate-owned Western press are scratching their heads as to why Washington's plan for its proxy, Juan Guaido, to topple the government of Nicolas Maduro has so far failed to materialize. Of course, all of the real reasons elude them because they…

2020 Elections: It's Militarism and the Military Budget Stupid!
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
U.S. ships are involved in provocative "freedom of navigation" exercises in the South China Sea and other ships gather ominously in the Mediterranean Sea while National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo along with convicted war criminal Elliot Abrams conspire to save the people of Venezuela with another illegal "regime change"

Who's Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela's D.C. Embassy?
Jeb Sprague | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-17
The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they left Venezuela's D.C.-based opposition with a serious PR problem. After a week of hateful outbursts, a handful of marketing strategists emerged as de facto spokespeople for the mob.

Guaido requests US military cooperation to oust Maduro
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
Self-declared "Venezuelan Interim President" Juan Guaido has ordered the setting up of a meeting with the United States Armed Forces to discuss cooperation in his efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro. | During a gathering of supporters in the upper-middle class Caracas district of Las Mercedes on May 11, Guaido announced that he instructed his representative in the US, Carlos Vecchio, to establish a "direct relationship" with the US Southern Command (SouthCom), which controls all US overt and covert military operations in Latin America and the Caribbea…

Eyewitness in Venezuela: a 14-year Perspective
Peter Lackowski | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
I was in Venezuela from April 26 to May 5, 2019. It was the fifth time I have been there in a span of 14 years, so I was able to put things I saw on this trip in that context. My first visit was in 2005. I saw people begging, sleeping in doorways, street…

Venezuela's Arreaza: 'We Have to Reject War, Bet on Dialogue'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-17
During an exclusive interview with teleSUR, Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza addressed some of the the highlights of the current political, economic and diplomatic situation his country is going through. | RELATED: | UN Sec-Gen 'Very Much Supportive' of Venezuela Talks in Norway | With regard to the "exploratory phase" of dialogue taki…

The embassy siege in Georgetown
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-17
The American occupiers in the country's Georgetown embassy have mobilized in solidarity with the Venezuelan people and in the hope that they can help to prevent a war, the international left must support them.

US Illegally Evicts Protectors from Venezuelan Embassy
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
Today, law enforcement agents broke into the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C., and arrested the four remaining members of the Embassy Protection Collective. | "We denounce these arrests, as the people inside were there with our permission, and we consider it | …

Protests expected at Venezuelan Embassy following ejection of last Maduro supporters
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-17
WASHINGTON–Demonstrators are expected this Saturday at noon at the Venezuelan Embassy here two days after police — following the orders of the right-wing GOP Trump administration — ejected the last four supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from the building. The eviction, after 38 days, is a proxy for President Donald Trump's ideological effort to …

US security forces storm Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C
wsws.org | 2019-05-17
The raid of the embassy is of a piece with the reckless and illegal actions taken by the Trump administration in an effort to force a regime change in Venezuela.

Who Knows? Who Cares? If the Media Claim 50 Countries Reject Venezuela's Elected President and Repeat It Enough It Must be True
Dave Lindorff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
American media still refer to Juan Guaidó, America's hand-picked "legitimate leader" or "legitimate president" of Venezuela, as having an "administration." | The truth is that his "administration" — consisting of advisors and other opposition leaders — are all either arrested …

Colombia's FARC Jesus Santrich Injured, Unable to Leave Prison
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-17
Despite Colombia's Special Jurisdiction for Peace, JEP, ordering the Office of the Attorney General to immediately release Seuxis Paucias Hernandez, better known as 'Jesus Santrich' Wednesday, the former leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) remains imprisoned in La Picota prison. | Santrich released a handwritten note to the media Friday morning making four points, the first that the JEP ordered his release at 9: 45am Wednesday morning but that as of 11: 00am Friday he had not been released from jail. The former FARC commanders says the prison director is is "refusing to address his lawyer…

The Pompeo Bolton Tag Team from Hell
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
There was little pretense that when former UN Ambassador John Bolton became President Trump's National Security Adviser and former Rep. Mike Pompeo moved into the Secretary of State position, that either would bring a professionally credible and respectable presence to …

Bolton and the Road to the War He Wants
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Isn't it obvious? A moronic president with no firm principles other than the preservation of his base's support chose as his third national security advisor the notorious John Bolton. Bolton is using his position to try to guide the supposedly isolationist president into more wars of imperialist aggression. He is the Wormtongue in Trump's court,…

More migrant deaths as Trump unveils class-based immigration quota
wsws.org | 2019-05-17
Trump announced the new plan as the military agreed to build six new internment camps along the US-Mexico border.

Countering Trump's Inhumane Proposal, Ilhan Omar Presents 'Only Immigration Plan Worth Hearing About'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
"We should be welcoming immigrants into our country and providing them a simple and accessible path to becoming documented, not treating them like criminals or dehumanizing them." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

'Don't get comfortable:' Trump announces record detentions, says migrants will be 'sent home'
rt.com | 2019-05-17
Donald Trump has called on Democrats to vote for his immigration reform to fix the 'National Emergency" on the US' border with Mexico, saying that migrants are being detained in record numbers to be repatriated. | …

United States: Resisting Trump's attacks on migrants
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
Green Left Weekly's Jacob Andrewartha and Zane Alcorn spoke to Justin Akers Chacón, a Mexican-based, US immigrant rights activist, in Melbourne for the Marxism conference in April. | What can you tell us about the current situation in the US regarding immigration, particularly as we enter the second half of US President Donald Trump's term in office? | The situation is really dire in many ways. Trump has ratcheted up the attack on immigrants, including trying to prevent thousands of Central American asylum-seekers from even reaching the border where they could apply for asylum. | He has done this by essentially s…

Far right winning the social media war
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
A decade ago the left believed that it could use social media to outflank the established mass media. But it is the far right that now dominates social media. | Two recent events have focused attention on extreme right social media. The shooter in the Christchurch massacre was an addict of white supremacist message boards on platforms like Reddit and 4Chan. Like the alt-right platform Gab, these noticeboards are filled with overt racism, homophobia, misogyny and Hitler worship. | A very different sort of hard-right social media fuels Vox, the Spanish neo-fascist party that won 13% of the vote in the April general…

The Christchurch Pledge and a Regulated Internet
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
It had to come. A massacre, broadcast in real time and then shared with viral automatism; the inevitable shock, and the counter from the authorities. The Christchurch shootings, inflicting fifty-one deaths upon worshippers at two mosques in quiet New Zealand on March 15 this year, have spurred Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Laws have been passed…

Tamil genocide remembered, deportation opposed
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
More than 100 people attended a rally called by the Tamil Refugee Council on May 15. The rally combined a commemoration of the genocidal massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka 10 years ago with opposition to the imminent deportation of a Tamil refugee family to Sri Lanka following the rejection of their appeal to the High Court. | In May 2009 tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died when the Sri Lankan army and air force bombarded them during the final weeks of the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The LTTE were fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and ea…

Risk grows of 'catastrophic humanitarian fallout' in Syria's Idlib, where 3 million are trapped: top UN officials urge unity in Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
The UN's Political and Humanitarian Affairs chiefs on Friday called on the Security Council to unite in support of an immediate de-escalation of fighting around Syria's Idlib province, and work towards an enduring political solution on behalf of the Syrian people.

Netanyahu's Acts of Provocation and Destruction Including Violence against Civilians Constitute Both a War Crime and Terrorism
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 was adopted on 23.12.2016. The resolution passed in a 14–0 vote by members of the U.N.S.C. including four parties having power of veto: China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom. | It reaffirmed that Israel's …

Repatriation of extremist fighters and families to Kazakhstan, welcomed by UN rights expert
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
Stressing the need for some Governments to reform their laws and policies on fighting terrorism and extremism, an independent UN human rights expert welcomed on Friday Kazakhstan's repatriation of 231 of its citizens from conflict sites in Syria and Iraq, earlier this month.

The Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger Border Triangle Is the New "Syraq" (Syria-Iraq)
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
Terrorist groups in West Africa are dangerously trying to transplant the "Syraq" model of transnational destabilization to the Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger border triangle in order to turn it into a similarly lawless region like the frontier between those two aforementioned Mideast …

France Takes Unprecedented Action Against Reporters Who Published Secret Government Document
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
Journalists in France are facing potential jail sentences in an unprecedented case over their handling of secret documents detailing the country's involvement in the Yemen conflict. | Earlier this week, a reporter from Radio France and the co-founders of Paris-based investigative news organization Disclose were called in for questioning at the offices of the General Directorate for Internal Security, known as the DGSI. The agency is tasked with fighting terrorism, espionage, and other domestic threats, similar in function to the FBI in the United States. | The two news organizations published stories in April [md…

Media stenography turns beheaded Saudi protesters into 'terrorism'
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-17
All three outlets also added gratuitous details about the attack in Sri Lanka and/or other ISIS-related attacks–attacks that there's no suggestion any of the defendants were connected to. In fact, most of these defendants were arrested before ISIS existed. And a majority of those killed, being Shiites, would be viewed by ISIS as heretics. | Source…

As Irish PM Says Public Protest 'Welcome,' Trump Pushes for Private Meeting at His Own Golf Club
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17

I Oversaw the US Nuclear Power Industry. Now I Think It Should Be Banned
Gregory Jaczko | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
"My journey, from admiring nuclear power to fearing it, [is now] complete," writes Jaczko. "This tech is no longer a viable strategy for dealing with climate change, nor is it a competitive source of power." (Image: Olivier Bonhomme/For The Washington Post) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Koreans protest outrageous U.S. seizure of ship
| workers.org | 2019-05-17
Workers World reprints below in full a statement from the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on the seizure by the U.S. of a Korean cargo ship. We totally agree that the U.S. has absolutely no right to carry out such an act of piracy against the . . . | Continue reading Koreans protest outrageous U.S. seizure of ship at Workers.org…

For Corporate Media, Space Belongs to Washington
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-05-17
by Joshua Cho | Another day, another opportunity for our perpetually "behind" and "vulnerable" military/industrial/media complex to assert the need for yet another military upgrade–this time in outer space! Jim Sciutto (Wall Street Journal, 5/10/19) fear-mongered the vulnerabilities of US space presence, warning that Russia and China "are developing new w…

The Pompeo Smirk
Christopher Brauchli | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
No wonder Mr. Pompeo awkwardly laughed or, as it was described by some observers, "smirked," when asked about the reports of the execution of four of the people with whom Mr. Trump and Mr. Pompeo had been negotiating a few shorts months ago. Their roles might have been reversed. The smirk made its appearance when…

New Lawsuit Challenges Energy-Intensive 'Disaster for Climate, Wildlife, and Colorado River Basin'
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
The proposed massive oil shale project would drain more than 3 billion gallons of water per year from the Green River | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Europe's Far-Right Parties Target Youth Vote
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-17
BOKRIJK, Belgium — They are strikingly young, but emphatic that they should not be considered newcomers. Rather, they are claiming the mantle of Old Europe at its most traditional. | Several of this year's far-right candidates in Europe are well under the age of 30 — just like some of their most ardent supporters. In Belgium, the telegenic Dries Van Langenhove, who is among the top picks on the list for the far-right party Vlaams Belang, is 26. In France, the head of the far-right National Rally slate for the upcoming European Parliament elections is 23 and has been a card-carrying party member since…

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | 2019-05-17
Non-stop News from Progressive SourcesTens of thousands of French workers held a march against regressive changes in labour laws while major strikes continue in Sudan and South Africa[/ description]…

Canada's government uses bogus "foreign interference" claims to expand censorship ahead of federal election
wsws.org | 2019-05-17
The government's reactionary campaign has the twin aims of legitimizing censorship of social media and whipping up hostility against Russia and China, which Canadian imperialism views as its most dangerous rivals.

The Deadly Perils of Traffic Stops in America
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
If you're nervous about traffic stops, you have every reason to be. Trying to predict the outcome of any encounter with the police is a bit like playing Russian roulette: most of the time you will emerge relatively unscathed, although decidedly poorer and less secure about your rights, but there's always the chance that an…

Roaming Charges: Slouching Towards Tehran
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
It's easy to plot wars when you're at no personal risk after your plans go to shit. At the Battle of La Moscova (or Borodino, if you're Russian) in 1812, 70 generals were killed in a single day. In all US military campaigns since the beginning of World War Two, only 23 generals or admirals have been killed in action, many of those losing their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Eyes of Orson Welles: A markedly political approach to the American filmmaker
wsws.org | 2019-05-17
A generally left-wing figure shaped by the Great Depression and the impact of the Russian Revolution, filmmaker Orson Welles (1915-1985) was artistically demanding and for the most part found Hollywood nightmarish.

How to lobby Washington to death
Mashal Hashem and James Allen | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-17
A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen's Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family. From the tents constructed for the event, music flooded into the village and, as at any good wedding, exuberant dancing was a central part of the festivities. | Unbeknownst to the guests, the music masked the buzzing of a warplane overhead. Suddenly, in a horrific turn of events, Saudi-…

Both Saudi Arabia and the United States Are Probably Guilty of War Crimes in Yemen
Mohamad Bazzi | thenation.com | 2019-05-17
Both Saudi Arabia and the United States Are Probably Guilty of War Crimes in Yemen…

Saudi bombs kill Yemeni civilians, raising war tensions in Persian Gulf
wsws.org | 2019-05-17
The airstrikes, claiming 77 civilian casualties, came two days after drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Head of Swedish Bar Association Condemns the Handling of the Assange Case in the UK and Sweden as Deplorable
Anne Ramberg | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
This article was written by Anne Ramberg, who happens to be the Secretary General of the Swedish Bar Association, the professional body of lawyers in that country. The article has been translated by Marcello Ferrada de Noli, Swedish professor emeritus …

Pentagon Threatens Europe over EU Army Plans
Alex Lantier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
On May 1, the US Department of Defense sent a letter to the European Union warning that plans for an independent EU army could lead to a collapse in the NATO alliance between the United States and the EU powers. …

Canada Joins the Authoritarian Censorship Agenda
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
Here's how the Canadians will deal with citizen journalism and narrative debunking–they'll force the taxpayers to subsidize corporate news rackets. | "Federal agencies will publish an A-list of newspapers and websites deemed reliable under a multi-million dollar subsidy program, the Department | …

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New York Times Denies Health Impacts of 5G Cellphone Technology
Richard Gale | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
The New York Times continues to descend further into spewing fiction masquerading as news. Its most recent analysis challenges Judith Miller's delusional screed about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction as sheer nonsense. Evidently the Times has a propensity for …

A Novel We Can All Relate To: "The Other Americans"
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
America is still discovering itself. The rise of Donald Trump alerted those citizens who held that they alone defined our culture and values to the existence of a significant population holding very different views– and the will to back a …

Chelsea Manning Sent Back to Jail for Refusing to Testify Against Wikileaks
Associated Press | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-17
Manning already spent two months in jail for refusing a previous subpoena to testify to a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. She was released last week when that grand jury's term expired, but prosecutors quickly hit her with a new subpoena.

Newly Released FBI Docs Shed Light on Apparent Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-17
New information released by the FBI has brought fresh scrutiny to the possibility that the "Dancing Israelis," at least two of whom were known Mossad operatives, had prior knowledge of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

The Interlocking Crises: War and Climate Chaos
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." — James Baldwin Climate change is the apex crisis of all time and the US military is the prime crisis multiplier. As we approach the horizon of climate disaster it certainly looks like the predatory phase of human…

Grabby Joe and the Problem of Environmental Decline
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
The American political establishment seems determined to go down in flames and take the rest of the world with it. Under the delusion that neoliberal, neoconservative corpse-in-waiting Uncle Joe Biden is 'what voters want,' the Democratic Party has once again substituted marketing logic for a political program. On the plus side, Grabby Joe's 'Make America…

It's Even More Terrible Than You Thought
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Liberal journalist and author David Cay Johnston, a frequent cable news commentator, was right to title his 2018 book on the Trump presidency "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America." Trump is a creeping fascist train-wreck — an authoritarian disaster whose lawyer recently argued in federal court that…

Trotsky, Bukharin and the Eco-Modernists
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Faith merely promises to move mountains; but technology, which takes nothing "on faith," is actually able to cut down mountains and move them. Up to now this was done for industrial purposes (mines) or for railways (tunnels); in the future this will be done on an immeasurably larger scale, according to a general industrial and…

Springtime for Biden and Democrats
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Summertime is coming; the "debate" season is near. It will not taper off on until the primaries and party caucuses get underway. What a dreary prospect! Take heart, though, in the fact that, in this post-midterms world, with the Zeitgeist moving boldly and unashamedly to the left, some good could come of it. Also, if Joe…

Climate Change was No Accident
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Years ago, tobacco companies discovered the link between their products and lung cancer. Did they warn their customers? No — they denied the link entirely, misleading the public for decades while killing their customers. Similarly, ExxonMobil scientists made startlingly accurate predictions about climate change as early as 1982 — and then spent millions of dollars…

Does the Climate Movement Really Mean What It Says?
Howie Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
When a social movement adopts the compromises of legislators, it has forgotten its role, which is to push and challenge the politicians, not to fall in meekly behind them….Whatever politicians may do, let them first feel the full force of citizens who speak for what is right, not for what is winnable…. –Howard Zinn Why…

Will Burning at the Stake Come Next?
Martha Burk | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
We're living in the most perilous time for abortion rights and reproductive freedom since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. While some erosion of abortion rights has occurred over the decades — parental consent laws, waiting periods, procedure curtailment — the fundamental right has largely been by ruled by the courts, and viewed by…

Debunking Myths About Wealth and Race
Josh Hoxie | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
I don't get that much hate mail — except when I write about race. This spring I coauthored a report called "Ten Solutions to Bridge the Racial Wealth Divide." My coauthors and I found that the median white family today owns 41 times more wealth than the median black family and 22 times more wealth…

Social Carrying Capacity Politspeak Bamboozle
David Mattson | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
As a scholar and social scientist I get annoyed when concepts are deployed for partisan purposes without regard for intellectual integrity. Having said that, I suspect that most politicians would find my distress silly, which is to be expected of a breed that exists to promote partisan ends using whatever rhetoric serves the immediate purpose.

"Get Your Endangered Species Off My Bombing Range!"
Joan Roelofs | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
"The Department of Defense's ability to conduct realistic live-fire training, weapons system testing, and essential operations is vital to preparing a more lethal and resilient force for combat. . . . Starting in the late 1990s, the Department became increasingly concerned about "encroachment" pressures adversely affecting the military's use of training and testing lands. Specifically,…

Can Jerry Nadler Take Down Trump?
Karl Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Having been a journalist for 57 years now, I've gotten to know many public officials. The smartest person in politics I've ever known–and I've told this to folks for years–is U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler. In Jerry Nadler, chairman of the key panel now investigating President Donald Trump and his administration, Mr. Trump has a quite…

Brian Eno on Eurovision in Israel
Pablo Navarrete | thecanary.co | 2019-05-17
Musician Brian Eno explains why Israel hosting Eurovision is a propaganda coup for the apartheid state. | By Pablo Navarrete…

Taiwan Becomes 1st Asian Nation to Pass Same-Sex Marriage Bill
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-17
On Friday, Taiwan passed marriage legislation allowing same-sex couples to form "exclusive permanent unions" and a second clause that would allow for applications for "marriage registration" with government agencies. | RELATED: | Taiwan: Same-Sex Couples Ready to Marry on 1st Day of Legality | Upon passing the bill, Taiwan became the first Asian nation to approve same-sex marriage law. The legislation, which offers limited adoption rights, was passed with a 66 to 27 majority vot…

Trump earns new title: War criminal
Albert Bender | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-17
Donald Trump, who has been called almost everything–racist demagogue, vulgar sexist, inept businessman, pathological liar, and moron–now assumes a new mantle: War Criminal. His latest steps into the inner sanctums of infamy involve his granting a pardon on May 6 to an ex-soldier, First Lt. Michael Behenna, who shot to death a naked Iraqi civilian, …

Strike wave 1919: The radical forerunners of the CPUSA
David Cavendish | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-17
Throughout history, wars have had profound impact on human society. Not only does territory often change hands, but there are often great changes in political structures and systems, social upheaval, and economic dislocation. World War I is a prime example. Not only did more than 15 million people die, but the cost of the war, by some …

Workers sit in during union recognition effort at Marquette, driven out by cops
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-17
Milwaukee, WI – For the past several months, non-tenured faculty and graduate students at Marquette University have been organizing to form a union. They held rallies, distributed petitions and returned to administration demanding to be recognized and negotiated with as equals. In response, Marquette's administration has offered empty promises to "follow the law," and refuses anything further. | On May 15, the union took a step forward, with workers and supporters staging a sit-in for recognition at Zilber hall on Marquette's campus that held on through the night. The administration met with the workers…

Where Is the Democratic Alternative to Forever War?
Danny Sjursen | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a 2020 presidential candidate, speaks during a news conference with fellow Democrats at the U.S. Capitol October 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Food delivery workers take protest to Uber
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
"Uber Eats, wage cheats!" and "Deliveroo, deliver right!" were among the chants that rang out at a rally in front of the Uber offices on May 14. Uber Eats delivery riders and drivers were protesting the millions of dollars in unpaid wages and other entitlements from Uber and other multinational food delivery companies. | Most riders are defined by the companies as "independent contractors", which means they miss out on normal employee entitlements, such as award wages, superannuation and workers' compensation. | The rally was organised by the Delivery Riders Alliance and the Transport Workers Union (TWU). To…

Deadly Yemen airstrikes that claim children's lives in capital Sana'a, strongly condemned by UN
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
Thursday's airstrikes on Yemen's capital Sana'a that reportedly killed five children and injured dozens more, have been strongly condemned by UN agencies, which have warned of the "brutal toll" on civilians of more than four years of conflict.

Working people demand their fair share
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
I will happily take any opportunity to wave a red flag in public. My chance to do so this year was on May 1, the International Workers' Day. | In Newcastle, the Hunter Workers May Day community and union rally was held on May 1 instead of, as has been recent custom, on the closest Sunday. It was part of a renewed campaign by unions that saw more than 100,000 workers march through Melbourne on April 10 to demand a pay rise. | Is such action by unions just an attempt to stir up class conflict — the politics of envy — as conservative politicians would have us believe? | Or is class warfare alive and…

Plastics industry on track to burn through 14% of world's remaining carbon budget: New report
Sharon Kelly | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-17
"Really the surest solution to dealing with the problem of plastics and climate is to reduce plastic production, to keep the fossil fuels in the ground, to move towards eliminating the use of single-use plastics and non-essential plastics."

Modern Merchants of Death: The NSO Group, Spyware and Human Rights
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-17
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 in the 1930s. Known formally as the Special Committee on Investigation of the Munitions Industry, …

Workers and youth discuss Julian Assange, social conditions and war at SEP election meetings
wsws.org | 2019-05-17
One worker said: "It is absolutely vital that we have meetings like this in working-class areas. Having this meeting, as a party, is one step ahead towards the goal of achieving equality."

German Parliament Criminalizes Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-17
Germany becomes the first country in the world to criminalize the BDS movement. Shir Hever, TRNN Correspondent in Germany and expert on Palestine-Israel, responds…

What Does a Post-Roe America Look Like? As Anti-Choice Laws Multiply, Many Already Are Living In It
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-17
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer issued what many considered a dire warning from the bench this week, implying that Roe v. Wade — the landmark ruling that recognizes the constitutional right to an abortion — is in danger. He wrote the comments in a dissent for an unrelated case in which the court voted to overturn a 40 year-old precedent. Breyer wrote "Today's decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next." We speak to journalist Robin Marty about what a post-Roe America would look like, and how many people are already cut off from abortion access across the countr…

Russia Denounces Organization of Terrorist Provocation in Syria
plenglish.com | 2019-05-17
Moscow, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria on Friday denounced the organization of a simulated attack with chemical weapons by terrorist groups in Idlib to blame the government.

Peace Dialogue in Nicaragua to Continue May 20
plenglish.com | 2019-05-17
Managua, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The national dialogue for understanding and peace in Nicaragua will continue on Monday 20, the government delegation to the negotiating table announced in a press release on Friday.

Leaked OPCW Report Confirms What We Already Knew About Chemical Attacks in Syria
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-17
(CJ Opinion) — The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has begun responding to queries by the press about a leaked document which contradicts official OPCW findings on an alleged chemical weapons attack last year in Douma, Syria. The prepared statement they've been using in response to these queries confirms the authenticity of the document. …

Leaked OPCW Report Confirms What We Already Knew About Chemical Attacks in Syria

As Anti-Choice Laws Multiply, Many Are Already Living in a Post-"Roe" US
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-17
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer issued what many considered a dire warning from the bench this week, implying that Roe v. Wade — the landmark ruling that recognizes the constitutional right to an abortion — is in danger. He wrote the comments in a dissent for an unrelated case in which the court voted to overturn a 40 year-old precedent. Breyer wrote "Today's decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next." We speak to journalist Robin Marty about what a post-Roe America would look like, and how many people are already cut off from abortion access across the cou…

Amid Wave of Anti-Choice Laws Across US, Warren Introduces Plan to Protect Abortion Rights
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
Two days after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a ban on almost all abortions in the state, and with the Republican-controlled Missouri legislature poised to pass its own regressive law, Sen. Elizabeth Warren called on the U.S. Congress to step in and pass federal laws to protect women from further erosion of their reproductive rights. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Argentine Social Groups Support the Start of Bolivian MAS Campaign
plenglish.com | 2019-05-17
La Paz, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Argentine social organizations united in the so-called Frente Patria Grande – Great Homeland Front, will join this Saturday the vigil prepared by the Bolivian community to start the electoral campaign of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), reported its members.

Ecuadorean Court Ratifies Preventive Custody for Ricardo Patiño
plenglish.com | 2019-05-17
Quito, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The Court of Justice of Cotopaxi, in Ecuador, ratified the warrant for preventive custody on former Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño, who is under investigation for the alleged crime of instigation, amid strong criticisms of the process. The ruling was made by the Criminal Courthouse of that court, after denying an appeal requested by Patiño"s defense attorneys, who also asked a reduction of the 50,000-dollar bail imposed on the ex-foreign minister, who has been abroad since April.