2019-05-18: News Headlines

Jason Ditz (2019-05-18). Iraqi Parliament Poised to Evict US Troops. globalresearch.ca Iraq has spent the better share of the last 16 years under US military occupation. Despite this, time and again US-Iraqi relations have come to be defined by US hostility toward neighboring Iran, and Iraq's desire to not get mixed …

Paul R. Pillar (2019-05-18). Risk of Open Warfare? What Makes Iran Look Like an Immediate Threat. globalresearch.ca The current crisis atmosphere in U.S.-Iranian relations, in which the risk of open warfare appears greater than it has been in years, is solely and unequivocally due to the policies and actions of the Trump administration. To point this out …

Mike Lofgren (2019-05-18). Iran and the Coalition of the Weird. commondreams.org Attacking another Middle Eastern country: what could go wrong?

Green Party of the United States (2019-05-18). Green Party of the United States Statement — Venezuelan Embassy. globalresearch.ca The United Nations recognizes Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela. It is illegal under international law for the U.S. to facilitate control of the embassy to opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has asserted a claim to the …

WSWS (2019-05-18). The assault on the Venezuelan embassy. wsws.org The violent police seizure of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington expressed in microcosm the criminality of US imperialism the world over.

Jeb Sprague (2019-05-18). Who's Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela's D.C. Embassy? globalresearch.ca 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 …

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-18). The plot to kill Venezuela. mronline.org Vijay Prashad looks at the purpose and impact of sanctions against Venezuela. | Source

Prof. James Petras (2019-05-18). United States and Venezuela: A Historical Background. globalresearch.ca "Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world and they own it and we want it" — (Anonymous Trump official) | Introduction | US hostility and efforts to overthrow the Venezuelan government forms parts of a long and inglorious history of …

teleSUR (2019-05-18). Human Rights Org: Treatment of Indigenous People is Genocide. telesurenglish.net The treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada was reviewed and will henceforth be identified as a genocide, the Winnipeg-based Museum for Human Rights has declared. | RELATED: | Canada Launches Pro-Indigenous Conservation Initiatives | The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) has come forward and said that the organization now recognizes the colonial experience in the country, from the time of first contact to present day, as a humanitarian crime. | "I think for many years we did…

Joshua Cho (2019-05-18). For Corporate Media, Space Belongs to Washington. commondreams.org 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!

WSWS (2019-05-18). One million take to the streets against education cuts, austerity in Brazil. wsws.org The powerful demonstrations by teachers and students in over 200 cities targeted both fascistic President Bolsonaro and Workers Party (PT) state governors.

teleSUR (2019-05-18). Bolsonaro Implies His Failures Due to Brazil's Corruption. telesurenglish.net Captain Jair Bolsonaro, current Brazilian president, who admitted on April 5 that he was born to be a soldier and not a head of state, shared a WhatsApp text Friday by an "unknown author" which contends that Brazil is a corrupt and dysfunctional country. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Strikes Back: Brazilian Universities to Lose Autonomy | "Brazil is ungover…

WSWS (2019-05-18). Democrats back trade war with China. wsws.org The main criticism of Trump's trade policy by congressional Democrats and most presidential candidates is that the president should focus exclusively on China and enlist Canada, Mexico and the European Union in an anti-China coalition.

RT (2019-05-18). You've been warned: Widespread US face surveillance is 'imminent reality', says tech privacy report. rt.com Georgetown researchers are warning Americans about a sophisticated real-time face surveillance system that's about to become an "imminent reality" for millions of citizens across the country.

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2019-05-18). "Journaille… Canaille!", Media Disinformation: Karl Kraus' Campaign against a "Warmongering Press" globalresearch.ca Karl Kraus, born in 1874, was one of the most important Austrian writers of the beginning of the 20th century and a sharp critic of the predominant press and inflammatory journalism of his time. "Journaille" means in reference to …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-18). 'Unfathomable Evil Recognizing Unfathomable Evil': Trump's Possible Pardons of War Criminals Provoke Outrage. commondreams.org Progressives, human rights advocates, and journalists responded with outrage on Saturday to a New York Times report that President Donald Trump "has requested the immediate preparation of paperwork needed to pardon several American military members accused or convicted of war crimes." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Aída Chávez (2019-05-18). A Genuine Populist is Running for West Virginia Governor. His Donor Rolls Broke the State's Campaign Finance Software. theintercept.com Stephen Noble Smith is running to be West Virginia governor — and doing it by building a populist, progressive political movement from scratch.

RT (2019-05-18). Pepe the Frog case against Infowars will go to trial, judge rules. rt.com A Pepe the Frog copyright infringement claim filed against Infowars will proceed to trial, a California federal judge ruled Thursday after being unconvinced by motions argued by either side.

Alexa Kolbi-Molinas (2019-05-18). Alabama Is the Most Explicit Example of What's Been Happening to Abortion Rights for Decades. commondreams.org "But even if the Supreme Court never takes another abortion case, abortion care can be made just as inaccessible as if Roe were overturned," writes Alexa Kolbi-Molinas. (Photo: Lorie Shaull/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Zero Hedge (2019-05-18). Radioactive 'Nuclear Coffin' May be Leaking into the Pacific Ocean. globalresearch.ca UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has sounded the alarm over a giant concrete dome built 40 years ago in the Marshall Islands to contain radioactive waste from Cold War-era atomic tests. | According to Guterres, the dome — which houses approximately …

John Foster (2019-05-18). Oil and Global Rivalry. globalresearch.ca At the UN General Assembly in 2018, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl broke an unwritten taboo by talking about oil and war. "The recent wars imposed on the Middle East were…fought in the name of oil. Now Syria is a …

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-05-18). Under a Greenhouse Atmosphere. globalresearch.ca As carbon emissions have been growing at an accelerated rate (Figure 1) and new power plants are under construction (Figure 2) the race to destroy species and civilization is heading toward its critical conclusion (Figure …

WSWS (2019-05-18). New York Times promotes a woman's right to annihilate millions. wsws.org Times editorial board member Carol Giacomo complained May 15 that women were "particularly underrepresented in senior positions dealing with nuclear issues."

RT (2019-05-18). 'I had 12 cups of coffee': Fran Lebowitz offers half-hearted apology over Trump murder suggestion. rt.com Fran Lebowitz apologized for people 'misinterpreting' her suggestion President Donald Trump be turned "over to the Saudis" so they can "do the same for him" as they did to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

South Front (2019-05-18). Video: Syrian Army Eliminated 45 Militants in Recent Clashes. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in northwestern Hama eliminated at least 45 militants during the past few days, according to pro-government sources. | Lt. Col. Mohammed Mahmoud Al-Shamali of Jaysh al-Nasir, Captain Ahmed Ismail and Mohamad Najar of …

WSWS (2019-05-18). New Zealand PM leads global Internet censorship campaign. wsws.org New Zealand's Labour Party-led government is heading international efforts to exploit the Christchurch terrorist attacks to ramp up restrictions on social media.

Manlio Dinucci (2019-05-18). Die US-Zugmaschine der weltweiten Milità§rausgaben. globalresearch.ca Die weltweiten Milità§rausgaben àºberstiegen 2018 — laut den Schà§tzungen von SIPRI vom 29. April[1] — 1.800 Milliarden Dollar, mit einem realen Anstieg von 76 % gegenàºber 1998. Nach dieser Schà§tzung gibt die Welt jede Minute etwa 3,5 Millionen Dollar fàºr …

Philip Weiss (2019-05-18). US-Israel Relationship Is 'Altar' of 'Holiness,' and Jerusalem Embassy Is 'Shrine' — US Ambassador. globalresearch.ca There's been a lot of focus on US Ambassador David Friedman saying at a ceremony in Jerusalem Tuesday that Israel "is on the side of God," as the New York Times reported. | The religious character of Friedman's remarks went well …

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-18). Are Sino/US Trade Talks Doomed to Fail? globalresearch.ca Both countries want major outstanding issues resolved, a bilateral deal finalized, ending the longstanding differences on trade and related issues. | Yet after 11 rounds of talks since China's Xi Jinping met with Trump at his Mar a Lago, Florida estate …

WSWS (2019-05-18). Russia: 98 arrested in opposition-led protests in Yekaterinburg. wsws.org The protests are led by right-wing nationalist forces aligned with Alexei Navalny's US-backed liberal opposition.

Center for Biological Diversity (2019-05-18). Report: Trump Fracking Leases Top 1 Gigaton of Potential Climate Pollution in Lower 48. indybay.org TUCSON, Ariz., May 15, 2019 — A new Center for Biological Diversity report shows that the Trump administration is dramatically ramping up oil and gas leases, offering nearly 5 million acres of public lands in the lower 48 states ‚Äï most of it in Wyoming and Utah. Those leases, offered as scientists warn that fossil fuels should be rapidly phased out, contain 1 gigaton of potential greenhouse gas pollution.

Mildred German (2019-05-18). The Second Annual Mining Resistors Gala Awards on Unceded Coast Salish Territories, May 1. indybay.org Mildred German of Media Coop and CFRO Radio in Vancouver interviewed several Mining Justice Alliance and the Students for Mining Justice from the University of British Columbia, who organized this year's gala.

Labor Video Project (2019-05-18). The Fight Against PAR, The Attack On Teachers & Worker Rights With Educator Brian Crowell. indybay.org Educator and former Berkeley Federaton of Teachers steward Brian Crowell talks about his experience with the Peer Assisted Program PAR and how he discovered it was being used to target senior teachers, African American teachers and Latino teachers. He also found out that his union president of the BFT Cathy Cambell was being paid by the district to discipline and terminate teachers.

Rachel West (2019-05-18). International Whore's Day Rally. indybay.org Moscone Center South | 747 Howard St. | San Francisco, CA…

Jason Ditz (2019-05-18). Iraqi Parliament to Vote on Bill That Would Ban US Military Troops From Iraq. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Iraq has spent the better share of the last 16 years under US military occupation. Despite this, time and again US-Iraqi relations have come to be defined by US hostility toward neighboring Iran, and Iraq's desire to not get mixed up in that. So while Iraq's parliament was already bristling under Pentagon talk of staying in Iraq, …

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-18). Chelsea Manning Returned to Prison; Illegal Arrests of Embassy Protectors. indybay.org On the same day, May 16, 2019, the remaining 4 Venezuelan Embassy Protectors were falsely arrested by US police who illegally entered the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. and Chelsea Manning was returned to prison as a political prisoner for refusing to cooperate with the witchhunting grand jury, and this time, the reactionary Judge Anthony Trenga added the threat of daily fines of up to $500 a day after 30 days and rising to $1000 a day after 60 days. We heard not a peep of opposition to these reactionary actions by Nazi Trump from the Democratic Party candidates for president.

ANSWER Coalition (2019-05-18). Forum: Eyewitness Venezuela with Gloria La Riva. indybay.org 2969 Mission St. near 26th St.

Scott Morris (2019-05-18). Since Oscar Grant, 242 people shot and killed by police in Bay Area. indybay.org While only about 30% of Bay Area residents are Hispanic or Black, more than 60% of people shot and killed by police officers over the last decade are Hispanic or Black.

RT (2019-05-18). Ominous message? US shows B-2 stealth bomber drop bunker busters amid Iran tensions (VIDEO). rt.com A blockbuster high-quality video showing a Northrop B-2 Spirit stealth bomber dropping massive, precision-guided 'bunker buster' bombs was shared online by the US Air Force even as US rallies its forces in the Persian Gulf.

Ron Jacobs (2019-05-17). Uncle Sam Needs Our Help Again? counterpunch.org 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 More

Paul Pillar (2019-05-17). Only Ones to Blame for Fresh US-Iranian Tensions: Team Trump. commondreams.org 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…

John Mecklin (2019-05-17). War and Peace: Bolton and Trump Tell a Confused Story About Possible Military Action against Iran. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Peter Koenig (2019-05-17). Trump — from China to Iran to Venezuela — Threats and Sanctions Everywhere — A Chronicle of Disorganized Chaos Foretold. globalresearch.ca 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…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-05-17). Four Simple Steps the U.S. Media Could Take to Prevent a Trump War With Iran. theintercept.com 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…

Alex Emmons (2019-05-17). Democrats Running for President Are Waking Up to the Danger of War With Iran. theintercept.com 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.

RT (2019-05-17). 'Fraudulent', 'poorly sourced' & 'DANGEROUS': Trump strikes out against 'fake news' on Iran. rt.com 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. |

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-17). Sanders Launches Petition Urging Lawmakers to Block Military Action Against Iran Without Congressional Approval. commondreams.org 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…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-05-17). Trump is bringing the US closer to a 'very stupid and costly war with Iran', warns Tulsi Gabbard. thecanary.co Donald Trump is on "the brink of launching" the US into war with Iran, warns 2020 presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard. | The military veteran and Major in the US Army National Guard blasted Trump in a new campaign video, slamming the possibility of "a very stupid and costly war with Iran": | Trump promised to get the US out…

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

Juan Cole (2019-05-17). Top Ten Differences Between the Iraq War and Trump's Proposed Iran War. globalresearch.ca 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. …

teleSUR (2019-05-17). 'Occupied Territories' Bombs Damascus: Syrian State Media. telesurenglish.net Syrian media reports that its aerial defense system shot down "luminous objects" coming from the "occupied territories." | RELATED: | US Military Placed on High Alert over Iranian 'Threats' in Iraq | Military sources tell Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) that "hostile targets" came down "from the direction of Quneitra and (were) dealt with." | At least one of the alleged missiles were downed by air force personnel, a cell phone recording of the incident taken from Damascus shows…

teleSUR (2019-05-17). Maduro Confirms Dialogue with Venezuelan Opposition in Norway. telesurenglish.net The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro announced Friday that a new process has begun to initiate a dialogue with the country's opposition, aided by mediation efforts from Norwegian representatives. | RELATED | UN Sec-Gen 'Very Much Supportive' of Venezuela Talks in Norway | From the northern state of Aragua, the leader revealed that the Minister of Communications and Information Jorge Rodriguez and the governor of the state of Miranda, Hector Rodriguez, joined the delegation t…

Kurt Nimmo (2019-05-17). Congress Wants to Steal $1.68 Billion from Iran. globalresearch.ca 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….

RT (2019-05-17). 'We fight too many wars!' Rev. Jackson denounces US militarism after Venezuela embassy raid. rt.com 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.

teleSUR (2019-05-17). Venezuela Embassy Activists in Washington DC Set Free. telesurenglish.net Activists from the Embassy Protection Collective who were forcefully removed from the Venezuelan embassy in Washington D.C. were freed today. They will appear again before a judge on June 12. | RELATED | US Police Illegally Invade Venezuelan Embassy, Arrest 4 Remaining Activists | They have been charged with a Class A Misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a US$1,000 fine. | David, Margaret, Adrienne, Paul, del colectivo de Protecció…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-05-17). Protests expected at Venezuelan Embassy following ejection of last Maduro supporters. peoplesworld.org 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 …

WSWS (2019-05-17). US security forces storm Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. wsws.org 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.

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-05-17). US Illegally Evicts Protectors from Venezuelan Embassy. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Gary Leupp (2019-05-17). Bolton and the Road to the War He Wants. counterpunch.org 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

Ajamu Baraka (2019-05-17). 2020 Elections: It's Militarism and the Military Budget Stupid! counterpunch.org 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" More

Renee Parsons (2019-05-17). The Pompeo Bolton Tag Team from Hell. globalresearch.ca 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 …

teleSUR (2019-05-17). Venezuela's Arreaza: 'We Have to Reject War, Bet on Dialogue'. telesurenglish.net 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…

Derek Royden (2019-05-17). The embassy siege in Georgetown. nationofchange.org 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.

pip.hinman (2019-05-17). Guaido requests US military cooperation to oust Maduro. greenleft.org.au 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…

Dave Lindorff (2019-05-17). Who Knows? Who Cares? If the Media Claim 50 Countries Reject Venezuela's Elected President and Repeat It Enough It Must be True. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-17). Countering Trump's Inhumane Proposal, Ilhan Omar Presents 'Only Immigration Plan Worth Hearing About'. commondreams.org "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…

kathy_f (2019-05-17). Tamil genocide remembered, deportation opposed. greenleft.org.au 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…

pip.hinman (2019-05-17). Far right winning the social media war. greenleft.org.au 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…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-17). The Christchurch Pledge and a Regulated Internet. counterpunch.org 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 More

susan_p (2019-05-17). United States: Resisting Trump's attacks on migrants. greenleft.org.au 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…

RT (2019-05-17). 'Don't get comfortable:' Trump announces record detentions, says migrants will be 'sent home'. rt.com 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.

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

United Nations (2019-05-17). Risk grows of 'catastrophic humanitarian fallout' in Syria's Idlib, where 3 million are trapped: top UN officials urge unity in Security Council. un.org 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.

Eds. (2019-05-17). Media stenography turns beheaded Saudi protesters into 'terrorism'. mronline.org 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

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-05-17). Roaming Charges: Slouching Towards Tehran. counterpunch.org 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. More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-05-17). Roaming Charges: Slouching Towards Tehran. counterpunch.org 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. More

United Nations (2019-05-17). Deadly Yemen airstrikes that claim children's lives in capital Sana'a, strongly condemned by UN. un.org 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.

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

Ryan Gallagher (2019-05-17). France Takes Unprecedented Action Against Reporters Who Published Secret Government Document. theintercept.com 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…

Mashal Hashem and James Allen (2019-05-17). How to lobby Washington to death. nationofchange.org 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-…

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

Whitney Webb (2019-05-17). Newly Released FBI Docs Shed Light on Apparent Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks. mintpressnews.com 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.

Associated Press (2019-05-17). Chelsea Manning Sent Back to Jail for Refusing to Testify Against Wikileaks. mintpressnews.com 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.

pip.hinman (2019-05-17). Food delivery workers take protest to Uber. greenleft.org.au "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…

Jill Richardson (2019-05-17). Climate Change was No Accident. counterpunch.org 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 More

Hans Stehling (2019-05-17). Netanyahu's Acts of Provocation and Destruction Including Violence against Civilians Constitute Both a War Crime and Terrorism. globalresearch.ca 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 …

John McEvoy (2019-05-17). Chelsea Manning jailed again after telling judge she'd rather 'starve to death' than cooperate with grand jury. thecanary.co After just six days of freedom, former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was remanded into custody on 16 May for refusing to testify before a federal Grand Jury. | Manning will be held in confinement for the entire investigation. And Judge Anthon…

Sharon Kelly (2019-05-17). Plastics industry on track to burn through 14% of world's remaining carbon budget: New report. nationofchange.org "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."

kathy_f (2019-05-17). Working people demand their fair share. greenleft.org.au 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…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-17). Modern Merchants of Death: The NSO Group, Spyware and Human Rights. dissidentvoice.org 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, …

Albert Bender (2019-05-17). Trump earns new title: War criminal. peoplesworld.org 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, …

Christopher Brauchli (2019-05-17). The Pompeo Smirk. counterpunch.org 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 More

Howie Hawkins (2019-05-17). Does the Climate Movement Really Mean What It Says? counterpunch.org 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 More

Alex Lantier (2019-05-17). Pentagon Threatens Europe over EU Army Plans. globalresearch.ca 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. …

Richard Moser (2019-05-17). The Interlocking Crises: War and Climate Chaos. counterpunch.org "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 More

David Cavendish (2019-05-17). Strike wave 1919: The radical forerunners of the CPUSA. peoplesworld.org 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 …

ACLU (2019-05-17). New York Passes a Bill to Ensure No One Loses Their Home for Calling the Police. aclu.org Americans shouldn't be threatened with losing housing because they called for help. | In cities and towns across New York state — and around the country — you can be evicted just for calling for police or emergency assistance. Fortunately, that's about to change in New York. The State Legislature recently passed a bill — unanimously in the Assembly and 58 to 1 in the Senate — to prote…

Fight Back (2019-05-17). Workers sit in during union recognition effort at Marquette, driven out by cops. fightbacknews.org 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…

(2019-05-17). Koreans protest outrageous U.S. seizure of ship. workers.org 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

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