2019-05-20: Social Media Postees

Tanker Attack Was Imaginary, but US Says Iran Did It
William Boardman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
BREAKING OVERNIGHT | OIL TANKERS ATTACKED | SAUDI ARABIA CLAIMS SHIP HEADING TO US SABOTAGED | — ABC News on-screen headline, May 13, 2019 | BREAKING OVERNIGHT | SAUDI OIL TANKERS ATTACKED | ENERGY MINISTER SAYS SHIPS WERE TARGETED IN "SABOTAGE ATTACK" | –CBS News on-screen headline, …
globalresearch.ca/tanker-attack-imaginary-us-says-iran-did-it/5677924

Trump threatens to use 'great force' at Iran provocation, but says there's 'no indication' of one
rt.com | 2019-05-21
As he continues to trade verbal jabs with Tehran, US President Donald Trump issued a fresh barrage of threats on Monday, vowing to meet any provocation with "great force" while calling Iran "No.1 provocateur of terror." | …
rt.com/usa/459853-iran-trump-great-force/

Lindsey Graham supports 'overwhelming military response' to Iran 'threat streams'
rt.com | 2019-05-21
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has blamed Iran for "escalating tensions" in the Persian Gulf, accusing the country of threatening the US even while promising massive retaliation in response to vague "threat streams." | …
rt.com/usa/459851-linsdey-graham-iran-threat-tweets/

Trump's Trade War with China: Imagine What Would Happen if China Decided to Impose Economic Sanctions on the USA?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
In formulating these veiled threats, the Trump administration should think twice. These measures would inevitably backlash on the U.S. economy. China is not dependent on US imports. Quite the opposite. America is an import led economy with a weak manufacturing base, heavily dependent on imports from the PRC.
globalresearch.ca/imagine-what-would-happen-if-china-decided-to-impose-economic-sanctions-on-the-usa-2/5598941

Pentagon Plans to Destroy Dozens of Soviet Cities and the So-called Cold War
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
Though remaining unmentioned in official texts, the origins of the dubiously titled Cold War can be traced to policies pursued by American leaders during World War II itself. Following Nazi Germany's calamitous defeat at Stalingrad in early 1943, Washington's ongoing …
globalresearch.ca/pentagon-plans-destroy-dozens-soviet-cities-so-called-cold-war/5677930

The Sounds of Silence
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
Simon and Garfunkel, from their 1966 hit song Sounds of Silence, forecast it best: | And in the naked light I saw ten thousand people, maybe more | People talking without speaking, people hearing without listening | People writing songs that voices never | …
globalresearch.ca/the-sounds-of-silence/5677918

The Ambiguity of the U.S. "Clear Message" and "the Certainty of War"
Massoud Nayeri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
Sending a "Clear Message" is the favorite phrase of the Trump Administration these days. | The U.S. government with its most lethal military power on the earth politically looks weak in the eyes of people around the world and has nothing …
globalresearch.ca/ambiguity-u-s-clear-message-certainty-war/5677921

Fear the Mustache: Why Bolton Makes Even Donald Trump Nervous
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
White House National Security Advisor John Bolton talks to reporters outside of the White House West Wing April 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. Bolton answered questions about the security and political turmoil in Venezuela and called for a peaceful transition to a government controlled by acting President Juan Guaido. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Monday's Daily Brief: WFP mulls 'last resort' Yemen aid suspension, top peacekeeping awardee announced, abuzz over Bee Day, Ebola threat 'very high'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-20
This Monday, headline stories include: WFP mulls "last resort" aid suspension in Yemen; highest UN peacekeeping award to be given on Friday; busy pollinators are focus of World Bee Day; Ebola threat still "very high".
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End of an era for ETA?: May Basque Peace Continue
J.P. Linstroth | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-20
May 16thwe had news of the arrest of Josu Ternera, a.k.a. Jose Antonio Urrutikoetxea Bengoetxea, the former leader of Basque terrorist group, Euskadi Ta Askatasuna(ETA, Basque Homeland and Freedom) near Saint-Gervais-les-Bains in the French Alps. The operation was conducted by the Spanish Guardia Civil and the French General Directorate of Interior Security. As Ternera represents some of the ETA…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/20/end-of-an-era-for-eta-may-basque-peace-continue/

End of an era for ETA?: May Basque Peace Continue
J.P. Linstroth | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-20
May 16thwe had news of the arrest of Josu Ternera, a.k.a. Jose Antonio Urrutikoetxea Bengoetxea, the former leader of Basque terrorist group, Euskadi Ta Askatasuna(ETA, Basque Homeland and Freedom) near Saint-Gervais-les-Bains in the French Alps. The operation was conducted by the Spanish Guardia Civil and the French General Directorate of Interior Security. As Ternera represents some of the ETA…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/20/end-of-an-era-for-eta-may-basque-peace-continue/

The Violent History of the Venezuelan Opposition
Valerie Reynoso | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-20
The West alleges that the Venezuelan opposition is peaceful and democratic; however, their extensive history of right-wing violence proves otherwise. The Venezuelan opposition is led by a predominately white bourgeoisie, the US state department and its allies. The US state department has provided at least $49 million since 2009 in aid for Venezuelan right-wing opposition…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/20/the-violent-history-of-the-venezuelan-opposition/

Because 'BP Fueling Climate Emergency': Greenpeace Blockades London HQ With Massive Metal Containers
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
"The science is clear: we must stop searching for new oil and gas if we want a livable planet. BP must clean up or clear out." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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FRSO denounces the illegal arrest of Colombian peace negotiator Jesus Santrich, demands his immediate liberation
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-20
Jesus Santrich, former peace negotiator for the FARC-EP, poet, painter, musician and a popular voice for peace, has been re-arrested on a trumped-up drug charge out of the Southern District of New York. The charges are largely seen as an attempt by the United States, in league with sectors of the Colombian oligarchy, to derail the peace accord between the FARC-EP and the Colombian government. | The Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP — a court that was instituted by the Colombian Peace Agreement) ruled that Santrich could not be extradited to the United States due to many irregularities in the case, including i…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/20/frso-denounces-illegal-arrest-colombian-peace-negotiator-jesus-santrich-demands-his-immedi

Sacrifice of fallen 'blue helmet' to be honoured with UN's highest peacekeeping award
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-20
In recognition of his "brave and selfless" action under fire in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ̶ saving the life of a fellow 'blue helmet' and helping his colleagues repel an armed group ̶ the late Malawian soldier Chancy Chitete, will be honoured with the UN's highest peacekeeping award this coming Friday, by the UN Secretary-General.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038821

Cambodia: Giving back to UN peacekeeping
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-20
It's an overcast morning, in South Sudan's capital Juba, and growling thunder announces the start of some light rain. Standing in the drizzle in his military police uniform, is Colonel Channy Vongvannak, the commander of the Cambodian Force Military Police at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038781

We're Shutting Down BP Because It's a Climate Emergency
Paula Radley | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
Greenpeace volunteers arrived at the HQ in St James' Square, central London, before dawn on Monday. They have encased themselves in specially designed, toughened containers weighing several tons each, blockading all the HQ's main entrances and preventing staff from entering the building. (Photo: Jiri Rezac / @Greenpeace) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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From the Gulf of Tonkin to the Persian Gulf
Tom Clifford | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-20
Beijing. The number of world wars should bury the argument that history does not repeat itself. But the detail is different, and the devil is in the detail. Iran. Can warmongers again offer the arguments of weapons of mass destruction? No. The Iraq playbook can't be repeated, but you don't have to go too far…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/20/from-the-gulf-of-tonkin-to-the-persian-gulf/

Iraq All Over Again? And Where Is Katharine Gun
Marcia Mitchell | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
Whistleblower and former employee of Britain's global surveillance center GCHQ (Government Communications Head Quarters) Katharine Gun smiles as she speaks to the media during a press conference February 25, 2004 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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War With The US Will Be The End Of Iran: Trump
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-20
U.S. President Donald Trump issued a stern warning to Iran Sunday in which he threatened to end the Persian Gulf country if they went to war with America. | RELATED: | Tulsi Gabbard Warns Against Possible Trump War with Iran | "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," Trump said in a tweet. | Trump, who has reintroduced sanctions against Iran, has long criticized the government of the Islamic Republic, even going as far…
telesurenglish.net/news/War-With-The-US-Will-Be-The-End-Of-Iran-Trump-20190520-0004.html

'Genocidal': Trump—Who Claims He Doesn't Want War—Threatens 'Official End of Iran'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
"President Trump's saber-rattling about Iran has reached a dangerous new low with his threat to 'end' Iran—a country of 83 million men, women, and children." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/20/genocidal-trump-who-claims-he-doesnt-want-war-threatens-official-end-iran-twitter?cd-origin=rss

Corporate Media Is Gunning for War With Iran
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-20
The Washington Post presents the United States as "drifting toward war"–this time with Iran. | The Washington Post editorial's headline ( 5/14/19) had the US "drifting" toward war with Iran–another example, as analyst Nima Shirazi quipped, of the "world's superpower somehow having no agency over its own imperialism." | If we…
truthdig.com/articles/corporate-media-is-gunning-for-a-war-with-iran/

'Genocidal': Trump—Who Claims He Doesn't Want War—Threatens 'Official End of Iran'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
"President Trump's saber-rattling about Iran has reached a dangerous new low with his threat to 'end' Iran—a country of 83 million men, women, and children." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/20/genocidal-trump-who-claims-he-doesnt-want-war-threatens-official-end-iran-twitter?cd-origin=rss

NIAC Statement on Trump's Tweet Threat to "End" Iran
commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
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NIAC statement on Trump's tweet threat to 'end' Iran
National Iranian-American Council | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-20
WASHINGTON — Today, President Trump threatened to "end" Iran in a tweet on the heels of reports that rockets landed near the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad. | In response, President of the National Iranian American Council, Jamal Abdi, issued the following statement: | "President Trump's saber-rattling about Iran has reached a dangerous new low with his threat to "end" Iran — a country of 83 million men, women, and children. Since the President reneged on the Iran nuclear deal last year, the administration's policies have…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/20/niac-statement-on-trumps-tweet-threat-to-end-iran/

NIAC Statement on Trump's Tweet Threat to "End" Iran
commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
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Will US strike at Iran from land, not from sea?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-20
While the world is adamantly watching the events in the Persian Gulf and trying to figure out when the sea battle between the U.S. and Iran starts off, Washington is drafting Plan B for an attack on the shore. The situation in the Persian Gulf deteriorated sharply at the beginning of May after the U.S. …
uwidata.com/3469-will-us-strike-at-iran-from-land-not-from-sea/

From the Middle East to Northern Ireland, Western States are All Too Happy to Avoid Culpability for War Crimes
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-20
When is a war crime not a war crime? When it's committed by us, of course. But this truism is taking on a new and sinister meaning today — and not just because Trump and his crackpots may be planning another clutch of atrocities in the Middle East. For there is now a dangerous slippage…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/20/from-the-middle-east-to-northern-ireland-western-states-are-all-too-happy-to-avoid-culpability-for-war-crimes/

From the Middle East to Northern Ireland, Western States are All Too Happy to Avoid Culpability for War Crimes
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-20
When is a war crime not a war crime? When it's committed by us, of course. But this truism is taking on a new and sinister meaning today — and not just because Trump and his crackpots may be planning another clutch of atrocities in the Middle East. For there is now a dangerous slippage…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/20/from-the-middle-east-to-northern-ireland-western-states-are-all-too-happy-to-avoid-culpability-for-war-crimes/

Next Stop, the UN: Embassy Protectors and Other Groups to Stage UN General Assembly Protest
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-20
The Embassy Protection Collective, the activists that fought for the US to respect international law at the Venezuelan embassy, are just getting started.
mintpressnews.com/next-stop-the-un-routed-embassy-protection-collective-to-stage-un-general-assembly-protest/258631/

U.S. breaks international law, seizing Venezuelan Embassy and arresting guests
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-20
Under international law — 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, articles 22 and 45 — a host country is prohibited from invasion or interference with another nation's embassies, and is in fact obligated to defend it.
liberationnews.org/u-s-breaks-international-law-seizing-venezuelan-embassy-and-arresting-guests/

Next Stop, the UN: Embassy Protectors and Other Groups to Stage UN General Assembly Protest
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-20
The Embassy Protection Collective, the activists that fought for the US to respect international law at the Venezuelan embassy, are just getting started.
mintpressnews.com/next-stop-the-un-routed-embassy-protection-collective-to-stage-un-general-assembly-protest/258631/

øQuiénes son los partidarios del golpe que asediaron la embajada de Venezuela en Washington?
Jeb Sprague | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-20
Las tácticas de intimidación de los asediadores pro-golpe de la embajada mostraron la verdadera cara de una oposición venezolana violenta,…
thegrayzone.com/2019/05/20/asediadores-pro-guaido-embajada-venezolana-washington/

4,000 Students In Venezuela for Congress for Free Education
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-20
The XVIII Latin American and Caribbean Student Congress (CLAE) is being held in Venezuela's capital city Caracas from Monday to May 25. The congress will see the participation of 4,000 young people. | RELATED: | Caribbean Students Oppose War Plans and Demand Respect for Venezuelan Sovereignty | The National Experimental University…
telesurenglish.net/news/4000-Progressive-Students-Arrive-in-Venezuela-for-Congress-for-Free-Education-20190520-0005.html

There's Far More Diversity in Venezuela's 'Muzzled' Media Than in US Corporate Press
Lucas Koerner | fair.org | 2019-05-20
Time ( 4/16/19) joined in on the corporate media's literary fad of fictionalized accounts of the Venezuelan crisis. | The international corporate media have long displayed a peculiar creativity with the facts in their Venezuela reporting, to the point that coverage of the nation's crisis has become perhaps the world's most lucrative fictional genre. Ciara Nugent's recent piece for Time ( 4/16/19), headlined "'Venezuelans Are Starving for Information': The Battle to Get N…
fair.org/home/theres-far-more-diversity-in-venezuelas-muzzled-media-than-in-us-corporate-press/

4,000 Students In Venezuela for Congress for Free Education
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-20
The XVIII Latin American and Caribbean Student Congress (CLAE) is being held in Venezuela's capital city Caracas from Monday to May 25. The congress will see the participation of 4,000 young people. | RELATED: | Caribbean Students Oppose War Plans and Demand Respect for Venezuelan Sovereignty | The National Experimental University…
telesurenglish.net/news/4000-Progressive-Students-Arrive-in-Venezuela-for-Congress-for-Free-Education-20190520-0005.html

Venezuela: "Forward to the Communal Offensive!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-20
The following essay was published in the latest party bulletin of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). It comes after two weeks of open debate within the Bolivarian movement about how to deepen the revolutionary process in the country. The piece was translated into English by Fight Back! staff. | It is no small thing what we are facing. It is no small thing who we are fighting against – even less so because we are resisting, we are advancing, we are reaching forward. Our Homeland is under permanent attack and our people suffer from a criminal imperial assault, aggressions of all types, in a war of imme…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/20/venezuela-forward-communal-offensive

Fire the Nutcases Leading Us to War
Eric Margolis | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talk before the start of a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House June 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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They're Just About Ready to Destroy Roe v. Wade
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-20
Militarism, consumerism, and racism have drawn alongside, and even to, misogyny and anti-immigrant hate. The juggernaut of greed, power, and hate may be impossible to stop at this point in U.S. history. Those of goodwill have been fighting the good fight against these regressive forces for decades. When the Vietnam War ended, only a brief…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/20/theyre-just-about-ready-to-destroy-roe-v-wade/

Border Patrol Museum Demonstrators Targeted In Crackdown On Immigrant Rights Protests
Will Parrish | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-20
Four activists turned themselves in to El Paso police on May 13 after the police issued warrants for their arrest related to a nonviolent demonstration inside a United States Border Patrol museum.
shadowproof.com/2019/05/20/border-patrol-museum-demonstrators-targeted-in-crackdown-on-immigrant-rights-protests/

Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Allegedly Visits Khartoum
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-20
Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman allegedly visited Khartoum, Sudan's capital, according to unofficial Sudanese sources reported by Arabi21. | RELATED: | Sudan: 4 Killed, Military Council Warns Against Chaos | Bin Salman and other high ranking officials would have met in secre with the Transitional Military Council (TMC), which has been governing the country following the coup against Omar al-Bashir. | Sudan's ruling military council restarted talks late on Sund…
telesurenglish.net/news/Saudi-Deputy-Defense-Minister-Allegedly-Visits-Khartoum-20190520-0011.html

The Creepy New Addition to McDonald's Menu
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-20
The great thing about corporate giants is that they're such amazing business innovators. For example, in the category of "wheel-spinning" innovation — i.e., trying to change a corporation's course without actually changing anything — it's hard to top McDonald's. | For several years, the fast-food chain has been losing customers to younger chains with healthier, more stylish offerings. So CEO Steve Easterbrook has tried to recoup the losses with PR tricks, such as calling the menu "healthy" and "fresh." But McNugg…
truthdig.com/articles/the-creepy-new-addition-to-mcdonalds-menu/

Imperialism In An X-Factor Age: If The Drugs Don't Work, The Drones Certainly Will
Colin Todhunter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-20
In Vietnam, Agent Orange was dropped by the US to poison a foreign population. In Iraq and the former Yugoslavia, depleted uranium was used. In western countries, things are a bit more complicated because various states have tended to avoid …
globalresearch.ca/imperialism-in-an-x-factor-age-if-the-drugs-dont-work-the-drones-certainly-will/5308068

Apologize for what? Bernie Sanders stands by opposition to Vietnam & Iraq wars
rt.com | 2019-05-20
Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders says he will not apologize for opposing US wars in Vietnam and Iraq, after coming under mainstream media criticism for 'anti-American' sentiment. His supporters say 'good for him.' | …
rt.com/usa/459850-bernie-sanders-vietnam-apologize/

US Warship Enters Disputed Part of South China Sea
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-20
A U.S. warship reportedly entered the disputed region of the South China Sea this morning as Washington attempts to challenge Beijing's authority there. | RELATED: | China Urges US to Avoid Further Damage of Bilateral Ties | The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which also include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and Taiwan. | China struck a more aggressive tone in its trade war with the United States on Friday. The tough talk capped…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Warship-Enters-Disputed-Part-of-South-China-Sea-20190520-0001.html

US Warship Enters Disputed Part of South China Sea
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-20
A U.S. warship reportedly entered the disputed region of the South China Sea this morning as Washington attempts to challenge Beijing's authority there. | RELATED: | China Urges US to Avoid Further Damage of Bilateral Ties | The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which also include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and Taiwan. | China struck a more aggressive tone in its trade war with the United States on Friday. The tough talk capped…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Warship-Enters-Disputed-Part-of-South-China-Sea-20190520-0001.html

Brazil Just Missed an Incredible Green Opportunity
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-20
Cheap and simple do-it-yourself solar power sounds a good way to help poor communities. But try telling that to Brazil's customs authority. | Since 2009, when the government of President Lula launched a national programme called Luz para Todos (Light for All), Brazil has extended electricity to almost all corners of this vast country. The extra costs of extending the grid to more distant regions has been spread among all users. | But 47 localities, with a total population of 3 million people, still remain unconnected to the national grid, most of them in smal…
truthdig.com/articles/brazil-just-missed-an-incredible-green-opportunity/

Houthis, Yemeni Army Deny Saudi Allegations of Attempted Missile Attack Near Mecca
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-20
A Yemeni army spokesperson noted that the Houthis have never denied previous military maneuvers, saying "We do not hesitate to announce our military operations."
mintpressnews.com/houthi-yemen-army-deny-saudi-allegations-of-attempted-missile-attack-near-mecca/258639/

Hunger in Yemen: WFP considers aid suspension in face of repeated interference by some Houthi leaders
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-20
The UN emergency food relief agency said on Monday that without full access and "freedom to decide" who receives lifesaving aid, in Houthi rebel-controlled areas of Yemen, it could be forced to implement a "phased suspension".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038841

Without Tax Hikes on Corporations and the Rich, Critics Warn, $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan 'Another Empty Promise' From Trump
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
"If major tax increases are off the table, there is no way to pay for a $2 trillion infrastructure plan, it's that simple." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Without Tax Hikes on Corporations and the Rich, Critics Warn, $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan 'Another Empty Promise' From Trump
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
"If major tax increases are off the table, there is no way to pay for a $2 trillion infrastructure plan, it's that simple." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Private Equity is a Driving Force Behind Devious Surprise Billings
Eileen Appelbaum | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-20
Surprise medical bills are in the news almost daily. Last Thursday, the White House called for legislation to protect patients from getting surprise doctor bills when they are rushed to the emergency room and receive care from doctors not covered by insurance at an in-network hospital. The financial burden on patients can be substantial — these doctor…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/20/private-equity-is-a-driving-force-behind-devious-surprise-billings/

The Yellow Vests of France: Six Months of Struggle
Richard Greeman | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-20
Six months ago on Nov. 17, 2018, Yellow Vests burst literally "out of nowhere," with autonomous local units springing up all over France like mushrooms, demonstrating on traffic circles (roundabouts) and toll-gates, marching every Saturday in cities, including Paris. But unlike all previous revolts, it was not Paris-centered. The humid November soil from which these mushrooms sprouted was the near-universal frustration of French people at the abject failure of the CGT and other unions to effectively oppose Macron's steam-roller imposition last Spring of his historic Thatcherite "reforms": an inflexible neo-libera…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/20/the-yellow-vests-of-france-six-months-of-struggle/

Bob Hawke: Misunderstood in Memoriam
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-20
What a cheeky way of going. Death is rarely a matter of good timing but it can be part of a good career move or, as Robert J. Hawke's passing might prove, the perfect conclusion to his political party's attempt to reclaim office. Having shuffled off his mortal coil a few days out of an…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/20/bob-hawke-misunderstood-in-memoriam/

Abortion: White Panic Over Demographic Dilution?
Manuel García, Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-20
What is behind the bigotry masquerading as sanctimonious religiosity fervently opposed to abortion in the United States? One motivation for US conservatives' opposition to abortion — "a woman's right to choose" — as stated by demographer Ben Wattenberg (in his increasingly neoconservative later years, after the 1970s), and cited by the wonderful educator, Jane Elliott…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/20/abortion-white-panic-over-demographic-dilution/

Abortion: White Panic Over Demographic Dilution?
Manuel García, Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-20
What is behind the bigotry masquerading as sanctimonious religiosity fervently opposed to abortion in the United States? One motivation for US conservatives' opposition to abortion — "a woman's right to choose" — as stated by demographer Ben Wattenberg (in his increasingly neoconservative later years, after the 1970s), and cited by the wonderful educator, Jane Elliott…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/20/abortion-white-panic-over-demographic-dilution/

Bob Hawke: Misunderstood in Memoriam
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-20
What a cheeky way of going. Death is rarely a matter of good timing but it can be part of a good career move or, as Robert J. Hawke's passing might prove, the perfect conclusion to his political party's attempt to reclaim office. Having shuffled off his mortal coil a few days out of an…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/20/bob-hawke-misunderstood-in-memoriam/

How Russiagate Replaced Analysis of the 2016 Election
Rick Sterling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-20
An honest and accurate analysis of the 2016 election is not just an academic exercise. It is very relevant to the current election campaign. Yet over the past two years, Russiagate has dominated media and political debate and largely replaced …
globalresearch.ca/how-russiagate-replaced-analysis-2016-election/5677898

Understanding NATO, Ending War
Robert J. Burrowes | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-20
On 4 April 2019, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, better known as NATO, marked the 70th anniversary of its existence with a conference attended by the foreign ministers of member nations in Washington DC. This will be complemented …
globalresearch.ca/understanding-nato-ending-war/5677899

Understanding NATO, Ending War
Robert J. Burrowes | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-20
On 4 April 2019, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, better known as NATO, marked the 70th anniversary of its existence with a conference attended by the foreign ministers of member nations in Washington DC. This will be complemented …
globalresearch.ca/understanding-nato-ending-war/5677899

The Dead Don't Die: They March to War
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-20
Hysteria reigns supreme. As in the new Jim Jarmusch movie, The Dead Don't Die, The Return of the Living Neocon Dead, in a trashy rerun of the lead-up to Shock and Awe in 2003, keeps orchestrating the zombie march….
globalresearch.ca/dead-dont-die-they-march-war/5677910

Mexican President To Order End to Corporate Tax Breaks
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-20
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday his government will order an end to tax forgiveness for the country's largest companies, saying US$20 billion in exemptions given by his predecessor was akin to theft by gangsters. | The country's tax chief said 10 companies on the benchmark S&P/BMV IPC had benefited from tax breaks of more than 400 billion pesos. | "It's like white collar fuel theft," Lopez Obrador said, referring to the widespread stealing of gasoline from pipelines by organized crime that his government has tried to crack down on. | "This mechanism has been abused and it will be el…
telesurenglish.net/news/No-More-Gangster-Theft-Mexican-President-To-Order-End-to-Corporate-Tax-Breaks-20190520-0006.html

What's Trending: Black News Recap
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-05-20
Washington Post: Billionaire Robert F. Smith pledges to pay off Morehouse College Class of 2019‚Ä≤s student loans Smith told the graduates how he launched his lucrative career. He gave them wise words on grit and success. Then he deviated from his prepared remarks. "My family is going to create a grant to …
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UN Presents Full Development Plan for Central America in Mexico
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-20
The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) presented today in Mexico a Comprehensive Development Plan for El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. | RELATED: | US Removes Steel, Aluminum Tariffs from Canada, Mexico | Dubbed the Central American "Marshall Plan", the execution of the initiative will require an approximate investment of US$10 billion a year during the next decade (from 2020 to 2030), based…
telesurenglish.net/news/UN-Presents-Full-Development-Plan-for-Central-America-in-Mexico-20190520-0015.html

'The Twilight Zone': "Point of Origin" tackles immigration and privilege
Chauncey K. Robinson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-20
Editor's note: A review and analysis of Jordan Peele's "The Twilight Zone" episode eight. Spoilers ahead. "This is America. Everything is an attorney thing." — The Twilight Zone Jordan Peele's The Twilight Zone is currently airing weekly on the streaming service CBS All Access. Not every story has a happy or hopeful ending, and episode …
peoplesworld.org/article/the-twilight-zone-point-of-origin-tackles-immigration-and-privilege/

Forevergate: The Pernicious Persistence of the Russian Collusion Delusion
William Hawes | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-20
The official investigation into Russian collusion is over, after three harrowing, nerve-wracking years. I kid, of course. After endless news cycles, and various non-stories and wild-goose chases disseminated by mainstream media, one would think the country could move on. Yet this hasn't been the case. It seems pretty straightforward: delusions about Russia continue because they …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/forevergate-the-pernicious-persistence-of-the-russian-collusion-delusion/

Plea Deal in Arson-Murder Case of Israeli Settlers Epitomizes Apartheid "Justice"
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-20
The miscarriage of justice in the case of Israeli settlers in the Duma arson-murders, in which an entire family was burned to death, epitomizes Israel's Apartheid "Justice" system.
mintpressnews.com/plea-deal-in-arson-murder-case-of-israeli-settlers-epitomizes-apartheid-justice/258615/

The Australian Labor Party's election debacle and the fight against the far-right
wsws.org | 2019-05-20
The election outcome exposes the bankrupt claims, by unions and the pseudo-left, that the rise of the extreme right can be opposed by supporting pro-business, centre-left parties such as the Australian Labor Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

Europe's Striking Climate Kids Show How to Defeat the Far Right
Paul Hockenos | thenation.com | 2019-05-20
Europe's Striking Climate Kids Show How to Defeat the Far Right…
thenation.com/article/europe-climate-kids-elections-far-right/

Far-right Alternative for Germany sets the tone for German Grand Coalition government
wsws.org | 2019-05-20
With its new legislative package, the grand coalition government of the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) is implementing the policy of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

Deutsche Bank Officials Flagged Kushner/Trump Transactions as 'Suspicious' But Top Execs Killed Inquiry: Report
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
"You present them with everything, and you give them a recommendation, and nothing happens." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/20/deutsche-bank-officials-flagged-kushnertrump-transactions-suspicious-top-execs?cd-origin=rss

Despite Inclusive Rhetoric, Corporations Back Extremist State Legislators Waging War on Women
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
"In their corporate literature, these companies present themselves as champions of women and gender equality. But they have collectively donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to politicians seeking to roll back reproductive rights." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/20/despite-inclusive-rhetoric-corporations-back-extremist-state-legislators-waging-war?cd-origin=rss

Now Game of Drones? US firms 'warned' against Chinese UAVs
rt.com | 2019-05-20
The US Department of Homeland Security has reportedly warned US firms against using Chinese-made drones, saying they give Beijing "unfettered access" to company data. The move comes amid a wider crackdown on Chinese tech. | …
rt.com/usa/459845-homeland-security-chinese-drones/

Despite Anti-American 'Baiting' by NYT, Sanders Makes 'No Apologies' for Opposing Reagan-Backed Death Squads
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
"I plead guilty to, throughout my adult life, doing everything that I can to prevent war and destruction." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/20/despite-anti-american-baiting-nyt-sanders-makes-no-apologies-opposing-reagan-backed?cd-origin=rss

Israeli Firm Interfered in Elections in African Nations
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-20
Facebook has removed hundreds of accounts, pages, and contents by an Israeli company vying to influence foreign politics especially elections. | RELATED: | Israeli Spyware Involved in WhatsApp Privacy Breach, Human Rights Groups Targeted | The social media giant removed 256 such accounts from Facebook and Instagram on which…
telesurenglish.net/news/Israeli-Firm-Deployed-Fake-Social-Media-Accounts-to-Interfere-in-Elections-in-African-Nations-20190520-0008.html

America's Reproductive Slaves
Chris Hedges | truthdig.com | 2019-05-20
On Wednesday, the day it was announced that the U.S. birthrate fell for the fourth straight year, signaling the lowest number of births in 32 years, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law the most draconian anti-abortion law in the country. That the two developments came at the same time could not have been more revelatory. | The ruling elites are acutely aware that the steadily declining American birthrate is the res…
truthdig.com/articles/americas-reproductive-slaves/

The War on Women Is Still On
Antonia Zerbisias | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
"The war on women is still on and my side is still losing," Zerbisias writes. (Photo: American Life League/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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The war on women is still on
Antonia Zerbisias | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-20
On Wednesday, in the wake of the majority vote by 25 white Republican men in the senate of one of the most impoverished states in the U.S., #AlabamaAbortionBan was trending both south and north of the Canadian border. | Also trending, #Talabama. | That's because the Alabama abortion | ban is one of the most draconian revocations of women's rights since | women won the vote, a ban tha…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/20/the-war-on-women-is-still-on/

'A message that America will tolerate war crimes': Trump poised to pardon war criminals
Alexandra Jacobo | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-20
"It was important that the perpetrators of those horrific offenses were brought to justice. Now Trump, in a twisted, grotesque 'celebration' of Memorial Day, wants to pardon these and other murderers?!
nationofchange.org/2019/05/20/a-message-that-america-will-tolerate-war-crimes-trump-poised-to-pardon-war-criminals/

The War on Women Is Still On
Antonia Zerbisias | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
"The war on women is still on and my side is still losing," Zerbisias writes. (Photo: American Life League/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Trump manoeuvres in economic war against China
wsws.org | 2019-05-20
US intelligence chiefs have held meetings with major American companies, providing them with classified information, to warn of the dangers of doing business in China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

The Rise of "Game of Thrones" Was Part of the Fall of America
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-05-20
Like all America's publications, The Intercept is legally required to run something about the end of the HBO television series "Game of Thrones." Here it is: | Despite the internet's current excitement about the show, the most lucid perspective on "Game of Thrones" appeared years ago in December 2016 — coincidentally, just after the election of Donald Trump — and not online. Instead, it was part of the season one finale of another HBO show, "Westworld." | At the end of the episode, the park's director, Robert Ford, addresses a large gathering of the executives and investors of the corporation that own…
theintercept.com/2019/05/20/the-rise-of-game-of-thrones-was-part-of-the-fall-of-america/

London hunger striker tells The Canary why she's prepared to die
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2019-05-20
The Canary recently spoke to a 48-year-old woman in London who's on hunger strike. And she explained exactly why she took this drastic step. | Nahide Zengin has a positive attitude which is so contagious that I can't help but grin. Like many others, she's in exile. Branded as a 'terrorist' by the Turkish state, she now lives in London. Along with roughly 7,000 other Kurdish people around the world, she is on an indefinite h…
thecanary.co/feature/2019/05/20/london-hunger-striker-tells-the-canary-why-shes-prepared-to-die/

Republican Congressman Justin Amash Breaks Party Ranks to Call Trump's Conduct Impeachable
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-05-20
Republican Congressman Justin Amash Breaks Party Ranks to Call Trump's Conduct Impeachable…
thenation.com/article/republican-justin-amash-trump-impeachment-mueller-barr/

'This Is the Cover-Up': Trump DOJ Instructs McGahn to Disregard Subpoena by House Judiciary
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
"Our democracy is built on an understanding that one branch of government won't systematically obstruct another," said Rep. Ro Khanna. "Mueller named McGahn as a critical witness: the American people need to hear his testimony." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/20/cover-trump-doj-instructs-mcgahn-disregard-subpoena-house-judiciary?cd-origin=rss

The Fight Against PAR, The Attack On Teachers & Worker Rights With Educator Brian Crowell
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-05-20
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/17/18823483.php

Trump Tweets Threat: If Tehran Wants to Fight, It Will Be the "Official End of Iran"
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-20
(MEE) — US President Donald Trump issued an ominous warning to Iran on Sunday, suggesting that if the Islamic republic attacks American interests, it will be destroyed. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," Trump said in a tweet. Tensions between Washington and Tehran have …

Trump Tweets Threat: If Tehran Wants to Fight, It Will Be the "Official End of Iran"

Germany Calls on US and Iran to Be Calmed
plenglish.com | 2019-05-20
Berlin, May 20 (Prensa Latina) The German Foreign Ministry called on the United States and Iran on Monday to ease tensions, after President Donald Trump threatened the Persian nation on Twitter.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Sen. Ron Wyden Leads on Securing Elections Before 2020
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-20
Sen. Ron Wyden's new proposal to protect the integrity of U.S. elections, the Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act of 2019, takes a much needed step forward by requiring a return to paper ballots. | The bill forcefully addresses a grave threat to American democracy — outdated election technologies used in po…
truthout.org/articles/sen-ron-wyden-leads-on-securing-elections-before-2020/

Council Proposal Recognizes Lynching of Francisco Arias and José Chamales as 'Act of Racial Terror'
Santa Cruz News | indybay.org | 2019-05-20
On May 14 the Santa Cruz City Council passed a motion to request a recommendation from the Historic Preservation Commission (for return to the August 13th City Council meeting for action) for the placement of a historic plaque on Water Street Bridge recognizing the lynching of Francisco Arias and José Chamales. The men, who were Californios, Spanish speaking Mexican and Native American men, were lynched on the bridge on May 2, 1877, shortly after their arrest on murder charges. "The lynching was, far more than anything else, an act of racial terror," wrote Councilmembers Sandy Brown, Drew Glover and Chris Krohn i…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/19/18823505.php

Forum: Eyewitness Venezuela with Gloria La Riva
ANSWER Coalition | indybay.org | 2019-05-20
2969 Mission St. near 26th St.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/17/18823471.php

Evo Morales Condemns US Government Threats to Iran
plenglish.com | 2019-05-20
La Paz, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales has condemned Monday US threats to Iran and assured that the US government is encouraging the war industry with its intention to deploy troops in the Middle East.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Diaz-Canel Highlights Latin American Student Support to Venezuela
plenglish.com | 2019-05-20
Havana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel highlighted Monday the support of Latin American students to the Venezuelan people in the face of the severity of U.S.-imposed blockade against the South American country.
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Risk of Dam Collapse in Southeastern Brazil
plenglish.com | 2019-05-20
Brasilia, May 20 (Prensa Latina) The imminent risk of the collapse of the Sur Superior dam, of the Gongo Soco mine, located in the state of Minas Gerais (southeast), keeps the inhabitants of the Barón de Cocais municipality tense and terrified today.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

South Korea and Its Efforts to Sail between Two Streams
plenglish.com | 2019-05-20
Por Isaura Diez MillanHavana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Over the past week, South Korea has announced three measures aimed at apparently providing economic aid to the Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK) with the primary objective of keeping the nuclear talks alive.
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The Struggle Is the Meaning
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-20
Craig Murray mulls the depressing series of events over the past few weeks involving Iran, Venezuela, Ecuador and the U.S. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk There is no conceivable interest of the ordinary people of the Western world being served by… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/20/the-struggle-is-the-meaning/

Swedish Prosecutor Requests Arrest Warrant for Julian Assange
plenglish.com | 2019-05-20
Stockholm, May 20 ( Prensa Latina) The Swedish Public Prosecutor"s Office filed an arrest warrant this Monday against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for alleged sexual offences he denies.
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What's Really Happening in Venezuela
Laura Wells | indybay.org | 2019-05-20
The Long Haul Infoshop | 3124 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA. 94705…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/18/18823497.php

Russia-gate as Count Dracula
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-20
Ann Garrison reviews Stephen F. Cohen's book, "War with Russia? From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate." By Ann Garrison Special to Consortium News…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/20/russia-gate-as-count-dracula/

Ukraine's New President Announces Dissolution of Parliament
plenglish.com | 2019-05-20
Kiev, May 20 (Prensa Latina) New Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced Monday the dissolution of the unicameral Ukrainian Supreme Rada (parliament) and promised to do everything possible to achieve peace in the rebel region of Donbass.
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