2019-05-21: News Headlines

Editor (2019-05-22). EE.UU.: °Fuera de Irán! workers.org Como si la pandilla de la Casa Blanca se sintiera incompleta simplemente nivelando las amenazas económicas contra China, haciendo comentarios hostiles sobre Rusia e imponiendo sanciones ilegales —ilegales porque equivalen a un castigo colectivo de las poblaciones— sobre Venezuela, Cuba y Corea del Norte, una vez más han puesto la . . . | Continue reading EE.UU.: °Fuera de Irán! at Workers.org

Sara Flounders (2019-05-22). U.S. war threats intensify on Iran. workers.org May 20 — Another U.S. initiated crisis reached an ominous level this past week with President Trump's announcement that Iran suddenly presented a new, unspecified threat, serious enough to send a U.S. Naval aircraft carrier battle group churning toward the Persian Gulf, along with U.S. B-52 Stratofortress bombers and plans . . . | Continue reading U.S. war threats intensify on Iran at Workers.org

Patrick Cockburn (2019-05-21). Trump is Making the Same Mistakes in the Middle East the US Always Makes. counterpunch.org In its escalating confrontation with Iran, the US is making the same mistake it has made again and again since the fall of the Shah 40 years ago: it is ignoring the danger of plugging into what is in large part a religious conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims. I have spent much of my More

Manuel E. Yepe (2019-05-21). Maduro Gives Trump a Lesson in Ethics and Morality. counterpunch.org In clear violation of the Vienna Convention, the United States police entered by force, after 37 days of resistance, the premises that housed the Venezuelan Embassy and arrested the four activists protecting the diplomatic headquarters from the terrorist vandalism of the so-called "Venezuelan opposition. "The Venezuelan government will respond to the invasion of its embassy More

Global Research News (2019-05-21). Selected Articles: Backlash in US-China Trade War. China Defies Sanctions against Iran. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

teleSUR (2019-05-21). Venezuela has the Means to Defeat the US Blockade. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia, Carlos Rafael Faría Tortosa, said Tuesday that despite the ongoing blockade by the United States, his country has found ways to defeat them and continue to advance his nation's economic development. | RELATED: | Chavistas March in Caracas to Mark Nicolas Maduro's Re-election | In an interview with the Russian agency RT, Tortosa said that "when our president announced that the gold production in the country has been recovering, the U.S. gove…

Ian Goodrum (2019-05-21). Hoping memories of Iraq have faded, U.S. hawks push new war with Iran. peoplesworld.org You could set a watch to it, or maybe a countdown timer. After being frustrated by Venezuela's resistance against a Washington-backed coup attempt, President Donald Trump and his favored attack dog, National Security Advisor John Bolton, have trained their sights on a new target: Iran. Earlier this month, an aircraft carrier strike group and bomber …

United Nations (2019-05-21). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Libya civil war, African displacement, global trade tensions, terrorists' children 'secretly detained', and more. un.org Tuesday's stories include: Libya facing "permanent division", regional war; Africa event highlights forcible displacement; terrorists' children 'secretly detained' in Syria; Venezuelans need protection; global trade tensions rise.

Nicky Reid (2019-05-21). Trump's War In Venezuela Could Be Che's Revenge. counterpunch.org Che Guevara had a dream. After decades of chasing the American Empire into guerrilla street fights from Guatemala to the Congo, Che dreamed of drawing that dreadful beast into an unwinnable quagmire on the graves of its first victims in the heart of Latin America, the treacherous mountain forests of Bolivia where the Conquistadors first More

Peter Koenig (2019-05-21). Venezuela in "Misery": Lies and Deceit by the Media. dissidentvoice.org To the Editor in CHIEF New York Times — 18 May 2019 Venezuela's Collapse Is the Worst Outside of War in Decades, Economists Say Subtitle: Butchers have stopped selling meat cuts in favor of offal, fat shavings and cow hooves, the only animal protein many of their customers can afford. This introduction is accompanied by …

Marissa Sanchez (2019-05-21). Nationwide tour visits 35 cities to dispel U.S. lies on Venezuela. liberationnews.org To help break the U.S. media/government blockade and offensive against Venezuela, PSL organizer and Liberation News reporter Gloria La Riva traveled across the country.

Ben Norton (2019-05-21). Venezuelan opposition extremist, a US military veteran and 'aid volunteer,' sends death threat to embassy defenders. thegrayzone.com Far-right Venezuelan opposition activist Luis Medina, a former US Marine and volunteer for Juan Guaido's aid stunt, told CODEPINK embassy…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-05-21). Backlash in US-China Trade War. China Defies Sanctions against Iran, Resumes Purchase of Iran Oil. globalresearch.ca On May 5, Donald Trump announced a devastating 25% tariff on Chinese commodity imports valued at 200 billion dollars. | According to Trump: | "China is cheating the system". | "Dirty Bureaucrats in Washington have allowed China to take advantage of our great …

Darius Shahtahmasebi (2019-05-21). All the Times John Bolton Called for War with Iran. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in 2018 | The fact that Donald Trump's recent hawkish stance on the Syrian government coincided with John Bolton's first day as national security advisor is most likely no accident. Syria and Iran …

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-21). No War With Iran, Say 62 Groups in Letter to Congress. commondreams.org "Trump and his National Security Advisor John Bolton are taking this country to the brink of a completely avoidable military confrontation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Tom H. Hastings (2019-05-21). Iran wags impeachment dog. nationofchange.org Trump is blustering at Iran and to the world that we might just need to crush that pipsqueak terror country. Um…it took nine years to invade, occupy, and finally limp out of Iraq, 288,000 Iraqi and American deaths later. Iraq is a third the population of Iran. War there would be many times more destructive, just when we …

RT (2019-05-21). Trump threatens to use 'great force' at Iran provocation, but says there's 'no indication' of one. rt.com 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 the 'number one provocateur of terror.'

Jan Oberg (2019-05-21). Trump's Iran Trap. counterpunch.org Remember President Trump's tweet and accompanying statements by the Trump administration officials concerning Iran — as reported here by CNN on May 19, 2019. Trump's statement amounts to a de facto declaration of war on Iran. Objectively speaking, it is a lie that Iran threatens the US. It is a lie that the US sends More

Staff (2019-05-21). Bomb-Laden Drone From Yemeni Rebels Targets Saudi Airport. truthdig.com DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels attack a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Middle East tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. | The attack on the Saudi city of Najran came after Iran announced it has quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity, though still at a level far lower than needed for atomic weapons, a year after the U.S.

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-05-21). Netanyahu Took Trump to New Heights of Global Tension and Dropped Him. globalresearch.ca Israel prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu claimed he personally convinced the US president Donald Trump to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA agreement, and wished Iran to " disappear with the help of God". Israel is much …

NIAC Action (2019-05-21). NIAC Statement on Trump's Tweet Threat to "End" Iran. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Ken Stone (2019-05-21). Video: Donald Trump Threatens to Destroy Iran. globalresearch.ca US President Donald Trump on Sunday ratcheted up his rhetoric toward Iran, warning that a fight with the United States would "be the official end of Iran." | Watch the interview with Canada's antiwar activist and geopolitical analyst Ken Stone below….

Robert Bridge (2019-05-21). US-Iran Showdown Is One False-Flag Attack Away from Global Calamity. globalresearch.ca Hypocritical to the core, the execution of false-flag events spare aggressive states the ignominy of appearing in public as the warmongering psychopaths they are, lest their subjects get the wrong idea as to exactly who is governing over them. | The …

Rep Tulsi Gabbard (2019-05-21). Tulsi Gabbard: "I Don't" Buy Report that Iran Wants to Strike U.S. Forces, Trump Looking for "Pretext" for War. globalresearch.ca Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic presidential candidate, said she doesn't buy reports saying Iran poses a new threat to U.S. personnel in Iraq in an interview Sunday with ABC's "This Week." | *** | GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You resigned your DNC post …

Al-Masdar News (2019-05-21). British Special Forces Join US Strike Group Against Iran. globalresearch.ca British Special Forces have flown to the Middle East in the framework of a top-secret mission to rebuff possible Iranian attacks on merchant ships, according to The Sun. | Members of the elite Special Boat Service are reported to have joined …

Eric Margolis (2019-05-21). Fire the Nutcases Leading Us to War. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump claimed this week that he does not want war with Iran. If he really believes this, the president ought to look into what his subordinates are doing. | Among their bellicose actions are deployment of the 'Abraham Lincoln …

unitedEditor (2019-05-21). Iran, China-US trade war, Australia election, S-500. uwidata.com Is the US mobilizing the armed forces against Iran? The situation in the Persian Gulf heated up dramatically this week. The United States has increased its military presence in the region and advised their citizens in Arab countries to remain vigilant. On the 6th of May, the US sent a naval strike group (the aircraft …

teleSUR (2019-05-21). Iran Eggs on Trump With Historical Reminder of Failed Invasions. telesurenglish.net Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to end Iran if they were to engage the American forces in combat. The Iranian diplomat reminded Trump of his country's history and several of the empires that failed to conquer ancient Persia. | RELATED: | War With The US Will Be The End Of Iran: Trump | In his tweet directed at Trump, the Iranian Foreign Minister said: "Goaded by #B_Team, @realdonaldTrump hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & o…

WSWS (2019-05-21). Persian Gulf tensions rise as Trump threatens "end" of Iran. wsws.org The apocalyptic tweet from the US president came amid provocative drills by US warships in the Arabian Sea.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-05-21). War With Iran Must Be Stopped at All Costs. truthdig.com America stands on the brink of a conflict that threatens the very future of our republic. The time has come for patriotic dissent.

commondreams (2019-05-21). 62 Organizations to Congress: Halt a March to War with Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-05-21). Physicians for Social Responsibility Opposes War with Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

RT (2019-05-21). Lindsey Graham supports 'overwhelming military response' to Iran 'threat streams'. rt.com 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."

teleSUR (2019-05-21). 5th Guatemalan Migrant Minor Dies in US Immigration Custody. telesurenglish.net A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died Monday in United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody in Texas, officials there said, making him the fifth minor to die after being apprehended by U.S. agents since December at the border wtih Mexico. | RELATED: | US: 2-year-old Migrant Boy Dies After Crossing Border | The boy, Carlos Hernandez, was arrested…

Spencer Woodman (2019-05-21). Thousands of Immigrants Suffer in Solitary Confinement in ICE Detention. theintercept.com Dulce Rivera lived for the one hour a day she was allowed outside, to pace alone on a patch of concrete encased in metal fencing. | They called it "the yard," but it was really a metal cage. Still, it was far better than the misery she endured the other 23 hours a day, locked alone in a cell with no one to talk to and nothing to distract her from her increasingly dark thoughts. | Rivera, a 36-year-old transgender woman from Honduras and a longtime U.S. resident, was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2017. She was placed in the Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico, and moved into s…

Maryam Saleh (2019-05-21). A Homeland Security Whistleblower Goes Public About ICE Abuse of Solitary Confinement. theintercept.com Ellen Gallagher was stunned when she first learned that immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement were sometimes placed in isolation with no human contact for 22 hours a day. It was February 2014, only a few months into her stint as a policy adviser at the Department of Homeland Security's Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, where she thought she'd be empowered to ensure that the department did not violate the rights of those who came into its crosshairs. | For the next several months, Gallagher educated herself on solitary confinement, a controversial practice used frequently in penal i…

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-21). Idlib-Based Uighur Terrorists Threatened Russian Forces in Syria. globalresearch.ca The so-called "Turkistan Islamic Party", the Syrian branch of the Uighur-led terrorist group previously known as the "East Turkestan Islamic Movement", threatened to deal Russia a defeat akin to the one that its Soviet predecessor experienced in Afghanistan, demonstrating the …

RT (2019-05-21). Democrats call for Trump impeachment as former White House counsel skips hearing. rt.com House Democrats are once again calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, after he blocked former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying about the 'Russiagate' probe. |

Staff (2019-05-21). Don McGahn Defies Subpoena for Testimony, Faces Contempt Vote. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler gaveled open a Trump-Russia hearing Tuesday with an empty witness chair and a stern warning that former White House Counsel Don McGahn will be held in contempt for failing to appear in defiance of the committee's subpoena. | "Our subpoenas are not optional," Nadler said. The panel will hear from McGahn "one way or another," he said. "This committee will have no choice but to enforce the subpoena against him." | Democrats are facing yet another attempt by President Donald Trump to stonewall their investigations. This time they're blocked from hearing from…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-05-21). Rand Corp: come abbattere la Russia. globalresearch.ca Costringere l'avversario a estendersi eccessivamente per sbilanciarlo e abbatterlo: non è una mossa di judo ma il piano contro la Russia elaborato dalla Rand Corporation, il più influente think tank Usa che, con uno staff di migliaia di esperti, si …

William Hawes (2019-05-21). Forevergate: The Pernicious Persistence of the Russian Collusion Delusion. The Trump-Putin Fairy Tale. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-21). Dueling Agendas: Russia and China v. the US. globalresearch.ca Sino/Russian and US geopolitical agendas are world's apart. Together with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi last week, Sergey Lavrov said the following: | "(O)ur foreign policy cooperation…is a stabilizing factor in world affairs. Russia and China consistently advocate a more just, …

Adam H. Johnson (2019-05-21). Warren and Sanders Understand the Power of 'The Bad Guy'. truthdig.com Progressive activist Norman Solomon offers a succinct description of neoliberalism: an ideology that sees victims but never victimizers. Bad things just happen. They're the product of mysterious, unaccountable and ill-defined "market forces." Factories just close, endless wars just "erupt," the Nasdaq just crashes and our 401K and home equity just evaporate. No one specifically is responsible. And when someone is, around the margins, it's a handful of faceless Arabs off in a cave somewhere or, increasingly, anonymous "Russians." Our military and intelligence services are off fighting those Bad Guys. Trust us. | B…

Zero Hedge (2019-05-21). USAF Paints F-16 Jet with Russian Color Scheme for 'Training Purposes'. globalresearch.ca Nellis Air Force Base's Facebook page published a video of a General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon Friday belonging to the 64th Aggressor Squadron in a new paint scheme that resembles Russia's fifth-generation stealth fighter, reported The War Zone. | "A …

Nadezhda Azhgikhina (2019-05-21). The Iron Curtain for the Russian Internet. thenation.com The Iron Curtain for the Russian Internet…

teleSUR (2019-05-21). NZ Police File Terrorism Charges Over Christchurch Shootings. telesurenglish.net The New Zealand police have charged the man accused of murder in shootings at two Christchurch mosques in March with engaging in a terrorist act, the first time such a charge had been brought in the country's history, they said on Tuesday. | RELATED: | NZ Police Arrest Man with Suspected Explosives in Christchurch | The police filed the charges against Brenton Tarrant under the terrorism suppression legislation, they continued. "The charge will allege that a terrorist act was…

RT (2019-05-21). ISIS donor? Facebook scam convinces people they've funded terrorists. rt.com The US Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning about an elaborate scam in which victims are told they have accidentally funded terrorists, before being rescued by a scammer posing as a lawyer.

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-21). The Pakistan Based "Baloch Liberation Army" (BLA): A Foreign-Backed Feudal Terrorist Group. globalresearch.ca The so-called "Baloch Liberation Army" issued a video ultimatum to China over the weekend to discontinue its CPEC development projects in Pakistan's Balochistan or face a renewed wave of terrorist attacks against its interests there, with this message unambiguously proving …

United Nations (2019-05-21). Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in 'secret detention facilities', UN human rights office warns. un.org In Syria, it is suspected that children whose fathers fought for terrorist group ISIL are being held in unidentified "settlements" and "secret detention facilities" away from their mothers, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday.

teleSUR (2019-05-21). Human Rights Defender Paula Rosero Killed in Colombia. telesurenglish.net Human rights defender Paula Andrea Rosero Ordóñez was murdered Monday night by a group of strangers in the department of Nariño, in southwestern Colombia, official sources said. | Rosero Ordóñez, 47 years old, was the representative of the Public Ministry of the town of Samaniego, in Nariño, and had previously warned she was receiving threats against her life. | According to a police report, the lawyer was approached by two hit men, who shot her at close range. | Although she was given first aid almost immediately, it was impossible to save his life, the reports said. The Attorney General of the Nation and t…

Fight Back (2019-05-21). Minneapolis: Jamar Clark family deserves settlement equal to white woman killed by cops. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Community and family members gathered May 20 for a press conference to demand that the city of Minneapolis give the family of Jamar Clark a settlement equal to that awarded to the family of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. The Jamar Clark's family has brought a civil suit against the city after the 2015 police murder, and mediation will take place May 21 inside the federal courthouse where the press conference was held. | Mediation comes after a May 3 decision by the Minneapolis city council to reject a settlement with the Clark family. On that same day, the city council announced a $20 million settleme…

Elliot Sperber (2019-05-21). Springtime in New York. counterpunch.org Springtime in New York New York's a glorious place In the spring Why would anyone split When the leaves are so green To go sit like a mouse in a house And chew cheese, yes And New York's so nice With the breeze through the trees And the gold-dotted starlings who peck With their beaks As the violet pigeons all preen In the More

Lance Olsen (2019-05-21). Renewable Energy: the Switch From Drill, Baby, Drill to Mine, Baby, Mine. counterpunch.org The most penetrating criticism I've seen of renewable energy is that it's being promoted at massive scale to reassure us that we can go on as before, with little if any change of lifestyle, no move beyond our comfort zones. That's a comforting view, one that we'd all love to be true. And yet, it More

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2019-05-21). Locked in a Cold War Time Warp. counterpunch.org On Saturday May 18th, the New York Times ran a lengthy front-page article by Alexander Burns and Sydney Ember entitled "Mayor Who Brought the Cold War to Vermont," which exemplifies how the poisonous political climate of the Cold War has not yet receded.The piece details presidential contender Bernie Sanders' opposition to Ronald Reagan's Central America Wars in the 1980s while Burlington Mayor, and Sanders' travels to Nicaragua and meeting with Sandinista revolutionary leader Daniel Ortega. More

teleSUR (2019-05-21). Italy Unions Refuse to Load Saudi Ship to Protest Yemen War. telesurenglish.net Italian unions refused Monday to load electricity generators onto a Saudi Arabian ship with weapons on board in a protest against the war in Yemen. | RELATED: | France Threatens Journalists With Prison for Exposing Its Role in Saudi War on Yemen | The Bahri-Yanbu vessel loaded arms in the Belgian city of Antwerp earlier this month, but was prevented from picking up another consignment of weapons in the French port of Le Havre following protests by humanita…

Katharine Quarmby (2019-05-21). A Question of Honor. truthdig.com Diana Kader was in her early 20s and living in the U.K. in 2005 when her family took her on a holiday to Yemen, their country of origin. She met relatives, visited tourist sites and stayed in the village where her parents were born. Two of her sisters fell in love and married Yemeni men. A wealthy suitor approached Kader's father, asking for her hand in marriage. Kader, who wanted to continue her studies in the U.K., refused. Her family supported her decision. The suitor persisted and even threatened the family. Eventually, however, he seemed to accept her decision. | In May 2006, Kader set off on a road trip aro…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-21). 'We Will Not Be Complicit': Protesting Assault on Yemen, Italian Dock Workers Refuse to Load Saudi Weapons Vessel. commondreams.org "No EU state should be making the deadly decision to authorize the transfer or transit of arms to a conflict where there is a clear risk they will be used in war crimes." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-21). US-China Trade War: Beijing Warns Trump Against "Going Too Far" globalresearch.ca The US is used to having its way in dealings with other countries — pressuring, bullying, warning, threatening, and attacking them to push them into compliance with its demands. | What once worked most often is increasingly a less effective strategy …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-21). Challenging Orthodoxies: Alabama's Anti-Abortion Law. globalresearch.ca It seems like a grand ploy of massive distraction. On the surface, the move by Alabama to place the most onerous restrictions on the granting of an abortion has become a lighting-rod of conviction for Democrat agitators. And not just …

F. William Engdahl (2019-05-21). A China Food Crisis More Dangerous than Trade War? The African Swine Fever (ASF) Outbreak. globalresearch.ca China faces a threat to its agriculture that could do far more damage to her political stability and economy than the escalating USA tariff war. In recent months cases of deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) among the pig population of …

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-21). Breaking: Federal Judge Orders Release of Trump's Tax Returns. globalresearch.ca On May 10, House Dem Ways and Means Committee chairman Richard Neal subpoenaed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and IRS commissioner Charles Rettig to release Trump's personal tax returns for the 2013-18 period, along with other returns for several of his …

John W. Whitehead (2019-05-21). How to Survive the Journey Ahead: A Graduation Message for a Terrifying Age. globalresearch.ca "No matter who you are, no matter how strong you are, sooner or later, you'll face circumstances beyond your control." — Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones | Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered …

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-21). US Rage for Dominance Driving Its Economic and Social Decline. globalresearch.ca Throughout…

South Front (2019-05-21). Syria War Report: Hama Ceasefire Initiative Failed. Clashes Ongoing. globalresearch.ca On May 17 and May 18, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) intercepted several unidentified aerial objects over Damascus and the southern part of the country. In both cases, the intercepted targets came from the southern Syria border, near the …

Philip Giraldi (2019-05-21). Israel's War Criminals in Their Own Words. globalresearch.ca Israel's public face, sustained and propagated by a wealthy and powerful diaspora that has significant control over the media, insists that the country is the Middle East's only true democracy, that is operates under a rule of law for all …

United Nations (2019-05-21). Libya on verge of civil war, threatening 'permanent division', top UN official warns Security Council. un.org The damage done to Libya will already take "years to mend" but unless fighting around the capital Tripoli stops, the country risks "descending into a civil war which could lead to the permanent division of the country".

United Nations (2019-05-21). Iraq needs support to 'leave violent past behind', says UN envoy as Security Council extends UN mission for one year. un.org Iraq's democratic transition — weighed down by political infighting, weak institutions, corruption, and the constant threat of ISIL — needs more international support, "lots of time and lots of hard work," the top United Nations official in the country said on Tuesday.

WSWS (2019-05-21). Mass support for Assange as workers and youth oppose militarism and war. wsws.org Many workers passionately oppose the persecution of Assange and Manning hailing them as "heroes," "legends" and similar appellations.

Michael T. Hertz (2019-05-21). Why is Barack Obama the best? nationofchange.org In a recent poll, Americans rated Barack Obamas the best President in their life-time. The question is: why? | An easy way to examine the presidents is to look at the Wikipedia summary of many ratings done of them over the years. Start with Woodrow Wilson, #28. Notice that he has mostly blue ratings with two green. This means that most of his ratings are in the top quarter, with two in the second quarter. Then go down to #29, Warren G. Harding. All his ratings are red, which means that he i…

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-21). India Elections: Towards a Possible BJP Victory. asia-pacificresearch.com

WSWS (2019-05-21). Le Pen's neo-fascist National Rally leads European election polls in France. wsws.org In France and internationally, far-right forces are exploiting social anger produced by the pro-war, austerity and police-state policies of social-democratic governments.

Fight Back (2019-05-21). NYC remembers Al Nakba. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Over 100 people gathered in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn on May 15 to commemorate 71 years since the Nakba, or "catastrophe." The Nakba marks the 1948 anniversary of Israel's expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians from their land. | The rally was organized by Within Our Lifetime – United for Palestine (WOL) with speakers from other Palestinian and solidarity organizations. | The speakers emphasized that despite 71 years of occupation, the fight remains strong and that Palestine will one day be free. | Jessica Schwartz from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression echoed the call for continuou…

commondreams (2019-05-21). Regulatory Rollbacks Defied Public Opinion to Reward Big Corporations. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Terrence Myers (2019-05-21). How the 'war on gangs' feeds mass incarceration. liberationnews.org Why gang databases and raids are not a solution.

Ruth Milka (2019-05-21). American corporations are helping fund the war on women. nationofchange.org Despite using rhetoric to suggest otherwise, American corporations are giving big to extremist politicians that have a hand in pushing abortion bans in states such as Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, and Missouri. | Revealed by journalist Judd Legum, formerly of ThinkProgress, mega-corporations like AT&T, Walmart, Pfizer, Coca-Cola, and Aetna are backing these politicians that fight against reproductive rights. Although these corporations publicly promote equality and women's rights, behind closed doors they seem to do be doing the opposite. | "In their corporate literature, these companies prese…

commondreams (2019-05-21). Congresswoman Barbara Lee passes Defense Amendment That Would Repeal 2001 Endless War Authorization. commondreams.org ______________________________…

WSWS (2019-05-21). 27th weekly "yellow vest" rally in France: Protesters defend Assange, denounce war. wsws.org Tens of thousands of "yellow vests" continue to defy police crackdowns and the French government's provocative claims that it has satisfied all their demands.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-21). Global Sea Level May Rise Faster Than Previously Projected, With 'Profound Consequences for Humanity'. commondreams.org A new study warning that rapidly melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica may push global sea level rise beyond 7.8 feet by 2100 has elicited alarm about the "profound consequences for humanity" and cast doubt on past projections. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Staff (2019-05-21). Huawei Likely to Be Stripped of Google Services After U.S. Ban. truthdig.com Huawei could quickly lose its grip on the No. 2 ranking in worldwide cellphone sales after Google announced it would comply with U.S. government restrictions meant to punish the Chinese tech powerhouse. | The Trump administration's move, which effectively bars U.S. firms from selling components and software to Huawei, ups the ante in a trade war between Washington and Beijing that partly reflects a struggle for global economic and technological dominance. | Google said it would continue to support existing Huawei smartphones but future devices…

John Scales Avery (2019-05-21). Money, media and the climate crisis. nationofchange.org Immediate action is needed to save the future | : | The central problem which the world faces in its attempts to avoid catastrophic climate change is a contrast of time scales. In order to save human civilization and the biosphere from the most disastrous effects of climate change, we need to act immediately. But it is difficult to mobilize public opinion behind urgently needed action because the most severe effects of global warming belong to the long-term future. | However, the Intergovernmental Panel on Ckimate Change, in their October 2018 report, used strong enough language to wake up at least par…

WSWS (2019-05-21). US warships provocatively challenge China's claims in South China Sea. wsws.org The so-called freedom of navigation operation underscores the danger that trade war with China will escalate into military conflict as the US seeks to ensure its global domination.

Nancy J. Altman (2019-05-21). Beware Trump's Sneak Attack on Social Security. commondreams.org President Donald Trump plans to switch to the chained CPI to index the federal definition of poverty. "If he succeeds," warns Altman, "the impact will be that over time, fewer people will meet the government's definition of poverty—even though in reality, they will not be any less poor." (Photo: Tetra Images/Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-05-21). A socialist perspective against fascism and war: Successful SGP election meeting in Berlin. wsws.org On Saturday, the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party, SGP) held its final meeting in Berlin for the European elections.

teleSUR (2019-05-21). Brazil Loosens Gun Control, Civilians Can Own Military Rifles. telesurenglish.net Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree this month which will allow citizens to possess rifles with four times the amount of firepower | RELATED: | 'Brazil Needs More Education, Not More Guns', Lula Warns | Before the decree, the possession of all weapons with firing projectile above 407 joules (the amount of energy released at the moment of…

WSWS (2019-05-21). White House and Google launch technology war against China. wsws.org Google and other companies have announced measures that would effectively destroy Huawei, the second-largest global smartphone maker and the world's largest maker of telecommunications equipment.

WSWS (2019-05-21). Austrian government falls over video exposing corruption of far-right politician Christian Strache. wsws.org The Berlin-Paris axis's hypocritical opposition to Strache and the far-right is based on their own imperialist agenda.

teleSUR (2019-05-21). India's Opposition Parties Allege Vote Machine Fraud. telesurenglish.net India's main opposition parties Tuesday alleged voting fraud in the country's general election, days after exit polls predicted a comfortable win for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling far right-wing party. | RELATED: | India's Brutal Torture of Kashmiri Prisoners an 'Instrument of Control': Report | Members of as many as 22 parties…

Marissa Rodriguez (2019-05-21). Dallas protest against Bolsonaro. liberationnews.org Some 150 people protested the far-right Brazilian president in Dallas, Tx.

Steve Sweeney (2019-05-21). Working-class internationalism: Italian dock workers block Saudi weapons ship. peoplesworld.org Italian dock workers halted a deadly cargo of weapons bound for Saudi Arabia from being loaded in Genoa Monday as they demanded Matteo Salvini (Deputy Prime Minister of Italy) "open the ports to people and close them to arms." Trade unionists and activists hailed "working-class internationalism" as they stopped the Saudi ship Bahri Yanbu from …

WSWS (2019-05-21). Brazilian youth speak out during Sà£o Paulo demonstration against Bolsonaro's attacks on education. wsws.org Demonstrations on May 15 brought one million people to the streets in the first nationwide protest against the policies of Brazil's fascistic President Bolsonaro.

Fight for the Future (2019-05-21). Telecom shill Ajit Pai shills for telecom. nationofchange.org WASHINGTON — Today Ajit Pai, the former Verizon lawyer turned least | popular FCC chairman in history, announced his support for the T-Mobile / | Sprint mega merger. The $26.5 billion deal has faced widespread | opposition from Internet freedom, labor, civil rights, and consumer | groups. It would reduce the number of national wireless carriers from | four to three, leading to higher prices and worse plans, with the | biggest impact felt by low income people and communities of color. | Fight for the Future deputy director Evan Greer (pronouns: she/her) said, "Ajit Pai doesn't even try to pretend that he w…

RT (2019-05-21). US Navy wants to create archive of 350 BILLION social media posts for 'research' purposes. rt.com The US Navy is seeking to create an archive that will store no less than 350 billion social media posts, as part of the military branch's "research efforts" into "modes of collective expression."

Laura Wells (2019-05-21). What's Really Happening in Venezuela. indybay.org The Long Haul Infoshop | 3124 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA. 94705…

plenglish (2019-05-21). Venezuelan Mothers Demand Cessation of Economic Blockade. plenglish.com 21 de mayo de 2019, 10: 49Caracas, May 21 (Prensa Latina) The U.S.-imposed economic blockade to Venezuela prevents on Tuesday that several children of this South American nation can receive specialized medical assistance in Argentina, a diplomatic source said.

plenglish (2019-05-21). Venezuela Debates Whether to Eliminate Parliamentary Immunity. plenglish.com Caracas, May 21 (Prensa Latina ) The Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly (ANC) is debating a bill to eliminate the parliamentary immunity automatically when a national lawmaker commits an offensive action to the interests of the country, said local legislator Marelis Perez here Tuesday.

Consortiumnews (2019-05-21). How the West's War in Libya Spurred Terrorism in 14 Countries. consortiumnews.com The first to suffer was Syria and since then the gruesome effects have been spreading in the region and beyond, to Africans and Europeans, writes Mark Curtis. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Eight years on from NATO's war in… Read more →

Staff (2019-05-21). Saudi Feminist Loujain al-Hathloul Was Waterboarded, Flogged and Electrocuted. truthout.org It's been a year since women's right activist Loujain al-Hathloul was detained and jailed in Saudi Arabia for leading a movement to lift the kingdom's ban on female drivers and overhaul its male "guardianship" system. Despite international outcry, she's been imprisoned ever since. During that time, her family says, she's been held in solitary confinement and faced abuse, including electric shocks, flogging and threats of sexual violence. The Saudi government has resisted calls from human rights groups and lawmakers from around the world to release Loujain and the other jailed activists. We speak with two of Lo…

plenglish (2019-05-21). Venezuelans' Repatriation Advances Despite International Blockade. plenglish.com Caracas, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza assured on Tuesday that the government"s repatriation program "Return to Homeland" is moving forward despite the international blockade sponsored by the US government.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-21). Detained, Abused & Denied Medical Care: How Trump Immigration Policies Led to Child Deaths at Border. democracynow.org A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died in U.S. custody Monday after spending a week in immigration jail. Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez was found dead at a Border Patrol station at Weslaco, Texas, just one day after being diagnosed with the flu. He was not hospitalized. This marks the fifth death of a Guatemalan child apprehended by Border Patrol since December. Before last year, it had been more than a decade since a child died in the custody of U.S. immigration officials. We speak with Fernando Garcia, the founding director of the Border Network for Human Rights, an advocacy organization based in El Paso, and Jen…

plenglish (2019-05-21). Venezuela Foreign Minister Meets Top Cuban Authorities. plenglish.com Havana, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban leaders Raul Castro Ruz and Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez discussed bilateral issues in Havana with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Monday night, Granma newspaper reports on Tuesday.