2019-05-21: Social Media Postees

EE.UU.: °Fuera de Irán!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-05-22
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…

U.S. war threats intensify on Iran
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-05-22
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…

Maduro Gives Trump a Lesson in Ethics and Morality
Manuel E. Yepe | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
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…

Selected Articles: Backlash in US-China Trade War. China Defies Sanctions against Iran
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

Venezuela has the Means to Defeat the US Blockade
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
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…

Hoping memories of Iraq have faded, U.S. hawks push new war with Iran
Ian Goodrum | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-21
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 …

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Libya civil war, African displacement, global trade tensions, terrorists' children 'secretly detained', and more
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-21
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.

Trump's War In Venezuela Could Be Che's Revenge
Nicky Reid | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
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…

Venezuela in "Misery": Lies and Deceit by the Media
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-21
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 …

Nationwide tour visits 35 cities to dispel U.S. lies on Venezuela
Marissa Sanchez | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-21
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.

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

Backlash in US-China Trade War. China Defies Sanctions against Iran, Resumes Purchase of Iran Oil
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

No War With Iran, Say 62 Groups in Letter to Congress
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-21
"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…

All the Times John Bolton Called for War with Iran
Darius Shahtahmasebi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

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 the 'number one provocateur of terror.' | …

Iran wags impeachment dog
Tom H. Hastings | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-21
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 …

Trump's Iran Trap
Jan Oberg | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
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…

Trump is Making the Same Mistakes in the Middle East the US Always Makes
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
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…

Bomb-Laden Drone From Yemeni Rebels Targets Saudi Airport
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-21
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.

British Special Forces Join US Strike Group Against Iran
Al-Masdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

Fire the Nutcases Leading Us to War
Eric Margolis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

Netanyahu Took Trump to New Heights of Global Tension and Dropped Him
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

Video: Donald Trump Threatens to Destroy Iran
Ken Stone | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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….

US-Iran Showdown Is One False-Flag Attack Away from Global Calamity
Robert Bridge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

Tulsi Gabbard: "I Don't" Buy Report that Iran Wants to Strike U.S. Forces, Trump Looking for "Pretext" for War
Rep Tulsi Gabbard | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

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

Iran Eggs on Trump With Historical Reminder of Failed Invasions
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
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…

Iran, China-US trade war, Australia election, S-500
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-21
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 …

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

Physicians for Social Responsibility Opposes War with Iran
commondreams.org | 2019-05-21

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

62 Organizations to Congress: Halt a March to War with Iran
commondreams.org | 2019-05-21

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." | …

A Homeland Security Whistleblower Goes Public About ICE Abuse of Solitary Confinement
Maryam Saleh | theintercept.com | 2019-05-21
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…

Thousands of Immigrants Suffer in Solitary Confinement in ICE Detention
Spencer Woodman | theintercept.com | 2019-05-21
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…

5th Guatemalan Migrant Minor Dies in US Immigration Custody
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
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…

This Is How Republics Die
Thom Hartmann | commondreams.org | 2019-05-21
Steve Cohen (D-TN) takes a bite of chicken after Attorney General William Barr was a no show for a House Judiciary Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill May 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Committee is investigating the Justice Department's Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Idlib-Based Uighur Terrorists Threatened Russian Forces in Syria
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

Don McGahn Defies Subpoena for Testimony, Faces Contempt Vote
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-21
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…

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

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

USAF Paints F-16 Jet with Russian Color Scheme for 'Training Purposes'
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 | …

Dueling Agendas: Russia and China v. the US
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
Sino/Russian and US geopolitical agendas are world's apart. Together with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi last week, Sergey Lavrov said the following: |…

Warren and Sanders Understand the Power of 'The Bad Guy'
Adam H. Johnson | truthdig.com | 2019-05-21
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…

Rand Corp: come abbattere la Russia
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

Democrats call for Trump impeachment as former White House counsel skips hearing
rt.com | 2019-05-21
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. | …

Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in 'secret detention facilities', UN human rights office warns
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-21
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.

The Pakistan Based "Baloch Liberation Army" (BLA): A Foreign-Backed Feudal Terrorist Group
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

ISIS donor? Facebook scam convinces people they've funded terrorists
rt.com | 2019-05-21
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. | …

NZ Police File Terrorism Charges Over Christchurch Shootings
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
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…

Minneapolis: Jamar Clark family deserves settlement equal to white woman killed by cops
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-21
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…

Human Rights Defender Paula Rosero Killed in Colombia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
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…

Springtime in New York
Elliot Sperber | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
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…

Ady Barkan, the Fed and the Liberal Funder Industry
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
Earlier this month, New York Times reporter Binyamin Appelbaum wrote a moving piece on Ady Barkan. Ady is a lifelong activist who is now dying from A.L.S., often known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It is an incredibly sad story, Ady is just 35 years old. He is married with a young son. While I'm sure…

Renewable Energy: the Switch From Drill, Baby, Drill to Mine, Baby, Mine
Lance Olsen | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
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…

Locked in a Cold War Time Warp
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
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.

'We Will Not Be Complicit': Protesting Assault on Yemen, Italian Dock Workers Refuse to Load Saudi Weapons Vessel
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-21
"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…

A Question of Honor
Katharine Quarmby | truthdig.com | 2019-05-21
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…

Italy Unions Refuse to Load Saudi Ship to Protest Yemen War
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
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…

Breaking: Federal Judge Orders Release of Trump's Tax Returns
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

A China Food Crisis More Dangerous than Trade War? The African Swine Fever (ASF) Outbreak
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

Syria War Report: Hama Ceasefire Initiative Failed. Clashes Ongoing
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

How to Survive the Journey Ahead: A Graduation Message for a Terrifying Age
John W. Whitehead | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
"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 …

US-China Trade War: Beijing Warns Trump Against "Going Too Far"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

Israel's War Criminals in Their Own Words
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

Challenging Orthodoxies: Alabama's Anti-Abortion Law
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …

US Rage for Dominance Driving Its Economic and Social Decline
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21

Libya on verge of civil war, threatening 'permanent division', top UN official warns Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-21
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".

Iraq needs support to 'leave violent past behind', says UN envoy as Security Council extends UN mission for one year
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-21
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.

27th weekly "yellow vest" rally in France: Protesters defend Assange, denounce war
wsws.org | 2019-05-21
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.

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

Le Pen's neo-fascist National Rally leads European election polls in France
wsws.org | 2019-05-21
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.

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

Brazil Loosens Gun Control, Civilians Can Own Military Rifles
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
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…

Money, media and the climate crisis
John Scales Avery | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-21
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…

Huawei Likely to Be Stripped of Google Services After U.S. Ban
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-21
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…

White House and Google launch technology war against China
wsws.org | 2019-05-21
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.

Regulatory Rollbacks Defied Public Opinion to Reward Big Corporations
commondreams.org | 2019-05-21

NYC remembers Al Nakba
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-21
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…

US warships provocatively challenge China's claims in South China Sea
wsws.org | 2019-05-21
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.

Why is Barack Obama the best?
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-21
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…

The Game of Thrones finale reminds us that elites don't want the masses involved in politics
Joshua Funnell | thecanary.co | 2019-05-21
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers about Game of Thrones season eight. You have been warned! | Game of Thrones (GOT) is finally over. And now, the country shall stumble about in an emotional stupor desperately looking for new escapism from our miserable reality. | For nearly ten years, GOT has taught us lessons about the ruthless political manoeuvring of the privileged and aspirational. But before it abandoned us, it taught us another important political lesson: elites hate real democracy. | A brutally realistic portrayal of power politics: | People will be picking at the show's carcass for ye…

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

Global Sea Level May Rise Faster Than Previously Projected, With 'Profound Consequences for Humanity'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-21
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…

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

Beware Trump's Sneak Attack on Social Security
Nancy J. Altman | commondreams.org | 2019-05-21
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…

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

American corporations are helping fund the war on women
Ruth Milka | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-21
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…

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

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

Working-class internationalism: Italian dock workers block Saudi weapons ship
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-21
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 …

Brazilian youth speak out during Sà£o Paulo demonstration against Bolsonaro's attacks on education
wsws.org | 2019-05-21
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.

Telecom shill Ajit Pai shills for telecom
Fight for the Future | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-21
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…

US Navy wants to create archive of 350 BILLION social media posts for 'research' purposes
rt.com | 2019-05-21
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." | …

Europeans Criminalized for Helping Migrants as Far Right Aims to Win Elections
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-21
Five months ago, at 10 o'clock in the morning, German police arrived at the home and parish of Christian Hartung, a pastor in Rhineland-Palatinate. At the same time, they descended on the residences of four other Protestant pastors, seizing some of their cell phones, correspondence with lawyers and church records. | It was an "attempt at intimidation," Hartung told openDemocracy. The pastors have been under police investigation since 2018,…

What is Anarchism?
David D'Amato | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
What is anarchism? It is an attempt to bring about a more peaceful, cooperative, equitable society, as well as a framework with which to judge existing society and a set of tools with which to change it. But anarchism isn't really one thing; it is rather a range of tendencies, bound together by their libertarian…

We will Defend Venezuela in ALBA-TCP, Diaz-Canel Says
plenglish.com | 2019-05-21
Havana, May 21 ( Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel assured on Tuesday that the Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People"s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) will defend Venezuela.

THE ANGRY ARAB: Iran's Military Options
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-21
As'ad AbuKhalil weighs Iran's position at a dangerous point in U.S. relations, but says the prospects of war are not as high as Gulf regimes and Israel want them to be. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News The crisis… Read more ?…

What's Really Happening in Venezuela
Laura Wells | indybay.org | 2019-05-21
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EU Supports Iranian Nuclear Deal
plenglish.com | 2019-05-21
Brussels, May 21 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) has ratified on Tuesday its complete support to the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement and insisted that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is the entity that can verify whether Iran is fulfilling its commitments.