2019-05-22: Social Media Postees

A US Military Veteran and 'Aid Volunteer' Sends Death Threat to Venezuela Embassy Defenders
Ben Norton | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-22
Far-right Venezuelan opposition activist Luis Medina, a former US Marine and volunteer for Juan Guaido's aid stunt, told CODEPINK embassy defenders "we are coming to get you with plenty of ammunition."

Palestine refugees' relief chief warns Security Council money to fund Gaza operations will run out in mid-June
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-22
The head of the UN relief and works agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) warned on Wednesday that despite weathering a "truly existential crisis" over funding last year, money to continue operations this year in the Gaza Strip will only last until mid-June.

The World Would be Much Safer if President Trump Replaced Bolton and Pompeo
Richard H. Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
It is still uncertain whether the United States will go to war with Iran or not, according to the Virginia State Senator Richard Hayden Black. | According to Senator Richard Hayden Black, the world would be much safer if the …

62 Organizations to U.S. Congress: Pass Legislation to Halt a "March to War" with Iran
NIAC Action | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
In light of President Trump and John Bolton's dangerous escalations against Iran and a forthcoming intelligence briefing on Capitol Hill this afternoon, 62 organizations — including J Street, Indivisible, NIAC Action and Win Without War — sent a letter calling …

Washington threatens new attack on Syria amid US war buildup in Persian Gulf
wsws.org | 2019-05-22
With the Trump administration threatening a new attack on Syria on the pretext of chemical weapons, Democrats signed a letter urging an even more aggressive policy.

The U.S. Could Tear Iraq Apart Yet Again
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-05-22
Rising tensions between the Trump administration and Iran could roil the entire Middle East, and no country feels the heat more than Iraq.

Majority US Population Rejects Preemptive Strike on Iran: Study
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
Around 60 percent of citizens of the United States said the country should not conduct a pre-emptive attack on the Iranian military, while 12 percent advocate for striking first according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll. | RELATED: | US Warmongers Plan to Threaten Iran by Sending 120,000 Troops | The poll also revealed that 53 percent of U.S. citizens think of Iran as either a "serious" or "imminent" threat, up 6 percentage points from a similar poll from last July. In comparison,…

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…

Gulf Cooperation Council Summit: What Does It Have in Store for Iran?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-22
Saudi Foreign Ministry demands that the world community take tough stance on Iran and prevent it from 'spreading chaos'. Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister said Iran could eliminate the risks of a war in the region by observing international law, stopping interference in the internal affairs of regional countries, dropping support of terrorist groupings, …

The Trump Administration "Panicked over Nothing". Pompeo Exaggerated Claims. "Do They Think We are Stupid"
Daniel Larison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
The Trump administration's overhyped claims of an increased Iranian threat went over like a lead balloon with allied officials this week: | A NATO military intelligence official who was briefed on Pompeo's claims about increased Iranian aggression in the Middle East | …

Voltaire's Analysis of Chinese Civilization. A Model for a "Better Europe"
Prof. Dr. Gjergj Sinani | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
The following text by Professor Gjergj Sinani of the University of Tirana, Albania, was presented at the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations, programme organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, May 15-16, 2019 | *** | Voltaire is …

Do Iranian 'Threats' Signal Organized U.S.-Israel Subterfuge?
Gareth Porter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
President Donald Trump's national security team has been leaking "intelligence" about Iranian threats for a week now in an attempt to justify escalating tensions, including moving American air attack assets to the Persian Gulf. But a closer look suggests …

A US War on Iran Would be Evil, Stupid, and Self-Damaging
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-22
"If Iran wants to fight," US president Donald Trump tweeted on May 19, "that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again."The "threat" Trump appears to be responding to is a statement from Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that "[w]e are certain … there will not be a war since neither we want a war nor does anyone have the illusion that they can confront Iran in the region."Some "threat," huh? Let's seek a little clarity as to just who's threatening whom here: In 1953, US and British intelligence operatives orchestrated a coup d'etat, overthrowing Iran's democratically el…

Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela 'On Track to be Worse than Syria'
Edward Hunt | progressive.org | 2019-05-22
As the Trump Administration tightens its squeeze on the country, U.S. officials warn of increased migration and "profound collapse."

Witness to attempted U.S.-orchestrated Venezuela coup speaks in Minneapolis
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-22
Minneapolis, MN – "The area we were in was an opposition neighborhood, but nobody's leaving their houses. The news in the U.S. is saying people are flocking to the streets because they're 'being liberated', but no one's leaving their houses. It was so untrue it was shocking," said Tracy Molm, to about 40 community members gathered to hear her firsthand account of the events of April 30 in Caracas, Venezuela. | That day saw unelected presidential pretender Juan Guaido appear outside an airbase in Caracas, claiming a military uprising to oust elected President Nicolás Maduro was about to take place. Despite heavy p…

Timeline of Half a Decade of US Economic War Against Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
As of Jan. 23, 2019 when the self-declared 'president' Juan Guaido attempted to lead a coup, the hostility of the U.S. blockade against Venezuela increased substantially. | RELATED: | Cuba Shows Support for Venezuela in 18th ALBA Political Council | However, the latest sanctions by Washington against Venezuela come as a culmination of almost half a decade of U.S. aggression by multiple successive administrations seeking to put an end to decades of leftist rule in the oil-rich…

US Economic War on Venezuela Targets CLAP Food Program Relied on by Millions
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-22
While the U.S. likes to characterize its regime-change efforts in Venezuela as humanitarian in nature, the targeting of officials involved in a program that so many ordinary Venezuelans rely on reveals that the U.S. aims to install opposition leader Juan Guaido by any means necessary.

Dear Global Research Readers, Your Support Is Essential
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
Dear Readers, | Our team works tirelessly day in, day out, to promote peace and a world without war. Currently, however, peace is not a money making endeavour. Without financial support from our readers, we are faced with a monthly deficit….

Military Spending: The "Great Power Competition"
Oriental Review | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
Researchers at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) have concluded that military spending is skyrocketing around the world. According to a report published by the institute in April, the world spent $1.8 trillion on military expenditure in 2018 (2.1 …

The Money in the Trump/Kushner Middle East Peace Plan
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-22
The New York Times had an article on the Middle East peace plan being developed by Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner. The piece tells readers:…

Guatemalan Film on Massacres of Mayans Wins Award at Cannes
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
"Nuestros Madres" (Our Mothers) is the first Guatemalan film to be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France. The film also won the SACD (Authors Society) at the 58th edition of Critics' Week, a parallel section of the festival. | RELATED: | Maya Ch'orti' Environmental Leader Found Dead in Guatemala | The film directed by Cesar Diaz highlights the…

US Accuses Syrian Government of New Chemical Weapons Attack
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
The U.S. State Department accused the Syrian government of carrying out a new chemical weapons attack in the northwestern region of the country on Sunday. | RELATED: | Syrian Military Intercepts Unidentified Objects in South Syria | State Department Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement on Tuesday: "We are still gathering information on [Sunday's] incident, but we repeat our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the United States and our allies will…

Watch: Interview With Brazil's Ex-President Lula From Prison, Discussing Global Threats, Neoliberalism, Bolsonaro, and More
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-05-22
Among the planet's significant political figures, no one is quite like Lula. Born into extreme poverty, illiterate until the age of 10, forced to quit school at the age of 12 to work as a shoe shiner, losing a finger at his factory job at 19, and then becoming a labor activist, union leader, and founder of a political party devoted to a defense of laborers (the Workers' Party, or PT), Lula has always been, in all respects, the exact opposite of the rich, dynastic, oligarch-loyal, aristocratic prototype that has traditionally wielded power in Brazil. | That's precisely what makes Lula's rise to power, and his i…

"MuellerGate", A Report Review: Who Cooked Up the "RussiaGate" Conspiracy"?
Ann Garrison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
We need a bipartisan Muellergate investigation to determine who cooked up the Russiagate conspiracy that has taken over US foreign policy and driven American political discourse from idiotic to imbecilic. | However, in the schreechfest that our domestic politics has become, …

Madonna's Fake Revolution: Eurovision, Cultural Hegemony and Resistance
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-22
Madonna, along with Michael Jordan, the Beatles and Coca Cola represent far more than mere performers and fizzy drinks, but also serve as tools used to secure cultural, thus economic and political dominance, as well.

What Could Be More "Fun" than Covering the Pentagon and All Its "Toys"? Asks the New York Times
Mark Crispin Miller | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-22
The fact is that such naked gushing over all that lethal Pentagon hardware is perfectly okay from someone with Helene Cooper's racial/gender/national profile. It's amazing what you can say if you're only diverse enough.

Somalia's population, international partners must be energized to sustain country's 'upward trajectory,' says senior UN official
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-22
Despite Somalia's persistent security threats, recurrent political crises, capacity constraints and the difficulties in navigating political obstacles to its reform agenda, the Horn of Africa country remains on a "positive trajectory," the UN Security Council was told on Wednesday.

North Korea Slams Joe Biden as a 'Fool with a Low IQ'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
The Democratic People's Republic of North Korea released an official statement on Wednesday that has slammed U.S. presidential hopeful Joe Biden as a "fool of a low IQ." Furthermore, the statement labeled Biden an "imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being." | RELATED: | US Seizes North Korean Coal Ship as Tensions Mount After Missile Launches | North Korea's official media wing, the Korean Central News Agency, said the government's comments were in res…

The Iraqi National Museum of Modern Art: Journey of Destruction
Ali I. al-Dulaimi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
A glimpse of the plastic arts in Iraq | The contemporary Iraqi plastic art is considered to be the legitimate heir of the ancient Iraqi civilizations of Sumer and Babylon. Relics have beem found indicating that the Iraqi craftsman is the …

A civilizaàßà£o moderna à prova
Amir Nour | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
"Nà£o sei com que armas será disputada a terceira guerra mundial, mas a quarta guerra mundial será travada com paus e pedras" (Albert Einstein)[2] | Alerta vermelho num mundo ambivalente | Tendo em vista a sua ediàßà£o de 2018, a …

US Complicity in Israel's Violations of International Law
James J. Zogby | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
Last week, I addressed a United Nations Security Council meeting on "Israeli settlements". Because I knew other speakers, experts and diplomats, would address the illegality of Israeli settlements, the economic and human rights impact on the Palestinian people and the …

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Will Not be Thwarted by BLA Terrorist Threats
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
The so-called "Balochistan Liberation Army" (BLA) issued a video ultimatum over the weekend calling on China to cancel the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) or face the consequences of more terrorist attacks against its interests in the Pakistani province that pivotally …

U.S. Immigration Officials' Continued Medical Neglect Leads to Child's Death
Physicians for Human Rights | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
Following the fifth death of a child in U.S. custody in recent months, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is renewing its call for the immediate release of all detained children to community-based settings, access to independent medi…

Video: The Coming War on China. Documentary
John Pilger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
The Coming War on China (2016) is John Pilger's 60th film for ITV. | Pilger reveals what the news doesn't — that the world's greatest military power, the United States, and the world's second economic power, China, both nuclear-armed, are on …

"The Betrayal of America". Review of Elias Davidson's Book on 9/11
Dr. Ludwig Watzal | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
The events of September 11, 2001, are still unexposed. Instead, the world has narrated a story within 13 minutes that Osama bin Laden was the supposed mastermind, and after 24 hours, the "facts" were set in stone by a congressional …

Haiti: The Unsustainable Presidency
Nancy Roc | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
If the parting of the Red Sea is one of the most dramatic episodes in the Old Testament, Haiti's Moses will not be saved by a miracle; on the contrary, he's about to drown the nation with the support of …

Bombing Black People: The Philadelphia Police's War on MOVE
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22

Bernie Sanders Does Not Need to Apologize for Opposing Wars
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-05-22
Bernie Sanders Does Not Need to Apologize for Opposing Wars…

HS2's massive blunder reveals how important it is to preserve biodiversity
Glen Black | thecanary.co | 2019-05-22
HS2's attempt to replace woodland that the high-speed rail link destroyed has spectacularly failed. But what it suggests affects more than just British trees. The "environmental disaster" is a stark reminder that we can't simply replace the natural world. | "Cost effective": | Two Warwickshire farmers claimed that thousands of trees have died after they were planted on their land to replace cut woodland. BBC News reported on 21 May that: Up to 350,000 saplings have…

Saudi Arabia to Execute 3 Dissident Scholars After Ramadan
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is preparing to execute three dissident scholars on charges of 'terrorism', the Middle East Eye reported this week. | RELATED: | Italy Unions Refuse to Load Saudi Ship to Protest Yemen War | The MEE report cited two government sources and one male relative of the accused. They identified the three individuals as Sheikh Salman al-Awdah, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari. | According to the report, the three scholars will be executed by the Saudi authoriti…

Foreign Aid That Costs an Arm and a Leg — Literally
Phyllis Bennis | commondreams.org | 2019-05-22
Palestinian amputees break their Ramadan fast at a community center in Rafah, which was destroyed by Israeli warplanes. (Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib / Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

U.S./China Trade War: The fight to save America's farmland
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-22
2016: Forty-eight hours after Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States, this reporter was out in the dusty, brown flatlands of rural Missouri. While large news outlets focused their attention on the rise of Trump's "silent voters", and where Clinton went wrong, I wanted to find out why voters took the risk …

What If We Covered the Climate Emergency Like We Did World War II?
Bill Moyers | commondreams.org | 2019-05-22
At the recent "Covering Climate Now" in New York City, veteran journalist and broadcaster Bill Moyers discussed the need for a deeper commitment by the news industry to be part of the solution to the climate crisis by intensifying its coverage of the planetary emergency now unfolding. (Photo: Screenshot/CJR) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Congresswoman Barbara Lee passes defense amendment that would repeal 2001 endless war authorization
Congresswoman Barbara Lee | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-22
Rep. Lee has offered this amendment several times over the years and has long championed the need to repeal the outdated and overly broad authorization and force a debate and a vote on current wars.

The fighting history of Earl George, for worker rights, equality
Tim Wheeler | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-22
SEATTLE–Earl George was a quiet but energetic presence at every People's World picnic I ever attended in my youth, always with a camera around his neck, snapping pictures especially of mothers and their children at Seward Park or some other lovely park in Seattle. He was a short, lively man with a droll sense of …

What if Reporters Covered the Climate Crisis Like Edward R. Murrow Covered the Start of World War II?
Bill Moyers | thenation.com | 2019-05-22
What if Reporters Covered the Climate Crisis Like Edward R. Murrow Covered the Start of World War II?

18 Ways Julian Assange Changed the World
Lee Camp | truthdig.com | 2019-05-22
Julian Assange is a dick. It's important you understand that. | Assange and WikiLeaks revealed the American military's war crimes, the American government's corruption and the American corporate media's pathetic servile flattery to the power elite. So, if you're a member of our ruling class, you would view those as textbook examples of dickery. | In a moment I'm going to list all the ways Julian Assange changed the world by being a dick. | In an evolved and fully realized society, the oligarchy would see Assange as a dangerous criminal (which they do), and the average working men and women would view him as justi…

Trump admin. pushes more 'clean coal' spending as Justice Department investigates failed 'clean coal' project
Sharon Kelly | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-22
Other environmental organizations warn that continued funding for carbon capture not only offers false hope that coal can be "clean," but it also undermines progress toward more realistic goals.

Ten years after civil war ends, Sri Lankan ruling elites prepare for class war
wsws.org | 2019-05-22
The entire political establishment is preparing another bogus "war on terror" which is targeting the island's Muslims, but will also be used to suppress the opposition of the working class.

'The time is now:' Over 200 economists send a letter to Congress endorsing Medicare for All
Ruth Milka | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-22
"We encourage Congress to move forward with implementing a public financed Medicare for All plan to achieve the equitable and affordable universal health care system that the American people need."

With potential to boost profits by up to 20 per cent, a woman's place is at work, says UN labour agency
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-22
Businesses perform better — sometimes by as much as 20 per cent — when they employ more women in top positions, UN labour experts said on Wednesday, warning nonetheless that most still pay lip-service to the idea of gender equality in the boardroom.

Preserving biodiversity vital to reverse tide of climate change, UN stresses on International Day
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-22
The food people eat around the world is becoming "alarmingly homogenous" according to UN data, even though access to a wide variety of nutritious food has never been greater. That warning comes as the world marks the International Day for Biological Diversity on Wednesday, which this year highlights the impact of environmental neglect on food security and public health.

Former White House counsel refuses to testify before House committee
wsws.org | 2019-05-22
The Democrats are warning about a "constitutional crisis" and the threat of dictatorship, but their own fecklessness is bound up with the reactionary basis of their opposition to Trump.

Frustrated Democrats plan 'emergency' impeachment meeting after McGahn subpoena snub
rt.com | 2019-05-22
US House Democrats are holding an emergency meeting to discuss the pressure to move forward with the impeachment of President Donald Trump — even though the special counsel and other investigations have failed to produce a crime. | …

Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan Author and Activist, Dies at 48
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
Binyavanga Wainaina, the award-winning Kenyan writer who challenged Africa's stereotypes with biting satire and took on prejudice by documenting his life as an openly gay man, has died at age 48. | RELATED: | Press Freedoms, Safety in Media Under Threat in Kenya: Report | The author, essayist and campaigner — who also championed African literature through the Kwani Trust he founded with other writers — passed away in Nairobi on Tuesday, the organization's chairman, Tom…

The Right Opens Up a New Front in the Census War: Criminal Records
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-05-22
Republicans appear poised to open a new front in the ongoing census wars, pushing to add a new question that inquires about the criminal record of respondents. The move comes amid a parallel effort to question residents about their citizenship status in 2020. Both questions would have the intended effect, Democrats charge, of suppressing participation, thereby shrinking Democratic representation. | In a hearing before the congressional Joint Economic Committee on Wednesday, a witness from the American Enterprise Institute, or AEI, an influential neoconservative think tank, put forward the notion that the Census B…

Up next — trial in Monsanto's hometown set for August after $2 billion Roundup cancer verdict
Carey Gillam | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-22
"We want the companies to take responsibility for warning people — even if there is a chance that something would be harmful or hazardous for them, people should be warned."

Is Canada's new Ombudsperson for responsible enterprise really capable of remedying the international damage caused by Canada's mining industry?
Tanya Rawal-Jindia | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-22
This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | On April 8, 2019, Jim Carr appointed Sheri Meyerhoffer — a former lobbyist for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers — to fill Canada's newest position: Canada's Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE). Meyerhoffer assumed this position 15 months after the role was promised and 11 months afte…

Vision is finally on the rise in US politics
George Lakey | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-22
Our country's political discourse is becoming more interesting. On | May 16, Washington governor and presidential candidate Jay Inslee | released a progressive $9 trillion-plus " Evergreen Economy" plan. | By proposing a dramatic response to the climate crisis, Inslee joins a few Democratic presidential candidates already supporting the Green New Deal. Both proposals challenge the Democratic leadership's rigid adherence to incrementalism and…

Canada's Conservative leader lays out right-wing economic and foreign policy agenda
wsws.org | 2019-05-22
Scheer pledged to step up military-security cooperation with the US, intensify Canada's aggressive stance against China and Russia, and gut social spending.

Donald Trump's Sneak Attack on Social Security
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-22
Donald Trump's recent budget proposal included billions of dollars in Social Security cuts. The proposed cuts were a huge betrayal of his campaign promise to protect our Social Security system. Fortunately for Social Security's current and future beneficiaries, he has little chance of getting these cuts past the House of Representatives…

'A Small Tax on Wall Street to Make Big Change': Bernie Sanders and Barbara Lee Introduce New Financial Transaction Tax
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-22
"It is long past time for Congress to rein in the recklessness of Wall Street billionaires and build an economy that works for all Americans." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Abortion Laws in Saudi Arabia More Forgiving Than in Alabama: Report
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-22
"We're not seeing right now in the Middle East and North Africa a desire to make laws more punitive and more restrictive for women who need abortions and providers. We are seeing that in the U.S." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Albright & Powell to Speak at Major International Education Conference: What Were They Thinking?
Mark Ashwill | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-22
The last time I used this subtitle was when I first wrote about the morally noxious appointment of Bob Kerrey as chairman of the Fulbright University Vietnam board of trustees in 2016. I had the exact same gut reaction to this message, which appeared in my inbox earlier this year: NAFSA (Association of International Educators*)…

Why Joe Biden is the Least Electable Democrat
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-22
As one of the few pundits who correctly called the 2016 election for Donald Trump, it would be wise to rest on my laurels rather than risk another prediction, one that might turn out wrong. But how would that be fun? Let the 2020 political prognostications begin! The arithmetic of the 2016 Republican presidential primaries is repeating itself on…

The Victory of Small Visions: Morrison Retains Power in Australia
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-22
Australian politics since the 1990s has been marked by a dedicated loathing of the "vision thing". For those keen to see policies lasting beyond the life of the May fly, disappointment lies. Federal governments, at best, have shelf lives of three short years. Governments are effectively encouraged to be agents of small change if, indeed,…

Playing Politics With Coal Plants
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-22
The Anaconda Smelter was precipitously shut down at noon on "Black Monday," Sept. 29, 1980. Suddenly, 1,200 smelter workers were without jobs. Just that morning Mel Stokke, the general manager of the smelter, had assured workers that the smelter would continue operating into the foreseeable future. But then the call came in from ARCO's headquarters…

How Mining Companies Use Excessive Legal Powers to Gamble with Latin American Lives
Manuel Perez-Rocha — Jen Moore | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-22
The right of foreign investors to sue governments in international tribunals is one of the most extreme examples of excessive power granted to corporations through free trade agreements and investment treaties. For decades now, corporations have used this power to demand massive compensation for public interest regulations and other government actions that may reduce the…

Down in Juárez
Johnny Hazard | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-22
I first visited Ciudad Juárez and El Paso, twin boom-or-bust towns along the Río Grande or Río Bravo, in 2004 to facilitate the writing of my novel The Pancho Villa Underground Railroad. Juárez had become famous for the murder of hundreds (now thousands) of women. I expected to see women paralyzed by fear, reticent to…

Can It Happen Here?
Laura Flanders | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-22
Can it happen here? Absolutely it can. Even in a liberal bastion. A few weeks ago, a handful of white supremacists marched into a bookstore in Washington D.C., temporarily disrupting a talk by Jonathan Metzl, the author of Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America's Heartland. To put this in…

Russian Security Kills Terrorists in Vladimir Region
plenglish.com | 2019-05-22
Moscow, May 22 (Prensa Latina) The Federal Security Service (FSB) has informed on Wednesday about the elimination of two terrorists preparing an attack in Kalchugino, in the Russian region of Vladimir. Special commands blocked the house where the extremists were, who refused to surrender, opened fire and were neutralized, according to a statement from the FSB.

How ICE Is Using Solitary Confinement to Punish Asylum Seekers, Including LGBT & Disabled Immigrants
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-22
Since 2012, ICE has used solitary confinement as a routine punishment for thousands of immigrants and asylum seekers locked up in immigration jails across the country. We look at a new, damning investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that has revealed this widespread abusive use of solitary confinement in immigration jails overseen by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The United Nations special rapporteur on torture says solitary confinement should only be used in exceptional circumstances, and defines extended use of solitary as "inhuman and degrading treatment." Despit…

A New Way Forward: 2019 California Juneteenth Celebration
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-05-22
Today, let us consider an authentic California Juneteenth narrative for the next 170 years that no longer values a manifest destiny "white man only" enslavement and genocide conversation mandated by the original 1849 California State Constitution.

Cuba and PDRK Strengthen Ties
plenglish.com | 2019-05-22
22 de mayo de 2019, 16: 35Havana, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Vice President Roberto Morales received on Wednesday the Vice President of the Central Committee of the Workers" Party of Korea and member of the State Committee of the Peoplwe"s Democratic Republic of Korea, Ri Su Yong.

Russia Accuses Al-Qaeda of Trying to Fake Another Chemical Attack in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-22
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Intermittent fighting between Syria's government and al-Qaeda forces in Idlib turned into full-blown fighting Tuesday, with an al-Qaeda counter-attack hitting Syrian government forces in the area. Reports are that 26 soldiers and 18 jihadists were slain in the fighting. This fighting took place on the border between Idlib and Hama Provinces, and likely will be …

Russia Accuses Al-Qaeda of Trying to Fake Another Chemical Attack in Syria

Venezuela Denounces Obstacles to Health Programs for Children
plenglish.com | 2019-05-22
Caracas, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela is facing serious obstacles to save the lives of children through government programs, as a consequence of coercive policies by the United States, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced.

ICE Uses Solitary Confinement to Punish Marginalized Asylum Seekers
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-22
Since 2012, ICE has used solitary confinement as a routine punishment for thousands of immigrants and asylum seekers locked up in immigration jails across the country. We look at a new, damning investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that has revealed this widespread abusive use of solitary confinement in immigration jails overseen by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The United Nations special rapporteur on torture says solitary confinement should only be used in exceptional circumstances, and defines extended use of solitary as "inhuman and degrading treatment." Des…

US Accuses Syria of More Chemical Attacks
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-22
(CJ Opinion) — The Institute for Public Accuracy published a report yesterday about the leaked engineering assessment from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons investigation into an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria which directly contradicts the findings of the official OPCW report on the matter. Until the unauthorized release of this internal document the public was kept entirely …

US Accuses Syria of More Chemical Attacks

US Accuses Syria of More Chemical Attacks Just as Chemical Weapons Narrative Crumbles
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-22
You may be certain that Syria remains a geo-strategically crucial location for the U.S. empire because its keeps working to manufacture consent for interventionism there, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com The Institute for Public Accuracy published a report Tuesday about the… Read more ?…

US Has No Moral Authority to Deem Muslim Brotherhood 'Terrorist'
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-22
As'ad Abukhalil shares his perspective on the Trump administration's stated intent to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, pointing out that the U.S. has killed countless civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq in recent years…

Reuniting for Peace and Justice – 50 Years of Resistance
Mike Rhodes | indybay.org | 2019-05-22
Unitarian Universalist Church at 2672 E Alluvial Ave in Fresno.

What's Really Happening in Venezuela
Laura Wells | indybay.org | 2019-05-22
The Long Haul Infoshop | 3124 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA. 94705…

Trump's War on the Constitution Has Reached a Breaking Point
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-22
Much of the nation is focused on the growing constitutional conflict between the Trump administration and the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. Words like "unprecedented" are being bandied about in the press to describe the slow-rolling legal calamity unfolding before us. While it is true that many elements of the current situation are peculiar to history, there is nothing new here save, perhaps, for the danger represented by this preposterous president. | It was, in fact, former Vice President Dick Cheney who sta…

Impeachment Will Succeed If It Demonstrates Very Publicly That Trump Is a Tyrant Unfit for Office and GOP Lawwmakers Are His Enablers
Jeffrey C. Isaac | commondreams.org | 2019-05-22
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rose Garden at the White House May 22, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump responded to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying he was engaged in a cover up. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Warren and Sanders Refuse to Cozy Up to Wall Street Donors
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-22
While characterizing their campaigns as " grassroots" operations fueled by the people, many 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls have reportedly been spending a significant chunk of their time on the trail cozying up to Wall Street executives and raking in checks at big-dollar events across the nation. | Two major presidential candidates, however, are eschew…

Deal or No Deal, the Rivalry Between the US and China Will Intensify
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-22
The recent collapse of trade talks between the U.S. and China sent shock waves through the global capitalist system. Almost everyone had expected a deal to be struck, including President Trump, who had predicted it would be "epic." | When it all fell through, he blamed China for the failure and escalated what had been a low-intensity trade war into a full-blown one. He increased tariffs from 10 to 25 percent on $200 billion of Chinese exports to the U.S. and threatened to impose 25 percent duties on another $300 billion. Once those go into effect, all of China's exports will be subject to tariffs. | With the g…

China Offers Tech Companies Five-Year Tax Break To Offset Tariffs
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-22
(ZH) — In the cleanest indication yet that China is hunkering down for what it now expected to be a very long trade war, the SCMP reports that China will give a "five-year tax break to its home-grown semiconductor makers and software developers in a bid to bolster the industries as the trade war shifts to an …

China Offers Tech Companies Five-Year Tax Break To Offset Tariffs

Canada's Anti-Venezuela Policy: A Result of Material Interests and US Subordination
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-22
Canada has followed the Trump administration's lead on Venezuela, but it's charting a very different path with regard to Cuba. Yves Engler explains that while there are material reasons for the difference, Canada has followed the U.S. lead for a long time…

In Letter to Congress, 62 Groups say "No War With Iran"
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-22
(CD) — The White House is continuing its march to war with Iran, but resistance is growing–most recently by a group of 62 organizations that issued an open letter to Congress on Tuesday calling for the representative body to exercise its power and stop U.S. aggression. In the letter, the 62 groups call on Congress to "fulfill its constitutional …

In Letter to Congress, 62 Groups say "No War With Iran"

Trump Stalks Out on Democrats, Demands End to Russia Probes
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-22
WASHINGTON–President Donald Trump abruptly stalked out of a meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday with a flat declaration he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel's Trump-Russia report. | Democrats said the walkout seemed scripted. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it all "very, very, very strange" and said she was praying for Trump and the nation. | After turning and leaving the three-minute non-meeting with the Democratic leaders, scheduled for a discussion of U.S. infrastructure problems, Trump strode to the Rose Garden wher…

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…

Ecuador, Peru Strengthen Border Security Mechanisms
plenglish.com | 2019-05-22
Quito, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador and Peru are advancing toward strengthening bilateral mechanisms for border security, a priority for both nations.

US Aggession Against Iraq-The San Diego Connection
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-05-22
The role of the San Diego military in the US Aggression against Iran…

Council Proposal Recognizes Lynching of Francisco Arias and José Chamales as 'Act of Racial Terror'
Santa Cruz News | indybay.org | 2019-05-22
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…

There's Far More Diversity in Venezuela's Media Than in US Corporate Press
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-22
(FAIR) — 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 News in a Country in …

There’s Far More Diversity in Venezuela’s Media Than in US Corporate Press

Brazil's Gov't Reviews Decree and Bans Civilians from Carrying Rifles
plenglish.com | 2019-05-22
22 de mayo de 2019, 17: 03Brasilia, May 22 (Prensa Latina) The Brazilian government corrected some items and issued on Wednesday a new decree on arms following strong questionings about the possibility that civilians could buy and carry military rifles.

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…

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…

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.

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." | …