2019-05-24: Social Media Postees

The Amputation Crisis in Gaza: a US-Funded Atrocity
Phyllis Bennis | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
My friend Andrew Rubin is an amputee. He's lost his right hand, lower arm, right foot, and lower leg. He used to be an avid runner and cyclist. He can't do much of that anymore, although his walking is getting much better. Soon he might be able to run with his artificial leg. Andrew is…

Venezuela: The opposition collapses, revolution advances
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-24
Chicago, IL – On May 20, a massive rally filled downtown Caracas as Venezuela's revolutionary movement marked one year since Nicolás Maduro was elected to a second term as president. The celebration comes just three weeks after Juan Guaidó, the Trump-appointed leader of the Venezuelan far right, launched a failed military coup against Maduro. | Since that foolish day, events in Venezuela have accelerated. The opposition lies defeated, and the revolutionary movement advances, millions strong, to with the aim of socialism. | The collapse of the counter-revolution | On April 30, Juan Guaidó declared the "final stage…

MintCast Episode 3: Iran, Chelsea Manning, ElectionGuard and the Embassy Protection Collective
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-24
MinCast hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss the week's top stories, including U.S. attempt to escalate the situation in Iran, the unjust re-imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, Microsoft's new ElectionGuard product and get a first-hand account of the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective from Alex Rubenstein.

Canada's Five Year Campaign to Oust Venezuela's Government
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-24
Why does the dominant media pay so much attention to Russian "meddling" in other countries, but little to Canada's longstanding interference in the political affairs of nations thousands of kilometres from our borders? The case of Ben Rowswell illustrates the double standard well. The current Canadian International Council President has been the leading non-governmental advocate …

Trump Regime Targeting of Venezuela's Food Distribution Program. Starve Venezuelans into Submission?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
President Nicolas Maduro initiated Local Provision and Production Committees (CLAPs) in early 2016. | The program distributes subsidized food to around six million Venezuelan families, around two-thirds of the population, part of the nation's participatory social democracy. | From inception with Obama …

The dogs of war are unchained once more
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-05-24
This week's newsletter features an open letter to the President of Indonesia, written by Khamid Istakhori, General Secretary of Federasi SERBUK–a large trade union federation in Indonesia. He asks President Jokowi to use Indonesia's presidency of the UNSC to denounce violations of international law against Venezuela. | Source…

The Dangerous Demise of Disarmament
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
Donald Trump and his national security team have weakened virtually every aspect of American foreign policy over the past two years. U.S. bilateral relations with both Russia and China have worsened, driving Moscow and Beijing into their closest relationship in more than fifty years. U.S. standing in Europe, particularly with our central NATO allies, has been compromised as President Trump has embarrassed key allies in London, Paris, and Berlin. The recent bungling of political upheaval in Venezuela has made the United States a laughing stock throughout South America. Trump's obsequious behavior toward Israeli Pr…

Iran, Venezuela and the Throes of Empire
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
With the Trump administration threatening war against Iran and Venezuela, the question of how the U.S. was brought to this point needs to be considered. To argue that current circumstances are particular to this administration is to overlook U.S. history vis-a-vis both Iran and Venezuela and that between them they possess a material proportion of…

Canada's Meddling in Venezuela
Yves Engler | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
Why does the dominant media pay so much attention to Russian "meddling" in other countries, but little to Canada's longstanding interference in the political affairs of nations thousands of kilometres from our borders? The case of Ben Rowswell illustrates the double standard well. The current Canadian International Council President has been the leading non-governmental advocate…

Peace With Iran Is a Good Thing
Renee Parsons | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
There is no question that neither Bolton nor Pompeo are to be trusted and that Bolton's over reach of authority is the key driver pushing for confrontation and divisiveness while Pompeo is a more personally shrewd team player and somewhat less of a loose cannon. (Photo: State Department via Wikimedia Commons) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Solid result for Victorian Socialists in first federal election campaign
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-24
Amid the disastrous election result across the country on election night, one small but important spark of hope was the impressive first showing at a federal election by the Victorian Socialists. | In all three seats the party contested, we won more than 4% of the vote. At the current count, Kath Larkin is on 4.7% in Cooper (formerly Batman), Sue Bolton is on 4.8% in Wills and Jerome Small, the candidate for the outer suburban working class electorate of Calwell, is on 5.2%. | In the scheme of things, these are still very modest results in terms of both the percentage of the vote and the limited number of elector…

Dump Bolton before He Starts the Next War
Renee Parsons | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
Donald Trump very likely won the 2016 election with pronouncements like these: "Obviously the war in Iraq was a big fat mistake." "We should have never been in Iraq." "We have destabilized the middle east." "We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about." Today, it is unclear exactly who is…

Pardoning War Criminals Is a Monstrous Way to Honor Memorial Day
Peter Certo | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
Meanwhile, egged on by Bolton, Trump is considering sending 120,000 or more troops into another purposeless bloodbath in the Middle East. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

The Espionage Act and Julian Assange: The US Justice Department Expands Its Case
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-24
It seemed flimsy from the start, but the US Department of Justice is keen to get their man. What has certainly transpired of late is that Mike Pompeo was being unusually faithful to the truth when director of the CIA: every means would be found to prosecute the case against WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. His …

The Espionage Act and Julian Assange: The US Justice Department Expands Its Case
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
It seemed flimsy from the start, but the US Department of Justice is keen to get their man. What has certainly transpired of late is that Mike Pompeo was being unusually faithful to the truth when director of the CIA: …

The Espionage Act and Julian Assange
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
It seemed flimsy from the start, but the US Department of Justice is keen to get their man. What has certainly transpired of late is that Mike Pompeo was being unusually faithful to the truth when director of the CIA: every means would be found to prosecute the case against WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. His…

Spurious US 18-Count Indictment of Julian Assange: A Mockery of Justice
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
It was just a matter of time before the Trump regime piled on more spurious charges against Assange, clearly prepared long before Thursday's release. | They're on top of falsely accusing him of "conspiracy to commit computer intrusion," according to an …

Video: Daniel Ellsberg on Julian Assange's Espionage Charges
Daniel Ellsberg | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
The US Department of Justice issued an 18-count indictment against Julian Assange for violating the 1917 Espionage Act. We speak to Daniel Ellsberg about the dangerous implications this move has for journalism in the United States | *** | SHARMINI PERIES: It's …

Assange Faces 175 Years in Prison with 17 More Charges
Countercurrents | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
The U.S. justice department has filed 17 new charges against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange. In reaction, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted: It's a war on journalism. Journalists have reacted: "Modern fascism is breaking cover". | The new charges expand the …

Assange, Espionage, and the Cult of Personality
Christian Christensen | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange holds a press conference at Park Plaza Hotel on October 23, 2010 in London, England. The series released at the time included leaks of American military documents, nearly 400,000 in total, included details about how the torture and the abuse of detainees by Iraqi police, was ignored by U.S. forces. On Thursday it was reported that the U.S. government has filed charges under the Espionage Act for Assange's work as a journalist. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

UN honours peacekeepers who 'paid the ultimate price', for the sake of others
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-24
Ever since the UN deployed the first of its 72 peacekeeping missions back in 1948, more than 3,800 peacekeepers have lost their lives, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday, at a wreath laying ceremony in honour of those "brave men and women" who serve.

Peace with Iran Is a Good Thing
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
After weeks of drama with Iranian 'threats' and having conducted classified briefings with Congress on Tuesday, acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by his side, informed a press briefing that | "there will be | …

Why does Washington hate Iran?
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-24
In recent weeks the United States has sent the USS Abraham Lincoln, B-52 bombers, a Patriot missile interceptor battery and more naval firepower into the Persian Gulf in an escalation of military threats against Iran. | Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced in May that the Pentagon had plans to send 120,000 troops in the event that Iran attacked American forces in the Middle East, or if Iran resumed work that could lead to nuclear weapons. | In April, US President Donald Trump's administration designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, part of Iran's armed forces, as a "terrorist group". | The US…

Gulf of Tonkin 'Crisis', Iranian Style
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
The United States government is always beating the war drums; it's what violent, rogue nations do. Currently, a non-issue in the Middle East is being seized upon as a threat to the mighty U.S. The headlines were sensational: 'Saudi Arabia says Oil Tankers Attacked as Iranian Tensions Rise'. — Bloomberg 'President Trump Warns Iran over…

Trump says 1500 US troops deploying to Middle East for 'mostly protective' purposes
rt.com | 2019-05-24
US President Donald Trump has approved a deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, apparently meant to deter what Washington calls an ongoing threat to US interests from Iran. | …

Iran's Relations with India and Pakistan. Couldn't Be More Different
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
Iran is becoming increasingly desperate after the US intensified the economic component of its Hybrid War on the country, and while Indian Prime Minister Modi snubbed the Islamic Republic's top diplomat during his visit to the country earlier this month …

The Geography of War: No Iraq…? No Iran!
Brett Redmayne-Titley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
As Iraq/ Iran economic ties continue to strengthen, with Iraq recently signing on for billions of cubic meters of Iranian natural gas, the shift towards Russian influence was certified as Iraq sent a delegation to Moscow to negotiate the purchase of the S-400 anti-aircraft system.

Israel: "Wiped off The Map". The Rumor of the Century, Fabricated by the US Media to Justify An All out War on Iran
Arash Norouzi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
Global Research Editor's Note | The following text by Arash Norouzi first published by the Mossadegh Project and Global Research in January 2007 confirms that the alleged "Wiped Off the Map" statement by Iran's president was never made. | In the light …

'This Is Big': 76 Retired US Generals and Diplomats Warn Trump Against War With Iran
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
"We have witnessed first-hand how quickly disputes can spiral out of control." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Trump's Use of Emergency Loophole to Export US Bombs to Saudis, Critics Warn, Will Only Intensify World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
Federal lawmakers and anti-war voices are raising alarm about and vowing to challenge the Trump administration's exploitation of a legal loophole to try to enable the export of billions of dollars in American-made weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Six immigrant children dead in US custody since September
wsws.org | 2019-05-24
Protecting the lives and democratic rights of immigrants requires a fight against imperialist war and the capitalist system.

Microsoft's ElectionGuard a Trojan Horse for a Military-Industrial Takeover of US Elections
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-24
"The fact that we are handing over the keys of American democracy to the military-industrial complex — it's like giving the keys to the henhouse to a fox and saying, 'here come in and take whatever you want.' It's obviously dangerous." — Investigative journalist Yasha Levine…

The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial: What Illinois Bikers Know That Washington Doesn't
Andrew Bacevich | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-24
Andrew Bacevich on the sole memorial for those who have fought in our now almost 18-year-old war on terror — never actually a coherent "war" but a spreading set of conflicts, upheavals, and chaos of every sort.

Senator Schumer's Divine Mission
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
Back on 31 March 2019 I wrote an essay entitled "God and U.S. Foreign Policy." The central figure in that essay was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo is a Christian fundamentalist who believes that God is at work when it comes to both sustaining Israeli society as well as the U.S. foreign policies that underpin it.

Around 600,000 Afghan children face death through malnutrition without emergency funds: UNICEF
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-24
In Afghanistan, children suffering from the most serious form of malnutrition may die, unless $7 million in funding is found within weeks, UNICEF said on Friday.

Trump skinning NATO in Afghanistan
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-24
Building a wall along the U.S. southern border was one of Donald Trump's key electoral promises. While making a speech on June 16, 2015, where he announced his plans to run for presidency, he said, "I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I'll build them very …

Fearmongering accompanies release of John Walker Lindh after 17 years in prison
wsws.org | 2019-05-24
Lindh, an American captured with other foreign Taliban fighters in 2001, was released from a federal penitentiary Thursday, having served his full sentence for carrying arms on behalf of the then government of Afghanistan.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | 2019-05-24
Dockworkers in Italy and France have refused to handle cargo they say was intended to aid Saudi Arabian war efforts in Yemen while strikes and protests by miners and teachers continue in South Africa.

Austria's "Ibiza Affair" and the rightward shift of the political establishment
wsws.org | 2019-05-24
The very same political forces who are now crying foul over far-right Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache bear chief responsibility for the projected entry of a record number of right-wing extremists into the European Parliament.

As the far right grows, its mask comes off
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-24
The brutal face of hard right and fascist reaction has been on vivid display on the issues of women's rights and the climate crisis in the past few weeks. | In Germany the AfD (Alliance for Germany) launched a vicious attack on inspirational teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, portraying her as an extremist and suggesting she needs treatment for her "psychosis" — a shabby reference to her autism. | Rejecting near-unanimous scientific opinion, the AfD said that the climate justice movement is scare mongering about levels of carbon dioxide emissions, asserting that the gas is a beneficial plant nutrient.

Turkish Weapons to Libya's Government of National Unity (PNU): Key Obstruction for Haftar's Offensive on Tripoli
Firas Samuri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
While the offensive of the Libyan National Army (LNA) under the command of Field Marshal Halifa Haftar in Tripoli against the armed groups controlled by the Government of National Unity (PNU) is well underway, more and more international and regional …

'Without Putin, Syria Would Have Ceased to Exist': Interview with Flemish Priest Living in Syria
Fr Daniel Maes | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
The text of this interview was published by Global Research on June 15, 2017 | According to the Flemish Father Daniel Maes, who has lived in Syria since 2010, the coverage of the Syrian war is based on lies. President …

Leaked OPCW report raises new questions about 2018 chemical attack in Douma, Syria
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-24
A newly leaked internal document from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons reveals there were conflicting views within the organization as to what happened.

India's Strategic Alliance with U.S.: Towards an Anti-Russian Military Pivot
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
India's much-touted and over-hyped policy of "multi-alignment" is seeming more and more like a cover for unconvincingly disguising the country's strategic alliance the US, especially after its Ambassador to America strongly hinted that Modi will undertake an anti-Russian military pivot …

Life or Death — Corporate Media or Honest Media?
Media Lens | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
Relying on the corporate media, including BBC News, to provide a reliable account of the world is literally a matter of life or death, on many levels. | Imagine, for example, a Russian dissident living in the UK who had published …

The 2020 Election Sweepstakes Begin. Let's Keep Israel and the Phony Claims of Anti-Semitism Out of It
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
The more than twenty Democrats who are seeking to become their party's presidential candidate in 2020 have been more than a little reticent about the foreign policy of the United States. There has been some muttering from the more progressive …

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Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24

Paul Bremer's Legacy in Iraq Is Being Expanded Across the Arab World
Dr. Mustafa Fetouri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
Today marks 16 years since Paul Bremer, the former American diplomat, made history three times in the space of one month. First he was appointed head of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), the administration that ran Iraq after it …

Russiagate and the Dry Rot in American Journalism
Zhivko Illeieff | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
Hunter S. Thompson dissected the mainstream news long before the false narratives of Iraqi WMD's and Russian collusion. The 2016 U.S. presidential elections showed how easily a real estate hustler can hijack the public's attention with the help of all major news corporations. Not only did Donald Trump receive two billion dollars of free media over the…

Trump's Trade Policy Is Accelerating America's Decline
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-24
The United States has increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products to 25 percent, and Beijing has responded in kind on $60 billion worth of American goods. More tit for tat appears to be on the way: the Trump administration is now openly deliberating whether to impose additional tariffs on a further $325 billion of Chinese goods exported to the United States. National security concerns are also being increasingly invoked: Not only is Huawei,…

Lyft cuts drivers' rates in weeks following global rideshare strike
wsws.org | 2019-05-24
Since rideshare drivers participated in a global one-day strike on May 8 to oppose the billion-dollar market frenzy for Uber's IPO, Lyft drivers have reported compensation cuts of up to 27 percent.

War Crimes Pardons: A Terrible Memorial Day Idea
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
On May 16, 2008, near the town of Baiji in Iraq, 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna, US Army, murdered a prisoner. That was the verdict of the jury in his 2009 court martial, anyway. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison, but paroled in less than five. On May 6, 2019, US president Donald Trump…

The Disparity Behind Anti-Abortion Laws
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
In the past few weeks, my Facebook feed has exploded with posts about abortion. If you use Facebook, probably yours has too. There's a lot to say about abortion, especially now that Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, and Ohio have passed extremely restrictive laws banning abortions in cases where they previously would be legal. But I think…

The Beauty of Trees
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
City of Trees I live in Claremont, California. On May 20, 2019, I walked to Sprouts Farmers Market grocery store. On the southern corner of the streets Mountain and Foothill, I saw workers and giant machinery cutting down trees. These are trees the City of Claremont tried to eliminate in 2008. The absurd reason then…

Liberals Fall Into Line: a Recurring Phenomenon
Kathy Deacon | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
"Well, if it is Ramon Mercader, you'll have quite a story. . . ." I have found a snapshot of a man bearing a striking resemblance to the assassin of Leon Trotsky–in a suitcase stuffed with leaflets, posters, old letters, and photographs from my father's 1940 sabbatical in Mexico. The man gazes at the camera…

"The Army Ain't No Place for a Black Man:" How the Wolf Got Caged
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
From his locked room, he could hear the trains rattling up the tracks, one every half hour. They reminded of him of home, back on Dockery Plantation, when he played on the porches of old shacks with Charley Patton, blowing his harmonica to the rhythm of those big wheels rolling along the rails. Those northbound trains were the sound of freedom then.Now he was in the mad house, where grown men, their minds broken by the carnage of war, wailed and screamed all night long. Most of them were white. Some were strapped to their beds. Others ambled with vacant eyes, lost in the big room. Chester just stood in the corner…

As a GMO Stunt, Professor Tasted a Pesticide and Gave It to Students
Jonathan Latham | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
Imagine you are an undergraduate attending an Ivy League university. You go to a routine department seminar. In the middle of his presentation the professor picks up a container from the lectern. He says it contains a pesticide. As he opens it, a faint cloud of brown powder rises from the tub. It is, says…

Chelsea Manning is Showing Us What Real Resistance Looks Like
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
Throughout history, human civilization has been cursed by tyranny. Time and again, power is concentrated in institutions that rule by coercion and force. Humans have suffered through totalitarianism, dictatorships, and fascism repeatedly. Untold suffering and death have occurred. But such times have always been marked by resistance. Courageous individuals and movements have fought back with…

Controlling 5G: A Course in Obstacles
Katie Singer | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
Across the United States, telecom providers have begun mapping their plans to deploy 5G "small," microwave-emitting cellular sites throughout neighborhoods. Every person deserves to be informed about what's happening and what's within every household's ability to control. Already the largest thing that humanity has built, we double the Internet's size every two years. The Internet…

21st Century Conglomerate Trusts
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
On May 13th, the Supreme Court voted to allow an eight-year-long antitrust case against Apple to proceed. The case, Apple Inc. v. Pepper, was originally brought in 2011 by Robert Pepper and three other iPhone users. They accused Apple of causing harm to them and other Apple users by requiring them to buy apps from the Apple App Store. Apple…

Extremist Laws, Like Alabama's, Will Hit Poor Women the Hardest
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
Alabama — led by utterly clueless male legislators — just passed the most restrictive ban on abortion in the country, with Georgia and Missouri piling on. Other states dominated by right-wing Republican politicians are jockeying to join in. Their aim is to get the courts, newly packed with right-wing judges appointed by Trump, to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark precedent that…

War is War on Mother Earth
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
"In order to achieve the massive systemic and cultural transformations required for mitigating climate change…we're going to have to deal with the socially sanctioned, institutionalized violence perpetrated by U.S. foreign policy that is pouring fuel on the fire of global warming." — Stacy Bannerman Climate Change Causes War There is the close relationship between war…

The (Small-d) Democrat's Dilemma
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
The Trump presidency has been a disaster for the country and the world; a second Trump term would be calamitous. The menace must be stopped. The sad fact is, though, that for Trump to lose in 2020, a (big-D) Democrat will have to win. This means that the responsible thing for (small-d) democrats to do…

The Left Refuses to Get Its Act Together in the Face of Neofascism
Yanis Varoufakis | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
More than three years ago, on 9 February 2016, around a thousand of us gathered at a magnificent theatre in Berlin's city centre, built originally by workers to stage progressive theatrical productions. On that night, we founded a pan-European, transnational, progressive, democratic movement that we named Diem25, or Democracy in Europe Movement 2025. This week…

Will Biden's Dog Whistles for Racism Catch Up with Him?
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
In a party that officially condemns dog-whistle appeals to racism, Joe Biden is running on Orwellian eggshells. Whether he can win the Democratic presidential nomination may largely depend on the extent of "doublethink" that George Orwell described in 1984 as the willingness "to forget any fact that has become inconvenient." It is an inconvenient fact that Biden…

Turkey's purchase of the S-400 is a 'decided matter' — Secretary of Defense Hulusi Akar
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-24
During an Iftar session in Ankara, the Turkish Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar, met with leading media representatives. The minister made a number of important statements on issues such as the threats Turkey faces in the region, the fight against terrorism, the country's need for its own air defense system and the purchase of Russian …

"I Apologize to No One" for Opposing Disastrous US Wars in Vietnam and Iraq, Says Bernie Sanders
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
"This is great: Bernie tell tells the pro-war crowd and their enablers to bring it on." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Hillary's call for Chinese meddling in 2020 is no joking matter
Musa al-Gharbi | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-24
This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | In a recent appearance on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, Hillary Clinton suggested China should try to access Donald Trump's tax returns and leak them to the press. | "Why should Russia have all the fun? And since Russia is clearly backing Republicans, why don't we ask China to back us [Democrats]?" She continued, "China, if you're listening, why don't you get Trump's tax returns? I'm sure our media would richly rew…

Trump directs AG Barr to declassify data on what prompted Russiagate probe
rt.com | 2019-05-24
US President Donald Trump has allowed his attorney general to declassify information about what prompted the Russiagate investigation — and ordered the heads of the intelligence agencies to cooperate with the reveal. | …

High Fives to Jimmy Dore for Laughing Russiagaters out of the Room
John V. Walsh | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-24
Jimmy Dore is a comic who has taken on Russiagate, a deadly serious matter. He is one of those brave souls who count themselves as progressives but dared to call into question Russiagate. There are those who will tell you that Trump is a despicable human; and so if Russiagate tarnished Trump, the argument goes, …

Amid worsening trade war, Chinese president calls for new "Long March"
wsws.org | 2019-05-24
Xi Jinping's remarks were a rallying cry to the Chinese bureaucracy as it confronts global economic instability, US trade war measures and rising social unrest.

The Americanization of Popular Culture Should Terrify Us All
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2019-05-24
The verdict is in, and Hollywood has won the global culture wars, according to Violaine Roussel, a French scholar and professor who has had unusual access to the California entertainment industry. In her view, American culture, packaged neatly in film and television for global consumption, has cast a shadow over cultural products in much of the world. | "The influence of Hollywood has definitely grown these past years, these past decades," the University of Paris profe…

Stop Adani activists face post election challenges
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-24
More than 100 Stop Adani activists from around Australia participated in a webinar on May 22 to share initial reflections on the way forward for the campaign post election. | Participants generally reported initial shock at the election result but were committed to ratchetting up action. The need to strengthen links within local communities and to engage with mining communities was discussed, as was the need to correct the media lies about the "jobs bonanza" presented by the opening up of the Galilee Basin. | There was support for forging links with progressive unions, such as National Union of Workers, Electrica…

Will impeachment stop Trump's war…on us?
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-24
Will congressional impeachment of President Donald Trump, even if the cowed and cowardly GOP Senate majority doesn't convict him, stop his war…on all of us? At the very least, doing so could throw a big monkey wrench into Trump's ravages. There has been a long and justified argument over whether the president committed impeachable offenses …

Waking Up to the Sunrise Movement
Adam Eichen | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
Global warming is so existentially terrifying, even seasoned activists may avoid the issue. (Photo: Christian Kortum) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Dean Baker on Trump's Trade War, Leo Fitzpatrick on Wireless Merger
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-05-24

Fund Endangered Species Act, It's Saved 99 Percent of Wildlife on the Brink
Stephanie Kurose | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
As scientists warn of a growing global extinction crisis, Grijalva's bill would offer a much-needed lifeline for America's most endangered wildlife. (Photo: Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Democracy vs. The Putin-Nazis
C. J. Hopkins | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-24
Back in January 2018, I wrote this piece about The War on Dissent, which, in case you haven't noticed, is going gangbusters. As predicted, the global capitalist ruling classes have been using every weapon in their arsenal to marginalize, stigmatize, delegitimize, and otherwise eliminate any and all forms of dissent from neoliberal ideology, and in …

Markets fall on trade war and global growth fears
wsws.org | 2019-05-24
The Financial Times cited one fund manager who said it was "panic mode" and "people are realising that the economy could be a lot slower than we thought."

The New Politics of Starvation
Dan Lieberman | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-24
President Donald Trump's use of the most vicious aspects of economic warfare prompt another examination of the politics of starvation. After George W. Bush's administration, Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump lessened Bush's aggressive war policies and leaned to economic warfare. Sounds harmless when compared to exploding bombs, but it is not — economic warfare can crush an …

All Dams in Brazil Are Unsafe, Minister Warns
plenglish.com | 2019-05-24
Brasilia, May 24 (Prensa Latina) The almost 2,000 dams registered in Brazil can be considered currently unsafe, said the Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, during his statement in the Senate Environment Committee.

US Aggession Against Iraq-The San Diego Connection
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-05-24
The role of the San Diego military in the US Aggression against Iran…

NASA exec in charge of Artemis moon mission quits after just 6 weeks, 'escorted out of HQ'
rt.com | 2019-05-24
Mark Sirangelo, who joined NASA less than two months ago as special assistant to agency chief Jim Bridenstine on the Artemis project, has left his post after his proposal for a "sustainable lunar campaign" was nixed by Congress. | …

While War Drums Beat, Trump Wants to Keep Congress in the Dark
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-24
At his hastily arranged Rose Garden press conference on Wednesday, President Trump made a patently laughable claim. "I am the most transparent President in U.S. history," he protested. But as part of his conspiratorial war against the so-called deep state, Trump has threatened the political neutrality of the military by directing the Department of Defense to decide for itself what is legislatively necessary for Congress to do its constitutionally-mandated job of oversight. | There hasn't been a real secretary of defense for five months, since Jim Mattis left the Cabinet abruptly under disturbing circumstances…

Far-Right Israeli Organization Publishes List of 'Disloyal' Professors
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-24
Hilla Dayan discusses the right-wing Zionist group Im Tirtzu, and the scare campaign against leftist and progressive professors going on in Israel…

Julian Assange's Attorney Decries Espionage Charges as Threat to Press Freedom
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-24
In an unprecedented move, the Justice Department has indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act for his role in publishing U.S. classified military and diplomatic documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The documents were leaked by U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The Espionage Act of 1917 has never been used to prosecute a journalist or media outlet. The new charges come just over a month after British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he took asylum in 2012. Initially the Trump administration in…

"Sooner or Later, Dictators Fall," Says Eyewitness to Sudan's Uprising
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-24
The revolutionary process in the Middle East and North Africa continues to unfold as uprisings in Sudan and Algeria have defied the counterrevolutionary wave that swept across the region following the 2011 Arab Spring. | In Algeria, a sustained protest movement toppled authoritarian leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika on April 2 of this year. About a week later, ongoing popular resistance in Sudan forced out ruler Omar al-Bashir. In both countries, the military remains in power, though the heads of the regimes are gone. | The uprising in Sudan has benefited from a high level of organization and impressive leadership f…

A New Way Forward: 2019 California Juneteenth Celebration
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-05-24
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.

US-Made Saudi Warplanes and Bombs Are Still Killing Many Civilians in Yemen
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-24
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Over the course of a five year war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia has killed the vast majority of civilians. The killings were overwhelmingly from airstrikes, which brings uncomfortable attention to the US. The Saudi airstrikes, after all, are done almost exclusively in US-made warplanes, and dropping largely US-made munitions. The US has also, for much of …

US-Made Saudi Warplanes and Bombs Are Still Killing Many Civilians in Yemen

Exclusive: Julian Assange's Attorney Decries Espionage Charges as "Grave Threat to Press Freedom"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-24
In an unprecedented move, the Justice Department has indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act for his role in publishing U.S. classified military and diplomatic documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The documents were leaked by U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The Espionage Act of 1917 has never been used to prosecute a journalist or media outlet. The new charges come just over a month after British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he took asylum in 2012. Initially the Trump administration indic…

Gloria La Riva and Silvio Rodrigues: "Eyewitness Venezuela"
UUSF Forum | indybay.org | 2019-05-24
First Unitarian Universalist Church | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | San Francisco, Calif.

Iran Runs Out of Patience due to Europe's Inaction over Nuclear Deal
plenglish.com | 2019-05-24
Tehran, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that the Islamic Republic has run out of patience due to Europe"s inaction over the withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear agreement and the resumption of sanctions on Iran.

Three Things Motivating China's Position in Trade Negotiations With the US
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-24
Relations between the U.S. and China have deteriorated sharply in recent days after trade negotiations broke down, leading some to suggest we are on the cusp of a new "cold war." | President Donald Trump blames the resumption of hostilities on China. Specifically, he and his negotiators say their Chinese counterparts backtracked on an agreement to change laws aimed at enforcing the deal,…

British Prime Minister Theresa May Admits Brexit Defeat and Resigns
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-24
Characterized by critics and political observers as an ignominous end of her three years as leader of the Tory Party and captain of the right-wing ship trying to steer the country toward Brexit, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May announced her official resignation on Friday morning as she finally admitted defeat. | Though she said in a speech outside 10 Downing Street that she had "done everything" she could "to convince MPs to back" her Brexit deal, "Sadly, I have not been able to do so." | U.K. Prim…

Jeremy Scahill: New Indictment of Assange Is Part of a Broader War on Journalism & Whistleblowers
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-24
The Espionage Act charges filed against Julian Assange mark just the latest attempt by the Trump administration to criminalize journalism and whistleblowers. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is back in jail for refusing to testify before a grand jury. Two weeks ago, drone whistleblower Daniel Hale was arrested in Tennessee. We air a new video by The Intercept titled "Why You Should Care About Trump's War on Whistleblowers," featuring Jeremy Scahill. We also speak to Scahill and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg about how the corporate media has failed to stand up for Assange and others.

"Concession Bargaining" At SF SEIU1021: Report By Bargaining Committee Member
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-05-24
Cheryl Thornton, an SEIU 1021 City & County of San Francisco steward and 2019 Bargaining Committee member talks about the concession bargaining by the union leadership and the continued outsourcing and privatization of jobs.

The Boeing Way: Blaming Dead Pilots
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
The House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation held an oversight hearing last week on the two recent Boeing 737 MAX airplane crashes. Testifying were the heads of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Asking questions and making statements were 39 members of the House — 22 Democrats and 17 Republicans…

How Many Times Must Assange Be Proven Right?
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-24
The espionage charges against Assange bear out what he's been saying and should open ears to what he's also said about the non-Russian source of the DNC emails, says Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com And there it is…. Read more ?…

Report from Venezuela Delegation
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2019-05-24
NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…

Congress, White House Move Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico, US States and Territories
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-05-24
On Thursday, the Senate passed a $19.1 billion disaster relief plan to aid Americans recovering from natural disasters in US Territories like Puerto Rico and States including Iowa. The House of Representatives and the White House are expected to approve the Senate plan.