Daily Archives: May 16, 2019

2019-05-16: News Headlines

RT (2019-05-17). 'We fight too many wars!' Rev. Jackson denounces US militarism after Venezuela embassy raid. rt.com Renowned American civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson has spoken out against US militaristic foreign policy after delivering food supplies to peace activists at the Venezuelan embassy in DC before their forceful eviction.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-16). Venezuelan Government Denounces US Seizure of Embassy, Arrest of Peace Activists as Violation of Vienna Convention. commondreams.org Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Ron on Thursday urged the Trump administration not to hand over the country's embassy in Washington, D.C. to leaders of an attempted coup after U.S. law enforcement forcibly removed peace activists who have lived there for since last month as guests of President Nicol√°s Maduro's government. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Fight Back (2019-05-16). Meeting with Venezuela's President Maduro. fightbacknews.org Fight Back! interviews noted anti-war activist Sarah Martin, of the Minnesota-based Women Against Military Madness. Martin traveled to Venezuela on a solidarity delegation organized by the U.S. Peace Council, March 11-18. | Fight Back!: The corporate media says Venezuela's government, headed by President Maduro and the national democratic Bolivarian Revolution, has little popular support. What were your impressions? | Sarah Martin: This is one of the many lies told by the media, who once again are spewing the U.S. administration's propaganda for a U.S.-orchestrated coup. Maduro is a democratically elected preside…

teleSUR (2019-05-16). Venezuela Reiterates Willingness for Dialogue with Opposition. telesurenglish.net Venezuela remains willing to participate in respectful dialogue with the nation's opposition sectors and move towards peace, the Bolivarian government reiterated Thursday. | RELATED | US Siege of Venezuela Embassy Violates Vienna Convention: Moncada | "I believe in frank and open dialogue as the only way for the tranquility and prosperity of the…

Jeb Sprague (2019-05-16). Who's behind the pro-Guaido mob that besieged Venezuela's embassy in Washington? thegrayzone.com The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-05-16). Towards a Culture of World Peace. globalresearch.ca "Towards a Culture of World Peace" constitutes a commitment to Human Livelihood. It consists in confronting the UU-NATO discourse in support of war and military intervention. It requires reviving a Worldwide anti-war movement, nationally and internationally as well as establishing a resolve by the governments of sovereign nation states to reject this Worldwide process of militarization.

Lauren Smith (2019-05-16). Venezuelan Embassy: Peace Activists Put US Mission on Notice. globalresearch.ca Yesterday evening activists from the International Action Center (IAC) and No War on Venezuela.org delivered a letter to the United States Mission to the United Nations in NYC from the Embassy Protection Collective (EPC). Telemundo was on the scene and …

Steve Sweeney (2019-05-16). Iranian Communists rally progressive forces to prevent war. peoplesworld.org Iranian Communists have called for unity among the country's progressives striving for peace in response to U.S. saber-rattling intent on provoking war with Tehran. The Tudeh Party noted "a very worrying rise of tensions between the racist, pseudo-fascist, and reactionary Trump administration and the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran" in recent days. It …

United Nations (2019-05-16). 'The time for action is now' senior UN peacekeeping official says, urging support for regional force combating Sahel terrorism. un.org The five-year-old force working to stabilize Africa's Sahel has shown great potential, but needs more support from the international community to reach full operational capacity, a top UN peacekeeping official said on Thursday, calling for enhanced political and economic solutions to help tackle the strife-torn region's myriad challenges.

Valerie Vande Panne (2019-05-16). The battle for rights of nature heats up in the Great Lakes. nationofchange.org This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project | of the Independent Media Institute. | In February, the voters of Toledo, Ohio, passed a ballot initiative that gives Lake Erie and those who rely on the lake's ecosystem a bill of rights. The idea is to protect and preserve the ecosystem so that the life that depends on it — humans included — can have access to safe, fresh drinking water. | On the surface, it seems pretty logical: Humans need water to survive, and if an ecosystem that is relied on for water — in this case, Lake Erie — is polluted (in this case, with algae), t…

Ben Norton (2019-05-16). US-backed opposition leader admits Venezuela 'is not a dictatorship' and only foreign intervention can topple Maduro. thegrayzone.com Opposition leader María Corina Machado, a key figure in the US coup plot, admitted that Venezuela "is not a dictatorship"…

Global Research (2019-05-16). "The Globalization of War" and "Towards a World War III Scenario" globalresearch.ca The Globalization of War: America's "Long War" against Humanity, by Michel Chossudovsky | America's hegemonic project in…

Ben Norton (2019-05-16). Us-Backed Opposition Leader Admits Venezuela 'Is Not a Dictatorship'. mintpressnews.com Opposition leader María Corina Machado, a key figure in the US coup plot, admitted that Venezuela "is not a dictatorship" and only international "humanitarian intervention" can topple Maduro.

teleSUR (2019-05-16). US Raid on Venezuela Embassy 'A Brutal Act': Maduro. telesurenglish.net The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro rejected and repudiated the storming of its embassy by United States police officers Thursday. | RELATED | US Siege of Venezuela Embassy Violates Vienna Convention: Moncada | "The U.S. has raided the premises of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington … a brutal act against international law and lack of respect for embassies in the world," said the president. | The Venezuelan head of state says he gave instructions to take its complai…

Joe Emersberger (2019-05-16). As Venezuela coup falters, US refuses to back its chosen 'president' over foreign investors. thecanary.co A Venezuelan opposition economist, Francisco Rodríguez, dropped a few bombshells in his weekly "LatAm this week" report, suggesting that the US won't back its chosen 'president' over foreign investors. | Guaidó's support limited in US and evaporating at home: | Rodríguez's 13 May report discussed an announcement that coup leader Juan Guaidó's 'government' (which the US and nearly 50 other governments recognize) would make debt payments to foreign investors. The announcement has led to rif…

Roger Stoll (2019-05-16). Nicaragua: The War of 2018. dissidentvoice.org Nearly all US regime-change wars (Venezuela, Syria, Honduras, Ukraine, Libya, Yugoslavia, etc.) are wars of deception, fabrication, propaganda, coups and false flags. Sometimes there is a direct US military assault, more often not. These wars are waged by proxies, media puppets, hired hit-men, torturers, rapists, vandals, saboteurs, death squads and criminal gangs, through mock or …

Press TV (2019-05-16). Trump Considering Replacing John Bolton: Report. globalresearch.ca US media reports suggest that President Donald Trump is considering replacing his hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton over his plans to push the United States towards a military conflict with Iran, Venezuela and North Korea. | Bolton "is headed for …

WSWS (2019-05-16). Protesters occupying Venezuela embassy in Washington DC speak out. wsws.org For over a month, protesters opposed to the illegal US regime change operation in Venezuela have defended the embassy from being taken over by pro-Guaidó forces.

Peter Koenig (2019-05-16). Trump: From China to Iran to Venezuela, Threats and Sanctions Everywhere. dissidentvoice.org As of May 10, Mr. Trump has arbitrarily increased tariffs on Chinese goods imported into the US, worth about 200 billion dollars, from 10% to 25%. It is an action without any foundation. An action that makes no sense at all, as China can and will retaliate — and retaliate much stronger than what the …

Eds. (2019-05-16). Cuban "troops" saving lives in Venezuela. mronline.org Cubans are truly committed to the principle of sovereignty, we are protective of our independence, and we would never do to others what we would not allow to be done to ourselves. | Source

Adrienne Pine (2019-05-16). An Academic Arrested for Protecting the Venezuela Embassy. commondreams.org Adrienne Pine, an associate professor of anthropology at American University, has been part of the weeks-long occupation of the Venezuelan Embassy in Georgetown which ended Thursday with arrests. (Photo: Jeremy Bigwood) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

commondreams (2019-05-16). Green Party of the United States Statement—Venezuelan Embassy. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jake Johnson (2019-05-16). Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of 'Increased Threat' from Iran. globalresearch.ca A British general threw a wrench into the Trump administration's narrative that Iran is plotting attacks on American troops in the Middle East by telling reporters gathered at the Pentagon Tuesday that "there's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces" …

WSWS (2019-05-16). Washington orders US personnel out of Iraq amid war buildup against Iran. wsws.org The evacuation order came as a senior British general said there was no heightened threat from Iranian-backed forces in the region.

teleSUR (2019-05-16). Iran Calls Increased US Sanctions 'Unacceptable'. telesurenglish.net Iran is committed to fulfilling its obligations under an international nuclear deal despite U.S. withdrawal from the landmark agreement, its foreign minister said Thursday, calling the reimposition of U.S sanctions "unacceptable." | RELATED: | US Orders Embassy Employees to Leave Iraq Amid Iranian Threat | Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made t…

South Front (2019-05-16). Video: Houthis Strike Key Saudi Oil Pipeline Amid Growing Concern over Nearing US-Iranian Armed Conflict. globalresearch.ca On May 14, Saudi Arabia halted pumping on its 1,200km-long East-West pipeline after it had been targeted by suicide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). | The kingdom's Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih confirmed the attack on the pipeline, …

RT (2019-05-16). Trump must avoid 'very stupid and costly war' with Iran — Tulsi Gabbard. rt.com Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard came out swinging against a possible conflict with Iran, slamming President Donald Trump for allowing war hawks to run his administration.

Joyce Chediac (2019-05-16). Iran war crisis: What's really going on? liberationnews.org It's time to get the U.S. military out of the Middle East, leave the people there to determine their own lives, and use the money instead to meet human needs at home.

Eds. (2019-05-16). Warnings of 'Gulf of Tonkin 2.0' as Trump officials blame Iran for oil tanker attacks. mronline.org It's obvious that Bolton and Pompeo are trying to create a Gulf of Tonkin incident with Iran. | Source

WSWS (2019-05-16). Pentagon threatens Europe over EU army plans. wsws.org The letter came amid mounting tensions between Washington and its European imperialist rivals over US war threats against Iran.

commondreams (2019-05-16). Don't Attack Iran: Anti-War Campaign to Step Up Protests Over Donald Trump's Visit. commondreams.org ______________________________…

John Feffer (2019-05-16). Bolton in Wonderland. counterpunch.org Only 70 days into his presidency, Ronald Reagan faced an assassination attempt. While he was in surgery and the vice president was mid-flight over Texas, Secretary of State Alexander Haig famously declared in front of the press, "As of now, I am in control here, in the White House." Haig's statement was a surprise to More

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-16). Fantasies of Humanity: The Christchurch Pledge and a Regulated Internet. globalresearch.ca It had to come. A massacre, broadcast in real time and then shared with viral automatism; the inevitable shock, and the counter from the authorities. The Christchurch shootings, inflicting fifty-one deaths upon worshippers at two mosques in quiet New Zealand …

teleSUR (2019-05-16). Trump Immigration Reform to Grant Green Cards Based on 'Merit'. telesurenglish.net President Donald Trump will send to Congress a bill to reform the United States immigration system in order to impose language, knowledge and age barriers on immigrants. This proposal will foster a merit-based rather than a family-based admission to the country. | RELATED: | Another Guatemalan Teenager Killed in Texas While in US Custody | After se…

pip.hinman (2019-05-16). Refugees seek safe haven in the 'beautiful game'. greenleft.org.au Refugees are using football as a way to build communities of resistance. | "For me it makes no difference where I play as long as it makes me happy." These are words from Mahdi, a 19-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, living in Germany. | Mahdi plays for German football team FC Lampedusa St Pauli in Hamburg, a team made solely out of refugees and migrants. The team name stems from refugees who came to Hamburg via Lampedusa a few years ago. About 380 refugees stayed in the St Pauli church at that time and some of them reached out to coaches to find opportunities to play football. | That is how FC Lampedusa St Paul…

pip.hinman (2019-05-16). Hands join against seismic testing. greenleft.org.au Hundreds of people gathered on northern Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter beaches to protest the resumption of seismic testing in early May. | Oil and gas company Asset Energy wants to blast its way across 1600 square kilometres of offshore seabed. Its Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 covers 4500 square kilometres of the coast north of Sydney harbour. | The exploration involves firing soundwaves to assess the ocean floor geology. The resulting sonic booms will potentially affect the navigation of dolphins and whales and impact on marine ecosystems. | If the testing is positive offshore oil rigs will dot a large sec…

Philip Farruggio (2019-05-16). Mother in "WAR" nationofchange.org It was way back when, right before our nation performed the most horrific act of preemptively attacking and invading Iraq… which was not only illegal, but highly immoral. I was at the video store rapping with my friend Kenny the mgr. Now Kenny the mgr. was such a nice guy, despite his very conservative views. He enjoyed reading …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-05-16). Mother in "WAR" globalresearch.ca It was way back when, right before our nation performed the most horrific act of preemptively attacking and invading Iraq… which was not only illegal, but highly immoral. | I was at the video store rapping with my friend Kenny the …

WSWS (2019-05-16). Sudanese military kills protesters demanding return to full civilian rule. wsws.org The violence erupted after the Transitional Military Council leaders, who seized power in a coup, announced they had reached an agreement with opposition leaders.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-16). As EPA Insists Weed Killer Roundup is Safe, a Jury Orders Monsanto to Pay $2B to Couple With Cancer. democracynow.org U.S. agribusiness giant Monsanto has been ordered to pay its highest damages yet in a massive lawsuit over the popular weedkiller Roundup. A jury ordered Monsanto to pay more than $2 billion in punitive damages to Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a couple who were both diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer after using Roundup on their properties for decades. Monsanto is owned by German pharmaceutical giant Bayer. The main ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, glyphosate, is said to cause the cancer. Attorneys estimate that there are thousands of similar cases against Roundup pending in courts around the country.

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-05-16). Military and Opposition Forces Reach Agreement in Sudan While Tensions Persist. globalresearch.ca Representatives from the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) and the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change have been holding talks with the Transitional Military Council (TMC) for several weeks since the coup against ousted President Omer Hassan al-Bashir on …

teleSUR (2019-05-16). Brazil's Students Plan Another Massive Strike Against Bolsonaro. telesurenglish.net The Brazilian Union of High School Students (UBES), the National Union of Students (UNE) and the National Association of Graduate Students (ANPG) jointly called for Wednesday the Second Nationwide Strike in Defense of Education, which will be held on May 30. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Denies Education Cuts, Says Smart Minority Are Using 'Idiot' Protesters | "We need to show Bolsonaro the students and people's strength," UNE president Marianna Dias said on Wednesday…

teleSUR (2019-05-16). Trump Grants $62M Bailout to 2 Brazilian Brothers. telesurenglish.net The United States Donald Trump administration has granted roughly US$62 million in financial assistance to a meatpacking company owned by corrupt Brazilian brothers, a new report states. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Denies Education Cuts, Says Smart Minority Are Using 'Idiot' Protesters | The financi…

commondreams (2019-05-16). Fourth Child Has Died After Being Held in U.S. Immigration Custody. commondreams.org ______________________________…

RT (2019-05-16). 'Envy of the world' or 2020 campaign pitch? Trump immigration plan apparently aims at both. rt.com President Donald Trump has unveiled a sweeping proposal to overhaul legal immigration to make the US "envy of the world," but basically admitted it amounts to a Republican campaign platform for 2020.

splcenter (2019-05-16). SPLC: Congress should dismiss President Trump's dubious 'merit-based' immigration plan in favor of real reform. splcenter.org President Trump made a speech in The White House Rose Garden today about a plan to move U.S. immigration toward a "merit-based system" that would prioritize high-skilled workers over those with family members who are already in the country.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-16). Headlines for May 16, 2019. democracynow.org Alabama Governor Signs Nation's Most Restrictive Anti-Choice Law, Missouri Senate Votes to Ban Most Abortions After 8 Weeks, Trump Declares National Emergency, Blacklisting Chinese Telecom Huawei, Trump Delays Plans for Tariffs on Foreign Cars and Auto Parts, Trump to Announce "Merit-Based" Immigration Plan to Limit Asylum Cases, Family Reunifications, White House Refuses House Judiciary Committee Request for Documents, U.S. Won't Join "Christchurch Call" Against Online Extremism, Six Civilians Killed in Yemen as Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs Fall on Sana'a, Sudanese Troops Fire on Pro-Democracy Protesters as Militar…

Staff (2019-05-16). Trump Proposal Would Change Priorities of Green Card System. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—After years of setbacks and stalemates, President Donald Trump will lay out yet another immigration plan as he tries to convince the American public and lawmakers that the nation's legal immigration system should be overhauled. | The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country. | A shift to a more merit-based system prioritizing high-skilled workers would…

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-05-16). A Novel We Can All Relate To: "The Other Americans" globalresearch.ca America is still discovering itself. The rise of Donald Trump alerted those citizens who held that they alone defined our culture and values to the existence of a significant population holding very different views— and the will to back a …

Prof. Rut Diamint (2019-05-16). Truth, Justice and Declassification: Secret Archives Show US Helped Argentine Military Wage 'Dirty War' that Killed 30,000. globalresearch.ca History books may never tell the full story of the dictatorship that terrorized Argentina from 1976 to 1984. | But newly declassified United States military and intelligence documents recently delivered to Argentina offer new details about the country's brutal military junta….

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-16). Russia's Nord Stream II Concerns Reveal Its Severe Systemic Vulnerabilities. globalresearch.ca Putin actually sounded pretty concerned about the future of Nord Stream II for the first time ever during Tuesday's press conference with his Austrian counterpart, strongly suggesting that Pompeo might have delivered a serious message to him during Monday's meeting …

Joyce Nelson (2019-05-16). Monsanto's "Rain of Death" on Canada's Forests. globalresearch.ca First Nations in Ontario have run out of patience. For 43 years, the forest industry has been conducting aerial spraying of glyphosate herbicide on Indigenous lands — a "rain of death" used in forest management practice that has slowly been …

South Front (2019-05-16). Video: Syria Al Qaeda Militants Lose More Territory after Failed Counter-attack. globalresearch.ca Clashes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-led coalition of militant groups continue in northwestern Hama and northern Lattakia. | 4 SAA soldiers were killed and 7 others were injured in a failed attack on Hayat Tahrir …

Michael Reinemer (2019-05-16). Trump Administration Approves Leases for Toxic Mining Near Minnesota Wilderness, Canada Border. globalresearch.ca Today The Wilderness Society in the U.S. strongly objected to the Trump administration's renewal of two hardrock mining leases near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota that would likely pollute the vast waterways on the U.S.-Canada border. | The …

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (2019-05-16). These 28 Companies Are Building Nuclear Weapons. globalresearch.ca ICAN and its partner organisation Pax have released a report with full profiles of 28 companies connected to the production of nuclear weapons. | Here are the 28 companies on ICAN's Red Flag list. Download the full report here. | Aecom …

Philip Giraldi (2019-05-16). Something Wrong with Trump: The Insulting Names Are No Longer Welcome. globalresearch.ca Remaining promoters of the concept of Donald Trump as President of the United States cite the fact that he has started no new shooting wars while Russiagate has turned out to be a flop and the economy seems to be …

(2019-05-16). Trump Administration Waives Laws to Build 100 Miles of Border Wall Across Arizona National Monument, Wildlife Refuges. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration will waive dozens of environmental and public health laws to speed border-wall construction through federally protected sites in Arizona and California. | Today's announcement from the Department of Homeland Security says waivers will be used to build walls …

commondreams (2019-05-16). New Syrian Government Offensive Takes Horrific Toll on Health Care Facilities. commondreams.org ______________________________…

United Nations (2019-05-16). 'Starvation' now a reality for displaced Syrians stranded in camp near Jordanian border. un.org Starvation "is already starting" in a camp for displaced people in south-east Syria, a senior UN official said on Thursday, while condemning ongoing airstrikes and retaliatory shelling in opposition-held territories in the north-west.

unitedEditor (2019-05-16). Libya, a second Syria? uwidata.com The recent crisis in Libya has resulted in over 500 casualties, and a huge number of people being displaced, leaving the country essentially divided into two parts. The role of foreign countries is extremely critical to the current developments in Libya… countries whose selfish support of domestic groups has led to, and exacerbated the current …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-16). "Inside Syria's Secret Prisons": A Harrowing Account of How Assad's Torture Machine Crushed Dissent. democracynow.org A shocking exposé by the New York Times looks at how Bashar al-Assad's government has jailed and tortured tens of thousands of Syrians since the uprising began in 2011. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, nearly 128,000 people have disappeared. They are presumed to be either dead or still in custody. The group estimates almost 14,000 individuals have died under torture. The detentions are continuing even as the fighting winds down. More than 5,600 Syrians were reportedly arbitrarily detained last year in a 25 percent jump from the previous year. While the Syrian government has denied running a secre…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-05-16). Muslim group files discrimination, retaliation complaint against Amazon. peoplesworld.org SHAKOPEE, Minn.—Amazon, notorious for the mistreatment of its thousands of warehouse workers from coast to coast, is in legal hot water over it again — this time for rampant racial and religious discrimination at its Shakopee, Minn., warehouse in the Twin Cities suburbs, and retaliation against three black Muslim-American Somali refugee working women there. Amazon …

teleSUR (2019-05-16). 4th-Largest US Coal Mining Company Files for Bankruptcy. telesurenglish.net The fourth-largest coal mining company in the United States, Cloud Peak Energy, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as the company failed to meet an extended deadline for a loan payment of US$1.8 million. | RELATED: | Arctic Melting Means Business Opportunities, Pompeo Forsees | The company filed for bankruptcy hours before the deadline expired. Cloud Peak was also struggling to cover tax payments, including a production tax bill of US$8.3 million. | Cloud Peak gained notoriety for m…

Staff (2019-05-16). The Hell We've Unleashed on Yemen. truthdig.com A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen's Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family. From the tents constructed for the event, music flooded into the village and, as at any good wedding, exuberant dancing was a central part of the festivities. | Unbeknownst to the guests, the music masked the buzzing of a warplane overhead. Suddenly, in a horrific turn of events, Saudi-led…

Mashal Hashem, James Allen (2019-05-16). How Lobbying Firms Helped Destroy Yemen. thenation.com How Lobbying Firms Helped Destroy Yemen…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-05-16). 77 Civilians Killed or Wounded in Sana'a as Saudi Airstrikes Target Yemeni Capital. mintpressnews.com The murderous attacks have enraged local residents, who took to the streets of Raqas to condemn the airstrikes and loss of civilian life, calling for counter-attacks on Coalition forces.

Mario Murcia and Yasmina Mrabet (2019-05-16). Baltimore tenants organize against billionaire slumlord. liberationnews.org Landlord profits while tenants face black mold and other unacceptable conditions.

United Nations (2019-05-16). Sudan: UN chief calls for 'positive momentum' as civilian rule talks stall between military and opposition. un.org The UN Secretary-General has commended the progress made so far between Sudan's military leaders and opposition forces towards agreeing a timetable for a return to civilian rule, following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir just over a month ago.

teleSUR (2019-05-16). Sudan: Protesters Continue Sit-In Despite Police Violence. telesurenglish.net Protesters at the Sudanese capital sit-in denounced a declaration by the Transitional Military Council (TMC) to halt ongoing negotiations after violence erupted Wednesday, May 15. | RELATED: | Sudan: 4 Killed, Military Council Warns Against Chaos | At least nine people were wounded Wednesday when Sudanese forces used live ammunition to clear demonstrators from ce…

teleSUR (2019-05-16). Kashmir: Five Killed in Gun Battle For Independence. telesurenglish.net Indian troops and independence fighters clashed in Indian-occupied Kashmir Thursday and five people were killed including a civilian, officials said, the latest casualties in a new phase of violence in the 30-year conflict. | RELATED: | Kashmiri Feminists Blame Patriarchal Society for Rape of Infant | Tension in Muslim-majority Kashmir has be…

Mashal Hashem, James Allen (2019-05-16). How to Lobby Washington to Death. commondreams.org For Donald Trump and many congressional Republicans, the well-being of the Saudi royals and of defense contractors matters more than a bus carrying school children destroyed by a laser-guided MK-82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

William Hartung (2019-05-16). It's Time to Stop Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia. commondreams.org Arms exhibition in Abu Dhabi (Photo: z.o.y.a via Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Staff (2019-05-16). Saudi Arabia Couldn't Ask for Better Coverage From Corporate Media. truthdig.com A spate of recent articles lays bare the willingness of the press to carry water for the increasingly brutal regime of Mohammed bin Salman.

WSWS (2019-05-16). Right-wing outcry over student protest against anti-Muslim "headscarf conference" at German university. wsws.org Legitimate criticisms of right-wing and racist positions are criminalised and denounced as "attacks on academic freedom" and "ideological terror."

WSWS (2019-05-16). France hosts "Christchurch call" summit to intensify internet censorship. wsws.org Under the banner of fighting terrorism, the social media giants and capitalist states are seeking to censor social media to banish left-wing and anti-war views.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-16). Inslee's $9 Trillion Climate Plan Praised for Showing Why Rapid Mobilization a 'Massive Economic Opportunity'. commondreams.org Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday expanded on his plan to combat the climate crisis and shift the U.S. to a renewable energy economy, releasing his second major climate action proposal in less than two weeks weeks. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

pip.hinman (2019-05-16). The crazy $5.2 trillion fossil fuel subsidy. greenleft.org.au On May 11, sensors at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii recorded that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had risen above 415 parts per million (ppm). The safe level is 350 ppm. | This is the first time since humans have existed that there has been this much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and it is well beyond the safe limit. | As 350.org (the name of this climate activist network tells you how bad things are) warns it…

RT (2019-05-16). 'Cultural schizophrenia': Media shift to feelings over facts tearing US apart. rt.com Over the past several decades, US news media have shifted towards advocacy and emotional appeals, according to a RAND Corporation study. This is sowing discord in American society, award-winning journalist Chris Hedges tells RT.

Edward Burmila (2019-05-16). Empty Calls for Bipartisanship Could Doom Us All. thenation.com Empty Calls for Bipartisanship Could Doom Us All…

C.J. Atkins (2019-05-16). Trump's trade war against China won't help U.S. workers. peoplesworld.org

teleSUR (2019-05-16). Istanbul Voters Brace for Heated Re-run of Municipal Election. telesurenglish.net A Turkish party, namely the Democrat Party, said Thursday it would not take part in next month's re-run of the Istanbul mayoral election, which the main opposition party candidate won by a tiny margin in March, but was later annulled by Turkey's Supreme Electoral Board due to irregularities. | RELATED: | 'Small Steps Towards Socialism': Turkey's First Communist Mayor | The Democrat Party won around 22,000 votes in the March 31 election. This is the latest in the series of withdraw…

Andrew Emett (2019-05-16). Teen's family awarded $3.75M after son gunned down by LA sheriff's deputy. nationofchange.org Los Angeles County officials recently | agreed to pay $3.75 million to the family of a teenager who was fatally shot by | an L.A. sheriff's deputy. Although deputies claim that the teen had a gun, no firearm | was located at the scene. | On February 4, 2018, two Los | Angeles sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a black male | aiming his gun at a motorist. Thirty-four minutes later, two deputies arrived | at the scene according to a county | corrective action plan. | After observing a teen wearing t…

RT (2019-05-16). Watch out for 'space pirates,' Ted Cruz warns. rt.com Senator Ted Cruz wants Congress to approve the formation of a 'space force' tasked with protecting 'the nation' against space pirates. Naturally, the people of Twitter responded in an appropriately dramatic fashion.

RT (2019-05-16). Job interview? Leather-clad Gene Simmons of Kiss visits White House & Pentagon. rt.com As Washington seemingly lurches toward another conflict in the Middle East, the Pentagon decided to host the commander of a foreign army in its briefing room — the Kiss Army, that is.

Jack Rasmus (2019-05-16). China-US Trade War: Hiatus or Busted Deal? counterpunch.org This past week the US and China failed to reach agreement on a new trade deal, despite high level China representative Lie He meeting in Washington on Thursday-Friday, May 9-10.In the wake of the meeting, Trump and his administration mouthpieces attempt to put a positive spin on the collapsed talks, while placing blame on China for the break up. The 'spin' at first was that China had reneged on a prior agreement and changed its terms when they arrived in Washington. China had caused the breakdown, not the US. The stock markets swooned. Trump quickly jumped in and said he got a nice letter from China president, Xi…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-16). The World Just Took a Major Step To Curb Plastic Pollution, But the U.S. Refused to Join Effort. democracynow.org Nearly every country in the world except the United States took a historic step to curb plastic waste last week, when more than 180 nations agreed to add plastic to the Basel Convention, a treaty that regulates the movement of hazardous materials between countries. The U.S. is one of just two countries that has not ratified the 30 year-old treaty. During negotiations last week in Geneva, the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department joined the plastics industry in trying to thwart the landmark, legally-binding agreement. Despite this, the United States will still be affected by the agreement, because c…

WSWS (2019-05-16). Audience members at London meeting discuss way forward in fight for Assange and Manning's freedom. wsws.org Last Sunday's public meeting in London convened by the Socialist Equality Party to defend jailed WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning provoked a wide-ranging discussion.

RT (2019-05-16). Armed F-16 jet crashes in California, damages warehouse — reports. rt.com A fully armed F-16 fighter plane has reportedly crashed at March Air Reserve Base outside Riverside, California, possibly damaging a nearby warehouse. The pilot ejected but his condition is unknown.

LT Tran (2019-05-16). What are revolutionaries prepared to do? workers.org Edited version of a talk by Loan Tran, a member of the Executive Committee of Workers World Party's Interim Central Committee and a leading organizer of the Durham branch, at the WWP national strategy meeting held May 11-12 in Newark, N.J. Sarah Collins Rudolph refers to herself as the "fifth . . . | Continue reading What are revolutionaries prepared to do? at Workers.org

Alexandra Jacobo (2019-05-16). 'Worst-of-its-kind:' Alabama abortion ban could punish providers with 99 years in prison. nationofchange.org The Alabama Senate passed legislation this week that will outlaw abortion and punish women and doctors. The "total ban on abortion" is being called the worse-of-its-kind and pro-choice groups warn that it is a "blatant effort to overturn Roe v. Wade." | "What I'm trying to do here is get this case in front of the Supreme Court so Roe v. Wade can be overturned," says Alabama state Rep. Terri Collins (R). Republican lawmakers hope that advocacy groups fight back against Alabama's ban so that the Supreme Court will take up the lawsuit and the conservative justices who are currently the majority will eliminate the…

Dean Baker (2019-05-16). "Heady Stuff:" The Wall Street, Inflation and the CPI. counterpunch.org The Wall Street Journal's opinion page has never been a place where reality is a binding constraint. Andy Kessler demonstrates this fact in a column that tells us that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) overstates the true rate of inflation by at least 2.0 percentage points annually and possibly as much as 5.0 percentage points. More

George Wuerthner (2019-05-16). The Wilderness Compromisers. counterpunch.org Bob Marshall, Aldo Leopold, and Olaus Murie, legendary biologists and founders of The Wilderness Society (TWS), must be crying in their graves. When Marshall founded the Wilderness Society, he wrote: "We do not want those whose first impulse is to compromise. We want no (fence) straddlers for in the past they have surrendered too much More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-16). Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz. counterpunch.org Hegemons are never going to sound too sensible when they lock horns or joust in spats of childish anger. Power corrupts, not merely in terms of perspective but language, and making sense about the next move, the next statement, is bound to be challenging. Otherwise justified behaviour can be read as provocative; retaliatory moves duly More

Ben Dangl (2019-05-16). The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia. counterpunch.org The following is an excerpt from The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia (AK Press, 2019) After centuries of colonial domination and a twentieth century riddled with dictatorships, indigenous peoples in Bolivia embarked upon a social and political struggle that would change the country forever. As part of More

Dan Bacher (2019-05-16). Trump Wants to Open Public Lands to Oil Drilling in California. counterpunch.org Governor Jerry Brown expanded oil and gas drilling in California during his last two terms as governor, approving 21,000 new oil and gas drilling permits. Now the Trump administration wants to expand oil and gas drilling on federal lands in California. On May 9, the Trump administration finalized a controversial plan, entitled "The Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment More

Susan Babbitt (2019-05-16). Cuba's Earthy Traditions and Jean Vanier. counterpunch.org Jean Vanier, dead last week, was philanthropist and Christian, founder of L'Arche, a remarkable organization for developmentally disabled. Vanier was also a philosopher who left Academia for society's vulnerable. I used his Becoming Human, in class after philosophy class, to explain 20th century Marxist philosopher, Che Guevara. The connection surprises some. They don't know Cuba's More

Jesse Jackson (2019-05-16). The Dream in Retreat: Brown vs. Board of Education, 65 Years Later. counterpunch.org This week marks the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the unanimous Supreme Court decision that outlawed apartheid in America, declaring segregated schools "inherently unequal" and unconstitutional. Today, the common sense of the Brown decision is under attack. For nearly three decades, our schools have been re-segregating, reversing the progress made under Brown, More

Consortiumnews (2019-05-16). Why Read Consortium News? consortiumnews.com Consortium News brings you in depth coverage from a fresh perspective of the biggest stories of the day. Read us to keep up with the crises of Iran, Venezuela and WikiLeaks. You can read The New York Times and The… Read more →

Edward Curtin (2019-05-16). Answering the Mysterious Call of An Artist's Spiritual Vocation. globalresearch.ca "Friend, hope for the Guest while you are alive." — Kabir, "To Be a Slave of Intensity" | Strange how a man | Can enter your life | Just like that: a knock | Out of nowhere | And you've slipped away | To a rendezvous …

plenglish (2019-05-16). Venezuela Denounces New Violation of its Embassy in Washington. plenglish.com Caracas, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced this Thursday a new police deployment at his country"s embassy in Washington.

2019-05-16: Social Media Postees

'We fight too many wars!' Rev. Jackson denounces US militarism after Venezuela embassy raid
rt.com | 2019-05-17
Renowned American civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson has spoken out against US militaristic foreign policy after delivering food supplies to peace activists at the Venezuelan embassy in DC before their forceful eviction. | …
rt.com/usa/459543-venezuela-embassy-jesse-jackson/

Venezuelan Government Denounces US Seizure of Embassy, Arrest of Peace Activists as Violation of Vienna Convention
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-16
Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Ron on Thursday urged the Trump administration not to hand over the country's embassy in Washington, D.C. to leaders of an attempted coup after U.S. law enforcement forcibly removed peace activists who have lived there for since last month as guests of President Nicol√°s Maduro's government. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/16/venezuelan-government-denounces-us-seizure-embassy-arrest-peace-activists-violation?cd-origin=rss

Meeting with Venezuela's President Maduro
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-16
Fight Back! interviews noted anti-war activist Sarah Martin, of the Minnesota-based Women Against Military Madness. Martin traveled to Venezuela on a solidarity delegation organized by the U.S. Peace Council, March 11-18. | Fight Back!: The corporate media says Venezuela's government, headed by President Maduro and the national democratic Bolivarian Revolution, has little popular support. What were your impressions? | Sarah Martin: This is one of the many lies told by the media, who once again are spewing the U.S. administration's propaganda for a U.S.-orchestrated coup. Maduro is a democratically elected preside…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/16/…

Who's behind the pro-Guaido mob that besieged Venezuela's embassy in Washington?
Jeb Sprague | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-16
The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they…
thegrayzone.com/2019/05/16/guaido-mob-venezuelan-embassy/

Who's Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela's D.C. Embassy?
Jeb Sprague | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-16
The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they left Venezuela's D.C.-based opposition with a serious PR problem. After a week of hateful outbursts, a handful of marketing strategists emerged as de facto spokespeople for the mob.
mintpressnews.com/whos-behind-the-pro-guaido-crowd-besieging-venezuelan-embassy-in-dc/258533/

Venezuelan Embassy: Peace Activists Put US Mission on Notice
Lauren Smith | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
Yesterday evening activists from the International Action Center (IAC) and No War on Venezuela.org delivered a letter to the United States Mission to the United Nations in NYC from the Embassy Protection Collective (EPC). Telemundo was on the scene and | …
globalresearch.ca/peace-activists-put-us-mission-notice/5677619

Venezuelan Embassy: Peace Activists Put US Mission on Notice
Lauren Smith | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
Yesterday evening activists from the International Action Center (IAC) and No War on Venezuela.org delivered a letter to the United States Mission to the United Nations in NYC from the Embassy Protection Collective (EPC). Telemundo was on the scene and | …
globalresearch.ca/peace-activists-put-us-mission-notice/5677619

Towards a Culture of World Peace
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
"Towards a Culture of World Peace" constitutes a commitment to Human Livelihood. It consists in confronting the UU-NATO discourse in support of war and military intervention. It requires reviving a Worldwide anti-war movement, nationally and internationally as well as establishing a resolve by the governments of sovereign nation states to reject this Worldwide process of militarization.
globalresearch.ca/towards-a-culture-of-world-peace/5675866

Venezuela Reiterates Willingness for Dialogue with Opposition
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-16
Venezuela remains willing to participate in respectful dialogue with the nation's opposition sectors and move towards peace, the Bolivarian government reiterated Thursday. | RELATED | US Siege of Venezuela Embassy Violates Vienna Convention: Moncada | "I believe in frank and open dialogue as the only way for the tranquility and prosperity of the…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Reiterates-Willingness-for-Dialogue-with-Opposition-20190516-0019.html

Iranian Communists rally progressive forces to prevent war
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-16
Iranian Communists have called for unity among the country's progressives striving for peace in response to U.S. saber-rattling intent on provoking war with Tehran. The Tudeh Party noted "a very worrying rise of tensions between the racist, pseudo-fascist, and reactionary Trump administration and the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran" in recent days. It …
peoplesworld.org/article/iranian-communists-rally-progressive-forces-to-prevent-war/

'The time for action is now' senior UN peacekeeping official says, urging support for regional force combating Sahel terrorism
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-16
The five-year-old force working to stabilize Africa's Sahel has shown great potential, but needs more support from the international community to reach full operational capacity, a top UN peacekeeping official said on Thursday, calling for enhanced political and economic solutions to help tackle the strife-torn region's myriad challenges.
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The battle for rights of nature heats up in the Great Lakes
Valerie Vande Panne | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-16
This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project | of the Independent Media Institute. | In February, the voters of Toledo, Ohio, passed a ballot initiative that gives Lake Erie and those who rely on the lake's ecosystem a bill of rights. The idea is to protect and preserve the ecosystem so that the life that depends on it — humans included — can have access to safe, fresh drinking water. | On the surface, it seems pretty logical: Humans need water to survive, and if an ecosystem that is relied on for water — in this case, Lake Erie — is polluted (in this case, with algae), t…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/16/the-battle-for-rights-of-nature-heats-up-in-the-great-lakes/

US-backed opposition leader admits Venezuela 'is not a dictatorship' and only foreign intervention can topple Maduro
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-16
Opposition leader María Corina Machado, a key figure in the US coup plot, admitted that Venezuela "is not a dictatorship"…
thegrayzone.com/2019/05/15/opposition-leader-venezuela-not-dictatorship-maria-corina-machado/

Police Raid Venezuelan Embassy in DC, Arrest Last Remaining Members of Embassy Protection Collective
Sputnik News | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-16
The activists from the Embassy Protection Collective have been living inside the embassy since 10 April in a bid to protect it from US attempts to seize the facility and hand it over to supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.
mintpressnews.com/police-raid-venezuelan-embassy-in-dc-arrest-last-remaining-members-of-embassy-protection-collective/258565/

"The Globalization of War" and "Towards a World War III Scenario"
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
The Globalization of War: America's "Long War" against Humanity, by Michel Chossudovsky | America's hegemonic project in…
globalresearch.ca/the-globalization-of-war-and-towards-a-world-war-iii-scenario-two-books-by-michel-chossudovsky/5437767

Iran's Man in Iraq: "America is Not the Old America. It is Weaker Than Ever."
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-16
Mike Pompeo went to put the thumbscrews on the Iraqi government this week. No more electrical power from Iran, he told them, and make sure those pesky Iranians don't attack our boys in that great American base in Iraq which Trump was boasting about. The New York Times numbingly told us that his trip was…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/16/irans-man-in-iraq-america-is-not-the-old-america-it-is-weaker-than-ever/

Us-Backed Opposition Leader Admits Venezuela 'Is Not a Dictatorship'
Ben Norton | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-16
Opposition leader María Corina Machado, a key figure in the US coup plot, admitted that Venezuela "is not a dictatorship" and only international "humanitarian intervention" can topple Maduro.
mintpressnews.com/us-backed-opposition-leader-admits-venezuela-is-not-a-dictatorship/258557/

US Raid on Venezuela Embassy 'A Brutal Act': Maduro
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-16
The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro rejected and repudiated the storming of its embassy by United States police officers Thursday. | RELATED | US Siege of Venezuela Embassy Violates Vienna Convention: Moncada | "The U.S. has raided the premises of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington … a brutal act against international law and lack of respect for embassies in the world," said the president. | The Venezuelan head of state says he gave instructions to take its complai…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Raid-on-Venezuela-Embassy-A-Brutal-Act-Against-Intl-Law-Maduro-20190516-0022.html

Us-Backed Opposition Leader Admits Venezuela 'Is Not a Dictatorship'
Ben Norton | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-16
Opposition leader María Corina Machado, a key figure in the US coup plot, admitted that Venezuela "is not a dictatorship" and only international "humanitarian intervention" can topple Maduro.
mintpressnews.com/us-backed-opposition-leader-admits-venezuela-is-not-a-dictatorship/258557/

As Venezuela coup falters, US refuses to back its chosen 'president' over foreign investors
Joe Emersberger | thecanary.co | 2019-05-16
A Venezuelan opposition economist, Francisco Rodríguez, dropped a few bombshells in his weekly "LatAm this week" report, suggesting that the US won't back its chosen 'president' over foreign investors. | Guaidó's support limited in US and evaporating at home: | Rodríguez's 13 May report discussed an announcement that coup leader Juan Guaidó's 'government' (which the US and nearly 50 other governments recognize) would make debt payments to foreign investors. The announcement has led to rif…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/05/16/as-venezuela-coup-falters-us-refuses-to-back-its-chosen-president-over-foreign-investors/

Nicaragua: The War of 2018
Roger Stoll | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-16
Nearly all US regime-change wars (Venezuela, Syria, Honduras, Ukraine, Libya, Yugoslavia, etc.) are wars of deception, fabrication, propaganda, coups and false flags. Sometimes there is a direct US military assault, more often not. These wars are waged by proxies, media puppets, hired hit-men, torturers, rapists, vandals, saboteurs, death squads and criminal gangs, through mock or …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/nicaragua-the-war-of-2018/

Trump Considering Replacing John Bolton: Report
Press TV | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
US media reports suggest that President Donald Trump is considering replacing his hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton over his plans to push the United States towards a military conflict with Iran, Venezuela and North Korea. | Bolton "is headed for …
globalresearch.ca/trump-considering-replacing-john-bolton-report/5677649

Trump: From China to Iran to Venezuela, Threats and Sanctions Everywhere
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-16
As of May 10, Mr. Trump has arbitrarily increased tariffs on Chinese goods imported into the US, worth about 200 billion dollars, from 10% to 25%. It is an action without any foundation. An action that makes no sense at all, as China can and will retaliate — and retaliate much stronger than what the …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/trump-from-china-to-iran-to-venezuela-threats-and-sanctions-everywhere/

An Academic Arrested for Protecting the Venezuela Embassy
Adrienne Pine | commondreams.org | 2019-05-16
Adrienne Pine, an associate professor of anthropology at American University, has been part of the weeks-long occupation of the Venezuelan Embassy in Georgetown which ended Thursday with arrests. (Photo: Jeremy Bigwood) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/16/academic-arrested-protecting-venezuela-embassy?cd-origin=rss

Green Party of the United States Statement—Venezuelan Embassy
commondreams.org | 2019-05-16
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/05/16/green-party-united-states-statement-venezuelan-embassy?cd-origin=rss

Cuban "troops" saving lives in Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-16
Cubans are truly committed to the principle of sovereignty, we are protective of our independence, and we would never do to others what we would not allow to be done to ourselves. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/15/cuban-troops-saving-lives-in-venezuela/

Protesters occupying Venezuela embassy in Washington DC speak out
wsws.org | 2019-05-16
For over a month, protesters opposed to the illegal US regime change operation in Venezuela have defended the embassy from being taken over by pro-Guaidó forces.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

Iran Calls Increased US Sanctions 'Unacceptable'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-16
Iran is committed to fulfilling its obligations under an international nuclear deal despite U.S. withdrawal from the landmark agreement, its foreign minister said Thursday, calling the reimposition of U.S sanctions "unacceptable." | RELATED: | US Orders Embassy Employees to Leave Iraq Amid Iranian Threat | Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made t…
telesurenglish.net/news/Iran-Calls-Increased-US-Sanctions-Unacceptable–20190516-0018.html

Washington orders US personnel out of Iraq amid war buildup against Iran
wsws.org | 2019-05-16
The evacuation order came as a senior British general said there was no heightened threat from Iranian-backed forces in the region.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of 'Increased Threat' from Iran
Jake Johnson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
A British general threw a wrench into the Trump administration's narrative that Iran is plotting attacks on American troops in the Middle East by telling reporters gathered at the Pentagon Tuesday that "there's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces" …
globalresearch.ca/british-general-says-no-evidence-increased-threat-iran/5677606

Video: Houthis Strike Key Saudi Oil Pipeline Amid Growing Concern over Nearing US-Iranian Armed Conflict
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
On May 14, Saudi Arabia halted pumping on its 1,200km-long East-West pipeline after it had been targeted by suicide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). | The kingdom's Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih confirmed the attack on the pipeline, …
globalresearch.ca/houthis-strike-key-saudi-oil-pipeline-amid-growing-concern-nearing-us-iranian-armed-conflict/5677574

Video: Houthis Strike Key Saudi Oil Pipeline Amid Growing Concern over Nearing US-Iranian Armed Conflict
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
On May 14, Saudi Arabia halted pumping on its 1,200km-long East-West pipeline after it had been targeted by suicide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). | The kingdom's Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih confirmed the attack on the pipeline, …
globalresearch.ca/houthis-strike-key-saudi-oil-pipeline-amid-growing-concern-nearing-us-iranian-armed-conflict/5677574

Where Is the Democratic Alternative to Forever War?
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-05-16
There sure are lots to choose from. By now, more than 20 candidates have announced a run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. And with national security adviser John "Regime Change" Bolton, along with the others in the four Bs cabal–Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates–seem poised to pull President Trump into war with Iran, now would seem the time for D…
truthdig.com/articles/where-is-the-democratic-alternative-to-forever-war/

Pentagon threatens Europe over EU army plans
wsws.org | 2019-05-16
The letter came amid mounting tensions between Washington and its European imperialist rivals over US war threats against Iran.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

Warnings of 'Gulf of Tonkin 2.0' as Trump officials blame Iran for oil tanker attacks
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-16
It's obvious that Bolton and Pompeo are trying to create a Gulf of Tonkin incident with Iran. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/16/warnings-of-gulf-of-tonkin-2-0-as-trump-officials-blame-iran-for-oil-tanker-attacks/

Iran war crisis: What's really going on?
Joyce Chediac | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-16
It's time to get the U.S. military out of the Middle East, leave the people there to determine their own lives, and use the money instead to meet human needs at home.
liberationnews.org/iran-war-crisis-whats-really-going-on/

Trump must avoid 'very stupid and costly war' with Iran — Tulsi Gabbard
rt.com | 2019-05-16
Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard came out swinging against a possible conflict with Iran, slamming President Donald Trump for allowing war hawks to run his administration. | …
rt.com/usa/459525-tulsi-war-iran-stupid-costly/

Don't Attack Iran: Anti-War Campaign to Step Up Protests Over Donald Trump's Visit
commondreams.org | 2019-05-16
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Bolton in Wonderland
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-16
Only 70 days into his presidency, Ronald Reagan faced an assassination attempt. While he was in surgery and the vice president was mid-flight over Texas, Secretary of State Alexander Haig famously declared in front of the press, "As of now, I am in control here, in the White House." Haig's statement was a surprise to…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/16/bolton-in-wonderland/

Fantasies of Humanity: The Christchurch Pledge and a Regulated Internet
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
It had to come. A massacre, broadcast in real time and then shared with viral automatism; the inevitable shock, and the counter from the authorities. The Christchurch shootings, inflicting fifty-one deaths upon worshippers at two mosques in quiet New Zealand | …
globalresearch.ca/christchurch-pledge-regulated-internet/5677594

Fantasies of Humanity: The Christchurch Pledge and a Regulated Internet
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
It had to come. A massacre, broadcast in real time and then shared with viral automatism; the inevitable shock, and the counter from the authorities. The Christchurch shootings, inflicting fifty-one deaths upon worshippers at two mosques in quiet New Zealand | …
globalresearch.ca/christchurch-pledge-regulated-internet/5677594

Trump Immigration Reform to Grant Green Cards Based on 'Merit'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-16
President Donald Trump will send to Congress a bill to reform the United States immigration system in order to impose language, knowledge and age barriers on immigrants. This proposal will foster a merit-based rather than a family-based admission to the country. | RELATED: | Another Guatemalan Teenager Killed in Texas While in US Custody | After se…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Immigration-Reform-to-Grant-Green-Cards-Based-on-Merit-20190516-0015.html

Refugees seek safe haven in the 'beautiful game'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-16
Refugees are using football as a way to build communities of resistance. | "For me it makes no difference where I play as long as it makes me happy." These are words from Mahdi, a 19-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, living in Germany. | Mahdi plays for German football team FC Lampedusa St Pauli in Hamburg, a team made solely out of refugees and migrants. The team name stems from refugees who came to Hamburg via Lampedusa a few years ago. About 380 refugees stayed in the St Pauli church at that time and some of them reached out to coaches to find opportunities to play football. | That is how FC Lampedusa St Paul…
greenleft.org.au/content/refugees-seek-safe-haven-%E2%80%98beautiful-game%E2%80%99

Hands join against seismic testing
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-16
Hundreds of people gathered on northern Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter beaches to protest the resumption of seismic testing in early May. | Oil and gas company Asset Energy wants to blast its way across 1600 square kilometres of offshore seabed. Its Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 covers 4500 square kilometres of the coast north of Sydney harbour. | The exploration involves firing soundwaves to assess the ocean floor geology. The resulting sonic booms will potentially affect the navigation of dolphins and whales and impact on marine ecosystems. | If the testing is positive offshore oil rigs will dot a large sec…
greenleft.org.au/content/hands-join-against-seismic-testing

Mother in "WAR"
Philip Farruggio | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-16
It was way back when, right before our nation performed the most horrific act of preemptively attacking and invading Iraq… which was not only illegal, but highly immoral. I was at the video store rapping with my friend Kenny the mgr. Now Kenny the mgr. was such a nice guy, despite his very conservative views. He enjoyed reading …
nationofchange.org/2019/05/16/mother-in-war/

Mother in "WAR"
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
It was way back when, right before our nation performed the most horrific act of preemptively attacking and invading Iraq… which was not only illegal, but highly immoral. | I was at the video store rapping with my friend Kenny the …
globalresearch.ca/mother-in-war/5677581

As EPA Insists Weed Killer Roundup is Safe, a Jury Orders Monsanto to Pay $2B to Couple With Cancer
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-16
U.S. agribusiness giant Monsanto has been ordered to pay its highest damages yet in a massive lawsuit over the popular weedkiller Roundup. A jury ordered Monsanto to pay more than $2 billion in punitive damages to Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a couple who were both diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer after using Roundup on their properties for decades. Monsanto is owned by German pharmaceutical giant Bayer. The main ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, glyphosate, is said to cause the cancer. Attorneys estimate that there are thousands of similar cases against Roundup pending in courts around the country.
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/16/a…

Sudanese military kills protesters demanding return to full civilian rule
wsws.org | 2019-05-16
The violence erupted after the Transitional Military Council leaders, who seized power in a coup, announced they had reached an agreement with opposition leaders.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

Military and Opposition Forces Reach Agreement in Sudan While Tensions Persist
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
Representatives from the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) and the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change have been holding talks with the Transitional Military Council (TMC) for several weeks since the coup against ousted President Omer Hassan al-Bashir on …
globalresearch.ca/military-opposition-forces-reach-agreement-sudan-tensions-persist/5677597

Trump Grants $62M Bailout to 2 Brazilian Brothers
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-16
The United States Donald Trump administration has granted roughly US$62 million in financial assistance to a meatpacking company owned by corrupt Brazilian brothers, a new report states. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Denies Education Cuts, Says Smart Minority Are Using 'Idiot' Protesters | The financi…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Grants-62M-Bailout-to-2-Brazilian-Brothers-20190516-0013.html

Brazil's Students Plan Another Massive Strike Against Bolsonaro
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-16
The Brazilian Union of High School Students (UBES), the National Union of Students (UNE) and the National Association of Graduate Students (ANPG) jointly called for Wednesday the Second Nationwide Strike in Defense of Education, which will be held on May 30. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Denies Education Cuts, Says Smart Minority Are Using 'Idiot' Protesters | "We need to show Bolsonaro the students and people's strength," UNE president Marianna Dias said on Wednesday…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazils-Students-Plan-Another-Massive-Strike-Against-Bolsonaro-20190516-0012.html

Fourth Child Has Died After Being Held in U.S. Immigration Custody
commondreams.org | 2019-05-16
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/05/16/fourth-child-has-died-after-being-held-us-immigration-custody?cd-origin=rss

Trump Proposal Would Change Priorities of Green Card System
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-16
WASHINGTON–After years of setbacks and stalemates, President Donald Trump will lay out yet another immigration plan as he tries to convince the American public and lawmakers that the nation's legal immigration system should be overhauled. | The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country. | A shift to a more merit-based system prioritizing high-skilled workers would…
truthdig.com/articles/trump-proposal-would-change-priorities-of-green-card-system/

'Envy of the world' or 2020 campaign pitch? Trump immigration plan apparently aims at both
rt.com | 2019-05-16
President Donald Trump has unveiled a sweeping proposal to overhaul legal immigration to make the US "envy of the world," but basically admitted it amounts to a Republican campaign platform for 2020. | …
rt.com/usa/459537-trump-immigration-reform-proposal/

SPLC: Congress should dismiss President Trump's dubious 'merit-based' immigration plan in favor of real reform
splcenter.org | 2019-05-16
President Trump made a speech in The White House Rose Garden today about a plan to move U.S. immigration toward a "merit-based system" that would prioritize high-skilled workers over those with family members who are already in the country.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/16/splc-congress-should-dismiss-president-trumps-dubious-merit-based-immigration-plan-favor

Something Wrong with Trump: The Insulting Names Are No Longer Welcome
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
Remaining promoters of the concept of Donald Trump as President of the United States cite the fact that he has started no new shooting wars while Russiagate has turned out to be a flop and the economy seems to be …
globalresearch.ca/insulting-namesno-longer-welcome/5677644

Video: Syria Al Qaeda Militants Lose More Territory after Failed Counter-attack
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
Clashes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-led coalition of militant groups continue in northwestern Hama and northern Lattakia. | 4 SAA soldiers were killed and 7 others were injured in a failed attack on Hayat Tahrir …
globalresearch.ca/militants-lose-more-territory-failed-counter-attack/5677641

Trump Administration Approves Leases for Toxic Mining Near Minnesota Wilderness, Canada Border
Michael Reinemer | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
Today The Wilderness Society in the U.S. strongly objected to the Trump administration's renewal of two hardrock mining leases near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota that would likely pollute the vast waterways on the U.S.-Canada border. | The | …
globalresearch.ca/trump-administration-approves-leases-toxic-mining-near-minnesota-wilderness-canada-border/5677590

Truth, Justice and Declassification: Secret Archives Show US Helped Argentine Military Wage 'Dirty War' that Killed 30,000
Prof. Rut Diamint | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
History books may never tell the full story of the dictatorship that terrorized Argentina from 1976 to 1984. | But newly declassified United States military and intelligence documents recently delivered to Argentina offer new details about the country's brutal military junta….
globalresearch.ca/secret-archives-show-us-helped-argentine-military-wage-dirty-war-killed-30000/5677632

A Novel We Can All Relate To: "The Other Americans"
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
America is still discovering itself. The rise of Donald Trump alerted those citizens who held that they alone defined our culture and values to the existence of a significant population holding very different views– and the will to back a …
globalresearch.ca/a-novel-we-can-all-relate-to-the-other-americans/5677657

Something Wrong with Trump: The Insulting Names Are No Longer Welcome
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
Remaining promoters of the concept of Donald Trump as President of the United States cite the fact that he has started no new shooting wars while Russiagate has turned out to be a flop and the economy seems to be …
globalresearch.ca/insulting-namesno-longer-welcome/5677644

These 28 Companies Are Building Nuclear Weapons
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
ICAN and its partner organisation Pax have released a report with full profiles of 28 companies connected to the production of nuclear weapons. | Here are the 28 companies on ICAN's Red Flag list. Download the full report here. | Aecom | …
globalresearch.ca/companies-building-nuclear-weapons/5677638

Trump Administration Waives Laws to Build 100 Miles of Border Wall Across Arizona National Monument, Wildlife Refuges

| globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
The Trump administration will waive dozens of environmental and public health laws to speed border-wall construction through federally protected sites in Arizona and California. | Today's announcement from the Department of Homeland Security says waivers will be used to build walls | …
globalresearch.ca/trump-administration-waives-laws-build-100-miles-border-wall-arizona-national-monument-wildlife-refuges/5677629

A Novel We Can All Relate To: "The Other Americans"
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
America is still discovering itself. The rise of Donald Trump alerted those citizens who held that they alone defined our culture and values to the existence of a significant population holding very different views– and the will to back a …
globalresearch.ca/a-novel-we-can-all-relate-to-the-other-americans/5677657

Monsanto's "Rain of Death" on Canada's Forests
Joyce Nelson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
First Nations in Ontario have run out of patience. For 43 years, the forest industry has been conducting aerial spraying of glyphosate herbicide on Indigenous lands — a "rain of death" used in forest management practice that has slowly been …
globalresearch.ca/monsantos-rain-death-forests/5677614

Trump Administration Waives Laws to Build 100 Miles of Border Wall Across Arizona National Monument, Wildlife Refuges

| globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
The Trump administration will waive dozens of environmental and public health laws to speed border-wall construction through federally protected sites in Arizona and California. | Today's announcement from the Department of Homeland Security says waivers will be used to build walls | …
globalresearch.ca/trump-administration-waives-laws-build-100-miles-border-wall-arizona-national-monument-wildlife-refuges/5677629

Russia's Nord Stream II Concerns Reveal Its Severe Systemic Vulnerabilities
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
Putin actually sounded pretty concerned about the future of Nord Stream II for the first time ever during Tuesday's press conference with his Austrian counterpart, strongly suggesting that Pompeo might have delivered a serious message to him during Monday's meeting …
globalresearch.ca/russias-nord-stream-ii-concerns-reveal-severe-systemic-vulnerabilities/5677626

Truth, Justice and Declassification: Secret Archives Show US Helped Argentine Military Wage 'Dirty War' that Killed 30,000
Prof. Rut Diamint | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
History books may never tell the full story of the dictatorship that terrorized Argentina from 1976 to 1984. | But newly declassified United States military and intelligence documents recently delivered to Argentina offer new details about the country's brutal military junta….
globalresearch.ca/secret-archives-show-us-helped-argentine-military-wage-dirty-war-killed-30000/5677632

Libya, a second Syria?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-16
The recent crisis in Libya has resulted in over 500 casualties, and a huge number of people being displaced, leaving the country essentially divided into two parts. The role of foreign countries is extremely critical to the current developments in Libya… countries whose selfish support of domestic groups has led to, and exacerbated the current …
uwidata.com/3429-libya-a-second-syria/

'Starvation' now a reality for displaced Syrians stranded in camp near Jordanian border
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-16
Starvation "is already starting" in a camp for displaced people in south-east Syria, a senior UN official said on Thursday, while condemning ongoing airstrikes and retaliatory shelling in opposition-held territories in the north-west.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038591

New Syrian Government Offensive Takes Horrific Toll on Health Care Facilities
commondreams.org | 2019-05-16
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The propaganda multiplier: how global news agencies and western media report on geopolitics
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-16
In this case study, the geopolitical coverage in nine leading European newspapers was examined for diversity and journalistic performance using the example of the Syrian war. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/16/the-propaganda-multiplier-how-global-news-agencies-and-western-media-report-on-geopolitics/

"Inside Syria's Secret Prisons": A Harrowing Account of How Assad's Torture Machine Crushed Dissent
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-16
A shocking exposé by the New York Times looks at how Bashar al-Assad's government has jailed and tortured tens of thousands of Syrians since the uprising began in 2011. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, nearly 128,000 people have disappeared. They are presumed to be either dead or still in custody. The group estimates almost 14,000 individuals have died under torture. The detentions are continuing even as the fighting winds down. More than 5,600 Syrians were reportedly arbitrarily detained last year in a 25 percent jump from the previous year. While the Syrian government has denied running a secre…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/16/i…

Muslim group files discrimination, retaliation complaint against Amazon
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-16
SHAKOPEE, Minn.–Amazon, notorious for the mistreatment of its thousands of warehouse workers from coast to coast, is in legal hot water over it again — this time for rampant racial and religious discrimination at its Shakopee, Minn., warehouse in the Twin Cities suburbs, and retaliation against three black Muslim-American Somali refugee working women there. Amazon …
peoplesworld.org/article/muslim-group-files-discrimination-retaliation-complaint-against-amazon/

4th-Largest US Coal Mining Company Files for Bankruptcy
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-16
The fourth-largest coal mining company in the United States, Cloud Peak Energy, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as the company failed to meet an extended deadline for a loan payment of US$1.8 million. | RELATED: | Arctic Melting Means Business Opportunities, Pompeo Forsees | The company filed for bankruptcy hours before the deadline expired. Cloud Peak was also struggling to cover tax payments, including a production tax bill of US$8.3 million. | Cloud Peak gained notoriety for m…
telesurenglish.net/news/4th-Largest-US-Coal-Mining-Company-Files-for-Bankruptcy-20190516-0004.html

77 Civilians Killed or Wounded in Sana'a as Saudi Airstrikes Target Yemeni Capital
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-16
The murderous attacks have enraged local residents, who took to the streets of Raqas to condemn the airstrikes and loss of civilian life, calling for counter-attacks on Coalition forces.
mintpressnews.com/77-civilians-killed-wounded-in-sanaa-as-saudi-airstrikes-target-yemen-capital/258573/

How Lobbying Firms Helped Destroy Yemen
Mashal Hashem, James Allen | thenation.com | 2019-05-16
How Lobbying Firms Helped Destroy Yemen…
thenation.com/article/tom-dispatch-lobbying-firms-yemen/

The Hell We've Unleashed on Yemen
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-16
A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen's Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family. From the tents constructed for the event, music flooded into the village and, as at any good wedding, exuberant dancing was a central part of the festivities. | Unbeknownst to the guests, the music masked the buzzing of a warplane overhead. Suddenly, in a horrific turn of events, Saudi-led…
truthdig.com/articles/the-hell-weve-unleashed-on-yemen/

Baltimore tenants organize against billionaire slumlord
Mario Murcia and Yasmina Mrabet | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-16
Landlord profits while tenants face black mold and other unacceptable conditions.
liberationnews.org/baltimore-tenants-organize-against-billionaire-slumlord/

Sudan: Protesters Continue Sit-In Despite Police Violence
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-16
Protesters at the Sudanese capital sit-in denounced a declaration by the Transitional Military Council (TMC) to halt ongoing negotiations after violence erupted Wednesday, May 15. | RELATED: | Sudan: 4 Killed, Military Council Warns Against Chaos | At least nine people were wounded Wednesday when Sudanese forces used live ammunition to clear demonstrators from ce…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sudan-Protesters-Continue-Sit-In-Despite-Police-Violence-20190516-0011.html

Sudan: UN chief calls for 'positive momentum' as civilian rule talks stall between military and opposition
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-16
The UN Secretary-General has commended the progress made so far between Sudan's military leaders and opposition forces towards agreeing a timetable for a return to civilian rule, following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir just over a month ago.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038571

Kashmir: Five Killed in Gun Battle For Independence
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-16
Indian troops and independence fighters clashed in Indian-occupied Kashmir Thursday and five people were killed including a civilian, officials said, the latest casualties in a new phase of violence in the 30-year conflict. | RELATED: | Kashmiri Feminists Blame Patriarchal Society for Rape of Infant | Tension in Muslim-majority Kashmir has be…
telesurenglish.net/news/Kashmir-Five-Killed-in-Gun-Battle-For-Independence-20190516-0008.html

Saudi Arabia Couldn't Ask for Better Coverage From Corporate Media
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-16
A spate of recent articles lays bare the willingness of the press to carry water for the increasingly brutal regime of Mohammed bin Salman.
truthdig.com/articles/saudi-arabia-couldnt-ask-for-more-favorable-coverage-from-corporate-media/

How to Lobby Washington to Death
Mashal Hashem, James Allen | commondreams.org | 2019-05-16
For Donald Trump and many congressional Republicans, the well-being of the Saudi royals and of defense contractors matters more than a bus carrying school children destroyed by a laser-guided MK-82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/16/how-lobby-washington-death?cd-origin=rss

It's Time to Stop Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
William Hartung | commondreams.org | 2019-05-16
Arms exhibition in Abu Dhabi (Photo: z.o.y.a via Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/16/its-time-stop-arms-sales-saudi-arabia?cd-origin=rss

Right-wing outcry over student protest against anti-Muslim "headscarf conference" at German university
wsws.org | 2019-05-16
Legitimate criticisms of right-wing and racist positions are criminalised and denounced as "attacks on academic freedom" and "ideological terror."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

France hosts "Christchurch call" summit to intensify internet censorship
wsws.org | 2019-05-16
Under the banner of fighting terrorism, the social media giants and capitalist states are seeking to censor social media to banish left-wing and anti-war views.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

Inslee's $9 Trillion Climate Plan Praised for Showing Why Rapid Mobilization a 'Massive Economic Opportunity'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-16
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday expanded on his plan to combat the climate crisis and shift the U.S. to a renewable energy economy, releasing his second major climate action proposal in less than two weeks weeks. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/16/inslees-9-trillion-climate-plan-praised-showing-why-rapid-mobilization-massive?cd-origin=rss

The crazy $5.2 trillion fossil fuel subsidy
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-16
On May 11, sensors at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii recorded that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had risen above 415 parts per million (ppm). The safe level is 350 ppm. | This is the first time since humans have existed that there has been this much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and it is well beyond the safe limit. | As 350.org (the name of this climate activist network tells you how bad things are) warns it…
greenleft.org.au/content/crazy-52-trillion-fossil-fuel-subsidy

Inslee's $9 Trillion Climate Plan Praised for Showing Why Rapid Mobilization a 'Massive Economic Opportunity'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-16
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday expanded on his plan to combat the climate crisis and shift the U.S. to a renewable energy economy, releasing his second major climate action proposal in less than two weeks weeks. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/16/inslees-9-trillion-climate-plan-praised-showing-why-rapid-mobilization-massive?cd-origin=rss

Job interview? Leather-clad Gene Simmons of Kiss visits White House & Pentagon
rt.com | 2019-05-16
As Washington seemingly lurches toward another conflict in the Middle East, the Pentagon decided to host the commander of a foreign army in its briefing room — the Kiss Army, that is. | …
rt.com/usa/459520-gene-simmons-visits-pentagon/

Watch out for 'space pirates,' Ted Cruz warns
rt.com | 2019-05-16
Senator Ted Cruz wants Congress to approve the formation of a 'space force' tasked with protecting 'the nation' against space pirates. Naturally, the people of Twitter responded in an appropriately dramatic fashion. | …
rt.com/usa/459515-ted-cruz-space-pirates-force/

Armed F-16 jet crashes into warehouse as pilot ejects at California military base (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-05-16
A fully armed F-16 fighter plane has crashed at March Air Reserve Base outside Riverside, California, damaging a nearby warehouse. The pilot ejected safely. | …
rt.com/usa/459539-f16-crashes-building-california/

'Cultural schizophrenia': Media shift to feelings over facts tearing US apart
rt.com | 2019-05-16
Over the past several decades, US news media have shifted towards advocacy and emotional appeals, according to a RAND Corporation study. This is sowing discord in American society, award-winning journalist Chris Hedges tells RT. | …
rt.com/usa/459448-rand-media-bias-hedges/

Shadow defence minister faces furious backlash for endorsing Tory line on British war crimes
Joshua Funnell | thecanary.co | 2019-05-16
The Labour Party's new approach to foreign policy has proven popular with the public under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership. | But many supporters have expressed dismay at recent comments by Labour's shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith, which expressed support for Conservative defence secretary…
thecanary.co/discovery/analysis-discovery/2019/05/16/shadow-defence-minister-faces-furious-backlash-for-endorsing-tory-line-on-british-war-crimes/

Istanbul Voters Brace for Heated Re-run of Municipal Election
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-16
A Turkish party, namely the Democrat Party, said Thursday it would not take part in next month's re-run of the Istanbul mayoral election, which the main opposition party candidate won by a tiny margin in March, but was later annulled by Turkey's Supreme Electoral Board due to irregularities. | RELATED: | 'Small Steps Towards Socialism': Turkey's First Communist Mayor | The Democrat Party won around 22,000 votes in the March 31 election. This is the latest in the series of withdraw…
telesurenglish.net/news/Istanbul-Voters-Brace-for-Heated-Re-run-of-Municipal-Election-20190516-0017.html

Audience members at London meeting discuss way forward in fight for Assange and Manning's freedom
wsws.org | 2019-05-16
Last Sunday's public meeting in London convened by the Socialist Equality Party to defend jailed WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning provoked a wide-ranging discussion.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

China-US Trade War: Hiatus or Busted Deal?
Jack Rasmus | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-16
This past week the US and China failed to reach agreement on a new trade deal, despite high level China representative Lie He meeting in Washington on Thursday-Friday, May 9-10.In the wake of the meeting, Trump and his administration mouthpieces attempt to put a positive spin on the collapsed talks, while placing blame on China for the break up. The 'spin' at first was that China had reneged on a prior agreement and changed its terms when they arrived in Washington. China had caused the breakdown, not the US. The stock markets swooned. Trump quickly jumped in and said he got a nice letter from China president, Xi…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/16/china-us-trade-war-hiatus-or-busted-deal/

The World Just Took a Major Step To Curb Plastic Pollution, But the U.S. Refused to Join Effort
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-16
Nearly every country in the world except the United States took a historic step to curb plastic waste last week, when more than 180 nations agreed to add plastic to the Basel Convention, a treaty that regulates the movement of hazardous materials between countries. The U.S. is one of just two countries that has not ratified the 30 year-old treaty. During negotiations last week in Geneva, the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department joined the plastics industry in trying to thwart the landmark, legally-binding agreement. Despite this, the United States will still be affected by the agreement, because c…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/16/t…

What are revolutionaries prepared to do?
LT Tran | workers.org | 2019-05-16
Edited version of a talk by Loan Tran, a member of the Executive Committee of Workers World Party's Interim Central Committee and a leading organizer of the Durham branch, at the WWP national strategy meeting held May 11-12 in Newark, N.J. Sarah Collins Rudolph refers to herself as the "fifth . . . | Continue reading What are revolutionaries prepared to do? at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/05/16/what-are-revolutionaries-prepared-to-do/