Daily Archives: May 23, 2019

2019-05-23: News Headlines

Eds. (2019-05-23). Guaido "hires" an economic hitman (Venezuelan debt). mronline.org Washington's actions in August 2017 drove Venezuela out of the international financial system and disabled the country from issuing debt for purposes of refinancing the debt acquired in previous years, as well as using foreign banks. | Source

teleSUR (2019-05-23). U.S. Urging Firms to Stop Trading Fuel with Venezuela: Report. telesurenglish.net The United States is threatening foreign firms with sanctions if they do not stop trading jet fuel with Venezuela, according to a report from Reuters. | RELATED | Timeline of Half a Decade of US Economic War Against Venezuela | The news agency cites two industry sources, who say U.S. State Department officials made calls to several large Swiss-and British-based trading houses. The aim is to limit commercial and military flights in Venezuela, as Washington continues its efforts…

Jeff Faux (2019-05-23). Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela? thenation.com Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela?

Firas Samuri (2019-05-23). Turkish Army Pullout Will Bring Peace to Northern Syria? globalresearch.ca In mid-January 2018, the Turkish General Staff announced the beginning of Olive Branch Operation. The goal was to oust the Kurds from the outskirts of Afrin, as well as to create a buffer zone along the Syrian-Turkish border. | These steps …

Khalil Bendib (2019-05-23). Dropping bombs for peace. nationofchange.org It became necessary to destroy world peace in order to save it.

teleSUR (2019-05-23). Trump Admin to Exploit Loophole to Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump's top officials are getting ready to bypass Congress using a legal loophole in order to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, amid rising tensions with Iran. | RELATED: | US Senate Rejects Veto Override of Yemen War Resolution | "I am hearing that Trump may use an obscure loophole in the Arms Control Act and notice a major new sale of bombs to Saudi Arabia (the ones they drop in Yemen) in a way that would prevent Congress from objecting. Could happen this week," Se…

teleSUR (2019-05-23). Trump's Anti-Iran, 'Arab NATO' Dangerous, Russia Warns. telesurenglish.net Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin on Thursday said that the Strategic Alliance of the Middle East (SAME), known as the Arab NATO, is a dangerous proposal and will create new dividing lines in the region. | RELATED: | Iran Will 'Suffer Greatly' If They Target US Interests: Trump | "As for the creation of different coalitions, ad hoc coalitions or alliances, we believe that it would be extremely important, given the current situation, not to create additional dividing…

Scott Ritter (2019-05-23). The U.S. Stands to Lose Much More Than a War With Iran. truthdig.com An invasion of the Strait of Hormuz would devastate the U.S. military, but it's America's position in the world that may never recover.

teleSUR (2019-05-23). Pentagon Considering Sending More Troops to Middle East. telesurenglish.net Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Thursday confirmed that the Pentagon is considering sending additional troops to the Middle East as Washington continues to ratchet up tensions with Iran. | RELATED: | Majority US Population Rejects Preemptive Strike on Iran: Study | "What we're looking at is: Are there things that we can do to enhance force protection in the Middle East," Shanahan said. "It may involve sending additional troops." | Earlier Thursday, the Associate…

teleSUR (2019-05-23). Iran vs. US: Who Will Win the War … of Words?>. telesurenglish.net As tensions rise between Iran and the United States (U.S.), leaders of both nations have upped their dangerous war rhetoric. On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his country will not surrender to the U.S., even if attacked, according to state media. | RELATED: | War With The US Will Be The End Of Iran: Trump | "We need resistance so our enemies know that if they bomb our land, and if our children are martyred, wounded or taken as prisoners, we will not give up on our goals fo…

Ralph Nader (2019-05-23). What and Who Gave Us Trump? counterpunch.org Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair | Donald J. Trump's presidential ambition has simmered for decades. He was and is a regular TV watcher and saw the changing political landscape. One by one, previous presidents diminished the integrity of the presidency and violated the rule of law, paving the way for Trump's candidacy. | Bill Clinton was exposed for serial adulteries and abuses of women and lied under oath. This perjury led to him being impeached in the House (though he was acquitted in the Senate). "Hmm," thought Donald, a serial abuser of women, "Clinton got away with it and was elected twice." One potentially…

WSWS (2019-05-23). Flu outbreak leads to quarantine at Texas immigrant detention center. wsws.org The death of a migrant teenager on Monday has highlighted the inhumane conditions at one of the largest immigration detention centers in the US.

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-23). Hardball Trump Regime Tactics Against China Doomed to Fail. globalresearch.ca Washington's geopolitical agenda is based on the notion that it can prevail against other nations by pressuring, bullying, warning, and intimidating them to bow to its interests. | It works against some countries, by no means not all, notably not in …

Khaled Diab (2019-05-23). Oiling the Wheels of Injustice. Indigenous Communities in the Amazon. globalresearch.ca After a quarter of a century of legal battles, indigenous communities in the Amazon are still awaiting justice for the damage inflicted on their environments and health by Texaco, which was taken over by US oil giant Chevron. Civil society …

Mac Slavo (2019-05-23). "Research": The US Navy Wants to Archive 350 Billion Social Media Posts. globalresearch.ca The United States Navy wants to archive 350 billion social media posts in order to conduct "research." What exactly does the military want to study? "Modes of collective expression." | The Department of the Navy has posted a solicitation asking contractors …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-23). To 'Nurture Human Lives Rather Than Take Them Away,' 2020 Democrats Urged to Support Slashing Annual Pentagon Budget By $200 Billion. commondreams.org "It is long past time to eliminate excess Pentagon spending and invest the savings in urgent domestic and human needs." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Leo Gerard (2019-05-23). Beware Billionaires Bearing Gifts. commondreams.org The Kochs donated approximately $150 million to 300 colleges and universities between 2005 and 2015, gifts they frequently specified must support economics and law schools fostering unfettered free-market capitalism. (Photo: DonkeyHotey/cc/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Cathy Breen (2019-05-23). So Many Wars: Remembering Friends in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Kurdistan and Turkey. counterpunch.org It's been so long since I have written, that I don't know where to begin. I pick up a binder and begin scanning through past "Dear Friends" letters. As I read, memories of trips to Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Kurdistan and Turkey begin to flood my consciousness. So many beautiful faces and stories. So many years More

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-05-23). Yemen's Houthis Deliver on Promise to Target Saudi Soil With Drone Strikes on Najran Airport. mintpressnews.com The attack is the fourth in a 300-target blitz promised by Yemen's Houthis until Saudi Arabia ceases its war on Yemen.

pip.hinman (2019-05-23). Italian dock strike blocks deadly cargo headed for Saudi Arabia. greenleft.org.au Italian dock workers halted the loading of a deadly cargo of weapons bound for Saudi Arabia in Genoa on March 20 as they demanded Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini "open the ports to people and close them to arms". | Trade unionists and activists hailed "working-class internationalism" as they stopped the Saudi ship Bahri Yanbu loading drones and other equipment that would be used in its devastating war on Yemen. | They called their action a "historic act of solidarity". | Members of the CGiL (Italian General Confederation of Labour) union united with activists from Potero al Popolo (PaP, Power to the Peop…

Global Research News (2019-05-23). Selected Articles: Risk of Nuclear War Now Highest Since World War 2: UN. globalresearch.ca Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …

Brian Shilhavy (2019-05-23). "Mass Sterilization": Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine. globalresearch.ca According to LifeSiteNews, a Catholic publication, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging UNICEF and WHO with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus vaccination program sponsored by the Kenyan government. | The Kenyan government denies …

South Front (2019-05-23). Video: Al Qaeda Militants Develop Large-scale Advance on Syria Army Positions. globalresearch.ca Militant groups are attacking key military and civilian infrastructure in the government-controlled area. | The Reconciliation Center for Syria revealed that militants launched 17 rockets at the Russian Hmeimim airbase early on May 22. 8 rockets did not reach the base. …

Colonialism Reparation (2019-05-23). The EU Opens to Colonialism Reparations. "Fundamental rights of people of African descent" globalresearch.ca Colonialism Reparation welcomes that the European Parliament has approved by a large majority the resolution on the "Fundamental rights of people of African descent" recognising the current situation of structural racism and asks that the former colonising Member States follow …

True Publica (2019-05-23). Britain: The Database State. Intrusive Surveillance. globalresearch.ca Britain is a surveillance state, the worst in the democratic West. In a short period of time, it has amassed a rather sordid history of citizen surveillance — and it continues to be unlawful. Last September's damning judgement of British …

Rima Najjar (2019-05-23). Defunding UNRWA: Trump's Legal Sleight of Hand against Palestine. globalresearch.ca Trump wants to dismantle the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and shift responsibility for Palestine refugees to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). What has UNHCR got …

Corporate Crime Reporter (2019-05-23). Blaming Dead Pilots Brought to You by Boeing. globalresearch.ca The House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation held an oversight hearing last week on the two recent Boeing 7373 MAX airplane crashes. | Testifying were the heads of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). | Asking questions …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-23). US Is About to Sanction the World if They Don't Stop Purchasing Russian Weapons. globalresearch.ca The CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) sanctions concept of economically punishing countries that continue to purchase Russian and Chinese arms is about to become much more effective after the forthcoming global application of the "European Recapitalisation Incentive Programme", …

South Front (2019-05-23). Video: Syrian Army Is Repelling Large Militant Attack on Kafr Nabudah. globalresearch.ca On May 21, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria) and its Turkish-backed allies launched an attack from the direction of al-Habit and Qusaybiyah in northwestern Hama on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Kafr …

Brian Shilhavy (2019-05-23). "Mass Sterilization": Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Global Research Editor's Note | In October 2014, the conference of Catholic bishops in Kenya released a statement regarding the tetanus vaccine programme implemented under UN auspices. | The issue was subsequently addressed by Kenya's Catholic Doctors Association. (see article below). | Published …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-23). Monsanto, Scientific Deception and Cancer. globalresearch.ca Money may not be able to buy the purest love, but it can buy the best, life-ending cancer. For Monsanto, giant of rule and misrule in matters of genetically modified crops, known for bullying practices towards farmers, things have not …

South Front (2019-05-23). Preparations for War: NATO Intelligence Activity Around Russia's Borders. globalresearch.ca In addition to the militarization of Eastern Europe, NATO partakes in active intelligence operations — be it by land, sea and air. | There are numerous reports of various intelligence (spy) aircraft going and even entering Russian airspace, and the …

Telesur (2019-05-23). Risk of Nuclear War Now Highest Since World War 2: UN. globalresearch.ca The Director of the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Renata Dwan, warned that all states with nuclear weapons are pushing for weapon modernization programs, while arms control regulations are changing or fading. | The Director of the U.N. Institute …

Kenn Orphan (2019-05-23). The Belligerence of Empire. counterpunch.org Empire understands nothing except ruthless expansion. It has no other raison d'etre. In the past this meant the violent acquisition of lands and territories by a militarized system where caste was very apparent and visible. But today the dealings of empire are far more duplicitous. The ruling order of this age expands empire via the acquisition of capital while using the military industrial complex to police its exploits. But there is an insidious social conditioning at work which has led the general public to where it is today, a state of "inverted totalitarianism" as political philosopher Sheldon Wolin explaine…

WSWS (2019-05-23). Washington revives Syria chemical weapons propaganda as pretext for war. wsws.org The threat of a new US attack on Syria follows a report exposing the last chemical weapons incident attributed to the Syrian government as a staged provocation.

pip.hinman (2019-05-23). Brazil: More than 1 million take to the streets. greenleft.org.au A nationwide education strike on May 15 became the platform for the biggest anti-government protests since President Jair Bolsonaro took power. | More than 1 million people demonstrated, some estimating up to 2 million. Protests brought together unions, academics, teachers, students, campaign groups, political parties and other diverse factions — the birth of a movement, and the strongest display of left unity in Brazil in decades, on a scale that took many by surprise. | This is a battle for the country's future: it is the beginning of the fightback against Bolsonaro's war on education — a needless w…

teleSUR (2019-05-23). Brazil: Bolsonaro Modified Decree Easing Assault Rifle Sales. telesurenglish.net Due to public and political pushback in Brazil, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro was forced to soften his previous executive decree and prohibits the sale of rifles and shotguns to the public. | RELATED: | Brazil Loosens Gun Control, Civilians Can Own Military Rifles | Under the newest proposal, revised from the original May 8 decr…

RT (2019-05-23). Trump says Putin didn't 'out-prepare' him at 1st meeting, bashes 'dumb' Rex Tillerson over claim. rt.com US President Donald Trump tore into Rex Tillerson after the former secretary of state said he was outclassed at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2017.

RT (2019-05-23). Meddling 101: US Army research center publishes strategy to destabilize Russia. rt.com The US could use a variety of economic, military and ideological strategies to "overextend and unbalance" Russia, a new report sponsored by the US Army glaringly suggests, offering blueprints to divide and destabilize the country.

Nyla Ali Khan (2019-05-23). Dilution of "Kashmiriyat" and Regional Nationalism. counterpunch.org I am highly skeptical of the attempts of various political organizations to either communalize or demonize the notion of "Kashmiriyat" to serve their vested interests. The various communities in the state of J & K — Kashmiri Muslims, Kashmiri Pandits, Dogras and Ladakhis — have tried time and again to form a national consciousness in More

John Steppling (2019-05-23). A New Volkisch Mythos. counterpunch.org "Greta is able to see what other people cannot see, { } She can see carbon dioxide with the naked eye. She sees how it flows out of chimneys and and changes the atmosphere in a landfill." — Malena Ernman (mother of Greta Thunberg), 'Scenes from the heart. Our life for the climate' "If you want More

Chuck Collins (2019-05-23). Ending the Generational Abuse of Student Debt. counterpunch.org When I speak on college campuses, I ask students to write the amount of debt they anticipate graduating with on a slip of paper. In a recent class of 25 undergraduates at Boston College, just eight will graduate without debt, either because of full scholarships or family wealth. For the rest, an imposing debt looms More

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-05-23). Understanding NATO, Ending War. counterpunch.org On 4 April 2019, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, better known as NATO, marked the 70th anniversary of its existence with a conference attended by the foreign ministers of member nations in Washington DC. This will be complemented by a meeting of the heads of state of member nations in London next December. Coinciding with More

RT (2019-05-23). Washington declared 'sanctuary state' as governor looks to stand out in crowded 2020 race. rt.com Washington has passed a law barring authorities from questioning people's immigration status — what Governor Jay Inslee boasts is the strongest 'sanctuary state' law in the US, netting him progressive cred for the 2020 election.

RT (2019-05-23). How well do you know the War on Terror? (QUIZ). rt.com Thursday marks six years since then US President Barack Obama declared that the 'War on Terror' was over. Alas the rise of ISIS quickly had Obama backtracking on that pronouncement and the war has now raged for nearly 18 years.

WSWS (2019-05-23). New Zealand media to censor coverage of Christchurch terrorist's trial. wsws.org Corporate and state media have agreed to self-censorship of Tarrant's trial in order to obscure the connection between his views and the xenophobia promoted by the ruling class internationally.

Andrew J. Bacevich (2019-05-23). The Only Place in America Remembering the War on Terror. thenation.com The Only Place in America Remembering the War on Terror…

kathy_f (2019-05-23). Scientists call for action from new government. greenleft.org.au More than 60 scientists and experts have signed an open letter to the next Parliament of Australia, calling for the government to make urgent action on climate change a top priority for the 46th Parliament of Australia. | Prominent signatories of the open letter include: Nobel Prize winners Professor Peter Doherty AC and Dr Sue Wareham OAM, former Australian of the Year Professor Fiona Stanley AC, former Chief Scientist for Australia Professor Penny Sackett and many of Australia's leading scientist…

WSWS (2019-05-23). Workers and young people warn about the mounting social crisis. wsws.org "The most important thing for me is jobs, security and the economy—we need real action on jobs."

Andrew Bacevich (2019-05-23). The "Forever Wars" Enshrined. commondreams.org My destination was Marseilles (mar-SAYLZ), Illinois, a small prairie town with a population hovering around 5,000. (Photo: Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Staff (2019-05-23). Chris Hedges Honored by American Academy of Arts and Letters. truthdig.com On Wednesday, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges one of eight prizes for his contributions to American literature. Other winners include University of California, Berkeley professor Robert Alter, poet and activist Marilyn Chin, novelist Siri Hustvedt, playwright Matthew Lopez, fiction writer John McManus, poet and author Eileen Myles and playwright Lauren Yee. | "Chris Hedges's big, brash, impassioned voice is a reviving tonic, an accelerant to our weary spirit's fresh resolve to confront the powerful institutional atta…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-23). Ocasio-Cortez and Warren Have Some Tough Questions for Mnuchin About the Collapse of Sears. commondreams.org Two high-profile Democrats have questions for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin about his role in the downfall of Sears as a former member of the retailer's board of directors, and his possible role in government decisions about the company. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-05-23). The rise of the Brexit Party and how to fight it. wsws.org Nigel Farage is intent on portraying the European elections, which will see a massive abstention, as a plebiscite on Brexit and a weapon against any move towards a second referendum.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-23). Landslide Win for 'Ruthless and Vindictive' Prime Minister Stokes Fears of Further Division in India. commondreams.org Narendra Modi, warned one critic, "is a far right extremist who has suppressed civil society, marginalized minorities and supported candidates who want to ban all Muslims from India." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-05-23). SpaceX sues US Air Force for awarding lucrative contracts to 'paper rocket' builders like Bezos. rt.com Elon Musk's SpaceX is taking the US government to court over what it claims was an "arbitrary and capricious" move to favor its rivals, including Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, with multimillion contracts and turn down SpaceX's bid.

WSWS (2019-05-23). The Indian elections and the fight to free the Maruti Suzuki class war prisoners. wsws.org Completely blacked out from the election campaign has been any discussion of the plight of the 13 Maruti Suzuki workers who have been jailed for life on frame-up murder charges.

William Manson (2019-05-23). Greedy Old Plutocrats (and Their Secret War on the Young!). dissidentvoice.org In his book Totem and Taboo, Sigmund Freud indulged in a speculative scenario for the origins of society. Everyone, young and old alike, once lived together in a "primal horde"— ruled by an aging, domineering father-figure, who selfishly monopolized the women for his own satisfaction. But one day (so to speak), the deprived "sons" defiantly …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-23). 'This Is About Attacking Journalism,' Warn Press Freedom Defenders as Trump DOJ Hits Assange With New Espionage Charges. commondreams.org In an unprecedented move that journalists and press freedom defenders denounced as "the most significant and terrifying threat to the First Amendment in the 21st century," the Trump Justice Department announced Thursday that a federal grand jury charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17 new counts of violating the Espionage Act. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jake Johnson (2019-05-23). As 2020 Democrats cozy up to Wall Street donors, Warren and Sanders refuse to play big-money game. nationofchange.org Many 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls have reportedly been spending a significant chunk of their time on the trail cozying up to Wall Street executives and raking in checks at big-dollar events across the nation.

teleSUR (2019-05-23). China Ready to Tackle US President Trump's Tech Cold War. telesurenglish.net A recent tour by Chinese President Xi Jinping across southern China was an indicator of how the Asian leader will fight against President Donald Trump's trade war, namely, China is readying to replace U.S. technology with its own. | RELATED: | US Crackdown on Huawei Typical Economic Bullying: Chinese FM | "The most important thing now is to focus on ou…

WSWS (2019-05-23). New Haven teachers strike enters fourth day. wsws.org To carry their struggle forward, New Haven teachers must break free from the pro-Democratic Party teachers' unions, which are preparing to sell them out in the same manner as in Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento.

WSWS (2019-05-23). British Steel collapse threatens 25,000 jobs. wsws.org British Steel's insolvency threatens to be a virtual coup de grâce against a once powerful section of the working class that has been repeatedly betrayed by the trade unions.

teleSUR (2019-05-23). EU Parliament Elections: A Far-right Takeover? telesurenglish.net The next election of the European Parliament will be held from May 23 to 26, marking the ninth parliamentary vote since the first direct elections in 1979. A total of 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will be chosen to represent a population of more than 512 million people from the EU's 28 member states. | RELATED | Far-right Parties Could Double Seats in EU Vote With Steve Bannon's Puppeteering: Poll | These elections will mark a precedent in…

teleSUR (2019-05-23). EU Parliamentary Elections Kick Off in UK and Netherlands. telesurenglish.net Dutch and British voters started voting Thursday for the European Parliament. From May 23 to 26, the European Union's (EU) 28 member states will choose a total of 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). | RELATED: | EU Parliament Elections: A Far-right Takeover? | Polls opened first in the Netherlands, then half an hour later the election began across the U.K., as both nations kicked off the four-day election process, marking the ninth occasion since the first direct elections in 1979. T…

Middle East Eye (2019-05-23). US Calls for Syrian Ceasefire as Chemical Attack Claim Quickly Countered. theantimedia.com (MEE) — A war monitor has countered US suspicions of a Syrian government chemical attack, as a senior American official called for a ceasefire amid heavy fighting in northwestern Syria. Washington late on Tuesday said it had seen signs that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be using chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack, …

Venezuela Analysis (2019-05-23). Maduro Proposes Early Elections for Venezuela's National Assembly. theantimedia.com (VA) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed holding early parliamentary elections as a way to defuse the country's political crisis. "Let's see who gets the most votes! Let's find a political, constitutional and democratic path forward," Maduro said at the end of a march on Monday commemorating the anniversary of his reelection on May 20, 2018 to …

Adam Johnson (2019-05-23). Warren and Sanders Understand the Power of 'The Bad Guy'. commondreams.org Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren make a joint appearance on Capitol Hill during a 2017 news conference about health care reform. (Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Staff (2019-05-23). Deadly Protests Erupt in Indonesia as US-Trained Generals Wage War on Democracy. truthout.org In Indonesia, at least six people have died and hundreds have been injured after supporters of former military commander Prabowo Subianto took to the streets to protest his election defeat. The protests began after authorities announced President Joko Widodo — who is known as Jokowi — had won re-election after receiving 55% of the vote. Prabowo has refused to concede and is preparing to challenge the results. We speak to journalist Allan Nairn, who recently returned from Indonesia. | TRANSCRIPT: | NERMEEN SHAIKH: We begin today's show in Indonesia, where at least six people have died and hu…

Staff (2019-05-23). The Town Where Presidents Should Be Forced to Confront "Forever Wars" truthout.org Earlier this month, I spent a day visiting Marseilles to videotape a documentary about recent American military history, specifically the ongoing wars that most of us prefer not to think about. | Lest there be any confusion, let me be more specific. I am not referring to Marseilles (mar-SAY), France, that nation's largest port and second largest city with a population approaching 900,000. No, my destination was Marseilles (mar-SAYLZ), Illinois, a small prairie town with a population hovering around 5,000. | Our own lesse…

teleSUR (2019-05-23). Over 150 Taiwan Gay Couples to Marry in Historic Day for Asia. telesurenglish.net Taiwan's first official same-sex weddings will take place later on Friday in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia, a week after lawmakers took the historic decision to legalise gay marriage. | RELATED: | Chicago's 1st Openly Gay Mayor Takes Office Vowing Reform | In Taipei, more than 150 same-sex couples are scheduled to register on Friday, according to local authorities. The city hall will co-host an outdoor wedding party near the famous Taipei 101 skyscraper, with local and fo…

UUSF Forum (2019-05-23). Gloria La Riva and Silvio Rodrigues: "Eyewitness Venezuela" indybay.org First Unitarian Universalist Church | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | San Francisco, Calif.

Consortiumnews (2019-05-23). The Pathology of John Bolton. consortiumnews.com John Bolton has been saying for years he wants the Iranian government overthrown, and now he's made his move. But this time he may have gone too far, writes Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News I knew… Read more →

Ruth Milka (2019-05-23). 'Extraordinarily concerned' Elizabeth Warren demands answers from the Trump administration on the deaths of migrant children. nationofchange.org Elizabeth Warren is taking action after two more children died in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody this past week. | "I have been and continue to be extraordinarily concerned about this administration's treatment of immigrant children, " writes Warren in her letter, addressed John P. Sanders, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. | "The deaths of five children who had been in CBP care in six months are appalling,"

Staff (2019-05-23). AOC and Warren Have Some Tough Questions for Mnuchin About Sears's Collapse. truthout.org Two high-profile Democrats have questions for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin about his role in the downfall of Sears as a former member of the retailer's board of directors, and his possible role in government decisions about the company. | Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), who is also a 2020 presidential candidate, released a video Thursday in which they outline the details of a letter (p…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-23). Leaked OPCW Report Raises New Questions About 2018 Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria. democracynow.org The State Department said Tuesday that the Syrian government may have used chemical weapons during recent fighting in Idlib. The State Department warned that the United States and its allies would respond quickly and appropriately if it is determined that chemical weapons have been used. This all comes as new questions are being raised about an alleged chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma last year. The Syrian government was accused of dropping two gas cylinders on the city, killing dozens of people. The U.S. and allies responded by carrying out airstrikes. But a newly leaked internal document from the Or…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-23). Allan Nairn: Deadly Protests Erupt in Indonesia as U.S.-Trained Generals Wage a War on Democracy. democracynow.org In Indonesia, at least six people have died and hundreds have been injured after supporters of former military commander Prabowo Subianto took to the streets to protest his election defeat. The protests began after authorities announced President Joko Widodo—who is known as Jokowi—had won re-election after receiving 55% of the vote. Prabowo has refused to concede and is preparing to challenge the results. We speak to journalist Allan Nairn, who recently returned from Indonesia.

Michael Steinberg (2019-05-23). US Aggession Against Iraq-The San Diego Connection. indybay.org The role of the San Diego military in the US Aggression against Iran…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-23). Allan Nairn: Impeachment Inquiry Should Focus on Trump's Actual Atrocities, Not a Russia Plot. democracynow.org As a growing number of House Democrats are backing the impeachment of President Trump, we speak with investigative journalist Allan Nairn. He says an impeachment inquiry should focus on "the atrocities that Trump is committing daily"—from the death of children on the border to the gutting of environmental protections.

Thomas Klikauer (2019-05-23). Why Reactionaries Won in Australia. counterpunch.org On 18th of May, a slim majority of Australians elected the arch-conservative Christian fundamentalist and marketing manager Scott Morrison as prime minister. In the picture above and sitting next to coal-carrying Morrison is Peter Dutton. Dutton is Australia's strong man when it comes to tormenting refugees in camps where people are concentrated on distant islands. More

plenglish (2019-05-23). Suicide in Black Youth and Teenagers in Brazil more than in Whites. plenglish.com Brasilia, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Black youth and adolescents in Brazil are more likely to commit suicide nowadays than whites, according to a study by the Ministry of Health, reported by the news portal G1.

Mike Rhodes (2019-05-23). Reuniting for Peace and Justice – 50 Years of Resistance. indybay.org Unitarian Universalist Church at 2672 E Alluvial Ave in Fresno.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-05-23). From Golden Boy to Total Failure: The Media Trajectory of Juan Guaido. theantimedia.com (MPN) — At first, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido was characterized by the mainstream media as the eighth wonder of the world. But now, after his failed military revolt, it seems 'Coupbama' (as Guaido is known) is being treated more harshly by the press. In the immediate aftermath of the attempted military coup, the mainstream media …

Staff (2019-05-23). Guaidó Out of Gas (2/2 ). therealnews.com The US has failed its regime change venture in Venezuela. Former Chief of Staff to Nicolás Maduro, Temir Porras joins Sharmini Peries for analysis…

plenglish (2019-05-23). Venezuelan NCA Will Revoke Immunity of Opposition Lawmakers. plenglish.com Caracas, May 23 (Prensa Latina) The speaker of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, announced on Thursday that this constitutional body will revoke parliamentary immunity to a new group of opposition lawmakers who participated in the failed coup attempt of April 30.

Staff (2019-05-23). Guaidó Out of Gas (1/2 ). therealnews.com After several failed US-backed coup attempts, Juan Guaidó sent an envoy to Oslo to explore talks with the government. Former Chief of Staff to Nicolás Maduro, Temir Porras, joins Sharmini Peries for analysis…

Jason Ditz (2019-05-23). US Might Send 10,000 More Troops to Middle East. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Citing ongoing US-Iran tensions and the secret intelligence on Iranian "threats" officials keep mentioning, CENTCOM is requesting that the Pentagon approve substantial numbers of additional US ground troops to be deployed somewhere in the Middle East. Though initial reports claimed that CENTCOM was only requesting "about 5,000" ground troops, subsequent reports said that the Pentagon are preparing …

plenglish (2019-05-23). India Reiterates Need to Respect Syria's Sovereignty and Integrity. plenglish.com New Delhi, May 23 ( Prensa Latina ) India has reiterated the need to respect Syria"s sovereignty and territorial integrity during a recent visit by a delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Damascus.

Santa Cruz News (2019-05-23). Council Proposal Recognizes Lynching of Francisco Arias and José Chamales as 'Act of Racial Terror'. indybay.org On May 14 the Santa Cruz City Council passed a motion to request a recommendation from the Historic Preservation Commission (for return to the August 13th City Council meeting for action) for the placement of a historic plaque on Water Street Bridge recognizing the lynching of Francisco Arias and José Chamales. The men, who were Californios, Spanish speaking Mexican and Native American men, were lynched on the bridge on May 2, 1877, shortly after their arrest on murder charges. "The lynching was, far more than anything else, an act of racial terror," wrote Councilmembers Sandy Brown, Drew Glover and Chris Krohn i…

Russell Mokhiber (2019-05-23). Facing Growing Backlash CIA Veteran Stephanie Smith Steps Down As Chair of Kent State 50th May 4 Commemoration Advisory Committee. commondreams.org "We see Ms. Smith's appointment and career background as a travesty and an insult to all those that seek peace and social justice."(Photo: Time & Life images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2019-05-23). A New Way Forward: 2019 California Juneteenth Celebration. indybay.org 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.

plenglish (2019-05-23). Mexico's FM Marcelo Ebrard to Meet Mike Pompeo in Washington. plenglish.com Mexico City, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Mexico"s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, has traveled on Thursday to the United States where he will meet with his counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Staff (2019-05-23). Trump Administration Wants to Fund More "Clean Coal" Failures. truthout.org In April, the Department of Justice informed Southern Company that it was under investigation "related to the Kemper County energy facility" in Mississippi, where Southern had spent $7.5 billion, including hundreds of millions in taxpayer funds from the Department of Energy, trying to build a coal-fired power plant that would capture carbon emissions. | Former engineers and officials from the Kemper plant have described evidence of possible intentional fraud at the construction project, alleging that the company knew of design flaws early on but pressed forward with the project in the hopes that costs could be…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-05-23). Madonna's Fake Revolution: Eurovision, Cultural Hegemony and Resistance. counterpunch.org Rim Banna, a famous Palestinian singer who translated Palestine's most moving poetry to song passed away on March 24, 2018, at the age of 51. Rim captured the struggle for Palestinian freedom in the most dignified and melodious ways. If we could imagine angels singing, they would sound like Rim.When Rim died, all Palestinians mourned her death. Although a few international outlets carried the news of her passing at a relatively young age, her succumbing to cancer did not receive much coverage or discussion. Sadly, a Palestinian icon of cultural resistance who had inspired a whole generation, starting with the Fir…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-23). Challenging Orthodoxies: Alabama's Anti-Abortion Law. counterpunch.org It seems like a grand ploy of massive distraction. On the surface, the move by Alabama to place the most onerous restrictions on the granting of an abortion has become a lighting-rod of conviction for Democrat agitators. And not just them. The fear, and one with suggestive implication, is that various legislatures are paving the More

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

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

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

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

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

teleSUR (2019-05-22). Brazil's Justice Minister Moro Loses Battle in Congress. telesurenglish.net Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was close to losing support from Congress Wednesday, only winning approval from disgruntled lower house lawmakers by a small margin, for his move to downsize the country's executive branch. | RELATED: | 'Leave Venezuela Alone': Brazil's Lula Tells Trump in Interview | But lawmakers voted against putting the Council for Financial Activity Control (COAF), a key tool for flagging suspicious funds moving through the banking system, under the control…

2019-05-23: Social Media Postees

Guaido "hires" an economic hitman (Venezuelan debt)
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-23
Washington's actions in August 2017 drove Venezuela out of the international financial system and disabled the country from issuing debt for purposes of refinancing the debt acquired in previous years, as well as using foreign banks. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/23/guaido-hires-an-economic-hitman-venezuelan-debt/

Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela?
Jeff Faux | thenation.com | 2019-05-23
Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela?
thenation.com/article/venezuela-democrats-trump-sanctions/

U.S. Urging Firms to Stop Trading Fuel with Venezuela: Report
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-23
The United States is threatening foreign firms with sanctions if they do not stop trading jet fuel with Venezuela, according to a report from Reuters. | RELATED | Timeline of Half a Decade of US Economic War Against Venezuela | The news agency cites two industry sources, who say U.S. State Department officials made calls to several large Swiss-and British-based trading houses. The aim is to limit commercial and military flights in Venezuela, as Washington continues its efforts…
telesurenglish.net/news/U.S.-Urging-Firms-to-Stop-Trading-Fuel-with-Venezuela-Report-20190523-0022.html

Turkish Army Pullout Will Bring Peace to Northern Syria?
Firas Samuri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
In mid-January 2018, the Turkish General Staff announced the beginning of Olive Branch Operation. The goal was to oust the Kurds from the outskirts of Afrin, as well as to create a buffer zone along the Syrian-Turkish border. | These steps …
globalresearch.ca/turkish-army-pullout-bring-peace-northern-syria/5678263

Dropping bombs for peace
Khalil Bendib | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-23
It became necessary to destroy world peace in order to save it.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/23/dropping-bombs-for-peace/

Trump Admin to Exploit Loophole to Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-23
U.S. President Donald Trump's top officials are getting ready to bypass Congress using a legal loophole in order to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, amid rising tensions with Iran. | RELATED: | US Senate Rejects Veto Override of Yemen War Resolution | "I am hearing that Trump may use an obscure loophole in the Arms Control Act and notice a major new sale of bombs to Saudi Arabia (the ones they drop in Yemen) in a way that would prevent Congress from objecting. Could happen this week," Se…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Admin-to-Exploit-Loophole-to-Sell-Weapons-to-Saudi-Arabia-20190523-0024.html

Trump's Anti-Iran, 'Arab NATO' Dangerous, Russia Warns
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-23
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin on Thursday said that the Strategic Alliance of the Middle East (SAME), known as the Arab NATO, is a dangerous proposal and will create new dividing lines in the region. | RELATED: | Iran Will 'Suffer Greatly' If They Target US Interests: Trump | "As for the creation of different coalitions, ad hoc coalitions or alliances, we believe that it would be extremely important, given the current situation, not to create additional dividing…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trumps-Anti-Iran-Arab-NATO-Dangerous-Russia-Warns-20190523-0017.html

The U.S. Stands to Lose Much More Than a War With Iran
Scott Ritter | truthdig.com | 2019-05-23
An invasion of the Strait of Hormuz would devastate the U.S. military, but it's America's position in the world that may never recover.
truthdig.com/articles/the-u-s-stands-to-lose-much-more-than-a-war-with-iran/

Pentagon Considering Sending More Troops to Middle East
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-23
Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Thursday confirmed that the Pentagon is considering sending additional troops to the Middle East as Washington continues to ratchet up tensions with Iran. | RELATED: | Majority US Population Rejects Preemptive Strike on Iran: Study | "What we're looking at is: Are there things that we can do to enhance force protection in the Middle East," Shanahan said. "It may involve sending additional troops." | Earlier Thursday, the Associate…
telesurenglish.net/news/Pentagon-Considering-Sending-More-Troops-to-Middle-East-20190523-0016.html

Iran vs. US: Who Will Win the War … of Words?>
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-23
As tensions rise between Iran and the United States (U.S.), leaders of both nations have upped their dangerous war rhetoric. On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his country will not surrender to the U.S., even if attacked, according to state media. | RELATED: | War With The US Will Be The End Of Iran: Trump | "We need resistance so our enemies know that if they bomb our land, and if our children are martyred, wounded or taken as prisoners, we will not give up on our goals fo…
telesurenglish.net/news/Iran-vs.-US-Who-Will-Win-the-War-…-of-Words-20190523-0025.html

What and Who Gave Us Trump?
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-23
Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair | Donald J. Trump's presidential ambition has simmered for decades. He was and is a regular TV watcher and saw the changing political landscape. One by one, previous presidents diminished the integrity of the presidency and violated the rule of law, paving the way for Trump's candidacy. | Bill Clinton was exposed for serial adulteries and abuses of women and lied under oath. This perjury led to him being impeached in the House (though he was acquitted in the Senate). "Hmm," thought Donald, a serial abuser of women, "Clinton got away with it and was elected twice." One potentially…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/23/what-and-who-gave-us-trump/

Flu outbreak leads to quarantine at Texas immigrant detention center
wsws.org | 2019-05-23
The death of a migrant teenager on Monday has highlighted the inhumane conditions at one of the largest immigration detention centers in the US.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

Hardball Trump Regime Tactics Against China Doomed to Fail
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
Washington's geopolitical agenda is based on the notion that it can prevail against other nations by pressuring, bullying, warning, and intimidating them to bow to its interests. | It works against some countries, by no means not all, notably not in …
globalresearch.ca/hardball-trump-regime-tactics-against-china-doomed-fail/5678324

Oiling the Wheels of Injustice. Indigenous Communities in the Amazon
Khaled Diab | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
After a quarter of a century of legal battles, indigenous communities in the Amazon are still awaiting justice for the damage inflicted on their environments and health by Texaco, which was taken over by US oil giant Chevron. Civil society …
globalresearch.ca/oiling-wheels-injustice/5678286

Beware Billionaires Bearing Gifts
Leo Gerard | commondreams.org | 2019-05-23
The Kochs donated approximately $150 million to 300 colleges and universities between 2005 and 2015, gifts they frequently specified must support economics and law schools fostering unfettered free-market capitalism. (Photo: DonkeyHotey/cc/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/23/beware-billionaires-bearing-gifts?cd-origin=rss

To 'Nurture Human Lives Rather Than Take Them Away,' 2020 Democrats Urged to Support Slashing Annual Pentagon Budget By $200 Billion
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-23
"It is long past time to eliminate excess Pentagon spending and invest the savings in urgent domestic and human needs." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/23/nurture-human-lives-rather-take-them-away-2020-democrats-urged-support-slashing?cd-origin=rss

To 'Nurture Human Lives Rather Than Take Them Away,' 2020 Democrats Urged to Support Slashing Annual Pentagon Budget By $200 Billion
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-23
"It is long past time to eliminate excess Pentagon spending and invest the savings in urgent domestic and human needs." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/23/nurture-human-lives-rather-take-them-away-2020-democrats-urged-support-slashing?cd-origin=rss

"Research": The US Navy Wants to Archive 350 Billion Social Media Posts
Mac Slavo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
The United States Navy wants to archive 350 billion social media posts in order to conduct "research." What exactly does the military want to study? "Modes of collective expression." | The Department of the Navy has posted a solicitation asking contractors | …
globalresearch.ca/us-navy-wants-archive-350-billion-social-media-posts/5678309

"Research": The US Navy Wants to Archive 350 Billion Social Media Posts
Mac Slavo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
The United States Navy wants to archive 350 billion social media posts in order to conduct "research." What exactly does the military want to study? "Modes of collective expression." | The Department of the Navy has posted a solicitation asking contractors | …
globalresearch.ca/us-navy-wants-archive-350-billion-social-media-posts/5678309

So Many Wars: Remembering Friends in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Kurdistan and Turkey
Cathy Breen | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-23
It's been so long since I have written, that I don't know where to begin. I pick up a binder and begin scanning through past "Dear Friends" letters. As I read, memories of trips to Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Kurdistan and Turkey begin to flood my consciousness. So many beautiful faces and stories. So many years…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/23/so-many-wars-remembering-friends-in-iraq-jordan-syria-kurdistan-and-turkey/

Italian dock strike blocks deadly cargo headed for Saudi Arabia
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-23
Italian dock workers halted the loading of a deadly cargo of weapons bound for Saudi Arabia in Genoa on March 20 as they demanded Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini "open the ports to people and close them to arms". | Trade unionists and activists hailed "working-class internationalism" as they stopped the Saudi ship Bahri Yanbu loading drones and other equipment that would be used in its devastating war on Yemen. | They called their action a "historic act of solidarity". | Members of the CGiL (Italian General Confederation of Labour) union united with activists from Potero al Popolo (PaP, Power to the Peop…
greenleft.org.au/content/italian-dock-strike-blocks-deadly-cargo-headed-saudi-arabia

Yemen's Houthis Deliver on Promise to Target Saudi Soil With Drone Strikes on Najran Airport
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-23
The attack is the fourth in a 300-target blitz promised by Yemen's Houthis until Saudi Arabia ceases its war on Yemen.
mintpressnews.com/yemens-houthis-target-saudi-soil-with-drone-strikes-on-najran-airport/258739/

The EU Opens to Colonialism Reparations. "Fundamental rights of people of African descent"
Colonialism Reparation | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
Colonialism Reparation welcomes that the European Parliament has approved by a large majority the resolution on the "Fundamental rights of people of African descent" recognising the current situation of structural racism and asks that the former colonising Member States follow …
globalresearch.ca/the-eu-opens-to-colonialism-reparations-fundamental-rights-of-people-of-african-descent/5678299

Britain: The Database State. Intrusive Surveillance
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
Britain is a surveillance state, the worst in the democratic West. In a short period of time, it has amassed a rather sordid history of citizen surveillance — and it continues to be unlawful. Last September's damning judgement of British …
globalresearch.ca/britain-the-database-state-intrusive-surveillance/5678302

Risk of Nuclear War Now Highest Since World War 2: UN
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
The Director of the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Renata Dwan, warned that all states with nuclear weapons are pushing for weapon modernization programs, while arms control regulations are changing or fading. | The Director of the U.N. Institute | …
globalresearch.ca/risk-nuclear-war-now-highest-since-world-war-2-un/5678292

Video: Al Qaeda Militants Develop Large-scale Advance on Syria Army Positions
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
Militant groups are attacking key military and civilian infrastructure in the government-controlled area. | The Reconciliation Center for Syria revealed that militants launched 17 rockets at the Russian Hmeimim airbase early on May 22. 8 rockets did not reach the base. …
globalresearch.ca/militants-develop-large-scale-advance-army-positions/5678327

Selected Articles: Risk of Nuclear War Now Highest Since World War 2: UN
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-risk-of-nuclear-war-now-highest-since-world-war-2-un/5678331

Monsanto, Scientific Deception and Cancer
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
Money may not be able to buy the purest love, but it can buy the best, life-ending cancer. For Monsanto, giant of rule and misrule in matters of genetically modified crops, known for bullying practices towards farmers, things have not …
globalresearch.ca/monsanto-scientific-deception-cancer/5678271

Preparations for War: NATO Intelligence Activity Around Russia's Borders
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
In addition to the militarization of Eastern Europe, NATO partakes in active intelligence operations — be it by land, sea and air. | There are numerous reports of various intelligence (spy) aircraft going and even entering Russian airspace, and the …
globalresearch.ca/preparations-war-nato-intelligence-activity-around-russia-borders/5678314

Defunding UNRWA: Trump's Legal Sleight of Hand against Palestine
Rima Najjar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
Trump wants to dismantle the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and shift responsibility for Palestine refugees to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). What has UNHCR got …
globalresearch.ca/defunding-unrwa-trumps-legal-sleight-hand/5678258

US Is About to Sanction the World if They Don't Stop Purchasing Russian Weapons
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
The CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) sanctions concept of economically punishing countries that continue to purchase Russian and Chinese arms is about to become much more effective after the forthcoming global application of the "European Recapitalisation Incentive Programme", …
globalresearch.ca/us-sanction-world-they-dont-stop-purchasing-russian-arms/5678282

Video: Syrian Army Is Repelling Large Militant Attack on Kafr Nabudah
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
On May 21, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria) and its Turkish-backed allies launched an attack from the direction of al-Habit and Qusaybiyah in northwestern Hama on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Kafr …
globalresearch.ca/army-repelling-large-militant-attack-kafr-nabudah/5678261

Blaming Dead Pilots Brought to You by Boeing
Corporate Crime Reporter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
The House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation held an oversight hearing last week on the two recent Boeing 7373 MAX airplane crashes. | Testifying were the heads of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). | Asking questions …
globalresearch.ca/blaming-dead-pilots-brought-you-boeing/5678288

"Mass Sterilization": Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine
Brian Shilhavy | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
Global Research Editor's Note | In October 2014, the conference of Catholic bishops in Kenya released a statement regarding the tetanus vaccine programme implemented under UN auspices. | The issue was subsequently addressed by Kenya's Catholic Doctors Association. (see article below). | Published …
globalresearch.ca/mass-sterilization-kenyan-doctors-find-anti-fertility-agent-un-tetanus-vaccine-2/5678295

"Mass Sterilization": Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine
Brian Shilhavy | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
According to LifeSiteNews, a Catholic publication, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging UNICEF and WHO with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus vaccination program sponsored by the Kenyan government. | The Kenyan government denies …
globalresearch.ca/mass-sterilization-kenyan-doctors-find-anti-fertility-agent-un-tetanus-vaccine-2/5678295

Washington revives Syria chemical weapons propaganda as pretext for war
wsws.org | 2019-05-23
The threat of a new US attack on Syria follows a report exposing the last chemical weapons incident attributed to the Syrian government as a staged provocation.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

Brazil: More than 1 million take to the streets
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-23
A nationwide education strike on May 15 became the platform for the biggest anti-government protests since President Jair Bolsonaro took power. | More than 1 million people demonstrated, some estimating up to 2 million. Protests brought together unions, academics, teachers, students, campaign groups, political parties and other diverse factions — the birth of a movement, and the strongest display of left unity in Brazil in decades, on a scale that took many by surprise. | This is a battle for the country's future: it is the beginning of the fightback against Bolsonaro's war on education — a needless w…
greenleft.org.au/content/brazil-more-1-million-take-streets

Brazil: Bolsonaro Modified Decree Easing Assault Rifle Sales
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-23
Due to public and political pushback in Brazil, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro was forced to soften his previous executive decree and prohibits the sale of rifles and shotguns to the public. | RELATED: | Brazil Loosens Gun Control, Civilians Can Own Military Rifles | Under the newest proposal, revised from the original May 8 decr…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Bolsonaro-Modified-Decree-Easing-Assault-Rifle-Sales-20190523-0009.html

Trump says Putin didn't 'out-prepare' him at 1st meeting, bashes 'dumb' Rex Tillerson over claim
rt.com | 2019-05-23
US President Donald Trump tore into Rex Tillerson after the former secretary of state said he was outclassed at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2017. | …
rt.com/usa/460096-trump-tillerson-putin-out-prepare/

Meddling 101: US Army research center publishes strategy to destabilize Russia
rt.com | 2019-05-23
The US could use a variety of economic, military and ideological strategies to "overextend and unbalance" Russia, a new report sponsored by the US Army glaringly suggests, offering blueprints to divide and destabilize the country. | …
rt.com/usa/460122-rand-study-destabilize-russia/

Ending the Generational Abuse of Student Debt
Chuck Collins | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-23
When I speak on college campuses, I ask students to write the amount of debt they anticipate graduating with on a slip of paper. In a recent class of 25 undergraduates at Boston College, just eight will graduate without debt, either because of full scholarships or family wealth. For the rest, an imposing debt looms…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/23/ending-the-generational-abuse-of-student-debt/

A New Volkisch Mythos
John Steppling | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-23
"Greta is able to see what other people cannot see, { } She can see carbon dioxide with the naked eye. She sees how it flows out of chimneys and and changes the atmosphere in a landfill." — Malena Ernman (mother of Greta Thunberg), 'Scenes from the heart. Our life for the climate'…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/23/a-new-volkisch-mythos/

Dilution of "Kashmiriyat" and Regional Nationalism
Nyla Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-23
I am highly skeptical of the attempts of various political organizations to either communalize or demonize the notion of "Kashmiriyat" to serve their vested interests. The various communities in the state of J & K — Kashmiri Muslims, Kashmiri Pandits, Dogras and Ladakhis — have tried time and again to form a national consciousness in…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/23/dilution-of-kashmiriyat-and-regional-nationalism/

The Belligerence of Empire
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-23
Empire understands nothing except ruthless expansion. It has no other raison d'etre. In the past this meant the violent acquisition of lands and territories by a militarized system where caste was very apparent and visible. But today the dealings of empire are far more duplicitous. The ruling order of this age expands empire via the acquisition of capital while using the military industrial complex to police its exploits. But there is an insidious social conditioning at work which has led the general public to where it is today, a state of "inverted totalitarianism" as political philosopher Sheldon Wolin explaine…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/23/111852/

Madonna's Fake Revolution: Eurovision, Cultural Hegemony and Resistance
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-23
Rim Banna, a famous Palestinian singer who translated Palestine's most moving poetry to song passed away on March 24, 2018, at the age of 51. Rim captured the struggle for Palestinian freedom in the most dignified and melodious ways. If we could imagine angels singing, they would sound like Rim.When Rim died, all Palestinians mourned her death. Although a few international outlets carried the news of her passing at a relatively young age, her succumbing to cancer did not receive much coverage or discussion. Sadly, a Palestinian icon of cultural resistance who had inspired a whole generation, starting with the Fir…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/23/madonnas-fake-revolution-eurovision-cultural-hegemony-and-resistance/

Dilution of "Kashmiriyat" and Regional Nationalism
Nyla Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-23
I am highly skeptical of the attempts of various political organizations to either communalize or demonize the notion of "Kashmiriyat" to serve their vested interests. The various communities in the state of J & K — Kashmiri Muslims, Kashmiri Pandits, Dogras and Ladakhis — have tried time and again to form a national consciousness in…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/23/dilution-of-kashmiriyat-and-regional-nationalism/

Madonna's Fake Revolution: Eurovision, Cultural Hegemony and Resistance
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-23
Rim Banna, a famous Palestinian singer who translated Palestine's most moving poetry to song passed away on March 24, 2018, at the age of 51. Rim captured the struggle for Palestinian freedom in the most dignified and melodious ways. If we could imagine angels singing, they would sound like Rim.When Rim died, all Palestinians mourned her death. Although a few international outlets carried the news of her passing at a relatively young age, her succumbing to cancer did not receive much coverage or discussion. Sadly, a Palestinian icon of cultural resistance who had inspired a whole generation, starting with the Fir…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/23/madonnas-fake-revolution-eurovision-cultural-hegemony-and-resistance/

Challenging Orthodoxies: Alabama's Anti-Abortion Law
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-23
It seems like a grand ploy of massive distraction. On the surface, the move by Alabama to place the most onerous restrictions on the granting of an abortion has become a lighting-rod of conviction for Democrat agitators. And not just them. The fear, and one with suggestive implication, is that various legislatures are paving the…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/23/challenging-orthodoxies-alabamas-anti-abortion-law/

Understanding NATO, Ending War
Robert J. Burrowes | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-23
On 4 April 2019, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, better known as NATO, marked the 70th anniversary of its existence with a conference attended by the foreign ministers of member nations in Washington DC. This will be complemented by a meeting of the heads of state of member nations in London next December. Coinciding with…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/23/understanding-nato-ending-war/

Challenging Orthodoxies: Alabama's Anti-Abortion Law
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-23
It seems like a grand ploy of massive distraction. On the surface, the move by Alabama to place the most onerous restrictions on the granting of an abortion has become a lighting-rod of conviction for Democrat agitators. And not just them. The fear, and one with suggestive implication, is that various legislatures are paving the…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/23/challenging-orthodoxies-alabamas-anti-abortion-law/

Washington declared 'sanctuary state' as governor looks to stand out in crowded 2020 race
rt.com | 2019-05-23
Washington has passed a law barring authorities from questioning people's immigration status — what Governor Jay Inslee boasts is the strongest 'sanctuary state' law in the US, netting him progressive cred for the 2020 election. | …
rt.com/usa/460045-washington-sanctuary-state-inslee-nomination/

New Zealand media to censor coverage of Christchurch terrorist's trial
wsws.org | 2019-05-23
Corporate and state media have agreed to self-censorship of Tarrant's trial in order to obscure the connection between his views and the xenophobia promoted by the ruling class internationally.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

How well do you know the War on Terror? (QUIZ)
rt.com | 2019-05-23
Thursday marks six years since then US President Barack Obama declared that the 'War on Terror' was over. Alas the rise of ISIS quickly had Obama backtracking on that pronouncement and the war has now raged for nearly 18 years. | …
rt.com/usa/460092-war-on-terror-anniversary-quiz/

The Only Place in America Remembering the War on Terror
Andrew J. Bacevich | thenation.com | 2019-05-23
The Only Place in America Remembering the War on Terror…
thenation.com/article/the-only-place-in-america-remembering-the-war-on-terror/

'This Is About Attacking Journalism,' Warn Press Freedom Defenders as Trump DOJ Hits Assange With New Espionage Charges
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-23
In an unprecedented move that journalists and press freedom defenders denounced as "the most significant and terrifying threat to the First Amendment in the 21st century," the Trump Justice Department announced Thursday that a federal grand jury charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17 new counts of violating the Espionage Act. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/23/about-attacking-journalism-warn-press-freedom-defenders-trump-doj-hits-assange-new?cd-origin=rss

Landslide Win for 'Ruthless and Vindictive' Prime Minister Stokes Fears of Further Division in India
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-23
Narendra Modi, warned one critic, "is a far right extremist who has suppressed civil society, marginalized minorities and supported candidates who want to ban all Muslims from India." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/23/landslide-win-ruthless-and-vindictive-prime-minister-stokes-fears-further-division?cd-origin=rss

Chris Hedges Honored by American Academy of Arts and Letters
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-23
On Wednesday, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges one of eight prizes for his contributions to American literature. Other winners include University of California, Berkeley professor Robert Alter, poet and activist Marilyn Chin, novelist Siri Hustvedt, playwright Matthew Lopez, fiction writer John McManus, poet and author Eileen Myles and playwright Lauren Yee. | "Chris Hedges's big, brash, impassioned voice is a reviving tonic, an accelerant to our weary spirit's fresh resolve to confront the powerful institutional atta…
truthdig.com/articles/chris-hedges-honored-by-american-academy-of-arts-and-letters/

As 2020 Democrats cozy up to Wall Street donors, Warren and Sanders refuse to play big-money game
Jake Johnson | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-23
Many 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls have reportedly been spending a significant chunk of their time on the trail cozying up to Wall Street executives and raking in checks at big-dollar events across the nation.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/23/as-2020-democrats-cozy-up-to-wall-street-donors-warren-and-sanders-refuse-to-play-big-money-game/

Scientists call for action from new government
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-23
More than 60 scientists and experts have signed an open letter to the next Parliament of Australia, calling for the government to make urgent action on climate change a top priority for the 46th Parliament of Australia. | Prominent signatories of the open letter include: Nobel Prize winners Professor Peter Doherty AC and Dr Sue Wareham OAM, former Australian of the Year Professor Fiona Stanley AC, former Chief Scientist for Australia Professor Penny Sackett and many of Australia's leading scientist…
greenleft.org.au/content/scientists-call-action-new-government

Ocasio-Cortez and Warren Have Some Tough Questions for Mnuchin About the Collapse of Sears
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-23
Two high-profile Democrats have questions for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin about his role in the downfall of Sears as a former member of the retailer's board of directors, and his possible role in government decisions about the company. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/23/ocasio-cortez-and-warren-have-some-tough-questions-mnuchin-about-collapse-sears?cd-origin=rss

Greedy Old Plutocrats (and Their Secret War on the Young!)
William Manson | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-23
In his book Totem and Taboo, Sigmund Freud indulged in a speculative scenario for the origins of society. Everyone, young and old alike, once lived together in a "primal horde"– ruled by an aging, domineering father-figure, who selfishly monopolized the women for his own satisfaction. But one day (so to speak), the deprived "sons" defiantly …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/greedy-old-plutocrats-and-their-secret-war-on-the-young/

The rise of the Brexit Party and how to fight it
wsws.org | 2019-05-23
Nigel Farage is intent on portraying the European elections, which will see a massive abstention, as a plebiscite on Brexit and a weapon against any move towards a second referendum.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

SpaceX sues US Air Force for awarding lucrative contracts to 'paper rocket' builders like Bezos
rt.com | 2019-05-23
Elon Musk's SpaceX is taking the US government to court over what it claims was an "arbitrary and capricious" move to favor its rivals, including Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, with multimillion contracts and turn down SpaceX's bid. | …
rt.com/usa/460041-musk-spacex-lawsuit-pentagon/

New Haven teachers strike enters fourth day
wsws.org | 2019-05-23
To carry their struggle forward, New Haven teachers must break free from the pro-Democratic Party teachers' unions, which are preparing to sell them out in the same manner as in Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

China Ready to Tackle US President Trump's Tech Cold War
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-23
A recent tour by Chinese President Xi Jinping across southern China was an indicator of how the Asian leader will fight against President Donald Trump's trade war, namely, China is readying to replace U.S. technology with its own. | RELATED: | US Crackdown on Huawei Typical Economic Bullying: Chinese FM | "The most important thing now is to focus on ou…
telesurenglish.net/news/China-Ready-to-Tackle-US-President-Trumps-Tech-Cold-War-20190523-0013.html

The Indian elections and the fight to free the Maruti Suzuki class war prisoners
wsws.org | 2019-05-23
Completely blacked out from the election campaign has been any discussion of the plight of the 13 Maruti Suzuki workers who have been jailed for life on frame-up murder charges.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

SpaceX sues US Air Force for awarding lucrative contracts to 'paper rocket' builders like Bezos
rt.com | 2019-05-23
Elon Musk's SpaceX is taking the US government to court over what it claims was an "arbitrary and capricious" move to favor its rivals, including Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, with multimillion contracts and turn down SpaceX's bid. | …
rt.com/usa/460041-musk-spacex-lawsuit-pentagon/

Workers and young people warn about the mounting social crisis
wsws.org | 2019-05-23
"The most important thing for me is jobs, security and the economy–we need real action on jobs."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

The "Forever Wars" Enshrined
Andrew Bacevich | commondreams.org | 2019-05-23
My destination was Marseilles (mar-SAYLZ), Illinois, a small prairie town with a population hovering around 5,000. (Photo: Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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British Steel collapse threatens 25,000 jobs
wsws.org | 2019-05-23
British Steel's insolvency threatens to be a virtual coup de grâce against a once powerful section of the working class that has been repeatedly betrayed by the trade unions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

EU Parliament Elections: A Far-right Takeover?
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-23
The next election of the European Parliament will be held from May 23 to 26, marking the ninth parliamentary vote since the first direct elections in 1979. A total of 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will be chosen to represent a population of more than 512 million people from the EU's 28 member states. | RELATED | Far-right Parties Could Double Seats in EU Vote With Steve Bannon's Puppeteering: Poll | These elections will mark a precedent in…
telesurenglish.net/news/EU-Parliament-Elections-A-Far-right-Takeover–20190522-0025.html

EU Parliamentary Elections Kick Off in UK and Netherlands
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-23
Dutch and British voters started voting Thursday for the European Parliament. From May 23 to 26, the European Union's (EU) 28 member states will choose a total of 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). | RELATED: | EU Parliament Elections: A Far-right Takeover? | Polls opened first in the Netherlands, then half an hour later the election began across the U.K., as both nations kicked off the four-day election process, marking the ninth occasion since the first direct elections in 1979. T…
telesurenglish.net/news/EU-Parliamentary-Elections-Kick-Off-in-UK-and-Netherlands-20190523-0021.html

Mexico's FM Marcelo Ebrard to Meet Mike Pompeo in Washington
plenglish.com | 2019-05-23
Mexico City, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Mexico"s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, has traveled on Thursday to the United States where he will meet with his counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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Suicide in Black Youth and Teenagers in Brazil more than in Whites
plenglish.com | 2019-05-23
Brasilia, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Black youth and adolescents in Brazil are more likely to commit suicide nowadays than whites, according to a study by the Ministry of Health, reported by the news portal G1.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Gloria La Riva and Silvio Rodrigues: "Eyewitness Venezuela"
UUSF Forum | indybay.org | 2019-05-23
First Unitarian Universalist Church | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | San Francisco, Calif.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/23/18823573.php

From Golden Boy to Total Failure: The Media Trajectory of Juan Guaido
Alexander Rubinstein | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-23
(MPN) — At first, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido was characterized by the mainstream media as the eighth wonder of the world. But now, after his failed military revolt, it seems 'Coupbama' (as Guaido is known) is being treated more harshly by the press. In the immediate aftermath of the attempted military coup, the mainstream media …

From Golden Boy to Total Failure: The Media Trajectory of Juan Guaido

Trump Administration Wants to Fund More "Clean Coal" Failures
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-23
In April, the Department of Justice informed Southern Company that it was under investigation "related to the Kemper County energy facility" in Mississippi, where Southern had spent $7.5 billion, including hundreds of millions in taxpayer funds from the Department of Energy, trying to build a coal-fired power plant that would capture carbon emissions. | Former engineers and officials from the Kemper plant have described evidence of possible intentional fraud at the construction project, alleging that the company knew of design flaws early on but pressed forward with the project in the hopes that costs could be…
truthout.org/articles/trump-administration-wants-to-fund-more-clean-coal-failures/

India Reiterates Need to Respect Syria's Sovereignty and Integrity
plenglish.com | 2019-05-23
New Delhi, May 23 ( Prensa Latina ) India has reiterated the need to respect Syria"s sovereignty and territorial integrity during a recent visit by a delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Damascus.
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US Calls for Syrian Ceasefire as Chemical Attack Claim Quickly Countered
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-23
(MEE) — A war monitor has countered US suspicions of a Syrian government chemical attack, as a senior American official called for a ceasefire amid heavy fighting in northwestern Syria. Washington late on Tuesday said it had seen signs that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be using chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack, …

US Calls for Syrian Ceasefire as Chemical Attack Claim Quickly Countered

Warren and Sanders Understand the Power of 'The Bad Guy'
Adam Johnson | commondreams.org | 2019-05-23
Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren make a joint appearance on Capitol Hill during a 2017 news conference about health care reform. (Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Reuniting for Peace and Justice – 50 Years of Resistance
Mike Rhodes | indybay.org | 2019-05-23
Unitarian Universalist Church at 2672 E Alluvial Ave in Fresno.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/22/18823549.php

Guaidó Out of Gas (1/2 )
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-23
After several failed US-backed coup attempts, Juan Guaidó sent an envoy to Oslo to explore talks with the government. Former Chief of Staff to Nicolás Maduro, Temir Porras, joins Sharmini Peries for analysis…
therealnews.com/stories/guaido-out-of-gas-1-2

Why Reactionaries Won in Australia
Thomas Klikauer | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-23
On 18th of May, a slim majority of Australians elected the arch-conservative Christian fundamentalist and marketing manager Scott Morrison as prime minister. In the picture above and sitting next to coal-carrying Morrison is Peter Dutton. Dutton is Australia's strong man when it comes to tormenting refugees in camps where people are concentrated on distant islands.
counterpunch.org/2019/05/23/why-reactionaries-won-in-australia/

The Pathology of John Bolton
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-23
John Bolton has been saying for years he wants the Iranian government overthrown, and now he's made his move. But this time he may have gone too far, writes Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News I knew… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/23/the-pathology-of-john-bolton/

Guaidó Out of Gas (2/2 )
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-23
The US has failed its regime change venture in Venezuela. Former Chief of Staff to Nicolás Maduro, Temir Porras joins Sharmini Peries for analysis…
therealnews.com/stories/guaido-out-of-gas-2-2

Facing Growing Backlash CIA Veteran Stephanie Smith Steps Down As Chair of Kent State 50th May 4 Commemoration Advisory Committee
Russell Mokhiber | commondreams.org | 2019-05-23
"We see Ms. Smith's appointment and career background as a travesty and an insult to all those that seek peace and social justice."(Photo: Time & Life images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/23/facing-growing-backlash-cia-veteran-stephanie-smith-steps-down-chair-kent-state?cd-origin=rss

Council Proposal Recognizes Lynching of Francisco Arias and José Chamales as 'Act of Racial Terror'
Santa Cruz News | indybay.org | 2019-05-23
On May 14 the Santa Cruz City Council passed a motion to request a recommendation from the Historic Preservation Commission (for return to the August 13th City Council meeting for action) for the placement of a historic plaque on Water Street Bridge recognizing the lynching of Francisco Arias and José Chamales. The men, who were Californios, Spanish speaking Mexican and Native American men, were lynched on the bridge on May 2, 1877, shortly after their arrest on murder charges. "The lynching was, far more than anything else, an act of racial terror," wrote Councilmembers Sandy Brown, Drew Glover and Chris Krohn i…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/19/18823505.php

Maduro Proposes Early Elections for Venezuela's National Assembly
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-23
(VA) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed holding early parliamentary elections as a way to defuse the country's political crisis. "Let's see who gets the most votes! Let's find a political, constitutional and democratic path forward," Maduro said at the end of a march on Monday commemorating the anniversary of his reelection on May 20, 2018 to …

Maduro Proposes Early Elections for Venezuela's National Assembly

The Town Where Presidents Should Be Forced to Confront "Forever Wars"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-23
Earlier this month, I spent a day visiting Marseilles to videotape a documentary about recent American military history, specifically the ongoing wars that most of us prefer not to think about. | Lest there be any confusion, let me be more specific. I am not referring to Marseilles (mar-SAY), France, that nation's largest port and second largest city with a population approaching 900,000. No, my destination was Marseilles (mar-SAYLZ), Illinois, a small prairie town with a population hovering around 5,000. | Our own lesse…
truthout.org/articles/the-town-where-presidents-should-be-forced-to-confront-forever-wars/

Allan Nairn: Deadly Protests Erupt in Indonesia as U.S.-Trained Generals Wage a War on Democracy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-23
In Indonesia, at least six people have died and hundreds have been injured after supporters of former military commander Prabowo Subianto took to the streets to protest his election defeat. The protests began after authorities announced President Joko Widodo–who is known as Jokowi–had won re-election after receiving 55% of the vote. Prabowo has refused to concede and is preparing to challenge the results. We speak to journalist Allan Nairn, who recently returned from Indonesia.
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/23/a…

US Aggession Against Iraq-The San Diego Connection
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-05-23
The role of the San Diego military in the US Aggression against Iran…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/21/18823540.php

Deadly Protests Erupt in Indonesia as US-Trained Generals Wage War on Democracy
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-23
In Indonesia, at least six people have died and hundreds have been injured after supporters of former military commander Prabowo Subianto took to the streets to protest his election defeat. The protests began after authorities announced President Joko Widodo — who is known as Jokowi — had won re-election after receiving 55% of the vote. Prabowo has refused to concede and is preparing to challenge the results. We speak to journalist Allan Nairn, who recently returned from Indonesia. | TRANSCRIPT: | NERMEEN SHAIKH: We begin today's show in Indonesia, where at least six people have died and hu…
truthout.org/video/deadly-protests-erupt-in-indonesia-as-us-trained-generals-wage-war-on-democracy/

A New Way Forward: 2019 California Juneteenth Celebration
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-05-23
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/21/18823543.php

'Extraordinarily concerned' Elizabeth Warren demands answers from the Trump administration on the deaths of migrant children
Ruth Milka | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-23
Elizabeth Warren is taking action after two more children died in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody this past week. | "I have been and continue to be extraordinarily concerned about this administration's treatment of immigrant children, " writes Warren in her letter, addressed John P. Sanders, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. | "The deaths of five children who had been in CBP care in six months are appalling,"
nationofchange.org/2019/05/23/extraordinarily-concerned-elizabeth-warren-demands-answers-from-the-trump-administration-on-the-deaths-of-migrant-children/

Allan Nairn: Impeachment Inquiry Should Focus on Trump's Actual Atrocities, Not a Russia Plot
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-23
As a growing number of House Democrats are backing the impeachment of President Trump, we speak with investigative journalist Allan Nairn. He says an impeachment inquiry should focus on "the atrocities that Trump is committing daily"–from the death of children on the border to the gutting of environmental protections.
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/23/a…

Leaked OPCW Report Raises New Questions About 2018 Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-23
The State Department said Tuesday that the Syrian government may have used chemical weapons during recent fighting in Idlib. The State Department warned that the United States and its allies would respond quickly and appropriately if it is determined that chemical weapons have been used. This all comes as new questions are being raised about an alleged chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma last year. The Syrian government was accused of dropping two gas cylinders on the city, killing dozens of people. The U.S. and allies responded by carrying out airstrikes. But a newly leaked internal document from the Or…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/23/l…

US Might Send 10,000 More Troops to Middle East
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-23
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Citing ongoing US-Iran tensions and the secret intelligence on Iranian "threats" officials keep mentioning, CENTCOM is requesting that the Pentagon approve substantial numbers of additional US ground troops to be deployed somewhere in the Middle East. Though initial reports claimed that CENTCOM was only requesting "about 5,000" ground troops, subsequent reports said that the Pentagon are preparing …

US Might Send 10,000 More Troops to Middle East

Over 150 Taiwan Gay Couples to Marry in Historic Day for Asia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-23
Taiwan's first official same-sex weddings will take place later on Friday in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia, a week after lawmakers took the historic decision to legalise gay marriage. | RELATED: | Chicago's 1st Openly Gay Mayor Takes Office Vowing Reform | In Taipei, more than 150 same-sex couples are scheduled to register on Friday, according to local authorities. The city hall will co-host an outdoor wedding party near the famous Taipei 101 skyscraper, with local and fo…
telesurenglish.net/news/Over-150-Taiwan-Gay-Couples-to-Marry-in-Historic-Day-for-Asia-20190523-0026.html

AOC and Warren Have Some Tough Questions for Mnuchin About Sears's Collapse
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-23
Two high-profile Democrats have questions for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin about his role in the downfall of Sears as a former member of the retailer's board of directors, and his possible role in government decisions about the company. | Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), who is also a 2020 presidential candidate, released a video Thursday in which they outline the details of a letter (p…
truthout.org/articles/aoc-and-warren-have-some-tough-questions-for-mnuchin-about-searss-collapse/

Venezuelan NCA Will Revoke Immunity of Opposition Lawmakers
plenglish.com | 2019-05-23
Caracas, May 23 (Prensa Latina) The speaker of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, announced on Thursday that this constitutional body will revoke parliamentary immunity to a new group of opposition lawmakers who participated in the failed coup attempt of April 30.
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