Staff (2019-05-24). Climate Activists Protest Trump California Public Lands Fracking Plan. therealnews.com As the Trump Administration considers a plan to drill for oil in California's Central Valley, environmental groups have held rallies and packed hearings. The proposal, originating under Obama, calls for fracking over 1.2 million acres close close to national parks...

amnesty (2019-05-24). Thailand: Defamation charges for exposing labour abuse. amnesty.org Human rights defenders, activists, journalists and former employees are facing criminal defamation lawsuits for their public comments on labour rights abuses faced by many workers at Thammakaset Co. Ltd, a chicken farm in central Thailand. Nan Win, a former farm worker and Sutharee Wannasiri, a human rights specialist and former employee of Amnesty International Thailand, go on trial on 24 May 2019 while Tun Tun Win, a migrant worker from Myanmar, will stand trial on 5 June 2019. They are three of at least 22 individuals who have faced criminal and civil proceedings initiated by this company.

PCHR (2019-05-24). PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16 — 22 May 2019). imemc.org Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 16-22 May, 2019. Eight Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were wounded in the northern West Bank. Israeli forces conducted 55 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 6 other incursions into Jerusalem.

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-24). Lebanon: Syrians Summarily Deported from Airport. hrw.org | | Members of the Lebanese General Security Directorate oversee Syrian refugees boarding a bus to take them home to Syria, in the northern Beirut suburb of Burj Hammoud, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. | © 2019 AP Photo/Bilal Hussein | (Beirut) — Lebanon summarily deported at least 16 Syrians, some of them registered refugees, on April 26, 2019 after they arrived at the Beirut airport, Human Rights Watch, the Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH...

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

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

pip.hinman (2019-05-24). Industrial campaign needed to really change workplace rules. greenleft.org.au The results of the federal election have shown the limitations of the Australian Council of Trade Union-led Change the Rules campaign. | Green Left Weekly has previously reported that some activists withdrew from the campaign just before pre-poll voting commenced after the ACTU decided to hand out a how-to-vote card explicitly calling for first preference for Labor rather than urging voters to "Put the Liberals last". | In Victoria it seems the ACTU stuck with Labor 1, Greens 2. However, it was further criticised...

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

aljazeera (2019-05-24). Trump doubts need to bolster US troops in Middle East. aljazeera.com Recent reports cited unnamed US officials saying US considering deployment of thousands of forces over Iran tensions.

Sputnik News (2019-05-24). US Sanctions Endanger World Order — Zarif. iranian.com Iran seeks to strengthen trade ties with its allies amid growing tensions with the US, as Washington increases its military presence in the region after re-imposing sanctions lifted earlier by the Barack Obama administration. The Iranian Foreign Minister called on the international community and regional powers to resist US sanctions lest the world will fall ...

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

Mike Rhodes (2019-05-24). Keep Free Speech Alive. indybay.org For 23 years the Community Alliance newspaper has served as a voice for the voiceless and a space where union and progressive activists have come together to demand a better Fresno. We need your Support by attending the Alliance Fundraiser...

patrick (2019-05-24). Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization. bdsmovement.net Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization: UpdateThrough statements issued by both the PLO and Palestinian civil society groups, and protests at German Representative Offices, Palestinians have unanimously condemned the German Parliament's anti-Palestinian resolution attacki...

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

Al Jazeera (2019-05-24). Iran Vows No Surrender — Even If Bombed By 'Enemies'. iranian.com Iran will not surrender to US pressure and will never abandon its goals even if it is attacked, President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday. Earlier in the day, Iran's top military chief said the standoff between Tehran and Washington was a "clash of wills", warning any enemy "adventurism" would meet a crushing response, the semi-official Fars news ...

Stuart Littlewood (2019-05-24). Was that the Next Palestinian President You Just Banned, Mr Trump? dissidentvoice.org Hanan Ashrawi, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member, speaks to journalists at UN Headquarters. (UN Photo/Evan Schneider) Grandma Ashrawi is more than a match for Israel's stooges in the White House and whatever 'deal of the century' they have cooked up for the Holy Land So the Trump administration will no longer allow Hanan ...

WSWS (2019-05-24). Israeli writer Amos Oz (1939-2018): A critical appreciation. wsws.org Oz published 40 books of fiction, collections of essays, speeches and letters that have been translated into 45 languages, including Esperanto.

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

Nathaniel Peters (2019-05-23). Fraud in Philippine election protested. workers.org Activists representing many sectors of Philippine society and the movement for national democracy in the Philippines gathered at the Philippine consulate here May 17 to condemn widespread fraud in recent Philippine elections. The protest was part of a coordinated national day of action called by the Malaya Movement, a U.S. . . . | Continue reading Fraud in Philippine election protested at Workers.org

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...

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-23). Germany Seeks To Be A Mediator In Iran-US Relations. iranian.com The policy director of Germany's Foreign Ministry, Jens Plotner, has been sent to Iran today to discuss the dire political situation and the possible collapse of the nuclear deal, according to reports by the German daily newspaper Sºddeutsche Zeitung. Plotner is to meet the Iranian Vice Foreign Minister, Seyed Abbas Aragchi, who was also one of ...

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-23). Pentagon Mulling US Military Request To Send Up To 10,000 Troops To Middle East. iranian.com The US Department of Defense is considering a US military request to send up to 10,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran, according to The Associated Press on Wednesday. Tehran and Washington have this month been escalating rhetoric against each other, following US President Donald Trump's decision to try to cut ...

IMEMC News (2019-05-23). Updated: "Army Abducts Eleven Palestinians, Injures One, In Northern West Bank" imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, several Palestinian communities in the West Bank governorates of Qalqilia, Tulkarem, Nablus and Jenin, searched and ransacked many homes, before abducting eleven Palestinians, and injured one. Media sources in Qalqilia said several army jeeps invaded Jayyous village, east of the city, before the ...

unitedEditor (2019-05-23). Rising tides of tension in the Eastern Mediterranean. uwidata.com Turkey, which has been immersed in a situation of economic crisis ahead of its recent electoral race, has become surrounded on all sides in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Israel, Egypt, Cyprus and Greece, which, with the support of the United States and some European countries, have begun to explore recently discovered oil and gas fields, ...

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...

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, ...

John McEvoy (2019-05-23). US chose 'the violent and illegal path' against peace activists, embassy protector tells The Canary. thecanary.co For 37 days, a group of peace activists stayed in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington to resist threats from the country's US-backed opposition to seize the premises. By 14 May, only four activists remained inside the embassy, claiming defiantly: "we are not going to leave...

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...

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...

Finian Cunningham (2019-05-23). Trump's Annihilation Threat To Iran And WWI Dj Vu. iranian.com The erratic US president has gone from wishing for peace with Iran to, a few days later, making a veiled threat of nuclear annihilation against the Islamic Republic. Donald Trump got on his twitter pulpit at the weekend, warning about the "official end of Iran". The configuration of military power in the Persian Gulf, the heightening of ...

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 ...

amnesty (2019-05-23). Israel/OPT: Palestinian photojournalist at imminent risk of being ripped away from his family. amnesty.org Palestinian photojournalist, Mustafa al-Kharouf, who is at imminent risk of a deportation that both violates international law and will tear him away from his wife and young child, must be granted permanent residency in East Jerusalem, Amnesty International sai...

IMEMC News (2019-05-23). Child Suffers A Fracture After Israeli Soldiers Assaulted Him In Hebron. imemc.org A Palestinian child suffered, late on Wednesday at night, a fracture in one of his arms, after Israeli soldiers invaded his home in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Medical sources in Hebron said the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in Jabal Johar area, ...

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", ...

United Nations (2019-05-23). Thursday's Daily Brief: Safeguarding civilians, strengthening Ebola response in DR Congo, marking Fistula Day, updates on CAR and Syria. un.org Thursday's main stories include: Better safeguards to protect civilians in conflict; UN ramps up coordination to beat Ebola in DR Congo; Obstetric fistula continues to afflict women; UN mission condemns attack in Central African Republic...

aljazeera (2019-05-23). Yemen's Houthi rebels attack Saudi's Najran airport - again. aljazeera.com Houthi fighters launch a new drone strike on an airport along the border with Saudi, as Riyadh says it shot it down.

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 →

Staff (2019-05-23). An Attack on Iran Would Violate US and International Law. truthout.org As President Donald Trump, National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rattle their sabers, there is no evidence that Iran poses a threat to the United States. It was Trump who threatened genocide, tweeting, "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran." The Pentagon is now considering sending 10,000 additional troops to the Gulf region for "defensive" purposes...

IMEMC News (2019-05-23). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians Near Ramallah. imemc.org The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, the al-Mazra'a ash-Sharqiya and Kar Ni'ma villages, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, abducted three Palestinians, and detained one for a few hours, in addition to confiscating a car. Several army jeeps invaded ...

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...

Staff (2019-05-23). In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wins in Landslide Re-election. truthout.org Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears set to enter a second term in a landslide victory. Election results show Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP party leading in 325 of the 543 seats in Parliament. At this rate, these numbers will give him an even greater majority than in 2014, when his party claimed the first outright majority in decades. Most analysts had predicted Modi's BJP party would lose seats in this election. Modi's government has been criticized for a crackdown on civil society, targeting political opponents, journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and writers. Human rights groups have also rai...

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-23). LGBT Hondurans March against Hate. hrw.org | | People participate in the March against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on May 17, 2019. | © 2019 Mirte Postema/Human Rights Watch | I traveled to Honduras last week to document violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Violence abounds, according to Honduran LGBT activists, but there are also plenty of stories of courage, pride, and resistance. | These stories echoed through the streets of the capital Tegucigalpa last Friday when some 350 Hondurans march...

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...

aljazeera (2019-05-23). Albania government denies links to organised crime. aljazeera.com Protesters say the government in Tirana has failed to crack down on criminal gangs.

IMEMC News (2019-05-23). Soldiers Demolish An Under-Construction Home Near Bethlehem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday morning, Khalaya al-Louz area, southeast of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, and demolished an under-construction home. Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the "Colonization and Wall Resistance Commission," stated that several army jeeps invaded the area, after surrounding it. He added that the soldiers then ...

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-05-23). Palestinians Urge NGOs to Reject Money Airbnb Charity. imemc.org A coalition of Palestinian NGOs is urging local and international organizations to reject donations from Airbnb, in light of the company's ongoing listing of homes in illegal Israeli settlements. According to a statement published on the site of Ramallah-based human rights group Al-Haq, the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organisations Network (PNGO-NET) issued ...

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-23). Israel Launches Massive Recruitment Drive for Social Media Keyboard Warriors. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Israel has embarked on a massive recruitment drive to support the country's online propaganda campaign one day after its companies were exposed for spreading disinformation and meddling in the elections of several African, Asian and Latin American countries. The new initiative, which would see the government funding pro-Israel groups overseas, was unveiled by Israel's Ministry of Strategic ...

Democracy Now! (2019-05-23). Amnesty Urges U.S. to Pay Reparations to Syrians After Killing 1,600 Civilians in Assault on Raqqa. democracynow.org Amnesty International is calling for the United States to pay reparations to survivors of the U.S.-led military coalition attack on Raqqa. A recent investigation by Amnesty International and Airwars showed the U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians during the 2017 offensive to oust ISIS militants from the Syrian city. The coalition launched thousands of airstrikes and tens of thousands of artillery strikes on the city. U.S. troops fired more artillery in Raqqa than anywhere since the Vietnam War. At the time, the United States claimed it was the "most precise air campaign in history." We speak with M...

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...

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). Minority Coalition for Netanyahu as Liberman Refuses to Join. telesurenglish.net With less than a week before the deadline to form a coalition, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met urgently on Thursday with right-wing parties in a bid to form a majority coalition, but without Avigdor Liberman's Israel Beitenu party the PM will not muster enough seats. | RELATED: | Israel: Netanyahu Wins Re-Election, Gantz Concedes Defeat | As the May 28 deadline approaches to present their coalition, Netanyahu called a meeting of all right-wing parties but former Defense...

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

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

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 ...

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.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-23). "India Loses Again, and the World Loses with It": Siddhartha Deb on Modi's Landslide Re-election. democracynow.org Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears set to enter a second term in a landslide victory. Election results show Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP party leading in 325 of the 543 seats in Parliament. At this rate, these numbers will give him an even greater majority than in 2014, when his party claimed the first outright majority in decades. Most analysts had predicted Modi's BJP party would lose seats in this election. Modi's government has been criticized for a crackdown on civil society, targeting political opponents, journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and writers. Human rights groups have also raised...

aljazeera (2019-05-23). Automatic facial recognition challenged in UK court. aljazeera.com Collecting biometric data such as facial scans in mass surveillance schemes undermines human rights, say activists.

patrick (2019-05-23). Palestinians overwhelmingly condemn German Parliament's anti-Palestinian resolution. bdsmovement.net Palestinians overwhelmingly condemn German Parliament's anti-Palestinian resolution: Open LetterPalestinian civil society coalitions, human rights organizations, labor unions, and representatives of the Palestinian people, condemn in the strongest terms the German Parliament's resolution which is based on outright lies and equates the nonviolent BDS movement for Palestinian right...

Phyllis Bennis (2019-05-23). US Military Aid Implicated In Israel's Sniping, Gaza Amputation Crisis. iranian.com My friend Andrew Rubin is an amputee. He's lost his right hand, lower arm, right foot, and lower leg. He used to be an avid runner and cyclist. He can't do much of that anymore, although his walking is getting much better. Soon he might be able to run with his artificial leg. Andrew is ...

aljazeera (2019-05-23). Iran vows no surrender - even if bombed by 'enemies'. aljazeera.com War rhetoric ratchets up again as Iranian president says his people will never give up the fight for their independence.

IMEMC News (2019-05-23). Detainee Suspends Hunger Strike. imemc.org The Palestinians Detainees' Committee has reported, Wednesday, that a detainee, who started a hunger strike 50 days ago, has suspended his strike after reaching an agreement with the Israeli Prison Authority. The Committee stated that the detainee Odah al-Hroub, 32, from Doura city, southwest of Hebron, is currently held in ...

aljazeera (2019-05-23). Deadly Syrian strikes as army battles rebel counterattack. aljazeera.com War monitor says at least eight people were killed, including two children, as government intensifies air campaign.

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 ...

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.

Isaac Scher (2019-05-23). 'No Songs Can Be Sung': Eurovision Goes to Israel. progressive.org Diverse groups of local and international nonviolent activists disrupted the festivities to protest against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-05-23). Nurse in Gaza: "We had no choice but to lay patients on the ground." imemc.org by Sarah Collins, for Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency Sarah Collins has just completed her first mission with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The emergency department nurse from Woodbury, in Devon, reflects on her time in Gaza. I don't think I will ever forget May ...

Yves Engler (2019-05-22). Canada's NDP MP Randall Garrison's Disgraceful Anti-Palestinian Politics. dissidentvoice.org Randall Garrison is an embarrassment to everyone who supports universal human rights. The Victoria area New Democratic Party MP's anti-Palestinian politics are beyond disgraceful. Earlier this month Garrison was reappointed vice-chair of the Canada Israel Interparliamentary Group (CIIG). As such, he's continuing to refuse to heed a call from Roger Waters, Noam Chomsky, Maher Arar, ...

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. ...

Staff (2019-05-22). Activists Push Back Against Conservative Threat to Safe and Legal Abortion. therealnews.com With abortion rights under threat across the country and conservative anti-abortion bills gaining momentum, women and activists are taking their protests to the streets to defend their right to privacy and bodily autonomy...

United Nations (2019-05-22). Wednesday's Daily Brief: Women boost work profits, saving biodiversity, UK loses Chagos Islands vote, Gaza funding, malaria-free in Argentina, Algeria. un.org Today's top stories include: boosting profits at work by hiring more women leaders; saving biodiversity to beat climate change; General Assembly condemns UK over Chagos Islands; just a month of funding left for Gaza; celebrating malaria-free Algeria and Argentina; and justice experts dicuss how best to fight hate crime.

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.

RT (2019-05-22). Poll: Almost Two-Thirds Of Americans Oppose Pre-Emptive US Strike On Iran. iranian.com A sizeable majority of US citizens oppose the idea of pre-emptive strikes on Iran, and massively disapprove of Trump's policy towards the Islamic Republic, a survey has revealed as tensions continue to flare in the Gulf. Some 60 percent of Americans believe that the US should not attack Iranian armed forces first, while a measly ...

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

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

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."

Kathy Durkin (2019-05-22). Say NO to abortion bans! workers.org "Right to life, your name's a lie! You don't care if women die!" Those words are being chanted by pro-choice activists throughout the country against reactionaries hell-bent on eradicating legal abortions. A slogan of the 1970s movement to legalize this basic right, it is being chanted today as the people's . . . | Continue reading Say NO to abortion bans! at Workers.org

amnesty (2019-05-22). Thailand: Defamation charges used to silence dissent. amnesty.org Police have charged prominent activists Parit 'Penguin' Chiwarak, Sirawit 'Ja New' Seritiwat, and Phayaw Akkahad with defamation by publication under Article 328 of the Thai Criminal Code which carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail. The Election Commission accused the three of making defamatory speeches during a public campaign to impeach the commissioners in Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. Summoned to Phayathai Police Station on 30 April, they have denied all charges. The case appears to be politically motivated and is part of the crackdown on individuals who criticise the constitutionally independen...

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

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

Zero Hedge (2019-05-22). Pentagon Declares Victory In Non-War: Iran Forced To Put Attacks "On Hold" iranian.com And just like that it's over — war averted, apparently, as the Pentagon announced Tuesday US defense posturing and military build-up in the Persian Gulf has thwarted potential attacks an Americans. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Iran was forced to "put on hold" plans to harm American troops and their allies in the region: "I think our steps were very prudent and ...

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

Sputnik News (2019-05-22). Putin, Merkel, Macron Confirm Commitment To Cooperate With Iran — Kremlin. iranian.com Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday during a phone conversation reaffirmed their support for mutually-beneficial economic cooperation with Iran and stressed importance of preserving the Iran nuclear deal, the Kremlin said in a statement. "During the discussion of the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian ...

Democracy Now! (2019-05-22). Headlines for May 22, 2019. democracynow.org Calls for Impeachment Mount Among Democrats But Party Remains Divided, Dems Subpoena Ex-WH Communications Dir. Hope Hicks After Don McGahn Skips Hearing, Ex-Sec. of State Rex Tillerson Quietly Meets with House Foreign Affairs Cmte., IRS Memo Says Only Exec. Privilege Can Stop Congress from Obtaining Tax Returns, Lawmakers Are Briefed by Trump Admin on Iran Situation, Protesters Take to the Streets Nationwide to Condemn Abortion Bans, States Sue to Stop Rule Allowing Medical Providers to Refuse Care Based on Religious Belief, Vermont Dems Approve Bill Prohibiting Gov't from Interfering with Abortion Access, CBP Ha...

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

Avigail Corry, Sulaiman Khatib (2019-05-22). Why We, Palestinians and Israelis, Insist on Mourning Our Dead Together. thenation.com Why We, Palestinians and Israelis, Insist on Mourning Our Dead Together...

Belen Fernandez (2019-05-22). Has The New York Times Declared War On Iran? iranian.com Once upon a time, the United States launched a war on Iraq with the help of false allegations of WMD. The corporate media—and most memorably the US newspaper of record, the New York Times—thrust itself onto the PR frontlines by presenting as reality the unhinged claims of the George W Bush administration. A repeat performance Now, more than 16 ...

Intercepted (2019-05-22). Authoritarians Like Us: Trump Targets Iran as Brazil's Bolsonaro Rewards Prosecutor Who Jailed Lula. theintercept.com Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. | The Tru...

Sara Flounders (2019-05-22). U.S. war threats intensify on Iran. workers.org May 20 — Another U.S. initiated crisis reached an ominous level this past week with President Trump's announcement that Iran suddenly presented a new, unspecified threat, serious enough to send a U.S. Naval aircraft carrier battle group churning toward the Persian Gulf, along with U.S. B-52 Stratofortress bombers and plans . . . | Continue reading U.S. war threats intensify on Iran at Workers.org

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

Special to People's World (2019-05-22). McCarthyism in Israel: Left-wing professors targeted. peoplesworld.org A fascist Israeli organization announced Tuesday, May 14, that it has launched a new website listing Israeli university professors and lecturers who are "anti-Zionist and Leftists" and inviting students to file complaints about teachers who "preach anti-Israel rhetoric." The Im Tirzu movement said the McCarthyite website, "Know Your Professor," already lists 85 academics, among them members of ...

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."

Staff (2019-05-21). Trump Says the Military Industrial Complex is Pressuring him Into a War With Iran. therealnews.com With a thirty year Boeing veteran at the Pentagon, Patrick Shanahan as Acting Secretary of Defense, and with John Bolton and Mike Pompeo at the helm, war with Iran is likely says the former chief of staff to Secretary of State, Col. Larry Wilkerson...

Tasnim News (2019-05-21). Zarif: US Playing Very Dangerous Game In Persian Gulf. iranian.com Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif lashed out at the US for "playing a very, very dangerous game" by deploying military assets into the Persian Gulf. In an exclusive interview with CNN, Zarif warned the US was "playing a very, very dangerous game" by boosting its military presence in the region. Taking a swipe at ...

Alastair Crooke (2019-05-21). Iran Messages To Trump's Pressures: Pain Can Be Reciprocal. iranian.com Is Trump's 'maximum pressure' doctrine approaching the end of its natural life? Trump does not seem to think so: "Call me" (when the pain becomes too great), he tells all the besieged and sanctioned parties. Reportedly, he has even sent Tehran a phone number via the Swiss Embassy — but Tehran will not be using ...

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-21). Syria: Detention, Harassment in Retaken Areas. hrw.org | | A checkpoint in the Syrian city of Daraa. | © 2018 Friedemann Kohler/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images | (Beirut) — Syrian intelligence branches are arbitrarily detaining, disappearing, and harassing people in areas retaken from anti-government groups, Human Rights Watch said today. The abuse is taking place even when the government has entered into reconciliation agreements with the people involved. | Human Rights Watch has documented 11 cases of arbi...

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

Patrick Cockburn (2019-05-21). Trump is Making the Same Mistakes in the Middle East the US Always Makes. counterpunch.org In its escalating confrontation with Iran, the US is making the same mistake it has made again and again since the fall of the Shah 40 years ago: it is ignoring the danger of plugging into what is in large part a religious conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims. I have spent much of my More

RT (2019-05-21). 'No Talks, Only Resistance': Iran's Rouhani Rules Out Negotiations Under Current US Stance. iranian.com Iran is open for talks and diplomacy but those avenues are closed under the status quo, with its economy being strangled by the US, the Iranian president said, adding that Tehran's only option now is to resist. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, under whose tenure the universally acclaimed 2015 nuclear deal was struck, said on Monday ...

Shireen Hunter (2019-05-21). The Real Reason Iran's Hardliners Don't Want To Talk To America. iranian.com Recently, President Donald Trump gave Iran's leaders a telephone number, saying that he is waiting to talk to them. Observers and analysts in both in Tehran and Washington dismissed this gesture as meaningless. Given the background of U.S.-Iran relations under Trump, especially American withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the imposition ...

Gulf News (2019-05-21). Diplomacy Is The Key, Not War In US-Iran Tension, Says Former US Defense Secretary James Mattis. iranian.com Abu Dhabi: Former US Defense Secretary James Mattis urged curbing hawks rushing towards conflict with Iran amid fears that hawkish senior advisers were leading the United States into an unwanted war. "The United States should buy time to keep peace and stability and allow diplomats to work diplomacy on how to keep peace for one ...

Consortiumnews (2019-05-21). How the West's War in Libya Spurred Terrorism in 14 Countries. consortiumnews.com The first to suffer was Syria and since then the gruesome effects have been spreading in the region and beyond, to Africans and Europeans, writes Mark Curtis. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Eight years on from NATO's war in... Read more →

United Nations (2019-05-21). Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in 'secret detention facilities', UN human rights office warns. un.org In Syria, it is suspected that children whose fathers fought for terrorist group ISIL are being held in unidentified "settlements" and "secret detention facilities" away from their mothers, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday.

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

Democracy Now! (2019-05-21). Family of Jailed Saudi Feminist Loujain Al-Hathloul: She Was Waterboarded, Flogged & Electrocuted. democracynow.org It's been a year since women's right activist Loujain Al-Hathloul was detained and jailed in Saudi Arabia for leading a movement to lift the kingdom's ban on female drivers and overhaul its male "guardianship" system. Despite international outcry, she's been imprisoned ever since. During that time, her family says, she's been held in solitary confinement and faced abuse, including electric shocks, flogging and threats of sexual violence. The Saudi government has resisted calls from human rights groups and lawmakers from around the world to release Loujain and the other jailed activists. We speak with two of Louja...

Will Parrish (2019-05-20). Border Patrol Museum Demonstrators Targeted In Crackdown On Immigrant Rights Protests. shadowproof.com Four activists turned themselves in to El Paso police on May 13 after the police issued warrants for their arrest related to a nonviolent demonstration inside a United States Border Patrol museum.

unitedEditor (2019-05-21). Iran, China-US trade war, Australia election, S-500. uwidata.com Is the US mobilizing the armed forces against Iran? The situation in the Persian Gulf heated up dramatically this week. The United States has increased its military presence in the region and advised their citizens in Arab countries to remain vigilant. On the 6th of May, the US sent a naval strike group (the aircraft ...

Democracy Now! (2019-05-21). Headlines for May 21, 2019. democracynow.org Iran Responds to Trump Threat While U.N. Urges All Parties to De-escalate Rhetoric, Houthis Launch Drone Attack on Saudi Airport, U.N. Warns Yemen Food Aid May Be Suspended Due to Instability, Guatemalan Teen Becomes 5th Migrant Child to Die in U.S. Custody Since December, Trump Orders McGahn to Defy Congressional Subpoena, D.C. Judge Orders Accounting Firm to Hand Over Trump Financial Docs, NY Prosecutors Examining Financial Records from Trump's Inauguration, New Zealand Police Charge Christchurch Massacre Suspect with Terrorism, Defeated Prabowo Challenges Re-election of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, New Bo...

Fight Back (2019-05-21). NYC remembers Al Nakba. fightbacknews.org New York, NY - Over 100 people gathered in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn on May 15 to commemorate 71 years since the Nakba, or "catastrophe." The Nakba marks the 1948 anniversary of Israel's expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians from their land. | The rally was organized by Within Our Lifetime - United for Palestine (WOL) with speakers from other Palestinian and solidarity organizations. | The speakers emphasized that despite 71 years of occupation, the fight remains strong and that Palestine will one day be free. | Jessica Schwartz from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression echoed the call for continuou...

United Nations (2019-05-21). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Libya civil war, African displacement, global trade tensions, terrorists' children 'secretly detained', and more. un.org Tuesday's stories include: Libya facing "permanent division", regional war; Africa event highlights forcible displacement; terrorists' children 'secretly detained' in Syria; Venezuelans need protection; global trade tensions rise.

United Nations (2019-05-20). Hunger in Yemen: WFP considers aid suspension in face of repeated interference by some Houthi leaders. un.org The UN emergency food relief agency said on Monday that without full access and "freedom to decide" who receives lifesaving aid, in Houthi rebel-controlled areas of Yemen, it could be forced to implement a "phased suspension".

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-05-20). Houthis, Yemeni Army Deny Saudi Allegations of Attempted Missile Attack Near Mecca. mintpressnews.com A Yemeni army spokesperson noted that the Houthis have never denied previous military maneuvers, saying "We do not hesitate to announce our military operations."

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-05-20). Next Stop, the UN: Embassy Protectors and Other Groups to Stage UN General Assembly Protest. mintpressnews.com The Embassy Protection Collective, the activists that fought for the US to respect international law at the Venezuelan embassy, are just getting started.

SAMIR (2019-05-18). And the winner of Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is... bdsmovement.net And the winner of Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is... : PACBI StatementMore than 150,000 people, hundreds of artists and over 100 LGBT+ organizations joined our calls to boycott Eurovision 2019 | Cultural Boycott Boycott Eurovision 2019May 18, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

SAMIR (2019-05-18). Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final. bdsmovement.net Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final : Action Alert | | Eurovision is being broadcast from apartheid Tel Aviv right now- join us to counter it | May 18, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

Democracy Now! (2019-05-20). Headlines for May 20, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Threatens "Official End of Iran" Via Tweet If It Provokes the U.S., First Phase of Kushner's Middle East Peace Plan to Focus on Palestinian Economy, Sweden Requests Detention of Assange as WikiLeaks Accuses U.S. of Illegally Seizing His Property, Australian Voters Choose Conservative PM Morrison Over Opponent Who Vowed to Tackle Climate Change, Austria Calls Snap Election After Far-Right Leader Caught in Corruption Scandal, Protesters Take to the Streets Ahead of European Parliament Elections, Narendra Modi on Track for Second Term as Prime Minister as Voting Ends in India, Taiwan Legalizes Same-Sex Marriag...

unitedEditor (2019-05-20). Will US strike at Iran from land, not from sea? uwidata.com While the world is adamantly watching the events in the Persian Gulf and trying to figure out when the sea battle between the U.S. and Iran starts off, Washington is drafting Plan B for an attack on the shore. The situation in the Persian Gulf deteriorated sharply at the beginning of May after the U.S. ...

Janine Jackson (2019-05-19). Media Setting Up Iran as New 'Threat' That Must Be Confronted. fair.org Once again the Washington Post ( 5/14/19) presents the United States as "drifting toward war"—this time with Iran. | by Janine Jackson | The Washington Post editorial's headline ( 5/14/19) had the US "dri...

Staff (2019-05-19). Trump-Bolton Aggression Against Iran Contained by Russia, Japan, China, and EU. therealnews.com Vijay Prashad says the very dangerous statements, economic sanctions and military aggression unleashed by Washington this week against Iran was countered by cool headed diplomacy by Japan, Russia, EU and China...

Miko Peled (2019-05-20). Plea Deal in Arson-Murder Case of Israeli Settlers Epitomizes Apartheid "Justice" mintpressnews.com The miscarriage of justice in the case of Israeli settlers in the Duma arson-murders, in which an entire family was burned to death, epitomizes Israel's Apartheid "Justice" system.

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-05-20). Venezuela: Widespread Gasoline Shortages as Sanctions Take Toll on Oil Sector. venezuelanalysis.com Long queues have been seen at gas pumps around the country in recent days.

unitedEditor (2019-05-19). New ISIS Caliphate with capital in Kashmir. uwidata.com The Islamic State plans revenge in the form of creating an eastern caliphate with the capital in Indian Kashmir. On the background of a defeat in Syria and Iraq, ISIS says it has instituted a province in Indian Kashmir named Wilayah of Hind. The announcement followed a clash between the militants and security forces in ...

United Nations (2019-05-20). Monday's Daily Brief: WFP mulls 'last resort' Yemen aid suspension, top peacekeeping awardee announced, abuzz over Bee Day, Ebola threat 'very high'. un.org This Monday, headline stories include: WFP mulls "last resort" aid suspension in Yemen; highest UN peacekeeping award to be given on Friday; busy pollinators are focus of World Bee Day; Ebola threat still "very high".

amnesty (2019-05-17). Egypt: Arrests raise fears of fresh crackdown against peaceful critics. amnesty.org The arbitrary detention of labour rights lawyer, Haytham Mohamdeen, and former political activist, Mostafa Maher, this week has raised fears that the Egyptian authorities might be embarking on a fresh crackdown targeting peaceful dissent or individuals with history of activism, said Amnesty International. | "These latest arrests have reignited a climate of fear amongst independent activists and human rights organizations about a renewed assault by the Egyptian authorities on the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly," said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty...

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Immigrant Activists Maru Mora-Villalpando & Ravi Ragbir Keep Speaking Out Despite Deportation Threat. democracynow.org President Trump has unveiled plans for a new, so-called "merit-based" immigration system that would prioritize "highly-skilled" and English-speaking workers, while further restricting asylum seekers and immigrants who have family living in the United States. Although no legislative details for the plan have been revealed, Trump's proposal is likely to hit a wall in Congress, where the Democratically-led House has repeatedly clashed with the Trump administration over immigration policy. Trump's immigration policies have led to dire conditions for asylum seekers to the U.S. On Wednesday, a two-and-a-half year-old m...

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Headlines for May 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Immigration Plan Favors Job Skills Over Asylum Claims and Family Ties, Trump Officials Reportedly Clash Over U.S. Sabre-Rattling With Iran, UNICEF Chief Calls Yemen War "a Test of Our Humanity" That "We Are Badly Failing", Venezuelan Government Blasts U.S. Seizure of Embassy as Vienna Convention Violation, Brazilian Teachers and Students March Against Education Cuts, Mexican Journalist Francisco Romero Killed in Playa del Carmen, Lawyer Says Tennessee Prisoner "Suffered Excruciating Pain" During Execution, Alabama Prisoner Put to Death After "Pro-Life" Governor Denies Reprieve, Senate Confirms Anti-Choice A...

amnesty (2019-05-17). Syria: Security Council must address crimes against humanity in Idlib. amnesty.org The Syrian government, supported by Russia, is carrying out a deliberate and systematic assault on hospitals and other medical facilities in Idlib and Hama, Amnesty International said today, as it shared harrowing new testimony from shattered medical workers in the region. | | With the UN Security Council (UNSC) set to discuss northwest Syria today Amnesty International urged action, calling for Russia to be pressured ove...

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). 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...

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...

Robert Penner (2019-05-14). Activists fight to get lead pipes replaced in Milwaukee. liberationnews.org Activists in Milwaukee have recently scored another victory in their effort to force the city government to remove the over 75,000 lead laterals leading to homes.

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.

Stephen Zunes (2019-05-15). The Threat of War with Iran. progressive.org Is the U.S. lurching towards another illegal war in the Middle East?

unitedEditor (2019-05-16). Trump's deal of the century — a new headache for the Middle East? uwidata.com Israeli media came up with a shocking story at the beginning of May. They had obtained details of Donald Trump's notorious deal of the century that pertains to settling one of the most dragged-out conflicts in the Middle East. Israel Hayom newspaper that has close links to the office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wrote ...

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 expos 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...

Kevin Gosztola (2019-05-13). Interview With Abby Martin And Robbie Martin Of Media Roots Radio On Venezuela. shadowproof.com On this week's "Unauthorized Disclosure" podcast, we have a crossover episode with "Media Roots" radio. In the first part of the show, we talk with Abby Martin and Robbie Martin of Media Roots about some of the projects they're involved in currently. Abby tells us about "Empire Files." Robbie mentions...

Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman (2019-05-10). "Now I Can No Longer Call Myself a Zionist . . ." progressive.org A new book explores the nuances behind the opposition to Zionism and effectively dispels the myth that Jewish people who criticize Israel are "self-hating Jews."

TeleSUR English (2019-05-08). US Venezuela Sanctions Violate Human Rights, International Law: UN Expert. venezuelanalysis.com UN expert Idriss Jazairy stated that unilateral measures are against the U.N.'s Declaration on the Principles of International Law concerning friendly relations and cooperation among States.

PACBI (2019-05-08). Pledge to #deactivateAirbnb on May 15, Nakba Day. bdsmovement.net Pledge to #deactivateAirbnb on May 15, Nakba Day: Action AlertAfter initially committing to stop listing rentals in Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, Airbnb did a complete reversal, and will now continue to allow rentals on stolen Palestinian land. | Economic BoycottMay 8, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-05-07). Iran's Reduced Compliance with Nuclear Accord Should be Met with Good-Faith Diplomacy, Not Escalation. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — May 7, 2019 — In response to reports that Iran will announce a reduction in its compliance with the Iran Nuclear Agreement on May 8, the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration's unilateral withdrawal from the agreement, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the ...

CounterSpin (2019-04-26). Tina Vasquez on Covering Immigration, Sina Toossi on Iran Sanctions. fair.org Media...

Lilly Dragnev (2019-04-19). As Trump Angles for War with Iran, Congress Needs to Reassert its War Powers. peaceaction.org It's no news that the U.S.-Iran relationship has taken a turn for the worse under President Trump's leadership. Employing a strategy straight out of the Bush administration's Iraq War playbook, the Trump administration has advanced misleading, demonizing narratives about Iran from day one, laying the rhetorical groundwork for another catastrophic war of choice in the ...

TeleSUR English (2019-05-07). Foreign Minister Arreaza: 'The People of Venezuela Are Prepared to Defend Their Sovereignty'. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced US sanctions and asset freezes during a recent trip to Moscow.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-26). Report: US Sanctions Have Cost 40,000 Venezuelan Lives. venezuelanalysis.com Economists Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs conclude that US sanctions "would fit the definition of collective punishment."

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-18). US Sanctions Venezuela's Central Bank. venezuelanalysis.com The latest sanctions are meant to limit Venezuela's access to US dollars.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-15). Venezuela: Canada Imposes Fresh Sanctions as Pompeo Vows to 'Tighten Noose'. venezuelanalysis.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Lima Group have pledged more sanctions against Venezuela.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-10). Venezuela: New Power Outage as Oil Output Plummets. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuela's oil output fell significantly in March as a result of electricity problems and US sanctions.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-08). Venezuela: US Imposes Fresh Sanctions as Rival Marches Held. venezuelanalysis.com Washington further tightened the screws on Venezuela's oil industry Friday.

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-05-02). Failing to Override Trump on Yemen, Congress Must Keep Pushing. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — May 2, 2019 — In response to the Senate failing to secure the two-thirds majority vote necessary to override President Trump's veto of S.J.Res. 7, legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released ...

Jon Rainwater (2019-04-16). Trump's Veto Keeps U.S. Complicit in Yemen, For Now. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — April 16, 2019 — In response to President Trump vetoing S.J.Res. 7, legislation that directed him to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "Trump can't claim to be ending endless wars while opposing the will of a majority ...

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-04-04). Congress Sends Historic Yemen War Powers Resolution to the President. peaceaction.org (Photo: Felton Davis) Washington, D.C. — April 4, 2019 — In response to the House sending S.J.Res. 7—legislation directing the president to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen—to the president's desk, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "This vote amounts to the ...

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-03-13). Senate Votes Again for Ending U.S. Role in Yemen War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — March 13, 2019 — In response to the Senate passing S.J.Res. 7, legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "This Senate vote moves us one step closer to ...

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