2019-05-23: News Headlines

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 …

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.

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.

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…

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: 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. …

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, …

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…

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 …

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 …

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…

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.

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 …

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 →

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", …

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…

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 …

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

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 →

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

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."

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."

teleSUR (2019-05-22). Chinese Airlines Demand Compensation Over Boeing 737 Grounding. telesurenglish.net Three major Chinese airline companies have officially requested compensation for losses caused by the grounding of Boeing's 737 Max fleet. | RELATED: | Boeing Finally Admits Responsibility for Plane Crashes | Air China, China Southern and China Eastern told CNN on Wednesday that they have asked to be reimbursed for costs and losses incurred since the plane was deemed unsafe to fly on March 2019 following two fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. | "The grounding of 737 MAX aircraft…

Russell Mokhiber (2019-05-22). Blaming Dead Pilots Brought to You by Boeing. commondreams.org Michael Stumo and Nadia Milleron, parents of Ethiopian Air crash victim Samya Stumo, hold signs as they listen to testimony during a hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Aviation Subcommittee about the Boeing 737 MAX airplane in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill May 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Department of Transportation is investigating the process that certified the airplane, which has been grounded since it was involved in two fatal crashes, killing 346 passengers and crew in October 2018 and March 2019. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | https:/…

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

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

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

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 …

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 …

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…

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 …

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…

Editor (2019-05-22). EE.UU.: °Fuera de Irán! workers.org Como si la pandilla de la Casa Blanca se sintiera incompleta simplemente nivelando las amenazas económicas contra China, haciendo comentarios hostiles sobre Rusia e imponiendo sanciones ilegales —ilegales porque equivalen a un castigo colectivo de las poblaciones— sobre Venezuela, Cuba y Corea del Norte, una vez más han puesto la . . . | Continue reading EE.UU.: °Fuera de Irán! at Workers.org

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

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 …

Julianne Tveten (2019-05-22). WaPo Hypes 'Space Capitalists'—One of Whom Owns the Paper. fair.org by Julianne Tveten The Washington Post ( 5/16/19) touts "the birthplace of America's Space Age…bouncing back, fueled by private industry." | "NASA lost its ability to launch humans from US soil when the space shuttle retired," read a starry-eyed subhead under "Companies in the Cosmos," a special section of the Washington Post ( 9/11/18) dedicated to the business of…

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, …

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.

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…

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…

United Nations (2019-05-21). Iraq needs support to 'leave violent past behind', says UN envoy as Security Council extends UN mission for one year. un.org Iraq's democratic transition — weighed down by political infighting, weak institutions, corruption, and the constant threat of ISIL — needs more international support, "lots of time and lots of hard work," the top United Nations official in the country said on Tuesday.

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 …

RT (2019-05-21). Trump threatens to use 'great force' at Iran provocation, but says there's 'no indication' of one. rt.com As he continues to trade verbal jabs with Tehran, US President Donald Trump issued a fresh barrage of threats on Monday, vowing to meet any provocation with "great force" while calling Iran the 'number one provocateur of terror.'

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 →

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…

RT (2019-05-21). Lindsey Graham supports 'overwhelming military response' to Iran 'threat streams'. rt.com Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has blamed Iran for "escalating tensions" in the Persian Gulf, accusing the country of threatening the US even while promising massive retaliation in response to vague "threat streams."

United Nations (2019-05-21). Libya on verge of civil war, threatening 'permanent division', top UN official warns Security Council. un.org The damage done to Libya will already take "years to mend" but unless fighting around the capital Tripoli stops, the country risks "descending into a civil war which could lead to the permanent division of the country".

RT (2019-05-20). Apologize for what? Bernie Sanders stands by opposition to Vietnam & Iraq wars. rt.com Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders says he will not apologize for opposing US wars in Vietnam and Iraq, after coming under mainstream media criticism for 'anti-American' sentiment. His supporters say 'good for him.'

2019-05-23: Social Media Postees

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

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/

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…

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

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/…

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

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

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.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=…

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

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

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/

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

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/

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

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

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

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/

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

US Accuses Syria of More Chemical Attacks

Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela 'On Track to be Worse than Syria'
Edward Hunt | progressive.org | 2019-05-22
As the Trump Administration tightens its squeeze on the country, U.S. officials warn of increased migration and "profound collapse."
progressive.org/dispatches/humanitarian-crisis-in-venezuela-worse-than-syria-Hunt-190521/

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

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

A US Military Veteran and 'Aid Volunteer' Sends Death Threat to Venezuela Embassy Defenders
Ben Norton | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-22
Far-right Venezuelan opposition activist Luis Medina, a former US Marine and volunteer for Juan Guaido's aid stunt, told CODEPINK embassy defenders "we are coming to get you with plenty of ammunition."
mintpressnews.com/a-us-military-veteran-and-aid-volunteer-sends-death-threat-to-venezuela-embassy-defenders/258662/

Blaming Dead Pilots Brought to You by Boeing
Russell Mokhiber | commondreams.org | 2019-05-22
Michael Stumo and Nadia Milleron, parents of Ethiopian Air crash victim Samya Stumo, hold signs as they listen to testimony during a hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Aviation Subcommittee about the Boeing 737 MAX airplane in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill May 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Department of Transportation is investigating the process that certified the airplane, which has been grounded since it was involved in two fatal crashes, killing 346 passengers and crew in October 2018 and March 2019. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | https:/…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/22/blaming-dead-pilots-brought-you-boeing?cd-origin=rss

Chinese Airlines Demand Compensation Over Boeing 737 Grounding
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
Three major Chinese airline companies have officially requested compensation for losses caused by the grounding of Boeing's 737 Max fleet. | RELATED: | Boeing Finally Admits Responsibility for Plane Crashes | Air China, China Southern and China Eastern told CNN on Wednesday that they have asked to be reimbursed for costs and losses incurred since the plane was deemed unsafe to fly on March 2019 following two fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. | "The grounding of 737 MAX aircraft…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chinese-Airlines-Demand-Compensation-Over-Boeing-737-Grounding-20190522-0018.html

Bernie Sanders Does Not Need to Apologize for Opposing Wars
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-05-22
Bernie Sanders Does Not Need to Apologize for Opposing Wars…
thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-nicaragua-vietnam-iraq-war/

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

The Iraqi National Museum of Modern Art: Journey of Destruction
Ali I. al-Dulaimi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
A glimpse of the plastic arts in Iraq | The contemporary Iraqi plastic art is considered to be the legitimate heir of the ancient Iraqi civilizations of Sumer and Babylon. Relics have beem found indicating that the Iraqi craftsman is the …
globalresearch.ca/journey-destruction-iraqi-national-museum-modern-art/5678222

U.S. war threats intensify on Iran
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-05-22
May 20 — Another U.S. initiated crisis reached an ominous level this past week with President Trump's announcement that Iran suddenly presented a new, unspecified threat, serious enough to send a U.S. Naval aircraft carrier battle group churning toward the Persian Gulf, along with U.S. B-52 Stratofortress bombers and plans . . . | Continue reading U.S. war threats intensify on Iran at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/05/21/u-s-war-threats-intensify-on-iran/

62 Organizations to U.S. Congress: Pass Legislation to Halt a "March to War" with Iran
NIAC Action | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
In light of President Trump and John Bolton's dangerous escalations against Iran and a forthcoming intelligence briefing on Capitol Hill this afternoon, 62 organizations — including J Street, Indivisible, NIAC Action and Win Without War — sent a letter calling …
globalresearch.ca/62-organizations-to-u-s-congress-pass-legislation-to-halt-a-march-to-war-with-iran/5678219

The Trump Administration "Panicked over Nothing". Pompeo Exaggerated Claims. "Do They Think We are Stupid"
Daniel Larison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
The Trump administration's overhyped claims of an increased Iranian threat went over like a lead balloon with allied officials this week: | A NATO military intelligence official who was briefed on Pompeo's claims about increased Iranian aggression in the Middle East | …
globalresearch.ca/the-trump-administration-panicked-over-nothing-pompeo-exaggerated-claims-do-they-think-we-are-stupid/5678216

Gulf Cooperation Council Summit: What Does It Have in Store for Iran?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-22
Saudi Foreign Ministry demands that the world community take tough stance on Iran and prevent it from 'spreading chaos'. Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister said Iran could eliminate the risks of a war in the region by observing international law, stopping interference in the internal affairs of regional countries, dropping support of terrorist groupings, …
uwidata.com/3493-gulf-cooperation-council-summit-what-does-it-have-in-store-for-iran/

The World Would be Much Safer if President Trump Replaced Bolton and Pompeo
Richard H. Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
It is still uncertain whether the United States will go to war with Iran or not, according to the Virginia State Senator Richard Hayden Black. | According to Senator Richard Hayden Black, the world would be much safer if the …
globalresearch.ca/world-much-safer-president-trump-replaced-bolton-pompeo/5678207

EE.UU.: °Fuera de Irán!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-05-22
Como si la pandilla de la Casa Blanca se sintiera incompleta simplemente nivelando las amenazas económicas contra China, haciendo comentarios hostiles sobre Rusia e imponiendo sanciones ilegales –ilegales porque equivalen a un castigo colectivo de las poblaciones– sobre Venezuela, Cuba y Corea del Norte, una vez más han puesto la . . . | Continue reading EE.UU.: °Fuera de Irán! at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/05/21/ee-uu-fuera-de-iran/

Voltaire's Analysis of Chinese Civilization. A Model for a "Better Europe"
Prof. Dr. Gjergj Sinani | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
The following text by Professor Gjergj Sinani of the University of Tirana, Albania, was presented at the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations, programme organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, May 15-16, 2019 | *** | Voltaire is …
globalresearch.ca/chinese-civilization-model-better-europe-thought-voltaire/5678168

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

How the West's War in Libya Spurred Terrorism in 14 Countries
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-21
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 ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/21/how-the-wests-war-in-libya-spurred-terrorism-in-14-countries/

Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in 'secret detention facilities', UN human rights office warns
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-21
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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038901

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Libya civil war, African displacement, global trade tensions, terrorists' children 'secretly detained', and more
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-21
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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038921

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

Trump Says the Military Industrial Complex is Pressuring him Into a War With Iran
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-21
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…
therealnews.com/stories/trump-says-the-military-industrial-complex-is-pressuring-him-into-a-war-with-iran

Iraq needs support to 'leave violent past behind', says UN envoy as Security Council extends UN mission for one year
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-21
Iraq's democratic transition — weighed down by political infighting, weak institutions, corruption, and the constant threat of ISIL — needs more international support, "lots of time and lots of hard work," the top United Nations official in the country said on Tuesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038941

Trump threatens to use 'great force' at Iran provocation, but says there's 'no indication' of one
rt.com | 2019-05-21
As he continues to trade verbal jabs with Tehran, US President Donald Trump issued a fresh barrage of threats on Monday, vowing to meet any provocation with "great force" while calling Iran the 'number one provocateur of terror.' | …
rt.com/usa/459853-iran-trump-great-force/

THE ANGRY ARAB: Iran's Military Options
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-21
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 ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/21/the-angry-arab-irans-military-options/

Iran, China-US trade war, Australia election, S-500
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-21
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 …
uwidata.com/3479-iran-china-us-trade-war-australia-election-s-500/

Trump is Making the Same Mistakes in the Middle East the US Always Makes
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/21/trump-is-making-the-same-mistakes-in-the-middle-east-the-us-always-makes/

Lindsey Graham supports 'overwhelming military response' to Iran 'threat streams'
rt.com | 2019-05-21
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has blamed Iran for "escalating tensions" in the Persian Gulf, accusing the country of threatening the US even while promising massive retaliation in response to vague "threat streams." | …
rt.com/usa/459851-linsdey-graham-iran-threat-tweets/

Libya on verge of civil war, threatening 'permanent division', top UN official warns Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-21
The damage done to Libya will already take "years to mend" but unless fighting around the capital Tripoli stops, the country risks "descending into a civil war which could lead to the permanent division of the country".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038891

Apologize for what? Bernie Sanders stands by opposition to Vietnam & Iraq wars
rt.com | 2019-05-20
Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders says he will not apologize for opposing US wars in Vietnam and Iraq, after coming under mainstream media criticism for 'anti-American' sentiment. His supporters say 'good for him.' | …
rt.com/usa/459850-bernie-sanders-vietnam-apologize/

Will US strike at Iran from land, not from sea?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-20
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. …
uwidata.com/3469-will-us-strike-at-iran-from-land-not-from-sea/

The Struggle Is the Meaning
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-20
Craig Murray mulls the depressing series of events over the past few weeks involving Iran, Venezuela, Ecuador and the U.S. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk There is no conceivable interest of the ordinary people of the Western world being served by… Read more ?…
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