2019-05-16: News Headlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …

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

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

plenglish (2019-05-16). UN Wishes Peaceful Solution at Venezuelan Embassy in Washington. plenglish.com United Nations, May 16 (Prensa Latina) U.N. Secretary-General spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Thursday that the United Nations hopes the situation at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington can be resolved peacefully.

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

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

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

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…

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

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

plenglish (2019-05-16). UN Security Council Holds Session on Joint Force in Sahel. plenglish.com United Nations, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The UN Security Council is holding on Thursday a session on peace and security in Africa dedicated to the joint force of the so-called Group of Five for the Sahel States (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger).

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

Vaughn (2019-05-16). Police Attacks Berkeley. indybay.org Officer Aranus of UC Berkeley police, grabs peaceful person by neck, throwing them to the ground on UCB campus, March 12, 6pm.

Robert Reich (2019-05-16). Robert Reich: Democrats Have a Duty to Impeach Trump. truthdig.com Donald Trump is causing a constitutional crisis with his blanket refusal to respond to any subpoenas. | So what happens now? An impeachment inquiry in the House won't send him packing before election day 2020 because Senate Republicans won't convict him of impeachment. | So the practical political question is whether a House impeachment inquiry helps send him packing after election day. That seems unlikely. | Probably no more than a relative handful of Americans are still unsure of how they'll vote on Nov. 3, 2020. An impeachment is unlikely to reveal so many more revolting details about Trump that these swing vo…

Robert Reich (2019-05-16). Robert Reich: The House now has a Constitutional duty to impeach Trump. nationofchange.org Donald Trump is causing a constitutional crisis with his blanket refusal to respond to any subpoenas. | So | what happens now? An impeachment inquiry in the House won't send him | packing before election day 2020 because Senate Republicans won't | convict him of impeachment. | So the practical political question is | whether a House impeachment inquiry helps send him packing after | election day. That seems unlikely. | Probably no more than a | relative handful of Americans are still unsure of how they'll vote on | Nov. 3, 2020. An impeachment is unlikely to reveal so many more | revolting details about Trump…

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…

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

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-16). Amid GOP Assault on Abortion Rights, DCCC-Backed Fundraiser for Anti-Choice Democrat Blasted as 'Demeaning to Women'. commondreams.org "At a time when we need every pro-choice voice we can get, this is reprehensible for a leader in the Democratic Party." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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

RT (2019-05-16). 'JOKE, NYC HATES HIM': Trump mocks 'beauty' de Blasio's presidential bid. rt.com Bill de Blasio is the latest Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential campaign to be mercilessly mocked by the Republican frontrunner, President Donald Trump. He said the newcomer was the worst mayor New York ever had.

United Nations (2019-05-16). Thursday's Daily Brief: Ebola in DR Congo, malnutrition in Laos, baby health, support for Sahel force, #ClimateAction. un.org On Thursday, we cover: more support needed for Sahel force, fears in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as Ebola response funding dwindles; food and nutrition concerns in Laos; an update on low birthweight babies across the world; and the UN chief's trip for climate action in the Pacific continues.

Staff (2019-05-16). Watch Elizabeth Warren Grill Trump's Top Bank Regulator. truthdig.com Sen. Elizabeth Warren made clear Wednesday that she has no sympathy for one of the Trump administration's top bank regulators after he called a tough line of questioning on Wells Fargo "insulting." | "Good," responded Warren, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, after Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) chief Joseph Otting objected to the Massachusetts senator's criticism of the Trump administration's bank-friendly regulatory practices and lack of transparency. | The Massachusetts senator pushed Otting on his plan to keep secret the Trump administration's assessment of the successor to former Wel…

Staff (2019-05-16). New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Enters Race for 2020 Democratic Nomination. truthout.org New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has thrown his hat into the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. | "There's plenty of money in this world. There's plenty of money in this country. It's just in the wrong hands," de Blasio says at the beginning of a campaign announcement video he posted Thursday to YouTube. The spot proceeds to list his progressive accomplishments as New York City mayor, including raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour; passing a bill ensuring that workers would receive paid sick leave; guaranteeing health care, including mental health; and providing free pre-K for all New York…

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

WSWS (2019-05-16). Indian elections: Congress combines populist rhetoric with jingoism and communalism. wsws.org The Indian bourgeoisie's traditional party of government, the Congress, like the BJP, is committed to pro-investor "reform" and an anti-China partnership with US imperialism.

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

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

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

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

Eds. (2019-05-16). The propaganda multiplier: how global news agencies and western media report on geopolitics. mronline.org In this case study, the geopolitical coverage in nine leading European newspapers was examined for diversity and journalistic performance using the example of the Syrian war. | Source

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

Charles P. Pierce (2019-05-16). I No Longer Believe House Democrats Will Uphold Their Constitutional Duty. commondreams.org Will the Democrats ever learn a) how to message and b) that the press, no matter what conservatives say, is not their friend? (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-15). Leaked Document Pokes More Holes in Establishment Syria Narrative. consortiumnews.com Caitlin Johnstone looks at the latest revelation about a chemical attack in Douma last April that was pinned on Damascus. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com "It is hard to overstate the significance of this revelation," tweets former British MP George Galloway of a new… Read more →

Mnar Muhawesh (2019-05-15). A Biased Newsguard Honors MintPress with "Red" Rating: Here's Our Point by Point Response. mintpressnews.com Newsguard reviewer Jeannie Kamin seems to conflate reporting critical of U.S.-backed terror groups in Syria, such as Al-Nusra Front and other extremist groups, with support for Bashar al-Assad.

Allison Deger (2019-05-15). Trump peace plan shrinks Palestine, expands Israel. peoplesworld.org A leaked document of "main points" from the Trump administration's so-called "deal of the century" was published last week by Yisrael Hayom, outlining a plan for a two-state solution that includes the creation of a demilitarized state of "New Palestine," Israeli annexation of all settlements in the West Bank, a land deal with Egypt, and shared capitals …

Kenneth Surin (2019-05-15). Israel/America or Netanyahu/Trump? counterpunch.org The late Uri Avnery (1923-2018), the doughty Israeli seeker of peace with the Palestinian people, posted almost weekly on CounterPunch.Avnery was savvy enough to know that the Zionist failure to achieve peace with the Palestinians meant that Israel could never be a "normal" state, no matter how much it pretended, hypocritically, to be a "democracy" adhering to "Western values". More

RT (2019-05-15). Alabama Senate passes bill criminalizing abortion, with no exceptions for rape & incest. rt.com Alabama is poised to pass the strictest abortion law in the US after its Senate voted to criminalize the procedure even in cases of rape or incest and send doctors performing it to prison for up to 99 years.

WSWS (2019-05-15). Duterte consolidates hold on Philippine politics in midterm election. wsws.org The ruling class opponents to Duterte have suffered a historic defeat, securing not a single seat in the Senate.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-15). Headlines for May 15, 2019. democracynow.org Alabama Legislature Passes Near-Complete Abortion Ban, U.S. Evacuates Non-Emergency State Dept. Personnel from Iraq, Houthis Launch Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities, Pompeo Meets With Lavrov & Putin Over Iran, Venezuela, 2020 Elections, CNN: Migrant Children Sleeping Outside on the Ground at Texas Border Patrol, Pennsylvania Sues Purdue Pharma Over Oxycontin, Reports: Donald Trump Jr. Agrees to Conditional Senate Hearing, San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology, Pilots' Union Confronted Boeing Over Faulty 737 Max Jets After First Fatal Crash, NYC Activists Stage Hunger Strike To Call for Halt to Will…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-15). Alabama Passes Near Total Ban on Abortion as Part of "Stealth Campaign" to Overturn Roe v. Wade. democracynow.org Alabama lawmakers voted to effectively ban abortion Tuesday, passing the most restrictive anti-choice law in the country in a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. The bill approved by the Senate Tuesday and the Alabama House last month bans abortions at all phases. Doctors could face up to 99 years in prison for performing abortions. The bill's only exception is grave risk to the mother's life — not cases of rape and incest. The legislation is now heading to the desk of anti-choice Republican Governor Kay Ivey, and many expect she'll sign it. Opponents say they'll challenge the bill in court should it become la…

Staff (2019-05-15). Social Justice Activist Named Winner in Contentious Union Election. therealnews.com This story has been updated. | In a stunning victory, teacher and longtime social justice activist Diamonté Brown defeated incumbent Baltimore Teachers Union President Marietta English by a vote of 901-839, according to preliminary election results. "I thank everyone that voted for me and I promise to work every day to engage more members and take action based on members' concerns and needs," Brown said. | The election is the latest chapter in a wave of grassroots-powered challengers overcoming veteran officeholders, such as New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's defeat of 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley…

Fight Back (2019-05-15). On Duterte's success in rigging the elections. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following May 14 statement by Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front of the Philippines Chief Political Consultant. | As I have predicted, Duterte is successful in rigging the May 13 elections to deliver to his candidates a false victory in the crucial senatorial race. As I have pointed out, he has to rig the elections because he has the power and the criminal personality and motivation to do so because clean and honest elections would have allowed the opposition senatorial candidates to win and frustrate his greed for power and plunder. | The rigging included the d…

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