2020-05-17: News Headlines

South Front (2020-05-17). Video: Syrian Army Suffers Casualties in Daraa. Militants Attack Russian-Turkish Patrol. globalresearch.ca The security situation has been escalating in southern Syria. Over the past 24 hours, at least 3 pro-government fighters and a civilian have been killed in attacks by gunmen in al-Musayfrah and Saida-al-Taebah. The attacks followed the March 14 and …

Basma Qaddour (2020-05-17). ISIS Terrorists Confess that They Have Carried Out Many Operations in Coordination with US Occupation Forces in Al-Tanf Base. globalresearch.ca During a security operation carried out with the help of the Syrian Badia's residents, an ambush was set up against an ISIS terrorist group composed of 6 members where 3 of them were killed and the remaining ones were arrested….

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). China was, is, will be peace builder and promoter in ME: Chinese amb. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — Chinese ambassador to Tehran Chang Hua in an interview with Mehr News agency criticized the US baseless accusations over the outbreak of coronavirus, adding "China was, is and will be peace and stability builder and promoter in the region."

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). 'Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness' to vie in PyeongChang Intl. Peace Filmfest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — The feature film 'Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness' by Iranian director Masoud Bakhshi, has been accepted into the competition program of the 2nd Pyeongchang International Peace Film Festival in South Korea.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). 'War and Peace' to go on screen in Italian film festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — Iranian short film 'War and Peace' directed by Ehsan Mirzaie will take part in the 9th Tracce Cinematografiche Film Fest International Short Film in Rome, Italy.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Taliban does not recognize High Peace Council: spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — The Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, says the militant group does not recognize the Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC) and will negotiate with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah outside the HPC's framework.

ahtribune (2020-05-16). Trump Creates New Base in Syria and Ships ISIS to Iraq. ahtribune.com The 300 US military shipments reached al-Jazrat over the past few days, according to 'SOHR', based in the UK. They further reported the US troops are expanding their base at the al-Omar…

RT (2020-05-16). Dems launch ANOTHER Trump probe — after he fires State Dept official who was investigating Pompeo & pushed a new 'dossier'. rt.com Two Democrat-led committees on Capitol Hill have launched a fresh investigation into President Trump. This probe focuses on allegations that Trump fired a State Department employee for political reasons. | Trump informed Congress on Friday that he intends to fire State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, claiming he "no longer" had confidence in him. | By Saturday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-New York) and Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) sent a letter to the White House, alleging the firing was "politically-motivated," and announcin…

RT (2020-05-16). House Democrats push through $3 TRILLION Covid-19 relief bill as GOP puts up resistance to 'progressive wishlist'. rt.com Democratic lawmakers have passed a massive $3 trillion coronavirus aid package, the largest bill to ever move through Congress, but the Senate is likely to block the law, with Republicans deeming it a progressive "wishlist." | The 1,800-page bill passed 208-199 on Friday in a vote largely along party lines, with all but 14 Democrats voting in its favor, joined by a single GOP rep — Peter King of New York. | Introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) without consultation from lawmakers across the aisle, the expansive law will provide financial relief for state and local governments, hazard pay…

Eva Bartlett (2020-05-16). Daesh terrorists Confess Terrorism Done In Coordination With US Occupation Forces. thealtworld.com SANA, "Through a security operation, that was launched in cooperation with Syrian citizens in al-Badyah (Syrian semi-desert), an ambush has targeted a group from Daesh terrorist organization, including 6 persons. | The security operation ended up with killing three of the groups and arresting the three others. …The three terrorists, in a program broadcast on the Syrian TV on Thursday, confessed to perpetrating different terrorist operations, inducing acts of killing, execution, abduction, acts of sabotage and destruction of public and private properties…

Israel Shahak (2020-05-16). "Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East. globalresearch.ca When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran, Syria discuss cooperation in fight against terrorism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Senior Iranian and Syrian officials discussed on Saturday the bilateral ties, especially the cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Russian amb. talks of Iran, Russia bilateral relation, regional developments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan in an exclusive interview with Mehr News Agency on Wednesday talked of Tehran-Moscow bilateral relations, as well as the recent developments in Syria and region.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Russian amb. rejects reports on Iran, Turkey, Russia agreement on removal of Assad. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Rejecting some reports on Iran, Russia and Turkey's agreement to remove Syrian President from the power, Russian ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan told Mehr News Agency that the future of President Assad and Syria will be decided by Syrian people through free transparent elections, not by us.

WSWS (2020-05-16). Canadian unions cement anti-worker corporatist alliance with government and big business. wsws.org The unions' alliance with big business was epitomized by a joint statement from the Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Congressional Progressive Caucus Ctr & others (2020-05-16). Dispatch from the Frontlines: Gender Inequality and COVID-19 (CPCC). indybay.org Online livestream & Zoom…

WSWS (2020-05-16). US House passes $3 trillion coronavirus "relief" bill. wsws.org In a near party-line vote, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a fourth stimulus bill that has no chance of being approved by the Republican-controlled Senate.

WSWS (2020-05-16). US Senate reauthorizes domestic surveillance, allows access to internet histories. wsws.org The Senate voted 80 to 16 to reauthorize the domestic surveillance provisions of the USA Freedom Act, including rejection of an amendment that would have barred law enforcement from accessing the internet browsing and search histories of citizens.

WSWS (2020-05-15). Supreme Court considers blanket immunity for Trump. wsws.org The Supreme Court on Tuesday held oral arguments on whether to give Donald Trump immunity from congressional and grand jury investigations.

Alan Macleod (2020-05-15). As US Reels From COVID-19, Trump Turns to Sanctions, War Making and Threats. mintpressnews.com The Trump admin has decisively chosen war over peace and conflict over cooperation. Yet it appears less able than ever to coerce the world into following its lead.

RT (2020-05-15). 'It would be best if intra-Afghan talks began while US still has significant military presence' — envoy. rt.com The United States has heard positive reports about the formation of an inclusive Afghan government, US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad said on Friday, adding that a new date for intra-Afghan peace talks is under discussion. | Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Khalilzad said it would be best if intra-Afghan talks began while there is still a significant US military presence in Afghanistan, Reuters reported. | The pace of prisoner releases and disagreements over the Afghan government's composition have both helped delay intra-Afghan talks, which were to begin on March 10 under a February 29 US-…

Louis Proyect (2020-05-15). How Economic Misery Helped Fuel the Syrian War. counterpunch.org Ever since the civil war began in Syria in early 2011, the left has largely ignored the social and economic circumstances that led to a conflict costing over a half-million deaths and the migration—internal and external—of half the population. The tendency was to see Syria as a piece on a global chessboard with "the axis

ahtribune (2020-05-15). US-Backed Militants Steal a Bank of the Syrian State in Hasakah City then Hand It to US Forces. ahtribune.com Armed groups of the US-backed "Syrian Democratic Forces" have stolen the Syrian Commercial Bank located within the security square of the Syrian state in Hasakah city. | Local sources from Hasaka said that during daylight hours, a large number of "SDF" militants attacked the bank and took control of the entire building after expelling the guards and employees from it and stealing the money and contents there. | The sources pointed out that after controlling the bank, the militants broke the iron fences and the walls surrounding it, then they stole its contents and transferred them to their centers before they…

Jeffrey A. Tucker (2020-05-15). No Lockdowns: The Terrifying Polio Pandemic of 1949-52. anti-empire.com World War II had ended four years earlier and the U.S. was trying to return to peace and prosperity. Price controls and rationing were ended. Trade was opening. People were returning to normal life. The economy started humming again. Optimism for the future was growing. Harry Truman became the symbol of a new normacy. From Depression and war, society was on the mend. | As if to serve as a reminder that there were still threats to life and liberty present, an old enemy made its appearance: polio. It's a disease with ancient origins, with its most terrifying effect, the paralysis of the lower extremities. It mai…

RT (2020-05-15). Jordan's king warns Israel of 'massive conflict' if it proceeds with West Bank annexation plans. rt.com Jordan's King Abdullah II warned Israel of a "massive conflict" if it proceeds with plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank. | Israel has vowed to annex Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley. The move could spell the end of the long-stalled peace process by making it virtually impossible to establish a viable Palestinian state. | "Leaders who advocate a one-state solution do not understand what that would mean," Jordan's king said in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel. | European Union foreign ministers met on Friday to discuss what action the bloc might take in response to Israe…

Eric A. Gordon (2020-05-15). GOP takes back a California Congressional seat in special election. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—In a special election held Tuesday in California's 25th Congressional District, a first-time Republican office-seeker, Mike Garcia, defeated the Democratic hopeful, California Assembly member Christy Smith. This seat opened up on Nov. 3, 2019, when Rep. Katie Hill, elected in 2018 in a historic, though narrow upset of incumbent GOP Rep. Steve Knight, resigned …

John Wojcik (2020-05-15). Whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright testifies winter could be 'darkest in modern history'. peoplesworld.org Dr. Rick Bright, the top Health and Human Services official dumped by Trump for blowing the whistle on the administration's disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic, testified to Congress Thursday that essentially everything the president is saying about his administration's response to the pandemic is a lie. One of the most damaging of those lies, …

Zero Hedge (2020-05-15). "My Job Is to Make Syria a Quagmire for the Russians": CIA Doctrine Made Official Policy. globalresearch.ca Like with the disastrous Iraq quagmire years before the US war machine came to Syria under Obama, Washington's rationale and justification for occupying the Syrian Arab Republic has shifted and changed drastically multiple times over. | When ultimately what started …

Michael Jansen (2020-05-15). Neither Iraq, nor Syria can afford to allow Daesh to Return as Major Challenge. globalresearch.ca Despite Covid-19, Iraqis have returned to the streets to demand an end to mismanagement, corruption and sectarianism as Mustafa Al Kadhimi was confirmed as the country's new prime minister. His first act was to mollify protesters by calling for the …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-05-15). Roaming Charges: Unmasked and Anonymous. counterpunch.org I'm hyped for some ObamaGate action, as long as its about things that matter: health care plan designed by Heritage Foundation, bailing out Wall Street, failing to close Gitmo, droning US citizens, Afghan surge, the jailing of whistleblowers and legal harassment of journalists, the Libyan and Honduran coups, mass surveillance, the funding and arming of proxy wars in Yemen and Syria, record deportations, Deepwater Horizon, new nukes (both power plants and weapons), etc…

teleSUR (2020-05-15). Puebla Group Discusses Peace in Colombia and Pandemic Crisis. telesurenglish.net The Puebla Group today is discussing the peace process in Colombia, the health crisis, and the regional economy, during a new virtual meeting that brings together progressive leaders from Latin America. | RELATED: | Colombia is the host of the new virtual meeting, in the voices of former President Ernesto Samper and former Minister of Labor Clara Lopez Obregon. | "Peace measures are the level of civilization of a country," sa…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-15). Give Peace a Chance: Saudi Arabia and the UAE Jostle for Position in War-Ravaged Countries for Contracts. strategic-culture.org Is the coronavirus, which has hit GCC countries quite hard, going to fuel proxy wars further with the economic objective of fortunes to be made, once the fighting stops? Or dig them in deeper? Don't overlook Russia in the scramble for reconstruction contracts. | The bigger they are, the harder they fall. This certainly applies to countries in the GCC which are attempting to pick themselves up again. It's a cruel irony, some might argue, that the UAE's diversification in its economy away from oil dependency, made it more vulnerable than Saudi Arabia's and so was hit harder by the virus. An economy dependent on tou…

Abdallah El Harif (2020-05-15). A universal appeal for humanity to end militarism and stop war. peoplesdispatch.org On March 15, 1950, the World Peace Council sent out the Stockholm Appeal, a short text that called for a ban on nuclear weapons and that would eventually be signed by almost 2 million people. The appeal was made up of three elegant sentences: | -We demand the outlawing of atomic weapons as instruments of intimidation and mass murder of peoples. We demand strict international control to enforce this measure. | -We believe that any government which first uses atomic weapons against any other country whatsoever will be committing a crime against humanity and should be dealt with as a war criminal. | -We call on a…

commondreams (2020-05-15). Congress Must Guarantee Health Coverage During Pandemic. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Rick Baum (2020-05-15). Simple Solution to California's Anticipated $54 Billion Budget Deficit. counterpunch.org The California Department of Finance recently projected that the state is facing a $54 billion deficit. There is hope for a bailout from the federal government. Given the current political make-up of the national government, does anyone want to count on what should be viewed as the goodwill of reactionaries such as Senate Majority Leader

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-05-15). Former Inslee Staffers Urge Biden and House Dems to Embrace $1.2 Trillion Green Stimulus as Part of Covid-19 Recovery. commondreams.org Advisers who helped develop Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's widely-praised climate action plan during his 2020 presidential run are now calling on congressional Democrats to adopt the bold initiatives Inslee proposed in order to include a shift to a renewable energy economy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Sasha Yumbila Paz (2020-05-14). The Colombian Political System is Ravaged by Corruption: Pablo Beltrán. peoplesdispatch.org The ELN, took up arms in 1964. Since 1989, it has held peace talks with five administrations. The government of Juan Manuel Santos and the ELN advanced an agenda to end the conflict. The last round of negotiations was held in Havana, Cuba, where the ELN's Dialogue Delegation continues to work for a political solution to Colombia's armed conflict. | The government of Iván Duque Márquez, since taking office in August 2018, has ignored the Agenda for Peace Talks, including the security protocols and the return of the ELN to Colombia; and in January 2019 it terminated all dialogue. | Over 56 years, the armed conflict…

RT (2020-05-14). 'We're in deep s**t': Ousted 'whistleblower' Dr. Bright becomes new anti-Trump hero pinning blame on White House. rt.com Mainstream media has elevated National Institutes of Health whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright to heroic status after his congressional testimony denounced Trump's Covid-19 response as borderline criminally negligent. | Bright, the director of the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) until he was unceremoniously dismissed last month, painted a disturbing picture of a government flying blindly into disaster on Thursday during his testimony on the administration's Covid-19 response before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. | "We're in deep shit"

RT (2020-05-14). Richard Burr to step down as Senate intel chair during FBI's probe into suspicious stock dumps before Covid-19 market crash. rt.com Republican Senator Richard Burr will step down from his post as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee pending a probe into suspicious stock trades he made before the Covid-19 crisis hit US markets. | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that Burr had contacted him to say he would not remain in the role "during the pendency of the investigation." | McConnell said it had been agreed that the decision was "in the best interests of the committee" and would be effective from the end of the day on Friday. | The decision comes hours after FBI agents seized the North Carolina senator's private…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-14). Toothless Congress Fails to Limit Presidential War Powers. strategic-culture.org Some weeks ago, the world woke up to the fact that World War III had just started without anyone being invaded or shots fired. It began when American President Donald J. Trump

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-14). UN economic commission backs guaranteed minimum income in Colombia. colombiareports.com The United Nations' Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) supports an urgent guaranteed minimum income (GMI) as proposed in Colombia's senate. The proposal was coined by some…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-05-13). From Lebanon to Syria, the Arab World is Failing Palestinian Refugees. mintpressnews.com Heinous racism. That is how the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor described a recent decision by Lebanese authorities to bar Palestinian refugee expats from returning to Lebanon. | Lebanon's restrictions on its Many were ta…

Staff (2020-05-13). Naomi Klein: Healthcare Industry Sees "Potential Bonanza" of Profits in COVID-19 Crisis. democracynow.org As the top infectious disease expert testifies to the Senate that needless death and suffering could result from reopening too quickly, author and journalist Naomi Klein says a "pandemic shock doctrine" is beginning to emerge. "The fact that a large sector of the economy, the healthcare industry, sees a potential bonanza here … that's a win for them."

RT (2020-05-13). Senate votes down anti-surveillance amendment, as both parties back warrantless spying on Americans' browser history. rt.com The US Senate has voted down an amendment that would limit surveillance of Americans' internet records. Apparently, the true divide in Washington is not between Democrat and Republican, but those for or against the police state. | The US Senate met on Wednesday to debate the reauthorization of some provisions of the USA Freedom Act, an expansive domestic surveillance bill that expired in March. As Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought the Act to the floor, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced an amendment that would explicitly bar law enforcement from snooping on Americans' internet browsing and search…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-05-12). Pivot To Peace Must Replace US Pivot To War With China. dissidentvoice.org US and Chinese Fists and Weapons face-off (from the Financial Times) The Trump administration, in seeking to divert attention from its bungled response to the COVID-19 pandemic and mishandling of the economic collapse, is escalating the bipartisan anti-China policy, which has a long history. This increases the potential of military conflict and economic war between …

ahtribune (2020-05-12). Civilian Taxi Driver Shot and Killed by US Military in Deir Ezzor. ahtribune.com Before the outbreak of the Syrian conflict, Yasser Aslan used to teach programming. With the war and ever-dwindling economy, Yasser, the only breadwinner in the family of six, had to look for additional sources of income. Like thousands of other Syrians, he turned his car – a KIA Rio – into a taxi, and drove along the dangerous roads of Deir Ezzor province in an attempt to make the ends meet for himself, his wife and four daughters (15-years-old teenager and 4-years-old triplets). | Deir-Ezzor, as well as other eastern provinces of Syria, still suffers from small-scale yet lethal attacks carried out by remnant…

Aaron Maté (2020-05-11). Bombshell: Crowdstrike admits 'no evidence' Russia stole emails from DNC server. thegrayzone.com Crowdstrike, the firm behind the Russian email hacking allegation at the core of Russiagate, makes a bombshell admission: "We did…

Staff (2020-05-08). Palestinians And Israelis Remember Casualties Together. therealnews.com The alternative memorial service organized by peace organizations in Israel/Palestine challenges the racist official memorial services of the State of Israel in which only Israeli casualties are remembered.

Staff (2020-05-08). Headlines for May 8, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Pass 75,000 as Trump Sidelines Top Medical Experts, Trump to Be Tested for Coronavirus Daily After Valet Tests Positive, Vigil at White House Honors 88 Who Died from "Trump's Abhorrent Failure to Protect Nurses", U.S. Unemployment Claims Soar to 33.3 Million Amid Pandemic | , Democrats Promise "Rooseveltian" Coronavirus Relief Bill | , Mitch McConnell Prioritizes Judicial Confirmations as Senate Returns Amid Pandemic | , Data Shows 35 of 40 People Arrested in NY for Social Distancing Violations Are Black | , Texas Stops Jailing Lockdown Violators; Nebraska Ends Reporting on Meat Plant COVI…

Ryan Cristián (2020-04-29). Israel Attacks Syria, US OKs Annexation, OPCW Caught Again & Impending (Already Here) Bio False Flag. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (4/28/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …