2020-05-21: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-21). 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.

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-21). "KievGate" and the November 2020 Presidential Elections. Biden and Poroshenko Colluded in Ukraine. globalresearch.ca Money-controlled US elections are farcical when held — world's apart from what democracy in action is supposed to. | It's a notion long abhorred by both right wings of the one-party state — the war party, the money party, the anti-peace, …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-21). "KievGate" and the November Presidential Elections. Biden and Poroshenko Colluded in Ukraine. globalresearch.ca Money-controlled US elections are farcical when held — world's apart from what democracy in action is supposed to. | It's a notion long abhorred by both right wings of the one-party state — the war party, the money party, the anti-peace, …

Liberation Staff (2020-05-21). La Riva designated presumptive Peace & Freedom Party presidential nominee in California. liberationnews.org The following statement was originally published by the Peace and Freedom Party.

Jonathan Power (2020-05-21). A Machiavellian US in the Middle East. counterpunch.org The war in Syria has dropped out of the news, like almost everything else, in a time when the Coronavirus seems to dominate all discourse and reporting. But the regime of Bashar al-Assad continues to strangle its own country. The Russians continue to bomb on his behalf, terrifying civilians and hospitals. The Americans work semi-clandestinely

Jonathan Cook (2020-05-21). Outspoken Palestinians — Transformed Into Antisemites Simply Because They Call for Peace. globalresearch.ca An attack on a prominent British-Palestinian doctor and academic, Ghada Karmi, by a self-styled "antisemitism watchdog" looks suspiciously like a new trend in anti-Palestinian bigotry and bullying dressed up as victimhood. | Late last month, the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), …

Heidi Shierholz (2020-05-21). Congress Must Do Much, Much, Much More to Help Tens of Millions Unemployed. commondreams.org A prolonged depression is virtually guaranteed without significant federal aid to state and local governments. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dr. Dennis Etler (2020-05-21). The US Is Trying to Dismember China by Promoting Separatism in Its Regions. globalresearch.ca The US Senate, on 14 May passed bill on the mistreatment of Uyghur minority in China. The bill demands President Donald Trump to sanction Chinese officials who partake in the violating rights and freedoms of Uyghur community in the northwestern …

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-20). The US' "Medical Terrorism" Against Syria Threatens to Make World War C Much Deadlier. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Ambassador to Russia slammed the US' sanctions against his country as a form of medical terrorism that prevents it from importing much-needed "medicines, and medical goods, and other means to combat [COVID-19]", which strongly suggests that America wants …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2020-05-20). How Russia is Botching Its Relationship With Syria. counterpunch.org What complicates Russia's relationship with Syria, which has sometimes been referred to as a Russian client state, is that two strong-willed, highly self-opinionated leaders are also involved here—Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Syria Bashar al-Assad. Both enjoy unshakeable clan support and can hold their ground. Assad is by no means a Russian protege, and the interests of the two countries do not always overlap, either.

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2020-05-20). How Russia is botching its alliance with Syria. mronline.org Russia's relationships with its client states have never been easy. Of course, managing client states is always a complicated exercise. The Kremlin's cupboard is full of skeletons—Hungary (1956), Czechoslovakia (1968), Cuba (1962), Afghanistan (1980), Ukraine (2014) and so on.

Eoin Higgins (2020-05-20). Progressives slam oil-soaked Steny Hoyer for backing Joe Kennedy III over Green New Deal champion Ed Markey. nationofchange.org "House Democratic Leadership has worked for over a year to disadvantage progressive primary challengers through the DCCC Blacklist."

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-20). Failures in Syria and Libya Fuel Coup Speculations Against Erdogan. globalresearch.ca Turkish media has been full of speculation of a potential coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including from state-run

South Front (2020-05-20). Video: Turkey's 'Neo-Ottoman' Project Shifts Focus From Syria to Libya. globalresearch.ca This week, massive Turkish military support has finally allowed the Government of National Accord to achieve some breakthrough in the battle against the Libyan National Army (LNA). | On May 18, GNA forces and members of Turkish-backed militant groups from Syria …

South Front (2020-05-20). Video: Caliphate in Miniature: Rift Between Turkey and Al-Qaeda in Idlib. globalresearch.ca In the second half of April and early May, the Syrian province of Idlib became the epicenter of a military political drama developing between Turkish forces and their al-Qaeda-linked allies. | The escalated tensions even led to a military incident on …

Steven Sahiounie (2020-05-20). The US Is Using Wheat as a Weapon of War in Syria. globalresearch.ca Apache helicopters of the

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-05-20). Israel Strikes Syria to Keep the USA in the Levant 20 Years After the Unconditional Withdrawal From Lebanon — What Has Been Achieved? globalresearch.ca Following its

Yves Engler (2020-05-20). Canada Does Not Deserve a Seat on the UN Security Council. dissidentvoice.org Despite its peaceful reputation, Canada is not acting as a benevolent player on the international stage. Rather, Canada ranks among the twelve largest arms exporters and its weapons have fueled conflicts across the globe, including the devastating war in Yemen. In a disappointing move, Canada refused to join 122 countries represented at the 2017 UN Conference to Negotiate a …

news.un (2020-05-20). UN Middle East peace envoy warns against unilateral action on all sides, as Israel threatens West Bank annexation. news.un.org The UN's Middle East peace envoy issued a stern warning on Wednesday against any unilateral action — including an Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank — that could undermine diplomatic efforts to get Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-05-21). Despite Deadly Pandemic, Trump Says: "We Don't Want Anybody to Do Mail-in Ballots" commondreams.org "Five states already have all-mail elections—Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-21). "Tom Perez's Worst Nightmare": Newly Elected DNC Member RL Miller to Push Dems on Climate. commondreams.org RL Miller, founder of the advocacy group Climate Hawks Vote, was elected to the Democratic National Committee last Friday—and she intends to push the Democratic Party's governing body to improve how it handles the climate crisis and fossil fuel industry, according to a Thursday interview in Emily Atkin's HEATED newsletter. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-05-21). From Syria to U.S.-Mexico Border, Refugees Worldwide Face Hunger & Deprivation as COVID-19 Spreads. democracynow.org We look at the coronavirus threat to millions of refugees across the globe, where social distancing is often impossible and healthcare is extremely limited. We're joined by Dr. Miriam Orcutt, executive director of Lancet Migration.

Toby Blomé (2020-05-21). Memorial Day Peace Caravan. indybay.org Sponsored by CODEPINK | All invited to join Peace Caravan, with cars decorated with anti-war relevant signs and colorful visuals. We'll travel across the Golden Gate Bridge, thru the Presidio, and end up at Sen. Dianne Feinstein's SF Home for: Rally, Press Conference and Memorial Altar.

Charlotte Casey (2020-05-21). Memorial Day Car Caravan for Peace. indybay.org Stevens Creek & Winchester Blvds, San Jose…

Progressive Democrats of America (2020-05-21). Let's Flip the Senate Blue 2020 (webinar). indybay.org Online via Zoom…

RT (2020-05-21). Top Russian, Turkish diplomats support Libya ceasefire, discuss Syria in phone call. rt.com Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu backed an immediate ceasefire in Libya during a phone call, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. | The two diplomats also supported the resumption of the United Nations political process in the North African country, it said. | Lavrov and Cavusoglu spoke a day after the Libyan National Army of eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar said it had pulled back from some Tripoli frontlines amid its year-long offensive aimed at seizing the capital, Reuters reports. | The ministers also discussed Syria and conf…

RT (2020-05-21). One of Earth's main planetary defense telescopes just spotted a NEW kind of ASTEROID… with a tail. rt.com A newly discovered asteroid, unlike any we've seen before, has been reported by scientists at the University of Hawaii. Dubbed 2019 LD2, it is unique not just because of what it is, but where — sharing an orbit with Jupiter. | Asteroids that behave like comets, emitting gas or sublimating, are rare but not unknown, and are called active asteroids. | | (Left) ATLAS image of 2019 LD2 (indicated by two red lines) is almost lost in crowded field of stars. © University of Hawaii at MƒÅnoa | However, 2019 LD2 boasts an asteroidal orbit but a comet-like tail, and is part of an asteroid swarm c…

RT (2020-05-21). Beijing complains to Washington about planned sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan. rt.com China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it had lodged "solemn representations" with the United States to complain about a planned Washington's sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan. | China firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan, ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing. | The US government has notified Congress of a possible sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan worth around $180 million, further souring already tense ties between Washington and Beijing, Reuters said. | The US State Department has approved a possible sale to Taiwan of 18 MK-48 Mod6 Advanced Technology Heavy Weight Torpedoes an…

RT (2020-05-20). Morning Mika demands Twitter censor Trump over murder accusations, wants to speak with CEO Jack and lawyer. rt.com MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski wants to see the manager. She is attempting to get President Donald Trump's Twitter account banned over tweets in which he accused her husband Joe Scarborough of murder. | The president regularly uses social media to slam critics in legacy outlets, but his recent tweets about 'Morning Joe' co-host Scarborough were particularly harsh, as they relate to the 2001 death of an intern in the former congressman's office. | Conspiracy theories have swirled around the death for years, although the medical examiner at the time found it to be accidental, reporting the intern passed out from an…

sputniknews (2020-05-21). US Senate Passes Bill That Could Block Chinese Companies From Stock Exchanges. sputniknews.com In September 2019, reports emerged suggesting that the Trump administration was considering the possibility of limiting US investment into the Chinese economy and delisting Chinese companies from US stock exchanges. The White House, however, dismissed the reports as untrue.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-20). National Day of Mourning Slams Trump and GOP's Failed Covid-19 Response as US Death Toll Nears 100,000. commondreams.org As the U.S. death toll from Covid-19 climbed toward 100,000 and congressional Republicans continued "pumping the brakes" on further relief spending, a coalition of advocacy groups on Wednesday held a "National Day of Mourning" to protest the GOP's inadequate response to the coronavirus pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-20). Cuba: End of Sanctions Is More Important Than Nobel Peace Prize for Its Doctors. strategic-culture.org In recognition for the Cuban doctors' efforts to aid nations across the world to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, there have been In 2015, the Henry Reeves Medical Brigade was nominated for the Nob…

Staff (2020-05-20). Mnuchin Wants to Deny Unemployment to Workers Who Stay Home Due to COVID Risk. truthout.org United States Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin assured conservative lawmakers on Tuesday that unemployment benefits could not be collected by workers who refused to return to work out of fear of contracting coronavirus. | While speaking before the Senate Banking Committee, Sen. David Perdue questioned Mnuchin on whether additional aid of $600 per week in unemployment "disincentivizes" people from returning to work. It's estimated that half the U.S. workforce could receive more income from un…

news.un (2020-05-19). Syria: UN relief chief appeals for renewal of lifesaving cross-border aid operation. news.un.org The UN's top aid official has urged the Security Council to renew a mechanism that provides lifesaving assistance to millions of desperate people in northwest Syria, through cross-border deliveries from Turkey.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-19). Turn Out the Lights, Russiagate Is Over. strategic-culture.org The possibility that Trump will not chicken out this time, and rather will challenge the Security State looms large since he felt personally under attack. | Ray McGOVERN | Seldom mentioned among the motives behind the persistent drumming on alleged Russian interference was an over-arching need to help the Security State hide their tracks. | The need for a scapegoat to blame for Hillary Clinton's snatching defeat out of the jaws victory also played a role; as did the need for the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank complex (MICIMATT) to keep front and center in the minds of Ame…