2018-05-09: News Headlines

Gary Leupp (2018-05-09). How Will Europe React to Trump's Dumping the Iran Deal? counterpunch.org People are asking how Iran will respond to Trump's announcement about U.S.withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed by Iran, the U.S., UK, France, Germany, China and Russia in July 2015. I wonder how Germany, the world's fourth largest economy, will react. Last month in her summit with Trump, Angela Merkel reiterated German strong More

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-05-09). Intelligence Officials Are Worried Devin Nunes Would Endanger a U.S. Citizen's Life to Hurt Mueller. alternet.org Even the president appears to acknowledge this. | It seems as if Devin Nunes is protecting Russian oligarchs and endangering U. S. sources . . . and yes, there is a name for that. But it's also possible that Nunes is only protecting Nunes. Maybe it's time for the DOJ to check and make sure that Devin Nunes hasn't been on the receiving end of a "funnel. "The House Intelligence Committee and the Department of Justice remain locked in a conflict over a single issue: No one trusts Devin Nunes. Last Wednesday, senior FBI and national intelligence officials relayed an urgent message to the White House: Information being sought by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes could endanger a top-secret intelligence source. The reason it could endanger that source is that Nunes has demonstrated that he is willing to leak, distort information, and collaborate with the White. . .

truth-out.org (2018-05-09). Stormy Daniels's Lawyer Challenges Trump and Cohen Over Russian Money. truth-out.org Did you know? Truthout is a nonprofit publication and the vast majority of our budget comes from reader donations. It's easy to support our work — click here to get started. | Michael Avenatti upended the entire narrative around the Stormy Daniels case against President Donald Trump Tuesday evening when he provided documents suggesting that his client's complaint is actually tied to charges of potential Russian collusion by the Trump campaign. | After he released the document, which claims that Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen received $500,000 from a company tied to a Russian oligarch after the election, Avenatti appeared on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with host Lawrence O'Donnell to offer a challenge to the president and his attorney. The money, Avenatti said, was sent to the same shell company that Cohen set up to pay his client. | "Michael Cohen, if you're…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2018-05-09). U.S. Hypocrisy Creates Perpetual Enemies and Forever War. truthdig.com In foreign policy, Americans like to keep it simple. Good countries versus bad countries. Democracies versus dictatorships. Of course, as Ronald Reagan reminded Americans, we are a "shining city upon a hill," one of the goodies. What no one seems to ask is whether idealistic Americans have a clear view of the world as it is, or how their worldview affects the United States' global image. Surely, as the U.S. enters its 17th year of perpetual war, these might be questions worth pursuing. Problem is, the truth can be disturbing. | So humor me for a moment and join me on a tour of American hypocrisy and naiveté, from Africa to the South Pacific. | Let's begin with the big boys. | ● Russia, with Vladimir Putin at the helm, is considered one of the baddies—even MSNBC thinks so these…

Andrew Korybko (2018-05-09). John Bolton Has Advocated the "Libyan Model" for North Korea's Denuclearization. Is Pyongyang Surrendering its Deterrence Capabilities? globalresearch.ca The new US National Security Advisor John Bolton controversially advocated the so-called "Libyan model" for North Korea's denuclearization. | While he was indeed speaking about the technical aspect of this example in having the North African country completely surrender all of …

Andrew Korybko (2018-05-09). Russia's Grand Strategy in Afro-Eurasia. Skillful Diplomacy. What Could Go Wrong? globalresearch.ca Russia's 21st-century grand strategy is all about becoming the supreme "balancing" force in Afro-Eurasia through the skillful diplomatic management of the hemisphere's multiple conflicts, though the greatest danger to this vision comes not from the US' Hybrid Wars, …

Hans Stehling (2018-05-09). Trump and Netanyahu Collude to Damage NATO, Risk Middle East Instability and Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump's White House default on the politically vital Iran deal, that was so painstakingly negotiated in conjunction with Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China in order to preserve world peace, has been done on the instructions of, and …

Tony Cartalucci (2018-05-09). America Planned to Break "Iran Nuclear Deal" Years Before Signing It. globalresearch.ca The so-called "Iran Nuclear Deal," officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed on 2015 now under threat by a backtracking US — was billed at the time of its signing as a historic agreement that provided …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-05-09). Video: The Art of War: The B61-12, America's New "Nuclear Parcel Bomb" globalresearch.ca The new B61-12 nuclear bomb — which the US is preparing to send to Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland and probably other European countries — is now in its final stages of development. | This was announced by General Jack Weinstein, …

Craig Murray (2018-05-09). Trump's Act of American Hubris. EU Opposition to Repeal of Iran Nuclear Agreement. globalresearch.ca The United States is so far doing virtually no trade with Iran anyway. In 2017 total US exports to Iran were just 138 million dollars, and total imports a mere 63 million dollars, figures entirely insignificant to the US economy. …

Margaret Kimberley (2018-05-09). Trump and Israeli Collusion. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump's decision to exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement on Iranian nuclear capability is in keeping with his doctrine of joining Israel at the hip of the United States. Fealty to the state of …

Stephen Lendman (2018-05-09). Trump Withdraws from Iran Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | There's nothing "horrible" about the JCPOA deal, plenty awful about Trump pulling out. | His deplorable action came as expected — added proof that …

Daniel McAdams (2018-05-09). War Codes in Trump's Iran Proclamation. globalresearch.ca Today President Trump announced that he was canceling US participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA) otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal. The president's assertions were ludicrous and factually incorrect, but the neocons who were no doubt …

Zero Hedge (2018-05-09). Trump Pulls US Out of "Unacceptable, Defective" Iran Deal; Obama Slams Decision as "So Misguided" globalresearch.ca Summary | President Trump is withdrawing the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran | Trump is reinstating sanctions on Iran, but didn't explain how that will play out | The deal "should have never never been made," the president says | Trump …

Jamie Merrill (2018-05-09). Trump Breaks Landmark Iran Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump has announced that the US will withdraw from the landmark Iran nuclear deal, in the most significant foreign policy move of his presidency so far. | In a blow to US allies who support the deal, Trump said: | "I …

Morning Star (2018-05-09). Trump's Iran decision makes world more dangerous, says atomic expert. peoplesworld.org U.S. President Donald Trump made the world a more dangerous place by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, former atomic adviser Mohamed el-Baradei warned today. Former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, el-Baradei called the decision to withdraw from the agreement "a tantrum and an act of bravado" by Trump. He warned that […]…

truth-out.org (2018-05-09). Medea Benjamin: The Peace Movement Must Mobilize to Support Diplomacy in Iran and North Korea. truth-out.org President Trump announced Tuesday he is pulling the United States out of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal, brokered by his predecessor, President Obama. That same day, Trump's new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to North Korea to finalize plans for President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to hold a landmark face-to-face meeting. For more on President Trump, the Iran nuclear deal and efforts to avoid nuclear proliferation and nuclear war, we speak with Media Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, author of "Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran." She has also participated in the peace delegation to North Korea, Women Cross DMZ. | TRANSCRIPT | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: And, Medea, I wanted to ask you — you were very involved in the peace movement against the Iraq War. I'm wondering what your sense is…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-09). Trump Vindicates Iranian Hardliners and Victimizes Ordinary Citizens. consortiumnews.com Donald Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iranian nuclear deal only strengthens Iranian hardliners, hurts average people and drives up the potential for a devastating war, argue Trita Parsi and Ryan Costello. By Trita Parsi and Ryan… Read more →

Manlio Dinucci (2018-05-09). VIDEO — L'Arte della Guerra — Flotta Usa con 1000 missili nel Mediterraneo. globalresearch.ca La Truman — superportaerei lunga oltre 300 metri, dotata di due reattori nucleari — puà≤ lanciare all'attacco, a ondate successive, 90 caccia ed elicotteri. Il suo gruppo d'attacco, integrato da 4 cacciatorpediniere già nel Mediterraneo e da alcuni sottomarini, puà≤ …

Eric Ortiz (2018-05-09). Obama Blasts Trump's Decision to Withdraw From Iran Nuclear Deal. truthdig.com The Iran nuclear deal was signed on Barack Obama's watch as president of the United States. On Tuesday, he was not happy to see Donald Trump withdraw from the 2015 agreement, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was meant to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. | Obama wrote a 942-word response on Facebook, calling the decision "a serious mistake" that could lead to war with Iran. | Read Obama's full post below: There are few issues more important to the security of the United States than the potential spread of nuclear weapons, or the potential for even more destructive war in the Middle East. That's why the United States negotiated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the first place. | The reality is clear. The JCPOA is working—that is a view shared by our European…

truth-out.org (2018-05-09). Iran Again in the Crosshairs as War Hawks Rejoice. truth-out.org A woman passes a mural painted on the wall of the former US Embassy in Tehran, Iran. Donald Trump announced withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on May 9, 2018. US (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images) | Truthout won't back down from taking Trump and his cronies to task. Click here to support journalism that holds those in power accountable! | After Donald Trump finished sloughing his way through a piteously thin explanation for withdrawing the US from the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday afternoon, he slumped his way to the door, looking for all the world like an old hound badly in need of a nap … where he was greeted by newly minted national security adviser John Bolton, who was smiling under his mustache like some feral Cheshire cat. | If you are wondering…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-05-09). Malaysia Unofficial Election Results: Tun Mahathir Next Prime Minister of Malaysia? globalresearch.ca Unofficial results of Malaysia's general election point to a victory of the opposition led by Tun Mahathir Mohamad. | First reports confirmed that "The opposition is gaining ground in the ruling party's eastern stronghold of Sarawak state, and TV networks report …

The New Arab (2018-05-09). Israel Will Assassinate Syria's Assad if He Allows Iran to Operate in Syria? Israeli Minister of Energy. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Yuval Steinitz | Israel will assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if he continues to allow close ally Iran to operate in Syria, the Israeli energy minister has warned. | Yuval Steinitz made the warning to Israeli news website Ynet on …

Michelle Zacarias (2018-05-09). Spilling 'The T': How Chicago artists are queering up the independent web scene. peoplesworld.org

Staff (2018-05-09). Seattle Debates Business Tax for Homelessness. truthdig.com SEATTLE—Seattle's latest tax proposal to combat homelessness takes aim at large businesses such as Amazon that have helped drive the city's economic boom. | But the measure has sparked intense debate — even shouting matches in otherwise reserved Seattle — over who should pay to solve the housing crisis exacerbated by that growth. | The City Council is proposing a tax on employee hours to raise about $75 million a year for affordable housing and homelessness services. Nearly 600 large employers making at least $20 million in gross revenues would pay about $500 a year per worker. | Amazon, the city's largest employer, would take the biggest hit. | Supporters insist the online retailer and others that have benefited from Seattle's prosperity and contributed to growing income inequality and skyrocketing rents can and should pay. | Businesses and others say the so-called head…

IMEMC News (2018-05-09). Updated: Israeli Soldiers Abduct Fourteen Palestinians In The West Bank. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, at least fourteen Palestinians from their homes, after invading and violently searching them, in several parts of the occupied West Bank. The soldiers also caused fire in olive orchards and wheat fields. Media sources in Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied […]…

Staff (2018-05-09). Iran Sanctions May Hit European Firms, Boeing Hard. truthdig.com Major companies could see billions of dollars in commercial deals canceled, although the ultimate impact remains unclear due to the possibility of renegotiations and exemptions, experts say.

Cesar Chelala (2018-05-09). Trump's Decision on Iran Deal Spells Disaster for the Middle East. counterpunch.org President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the deal with Iran creates, unnecessarily, a new source of tension in a region besieged by conflicts. Given the level of legal troubles that President Trump is facing now, his decision could be based to some extent in creating the conditions to fog his personal drama. President More

Telesur (2018-05-09). China-DPRK Relations: Kim Jong-un and Xi Jinping Meet in Dalian. globalresearch.ca Chinese President Xi Jinping held a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Dalian, China on Monday and Tuesday. | The two leaders, along with several officials from each country, held a luncheon and discussed pressing issues on China-North …

Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-09). Trump Has Now Opened the Door to War Against Iran. alternet.org The U. S. and its allies may find themselves in yet another unnecessary military conflict. | So, there it goes. Trump did what he promised. He took the United States out of the "Iran deal. " It was possible that Trump was merely bluffing. He has done this before. He has suggested a policy and then done the very opposite. But on Iran, all the signs pointed toward this madness. For it is, indeed, madness. Just after he did so, the Israelis bombed an Iranian facility inside Syria. This is not Israel's first attack on Iranian assets inside Syria. Nonetheless, it was very provocative that Israel attacked just two hours after Trump's dramatic withdrawal of the United States from the 2015 Iran deal. What do Trump and his allies hope will happen with this withdrawal? Already, as uncertainty gripped Iran and its creditors over the past. . .

truth-out.org (2018-05-09). Healing a City Afflicted With Police Brutality: A Conversation With Oakland Activist Cat Brooks. truth-out.org You can tell a city's morals and values by what they put their money into, says Cat Brooks, co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project, executive director of the Justice Teams Network and mayoral candidate for Oakland, California. She discusses her work around police accountability and healing justice and the need to prioritize mental health and restorative justice over law enforcement.Cat Brooks, co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project and the executive director of the Justice Teams Network. (Photo: Pax Ahimsa Gethen / Flickr) | Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We're now more than a year into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those months. Yet there is always more to be done, and for many people, the question of where to focus and how to help remains. In this series, we talk with organizers, agitators and educators not…

IMEMC News (2018-05-09). Soldiers Steal 20.000 Shekels From Two Homes In Hebron. imemc.org Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, the homes of two Palestinians siblings in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, violently searched them and stole 20.000 Shekels, the WAFA Palestinian News Agency has reported. The soldiers invaded the homes of Abdul-Karim Rashid Abu Ramouz, and his brother, […]…

John Wojcik (2018-05-09). Shell game: Trump, Cohen rake in big bucks by selling access. peoplesworld.org New documents show that a shell company set up by Michael Cohen, President Trump's fixer, was used not just to pay off a pornography star and an impregnated Playboy model, but, far worse, to enrich Trump and his fixer in exchange for access to the president and the U.S. government. The shell company that was […]…

IMEMC News (2018-05-09). Soldiers Prevent A Palestinian From Building A Wall Around His Land In Bethlehem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers prevented, Wednesday, a Palestinian farmer from Nahhalin village, west of Bethlehem, from building a wall around his lands in the an-Nossiyya area, north of the town. Hani Fannoun, the deputy-mayor of Nahhalin Local Council, said the soldiers verbally informed Mahmoud Abdul-Jalil Zakarna, that the army will not allow […]…

PW Readers (2018-05-09). Readers speak: Utopian futures, cocktail party Marxism, and Obama's imperialism. peoplesworld.org People's World readers offer their take on a number of recent articles featured in our pages. The comments below have been proofread and edited for length. Join the discussion on the PW website and on Facebook, or submit your comments directly to editors@peoplesworld.org. Re: Scholars mark milestones along past utopian roads to the future Henry Millstein says: Fascinating […]…

Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos (2018-05-09). Swiss Pharmaceutical Giant Admits $1 Million in Cohen Payments—Mueller Is Scrutinizing Them. alternet.org This story keeps getting worse for the president's embattled fixer. | A Swiss pharmaceutical company admitted to paying more than $1 million to Michael Cohen's company, Essential Consultants LLC, in a statement released Wednesday. The one-year contract extended from March 2017 to February 2018—payments special counsel Robert Mueller has been looking into. From the Novartis statement: With the recent change in administration, Novartis believed that Michael Cohen could advise the company as to how the Trump administration might approach certain US healthcare policy matters, including the Affordable Care Act. After the initial meeting in March 2017, Novartis said it quickly "determined that Michael Cohen and Essential Consultants would be unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated related to US healthcare policy matters" and decided not to further engage with him. But they said they were already locked into a. . .

Staff (2018-05-09). What Do U.S. Pundits Know About North Korea That Most South Koreans Don't? truthdig.com Recent developments between North and South Korea have been met with widespread optimism and praise from the latter's public. Judging by U.S. media coverage, one would hardly know this.

Global Research News (2018-05-09). Selected Articles: The US-Israel Alliance Is a Threat to World Peace. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | "Lying" in mainstream journalism has become the "new normal": mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. | Lies, …

Robert Roth (2018-05-09). What's Really Happening in Syria: Who Started the War, Who Can You Trust to Tell the Truth? globalresearch.ca This article, first published on GR in January 2017, provides an understanding of the history of the war on Syria, from the outset in mid-March 2011. | The U.S./NATO line | If you try to follow events in the mainstream media (MSM), …

Brian Kalman (2018-05-09). Military Incompetence? Failed Performance of April 14th US-UK-France Missile Attack against Syria. globalresearch.ca Like so many others that watched the unfolding U.S.-led cruise missile strike on Syria in the early morning hours of April 14th, I was amazed by the brazen and ill-conceived nature of such an undertaking. Not only was …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-05-09). VIDEO — A Arte da Guerra. A Frota USA com 1.000 mísseis no Mediterrâneo. globalresearch.ca A distribuiàßà£o estratégica do grupo naval do porta-aviàµes USS Harry S. Truman, interveio ao mesmo tempo que o bombardeio tripartido da Síria. Esta armada, incluindo uma fragata alemà£, acaba de entrar no Mediterrâneo com poder de fogo incomparável. Segundo a …

AlterNet (2018-05-09). Watch Kamala Harris Shoot Down Evasive Gina Haspel Answers About the Morality of Torture. alternet.org The nominee was given nowhere to hide. | Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) put her skills as a prosecutor on full display during Wednesday's hearing for President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA. Nominee Gina Haspel has faced intense scrutiny over her role in the Bush-era interrogation program that was found to include torture among its techniques. President Barack Obama famously acknowledged the U. S. role in torture publicly during Bush's presidency and committed to banning it. Harris wanted to get down to the basic moral question of torture as Haspel kept resorting to legalese when asked about her past role. "So one question I have not heard you answer is, 'Do you believe that the previous interrogation techniques were immoral? '" Harris asked. "It's a 'yes or no' answer. ""Senator, I believe that CIA did extraordinary work to prevent another attack on this country giving the legal. . .

Tom Engelhardt (2018-05-09). Extremists R Us. counterpunch.org They are the extremists. If you need proof, look no further than the Afghan capital, Kabul, where the latest wave of suicide bombings has proven devastating. Recently, for instance, a fanatic set off his explosives among a group of citizens lining up outside a government office to register to vote in upcoming elections. At least 57 people died, including 22 More

IMEMC News (2018-05-09). Detainee In Critical Condition From Brain Hemorrhaging. imemc.org The Palestinian Detainees' Committee has reported, Tuesday, that a detainee suffered serious brain hemorrhaging, and is currently in a coma at an Israeli hospital. The Committee stated that the soldiers also assaulted the detainee, Aziz 'Oweisat, while moving him to the hospital, as the army is accusing him of stabbing […]…

truth-out.org (2018-05-09). A Prisoner in Gina Haspel's Black Site. truth-out.org While most of her career as a CIA operative remains secret, newly available documents shed light on a pivotal moment in the career of President Donald Trump's choice to head the nation's spy agency, Gina Haspel. Her nomination has already revived the country's unresolved debate over interrogation methods that many experts consider torture. A trove of partially declassified CIA documents, released earlier this year, offers a glimpse at one coercive interrogation she is known to have supervised.Gina Haspel arrives to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on her nomination to be the next CIA director in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on May 9, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images) | He was a small man, one interrogator recalled, and so thin that he would slip in his restraints when the masked CIA guards…

Ramzy Baroud (2018-05-09). Eclipsing Factionalism: The Missing Story From the Gaza Protests. mintpressnews.com Palestinians, disenchanted with factional division, are laboring to create a new political space, independent from the whims of factions; because, for them, the real fight is that against Israeli Occupation.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-09). Nurses' campaign for Medicare for All gets boost from Sanders. peoplesworld.org

truth-out.org (2018-05-09). Redistricting and the 2018 Elections: Can Democrats Stop the GOP's Winning Streak? truth-out.org (Photo: adamkaz / iStock / Getty Images Plus) | The 2018 elections will affect who draws the political maps for redistricting after the 2020 census. Republicans understood this 10 years ago and implemented a strategy that led to a decade of Democratic Party defeats at nearly every level of government. Now Democrats are seeking to reverse this trend, but no matter how the balance of power shifts, this form of partisan gerrymandering is a problem for representative democracy.(Photo: adamkaz / iStock / Getty Images Plus) | The four states that held primaries last night for the coming 2018 elections — Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia — are overwhelmingly controlled by the GOP. Republicans control all eight state legislative bodies within them, with 396 Republican state legislators compared with 189 Democrats. Three of the four states are

Dennis J Bernstein (2018-05-09). The Rohingya, Facing Turmoil in Exile, Welcomed Back to Myanmar With Words but Not Action. mintpressnews.com Dennis J. Bernstein spoke with filmmaker and human rights activist, Jeanne Hallacy, just back with horror stories from Myanmar and the massive Rohingya camps of over 700,000 in neighboring Bangladesh.

truth-out.org (2018-05-09). Take the Money and Run: Trump Tax Cuts Boost Earnings of ALEC Corporations Which Promptly Lay Off Workers. truth-out.org Thirty seconds: That's how long it takes to support the independent journalism at Truthout. We're counting on you. Click here to chip in! | Nine major publicly-traded corporations that are funders of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), just reported earnings from the first quarter of 2018. Trump's recent massive corporate tax cuts were sold as a job creation mechanism, but rather than creating jobs, all nine companies reported layoffs that have recently taken place or are planned for 2018. | ALEC, global corporations, and state politicians vote behind closed doors to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called "model bills" reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit the corporations writing or voting on the legislation. | The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 — pushed hard by the Koch Caucus in…

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