2018-05-14: News Headlines

IMEMC News (2018-05-15). Thousands of Palestinians March In Ramallah. imemc.org Thousand of Palestinians marched, Monday, from Martyr Yasser Arafat Square in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and headed towards Qalandia terminal, north of Jerusalem. The protesters marched while carrying Palestinian flags, and signs affirming their legitimate, internationally guaranteed rights of Freedom, independence and the Right of Return to […]…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-15). U.S. Media Whitewashes Gaza Massacre. consortiumnews.com As Israel killed more than 50 Palestinians in cold blood protesting the American embassy move on Monday, U.S. corporate media failed to accurately report what happened in Gaza, once again meekly protecting the government line, argues Joe Lauria. By Joe… Read more →

Juan Cole (2018-05-15). How Iran And Muslims Saved Jews When Rome Excluded Them From Jerusalem. iranian.com The move of the Trump administration of the US embassy to Jerusalem is intended, according to the president, to signal a recognition of the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. This move is controversial because Israel's sovereignty over Jerusalem is not recognized in international law. The 1947 partition plan suggested in the UN […]

Mehr News (2018-05-15). Kite Festival In Qazvin, Iran. iranian.com A large gathering of people in Qazvin, northwest of Iran, brought their colorful kites out last Friday to enjoy their weekend with family members and friends.

Staff (2018-05-15). 55 Die in Gaza Protests as Israel Fetes U.S. Embassy Move. truthdig.com In a jarring contrast, Israeli forces attack Palestinians at the Gaza border, while a few miles away Israel and the U.S. celebrate the new embassy in contested Jerusalem.

RT (2018-05-15). Bolton wants all of North Korea's nukes shipped to US in exchange for 'security assurances'. rt.com President Donald Trump's national security adviser wants North Korea to ship all of its nuclear weapons to a US lab in Tennessee, to make sure Kim Jong-un follows through on his promise to dismantle the program.
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amnesty.org (2018-05-15). South Korea: Plans to introduce alternative service for conscientious objectors must be realized. amnesty.org Amnesty International welcomes the decision of the South Korean government to consider plans of introducing an alternative to compulsory military service. While long overdue, this is a measure that is critically needed to end decades of human rights violations.

amnesty.org (2018-05-15). Help get Wang Quanzhang home to his family. amnesty.org Five year old Quanquan thinks his dad is a hero. But he hasn't seen him in almost three years because he has been detained by the Chinese Government.: | Wang Quanzhang is a human rights lawyer from China who has spent years defending the rights of others – and risking his safety to do it. One day, almost three years ago, he was taken by the Chinese authorities and his family does not know for sure where he is or even if he is alive… | But Quanquan and his mother, Li Wenzu, are trying to save Wang Quanzhang and get him home safely. To mark 1000 days since her husband went missing, Li Wenzu began a 100km march from Beijing to Tianjin where she thinks he might be. Though Li Wenzu was stopped by the authorities, she thinks that the only reason…

RT (2018-05-15). 'Torture & war crimes': Former Gitmo detainee challenges waterboarding-apologist Green Beret. rt.com Waterboarding is an illegal and torturous practice, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee told RT after one Green Beret tried to justify the enchanted interrogation technique in support of Gina Haspel's CIA appointment.
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amnesty.org (2018-05-15). Kenya: Families torn apart: Forced eviction of Indigenous people in Embobut forest. amnesty.org Families in Embobut forest, in the North Rift Valley of Kenya, are losing their homes, livelihoods, and access to cultural practices. They belong to the Sengwer Indigenous People and Embobut is their ancestral home. The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has been carrying out forced evictions in the forest since the 1980s; however on Christmas Day 2017 it began a new campaign, burning 341 houses and leading to the killing of one Sengwer man and the hospitalisation with gunshot wounds of another.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-15). Indonesia: ISIS Suicide Bombers Use Children in 4 Attacks. hrw.org Firefighters try to extinguish a blaze following a blast at the Pentecost Church Central Surabaya (GPPS), in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia on May 13, 2018. | © 2018 Antara Foto | (Jakarta) — Coordinated suicide bombings of three Christian churches and the police headquarters in Surabaya, Indonesia's second largest city, on May 13-14, 2018, were repugnant acts of violence, Human Rights Watch said today. The attackers intentionally used their own children, who were between the ages of 9 and 18, to either carry and detonate explosives or to accompany their parents carrying out the attacks. | The bombings killed at least 12 people, plus 13 attackers and their children, and wounded at least 50 others. Three families linked to the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, an affiliate of the Islamic State (also known…

Dennis Morgan (2018-05-14). Why I Support Russia Today (and So Should You). counterpunch.org In the age of globalization during the last quarter of the 20thcentury, the English language achieved global hegemony as the "lingua franca" for international communication. It is no small coincidence that during this same time, after the end of the Cold War, the US rose as the sole and dominant superpower with stated aims to More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). Here's How Trump Is Planning to Undermine Mueller's Investigation. alternet.org John Heilemann, an MSNBC analyst, explained how in one sense, Trump is a strong opponent for Mueller. | MSNBC analyst John Heilemann explained what he takes to be President Donald Trump's strategy for undermining and legal case that special counsel Robert Mueller may bring against him as a part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. In Heilemann's view, the president's strategy is not based around any legal considerations but around public relations. "What happens in court matters a lot, clearly, and the legal realm is super important," Heilemann said. "But the reality is, as we saw with [President Bill] Clinton and other cases, this ultimately could be a political process. Impeachment is a political process, a quasi-legal process, but not a fully legal process. So what the court of public opinion thinks matters a lot. "He continued: "And what Donald Trump. . .

Sayeh Hassan (2018-05-14). Syria Imposes New Rules Of Engagement On Israel. iranian.com On Thursday 10th May 2018, an unprecedented exchange of strikes happened between Israel and Syria. The mainstream media, as well as some "alternative" media like Russia Today, were quick to relay the Israeli army version, according to which the Zionist entity "retaliated" to an "Iranian attack by Revolutionary Guards' Al-Quds Force" consisting of "twenty rockets" fired at Israeli […]

Andrew Korybko (2018-05-14). Victory Day 2018 Forever Changed How Alt-Media Views Russia And Israel. iranian.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's attendance at Victory Day 2018 as President Putin's guest of honor, the day-long meeting that they had, and then Israel's bombing of Iranian positions in Syria later that same night forever changed how the Alt-Media Community views the Russian-Israeli relationship. [dropcap]U[/dropcap]p until this Wednesday's 2018 Victory Day event in Moscow, […]

Dennis Morgan (2018-05-14). Why I Support Russia Today (and So Should You). mintpressnews.com It's not about whether you "agree" or "disagree" with the Russia Today broadcast; more importantly, the principle of fair play in media access and reach is crucial for the health and future of democracy.

Carole Avalon (2018-05-14). A Bloody Chicago welcome, in this week's 'The Americans'. peoplesworld.org Sometimes, even though a mission is thoroughly hopeless from the start, you still soldier through to the thankless end. For Marilyn, who has been a solid team member of Team Soviet for several years, her work has largely consisted of surveillance, and scoping out places later to be visited by Philip Jennings or, after he […]…

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers (2018-05-14). High Alert for Palestinian Slaughter and Conflict with Iran. counterpunch.org There will be a confluence of trigger events this week that could lead to an escalation of conflict. At the same time that the US has reneged on the nuclear agreement and Israeli missiles are attacking Iranians in Syria, the US embassy will be moved to Jerusalem and Palestinians will protest the 70th anniversary of the More

Shane Quinn (2018-05-14). Hitler's Racially-driven Disregard for Nuclear Weapons. globalresearch.ca Adolf Hitler is indeed one of the most hated individuals in world history, whose genocidal policies were responsible for killing tens of millions of people. Yet there is a little known irony regarding the Fascist dictator. As the atomic scientists …

truth-out.org (2018-05-14). Gearing Up for the Third Gulf War. truth-out.org An Israeli soldier stands next to Merkava Mark IV tanks in a deployment area near the Syrian border in the Israel-annexed Golan Heights on May 10, 2018. (Photo: Menahem Kahana / AFP / Getty Images) | Like what you're reading? Help Truthout publish more articles like this one by donating now! | With Donald Trump's decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, announced last Tuesday, it's time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean. The answer, based on the last 16 years of American experience in the Greater Middle East, is that it won't be pretty. | The New York Times recently reported that US Army Special Forces were secretly aiding the Saudi Arabian military against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. It was only the latest sign preceding President Trump's Iran…

Staff (2018-05-14). Rising Mideast Tensions Put World on High Alert. truthdig.com There will be a confluence of trigger events this week that could lead to an escalation of conflict. At the same time that the U.S. has reneged on the nuclear agreement and Israeli missiles are attacking Iranians in Syria, the US embassy will be moved to Jerusalem and Palestinians will protest the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, capping six weeks of actions. | United States Moves Embassy to Controversial Site | On Monday, May 14, the United States will move its embassy to Jerusalem, even though the new US embassy is not yet built. Jerusalem is considered by both Israelis and Palestinians as their capital. This action is part of a 100-year history of Zionist colonization of Jerusalem. | When the announcement of the move was made, there was widespread anger. In Gaza, protesters took to the streets bearing Palestinian…

Patrick Cockburn (2018-05-14). If Europe Wants To Remain On The World Stage, It Must Resist Trump On Iran. iranian.com "Iraq is at the muzzle of the gun," says Ali Allawi, Iraqi historian and former minister, speaking of the increased turmoil expected to follow the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement. It is not only Iraq which is in danger: an escalating confrontation between the US and Iran will affect the whole region, but […]

Global Research News (2018-05-14). International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Verification Chief Resigns following Trump's Decision to Withdraw from Iran Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca

Michael T. Klare (2018-05-14). Gearing Up for the Third Gulf War. globalresearch.ca With Donald Trump's decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, announced last Tuesday, it's time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean. The answer, based on the last 16 years …

Kevin Zeese (2018-05-14). This Week Could See Even More Palestinian Slaughter and Conflict With Iran. mintpressnews.com There will be a confluence of trigger events this week that could lead to an escalation of conflict. At the same time that the US has reneged on the nuclear agreement and Israeli missiles are attacking Iranians in Syria, the US embassy will be moved to Jerusalem and Palestinians will protest the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, capping six weeks of actions. | United States moves embassy to controversial site: White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, right, speaks as U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens during the opening ceremony of the new US embassy in in Jerusalem, Monday, May 14, 2018. (AP/Sebastian Scheiner) | On Monday, May 14, the United States will move its embassy to Jerusalem, even though the new US embassy is not yet built. Jerusalem is considered by both Israelis and Palestinians as their capital. This action…

Michael T. Klare (2018-05-14). How will Washington's Third Gulf War Play Out? mintpressnews.com With Donald Trump's decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, announced last Tuesday, it's time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean. The answer, based on the last 16 years of American experience in the Greater Middle East, is that it won't be pretty. | The New York Times recently reported that U.S. Army Special Forces were secretly aiding the Saudi Arabian military against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. It was only the latest sign preceding President Trump's Iran announcement that Washington was gearing up for the possibility of another interstate war in the Persian Gulf region. The first two Gulf wars — Operation Desert Storm (the 1990 campaign to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait) and the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq — ended in American "victories" that unleashed…

Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch (2018-05-14). Washington Appears to Be Gearing Up for a Third Gulf War. alternet.org Will Washington, Tel Aviv, Riyadh, and Tehran face off in a future cataclysm? | With Donald Trump's decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, announced last Tuesday, it's time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean. The answer, based on the last 16 years of American experience in the Greater Middle East, is that it won't be pretty. The New York Times recently reported that U. S. Army Special Forces were secretly aiding the Saudi Arabian military against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. It was only the latest sign preceding President Trump's Iran announcement that Washington was gearing up for the possibility of another interstate war in the Persian Gulf region. The first two Gulf wars — Operation Desert Storm (the 1990 campaign to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait) and the 2003 U. S.

Prof. James Petras (2018-05-14). Reasons Trump Breaks Nuclear-Sanction Agreement with Iran, Declares Trade War with China and Meets with North Korea. globalresearch.ca Introduction | For some time, critics of President Trump's policies have attributed them to a mental disorder; uncontrolled manic-depression, narcissus bullying and other pathologies. | The question of Trump's mental health raises a deeper question: why does his pathologies take a specific …

James M. Dorsey (2018-05-14). Saudi Arabia Versus Iran On The Football Pitch. iranian.com Saudi Arabia's bitter rivalry with Iran has spilled onto Asian soccer pitches with the newly created South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF) reflecting the kingdom's bid for regional hegemony, including domination of soccer. Saudi Arabia's most recent victory on the pitch was evident in the absence in SWAFF, formed by a merger of the West Asian and […]

truth-out.org (2018-05-14). Workfare for the Private Equity Crew? truth-out.org (Photo: PeopleImages / Getty Images) | Truthout doesn't have billionaire underwriters or the endless budget of corporate news studios — we depend on your support. Click here to donate to independent media! | The Republicans in Congress are again pushing the idea that we have to make people work for benefits like food stamps and Medicaid. Since most people who get these benefits are already working, caring for young children or ill family members, or are themselves disabled, this seems like needless harassment of lower-income families. But, the Republican Party specializes in needless harassment of people without power. | What if, instead of imposing work requirements on people who are struggling to get by on a $126 a month (the average food stamp benefit), we focused on whether the people at the top are working for their money? | Specifically,…

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-05-14). New Yorker Cover Roasts Trump As an Oblivious Golfing Swamp-Dweller. alternet.org So much for draining it. | The New Yorker, a 93-year old magazine that chronicles America, perfectly depicts President Donald Trump on its latest cover. Artist John Cuneo places a golfing Donald Trump in an alligator-infested swamp, surrounded by snakes. Metaphors abound. Take a look: This week's cover, "The Swamp," by John Cuneo: t. co/Z6O7PcUGv2 pic. twitter. com/bDIXir2KHC— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) May 14, 2018 Related Stories: White House Continues Stubborn Refusal to Apologize for Disgusting Staffer Comment About 'Dying' McCainTrump Is Threatening the Safety of Transgender Inmates with Obama Regulation RollbackTrump Was Reportedly Furious with Homeland Security Chief for Not Separating Enough Kids from Their Families

Alastair Crooke (2018-05-14). The Unintended and Irreversible Consequences of Trump's Iran Deal Gamble. mintpressnews.com Contrary to mainstream presentation, Trump's 'war' on Iran has much wider geopolitical ramifications than just a deepening of Iran-Israeli tensions. We will witness further 'unintended consequences' for the US, in the weeks ahead.

Robert Hunziker (2018-05-14). Climate Crisis Clobbers Trump Denials. counterpunch.org Photo by Bert Kaufmann | CC BY 2.0 | Harken! A Trump appointee agrees that climate change is not a hoax. Granted, that is unimaginable, but it is the real thing. An ongoing climate crisis in America's Southwest brings this rare specimen into the limelight. | The climate crisis star of the year is Brenda Burman, commissioner of The Bureau of Reclamation, a division of the Department of Interior, who, in her confirmation hearings said: "I believe that climate change is not a hoax." After all, in her youth she did serve as a park ranger at Grand Canyon National Park; she's an outdoorsperson. | She comes to the forefront via an ongoing dire ultra scary southwestern drought. According to The Bureau of Reclamation (Trump's Bureau) it's the worst drought in over 1,200 years. (Source: Eric Holthaus, Look! A Federal Agency is…

Staff (2018-05-14). U.N. Security Council Sets Meeting Tuesday on Gaza. truthdig.com Kuwait calls for the session after more than 50 Palestinians are killed by Israeli fire amid mass protests on the deadliest day in Gaza since a 2014 cross-border war.

Jeff Danziger (2018-05-14). Kelly Sadler. truthdig.com

Staff (2018-05-14). High Court Says States Can OK Sports Betting. truthdig.com Despite opposition from the major sports leagues and the administration, the Supreme Court strikes down a law barring betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). Trump Faces a Major Deadline in the Stormy Daniels Case—And All of His Options Look Really Bad. alternet.org Trump is supposed to file a financial disclosure form Tuesday. There are just a few problems with that. | On Tuesday, May 15, President Donald Trump is required to file his official personal financial disclosure form with the Federal Election Commission. And according to Adav Noti, the senior director for the Campaign Legal Center, this deadline will force Trump to make a decision on the Stormy Daniels case about which he has no good options. Noti, who wrote an op-ed about the issue with former Director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub, explained what's going on to CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday night. The central problem revolves around Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen's hush money payment to Stephanie Clifford, better known as porn star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with the president in 2006. Cohen said he paid Clifford $130,000. . .

Peter Tatchell (2018-05-14). This week in history: Sex scientist Magnus Hirschfeld. peoplesworld.org Magnus Hirschfeld was born 150 years ago, on May 14, 1868. His pioneering work mustn't be forgotten. Over 100 years ago, the gay German sexologist Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld pioneered the understanding of human sexuality and the advocacy of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) human rights at a time when it was deeply unpopular […]…

INA (2018-05-14). Ten Palestinian Journalists Attacked by Israeli Forces. imemc.org About ten Palestinian journalists were injured by Israeli fire on Monday, while covering the Israeli aggression against Palestinian protesters along Gaza border, the government media office reported, according to Al Ray. The office condemned, in a statement, deliberate Israeli attacks on Palestinian journalist crews while covering the Great March of […]…

IMEMC News (2018-05-14). Army Injures Many Palestinians In Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers injured, on Monday at night, many Palestinians in the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Media sources in Hebron said the soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians, who marched against the ongoing illegal occupation, and marking the Nakba Day. The […]…

Professor Paul Mckeigue (2018-05-14). The Salisbury Poisonings. What Was the Agent Used? Who Could Have Produced It? When and Where were the Skripals Exposed? globalresearch.ca The following briefing note is developed by academics researching the use of chemical and biological weapons during the 2011-present war in Syria. The note reflects work in progress. However, the substantive questions raised need answering, especially given the seriousness of …

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-14). Chicago Tribune gives card-check recognition to Chicago News Guild. peoplesworld.org

David Nir, Daily Kos (2018-05-14). Republican Efforts to Unify the Party After Painful Senate Primaries Are Going Quite Terribly. alternet.org This party is not getting it together ahead of the midterms. | Sure, if you look at the calendar, Republicans hosted their first set of Senate primaries last week. But that election was just a technicality, because the intra-party warring that dominated all three races has continued to blaze unabated. The most uncontrolled fire rages in West Virginia. There, ex-con Don Blankenship, who spent millions of his own money to run lunatic racist ads attacking "Cocaine Mitch" McConnell and "China people," is eager to light the man who beat him in the GOP primary aflame (so sayeth Blankenship's campaign manager): "I think the one thing he is going to make sure doesn't happen is that Patrick Morrisey becomes a U. S. senator. "Blankenship wasn't the only loser in the Mountain State last week. As a result of his defeat, Rep. Evan Jenkins saw his. . .

Uri Avnery (2018-05-14). Who is the Vassal? Israel, the US and Iran. counterpunch.org "If you want to understand the policy of a nation, look at the map!" Napoleon is supposed to have said. It is good advice. If you are living in Israel, these days, you get the impression that the huge State of Israel is dictating to its American vassal what to do about Iran. President Donald More

Combined Sources (2018-05-14). Gaza massacre: Palestinians killed as U.S. embassy moves to Jerusalem. peoplesworld.org As of press time, at least 52 Palestinians have been shot today as Israeli forces deployed live ammunition, firebombs, and tear gas against thousands of protesters marching in Gaza near the border fence with Israel. They were demonstrating against the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, […]…

Anthony Freda (2018-05-14). War Propaganda 101. globalresearch.ca Propaganda 101: This fine illustration by Edward Kinsella accompanies a classic demonization piece in the current Wall Street Journal. | This sort of political marketing is designed to create a public enemy of the state as a pretext to a military …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). CNN's Anderson Cooper Reveals Trump's Almost Complete Inability to Apologize. alternet.org "All common sense and common decency are ignored. " | CNN's Anderson Cooper reported Monday night on the continued controversy surrounding the White House's response to one of its staffers jokingly discounting Sen. John McCain's opinion because "he's dying anyway. " The White House has yet to apologize for this comment and has instead criticized the fact that the remarks leaked at all. As Cooper pointed out on the opening of his show "Anderson Cooper 360," Trump's history suggests that he's not a big fan of apologizing — at least not when he has to do it. "The White House has obviously been instructed not to apologize for something it clearly should just apologize for and move one," Cooper said. "And now the president's staff and supporters are just running around throwing smoke screens. "He continued: "And, don't forget, this is a president who not only. . .

Andre Vltchek (2018-05-14). Do You Want to Travel Around the Middle East? Think Twice! globalresearch.ca Featured image: empty Jordan — Syrian border post | Do you think it is that simple to travel around the Middle East? Think twice! | Ask Palestinians, about trying to get from a point A to a point B in their own …

Robert Reich (2018-05-14). Trump's Promise to Cut Drug Prices Turns Into Another Ploy to Enrich Industry, Blame Foreigners. mintpressnews.com Trump promised to rein in drug prices. It was his only sensible campaign promise. | But the plan he announced Friday does little but add another battering ram to his ongoing economic war against America's allies. | He calls it "American patients first," and takes aim at what he calls "foreign freeloading." The plan will pressure foreign countries to relax their drug price controls. | America's trading partners "need to pay more because they're using socialist price controls, market access controls, to get unfair pricing," said Alex Azar, Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services, who, perhaps not incidentally, was a former top executive at the drug maker Eli Lilly and Company. | By this tortured logic, if other nations allow drug companies to charge whatever they want, U.S. drug companies will then lower prices in the United States. | This is nonsensical.

truth-out.org (2018-05-14). To Create True Sanctuary Cities, We Must End Racist Policing. truth-out.org Most cities that have adopted sanctuary ordinances in defiance of the Trump administration's anti-immigrant stance only seek to protect "law-abiding" immigrants. In doing so, they leave unprotected the immigrants already ensnared in racist systems of aggressive policing that disproportionately saddle people of color with permanent criminal records.An undocumented immigrant is frisked by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer at an ICE processing center on April 11, 2018, at the US Federal Building in lower Manhattan, New York City. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images) | This story is the second installment in Truthout's series "After the Raid: The Communal Trauma of Immigration Enforcement." Read more about the vision behind the series in William Lopez and Nicole Novak's Introduction to Truthout's "After the Raid" Series. | Cities across the US have enacted sanctuary measures to resist the Trump administration's escalation of…

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