2019-05-12: News Headlines

Juan Cole (2019-05-12). The U.S., Not Iran, Has Done Nothing but Sow Chaos in the Mideast. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told NBC that Iran is an active threat to US interests and "sowing chaos" in the Middle East. | It strikes me that exactly the opposite is true. The Islamic Republic of Iran has in recent years, despite its heritage in the 1979 revolution, acted as an Establishment, status quo power. | I don't agree with Iranian policy, e.g. its Syria intervention…

Ben Armbruster (2019-05-12). The Media's Shameful Handling of Bolton's Iran Threat Claims Recalls the Run-Up to the Iraq War. commondreams.org White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence talk before the start of a joint news conference with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Rose Garden at the White House June 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-05-11). Pre-emptive Nuclear War: The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran. globalresearch.ca The text below is Chapter III of Michel Chossudovsky book entitled: The Globalization of War. America's Long War against Humanity, Global Research Publishers, Montreal, 2015. To order the book directly from Global Research click here | This chapter provides a …

teleSUR (2019-05-11). US Deploys Missile; Claims Iran And Proxies May Launch Attack. telesurenglish.net The United States has deployed an assault ship and a missile battery to the Middle East region, the Pentagon announced in a release Friday but did not elaborate on what the defence headquarters stated was to combat threatening actions displayed by Iran. | RELATED: | Israel Will Not Allow Iran To Obtain Nuclear Weapons: Netanyahu | "It's important that Iran understand that an attack on [U.S. nationals] or its interests will be met with an appropriate response," ABC News reported…

Gareth Porter (2019-05-11). Bolton Is Spinning Israeli 'Intelligence' to Push for War Against Iran. truthdig.com John Bolton has gotten away with a dangerous deception. The national security adviser's announcement Sunday that the Pentagon has deployed air and naval forces to the Middle East, which he combined with a threat to Iran, points to a new maneuver to prepare the ground for an incident that could justify a retaliatory attack against Iran. | Bolton presented his threat and the deployments as a response to alleged intelligence about a possible Iranian attack on U.S. targets in the Middle East. Bu…

WSWS (2019-05-11). With B-52s, carrier battle group in place, US war against Iran on a hair trigger. wsws.org The threatening deployments come in the midst of a new round of bellicose statements from Washington.

WSWS (2019-05-11). Iran conflict intensifies transatlantic tensions. wsws.org The European governments are doing all they can to avoid triggering a broader mobilisation against war.

Staff (2019-05-10). Manufactured Iranian Threat in the Persian Gulf. therealnews.com The U.S. military is sending an aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf, claiming there is an unspecified threat from Iran, but this has no basis other than Bolton's desire for regime change, says Col. Larry Wilkerson…

Serge Halimi (2019-05-10). US Foreign Policy as Bellicose as Ever. counterpunch.org It only took a few months under Donald Trump's presidency for the US to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, impose new sanctions on Russia, reverse the normalisation of diplomatic relations with Cuba, announce its intention to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, warn Pakistan, threaten Venezuela with military intervention, and declare a readiness to More

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-10). Do EU Nations Side with the US over Iran on the JCPOA? globalresearch.ca As long as the US was onboard, Iran nuclear deal signatories Britain, France, and Germany supported its implementation and provisions — no longer after Trump's withdrawal. | Their rhetoric says one thing, their actions another. In response to Iran giving EU …

John Wojcik (2019-05-10). Trump's worst legacy may be a nuclear World War III. peoplesworld.org

Prof. Ismael Hossein-Zadeh (2019-05-10). Why the U.S. Labeled Iran's Revolutionary Guards a Terrorist Organization. globalresearch.ca It can be readily demonstrated that the proffered U.S. justifications for labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization are no more than hare-brained excuses designed to put further pressure on the Iranian people in pursuit of its long-standing policy …

Brian Cloughley (2019-05-10). Washington's Dogs of War Are Snarling at Iran and Venezuela. counterpunch.org What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army . . . Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all More

Democracy Now! (2019-05-09). Headlines for May 9, 2019. democracynow.org House Judiciary Votes to Hold Attorney General Barr in Contempt of Congress, Senate Panel Subpoenas Donald Trump Jr. to Testify About Russia, Trump Administration Announces New Sanctions on Iranian Metal Exports, Bodies of 4 Migrants Found in Arizona as Trial of Humanitarian Aid Volunteer Wraps Up, New York Bill Would Allow Congress to Obtain Trump's State Tax Records, Trump Laughs and Jokes as a Supporter Suggests Shooting Migrants, Maryland Judge Approves Supervised Release for White Nationalist Accused of Terror Plot, Five Killed in Kabul, Afghanistan as Taliban Attack U.S. Nonprofit, Pakistani Taliban Claims…

unitedEditor (2019-05-09). Trump's achievements in pressure on Iran: from economic sanctions to military confrontation. uwidata.com Exactly a year ago, on May 8, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump took a pivotal decision on pulling his country unilaterally out of the international nuclear agreement on the Iran nuclear deal brokered by international mediators — the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. Trump claimed that the Administration of his …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-08). Headlines for May 8, 2019. democracynow.org Iran to Suspend Part of Nuclear Deal Citing U.S. Sanctions, Pompeo Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq As U.S.-Iran Tensions Mount, UN Rapporteur Slams U.S. For Using Sanctions to Precipitate Humanitarian Disasters, 1 Dead, 8 Injured in Colorado School Shooting Near Columbine, NYT: Trump's Tax Records Show He Lost Over $1 Billion Between 1985 and 1994, House Prepares to Hold Barr in Contempt as Justice Dept. Advises Trump to Invoke Executive Privilege, Georgia Enacts One of Nation's Most Restrictive Abortion Bans, Uber & Lyft Drivers Strike Ahead of Uber's Wall Street Debut, Tens of Thousands of Teachers in Oregon to Wa…

Akela Lacy (2019-05-08). Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders for Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran. theintercept.com A mainstream, Democratic Party-aligned foreign policy think tank is knocking Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for voting against new sanctions on Iran in 2017 — though the think tank itself and many members of its board oppose new Iran sanctions. | Sanders has been an outspoken supporter of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said at the time that he voted against the measure in…

United Nations (2019-05-08). Wednesday's Daily Brief: updates from the Near East and Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, World War remembrance. un.org On Wednesday, we cover: chronic hunger in the Middle East; the toll of war on Gazans; the one-year-long detention of an academic in Iran; Syrian health facilities under attack; Ebola casualties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo hitting the 1,000 mark; and a two-day remembrance effort for those who died during the Second World War.

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-05-07). Iran's Reduced Compliance with Nuclear Accord Should be Met with Good-Faith Diplomacy, Not Escalation. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — May 7, 2019 — In response to reports that Iran will announce a reduction in its compliance with the Iran Nuclear Agreement on May 8, the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration's unilateral withdrawal from the agreement, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-07). Trita Parsi: John Bolton Has Wanted War With Iran for 20 Years. Now Could Be His Best Chance. democracynow.org Iran is accusing the United States of "psychological warfare" after National Security Advisor John Bolton announced the U.S. is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the region. In a statement on Sunday night, Bolton said the move was intended to "send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attacks on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force." On Monday acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the deployment was made because of a "credible threat by Iranian regime forces" but he offered no details. Axios is reporting…

Bob Dreyfuss (2019-05-07). Trump and Bolton Are Putting War With Iran on a Hair Trigger. thenation.com Trump and Bolton Are Putting War With Iran on a Hair Trigger…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-06). Headlines for May 6, 2019. democracynow.org Gaza: Ceasefire Reached After Intense Fighting Kills 25 Palestinians and 4 Israelis, U.N. Report: 1 Million Species at Risk of Extinction, Trump Nominates Obama-Era Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan to Head ICE, Ex-WH Chief of Staff John Kelly Joins Board of U.S.'s Largest Jailer of Migrant Children, John Bolton: U.S. Deploying Warships to Send "Message" to Iran, North Korea Tests Missiles As Trump Admin Affirms Nuclear Deal Still on Track, U.N. Warns 40% of North Koreans in Need of Food Assistance, Colombia: Renowned Activist Francia Márquez Escapes Attack by Gunmen, Afghanistan: Taliban Raid Security HQ, Killing…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Another coup fails. greenleft.org.au "Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…

CounterSpin (2019-04-26). Tina Vasquez on Covering Immigration, Sina Toossi on Iran Sanctions. fair.org Media…

Lilly Dragnev (2019-04-19). As Trump Angles for War with Iran, Congress Needs to Reassert its War Powers. peaceaction.org It's no news that the U.S.-Iran relationship has taken a turn for the worse under President Trump's leadership. Employing a strategy straight out of the Bush administration's Iraq War playbook, the Trump administration has advanced misleading, demonizing narratives about Iran from day one, laying the rhetorical groundwork for another catastrophic war of choice in the …

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