2019-05-14: Social Media Postees

The Mysterious "Sabotage" of Saudi Oil Tankers: a Dangerous Moment in Trump's Escalating Conflict With Iran
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-14
Saudi Arabia's claim that two of its oil tankers have been sabotaged off the coast of the UAE is vague in detail — but could create a crisis that spins out of control and into military action.Any attack on shipping in or close to the Strait of Hormuz, the 30-mile wide channel at the entrance to the Gulf, is always serious because it is the most important choke point for the international oil trade.
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Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz: The US-Iran Standoff
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
Hegemons are never going to sound too sensible when they lock horns or joust in spats of childish anger. Power corrupts, not merely in terms of perspective but language, and making sense about the next move, the next statement, is …
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Iran Warns over Measures against US Policy
plenglish.com | 2019-05-14
Tehran, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Iran has warned over a diversity of measures, including its withdrawal from the nuclear deal, in case that the United States Government takes the issue to the UN Security Council.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Trump Provokes Iran With Intensified Economic War
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-14
Trump and Bolton's strategy is to bait Iran into a war Bolton's wanted for twenty years — says Trita Parsi, President of the NIAC…
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'Disturbing': Trump Reportedly Reviewed Bolton Plan to Threaten Iran by Sending 120,000 Troops to Middle East
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
"If you are worried about a new war in the Middle East, you are in good company. In fact, you are probably not worried enough." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Will John Bolton's Dream to Bomb Iran Come True? Ex-Iranian Ambassador Warns About U.S. Escalation
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-14
The Pentagon has reportedly drawn up a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if President Trump decides to take military action against Iran. The New York Times reports the Pentagon presented the proposal on Thursday after National Security Advisor John Bolton requested a revision to an earlier plan. Bolton has long advocated for attacking Iran. According to the Pentagon, far more than 120,000 troops would be needed if a ground invasion was ordered. This comes as tension continues to escalate between the United States and Iran. The United States recently deployed the Abraham Lincoln Carrier St…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/14/will_john…

White House Considers Pentagon Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops to Middle East to Fight Iran
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-14
(ANTIWAR.COM) — John Bolton ordered the Pentagon to come up with an "updated" plan for getting more American troops into the Middle East to fight a war against Iran. The plans are in now, according to officials, who say that the options envision 120,000 US ground troops in the Middle East. Incredibly, this option appears to just be …

White House Considers Pentagon Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops to Middle East to Fight Iran

The Media's Handling of Bolton's Iran Threats, Recalls the Run-Up to the Iraq War
Ben Armbruster | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
Media-savvy U.S. government officials, political operatives, and lawmakers and their staffs from all political parties and ideological persuasions have no doubt, throughout the history of our great country, duped a fair-minded but unwitting reporter into writing a juicy story in …
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Who is Our "Adversary"? A Question of Language
Richard E. Rubenstein | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-14
There's a new word in town, folks — or rather an old word with a new meaning. It has become the fashion among politicians and journalists to describe nations like Russia, China, and Iran, and leaders like Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Ali Khamenei, as "adversaries." This is a term that gives me the creeps both because of what it says and what it hides.According to Webster-Merriam, adversary is another word for "an enemy or opponent," but in today's parlance it has become a blurry euphemism. Russia and China are called adversaries by people who loathe and fear these governments, but who consider it crude,…
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U.S. Attack on Iran Would Be "Biggest Mistake It Has Ever Made"
Arundhati Roy | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
Arundhati Roy at Harlem's Apollo Theater, Sunday, May 12, 2019. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Washington pushes to brink of war against Iran
wsws.org | 2019-05-14
Pompeo's abrupt trip to Brussels and the deployment of more US military assets to the Persian Gulf point to a calculated US escalation of a war crisis.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/14/iran…

National Security Officials Detail Plan to Deploy Up to 120,000 Troops to Iran
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-14
President Donald Trump's administration is weighing military options against Iran that could even include war, according to a new report. | Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan detailed a plan last week at a gathering of national security officials, which includes deploying up to 120,000 armed forces to the Middle East, according to the New York Times. The hypothetical plan would reportedly be implemented if Tehran speeds up its nuclear weapons program — or in the event American troops are attacked by Iran…
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Ex-Iranian Ambassador Warns About US Escalation in Iran
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-14
The Pentagon has reportedly drawn up a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if President Trump decides to take military action against Iran. The New York Times reports the Pentagon presented the proposal on Thursday after National Security Advisor John Bolton requested a revision to an earlier plan. Bolton has long advocated for attacking Iran. According to the Pentagon, far more than 120,000 troops would be needed if a ground invasion was ordered. This comes as tension continues to escalate between the United States and Iran. The United States recently deployed the Abraham Lincoln Carrier…
truthout.org/video/ex-iranian-ambassador…

'Fake news': Trump says not considering 120,000 troops for 'Iran threat'
rt.com | 2019-05-14
President Donald Trump denied that the military was preparing to send 120,000 US troops overseas to address an alleged threat from Iran, as was previously reported by the New York Times. | …
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Iran Will 'Suffer Greatly' If They Target US Interests: Trump
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-14
U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Monday Iran would "suffer greatly" if it targeted U.S. interests after Washington deployed an aircraft carrier and more jet fighters at a time of rising tensions with Tehran. | RELATED: | Saudi Arabia Says 2 Tankers Were Targeted In 'Sabotage Attack' | "We'll see what happens with Iran. If they do anything, it will be a very bad mistake," Trump told reporters at the White House. "If they do anything they will suffer greatly." | Trump's comm…
telesurenglish.net/news/Iran-Will-Suffer…

NIAC Statement on Bolton's Latest Military Plans for Iran
commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
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The Surest Sign Yet Trump Is Considering War With Iran
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-14
A new report reveals the president has reviewed a plan from his national security adviser to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East.
truthdig.com/articles/the-surest-sign-ye…

Russia: US Prepares Conditions in Europe to Use Nuclear Weapons
plenglish.com | 2019-05-14
Moscow, May 14 (Prensa Latina) The deployment of nuclear weapons in Europe by the United States, with authorization from the countries of that region, constitutes a preparation for the use of those weapons of mass destruction, an official source warned on Tuesday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

NATO Doctrine of "Nuclear Sharing" Putting Europe and the World at Grave Risk
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
Among European populations, it is little known that there are today scores of US nuclear weapons still stationed on the continent. Much of the reason for this broad lack of awareness regarding the sinister presence of nuclear bombs, is that …
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Arundhati Roy: A U.S. Attack on Iran Would Be "Biggest Mistake It Has Ever Made"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-13
On Sunday night Arundhati Roy delivered the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write lecture at the Apollo Theater in Harlem as part of the PEN World Voices Festival. She reads an excerpt of the lecture. "Over these last few years, given the wars it has waged, and the international treaties it has arbitrarily reneged on, the U.S. Government perfectly fits its own definition of a rogue state," Roy said. "And now, resorting to the same old scare tactics, the same tired falsehoods and the same old fake news about nuclear weapons, it is gearing up to bomb Iran. That will be the biggest mistake it has ever made."
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/13/arundhati…

PEPE ESCOBAR: Iran Squeezed Between Imperial Psychos and European Cowards
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-13
Berlin, Paris and London assumed Tehran could not afford to leave the JCPOA even if it was not receiving any of the promised economic rewards. Now the EU3 are facing the hour of truth, writes Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/13/iran-squee…

With the US-Iran War Ball Now Rolling, Could an "Accident" or "False Flag" Serve as Pretext?
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-13
Certain forces in the U.S. and Israel have been actively pushing for war with Iran for years and have a track record that demonstrates little inhibition about using an "accident" to start it.
mintpressnews.com/with-the-us-iran-war-b…

Pompeo Takes a Page From the Bernard Lewis Playbook on Iran
Alastair Crooke | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-13
Inspired by his intellectual hero Bernard Lewis, Pompeo, together with Richard Perle's PNAC colleague, John Bolton, seems to be itching to using the Lewis recipe of 'hitting Iran between the eyes with a big stick.
mintpressnews.com/pompeo-takes-a-page-fr…

PATRICK LAWRENCE: A Week of Dangerous Developments from Iran to North Korea
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-13
The increasingly aggressive moves by Trump's hawkish advisers give the impression of a palace coup, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Neoconservative hawks in the Trump administration, led by National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary… Read more ?…
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South African Elections, US-China trade war, Istanbul and Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-13
Elections in South Africa The ruling African National Congress Party (ANC) won the parliamentary elections in South Africa with 57.51% of the vote, the election commission reported. General elections, during which the country's parliament and national government headed by the president are elected, were held in South Africa on Wednesday. According to the data of …
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13 Questions All Presidential Candidates Must Answer About Nuclear War
David Keppel | thenation.com | 2019-05-13
13 Questions All Presidential Candidates Must Answer About Nuclear War…
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Manufactured Iranian Threat in the Persian Gulf
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-10
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…
therealnews.com/stories/manufactured-ira…

Trump's achievements in pressure on Iran: from economic sanctions to military confrontation
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-09
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 …
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Wednesday's Daily Brief: updates from the Near East and Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, World War remembrance
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-08
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.
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Iran's Reduced Compliance with Nuclear Accord Should be Met with Good-Faith Diplomacy, Not Escalation
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-05-07
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 …
peaceaction.org/2019/05/07/irans-reduced…

Venezuela: Another coup fails
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
"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…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-another-coup-fails

Tina Vasquez on Covering Immigration, Sina Toossi on Iran Sanctions
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-04-26
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As Trump Angles for War with Iran, Congress Needs to Reassert its War Powers
Lilly Dragnev | peaceaction.org | 2019-04-19
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 …
peaceaction.org/2019/04/19/as-trump-angl…

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