2019-05-18: Social Media Postees

New York Times promotes a woman's right to annihilate millions
wsws.org | 2019-05-18
Times editorial board member Carol Giacomo complained May 15 that women were "particularly underrepresented in senior positions dealing with nuclear issues."
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Ominous message? US shows B-2 stealth bomber drop bunker busters amid Iran tensions (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-05-18
A blockbuster high-quality video showing a Northrop B-2 Spirit stealth bomber dropping massive, precision-guided 'bunker buster' bombs was shared online by the US Air Force even as US rallies its forces in the Persian Gulf. | …
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Iraqi Parliament to Vote on Bill That Would Ban US Military Troops From Iraq
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-18
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Iraq has spent the better share of the last 16 years under US military occupation. Despite this, time and again US-Iraqi relations have come to be defined by US hostility toward neighboring Iran, and Iraq's desire to not get mixed up in that. So while Iraq's parliament was already bristling under Pentagon talk of staying in Iraq, …

Iraqi Parliament to Vote on Bill That Would Ban US Military Troops From Iraq

How is the Middle East Reacting to Increasing US-Iran Tensions?
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-17
(MEE) — With tensions once again ratcheting up in the Gulf, the international community has held its breath as a long-feared conflict between the US and Iran appears to inch increasingly closer. The US has blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and President Donald Trump warned on Monday that if the Islamic republic …

How is the Middle East Reacting to Increasing US-Iran Tensions?

I Oversaw the US Nuclear Power Industry. Now I Think It Should Be Banned
Gregory Jaczko | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
"My journey, from admiring nuclear power to fearing it, [is now] complete," writes Jaczko. "This tech is no longer a viable strategy for dealing with climate change, nor is it a competitive source of power." (Image: Olivier Bonhomme/For The Washington Post) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Saudi bombs kill Yemeni civilians, raising war tensions in Persian Gulf
wsws.org | 2019-05-17
The airstrikes, claiming 77 civilian casualties, came two days after drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.
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Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Many American presidents have blundered in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, but Donald Trump's personal involvement in the region has been particularly disastrous. President Eisenhower introduced the CIA to the world of covert action, when he ordered the overthrow of the legitimate government of Iran in 1953. President Reagan endorsed a U.S. troop presence in Lebanon in 1982 in order to pull Israeli chestnuts out of the fire there due to their war crimes in Beirut, offering proof to the Arab nations of Washington's one-sided support for Israel. President George H.W. Bush went ahead with Desert Storm in 1991…
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Sanders Launches Petition Urging Lawmakers to Block Military Action Against Iran Without Congressional Approval
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
As heightened tension between Washington and Tehran continues to provoke warnings of potential war, Sen. Bernie Sanders released a petition as part of his presidential campaign Thursday calling on federal lawmakers to "pass legislation that would prohibit military action against Iran without congressional approval." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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War and Peace: Bolton and Trump Tell a Confused Story About Possible Military Action against Iran
John Mecklin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
The New York Times reported earlier in the week that top Trump administration national security officials asked for and received a briefing on military plans that would send some 120,000 US troops to the Middle East should Iran take aggressive …
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Trump — from China to Iran to Venezuela — Threats and Sanctions Everywhere — A Chronicle of Disorganized Chaos Foretold
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
Trump himself, has not only reached a level of incompetence and ignorance which is scary — but he has also surrounded himself with inept, preposterous people, like, Pence, Bolton, Pompeo — who, it appears, have no other means left than running around the world amok, dishing out threats left and right…
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Top Ten Differences Between the Iraq War and Trump's Proposed Iran War
Juan Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
1. Iraq is 168,754 mi ≤ and Iran is 636,400 mi ≤; that is, Iran is geographically 3.77 times bigger than Iraq, almost 4 times as big. | 2. Iraq's population when invaded was 26 million. Iran's population today is 81 million. | 3. …
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Uncle Sam Needs Our Help Again?
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Earlier in 2019, the US Congress utilized its power to wage or not wage war and voted to end US involvement in the Saudi Arabian war in Yemen. Donald Trump vetoed the bill and it died. Meanwhile, the Pentagon and US intelligence agencies were ramping up pressure on the nations of Venezuela and Iran. Other…
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Trump May Not Want War With Iran–But the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One
Bob Dreyfuss | thenation.com | 2019-05-17
Trump May Not Want War With Iran–But the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One…
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Democrats Running for President Are Waking Up to the Danger of War With Iran
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
Four of the seven senators who've joined the 2020 race have signed onto a bill that would prohibit the U.S. military from spending money to attack Iran.
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Trump is bringing the US closer to a 'very stupid and costly war with Iran', warns Tulsi Gabbard
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-05-17
Donald Trump is on "the brink of launching" the US into war with Iran, warns 2020 presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard. | The military veteran and Major in the US Army National Guard blasted Trump in a new campaign video, slamming the possibility of "a very stupid and costly war with Iran": | Trump promised to get the US out…
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Only Ones to Blame for Fresh US-Iranian Tensions: Team Trump
Paul Pillar | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk during the group photo at the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East on February 14, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Fraudulent', 'poorly sourced' & 'DANGEROUS': Trump strikes out against 'fake news' on Iran
rt.com | 2019-05-17
Amid rising tensions between the US and Iran, and rumors of war, President Donald Trump has blasted what he called 'fake news media' coverage of the issue, warning that it could be "dangerous" for the country. | …
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Four Simple Steps the U.S. Media Could Take to Prevent a Trump War With Iran
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 10, 2019, in the Red Sea. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group has been deployed to U.S. Central Command as tensions with Iran have recently escalated. | helped the Bush administration spread myths and lies about the threat posed by Iraq to the United States and its allies, the Trump administration is spreading similar myths and…
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Congress Wants to Steal $1.68 Billion from Iran
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
It's not enough to want untold thousands to die and the country destroyed, now neocons in Congress want to steal more than a billion and a half dollars from Iran as compensation for something somebody else did or didn't do….
globalresearch.ca/congress-wants-steal-1…

Trump Considering Replacing John Bolton: Report
Press TV | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
US media reports suggest that President Donald Trump is considering replacing his hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton over his plans to push the United States towards a military conflict with Iran, Venezuela and North Korea. | Bolton "is headed for …
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Iran war crisis: What's really going on?
Joyce Chediac | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-16
It's time to get the U.S. military out of the Middle East, leave the people there to determine their own lives, and use the money instead to meet human needs at home.
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Trump must avoid 'very stupid and costly war' with Iran — Tulsi Gabbard
rt.com | 2019-05-16
Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard came out swinging against a possible conflict with Iran, slamming President Donald Trump for allowing war hawks to run his administration. | …
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Video: Houthis Strike Key Saudi Oil Pipeline Amid Growing Concern over Nearing US-Iranian Armed Conflict
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
On May 14, Saudi Arabia halted pumping on its 1,200km-long East-West pipeline after it had been targeted by suicide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). | The kingdom's Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih confirmed the attack on the pipeline, …
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Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of 'Increased Threat' from Iran
Jake Johnson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
A British general threw a wrench into the Trump administration's narrative that Iran is plotting attacks on American troops in the Middle East by telling reporters gathered at the Pentagon Tuesday that "there's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces" …
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Warnings of 'Gulf of Tonkin 2.0' as Trump officials blame Iran for oil tanker attacks
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-16
It's obvious that Bolton and Pompeo are trying to create a Gulf of Tonkin incident with Iran. | Source…
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Trump: From China to Iran to Venezuela, Threats and Sanctions Everywhere
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-16
As of May 10, Mr. Trump has arbitrarily increased tariffs on Chinese goods imported into the US, worth about 200 billion dollars, from 10% to 25%. It is an action without any foundation. An action that makes no sense at all, as China can and will retaliate — and retaliate much stronger than what the …
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Why Read Consortium News?
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-16
Consortium News brings you in-depth coverage from a fresh perspective of the biggest stories of the day. Read us to keep up with the crises of Iran, Venezuela and WikiLeaks. You can read The New York Times and The Washington… Read more ?…
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Canadian Green Leader Supports Same Old Pro-Imperialist Foreign Policies
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-15
Does Elizabeth May hate Palestinians? Does the Green Party leader want the Trump administration to attack Iran? Does she support efforts to overthrow Venezuela's government? I've been asking myself these questions since reading a Canadian Jewish News story about Paul Manly's recent victory in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith bi-election. In a story titled "Concerns raised over new …
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Medea Benjamin: We Need to Build Up the Antiwar Movement to Oppose War Against Iran
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-15
The State Department has ordered all non-emergency personnel to evacuate the U.S. embassy and consulate in Iraq, in response to what the White House says is a threat linked to Iran. No further details were given. Iraqi officials expressed skepticism about any purported threats, as did a senior British official who is the deputy commander of the American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State. Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are continuing to mount, despite both parties saying they are not seeking war. The New York Times reports the Pentagon has drawn up a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle…
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Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz: The US-Iran Standoff
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-15
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 bound to be challenging. Otherwise justified behaviour can be read as provocative; retaliatory moves duly …
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Congress Must Deny Trump a Blank Check for War With Iran
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-05-15
Congress Must Deny Trump a Blank Check for War With Iran…
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The Threat of War with Iran
Stephen Zunes | progressive.org | 2019-05-15
Is the U.S. lurching towards another illegal war in the Middle East?
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USA: Hands off Iran!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-05-14
As if the White House gang felt incomplete simply leveling economic threats against China, making hostile comments about Russia and imposing illegal sanctions — illegal because they amount to collective punishment of the populations — on Venezuela, Cuba and north Korea — they have once again put the Islamic Republic . . . | Continue reading USA: Hands off Iran! at Workers.org
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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…

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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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…

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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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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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 …
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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 …
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