2019-05-19: Social Media Postees

Trump May Pardon US Soldiers Convicted of War Crimes: NYT
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-19
U.S. President Donald Trump has asked for files to be prepared on pardoning several U.S. military members accused of or convicted of war crimes, including one slated to stand trial on charges of shooting unarmed civilians while in Iraq, the New York Times reported on Saturday. | RELATED: | Iran Calls Increased US Sanctions 'Unacceptable' | According to the New York Times, the U.S. President requested the immediate preparation of paperwork needed, indicating he is considering pardons for the…
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The Treasury Department and Moves Towards War on Iran
Gary Leupp | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-19
As Patrick Cockburn has observed in a recent Counterpunch column, "At the end of the day, the US Treasury is a more powerful instrument of foreign policy than the Pentagon for all its aircraft carriers and drones." He refers, of course, to the success of U.S. sanctions on Iran and secondary sanctions on any corporations …
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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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U.S. Warns Airliners Flying in Persian Gulf Amid Iran Tensions
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-18
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — U.S. diplomats warned Saturday that commercial airliners flying over the wider Persian Gulf faced a risk of being "misidentified" amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. | The warning relayed by U.S. diplomatic posts from the Federal Aviation Administration underlined the risks the current tensions pose to a region crucial to global air travel. It came as Lloyd's of London warned of increasing risks to maritime shipping in the region. | Meanwhi…
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Radioactive 'Nuclear Coffin' May be Leaking into the Pacific Ocean
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-18
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has sounded the alarm over a giant concrete dome built 40 years ago in the Marshall Islands to contain radioactive waste from Cold War-era atomic tests. | According to Guterres, the dome — which houses approximately …
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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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Risk of Open Warfare? What Makes Iran Look Like an Immediate Threat
Paul R. Pillar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-18
The current crisis atmosphere in U.S.-Iranian relations, in which the risk of open warfare appears greater than it has been in years, is solely and unequivocally due to the policies and actions of the Trump administration. To point this out …
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Iran and the Coalition of the Weird
Mike Lofgren | commondreams.org | 2019-05-18
Attacking another Middle Eastern country: what could go wrong?
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Iraqi Parliament Poised to Evict US Troops
Jason Ditz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-18
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 …
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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

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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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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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?

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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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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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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'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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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 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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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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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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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.
theintercept.com/2019/05/17/iran-war-con…

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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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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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.
liberationnews.org/iran-war-crisis-whats…

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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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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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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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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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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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…
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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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