2019-05-20: News Headlines

plenglish (2019-05-20). South Korea and Its Efforts to Sail between Two Streams. plenglish.com Por Isaura Diez MillanHavana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Over the past week, South Korea has announced three measures aimed at apparently providing economic aid to the Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK) with the primary objective of keeping the nuclear talks alive.

National Iranian-American Council (2019-05-20). NIAC statement on Trump's tweet threat to 'end' Iran. nationofchange.org WASHINGTON — Today, President Trump threatened to "end" Iran in a tweet on the heels of reports that rockets landed near the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad. | In response, President of the National Iranian American Council, Jamal Abdi, issued the following statement: | "President Trump's saber-rattling about Iran has reached a dangerous new low with his threat to "end" Iran — a country of 83 million men, women, and children. Since the President reneged on the Iran nuclear deal last year, the administration's policies have…

commondreams (2019-05-20). NIAC Statement on Trump's Tweet Threat to "End" Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Middle East Eye (2019-05-20). Trump Tweets Threat: If Tehran Wants to Fight, It Will Be the "Official End of Iran" theantimedia.com (MEE) — US President Donald Trump issued an ominous warning to Iran on Sunday, suggesting that if the Islamic republic attacks American interests, it will be destroyed. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," Trump said in a tweet. Tensions between Washington and Tehran have …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-20). Headlines for May 20, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Threatens "Official End of Iran" Via Tweet If It Provokes the U.S., First Phase of Kushner's Middle East Peace Plan to Focus on Palestinian Economy, Sweden Requests Detention of Assange as WikiLeaks Accuses U.S. of Illegally Seizing His Property, Australian Voters Choose Conservative PM Morrison Over Opponent Who Vowed to Tackle Climate Change, Austria Calls Snap Election After Far-Right Leader Caught in Corruption Scandal, Protesters Take to the Streets Ahead of European Parliament Elections, Narendra Modi on Track for Second Term as Prime Minister as Voting Ends in India, Taiwan Legalizes Same-Sex Marriag…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-20). The Struggle Is the Meaning. consortiumnews.com Craig Murray mulls the depressing series of events over the past few weeks involving Iran, Venezuela, Ecuador and the U.S. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk There is no conceivable interest of the ordinary people of the Western world being served by… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-05-20). War With The US Will Be The End Of Iran: Trump. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump issued a stern warning to Iran Sunday in which he threatened to end the Persian Gulf country if they went to war with America. | RELATED: | Tulsi Gabbard Warns Against Possible Trump War with Iran | "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," Trump said in a tweet. | Trump, who has reintroduced sanctions against Iran, has long criticized the government of the Islamic Republic, even going as far…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-20). 'Genocidal': Trump—Who Claims He Doesn't Want War—Threatens 'Official End of Iran'. commondreams.org "President Trump's saber-rattling about Iran has reached a dangerous new low with his threat to 'end' Iran—a country of 83 million men, women, and children." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

plenglish (2019-05-20). Evo Morales Condemns US Government Threats to Iran. plenglish.com La Paz, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales has condemned Monday US threats to Iran and assured that the US government is encouraging the war industry with its intention to deploy troops in the Middle East.

plenglish (2019-05-20). Germany Calls on US and Iran to Be Calmed. plenglish.com Berlin, May 20 (Prensa Latina) The German Foreign Ministry called on the United States and Iran on Monday to ease tensions, after President Donald Trump threatened the Persian nation on Twitter.

Janine Jackson (2019-05-20). Corporate Media Setting Up Iran as New 'Threat' That Must Be Confronted. theantimedia.com (FAIR) — The Washington Post editorial's headline (5/14/19) had the US "drifting" toward war with Iran—another example, as analyst Nima Shirazi quipped, of the "world's superpower somehow having no agency over its own imperialism." If we can still call things "surreal," that would describe watching corporate media do the same things they did in the run-up to the Iraq War, things they …

unitedEditor (2019-05-20). Will US strike at Iran from land, not from sea? uwidata.com While the world is adamantly watching the events in the Persian Gulf and trying to figure out when the sea battle between the U.S. and Iran starts off, Washington is drafting Plan B for an attack on the shore. The situation in the Persian Gulf deteriorated sharply at the beginning of May after the U.S. …

Jason Ditz (2019-05-20). Pentagon Leaves War Reporters in the Dark. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — As Trump Administration officials continue to talk up war with Iran, one would expect the reporters assigned to the Pentagon to be working overtime to get the specifics of what is happening. But that's not happening. The Pentagon has been increasingly opaque about everything ongoing in the military, and is no better when it comes to …

Tom Clifford (2019-05-20). From the Gulf of Tonkin to the Persian Gulf. counterpunch.org Beijing. The number of world wars should bury the argument that history does not repeat itself. But the detail is different, and the devil is in the detail. Iran. Can warmongers again offer the arguments of weapons of mass destruction? No. The Iraq playbook can't be repeated, but you don't have to go too far More

Marcia Mitchell (2019-05-20). Iraq All Over Again? And Where Is Katharine Gun. commondreams.org Whistleblower and former employee of Britain's global surveillance center GCHQ (Government Communications Head Quarters) Katharine Gun smiles as she speaks to the media during a press conference February 25, 2004 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-05-20). Corporate Media Is Gunning for War With Iran. truthdig.com The Washington Post presents the United States as "drifting toward war"—this time with Iran. | The Washington Post editorial's headline ( 5/14/19) had the US "drifting" toward war with Iran—another example, as analyst Nima Shirazi quipped, of the "world's superpower somehow having no agency over its own imperialism." | If we…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-05-19). "The Doomsday Forum": Senior Military, Nuclear Weapons Officials Convene… America's "$1 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Plan". Take out Russia, Iran and North Korea? globalresearch.ca "Blowing up the Planet" through the use of "peace-making nuclear bombs" is a money making undertaking, a corporate bonanza for the "defense" contractors.

Gary Leupp (2019-05-19). The Treasury Department and Moves Towards War on Iran. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

Sean Bell (2019-05-19). Analysis: There Is Little Hope that Europe Will Stand in the Way of a US War with Iran. globalresearch.ca The United States will go to war with Iran if nothing is done to prevent it. This is the assumption that the world's geopolitical actors have worked off for the better part of two decades, and there has been precious …

teleSUR (2019-05-19). OPEC, Allies Evaluate Oil Production Cut. telesurenglish.net Ministers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and their allies evaluated Sunday the evolution of the oil market and the fulfillment of the cut in crude production in force this semester, and prepare the conference convened for the end of June in Vienna. | RELATED: | Iran Oil Exports Up, Unveils Major National Refinery | The 14th Meeting of the Joint Monitoring Ministerial Committee (CMMC) of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the non-OPEC…

Global Research News (2019-05-19). Selected Articles: US War Agenda: Venezuela before Iran? globalresearch.ca Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …

Staff (2019-05-19). Mideast Tensions Escalate, Rocket Explodes in Baghdad Green Zone. truthdig.com Saudis say they don't want war; Trump threatens Iran with destruction if it seeks a fight; U.S. Navy conducts Arabian Sea exercises.

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2019-05-19). Targeting Iran. Manufactured Scenarios to Justify Military Aggression. globalresearch.ca A dangerous flashpoint has emerged in world politics at the moment. There is widespread fear that the United States and its allies might launch a military operation against Iran at any time. A US aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers are …

Richard Galustian (2019-05-19). Iran and Why It Would be Insane for America to Go to War There. globalresearch.ca Is Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard the only sane voice in both Houses of the US Congress? | She says "War with Iran would make the Iraq War look like a cakewalk." | . | . | Russian roulette is a game of chance where players …

Staff (2019-05-19). Trump-Bolton Aggression Against Iran Contained by Russia, Japan, China, and EU. therealnews.com Vijay Prashad says the very dangerous statements, economic sanctions and military aggression unleashed by Washington this week against Iran was countered by cool headed diplomacy by Japan, Russia, EU and China…

teleSUR (2019-05-19). Tulsi Gabbard Warns Against Possible Trump War with Iran. telesurenglish.net Two Democrats with U.S. military experience vying for the party's 2020 presidential nomination criticized Republican President Donald Trump Sunday for escalating tensions with Iran that could lead to war. | RELATED: | US Warmongers Plan to Threaten Iran by Sending 120,000 Troops | Representative Tulsi Gabbard, one of 24 Democrats running for the White House nomination, said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" that Trump was "leading us down this dangerous path towards…

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-19). Trump Regime "War of Words" on Iran. globalresearch.ca John Bolton wants war on all nations the US doesn't control. His longstanding hostility toward Iran is well known. | Reportedly he's been pushing Trump for war on Iran since becoming national security advisor. His notorious 2015 NYT op-ed headlined "To …

teleSUR (2019-05-19). Floods in Paraguay's Capital Affect More Than 12,000 Families. telesurenglish.net Winter seasonal rains have taken a toll on Paraguayans, as overflowing of the Paraguay River in the country's capital city, Asuncion has affected 12,500 families since May 10. | RELATED: | Iran Orders 60,000 to Evacuate Flood-hit Oil City | Authorities from the Directorate of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) explained that in the last 24 hours, the river rose about five centimeters, overflowing and reaching 7.25 meters and flooding riverside comm…

Janine Jackson (2019-05-19). Media Setting Up Iran as New 'Threat' That Must Be Confronted. fair.org Once again the Washington Post ( 5/14/19) presents the United States as "drifting toward war"—this time with Iran. | by Janine Jackson | The Washington Post editorial's headline ( 5/14/19) had the US "dri…

Jason Ditz (2019-05-18). Iraqi Parliament to Vote on Bill That Would Ban US Military Troops From Iraq. theantimedia.com (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, …

Paul R. Pillar (2019-05-18). Risk of Open Warfare? What Makes Iran Look Like an Immediate Threat. globalresearch.ca 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 …

RT (2019-05-18). Ominous message? US shows B-2 stealth bomber drop bunker busters amid Iran tensions (VIDEO). rt.com 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.

Mehdi Hasan (2019-05-17). Four Simple Steps the U.S. Media Could Take to Prevent a Trump War With Iran. theintercept.com 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Headlines for May 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Immigration Plan Favors Job Skills Over Asylum Claims and Family Ties, Trump Officials Reportedly Clash Over U.S. Sabre-Rattling With Iran, UNICEF Chief Calls Yemen War "a Test of Our Humanity" That "We Are Badly Failing", Venezuelan Government Blasts U.S. Seizure of Embassy as Vienna Convention Violation, Brazilian Teachers and Students March Against Education Cuts, Mexican Journalist Francisco Romero Killed in Playa del Carmen, Lawyer Says Tennessee Prisoner "Suffered Excruciating Pain" During Execution, Alabama Prisoner Put to Death After "Pro-Life" Governor Denies Reprieve, Senate Confirms Anti-Choice A…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-05-17). Trump is bringing the US closer to a 'very stupid and costly war with Iran', warns Tulsi Gabbard. thecanary.co 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…

Ron Jacobs (2019-05-17). Uncle Sam Needs Our Help Again? counterpunch.org 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 More

Alex Emmons (2019-05-17). Democrats Running for President Are Waking Up to the Danger of War With Iran. theintercept.com 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.

Bob Dreyfuss (2019-05-17). Trump May Not Want War With Iran—but the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One. thenation.com Trump May Not Want War With Iran—but the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One…

RT (2019-05-17). 'Fraudulent', 'poorly sourced' & 'DANGEROUS': Trump strikes out against 'fake news' on Iran. rt.com 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. |

Melvin Goodman (2019-05-17). Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure. counterpunch.org 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…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-16). Why Read Consortium News? consortiumnews.com 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 →

Peter Koenig (2019-05-16). Trump: From China to Iran to Venezuela, Threats and Sanctions Everywhere. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

Joyce Chediac (2019-05-16). Iran war crisis: What's really going on? liberationnews.org 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.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-15). Medea Benjamin: We Need to Build Up the Antiwar Movement to Oppose War Against Iran. democracynow.org 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…

Stephen Zunes (2019-05-15). The Threat of War with Iran. progressive.org Is the U.S. lurching towards another illegal war in the Middle East?

Democracy Now! (2019-05-15). Headlines for May 15, 2019. democracynow.org Alabama Legislature Passes Near-Complete Abortion Ban, U.S. Evacuates Non-Emergency State Dept. Personnel from Iraq, Houthis Launch Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities, Pompeo Meets With Lavrov & Putin Over Iran, Venezuela, 2020 Elections, CNN: Migrant Children Sleeping Outside on the Ground at Texas Border Patrol, Pennsylvania Sues Purdue Pharma Over Oxycontin, Reports: Donald Trump Jr. Agrees to Conditional Senate Hearing, San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology, Pilots' Union Confronted Boeing Over Faulty 737 Max Jets After First Fatal Crash, NYC Activists Stage Hunger Strike To Call for Halt to Will…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-14). Will John Bolton's Dream to Bomb Iran Come True? Ex-Iranian Ambassador Warns About U.S. Escalation. democracynow.org 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-14). Headlines for May 14, 2019. democracynow.org NYT: Pentagon Readies Plan to Deploy 120,000 Troops as U.S.-Iran Tensions Mount, Trump and Far-Right Hungarian PM Orbán Celebrate "Similar Approaches" at WH Meeting, U.S.-China Trade War Ramps Up as China Retaliates with Raised Tariffs, Philippines Midterms Bolster Authoritarian President Rodrigo Duterte, Sudan: At Least 6 Protesters Killed in Clashes with Security Forces, Sri Lanka: Mounting Anti-Muslim Violence Leads to Curfew, Social Media Ban, SCOTUS Rules Users Can Sue Apple For Allegedly Monopolizing Apps Market, Reports: Israeli Security Firm NSO Group Hacked Whatsapp, AG Barr Assigns Federal Prosecutor to…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-13). Arundhati Roy: A U.S. Attack on Iran Would Be "Biggest Mistake It Has Ever Made" democracynow.org 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."

Democracy Now! (2019-05-13). Headlines for May 13, 2019. democracynow.org Sweden Reopens Julian Assange Sexual Assault Case, Seeks His Extradition, Pompeo to Discuss Iranian "Threats" in Europe as U.S. Ramps Up Military Presence, Saudi Oil Tankers Damaged in "Sabotage Attack" off UAE Coast, 187 Countries, Not Including the U.S., Agree to Landmark Deal Curbing Plastic Waste, U.S.-China Trade Talks End Without Deal, Increased Sanctions, Pentagon Redirects $1.5 Billion To Fund Border Wall, Afghanistan: Gunmen Kill Ex-Broadcast Journalist and Gov't Adviser Mina Mangal, Pakistan: Attack on Hotel Kills at Least 5, Burkina Faso: Gunmen Kill 6 People, Incl. Priest and Burn Down Church, At Leas…