2019-05-21: Social Media Postees

U.S. war threats intensify on Iran
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-05-22
May 20 — Another U.S. initiated crisis reached an ominous level this past week with President Trump's announcement that Iran suddenly presented a new, unspecified threat, serious enough to send a U.S. Naval aircraft carrier battle group churning toward the Persian Gulf, along with U.S. B-52 Stratofortress bombers and plans . . . | Continue reading U.S. war threats intensify on Iran at Workers.org
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EE.UU.: °Fuera de Irán!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-05-22
Como si la pandilla de la Casa Blanca se sintiera incompleta simplemente nivelando las amenazas económicas contra China, haciendo comentarios hostiles sobre Rusia e imponiendo sanciones ilegales –ilegales porque equivalen a un castigo colectivo de las poblaciones– sobre Venezuela, Cuba y Corea del Norte, una vez más han puesto la . . . | Continue reading EE.UU.: °Fuera de Irán! at Workers.org
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Iran Eggs on Trump With Historical Reminder of Failed Invasions
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to end Iran if they were to engage the American forces in combat. The Iranian diplomat reminded Trump of his country's history and several of the empires that failed to conquer ancient Persia. | RELATED: | War With The US Will Be The End Of Iran: Trump | In his tweet directed at Trump, the Iranian Foreign Minister said: "Goaded by #B_Team, @realdonaldTrump hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & o…
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Lindsey Graham supports 'overwhelming military response' to Iran 'threat streams'
rt.com | 2019-05-21
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has blamed Iran for "escalating tensions" in the Persian Gulf, accusing the country of threatening the US even while promising massive retaliation in response to vague "threat streams." | …
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Persian Gulf tensions rise as Trump threatens "end" of Iran
wsws.org | 2019-05-21
The apocalyptic tweet from the US president came amid provocative drills by US warships in the Arabian Sea.
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Iran, China-US trade war, Australia election, S-500
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-21
Is the US mobilizing the armed forces against Iran? The situation in the Persian Gulf heated up dramatically this week. The United States has increased its military presence in the region and advised their citizens in Arab countries to remain vigilant. On the 6th of May, the US sent a naval strike group (the aircraft …
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Video: Donald Trump Threatens to Destroy Iran
Ken Stone | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
US President Donald Trump on Sunday ratcheted up his rhetoric toward Iran, warning that a fight with the United States would "be the official end of Iran." | Watch the interview with Canada's antiwar activist and geopolitical analyst Ken Stone below….
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US Aggession Against Iraq-The San Diego Connection
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-05-21
The role of the San Diego military in the US Aggression against Iran…
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Trump's "Genocidal" Tweets Against Iran Come With a Price
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-21
Donald Trump threatened to wipe Iran off the map in a moment of yet-to-be-explained Twitter-rage Sunday night. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!" he wrote. After a few days of apparent de-escalation between the US and Iran, Trump managed to once again fuel fears of an impending war. Yet, Trump's tweet is likely more a reflection of his frustration over the failure of his pressure and coercion strategy than a carefully thought-through plan for war. | Trump is not the first U.S. official to threaten Iran with genocide. Back in 2008, then-presi…
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Trump is Making the Same Mistakes in the Middle East the US Always Makes
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
In its escalating confrontation with Iran, the US is making the same mistake it has made again and again since the fall of the Shah 40 years ago: it is ignoring the danger of plugging into what is in large part a religious conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims. I have spent much of my…
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Nearly 400 Lawmakers Urge Trump to Keep Troops in Syria to "Increase Pressure on Iran and Russia"
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-21
(ANTIWAR.COM) — A bipartisan letter signed by nearly 400 US Congress members is calling on President Trump to remain militarily engaged within Syria, while claiming to be "deeply concerned" about extremists in the country. President Trump had announced a pullout from Syria in December, but had already disavowed it repeatedly by February. Still, lawmakers want to keep emphasizing …

Nearly 400 Lawmakers Urge Trump to Keep Troops in Syria to “Increase Pressure on Iran and Russia"

Fire the Nutcases Leading Us to War
Eric Margolis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
President Donald Trump claimed this week that he does not want war with Iran. If he really believes this, the president ought to look into what his subordinates are doing. | Among their bellicose actions are deployment of the 'Abraham Lincoln …
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No War With Iran, Say 62 Groups in Letter to Congress
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-21
"Trump and his National Security Advisor John Bolton are taking this country to the brink of a completely avoidable military confrontation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Bomb-Laden Drone From Yemeni Rebels Targets Saudi Airport
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-21
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels attack a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Middle East tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. | The attack on the Saudi city of Najran came after Iran announced it has quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity, though still at a level far lower than needed for atomic weapons, a year after the U.S.
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NIAC Statement on Trump's Tweet Threat to "End" Iran
NIAC Action | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
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 …
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Trump threatens to use 'great force' at Iran provocation, but says there's 'no indication' of one
rt.com | 2019-05-21
As he continues to trade verbal jabs with Tehran, US President Donald Trump issued a fresh barrage of threats on Monday, vowing to meet any provocation with "great force" while calling Iran the 'number one provocateur of terror.' | …
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62 Organizations to Congress: Halt a March to War with Iran
commondreams.org | 2019-05-21
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Backlash in US-China Trade War. China Defies Sanctions against Iran, Resumes Purchase of Iran Oil
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
On May 5, Donald Trump announced a devastating 25% tariff on Chinese commodity imports valued at 200 billion dollars. | According to Trump: | "China is cheating the system". | "Dirty Bureaucrats in Washington have allowed China to take advantage of our great …
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War With Iran Must Be Stopped at All Costs
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-05-21
America stands on the brink of a conflict that threatens the very future of our republic. The time has come for patriotic dissent.
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As Iran Tensions Rise, Congress Moves to Curb Trump's War Powers
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-21
The House Appropriations Committee voted to advance an amendment to a defense spending package on Tuesday that would sunset the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) issued after the 9/11 attacks. The bipartisan legislation would provide Congress with new tools for containing the Trump administration as it meddles in foreign conflicts and stokes military tensions with Iran. | Rep. Barbara Lee and other House Democrats are expected to announce a new push to repeal the 2001 AUMF on Wednesday. The latest effort in Congress to scrap the longstanding authorization comes as lawmakers react to the escal…
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EU Supports Iranian Nuclear Deal
plenglish.com | 2019-05-21
Brussels, May 21 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) has ratified on Tuesday its complete support to the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement and insisted that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is the entity that can verify whether Iran is fulfilling its commitments.
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Physicians for Social Responsibility Opposes War with Iran
commondreams.org | 2019-05-21
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Iran wags impeachment dog
Tom H. Hastings | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-21
Trump is blustering at Iran and to the world that we might just need to crush that pipsqueak terror country. Um…it took nine years to invade, occupy, and finally limp out of Iraq, 288,000 Iraqi and American deaths later. Iraq is a third the population of Iran. War there would be many times more destructive, just when we …
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Trump Says the Military Industrial Complex is Pressuring him Into a War With Iran
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-21
With a thirty year Boeing veteran at the Pentagon, Patrick Shanahan as Acting Secretary of Defense, and with John Bolton and Mike Pompeo at the helm, war with Iran is likely says the former chief of staff to Secretary of State, Col. Larry Wilkerson…
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Trump's Iran Trap
Jan Oberg | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
Remember President Trump's tweet and accompanying statements by the Trump administration officials concerning Iran — as reported here by CNN on May 19, 2019. Trump's statement amounts to a de facto declaration of war on Iran. Objectively speaking, it is a lie that Iran threatens the US. It is a lie that the US sends…
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All the Times John Bolton Called for War with Iran
Darius Shahtahmasebi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
This article was originally published in 2018 | The fact that Donald Trump's recent hawkish stance on the Syrian government coincided with John Bolton's first day as national security advisor is most likely no accident. Syria and Iran …
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British Special Forces Join US Strike Group Against Iran
Al-Masdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
British Special Forces have flown to the Middle East in the framework of a top-secret mission to rebuff possible Iranian attacks on merchant ships, according to The Sun. | Members of the elite Special Boat Service are reported to have joined …
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THE ANGRY ARAB: Iran's Military Options
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-21
As'ad AbuKhalil weighs Iran's position at a dangerous point in U.S. relations, but says the prospects of war are not as high as Gulf regimes and Israel want them to be. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News The crisis… Read more ?…
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Netanyahu Took Trump to New Heights of Global Tension and Dropped Him
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
Israel prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu claimed he personally convinced the US president Donald Trump to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA agreement, and wished Iran to " disappear with the help of God". Israel is much …
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Hoping memories of Iraq have faded, U.S. hawks push new war with Iran
Ian Goodrum | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-21
You could set a watch to it, or maybe a countdown timer. After being frustrated by Venezuela's resistance against a Washington-backed coup attempt, President Donald Trump and his favored attack dog, National Security Advisor John Bolton, have trained their sights on a new target: Iran. Earlier this month, an aircraft carrier strike group and bomber …
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US-Iran Showdown Is One False-Flag Attack Away from Global Calamity
Robert Bridge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
Hypocritical to the core, the execution of false-flag events spare aggressive states the ignominy of appearing in public as the warmongering psychopaths they are, lest their subjects get the wrong idea as to exactly who is governing over them. | The …
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Selected Articles: Backlash in US-China Trade War. China Defies Sanctions against Iran
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …
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Tulsi Gabbard: "I Don't" Buy Report that Iran Wants to Strike U.S. Forces, Trump Looking for "Pretext" for War
Rep Tulsi Gabbard | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic presidential candidate, said she doesn't buy reports saying Iran poses a new threat to U.S. personnel in Iraq in an interview Sunday with ABC's "This Week." | *** | GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You resigned your DNC post …
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Will US strike at Iran from land, not from sea?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-20
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. …
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From the Gulf of Tonkin to the Persian Gulf
Tom Clifford | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-20
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…
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Corporate Media Setting Up Iran as New 'Threat' That Must Be Confronted
Janine Jackson | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-20
(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 …

Corporate Media Setting Up Iran as New ‘Threat’ That Must Be Confronted

The Struggle Is the Meaning
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-20
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 ?…
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Trump Tweets Threat: If Tehran Wants to Fight, It Will Be the "Official End of Iran"
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-20
(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 …

Trump Tweets Threat: If Tehran Wants to Fight, It Will Be the "Official End of Iran"

Pentagon Leaves War Reporters in the Dark
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-20
(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 …

Pentagon Leaves War Reporters in the Dark

Media Setting Up Iran as New 'Threat' That Must Be Confronted
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-05-19
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…
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Trump-Bolton Aggression Against Iran Contained by Russia, Japan, China, and EU
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-19
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…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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