2019-05-22: Social Media Postees

The Trump Administration "Panicked over Nothing". Pompeo Exaggerated Claims. "Do They Think We are Stupid"
Daniel Larison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
The Trump administration's overhyped claims of an increased Iranian threat went over like a lead balloon with allied officials this week: | A NATO military intelligence official who was briefed on Pompeo's claims about increased Iranian aggression in the Middle East | …
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Gulf Cooperation Council Summit: What Does It Have in Store for Iran?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-22
Saudi Foreign Ministry demands that the world community take tough stance on Iran and prevent it from 'spreading chaos'. Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister said Iran could eliminate the risks of a war in the region by observing international law, stopping interference in the internal affairs of regional countries, dropping support of terrorist groupings, …
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Voltaire's Analysis of Chinese Civilization. A Model for a "Better Europe"
Prof. Dr. Gjergj Sinani | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
The following text by Professor Gjergj Sinani of the University of Tirana, Albania, was presented at the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations, programme organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, May 15-16, 2019 | *** | Voltaire is …
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In Letter to Congress, 62 Groups say "No War With Iran"
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-22
(CD) — The White House is continuing its march to war with Iran, but resistance is growing–most recently by a group of 62 organizations that issued an open letter to Congress on Tuesday calling for the representative body to exercise its power and stop U.S. aggression. In the letter, the 62 groups call on Congress to "fulfill its constitutional …

In Letter to Congress, 62 Groups say "No War With Iran"

US Aggession Against Iraq-The San Diego Connection
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-05-22
The role of the San Diego military in the US Aggression against Iran…
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Majority US Population Rejects Preemptive Strike on Iran: Study
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
Around 60 percent of citizens of the United States said the country should not conduct a pre-emptive attack on the Iranian military, while 12 percent advocate for striking first according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll. | RELATED: | US Warmongers Plan to Threaten Iran by Sending 120,000 Troops | The poll also revealed that 53 percent of U.S. citizens think of Iran as either a "serious" or "imminent" threat, up 6 percentage points from a similar poll from last July. In comparison,…
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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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62 Organizations to U.S. Congress: Pass Legislation to Halt a "March to War" with Iran
NIAC Action | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
In light of President Trump and John Bolton's dangerous escalations against Iran and a forthcoming intelligence briefing on Capitol Hill this afternoon, 62 organizations — including J Street, Indivisible, NIAC Action and Win Without War — sent a letter calling …
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Washington threatens new attack on Syria amid US war buildup in Persian Gulf
wsws.org | 2019-05-22
With the Trump administration threatening a new attack on Syria on the pretext of chemical weapons, Democrats signed a letter urging an even more aggressive policy.
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The World Would be Much Safer if President Trump Replaced Bolton and Pompeo
Richard H. Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
It is still uncertain whether the United States will go to war with Iran or not, according to the Virginia State Senator Richard Hayden Black. | According to Senator Richard Hayden Black, the world would be much safer if the …
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A US War on Iran Would be Evil, Stupid, and Self-Damaging
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-22
"If Iran wants to fight," US president Donald Trump tweeted on May 19, "that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again."The "threat" Trump appears to be responding to is a statement from Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that "[w]e are certain … there will not be a war since neither we want a war nor does anyone have the illusion that they can confront Iran in the region."Some "threat," huh? Let's seek a little clarity as to just who's threatening whom here: In 1953, US and British intelligence operatives orchestrated a coup d'etat, overthrowing Iran's democratically el…
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The U.S. Could Tear Iraq Apart Yet Again
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-05-22
Rising tensions between the Trump administration and Iran could roil the entire Middle East, and no country feels the heat more than Iraq.
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Do Iranian 'Threats' Signal Organized U.S.-Israel Subterfuge?
Gareth Porter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
President Donald Trump's national security team has been leaking "intelligence" about Iranian threats for a week now in an attempt to justify escalating tensions, including moving American air attack assets to the Persian Gulf. But a closer look suggests …
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Video: The Coming War on China. Documentary
John Pilger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-22
The Coming War on China (2016) is John Pilger's 60th film for ITV. | Pilger reveals what the news doesn't — that the world's greatest military power, the United States, and the world's second economic power, China, both nuclear-armed, are on …
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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"

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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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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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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Risk of Nuclear War Now Highest Since World War 2: UN
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
A nuclear doomsday looms closer as the risk of atomic war is at its highest since World War Two, a senior United Nations (U.N.) arms expert said on Tuesday, calling it an "urgent" issue that the world should take more seriously. | RELATED: | China Won't Discuss Trilateral Nuclear Disarmament Deal | The Director of the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research ( UNIDIR), Renata Dwan, warned that all states with nuclear weapons are pushing for weapon mo…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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