2019-05-23: News Headlines

Telesur (2019-05-23). Risk of Nuclear War Now Highest Since World War 2: UN. globalresearch.ca The Director of the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Renata Dwan, warned that all states with nuclear weapons are pushing for weapon modernization programs, while arms control regulations are changing or fading. | The Director of the U.N. Institute …

Scott Ritter (2019-05-23). The U.S. Stands to Lose Much More Than a War With Iran. truthdig.com An invasion of the Strait of Hormuz would devastate the U.S. military, but it's America's position in the world that may never recover.

Jason Ditz (2019-05-23). US Might Send 10,000 More Troops to Middle East. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Citing ongoing US-Iran tensions and the secret intelligence on Iranian "threats" officials keep mentioning, CENTCOM is requesting that the Pentagon approve substantial numbers of additional US ground troops to be deployed somewhere in the Middle East. Though initial reports claimed that CENTCOM was only requesting "about 5,000" ground troops, subsequent reports said that the Pentagon are preparing …

Michael Steinberg (2019-05-23). US Aggession Against Iraq-The San Diego Connection. indybay.org The role of the San Diego military in the US Aggression against Iran…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-23). The Pathology of John Bolton. consortiumnews.com John Bolton has been saying for years he wants the Iranian government overthrown, and now he's made his move. But this time he may have gone too far, writes Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News I knew… Read more →

Democracy Now! (2019-05-22). Headlines for May 22, 2019. democracynow.org Calls for Impeachment Mount Among Democrats But Party Remains Divided, Dems Subpoena Ex-WH Communications Dir. Hope Hicks After Don McGahn Skips Hearing, Ex-Sec. of State Rex Tillerson Quietly Meets with House Foreign Affairs Cmte., IRS Memo Says Only Exec. Privilege Can Stop Congress from Obtaining Tax Returns, Lawmakers Are Briefed by Trump Admin on Iran Situation, Protesters Take to the Streets Nationwide to Condemn Abortion Bans, States Sue to Stop Rule Allowing Medical Providers to Refuse Care Based on Religious Belief, Vermont Dems Approve Bill Prohibiting Gov't from Interfering with Abortion Access, CBP Ha…

Richard H. Black (2019-05-22). The World Would be Much Safer if President Trump Replaced Bolton and Pompeo. globalresearch.ca 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 …

NIAC Action (2019-05-22). 62 Organizations to U.S. Congress: Pass Legislation to Halt a "March to War" with Iran. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Editor (2019-05-22). EE.UU.: °Fuera de Irán! workers.org 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

Prof. Dr. Gjergj Sinani (2019-05-22). Voltaire's Analysis of Chinese Civilization. A Model for a "Better Europe" globalresearch.ca 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 …

Thomas Knapp (2019-05-22). A US War on Iran Would be Evil, Stupid, and Self-Damaging. counterpunch.org "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…

Sara Flounders (2019-05-22). U.S. war threats intensify on Iran. workers.org 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

Daniel Larison (2019-05-22). The Trump Administration "Panicked over Nothing". Pompeo Exaggerated Claims. "Do They Think We are Stupid" globalresearch.ca 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 …

WSWS (2019-05-22). Washington threatens new attack on Syria amid US war buildup in Persian Gulf. wsws.org 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.

Dean Baker (2019-05-22). The Money in the Trump/Kushner Middle East Peace Plan. counterpunch.org The New York Times had an article on the Middle East peace plan being developed by Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner. The piece tells readers: "The idea is to secure financial commitments from wealthy Persian Gulf states as well as donors in Europe and Asia to induce the Palestinians and their allies to More

unitedEditor (2019-05-22). Gulf Cooperation Council Summit: What Does It Have in Store for Iran? uwidata.com 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, …

RT (2019-05-21). Lindsey Graham supports 'overwhelming military response' to Iran 'threat streams'. rt.com 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."

Staff (2019-05-21). Trump Says the Military Industrial Complex is Pressuring him Into a War With Iran. therealnews.com 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…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-21). THE ANGRY ARAB: Iran's Military Options. consortiumnews.com 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 →

Democracy Now! (2019-05-21). Headlines for May 21, 2019. democracynow.org Iran Responds to Trump Threat While U.N. Urges All Parties to De-escalate Rhetoric, Houthis Launch Drone Attack on Saudi Airport, U.N. Warns Yemen Food Aid May Be Suspended Due to Instability, Guatemalan Teen Becomes 5th Migrant Child to Die in U.S. Custody Since December, Trump Orders McGahn to Defy Congressional Subpoena, D.C. Judge Orders Accounting Firm to Hand Over Trump Financial Docs, NY Prosecutors Examining Financial Records from Trump's Inauguration, New Zealand Police Charge Christchurch Massacre Suspect with Terrorism, Defeated Prabowo Challenges Re-election of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, New Bo…

RT (2019-05-21). Trump threatens to use 'great force' at Iran provocation, but says there's 'no indication' of one. rt.com 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.'

unitedEditor (2019-05-21). Iran, China-US trade war, Australia election, S-500. uwidata.com 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 …

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 →

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…

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. …

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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.

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?

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-05-07). Iran's Reduced Compliance with Nuclear Accord Should be Met with Good-Faith Diplomacy, Not Escalation. peaceaction.org 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 …

CounterSpin (2019-04-26). Tina Vasquez on Covering Immigration, Sina Toossi on Iran Sanctions. fair.org Media…

Lilly Dragnev (2019-04-19). As Trump Angles for War with Iran, Congress Needs to Reassert its War Powers. peaceaction.org 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 …