Daily Archives: May 15, 2019

2019-05-15: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-05-15). No to war against Iran! wsws.org The threat of all-out war in the Middle East is greater than at any time since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, and the potential consequences are far graver.

Jake Johnson (2019-05-15). Warnings of 'Gulf of Tonkin 2.0' as US Officials Blame Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks. theantimedia.com (CD) — Is the Trump administration attempting to concoct a false pretext to justify launching a war against Iran? That question has become increasingly common and urgent among anti-war commentators and activists in recent days as U.S. intelligence officials—without citing any concrete evidence—blamed Iran for reported attacks on Saudi and UAE oil tankers in the Strait of …

Jason Ditz (2019-05-15). White House Reviews US Military Plan for 120,000 Troops for Iran War. globalresearch.ca John Bolton ordered the Pentagon to come up with an "updated" plan for getting more American troops into the Middle East to fight a war against Iran. The plans are in now, according to officials, who say that the options

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-05-15). Bernie Sanders Delivers Online Address: 'We Must Not Go to War With Iran'. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday came out forcefully against the Trump administration angling the United States into another costly and unnecessary war of choice in the Middle East—this time against Iran—delivering an online address in which he warned that any military action without approval from Congress would be an "unconstitutional and illegal" breach of office. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-15). Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz: The US-Iran Standoff. dissidentvoice.org Hegemons are never going to sound too sensible when they lock horns or joust in spats of childish anger. Power corrupts, not merely in terms of perspective but language, and making sense about the next move, the next statement, is bound to be challenging. Otherwise justified behaviour can be read as provocative; retaliatory moves duly …

Jason Ditz (2019-05-15). Trump 'Sort of' Denies Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops for War With Iran. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — President Trump sort of denied last night's report that the Pentagon's plan for a war with Iran would see 120,000 US ground troops sent to the Middle East, saying that the report was in the New York Times and therefore must be "fake news." The 120,000 troops plan was attributed to the Pentagon, and said to be …

Yves Engler (2019-05-15). Canadian Green Leader Supports Same Old Pro-Imperialist Foreign Policies. dissidentvoice.org Does Elizabeth May hate Palestinians? Does the Green Party leader want the Trump administration to attack Iran? Does she support efforts to overthrow Venezuela's government? I've been asking myself these questions since reading a Canadian Jewish News story about Paul Manly's recent victory in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith bi-election. In a story titled "Concerns raised over new …

RT (2019-05-15). 'Dangerously delusional' Tom Cotton claims US would win Iran war with 'two strikes'. rt.com US Republican Senator Tom Cotton is facing severe criticism from the public after bombastically claiming that the US would win a war against Iran in just "two strikes."

John Laforge (2019-05-15). Is Emergency Evacuation from Seabrook Reactor Even Possible? Public Hearings Demanded. counterpunch.org Ever wonder if the nuclear reactor near you has an evacuation plan that would work in an emergency? Have you ever been stuck in barely moving traffic on an interstate highway even when there was no crisis, no sirens, and no panic? People driving Interstate-95 near the Seabrook reactor in New Hampshire have, and they More

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-15). Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of 'Increased Threat' From Iran. commondreams.org "Intelligence and military officials in Europe as well as in the United States said that over the past year, most aggressive moves have originated not in Tehran, but in Washington." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-05-14). Washington pushes to brink of war against Iran. wsws.org Pompeo's abrupt trip to Brussels and the deployment of more US military assets to the Persian Gulf point to a calculated US escalation of a war crisis.

RT (2019-05-14). 'Fake news': Trump says not considering 120,000 troops for 'Iran threat'. rt.com President Donald Trump denied that the military was preparing to send 120,000 US troops overseas to address an alleged threat from Iran, as was previously reported by the New York Times.

Jason Ditz (2019-05-14). White House Considers Pentagon Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops to Middle East to Fight Iran. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — John Bolton ordered the Pentagon to come up with an "updated" plan for getting more American troops into the Middle East to fight a war against Iran. The plans are in now, according to officials, who say that the options envision 120,000 US ground troops in the Middle East. Incredibly, this option appears to just be …

John McEvoy (2019-05-14). US officials discuss sending up to 120,000 troops to Middle East as war propaganda begins over Iran. thecanary.co The Donald Trump administration is edging Washington closer to war with Iran. After pulling out of the Iran deal in 2018, the US once again applied crushing economic sanctions on the country. And recent reports show that top US officials are now drafting plans for war that c…

Staff (2019-05-14). Ex-Iranian Ambassador Warns About US Escalation in Iran. truthout.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…

Staff (2019-05-14). Trump Provokes Iran With Intensified Economic War. therealnews.com Trump and Bolton's strategy is to bait Iran into a war Bolton's wanted for twenty years — says Trita Parsi, President of the NIAC…

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…

Staff (2019-05-14). National Security Officials Detail Plan to Deploy Up to 120,000 Troops to Iran. truthout.org President Donald Trump's administration is weighing military options against Iran that could even include war, according to a new report. | Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan detailed a plan last week at a gathering of national security officials, which includes deploying up to 120,000 armed forces to the Middle East, according to the New York Times. The hypothetical plan would reportedly be implemented if Tehran speeds up its nuclear weapons program — or in the event American troops are attacked by Iran…

RT (2019-05-14). US war with Iran would be a disaster with ripple effects that 'could last decades'. rt.com The situation around Iran has been cranked up to fever pitch, and another American war in the Middle East seems just around the corner — a war that spells devastation for both the region and Trump's presidency, analysts believe.

Editor (2019-05-14). USA: Hands off Iran! workers.org As if the White House gang felt incomplete simply leveling economic threats against China, making hostile comments about Russia and imposing illegal sanctions — illegal because they amount to collective punishment of the populations — on Venezuela, Cuba and north Korea — they have once again put the Islamic Republic . . . | Continue reading USA: Hands off Iran! at Workers.org

Richard E. Rubenstein (2019-05-14). Who is Our "Adversary"? A Question of Language. counterpunch.org There's a new word in town, folks — or rather an old word with a new meaning. It has become the fashion among politicians and journalists to describe nations like Russia, China, and Iran, and leaders like Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Ali Khamenei, as "adversaries." This is a term that gives me the creeps both because of what it says and what it hides.According to Webster-Merriam, adversary is another word for "an enemy or opponent," but in today's parlance it has become a blurry euphemism. Russia and China are called adversaries by people who loathe and fear these governments, but who consider it crude,…

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…

Arundhati Roy (2019-05-14). U.S. Attack on Iran Would Be "Biggest Mistake It Has Ever Made" commondreams.org Arundhati Roy at Harlem's Apollo Theater, Sunday, May 12, 2019. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Whitney Webb (2019-05-14). With the US-Iran War Ball Now Rolling, Could an "Accident" or "False Flag" Serve as Pretext? mintpressnews.com Certain forces in the U.S. and Israel have been actively pushing for war with Iran for years and have a track record that demonstrates little inhibition about using an "accident" to start it.

Ben Armbruster (2019-05-14). The Media's Handling of Bolton's Iran Threats, Recalls the Run-Up to the Iraq War. globalresearch.ca Media-savvy U.S. government officials, political operatives, and lawmakers and their staffs from all political parties and ideological persuasions have no doubt, throughout the history of our great country, duped a fair-minded but unwitting reporter into writing a juicy story in …

Whitney Webb (2019-05-14). History's Dire Warning: Beware False-Flag Trigger for Long-Sought War with Iran. mintpressnews.com Israel's "false flag" attack on the U.S.S. Liberty in 1967 cost 34 American lives. Dick Cheney planned to disguise U.S. troops as Iranians to fire on American ships to start a war. With Bolton and Israel on the warpath, the risk of another similar act is higher than ever.

Middle East Eye (2019-05-14). Why a War With Iran is Not in Donald Trump's Interests. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Sometimes you have to listen hard to Donald Trump to find out what he really wants to say. Last week, the US president buried an invitation to Iran to come and talk to him under piles of bile about John Kerry, the former secretary of state, and his contacts with Tehran. But what Trump was really saying …

Shane Quinn (2019-05-14). NATO Doctrine of "Nuclear Sharing" Putting Europe and the World at Grave Risk. globalresearch.ca Among European populations, it is little known that there are today scores of US nuclear weapons still stationed on the continent. Much of the reason for this broad lack of awareness regarding the sinister presence of nuclear bombs, is that …

Patrick Cockburn (2019-05-14). The Mysterious "Sabotage" of Saudi Oil Tankers: a Dangerous Moment in Trump's Escalating Conflict With Iran. counterpunch.org Saudi Arabia's claim that two of its oil tankers have been sabotaged off the coast of the UAE is vague in detail — but could create a crisis that spins out of control and into military action.Any attack on shipping in or close to the Strait of Hormuz, the 30-mile wide channel at the entrance to the Gulf, is always serious because it is the most important choke point for the international oil trade. More

Consortiumnews (2019-05-13). PATRICK LAWRENCE: A Week of Dangerous Developments from Iran to North Korea. consortiumnews.com The increasingly aggressive moves by Trump's hawkish advisers give the impression of a palace coup, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Neoconservative hawks in the Trump administration, led by National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary… Read more →

Alastair Crooke (2019-05-13). Pompeo Takes a Page From the Bernard Lewis Playbook on Iran. mintpressnews.com Inspired by his intellectual hero Bernard Lewis, Pompeo, together with Richard Perle's PNAC colleague, John Bolton, seems to be itching to using the Lewis recipe of 'hitting Iran between the eyes with a big stick.

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…

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."

Consortiumnews (2019-05-13). PEPE ESCOBAR: Iran Squeezed Between Imperial Psychos and European Cowards. consortiumnews.com Berlin, Paris and London assumed Tehran could not afford to leave the JCPOA even if it was not receiving any of the promised economic rewards. Now the EU3 are facing the hour of truth, writes Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar… Read more →

David Keppel (2019-05-13). 13 Questions All Presidential Candidates Must Answer About Nuclear War. thenation.com 13 Questions All Presidential Candidates Must Answer About Nuclear War…

unitedEditor (2019-05-13). South African Elections, US-China trade war, Istanbul and Iran. uwidata.com 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 …

Staff (2019-05-10). Manufactured Iranian Threat in the Persian Gulf. therealnews.com The U.S. military is sending an aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf, claiming there is an unspecified threat from Iran, but this has no basis other than Bolton's desire for regime change, says Col. Larry Wilkerson…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-09). Headlines for May 9, 2019. democracynow.org House Judiciary Votes to Hold Attorney General Barr in Contempt of Congress, Senate Panel Subpoenas Donald Trump Jr. to Testify About Russia, Trump Administration Announces New Sanctions on Iranian Metal Exports, Bodies of 4 Migrants Found in Arizona as Trial of Humanitarian Aid Volunteer Wraps Up, New York Bill Would Allow Congress to Obtain Trump's State Tax Records, Trump Laughs and Jokes as a Supporter Suggests Shooting Migrants, Maryland Judge Approves Supervised Release for White Nationalist Accused of Terror Plot, Five Killed in Kabul, Afghanistan as Taliban Attack U.S. Nonprofit, Pakistani Taliban Claims…

unitedEditor (2019-05-09). Trump's achievements in pressure on Iran: from economic sanctions to military confrontation. uwidata.com 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 …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-08). Headlines for May 8, 2019. democracynow.org Iran to Suspend Part of Nuclear Deal Citing U.S. Sanctions, Pompeo Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq As U.S.-Iran Tensions Mount, UN Rapporteur Slams U.S. For Using Sanctions to Precipitate Humanitarian Disasters, 1 Dead, 8 Injured in Colorado School Shooting Near Columbine, NYT: Trump's Tax Records Show He Lost Over $1 Billion Between 1985 and 1994, House Prepares to Hold Barr in Contempt as Justice Dept. Advises Trump to Invoke Executive Privilege, Georgia Enacts One of Nation's Most Restrictive Abortion Bans, Uber & Lyft Drivers Strike Ahead of Uber's Wall Street Debut, Tens of Thousands of Teachers in Oregon to Wa…

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 …

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Another coup fails. greenleft.org.au "Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…

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 …

2019-05-15: Social Media Postees

No to war against Iran!
wsws.org | 2019-05-15
The threat of all-out war in the Middle East is greater than at any time since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, and the potential consequences are far graver.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/15/pers…

Bernie Sanders Delivers Online Address: 'We Must Not Go to War With Iran'
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-15
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday came out forcefully against the Trump administration angling the United States into another costly and unnecessary war of choice in the Middle East—this time against Iran—delivering an online address in which he warned that any military action without approval from Congress would be an "unconstitutional and illegal" breach of office. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/14/bernie-…

Canadian Green Leader Supports Same Old Pro-Imperialist Foreign Policies
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-15
Does Elizabeth May hate Palestinians? Does the Green Party leader want the Trump administration to attack Iran? Does she support efforts to overthrow Venezuela's government? I've been asking myself these questions since reading a Canadian Jewish News story about Paul Manly's recent victory in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith bi-election. In a story titled "Concerns raised over new …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/canadian-gree…

Warnings of 'Gulf of Tonkin 2.0' as US Officials Blame Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-15
(CD) — Is the Trump administration attempting to concoct a false pretext to justify launching a war against Iran? That question has become increasingly common and urgent among anti-war commentators and activists in recent days as U.S. intelligence officials–without citing any concrete evidence–blamed Iran for reported attacks on Saudi and UAE oil tankers in the Strait of …

Warnings of 'Gulf of Tonkin 2.0' as US Officials Blame Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks

Trump 'Sort of' Denies Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops for War With Iran
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-15
(ANTIWAR.COM) — President Trump sort of denied last night's report that the Pentagon's plan for a war with Iran would see 120,000 US ground troops sent to the Middle East, saying that the report was in the New York Times and therefore must be "fake news." The 120,000 troops plan was attributed to the Pentagon, and said to be …

Trump 'Sort of' Denies Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops for War With Iran

White House Reviews US Military Plan for 120,000 Troops for Iran War
Jason Ditz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
John Bolton ordered the Pentagon to come up with an "updated" plan for getting more American troops into the Middle East to fight a war against Iran. The plans are in now, according to officials, who say that the options …
globalresearch.ca/white-house-reviews-us…

Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz: The US-Iran Standoff
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-15
Hegemons are never going to sound too sensible when they lock horns or joust in spats of childish anger. Power corrupts, not merely in terms of perspective but language, and making sense about the next move, the next statement, is bound to be challenging. Otherwise justified behaviour can be read as provocative; retaliatory moves duly …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/maximum-press…

Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of 'Increased Threat' From Iran
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-15
"Intelligence and military officials in Europe as well as in the United States said that over the past year, most aggressive moves have originated not in Tehran, but in Washington." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/15/undermi…

'Dangerously delusional' Tom Cotton claims US would win Iran war with 'two strikes'
rt.com | 2019-05-15
US Republican Senator Tom Cotton is facing severe criticism from the public after bombastically claiming that the US would win a war against Iran in just "two strikes." | …
rt.com/usa/459388-cotton-war-iran-us/

Is Emergency Evacuation from Seabrook Reactor Even Possible? Public Hearings Demanded
John Laforge | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
Ever wonder if the nuclear reactor near you has an evacuation plan that would work in an emergency? Have you ever been stuck in barely moving traffic on an interstate highway even when there was no crisis, no sirens, and no panic? People driving Interstate-95 near the Seabrook reactor in New Hampshire have, and they…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/15/is-emergency…

Washington pushes to brink of war against Iran
wsws.org | 2019-05-14
Pompeo's abrupt trip to Brussels and the deployment of more US military assets to the Persian Gulf point to a calculated US escalation of a war crisis.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/14/iran…

U.S. Attack on Iran Would Be "Biggest Mistake It Has Ever Made"
Arundhati Roy | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
Arundhati Roy at Harlem's Apollo Theater, Sunday, May 12, 2019. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/14/us-att…

US war with Iran would be a disaster with ripple effects that 'could last decades'
rt.com | 2019-05-14
The situation around Iran has been cranked up to fever pitch, and another American war in the Middle East seems just around the corner — a war that spells devastation for both the region and Trump's presidency, analysts believe. | …
rt.com/usa/459342-us-iran-war-disaster/

US officials discuss sending up to 120,000 troops to Middle East as war propaganda begins over Iran
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-05-14
The Donald Trump administration is edging Washington closer to war with Iran. After pulling out of the Iran deal in 2018, the US once again applied crushing economic sanctions on the country. And recent reports show that top US officials are now drafting plans for war that c…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/05/14/us-officials-discuss-sending-up-to-120000-troops-to-middle-east-as-war-propaganda-begins-over-iran/

'Fake news': Trump says not considering 120,000 troops for 'Iran threat'
rt.com | 2019-05-14
President Donald Trump denied that the military was preparing to send 120,000 US troops overseas to address an alleged threat from Iran, as was previously reported by the New York Times. | …
rt.com/usa/459338-trump-not-sending-1200…

Trump Provokes Iran With Intensified Economic War
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-14
Trump and Bolton's strategy is to bait Iran into a war Bolton's wanted for twenty years — says Trita Parsi, President of the NIAC…
therealnews.com/stories/trump-provokes-i…

History's Dire Warning: Beware False-Flag Trigger for Long-Sought War with Iran
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-14
Israel's "false flag" attack on the U.S.S. Liberty in 1967 cost 34 American lives. Dick Cheney planned to disguise U.S. troops as Iranians to fire on American ships to start a war. With Bolton and Israel on the warpath, the risk of another similar act is higher than ever.
mintpressnews.com/historys-dire-warning-…

Who is Our "Adversary"? A Question of Language
Richard E. Rubenstein | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-14
There's a new word in town, folks — or rather an old word with a new meaning. It has become the fashion among politicians and journalists to describe nations like Russia, China, and Iran, and leaders like Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Ali Khamenei, as "adversaries." This is a term that gives me the creeps both because of what it says and what it hides.According to Webster-Merriam, adversary is another word for "an enemy or opponent," but in today's parlance it has become a blurry euphemism. Russia and China are called adversaries by people who loathe and fear these governments, but who consider it crude,…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/14/who-is-our-a…

Why a War With Iran is Not in Donald Trump's Interests
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-14
(MEE) — Sometimes you have to listen hard to Donald Trump to find out what he really wants to say. Last week, the US president buried an invitation to Iran to come and talk to him under piles of bile about John Kerry, the former secretary of state, and his contacts with Tehran. But what Trump was really saying …

Why a War With Iran is Not in Donald Trump’s Interests

The Media's Handling of Bolton's Iran Threats, Recalls the Run-Up to the Iraq War
Ben Armbruster | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
Media-savvy U.S. government officials, political operatives, and lawmakers and their staffs from all political parties and ideological persuasions have no doubt, throughout the history of our great country, duped a fair-minded but unwitting reporter into writing a juicy story in …
globalresearch.ca/medias-shameful-handli…

USA: Hands off Iran!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-05-14
As if the White House gang felt incomplete simply leveling economic threats against China, making hostile comments about Russia and imposing illegal sanctions — illegal because they amount to collective punishment of the populations — on Venezuela, Cuba and north Korea — they have once again put the Islamic Republic . . . | Continue reading USA: Hands off Iran! at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/05/14/usa-hands-off-ira…

White House Considers Pentagon Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops to Middle East to Fight Iran
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-14
(ANTIWAR.COM) — John Bolton ordered the Pentagon to come up with an "updated" plan for getting more American troops into the Middle East to fight a war against Iran. The plans are in now, according to officials, who say that the options envision 120,000 US ground troops in the Middle East. Incredibly, this option appears to just be …

White House Considers Pentagon Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops to Middle East to Fight Iran

Ex-Iranian Ambassador Warns About US Escalation in Iran
Staff | truthout.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…
truthout.org/video/ex-iranian-ambassador…

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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/14/will_john…

National Security Officials Detail Plan to Deploy Up to 120,000 Troops to Iran
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-14
President Donald Trump's administration is weighing military options against Iran that could even include war, according to a new report. | Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan detailed a plan last week at a gathering of national security officials, which includes deploying up to 120,000 armed forces to the Middle East, according to the New York Times. The hypothetical plan would reportedly be implemented if Tehran speeds up its nuclear weapons program — or in the event American troops are attacked by Iran…
truthout.org/articles/national-security-…

With the US-Iran War Ball Now Rolling, Could an "Accident" or "False Flag" Serve as Pretext?
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-14
Certain forces in the U.S. and Israel have been actively pushing for war with Iran for years and have a track record that demonstrates little inhibition about using an "accident" to start it.
mintpressnews.com/with-the-us-iran-war-b…

The Mysterious "Sabotage" of Saudi Oil Tankers: a Dangerous Moment in Trump's Escalating Conflict With Iran
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-14
Saudi Arabia's claim that two of its oil tankers have been sabotaged off the coast of the UAE is vague in detail — but could create a crisis that spins out of control and into military action.Any attack on shipping in or close to the Strait of Hormuz, the 30-mile wide channel at the entrance to the Gulf, is always serious because it is the most important choke point for the international oil trade.
counterpunch.org/2019/05/14/the-mysterio…

NATO Doctrine of "Nuclear Sharing" Putting Europe and the World at Grave Risk
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
Among European populations, it is little known that there are today scores of US nuclear weapons still stationed on the continent. Much of the reason for this broad lack of awareness regarding the sinister presence of nuclear bombs, is that …
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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."
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Pompeo Takes a Page From the Bernard Lewis Playbook on Iran
Alastair Crooke | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-13
Inspired by his intellectual hero Bernard Lewis, Pompeo, together with Richard Perle's PNAC colleague, John Bolton, seems to be itching to using the Lewis recipe of 'hitting Iran between the eyes with a big stick.
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PEPE ESCOBAR: Iran Squeezed Between Imperial Psychos and European Cowards
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-13
Berlin, Paris and London assumed Tehran could not afford to leave the JCPOA even if it was not receiving any of the promised economic rewards. Now the EU3 are facing the hour of truth, writes Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar… Read more ?…
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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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PATRICK LAWRENCE: A Week of Dangerous Developments from Iran to North Korea
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-13
The increasingly aggressive moves by Trump's hawkish advisers give the impression of a palace coup, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Neoconservative hawks in the Trump administration, led by National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary… Read more ?…
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13 Questions All Presidential Candidates Must Answer About Nuclear War
David Keppel | thenation.com | 2019-05-13
13 Questions All Presidential Candidates Must Answer About Nuclear War…
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Manufactured Iranian Threat in the Persian Gulf
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-10
The U.S. military is sending an aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf, claiming there is an unspecified threat from Iran, but this has no basis other than Bolton's desire for regime change, says Col. Larry Wilkerson…
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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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Venezuela: Another coup fails
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
"Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…
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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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