2019-05-22: News Headlines

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.

teleSUR (2019-05-22). US Accuses Syrian Government of New Chemical Weapons Attack. telesurenglish.net The U.S. State Department accused the Syrian government of carrying out a new chemical weapons attack in the northwestern region of the country on Sunday. | RELATED: | Syrian Military Intercepts Unidentified Objects in South Syria | State Department Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement on Tuesday: "We are still gathering information on [Sunday's] incident, but we repeat our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the United States and our allies will…

Jason Ditz (2019-05-22). Russia Accuses Al-Qaeda of Trying to Fake Another Chemical Attack in Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Intermittent fighting between Syria's government and al-Qaeda forces in Idlib turned into full-blown fighting Tuesday, with an al-Qaeda counter-attack hitting Syrian government forces in the area. Reports are that 26 soldiers and 18 jihadists were slain in the fighting. This fighting took place on the border between Idlib and Hama Provinces, and likely will be …

WSWS (2019-05-22). Canada's Conservative leader lays out right-wing economic and foreign policy agenda. wsws.org Scheer pledged to step up military-security cooperation with the US, intensify Canada's aggressive stance against China and Russia, and gut social spending.

Staff (2019-05-22). When It Comes to Election-Meddling, Russians Learned From the Best. truthdig.com Though Americans might find it hard to believe, we weren't the first country to have an election interfered with by an intrusive foreign power!

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-21). Idlib-Based Uighur Terrorists Threatened Russian Forces in Syria. globalresearch.ca The so-called "Turkistan Islamic Party", the Syrian branch of the Uighur-led terrorist group previously known as the "East Turkestan Islamic Movement", threatened to deal Russia a defeat akin to the one that its Soviet predecessor experienced in Afghanistan, demonstrating the …

teleSUR (2019-05-21). Venezuela has the Means to Defeat the US Blockade. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia, Carlos Rafael Faría Tortosa, said Tuesday that despite the ongoing blockade by the United States, his country has found ways to defeat them and continue to advance his nation's economic development. | RELATED: | Chavistas March in Caracas to Mark Nicolas Maduro's Re-election | In an interview with the Russian agency RT, Tortosa said that "when our president announced that the gold production in the country has been recovering, the U.S. gove…

Adam H. Johnson (2019-05-21). Warren and Sanders Understand the Power of 'The Bad Guy'. truthdig.com Progressive activist Norman Solomon offers a succinct description of neoliberalism: an ideology that sees victims but never victimizers. Bad things just happen. They're the product of mysterious, unaccountable and ill-defined "market forces." Factories just close, endless wars just "erupt," the Nasdaq just crashes and our 401K and home equity just evaporate. No one specifically is responsible. And when someone is, around the margins, it's a handful of faceless Arabs off in a cave somewhere or, increasingly, anonymous "Russians." Our military and intelligence services are off fighting those Bad Guys. Trust us. | B…

Zero Hedge (2019-05-21). USAF Paints F-16 Jet with Russian Color Scheme for 'Training Purposes'. globalresearch.ca Nellis Air Force Base's Facebook page published a video of a General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon Friday belonging to the 64th Aggressor Squadron in a new paint scheme that resembles Russia's fifth-generation stealth fighter, reported The War Zone. | "A …

teleSUR (2019-05-21). Ocasio-Cortez: 'Time to Open Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump'. telesurenglish.net U.S. Democratic Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez said on Tuesday it is time for Democratic leaders to allow an impeachment process to start against President Donald Trump, saying the administration's obstruction of lawmakers' oversight efforts gives them no choice. | RELATED: | Chomsky: Fixation on Russia May Have Handed Trump a 2020 Win | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has so far resisted calls for Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings, instead backing continued investiga…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-05-21). Rand Corp: come abbattere la Russia. globalresearch.ca Costringere l'avversario a estendersi eccessivamente per sbilanciarlo e abbatterlo: non è una mossa di judo ma il piano contro la Russia elaborato dalla Rand Corporation, il più influente think tank Usa che, con uno staff di migliaia di esperti, si …

Staff (2019-05-21). Russians Have Meddled in 36 Elections. The US Has Meddled in 81. truthout.org In this country, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let's face it, when it comes to election meddling, it's been me, me, me, 24/7 here. Yes, in some fashion some set of Russians meddled in the last election campaign, whether it was, as Jared Kushner improbably claimed, "a couple of Facebook ads" or, as the Mueller report described it, "the Russian government interfer[ing]… in sweeping and systematic fashion." | But let me mention just a few of the things th…

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-21). Dueling Agendas: Russia and China v. the US. globalresearch.ca Sino/Russian and US geopolitical agendas are world's apart. Together with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi last week, Sergey Lavrov said the following: | "(O)ur foreign policy cooperation…is a stabilizing factor in world affairs. Russia and China consistently advocate a more just, …

RT (2019-05-21). Democrats call for Trump impeachment as former White House counsel skips hearing. rt.com House Democrats are once again calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, after he blocked former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying about the 'Russiagate' probe. |

William Hawes (2019-05-21). Forevergate: The Pernicious Persistence of the Russian Collusion Delusion. The Trump-Putin Fairy Tale. globalresearch.ca The official investigation into Russian collusion is over, after three harrowing, nerve-wracking years. I kid, of course. After endless news cycles, and various non-stories and wild-goose chases disseminated by mainstream media, one would think the country could move on. Yet …

Jason Ditz (2019-05-21). Nearly 400 Lawmakers Urge Trump to Keep Troops in Syria to "Increase Pressure on Iran and Russia" theantimedia.com (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 …

Nadezhda Azhgikhina (2019-05-21). The Iron Curtain for the Russian Internet. thenation.com The Iron Curtain for the Russian Internet…

United Nations (2019-05-21). Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in 'secret detention facilities', UN human rights office warns. un.org In Syria, it is suspected that children whose fathers fought for terrorist group ISIL are being held in unidentified "settlements" and "secret detention facilities" away from their mothers, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday.

South Front (2019-05-21). Syria War Report: Hama Ceasefire Initiative Failed. Clashes Ongoing. globalresearch.ca On May 17 and May 18, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) intercepted several unidentified aerial objects over Damascus and the southern part of the country. In both cases, the intercepted targets came from the southern Syria border, near the …

Darius Shahtahmasebi (2019-05-21). All the Times John Bolton Called for War with Iran. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Consortiumnews (2019-05-21). How the West's War in Libya Spurred Terrorism in 14 Countries. consortiumnews.com The first to suffer was Syria and since then the gruesome effects have been spreading in the region and beyond, to Africans and Europeans, writes Mark Curtis. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Eight years on from NATO's war in… Read more →

United Nations (2019-05-21). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Libya civil war, African displacement, global trade tensions, terrorists' children 'secretly detained', and more. un.org Tuesday's stories include: Libya facing "permanent division", regional war; Africa event highlights forcible displacement; terrorists' children 'secretly detained' in Syria; Venezuelans need protection; global trade tensions rise.

Ben Chacko (2019-05-20). U.S. 'bid to destroy Venezuela' threatens foundations of international law, ambassador warns. peoplesworld.org

William Hawes (2019-05-20). Forevergate: The Pernicious Persistence of the Russian Collusion Delusion. dissidentvoice.org The official investigation into Russian collusion is over, after three harrowing, nerve-wracking years. I kid, of course. After endless news cycles, and various non-stories and wild-goose chases disseminated by mainstream media, one would think the country could move on. Yet this hasn't been the case. It seems pretty straightforward: delusions about Russia continue because they …

Consortiumnews (2019-05-20). Russia-gate as Count Dracula. consortiumnews.com Ann Garrison reviews Stephen F. Cohen's book, "War with Russia? From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate." By Ann Garrison Special to Consortium News "Russiagate, like Count Dracula, will never end because new political blood will be fed to this… Read more →

RT (2019-05-19). Democrat Tulsi Gabbard fends off 'fake news' accusations of Russian support. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard's anti-war stance has seen her slammed in the media for over-friendliness to Moscow. After this week's hit piece the Hawaiian Congresswoman called these accusations "fake news." |

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…

Rick Sterling (2019-05-19). How Russiagate replaced Analysis of the 2016 Election. dissidentvoice.org An honest and accurate analysis of the 2016 election is not just an academic exercise. It is very relevant to the current election campaign. Yet over the past two years, Russiagate has dominated media and political debate and largely replaced a serious analysis of the factors leading to Trump's victory. The public has been flooded …

unitedEditor (2019-05-19). New ISIS Caliphate with capital in Kashmir. uwidata.com The Islamic State plans revenge in the form of creating an eastern caliphate with the capital in Indian Kashmir. On the background of a defeat in Syria and Iraq, ISIS says it has instituted a province in Indian Kashmir named Wilayah of Hind. The announcement followed a clash between the militants and security forces in …

Consortiumnews (2019-05-17). CONFIRMED: Chemical Weapons Assessment Contradicting Official Syria Narrative Is Authentic. consortiumnews.com The leak undermines the fundamental assumptions behind many years of Western reporting, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has begun responding to queries by the press about a leaked document that… Read more →

United Nations (2019-05-17). Risk grows of 'catastrophic humanitarian fallout' in Syria's Idlib, where 3 million are trapped: top UN officials urge unity in Security Council. un.org The UN's Political and Humanitarian Affairs chiefs on Friday called on the Security Council to unite in support of an immediate de-escalation of fighting around Syria's Idlib province, and work towards an enduring political solution on behalf of the Syrian people.

United Nations (2019-05-17). Friday's Daily Brief: Syria, Yemen airstrikes, Anti-torture panel, Gay rights, Climate change, #Vesak Day. un.org On Friday, we cover: Fighting in Syria's Idlib province; UN condemnation of airstrikes in Yemen; UK's forced-return policy; LGBTI rights; the UN chief's climate action trip to Tuvalu; and Vesak Day.

United Nations (2019-05-17). Repatriation of extremist fighters and families to Kazakhstan, welcomed by UN rights expert. un.org Stressing the need for some Governments to reform their laws and policies on fighting terrorism and extremism, an independent UN human rights expert welcomed on Friday Kazakhstan's repatriation of 231 of its citizens from conflict sites in Syria and Iraq, earlier this month.

Joshua Cho (2019-05-17). For Corporate Media, Space Belongs to Washington. fair.org by Joshua Cho | Another day, another opportunity for our perpetually "behind" and "vulnerable" military/industrial/media complex to assert the need for yet another military upgrade—this time in outer space! Jim Sciutto (Wall Street Journal, 5/10/19) fear-mongered the vulnerabilities of US space presence, warning that Russia and China "are developing new w…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-16). "Inside Syria's Secret Prisons": A Harrowing Account of How Assad's Torture Machine Crushed Dissent. democracynow.org A shocking exposé by the New York Times looks at how Bashar al-Assad's government has jailed and tortured tens of thousands of Syrians since the uprising began in 2011. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, nearly 128,000 people have disappeared. They are presumed to be either dead or still in custody. The group estimates almost 14,000 individuals have died under torture. The detentions are continuing even as the fighting winds down. More than 5,600 Syrians were reportedly arbitrarily detained last year in a 25 percent jump from the previous year. While the Syrian government has denied running a secre…

unitedEditor (2019-05-16). Libya, a second Syria? uwidata.com The recent crisis in Libya has resulted in over 500 casualties, and a huge number of people being displaced, leaving the country essentially divided into two parts. The role of foreign countries is extremely critical to the current developments in Libya… countries whose selfish support of domestic groups has led to, and exacerbated the current …

Paul Dobson (2019-05-15). Russia Warns US Against Venezuela Meddling as Alleged Bomb Threat Temporarily Closes National Assembly. venezuelanalysis.com Four more opposition deputies have also been accused of treason and conspiracy following the April 30 attempted putsch, bringing the total to fourteen.

TeleSur English (2019-05-15). China Delivers 71 Tons of Medical Aid to Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com "With this second shipment, as well as that which we already received from the Russian Federation, the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent some 166 tons of medicines and supplies have arrived in the country," Health Minister Carlos Alvarado said.

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…

Aaron Maté (2019-05-07). America in denial: Gabor Maté on the psychology of Russiagate (Interview transcript). thegrayzone.com Physician, mental health expert, and best-selling author Dr. Gabor Maté sits down with The Grayzone's Aaron Maté to analyze how…

Paul Dobson (2019-05-02). Venezuela: Lopez Arrest Warrant Issued as Military Show Strength for Maduro. venezuelanalysis.com The opposition leader is still in the Spanish Ambassador's residence, but has allegedly claimed asylum.

2019-05-22: Social Media Postees

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/iran…

US Accuses Syrian Government of New Chemical Weapons Attack
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
The U.S. State Department accused the Syrian government of carrying out a new chemical weapons attack in the northwestern region of the country on Sunday. | RELATED: | Syrian Military Intercepts Unidentified Objects in South Syria | State Department Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement on Tuesday: "We are still gathering information on [Sunday's] incident, but we repeat our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the United States and our allies will…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Accuses-Syria…

Russia Accuses Al-Qaeda of Trying to Fake Another Chemical Attack in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-22
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Intermittent fighting between Syria's government and al-Qaeda forces in Idlib turned into full-blown fighting Tuesday, with an al-Qaeda counter-attack hitting Syrian government forces in the area. Reports are that 26 soldiers and 18 jihadists were slain in the fighting. This fighting took place on the border between Idlib and Hama Provinces, and likely will be …

Russia Accuses Al-Qaeda of Trying to Fake Another Chemical Attack in Syria

Canada's Conservative leader lays out right-wing economic and foreign policy agenda
wsws.org | 2019-05-22
Scheer pledged to step up military-security cooperation with the US, intensify Canada's aggressive stance against China and Russia, and gut social spending.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/sche…

When It Comes to Election-Meddling, Russians Learned From the Best
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-22
Though Americans might find it hard to believe, we weren't the first country to have an election interfered with by an intrusive foreign power!
truthdig.com/articles/when-it-comes-to-e…

Idlib-Based Uighur Terrorists Threatened Russian Forces in Syria
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
The so-called "Turkistan Islamic Party", the Syrian branch of the Uighur-led terrorist group previously known as the "East Turkestan Islamic Movement", threatened to deal Russia a defeat akin to the one that its Soviet predecessor experienced in Afghanistan, demonstrating the …
globalresearch.ca/idlib-based-uighur-ter…

Venezuela has the Means to Defeat the US Blockade
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
The Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia, Carlos Rafael Faría Tortosa, said Tuesday that despite the ongoing blockade by the United States, his country has found ways to defeat them and continue to advance his nation's economic development. | RELATED: | Chavistas March in Caracas to Mark Nicolas Maduro's Re-election | In an interview with the Russian agency RT, Tortosa said that "when our president announced that the gold production in the country has been recovering, the U.S. gove…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-has-th…

Russians Have Meddled in 36 Elections. The US Has Meddled in 81
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-21
In this country, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let's face it, when it comes to election meddling, it's been me, me, me, 24/7 here. Yes, in some fashion some set of Russians meddled in the last election campaign, whether it was, as Jared Kushner improbably claimed, "a couple of Facebook ads" or, as the Mueller report described it, "the Russian government interfer[ing]… in sweeping and systematic fashion." | But let me mention just a few of the things th…
truthout.org/articles/russians-have-medd…

Rand Corp: come abbattere la Russia
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
Costringere l'avversario a estendersi eccessivamente per sbilanciarlo e abbatterlo: non è una mossa di judo ma il piano contro la Russia elaborato dalla Rand Corporation, il più influente think tank Usa che, con uno staff di migliaia di esperti, si …
globalresearch.ca/rand-corp-come-abbatte…

Dueling Agendas: Russia and China v. the US
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
Sino/Russian and US geopolitical agendas are world's apart. Together with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi last week, Sergey Lavrov said the following: |…
globalresearch.ca/russia-china-us/567808…

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"

Forevergate: The Pernicious Persistence of the Russian Collusion Delusion. The Trump-Putin Fairy Tale
William Hawes | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
The official investigation into Russian collusion is over, after three harrowing, nerve-wracking years. I kid, of course. After endless news cycles, and various non-stories and wild-goose chases disseminated by mainstream media, one would think the country could move on. Yet …
globalresearch.ca/persistence-russian-co…

Ocasio-Cortez: 'Time to Open Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
U.S. Democratic Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez said on Tuesday it is time for Democratic leaders to allow an impeachment process to start against President Donald Trump, saying the administration's obstruction of lawmakers' oversight efforts gives them no choice. | RELATED: | Chomsky: Fixation on Russia May Have Handed Trump a 2020 Win | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has so far resisted calls for Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings, instead backing continued investiga…
telesurenglish.net/news/Ocasio-Cortez-Ti…

Warren and Sanders Understand the Power of 'The Bad Guy'
Adam H. Johnson | truthdig.com | 2019-05-21
Progressive activist Norman Solomon offers a succinct description of neoliberalism: an ideology that sees victims but never victimizers. Bad things just happen. They're the product of mysterious, unaccountable and ill-defined "market forces." Factories just close, endless wars just "erupt," the Nasdaq just crashes and our 401K and home equity just evaporate. No one specifically is responsible. And when someone is, around the margins, it's a handful of faceless Arabs off in a cave somewhere or, increasingly, anonymous "Russians." Our military and intelligence services are off fighting those Bad Guys. Trust us. | B…
truthdig.com/articles/warren-and-sanders…

USAF Paints F-16 Jet with Russian Color Scheme for 'Training Purposes'
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
Nellis Air Force Base's Facebook page published a video of a General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon Friday belonging to the 64th Aggressor Squadron in a new paint scheme that resembles Russia's fifth-generation stealth fighter, reported The War Zone. | "A | …
globalresearch.ca/usaf-paints-f-16-jet-r…

Democrats call for Trump impeachment as former White House counsel skips hearing
rt.com | 2019-05-21
House Democrats are once again calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, after he blocked former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying about the 'Russiagate' probe. | …
rt.com/usa/459930-impeach-trump-nadler-m…

The Iron Curtain for the Russian Internet
Nadezhda Azhgikhina | thenation.com | 2019-05-21
The Iron Curtain for the Russian Internet…
thenation.com/article/russia-putin-inter…

Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in 'secret detention facilities', UN human rights office warns
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-21
In Syria, it is suspected that children whose fathers fought for terrorist group ISIL are being held in unidentified "settlements" and "secret detention facilities" away from their mothers, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

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 …
globalresearch.ca/all-times-john-bolton-…

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Libya civil war, African displacement, global trade tensions, terrorists' children 'secretly detained', and more
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-21
Tuesday's stories include: Libya facing "permanent division", regional war; Africa event highlights forcible displacement; terrorists' children 'secretly detained' in Syria; Venezuelans need protection; global trade tensions rise.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

How the West's War in Libya Spurred Terrorism in 14 Countries
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-21
The first to suffer was Syria and since then the gruesome effects have been spreading in the region and beyond, to Africans and Europeans, writes Mark Curtis. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Eight years on from NATO's war in… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/21/how-the-we…

Syria War Report: Hama Ceasefire Initiative Failed. Clashes Ongoing
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
On May 17 and May 18, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) intercepted several unidentified aerial objects over Damascus and the southern part of the country. In both cases, the intercepted targets came from the southern Syria border, near the …
globalresearch.ca/syria-war-report-hama-…

Forevergate: The Pernicious Persistence of the Russian Collusion Delusion
William Hawes | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-20
The official investigation into Russian collusion is over, after three harrowing, nerve-wracking years. I kid, of course. After endless news cycles, and various non-stories and wild-goose chases disseminated by mainstream media, one would think the country could move on. Yet this hasn't been the case. It seems pretty straightforward: delusions about Russia continue because they …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/forevergate-t…

Russia-gate as Count Dracula
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-20
Ann Garrison reviews Stephen F. Cohen's book, "War with Russia? From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate." By Ann Garrison Special to Consortium News…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/20/russia-gat…

Democrat Tulsi Gabbard fends off 'fake news' accusations of Russian support
rt.com | 2019-05-19
Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard's anti-war stance has seen her slammed in the media for over-friendliness to Moscow. After this week's hit piece the Hawaiian Congresswoman called these accusations "fake news." | …
rt.com/usa/459749-tulsi-gabbard-russia-i…

How Russiagate replaced Analysis of the 2016 Election
Rick Sterling | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-19
An honest and accurate analysis of the 2016 election is not just an academic exercise. It is very relevant to the current election campaign. Yet over the past two years, Russiagate has dominated media and political debate and largely replaced a serious analysis of the factors leading to Trump's victory. The public has been flooded …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/how-russiagat…

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…
therealnews.com/stories/trump-bolton-agg…

New ISIS Caliphate with capital in Kashmir
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-19
The Islamic State plans revenge in the form of creating an eastern caliphate with the capital in Indian Kashmir. On the background of a defeat in Syria and Iraq, ISIS says it has instituted a province in Indian Kashmir named Wilayah of Hind. The announcement followed a clash between the militants and security forces in …
uwidata.com/3459-new-isis-caliphate-with…

CONFIRMED: Chemical Weapons Assessment Contradicting Official Syria Narrative Is Authentic
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-17
The leak undermines the fundamental assumptions behind many years of Western reporting, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has begun responding to queries by the press about a leaked document that… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/17/confirmed-…

Risk grows of 'catastrophic humanitarian fallout' in Syria's Idlib, where 3 million are trapped: top UN officials urge unity in Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
The UN's Political and Humanitarian Affairs chiefs on Friday called on the Security Council to unite in support of an immediate de-escalation of fighting around Syria's Idlib province, and work towards an enduring political solution on behalf of the Syrian people.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

Friday's Daily Brief: Syria, Yemen airstrikes, Anti-torture panel, Gay rights, Climate change, #Vesak Day
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
On Friday, we cover: Fighting in Syria's Idlib province; UN condemnation of airstrikes in Yemen; UK's forced-return policy; LGBTI rights; the UN chief's climate action trip to Tuvalu; and Vesak Day.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

For Corporate Media, Space Belongs to Washington
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-05-17
by Joshua Cho | Another day, another opportunity for our perpetually "behind" and "vulnerable" military/industrial/media complex to assert the need for yet another military upgrade–this time in outer space! Jim Sciutto (Wall Street Journal, 5/10/19) fear-mongered the vulnerabilities of US space presence, warning that Russia and China "are developing new w…
fair.org/home/for-corporate-media-space-…

Repatriation of extremist fighters and families to Kazakhstan, welcomed by UN rights expert
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
Stressing the need for some Governments to reform their laws and policies on fighting terrorism and extremism, an independent UN human rights expert welcomed on Friday Kazakhstan's repatriation of 231 of its citizens from conflict sites in Syria and Iraq, earlier this month.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

"Inside Syria's Secret Prisons": A Harrowing Account of How Assad's Torture Machine Crushed Dissent
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-16
A shocking exposé by the New York Times looks at how Bashar al-Assad's government has jailed and tortured tens of thousands of Syrians since the uprising began in 2011. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, nearly 128,000 people have disappeared. They are presumed to be either dead or still in custody. The group estimates almost 14,000 individuals have died under torture. The detentions are continuing even as the fighting winds down. More than 5,600 Syrians were reportedly arbitrarily detained last year in a 25 percent jump from the previous year. While the Syrian government has denied running a secre…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/16/inside_sy…

Libya, a second Syria?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-16
The recent crisis in Libya has resulted in over 500 casualties, and a huge number of people being displaced, leaving the country essentially divided into two parts. The role of foreign countries is extremely critical to the current developments in Libya… countries whose selfish support of domestic groups has led to, and exacerbated the current …
uwidata.com/3429-libya-a-second-syria/

Russia Warns US Against Venezuela Meddling as Alleged Bomb Threat Temporarily Closes National Assembly
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-15
Four more opposition deputies have also been accused of treason and conspiracy following the April 30 attempted putsch, bringing the total to fourteen.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14491

China Delivers 71 Tons of Medical Aid to Venezuela
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-15
"With this second shipment, as well as that which we already received from the Russian Federation, the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent some 166 tons of medicines and supplies have arrived in the country," Health Minister Carlos Alvarado said.
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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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America in denial: Gabor Maté on the psychology of Russiagate (Interview transcript)
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-07
Physician, mental health expert, and best-selling author Dr. Gabor Maté sits down with The Grayzone's Aaron Maté to analyze how…
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Venezuela: Lopez Arrest Warrant Issued as Military Show Strength for Maduro
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-02
The opposition leader is still in the Spanish Ambassador's residence, but has allegedly claimed asylum.
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