ISIS Terrorist Attack in Manchester? 17 Days Before Crucial UK Elections By Peter Koenig

24 May 2017 — Global Research

British elections are planned for 8 June 2017.

At the end of a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, an enormous ‘controlled’ explosion killed at least 22 people and injured 59, as reported by British media. Many of them are children and adolescents, as most of the concert-goers were young people.

The singer is unharmed. The concert hall accommodates 21,000 people. After the blast, panic broke loose, resulting in a mass stampede. It is not clear whether people were also killed in the stampede.

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Black Agenda Report for 24 May 2017

24 May 2017 — Black Agenda Report

Hillary Clinton’s Syria Revenge

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford Had Hillary Clinton been elected, she would likely have turned the Syrian war into a global conflict within weeks of taking the oath. However, Clinton may yet prevail. “With Donald Trump now dutifully in synch with the War Party, the U.S. has countered the Syrian-Russian-Iranian-Turkish ‘de-escalation’ in Syria with a major escalation: ‘no-go zones.’ Continue reading

New World Order Triumvirate: US, China, Japan? By Eric Walbeg

19 May 2017 — Eric Walberg

Watching the most recent Hollywood blockbuster, The Martian, I was struck by the political subtext. The great pioneer of outer space was the Soviet Union, and in those days, Hollywood followed the spirit of detente and cooperation in space with such uplifting films as Space Odyssey 2010 and the tv series Star Trek. Now the hostile Cold War has returned, and Hollywood mirrors this in what is otherwise a rather ordinary adventure film. The startling plot device is to point to China as the new partner in space, leaving the Russians pointedly out of the equation. Just imagining a Hollywood nod to Russia–the pioneer of outer space exploration and good will–is impossible given the crisis in international relations today. Continue reading

Media: At CNN, Imagining an Absurd Iranian/ISIS Alliance

20 May 2017 — FAIR

Alan Dershowitz on Anderson Cooper 360Alan Dershowitz (Anderson Cooper 360, 5/17/17) denounces Trump whistleblower as “a felon [and] a criminal.”

Pro-torture legal scholar Alan Dershowitz was on CNN the other night (Anderson Cooper 360, 5/17/17) arguing that the person who told the Washington Post that Donald Trump had disclosed classified information about ISIS to Russian visitors in the Oval Office was “a felon, a criminal and should go to jail.” After former Obama strategist demurred that publishing leaks was sometimes in the public interest, Dershowitz replied: Continue reading

Black Agenda Report for 18 May 2017

16 May 2017 — Black Agenda Report

Oh No No, You’re Political, We Can’t Do That!

a Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Some time last year, during the presidential campaign the BDS Movement held a major conference in Atlanta. I asked a friend who planned on attending anyway to approach the organizers and ask if the Georgia Green Party could buy a table at the event so we could hand out information about our party, which is the only US political party we know of that endorses the Movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction the apartheid state of Israel. Continue reading

Selected Stories: “Greater Israel” and the Occupation of Palestine

18 May 2017 — Global Research 

Gaza’s Territorial Waters: Fisherman Mohammed Baker Killed by Israeli Naval Forces

By Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, May 18, 2017

Yesterday afternoon, 15 May 2017, Palestinian fisherman Mohammed Majed Fadel Baker succumbed to his wounds after the Israeli naval soldiers opened fire from a distance of 3 meters at the boat manned by him, his brothers and cousin in the northern Gaza Sea. This indicates a new crime committed by the Israeli forces though none of the fishermen posed any threat to the live of Israeli soldiers. Continue reading

Syria: Trump’s Tomahawks, Double Standards – Using Chemical and Radioactive Weapons for Profit? By Felicity Arbuthnot

17 May 2017 — Global Research

“Two centuries ago, a former European colony decided to catch up with Europe. It succeeded so well that the United States of America became a monster, in which the taints, the sickness and the inhumanity of Europe have grown to appalling dimensions.” Frantz Fanon, 1961. (1925-1961.)

Although the US’ entirely illegal attack on Syria’s Shayrat Airbase in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government, showed not a thought towards Congressional debate, United Nations mandate or the rule of law, it seems that some thought might have gone in to the date. Continue reading

Media to Trump: Don’t Cozy Up to Dictators–Unless They’re the Right Dictators

17 May 2017 — FAIR

New York Times: Trump Embraces Another Despot

The New York Times (5/1/17) is critical when Trump embraces a despot not on the Approved Despots List.

After a series of friendly gestures by President Donald Trump toward Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte and Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi over the past few months, US media have recoiled with disgust at the open embrace of governments that ostensibly had heretofore been beyond the pale.

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Trumped: 13 Resets in 13 Months

16 May 2017 — FAIR

Trump "reset" headlinesThe White House’s latest self-inflicted scandal—this time, the incredible allegation via multiple news reports that the president shared high-level classified intelligence with Russian diplomats in the Oval Office—isn’t just an indictment of Donald Trump’s general incompetence. It also represents another damning rebuttal to a recurring, fictional narrative that has been propagated by the press for well over a year—that Trump is just one new policy or staff shake-up away from being a normal president.

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Selected Stories: The North Korea Nuclear Issue 15 May 2017

15 May 2017 — Global Research

North Korea’s Concern for Self-Defense. The DPRK Missile Test

By Stephen Lendman, May 14, 2017

America wages permanent wars, destroying one nation after another, threatening all sovereign independent countries with regime change.

Its agenda is humanity’s greatest threat. The DPRK has just cause for concern about another US launched devastating war on the Korean peninsula. Continue reading

Selected Articles: Firing of FBI Director James Comey – A Deep State Decision?

12 May 2017 — Global Research 

Who Was Behind the Firing of FBI Director James Comey? What Political Interests are Being Served? Who is Andrew McCabe?

By  Prof Michel Chossudovsky, May 13, 2017 

What was the purpose of firing Comey: Cui Bono? Who was behind it? That decision served the interests of the Neocons. It was motivated by US foreign policy and US-Russia relations. It was taken by the Attorney General’s office  overriding the Presidency, precisely with a view to removing potential obstacles to the conduct of the Fake “Trump-Moscow collusion” investigation. In this regard, Comey was slated to be removed. He was viewed as unpredictable and uncooperative. Continue reading