Conspiracy emerges to push Julian Assange into British and US hands By Mike Head

16 May 2018 — WSWS

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who provided the world’s people with the truth about US war crimes in the Middle East and many of Washington’s coups and regime-change intrigues around the globe, is in escalating danger.

Moves are afoot to force Assange out of Ecuador’s London embassy, where he sought political asylum close to six years ago and has been forced to live as an effective prisoner. If he is taken into custody by British authorities, he faces being handed over to the US government, which has long sought to place him on trial on espionage charges that potentially carry the death sentence.

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NHS data-sharing U-turn is welcome – but more to do to scrap the ‘hostile environment’By Peter Pannier

11 May 2018 — OurNHS

Image: Medact

Recent attention to the Windrush scandal has focused attention on the many ways migrants are deterred from accessing healthcare. The government has this week announced it will be suspending “with immediate effect” the controversial memorandum of understanding (MOU) under which NHS Digital shared NHS patients’ details with the Home Office.

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North Korea May Cancel Summit Over Bolton’s ‘Absurd’ Demands

16 May 2018 — Moon of Alabama

The Trump administration thought it was an easy path in its negotiations with North Korea. Trump was euphoric when North Korea released three U.S. prisoners and proudly announced the June 12 summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore where North Korea would agree to give up all its nuclear weapons and nuclear development programs. Trump would get a Nobel peace prize and all would be well.

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The West’s pampering of Israel will lead to the next Gaza massacre By Jonathan Cook

16 May 2018 — Jonathan Cook

West’s failure to act will be cause of the next Gaza massacre

The National – 15 May 2018

The contrasting images coming out of Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories on Monday could not have been starker – or more disturbing.

Faced with protests at the perimeter fence in Gaza, Israeli snipers killed dozens of unarmed Palestinians and wounded more than 2,000 others, including children, women, journalists and paramedics, in a hail of live fire. Amnesty, the international human rights organisation, rightly called it a “horror show”.

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‘A Suffocating Groupthink’: Sampling The Corporate Media On Israel, Iran, Syria And Russia

16 May 2018 — Media Lens

The gaping chasm between reality and unreality is exemplified by recent contrasting statements about journalism from two veteran reporters. On the one side we have Jeremy Bowen, the BBC’s Middle East editor, who enjoys a public image of principled honesty and a supposedly fierce commitment to news balance and impartiality. But, when he was challenged recently on Twitter about the blatant bias in BBC News reporting, he responded just as one would expect of a well-rewarded, high-profile employee of the national broadcaster:

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Global Glyphosate Study Pilot Phase Shows Adverse Health Effects at ‘Safe’ Doses

16 May 2018 — Istituto Ramazzini

Summary:

  • Three peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts from the pilot phase of the Global Glyphosate Study are available online today (May 16th). The papers will be published in the prestigious scientific journal Environmental Health later in May.
  • The pilot study was a single-dose study on glyphosate based herbicides (GBHs) in rats, using the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable daily dietary exposure level of glyphosate (cRfD) – 1.75 mg/kg/day. (a single-dose study means that the same concentration was given to the rats daily over a 3 month period).
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The ISO and the imperialist politics of the pseudo-left By Barry Grey

16 May 2018 — WSWS

The International Socialist Organization is stepping up its efforts to legitimize American imperialism’s military interventions in the Middle East in the wake of US-British-French missile strikes against Syria, the intensified offensive against Iran signaled by President Donald Trump’s pullout from the Iran nuclear agreement, and the Israeli bombardment of Iranian forces in Syria.

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Iran News Links 15-16 May 2018

16 May 2018 — williambowles.info

Was There Ever an Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program?
https://www.globalresearch.ca/was-there-ever-an-iranian-nuclear-weapons-program/5640634

Brzezinski’s Ghost Shapes Washington Eurasia Geopolitics By F. William Engdahl
https://williambowles.info/2018/05/16/brzezinskis-ghost-shapes-washington-eurasia-geopolitics-by-f-william-engdahl/

Tribute to Robert Parry, Founder and Editor of Consortium News, May 19, Berkeley, CA
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Gaza News Links 15-16 May 2018

16 May 2018 — williambowles.info

Live Blog: Massacre in Gaza as US and Israel celebrate embassy move to Jerusalem
http://mondoweiss.net/2018/05/massacre-celebrate-jerusalem/

Gaza protests: All the latest updates
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/gaza-protest-latest-updates-180406092506561.html

US embassy opens in Jerusalem amid lockdown
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Brzezinski’s Ghost Shapes Washington Eurasia Geopolitics By F. William Engdahl

15 May 2018 — Global Research

One of the most outstanding features of a truly standing-out Trump Presidency to date is how precisely the actual policy developments, when we clear away the deliberate smoke and mirrors of tweets and scandal, follow a basic strategy of Washington geopolitics going back to at least 1992. This is the case in the latest unfortunate and quite illegal unilateral decision to leave the Iran nuclear agreement. This is also the case in the relentless Cold War-style demonization campaign against Russia and the deployment of insidious new sanctions. This is also the case with the looming trade war the Trump Administration has initiated with the Peoples’ Republic of China.

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