2019-01-31: Social Media Postees

Over 60 Human Rights Groups Back Call to Boycott Eurovision in Israel
Middle East Monitor | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-31
"The Israeli regime of military occupation, colonialism and apartheid is blatantly using Eurovision as part of its official strategy 'Brand Israel', which tries to show 'the most beautiful face of Israel' to whiten and divert attention from its war crimes against the Palestinians." | The post Over 60 Human Rights Groups Back Call to Boycott Eurovision in Israel appeared first on MintPress News.

EU Launches INSTEX To Facilitate Trade, Bypass US Sanctions on Iran
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-31
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo previously warned of "swift punishment" for countries doing business with Iran, thus INSTEX is seen as a first small step toward greater European economic independence. | The post EU Launches INSTEX To Facilitate Trade, Bypass US Sanctions on Iran appeared first on MintPress News.

Boochani: Asylum seeker on Manus wins Australian literature prize
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-31
Iranian Kurd awarded $73,000 for his book written via text messages sent from offshore prison.

As Malaysia and Ireland Find Out, You Stand Up for Palestinian Rights at Your Peril
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-31
It takes an enormous effort for any country to oppose Israel, but particularly a small country that has to rely on bigger powers. It is even harder to impose effective pragmatic measures against Israel, as in the case of Ireland and Malaysia. | The post As Malaysia and Ireland Find Out, You Stand Up for Palestinian Rights at Your Peril appeared first on MintPress News.

Now Chad, then Mali: Why African Countries Are Normalizing with Israel
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-31
Forget the hype. Israel's 'security technology' has nothing to do with why some African countries are eager to normalize relations with Israel. What is it that Israel is able to offer in the technology sector to Chad, Mali and others that the United States, the European Union, China, Russia, India, Brazil, South Africa and others…

Kamala Harris and Israel: Taking the AIPAC Line
Stephen Zunes | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-31
California's junior senator Kamala Harris has announced her presidential candidacy, joining what will likely become an unusually large field of Democrats seeking the nomination. Harris is being embraced by many progressive Democrats, and she's branding herself as a progressive. Yet in the course of her little more than two years in the U.S. Senate, she's…

Web Activists Keep Hope for Net Neutrality Alive as Open Internet Defenders Take the FCC to Court
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-01-31

Who Is the Real Threat to World Peace: Nuclear Israel with Its 400 WMD or Non- Nuclear Iran?
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-31
U.S. intelligence officials confirmed to the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday, that Iran was not developing nuclear weapons in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement, and furthermore had no strategic plans to do so. | This report from the US intelligence … | The post Who Is the Real Threat to World Peace: Nuclear Israel with Its 400 WMD or Non- Nuclear Iran? appeared first on Global Research.

Iran to mark 40th anniversary of revolution
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-31
The Islamic Republic of Iran was created after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from exile and his followers toppled the Shah.

EU launches mechanism to bypass US sanctions on Iran
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-31
EU opens new channel for humanitarian trade with Iran, showing its willingness to stand against US policies.

Russia denounces U.S. cynicism sanctioning Venezuelan PDVSA
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-01-31
Russia denounced Tuesday the U.S. cynicism by announcing sanctions against the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA and excluding from that sanction U.S. companies operating in the South American nation. | Source…

US Sanctions as a Tool to Perpetuate Neocolonialism
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-31
It's an evident fact that neocolonial powers are ruled by behemoth corporations whose wealth is measured in hundreds of billions of dollars, far more than the total GDP of many developing nations. The status of these multinational corporations as dominant … | The post US Sanctions as a Tool to Perpetuate Neocolonialism appeared first on Global Research.

Russia Might be Planning an Astana-Like Conference for Venezuela
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-31
Russia just dropped a huge hint suggesting that it might be trying to assemble an Astana-like conference for resolving the Venezuelan Crisis in the same spirit as what it's been trying to do with Syria over the past two years, … | The post Russia Might be Planning an Astana-Like Conference for Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.

WHO: Children, babies dying from hypothermia at camp in Syria
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-31
UN agency appeals for unhindered access as 29 children and newborns have died mainly from hypothermia over eight weeks.

'Trump spars with US intel because he does not trust Deep State' — former CIA analyst to RT
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-31
President Donald Trump's bickering with US intelligence chiefs over Iran is at least in part due to his aversion to career government officials, the 'deep state' that outlived many presidents, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou said. | …

Primaries Matter: How a Long-Shot Challenge Shifted the Debate on the War in Yemen
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-01-31
Sarah Smith's challenge to Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., focused on what she cast as his hawkish foreign policy, pushing him to take a clearer stance on Yemen. | The post Primaries Matter: How a Long-Shot Challenge Shifted the Debate on the War in Yemen appeared first on The Intercept.

EU Leaders Drag Their Feet on Hungary Sanctions
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-31
In September, it seemed as if the European Union had finally woken up to the threat that Hungary's Fidesz government poses to the rights of Hungarian citizens, democratic institutions, and shared values of the EU, when the European Parliament voted to launch political sanctions. | | But since then the EU Council, made up of member state governments, has dragged its feet even as the situation in Hungary worsens. | In a debate on Hungary yesterday, members of the European Parliament called out the lack of progress by the Council on the political sanctions process under ar…

Israel's New Commander in Chief: "We'll Create a Deadlier Army!"
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-31
Eyal Weizman studied the philosophy that guides Aviv Kochavi, the officer who was just appointed commander of the Israeli military. It is a philosophy that objectifies Palestinians and ignores the human suffering caused by new Israeli technologies and tactics of repression | The post Israel's New Commander in Chief: "We'll Create a Deadlier Army!" appeared first on The Real News Network.

US Interrogators Are Working in UAE Prisons in Yemen
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-31
(MEMO) — US interrogators are present in UAE prisons in Yemen, the Daily Beast has revealed today, providing shocking evidence that the American military is a witness to the torture of Yemenis. In a series of interviews, two former detainees have testified to being interrogated by men with American accents, who looked on as they were beaten and electrocuted. …

US Interrogators Are Working in UAE Prisons in Yemen

Allan Nairn: Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-30
In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Abrams w…

Democracy in the Americas: the U.S. Pot and the Venezuelan Kettle
Joe Emersberger | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-30
Venezuela has as much right to call itself a democracy as does the United States. Until that is understood by enough people, the Trump administration will continue to devastate Venezuela's economy with illegal sanctions and push it towards civil war. People can oppose President Donald Trump's economic sanctions and incitement of a military coup without acknowledging…

A War for Oil? Bolton Pushes Privatization of Venezuela's Oil as U.S. Ratchets Up Pressure on Maduro
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-30
As the Trump administration continues its attempt to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the U.S. has imposed a de facto embargo on oil from Venezuela's state-run oil company. The new sanctions include exemptions for several U.S. firms, including Chevron and Halliburton, to allow them to continue working in Venezuela. We speak with prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn about the push to privatize Venezuela's oil.

We Don't Want Another Vietnam War in Latin America: Maduro
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-30
The citizens of the United States are bigger than President Donald Trump, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday in a Facebook video, imploring they take steps to avoid another Vietnam war. | RELATED: | Oil Gains on Tighter US Supply, Venezuela Sanctions | "I am Nicolas Maduro and I want to send a message to the people of the United States, to alert them to the media war, psychological communication that takes place in the international media and especially in the US media, again…

Q&A: Congress Takes a Historic Step to End the War on Yemen
James Carden | thenation.com | 2019-01-30
Q&A: Congress Takes a Historic Step to End the War on Yemen…

Legislation Re-Introduced to End U.S. Role in Yemen War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-01-30
Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2019 — In response to Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) re-introducing bipartisan, privileged resolutions to force a vote on whether or not to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin the Senior […] | The post Legislation Re-Introduced to End U.S. Role in Yemen War appeared first on Peace Action.

Trump's Coup in Venezuela: The Full Story
Eric Draitser | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-30
The US-sponsored coup in Venezuela, still ongoing as I write this, is the latest chapter in the long and bloody history of US imperialism in Latin America. This basic fact, understood by most across the left of the political spectrum — including even the chattering liberal class which acknowledges this truth only with the passage of time and never in the moment — must undergird any analysis of the situation in Venezuela today. That is to say, the country is being targeted by the Yanqui Empire.

Israeli General Mounts Challenge to Netanyahu by Flaunting Gaza Carnage
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-30
With April's elections looming, Benjamin Netanyahu has good reason to fear Benny Gantz, his former army chief. Gantz has launched a new party, named Israeli Resilience, just as the net of corruption indictments is closing around the prime minister. Already, at this early stage of campaigning, some 31 per cent of the Israeli public prefer Gantz to head the next government over Netanyahu, who is only months away from becoming the longest-serving leader in Israel's history.

Change is coming to New York, but not without struggle
Cameron Orr | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-30
The day before Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, tenant activists sat in the gallery of the New York State Senate as a slew of important voting and campaign finance reforms finally passed the legislature. These included early voting, pre-registration for 16 and 17-year-olds, consolidating state and federal primary elections into one date, facilitating voters' registration …

Unions, Indigenous Movements March Against Austerity in Ecuador
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-30
Thousands of workers, led by the largest unions in Ecuador, marched in Quito and other cities on Wednesday to demand the government backtrack from the latest austerity measures and privatizations the government hopes to implement. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Activists Rally Against Rape, Femicide, Xenophobia | The Unitary Workers' Front (FUT) called for the protest as other social organizations have been blocking roads in the country in protest to the administration of Lenin Moreno, under…

Video: Fake News Story: Hundreds Killed in Clashes Between Pro-Iranian and Pro-Russian Forces
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-30
A fake-news story about large-scale clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Iranian factions in Syria is making jitters in English- and Russian-language mainstream media outlets. According to these reports citing anonymous sources and each other, "the pro-Russian Tiger Forces and 5th… | The post Video: Fake News Story: Hundreds Killed in Clashes Between Pro-Iranian and Pro-Russian Forces appeared first on Global Research.

Maduro denounces Citgo takeover as 'robbery'
teleSUR Desk | mronline.org | 2019-01-30
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro says he plans to take legal action against the United States to defy the sanctions. | Source…

Trump's Withdrawals From Afghanistan and Syria Are Hardly 'A Gift to Putin'
Stephen F. Cohen | thenation.com | 2019-01-30
Trump's Withdrawals From Afghanistan and Syria Are Hardly 'A Gift to Putin'…

New Oil Sanctions on Venezuela: "Would Destroy What's Left of its Economy"
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-30
National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the US will freeze Venezuelan assets and block oil payments for Venezuelan oil imports to the US. This would not only be illegal, but would also be yet another crippling blow to the country, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot | The post New Oil Sanctions on Venezuela: "Would Destroy What's Left of its Economy" appeared first on The Real News Network.

'Why must we hate Iran?' Rick Sanchez questions MSM mantra as Trump & US intel disagree
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-30
Twisted headlines and nuclear accusations against Iran all serve the same purpose: beating the drums of war and fanning public hatred: Rick Sanchez takes on how the White House and the MSM are trying to ram their message home. | …

Israel/OPT: Tourism companies driving settlement expansion, profiting from war crimes
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-30
Online booking giants Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor are fuelling human rights violations against Palestinians by listing hundreds of rooms and activities in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land, including East Jerusalem, Amnesty International said today. In a new report, 'Destination: Occupation', the organization documents how online booking companies are driving tourism to illegal Is…

In First Phone Call, Trump Congratulates Guaido on Becoming President of Venezuela
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-30
(ZH) — President Trump started a Tuesday morning twitter storm with a tweet warning that Maduro will be "willing to negotiate" after the US starves his teetering regime of badly needed funding via the sanctions that were levied earlier this week. Maduro willing to negotiate with opposition in Venezuela following U.S. sanctions and the cutting off of …

In First Phone Call, Trump Congratulates Guaido on Becoming President of Venezuela

Survey Shows 80% of Turks Perceive US as the 'Most Dangerous' Country
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-30
(TM) — According to a recent survey conducted by Kadir Has University a whopping 81.9 percent of Turks consider the United States the most dangerous country for Turkey. Israel follows the US with 63.3 percent, according to the survey, titled "Turkey Social and Political Trends Research," published by Turkish media outlets on Wednesday. The opinion poll …

Survey Shows 80% of Turks Perceive US as the ‘Most Dangerous’ Country

US-Taliban Talks: Another Likely Tragedy for the Afghan People
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-30
Vijay Prashad of the Tricontinental Institute says we need a regional peace agreement for Afghanistan that includes Pakistan, India, and Iran at the negotiating table, lead by the United Nations | The post US-Taliban Talks: Another Likely Tragedy for the Afghan People appeared first on The Real News Network.

Trump rips into US intel's Iran report, calling spies 'wrong' & 'naive'
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-30
President Trump has called US intelligence agencies "naive" and "wrong" on Iran, after their annual 'threat assessment' contradicted his hawkish stance by downplaying Tehran's nuclear threat. | …

Washington follows Ukraine, Syria roadmap in push for Venezuela regime change
Whitney Webb | mronline.org | 2019-01-29
What happens in Venezuela going forward will have major consequences for the entire region and the world; and, with the U.S. already pushing countries to pick sides, the world may soon become as divided as it was immediately preceding WW II. | Source…

86% of Venezuelans Oppose Military Intervention, 81% Against US Sanctions, Local Polling Shows
Ben Norton | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-01-29
The vast majority of Venezuelans oppose military intervention and US sanctions to try to remove President Nicolás Maduro from power,… | The post 86% of Venezuelans Oppose Military Intervention, 81% Against US Sanctions, Local Polling Shows appeared first on The Grayzone.

2-year-old expelled by mall, community demands disability rights
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-29
Wyoming, MI – Discrimination against a two-year-old girl with a disability brought close to 150 people to Rogers Plaza Town Center for "Walking with Claire" on January 27. | On a Sunday afternoon, the normally empty mall was filled with family, friends and disability rights activists wearing, "Walking with Claire" t-shirts. Some held signs reading, "Disabled lives matter!" and "We heart our community! Everybody belongs!" | The large crowd gathered to walk slowly behind Claire and her parents, Andrew Dykstra and Hiliary Goddard-Dykstra, to the far end of the mall. There everyone sat down on the floor together to r…

UN Rights Expert Independently Investigates Khashoggi Murder
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-29
Candles lit by activists protesting the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are placed outside Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul. | © 2018 Lefteris Pitarakis/AP Photo | The decision by the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Agnes Callamard, to investigate the brutal killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi shows courage and initiative. It is likely to anger Saudi Arabia and the kingd…

In Congress, a Threat to Americans' First Amendment Right to Boycott
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-28
A new bill promotes state laws targeting boycotts of Israel — even though multiple judges have found such laws to be unconstitutional. | The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on a bill that includes language that would encourage states to pass unconstitutional laws penalizing businesses and individuals who participate in politically motivated boycotts against Israel. | More than two dozen states have adopted such laws in the past four years. Their collective target is the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, "a glob…

Regime Change Is Not the Answer: Rep. Ro Khanna Speaks Out Against U.S.-Backed Coup in Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-28
More information has come to light about the direct U.S. role in an attempted coup in Venezuela. The Wall Street Journal reports Vice President Mike Pence called opposition leader Juan Guaidó on the night before he declared himself to be president, pledging U.S. support for his actions. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has accused the United States of attempting to wage a coup. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has named Elliott Abrams to be his special envoy to Venezuela. Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later p…

US Hits PDVSA with More Sanctions as UNSC Fails to Pass Resolution on Venezuela
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-28
US Treasury imposed a de facto oil embargo against Venezuela as the diplomatic standoff over Guaido's self-proclamation continues.

White House Protest: No Matter What You Think of Venezuela, No Intervention!
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-28
Protesters gathered outside the White House on Saturday, to express their outrage about the US preparing to overthrow and intervene in yet another country. Medea Benjamin and Max Blumenthal were there | The post White House Protest: No Matter What You Think of Venezuela, No Intervention! appeared first on The Real News Network.

Syria: Arrests, Torture by Armed Group
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-28
New fighters of the al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham attend a mock battle in anticipation of an attack by Syrian government forces on northern Idlib province and the surrounding countryside, August 14, 2018. | © 2018 Omar Haj Kadour/Getty Images | (Beirut) — An armed group with links to al-Qaeda has in recent months arbitrarily arrested scores of residents in areas under their control in Idlib, Hama, and Aleppo governorates, Human Rights Watch said today. | Human Rights Watch documented 11 cases in which…

New Yorkers rally for Marzieh Hashemi
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-27
New York, NY — On January 25 several dozen activists gathered in Grand Central Station to bring attention to the case of Marzieh Hashemi. Hashemi is a Muslim, African-American journalist who was imprisoned on January 13 when she was arrested by the FBI at the Saint Louis International Airport. She was on her way to visit her sick brother in Denver. For almost two weeks she as held as a "material witness" for an undisclosed investigation. | Hashemi was finally released shortly before the protest, but her family asked for the protesters who were mobilizing to continue their plans, so they could bring awarenes…

Turkey's Current Policy in Syria Taking Account of US Threat
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-01-27
The city of Manbij is currently the focal point of the Turkish government's policy towards Syria. The topicality of the issue increased after Donald Trump had announced the pullout of US troops from the war-torn Arab country. Acquiring special significance in this light are the Turkish-American agreements that the two countries attained on the eve […] | The post Turkey's Current Policy in Syria Taking Account of US Threat appeared first on United World International.

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