2019-02-02: Social Media Postees

Turkey and Russia in Syria: what are they pressing for?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-02
The decision by US President Donald to pull American troops out of Syria has opened the path for a new process in Syrian conflict settlement. The active actors in the conflict are revising their policies and seeking to fortify their positions. Russian that has played an important role in the civil war in Syria and […] | The post Turkey and Russia in Syria: what are they pressing for? appeared first on United World International.

Why did Hamas Refuse Aid Money from Qatar?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-02
Imad Al-Soos discusses the massive changes in the relationship between the Israeli government in Hamas in Gaza in the last months, and how Hamas's new policies affect the lives of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip | The post Why did Hamas Refuse Aid Money from Qatar? appeared first on The Real News Network.

The U.S. Helped Push Venezuela Into Chaos — and Trump's Regime Change Policy Will Make Sure It Stays That Way
Mark Weisbrot | theintercept.com | 2019-02-02
Venezuela's National Assembly president Juan Guaidó speaks before a crowd of opposition supporters during an open meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 16, 2019. | Venezuela's government for at least 17 years, but the Trump administration has taken a more openly aggressive tack than its predecessors. Last week, administration officials kicked their efforts into high gear by anointing their chosen successor to Venezuelan Pres…

Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar?
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
When the Trump administration unilaterally pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018 and announced it would reimpose sanctions against Iran, the European Union (EU) declared its commitment to preserving the agreement and finding ways for its companies to circumvent U.S. sanctions. Now, eight months later, the Europeans finally announced the creation of…

Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar?
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies | commondreams.org | 2019-02-01
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Drian (L), UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (C) and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas give a press conference on Iran at the Informal Meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers at the National Bank of Romania headquarters in Bucharest January 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Josh Ruebner on BDS Boycott Bans, Shankar Narayan on Face Surveillance
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-02-01

The Same Media That Opposed Democracy in South Africa Now Warn Against It in Israel/Palestine
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-02-01
Richard Neely wrote in the New York Times ( 9/20/81), "Whites are not just potentially at war against nonwhites — everyone is potentially at war against everyone else," suggesting the inevitable demise of Asians in South Africa under a one person, one vote system. | When apartheid reigned in South Africa, Western media commentary frequently suggested that if a one person, one vote system were adopted, black South Africans would massacre whites, oppress them or force them to flee. The same line of…

The Real Target of the Huawei Sanctions and the Trade War
Kei Pritsker | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-01
The U.S.-China trade war isn't actually about soybeans and steel. Washington fears its iron grip over the post-Soviet world is waning thanks to China's new global initiatives. | The post The Real Target of the Huawei Sanctions and the Trade War appeared first on MintPress News.

Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela
Garikai Chengu | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
American economic sanctions have been the worst crime against humanity since World War Two. America's economic sanctions have killed more innocent people than all of the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons ever used in the history of mankind. The fact that for America the issue in Venezuela is oil, not democracy, will surprise only those…

Trump's Brilliant Strategy to Dismember U.S. Dollar Hegemony
Michael Hudson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
The end of America's unchallenged global economic dominance has arrived sooner than expected, thanks to the very same Neocons who gave the world the Iraq, Syria and the dirty wars in Latin America. Just as the Vietnam War drove the United States off gold by 1971, its violent regime change warfare against Venezuela and Syria — and threatening other countries with sanctions if they do not join this crusade — is driving European and other nations to create their alternative financial institutions. | This break has been building for quite some time, and was bound to occur. But who would have thought that…

Trump and the "Make America Great Again" (MAGA) Crowd Embrace the Neocon Plan for Venezuela
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-01
Is it fair to call MAGA neocon lite, or possibly MAGAcons? | The fact so few of these establishment labeled "white nationalists" had nothing to say about Trump's illegal bombing of Syria, or the death toll from his war against ISIS, … | The post Trump and the "Make America Great Again" (MAGA) Crowd Embrace the Neocon Plan for Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.

Losing a Generation: UNICEF Sees Saudi War Robbing Yemeni Children of Their Future
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-01
"Without education [young Yemenis] will not be able to find jobs… A generation that is not educated has a very bleak future. We are losing a generation — many children are losing their education, and displacement makes it worse." — Meritxell Relano, Yemen's Director of UNICEF | The post Losing a Generation: UNICEF Sees Saudi War Robbing Yemeni Children of Their Future appeared first on MintPress News.

Media Rally Around 'Forever War' in Afghanistan
Gunar Olsen | commondreams.org | 2019-02-01
Despite media's agonizing over a potential drawdown of American empire, it's still unlikely that Trump will ever withdraw completely from Afghanistan.(Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

"Largest Land Grab Since 1948" — Israel to Expel 36,000 Palestinians From Negev
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-01
Given the Israeli state's rejection of their existence, government officials have called the Palestinians living in these villagers "violators" and "squatters" — accusing them of illegally occupying "state lands." | The post "Largest Land Grab Since 1948" — Israel to Expel 36,000 Palestinians From Negev appeared first on MintPress News.

Pakistan Successfully Test-Fires Short-Range Missile
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-01
The Pakistani army test-fired a short-range missile – which reportedly has a strike range of about 70 kilometers – as part of an Army Strategic Forces Command training exercise. | RELATED: | Syrian Anti-Aircraft Defense Repels Israeli Missiles | "The 2nd phase of this exercise was aimed at testing the extreme inflight maneuverability, including the end flight maneuverability; capable of defeating, by assured penetration, any currently available BMD system in our neighborhood or any oth…

France, Germany, UK Launch a New 'Non-Dollar' Mechanism to Trade with Iran, but Will it Work?
Patrick Henningsen | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-01
Money talks, and no one knows this better than the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It's how the Trump Administration communicates with its enemies, as well as with its allies — through the application powerful long-range financial instruments. But … | The post France, Germany, UK Launch a New 'Non-Dollar' Mechanism to Trade with Iran, but Will it Work? appeared first on Global Research.

Trump Explodes at CIA over Iran: "Naive and Passive," "Go Back to School!"
Juan Cole | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-01
Ann Arbor ( Informed Comment) — Our great leader has delivered himself of some weighty pronouncements about Iran, about which he knows not a single little thing, likely even where exactly it is. He called the US intelligence agencies "passive and naive" on Iran, said that Tehran had become less active since Trump violated the 2015 nuclear deal, said Iran's economy is crashing, and urged Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA director Gina Haspel to "go back to school." | The Intelligence people seem to be extremely pass…

Europe Implements Iran Payment Mechanism to Bypass US Sanctions
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-01
Tuesday Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi welcomed the 'Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges' (INSTEX), a payment mechanism designed by Germany, France and the United Kingdom to maintain trade with Iran and avoid U.S. sanctions on the Persian nation, but urged that it be implemented "in its whole." | RELATED: | 3 Injured in Iran Police Station Attack | "We hop…

Elliott Abrams: A Human Rights Horror Show in Three Acts
Brett Wilkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
Last Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Elliott Abrams would once again be returning to government, this time as President Donald Trump's special envoy to help "fully restore democracy and prosperity" to Venezuela. Abrams, 71, is best known for abetting dictators and genocide in Latin America and for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal during…

UPDATED Venezuela: US Rejects Calls for Dialogue Ahead of Dueling Marches
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-01
Draconian US sanctions and calls for dialogue set the stage for pro- and anti-government marches this weekend.

New Oil Sanctions on Venezuela: "Would Destroy What's Left of its Economy"
Mark Weisbrot | zcomm.org | 2019-02-01
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…

For Trump, Venezuela Intervention Serves 2020 Re-election Bid
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-01
United States Vice President, Mike Pence and top Florida Republicans are scheduled to hold a rally in Miami, Florida, Friday afternoon to highlight the Trump administration's aggressive approach to the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela, seemingly in a bid to win over more Hispanic voters in the 2020 presidential election. | RELATED: | UN Rights Expert Against Sanctions on Venezuela | P…

"5,000 troops to Colombia": U.S. threats against Venezuela increase
Paul Dobson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-01
MÉRIDA, Venezuela–Self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaidó named a number of "diplomatic representatives" to those countries which have recognized him during the past week. The government of Nicolás Maduro, the actual president of Venezuela, along with its international allies are responding to new U.S. oil sanctions and preparing for possible military intervention. Guaidó designated fellow high-profile opposition members …

Jeremy Corbyn Rejects US, UK Gov'ts Intervention in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-01
U.K.'s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Friday that intervention in Venezuela and calling for all sanctions against the government of Nicolas Maduro were "wrong" and that only Venezuelans have the right to decide their own destiny. | RELATED: | 5 Facts Exposing Hypocrisy of Right-wing Gov'ts on Venezuela | "The future of Venezuela is a matter for Venezuelans. U.K.'s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's call for more sanctions on Venezuela is wrong," Corbyn said in a tweet he pos…

The 'Venezuelan People' Are Whoever Agrees With Donald Trump
Alan MacLeod | commondreams.org | 2019-02-01
A recent local poll shows that 86 percent of Venezuelans oppose military intervention, while 81 percent already disagree with the current US sanctions. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Former US Spies Are Helping the UAE Hack Human Rights Activists
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-01
Mainstream networks will likely shrug and yawn at this bombshell Reuters story, given that it doesn't involve Putin or Russia, but merely one of Washington's chief Arab Gulf oil and gas allies. | The post Former US Spies Are Helping the UAE Hack Human Rights Activists appeared first on MintPress News.

Democrats Killed the Green New Deal
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
Environmental activists received a reality check when newly empowered Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives pushed aside demands for an environmental economic transition program— a Green New Deal, in favor of reviving a toothless committee to 'study' the problem. A transition program is needed to mitigate the economic dislocations that will result from resolving the multiple environmental crises currently underway.

How Do We Counteract Othering in America Today?
The Progressive Magazine | progressive.org | 2019-02-01
We turned to some leading thinkers and social justice activists to ask how we must reckon with prejudice.

Web Activists Keep Hope for Net Neutrality Alive as Open Internet Defenders Take the FCC to Court
Fight for the Future | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-01
Tomorrow, net neutrality will get it's day in court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments in the legal challenge to Ajit Pai's reckless and resoundingly unpopular repeal of open Internet … | The post Web Activists Keep Hope for Net Neutrality Alive as Open Internet Defenders Take the FCC to Court appeared first on Global Research.

The Hidden Structure of U.S. Empire
Nicolas J.S. Davies | zcomm.org | 2019-02-01
This self-reinforcing vicious circle endangers us all, not least those of us who live at the heart of this corrupt and ultimately self-destructive empire…

Russia, China on Defense and No Iranian Nuclear Bomb — US Intelligence Report
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-01
Russia and China are responding to "perceived US unilateralism and interventionism" — Paul Jay joins Taya Graham to analyze the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community | The post Russia, China on Defense and No Iranian Nuclear Bomb — US Intelligence Report appeared first on The Real News Network.

"Always in Season" Looks at 2014 Hanging in North Carolina and Racial Terrorism
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-01
As we mark the beginning of Black History Month, we look at Always in Season, a disturbing new documentary that examines lynching in the United States both past and present. It also looks closely at the case of Lennon Lacy, a 17-year-old African-American high school student who, on August 29, 2014, was found hanging from two belts attached to a wooden swing set in a largely white trailer park in Bladenboro, North Carolina. Local authorities quickly determined his death to be a suicide, but Lacy's family and local civil rights activists feared authorities may have been covering up a lynching. We speak with Lacy…

Trump praises US intelligence a day after telling them to 'go back to school' over Iran nukes
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-01
US President Donald Trump has reversed course on his spymasters' threat assessment, insisting his initial negative reaction — in which he dismissed their reports as "wrong" and "naàØve" — was based on (what else?) fake news. | …

"Go Back to School!": Trump Slams US Intelligence Chiefs as "Passive and Naive" on Iran
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-01
(MEE) — US President Donald Trump has called US intelligence chiefs "extremely passive and naive" regarding Iran, a day after they contradicted his views during congressional testimony. During a hearing on global threats on Tuesday, the leaders of several US intelligence agencies told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Iran is not taking steps towards making a nuclear …

"Go Back to School!": Trump Slams US Intelligence Chiefs as "Passive and Naive" on Iran

Australian activists say: to help Venezuela, lift sanctions and end intervention
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-01
Australian solidarity activists are calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government to demand the United States lift its sanctions on Venezuela and rule out any military intervention in the South American country. | Federico Fuentes, co-author of Latin America's Turbulent Transitions and co-convenor of the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network, said: "It is well known that Venezuela is passing through the worst economic crisis in its history. | "While focus has been placed on falling international oil prices and economic mismanagement by the Nicolas Maduro government, little attention has been paid to…

45 Fridays on, Gaza is still resisting
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-01
The 45th Friday of the Great March of Return took place on February 1. Each Friday since March 30 last year, Gazans have defied Israeli snipers — who have shot unarmed protesters, journalists and medics — to demand their right to return to their now Israeli-occupied lands. | The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territories ( OCHA-OPT) said there have been more than 26,000 Palestinian injuries since the Great March began. Israeli injuries stand at 23. | Whereas Israeli injuries can be tr…

Mohammed bin Salman Is Running Saudi Arabia Like a Man Who Got Away With Murder
Sarah Aziza | theintercept.com | 2019-02-01
The Saudi monarch is pursuing Hollywood stars for the country's "Year of Entertainment," while women activists are being tortured behind bars. | The post Mohammed bin Salman Is Running Saudi Arabia Like a Man Who Got Away With Murder appeared first on The Intercept.

Senate Vote Opposes Ending US Wars in Syria and Afghanistan
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-01
(ANTIWAR.COM) — In a surprising vote Thursday, the Senate voted 68-23 to pass a resolution from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressing opposition to President Trump's plan to withdraw US troops from Syria, and expressing opposition to any theoretical pullout from Afghanistan that might result from a negotiated deal to end that war. The non-binding resolution was passed …

Senate Vote Opposes Ending US Wars in Syria and Afghanistan

Iranian workers' protests confront a regime in crisis
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-01
Protests are continuing throughout Iran by teachers, nurses, labourers, retirees, oil industry workers, bazaar traders and shopkeepers, truck drivers, farmers, the unemployed, students, and other sectors, writes Minna Langeberg. | The current wave of protests continue those from December, which were brutally suppressed by the regime. They signal the deep crisis of legitimacy of the regime, as expressed by one of the most enduring slogans that emerged, "Fundamentalists, reformists, the game is over". | The main slogan of the current protests is "Bread. Work. Freedom". They are sporadic, self-organised, fragmented…

Five new books for ecosocialists
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-01
Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus takes a look at five new books for an ecosocialists' bookshelf. Inclusion does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement with a book's contents. | *** | Dust Bowls Of Empire: Imperialism, Environmental Politics, & the Injustice of 'Green' Capitalism | By Hannah Holleman | Yale University Press, 2018 | A clear and insightful analysis of the role of capitalism and colonialism in causing the US Dust Bowl of the 1930s and destroying farmland ar…

How Senators James Risch and Eliot Engel Are Preparing a New US War Against Syria
Thierry Meyssan | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-31
Senators James Risch and Eliot Engel agree on nothing apart from their stubborn support for the Pentagon and Israel, and their hatred of Syria. | The post How Senators James Risch and Eliot Engel Are Preparing a New US War Against Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Headlines for January 31, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-31
Venezuela: U.S. Urges Military to Back Guaidó as Protesters Take to Streets, Reuters: UAE Hired Ex-NSA Agents to Spy on Opponents and Critics, Congress Reintroduces War Powers Resolution to End War on Yemen, Trump Hits Back After Intelligence Chiefs Contradict Him on Iran, N. Korea, Israeli Forces Kill Teenage Palestinian Girl at West Bank Checkpoint, Israel: Thousands of Israeli Ethiopians Protest Racism, Police Brutality, Migrants: Scores Killed in 2 Boat Wrecks Off Djibouti Coast, Humanitarian Ship Docks in Italy After European Nations Agree to Process Migrants, Colombia: 2 Community Leaders Killed Amid Mounti…

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.

US Sanctions on Venezuela Harm Human Rights of Innocent People, UN Expert Warns
OUHCFHR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-31
UN Special Rapporteur for sanctions Idriss Jazairy says that the United States' attempt to topple the Venezuelan government with an oil embargo is illegal and will have grave humanitarian consequences.

Minneapolis: Fundraising event nets more than $3000 for Fight Back!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-31
Minneapolis, MN — More than 75 trade unionists, anti-police-terror, immigrant rights, anti-war and student activists came together January 26 for a successful house party that netted more than $3000 for Fight Back!. | One of the event organizers, Matt Boynton stated, "The revolutionary press is of major importance in the struggle against capitalism in this country and around the globe. This fundraiser for Fight Back! was an incredible success." | Leader of trade unions and other people's organizations offered short toasts where they explained the importance of Fight Back! to their work. | Fight Back! editor…

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.

Netanyahu's Brand of Tolerance for Anti-Semitism Goes Back 120 Years
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-31
The Israeli prime minister's ease with neo-Nazism and revisionist Holocaust history are not as surprising as they might seem, writes Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a soft spot for rightwing… Read more ?…

Everyday Life in Besieged Venezuela: A Conversation with Jessica Dos Santos
Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-31
A young author presents intimate snapshots of ordinary life as it is lived by millions of Venezuelans during a grueling crisis fueled by deadly US sanctions and coup efforts.

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…

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