2019-02-08: Social Media Postees

"Raising Voices for Yemen" Defendants to Appear in New York City Criminal Court on February 25
Voices for Creative Nonviolence | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
On January 2nd, 2019, eleven people from New York, New Jersey, Maine, Illinois and Iowa protested the the Saudi-led, U.S.-supported bombardment and siege of Yemen by nonviolently blocking the doors of the United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations … | The post "Raising Voices for Yemen" Defendants to Appear in New York City Criminal Court on February 25 appeared first on Global Research.

Al-Nusra Front: Islamic State's Breakaway Faction in Syria's Idlib
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
During the eight-year proxy war in Syria, Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, the leader of al-Nusra Front, has emerged as the second most influential militant leader after the Islamic State's [alleged] chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In fact, since the beginning | … | The post Al-Nusra Front: Islamic State's Breakaway Faction in Syria's Idlib appeared first on Global Research.

The Great Con of American Patriotism
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2019-02-08
American soldiers born decades apart in the state of New York, Ron Kovic and Maj. Danny Sjursen, are two crucial dissenting voices that have experienced firsthand the futility and brutality of America's interventionist wars. Kovic, a marine veteran who was paralyzed in the Vietnam war, has spent the rest of his life fighting against the U.S. war machine. The film "Born on the Fourth of July," starring Tom Cruise, was based on his book, works he'd hoped would combine with his activism to dissuade young people from buying into the toxic patriotism that leads Americans to fight destructive, ultimately pointless wars…

Britain and the Iranian Revolution: Arms & Secret Deals
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-08
Mark Curtis reviews the expediency that for many decades has marked U.K. policy toward Iran. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Forty years ago, the Iranian revolution sent a shockwave through the Middle East, overthrowing the Western client, Shah Mohammad… Read more ?…

Canada, Israel and the "Rule of Law"
David Kattenburg | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
On the ropes for arresting Huawei executive Meng Wanzhau, as US-Canada extradition law required, now under fire, two of its own diplomats held by the vengeful Chinese, and a third Canadian facing execution on drug-smuggling charges, coveted trade relations in peril, Ottawa has been staking out high minded positions. Few are higher minded — or…

Venezuela — The Straw that Breaks the Empire's Back?
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
Venezuela in the limelight, on practically all the written, audio and visual mainstream media, as well as alternative media. A purposeful constant drip of outright lies and half-truths, "fake news", as well as misleading information of all shades and hues | … | The post Venezuela — The Straw that Breaks the Empire's Back? appeared first on Global Research.

Trump Sanctions, Regime Change Strategy in Venezuela Can Only Cause More Violence and Suffering
Mark Weisbrot | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Washington has been trying to topple 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 President Nicolás Maduro Moros in advance of any coup d'etat. The 35-year-old…

Democrats Echo Israel's Far-Right by Refusing to Even Use the Word "Occupation"
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-02-08
Israel's military rules over millions of disenfranchised Palestinians in territories it seized by force in 1967. Why can't Democrats call that what it is? | The post Democrats Echo Israel's Far-Right by Refusing to Even Use the Word "Occupation" appeared first on The Intercept.

Indonesia: Free Three Papuan Activists
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-08
Yanto Awerkion (far left) detained in the Timika police station in September 2017 for his role in organizing a petition calling on the UN to organize a referendum in Papua. | (Jakarta) — Indonesian authorities should release and drop treason charges against three Papuan activists for peaceful advocacy in the Papua mining town of Timika, Human Rights Watch said today. The Indonesian government is currently imprisoning at least nine people…

Gaza rallies for Venezuela to oppose US coup
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of besieged Gaza on January 29 to show their support of the democratically-elected government of Venezuela and it's legitimate leader, President Nicolas Maduro. | Venezuela is struggling to defeat a coup attempt that is supported by the United States, Israel and many Western governments. | The relationship between Ve…

Problems With Facebook
Social Media Analysis | indybay.org | 2019-02-08
Facebook helps the government promote war and destabilization, violates client privacy, censors posts and fails to notify users when it does so, protects corporations over consumer activists etc.

Adani ramps up propaganda war, intimidation of activists
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
Adani has once again missed its own deadline for starting construction at its Carmichael coalmine in the Galilee Basin, but the coalmining giant is ramping up its propaganda war and intimidation of activists. | Adani is continuing to run advertisements and opinion pieces in newspapers, along with paying for huge billboards in Brisbane, all talking up the supposed jobs that the proposed mine will create. | But while Adani has announced that heavy construction equipment will be moved to the area and that it is engaging contractors, it will not be able to start construction unless it gets approval for its environmen…

Reject the shameful media campaign for regime change in Venezuela
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
Corporate media outlets in Australia and internationally are overwhelmingly campaigning in support of the United States' regime change push in Venezuela. | The US has waged an unrelenting destabilisation campaign to undermine the democratically elected government of Venezuela — one that dates back to when Hugo Chavez was first sworn in as president in 1998. | This campaign has included failed military coups, assassination attempts, economic warfare via sanctions and other measures. Throughout all this, the US has received the full backing of the corporate media. | These same corporate media outlets have lar…

Sheldon Adelson Got a Surprise Gift in the Middle of the Government Shutdown
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-02-08
Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire Republican casino mogul, is associated with a singular political project: his long-running mission to uproot the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and plant it in Jerusalem instead. | But there's a second project — lower profile, but no less of a passionate priority — that Adelson has long been gunning for, and that's his war against online gambling. Adelson's casino empire is comprised of brick-and-mortar establishments, to which online gambling is a major threat, but Adelson says he is at war with online gambling for the good of society: Gambling in casinos is one thing, but…

Headlines for February 7, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-07
Professor Details Sexual Assault Allegations Against Virginia Lt. Gov., Virginia AG Mark Herring Says He Wore Blackface at 1980 College Party, NASA and NOAA Data Show 2018 Was Among Hottest Years on Record, House Democrats Hold Hearing on Bill to Expand Gun Background Checks, House Advances Bill to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War in Yemen, Taliban Says U.S. Has Agreed to Halve Its Afghanistan Troop Presence, Honduran Prosecutors: Energy Executive Masterminded Berta Cáceres Murder, New Mexico Governor Withdraws National Guard from U.S.-Mexico Border, Pentagon Deploys 3,750 Additional Troops to U.S.-Mexico Borde…

Lawsuit Dismissed Against American Studies Association Over Israel Boycott
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-02-07
Lawsuit Dismissed Against American Studies Association Over Israel Boycott: In the NewsUS federal judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to deter academic associations from adopting boycotts for Palestinian rights. | Academic Boycott Right To BoycottFebruary 5, 2019 | By: | | Palestine Legal …

The 'Progressive Except Palestine Problem'
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-07
The Jewish community has a special responsibility to fight Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian lands, says Marjorie Cohn. By Marjorie Cohn Truthout As a progressive Jew, I find that many of my family members and friends are still what we… Read more ?…

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against BDS Supporters
Middle East Monitor | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-07
In the court's 20-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras wrote that the pro-Israeli group had "danced around key issues" and was unable to show that they had suffered enough monetary damages to warrant a federal case. | The post Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against BDS Supporters appeared first on MintPress News.

Donald Trump May End Two Wars Only to Start a Third
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-07
While pledging to pull troops from Syria and Afghanistan, the president has ramped up tensions with Iran. An expert assesses the dangers. | The post Donald Trump May End Two Wars Only to Start a Third appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

How Extremists Undermined the Legitimate Push for Reform in Syria
Intibah and Ghassan Kadi | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-07
Syria had many problems before the war and continues to grapple with some of them. Wars of such devastating magnitude almost invariably leave behind not only a trail of mess and destruction but also a countless number of corrupt officials and profiteers. Every dog has its day, and the cleanup will soon begin. | The post How Extremists Undermined the Legitimate Push for Reform in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

The US Syria Withdrawal and the Myth of the Islamic State's "Return"
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
At face value — the notion that the US occupation of Syria is key to preventing the return of the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) to Syrian territory is unconvincing. | Regions west of the Euphrates River where ISIS had previously thrived … | The post The US Syria Withdrawal and the Myth of the Islamic State's "Return" appeared first on Global Research.

Will INSTEX alleviate Iran's Economic Problems?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-07
After more than nine months of delay, the Europeans have announced the registration of their so-called economic package to convince Iran to stay in the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), which was signed between Iran and the P5+1. The package which should have been called SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle for Iran) is now called […] | The post Will INSTEX alleviate Iran's Economic Problems? appeared first on United World International.

Marzieh Hashemi: taken captive by Democracy
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-07
The unmotivated arrest and custody of Iranian journalist Marzieh Hashemi, an American national working for Press TV, has shown the whole world once again how the paragon of the Free World tramples on reporters' rights. Marzieh Hashemi, the face of the Iranian channel, an African-American with dual citizenship, was detained at an airport in St […] | The post Marzieh Hashemi: taken captive by Democracy appeared first on United World International.

Syrian Rights Activist Honored
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-07
(New York, February 7, 2019) — A courageous advocate for the rights of refugees and people with disabilities is the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, Human Rights Watch announced today. | © Chris Floyd | The winner, Nujeen Mustafa, is a leading voice for justice in her country, Syria. Mustafa was born with cerebral palsy, unable to walk without assistance. She never attended school and taug…

Labor must oppose Trump coup in Venezuela
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
The Australian Labor Party leadership has failed its first foreign policy test in 2019 by falling in behind the Coalition government's support for the Donald Trump administration's recognition of Juan Guaidó as un-elected "interim President" of Venezuela, in violation of international law. | Labor's support for Trump's regime change push, and its silence on the US's illegal sanctions and threats of military actions against a sovereign nation, should be cause for serious soul searching by Labor party members. | Just a few months ago, pa…

Trump Withdrawing from Old Wars While Threatening Iran with New One
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-07
While Trump is withdrawing US troops from Syria and Afghanistan, he is ramping up aggression against Iran — acting both less and more hawkish than his intelligence agencies. Trita Parsi says Washington is violating international law in its campaign to isolate and strangle Tehran | The post Trump Withdrawing from Old Wars While Threatening Iran with New One appeared first on The Real News Network.

US prepares full Syria withdrawal by end of April unless something changes Trump's mind — report
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-07
All US forces will be withdrawn from Syria by the end of April, unless the Trump administration decides otherwise, the Wall Street Journal reported citing anonymous "current and former" officials. The Pentagon declined to comment. | …

Trump vows to defeat all of ISIS 'next week'… but generals say the fight isn't over
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-07
US Middle East policy is becoming increasingly confusing, as Donald Trump assured his coalition allies that "100 percent" of Islamic State will be defeated "next week." However, the military has warned it remains a real danger. | …

Spanish state vs Catalonia: putting a political trial on trial
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
On February 12, the trial of 12 Catalan politicians and social movement leaders involved in the October 1, 2017 independence referendum is set to begin in the Spanish Supreme Court. | The leaders face sanctions as harsh as 25 year's jail for their alleged offences — rebellion, sedition and embezzlement of public funds. | It is the first of three trials. Other defendants, including former police chief, José Lluís Trapero, will face the National High Court. Those members of the Catalan parliament who allowed discussion and voting on the referendum enabling law will face the High Court of Justice of Catalonia…

Pompeo: US Military Obligated to "Take Down" the Iranians in Venezuela
Jessica Corbett | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-07
(CD) — As a U.S.-backed effort to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro continues,U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Wednesday that Hezbollah "has active cells" in Venezuela–a claim that was immediately scrutinized and compared with the second Bush administration's lies to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Hezbollah, a political and militant Shi'ite Muslim group based …

Activists Avoid Jail in U.K. After Blocking Plane From Deporting Migrants
Rebecca Nathanson | theintercept.com | 2019-02-07
On Wednesday morning, a group of British activists entered Chelmsford Crown Court, about 30 miles northeast of London, carrying backpacks and tote bags stuffed full. The Stansted 15, as the group has become known, had arrived for a sentencing hearing, and some of them had come prepared to face years in jail. In December, the activists were found guilty of committing a terrorism-related offense after they broke into an airport and blocked the departure of a government-chartered plane that was set to deport migrants and asylum-seekers. | But the group need not have packed their bags. Twelve of the defendants receiv…

Headlines for February 6, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-06
Trump Attacks Immigrants, Abortion Rights, Democratic Investigations in SOTU, Stacey Abrams Slams Gov't Shutdown, Voter Suppression in SOTU Response, School Apologizes for Racist Yearbook Photos as VA Gov. Northam Resists Resignation, Pope Francis Acknowledges Priests Sexually Abused Nuns, Ex-President of Costa Rica Accused of Sexual Assault, At Least 29 Haitian Migrants Killed in Shipwreck, Taliban Attacks Kill 50 in Afghanistan, CNN: Saudis Gave U.S. Weapons to al-Qaeda, Other Militants in Yemen, CENTCOM Head Was Not Notified of U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Syria, Anti-BDS Lawsuit Against Salaita & American Studi…

Israel's Surprise Elections Catch Palestinian 'Joint List' in Disarray
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-06
Divisions in the coalition could reduce turnout in April and strengthen the right-wing bloc under Netanyahu, reports Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net A political coalition representing Israel's Palestinian minority — currently the third biggest faction in the Israeli parliament, the… Read more ?…

US Media Ignore–and Applaud–Economic War on Venezuela
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-02-06
The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country's economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). A UN rapporteur declares that "sanctions kill" (Independent, 1/26/19)–but few in Western media are listening to his message. | Sister Eugenia…

"Liar-in-Chief": Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's SOTU Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel & More
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-06
In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall–with no mention of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. After the address, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made history, becoming the first African-Americ…

Poland: Women's Rights Activists Targeted
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-06

| February 6, 2019 Video | Poland: Women's Rights Activists are Under Attack: | The Polish government is attacking women's rights activists and organizations, putting women's rights and safety at risk. More than two years after the first Black Protests, when thousands took to the streets to protest efforts to further restrict access to abortion, the ruling Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwo&a…

Palestinian Professors' Unions Urge Pitzer College to Uphold Faculty Vote to Suspend Study Abroad with Complicit Israeli Institutions
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-02-05
Palestinian Professors' Unions Urge Pitzer College to Uphold Faculty Vote to Suspend Study Abroad with Complicit Israeli Institutions: Open LetterThe Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) urges Pitzer College to stand by an overwhelming majority of its faculty refusing to be complicit in Israel's denial of Palestinian rights and its blatan…

Headlines for February 5, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-05
Venezuela: European Leaders, Lima Group Recognize Guaidó as President, VA Gov. Northam Delays Resignation Decision over Racist Yearbook Photo, VA Lt. Gov. Fairfax Denies 2004 Sexual Assault Accusation, Old Photo of Sen. McConnell in Front of Confederate Flag Resurfaces, Dems Invite Targets of Trump Policies to SOTU Address, Trump to Nominate David Malpass to Head World Bank, Trump to Nominate Ex-Oil Lobbyist Bernhardt as Head of Interior Dept., Iraqi President Salih Blasts Trump for Saying U.S. Troops Will Monitor Iran from Iraq, Somalia: Al-Shabab Claims Car Bomb & Shooting That Kills At Least 12, U.K. Panel: Sa…

What's the Deal with Sanctions in Venezuela, and Why's It So Hard for Media to Understand?
Alexander Campbell, CEPR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-05
CEPR's Alexander Campbell looks at US sanctions against Venezuela and how the media ignore their effects.

Juan Guaido Promises Oil Deals for US Gas Giants If He Takes Power
Jim Carey | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-05
(GPA) — Making the empires ambitions clear, US stooge Juan Guaidó has promised Venezuelan oil to US corporations. The US-backed Venezuelan "government" of Juan Guaidó has said there will be plenty of money to be made for Wall Street under a government without the current President, Nicolas Maduro. According to reports, this offer was made during a …

Iran: Environmentalists' Flawed Trial
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-05
A campaign poster showing environmental activists, Taher Ghadirian, Niloufar Bayani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Houman Jokar, Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashani, Morad Tahbaz and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, who have been in detention for six months. | © 2018 #anyhopefornature Campaign | (Beirut) — Iran's judicial authorities are violating fair trial standards in the case of eight environmentalists who have been detained for over a year, Human Rights Watch said today.

'Palestinian Rights Has Become an Incredibly Mainstream Issue' – CounterSpin interview with Josh Ruebner on BDS bans
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-02-04
Janine Jackson interviewed Josh Ruebner about BDS bans for the February 1, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

PEPE ESCOBAR: MAGA Misses the Eurasia Train
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-04
While China and Russia solidify their economic and political alliance, the U.S. is missing an historic chance to join a multilateral world, clinging instead to military empire, argues Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar in Milan Special to Consortium News We… Read more ?…

Headlines for February 4, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-04
Calls Mount for VA Gov. Northam to Resign over Racist Yearbook Photo, Trump Sends Aid to Venezuela, Says Military Intervention "An Option", Trump: U.S. Should Maintain Troops in Iraq to "Watch" Iran, Trump Floats Another Gov't Shutdown or Nat'l Emergency over Border Wall Funding, El Salvador Elects Outsider Nayib Bukele as President, Mexico Denies Entry to U.S Lawyers & Journalists Working with Migrants, Iraq: Gunman Shoots Novelist Alaa Mashzoub, Amnesty Int'l: Boko Haram Killed At Least 60 in Nigeria Attack Last Week, Russia Suspends INF in Response to U.S. Withdrawal, U.N.: At Least 29 Children Died on Way to…

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…

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

Headlines for February 1, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-01
WSJ: After Venezuela, U.S. to Target Cuba in Effort to Reshape Latin America, Venezuela: Guaidó Seeks Support from Russia, China as Maduro Gov't Remains Defiant, U.S. Announces Withdrawal from INF, Sen. Sanders Proposes Expanding Estate Tax for Wealthiest Americans, Senate Bill Opposes U.S. Withdrawal from Syria & Afghanistan, Trump Dismisses Funding Talks 2 Weeks Ahead of Gov't Shutdown Deadline, Progressive Dems: "Not Another Dollar" for DHS, Court: Syrian Gov't Responsible for Killing War Reporter Marie Colvin, Somalia: U.S. Airstrike Kills 24 al-Shabab Militants, Reports: EPA Won't Set Limits on Harmful Chemi…

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

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.

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…

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