2019-02-09: Social Media Postees

Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster
Medea Benjamin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
The only things that will force such a radical change in U.S. policy are public outrage, education and organizing, and international solidarity with the people of Venezuela | *** | In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World … | The post Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster appeared first on Global Research.

Prior to 2011 NATO War, Libya had the Highest Standard of Living in Africa
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
In 2011, NATO launched an illegal, savage attack against the country with the Highest Human Development Index in Africa. Let us see where Libya stands today. | When Cameron, Sarkozy, Obama, Clinton and that sickening clique of warmongering, interfering, imperialist thugs … | The post Prior to 2011 NATO War, Libya had the Highest Standard of Living in Africa appeared first on Global Research.

Chicago rally demands 'U.S. hands off Venezuela!'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-09
Chicago, IL – Over 50 activists gathered in Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago on the night of February 5, to rally in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution. Organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), the event brought together progressive political organizations and trade unions to demand an end to U.S. aggression and threats of war with Venezuela. | Freezing rain did not dampen the energy of the crowd, as speakers called for solidarity with the Venezuelan people. Representatives of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network and the International League of People's Struggle spoke on the context…

Congress Poised to Move Forward with Bold Agenda on Yemen
Kate Kizer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-09
"Should Trump decide to ignore the will of Congress, it will also provide the impetus Congress needs to take further action to limit U.S. military cooperation with Saudi Arabia and the UAE in Yemen," Kizer writes. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Trump Refuses to Put Sanctions on Saudis Over Khashoggi Murder
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-09
The United States Trump administration signaled Friday it was unlikely to meet a deadline to report to Congress on whether it intends to impose sanctions on those responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, prompting an angry backlash on Capitol Hill. | RELATED: | Morocco Suspends Participation in Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen | Republican and Democratic lawmakers triggered a provision of the Global Magnitsky human rights act in October, giving the administra…

The Myth of the US "Knocking the Hell Out of ISIS" in Syria
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
ISIS is a US creation. So are al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot, and other terrorist groups — used by the Pentagon and CIA as proxy troops. | Trump claiming "(w)e're knocking the hell out of ISIS…We have defeated ISIS in Syria" are … | The post The Myth of the US "Knocking the Hell Out of ISIS" in Syria appeared first on Global Research.

Have Islamic State's Jihadists Joined Al-Nusra Front in Syria's Idlib?
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
At its peak in 2014, when the Islamic State declared its "caliphate" in Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, the Islamic State, according to the mainstream media's count, used to have 70,000 jihadists. But now, only several hundred fighters | … | The post Have Islamic State's Jihadists Joined Al-Nusra Front in Syria's Idlib? appeared first on Global Research.

US Influence in Venezuela Is Part of a Two Centuries-old Imperial Plan
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
Root causes of the ongoing crises in Venezuela may be increasingly apparent, as the situation in the country reaches a perilous state. Venezuela contains one fifth (20%) of the planet's known oil reserves, equal to the combined quantities of Iran … | The post US Influence in Venezuela Is Part of a Two Centuries-old Imperial Plan appeared first on Global Research.

The Future of the Prison Abolition Movement
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-02-09
Prison abolition had been a widely discussed idea for centuries, and was adopted — even by centrists — in the 1970's. During the last 40 years and a staggering boom in imprisonment — prison abolition seemed like a fringe idea. "Get rid of prisons?!" Only radical activists thought that was possible. But in the last decade the tide has been turning. We've had the work of Michelle Alexander and her book The New Jim Crow. We've seen people released from prison become advocates and lawyers, and change the terms of the discussion — people like Vonya Quarles. Even news personalities like Marc Lam…

Problems With Facebook
Social Media Analysis | indybay.org | 2019-02-09
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.

What does the media not get about sanctions on Venezuela?
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-09
Last week, the US formally adopted sanctions on Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA, as well as on CITGO, its US-based distribution arm, as part of its press for regime change in Caracas. National Security Advisor John Bolton estimated the actions would affect some $7 billion in assets and would block $11 billion in revenue to the Venezuelan government over the next year. The State Department was quick to add, "These new sanctions do not target t…

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.

Palestinian Man Dies in Israeli Prison Due to Medical Neglect
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-08
Medical neglect killed a Palestinian prisoner who for nearly three decades had been incarcerated at the Israeli Ramon Prison in the south of the Negev desert — a fate caused by inhumane treatment by Israel, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) said in a statement Thursday. | RELATED: | Israel Top Court Liable For War Crimes For Forcibly Transferring Palestinians: Rights Group | The 51-year-old Palestinian prisoner, Fares Baroud, from the al…

Morocco Suspends Participation in Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-08
Morocco has suspended its participation in the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition in Yemen , government officials said. | RELATED: | Saudi Arabia Recruited Darfur Children for War on Yemen: Report | Speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly about the issue, two officials told the Associated Press Thursday that Rabat had also recalled its ambassador to the kingdom, saying the country would not take part in any military interventions or min…

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 ?…

Israeli Troops Kill 2 Gaza Teens During Weekly Border Protests
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-08
Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian teenagers including a 14-year-old boy during Gaza border protests Friday, Palestinian health officials said. | RELATED: | 'Racist' Israeli Hospitals' Unethical Search of Palestinians | Palestinians have been staging weekly protests since last March dubbed as the March for Return protests in which the demonstrators call for their return to the villages their ancestors were kicked out from upon the foundation of Israel in 1948. | Gaza, home to…

Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
"People don't recognize that Hezbollah has active cells — the Iranians are impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America. We have an obligation to take down that risk for America and [what we'll talk about is] how we do that in South America and all across the globe." — Mike Pompeo | The post Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela appeared first on MintPress News.

Amnesty International modifies its position on US sanctions and threats against Venezuela
Joe Emersberger | zcomm.org | 2019-02-08
Last year, I asked Amnesty International for its position on US economic sanctions against Venezuela. I also asked Amnesty's position on the threats US officials have made against Venezuela's government, including open encouragement of Venezuela's military to perpetrate a coup. Last year, Amnesty replied that it took "no position" on US economic sanctions. Regarding US Read…

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…

Sudanese Teacher Beaten to Death by Police: Investigator
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-08
A Sudanese teacher arrested after protests last week died due to injuries caused by a "solid object," according to the head of a state investigations committee citing a medical report Thursday. | RELATED: | Sudan's Al-Bashir Bows to Pressure, Will Release Reporters | The announcement came as hundreds of people gathered across the capital — responding to a call by activists for a "procession for victims of torture and arrests" — in some of the biggest anti-government rallies in week…

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…

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…

Journalists, Lawyers, and Activists Working on the Border Face Coordinated Harassment From U.S. and Mexican Authorities
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-02-08
The Intercept has uncovered a pattern of official harassment aimed at journalists covering migrant caravans in Mexico, as well as attorneys and activists. | The post Journalists, Lawyers, and Activists Working on the Border Face Coordinated Harassment From U.S. and Mexican Authorities appeared first on The Intercept.

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…

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…

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…

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…

Israeli Gov't Launches Campaign Calling BDS Proponents 'Terrorists in Suits'
Middle East Monitor | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
The campaign is being spearheaded by Israel's Strategic Affairs and Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, who said it "reveals the true nature and goals of the BDS movement and its connection to terrorism and antisemitism. | The post Israeli Gov't Launches Campaign Calling BDS Proponents 'Terrorists in Suits' appeared first on MintPress News.

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.

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 ?…

Anti-LGBT Groups Launch Movement Against Federal Equality Act
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-02-07
Anti-LGBT hate group leaders and activists recently launched a new project, the #Gone2Far movement (GTFM), to oppose H.R. 2282, the federal Equality Act, which seeks to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections for the categories of a person's sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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.

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.

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.

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 …

Pompeo: US Military Obligated to "Take Down" the Iranians in Venezuela

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…

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. | …

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…

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…

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. | …

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…

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 ?…

"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…

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.

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…

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