2019-02-11: Social Media Postees

With 3.8 Million Yemenis Displaced Last Year, New Report Shows Country's Crisis Growing Worse
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-11
The Saudi-led coalition's choice to continue raining bombs down on key civilian infrastructure shows its determination, in their pursuit of regional geopolitical dominance, to push the Yemeni people to the brink of annihilation by starvation, preventable disease and explosions. | The post With 3.8 Million Yemenis Displaced Last Year, New Report Shows Country's Crisis Growing Worse appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/with-3-8-million-yemenis-displaced-last-year-new-report-shows-countrys-crisis-growing-worse/254934/

A Tragedy Mirroring a National Catastrophe: Conjoined Twins Die in Yemen Under Saudi Blockade
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-11
The death of a set of conjoined twins as a result of a Saudi blockade mirrors the humanitarian nightmare faced by most children in Yemen. | The post A Tragedy Mirroring a National Catastrophe: Conjoined Twins Die in Yemen Under Saudi Blockade appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/a-tragedy-mirroring-a-national-catastrophe-conjoined-twins-die-in-yemen-under-saudi-blockade/254943/

Grand Theft Venezuela, Stealing a Nation: Financial Warfare Precipitates Economic Collapse
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-11
Michael Hudson explained that Washington "treat(s) Venezuela as an extension of the US economy, running a trade surplus in oil to spend in the United States or transfer its savings to US banks." | Sanctions prevent Maduro's government "from gaining access … | The post Grand Theft Venezuela, Stealing a Nation: Financial Warfare Precipitates Economic Collapse appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/grand-theft-venezuela-stealing-nation/5668186

Anti-War protesters say 'No' to Klobuchar presidential bid
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-11
Minneapolis, MN – A contingent of demonstrators braved the cold and dense snowfall, February 10, establishing an anti-war presence at Boom Island Park, where Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced her 2020 presidential bid. | Klobuchar has a long history of voting with Republicans on the issues of foreign intervention and militarism, to include voting "Yea" on bills that imposed economic sanctions on Syria and Iran, added $61 billion to the defense budget, extended the expiration date of the PATRIOT Act, and authorized President Trump to transfer precision guided munitions to the Israeli apartheid regime. She…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/11/anti-war…

US: Pro-Israel Lobby Accuses Ilhan Omar Of Anti-Semitism
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-11
Democratic Rep. from Minnesota, United States, Ilhan Omar was accused of anti-Semitism Sunday for criticizing Israel's influence in the U.S. Congress. | RELATED: | Israel Top Court Liable For War Crimes For Forcibly Transferring Palestinians: Rights Group | She said that the members of Congress support Israel because of money they receive from the pro-Israel lobby which sparked a Twitter battle. She tweeted that support for Israel was "all about the…
telesurenglish.net/news/Pro-Israel-Lobby-Accuses-Ilhan-Omar-Of-Anti-Semitism-For-Criticizing-Israeli-Influence-in-US-Politics-20190211-0005.html

What's Really Driving the Latest Attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-11
Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has stirred controversy by replying to scurrilous statements of her Republican opponents in Congress by suggesting that they are shilling for anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim lobbies that back the right wing Likud government of Israel to the hilt because they receive campaign contributions from the Israel lobbies. | It's all about the Benjamins baby t.co/KatcXJnZLV | — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019 | When Rep. Omar was criticized for this tweet,…
truthdig.com/articles/the-crucial-caveat-to-ilhan-omars-comments-about-israel/

Eurovision 2019 Song Contest, to be Hosted by Israel: The Only "Democracy" Worldwide that Has Killed over Two Thousand Children
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-11
Holding the Eurovision Song Contest near to where 2172 Palestinian children have been killed since 2000, disregards the extreme brutality of the occupying military force of the host country. | Over two thousand dead children are equivalent to the massacre of … | The post Eurovision 2019 Song Contest, to be Hosted by Israel: The Only "Democracy" Worldwide that Has Killed over Two Thousand Children appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/eurovision-2019-hosted-democracy-worldwide-killed-two-thousand-children/5668197

Trump Says ISIS is Defeated, But He Ignores the Much Bigger and More Troubling Picture
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-11
President Trump says that in the coming week the US and its allies will announce that they have captured all of the land previously controlled by Isis. He claims that US-led forces "have liberated virtually all of the territory previously held by Isis in Syria and Iraq … we will have 100 per cent of the caliphate."
counterpunch.org/2019/02/11/trump-says-isis-is-defeated-but-he-ignores-the-much-bigger-and-more-troubling-picture/

Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela
Whitney Webb | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-11
"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 … | The post Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/pompeo-attempts-to-link-iran-hezbollah-to-crisis-in-venezuela/5668244

The Cynicism of Empire: Sen. Rubio Tells Venezuelans to Overthrow Their Government…or Starve!
Daniel McAdams | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-11
There is a sad disregard for human life among the neocon regime-changers. The devastation of Iraq, with its million dead, was a mere stepping stone to a "re-making" of the Middle East. A Libya turned into a modern day slave … | The post The Cynicism of Empire: Sen. Rubio Tells Venezuelans to Overthrow Their Government…or Starve! appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-cynicism-of-empire-sen-rubio-tells-venezuelans-to-overthrow-their-government-or-starve/5668274

How did the Iranian Revolution go so far off the rails?
Special to PeoplesWorld | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-11
Even though it has to wage much of its struggle underground, the Tudeh Party of Iran, 40 years after the overthrow of the autocratic U.S.-installed Shah, continues the fight for a secular, democratic, and socialist Iran. The following is an exclusive interview with Mohammad Omidvar, a member of the political bureau of the Tudeh Party. …
peoplesworld.org/article/how-did-the-iranian-revolution-go-so-far-off-the-rails/

As it happened: The promise–and betrayal–of Iran's 1979 revolution
Special to PeoplesWorld | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-11
In the fall of 1978, massive waves of unrest and strikes–led largely by Iran's oil workers–swept that country. By early 1979, the tyrannical government of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was pushed from power. The Revolution of February 1979 was the work of a wide range of class and social forces, united on a program of …
peoplesworld.org/article/as-it-happened-the-promise-and-the-betrayal-of-irans-1979-revolution/

How The CIA Overthrew Iran's Democracy In 4 Days
Lawrence Wu | zcomm.org | 2019-02-11
Over the course of four days in August 1953, Roosevelt would orchestrate not one, but two attempts to destabilize the government of Iran…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/how-the-cia-overthrew-irans-democracy-in-4-days/

Iranians Burn US Flag While Honoring 40 Years of Revolution
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-11
Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned U.S. flags Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shi'ite cleric who toppled the United States-backed monarch of Iran, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, in the Islamic Revolution of 1979. | RELATED: | Iran, Russia to Abandon Dollar, Trade in National Currencies | Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, while addressing a huge gathering at Tehran's Azadi Square (Freedom Square) said, "This…
telesurenglish.net/news/Iranians-Burn-US-Flag-While-Honoring-40-Years-of-Revolution-20190211-0010.html

Ilhan Omar Under Attack for Telling Truth About Israel Lobby
Ali Abunimah | commondreams.org | 2019-02-11
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Glenn Greenwald Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar: Criticizing Israeli Lobby & AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-11
Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing criticism today after commenting on a tweet by Glenn Greenwald. On Sunday, Greenwald tweeted, "GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans." Rep. Omar retweeted his post and added the line: "It's all about the Benjamins baby." She later named AIPAC as the organization paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/11/glenn_gre…

Democratic Party Insiders Create Group To Promote Israel to Progressives
Alison Weir | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-11
Some Democratic heavy hitters have formed a new pro-Israel organization focused on progressive Democrats. The new group, " Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI)," is the latest in a long line of groups working for Israel in the United States. | New York Jewish Week reports that the group was formed "to counter the drift — if not dive — away from support…
mintpressnews.com/democratic-majority-for-israel-party-insiders-create-group-to-promote-israel-to-progressives/254964/

Senate Guts First Amendment to Guard Israel from Boycott, But Ilhan Omar Can't Bring Up AIPAC?
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-02-11
"Whatever one thinks of one tweet by a first-term congresswoman," writes Cole, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) "is doing us a favor to provoke the forbidden discussion" about AIPAC. (Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/11/senate-guts-first-amendment-guard-israel-boycott-ilhan-omar-cant-bring-aipac?cd-origin=rss

Chinese authorities extract forced confessions from student activists
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-11
The crackdown reflects the fear in the Chinese ruling circles of a political movement of the working class for social and democratic rights that challenges the government itself.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/11/chin…

'All about the Benjamins': Ilhan Omar sparks Twitter backlash over 'anti-Semitic' post
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-11
Rep Ilhan Omar's tweet that US politicians' support for Israel is 'all about the Benjamins' sparked a furious backlash on Twitter, with cries of anti-Semitism from some, while others detailed the Israeli lobby's influence. | …
rt.com/usa/451182-ilhan-omar-israel-lobby-antisemitism/

Support for Israel Divides Democrats, A Division Fomented by Republicans
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-11
Republican Senator Marco Rubio pushes a pro-Israel agenda, while new and younger Democrats question US support for the right-wing government in Israel, says Israeli-American journalist Mairav Zonszein | The post Support for Israel Divides Democrats, A Division Fomented by Republicans appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/support-for-israel-divides-democrats-a-division-fomented-by-republicans

Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar Draws Ire for 'Accurately Describing How the Israel Lobby Works'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-11
A progressive Jewish group was among the many who defended Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) late Sunday after conservatives and centrist Democrats attacked her for simply acknowledging that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group, gives millions of dollars to pro-Israel causes each year. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/02/11/freshman-rep-ilhan-omar-draws-ire-accurately-describing-how-israel-lobby-works?cd-origin=rss

Ilhan Omar's Criticism of Israeli Lobby and AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-02-11
Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing criticism today after commenting on a tweet by Glenn Greenwald. On Sunday, Greenwald tweeted, "GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans." Rep. Omar retweeted his post and added the line: "It's all about the Benjamins baby." She later named AIPAC as the organization paying American politicians to be pro-Israel. | Transcript: | AMY GOODMA…
truthout.org/video/ilhan-omars-criticism-of-israeli-lobby-and-aipac-is-not-anti-semitic/

Venezuelan President Leads Celebration of Angostura Bicentenary
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-10
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro led Sunday the celebrations of the bicentenary anniversary Angostura 2019 with a military parade in the Fort Guaicaipuro in Charallave, central state of Miranda. | RELATED: | Venezuelan VP Calls on Guaido to Join "Right Side of History" | Along with Defense Minister Vl…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-President-Leads-Celebration-of-Angostura-Bicentenary-20190210-0017.html

Pox Americana: Vijay Prashad on Venezuela, India, Mexico, Congo, and U.S. Hegemony
Jeremy Scahill | theintercept.com | 2019-02-10
There is a brazen, bipartisan push by the U.S. government for regime change in Venezuela with the Trump administration officially declaring opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the "legitimate" president. The economic sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the U.S. are aimed at starving the population into submission with notorious neoconservatives John Bolton and Elliott Abrams coordinating the campaign to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro. What we are witnessing right now in Latin America is a modern iteration of the same dirty tactics that the U.S. has historically used against the nations south of the U.S. bo…
theintercept.com/2019/02/10/intercepted-podcast-vijay-prashad-venezuela-india/

Joe Biden reminded of past 'humanitarian' actions after he blasts Maduro over aid block
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-10
A former US Vice President has urged Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro to step aside for a "democratic transition." Twitter, however, doubted Joe Biden's 'humanitarian' motivation, pointing out his warmongering past. | …
rt.com/news/451150-joe-biden-venezuela-humanitarian/

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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/8/chicago-r…

What Happened in Douma? Searching for Facts in the Fog of Syria's Propaganda War
James Harkin | theintercept.com | 2019-02-09
The next world war may begin with a grainy, contested, online image launched onto the pages of a newspaper that has recently sacked all its journalists. | The post What Happened in Douma? Searching for Facts in the Fog of Syria's Propaganda War appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/02/09/douma-chemical-attack-evidence-syria/

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…
greenleft.org.au/content/what-does-media-not-get-about-sanctions-venezuela

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 ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/08/britain-and-the-iranian-revolution-arms-secret-deals/

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.
mintpressnews.com/pompeo-attempts-to-link-iran-hezbollah-to-crisis-in-venezuela/254903/

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…
zcomm.org/zblogs/amnesty-international-modifies-its-position-on-us-sanctions-and-threats-against-venezuela/

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…
greenleft.org.au/content/adani-ramps-propaganda-war-intimidation-activists

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…
theintercept.com/2019/02/08/sheldon-adelson-online-gambling/

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.
theintercept.com/2019/02/08/us-mexico-border-journalists-harassment/

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…
greenleft.org.au/content/reject-shameful-media-campaign-regime-change-venezuela

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.
theintercept.com/2019/02/08/democrats-end-right-ariel-sharon-israeli-occupation-palestine/

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…
greenleft.org.au/content/gaza-rallies-venezuela-oppose-us-coup

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…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/08/indonesia-free-three-papuan-activists

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 …
bdsmovement.net/news/lawsuit-dismissed-against-american-studies-association-over-israel-boycott

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 ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/06/the-progressive-except-palestine-problem/

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.
uwidata.com/1922-marzieh-hashemi-taken-captive-by-democracy/

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.
uwidata.com/1928-will-instex-alleviate-irans-economic-problems/

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.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/08/anti-lgbt-groups-launch-movement-against-federal-equality-act

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…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/07/syrian-rights-activist-honored

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…
theintercept.com/2019/02/07/stansted-15-sentencing-hearing/

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…
greenleft.org.au/content/spanish-state-vs-catalonia-putting-political-trial-trial

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

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…
greenleft.org.au/content/labor-must-oppose-trump-coup-venezuela

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.
therealnews.com/stories/trump-withdrawing-from-old-wars-while-threatening-iran-with-new-one

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