2019-02-15: Social Media Postees

Israel Detained 500 Palestinians, Including 89 Children in 2019
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-15
This January alone, Israel detained 509 Palestinians, including 89 children and eight women, from occupied Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian prisoners rights groups. | RELATED: | Palestinian Photojournalists Win Prestigious Photo Awards | Israeli authorities detained 102 Palestinians from East Jerusalem, 88 from Ramallah, 80 from Hebron, 55 from Jenin, 62 from Bethlehem, 30 from Nablus, 30 from Tulkarm, 25 from Qalqilya, 8 from Toubas, 6 from Salf…

In Hebron, Israel Removes the Last Restraint on Its Settlers' Reign of Terror
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-15
Nazareth. You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers against Palestinians, in a city under occupation, would provoke condemnation from European and US politicians. But you would be wrong. The leaking in December of the report on conditions in the…

Maduro Confirms Venezuela's Arreaza Met with Elliott Abrams
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-15
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro revealed Thursday that his Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza met with the U.S. special envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams, whom the president invited to visit the South American nation. | RELATED: | US Congress Rejects Trump's Warmongering, Won't Support Military Intervention in Venezuela | During an interview with The Associated Press (AP) aired Thursday, President Maduro criticized the belligerent position of his U.S.

Warsaw Summit Was a Failure for Trump—But a Win for Netanyahu
Trita Parsi | commondreams.org | 2019-02-15
Israel's Prime minister of Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on 14 February, 2019 (Photo: AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Will the U.S. Senate Let the People of Yemen Live?
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-15
In 1973 the War Powers Resolution weakened the U.S. Constitution's placement of the power to start and end wars with the first branch of the U.S. government, the Congress. The new law carved out exceptions to allow presidents to start wars. However, it also created procedures by which a single member or group of members…

Yemen: US "Accidentally" Arming Al Qaeda (Again)
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-15
US weapons are once again falling into the hands of militants fighting in one of Washington's many proxy wars — this time in Yemen — the militants being fighters of local Al Qaeda affiliates. | CNN in its article, " Sold … | The post Yemen: US "Accidentally" Arming Al Qaeda (Again) appeared first on Global Research.

Venezuela's Foreign Minister: "The US is in Front of the Coup Attempt, not Behind it"
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-15
Interview — in Spanish with English subtitles — with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, who speaks about the likelihood of war with the US, the impact of the sanctions, and the way out of the conflict between Venezuela and the US and its allies in the opposition and in the region | The post Venezuela's Foreign Minister: "The US is in Front of the Coup Attempt, not Behind it" appeared first on The Real News Network.

Roaming Charges: Third Rail-Roaded
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-15
+ The Third Rail of American politics used to be social security. If you even suggested cutting it, your career was fried. But Clinton & Obama legitimized such talk. Now the Third Rail is Israel, where even mentioning its power over the Hill gets you the political death penalty. + What horrible thing is it…

BBC Producer's Syria Bombshell: Douma "Gas Attack" Footage "Was Staged"
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-15
Now approaching nearly a year after the April 7, 2018 alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria — which the White House used as a pretext to bomb Syrian government facilities and bases throughout Damascus — a BBC reporter who investigated … | The post BBC Producer's Syria Bombshell: Douma "Gas Attack" Footage "Was Staged" appeared first on Global Research.

Video: US Sets Up New Base on Iraqi Border, ISIS Threat Grows in Desert
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-15
On February 13, the Syrian Air Force conducted a series of airstrikes on ISIS hideouts in the area of Kiribat al-Hosn in the Damascus desert. The airstrikes reportedly came in response to a recent increase in the activity of ISIS … | The post Video: US Sets Up New Base on Iraqi Border, ISIS Threat Grows in Desert appeared first on Global Research.

ICJ Rules Iran's Legal Bid to Recover $2bn Frozen in US Can Proceed
Press TV | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-15
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Iran can proceed with a legal action to recover billions of dollars in frozen assets that the United States says must be paid to purported American survivors and relatives of victims … | The post ICJ Rules Iran's Legal Bid to Recover $2bn Frozen in US Can Proceed appeared first on Global Research.

On Valentine's Day, An End to Amazon's Two-Bit Romance With New York
Laura Flanders | commondreams.org | 2019-02-15
Activists and community members who opposed Amazon's plan to move into Queens rally in Long Island City, N.Y., in celebration of the company's decision to pull out of the deal. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Google, Apple Under Fire to Block Saudi 'Woman Tracker' App
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-15
Apple and Google are facing major backlash, from human rights activists and lawmakers, after being accused of supporting patriarchy with a Saudi Arabian "woman tracker app" which is used to monitor and manage the whereabouts of women in the Arab nation. | RELATED: | Another MBS PR Stunt? Saudi Arabia To 'Review' Male Guardianship System | "I haven't heard about it," Apple CEO Tim Cook told NPR, adding that he would investigate the situation. "But obviously we'll take a lo…

Environmental Groups, Activists Win Dismissal of Lawsuit Filed by Dakota Access Pipeline Company
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-15

Immigrant Activists: Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-15
President Trump is expected to declare a national emergency today to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite opposition from Congress, after he signs the latest spending bill, which includes nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers out of steel, far less than the $5.7 billion he requested. Congressmembers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib issued a statement that they voted against the bill because it gives more funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "That is the right thing to do. We've been pushing for Democrats to do the right thing, t…

Bernie Sanders Offers Support to Ilhan Omar
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-15
United States Senator Bernie Sanders reached out to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Tuesday offering support amid criticism from both major political parties, Democrats and Republicans, claiming the progressive freshman lawmaker trafficked in anti-Semitic tropes on Twitter while criticizing U.S. policy on Israel. | RELATED: | 5 Reasons Why Ilhan Omar Is Right About AIPAC | Omar's office confirmed that the congresswoman spoke with Democratic self-proclaimed socialist Senator Sanders, who is Jewish, off…

"It's All About the Benjamins, Baby"
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-15
Wait. Let me get this straight. First GOP leader Kevin McCarthy threatened two recently elected Muslim women members of Congress with punishment for holding views critical of Israel. On Feb. 11 he stated:…

The End of the Observer Mission in Hebron
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-15
It acted as a restraint on the settlers' worst excesses, writes Jonathan Cook. By Jonathan Cook Jonathan-Cook.net You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers… Read more ?…

Congress, Israel and the Politics of "Righteous Indignation"
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-15
It is a rare day that some member of Congress doesn't expose him or herself as a hypocrite of the first order. This week, we have seen this done in spades. On February 10, Representative Ilhan Omar (D- MN) said that U.S. Congressional support for Israel is "…all about the Benjamins…", a reference to the…

The Siege of Venezuela and the Travails of Empire
Jim Kavanagh | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-15
Here's the bullet-point version: + It's imperialism. + It's American imperialism, a bipartisan national project. + American imperialism is the global management of capitalist class power. + It's a binary situation in which one side or the other will win via the use and threat of armed force. + It's trouble for Venezuela and for imperialism.

Meddling, anyone? Pro-Israel groups spent $22 million on lobbying & campaign contributions in 2018
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-15
Pro-Israel lobbyists funneled more than $22 million into the 2018 US election cycle, making the lobby far more active and influential than those aligned with other foreign nations, public records show. | …

Suspension of Voice TV Highlights Why Thailand must Lift Over-broad Powers to Curtail Press Freedom
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-15
Amnesty International calls on Thailand's military authorities, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), to guarantee media freedom in the country, including by taking the long overdue step of amending or repealing vaguely worded and overly restrictive decrees promulgated in the name of protecting security following the 2015 military coup. | Amnesty International remains concerned that the Thai authorities have, since taking power in a military coup in 2014, consistently targeted individuals and broadcasters expressing political opposition or views deemed critical of authorities with sanctions and crimina…

Refugee rights activists march on PM's office
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-15
Refugee rights activists protested outside Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Cronulla office on February 9. | They called on parliament to pass the medical evacuation bill and demanded that all refugees be immediately brought to Australia for resettlement. | Speakers celebrated the fact that the movement had forced the government to bring all the children off Nauru. | [More photos on GLW's Facebook page.] | refugee rights

LGBTI groups call for Eurovision boycott
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-15
Campaigners for gay, lesbian and transgender rights have urged a boycott of this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv in May. | More than 60 LGBTI groups from around the world have joined a new call to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians. In a statement, the groups accuse Israel of "shamelessly using the Eurovision competition" to distract from war crimes. | The organisation a…

More than 60 human rights groups back Eurovision boycott
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-15
More than 60 international NGOs have added their voices in protest against the plan to hold the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv this year. They are now part of what is quickly becoming an international campaign by civil society groups seeking to move the event, which is scheduled for May, from Israel. | It came after 50 British artists urged the BBC to boycott the Eurovision citing "Israel's systematic violation of Palestinian human rights". They said that the BBC was not exempt from…

'Hate crime' attack on 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett was staged, reports suggest
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-15
The racist, homophobic assault on 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett earlier this month was a hoax, according to multiple reports suggesting the actor staged the attack because his character was being written off the show. | …

Blow to 'Powerful Corporate Interests' as Federal Court Throws Out Pipeline Company Lawsuit Against DAPL Water Protectors
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-15
In a "landmark" ruling on Thursday, a federal court in North Dakota tossed out a "baseless" case against Greenpeace and other environmental and Indigenous activists who organized protests against the deeply controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which drew thousands of people to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Presidential Candidates and Both California Senators Vote No on "Combating BDS Act of 2019"
Dave Id | indybay.org | 2019-02-15
United States Senate Bill 1, which included the "Combating BDS Act of 2019," passed with 77 votes on February 5, 2019. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Congressional Republicans are looking for bills they think can split democrats. S1 is the first volley in that campaign, attempting to use Israel as the wedge.

Tommy Robinson Declares Himself a 'Zionist' in Leaked Video
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-15
(MEMO) — Far-right, anti-Muslim, self-declared Zionist Tommy Robinson has boasted of his love for Israel in leaked video footage, in which the founder of the English Defence League (EDL) can be seen bragging about "scoring" drugs anywhere in the world. The video — which is thought to have been filmed in Bologna, Italy last month — shows …

Tommy Robinson Declares Himself a ‘Zionist’ in Leaked Video

War summit in Warsaw
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-15
While Netanyahu's statement that this week's conference in Warsaw was called to discuss "war with Iran" was treated by the media as a gaffe, it was nothing of the kind.

16-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Cheers 'Beginning of Great Changes' as Climate Strike Goes Global
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-15
Because "present and future on this planet are at stake," say teen climate activists, "we won't be silent any longer" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-02-14
No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank: In the NewsBy Andrew Rettman Sanctions and governmentsFebruary 14, 2019 | By: | | euobserver …

Palestinian Photojournalists Win Prestigious Photo Awards
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-14
Two Palestinian photojournalists based in Gaza have won Awards of Excellence at the 76th Pictures of the Year International (POYI) from the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri, in the United States. | RELATED: | Two Palestinians Killed by Toxic Gas In Gaza-Egypt Tunnel | Mohammad Salem Jadallah, a photojournalist with Reuters news agency, won the Award of Excellence for the General News category for a photograph of a group of Palestinian boys weeping for their dead b…

Globalists organize anti-Iranian circus in Warsaw
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-14
A sixty-nation conference initiated by the US opened in Warsaw on Wednesday. Although its official motto is security in the Middle East, its sessions focus on how to entice different countries to form an alliance for wielding pressure on Iran, an object of the Trump Administration's hate. When the US authorities announced the Warsaw summit […] | The post Globalists organize anti-Iranian circus in Warsaw appeared first on United World International.

The House Vote to End Support for the War on Yemen Shows How Much Has Changed
James Carden | thenation.com | 2019-02-14
The House Vote to End Support for the War on Yemen Shows How Much Has Changed…

Ilhan Omar Grills Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams on His Role in US-Backed Genocide in 1980s
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-14
The new U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday on U.S. efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Abrams spoke three weeks after the U.S. recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new president. Since then, the U.S. has placed sweeping sanctions on Venezuela's state-run oil company and rejected calls for an international dialogue to resolve the crisis. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatem…

One Year After Parkland, 1,200 More Kids Are Dead by Gunfire–But Students Still Fight for Gun Safety
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-14
It's been one year since the devastating massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School–the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that galvanized the nation to take action against gun violence and turned a generation of young people into activists. On February 14, 2018, a former student armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and opened fire, gunning down 17 students, staff and teachers in just three minutes. It was one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. Students who survived the massacre quickly came to national prominence as leading activists…

This Is How AIPAC Really Works
M.J. Rosenberg | thenation.com | 2019-02-14
This Is How AIPAC Really Works…

Who Lost America?
Tom Engelhardt | thenation.com | 2019-02-14
Who Lost America?

Ilhan Omar's Tweet Storm: 'Criticizing AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic'
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-14
Commentators are concerned that any criticism of Israel is now being conflated with accusations of anti-Semitism. (MEE) — It was only a matter of time before the gloves came off. Following the election of Somali-American Ilhan Omar and Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib into the US Congress in November, the arrival of these two Muslim women in Washington has …

Ilhan Omar's Tweet Storm: 'Criticizing AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic'

UAE arms fair showcases Belgian weapon in use by Yemeni militias
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-14
A type of Belgian machine gun known to be wielded by a Yemeni militia in the Hodeidah offensive is among the weaponry set to be showcased this weekend at one of the Middle East's largest arms fairs in Abu Dhabi, Amnesty International said today. | According to promotional materials for the UAE's IDEX2019 arms fair, the Minimi will be among the thousands of types of weapons available for sale. Manufactured in Belgium's Wallonia region by FN Herstal, it is among an array of arms transferred by the Belgian Walloon authorities to the Saudi Arabia/UAE-led coalition in recent years for use in the armed conflict in Yeme…

Netanyahu: Israel and Arab Nations Meeting to Advance "Common Interests of War With Iran"
Jessica Corbett | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-14
(CD) — A deleted tweet from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ignited fresh fears about his position on Iran, after his official Twitter account provided an English translation of his remarks to reporters on Wednesday while attending an American-led summit about the Middle East hosted in Warsaw, Poland. The initial tweet, translated from Hebrew, had the prime minister saying: "What …

Netanyahu: Israel and Arab Nations Meeting to Advance "Common Interests of War With Iran"

As strip searches rise so does anger at police abuse
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-14
Last year, shortly after we participated in a protest against the Australian government's cruel refugee policy, we were snatched off the street by police and taken to Newtown Police Station. Once inside we were separated and strip searched. We were not charged with any offence. | We are both long-term activists and, it would be fair to say, we are both reasonably used to confronting situations at protests. But this was something else entirely: it was abuse. | What happened to us happens to marginalised people all the time and it needs to stop. | Arrested for protesting: | In November 2017, at the height o…

House says US is waging war in Yemen, votes for 30-day deadline to end assistance to Saudis
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-14
The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to stop military assistance to the Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen. Lawmakers invoked a rarely used resolution curbing the president's powers to start a war. | …

Tulsi Gabbard Is Driving The MSM Crazy
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-13
The newly minted presidential candidate is serving as a lightning rod for the debate about U.S. warmongering, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com When Hawaii's Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced her plans to run in the 2020 presidential election, I predicted that it… Read more ?…

La Crosse, WI says 'Hands off Venezuela!'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-13
La Crosse, WI – The streets may have been cold, but hearts were warm with international solidarity on February 9 as activists in La Crosse voiced their opposition to U.S. intervention in Venezuela. | Chants heard at the rally included, "Hey hey, ho ho, who the heck is Juan Guaido? Hey hey, ho ho, you won't get rid of Maduro!" Signs read "Hands off Venezuela!" and "No blood for oil!" | "I think that being out here, especially in this weather, helps cement just how important of an issue this is," said attendee Elias Wall. "My hope is that at least a few people driving by will see our signs and perhaps rethink what…

Ilhan Omar: Anti-Semitism? Or Fear of Open Debate on Israel?
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-13
Why Are They Really Mad At Ilhan Omar? What does being a woman of color have to do with it? She said no more than other critics of American policy in the Middle East. Marc Steiner, Charles Lenchner, and Phyllis Bennis discuss the issue | The post Ilhan Omar: Anti-Semitism? Or Fear of Open Debate on Israel? appeared first on The Real News Network.

US senators re-introduce Russian sanctions 'bill from hell'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-13
A group of senators have introduced a bill suggesting a wide range of sanctions against Russia. | …

House of Representatives Orders Donald Trump to Stop Backing Saudi-led War in Yemen, Paving the Way for Decisive Senate Vote
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-02-13
Many in Congress came to see the resolution as a way of holding Saudi leadership accountable for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. | The post House of Representatives Orders Donald Trump to Stop Backing Saudi-led War in Yemen, Paving the Way for Decisive Senate Vote appeared first on The Intercept.

As Giuliani Calls for Regime Change in Iran, Netanyahu Raises the Specter of "War"
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-02-13
It was supposed to be secret that the Middle East conference in Warsaw was really about confronting Iran, then Giuliani and Netanyahu showed up. | The post As Giuliani Calls for Regime Change in Iran, Netanyahu Raises the Specter of "War" appeared first on The Intercept.