2019-02-20: Social Media Postees

EuroAsia Interconnector: "electricity highway" to Israeli war crimes
ziyaad | bdsmovement.net | 2019-02-20
EuroAsia Interconnector: "electricity highway" to Israeli war crimes : UpdateThe EuroAsia Interconnector is projected to link electricity grids in Israel, Cyprus and Greece via the world's longest submarine power cable. Crucially, the Interconnector would connect Europe's electricity grid with Israel's grid that incorporates the illegal settl…

UN says withdrawal agreement in Yemen is important progress
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-20
The Houthis have promised to withdraw from key port installations and the Saudi-led coalition from the eastern outskirts of Hodeidah. The ceasefire deal was reached in December…

The Arms Trade Is Intensifying Under Trump
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-02-20
The revolving door between public officials and defense contractors has long distorted U.S. foreign policy to serve war profiteers at the expense of the public interest and basic humanitarian norms. From U.S. weaponry ending up in the hands of ISIS, to supplying arms fueling civil conflict and therefore contributing to the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, the lack of oversight on arms deals has enabled human right…

Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran
Peace Action | peaceaction.org | 2019-02-20
Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and …

Something New and Something Old: a Story Still Being Told
William A. Cohn | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
The patently cynical declaration of a national state of emergency by *45 offers a teachable moment on history, politics and empire. The lies and fear-mongering of those in power, the propaganda to legitimize violating the sovereignty of other nations, the use of fake manufactured crises and old war criminals to promote new atrocities — these…

Withdrawal Pains and Syrian Civil War: An Analysis of U.S. Media Discourse
Anthony DiMaggio | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
President Donald Trump's announced withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. combat troops from Syria is being met with strong criticism from the U.S. military establishment. [1] The attacks on withdrawal are reiterated in U.S. mass media outlets as well. Nowhere is this clearer than in the editorials of the paper of national record — the New York Times. The…

America's Hostile Venezuela Policy Is Slowly Strangling Haiti
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-20
By imposing harsh sanctions on the Maduro government, the U.S. has cut off an essential source of relief for the embattled island nation.

Sudanese Forces Tortured and Killed Dozens: Activists
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Despite Sudanese security forces' violent crackdown on protests, and reports of rape threats and sexual harassment, protesters have been unrelenting — as has the President Omar al-Bashir who refuses to resign. | RELATED: | Sudanese Teacher Beaten to Death by Police During Interrogation: Gov't Investigator | About 60 people have been killed and many others tortured by security agents, activists and rights groups said. However, official numbers are marke…

Everyone Has Fallen for the Lies About Venezuela
Lee Camp | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
Our American empire knows no bounds to its nation-building (after nation-destroying).(Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Charles Beard: Bob La Follette's Friend
Paul Buhle | progressive.org | 2019-02-20
A new book corrects the record on the anti-imperialist historian–a close ally of "The Progressive's" founder–whose work was much maligned by pro-empire liberals.

Survey Reveals Many Jewish Canadians Critical of Israel
CFJPIME | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) welcomes the results of a national survey co-sponsored by Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) and United Jewish People's Order (UJPO) on Jewish Canadians opinion to…

What the mugging of Ilhan Omar teaches us
Michael Lesher | zcomm.org | 2019-02-20
If we allow the apologists to obscure Israel's crimes with a sideshow of phony outrage and hypocritical posturing, we'll only encourage the mugging of the next person who dares to tell the truth about the real State of Israel…

Video: Staged Chemical Attack Videos and Other Trends in Modern Propaganda
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
The scandal regarding the fake hospital video published by the White Helmets as a proof of the Douma chemical attack has reached its peak in the media and has caused reaction on the diplomatic level. | On February 13, BBC Syria's …

Israeli Settlers Continue to Terrorize Al-Khalil Residents in the Occupied West Bank (video)
ISM | indybay.org | 2019-02-20
At the end of January the occupation barred international 'observer' groups from Al-Khalil (Hebron), who were stationed throughout the city for more than 20 years, following the massacre of 29 Palestinians inside Ibrahim mosque in 1994 by a fanatical Israeli terrorist. Illegal settlers, many of whom proudly celebrate this massacre, are becoming increasingly empowered; effectively given free reign to attack and intimidate Palestinians, facilitated by the occupation soldiers who protect them as they run riot throughout the city.

The hidden victims of repression — how activists and reporters can protect themselves from secondary trauma
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-20
Peaceful protest has long been a way for ordinary people to take a stand against hate, injustice, and corruption. The contentious issues — and types of repression meted out — may change with the times, but the violence itself remains a constant. | Sweeping crackdowns on protest in Sudan, Zimbabwe, and Venezuela in recent weeks serve as a reminder of the violence people face when they dare to speak out. Governments continue to unleash an arsenal of tools to suppress dissidents, from batons and pipes, to tear gas and even live bullets. As the death tolls in these countries mount, so does a growing sense…

With Trump Beating War Drums, Coalition Calls on Congress to Oppose Sanctions, Back Diplomacy With Iran
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
Amid rampant warnings that "the drums of war are beating" since President Donald Trump ditched the Iran nuclear deal last year, more than 50 pro-democracy groups representing millions of Americans are calling on members of Congress to rein in the Trump administration's hawkish policy toward Iran—which has included crippling economic sanctions—and instead push for diplomacy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

US 'Hypocrisy' Decried as Report Shows Same Trump Team Attacking Iran Deal Pushed to Give Saudis Nuclear Secrets
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
Iran's foreign minister denounced on Wednesday what he framed as "U.S. hypocrisy" following a report from House Democrats accusing the Trump administration of pushing to build—while skirting federal law, ethics concerns, and Congressional review—dozens of nuclear reactors across Saudi Arabia. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Saudi Arabia: Saudi Activist Held in Solitary Confinement: Nassima al-Sada
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-20
Woman human rights defender, Nassima al-Sada, was placed in solitary confinement since early February 2019, in al-Mabahith Prison in Dammam. Nassima has been detained since July 2018 without charge or trial. Nassima's detention was part of a recent wave of arrests that targeted Saudi human rights activists. Since May 2018, at least 15 human rights activists, including several women human rights defenders have been detained without charge in Saudi Arabia. Amnesty International calls on the Saudi authorities to release Nassima al-Sada and all other human rights activists immediately and unconditionally.

U.S. Brinksmanship in Venezuela is Dangerous
Medea Benjamin | progressive.org | 2019-02-19
U.S. interference in Venezuela threatens to turn a crisis into a catastrophe. We can't let the violence that plagues the Middle East be transferred to Latin America.

Troublesome Possibilities: The Left and Tulsi Gabbard
Richard Falk — Daniel Falcone | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-19
Tulsi Gabbard's candidacy for president has raised more problematic questions than answers for people on the Left. Many anti-war leftists call her a breath of fresh air in resisting the military industrial complex and the dangerous war duopoly. After she supported a diplomatic solution to Syria and supported Bernie Sanders for president in 2016, she made a name for herself in the left wing of the Democratic Party.

Hope of Hodeida Ceasefire Wanes as Saudis Talks Peace but Bolster Military Presence
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-19
For Yemenis desperate for a solution, it may be hard to believe the Saudi Coalition's promises of a withdrawal from Hodeida after previous promises were made and subsequently broken.

Trump's Iran strategy: regime change or regime collapse?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-19
When Donald Trump took office in January 2017, he made it clear that countering Iran was a top priority on his agenda. Trump ripped up the Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as JCPOA; reimposed pre-JCPOA sanctions and even added new ones that were unprecedented in terms of their scope and scale; and put Iranian citizens, …

Financial blockade: Chronology of a strategy to destroy Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-19
Sanctions against Venezuela are real and palpable mechanisms of destruction of the State, identity and, with it, of Venezuelan society. | Source…

Amazon's Defeat in NYC Galvanizes Movement to End Billion-Dollar Corporate Welfare
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-19
New York City is still reeling since Amazon announced last week that it was scrapping plans to build a major office facility in Queens. The decision came under mounting pressure from grassroots activists and local politicians who opposed the deal. Amazon had announced the project in November after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio offered Amazon nearly $3 billion in tax subsidies to come to the city. But local politicians and community organizers rallied against the tech giant and won. The lawmakers who took down Amazon say their victory is just the beginning of a major fight a…

Syrian Kurdish Commander Calls for US to Keep 1,500 Troops in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-19
(ANTIWAR.COM) — In comments to reporters on Monday, Kurdish commander Mazloum Kobani, the leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), called on the United States to completely halt plans to withdraw from Syria, saying he needs an "enduring" presence from the US-led coalition. Kobani not only says he wants air support from the US, but a "force on the …

Syrian Kurdish Commander Calls for US to Keep 1,500 Troops in Syria

Hungary to Open New 'Diplomatic Office' in Jerusalem
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-19
(MEMO) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that Hungary has decided to open a "diplomatic office" in Jerusalem, one of only a handful of countries moving towards the US position on seeing the city as the nation's capital, Anadolu Agency reports. After months of efforts, we have made a very important achievement as Hungary has decided to …

Hungary to Open New ‘Diplomatic Office’ in Jerusalem

The American Empire's Long Reach
Stephanie Savell | thenation.com | 2019-02-19
The American Empire's Long Reach…

Jewish Activists Hold Solidarity Shabbat Defending Angela Davis in Birmingham & Across U.S
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-18
Jewish supporters of Angela Davis across the nation held solidarity Shabbat on Friday evening, the night before the civil rights icon had been expected to receive the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The institute rescinded the honor in January due to Davis' support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Israeli government and Israeli institutions. The institute later reversed this decision after international outcry, but Davis has yet to accept the award. Democracy Now! was in Birmingham on Friday and attended a Shabbat in support of An…

Birmingham Civil Rights Group Reoffers Award to Angela Davis–But She Says Community Should Decide
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-18
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute sparked international outrage in January when it rescinded the Fred L. Shuttlesworth award for civil rights icon Angela Davis, soon after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center sent a letter urging the board to reconsider honoring her due to her support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Facing swift and widespread outcry, the institute then reversed its decision and reinstated the award, but Davis has yet to accept it. Democracy Now! spoke with the president and CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Andrea Taylor, on Saturday, before an alternate e…

Angela Davis Returns to Birmingham, Reflecting on Palestinian Rights & Fight for Freedom Everywhere
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-18
Civil rights icon and scholar Angela Davis returned to her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, over the weekend. She originally planned the visit to receive the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, but the institute withdrew the award last month, soon after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center sent a letter urging the board to reconsider honoring Davis due to her support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Israeli government and Israeli institutions. Facing swift and widespread outcry, the institute then reversed its decision and reinst…

As Mainstream Journalists Acknowledge Douma Attacks Were "Staged," the "Humanitarian" Syria Regime-Change Network Tries to Save A Sinking Ship
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-18
There is increasing desperation on the part of the "humanitarian" regime-change network to protect its influence and the power of its narratives, not just in Syria but in future conflicts.

Summit in Sochi, US in a state of emergency, tragedy in Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-18
Summit in Sochi The fourth summit of the Astana process on the settlement of the crisis in Syria was held on February 14 in Sochi. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan considers the summit to have been an important step. "The Summit in Sochi was very efficient and useful. The second round of talks began with Sochi, …

Trump Hits Venezuela with More Sanctions as US Military Planes Bring 'Aid'
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-18
Three USAF planes landed 8km from the Venezuelan border, allegedly carrying "humanitarian aid."

Minnesotans stand up to racists to defend Representative Omar
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-18
Minneapolis, MN – A group calling itself Patriots United put out a racist, anti-Muslim call for Minnesotans to come out on February 17 to protest U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar at her office near Target Field in Minneapolis. Jewish Voice for Peace-Twin Cities called for a counter-protest and over 80 people came out strong with signs like "Jews for Ilhan" and "Minnesotans against Islamophobia" against Patriots United's contingent of six people, holding three signs and two American flags. | Newly elected Representative Omar, of Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, which includes Minneapolis, started a national c…

Spyware firm buyout reaffirms urgent need for justice for targeted activists
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-18
Novalpina Capital, the private equity firm that has supported NSO Group management to acquire the company from Francisco Partners, must immediately disclose how it plans to prevent further human rights abuses by NSO Group, which has been linked to several chilling attacks on human rights defenders, Amnesty International said today. | In an open letter released today, the organization and six other NGOs urged Novalpina to publicly commit to accountability for NSO Group's past spyware…

Assad Warns Syria's Kurds That US Will Not Protect Them
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-18
(MEE) — President Bashar al-Assad warned Syria's Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday that their ally the United States would not protect them against any Turkish offensive as Washington looks to withdraw its troops. The US is set to pull out its soldiers from Syria after allied Kurdish-led forces capture the Islamic State (IS) group's last holdout …

Assad Warns Syria's Kurds That US Will Not Protect Them

Warsaw Conference's War with Iran Agenda, Met with Low Level Delegations from European Allies
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-17
Pompeo, Netanyahu urged Arab leaders to consolidate and prepare for war with Iran at Warsaw Conference. Europe sent low level delegations. A leaked video from the conference reveals that Arab leaders are ready to abandon solidarity with Palestinians. We speak with Vijay Prashad for analysis.

Can Turkey and Syria actually come to an agreement?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-17
Ankara, who is now shifting away from the USA and towards the regional powers, is expected to begin negotiations with Damascus. Of course right now a low level exterior politics is underway with Syria. At this situation, intelligence agencies cannot just say "We execute whatever our leader orders.". Many times leaders are off the grid, …

Are Palestinians Living under a Double Occupation? (1/2)
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-17
Legislator Mustafa Barghouti discusses President Abbas's dissolution of the Legislative Council, the attempt to alter the Paris Accords, and explores Palestinians' life under double occupation. With Israeli elections approaching, the Palestinian leadership does not challenge Israeli political parties to take a position on the occupation…

Are Palestinians Living under a Double Occupation? (2/2)
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-17
Legislator Mustafa Barghouti discusses President Abbas's dissolution of the Legislative Council, the attempt to alter the Paris Accords, and explores Palestinians' life under double occupation. With Israeli elections approaching, the Palestinian leadership does not challenge Israeli political parties to take a position on the occupation…

Why Did The Iran Hostage Crisis Happen?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-16
The Islamic Republic of Iran recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, a revolution which turned an American ally to an American enemy. Some still try to analyze the reasons why Iranian students attacked the US embassy at the beginning during the revolution and created a dispute which not only led to a …

Portland ditches the Joint Terrorism Task Force
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-16
Portland, OR – City council members voted to leave the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) on February 13. After months of town halls and rallies organized by councilwoman Jo Ann Hardesty and activist groups in Portland, the amendment passed in a three to two vote. Mayor Ted Wheeler was one of the two voting to remain in the task force. | Before the vote, 150 community members gathered outside city hall to rally. Demonstrators help signs that read, "Immigrants are not terrorists" and "No JTTF." Council members heard testimonies from 40 community leaders and activists before announcing their votes. Only four were in…

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…

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…

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 ?…

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

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…

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…

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 …

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 …

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