2019-02-23: Social Media Postees

Why is the Venezuelan Government Rejecting U.S. Food Supplies?
Timothy M. Gill | zcomm.org | 2019-02-23
If sanctions haven't felled governments in Iran or Syria, to name just two examples, it doesn't seem likely that they will fall the Maduro government any time soon. They'll only perpetuate suffering and ultimately generate acrimony towards the country…

US Defeat in Syria: The Wrong End of "Might Makes Right"
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-23
With Damascus and its allies firmly in control of Syria and its future — the war having been decided on the ground rather than "politically" as envisioned by Western politicians, media, and policymakers — the US proxy war against Syria …

US Sanctions on Venezuela Possibly Worse than Iraq Sanctions Before War
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-23
News about humanitarian aid shipments to Venezuela almost never compare how tiny a fraction this aid is relative to the devastating damage that US sanctions against Venezuela have caused, which is now as draconian as the pre-Iraq war sanctions were, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot…

Dianne Feinstein Lectures Youth Climate Activists: 'You Did Not Vote for Me'
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-23
As young people from around the world are marching in the streets and calling on adults and elected leaders to act urgently to address runaway global warming and the climate crisis, this video of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) explaining to youth activists in her office on Friday why she won't back the joint congressional resolution on the Green New Deal has to be seen in order to be believed. | Posted to Twitter by the Sunrise Movement, which had organized the office visit as part of its campaign to garner support for the resolution, the video shows Feinstein responding with "smugness and disrespect" when the…

German Government's "Right to Resist" UK Pressure on Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
CAAT, Campaign Against Arms Trade | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-23
Campaign Against Arms Trade has welcomed the Germany Government's decision to continue its arms embargo against Saudi Arabia. The ban on arms sales was put in place in 2018, following the escalation of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the …

US to keep 200 'peacekeeping' troops in Syria, despite planned withdrawal
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-23
The decision to maintain some military presence in Syria is seen as a move aimed at protecting Kurdish groups aligned with the United States and a possible establishment of "safe zones" along the country's northern border with Turkey.

Video: ISIS Cells Eliminated by Syrian Forces, US Drones over Syria, Iraq
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-23
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have finished their combing operation in the central Syrian desert, the NDF media center said in a statement. | According to the released statement, the SAA and the NDF eliminated …

Why Bay Area Tech Workers Should Support the Oakland Teachers
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-02-23
As Bay Area tech workers and activists, we see clearly that the struggles faced by tech workers are fundamentally connected with those faced by the teachers who are on strike in Oakland. | When one section of the working class fights and wins, it raises the hopes and expectations for all working people. Now that the strike wave that swept through Virginia, Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona is coming to Silicon Valley's own backyard, it's time for us to show up, support the…

Oshkosh rallies against Trump's National Emergency, demands legalization for all
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-23
Oshkosh, WI – On February 18, a group of Oshkosh activists and members of United Action Oshkosh (UAO) rallied in protest against Trump's declaration of a National Emergency last week. Chants of "Legalization for all!" and "No papers, no fear, refugees are welcome here!" rang out in the streets alongside Opera House Square. | With only a few days' notice, the rally was organized after a call to action came from the Legalization for All Network. | "I think it's important to communicate to people in this town who their allies are when it comes to standing against bigotry and unethical policies," said Courtney Earl,…

Does "Special Ed" Serve Students? Disability Activists Say No
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-23
As a child born with cerebral palsy in the 1950s, Gail Cartenuto-Cohn had one option when she was old enough to go to school: enroll in an isolated public program specifically for kids with disabilities. There was no interaction with nondisabled kids, and there were just three classrooms: one for kindergarten through second grade, another for grades three through five, and a third for sixth through eighth. | Occupational therapy, as well as physical therapy and speech therapy, were provided on-site, and although Cartenuto-Cohn describes the education she received as better than adequate, when it was time for h…

'Stop Funding Climate Change!': Jamie Dimon Interrupted for Important Planetary Message
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-23
Climate activists interrupted JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon on Saturday to make a clear demand: "Stop funding climate change!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dallas Palestine Coalition protests Israeli tech event
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-22
Dallas, TX – On February 19, about ten people with the Dallas Palestine Coalition gathered at the SMU Cox School of Business to protest an event titled "Texas' Looming Water Crisis: How Israeli Tech Could Save the Day." The tech event was meant to encourage sales of Israeli technology – products built on stolen and occupied Palestinian lands. | Some went in to ask questions at the event while others protested outside. Protesters displayed a "Palestinian lives matter" banner and chanted. Chants included "Israel steals Palestinian homes, land and water," and "Israel continues to build illegal settlements on Palesti…

Artists Call for Eurovision Boycott, if Event Held in Israel (Pt 1/2)
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-22
Danielle Alma Ravitzki explains how the Israeli government uses the Eurovision song contest to whitewash and pinkwash its crimes against Palestinians. This year the contest will take place in Tel-Aviv, and artists from around the world are calling for a boycott…

He Can't Breathe: Palestine's Eric Garner
Kathryn Shihadah | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-22
In Hebron, Palestine on May 17th, 2017, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) surrounded a young man as he walked through a market. He was about to join the roughly 40% of the male Palestinian population who, since 1967, have been detained or arrested.

Democrats Might Oppose Trump's National Emergency, But They're Hardly the Resistance
Maha Hilal | commondreams.org | 2019-02-22
For anyone paying attention, its no coincidence that two of the three countries have the highest numbers of refugees are Afghanistan and Syria—countries that have born a large brunt of the US' War on Terror. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Watch | Abby Martin & UN Rapporteur Expose Venezuela Coup
Abby Martin | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-22
On the eve of another US war for oil, Abby Martin debunks the most repeated myths about Venezuela and uncovers how US sanctions are crimes against humanity with UN investigator and human rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas.

Minneapolis protest Saturday to be part of global day of action against U.S. intervention in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-22
Minneapolis, MN — Twin Cities area peace and anti-war groups are organizing a Minneapolis protest on Saturday, February 23 as part of a day of local actions around the U.S. and around the world opposing U.S. intervention in Venezuela. | The Minneapolis protesters will gather on Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. at Hennepin and Lagoon Avenues in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. There will be signs and banners with the anti-intervention message. | The event is called under the themes: "U.S. Hands Off Venezuela – No Coup; No Sanctions – No U.S. War on Venezuela!" | A statement issued by organizers says in…

Video: An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela
Abby Martin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
On the eve of another US war for oil, Abby Martin debunks the most repeated myths about Venezuela. | She uncovers how US sanctions are crimes against humanity with UN investigator and human rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas. | Watch the …

Iran's Turning into India's Proxy by Taunting and Threatening Pakistan?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Major General Qassem Soleimani, the famed commander of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IGRC), proved that his country is increasingly turning into India's proxy after he taunted and threatened Pakistan, resulting in the Islamic Republic incredibly taking some …

Video: Why is the S-300 Air Defense System in Syria Not Being Used Against Israeli Aircraft
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
There has been considerable speculation in recent months concerning reasons why the S-300 air defense systems supplied to the Syrian Arab Army by the Russian Federation have yet to fire a shot in anger at Israeli aircraft encroaching on its …

Venezuela's Former Minister of Communes and Culture Talks to TRNN About the Crisis
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-22
Well-known Venezuelan writer and theorist, Reinaldo Iturriza, says US sanctions and the low price of oil have devastated Venezuela'seconomy…

Why is the Venezuelan Government Rejecting U.S. Food Supplies?
Timothy M. Gill | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
There's no denying that a serious economic and humanitarian crisis faces Venezuela. Millions of citizens have left the country, and those who have remained have lost considerable weight and have inadequate access to food and medicine. Hyperinflation continues unabated, and, with the Trump administration recently leveling sanctions against the Venezuelan state oil company (PDVSA), the crisis is only intensifying.

Student Activists Participate in NAACP Board Meeting
Austyn Ross | naacp.org | 2019-02-22
Led by Tiffany Dena Loftin, former SGA president at University of California, Santa Cruz, over 20 students attended the NAACP Annual Board Meeting in New York City, February 14-16, 2019. Our NAACP Youth were heavily involved and took part in conversations including youth engagement in local issues and training for college and youth units. On Friday, …

Ilhan Omar Owes No Apologies, Apologies Are Owed Her
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Muslims and other persons of color who do not kowtow to Zionist positions are routinely deemed "anti-Semitic," notwithstanding the fact that, unlike in Europe, historically Muslim parts of the world have had little or no connection either to theologically or racially grounded hatred of Jews qua Jews until quite recently. On the other hand, persons of European descent whose views reek of historical connections with the genuine article get a pass insofar as they are outspoken friends of the Israeli state. Just a few years ago, it seemed that true anti-Semitism, as distinct from the anti-Zionism Zionists confound wi…

Iran: Stop imminent execution of three prisoners arrested as teenagers
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-22
The Iranian authorities must immediately halt plans to execute three young men who are on death row for crimes that took place while they were under the age of 18, said Amnesty International. | The organization has learned that Mohammad Kalhori, Barzan Nasrollahzadeh and Shayan Saeedpour, who were all convicted for separate crimes that took place while they were minors, are at risk of imminent execution. | "The Iranian authorities must act quickly to save these young men's lives. Failing to stop their execution would be another abhorrent assault on children's rights by Iran. International human rights law stri…

Syria: Concerns for Civilians Escaping ISIS Holdout
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-22
Satellite-analysis of US-led coalition air strike locations in Baghuz (19 January – 20 February 2019) | © Damage analysis by Human Rights Watch; Image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc. | (New York) — Protecting civilians should be a key priority for the US-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) makes its last territorial stand in Syria, Human Rights Watch s…

Jussie Smollett exiled from 'Empire' following faked hate crime
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-22
The producers of the TV drama Empire have decided to "remove" Jussie Smollett from the show after the actor was charged with felony disorderly conduct for faking a hate crime against himself. | …

UAE Set to Buy $5.4bn of Arms Amid World Outrage Over Yemen War
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-22
(MEE) — The United Arab Emirates signed contracts to buy more than $5.4bn worth of arms and military equipment during an exhibition for weapons manufacturers in Abu Dhabi this week, despite ongoing calls to end the war in Yemen, where the UAE is playing a major role. The UAE's official news agency WAM reported on Thursday that the …

UAE Set to Buy $5.4bn of Arms Amid World Outrage Over Yemen War

US actor Danny Glover slams US over Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
During an interview with the Real News Network, US actor and activist Danny Glover criticised the US over its actions against Venezuela. | Glover accused the US of having "taken the billions of dollars that rightfully belonged to the Venezuelan people, [and] placed sanctions on…

US sanctions cost Venezuela US$38 billion
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
Venezuelan Vice President of Planning, Ricardo Menendez said on February 18 that direct losses to the nation's economy from US financial sanctions are estimated to be US$38 billion. | The figure corresponds only to the effects on the production of goods and services, as well as on the oil trade, he said in an interview with the Venezuelan News Agency. | Of this total, $23 billion corresponds to the impact on GDP. $15 billion is related to the siege against Citgo, a subsidiary of the Venezuelan state oil company, in the US, which was seized at the end of January. | The greatest amount of production losses coi…

US to Keep 200 Troops in Syria After Pullout, White House Says
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-22
(MEMO) — The United States will leave "a small peacekeeping group" of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a US pullout, the White House said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump pulled back from a complete withdrawal, Reuters reports. Trump in December ordered a withdrawal of the 2,000 American troops in Syria, saying they …

US to Keep 200 Troops in Syria After Pullout, White House Says

'Willing Pawns in Trump-Orchestrated Coup': CODEPINK Disrupts Venezuela's Illegitimate 'US Ambassador'
Ben Norton | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-21
CODEPINK activists disrupted an event with the right-wing Venezuelan coup regime's "US ambassador" Carlos Vecchio, denouncing him for seeking "a…

'Rule of the Rabbis' Fuels Holy War in Israel
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-21
Palestinians, the secular and women all face a harsher environment as theocratic tendencies are entrenched, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net In which country did a senior, state-salaried cleric urge his followers last month to become "warriors," emulating a group of… Read more ?…

Foreign Correspondent: How the War in Yemen Could End in a Matter of Days
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-02-21
"It would affect their ability to fight immediately."

How the Failure of Our Foreign Wars Fueled Nativist Fanaticism
Greg Grandin | thenation.com | 2019-02-21
How the Failure of Our Foreign Wars Fueled Nativist Fanaticism…

Senegal: Election must be held in a climate free from violence and intimidation
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-21
Two killed during campaign rallies : | Journalists caught up in violence : | Pressures on pro-democracy activists: | Authorities in Senegal should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the Presidential election is held in a climate that is free from violence and respects the freedom of all people to express their views, Amnesty International said ahead of Sunday's presidential polls. | On 11 February during campaign rallies, two people were killed in the south eastern town of Tambacounda. Many others, including journalists, were injured following violent clashes between supporters o…

Victorian Socialists hold inaugural conference
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-21
Following its successful November state election campaign, the Victorian Socialists held its inaugural conference on February 16, attended by more than 230 members. | Victorian Socialists — an alliance involving the Socialist Alliance, Socialist Alternative and other activists and organisations — was formed earlier last year. Its first major campaign was aimed at gaining a spot in the Northern Metropolitan legislative council region with Yarra socialist councillor Steve Jolly. And while it came fourth, preference deals meant that Jolly was ultimately not elected. | The party also ran candidates in a n…

US Court Reopens Lawsuit Against Billionaire Israel Donor Sheldon Adelson
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-21
(MEMO) — A US appeals court has reopened a billion-dollar lawsuit against Jewish-American tycoon Sheldon Adelson, which seeks to hold him and more than 30 others liable for war crimes and support of Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (DC) Circuit yesterday voted unanimously …

US Court Reopens Lawsuit Against Billionaire Israel Donor Sheldon Adelson

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Budget Proposal Would Force Grassroots Activists to Register as Lobbyists
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-02-21
The New York governor's budget proposal includes a measure that would lower the annual spending threshold for what counts as lobbying from $5,000 to $500.

French President's Promise to Crack Down on Anti-Semitism Could Threaten Critics of Israel
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-02-21
French police officers will investigate critics of Israel who question the nature of the Jewish state for possible violations of law against hate speech.

Actor Jussie Smollett arrested after allegedly 'faking racist attack'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
Empire actor and social justice activist Jussie Smollett has been arrested by Chicago police after he allegedly faked a homophobic, racist attack in the city and then lied to police about what happened. | …

Caving under MSM pressure? Tulsi Gabbard interview on The View has some supporters fuming
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
US Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is being accused of "flip-flopping" on her Syria stance and "caving" to mainstream media pressure after a combative interview on The View. | …

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…

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 …

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.

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.

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, …

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…

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…

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…