2019-02-25: Social Media Postees

Israel Pharmaceutical Firms Test Medicines on Palestinian Prisoners
Middle East Monitor | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
Israeli Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian revealed yesterday that the Israeli occupation authorities issues permits to large pharmaceutical firms to carry out tests on Palestinian and Arab prisoners, Felesteen.ps reported. | The Hebrew University lecturer also revealed that the Israeli military firms are …

THE ANGRY ARAB: Camp David and the Ongoing Crisis of Palestine
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-25
Recently published book by Carter official says the president was initially hostile to Sadat's initiative toward Israel because Carter saw it as "the end of any hope of a comprehensive peace," says As'ad AbuKhalil in this review. Carter Worried Bilateral… Read more ?…

Condemnation of IDF Killings Is Never Anti-Semitic but Is Always an Essential Duty of the Global Media to Report
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
As of November 19, last year, lethal force by Israeli forces resulted in the killing of 252 and injuring of 25,522 Palestinians in Gaza, OCHA has reported. Many of the injuries were life-changing, including hundreds of cases of severe soft …

A Teenage War Resister in Israel
Rory Fanning | zcomm.org | 2019-02-25
An Antiwar Story from the Embattled Middle East…

Getting Rid of Rep. Ilhan Omar: Neoconservatives Dig Deep to Remove a Critic of Israel
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
It has been observed that the neoconservatives are a lot like the legendary bird the Phoenix, which burns to death and then, miraculously, rises from the ashes in new plumage. The neocons first rose to prominence under President Ronald Reagan, …

NATO Is an Appendage of the U.S. Empire
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
The Canadian Political analyst and Research Associate at Global Research Mark Taliano has argued that his country must leave the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which he sees as an appendage of the U.S. Empire. | He has told the Syria …

The Banality of Empire
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-25
This month freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar questioned Trump's nominee for envoy to Venezuela, Elliot Abrams. While her interrogation was somewhat tepid in regard to American imperialism (she said "no one disputes" that the US goal has always been to support democracy and defend human rights), she did bring up the role of the US in the massacres in El Salvador in the 1980s. Massacres in which Abrams is implicated. It was also instructive in that it provided a visual to how deeply debased the American political landscape actually is. Abrams is a Presidential pardoned liar who provided cover for some of the most heinous wa…

Internationalist Youth Brigade witnesses Venezuelans' will to resist imperialism
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-25
Members of the Che Guevara Internationalist Youth Brigade worked on different community projects in Venezuela. They witnessed the current situation in the country, which they reported as being contradictory to what is being shown in mainstream media. They also saw how Venezuelans are coming up with ingenious solutions to the problems imposed by economic sanctions for indigenous production of goods.

US Forces Will Stay in Syria: Negotiations with the Kurds Will be Complicated, as Syria Prepares for an Idlib Offensive
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
Washington declared it won't fully withdraw its troops from Syria but will leave "400 peace keeping forces", making these soldiers an official occupation force since the last ISIS stronghold is about to be freed. This new situation leaves the …

US Will Retain Several Hundred Troops in Syria Despite Withdrawal
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement on Thursday, February 21, "A small peace keeping group of about 200 US troops will remain in Syria for a period of time," as reported by the CNN…

Europe Pays the Price of a US Decision: Where Will European ISIS Go?
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
On Twitter, the US president's preferred forum to reveal foreign policy and state decisions, Donald Trump asked "Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS captured in Syria" from 44 countries. Otherwise, Trump will …

Slandering the Not-So Radical Green New Deal: A Bipartisan Operation
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-25
Calling the Left "antis" — people who are just against stuff but not for anything– is only one of the rhetorical mechanisms employed to slander and demean radicals and progressives. Another set of false accusations come into play when progressive solutions see the light of day and threaten to garner significant popular support. When that happens, it no longer suffices to say that the Left offers no alternatives. The slander shifts and portside activists and intellectuals are accused of calling for too much, not for too little. They are charged with authoritarian, even totalitarian overreach. At the sa…

This week in history: February 25-March 3
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-25
Hebron massacre, Baruch Goldstein, West Bank, Gaza, Israel, Palestine…

Sherry Conable Celebration of Life
CodePink SC | indybay.org | 2019-02-25
Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz…

"Trumping With The US Empire" Leo Panitch On Trump,Capitalism, Multi-Nationals & Socialism
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-02-25
Leo Panitch a professor emeritus at York University and co-editor of the Socialist Register spoke on "Trumping With The US Empire in San Francisco on 2/20/19.

Qatar: Yemeni Asylum Seeker Turned Away
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-25
Skyline with the skyscrapers in the financial area of Doha, the capital of Qatar. | © 2017 Sergi Reboredo/AP Images | (Beirut) — Qatar authorities are threatening to forcibly expel a Yemeni national without considering his claim for asylum, Human Rights Watch said today. The man is in Qatar with his wife and two young children. | The government has so far failed to implement a law passed…

Israeli Interference in British Politics: Targeted against Corbyn
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-25
Asa Winstanley discusses the coordinated incitement campaign against critical voices in the UK. On the same day that the Israeli lobby attacked Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in the U.S, British right-wing activists launched an attack on Human Rights Watch, and later on Jeremy Corbyn…

100+ Animal Activists Confront SF Bloomingdales for Illegal Fur Sales
Direct Action Everywhere | indybay.org | 2019-02-25
Bloomingdale's continues to sell fur despite it having been outlawed in San Francisco. DxE confronted Bloomingdale's today.

Yemen: Houthi Forces Agree to Withdraw From 2 Ports
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-24
Houthi rebel forces have agreed to draw back from two Yemeni ports Monday while withdrawal from the main Hodeidah port will occur later alongside a retreat by coalition-backed forces massed outside the city, U.N. and Yemeni sources said. | RELATED: | US Arms Maker Wins Billions in UAE Contracts, Despite War Crimes in Yemen | Houthi forces will withdraw 5 km (3 miles) from the ports of Saleef, used for grain, and Ras Isa, an oil terminal, as a first step agreed with th…

Princess First-Ever Female to be Saudi Ambassador to Washington
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-24
Saudi Arabia announced its first-ever female ambassador to the U.S. on Saturday, with journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder as well as the conflict in Yemen having resulted in strained relations between the two nations. | RELATED: | Khashoggi Fiance Slams EU Human Rights Stance on Saudi Arabia | Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan was appointed the new Saudi envoy to the U.S. Saturday, replacing Prince Khalid bin Salman, who was appointed vice defence minister, AFP reported.

Video: Trump's Syria Deception
Abby Martin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-24
In Part II of our series Trump Expanding the Empire, Abby Martin addresses the surprise order from Trump that he was "ending the war" in Syria. | Having drastically escalated the war in Syria and Iraq, find out what's behind the …

Emergency declared in Sudan following anti-government demonstration
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-24
A state of emergency was declared in Sudan by president Omar al-Bashir on February 22, after he dissolved his cabinet and local governments for at least one year. Following the announcement, al-Bashir issued two decrees which set up a caretaker administration. He appointed 16 army officers and two security officers as the new governors for the eight provinces of the country. | However, many activists said that the decision is intended to curb the popular uprising as the implementation of emergency will give the security forces and the military "the right to search without warrant, to raid houses and arrest anybod…

Hands off Venezuela rally in Tucson
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-24
Tucson, AZ – At the Annual Tucson Peace Fair, February 23, the Tucson Anti War Committee organized a short march through the event to draw attention to maneuvers of Trump and U.S. imperialism against Venezuela. On the international day of action calling for "No War on Venezuela," to celebrate one month of successful resistance to the coup attempt against President Maduro, the solidarity activists shouted, "Hands off Venezuela" and drew supporters to the march from the crowd and the groups tabling. | A brief rally was held, with speakers from the Alliance for Global Justice, Pima County Green Party, DSA Tucson, IS…

Labor, anti-war movements unite to protest U.S. aggression against Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-24
Minneapolis, MN — The streets were full of working-class solidarity on Saturday, February 23, when well over 100 people, including trade unionists, Latin America solidarity groups and anti-war activists gathered under the banner "U.S. hands off Venezuela!" | The event was part of a global day of action to protest the ongoing U.S.-backed coup attempt against the democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro. Protesters occupied multiple intersections in the high-density Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis, distributing fliers and speaking with pedestrians about the situation in Venezuela. | The demonstratio…

Miami march against war with Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-24
Miami, FL – Over 50 protesters gathered in front of the Trump National Doral Golf Course to boldly demonstrate against U.S. war plans targeting Venezuela. Protesters displayed banners and signs demanding the U.S. government end its sanctions against the Venezuelan people, calling for peace, and denouncing the attempted coup against Venezuela's democratically-elected government. | After an hour of spirited chanting, the crowd took to the streets of Doral and marched over a mile down to United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) — where the U.S. government plots its interventions, coups and invasions agains…

"When we say Hands off Venezuela', we are saying Viva Socialism"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-24
People from across the world have come to Caracas to join together as left, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-patriarchal and anti-racist forces to affirm their solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and denounce the fierce attacks it currently faces by the US empire and its allies. The meeting is taking place at a key moment in Venezuela as it is currently a most brutal attacks on all fronts from the US empire and its allies. | The event was launched with a vibrant mística ceremony celebrating traditional Venezuelan dance and music, as well as a show of the diversity of the encounter itself.

Netanyahu's Far-Right Pivot Stirs Discord in Pro-Israel Lobby
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-24
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has touched off rare criticism from AIPAC, the largest U.S. pro-Israel lobby, over an election alliance with a far-right party loyal to the policies of the late anti-Arab rabbi, Meir Kahane. | RELATED | Netanyahu Makes Far-Right Alliance Ahead of Israeli Elections | Faced with a new merger of centrist parties that opinion polls show might defeat him, Netanyahu engineered the deal between Jewish Power and another ultranationalist faction, Jewish…

Mexico: Oaxacans Protest Chain Stores in 'Traditional' City
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-24
Activists in Oaxaca blocked streets in front of the an elementary school to protest the proposed plan to construct another OXXO convenience store in the city, this time in front of the education center. | RELATED: | Mexico: Protesters Condemn Indigenous Activist Murder | The anti-OXXO protesters set up in front of the Heroes de Nacozari school and blocked traffic demanding that yet another of the Mexico-based OXXO convenience store franchises does not open its doors in front of the prim…

Despite opposition violence, Guaidó's "aid" attempt flops
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-24
February 23, the day of the deadline given by self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido for the Venezuelan government to let in 'aid' from Colombia, was marked by provocations by the opposition on the border of the two countries. Sporadic clashes occurred at the border. A truck carrying aid was set on fire at Urena on the Colombian side, although media attempted to blame Venezuelan forces for the incident. Reports also emerged of opposition activists wearing Red Cross uniforms in their attempt to deliver the 'aid.' The act was condemned by the Red Cross. | Later in the day, at a press meet on the border, Guaido, who…

Red Cross Denounces Unsanctioned Use of Its Emblems to Smuggle US Aid to Venezuela
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-24
The largest international aid organization has demanded that activists at the Venezuela-Colombia border not use the insignia of the Red Cross, which isn't participating in what Caracas has dismissed as a US "propaganda show." | The Red Cross learned that some | …

The Hard Lessons of Dianne Feinstein's Encounter with the Young Green New Deal Activists
Bill McKibben | commondreams.org | 2019-02-24
Sunrise Movement activists and allies outside Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office in San Francisco to say, "Support the Green New Deal now!" (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Bomb Blast in Western Syria Kills at Least 24 Civilians
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-24
At least 24 people have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the western Syrian province of Hama, state television reported. | RELATED: | US: 200 'Peacekeeping' Troops to Remain in Syria | The SANA agency reported that it was a landmine left behind by Daesh in al-Azib valley in the Salamyieh countryside. | Whilst not uncommon Syria, the sheer magnitude of the blast, along with the large number of victims, is unprecedented. | A day earlier, the SANA agency reported that the Syrian Army…

Russia Proposes Policing a Syria-Turkey Safe Zone
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-24
(TM) — Russian military police could be deployed in a proposed "safe zone" along Syria's northern border with Turkey, Russian news agencies cited foreign minister Sergei Lavrov as saying to Chinese and Vietnamese media on Sunday, Reuters reported. The suggestion is unlikely to appeal to Ankara, which is keen to set up the zone but has stressed …

Russia Proposes Policing a Syria-Turkey Safe Zone

Palestine and Rule of Power
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-24
Alaa Tartir discusses his new edited anthology: Palestine and Rule of Power: Local Dissent vs. International Governance. A new look into how international aid and also the Palestinian security reform are mechanisms which are used to crush Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation…

Activists Interrupt JPMorgan Chase CEO: "Stop Funding Climate Change!"
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-02-24
Climate activists interrupted JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon on Saturday to make a clear demand: "Stop funding climate change!" | Dimon was the key speaker at a morning session of the National Governors Association's annual winter meeting, taking place in Washington, D.C. The session was held to "offer governors unique insights into the intersection of public policy and the modern economy." | As Dimon was speaking, activists affiliated with Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and the D.C. chapter of 350.o…

'Embrace democracy, Venezuela!' Bolton threatens new sanctions, Pompeo vows 'action'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-24
Failure of the attempted forcing of US "humanitarian aid" into Venezuela has not deterred the Trump administration hawks from seeking regime change in Caracas. They now threaten new sanctions unless Venezuela "embraces democracy." | …

Getting Rid of Ilhan Omar: Neocons Dig Deep to Remove a Critic of Israel
Philip Giraldi | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-24
(AHT Op-ed) — It has been observed that the neoconservatives are a lot like the legendary bird the Phoenix, which burns to death and then, miraculously, rises from the ashes in new plumage. The neocons first rose to prominence under President Ronald Reagan, when they took over key offices in the Pentagon. They were subsequently somewhat ostracized under …

Getting Rid of Ilhan Omar: Neocons Dig Deep to Remove a Critic of Israel

UN Watchdog Again Confirms Iran in Compliance With P5+1 Nuclear Deal
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-24
(ANTIWAR.COM) — The UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has issued a statement Friday confirming once again that Iran remains fully in compliance with the P5+1 nuclear deal, and is in line with all nuclear limits contained within that pact. Since the deal went into effect, the IAEA has issued monthly reports repeatedly confirming that Iran …

UN Watchdog Again Confirms Iran in Compliance With P5+1 Nuclear Deal

Theresa May Calls for End to Yemen War, but Continues Selling Weapons to Saudis
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-24
(MEMO) — British Prime Minister Theresa May will call on Saudi Arabia's King Salman to use his influence to encourage Yemeni parties towards peace, telling a summit that governments must redouble efforts to secure a political settlement to the crisis. "My message in Sharm el-Sheikh is clear: let us now redouble our efforts to build on the progress …

Theresa May Calls for End to Yemen War, but Continues Selling Weapons to Saudis

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,…

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…

'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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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, …

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.

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…

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. | …