2019-02-27: Social Media Postees

Is Israel's Tax Grab a Prelude to Further Hollowing Out the Palestinian Authority?
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
Israel's decision to withhold part of the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and plunge it deeper into crisis starkly illustrates the hypocrisies and deceptions at the core of the two governments' relationship. | Under the terms of …

Conscience Over Profit
Antonio Carty | zcomm.org | 2019-02-27
Palestine needs Europe and the world's solidarity in effective ways, so its good to hear a union in my own abuela Beazcochea's Basque country has voted against its company's attempted collaboration with the internationally condemned Israeli occupation. The workers council of Spanish train manufacturer CAF voted last month against participation in the Jerusalem light rail tramway Read…

Is Israel's Tax Grab a Prelude to Further Hollowing Out the Palestinian Authority?
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Nazareth. Israel's decision to withhold part of the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and plunge it deeper into crisis starkly illustrates the hypocrisies and deceptions at the core of the two governments' relationship. Under the terms of what are now the quarter century-old Oslo accords, Israel is responsible for collecting about…

Sunrise Movement Turns Up the Heat on Congress
Michael Nigro | truthdig.com | 2019-02-27
Though Sen. Mitch McConnell didn't show up to hear them out, hundreds of young activists gathered at his office to send their message.

Javad Zarif`s cause likely to stay on
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-27
Mohammad Javad Zarif, the charismatic head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry shocked the whole world on the night of February 25 by a tweet in Instagram where he said he was quitting as Foreign Minister. "I bring my sincere apologies for not being ready to continue as Foreign Minister," he wrote. "Please forgive me for …

In countries destroyed by the West, people should stop admiring the U.S and Europe
Andre Vltchek | mronline.org | 2019-02-27
Everything is connected to this, including the fear and hate that the West feels and spreads about countries like Venezuela, Russia, China, Iran, South Africa, Syria or Cuba. | Source…

In Washington, Regime Change Is Truly and Urgently Needed!
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
I am surprised that no one else is saying it, writing it, shouting it at each and every corner: | It is not Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Iran that are in dire and crucial need of 'regime change'. It is the | …

Russian State TV Distorts The Intercept's Reporting
Robert Mackey | zcomm.org | 2019-02-27
According to Russia 24, a Russian government news channel, a recent investigation by The Intercept supports a conspiracy theory promoted by Russian officials: that there was no chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last year, and video of victims was fabricated to provoke American airstrikes. But The Intercept report featured in the Russian Read…

Israel Burying Nuclear Waste in Syria's Golan: UN
Press TV | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
UN chief Antonio Guterres will unveil Monday a report which accuses Israel of burying radioactive nuclear waste in the Golan Heights, a Syrian territory under occupation for over five decades. | Guterres will submit the report — which is based on …

Russian State TV Distorts The Intercept's Reporting on a Syrian Chemical Attack
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-02-27
Russian state TV incorrectly reported that an investigation by The Intercept supports claims that a chemical attack in Syria last year was a hoax.

Al-Qaeda Increases Control Over Syria's Idlib Province
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-27
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Late last year, Turkey-backed rebels were decisively overwhelmed by al-Qaeda's Nusra Front in the Idlib Province, in northern Syria. While Turkey's allies made mention of resolving this, as an attempt to prevent Syria attacking the area during a ceasefire with Turkey, al-Qaeda never left, and their control has only grown. So while Turkey controls some of …

Al-Qaeda Increases Control Over Syria’s Idlib Province

Why Have Israel and UK Rushed to Sign a Trade Deal Ahead of Brexit?
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
Annual bilateral trade between the 5th largest economy in the world and the 34th rated global economy exceeds US$3 billion with over 300 known Israeli companies operating in Britain. Much of this trade is in classified military equipment, armaments and …

Turkey: NGOs unite to defend civil society from destruction
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-27
Leading NGOs in Turkey have come together to call for the dropping of absurd allegations levelled against Osman Kavala and 15 other prominent figures and demand an end to the escalating crackdown and criminalization of civil society. | The open letter, signed by the organisations including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and eight other NGOs, calls for an end to the orchestrated campaign of intimidation and judicial harassment of civil society activists in Turkey. | FULL TEXT OF LETTER | We stand united against efforts to destroy civil society | In response to the absurd allegations levelled against Osm…

Senate Republicans block vote on bill to stop funding war in Yemen, citing poison pill
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-27
Senate Republicans have dodged another effort to end US support of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, ruling that an unrelated amendment added to the bill in the House allows majority leader Mitch McConnell to block the vote. | …

What Does Venezuela Tell Us About Socialism in the USA? — with Paul Jay
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-27
According to Trump, the crisis in a small country with an oil based economy, facing onerous sanctions, discredits the progressive socialist movement in the United States — Paul Jay joins host Jacqueline Luqman…

"Trumping With The US Empire" Leo Panitch On Trump, Capitalism, Multi-Nationals & Socialism
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-02-27
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.

Police Investigating Themselves Leads to Predictable Results
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-27
A deeper look at how police influence investigations into in-custody deaths, and what activists are trying to do to reform it. A discussion between Jacqueline Luqman, Stephen Janis, and Taya Graham…

Scores of Civilians Left Dead in Wake of Saudi Air Campaign on Yemen-Saudi Border
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-26
Saudi Arabia has launched a vicious campaign to secure Jizan, its vulnerable southern border region with Yemen, which has been its Achilles heel in its brutal assault on its southern neighbor.

US Sanctions Four Venezuelan Governors as Lima Group Nixes Military Action
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-26
Despite Saturday's failure to force in "humanitarian aid," Pence warned that there is "no turning back."

Denver protest slams U.S. intervention in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-26
Denver, CO – Some 30 anti-war activists gathered on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver for a demonstration and informational picket, called by the Denver Peace Council, to protest the Trump administration's plans for a coup d'état in Venezuela. This action was part of the international day of action of February 23, called by a broad coalition of peace groups worldwide. | The date of February 23 is significant as it was the date given by the U.S. government as the last day for the Venezuelan government to accept U.S. 'humanitarian aid' on its Colombian border. This was despite the fact that the Venezuelan gov…

The Christian Genocide During the Ottoman Empire Sounds a Dark Warning for the Future
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
Israeli historian Benny Morris doesn't do things by half. The footnotes of his new book on the 30-year genocide of Christians by their Turkish rulers, cowritten with his colleague Dror Zeevi, take up more than a fifth of the 640-page work. "It was nine years, a long haul," he admitted to me this week, with an audible sigh over…

An Israeli Teenager Defies His Country's War Machine
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-26
Hilel Garmi's phone is going straight to voicemail and all I'm hoping is that he's not back in prison. I'll soon learn that he is. | Prison 6 is a military prison. It's situated in the Israeli coastal town of Atlit, a short walk from the Mediterranean Sea and less than an hour's drive from Hilel's home. It was constructed in 1957 following the Sinai War between Israel and Egypt to house disciplinary cases from the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF. | Hilel has already been locked up six times. "I can smell the sea from my cell, especially at night when everything is quiet," he tells me in one of our phone conversati…

Emboldened by Trump, Netanyahu Takes His Election Bid to Dangerous New Levels
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-26
The fact that Netanyahu would bring into his future coalition a group classified as 'terrorist organization" by the FBI speaks volumes about the changing relationship between the US and Israel.

Chicago aldermen lock out the people and call the cops
Michelle Zacarias | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-26
CHICAGO — No Cop Academy organizers led a direct action Monday morning, descending upon three different aldermanic offices throughout the city. They would like to see the money the city plans to spend on a new police academy go instead to meet other urgent community needs. The Chicago-based activists have been challenging what they see …

"Arab NATO" Isn't NATO-like at All
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
It's become popular over the past few years to talk about the so-called "Arab NATO" that the US is reportedly trying to assemble in the Mideast to militarily contain Iran, but the actual entity being created doesn't resemble its European …

Is Javad Zarif jumping from a falling plane? On the resignation of Iran's Foreign Minister
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-26
While it seemed all but certain on Monday evening that President Bashar Al-Assad's surprise visit to Tehran would dominate the news the next day, by Tuesday morning the resignation of Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif had already captured the headlines. For security reasons, President Assad's visit to Tehran was kept a secret until he was …

International Calls for Iran's Leaders to Refuse Resignation of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif
Jessica Corbett | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-26
The U.S.-educated Zarif, a longtime critic of hard-liners in both the United States and his own country, was instrumental in securing the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Video: Why There Will be No Full US Troops Withdrawal from Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
A contingent of US troops will remain deployed in Syria even after the troops withdrawal declared by President Donald Trump. | On February 21, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that "a small peacekeeping group of about 200" troops …

U.S. Accused of Trying to Unconstitutionally Strip Citizenship of U.S.-Born Woman Who Joined ISIS
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-26
With the self-proclaimed Islamic State on the verge of losing its last area of control in Syria, nations around the world are debating what do with the men and women who joined ISIS but now want to return home. Here in the United States, the debate centers on a 24-year-old U.S.-born woman who left her family in Alabama in 2014 and moved to Syria, where she lived in the ISIS-controlled caliphate. While in Syria, Hoda Muthana married a series of ISIS fighters, all of whom died in battle. Now she is living in a refugee camp in Syria with her 18-month-old son but is seeking to return to the United States, setting off…

Israeli Extremists Are Making a Comeback–With the Help of US Tax Dollars
Mairav Zonszein | thenation.com | 2019-02-26
Israeli Extremists Are Making a Comeback–With the Help of US Tax Dollars…

Meet Netanyahu's Newest Allies, Followers of an FBI-Designated Terrorist
Kathryn Shihadah | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-26
Netanyahu's new coalition, with Likud head Netanyahu at the center, was described by Israeli journalist Barak Ravid as the political equivalent of "a U.S. president cutting a political deal with a leader of the KKK."

Youth Climate Activists Arrested for Sit-In at Mitch McConnell's Office
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-26
Hundreds of Kentucky high school students and climate campaigners with the youth-led Sunrise Movement descended on the Capitol Hill office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday to deliver 100,000 petition signatures and stage a sit-in to make clear to lawmakers that young people want a Green New Deal for their communities and futures. | For calling on McConnell to heed public demands for federal lawmakers to pass policies that will phase out fossil fuels and combat the global climate crisis while also creating green jobs and a…

Nikki Haley resurfaces with a think tank that attacks 'international dangers'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-26
Nikki Haley has begun her political second act with the launch of Stand for America, an anodyne-sounding policy group she formed to oppose socialism and term limits at home, and Russia, China and Iran abroad. | …

Racist Anti-LGBTQ Violence Is Real. Smollett Doesn't Change That
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-26
We live in a society where violence against people of color and LGBTQ folks is on the rise. That is serious and unacceptable. This reality transcends the Jussie Smollett case, and the real culprits are not people making false allegations but people perpetrating very real crimes — most of them unsolved — on a routine basis. | On January 29, "Empire" series television actor Jussie Smollett claimed to have been the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime near downtown Chicago. According to the actor and advocate, his assailants punched him, threw a rope around his neck, doused him with a liquid t…

Human rights in Iran: Review of 2018
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-26
This public statement documents the state of human rights in Iran during 2018, subdivided by key human rights themes. It is part of a regional review of the state of human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, which includes 18 other country entries.

Iran's Foreign Minister Resigns Hours After Meeting With US Peace Delegation
Medea Benjamin | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-26
(CD) — We are deeply saddened by the resignation of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday afternoon, which occurred just hours after he met with our 28-person American peace delegation led by CODEPINK: Women for Peace. Zarif talked at length about how dissatisfied the Iranian people had become with the Iran nuclear agreement, and the pressure …

Trump's Democratic Opposition Endorses His Coup Attempt in Venezuela
Alexander Rubinstein | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-26
(MPN) — Nothing unites the D.C. blob like a good old coup d'état. The only other times, it seems, that Donald Trump is given a break by "the resistance" is when he acts "presidential" — i.e., orders military aggression, as we saw with Syria. As veteran journalist Dan Rather put it at the time: "The number of …

Is the Trump Administration Trying to Rewrite Citizenship Laws?
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-26
With the self-proclaimed Islamic State on the verge of losing its last area of control in Syria, nations around the world are debating what do with the men and women who joined ISIS but now want to return home. Here in the United States, the debate centers on a 24-year-old U.S.-born woman who left her family in Alabama in 2014 and moved to Syria, where she lived in the ISIS-controlled caliphate. While in Syria, Hoda Muthana married a series of ISIS fighters, all of whom died in battle. Now she is living in a refugee camp in Syria with her 18-month-old son but is seeking to return to the United States, setting…

'Incessant Warmongering' Pays Off: Critics Respond to Nikki Haley Joining Boeing's Board
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-26
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is expected to join the board of directors for weapons systems and aircraft maker Boeing on April 29 — a continuation of the Washington revolving door system between government and private corporations. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 ?…

The Cost of Being a War Resister in Israel
Rory Fanning | thenation.com | 2019-02-25
The Cost of Being a War Resister in Israel…

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.

Kenyan activists slam US-Guaido coup in Venezuela
Gibson Maina | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-25
On February 18, progressive organizations in Kenya held a forum at the Kenya National Theater in downtown Nairobi to mark "Dedan Kimathi Day". Kimathi was the leader of the Kenya Land and Freedom Army, popularly known as "the Mau Mau", who led the fight for the country's liberation against British colonialism in the 1950s. He was killed in 1957 after leading the heroic armed struggle, which was widely supported by the people, for years. | The forum was attended by around 200 people. The main speaker was Professor Maina wa Kinyatti, a freedom fighter who was imprisoned by the Daniel arap Moi dictatorship, a histor…

Netanyahu Finds Israeli Ultra-Right Parties Suited to His Political Purposes
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-25
The members of Otsma Yehudit are thugs and some have been designated as terrorists, and Netanyahu has more stately manners. But their objectives and their actions are in perfect sync.

Democrats Across the Country Are Getting Hounded by Voters for Shying Away From the Green New Deal
Eoin Higgins | theintercept.com | 2019-02-25
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein may feel like she was treated unfairly by young activists who have hammered her for not backing the Green New Deal resolution, but she has plenty of company. In upstate New York, Utah, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, voters who feel a much greater sense of urgency than their elected officials have been reacting furiously to politicians who say that the attempt to turn the fossil fuel-based economy around in the next 12 years simply isn't realistic. | Rep. Antonio Delgado, the freshman from New York's 19th District, was pressed repeatedly by constituents over his half-hearted support f…

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…

Trump-Erdogan talks, Venezuelan crisis and elections in Moldova
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-25
Trump-Erdogan talks Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks over the phone with US President Donald Trump this week. According to sources from the Turkish presidential administration, the recent events in Syria, the importance of supporting the political settlement process and the need for joint action against terrorism were all on the agenda. Erdogan reaffirmed …

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…

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…