2019-02-28: Social Media Postees

War on in Al-Aqsa: What Price Netanyahu's Victory
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
On February 18, members of extremist Jewish groups raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem). They clashed with Palestinian worshippers, as the settlers attempted to shut down the gate of Al-Aqsa itself. The clashes involved the Israeli army and police as well, who opened fire and brutally assaulted Palestinians, leading to scores of…

At the Southern Border, an Escape Room With No Exit
Michael Nigro | truthdig.com | 2019-02-28
In December and again in January, I went to Tijuana, at the U.S.-Mexico border, to report on what is happening to the thousands of men, women and children living in an appalling limbo as they seek asylum in the United States. | In Tijuana, there are the refugees themselves, who come from such far-flung countries as Yemen, Ethiopia, Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras, and who live in camps all over the city, places that bloom with hope and wither in despair, camps that exist one day and then vanish the next. | This backdrop of humanity supports a bewildering array of refugee ecosystems. There are well-meaning volunte…

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Shields Israeli Systematic Mutilation Machine
Dr. Vacy Vlazna | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
Malaysia, on 12 January, one of the international hosts of the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships ethically boycotted Israel as a competitor. | Malaysia's principled boycott was not directed against the athletes but against the Jewish state of Israel in protest …

Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans
Mark Weisbrot | thenation.com | 2019-02-28
Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans…

Video: Russia's Kalashnikov Kamikaze Drone 'KUB-BLA' Already Battle-tested in Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
A Russian defense contractor, Kalashnikov Concern, named after one of the most famous small-arms designers of all time, is now producing kamikaze drones designed to destroy remote ground targets. | The "high-precision unmanned aerial system" KUB-BLA was for the first time …

One, two, … many Green New Deals: an ecosocialist roundtable
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-28
This is an essay in six voices, from long-time activists who participate in the North American ecosocialist network System Change Not Climate Change. | Source…

Canadian Company Profits from Apartheid Israeli Railway
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-28
Jonathan Kuttab discusses the lawsuit against the Canadian company Bombardier, which is building an illegal railway through occupied and confiscated Palestinian land in the West Bank, violating international law…

Kushner Meets MBS to Discuss Peace Plan Between Palestine and Israel
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-28
(MEE) — US President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who works as a senior White House adviser, met with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday, an administration news release said. The White House issued a statement a day after the meeting took place and said that US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and US …

The Key to the Brexit Backstory. The Legacy of the Defunct British Empire
Prof. Sally Tomlinson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
The British empire may strike many of us as distant history that has no more than a marginal impact on our 21st-century lives. But we can't really understand Brexit — the British move to exit the European Union — without …

69th Berlin Film Festival, part 3: Israeli films, Mr. Jones and Marighella
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-28
This is the third in a series of articles on the recent Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale, held February 7-17, 2019. The first part was posted on February 15 and the second on February 22.

CodePink's Medea Benjamin on Peace Delegation to Iran & Fallout from U.S. Withdrawal of Nuke Deal
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-27
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is reportedly refusing to accept the resignation of his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who quit suddenly in a surprise move announced via Instagram Monday. Zarif played a central role in the negotiations leading to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Last year, President Trump withdrew from the landmark deal despite international condemnation of the move and U.N. inspectors saying Iran was adhering to the agreement. Zarif did not offer any reason for his resignation, simply writing, "I sincerely apologize for the inability to continue serving and for all the shortcomings during m…

The Curious Case of US Domination of Palestine-Israel Peacemaking
Helena Cobban | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
President Donald Trump talks with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jared Kushner in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017. (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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…

With Oil, Water and Iran as Targets, US on Brink of Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-27
Israel is now pushing for the U.S. to recognize its sovereignty over the Golan for fear of losing it completely, even though such recognition could result in an all-out war between Israel and Syria, as well as with Syrian allies such as Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran
Gareth Porter | truthdig.com | 2019-02-27
Like Dick Cheney before them, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton seek to manufacture a Middle East crisis that could lead to armed conflict.

Court Rules Against Dutch Muslim Man Who Refused to Shave Beard
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-27
A court in the Netherlands ruled against a Muslim man whose benefits were suspended for refusing to shave his beard on religious grounds. | RELATED: | Dutch Mainstream Left Party Endorses BDS, Boycotts Israel | The man, whose name is not revealed, was offered a job as an asbestos removal officer and told to shave off his beard in order to undergo the training course. After his refusal to do so citing religious reasons, Amersfoort city council suspended payments to him and his wife fo…

Hezbollah Becomes Theresa May's Latest Scapegoat In her Battle for Political Survival
Iqbal Jassat | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-27
Hezbollah is a popular political, military and social movement that wields considerable power in Lebanon. Its presence in defense of Lebanese sovereignty against Israeli aggression has earned it respect and support across Arab countries even if neo-colonial monarchies such as Saudi Arabia — another British creation — have teamed up with Israel to crush it.

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…

US Army Transferring 50 Tons of Gold from ISIS-Daesh Held Areas in Syria and Iraq back to the US. Reports
Daily Sabah | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
The U.S. Army is transferring tons of gold from Daesh-held areas in Syria to the U.S., multiple reports said. | According to a source who spoke to Kurdish Bas News Agency, the U.S. forces transferred about 50 tons of gold from …

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…

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 …

Delivering Thousands of Petitions, New Yorkers Take Creative Action, Lobby for Fossil Fuel Divestment
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27

dream hampton on Making "Surviving R. Kelly" & the Grassroots Activists That Helped Bring Him Down
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-27
R. Kelly was released from jail in Chicago on Monday, three days after he was arrested and charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. The charges involve four women and girls, three of whom were under the age of 17 at the time of the alleged crimes. A judge set bail at a million dollars and forced the singer to surrender his passport. Almost immediately after he posted bond and pleaded not guilty on Monday, Kelly was spotted at a McDonald's in downtown Chicago–a spot his accusers say he used to frequent to prey on young girls. Kelly has been accused of abuse, predatory behavior and pedoph…

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 …

Iranian President Rouhani Has Rejected FM Javad Zarif's Resignation
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-27
(MEMO) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected his foreign minister's resignation as "against national interests" on Wednesday, bolstering a moderate ally who has long been targeted by hardliners in factional struggles over the 2015 nuclear deal with the West, reports Reuters. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, a US-educated veteran diplomat, announced his resignation on Monday in what an …

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, Reporters Without Borders 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 agai…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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."

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…

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.

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 …

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.

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 ?…

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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, …