2019-03-01: Social Media Postees

Israel's Killings in Gaza May Amount to 'War Crimes,' U.N. Finds
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-01
A damning new report reveals security forces targeted Palestinian demonstrators who posed no imminent threat of death or serious injury.

UN Report Accuses Israel of High Crimes in Gaza
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-01
There's no ambiguity about longstanding Israeli high crimes of war, against humanity, and slow-motion genocide in Gaza — similar crimes committed throughout the Territories for over half a century, accountability never forthcoming. | An entire Palestinian population is held hostage to …

How Amnesty International is Reinforcing Trump's Regime Change
Joe Emersberger | zcomm.org | 2019-03-01
In refusing to condemn US sanctions and opposition coup efforts, Amnesty is providing cover for a possible dirty war in Venezuela…

Hanoi summit thwarted by an uncompromising US
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-01
The second meeting between the US president, Donald Trump, and the North Korean chairman, Kim Jong-un, at the two-day summit in Vietnam's capital city of Hanoi ended on the afternoon of February 28 without reaching any agreements. | North Korea offered to dismantle all the nuclear reactors in the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, which is the sole known source providing plutonium for its nuclear program, on the condition that the US-led international sanctions against the country are lifted in return. | The US, which has sought to paint the North Korean possession of nuclear weapons as an existential t…

Returning Syrian Refugees Were Fleeing US Proxy War, Not "Assad"
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-01
A recent BBC segment titled, " The Syrians returning home after years of fleeing war," contradicted 8 years of the British state media's narratives regarding the war in Syria. | A synopsis of the short BBC video segment would read: …

How Pro-Israel Foundations in Washington are Pushing a US War with Iran
Philip M. Giraldi | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-01
"As an ex-CIA case officer who worked on the Iran target for a number of years, I was shocked when I read the Times' article, primarily because it sounded like a repeat of the fabricated intelligence that was used against both Iraq and Iran in 2001 through 2003," says Philip M. Giraldi.

If Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt Wants to Build Peace in Yemen, He Must Stop Arming Saudi Arabia
CAAT, Campaign Against Arms Trade | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-01
The Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is touring the Middle East over the next few days, with visits to Saudi Arabia, Oman and United Arab Emirates. It is likely that the war in Yemen will be at the top of …

Netanyahu to be Indicted for Bribery, Fraud, and Breach of Trust
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-01
Accountability for his highest of high crimes of war, against humanity, including genocide are omitted from coming charges against him, a reported 55-page indictment explaining criminal charges against him in detail. | Israeli attorney general Avichai Mandelblit equivocated endlessly over whether …

Meet the Kids Who Confronted Sen. Feinstein: We're the Ones Who Will Have to Live with It
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-01
Youth climate activists as young as 7 years old confronted California Senator Dianne Feinstein last week in San Francisco, demanding she sign on to the Green New Deal. We speak with 12-year-old Rio and his sister, 10-year-old Magdalena, who were among the protesters who spoke to Senator Feinstein. They are members of Earth Guardians San Francisco Bay Area Crew.

Teen Climate Activist to Sen. Dianne Feinstein: We Need the Green New Deal to Prevent the Apocalypse
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-01
"We're the ones affected." Those are the words of youth climate activists who confronted California Senator Dianne Feinstein last week in San Francisco, demanding she sign on to the Green New Deal. In a video of the interaction that has since been seen across the country, Feinstein dismissed the children–some as young as 7 years old–asking her to take bold action on climate change. We speak with the youth climate activists who confronted the senator: 16-year-old Isha Clarke, 12-year-old Rio and his 10-year-old sister Magdalena.

Labor Unions Are Skeptical of the Green New Deal
Rachel M. Cohen | zcomm.org | 2019-03-01
They Want Activists to Hear Them Out…

Activists, Banks and For-Profit Immigrant Detention
Seth Sandronsky | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-01
JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo lend to GEO Group and CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America), for-profit operators of immigrant detention facilities under contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A campaign to end these banks' financial role is underway. Autumn Gonzalez is with the Sacramento-based NorCal Resist, a migrant activist group advocating on…

Britain's witchfinders are ready to burn Jeremy Corbyn
Jonathan Cook | zcomm.org | 2019-03-01
Corbyn's allies are being picked off one by one, from grassroots activists like Walker and Wadsworth to higher-placed supporters like Williamson and Milne…

Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans
Mark Weisbrot — The Nation | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-01
The humanitarian crisis will get rapidly worse if the most recent sanctions continue, Mark Weisbrot argues.

North Korea Says Trump Overstated Kim's Demand on Sanctions
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-01
Officials maintain the Supreme Leader sought only partial relief, and that he was willing to commit to a permanent halt on missile testing.

We need to live differently
Simon Pirani | zcomm.org | 2019-03-01
To end our fossil fuel addiction we need a fundamental technological change — but this cannot happen without changing our social and economic systems…

Is Israel Just a European-Style Democracy but in the Middle East?
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-01
Israel, in fact, is unlike any European state. It does not have a democratic government that ratifies and/or abides by international and United Nations resolutions, agreements and conventions on human and civil rights, nuclear/chemical/biological weapons of mass destruction, or conforms …

Netanyahu to be Indicted
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2019-03-01
Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has announced that he will indict Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu on bribery and fraud charges…

Israel's Netanyahu May Be Indicted–but He Could Still Be Reelected
Mairav Zonszein | thenation.com | 2019-03-01
Israel's Netanyahu May Be Indicted–but He Could Still Be Reelected…

Netanyahu to Be Indicted on Bribery, Fraud, Press Tampering: Israeli AG
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-03-01
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the US Congress on March 3, 2015 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mandel Ngan—AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Other People's Money, Other People's Blood: the Cohen Micro-Episode: the Cohen Episode
Nicholas Levis | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-01
Give me a paragraph of theory first, okay? The system of American Empire has never been static. The perpetual growth demands of its capitalism, its deeply-felt imperative to control all potentials for disruption, and its fundamental intolerance of enclaves inaccessible to US capital drive the emergence of inevitable crises. Until now generations of its power…

The Viral Confrontation With Dianne Feinstein Had a Political Impact Most Pundits Missed
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-03-01
That activists' conversations with Democrats — and Republicans — have borne actual fruit should be instructive as they try to gin up more support for the Green New Deal.

Erasing Palestine: Israeli land grabs on the increase
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
There is a very famous map of what used to be Palestine and what Palestine is now. Several frames in between show the increasing progression of Israel's land grabs. | Israel claims to be the only party interested in the elusive "middle east peace process" and a genuine believer in the widely discredited two-state solution, but the map tells a very different story. | Israel continues evicting Palestinian families, demolishing or allowing illegal settlers to steal Palestinian homes and annexing the rapidly sh…

Trump Missed his Opportunity for a Deal on North Korean Sanctions
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-01
The two sides may have been close to making an important agreement on denuclearization and lifting sanctions. It's not clear what went wrong, but it seems that hardliners prevented an agreement, says Tom Collina of Ploughshares…

Will the Youth-led Climate Movement Use Labor's Playbook?
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-03-01
You've probably seen the video in which young climate activists confronted Sen. Dianne Feinstein last Friday. | Middle and high school student activists carrying a large handwritten letter to Feinstein urged her to sign on to the Green New Deal and take the dramatic action necessary to save the planet. Feinstein dismissed the young activists and told them that they could learn a thing or two by listening — and to run for office when they're old enough. | When the students urged Feinstein to adopt the only kinds of radical transforma…

US Army Takes 50 Tons of Stolen Gold From Syria in Alleged Deal With ISIS
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-01
(TMU) — As the remaining pockets of ISIS fighters faced imminent defeat in northeast Syria, the United States allegedly gave them an offer they couldn't refuse: give us your massive caches of gold — or die. According to reports by Syrian state news agency SANA, U.S. forces struck a deal with ISIS whereby the terrorist …

Dutch Green Left Party endorses BDS
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
Netherland's Green Left Party has passed a motion in favour of boycotting Israel and in support of the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) campaign at its February 16 Congress. | They became the first parliamentary party to do so. | The Green Left Party holds 14 out of 150 seats in the Dutch Parliament. | "BDS is a legitimate means to help Palestinians in their fight for justice," the motion said, affirming that Green Left "will be alert and resist forcefully attempts in any country to criminalise BDS." | The Dutch Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI), a Jewish group committed to fi…

Australians say 'Hands off Venezuela'
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
More than 30 activists, supporters and members of the Latin American community rallied outside the United States Embassy in Canberra on February 23 as part of a global day of action against US-led aggression towards the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | With chants of "Hands Off Venezuela!" and "No More Pinochets!", the crowd expressed its solidarity with Venezuela's pro-poor Bolivarian Revolution, led by President Nicolas Maduro of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. | In recent months, the US has intensified its long-running campaign of diplomatic pressure, economic attacks and threats of military interv…

Netanyahu to face charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-01
The indictment announcement comes amidst mounting tensions within the Israeli political establishment exacerbated by Netanyahu's increasingly pronounced far-right orientation, including the cultivation of neo-fascist forces.

Despite Collapse of Trump-Kim Summit, Diplomacy Is Still the Only Path
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-03-01
The second summit meeting between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, inspired hope for real progress in negotiations with North Korea, and an agreement on concrete steps toward denuclearization that has thus far proven elusive. While the talks ended with no agreement, diplomacy is still the only way forward. | There are troubling reports that U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton may have played a negative role in scuttling a potential deal by inserting an eleventh-hour demand to address North Korea's biological and chemical weapons. However, U.S. positions on sanctions relief, hu…

Ilhan Omar Questions Madeline Albright on Failures of US Military Intervention and Sanctions
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-01
(CD) — While much of the country was watching the testimony of Michael Cohen on Wednesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was questioning former Secretary of State Madeline Albright in a separate, largely vacant hearing room about sanctions and the pitfalls of past U.S. military interventions. "Some scholars and practitioners of foreign policy have questioned whether sanctions are …

No arms sales to Saudi war regime
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
Protesters gathered outside the Sydney office of the Australian arms manufacturer EOS (Electro Optic Systems) on February 21 to oppose the sale of high-tech military equipment to Saudi Arabia, which is waging a genocidal war against the people of Yemen. | They carried placards reading "Stop the arms trade" and "EOS is providing weapons to human rights abuser, Saudi Arabia". | The ABC reported on February 20 that the Australian government is providing tens of millions of dollars to support EOS, which is exporting 500 remote weapons systems (RWS) to the Saudi Ministry of the Interior. Defence Minister Christopher P…

UN Council: Israel Intentionally Shot Children and Journalists in Gaza
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-01
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Israel is furious at the UN Human Rights Council most of the time, but they are particularly furious whenever the body offers a report, as Israel tends to violate a lot of human rights. In this case, the council has announced an "independent inquiry" into the protests at the Gaza border. Every Friday, for months …

"The Korean People Want Peace": Christine Ahn on Trump Walking Away from N. Korea Nuclear Talks
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-28
A historic summit to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula ended without an agreement Thursday, after talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fell apart. Their second summit meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, failed after Kim Jong-un demanded that the U.S. lift all sanctions on North Korea in exchange for dismantling the Yongbyon enrichment facility–an important North Korean nuclear site. We speak with Christine Ahn, founder and executive director of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War.

How Amnesty International is Reinforcing Trump's Regime-Change Propaganda Against Venezuela
Joe Emersberger — The Canary | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-28
In refusing to condemn US sanctions and opposition coup efforts, Amnesty is providing cover for a possible dirty war in Venezuela, argues Joe Emersberger.

Britain's Unreported Bombing of Iraq and Syria
TruePublica | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-28
Back in 2016, The Guardian published a piece about The Chilcott Report and how Britain should be more careful over civilian deaths in the battlegrounds of the Mid-East. "Future British governments must make a greater effort to assess the number of civilians being killed and injured during their military operations, the Chilcot report says, after the Iraq war inquiry's series of damning conclusions about the loss of life following the 2003 invasion." Clearly, the government didn't listen and the mainstream media do not thin…

Saudi Plans to Bolster Gas Exports Shine New Light on Efforts to Undermine Iran
Dr. James M. Dorsey | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-28
Saudi plans to become a major gas exporter within a decade raise questions about what the real goal of the kingdom's policy is towards Iran.

The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran
Gareth Porter | commondreams.org | 2019-02-28
National security adviser John Bolton. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Headlines for February 28, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-28
Trump Walks Away from Summit as North Korea Demands End to Sanctions, Michael Cohen Tells Congress Trump Committed Multiple Criminal Acts, Pakistan to Return Downed Fighter Pilot Amid Tensions with India, Russia Developing New Missiles as U.S. Withdraws from INF Treaty, Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó Meets Brazil's Bolsonaro, No Mention of Yemen or Khashoggi Murder as Jared Kushner Meets Saudi Prince, State Department Will Not Intervene in Saudi Hit-and-Run Murder Case, House Passes Bill to Toughen Background Checks for Gun Buyers, House Democrats Unveil Medicare-for-All Legislation, North Carolina: GOP…

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…

Talks Falter As Trump Refuses North Korea's Call for Sanctions Relief
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-28
Even armchair observers probably understood long before the Hanoi summit had even been scheduled that the gulf between the American and North Korean positions on denuclearization was probably too wide to overcome (after nearly a year of talks, the two sides are no closer to a deal). Yet, President Trump had apparently hoped that the …

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…

Benjamin Netanyahu to Be Indicted on Corruption Charges
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-28
JERUSALEM — Israel's attorney general on Thursday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust in a series of corruption cases, a momentous move that shook up Israel's election campaign and could spell the end of the prime minister's illustrious political career. | Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced his decision after more than two years of intense investigations and deliberations. | Police had recommended indicting Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three different cases that ranged from accepting expensive gifts from wealthy allies to…

The End of Our World Order Is Imminent
Alfred McCoy | thenation.com | 2019-02-28
The End of Our World Order Is Imminent…

Grand Rapids Police caught lying
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-28
Grand Rapids, MI — The Grand Rapids Police Department was caught lying and covering up for Captain Curt VanderKooi this week. VanderKooi racially profiled an ex-Marine and contacted ICE to detain him in November 2018. The recent Grand Rapids police investigation claims VanderKooi contacted ICE out of concern for possible 'terrorism.' | However, Michigan ACLU lawyers and immigrant rights activists are pointing out that this is a blatant lie. The FBI is the agency that VanderKooi would contact, not Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Captain VanderKooi works with both and knows the difference. | The outrageo…

UN Says Israeli Forces 'May Have' Committed War Crimes at Gaza Border
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-28
(MEE) — The killing of hundreds of Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border in the last year might be categorized as war crimes, UN investigators have suggested. More than 250 Palestinians were killed and 26,000 injured since weekly "Great March of Return" protests began in March 2018. The new report said that the killing of largely unarmed …

Israel/ OPT: Findings of UN inquiry into Gaza killings must pave way for justice over war crimes
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-28
Responding to the findings of a report published by the UN Commission of Inquiry today which states that Israeli forces may have committed war crimes during protests in Gaza last year, including by deliberately firing on Palestinian civilians, Saleh Higazi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International said: | "The findings of this report echo Amnesty International's own conclusions that many killings of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces during the Great March of Return protests last year appeared to be wilful killings, constituting war crimes. | "The report paints a damning picture…

Israel's Netanyahu Officially Indicted on Bribery and Fraud Charges
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-28
(ZH) — Three months after Israeli police recommended that the country's attorney general pursue charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his alleged involvement in "Bezeq Walla Affair," it appears an indictment is finally being handed down on Thursday, much to the longtime leader's chagrin. Since Netanyahu and his wife have become embroiled in multiple scandals over the past …

"A Major Failure": North Korea Summit Cut Short as Trump Refuses to Lift Sanctions
Jessica Corbett | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-28
(CD) — Peace leaders and international observers expressed disappointment on Thursday that President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un cut short their second summit after they reached an impasse over the easing of economic sanctions. The talks concluded abruptly without Trump and Kim formally ending the decades-long war or finalizing a nuclear deal. …

Labor Unions Are Skeptical of the Green New Deal, and They Want Activists to Hear Them Out
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-02-28
Laborers' opposition to the Green New Deal is rooted in concerns about jobs and wages, the best way to reduce carbon emissions, and partisan interests.

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