2019-03-07: Social Media Postees

Trump: The Art of the No Deal
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
Last week Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed Master of the Deal, walked away from his second summit with the North Korean leader empty handed. There was no agreement on denuclearization and ending sanctions. For all the pre-meeting hype, there was no deal. What's the big deal? Trump the Promoter has promoted business-speak and a business mentality…

Following sustained campaign, JP Morgan Chase and Co divests from private prison operators
Muhammed Shabeer | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-07
More than 85 civil rights groups in the country had formed a coalition and urged the bank to stop lending to firms which run private prisons for profit. Firms such as GEO Group and CoreCivic have reportedly spent USD 25 million on lobbying over the past three decades to push for harsher criminal justice and immigration laws…

Some Big Economic Questions of the Day–and My Replies
Jack Rasmus | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
Recently I have had several journalists, academics and progressive activists ask me my opinion on some of the key economic questions of the day. Here are some of my replies: on Trump tax cuts and US growth, current immigration debates, wages, expanding income inequality in the US, on what is the real rate of inflation…

The witchfinders are now ready to burn Corbyn
Jonathan Cook | mronline.org | 2019-03-07
Nazareth, Israel: "McCarthyism" is a word thrown around a lot nowadays, and in the process, its true meaning — and horror — has been increasingly obscured. | Source…

Progressive Jewish Groups Thank Diverse Coalition That Mobilized to Thwart Democrats' Misguided Rebuke of Omar
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-07
"We're witnessing a huge change in our society. Our political leaders are becoming less afraid to speak out against Israeli policy and it's because of our grassroots movements." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

UN Commission Report Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-07
International law professor Kevin Jon Heller discusses the report of the UN Human Rights Council, which says Israel must be held accountable for war crimes committed against unarmed civilians and that Israeli courts do not hold them accountable…

Two Palestinian Children Killed in Blaze After Israel Blocks Fire Brigade
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-07
(MEMO) — Two Palestinian children have been killed in a blaze at their home in occupied Hebron after the Israeli authorities prevented the fire brigade from reaching them in time. The two children — one of whom is believed to have been just 18-months old — were burned to death in a fire at their home in …

Anti-Semitism Versus Anti-Zionism in Today's France
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
We are at a new stage of the fight to realize Palestinian rights and free both Palestinians and Jews from the consequences of Zionist racism. There was a time when very few in the West understood the racist nature of the Israeli state. For a long time the Zionists controlled the public relations message and…

An Open Letter: We are Jews Who Stand with Representative Ilhan Omar
JewsWithIlhan | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-06
We are Jews who stand with Representative Ilhan Omar. She has been falsely accused of anti-Semitism since tweeting that GOP threats against her and Representative Rashida Tlaib for criticizing Israel were "all about the Benjamins baby." When asked to clarify who is paying members of Congress "to be pro-Israel," Omar replied, "AIPAC!" | There is absolutely nothing anti-Semitic about calling out the noxious role of AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), which spends millions each year to buy U.S. political support for Israeli aggression and militarism against the Palestinian people. As the NYC chapte…

A Case Against Saudi Arabia: the War in Yemen, the Iranian Angle and the Israeli Perspective
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-06
In academia, we're in constant pursuit of indisputable facts which lead us to truth, the kind of self-evident truth that our founding fathers wrote so much about. And as the gospels teach us, truth shall set us free: Free from constant lies, exaggerations, distortions, distractions, deceptions, diversions and manipulations — basically all the specialties of …

The beginning of a social "Stalingrad" in Europe: the Yellow Vests against the totalitarian Empire of Finance
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-06
Back to the Future! Elated, with the single-mindedness of the "We" of the many, suddenly aware of its power, the crowd pours out of the narrow street in which it was crammed, to the spacious Place de la Republiquewhile singing the Marseillaise. It is by far the most popular song among Yellow Vests. The second …

"Syria is Truly a Country of Love and Peace". War Reporter Carla Ortiz: A Hero of Our Times
Carla Ortiz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-06
Forward by Richard Galustian | Carla Ortiz is one of the most unique people of our times, a real hero; a woman who is braver than the most seasoned war reporter. She has spent considerable time the Syrian war zones where …

Trump Breaks Another Promise: Troops Will Remain in Syria
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-06
ISIS is not and has never been the reason the United States bombed targets and killed thousands of Syrian civilians. The war on ISIS was about establishing a military presence in Syria, the excuse being an effort to counter Iran's geopolitical aims.

Hands Off Venezuela! No Coup, No War, No Sanctions
Answer Coalition | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-06
Join us on March 9 for a march and rally against the Trump administration's effort to engineer a coup in Venezuela and a new devastating war there. The aggressive policy against Venezuela repeats the ugly pattern of wars for regime …

Criticizing Israel Isn't Anti-Semitic. Here's What Is
Sarah Gertler | commondreams.org | 2019-03-06
Substantive criticism of Israel is not anti-semitism, says Gertler. "What is anti-semitic is the cacophony of mainstream media and politicians saying that criticizing U.S. policy toward the state of Israel is the same as attacking Jewish people." (Image: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Rep. Jayapal: We Must Protect Rep. Ilhan Omar's Right to Critique U.S. Foreign Policy on Israel
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-06
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats are expected to bring a resolution condemning anti-Semitism to a House vote this week in a direct rebuke of recent comments by Minnesota Congressmember Ilhan Omar questioning the U.S.'s relationship with Israel. After facing criticism, the Democratic leadership added language in the resolution condemning anti-Muslim bias, as well. We speak to Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who says, "I just want to make sure that we are protecting the right for the first Muslim woman to be in Congress and to question, legitimately, foreign policy toward Israel."

Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2019-03-06
Otzma Yehudit's platform only reinforces the existing "core values" of Israel, the same values that AIPAC itself champions without the slightest regard for human rights, international law and the principles of true democratic values…

Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
Immediately after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forged an alliance with the fringe political group, Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power), a widespread outrage ensued. The anger did not emanate only from the Center, Left and Arab parties, but from some in the Right as well. Even the pro-Israel lobby in the US, known for its hawkish…

Will the US end up putting sanctions on every country that doesn't bend to its will?
Vijay Prashad | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-06
The objectives of the "strongest sanctions" are broadly all the same–that the United States will suffocate a country's ability to trade and access finance as long as it does not do what the United States of America asks it to do…

Video: Israel Delivers More Strikes on Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-06
Late on March 3, battle tanks of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) shelled positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near Qars Nafal and Jubata al-Khashab in the province of Quneitra. Local sources said that the Israeli attack did not …

Activists Deliver 750,000+ Petition Signatures Urging the Senate to Revoke Trump's National Emergency Declaration
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-06

US extends sanctions against Zimbabwe citing "extraordinary threat"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-06
US president Donald Trump extended the sanctions for one more year despite a number of world leaders calling for their withdrawal to alleviate the misery of recession-hit Zimbabwe. The sanctions have been in place since the first term of George W. Bush…

Benjamin Netanyahu's Other Charges: Crimes Against Humanity in Gaza
Chiara Cruciati | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-06
Benjamin Netanyahu's bad day Thursday got off to the worst possible start: before the Israeli general prosecutor Avichai Mandelblit officially called for the indictment of the Israeli prime minister for corruption, the UN accused him of much more serious …

The Witch Hunt at Westminster
Neve Gordon | commondreams.org | 2019-03-06
The documentary "Witch Hunt" tells the story of Jackie Walker (pictured above), the activist suspended from the Labour Party over comments that were allegedly anti-Semitic, while underscoring how "anti-Semitism" has become a weapon in the hands of those defending Israel's abusive practices. (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Einstein Letters: 110 'Lost' Archives Make First-Ever Debut
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-06
Over 100 never-before-seen archives left by Albert Einstein are on display in Israel's Hebrew University, school officials announced during a press conference Tuesday. | RELATED: | Chinese Scientists Set New Quantum Computing Record | The treasure trove of manuscripts include handwritten mathematical notes, dating from 1944 to 1948; a paper on unified field theory presented to the Prussian Academy of Science in 1930, and correspondence to his friend and lifelong colleague, Michele Besso.

Democratic leaders step up witchhunt against Congresswoman Omar on phony anti-Semitism charges
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-06
This intimidation and character assassination is part of a drive to criminalize all criticism of the Israeli state's oppression of Palestinians by equating it with anti-Semitism.

Ilhan Omar's Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism — Phyllis Bennis
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-06
Democrats' resolution denouncing anti-Semitism is aimed at stopping criticism of Israel and at silencing a Black Muslim refugee woman who is not anti-Semitic — Phyllis Bennis joins Marc Steiner…

In Open Letter, Jewish Americans Come Out in Support of Ilhan Omar
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-06
(MEMO) — American Jews, including prominent figures like Naomi Klein, have signed an open letter in support of Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. The letter states that she has been "falsely accused of antisemitism" and that there was nothing anti-Semitic about calling out the "noxious" role of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in American politics. It went …

An Unholy Alliance: Did the US-Backed UAE Fly ISIS Leaders into Yemen's Killing Fields?
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-05
The de facto alliance between the U.S. with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, AQAP, and now allegedly ISIS in Yemen has led to one of the worst humanitarian disasters in modern history,…

Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-05
Otzma Yehudit's (Jewish Power Party) platform only reinforces the existing "core values" of Israel, the same values that AIPAC itself champions without the slightest regard for human rights, international law and the principles of true democratic values argues Ramzy Baroud.

"How to Hide an Empire": Daniel Immerwahr on the History of the Greater United States
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-05
"How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States." That's the title of a new book examining a part of the U.S. that is often overlooked: the nation's overseas territories from Puerto Rico to Guam, former territories like the Philippines, and its hundreds of military bases scattered across the globe. We speak with the book's author, Daniel Immerwahr, who writes, "At various times, the inhabitants of the U.S. Empire have been shot, shelled, starved, interned, dispossessed, tortured and experimented on. What they haven't been, by and large, is seen." Immerwahr is an associate professor of history at No…

Removing "Arab" from the Syrian Arab Republic Would "Balkanize" the Country
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
The Syrian Kurds are committed to changing their country's name. | One of the group's representatives told Sputnik that they insist on changing the constitutional name of the Syrian Arab Republic to the "Syrian Republic" so as to supposedly make the …

Roger Waters, socialists say no to Bernie and AOC's positions on Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-05
As socialists rally in the United States over their country's backing of a right wing coup in Venezuela, the supposedly socialist members of Congress–Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)–are hitting talking points that worry critics like Roger Waters and activists in the streets alike. | Source…

Young environmental activists speak out for Green New Deal
Hannah Estrada, Michael Estrada | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-05

'Vile anti-Semitic' Ilhan Omar row shows pitfalls of US identity politics
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-05
In a story that perfectly illustrates the perils of runaway identity politics, the historic-first congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) is facing a rebuke in the House over "anti-Semitic" comments about the Israel lobby. | …

From Guam to the Philippines, the US Ignores Victims of Its Empire
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-03-05
How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States. That's the title of a new book examining a part of the U.S. that is often overlooked: the nation's overseas territories from Puerto Rico to Guam, former territories like the Philippines, and its hundreds of military bases scattered across the globe. We speak with the book's author, Daniel Immerwahr, who writes, "At various times, the inhabitants of the U.S. Empire have been shot, shelled, starved, interned, dispossessed, tortured and experimented on. What they haven't been, by and large, is seen." Immerwahr is an associate professor of history at N…

Join calls for SBS, artists to boycott Eurovision 2019
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-05
The Israeli city of Tel Aviv is preparing to host the Eurovision Song Contest in May, following Israeli artist Netta Barzilai's win in Eurovision 2018. | In response, BDS Australia, which support the global boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, says: "As a serial human rights abuser, it is unacceptable for Israel to be the host country for a competition that, in SBS's own words, is supposed to 'bring people and cultures together'. | "We urge SBS not to participate or broadcast Eurovision 2019 if it is in Israel — and we call on Kate Miller-…

How award-winning Palestinian poet found her 'magic pen' in an Israeli jail
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-05
Four months after her release from an Israeli prison, Palestinian poet and photographer Dareen Tatour received the Oxfam Novib PEN Award for Freedom of Expression in The Hague in January. Oxfam Novib, the Dutch affiliate of the international charity Oxfam, said it awarded Tatour the prize to highlight "the growing repr…

Trump Now Says He Agrees 100% With Keeping US Troops in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-05
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Having stuck to his guns, at least for a couple of months, on the need to withdraw US ground troops from Syria, President Trump is now loudly endorsing the new plan, which is to leave some US forces in Syria for an open-ended amount of time. Trump responded to a joint letter from several members of Congress by saying …

The House Democrats' "Rebuke" of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is a Fraud for Many Reasons, Including Its Wild Distortion of Her Comments
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-03-05
No matter one's views on Israel, the House Democrats' efforts to punish debate should be treated with the scorn and opposition it deserves.

Enjoy Your High, But Not at the Expense of Palestinian Human Rights
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-03-05
Medical cannabis is considered the next up-and-coming miracle drug, with very few side effects. But with Israeli companies bursting onto the international market, medical cannabis exported from Israel may soon have to come with a new warning. Beware: purchase of this product may contribute to violations of Palestinian human rights. | The Israeli medical cannabis industry, as it is currently set up, whitewashes Israeli war crimes, provides legitimacy and profits for people responsible for past massacres in Gaza, and supports Israel's illegal settlement, a direct cause of Palestinian suffering. | On December 28,…

It Is Time to Indict Israel: Norman Finkelstein on Growing Push for ICC to File War Crimes Charges
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-04
Israeli forces have killed 183 Palestinians since weekly Great March of Return demonstrations began in Gaza nearly a year ago targeting Israel's heavily militarized separation barrier. That's according to a new United Nations inquiry that found Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting unarmed children, journalists and the disabled in Gaza. The report was released by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday. We speak with Norman Finkelstein, scholar and author of "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom," and Sara Hossain, a member of the U.N. independent commission that l…

U.N. Finds Israel Intentionally Shot Children, Journalists & the Disabled During Gaza Protests
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-04
A United Nations inquiry has found Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting unarmed children, journalists and the disabled in Gaza. The report, released by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday, looked at Israel's bloody response to weekly Great March of Return demonstrations, launched by Palestinians in Gaza nearly a year ago, targeting Israel's heavily militarized separation barrier. The report found Israeli forces have killed 183 Palestinians–almost all of them with live ammunition. The dead included 35 children. Twenty-three thousand people were injured,…

Robert Fisk Exposes Israel's Hidden Role in the Brewing India-Pakistan Conflict
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-04
Israel's export of Zionist nationalism and neocolonialism — and the accompanying oppression that in practice actually helps to create many of the very terrorist groups they fight against — is just as dangerous as its export of arms.

The Infiltrators: How Undocumented Activists Snuck Into Immigration Jail to Fight Deportations
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-04
An immigrant rights activist has been detained in Florida just weeks after he appeared in an acclaimed film at the Sundance Film Festival about activists infiltrating and exposing for-profit immigrant detention jails. Claudio Rojas was apprehended on Wednesday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after an annual check-in and is now being held at Krome Detention Center, where he faces immediate deportation. His lawyer says his arrest is linked to the film featuring his activism. It's called "The Infiltrators." The gripping hybrid documentary/dramatic feature was a smash success at Sundance and will play at the M…

The Coup in Venezuela, Explained
Aaron Bastani | zcomm.org | 2019-03-04
Sanctions and oil prices are to blame for the country's economic plight, while it boasts a far greater tradition of democracy than critics often realize let alone dare to admit…

No to the Invasion of Venezuela!
The Jamaica Peace Council | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-04
The Jamaica Peace Council (JPC) denounces the US President Donald Trump's Administration's recent sanctions — freezing of assets, acts of provocation and military aggression — against the people of Venezuela. These actions are in alarming violation of international law and the fundamental principles of human rights and national sovereignty.

India-Pakistan, Trump-Kim, Assad in Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-04
Pakistan-India conflict THe Pakistani and Indian armies began using heavy weapons against each other on the border in Kashmir. After an intense exchange of fire that lasted more than 3 hours, India reported that it had had not suffered losses. Tensions between the two states escalated after a police convoy was attacked on February 14 …

Sanders on Venezuela — Does His Critique of US Policy Go Far Enough?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-04
At the CNN town hall, Sanders opposed U.S. intervention in Venezuela, refused to call Maduro a dictator, or recognize Guaido, but he didn't call for an end to sanctions — with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon and host Paul Jay…

Transfer of ISIS Suspects, Including Foreigners, to Iraq Raises Torture Concerns
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-04
An ISIS suspect held for questioning by Iraqi forces near Mosul. | © 2016 Safin Hamed/Getty Images | Last week, the US-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) transferred at least 280 suspected Islamic State (ISIS) members to Iraq, following their arrest in Syria. Though the detainees are overwhelmingly Iraqi, there were reportedly at least thirteen French ISIS su…

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