2019-03-08: Social Media Postees

Women's Day 2019: From Afghanistan to Syria: Women's Rights, War Propaganda and the CIA
Julie Lévesque | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
Western heads of state, UN officials, military spokespersons will invariably praise the humanitarian dimension of the October 2001 US-NATO led invasion of Afghanistan, which allegedly was to fight religious fundamentalists, help little girls go to school, liberate women subjected to the yoke of the Taliban.

The Conflict of Our Time: U.S. Imperialism vs the Rule of Law
Nicolas J S Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
The world faces many overlapping crises: regional political crises from Kashmir to Venezuela; brutal wars that rage on in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia; and the existential dangers of nuclear weapons, climate change, and mass extinction. But beneath the surface of all these crises, human society faces an underlying, unresolved conflict about who or what…

Labour's Fight Over Israel Long Time in Coming
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-08
The party is being dragged into the modern world by Corbyn's anti-racist leadership towards Palestinians, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net An announcement this week by the Jewish Labour Movement that it is considering splitting from the British Labour Party… Read more ?…

U.S. Gears Up for War on Venezuela
Jeff Mackler | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
The relentless U.S. imperial beast has embarked on a full-scale, openly declared, bipartisan regime-change war aimed at overthrowing Venezuela's democratically elected government headed by President Nicolás Maduro. Top U.S. officials–from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser John Bolton and special envoy Elliot Abrams of Iran/Contra infamy, to Democratic House Speaker Nancy…

Yemen's Rabid Dogs Eat the Dead and Bite the Living, with Treatment Often Out of Reach
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-08
What's driving the feral dogs to attack is an acquired taste for human flesh. One of the most gruesome scenes you see after every massacre is hungry dogs roaming around a place to eat corpses or what remains of them.

Royal Wedding Got Triple the Media Coverage of Yemen in 2018
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-08
That ratio is symptomatic of negative trends at the major networks, writes Jim Lobe. By Jim Lobe Inter Press Service The ongoing war in Yemen, called the world's "worst humanitarian disaster" by the United Nations and independent aid agencies since early last… Read more ?…

Oxfam: Starving Yemeni Families Selling Daughters as Young as Three into Marriage
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-08
The fact that girls as young as three have been sold is shocking and a testament to the severity of the humanitarian crisis, particularly the country's burgeoning famine, that many Yemenis face.

Debate over Ilhan Omar Highlights New Willingness in U.S. to Question Power of Pro-Israeli Lobby
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-08
Following a week of debate surrounding Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar's comments about U.S. foreign policy in Israel, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. We host a discussion with Gideon Levy, Haaretz columnist and member of the newspaper's editorial board; Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies who serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace; and Remi Kanazi, a Palestinian-American poet, writer and organizer based in New York City.

Can We Divest from Weapons Dealers?
Kathy Kelly | progressive.org | 2019-03-08
Impoverished people living in numerous countries today would stand a far better chance of survival if weapon manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, and Raytheon, stopped manufacturing and selling death-dealing products.

US Shifts Weapons from Iraq to Syria
Jack Detsch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
The Pentagon rerouted millions of dollars' worth of weapons and vehicles from Iraq to Syria in the second half of 2018, Al-Monitor has learned, as US-backed forces cornered the last remnants of the Islamic State (IS). | In a series of …

Idlib — Reportage from the Last Terrorist Stronghold in Syria
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
For a while, all the guns have fallen silent. | I am near Idlib, the last stronghold of the terrorists in Syria. The area where the deadliest anti-government fighters, most of them injected into Syria from Turkey, with Saudi, Qatari and …

What ISIS Left Behind: Reporting from Idlib, Syria's Last Front
Andre Vltchek | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-08
Investigative journalist Andre Vltchek tours the ruins of Idlib, Syria and the surrounding countryside to see the devastation wrought by ISIS and to speak to the residents about what lies ahead.

Video: Syrian Army Delivers Massive Strike on Terrorist Infrastructure in Idlib Province
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
On March 6, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) delivered a massive rocket strike on positions of the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) in Jisr al-Shughur in the northwestern part of Idlib province. This was the first such strike in this area …

Norwegian Government Proposes $40 Billion Divestment from Oil and Gas
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-08

Norwegian Government Recommends $7.5 Billion Divestment From Oil and Gas
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-08

It's Time to Tell the Truth: Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy Supports Ilhan Omar's Critique of Israel
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-08
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate, following a week of debate among congressional Democrats. The controversy began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel. The House leadership initially drafted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in what was seen as a direct rebuke of Omar. But many progressive Democrats said Omar, one of the first two Muslim Congresswoman in U.S. history, wa…

A Peek into the Horrific Findings of the UN Report on Israel's Massacre of Gaza Protesters
Robert Inlakesh | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-08
The commission found serious human rights violations that may constitute crimes against humanity and called on Israel to "Lift the blockade on Gaza with immediate effect.

Sparked by Ilhan Omar's 'Valid Criticism' of Israel, House Passes 'Anti-Hate' Resolution
Jake Johnson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-08
"We're happy to see a resolution that condemns real bigotry, rather than going after Rep. Ilhan Omar and her vision of a world free of racism and oppression."

Ilhan Omar in Her Own Words: I Know What Hate Feels Like
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-08
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. The vote was 407 to 23, with nearly two dozen Republicans voting against it. The vote capped a week of intense debate among congressional Democrats that began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel at an event last week. Omar said, "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegianc…

Ilhan Omar's Choice
Sam Husseini | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
As a virtual lynch mob moves to chastise Rep. Ilhan Omar over her recent remarks around Israel, the new congresswoman basically has three options before her: (1) Fold; (2) Continue the back and forth of the last several weeks or (3) Get more specific and expand the public critique. Fold: Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Omar herself can go largely silent on…

Is the Trump Administration "Owned by the State of Israel". Ted Cruz: Accessory to Israeli Grand Larceny
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
In the United States, as Rep Omar pointed out, politicians on both sides of the aisle in both Houses routinely fall over themselves to pledge fealty and taxpayer dollars to Israel. | The Trump administration is virtually owned by the state …

Criticizing Israel isn't Anti-Semitic, Here's What Is
Sarah Gertler | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
Weeks ago, when the first accusations of anti-semitism were being leveled against Representative Ilhan Omar, I was deeply agitated. Not long ago I saw her address these accusations at a local town hall. She reminded the world that, as a Black Muslim woman in America, she knows what hate looks like — and spends her…

ACT for America Tries To Distance Themselves From One of Their 'Most Influential Activists'
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-03-08
An ACT for America chapter leader made national headlines last week for a display at the West Virginia Capitol that appeared to equate Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Refusing to "Snitch," Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Becomes Two-Time Political Prisoner
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-08
"I will not participate in a secret process that I morally object to, particularly one that has been historically used to entrap and persecute activists for protected political speech." — Chelsea Manning…

Argentina: Macri's Gov't To Fund Anti-Abortion Religious Groups
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-08
Two days before the Argentine Congress discusses again a law that could save thousands of women's lives, President Mauricio Macri administration signed an agreement to finance Christian and Catholic activists who oppose the right to legal, safe and free abortion. | RELATED: | Argentina Stages a 'Green Action Day' for the Right to Abortion | The…

International Women's Day–Made in the U.S.A
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-08
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (1890-1964), known as "The Rebel Girl," was one of the premier labor activists and leaders of the struggle for women's equality in the 20th century. She was an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World, a founding member of the ACLU, and later in life the Chairperson of the Communist Party …

Senator Marco Rubio: US Must Initiate Widespread Unrest in Venezuela
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-08
During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday, Republican chairman Marco Rubio condemned Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro as a "clear danger" and a "threat to the national security of the U.S." As was to be expected, the hearing was filled with plenty of threats and talk of flipping "military elites" and enforcing tougher sanctions. | But perhaps unexpected was just how out in the open and brazen Rubio's own admissions of how far he's willing to go in promoting regime change in Caracas…

America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group
Garikai Chengu | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
Incisive article originally published by GR in September 2014. | Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran's growing influence in the …

Regime change is urgently needed…in Washington
Andre Vltchek | mronline.org | 2019-03-08
It is not Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Iran that are in dire and crucial need of 'regime change'. It is the United States of America, it is the entire European Union; in fact, the entire West. | Source…

Hijack the Starship, Major Tom
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
One of my favorite rock albums of the early 1970s is Paul Kantner and Grace Slick's science fiction story titled Blows Against the Empire. Although the album was released under the auspices of Kantner and Slick's ensemble Jefferson Starship, the truth is that the collection of musicians in this work are quite different than those…

Venezuela Wins Round One Against the Empire
Manuel E. Yepe | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
Havana. The clash between Venezuela and the Empire last weekend ended with a humiliating defeat for Elliott Abrams, the alleged designer of the operation. What the neocons initially planned may never be known, but what is known is that they could not culminate in an invasion or another false flag operation. The most notable facet…

The Blindness of Empire
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08

Americans' Support for Israel Falls to Lowest Point in a Decade: New Poll
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-08
(MEMO) — The American public's support for Israel has dropped to the lowest point across party lines since 2009, a new Gallup poll published yesterday has shown. The overall amount of Americans who take the side of Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians is now 59 per cent, a five point drop from the 64 per …

Americans’ Support for Israel Falls to Lowest Point in a Decade: New Poll

Citing 'Permanent Oil Price Decline,' Norwegian Fund's Fossil Fuel Divestment Could Spark Global 'Shockwave'
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-08
In a move that climate campaigners say should send a "shockwave" through the global oil and gas industry, the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund—the largest of its kind in the world—has recommended the Norway government divest the entirety of the fund's $40 billion holdings from the fossil fuel industry. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Can the Jewish National Fund Dedicated to Ethnic Cleansing be Considered a Charity in Canada?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-08
Rabbi David Mivasair, Corey Balsam, and Ismail Zayid discuss their joint efforts to revoke the JNF's charity status in Canada, but the Canadian authorities have a long history of supporting Israeli colonization in Palestine. www.stopthejnf.

Ilhan Omar in Her Own Words: I Know What Hate Feels Like
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-03-08
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. The vote was 407 to 23, with nearly two dozen Republicans voting against it. The vote capped a week of intense debate among congressional Democrats that began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel at an event last week. Omar said, "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegi…

US government spies on journalists! (Who track migrant caravans, so this time it's news)
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-08
Journalists, activists, lawyers and "organizers" involved with last year's Central American migrant caravans were tracked by US government agencies, leaked documents reveal — but Homeland Security has been doing this for a while. | …

Trump: Democrats are 'anti-Israel,' 'anti-Jewish'
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-08
President Donald Trump has slammed the Democratic Party's supposed anti-Israel stance amid a row over Rep. Ilhan Omar's alleged anti-Semitic comments and a condemnation bill passed in response. | …

United States: The rise of democratic socialism
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke to Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) activist Isaac Silver following the announcement by United States Senator, Bernie Sanders that he will contest the 2020 US Presidential race. | 1. How has Sanders' announcement been received among radicals and left activists you work with? | The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign has generated huge excitement in the United States. In the first week following the announcement of his presidential campaign, over one million supporters signed up as volunteers in every part of the country. Hundreds of thousands of people contributed smal…

End Venezuela Sanctions Says Rep. Ro Khanna and 15 Progressive Democrats
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-08
16 progressive members of Congress sent a letter to the Trump administration, demanding an end to economic sanctions and to military threats against Venezuela. We speak to Rep. Ro Khanna, who led the initiative…

Democrats push through resolution branding Rep. Omar's criticism of Israel as "anti-Semitic"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-08
With this vote, the Democratic Party has joined with the Republicans and right-wing forces internationally in prosecuting a witch-hunt against a fabricated growth of "left-wing anti-Semitism."

Omar anti-Semitism debate widens split in Democratic party
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-08
Ilhan Omar's remarks on the Israeli lobby's grip on American politics have seen her fellow Democrats blast her for anti-Semitism, and in one extreme case, for daring to question the US-Israel alliance at all. | …

Bacevich: Questioning U.S.-Israel Ties Has Long Been Impermissible in Congress, But That's Changing
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-07
House Democrats will vote today on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. The resolution is seen as a direct rebuke of recent comments by Minnesota Congressmember Ilhan Omar questioning the U.S.'s relationship with Israel–even though the draft resolution does not explicitly name the freshman congressmember. The vote was indefinitely delayed Wednesday after a revolt from progressive Democrats, but House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer reportedly announced Thursday in a closed-door meeting that the vote would move forward. We speak with Andrew Bacevich, retired colonel and Vietnam War veteran, author and professo…

Ilhan Omar, 'anti-semitism' and a stumbling pro-Israel lobby
Anish R M | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-07
The campaign to censure Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is losing ground within the Democratic Party, pointing to the increasing failure of AIPAC and other pro-Israel groups to dominate the narrative and thwart any criticism of Israel for its crimes in Palestine…

The Government Is Detaining and Interrogating Journalists and Advocates at the US-Mexico Border
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-07
DHS created a list of people who were reporting on or working with the migrant caravan to flag for lengthy questioning at the U.S. border. | In what looks like a coordinated attack on constitutional rights, the U.S. government has reportedly been targeting journalists, activists, and lawyers working to raise awareness of issues facing migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. | On Wednesday, the NBC affiliate in San Diego revealed leaked docu…

U.S. Has Supplied UAE $27B in Arms Despite Nation's Links to Torture, Mercenaries & Child Soldiers
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-07
We look at how U.S. weapons are supporting the ongoing devastation in Yemen with William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. He is the author of a new report about the role the United Arab Emirates has played in Yemen. It is titled "'Little Sparta': The United States-United Arab Emirates Alliance and the War in Yemen." We also speak with Ruhan Nagra, the executive director of the University Network for Human Rights, and Radhya Al-Mutawakel, chairperson of the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. They recently published an investigation into the role of U.S.

War Crimes in Yemen? U.S. & U.K. Arms Killed & Injured Nearly 1,000 Civilians in Saudi-Led Attack
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-07
As Yemen faces the world's worst humanitarian crisis, a major new report has been released documenting the role that the U.S. and Europe have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi- and UAE-led war on Yemen. A group of organizations, including a Yemen-based human rights organization, released the damning report on Wednesday, claiming that between April 2015 and April 2018, 27 coalition attacks killed at least 203 civilians and injured at least 749 people. The report found that 22 of the attacks likely involved weapons produced in the United States. The other five attacks were carried out eithe…

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…

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…

Ilhan Omar's Choice
Sam Husseini | progressive.org | 2019-03-07
Representative Omar is at the center of a maelstrom of attention over her efforts to call out the pro-Israel lobby. Here's how she can leverage that.