2019-03-10: Social Media Postees

South Africa: To Downgrade Embassy In Israel For Second Time
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-10
South Africa is planning to further distance itself diplomatic ties with Israel by downgrading its embassy in the country to protest the government's increasingly violent crackdowns against Palestinian citizens and illegal takeover of their territories. | President Cyril Ramaphosa told the nation's parliament Friday that the country's Minister of International Relations Lindiwe Sisulu was working with his ruling African National Congress (ANC) party to "downgrade" S…

Assad's Tehran Visit Signals Iran's Victory in Syria
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-09
For the first time since war broke out in Syria in 2011, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad has travelled to Iran to meet Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. | President Assad had only travelled outside …

Palestinian Shot Dead Near Gaza Border by Israeli Troops
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-09
After days of rising tensions along the frontier, Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian and wounded 42 others taking part in weekly protests Friday at the fortified Gaza Strip border, the Palestinian health ministry said. | RELATED: | UNHRC's Bachelet Rebuffs Israel, Stands by Her Agency's Critical Report on Gaza | Tamer Arafat, 23, died Friday during the 50th week of demonstrations, the spokesman for the ministry said on Twitter, adding that 48 Palestinians — i…

Can We Divest from Weapons Dealers?
Kathy Kelly | zcomm.org | 2019-03-09
How different our world could be if efforts were instead directed toward education, health care, and community welfare…

The Ghosts of Revolution? The Yellow Vests Rise Up against the Totalitarian Financial Empire
Dimitris Konstantakopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-09
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 Republique while singing the Marseillaise. It …

Women Marchers Slam Bolsonaro, Pay Homage to Marielle Franco
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-09
Thousands of Brazilian women marched, throughout the main streets of the country, within the framework of the global demands of International Women's Day and to warn of the threatening setbacks of the right-wing government of Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | Brazil: Bolsonaro Says Democracy, Liberty Depend on Military | In the global manifesto of the March 8 protests, agreed upon by activists from several countries, Bolsonaro was a recurring theme in the chants and mentioned as "starti…

Debate Over Labeling Omar Obscures Vital Debate on Israel/Palestine
Katie Halper | commondreams.org | 2019-03-09

Corporate Media "Presstitutes" Turn Blind Eye to UN Report on Venezuela
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-09
Don't you think something is fishy when the presstitutes orchestrate a fake news "humanitarian crisis" in Venezuela, but totally ignore the real humanitarian crises in Yemen and Gaza? | Don't you think something is really very rotten when the expert, Alfred …

Is Sanders Enough of a Socialist?
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-09
The following is a conversation among activists Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear and Norman Solomon and The Real News Network's Paul Jay. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

Syria Preparing Its Missiles for the Next Battle with Israel
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-09
Syria and its allies are preparing their missiles for a forthcoming battle with Israel if Tel Aviv decides to open fire against significant military positions under the control of the Syrian army. | Well informed sources say that "it all depends …

Video: Israeli Navy Ready to Block Iranian Oil Transit, US-backed Forces Starve Refugees in Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-09
Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham will continue its attacks on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian forces around Idlib province, a spokesman for the terrorist group said in an official video message released on March 6. Abu Khalid al-Shami threatened that …

And They Say I'm the Crazy One! "For Rejecting the Military-Industrial Empire and the Two Party 'One Party' System"
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-09
This article was originally published in August 2014. | There is a scene from Danny Devito's fine film Hoffa when Jimmy Hoffa is organizing a teamsters' strike in the midst of WW2. As he walks through the trucking company yard the …

Making American Journalism Great and Different
Laura Flanders | commondreams.org | 2019-03-09
Activists rally in New York on February 26, 2017 over President Trump's branding news that disagrees with him 'fake news'. Photo: Alamy Stock | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mass Uprising in Algeria
Socialist Organizer | zcomm.org | 2019-03-09
In tandem with this movement in which union activists and leaders seek to reclaim their unions for independent struggle, the working class is also seeking to set itself in motion…

Trump administration kept secret database targeting journalists and immigration activists at US-Mexico border
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-09
More than 50 people were spied on, including journalists documenting last year's Central American migrant caravan.

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…

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.

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…

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 ?…

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.

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.

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.

Can We Divest From Weapons Dealers?
Kathy Kelly | commondreams.org | 2019-03-08
Children in Street Kids School, Kabul, March 2019. (Photo: Maya Evans) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

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.

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…

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."

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…

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…

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.

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…

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

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

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.

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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. | …

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.

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…

Obama was a smiling murderer, says Ilhan Omar… then tries to backtrack
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-08
After attacking the Israeli lobby, Rep. Ilhan Omar has let loose on another Democratic idol, accusing ex-President Obama of "murder" and of hiding behind a "pretty face and the smile." She later claimed her words were distorted. | …

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…

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…

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 …

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."

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