2019-03-13: Social Media Postees

Middle East arms sales up by a massive 87%, mostly US-supplied
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-13
Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, both party to the international offensive in Yemen, together makes up around 28 percent of the US global arms sale.

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar: The Shameful Attack that Backfired
James J. Zogby | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-13
What happened to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was troubling. On the one hand, because she dared to challenge the way supporters of Israel have worked to silence debate on US policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, she became a victim of incitement, …

Empire Unravelling: Will Huawei Become Washington's Suez?
Thomas Hon Wing Polin | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-13
America's full-spectrum campaign against Chinese tech leader Huawei is coming spectacularly undone. Curtains are imminent for Washington's tawdriest global offensive in recent memory — featuring open extortion, kidnapping, demonization and intimidation of both friends and foes. The signs were apparent as early as two months ago, when many governments worldwide lukewarmly greeted US calls for…

Debate over labeling Omar obscures vital debate on Israel/Palestine
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-13
Though it was not their intention, Ilhan Omar's critics did her a favor: They proved the very point she made at the Progressive Issues Town Hall at Busboys and Poets bookstore in Washington, DC, last week. | Source…

Buying Back the "Iron Dome" from Israel
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-13
Even if one spends years exploring the dark corners infested by Israel's agents and its diaspora proxies in their successful effort to control much of Capitol Hill and the White House, it is still possible to be shocked by the …

It's the Green New Deal or Else
Paul Street | truthdig.com | 2019-03-13
I suppose we all owe UCLA economist and Hoover Institution senior fellow Lee Ohanian a debt of gratitude for telling us how it is. The "free market" propagandist recently took to the pages of The Hill, a Washington, D.C., journal for political insiders, to explain that the holy laws of economics dictate that humanity must consent to its own extermination. In a piece titled "The Green New Deal is a Pipe Dream," Ohanian drowned climate activists' overheated dreams of ecological salvat…

Israel's Netanyahu Sounds Familiar
Randall Enos | thenation.com | 2019-03-13
Israel's Netanyahu Sounds Familiar…

The UN Refuses to Name and Shame Firms Aiding Israel's Illegal Settlements
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-13
Nazareth. The United Nations postponed last week for the third time the publication of a blacklist of Israeli and international firms that profit directly from Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied territories. The international body had come under enormous pressure to keep the database under wraps after lobbying behind the scenes from Israel, the United…

Ex-Israeli Soldier, Actress Gal Gadot Slams Netanyahu Statement
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-13
Israeli actress Gal Gadot is the latest famous face to respond to an Instagram post made by Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu, in which he stated that, "Israel is not a country for all its citizens… Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people, and belongs to them alone." | RELATED: | 'Israel Is the Nation-state of Jews Alone': Netanyahu | Netanyahu repeated th…

Venezuela's Deadly Blackout Highlights the Need for a Negotiated Resolution of the Crisis
Gabriel Hetland | thenation.com | 2019-03-13
Venezuela's Deadly Blackout Highlights the Need for a Negotiated Resolution of the Crisis…

US Must Respect Iran
Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-13
One of the lessons from our recent visit to Iran as a Peace Delegation is that Iran is a mature country. It is 2,500 years old, ten times as old as the United States and one of the world's oldest continuous major civilizations with settlements dating back to 7,000 BC. It was an empire that controlled almost…

The Forgotten Syrian Christian Towns Under Attack on Border with Idleb and Northern Hama
Nabel Alabdalla | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-13
Two days ago I was in the Syrian Christian town of Al Skeilbiyyeh that has endured sustained attacks from the various terrorist groups backed by the U.S Coalition. These groups are embedded in the countryside bordering Al Skeilbiyyeh. In the …

Net Neutrality Activists Launch Updated Congressional Scoreboard and Set March 15th Deadline for Lawmakers to Cosponsor the Save the Internet Act
Fight for the Future | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-13
Groups behind BattleForTheNet.com pledge to call, text, and email constituents of lawmakers who fail to cosponsor net neutrality bill before leaving DC for recess. | Today, activists behind BattleForTheNet.com launched an updated Congressional " scoreboard" showing where every member of …

Bangladesh unions demands release of garment workers
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-13
Following the imprisonment and framing of workers in false cases, unions in Bangladesh have asked the government to intervene. In a letter addressed to the Minister of Labour and Employment last week, IndustriALL Bangladesh Council demanded that the authorities take the initiative of reinstating the dismissed workers who were forced to resign for taking part in the mass protests last December. | Activists said that the Sheikh Hasina-led government has arrested more tha…

Advertisers Urged to #DropFox by Outraged Activists
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-13
A coalition of activist groups is protesting in front of Fox News Headquarters in New York City today to bring attention to the network's recent controversies—as the cable channel tries to woo companies in the wake of a number of high profile advertising defections. "Let's make sure ad buyers know what they're sponsoring when they advertise on Fox News: bigotry and hate." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Wells Fargo has Dirty Energy Secret Activists Will Expose in Multi-Day Protest
R. Robertson | indybay.org | 2019-03-13
350 Silicon Valley says Wells Fargo Bank has a dirty-energy secret unknown to most–by its own admission the commercial bank is the biggest lender to the fossil-fuel industry. Target: Wells Fargo…and just in time to crash the financial institution's annual founding day celebration, on March 18.

Lebanon: Ziad Itani's litmus test in authorities' intent to address torture
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-13
One year after Lebanese actor Ziad Itani was released from detention, he is no closer to getting justice for the appalling torture he was subjected to in prison, Amnesty International said today. | On 13 March 2018 a military court acquitted Ziad Itani of charges of spying for Israel and released him. He had spent three and a half months in detention, on the basis of trumped-up charges. During the trial, Itani reported being held in solitary confinement, subjected to torture and other ill-treatment while in detention, and denied access to legal counsel. The Military court failed to act on these reports. |

Pro-war Christian Zionists twisting book of Revelation like ISIS twisted Koran (57mins)
Tony Gosling, Martin Summers | indybay.org | 2019-03-13
23rd November 2018 – 100s of Britons blown up, MI5 'above the law and failing country every time. Secret services = criminal secret societies infiltrating UK politics? [this show was the subject of failed Israel lobby complaint to Ofcom, UK broadcasting regulator]…

Israeli Policies Force Family Separations
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-13
Al Haq's director Shawan Jabarin discusses a new report exposing the complex system of restrictions Israeli authorities impose to control access to Palestinian territory and to stop family reunification. The consequences is to slowly force Palestinians out to preserve a Jewish majority in areas controlled by Israel…

New York University student paper joins in "anti-Semitism" witch-hunt against critics of Israel
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-13
The Washington Square News was forced to remove an article describing Women's March Co-Chair Linda Sarsour as an "accused anti-Semite" after student protest.

Ending 'Premeditated and Discriminatory' Executions, Gov. Newsom Issues California Death Penalty Moratorium
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-13
Anti-death penalty activists applauded California Gov. Gavin Newsom's planned moratorium on capital punishment in the state on Wednesday, ahead of an expected executive order which will grant reprieve to 737 death row inmates. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report
Medea Benjamin | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-12
On a recent delegation to Iran, we experienced first-hand the legendary Iranian hospitality. Iranians are particularly thrilled to meet Americans, but as we discovered, our government's policies are hurting the very people who want to be our friends. As our 28-person delegation traveled through the country wearing messages on our jackets proclaiming "Peace with Iran"

How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report
Medea Benjamin | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-12
CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin recounts her personal experience traveling through Iran with a peace delegation and seeing firsthand the effects that US sanctions have on ordinary Iranians.

How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2019-03-12
Trump's economic strangulation is having devastating people on the Iranian people…

Availability for Interview: Senate to Vote on S.J.Res. 7, Legislation to End U.S. Support for the War in Yemen
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-12

Chomsky & Nader
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2019-03-12
Talking about the media, the Green New Deal, nuclear war, Gaza, and Venezuela…

Trump is Trying to Pay His Way to an Annihilation of Palestinian Statehood, and an Erasure of Israel's Crimes
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-12
"Palestine" has been compared to many things. The world's longest colonial war, a "hell-disaster" — Churchill's memorable epithet — and the site of Israel's "war on terror", a conflict in which we are supposed to believe that the Palestinians are playing the role of al-Qaeda or Isis or any other outfit which the west and its allies have helped into existence, and which Israel is going to fight on our behalf.

Gun-Control Activists Should Also Take on America's Drone Wars
Allegra Harpootlian | thenation.com | 2019-03-12
Gun-Control Activists Should Also Take on America's Drone Wars…

Israeli jets strike Gaza 3rd day in a row
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-12
Israeli fighter jets attacked multiple Hamas targets at dawn on Sunday, in what was the third successive day of Israeli airstrikes on sites in the Gaza strip. No Palestinian casualties were reported from the strikes, which were conducted at around 1.30 am local time. Israel claimed that the strikes were in response to a rocket fired by Hamas. The alleged Hamas rocket, however, fell into an open field in Israel's Eshkol region, without causing any casualties or damage, according to a local government spokesperson. | A security source in Gaza said that a Hamas site in the northern Gaza Strip, along with two fishing…

Can We Divest from Weapons Dealers?
Kathy Kelly | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-12
Impoverished people living in numerous countries today would stand a far better chance of survival, and risk far less trauma, if weapon manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, and Raytheon stopped manufacturing and selling death-dealing products. About three decades ago, I taught writing at one of Chicago's alternative high schools. It's easy to…

THE ANGRY ARAB: Why Ilhan Omar is a Dangerous Woman for the US
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-12
Washington doesn't like its Muslims or Arabs to take pride in their heritage or oppose the Israeli occupation, writes As'ad AbuKhalil. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News Washington was not expecting the arrival of Reps. Ilhan Omar or Rashida… Read more ?…

Venezuela: Electricity Recovery Continues as US Withdraws Diplomatic Staff
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-12
US officials have threatened new sanctions while Venezuelan authorities continue reactivating the electric grid.

Lavrov: US Sanction Against Russian Company Violates Int'l Law
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is criminalizing Russian companies for doing business with the Venezuelan state, saying they are violated U.S. imposed sanctions by making transactions with Venezuela's sanctioned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). | RELATED: | US Presses India to Stop Buying Oil from Venezuela | In a Monday press conference Pompeo said that the assets of Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Russia-Venezuel…

Fox News Commentator Uses Racist and Homophobic Language
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
A day after releasing audio of Tucker Carlson making numerous misogynist remarks, Media Matters for America (MMFA) published a new video with clips of the Fox News commentator using racist and homophobic language to describe Iraqi people, African Americans, gay people and immigrants while speaking on the radio program "Bubba the Love Sponge Show." Media Matters for America said the clips originated from between 2006 and 2011. | RELATED: | US: 200 'Peacekeeping' Troops to Remain in Syria | In th…

UN report on Syria shows scale of humanitarian tragedy
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-12
Reading about the thousands of innocent people dying as a result of aerial bombardments, and the tens of thousands of women and children being forced to fight for life in inhuman conditions in refugee camps, one feels an urged to share the information across social media in order to shed light on the tragic situation. …

Venezuela: Attack to Electricity System to Be Investigated
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced the creation of a special commission to investigate the cyber attack against the electricity system and the incorporation of international specialists. | He reported that he will ask for the support of the United Nations (UN) and countries with experience in cyber attacks such as China, Russia, Iran and Cuba. | RELATED: | Venezuela's Electric Service Restored Almost In Its Entirety | The special commission will be led by the vice presi…

Labor MP: Future of Humanity Depends on Compliance with International Treaties
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-12
Britain's Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament Fabian Hamilton discusses Brexit, Yemen and Trump's shedding of international arms treaties…

US Airstrikes Kill at Least 50, Mostly Civilians, in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-12
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Amid talk of a never-ending exodus of civilians from underground in the Syrian village of Baghouz, the Kurdish SDF is waiting on a final push into the last ISIS-held village. The US, however, is not so patient. On Monday, US warplanes attacked Baghouz, killing at least 50 people. Details on what the intended target was is unclear, but …

US Airstrikes Kill at Least 50, Mostly Civilians, in Syria

Can We Divest From Weapons Dealers?
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-03-12
About three decades ago, I taught writing at one of Chicago's alternative high schools. It's easy to recall some of their stories — fast-paced, dramatic, sometimes tender. I would beg my students to three-hole-punch each essay or poem and leave it in a binder on our classroom shelf, anxious not to lose the documentation of their talents and ideas. | Some of the youngsters I taught told me they were members of gangs. Looking down from the window of my second-floor classroom, I sometimes wondered if I was watching them selling drugs in broad daylight as they embraced one another on the street below. | Trag…

Iran: Decades-Long Sentence for Women's Rights Defender
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-12
Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and Farhad Meysami, a human rights defender, protest the suspension of Sotoudeh's law license in front of the Tehran bar association in Tehran, February 2015. | © Private 2015 | (Beirut) — The Iranian judiciary's draconian sentence for a prominent human rights lawyer is an appalling travesty of justice, Human Rights Watch said today. Branch 28 of Tehran's revolutionary court has reportedly sentenced Nasrin So…

Green New Deal Tour Aims to Make 2020 a National Referendum on Visionary Energy and Economic Transformation
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-12
The millennial activists leading the Sunrise Movement are expanding the scope of their planned nationwide tour promoting their fight for a sustainable future for young Americans, transforming the multi-state tour into an initiative to ensure that climate action and the Green New Deal is a major focus of the 2020 election. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Trump Budget Would Cut Spending for Nearly Every Agency Except Pentagon
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-03-12
The budget request President Trump released on Monday represents a conservative vision taken to the extreme. It would shoot military spending skyward while dismantling domestic programs piece by piece, with few exceptions. | The budget peels back many of the promises the president made either on the campaign trail or in tweets. For instance, the president has stated an intention to pull back from military interventions in Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere — but his budget insists on an even bigger military budget. And the cash flow to the Pentagon, combined with ongoing tax cuts for the rich, puts the lie…

Trump Budget Showers Pentagon with Cash–Preparing for War? — Wilkerson & Jay
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-12
Trump's budget more than doubles OCO war-fighting slush fund and proposes cutting social safety net by 9% at a time when White House rhetoric against Iran is heating up and Netanyahu, Mohammed bin Salman, and Trump all face corruption charges and challenges at home — Col. Wilkerson with Paul Jay…

Is ICE Trying to Intimidate Anti-Trump and Anti-ICE Protest?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-12
An investigation published in The Nation discovered that ICE has been tracking anti-Trump and anti-ICE protests in New York City. Activists find this especially disturbing in light of ICE's effort to deport immigration rights activist Ravi Ragbir…

Crisis in Venezuela, India-Pakistan war, Syria
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-11
Venezuela In the center of the capital of Venezuela, a march of supporters of President Nicolas Maduro took place alongside protests by supporters of self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido who crossed the border back into the country on Monday. The republic has been experiencing periodic blackouts due to the failure of the automatic control system at …

Journalists, Lawyers & Activists Targeted in Sweeping U.S. Intelligence Gathering Effort on Border
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-11
Newly revealed documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists and journalists who were documenting the Trump administration's efforts to thwart a caravan of migrants hoping to win asylum in the U.S. An investigation from San Diego's NBC 7 revealed the list was shared among Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the FBI. It included the names of 10 journalists–seven of whom are U.S. citizens–along with nearly four dozen others listed as "organizers" or "instigators." House Democrats are now calling for the full disclosure of the government's…

The Trump Administration Wants a War with Iran
Bob Dreyfuss | thenation.com | 2019-03-11
The Trump Administration Wants a War with Iran…

Is War With Iran on the Horizon?
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-11
Despite growing Trump administration tensions with Venezuela and even with North Korea, Iran is the likeliest spot for Washington's next shooting war, says Bob Dreyfuss for TomDispatch. The Trump Administration is Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran… Read more ?…

Israel Bans Arab Parties and Liberal Candidate from Coming Elections
Kathryn Shihadah | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-11
In Israel, two Palestinian political parties and one liberal Jewish party member have been banned from running in the April 9th election; meanwhile, a radical Jewish candidate stays in, even after Israel's Attorney General recommended he be banned.

U.S. Peace Delegation to Iran Welcomed by Foreign Minister, Met by FBI Agents on Return
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-03-10
Code Pink delegation members Medea Benjamin, Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, speak about the highlights of their trip, a 90 min meeting with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and…