2019-03-15: Social Media Postees

Colluding in War Crimes: Britain's Unreported Military Alliance with Israel
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
The rapidly declining living conditions in the Gaza Strip and occupied territories has endangered the most basic of internationally recognised of human rights, as children continue to be collateral damage in what can be boiled down to a political standoff. …

Senate invokes War Powers to Halt US aid to Saudi War on Yemen
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2019-03-15
The US Senate voted 54 to 46 to invoke the 1973 War Powers Act and to end US support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen…

Peace activists cheer anti-war win on Senate Yemen resolution
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-15
WASHINGTON–Peace activists nationwide, who strenuously lobbied lawmakers on the issue, cheered the U.S. Senate's 54-46 vote to end U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led Yemen War. Lawmakers invoked the War Powers Act in their blunt rebuke to President Donald Trump's pro-war actions. The Democratic-run House previously approved the anti-war move. But just to make sure Trump …

Clashes Erupt in Eastern Yemen as Local Tribes Block Saudi Influx of Military Equipment
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-15
The latest incident came amidst a precipitous rise in tensions in eastern Yemen, where local residents have been grappling with an increasingly brazen military buildup by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Year of the People
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2019-03-15
The Untold Story of Gaza's 'March of Return'…

Regime Change Via Sanctions?
Mark Weisbrot | zcomm.org | 2019-03-15
U.S. Uses International Finance System to Strangle Venezuelan Economy…

Video: Israeli Defense Firm Released Video Showing An "Animated Destruction" of Russia's S-400 6L6 Surveillance Radar
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
The Syrian conflict influences not only the balance of power in the Middle East, but also strategies and military programs of the powers involved. | There is no secret that over the past years the Russian Armed Forces have used Syria …

Is Ilhan Omar Wrong…About Anything?
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
It has been clear for some time that Ilhan Omar owes no one any apologies for her remarks on AIPAC and those who tow its line; quite to the contrary, apologies are owed her. Developments over the past several weeks underscore how important it is to drive that point home. Before the 2008 publication of John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt's The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, the subject was, for all practical purposes, taboo. Everything had to be kept hush hush, just as it did with the NSA (no such agency), the massive signals intelligence operation at Fort Meade. Everybody who cared knew that it was there and…

All the Livelong Day
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
1894 was a wild year in the United States. Robber barons and the sycophantic politicians they controlled worked overtime to maintain and expand their empires of capital. Their practices and greed had helped create a recession that left millions of working people struggling to keep shelter and food for their families. The response of most of…

Venezuela — More Might Makes Right
Barry Kissin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
How much more brazen could it be — our attempted coup in Venezuela? Are our leaders expecting that mainstream media will succeed once again in selling us the maniacal march of the American Empire? | But we have been through enough, | …

Youth skip school worldwide for global climate strike
Michelle Zacarias | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-15
CHICAGO–Chicago youth skipped school Friday for the global Youth Climate Strike aimed at addressing the increasingly dire environmental crisis. Young activists in over 100 countries worldwide are participating to demand immediate and long-term solutions to the growing threat of climate change. Legislators in many nations have yet to take serious measures to prevent the escalating …

Council approves ICE immigrant prison in central Illinois
Zach Carlson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-15
DWIGHT, Ill.–Activists from the "No ICE Dwight" coalition rallied here on Monday, March 11, for the town council's vote on a $20 million private ICE detention facility. Proposed by the Immigrant Centers of America (ICA), construction of the facility was approved in February by the town's planning commission and then went to the full council …

The State Dept Allegedly Tried to Coax An Iranian Expat into Sabotaging Iran's Power Grid
Sharmine Narwani | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-15
An Iranian-American engineer was allegedly was approached by the State Department with an offer of cash for sabotage of Iran's power grid.

Russia: Anastasia Shevchenko's house arrest extended as persecution of opposition activists widens
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-15
Responding to news that a court in Rostov-on-Don, Southern Russia, has extended until 17 June the house arrest of Anastasia Shevchenko, prisoner of conscience and former coordinator with Otkrytaya Rossiya (Open Russia), a pro-democracy and human rights movement, Amnesty International's Eastern Europe and Central Asia Director, Marie Struthers, said: | "The criminal case against Anastasia Shevchenko is profoundly flawed, and by forging ahead with it regardless, the Russian authorities are creating an abhorrent precedent. Anastasia has lost her freedom and yet she has not committed any recognizable criminal offence…

Russian Federation: a student is charged with "implicating minors" in a protest
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-15
In the afternoon of 7 February 2019, Ivan Luzin and two other students from Kaliningrad (Western Russia), came to the city's central Victory Square to peacefully protest against torture. They carried placards with the names and ages of two men, who had allegedly been ill-treated by law enforcement officers as suspects pressed with questionable charges. The activists took photos of each other with the placards in their hands and then went to a nearby café. When the three finished their coffee and left the café, they were immediately arrested by police and brought to a police station. Authorities alleged that the y…

Brazilians Remember Marielle Franco on Anniversary of her Assassination
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-15
In major cities of Brazil, activists honored the life and legacy of LGBT and police violence activist Marielle Franco, who was assassinated a year ago in the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Mike Fox reports…

Great March of Return Protests in Gaza Cancelled for First Time After Israeli Airstrikes
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-15
(MEE) — Weekly protests along the Gaza-Israel border were called off on Friday after Israeli jets pounded the enclave overnight, hours after rockets were launched at Tel Aviv. "In keeping with the public interest, the commission has decided to exceptionally postpone its activities scheduled for this day," the body which organises the protests said in a statement. Protests …

Great March of Return Protests in Gaza Cancelled for First Time After Israeli Airstrikes

Young People Feel Betrayed by Adults Over the Climate Crisis. Today, They're Going on Strike
Sharon Lerner | theintercept.com | 2019-03-15
For many young activists, the climate strike is a sanity-saving expression of the grief and anxiety they shoulder about a quickly worsening crisis.

Venezuela's power grid disabled by cyber attack
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
An electricity blackout has affected most of Venezuela for several days after an alleged cyber attack crashed the country's main electricity generator, the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant in Bolivar State, commonly known as the Guri Dam. | Starting around 5pm on March 7, the outage affected 70% of the country, with only several eastern states unaffected. By the morning of March 9, power had been restored to most of Caracas and to central states such as Miranda, Aragua and Carabobo, when a second major outage took place — the result of a renewed cyber attack, according to Venezuelan authorities. | Power wa…

"I Don't Care About Your ID": US Students Assaulted by Israeli Soldiers
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-15
(MEMO) — Three American women were violently assaulted by Israeli occupation forces as they attempted to help a disabled woman at Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, despite showing soldiers their passports. Virginia nursing student Nour Hawash, who is in Jerusalem on vacation, was taking photos with her mother and sister after midday prayers when Israeli occupation soldiers stormed …

"I Don’t Care About Your ID": US Students Assaulted by Israeli Soldiers

Wells Fargo has Dirty Energy Secret Activists Will Expose in Multi-Day Protest
R. Robertson | indybay.org | 2019-03-15
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.

National March on Washington: Hands off Venezuela! No coup, no sanctions, no new U.S. war!
ANSWER | indybay.org | 2019-03-15
White House | 1600 Pennsylvania Ave | Washington DC 20500…

Yemen: US and UK arms killed, injured civilians in Saudi-led attack
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
As Yemen faces the world's worst humanitarian crisis, a major new report has documented the role that the United States and Europe have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi- and UAE-led war on Yemen. | A group of organisations, including Mwatana for Human Rights, a Yemen-based human rights organisation, released the damning report on March 6. It claimed that between April 2015 and April 2018, 27 coalition attacks killed at least 203 civilians an…

Historic Yemen Vote: Despite Possible Veto, 'Great Leverage for Peace Talks'
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-03-15
The Senate's vote, invoking the War Powers Act and withdrawing U.S. support for the war in Yemen, could still be vetoed by Trump, but it can provide a way forward for ending this horrific war, say Shireen Al-Adeimi and Hassan El-Tayyab…

With Today's #ClimateStrike, Young Activists Seize the Narrative
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-03-15
Thousands of students across the United States and world are expected to walk out of school today and demand that politicians take immediate action to thwart climate disruption and secure a livable future for younger generations. | "We strike to bring attention to the millions of our generation who will most suffer the consequences of increased global temperatures, rising seas, and extreme weather," organizers of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike wrote in a recent statement. | The protest f…

US and Iranian Hardliners Continue the Suffering
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-14
Ann Wright reports on a citizen peace delegation's recent trip to Iran, which included a meeting with the country's foreign minister. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News We knew that a CODEPINK: Women for Peace delegation to Iran would wind… Read more ?…

Miko Peled: The Zionists' Fight Extends Beyond Palestine
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-14
Miko Peled highlights the campaign by pro-Israel groups to overwhelm the Labour Party into submission and bring about the fall of Corbyn by using a barrage of anti-Semitism accusations.

The Globalization of War, America's "Long War" against Humanity by Michel Chossudovsky
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-14
Professor Michel Chossudovsky shows how the various conflicts we are witnessing today in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Palestine are inter-locked through a single-minded agenda in pursuit of global hegemony helmed by the United States and buttressed by its allies…

Is AIPAC in Violation of Federal Election Law?
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-14
What newcomer to the US House of Representatives, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mn) may not have fully realized is that her critique of Israel influence on American politics would open a door that has previously been hermetically sealed as the third …

Venezuela: Electricity recovery continues as U.S. withdraws diplomatic staff
Ricardo Vaz | mronline.org | 2019-03-14
U.S. officials have threatened new sanctions while Venezuelan authorities continue reactivating the electric grid. | Source…

Interpol Issues Red Notices for 20 People Over Khashoggi Murder
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-14
The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) has issued red notices asking police worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest 20 people in connection to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish authorities said Thursday. | RELATED: | Trump Skips Deadline For Report on Khashoggi Murder, Will Not Impose Sanctions on Saudis | Interpol issued the notices on March 1 at the request of Turkey's Justice Ministry who demanded the in…

Regime Change Via Sanctions? U.S. Uses International Finance System to Strangle Venezuelan Economy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-14
Venezuelan officials say power will be largely restored in the country today after a week-long blackout across much of the country. The cause of the blackout remains in dispute. The United States blamed it on years of neglect of the Venezuelan energy system, but Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused the U.S. military of launching a "cyberattack against the electrical, telecommunication and internet systems." The blackout comes amid a growing political crisis in Venezuela as U.S.-backed opposition groups attempt to topple Maduro's government. On Monday, the United States announced it was withdrawing remainin…

Uganda's Young Climate Activists Are Going on Strike
Angely Mercado | thenation.com | 2019-03-14
Uganda's Young Climate Activists Are Going on Strike…

Saudi Arabia: Women activists persecuted under bogus charges
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-14
Speaking to Amnesty is not a crime | The prosecution of 11 women activists before a Criminal Court in Riyadh for their human rights work and contact with international organizations is an appalling escalation of the Saudi authorities' crackdown on peaceful activism, Amnesty International said today. | | Some of the women were charge…

Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Yemen War, But Republican Tricks Send Resolution Back to the House Yet Again
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-03-14
"We're going to help end a war which has caused unbelievable horror to one of the poorest countries on earth," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, the bill's sponsor.

Pentagon Allocates $300 Million to Support Kurdish Fighters in Syria
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-14
(MEMO) — The Pentagon announced yesterday that it has allocated $300 million to support US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting Daesh as well as $250 million to secure the borders of Syria's neighbors. The funding is part of the 2020 budget. The administration of US President Donald Trump asked Congress to allocate a total budget of $718.3 …

Pentagon Allocates $300 Million to Support Kurdish Fighters in Syria

Tweets Are on Trial in Israel's Test of Anti-Boycott Law
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-14
This week, I attended a Jerusalem District Court hearing for Human Rights Watch's appeal of the Israeli government's decision to revoke the work permit of, and expel, our Israel and Palestine director, Omar Shakir. | A dossier compiled by Israel's Strategic Affa…

Iran: Further Information: 38 years and 148 lashes for women's rights defender: Nasrin Sotoudeh
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-14
Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes after two grossly unfair trials. The charges against her stem solely from her peaceful human rights work, including defending women's rights and her outspoken opposition to the death penalty.

Vietnam: 6 Activists Headed to Prison
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-14
Photos of Nguyen Van Duc Do (right), wearing a human rights hat, and Luu Van Vinh (left), at a pro-environment protest carrying a sign that reads, "Return Clean Sea to the People". | © Private | (Bangkok) — Six Vietnamese activists and bloggers are facing long prison sentences for their peaceful opposition, Human Rights Watch said today. Vietnam's government should immediately release the six, who are being prosecuted for peaceful political activities such as fo…

Israel's DNA Screening for 'Jewishness' Epitomizes the Discriminatory Spirit of the EthnoState
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-13
Perhaps these latest revelations on DNA testing will serve as a wake-up call to Israeli Jews of Soviet origin that the discrimination they are facing has its roots in the state-sanctioned discrimination against Israeli Arabs and Palestinians.

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…

Senate Votes Again for Ending U.S. Role in Yemen War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-03-13
Washington, D.C. — March 13, 2019 — In response to the Senate passing S.J.Res. 7, legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "This Senate vote moves us one step closer to …

Students, the Sixties, and How to 'Fail Better'
David L. Wilson | mronline.org | 2019-03-13
With their wide range of styles and perspectives, these little memoirs give a good sense of the period and the issues, but their value is more than historic. As a new generation is being drawn to radical politics, today's activists may be able to gain useful insights from the experiences of their predecessors. | Source…

'This Is Historic': US Senate Passes War Powers Resolution to End Complicity in World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-03-13
"Millions of grassroots activists, who helped make this vote a reality, want their lawmakers to end this unconscionable war.

NAACP Issues Letters to Congress Calling for Hearings on Domestic Terrorism and Government Surveillance of Black Activists
Aba Blankson | naacp.org | 2019-03-13
Letters sent to chairs of House Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees BALTIMORE (March 13, 2019)–Today, the nation's foremost civil rights organization issued letters addressed to the chairs of the House Committees on Homeland Security and the House Judiciary Committee to request hearings on the issues of domestic terrorism; and regarding the ways in which Black …

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…

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.

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. …

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…