2019-03-18: Social Media Postees

Upping the Stakes in Yemen. Endless US-led War
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-18
US forever war in Yemen rages, the Saudis, UAE, NATO, and Israel part of its so-called coalition — against peace in the country and elsewhere. | Over 17 years of war began by the Bush/Cheney regime. There's virtually no prospect for …

We Must Apply Our Universal Values to All Nations. Only Then Will We Achieve Peace
Ilhan Omar | commondreams.org | 2019-03-18
Palestinians carry a wounded protester east of Gaza City on 5 October 2018. (Photo: AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Good Iraqi-Iranian Relations Are Not a Reason to Worry
Paul R. Pillar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-18
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been visiting Iraq this week–a friendly, extended visit that has yielded several bilateral agreements on trade and transportation. Such an event causes heartburn, of course, within the Trump administration and for others who believe that …

Cyclone Leaves Over 125 Dead In Mozambique, Zimbabwe
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-18
Authorities in the southern African nations of Mozambique and Zimbabwe say the cyclone that tore through the two neighboring countries has left 128 people dead and hundreds more missing. | RELATED: | South Africa: To Downgrade Embassy In Israel For Second Time | As of Sunday the effects of tropical cyclone Idai had left 62 people dead in Mozambique and another 65 in Zimbabwe after 177 km per hour winds hit along with torrential rains hit the city of Beira, Mozambique Thursday.

A Global Strike for Climate Change: 1.4 Million Students Walk Out of Class Demanding Action
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-18
Up to 1.4 million children around the world took part in a global climate strike on Friday to demand world leaders do more to address the dangers of climate. The mass protests were sparked by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has skipped school every Friday to sit outside the Swedish parliament to demand leaders act on climate change. Democracy Now! was in the streets of New York City on Friday with the young activists. We speak with 18-year-old Alysa Chen, one of the organizers of the walkout at New York City's Bronx High School of Science.

French Colonel Slams US Tactics Against ISIS-Daesh in Syria, Accuses Washington of "Prolonging the Conflict"
Middle East Monitor | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-18
A senior French officer faces punishment after publicly condemning the US-led coalition's military tactics against Daesh in the east of Syria, accusing Washington of prolonging the conflict and disregarding a growing civilian death toll, the army said on Saturday. | Colonel …

Venezuela: The Next Syria?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-18
Doomsday In Venezuela We're being led to believe it's all doom and gloom in Venezuela. The mainstream media is rapid-firing reports of a deepening humanitarian crisis. An evil dictator, Nicolas Maduro, is holding his country hostage from democracy, they say, while his people starve. Venezuelans are reportedly fleeing by the thousands while the government …

Saudi Arabia: Further Information: Women Activists on Trial
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-18
On 13 March 2019, 11 women activists were brought to trial at the Criminal Court in Riyadh after being detained without charge since May 2018. The women were charged with contacting international organizations, including Amnesty International, foreign media and other activists. Some of the women were also charged with promoting women's rights and calling for the end of the male guardianship system. The activists have had no access to their lawyers throughout their detention. Amnesty calls on the Saudi authorities to drop these charges and release the women activists, and others who remain detained without charge,…

Brexit's Imperial Nostalgia
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-18
Anis Chowdhuryand Jomo Kwame Sundaram confront the notion that British rule helped "develop" the empire. By Jomo Kwame Sundaram in Kuala Lumpur and Anis Chowdhury in Sydney Inter Press Service As the possible implications of Britain's self-imposed "no-deal" exit from the European Union… Read more ?…

US Military Now Planning to Keep 1,000 Troops on the Ground in Syria
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-18
(MEE) — The US military is now making plans to keep almost 1,000 troops in Syria, officials said, a shift that comes three months after President Donald Trump ordered a complete withdrawal, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing unidentified US officials. Talks with Turkey, European allies and US-backed Kurdish fighters have so far failed to …

US Military Now Planning to Keep 1,000 Troops on the Ground in Syria

This week in history: March 18-24
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-18
Daniel Yock, aboriginal, workers inquiry, Socialist Labor League, Anguilla, St. Kitts, Britain, Hungary, World War II, Budapest, Hitler, Horthy, USSR, Bela Kun, Austro-Hungarian empire, Hungarian Soviet Republic…

The Attack on Ilhan Omar and Pelosi's Unconditional Support for Israel
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-18
Nancy Pelosi pledged support for Israel "even if the Capitol crumbles", as major Democratic Party funder and pro-Israel advocate Hiam Saban looked on — our panel discusses anti-semitism, Israel and the Democratic Party with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…

Russia Decries US Obstacles to Humanitarian Aid in Syria
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-18
Moscow, Mar 17 ( Prensa Latina ) Russia has condemned on Sunday obstacles imposed by the United States to bring humanitarian aid to nearly 40,000 people in the refugee camp of El Rukban, in southeastern Syria, in an illegally occupied area.

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Sentenced to 38 Years and 148 Lashes
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-18
Nasrin Sotoudeh defended political prisoners and worked to abolish Iran's death penalty. Human rights groups are worried her sentence could signal increased repression of peace activism in Iran under a judiciary with a history of human rights violations…

Poor People's Hearing Bay Area. Against Racism, Poverty, War Economy, Climate Change
Bay Area Poor People's Campaign | indybay.org | 2019-03-18
Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 1188 12th St. West Oakland…

US Spied on Journalists Who Covered Migrants in Mexico
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-18
Mexico, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) The government of the United States carried out a secret operation to spy on the journalists and activists who covered or investigated the caravans of migrants in Mexico, local media reported on Thursday.

March for Fossil Fuel Freedom Starts Near Stanford
Text: R.R. Photos: Chris Cassell | indybay.org | 2019-03-18
In the fight for a transition to cleaner, safer lives, activists marched to demand that Wells Fargo stop funding the fossil fuel infrastructure. 350 Silicon Valley spearheaded the march from Palo Alto to San Francisco starting on March 16. Native American leaders guided the procession with energy along the historic El Camino Real.

Yemen: Houthis Warn They Could Target Riyadh and Abu Dhabi
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-17
Yemen's Houthi forces warned Saturday they could launch attacks against the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who are leading a military coalition against them. | RELATED: | Senate Rebukes Trump on Saudi Arabia Coalition in Yemen | "We have aerial photographs and coordinates of dozens of headquarters, facilities and military bases of the enemy," Houthi militia spokesman Yahya Saree said in comments carried by the militia's Al-Masirah channel. | "We have ma…

Israeli Court Orders Closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Again
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-17
An Israeli court Sunday ordered the closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site of Islam situated in the occupied Jerusalem. It was recently closed last Tuesday after Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians. | RELATED: | NZ Mosque Shooter Mailed Manifesto to PM Minutes Before Attack | The religious authority Waqf, which takes care of the re…

Condemn the attack by German authorities on Rasmea Odeh
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-17
Freedom Road Socialist Organization sharply condemns the decision by German authorities to prevent the respected Palestinian leader Rasmea Odeh from speaking in Berlin, March 15. According to reports we have reviewed, German police accosted Rasmea outside the hall where she was scheduled to appear, surrounded the venue with hundreds of cops, and handed her documents that canceled her visa. Police then followed Rasmea, demanding she go to another part of the city, and harassed her as she did so. | These acts of political repression were preceded by a noisy campaign by the U.S. and Israeli ambassadors and the right…

It Started in Daraa on March 17, 2011: The US-NATO-Israel Sponsored Al Qaeda Insurgency in Syria. Who Was Behind the 2011 "Protest Movement"?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-17
It was not a protest movement, it was an armed insurgency integrated by US-Israeli & allied supported "jihadist" death squads. From Day One, the Islamist "freedom fighters" were supported, trained & equipped by NATO & Turkey's High Command.

Quantitative Easing and Universal Basic Income
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-17
Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution. | Philip A Farruggio has a internet interview show, 'It's the Empire… Stupid' with …

Opec May Need to Extend Oil Cuts Until the End of 2019
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-17
As global inventories are still rising, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) may need to expand output cuts into the second half of 2019, Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al Falih said Sunday during a press conference in Azerbaijan. | RELATED: | Iran Oil Exports Up, Unveils Major National Refinery | The Saudi minister's comment took place during the 13th meeting of the Joint OPEC-non-OPEC Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) that i…

Brussels III: UN and EU Conference Gather Aid For Syrian People
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-17
57 countries and more than 20 international organizations and UN agencies came together to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria in an international conference. | RELATED: | Leaders of Russia, Turkey, Iran Meet to Discuss Syria's Future | From March 12-13, the 'days of dialogue' brought together more than 1,000 participants: civil society representatives from Syria and the region, ministers and decision-makers from countries neighboring Syria, donor countries, regional organizations…

Guatemala: Indigenous Women Running for President, VP
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-17
Thelma Cabrera and Neftali Lopez Miranda were proclaimed candidates last Thursday for president and vice presidency by the Movement for the Liberation of People (MLP), the political arm of the Campesino Development Committee (Comité de Desarrollo Campesino, Codeca). | RELATED: | Party Aims to Recreate Guatemala as a Plurinational State | Thelma Cabrera, a promin…

Russia Calls US Intervention in Venezuela 'Unacceptable'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-17
The Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Ryabkov announced a meeting with the United States special envoy to Venezuela Eliot Abrams, in which he will tell him face-to-face that a military intervention in the South American country is unacceptable. | RELATED | US, Canada, EU Join Forces to Intimidate Russia with Sanctions | The central approach to the meeting, which will take place March 19 in Rome, Italy hopes to convey the messages that "a military intervention by the United…

Activists to Trump: 'Hands Off Venezuela'
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-17
Denouncing the "strangling" of the Venezuelan economy via sanctions and demanding the Trump administration allow the South American country to determine its own fate, pro-democracy protesters marched through Washington, D.C. on Saturday to demand, "Hands Off Venezuela!" | The demonstration came seven weeks after the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president, rebuking President Nicolas Maduro, who won re-election last May. | U.S. sanc…

ICC War Crime Investigators Banned From Entering the United States
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-17
(MEMO) — War crimes investigators working for the International Criminal Court (ICC) will be barred from entering America if they probe the actions of the country's soldiers in Afghanistan and other locations, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. The Trump administration also said restrictions may also be placed on investigators examining alleged war crimes involving Israel. Suggesting they …

ICC War Crime Investigators Banned From Entering the United States

Iran sentences US Navy vet to 10 years behind bars for insulting supreme leader
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-17
A US citizen has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars after a trial in Iran, his lawyer said. The former Navy serviceman violated a lèse-majesté law and a private information law that do not apply in the US. | …

#HandsOffVenezuela March on Capitol Hill Demands Trump End Economic War & Regime Change Attempts
Julia Conley | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-17
(CD) — Denouncing the "strangling" of the Venezuelan economy via sanctions and demanding the Trump administration allow the South American country to determine its own fate, pro-democracy protesters marched through Washington, D.C. on Saturday to demand, "Hands Off Venezuela!" The demonstration came seven weeks after the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president, rebuking President Nicolas …

#HandsOffVenezuela March on Capitol Hill Demands Trump End Economic War & Regime Change Attempts

Imperialists in battle for Iranian oil: yesterday, today, tomorrow
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-16
Exactly 68 years ago on this day, March 15, 1951, the Iranians managed to wrest their main national treasure, oil, out of the imperialists' grab. By doing this, they kicked off struggle for independence and economic development of their land. Through the efforts of Mohammad Mossadegh, the leader of the National Front party during the …

A Future Without Fossil Fuels?
Bill McKibben | commondreams.org | 2019-03-16
"Change is here. While engineers are doing their part by making renewable energy cheaper, activists are mounting efforts to weaken [fossil fuel] companies directly, and there are some signs that the pressure is working." (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Israel mounts savage air bombardment on Gaza
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-16
Hamas denied any responsibility for the two ineffectual rockets launched against Tel Aviv.

Syrian Refugees Use Precedent Set in Rohingya Case to Try to Bring Government Officials Before the International Criminal Court
Maryam Saleh | theintercept.com | 2019-03-16
"The fact that individuals who are once thought to never have been able to be held accountable are being held accountable or evidence is being collected, I think that is important in and of itself."

Kurdish women fighters brought to life on the big screen
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-16
Les filles du soleil (Girls of the Sun) | Written & directed by Eva Husson | Starring Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Erol Afsin, Evin Ahmad | Showing as part of the French Film Festival across Australia in March and April | This is a war film unlike any other that you will see, written and directed by a woman, focusing on a squad of the Kurdish autonomous women's protection units (YPJ). The systematic female enslavement and mass rape by ISIS are its subject matter. | Co-starring Iranian actor Golshifteh Farahani and France's Emmanuelle Berc…

Pompeo shames Senate by invoking Iranian bogeyman after Yemen war powers vote
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-16
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned the Senate for passing a resolution to end US involvement in the war in Yemen, suggesting US military aid to the Saudis is the only thing standing in the way of a new Persian Empire. | …

Hands off Venezuela! Protesters rally against regime change outside White House
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-16
Hundreds of protesters are gathering in Washington DC to demand "No coup! No war! No sanctions!" on Venezuela, and show support for Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro against regime change efforts. | …

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).

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…

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.

Venezuela: US Threatens New Sanctions as Hyperinflation Slows Down
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-15
The US government has increased pressure against Caracas mainly by targeting the oil industry.

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 …

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…

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…

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…

"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

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…

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…

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