2019-03-20: Social Media Postees

Palestinian-owned School Demolished by Israeli Forces
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-20
A Palestinian-owned school building that was under construction, in the Shuafat refugee camp, in occupied East Jerusalem was demolished by Israeli forces' bulldozers Tuesday. | RELATED: | Israeli Court Orders Closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Again | Eyewitnesses recount dozens of Israeli occupation forces escorting the bulldozers into the refugee…

Solidarity with women worldwide
Monica Moorehead | workers.org | 2019-03-20
IWWD rally, March 17 The International Working Women's Day Coalition held its annual rally, march and forum here on March 17 to reinforce its decades-long theme that every issue is a woman's issue. The rally gathered in front of busy Penn Station, where various women and gender-oppressed activists spoke on . . . | Continue reading Solidarity with women worldwide at Workers.org…

American Empire Killed the Prospect of Peace
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-20
"Veni, Vidi, Vici," boasted Julius Caesar, one of history's great military captains. "I came, I saw, I conquered." | Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed that famed saying when summing up the Obama administration's military intervention in Libya in 2011 — with a small alteration. "We came, we saw, he died," she said with a laugh about the killing of Muammar Gaddafi, that country's autocratic leader. Note what she left out, though: the "vici" or victory part. And how right she was to do so, since Washington's invasi…

Syrian President Highlights Cooperation with Iraq and Iran
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-20
Damascus, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) "The threat of terrorism has forced nations and governments of the region to coordinate efforts to fight this scourge and confront it," Syrian President Bashar Al Assad said on Tuesday.

Somalia: The hidden US war in Somalia; civilian casualties from air strikes in Lower Shabelle
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-20
Since April 2017, the United States of America (USA) has dramatically increased the number of air strikes — from manned aircraft and unmanned drones — it has launched in Somalia, tripling the annual rate of attacks and, in 2018, outpacing US strikes in Libya and Yemen combined. Despite this escalation, the US government claims that it has not killed any civilians in Somalia during this period. In this report, Amnesty International provides credible evidence to the contrary. The report investigates five incidents in Lower Shabelle, Somalia, in which 14 civilians were killed and eight injured. It provid…

SF Bay Area activists demand end to imperialist aggression against Venezuela
Nick Pardee | indybay.org | 2019-03-20
On Saturday, March 9, a spirited rally and march took place in San Francisco demanding an end to U.S. imperialist aggression against Venezuela.

Syria and China Sign 17-Million-Dollar Economic Agreement
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-20
Damascus, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) Syria and China signed an agreement on economic and technical cooperation by virtue of which the Chinese Government will donate 100 million yuans (nearly 17 million dollars). The deal was penned by Imad Sabouni, head of the Syrian Agency for Planning and International Cooperation, and Phyong Biao, the ambassador of the People"s Republic of China.

Russia Decries US Obstacles to Humanitarian Aid in Syria
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-20
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.

United States Imposes More Sanctions on Venezuela
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-20
19 de marzo de 2019, 15: 13Washington, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) The United States government announced Tuesday sanctions against the Venezuelan mining company Minerven and its president, Adrian Perdomo, for their relations with the Caracas executive.

Protests of U.S. Puppet Theft of Venezuelan Diplomatic Bldgs
No Blood for Oil | indybay.org | 2019-03-20
The US appointed puppet tried to take over Venezuelan diplomatic buildings on 3/19/19, only to be met by Gloria LaRiva of ANSWER, Medea Benjamin of Code Pink and others to protest this theft of a foreign country's property by US puppets who promote privatization and theft of Venezuelan oil. See 2 minute video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4WR0V4YJuo

America's Venezuela Strategy: Coup by Sheer Narrative Control
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-20
(CJ Opinion) — The Trump administration is working to overthrow the government of Venezuela. They are not at this time doing this by military invasion, nor by funneling thousands of armed militants into the country, nor even solely with starvation sanctions and CIA ops. The first and foremost means of overthrowing Venezuela's government currently being utilized by …

America’s Venezuela Strategy: Coup by Sheer Narrative Control

Another Brutal Crackdown by Hamas in Gaza
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-20
Protesting the electricity crisis, in the Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza, on January 12, 2017. One demonstrator holds a sign that reads, in Arabic, "We want electricity." On that day, Hamas security forces detained scores who participated in the demonstrations in Jabalia. | © 2017 Mahmoud Abu Salama | Palestinians across Gaza have taken to the streets over the past week to demonstrate under the slogan: "We want to live." Protesters have told us that they were spurred by taxes imposed by Hamas authorities on goods lik…

USA/Somalia: Shroud of secrecy around civilian deaths masks possible war crimes
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-20
Forensic investigation yields credible evidence 14 civilians were killed in just five strikes | More than 100 strikes by US drones and manned aircraft since early 2017 | Strikes in Somalia tripled under Trump, outpacing Yemen and Libya combined | The US government must carry out impartial, thorough investigations into credible evidence its rapidly escalating air strikes in Somalia have killed numerous civilians, Amnesty International said in a new report today. | The Hidden US War in Somalia details how 14 civilians were killed and eight m…

An Arab NATO with Israel's participation — a new weapon for globalists against the Iranian "threat"
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-19
The reasons for Saudi Arabia's gravitation toward Israel Iran and Saudi Arabia have experienced a great deal of tension in their relations in recent years. These tensions started with the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr (a Shia cleric who opposed the Saudi regime) and peaked when a number of Iranian Anti-Saudi protesters stormed the Saudi …

ACLU: The U.S. Is Acting Like an Authoritarian Regime by Barring ICC Officials Probing War Crimes
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-19
The Trump administration has barred International Criminal Court investigators from entering the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the U.S. will start denying visas to members of the ICC who may be investigating alleged war crimes by the U.S. military in Afghanistan. In September, national security adviser John Bolton threatened U.S. sanctions against ICC judges if they continued to investigate alleged war crimes committed by U.S. troops in Afghanistan. A 2016 ICC report accused the U.S. military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan during the ongoing war. The report…

Minnesotans protest Senator Klobuchar's pro-war record
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-19
Minneapolis, MN – On March 15, 30 protesters gathered in front of Senator Amy Klobuchar's Minneapolis office to condemn her support for the Trump administration policy of regime change in Venezuela and support of U.S. aid to Israel. Since Klobuchar has kicked off her presidential campaign, the Twin Cities anti-war movement has responded by holding multiple protests, including a picket at her presidential announcement at Boom Island, to draw attention to the senator's long record of voting for military aid and U.S. intervention. | Responding to the savage and racist mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, Mis…

The Death of Peace: How the US Empire Starts Wars, But Refuses to End Them
William Astore | commondreams.org | 2019-03-19
Armed forces carry a transfer case covered with an American flag during a dignified transfer for fallen service member Sergeant Leandro A.S. Jasso on November 27, 2018 in Dover, Delaware. Sgt. Jasso of Leavenworth, Washington was killed in Afghanistan while engaging enemy forces. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

AIPAC Is Coming to Town — Again! Yet Another Concession to Netanyahu Prior to Israel Elections
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
The Trump Administration has delivered yet another concession to Israel's embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the eve of parliamentary elections: the Israeli military occupation of much of the Palestinian West Bank and of the Golan Heights will no longer …

No Troop Withdrawal: The US is Planning the "Permanent Occupation" of Syria?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
Trump lied about winning against ISIS, the scourge the US created and supports, along with al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot, and other jihadist groups. | Last December, he lied saying | "(o)ur boys, our young women, our men — they're all coming back | …

The US Is Pushing Lebanon into the Arms of Iran and Russia: US Sanctions Affect the Local Economy
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
Lebanon is expecting the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week at a time when the Lebanese economic-political map is being redrawn and while Lebanon is suffering its most serious economic downturnin recent history. | Reasons for the …

Stealing Syria's Gold: US Is Behaving as True Looters Do
Viktor Mikhin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
According to the agency South Front, the United States has transported approximately 50 tons of gold from the regions occupied by ISIS in the Deir ez-Zor Governorate. The Kurdish news source reports that the gold was stolen from Syria, and …

Gold Fever? US Treasury Sanctions Venezuela Gold Mining Company
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-19
The U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on Tuesday against Venezuela's state-run gold mining company Minerven, which is part of the Venezuelan Guayana Corporation (CVG) holding. | RELATED: | Venezuela Lost Billions as Result of US-led Sanctions: Maduro | As part of the ongoing sanctions and attempts to destabilize the Venezuelan government, the U.S. government announced the new measure that aims to block state mining assets and prohibit U.S citizens from dealing wit…

Anti-Semitism and "The Israel Project"
Askiah Adam | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
Israel is off-limits. The criminalisation of anti-Semitism means nothing short of this. In fact, France's President Macron says anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism and both are now legally defined as "hate crimes". Will this be a global precursor? Will …

John Smith on imperialism (Part 1)
Farooque Chowdhury | mronline.org | 2019-03-19
"The liberal/mainstream notion of imperialism that permeates…bourgeois political opinion proceeds from the elementary observation that the various empires that have existed during the past three millennia share one obvious characteristic, namely territorial conquest accomplished through military force." | Source…

UN War Crimes Investigators Urge Israel to Stop Killing Unarmed Protesters
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-19
(MEMO) — UN war crimes investigators yesterday called on Israel to stop its snipers using lethal force against protesters in the Gaza Strip, as the anniversary approached of the start of demonstrations there, Reuters reported. The Commission of Inquiry said Israel should investigate the shooting of more than 6,000 people, far beyond the criminal inquiries it has announced into 11 …

UN War Crimes Investigators Urge Israel to Stop Killing Unarmed Protesters

US Decision to Deny Visas to ICC Officials Is an Authoritarian Act
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-03-19
The Trump administration has barred International Criminal Court (ICC) investigators from entering the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the U.S. will start denying visas to members of the ICC who may be investigating alleged war crimes by the U.S. military in Afghanistan. In September, National Security Adviser John Bolton threatened U.S. sanctions against ICC judges if they continued to investigate alleged war crimes committed by U.S. troops in Afghanistan. A 2016 ICC report accused the U.S. military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan during the ongoing war. T…

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-19
(ANTIWAR.COM) — US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are "factually incorrect." Dunford presented the current planned "residual force" as 200, saying that this hadn't changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February …

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

The American Emperor Has No Clothes
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-03-19
This piece originally appeared on antiwar.com. | There are times when I wish that the United States would just drop the charade and declare itself a global empire. As a veteran of two imperial wars, a witness to the dark underside of America's empire-denial, I've grown tired of the equivocation and denials from senior policymakers. The U.S. can't be an empire, we're told, because–unlike the Brits…

In a First, Palestinians Challenge Israel's Settlement Enterprise–in a US Court
Mairav Zonszein | thenation.com | 2019-03-18
In a First, Palestinians Challenge Israel's Settlement Enterprise–in a US Court…

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 …

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 …

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.

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 ?…

Gaza: Hamas must end brutal crackdown against protesters and rights defenders
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-18
Amnesty worker in Gaza interrogated and ill-treated by security forces | Hamas security forces' violent crackdown against peaceful Palestinian protesters, activists, human rights workers — including an Amnesty International worker – and local journalists must be immediately halted and investigated, said Amnesty International. | Hundreds of protesters have been subjected to beatings, arbitrary arrest and detentions, and torture and other forms of ill-treatment since 14 March, when Palestinians took to the streets across the Gaza Strip to protest against the rising cost of living and deteriorating economic c…

Azerbaijan: release of activists welcome but more needed
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-18
The release of wrongfully imprisoned activists in Azerbaijan is a step in the right direction, but more is needed to transform the climate of fear and repression in Azerbaijan, Amnesty International said today.

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 Haim Saban looked on — our panel discusses anti-Semitism, Israel and the Democratic Party with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…

Taiwanese Activist at Risk in Chinese Prison
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-18
Pro-democracy protesters carry a photo of detained Taiwanese rights activist Lee Ming-Che (L) and other activists during a demonstration in Hong Kong, China September 11, 2017. | March 19 marks two years since police in China's Guangdong province forcibly disappeared Taiwanese democracy activist Li Ming-che. Authorities eventually charged Li with "subversion of state power"

38 Years Prison and 148 Lashes for Iranian Human Rights Defender
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…

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…

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. | …

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 …

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."

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. | …

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…

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 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.

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…

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…

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.

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