2019-03-30: Social Media Postees

Palestinians Mark 1st Anniversary of Great March of Return
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-30
One death has been reported so far as thousands of Palestinians rallied at the Gaza-Israel border Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of a surge of protests, facing off against Israeli forces massed across the frontier. | Israeli Troops fired tear gas across the border and the Israeli military said some of the estimated 20,000 demonstrators threw rocks, grenades and burning tires towards them. | Palestinian activists clad in bright orange vests tried to keep people back, though some made it to the fence. Gaza medics said one Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire before dawn on Saturday near the border…

Video: Houthis Kill or Injure 250 Saudi-backed Fighters, Capture 100 Positions in Large-scale Attack in Dhale
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
The Houthis captured 100 positions in the central Yemeni province of Dhale from the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies during a recent large-scale operation, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman of the pro-Houthis wing of the Yemeni Armed Forces, …

Syria: Is US Fighting ISIS or Liquidating Assets?
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
That the "final stronghold" of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) resides in US occupied territory in Syria says it all. | From US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) memos dating back to 2012 noting efforts to create a "Salafist" [Islamic] "principality" [State] …

As Washington hails victory over ISIS, media ignores massive human toll
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-30
The Pentagon's admission of 1,250 civilians killed in four years of bombardment of Iraq and Syria is a vast underestimate of the real death toll.

Progressive Surge Propels Turning Point in US Policy on Yemen
Danny Postel | zcomm.org | 2019-03-30
The House resolution was the first time Congress flexed its War Powers muscle in the 45 years since that resolution's passage…

Israeli Forces Kill 17-Year-Old With Live Fire as 40,000 Palestinians Mark 'Great March of Return' Anniversary
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-30
"Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza March demand their basic rights even as Israeli snipers are waiting ready to gun them down." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

In Leaked Recording, Cory Booker Says He and AIPAC President "Text Message Back and Forth Like Teenagers"
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-03-30
Even as the progressive wing of the Democratic Party has shown willingness to criticize Israel, Booker has tried to smooth over the widening rift.

War, Peace and Presidential Candidates
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Forty-five years after Congress passed the War Powers Act in the wake of the Vietnam War, it has finally used it for the first time, to try to end the U.S.-Saudi war on the people of Yemen and to recover its constitutional authority over questions of war and peace. This hasn't stopped the war yet,…

Palestinians Commemorate Land Day 2019. Gazans Protest against Israeli Aggression and Suffocating Blockade
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
Since last weekend, Israeli warplanes preemptively terror-bombed Gaza and Aleppo's Sheikh Najar region overnight, causing material damage, according to Syria's Defense Ministry. | For Netanyahu, it's all about wanting his resume as a warrior burnished ahead of upcoming April 9 elections …

On eve of Gaza border protest anniversary, UN's top humanitarian official for Palestine calls for calm
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-29
With a large protest planned on Saturday in Gaza, and border shootings by Israeli security forces which have left nearly 200 Palestinians dead over the past year, the UN's top humanitarian official in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt), Jamie McGoldrick, on Friday called for calm from all sides to prevent further bloodshed.

Gaza, Stonewall: Izzy Mustafa on Why People Rise Up
Susie Day | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Every Friday since March 30, 2018, in what's known as the Great March of Return, Palestinians in Gaza come to the Israeli border fence to protest nearly twelve years of a blockade that has made Gaza into what's often called the world's largest open-air prison. They also come to invoke UN Resolution 194, their right…

Gaza Freedom Flotilla Coalition: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Great Return March
Canadian Boat to Gaza | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
On the first anniversary of the beginning of the #GreatReturnMarch protests by Palestinians in Gaza to mark #LandDay on March 30, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition stands in solidarity with our Palestinian friends who are demanding full freedom of movement, including …

From Inspiration to Despair: A Year of Gaza's Great March of Return
Yara Hawari | commondreams.org | 2019-03-29
Demonstrators tear barbed wire along the Gaza fence in demonstrations against Israel's occupation. (Photo: M. Hajjar/MEE) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Trump Admin Complementing Israeli Effort to Give Nuclear Weapons to Saudi Arabia
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-29
Already seven of the 10 countries in the world with the highest military budgets are in the Middle East. The development of nuclear weapons in Saudi Arabia has many speculating that it could mark the beginning of an even more dangerous era for the war-torn region.

Singing in a cage is possible and so is happiness
The Tricontinental | mronline.org | 2019-03-29
Once more, punctually, Israel–with the vengeance of Zeus–has begun to bomb Gaza, from which the sounds and smells of war are never absent due to Israeli bombings. It helps Israel that the United States is fully behind its policy of annihilation. | Source…

A Dangerous Precedent: US Recognition of Israel's Annexation of the Syrian Golan
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-29
Phyllis Bennis explains that Trump's decision is a setback for peace all over the world. The US has isolated itself diplomatically in support of Netanyahu's campaign to win the elections, but recovery will be long…

Venezuela's Oil Production Plummets in February Due to New US Sanctions
Dan Beeton, CEPR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-29
The Center for Economic Policy Research in Washington DC analyzes the "very harsh impact" of the latest sanctions imposed on Venezuela's oil sector.

Kamala Harris Calls for Teacher Raises–An Anomaly in Presidential Politics
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-29
Democratic frontrunner calls for $315 billion investment–education activists, such as Lois Weiner, say it's still not enough…

Brazilian Police Detain Man Suspected of Activist's Murder
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-29
Brazilian police authorities have detained a man suspected of the murder of activist Dilma Ferreira Silva, 48, who was found dead in Para, Brazil's northern region last week. | RELATED: | Brazil's Vale Activates Alarm Near Dams in Risk of Rupture | The bodies of Ferreira; her husband, Claudionor Costa da Silva, 42; and a friend of the family, Hilton Lopes, 38, were…

Lebanon Decides to Confront Israel and the US in Shebaa, Kfarshouba and Syria
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
Lebanese Judge Ahmad Mezher has given orders that a survey be conducted of Lebanese occupied territories in the Shebaa Farms, Kfarshouba, Huneen, Ideise and Bleeda. These villages are bordering Hasbaiya, Rashaya al-Fukhar and Kiyam and have been under Israeli occupation …

Ambassador Jaafari Crushes Trump's Tweet on Syria's Golan, Flagrant Violation, Contempt for International Law
Miri Wood | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
His Excellency Bashar al Jaafari issued an urgent statement on Syria's Golan, via a UN stake out, 22 March 2019. While maintaining his immaculate standard of professional diplomat, the Syrian ambassador crushed US President Donald J. Trump's " irresponsible …

Annual Lobbying on "Pro-Israel", A Major Force in US Foreign Affairs: Summary for 2018

| globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
One of, if not the most, powerful international issue lobby is that of the pro-Israel crowd. Well-financed and politically powerful, the pro-Israel lobby is a major force on American foreign affairs that looks to continue America's military and fiscal support …

'Renouncing Violence' Is a Demand Made Almost Exclusively of Muslims
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2019-03-29
As Israel was killing scores and maiming thousands of protesters in Gaza, rather than calling on Israel to "renounce violence," the New York Times ( 5/18/18) published an op-ed arguing that "guarding the border was more important than avoiding killing." | A FAIR survey of the phrase "renounce violence" in the New York Times over the past 10 years shows that 95 percent of the time the demand is made of Muslim organizations, people or political parties, the most prominent being the Taliban and Hamas. There are zero instances o…

Trump Trades Arab Lives for Netanyahu Votes
Laila Ujayli | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
In blatant violation of international law, Donald Trump has recognized Israel's claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The order came in the midst of a renewed wave of violence in the Gaza Strip, with Israel responding to rocket attacks …

US Airstrikes Kill Over 50 People in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-29
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Officials very much want to brand the ISIS battle in Syria as "over," so long as it is understood that it won't involve withdrawing forces or ending anything in practice. The village of Baghouz, however, continues to be the center of conflict. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, US forces attacked some …

US Airstrikes Kill Over 50 People in Syria

Bolsonaro Government Backtracks on Jerusalem Embassy Move
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-29
(MEMO) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will apparently not move his country's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Ma'an News reported. Instead, he may announce the opening of a "business office" in West Jerusalem during his upcoming two-day visit to Israel, on Thursday. In January, Bolsonaro promised to follow in the footsteps of United States President Donald Trump in …

Bolsonaro Government Backtracks on Jerusalem Embassy Move

Land Day is crucial for Palestinians
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
Palestinians will gather to commemorate Land Day on March 30. Last year, Land Day marked the beginning of the Great March of Return weekly protests in Gaza. | Land Day has its origins in 1976 when Israeli authorities conducted a brazen, large-scale theft of Palestinian land on behalf of settlers. Palestinians responded with a general strike and protests. | Land Day became a grim turning point in the struggle for sovereignty over land. Six Palestinians were killed and scores were arrested, setting the scene for a ramped-up response by Israel aga…

Yemen: 'We cannot survive another four years'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
On March 6, the Yemeni human rights organisation Mwatana for Human Rights, the US-based University Network for Human Rights and PAX for Peace released a report documenting the role that United States and European arms sales have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi-UAE-led war on Yemen. | It included an account of when Saudi and United Arab Emirates (UAE) forces bombed the al-Honood residential neighborhood in Hawak District, Al-Hudaydah Governo…

Why the Gaza Protests Won't Stop
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-29
Israeli forces fire tear gas towards Palestinian demonstrators near the fences separating Gaza and Israel, as seen from the Israeli side, on March 30, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | On Saturday, Palestinians in Gaza will head to the fences with Israel that effectively serve as their prison walls to mark one year since they began weekly demonstrations against Israel's more than decade-long closure of Gaza. I've spent much of the past year speaking to men, women, boys, and girls who participated in the demonstration, ofte…

Outrage grows over leaked government database targeting journalists, activists at US-Mexico border
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-29
Congressional committees are now seeking information on repression of journalists and civil rights activists by the Trump administration.

CODEPINK Ranks the 2020 Presidential Candidates on War, Peace and Military Spending
Medea Benjamin | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-28
Medea Benjamin and Nicole Davies of CODEPINK look at a new crop of presidential candidates and examine their views — and, when possible, voting records — on issues of war and peace.

Immigrant rights delegation to visit U.S.-Mexico border
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-28
Minneapolis, MN – In the shadow of President Trump's declaration of a 'state of emergency' to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Legalization for All Network is organizing a national delegation of immigrant rights activists to go on a fact-finding and solidarity delegation to the border. The delegation will include activists from the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC), Milwaukee's Young People's Resistance Committee (YPRC) and from the U.S. Palestinian Community Network. | The delegation will learn about the history of the U.S.-Mexico border since its unjust creation with the U.S. milita…

Documents Reveal Saudi-Backed Gov't in Yemen Granted Citizenship to Charlie Hebdo Attacker Peter Cherif
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-28
Cherif is just one of the dozens of foreigners — mostly former al-Qaeda and ISIS fighters — who have been granted Yemeni citizenship by the Coalition-allied Yemeni Passport Authority, under pressure from high-ranking leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Syria's Rukban Now Little More Than a US-Controlled Concentration Camp — and the Pentagon Won't Let Refugees Leave
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-28
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a concentration camp is defined as "a place where large numbers of people are kept as prisoners in extremely bad conditions, especially for political reasons." It is undeniable that the Rukban camp fits this definition to the letter.

All charges dropped against Jussie Smollett, victim of Chicago police
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-28
Chicago, IL – Immediately after all charges were dropped Tuesday morning, March 26 against actor Jussie Smollett and the record of his arrest and prosecution expunged, Frank Chapman, Co-Chairperson of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, addressed the media. Smollett is a star of the Fox Television series "Empire." | "This is another example of the CPD doing what they do," Chapman declared. "They have falsely accused people, tortured confessions and framed-up innocent people, killed people — there is no justice when it come to the CPD. The people of this city are tired of this. We n…

Attempt to defy international law over Golan Heights sovereignty 'doomed to failure' Security Council hears
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-28
A majority of Security Council members on Wednesday stressed the importance of upholding international law regarding the occupied Golan Heights, in the face of the unilateral move by the United States to recognize Israel's sovereignty over them.

Israeli Jets Strike Syria's Aleppo, Causing Electricity Blackout
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-28
(MEE) — The Syrian military said Israel on Wednesday launched air raids on an industrial zone in the northern city of Aleppo, causing damage only to materials, while opposition sources said the strikes hit Iranian ammunition stores and a military airport used by Tehran's forces, Reuters reported. "The Israeli aggression targeted some positions in Sheikh Najjar industrial …

Israeli Jets Strike Syria's Aleppo, Causing Electricity Blackout

FBI 'reviewing' suspicious dismissal of Jussie Smollett hoax charges
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-28
The FBI is reportedly reviewing the surprise dismissal of 16 felony charges against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett stemming from the hate-crime hoax he staged in January, after his near-exoneration outraged local authorities. | …

One year on from protests, Gaza civilians' devastating injuries highlight urgent need for arms embargo on Israel
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-28
One year on from the start of the Great March of Return protests in Gaza, thousands of civilians continue to suffer the devastating consequences of Israel's ruthless tactics without accountability, Amnesty International said today. At least 195 Palestinians were killed, including 41 children and 28,939 injured by Israeli forces in the context of the protests between 30 March 2018 until 22 March 2019, according to…

Venezuela fact-finding mission reports on complex situation
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
Three solidarity activists who recently returned from Venezuela presented reports to a meeting organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (Melbourne) and the Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) on March 27. | While in Venezuela, the fact-finding mission met with grassroots activists in the poor suburbs of Caracas and elsewhere in the country and representatives from the Bolivar and Zamora Revolutionary Current, Alexis Vive Collective and the LGBTI community, among others. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero showed a video of a huge rally in support of President Nicolas Maduro, demonstrating that the gov…

US Isolated at United Nations Over Golan Heights
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-28
(MEMO) — The United States was isolated at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights as the other countries on the council opposed the move, Reuters reports. In a letter requesting Wednesday's meeting, Syria described the US decision as a "flagrant violation" of council resolutions, while …

US Isolated at United Nations Over Golan Heights

Four Years of Hell: To Crush Yemen's Independence, US-Saudi War Created World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-03-27
On the fourth anniversary of the US-Saudi war on Yemen, the Middle East's poorest nation suffers from the worst humanitarian…

Yemen hospital airstrike under investigation amid resurgence of deadly cholera
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-27
UN human rights staff in Yemen are investigating an apparent airstrike on a hospital in opposition-held territory which reportedly killed at least seven civilians on Tuesday, amid fears that cholera is spreading "like wildfire", one of the organization's senior humanitarian officials has warned.

US Foists 'Humanitarian Aid' on Venezuela, Helps Create a Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
Kei Pritsker | thegrayzone.com | 2019-03-27
If the US really wants to save people from a dire humanitarian crisis, why aren't we talking about sending aid…

Green New Deal Voted Down by Senate, but Activists Aren't Deterred
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-27
The Senate rejected the proposal in what Democrats called a "sham vote," but 18-year-old Jeremy Ornstein of the Sunrise Movement says that won't stop the movement for climate action…

The illegal occupation of Syrian Golan
Michael Kramer | workers.org | 2019-03-27
March 25 — With a tweet and an executive order, the Trump administration has further isolated itself globally by reversing decades of U.S. policy in calling for "the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights." The area, which is correctly known as Syrian Golan, is located . . . | Continue reading The illegal occupation of Syrian Golan at Workers.org…

As Syria conflict enters ninth year, humanitarian crisis 'far from over', Security Council hears
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-27
Eight years ago this month, the Syria conflict began, leading to a humanitarian crisis that remains "far from over", the UN Security Council heard on Wednesday. 11.7 million need humanitarian assistance and protection, and more than 5.6 million Syrians are living as refugees across the region.

Forget Mueller. Israel, not Russia, is Trump's real partner in crime
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2019-03-27
The major conclusions of the 'Mueller investigation' have just come out in the US. Mueller didn't find significant evidence of alleged Russian collusion in … | Read more Forget Mueller. Israel, not Russia, is Trump's real partner in crime. | By Peter Bolton…

US Media Remains Silent as Historically Huge Protests Take Place Across Yemen
Ahmed AbdulKareem | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-27
(MPN) — Massive demonstrations took place across Yemen's major cities on Tuesday to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Saudi-led war on the country. The war ostensibly began on March 26, 2015, when Saudi Arabia, backed by the U.S. and other regional allies, launched a large-scale attack on Yemen under the pretext of reinstating ousted former …

US Media Remains Silent as Historically Huge Protests Take Place Across Yemen

Bahrain: What lies behind the scenes of the Formula One Grand Prix
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-27
This weekend, the world will tune in- once again- to Bahrain's International Circuit to watch one of the glitziest events on the sporting calendar: Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. As you buckle up for this round of the top-level sport, we would like to steer your attention toward those 5 things happening away from the prestigious circuit: | Tweeting can be a crime | Social media posts critical of the government can land you in jail. Nabeel Rajab, the country's prominent human rights defender, is serving a 5-year sentence for tweeting about the conflict in Yemen and torture allegations in Jaw prison. Similarly, Na…

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