2019-04-03: Social Media Postees

US Orgs to Congress: End Trump's Crusade For War in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
More than 40 organizations from throughout the United States are demanding their Congress put an end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela saying that, in particular, the illegal and "extensive economic sanctions, imposed unilaterally by the Trump government since August 2017, have caused great hardship and loss of life" in the South American country. | RELATED: | Washington Concerned Over Maduro's Stay in Power | The organizations, including CODEPINK, and dozens of other civil and religious soci…

"The Essence of Being Palestinian": What the Great March of Return is Really About
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-03
The aims of the Great March of Return protests, which began in Gaza on March 30, 2018 are to put an end to the suffocating Israeli siege and implementing the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their homes and towns in historic Palestine 70 years earlier. But there is much more …

UN chief pays tribute to Egypt's role in avoiding 'dramatic' escalation in conflict across the Gaza-Israel border
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-03
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has paid tribute to the role played by Egypt in helping to avoid a "dramatic" escalation of violence in Gaza over recent months, as tensions grew over Palestinian protests at the border, Hamas rocket attacks, and reprisal airstrikes by Israel.

Rep. Ro Khanna on WH Security Clearances, Ending Support for the Saudi War in Yemen, and Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-03
The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite "serious disqualifying issues." We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, "Congressional oversight is not a choice–it's the law." We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

US Drone Strikes "Outside War Zones" in Somalia, Yemen: Why Trump's Actions Have Put Civilians at More Risk
Jennifer Gibson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
Yesterday, President Trump scrapped an Obama-era regulation forcing the government to publicly report the number of civilians killed in US drone strikes outside war zones. The National Security Council dismissed the regulation as an annoying bit of paperwork, describing it …

Rep. Ro Khanna: White House Must Start Playing by the Rules
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-03
The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite "serious disqualifying issues." We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, "Congressional oversight is not a choice — it's the law." We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. | Transcript: | JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We begin today with explosive revelations by a White House whistleblower who says senior Trump officials overtur…

A Threatening Monster
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
President Trump used to attack President Obama as being weak with regard to Syria for not being more ruthless in the American led war of aggression against Syria, a prelude to war with Iran; that he had drawn red lines …

Pro-Israeli Power Rolls over Washington
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has just completed its annual summit in Washington. It claims that 18,000 supporters attended the event, which concluded with a day of lobbying Congress by the attendees. Numerous American politicians addressed the gathering …

The U.S.' Refusal of Entry to Arnold August Is a Dangerous Precedent for All Activists
Alison Bodine | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
On March 16, 2019, more than 1000 activists from across the U.S. gathered in Washington, DC for the "U.S Hands Off Venezuela!" demonstration. However, Canadian journalist Arnold August was not one of them — earlier in the day he was unjustly denied entry into the United States at U.S. Customs and Immigration in the Montreal…

The 24th Annual 'Get on the Bus' Event Draws Hundreds of Human Rights Activists to NYC
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-03

Root causes of forced migration from Honduras: Some background
Rabbi Brant Rosen | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-03
It was my honor last week to travel with 75 delegates representing diverse religious traditions and advocacy organizations on a "Root Causes Pilgrimage" to Honduras. Sponsored by the the Bay Area-based SHARE — El Salvador and Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, we spent seven days traveling throughout the country, meeting with local grassroots groups, Indigenous activists and faith …

New York becomes second state to ban plastic bags
Olivia Rosane | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-03
New York State lawmakers agreed to a ban on single-use plastic bags Sunday, making the Empire State the second in the nation to do so. The decision was part of a $175.5 billion budget agreement that included other progressive measures including the elimination of cash bail for most misdemeanors and non-violent crimes, three-hours-off on election …

Democrats: Stop Being Babies and Get Trump's Tax Returns
Ryan Cooper | commondreams.org | 2019-04-03
No president has ever continued to operate a vast business empire while in office. (Photo: Illustrated | Gearstd/iStock, Ljupco/iStock, Win McNamee/Getty Images, Ridofranz/iStock, IRS.gov) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Defence of European Empires was Original NATO Goal
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-03
Another major factor driving the creation of NATO was a desire to bolster colonial authority and bring the world under a US geopolitical umbrella. Part 2 in Yves Engler's series on NATO on the occasion of its 70th anniversary…

Democrats Promised to Go After Trump's Taxes. Why Are They Dragging Their Feet?
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-03
There were plenty of scandals among the presidencies before Richard Nixon and Watergate, but probably the most serious was the Teapot Dome scandal in 1924. It was a bribery scheme involving government officials taking payoffs to lease oil on public land. One of the ancillary scandals that emerged from that investigation was the suspicion that Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, who did not divest himself of his vast private holdings, was benefiting from his position. Congress was rightly concerned that the tax legislation Mellon was proposing was designed to benefit his personal interests So it demanded to see M…

Brazil's Bolsonaro Says Nazism Was 'a Leftist Movement'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday in front of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum that Nazism was a product of a left-wing movement. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro To Netanyahu At Start of 4-Day Tour: 'I Love Israel' | Bolsonaro, who is on an official visit to Israel since Sunday, made the comments after visiting the museum built in memory of six million Jews massacred by Nazis. | Upon leaving the museum he said that "there is no doubt" that Nazism was a leftist movem…

Collusion Hiding in Plain Sight
Doug Noble | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
Donald Trump's suspected "collusion" with Russia in the 2016 elections has been extensively investigated. But almost nothing has been said about his, and Congress members', open collusion with another nation, Israel, whose pervasive impact on US elections and US policy takes place in plain sight. Despite courageous critiques by Rep Omar and others, few candidates for…

Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not "Just About Oil"
Andre Vltchek | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-03
What makes the Libyan, Syrian and Venezuelan scenarios so similar? Why was the West so eager to viciously attack, and then destroy these three, at first glance, very different countries? The answer is simple, although it is not often uttered in the West; at least not publicly.

Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela is not "just about oil"
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-03
Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin and in other areas of the country. But it is not all 'about oil'; actually, …

Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not "Just About Oil"
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources, that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil, for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin …

The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis
The Real News Network | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-03
Venezuela has become a popular argument against socialism amongst conservatives because of the deep economic crisis it is currently traversing. Defenders of the Bolivarian project, though, say that US sanctions and economic war are to blame for the crisis. Greg Wilpert presents an analysis that tries to take all the factors into account.

170 Animal Activists March for Animals in Santa Rosa
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-04-03
Group Alleges Criminal Animal Cruelty, Law Enforcement Cover-up…

'The band plays on': Sanctions bill shows Mueller Report didn't calm US appetite to punish Russia
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-03
The collapse of the 'Russiagate' narrative has done little to satisfy US lawmakers' desire to punish Moscow. However, a newly revived sanctions bill might struggle to find European support, and could fall flat, analysts told RT. | …

U.S. Warmly Welcomed Congo's Disputed Election Results — but Has Been Sanctioning Its Election Officials Ever Since
Chidinma Irene Nwoye | theintercept.com | 2019-04-03
In February, the Democratic Republic of the Congo's newly elected president, Felix Tshisekedi, held a warm meeting with the U.S. envoy to the region, John Peter Pham. Only hours after the reception, the United States slapped top Congolese election, political, and judiciary officials with sanctions. Alleging corruption on the part of the five officials, the U.S. State Department imposed visa restrictions. In late March, three of those officials who worked for the election commis…

HUNDREDS of US troops died in Iraq… because of Iran, US special envoy claims
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-03
After assigning Iran the blame for mass death in both Syria and Yemen, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook declared Tehran responsible for 608 US soldiers losing their lives while invading Iraq. | …

Day After Fed Judge Okays High Capacity Gun Magazines in CA, Teenagers Rally in San Jose
Text: R.R. Photos: Chris Cassell | indybay.org | 2019-04-03
South Bay teenage activists demonstrated for legislation to stop senseless gun use in America. Supporters from Black Lives Matter and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense stood with them in solidarity at a "Rally for Change" on March 30. | Photos by Chris Cassell, Pro-Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

Venezuelan FM Satisfied with Visits to Turkey and Lebanon
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-03
03 de abril de 2019, 09: 38Beirut, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Wednesday expressed satisfaction with the results of his visits to Turkey and Lebanon, as part of a tour that will also take him to Syria.

Russiagate hysteria lives on: Election meddling sanctions bill has its day in the Senate
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-03
Mueller may have had his day, but the specter of Russian meddling still hangs over Washington. A bill newly introduced in the Senate promises to slap harsh sanctions on Russia should future election interference be discovered. | …

SF protest shows solidarity with Gaza March of Return
Saul Kanowitz | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-02
"Free Free Palestine, Let Gaza Live."

Jewish Groups Accuse GOP of Weaponizing Anti-Semitism to Prolong Slaughter in Yemen
Jake Johnson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-02
"Just as they did earlier this year, Republican leaders may again shamefully exploit concerns over bigotry against Jews to stall a totally unrelated bill that would help put an end to U.S. support for the war in Yemen."

Venezuela in the Crisis
Alfred de Zayas | mronline.org | 2019-04-02
The solution of the Venezuelan "crisis" lies in good faith negotiations between the government and the opposition, an end to the economic war, and the lifting of sanctions. | Source…

Selected Articles: Lawyers Worldwide: Investigate Israeli Crimes
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Saudi Siege of Yemen's al-Durayhimi as Devastating as WWII Siege of Leningrad
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-02
To compare Saudi Arabia's blockade on al-Durayhimi to the siege of Leningrad by German and Finnish forces in 1944, one of the most notorious and brutal military sieges in history, is no exaggeration.

Sorry WaPo, the Great March of Return Protests Are About More Than Food and Medicine
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-02
What is largely missing from the discussion on Gaza is the collective psychology behind this kind of mobilization, and why it is essential for hundreds of thousands of besieged people to rediscover their power…

Electoral Dirty Tricks in Israel. Fake Social Media Promoting Likud and PM Netanyahu
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Why not! Elections in the US, other Western countries and Israel are rife with dirty tricks. | According to Haaretz, the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post and other Israeli media, hundreds (maybe thousands) of fake social media accounts are promoting …

God and U.S. Foreign Policy: an Analysis
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-02
Well, here we go again. God is back at work in support of the foreign policy of the United States. In fact, this time around, God has apparently gone so far as to rig the 2016 U.S. presidential election (and you thought it was the Russians!) in order to assure Donald Trump's election. And why did the deity do so? To protect Israel from the bad guys in Teheran.

Will the UK Continue to Launch Strikes Against ISIS in Syria?
Chris Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
On Saturday (23 March) the Syrian Defence Force announced that ISIS' last stronghold, the small town of Baghuz on the banks of the Euphrates, had been captured. With that, ISIS' so-called Caliphate was at an end. | When British MPs …

Russiagate implodes, pleasing Trump but leaving the left in the cold
Glen Ford | mronline.org | 2019-04-02
With Mueller's "no collusion" verdict, Donald Trump can claim to have been vindicated in the Russiagate saga, but there will be no respite for the real left–not to be confused with the phony "resistance" that has run on Kremlin-hate (and Syria hate and Venezuela hate) for the past two years. | Source…

Video: US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw from Golan Heights' Contact Line
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Over 50 ISIS members were eliminated by strikes of the US-led coalition in the outskirt of the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the Euphrates Valley over the past few days, local sources reported. The airstrikes were a part of the …

The Silent Killer: Superbugs on the March in the Middle East
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-02
From Gaza to Mosul, multiple strains of superbugs resistant to antibiotics are on a rampage across the region. (MEE) — It's been described as being like a silent tsunami and at risk of putting medicine back in the Dark Ages. Strains of superbugs resistant to a wide range of antibiotics are on a rampage across the Middle …

The Silent Killer: Superbugs on the March in the Middle East

Progressives, Democrats, and Pope Sound Alarm Over Trump's Threat to Close Border
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-02
(CD) — President Donald Trump's threat to close the southern border was met with criticism and concern from politicians, activists, the public–and Pope Francis. Trump is taking the action, he said, because of what he believes is a crisis in drug smuggling and human trafficking. In remarks to reporters Sunday on the papal plane en route from Morocco …

Progressives, Democrats, and Pope Sound Alarm Over Trump's Threat to Close Border

Ukraine: Escalating Pressure on Crimean Tatars
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-02
Law enforcement officials during the search in Emil Kurbedinov's office, Bakhchysarai, Crimea, January 26, 2017. | © 2017 Anton Naumlyik (RFE/RL) | (Berlin) — Russia's arrest on March 27 and 28, 2019 of 23 Crimean Tatar activists was an unprecedented move to intensify pressure on a group largely critical of Russia's occupation of the Crimean Peninsula, Human Rights Watch said today. Russian authorities should drop the charges, release the activists…

Thailand: Repeated Attacks on Prominent Activist
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-02
In this January 11, 2018, photo, activist Ekachai Hongkangwan shows his watches during a demonstration highlighting the corruption allegations against Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan in front of Government House. | © 2019 AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit | (New York) — Thai authorities should urgently and impartially investigate renewed threats and attacks against prominent pro-democracy activist Ekachai Hongkangwan and other activists, Human Rights Watch said. | On Ap…

The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-02
Venezuela has become a popular argument against socialism amongst conservatives because of the deep economic crisis it is currently traversing. Defenders of the Bolivarian project, though, say that US sanctions and economic war are to blame for the crisis. Greg Wilpert presents an analysis that tries to take all the factors into account…

Israel to Send 250,000 Settlers to Syria's Golan Heights
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-02
(MEMO) — Israel is planning to settle some 250,000 settlers in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights over the next 30 years, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) revealed yesterday. According to Anadolu, the report comes one week after US President Donald Trump signed a presidential decree recognising the Golan Heights as "Israeli territory". RELATED: With Golan Heights at Stake, Netanyahu and Bolton Set Trump …

Israel to Send 250,000 Settlers to Syria's Golan Heights

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Jennifer Epps-Addison, Medea Benjamin, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Jesse Hagopian | progressive.org | 2019-04-01
Two years into the Trump administration, what does effective resistance look like?

Israel Praises Nonviolence of Great Return March Anniversary Protest in Gaza, Shoots Demonstrators Anyway
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-01
While the IDF and Israeli government have suffered few — if any — consequences for their excessive use of force against Gazan demonstrators, the Great Return March and the Israeli response has caused a notable shift in favor of Palestinian rights at the international level.

"Our Will of Life Is Stronger Than Despair": Palestinian Ahmed Abu Artema on Israeli Attacks on Gaza
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-01
Israeli forces killed four Palestinians, including three teenagers, at a mass demonstration Saturday on the first anniversary of the Great March of Return in Gaza. Israeli soldiers used live ammunition, tear gas and rubber bullets on the protesters. As tens of thousands of Palestinians came out to demand an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza and the right to return to their ancestral land, we speak with Ahmed Abu Artema, the Palestinian poet, journalist and peace activist who inspired the Great March of Return and helped organize it as a cry for help. Artema was frustrated by Israel's more than decade-long land, se…

How Israel is Working to Remove Palestinians from Jerusalem
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-01
The 350,000 Palestinian inhabitants of occupied East Jerusalem are caught between a rock and hard place, as Israel works ever harder to remove them from the holy city in which they were born, analysts and residents warn. That process, they say, has only accelerated in the wake of US President Donald Trump's decision a year …

On the Line: Women's Work
Kisha Bari | progressive.org | 2019-04-01
under the leadership of veteran activists and women of color, what started with outrage over the 2016 election has transformed into a growing and strategic organization.

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