2019-04-04: Social Media Postees

Russia Returns Remains of Israeli Soldier Killed in Lebanon
teleSUR lf | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-04
The Russian armed forces helped Israel recover the remains of an Israeli soldier that was killed in Lebanon during the country's long civil war, the Israeli Defense Forces said in a statement. | RELATED: | Emboldened By Trump's Move on Golan, Netanyahu To Annex West Bank If Re-elected: Report | The remains of Sgt. Maj. Zachary Baumel were transferred to Israel this week following Russia's successful attempt to persuade the Syrian government to reveal his g…

In Historic Yemen Vote, House Reasserts War Authority to Advance Peace
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04

Congress Sends Historic Yemen War Powers Resolution to the President
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-04-04
(Photo: Felton Davis) Washington, D.C. — April 4, 2019 — In response to the House sending S.J.Res. 7–legislation directing the president to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen–to the president's desk, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "This vote amounts to the …

House Votes to End US Support for Saudi Coalition in Yemen
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-04
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution on Thursday to end U.S. support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the war in Yemen, rebuffing President Donald Trump's policy toward the kingdom. | RELATED: | Senate Rebukes Trump on Saudi Arabia Coalition in Yemen | Because the resolution had already passed the Senate, the 247-175 vote in the Democratic-led House sends the resolution to the White House, which said last month Trump would issue a veto. | The final tally was…

House Votes to End Support for Yemen War, Rebuffing Trump
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-04
Paired with Senate vote, Congress for the first time invokes the decades-old War Powers Resolution to try to stop a foreign conflict.

Congress Finally Pushes Back Against the Imperial Presidency With Vote to Cut US Support for War in Yemen
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-04-04
Congress Finally Pushes Back Against the Imperial Presidency With Vote to Cut US Support for War in Yemen…

Peace Action: Congress Sends Historic Yemen War Powers Resolution to the President
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04

Committee: Israel Testing Medicines on Palestinian Prisoners
Middle East Monitor | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
Head of High Follow up Committee for Arabs in Israel Mohammad Baraka has warned that Palestinians being held in Israeli jails are being used as guinea pigs for new medical trials, Arab48reported yesterday. | "This is a clear war against humanity | …

More than 40 US Organizations Pressure US Congress: End Trump's Crusade for War in Venezuela
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
More than 40 organizations from around 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, …

Israeli Forces Killed 57 Palestinian Children in 2018
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-04
Israeli forces killed 57 Palestinian children in 2018, three times as many this year, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) reported Thursday, a day before Palestinian Child Day. | RELATED: | Video: Israeli Troops Arrest 10-year-old at Palestinian School | Of the 57 children killed in 2018, five were between newborn age to 12 years, while 29 were between 13 to 15 years, and 23 others were 16 to 17 years old, according to data provided by the Defense for Children In…

171 Swedish Artists Call for Boycotting Eurovision in Israel
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-04
Artists and celebrities from Sweden urged people to boycott the 2019 Eurovision contest in Israel. An open letter was penned by 171 artists denouncing Israel's brutality against Palestinians. | RELATED: | 140 International Artists Call for Boycott of Eurovision in Israel | Israel is hosting this year's contest because Israeli singer Netta Barzila…

Candidate Pete Buttigieg: Israel's Security Policy Offers "Important Lessons" for the US
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-04
Buttigieg's decision to not promote any specific policy has allowed him to become a policy chameleon, and his stance on foreign policy, including Israel and Palestine, is no exception.

Syria Will Not Liberate the Occupied Golan for Decades to Come
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
The Syrian state will not be in a position to liberate the occupied Golan for decades to come. US President Donald Trump made a gift of the territory to Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu last month. The move was Trump's support …

Video: Syrian Military Sends Reinforcements to Fight ISIS in Central Desert
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
Over the past few days, the Syrian military has deployed a new batch of reinforcements to the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert following a recent series of ISIS attacks in the area. | ISIS cells operating in the desert in central Syria pose …

Pentagon's $1 Billion for Wall: A Door-Opener to Crucial Fixes for Infrastructure, Environment?
Barbara G. Ellis | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-04
Now that President Donald Trump's sleight-of-hand has just moved $1 billion and soon possibly $5.1 billion more from the Pentagon's $674 billion FY2019 allocation to furnish labor and materials to build his border wall, he's opened precedent to actions he's probably never imagined. But domestic activists surely can–and will–if fast enough. So could those in Congress once they stop…

Rev. Tutu Among Luminaries Backing Activists Facing 25 Years for Nuclear Weapons Action
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04

Brunei's Phased Adoption of Islamic Law
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
Western countries are up in arms over the conclusion of Brunei's phased adaptation of Islamic law which will controversially see homosexuals and adulterers stoned, much to the consternation of human rights activists across the world. Hollywood celebrity George Clooney, known …

Baltimore Emphasized Policing Over Recreation, and it Failed
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-04
The rise of police spending at the expense of recreation centers is under fire from community activists as Baltimore continues to grapple with record levels of violence…

'Historic' Yemen Vote Puts Power to End US Complicity in World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis in Trump's Hands
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04
"President Trump has threatened to veto the resolution, but he could and most certainly should change his mind." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Day After Fed Judge Okays High Capacity Gun Magazines in CA, Teenagers Rally in San Jose
Text: R.R. Photos: Chris Cassell | indybay.org | 2019-04-04
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.

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

Congress votes to withdraw US support from Saudi-led Yemen war
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of ending US involvement in the war in Yemen, but the bill is expected to be vetoed by President Donald Trump as the White House cites "serious constitutional concerns." | …

Syrians Still Protesting US Decision on Golan Heights
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-04
Damascus, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) The Syrians in the different provinces of the country were involved in a new day of protests against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the Zionist annexation of the occupied Golan Heights.

On Yemen, Congress Has Spoken. It Wants the U.S. Out. Now the Ball Is in Trump's Court
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-04-04
Frustration with Saudi Arabia has been at an all-time high on Capitol Hill since October, when Saudi agents killed the Washington Post's Jamal Khashoggi.

Iran: Europeans Support US 'Economic Terrorism,' Unlawful Probe
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-04
In response to Britain, France, and Germany (E3) sending a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to investigate Iran's missile program, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called the countries out on their inability to stand up to the United States. | RELATED: | Floods Demolish 25,000 Houses Across Iran and Damage 60,000 | In a tweet…

'Censorship push by Syria regime-change lobby': Max Blumenthal on canceled book launch event
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
The anti-Damascus lobby in the US has coerced a bookstore in Washington DC to "postpone" the launch of investigative journalist Max Blumenthal's new book, which exposes dirty secrets of US regime-change tactics, he has told RT. | …

Venezuela delegation urges concrete solidarity action
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Solidarity activists who recently returned from a fact-finding tour of Venezuela are calling for concrete actions by the Australian community to assist the Venezuelan people currently facing economic hardship, primarily as a result of harsh US sanctions. | Among the proposals raised at a March 30 forum held in the Maritime Union of Australia Sydney offices were to send a container's load of goods directly to grassroots organisations and to raise funds for an agro-ecological school. | There is also a proposal to send a solidarity delegate to Venezuela in January next year. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero told t…

Syria, Venezuela Denounce US Conspiracy
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-04
04 de abril de 2019, 14: 06Damascus, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Syrian and Venezuelan Foreign Ministers Walid Al Moallem and Jorge Arreaza, respectively, denounced the U.S. conspiracy against the two nations, at a press conference in Damascus.

Maduro: Venezuela Is Surviving the World's First Cyber War
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday that Venezuela is experiencing the first cyberwar in the world, directed against the electrical system to destabilize the country and impose a regime change from the United States. | RELATED: | Lavrov: Venezuela Won't Become 2nd Syria | "Venezuela is living the first war of unconventional dimensions with attacks on public services to impose a regime change from the U.S.," he said, referring to cyber sabotage at the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Power Plant, in…

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 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.

Venezuela Defies Sanctions – Oil Exports Stable in March
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
PDVSA, Venezuela's state-run energy company, managed to keep oil exports at around 1 million barrels per day, defying U.S. sanctions and attacks on its electrical grid system which crippled its main export terminal. This is according to documents released by PDVSA and Refinitiv Eikon data. | RELATED: | Maduro: Venezuela Living the First Cyber War in the World | Exports in March stabilized after sales fell by around 40 percent in February following economic sanctions by the United Sta…

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.

"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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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…

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…

Activists in Oshkosh, WI host vigil for Amber Evans
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-03
Oshkosh, WI – On March 31, local activists and members of United Action Oshkosh (UAO) held a vigil to honor and commemorate the life and work of activist Amber Evans. | Evans, whose body had been identified a week prior after being pulled from the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio, was a 28-year-old organizer involved heavily with movements such as Black Lives Matter, the Juvenile Justice Coalition, the People's Justice Project, and local anti-fascist projects. | Gathering in the Opera House Square in downtown Oshkosh, attendees of the vigil held a moment of silence for two minutes, symbolizing the two months…

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…

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. | …

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.

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. | …

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…

'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. | …

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…

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

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…