2019-04-06: Social Media Postees

Healthcare Workers Fall Victim to Yemen's Latest Cholera Epidemic
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-06
The deliberate attacks on water wells and water treatment facilities in Yemen are causing some in the country to wonder if the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition is attempting to intentionally trigger another cholera epidemic.

Oil Politics Drive Turmoil in Libya
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-06
With two of the largest oil producers, Iran and Russia, under U.S. sanctions, all profiteering eyes of the west turn to oil rich Libya, says Vijay Prashad, the author of the book, Arab Spring Libyan Winter…

The Madness Driving Climate Catastrophe
H. Patricia Hynes | truthdig.com | 2019-04-06
"Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption" | A book by Simon Pirani | The Great Acceleration: This is the designation given to the last 70 years during which industrial countries and a handful of newly rich developing countries extracted and consumed fossil fuels at a reckless rate. While accurate, the metaphor might suggest progress rather than the ominous atmospheric, terrestrial and oceanic climate trends ensuing. | The 20 hottest years on record have occurred since 1995, almost in tandem with the impotent U.N. climate negotiations begun in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and followed by the Kyoto Protoc…

San Rafael Activists Demand Release of Entire Mueller Report
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2019-04-06
Hundreds of Protesters excoriate Attorney General Barr for hiding Mueller's report on Trump's alleged crimes and violations of his oath of office. Steve Disenhof and Leon Kunstenaar, Pro Bono Photo…

US to Declare Iran's Revolutionary Guards as Terrorist Group
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-06
(MEE) — The United States will designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation, an unprecedented move that will ramp up pressure on the elite force, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The newspaper, citing unidentified officials, said President Donald Trump's administration will announce the decision as soon as Monday and that concerned defence officials were …

US to Declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as Terrorist Group

America the Barbaric
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-06
If the conditions that exist in US prisons were exposed in Russia or China, there would be a hue and cry in the press and the halls of Congress for economic sanctions and "humanitarian" military intervention.

Netanyahu embraces Brazil's Bolsonaro during Israel visit
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-06
Under Netanyahu, Israel has become a pole of attraction for right-wing ideologues, ultra-nationalists and neo-fascists the world over.

'The Essence of Being Palestinian': What the Great March of Return is Really About
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
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…

With All Israelis IDF Veterans, Public Apathy Over Israeli War Machine is Near Universal
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
Most Israelis don't have much sympathy for Palestinians. A recent poll showed that 53 percent of Israelis thought Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent bombardment of Gaza following the rocket attack was "too weak" while only 3 percent believed it to be excessive.

Trump's "Deal of the Century" To Hand Palestine to Israel Along with Whole Set of New Problems
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
Though the Deal of the Century will try to eliminate the Palestinian issue for good, what the architects of the "Deal" in their arrogance fail to see is that this so-called "Deal" is nothing more than an irresponsible, impractical and precarious plan that will fall just as soon as it is raised.

Congress orders Trump to get out of Yemen, he refuses
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-05
WASHINGTON–Congress is ordering GOP President Donald Trump to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen. His advisors are telling him — via a veto — to stay in. Since the Korean War in the early 1950's Congress has ceded to the president its constitutional role of deciding when to go to war. The vote yesterday by …

Chicago elections and what's coming next
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-05
Chicago, IL – The corporate media has missed what is most important about Chicago's April 2 elections. Its focus on the uninspiring mayoral contest between Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot helped contribute to the lowest voter turnout ever. Only 29% of registered voters went to the polls. | What this election did see was a record number of young candidates challenging incumbents, and the greatest amount was in the Black wards of the city. According to Aislinn Pulley, an organizer with Black Lives Matter-Chicago, "What was significant were the young activists – mostly Black and Latino – that fought neighborhood…

The Veto: Documentary Film Exposing Western Media Propaganda War Against Syria
Vanessa Beeley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
I met journalist and friend Rafiq Lutf and cameraman Abdul-Mun'aim Arnous in January 2018 and I was honoured when Rafiq asked me to work with him on his film project, The Veto. | As Dr Shaaban said to me in August …

The Syrian American Council's Pressure Campaign to Censor One of Its Major Critics
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
The Syrian American Council and a collection of pro-war lobbyists have led an intimidation campaign aimed at bullying a major Washington-based bookstore, Politics and Prose, into canceling award-winning journalist and author Max Blumenthal's launch event for his new book The Management of Savagery. | And it appears to have worked. Politics and Prose announced that it would "postpone" the event, citing "concerns" over the event's "format, substance, … [and] security" in a tweet. In a testament to the ferocity of the harassment campaign ag…

The New York Times Can't Hide Its Pro-Israel Bias
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
When the New York Times ( 3/26/19) reported on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fait accompli pronouncement that nation-states can now seize territories acquired in defensive wars–after President Donald Trump announced via tweet that the United States asserts Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights–it seriously misled readers on the status of Israel's…

Is Israel's Benny Gantz Guilty of War Crimes?
Naomi Zeveloff | thenation.com | 2019-04-05
Is Israel's Benny Gantz Guilty of War Crimes?

Pompeo Appoints Fox News Neocon as Spokesperson
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
And the neocon-ization of the Trump administration continues. While The Donald is packing away Big Macs and Diet Cokes, his neocon secretary of state is appointing likeminded warmongers. | Morgan Ortagus is a deep insider with connections to both sides of …

IDF General: Israel Behind Coup That Installed Al-Sisi Dictatorship in Egypt
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
Al-Sisi's government, widely considered a military dictatorship despite a pale sheen of democracy, has forged increasingly close ties with Israel ever since he came to power in the 2013 coup.

Video: Israeli Air Strikes on Syria: Weapons, Effects, Consequences
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) continue their bombing campaign in Syria. In the framework of this campaign, IDF aircraft strike what the Israeli leadership describes as Iranian infrastructure and weapon shipments to Hezbollah and pro-Iranian armed groups. Nonetheless, positions and …

Lies our Senators Tell Us, or, Whither Congress?
Matthew Pappalardo | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Last month, a group of student activists from various Bay Area climate justice groups visited Senator Feinstein's office in California to deliver a letter urging her to support the Green New Deal. While the students may have held out some hope Feinstein would see the light after agreeing to meet them without a scheduled appointment,…

Thinking About Russia: Pigeonholing Doesn't Work
Peter Crowley | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Black-and-white thinking rarely works and certainly not about Russia. Consider the following. Only days ago, about 100 Russian troops landed in Venezuela to deter a U.S. invasion. At home, Russian security forces continue to repress pro-democracy movements, dissidents and LGBT rights activists. The Russian military has long aided the Bashar al-Assad regime, which is responsible…

As Increasingly Unpopular NATO Turns 70, Has the Organization Reached its Retirement Age?
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
Like a snake shedding its skin, NATO is attempting to rebrand itself in an effort to remain of service to empire, greatly expanding its remit as it did after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Netanyahu Plays 'Trump Card' as Israeli Elections Near
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
JERUSALEM — In a tight race for re-election, Israel's prime minister has gotten a welcome lift from his friend in the White House. | Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign speeches, billboards and social media videos have all heavily featured President Donald Trump's image, statements and pro-Israel actions as endorsements of the long-seated prime minister. | Drawing inspiration from Trump, Netanyahu has dismissed a corruption case against him as a "witch hunt" and his Likud party has launched a weekly webcast to counter what it claims is "fake news" broadcast by mainstream media. | For Netanyahu, the close ties wit…

An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2019-04-05
Jim Matthews, a former soldier cleared of terrorism charges for joining the fight against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) in Northern Syria has accused the UK police … | Read more An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday | By Emily Apple…

Trump is 'for socialism' … but only when it comes to funding US military industry — Tulsi Gabbard
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-05
US President Donald Trump, who has been relentlessly bashing everything linked to what he sees as 'socialism,' is himself no stranger to using socialist principles to support the US arms industry, Tulsi Gabbard has claimed. | …

Jeremy Corbyn calls for lawyers to be allowed to visit Abdullah àñcalan
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn met with Kurdish solidarity activists on March 30, according to the campaign website freedomforocalan.org. | The activists have been working with Imam Sis, a Kurdish activist living in Wales who has been on hunger strike since December 17, protesting the isolation of imprisoned Kurdish leader, Abdullah à&ntil…

NATO 'doesn't need to exist': Ron Paul to RT (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-05
Commenting on the 70th anniversary of NATO, former US Congressman Ron Paul told RT the alliance is actually harmful to US interests of peace and commerce, empowering only the military-industrial complex and those who want empire. | …

'Stop Lying to Young Jews': Protest by Anti-Occupation Jewish Activists Targets Birthright Tours
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-05
Fifteen people were arrested Friday in New York when hundreds of activists from the Jewish advocacy group If Not Now blocked access to the entrance of Birthright, the Sheldon Adelson funded organization that takes young Americans Jews on tours of Israel to instill within them support of that country's war on the Palestinian people. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Horn or bump? Pro-Palestinian poster at Columbia University sparks accusations of anti-Semitism
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-05
Some questions have no right answer. Blue dress or white? Yanny or Laurel? Is an oddity on an Israeli soldier's helmet a horn from medieval anti-Semitic propaganda, or a cartoonish bump left by a spray can? Take your pick. | …

Smollett sued by Chicago for 'refusing to reimburse' costs of 'staged' hate crime
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-05
Following widespread outrage over the decision to drop charges against actor Jussie Smollett, Chicago is preparing to sue the Empire star for refusing to cover the costs of the probe into the 'hate crime' he allegedly staged. | …

IDF General: Israel Behind Coup That Installed Al-Sisi Dictatorship in Egypt
Whitney Webb | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-05
Al-Sisi's government, widely considered a military dictatorship despite a pale sheen of democracy, has forged increasingly close ties with Israel ever since he came to power in the 2013 coup. (MPN) — Brigadier General Aryeh Eldad of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has claimed that Israel was behind the 2013 military coup that ousted Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's …

IDF General: Israel Behind Coup That Installed Al-Sisi Dictatorship in Egypt

Prioritizing of profit at root of fire that killed seven Syrian refugee children in Nova Scotia
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-05
The mandatory installation of automated sprinklers would save lives, but capitalist governments are loathe to diminish the profits of the construction industry.

A Top Progressive Consulting Firm Is Doing PR for an Israeli Spy Company
Alex Kane | theintercept.com | 2019-04-05
A prominent political communications shop that works on Democratic campaigns, employs Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaign alums, and boasts of its role in the fight for gun control and LGBT equality is representing an Israeli firm notorious for selling powerful surveillance technology to authoritarian governments around the world. | NSO Group, which is facing multiple lawsuits charging that its technology was used to spy on journalists and dissidents, hired SKDKnickerbocker to help with media inquiries as the spy firm tri…

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 …

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

Syria War Lobby that Hosted Genocide Advocate Campaigns to Censor Book Exposing Its Operations
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-04
Neocon-backed pro-war lobby group the Syrian American Council pressured the independent DC bookstore Politics and Prose to "postpone" an event…

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…

Venezuela suffers without electricity, yet perseveres
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-04
Chicago, IL – The Venezuelan people continue to suffer terrorist attacks of a style previously unseen in the world. | They are not plagued by car bombings, although opposition activists were planning such acts when they were apprehended by police last year – nor lynching in the streets, although that is exactly what happened to Maduro supporters on the barricades of the Guaidó-led opposition in the spring of 2017. Instead, Venezuela is the first country in history to suffer terrorist attacks on its very nervous system: the national electric grid, known in Venezuela as the SEN (National Electric System). | U.S.-ba…

Hillsborough School Board threatens to privatize custodial services, outraging workers, community
Anthony Cantu | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-04
Custodians from the Hillsborough County school district and labor activists protested outside the county's school board on Tuesday morning in Tampa amidst the threat of outsourcing their department to a private company.

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 …

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." | …

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…

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.

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.

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…

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, …

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…

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 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.