2019-04-12: Social Media Postees

Protesters Call on UK to #FreeAssange Outside British Embassy in DC
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-12
"It's totally backwards and we're calling for him to be freed. And I would like the people who got us into the wars to be the ones behind bars." – Codepink co-founder Medea Benjamin…

UK Government Defends Arming Saudi Arabia: Secret Court Hearing. Are British Forces in Yemen?
Phil Miller | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
The government refuses to confirm or deny the presence of British special forces in Yemen. | Its missions are exempt from freedom of information and even Parliament's defence committee. | This wall of secrecy cracked slightly after five SBS members were injured …

The Unfinished Gaza War: What Netanyahu Hopes to Gain from Attacking Palestinian Prisoners
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
The current violence targeting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails dates back to January 2. It was then that Israel's Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan declared that the "party is over." "Every so often, infuriating pictures appear of cooking in the terrorist wings. This party is coming to an end," Erdan was quoted in the Jerusalem…

Civil Rights Groups and Pro-war Republicans–An unholy Alliance in the Soft War Against China
Julia Kassem | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
Last month, Mike Pompeo, amidst his soft war campaign to undermine the governments of Venezuela, Iran, and Lebanon, expressed concern for the 'abhorrent' allegations of Chinese Muslim internment. Pompeo, currently working to destabilize a number of Global South nations and groups, did not suddenly develop a moral consciousness for the plight of Muslims. Rather, his…

Rogue State? Britain Railing Against International Norms and Laws
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
Leaving aside Britain's past, most particularly that of empire, the country is not just continually moving towards authoritarianism it is beginning to demonstrate all the early signs of a rogue state. These are strong words but the actual definition of …

Julian Assange arrested: The warmakers' assault on free press
ANSWER Coalition | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-12
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's arrest by UK authorities on behalf of the United States is a craven attempt by the Pentagon war machine and the rest of the imperial establishment to silence one of their most prominent critics.

How the Left Also Dehumanises Palestinians in Gaza
Susan Abulhawa | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12
Palestinian demonstrators take cover while Israeli soldiers are seen on their military vehicle during a protest in the southern Gaza Strip on December 21, 2018 (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

With the Israeli Election, the Plight of Palestinians Has Gotten Even Worse
Yousef Jabareen | thenation.com | 2019-04-12
With the Israeli Election, the Plight of Palestinians Has Gotten Even Worse…

Chomsky: Trump Radically Interfered with Israel's Election to Help Re-elect Netanyahu
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-12
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is headed to a record fifth term in office after narrowing defeating former military chief Benny Gantz. In a discussion with Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky talks about how President Trump directly interfered with the Israel election by repeatedly helping Netanyahu, from moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem to recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights in defiance of international law.

Noam Chomsky: We Must Confront the "Ultranationalist, Reactionary" Movements Growing Across Globe
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-12
On Thursday night, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. He looked back at the rise of fascism in the 20th century and the growing ultranationalist movements of today, from Brazil and the United States to Israel and Saudi Arabia.

What Ivanka Told Us About Trump's Meeting With el-Sisi
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
Ivanka Trump, daughter of the US president and wife of Middle East "expert" Jared Kushner — he who has supposedly produced a Middle East "peace plan" to be revealed after Benjamin Netanyahu wins the Israeli elections — has just given her support to a regime which has locked up women political prisoners, "disappeared" others, and whose army forcibly carried out virginity tests…

CIJA: Zionist Lobbying and Hate Crimes
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-12
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs' response to the horrific attack on two mosques in New Zealand highlights tensions between promoting the most aggressive ongoing European settler colonialism and Jewish Canadian concern over hate crimes. Forty-eight hours after the killings in Christchurch the Toronto Star published letters by the heads of CIJA and Toronto's …

THE ANGRY ARAB: How Arabs Watch Israeli Elections
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-12
The view is no different from how South African blacks regarded elections of whites in apartheid South Africa, writes As'ad AbuKhalil. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News Israeli elections are treated by U.S. media as an American affair. It… Read more ?…

Benjamin Netanyahu's Reelection Underlines Israel's Apartheid Reality
Saree Makdisi | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, greets supporters at the Likud Party headquarters in Tel Aviv on election night early on April 10. (Photo: Thomas Coex / AFP / Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

"Putinyahu's Rusrael": The Putin-Netanyahu Relationship, A Deep Personal Bond?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
President Putin and "Israeli" Prime Minister Netanyahu are brothers-in-arms after the former helped the latter win his historic reelection with a last-minute photo-op stunt that ultimately proved pivotal to his victory, and with Russia and "Israel" now proceeding along the …

Nuclear Weapons Ruined My Life…and I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way
Frida Berrigan | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
I want to offer you something different than the barrage of facts and figures around nuclear weapons. But let's establish the basics. There are nine countries that possess them: France, China, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Israel, North Korea and — of course — Russia and the United States. Together these nine countries possess a total…

CounterPunch on Stage: The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda
Ishmael Reed | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
My real purpose for traveling to the East in January was to attend the showing of a two hour and forty-five-minute film that Steve Cannon, Walter Cotton and I produced in 1980, "81," that was scheduled to be shown Washington's National Gallery. Since Kino Lorber restored the film, it has been shown at museums and…

Video: Turkey Aims to Seize Tell Rifaat after Russian Forces Withdrawal
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
On April 11, the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate prevented a terrorist attack in the city of Homs. Local sources said that intelligence agents dismantled a remotely-controlled heavy improvised-explosive device, which was attached to a civilian vehicle near the Akramah al-Makhzomeh …

British Government Arrests WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on Behalf of the American Empire
Dr. Leon Tressell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
Today the UK government broke international law by arresting Julian Assange in the embassy of Ecuador at the behest of the United States. The British government has been ignoring for years demands from UN human rights experts to release Assange …

Washington's Selective Sanctions
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
On April 3 US Vice President Pence told Germany and Turkey to stop cooperating with Russia. In a speech in Washington marking the 70thAnniversary of the US-NATO military alliance he declared…

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-12
Gold miners in South Africa voted to continue strike action against Sibanye Stillwater, while Greek teachers planned a 24-hour walkout and Israeli firefighters say they will strike over working conditions.

Shop Stopped: Grocery Store Strike of 31K Workers Receives Support From Warren, Sanders
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12
Some 31,000 workers walked off the job at Stop & Shop stores across New England Thursday in response to the company cutting wages and benefits, a strike that prompted the support and praise of prominent Democrats and left wing activists. "We really decided there had to be a labor action and stand up to this corporate greed." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Refugee rights activists take aim at Liberals in Corangamite
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
The Combined Refugee Action Group (CRAG) launched its campaign to highlight the cruel treatment of refugees in the country's most marginal electorate, Corangamite, on April 7. | #ChooseFairnessAndDecency, which was launched at the Barwon Heads Bridge, is asking voters to consider "fair" and "decent" policies for asylum seekers asking Australia for protection and a chance to rebuild their lives. | CRAG's decision to campaign in Corangamite is aimed at adding pressure on Liberal MP Sarah Henderson, who holds the seat by a margin of 0.03% after last year's redistribution. | CRAG will be distributing its policy compa…

In Display of 'Outrageous, McCarthyite Repression,' U.S. Bars BDS Leader Barred From Entering Country
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12
Civil liberties advocates and press freedom groups were appalled at news that the Donald Trump administration announced that Omar Barghouti—a Palestinian activist at the forefront of efforts to use nonviolent tactics to end the Israeli occupation—was barred from entering the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Progressives Urge Democratic Leaders to Fight Back Against '200 MPH Right-Wing War Machine' Targeting Ilhan Omar
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12
"Democratic leadership thinks it can avoid fights and controversy and get back to normal. It is wrong. There is no more normal." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Former Commander Reveals Turkey's Close Ties with ISIS in Syria
Nafeez Ahmed | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-12
In an explosive interview, a former ISIS commander has claimed that the terror group cooperated directly with Turkish state intelligence agencies for years on areas of "common interest". | The source said that senior Turkish government officials had numerous meetings with ISIS representatives to coordinate activities and that this also involved providing support and safe harbour to foreign fighters in the country. President Erdogan "was working hand in glove with ISIS" according to the US government counter-terrorism consultants who interviewed the ex-ISIS official. | The relationship raises questions about Turke…

An invigorating visit to the Palestine Underground
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Palestine Underground | Directed by Jessica Kelly | 2018 | The documentary Palestine Underground follows a group of artists who are challenging divisions between Palestinians living in the West Bank and those in Israel through the dance floor. | Hip hop, techno, trap and traditional music nurture new and known cultural impulses among Palestinians on either side of Israel's West Bank wall, ushering in a new era of resistance. |…

Threatening 'Swift' Retaliation if US, Israel, or Allies Probed, Trump Celebrates ICC's Rejected War Crimes Probe as 'Major International Victory'
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12
Victims' advocates called the court's decision "a grave disappointment for survivors of war-on-terror era torture who have waited nearly two decades for justice" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Iran Greets Egypt's Refusal to Join Arab NATO
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-12
Tehran, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Iran has hailed Friday Egypt's decision to reject its participation in the so-called Arab NATO designed to corner this nation.

Despite Human Rights Abuses in Yemen, Saudi Soldiers Receive UK Military Training
Middle East Monitor | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-11
The British state has been under criticism for not halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia following multiple reports of human rights abuses and one of the worst human tragedies involving civilian deaths due to hunger in Yemen.

The Unfinished Gaza War: What Netanyahu Hopes to Gain from Attacking Palestinian Prisoners
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-11
The current violence targeting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails dates back to January 2. It was then that Israel's Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan declared that the "party is over." "Every so often, infuriating pictures appear of cooking in the terrorist wings. This party is coming to an end," Erdan was quoted in the Jerusalem …

"Voices from Syria" and "The Dirty War on Syria": Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
Voices from Syria by Mark Taliano and The Dirty War on Syria by Tim Anderson: two essential books on Syria for . | *SPECIAL OFFER: Voices from Syria + The Dirty War on Syria: | …

Netanyahu Reigns Supreme, and all Opposition has been Crushed
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-11
Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party emerged from Tuesday's Israeli election tied with the Blue and White party, led by Benny Gantz and other high-powered generals. Although each party has 35 seats in the 120-seat parliament, Netanyahu is now firmly in the driving seat. The small far-right and religious extremist parties that are needed to make up …

Netanyahu's Election Crusade Succeeds In Spite of Corruption Indictments (1/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-11
Shir Hever and Lia Tarachansky discuss the continuing rise of the far-right in Israel and the future of the Israeli state following Netanyahu's probable reelection…

Netanyahu's Election Crusade Succeeds In Spite of Corruption Indictments (2/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-11
Shir Hever and Lia Tarachansky discuss the continuing rise of the far-right in Israel and the future of the Israeli state following Netanyahu's probable reelection…

Israel Fails With Moon Landing
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-11
The SpaceIL craft "definitely crashed on the surface of the moon," according to Doron Opher, general manager of the space division of Israel Aerospace Industries. | RELATED: | Astrophysics Breakthrough: First Photo of Black Hole Released | The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet reached the moon on Thursday but it's planned controlled or "soft" landing was unsuccessful, the support team said. | The spacecraft had a number of technical problems during its final descent to the lunar surf…

Rising Rents Threaten Berlin's Diversity, Activists Demand Expropriation
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-11
Germany is abuzz about a new movement to expropriate 240,000 apartments from large landowners in order to halt rapidly rising rents in Berlin…

Thursday's Daily Brief: Women in peacekeeping, the arrest of Sudan's leader, updates on Libya, Nigeria and Syria
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-11
On Thursday, the Security Council looked at the key role played by women in the UN's peacekeeping operations. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could be exposed to "serious human rights violations", following his arrest in the United Kingdom, according a UN independent human rights expert. Fighting continues to escalate in Tripoli, Libya, and in Idlib, Syria, and 10,000 conflict-affected people were forcibly relocated in Nigeria and are in dire need of humanitarian aid.

It's Time to Stop Pretending the Murdochs Are in the News Business
Eric Alterman | thenation.com | 2019-04-11
It's Time to Stop Pretending the Murdochs Are in the News Business…

Full house for Victorian Socialists election launch
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-11
More than 350 Victorian Socialists members and supporters packed out Preston Town Hall on April 6 to launch the party's federal election campaign. | In a display of the broad support the campaign is garnering, the night featured greetings from trade unionists involved in the recent Chemist Warehouse workers' victory, community activists campaigning against the impact of toxic fires and representatives from the Brunswick Residents Network and the Tamil Refugee Council. | Footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who was recently freed by Thai authorities following a strong public campaign after he was detained on his honeymoon…

US Complicit in War Crimes in Yemen (Pt 1/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-10
Three out of five weapons used in Yemen are supplied by the US says Andrew Feinstein, the author of Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade…

US Provides Three out of Five Weapons Saudi Arabia Used in Yemen (Pt 2/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-10
Shadow Wars author Andrew Feinstein discusses new research showing that the US sold 70 billion dollars worth of arms to the Saudi Coalition for its war in Yemen, currently the world's worst humanitarian crisis…

BDS organizers say 'don't dance with apartheid' in Boston
Joe Tache | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-10
BDS organizers picket Israeli dance troupe.

More Sanctions on Venezuela: Operation Florida 2020 (Pt 1/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-10
Senators Menendez and Rubio introduced a bipartisan bill to intensify the sanctions that are strangling Venezuela's economy. Mark Weisbrot says this is largely possible because members of Congress are unaware of the suffering the sanctions are causing in Venezuela…

U.S. is manufacturing a crisis in Venezuela so that there is chaos and 'needed' intervention
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-10
America has for years been waging an economic war against Venezuela, including debilitating sanctions which have dramatically affected the state's ability to purchase medicines, and even mundane replacement parts needed in buses, ambulances, etc. | Source…

The extreme right has won in Israel. And as always, that means the Palestinian people have lost
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-04-10
Benjamin Netanyahu has won a fifth term as Israeli prime minister. Netanyahu's Likud party won 35 seats, which tied it with Kahol Lavan, the … | Read more The extreme right has won in Israel. And as always, that means the Palestinian people have lost. | By Bryan Wall…

Vicious Facebook Posts and the Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar
Nick R. Martin | splcenter.org | 2019-04-10
About three-and-a-half years ago, a man named Patrick Carlineo joined a brand-new Facebook group called "No Syrian refugees for NY."

Pompeo: Sanctions Increase "Pain and Suffering" in Venezuela (Pt 2/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-10
Sec. of State Mike Pompeo recently openly admitted that the sanctions are causing pain and suffering and that this would accelerate the process of toppling the Maduro government. Mark Weisbrot discusses the approach and what Democrats and progressives could do to stop this…

Trump's Controversial Decision on Iran's Revolutionary Guards
Stephen Zunes | progressive.org | 2019-04-10
Iran has near-universal male conscription, in which the guards often get priority–now all of these young men, some of whom have no desire to even be in the armed forces, will be labeled as "terrorists."

Elections in Israel: What will change?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-10
Israel's parliamentary elections were held on April 9. While final results have not yet been published, according to preliminary data, the party of current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won. Following the election, a new government will be formed in the country, occupying the 120 seats in the Knesset. Netanyahu's Likud party had about 35 …