2019-04-14: Social Media Postees

CHRIS HEDGES: The Martyrdom of Julian Assange
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-14
Assange and WikiLeaks allowed us to see the inner workings of empire — the most important role of a press — and for this they became empire's prey, writes Chris Hedges of Truthdig. By Chris Hedges Truthdig The arrest Thursday of… Read more ?…

Clashes of Management: Rugby Australia's Israel Folau Problem
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-14
There was no hearing, no semblance of trial. But there was swift summary judgment: Israel Folau, a star member of the Australian Rugby Union team, had been banished from the national team. There was only one problem: he was …

Trump and "America Last" Policy in the Middle East
Nabi Sonboli | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-14
Brian Hook, the United States Special Representative for Iran, in an Opinion published in the New York Times, raises the question that: "Isn't it time to abandon the policies that have kept the people of Iran and the United …

Iran Allies in the Middle East: The Trigger Finger Is Ready in Case of US-Israeli War
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-14
When Trump designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organisation, Iran hit back hours later by labelling the US Central Command 'CENTCOM' a supporter of terrorism. Now two governmental military entities have been designed terrorist supporters, putting …

Julian Assange outside the Gate of Hell
Tariq Ali | mronline.org | 2019-04-13
I've been to see Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy several times, mainly when Rafael Correa was President and the Embassy felt like a liberated space. A few weeks ago I met him again. By now Correa's successor, Lenín Moreno, had capitulated on every level to the American Empire. | Source…

12 Members of Philippines IS Group Abu Sayyaf Killed by Military
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-13
In four separate encounters with the Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS), 12 individuals suspected to be members of the Philippines branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Abu Sayyaf, were killed. | RELATED: | Kurdish-Led SDF Forces Declare Victory Against IS in Syria | One of the members killed was also a top aide, of Radullan Sahiron, a Moro Islamic militant who leads the Abu Sayyaf. The aide, Julie Ikit, is said to be the second in command. Sahiron is on the Unit…

Cyclone Idai, sanctions and capitalism
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-13
Western capitalists are to blame largely for climatic changes that causes natural and environmental disasters. Poverty, which is a result of the diabolic and pernicious economic sanctions, has forced the poor to build poor and weak structures that do not withstand the heavy winds and storms. | Source…

Solidarity protest against new death penalty law in Brunei
AlexBainbridge | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-13
More than 100 LGBTIQ+ activists and supporters attended a rally in Brisbane on April 13 targeting the Royal on the Park hotel. The hotel is owned by the Sultan of Brunei, who recently introduced the death penalty for homosexuality, adultery, blasphemy and apostasy. | The Rally across the street from the hotel is the first of many large-scale actions in Australia to oppose the sultanate's draconian new laws. | Speakers at the rally called for a boycott of the hotel in an effort to put pressure on the Sultan's business interests and help force the repeal of the draconian laws. | The laws in Brunei have drawn condem…

New York's Yemeni bodegas called to boycott NY Post as row over Ilhan Omar's 9/11 comment heats up
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-13
The Yemeni American Merchants Association has called on all the community — which runs quite a few newsstands in NYC — to boycott the New York Post after it scathed Congresswoman Ilhan Omar over her controversial 9/11 comment. | …

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…

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…

Protesters disrupt HSBC meeting to demand that the bank stops fuelling war and climate crisis
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2019-04-12
An alliance of over a hundred Palestine solidarity, anti-militarist, and ecological activists joined forces in Birmingham to disrupt HSBC bank's annual general meeting (AGM) … | Read more Protesters disrupt HSBC meeting to demand that the bank stops fuelling war and climate crisis | By Tom Anderson…

A first-hand account of the 'humanitarian' warmongering on the Venezuelan border
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-04-12
This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. Ahmed Kaballo is a Sudanese-British activist and journalist. He spent six … | Read more A first-hand account of the 'humanitarian' warmongering on the Venezuelan border | By John McEvoy…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

Fearless: the Venezuelans that went toe-to-toe with the US empire at their border
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-04-12
This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. On 23 February, the US attempted to force 'humanitarian aid' trucks into … | Read more Fearless: the Venezuelans that went toe-to-toe with the US empire at their border | By John McEvoy…

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…

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 ?…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. |…

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 Omar Bargouti 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…

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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 (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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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."

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."

Netanyahu's Proposal to Annex West Bank Kills Delusion About Two-State Solution
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-10
Rabbi Mivasair discusses the implications of Netanyahu's probable reelection and his last-ditch effort to appease the far-right in Israel, by declaring his willingness to annex the West Bank…

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 …

A Vote to Maintain Apartheid? Israel's Netanyahu Set to Win 5th Term After Vow to Annex West Bank
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-10
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be on the verge of securing a record fifth term in office as votes continue to be counted in Tuesday's election. Last night, Netanyahu and his top challenger, ex-military chief Benny Gantz, both claimed victory in the tight race. With most of the votes counted, Netanyahu's Likud party and Gantz's newly formed Blue and White party have both secured 35 seats in the Knesset, but Netanyahu has a clearer path to forming a coalition government with the help of his right-wing allies. Tuesday's election came just days after Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex Israeli set…

Venezuela: New Power Outage as Oil Output Plummets
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-04-10
Venezuela's oil output fell significantly in March as a result of electricity problems and US sanctions.