2019-04-15: Social Media Postees

The American War Machine Is Out of Control
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-15
From Somalia to Syria, U.S. wars are off the charts. With the 2020 election around the corner, there might be yet another war on the horizon.

America Just Declared War on Iran and Nobody Blinked
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-15
It is no longer a question of if Americans will die in a conflict with Iran, but when. | The United States has long been engaged in a secret shadow war with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), dating back to …

Trump's 'Deal of the Century' to Not Include Palestinian State
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-15
U.S. President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century" to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict will be absent of a Palestinian state, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. | RELATED: | Bolivian Lawmakers Ask for US Intervention in a Letter to Trump | The Washington Post article said Trump's deal promises to improve the lives of Palestinians, but will not recognize a fully sovereign Palestinian state. | This peace deal is expected to be rolled out some time in late Spring or earl…

NYC event on trade union movement in the Philippines
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-15
New York, NY – Forty activists gathered on Friday, April 12, at The People's Forum in New York City for an event on the Philippines labor movement hosted by BAYAN USA and Mission to End Modern Day Slavery. The program, titled, "Breaking the Chains: A Sharing on the Philippines Labor Movement," featured presentations by Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement) Vice Chair Ed Cubelo, and BAYAN Metro Manila Chair Mong Palatino. | Ed Cubelo's presentation focused on the current situation of Filipino workers under Duterte's regime. Cubelo explained that while Duterte boasts about job creation, workers still face a low m…

It's Time for $15 and a Union
Negin Owliaei | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-15
Last month, McDonald's announced a dramatic about-face in its political priorities. After years of strikes and protests from labor activists, the burger giant has decided to end its involvement in lobbying campaigns against increasing America's paltry $7.25 federal minimum wage. It's a big victory for the Fight for $15. It's been less than a decade…

Terrorist Designations: Trump and Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-15
It's designed to give the US more leg room in the sanction stakes but may end up having its own hemming consequences. The designation by the Trump administration of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organisation was meant to expand options for the US while shutting others out. While Trump attempts to…

Iran Calls Pompeo's Accusations of Meddling in Venezuela 'Ridiculous'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-15
The Spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Mousavi responded on Sunday to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's allegations of meddling in Venezuelan internal affairs. | RELATED: | Iran Orders 60,000 to Evacuate Flood-hit Oil City | Mousavi called Pompeo's accusations of Iran's alleged meddling in Venezuelan affairs 'ridiculous', while maintaining his country's support for a peaceful settlement, absent of foreign intervention. | "Donald Trump's U.S. wants to turn Latin…

Syria's Assad meets with Iraqi security adviser in Damascus
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-15
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad held a meeting with Iraq's top security official in Damascus on Sunday (April 14). | RELATED: | Arreaza Meets Syria's Assad, Says Venezuelan Right Promotes 'Violence, Death' | Assad's meeting with Iraq's National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayyad focused on regional and bilateral issues, according to SANA news agency. | Syrian ambassador to Iraq Sattam al-Dandah was also present in the meeting. | The meeting comes one day after the…

Palestinian leader of campaign to boycott Israel denied entry to US
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-15
The action taken against Omar Barghouti is another illustration of the close policy coordination between the ultra-right regimes of Trump and Netanyahu.

Secret Report Reveals Saudi Incompetence and Widespread Use of U.S. Weapons in Yemen
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-04-15
Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia could turn to Russia or China for arms, but the French intelligence report emphasizes its dependence on the West.

Diego Garcia: The "Unsinkable Carrier" Springs a Leak
Conn Hallinan | commondreams.org | 2019-04-14
Diego Garcia is central to the U.S. war in Somalia, its air attacks in Iraq and Syria, and its control of the Persian Gulf, and would be essential in any conflict with Iran. (Image: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 ?…

"Don't Give Hate a Platform": Facebook, Twitter Urged to Suspend Trump Following Attack on Ilhan Omar
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-14
With the video, the president is "inciting violence and engaging in hate speech," groups say | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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…

Solidarity protest against new death penalty law in Brunei
AlexBainbridge | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-13
More than 100 LGBTI activists and supporters attended a rally on April 13 targeting the Royal on the Park Hotel which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei who recently introduced the death penalty for homosexuality, adultery, blasphemy and apostasy. | The rally is the first of many actions to oppose the sultanate's draconian new laws. | Speakers called on people to boycott the hotel to put pressure on the Sultan's business interests and help force the repeal of the draconian laws. | The laws in Brunei have drawn condemnation from across the globe and sparked the grassroots call to boycott the Sultan's hotels. | Speak…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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 ?…

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 …

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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

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."

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…

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."

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.

Activists at Heart–Young Candidates Step Up to Run for Office, and Win
Olivia Herken | progressive.org | 2019-04-10
Young women are gaining much-needed experience in leadership, as well as the representation they've been missing, lending a voice to the largest generation of voters yet.

California Blazes a Trail for a Green New Deal
Alvaro Sanchez | progressive.org | 2019-04-10
While politicians and activists debate the idea of a federal plan to fight climate change and boost our economy, the Golden State is quietly showing how it could actually work.

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…

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 …

Netanyahu Set for Victory as Israelis Vote for Never-Ending Military Rule of Palestinians
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-10
Voters in Israel re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has promised to ignore pressure to end Israeli military rule over a captive population.

Iran says U.S. military forces in Middle East are part of terrorist group, after U.S. puts terrorist tag on Iran's military
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-09
Minneapolis, MN – Iran's authoritative FARS News Agency is reporting the Supreme National Security Council has designated the United States Central Command as a terrorist entity, following a decision by the U.S. to put the terrorist tag on an important part of Iran's military – the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps. | The U.S. move to designate Iran's military as 'terrorist' violates international law and raised concerns about future treatment of prisoners of war. | The U.S. administration has been angered by Iran's support for progressive and anti-imperialist movements in Yemen, Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon. Iran ha…

Bill to End Yemen Siege Passes–No Thanks to MSNBC – After Khashoggi outrage passes, cable network goes back to ignoring US-backed humanitarian disaster
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2019-04-09
by Adam Johnson | Progressives–along with a handful of libertarian-leaning Republicans–finally passed a bill in both houses of Congress last week to invoke the War Powers act and end US support for the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen, an entirely one-sided war that's killed thousands of Yemeni civilians over the last four years with assistance and direction of the US military. | The bill's proponents achieved this human rights victory with virtually no help from America's leading libe…