2019-04-16: Social Media Postees

Denied Entry to U.S., BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouti Condemns McCarthyite Repression in U.S. & Israel
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-16
Critics are demanding answers after the Trump administration refused to allow prominent Palestinian human rights activist Omar Barghouti to enter the United States for a speaking tour, despite his valid U.S. visa. Barghouti is co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, an international campaign to pressure Israel to comply with international law and respect Palestinian rights. When he arrived at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on April 10, Barghouti was told the United States was denying him entry. He was not given an explanation. Barghouti and his supporters say the move was motivat…

Protecting Americans' Right to Hear from the Leader of BDS, the Palestinian Non-Violent Campaign for Human Rights
James Zogby | commondreams.org | 2019-04-16
There is a poisonous political climate in Washington and the anti-BDS hysteria has become a part of it. (Photo: Alex Christy/Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Women Activists Wary of Female Presence in Taliban Peace Talks
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
Women will be included in the Taliban delegation to peace talks in Qatar this month, the movement's main spokesman said Monday, ahead of the latest round of meetings aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan, news that Afghan women activists are warning might not mean real progress. | RELATED: | 'Thuggish': Trump Imposes Visa Bans on ICC Staff Probing US War Crimes in Afghanistan | The April 19-21 meeting in Doha will be between the Taliban and a delegation com…

Bernie Sanders' Foreign Policy Vision is Incoherent and Dangerous
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-16
While Sanders positions himself as an anti-war candidate, so too did Trump. Sanders even echoes the Trump talking points: China and Russia are our enemies; Maduro won his presidency through election fraud; and Iran is a sponsor of terror.

Why Is This Seder Different From All Other Seders?
Ira Glunts | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-16
The idea of making a different type of seder came about because of my discomfort with a ceremony that in many ways glorifies many unattractive aspects of American Jewish culture and also serves as a justification for the Israeli dispossession and suppression of the Palestinian people and their culture. Passover now appears to me to …

Europe must support Palestinian statehood, say dozens of former EU prime ministers and foreign ministers
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-04-16
Dozens of formerly high-level European politicians have written that a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict could soon be out of reach as a result … | Read more Europe must support Palestinian statehood, say dozens of former EU prime ministers and foreign ministers | By Bryan Wall…

Trump Dances to Israel's Tune
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
So newly reelected Israeli monster-in-chief Benjamin Netanyahu has boasted, with a grin, that America's President Donald J. Trump followed through on his proposal to declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist group. Bibi was smiling because the …

No More Excuses: Israeli Voters Have Chosen a Country that Will Mirror the Brutal Regimes of its Arab Neighbours
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-16
So now I guess we've all run out of excuses. Bibi Netanyahu's Israel will not be a new and more right-wing Israel. It's been that for a long time. It's the propaganda that's going to fall to bits. The only democracy in the Middle East? Give me a break. I think Israel now looks much…

Saudi Arabia, Israel, US All Sought Bashir's Ouster: So How Real Was the Sudan Revolution?
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-16
Last week's events in Sudan appear to be yet another example of foreign governments manipulating real dissent against an authoritarian government in order to install yet another authoritarian government more friendly to their interests but to the detriment of the people.

Netanyahu's Victory in Israel Tells Us About the Balance of Power in the Middle East
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-16
Benjamin Netanyahu is an early version of the nationalist populist leaders that have come to power in country after country in recent decades. He has an acute sense of who holds — and does not hold — power and how to manipulate it. No wonder he gets on well with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. His political…

Iranian FM Arrives in Damascus to Meet with Assad
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
The Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, arrived in Damascus on Tuesday to meet with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Prime Minister Imad Khamis, and Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, the Sputnik News Agency reported. | RELATED: | Iran Calls Pompeo's Accusations of Meddling in Venezuela 'Ridiculous' | Zarif is meeting with the Syrian government on behalf of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. | The Iranian Foreign Minister landed in Damascus this afternoon, where…

Iraq Rejects Trump's Recognition of Golan as Israeli Territory
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali Al-Hakim stated on Sunday that Baghdad fully rejects Trump's recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, SANA reported. | RELATED: | Syria's Assad meets with Iraqi security adviser in Damascus | "U.S. President Trump's proclamation on the Golan Heights s unilateral and it violates the international legitimacy… Iraq doesn't recognize it," Al-Hakim said during a quartet meeting in Amman with foreign ministers from Jordan, Greece and C…

Mike Pompeo Continues Venezuela Regime Change Tour — Vows to 'Tighten Noose'
Ricardo Vaz | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-16
UN Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy has criticized the use of sanctions to promote regime change, while former UN Expert Alfred de Zayas likened sanctions to "medieval sieges," meant to bring countries "to their knees."

Turkey's Albayrak, Trump discuss Russian missile defense issue
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak held talks with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday and he said Trump took a "reasonable" stance regarding Turkey's planned purchase of a Russian air defense missile system, Turkish media reported. | RELATED: | Turkey's Erdogan Calls for Annulment of Istanbul Election | Ankara's plan to buy the S-400 system has fueled tensions between the NATO allies and Washington has said Ankara could face sanctions over the issue. Turkey's defense ministe…

Venezuela Rejects 'Illegal' Sanctions by Canada
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela Jorge Arreaza firmly condemned Canada's illegal decision to impose sanctions against 43 individuals of Venezuela and highlighted that those economic measures were contrary to international law. | RELATED: | Venezuela Foreign Minister Accuses US of Open Coup Attempt | "The government of Canada has taken off the…

South Africa: Activists in Mining Areas Harassed
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-16

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Qods Force
Dr. Dennis M. Nilsen | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
When the Islamic Revolution occurred in February 1979 with the return to Iran of the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a political earthquake in the Middle East very visibly began. Until this year, the Iranians had only experienced the rule …

Cutting Military Aid to Israel is 'on the Table': Ocasio-Cortez
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
U.S. congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) sat down for an interview with Yahoo's Skullduggery podcast on Sunday to discuss a number of topics, including the military aid to Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu's annexation promise. | RELATED: | AOC Introduces Bill To Block 'Fake National Emergency' by Trump | AOC told the podcast that she is in favor of cutting military and economic aid to Israel as a means to combat Netanyahu's pledge to annex settlements in the West Bank.

Trump's Embrace of Netanyahu Will Haunt the Middle East for Years
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-16
For Israelis, the questions had been hovering for months. | Would the right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claim victory and a fifth term, moving his far-right Likud government coalition even further right? Or would the supposedly "centrist" challenger, former army chief of staff General Benny Gantz, ride to victory among corruption allegations against Netanyahu? | Netanyahu faces three — and potentially as many as five — separate indictments for various scandals. If his Likud party forms the new government, which now seems likely, will it pass a new law prohibiting the indictment of a sitt…

AIPAC and the Federal Election Commission
Renee Parsons | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-16
Today's Members of Congress cower and acquiesce to AIPAC's insatiable demands as the organization has refined its efforts with substantial donations and whatever it takes to assure the election of candidates who are, first and foremost, loyal to Israel.

Annexation may provide the Key to Unlocking Netanyahu's Legal Troubles
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-16
After winning the Israeli election with a slim majority, in a campaign that grew more sordid and vilifying by the day, Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to begin his fifth term as Israeli prime minister. The culmination of his dirty tricks campaign was an election-day stunt in which his Likud party broke regulations — and possibly …

South Africa: Activists in Mining Areas Harassed
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-16

| April 16, 2019 Video | South Africa: Activists in Mining Areas Harassed: | Community activists in mining areas face harassment, intimidation, and violence, the Centre for Environmental Rights, groundWork, Earthjustice, and Human Rights Watch said in a joint report released today. The attacks and harassment have created an atmosphere of fear for community members who mobilize to raise concerns about da…

Plan for troop pullback 'now accepted' by rival forces around key Yemen port, but fighting intensifying elsewhere, Security Council warned
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-15
A plan to withdraw forces from front lines in and around the key Yemeni port of Hudaydah has been accepted by pro-Government forces and Houthi rebels, the UN Special Envoy to the country told the Security Council on Monday, warning however that war shows "no sign of abating" elsewhere.

Monday's Daily Brief: 'Horror' at Notre Dame fire disaster, Yemen still bleeding, measles now 'global crisis'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-15
Top news on Monday includes: UN chief expresses his horror over the huge blaze in Notre Dame; a deal over Hudaydah troop withdrawal beckons, but war intensifies; "global measles crisis" underway.

Airbnb May Have Caved to Israel's Settler Movement, but Palestinians Aren't Giving Up
Mairav Zonszein | thenation.com | 2019-04-15
Airbnb May Have Caved to Israel's Settler Movement, but Palestinians Aren't Giving Up…

Saudis Fly MPs Under House Arrest in Saudi Arabia Back to Yemen to Form New Parliament
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-15
Yemeni members of parliament who have been under house arrest in Saudi Arabia since 2015 were returned to Yemen on a private Saudi plane to take part in a new Saudi-brokered Yemeni parliament.

Watch | The Top Five Special Interests Pushing Regime Change in Venezuela
Kei Pritsker | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-15
Think about who gets rich off of the Venezuela regime-change agenda. It's the same people that said we had to invade Iraq in order to prevent nuclear apocalypse. It's the same people who said the world would stop turning on its axis if we didn't carpet bomb Libya and Syria.

Trump's Embrace of Netanyahu Will Haunt the Middle East for Years
Phyllis Bennis | thenation.com | 2019-04-15
Trump's Embrace of Netanyahu Will Haunt the Middle East for Years…

Venezuela: Canada Imposes Fresh Sanctions as Pompeo Vows to 'Tighten Noose'
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-04-15
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Lima Group have pledged more sanctions against Venezuela.

Trump Leaks the Blueprints for the Climate Death Star
Bill McKibben | thenation.com | 2019-04-15
Trump Leaks the Blueprints for the Climate Death Star…

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…

Egyptian actor Khaled Abol Naga leads anti-Sissi campaign in Washington
Aboulfotouh Kandil | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-15
WASHINGTON–In their second summit at the White House, President Trump met Egypt's military dictator, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, on April 9, praising him for being a "great president who has been doing a fantastic job." Meanwhile, earlier that day, members of the U.S. Congress, human rights organizations, and activists at a hearing condemned el-Sissi's human rights …

Thousands Block London Roads to Demand Action on Climate Change
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-15
Thousands of environmental activists paralyzed parts of central London on Monday by blocking Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge in a bid to force the government to do more to tackle climate change. | RELATED: | Bolivia Takes Action on Climate Change | Under sunny skies, activists sang songs or held signs that read "There is no Planet B" and "Extinction is Forever" at some of the capital's most iconic locations. Roadblocks were due to continue night and day at each site and the demonstrator…

"Falter": In New Book, Bill McKibben Asks If the Human Game Has Begun to Play Itself Out
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-15
Thousands are taking to the streets in London today to demand radical action to combat the climate crisis. Protesters with the group Extinction Rebellion have set up encampments and roadblocks across Central London and say they'll stay in the streets for at least a week. It's just the beginning of a series of global actions that will unfold in the coming days, as activists around the world raise the alarm about government inaction in the face of the growing climate catastrophe. The London protests come just days after schoolchildren around the globe left school again on Friday for the weekly "strike for climate"

Activists Are Invoking Religious Freedom to Save Migrants' Lives
Stephanie Russell-Kraft | thenation.com | 2019-04-15
In court, members of the progressive No More Deaths group are trying to reclaim a law that has become synonymous with a conservative Christian moral agenda.

Jailhouse Lawyers Speak: One year since Lee Prison massacre that sparked nationwide strike
Jailhouse Lawyers Speak | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-15
This statement was issued by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, an organization of incarcerated activists fighting the brutal, racist prison system, to mark the one-year anniversary of the deaths of seven inmates at Lee Prison in South Carolina — an incident that led to the historic 2018 nationwide prison strike.

Assange's arrest, Sudan coup, USA VS Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-15
Assange's arrest On Thursday, Assange was arrested in London at the Ecuadorian embassy where he had been taking refuse since 2012, before the country revoked his asylum and turned him over to UK authorities. Assange is accused of conspiring with WikiLeaks informant Chelsea Manning to steal and publish secret government documents. In the US, he …

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…

'This Is a Big Deal': Warren Vows to Ban New Leases for Fossil Fuel Drilling Offshore and on Public Lands
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-15
Environmental activists and advocacy groups praised Sen. Elizabeth Warren Monday after she promised that if she is elected president in 2020, she will ban new fossil fuel extraction leases for federally controlled lands and waters. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

France: Leaked military documents underscore need to end flow of arms to Yemen conflict
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-15
Responding to leaked classified French military documents published today by investigative news site Disclose, highlighting the widespread use of French weapons in the conflict in Yemen, Amnesty International's Middle East Research Director Lynn Maalouf said: | "These leaked documents provide clear evidence that French military equipment supplied to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is being widely used in the conflict in Yemen. | "Despite overwhelming evid…

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.

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 ?…

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…

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. | …

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…

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.

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. |…