2019-04-17: Social Media Postees

AXA IM divests from Elbit Systems – involved in Israeli war crimes
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-04-17
AXA IM divests from Elbit Systems – involved in Israeli war crimes: UpdateThe campaign against AXA's problematic investments continues, as AXA remains linked to Elbit Systems through a subsidiary, and AXA maintains investments in five Israeli banks. | Economic BoycottApril 17, 2019 | By: | | SumOfUs …

Pompeo is "Setting the Stage for a War with Iran"
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-17
In recent congressional testimony, Sec. of State Pompeo linked Iran to al Qaeda and 9/11 and would not say whether he would apply the 2001 war authorization (AUMF) to Iran. Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses the implications…

Trump Vetoes 'Dangerous' Resolution to End US Military Involvement in Yemen
Middle East Eye | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-17
US President Donald Trump has vetoed a congressional resolution that sought to end US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the White House has said. | "This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the | …

Iran Officially Adds US Forces to Terrorist List
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-17
Iran has officially added the U.S. Armed Forces in the Middle East to their terrorist list, IRNA reported Tuesday. | RELATED: | Iran Calls Pompeo's Accusations of Meddling in Venezuela 'Ridiculous' | Iran's Minister of Defense General Amir Hatami first introduced the bill declaring the U.S. Armed Forces in the Middle East as terrorists shortly after Trump's designation, but it was not approved until recently. | The Iranian lawmakers unanimously supported the bill, IRNA re…

Preventing the Sale of Venezuelan Oil to Cuba: Killing Two Birds with a Stone
Nino Pagliccia | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-17
Recent US sanctions have been directed at the heart of Venezuela's economy: the oil industry, an industry that has also been crippled by the continued sabotages on the electric power grid of the country. | But when you think that enough …

Annexation of West Bank May Provide Key to Unlocking Netanyahu's Legal Troubles
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-17
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 …

Permissible Influences: Israel and the Australian Elections
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-17
So much hullabaloo; so much pent-up anger and, let's face it, so much opportunity for the political classes of Australia. The theme since 2016 is electoral interference; the object: whichever power so happens to afford an opportunity to gather support …

Trump Vetoes Resolution to End US Support for Saudi-Led Yemen War
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-17
(ANTIWAR.COM) — On Tuesday, President Trump capped off months of effort in Congress to pass a War Powers Act challenge to the US involvement in the war in Yemen, vetoing the bill and claiming it was a "dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities." The bill, SJ Res 7, was a straightforward bill under the War Powers …

Trump Vetoes Resolution to End US Support for Saudi-Led Yemen War

'Shameful': With Millions on Brink of Famine in Yemen, Trump Vetoes Resolution to End US Complicity
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-17
Congress urged to "pull out the stops to confront this president who thinks starving millions of Yemenis is a price worth paying for high arms industry profits." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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.

Uncle Tom's Empire
C. J. Hopkins | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-16
I don't normally do this kind of thing, but, given the arrest of Julian Assange last week, and the awkward and cowardly responses thereto, I felt it necessary to abandon my customary literary standards and spew out a spineless, hypocritical "hot take" professing my concern about the dangerous precedent the U.S. government may be setting …

Trump's Veto Keeps U.S. Complicit in Yemen, For Now
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2019-04-16
Washington, D.C. — April 16, 2019 — In response to President Trump vetoing S.J.Res. 7, legislation that directed him to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "Trump can't claim to be ending endless wars while opposing the will of a majority …

Arizona Lawmakers Running Scared After Anti-Boycott Law Ruled Unconstitutional
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-16
If legislators know these laws violate the First Amendment, they should repeal them, not pass half-measures designed to thwart judicial review | Last year, an Arizona federal court blocked the state from enforcing its anti-boycott law, ruling that the law — which requires government contractors to certify that they are not participating in boycotts of Israel or Israeli settlements in the West Bank — violates the First Amendment. In response, the state appealed the court's decision and…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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 …

Did The House's New Climate Committee Snub the Sunrise Movement?
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-16
The first House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis hearing featured youth climate activists–but not the ones with the Sunrise Movement who demand a Green New Deal…

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

The Truth about Venezuela: Speaking events April 18-29
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
Mainstream media is spreading lies and half truths about the crisis in Venezuela. Canadians are not immune to this influence. Recently Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced more sanctions against the Maduro government on the grounds that he is …

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."

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.

NY Natural History Museum Cancels Gala for President Bolsonaro
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
The American Museum of Natural History in New York said Monday that it will not host a gala dinner that was set to honor Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro as "Person of the Year." | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Comment that Holocaust 'Can Be Forgiven' Didn't Sit Well with Israel | The museum was…

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…

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…

Instagram Blocks Iranian Military Accounts After US Terrorist Group Label Takes Effect
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-16
(ZH) — Instagram has begun blocking pages belonging to Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) following the organization's official listing as a "Foreign Terrorist Organization", or FTO on Monday. The commander of the IRGC's elite Quds force, Qassem Soleimani, finally had his page blocked following this week's designation. He had maintained the account for two-and-a-half years, for which he frequently posted …

Instagram Blocks Iranian Military Accounts After US Terrorist Group Label Takes Effect

Trump vetoes congressional resolution to end US support of Saudi-led Yemen war
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-16
US President Donald Trump has vetoed a resolution passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives that sought to end US involvement with the Saudi-led war in Yemen. It is the second veto of his presidency. | …

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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 …

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…

"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"

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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…

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 ?…

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.