2019-04-18: Social Media Postees

Israel Uses Animal Rights to Distract From War Crimes
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-04-18
As unarmed Palestinians continued to be " gunned down like birds on their own land," in the words of human rights lawyer Noura Erakat, news of an avian rescue set Israeli and international media aflutter. "Sick Gaza parrot saved by Israeli animal rights group," as the Times of Israel's headline proclaimed. | The story of Koki the African Grey, who was operated on by an Israeli bird specialist after accidentally ingesting bleach, was even p…

Palestinians urge us all to boycott Puma — a 'proud sponsor of Israeli apartheid'
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2019-04-18
Thursday 18 April is sports giant Puma's annual general meeting. But while the company's directors and investors celebrate annual growth, a Twitter-storm is taking … | Read more Palestinians urge us all to boycott Puma — a 'proud sponsor of Israeli apartheid' | By Eliza Egret…

Empire Versus Democracy and Freedom
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-18
The public interest, and democratic political economies, both domestic and internationally, are poison to Empire. But this must be hidden from view, hence war propaganda/fake news is protected by legislation, while Constitutionally-protected, evidence-based real journalism, a dying phenomenon, continues to …

War Versus Peace: Israel Has Decided and So Should We
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-18
So, what have we learned from the Israeli legislative elections on April 9? A whole lot. To start with, don't let such references as the "tight race" between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his main rival, Benny Gantz, fool you. Yes, Israelis are divided on some issues that are particular to their social and …

War Versus Peace: Israel Has Decided and So Should We
Ramzy Baroud | commondreams.org | 2019-04-18
Netanyahu and his future government coalition of like-minded extremists are now armed with an unmistakably popular mandate to fulfill all of their electoral promises, including the annexation of the West Bank. (Photo: Thomas Coex / AFP / Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Death of Free Speech: Criticizing Israel Will Land You in Prison
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-18
Soon, this blog will be illegal. | No, I'm not selling drugs or peddling child pornography. I write about America's wars and the primary objective of those illegal and immoral wars–to make Israel the hegemon of the Middle East along with …

Is Trump for Detente or Militarism? — RAI with Stephen Cohen (2/5)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-18
Trump's stated aim is to reduce tensions with Russia, but is it motivated by peaceful objectives or is it preparations for aggression towards Iran and China — Stephen Cohen joins host Paul Jay for a spirited discussion on Reality Asserts Itself…

Black Alliance For Peace Revives Black Anti-War Tradition (Pt 1/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-18
The US has been at war in the Middle East for 28 years, starting with Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, then into Afghanistan, Syria, and now we are learning of military bases, operations, and troops in African nations…

Victory for Boycott HP Campaign: Netherlands Trade Union FNV Drops HP as Partner for its Member Offers
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-04-18
Victory for Boycott HP Campaign: Netherlands Trade Union FNV Drops HP as Partner for its Member Offers: UpdateMarking a significant victory for the Boycott HP campaign and the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging (FNV), the largest trade union of the Netherlands, with 1.1 million members, has dropped HP as a partner in their offers to thei…

Pro-Apartheid Israel Australian Labor Party Scraps Outstanding Anti-Israel Apartheid Candidate, Melissa Parke
Gideon Polya | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-18
Decent Australians want the Labor Party to win in the forthcoming Australian elections for the sake of the young, poor, disabled, sick, elderly, unemployed, Indigenous and the environment. However the right wing-dominated Labor Opposition is merely better than the appalling …

The Horrors of Israeli Occupation Have Been Laid Bare
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-04-18
Christians and Jews look to the Holy Land as they observe Easter and Passover. Events in the region, though, are no cause for celebration.

Video: Israel's Magic Lamp: Iron Dome Missile Defense
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-18
Since its inception, Israel has faced difficult political and military challenges. It defines the operational space in which IDF exists, the nature of development of its armed forces, and of individual weapons systems it uses. | The key objective and permanent …

The Iran Floods and US Sanctions: 10 Million at Risk, But Who Cares?
Jan Oberg | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-18
You have certainly not heard much about this in the West. And it didn't get a fraction of the media attention (and none of the hundreds of millions of Euro pledges by the perversely rich) that the Notre Dame fire did. However, if disastrous floods had hit 28 out of 31 provinces and affected 10 million people…

Trump Cracks Down on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-04-18
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The Trump administration on Wednesday intensified its crackdown on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, rolling back Obama administration policy and announcing new restrictions and sanctions against the three countries whose leaders national security adviser John Bolton dubbed the "three stooges of socialism." | "The troika of tyranny — Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua — is beginning to crumble," Bolton said in a hard-hitting speech near Miami on the 58th anniversary of the United States' failed Bay of Pigs invasion of the island, an attempt to overthrow the Cuban government. | The m…

US 'Tightens Noose' on Cuba
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-18
Sec. of State Pompeo announced that Cuban Americans and US citizens who lost property after Cuba's 1959 revolution can now sue companies that have benefitted from this property. This represents an important intensification of sanctions on Cuba, says Jeb Sprague…

'Foreign children' in overwhelmed Syrian camp need urgent international help, says top UN official
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-18
Help is needed urgently from the international community to help some 2,500 apparently stateless "foreign children" at a camp for the displaced, in north-east Syria, a top UN official said on Thursday.

U.S. Continues Supplying Military Aid to Kurdish Forces in Northern Syria against Turkey, a US Ally and NATO Member State
Firas Samuri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-18
The mass media has been widely covering the details of the disastrous humanitarian situation in Rukban refugee camp over recent months. By the way, the crisis in other sites deserves more considerable attention. Al-Hol refugee camp located in Al-Hasakah province …

Hunger strikes can work. That's why we need to get behind the hunger-striking Kurdish activists
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2019-04-18
Campaigners are calling on the public to spend Good Friday on hunger strike, in solidarity with thousands of Kurdish hunger strikers around the world. … | Read more Hunger strikes can work. That's why we need to get behind the hunger-striking Kurdish activists. | By Eliza Egret…

USA Reinforces Attacks against Venezuela Through Bank Sanctions
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-18
Washington, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The United States Government increased the aggressiveness towards Venezuela and the administration of its constitutional president, Nicolás Maduro, through the imposition of new sanctions against the Central Bank of the South American country.

amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-18
Professor and political figure Youssef al-Bawab has been held in incommunicado detention in Sana'a's Political Security Office (PSO) since 2 April 2019 and is at heightened risk of being tortured. He has been detained since 20 October 2016. In April 2017, he was accused of charges that carry the death penalty. The legal proceedings against him have been seriously flawed, including enforced disappearance, excessive pre-trial detention, undue delays in his trial, allegations of torture and other ill-treatment, and lack of access to legal counsel and medical care. Amnesty calls on the Huthi de facto authorities to d…

Iran: Release women's rights defenders detained for peacefully protesting against forced veiling
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-18
Iranian authorities must stop harassing, arresting and imprisoning women's rights defenders peacefully protesting against Iran's degrading and discriminatory forced veiling laws, and release those detained on this basis immediately and unconditionally, said Amnesty International today. | The organization has confirmed that two women's rights defenders, Yasmin Aryani and Monireh Arabshahi, have been detained in the past week and that a third activist, Vida Movahedi, who has been detained since October 2018, was sentenced to one year in prison last month for peacefully protesting against forced veiling. | Iran's in…

Vetoing Congressional resolution, Trump reaffirms US support for Saudi slaughter in Yemen
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-18
Trump's veto is a declaration of the absolute authority of the president to wage war without the fig leaf of congressional approval.

Venezuelan FM Calls U.S. Measures Crimes against Humanity
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-18
Caracas, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza considered as crimes against humanity the new sanctions announced by the U.S. government against the Central Bank of the South American country.

China: Further Information: Tiananmen "baijiu" activist sentenced to jail: Chen Bing
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-18
Sichuan activist Chen Bing was sentenced to three and a half years after he and three other activists were convicted of "inciting subversion of state power" for producing and promoting their own baijiu — Chinese liquor — to commemorate the Tiananmen crackdown.

Russia Reiterates its Condemnation to US Unilateral Sanctions against Cuba (+Photos)
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-18
Simferopol, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Russia has reiterated Friday its strong condemnation of the application of unilateral sanctions by the United States, commenting on the recent White House announcement of a new package of punitive measures against Cuba.

Iran: Release Anti-Compulsory Hijab Activists
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-18
Iranian women wearing hijab walk down a street in the capital Tehran on February 7, 2018. A spate of unprecedented protests against Iran's mandatory headscarves for women have been tiny in number, but have still reignited a debate that has preoccupied the Islamic republic since its founding. | © 2018 ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images | (Beirut) — Iranian authorities should release and quash the convictions of all activists who have been prosecuted f…

Warren, Markey, and Pressley to Join Launch of Sunrise Movement's 250-City Road to a Green New Deal Tour
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-18
Three prominent Massachusetts Democrats will join community and labor leaders in Boston Thursday night to kick off the youth-led Sunrise Movement's 250-city Road to a Green New Deal Tour. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Executions of juveniles since 1990 (as of April 2019)
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-18
The use of the death penalty for crimes committed by people younger than 18 is prohibited under international human rights law, yet some countries still execute child offenders. Since 1990 Amnesty International has documented 145 executions of child offenders in 10 countries: China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Sudan, the USA and Yemen. | This is the most up to date version of this document.

US Sanctions Affect Venezuelans' Security and Wellbeing
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-18
By Wiliam Urquijo PascualCaracas, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The economic sanctions implemented by the United States affect the security and wellbeing of the Venezuelan people, the Government charged in response to the new unilateral measures announced in Washington on Wednesday.

The Strategy of Controlled Chaos
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-18
Everyone against everyone else — this is the media image of chaos which is spreading across the Southern shores of the Mediterranean, from Libya to Syria. It is a situation before which even Washington seems powerless. But in reality, Washington …

Trump's Veto on Yemen War Is a Sign That the Strongmen in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia Are Winning
Sarah Aziza | theintercept.com | 2019-04-18
The veto, for all its cynical implications about the state of U.S. foreign policy, should also concern Americans at home.

The Israeli "Deal of the Century" Won't Go Through: Extremism Dominates the Knesset, Splits within the Palestinian Leadership
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-17
For over a year now, the Israeli "Deal of the Century" for Palestine has been endorsed by the US establishment and is now echoing to the four corners of the world. The two novices in foreign policy, US President Donald …

Wednesday's Daily Brief: Sudan, Libya, Yemen updates, solutions for e-waste, flood response in Iran, online security for children
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-17
At the top of the news agenda on Wednesday: updates on violence in Sudan's Darfur and in Libya, how e-waste can become an employment opportunity, help for the 2 million affected by floods in Iran, and efforts to make the internet safer for children.

Congress Must Stop the Killing and Override Trump's Yemen Veto
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-04-17
Congress Must Stop the Killing and Override Trump's Yemen Veto…

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 an affiliate, and AXA maintains investments in five Israeli banks. | Economic BoycottApril 17, 2019 | By: | | SumOfUs …

War Versus Peace: Israel Has Decided and So Should We
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-17
Netanyahu and his future government coalition of like-minded extremists are now armed with an unmistakably popular mandate to fulfill all of their electoral promises, including the annexation of the West Bank.

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…

Dublin university students vote to back boycott of Israel
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-04-17
Students at Dublin City University (DCU) in Ireland have voted in favour of boycotting Israel. They voted by 1,400 votes to 300 to align … | Read more Dublin university students vote to back boycott of Israel | By Bryan Wall…

Post-Election Horse-Trading Kicks Off as Netanyahu Builds Israel's "National No Opposition" Government
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-17
The reasoning for creating a "National Unity" government is always the same: the nation is facing challenging times that demand we cast our differences aside and work together for the good of the people. Then all the prime minister has to do is create cabinet positions for everyone involved.

Why Isn't Oil-Rich Russia Helping Its Syrian "Ally" Survive the Fuel Crisis?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-17
It's seemingly inexplicable to many that one of the world's top oil exporters won't help its "ally" survive the ever-worsening fuel crisis, but upon closer consideration and after much-needed critical thinking, it becomes clear that Russia intends to politicize this …

Extinction Rebellion: Meet the Famed Climate Attorney Who Superglued Herself Outside Shell's U.K. HQ
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-17
Extinction Rebellion. That's the name of the movement shutting down Central London this week in a series of direct actions, as activists close bridges, occupy public landmarks and even superglue themselves to buildings to demand urgent action to combat climate change. Police have arrested more than 300 people so far, and the protests are continuing. Today, activists have halted trains at Canary Wharf–a financial hub of the city–with two protesters climbing a train car and another supergluing his hand to a train window. We speak to Clare Farrell, one of the co-founders of the environmental action group…

Turkish Ambassador Denies Report Claiming Ankara Sent ISIS Fighters to Libya
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-17
(TM) — Turkish Ambassador to Tunisia àñmer Faruk Doƒüan has denied a Tunisian news report accusing Ankara of sending Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists to the Libyan capital of Tripoli from Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. In a statement, Doƒüan described the report by private newspaper Al-Chourouk as "lies." The …

Turkish Ambassador Denies Report Claiming Ankara Sent ISIS Fighters to Libya

Trump is 'Saudi Arabia's servant' as he refused to end US support of Yemen war — Tulsi Gabbard
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-17
Tulsi Gabbard, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, has called President Donald Trump's decision to veto a bill seeking to end US support for the Yemen war nothing less than proof he serves Saudi Arabia. | …

Israeli Court Orders Deportation of HRW's Omar Shakir Over Pro-Palestinian Activism
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-17
(CD) — An Israeli court on Tuesday ordered the deportation of Human Rights Watch's Omar Shakir over his advocacy work against illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. The court's decision marks the first time Israel's draconian "anti-boycott law" has been applied to someone already legally present in the country. Shakir, HRW's Israel and Palestine director, has called on …

Israeli Court Orders Deportation of HRW's Omar Shakir Over Pro-Palestinian Activism

US Issues New Map Showing Golan Heights as Israeli Territory
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-17
(MEMO) — The US has issued a new map showing the occupied Syrian Golan Heights as Israeli territory, just three weeks after US President Donald Trump announced he would recognize the region as belonging to Israel. The US' Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, yesterday tweeted a picture of the new map with the words …

US Issues New Map Showing Golan Heights as Israeli Territory

'3 stooges of socialism': Bolton attacks Venezuela, Cuba & Nicaragua in impotent verbal intervention
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-17
In a speech full of colorful phrases, from 'three stooges of socialism' to 'troika of tyranny,' US national security adviser John Bolton threatened Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua with regime change and announced more sanctions. | …

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

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…

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 …

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 …

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