2019-04-20: Social Media Postees

The "Deal of the Century": The Palestinian Cause Is behind Iran and Hezbollah's Success
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-20
Israel is not preparing a military adventure against Gaza, Syria, Hezbollah or Iran because it is in fact already attaining its objectives both internationally and domestically. | Its military apparatus regularly hits targets in Syria with a calculated risk of retaliation …
globalresearch.ca/the-deal-of-the-century-the-palestinian-cause-is-behind-iran-and-hezbollahs-success/5675014

US Involvement in the War against Yemen: Trump's Veto
Ken Stone | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-20
According to Canadian analyst Ken Stone, member of the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War the power of the US Congress has been "effectively diminished" as it failed to override President Trump's veto of a bipartisan bill to end US …
globalresearch.ca/us-involvement-in-the-war-against-yemen-trumps-veto/5675046

Egypt Votes on Referendum Extending El-Sissi's Rule to 2030
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-04-20
CAIRO — Egyptians voted Saturday on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030 and broaden the military's role — changes blasted by critics as another major step toward authoritarian rule. | The referendum came amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in recent years. El-Sissi's government has arrested thousands of people, most of them Islamists but also prominent secular activists, and rolled back freedoms won in a 2011 pro-democracy uprising. | Polls opened at 9 a.m. (0700 GMT). Voting will stretch over a period of three days to allow max…
truthdig.com/articles/egypt-votes-on-referendum-extending-el-sissis-rule-to-2030/

What Venezuela's Tragic Predicament Teaches Iran
Rostam Pourzal | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-20
Analysts, including commentators sympathetic to Chavismo, are understandably offering a mix of explanations for Venezuela's tragic and worsening predicament this year. With a debate as urgent as this, it is tempting to contrast the US success in crushing the Latin …
globalresearch.ca/what-venezuelas-tragic-predicament-teaches-iran/5675006

President Assad Receives Russia's Special Envoy to Syria
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-20
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad received today in Damascus Mr. Alexander Lavrentiev and accompanying delegation which included Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. | Mr. Lavrentiev is an active Russian career diplomat with more focus on Astana talks between the Syrian state …
globalresearch.ca/president-assad-receives-russias-special-envoy-to-syria/5675068

Mueller Report Says 'Multiple Members' of Trump Transition Approached Foreign Officials to Stop UN Resolution against Israeli Settlements
Philip Weiss | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-20
The Mueller Report was released today, and one section reveals that "multiple members" of the Trump transition team, led by Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law, "communicated with foreign government officials" in an effort to undermine the Obama White House's decision …
globalresearch.ca/mueller-report-says-multiple-members-of-trump-transition-approached-foreign-officials-to-stop-un-resolution-against-israeli-settlements/5675031

Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau Congratulates Netanyahu: There Will Never Be Two States
Jim Miles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-20
On April 12 Canada's PM Justin Trudeau released a statement congratulating Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on his fifth electoral victory. Two statements stood out for their misleading role in creating a contrived narrative. | The first statement concerns democracy, "During the conversation, …
globalresearch.ca/canadas-prime-minister-trudeau-congratulates-netanyahu-there-will-never-be-two-states/5675003

Intersectionality – Feel-Good Make-believe in the "Woke" Spaces of Empire
Revolution Books | indybay.org | 2019-04-20
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indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/19/18822833.php

Former ISIS Commanders Rehabilitated as Traffic Cops in Syria Under US Watch
Alexander Rubinstein | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-20
(MPN) — Locals of Ein Issa, a Syrian town just north of the city of Raqqa are reportedly fed up with former ISIS members and commanders who have been rehabilitated by U.S. proxy forces as traffic cops. "Reliable sources" told the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) that former Daesh militants have been converted into "security members" …

Former ISIS Commanders Rehabilitated as Traffic Cops in Syria Under US Watch

Why Philly's Reformist Prosecutor Finally Supports Letting Mumia Abu-Jamal's Appeal Go Forward
Natasha Lennard | theintercept.com | 2019-04-20
Activists were angry when Philly DA Larry Krasner initially objected to Mumia Abu-Jamal's path to a new appeal, but Krasner changed course last week.
theintercept.com/2019/04/20/mumia-abu-jamal-larry-krasner/

Iranian Intelligence Dismantles U.S.-U.K. Spy Network
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-20
Tehran, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Iranian intelligence dismantled spy networks from the United States and the United Kingdom, revealed the minister of the sector, Mahmud Alavi, quoted this Saturday the local press.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Trump administration escalates threats against Cuba
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-20
The Trump administration is imposing unilateral sanctions aimed at punishing foreign corporations, particularly European and Canadian, with investments in Cuba.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/20/cuba…

Over 70,000 Killed in Yemen War Since 2016
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-20
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Official figures on the deaths in the Yemen War have been virtually unavailable, or at least years out of date. The database tracker from the Armed Conflict and Location Event Data Project, however, issued their own data on Yemen Thursday, showing more than 70,000 have been killed in Yemen just since January 2016. This is a …

Over 70,000 Killed in Yemen War Since 2016

Spiritual Leader and Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe Caleen Sisk Receives Earth Day Award
Miranda Kraus at the Rose Foundation | indybay.org | 2019-04-20
The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment announced Winnemem Wintu Tribal Chief and Spiritual Leader Caleen Sisk as the winner of the 2019 Anthony Grassroots Prize, an annual $1,000 Earth Day award recognizing an outstanding example of grassroots environmental activism.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/19/18822832.php

Russia calls on USA to Accept Multipolar World and Avoid Sanctions
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-20
By Antonio Rondón García | Simferopol, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Russia called on the United States to recognize the existence of a multipolar world and rejected the application by Washington of unilateral sanctions against this nation, Venezuela and Cuba.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Israel Was Built on the Backs of Palestinian Laborers
Andrew Ross | thenation.com | 2019-04-19
Israel Was Built on the Backs of Palestinian Laborers…
thenation.com/article/israel-palestine-construction-settlement-netanyahu/

The Destruction of the Palestinians Will Be Israel's Undoing
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2019-04-19
Most of Israel's problems would be solved if it could establish lasting peace with its neighbors, says journalist and filmmaker Mariam Shahin.
truthdig.com/articles/the-destruction-of-the-palestinians-will-be-israels-undoing/

Trump's Shameful Yemen Veto Defines His Presidency
Daniel Larison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-19
As expected, Trump used his veto tonight to reject S.J.Res. 7, the antiwar Yemen resolution passed by both houses of Congress earlier this year. | Trump has been a supporter of the war on Yemen for years, and since taking office …
globalresearch.ca/trumps-shameful-yemen-veto-defines-his-presidency/5674948

Yemen Protests Trump Veto of Congressional Resolution to Stop Supporting Saudi War
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-19
"My message is only to the American people: is spilling more Yemeni blood acceptable to you?" asked a man in his seventies. "There is no difference between the vampires and Donald Trump. Trump is a real character who insists on sucking more Yemeni blood," a young protester told MintPress.
mintpressnews.com/yemen-protests-trump-veto-of-resolution-to-stop-supporting-saudi-war/257604/

Trump Declares Economic War on Cuba
The Conversation | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-19
The Trump administration has declared the most severe new sanctions against Cuba since President John F. Kennedy imposed an economic embargo banning all trade with the communist island in 1962. | Speaking in Miami on April 17, the anniversary of the …
globalresearch.ca/trump-declares-economic-war-on-cuba/5674938

The US is laying groundwork for war with Iran, says former US army colonel
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-04-19
The current US government is moving closer to war with Iran, according to Lawrence Wilkerson, a former US Army colonel. The former George W … | Read more The US is laying groundwork for war with Iran, says former US army colonel | By Mohamed Elmaazi…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/04/19/the-us-is-laying-groundwork-for-war-with-iran-says-former-us-army-colonel/

Two Books for One Price: Combined Special Offers from Global Research Publishers
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-19
Global Research Publishers bring you a number of special offers on two-book combined purchases. Click on a link below to order the combined book offer of your choice: | . | . | | : | *SPECIAL OFFER: Voices from Syria + The Dirty War on : | …
globalresearch.ca/the-dirty-war-on-syria-the-globalization-of-war/5588394

MintCast Episode 1: Venezuela, Ecaudor and Netanyahu
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-19
Whitney Webb and Alan MacLeod discuss this week's headlines, including Venezuela leaving the OAS, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election in Israel on the anniversary of the Deir Yassin Massacre and Lenin Moreno's move towards authoritarianism in Ecuador.
mintpressnews.com/mintcast-episode-1-venezuela-ecaudor-and-netanyahu/257619/

Roaming Charges: Time is Blind, Man is Stupid
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-19
Some names always seem to resurface in American political scandals, so it was no surprise to stumble across "Ledeen" on page 63 of Mueller's Report, highlighting a scheme by Barbara Ledeen (wife of Iran/contra figure and Mike Flynn pal Michael) to track down HRC's emails at Flynn's request on behalf of the Trump campaign, an operation that funded in part by a $30,000 contribution from the blood-drenched accounts of Erik Prince.
counterpunch.org/2019/04/19/time-is-blind-man-is-stupid/

Instagram Acts as Arm of US Govt, Bans Top Iranian Officials After IRGC 'Terrorist' Designation
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-19
Top Iranian government officials were suspended from Facebook-owned Instagram just hours after Trump dubbed the IRGC a "terrorist" organization. By…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/18/instagram-us-bans-iranian-officials-irgc-terrorist/

U of MN protesters outnumber attendees at Jeff Sessions talk
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-19
Minneapolis, MN – Both Donald Trump and former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke in Minnesota, April 15, and both were met with protest and disruption upon arrival. Trump spoke outside of a truck equipment company in the Twin Cities suburb of Burnsville and was met by activists denouncing his anti-immigrant policies and defending progressive Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. | Jeff Sessions was met with even larger crowds as protesters outnumbered attendees at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, where he was slated to speak to a "sold out" crowd, but which ultimately had fewer than one-thir…
fightbacknews.org/2019/4/19/u-mn-protesters-outnumber-attendees-jeff-sessions-talk

With tightening of blockade, U.S. seeks to strangle Cuba…again
W. T. Whitney Jr. | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-19
"The Trump administration has declared the most severe new sanctions against Cuba since President John F. Kennedy imposed an economic embargo banning all trade with the communist island in 1962." That was the assessment of William M. LeoGrande, a widely respected Cuba analyst, in reaction to announcements on April 17 by Secretary of State Mike …
peoplesworld.org/article/with-tightening-of-blockade-u-s-seeks-to-strangle-cubaagain/

US Declares Economic War on Cuba
The Conversation | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-19
(CONVERSATION) — The Trump administration has declared the most severe new sanctions against Cuba since President John F. Kennedy imposed an economic embargo banning all trade with the communist island in 1962. Speaking in Miami on April 17, the anniversary of the United States' failed 1961 invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs, national security adviser John Bolton announced the end of virtually …

US Declares Economic War on Cuba

Thought Police: US, Israel Increasingly Banning & Deporting Ideological Enemies
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-19
TEL AVIV/WASHINGTON — Israel and the U.S. are simultaneously stepping up repression in the form of travel restrictions against critics of the apartheid state. | A Palestinian activist has been barred from entering the U.S. while an advocate with a leading human rights NGO — Human Rights Watch (HRW) — faced a ruling on Tuesday in Israeli courts which upheld the government's deportation order against him. | Last week, the U.S. banned a founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, one Omar Barghouti, from entering its soil. Though the government's official explanation was "immigration r…
mintpressnews.com/thought-police-us-israel-increasingly-banning-deporting-ideological-enemies/257638/

US Congresswoman Proposes Giving Less Than $3 Billion a Year to Israel
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-19
(MEMO) — US Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has proposed the US cut military and economic aid to Israel worth $3 billion a year in response to the re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister. "I think these are part of conversations we are having in our caucus, but I think what we are really seeing is an …

US Congresswoman Proposes Giving Less Than $3 Billion a Year to Israel

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…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/04/18/palestinians-urge-us-all-to-boycott-puma-a-proud-sponsor-of-israeli-apartheid/

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…
bdsmovement.net/news/victory-boycott-hp-campaign-netherlands-trade-union-fnv-drops-hp-partner-its-member-offers

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…
therealnews.com/stories/is-trump-for-detente-or-militarism-rai-with-stephen-cohen-2-5

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…
therealnews.com/stories/black-alliance-for-peace-revives-black-anti-war-tradition-pt-1-2

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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/war-versus-peace-israel-has-decided-and-so-should-we/

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…
therealnews.com/stories/us-tightens-noose-on-cuba

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…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/04/18/hunger-strikes-can-work-thats-why-we-need-to-get-behind-the-hunger-striking-kurdish-activists/

'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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1036901

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.
amnesty.org/en/documents/act50/0233/2019/en/

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.
theintercept.com/2019/04/18/trump-veto-yemen-saudi-arabia-mbs/

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…
hrw.org/news/2019/04/18/iran-release-anti-compulsory-hijab-activists-0

Mueller Report Confirms Trump Team Meddled in Egypt's UN Resolution on Israel
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-18
(MEE) — Special Counsel Robert Mueller's highly anticipated report on Russian interference in the 2016 US elections confirmed that then President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team had spoken with Egypt about postponing its UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement expansion. "Multiple members of the Transition Team, as well as President-Elect Trump, communicated with foreign government officials to …

Mueller Report Confirms Trump Team Meddled in Egypt's UN Resolution on Israel

Yemen: YEMENI ACADEMIC HELD INCOMMUNICADO: Youssef al-Bawab
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…
amnesty.org/en/documents/mde31/0224/2019/en/

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…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/iran-release-womens-rights-defenders-detained-for-peacefully-protesting-against-forced-veiling/

Thursday's Daily Brief: impact of bad working conditions, Syria and Libya humanitarian news, human rights in Bahrain, families reunified in South Sudan
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-18
Thursday's top news includes: A new report on the dangerous impact of stressful working conditions; the need to decongest Al Hol camp in Syria; a US$2 million allocation from the UN's emergency fund to ramp up the humanitarian response in Libya; human rights concerns over a mass terrorism trial in Bahrain; and 6,000 children reunited with their parents and caregivers in South Sudan.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1036961

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.
amnesty.org/en/documents/asa17/0231/2019/en/

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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1036801

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…
thenation.com/article/congress-override-trump-yemen-war-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 …
bdsmovement.net/news/axa-im-divests-elbit-systems-involved-israeli-war-crimes

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…
therealnews.com/stories/pompeo-is-setting-the-stage-for-a-war-with-iran

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