2019-04-22: Social Media Postees

Arab League Pledges $100M a Month to the Palestinian Authority
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-22
The Arab League Council pledged US$100 million per month to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in order to make up for the tax revenues that were withheld by Israel over a long duration. | RELATED: | Trump's Deal of the Century Will 'Officially Make Israel an Apartheid State': French Envoy to US | The US$100 million is the set amount that was supposed to be paid as stipends to the families of Palestinians killed or imprisoned by Israel. | The Arab Le…

Yemen: The Triumph of Barbarism
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-22
President Donald Trump's recent veto of a bipartisan resolution to force an end to American military involvement in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen reminds me of some words by V.S. Naipaul, the Trinidadian author. In his book "A Bend in the River," Naipaul says,…

Air Force Deploys Stealth Fighters to the Middle East for the First Time
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-22
Amid the threats of war with Iran, the U.S. Air Force has forward deployed Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jets to the Middle East, reported Air Force Times. | Air Force Central Command (AFCENT) announced last week that …

Shadow Boxing for Empire: The Mueller Report
Prof. James Petras | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-22
Introduction | By the end of the Obama regime, the US had gone through seven wars and was in the process of losing five of them. Washington was facing global challenges to its dominant economic and political role from Russia and …

The Making America Great Again (MAGA) Warmongers. America's Ongoing Wars in the Middle East
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-22
I have yet to see the MAGA cult turn on its hallowed leader, the leader of the "free world" (sic) who recently vetoed and left tire marks on a measure that would have put an end to US involvement in …

Statement of the family of activist and radio host Blase Bonpane upon his passing
Bonpane Family | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-22
Bonpane played a key role in raising awareness of government directed violence throughout Central America during the 1980s by leading delegations of politicians, activists, celebrities, and students on trips to Nicaragua.

Trump's Dangerous Game: New Blockade of Iran Could Skyrocket Oil Prices Across the World
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-22
The Trump administration is cracking down on trade partners that are still purchasing oil from Iran in an attempt to force regime change inside the Persian Gulf nation. | *** | The U.S. government is ending the program that has provided exemptions | …

New US Blockade Of Iran Could Skyrocket Oil Prices This Summer
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-22
The U.S. government is ending the program that has provided exemptions to five large countries purchasing oil from Iran, the New York Times reported on Sunday. | RELATED: | YouTube Censors Iranian Press, HispanTV, Press TV Targeted | According to the New York Times report, the U.S. is canceling the exemptions to China, Japan, India, Turkey, and South Korea as they attempt to strengthen their blockade on Iranian goods. | The ultimate goal of this U.S. move is to force regime change…

China Unilaterally Rejects US Sanctions Against Iran
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-22
China consistently opposes unilateral U.S. sanctions against Iran, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday amid reports that Washington is expected to announce that buyers of Iranian oil must halt imports soon or face sanctions. | RELATED: | China Proposes Space Cooperation to International Partners | Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, speaking at a daily news briefing, said China's bilateral cooperation with Iran was in accordance with the law. | China is a major importer of Ir…

US Ends Sanction Waivers for Countries Importing Iranian oil
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-22
U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to eliminate all waivers issued to eight economies allowing them to buy Iranian oil without facing U.S. sanctions, the White House said on Monday, while vowing to ensure global oil market was well supplied. | RELATED: | John Bolton Admits US-backed Coup in Venezuela Is About Oil, Not Democracy | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to make an announcement on Monday detailing the decision. | "The United States, Saudi Arab…

On the (Empire's) Waterfront
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-22
Remember the famous taxicab scene from the great film On the Waterfront? Ex boxer Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) telling his older brother Charlie (Rod Steiger), who is second in command to a crooked union boss, that he didn't look out …

From Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, a Talk on Assange
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-22
Consortium News Editor Joe Lauria on Sunday delivered this talk about the Assange case to a group of activists who are living inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington to stop the illegitimate government of Venezuela from taking it over. Video… Read more ?…

Yemen: Houthi Landmines Kill Civilians, Block Aid
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-22
A deminer works with children following him in Zuheiri, a town on the western coast. | © 2018 Private | (Beirut) — Houthi forces' widespread use of landmines along Yemen's western coast since mid-2017 has killed and injured hundreds of civilians and prevented aid groups from reaching vulnerable communities, Human Rights Watch said today. Yemeni law and the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty ban all use of antipersonnel mines; anti-vehicle mines have been used ind…

Cuban Emigrants Reject US Hostility against their Home Country (+Photos)
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-22
Washington, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) The Marti Alliance, which gathers organizations of Cuban emigration in the US city of Miami, rejected Washington's new sanctions against Cuba, one of its members has confirmed to Prensa Latina.

Amid Push for New Oil Sanctions, Pompeo Reportedly Jokes About Secret Coup Plot Against Iran
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-22
The Secretary of State reportedly said during a private meeting there are "no guarantees" the sanctions won't harm ordinary Iranians | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Hopes for Two-State Solution Dim in Wake of Israeli Election
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-04-21
Some cling to the belief that both sides will come around, but support for the idea has faded among Jewish Israelis and young Palestinians.

Yemen: The Triumph of Barbarism
César Chelala | commondreams.org | 2019-04-21
President Donald Trump's recent veto of a bipartisan resolution to force an end to American military involvement in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen reminds me of some words by V.S. Naipaul, the Trinidadian author. In his book "A Bend in the River," Naipaul says, "The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it."…

Mueller and a Dangerous Moment in Human History — Jay and Curry
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-21
The threat of nuclear war; the climate crisis; Trump's regime change plans for Iran and Venezuela; and confrontation with China are far more significant threats than election meddling — former Pres. Clinton advisor Bill Curry and Paul Jay join host Jacqueline Luqman…

US Defeat in Syria Transforms into Campaign of Spite. "ISIS Was a Creation of the West"
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-21
The US-engineered proxy war against Syria, beginning in 2011 and the crescendo of the so-called "Arab Spring," has ended in all but absolute defeat for Washington. | Its primary goal of overthrowing the Syrian government and/or rendering the nation divided and …

Solidarity With Venezuela Now! Protect The Embassy
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-21
Activists gather in front of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC in March, 2019. We are writing to you from inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC where we are taking action against a US coup of the independent and sovereign Bolivarian Republican of Venezuela. The Embassy Protection Collective (Colectivos Por La Paz) is here …

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

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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 …

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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 …

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…

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