2019-04-23: Social Media Postees

Activists Protect DC Venezuelan Embassy from US-supported Coup
Medea Benjamin | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-23
An extraordinary chapter in the ongoing saga of Venezuela has been taking place, virtually unnoticed, at the Venezuela Embassy that lies in the heart of swanky Georgetown in Washington DC. A group of us, all activists opposed to the prospect of the Venezuelan opposition taking over the Embassy, have been living inside the building for…

The Activists Quietly Struggling to Protect Venezuela's DC Embassy from a US-backed Coup
Medea Benjamin | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-23
A dedicated group of activists has been living inside Venezuela's DC embassy for the past two weeks. hoping to halt a US-backed opposition takeover of the building.

Bernie Sanders Calls for Vote to Override Trump Veto on Yemen
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-04-23
In a powerful new letter, the 2020 presidential hopeful urges his colleagues in the Senate to reassert their congressional authority.

Trump vetoes Yemen War Powers resolution
Jane Cutter | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-23
End U.S. support for the Saudi war; no to all U.S. military intervention in Yemen; U.S. out of the Middle East.

In Gaza and Beyond, Freedom of Movement Should Be an Inalienable Right
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-04-23
I never intended to run a marathon, but when I realized that I would be on hand for the 2019 Palestine Marathon, I registered. I did so in solidarity with the goals of the aptly named Right to Movement, the global running community founded in 2013 to organize the first annual marathon there. | The irony was not lost on me, however: in training for a marathon meant to highlight the right to freedom of movement, I would utilize my privilege as a foreigner to access land that Palestinians themselves could not enter. I trained in the West B…

French Ambassador Says Trump "Deal of the Century" Is DOA, Calls Israel 'Apartheid State'
Whitney Webb | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-23
"[Kushner] is so rational, and he is so pro-Israeli also, that he may neglect the point that if you offer the Palestinians the choice between surrendering and committing suicide, they may decide the latter. Somebody like Kushner doesn't understand that." …

Pentagon Claims 1,100 High Schools Bar Recruiters; Peace Activists Offer $1,000 Award If Any Such School Can Be Found
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-23
UPDATE: Timothy Paul Jerzyk has added another $1,000 to the award, making a total of $2,000. According to statements in February by the Secretary of the Army, various U.S. high schools are barring military recruiters from access to students. The Secretary of the Navy this past December said that public school boards are keeping military recruiters out of…

Earth Day: How Can Climate Activists Fight Misinformation?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-23
Award-winning filmmaker Josh Fox talks about his new book, The Truth Has Changed, and how climate movements can–and must–fight misinformation campaigns…

Portland, Ore.: Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution
Lyn Neeley | workers.org | 2019-04-23
The Hands Off Venezuela Coalition in Portland, Ore., displayed banners and placards calling for "No Sanctions, No Coup, No Media Lies" over the I-5 freeway for two hours during heavy early morning commuting traffic on April 19. The largest banner read, "Trump and Dems wage war, We say No More." . . . | Continue reading Portland, Ore.: Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution at Workers.org…

Oil Shortage Crisis Might Force the Syrian State to Liberate East Euphrates
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-23
A clear shortage of fuel has forced the reduction of the quantity of gasoline sold to 20 liters every two days for private cars. In total, the sales would not exceed 200 liters of petrol per car per month and …

Do You Prefer Your American Empire Coarse or Polite?
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-04-23
With the president wielding near-dictatorial power on matters of foreign policy, it may be the only question left for voters to decide.

City of Denver, Colorado Divests From Oil and Gas Companies
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-23

Trump's Latest Iran Sanctions Show an Unraveling of US Foreign Policy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-23
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says unilateral sanctions against Iran are illegal, and show the ascendancy of John Bolton; they intensify tension with China and threaten our international position…

France 'Determined to Continue' Trade With Iran, Officials Say
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-23
France declared on Tuesday that the country is "determined to continue to implement" the Iran nuclear deal and to allow Iran to draw the "economic benefits" after the announcement of new U.S sanctions against countries exporting Iranian products. | RELATED: | US Ends Sanction Waivers for Countries Importing Iranian oil | In an officia…

Iran Not Backing Down: IRGC Navy Vows to Block US Ships from Important Waterway
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-23
The Trump administration announced on Monday that they would be cancelling waivers to eight countries buying oil from Iran as they tighten the economic blockade against the Persian Gulf nation. | *** | The spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi…

Earth Day is 24/7, and Every Hour and Every Minute of Every Day According to Local Activists
Paul Haeder | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-23
For us to maintain our way of living, we must tell lies to each other and especially to ourselves. The lies are necessary because, without them, many deplorable acts would become impossibilities. — The Culture of Make Believe, Derrick Jensen Part One — I am scrambling to get this first part of the Earth Day two-part article …

After Netanyahu's dirty tricks win–annexation of the West Bank may be next
Jonathan Cook | mronline.org | 2019-04-23
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. | Source…

Bernie Sanders Calls Out Netanyahu's 'Racist Government'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-23
U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government in a recent discussion with CNN. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Hopes for Netanyahu's Loss in Israeli Election | The presidential hopeful said while he supports Israel's right to exist and considers himself to be pro-Israel, he does not support Netanyahu's policies. "I have family in Israel. I am not anti-Israel. But the fact of the matter is that Netanyahu is a…

Spain Predicts Disputes with U.S. Over Sanctions Against Cuba
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-23
Madrid, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell predicted today numerous disputes between Europe and the United States, following the latter's decision to intensify economic sanctions against Cuba.

Iran Foreign Minister Describes as Desperate Recent US measures
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-23
Tehran, Apr 23 ( Prensa Latina ) Foreign Minister Mohammed Yavad Zarif described today as desperate the measures implemented by the United States to raise the tone and sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Washington tightens sanctions to cut Iran oil exports to "zero"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-23
The lifting of waivers granted to five countries that imported substantial quantities of Iranian oil represents a dangerous escalation of US economic warfare against Tehran.

The Path to War with Iran Is Paved With Sanctions
Joseph Cirincione, Mary Kaszynski | commondreams.org | 2019-04-23
The administration's plan is clear: keep beating the twin drums of terrorism and nuclear threat. Bolton and Pompeo will use both to justify more sanctions and more provocations. (Photo: Wikicommons) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Saudi Arabia: 37 Executed on "Terrorism" Charges
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-23
37 citizens were executed in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for "terrorism" activities. | RELATED: | Rohingya Detainees on Hunger Strike Tortured by Saudi Arabia | The individuals were accused of cooperation with enemy organizations and against the interest of the state. Among the victims were 11 men who were convicted of spying for Iran and 14 others convict…

Benjamin Netanyahu Plans to Honor Donald Trump By Putting His Name on Something Awful
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-23
Israel's prime minister has never shied away from intervening in American politics and seems eager to play a role in Donald Trump's re-election campaign.

Several Governments Criticize New US Action against Iran
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-23
Washington, April 23 (Prensa Latina) Several governments on Tuesday criticized the U.S. decision to end exemptions that allow eight countries to buy Iranian crude without facing sanctions from Washington.

Israel's Elite Undercover Units Are Increasing Activities Against Palestinians
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-23
(MEMO) — In recent weeks and months, Israel's elite undercover Special Forces units, known as the Musta'ribeen (Mista'arvim), have increased their activities against the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. The units are responsible for the arrest and assassination of Palestinian resistance members wanted by the Israeli occupation authorities. For example, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) revealed …

Israel’s Elite Undercover Units Are Increasing Activities Against Palestinians

Chile Seeks to Step up Measures against Environmental Crimes
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-23
23 de abril de 2019, 17: 21Santiago de Chile, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Strong sanctions against environmental crimes are envisaged in a bill presented by a group of experts in the Senate Environment Committee that will be legislated soon.

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,…

French Ambassador Says Trump "Deal of the Century" Is DOA, Calls Israel 'Apartheid State'
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-22
"[Kushner] is so rational, and he is so pro-Israeli also, that he may neglect the point that if you offer the Palestinians the choice between surrendering and committing suicide, they may decide the latter. Somebody like Kushner doesn't understand that." — French Ambassador Gerard Araud…

With US on the Warpath, Iran's Press TV the Latest Target for Google's Political Censorship
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-22
Iran finds itself in the crosshairs of social-media censorship, along with a number of other countries that are, incidentally or not, in the crosshairs of the U.S. State Department.

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.

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 …

Modi Delivers Ironic "Peace Day" Message Netanyahu Borrowed from Hitler
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-22
Modi's speech regarding how only the "strong" are to be respected, while issuing an implicit threat of using nuclear weapons against enemies of the state, is strikingly similar to a speech given by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an ally of Modi — last September.

Trump and Pakistan's PM Khan Might Have Just Ruined Iran-India Relations
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-22
The American and Pakistani leaders independently took two very important and uncoordinated moves at almost the exact same time that might coincidentally have the same effect of ruining Iranian-Indian relations. | Iranian-Indian relations might be about to enter their worst-ever period …

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 ?…

Dallas Goldtooth: Hold Banks Accountable for Financing Climate Chaos & Violating Indigenous Rights
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-22
As millions celebrate Earth Day around the globe, we speak with organizer Dallas Goldtooth about indigenous-led anti-pipeline activism in the United States. President Trump signed two executive orders earlier this month to facilitate the approval of pipeline projects at a federal level, limiting states' ability to regulate such projects. The move is intended in part to clear the way for permitting on the northeastern Constitution pipeline, which has stalled after New York invoked the Clean Water Act to reject the project on environmental grounds. This comes as climate activists have filed a federal lawsuit with t…

North Korea Pleads for Food Aid as Trump Sanctions Noose Tightens
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-22
As much as Trump likes to rail against the failed policies of his predecessor, he seems to be mimicking them, using North Korea's food shortages as leverage to force the country to denuclearize, a move that DPRK believes would bring about only a swifter death.

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…

Stop the Ongoing U.S. Economic Terrorism against Iran and Help Its People!
Jan Oberg | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-22
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 …

US Cancels Iran Oil Waivers for Turkey, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Greece
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-22
(TM) — The United States announced on Monday it would no longer grant sanctions exemptions to eight countries, including Turkey, the Hàºrriyet Daily News reported. The White House said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — close US allies that back President Donald Trump's hawkish stance against regional rival Iran — would work to make up …

US Cancels Iran Oil Waivers for Turkey, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Greece

Activists Protect Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC From US-Supported Coup
Medea Benjamin | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-22
(CD) — An extraordinary chapter in the ongoing saga of Venezuela has been taking place, virtually unnoticed, at the Venezuela Embassy that lies in the heart of swanky Georgetown in Washington DC. A group initiated by CODEPINK and Popular Resistance, all activists opposed to the prospect of the Venezuelan opposition taking over the Embassy, have been living …

Activists Protect Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC From US-Supported Coup

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…

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 …

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.

As Trump Angles for War with Iran, Congress Needs to Reassert its War Powers
Lilly Dragnev | peaceaction.org | 2019-04-19
It's no news that the U.S.-Iran relationship has taken a turn for the worse under President Trump's leadership. Employing a strategy straight out of the Bush administration's Iraq War playbook, the Trump administration has advanced misleading, demonizing narratives about Iran from day one, laying the rhetorical groundwork for another catastrophic war of choice in the …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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