2019-04-24: Social Media Postees

The War in Yemen
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-04-24
truthdig.com/cartoons/the-war-in-yemen/

Yemeni Military Successes May Boost Secret Peace Negotiations with Saudis
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-24
Saudi forces operating in the border area between western Yemen and Saudi Arabia have effectively been neutered in recent months, following a precipitous increase attacks in the region by Houthi-allied forces.
mintpressnews.com/yemen-military-successes-secret-peace-negotiations-saudi-arabaia/257763/

PEPE ESCOBAR: War on Iran & Calling America's Bluff
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-24
Vast swathes of the West seem not to realize that if the Strait of Hormuz is shut down a global depression will follow, writes Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar Special to Consortium News The Trump administration once again has graphically… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/04/24/pepe-escobar-war-on-iran-calling-americas-bluff/

The Path to War with Iran Is Paved with Sanctions
Joe Cirincione | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
The Trump administration is laying siege to Iran. Taking pages from the Iraq War playbook, senior officials paint a picture of a rogue, outlaw, terrorist regime bent on acquiring nuclear weapons and whose "malign activities" are the cause of all …
globalresearch.ca/path-war-iran-sanctions/5675428

Julian Assange Exposed the Crimes of Powerful Actors, Including Israel
Alison Weir | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange is incarcerated in a UK prison that has been called "Britain's Guantanamo." His crime was exposing actions the US government, the media, the Democratic–Clinton machine, Israel, and others wanted kept hidden, including war crimes and torture….
globalresearch.ca/julian-assange-exposed-crimes-powerful-actors-including-israel/5675361

The Mandate for Israel: Keep the Arabs Down
John Steppling | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-24
Stephen Gowans has done remarkable work in previous writings on North Korea, and on the Imperialist U.S. in its long war on Syria (not coincidentally the title of his last book). He is often described as Brown in Red, or a Stalinist — both of which are fine with me since most so called Stalinist…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/24/the-mandate-for-israel-keep-the-arabs-down/

Netanyahu Announces Settlement in Golan Heights Will be Named after Donald Trump
Allison Deger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today he plans to name a settlement in the Golan Heights after President Donald Trump, one month after Trump recognized the Syrian territory captured during the June 1967 war as part of Israel….
globalresearch.ca/netanyahu-announces-settlement-golan-heights-named-donald-trump/5675464

Kushner Claims Two-State Solution Failed, Wants New Peace Plan
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-24
Jared Kushner told the audience at a Time magazine event on Tuesday that the two-state-solution peace plan to end the hostilities between the Palestinians and Israelis has failed. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Calls Out Netanyahu's 'Racist Government' | "New and different ways to reach peace must be tried," U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law said on Tuesday. | According to Kushner, "the two-state solution failed," which is why he is going to unveil a new peace plan this Summer.
telesurenglish.net/news/Kushner-Claims-Two-State-Solution-Failed-Wants-New-Peace-Plan-20190424-0011.html

A Glimpse Into the Heart of Israeli Occupation
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-04-24
In training for the 2019 Palestine Marathon meant to highlight the right to freedom of movement, I accessed land that Palestinians could not enter.
truthdig.com/articles/a-marathon-look-into-the-contrasts-of-israeli-occupation/

Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques and Churches are Also Burning
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-24
As the 300-foot spire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris tragically came tumbling down on live television, my thoughts ventured to Nuseirat Refugee Camp, my childhood home in the Gaza Strip. Then, also on television, I watched as a small bulldozer hopelessly clawed through the rubble of my neighborhood mosque. I grew up around …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/notre-dame-of-gaza-our-mosques-and-churches-are-also-burning/

US Sanctions Got India to Ditch Iran, Will Washington Get It to Ditch Russia Too?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
The announcement by India's Oil Minister that his country will replace US-sanctioned Iranian oil imports with those from "major oil-producing countries" despite the dramatic Bollywood show that New Delhi has made up until this point out of "defying" US sanctions …
globalresearch.ca/us-sanctions-india-ditch-iran-ditch-russia-too/5675365

South Africa: Dozens Dead After Floods, Mudslides
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-24
Tuesday South African authorities confirmed that at least 51 people have died as a result of floods and mudslides in Durban, BBC reported. | RELATED: | Iran Orders 60,000 to Evacuate Flood-hit Oil City | President Cyril Ramaphosa offered his condolences while visiting the region. "It was important to come and see what has happened. We pass our condolences to the families of t…
telesurenglish.net/news/South-Africa-Dozens-Dead-After-Floods-Mudslides-20190424-0006.html

US Urges Iran To Keep Strait Of Hormuz Open Despite Sanctions
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-24
The United States is calling on Iran to "respect the free flow of energy and commerce" and avoid closing the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf region. | RELATED: | France 'Determined to Continue' Trade With Iran, Officials Say | "We call on Iran, and all countries, to respect the free flow of energy and commerce, and freedom of navigation" in the straits, a U.S. State Department official stated on Tuesday. | The State Department's plea comes a day after Secretary of State Mik…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Blocks-Iranian-Oil-Sales-But-Asks-Them-To-Respect-Free-Trade-20190424-0002.html

John Bolton Rumored Israeli attack on Lebanon. Going After Hezbollah Donors?
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
John Bolton sent out the following tweet yesterday ahead of the rumored Israeli attack on Lebanon this summer that will target civilians (according to Israeli Major General Amir Eshel). | . | . | . | Today's @StateDept announcement that they will be | …
globalresearch.ca/john-bolton-rumored-israeli-attack-on-lebanon-going-after-hezbollah-donors/5675386

Silence Hate: tackling hate speech in Poland
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-24
"Changing words can change the world", how the Silence Hate project is battling hate speech against immigrants and refugees in Poland. | Migration is a hot topic in media around the world. Whether it is Syrian refugees fleeing war towards Europe or Latin American immigrants being separated from their families in the Mexico-US border, newspapers, TV channels and websites in every country dedicate a lot of time and space to those seeking a new home in another country. | With so much talk about migration issues, many people fall into stereotypes, misinformation and even hate speech, promoting discrimination or even…
amnesty.org/en/latest/education/2019/04/poland-silence-hate-project/

Hong Kong: Free jailed pro-democracy Umbrella Movement protest leaders
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-24
Four leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Umbrella Movement protests jailed today for their role in the 2014 peaceful protests must be immediately and unconditionally set free and have their convictions overturned, Amnesty International said. | The pro-democracy activists were given jail terms ranging from eight to 16 months in prison at West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts. | | Among the e…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/hong-kong-free-jailed-pro-democracy-umbrella-movement-protest-leaders/

Sanctions on Iranian Oil Bring US Drivers Pain at the Gas Pump
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-24
(MEMO) — American middle-class consumers are enjoying the most robust wage growth in a decade, but higher gasoline prices are eating a good chunk of that increase for many, and it looks like pump prices are headed higher. Gasoline pump prices have already jumped about 25% this year, the fastest rate in three years. Trump administration sanctions …

Sanctions on Iranian Oil Bring US Drivers Pain at the Gas Pump

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/23/activists-protect-dc-venezuelan-embassy-from-us-supported-coup/

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.
mintpressnews.com/the-activists-quietly-struggling-to-protect-venezuela-dc-embassy-from-us-backed-coup/257736/

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.
liberationnews.org/trump-vetoes-yemen-war-powers-resolution/

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/23/pentagon-claims-1100-high-schools-bar-recruiters-peace-activists-offer-1000-award-if-any-such-school-can-be-found/

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…
therealnews.com/stories/earth-day-how-can-climate-activists-fight-misinformation

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." …
globalresearch.ca/french-ambassador-says-trump-deal-century-doa-calls-israel-apartheid-state/5675349

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…
telesurenglish.net/news/France-Determined-to-Continue-Trade-With-Iran-Officials-Say-20190423-0023.html

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…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-latest-iran-sanctions-show-an-unraveling-of-us-foreign-policy

City of Denver, Colorado Divests From Oil and Gas Companies
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-23
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/04/23/city-denver-colorado-divests-oil-and-gas-companies?cd-origin=rss

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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/earth-day-is-24-7-and-every-hour-and-every-minute-of-every-day-according-to-local-activists/

Putin to Meet Kim Jong Un on Thursday for the First Time
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-23
Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet on Thursday in the Russian city of Vladivostok for the first time, a Kremlin official confirmed on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Kim Proposes Semi 'De-Nuke,' Trump Says No; Sanctions Remain | The meeting will revolve around the international standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program. As North Korea looks to build foreign support after the second U.S.-North Korea summit in Vietnam back in February ended prematurel…
telesurenglish.net/news/Putin-to-Meet-Kim-Jong-Un-on-Thursday-for-the-First-Time–20190423-0027.html

Benjamin Netanyahu Plans to Name an Illegal Settlement in Donald Trump's Honor
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-23
Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced on Tuesday that he plans to name a new illegal settlement in the occupied Golan Heights in honor of Donald Trump, to thank the American president for agreeing to overlook the unlawful nature of Israel's annexation of the territory seized from Syria in 1967.PM Netanyahu will present to the government a resolution calling for naming a new c…
theintercept.com/2019/04/23/netanyahu-trump-golan-heights-illegal-settlement/

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/23/iran…

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.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

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…
commondreams.org/views/2019/04/23/path-war-iran-paved-sanctions?cd-origin=rss

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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Saudi-Arabia-37-Executed-on-Terrorism-Charges-20190423-0022.html

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

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.
mintpressnews.com/with-us-on-the-warpath-irans-press-tv-the-latest-target-for-google-political-censorship/257682/

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.
liberationnews.org/statement-of-the-family-of-activist-and-radio-host-blase-bonpane-upon-his-passing/

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…
mintpressnews.com/french-ambassador-says-trump-deal-of-the-century-is-doa-calls-israel-apartheid-state/257687/

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.
mintpressnews.com/modi-delivers-ironic-peace-day-message-netanyahu-borrowed-from-hitler/257702/

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 ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/04/22/from-venezuelan-embassy-in-washington-a-talk-on-assange/

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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/22/dallas_go…

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.
mintpressnews.com/north-korea-pleads-for-food-aid-as-trump-sanctions-noose-tightens/257726/

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…
hrw.org/news/2019/04/22/yemen-houthi-landmines-kill-civilians-block-aid

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…
therealnews.com/stories/mueller-and-a-dangerous-moment-in-human-history-jay-and-curry

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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/solidarity-with-venezuela-now-protect-the-embassy/

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/

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 …
peaceaction.org/2019/04/19/as-trump-angles-for-war-with-iran-congress-needs-to-reassert-its-war-powers/

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/

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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/19/u-mn-pro…

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

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