2019-04-25: Social Media Postees

Trump Plunges the US Deeper Into Forgotten Wars
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-25
While Washington is consumed with reactions to the Mueller Report and the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump, America is descending deeper into largely forgotten wars. In the last month, the president has decided to sustain our involvement in the most unconscionable humanitarian crisis in the world in Yemen, and fueled even more violence in the civil…

Leaked Report: Western Arms Are Essential to Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-25
A French intelligence report reveals that Saudi Arabia and UAE depend on Western support for their war in Yemen. Just Foreign Policy co-director Hassan El-Tayyab speaks about the report and the need to override Trump's veto of the Yemen War Powers resolution…

A "Death Trap" in Raqqa: Amnesty Finds U.S.-Led Coalition Killed More Than 1,600 Syrian Civilians
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-25
A major new investigation by Amnesty International and Airwars has revealed the U.S.-led military coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians during the 2017 offensive to oust ISIS militants from the Syrian city of Raqqa. The coalition launched thousands of airstrikes and tens of thousands of artillery strikes on the city. U.S. troops fired more artillery into Raqqa than anywhere since the Vietnam War. At the time, the United States claimed it was the "most precise air campaign in history." We speak with Donatella Rovera, lead investigator with Amnesty International. She is calling on the U.S. and coalition nation…

Thank These Climate Activists for Resisting Our Extinction
Sonali Kolhatkar | truthdig.com | 2019-04-25
At just 16 years old, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has made waves all over the world for her plain-spoken, no-holds-barred chastising of world leaders over their inaction on climate change. Thunberg's signature calm and the profound magnitude of her quietly delivered warnings were on full display this week as she addressed members of the U.K. Parliament after a weeklong series of militant actions by Extinction Rebellion. "Is my microphone on?

Iran Is No One's Colony: US Aggression Escalating to a Level that Threatens World War
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-25
The American aggression against Iran is escalating to a level that threatens world war. On Monday April 22, the USA declared that it has withdrawn "waivers" given to China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Italy and Greece, under the …

Bernie Sanders calls the Israeli government 'racist' on live TV — to rapturous applause
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-04-25
Bernie Sanders has criticised Israel's treatment of Palestinian people during a live town hall event. The 2020 presidential hopeful also described Israeli prime minister … | Read more Bernie Sanders calls the Israeli government 'racist' on live TV — to rapturous applause | By Bryan Wall…

Los Angeles high school students lead rally for Yemen
Chakib Mouzaoui | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-25
High school students organize the community in solidarity with Yemen.

US Sanctions Killed Over 40,000 Venezuelans Since 2017
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-25
The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) released Thursday a study revealing that President Donald Trump's actions against Venezuela are mostly affecting not President Nicolas Maduro's administration but the civilian population, as more than 40,000 deaths have been brought about by U.S. economic sanctions. | RELATED: | Russian Intel: West 'Tearing Apart' Venezuela Like Syria, Libya | "The sanctions are depriving Venezuelans of lifesaving me…

US-Led Bombing Campaign in Syria Killed 1,600 Civilians, Leaving Raqqa Destroyed
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-04-25
An " unprecedented" new study released on Thursday revealed that the U.S.-led bombing campaign on Raqqa, Syria in 2017 — which one military commander at the time claimed was the "most precise air campaign in history" — killed an estimated 1,600 innocent civilians while leveling the city on a scale unparalleled in recent decades. | The research collated almost two years of investigations into the assault on Raqqa, the groups said in a state…

Report Finds US Sanctions on Venezuela Are Responsible for Tens of Thousands of Deaths
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-25

UK Israel Lobby Adds Muscle as US Counterpart Weakens
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-25
British politics are being plunged into a stifling silence on the longest example of mass human rights abuses sanctioned by the West in modern history, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net For decades it was all but taboo to suggest… Read more ?…

Irish LGBTQI+ activists call on Ireland to boycott Israel's Eurovision Song Contest
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-04-25
Irish LGBTQI+ activists have called on Ireland's Eurovision entry Sarah McTernan to boycott the competition on 18 May. The activists published an open letter … | Read more Irish LGBTQI+ activists call on Ireland to boycott Israel's Eurovision Song Contest | By Bryan Wall…

As the Israel Lobby in the US Weakens, its UK Counterpart Grows More Fearsome
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-25
For decades it was all but taboo to suggest that pro-Israel lobbies in the United States like AIPAC used their money and influence to keep lawmakers firmly in check on Israel-related issues — even if one had to be blind not to notice that that was exactly what they were up to. When back in …

Workers of the World unite (at last)
Ronaldo Munck | mronline.org | 2019-04-25
Once seen as the vanguard of a new social order, the contemporary labor movement has been written off by many progressive activists and scholars as a relic of the past. They should not be so hasty. Rather than spelling the beginning of the end for organized labor, globalization has brought new opportunities for reinvention, and […] | Source…

Labor wants California to be the nation's model for universal healthcare
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-25
LOS ANGELES–Is it time to step away from the term "Medicare for all" and start saying "single payer?" This was one of the issues Mark Dudzic posed to a grouping of labor activists and educators that met at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor headquarters one afternoon last week. Dudzic is the executive of …

Venezuela's Parallel Ambassador Seated at OAS as Activists Defend Embassy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-25
The Organization of American States allowed the ambassador of Venezuela's self-declared president to participate in his first meeting. The move could signal an attempt to take over Venezuela's embassy in DC, which activists are defending…

Thank These Climate Activists for Resisting Our Extinction
Sonali Kolhatkar | commondreams.org | 2019-04-25
Police arrest an Extinction Rebellion protester at London's Oxford Circus last week. (Photo: AP/Vudi Xhymshiti) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Civilians are the real victims (and targets) of Trump's Venezuela sanctions
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-25
The Trump administration claims that its increasingly punitive sanctions on Venezuela "do not target the innocent people" but the government of President Nicolas Maduro. A new report on the effects of sanctions debunks that myth. | …

Activists in Venezuela's DC embassy brace for US-assisted Guaido takeover
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-25
Activists occupying the Venezuelan embassy in Washington in solidarity with President Nicolas Maduro's government are bracing for confrontation as authorities prepare to try to seize the building on behalf of the opposition. | …

Australian rugby player Israel Folau challenges sacking over social media posts
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-25
The moves to sack Folau over his social media posts are an attack on the player's basic rights and on freedom of speech.

Ukraine's President-Elect Demands Sanctions Against Russia Over Passports
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-25
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Ukraine's President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky has demanded that the international community impose new sanctions against Russia to punish them for a new decree offering Russian passports to ethnic Russians in war-torn eastern Ukraine. Since Ukraine's revolution installed a pro-West government, measures against ethnic Russians sparked a rebellion in the far east, which ended in a stalemate, …

Ukraine’s President-Elect Demands Sanctions Against Russia Over Passports

US-Led Bombing Campaign in Syria Killed 1,600 Civilians and Left Raqqa Destroyed
Julia Conley | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-25
(CD) — An "unprecedented" new study released on Thursday revealed that the U.S.-led bombing campaign on Raqqa, Syria in 2017–which one military commander at the time claimed was the "most precise air campaign in history"–killed an estimated 1,600 innocent civilians while leveling the city on a scale unparalleled in recent decades. The research collated almost two years …

US-Led Bombing Campaign in Syria Killed 1,600 Civilians and Left Raqqa Destroyed

US-Led Bombing Campaign in Syria Killed 1,600 Civilians and Left Raqqa 'Most Destroyed City in Modern Times': Study
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-25
An "unprecedented" new study released Thursday revealed that the U.S.-led bombing campaign on Raqqa, Syria in 2017—which military officials at the time claimed was the "most precise air campaign in history"—killed an estimated 1,600 innocent civilians while leveling the city on a scale unparalleled in recent decades. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Cuban FM Calls for Int'l Efforts to Prevent New US Sanctions
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-25
Havana, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuba"s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez called on Thursday for efforts by the international community to avoid the effects of new US actions aimed at economically choke the island.

Iran Warns False Flag "Accident" Could "Lure" Trump Into War
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-25
(ZH) — Following US declarations that Washington and its allies intend to take Iranian crude exports down to "zero" by cancelling waivers previously granted to eight nations, tensions are now soaring over the Strait of Hormuz, with Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) attempting to lay down the law amid fears the US Navy could move to block Iran's access, …

Iran Warns False Flag "Accident" Could "Lure" Trump Into War

Economists Warn Trump's Sanctions Targeting Venezuela 'A Death Sentence for Tens of Thousands of People'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-25
Two American economists warn that U.S. sanctions targeting Venezuela "are a death sentence for tens of thousands of people" and that the nation's humanitarian crisis will worsen as long as the sanctions continue. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

After 'Wink' From Trump When a Journalist Butchered, Says Iran's Foreign Minister, 'Not a Whisper' When Saudis Behead 37
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-25
"Membership in the #B_team —Bolton, Bin Salman, Bin Zayed, and 'Bibi'— gives immunity for any crime." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Co-founder of peace group CODEPINK asks us all to 'stand up to US bullies' over Venezuela coup attempt
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-04-24
Medea Benjamin is a central figure in the US peace movement. In 2002, she co-founded women-led peace group CODEPINK in an effort to prevent … | Read more Co-founder of peace group CODEPINK asks us all to 'stand up to US bullies' over Venezuela coup attempt | By John McEvoy…

Yemeni Military Successes May Boost Secret Peace Negotiations with Saudis
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-24
Ansar Allah leader Al-Houthi revealed secret negotiations between Ansar Allah and the Saudi regime to end the Saudi war against Yemen, but hinted that ending the war would require serious will from the Saudi regime to change its vision towards Yemen's relationship with the kingdom after the war.

When Will Washington End the Forever War?
David Klion | thenation.com | 2019-04-24
When Will Washington End the Forever War?

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…

Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques and Churches are Also Burning
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-24
The very media that covered the news of the Notre Dame fire seemed oblivious to the obliteration of everything we hold sacred in Palestine as, day after day, Israeli war machinery continues to blow up, bulldoze and desecrate.

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 ?…

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 …

'You can and should do more' to include people with disabilities, wheelchair-bound Syrian advocate tells Security Council in searing speech
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-24
The UN Security Council was told on Wednesday that people with disabilities "can't wait any longer" for more of a say in how the world's top diplomatic forum for peace and security, factors their needs into its work.

The Communist Party in the 1920s: The first decade of struggle
Norman Markowitz | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-24
In the first decade of the Communist Party's existence in the United States, 1919-1929, activists fought to build inclusive industrial unions, working within the existing AFL unions. They formed an organization, the Trade Union Educational League (TUEL), to coordinate these activities. William Z. Foster, who had led the great Steel Strike of 1919, the largest …

Supreme Court Appears Set to OK Census Citizenship Question Despite Risk of Undercounting Millions
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-24
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the Trump administration's plans to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Voting rights activists fear that adding the question will deter immigrants from participating in the census and lead to a vast undercount in states with large immigrant communities. Census officials have estimated 6.5 million people will not respond to the census if the citizenship question is added. This undercount could affect everything from the redrawing of congressional maps to the allocation of federal funding. The case centers on whether Commerce Secre…

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

Trump's Gulf Backups for Iranian Oil Will Not be Good Enough for Turkey
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-24
(TM) — Turkey is loath to buy more oil from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the United States looks to squeeze exports from Iran, currently the third-largest supplier of crude to the Middle East's biggest economy, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. "Iranian oil isn't cheap, but there is a big difference" between it and …

Trump’s Gulf Backups for Iranian Oil Will Not be Good Enough for Turkey

US Twitter users are younger, richer, better educated — and talking to themselves
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-24
If you've ever felt like Twitter is just some strange echo chamber for journalists, activists and politicos to be tweeting in outrage at one thing or another, that's probably because it kind of is, a new study indicates. | …

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…

UN: Landmark Security Council Disability Rights Briefing
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-24
Nujeen Mustafa speaks at the United Nations Security Council briefing on April 24, 2019. | © 2019 Human Rights Watch | (New York) — The Syrian disability rights activist Nujeen Mustafa will brief the United Nations Security Council on April 24, 2019, on the situation for people with disabilities in Syria, Human Rights Watch said today. It will be the Security Council's first formal considerat…

Human Rights Watch Report Reveals Major Free-Speech Impact of Anti-BDS Movement
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-24
Human Rights Watch has been subjected to intense backlash by Israel and its supporters, including a number of state governments, for its role in publicizing the home rental company Airbnb's operations in the illegally occupied West Bank.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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