2019-05-03: Social Media Postees

Medea Benjamin Swarmed by Thug Friends of Trump, Biden, Pelosi
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-03
While Medea Benjamin of Code Pink was leaving the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC where she was a protector of that embassy, she was swarmed by huge thugs trying to terrorize her with their size and noisemakers. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS1Ix6glsk4&#038…

Cuba Defies the Threats from Trump with Hundreds of Thousands in the Street
Alicia Jrapko and Bill Hackwell | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-03
Plaza of the Revolution (Photo by Bill Hackwell) Considering the level of belligerence and hostility coming from the empire of the North one might expect that the powerful May Day march through the Plaza of the Revolution might take on a defensive military overtone. But Cuba is never that way and instead they show their …

US sanctions killed more than 40,000 in Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'…

Venezuelan economist: 'Hyperinflation is a powerful imperialist weapon'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Much is made in the media of Venezuela's deep economic crisis. But why does Venezuela have the world's highest inflation rate and what impacts have the sanctions really had on the country? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes spoke to Venezuelan economist Pascualina Curcio, from the Simón Bolívar University, to find out more. | Hyperinflation is a grave problem in Venezuela, but its causes are less clear. How do you explain it?: | The determinant cause of hyperinflation in Venezuela is the political manipulation by third parties of the exchange rate between the bolívar [Bs, Venezuela's local currency] and…

Heavy water and uranium enrichment: US imposes additional nuclear sanctions on Iran
rt.com | 2019-05-03
The Trump administration will sanction any assistance to expand Iran's nuclear power plant at Bushehr and ban exports of heavy water and any further uranium enrichment, the State Department has announced. | …

US Imposes Illegal and Deadly Sanctions on Venezuela in David vs. Goliath Battle
Edward B. Winslow | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
"We are complicit in crimes against humanity when we know about them and when we don't stop them." — Jacob Appelbaum | The unilaterally issued economic sanctions that the US leveled against Venezuela in 2017 and this year violate international laws …

Angry Yemeni shop owners boycott NY Post after attack on Ilhan Omar
Joyce Chediac | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Stand up to Islamophobia and all forms of racism, say with one voice, "We stand with Ilhan."

Foreign Affairs Committee chair cited Saudi talking points in Yemen debate, now he lobbies for them
rt.com | 2019-05-03
In 2017 during a House debate on the Yemeni war, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee cited almost verbatim the talking points provided by a lobbying firm serving Saudi Arabia. Now he is working for one such firm. | …

Forgotten War: Death Toll in Yemen to Reach 233,000 by End of Year
Al-Masdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
The death toll from the ongoing war in Yemen will reach a staggering 233,000 if it continues until the end of 2019, a new report from the United Nations said. | According to the UN report, of the 233,000 estimated deaths …

Senate Fails to Override Trump's Veto on Yemen War Resolution
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-03
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Calls to reassert Congressional authority over US war-making failed to muster enough votes to override President Trump's veto of the Yemen War Powers resolution, which demanded Trump withdraw US involvement from the unauthorized war. The vote was 53-45, short of the two-thirds majority needed to override. Opposition to the war was driven by the war crimes …

Senate Fails to Override Trump’s Veto on Yemen War Resolution

Friday's Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
This Friday, we cover: a worrying food crisis in the Democratic Republic of North Korea; attacks against civilians in DR Congo; outrage after the execution of child offenders in Iran; concerns over a super cereal distributed by the World Food Programme; and post-electoral violence in Benin.

Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes Creation of Regional Forum
plenglish.com | 2019-05-03
Teheran, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammed Yavad Zarif, proposed the creation of a regional forum for dialogue during several interviews with attendees to a conference in Doha, Qatar, this Friday highlights his message in social media.

What If Iran Retaliates and Shuts Down the Strait of Hormuz?
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
The effort on the part of the Trump administration to shut down Iran's ability to export oil is predicated on the false notion that the rest of the world will fall in lockstep with U.S. policy. But has President Donald …

Venezuela: Another coup fails
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
"Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…

Iran Designates as "Terrorists" All US Troops in the Middle East
Middle East Monitor | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani signed a bill into law on Tuesday declaring all US forces in the Middle East terrorists and calling the US government a sponsor of terrorism, says Reuters. | The bill was passed by parliament last week in …

Why criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic
UUSF Sunday morning Forum | indybay.org | 2019-05-03
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Jewish and Arab Israelis stand together for peace
People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-03
Alon-Lee Green, is co-founder and national director of Standing Together, a grassroots movement uniting Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel. Standing Together is "guided by the principles of peace, equality, and social justice" and recognizes "the interconnections of the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories, the growing social and economic disparities within Israeli society, and the …

Are the US and Israel Preparing for War in the Middle East? Lebanon is Next?
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Despite the lack of visible preparation for war, the Lebanese authorities consider it important to take all necessary precautions for a possible Israeli attack on Lebanon. Israel is not alone; this time its forces enjoy unlimited military support from the …

Roger Waters on Palestine: "You Have to Stand Up for People's Human Rights All Over the World"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-03
After a judge ruled a panel can move forward Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on "Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights," we speak with one of the event's scheduled participants: Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, one of the most popular rock bands of all time. He says he welcomes the lawsuit that challenged the event, because "what it does is it serves to shine a light on the predicament of the Palestinian people."

Jordan on Edge Ahead of Unveiling of Trump's "Peace Plan" for Palestine
Osama Al Sharif | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
President Donald Trump's special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, tweeted last week that | "rumours that our peace vision includes a confederation between Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, or that the vision contemplates making Jordan the | …

As Israeli Group Expands, Palestinian Houses Face Demolition
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-03
JERUSALEM–For 20 years, Hala Kashour has lived with her husband in what she called "paradise," a bucolic meadow that rolls through a Palestinian neighborhood of east Jerusalem. | The coveted pasture, which Israel calls the "Peace Forest," lies in the crosshairs of a long-simmering conflict between the city government and its Palestinian residents that flared up on a recent spring morning as Kashour, 47, was jolted awake by the sound of bulldozers crushing her neighbor's house. | Some 60 houses in the grassy quarter, known to its 500 residents as Wad Yasul, are facing demolition by Israeli authorities. Earli…

Jewish-American Activists Beaten and Detained by Israeli Soldiers in West Bank
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-03
(MEE) — Several Jewish-American activists were beaten and forcefully detained by the Israeli army alongside Palestinian and Israeli activists on Friday morning while working to repair a road linking Palestinian villages in the South Hebron Hills. Those forced to the ground and dragged into military vehicles included several who appeared to be rabbis, and several elderly members …

Jewish-American Activists Beaten and Detained by Israeli Soldiers in West Bank

Mass. Judge Refuses to Halt Pro-Palestinian Event at UMass Featuring Roger Waters & Linda Sarsour
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-03
"Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights." That's the title of an event set to take place Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After three anonymous UMass students filed a lawsuit to stop the event, a judge ruled Thursday the event can proceed, saying, "There's nothing that comes even close to a threat of harm or incitement to violence or lawlessness." We get an update from Sut Jhally, event organizer and professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts, and Rachel Weber, attorney and member Jewish Voice for Peace, Western Massachusetts chapt…

Men Can Experience Sexual Violence in War Too
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-03
The United Nations Security Council formally recognized for the first time that men and boys are targets of sexual violence both in wartime and in post-conflict settings. Resolution 2467, approved on April 23, calls upon UN member countries to strengthen policies to provide help for victims. | As a human-rights lawyer, during the last nine months, I have been documenting cases of conflict-related sexual violence that took place against men and boys in Syria. | As I listened to the open debate at the Security Counc…

What Past Civil Wars Tell Us About the Future of Syria
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
When Syrian government soldiers first recaptured the small village of Deir Hafar from Isis in 2017, they found the black-painted but hurriedly abandoned Islamic "court" strewn with piles of documents. These hundreds of pages contained terrible proof of how the Syrian civilians there had behaved under at least three years of Isis occupation. I arrived in…

On World Press Freedom Day, 10 Reasons Why Press Freedom Matters
Christian Christensen | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
Activists wear chains on their wrists as they protest outside the Egyptian Embassy to highlight the plight of jailed Egyptian photojournalist 'Shawkan', on August 14, 2017 in London, England. One photograph was taken for each of the 1,460 days that photographer 'Shawkan', whose real name is Mahmoud Abu Zeid, has spent in jail since being arrested while taking photographs during a military crackdown in 2013. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Venezuela embassy protectors stand strong against coup supporters' attacks
Walter Smolarek | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Despite escalating violence carried out by supporters of the coup attempt, anti-war organizers residing in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are standing strong with the support of steadfast activists outside the building.

Trump's Abortion Lies Are Going to Get Somebody Killed
Sonali Kolhatkar | truthdig.com | 2019-05-03
In examining the flood of lies that spills out of President Donald Trump's mouth on a daily basis, arguably the most egregious are his claims about abortion–and specifically, about so-called "late-term abortions." Trump has repeated several times in the past a myth created by anti-abortion activists. For example, during his State of the Union address in January, he said, "Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's…

Demanding Urgent Action on Climate Emergency, Youth Lock Their Necks to UK Parliament's Gates
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
A small group of youth activists locked their necks to the U.K. Parliament's gates Friday to demand urgent government action to address the global climate crisis while young people worldwide took to the streets as part of the weekly school climate strike. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

As Pugh Resigns, Is a Better Baltimore Possible?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-03
Baltimore's powerful mayor resigned amid corruption allegations. Three activists ask if the city charter can be amended to limit mayoral power and create a more just city…

Kenya Backsliding on Press Freedoms
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-03
A Kenyan journalist participates in a protest in the capital, Nairobi, against draconian new laws restricting media freedom that were presented in parliament, December 3, 2013. | © 2013 Thomas Mukoya/Reuters | Many Kenyan journalists and rights activists travelled this week to Ethiopia for a summit to mark the World Press Freedom Day celebrations. It's a sign of how things have cha…

#DivestFromFacebook: Anti-Media Shifting From Facebook to Minds
Nick Bernabe | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-03
(ANTIMEDIA) No good things last, it is said, and Facebook's days as a medium for spreading information have come and gone. The social network has faced a firestorm of criticism over numerous privacy violations and supposed negligence to Russia's electioneering of America's last presidential election, but one thing the tech giant is praised for in the media is …

#DivestFromFacebook: Anti-Media Shifting From Facebook to Minds

Up to 400,000 jobs threatened as US sanctions deepen crisis of Russian auto industry
wsws.org | 2019-05-02
In mid-April, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska declared that the Russian auto company GAZ might declare bankruptcy, wiping out hundreds of thousands of manufacturing and related jobs.

'These Sanctions Amount to Collective Punishment Against the Entire Iranian Population'
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-05-02
Janine Jackson interviewed Sina Toosi about the Trump administration's anti-Iran campaign for the April 26, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

VP Pence says Rep. Omar prefers socialism to freedom in latest attack
rt.com | 2019-05-02
Mike Pence found yet another reason to be offended by freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar after she criticized the Trump administration's effort to cripple the Venezuelan government with "death-causing" sanctions. | …

GOP Lawmaker Gave Pro-War Speech on Yemen — by Reading Saudi Lobbyist's Talking Points Verbatim
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-05-02
Rep. Ed Royce spoke on the House floor against ending U.S. support for the Yemen war. His talking points were scripted by lobbyists for Saudi Arabia.

Senate votes to uphold Trump veto on ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen
rt.com | 2019-05-02
The US Senate has failed to override US President Donald Trump's veto of a resolution which would have ended Washington's military support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, which has been bombing Yemen for four years. | …

Failing to Override Trump on Yemen, Congress Must Keep Pushing
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-05-02
Washington, D.C. — May 2, 2019 — In response to the Senate failing to secure the two-thirds majority vote necessary to override President Trump's veto of S.J.Res. 7, legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released …

France and the EU, Recognizing Yet Supporting Apartheid Reality in Palestine
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-02
In the face of the US backing of Israel, EU foreign policy is inconsistent, weak and, ultimately, a failure. Alas, the idea which gained momentum during the early months of Trump's presidency that the EU can develop a truly independent foreign policy position on Israel and Palestine has proven wrong.

What Strikes Bernie Sanders as "Extremely Unfair" Is a Catastrophe for Millions of Palestinians
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-02
There will be hope when politicians like Bernie Sanders will have the courage to call the ethnic cleansing, genocide and apartheid — all crimes that Israel perpetrated and continues to perpetuate to this day — by their real name and not describe them as merely "extremely unfair."

MintCast Interviews Lisa Pease: Why Revisiting the RFK Assassination is Crucial to Palestinian Rights and BDS Today
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-02
MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb spoke to Lisa Pease, author of A Lie Too Big To Fail, about the compelling evidence of Sirhan Sirhan's innocence in the Robert F. Kennedy assassination and its implications for Palestinian rights.

Grave concern over escalating humanitarian crisis, casualties, displacement across northwest Syria: UN
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-02
The UN has said it is "gravely concerned" over reports of a worsening humanitarian situation facing civilians across northwest Syria, with rising casualties, and "waves of displacement" due to intensifying conflict.

Thursday's Daily Brief: Press Freedom Day, Tuna Day, cultural dialogue, #GlobalGoals awards, updates on Syria, Somalia, Mali
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-02
This Thursday, top stories include: the celebrations of World Press Freedom Day and World Tuna Day, events for inter-cultural dialogue in Azerbaijan and for Global Goals action in Germany, and updates from Syria, Somalia and Mali.

Turkey Claims Development of New Syria Safe Zone After Meeting US Delegation
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-02
(TM) — Turkish officials sounded optimistic about establishing a safe zone near its southern border after a delegation from Washington visited Ankara this week to discuss issues regarding Syria, the Hàºrriyet Daily News reported. The delegation, led by James Jeffrey, US special envoy for Syria engagement and the special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL, …

Turkey Claims Development of New Syria Safe Zone After Meeting US Delegation

'Digital gulag': Jeers and cheers after Facebook purge of Alex Jones, Infowars, Farrakhan & others
rt.com | 2019-05-02
Bans of several anti-establishment figures on Facebook and Instagram has conservatives and moderates crying censorship and calling the measure "Orwellian" and a "digital gulag," while left-wing activists demanded more, and faster. | …

DC embassy protectors force Guaido's shadow ambassador to flee in failure as coup flops in Venezuela
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-02
A group of determined US activists forced Juan Guaido's shadow ambassador, Carlos Vecchio, to flee from a rally that was…

Activists interrupt event with Irish prime minister to protest homelessness and inequality
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-05-02
Left-wing protesters have interrupted an event hosted by Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar and his Fine Gael party. The deputy prime minister and minister for foreign affairs, Simon Coveney, was also present. Both men were in Cork for a public meeting to tell people about an upcoming vote on directly electing a mayor. But members of the socialist Connolly Youth Movement ( CYM) cut i…

Union independence from Labor key to change the rules for workers
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
Activists from the Australian Council of Trade Union's campaign to "change the rules" for workers were told the day before pre-polling started that its official how-to-vote for the May 18 federal election would call on voters to put Labor first. | Disappointed, though not too surprised by the decision, some activists have decided not to hand out for the campaign. | The ACTU's Change the Rules campaign initially called on voters to "Put the Liberals last". This was important for involving campaigners who are members of parties like the Greens and socialist groups or none at all. | Many activists also believe that…

Struggle to protect the Venezuelan Embassy in D.C.: coup-makers blocked on May Day
ANSWER Coalition | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-02
The illegal seizure of the Embassy has been stopped by a combination of disciplined activists who held their ground and a legal strategy that asserted their rights.

Venezuelan FM Arreaza addresses anti-war activists in New York City
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-02
The Foreign Minister recounted the arm-twisting tactics of U.S. ambassadors in countless countries, where they have have threatened to pull IMF loans and trade deals from governments that refuse to recognize the puppet "president" Juan Guaidó.

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