2019-05-06: Social Media Postees

Israel pounds Gaza, stoking fears of invasion
wsws.org | 2019-05-06
Less than a month after his far-right bloc's victory in last month's elections, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu authorised an aerial assault on Gaza, targeting at least 150 sites over the weekend.

Trump Backs Israel "100%" Amid Airstrikes on Gaza Strip
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-06
(MEMO) — US President Donald Trump on Sunday threw his support behind Israel amid ongoing airstrikes in the blockaded Gaza Strip. "Once again, Israel faces a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. We support Israel 100% in its defense of its citizens," Trump tweeted. Since Saturday, 25 Palestinians, including two pregnant …

Trump Backs Israel "100%" Amid Airstrikes on Gaza Strip

Trump aide sparks fury for tweeting 4yo video from Ukraine & presenting it as –°URRENT Hamas strikes
rt.com | 2019-05-06
Donald Trump's senior campaign adviser has been slammed for spreading "misinformation" online, after posting a four-year-old video of military action in Ukraine and claiming it was evidence of Hamas rocket launches against Israel. | …

Israel Has No Right of Self-Defense Against Gaza
Norman Finkelstein | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-06
This article was first crossposted in July 2018. | Since the overwhelmingly nonviolent demonstrations in Gaza began on March 30, 2018, the international community has strongly condemned Israel's armed attacks.A UN General Assembly resolution "deplore[d] the use of any excessive, disproportionate …

The Occupation is a Crime of Aggression: Gazans React After 25 Palestinians, 4 Israelis Die
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-06
Leaders in Israel and Gaza have reportedly reached a ceasefire agreement after an intense three days of fighting left 25 Palestinians and four Israelis dead. Palestinian authorities said the dead in Gaza included two pregnant women, a 14-month-old girl and a 12-year-old boy. The latest round of violence began on Friday. According to the Washington Post, Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian protesters taking part in the weekly Great March of Return which began 13 months ago. Palestinians then reportedly shot and wounded two Israeli soldiers near the border. In response, Israel carried out an airstrike on a ref…

Critics Condemn 'Double Dehumanization' of Palestinians by Corporate Media as Headlines Focus on Israeli Casualties
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-06
Human rights advocates and progressives in Congress on Monday slammed the corporate media for perpetuating anti-Palestinian sentiments in their reporting on the violence in Gaza and Israel over the weekend—barely mentioning Palestinians who were killed by Israeli missiles and providing no context for how the violence began. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Around 70 Airstrikes within 12 Hours… Israel Violates the Gaza Strip: Pregnant Woman and Her Baby Girl Killed, Residential Buildings Targeted and Israeli Attacks Continue
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-06
The Israeli forces escalated their attacks against the Gaza Strip and continued to carry out intense airstrikes and shelling throughout the Gaza Strip. Moreover, the Israeli warplanes continue until the moment to target residential buildings in central Gaza neighborhoods in …

Ilhan Omar Speaks Out About Unbearable Conditions In Gaza
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
U.S. congresswoman Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted Sunday about the latest episode of violence in Gaza that resulted in several people killed, including many children. | RELATED: | Ceasefire Reached Between Palestinians in Gaza and Israel |…

US Troops in Syria for the "Long Haul" Atop "A Lot of Oil Resources": Pentagon Official
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-06
A high level Pentagon official has admitted that US forces will be in Syria for "the long haul" and coupled his statement by declaring the territory contains "a lot of the oil resources and arable land." | The unusually frank remarks …

Defiant Turkey Vows to Not Bow to US Sanctions Over S-400 Deal
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
Turkey will never bow to U.S. sanctions over its agreement to purchase Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems, Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Sunday regarding a deal that has strained ties between the NATO allies. | RELATED: | UAE Spy Suspect Committed Suicide in Istanbul Prison: Turkey | The U.S. fears over the Russian-Turkish deal has to do with its Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets, which are not compatible with the S-400 system. It has warned of possible U.S.

The Atlantic Illustrates Everything That's Wrong With Media Coverage of Venezuela Sanctions
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-05-06
by Joshua Cho The Atlantic ( 4/17/19) wonders "whether slow suffocation will prove a match for the myriad international actors that have shored up support for Maduro." | "Trump's Venezuela Policy: Slow Suffocation," an Atlantic report ( 4/17/19) by Uri Friedman and Kathy Gilsinan, passed up a rich opportunity to expose the humanitarian pretexts for economic interv…

US Carrier Strike Group Sent to Middle East in "Clear and Unmistakable Message" to Iran
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-06
(ZH) — After weeks of heated rhetoric and the exchange of threats related to US oil export sanctions on Iran, and with both sides eyeing the enforcement of its rights over the vital Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, the White House has just announced what will be looked on by Tehran as a major and …

US Carrier Strike Group Sent to Middle East in "Clear and Unmistakable Message" to Iran

PEPE ESCOBAR: The Eagle, the Bear and the Dragon
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-06
The eagle has conveniently forgotten that the original, Ancient Silk Road linked the dragon with the Roman empire for centuries — with no interlopers outside of Eurasia, muses Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar Special to Consortium News Once upon a… Read more ?…

1,000 Israeli Soldiers To Arrive in Honduras to Train Troops
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
A multilateral military treaty between Honduras, Israel, and the United States will see the deployment of 1000 Israeli soldiers at Honduras. They will train the Armed Forces of Honduras (FFAA) and National Police (PN). | RELATED: | Honduran Police Clashes with Protesters over Health and Education | The main mission of the troops is to train…

The Palestinian Authority is No Longer Crying Wolf Over its Imminent Collapse
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-06
We have been here many times before. However, on this occasion even the principal actors understand that the Palestinian Authority is not crying wolf as it warns of imminent collapse. The crisis is entirely of Israel and Washington's making. Keen to pander to hawkish public opinion in the run-up to last month's election, Israel's Prime …

Israel's Terrorists: The White Helmets Receive an Award
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-06
Increasingly, groups and even foreign governments have pandered to Israel and its supporters in the United States because they have come to understand that success in dealing with Washington can be dependent on Jewish support. | Last week, Raed Saleh, …

Anti-Fur Activists Stage Bloody Fashion Show Outside Palo Alto Neiman Marcus
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-05-06
Activists call on the retailer to drop fur, support the California fur ban…

Failed Coup in Venezuela Intensifies Battle at Embassy in Washington
Black Alliance for Peace | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-06
Juan Guaido's coup attempt failed. | The United States is re-tooling. | Yet a battle rages at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C., where activists living inside at the invitation of the Maduro government have been under siege. They have been …

Secret Service Blocking Food From Reaching Activists Inside Venezuelan Embassy
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-06
"It is a strange irony that the same tactics being used against Venezuela are being used against the Embassy Protection Collective." — Activist and Embassy Protector Kevin Zeese…

Activists defy right-wing siege at Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-06
Clashes outside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC are continuing with Juan Guaido supporters growing increasingly hostile and violent. | Source…

'Itching for a War,' Bolton Threatens Iran With 'Unrelenting Force' as US Bombers Deployed to Middle East
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-06
"The latest indication that this administration is running full speed directly into a major war with Iran." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

'Itching for a war,' Bolton threatens Iran with 'unrelenting force' as US bombers deployed to Middle East
Jake Johnson | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-06
In a late Sunday statement warning — without any evidence whatsoever — of "troubling and escalatory" actions by the Iranian government, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton used the scheduled deployment of an American aircraft carrier and bomber task force to the Middle East to threaten Iran with military action. | The United States, said Bolton, "is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln | Carrier Strike…

Bolton's Vague Press Release Lays Foundation for Military Attack Against Iran
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-06
According to Bolton's statement, an attack launched by a "proxy" of Iran on not just assets but "interests" of the U.S. in the region or "interests" of a U.S. ally in the region, would now be sufficient to trigger a U.S. attack on Iran, even if Iran itself was not directly responsible.

U.S. Rushes Ships to Middle East Over Unspecified Iran Threats
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-06
A defense official cites indications that U.S. forces in the region are potential targets; John Bolton says the move sends a message.

Trump sends aircraft carrier and strike force to threaten Iran
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-06
WASHINGTON–President Trump is sending an aircraft carrier and bomber planes, in addition to other military equipment, to waterways and land areas near Iran in what could be a prelude to an attack on that country–an attack which could trigger a wider war. When questioned by the press, the administration would not cite any specific threat …

Google Bans Press TV
JMSECC | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-06
What? On April 19, 2019 (the date of the original Patriots' Day in New England), American tech giant Google disabled the accounts of Press TV, an Iranian news service, and its sister channel Hispan TV, an outlet in Spain. Google denied their access to all its services, including its popular video streaming platform YouTube and …

US deploys aircraft carrier & bombers to Middle East in 'message' to Iran — Bolton
rt.com | 2019-05-06
The US is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East amid mounting animosity and a heated war of words between Washington and Tehran. | …

NIAC Statement on Reports that Iran Will Halt Compliance with Aspects of Nuclear Deal
commondreams.org | 2019-05-06

Deadly violence at Israel-Gaza border escalates dangerously: UN chief condemns in strongest terms
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-05
The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, is following with "deep concern" the latest developments across the Gaza-Israeli border and urges all parties to exercise maximum restraint. Over the weekend, hundreds of rockets were launched from the Occupied Palestinian Territory into southern Israel, and Israel retaliated with hundreds of airstrikes and tank fire.

Netanyahu Orders Israeli Military to Launch 'More Strikes' on Gaza
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-05
(MEMO) — Pressing ahead with Israeli aggression, Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said he had ordered his army to continue striking Palestine's blockaded Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported, Anadolu reports. At a Security Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said he had ordered the Israeli army "to continue their strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip," adding that the Israeli army "is beefing …

Netanyahu Orders Israeli Military to Launch ‘More Strikes’ on Gaza

Ceasefire Reached Between Palestinians in Gaza and Israel
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-05
After two days of on-going bombings of Gaza, Hamas and Israel have reached a ceasefire agreement to halt the cross-border confrontation, according to Hamas TV and Palestinian media. | RELATED: | International Community Condemns 'Israeli Terrorism' in Gaza as Death Toll Reaches 18 | The ceasefire is expected to go into effect at 4: 30 am on Monday (01: 30 GMT), according to the Times of Israel, which noted there had been no rockets for two hours before the ann…

Right-Wing Israeli Author Writes "The Virtue of Nationalism" — and Accidentally Exposes Its Pitfalls
Murtaza Hussain | theintercept.com | 2019-05-05
Over the past decade, far-right nationalist movements have swept into power across the world, from the United States to India, from Brazil to Europe. Every movement needs its texts. Today, the nationalists seem to have found one: "The Virtue of Nationalism," by the conservative Israeli philosopher Yoram Hazony. Among other plaudits, the book was recently awarded " Conservative Book of the Year" by an influential conservative campus organization. If nothing else, the award is an indicator of where conservative thought is headed.

US Deploys Carrier, Bombers to Middle East in Warning to Iran
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-05
The United States is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in a bid to intimidate Iran, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday. | RELATED: | France 'Determined to Continue' Trade With Iran, Officials Say | Amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, Bolton claimed the decision was "in response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings." | "The United States is not seeking war with the Ira…

'Grave consequences' await if new deadly escalation of violence in Gaza continues – top UN official
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-04
The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, is "deeply concerned by yet another dangerous escalation in Gaza and the tragic loss of life". According to news reports, approximately 200 rockets were fired on Saturday from the Occupied Palestinian Territory towards Israel, and various Israeli airstrikes were carried out in retaliation.

Pro Guaido supporters harass journalists, anti-war activists outside Venezuela's US embassy (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2019-05-04
Journalists covering the standoff at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC have been harassed by a group of Juan Guaido supporters, who demand that the 'Embassy Civilian Protection Collective' vacate the diplomatic building. | …

Activists at Venezuelan Embassy Under Threat From Violent Mobs
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-04
Activists who have been living in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington have called on the State Dept. and Secret Service to stop violent mobs from attacking them. Activists who have been living inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington are reporting… Read more ?…

Facebook bans Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos for breaking its rules
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-05-04
Facebook has banned a number of far-right activists and commentators from its platforms for breaking its rules. Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos were two of those whose accounts were banned by the company. Jones has previously claimed the US government faked the Sandy Hook school shooting and that Hillary C…

Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-05-04
Thousands of migrants have died crossing the desert in Arizona. The U.S. government is prosecuting activists who try to save lives and recover bodies.

East Harlem May Day: Protest supports laundry workers
Mary Owen | workers.org | 2019-05-04
Chanting "Pay the workers what you owe them, wage theft is a crime," more than 60 activists turned out on May Day for a protest at TYS Laundromat in East Harlem to support Laundry Workers Center members. TYS owes the workers at least $200,000 in back pay and $400,000 in . . . | Continue reading East Harlem May Day: Protest supports laundry workers at Workers.org…

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…

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…

#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

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…

US sanctions have killed more than 40,000 people 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…

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 …

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."

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.

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…

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…

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