2019-05-08: Social Media Postees

FROM THE FIELD: Faces and Voices of Conflict
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-08
"I want the war to stop, I want to go home and I want to go to school" – the melancholy words of a 15-year-old Ola who has been caught up in the civil war in Yemen; her story is one of many which features in a photo exhibition called Caught in Conflict put on by the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) in the United States.

The Democratic Counterrevolution Has a Self-Appointed Leader: Josh Gottheimer
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-05-08
Not long after Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were sworn into Congress, they began hearing from their new colleagues that one member of the House Democratic caucus, Josh Gottheimer, had particularly strong views about each of them. Gottheimer, a second-term representative from New Jersey, has deep ties to the lobbies for Saudi Arabia and Israel, while Tlaib and Omar are often critical of both Mideast governments. | So when Gottheimer reached out to meet with Tlaib, she was eager to take it, hoping that a personal connection would help bridge their differences. On the day of the meeting, February 6, Gottheimer arriv…

Syria Testimonies: "The White Helmets Are More Dangerous than Any Terrorist" — Retired Schoolteacher, Mesyaf
Vanessa Beeley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
"The White Helmets are more dangerous than any terrorist". | Find out why by listening to this important testimony from the town of Mesyaf that has recently been under attack from Israel and the Israeli-backed terrorists in northern Hama and Idleb. …

Hundreds of wounded Gaza protesters risk limb amputation without immediate help, warns top UN official
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-08
Millions of dollars in emergency funding is needed in Gaza to save the shattered limbs of some 1,700 people who have been seriously injured in demonstrations against Israel along the border fence, a top UN humanitarian official said on Wednesday.

Trump's "Deal of the Century" Will Use Sanctions, Military Threats to Force Palestinian Acceptance
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-08
Recently leaked provisions of the plan include threats of US sanctions & military force if Palestinians reject the plan and a requirement for Palestinians to pay the Israeli Defense Forces for protection.

Senior Trump Adviser Uses Fake Video to Defend Israel's Attacks on Gaza
The New Arab | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
An advisor to US President Donald Trump has been caught red handed using fake videos to attack Palestinians, even as Israeli airstrikes killed 24 civilians in Gaza over the weekend. | Katrina Pierson, senior advisor to Trump's 2020 presidential campaign, …

The Myth of a Disunited and Dysfunctional Palestine Is an Israeli Invention
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-08
The myth of the disunited and dysfunctional Palestinian is very much an Israeli invention that precedes the inception of Hamas, and even Fatah. This Zionist notion, which has been embraced by the current Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, argues that 'Israel has no peace partner'.

Israeli Newspaper Publishes Terms of 'Deal of the Century'
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-08
(MEMO) — The main points of US President Donald Trump's much-derided plan for the Middle East, the so-called "deal of the century," were leaked by a Hebrew-language news outlet in Israel yesterday. Israel Hayom published the main points of the deal from a leaked document circulated by the Israeli Foreign Ministry. The US has said it will reveal its …

Israeli Newspaper Publishes Terms of 'Deal of the Century'

Fans staying away from Eurovision in Tel Aviv
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-08
An Israeli government-backed propaganda initiative is attempting to rig another online poll about whether there should be a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv later this month. | This desperate effort to manipulate public opinion comes as Israeli organizers are struggling to unload thousands of unsold tickets to the event. | The Irish publication TheJournal.ie put up a poll asking readers whether they support the boycott. | On Tuesday, th…

Israel MK Calls for 1 Palestinian to be Killed for Each Rocket Fired
Middle East Monitor | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
Right-wing Israeli National Union Member of the Knesset Bezalel Smotrich yesterday called for killing a Palestinian in return for every rocket launched from the Gaza Strip, Quds Net reported. | On Twitter, Bezalel wrote: | "From a tactical view, the battle in | …

Israel Damaged over 800 Gaza Homes in Three Days
PNN | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
Deputy Housing Minister in Gaza Naji Sarhan said that 130 residential apartments were completely destroyed, while 700 others were partially destroyed in the three day Israeli strikes on Gaza. | In a statement, Sarhan said that the emergency staff of the …

Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders For Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-08
A mainstream, Democratic Party-aligned foreign policy think tank is knocking Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for voting against new sanctions on Iran in 2017 — though the think tank itself and many members of its board oppose new Iran sanctions. | Sanders has been an outspoken supporter of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said at the time that he voted against the measure in…

New Iran sanctions: Trump threatens anyone trading aluminum, iron, steel & copper
rt.com | 2019-05-08
The US has imposed sweeping new sanctions on anyone who trades with Iran in iron, steel, copper, aluminum and related products, escalating the economic blockade of Tehran as the nuclear deal continues to unravel. | …

Russia Blames U.S. for Endangering Iran Deal
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-08
TEHRAN, Iran — The Latest on Iran's decision to step away from embattled nuclear deal (all times local): | 2: 30 p.m. | Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the situation surrounding the fate of the 2015 Iran nuclear accord has been complicated by "irresponsible behavior" from Washington. | Lavrov is meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Moscow on Wednesday. The nuclear deal will be at the top of their agenda after Iran announced it would suspend some of its commitments in response to U.S. sanctions. | Lavrov says they will discuss the "unacceptable situation" that has been ex…

US Venezuela Sanctions Violate Human Rights, International Law: UN Expert
TeleSUR English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-08
UN expert Idriss Jazairy stated that unilateral measures are against the U.N.'s Declaration on the Principles of International Law concerning friendly relations and cooperation among States.

Pence lifts US sanctions from Venezuela's defector general, hopes to inspire more turncoats
rt.com | 2019-05-08
The US has lifted sanctions from a former Venezuelan spy chief, who recently defected from President Nicolas Maduro's side. US Vice President Mike Pence hopes this incentive will prompt others to defect as well. | …

Syracuse, NY Council Endorses Fossil Fuel Divestment Act, Calls on Statewide Elected Officials to Join
commondreams.org | 2019-05-08

'Climate Strike' Students Demand Fossil Fuel Divestment from CalSTRS
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-05-08
"When you become a teacher, you sign up to not only care for children, but to educate the future leaders of society," said 12 year-old Samantha of Youth vs Apocalypse. "To find out that the people I have spent most of my life with are funding to pour toxins into my future is a real slap to the face. It's a message telling the youth that you don't really care for our future, and it contradicts exactly what a teacher is."

Full Metal Empire. Ain't War Hell?
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
A must see film, from 1987, is Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. This movie follows a group of young Marines from Parris Island boot camp right smack dab into 'The Shit' that GIs called Vietnam. There are literally countless scenes …

Remembering the Woman Who Renovated the House that RBG Built
aclu.org | 2019-05-08
Lenora Lapidus led the ACLU's Women's Right Project for nearly two decades. She died on Sunday, May 5. | On the 50th anniversary of Selma's Bloody Sunday, one of the darkest stains in our nation's civil rights history, President Obama spoke with hope and confidence about Americans who were "unencumbered by what is, and ready to seize what ought to be." Lenora Lapidus lived her life by both of these tenets. | Public servants come in many forms. They're elected officials, politicians, activists, lawyers, organizers, students, ordinary citizens, and steadfast patriots. Our beloved Lenora represented the ve…

Social movements under intense attack despite Colombia 'peace plan'
Medea Benjamin | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-08
This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | With Venezuela occupying the small bandwidth our media has for news about Latin America, there is virtually no information about Colombia, where a horrible wave of violence in the past two years has taken the lives of hundreds of social movement leaders and activists around the country, especially in places such as Cauca, Antioquia, Santander and Arauca. That's why Colombia's social movements organized the Humanitarian Refugee Convergence, w…

Unless Democrats Refute the Myth of a "Good Economy," Trump Likely to Win Second Term
John Atcheson | commondreams.org | 2019-05-08
U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a Tax March D.C. event on the U.S. Capitol East Lawn April 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Activists gathered on Capitol Hill to urge for "a fair economy that works for all Americans," to "demand" Congress repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and "demand" President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Supermajority: Cecile Richards Teams With Alicia Garza & Ai-jen Poo to Mobilize Women Voters in 2020
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-08
As the 2020 primary and general election season heats up, we speak with former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards about Supermajority, the new political action group she helped launch that aims to train a new generation of women activists to take on grassroots campaigns and electoral politics. "Women are the majority of voters … the volunteers, we're increasingly the donors, increasingly the candidates, and it's time for political equity," says Richards. "We want to build a multi-racial, intergenerational movement to increase women's power." Supermajority was co-founded by Black Lives Matter co-founde…

New Era for the ERA? 35 Years Later, Will Equal Rights Amendment Finally be Ratified?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-08
Activists and lawmakers testified last week before a House Judiciary subcommittee in the first congressional hearings on the Equal Rights Amendment in more than 35 years. The constitutional amendment was approved by Congress in 1972, and was ratified by 35 states over the next decade — three states short of the required total needed by a 1982 deadline. Nevada and Illinois have since ratified the amendment. A bill by Rep. Jackie Spear would eliminate the 1982 deadline, leaving the ERA just one state away from becoming a part of the U.S. Constitution. We speak with co-presidents and CEOs of the ERA Coalition/…

Syria Military Operation to Liberate Idlib Has Begun. Estimated 40,000 Terrorists in Idlib
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
The zero-hour has arrived in Idlib, as the long awaited military operations to clear the last remaining terrorist-controlled area in Syria has begun. It is estimated that there are 40,000 terrorists, some with their families, and they comprise many …

NATO Is Endangering Us All
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
When Canadians support NATO, they are supporting ISIS and al Qaeda. They are also supporting international illicit drug trafficking, a source of covert funding for covert war crimes. | In Syria, the proxies are al Qaeda, ISIS, and their affiliates, commanded …

Iran Urges Diplomacy as Trump White House Ramps Up 'Wildly Reckless' Threats of War
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-08
"Iran is acting on its warnings that it cannot uphold the agreement unilaterally. As such, Trump has initiated a chain reaction that will make America and the world less safe." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Is the Iran Nuclear Deal Doomed?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
On Wednesday, Iran announced the suspension of some of its JCPOA commitments, short of withdrawing from the nuclear deal altogether. More on this below. | Trump's year ago pullout greatly jeopardizes the deal's sustainability over the longterm, what its hardliners aim …

A Permanent, Soylent-Based Solution to Capitalism
Jennifer Matsui | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-08
The architects of "regime change" in Venezuela and Iran know only too well that their interventions never bring about anything beyond chaos, destruction and death. Our Overlords are not deluded, pie-in-the-sky dreamers but clear-sighted, rational merchants of nightmares. Where we see endless despair and violence as a result of their meddling, they see a surge…

Will the Trump Regime Attack Venezuela and Iran?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
Imperial madness defines US geopolitics under Republicans and undemocratic Dems, seeking dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations. | Naked aggression and other hostile actions are its favored strategies. Trump delegated his geopolitical agenda to hardline extremists Pompeo and Bolton….

Iran to Even the Nuclear Score with the US
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
It is going to be 30 years in another six months since the USS Abraham Lincoln, named in honour of the 16th US President, was commissioned on Nov.11, 1989 as the 5th Nimitz-class aircraft carrier of the American Navy. Now, …

Trita Parsi: John Bolton has wanted war with Iran for 20 years. Now could be his best chance
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-08
In a statement on Sunday night, Bolton said the move was intended to "send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attacks on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force."

Iran Quits Parts of 2015 Nuclear Deal and Lays Down 60-Day Ultimatum
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-08
(MEE) — Iran President Hassan Rouhani has announced that Tehran is pulling out of key commitments under a 2015 international nuclear deal, a year after it was abandoned by the United States. Rouhani said Iran would keep enriched uranium stocks in the country rather than sell them abroad and threatened to resume production of higher enriched uranium …

Iran Quits Parts of 2015 Nuclear Deal and Lays Down 60-Day Ultimatum

Pompeo in Baghdad to Pressure Iraq to Join Press Against Iran; Iraq Declines
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-05-08
Mike Pompeo and John Bolton are known, serial, dedicated liars.(Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge WALK for PEACE
Toby Blome | indybay.org | 2019-05-08
BE GREEN AND CARPOOL | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit Buses 10, 70, 80 | and SF Muni Bus 28 stop at the bridge (SF side). | Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. | 11: 45 am: Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. | Noon: Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends to converge in the middle for World Peace. Then march to the SF side for rally.

174 Yemeni Fishermen Kidnapped by Saudi Arabia
Ahmed AbdulKareem | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-07
(MPN) — The Saudi-led Coalition kidnapped more than 170 Yemeni fishermen and seized their boats while they were fishing near the port city of Hodeida this past week. To demonstrate clearly that they posed no threat, the fishermen hung large white flags on the back of their boats and waved fish in the air as Coalition …

174 Yemeni Fishermen Kidnapped by Saudi Arabia

Tuesday's Daily Brief: prizewinning journalists freed in Myanmar, new tracking tool for suspected terrorists, and a global bid to stop snakebite deaths
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-07
This Tuesday, we cover: the release of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar; how to detect and disrupt terrorist travel; escalation in Syria fighting; an update from the World Food Programme on Yemen; and how the UN is working to reduce snakebite deaths.

Yemen's Houthi Movement Unveils "National Vision" to Heal, Rebuild, and Modernize their War-torn Nation
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-07
"The National Vision symbolizes a milestone in Yemen's path towards pluralistic democracy. It shows the willingness of the National Salvation Government [led by Houthis] to work towards democracy, despite the current aggression ravaging the Yemeni Republic." — Rune Agerhus, chairman of the International Solidarity Committee with Yemen…

Saudi Arabia Detains 174 Yemeni Fishermen and Their Boats in Violation of Ceasefire Provisions
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-07
"Despite Sweden's truce, Coalition forces have continued to prevent Yemeni fishermen from fishing and if the fishermen dare to sail, they will be killed or detained." — Mohammed al-Hassani, head of the Forum of Tahamah Fishermen…

Ilhan Omar Calls for 'Justice' and 'Lasting Peace' in Gaza
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-07
(MEMO) — Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar called for "real justice [to] bring about security and lasting peace" to Gaza after Israel rocked the Strip with air strikes over the weekend. Writing on Twitter, Omar said:…

Ilhan Omar Calls for ‘Justice’ and ‘Lasting Peace’ in Gaza

What I Saw in Gaza Changed Me Forever
Ned Rosch | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-07
Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism is a powerful collection of 40 essays by Jews from diverse backgrounds. Each describes a personal journey from a Zionist worldview to activism in solidarity with Palestinians and Israelis striving to build a society founded on justice, equality, and peaceful coexistence. In this excerpt from the essay "Palestine and my Journey of Self-Discovery," Ned Rosch describes the deep impact of a visit to Gaza in 2014, shortly after the intensive bombings of Israel's "Operation Protective Edge." | The great Indian writer Arundhati Roy wrote, "The trouble is that once you see it, you can't un…

The Media's Israel-Centric Reporting of the Death Toll in Gaza
Alison Weir | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-07
Media have published a number of reports on the recent violence that emphasize Israeli deaths, begin with Israeli victims, largely ignore the year-long killing of Gazans, and frame Israeli actions as strictly defensive.

Foreign Minister Arreaza: 'The People of Venezuela Are Prepared to Defend Their Sovereignty'
TeleSUR English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-05-07
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced US sanctions and asset freezes during a recent trip to Moscow.

Number of US tourists to Cuba almost DOUBLES amid Trump's sanctions & threats
rt.com | 2019-05-07
Despite the Trump administration's pressure on Cuba and threats to impose a "full and complete embargo", US tourists have been flocking to the country in record numbers, according to data provided by Cuban authorities. | …

"Endorsement of Murder": Trump Pardons US Soldier Who Tortured, Killed Iraqi Prisoner
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-07
(CD) — President Donald Trump on Monday evening pardoned an American soldier for murdering an Iraqi prisoner in 2008, generating outrage from progressives and human rights activists. First Lt. Michael Behenna was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2009 for the murder, and released on parole in 2014. The killing came a month after two of Behenna's fellow …

"Endorsement of Murder": Trump Pardons US Soldier Who Tortured, Killed Iraqi Prisoner

Escalation in Syria fighting cause for 'great concern' says UN chief, dozens more civilians dead or injured
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-07
UN chief António Guterres has said that he's following "with great concern" intensifying clashes in north-western Syria that have claimed yet more civilian lives and displaced thousands in recent days.

The Pentagon Is Reporting Low Civilian Death Tolls in Syria and Iraq. Without Accountability, People Will Keep Dying
Laila Ujayli | theintercept.com | 2019-05-07
The Pentagon says the U.S. killed 120 civilians in all its wars last year. But Amnesty International and Airwars said at least 821 died in Syria and Iraq alone.

US Deploys Four B-52 Bombers to Deter "Possible Attack" by Iran
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-07
(ZH) — The deployment of American military assets to the Middle East continues to ramp up following national security advisor John Bolton's Sunday night statements warning the US is prepared to send "a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime". Citing "possible attack by Iran" against US troops in the region, four B-52 bombers are now on their way …

US Deploys Four B-52 Bombers to Deter "Possible Attack" by Iran

Trita Parsi: John Bolton Has Wanted War With Iran for 20 Years. Now Could Be His Best Chance
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-07
Iran is accusing the United States of "psychological warfare" after National Security Advisor John Bolton announced the U.S. is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the region. In a statement on Sunday night, Bolton said the move was intended to "send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attacks on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force." On Monday acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the deployment was made because of a "credible threat by Iranian regime forces" but he offered no details. Axios is reporting…

Trump and Bolton Are Putting War With Iran on a Hair Trigger
Bob Dreyfuss | thenation.com | 2019-05-07
Trump and Bolton Are Putting War With Iran on a Hair Trigger…

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