2019-05-12: Social Media Postees

U.S. Media Lies Help Trump's Venezuela Warmongering
Jacob Sweet | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-12
As most of the world knows by now, the United States government intends to organize regime change in Venezuela. Attempts to this effect have been made in the past — most notably in 2002, when its economy and standard of living was exemplary in the region — but not so brazenly as now. Today, the …

The U.S., Not Iran, Has Done Nothing but Sow Chaos in the Mideast
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-05-12
This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told NBC that Iran is an active threat to US interests and "sowing chaos" in the Middle East. | It strikes me that exactly the opposite is true. The Islamic Republic of Iran has in recent years, despite its heritage in the 1979 revolution, acted as an Establishment, status quo power. | I don't agree with Iranian policy, e.g. its Syria intervention…

The Media's Shameful Handling of Bolton's Iran Threat Claims Recalls the Run-Up to the Iraq War
Ben Armbruster | commondreams.org | 2019-05-12
White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence talk before the start of a joint news conference with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Rose Garden at the White House June 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jeremy Corbyn Asserts Labour Support for Palestinian Statehood
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-12
Leader of the U.K. opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, reiterated Saturday his party's support for the Palestinian cause, condemning human rights violations by Israel. | RELATED: | Delusional 'Deal of The Century' Leaked: Palestinians Lay Down Arms, US Intervention in Gaza | "We cannot stand by or stay silent at the continuing denial of rights and justice to the Palestinian people… The Labour Party is united in condemning the ongoing human rights…

Florida Activists Fight Against Bill Preventing Former Felons from Voting
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-12
Last year Florida voters approved a ballot measure called Amendment 4 which restored voting rights of an estimated 1.5 million former felons. To counteract this amendment 4, Republicans proposed a bill that would require former felons to pay court costs and fines before they are able to vote — what activists are calling a poll…

As Animal Rights Activists Push Legal Boundaries, Canada Considers What Makes a Terrorist
Alleen Brown | theintercept.com | 2019-05-12
Industry representatives in Canada have pointed to special penalties in the U.S. for those who trespass or capture footage on animal agriculture properties.

Animal rights activists free 9,000 pheasants and vow to 'dismantle the shooting industry'
Animal Liberation Press Office | indybay.org | 2019-05-12
Over 9,000 pheasants were freed by animal rights activists from a farm in Suffolk as part of their campaign to "dismantle the shooting industry, farm by farm, shoot by shoot". Suffolk Police confirmed they were investigating the incident at Heath Hatcheries in Mildenhall that happened on the night of Friday, April 19. They said a number of unknown persons cut the fence to access the property, and then broke into the cages "allowing thousands of breeding stock pheasants to escape."

Sabotage? No water for activists besieged in Venezuela's US embassy, govt denies cut-off
rt.com | 2019-05-12
Anti-coup activists holed up in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington say they have been left with no utilities after the water supply was shut off or disrupted. The municipal water provider has denied responsibility. | …

Ahed Tamimi Protests for Palestinians in UK
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-11
Ahed Tamimi, an icon of Palestinian resistance, is on the front lines of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Stop The War Coalition march Saturday in London to protest against Israel's bombing of Gaza and long-time illegal occupation of Palestinian land. | RELATED: | Israelis Storm Home, Arrest Younger Brother of Ahed Tamimi | Tamimi is from the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank. She rose to prominence when she was jailed for eight months in Israel…

'Stop Arming Israel, Stop Bombing Gaza': Thousands March in London Demanding Justice for Palestinians
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-11
(CD) — Thousands took to the streets of London on Saturday to show solidarity with the Palestinian people and demand an end to Israel's brutal occupation. Ahed Tamimi–the 18-year-old Palestinian activist who became a global protest icon after she was imprisoned for slapping Israeli soldiers outside of her home in the occupied West Bank–joined Saturday's march and delivered a …

'Stop Arming Israel, Stop Bombing Gaza': Thousands March in London Demanding Justice for Palestinians

Yemeni Houthis Start Port Withdrawal According to UN Agreement
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-11
The Houthi rebels of Yemen have begun Saturday to retreat from two strategic ports on the Red Sea coast, in the west of the country, based on an agreement with the internationally recognized government and under the supervision of United Nations, sources of the insurgents informed today. | RELATED: | Yemen: Houthis Agree to Hand Over 3 Major Ports to Government…

Former intelligence analyst charged with leaking classified info to reporters
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-11
A former U.S. intelligence analyst was arrested Thursday and charged with providing classified information to several reporters from The Intercept. According to federal officials, the analyst repeatedly met with investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill before giving him secret documents detailing the U.S. military's drone strike operations in Afghanistan, Somalia, and Yemen. | According to the indictment, Daniel Everette Hale was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from July 2009 to July 2013, during which time he received language and intelligence training. While serving on active duty, Hale was assigned to work at…

The alarming rise of civilian deaths in the war on terror
Phyllis Bennis | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-11
New reports show an escalation in civilian casualties from U.S. operations in Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia — and a pattern of U.S. denial about the scale of the problem.

Iran conflict intensifies transatlantic tensions
wsws.org | 2019-05-11
The European governments are doing all they can to avoid triggering a broader mobilisation against war.

US Deploys Missile; Claims Iran And Proxies May Launch Attack
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-11
The United States has deployed an assault ship and a missile battery to the Middle East region, the Pentagon announced in a release Friday but did not elaborate on what the defence headquarters stated was to combat threatening actions displayed by Iran. | RELATED: | Israel Will Not Allow Iran To Obtain Nuclear Weapons: Netanyahu | "It's important that Iran understand that an attack on [U.S. nationals] or its interests will be met with an appropriate response," ABC News reported…

Bolton Is Spinning Israeli 'Intelligence' to Push for War Against Iran
Gareth Porter | truthdig.com | 2019-05-11
John Bolton has gotten away with a dangerous deception. The national security adviser's announcement Sunday that the Pentagon has deployed air and naval forces to the Middle East, which he combined with a threat to Iran, points to a new maneuver to prepare the ground for an incident that could justify a retaliatory attack against Iran. | Bolton presented his threat and the deployments as a response to alleged intelligence about a possible Iranian attack on U.S. targets in the Middle East. Bu…

Pre-emptive Nuclear War: The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-11
The text below is Chapter III of Michel Chossudovsky book entitled: The Globalization of War. America's Long War against Humanity, Global Research Publishers, Montreal, 2015. To order the book directly from Global Research click here | This chapter provides a …

With B-52s, carrier battle group in place, US war against Iran on a hair trigger
wsws.org | 2019-05-11
The threatening deployments come in the midst of a new round of bellicose statements from Washington.

US Military Still Actively Plotting Against Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-11
The United States government is keeping the "military option" open in its bid to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan government stated through an official statement. | RELATED: | ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚ÄãCodepink: 'US Govt Turns Off Water in Venezuela Embassy' | "As Venezuela has been denouncing since January, the U.S. instigates, promotes, organizes and finances an irresponsible campaign aime…

Rockets Remind the World of the 12-Year Blockade of 1.8 Million Gazans
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-11
The blockade of the Gaza Strip is the ongoing land, air, and sea blockade of essential food, medical and building supplies imposed by Israel in 2007 under the pretext of arms-control but which, in reality, is in order to try …

'Stop Arming Israel, Stop Bombing Gaza': Thousands March in London Demanding Justice for Palestinians
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-11
"Palestine has the right to exist but sadly that is a right that is increasingly threatened. Palestinians should be able to live free from ever expanding settlements on stolen land." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Deal of the Century Adds "New" to the Four Thousand Year Old Name "Palestine"
Miko Peled | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-11
The apartheid regime we know as "Israel" was built on the very ruins of Palestine and imposed a brutal regime on those who still live in their country. Millions of Palestinians still languish in refugee camps in and around Palestine, …

Afghan Journalist, Women's Education Advocate Shot Dead
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-11
Gunmen shot and killed a former television journalist and cultural adviser to the Afghan parliament in Kabul Saturday, underlining threats to women and drawing widespread condemnation. | RELATED | Afghan Women Activists Wary of 'Superficial' Female Presence in Taliban Peace Talks | Mina Mangal, who used to report for prominent TV station Ariana News, was killed by two unidentified men on a motorbike close to her home in eastern Kabul in a public place, police…

Ramadan in Yemen: World Food Programme Aid Rots as Millions Grapple With Hunger
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-10
"We have no other choice, we sift the weevil out of the flour and use it to make breakfast," 32-year-old Aisha, a mother of three told MintPress. Expired boxes and cans of World Food Programme tuna and biscuits lined her shelves.

'Victory': Saudi Ship Leaves Port Without French Weapons
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-10
France is among the Western countries fueling the Saudi-led coalition's bombing of Yemen | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

UN monitoring chief welcomes Houthi offer to withdraw from key Yemeni port of Hudaydah
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-10
As Yemenis continue to finalize redeployment procedures in line with the UN-brokered Hudaydah Agreement, under which Government coalition and rebel leaders are to pull forces out of the key port city of Hudaydah, the Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee on Friday welcomed an offer by the Houthi opposition to begin a unilateral withdrawal.

Sri Lanka: bombings a pretext for intensified repression
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
The Sri Lankan army and police have used the bombings of churches and hotels on Easter Sunday as a pretext for repression, targeting people who have no connection with the group responsible, the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ — National Monotheism Society). | The NTJ, an extremist Islamic group, is believed to be linked to the Islamic State, based in Iraq and Syria. | Sri Lankan police have been raiding numerous Muslim groups with "Thowheed" in their name, even if they are opposed to the NTJ. As of May 2, at least 130 Muslims had been detained, according to Tamilnet. | Non-Muslims have also been affected. On…

Golan is Syria!
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-05-10
A demonstration in front of the Israeli Mission in New York City denounced Trump's recognition of Israel's 52-year illegal annexation and occupation of Golan, a province of Syria. The protest was held May 6 — Martyrs' Day in Syria and Lebanon, and for over 100 years a commemoration of continuing . . . | Continue reading Golan is Syria! at Workers.org…

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi: Washington Couldn't Create a More Convenient Villain
Tony Cartalucci | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-10
Just as America's presence in Syria was becoming increasingly awkward and unsustainable, al-Baghdadi has again emerged — just in time to remind the global public that ISIS is still an enduring threat that will require America's continued presence in the region.

Manufactured Iranian Threat in the Persian Gulf
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-10
The U.S. military is sending an aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf, claiming there is an unspecified threat from Iran, but this has no basis other than Bolton's desire for regime change, says Col. Larry Wilkerson…

Do EU Nations Side with the US over Iran on the JCPOA?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-10
As long as the US was onboard, Iran nuclear deal signatories Britain, France, and Germany supported its implementation and provisions — no longer after Trump's withdrawal. | Their rhetoric says one thing, their actions another. In response to Iran giving EU …

Washington's Dogs of War Are Snarling at Iran and Venezuela
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army . . . Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all…

US Foreign Policy as Bellicose as Ever
Serge Halimi | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
It only took a few months under Donald Trump's presidency for the US to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, impose new sanctions on Russia, reverse the normalisation of diplomatic relations with Cuba, announce its intention to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, warn Pakistan, threaten Venezuela with military intervention, and declare a readiness to…

Why the U.S. Labeled Iran's Revolutionary Guards a Terrorist Organization
Prof. Ismael Hossein-Zadeh | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-10
It can be readily demonstrated that the proffered U.S. justifications for labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization are no more than hare-brained excuses designed to put further pressure on the Iranian people in pursuit of its long-standing policy …

US Seizes North Korean Ship Suspected of Violating International Sanctions
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-10
(ZH) — Just hours after North Korea launched another round of short-range missiles, its second launch in under a week, the Washington Post is reporting that US authorities have seized a North Korean ship used to sell coal in violation of international sanctions. The FBI and federal prosecutors have confirmed the ship, "the Wise Honest", is approaching US territorial …

US Seizes North Korean Ship Suspected of Violating International Sanctions

Denying Impact of Venezuela Sanctions is 'Like Climate Denial'
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-10
CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot responds to Guaidó economic advisors' dismissal of the U.S. sanctions' effects on Venezuela…

The Enemy is Not Resistance
Stanley L. Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
The Islamic Resistance Movement began more than thirty years ago at an historical moment in time which it knew to be fraught with absolute peril for their people. The founders of this national liberation struggle examined the overwhelming military capabilities of Israel, fostered by its global superpower sponsor, the United States. They looked at Israel's expansionist programs–the Zionist project of illegal settlements erasing their homes and villages, dispossessing mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers–and at the failure of the international community to stop them. They knew then that within a ge…

"Now I Can No Longer Call Myself a Zionist . . ."
Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman | progressive.org | 2019-05-10
A new book explores the nuances behind the opposition to Zionism and effectively dispels the myth that Jewish people who criticize Israel are "self-hating Jews."

Victory Day Reminds the World About the Evils of Fascism
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-10
Russia, most of the countries of the former Soviet Union, and Israel all celebrate the end of World War II on 9 May, with this year's commemoration in Moscow being the 74th in history. This solemn day marks the victory …

Congress, Laws Suppressing Boycotts of Israel Are Unconstitutional. Sincerely, Three Federal Courts
Kate Ruane | commondreams.org | 2019-05-10
More than two dozen states have adopted laws and policies restricting boycotts of Israel in the past four years. (Photo: Sipa USA/AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Is Leaked Document Trump's 'Deal of the Century?'
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-10
If genuine, the report published by an Israeli newspaper widely seen as Netanyahu's mouthpiece offers a catastrophic vision of the Palestinians' future, writes Jonathan Cook. By Jonathan Cook Jonathan-Cook.net A report published this week by the Israel Hayom newspaper apparently leaking details… Read more ?…

Deal of the Century Adds "New" to the Four Thousand Year Old Name "Palestine"
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-10
The apartheid regime we know as "Israel" was built on the very ruins of Palestine and imposed a brutal regime on those who still live in their country. Millions of Palestinians still languish in refugee camps in and around Palestine, yet Israel and its allies around the world celebrate "Israeli independence."

Netanyahu agrees a ceasefire with Hamas–for now
wsws.org | 2019-05-10
The Israel Defense Forces launched more than 150 aerial strikes and shelled at least 200 sites in the tiny Palestinian enclave.

Nakba 2019: Eurovision fails to hide suffering of Palestinians
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
The annual commemoration of al Nakba on May 15 — the 1947 catastrophe when 750,000 Palestinians were evicted from their homes and thousands of Palestinian villages wiped off the map — coincides this year with the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. | Ramadan has also begun, and Israeli crackdowns during Ramadan and around al Nakba commemorations are a given. What is different this year is the viciousness of the attacks and Israel's determination that its Eurovision PR showcase will proceed, uninterrupted by questions about its human rights record. | As Palestine…

The Zionist One-Two Propaganda Punch
Yoav Litvin | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
Another round of Israeli violence inflicted on Palestinians in Gaza resulted in devastating consequences: twenty seven dead, including Amani al-Madhoun, a young woman in her final month of pregnancy, as well as 3-month-old infant Maria al-Ghazali and 12-year-old Abd al-Rahman Abu al-Jadyan, both killed alongside their parents. The flare up comes as Palestinians are routinely…

Bernard-Henri Lévy's American Requiem
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
The new conventional wisdom, laid out in a growing pile of books and articles, is that the US under President Donald Trump has been withdrawing from the world. Bernard-Henri Lƒóvy adds to the stack with his latest book, The Empire and the Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World (2018). US withdrawal is…

The Western American Empire Plays the War Card
Comitato No Nato | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-10
The Following text is Section 14 of 16 | The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War, : | by the Italian Committee No War No NATO | * | Documentation presented at the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, Florence, April …

Left-wing election candidate in Ireland reveals how far-right figures harassed and intimidated her
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-05-10
A candidate in the upcoming elections in Ireland revealed that far-right activists harassed her at a recent political event. Adrienne Wallace is a People Before Pr…

The Two Narratives of Palestine: The People Are United, the Factions Are Not
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
The International Conference on Palestine held in Istanbul between April 27-29 brought together many speakers and hundreds of academics, journalists, activists and students from Turkey and all over the world. The Conference was a rare opportunity aimed at articulating a discourse of international solidarity that is both inclusive and forward thinking. There was near consensus that the…

Government Targeting of Black Activists Reminiscent of COINTELPRO
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-10
In October 2017, a leaked memo entitled, "Black Identity Extremist Intelligent Assessment" revealed a government surveillance program targeting black activist liberation movements. Eddie Conway talks with Professor Adjoa Aiye and Sue Udry, executive director of Defending Rights and Dissent. They are members of the BIE Abolition Collective, a coalition of lawyers, activists and advocates who…

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