2019-05-13: Social Media Postees

Arundhati Roy on the Indian Election and Narendra Modi's Far-Right Agenda
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-13
In India, the sixth phase of voting has concluded in a highly anticipated parliamentary election that is widely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking a second term in office. India is the world's largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters. The final phase of voting will take place on May 19 and vote counting will begin on May 23. Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP won a landslide victory in 2014. His government has been criticized for a crackdown on civil society, targeting political opponents, journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and writers. Human rights groups have a…

Ilhan Omar, Bernie Sanders Back Rashida Tlaib Amid Trump Attack
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
Many progressives and activists like congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Shaun King, etc., came forward in defense of congresswoman Rashida Tlaib after she was attacked by the United States President Donald Trump for her comments on Holocaust. | RELATED: | 'Hands off Ilhan': Black Women in Solidarity with Ilhan Omar | Tlaib, in an interview on Yahoo News's "Skullduggery" podcast Saturday said her ancestors, Palestinians, had to suffer to create a safe haven for the Jewish people. | "There's,…

Activists at Venezuelan Embassy Offer State Department a Peaceful Resolution to Standoff
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-13
Activists protecting the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington have written to the State Department offering a way to peacefully end the standoff between themselves and an argy mob of Guaidó supporters. Activists who have lived inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington… Read more ?…

Arundhati Roy on the Indian Election and Narendra Modi's "Far-Right, Hindu Nationalist" Agenda
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-13
In India, the sixth phase of voting has concluded in a highly anticipated parliamentary election that is widely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking a second term in office. India is the world's largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters. The final phase of voting will take place on May 19 and vote counting will begin on May 23. Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP won a landslide victory in 2014. His government has been criticized for a crackdown on civil society, targeting political opponents, journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and writers. Human rights groups have also…

French Activists Successfully Block Saudi Ship From Loading Weapons
Andrea Germanos | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-13
(CD) — A human rights organization called it a "victory for mobilized civil society" when a Saudi cargo ship left France on Friday without a planned batch of weapons. France, along with other Western countries including the U.S. and U.K., has been supplying arms to Saudi Arabia, which is leading the coalition bombing Yemen. In so doing, say human rights campaigners, …

French Activists Successfully Block Saudi Ship From Loading Weapons

Venezuelan Embassy: Water Shut Off, Police Block Entry of Food
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-13
After the water was suddenly shut off in the Venezuelan embassy in the United States located in Washington, D.C. Saturday morning, CODEPINK activists are being stopped by local police from bringing in food to those inside. | Electricity inside the building …

Madonna's own song just got turned into a call to boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-05-13
Pressure is rising for Madonna to cancel her scheduled appearance at the Eurovision song contest final in Israel on 18 May. And now, activists have turned one of her most iconic songs into a powerful call to support Palestinian people and boycott the competition. | "Ma…

PATRICK LAWRENCE: A Week of Dangerous Developments from Iran to North Korea
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-13
The increasingly aggressive moves by Trump's hawkish advisers give the impression of a palace coup, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Neoconservative hawks in the Trump administration, led by National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary… Read more ?…

Pompeo Takes a Page From the Bernard Lewis Playbook on Iran
Alastair Crooke | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-13
Inspired by his intellectual hero Bernard Lewis, Pompeo, together with Richard Perle's PNAC colleague, John Bolton, seems to be itching to using the Lewis recipe of 'hitting Iran between the eyes with a big stick.

South African Elections, US-China trade war, Istanbul and Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-13
Elections in South Africa The ruling African National Congress Party (ANC) won the parliamentary elections in South Africa with 57.51% of the vote, the election commission reported. General elections, during which the country's parliament and national government headed by the president are elected, were held in South Africa on Wednesday. According to the data of …

Iran Concerned over Sabotage at Emirati Port
plenglish.com | 2019-05-13
Tehran, May 13 (Prensa Latina) The government of Iran on Monday expressed concern over the sabotage explosions on four commercial vessels at Fujairah port in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), near the Strait of Hormuz.

For Iranians, the War Has Already Begun
Elham Pourtaher | commondreams.org | 2019-05-13

Arundhati Roy: A U.S. Attack on Iran Would Be "Biggest Mistake It Has Ever Made"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-13
On Sunday night Arundhati Roy delivered the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write lecture at the Apollo Theater in Harlem as part of the PEN World Voices Festival. She reads an excerpt of the lecture. "Over these last few years, given the wars it has waged, and the international treaties it has arbitrarily reneged on, the U.S. Government perfectly fits its own definition of a rogue state," Roy said. "And now, resorting to the same old scare tactics, the same tired falsehoods and the same old fake news about nuclear weapons, it is gearing up to bomb Iran. That will be the biggest mistake it has ever made."

US Navy in Persian Gulf is a Target not a Threat: Iran
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
A senior commander from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards stated on Sunday that the U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represents a target, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported. | RELATED: | US Deploys Missile; Claims Iran And Proxies May Launch Attack | The IRGC commander's comments came in response to the recent buildup of U.S. forces and missiles in the Persian Gulf region. U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton anno…

PEPE ESCOBAR: Iran Squeezed Between Imperial Psychos and European Cowards
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-13
Berlin, Paris and London assumed Tehran could not afford to leave the JCPOA even if it was not receiving any of the promised economic rewards. Now the EU3 are facing the hour of truth, writes Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar… Read more ?…

With the US-Iran War Ball Now Rolling, Could an "Accident" or "False Flag" Serve as Pretext?
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-13
Certain forces in the U.S. and Israel have been actively pushing for war with Iran for years and have a track record that demonstrates little inhibition about using an "accident" to start it.

Is America Ready for John Bolton's War with Iran?
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-13
National Security Advisor John Bolton's announcement this week that the U.S. is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region seemed perfectly framed to put America on a war footing with …

Bolton Is Spinning Israeli 'Intelligence' to Push for War Against Iran
Gareth Porter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-13
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 …

Arms shipment to Saudi Arabia flouts multiple EU states' Arms Trade Treaty obligations
amnesty.org | 2019-05-13
The voyage of the Bahri Yanbu, a Saudi state-owned ship laden with arms for use in Yemen, is a serious test of EU countries' resolve to uphold their obligations under the Arms Trade Treaty and EU Common Position on Arms Exports. Several states have failed this test in the space of just a few days.

Monday's Daily Brief: #ClimateAction for the Pacific, Gaza blockade, attack in Burkina Faso
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-13
This Monday, top stories are: Gaza's aid dependency due to the ongoing blockade; a special focus on climate change and its impact on islands and people of the Pacific; UN condemnation after a deadly attack in Burkina Faso.

Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival shows films about the Palestinian struggle
Bill Meyer | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-13
TORONTO–Two compelling films about the Palestinian struggle were featured at the Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival this year. The award-winning Gaza is a visually stunning documentary enhanced with a heart-rending musical score, and one of the most emotionally powerful representations of the hardships of a people living in an area that is only 7 miles …

Israel's Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-13
The latest attack on Gaza was meant to serve the interests of all of Netanyahu's possible coalition partners and in order for Netanyahu to keep his partners happy, he needs to persistently keep pounding the enclave.

UN: Over 1 Million Palestinians in Gaza May Not Have Food in June
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-13
(MEMO) — UNRWA warned today that unless it secures $60m in funding by June, its ability to continue providing food to more than one million Palestinian refugees in Gaza will be severely curtailed. In a statement the international organisation said: "At a time when Muslims around the world are observing the holy month of Ramadan, often characterised …

UN: Over 1 Million Palestinians in Gaza May Not Have Food in June

Gaza blockade causes 'near ten-fold increase' in food dependency, says UN agency
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-13
At a time when Muslims globally are observing the holy month of Ramadan, more than half the population in Gaza depends on the international community for food aid, the director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said on Monday, citing a "near ten-fold increase" in need.

US Press Reaches All-Time Low on Venezuela Coverage
Daniel Kovalik | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-13
As famed Latin American author Eduardo Galeano once wrote, "every time the US 'saves' a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or a cemetery." Of course, as we look over the wreckage left by the US in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, we see…

Syria: Tell Families of Missing the Fate of Loved Ones
amnesty.org | 2019-05-13
Rights Groups Urge Key Countries to Press for Information | Today, eight Syrian civil society and international human rights organizations called on a number of UN Security Council member states to urgently address the widespread arbitrary detentions, kidnapping, torture and other-ill treatment, and enforced disappearances of tens of thousands of Syrians at the hands of the Syrian government, armed anti-government groups and the Islamic State. | Over the course of the crisis, Syrian civil society and international human rights organizations have extensively documented staggering levels of serious violations again…

Does the U.S. Have the Right to Impunity?
Raúl Capote | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-13
The United States Army has established a long history of war crimes, beginning with the genocide of native peoples in the North America, through those committed in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, more recently. | Usually, the U.S. government, the armed forces, …

Faculty at Chicago's DePaul University condemn professor's anti-democratic, militarist comments on Middle East
wsws.org | 2019-05-13
The faculty resolution condemned the views of Professor Jason Hill, who called for Palestinians to be stripped of voting rights and for Israel to exercise "unprecedented and excessive military might."

Amnesty International affidavit in support of Israeli petition
amnesty.org | 2019-05-13
On 14 May 2019, Israeli petitioners will be appealing the Israeli Ministry of Defense's decision to not revoke NSO Group's export license in relation to the targeting of an Amnesty Internartional staff member. Amnesty International will be supporting this petition by submitting this affidavit.

Trump slams Rashida Tlaib for 'tremendous hatred of Israel' after controversial Holocaust comment
rt.com | 2019-05-13
US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, accusing her of "tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people" after she made controversial comments about the Holocaust. | …

Israel: Amnesty International engages in legal action to stop NSO Group's web of surveillance
amnesty.org | 2019-05-13
Amnesty International is supporting a legal action to take the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) to court, to demand that it revokes the export license of NSO Group, an Israeli company whose spyware products have been used in chilling attacks on human rights defenders around the world. | In a petition to be filed tomorrow at the District Court of Tel Aviv, approximately 30 members and supporters of Amnesty International Israel and others from the human rights community set out how the MoD has put human rights at risk by allowing NSO to contin…

US Sanctions Against Venezuela Limits Access to World Market
plenglish.com | 2019-05-13
Caracas, May 13 (Prensa Latina) US government's hostile measures against Venezuela has reached on Monday their maximum expression in the international financial market to hinder Caracas" access to the importation of basic goods for social programs.

Hurricane Mathew vs. Shock and Awe of Empire
Philip Farruggio | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-13
On Friday, October 7th, 2016 we were awaiting the hurricane named Mathew that was fast approaching Daytona Beach Florida. My wife and I were hunkered down in our master bedroom in what was supposed to be the safest part of our townhome. Mathew was slowly getting closer from the east, and the winds were picking …

Interview With Abby Martin And Robbie Martin Of Media Roots Radio On Venezuela
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-13
On this week's "Unauthorized Disclosure" podcast, we have a crossover episode with "Media Roots" radio. In the first part of the show, we talk with Abby Martin and Robbie Martin of Media Roots about some of the projects they're involved in currently. Abby tells us about "Empire Files." Robbie mentions…

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 …

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…

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. | …

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.

Support the Embassy Protection Collective: Resisting Trump's war on Venezuela
Aminta Zea and Kei Pritsker | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-12
The Embassy Protection Collective is a movement based in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington D.C. opposing the illegal US-backed coup against the legitimate, elected government of Venezuela — the government of President Nicolás Maduro. Standing against U.S. militarism and the war economy rigged for the rich, the EPC's fight to defend international law, including the …

Rouhani Aims for Unity Against 'Unprecedented' Pressure from US
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-12
As tensions mount between Iran and the United States, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on Saturday for unity among political factions, warning that due to current economic sanctions conditions may be harder than those faced in the 1980s war with Iraq. | RELATED: | US Deploys Carrier, Bombers to Middle East in Warning to Iran | "Today, it cannot be said whether conditions are better or worse than the (1980-88) war period, but during the war we did not have a problem wit…

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.

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.

'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

Anti-CSG activists say Santos must be stopped
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
About 60 anti-coal seam gas campaigners gathered outside NSW parliament on May 7 to greet newly-elected MPs with a clear message: stop Santos' Narrabri Gas Project in the state's north west. | The action was organised by Stop CSG Sydney and the Knitting Nannas and Friends. | Protesters received a positive response from some MPs, including the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (SFF), the NSW Greens and an independent. | SFF's Roy Butler recommitted his party to opposing CSG developments. He also said his party supported a moratorium on CSG until all of the Chief Scientist's recommendations are implemented. | But…

Venezuela's crisis: A view from the communes
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
Within hours of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó calling for street mobilisations to back his attempted military coup against President Nicolás Maduro on April 30, Guaidó's supporters had looted and set fire to the headquarters of the Indio Caricuao Commune in south-west Caracas. | The building was used for local residents' meetings and housed a commune-run textile enterprise, which funds projects in the community. | Atenea Jiménez, from the National Network of Comuneros (commune activists) said: "Once again attacks on the communes by fascist sectors have begun." | She also noted however that comuneros "a…

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…

Boycott Brunei movement to continue despite Sultan's retreat
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
The Boycott Brunei in Australia group have said the campaign against Brunei's death-by-stoning penalty for "crimes" such as homosexuality, adultery, blasphemy and apostasy will continue despite Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's May 6 statement that he had reconsidered the April 3 order. | The activists welcomed the Sultan's comments, but noted that the Syrariah Penal Code Order (SPCO) was only suspended, not cancelled, saying life for those who breached government diktats remained grim. | "We welcome the Sultan's statement that the death penalty has been shelved," said Boycott Brunei in Australia spokesperson Peter Hackn…

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…

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…

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…

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