2019-05-18: Social Media Postees

The plot to kill Venezuela
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-05-18
Vijay Prashad looks at the purpose and impact of sanctions against Venezuela. | Source…

"Journaille… Canaille!", Media Disinformation: Karl Kraus' Campaign against a "Warmongering Press"
Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-18
Karl Kraus, born in 1874, was one of the most important Austrian writers of the beginning of the 20th century and a sharp critic of the predominant press and inflammatory journalism of his time. "Journaille" means in reference to …

Fascist trends in Santa Cruz Government
Elise Casby | indybay.org | 2019-05-18
Activists and myself using the derogatory gesture of the nazi salutes were focused on and reported in the conservative and reactionary paper, The Santa Cruz Sentinel by writer, Jessica York on May 15, 2019. As usual the focus was on the graphic gesture and not the fact that public comment and other forms of democratic participation are dwindling over the years as each mayor, now Martine Watkins takes up the mantle of repression.

Iraqi Parliament to Vote on Bill That Would Ban US Military Troops From Iraq
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-18
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Iraq has spent the better share of the last 16 years under US military occupation. Despite this, time and again US-Iraqi relations have come to be defined by US hostility toward neighboring Iran, and Iraq's desire to not get mixed up in that. So while Iraq's parliament was already bristling under Pentagon talk of staying in Iraq, …

Iraqi Parliament to Vote on Bill That Would Ban US Military Troops From Iraq

Ominous message? US shows B-2 stealth bomber drop bunker busters amid Iran tensions (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-05-18
A blockbuster high-quality video showing a Northrop B-2 Spirit stealth bomber dropping massive, precision-guided 'bunker buster' bombs was shared online by the US Air Force even as US rallies its forces in the Persian Gulf. | …

Germany Votes to Define BDS Movement as Anti-Semitic
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-17
(MEMO) — Germany today voted to define the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as anti-Semitic, becoming the first major European parliament to do so. The German parliament — known as the Bundestag — this afternoon voted to accept a motion defining BDS as anti-Semitic. The motion, "Resist the BDS Movement — Fighting Antisemitism," was sponsored …

Germany Votes to Define BDS Movement as Anti-Semitic

German Parliament Criminalizes Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-17
Germany becomes the first country in the world to criminalize the BDS movement. Shir Hever, TRNN Correspondent in Germany and expert on Palestine-Israel, responds…

Trump — from China to Iran to Venezuela — Threats and Sanctions Everywhere — A Chronicle of Disorganized Chaos Foretold
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
Trump himself, has not only reached a level of incompetence and ignorance which is scary — but he has also surrounded himself with inept, preposterous people, like, Pence, Bolton, Pompeo — who, it appears, have no other means left than running around the world amok, dishing out threats left and right…

Both Saudi Arabia and the United States Are Probably Guilty of War Crimes in Yemen
Mohamad Bazzi | thenation.com | 2019-05-17
Both Saudi Arabia and the United States Are Probably Guilty of War Crimes in Yemen…

Deadly Yemen airstrikes that claim children's lives in capital Sana'a, strongly condemned by UN
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
Thursday's airstrikes on Yemen's capital Sana'a that reportedly killed five children and injured dozens more, have been strongly condemned by UN agencies, which have warned of the "brutal toll" on civilians of more than four years of conflict.

France Takes Unprecedented Action Against Reporters Who Published Secret Government Document
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
Journalists in France are facing potential jail sentences in an unprecedented case over their handling of secret documents detailing the country's involvement in the Yemen conflict. | Earlier this week, a reporter from Radio France and the co-founders of Paris-based investigative news organization Disclose were called in for questioning at the offices of the General Directorate for Internal Security, known as the DGSI. The agency is tasked with fighting terrorism, espionage, and other domestic threats, similar in function to the FBI in the United States. | The two news organizations published stories in April [md…

France: Stop harassing investigative journalists: Geoffrey Livolsi, Mathias Destal and BenoàÆt Collombat
amnesty.org | 2019-05-17
On 14 and 15 May, journalists Geoffrey Livolsi and Mathias Destal, working for Disclose, and BenoàÆt Collombat, with Radio France, were summoned for a hearing by the Intelligence Services after the Paris Prosecutor's office opened a preliminary investigation against them for revealing a national defence secret. In April, they had published "the Yemen papers", a series of classified documents regarding the sale of French weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and their use against civilians in the civil war in Yemen. The actions of these journalists are protected by the right to freedom of expr…

Uncle Sam Needs Our Help Again?
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Earlier in 2019, the US Congress utilized its power to wage or not wage war and voted to end US involvement in the Saudi Arabian war in Yemen. Donald Trump vetoed the bill and it died. Meanwhile, the Pentagon and US intelligence agencies were ramping up pressure on the nations of Venezuela and Iran. Other…

Saudi bombs kill Yemeni civilians, raising war tensions in Persian Gulf
wsws.org | 2019-05-17
The airstrikes, claiming 77 civilian casualties, came two days after drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Friday's Daily Brief: Syria, Yemen airstrikes, Anti-torture panel, Gay rights, Climate change, #Vesak Day
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
On Friday, we cover: Fighting in Syria's Idlib province; UN condemnation of airstrikes in Yemen; UK's forced-return policy; LGBTI rights; the UN chief's climate action trip to Tuvalu; and Vesak Day.

How to lobby Washington to death
Mashal Hashem and James Allen | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-17
A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen's Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family. From the tents constructed for the event, music flooded into the village and, as at any good wedding, exuberant dancing was a central part of the festivities. | Unbeknownst to the guests, the music masked the buzzing of a warplane overhead. Suddenly, in a horrific turn of events, Saudi-…

Netanyahu's Acts of Provocation and Destruction Including Violence against Civilians Constitute Both a War Crime and Terrorism
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 was adopted on 23.12.2016. The resolution passed in a 14–0 vote by members of the U.N.S.C. including four parties having power of veto: China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom. | It reaffirmed that Israel's …

Israel Firm Meddled in Africa, Asia and Latin America Elections
Middle East Monitor | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
An Israel-based campaign to meddle in the elections of several African, Asian and Latin American countries has been uncovered by social media giant Facebook. | Facebook announced today that it had deactivated dozens of accounts found to be spreading disinformation by …

Only Ones to Blame for Fresh US-Iranian Tensions: Team Trump
Paul Pillar | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk during the group photo at the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East on February 14, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Many American presidents have blundered in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, but Donald Trump's personal involvement in the region has been particularly disastrous. President Eisenhower introduced the CIA to the world of covert action, when he ordered the overthrow of the legitimate government of Iran in 1953. President Reagan endorsed a U.S. troop presence in Lebanon in 1982 in order to pull Israeli chestnuts out of the fire there due to their war crimes in Beirut, offering proof to the Arab nations of Washington's one-sided support for Israel. President George H.W. Bush went ahead with Desert Storm in 1991…

Newly Released FBI Docs Shed Light on Apparent Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-17
New information released by the FBI has brought fresh scrutiny to the possibility that the "Dancing Israelis," at least two of whom were known Mossad operatives, had prior knowledge of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Brian Eno on Eurovision in Israel
Pablo Navarrete | thecanary.co | 2019-05-17
Musician Brian Eno explains why Israel hosting Eurovision is a propaganda coup for the apartheid state. | By Pablo Navarrete…

Egypt: Arrests raise fears of fresh crackdown against peaceful critics
amnesty.org | 2019-05-17
The arbitrary detention of labour rights lawyer, Haytham Mohamdeen, and former political activist, Mostafa Maher, this week has raised fears that the Egyptian authorities might be embarking on a fresh crackdown targeting peaceful dissent or individuals with history of activism, said Amnesty International. | "These latest arrests have reignited a climate of fear amongst independent activists and human rights organizations about a renewed assault by the Egyptian authorities on the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly," said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty…

Border Official Admits Targeting Journalists and Human Rights Advocates With Smuggling Investigations
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
When first confronted with evidence that it was collaborating with Mexican law enforcement in a sweeping intelligence-gathering operation targeting journalists, activists and attorneys along the U.S.-Mexico divide, Customs and Border Protection was silent. When still more evidence emerged, in the form of documents leaked by a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower, the agency dismissed the significance of the revelations as routine law enforcement work. | Now, more than four months after the story broke, CBP is owning up to its operations — in a way — and raising new questions about its treatme…

Venezuela Denounces US Seizure of Embassy as Violation of Vienna Convention
Jessica Corbett | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-17
(CD) — Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Ron on Thursday urged the Trump administration not to hand over the country's embassy in Washington, D.C. to leaders of an attempted coup after U.S. law enforcement forcibly removed peace activists who have lived there for since last month as guests of President Nicolás Maduro's government. "We denounce these arrests, as the …

Venezuela Denounces US Seizure of Embassy as Violation of Vienna Convention

Madonna accused of 'supporting murder and genocide' as she defends Eurovision gig
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-05-17
Palestinian activists have responded to Madonna's insistence that she'll go ahead with her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest. One accused her of 'supporting murder and genocide'. | The show must go on?: | The singer has stated that she'll not allow peo…

'We fight too many wars!' Rev. Jackson denounces US militarism after Venezuela embassy raid
rt.com | 2019-05-17
Renowned American civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson has spoken out against US militaristic foreign policy after delivering food supplies to peace activists at the Venezuelan embassy in DC before their forceful eviction. | …

Love wins in Taiwan: First in Asia to recognize LGBTQ marriage equality
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-17
The efforts of tireless activists like Chi Chia-wei, who has been campaigning for gay rights since he first came out in 1975, have paid off in Taiwan. Two years ago, the country's highest court made history by ruling it was unconstitutional to define marriage as only being possible between one man and one woman. Today, …

Fifteen years of LGBTI community activism in Lebanon:‚Äé A story of existence and oppression
amnesty.org | 2019-05-17
Sahar Mandour‚Äé, Amnesty International‚Äé's researcher on Lebanon | The sun was shining above the groups demonstrating against the US-British military campaign against Iraq in 2003 in Beirut.‚Äé We were a group of eager youths, university student activists meeting in front of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) building in the city centre. We stood at a corner, trying to avoid a crowd calling for the victory of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and ‚Äéanother crowd cheering for a holy war in which Islam wo…

Who's Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela's D.C. Embassy?
Jeb Sprague | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-17
The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they left Venezuela's D.C.-based opposition with a serious PR problem. After a week of hateful outbursts, a handful of marketing strategists emerged as de facto spokespeople for the mob.

The Disintegrated Mind: The Greatest Threat to Human Survival on Earth
Robert J. Burrowes | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-17
Like many people who have struggled to understand why human beings are driving the sixth mass extinction event in Earth's history, which now threatens imminent human extinction as well, over many decades I have explored the research and efforts of a great many activists and scholars to secure this understanding. However, with many competing ideas …

Trump Admin Breaks and Enters Venezuela's Embassy, Arrests Activists
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-17
After more than a month of living in the Venezuelan embassy, DC police and secret service broke open the doors to arrest for activists who had been staying in the embassy to protect it against an opposition take-over. The move sets a dangerous precedent, says Medea Benjamin…

Immigrant Activists Maru Mora-Villalpando & Ravi Ragbir Keep Speaking Out Despite Deportation Threat
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-17
President Trump has unveiled plans for a new, so-called "merit-based" immigration system that would prioritize "highly-skilled" and English-speaking workers, while further restricting asylum seekers and immigrants who have family living in the United States. Although no legislative details for the plan have been revealed, Trump's proposal is likely to hit a wall in Congress, where the Democratically-led House has repeatedly clashed with the Trump administration over immigration policy. Trump's immigration policies have led to dire conditions for asylum seekers to the U.S. On Wednesday, a two-and-a-half year-old m…

Amnesty International's "Kangaroo Report" on Human Rights in Syria
Rick Sterling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
This article was first crossposted in February 2017. | Introduction | Amnesty International (AI) has done some good investigations and reports over the years. This has won them widespread support. However, less well recognized, Amnesty International has also carried out faulty investigations …

The Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger Border Triangle Is the New "Syraq" (Syria-Iraq)
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
Terrorist groups in West Africa are dangerously trying to transplant the "Syraq" model of transnational destabilization to the Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger border triangle in order to turn it into a similarly lawless region like the frontier between those two aforementioned Mideast …

Repatriation of extremist fighters and families to Kazakhstan, welcomed by UN rights expert
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
Stressing the need for some Governments to reform their laws and policies on fighting terrorism and extremism, an independent UN human rights expert welcomed on Friday Kazakhstan's repatriation of 231 of its citizens from conflict sites in Syria and Iraq, earlier this month.

CONFIRMED: Chemical Weapons Assessment Contradicting Official Syria Narrative Is Authentic
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-17
The leak undermines the fundamental assumptions behind many years of Western reporting, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has begun responding to queries by the press about a leaked document that… Read more ?…

Leaked OPCW Report Confirms What We Already Knew About Chemical Attacks in Syria
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-17
(CJ Opinion) — The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has begun responding to queries by the press about a leaked document which contradicts official OPCW findings on an alleged chemical weapons attack last year in Douma, Syria. The prepared statement they've been using in response to these queries confirms the authenticity of the document. …

Leaked OPCW Report Confirms What We Already Knew About Chemical Attacks in Syria

Risk grows of 'catastrophic humanitarian fallout' in Syria's Idlib, where 3 million are trapped: top UN officials urge unity in Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
The UN's Political and Humanitarian Affairs chiefs on Friday called on the Security Council to unite in support of an immediate de-escalation of fighting around Syria's Idlib province, and work towards an enduring political solution on behalf of the Syrian people.

Syria: Security Council must address crimes against humanity in Idlib
amnesty.org | 2019-05-17
The Syrian government, supported by Russia, is carrying out a deliberate and systematic assault on hospitals and other medical facilities in Idlib and Hama, Amnesty International said today, as it shared harrowing new testimony from shattered medical workers in the region. | | With the UN Security Council (UNSC) set to discuss northwest Syria today Amnesty International urged action, calling for Russia to be pressured ove…

'Fraudulent', 'poorly sourced' & 'DANGEROUS': Trump strikes out against 'fake news' on Iran
rt.com | 2019-05-17
Amid rising tensions between the US and Iran, and rumors of war, President Donald Trump has blasted what he called 'fake news media' coverage of the issue, warning that it could be "dangerous" for the country. | …

Top Ten Differences Between the Iraq War and Trump's Proposed Iran War
Juan Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
1. Iraq is 168,754 mi ≤ and Iran is 636,400 mi ≤; that is, Iran is geographically 3.77 times bigger than Iraq, almost 4 times as big. | 2. Iraq's population when invaded was 26 million. Iran's population today is 81 million. | 3. …

War and Peace: Bolton and Trump Tell a Confused Story About Possible Military Action against Iran
John Mecklin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
The New York Times reported earlier in the week that top Trump administration national security officials asked for and received a briefing on military plans that would send some 120,000 US troops to the Middle East should Iran take aggressive …

How is the Middle East Reacting to Increasing US-Iran Tensions?
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-17
(MEE) — With tensions once again ratcheting up in the Gulf, the international community has held its breath as a long-feared conflict between the US and Iran appears to inch increasingly closer. The US has blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and President Donald Trump warned on Monday that if the Islamic republic …

How is the Middle East Reacting to Increasing US-Iran Tensions?

Sanders Launches Petition Urging Lawmakers to Block Military Action Against Iran Without Congressional Approval
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
As heightened tension between Washington and Tehran continues to provoke warnings of potential war, Sen. Bernie Sanders released a petition as part of his presidential campaign Thursday calling on federal lawmakers to "pass legislation that would prohibit military action against Iran without congressional approval." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Democrats Running for President Are Waking Up to the Danger of War With Iran
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
Four of the seven senators who've joined the 2020 race have signed onto a bill that would prohibit the U.S. military from spending money to attack Iran.

Four Simple Steps the U.S. Media Could Take to Prevent a Trump War With Iran
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 10, 2019, in the Red Sea. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group has been deployed to U.S. Central Command as tensions with Iran have recently escalated. | helped the Bush administration spread myths and lies about the threat posed by Iraq to the United States and its allies, the Trump administration is spreading similar myths and…

Trump May Not Want War With Iran–But the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One
Bob Dreyfuss | thenation.com | 2019-05-17
Trump May Not Want War With Iran–But the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One…

Congress Wants to Steal $1.68 Billion from Iran
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
It's not enough to want untold thousands to die and the country destroyed, now neocons in Congress want to steal more than a billion and a half dollars from Iran as compensation for something somebody else did or didn't do….

Trump is bringing the US closer to a 'very stupid and costly war with Iran', warns Tulsi Gabbard
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-05-17
Donald Trump is on "the brink of launching" the US into war with Iran, warns 2020 presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard. | The military veteran and Major in the US Army National Guard blasted Trump in a new campaign video, slamming the possibility of "a very stupid and costly war with Iran": | Trump promised to get the US out…