2019-05-24: Social Media Postees

The 2020 Election Sweepstakes Begin. Let's Keep Israel and the Phony Claims of Anti-Semitism Out of It
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
The more than twenty Democrats who are seeking to become their party's presidential candidate in 2020 have been more than a little reticent about the foreign policy of the United States. There has been some muttering from the more progressive …

Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-24
Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization: UpdateThrough statements issued by both the PLO and Palestinian civil society groups, and protests at German Representative Offices, Palestinians have unanimously condemned the German Parliament's anti-Palestinian resolution attacki…

Jared Kushner Is Surprised He Can't Get Palestinian Businessmen on Board with Promises of Prosperity
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
Kushner is not able to understand the pain for Palestinians of living under Israeli occupation. (Photo: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro, via Flickr @thejointstaff). | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Israeli writer Amos Oz (1939-2018): A critical appreciation
wsws.org | 2019-05-24
Oz published 40 books of fiction, collections of essays, speeches and letters that have been translated into 45 languages, including Esperanto.

Senator Schumer's Divine Mission
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
Back on 31 March 2019 I wrote an essay entitled "God and U.S. Foreign Policy." The central figure in that essay was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo is a Christian fundamentalist who believes that God is at work when it comes to both sustaining Israeli society as well as the U.S. foreign policies that underpin it.

View the Frontline Documentary on Gaza that PBS Pulled
Alison Weir | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-24
PBS stations around the U.S. were scheduled to show a riveting new Frontline documentary, "One Day in Gaza," but at the last minute PBS pulled it. The film is missing important context about the issue, but it includes footage that Americans, as Israel's top funders, should see — including a young, unarmed teen being shot …

Was that the Next Palestinian President You Just Banned, Mr Trump?
Stuart Littlewood | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-24
Hanan Ashrawi, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member, speaks to journalists at UN Headquarters. (UN Photo/Evan Schneider) Grandma Ashrawi is more than a match for Israel's stooges in the White House and whatever 'deal of the century' they have cooked up for the Holy Land So the Trump administration will no longer allow Hanan …

The Dangerous Demise of Disarmament
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
Donald Trump and his national security team have weakened virtually every aspect of American foreign policy over the past two years. U.S. bilateral relations with both Russia and China have worsened, driving Moscow and Beijing into their closest relationship in more than fifty years. U.S. standing in Europe, particularly with our central NATO allies, has been compromised as President Trump has embarrassed key allies in London, Paris, and Berlin. The recent bungling of political upheaval in Venezuela has made the United States a laughing stock throughout South America. Trump's obsequious behavior toward Israeli Pr…

Israel/OPT: Further Information: Bedouin Leader Rejects Conditional Release: Sheikh Sayyah Abu Mdeighim al-Turi
amnesty.org | 2019-05-24
Prominent bedouin leader Sheikh Sayyah Abu Mdeighim al-Turi's early release was scheduled on 15 May 2019. However, on that day Israeli police requested from the Israel Prison Service to include two conditions for release. First, a pledge from Sheikh Sayyah not to live in his village of al-'Araqib in the Naqab/Negev, in southern Israel. Second, to remain under a night-time house arrest regime at his family's house in the city of Rahat until October 2019, when his original prison sentence ends. The first condition was dropped following his lawyer's intervention, and Sheikh Sayyah refused the second condition, and,…

Far-Right Israeli Organization Publishes List of 'Disloyal' Professors
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-24
Hilla Dayan discusses the right-wing Zionist group Im Tirtzu, and the scare campaign against leftist and progressive professors going on in Israel…

Israel: "Wiped off The Map". The Rumor of the Century, Fabricated by the US Media to Justify An All out War on Iran
Arash Norouzi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
Global Research Editor's Note | The following text by Arash Norouzi first published by the Mossadegh Project and Global Research in January 2007 confirms that the alleged "Wiped Off the Map" statement by Iran's president was never made. | In the light …

Video Shows Israeli Settlers Starting West Bank Fires, Contradicting Army Statement
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-24
(MEMO) — Israeli human rights organisation B'Tselem has released a video showing illegal Israeli settlers setting fire to fields in the occupied West Bank, contradicting the Israeli army's claim that the blaze was started by Palestinians. The Spokesperson's Unit of the Israeli army was yesterday forced to change its original statement, in which it claimed to have …

Video Shows Israeli Settlers Starting West Bank Fires, Contradicting Army Statement

Ireland: One year since vote to end abortion ban
amnesty.org | 2019-05-24
One year on since Ireland's vote to end its abortion ban, Amnesty International is paying tribute to the brave campaigners who spoke out for reproductive rights and sending messages of hope to people in Northern Ireland who are still subject to one of the strictest abortion bans in the world. | Today Amnesty International has released a powerful short film, 'Story of Repeal'; featuring leading activists, campaigners, politicians, and women who had bravely spoken out. | The film coincides with giant 'Now For Northern Ireland' projections which lit up buildings across London, Belfast, Dublin, and Glasgow last night…

Waking Up to the Sunrise Movement
Adam Eichen | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
Global warming is so existentially terrifying, even seasoned activists may avoid the issue. (Photo: Christian Kortum) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Stop Adani activists face post election challenges
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-24
More than 100 Stop Adani activists from around Australia participated in a webinar on May 22 to share initial reflections on the way forward for the campaign post election. | Participants generally reported initial shock at the election result but were committed to ratchetting up action. The need to strengthen links within local communities and to engage with mining communities was discussed, as was the need to correct the media lies about the "jobs bonanza" presented by the opening up of the Galilee Basin. | There was support for forging links with progressive unions, such as National Union of Workers, Electrica…

Industrial campaign needed to really change workplace rules
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-24
The results of the federal election have shown the limitations of the Australian Council of Trade Union-led Change the Rules campaign. | Green Left Weekly has previously reported that some activists withdrew from the campaign just before pre-poll voting commenced after the ACTU decided to hand out a how-to-vote card explicitly calling for first preference for Labor rather than urging voters to "Put the Liberals last". | In Victoria it seems the ACTU stuck with Labor 1, Greens 2. However, it was further criticised…

Thailand: Defamation charges for exposing labour abuse
amnesty.org | 2019-05-24
Human rights defenders, activists, journalists and former employees are facing criminal defamation lawsuits for their public comments on labour rights abuses faced by many workers at Thammakaset Co. Ltd, a chicken farm in central Thailand. Nan Win, a former farm worker and Sutharee Wannasiri, a human rights specialist and former employee of Amnesty International Thailand, go on trial on 24 May 2019 while Tun Tun Win, a migrant worker from Myanmar, will stand trial on 5 June 2019. They are three of at least 22 individuals who have faced criminal and civil proceedings initiated by this company.

Pipeline Activists Challenge Louisiana Law That Criminalizes Protest
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-24
Last August, Water Protectors navigated their small boats through the winding bayous of Louisiana's iconic Atchafalaya Basin to a small plot of land nestled in the swamp forest. They had received written permission from co-owners of the property to set up camp there in order protest pipeline construction, but construction crews had beaten them to it. By the time the activists arrived, ancient cypress trees had been turned into mulch to make way for the embattled Bayou Bridge Pipeline. | Over th…

School Strikers and Well-known Climate Activists Issue Unprecedented Call for Action on Climate Crisis
commondreams.org | 2019-05-24

Climate Activists Protest Trump California Public Lands Fracking Plan
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-24
As the Trump Administration considers a plan to drill for oil in California's Central Valley, environmental groups have held rallies and packed hearings. The proposal, originating under Obama, calls for fracking over 1.2 million acres close to national parks…

Keep Free Speech Alive
Mike Rhodes | indybay.org | 2019-05-24
For 23 years the Community Alliance newspaper has served as a voice for the voiceless and a space where union and progressive activists have come together to demand a better Fresno. We need your Support by attending the Alliance Fundraiser…

Amnesty urges US to pay reparations to Syrians after killing 1,600 civilians in assault on Raqqa
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-24
"We've been presenting our cases to the U.S. coalition, asking them to acknowledge them and to move forward with some form of restitution and reparations."

'Without Putin, Syria Would Have Ceased to Exist': Interview with Flemish Priest Living in Syria
Fr Daniel Maes | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
The text of this interview was published by Global Research on June 15, 2017 | According to the Flemish Father Daniel Maes, who has lived in Syria since 2010, the coverage of the Syrian war is based on lies. President …

Leaked OPCW report raises new questions about 2018 chemical attack in Douma, Syria
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-24
A newly leaked internal document from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons reveals there were conflicting views within the organization as to what happened.

Lebanon: Syrians Summarily Deported from Airport
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-24
Members of the Lebanese General Security Directorate oversee Syrian refugees boarding a bus to take them home to Syria, in the northern Beirut suburb of Burj Hammoud, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. | © 2019 AP Photo/Bilal Hussein | (Beirut) — Lebanon summarily deported at least 16 Syrians, some of them registered refugees, on April 26, 2019 after they arrived at the Beirut airport, Human Rights Watch, the Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH…

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | 2019-05-24
Dockworkers in Italy and France have refused to handle cargo they say was intended to aid Saudi Arabian war efforts in Yemen while strikes and protests by miners and teachers continue in South Africa.

US-Made Saudi Warplanes and Bombs Are Still Killing Many Civilians in Yemen
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-24
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Over the course of a five year war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia has killed the vast majority of civilians. The killings were overwhelmingly from airstrikes, which brings uncomfortable attention to the US. The Saudi airstrikes, after all, are done almost exclusively in US-made warplanes, and dropping largely US-made munitions. The US has also, for much of …

US-Made Saudi Warplanes and Bombs Are Still Killing Many Civilians in Yemen

Trump's Use of Emergency Loophole to Export US Bombs to Saudis, Critics Warn, Will Only Intensify World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
Federal lawmakers and anti-war voices are raising alarm about and vowing to challenge the Trump administration's exploitation of a legal loophole to try to enable the export of billions of dollars in American-made weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Iran, Venezuela and the Throes of Empire
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
With the Trump administration threatening war against Iran and Venezuela, the question of how the U.S. was brought to this point needs to be considered. To argue that current circumstances are particular to this administration is to overlook U.S. history vis-a-vis both Iran and Venezuela and that between them they possess a material proportion of…

The Amputation Crisis in Gaza: a US-Funded Atrocity
Phyllis Bennis | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
My friend Andrew Rubin is an amputee. He's lost his right hand, lower arm, right foot, and lower leg. He used to be an avid runner and cyclist. He can't do much of that anymore, although his walking is getting much better. Soon he might be able to run with his artificial leg. Andrew is…

Trump says 1500 US troops deploying to Middle East for 'mostly protective' purposes
rt.com | 2019-05-24
US President Donald Trump has approved a deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, apparently meant to deter what Washington calls an ongoing threat to US interests from Iran. | …

Peace With Iran Is a Good Thing
Renee Parsons | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
There is no question that neither Bolton nor Pompeo are to be trusted and that Bolton's over reach of authority is the key driver pushing for confrontation and divisiveness while Pompeo is a more personally shrewd team player and somewhat less of a loose cannon. (Photo: State Department via Wikimedia Commons) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Gulf of Tonkin 'Crisis', Iranian Style
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
The United States government is always beating the war drums; it's what violent, rogue nations do. Currently, a non-issue in the Middle East is being seized upon as a threat to the mighty U.S. The headlines were sensational: 'Saudi Arabia says Oil Tankers Attacked as Iranian Tensions Rise'. — Bloomberg 'President Trump Warns Iran over…

The Geography of War: No Iraq…? No Iran!
Brett Redmayne-Titley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
As Iraq/ Iran economic ties continue to strengthen, with Iraq recently signing on for billions of cubic meters of Iranian natural gas, the shift towards Russian influence was certified as Iraq sent a delegation to Moscow to negotiate the purchase of the S-400 anti-aircraft system.

US Aggession Against Iraq-The San Diego Connection
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-05-24
The role of the San Diego military in the US Aggression against Iran…

Why does Washington hate Iran?
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-24
In recent weeks the United States has sent the USS Abraham Lincoln, B-52 bombers, a Patriot missile interceptor battery and more naval firepower into the Persian Gulf in an escalation of military threats against Iran. | Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced in May that the Pentagon had plans to send 120,000 troops in the event that Iran attacked American forces in the Middle East, or if Iran resumed work that could lead to nuclear weapons. | In April, US President Donald Trump's administration designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, part of Iran's armed forces, as a "terrorist group". | The US…

Iran Runs Out of Patience due to Europe's Inaction over Nuclear Deal
plenglish.com | 2019-05-24
Tehran, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that the Islamic Republic has run out of patience due to Europe"s inaction over the withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear agreement and the resumption of sanctions on Iran.

MintCast Episode 3: Iran, Chelsea Manning, ElectionGuard and the Embassy Protection Collective
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-24
MinCast hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss the week's top stories, including U.S. attempt to escalate the situation in Iran, the unjust re-imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, Microsoft's new ElectionGuard product and get a first-hand account of the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective from Alex Rubenstein.

'This Is Big': 76 Retired US Generals and Diplomats Warn Trump Against War With Iran
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
"We have witnessed first-hand how quickly disputes can spiral out of control." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Iran's Relations with India and Pakistan. Couldn't Be More Different
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
Iran is becoming increasingly desperate after the US intensified the economic component of its Hybrid War on the country, and while Indian Prime Minister Modi snubbed the Islamic Republic's top diplomat during his visit to the country earlier this month …

Peace with Iran Is a Good Thing
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
After weeks of drama with Iranian 'threats' and having conducted classified briefings with Congress on Tuesday, acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by his side, informed a press briefing that | "there will be | …

NASA exec in charge of Artemis moon mission quits after just 6 weeks, 'escorted out of HQ'
rt.com | 2019-05-24
Mark Sirangelo, who joined NASA less than two months ago as special assistant to agency chief Jim Bridenstine on the Artemis project, has left his post after his proposal for a "sustainable lunar campaign" was nixed by Congress. | …

'No Songs Can Be Sung': Eurovision Goes to Israel
Isaac Scher | progressive.org | 2019-05-23
Diverse groups of local and international nonviolent activists disrupted the festivities to protest against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

Rising tides of tension in the Eastern Mediterranean
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-23
Turkey, which has been immersed in a situation of economic crisis ahead of its recent electoral race, has become surrounded on all sides in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Israel, Egypt, Cyprus and Greece, which, with the support of the United States and some European countries, have begun to explore recently discovered oil and gas fields, …

Israel Launches Massive Recruitment Drive for Social Media Keyboard Warriors
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-23
(MEMO) — Israel has embarked on a massive recruitment drive to support the country's online propaganda campaign one day after its companies were exposed for spreading disinformation and meddling in the elections of several African, Asian and Latin American countries. The new initiative, which would see the government funding pro-Israel groups overseas, was unveiled by Israel's Ministry of Strategic …

Israel Launches Massive Recruitment Drive for Social Media Keyboard Warriors

Israel/OPT: Palestinian photojournalist at imminent risk of being ripped away from his family
amnesty.org | 2019-05-23
Palestinian photojournalist, Mustafa al-Kharouf, who is at imminent risk of a deportation that both violates international law and will tear him away from his wife and young child, must be granted permanent residency in East Jerusalem, Amnesty International sai…

Italian dock strike blocks deadly cargo headed for Saudi Arabia
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-23
Italian dock workers halted the loading of a deadly cargo of weapons bound for Saudi Arabia in Genoa on March 20 as they demanded Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini "open the ports to people and close them to arms". | Trade unionists and activists hailed "working-class internationalism" as they stopped the Saudi ship Bahri Yanbu loading drones and other equipment that would be used in its devastating war on Yemen. | They called their action a "historic act of solidarity". | Members of the CGiL (Italian General Confederation of Labour) union united with activists from Potero al Popolo (PaP, Power to the Peop…

Fraud in Philippine election protested
Nathaniel Peters | workers.org | 2019-05-23
Activists representing many sectors of Philippine society and the movement for national democracy in the Philippines gathered at the Philippine consulate here May 17 to condemn widespread fraud in recent Philippine elections. The protest was part of a coordinated national day of action called by the Malaya Movement, a U.S. . . . | Continue reading Fraud in Philippine election protested at Workers.org…

LGBT Hondurans March Against Hate
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-23
People participate in the March against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on May 17, 2019. | © 2019 Mirte Postema/Human Rights Watch | I traveled to Honduras last week to document violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Violence abounds, according to Honduran LGBT activists, but there are also plenty of stories of courage, pride, and resistance. | These stories echoed through the streets of the capital Tegucigalpa last Friday when some 350 Hondurans march…

US chose 'the violent and illegal path' against peace activists, embassy protector tells The Canary
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-05-23
For 37 days, a group of peace activists stayed in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington to resist threats from the country's US-backed opposition to seize the premises. By 14 May, only four activists remained inside the embassy, claiming defiantly: "we are not going to leave…