2019-06-01: Social Media Postees

The History of Black Women Championing Demands for Reparations
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-01
The American media has paid increasing attention to the legacies of slavery. The new National Museum of African American History and Culture features a huge exhibition on the history of slavery. Many US universities are studying their links with slavery and the slave trade. In several cases, schools decided to provide symbolic reparations by renaming buildings and/or creating memorials and monuments to honor enslaved men and women. | But these measures do not seem to suffice: several activists and ordinary citizens are calling for financial reparations. Students of Georgetown University recently voted to pay a…

Apartment Tenants in Baltimore Link Up to Fix Deteriorating Living Conditions
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-01
Activists from the Bolton House Tenant Coalition urge Baltimore mayor Jack Young and city councilman Eric Costello to alleviate the deteriorating conditions at the Bolton House apartment complex…

Youth Activists Holding Coordinated Press Conferences to Raise Awareness on Landmark Court Case
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-01
"Climate change is the most pressing issue for our generation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

US Remains in Denial About How Many Civilians They Killed in Iraq and Syria
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-01
(CD) — The U.S.-led coalition that launched airstrikes against Iraq and Syria against ISIS admitted Friday that those attacks killed civilians, but the number they reported–1,302 deaths in a nearly five-year period–was immediately dismissed as too low by the human rights organization Amnesty International. "While all admissions of responsibility by the U.S.-led coalition for civilian casualties are …

US Remains in Denial About How Many Civilians They Killed in Iraq and Syria

US-led Coalition Admission of 1,300 Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria
Amnesty International | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
Responding to today's announcement by the U.S.-led Coalition that at least 1,302 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes in Syria and Iraq between August 2014 and the end of April 2019, Amnesty International's Senior Crisis Response Adviser Donatella …

How Mainstream U.S. Media Is Failing Us On Trump and Bolton's March To War With Iran
Ben Armbruster | commondreams.org | 2019-06-01
National security advisor John Bolton listens to President Donald Trump talk to reporters during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on Feb. 12. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge Walk for Peace
Toby Blome | indybay.org | 2019-06-01
Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. 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. Arrive early for best parking. | Gather at 10: 45 am at either end of the bridge. | 11: 00 am Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends, to converge in the middle. Short, silent vigil in the middle. | 12: 00 pm: Rally on SF side after the bridge walk. | BE GREEN AND CARPOOL | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit Bus…

The US under President Trump: Gravedigger of International Law
Stefan Talmon | indybay.org | 2019-06-01
The US collaboratively built international law and its institutions and had an authoritative influence for more than 100 years. Today, the US is (1) turning away from rule-based international law, (2) violating individual norms of international law, and (3) openly undermining the legal order. The US shows contempt for international law by recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan Hts…

US State Department's "Updated Maps" Show Golan Heights as Part of Israeli
Al-Masdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
The US State Department has changed its maps to show the disputed Golan Heights as Israeli territory, spokesperson Morgan Ortagus confirmed on Thursday, after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had received one of the updated versions. | "I know | …

Spectators, Shoppers and Voters… NOT Citizens!
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
I begin my column with the profound words from the great anti empire documentarian Paul Edwards, at the end of his fine new piece Idiocracy: | "The naive cry out for answers to our absurd paralysis, but there are none. …

The Policy of Creative Chaos: America's Project for a "Middle-East Holocaust"
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
The Project for a New Middle East[1] is a Project for a New Holocaust. It is happening now. The policy of "Creative Chaos"[2] underpins the holocaust. Empire willfully destroys the sovereignty and territorial integrity of prey nations such as Libya, …

Environmental Justice Activists Are Leading a Green New Deal Revolution
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-31
Even among observers who accept the grave reality of climate change, the Green New Deal is often described as an "ambitious" if not overly broad proposal for a massive public investment in green infrastructure, with the dual goals of slowing climate disruption while growing a more just economy. | However, for Indigenous people and communities of color facing the impacts of toxic p…

Activists protest John Bolton's commencement speech at U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Daniel Carmody | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-31
Bolton has been unabashed in his campaign to launch new wars against Iran, North Korea, and now Venezuela.

Zimbabwe: Seven activists arrested, charged with treason
amnesty.org | 2019-05-31
Seven activists, arrested on different dates, are facing charges of treason after they attended a training organised by the Center for Non-Violence Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in the Maldives. Five of the activists have already appeared in court and are remanded in custody until 6 June. The offence 'subverting a constitutional government' carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. These arrests are part of an ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders, activists and opposition members in the country and are an attempt by the government to stifle peaceful protest over the recently implemented austerity mea…

Health care activists descend on New York State capital
Bruce Levy | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-31
Hundreds of supporters of the New York Health Act from throughout New York State descended on Albany last Tuesday where a marathon 13-hour hearing on the future of the Act was held that will decide the future of single-payer health care in the state. Members of the New York State Legislature, in a chamber at …

US activists vow to protect Venezuelan embassy
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-31
At 9.30am on May 16, police officers illegally entered the Venezuelan embassy in the Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington DC and arrested four activists lawfully living in the building since April 10, as guests of the legitimate Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro. | The four activists arrested were Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese (with the group Popular Resistance), Adrienne Pine (an academic) and David Paul (a CODEPINK member). They are part of a group called the Embassy Protection Collective. | According to the Embassy Protection Collective's attorney Mara Verheyden Hilliard, the activists were charged…

'Coalition Against Death Alley' Kicks Off 5-Day March for Environmental Justice in Louisiana's Petrochemical Corridor
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-31
Activists in southern Louisiana kicked off a five-day march on Thursday that aims to bring environmental justice to Cancer Alley—the 85-mile stretch between Baton Rouge and New Orleans that's home to poverty-stricken communities in the shadow of scores of petrochemical facilities. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

US greenlights missiles for al-Qaeda-linked, Turkish-backed Salafi-jihadists occupying Syria's Idlib
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-31
The Trump administration has approved a Turkish shipment of US-made anti-tank missiles to al-Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels fighting a Russian-backed offensive…

Upcoming Trilateral Russia -Israel -US National Security Advisors Summit. Focus on Syria and Iran
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
The Russian, "Israeli", and American National Security Advisors will hold their first-ever trilateral summit in Jerusalem in June to discuss what the White House described as "regional security issues", which is an obvious euphemism for Syria & Iran and the …

The German government prepares military intervention in Syria
wsws.org | 2019-05-31
Military support of a "safe zone" in northern Syria would mean a massive escalation of Germany's participation in the Syrian war.

Video: Syrian Army Cracks Down on ISIS Cells Near Palmyra
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) eliminated an ISIS cell, which was preparing to attack an SAA convoy near Palmyra. According to reports, the SAA killed at least 5 ISIS members and eliminated a vehicle. | Earlier this year, ISIS carried out …

What Would Democratic Candidates Do About Syria?
Charles Davis | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
Something peculiar happened along the way to stopping a war: in order to prevent U.S. soldiers from marching on Damascus–a real possibility according to people who don't seem to follow such things–some decided that the cause of what they call "peace" required turning a blind eye to several wars that already existed. Neoconservatives, forever on…

Turkey: Leyla Gàºven ends hunger strike
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-31
Peoples Democratic Party MP, Leyla Gàºven ended her 200-day hunger strike on May 26. Gàºven had been consuming only sugar and salt solutions and vitamins. | Gàºven, a member of the Turkish parliament, began her hunger strike in prison. She was arrested for criticising the Turkish invasion of Afrin, a predominantly Kurdish area of northern Syria. | Gàºven's hunger strike was a protest against the isolation of imprisoned PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) leader Abdullah àñcalan, who has been imprisoned since 1999 and has not been allowed visitors, including family members and lawyers, f…

US Figure of Casualties in Iraq and Syria Hides True, 'Devastating Scale' of Civilian Deaths, Says Amnesty
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-31

US Forces in Syria Causing Catastrophic Effects on Civilians Held in Rukban Concentration Camp
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
American forces occupying Syrian territory entered the country illegally and their presence impedes efforts to restore peaceful life to the country and constitutes an obstacle to stability in southeastern Syria and causing the catastrophic conditions of the residents of al-Rukban …

Headlines for May 31, 2019
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-05-31
Trump Threatens Tariffs on Mexican Goods in Bid to Halt Migrants, Trump Administration Plan Would Bar Most Central Americans from Seeking Asylum, Louisiana Governor Signs Anti-Choice Bill as Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic Is Set to Close, GOP Gerrymandering Expert Led Push to Add Citizenship Question to Census, Civilians Flee Russian-Backed Syrian Assault on Last Rebel-Held Province, North Korea Executes Special Envoy to the U.S. After Failed Trump Summit, Colombia Releases Ex-Guerrilla Leader Wanted by the U.S. on Drug Charges, U.S. Drug Agency Targeted Honduran President in Cocaine Trafficking Probe, Hondurans…

MintCast Interviews Filmmaker Robbie Martin: The Neoconservative Endgame
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-31
MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb recently spoke to Robbie Martin ( @FluorescentGrey), a filmmaker whose recent documentary series A Very Heavy Agenda explores how prominent Bush-era neo-conservatives have continued to dominate the Washington foreign policy debate and have been instrumental in creating and fomenting Russiagate and Cold War 2.0. | Neoconservatives, or Neocons, have been a key force in Washington for decades and seem to maintain their…

The world divided by a line is a dead body cut in two
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-05-31
A war against Iran–as Hamid says–will be catastrophic, not only for Iran but for Eurasia. It would divide the world into two, vultures and hyenas feasting on both halves. | Source…

Congressional Catering to Netanyahu Must End
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
Four years ago, the U.S. Congress invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint congressional session as part of his campaign to defeat the Obama administration's efforts to negotiate the Iranian nuclear accord. Netanyahu's address was an unacceptable interference in the U.S. domestic political arena and should have been challenged. President Obama refused…

We Must Prevent War with Iran
Maureen McCue | progressive.org | 2019-05-31
It is time for Congress and this administration to recommit to the deal between the United States, our allies, and Iran, to prevent unnecessary destruction, suffering, and death.

US escalates threat of force against Iran
wsws.org | 2019-05-31
Threats of "force" and a "very strong response" have accompanied Washington's unsubstantiated claims of Iranian responsibility for attacks in the Middle East.

World Food Programme accesses Yemeni frontline district for first time since conflict began
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-31
Amid the world's largest humanitarian crisis still unfolding in Yemen, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has gained access to the rebel-held northern district of Nihm, for the first time since the war between Houthis and the Saudi-backed Government coalition escalated in 2015.

Mass Demonstrations Against Saudi Summit and US "Deal" Mark Quds Day in Yemen
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-31
Quds Day demonstrations condemned the so-called U.S. Deal of the Century and vowed to support Palestinians facing the prospect of losing their rights under the U.S.-brokered plan.

The BDS Campaign Against Eurovision Was a Major Success
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-31
(MEMO) — One of the primary targets of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement over the past year was the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest that took place in Tel Aviv earlier in May. Despite the protests, the contest went ahead and, on the day, none of the acts scheduled to appear in the final …

The BDS Campaign Against Eurovision Was a Major Success

Minnesotans say "No coup! No war! Hands off Venezuela!"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-31
Minneapolis, MN – 30 people held signs reading "Hands off Venezuela" and a big banner saying "No coup – no sanctions – no war – hands off Venezuela" on a bridge from Loring Park to the Walker Sculpture Garden over Interstate 94 in Minneapolis during rush hour, May 30. Ten lanes of traffic filled with rush hour traffic traveled underneath. The protesters heard hundreds of honks of agreement that the U.S. shouldn't intervene in Venezuela. | Afterwards protesters gathered to hear from Tracy Molm, a member of the MN Anti-War Committee, to hear an update from Venezuela, "Today we were seen by thousands of people in Mi…

In 'Shockingly Cruel' Move, Israel to Auction Off Classrooms It Dismantled in West Bank
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-31
"Less the action of a government that has lost its moral compass. More of one that has dashed that compass to the ground and is now grinding it underfoot." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

New Arrests in Crimea Seek to Silence Activists
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-30
Lutfie Zudiyeva outside the courthouse in Simferopol on May 30, 2019. | © 2019 Krym.Realii | This afternoon in Crimea, Russian counterextremism police detained two women leaders of Crimea Solidarity, an independent group that speaks out for people arrested for opposing Russia's occupation of the Crimean peninsula. It's the latest of the authorities' many steps to try to silence the group. | The women are Lutfie Zudiyeva and Mumine Saliyeva, both Crimean Tatars, and their activism with Crimea Solidarity is to suppor…

Pakistan: Investigate North Waziristan Deaths
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-30
Pakistani President Arif Alvi, center on a military vehicle, reviews a military parade to mark Pakistan National Day, in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday, March 23, 2019. | © 2019 AP Photo/Anjum Naveed | (New York) — Pakistan authorities should impartially investigate the deaths of at least three people during violence between Pashtun activists and the army in North Waziristan on May 26, 2019, Human Rights Watch sai…

Portrait of an activist: Camari Serau
amnesty.org | 2019-05-30
| Camari Serau is a young gender non-conforming Fijian advocating for the rights of women and the LGBTI community, and supports pro-independence activists from Papua and West Papua province, Indonesia. She calls for an end to the exploitation of Papuan's sacred land, and for the fair distribution of local resources. She wants Papuans to live free of oppression, and to be allowed to gove…

Zimbabwe: 7 Detained After Rights Meeting
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-30
Farirai Gumbonzvanda at Chikurubi Maximum Prison on May 29, 2019. | | © Private | (Johannesburg) — Zimbabwe's authorities should immediately release seven activists and drop fabricated charges of seeking to subvert the government. | Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the local group representing the activists, said that state security agents arrested all seven between May 20 and 27, 2019, at the Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare, the capital, on…

How One Man Survived Syria's Gulag
Hisham Aidi | thenation.com | 2019-05-30
How One Man Survived Syria's Gulag…

Syria: Thousands of children 'hemmed in' by 'brutal and gratuitous' spike in violence
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-30
A marked escalation in fighting has put tens of thousands of children in northwest Syria at "imminent risk of injury, death and displacement", the United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF) chief warned on Thursday.

Foreign Correspondent: Russian Journalist Vladimir Pozner on Iran, Syria, the United States, and Putin
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-05-30
He was well known in the 1980s as an articulate, English-speaking defender of Kremlin policies. Then he began describing himself as a "man of the left."

Why the imperialists hate Huawei
Deirdre Griswold | workers.org | 2019-05-30
The Chinese company Huawei has been targeted by the Donald Trump administration. At Washington's request, Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the company, last December. The charge? That the company did business with Iran, contrary to U.S. sanctions on that country. Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder . . . | Continue reading Why the imperialists hate Huawei at Workers.org…

Headlines for May 30, 2019
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-05-30
Robert Mueller Says His Report Did Not Exonerate President Trump, Mueller's Public Remarks Stoke Calls for Trump's Impeachment, Israeli Knesset Dissolved as PM Netanyahu Fails to Form Ruling Coalition, Without Evidence, John Bolton Blames Iran for Oil Tanker Sabotage, Louisiana Lawmakers Approve Ban on Most Abortions, Disney May Halt Filming in Georgia If State Abortion Ban Takes Effect, Latin American Rape Survivors Who Were Denied Abortions Appeal to U.N., Argentines Hold One-Day Strike Against IMF-Imposed Austerity, Argentine Lawmakers Consider Bill to Decriminalize Abortion, Honduran Protesters Mobilize Again…

The Impact of the European Parliament Election on Iran's Foreign Policy
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-30
The results of the European Parliamentary elections held earlier this month astonished the world. Nationalist and populist parties rose to unprecedented levels, their dramatic increase in votes showing that European people are looking for more empowered and sovereign governance at home. This approach could profoundly affect Iran, which will have to carefully develop relations with …

US 'Emergency' Arms Sales
Corinna Barnard | consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-30
The UN held a session that highlighted the humanitarian crisis in Yemen last week and the next day the White House announced a large weapons sale to the Saudi-led coalition, Thalif Deen reports. By Thalif Deen at UN Headquarters Inter Press… Read more ?…

My Son Needed Medical Help, Not an American Bomb: A Yemeni Father Grieves
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-30
There is an old saying that the definition of madness is to do the same thing again and again, expecting a different result. Yet this strategy seems to underpin the Saudi-led Coalition's approach to its war on Yemen.

White House protest says 'End the sanctions on Zimbabwe!'
Monica Moorehead | workers.org | 2019-05-30
Protest at the White House, May 25. A march and rally was held in Washington, D.C., on May 25, African Liberation Day, to demand an end to sanctions against the southern African country of Zimbabwe. Known as Rhodesia after it was colonized by England in the late 1800s, Zimbabwe has . . . | Continue reading White House protest says 'End the sanctions on Zimbabwe!' at Workers.org…

America's Allies in the Middle East Are the Real 'Troika of Tyranny'
Danny Sjursen | thenation.com | 2019-05-30
America's Allies in the Middle East Are the Real 'Troika of Tyranny'…