2019-06-02: Social Media Postees

CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge Walk for Peace
Toby Blome | indybay.org | 2019-06-02
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…

Biden Declares LGBTQ Rights His Top Priority
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-02
COLUMBUS, Ohio–Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden declared Saturday that the Equality Act would be his top legislative priority, an effort to enshrine LGBTQ protections into the nation's labor and civil rights laws. | The former vice president shared his hopes of signing the legislation as part of a keynote address to hundreds of activists at the Human Rights Campaign's annual Ohio gala on the first day of Pride Month. In a half-hour at the lectern, his remarks ranged from emotional…

Connecticut activists speak against police violence with a silent march
Karleigh Chardonnay Merlot | liberationnews.org | 2019-06-02
"How can I stop marching if the discrimination hasn't stopped?"

Nuclear Deal First, then We Talk, Tehran told Washington
plenglish.com | 2019-06-02
Tehran, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) Iran"s Foreign Minister Mohammed Yavad Zarif has reportedly asserted on Sunday that the fulfillment of the nuclear deal Tehran signed with six world powers is a prerequisite before starting any talks with the US government.

Rising Tensions, US Strike Group to the Gulf. Iran Once Again Passes IAEA Nuclear Inspections
Middle East Eye | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in its quarterly report that Iran has stayed within the main restrictions of its nuclear deal at a time when tensions between Washington and Tehran remain high. | The report on Friday found that …

8-10 Million Iranians Died over Great Famine Caused by British Empire (1917-1919), Documents Reveal
Sadegh Abbasi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
This article was originally published in November 2015. | The document in the American Archives, reporting the widespread famine and spread of epidemic disease in Iran, estimates the number of the deceased due to the famine to be about 8-10 million….

Is Saudi Arabia Joining Trump's Political Game?
Azaz Zaman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
In quest of seeking the support of the Arab Muslim leaders for an international stance against Iran, Saudi Arabia is hosting three consecutive summits at the holy city of Mecca after Iran's alleged attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil installations. Saudi …

A Second Israeli Election proves Netanyahu's Grip on Power is Slipping
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-02
In a sign of how politically vulnerable he has rapidly become, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu plunged Israel into new elections last week — less than two months after his far-right bloc appeared to win at the ballot box. Netanyahu was forced to dissolve the 120-member parliament to block his chief rival, Benny Gantz, from getting …

Conservative Groups Are Stifling Criticism of Israel On and Off Campus
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-02
On March 22, tenured English professor Anthony Alessandrini was startled to see a photo of himself in the New York Daily News. The picture accompanied an article by reporter Larry McShane. The headline was damning: "Kingsborough professor, during campus event, urged donations to group with alleged ties to Palestinian terror group." | Alessandrini (who is this reporter's colleague at Kingsborough Community College) had not been contacted by either McShane or other Daily News staffers before the article was publishe…

Benjamin Netanyahu: The Fugitive Crime Minister
Yossi Gurvitz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
In a move considered surreal even two days ago, the Israeli Knesset — elected on April 9th — dissolved itself last night (Wednesday). Some new Members of Knesset didn't even get to get to give their maiden speech. | The vote …

Cuba's New Blockade
Adrian Weir | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
On 2 May 2019, the Trump administration implemented Title III of the 1996 Helms Burton Act. In doing so, it unleashed the most severe economic sanctions against Cuba since the blockade was first introduced by President Kennedy in 1962. | Title …

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…

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…

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…

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, …

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 …

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…

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…

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.

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 …

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.

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…

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…

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

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…

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 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…

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.

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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'…

Denied Entry to US, Palestinian Diplomat Hanan Ashrawi on US "Peace Plan" & Israeli Political Crisis
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-05-30
Israel will hold new elections after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government in six weeks of negotiations following the April 9 election. This marks the first time in Israeli history a prime minister-designate has failed to form a coalition government. The news comes as the United States is continuing to promote a controversial Middle East peace plan drawn up by President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is in Israel today along with special envoy Jason Greenblatt. But the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the political crisis in Israel could kill the U.S. plan, which wil…

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 ?…