2019-07-10: Social Media Postees

US Military Is a Bigger Polluter than as Many as 140 Countries — Shrinking this War Machine Is a Must
Benjamin Neimark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-10
The US military's carbon bootprint is enormous. Like corporate supply chains, it relies upon an extensive global network of container ships, trucks and cargo planes to supply its operations with everything from bombs to humanitarian aid and hydrocarbon fuels. Our …

Hong Kong: New Epicenter of the Empire's Smear Campaign Against China?
Thomas Hon Wing Polin | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-10
Photograph Source: 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests by Studio Incendo — CC BY 2.0 | As the Western Empire ramps up its full-spectrum war on the Chinese, its latest target is Hong Kong, China's premier special administrative region (SAR). Even the latest wave of media assaults confirms it. | An essential adjunct to an Imperial attack on any designated victim is a sustained campaign of demonization, conducted through mainstream media and supported by associated local media. Such a drive had been onging in Hong Kong, since the former Britis…

Immigrant Rights Activists Renew Push Against Palantir to Cancel ICE Contract
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-10
Organizers with Mijente, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, the Tech Workers Coalition, and other groups mobilized in New York and Washington D.C. to demand Palantir Technologies, a surveillance company, cancel its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). | In New York, people stood outside the Palantir office and chanted, "Immigrants are welcome here! Time to cancel, Palantir!" | Activists with Mijente, an immigration and Latinx-focused organization, attempted to give workers entering the New York office a flier that ur…

The Book of Palestine: National Liberation vs Endless Negotiations
Ramzy Baroud | commondreams.org | 2019-07-09
While Washington paid lip service to 'peace', it supported the Israeli war machine, military occupation and settlement construction with billions of dollars. (Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-967994466.jpg

"Go Forth and Lie" Israel Rolls Out Mandatory Course for Students Travelling Abroad
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-07-09
Israel new course to prepare high school students traveling overseas to be good "ambassadors" includes training on how to combat BDS, claims of apartheid and…

Dogs of War Howl for Blood in Iran While Americans Cheer US Bombers on July 4
Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-09
President Trump's order to the Pentagon to have an aerial parade of military aircraft over Washington, DC on July 4 provided a history lesson of America's war mongering in the past two decades, and a terrifying view of what might appear in the skies of Iran if John Bolton gets his way. The combat aircraft…

France To Impose Green Tax on Plane Tickets
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-09
The French government is to impose a tax of up to 18 euros (US$20) on plane tickets for all flights from airports in France to fund less-polluting transportation projects, a minister said Tuesday. | RELATED: | French Police Under Fire for Teargassing Climate Activists | The move, which will take effect from 2020, will see a tax of 1.5 euros imposed on economy-class tickets on internal flights and those within Europe, with the highest tariff applied to business-class travelers flying outside the b…

Trump's America: White man kills Black teen Elijah Al-Amin over rap music
Chauncey K. Robinson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-09
The hashtag #JusticeForElijah began trending across social media platforms this week as the world learned of the murder of Elijah Al-Amin, a Black teenager who was stabbed to death by a white man in Arizona. The alleged killer's lawyer is claiming her client, Michael Adams, is mentally ill, while Elijah's family and community activists are …

Future Resource Wars
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-07
The fantasy of the USA becoming the first global empire in history quickly dissolved in the wake of the Iraq war. Pepe Escobar and Eddie Conway discuss the coming nexus of global competition and climate change…

As Activists Push Democratic Climate Debate, DNC Donors Profit from Oil, Gas
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-07
For Democrats, the presidential primaries will end in Milwaukee at its convention in July 2020. It will be heavily funded by fossil fuel investors, Wes Edens and Marc Lasry, who also own the Milwaukee Bucks.

DSA/Jacobin/Haymarket-sponsored 'Socialism' conference features US gov-funded regime-change activists
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-07-06
The 2019 Socialism Conference, sponsored by American leftist juggernauts the DSA, Jacobin magazine, and ISO's Haymarket Books, features regime-change activists…

Join the Global BDS Week of Action Against HP
ziyaad | bdsmovement.net | 2019-07-05
Join the Global BDS Week of Action Against HP: UpdateFrom July 10th – 15th, groups from across the world are coming together to send a powerful message to HP companies, HP Inc and HP-E, demanding that they stop profiteering from Israel's apartheid, occupation and colonisation. | Boycott HPJuly 5, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) …

Statement on Affiliation with the BDS Movement and the Use of the BDS Acronym
FADI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-07-05
Statement on Affiliation with the BDS Movement and the Use of the BDS Acronym : BNC Statement1 July 2019 | January 7, 2019 | By: | | BNC …

New report: French Insurer AXA Complicit in Israel's War Crimes
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-07-05
New report: French Insurer AXA Complicit in Israel's War Crimes: UpdateGlobal coalition demands AXA divest from companies violating Palestinian rights | Economic Boycott Military EmbargoJuly 8, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) …

Venezuela: Amid crisis and sanctions, LGBTI activists continue to demand change
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-05
One of the sectors hardest hit by Venezuela's economic crisis is the nation's LGBTI community. Lacking access to life-saving medicines and denied certain rights, activists say there is still much to be done within the revolution. | A recent report by the Washington-based Centre for Economic and Policy Research found that there are more than 300,000 people at risk of death in Venezuela due to a lack of access to medicines or treatment. This includes about 80,000 people living with HIV, many of whom are LGBTI or sexual and gender diverse — the term commonly used in Venezuela. | United States sanctions ha…

Anti-Trump 4th of July Protest in DC Features 'Baby Trump' Blimp
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-05
The peace group CodePink organized a protest on the Washington DC Mall, just prior to Trump's militarized Independence Day extravaganza. The protest featured the 'Baby Trump' balloon from London, many speakers, and a reading of Frederick Douglass' speech, "What To The Slave Is The 4th Of July?"

Tenants Continue to Protest Deteriorating Living Conditions at Bolton House
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-05
The Bolton House Tenants Coalition of Baltimore held a rally outside their apartment complex demanding safe and affordable housing. Activists argue that city officials and housing authorities are reluctant to renovate the building because they want to make way for a large-scale cityscape project across the street…

City of Sydney joins 600 others declaring a climate emergency
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-04
On June 24, Lord Mayor Clover Moore called on the City of Sydney council to declare a climate emergency. The motion passed unanimously, and Sydney joined a snowballing list of councils globally that have made similar declarations. | But as the dust of the federal election settles and a sleepy giant begins to stir in the Galilee Basin, what will be the significance of Sydney council's words? | The language surrounding climate has changed over the last year or so. "Emergency", "crisis" and "breakdown" are now being used by activists, politicians and even the media. While it might seem like the "emergency" has came…

"Her Days Are Numbered": Calls Grow for Hong Kong Leader to Resign as Protesters Storm Legislature
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-02
Riot police used tear gas to forcibly remove hundreds of protesters occupying a Legislature building early Tuesday morning. The activists began their occupation on Monday when they stormed Hong Kong's Legislative Council and smashed the glass to gain entry, tearing down portraits of officials and spray-painting the walls. The action took place as hundreds of thousands flooded the streets Monday to mark the anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese control 22 years ago. It was just the latest mass demonstration since millions took to the streets in a series of marches last month to protest a contested bill that…

Community members rally after police beat and arrest political activists
San Diego PSL | liberationnews.org | 2019-07-01
Eddie Alvarez and Georgina Mercado will need ongoing court support as they fight for justice in the legal system.

"We Will Not Be Quiet! Stonewall Was a Riot!": Queer Liberation March Returns Pride to Radical Roots
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-01
Four million people took to the streets of New York City Sunday in the largest LGBTQ Pride celebration in history. There were two marches to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that sparked the modern day LGBTQ movement. Revelers marched down Fifth Avenue cheered on by millions for the WorldPride parade. And in Sheridan Square, at the very site where gay and trans people clashed with police on the early morning of June 28, 1969, tens of thousands of activists gathered for the anti-corporate Queer Liberation March. Their chant was "Stonewall was a riot! We will not be quiet!" Democracy Now!'…

Protecting encryption is about protecting democracy
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-27
Lawyer, writer and digital rights activist Lizzie O'Shea has been named a 2018 Human Rights Hero by Access Now for her leading role in highlighting, analysing and protesting expansive surveillance laws in Australia. Below is an edited version of her acceptance speech on June 11. | *** | Thanks so much to Access Now for this wonderful award. It's such a great initiative to support activists in the field doing important work. Awards usually go to famous people at the top of their fields, and the challenging activist work of mobilising people and community building is rarely acknowledged. I feel honoured, especially…

British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Endorses Palestinian Call to Boycott Complicit Israeli Academic Institutions
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-06-26
British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Endorses Palestinian Call to Boycott Complicit Israeli Academic Institutions: UpdateIn a historic vote, the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies joins a growing number of academic associations refusing to be complicit in Israel's grave violations of international law. | Academic BoycottJune 24, 2019 | By:…

Are Campus Activists Missing the Point?
Adam Szetela | progressive.org | 2019-06-26
From Harvard to UW-Madison, students are protesting the wrong people.

Milton Nascimento fans urge him to cancel Israel show
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-06-20
Milton Nascimento fans urge him to cancel Israel show: UpdateFans attending European tour dates join Palestinian and Brazilian arts organizations in urging star to cancel apartheid Tel Aviv show | Cultural BoycottJune 20, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …

MintCast Episode 4: The Real Motivation behind Russiagate, the Global War on Journalism and the Hidden Face of American Empire
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-17
MintCast hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss current events including reactions to Trump's Iran policy, the U.S. military base in the Chagos Islands and John Bolton's storied history of hawkishness.

A 'Poor People's Moral Budget' because 'everybody has the right to live'
Ruth Milka | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-17
This week another new budget proposal was released. This time it didn't come from campaigning politicians or corrupt administrations but rather from two groups — the Poor People's Campaign and the Institute for Policy Studies — in an effort to show the people of the United States how to "invest in life." | The 'Poor People's Moral Budget' demands a "comprehensive response to the systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism, and war economy plaguing our country today." It includes seven sections that detail…

'Everybody Has the Right to Live': The Visionary Budget at the Heart of Our Moral Uprising
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Rev Dr Liz Theoharis | commondreams.org | 2019-06-17
In 2018, the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, led by Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, released a Moral Agenda and set of demands to address systemic systemic, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy. This year, the Poor People's Campaign and the Institute for Policy Studies has released a Moral Budget outlining how those demands can be paid for and achieved. (Image: Poor People's Campaign/Institute for Policy Studies) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/po

U.S. Sanctions: Economic Sabotage That Is Deadly, Illegal, and Ineffective
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies | commondreams.org | 2019-06-17
On the eve of renewed sanctions by Washington, an Iranian protester holds a burning picture of President Donald Trump outside the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 4, 2018. (Photo: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donald_trump_sanctions_iran_venezuela.jpg

Climate protesters force BP oil rig to make second U-turn amid ongoing direct action
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-06-17
An oil rig at the centre of a protest by environmental campaigners has been forced to make a second 'U-turn' on its way to a North Sea field. | The Transocean PBLJ rig was heading to the Vorlich oil field after being occupied by activists in the Cromarty Firth, north of Inverne…

Instead of Death and Destruction, Poor People's Moral Budget Shows What It Looks Like to 'Invest in Life'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-17
A new report released Monday by the Poor People's Campaign and the Institute for Policy Studies declares that "the United States has abundant resources for an economic revival that will move towards establishing a moral economy" and details policies the country can pursue to combat systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy, and "the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ppc.jpg

Activists think it really is time for Tom Watson to 'f**k off' out of the Labour Party
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-06-17
As the Conservative leadership contest trundles on, now is the perfect time for unity in the Labour Party. The UK's divided; and with many wannabe PM candidates threatening a no-deal Brexit, the stakes get higher each day. And Labour is the only party trying to bridge this divide and appeal to both Leave and Remain vot…

The Young Iraqi Voices Our Leaders Don't Want You to Hear
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-16
Two Iraqi activists talk about the rising threat of another U.S. war in the Middle East and their collective two decades of peace work.

Video from Animal Rights Activists Convergence at Petaluma Slaughterhouse
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-06-16
Over 75 Arrested on Felony Charges as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Slaughterhouse, Lock Necks to Slaughter Line, Rescue Ducklings…

Kingston Isn't Sure About the Finale of "Empire"
Futher Column, By Abby Zimet, Staff Writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-16

Assange is being prosecuted for 'exposing the crimes of empire', says award winning journalist
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-06-15
Award-winning journalist Christopher Hedges accused the UK and US authorities of 'judicially lynching' Julian Assange. Speaking outside Westminster Magistrates' Court, Hedges said he came to London from the US "to speak out against"

Palestinian and Jewish activists call on musician and social justice activist Xavier Rudd to cancel concerts in Israel
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2019-06-15
Australian Palestinian and Jewish activists have called on singer and songwriter Xavier Rudd to cancel his planned concert in Israel: We are Australians, some of Palestinian background, some Jewish, and all for universal and equal human rights, who support the Palestinian call for artists, sportspeople, and others to boycott Israel until indigenous Pales…

Whatever Pompeo says, there is no certainty Iran mined the Tankers
Juan Cole | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-15
The mysterious mines that blew up two tankers, one of them Japanese-owned and operated, on Wednesday, sent a frisson of fear through the Gulf, since it was clear that Trump warmongers would blame Iran and then use the incident as a springboard to war. | Despite the confident pronouncements of "Benghazi Mike" Pompeo at his brief news conference, the fact is that US intelligence hasn't had time or access to come to a firm conclusion about the author of the mine attack. | Pompeo's people put out grainy video of some sort of small ship coming alongside one of the tankers and then leaving peacefully. Since this doe…

Hong Kong Leader Delays Extradition Bill Amid Mass Protests
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-15
Activists say it falls short and plan more demonstrations as many fear for freedoms enjoyed in the former colony but not in mainland China.

Why the UAW Lost Again in Chattanooga
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-15
This article was originally published at Labor Notes.It was a bad sign. On the day voting began at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the shift change suddenly turned blue. | Throngs of workers were passing through the factory turnstiles in both directions, as the day shift ended and the night shift began. On the preceding days, handfuls of union supporters in bright green shirts were there to hand out flyers and banter with their co-workers. | But on Wednesday, instead of bustling union activists, a sea of workers passed quietly through the turnstiles wear…

Video from Animal Rights Activists Convergence at Petaluma Slaughterhouse
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-06-15
Over 75 Arrested on Felony Charges as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Slaughterhouse, Lock Necks to Slaughter Line, Rescue Ducklings…

75+ Arrested as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Petaluma Slaughterhouse
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-06-15
Over 75 Arrested on Felony Charges as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Slaughterhouse, Lock Necks to Slaughter Line, Rescue Ducklings…

Puma is devoted to universal equality and apartheid. Wait…what!?
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-06-14
Puma is devoted to universal equality and apartheid. Wait…what!?: Action AlertTake action to tell Puma: You can't be devoted to "universal equality" while supporting Israel's apartheid regime. | Boycott PumaJune 14, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …

NAACP to Mobilize Millennials & Youth at 110th Annual Convention
Austyn Ross | naacp.org | 2019-06-14
BALTIMORE –The NAACP prepares to mobilize thousands of millennials and youth activists within the black community at the upcoming 110th National Convention, taking place in Detroit, Michigan from July 20 to 24. The convention will feature a wide variety of events and workshops that will empower the leaders of tomorrow to create a better world …

Two Young Iraqi Activists Insist on Peace
Laura Gottesdiener | thenation.com | 2019-06-14
Two Young Iraqi Activists Insist on Peace…

Prisoners, Grassroots Activists Halt Construction Of Federal Prison On Former Coal Mine
Brian Sonenstein | shadowproof.com | 2019-06-14
Federal prisoners and grassroots activists defeated plans by the United States government to embark on the most expensive prison construction project in the country's history. The plans for a federal prison and labor camp in Letcher County, Kentucky, would have cost at least $444 million and resulted in serious and…

Oppose Inequality, Not Cops
Michael Schwalbe | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-14
Even people doing their best to improve the world make mistakes. This was evident in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, last month during a public clash on the town's Peace and Justice Plaza between defenders of Confederate statuary and anti-racist activists. Before the police arrived to insulate the two groups, mutual yelling had begun to escalate…

Activists honor radical roots of LGBTQ liberation movement at Boston Pride events
Gabrielle Crosby and Vanessa Norris | liberationnews.org | 2019-06-14
"There's no LGBTQ liberation without socialism!"

COINTELPRO 2.0: Fighting Government Surveillance of Black and Muslim Organizations
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-14
The Black Identity Extremist Abolition Coalition (BIEAC) convenes its first conference to collaborate on efforts to fight FBI surveillance and targeting of Black and Muslim activists and communities as "Black Identity Extremists."

Video from Animal Rights Activists Convergence at Petaluma Slaughterhouse
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-06-14
Over 75 Arrested on Felony Charges as 600 Animal Rights Activists Converge on Slaughterhouse, Lock Necks to Slaughter Line, Rescue Ducklings…

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