Phil Miller (2019-01-21). Human Rights Activists Condemn Britain's 'Shameful' War Games with Israeli Air Force. globalresearch.ca The RAF is facing a barrage of criticism after it invited Israel to send its war planes to take part in a training exercise in Britain. | Last night the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) slammed the offer as "shameful" and "deeply ...

aljazeera (2019-01-21). Israeli army says it hit Iranian targets in Syria. aljazeera.com Unusual Israeli confirmation of military action comes as Syria says most missiles were shot down by its air defences.

AE911Truth (2019-01-21). Video: Two Years Ago Today the Plasco Building Demolition Killed 22 Innocent People in Iran. globalresearch.ca January 19, 2019, marks the two-year anniversary of the demolition of Iran's 15-story Plasco Building and the murder of 16 firefighters and six civilians who were inside the building at the time of its destruction. | As with the Twin Towers ...

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-01-21). Israel Allows Qatari Cash Transfer to Gaza. imemc.org The Israeli government has allowed the transfer of Qatari funds to the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to Israeli army radio. The radio said a Qatari envoy will arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, on Sunday or Monday, before heading to the Palestinian territory. The move came two weeks ...

teleSUR (2019-01-21). CMS ERROR: DNP. telesurenglish.net An Israeli hospital in the city of Ashkelon, in southern Israel showed clear bias, and some may argue, unethical behaviour after forcing Palestinians off a bus headed to their premises, before being searched. | RELATED: | Gaza: Children at Risk as Hospitals Struggle with Fuel Crisis | The controversy stems from the fact that Israeli passengers can continue their ride uninterrupted, while Palestinians are forced to undergo a security check. | Haaretz news outlet reported that the As...

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-01-21). Palestinians Forced Off Bus, Israeli Passengers Remain. imemc.org An Israeli hospital in city of Ashkelon, in southern Israel, is forcing Palestinians to get off public buses to undergo a security check before allowing the vehicles to enter on hospital grounds, while Israeli passengers continue their passage uninterrupted. Haaretz news outlet reported, according to Ma'an, that the Association for ...

IMEMC News (2019-01-21). Army Assaults And Abducts Four Palestinians In Jerusalem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at night, four young Palestinian men in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, after assaulting and wounding them. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers assaulted and injured Tha'er Maswada, Nour Asfour, Montaser Siyam and Yazan Siyam, ...

IMEMC News (2019-01-21). Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians In Nablus. imemc.org Several armored Israeli military jeeps invaded, on Sunday at night, the eastern areas of the northern west Bank city of Nablus, injured one Palestinian with live fire and caused many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. Media sources in Nablus said the military vehicles, accompanied by an armored ...

RT (2019-01-21). Gabbard stands her ground on Syria, says she doesn't regret meeting Assad. rt.com Democratic presidential challenger Tulsi Gabbard has refused to budge on her anti-war views and apologize for meeting Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2017, defending dialogue as the "only alternative" to "more war."

aljazeera (2019-01-21). Turkey ready to take over Syria's Manbij, Erdogan tells Trump. aljazeera.com In phone conversation, Turkish leader tells US counterpart recent bombing that killed US personnel was ISIL provocation.

John Feffer (2019-01-21). Trump Punts on Syria. zcomm.org The forever war in the Middle East is far from over...

Consortiumnews (2019-01-21). A Call to Reinvestigate American Assassinations. consortiumnews.com To mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day a group of academics, journalists, lawyers, Hollywood artists, activists, researchers and intellectuals, including two of Robert F. Kennedy's children, are calling for new investigations into four assassinations of the 1960s. On the occasion... Read more →

ICFA (2019-01-21). A3 Newsletter: An Invitation from King and Kenyatta, Netherlands photos, and more. indybay.org This issue of our newsletter features an invitation to activists and A3 supporters in the New Orleans are, a spotlight on the work of Canadian filmmaker Ron Harpelle, and photos from Robert King and Albert Woodfox's recent trip to the Netherlands in support of Amnesty International's Write for Rights campaign.

aljazeera (2019-01-21). Saudi Arabia to deport 250 Rohingya to Bangladesh: Activist group. aljazeera.com Activists fear deported Rohingya could be jailed upon arrival in Bangladesh.

teleSUR (2019-01-21). 'Racist' Israeli Hospitals' Unethical Search of Palestinian's. telesurenglish.net An Israeli hospital in the city of Ashkelon, in southern Israel showed clear bias, and some may argue, unethical behaviour after forcing Palestinians off a bus headed to their premises, before being searched. | RELATED: | Gaza: Children at Risk as Hospitals Struggle with Fuel Crisis | The controversy stems from the fact that Israeli passengers can continue their ride uninterrupted, while Palestinians are forced to undergo a security check. | Haaretz news outlet reported that the As...

Tehran Times (2019-01-21). Iran Defeats Oman, Advances To 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarter-Finals. iranian.com Iran national football team defeated Oman 2-0 and booked a place in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup quarter-finals on Sunday. In the match held at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the UAE, Oman striker Muhsen Al Ghassani was brought down in the penalty area in the first minute of the match by [...]

Middle East Eye (2019-01-21). Israeli Warplanes Launch New Airstrikes on Damascus. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Israel's military said it carried out strikes on Iranian targets in Syria early Monday after it intercepted a rocket fired from Syrian territory hours before. It said in a statement earlier that it was "currently striking" the Iranian Quds Force in Syria and warned Syria's military against "attempting to harm Israeli territory or forces", AFP ...

IMEMC News (2019-01-21). Israeli Soldiers Abduct 20 Palestinians, Injure Many Others, In West Bank. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, several Palestinian areas in the occupied West Bank, searched and ransacked homes, and abducted twenty Palestinians, including a lawyer and the wife of a political prisoner. Media sources in Nablus, in northern West Bank, said the soldiers invaded and ransacked the home of ...

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-01-21). Palestinian Home in Lod Demolished by Israeli Forces. imemc.org Israeli bulldozers demolished, on Sunday, a Palestinian-owned home in the city of Lod, in central Israel. According to local WAFA sources, the home belonged to the Abu-Sa'louk family, and was demolished on the pretext of being built without an Israeli permit. This was the second time that Israeli occupation forces ...

ACLU (2019-01-20). Remembering Martin Luther King Jr., the Organizer. aclu.org What a new generation of activists can learn from America's most celebrated civil rights leader. | Martin Luther King Jr. is rightly celebrated as a transformative political and moral leader who championed racial equality, but he is less often credited as a brilliant strategic and tactical organizer who led cutting edge campaigns to deliver the rights for which he is known. As an organizer, I am struck by the mastery of the organizing craft that infuses King's writing, so on this holiday remembering his legacy, I'll share several of King's lessons that all activists can benefit from today. | King chose campai...

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-21). Distinguished Iranian/American Journalist Marzieh Hashemi arrested by FBI. globalresearch.ca Distinguished Press TV journalist/anchor's unlawful arrest, detention and mistreatment by the FBI, on the pretext of being a material witness regarding a case her family knows nothing about, gave the US another international black eye. | What happened captured world headlines, ...

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-21). US Training Saudi and UAE Pilots for Combat in Yemen. globalresearch.ca Yemen is one of many US forever wars — key NATO countries, Israel, Jordan, the Saudis and UAE partnering in them. | US special forces operate in Yemen. A Pentagon drone war has been ongoing in the country without letup since ...

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-01-21). Israel to Close UNRWA Schools in Jerusalem. imemc.org Israeli authorities have decided to close schools run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), as soon as early 2020. Israeli Channel 12 reported, earlier, according to the PNN, that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the decision with members of the Israeli National Security Council, during ...

IMEMC News (2019-01-20). Army To Demolish Family Home Of Slain Palestinian Near Ramallah. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Sunday at dawn, Kobar town, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and handed the family of a slain son, and his detained brother, a military order for the demolition of their home. Media sources said dozens of soldiers invaded Kobar after surrounding it, ...

teleSUR (2019-01-20). Israel to Shut UNRWA-Run Schools in Occupied East Jerusalem. telesurenglish.net In the latest blow to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Israeli authorities are prepared to shut down the agency-run schools in occupied East Jerusalem next year. | RELATED: | UN: Israeli Demolition of Palestinian Structures in West Bank Up 10% in 2018 | The schools will be replaced by Jerusalem municipal-run sch...

STAFF (2019-01-20). Facing Populist Assault, Global Elites Regroup in Davos. truthdig.com DAVOS, Switzerland—As the world's financial and political elites convene here in the Swiss Alps for the World Economic Forum, their vision of ever-closer commercial and political ties is under attack — and the economic outlook is darkening. | Britain's political system has been thrown into chaos as the country negotiates a messy divorce from the European Union. | Under President Donald Trump, the United States is imposing trade sanctions on friend and foe alike, and the government is paralyzed by a partial shutdown over immigration policy that forced Trump and a high-level U.S. delegation to cancel th...

Tyler Durden (2019-01-20). Pentagon Still Denies Training UAE Pilots Despite Their Own Documents. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Newly released Pentagon documents confirm that the United States' role in the Saudi coalition bombing of Yemen has long been much deeper than previously acknowledged by defense officials. In fact they show that the repeated Pentagon line that the US is "not a participant in the civil war in Yemen nor are we supporting one side or ...

Naomi LaChance (2019-01-20). What Activists Today Can Learn From MLK's Bold Anti-War Stance. truthdig.com In the year leading up to his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. became a prominent member of the movement against the Vietnam War. His April 1967 speech "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence" was so bold that it was condemned by 168 major newspapers and ended his working relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson. | He could not have known the extent of the atrocities committed in the conflict. Weeks before the civil rights leader's...

Fred_F (2019-01-20). Human rights and environmental activists targeted in Victoria Police raids. greenleft.org.au The following statement was released on January 19 | *** | Several activists involved in the protests against the International Mining And Resources Conference (IMARC) 2018 last October had their homes raided and searched by Victoria Police on Friday January 18. They were arrested, detained and interrogated and had phones, computers and other belongings seized. | The Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET), Frontline Action Against Coal Melbourne (FLAC), Melbourne Rainforest Action Group (MRAG) and other groups strongly denounce the harassment, surveillance and criminalisation of dissent and protest at the han...

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-20). War on BDS. zcomm.org How AIPAC-Israel agenda became US priority...

Middle East Eye (2019-01-20). Graham: US-Saudi Ties Can't Move Forward Until Crown Prince MBS "Dealt With" iranian.com After meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, US Senator Lindsey Graham said on Saturday that relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia cannot move forward until Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is "dealt with". Graham, who has taken a prominent role in speaking out over the death in October of the Saudi [...]

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-20). Israeli Companies Sell Spy Tech They Perfected for Occupying Palestine. therealnews.com We speak to Antony Loewenstein, author of an article on "Exporting the Technology of Occupation." He shows the growing connection between Israeli offensive cyber companies and mass surveillance in the service of authoritarian governments around the world

IMEMC News (2019-01-20). Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Near Jerusalem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, a young Palestinian man from Beit Doqqo village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. Media sources said the soldiers invaded the village, before breaking into the home of Hussein Adel Badr, and violently searched it, before abducting him. They added that the soldiers cuffed ...

Nauman Sadiq (2019-01-20). US Will Retain a Military Base in Syria Despite Withdrawal. globalresearch.ca Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered contradictory messages in a speech in Cairo on Thursday, January 10. On the one hand, he said Washington will withdraw American troops from Syria in line with Donald Trump's momentous announcement on December 19, ...

teleSUR (2019-01-20). Saudi Arabia to Deport 250 Rohingya to Bangladesh: Activists. telesurenglish.net Two-hundred fifty rohingya refugee men are expected to be deported from Saudi Arabia to Bangladesh, an activist group tol Al Jazeera in an exclusive interview Sunday. | RELATED: | India to Deport More Rohingya Refugees to Myanmar | The country is home to 300,000 Rohingya, the majority of whom are legal residents with permit, the Free Rohingya Coalition told the Arabic news corporation. | "These detainees, who are being kept in the Shumaisi detention centre [in Jeddah], have not been treated...

RT (2019-01-19). Activists face jail time & $500 fine for dropping supplies to migrants in wildlife refuge. rt.com A US federal judge has found four volunteers with a local aid group guilty of petty offenses after they entered a wildlife refuge without a permit to leave food and water for illegal migrants seeking to cross the US-Mexico border.

teleSUR (2019-01-20). Gaza: Children at Risk as Hospitals Struggle with Fuel Crisis. telesurenglish.net Gaza's fuel crisis is putting children at risk, the federal health ministry said Sunday, warning that five hospitals are on the verge of closing without the means to activate power generators. | RELATED: | Israeli Military Launches New Airstrikes on Gaza Border | "Hundreds of patients at Gaza hospitals will be facing an unknown fate when their electric generators shut down due to the fuel crisis," said Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson of Gaza's health ministry. | A week ago, the Beit Hano...

The Iranian (2019-01-19). Bernie Sanders Slams Saudi's Bin Salman. iranian.com Veteran US politician Bernie Sanders has severely criticised Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS) and called for the international community to hold him accountable for his crimes. Sanders — a former nominee for the US presidential elections — also criticised US President Donald Trump for supporting Bin Salman and describing him as a "reformer". [...]

IMEMC News (2019-01-20). Army Denies Five Aqsa Mosque Guards, Fateh Official, Access To The Holy Site For 4-6 Months. imemc.org The Israeli army and police have issued orders targeting five guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, and one Fateh movement official, denying them access to the holy site for periods ranging between four and six months. Firas ad-Dibis, the head of the Waqf and Islamic Endowment Department, said ...

teleSUR (2019-01-20). Palestinians Release Dual US National Convicted Over Land Sales. telesurenglish.net The Palestinian Authority has handed over to U.S. authorities an American-Palestinian it had sentenced to life imprisonment for violating a ban on selling land to Israelis, two senior Palestinian officials said on Sunday. | RELATED: | Israel to Shut UNRWA-Run Schools in Occupied East Jerusalem | "Issam Akel holds an American passport and he was handed over to the U.S. authorities upon their request," one senior security official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters. A second off...

teleSUR (2019-01-20). Syrian Air Defense Thwarts Israel Attack, State Media Reports. telesurenglish.net Syrian military air defenses thwarted an Israeli attack Sunday, it's state media reported. The defense system shot down seven missiles targeting an airport in southeastern Damascus, Russia's National Defense Control Center was cited by RIA news agency as saying. | RELATED: | US-led Coalition Withdrawing Equipment From Syria | The attack, launched by four Israeli F-16 jets, did not damage the airport and there were no casualties, the control center was cited as saying. | "Our air defense syste...

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-19). Trump Sanctions Against Venezuela Have Decimated Oil Production. therealnews.com The Trump administration is evaluating oil sanctions on Venezuela now. The sanctions that are already in place lead to many deaths and make an economic recovery practically impossible, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot

South Front (2019-01-20). Video: Syrian Military Reinforces Positions in Northwestern Hama. globalresearch.ca Units of the Tiger Forces have been deployed on a frontline near the militant-held town of Qalat al-Madiuq in northwestern Hama, several pro-government sources claimed on January 17 speculating that this is a sign of the upcoming offensive in the ...

teleSUR (2019-01-20). Yemen: Saudi-led Coalition Bombs Capital. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, Saudi Arabia-led forces launched overnight air strikes on Yemen's capital which was described by one resident as the worst in a year. The strike came as the United Nations struggles to implement a peace deal. | RELATED: | Yemen: Vague UN-brokered Deal 'Unravels' Peace, Says Aid Group | A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said its warplanes attacked seven military facilities used for drone operations in Sanaa, which is held by rival Houthi forces. | Yemen's nearly four-...

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-01-19). 'No Wall. No Deals.' Rights Groups Urge Congress to Reject Trump Plan for Trump-Created Crisis. commondreams.org Immigrant rights activists on Saturday expressed concern that President Donald Trump is about to propose a "deal" to end his government shutdown—and fund his border wall obsession—that would be merely "another trick to hurt even more immigrant families." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump-shutdown-29.jpg...

Middle East Monitor (2019-01-19). Two More Journalists Shot By Israeli Soldiers While Covering Friday Protests. iranian.com Two journalists have been wounded in Gaza as they covered weekly Friday protests taking place as part of the Great March of Return. Mohammed Abu Qadous was injured in the leg are a tear gas canister was fired at him by Israeli soldiers on the Gaza border. Al-Mayadeen correspondent Ahmad Ghanem was also injured in the east [...]

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-01-19). US Erodes Russia-Turkey Axis In Syria. iranian.com Through the past month since US President Donald Trump tweeted his fateful decision to withdraw troops from Syria, a familiar pattern began appearing — no sooner than Trump makes a foreign-policy decision, those around him scramble to try to delay that decision. However, in the Syrian case, signs are that the delay suits Trump. The [...]

Tehran Times (2019-01-19). China Offers Iran $3 Billion Oil Field Deal Despite U.S. Sanctions. iranian.com State-run Chinese energy giant Sinopec has offered Iran a $3-billion deal on further development of an Iranian oil field the two countries are already working on, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The offer made by the China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (Sinopec) is part of an existing contract to operate the Yadavaran oilfield in southwest Iran [...]

Alison Weir (2019-01-19). Detained American Iranian TV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi to Appear in Court. iranian.com Iran's state-run English-language channel is reporting that its American anchorwoman detained in the U.S. will appear in court in Washington. Press TV said Marzieh Hashemi's court appearance is Friday. It did not elaborate. The newscaster's son has said his mother was arrested Sunday in St. Louis by the FBI on a material witness warrant. The [...]

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-19). That Single Line of Blood: Nassir al-Mosabeh and Mohammed al-Durrah. zcomm.org This is not simply bad journalism, but part of a calculated Israeli campaign aimed at preemptively justifying the killing of children such as Nassir and Mohammed, and thousands like them...

Vijay Prashad (2019-01-19). My hopes lie shattered. mronline.org Late last year, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton went to Miami (USA), where he coined a new—chilling—phrase: troika of tyranny. It echoed former U.S. President George W. Bush's phrase, axis of evil. Bush's axis included Iran, Iraq and North Korea. | Source

Tehran Times (2019-01-18). Zarif Joins 10-Year Challenge, Slams Warmongering Bolton. iranian.com Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has taken on the "10 year challenge", a photo sharing fad sweeping social media, by comparing U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton's warmongering remarks 10 years ago with those of today. "Same bull. Same bully. Same delusion," Zarif said in a tweet on Friday, sharing two pictures side by [...]

Middle East Monitor (2019-01-19). Palestinian Man Rejects $100 Million Israeli Offer to Buy His Home. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — A Palestinian from Hebron has rejected a $100 million Israeli offer to buy his home. An inhabitant of the West Bank city of Hebron, Abdul Raouf Al-Mohtaseb rejected an Israeli offer worth $100 million for his house and shop, located in the center of the old neighborhood of Al-Sahla, Hebron, Arabi 21 reported on Friday. Al-Mohtaseb has ...

RT (2019-01-19). No president since Lincoln treated worse than me — Trump. rt.com Not since Abraham Lincoln has a US president been treated so badly by the media, Donald Trump lamented in a series of Twitter rants before going to Delaware to honor the four Americans killed in Syria.

Robert Fantina (2019-01-18). Pompeo, the U.S. and Iran. counterpunch.org The United States' international windbag, Secretary of Defense (read: War) Mike Pompeo has been acting the imperial blowhard throughout the Middle East. With his boss busy denying that he's a Russian agent, watching advisors and cabinet members come and go with dizzying alacrity, and dodging porn-star accusations, Pompeo is trotting through the Middle East, sounding More

Simona Foltyn (2019-01-18). ISIS Fighters in Syria Are Trying to Push Into Iraq, Where U.S. Forces Can't Get Along With Armed Groups Supported by Iran. theintercept.com In Al Qaim, Iraq's U.S.-backed security forces and the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces are increasingly distrustful of each other.

Alison Weir (2019-01-18). Detained American Iranian TV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi to Appear in Court. mintpressnews.com Hashemi was held 48 hours before being allowed to contact her family. She has complained of ill-treatment. Authorities forcibly removed her headscarf and took her away in handcuffs.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-18). Headlines for January 18, 2019. democracynow.org Watchdog: Trump Admin Vastly Underreported Migrant Family Separations, Trump Grounds Flight of Congressmembers to Visit NATO, Afghanistan, Government Shutdown Threatens Safety Net Programs for Millions, As Shutdown Grinds On, Senate Debates Anti-Abortion Bill, Trump Admin Recalls Workers to Assist in Offshore Oil Projects, BuzzFeed: Trump Ordered Michael Cohen to Lie to Congress, WSJ: Trump Paid Cohen to Rig Polls in Likely Campaign Finance Violation, Colombia: Suicide Car Bomber Kills 21 at Bogot‡ Police Academy, Sudan: Security Forces Fire on Anti-Government Protesters, U.S. Citizen and Iranian TV News Anchor M...

Robert Fisk (2019-01-18). Bernie Sanders, Israel and the Middle East. counterpunch.org If you're an American, he's still out there among the "maybe" candidates. But if you live in the Middle East — whether you're Arab or Israeli, Muslim, Jew or Christian — you should keep your eye on Bernie Sanders. He's no shoo-in, of course — certainly not after his pitiful handover to the awful Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US presidential More

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-01-18). GOP Lawmaker Really Doesn't Want Rep. Rashida Tlaib to Let Lawmakers Know What Life Is Like in Occupied West Bank. commondreams.org Newly-elected Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) wants to offer members of Congress an alternative to the "sugar-coated" junket to Israel an American Israel Public Affairs Committee-affiliated group offers members of Congress by leading a delegation to the West Bank. For a Republican lawmaker, however, giving lawmakers a view of life in the occupied territory is an "exceedingly dangerous" plan that must be stopped. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/rashida_tlaib_cole.jpg...

amnesty (2019-01-18). Madagascar: Next president must tackle historic rights violations. amnesty.org The next president of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, must tackle historic human rights violations, including excessive use of pretrial detention and arbitrary detentions of human rights defenders, Amnesty International said ahead of his inauguration tomorrow. |

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-18). Justin Trudeau's Description of BDS: 'A Pack of Lies'. therealnews.com Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeated his belief that the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement is anti-Semitic. We speak to Ali Abunimah, who says Trudeau has adopted Netanyahu's talking points

Zachary Yost (2019-01-18). Saudi Arabian Lobbyists Have Many Friends In DC. iranian.com Most libertarians are familiar with Dwight Eisenhower's warning about the military-industrial complex and its nefarious influence on US foreign policy. Many have read Major General Smedley Butler's short book War is a Racket, in which he lays out the ways in which war is in the economic interests of certain groups, while other groups pay [...]

Democracy Now! (2019-01-18). Rep. Ro Khanna: U.S. Troops Are a "Sitting Target" in Syria; It's Time to Bring Them Home. democracynow.org In Syria, a suicide bomber struck a restaurant in the northern city of Manbij Wednesday, killing 19 people including four Americans. Two of them were U.S. soldiers. The bombing was claimed by ISIS and came just weeks after President Trump declared victory over the group and ordered U.S. troops to withdraw from Syria, prompting the resignation of Pentagon chief Jim Mattis. Just hours after the attack, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that ISIS has been defeated. Wednesday's attack drew renewed calls from congressional hawks—both Republicans and Democrats—to reverse Trump's Syria withdrawal. The U.S...

Democracy Now! (2019-01-17). The Fox in Charge of the Henhouse: Activists Decry Trump's EPA Pick, Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler. democracynow.org Senate confirmation hearings began Wednesday for former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, whom President Trump has nominated to become administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Wheeler has been the acting head of the EPA since Scott Pruitt resigned in July amid an onslaught of financial and ethics scandals. We speak with Heather McTeer Toney, national field director for Moms Clean Air Force and former Southeast regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama administration. We also speak with Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-17). The War on BDS: How Israel's Agenda Became a US Priority. mintpressnews.com Cheered on by American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and other pro-Israel lobbies, the US Congress is now leading Israel's war on Palestinians and their supporters. In the process, they are attempting to demolish the very core of American democratic values.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-18). Twitter Calls on US to #FreeMarziehHashemi as Lawyers Attempt to Unseal Case. mintpressnews.com One may be inclined to think that the arrest of Hashemi on Sunday would infuriate those who uphold the sanctity of the fourth estate. But Hashemi, a black American Muslim woman who works for Iran's state-funded Press TV, is no friend of the establishment media.

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-01-18). Will Soleimani And Trump Trade Iraq For Syria? iranian.com Trump will pull out US forces in 30 days.... Trump won't withdraw now... Trump will pull out from Syria in four months...The US forces began withdrawing military equipment but not the personnel... Trump will maintain a 20 mile buffer zone in Syria... All these contradictory announcements have come from the White House in the last [...]

amnesty (2019-01-18). Release of Syrian man wrongly convicted of terrorism in Hungary an "overwhelming relief" amnesty.org Ahead of tomorrow's early release of Ahmed H, a Syrian man who was unfairly jailed for "complicity in an act of terror" during clashes with police at the Serbia-Hungary border in September 2015, Eda Seyhan, Amnesty International's Europe Counter Terrorism Campaigner, said: | | "After spending three-and-a-half years behind bars, Ahmed will finally be reunited with his wife and two young daughters. His...

Ryan Devereaux (2019-01-17). As Trial Starts for Border Humanitarian Volunteers, New Documents Reveal Federal Bureaucrats' Obsession With Stopping Activists. theintercept.com The activists are on trial for leaving lifesaving supplies along a deadly migrant route — or what the government considers "littering."

Shahir ShahidSaless (2019-01-17). View From Tehran: Behind February's US-Led Warsaw Summit. iranian.com Exclusive submission to The Iranian by journalist Shahir ShahidSaless As part of the US "maximum pressure campaign" on Iran , US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently told Fox News that Washington will jointly host a global summit focusing on Iran next month. The summit will take place in Warsaw, Poland on February 13th and [...]

John Feffer (2019-01-17). Trump Punts on Syria: The Forever War in the Middle East is Far From Over. mintpressnews.com With Bolton and Pompeo by his side and Mattis departed, Trump may well go with his gut and attack Iran militarily and he'll be encouraged in this delusion by Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). Iran: Unrelenting Repression . hrw.org | | Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. | © 2017 Getty Images | (Beirut) — Iranian authorities carried out arbitrary mass arrests and serious due process violations during 2018 in response to protests across the country over deteriorating economic conditions, perceptions of corruption, and the lack of political and so...

Democracy Now! (2019-01-17). Headlines for January 17, 2019. democracynow.org Speaker Pelosi to Trump: Cancel or Postpone State of the Union, Federal Employees and Contractors Demand End to Government Shutdown, Trump to Propose Biggest Space-Based Missile Program Since "Star Wars", Andrew Wheeler, at EPA Confirmation Hearing, Downplays Climate Risks, Climate Study Finds Ocean Temperatures Hit Record High in 2018, Syria: Four Americans Among 19 Killed in ISIS Suicide Attack, Zimbabwe: Five Killed as Government Attacks Fuel Hike Protesters, Kenya: Death Toll in al-Shabab Attack on Nairobi Hotel Rises to 21, British PM Theresa May Survives No-Confidence Vote, NYT: Trump Inaugural Committee To...

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). UAE: Injustice, Intolerance, Repression. hrw.org | | A convoy of UAE military vehicles and personnel travels from Al Hamra Military Base to Zayed Military City, marking the return of the first batch of UAE Armed Forces military personnel from Yemen, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. | © 2015 AP Images | (Beirut) — The United Arab Emirates in 2018 handed down draconian prison sentences to an Emirati activist and a British academic following deeply flawed trials, Human Rig...

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). Mauritania: Repressive Laws Restrict Peaceful Speech. hrw.org | | People wait to cast their vote on September 1, 2018 outside a polling station in Nouakchott for the country's legislative, regional and local elections. | © 2018 Ahmed Ould Mohamed Ould Elhadj/AFP/Getty Images | (Geneva) — Mauritanian authorities used a litany of harsh and overbroad laws on terrorism, cybercrime, apostasy, and criminal defamation to prosecute and jail human rights defenders, activists, bloggers, and politica...

kathy_f (2019-01-16). Brazilian official wants landless activists treated as terrorists. greenleft.org.au Brazil's far-right government of President Jair Bolsonaro will seek to classify "invasions" of farmland by landless workers as akin to terrorism, with harsher penalties for the activists, an Agriculture Ministry official said on January 14. | Brazil's Landless Workers' Movement (MST), one of Latin America's largest social movements, seeks to take over unproductive lands in the name of social and economic justice to more equally distribute rural wealth. | Luiz Antonio Nabhan Garcia, land issues secretary at the ministry, said: "It is the challenge of this government to demonstrate to Congress that this is a thing...

kathy_f (2019-01-16). Turkey threatens northeast Syria. greenleft.org.au US president Donald Trump announced by tweet on December 19 his intention to withdraw US troops from Syria. This followed a phone call between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had often stated his intention to invade north-eastern Syria. | Trump's announcement was widely seen as giving a green light for the planned Turkish invasion. Trump's decision caused dissension within the US government. Defence secretary James Mattis resigned, as did some other prominent officials. | Later Trump backtracked. There have been contradictory statements by Trump and his advisors. It is now unclear if, and w...

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). Yemen: Civilians Bombed, Shelled, Starved. hrw.org | | People are seen near a bus destroyed by an airstrike that killed dozens of children, in a photograph taken on August 12, 2018 in Saada, Yemen. | © 2018 Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images | (Beirut) — The Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi armed group engaged in a conflict in Yemen which have turned the country's humanitarian crisis into a full-blown catast...

Democracy Now! (2019-01-16). Could Trump's Attorney General Pick William Barr Be "Worse Than Jeff Sessions" on Civil Rights? democracynow.org Senate confirmation hearings began Tuesday for William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions. Barr served as attorney general for George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. During that time, he was involved in the pardon of six Reagan officials for the Iran-Contra scandal and oversaw the opening of the Guant‡namo Bay military prison, which was initially used to indefinitely detain Haitian asylum seekers. Barr also openly backed mass incarceration at home and helped develop a secret Drug Enforcement Administration program which became a "blueprint" for the National Security Agency'

Consortiumnews (2019-01-16). Triumph of Conventional Wisdom: AP Expunges Iran/Contra Pardons from Barr's Record. consortiumnews.com Sam Husseini writes that the news agency ignored the nominee's link to a major U.S. scandal broken by its own investigative reporter at the time, the late Robert Parry, founder of Consortium News. By SamHusseini FAIR A president facing a... Read more →

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-16). Is Canada's 'Left' Marching To The Beat of America's Imperial Drum? (1/2). therealnews.com Canadian author Yves Engler discusses the New Democratic leadership's support for war, militarism and Israel

Democracy Now! (2019-01-15). Arizona Activists Face Jail Time for Providing Life-Saving Aid to Migrants Crossing Sonoran Desert. democracynow.org As the longest government shutdown in U.S. history heads into its 25th day and President Trump continues to crack down on immigrants, we look at how the Trump administration is criminalizing humanitarian aid at the border. In Tucson, Arizona, activists with the humanitarian group No More Deaths go to trial today facing charges for a slew of federal crimes, all due to their efforts to leave water and food in the harsh Sonoran Desert to help refugees and migrants survive the deadly journey across the U.S. border. The charges were filed last year in January, just a week after No More Deaths published a report accusi...

Democracy Now! (2019-01-15). Will Trump's AG Pick William Barr Face Questions over Gitmo, Mass Incarceration & NSA Surveillance? democracynow.org Senate confirmation hearings begin today for William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions, who was fired in November. Barr served as attorney general for George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. During that time, he was involved in the pardon of six Reagan officials for the Iran-Contra scandal and oversaw the opening of the Guant‡namo Bay military prison, which was initially used to indefinitely detain HIV-positive asylum seekers from Haiti. Barr also openly backed mass incarceration at home and helped develop a secret Drug Enforcement Administration program which became a "blu...

Sam Husseini (2019-01-15). Triumph of Conventional Wisdom: AP Expunges Iran/Contra Pardons from Barr's Record. fair.org Lame duck President George Bush Sr. gave a Christmas present to Iran/Contra co-conspirators like Caspar Weinberger—and to himself (New York Times, 12/25/92). | A president facing a major scandal, just as the highest-profile trial is about to begin, pardons the indicted or convicted officials around him to effectively stop the investigation that's closing in on his own illegal conduct. | Trump soon? We'll see. But this actually describes what President George H.W. Bush did in 1992. | The Iran/Contra scandal revealed, among other things, that the Reagan/Bush White House had secretly sold missiles to Iran in...

TeleSur English (2019-01-09). Venezuela's Maduro to Be Sworn in for 2nd Term. venezuelanalysis.com Despite US-led pressure for him not to do so, 600 of the world's activists and academics have shown their support for the President in a collective statement.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-11). Exclusive: Angela Davis Speaks Out on Palestine, BDS & More After Civil Rights Award Is Revoked. democracynow.org In a Democracy Now! exclusive, legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis speaks out after the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute rescinded a human rights award for her, reportedly due to her activism for Palestinian rights. In September, the institute announced that it would award Davis the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award, named after the civil rights icon. But last Friday, the institute voted to withdraw the award and cancel this year's gala event. The institute rescinded the award days after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center sent a letter urging the board to reconsider honoring Davis due to he...

SAMIR (2019-01-10). The BDS movement salutes Angela Davis. bdsmovement.net The BDS movement salutes Angela Davis : PACBI StatementThe Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a founding member of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights, salutJanuary 10, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

Dave Markland (2019-01-10). Farewell to bblum6. zcomm.org Bill Blum passed away early last month in Virginia. Many Z Net readers will know his canonical book, Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII, or remember his regular newsletter Anti-Empire Report. My first contact with Bill came in 1995 when I wrote him about something he had written on the Cold War. Read more...

Democracy Now! (2019-01-14). Headlines for January 14, 2019. democracynow.org Gov't Shutdown Now Longest in U.S. History, Trump Admin Considered Disaster Relief Funds to Build Border Wall, Interior Dept. Pushes Ahead Plans for New Arctic Drilling Leases, Texas: Tornillo Immigrant Prison Camp Shuts Down, Los Angeles: Public Teachers Go on Strike, Dems Vow to Investigate After 2 New Reports on Trump's Relationship with Russia, WSJ: Nat'l Sec. Council Asked About Possible Military Strike on Iran in 2018, Trump Threatens to "Devastate Turkey Economically" If Syrian Kurds Targeted, Saudi Arabia: Sec. of State Pompeo Meets with Crown Prince 3 Months After Khashoggi Killing, Canada Grants Asylum...

Democracy Now! (2019-01-11). Headlines for January 11, 2019. democracynow.org Protests Target Shutdown as Federal Employees Miss First Paycheck, Trump May Raid Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Funds for Border Wall, Protesters Gather on Both Sides of U.S.-Mexico Border as Trump Visits, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Blocks Vote on Bill to Fund Government, Study Finds Oceans Are Absorbing Far More Heat Than Previously Known, Pentagon Says It's Withdrawing from Syria as Turkey Readies Invasion, In Cairo, U.S. Secretary of State Rebukes Obama and Threatens Iran, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Calls Jamal Khashoggi Murder an "Atrocity", Protests Outside Supreme Court Demand Closure of Guant‡namo Prison...

Stephen Zunes (2019-01-10). Rescinding a Human Rights Award to Angela Davis Was Cowardly and Unfair. progressive.org One would think that opposing Israel control of Palestinian territories seized in the 1967 war, which the international community recognizes as a foreign belligerent occupation, would not be particularly controversial.

Gregory Shupak (2019-01-11). Media Worried US Won't Occupy Syria Forever. fair.org by Gregory Shupak | In December, President Donald Trump said that he planned to withdraw the US troops from Syria, which number between 2,000 and 4,000. Trump's claim was widely condemned in corporate media, demonstrating the commentariat's shared belief in American benevolence toward other peoples, in Washingto...

LEILI (2018-12-08). German Court Confirms BDS Advocacy is Protected Freedom of Expression and Assembly. bdsmovement.net German Court Confirms BDS Advocacy is Protected Freedom of Expression and Assembly: In the NewsA German court confirms that advocating for BDS and Palestinian rights constitutes freedom of expression and assembly, rights that are protected by the German constitution and are essential for democracy. The court ruled that the German city of Oldenburg unlawfully violated these fundamental rights when it revoked a perm...

PEDRO (2018-12-06). Palestinians and Brazilians Call For Joint Struggle Against Israel-Bolsonaro Alliance. bdsmovement.net Palestinians and Brazilians Call For Joint Struggle Against Israel-Bolsonaro Alliance: BNC StatementWhile Brazil's new president wants to follow in the footsteps of Donald Trump moving the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem, and Rio de Janeiro's new governor wants to buy Israeli weaponized drones, Palestinian and Rio de Janeiro's favelas' social movements call for a joint and global struggle agains...

LEILI (2018-11-26). Palestinian Civil Society Urges World Governments to Impose a Military Embargo on Saudi Regime Over Khashoggi Murder and War Crimes in Yemen, On Israel for War Crimes and Apartheid Against Palestinians. bdsmovement.net Palestinian Civil Society Urges World Governments to Impose a Military Embargo on Saudi Regime Over Khashoggi Murder and War Crimes in Yemen, On Israel for War Crimes and Apartheid Against Palestinians: Update"We appeal to progressives and social movements everywhere to pressure their governments to impose strict military embargoes on all states that are perpetrating crimes against hu...

Phyllis Bennis (2018-11-14). The Crisis in Gaza and a Potential Ceasefire. zcomm.org Discussing the recent Israeli special forces operation inside the Gaza Strip that killed 7 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier, as well as Israeli air strikes and a potential ceasefire...

Max Blumenthal (2018-12-04). "Pistachio Wars": How the Resnicks' Snack Food Fortune is Fueling the Assault on Iran. grayzoneproject.com A highly original documentary project reveals how a couple of Beverly Hills billionaires "are willing to risk war in Iran...

Ben Norton (2018-12-14). Every Single Member of US Congress Approved Crushing Sanctions on Nicaragua. grayzoneproject.com After defeating a violent US-backed coup attempt, Nicaragua's elected government faces the NICA Act. The bill aims to force the...

Ricardo Vaz (2018-12-12). Goodyear Shutters Venezuela Operations, Blames Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com The tire manufacturer claimed that economic conditions and sanctions have made production "impossible."

Paul Dobson (2018-12-05). Venezuela's Maduro Seeks 'Golden Finish' to 2018 with International Offensive as Russia & Turkey Blast US Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com Economic, financial, political, military, and counter-terrorism ties were strengthened between Caracas and both countries.

Steve Ellner (2018-11-25). Trump Putting Venezuela on 'State Sponsor of Terrorism' List? zcomm.org The Trump administration is actively exploring the option of placing Venezuela on the state sponsor of terrorism list, to further intensify sanctions that have already caused significant damage to Venezuela's economy...

Jon Rainwater (2018-11-20). Trump's Indefensible Defense of Saudi Arabia Is Aimed at Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — November 20, 2018 — In response to a statement from President Trump in support of Saudi Arabia, which came ahead of a vote expected in the Senate as soon as next week on whether or not to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace [...]

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