2019-04-05: Social Media Postees

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Video: Israeli Air Strikes on Syria: Weapons, Effects, Consequences
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) continue their bombing campaign in Syria. In the framework of this campaign, IDF aircraft strike what the Israeli leadership describes as Iranian infrastructure and weapon shipments to Hezbollah and pro-Iranian armed groups. Nonetheless, positions and …
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The Syrian American Council's Pressure Campaign to Censor One of Its Major Critics
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
The Syrian American Council and a collection of pro-war lobbyists have led an intimidation campaign aimed at bullying a major Washington-based bookstore, Politics and Prose, into canceling award-winning journalist and author Max Blumenthal's launch event for his new book The Management of Savagery. | And it appears to have worked. Politics and Prose announced that it would "postpone" the event, citing "concerns" over the event's "format, substance, … [and] security" in a tweet. In a testament to the ferocity of the harassment campaign ag…
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The New York Times Can't Hide Its Pro-Israel Bias
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
When the New York Times ( 3/26/19) reported on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fait accompli pronouncement that nation-states can now seize territories acquired in defensive wars–after President Donald Trump announced via tweet that the United States asserts Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights–it seriously misled readers on the status of Israel's…
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The Veto: Documentary Film Exposing Western Media Propaganda War Against Syria
Vanessa Beeley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
I met journalist and friend Rafiq Lutf and cameraman Abdul-Mun'aim Arnous in January 2018 and I was honoured when Rafiq asked me to work with him on his film project, The Veto. | As Dr Shaaban said to me in August …
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Trump Sidelines Immigration Nominee for 'Tougher Direction'
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
WASHINGTON — The notice to Congress from the White House was met with confusion: Why would President Donald Trump withdraw his nominee to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement? | Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising toward confirmation. One Senate committee had endorsed his nomination and a second was likely to follow suit despite opposition from some Democrats and a union representing some agency officers. | No one in the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the immigration agency, had been notified about the intention to remove Vitiello from consideration, accor…
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Congress orders Trump to get out of Yemen, he refuses
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-05
WASHINGTON–Congress is ordering GOP President Donald Trump to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen. His advisors are telling him — via a veto — to stay in. Since the Korean War in the early 1950's Congress has ceded to the president its constitutional role of deciding when to go to war. The vote yesterday by …
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The IRS Has Never Stood a Chance Against the Ultrawealthy
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
A new report explores how agency officials tried to crack down on the rich, only to find Congress and its patrons arrayed against them.
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Lies our Senators Tell Us, or, Whither Congress?
Matthew Pappalardo | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Last month, a group of student activists from various Bay Area climate justice groups visited Senator Feinstein's office in California to deliver a letter urging her to support the Green New Deal. While the students may have held out some hope Feinstein would see the light after agreeing to meet them without a scheduled appointment,…
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Democrats File Suit Against Border Wall Spending
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the border (all times local): | 5: 30 p.m. | House Democrats have filed a lawsuit aimed at preventing President Donald Trump from spending more money than Congress has approved to erect barriers along the southwestern border. | Democrats say Trump's attempt to transfer billions of dollars from several programs to wall construction violates the Constitution, which gives Congress control over spending. The 45-page complaint was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls Trump's act a "brazen assa…
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Saudis Threaten to Ditch Petrodollar as "Nuclear Option" to Block NOPEC Bill
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
Three years ago — almost to the day — Saudi Arabia rattled its first sabre towards the United States, with an implicit threat to dump US Treasuries over Congress' decision to allow the Saudis to be held responsible for the …
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Progressives Dismiss DCCC Threats on Primary Challengers
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-05
As tensions escalate in an internal battle between the centrist and left wings of the Democratic Party, a group of progressives is making a move to begin a new left wing party apparatus. | A decision by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee late last month to blacklist vendors that support primary challengers over party incumbents drew a line in the sand against the potential progressive overthrow of the party's established order. | In response to the new policy, 14 progressive groups Thursday announced the launch of the DCCC Blacklist — a collective of…
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Ecuador Twists Embarrassing INA Papers into Pretext to Oust Assange
Defend Wikileaks | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
On 26 March, WikiLeaks' Twitter account announced that President Moreno is being investigated by Ecuador's Congress for corruption, sparked by the INA Papers leak. The same tweet referenced President Moreno's attempt to surrender Assange in exchange for US debt relief, …
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Elizabeth Warren Signals Willingness to Kill the Filibuster
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
Calling on the nation to "wake up to the reality of the United States Senate," Sen. Elizabeth Warren is set to announce Friday that she supports eliminating the filibuster. | The 2020 presidential candidate is expected to endorse the proposal in a speech at the National Action Network Convention in New York Friday morning. | "When Democrats next have power, we should be bold and clear: We're done with two sets of rules–one for the Republicans and one for the Democrats," Warren is expected to say. "And th…
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An All-Female Ticket for 2020
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-04-05
An All-Female Ticket for 2020…
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Some Democrats Haven't Learned the Lessons of #MeToo
Steve Phillips | thenation.com | 2019-04-05
Some Democrats Haven't Learned the Lessons of #MeToo…
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Fueled by Union Cash, Tim Ryan Enters 2020 Democratic Primary
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-05
With a rally looming on Saturday in Youngstown, Ohio, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) announced he's joining the crowded Democratic presidential field. Ryan's campaign website and corresponding announcement video, released after his appearance on The View on Thursday, hit upon his blue-collar background representing "America's heartland." Long an outspoken advocate of union wor…
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Minnesotans honor MLK and say yes to peace, no to NATO
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-05
St. Paul, MN – On April 4, 80 people gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol building to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to use his words to analyze the militarism of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Both MLK and NATO are connected to the date of April 4. | On April 4, 1967, Dr. King delivered his "Beyond Vietnam" anti-war speech at the Riverside Church in New York City. He would tragically be assassinated exactly one year later, on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. | On April 4, 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty was signed marking the inception of the military allia…
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Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-04-05
The following is Part 2 of an excerpted talk given March 21 at a Workers World Party meeting in New York City. The writer, the co-director of the International Action Center, was part of the March 9-18 delegation to Venezuela organized by the U.S. Peace Council. Venezuela's conflict with imperialism . . . | Continue reading Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats at Workers.org
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A Top Progressive Consulting Firm Is Doing PR for an Israeli Spy Company
Alex Kane | theintercept.com | 2019-04-05
A prominent political communications shop that works on Democratic campaigns, employs Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaign alums, and boasts of its role in the fight for gun control and LGBT equality is representing an Israeli firm notorious for selling powerful surveillance technology to authoritarian governments around the world. | NSO Group, which is facing multiple lawsuits charging that its technology was used to spy on journalists and dissidents, hired SKDKnickerbocker to help with media inquiries as the spy firm tri…
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'Denial': House Democrats Pass Law for a Fossil Fuel Future
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-05
"This bill is yet another example of the denial of the realities of our climate crisis in practice." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2019-04-05
Jim Matthews, a former soldier cleared of terrorism charges for joining the fight against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) in Northern Syria has accused the UK police … | Read more An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday | By Emily Apple…
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Colombian Movement Defending Peace Asks ELN to Cease Fire
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-05
05 de abril de 2019, 18: 04Bogota, April 5 (Prensa Latina) Members of the Defend Peace movement asked the National Liberation Army (ELN) on Friday to decree a unilateral ceasefire to help channel dialogue with the Colombian government.
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Platitudes and demagogy from Democratic presidential candidates
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-04-05
Eight capitalist politicians (minus Kamala Harris) give brief speeches at an event in Washington, D.C. to promote the Democratic Party.
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Committee votes to move David Bernhardt's nomination to full Senate vote
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-04-05
"It's no surprise that a group of Senators who owe so much to special interest lobbyists would support this choice for Interior Secretary," said Western Values Project's Executive Director Chris Saeger in a statement in response to the committee's vote. "For the last two years, conflict-ridden David Bernhardt has tipped the scales in favor of former clients, likely violating his ethics pledge and responsibilities to the American people."
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Calling for End of US Asylum System, Trump Adds, "We Should Get Rid of Judges"
Jon Queally | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-05
(CD) — President Donald Trump called for the end of the U.S. system that processes those seeking political asylum and refugee status on Friday and then added that it would also be good to "get rid of judges." "Congress has to act," Trump told reporters outside the White House, referring to the asylum claim process and the …

Calling for End of US Asylum System, Trump Adds, "We Should Get Rid of Judges"

Congress Urged to Boost Monarch Butterfly Conservation by $100 Million
Center for Biological Diversity | indybay.org | 2019-04-05
WASHINGTON, April 2, 2019 — More than 100 conservation organizations today urged the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee to increase spending on monarch butterfly conservation by $100 million annually.
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Prioritizing of profit at root of fire that killed seven Syrian refugee children in Nova Scotia
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-05
The mandatory installation of automated sprinklers would save lives, but capitalist governments are loathe to diminish the profits of the construction industry.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/05/nssy…

Trump is 'for socialism' … but only when it comes to funding US military industry — Tulsi Gabbard
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-05
US President Donald Trump, who has been relentlessly bashing everything linked to what he sees as 'socialism,' is himself no stranger to using socialist principles to support the US arms industry, Tulsi Gabbard has claimed. | …
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Senate Disaster Funding Fails Over Puerto Rico Aid Debate
Jubilee USA Network | indybay.org | 2019-04-05
On Monday the Senate failed to pass disaster relief funding to benefit Americans impacted by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters. Republicans and Democrats clashed over recovery aid amounts for Puerto Rico and two separate proposals could not muster enough votes for passage.
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'I Don't Know, Man': Joe Biden Cracks #MeToo Joke to Room Full of Union Workers
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-05
Less than two days after issuing an acknowledgement of the controversary over his inappropriate behavior towards women over the years and saying he would do better in the future, likely Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday took a less conciliatory approach to the issue when he took the stage to speak to a ballroom full of trade union members. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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NATO 'doesn't need to exist': Ron Paul to RT (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-05
Commenting on the 70th anniversary of NATO, former US Congressman Ron Paul told RT the alliance is actually harmful to US interests of peace and commerce, empowering only the military-industrial complex and those who want empire. | …
rt.com/usa/455679-ron-paul-nato-empire/

US Senate fails to restore sweeping cuts to food assistance for Puerto Rico
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-05
One year and seven months after Hurricanes Maria and Irma struck the US territory, more than a million Puerto Ricans have and no forward funding for disaster recovery.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/05/puer…

Get out of jail card? Cohen dangles newly-unearthed trove in front of Congress, promising Trump dirt
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-05
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has offered lawmakers the data from a hard drive he "recently found," suggesting it might help with the many probes into the president's activities — and keep Cohen out of jail a little longer. | …
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Trump's Rhetoric Echoes Nazi Germany, Beto O'Rourke Says, Accurately
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-05
President Donald Trump's defenders professed outrage on Friday at comments from Beto O'Rourke, a Democratic presidential candidate, who accurately observed that the president's rhetoric on immigrants would not have been out of place in Nazi Germany. | Speaking at two campaign events in Iowa, O'Rourke said that Trump's policy of separating the children of asylum-seekers from their parents as they cross the border, "follows the rhetoric of a president who not only describes immigrants as rapists and criminals, but as animals and an infestation.
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Syria War Lobby that Hosted Genocide Advocate Campaigns to Censor Book Exposing Its Operations
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-04
Neocon-backed pro-war lobby group the Syrian American Council pressured the independent DC bookstore Politics and Prose to "postpone" an event…
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Congress Sends Historic Yemen War Powers Resolution to the President
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-04-04
(Photo: Felton Davis) Washington, D.C. — April 4, 2019 — In response to the House sending S.J.Res. 7–legislation directing the president to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen–to the president's desk, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "This vote amounts to the …
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Lawmakers to push worker safety bills, but timetable uncertain
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-04
WASHINGTON–The majority Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee will push two key pro-worker safety bills this year, but the exact timetable is uncertain. In an informal conversation after the first congressional briefing in years on worker health and safety, a top committee aide on the issue said he expects the legislation will hit …
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'Obscene' Bipartisan Applause for NATO in Congress
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-04
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress fanning the fire of a 'Russian threat.' Peter Kuznick says it is an 'obscene bipartisan spectacle applauding war'; Pietro Shakarian discusses the self-serving NATO expansion and the hyperbolic Russia threat narrative…
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Congress Finally Pushes Back Against the Imperial Presidency With a Vote to Cut US Support for the War in Yemen
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-04-04
Congress Finally Pushes Back Against the Imperial Presidency With a Vote to Cut US Support for the War in Yemen…
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How My Republican Parents Convinced Me the U.S. Needs Single-Payer Healthcare
V.R. Craft | millennialpolitics.co | 2019-04-04
What my Republican parents inadvertently taught me was that a single-payer setup really isn't worse than our current system of healthcare in the United States.
millennialpolitics.co/republican-parents-single-payer-healthcare/

Lee Camp Weighs in on Mueller Report, Self-Defeating Media, and "Dingle Sticks"
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-04
"I'm not saying that Trump isn't corrupt, but by creating this laughable and baseless conclusion about Russian collusion, that has now been completely and utterly refuted, the Democrats, the faux resistance and our media have caused deep harm" — Lee Camp, Redacted Tonight…
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Media Smoothed Way to Corbyn Target Practice
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-04
It is time to stop believing these infantile narratives the political and media establishment have crafted for us. Like the one in which they tell us they care deeply about the state of British political life, that they lie awake at night worrying about the threat posed by populism to our democratic institutions. How do …
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Peacekeeping: A 'great opportunity' to develop professionally and personally
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-04
A senior commander from Argentina, who has been deployed to the United Nations peacekeeping mission on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, has said that serving the UN is a "great opportunity" to develop professionally and personally.
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In Libya, Guterres 'deeply concerned' by risk of fresh military confrontation, urges restraint
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-04
The UN chief has expressed his deep concern by the reported advance of forces based in the east, towards the Libyan capital, Tripoli, declaring that "there is no military solution" to restoring peace and stability to the country.
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Canada: Investigators Review Case of Forced Sterilization
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-04
A new case of alleged coerced sterilization is being investigated, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) say after the case of a 30-year-old Indigenous woman was presented to the Senate in Ottawa, Wednesday. | RELATED: | Canada: Top Court To Review Canadian Envoy's Role in Murder of Mexican Social Leader | On December 13, 2019,…
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More Americans believe in 'Clinton collusion' after Mueller probe flop — poll
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
After the Russiagate probe failed to find evidence that President Donald Trump conspired with Russia, a new poll shows that Americans now suspect that Hillary Clinton was the one who might have colluded with foreign operatives. | …
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"We the People" forum: Platitudes and demagogy from Democratic presidential candidates
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-04
An array of eight candidates made brief speeches and took questions from an audience of Democratic Party liberals and union operatives.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/04/dems…

'Censorship push by Syria regime-change lobby': Max Blumenthal on canceled book launch event
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
The anti-Damascus lobby in the US has coerced a bookstore in Washington DC to "postpone" the launch of investigative journalist Max Blumenthal's new book, which exposes dirty secrets of US regime-change tactics, he has told RT. | …
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House Democrats to sue Trump over border wall emergency
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
Determined to stop President Donald Trump's efforts to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, House Democrats voted to challenge his national emergency declaration in court. | …
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Congress votes to withdraw US support from Saudi-led Yemen war
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of ending US involvement in the war in Yemen, but the bill is expected to be vetoed by President Donald Trump as the White House cites "serious constitutional concerns." | …
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