2019-09-12: Social Media Postees

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Assad Government Saves Christianity in Syria
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-12
Syria is being reborn, and its religious pluralism is being resurrected, sometimes literally from the ashes. | The ancient town of Maaloula, where Aramaic, the language of Christ, is still spoken, where St. Takla miraculously cured the sick, where NATO's takfiri …

Netanyahu Risks Triggering an Unwinnable War to Avoid Losing Election
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-12
According to the Israeli media, two drones dispatched over Beirut late last month were intended to destroy Iranian-supplied equipment that would allow Hezbollah to manufacture precision-guided missiles. It was the first such Israeli attack on Lebanese soil since a ceasefire ended the 2006 war. Hezbollah and Israel have preferred to flex their muscles in neighbouring Syria, weakened after more than eight years of war.

Netanyahu pledges to annex Jordan Valley if re-elected
wsws.org | 2019-09-12
Israel has illegally occupied and built settlements in the West Bank, as well as in Syria's Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, since capturing them in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Hostile UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria. Totally Disregards US-NATO Crimes against Humanity
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-12
Established on August 22, 2011, around six months after US launched aggression on the country, the so-called "Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic (COI)" is mandated to investigate war-related human rights abuses. | Instead, it produced over …

The Globalization of War, America's "Long War" against Humanity by Michel Chossudovsky
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-12
Professor Michel Chossudovsky shows how the various conflicts we are witnessing today in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Palestine are inter-locked through a single-minded agenda in pursuit of global hegemony helmed by the United States and buttressed by its allies…

A Morning in Afghanistan
Kathy Kelly | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-12
On a very warm September morning in Kabul, several dozen men, women, and children sit on the carpeted floor of a room at the Afghan Peace Volunteers' Borderfree Center. The women cluster together. All wear burqas, but because of …

Observe 9/11 Anniversary by Calling for an End to the Afghan War
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-12
On the eve of the 18-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks and the illegal U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the United States and the Taliban completed nine rounds of peace talks with no deal. | Although they had reportedly reached …

House Votes to Bar Arctic Drilling; Senate Action Unlikely
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-12
WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House on Thursday voted to reinstate a decades-long ban on oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — a largely symbolic move aimed at reversing a plan by President Donald Trump to drill in the pristine refuge. | The 225-193 vote comes as the Trump administration has begun planning to sell oil and gas leases in the remote refuge, home to polar bears, caribou, migratory birds and other species. An environmental impact analysis could be released soon. | The drilling was author…

California Senate Passes Bill to Stop Facial Recognition in Police Body Cameras as Momentum Grows at Local, State, and Federal Level
commondreams.org | 2019-09-12

Congressional Races Are Our Best Shot at Gun Control
Laila Lalami | thenation.com | 2019-09-12
Congressional Races Are Our Best Shot at Gun Control…

Feinstein, Costa Support Weakening of CA Bill Blocking Trump Rollbacks of Environmental Regulations
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-09-12
John McManus, President of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA), took issue with the contention of Senator Feinstein and Congressmen Costa, Garamendi, Harder and Cox that SB 1 "would prevent the state from incorporating the latest science and other information in permitting decisions." | "That letter cites new science on species that won't be used if SB 1 goes into effect," said McManus. "This Is completely false. SB 1 would allow the state to review and revise any of the species protections adopted. The state would be able to use any and all science to protect its wildlife."

Corbyn addresses Trades Union Congress in a display of cynicism and hypocrisy
wsws.org | 2019-09-12
Corbyn might believe that the support of the trade unions can be spun as a pro-worker endorsement, but millions know better.

Rep. Wilson: African Americans' issues get little attention in presidential race
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-12
WASHINGTON–On the eve of the third Democratic presidential debate, the co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus's legislative conference said she's "never satisfied" by the hopefuls' discussions of issues important to African Americans. And Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., isn't the only one. The five-day conference opened Sept. 11 with moments of silence in memory of the …

Equity Firms and Venture Capitalists Lobby to Save Surprise Medical Bills
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-12
| As proposals to ban surprise medical bills move through Congress and state legislatures with rare bipartisan support, physician groups have emerged as the loudest opponents. | Often led by doctors with the veneer of noble concern for patients, physician-staffing firms — third-party companies that employ doctors and assign them out to health care facilities — have opposed efforts to limit the practice known as balance billing. They claim such bans would rob doctors of their lev…

Colombian Teachers Begin National Strike for Peace and Life
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-12
The Colombian Federation of Education Workers (Fecode) began Thursday a 24-hour national strike to protest against insecurity, violence and threats affecting social leaders and teachers. | RELATED: | Colombia Hides Largest Mass Grave in Latin America | "From different parts of the country, union leaders, educators and students demand the defense of the life and physical integrity of social leaders and ratify their support for the peace process," Fecode president Nelson Alarcon said and add…

Venezuela: Military Exercises Against Colombian Aggression
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-12
Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro launched the "Sovereignty and Peace 2019" military exercises along the Colombian border on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Venezuela Denounces OAS Intention to Activate TIAR | "As of today # 10Sep, the 'Sovereignty and Peace 2019' border military exercises begin so that together, in the Civic-Military union, we can deploy all the defensive systems that guarantee the peace and tranquility of the Venezuelan people," said President Maduro via twitter. | On September 4,…

On 18th Anniversary of 9/11, Media Worry About 'Premature' End to Afghan War
Joshua Cho | commondreams.org | 2019-09-12
Not only do corporate media credulously assume that the US has always been interested in peace, conveniently forgetting that the US rejected offers from the Taliban to hand Osama bin Laden over and surrender soon after the invasion. (Photo: US Marine Corps/Sgt. Mark Fayloga) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/afghan_war.jpeg

Thousands Demand Justice for Killed Protesters in Sudan
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-12
Thousands of Sudanese protested outside the presidential palace in Khartoum Thursday, calling for the appointment of senior judicial officials and justice for demonstrators killed since December. | RELATED: | Sudanese Tribes Sign Peace Deal After Clashes | It was the first major protest since the signature last month of a power-sharing deal between the military and…

Why I'm Currently Blocking the Largest Oil Export Channel in the U.S
PIPER | commondreams.org | 2019-09-12
We're in a climate emergency and we must resist. (Photo: Twitter/Greenpeace USA) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/greenpeace.jpeg

Brexit legal challenge dismissed in Belfast High Court
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-12
A legal challenge that argued the government's Brexit strategy will damage the North of Ireland peace process has been dismissed.Lord Justice Bernard McCloskey delivered his ruling at Belfast's High Court on Thursday morning on three joined cases against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's handling of the UK's departure from the European Union.The trio of challenges contended that a no-deal Brexit on October 31 would undermine agreements involving the UK and Irish governments that were struck during the peace process and which underpin cross-border co-operation between the two nations.But the judge, in his written rul…

UN report on Syria conflict highlights inhumane detention of women and children
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-11
As the people of north-west Syria face intensifying violence, tens of thousands of women and children continue to be kept in "inhumane conditions" in a remote camp on the other side of the country, UN-appointed independent investigators said on Wednesday.

Wednesday's Daily Brief: 'Appalling' conditions in Syria camp, precarious SDG progress, South Sudan, Palestine refugees and mining in Mongolia
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-11
A recap of Wednesday's top stories: 'Inhumane conditions' in Syria's Al Hol camp worsening; SDG progress risks going backward; food insecurity in South Sudan; Arab League petitioned to support Palestine refugees; and mining in Mongolia should boost development.

Why a DNC Vice Chair Bawled Me Out
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-11
The man quickly identified himself as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. He didn't need to tell me that he was hopping mad. Ken Martin was angry that my colleagues and I were handing out a flier — providing some inconvenient facts about Joe Biden — to delegates and activists as they entered…

Revive the True Spirit of Constitutionality and Federalism in India: Article 370
Nyla Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-11
The process of nationalist self-imagining in India is likely to remain in a nebulous state so long as the destiny of regional politicians is etched by the calligrapher in New Delhi and determined by maneuvers in the murky den of centralized federalism. Will the BJP and Congress quit stalling the revival of the true spirit…

The Imperative to Restore Congressional Powers
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-11
You have to give President Trump credit for one thing — he has so abused executive authority that even the most conservative members of Congress are now clamoring to restore our vital constitutionally-established checks and balances. It would be hard to find a more conservative member of Congress than Utah's Republican Sen. Mike Lee. This is the guy…

Over a Hundred Arrested Resisting one of the World's Largest Arms Fairs
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-11
Hundreds of protesters gathered in East London at one of the world's largest arms fairs seeking to peacefully prevent the Defence and Security Equipment International from going ahead as usual.

The War in Eastern Ukraine May be Coming to an End but Do Any Americans Care?
Jeremy Kuzmarov | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-11
On Saturday September 7, Russia and Ukraine agreed to a prisoner swap which has brought hope of improved relations between the two countries and an end to the 5-year long conflict in Eastern Ukraine. A peace accord is being planned for later this month in Normandy involving Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany. Ukraine's newly elected …

Netanyahu Hints Trump Peace Plan Will Allow Israel to Annex Key West Bank Territory
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-09-11
Benjamin Netanyahu hinted that his friend Jared Kushner's Mideast plan would give him the green light to annex nearly a quarter of the occupied West Bank.

Netanyahu election promise: Annex part of West Bank "in coordination" with U.S
Ceren Sagir | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-11
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's promise to annex a third of the West Bank after the general election was globally condemned yesterday as a "burial of peace." Netanyahu promised "Jewish sovereignty" over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea "in coordination" with the U.S. if he is returned to office next week. "We haven't had …

Is Killing Peasants Protecting America's Interests?
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-11
The war drags on. There is no end in sight. Peace negotiations are thwarted again. Republicans and Democrats alike appear in the press decrying the possibility of the enemy coming to talk peace and staying at Camp David. Personally, I was surprised by the Camp David aspect of the story only because I figured Trump…

Reflections on "Peace" in Afghanistan
Andrew Bacevich | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-11
When the conflict that the Vietnamese refer to as the American War ended in April 1975, I was a U.S. Army captain attending a course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In those days, the student body at any of our Army's myriad schools typically included officers from the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN). Since…

9/11: Honor, Remember, Build Peace
Andrea Arroyo | thenation.com | 2019-09-11
9/11: Honor, Remember, Build Peace.

On 18th Anniversary of 9/11, Media Worry About 'Premature' End to Afghan War
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-09-11
by Joshua Cho | On the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the illegal US occupation of Afghanistan continues as the longest overseas war in American history. Although President Donald Trump recently declared that peace negotiations over the withdrawal of US troops with the Taliban are "dead," reportedly because of the death of a US soldier from a suicide bomb attack in Kabul last week, the status of future negotiations…

A Morning in Afghanistan
Kathy Kelly | progressive.org | 2019-09-11
Amidst political posturing, aerial terrorism, and street bombings, Afghan citizens pursue their daily work toward peace.

War and whiskers: Freshly-resigned John Bolton gets meme-roasting
rt.com | 2019-09-10
US National Security Advisor John Bolton's departure from the Trump administration has been met with a mix of joy from the MAGA crowd and protests from dedicated neocons, but also with an avalanche of memes. | President Donald Trump announced Bolton's dismissal by tweet on Tuesday, saying he had "disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions," presumably meaning his advocacy for military-enforced regime change in Syria, Venezuela, North Korea and Iran. Bolton insisted that he attempted to resign before Trump's announcement. | Reaction flowed in swiftly, with some commenters in the media lamenting the war-haw…

Jon Ossoff Is Back: "I'm Still Standing and I'm Ready to Fight"
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-09-10
Ossoff, a Democrat who narrowly lost a Georgia congressional special election in 2017 — the most expensive House race of all time — starts the race as a frontrunner.

Publishers beg Congress to save them from extinction at the hands of Big Tech
rt.com | 2019-09-10
Newspaper executives are begging Congress to rescue their business model from predatory tech platforms, urging lawmakers to pass a bill that will allow them to bargain collectively and presumably restore their former glory. | Seven major newspaper publishers are lobbying for the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, which would give the newspaper industry four years of immunity from antitrust laws. That would enable them to bargain collectively with companies like Google and Facebook — which are, ironically, subject to several antitrust probes of their own, due to their outsize presence in the tech…

North Carolina's Revote Is a Win for Democracy
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-09-10
North Carolina's Revote Is a Win for Democracy…

Nicaragua 'crisis' still cause for concern amid murder, torture allegations: Bachelet
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-10
Nicaragua's on-going human rights crisis can be resolved peacefully through dialogue, the UN's top rights official said on Tuesday, before expressing concern about allegations of torture and murder of protesters involved in last year's anti-Government demonstrations.

'Whole spectrum of Afghan society' must get behind peace talks, UN envoy tells Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-10
The long Afghan conflict can only be resolved by "direct talks" between its own people, the chief of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) told the Security Council on Tuesday, underscoring that they must be inclusive and represent "the whole spectrum of Afghan society".

'All efforts must be made' to ensure peaceful elections for Guinea-Bissau, Security Council hears
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-10
Since the inauguration of Guinea-Bissau's new Government in July, the political arena has been dominated by preparation for presidential elections, the assistant chief for UN peacekeeping operations in Africa told the Security Council on Tuesday, briefing members on the state of the nation, and the UN peacebuilding office there (UNIOGBIS).

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Afghanistan 'direct talks' needed, Nicaragua rights crisis, Bangladesh monsoon and Libya detainees latest, Dorian update
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-10
A recap of Monday's top stories: All Afghans must participate in peace process; Nicaragua's rights crisis can be resolved says Bachelet; Rohingya refugees impacted by monsoon rains; Libya detainees to be evacuated to Rwanda; and multiple donors show solidarity with the Bahamas.

With Bolton Out, Will Trump Give Peace a Chance?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-10
Former State Dept. official Matthew Hoh says he supports the removal of National Security Advisor John Bolton, who advocated for war and the interests of the military industrial complex…

Safe zone in Syria, Trump and the Taliban, Maduro vs. Guaido
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-09-09
Safe zone in Syria On Sunday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of attempting to use the creation of a security zone in northeastern Syria, not for Ankara's sake, but in order to protect the Washington-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDS) operating in the area. Turkey sees the SDS and the Kurdish units of …

Political solutions 'prerequisite to sustainable peace', Lacroix tells Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-09
While peacekeeping is an "essential tool" for preventing conflict and reducing the risk of relapse, "political solutions are a prerequisite to sustainable peace", the United Nations peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Monday.

"These Negotiations Have Not Been About the Afghan People": Trump Calls Off Peace Talks with Taliban
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-09
This weekend, President Trump publicly called off a secret meeting at Camp David with the Taliban and the president of Afghanistan that aimed to end the 18-year war, the longest in U.S. history. The United States and Taliban had appeared close to signing an agreement after holding nine rounds of talks in Doha, but the negotiations took a surprise turn when President Trump suggested a Camp David meeting that included Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who had not been involved in the previous talks. For more, we go to Kabul to speak with Ali Latifi, a freelance journalist; Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Cre…

Isiah James Wants to Take Brooklyn's Fight for Affordable Housing to Congress
Aaron Freedman | theintercept.com | 2019-09-08
It's a hot, humid summer evening in Brooklyn, the kind that would keep most people inside with the air conditioner blasting. But not Isiah James. | The towering 32-year-old veteran who's running for Congress in New York's 9th District, in the heart of Brooklyn, is walking with me down Flatbush Avenue, talking a mile a minute as he points to the luxury developments that have sprouted up amid the modest row homes and small shops of the Prospect Heights neighborhood. | "These used to be apartments for Caribbean American immigrants," he says in a deep, booming voice, his arms sweeping across an intersection dotted wi…

The Fight for Mauna Kea in Hawaii is Part of the Global Fight for Indigenous People
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-08
Native Hawaiians have been fighting against outside influences for sovereignty of their land, preservation of their culture, and respect for their identity since sugar planters and businessmen forced the abdication of Queen Liliuokalani in 1893. In many ways, the continued resistance to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) in Hawaii is more than…

The Other Americans: Colombia's Fragile Peace in Splinters
Jeff Abbott | progressive.org | 2019-09-08
The renewal of armed struggle follows neglect of the peace process from the far right. "[President] Duque is taking advantage of the discourse of Donald Trump to put back in place repressive politics," a human rights defender says.

Foreign Correspondent: Can Trump Bring Peace to Afghanistan?
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-09-06
Don't hold your breath.

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