March 26, 2019

Trump signs declaration recognizing Israel's sovereignty over disputed Golan Heights



In a joint press conference with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, Trump hailed the “powerful” relationship between the US and Israel, while Netanyahu called the signing “historic justice” and a 'diplomatic victory.' Read more.

RT

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Israel NOT on Golan For Resources & Gaza Escalation (video) - 108Morris108

March 17, 2019

Radioactive Art in Fukushima | Don’t Follow the Wind



The Creators Project heads to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster zone to get an exclusive look at Japanese art collective, Chim↑Pom's latest project "Don't Follow The Wind."

This group of installations feature the work of various artists and are housed by four buildings inside the exclusion zone, serving as a monument to the disaster and its ongoing consequences.

We sit down with Ryuta Ushiro and Ellie of Chim↑Pom, as well as featured artists Ai WeiWei, Trevor Paglen, and Eva and Franco Mattes to chat about how and why building this installation inside the radioactive space was essential in communicating the devastating impact of the disaster.

Vice

US airstrikes increase in a secret, secret war in Somalia, and no one’s paying attention



With so many little wars to keep track of, you probably haven’t noticed that the US has quietly been increasing its airstrikes against targets in Somalia. It seems few people in Washington have either.

In recent months, dozens of Al-Shabaab terrorist suspects have been killed by American drones and planes in Somalia, reportedly thanks to a surplus becoming available from Syria. However, in a familiar pattern, the US military has denied any civilians were harmed, while locals and aid agencies deny that denial.

A former US ambassador to Somalia told the New York Times: “It could be there is some well-thought-out strategy behind all of this, but I really doubt it.”

Another former US government official described Somalia as a “massive war on autopilot.”

RT

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US attacks on Somalia's al-Shabab increase under Trump - BBC
Behind the secret US war in Africa - Politico

March 14, 2019

In Rebuke to Trump, Senate Votes Again to End Aid to Saudi War in Yemen

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday again rebuked President Trump for his continued defense of Saudi Arabia after the killing of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, voting for a second time to end American military assistance for the kingdom’s war in Yemen and to curtail presidential war powers.

The 54-to-46 vote, condemning a nearly four-year conflict in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians and inflicted a devastating famine, sets the foundation for what could become Mr. Trump’s first presidential veto, with the House expected to overwhelmingly pass the measure, possibly this month. Read more.

NY Times

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Senate passes resolution to end US support for Saudi war in Yemen - Guardian
Senate votes to end US support for Saudi-led Yemen conflict despite Trump’s veto threat - CNBC

Senaat VS wil einde steun aan oorlog in Jemen - DvhN

March 13, 2019

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EU warns US against military action on Venezuela

The European Union has cautioned the United States against taking military action against Venezuela, saying the Latin American country’s crisis has to be resolved through peaceful and political solutions.

"We believe that no military development, from inside or outside of the country, would be acceptable," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told a United Nations Security Council meeting on cooperation between the European Union and the UN on Tuesday. Read more.

PressTV

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Venezuela: Attack to Electricity System to Be Investigated - teleSUR
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Despite Opposition Sabotage Attempts, We Have Succeeded: Rodriguez (video>) - teleSUR

Arrest of Murder Suspects in Rio Spotlights Bolsonaro Family

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and his sons were in the spotlight on Tuesday over their ties with two suspected killers, reviving a sense of unease over his administration.

The day started with a police raid on the gated community in Rio de Janeiro where the president lives. One of his neighbors, a former police officer, was arrested for the murder of Marielle Franco. Read more.

Bloomberg

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Ex-Officers Arrested in Killing of Marielle Franco, Brazilian Politician and Activist - NY Times

Rio Police Arrest Two Suspects in Murder of Activist Marielle Franco - Rio Times
Brazil President Bolsonaro and U.S. President Trump to Meet on March 19th - Rio Times

Verdachten in Rio opgepakt voor moord op linkse politica - NOS

March 12, 2019

Head of ‘Blackwater’ wants to end 18-year Afghan conflict with another war



Founder of the notorious #Blackwater firm Erik Prince wants to end the 18-year #Afghan stalemate with… another #war which could see 6,000 mercenaries replace US troops on the ground once they leave the country. Read more.

RT

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March 9, 2019

It’s Time to Tell the Truth: Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy Supports Ilhan Omar’s Critique of Israel



The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate, following a week of debate among congressional Democrats.

The controversy began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel. The House leadership initially drafted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in what was seen as a direct rebuke of Omar.

But many progressive Democrats said Omar, one of the first two Muslim Congresswoman in U.S. history, was unfairly being singled out. The split within the Democratic Party forced the leadership to withdraw its initial resolution and then present a much broader one. Congressmember Ilhan Omar voted for and praised the new resolution in a joint statement with fellow Muslim lawmakers Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and André Carson of Indiana.

We speak with Gideon Levy, Haaretz columnist and member of the newspaper’s editorial board. His latest piece is headlined “Keep It Up, Ilhan Omar.”

Democracy Now!

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Joodse steun voor Democratisch Congreslid Ilhan Omar - De Wereld Morgen
Amerikaans afgevaardigde Ilhan Omar in zwaar weer na aanhoudende kritiek op Israël - Volkskrant

Pre-IDF Brigades: Haganah, Irgun and Lechi



This week, we’re examining the underground militias that preceded the IDF and looking at the divisions that pitted Jew against Jew in pre-State Israel. Lechi. Irgun. Haganah. We ask who these groups were, what caused them to - briefly - unite and what led them to ultimately disband.

This is one of the more difficult periods in Israeli history and a subject that raises a lot of questions. After all, we aren’t talking about polite squabbles. This was real life-on-the-line-type of disagreements between Jewish groups that led to intimidation, violence and even assassinations and bombings.

The violence and actions of the period we’re talking about, from the 1930s to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 showed the British (who ruled Palestine at the time) and the rest of the international community how important the establishment of a Jewish state meant to the Jewish people.

But did obtaining the Zionist dream come at the expense of morals, especially Jewish morals?

Photo/Video Credit:
- GPO Israel/KLUGER ZOLTAN/FRITZ COHEN/Milner Moshe/Pinn Hanns
- Courtesy of Jabotinsky Institute
- Courtesy of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Courtesy of Beit Hatfusot
- Courtesy of Israel State Archives

Jerusalem U

March 7, 2019

Trump Cancels U.S. Report on Civilian Deaths in Drone Strikes

President Donald Trump revoked a requirement that U.S. intelligence officials publicly report the number of civilians killed in drone strikes and other attacks on terrorist targets outside war zones.

Trump formally ended the requirement with an executive order on Wednesday, months after signaling such a move. Read more.

Bloomberg

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March 6, 2019

"Tegen de criminalisering van antizionisme in Frankrijk"

400 Franse intellectuelen hebben in de krant Libération een open brief aan president Macron gericht, als protest tegen zijn voornemen antizionisme te criminaliseren door het gelijk te schakelen met antisemitisme. "Als U van plan bent ons te vervolgen, om ons het zwijgen op te leggen, of zelfs om ons in de Bastille te gooien, wel, dan weet U ons te vinden."

Mijnheer de President,
U heeft recent verklaard de intentie te hebben om het antizionisme te criminaliseren. U heeft deze verklaring afgelegd nadat U ze had besproken met Benjamin Netanyahu, net voor u zich naar het diner van de CRIF begaf (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France – Representatieve Raad van de Joodse Instellingen in Frankrijk). Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

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March 4, 2019

Age of Surveillance Capitalism: “We Thought We Were Searching Google, But Google Was Searching Us”



Corporations have created a new kind of marketplace out of our private human experiences. That is the conclusion of an explosive new book that argues big tech platforms like Facebook and Google are elephant poachers, and our personal data is ivory tusks.

Author Shoshana Zuboff writes in “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power”: “At its core, surveillance capitalism is parasitic and self-referential. It revives Karl Marx’s old image of capitalism as a vampire that feeds on labor, but with an unexpected turn. Instead of labor, surveillance capitalism feeds on every aspect of every human’s experience.” Read more.

Democracy Now

Bolton: US wants ‘broad’ regime-change coalition on Venezuela



Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido, has pledged to return to the country he supposedly leads on Monday. US National Security Adviser John Bolton has warned against to any attempts to prevent Guaido's return. Read more.

RT

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March 3, 2019

US-backed forces move against last ISIL-held stronghold in Syria



U.S.-backed forces in #Syria have launched an assault on, what they call, the last #ISIL-held area near the Iraqi border.

The village of #Baghouz has been a hotspot for the Syrian Democratic Forces for several weeks. They say hundreds of civilians withdrew from the area a day before the attack.

RT

March 1, 2019

Nederland raakte gaandeweg controle kwijt over NLA-programma

Een deel van de steungoederen die Nederland naar Syrische opstandelingen stuurde, zou in handen zijn gekomen van terreurbeweging Jabhat al-Nusra. Dat vertellen betrokkenen en oud-medewerkers van de bedrijven die het steunprogramma in Syrië namens Nederland uitvoerden, aan Nieuwsuur en Trouw. De bedoeling was juist dat het steunprogramma "gematigde" strijdgroepen zou versterken.

Jabhat al-Nusra, de Syrische variant van al-Qaida, zou de Nederlandse goederen in de meeste gevallen in beslag hebben genomen. Lees meer.

NOS

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In Syrië is de vijand van je vijand níet je vriend - Elsevier

Netanyahu to Be Charged With Bribery Pending Hearing

Attorney general also intends to indict Netanyahu for breach of trust in two other cases. Decision comes a month and a half before the election.

Israel's Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit announced on Thursday his decision to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate cases, pending a hearing. Read more.

Haaretz

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