2019-05-17: Social Media Postees

Friday's Daily Brief: Syria, Yemen airstrikes, Anti-torture panel, Gay rights, Climate change, #Vesak Day
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
On Friday, we cover: Fighting in Syria's Idlib province; UN condemnation of airstrikes in Yemen; UK's forced-return policy; LGBTI rights; the UN chief's climate action trip to Tuvalu; and Vesak Day.
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Uncle Sam Needs Our Help Again?
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Earlier in 2019, the US Congress utilized its power to wage or not wage war and voted to end US involvement in the Saudi Arabian war in Yemen. Donald Trump vetoed the bill and it died. Meanwhile, the Pentagon and US intelligence agencies were ramping up pressure on the nations of Venezuela and Iran. Other…
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Border Official Admits Targeting Journalists and Human Rights Advocates With Smuggling Investigations
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
When first confronted with evidence that it was collaborating with Mexican law enforcement in a sweeping intelligence-gathering operation targeting journalists, activists and attorneys along the U.S.-Mexico divide, Customs and Border Protection was silent. When still more evidence emerged, in the form of documents leaked by a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower, the agency dismissed the significance of the revelations as routine law enforcement work. | Now, more than four months after the story broke, CBP is owning up to its operations — in a way — and raising new questions about its treatme…
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Chelsea Manning jailed again after telling judge she'd rather 'starve to death' than cooperate with grand jury
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-05-17
After just six days of freedom, former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was remanded into custody on 16 May for refusing to testify before a federal Grand Jury. | Manning will be held in confinement for the entire investigation. And Judge Anthon…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/17/chelsea-manning-jailed-again-after-telling-judge-shed-rather-starve-to-death-than-cooperate-with-grand-jury/

Canada Joins the Authoritarian Censorship Agenda
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
Here's how the Canadians will deal with citizen journalism and narrative debunking–they'll force the taxpayers to subsidize corporate news rackets. | "Federal agencies will publish an A-list of newspapers and websites deemed reliable under a multi-million dollar subsidy program, the Department | …
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It's Even More Terrible Than You Thought
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Liberal journalist and author David Cay Johnston, a frequent cable news commentator, was right to title his 2018 book on the Trump presidency "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America." Trump is a creeping fascist train-wreck — an authoritarian disaster whose lawyer recently argued in federal court that…
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"Inside Syria's Secret Prisons": A Harrowing Account of How Assad's Torture Machine Crushed Dissent
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-16
A shocking exposé by the New York Times looks at how Bashar al-Assad's government has jailed and tortured tens of thousands of Syrians since the uprising began in 2011. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, nearly 128,000 people have disappeared. They are presumed to be either dead or still in custody. The group estimates almost 14,000 individuals have died under torture. The detentions are continuing even as the fighting winds down. More than 5,600 Syrians were reportedly arbitrarily detained last year in a 25 percent jump from the previous year. While the Syrian government has denied running a secre…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/16/inside_sy…

Nicaragua: The War of 2018
Roger Stoll | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-16
Nearly all US regime-change wars (Venezuela, Syria, Honduras, Ukraine, Libya, Yugoslavia, etc.) are wars of deception, fabrication, propaganda, coups and false flags. Sometimes there is a direct US military assault, more often not. These wars are waged by proxies, media puppets, hired hit-men, torturers, rapists, vandals, saboteurs, death squads and criminal gangs, through mock or …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/nicaragua-the…

Empty Calls for Bipartisanship Could Doom Us All
Edward Burmila | thenation.com | 2019-05-16
Empty Calls for Bipartisanship Could Doom Us All…
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Intelligence and Local Cooperation Guide Precise Houthi Drone Attack on Saudi Pipeline
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-14
Saudi and UAE vital strategic targets are all within the range of fire and Houthi sources have warned that they should expect more attacks on their oil infrastructure should the Saudi-led Coalition continue its aggression and siege on the Yemeni people.
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