Daily Archives: February 14, 2019

2019-02-14: News Headlines

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2019-02-14). Taking on Goliath: Irish Journalist Gemma O'Doherty Takes on Google. globalresearch.ca Google's European headquarters in Dublin were surprised when Irish journalist Gemma O'Doherty and Yellow Vests Ireland staged a protest over YouTube shutting down the Livestream facility of her channel. | Gemma is known for her work in exposing alleged corruption in …

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-14). An Emirati Woman's Ordeal to Seek Protection from Abuse. hrw.org | | © Hind Albolooki/Twitter | Hind Albolooki fled the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after receiving threats from family members for wanting to divorce an abusive husband. | "I am a mother of four children," she said. "No mother would leave her children just like this. But I had to leave my kids. I had no other choice." Her decision to flee says much about the lack of protection available to women in the UAE. | Hind sought asylum in North Macedoni…

Jessica Corbett (2019-02-14). Netanyahu: Israel and Arab Nations Meeting to Advance "Common Interests of War With Iran" theantimedia.com (CD) — A deleted tweet from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ignited fresh fears about his position on Iran, after his official Twitter account provided an English translation of his remarks to reporters on Wednesday while attending an American-led summit about the Middle East hosted in Warsaw, Poland. The initial tweet, translated from Hebrew, had the prime minister saying: "What …

stuart_m (2019-02-14). The web's world-wide war on democracy. greenleft.org.au Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet
| By Yasha Levine
| Icon Books, £14.99 | As accusations continue to swirl through social media around foreign meddling in Britain's Brexit referendum and the last US election, Yasha Levine's Surveillance Valley is a timely intervention in revealing how undermining democracy has always been the modus operandi of the internet since its inception. | The book's subtitle makes clear its aim to recover the true origin story of the worldwide web as a technology of counterinsurgency, via a potted history of its pivotal innovators. | Among them…

Jake Johnson (2019-02-13). John Bolton Threatens Iran Over Debunked Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons. mintpressnews.com As Iranians this week mark the 40th anniversary of their country's 1979 revolution, President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton declared in a message to Iranian leaders on Monday that he doesn't think they will "have many more anniversaries to enjoy"—a comment that was immediately perceived as a direct threat of war. | In a video posted to the White House's official Twitter page on Monday, Bolton echoed false assertions and repeatedly debunked claims by the Trump that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and described the…

Naomi LaChance (2019-02-13). Ilhan Omar Makes Convicted War Criminal Elliott Abrams Squirm. truthdig.com As forensic experts in El Salvador continue the 26-year effort to exhume the bodies of the victims of the December 1981 El Mozote massacre, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar grilled the Trump administration's Venezuela envoy, Elliott Abrams, on his role in human rights violations. | "I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful," Omar said during a House foreign affairs hearing on Venezuela on Wednesday. She was referencing the Iran-Contra scandal,…

John Dougherty and Michael Edison Hayden (2019-02-13). 'No Way' Gab Has 800,000 Users, Web Host Says. splcenter.org Gab, the floundering social media network that serves as an organizing hub for white supremacists, is inflating its number of users in federal securities filings relied on by investors and regulators, a software engineer for Gab's web hosting company Sibyl System Ltd. tells Hatewatch.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-13). Mistranslated or Not, Israeli PM's 'War With Iran' Tweet Sparks Grave Concerns. commondreams.org "Whether the prime minister's words were intentionally muddled or not, his provocative message needs no interpretation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-02-13). 'Magnificent!': Trump's jaguar appreciation tweet gets trolled over sons' hunting hobby. rt.com President Donald Trump's mysterious sharing of a tweet appreciating jaguars has prompted speculations about its meaning and trolling over his own family's penchant for gunning down and posing with other magnificent beasts.

RT (2019-02-13). AIPAC launches fundraising campaign on back of Ilhan Omar's 'anti-Semitic' tweets — reports. rt.com Pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC is apparently trying to cash in on the controversy caused by Ilhan Omar's tweets in which she slammed the overbearing power the Israeli lobby has on US lawmakers. But some say it's an ill-timed effort.

RT (2019-02-13). 'Get lost in a cave together': Twitter backlash after Dorsey names Elon Musk most 'exciting' tweeter. rt.com Controversy-plagued Elon Musk is Twitter's most exciting and influential user, the platform's CEO Jack Dorsey has said, sparking an internet riot against his peculiar choice of Twitter idol.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-12). Headlines for February 12, 2019. democracynow.org Negotiators Reach Tentative Border Funding Deal as Shutdown Looms, Trump and Beto O'Rourke Hold Rival Rallies in El Paso, Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Critical AIPAC Tweet, Report: 40% of Insects May Go Extinct in Near Future, Yemen: Grain Supplies at Risk of Rotting as Millions Face Famine Risk, Syria: Airstrikes in ISIS Stronghold Kill Scores of Civilians, Mexico: Veteran Radio Reporter Jesús Ramos Rodríguez Murdered, Mexico: LGBT Activist àìscar Cazorla Found Dead, Cameroon: Hospital Arson Kills At Least 4 Amid Mounting Violence, Honduran and Nepali TPS Holders Sue Trump Administration, WSJ: Nat'l Enq…

RT (2019-02-12). Feminist sues Twitter after getting banned for saying 'men aren't women'. rt.com Canadian feminist writer Meghan Murphy is taking Twitter to court over its policy on transgender-related speech after she was booted from the platform for questioning the prevailing gender dogma.

RT (2019-02-12). Twitter lambastes Esquire for feature on Trump-supporting white teen during Black History Month. rt.com Esquire magazine has stepped on something of a cultural landmine with its latest feature piece, detailing the life of a young white, middle-class teenage boy. Both the timing and the article's subject have irked many on Twitter.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Glenn Greenwald Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar: Criticizing Israeli Lobby & AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic. democracynow.org Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing criticism today after commenting on a tweet by Glenn Greenwald. On Sunday, Greenwald tweeted, "GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans." Rep. Omar retweeted his post and added the line: "It's all about the Benjamins baby." She later named AIPAC as the organization paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.

stuart_m (2019-02-08). Roger Waters on US coup: 'Leave Venezuela alone'. greenleft.org.au British musician and activist Roger Waters has called on people to act against the ongoing United States coup against the elected Venezuelan government. Waters specifically urged people to join the February 4 "emergency demonstration" in front of the US Mission to the United Nations (USUN) located in New York City. | TeleSUR English reported that Waters tweeted his call for people to join the march, organised by the December 12 Mo…

TeleSur English (2019-02-04). Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted. venezuelanalysis.com A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences."

2019-02-14: Social Media Postees

Taking on Goliath: Irish Journalist Gemma O'Doherty Takes on Google
Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-14
Google's European headquarters in Dublin were surprised when Irish journalist Gemma O'Doherty and Yellow Vests Ireland staged a protest over YouTube shutting down the Livestream facility of her channel. | Gemma is known for her work in exposing alleged corruption in | … | The post Taking on Goliath: Irish Journalist Gemma O'Doherty Takes on Google appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/taking-goliath-gemma-o…

An Emirati Woman's Ordeal to Seek Protection from Abuse
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-14
© Hind Albolooki/Twitter | Hind Albolooki fled the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after receiving threats from family members for wanting to divorce an abusive husband. | "I am a mother of four children," she said. "No mother would leave her children just like this. But I had to leave my kids. I had no other choice." Her decision to flee says much about the lack of protection available to women in the UAE. | Hind sought asylum in North Macedoni…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/14/emirati-womans-o…

The web's world-wide war on democracy
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-14
Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet | By Yasha Levine | Icon Books, £14.99 | As accusations continue to swirl through social media around foreign meddling in Britain's Brexit referendum and the last US election, Yasha Levine's Surveillance Valley is a timely intervention in revealing how undermining democracy has always been the modus operandi of the internet since its inception. | The book's subtitle makes clear its aim to recover the true origin story of the worldwide web as a technology of counterinsurgency, via a potted history of its pivotal innovators. | Among them…
greenleft.org.au/content/web%E2%80%99s-world-wide-war-democracy

Netanyahu: Israel and Arab Nations Meeting to Advance "Common Interests of War With Iran"
Jessica Corbett | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-14
(CD) — A deleted tweet from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ignited fresh fears about his position on Iran, after his official Twitter account provided an English translation of his remarks to reporters on Wednesday while attending an American-led summit about the Middle East hosted in Warsaw, Poland. The initial tweet, translated from Hebrew, had the prime minister saying: "What …
theantimedia.com/netanyahu-israel-arab-n…

John Bolton Threatens Iran Over Debunked Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons
Jake Johnson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-13
As Iranians this week mark the 40th anniversary of their country's 1979 revolution, President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton declared in a message to Iranian leaders on Monday that he doesn't think they will "have many more anniversaries to enjoy"–a comment that was immediately perceived as a direct threat of war. | In a video posted to the White House's official Twitter page on Monday, Bolton echoed false assertions and repeatedly debunked claims by the Trump that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and described the…
mintpressnews.com/john-bolton-threatens-…

A Preliminary Ranking of the Democratic Primary Contenders
Doug Johnson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-13
Joe Biden leads Bernie Sanders by twelve points, and Sanders leads Kamala Harris, in third place, by ten points in this week's #10at10 preliminary rankings. Launched on social media on January 14, the model emphasizes two particular factors — how a candidate is polling on average versus other announced or potential Democratic candidates and how she…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/13/a-preliminar…

'No Way' Gab Has 800,000 Users, Web Host Says
John Dougherty and Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-02-13
Gab, the floundering social media network that serves as an organizing hub for white supremacists, is inflating its number of users in federal securities filings relied on by investors and regulators, a software engineer for Gab's web hosting company Sibyl System Ltd. tells Hatewatch.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/14/no-wa…

'Magnificent!': Trump's jaguar appreciation tweet gets trolled over sons' hunting hobby
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-13
President Donald Trump's mysterious sharing of a tweet appreciating jaguars has prompted speculations about its meaning and trolling over his own family's penchant for gunning down and posing with other magnificent beasts. | …
rt.com/usa/451387-trump-jaguar-twitter-h…

Mistranslated or Not, Israeli PM's 'War With Iran' Tweet Sparks Grave Concerns
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-13
"Whether the prime minister's words were intentionally muddled or not, his provocative message needs no interpretation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/02/13/mistran…

AIPAC launches fundraising campaign on back of Ilhan Omar's 'anti-Semitic' tweets — reports
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-13
Pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC is apparently trying to cash in on the controversy caused by Ilhan Omar's tweets in which she slammed the overbearing power the Israeli lobby has on US lawmakers. But some say it's an ill-timed effort. | …
rt.com/usa/451351-aipac-omar-fundraising…

'Get lost in a cave together': Twitter backlash after Dorsey names Elon Musk most 'exciting' tweeter
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-13
Controversy-plagued Elon Musk is Twitter's most exciting and influential user, the platform's CEO Jack Dorsey has said, sparking an internet riot against his peculiar choice of Twitter idol. | …
rt.com/news/451397-jack-dorsey-musk-twit…

Feminist sues Twitter after getting banned for saying 'men aren't women'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-12
Canadian feminist writer Meghan Murphy is taking Twitter to court over its policy on transgender-related speech after she was booted from the platform for questioning the prevailing gender dogma. | …
rt.com/usa/451322-meghan-murphy-twitter-…

Twitter lambastes Esquire for feature on Trump-supporting white teen during Black History Month
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-12
Esquire magazine has stepped on something of a cultural landmine with its latest feature piece, detailing the life of a young white, middle-class teenage boy. Both the timing and the article's subject have irked many on Twitter. | …
rt.com/usa/451308-esquire-trump-teen-fea…

Glenn Greenwald Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar: Criticizing Israeli Lobby & AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-11
Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing criticism today after commenting on a tweet by Glenn Greenwald. On Sunday, Greenwald tweeted, "GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans." Rep. Omar retweeted his post and added the line: "It's all about the Benjamins baby." She later named AIPAC as the organization paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/11/glenn_gre…

Roger Waters on US coup: 'Leave Venezuela alone'
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
British musician and activist Roger Waters has called on people to act against the ongoing United States coup against the elected Venezuelan government. Waters specifically urged people to join the February 4 "emergency demonstration" in front of the US Mission to the United Nations (USUN) located in New York City. | TeleSUR English reported that Waters tweeted his call for people to join the march, organised by the December 12 Mo…
greenleft.org.au/content/roger-waters-us-coup-leave-venezuela-alone

Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-04
A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences."
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14294