2019-07-22: News Headlines

RT (2019-07-22). Pompeo shrugs off Iran's claim that it has busted a CIA spy ring. rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has dismissed Tehran's claim that it has captured 17 spies working for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), suggesting that the assertion is pure fabrication.

Staff (2019-07-22). "All Sides Need to Begin to De-escalate": Tensions Between Iran, U.K. & U.S. Spark Fears of War. democracynow.org In Iran, authorities say they've arrested 17 Iranian citizens and charged them with being CIA-trained spies for the United States. Iranian media reports that some have already been executed. This comes as tensions in the Persian Gulf continued to mount over the weekend following Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker and its 23 crew members Friday in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran said it seized the tanker in retaliation for the British impounding of an Iranian tanker earlier this month off the coast of Gibraltar. The Iranian National Guard released video Sunday showing the vessel flying an Iranian flag. Britain says…

Staff (2019-07-22). Headlines for July 22, 2019. democracynow.org Iran Says It Has Captured and Killed Spies as Oil Tanker Standoff Intensifies, Trump Revs Up Racist Attacks on Squad as AOC Hits Back: "We're Not Going Anywhere", Heat Wave Grips U.S. as July on Track for Hottest Month Ever Recorded, Fire Breaks Out at Brooklyn Jail as Prisoners Face Dangerous Heat Without Relief, Puerto Ricans Continue Mass Protests as Gov. Rosselló Says He Will Not Seek Re-election, Boris Johnson Expected to Become New U.K. Prime Minister, Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protesters Face Police Tear Gas and Violent Mob, Israel Begins Razing Palestinian Homes in West Bank, Mueller to Testify Before House…

Stephen Lendman (2019-07-22). Anglo-Persian Confrontation. Britain's Impounding of Iran's Grace Supertanker. Former UK Foreign Minister on Britain's "Mistreatment of Iran" globalresearch.ca On Sunday, former Labor Foreign Secretary Jack Straw wrote a London Daily Mail op-ed on why Iranians will never trust Brits. | The same goes for their US counterparts Straw didn't address in his opinion piece. More on this below. | ***…

Staff (2019-07-22). Tensions Between Iran, UK and US Spark Fears of War. truthout.org | | In Iran, authorities say they've arrested 17 Iranian citizens and charged them with being CIA-trained spies for the United States. Iranian media reports that some have already been executed. This comes as tensions in the Persian Gulf continued to mount over the weekend following Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker and its 23 crew members Friday in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran said it seized the tanker in retaliation for the British impounding of an Iranian tanker earlier this month off the coast of Gibraltar. The…

Samuel Thrope (2019-07-22). Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Bizarre Bid for Political Relevance. thenation.com Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Bizarre Bid for Political Relevance…

Jason Ditz (2019-07-22). Iran Says British Oil Tanker Hit a Fishing Boat, Refused Contact. theantimedia.com Officials maintain that the Stena Impero had collided with an Iranian fishing vessel, then refused to respond.

teleSUR (2019-07-22). Another British Minister Resigns Ahead of New PM Taking Office. telesurenglish.net A British minister announced his intention to resign from his post before the country's presumed new Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes office. | RELATED: | Iran: Seized UK Ship Crew Safe, Warns Against Rising Conflict | Alan Duncan, a junior foreign office minister who has long been critical of Johnson, announced his resignation from his post on Monday, following a number of ministers who left their positions before the new Prime Minister takes their seat at Parliament. | His mo…

Middle East Eye (2019-07-22). Israeli Minister Brags That His Country Has Been "Killing Iranians for Two Years" theantimedia.com An Israeli minister boasted on Sunday that his country was the only one that "has been killing Iranians for two years."

teleSUR (2019-07-22). Iran Says Arrested 17 CIA Spies, Some Sentenced to Death. telesurenglish.net Iran captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and some have been sentenced to death, Iranian media reported Monday. | RELATED: | Panama Confirms Tanker Seized by Iran Was Smuggling Oil | Iranian state television published images it said showed the CIA officers who were in touch with the suspected spies. | There was no immediate comment on the Iranian allegations by the CIA or U.S. officials. | Iran announced in June that it had broken up an alleged CI…

Middle East Eye (2019-07-22). Israeli Minister Brags That His Country Has Been "Killing Iranians for Two Years" theantimedia.com An Israeli minister boasted on Sunday that his country was the only one that has been "killing Iranians."

RT (2019-07-22). US doesn't want war with Iran & UK should take care of its own ships — Pompeo. rt.com Amid rising tensions, Mike Pompeo has insisted the US doesn't want war with Iran and the UK is responsible for taking care of its own ships. The secretary of state also dismissed Tehran's claims it had arrested CIA-linked spies.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-07-21). A Major Conventional War Against Iran Is an Impossibility. Crisis within the US Command Structure. globalresearch.ca What both the media and military analysts fail to acknowledge is that US CENTCOM's forward Middle East headquarters at the al-Udeid military base close to Doha de facto "lies in enemy territory". Since the May 2017 split of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Qatar has become a staunch ally of Iran…

teleSUR (2019-07-21). Iran: Seized UK Ship Crew Safe, Warns Against Rising Conflict. telesurenglish.net Iran's ambassador to Britain warned against escalating tensions Sunday as a U.K. official declined to rule out sanctions in response to Tehran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker. | RELATED: | Iran Releases Video Disproving US Claims of Downed Drone | Britain has called Iran's capture of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz Friday a "hostile act". | Br…

teleSUR (2019-07-21). Panama Confirms Tanker Seized by Iran Was Smuggling Oil. telesurenglish.net Panama's Maritime Administration (AMP) condemned Sunday the use of Panamanian-flagged ships for illicit acts, confirming that the tanker Riah seized by Iran was, in fact, smuggling oil. | RELATED: | US Deploys Troops to Saudi Arabia for First Time Since 2003 | "We strongly condemn the use of Panamanian-flagged vessels for unlawful acts that threaten the safety of human…

Sarah Abed (2019-07-21). Washington's Bully Tactics Have Failed to Persuade Tehran to Negotiate a New Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is in New York this week for high level talks at the UN. He has been confined to a six-block radius. It's not uncommon for Iranian diplomats along with envoys from North Korea, Syria …

teleSUR (2019-07-21). US Deploys Troops to Saudi Arabia for First Time Since 2003. telesurenglish.net The United States Defense Department confirmed that Saudi Arabia's King Salman approved hosting troops for the first time since 2003 amid rising tensions with Iran, the state news agency (SPA) reported Friday. | RELATED: | Iran: Seized UK Ship Crew Safe, Warns Against Rising Conflict | U.S. officials have justified the move as a means to "provide an additional deterrent" in the face of "emergent, credible threats." While the Saudi Ministry of Defense said it aims "to increase join…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-07-20). A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Trump's Middle East Policy Could Push Yemen's Houthis into Iran's Hands. mintpressnews.com As both the United States and Saudi Arabia continue to wage war and impose economic blockades on both Yemen and Iran, it is likely that the Houthis' political alliance with Iran against their common enemies will grow, turning the fears of both the Saudi Arabia and the United States into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Jason Ditz (2019-07-20). Former Iranian President Ahmadinejad Urges Direct Talks With Trump. theantimedia.com Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the surprise move to endorse direct talks with President Trump on Friday.

RT (2019-07-20). Cuba, Russia, China, Iran — Pompeo lists every nation that 'must leave' Venezuela, except one. rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says foreign nations (Russia, China, Iran, and Cuba) must stay clear of Venezuela, so that the one foreign nation not on the list "can begin to do the work to rebuild that country."

RT (2019-07-20). War with Iran as 2020 election boost? Ron Paul optimistic Trump may tell Bolton 'to get lost'. rt.com With tension between the US and Iran running sizzling hot, some fear President Donald Trump may see war as a potential boost for his re-election campaign. Ex-congressman Ron Paul told RT he is optimistic that Trump won't.

Jason Ditz (2019-07-19). US to Send 500 Ground Troops to Saudi Arabia in Response to Iran. theantimedia.com There is a plan to send "up to 500" US ground troops to Saudi Arabia in response to Iran tensions.

James Carden (2019-07-19). As Trump Tears Up Our Treaties, Can Local Efforts Yield Diplomatic Fruit? thenation.com As Trump Tears Up Our Treaties, Can Local Efforts Yield Diplomatic Fruit?

Tyler Durden (2019-07-19). Trump Claims US Navy Shot Down Iranian Drone in Defensive Action; Iran Denies. theantimedia.com "We have no information about losing a drone today," Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif told reporters at the UN.

RT (2019-07-19). 'Escalatory violence': Washington reacts to Tehran seizing British tanker. rt.com The White House has condemned "escalatory violence by the Iranian regime," as President Donald Trump promised to speak with the UK after Iran's elite military wing said they captured a British-owned tanker over alleged violations.

Staff (2019-07-18). Trump's Iran Treaty Withdrawal and Sanctions Based on Lies, but War Could Be a Reality. therealnews.com Khury Petersen-Smith outlines how Trump's untruths and policies are making America the aggressor, not Iran, and how American media from the New York Times to Fox News are falling for his rhetoric…

Stephen Zunes and Medea Benjamin (2019-07-17). Trump's Threats towards Iran Aren't Working. Here's Why. progressive.org By treating the Iranian regime as a monolith the Trump Administration risks closing one of the few remaining avenues for defusing the crisis.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-07-16). Seeking New Routes for Oil Delivery Saudi Arabia Tightens Its Grip on Eastern Yemen. mintpressnews.com Saudi Arabia is consolidating its military hold on eastern Yemen's al-Mahrah province, hoping to use the area for an oil pipeline that would bypass the Strait of Hormuz.

Max Blumenthal (2019-06-28). US officials join bizarre Iranian cult MEK in rallying for regime change. thegrayzone.com The exiled Iranian MEK regime change cult rallied in front of the US State Department, just after Trump backtracked from…

2019-07-22: Social Media Postees

Anglo-Persian Confrontation. Britain's Impounding of Iran's Grace Supertanker. Former UK Foreign Minister on Britain's "Mistreatment of Iran"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-22
On Sunday, former Labor Foreign Secretary Jack Straw wrote a London Daily Mail op-ed on why Iranians will never trust Brits. | The same goes for their US counterparts Straw didn't address in his opinion piece. More on this below. | ***…
globalresearch.ca/former-uk-foreign-minister-britains-mistreatment-iran/5684286

"All Sides Need to Begin to De-escalate": Tensions Between Iran, U.K. & U.S. Spark Fears of War
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-22
In Iran, authorities say they've arrested 17 Iranian citizens and charged them with being CIA-trained spies for the United States. Iranian media reports that some have already been executed. This comes as tensions in the Persian Gulf continued to mount over the weekend following Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker and its 23 crew members Friday in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran said it seized the tanker in retaliation for the British impounding of an Iranian tanker earlier this month off the coast of Gibraltar. The Iranian National Guard released video Sunday showing the vessel flying an Iranian flag. Britain says…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/22/iran_strait_hormuz_tensions_us_uk

Tensions Between Iran, UK and US Spark Fears of War
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-22
| In Iran, authorities say they've arrested 17 Iranian citizens and charged them with being CIA-trained spies for the United States. Iranian media reports that some have already been executed. This comes as tensions in the Persian Gulf continued to mount over the weekend following Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker and its 23 crew members Friday in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran said it seized the tanker in retaliation for the British impounding of an Iranian tanker earlier this month off the coast of Gibraltar. The…
truthout.org/video/tensions-between-iran-uk-and-us-spark-fears-of-war/

Tensions Between Iran, UK and US Spark Fears of War
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-22
| In Iran, authorities say they've arrested 17 Iranian citizens and charged them with being CIA-trained spies for the United States. Iranian media reports that some have already been executed. This comes as tensions in the Persian Gulf continued to mount over the weekend following Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker and its 23 crew members Friday in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran said it seized the tanker in retaliation for the British impounding of an Iranian tanker earlier this month off the coast of Gibraltar. The…
truthout.org/video/tensions-between-iran-uk-and-us-spark-fears-of-war/

Israeli Minister Brags That His Country Has Been "Killing Iranians for Two Years"
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-22
An Israeli minister boasted on Sunday that his country was the only one that "has been killing Iranians for two years."

Israeli Minister Brags That His Country Has Been "Killing Iranians for Two Years"

Another British Minister Resigns Ahead of New PM Taking Office
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-22
A British minister announced his intention to resign from his post before the country's presumed new Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes office. | RELATED: | Iran: Seized UK Ship Crew Safe, Warns Against Rising Conflict | Alan Duncan, a junior foreign office minister who has long been critical of Johnson, announced his resignation from his post on Monday, following a number of ministers who left their positions before the new Prime Minister takes their seat at Parliament. | His mo…
telesurenglish.net/news/Another-British-Minister-Resigns-Ahead-of-New-PM-Taking-Office-20190722-0004.html

Iran Says British Oil Tanker Hit a Fishing Boat, Refused Contact
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-22
Officials maintain that the Stena Impero had collided with an Iranian fishing vessel, then refused to respond.

Iran Says British Oil Tanker Hit a Fishing Boat, Refused Contact

Iran Says British Oil Tanker Hit a Fishing Boat, Refused Contact
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-22
Officials maintain that the Stena Impero had collided with an Iranian fishing vessel, then refused to respond.

Iran Says British Oil Tanker Hit a Fishing Boat, Refused Contact

Iran Says Arrested 17 CIA Spies, Some Sentenced to Death
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-22
Iran captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and some have been sentenced to death, Iranian media reported Monday. | RELATED: | Panama Confirms Tanker Seized by Iran Was Smuggling Oil | Iranian state television published images it said showed the CIA officers who were in touch with the suspected spies. | There was no immediate comment on the Iranian allegations by the CIA or U.S. officials. | Iran announced in June that it had broken up an alleged CI…
telesurenglish.net/news/Iran-Says-Arrested-17-CIA-Spies-Some-Sentenced-to-Death-20190722-0008.html

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Bizarre Bid for Political Relevance
Samuel Thrope | thenation.com | 2019-07-22
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Bizarre Bid for Political Relevance…
thenation.com/article/ahmadinejad-iran-trump-antisemitism-nuclear/

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Bizarre Bid for Political Relevance
Samuel Thrope | thenation.com | 2019-07-22
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Bizarre Bid for Political Relevance…
thenation.com/article/ahmadinejad-iran-trump-antisemitism-nuclear/

Israeli Minister Brags That His Country Has Been "Killing Iranians for Two Years"
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-22
An Israeli minister boasted on Sunday that his country was the only one that has been "killing Iranians."

Israeli Minister Brags That His Country Has Been "Killing Iranians for Two Years"

Pompeo shrugs off Iran's claim that it has busted a CIA spy ring
rt.com | 2019-07-22
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has dismissed Tehran's claim that it has captured 17 spies working for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), suggesting that the assertion is pure fabrication. | …
rt.com/usa/464756-pompeo-cia-iran-spies/

US doesn't want war with Iran & UK should take care of its own ships — Pompeo
rt.com | 2019-07-22
Amid rising tensions, Mike Pompeo has insisted the US doesn't want war with Iran and the UK is responsible for taking care of its own ships. The secretary of state also dismissed Tehran's claims it had arrested CIA-linked spies. | …
rt.com/usa/464749-pompeo-iran-british-tanker/

A Major Conventional War Against Iran Is an Impossibility. Crisis within the US Command Structure
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-21
What both the media and military analysts fail to acknowledge is that US CENTCOM's forward Middle East headquarters at the al-Udeid military base close to Doha de facto "lies in enemy territory". Since the May 2017 split of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Qatar has become a staunch ally of Iran…
globalresearch.ca/a-major-conventional-war-against-iran-is-an-impossibility-crisis-within-the-us-command-structure/5682514

Iran: Seized UK Ship Crew Safe, Warns Against Rising Conflict
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-21
Iran's ambassador to Britain warned against escalating tensions Sunday as a U.K. official declined to rule out sanctions in response to Tehran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker. | RELATED: | Iran Releases Video Disproving US Claims of Downed Drone | Britain has called Iran's capture of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz Friday a "hostile act". | Br…
telesurenglish.net/news/iran-uk-seized-tanker-crew-safe-escalating-conflict-in-gulf-20190721-0001.html

Washington's Bully Tactics Have Failed to Persuade Tehran to Negotiate a New Nuclear Deal
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-21
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is in New York this week for high level talks at the UN. He has been confined to a six-block radius. It's not uncommon for Iranian diplomats along with envoys from North Korea, Syria …
globalresearch.ca/washingtons-bully-tactics-have-failed-persuade-tehran-negotiate-new-nuclear-deal/5684139

Panama Confirms Tanker Seized by Iran Was Smuggling Oil
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-21
Panama's Maritime Administration (AMP) condemned Sunday the use of Panamanian-flagged ships for illicit acts, confirming that the tanker Riah seized by Iran was, in fact, smuggling oil. | RELATED: | US Deploys Troops to Saudi Arabia for First Time Since 2003 | "We strongly condemn the use of Panamanian-flagged vessels for unlawful acts that threaten the safety of human…
telesurenglish.net/news/Panama-Confirms-Tanker-Seized-by-Iran-Was-Smuggling-Oil-20190721-0011.html

US Deploys Troops to Saudi Arabia for First Time Since 2003
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-21
The United States Defense Department confirmed that Saudi Arabia's King Salman approved hosting troops for the first time since 2003 amid rising tensions with Iran, the state news agency (SPA) reported Friday. | RELATED: | Iran: Seized UK Ship Crew Safe, Warns Against Rising Conflict | U.S. officials have justified the move as a means to "provide an additional deterrent" in the face of "emergent, credible threats." While the Saudi Ministry of Defense said it aims "to increase join…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Deploys-Troops-to-Saudi-Arabia-for-First-Time-Since-2003-20190721-0009.html

A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Trump's Middle East Policy Could Push Yemen's Houthis into Iran's Hands
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-07-20
As both the United States and Saudi Arabia continue to wage war and impose economic blockades on both Yemen and Iran, it is likely that the Houthis' political alliance with Iran against their common enemies will grow, turning the fears of both the Saudi Arabia and the United States into a self-fulfilling prophecy.
mintpressnews.com/trump-middle-east-policy-pushing-yemen-houthis-iran-hands/260719/

Former Iranian President Ahmadinejad Urges Direct Talks With Trump
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-20
Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the surprise move to endorse direct talks with President Trump on Friday.

Former Iranian President Ahmadinejad Urges Direct Talks With Trump

Cuba, Russia, China, Iran — Pompeo lists every nation that 'must leave' Venezuela, except one
rt.com | 2019-07-20
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says foreign nations (Russia, China, Iran, and Cuba) must stay clear of Venezuela, so that the one foreign nation not on the list "can begin to do the work to rebuild that country." | …
rt.com/usa/464613-pompeo-venezuela-must-leave/

War with Iran as 2020 election boost? Ron Paul optimistic Trump may tell Bolton 'to get lost'
rt.com | 2019-07-20
With tension between the US and Iran running sizzling hot, some fear President Donald Trump may see war as a potential boost for his re-election campaign. Ex-congressman Ron Paul told RT he is optimistic that Trump won't. | …
rt.com/usa/464643-ron-paul-war-iran/

US to Send 500 Ground Troops to Saudi Arabia in Response to Iran
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-19
There is a plan to send "up to 500" US ground troops to Saudi Arabia in response to Iran tensions.

US to Send 500 Ground Troops to Saudi Arabia in Response to Iran

As Trump Tears Up Our Treaties, Can Local Efforts Yield Diplomatic Fruit?
James Carden | thenation.com | 2019-07-19
As Trump Tears Up Our Treaties, Can Local Efforts Yield Diplomatic Fruit?
thenation.com/article/trump-iran-climate-change-treaties/

Trump Claims US Navy Shot Down Iranian Drone in Defensive Action; Iran Denies
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-19
"We have no information about losing a drone today," Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif told reporters at the UN.

Trump Claims US Navy Shot Down Iranian Drone in Defensive Action; Iran Denies

'Escalatory violence': Washington reacts to Tehran seizing British tanker
rt.com | 2019-07-19
The White House has condemned "escalatory violence by the Iranian regime," as President Donald Trump promised to speak with the UK after Iran's elite military wing said they captured a British-owned tanker over alleged violations. | …
rt.com/usa/464599-us-react-iran-tanker-uk/

Trump's Iran Treaty Withdrawal and Sanctions Based on Lies, but War Could Be a Reality
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-18
Khury Petersen-Smith outlines how Trump's untruths and policies are making America the aggressor, not Iran, and how American media from the New York Times to Fox News are falling for his rhetoric…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-iran-treaty-withdrawal-and-sanctions-based-on-lies-but-war-could-be-a-reality

Trump's Threats towards Iran Aren't Working. Here's Why
Stephen Zunes and Medea Benjamin | progressive.org | 2019-07-17
By treating the Iranian regime as a monolith the Trump Administration risks closing one of the few remaining avenues for defusing the crisis.
progressive.org/dispatches/trumps-threats-towards-iran-arent-working-zunes-benjamin-190717/

Seeking New Routes for Oil Delivery Saudi Arabia Tightens Its Grip on Eastern Yemen
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-07-16
Saudi Arabia is consolidating its military hold on eastern Yemen's al-Mahrah province, hoping to use the area for an oil pipeline that would bypass the Strait of Hormuz.
mintpressnews.com/new-routes-oil-pipeline-saudi-arabia-tightens-grip-al-mahrah-yemen/260572/

US officials join bizarre Iranian cult MEK in rallying for regime change
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-06-28
The exiled Iranian MEK regime change cult rallied in front of the US State Department, just after Trump backtracked from…
thegrayzone.com/2019/06/27/us-officials-iranian-cult-mek-regime-change/