2018-12-11: News Headlines

Faye Farhang-Hutsell (2018-12-11). Thank You, George H.W. Bush, My First U.S. President. iranian.com This Iranian expat is indebted to George Herbert Walker Bush, who believed in the value of immigrants from all over the world to contribute to the fabric of this incredible nation. It was late fall in 1988 when my family was granted the opportunity to immigrate to the promised land. In Persian circles, the United […]

Tasnim News (2018-12-11). Iran's Non-Oil Exports Over $31 Billion In 8 Months. 13% Increase Compared To Same Period Last Year. iranian.com Speaking to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the head of the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran, Mohammad Reza Modoudi, said the total value of non-oil exports during the first eight months of 2018 has surpassed $31.5 bln, showing a 13 percent increase compared to the same period last year. "During this period, we […]

Gregory Copley (2018-12-11). Saudi Arabia's Biggest Geopolitical Error. iranian.com War is inherently risk-intense, and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly. The more comprehensive the engagement the less predictable the outcome. So it is with the Saudi Coalition's present intervention in Yemen. Nothing is more important than having clear, strategically valid goals and absolute imperatives before engaging in warfare. […]

Lawrence Wittner (2018-12-10). Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: a Practical Proposal. counterpunch.org In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that "humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war." Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster. Indeed, this danger More

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2018-12-10). Trump Has Been Broken by the Military -Security Complex. The Risk of Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca In order to protect himself from the military/security complex, President Trump has abandoned his earlier intention of normalizing relations with Russia. Just as the neoconservative ideology needs US hegemony, the military/security complex needs an enemy to justify the $1,000 billion …

Farid Parsa (2018-12-10). It's A Woman's World. Female Travellers to Persia. Dr Elizabeth Ness MacBean Ross (1878-1915). iranian.com Elizabeth grew up in the Scottish Highlands. Her father was the manager of the Bank of Scotland. Along with two other of her siblings she decided to pursue a career in medicine. She began her medical training at the prestigious Glasgow Medical School in 1901 when she was 18. This was also the time when […]

Zero Hedge (2018-12-10). Yemen War: Pentagon Has Been Fueling Saudi And UAE Jets Free Of Charge. iranian.com The White House wants to stay the course in Yemen even as the Senate is set to push back against US military support to the Saudi-led bombing campaign. But now a bombshell report reveals the Pentagon has been fueling Saudi and UAE jets free of charge due to "errors in accounting where DoD failed to charge" according […]

972 Magazine (2018-12-10). Israel Trying To Defund +972 Magazine. iranian.com Israel asked the German government to pressure two left-leaning political foundations to stop funding +972 Magazine, according to a report in the German media Thursday. +972 was able to independently verify the report. The total contributions from the two foundations, Heinrich Bà∂ll Stiftung and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, comprise only 9 percent of +972's overall 2018 budget as […]

Middle East Eye (2018-12-10). Iran Jails 30 Men For Economic Crimes After Public Outcry Against Corruption. iranian.com Fast-track courts set up in Iran to fight economic crime have jailed 30 men for as long as 20 years each, the judiciary said on Sunday, as the country faces renewed US sanctions and a public outcry against profiteering and corruption. The new Islamic revolutionary courts – whose rulings cannot be appealed, except for death […]

James G. Jatras (2018-12-10). The 'America Last' Express Hurtles On. iranian.com As the faàßade of 2016 Candidate Donald Trump's promised "America First" continues to crumble away, the baked-into-the-cake pathologies of the foreign and security policy "experts" who monopolize President Trump's administration plunge forward along their predetermined paths. Any realistic notion of American national interests comes last after the priorities of — well, pretty much everyone else with […]

RFE (2018-12-10). EU's Top Diplomat: EU-Iran Trade Vehicle Could Be Ready By Year-End. iranian.com The European Union's foreign policy chief said on Monday a system to facilitate non-dollar trade with Iran and circumvent U.S. sanctions could be in place by year's end. The European Union wants the so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to help preserve the economic benefits for Iran deriving from the curbs it placed on its nuclear […]

Lawrence Wittner (2018-12-08). Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal. zcomm.org In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that "humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war." Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster. Indeed, this danger‚Äïexemplified Read more…

Arun Gupta (2018-12-07). Let's Talk About George H.W. Bush's Role in the Iran-Contra Scandal. theintercept.com Hagiographies of the late president neglect his role in a secret war in Nicaragua and illegal weapons sales to Iran for the release of hostages.

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-07). Family Planning Scholar Arrested on Vague Accusations in Tehran. hrw.org | | Iran's national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012. | © 2012 Reuters | Two academics with ties to Australian universities are among those arrested or required to go to a police station to face questioning in Iran during a weeks-long crackdown. The Iranian authorities claim those arrested used scientific projects as a cover to infiltrate Iran and create obstacles for the country's plans to increase its birth rate. The accusation is another use by Iranian authorities of the vaguely defined wo…

Miranda Spencer (2018-12-06). Don't Do Anything About Climate Disaster, USA Today Warns Dems. fair.org USA Today ( 11/27/18) warns Democrats that efforts to address climate change might "whisk them out of power" again. | "Democrats Will Push on Climate Change," declared the lead story on the front page of the November 27 USA Today. (The online version bore the more verbose headline, "Once Democrats Take Charge of the…

Democracy Now! (2018-12-05). Headlines for December 5, 2018. democracynow.org Senators Say Crown Prince Is Guilty in Khashoggi Murder After CIA Briefing, Mueller Not Seeking Jail Time for Flynn, Cites "Substantial Assistance", Politico: NRCC Emails Hacked in 2018 Midterms, Georgia Voters Elect Republican Secretary of State, Congressmembers Call for Labor Sec. Acosta Probe over Epstein Plea Deal, DOJ Senior Official Allowed to Get Away with Sexual Assault, Federal Gov. Shuts Down for Nat'l Day of Mourning, Somalia: U.S. Reopens Permanent Diplomatic Presence, Pompeo Gives Russia 60 Days to Comply with Nuclear Treaty, West Bank: Israeli Forces Kill Disabled Palestinian in Overnight Raid, Moro…

Democracy Now! (2018-12-04). How George H.W. Bush's Pardons for Iran-Contra Conspirators Set the Stage for Trump's Impunity. democracynow.org As the media lauds George H.W. Bush's legacy, we look at his role in the Iran-Contra scandal. Bush Sr. was vice president when the Reagan administration conspired to deceive and defy Congress with its illegal arms sale to Iran in exchange for securing the release of American hostages in Lebanon. The proceeds from the sale were used to illegally fund the Nicaraguan Contras. In 1992, when Bush Sr. was president, he pardoned several Iran-Contra defendants, including Caspar Weinberger, Robert McFarlane and Elliott Abrams. We speak with Greg Grandin, prize-winning author and professor of Latin American history at New…

Max Blumenthal (2018-12-04). "Pistachio Wars": How the Resnicks' Snack Food Fortune is Fueling the Assault on Iran. grayzoneproject.com A highly original documentary project reveals how a couple of Beverly Hills billionaires "are willing to risk war in Iran…

Democracy Now! (2018-12-03). Mehdi Hasan on George H.W. Bush's Ignored Legacy: War Crimes, Racism and Obstruction of Justice. democracynow.org George H.W. Bush died in Houston on Friday night at the age of 94. Bush was elected the 41st president of the United States in 1988, becoming the first and only former CIA director to lead the country. He served as Ronald Reagan's vice president from 1981 to 1989. Since Bush's death, the media has honored the former president by focusing on his years of service and his call as president for a kinder, gentler America. But the headlines have largely glossed over and ignored other parts of Bush's legacy. We look at the 1991 Gulf War, Bush's pardoning of six Reagan officials involved in the Iran-Contra scandal and ho…

Lawrence Wittner (2018-11-18). Lurching Toward Catastrophe: The Trump Administration and Nuclear Weapons. zcomm.org In July 2017, by a vote of 122 to 1, with one abstention, nations from around the world attending a United Nations-sponsored conference in New York City voted to approve a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Although this Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons received little coverage in the mass media, its passage was Read more…

Don Fitz (2018-10-18). Nuclear Power & Climate. zcomm.org The great environmental challenge of our time is to understand that the many sources of biodestruction are interconnected and must be confronted simultaneously, rather than disparaging one danger to focus on another…

2018-12-11: Social Media Postees

Thank You, George H.W. Bush, My First U.S. President
Faye Farhang-Hutsell | iranian.com | 2018-12-11
This Iranian expat is indebted to George Herbert Walker Bush, who believed in the value of immigrants from all over the world to contribute to the fabric of this incredible nation. It was late fall in 1988 when my family was granted the opportunity to immigrate to the promised land. In Persian circles, the United […] | The post Thank You, George H.W. Bush, My First U.S. President appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/10/thank-you-george-…

Iran's Non-Oil Exports Over $31 Billion In 8 Months. 13% Increase Compared To Same Period Last Year
Tasnim News | iranian.com | 2018-12-11
Speaking to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the head of the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran, Mohammad Reza Modoudi, said the total value of non-oil exports during the first eight months of 2018 has surpassed $31.5 bln, showing a 13 percent increase compared to the same period last year. "During this period, we […] | The post Iran's Non-Oil Exports Over $31 Billion In 8 Months. 13% Increase Compared To Same Period Last Year appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/11/irans-non-oil-exp…

Saudi Arabia's Biggest Geopolitical Error
Gregory Copley | iranian.com | 2018-12-11
War is inherently risk-intense, and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly. The more comprehensive the engagement the less predictable the outcome. So it is with the Saudi Coalition's present intervention in Yemen. Nothing is more important than having clear, strategically valid goals and absolute imperatives before engaging in warfare. […] | The post Saudi Arabia's Biggest Geopolitical Error appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/10/saudi-arabias-big…

Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: a Practical Proposal
Lawrence Wittner | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-10
In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that "humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war." Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster. Indeed, this danger…
counterpunch.org/2018/12/10/reviving-the…

Iran: Solidarity with tortured trade unionists as strike action spreads
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2018-12-10
Iranian communists have called for international solidarity following the arrest and torture of leading trade unionists as strike action spreads across the province of Khuzestan. Tudeh Party international secretary Navid Shomali said that the clerical regime is in a fragile position and that support for striking workers in Iran was vital. Workers at the Iranian …
peoplesworld.org/article/iran-solidarity…

Trump Has Been Broken by the Military -Security Complex. The Risk of Nuclear War
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-10
In order to protect himself from the military/security complex, President Trump has abandoned his earlier intention of normalizing relations with Russia. Just as the neoconservative ideology needs US hegemony, the military/security complex needs an enemy to justify the $1,000 billion … | The post Trump Has Been Broken by the Military -Security Complex. The Risk of Nuclear War appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/trump-has-been-broken-…

It's A Woman's World. Female Travellers to Persia. Dr Elizabeth Ness MacBean Ross (1878-1915)
Farid Parsa | iranian.com | 2018-12-10
Elizabeth grew up in the Scottish Highlands. Her father was the manager of the Bank of Scotland. Along with two other of her siblings she decided to pursue a career in medicine. She began her medical training at the prestigious Glasgow Medical School in 1901 when she was 18. This was also the time when […] | The post It's A Woman's World. Female Travellers to Persia. Dr Elizabeth Ness MacBean Ross (1878-1915) appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/10/elizabeth-ness-ma…

EU's Top Diplomat: EU-Iran Trade Vehicle Could Be Ready By Year-End
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-12-10
The European Union's foreign policy chief said on Monday a system to facilitate non-dollar trade with Iran and circumvent U.S. sanctions could be in place by year's end. The European Union wants the so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to help preserve the economic benefits for Iran deriving from the curbs it placed on its nuclear […] | The post EU's Top Diplomat: EU-Iran Trade Vehicle Could Be Ready By Year-End appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/10/eus-top-diplomat-…

Yemen War: Pentagon Has Been Fueling Saudi And UAE Jets Free Of Charge
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2018-12-10
The White House wants to stay the course in Yemen even as the Senate is set to push back against US military support to the Saudi-led bombing campaign. But now a bombshell report reveals the Pentagon has been fueling Saudi and UAE jets free of charge due to "errors in accounting where DoD failed to charge" according […] | The post Yemen War: Pentagon Has Been Fueling Saudi And UAE Jets Free Of Charge appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/10/pentagon-fueling-…

The 'America Last' Express Hurtles On
James G. Jatras | iranian.com | 2018-12-10
As the faàßade of 2016 Candidate Donald Trump's promised "America First" continues to crumble away, the baked-into-the-cake pathologies of the foreign and security policy "experts" who monopolize President Trump's administration plunge forward along their predetermined paths. Any realistic notion of American national interests comes last after the priorities of — well, pretty much everyone else with […] | The post The 'America Last' Express Hurtles On appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/10/the-america-last-…

Israel Trying To Defund +972 Magazine
972 Magazine | iranian.com | 2018-12-10
Israel asked the German government to pressure two left-leaning political foundations to stop funding +972 Magazine, according to a report in the German media Thursday. +972 was able to independently verify the report. The total contributions from the two foundations, Heinrich Bà∂ll Stiftung and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, comprise only 9 percent of +972's overall 2018 budget as […] | The post Israel Trying To Defund +972 Magazine appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/10/israel-defund-972…

Iran Jails 30 Men For Economic Crimes After Public Outcry Against Corruption
Middle East Eye | iranian.com | 2018-12-10
Fast-track courts set up in Iran to fight economic crime have jailed 30 men for as long as 20 years each, the judiciary said on Sunday, as the country faces renewed US sanctions and a public outcry against profiteering and corruption. The new Islamic revolutionary courts – whose rulings cannot be appealed, except for death […] | The post Iran Jails 30 Men For Economic Crimes After Public Outcry Against Corruption appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/09/iran-jails-men-fo…

Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2018-12-08
In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that "humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war." Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster. Indeed, this danger‚Äïexemplified Read…
zcomm.org/zblogs/reviving-the-nuclear-di…

Let's Talk About George H.W. Bush's Role in the Iran-Contra Scandal
Arun Gupta | theintercept.com | 2018-12-07
Hagiographies of the late president neglect his role in a secret war in Nicaragua and illegal weapons sales to Iran for the release of hostages. | The post Let's Talk About George H.W. Bush's Role in the Iran-Contra Scandal appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/12/07/george-h-w-b…

Family Planning Scholar Arrested on Vague Accusations in Tehran
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-07
Iran's national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012. | © 2012 Reuters | Two academics with ties to Australian universities are among those arrested or required to go to a police station to face questioning in Iran during a weeks-long crackdown. The Iranian authorities claim those arrested used scientific projects as a cover to infiltrate Iran and create obstacles for the country's plans to increase its birth rate. The accusation is another use by Iranian authorities of the vaguely defined wo…
hrw.org/news/2018/12/07/family-planning-…

Don't Do Anything About Climate Disaster, USA Today Warns Dems
Miranda Spencer | fair.org | 2018-12-06
USA Today ( 11/27/18) warns Democrats that efforts to address climate change might "whisk them out of power" again. | "Democrats Will Push on Climate Change," declared the lead story on the front page of the November 27 USA Today. (The online version bore the more verbose headline, "Once Democrats Take Charge of the…
fair.org/home/dont-do-anything-about-cli…

How George H.W. Bush's Pardons for Iran-Contra Conspirators Set the Stage for Trump's Impunity
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-04
As the media lauds George H.W. Bush's legacy, we look at his role in the Iran-Contra scandal. Bush Sr. was vice president when the Reagan administration conspired to deceive and defy Congress with its illegal arms sale to Iran in exchange for securing the release of American hostages in Lebanon. The proceeds from the sale were used to illegally fund the Nicaraguan Contras. In 1992, when Bush Sr. was president, he pardoned several Iran-Contra defendants, including Caspar Weinberger, Robert McFarlane and Elliott Abrams. We speak with Greg Grandin, prize-winning author and professor of Latin American history at New…
www.democracynow.org/2018/12/4/how_georg…

"Pistachio Wars": How the Resnicks' Snack Food Fortune is Fueling the Assault on Iran
Max Blumenthal | grayzoneproject.com | 2018-12-04
A highly original documentary project reveals how a couple of Beverly Hills billionaires "are willing to risk war in Iran… | The post "Pistachio Wars": How the Resnicks' Snack Food Fortune is Fueling the Assault on Iran appeared first on Grayzone Project.
grayzoneproject.com/2018/12/04/pistachio…

Mehdi Hasan on George H.W. Bush's Ignored Legacy: War Crimes, Racism and Obstruction of Justice
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-03
George H.W. Bush died in Houston on Friday night at the age of 94. Bush was elected the 41st president of the United States in 1988, becoming the first and only former CIA director to lead the country. He served as Ronald Reagan's vice president from 1981 to 1989. Since Bush's death, the media has honored the former president by focusing on his years of service and his call as president for a kinder, gentler America. But the headlines have largely glossed over and ignored other parts of Bush's legacy. We look at the 1991 Gulf War, Bush's pardoning of six Reagan officials involved in the Iran-Contra scandal and ho…
www.democracynow.org/2018/12/3/mehdi_has…

Lurching Toward Catastrophe: The Trump Administration and Nuclear Weapons
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2018-11-18
In July 2017, by a vote of 122 to 1, with one abstention, nations from around the world attending a United Nations-sponsored conference in New York City voted to approve a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Although this Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons received little coverage in the mass media, its passage was Read…
zcomm.org/zblogs/lurching-toward-catastr…