2019-02-02: Social Media Postees

The US scraps the INF treaty: Another step toward nuclear war
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-02
The US withdrawal from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty marks a major escalation of US efforts to prop up its hegemony through military means.
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How Will PG&E's Bankruptcy Affect Diablo Canyon Nuke/s Shutdown?
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-02-02
PG&E's bankrupcy filing will, among other things, affect the scheduled shutdown of its Diablo Canyon nuclear plant on Central California's coast. But how?>…
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Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar?
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
When the Trump administration unilaterally pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018 and announced it would reimpose sanctions against Iran, the European Union (EU) declared its commitment to preserving the agreement and finding ways for its companies to circumvent U.S. sanctions. Now, eight months later, the Europeans finally announced the creation of…
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Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar?
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies | commondreams.org | 2019-02-01
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Drian (L), UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (C) and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas give a press conference on Iran at the Informal Meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers at the National Bank of Romania headquarters in Bucharest January 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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South Africa's Largest Union Protests Electricity Price Hike
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-01
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the largest single trade union in the country, has demanded the Power Purchase Agreements (PPA's) be set aside on the grounds that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) authorized the agreements without proper public consultation. | RELATED: | South Africa's SRWP Fights ANC's Privatization Agenda | NUMSA's latest statement comes after the proposals for nuclear energy were challenged by Earthlife and the South A…
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Trump endangers peace by cancelling nuclear arms deal with Russia
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-01
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who came to the Trump administration from the Tea Party wing of the Republicans, announced today that the president is suspending U.S. participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and is beginning the process of total U.S. withdrawal in six months. Trump himself accused Russia today of covertly developing and …
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Moral Depravity Defines U.S. Politics
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2019-02-01
Humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war. These were virtually ignored in the campaign rhetoric and general coverage…
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US Suspends Compliance on Nuclear Weapons Treaty with Russia
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-01
The United States will suspend compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia Saturday and formally withdraw in six months if Moscow does not end its alleged violation of the pact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. | The United States would reconsider its withdrawal if Russia, which denies violating the landmark 1987 arms control pact, came into compliance with the treaty, which bans either side from stationing short- and intermediate-range, land-based missiles in Europe. | "Russia has refused to take any steps to return (to) real and verifiable compliance," Pompeo told…
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Russia's Proposal for North Korean Denuclearization: Will It Survive John Bolton?
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
The Trump administration is looking askance at what may be a legitimate Russian effort to break the current disarmament deadlock between the United States and North Korea. According to The Washington Post, Russia made a secret proposal to North Korea last fall to advance negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Moscow offered North Korea a nuclear power plant in return for the dismantling of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Russia would operate the nuclear plant and transfer all byproducts and waste back to Russia so that North Korea could n…
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Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela
Garikai Chengu | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
American economic sanctions have been the worst crime against humanity since World War Two. America's economic sanctions have killed more innocent people than all of the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons ever used in the history of mankind. The fact that for America the issue in Venezuela is oil, not democracy, will surprise only those…
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Trump Explodes at CIA over Iran: "Naive and Passive," "Go Back to School!"
Juan Cole | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-01
Ann Arbor ( Informed Comment) — Our great leader has delivered himself of some weighty pronouncements about Iran, about which he knows not a single little thing, likely even where exactly it is. He called the US intelligence agencies "passive and naive" on Iran, said that Tehran had become less active since Trump violated the 2015 nuclear deal, said Iran's economy is crashing, and urged Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA director Gina Haspel to "go back to school." | The Intelligence people seem to be extremely pass…
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INF Treaty Latest Victim of Trump's Nuclear Petulance
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-01
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Europe Implements Iran Payment Mechanism to Bypass US Sanctions
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-01
Tuesday Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi welcomed the 'Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges' (INSTEX), a payment mechanism designed by Germany, France and the United Kingdom to maintain trade with Iran and avoid U.S. sanctions on the Persian nation, but urged that it be implemented "in its whole." | RELATED: | 3 Injured in Iran Police Station Attack | "We hop…
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Elliott Abrams: A Human Rights Horror Show in Three Acts
Brett Wilkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
Last Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Elliott Abrams would once again be returning to government, this time as President Donald Trump's special envoy to help "fully restore democracy and prosperity" to Venezuela. Abrams, 71, is best known for abetting dictators and genocide in Latin America and for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal during…
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France, Germany, UK Launch a New 'Non-Dollar' Mechanism to Trade with Iran, but Will it Work?
Patrick Henningsen | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-01
Money talks, and no one knows this better than the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It's how the Trump Administration communicates with its enemies, as well as with its allies — through the application powerful long-range financial instruments. But … | The post France, Germany, UK Launch a New 'Non-Dollar' Mechanism to Trade with Iran, but Will it Work? appeared first on Global Research.
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Iranian workers' protests confront a regime in crisis
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-01
Protests are continuing throughout Iran by teachers, nurses, labourers, retirees, oil industry workers, bazaar traders and shopkeepers, truck drivers, farmers, the unemployed, students, and other sectors, writes Minna Langeberg. | The current wave of protests continue those from December, which were brutally suppressed by the regime. They signal the deep crisis of legitimacy of the regime, as expressed by one of the most enduring slogans that emerged, "Fundamentalists, reformists, the game is over". | The main slogan of the current protests is "Bread. Work. Freedom". They are sporadic, self-organised, fragmented…
greenleft.org.au/content/iranian-workers-protests-confront-regime-crisis

Trump says NATO allies fully support US suspending obligations under INF
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-01
US President Donald Trump has confirmed Washington's withdrawal from the INF Treaty with Russia, a centerpiece of nuclear arms control since the Cold War. He also said that NATO allies fully support his decision. | …
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Trump praises US intelligence a day after telling them to 'go back to school' over Iran nukes
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-01
US President Donald Trump has reversed course on his spymasters' threat assessment, insisting his initial negative reaction — in which he dismissed their reports as "wrong" and "naàØve" — was based on (what else?) fake news. | …
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"Go Back to School!": Trump Slams US Intelligence Chiefs as "Passive and Naive" on Iran
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-01
(MEE) — US President Donald Trump has called US intelligence chiefs "extremely passive and naive" regarding Iran, a day after they contradicted his views during congressional testimony. During a hearing on global threats on Tuesday, the leaders of several US intelligence agencies told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Iran is not taking steps towards making a nuclear …

"Go Back to School!": Trump Slams US Intelligence Chiefs as "Passive and Naive" on Iran

Russia Threatens Retaliation as US Officially Pulls Out of Nuclear Arms Treaty
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-01
(ZH) — Update: As we previewed below, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the US will withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty immediately, prompting threats of a Russian "response" from Moscow. Pompeo said the US could return to compliance with the treaty if Moscow meets Washington's demands within the next 180 days. …

Russia Threatens Retaliation as US Officially Pulls Out of Nuclear Arms Treaty

Russia, China on Defense and No Iranian Nuclear Bomb — US Intelligence Report
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-01
Russia and China are responding to "perceived US unilateralism and interventionism" — Paul Jay joins Taya Graham to analyze the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community | The post Russia, China on Defense and No Iranian Nuclear Bomb — US Intelligence Report appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Headlines for January 31, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-31
Venezuela: U.S. Urges Military to Back Guaidó as Protesters Take to Streets, Reuters: UAE Hired Ex-NSA Agents to Spy on Opponents and Critics, Congress Reintroduces War Powers Resolution to End War on Yemen, Trump Hits Back After Intelligence Chiefs Contradict Him on Iran, N. Korea, Israeli Forces Kill Teenage Palestinian Girl at West Bank Checkpoint, Israel: Thousands of Israeli Ethiopians Protest Racism, Police Brutality, Migrants: Scores Killed in 2 Boat Wrecks Off Djibouti Coast, Humanitarian Ship Docks in Italy After European Nations Agree to Process Migrants, Colombia: 2 Community Leaders Killed Amid Mounti…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/31/headlines

EU Launches INSTEX To Facilitate Trade, Bypass US Sanctions on Iran
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-31
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo previously warned of "swift punishment" for countries doing business with Iran, thus INSTEX is seen as a first small step toward greater European economic independence. | The post EU Launches INSTEX To Facilitate Trade, Bypass US Sanctions on Iran appeared first on MintPress News.
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Allan Nairn: Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-30
In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Abrams w…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/30/allan_nai…

Headlines for January 30, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-30
U.S. Hands Over Assets to Guaidó as Venezuela Restricts His Travel, Intelligence Community Contradicts Trump on Iran, N. Korea, ISIS, Trump Immigration Rule Forces 1st Asylum Seeker Out of U.S., Back into Mexico, Pentagon to Send "Several Thousand" More Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border, Honduras: Rights Groups Slam Guilty Verdict for Opposition Critic María Luisa Borjas, Brazil: 5 Arrested in Dam Collapse That Killed 65, Devastating Environment, Mexico: Tens of Thousands Strike as 27 Factories Reach Deals for Pay Raises, U.K. Lawmakers Order PM Theresa May to Reopen Brexit Negotiations, Cameroon: Security Forces Arre…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/30/headlines

US-Taliban Talks: Another Likely Tragedy for the Afghan People
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-30
Vijay Prashad of the Tricontinental Institute says we need a regional peace agreement for Afghanistan that includes Pakistan, India, and Iran at the negotiating table, lead by the United Nations | The post US-Taliban Talks: Another Likely Tragedy for the Afghan People appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Regime Change Is Not the Answer: Rep. Ro Khanna Speaks Out Against U.S.-Backed Coup in Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-28
More information has come to light about the direct U.S. role in an attempted coup in Venezuela. The Wall Street Journal reports Vice President Mike Pence called opposition leader Juan Guaidó on the night before he declared himself to be president, pledging U.S. support for his actions. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has accused the United States of attempting to wage a coup. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has named Elliott Abrams to be his special envoy to Venezuela. Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later p…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/28/regime_ch…

As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2019-01-24
Ever since the U.S. atomic bombings of Japanese cities in August 1945, a specter has haunted the world‚Äïthe specter of nuclear annihilation. The latest report from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, issued on January 24, reminds us that the prospect of nuclear catastrophe remains all too real. Citing the extraordinary danger of nuclear disaster, Read…
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