2019-02-08: News Headlines

Consortiumnews (2019-02-08). Britain and the Iranian Revolution: Arms & Secret Deals. consortiumnews.com Mark Curtis reviews the expediency that for many decades has marked U.K. policy toward Iran. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Forty years ago, the Iranian revolution sent a shockwave through the Middle East, overthrowing the Western client, Shah Mohammad… Read more →

Lawrence Wittner (2019-02-08). Don't Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament‚ÄïUnless They're Pushed to Do So. commondreams.org Gorbachev and Reagan sign the INF Treaty in 1987. (Photo: Wikipedia) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Paul Bentley (2019-02-08). The Scream: the Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. counterpunch.org Trump has said that his government is "too far along in the process" of regime change in Venezuela for him to meet with Maduro. This stands in contrast to his readiness to meet again with Kim Jung-un, who is already "too far along" in the process of developing nuclear weapons for Trump to do otherwise. More

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-02-08). 'America First' Means Nuclear Superiority. globalresearch.ca The US president's annual State of the Union address traditionally focuses on domestic issues but it also throws some light on the foreign policy priorities. President Trump's speech on Tuesday adhered to the pattern and if anything, the portions on …

STAFF (2019-02-07). Donald Trump May End Two Wars Only to Start a Third. truthdig.com While pledging to pull troops from Syria and Afghanistan, the president has ramped up tensions with Iran. An expert assesses the dangers.

unitedEditor (2019-02-07). Will INSTEX alleviate Iran's Economic Problems? uwidata.com After more than nine months of delay, the Europeans have announced the registration of their so-called economic package to convince Iran to stay in the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), which was signed between Iran and the P5+1. The package which should have been called SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle for Iran) is now called […]

unitedEditor (2019-02-07). Marzieh Hashemi: taken captive by Democracy. uwidata.com The unmotivated arrest and custody of Iranian journalist Marzieh Hashemi, an American national working for Press TV, has shown the whole world once again how the paragon of the Free World tramples on reporters' rights. Marzieh Hashemi, the face of the Iranian channel, an African-American with dual citizenship, was detained at an airport in St […]

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-07). Trump Withdrawing from Old Wars While Threatening Iran with New One. therealnews.com While Trump is withdrawing US troops from Syria and Afghanistan, he is ramping up aggression against Iran — acting both less and more hawkish than his intelligence agencies. Trita Parsi says Washington is violating international law in its campaign to isolate and strangle Tehran

Jessica Corbett (2019-02-07). Pompeo: US Military Obligated to "Take Down" the Iranians in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (CD) — As a U.S.-backed effort to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro continues,U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Wednesday that Hezbollah "has active cells" in Venezuela—a claim that was immediately scrutinized and compared with the second Bush administration's lies to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Hezbollah, a political and militant Shi'ite Muslim group based …

teleSUR Desk (2019-02-06). Twitter erupts after 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan accounts are deleted. mronline.org A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences." | Source

Consortiumnews (2019-02-06). Dismantling the Doomsday Machines. consortiumnews.com Dan Ellsberg has given us a book that shows the urgency of re-engaging on nuclear disarmament, writes John V. Walsh. With Two Minutes to Midnight, Time Is Running Out By John V. Walsh Anti-war.com "From a technical point of view,… Read more →

Eds. (2019-02-06). U.S. withdrawal from INF Treaty marks a dangerous move towards nuclear escalation. mronline.org The U.S. has cited Russian violations of the treaty as the reason for their withdrawal. This is despite Russia offering to open up its weapons systems for U.S. inspection. The treaty requires a six-month notice period following which the country no longer has to abide by the treaty. | Source

Akela Lacy (2019-02-06). South Carolina Spent $9 Billion to Dig a Hole in the Ground and Then Fill It Back In. theintercept.com Cost is often raised as a critical objection to combating climate change. But South Carolina shows what's possible.

RT (2019-02-06). US test-launches Minuteman ICBM from southern California (VIDEO). rt.com An intercontinental ballistic missile lit up the southern California sky before hurtling across the Pacific Ocean to an atoll 4,200 miles away. The test launch came at a time of rising tensions around nuclear missile treaties. |

Democracy Now! (2019-02-05). Headlines for February 5, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela: European Leaders, Lima Group Recognize Guaidó as President, VA Gov. Northam Delays Resignation Decision over Racist Yearbook Photo, VA Lt. Gov. Fairfax Denies 2004 Sexual Assault Accusation, Old Photo of Sen. McConnell in Front of Confederate Flag Resurfaces, Dems Invite Targets of Trump Policies to SOTU Address, Trump to Nominate David Malpass to Head World Bank, Trump to Nominate Ex-Oil Lobbyist Bernhardt as Head of Interior Dept., Iraqi President Salih Blasts Trump for Saying U.S. Troops Will Monitor Iran from Iraq, Somalia: Al-Shabab Claims Car Bomb & Shooting That Kills At Least 12, U.K. Panel: Sa…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-05). Iran: Environmentalists' Flawed Trial. hrw.org | | A campaign poster showing environmental activists, Taher Ghadirian, Niloufar Bayani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Houman Jokar, Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashani, Morad Tahbaz and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, who have been in detention for six months. | © 2018 #anyhopefornature Campaign | (Beirut) — Iran's judicial authorities are violating fair trial standards in the case of eight environmentalists who have been detained for over a year, Human Rights Watch said today.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-05). Nuclear Treaty Framework is in Dangerous Disarray and Needs to be Rebooted. therealnews.com Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses the meaning of the Trump administration's abandonment of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and how this move has contributed to a wholesale dismantling of the nuclear weapons control system. This might be an opportunity to restart, deepen, and broaden the framework, says Wilkerson

Democracy Now! (2019-02-04). Headlines for February 4, 2019. democracynow.org Calls Mount for VA Gov. Northam to Resign over Racist Yearbook Photo, Trump Sends Aid to Venezuela, Says Military Intervention "An Option", Trump: U.S. Should Maintain Troops in Iraq to "Watch" Iran, Trump Floats Another Gov't Shutdown or Nat'l Emergency over Border Wall Funding, El Salvador Elects Outsider Nayib Bukele as President, Mexico Denies Entry to U.S Lawyers & Journalists Working with Migrants, Iraq: Gunman Shoots Novelist Alaa Mashzoub, Amnesty Int'l: Boko Haram Killed At Least 60 in Nigeria Attack Last Week, Russia Suspends INF in Response to U.S. Withdrawal, U.N.: At Least 29 Children Died on Way to…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-31). Headlines for January 31, 2019. democracynow.org 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…

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