2019-04-14: Social Media Postees

Trump and "America Last" Policy in the Middle East
Nabi Sonboli | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-14
Brian Hook, the United States Special Representative for Iran, in an Opinion published in the New York Times, raises the question that: "Isn't it time to abandon the policies that have kept the people of Iran and the United …
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Iran Allies in the Middle East: The Trigger Finger Is Ready in Case of US-Israeli War
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-14
When Trump designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organisation, Iran hit back hours later by labelling the US Central Command 'CENTCOM' a supporter of terrorism. Now two governmental military entities have been designed terrorist supporters, putting …
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Chomsky: Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change & the Undermining of Democracy Threaten Future of Planet
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-12
As President Trump pulls out of key nuclear agreements with Russia and moves to expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Noam Chomsky looks at how the threat of nuclear war remains one of the most pressing issues facing mankind. In a speech at the Old South Church in Boston, Chomsky also discusses the threat of climate change and the undermining of democracy across the globe.
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Civil Rights Groups and Pro-war Republicans–An unholy Alliance in the Soft War Against China
Julia Kassem | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
Last month, Mike Pompeo, amidst his soft war campaign to undermine the governments of Venezuela, Iran, and Lebanon, expressed concern for the 'abhorrent' allegations of Chinese Muslim internment. Pompeo, currently working to destabilize a number of Global South nations and groups, did not suddenly develop a moral consciousness for the plight of Muslims. Rather, his…
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Nuclear Weapons Ruined My Life…and I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way
Frida Berrigan | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
I want to offer you something different than the barrage of facts and figures around nuclear weapons. But let's establish the basics. There are nine countries that possess them: France, China, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Israel, North Korea and — of course — Russia and the United States. Together these nine countries possess a total…
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CounterPunch on Stage: The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda
Ishmael Reed | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
My real purpose for traveling to the East in January was to attend the showing of a two hour and forty-five-minute film that Steve Cannon, Walter Cotton and I produced in 1980, "81," that was scheduled to be shown Washington's National Gallery. Since Kino Lorber restored the film, it has been shown at museums and…
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Trump's Controversial Decision on Iran's Revolutionary Guards
Stephen Zunes | progressive.org | 2019-04-10
Iran has near-universal male conscription, in which the guards often get priority–now all of these young men, some of whom have no desire to even be in the armed forces, will be labeled as "terrorists."
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Iran says U.S. military forces in Middle East are part of terrorist group, after U.S. puts terrorist tag on Iran's military
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-09
Minneapolis, MN – Iran's authoritative FARS News Agency is reporting the Supreme National Security Council has designated the United States Central Command as a terrorist entity, following a decision by the U.S. to put the terrorist tag on an important part of Iran's military – the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps. | The U.S. move to designate Iran's military as 'terrorist' violates international law and raised concerns about future treatment of prisoners of war. | The U.S. administration has been angered by Iran's support for progressive and anti-imperialist movements in Yemen, Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon. Iran ha…
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Has Trump Locked U.S. and Iran into a "Permanent State of Enmity" by Listing IRGC as Terror Group?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-09
In an unprecedented move, the Trump administration has designated Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, resulting in sweeping economic and travel restrictions on its members. This marks the first time the United States has formally labeled an arm of another country's military a terrorist group. The Pentagon and CIA opposed the decision, warning it could put U.S. troops at risk. Key backers of the move included national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who formally announced the new policy on Monday. The step is the latest in the White H…
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Kings Bay Plowshares: Peace Activists Face 25 Years for Action at U.S. Nuclear Submarine Base
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-08
A group of peace activists have been jailed for over a year before trial for entering the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia last April to protest U.S. nuclear weapons. The action took place on April 4, 2018–the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination. Armed with hammers, crime scene tape and baby bottles containing their own blood, seven anti-nuclear activists secretly entered Kings Bay–one of the largest nuclear submarine bases in the world–under the cover of night. Their goal was to symbolically disarm the six nuclear ballistic missile submarines kept there. Each submari…
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A New Nuclear Arms Race: As NATO Marks 70th Anniversary, Threat of Nuclear Confrontation Grows
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-08
Commemorations–as well as protests–were held last week to mark the 70th anniversary of the formation of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. President Trump used the anniversary to push for NATO countries to increase military spending. During an Oval Office meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump demanded Germany and other NATO countries increase their military spending from 2 to 4 percent of GDP. The push for more military spending could benefit U.S. weapons manufacturers including Boeing. This comes as Acting Pentagon Chief Patrick Shanahan is under investigation for imp…
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The Kashmir crisis: Is there any good solution?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-08
Decades-long conflict between the two nuclear-armed powers in Kashmir has had a strong effect on all world powers, leaving allies and enemies intertwined, each player defending its position in the interest of maintaining or improving their position in the world. Given the current geopolitical deadlock, is there anyone with close enough relations to both sides …
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On the Eve of Israel's Election, Netanyahu Thanks Trump for Sanctioning Iran at His Request
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-08
"Thank you, my dear friend, President Donald Trump," Israel's embattled prime minister tweeted, "for answering another one of my important requests."
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