2019-04-15: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-04-15). Iran Calls Pompeo's Accusations of Meddling in Venezuela 'Ridiculous'. telesurenglish.net The Spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Mousavi responded on Sunday to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's allegations of meddling in Venezuelan internal affairs. | RELATED: | Iran Orders 60,000 to Evacuate Flood-hit Oil City | Mousavi called Pompeo's accusations of Iran's alleged meddling in Venezuelan affairs 'ridiculous', while maintaining his country's support for a peaceful settlement, absent of foreign intervention. | "Donald Trump's U.S. wants to turn Latin…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-15). Terrorist Designations: Trump and Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. counterpunch.org It's designed to give the US more leg room in the sanction stakes but may end up having its own hemming consequences. The designation by the Trump administration of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organisation was meant to expand options for the US while shutting others out. While Trump attempts to More

Scott Ritter (2019-04-15). America Just Declared War on Iran and Nobody Blinked. globalresearch.ca It is no longer a question of if Americans will die in a conflict with Iran, but when. | The United States has long been engaged in a secret shadow war with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), dating back to …

Linda McQuaig (2019-04-14). Prospect of Nuclear War Highest in Decades, Yet Media Ignores. commondreams.org Demonstrators outside the White House call on the 2016 presidential candidates to commit to a world without nuclear weapons. (Photo: S Pakhrin/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Conn Hallinan (2019-04-14). Diego Garcia: The "Unsinkable Carrier" Springs a Leak. commondreams.org Diego Garcia is central to the U.S. war in Somalia, its air attacks in Iraq and Syria, and its control of the Persian Gulf, and would be essential in any conflict with Iran. (Image: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Chomsky: Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change & the Undermining of Democracy Threaten Future of Planet. democracynow.org 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.

Stephen Zunes (2019-04-10). Trump's Controversial Decision on Iran's Revolutionary Guards. progressive.org 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."

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Has Trump Locked U.S. and Iran into a "Permanent State of Enmity" by Listing IRGC as Terror Group? democracynow.org 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Headlines for April 9, 2019. democracynow.org Secret Service Director Removed in WH "Purge" of Immigration Officials, Reports: Trump Trying to Reinstate Family Separations at Border, CA Judge Blocks Trump Administration's "Remain in Mexico" Policy, Iran Labels U.S. CENTCOM a Terror Group After IRCG Terror Designation, Israelis Head to Polls as Future of PM Netanyahu Remains Unclear, Libya: Tripoli Airport Closed as Fighting Near Capital Intensifies, Afghanistan: 4 Americans Killed Amid Spate of Violent Attacks, U.S. Revokes Visa of ICC Prosecutor Investigating War Crimes in Afghanistan, 3 FDNY Sept. 11 Rescue Workers Die as 9/11 Fund At Risk of Expiring, Def…

Fight Back (2019-04-09). Iran says U.S. military forces in Middle East are part of terrorist group, after U.S. puts terrorist tag on Iran's military. fightbacknews.org 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-08). A New Nuclear Arms Race: As NATO Marks 70th Anniversary, Threat of Nuclear Confrontation Grows. democracynow.org 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-08). Headlines for April 8, 2019. democracynow.org Kirstjen Nielsen Steps Down as DHS Secretary, Gov't: It May Take 2 Years to Reunite Separated Migrant Families, NY Man Arrested for Threatening to Murder Rep. Ilhan Omar, Trump Attacks Migrants, Rep. Omar in Speech to Conservative Jewish Group, Arizona: Man Dies in ICE Custody After Exhibiting Flu Symptoms, Yemen: Air Raid Kills At Least 13 Civilians, Incl. 7 Children in Sana'a, Netanyahu Says He Will Annex West Bank Settlements If Re-elected, Libya: 21 People Killed as Renegade Force Advances on Tripoli, Sudan: Security Forces Crack Down on Growing Popular Uprising, U.S. Labels Iran Revolutionary Guard as Terror…

unitedEditor (2019-04-08). The Kashmir crisis: Is there any good solution? uwidata.com 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 …

Peace Action (2019-02-20). Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran. peaceaction.org Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and …

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