2019-05-08: Social Media Postees

New Iran sanctions: Trump threatens anyone trading aluminum, iron, steel & copper
rt.com | 2019-05-08
The US has imposed sweeping new sanctions on anyone who trades with Iran in iron, steel, copper, aluminum and related products, escalating the economic blockade of Tehran as the nuclear deal continues to unravel. | …
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Iran Quits Parts of 2015 Nuclear Deal and Lays Down 60-Day Ultimatum
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-08
(MEE) — Iran President Hassan Rouhani has announced that Tehran is pulling out of key commitments under a 2015 international nuclear deal, a year after it was abandoned by the United States. Rouhani said Iran would keep enriched uranium stocks in the country rather than sell them abroad and threatened to resume production of higher enriched uranium …

Iran Quits Parts of 2015 Nuclear Deal and Lays Down 60-Day Ultimatum

Is the Iran Nuclear Deal Doomed?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
On Wednesday, Iran announced the suspension of some of its JCPOA commitments, short of withdrawing from the nuclear deal altogether. More on this below. | Trump's year ago pullout greatly jeopardizes the deal's sustainability over the longterm, what its hardliners aim …
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Russia Blames U.S. for Endangering Iran Deal
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-08
TEHRAN, Iran — The Latest on Iran's decision to step away from embattled nuclear deal (all times local): | 2: 30 p.m. | Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the situation surrounding the fate of the 2015 Iran nuclear accord has been complicated by "irresponsible behavior" from Washington. | Lavrov is meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Moscow on Wednesday. The nuclear deal will be at the top of their agenda after Iran announced it would suspend some of its commitments in response to U.S. sanctions. | Lavrov says they will discuss the "unacceptable situation" that has been ex…
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Iran to Even the Nuclear Score with the US
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
It is going to be 30 years in another six months since the USS Abraham Lincoln, named in honour of the 16th US President, was commissioned on Nov.11, 1989 as the 5th Nimitz-class aircraft carrier of the American Navy. Now, …
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Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders For Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-08
A mainstream, Democratic Party-aligned foreign policy think tank is knocking Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for voting against new sanctions on Iran in 2017 — though the think tank itself and many members of its board oppose new Iran sanctions. | Sanders has been an outspoken supporter of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said at the time that he voted against the measure in…
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Trita Parsi: John Bolton has wanted war with Iran for 20 years. Now could be his best chance
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-08
In a statement on Sunday night, Bolton said the move was intended to "send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attacks on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force."
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Will the Trump Regime Attack Venezuela and Iran?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
Imperial madness defines US geopolitics under Republicans and undemocratic Dems, seeking dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations. | Naked aggression and other hostile actions are its favored strategies. Trump delegated his geopolitical agenda to hardline extremists Pompeo and Bolton….
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Pompeo in Baghdad to Pressure Iraq to Join Press Against Iran; Iraq Declines
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-05-08
Mike Pompeo and John Bolton are known, serial, dedicated liars.(Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Iran Urges Diplomacy as Trump White House Ramps Up 'Wildly Reckless' Threats of War
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-08
"Iran is acting on its warnings that it cannot uphold the agreement unilaterally. As such, Trump has initiated a chain reaction that will make America and the world less safe." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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A Permanent, Soylent-Based Solution to Capitalism
Jennifer Matsui | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-08
The architects of "regime change" in Venezuela and Iran know only too well that their interventions never bring about anything beyond chaos, destruction and death. Our Overlords are not deluded, pie-in-the-sky dreamers but clear-sighted, rational merchants of nightmares. Where we see endless despair and violence as a result of their meddling, they see a surge…
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Iran's Reduced Compliance with Nuclear Accord Should be Met with Good-Faith Diplomacy, Not Escalation
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-05-07
Washington, D.C. — May 7, 2019 — In response to reports that Iran will announce a reduction in its compliance with the Iran Nuclear Agreement on May 8, the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration's unilateral withdrawal from the agreement, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the …
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Behind the U.S. Labeling of Iran's Revolutionary Guards a Terrorist Organization
Ismael Hossein-Zadeh | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-07
It can be readily demonstrated that the proffered U.S. justifications for labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization are no more than harebrained excuses designed to put further pressure on the Iranian people in pursuit of its long-standing policy of regime change from within. Indeed, it can reasonably be argued that, in light of…
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US Deploys Four B-52 Bombers to Deter "Possible Attack" by Iran
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-07
(ZH) — The deployment of American military assets to the Middle East continues to ramp up following national security advisor John Bolton's Sunday night statements warning the US is prepared to send "a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime". Citing "possible attack by Iran" against US troops in the region, four B-52 bombers are now on their way …

US Deploys Four B-52 Bombers to Deter "Possible Attack" by Iran

Trump and Bolton Are Putting War With Iran on a Hair Trigger
Bob Dreyfuss | thenation.com | 2019-05-07
Trump and Bolton Are Putting War With Iran on a Hair Trigger…
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Trita Parsi: John Bolton Has Wanted War With Iran for 20 Years. Now Could Be His Best Chance
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-07
Iran is accusing the United States of "psychological warfare" after National Security Advisor John Bolton announced the U.S. is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the region. In a statement on Sunday night, Bolton said the move was intended to "send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attacks on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force." On Monday acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the deployment was made because of a "credible threat by Iranian regime forces" but he offered no details. Axios is reporting…
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Why I'm Pro-Detente with Russia — RAI with Stephen Cohen (5/5)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-06
I realized it wasn't the Soviet Union that was the great danger, it was the potential of nuclear war, and it's still the case today — says Stephen Cohen on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay…
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CNN peddles Pentagon talking points on 'credible threat' from Iran — Twitter doesn't buy it
rt.com | 2019-05-06
With US officials seemingly hellbent on sparking military conflict with Iran, CNN decided to lend a helping hand, raising claims of "credible and specific" threats from Tehran — and got roasted on Twitter for Iraq War déjà vu. | …
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Bolton's Vague Press Release Lays Foundation for Military Attack Against Iran
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-06
According to Bolton's statement, an attack launched by a "proxy" of Iran on not just assets but "interests" of the U.S. in the region or "interests" of a U.S. ally in the region, would now be sufficient to trigger a U.S. attack on Iran, even if Iran itself was not directly responsible.
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Google Bans Press TV
JMSECC | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-06
What? On April 19, 2019 (the date of the original Patriots' Day in New England), American tech giant Google disabled the accounts of Press TV, an Iranian news service, and its sister channel Hispan TV, an outlet in Spain. Google denied their access to all its services, including its popular video streaming platform YouTube and …
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How to Dismantle the Absurd Profitability of Nuclear Weapons
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-05-04
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists currently has its Doomsday Clock set to two minutes to midnight — the closest we've been to self-obliteration in nuclear history. | But nuclear weapons are more than just a terrifying threat to every living thing on earth. For decades, they've been a terrific way to make money. | A new report from PAX, a Dutch peace organization, both illuminates how profitable it can be for multinational corp…
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Friday's Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
This Friday, we cover: a worrying food crisis in the Democratic Republic of North Korea; attacks against civilians in DR Congo; outrage after the execution of child offenders in Iran; concerns over a super cereal distributed by the World Food Programme; and post-electoral violence in Benin.
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Venezuela: Another coup fails
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
"Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…
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'These Sanctions Amount to Collective Punishment Against the Entire Iranian Population'
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-05-02
Janine Jackson interviewed Sina Toosi about the Trump administration's anti-Iran campaign for the April 26, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
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Establishment Media and the Green New Deal: New Wine in Old Bottles
Miranda C. Spencer | fair.org | 2019-05-01
by Miranda C. Spencer | Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (known as AOC) and veteran Sen. Ed Markey on February 7 introduced HR 109, a sweeping mission statement for aggressively tackling climate change by jump-starting an equitable socio-economic transition. While the resolution was a radical departure from politics as usual, most corporate media filtered coverage of the "Green New Deal" (GND) through the lens of conventional expectations. | FAIR took a close look at day-one coverage of the Green New Deal (both breaking news st…
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Nur-Sultan talks, Spanish elections, Kim in Russia
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-29
Nur-Sultan peace talks The 12th round of negotiations on the Syrian crisis between Turkey, Iran and Russia took place in Kazakhstan. The participating countries conducted intensive consultations in a bilateral and trilateral format. The guarantors of the Astana process hope to help UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen initiate a Constitutional Committee, but some questions remain …
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Tina Vasquez on Covering Immigration, Sina Toossi on Iran Sanctions
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-04-26
Media…
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As Trump Angles for War with Iran, Congress Needs to Reassert its War Powers
Lilly Dragnev | peaceaction.org | 2019-04-19
It's no news that the U.S.-Iran relationship has taken a turn for the worse under President Trump's leadership. Employing a strategy straight out of the Bush administration's Iraq War playbook, the Trump administration has advanced misleading, demonizing narratives about Iran from day one, laying the rhetorical groundwork for another catastrophic war of choice in the …
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