2019-06-04: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-04). South Asia's Role in the Pentagon's "Indo-Pacific Strategy Report" globalresearch.ca The US' recently released "Indo-Pacific Strategy Report" envisages India playing a key role in this vast transregional space in order to "contain" China, while Pakistan is conspicuously absent from the text despite being one of the few nuclear weapons states, …

Serge Halimi (2019-06-04). US Gears Up for War With Iran. counterpunch.org Can a state that condemns, without real justification, an international disarmament treaty it spent years negotiating then threaten a co-signatory with military aggression? Can it order other countries to fall into line with its capricious, bellicose stance or face punitive sanctions? The US can. It's pointless trying to argue with the Trump administration's claimed reasons More

Manuel E. Yepe (2019-06-04). Bolton's Dangerous Psychopathology. counterpunch.org John Bolton has been saying for years that he wants to overthrow the Iranian government, but this time he seems to have gone too far, writes Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief of Consortium News and former correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Sunday Times of London and many other newspapers. "I met John Bolton and More

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-06-03). Media: Zombie Sightings, Like Unicorns, Are a Frequent Occurrence in North Korea. mintpressnews.com The State Department may want to worry less about North Korea's nuclear production and more about its apparent advanced necromancy program, because Kim Hyok-chol is far from the only person executed in the country still walking around and conducting business as usual.

Michael Steinberg (2019-06-03). Three Mile Island Nuke Finally Shutting Down. indybay.org The notorious Three Mile Island nuclear plant is finally shutting down for good.

commondreams (2019-06-03). Beyond Nuclear Appeals Against Proposed National High-Level Radioactive Waste Dump Targeted at New Mexico. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Massoud Nayeri (2019-06-03). A Nuclear War Has No Victor! U.S. Military Preparation is Underway. globalresearch.ca On May 30th, Peter Baker, the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times wrote: "Mueller Delivered a Message. Washington Couldn't Agree on What It Was." In this article, he argues that the statement by "Robert S. Mueller …

Ben Armbruster (2019-06-03). How mainstream US media is failing us on Trump and Bolton's march to war with Iran. nationofchange.org The Trump administration and its allies are slow-walking the United States into war with Iran, and, with a few notable exceptions, mainstream U.S. media is helping them. | Much of this assistance has been overt. | Just like during the run-up to the Iraq war, outlets like CNN, NBC, and | the New York Times have in recent we…

Miko Peled (2019-06-03). For the US and Israel, Iran Works Best as a Perpetual Threat. mintpressnews.com Both Israel and the U.S. need Iran: they need to be able to point to Iran as a threat, as a menace, as the source of terrorism and evil in the world. That threat is also an important part of any election campaign for politicians in both countries. The fact that Iran is none of those things is beside the point.

Staff (2019-06-03). The Pentagon's Spoiling for Another War, Just Not With Iran. truthdig.com While military officials are unenthusiastic about another Mideast war, they are setting their sights on another type of war in another locale entirely.

Tony Cartalucci (2019-06-03). US-Iran: Inverted Reality, Real War. America's Al Qaeda Mercenaries. Iran is Fighting the Largest State Sponsor of Terror. globalresearch.ca In its march toward yet another war, the United States accuses Iran of using military force to establish itself as a "regional hegemon." It accuses Iran of being the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. It accuses Iran …

plenglish (2019-06-03). Iran, US Showing Off Power. plenglish.com Beirut, Jun 3 ( Prensa Latina ) Official sources have reportedly stated that Iran will deploy on Tuesday its most modern anti-aircraft system, while the United States is conducting drills with B-52H bombers and other war planes in what analysts estimate to be a dangerous show of power in the Middle East.

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-03). Pompeo's Phony Outreach to Iran. globalresearch.ca Since its 1979 revolution, ending a generation of US-installed fascist dictatorship, Washington has been militantly hostile toward Iran — especially since Trump took office. | His regime continues all out war by other means to topple its government, wanting the Islamic …

Whitney Webb (2019-06-03). Bipartisan Support for Trump's Aggressive Iran Policy Reveals the Hollowness of Russiagate. mintpressnews.com While Russia often serves as a useful "boogeyman" for promoting militaristic policies, the odd moments when those same policies actually benefit Russia and avoid strong opposition from U.S. politicians and media provide a rare glimpse into the real motivations behind Cold War 2.0.

Nawal Arjini (2019-06-03). Ishmael Reed Tries to Undo the Damage 'Hamilton' Has Wrought. thenation.com Ishmael Reed Tries to Undo the Damage 'Hamilton' Has Wrought…

Ben Armbruster (2019-06-03). How Mainstream U.S. Media Is Failing Us on Trump and Bolton's March to War with Iran. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration and its allies are slow-walking the United States into war with Iran, and, with a few notable exceptions, mainstream U.S. media is helping them. | Much of this assistance has been overt. Just like during the run-up …

Middle East Eye (2019-06-03). Israeli Strikes Hit Iranian and Hezbollah Positions in Syria, Killing 10. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Israeli strikes on positions in Syria killed 10 people on Sunday, including three Syrian soldiers and seven foreign fighters, according to an activist group, and they were later followed by further strikes in Homs province, state media said. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Israeli missiles fired from warplanes struck areas south …

Global Research News (2019-06-02). Selected Articles: America's Policy of "Creative Chaos" globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Middle East Eye (2019-06-02). Rising Tensions, US Strike Group to the Gulf. Iran Once Again Passes IAEA Nuclear Inspections. globalresearch.ca The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in its quarterly report that Iran has stayed within the main restrictions of its nuclear deal at a time when tensions between Washington and Tehran remain high. | The report on Friday found that …

RT (2019-06-02). Russian scare: CBS says US senator warned about Moscow's 'aggression' in Arctic … but did he? rt.com US Senator Joe Manchin warns of Russian aggression in the Arctic and discusses reports of secret nuclear tests there, a description to a CBS interview states. Scared?

teleSUR (2019-06-02). Iran Warns of 'Unbearable' Oil Prices if War Breaks Out in Gulf. telesurenglish.net A top military aide to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated on Sunday morning that any war in the Persian Gulf would push oil prices to catastrophic levels. | Related: | If US Refrains from Bullying, Iran May Initiate Talks: Rouhani | According to Yahya Rahim Safavi, Khamenei's top military aide, "The Americans are fully aware that their military forces (in the region) are within the Iran's missile range and all U.S. and foreigners' navy in the Persian Gulf are wit…

Azaz Zaman (2019-06-02). Is Saudi Arabia Joining Trump's Political Game? globalresearch.ca In quest of seeking the support of the Arab Muslim leaders for an international stance against Iran, Saudi Arabia is hosting three consecutive summits at the holy city of Mecca after Iran's alleged attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil installations. Saudi …

Sadegh Abbasi (2019-06-02). 8-10 Million Iranians Died over Great Famine Caused by British Empire (1917-1919), Documents Reveal. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in November 2015. | The document in the American Archives, reporting the widespread famine and spread of epidemic disease in Iran, estimates the number of the deceased due to the famine to be about 8-10 million….

Martin Fleck (2019-06-01). What a Nuclear War Would Mean. progressive.org Fallout and reverberations in the climate would follow the immediate, devastating impact of a nuclear blast.

Ira Helfand (2019-06-01). Ban the Bomb—Before Our Luck Runs Out. progressive.org We are closer to a nuclear war than we have ever been. Seven ways it can happen.

The Progressive Magazine (2019-06-01). Smoking Gun: The Day the World Almost Ended. progressive.org Since the dawn of the nuclear age, there have been dozens of narrowly missed opportunities to bring about an end to the nuclear age—along with everything else. As President Donald Trump spurns treaties meant to reduce the risk of nuclear annihilation and calls for massive spending

Ben Armbruster (2019-06-01). How Mainstream U.S. Media Is Failing Us On Trump and Bolton's March To War With Iran. commondreams.org National security advisor John Bolton listens to President Donald Trump talk to reporters during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on Feb. 12. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tyler Durden (2019-05-31). China Has Reportedly Developed Plan For Rare-Earth Export Ban on US. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Despite last night's disappointing PMI print, the latest sign that the trade-war backlash is hurting the mainland economy (especially since the credit injections from earlier this year are fading into the distance), Beijing is apparently undeterred, and on Friday, it continued to ratchet up threats about invoking the "nuclear option" of curbing exports of rare earth …

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-31). The world divided by a line is a dead body cut in two. mronline.org A war against Iran—as Hamid says—will be catastrophic, not only for Iran but for Eurasia. It would divide the world into two, vultures and hyenas feasting on both halves. | Source

Daniel Carmody (2019-05-31). Activists protest John Bolton's commencement speech at U.S. Coast Guard Academy. liberationnews.org Bolton has been unabashed in his campaign to launch new wars against Iran, North Korea, and now Venezuela.

Alan Macleod (2019-05-31). MintCast Interviews Filmmaker Robbie Martin: The Neoconservative Endgame. mintpressnews.com MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb recently spoke to Robbie Martin ( @FluorescentGrey), a filmmaker whose recent documentary series A Very Heavy Agenda explores how prominent Bush-era neo-conservatives have continued to dominate the Washington foreign policy debate and have been instrumental in creating and fomenting Russiagate and Cold War 2.0. | Neoconservatives, or Neocons, have been a key force in Washington for decades and seem to maintain their…

Melvin Goodman (2019-05-31). Congressional Catering to Netanyahu Must End. counterpunch.org Four years ago, the U.S. Congress invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint congressional session as part of his campaign to defeat the Obama administration's efforts to negotiate the Iranian nuclear accord. Netanyahu's address was an unacceptable interference in the U.S. domestic political arena and should have been challenged. President Obama refused More

MAIL (2019-05-30). Headlines for May 30, 2019. democracynow.org Robert Mueller Says His Report Did Not Exonerate President Trump, Mueller's Public Remarks Stoke Calls for Trump's Impeachment, Israeli Knesset Dissolved as PM Netanyahu Fails to Form Ruling Coalition, Without Evidence, John Bolton Blames Iran for Oil Tanker Sabotage, Louisiana Lawmakers Approve Ban on Most Abortions, Disney May Halt Filming in Georgia If State Abortion Ban Takes Effect, Latin American Rape Survivors Who Were Denied Abortions Appeal to U.N., Argentines Hold One-Day Strike Against IMF-Imposed Austerity, Argentine Lawmakers Consider Bill to Decriminalize Abortion, Honduran Protesters Mobilize Again…

unitedEditor (2019-05-30). The Impact of the European Parliament Election on Iran's Foreign Policy. uwidata.com The results of the European Parliamentary elections held earlier this month astonished the world. Nationalist and populist parties rose to unprecedented levels, their dramatic increase in votes showing that European people are looking for more empowered and sovereign governance at home. This approach could profoundly affect Iran, which will have to carefully develop relations with …

Deirdre Griswold (2019-05-30). Why the imperialists hate Huawei. workers.org The Chinese company Huawei has been targeted by the Donald Trump administration. At Washington's request, Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the company, last December. The charge? That the company did business with Iran, contrary to U.S. sanctions on that country. Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder . . . | Continue reading Why the imperialists hate Huawei at Workers.org

Miriam Pensack (2019-05-29). Sinking of Russian Nuclear Submarine Known to West Much Earlier Than Stated, NSA Document Indicates. theintercept.com The report about Kursk also stated that the Russian navy did not try to contact the submarine for five hours after explosions that sank it.

Whitney Webb (2019-05-29). Bolton Alleges Iran Maritime Sabotage But Evidence Points Elsewhere. mintpressnews.com ABU DHABI, U.A.E. — On Wednesday, National Security Advisor John Bolton told a group of reporters in Abu Dhabi that "naval mines almost certainly from Iran" had been used to conduct the alleged "sabotage" attack on four commercial vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates' port of Fujairah earlier this month. "There is no doubt in anybody's mind in Washington who is responsible for this and I think it's important that the leadership in Iran know that w…

unitedEditor (2019-05-28). EU elections, Theresa May resigns, Iran VS US. uwidata.com European Parliament elections The elections for the European parliament took place this weekend. According to the results, the European People's Party won 179 seats, and the EP's second largest faction, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, won 150. The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe came in third with 107 mandates, followed by …

MAIL (2019-05-28). Headlines for May 28, 2019. democracynow.org Missouri Gov. Signs 8-Week Abortion Ban as Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi Abortion Ban, Judge Blocks Redirecting of Federal Funds to Build Parts of Border Wall, European Parliament Elections See Greens and Far-Right Gain Ground But Pro-EU Parties Retain Majority, Trump Says Regime Change in Iran Not the Goal After Sending 1,500 More Troops to Region, Trump Dismisses North Korean Missile Tests, Welcomes Anti-Biden Comments, Saudi Airstrike in Yemen Kills 12 Civilians, Including 7 Children, Head of Citizenship & Immigration Agency Resigns as Trump Admin Purge Continues, Landmark Oklahoma Opioid Trial Against John…

MAIL (2019-05-27). 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.

unitedEditor (2019-05-27). Iran`s nonaggression pact for Gulf cooperation council: who will say `yes`? uwidata.com Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has come up with a proposal for the Persian Gulf states to sign a nonaggression pact in the wake of mounting tensions in the region. He voiced this initiative in Baghdad on May 25 as he met with the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Mohamed Ali al-Hakim. He also stressed Teheran's …

Ben Norton (2019-05-25). Bipartisan thirst for more war: 75% of Congress calls on Trump to boost intervention in Syria, to 'pressure' Iran and Russia. thegrayzone.com While Trump threatens Iran and Venezuela with new wars, 400 Congress members, including leaders from both parties, want to intensify…

CGTN America (2019-05-24). Why the Iran deal failed. cgtn.com In this podcast we talk about why the Iran deal failed with John Sitilides, a geopolitical strategist and consultant to the U.S. State Department and Barbara Slavin, the director of the Atlantic Council's Future of Iran Initiative.

Joyce Chediac (2019-05-16). Iran war crisis: What's really going on? liberationnews.org It's time to get the U.S. military out of the Middle East, leave the people there to determine their own lives, and use the money instead to meet human needs at home.

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-05-07). Iran's Reduced Compliance with Nuclear Accord Should be Met with Good-Faith Diplomacy, Not Escalation. peaceaction.org 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 …

CounterSpin (2019-04-26). Tina Vasquez on Covering Immigration, Sina Toossi on Iran Sanctions. fair.org Media…

Lilly Dragnev (2019-04-19). As Trump Angles for War with Iran, Congress Needs to Reassert its War Powers. peaceaction.org 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 …