2019-06-05: News Headlines

Consortiumnews (2019-06-05). Intrigues in the Gulf Following Summits in Mecca. consortiumnews.com Saudi and UAE pressure on Qatar to embrace a tougher stance against Iran have left the Arab Gulf states divided as the U.S. builds tension with Teheran, writes Giorgio Cafiero. By Giorgio Cafiero Special to Consortium News Expectedly, no major… Read more →

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-06-05). America's Sordid History of Meddling in Iran. truthdig.com For decades now, the United States has portrayed Tehran as the foremost aggressor in the Middle East. Perhaps it takes one to know one.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-06-05). Lawmakers try to block Trump's latest 22 Saudi arms deals. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—A bipartisan group of senators will try to block President Donald Trump's latest $8.1 billion, in 22 separate arms sales, to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. They challenge Trump's justification—the supposed threat from Iran—for invoking "emergency" arms sale law loopholes to aid the Saudis. One of the group, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., worries …

South Front (2019-06-05). Video: War Propaganda and US Military Buildup Against Iran. globalresearch.ca Tensions continue to grow in the Persian Gulf. | In early May, the US deployed the USS Abraham Lincoln strike group as well as the USS Arlington amphibious transport dock, additional marines, amphibious vehicles, rotary aircraft, Patriot missiles and a bomber …

unitedEditor (2019-06-05). Pompeo and Trump say the US is ready for talks with Iran… uwidata.com but will Iran risk trusting them yet again? While less than a month ago everyone was concerned about the possibility of war breaking out in the Persian Gulf, American policy toward Iran now seems to have shifted once again. While in Japan, Trump stated that the US has no plans to bring down the …

Middle East Eye (2019-06-05). US Transferred "Nuclear Expertise" to Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi Murder. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The Donald Trump administration issued two authorizations for the transfer of technical "nuclear expertise" to Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi late last year, US Senator Tim Kaine has revealed. Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, where Khashoggi resided, called the decision "shocking" — as it came amid global outrage over the Saudi journalist's gruesome …

RT (2019-06-05). Trump 'prepared' to handle responsibility of launching nukes. rt.com If and when the time comes, Donald Trump is prepared for the "tremendous responsibility" of pressing the nuclear button, the US president has said as Washington locks horns with a growing number of states.

teleSUR (2019-06-05). US Gave Nuclear Power Info to Saudis After Khashoggi's Murder. telesurenglish.net The U.S. administration granted two authorizations to U.S. companies to share sensitive nuclear power information with Saudi Arabia shortly after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October, a U.S. senator who saw the approvals said on Tuesday. | RELATED: | French Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Increased 50% in 2018: Report | The timing of the approvals is likely to heap pressure on the administration of President Donald Trump from lawmakers who have become increasingly cri…

Aidan O'Brien (2019-06-05). The EU Votes and the CIA Wins Again. globalresearch.ca The European Union voted last month but not one of its 21st century war crimes and war criminals were a topic of conversation. The real possibility of a nuclear war between the EU and Russia wasn't an issue either. The …

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

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-06-04). Trump's Bellicosity Sells Weapons but Also Boosts Iran and the Palestinian Cause. globalresearch.ca When the "Islamic State" (ISIS) occupied large territories in Iraq and Syria, it shifted Middle East and world attention to it, moving the focus away from the Palestinian cause. The countries affected by the ISIS horror concentrated on recovering their …

unitedEditor (2019-06-04). Could Japan help resolve the conflict between Iran and US? uwidata.com Recently President Donald Trump, while in Tokyo, said that he would support Shinzo Abe's efforts to mediate between Iran and the US. Trump also said: "I know that the prime minister and Japan have a very good relationship with Iran so we'll see what happens." He added: "Washington was not interested in regime change in …

Staff (2019-06-04). Who's Behind the Iran Disinformation Campaign? truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Sharmini Peries of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

Staff (2019-06-04). State Department Perpetuates Disinformation on Iran. therealnews.com Regular State Department briefings have been few, but the public is entitled to them, to hold the Trump administration accountable, such as on its policies towards Iran, says Col. Larry Wilkerson…

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

teleSUR (2019-06-04). French Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Increased 50% in 2018: Report. telesurenglish.net Despite a national call to end Yemen's "Dirty War," in 2018 French weapons sales to Saudi Arabia skyrocketed by 50 percent, a federal report revealed Tuesday. | RELATED: | US to Sell Arab Allies $8B in Arms to 'Deter Iran': Pompeo | According to the annual report, France's arms sales rose to 91 billion euros (US$102 billion) or 30 pe…

teleSUR (2019-06-04). Iran Sues UK for $1.6B over Wrongful Sanctions. telesurenglish.net Iranian Mellat bank's trial against the United Kingdom is expected to start on June 17 where judges will hear that Britain's actions "substantially damaged the bank's reputation" and led to the loss of profits, customers and access to international banking services for which the lender is demanding US$1.6 billion in compensation, Iranian Press TV reported Tuesday. | RELATED: | If US Refrains from Bullying, Iran May Initiate Talks: Rouhani | The bank says the U.K. government also…

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, …

Eds. (2019-06-04). Black Agenda Report is a proud recipient of the Serena Shim Award for uncompromising integrity in journalism. mronline.org Serena Shim was born in Detroit. She attended high school in nearby Livonia MI, and graduated from the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut. She was married with two children, and at the time of her death worked for the Iranian news outlet Press TV. | Source

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 …

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 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.

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.

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

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 …

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

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.

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 …

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….

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 …

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…

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 …

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?

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

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.

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…

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…

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.

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

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 …

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

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