2019-06-08: Social Media Postees

Daily Kos aims for 100K names on anti-Iran War petition to Congress
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-07
OAKLAND, Calif.–Daily Kos, a top group blog and Internet forum for grassroots activism, is aiming for 100,000 signatures on a petition to Congress against President Trump's threatened war on Iran. The group will deliver its petitions on June 10. "Let's storm the gates 100,000 strong!" originators Paul Hogarth and Erin Tulley of the Oakland, Calif.-based …
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Saudi King Calls on 'Despots' to Mecca for Emergency Meeting on Iran
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-07
Prof. As'ad AbuKhalil says Saudis attempts to create a united front against Iran has dismally failed. Summits categorically reject the `deal of the century' by Jared Kushner…
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Energy Department Redefines High-Level Nuclear Waste to Save Disposal Costs
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-07
In a move that will roll back safety standards that have been observed for decades, the Trump administration reportedly has plans to reclassify nuclear waste previously listed as "high-level" radioactive to a lower level, in the interest of saving money and time when disposing of the material. | The Department of Energy (DOE) plans to observe a new interpretation of which nuclear waste qualifies as "high-level waste," which must be disposed of deep underground to avoid contaminating the surrounding environment. Under the…
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Nuclear Disarmament: The View from Moscow
Reese Erlich | thenation.com | 2019-06-07
Nuclear Disarmament: The View from Moscow…
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The US is Waging a Quiet Scientific War Against Iran
Ivan Kesic | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-06
Not so long ago, scientists were true diplomats of pacifism, but today they became a favorite target to decelerate the national progress and discourage future generations of scientists.
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In Media's Looking Glass, US Doesn't Threaten Iran But Merely Responds to Iranian Threats
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-06-06
by Gregory Shupak | US leaders have been threatening Iran for years, but US corporate media persistently and wrongly paint US escalations against Iran as defensive countermeasures. | George W. Bush said in 2008 that "all options are on the table" in terms of the policies the US will consider toward Iran, which was a way of saying that the US might militarily attack Iran–even a nuclear first strike would fit under "all." (Oddly, when officials talk about "all options," options that involve killing people seem to be the only kind they have in min…
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The Pentagon's Spoiling for a Fight … But With China, Not Iran
Michael T. Klare | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-06
The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is gearing up for war with Iran. As in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. officials have…
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Why Trump Now Wants Talks with Iran
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-06
Unlike Deep Purple's legendary 'Smoke on the Water' — "We all came out to Montreux, on the Lake Geneva shoreline", the 67th Bilderberg group meetings produced no fire and no smoke at the luxurious Fairmont Le Montreux Palace Hotel. | The …
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Alarm as Trump Energy Dept Redefines 'High-Level' Nuclear Waste to 'Low-Level' in Order to Save Disposal Costs
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-06
Rolling back safety standards that have been observed for decades, the Trump administration will reclassify nuclear waste in the interest of saving money and time when disposing of the material. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Pentagon Nuclear War Plans: Fallout Would Have Wiped Out Many More Countries than Previously Estimated
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-06
By 1961 the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, a group of senior military figures advising the president, had concluded that proposed nuclear attacks across China, the USSR and Warsaw Pact allies would result in over half a billion deaths. Approximately …
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Pompeo and Trump say the US is ready for talks with Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-06-05
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 …
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Video: War Propaganda and US Military Buildup Against Iran
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-05
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 …
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Lawmakers try to block Trump's latest 22 Saudi arms deals
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-05
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 …
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Intrigues in the Gulf Following Summits in Mecca
consortiumnews.com | 2019-06-05
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 ?…
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America's Sordid History of Meddling in Iran
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-06-05
For decades now, the United States has portrayed Tehran as the foremost aggressor in the Middle East. Perhaps it takes one to know one.
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US Gave Nuclear Power Info to Saudis After Khashoggi's Murder
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-05
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…
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US Transferred "Nuclear Expertise" to Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi Murder
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-05
(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 …

US Transferred “Nuclear Expertise” to Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi Murder

Trump 'prepared' to handle responsibility of launching nukes
rt.com | 2019-06-05
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. | …
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The EU Votes and the CIA Wins Again
Aidan O'Brien | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-05
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 | …
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Three Mile Island Nuke Finally Shutting Down
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-06-05
The notorious Three Mile Island nuclear plant is finally shutting down for good.
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State Department Perpetuates Disinformation on Iran
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-04
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…
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French Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Increased 50% in 2018: Report
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-04
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…
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Black Agenda Report is a proud recipient of the Serena Shim Award for uncompromising integrity in journalism
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-06-04
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…
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Bolton's Dangerous Psychopathology
Manuel E. Yepe | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-04
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.
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Could Japan help resolve the conflict between Iran and US?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-06-04
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 …
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Iran Sues UK for $1.6B over Wrongful Sanctions
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-04
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…
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Trump's Bellicosity Sells Weapons but Also Boosts Iran and the Palestinian Cause
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-04
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 …
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Who's Behind the Iran Disinformation Campaign?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-04
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…
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US Gears Up for War With Iran
Serge Halimi | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-04
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…
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South Asia's Role in the Pentagon's "Indo-Pacific Strategy Report"
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-04
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, …
globalresearch.ca/south-asias-role-penta…

Top US Journalists Spread Fake News Claiming North Korean Official Was 'Purged' — Then He Shows Up on TV
Ben Norton | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-04
Virtually every major Western corporate media outlet and a who's who of pundits circulated a blatantly false report that North Korean nuclear negotiators were killed and imprisoned, exposing their non-existent editorial standards on Official Enemies. | *** | The corporate media's editorial …
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Three Mile Island Nuke Finally Shutting Down
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-06-04
The notorious Three Mile Island nuclear plant is finally shutting down for good.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/01/1882369…

How Mainstream U.S. Media Is Failing Us on Trump and Bolton's March to War with Iran
Ben Armbruster | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-03
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 …
globalresearch.ca/mainstream-u-s-media-f…

Bipartisan Support for Trump's Aggressive Iran Policy Reveals the Hollowness of Russiagate
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-03
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.
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For the US and Israel, Iran Works Best as a Perpetual Threat
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-03
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.
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How mainstream US media is failing us on Trump and Bolton's march to war with Iran
Ben Armbruster | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-03
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…
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Israeli Strikes Hit Iranian and Hezbollah Positions in Syria, Killing 10
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-03
(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 …

Israeli Strikes Hit Iranian and Hezbollah Positions in Syria, Killing 10

Iran, US Showing Off Power
plenglish.com | 2019-06-03
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.
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US-Iran: Inverted Reality, Real War. America's Al Qaeda Mercenaries. Iran is Fighting the Largest State Sponsor of Terror
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-03
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 …
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Pompeo's Phony Outreach to Iran
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-03
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 …
globalresearch.ca/pompeos-phony-outreach…

Ishmael Reed Tries to Undo the Damage 'Hamilton' Has Wrought
Nawal Arjini | thenation.com | 2019-06-03
Ishmael Reed Tries to Undo the Damage 'Hamilton' Has Wrought…
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The Pentagon's Spoiling for Another War, But With China, Not Iran
Michael Klare | commondreams.org | 2019-06-03
The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense. (Photo: Master Sgt. Ken Hammond / U.S. Air Force / Wikimedia Commons) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Pentagon's Spoiling for Another War, Just Not With Iran
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-03
While military officials are unenthusiastic about another Mideast war, they are setting their sights on another type of war in another locale entirely.
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Media: Zombie Sightings, Like Unicorns, Are a Frequent Occurrence in North Korea
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-03
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.
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A Nuclear War Has No Victor! U.S. Military Preparation is Underway
Massoud Nayeri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-03
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 …
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Beyond Nuclear Appeals Against Proposed National High-Level Radioactive Waste Dump Targeted at New Mexico
commondreams.org | 2019-06-03
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Three Mile Island Nuke Finally Shutting Down
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-06-03
The notorious Three Mile Island nuclear plant is finally shutting down for good.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/01/1882369…

8-10 Million Iranians Died over Great Famine Caused by British Empire (1917-1919), Documents Reveal
Sadegh Abbasi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
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….
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Is Saudi Arabia Joining Trump's Political Game?
Azaz Zaman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
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 …
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Iran Warns of 'Unbearable' Oil Prices if War Breaks Out in Gulf
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-02
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…
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