2019-06-09: News Headlines

plenglish (2019-06-09). West has just Ravaged the Middle East, Iranian FM Says. plenglish.com 09 de junio de 2019, 09: 23Tehran, June 9 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Yavad Zarif has afirmed that the West just ravaged the Middle East and its duty now is to normalize relations with the Islamic Republic. Zarif stressed on the lack of commitment by the rest of signatories of the Comprehensive Plan of Joint Action (JCPOA) or nuclear agreement after the US withdrawal.

Staff (2019-06-09). D Day: Mythology of America as Liberator Feeds Trump's Militarism. therealnews.com It was the Soviet army that broke Hitler's back at Stalingrad, but the myth that the American army liberated Europe, serves aggressive U.S. policy, including Trump targeting Iran — historian Peter Kuznick joins Paul Jay…

teleSUR (2019-06-09). Iran Says New US Sanctions Show Offer To Dialogue 'Hollow'. telesurenglish.net Iran said Saturday that new U.S. sanctions on its petrochemical industry show the hollowness of President Donald Trump's claims to be open to fresh negotiations with Tehran. | RELATED: | The Spoils of Economic War: How the US, Saudis Profit From Sanctions on Venezuela and Iran | "Only one week was needed for the U.S. president's claim that he was ready to negotiate with Iran to be proven hollow," foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said. | Tr…

Murtaza Hussain (2019-06-09). An Iranian Activist Wrote Dozens of Articles for Right-Wing Outlets. But Is He a Real Person? theintercept.com The writer Heshmat Alavi pushes regime change in Iran. But an MEK defector says the controversial, exiled, opposition group created the persona.

Chris Wright (2019-06-08). It's Time to Embrace Nuclear Energy. dissidentvoice.org It is a tragic irony of the contemporary environmentalist movement that in its opposition to nuclear energy, it is doing the bidding of the fossil fuel industry and increasing the likelihood of climate apocalypse. This is the inescapable implication of the new book A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-08). Iran Denounces Trump's 'Hollow' Offer of Negotiations After US Imposes Latest Sanctions. commondreams.org Accusing the Trump administration of "economic terrorism," Iran's foreign ministry said Saturday that the latest sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump demonstrate that the U.S. is not serious about pursuing negotiations regarding Iran's nuclear power. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-06-07). Saudi King Calls on 'Despots' to Mecca for Emergency Meeting on Iran. therealnews.com 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…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-06-07). Daily Kos aims for 100K names on anti-Iran War petition to Congress. peoplesworld.org 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 …

Staff (2019-06-07). Energy Department Redefines High-Level Nuclear Waste to Save Disposal Costs. truthout.org 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…

Reese Erlich (2019-06-07). Nuclear Disarmament: The View from Moscow. thenation.com Nuclear Disarmament: The View from Moscow…

MAIL (2019-06-07). Headlines for June 7, 2019. democracynow.org Bowing to U.S. Pressure, Mexico to Deploy 6,000 Troops to Guatemala Border, House Judiciary Chair Pushes for Presidential Impeachment Inquiry, House Ways and Means Chair Has No Plans to Acquire Trump's New York Tax Records, Russian President Says U.S. Is Shunning Negotiations on Nuclear Arms Treaty, African Union Suspends Sudan over Massacre of Sit-in Protesters, Study Finds Limiting Climate Change Would Save Thousands from Heat-Related Deaths, Jay Inslee: Democratic National Committee Refusing to Hold Debate on Climate, SEIU Becomes First Major Union to Endorse Green New Deal, Report: Earth's Oceans More Contami…

Ivan Kesic (2019-06-06). The US is Waging a Quiet Scientific War Against Iran. mintpressnews.com 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.

Michael T. Klare (2019-06-06). The Pentagon's Spoiling for a Fight … But With China, Not Iran. counterpunch.org 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 More

Pepe Escobar (2019-06-06). Why Trump Now Wants Talks with Iran. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-06). Alarm as Trump Energy Dept Redefines 'High-Level' Nuclear Waste to 'Low-Level' in Order to Save Disposal Costs. commondreams.org 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…

Shane Quinn (2019-06-06). Pentagon Nuclear War Plans: Fallout Would Have Wiped Out Many More Countries than Previously Estimated. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Gregory Shupak (2019-06-06). In Media's Looking Glass, US Doesn't Threaten Iran But Merely Responds to Iranian Threats. fair.org 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…

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.

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 …

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 →

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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…

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). 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…

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 …

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

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…

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

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.

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…

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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…

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …