2019-06-12: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-12). Japan's Prime Minister Abe Is Trump's Informal Ambassador to Iran, but He Wants More Than to Mediate. globalresearch.ca Japanese Prime Minister Abe is functioning as Trump's informal ambassador to Iran during his two day trip to the Islamic Republic, though he has much greater strategic interests in mind than just being the US President's proxy such as expanding …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-06-12). The Last Bastion of Al Qaeda in Syria: US Propaganda Blitz Ahead of Idlib's Liberation. globalresearch.ca A concerted effort is being made to once again flood Western headlines with now familiar and long-since discredited war propaganda as Syrian forces and their Russian and Iranian allies move in on Idlib in northern Syria to liberate it from …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-06-12). A Russian-American-Israeli Meeting of National Security Advisors in Jerusalem: Syria and Iran on the Table. globalresearch.ca This month of June, the National Security Advisors of Russia, the US, and Israel, Nikolay Patrushev, John Bolton and Meir Ben-Shabbat, respectively, are expected to meet in Jerusalem to talk about Iran and Syria and what Israel considers the …

Charles Pierson (2019-06-12). How Not to Honor Jamal Khashoggi. counterpunch.org After the Saudis murdered dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their consulate in Istanbul, the Trump Administration swung into action—and approved permits to transfer US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. We learned this from Senator Tim Kaine on June 4. Senator Kaine, Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, represents Virginia where Khasshogi was a permanent resident. More

David Bromwich (2019-06-12). Will the World End in Nuclear—or Climate—Catastrophe? thenation.com Will the World End in Nuclear—or Climate—Catastrophe?

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-11). India Complies with US Sanctions against Iran, Iran Keeps Begging It to Reconsider. globalresearch.ca India capitulated to American pressure and complied with the anti-Iranian sanctions regime, yet Iran keeps begging it to reconsider and continue investing in the Islamic Republic anyhow, with its humiliating behavior revealing just how desperate it is for economic relief …

plenglish (2019-06-11). Japanese PM to to Iran for Key Talks. plenglish.com Tokyo, Jun 11 (Prensa Latina) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold talks with Iran's political and religious leaders during his visit to Tehran this week in an effort to ease tensions with the United States, the Japanese government reported on Tuesday.

WSWS (2019-06-11). US Middle East commander proposes permanent buildup against Iran. wsws.org The head of the US Central Command claimed that the "threat" from Iran remains "imminent" but refused to provide any evidence or details to support the allegation.

teleSUR (2019-06-11). Israel Will Not Allow Iran To Have Nuclear Weapons: Netanyahu. telesurenglish.net Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stern warning to Iran about producing a nuclear warhead on Monday, vowing to prevent them from attaining this weapon by any means necessary. | RELATED: | Iran Says New US Sanctions Show Offer To Dialogue 'Hollow' | The Israeli premier issued the warning after the comments made by the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano on Iran's increased uranium enrichment. | "Israel will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons," Net…

commondreams (2019-06-11). Pro-Peace Coalition Delivers Petition Urging Congress to Block Trump's Path to War With Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Todd Smith (2019-06-11). The End of Irony: an Irony Opener. dissidentvoice.org Given all the hysterical saber-rattling over Iran recently, one wonders if old Uncle Sam's simply having another spastic episode with his Pent'agonal cane? Mixed into the usual cacophony of paranoid ramblings, one hears ominous mumblings linking Iran, al-Quaeda, and the Nine-One-One… Never Forget!—to re-package and re-purpose 9/11, as that original franchise continues to spawn spin-offs, …

teleSUR (2019-06-11). Da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi' Hangs on Saudi Prince's Yacht. telesurenglish.net Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, Salvator Mundi, one of the world's most expensive paintings and missing since 2017, was located on Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman's yacht, according to Middle East Eye. | RELATED: | US Gave Nuclear Power Info to Saudis After Khashoggi's Murder | The piece, attributed to the Renaissance Italian master, was purchased for US$450 million in 2017 at a Christie's auction in New York City. | The painting, which represents Christ emerging from darknes…

RT (2019-06-11). Trump receives another 'beautiful' letter from North Korea's Kim Jong-un. rt.com US President Donald Trump received a "beautiful" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Monday and said he believes something "very positive" will come of nuclear talks with the country.

Workers World staff (2019-06-10). Workers World Party solidarity with Palestine on Al Quds Day. workers.org New York City, May 31. Hundreds rallied in New York City's Times Square May 31 to mark International Day of Al-Quds, Arabic for Jerusalem. Launched in 1979 as one of the first official acts of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Quds Day is held internationally on the last Friday of . . . | Continue reading Workers World Party solidarity with Palestine on Al Quds Day at Workers.org

Robert Fisk (2019-06-10). While the World Watches Trump, It's Missing What's Really Going On. counterpunch.org Our leaders know how to bang the war drums and, by and large, we go along with them. The US threatens Iran with war — so will Iran close the Strait of Hormuz and attack American warships in the Gulf? Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria after rockets fall on Golan — so does an Arab-Israeli conflict More

Staff (2019-06-10). Stern Words From Iran: U.S. Cannot 'Expect to Stay Safe'. truthdig.com TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's foreign minister warned the U.S. on Monday that it "cannot expect to stay safe" after launching what he described as an economic war against Tehran, taking a hard-line stance amid a visit by Germany's top diplomat seeking to defuse tensions. | A stern-faced Mohammad Javad Zarif offered a series of threats over the ongoing tensions gripping the Persian Gulf. The crisis takes root in President Donald Trump's decision over a year ago to withdraw America from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Trump also reinstated t…

teleSUR (2019-06-10). Prominent Anti-Iran 'Writer' Not Real Person, Mouthpiece of MEK. telesurenglish.net The pro-West Iranian opposition group Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) is using a fake profile to push for their anti-Iran agenda according to a report. | RELATED: | Spain's Far-right Vox Received Almost $1M from 'Marxist-Islamist' Iranian Exiles: Report | The organization is managing the social media profile of Hes…

plenglish (2019-06-10). IAEA Worried about Tensions over Iran's Nuclear Program. plenglish.com Vienna, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), on Monday expressed concern in Vienna "about the growing tensions" over the Iranian nuclear program.

teleSUR (2019-06-10). Guatemala's Elections: Big Challenges Await Next President. telesurenglish.net Guatemala will hold a presidential election next Sunday while the country is facing many difficulties including widespread corruption and an unpopular president have set the stag for an election characterized by a huge number of mostly unknown presidential candidates. | RELATED: | Mexico May Send Troops to Guatemalan Border to Avoid US Tariffs | With around 18 presidential aspirants participating in the race, many Guatemalans are undecided, and a lot of them do not know the p…

United Nations (2019-06-10). Monday's Daily Brief: the future of food and digital tech, labour justice in focus, denuclearization, and Kosovo. un.org This Monday, top stories includes: a new report on risks and opportunities of digital technology; social justice for all at the centenary UN labour conference; updates on Iran's and North Korea's nuclear programmes; tackling today's problems with food; and updates on the relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

Ilana Novick (2019-06-10). This Is How War With Iran Is Manufactured. truthdig.com Withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal was a top campaign priority for President Trump, one he accomplished in 2018. In a May 8 speech from the White House, he said the agreement was "a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made." In other instances, he claimed that the agreement increased Iran's military budget, once in a tweet CNN c…

Jason Ditz (2019-06-10). Iran at High Level of Readiness as US General Continues to Claim Imminent Threat. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Growing US military buildups throughout April and May in the Middle East were a reaction, according to officials, to Iran's military being at a high level of readiness. Now, with all those extra US forces in the area, Iran remains at a high level of readiness. This is something of a challenge for the …

plenglish (2019-06-10). Iran Appreciates Germany's Efforts to Save Nuclear Deal. plenglish.com Tehran, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) Iran appreciates Germany"s efforts to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or nuclear deal, for which purpose Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is on a tour of the Middle East.

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.

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…

teleSUR (2019-06-09). Argentina: Local Elections a Thermometer For General Elections. telesurenglish.net Argentinian voters in four provinces will go to the polls this Sunday to elect their governors, and one other will vote on primary elections to choose candidates for the gubernatorial race. | RELATED: | We Underestimated the Economic Situation in Argentina: IMF | People from Tucuman, Entre Rios, Jujuy and Chubut will vote for new governors, whereas the Mendoza province will vote in primary elections where 11 aspirants are hoping to become candidates for their respective parties.

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.

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). Cuban Aid: What HBO Didn't Mention In Their 'Chernobyl' Series. telesurenglish.net HBO's 'Chernobyl' has been criticised for being historically inaccurate, but on Sunday, Cuba pointed out that their crucial role in providing free treatment to the victims is being airbrushed out of history. | RELATED: | Cuban Doctors Restore Sight to Brazilian Community in Bolivia | The recent HBO series takes a look at the events of the 1986 tragedy in Chernobyl, where an explosion at a nuclear facility in the former USSR caused huge damage in loss of life and radiation poiso…

Global Research News (2019-06-09). Selected Articles: Israel's Attack on The USS Liberty. 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 …

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…

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). 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…

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…

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

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.

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 …

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 …

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…

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

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 …

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 …

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 →

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.

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 …