2019-06-12: Social Media Postees

Japan's Prime Minister Abe Is Trump's Informal Ambassador to Iran, but He Wants More Than to Mediate
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-12
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 …
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A Russian-American-Israeli Meeting of National Security Advisors in Jerusalem: Syria and Iran on the Table
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-12
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 …
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The Last Bastion of Al Qaeda in Syria: US Propaganda Blitz Ahead of Idlib's Liberation
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-12
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 …
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Will the World End in Nuclear–or Climate–Catastrophe?
David Bromwich | thenation.com | 2019-06-12
Will the World End in Nuclear–or Climate–Catastrophe?
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How Not to Honor Jamal Khashoggi
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-12
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.
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India Complies with US Sanctions against Iran, Iran Keeps Begging It to Reconsider
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-11
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 …
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Pro-Peace Coalition Delivers Petition Urging Congress to Block Trump's Path to War With Iran
commondreams.org | 2019-06-11
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Japanese PM to to Iran for Key Talks
plenglish.com | 2019-06-11
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.
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The End of Irony: an Irony Opener
Todd Smith | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-11
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, …
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US Middle East commander proposes permanent buildup against Iran
wsws.org | 2019-06-11
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/11/iran…

Israel Will Not Allow Iran To Have Nuclear Weapons: Netanyahu
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-11
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…
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Da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi' Hangs on Saudi Prince's Yacht
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-11
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…
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Trump receives another 'beautiful' letter from North Korea's Kim Jong-un
rt.com | 2019-06-11
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. | …
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Workers World Party solidarity with Palestine on Al Quds Day
Workers World staff | workers.org | 2019-06-10
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
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While the World Watches Trump, It's Missing What's Really Going On
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-10
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…
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Stern Words From Iran: U.S. Cannot 'Expect to Stay Safe'
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-10
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…
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Prominent Anti-Iran 'Writer' Not Real Person, Mouthpiece of MEK
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-10
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…
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Guatemala's Elections: Big Challenges Await Next President
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-10
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…
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Iran at High Level of Readiness as US General Continues to Claim Imminent Threat
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-10
(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 …

Iran at High Level of Readiness as US General Continues to Claim Imminent Threat

IAEA Worried about Tensions over Iran's Nuclear Program
plenglish.com | 2019-06-10
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.
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This Is How War With Iran Is Manufactured
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2019-06-10
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…
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Iran Appreciates Germany's Efforts to Save Nuclear Deal
plenglish.com | 2019-06-10
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.
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Monday's Daily Brief: the future of food and digital tech, labour justice in focus, denuclearization, and Kosovo
United Nations | un.org | 2019-06-10
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.
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West has just Ravaged the Middle East, Iranian FM Says
plenglish.com | 2019-06-09
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.
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An Iranian Activist Wrote Dozens of Articles for Right-Wing Outlets. But Is He a Real Person?
Murtaza Hussain | theintercept.com | 2019-06-09
The writer Heshmat Alavi pushes regime change in Iran. But an MEK defector says the controversial, exiled, opposition group created the persona.
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Iran Says New US Sanctions Show Offer To Dialogue 'Hollow'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-09
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…
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Argentina: Local Elections a Thermometer For General Elections
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-09
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.
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D Day: Mythology of America as Liberator Feeds Trump's Militarism
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-09
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…
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Selected Articles: Israel's Attack on The USS Liberty
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-09
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 …
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Cuban Aid: What HBO Didn't Mention In Their 'Chernobyl' Series
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-09
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…
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Iran Denounces Trump's 'Hollow' Offer of Negotiations After US Imposes Latest Sanctions
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-08
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…
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It's Time to Embrace Nuclear Energy
Chris Wright | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-08
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 …
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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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Nuclear Disarmament: The View from Moscow
Reese Erlich | thenation.com | 2019-06-07
Nuclear Disarmament: The View from Moscow…
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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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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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In Media's Looking Glass, US Doesn't Threaten Iran But Merely Responds to Iranian Threats
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-06-06
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…
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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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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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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…
fair.org/home/in-medias-looking-glass-us…

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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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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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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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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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.
truthdig.com/articles/americas-sordid-hi…

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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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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