2019-06-13: Social Media Postees

Neither US nor Iran are ready for making a deal – Trump
rt.com | 2019-06-13
US President Donald Trump has said that he believes it is "too soon to even think about" entering into any deal with Iran after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran.. | …
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US Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks, Says Tehran "Trying to Interrupt Flow of Oil"
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-13
(ZH) — Update 6: And there it is… The US has officially blamed Iran for Thursday's attacks, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters during a Thursday press briefing. The secretary of state and longtime Iran hawk said the Iranians are working to interrupt the flow of the international oil trade. He also said that Tehran rejected …

US Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks, Says Tehran "Trying to Interrupt Flow of Oil"

NIAC Statement on Latest Persian Gulf Tanker Attacks
commondreams.org | 2019-06-13
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Two Iraqi peace activists confront a Trumpian world
Laura Gottesdiener | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-13
There's a dark joke going around Baghdad these days. Noof Assi, a 30-year-old Iraqi peace activist and humanitarian worker, told it to me by phone. Our conversation takes place in late May just after the Trump administration has announced that it would add 1,500 additional U.S. troops to its Middle Eastern garrisons. | "Iran wants to fight to get the United States and Saudi Arabia out of Iraq," she began. "And the United States wants to fight to get Iran out of Iraq." She paused dramatically. "So how about all of us Iraqis just leave Iraq so they can fight here on their own?" | Assi is among a generation of yo…
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Iranian President Blames U.S. for Middle East Tensions
plenglish.com | 2019-06-13
Tehran, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani this Thursday blamed the United States for causing all the tensions in the Middle East with its economic war against the Islamic Republic.
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Two Iraqi Peace Activists Confront a Trumpian World
Laura Gottesdiener | commondreams.org | 2019-06-13
"In 2003, it was Iraq. In 2019, it's Iran." (Photo: Thiago Santos/cc/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Iranian Rescuers Evacuate Tankers at Oman Sea
plenglish.com | 2019-06-13
Tehran, Jun 13 ( Prensa Latina) Iranian aid workers have helped Thursday the crews of two oil tankers damaged by explosions while sailing the Oman Sea.
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Pete Buttigieg's Comprehensive Foreign-Policy Vision
James Carden | thenation.com | 2019-06-13
Pete Buttigieg's Comprehensive Foreign-Policy Vision…
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'Deja Vu' of Iraq War Lies as Mike Pompeo Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without Single Shred of Evidence
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-13
"Secretary Pompeo gives zero proof but insists that Iran is responsible for ship attacks in Gulf of Oman. Lies, lies, and more lies to make a case for war." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Trump Dismisses Dialogue with Iran in Current Context
plenglish.com | 2019-06-13
Washington, June 13 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump said today it is too early to dialogue with Iran, amid the current context of growing tensions between the two countries.
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Congress Denounces 'Emergency' $8 Billion Weapons Deal With Saudi Arabia
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-13
(MEE) — The administration of US President Donald Trump declared an emergency last month to enable arms sales to Saudi Arabia without congressional oversight. The State Department has cited alleged Iranian plans to attack US troops and Washington's partners in the Gulf to force through the sales, but many of the weapons included in the deals …

Congress Denounces 'Emergency' $8 Billion Weapons Deal With Saudi Arabia

Convenient "Tanker Attacks" as US Seeks War with Iran
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-13
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Iranian Women Boycott Taxi App Over Hijab Dispute
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-13
An Iranian ride-hailing application is facing a major boycott campaign after one of its drivers asked a female passenger to cover her head after her hijab (headscarf) fell off while in the vehicle. | RELATED: | Prominent Anti-Iran 'Writer' Not Real Person, Mouthpiece of Shady Iranian Group | Last week, a Snapp taxi app driver asked the woman he had picked up to cover her head with her hijab after it had fallen off. The request led to an argument between the two, a…
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I Don't Trust This Administration* With a Lemon Zester, Let Alone a War With Iran
Charles P. Pierce | commondreams.org | 2019-06-13
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room on June 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pompeo said, "It is the assessment of the U.S. government that Iran is responsible for today's attacks in the Gulf of Oman. These attacks are a threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable escalation of tension by Iran." (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Warnings of Effort to 'Maneuver the US Into a War' as Trump Officials Rush to Blame Iran for Attacks on Gulf Tankers
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-13
"These attacks are yet another warning sign that Trump and his team are leaning into a disastrous war in the Middle East." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Iranian President Blames U.S. for Middle East Tensions
plenglish.com | 2019-06-13
Tehran, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani this Thursday blamed the United States for causing all the tensions in the Middle East with its economic war against the Islamic Republic.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

As Trump Administration Weighs War, Iraqis Plan a Carnival for Peace
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-13
There's a dark joke going around Baghdad these days. Noof Assi, a 30-year-old Iraqi peace activist and humanitarian worker, told it to me by phone. Our conversation takes place in late May just after the Trump administration has announced that it would add 1,500 additional U.S. troops to its Middle Eastern garrisons. | "Iran wants to fight to get the United States and Saudi Arabia out of Iraq," she began. "And the United States wants to fight to get Iran out of Iraq." She paused dramatically. "So how about all of us Iraqis just leave Iraq so they can fight here on their own?" | Assi is among a generation of yo…
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'Protest and decades of struggle:' Long Island is nuclear-free today
Karl Grossman | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-13
"Shoreham Action Is One Of The Largest Held Worldwide," was the headline in The New York Times about an event which happened 40 years ago this month. The article told of how "more than 600 protesters were arrested" on June 3, 1979 at the site of the then under-construction Shoreham nuclear power plant and "15,000 demonstrators gathered" on the beach fronting the plant in the protest of it. | That action was important in stopping the Shoreham plant from going into operation–and preventing the Long Island Lighting Company from building a total of seven to 11 nuclear power plants on Long Island. | The Shore…
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Towards "NATO-Exit"? Shift in the Structure of Military Coalitions. Turkey's Alliance with Russia, China and Iran?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-12
Contemporary developments point to a historical shift in the structure of military alliances which indelibly contributes to weakening US hegemony as well as creating conditions which could result in the breakup of NATO.
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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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Brazil: Lawmaker, Mother Threatened With Death for Lula Exposé
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-12
A lawmaker from Brazil's Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) and LGBT activist David Miranda denounced an email Wednesday he received from a paramilitary group threatening his mother with death and extorting him for a sum of US$10,000. The email also made reference to the murder of Rio lawmaker Marielle Franco. | RELATED: | Politics, Lack of Evidence Behind Lula Trial: Intercept Expose | "This is just one of the emails I have received. We aren't showing everything it contains beca…
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Yemen's Houthis Attack Saudi Airport
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-12
A statement made by Saudi authorities said Wednesday a projectile hit the arrivals hall at Abha airport (southwestern Saudi Arabia), causing material damage. Three women and two children were among the wounded, according to the statement. | RELATED: | French Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Increased 50% in 2018: Report | The Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition that has been battling the Houthi movement in Yemen said the strike was proof of Iranian support for what it called cross-bo…
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Germany, Japan, Iran and Trump: Will Reason and Harmony Triumph in the World?
Gary Leupp | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-12
Japan used to be the number one foreign consumer of Iranian oil, slipping to number two as China increased its purchases. Now, obliged to defer to the U.S., Japan purchases none. Germany has been Iran's largest European trade partner, and was hoping for major deals following the conclusion of the Iran Deal in 2015. These …
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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