Daily Archives: February 9, 2019

2019-02-09: News Headlines

Lawrence Wittner (2019-02-09). Pressuring Nuclear Disarmament. zcomm.org Don't Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament‚ÄïUnless They're Pushed to Do So…

Shane Quinn (2019-02-09). US Influence in Venezuela Is Part of a Two Centuries-old Imperial Plan. globalresearch.ca Root causes of the ongoing crises in Venezuela may be increasingly apparent, as the situation in the country reaches a perilous state. Venezuela contains one fifth (20%) of the planet's known oil reserves, equal to the combined quantities of Iran …

RT (2019-02-09). 'Drones aren't missiles, they are re-usable': US disputes accusations of non-compliance with INF. rt.com The US military has rejected Russian accusations of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, arguing that its drones can't be seen as missiles and Tomahawk-compatible 'defensive' launchers can't be used offensively.

Whitney Webb (2019-02-08). Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com "People don't recognize that Hezbollah has active cells — the Iranians are impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America. We have an obligation to take down that risk for America and [what we'll talk about is] how we do that in South America and all across the globe." — Mike Pompeo

Michael T. Klare (2019-02-08). Trump Is Launching a New, Terrifying Arms Race. thenation.com Trump Is Launching a New, Terrifying Arms Race…

Paul Bentley (2019-02-08). The Scream: the Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. counterpunch.org Trump has said that his government is "too far along in the process" of regime change in Venezuela for him to meet with Maduro. This stands in contrast to his readiness to meet again with Kim Jung-un, who is already "too far along" in the process of developing nuclear weapons for Trump to do otherwise. More

Consortiumnews (2019-02-08). Britain and the Iranian Revolution: Arms & Secret Deals. consortiumnews.com Mark Curtis reviews the expediency that for many decades has marked U.K. policy toward Iran. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Forty years ago, the Iranian revolution sent a shockwave through the Middle East, overthrowing the Western client, Shah Mohammad… Read more →

WSWS (2019-02-08). France conducts dry-run simulation of nuclear weapon strike. wsws.org The operation lasted 11 hours and included "all phases" of what was referred to as a "nuclear dissuasion mission," except for the detonation of an actual nuclear warhead.

Lawrence Wittner (2019-02-07). Don't Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament‚ÄïUnless They're Pushed to Do So. zcomm.org At the beginning of February 2019, the two leading nuclear powers took an official step toward resumption of the nuclear arms race. On February 1, the U.S. government, charging Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, announced that it would pull out of the agreement and develop new intermediate-range missiles banned by it. Read more…

unitedEditor (2019-02-07). Marzieh Hashemi: taken captive by Democracy. uwidata.com The unmotivated arrest and custody of Iranian journalist Marzieh Hashemi, an American national working for Press TV, has shown the whole world once again how the paragon of the Free World tramples on reporters' rights. Marzieh Hashemi, the face of the Iranian channel, an African-American with dual citizenship, was detained at an airport in St […]

Jessica Corbett (2019-02-07). Pompeo: US Military Obligated to "Take Down" the Iranians in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (CD) — As a U.S.-backed effort to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro continues,U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Wednesday that Hezbollah "has active cells" in Venezuela—a claim that was immediately scrutinized and compared with the second Bush administration's lies to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Hezbollah, a political and militant Shi'ite Muslim group based …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-07). Trump Withdrawing from Old Wars While Threatening Iran with New One. therealnews.com While Trump is withdrawing US troops from Syria and Afghanistan, he is ramping up aggression against Iran — acting both less and more hawkish than his intelligence agencies. Trita Parsi says Washington is violating international law in its campaign to isolate and strangle Tehran

Consortiumnews (2019-02-06). Dismantling the Doomsday Machines. consortiumnews.com Dan Ellsberg has given us a book that shows the urgency of re-engaging on nuclear disarmament, writes John V. Walsh. With Two Minutes to Midnight, Time Is Running Out By John V. Walsh Anti-war.com "From a technical point of view,… Read more →

Akela Lacy (2019-02-06). South Carolina Spent $9 Billion to Dig a Hole in the Ground and Then Fill It Back In. theintercept.com Cost is often raised as a critical objection to combating climate change. But South Carolina shows what's possible.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-05). Headlines for February 5, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela: European Leaders, Lima Group Recognize Guaidó as President, VA Gov. Northam Delays Resignation Decision over Racist Yearbook Photo, VA Lt. Gov. Fairfax Denies 2004 Sexual Assault Accusation, Old Photo of Sen. McConnell in Front of Confederate Flag Resurfaces, Dems Invite Targets of Trump Policies to SOTU Address, Trump to Nominate David Malpass to Head World Bank, Trump to Nominate Ex-Oil Lobbyist Bernhardt as Head of Interior Dept., Iraqi President Salih Blasts Trump for Saying U.S. Troops Will Monitor Iran from Iraq, Somalia: Al-Shabab Claims Car Bomb & Shooting That Kills At Least 12, U.K. Panel: Sa…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-05). Nuclear Treaty Framework is in Dangerous Disarray and Needs to be Rebooted. therealnews.com Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses the meaning of the Trump administration's abandonment of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and how this move has contributed to a wholesale dismantling of the nuclear weapons control system. This might be an opportunity to restart, deepen, and broaden the framework, says Wilkerson

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-05). Iran: Environmentalists' Flawed Trial. hrw.org | | A campaign poster showing environmental activists, Taher Ghadirian, Niloufar Bayani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Houman Jokar, Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashani, Morad Tahbaz and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, who have been in detention for six months. | © 2018 #anyhopefornature Campaign | (Beirut) — Iran's judicial authorities are violating fair trial standards in the case of eight environmentalists who have been detained for over a year, Human Rights Watch said today.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-04). Headlines for February 4, 2019. democracynow.org Calls Mount for VA Gov. Northam to Resign over Racist Yearbook Photo, Trump Sends Aid to Venezuela, Says Military Intervention "An Option", Trump: U.S. Should Maintain Troops in Iraq to "Watch" Iran, Trump Floats Another Gov't Shutdown or Nat'l Emergency over Border Wall Funding, El Salvador Elects Outsider Nayib Bukele as President, Mexico Denies Entry to U.S Lawyers & Journalists Working with Migrants, Iraq: Gunman Shoots Novelist Alaa Mashzoub, Amnesty Int'l: Boko Haram Killed At Least 60 in Nigeria Attack Last Week, Russia Suspends INF in Response to U.S. Withdrawal, U.N.: At Least 29 Children Died on Way to…

Noam Chomsky (2019-02-01). Moral Depravity Defines U.S. Politics. zcomm.org Humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war. These were virtually ignored in the campaign rhetoric and general coverage…

Lawrence Wittner (2019-01-24). As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety. zcomm.org Ever since the U.S. atomic bombings of Japanese cities in August 1945, a specter has haunted the world‚Äïthe specter of nuclear annihilation. The latest report from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, issued on January 24, reminds us that the prospect of nuclear catastrophe remains all too real. Citing the extraordinary danger of nuclear disaster, Read more…

2019-02-09: Social Media Postees

Pressuring Nuclear Disarmament
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2019-02-09
Don't Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament‚ÄïUnless They're Pushed to Do So…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/pressuring-nuclear…

US Influence in Venezuela Is Part of a Two Centuries-old Imperial Plan
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
Root causes of the ongoing crises in Venezuela may be increasingly apparent, as the situation in the country reaches a perilous state. Venezuela contains one fifth (20%) of the planet's known oil reserves, equal to the combined quantities of Iran … | The post US Influence in Venezuela Is Part of a Two Centuries-old Imperial Plan appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/us-influence-venezuela…

'Drones aren't missiles, they are re-usable': US disputes accusations of non-compliance with INF
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-09
The US military has rejected Russian accusations of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, arguing that its drones can't be seen as missiles and Tomahawk-compatible 'defensive' launchers can't be used offensively. | …
rt.com/usa/451032-drones-inf-treaty-viol…

Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
"People don't recognize that Hezbollah has active cells — the Iranians are impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America. We have an obligation to take down that risk for America and [what we'll talk about is] how we do that in South America and all across the globe." — Mike Pompeo | The post Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/pompeo-attempts-to-lin…

Trump Is Launching a New, Terrifying Arms Race
Michael T. Klare | thenation.com | 2019-02-08
Trump Is Launching a New, Terrifying Arms Race…
thenation.com/article/nuclear-madness-in…

The Scream: the Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis
Paul Bentley | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Trump has said that his government is "too far along in the process" of regime change in Venezuela for him to meet with Maduro. This stands in contrast to his readiness to meet again with Kim Jung-un, who is already "too far along" in the process of developing nuclear weapons for Trump to do otherwise.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/08/the-scream-t…

Britain and the Iranian Revolution: Arms & Secret Deals
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-08
Mark Curtis reviews the expediency that for many decades has marked U.K. policy toward Iran. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Forty years ago, the Iranian revolution sent a shockwave through the Middle East, overthrowing the Western client, Shah Mohammad… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/08/britain-an…

France conducts dry-run simulation of nuclear weapon strike
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-08
The operation lasted 11 hours and included "all phases" of what was referred to as a "nuclear dissuasion mission," except for the detonation of an actual nuclear warhead.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/08/rafa…

Don't Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament―Unless They're Pushed to Do So
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2019-02-07
At the beginning of February 2019, the two leading nuclear powers took an official step toward resumption of the nuclear arms race. On February 1, the U.S. government, charging Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, announced that it would pull out of the agreement and develop new intermediate-range missiles banned by it. Read…
zcomm.org/zblogs/dont-expect-rulers-of-n…

Will INSTEX alleviate Iran's Economic Problems?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-07
After more than nine months of delay, the Europeans have announced the registration of their so-called economic package to convince Iran to stay in the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), which was signed between Iran and the P5+1. The package which should have been called SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle for Iran) is now called […] | The post Will INSTEX alleviate Iran's Economic Problems? appeared first on United World International.
uwidata.com/1928-will-instex-alleviate-i…

Marzieh Hashemi: taken captive by Democracy
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-07
The unmotivated arrest and custody of Iranian journalist Marzieh Hashemi, an American national working for Press TV, has shown the whole world once again how the paragon of the Free World tramples on reporters' rights. Marzieh Hashemi, the face of the Iranian channel, an African-American with dual citizenship, was detained at an airport in St […] | The post Marzieh Hashemi: taken captive by Democracy appeared first on United World International.
uwidata.com/1922-marzieh-hashemi-taken-c…

Trump Withdrawing from Old Wars While Threatening Iran with New One
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-07
While Trump is withdrawing US troops from Syria and Afghanistan, he is ramping up aggression against Iran — acting both less and more hawkish than his intelligence agencies. Trita Parsi says Washington is violating international law in its campaign to isolate and strangle Tehran | The post Trump Withdrawing from Old Wars While Threatening Iran with New One appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/trump-withdrawin…

Pompeo: US Military Obligated to "Take Down" the Iranians in Venezuela
Jessica Corbett | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-07
(CD) — As a U.S.-backed effort to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro continues,U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Wednesday that Hezbollah "has active cells" in Venezuela–a claim that was immediately scrutinized and compared with the second Bush administration's lies to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Hezbollah, a political and militant Shi'ite Muslim group based …

Pompeo: US Military Obligated to "Take Down" the Iranians in Venezuela

Dismantling the Doomsday Machines
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-06
Dan Ellsberg has given us a book that shows the urgency of re-engaging on nuclear disarmament, writes John V. Walsh. With Two Minutes to Midnight, Time Is Running Out By John V. Walsh Anti-war.com
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/05/dismantlin…

South Carolina Spent $9 Billion to Dig a Hole in the Ground and Then Fill It Back In
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-02-06
Cost is often raised as a critical objection to combating climate change. But South Carolina shows what's possible. | The post South Carolina Spent $9 Billion to Dig a Hole in the Ground and Then Fill It Back In appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/02/06/south-caroli…

Nuclear Treaty Framework is in Dangerous Disarray and Needs to be Rebooted
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-05
Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses the meaning of the Trump administration's abandonment of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and how this move has contributed to a wholesale dismantling of the nuclear weapons control system. This might be an opportunity to restart, deepen, and broaden the framework, says Wilkerson | The post Nuclear Treaty Framework is in Dangerous Disarray and Needs to be Rebooted appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/nuclear-treaty-f…

Iran: Environmentalists' Flawed Trial
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-05
A campaign poster showing environmental activists, Taher Ghadirian, Niloufar Bayani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Houman Jokar, Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashani, Morad Tahbaz and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, who have been in detention for six months. | © 2018 #anyhopefornature Campaign | (Beirut) — Iran's judicial authorities are violating fair trial standards in the case of eight environmentalists who have been detained for over a year, Human Rights Watch said today.
hrw.org/news/2019/02/05/iran-environment…

Moral Depravity Defines U.S. Politics
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2019-02-01
Humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war. These were virtually ignored in the campaign rhetoric and general coverage…
zcomm.org/zmagazine/moral-depravity-defi…

As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2019-01-24
Ever since the U.S. atomic bombings of Japanese cities in August 1945, a specter has haunted the world‚Äïthe specter of nuclear annihilation. The latest report from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, issued on January 24, reminds us that the prospect of nuclear catastrophe remains all too real. Citing the extraordinary danger of nuclear disaster, Read…
zcomm.org/zblogs/as-nations-get-ready-fo…