Daily Archives: March 14, 2019

2019-03-14: News Headlines

Consortiumnews (2019-03-14). US and Iranian Hardliners Continue the Suffering. consortiumnews.com Ann Wright reports on a citizen peace delegation's recent trip to Iran, which included a meeting with the country's foreign minister. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News We knew that a CODEPINK: Women for Peace delegation to Iran would wind… Read more →

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-14). An Apology for a Different Plane Crash, 30 Years Later. zcomm.org While most Americans have no memory of this incident, in Iran the date of the deaths of 290 innocent people at the hands of the U.S. military is marked every year just as the 9/11 attack is remembered every year in the United States…

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-14). An Apology for a Different Plane Crash, 30 Years Later. counterpunch.org The tragic Ethiopian Airline plane crash recalls another passenger plane crash some 30 years ago. The latter, however, was not due to a mechanical malfunction but to U.S. missiles. And while very few Americans remember this incident, it still weighs heavy on the hearts of many Iranians—as we discovered on our recent trip there. The More

Steve Sweeney (2019-03-14). Iran appoints notorious executioner as next chief justice. peoplesworld.org Iranian Communists warned yesterday that the appointment of a "notorious killer" as the head of the country's judiciary is a clear indication of the regime's plans to intensify oppression and repression. Islamist cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who is seen by many as a successor to President Hassan Rouhani, was appointed as Chief Justice of Iran last …

teleSUR (2019-03-14). India, Pakistan Agree on Border Route for Sikh Pilgrims. telesurenglish.net India and Pakistan agreed Thursday to go forward with a new border crossing and route for Sikh pilgrims to visit a holy temple in Pakistan — a rare vision of cooperation after tensions flared over a decades-long Kashmir dispute. | RELATED: | US Presses India to Stop Buying Oil from Venezuela | The meeting was the first between the nuclear-armed foes since a do…

Peter Phillips (2019-03-14). Wealth Concentration Drives a New Global Imperialism. globalresearch.ca Regime changes in Iraq and Libya, Syria's war, Venezuela's crisis, sanctions on Cuba, Iran, Russia, and North Korea are reflections of a new global imperialism imposed by a core of capitalist nations in support of trillions of dollars of concentrated …

teleSUR (2019-03-14). Iran Pipeline Blast Kills At Least 4. telesurenglish.net A gas pipeline blast in southwestern Iran has killed at least four people and injured about six others, according to an official report. Among the victims, are one woman and a child. | RELATED: | Mexico: Oil Pipeline Explosion Death Toll Rises to 114 | The pipelines linking the gas network from Mahsharhr city to Ahvaz exploded, according to the director general of the province's Crisis Management Directorate, Kiomars Hajizadeh. | Along with the pipeline, multiple cars, a bus and a wate…

RT (2019-03-14). Pentagon eager to test banned missiles after discarding Cold War-era nuke treaty. rt.com The Pentagon plans to test two types of missiles banned for over 30 years under the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty — reinforcing suspicions it has been preparing for this for years.

unitedEditor (2019-03-13). On mediating in settlement of Indian-Pakistani crisis. uwidata.com The situation in Kashmir remains tense and residents of the state are living amid the fears for its further deterioration. It would be naàØve to pin hopes on the mechanisms of reciprocal deterrence of the two nuclear countries. The international community is discussing the ways of setting up new alternative platforms for prevention of a …

Conn Hallinan (2019-03-13). Nuclear Powers Need to Disarm Before It's Too Late. counterpunch.org The recent military clash between India and Pakistan underscores the need for the major nuclear powers — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, and France — finally to move toward fulfilling their obligations under the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The Treaty's purpose was not simply to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, but to serve More

Democracy Now! (2019-03-12). Headlines for March 12, 2019. democracynow.org 2020 Budget Boosts Border Wall & Military Funding, Slashes Domestic Programs, NY AG Probe Targets Deutsche Bank's Ties to Trump Org., Rep. Pelosi: Trump "Not Worth" Impeaching, Algerian Pres. Bouteflika Will Not Seek 5th Term, Delays Election, U.N.: 2018 Deadliest Year for Syrian Children, U.N.: Airstrikes in Yemen Kill 22 Women and Children, Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Sotoudeh Sentenced to 38 Years, Colombia: Indigenous Activist Killed Amid Mounting Violence, Food Stamps Cut for 1.4 Million Puerto Ricans, Fox News' Tucker Carlson Calls Iraqis "Semiliterate Primitive Monkeys" in Surfaced Recording, Increasing Ba…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-12). Trump Budget Showers Pentagon with Cash—Preparing for War? — Wilkerson & Jay. therealnews.com Trump's budget more than doubles OCO war-fighting slush fund and proposes cutting social safety net by 9% at a time when White House rhetoric against Iran is heating up and Netanyahu, Mohammed bin Salman, and Trump all face corruption charges and challenges at home — Col. Wilkerson with Paul Jay…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-11). Is War With Iran on the Horizon? consortiumnews.com Despite growing Trump administration tensions with Venezuela and even with North Korea, Iran is the likeliest spot for Washington's next shooting war, says Bob Dreyfuss for TomDispatch. The Trump Administration is Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran… Read more →

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-03-10). U.S. Peace Delegation to Iran Welcomed by Foreign Minister, Met by FBI Agents on Return. therealnews.com Code Pink delegation members Medea Benjamin, Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, speak about the highlights of their trip, a 90 min meeting with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and more.

unitedEditor (2019-03-08). Negotiating on the threshold of nuclear war:Turkey's role in the Kashmir crisis. uwidata.com For the past few weeks, the whole world has been concerned about the potential nuclear war between India and Pakistan after the countries downed each other's aircrafts. While the world community waits to see what happens next, Pakistan has given them the first positive sign: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced his intention to ask …

unitedEditor (2019-03-05). Conflict in Kashmir: U.S. Imperialism's Playground. uwidata.com Last week saw a geopolitical explosion; something that seemed to many a sudden and terrifying threat of nuclear war on the Indian Subcontinent. For the first time since 1971, Pakistan and India engaged in active combat in the contested muslim-majority territory of Kashmir. The confrontation began with India's aerial bombing of an alleged terrorist camp …

Peace Action (2019-02-20). Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran. peaceaction.org Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and …

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…

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…

Jon Rainwater (2019-01-31). INF Treaty Latest Victim of Trump's Nuclear Petulance. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 31, 2019 — Ahead of the Trump administration's expected suspension of U.S. obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and formal announcement of its intention to withdraw from the treaty, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "The INF Treaty put the kibosh on a class …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-01-30). No-First-Use Bill Would Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2019 — In response to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introducing legislation to establish a policy that the U.S. will not use nuclear weapons first, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: …

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…

2019-03-14: Social Media Postees

US and Iranian Hardliners Continue the Suffering
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-14
Ann Wright reports on a citizen peace delegation's recent trip to Iran, which included a meeting with the country's foreign minister. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News We knew that a CODEPINK: Women for Peace delegation to Iran would wind… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/14/us-and-ira…

An Apology for a Different Plane Crash, 30 Years Later
Medea Benjamin | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-14
The tragic Ethiopian Airline plane crash recalls another passenger plane crash some 30 years ago. The latter, however, was not due to a mechanical malfunction but to U.S. missiles. And while very few Americans remember this incident, it still weighs heavy on the hearts of many Iranians–as we discovered on our recent trip there. The…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/14/an-apology-f…

An Apology for a Different Plane Crash, 30 Years Later
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2019-03-14
While most Americans have no memory of this incident, in Iran the date of the deaths of 290 innocent people at the hands of the U.S. military is marked every year just as the 9/11 attack is remembered every year in the United States…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/an-apology-for-a-d…

India, Pakistan Agree on Border Route for Sikh Pilgrims
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-14
India and Pakistan agreed Thursday to go forward with a new border crossing and route for Sikh pilgrims to visit a holy temple in Pakistan — a rare vision of cooperation after tensions flared over a decades-long Kashmir dispute. | RELATED: | US Presses India to Stop Buying Oil from Venezuela | The meeting was the first between the nuclear-armed foes since a do…
telesurenglish.net/news/India-Pakistan-A…

Iran appoints notorious executioner as next chief justice
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-14
Iranian Communists warned yesterday that the appointment of a "notorious killer" as the head of the country's judiciary is a clear indication of the regime's plans to intensify oppression and repression. Islamist cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who is seen by many as a successor to President Hassan Rouhani, was appointed as Chief Justice of Iran last …
peoplesworld.org/article/iran-appoints-n…

Iran Pipeline Blast Kills At Least 4
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-14
A gas pipeline blast in southwestern Iran has killed at least four people and injured about six others, according to an official report. Among the victims, are one woman and a child. | RELATED: | Mexico: Oil Pipeline Explosion Death Toll Rises to 114 | The pipelines linking the gas network from Mahsharhr city to Ahvaz exploded, according to the director general of the province's Crisis Management Directorate, Kiomars Hajizadeh. | Along with the pipeline, multiple cars, a bus and a wate…
telesurenglish.net/news/Iran-Pipeline-Bl…

Wealth Concentration Drives a New Global Imperialism
Peter Phillips | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-14
Regime changes in Iraq and Libya, Syria's war, Venezuela's crisis, sanctions on Cuba, Iran, Russia, and North Korea are reflections of a new global imperialism imposed by a core of capitalist nations in support of trillions of dollars of concentrated …
globalresearch.ca/wealth-concentration-d…

Pentagon eager to test banned missiles after discarding Cold War-era nuke treaty
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-14
The Pentagon plans to test two types of missiles banned for over 30 years under the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty — reinforcing suspicions it has been preparing for this for years. | …
rt.com/usa/453769-pentagon-test-banned-c…

On mediating in settlement of Indian-Pakistani crisis
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-13
The situation in Kashmir remains tense and residents of the state are living amid the fears for its further deterioration. It would be naàØve to pin hopes on the mechanisms of reciprocal deterrence of the two nuclear countries. The international community is discussing the ways of setting up new alternative platforms for prevention of a …
uwidata.com/2649-on-mediating-in-settlem…

Nuclear Powers Need to Disarm Before It's Too Late
Conn Hallinan | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-13
The recent military clash between India and Pakistan underscores the need for the major nuclear powers — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, and France — finally to move toward fulfilling their obligations under the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The Treaty's purpose was not simply to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, but to serve…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/13/nuclear-powe…

How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report
Medea Benjamin | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-12
CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin recounts her personal experience traveling through Iran with a peace delegation and seeing firsthand the effects that US sanctions have on ordinary Iranians.
mintpressnews.com/us-sanctions-hurting-i…

Trump Budget Showers Pentagon with Cash–Preparing for War? — Wilkerson & Jay
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-12
Trump's budget more than doubles OCO war-fighting slush fund and proposes cutting social safety net by 9% at a time when White House rhetoric against Iran is heating up and Netanyahu, Mohammed bin Salman, and Trump all face corruption charges and challenges at home — Col. Wilkerson with Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/trump-budget-sho…

Is War With Iran on the Horizon?
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-11
Despite growing Trump administration tensions with Venezuela and even with North Korea, Iran is the likeliest spot for Washington's next shooting war, says Bob Dreyfuss for TomDispatch. The Trump Administration is Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/11/is-war-wit…

U.S. Peace Delegation to Iran Welcomed by Foreign Minister, Met by FBI Agents on Return
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-03-10
Code Pink delegation members Medea Benjamin, Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, speak about the highlights of their trip, a 90 min meeting with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and…
therealnews.com/stories/u-s-peace-delega…

Negotiating on the threshold of nuclear war:Turkey's role in the Kashmir crisis
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-08
For the past few weeks, the whole world has been concerned about the potential nuclear war between India and Pakistan after the countries downed each other's aircrafts. While the world community waits to see what happens next, Pakistan has given them the first positive sign: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced his intention to ask …
uwidata.com/2614-negotiating-on-the-thre…

Conflict in Kashmir: U.S. Imperialism's Playground
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-05
Last week saw a geopolitical explosion; something that seemed to many a sudden and terrifying threat of nuclear war on the Indian Subcontinent. For the first time since 1971, Pakistan and India engaged in active combat in the contested muslim-majority territory of Kashmir. The confrontation began with India's aerial bombing of an alleged terrorist camp …
uwidata.com/2564-conflict-in-kashmir-u-s…

Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran
Peace Action | peaceaction.org | 2019-02-20
Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and …
peaceaction.org/2019/02/20/statement-of-…