Daily Archives: March 15, 2019

2019-03-15: News Headlines

Sharmine Narwani (2019-03-15). The State Dept Allegedly Tried to Coax An Iranian Expat into Sabotaging Iran's Power Grid. mintpressnews.com An Iranian-American engineer was allegedly was approached by the State Department with an offer of cash for sabotage of Iran's power grid.

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-03-15). Riding the Wild Bull of Nuclear Power. counterpunch.org From atomic theory to nukes I am proud the Greek philosophers Leucippus and Democritus invented the Atomic Theory, which says that everything in the cosmos is atoms and void. But who could have foreseen that, 2,500 years later, American "physicists" would turn such a glorious insight on the structure of matter into apocalyptic weapons? The More

STAFF (2019-03-15). North Korea Warns That Bolton and Pompeo Are Derailing Nuclear Talks. truthdig.com At least one DPRK official has blamed the failed negotiations in Hanoi on the "gangster-like" behavior of Donald Trump's cabinet members.

John Feffer (2019-03-15). The World's Most Dangerous Divide. zcomm.org Maybe India and Pakistan will show more sense than their respective backers. These are ancient civilizations that have weathered many previous storms. Now they just have to team up to avoid a nuclear winter…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-15). In Era of Aging Reactors, Nuclear Industry's Push for Deregulation Sparks Warning of 'Collision Course' With Disaster. commondreams.org Independent watchdogs are raising alarm about the nuclear power industry's ongoing efforts to convince federal regulators to scale back safety inspections and limit what "lower-level" issues are reported to the public. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-15). North Korea Warns 'Gangster-Like' Tactics of Bolton and Pompeo Undermining Nuclear Talks. commondreams.org Two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un cut short their second summit with no agreement or clear path forward, a top North Korean official said on Friday the "gangster-like" behavior of Trump's hawkish top officials helped derail the denuclearization negotiations. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Labor Video Project (2019-03-15). Kamala Harris Faces Obstruction of Justice & Corruption Charges By SF TI Residents. indybay.org Senator Kamala Harris who is running for president of the United States was charged with obstruction of justice and involved in a corruption cover-up at the San Francisco Treasure Island shipyard by two former residents Andre Patterson and Felita Sample. They both accused Kamala Harris of knowing about the dangerous radiation and toxins on the island that were poisoning the residents but kept quiet about it after promising them she would deal with it after her election to the Senate. | Other nuclear OSHA whistleblowers who worked for Tetra Tech and Michael Madry who worked for Test America formerly owned by H.I.G…

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Venezuela's power grid disabled by cyber attack. greenleft.org.au An electricity blackout has affected most of Venezuela for several days after an alleged cyber attack crashed the country's main electricity generator, the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant in Bolivar State, commonly known as the Guri Dam. | Starting around 5pm on March 7, the outage affected 70% of the country, with only several eastern states unaffected. By the morning of March 9, power had been restored to most of Caracas and to central states such as Miranda, Aragua and Carabobo, when a second major outage took place — the result of a renewed cyber attack, according to Venezuelan authorities. | Power wa…

No Nukes Action (2019-03-15). Fukushima, Nuclear Threats and The Growing Danger of War. indybay.org Berkeley Main Library Community Room | 2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-15). Top US General Supports Pre-Emptive Nuclear First Strike. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — With the world's largest, most destructive arsenal of nuclear weapons, the United States poses an enormous risk not just to peace, but to the survival of much of the human race. That's only a problem, of course, if the US starts using that arsenal. Which is where formal US nuclear doctrine would come in. There …

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 →

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 …

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…

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 …

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…

2019-03-15: Social Media Postees

The State Dept Allegedly Tried to Coax An Iranian Expat into Sabotaging Iran's Power Grid
Sharmine Narwani | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-15
An Iranian-American engineer was allegedly was approached by the State Department with an offer of cash for sabotage of Iran's power grid.
mintpressnews.com/us-officials-offered-m…

The World's Most Dangerous Divide
John Feffer | zcomm.org | 2019-03-15
Maybe India and Pakistan will show more sense than their respective backers. These are ancient civilizations that have weathered many previous storms. Now they just have to team up to avoid a nuclear winter…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-worlds-most-da…

North Korea Warns That Bolton and Pompeo Are Derailing Nuclear Talks
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-15
At least one DPRK official has blamed the failed negotiations in Hanoi on the "gangster-like" behavior of Donald Trump's cabinet members.
truthdig.com/articles/north-korea-warns-…

Riding the Wild Bull of Nuclear Power
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
From atomic theory to nukes I am proud the Greek philosophers Leucippus and Democritus invented the Atomic Theory, which says that everything in the cosmos is atoms and void. But who could have foreseen that, 2,500 years later, American "physicists" would turn such a glorious insight on the structure of matter into apocalyptic weapons? The…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/15/riding-the-w…

Fukushima, Nuclear Threats and The Growing Danger of War
No Nukes Action | indybay.org | 2019-03-15
Berkeley Main Library Community Room | 2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/15/1882193…

Top US General Supports Pre-Emptive Nuclear First Strike
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-15
(ANTIWAR.COM) — With the world's largest, most destructive arsenal of nuclear weapons, the United States poses an enormous risk not just to peace, but to the survival of much of the human race. That's only a problem, of course, if the US starts using that arsenal. Which is where formal US nuclear doctrine would come in. There …
theantimedia.com/top-us-general-supports…

Kamala Harris Faces Obstruction of Justice & Corruption Charges By SF TI Residents
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-03-15
Senator Kamala Harris who is running for president of the United States was charged with obstruction of justice and involved in a corruption cover-up at the San Francisco Treasure Island shipyard by two former residents Andre Patterson and Felita Sample. They both accused Kamala Harris of knowing about the dangerous radiation and toxins on the island that were poisoning the residents but kept quiet about it after promising them she would deal with it after her election to the Senate. | Other nuclear OSHA whistleblowers who worked for Tetra Tech and Michael Madry who worked for Test America formerly owned by H.I.G…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/15/1882193…

North Korea Warns 'Gangster-Like' Tactics of Bolton and Pompeo Undermining Nuclear Talks
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-15
Two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un cut short their second summit with no agreement or clear path forward, a top North Korean official said on Friday the "gangster-like" behavior of Trump's hawkish top officials helped derail the denuclearization negotiations. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/15/north-k…

Venezuela's power grid disabled by cyber attack
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
An electricity blackout has affected most of Venezuela for several days after an alleged cyber attack crashed the country's main electricity generator, the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant in Bolivar State, commonly known as the Guri Dam. | Starting around 5pm on March 7, the outage affected 70% of the country, with only several eastern states unaffected. By the morning of March 9, power had been restored to most of Caracas and to central states such as Miranda, Aragua and Carabobo, when a second major outage took place — the result of a renewed cyber attack, according to Venezuelan authorities. | Power wa…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela%E2%80%99s-power-grid-disabled-cyber-attack

In Era of Aging Reactors, Nuclear Industry's Push for Deregulation Sparks Warning of 'Collision Course' With Disaster
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-15
Independent watchdogs are raising alarm about the nuclear power industry's ongoing efforts to convince federal regulators to scale back safety inspections and limit what "lower-level" issues are reported to the public. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/15/era-agi…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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-…