Daily Archives: March 20, 2019

2019-03-20: News Headlines

T.J. Coles (2019-03-20). Countdown to "Full Spectrum Dominance" counterpunch.org Photograph Source DOD Updater Private ‚Ä¢ CC BY-SA 4.0 | The US is formally committed to dominating the world by the year 2020. With President Trump's new Space Directive-4, the production of laser-armed fighter jets as possible precursors to space weapons, and the possibility of nuclear warheads being put into orbit, the clock is ticking… | Back in 1997, the now-re-established US Space Command announced its commitment to "full spectrum dominance." The Vision for 20…

WSWS (2019-03-20). Reports underscore how close India and Pakistan came to all-out war in late February. wsws.org Just three weeks ago, India and Pakistan became the first nuclear-armed powers to ever attack each other with warplanes.

plenglish (2019-03-20). Syrian President Highlights Cooperation with Iraq and Iran. plenglish.com Damascus, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) "The threat of terrorism has forced nations and governments of the region to coordinate efforts to fight this scourge and confront it," Syrian President Bashar Al Assad said on Tuesday.

unitedEditor (2019-03-19). An Arab NATO with Israel's participation — a new weapon for globalists against the Iranian "threat" uwidata.com The reasons for Saudi Arabia's gravitation toward Israel Iran and Saudi Arabia have experienced a great deal of tension in their relations in recent years. These tensions started with the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr (a Shia cleric who opposed the Saudi regime) and peaked when a number of Iranian Anti-Saudi protesters stormed the Saudi …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-03-19). The US Is Pushing Lebanon into the Arms of Iran and Russia: US Sanctions Affect the Local Economy. globalresearch.ca Lebanon is expecting the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week at a time when the Lebanese economic-political map is being redrawn and while Lebanon is suffering its most serious economic downturnin recent history. | Reasons for the …

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-19). Blowing the Whistle on Sexual Violence Committed by a Human Rights Journalist. truthout.org "Those who have power invariably attempt to conceal their victimization, so it is a journalist's job to go and report to the whole world what they are hiding," veteran photojournalist Hirokawa Ryuichi said in an interview with author Ochiai Keiko in the Spring, 2019 edition of Tsuhan Seikatsu. Tsuhan Seikatsu is a triannual magazine published by mail-order company Catalog House that often runs politically progressive articles on topics such as nuclear power and militarism. | Ironically, the issue appeared shortly after weekly Shukan Bunshun (January 3 & 10, 2019) went on sale on December 26, 2018. There, journ…

Paul R. Pillar (2019-03-18). Good Iraqi-Iranian Relations Are Not a Reason to Worry. globalresearch.ca Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been visiting Iraq this week—a friendly, extended visit that has yielded several bilateral agreements on trade and transportation. Such an event causes heartburn, of course, within the Trump administration and for others who believe that …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-18). 38 Years Prison and 148 Lashes for Iranian Human Rights Defender. therealnews.com Nasrin Sotoudeh defended political prisoners and worked to abolish Iran's death penalty. Human rights groups are worried her sentence could signal increased repression of peace activism in Iran under a judiciary with a history of human rights violations…

RT (2019-03-17). Iran sentences US Navy vet to 10 years behind bars for insulting supreme leader. rt.com A US citizen has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars after a trial in Iran, his lawyer said. The former Navy serviceman violated a lèse-majesté law and a private information law that do not apply in the US.

unitedEditor (2019-03-16). Imperialists in battle for Iranian oil: yesterday, today, tomorrow. uwidata.com Exactly 68 years ago on this day, March 15, 1951, the Iranians managed to wrest their main national treasure, oil, out of the imperialists' grab. By doing this, they kicked off struggle for independence and economic development of their land. Through the efforts of Mohammad Mossadegh, the leader of the National Front party during the …

barry_h (2019-03-16). Kurdish women fighters brought to life on the big screen. greenleft.org.au Les filles du soleil (Girls of the Sun)
| Written & directed by Eva Husson
| Starring Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Erol Afsin, Evin Ahmad
| Showing as part of the French Film Festival across Australia in March and April | This is a war film unlike any other that you will see, written and directed by a woman, focusing on a squad of the Kurdish autonomous women's protection units (YPJ). The systematic female enslavement and mass rape by ISIS are its subject matter. | Co-starring Iranian actor Golshifteh Farahani and France's Emmanuelle Berc…

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.

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…

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…

2019-03-20: Social Media Postees

Countdown to "Full Spectrum Dominance"
T.J. Coles | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-20
Photograph Source DOD Updater Private ‚Ä¢ CC BY-SA 4.0 | The US is formally committed to dominating the world by the year 2020. With President Trump's new Space Directive-4, the production of laser-armed fighter jets as possible precursors to space weapons, and the possibility of nuclear warheads being put into orbit, the clock is ticking… | Back in 1997, the now-re-established US Space Command announced its commitment to "full spectrum dominance." The Vision for 20…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/20/countdown-to…

Reports underscore how close India and Pakistan came to all-out war in late February
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-20
Just three weeks ago, India and Pakistan became the first nuclear-armed powers to ever attack each other with warplanes.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/20/warc…

Syrian President Highlights Cooperation with Iraq and Iran
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-20
Damascus, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) "The threat of terrorism has forced nations and governments of the region to coordinate efforts to fight this scourge and confront it," Syrian President Bashar Al Assad said on Tuesday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

An Arab NATO with Israel's participation — a new weapon for globalists against the Iranian "threat"
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-19
The reasons for Saudi Arabia's gravitation toward Israel Iran and Saudi Arabia have experienced a great deal of tension in their relations in recent years. These tensions started with the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr (a Shia cleric who opposed the Saudi regime) and peaked when a number of Iranian Anti-Saudi protesters stormed the Saudi …
uwidata.com/2775-an-arab-nato-with-israe…

The US Is Pushing Lebanon into the Arms of Iran and Russia: US Sanctions Affect the Local Economy
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
Lebanon is expecting the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week at a time when the Lebanese economic-political map is being redrawn and while Lebanon is suffering its most serious economic downturnin recent history. | Reasons for the …
globalresearch.ca/us-lebanon-iran-russia…

Blowing the Whistle on Sexual Violence Committed by a Human Rights Journalist
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-03-19
"Those who have power invariably attempt to conceal their victimization, so it is a journalist's job to go and report to the whole world what they are hiding," veteran photojournalist Hirokawa Ryuichi said in an interview with author Ochiai Keiko in the Spring, 2019 edition of Tsuhan Seikatsu. Tsuhan Seikatsu is a triannual magazine published by mail-order company Catalog House that often runs politically progressive articles on topics such as nuclear power and militarism. | Ironically, the issue appeared shortly after weekly Shukan Bunshun (January 3 & 10, 2019) went on sale on December 26, 2018. There, journ…
truthout.org/articles/blowing-the-whistl…

Good Iraqi-Iranian Relations Are Not a Reason to Worry
Paul R. Pillar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-18
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been visiting Iraq this week–a friendly, extended visit that has yielded several bilateral agreements on trade and transportation. Such an event causes heartburn, of course, within the Trump administration and for others who believe that …
globalresearch.ca/good-iraqi-iranian-rel…

38 Years Prison and 148 Lashes for Iranian Human Rights Defender
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-18
Nasrin Sotoudeh defended political prisoners and worked to abolish Iran's death penalty. Human rights groups are worried her sentence could signal increased repression of peace activism in Iran under a judiciary with a history of human rights violations…
therealnews.com/stories/iranian-human-ri…

Iran sentences US Navy vet to 10 years behind bars for insulting supreme leader
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-17
A US citizen has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars after a trial in Iran, his lawyer said. The former Navy serviceman violated a lèse-majesté law and a private information law that do not apply in the US. | …
rt.com/usa/454035-navy-veteran-sentenced…

Imperialists in battle for Iranian oil: yesterday, today, tomorrow
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-16
Exactly 68 years ago on this day, March 15, 1951, the Iranians managed to wrest their main national treasure, oil, out of the imperialists' grab. By doing this, they kicked off struggle for independence and economic development of their land. Through the efforts of Mohammad Mossadegh, the leader of the National Front party during the …
uwidata.com/2717-imperialists-in-battle-…

Kurdish women fighters brought to life on the big screen
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-16
Les filles du soleil (Girls of the Sun) | Written & directed by Eva Husson | Starring Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Erol Afsin, Evin Ahmad | Showing as part of the French Film Festival across Australia in March and April | This is a war film unlike any other that you will see, written and directed by a woman, focusing on a squad of the Kurdish autonomous women's protection units (YPJ). The systematic female enslavement and mass rape by ISIS are its subject matter. | Co-starring Iranian actor Golshifteh Farahani and France's Emmanuelle Berc…
greenleft.org.au/content/kurdish-women-fighters-brought-life-big-screen

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…

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

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-…