Daily Archives: March 23, 2019

2019-03-23: News Headlines

unitedEditor (2019-03-23). The never-ending FATF dispute in Iran. uwidata.com One of the most complicated debates among politicians and economists in Iran is whether or not the country should join the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)… but what is the FATF and why has it become the center of such an important dispute? The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 by the Ministers …

Haley Zaremba (2019-03-23). Is Beijing Losing Its Footing in South China Sea? globalresearch.ca The United States military launched nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortress bombers over the heavily disputed South China Sea last week, where they "conducted routine training". In these contested waters, the Chinese government has claimed ownership over reserves containing trillions of dollars worth …

Charles Pierson (2019-03-22). Rick Perry, the Saudis and a Dangerous Nuclear Deal. counterpunch.org Since January 2017, the Trump Administration has been in negotiations to allow a sale of two nuclear reactors designed by American companies to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is troubling for at least two reasons. First, nuclear reactors may provide the Saudis with a backdoor to a nuclear bomb. Second, a February 19 interim More

Irina Slav (2019-03-22). U.S. on the Hunt for Iranian "Ghost Tankers". Targeting Vessels Transporting Iranian Crude Oil. globalresearch.ca When Washington announced the return of economic sanctions against Iran, the main idea was pretty clear: cut exports of vital oil to zero to paralyze the economy and prompt a change in government. Waivers followed, however, as well as reports …

Fight Back (2019-03-22). Venezuela builds health sovereignty, in defiance of the U.S. government. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On March 20, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro visited Jipana, a large automated warehouse in the state of Miranda. Built with the cooperation of Chinese experts, Jipana – made up of five warehouses across Venezuela – has the capacity to store and distribute 100% of the antibiotic, hypoglycemic, hypertensive and analgesic needs for the tens of thousands of free community clinics that make up Mission Barrio Adentro, as well as all of the anti-malarial, anti-retroviral, anti-parasitic and contraceptive needs of the Mission's nationwide ambulance service. | While at…

Mike Lofgren (2019-03-22). Seymour Hersh's Anonymous Sources. commondreams.org Oliver North testifies before the Senate's Iran-Contra committee in 1987. (Photo: National Archives) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-22). Pentagon Deploys B-52 Bombers to Europe in Message to Russia Amid Nuclear Tensions. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — The Pentagon has sent six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Europe for training exercises with European NATO member nations, in a move which officials are presenting as a "message" to Russia. Though officials tried to present this as a response to Russian "aggression," in practice Russia hasn't done anything in quite some time. Rather, the deployment appears …

Hans Stehling (2019-03-22). Priti Patel and Boris Johnson: The "Odd Couple" Unfit for Purpose in Any Post Brexit UK Government. globalresearch.ca The link between Priti Patel, her running mate Boris Johnson, and the Right-wing Likud party of nuclear Israel's embattled Prime Minister Netanyahu (currently facing corruption charges) is no secret. However, stranger things have come to pass. In the …

REZA FIYOUZAT (2019-03-22). Is It Really So Shocking? counterpunch.org The first time Code Pink went on a tour of Iranian state ministries, as well as shopping in Tehran's magnificent bazaar, I got all outraged and ended up writing up my rage. A website published it. Medea Benjamin emailed me with her phone number for me to call. To straighten things up, I guess. I More

Venezuela Analysis (2019-03-22). Venezuela Claims US Withholding $5 Billion of Medical Supplies. theantimedia.com Maduro's accusations came at a government re-launch of the pharmaceutical sector. (VA) — The US government is withholding US $5 billion which was meant for the purchase of medicines and raw materials used in medical production, President Nicolas Maduro claimed Wednesday. Speaking from Miranda State, Maduro denounced that US authorities "have 'kidnapped' US $5 billion [in] one …

Michael T. Klare (2019-03-21). Making Nuclear Weapons Menacing Again. thenation.com Making Nuclear Weapons Menacing Again…

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 …

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 at the French Film Festival across Australia in March — 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 Bercot,…

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…

2019-03-23: Social Media Postees

Is Beijing Losing Its Footing in South China Sea?
Haley Zaremba | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
The United States military launched nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortress bombers over the heavily disputed South China Sea last week, where they "conducted routine training". In these contested waters, the Chinese government has claimed ownership over reserves containing trillions of dollars worth …
globalresearch.ca/is-beijing-losing-its-…

The never-ending FATF dispute in Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-23
One of the most complicated debates among politicians and economists in Iran is whether or not the country should join the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)… but what is the FATF and why has it become the center of such an important dispute? The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 by the Ministers …
uwidata.com/2813-the-never-ending-fatf-d…

Rick Perry, the Saudis and a Dangerous Nuclear Deal
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-22
Since January 2017, the Trump Administration has been in negotiations to allow a sale of two nuclear reactors designed by American companies to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is troubling for at least two reasons. First, nuclear reactors may provide the Saudis with a backdoor to a nuclear bomb. Second, a February 19 interim…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/22/rick-perry-t…

Venezuela builds health sovereignty, in defiance of the U.S. government
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-22
Chicago, IL – On March 20, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro visited Jipana, a large automated warehouse in the state of Miranda. Built with the cooperation of Chinese experts, Jipana – made up of five warehouses across Venezuela – has the capacity to store and distribute 100% of the antibiotic, hypoglycemic, hypertensive and analgesic needs for the tens of thousands of free community clinics that make up Mission Barrio Adentro, as well as all of the anti-malarial, anti-retroviral, anti-parasitic and contraceptive needs of the Mission's nationwide ambulance service. | While at…
fightbacknews.org/2019/3/22/venezuela-bu…

Seymour Hersh's Anonymous Sources
Mike Lofgren | commondreams.org | 2019-03-22
Oliver North testifies before the Senate's Iran-Contra committee in 1987. (Photo: National Archives) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/22/seymou…

U.S. on the Hunt for Iranian "Ghost Tankers". Targeting Vessels Transporting Iranian Crude Oil
Irina Slav | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-22
When Washington announced the return of economic sanctions against Iran, the main idea was pretty clear: cut exports of vital oil to zero to paralyze the economy and prompt a change in government. Waivers followed, however, as well as reports …
globalresearch.ca/u-s-on-the-hunt-for-ir…

Pentagon Deploys B-52 Bombers to Europe in Message to Russia Amid Nuclear Tensions
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-22
(ANTIWAR.COM) — The Pentagon has sent six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Europe for training exercises with European NATO member nations, in a move which officials are presenting as a "message" to Russia. Though officials tried to present this as a response to Russian "aggression," in practice Russia hasn't done anything in quite some time. Rather, the deployment appears …

Pentagon Deploys B-52 Bombers to Europe in Message to Russia Amid Nuclear Tensions

Venezuela Claims US Withholding $5 Billion of Medical Supplies
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-22
Maduro's accusations came at a government re-launch of the pharmaceutical sector. (VA) — The US government is withholding US $5 billion which was meant for the purchase of medicines and raw materials used in medical production, President Nicolas Maduro claimed Wednesday. Speaking from Miranda State, Maduro denounced that US authorities "have 'kidnapped' US $5 billion [in] one …

Venezuela Claims US Withholding $5 Billion of Medical Supplies

Priti Patel and Boris Johnson: The "Odd Couple" Unfit for Purpose in Any Post Brexit UK Government
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-22
The link between Priti Patel, her running mate Boris Johnson, and the Right-wing Likud party of nuclear Israel's embattled Prime Minister Netanyahu (currently facing corruption charges) is no secret. However, stranger things have come to pass. In the …
globalresearch.ca/priti-patel-and-boris-…

Is It Really So Shocking?
REZA FIYOUZAT | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-22
The first time Code Pink went on a tour of Iranian state ministries, as well as shopping in Tehran's magnificent bazaar, I got all outraged and ended up writing up my rage. A website published it. Medea Benjamin emailed me with her phone number for me to call. To straighten things up, I guess. I…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/22/is-it-really…

Making Nuclear Weapons Menacing Again
Michael T. Klare | thenation.com | 2019-03-21
Making Nuclear Weapons Menacing Again…
thenation.com/article/us-nuclear-arsenal…

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…

38 Years Prison and 148 Lashes for Iranian Human Rights Defender
STAFF | 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…

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 at the French Film Festival across Australia in March — 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 Bercot,…
greenleft.org.au/content/kurdish-women-fighters-brought-life-big-screen

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-…