Daily Archives: April 8, 2019

2019-04-08: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-04-08). Kings Bay Plowshares: Peace Activists Face 25 Years for Action at U.S. Nuclear Submarine Base. democracynow.org A group of peace activists have been jailed for over a year before trial for entering the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia last April to protest U.S. nuclear weapons. The action took place on April 4, 2018—the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination. Armed with hammers, crime scene tape and baby bottles containing their own blood, seven anti-nuclear activists secretly entered Kings Bay—one of the largest nuclear submarine bases in the world—under the cover of night. Their goal was to symbolically disarm the six nuclear ballistic missile submarines kept there. Each submari…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-08). A New Nuclear Arms Race: As NATO Marks 70th Anniversary, Threat of Nuclear Confrontation Grows. democracynow.org Commemorations—as well as protests—were held last week to mark the 70th anniversary of the formation of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. President Trump used the anniversary to push for NATO countries to increase military spending. During an Oval Office meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump demanded Germany and other NATO countries increase their military spending from 2 to 4 percent of GDP. The push for more military spending could benefit U.S. weapons manufacturers including Boeing. This comes as Acting Pentagon Chief Patrick Shanahan is under investigation for imp…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-08). Headlines for April 8, 2019. democracynow.org Kirstjen Nielsen Steps Down as DHS Secretary, Gov't: It May Take 2 Years to Reunite Separated Migrant Families, NY Man Arrested for Threatening to Murder Rep. Ilhan Omar, Trump Attacks Migrants, Rep. Omar in Speech to Conservative Jewish Group, Arizona: Man Dies in ICE Custody After Exhibiting Flu Symptoms, Yemen: Air Raid Kills At Least 13 Civilians, Incl. 7 Children in Sana'a, Netanyahu Says He Will Annex West Bank Settlements If Re-elected, Libya: 21 People Killed as Renegade Force Advances on Tripoli, Sudan: Security Forces Crack Down on Growing Popular Uprising, U.S. Labels Iran Revolutionary Guard as Terror…

Whitney Webb (2019-04-08). Is Trump's Designation of Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps as Terrorist Organization a Set-Up for War? mintpressnews.com With the IRGC now officially labeled a "foreign terrorist organization" by the U.S. government, the march to war with Iran — long a goal of top Trump administration officials — is closer than ever.

Ivan Kesic (2019-04-08). Under Trump, US Pushes"Let 'Em All Die" Policy Towards Iran Flood Victims. mintpressnews.com Since 19 March 19, devastating floods swept across large areas of Iran, triggered by the heaviest downpours in many years. Heavy rainfall began two and a half weeks ago, overflowing rivers, washing away bridges, inundating houses and destroying infrastructural establishments in the northern, western and central parts of the country. According to the Iran Legal Medicine Organization, at least 62 people have been killed nationwide in the natural disaster so far, which has also forced tens of thousands of people, mostly in villages, to evacuate their homes and move to emergency shelters. Hundreds of people have also…

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-08). The US' Plans to Designate the Iran Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as "Terrorists" Aren't Just for Show. globalresearch.ca The US plans to use this possibly impending designation as the basis upon which to "justify" forthcoming Hybrid War measures against the Islamic Republic aimed at dismantling its "deep state" network in the Mideast, including through possible strikes against the …

Juan Cole (2019-04-08). Why Designating the Iranian Rev. Guards Terrorists Would Paint a Big Red Target on US Troops in Iraq. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration is considering designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization. This is an old Joe Lieberman idea from 2007, and it is a very bad idea. It keeps being done rhetorically (2007, 2017), and then …

STAFF (2019-04-08). U.S. 'Terrorist' Designation Amps Up Pressure on Iran. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—The United States on Monday designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization" in a move to increase pressure on the country that could also have significant military, diplomatic and economic implications throughout the Middle East and beyond. | It is the first time that the U.S. has designated a part of another government as a terrorist organization. The designation could spark Iranian retaliation as well as open hundreds of foreign companies and business executives to U.S. travel bans and possible prosecution for sanctions violations. It may also affect the ability of Amer…

Kate Hudson (2019-04-08). NATO — 70 Years Too Many. globalresearch.ca As we head for NATO's 70th birthday, it's time to assess the nuclear-armed military alliance that came into being to ensure western military superiority during the Cold War. Most strikingly, during its first 40 years of existence — namely …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-04-08). Critics Warn Designation of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as Terrorist Organization Is Trump Itching for War. commondreams.org "There is an urgent need for Congress to rein Trump in on Iran before he can start a war that will devastate the U.S., Iran, and the Middle East for generations to come." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tyler Durden (2019-04-08). Iran Designates US Military as Terrorist Organization. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Just hours after President Trump formally designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization, Iran's foreign ministry has put forward a bill placing US Central Command on a list of organizations designated as terrorists, akin to Daesh. Statement from the President on the Designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization …

Aram Mirzaei (2019-04-08). Jundallah: the US-backed Salafi Terrorists Operating in Iran. mintpressnews.com While terrorism is a phenomenon most of us have come in touch with during our lifetime, much of the coverage is shadowed by terrorism in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq, where US-backed terrorist groups have wreaked havoc in devastating the wars that have plagued these countries. | Nonetheless, terrorism is widespread across the region, even in Iran. Due to Iran's relatively strong internal stability, terrorist groups have been unable to catch major headlines in the Islamic Republic as terrorist groups often conduct hit and run attacks or the occasional kidnappings of young drafted border guards and…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-04). Headlines for April 4, 2019. democracynow.org Republican "Nuclear Option" Will Speed Confirmation of Trump's Judges, House Committee Authorizes Subpoena for Full Mueller Report, House Committee Asks IRS for Six Years of Trump's Tax Returns, Immigrant Activist Claudio Rojas Deported Ahead of Miami Film Premiere, Suspect in New Zealand Mosque Massacres to Face 50 Murder Charges, Australian Senator Censured over "Appalling" NZ Massacre Remarks, White Power Graffiti Found Near Site of Highlander Center Fire, Felony Charges Dropped Against African-American Victim of Dallas Attack, Blast at Texas Chemical Plant Kills 1, Injures 2, Trump Falsely Claims That Windmil…

Dilip Hiro (2019-04-04). South Asia's Overlooked Nuclear Crisis. thenation.com South Asia's Overlooked Nuclear Crisis…

United Nations (2019-04-02). Prospect of a nuclear war 'higher than it has been in generations', warns UN. un.org In a world defined by "competition over cooperation, and the acquisition of arms, prioritized over the pursuit of diplomacy", the threat of a nuclear weapon being used is "higher than it has been in generations," the Security Council heard on Tuesday.

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 …

2019-04-08: Social Media Postees

Kings Bay Plowshares: Peace Activists Face 25 Years for Action at U.S. Nuclear Submarine Base
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-08
A group of peace activists have been jailed for over a year before trial for entering the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia last April to protest U.S. nuclear weapons. The action took place on April 4, 2018–the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination. Armed with hammers, crime scene tape and baby bottles containing their own blood, seven anti-nuclear activists secretly entered Kings Bay–one of the largest nuclear submarine bases in the world–under the cover of night. Their goal was to symbolically disarm the six nuclear ballistic missile submarines kept there. Each submari…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/8/kings_bay_…

A New Nuclear Arms Race: As NATO Marks 70th Anniversary, Threat of Nuclear Confrontation Grows
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-08
Commemorations–as well as protests–were held last week to mark the 70th anniversary of the formation of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. President Trump used the anniversary to push for NATO countries to increase military spending. During an Oval Office meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump demanded Germany and other NATO countries increase their military spending from 2 to 4 percent of GDP. The push for more military spending could benefit U.S. weapons manufacturers including Boeing. This comes as Acting Pentagon Chief Patrick Shanahan is under investigation for imp…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/8/trump_call…

Headlines for April 8, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-08
Kirstjen Nielsen Steps Down as DHS Secretary, Gov't: It May Take 2 Years to Reunite Separated Migrant Families, NY Man Arrested for Threatening to Murder Rep. Ilhan Omar, Trump Attacks Migrants, Rep. Omar in Speech to Conservative Jewish Group, Arizona: Man Dies in ICE Custody After Exhibiting Flu Symptoms, Yemen: Air Raid Kills At Least 13 Civilians, Incl. 7 Children in Sana'a, Netanyahu Says He Will Annex West Bank Settlements If Re-elected, Libya: 21 People Killed as Renegade Force Advances on Tripoli, Sudan: Security Forces Crack Down on Growing Popular Uprising, U.S. Labels Iran Revolutionary Guard as Terror…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/8/headlines

Is Trump's Designation of Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps as Terrorist Organization a Set-Up for War?
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-08
With the IRGC now officially labeled a "foreign terrorist organization" by the U.S. government, the march to war with Iran — long a goal of top Trump administration officials — is closer than ever.
mintpressnews.com/is-trumps-designation-…

The US' Plans to Designate the Iran Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as "Terrorists" Aren't Just for Show
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-08
The US plans to use this possibly impending designation as the basis upon which to "justify" forthcoming Hybrid War measures against the Islamic Republic aimed at dismantling its "deep state" network in the Mideast, including through possible strikes against the …
globalresearch.ca/us-plans-designate-irg…

Why Designating the Iranian Rev. Guards Terrorists Would Paint a Big Red Target on US Troops in Iraq
Juan Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-08
The Trump administration is considering designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization. This is an old Joe Lieberman idea from 2007, and it is a very bad idea. It keeps being done rhetorically (2007, 2017), and then …
globalresearch.ca/designating-iranian-re…

U.S. 'Terrorist' Designation Amps Up Pressure on Iran
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-08
WASHINGTON–The United States on Monday designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization" in a move to increase pressure on the country that could also have significant military, diplomatic and economic implications throughout the Middle East and beyond. | It is the first time that the U.S. has designated a part of another government as a terrorist organization. The designation could spark Iranian retaliation as well as open hundreds of foreign companies and business executives to U.S. travel bans and possible prosecution for sanctions violations. It may also affect the ability of Amer…
truthdig.com/articles/u-s-terrorist-desi…

Under Trump, US Pushes"Let 'Em All Die" Policy Towards Iran Flood Victims
Ivan Kesic | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-08
Since 19 March 19, devastating floods swept across large areas of Iran, triggered by the heaviest downpours in many years. Heavy rainfall began two and a half weeks ago, overflowing rivers, washing away bridges, inundating houses and destroying infrastructural establishments in the northern, western and central parts of the country. According to the Iran Legal Medicine Organization, at least 62 people have been killed nationwide in the natural disaster so far, which has also forced tens of thousands of people, mostly in villages, to evacuate their homes and move to emergency shelters. Hundreds of people have also…
mintpressnews.com/under-trump-us-pushesl…

NATO — 70 Years Too Many
Kate Hudson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-08
As we head for NATO's 70th birthday, it's time to assess the nuclear-armed military alliance that came into being to ensure western military superiority during the Cold War. Most strikingly, during its first 40 years of existence — namely …
globalresearch.ca/nato-70-years-too-many…

Iran Designates US Military as Terrorist Organization
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-08
(ZH) — Just hours after President Trump formally designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization, Iran's foreign ministry has put forward a bill placing US Central Command on a list of organizations designated as terrorists, akin to Daesh. Statement from the President on the Designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization …

Iran Designates US Military as Terrorist Organization

Jundallah: the US-backed Salafi Terrorists Operating in Iran
Aram Mirzaei | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-08
While terrorism is a phenomenon most of us have come in touch with during our lifetime, much of the coverage is shadowed by terrorism in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq, where US-backed terrorist groups have wreaked havoc in devastating the wars that have plagued these countries. | Nonetheless, terrorism is widespread across the region, even in Iran. Due to Iran's relatively strong internal stability, terrorist groups have been unable to catch major headlines in the Islamic Republic as terrorist groups often conduct hit and run attacks or the occasional kidnappings of young drafted border guards and…
mintpressnews.com/the-us-backed-salafi-t…

Critics Warn Designation of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as Terrorist Organization Is Trump Itching for War
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-08
"There is an urgent need for Congress to rein Trump in on Iran before he can start a war that will devastate the U.S., Iran, and the Middle East for generations to come." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/08/critics…

Oil Politics Drive Turmoil in Libya
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-06
With two of the largest oil producers, Iran and Russia, under U.S. sanctions, all profiteering eyes of the west turn to oil rich Libya, says Vijay Prashad, the author of the book, Arab Spring Libyan Winter…
therealnews.com/stories/oil-politics-dri…

Headlines for April 4, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-04
Republican "Nuclear Option" Will Speed Confirmation of Trump's Judges, House Committee Authorizes Subpoena for Full Mueller Report, House Committee Asks IRS for Six Years of Trump's Tax Returns, Immigrant Activist Claudio Rojas Deported Ahead of Miami Film Premiere, Suspect in New Zealand Mosque Massacres to Face 50 Murder Charges, Australian Senator Censured over "Appalling" NZ Massacre Remarks, White Power Graffiti Found Near Site of Highlander Center Fire, Felony Charges Dropped Against African-American Victim of Dallas Attack, Blast at Texas Chemical Plant Kills 1, Injures 2, Trump Falsely Claims That Windmil…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/4/headlines

South Asia's Overlooked Nuclear Crisis
Dilip Hiro | thenation.com | 2019-04-04
South Asia's Overlooked Nuclear Crisis…
thenation.com/article/south-asia-overloo…

Prospect of a nuclear war 'higher than it has been in generations', warns UN
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-02
In a world defined by "competition over cooperation, and the acquisition of arms, prioritized over the pursuit of diplomacy", the threat of a nuclear weapon being used is "higher than it has been in generations," the Security Council heard on Tuesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

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-…