Daily Archives: May 7, 2019

2019-05-07: News Headlines

Whitney Webb (2019-05-07). Bolton's Vague Press Release Lays Foundation for Military Attack Against Iran. globalresearch.ca According to Bolton's statement, an attack launched by a "proxy" of Iran on not just assets but "interests" of the U.S. in the region or "interests" of a U.S. ally in the region, would now be sufficient to trigger a …

WSWS (2019-05-07). US threatens Iran with war. wsws.org The reckless and criminal character of Washington's actions cannot be exaggerated. A US attack on Iran threatens to ignite a Mideast-wide war and rapidly draw in the other imperialist and great powers.

Jason Ditz (2019-05-07). White House Accuses Iran of Planning to Attack US Troops in Iraq. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — A US buildup of military forces in the Middle East and threats to use force against Iran are now being justified by US officials who claim to have "clear indications" that Iran was plotting to attack US forces in Iraq according to some reports. Exactly what these "clear indications" actually were is unclear. Israeli media, …

Ismael Hossein-Zadeh (2019-05-07). Behind the U.S. Labeling of Iran's Revolutionary Guards a Terrorist Organization. counterpunch.org It can be readily demonstrated that the proffered U.S. justifications for labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization are no more than harebrained excuses designed to put further pressure on the Iranian people in pursuit of its long-standing policy of regime change from within. Indeed, it can reasonably be argued that, in light of More

Staff (2019-05-06). Why I'm Pro-Detente with Russia — RAI with Stephen Cohen (5/5). therealnews.com I realized it wasn't the Soviet Union that was the great danger, it was the potential of nuclear war, and it's still the case today — says Stephen Cohen on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay…

teleSUR (2019-05-06). China Won't Discuss Trilateral Nuclear Disarmament Deal. telesurenglish.net China will not participate in negotiations on any trilateral nuclear disarmament agreement with the United States (U.S) and Russia, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday. | RELATED: | Russia Warns US of 'Unpredictable Consequences' of Arms Race | "We're opposed to accusations from any country on arms control issues," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said during a press conference, dismissing altogether the possibility of joint talks as "our nuclear forces hav…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-06). Headlines for May 6, 2019. democracynow.org Gaza: Ceasefire Reached After Intense Fighting Kills 25 Palestinians and 4 Israelis, U.N. Report: 1 Million Species at Risk of Extinction, Trump Nominates Obama-Era Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan to Head ICE, Ex-WH Chief of Staff John Kelly Joins Board of U.S.'s Largest Jailer of Migrant Children, John Bolton: U.S. Deploying Warships to Send "Message" to Iran, North Korea Tests Missiles As Trump Admin Affirms Nuclear Deal Still on Track, U.N. Warns 40% of North Koreans in Need of Food Assistance, Colombia: Renowned Activist Francia Márquez Escapes Attack by Gunmen, Afghanistan: Taliban Raid Security HQ, Killing…

commondreams (2019-05-06). NIAC Statement on Reports that Iran Will Halt Compliance with Aspects of Nuclear Deal. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-05-06). Russia's Lavrov Warns Against US Military Action in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo in Finland Monday after which he warned that U.S. ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äãmilitary intervention in Venezuela would be catastrophic and unjustified. | The two men met on the sidelines of a meeting of the Arctic Council in Finland. | Lavrov told reporters his meeting had been constructive and that the two top diplomats had made decent progress when it came to discussing strategic nuclear stability. | Lavrov also said he was…

Tyler Durden (2019-05-06). US Carrier Strike Group Sent to Middle East in "Clear and Unmistakable Message" to Iran. theantimedia.com (ZH) — After weeks of heated rhetoric and the exchange of threats related to US oil export sanctions on Iran, and with both sides eyeing the enforcement of its rights over the vital Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, the White House has just announced what will be looked on by Tehran as a major and …

JMSECC (2019-05-06). Google Bans Press TV. dissidentvoice.org What? On April 19, 2019 (the date of the original Patriots' Day in New England), American tech giant Google disabled the accounts of Press TV, an Iranian news service, and its sister channel Hispan TV, an outlet in Spain. Google denied their access to all its services, including its popular video streaming platform YouTube and …

Jake Johnson (2019-05-06). 'Itching for a war,' Bolton threatens Iran with 'unrelenting force' as US bombers deployed to Middle East. nationofchange.org In a late Sunday statement warning — without any evidence whatsoever — of "troubling and escalatory" actions by the Iranian government, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton used the scheduled deployment of an American aircraft carrier and bomber task force to the Middle East to threaten Iran with military action. | The United States, said Bolton, "is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln | Carrier Strike…

RT (2019-05-06). CNN peddles Pentagon talking points on 'credible threat' from Iran — Twitter doesn't buy it. rt.com With US officials seemingly hellbent on sparking military conflict with Iran, CNN decided to lend a helping hand, raising claims of "credible and specific" threats from Tehran — and got roasted on Twitter for Iraq War déjà vu. |

RT (2019-05-06). US deploys aircraft carrier & bombers to Middle East in 'message' to Iran — Bolton. rt.com The US is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East amid mounting animosity and a heated war of words between Washington and Tehran. |

Staff (2019-05-06). Bolton Threatens Iran as US Bombers Deployed to Middle East. truthout.org In a late Sunday statement warning — without any evidence whatsoever — of "troubling and escalatory" actions by the Iranian government, U.S. national security advisor John Bolton used the scheduled deployment of an American aircraft carrier and bomber task force to the Middle East to threaten Iran with military action. | The United States, said Bolton, "is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike G…

Staff (2019-05-06). Will the U.S. Start a War Against Iran? truthdig.com This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | On Sunday, May 5, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton announced that the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force had begun to make their way from the Mediterranean Sea toward the coastline of Iran. Iran, Bolton said, had made "a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings." He was, characteristically, not specific. It was enough that Bolton—who has a history of making hazardous statements—had made t…

Whitney Webb (2019-05-06). Bolton's Vague Press Release Lays Foundation for Military Attack Against Iran. mintpressnews.com According to Bolton's statement, an attack launched by a "proxy" of Iran on not just assets but "interests" of the U.S. in the region or "interests" of a U.S. ally in the region, would now be sufficient to trigger a U.S. attack on Iran, even if Iran itself was not directly responsible.

John Wojcik (2019-05-06). Trump sends aircraft carrier and strike force to threaten Iran. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—President Trump is sending an aircraft carrier and bomber planes, in addition to other military equipment, to waterways and land areas near Iran in what could be a prelude to an attack on that country—an attack which could trigger a wider war. When questioned by the press, the administration would not cite any specific threat …

Staff (2019-05-06). U.S. Rushes Ships to Middle East Over Unspecified Iran Threats. truthdig.com A defense official cites indications that U.S. forces in the region are potential targets; John Bolton says the move sends a message.

Jon Schwarz (2019-05-04). How to Dismantle the Absurd Profitability of Nuclear Weapons. theintercept.com The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists currently has its Doomsday Clock set to two minutes to midnight — the closest we've been to self-obliteration in nuclear history. | But nuclear weapons are more than just a terrifying threat to every living thing on earth. For decades, they've been a terrific way to make money. | A new report from PAX, a Dutch peace organization, both illuminates how profitable it can be for multinational corp…

RT (2019-05-04). Nobody has to love Putin, but nuclear peace impossible without communication — Chris Hedges. rt.com President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked nuclear arms control in a phone call Friday. But what can be achieved when the US shreds treaties and Washington stays hostile to any communication with Russia? |

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Another coup fails. greenleft.org.au "Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…

United Nations (2019-05-03). Friday's Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin. un.org This Friday, we cover: a worrying food crisis in the Democratic Republic of North Korea; attacks against civilians in DR Congo; outrage after the execution of child offenders in Iran; concerns over a super cereal distributed by the World Food Programme; and post-electoral violence in Benin.

Rob Urie (2019-05-03). Environmental Crisis, Oil Geopolitics and the Trump Diversion. counterpunch.org America in 2019 is a very strange place. The problems of the age: looming environmental calamity, the threat of nuclear annihilation and accumulating class tensions, keep being shoved to the side through diversionary tactics. No sooner had a range of left programs been consolidated under the banner of a Green New Deal than establishment Democrats More

Janine Jackson (2019-05-02). 'There Are Ways to Uplift the Resilience of Communities' – CounterSpin interview with Tina Vasquez on covering immigration. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Tina Vasquez about covering immigration for the April 26, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Janine Jackson (2019-05-02). 'These Sanctions Amount to Collective Punishment Against the Entire Iranian Population'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Sina Toosi about the Trump administration's anti-Iran campaign for the April 26, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Miranda C. Spencer (2019-05-01). Establishment Media and the Green New Deal: New Wine in Old Bottles. fair.org by Miranda C. Spencer | Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (known as AOC) and veteran Sen. Ed Markey on February 7 introduced HR 109, a sweeping mission statement for aggressively tackling climate change by jump-starting an equitable socio-economic transition. While the resolution was a radical departure from politics as usual, most corporate media filtered coverage of the "Green New Deal" (GND) through the lens of conventional expectations. | FAIR took a close look at day-one coverage of the Green New Deal (both breaking news st…

unitedEditor (2019-04-29). Nur-Sultan talks, Spanish elections, Kim in Russia. uwidata.com Nur-Sultan peace talks The 12th round of negotiations on the Syrian crisis between Turkey, Iran and Russia took place in Kazakhstan. The participating countries conducted intensive consultations in a bilateral and trilateral format. The guarantors of the Astana process hope to help UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen initiate a Constitutional Committee, but some questions remain …

CounterSpin (2019-04-26). Tina Vasquez on Covering Immigration, Sina Toossi on Iran Sanctions. fair.org Media…

Lilly Dragnev (2019-04-19). As Trump Angles for War with Iran, Congress Needs to Reassert its War Powers. peaceaction.org It's no news that the U.S.-Iran relationship has taken a turn for the worse under President Trump's leadership. Employing a strategy straight out of the Bush administration's Iraq War playbook, the Trump administration has advanced misleading, demonizing narratives about Iran from day one, laying the rhetorical groundwork for another catastrophic war of choice in the …

Ben Norton (2019-04-19). Instagram Acts as Arm of US Govt, Bans Top Iranian Officials After IRGC 'Terrorist' Designation. thegrayzone.com Top Iranian government officials were suspended from Facebook-owned Instagram just hours after Trump dubbed the IRGC a "terrorist" organization. By…

2019-05-07: Social Media Postees

US threatens Iran with war
wsws.org | 2019-05-07
The reckless and criminal character of Washington's actions cannot be exaggerated. A US attack on Iran threatens to ignite a Mideast-wide war and rapidly draw in the other imperialist and great powers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/07/pers…

White House Accuses Iran of Planning to Attack US Troops in Iraq
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-07
(ANTIWAR.COM) — A US buildup of military forces in the Middle East and threats to use force against Iran are now being justified by US officials who claim to have "clear indications" that Iran was plotting to attack US forces in Iraq according to some reports. Exactly what these "clear indications" actually were is unclear. Israeli media, …

White House Accuses Iran of Planning to Attack US Troops in Iraq

Bolton's Vague Press Release Lays Foundation for Military Attack Against Iran
Whitney Webb | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-07
According to Bolton's statement, an attack launched by a "proxy" of Iran on not just assets but "interests" of the U.S. in the region or "interests" of a U.S. ally in the region, would now be sufficient to trigger a …
globalresearch.ca/boltons-press-release-…

Behind the U.S. Labeling of Iran's Revolutionary Guards a Terrorist Organization
Ismael Hossein-Zadeh | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-07
It can be readily demonstrated that the proffered U.S. justifications for labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization are no more than harebrained excuses designed to put further pressure on the Iranian people in pursuit of its long-standing policy of regime change from within. Indeed, it can reasonably be argued that, in light of…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/07/behind-the-u…

Russia's Lavrov Warns Against US Military Action in Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo in Finland Monday after which he warned that U.S. ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äãmilitary intervention in Venezuela would be catastrophic and unjustified. | The two men met on the sidelines of a meeting of the Arctic Council in Finland. | Lavrov told reporters his meeting had been constructive and that the two top diplomats had made decent progress when it came to discussing strategic nuclear stability. | Lavrov also said he was…
telesurenglish.net/news/After-Pompeo-Mee…

China Won't Discuss Trilateral Nuclear Disarmament Deal
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
China will not participate in negotiations on any trilateral nuclear disarmament agreement with the United States (U.S) and Russia, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday. | RELATED: | Russia Warns US of 'Unpredictable Consequences' of Arms Race | "We're opposed to accusations from any country on arms control issues," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said during a press conference, dismissing altogether the possibility of joint talks as "our nuclear forces hav…
telesurenglish.net/news/China-Wont-Discu…

NIAC Statement on Reports that Iran Will Halt Compliance with Aspects of Nuclear Deal
commondreams.org | 2019-05-06
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/05/06/nia…

Why I'm Pro-Detente with Russia — RAI with Stephen Cohen (5/5)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-06
I realized it wasn't the Soviet Union that was the great danger, it was the potential of nuclear war, and it's still the case today — says Stephen Cohen on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/why-im-pro-deten…

US Carrier Strike Group Sent to Middle East in "Clear and Unmistakable Message" to Iran
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-06
(ZH) — After weeks of heated rhetoric and the exchange of threats related to US oil export sanctions on Iran, and with both sides eyeing the enforcement of its rights over the vital Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, the White House has just announced what will be looked on by Tehran as a major and …

US Carrier Strike Group Sent to Middle East in "Clear and Unmistakable Message" to Iran

CNN peddles Pentagon talking points on 'credible threat' from Iran — Twitter doesn't buy it
rt.com | 2019-05-06
With US officials seemingly hellbent on sparking military conflict with Iran, CNN decided to lend a helping hand, raising claims of "credible and specific" threats from Tehran — and got roasted on Twitter for Iraq War déjà vu. | …
rt.com/usa/458519-cnn-barbara-starr-iran…

'Itching for a war,' Bolton threatens Iran with 'unrelenting force' as US bombers deployed to Middle East
Jake Johnson | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-06
In a late Sunday statement warning — without any evidence whatsoever — of "troubling and escalatory" actions by the Iranian government, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton used the scheduled deployment of an American aircraft carrier and bomber task force to the Middle East to threaten Iran with military action. | The United States, said Bolton, "is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln | Carrier Strike…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/06/itching-fo…

Bolton's Vague Press Release Lays Foundation for Military Attack Against Iran
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-06
According to Bolton's statement, an attack launched by a "proxy" of Iran on not just assets but "interests" of the U.S. in the region or "interests" of a U.S. ally in the region, would now be sufficient to trigger a U.S. attack on Iran, even if Iran itself was not directly responsible.
mintpressnews.com/new-bolton-press-relea…

Bolton Threatens Iran as US Bombers Deployed to Middle East
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-06
In a late Sunday statement warning — without any evidence whatsoever — of "troubling and escalatory" actions by the Iranian government, U.S. national security advisor John Bolton used the scheduled deployment of an American aircraft carrier and bomber task force to the Middle East to threaten Iran with military action. | The United States, said Bolton, "is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike G…
truthout.org/articles/bolton-threatens-i…

US deploys aircraft carrier & bombers to Middle East in 'message' to Iran — Bolton
rt.com | 2019-05-06
The US is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East amid mounting animosity and a heated war of words between Washington and Tehran. | …
rt.com/usa/458457-us-iran-carrier-bomber…

Will the U.S. Start a War Against Iran?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-06
This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | On Sunday, May 5, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton announced that the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force had begun to make their way from the Mediterranean Sea toward the coastline of Iran. Iran, Bolton said, had made "a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings." He was, characteristically, not specific. It was enough that Bolton–who has a history of making hazardous statements–had made t…
truthdig.com/articles/will-the-u-s-start…

Google Bans Press TV
JMSECC | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-06
What? On April 19, 2019 (the date of the original Patriots' Day in New England), American tech giant Google disabled the accounts of Press TV, an Iranian news service, and its sister channel Hispan TV, an outlet in Spain. Google denied their access to all its services, including its popular video streaming platform YouTube and …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/google-bans-p…

Trump sends aircraft carrier and strike force to threaten Iran
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-06
WASHINGTON–President Trump is sending an aircraft carrier and bomber planes, in addition to other military equipment, to waterways and land areas near Iran in what could be a prelude to an attack on that country–an attack which could trigger a wider war. When questioned by the press, the administration would not cite any specific threat …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-sends-air…

U.S. Rushes Ships to Middle East Over Unspecified Iran Threats
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-06
A defense official cites indications that U.S. forces in the region are potential targets; John Bolton says the move sends a message.
truthdig.com/articles/u-s-rushes-ships-t…

How to Dismantle the Absurd Profitability of Nuclear Weapons
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-05-04
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists currently has its Doomsday Clock set to two minutes to midnight — the closest we've been to self-obliteration in nuclear history. | But nuclear weapons are more than just a terrifying threat to every living thing on earth. For decades, they've been a terrific way to make money. | A new report from PAX, a Dutch peace organization, both illuminates how profitable it can be for multinational corp…
theintercept.com/2019/05/04/nuclear-weap…

Nobody has to love Putin, but nuclear peace impossible without communication — Chris Hedges
rt.com | 2019-05-04
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked nuclear arms control in a phone call Friday. But what can be achieved when the US shreds treaties and Washington stays hostile to any communication with Russia? | …
rt.com/usa/458393-america-russia-nuclear…

Environmental Crisis, Oil Geopolitics and the Trump Diversion
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
America in 2019 is a very strange place. The problems of the age: looming environmental calamity, the threat of nuclear annihilation and accumulating class tensions, keep being shoved to the side through diversionary tactics. No sooner had a range of left programs been consolidated under the banner of a Green New Deal than establishment Democrats…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/environmenta…

Friday's Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
This Friday, we cover: a worrying food crisis in the Democratic Republic of North Korea; attacks against civilians in DR Congo; outrage after the execution of child offenders in Iran; concerns over a super cereal distributed by the World Food Programme; and post-electoral violence in Benin.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

Venezuela: Another coup fails
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
"Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-another-coup-fails

'These Sanctions Amount to Collective Punishment Against the Entire Iranian Population'
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-05-02
Janine Jackson interviewed Sina Toosi about the Trump administration's anti-Iran campaign for the April 26, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
fair.org/home/these-sanctions-amount-to-…

Establishment Media and the Green New Deal: New Wine in Old Bottles
Miranda C. Spencer | fair.org | 2019-05-01
by Miranda C. Spencer | Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (known as AOC) and veteran Sen. Ed Markey on February 7 introduced HR 109, a sweeping mission statement for aggressively tackling climate change by jump-starting an equitable socio-economic transition. While the resolution was a radical departure from politics as usual, most corporate media filtered coverage of the "Green New Deal" (GND) through the lens of conventional expectations. | FAIR took a close look at day-one coverage of the Green New Deal (both breaking news st…
fair.org/home/establishment-media-and-th…

Nur-Sultan talks, Spanish elections, Kim in Russia
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-29
Nur-Sultan peace talks The 12th round of negotiations on the Syrian crisis between Turkey, Iran and Russia took place in Kazakhstan. The participating countries conducted intensive consultations in a bilateral and trilateral format. The guarantors of the Astana process hope to help UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen initiate a Constitutional Committee, but some questions remain …
uwidata.com/3237-nur-sultan-talks-spanis…

Tina Vasquez on Covering Immigration, Sina Toossi on Iran Sanctions
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-04-26
Media…
fair.org/home/tina-vasquez-on-covering-i…

Instagram Acts as Arm of US Govt, Bans Top Iranian Officials After IRGC 'Terrorist' Designation
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-19
Top Iranian government officials were suspended from Facebook-owned Instagram just hours after Trump dubbed the IRGC a "terrorist" organization. By…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/18/instagram-us-…

As Trump Angles for War with Iran, Congress Needs to Reassert its War Powers
Lilly Dragnev | peaceaction.org | 2019-04-19
It's no news that the U.S.-Iran relationship has taken a turn for the worse under President Trump's leadership. Employing a strategy straight out of the Bush administration's Iraq War playbook, the Trump administration has advanced misleading, demonizing narratives about Iran from day one, laying the rhetorical groundwork for another catastrophic war of choice in the …
peaceaction.org/2019/04/19/as-trump-angl…