2019-07-06: Social Media Postees

Australian Student Expelled From North Korea For 'Spying Acts'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-06
The official news agency for North Korea stated on Saturday that an Australian student was expelled from the country after spending ten days in detention for "spying acts" through his work with foreign media. | RELATED: | Nuclear Talks To Resume After Surprise Trump-Kim Meeting | The student,Alek Sigley, who had been held in North Korea since June 25, was an active social media user and also a regular contributor to international media organizations including NK News about his time in…

Iran Can Seize UK Tanker If Iranian Vessel Is Not Freed: IRGC
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-05
A senior official from Iran's Revolutionary Guard's warned that the Islamic Republic could seize a British oil tanker if the U.K. did not release their vessel, which was seized off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4th. | RELATED: | UK Navy Seizes Tanker Filled With 'Iranian Oil' Meant for Syria | The IRGC official Mohsen Rezai tweeted on Friday that Iran could seize a British tanker if his country's vessel was not released from Gibraltar. | senior commander warned that it coul…

After UK seizure of Iranian tanker, ex-official says Iran should seize an 'English tanker' in response
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-07-05
On 4 July, Royal Marines helped to seize an Iranian oil tanker heading to Syria in order to enforce European sanctions on the war-torn country. Now, a former commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard ( IRGC) says his country should seize a British tanker in response. | Rezaei, who led the IR…

What Sanctions Mean for My Iranian-American Family
Mina Shahinfar | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-05
What's wrong?" I asked my mother, as I saw her broken expression. She was on the phone, speaking with my grandparents in Iran. "A terrible thing has happened," she replied. My grandparent's home in Tehran had been broken into. The thieves took everything they could carry — my grandmother's jewelry, my uncle's prized watch collection,…

After British Commandos Seize Oil Tanker, Iran Accuses UK of Committing 'Maritime Piracy' on Behalf of US
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-05
"If Britain does not release the Iranian oil tanker, it is the authorities' duty to seize a British oil tanker," said Mohsen Rezai, a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commander | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/iran_tanker_uk.jpg

Cuba Continues to Ensure Safe Return of Kidnapped Doctors
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-05
Efforts to organize the safe return of the pair of doctors kidnapped in Kenya have not wavered, Cuban Minister of Public Health Jose Angel Portal Miranda said Friday. | RELATED: | 'Lies, Slander': Cuba Rejects US Trafficking Blacklist | "The Cuban government has not ceased for a moment in the efforts and negotiations for the safe return … of the kidnapped doctors," Portal told local media. | The two physicians are still alive, Kenyan authorities asserted during a press conference, addin…

The Un-submersible US-Iran Stalemate
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-05
A thick veil of mystery surrounds the fire that broke out in a state of the art Russian submersible in the Barents Sea, leading to the death of 14 crew members poisoned by toxic fumes. | According to the Russian Defense …

Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change and Julian Assange
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-05
In April, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. In this hour-long special, we air an excerpt of Chomsky's speech and his on-stage interview with Amy Goodman. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: Today, a Democracy Now! special, an hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned dissident and father of modern linguistics. In April, Noam Chomsky visited his hometown of Boston, where he was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for more than half a century. He now teaches at the University of Arizona, Tucso…

An Hour with Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, Julian Assange & More
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-05
In April, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. In this hour-long special, we air an excerpt of Chomsky's speech and his on-stage interview with Amy Goodman.

Fourteen high-ranking Russian navy officers die in fire on nuclear-powered submarine
wsws.org | 2019-07-05
The submarine disaster is a chilling reminder of the advanced state of the preparations for world war.

Trump Is Forcing Iran to Follow North Korea's Dangerous Example
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-07-04
The lesson to be learned from the difference between how the U.S. president treats Iran and North Korea is painfully clear.

British Marines Seize Oil Tanker Suspected of Bringing Iranian Oil to Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-04
(ANTIWAR.COM) — British Royal Marines seized an oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday. They suspected the tanker was headed to Syria, which would be a violation of US and EU sanctions. The Grace 1 oil tanker was believed to have started its journey in Iran. "That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European …

British Marines Seize Oil Tanker Suspected of Bringing Iranian Oil to Syria

Iran to Reach the Mediterranean Through the Proposed Iran-Iraq-Syria Railway Corridor
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-04
Iran will get to the Mediterranean bypassing the dangerous waters of ever challenged Strait of Hormuz, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, and the Suez Canal, where US satellite states and US Navy are present and threatening this …

Israel Ready to Join a US War Against Iran
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-04
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Israel has spent decades talking up the potential for a war against Iran, and invested heavily in lobbying the US to be hostile toward Iran. Recent talk of the US attacking Iran and starting such a war has Israeli hawks, unsurprisingly, crossing their fingers. Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz says the country is continue to …

Israel Ready to Join a US War Against Iran

Speak-out in San Francisco demands no war on Iran
Claudia Drdul | liberationnews.org | 2019-07-03
More than 125 concerned community members rallied to a call from the ANSWER Coalition at the corner of 24th and Mission Streets on June 26 opposing the United States government's recent escalations against Iran.

US Scholars: 'An American attack on Iran would be an unmitigated disaster for the US, Iran, and the world'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-02
A number of Middle East and Islamic Studies scholars in the United States have signed this open letter below, calling on US President Donald Trump to pull back from war with Iran. | We, the undersigned scholars of the Middle East and North Africa and broader Muslim world, call on President Trump to immediately pull back from the brink of a war with the Islamic Republic of Iran. | It is clear to us that the human, diplomatic, legal, political, and economic costs to both countries, the Persian Gulf and larger Middle East, the global economy and the global system of international humanitarian law of a US attack woul…

If war breaks out with Iran, it won't be an accident
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-02
Some things are still unclear about US President Donald Trump's recent decision to bomb Iran — and his rapid-fire follow-up decision not to. | We still do not know what he or his bomb-Iran cheerleaders — National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — thought the bombing would actually accomplish. | We also do not know why Trump decided to recall the bombers. (Trump claimed it was because a general told him 150 people would die in the attack. But given Trump's indifference to civilian c…

From 'freedom gas' to violating deals 'before they exist': Five baffling statements from Washington
rt.com | 2019-07-02
US officials are no strangers to making sweeping statements that provoke eye-rolls and raised eyebrows in other parts of the world, but Washington does seem to be on a roll in recent months. | …

Taking a Minute to Walk in Iran's Shoes
Karim Sharara | mintpressnews.com | 2019-07-01
If one can learn anything from the modern history of Iran, it's that great powers will sell — and have sold — them out at a moment's notice.

US-Saudi Energy Relations
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-07-01
In 2017, according to the US Energy Information Administration, Saudi Arabia, following Russia, Iran and Qatar, had the fourth-largest natural gas reserves in the world. According to the US Energy Information Administration, the country's natural gas reserves amounted to 304 trillion cubic meters. Most of Saudi Arabia's natural gas is consumed in the petrochemical sector …

UN chief welcomes possibility of resumed talks between US and DPR Korea
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-01
As the clicking of cameras and flash of lightbulbs captured on Sunday the first sitting United States President to set foot inside the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Secretary-General António Guterres offered his full support to a potentially reset relationship that may render a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Trump Makes History by Walking into North Korea. Could This Help to Finally End the Korean War?
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-01
President Trump made history Sunday when he became the first sitting U.S. president to step foot in North Korea. Trump was there to visit North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the military demarcation line at the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Kim then invited Trump to cross the line, which has divided North and South Korea since 1953. Trump then took about 20 steps into North Korea. Following the meeting at the DMZ, Trump and Kim held a three-way gathering with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Sunday marked Trump and Kim's first meeting since nuclear talks broke down in February. More nuclear talks are reportedly sc…

Europeans Bowing to Trump on Iran Sanctions, Despite Their Opposition
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-30
Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council, says that military confrontation between the US and Iran becomes more likely, especially since Europeans who oppose US sanctions are not really pushing back against Trump…

G20: Primary Results
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-06-30
A large two-day summit of the world's leading economies was held in Osaka, Japan. Following the meeting, the participants crafted a joint statement on security, ecology, migration, economics, etc. International politics The leaders touched on the topic of Iran, expressing concern over the ongoing and escalating conflict. In recent weeks the conflict between the United …

The Conflict with Iran Is Rooted in Two Views of History
Norman Stockwell | progressive.org | 2019-06-29
Author and retired Army colonel Andrew Bacevich puts the current flare in tensions with Iran in historical context.

Most Senators Oppose War with Iran Without Congressional Approval
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-06-28
Washington, D.C. — June 28, 2019 — In response to the Senate voting 50-40 in favor of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to block funding for military action against Iran without congressional approval, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because …

The 'Trump Doctrine' Isn't Working
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-06-28
The Iranian government saw the President's vacillation as a sign of weakness, one journalist tells me: "Iran was ready to retaliate on an unbelievable scale."

US officials join bizarre Iranian cult MEK in rallying for regime change
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-06-28
The exiled Iranian MEK regime change cult rallied in front of the US State Department, just after Trump backtracked from…

The Military Industrial Complex Loves Left Wing Hawk Adam Schiff
John Kiriakou | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-28
If there was any doubt at all that Adam Schiff is in the grip of the military-industrial complex, one doesn't have to rely just on his stated positions on Iran, Venezuela, and China to make the situation any clearer. Just take a look at his donors.

Political Ploy by Mitch McConnell Blocks Attempt to Stop War With Iran
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-06-28
Senate Republicans narrowly defeated an amendment Friday that would have limited President Donald Trump's ability to attack Iran without congressional approval. The 50-40 vote gave the measure a majority of votes cast, but due to parliamentary maneuvering by Senate leadership, it needed 60 votes to pass. | The measure was intended as a rebuke of Trump's threats and escalatory policy toward Iran and drew four Republican votes. Trump has publicly threatened Iran with "obliteration" and said he…

She the People's Aimee Allison: We Need a Candidate to Support Economic, Racial and Gender Politics
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-27
The first night of the two-part 2020 presidential debate kicked off Wednesday night with a focus on the economy, healthcare, immigration, gun control, Iran and climate change. It was a historic night with three female candidates taking part: Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. It marked the first time more than one female candidate appeared in a major political party debate in the United States. We speak with She the People founder Aimee Allison about the women in the race and foreign policy in Afghanistan and Iran. Allison won an ho…

Is the US on the brink of war with Iran?
CGTN America | cgtn.com | 2019-06-26
On The Heat Podcast, we talk with Negar Mortazavi, consultant editor for The Independent, on rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran, and whether veiled threats from either country could see us on the brink of war.

Georgian protests, Istanbul election, Iran VS US
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-06-25
Georgian protests In Georgia, a political scandal that led to large demonstrations in Tbilisi. About 240 people (80 of them policemen) have been injured. On Thursday, a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy started in the Georgian parliament, with the participation of the Russian delegation. The deputy head of the assembly Sergei Gavrilov was …

Near-war on Iran: US war machine 'cocked & loaded'
Mazda Majidi | liberationnews.org | 2019-06-25
Liberation News: The notion that Trump called off military strikes out of concern for 150 Iranian lives stretches the imagination. This is especially true when Trump threatens Iran with "obliteration like you've never seen before."#NoWarOnIran #NoSanctions…

United States Is in No Position to Lecture Iran
Kathy Kelly | progressive.org | 2019-06-25
The greatest outlier in terms of possessing nuclear weapons is the United States.

Peace Action Endorses Ilhan Omar for Congress
Peace Action | peaceaction.org | 2019-06-25
Washington, DC — June 25, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Ilhan Omar for Congress in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Peace Action Endorses Kara Eastman for Congress
Peace Action | peaceaction.org | 2019-06-24
Washington, DC — June 24, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman for Congress in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Striking Iran Now Could Spark a Major War
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2019-06-20
Washington, D.C. — June 20, 2019 — In response to reports that the Trump administration is considering strikes on Iran in response to the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "The United States has stumbled into a perilous situation. If, for example, the U.S. …

Sending More Troops to the Middle East is Adding Fuel to the Fire
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2019-06-17
Washington, D.C. — June 17, 2019 — In response to the Trump administration's decision to send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East amidst escalating tensions with Iran, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "Rather than pursuing diplomatic off ramps to avert conflict with Iran, the Trump administration is …

Peace Action Endorses Ayanna Pressley for Congress
Peace Action | peaceaction.org | 2019-06-17
Washington, DC — June 17, 2019 — Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace organization, and its affiliate Massachusetts Peace Action, endorsed Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts' 7th district. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and …

High Tensions in the Persian Gulf Require 'Maximum Restraint,' Not 'Maximum Pressure'
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2019-06-14
Washington, D.C. — June 14, 2019 — In response to heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf resulting from recent attacks on oil tankers and escalatory U.S. policies towards Iran, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "Recent attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and the resulting increase in tensions …