2019-07-07: Social Media Postees

Increasing Pressure on Europe to Salvage Nuclear Deal, Iran Announces Plans to Exceed Uranium Enrichment Cap
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-07
Iran increased pressure on European leaders to provide relief from crippling economic sanctions and salvage the 2015 nuclear deal with an announcement Sunday that the Middle Eastern country is set to exceed the pact's uranium enrichment cap. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11543487191.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/07/07/increasing-pressure-europe-salvage-nuclear-deal-iran-announces-plans-exceed-uranium?cd-origin=rss

Iran Steps Further From Nuke Deal, Adding Pressure on Europe
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-07-07
The nation calls for a diplomatic solution to a crisis that began a year ago when President Trump unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 accord.
truthdig.com/articles/iran-steps-further-from-nuke-deal-adding-pressure-on-europe/

How the Sanctions Harm My Iranian-American Family
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-07-07
"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, his wedding band, and some cash. Perhaps the only thing left untouched was the grand, ornate Persian rug in their living room. | My grandfather had left the house for 10 minutes for afternoon prayers at the mosque. Now, he swears to never leave his home unattended again. He…
truthdig.com/articles/what-sanctions-mean-for-my-iranian-american-family/

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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Australian-Student-Expelled-From-North-Korea-For-Spying-Acts-20190706-0003.html

Media Falsely Portrays Iran's Nuclear Deal Breach as Dash to Bomb
Ben Armbruster | commondreams.org | 2019-07-06
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)—the U.N. nuclear watchdog tasked with vigorously monitoring Iran's nuclear program under the 2015 accord—confirmed this week that Iran exceeded the limit on its supply of low-enriched uranium (LEU). Unfortunately, with a few notable exceptions, reporting from many in the media on this development wasn't great.
commondreams.org/views/2019/07/06/media-falsely-portrays-irans-nuclear-deal-breach-dash-bomb?cd-origin=rss

An hour with Noam Chomsky on fascism, nuclear weapons, climate change, Julian Assange & more
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-07-06
"They're things like climate change, like global warming, like the Nuclear Posture Review, deregulation. These are real issues. But the Democrats aren't going after those."
nationofchange.org/2019/07/06/an-hour-with-noam-chomsky-on-fascism-nuclear-weapons-climate-change-julian-assange-more/

Video: British Marines Seized Iranian Oil Tanker
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-06
On July 4, a detachment of Royal Marines and the authorities in Gibraltar seized a supertanker suspected of carrying oil to Syria on the belief it was breaching EU sanctions. 30 Royal Marines from 42 Commando were involved in the …
globalresearch.ca/video-british-marines-seized-iranian-oil-tanker/5682839

Why a War Against Iran Will be the "Nail in a Coffin" for U.S. Hegemony in the Middle East
Timothy Alexander Guzman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-06
President Donald Trump was recently interviewed on Fox Business and was asked about Iran's President Hassan Rouhani's statement calling the White House "Mentally Retarded" and if the U.S. was going to have a war against Iran and he said …
globalresearch.ca/why-war-against-iran-will-nail-coffin-u-s-hegemony-middle-east/5682883

Iran Calls UK Seizure of Its Oil Tanker "Maritime Piracy"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-06
Throughout…
globalresearch.ca/iran-calls-uk-seizure-its-tanker-maritime-piracy/5682850

Royal Marines seize Iranian tanker under orders from US
wsws.org | 2019-07-06
Britain's seizure of an Iranian supertanker carrying 2 million barrels of oil is an act of piracy and a major escalation in tensions that threaten to spiral out of control.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/06/iran-j06.html

Spain Says Iranian Oil Tanker Was Seized by Britain at US Request
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-06
Analysts expressed surprise at the unusually aggressive move against a commercial oil tanker.

Spain Says Iranian Oil Tanker Was Seized by Britain at US Request

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.
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/5/an_hour_with_noam_chomsky_on

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/05/russ-j05.html

Why has Arab League turned on Turkey, Iran?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-07-05
The Secretary General of the of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, has once again charged Turkey and Iran with expansionism allegedly aimed at spreading their influence to the Arab countries of the Middle East. As he spoke in Cairo at the opening of an Arab Parliament seminar on "building a unified strategy …
uwidata.com/4148-why-has-arab-league-turned-on-turkey-iran/

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,…
counterpunch.org/2019/07/05/what-sanctions-mean-for-my-iranian-american-family/

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…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2019/07/05/after-uk-seizure-of-iranian-tanker-ex-official-says-iran-should-seize-an-english-tanker-in-response/

Iran Threatens Seizure of UK Oil Tanker if Iranian Oil Tanker Not Released
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-05
(ZH) — Iran has called for the "immediate release" of its oil tanker after British Royal Marines boarded and seized it off Gibraltar a day ago after it took a long 90-day trek around the tip of Africa, presumably to evade sanctions enforcement en route to Syria. Authorities had accused the Grace 1 supertanker of illegal smuggling …

Iran Threatens Seizure of UK Oil Tanker if Iranian Oil Tanker Not Released

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

British Marines Seize Oil Tanker Suspected of Bringing Iranian Oil to Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-04
British Royal Marines have seized an oil tanker they suspected was headed to Syria, which would be a violation of US and EU sanctions.

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

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.
liberationnews.org/speak-out-in-san-francisco-demands-no-war-on-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…
greenleft.org.au/content/us-scholars-american-attack-iran-unmitigated-disaster-us-iran-and-world

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…
greenleft.org.au/content/if-war-breaks-out-iran-no-accident

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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/1/trump_kim_jong_un_dmz_meeting

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.
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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 …
uwidata.com/4101-us-saudi-energy-relations/

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.
mintpressnews.com/opinion-taking-minute-walk-iran-shoes/260098/

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 …
uwidata.com/4110-g20-primary-results/

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.
progressive.org/dispatches/bacevich-stockwell-190629/

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…
thegrayzone.com/2019/06/27/us-officials-iranian-cult-mek-regime-change/

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.
mintpressnews.com/why-the-military-industrial-complex-loves-left-wing-hawk-adam-schiff/260069/

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."
progressive.org/dispatches/the-trump-doctrine-isnt-working-iran-erlich-190628/

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 …
peaceaction.org/2019/06/28/most-senators-oppose-war-with-iran-without-congressional-approval/

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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/27/she_the_peoples_aimee_allison_we

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.
america.cgtn.com/2019/06/26/is-the-us-on-the-brink-of-war-with-iran

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.
progressive.org/dispatches/an-honorable-course-for-the-us-in-iran-kelly-190625/

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 …
peaceaction.org/2019/06/25/peace-action-endorses-ilhan-omar-for-congress-2/

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 …
uwidata.com/4042-georgian-protests-istanbul-election-iran-vs-us/

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…
liberationnews.org/near-war-on-iran-us-war-machine-cocked-loaded/

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 …
peaceaction.org/2019/06/24/peace-action-endorses-kara-eastman-for-congress-bold-champion-for-peace-and-security/

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. …
peaceaction.org/2019/06/20/striking-iran-now-could-spark-a-major-war/

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 …
peaceaction.org/2019/06/17/peace-action-endorses-ayanna-pressley-for-congress/

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 …
peaceaction.org/2019/06/17/sending-more-troops-to-the-middle-east-is-adding-fuel-to-the-fire/

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 …
peaceaction.org/2019/06/14/high-tensions-in-the-persian-gulf-require-maximum-restraint-not-maximum-pressure/