2019-07-10: Social Media Postees

French Senior Diplomat in Iran to Salvage Nuclear Deal
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-10
French President Emmanuel Macron's top diplomatic advisor held Wednesday high-level talks in Tehran aimed at saving the 2015 nuclear deal and easing tensions between Iran and the United States. | RELATED: | Iran Increases Uranium Production Beyond Nuclear Deal's Limit | Emmanuel Bonne met Rear-Admiral Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his deputy Abbas Araghchi. | Bonne's mission is "to try and…

Iran Warns US Over Plans of Military Coalition in Gulf Waters
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-10
The United States hopes to enlist allies over the next two weeks or so in a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen, where Washington blames Iran and Iran-aligned fighters for attacks, a top U.S. general said Tuesday. | RELATED: | UK Navy Seizes Tanker Filled With 'Iranian Oil' Meant for Syria | Under the plan, which has only been finalized in recent days, the United States would provide command ships and lead surveillance efforts for the military c…

Iran Rightfully Increases Uranium Stockpiles and Enrichment Beyond JCPOA Limits
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-10
Iran recently increased its enriched uranium stockpiles and uranium enrichment levels beyond JCPOA limits in response to Washington's unilateral withdrawal and increased sanctions. | Fourteen months ago, Donald Trump unilaterally pulled the United States out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive …

Piddling in the Think Tank
Michael Doliner | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-10
So let's see if I've got this straight. Obama signed the JCPOA with Iran and other countries to get out of a tight spot. He was on the verge of being forced to go to war with Iran. That would have been a disaster. Signing this agreement was supposed to relax the tension. The agreement…

UN experts voice 'deep concern' over Iran's 'consistent pattern' of denying life-saving medical treatment to detainees
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-10
Despite repeated calls, Iran continues to deny medical treatment to detainees in what amounts to "a consistent pattern", according to eight UN human rights experts, in a statement on Wednesday.

The winner of the leadership TV debate declared to be 'people who didn't watch'
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-07-10
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt debated on 9 July. But who won? Well, as the Tory membership has already decided to go Johnson or go home — the winner was whoever avoided watching. | State of affairs : | Hunt continued his strategy of answering as if every question was 'what do the Tory membership want to hear?' This meant responses like: I'm… tough on crime? I'm tough on Iran? I'll be firm with Trump? I'll do whatever Trump wants? I'll dress like a giant chicken and practice auto-erotic asphyxiation? I'll cull squirrels to reduce TB in postmen? I'll gentrify Hadrian's wall? | Johnson, meanwhile, con…

Selected Articles: Towards a Banking Crisis?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-10
In spite of online censorship efforts directed against the independent media, we are happy to say that readership on globalresearch.ca has recently increased. We wish to thank all of you who share our articles far and wide. | We cover a …

Stop the Deportations! US Hands off Iran and Venezuela! National Day of Protest
Judy Greenspan | indybay.org | 2019-07-10
Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland…

The Seizure of an Iranian Tanker and the Lethal Toll of Sanctions
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-09
The seizure of an Iranian oil tanker allegedly bound for Syria by British Royal Marine commandos off Gibraltar is the latest episode in the long and disastrous history of economic sanctions in the Middle East. The UK claims that it is implementing EU sanctions on Syria, but the act will be seen by Tehran — and most other states — as the British enforcing US sanctions on Iran that the EU said it opposes. An Iranian official said a British tanker should be seized in retaliation.

Dogs of War Howl for Blood in Iran While Americans Cheer US Bombers on July 4
Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-09
President Trump's order to the Pentagon to have an aerial parade of military aircraft over Washington, DC on July 4 provided a history lesson of America's war mongering in the past two decades, and a terrifying view of what might appear in the skies of Iran if John Bolton gets his way. The combat aircraft…

Frog-Marching Trump Toward War on Iran
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-09
Hypocrisy seems to have become a defining characteristic of US foreign policy, especially when it comes to Iran. After breaking the Iran deal last year and, de facto, forcing the Europeans to violate the deal in May, the US Administration …

"This Is Not a Surprise": U.S. Sanctions and Saber Rattling Led to Iran's Renewed Uranium Enrichment
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-09
In ongoing fallout from the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed on Monday that Iran has begun enriching uranium above the level agreed to by the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran has threatened to continue to increase their production of enriched uranium if European signatories of the nuclear deal do not help ease the impact of the U.S. sanctions. We speak with Trita Parsi, executive vice president of the new think tank, the Quincy Institute, and author of "Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy."

High Cost of Nukes Even Higher If Medical Expenses Included
Joseph Mangano | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-09
Nuclear reactors are shutting in the U.S, and across the world. Reactors have always been dangerous, but over time they have also become more expensive than ever. A 2017 report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates U.S. reactors lose $2.9 billion per year in operations overall. Eight American reactors have closed permanently since 2013, and most of the remaining 97 units are very old and costly.

It is not the Non-existent Iranian Bomb; it is the Other Existing Bombs
Dan Lieberman | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-09
United States (US) demands that Iran promise to halt pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile developments distract from the real intent of the US actions. Knowing that the Islamic Republic is not pursuing nuclear weapons and will react aggressively to sanctions, the US ploy deters other nations from establishing more friendly relations with Iran …

Europe Freaks Out Over Minuscule Iranian Uranium Enrichment
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-09
Leave it to CBS News and all the other establishment propaganda mills to spin the obvious. | CBS and the others know the Iran nuke deal is a dead letter. | Trump refused to honor the agreement while Europe pretends the deal …

Pentagon solicits virtual reality tech to prep soldiers for 'battlefield nuclear warfare'
rt.com | 2019-07-09
The Pentagon has put out a call for virtual reality training environments with "radiological/nuclear considerations" — another sign that the US' unhealthy obsession with nuclear warfare isn't going away anytime soon. | …

US Violates Nuclear Non-Proliferation Obligations, Undermining Credibility With Iran and N. Korea
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-09
Trump administration officials deploy a basic lack of understanding and contradictory policies towards Iran and North Korea, despite dealing with a similar problem: nuclear proliferation. We discuss the issue with Phyllis Bennis and Tim Shorrock…

US steps up threats as Iran exceeds uranium enrichment cap
wsws.org | 2019-07-09
Iran's government deliberately breached the agreement to pressure remaining signatories to the nuclear accord to counter crippling US economic sanctions.

What gift has Iran prepared for Europe on JCPOA?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-07-08
Hasan Rouhani's ultimatum to Europe for rescuing the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) has expired and the whole world is waiting to see what Iran will do next — continue observing the nuclear deal or create a nuclear bomb. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has made a statement suggesting Iran will go over to the …

Peligro de guerra en Irán: la máquinaria de guerra de EE. UU. "Amartillada y cargada"
Mazda Majidi | liberationnews.org | 2019-07-08
Una nueva guerra de agresión de Estados Unidos en el Medio Oriente apenas se ha sorteado.

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.

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 …

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

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

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…

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 …

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 …

Foreign Correspondent: 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…

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.

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. …

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 …

U.S. Sanctions: Economic Sabotage That Is Deadly, Illegal, and Ineffective
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies | commondreams.org | 2019-06-17
On the eve of renewed sanctions by Washington, an Iranian protester holds a burning picture of President Donald Trump outside the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 4, 2018. (Photo: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donald_trump_sanctions_iran_venezuela.jpg

MintCast Episode 4: The Real Motivation behind Russiagate, the Global War on Journalism and the Hidden Face of American Empire
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-17
MintCast hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss current events including reactions to Trump's Iran policy, the U.S. military base in the Chagos Islands and John Bolton's storied history of hawkishness.

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 …

Modernization of World Nuclear Forces Continues Despite Overall Decrease in Number of Warheads
SIPRI | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-17
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) today launches the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2019, which assesses the current state of armaments, disarmament and international security. | ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚ÄãThe modernization of nuclear forces continues | SIPRI Governing Board Chair Ambassador Jan Eliasson, …

Israel's Secretive Nuclear Facility Leaking as Watchdog Finds Israel Has Nearly 100 Nukes
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-17
Israel is one of only five nations in the world that refuse to sign the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, an international treaty aimed at ending the proliferation of nuclear weapons and achieving global nuclear disarmament.

Even Japan, Germany, and EU are doubting Trump admin's claim Iran attacked ships
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-06-17
While the Trump administration accuses Iran without evidence of attacking oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, Japanese, German, and…

China Takes Responsibility for Explosion Near North Korea; Denies Nuclear Test Rumors
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-17
(ZH) — Update: Chinese authorities are taking responsibility for Monday's blast, claiming it happened on their side of the border. Reporters pointed out that the magnitude of the blast was much smaller than a nuclear test, and Chinese authorities have advised that this was not a nuclear test. Chinese authorities said this is a magnitude 1.3 event …

China Takes Responsibility for Explosion Near North Korea; Denies Nuclear Test Rumors

Iran Speeds Up Uranium Enrichment as Mideast Tensions Mount
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-17
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran will surpass the uranium stockpile limit set by its nuclear deal in the next 10 days, an official said Monday, raising pressure on Europeans trying to save the accord a year after the U.S. withdrawal lit the fuse for the heightened tensions now between Tehran and Washington. | The announcement by Iran's nuclear agency marked yet another deadline set by Tehran. President Hassan Rouhani already has warned Europe that a new deal needs to be in place by July 7 or the Islamic Republic would increase its enrichment of uranium.

Trump and Bolton Are Breaking What Nuclear Order There Is
Kate Hudson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-17
It's 10 years now since US president Barack Obama made his famous Prague speech, committing to a nuclear weapons-free world. I remember hearing his words broadcast, amid the tumultuous cheers of the crowd in Hradƒçany Square, as if it were …