2019-07-11: Social Media Postees

Activists Walk "Cease and Desist" Order into Nuclear Weapons Base
Kathy Kelly | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-11
Media Advisory/For Immediate Release/July 10, 2019 BàúCHEL, Germany — Eleven international peace activists entered the Bàºchel Air Base southwest of Frankfurt early this morning to deliver what they called a "Treaty Enforcement Order" declaring that the sharing of US nuclear weapons at the base is a "criminal conspiracy to commit war crimes." Upon entering the …

Oil Is Driving the Iran Crisis
Michael T. Klare | thenation.com | 2019-07-11
Oil Is Driving the Iran Crisis…

Would Blacklisting Iran's IRGC and Increasing US Military Presence in the Persian Gulf Lead to Hostilities in the Strait of Hormuz?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-07-11
PART I Washington's recent designation of Iran's elite, 125,000-member IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) as an FTO (Foreign Terrorist Organization) was more or less overlooked in the Western media as a typical story and lost in the short attention span of the daily news cycle. Without sounding too alarmist, the story actually signaled a rather …

'We will overcome their greed': Bernie Sanders releases anti-endorsement list
Ruth Milka | nationofchange.org | 2019-07-11
Bernie Sanders is going on the offensive against the Wall Street Bankers and various members of the 1% that have viciously opposed his candidacy by releasing an anti-endorsement list. | "We can propose all the ideas and plans we want, but nothing will fundamentally change until we have the guts to take on the most powerful corporate interests in America," says Sanders in an introduction to the list. "That is why I am proud to announce the modern-day oligarchs who oppose our movement." | Sanders' list includes the following: | Billionaire Haim Saban, who called for the bombing of Iran in 2014 and criticizes any…

Can Iran's Shrewd Diplomacy Avert War With Washington?
Roxane Farmanfarmaian | thenation.com | 2019-07-11
Can Iran's Shrewd Diplomacy Avert War With Washington?

Irán sale del acuerdo nuclear: ødebería preocuparse el mundo?
Mazda Majidi | liberationnews.org | 2019-07-11
Desde principios de julio, el presidente iraní Hassan Rouhani y otros funcionarios han estado anunciando la intención de Irán de ir más allá de las restricciones establecidas por el Plan de Acción Integral Conjunto (JCPOA por sus siglas en inglés).

O-I-L: The Missing Three-Letter Word in the Iran Crisis
Michael T. Klare | commondreams.org | 2019-07-11
If the United States goes to war with Iran, you are unlikely to hear the word "oil" uttered by top Trump administration officials, but make no mistake: that three-letter word lies at the root of the present crisis, not to speak of the world's long-term fate. (Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/oil_0.jpeg

Iran Declares War on the USA's Covert Influence in Iraq
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-11
When US officials visited Baghdad and met with the Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, they had two requests: first, to close all commerce and financial exchanges with Iran to strangle the Iranian economy and bring it to its knees. …

Video: Prospects of War in the Persian Gulf Region
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-11
Since Donald Trump has been in office, Iran and the United States have faced the worst crisis in their relations since the fall of the pro-American Shah regime in 1979. The situation escalated in early May, when US sanctions came …

Water wars: As climate change escalates, South Asia's already fighting over water
Conn Hallinan | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-11
During the faceoff earlier this year between India and Pakistan over a terrorist attack that killed more than 40 Indian paramilitaries in Kashmir, New Delhi made an existential threat to Islamabad. The weapon was not India's considerable nuclear arsenal, but one still capable of inflicting ruinous destruction: water. "Our government has decided to stop our …

Trump threatens new sanctions amid farcical indictment of Iran
wsws.org | 2019-07-11
Washington used the International Atomic Energy Agency as a forum for charging Iran with violating a treaty that the US itself ripped up.

Prominent Australian academic suggests building nuclear weapons
wsws.org | 2019-07-11
The debate over nuclear weapons is another warning of the advanced preparations for war being made in capitals around the world.

Socialist Analysis & Discussion on U.S. War Threats Against Iran
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-07-11
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Stop the Deportations! US Hands off Iran and Venezuela! National Day of Protest
Judy Greenspan | indybay.org | 2019-07-11
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War games promoted as 'cash splash' for war-weary public
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-11
Queensland's tourism boss Daniel Gschwind has welcomed the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to Brisbane for the biannual US-Australia war games as a fantastic economic opportunity — a "cash splash for Queensland". | "Friendly visitors, eager to explore, pent-up demand to have a bit of relaxation and see a bit more of Queensland … the old stereotypes don't apply here necessarily anymore", he enthused on July 6. | The old stereotypes? He was likely referring to persistent a…

Australia must oppose war on Iran
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-11
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pointedly refused to rule out Australian participation in a United States-led war on Iran. Shadow foreign affairs minister Penny Wong has also remained insistently equivocal when pressed to disavow any such military alliance. | Morrison and Wong have condemned Iran as the "leading state sponsor of terror" that has worked to "destabilise" the Greater Middle East. This is the familiar idiom of the US foreign policy establishment as it makes its case for the latest imperial excursion. | It is supposedly in our name that Morrison would send Australians to kill and die in Iran. A war…

Wednesday's Daily Brief: Guterres in Kenya, Prisoners sick in Iran, #GlobalGoals, Myanmar, Ukraine updates, and new space partnership
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-10
This Wednesday's UN top stories are: latest global terror warnings; political prisoners denied health access in Iran; high-level discussions on Sustainable Development Goals; continued abuse of Rohingya in Myanmar; Odessa killings in Ukraine; and partnering with NASA.

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.

Iran breaks out of nuclear accord: Should the world be concerned?
Mazda Majidi | liberationnews.org | 2019-07-10
Since early July, President Hassan Rouhani and several other officials have been announcing Iran's intention to start going beyond the restrictions set by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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…

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 …

"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."

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 …

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…

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 maquinaria 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.

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

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 …

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.

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.

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…

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."

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …