2019-07-13: News Headlines

Jake Johnson (2019-07-13). House Votes to Block Trump From Launching Unauthorized War With Iran. theantimedia.com The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan amendment barring Trump from launching an unauthorized war with Iran.

WSWS (2019-07-13). Trump's nominee for top US military commander calls for nuclear buildup to confront China. wsws.org General Milley, tapped as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, predicted that the US would be in confrontation with China for the next 100 years.

Judy Greenspan (2019-07-13). Stop the Deportations! US Hands off Iran and Venezuela! National Day of Protest. indybay.org Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland…

Dayton Andrews (2019-07-13). Resist US Imperialism: Close the Camps, No War With Iran. indybay.org The SF Federal Building, 90 7th st SF CA, 94103 | We will meet on Seventh street, right in front of the main entrance.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-07-13). Socialist Analysis & Discussion on U.S. War Threats Against Iran. indybay.org San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.

John McEvoy (2019-07-12). Noam Chomsky says 'there is not much time' to avert global catastrophe. thecanary.co In an interview published on 12 July, Noam Chomsky told Jacobin that "there is not much time" to avert global catastrophe. He also talked about Iran, Venezuela, and antisemitism allegations aimed at the UK Labour Party. | Climate crisis and the Green New Deal: | Most importantly, he attended to the issue of global climate crisis. On the subject of rising sea levels, he said: the ca…

Michael T. Klare (2019-07-12). OIL: The Missing Three-Letter Word in the Iran Crisis. globalresearch.ca It's always the oil. While President Trump was hobnobbing with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 summit in Japan, brushing off a recent U.N. report about the prince's role in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal …

commondreams (2019-07-12). Joint Statement: House Reins In Trump on Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Peter Koenig (2019-07-12). Iran vs. Spineless Europe. How far will US-western Threats Go? globalresearch.ca Iran announced the second step in reducing her commitment under the 2015 so-called Nuclear Deal, officially known as The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), by exceeding the limit set by agreement of 3.67% uranium enrichment and 300 kg of …

Charles Davis (2019-07-12). Donald Trump's Fake Isolationism. counterpunch.org Donald Trump was never coy about how he'd Make America Great Again, abroad. He'd carpet-bomb the terrorists, kill their families, and maybe do a straight-up, throwback war for oil in Iraq. The manufactured crisis with Iran in 2019 follows from the erratic militarism suggested at every stop on the 2016 campaign trail, where Trump repeatedly More

Michael T. Klare (2019-07-12). The missing three-letter word in the Iran crisis. nationofchange.org It's always the oil. While President Trump was hobnobbing with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 summit in Japan, brushing off a recent U.N. report about the prince's role in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Asia and the Middle East, pleading with foreign leaders to support "Sentinel." The …

Peter Koenig (2019-07-12). Iran vs. Spineless Europe. dissidentvoice.org Iran announced the second step in reducing her commitment under the 2015 so-called Nuclear Deal, officially known as The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), by exceeding the limit set by agreement of 3.67% uranium enrichment and 300 kg of enriched uranium accumulation. When asked by the media about his reaction, Trump says, "they know …

commondreams (2019-07-12). NIAC Applauds House for Pulling U.S. Back from the Brink of War with Iran via Khanna-Gaetz Amendment. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Alex Emmons (2019-07-12). House Says Trump Can't Go to War With Iran Unless Congress Approves. theintercept.com Democrats in the House of Representatives on Friday passed an amendment that would sharply restrict President Donald Trump's ability to attack Iran without congressional authorization, attaching the language to an annual must-pass defense bill. | The measure, which was sponsored by California Democrat Ro Khanna and Florida Republican Matthew Gaetz, would prohibit the Pentagon from spending money on any military action against Iran unless Congress has declared war or passed a resolution authorizing the administration to use force. The bill contains an exception for emergency situations in which U.S. armed forces a…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-07-12). "Endless War Isn't Inevitable": House Votes to Stop Trump From Launching Unauthorized Attack on Iran. commondreams.org "Congress must continue using every available tool at its disposal to ensure that Donald Trump and John Bolton's march to war is fully blocked." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ro_khanna_iran.jpg

WSWS (2019-07-12). After alleged UK tanker incident in Persian Gulf, EU powers threaten Iran. wsws.org Despite the unpopularity of the US-led war drive, powerful factions of the European ruling class are arguing for Europe to back Trump's provocations against Iran.

RT (2019-07-12). Republicans & Democrats agree: No war on Iran (without Congress at least). rt.com The House of Representatives has adopted the 2020 military spending bill, but with an amendment that blocks war on Iran without congressional approval — backed by President Donald Trump's outspoken critics and supporters alike.

WSWS (2019-07-12). Russian navy officer: Fire on Russian nuclear submarine could have led to "planetary catastrophe" wsws.org A Russian newspaper reported that the cause of the fire on the Losharik was an electrical short-circuit that led to an explosion and spontaneous combustion of a lithium-ion battery that had been installed on the submarine.

Kathy Kelly (2019-07-11). Activists Walk "Cease and Desist" Order into Nuclear Weapons Base. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

Mazda Majidi (2019-07-11). Irán sale del acuerdo nuclear: ødebería preocuparse el mundo? liberationnews.org 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).

unitedEditor (2019-07-11). Would Blacklisting Iran's IRGC and Increasing US Military Presence in the Persian Gulf Lead to Hostilities in the Strait of Hormuz? uwidata.com 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 …

Branko Marcetic (2019-07-11). Joe Biden Didn't Just Vote for the 2003 Iraq Invasion—He Helped Lead the March to War. globalresearch.ca As the Trump administration's saber-rattling toward Iran threatens another disastrous war in the Middle East, foreign policy has gained newfound focus in the 2020 presidential race. And former Vice President Joe Biden's 2002 vote in favor of the Iraq …

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

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

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-07-11). Iran Declares War on the USA's Covert Influence in Iraq. globalresearch.ca 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. …

pip.hinman (2019-07-11). War games promoted as 'cash splash' for war-weary public. greenleft.org.au 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…

pip.hinman (2019-07-11). Australia must oppose war on Iran. greenleft.org.au 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…

Mazda Majidi (2019-07-10). Iran breaks out of nuclear accord: Should the world be concerned? liberationnews.org 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.

United Nations (2019-07-10). UN experts voice 'deep concern' over Iran's 'consistent pattern' of denying life-saving medical treatment to detainees. un.org 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.

United Nations (2019-07-10). Wednesday's Daily Brief: Guterres in Kenya, Prisoners sick in Iran, #GlobalGoals, Myanmar, Ukraine updates, and new space partnership. un.org 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.

Staff (2019-07-09). "This Is Not a Surprise": U.S. Sanctions and Saber Rattling Led to Iran's Renewed Uranium Enrichment. democracynow.org 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."

Staff (2019-07-09). US Violates Nuclear Non-Proliferation Obligations, Undermining Credibility With Iran and N. Korea. therealnews.com 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…

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

unitedEditor (2019-07-08). What gift has Iran prepared for Europe on JCPOA? uwidata.com 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 …

Staff (2019-07-08). Headlines for July 8, 2019. democracynow.org Trump & DOJ Reverse Stance, Will Keep Pushing for Citizenship Question in 2020 Census, Trump Admin Threatens It's Ready to Start Deporting Up to 1 Million People, ICE and FBI Have Used Facial Recognition Technology to Mine DMV Databases, Trump: Migrants "Very Happy" with Situation in U.S. Migrant Jails, Iran Breaches Nuclear Deal Limits, Condemns U.K.'s Seizure of Oil Tanker, Sudanese Military Leaders and Opposition Agree to 3-Year Power-Sharing Deal, Greek Snap Elections Hand Victory to Conservative Party, U.S. Women's Team Wins Soccer World Cup, Shining a Spotlight on Gender Pay Disparity, State of Emergency De…

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

unitedEditor (2019-07-05). Why has Arab League turned on Turkey, Iran? uwidata.com 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 …

Staff (2019-07-05). An Hour with Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, Julian Assange & More. democracynow.org 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.

Tyler Durden (2019-07-05). Iran Threatens Seizure of UK Oil Tanker if Iranian Oil Tanker Not Released. theantimedia.com (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 …

Claudia Drdul (2019-07-03). Speak-out in San Francisco demands no war on Iran. liberationnews.org 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.

unitedEditor (2019-07-01). US-Saudi Energy Relations. uwidata.com 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 …

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

Reese Erlich (2019-06-28). Foreign Correspondent: The 'Trump Doctrine' Isn't Working. progressive.org 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."

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-28). Most Senators Oppose War with Iran Without Congressional Approval. peaceaction.org 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 …

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

Peace Action (2019-06-25). Peace Action Endorses Ilhan Omar for Congress. peaceaction.org 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 (2019-06-24). Peace Action Endorses Kara Eastman for Congress. peaceaction.org 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 …

Jon Rainwater (2019-06-20). Striking Iran Now Could Spark a Major War. peaceaction.org 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 (2019-06-17). Peace Action Endorses Ayanna Pressley for Congress. peaceaction.org 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 …

Jon Rainwater (2019-06-17). Sending More Troops to the Middle East is Adding Fuel to the Fire. peaceaction.org 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 …

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