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2019-06-26: News Headlines

Melvin Goodman (2019-06-26). The U.S.-Iran Imbroglio: Dangerous Lessons To Be Learned. counterpunch.org The bizarre decisions and events over a 48-hour period between the United States and Iran outlined the dangerous times that we are confronting and point to Donald Trump as the most dangerous aspect of all. Iran is a problem for U.S. interests, but not a genuine threat. The same cannot be said for Trump whose More

C. J. Hopkins (2019-06-26). The Ongoing Restructuring of the Greater Middle East. dissidentvoice.org So, according to the corporate media, and to President Literally Hitler, himself, while America was sleeping last Friday morning, the U.S. Air Force was just minutes away from bombing the bejesus out of some desolate outposts somewhere in the Iranian desert and launching another catastrophic military blunder in the Middle East. At approximately 0400 Zulu …

Kathy Kelly (2019-06-26). An Honorable Course in Iran: End Sanctions, Resume Dialogue. dissidentvoice.org Last week, Elham Pourtaher, an Iranian graduate student at the State University of New York in Albany, wrote about how U.S. policies cause suffering and trauma far beyond U.S. borders. Her diabetic father, for example, is in danger of losing access to medicines because sanctions against Iranian banks make it nearly impossible to pay for …

John Laforge (2019-06-26). Trump's Ministry of No Information. counterpunch.org The Trump administration has halted, without explanation, the routine practice of reporting the current number of nuclear weapons in the US arsenal, the AP and United Press International report. The new secrecy will make it nearly impossible to estimate the true cost of nuclear weapons, to show adherence to arms control treaties, or to pressure More

ANSWER Coalition (2019-06-25). Emergency Rally – No U.S. War on Iran! End the Sanctions Now! indybay.org 24th and Mission St. BART Plaza…

Ali A. Taj (2019-06-25). Divine Missions of Destruction: Why a US War with Iran is Virtually Inevitable. mintpressnews.com All the chips are in place, the box of matches lies open awaiting a single errant spark to set it ablaze. Whether that spark is introduced intentionally or accidentally is irrelevant to its ability to give the Washington hawks what they've been impatiently pining for.

Allegra Harpootlian (2019-06-25). The New Anti-War Movement. thenation.com | A younger generation skeptical of the US military is moving beyond street protests and into the halls of power.

Editor (2019-06-25). Iran crisis: Which side are you on? workers.org The war crisis that the gang in Trump's White House has unleashed in the Strait of Hormuz has many facets and complications worth analyzing. It is a conflict within the U.S. ruling class, even within the administration. It involves disagreements among the usual imperialist U.S. allies who fear the consequences . . . | Continue reading Iran crisis: Which side are you on? at Workers.org

Staff (2019-06-25). As Trump Imposes New Sanctions, Iran Says U.S. Has "Permanently Closed Path to Diplomacy" democracynow.org President Trump announced Monday his administration is imposing a new round of sanctions on Iran, targeting several prominent Iranians including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iran's top diplomat, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Iran said the move "permanently closed the path to diplomacy" between Iran and the United States. The latest tension comes after the downing of a U.S. drone by Iran on Thursday. Iran maintains the drone had entered its airspace, while the U.S. claims the drone was in international waters. The U.S. military prepared to directly attack Iran in retaliation, but Trump report…

Rannie Amiri (2019-06-25). Instigators of a Persian Gulf Crisis. counterpunch.org Recent weeks have seen tensions between the United States and Iran soar, initially after a May 2019 incident in which four commercial vessels were struck in the Gulf of Oman (two Saudi oil tankers, one Norwegian and an Emirati ship), ebb thereafter and escalate yet again when a similar attack took place a month later More

WSWS (2019-06-25). Trump imposes new sanctions amid continuing war threat against Iran. wsws.org The latest sanctions, largely symbolic, do little except escalate tensions as the threat of armed conflict remains on a hair trigger.

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

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-25). Pompeo's "Indo-Pacific" Tour Is Aimed Against Iran and China. globalresearch.ca The Secretary of State is on a tour of the Indo-Pacific region that will take him to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, India, Japan, and South Korea by the time it concludes next week, with the aim of this global voyage …

Andrew Emett (2019-06-25). Bernie warns the 'drums of war are beating in Washington again'. nationofchange.org In a recent op-ed article, Sen. Bernie Sanders warned against the Trump administration potentially declaring war against Iran after the downing of a U.S. military drone and other reported events. Sanders asserted that a war with Iran would be an "absolute disaster." | On Friday, The Guardian published an op-ed written by Sanders titled, "We must stop the US from going to war with Iran." | In the article, Sanders wrote, "Just today we learned that the US came very clos…

South Front (2019-06-25). Video: Trump Stopped Strike on Iran, but Tensions Continued to Grow. globalresearch.ca Tensions continued to grow in the Persian Gulf region after the shoot-down of a $110 million U.S. RQ-4A Global Hawk surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps over the Straight of Hormuz on June 20. | According …

teleSUR (2019-06-25). Iran Not Looking for War with US: Rouhani. telesurenglish.net Iran is not interested in beginning a war with the United States, the nation's president, Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday during a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron, Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reports. | RELATED: New Sanctions Mean 'Permanent Closure of Path to Diplomacy': Iran | "If the Americans want to violate the waters or airspace of Iran again, Iran's armed forces have a duty to confront them and they will have a decisive clash," Rouhani said, referri…

Philip Giraldi (2019-06-25). How to Start an Unnecessary War: Targeting Iran Started Before 2016. globalresearch.ca I confess to being mystified by those Americans who lean conservative, like myself, who continue to think that President Donald J. Trump is somehow doing a good job. To be sure, the economy continues to add mostly low paying jobs …

Martha Hubert (2019-06-25). Don't Iraq Iran. indybay.org Downtown San Francisco | We'll be near the escalator to/from BART/MUNI | near the trolley turn around.

unitedEditor (2019-06-25). Georgian protests, Istanbul election, Iran VS US. uwidata.com 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 …

Jason Ditz (2019-06-25). Trump Rejected Attacking Iran: "We Don't Need Any More Wars" theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — The Wall Street Journal is reporting in increasing detail on President Trump's Thursday decision to not attack Iran, providing reports from aides that described Trump as very reluctant to be dragged into another war. Trump reportedly told one of his confidants of his inner circle that "these people want to push us into war… it's so disgusting." He …

Workers World Boston bureau (2019-06-25). Boston activists protest U.S. threats against Iran. workers.org Approximately 75 peace activists gathered in downtown Boston, outside the Park Street Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority station, on June 22 to denounce U.S. war threats against Iran. The action came just two days after the news that U.S. President Donald Trump had called off a military strike against Iran just . . . | Continue reading Boston activists protest U.S. threats against Iran at Workers.org

teleSUR (2019-06-25). New Sanctions Mean 'Permanent Closure of Path to Diplomacy': Iran. telesurenglish.net Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi hit back Tuesday at the new sanctions announced a day earlier by the White House, where he warned that the new moves by the U.S. represent a "permanent closure of path to diplomacy," signaling a significant escalation of tensions between the two countries. | RELATED: | Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Iran, Including Supreme Leader | U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin outlined the details of the new sanctions on Monday at a pre…

Jason Ditz (2019-06-25). Poll Shows Strong Majority of Americans Oppose Attacking Iran. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — While officials have denied that there was any political component to the US not attacking Iran on Thursday, a newly released poll from Hill-HarrisX, taken over the weekend, shows that a strong majority of American voters oppose such an attack. The poll showed 58 percent favored a non-military approach, with 48 percent calling for diplomacy and …

Allegra Harpootlian (2019-06-25). The New Anti-War Movement. thenation.com The New Anti-War Movement…

Rannie Amiri (2019-06-25). Instigators of a Persian Gulf Crisis. counterpunch.org Recent weeks have seen tensions between the United States and Iran soar, initially after a May 2019 incident in which four commercial vessels were struck in the Gulf of Oman (two Saudi oil tankers, one Norwegian and an Emirati ship), ebb thereafter and escalate yet again when a similar attack took place a month later on the Japanese Kokuka Courageous and Norwegian Front Altair tankers, also in the Gulf of Oman. More

teleSUR (2019-06-25). Protests in New Dehli Against US 'Imperialism' and Sanctions. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of activists marched Tuesday in the Indian capital to protest the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, denouncing the aggressive foreign policy in the Middle East and South America. | RELATED: | One of India's Major Cities Fights for Drinkable Water | Protestors, including students, teachers, leftist polical leaders, demanded the end of U.S. sanctions against the governments of Venezuela, Iran and Cuba, calling them "imperialist." | The demonstrations were convoked by…

RT (2019-06-25). Only 19% of Americans want military strike on Iran. rt.com Less than one quarter of Americans want the US to take military action against Iran, a new poll has found, amid rising tensions between Tehran and Washington.

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-25). Iran Barred from Closed UN Security Council Session Pertaining the US Threats against Iran. globalresearch.ca On Monday at the Trump regime's request, Security Council members met in closed session on the mid-June Gulf of Oman and earlier hostile incidents last month. | Iran was barred from attending to stress it had nothing to do with what …

Staff (2019-06-25). Headlines for June 25, 2019. democracynow.org Iran Says New U.S. Sanctions Shut Down Diplomatic Option, 300 Children Moved from Texas Border Patrol Station After Reports of Neglect, Inhumane Conditions, FBI Investigating Deaths of 3 Children, 1 Woman Found Near Texas' Southern Border, Trump Responds to E. Jean Carroll Rape Allegations: "She's Not My Type", Palestinians Resist Kushner's Middle East Workshop as Business Leaders Gather in Bahrain, Experts Warn Climate Crisis Exacerbating Heat Waves as 100+ Degree Temps Grip Europe, Chennai, India's 6th-Largest City, Has Almost Run Out of Water, SCOTUS Makes FOIA Requests More Difficult for Journalists, Oregon R…

Staff (2019-06-25). Iranian President Says White House 'Afflicted by Mental Retardation'. truthdig.com TEHRAN, Iran — Iran warned Tuesday that new U.S. sanctions targeting its supreme leader and other top officials meant "closing the doors of diplomacy" between Tehran and Washington amid heightened tensions, even as the country's president derided the White House as being "afflicted by mental retardation." | President Hassan Rouhani went on to call the sanctions against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei "outrageous and idiotic," especially since the 80-year-old Shiite cleric has no plans to travel to the United States. | Yet the sharp response from Tehran shows the pressure that the nation's Shiite theoc…

teleSUR (2019-06-25). New Sanctions Mean 'Permanent Closure of Path to Diplomacy': Iran. telesurenglish.net Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi hit back Tuesday at the new sanctions announced a day earlier by the White House, where he warned that the new moves by the U.S. represent a "permanent closure of path to diplomacy", signaling a significant escalation of tensions between the two countries. | RELATED: | Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Iran, Including Supreme Leader | U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin outlined the details of the new sanctions on Monday at a pre…

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-06-25). How Iran Decided to Down a US Drone and Narrowly Averted War by Sparing Another US Plane. globalresearch.ca Iran averted all-out war in the Middle East at the last moment when the Central command and control operational room of its Army and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ordered not to shoot down a US Navy anti-submarine warfare, …

John Shafthauer (2019-06-25). 'Tough talking' Hunt vows to invade whoever Trump tells him to. thecanary.co Jeremy Hunt is trying to show what big, massive balls he has by talking about 'war' and 'defence' and shit. As part of that, he's released a statement showing what a tough guy he is. He said: I am prepared to go to war with anyone — that's anyone — who America tells me to. | UK could join US military action against Iran, Jeremy Hunt says t.co/ALcidZliXf pic.twitter.com/tKr51Qul9r | — ITV News (…

teleSUR (2019-06-25). Trump Sanctions Iran's Spiritual Leader and Top Officials. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he has sanctioned the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top Iranian officials, taking a dramatic, unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone. | RELATED: | Saudi FM Warns Iran Will 'Pay the Price' in Recent Row With US | Trump told reporters the sanctions were in part a response to last week's downing of a U.S. drone by Iran, but would have happened…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-06-25). As Conflict With Iran Escalates, Path To Peace Can Be Found. dissidentvoice.org The recent escalation of conflict between the United States and Iran threatens another US military quagmire that would create crisis and chaos in Iran, the region and perhaps globally as well as costing the US trillions of dollars. The US needs to change course — a deeply wrong course it has been on regarding Iran …

Patrick Cockburn (2019-06-25). Trump May Already be in Too Deep to Avoid War With Iran. counterpunch.org President Trump's last-minute change of mind over launching US airstrikes against Iran shows that a military conflict of some description in the Gulf is becoming highly probable. His hesitation was most likely less connected with an Iranian surface-to-air missile shooting down a US surveillance drone than with his instinct that militarising the crisis is not in America's best More

Deirdre Griswold (2019-06-25). Iran and the big lie behind U.S. power. workers.org Within minutes on June 20, President Donald Trump first authorized and then canceled a U.S. military strike on Iran. The reasons he gave for stopping the planned attack were "humanitarian." However, consideration for human lives has not stopped this U.S. president before, whether it was his approval of so many . . . | Continue reading Iran and the big lie behind U.S. power at Workers.org

Mazda Majidi (2019-06-25). Near-war on Iran: US war machine 'cocked & loaded'. liberationnews.org A new U.S. war of aggression in the Middle East was narrowly averted. If President Trump's account is to be believed, the operation to launch military strikes on Iran had already started when Trump decided to call it off at the last minute. "We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-06-25). L'Europa nella strategia nucleare del Pentagono. globalresearch.ca I ministri della Difesa della Nato (per l'Italia Elisabetta Trenta, M5S) sono stati convocati a Bruxelles, il 26 e 27 giugno, per approvare le nuove misure di ´deterrenza ª contro la Russia, accusata senza alcuna prova di aver violato il Trattato …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-06-25). L'Unione europea nella strategia nucleare del Pentagono. globalresearch.ca I ministri della Difesa della Nato (per l'Italia Elisabetta Trenta, M5S) sono stati convocati a Bruxelles, il 26 e 27 giugno, per approvare le nuove misure di ´deterrenza ª contro la Russia, accusata senza alcuna prova di aver violato il Trattato …

Tyler Durden (2019-06-25). NATO Tells Russia to Destroy New Missile or Face Consequences. theantimedia.com (ZH) — NATO defense ministers will hold talks on Wednesday over their next move if Russia doesn't destroy a new missile system that could allow for short-notice nuclear attacks throughout Europe, which the United States has said violates the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), according to Reuters. "We call on Russia to take the responsible path, but we have …

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 …

Manuel E. Yepe (2019-06-25). Trump's Return to Full-Spectrum Dominance. counterpunch.org The United States is formally committed to dominating the world by 2020. President Trump's Space Directive-4, on the production of laser-armed combat aircraft as possible precursors to space weapons and the possibility of nuclear warheads being placed in orbit, moves the clock forward. An interesting and credible paper by T.J. Coles in CounterPunch recently reported More

Manlio Dinucci (2019-06-25). A Unià£o Europeia na estratégia nuclear do Pentágono. globalresearch.ca Os Ministros da Defesa da NATO (de Itália, Elisabetta Trenta, M5S, de Portugal, Joà£o Gomes Cravinho) foram convocados para reunir em Bruxelas, em 26 e 27 de Junho, a fim de aprovar as novas medidas de "dissuasà£o" contra a …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-06-25). A Europa na estratégia nuclear do Pentágono. globalresearch.ca Os Ministros da Defesa da NATO (de Itália, Elisabetta Trenta, M5S, de Portugal, Joà£o Gomes Cravinho) foram convocados para reunir em Bruxelas, em 26 e 27 de Junho, a fim de aprovar as novas medidas de "dissuasà£o" contra a …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-25). 'They Despise Diplomacy, and Thirst for War': Iran Accuses Trump of Closing Path to Peace With New Sanctions. commondreams.org "Trump's desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eds. (2019-06-25). Iran 'violates' nuclear deal, after U.S. 'withdraws'. mronline.org Quick question: Does the U.S. ever break, breach or violate its international agreements? | Source

Vijay Prashad (2019-06-25). The Hybrid War Against Iran. commondreams.org In 1953, the U.S.—with the UK—overthrew the democratically elected government of Mohammed Mossadeq and over the course of the next two decades provided full support to the unpopular government of the shah of Iran. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-25). U.N. urges for calm from U.S. and Iran. cgtn.com The United Nations has urged the U.S. and Iran to remain calm amid rising tensions between the two sides, following the downing of a U.S. drone by Iran last week. | Speaking at a regular briefing for reporters at the U.N. Headquarters, Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said that the body's Secretary‚ÄëGeneral Anotnio Guterres "has made clear his concerns, both about the recent incidents and also the rhetoric from various quarters." | He's made it clear that it would be a catastrophe to have any escalation in the Gulf region", added Mr. Haq. "He has urged all sides to show nerves of steel, and he i…

Staff (2019-06-24). Headlines for June 24, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Announces New Iran Sanctions Days After Aborted Military Strike, Trump Delays ICE Roundups Amid Democratic Pushback, Columnist E. Jean Carroll Accuses Trump of Raping Her in 1990s, Turkey's Ruling AK Party Loses Istanbul Mayoral Race in Election Do-Over, Ethiopian Army Chief and Local Gov. Killed in Attempted Coup, 1000s of Climate Activists Block German Coal Mining Operation, Extinction Rebellion Activists Call on New York Times to Improve and Increase Climate Crisis Reporting, Sen. Sanders Introduces Plan to Cancel All Student Debt, Pete Buttigieg Faces Hometown Backlash in Indiana over Police Shooting of…

2019-06-26: Social Media Postees

The U.S.-Iran Imbroglio: Dangerous Lessons To Be Learned
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-26
The bizarre decisions and events over a 48-hour period between the United States and Iran outlined the dangerous times that we are confronting and point to Donald Trump as the most dangerous aspect of all. Iran is a problem for U.S. interests, but not a genuine threat. The same cannot be said for Trump whose…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/26/the-u-s-iran…

The Ongoing Restructuring of the Greater Middle East
C. J. Hopkins | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-26
So, according to the corporate media, and to President Literally Hitler, himself, while America was sleeping last Friday morning, the U.S. Air Force was just minutes away from bombing the bejesus out of some desolate outposts somewhere in the Iranian desert and launching another catastrophic military blunder in the Middle East. At approximately 0400 Zulu …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/the-ongoing-r…

An Honorable Course in Iran: End Sanctions, Resume Dialogue
Kathy Kelly | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-26
Last week, Elham Pourtaher, an Iranian graduate student at the State University of New York in Albany, wrote about how U.S. policies cause suffering and trauma far beyond U.S. borders. Her diabetic father, for example, is in danger of losing access to medicines because sanctions against Iranian banks make it nearly impossible to pay for …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/an-honorable-…

Trump's Ministry of No Information
John Laforge | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-26
The Trump administration has halted, without explanation, the routine practice of reporting the current number of nuclear weapons in the US arsenal, the AP and United Press International report. The new secrecy will make it nearly impossible to estimate the true cost of nuclear weapons, to show adherence to arms control treaties, or to pressure…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/26/trumps-minis…

'Tough talking' Hunt vows to invade whoever Trump tells him to
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-06-25
Jeremy Hunt is trying to show what big, massive balls he has by talking about 'war' and 'defence' and shit. As part of that, he's released a statement showing what a tough guy he is. He said: I am prepared to go to war with anyone — that's anyone — who America tells me to. | UK could join US military action against Iran, Jeremy Hunt says t.co/ALcidZliXf pic.twitter.com/tKr51Qul9r | — ITV News (…
thecanary.co/off-the-perch/2019/06/25/tough-talking-hunt-vows-to-invade-whoever-trump-tells-him-to/

Iran Not Looking for War with US: Rouhani
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-25
Iran is not interested in beginning a war with the United States, the nation's president, Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday during a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron, Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reports. | RELATED: New Sanctions Mean 'Permanent Closure of Path to Diplomacy': Iran | "If the Americans want to violate the waters or airspace of Iran again, Iran's armed forces have a duty to confront them and they will have a decisive clash," Rouhani said, referri…
telesurenglish.net/news/Iran-Not-Looking…

As Trump Imposes New Sanctions, Iran Says U.S. Has "Permanently Closed Path to Diplomacy"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-25
President Trump announced Monday his administration is imposing a new round of sanctions on Iran, targeting several prominent Iranians including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iran's top diplomat, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Iran said the move "permanently closed the path to diplomacy" between Iran and the United States. The latest tension comes after the downing of a U.S. drone by Iran on Thursday. Iran maintains the drone had entered its airspace, while the U.S. claims the drone was in international waters. The U.S. military prepared to directly attack Iran in retaliation, but Trump report…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/25/iran_war_…

How to Start an Unnecessary War: Targeting Iran Started Before 2016
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-25
I confess to being mystified by those Americans who lean conservative, like myself, who continue to think that President Donald J. Trump is somehow doing a good job. To be sure, the economy continues to add mostly low paying jobs …
globalresearch.ca/how-start-unnecessary-…

Iran 'violates' nuclear deal, after U.S. 'withdraws'
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-06-25
Quick question: Does the U.S. ever break, breach or violate its international agreements? | Source…
mronline.org/2019/06/25/iran-violates-nu…

Boston activists protest U.S. threats against Iran
Workers World Boston bureau | workers.org | 2019-06-25
Approximately 75 peace activists gathered in downtown Boston, outside the Park Street Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority station, on June 22 to denounce U.S. war threats against Iran. The action came just two days after the news that U.S. President Donald Trump had called off a military strike against Iran just . . . | Continue reading Boston activists protest U.S. threats against Iran at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/06/25/boston-activists-…

Trump imposes new sanctions amid continuing war threat against Iran
wsws.org | 2019-06-25
The latest sanctions, largely symbolic, do little except escalate tensions as the threat of armed conflict remains on a hair trigger.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/25/iran…

Instigators of a Persian Gulf Crisis
Rannie Amiri | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-25
Recent weeks have seen tensions between the United States and Iran soar, initially after a May 2019 incident in which four commercial vessels were struck in the Gulf of Oman (two Saudi oil tankers, one Norwegian and an Emirati ship), ebb thereafter and escalate yet again when a similar attack took place a month later…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/25/instigators-…

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-…

How Iran Decided to Down a US Drone and Narrowly Averted War by Sparing Another US Plane
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-25
Iran averted all-out war in the Middle East at the last moment when the Central command and control operational room of its Army and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ordered not to shoot down a US Navy anti-submarine warfare, …
globalresearch.ca/how-iran-decided-down-…

'Tough talking' Hunt vows to invade whoever Trump tells him to
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-06-25
Jeremy Hunt is trying to show what big, massive balls he has by talking about 'war' and 'defence' and shit. As part of that, he's released a statement showing what a tough guy he is. He said: I am prepared to go to war with anyone — that's anyone — who America tells me to. | UK could join US military action against Iran, Jeremy Hunt says t.co/ALcidZliXf pic.twitter.com/tKr51Qul9r | — ITV News (…
thecanary.co/off-the-perch/2019/06/25/tough-talking-hunt-vows-to-invade-whoever-trump-tells-him-to/

Protests in New Dehli Against US 'Imperialism' and Sanctions
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-25
Hundreds of activists marched Tuesday in the Indian capital to protest the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, denouncing the aggressive foreign policy in the Middle East and South America. | RELATED: | One of India's Major Cities Fights for Drinkable Water | Protestors, including students, teachers, leftist polical leaders, demanded the end of U.S. sanctions against the governments of Venezuela, Iran and Cuba, calling them "imperialist." | The demonstrations were convoked by…
telesurenglish.net/news/Protests-in-New-…

Iran 'violates' nuclear deal, after U.S. 'withdraws'
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-06-25
Quick question: Does the U.S. ever break, breach or violate its international agreements? | Source…
mronline.org/2019/06/25/iran-violates-nu…

Iranian President Says White House 'Afflicted by Mental Retardation'
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-25
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran warned Tuesday that new U.S. sanctions targeting its supreme leader and other top officials meant "closing the doors of diplomacy" between Tehran and Washington amid heightened tensions, even as the country's president derided the White House as being "afflicted by mental retardation." | President Hassan Rouhani went on to call the sanctions against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei "outrageous and idiotic," especially since the 80-year-old Shiite cleric has no plans to travel to the United States. | Yet the sharp response from Tehran shows the pressure that the nation's Shiite theoc…
truthdig.com/articles/iranian-president-…

New Sanctions Mean 'Permanent Closure of Path to Diplomacy': Iran
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-25
Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi hit back Tuesday at the new sanctions announced a day earlier by the White House, where he warned that the new moves by the U.S. represent a "permanent closure of path to diplomacy", signaling a significant escalation of tensions between the two countries. | RELATED: | Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Iran, Including Supreme Leader | U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin outlined the details of the new sanctions on Monday at a pre…
telesurenglish.net/news/New-Sanctions-Me…

New Sanctions Mean 'Permanent Closure of Path to Diplomacy': Iran
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-25
Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi hit back Tuesday at the new sanctions announced a day earlier by the White House, where he warned that the new moves by the U.S. represent a "permanent closure of path to diplomacy," signaling a significant escalation of tensions between the two countries. | RELATED: | Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Iran, Including Supreme Leader | U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin outlined the details of the new sanctions on Monday at a pre…
telesurenglish.net/news/New-Sanctions-Me…

As Conflict With Iran Escalates, Path To Peace Can Be Found
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-25
The recent escalation of conflict between the United States and Iran threatens another US military quagmire that would create crisis and chaos in Iran, the region and perhaps globally as well as costing the US trillions of dollars. The US needs to change course — a deeply wrong course it has been on regarding Iran …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/as-conflict-w…

Trump Rejected Attacking Iran: "We Don't Need Any More Wars"
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-25
(ANTIWAR.COM) — The Wall Street Journal is reporting in increasing detail on President Trump's Thursday decision to not attack Iran, providing reports from aides that described Trump as very reluctant to be dragged into another war. Trump reportedly told one of his confidants of his inner circle that "these people want to push us into war… it's so disgusting." He …

Trump Rejected Attacking Iran: "We Don’t Need Any More Wars"

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 …
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Poll Shows Strong Majority of Americans Oppose Attacking Iran
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-25
(ANTIWAR.COM) — While officials have denied that there was any political component to the US not attacking Iran on Thursday, a newly released poll from Hill-HarrisX, taken over the weekend, shows that a strong majority of American voters oppose such an attack. The poll showed 58 percent favored a non-military approach, with 48 percent calling for diplomacy and …

Poll Shows Strong Majority of Americans Oppose Attacking Iran

Iran Barred from Closed UN Security Council Session Pertaining the US Threats against Iran
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-25
On Monday at the Trump regime's request, Security Council members met in closed session on the mid-June Gulf of Oman and earlier hostile incidents last month. | Iran was barred from attending to stress it had nothing to do with what …
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Only 19% of Americans want military strike on Iran
rt.com | 2019-06-25
Less than one quarter of Americans want the US to take military action against Iran, a new poll has found, amid rising tensions between Tehran and Washington. | …
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Bernie warns the 'drums of war are beating in Washington again'
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-25
In a recent op-ed article, Sen. Bernie Sanders warned against the Trump administration potentially declaring war against Iran after the downing of a U.S. military drone and other reported events. Sanders asserted that a war with Iran would be an "absolute disaster." | On Friday, The Guardian published an op-ed written by Sanders titled, "We must stop the US from going to war with Iran." | In the article, Sanders wrote, "Just today we learned that the US came very clos…
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Bernie warns the 'drums of war are beating in Washington again'
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-25
In a recent op-ed article, Sen. Bernie Sanders warned against the Trump administration potentially declaring war against Iran after the downing of a U.S. military drone and other reported events. Sanders asserted that a war with Iran would be an "absolute disaster." | On Friday, The Guardian published an op-ed written by Sanders titled, "We must stop the US from going to war with Iran." | In the article, Sanders wrote, "Just today we learned that the US came very clos…
nationofchange.org/2019/06/25/bernie-war…

Protests in New Dehli Against US 'Imperialism' and Sanctions
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-25
Hundreds of activists marched Tuesday in the Indian capital to protest the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, denouncing the aggressive foreign policy in the Middle East and South America. | RELATED: | One of India's Major Cities Fights for Drinkable Water | Protestors, including students, teachers, leftist polical leaders, demanded the end of U.S. sanctions against the governments of Venezuela, Iran and Cuba, calling them "imperialist." | The demonstrations were convoked by…
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Iran and the big lie behind U.S. power
Deirdre Griswold | workers.org | 2019-06-25
Within minutes on June 20, President Donald Trump first authorized and then canceled a U.S. military strike on Iran. The reasons he gave for stopping the planned attack were "humanitarian." However, consideration for human lives has not stopped this U.S. president before, whether it was his approval of so many . . . | Continue reading Iran and the big lie behind U.S. power at Workers.org
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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.
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The New Anti-War Movement
Allegra Harpootlian | thenation.com | 2019-06-25
The New Anti-War Movement…
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Trump Sanctions Iran's Spiritual Leader and Top Officials
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-25
U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he has sanctioned the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top Iranian officials, taking a dramatic, unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone. | RELATED: | Saudi FM Warns Iran Will 'Pay the Price' in Recent Row With US | Trump told reporters the sanctions were in part a response to last week's downing of a U.S. drone by Iran, but would have happened…
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U.N. urges for calm from U.S. and Iran
Jerry Omondi | cgtn.com | 2019-06-25
The United Nations has urged the U.S. and Iran to remain calm amid rising tensions between the two sides, following the downing of a U.S. drone by Iran last week. | Speaking at a regular briefing for reporters at the U.N. Headquarters, Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said that the body's Secretary‚ÄëGeneral Anotnio Guterres "has made clear his concerns, both about the recent incidents and also the rhetoric from various quarters." | He's made it clear that it would be a catastrophe to have any escalation in the Gulf region", added Mr. Haq. "He has urged all sides to show nerves of steel, and he i…
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Iran Not Looking for War with US: Rouhani
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-25
Iran is not interested in beginning a war with the United States, the nation's president, Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday during a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron, Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reports. | RELATED: New Sanctions Mean 'Permanent Closure of Path to Diplomacy': Iran | "If the Americans want to violate the waters or airspace of Iran again, Iran's armed forces have a duty to confront them and they will have a decisive clash," Rouhani said, referri…
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'They Despise Diplomacy, and Thirst for War': Iran Accuses Trump of Closing Path to Peace With New Sanctions
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-25
"Trump's desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Trump Rejected Attacking Iran: "We Don't Need Any More Wars"
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-25
(ANTIWAR.COM) — The Wall Street Journal is reporting in increasing detail on President Trump's Thursday decision to not attack Iran, providing reports from aides that described Trump as very reluctant to be dragged into another war. Trump reportedly told one of his confidants of his inner circle that "these people want to push us into war… it's so disgusting." He …

Trump Rejected Attacking Iran: "We Don’t Need Any More Wars"

Video: Trump Stopped Strike on Iran, but Tensions Continued to Grow
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-25
Tensions continued to grow in the Persian Gulf region after the shoot-down of a $110 million U.S. RQ-4A Global Hawk surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps over the Straight of Hormuz on June 20. | According …
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Divine Missions of Destruction: Why a US War with Iran is Virtually Inevitable
Ali A. Taj | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-25
All the chips are in place, the box of matches lies open awaiting a single errant spark to set it ablaze. Whether that spark is introduced intentionally or accidentally is irrelevant to its ability to give the Washington hawks what they've been impatiently pining for.
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Instigators of a Persian Gulf Crisis
Rannie Amiri | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-25
Recent weeks have seen tensions between the United States and Iran soar, initially after a May 2019 incident in which four commercial vessels were struck in the Gulf of Oman (two Saudi oil tankers, one Norwegian and an Emirati ship), ebb thereafter and escalate yet again when a similar attack took place a month later on the Japanese Kokuka Courageous and Norwegian Front Altair tankers, also in the Gulf of Oman.
counterpunch.org/2019/06/25/instigators-…

Iran crisis: Which side are you on?
Editor | workers.org | 2019-06-25
The war crisis that the gang in Trump's White House has unleashed in the Strait of Hormuz has many facets and complications worth analyzing. It is a conflict within the U.S. ruling class, even within the administration. It involves disagreements among the usual imperialist U.S. allies who fear the consequences . . . | Continue reading Iran crisis: Which side are you on? at Workers.org
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The Hybrid War Against Iran
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2019-06-25
In 1953, the U.S.—with the UK—overthrew the democratically elected government of Mohammed Mossadeq and over the course of the next two decades provided full support to the unpopular government of the shah of Iran. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Don't Iraq Iran
Martha Hubert | indybay.org | 2019-06-25
Downtown San Francisco | We'll be near the escalator to/from BART/MUNI | near the trolley turn around.
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Near-war on Iran: US war machine 'cocked & loaded'
Mazda Majidi | liberationnews.org | 2019-06-25
A new U.S. war of aggression in the Middle East was narrowly averted. If President Trump's account is to be believed, the operation to launch military strikes on Iran had already started when Trump decided to call it off at the last minute. "We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different …
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Pompeo's "Indo-Pacific" Tour Is Aimed Against Iran and China
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-25
The Secretary of State is on a tour of the Indo-Pacific region that will take him to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, India, Japan, and South Korea by the time it concludes next week, with the aim of this global voyage …
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The New Anti-War Movement
Allegra Harpootlian | thenation.com | 2019-06-25
| A younger generation skeptical of the US military is moving beyond street protests and into the halls of power.
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Trump May Already be in Too Deep to Avoid War With Iran
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-25
President Trump's last-minute change of mind over launching US airstrikes against Iran shows that a military conflict of some description in the Gulf is becoming highly probable. His hesitation was most likely less connected with an Iranian surface-to-air missile shooting down a US surveillance drone than with his instinct that militarising the crisis is not in America's best…
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Emergency Rally – No U.S. War on Iran! End the Sanctions Now!
ANSWER Coalition | indybay.org | 2019-06-25
24th and Mission St. BART Plaza…
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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-…

L'Europa nella strategia nucleare del Pentagono
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-25
I ministri della Difesa della Nato (per l'Italia Elisabetta Trenta, M5S) sono stati convocati a Bruxelles, il 26 e 27 giugno, per approvare le nuove misure di ´deterrenza ª contro la Russia, accusata senza alcuna prova di aver violato il Trattato …
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