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2019-02-19: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-19). Iran Is Being Tricked into Making Balochistan the New Kurdistan. globalresearch.ca The transnational region of Balochistan risks becoming another Kurdistan-like fault line as long as Iran continues to be tricked into worsening relations with Pakistan, with the worst-case scenario being that the Golden Ring's weakest link undermines the entire geopolitical project …

Masud Wadan (2019-02-19). Who's Behind the Attacks in Iran? Pakistan Has to Choose Between Saudi Arabia and Iran. globalresearch.ca Historically, Pakistan has no feud with Iran and the latter was the first to recognize Pakistan when it gained independence in 1947, but siding with Saudi Arabia will keep Iran at arm's length from Pakistan. A terrorist attack targeted a …

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-19). Warsaw summit turned into an anti-Iran conclave by US, Israel. peoplesdispatch.org US vice-president, Mike Pence, urged EU countries to withdraw from the Iran deal, while the Israeli prime minister Netanyahu tweeted his intentions to start a war with Iran.

Great Game India (2019-02-19). Suicide Bombings in India and Iran. globalresearch.ca On the afternoon of 14th February, 2019 a convoy of vehicles along the Indian Jammu Srinagar National Highway carrying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was targeted by terrorists with a car bomb at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. …

Nuclear Free Olympic Games 2020 (2019-02-19). International Campaign "Tokyo 2020 – The Radioactive Olympics" indybay.org There is an international campaign against having part of the Olympic games only 50 km from the Fukushima nuclear plants and opposing all nuclear plants in Japan and throughout the world.

WSWS (2019-02-19). Indian government intensifies retaliatory threats against Pakistan. wsws.org Any Indian military strike could easily lead to a tit-for-tat escalation and rapidly cascade into an all-out war between South Asia's rival nuclear-armed states.

Chris Hedges (2019-02-18). Trump's Withdrawal From the Iran Nuclear Deal Invites Disaster (Video). truthdig.com In the latest episode of "On Contact," Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges examines the dangers of President Donald Trump's decision to dismantle the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal. Hedges is joined by fellow Truthdig contributor and former weapons inspector for the United Nations in Iraq Scott Ritter, who accuses former CIA director and current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of a "dereliction of duty." | "This is another example of the United State…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-18). Headlines for February 18, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Faces Legal & Political Challenges After Calling Nat'l Emergency, NYC: Protesters Take to Streets After Nat'l Emergency Declaration, Aurora, IL Gunman Kills 5, Injures 6 After Being Terminated, Venezuela Ejects European Lawmakers as Aid Standoff Ratchets Up, Sen. Rubio Steps Up Attacks on Cuba While in Colombia, Iran Says Israel and U.S. Escalating Chance of War in Middle East, Haitian Gov't Announces Spending Cuts in Attempt to Quell Unrest, Nigeria: Bomb Kills At Least 8, Hours Before Gov't Postpones Elections, Pope Francis Defrocks Cardinal McCarrick over Sexual Abuse Crimes, SCOTUS to Hear Trump Admin's…

teleSUR (2019-02-18). Albanian Protesters Attempt to Storm Prime Minister's Residence. telesurenglish.net Chaos ensued Saturday as thousands of protestors swarmed Albania's capital, Tirana, to confront Prime Minister Edi Rama at his residence, which led to clashes with police. | RELATED: | US Seizes Albanian Retiree's Life Savings Without Explanation | According to RT, Rama has been facing calls to resign from the opposition Democratic Party, having been accused of corruption pertaining to the construction of a highway around Tirana. | Issuing a speech during a press conference, Dem…

Robert Fisk (2019-02-18). What Happened to the Remains of Khashoggi's Predecessor? counterpunch.org Ghadanfar Rokon Abadi was Iran's senior intelligence officer in Beirut in the late 1990s. I met him many times and he was always frank about Iran's support for Hezbollah in Lebanon; he even spoke to students at a Christian university in east Beirut to explain why his country supported Syria. He was not very convincing: More

Dave Lindorff (2019-02-18). It's Not Just Trump and the Republicans. counterpunch.org There is a lot of talk lately in the liberal media about how President Trump and his Neocon advisors John Bolton (National Security Advisor) and Mike Pompeo (Secretary of State) along with his acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, are moving the country and the world dangerously closer to a catastrophic global nuclear war with the More

unitedEditor (2019-02-18). Summit in Sochi, US in a state of emergency, tragedy in Iran. uwidata.com Summit in Sochi The fourth summit of the Astana process on the settlement of the crisis in Syria was held on February 14 in Sochi. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan considers the summit to have been an important step. "The Summit in Sochi was very efficient and useful. The second round of talks began with Sochi, …

Frida Berrigan (2019-02-18). 25 Years in Jail for Protecting the Planet? thenation.com 25 Years in Jail for Protecting the Planet?

unitedEditor (2019-02-16). Why Did The Iran Hostage Crisis Happen? uwidata.com The Islamic Republic of Iran recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, a revolution which turned an American ally to an American enemy. Some still try to analyze the reasons why Iranian students attacked the US embassy at the beginning during the revolution and created a dispute which not only led to a …

unitedEditor (2019-02-15). Can Turkey change its status of non-nuclear weapons status? uwidata.com On the background of the US and Russia's withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), one can hear increasingly often that Turkey might change its status in the emerging new international layout and change its status of a non-nuclear weapons state. Herein we'll consider the possibility of a step of this kind. It is …

amnesty (2019-02-15). Myanmar: Ko Ni murder verdict leaves questions unanswered. amnesty.org Responding to the conviction of four people in connection with the assassination of prominent lawyer Ko Ni in Myanmar, Amnesty International's Director of Crisis Response, Tirana Hassan, said: | | "Despite today's verdict, serious questions remain about whether all those responsible have been brought to justice. Myanmar's authorities have shown time and…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-14). Headlines for February 14, 2019. democracynow.org Congress to Vote on Spending Bill with $1.4 Billion for Border Wall, Mexico: Migrant Asylum Seekers Imprisoned in Abandoned Factory, House Votes to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War in Yemen, EU Adds Saudi Arabia, U.S. Territories to "Dirty Money" Blacklist, Afghan Taliban to Meet U.S. Envoys in Pakistan for Peace Talks, U.S. Bombings in Afghanistan Approached Record Levels in 2018, Iran: Suicide Bomber Kills 27 Revolutionary Guard Members, Trump Administration Convenes Anti-Iran Summit in Warsaw, Giuliani Calls for Regime Change in Iran at Rally Hosted by Terrorist-Linked Group, NYT: Trump Admin Expanded Progra…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-14). Ilhan Omar Grills Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams on His Role in US-Backed Genocide in 1980s. democracynow.org The new U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday on U.S. efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Abrams spoke three weeks after the U.S. recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new president. Since then, the U.S. has placed sweeping sanctions on Venezuela's state-run oil company and rejected calls for an international dialogue to resolve the crisis. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatem…

unitedEditor (2019-02-14). Globalists organize anti-Iranian circus in Warsaw. uwidata.com A sixty-nation conference initiated by the US opened in Warsaw on Wednesday. Although its official motto is security in the Middle East, its sessions focus on how to entice different countries to form an alliance for wielding pressure on Iran, an object of the Trump Administration's hate. When the US authorities announced the Warsaw summit …

Consortiumnews (2019-02-14). The Most Dangerous Weapon Ever Rolls Off the Nuclear Assembly Line. consortiumnews.com An era-shaping threshold is being crossed at a weapons plant in the high plains country of the Texas Panhandle, writes James Carroll. By James Carroll TomDispatch.com Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first… Read more →

Robert Mackey (2019-02-13). As Giuliani Calls for Regime Change in Iran, Netanyahu Raises the Specter of "War" theintercept.com It was supposed to be secret that the Middle East conference in Warsaw was really about confronting Iran, then Giuliani and Netanyahu showed up.

Lawrence Wittner (2019-02-07). Don't Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament‚ÄïUnless They're Pushed to Do So. zcomm.org At the beginning of February 2019, the two leading nuclear powers took an official step toward resumption of the nuclear arms race. On February 1, the U.S. government, charging Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, announced that it would pull out of the agreement and develop new intermediate-range missiles banned by it. Read more…

Noam Chomsky (2019-02-01). Moral Depravity Defines U.S. Politics. zcomm.org Humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war. These were virtually ignored in the campaign rhetoric and general coverage…

Jon Rainwater (2019-01-31). INF Treaty Latest Victim of Trump's Nuclear Petulance. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 31, 2018 — Ahead of the Trump administration's expected suspension of U.S. obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and formal announcement of its intention to withdraw from the treaty, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "The INF Treaty put the kibosh on a class …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-01-30). No-First-Use Bill Would Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2018 — In response to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introducing legislation to establish a policy that the U.S. will not use nuclear weapons first, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-01-29). Congress Can and Should Restrict the First Use of Nuclear Weapons. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 29, 2018 — In response to Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) re-introducing the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act (H.R. 669 / S. 200), legislation to prevent the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a congressional declaration of war, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director …

Lawrence Wittner (2019-01-24). As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety. zcomm.org Ever since the U.S. atomic bombings of Japanese cities in August 1945, a specter has haunted the world‚Äïthe specter of nuclear annihilation. The latest report from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, issued on January 24, reminds us that the prospect of nuclear catastrophe remains all too real. Citing the extraordinary danger of nuclear disaster, Read more…

2019-02-19: Social Media Postees

Warsaw summit turned into an anti-Iran conclave by US, Israel
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-19
US vice-president, Mike Pence, urged EU countries to withdraw from the Iran deal, while the Israeli prime minister Netanyahu tweeted his intentions to start a war with Iran.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/19/4371-wars…

Who's Behind the Attacks in Iran? Pakistan Has to Choose Between Saudi Arabia and Iran
Masud Wadan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-19
Historically, Pakistan has no feud with Iran and the latter was the first to recognize Pakistan when it gained independence in 1947, but siding with Saudi Arabia will keep Iran at arm's length from Pakistan. A terrorist attack targeted a …
globalresearch.ca/whos-behind-the-attack…

Iran Is Being Tricked into Making Balochistan the New Kurdistan
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-19
The transnational region of Balochistan risks becoming another Kurdistan-like fault line as long as Iran continues to be tricked into worsening relations with Pakistan, with the worst-case scenario being that the Golden Ring's weakest link undermines the entire geopolitical project …
globalresearch.ca/irans-tricked-making-b…

Suicide Bombings in India and Iran
Great Game India | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-19
On the afternoon of 14th February, 2019 a convoy of vehicles along the Indian Jammu Srinagar National Highway carrying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was targeted by terrorists with a car bomb at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. …
globalresearch.ca/suicide-bombings-in-in…

International Campaign "Tokyo 2020 – The Radioactive Olympics"
Nuclear Free Olympic Games 2020 | indybay.org | 2019-02-19
There is an international campaign against having part of the Olympic games only 50 km from the Fukushima nuclear plants and opposing all nuclear plants in Japan and throughout the world.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/17/1882122…

Indian government intensifies retaliatory threats against Pakistan
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-19
Any Indian military strike could easily lead to a tit-for-tat escalation and rapidly cascade into an all-out war between South Asia's rival nuclear-armed states.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/19/kash…

Trump's Withdrawal From the Iran Nuclear Deal Invites Disaster (Video)
Chris Hedges | truthdig.com | 2019-02-18
In the latest episode of "On Contact," Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges examines the dangers of President Donald Trump's decision to dismantle the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal. Hedges is joined by fellow Truthdig contributor and former weapons inspector for the United Nations in Iraq Scott Ritter, who accuses former CIA director and current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of a "dereliction of duty." | "This is another example of the United State…
truthdig.com/videos/trumps-withdrawal-fr…

Albanian Protesters Attempt to Storm Prime Minister's Residence
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-18
Chaos ensued Saturday as thousands of protestors swarmed Albania's capital, Tirana, to confront Prime Minister Edi Rama at his residence, which led to clashes with police. | RELATED: | US Seizes Albanian Retiree's Life Savings Without Explanation | According to RT, Rama has been facing calls to resign from the opposition Democratic Party, having been accused of corruption pertaining to the construction of a highway around Tirana. | Issuing a speech during a press conference, Dem…
telesurenglish.net/news/Albanian-Protest…

What Happened to the Remains of Khashoggi's Predecessor?
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-18
Ghadanfar Rokon Abadi was Iran's senior intelligence officer in Beirut in the late 1990s. I met him many times and he was always frank about Iran's support for Hezbollah in Lebanon; he even spoke to students at a Christian university in east Beirut to explain why his country supported Syria. He was not very convincing:…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/18/what-happene…

It's Not Just Trump and the Republicans
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-18
There is a lot of talk lately in the liberal media about how President Trump and his Neocon advisors John Bolton (National Security Advisor) and Mike Pompeo (Secretary of State) along with his acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, are moving the country and the world dangerously closer to a catastrophic global nuclear war with the…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/18/its-not-just…

Summit in Sochi, US in a state of emergency, tragedy in Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-18
Summit in Sochi The fourth summit of the Astana process on the settlement of the crisis in Syria was held on February 14 in Sochi. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan considers the summit to have been an important step. "The Summit in Sochi was very efficient and useful. The second round of talks began with Sochi, …
uwidata.com/2258-summit-in-sochi-us-in-a…

25 Years in Jail for Protecting the Planet?
Frida Berrigan | thenation.com | 2019-02-18
25 Years in Jail for Protecting the Planet?
thenation.com/article/nuclear-activism-k…

Warsaw Conference's War with Iran Agenda, Met with Low Level Delegations from European Allies
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-17
Pompeo, Netanyahu urged Arab leaders to consolidate and prepare for war with Iran at Warsaw Conference. Europe sent low level delegations. A leaked video from the conference reveals that Arab leaders are ready to abandon solidarity with Palestinians. We speak with Vijay Prashad for analysis.
therealnews.com/stories/warsaw-conferenc…

Why Did The Iran Hostage Crisis Happen?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-16
The Islamic Republic of Iran recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, a revolution which turned an American ally to an American enemy. Some still try to analyze the reasons why Iranian students attacked the US embassy at the beginning during the revolution and created a dispute which not only led to a …
uwidata.com/2238-why-did-the-iran-hostag…

Can Turkey change its status of non-nuclear weapons status?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-15
On the background of the US and Russia's withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), one can hear increasingly often that Turkey might change its status in the emerging new international layout and change its status of a non-nuclear weapons state. Herein we'll consider the possibility of a step of this kind. It is …
uwidata.com/2228-can-turkey-change-its-s…

Myanmar: Ko Ni murder verdict leaves questions unanswered
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-15
Responding to the conviction of four people in connection with the assassination of prominent lawyer Ko Ni in Myanmar, Amnesty International's Director of Crisis Response, Tirana Hassan, said: | | "Despite today's verdict, serious questions remain about whether all those responsible have been brought to justice. Myanmar's authorities have shown time and…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/02/myanm…

Globalists organize anti-Iranian circus in Warsaw
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-14
A sixty-nation conference initiated by the US opened in Warsaw on Wednesday. Although its official motto is security in the Middle East, its sessions focus on how to entice different countries to form an alliance for wielding pressure on Iran, an object of the Trump Administration's hate. When the US authorities announced the Warsaw summit …
uwidata.com/2214-globalists-organize-ant…

Ilhan Omar Grills Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams on His Role in US-Backed Genocide in 1980s
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-14
The new U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday on U.S. efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Abrams spoke three weeks after the U.S. recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new president. Since then, the U.S. has placed sweeping sanctions on Venezuela's state-run oil company and rejected calls for an international dialogue to resolve the crisis. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatem…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/14/ilhan_oma…

The Most Dangerous Weapon Ever Rolls Off the Nuclear Assembly Line
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-14
An era-shaping threshold is being crossed at a weapons plant in the high plains country of the Texas Panhandle, writes James Carroll. By James Carroll TomDispatch.com Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/14/the-most-d…

As Giuliani Calls for Regime Change in Iran, Netanyahu Raises the Specter of "War"
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-02-13
It was supposed to be secret that the Middle East conference in Warsaw was really about confronting Iran, then Giuliani and Netanyahu showed up.
theintercept.com/2019/02/13/iran-netanya…

Don't Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament―Unless They're Pushed to Do So
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2019-02-07
At the beginning of February 2019, the two leading nuclear powers took an official step toward resumption of the nuclear arms race. On February 1, the U.S. government, charging Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, announced that it would pull out of the agreement and develop new intermediate-range missiles banned by it. Read…
zcomm.org/zblogs/dont-expect-rulers-of-n…

Moral Depravity Defines U.S. Politics
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2019-02-01
Humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war. These were virtually ignored in the campaign rhetoric and general coverage…
zcomm.org/zmagazine/moral-depravity-defi…

INF Treaty Latest Victim of Trump's Nuclear Petulance
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2019-01-31
Washington, D.C. — January 31, 2018 — Ahead of the Trump administration's expected suspension of U.S. obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and formal announcement of its intention to withdraw from the treaty, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "The INF Treaty put the kibosh on a class …
peaceaction.org/2019/01/31/inf-treaty-la…

No-First-Use Bill Would Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-01-30
Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2018 — In response to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introducing legislation to establish a policy that the U.S. will not use nuclear weapons first, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: …
peaceaction.org/2019/01/30/no-first-use-…

Congress Can and Should Restrict the First Use of Nuclear Weapons
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-01-29
Washington, D.C. — January 29, 2018 — In response to Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) re-introducing the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act (H.R. 669 / S. 200), legislation to prevent the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a congressional declaration of war, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director …
peaceaction.org/2019/01/29/congress-can-…

As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2019-01-24
Ever since the U.S. atomic bombings of Japanese cities in August 1945, a specter has haunted the world‚Äïthe specter of nuclear annihilation. The latest report from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, issued on January 24, reminds us that the prospect of nuclear catastrophe remains all too real. Citing the extraordinary danger of nuclear disaster, Read…
zcomm.org/zblogs/as-nations-get-ready-fo…