2019-02-18: News Headlines

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…

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…

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…

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

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

Eric Margolis (2019-02-18). Hate-fest in Warsaw. globalresearch.ca Warsaw, Poland is not a fun place to visit in darkest February, but that is where the US just staged an anti-Iranian jamboree of 60 client states that brought derision and scorn from Europeans and much of the Mideast. | The …

Massoud Nayeri (2019-02-18). Venezuela, Iran and the Chaotic Imperialists! globalresearch.ca The drum beat of the warmongers in the U.S. undeniably is loud. The preparation for the "regime change" in Venezuela and Iran is in full speed. However, it looks like the warmongers are finding it difficult to take direct military …

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, […]

Nuclear Free Olympic Games 2020 (2019-02-18). 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.

teleSUR (2019-02-17). Iran: US 'Pathological Obsessed', Israel Looking For War. telesurenglish.net Iran's foreign minister told attendees of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) that Israel is "looking for war" and that the United States is "putting international law on the shelf." | RELATED: | Leaders of Russia, Turkey, Iran Meet to Discuss Syria's Future | While addressing the over 450 high-ranking world leaders at the annual event in Munich Sunday, Mohammad Javad Zarif went on to criticize U.S. Vice Pre…

Middle East Eye (2019-02-17). Rouhani Says Iran is Ready for Improved Relations with Gulf States. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Tehran wants to co-operate with its Gulf neighbors, after decades of hostility and proxy wars, even as the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard hit out at the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. "Iran is ready to work with regional states to preserve security in the Middle …

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…

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 →

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 […]

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…

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…

2019-02-18: Social Media Postees

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…

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

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, […] | The post Summit in Sochi, US in a state of emergency, tragedy in Iran appeared first on United World International.
uwidata.com/2258-summit-in-sochi-us-in-a…

Venezuela, Iran and the Chaotic Imperialists!
Massoud Nayeri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-18
The drum beat of the warmongers in the U.S. undeniably is loud. The preparation for the "regime change" in Venezuela and Iran is in full speed. However, it looks like the warmongers are finding it difficult to take direct military … | The post Venezuela, Iran and the Chaotic Imperialists! appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-iran-and-the…

Hate-fest in Warsaw
Eric Margolis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-18
Warsaw, Poland is not a fun place to visit in darkest February, but that is where the US just staged an anti-Iranian jamboree of 60 client states that brought derision and scorn from Europeans and much of the Mideast. | The … | The post Hate-fest in Warsaw appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/hate-fest-in-warsaw/56…

International Campaign "Tokyo 2020 – The Radioactive Olympics"
Nuclear Free Olympic Games 2020 | indybay.org | 2019-02-18
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…

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. | The post Warsaw Conference's War with Iran Agenda, Met with Low Level Delegations from European Allies appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/warsaw-conferenc…

Iran: US 'Pathological Obsessed', Israel Looking For War
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-17
Iran's foreign minister told attendees of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) that Israel is "looking for war" and that the United States is "putting international law on the shelf." | RELATED: | Leaders of Russia, Turkey, Iran Meet to Discuss Syria's Future | While addressing the over 450 high-ranking world leaders at the annual event in Munich Sunday, Mohammad Javad Zarif went on to criticize U.S. Vice Pre…
telesurenglish.net/news/Iran-US-Patholog…

Rouhani Says Iran is Ready for Improved Relations with Gulf States
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-17
(MEE) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Tehran wants to co-operate with its Gulf neighbors, after decades of hostility and proxy wars, even as the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard hit out at the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. "Iran is ready to work with regional states to preserve security in the Middle …

Rouhani Says Iran is Ready for Improved Relations with Gulf States

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 […] | The post Why Did The Iran Hostage Crisis Happen? appeared first on United World International.
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 […] | The post Can Turkey change its status of non-nuclear weapons status? appeared first on United World International.
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…

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…

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…

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 […] | The post Globalists organize anti-Iranian circus in Warsaw appeared first on United World International.
uwidata.com/2214-globalists-organize-ant…

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. | The post As Giuliani Calls for Regime Change in Iran, Netanyahu Raises the Specter of "War" appeared first on The Intercept.
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…

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…