2019-08-08: Social Media Postees

India Moves to Annex Territory, Heightening Tensions With Nuclear Rival Pakistan
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-08
| Tensions are escalating over the disputed region of Kashmir following India's revocation earlier this week of its special status, which granted the area some autonomy. Kashmir remains on lockdown, with internet and other communications blocked and leaders placed under house arrest. The Modi government has also deployed tens of thousands of additional troops in Kashmir. Pakistan announced Wednesday it would expel India's ambassador and stop its newly appointed envoy from assuming his po…

Kashmir Under Siege: India Moves to Annex Territory, Heightening Tensions with Nuclear Rival Pakistan
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-08
Tensions are escalating over the disputed region of Kashmir following India's revocation earlier this week of its special status, which granted the area some autonomy. Kashmir remains on lockdown, with internet and other communications blocked and leaders placed under house arrest. The Modi government has also deployed tens of thousands of additional troops in Kashmir. Pakistan announced Wednesday it would expel India's ambassador and stop its newly appointed envoy from assuming his position in New Delhi. It also announced it was cutting off all bilateral trade with India. We speak with three guests: Sanjay Kak,…

Hiroshima and the New Arms Race — No Winners
Robert Dodge | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-08
Seventy-four years ago today the United States dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan. This nuclear weapon resulted in the deaths of an estimated 140,000 individuals. Three days later on August 9, a similar attack was carried out on the city of Nagasaki, Japan killing an additional 80,000 people. These events changed…

Iran on the Precipice
Jonathan Power | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-08
There's never been a full-scale war between two nuclear-armed states. If Iran one day did cross the nuclear threshold the same deterrence will apply. No one rational would want to provoke their own incineration. Columbia University professor, Kenneth Waltz, the distinguished theorist on the conduct of war, wrote in Foreign Affairs that with Israel possessing…

Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan move closer to war after Kashmir annexation
Sweta Choudhury | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-08
Kashmir is back on a knife edge with the Indian government's outrageous unilateral decision to scrap article 370 of the Indian Constitution that has given Indian-administered Kashmir its special status since May 14, 1954. This catastrophic and unconstitutional decision taken under right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership will have far-reaching consequences and spark civil unrest …

Trump's 'diplomacy' in Iran is a cynical farce
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-08-07
The problem for any negotiations is that the U.S. position is untenable. The U.S. wants to prevent Iran from exercising its right under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (1968) to enrich uranium even to low levels. It is this impossible position by Washington that will prevent diplomacy. | Source…

Nuclear-Armed Pakistan, China Condemn India Over Kashmir Move
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-07
Pakistan said Wednesday it was downgrading diplomatic relations and suspending bilateral trade with neighbor India after its government scrapped Indian Occupied Kashmir's Special status Monday. | RELATED: | Kashmir Under Seige: Is India Using Israel's Colonial Playbook in Kashmir? | Nuclear-armed neighbors China and Pakistan, both o…

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the spies who prevented a criminal US with a nuclear monopoly from making more of them
Dave Lindorff | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-07
Seventy-four years ago yesterday, the U.S. dropped the first-ever atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, a non-military target of several hundred thousand, instantly vaporizing some 70,000 people, mostly civilians, and causing the painful, slower death of another 70,000 who died of burns and radioactive damage to their bodies over the next four months. Another …

Is Justin Trudeau Pro-Nukes?
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-07
Justin Trudeau presents himself as "progressive" on foreign affairs. The Liberals claim to have brought Canada "back" after the disastrous Harper Conservatives. But their nuclear weapons policy demonstrates the emptiness of this rhetoric. Reducing the chance nuclear weapons are used again should be a priority for any "progressive" government. But, powerful Canadian allies oppose nuclear …

Hiroshima Unlearned: Time to Tell the Truth About US Relations with Russia
Alice Slater | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-07
August 6th and 9th mark 74 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where only one nuclear bomb dropped on each city caused the deaths of up to 146,000 people in Hiroshima and 80,000 people in Nagasaki. Today, …

China Just Went Nuclear in the Trade War, and There Is No Turning Back Now
Michael Snyder | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-07
When will Americans start to wake up and realize what is happening? At the end of last week, President Trump announced that the U.S. would be imposing a 10 percent tariff on 300 billion dollars worth of Chinese imports, and …

US Secretary of State demands greater Australian involvement in war drive against China
wsws.org | 2019-08-06
The support for Pompeo's aggressive remarks in Canberra is a warning that behind its back, the Australian population has been placed on the frontline of a confrontation with China that threatens a catastrophic nuclear war.

'Cataclysmic events' in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, began 'global push' against nuclear weapons says Guterres, honouring victims
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-06
Paying homage to those who perished as the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, as well as the many others whose lives were devastated in the years that followed, UN chief António Guterres on Tuesday underscored their "courage and moral leadership" in reminding the world of "the human cost of nuclear war".

Hiroshima Mayor Urges Japan to Sign Nuclear Treaty, PM Refuses
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-06
Commemorating 74 years Tuesday since the atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Hiroshima's mayor, Kazumi Matsui, demanded Japan join the United Nations treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons. | RELATED: | North Korea Tests New Missile in Warning Message to South Korea | "I urge Japan's leaders to manifest the pacifism of t…

The end of the INF treaty is a blow to global disarmament
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-08-06
On August 2, the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was formalized. The treaty signed in 1987 had led to the destruction of over 2,600 missiles by the U.S. and Russia | Source…

Hiroshima and the New Arms Race—No Winners
Robert Dodge | commondreams.org | 2019-08-06
Nuclear war and climate change are the two existential threats we face today. (Photo: US Department of Defense) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/nuclearweapons.jpeg

Former US colonel blasts end of nuclear treaty as 'extremely dangerous'
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-08-06
On 2 August, Donald Trump's government officially withdrew from the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. US scientists warned that this decision would bring the world closer to a "doomsday scenario". And now, former US colonel Lawrence Wilkerson has spoken exclusively to The…

The Ongoing Call for Nuclear Abolition at Los Alamos
Rev. John Dear | commondreams.org | 2019-08-06
The sickness of our widespread gun violence epidemic is connected to the sickness of the nuclear weapons industry, and the numbness and despair among us allow these lethal epidemics to threaten us all. (Photo: John Dear) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-08-06_at_4.09.28_pm.png

UN chief laments ending of Cold War-era disarmament treaty
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-02
Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his "deep regret" on Friday that the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the United States and Russia came to an end.

US Withdrawal from INF Treaty Creates Greater Nuclear Instability
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-02
Sec. of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US is unilaterally withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which could have been re-negotiated if the US had acknowledged its own responsibility for the treaty's problems…

Warren Backs "No First Use" Nuclear Policy as Buttigieg Calls for Withdrawal from Afghanistan
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-31
While most of Tuesday's debate focused on domestic issues, Democratic candidates were briefly asked about nuclear weapons policy and the war in Afghanistan. Senator Elizabeth Warren defended her "no first use" policy on nuclear weapons, despite criticism from Montana Governor Steve Bullock. Meanwhile, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper sparred on whether the U.S. should withdraw from Afghanistan after 18 years of war.