Daily Archives: February 2, 2019

2019-02-02: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-02-02). The US scraps the INF treaty: Another step toward nuclear war. wsws.org The US withdrawal from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty marks a major escalation of US efforts to prop up its hegemony through military means.

Michael Steinberg (2019-02-02). How Will PG&E's Bankruptcy Affect Diablo Canyon Nuke/s Shutdown? indybay.org PG&E's bankrupcy filing will, among other things, affect the scheduled shutdown of its Diablo Canyon nuclear plant on Central California's coast. But how?>

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-02-01). Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar? counterpunch.org When the Trump administration unilaterally pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018 and announced it would reimpose sanctions against Iran, the European Union (EU) declared its commitment to preserving the agreement and finding ways for its companies to circumvent U.S. sanctions. Now, eight months later, the Europeans finally announced the creation of More

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies (2019-02-01). Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar? commondreams.org French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Drian (L), UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (C) and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas give a press conference on Iran at the Informal Meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers at the National Bank of Romania headquarters in Bucharest January 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-02-01). South Africa's Largest Union Protests Electricity Price Hike. telesurenglish.net The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the largest single trade union in the country, has demanded the Power Purchase Agreements (PPA's) be set aside on the grounds that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) authorized the agreements without proper public consultation. | RELATED: | South Africa's SRWP Fights ANC's Privatization Agenda | NUMSA's latest statement comes after the proposals for nuclear energy were challenged by Earthlife and the South A…

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…

Melvin Goodman (2019-02-01). Russia's Proposal for North Korean Denuclearization: Will It Survive John Bolton? counterpunch.org The Trump administration is looking askance at what may be a legitimate Russian effort to break the current disarmament deadlock between the United States and North Korea. According to The Washington Post, Russia made a secret proposal to North Korea last fall to advance negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Moscow offered North Korea a nuclear power plant in return for the dismantling of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Russia would operate the nuclear plant and transfer all byproducts and waste back to Russia so that North Korea could n…

teleSUR (2019-02-01). US Suspends Compliance on Nuclear Weapons Treaty with Russia. telesurenglish.net The United States will suspend compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia Saturday and formally withdraw in six months if Moscow does not end its alleged violation of the pact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. | The United States would reconsider its withdrawal if Russia, which denies violating the landmark 1987 arms control pact, came into compliance with the treaty, which bans either side from stationing short- and intermediate-range, land-based missiles in Europe. | "Russia has refused to take any steps to return (to) real and verifiable compliance," Pompeo told…

commondreams (2019-02-01). INF Treaty Latest Victim of Trump's Nuclear Petulance. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Juan Cole (2019-02-01). Trump Explodes at CIA over Iran: "Naive and Passive," "Go Back to School!" mintpressnews.com Ann Arbor ( Informed Comment) — Our great leader has delivered himself of some weighty pronouncements about Iran, about which he knows not a single little thing, likely even where exactly it is. He called the US intelligence agencies "passive and naive" on Iran, said that Tehran had become less active since Trump violated the 2015 nuclear deal, said Iran's economy is crashing, and urged Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA director Gina Haspel to "go back to school." | The Intelligence people seem to be extremely pass…

Garikai Chengu (2019-02-01). Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela. counterpunch.org American economic sanctions have been the worst crime against humanity since World War Two. America's economic sanctions have killed more innocent people than all of the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons ever used in the history of mankind. The fact that for America the issue in Venezuela is oil, not democracy, will surprise only those More

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-01). Russia, China on Defense and No Iranian Nuclear Bomb — US Intelligence Report. therealnews.com Russia and China are responding to "perceived US unilateralism and interventionism" — Paul Jay joins Taya Graham to analyze the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

Middle East Eye (2019-02-01). "Go Back to School!": Trump Slams US Intelligence Chiefs as "Passive and Naive" on Iran. theantimedia.com (MEE) — US President Donald Trump has called US intelligence chiefs "extremely passive and naive" regarding Iran, a day after they contradicted his views during congressional testimony. During a hearing on global threats on Tuesday, the leaders of several US intelligence agencies told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Iran is not taking steps towards making a nuclear …

Tyler Durden (2019-02-01). Russia Threatens Retaliation as US Officially Pulls Out of Nuclear Arms Treaty. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Update: As we previewed below, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the US will withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty immediately, prompting threats of a Russian "response" from Moscow. Pompeo said the US could return to compliance with the treaty if Moscow meets Washington's demands within the next 180 days. …

RT (2019-02-01). Trump says NATO allies fully support US suspending obligations under INF. rt.com US President Donald Trump has confirmed Washington's withdrawal from the INF Treaty with Russia, a centerpiece of nuclear arms control since the Cold War. He also said that NATO allies fully support his decision.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-31). Headlines for January 31, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela: U.S. Urges Military to Back Guaidó as Protesters Take to Streets, Reuters: UAE Hired Ex-NSA Agents to Spy on Opponents and Critics, Congress Reintroduces War Powers Resolution to End War on Yemen, Trump Hits Back After Intelligence Chiefs Contradict Him on Iran, N. Korea, Israeli Forces Kill Teenage Palestinian Girl at West Bank Checkpoint, Israel: Thousands of Israeli Ethiopians Protest Racism, Police Brutality, Migrants: Scores Killed in 2 Boat Wrecks Off Djibouti Coast, Humanitarian Ship Docks in Italy After European Nations Agree to Process Migrants, Colombia: 2 Community Leaders Killed Amid Mounti…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). Headlines for January 30, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Hands Over Assets to Guaidó as Venezuela Restricts His Travel, Intelligence Community Contradicts Trump on Iran, N. Korea, ISIS, Trump Immigration Rule Forces 1st Asylum Seeker Out of U.S., Back into Mexico, Pentagon to Send "Several Thousand" More Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border, Honduras: Rights Groups Slam Guilty Verdict for Opposition Critic María Luisa Borjas, Brazil: 5 Arrested in Dam Collapse That Killed 65, Devastating Environment, Mexico: Tens of Thousands Strike as 27 Factories Reach Deals for Pay Raises, U.K. Lawmakers Order PM Theresa May to Reopen Brexit Negotiations, Cameroon: Security Forces Arre…

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…

Kevin Martin (2019-01-18). Second Trump-Kim Summit Hints at Progress. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 18, 2018 — In response to the administration's announcement that President Trump and Kim Jong-un will hold a second summit meeting near the end of February, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, released the following statement: "After months of scant visible progress in negotiations […]

2019-02-02: Social Media Postees

How Will PG&E's Bankruptcy Affect Diablo Canyon Nuke/s Shutdown?
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-02-02
PG&E's bankrupcy filing will, among other things, affect the scheduled shutdown of its Diablo Canyon nuclear plant on Central California's coast. But how?>…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/29/1882089…

The US scraps the INF treaty: Another step toward nuclear war
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-02
The US withdrawal from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty marks a major escalation of US efforts to prop up its hegemony through military means.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/02/pers…

Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar?
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
When the Trump administration unilaterally pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018 and announced it would reimpose sanctions against Iran, the European Union (EU) declared its commitment to preserving the agreement and finding ways for its companies to circumvent U.S. sanctions. Now, eight months later, the Europeans finally announced the creation of…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/01/will-iran-sa…

Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar?
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies | commondreams.org | 2019-02-01
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Drian (L), UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (C) and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas give a press conference on Iran at the Informal Meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers at the National Bank of Romania headquarters in Bucharest January 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/01/will-i…

Trump endangers peace by cancelling nuclear arms deal with Russia
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-01
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who came to the Trump administration from the Tea Party wing of the Republicans, announced today that the president is suspending U.S. participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and is beginning the process of total U.S. withdrawal in six months. Trump himself accused Russia today of covertly developing and …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-endangers…

South Africa's Largest Union Protests Electricity Price Hike
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-01
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the largest single trade union in the country, has demanded the Power Purchase Agreements (PPA's) be set aside on the grounds that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) authorized the agreements without proper public consultation. | RELATED: | South Africa's SRWP Fights ANC's Privatization Agenda | NUMSA's latest statement comes after the proposals for nuclear energy were challenged by Earthlife and the South A…
telesurenglish.net/news/South-Africas-La…

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…

Russia's Proposal for North Korean Denuclearization: Will It Survive John Bolton?
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
The Trump administration is looking askance at what may be a legitimate Russian effort to break the current disarmament deadlock between the United States and North Korea. According to The Washington Post, Russia made a secret proposal to North Korea last fall to advance negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Moscow offered North Korea a nuclear power plant in return for the dismantling of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Russia would operate the nuclear plant and transfer all byproducts and waste back to Russia so that North Korea could n…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/01/russias-prop…

INF Treaty Latest Victim of Trump's Nuclear Petulance
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-01
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/02/01/inf…

Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela
Garikai Chengu | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
American economic sanctions have been the worst crime against humanity since World War Two. America's economic sanctions have killed more innocent people than all of the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons ever used in the history of mankind. The fact that for America the issue in Venezuela is oil, not democracy, will surprise only those…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/01/sanctions-of…

US Suspends Compliance on Nuclear Weapons Treaty with Russia
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-01
The United States will suspend compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia Saturday and formally withdraw in six months if Moscow does not end its alleged violation of the pact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. | The United States would reconsider its withdrawal if Russia, which denies violating the landmark 1987 arms control pact, came into compliance with the treaty, which bans either side from stationing short- and intermediate-range, land-based missiles in Europe. | "Russia has refused to take any steps to return (to) real and verifiable compliance," Pompeo told…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Suspends-Comp…

Trump Explodes at CIA over Iran: "Naive and Passive," "Go Back to School!"
Juan Cole | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-01
Ann Arbor ( Informed Comment) — Our great leader has delivered himself of some weighty pronouncements about Iran, about which he knows not a single little thing, likely even where exactly it is. He called the US intelligence agencies "passive and naive" on Iran, said that Tehran had become less active since Trump violated the 2015 nuclear deal, said Iran's economy is crashing, and urged Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA director Gina Haspel to "go back to school." | The Intelligence people seem to be extremely pass…
mintpressnews.com/trump-explodes-at-cia-…

"Go Back to School!": Trump Slams US Intelligence Chiefs as "Passive and Naive" on Iran
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-01
(MEE) — US President Donald Trump has called US intelligence chiefs "extremely passive and naive" regarding Iran, a day after they contradicted his views during congressional testimony. During a hearing on global threats on Tuesday, the leaders of several US intelligence agencies told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Iran is not taking steps towards making a nuclear …

"Go Back to School!": Trump Slams US Intelligence Chiefs as "Passive and Naive" on Iran

Russia, China on Defense and No Iranian Nuclear Bomb — US Intelligence Report
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-01
Russia and China are responding to "perceived US unilateralism and interventionism" — Paul Jay joins Taya Graham to analyze the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community | The post Russia, China on Defense and No Iranian Nuclear Bomb — US Intelligence Report appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/russia-china-on-…

Russia Threatens Retaliation as US Officially Pulls Out of Nuclear Arms Treaty
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-01
(ZH) — Update: As we previewed below, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the US will withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty immediately, prompting threats of a Russian "response" from Moscow. Pompeo said the US could return to compliance with the treaty if Moscow meets Washington's demands within the next 180 days. …

Russia Threatens Retaliation as US Officially Pulls Out of Nuclear Arms Treaty

Trump says NATO allies fully support US suspending obligations under INF
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-01
US President Donald Trump has confirmed Washington's withdrawal from the INF Treaty with Russia, a centerpiece of nuclear arms control since the Cold War. He also said that NATO allies fully support his decision. | …
rt.com/usa/450331-trump-nato-inf-support…

Headlines for January 31, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-31
Venezuela: U.S. Urges Military to Back Guaidó as Protesters Take to Streets, Reuters: UAE Hired Ex-NSA Agents to Spy on Opponents and Critics, Congress Reintroduces War Powers Resolution to End War on Yemen, Trump Hits Back After Intelligence Chiefs Contradict Him on Iran, N. Korea, Israeli Forces Kill Teenage Palestinian Girl at West Bank Checkpoint, Israel: Thousands of Israeli Ethiopians Protest Racism, Police Brutality, Migrants: Scores Killed in 2 Boat Wrecks Off Djibouti Coast, Humanitarian Ship Docks in Italy After European Nations Agree to Process Migrants, Colombia: 2 Community Leaders Killed Amid Mounti…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/31/headlines

Headlines for January 30, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-30
U.S. Hands Over Assets to Guaidó as Venezuela Restricts His Travel, Intelligence Community Contradicts Trump on Iran, N. Korea, ISIS, Trump Immigration Rule Forces 1st Asylum Seeker Out of U.S., Back into Mexico, Pentagon to Send "Several Thousand" More Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border, Honduras: Rights Groups Slam Guilty Verdict for Opposition Critic María Luisa Borjas, Brazil: 5 Arrested in Dam Collapse That Killed 65, Devastating Environment, Mexico: Tens of Thousands Strike as 27 Factories Reach Deals for Pay Raises, U.K. Lawmakers Order PM Theresa May to Reopen Brexit Negotiations, Cameroon: Security Forces Arre…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/30/headlines

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…

Second Trump-Kim Summit Hints at Progress
Kevin Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-01-18
Washington, D.C. — January 18, 2018 — In response to the administration's announcement that President Trump and Kim Jong-un will hold a second summit meeting near the end of February, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, released the following statement: "After months of scant visible progress in negotiations […] | The post Second Trump-Kim Summit Hints at Progress appeared first on Peace Action.
peaceaction.org/2019/01/18/second-trump-…