Daily Archives: February 14, 2019

2019-02-14: News Headlines

Seiji Yamada (2019-02-14). Keep Interceptor Missiles Out of Hawai'i. counterpunch.org It's been reported that interceptor missiles might be deployed soon at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the leeward coast of Kauai ("Hawaii could house missile interceptors sooner than later," Star-Advertiser, Feb. 3). Defense against missiles from North Korea is the stated purpose. For the people of Hawaii, who experienced the false missile alert of January 2018, More

James Carroll (2019-02-14). Doomsday Redux: the Most Dangerous Weapon Ever Rolls Off the Nuclear Assembly Line. counterpunch.org Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first of a new generation of strategic nuclear weapons had rolled off the assembly line at its Pantex nuclear weapons plant in the panhandle of Texas. That warhead, the W76-2, is designed to be fitted to a submarine-launched Trident missile, More

STAFF (2019-02-14). K-pop and Fancy Sneakers: Kim Jong Un's Cultural Revolution. truthdig.com North Korean pop culture, long dismissed by critics as a kitschy throwback to the dark days of Stalinism, is getting a major upgrade.

James Carroll (2019-02-13). Doomsday Redux: Mini-Nukes are the Most Dangerous Weapon to Ever Roll Off the Nuclear Assembly Line. mintpressnews.com It may seem counterintuitive to compare the manufacture of what's called a "mini-nuke" to the creation of the "super" almost six decades ago, but honestly, what meaning can "mini" really have when we're talking about nuclear war?

Jake Johnson (2019-02-13). John Bolton Threatens Iran Over Debunked Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons. mintpressnews.com As Iranians this week mark the 40th anniversary of their country's 1979 revolution, President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton declared in a message to Iranian leaders on Monday that he doesn't think they will "have many more anniversaries to enjoy"—a comment that was immediately perceived as a direct threat of war. | In a video posted to the White House's official Twitter page on Monday, Bolton echoed false assertions and repeatedly debunked claims by the Trump that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and described the…

RT (2019-02-13). Bit to the right! Nuclear war contingency plane damaged in hangar mishap. rt.com A US Navy aircraft used to maintain strategic communications in the event of a nuclear attack was disabled when its tail clipped the door of the hangar while being towed out last week. Repairs could cost millions.

James Carroll (2019-02-12). The World's Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon Just Rolled Off the Assembly Line. thenation.com The World's Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon Just Rolled Off the Assembly Line…

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…

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 […]

2019-02-14: Social Media Postees

Keep Interceptor Missiles Out of Hawai'i
Seiji Yamada | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-14
It's been reported that interceptor missiles might be deployed soon at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the leeward coast of Kauai ("Hawaii could house missile interceptors sooner than later," Star-Advertiser, Feb. 3). Defense against missiles from North Korea is the stated purpose. For the people of Hawaii, who experienced the false missile alert of January 2018,…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/14/keep-interceptor-missiles-out-of-hawaii/

K-pop and Fancy Sneakers: Kim Jong Un's Cultural Revolution
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-14
North Korean pop culture, long dismissed by critics as a kitschy throwback to the dark days of Stalinism, is getting a major upgrade. | The post K-pop and Fancy Sneakers: Kim Jong Un's Cultural Revolution appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/k-pop-and-fancy-sneakers-kim-jong-uns-cultural-revolution/

Doomsday Redux: the Most Dangerous Weapon Ever Rolls Off the Nuclear Assembly Line
James Carroll | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-14
Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first of a new generation of strategic nuclear weapons had rolled off the assembly line at its Pantex nuclear weapons plant in the panhandle of Texas. That warhead, the W76-2, is designed to be fitted to a submarine-launched Trident missile,…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/14/doomsday-redux-the-most-dangerous-weapon-ever-rolls-off-the-nuclear-assembly-line/

John Bolton Threatens Iran Over Debunked Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons
Jake Johnson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-13
As Iranians this week mark the 40th anniversary of their country's 1979 revolution, President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton declared in a message to Iranian leaders on Monday that he doesn't think they will "have many more anniversaries to enjoy"–a comment that was immediately perceived as a direct threat of war. | In a video posted to the White House's official Twitter page on Monday, Bolton echoed false assertions and repeatedly debunked claims by the Trump that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and described the…
mintpressnews.com/john-bolton-threatens-iran-over-debunked-pursuit-of-nuclear-weapons/255032/

Doomsday Redux: Mini-Nukes are the Most Dangerous Weapon to Ever Roll Off the Nuclear Assembly Line
James Carroll | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-13
It may seem counterintuitive to compare the manufacture of what's called a "mini-nuke" to the creation of the "super" almost six decades ago, but honestly, what meaning can "mini" really have when we're talking about nuclear war? | The post Doomsday Redux: Mini-Nukes are the Most Dangerous Weapon to Ever Roll Off the Nuclear Assembly Line appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/mini-nukes-the-most-dangerous-weapon-to-roll-off-the-nuclear-assembly-line/255024/

Bit to the right! Nuclear war contingency plane damaged in hangar mishap
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-13
A US Navy aircraft used to maintain strategic communications in the event of a nuclear attack was disabled when its tail clipped the door of the hangar while being towed out last week. Repairs could cost millions. | …
rt.com/usa/451404-navy-aircraft-damaged-hangar/

The World's Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon Just Rolled Off the Assembly Line
James Carroll | thenation.com | 2019-02-12
The World's Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon Just Rolled Off the Assembly Line…
thenation.com/article/mini-nukes-nuclear-weapons-trump-war/

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-nuclear-armed-nations-to-accept-nuclear-disarmament%e2%80%95unless-theyre-pushed-to-do-so/

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-defines-u-s-politics/

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-for-nuclear-war-their-governments-work-to-create-the-illusion-of-safety/

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-kim-summit-hints-at-progress/