Daily Archives: February 21, 2019

2019-02-21: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-21). Trump Regime Pursuing Nuclear Technology Sales to the Saudis. globalresearch.ca Saudi Arabia is a fascist dictatorship run in cahoots with religious extremists — the Middle East's most dangerous regime after Israel. | Other than nations already with nukes, it's likely the last regime on earth anti-war activists would want to be …

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-21). How Will the Courts Handle the Trump Emoluments Cases? truthout.org When North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump meet for a second summit in Vietnam from February 27 to 28, keep an eye on whether the two discuss developing hotels on North Korea's beaches. This topic came up the last time they met, raising the eyebrows of ethics watchdogs worried that Trump is using his position to enrich himself unconstitutionally under the foreign emoluments clause. | The courts certainly have their hands full with the Trump presidency. In both …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-02-21). Who Gains from Turning Europe into a Potential Nuclear Battlefield? globalresearch.ca The United States and its NATO partners are attempting to make the case for Washington's decision to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. | Claims that the Russian Federation has been violating the treaty have yet to be substantiated with …

WSWS (2019-02-21). US missile treaty withdrawal sparks global nuclear arms race. wsws.org A half-century after the Cuban Missile crisis brought humanity to within a hair's breadth of destruction, Washington is fueling an even more dangerous global nuclear standoff.

Jason Ditz (2019-02-21). Putin Warns US Against Putting Nuclear Missiles in Europe Targeting Russia. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — The unilateral US withdrawal from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty has reopened the possibility of the United States positioning intermediate nuclear arms in Europe targeting Russia. This is of particular concern to Russian officials because NATO territory comes right up to the Russian border. Russian President Vladimir Putin was quick to warn the US away …

Peace Action (2019-02-20). Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran. peaceaction.org Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-20). Headlines for February 20, 2019. democracynow.org Dems Probe White House Plan to Transfer Nuclear Technology to Saudis, West Virginia Teachers Celebrate as Lawmakers Halt Pro-Charter School Bill, NYT: Trump Asked DOJ to Put Loyalist In Charge of "Hush Money" Probe, Trump to Nominate Transportation Sec. Jeffrey Rosen as Deputy AG, Trump Signs Order to Establish "Space Force", France: 20,000 Protesters Denounce Surge in Anti-Semitic Attacks, Haiti: Police Arrest 5 Americans Amid Political Unrest, WaPo: Pope Ignored Claims of Sexual Abuse Against Deaf Children, Women Survivors of Church Sexual Abuse Speak Out, Arkansas Signs "Trigger" Abortion Ban into Law, Illinoi…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-20). Trump Admin's Secretive Talks to Sell Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology Spark New Fear of Arms Race. democracynow.org House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of U.S. law. Critics say the deal could endanger national security while enriching close allies of President Trump. Saudi Arabia is considering building as many as 16 nuclear power plants by 2030, but many critics fear the kingdom could use the technology to develop nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California and Isaac Arnsdorf, a reporter with ProPublica. Arnsdorf first…

Charles Pierson (2019-02-20). When Saudi Arabia Gets the Bomb. counterpunch.org The world took a step closer to a Saudi nuclear bomb last week when President Donald Trump met with representatives from the US nuclear power industry. The meeting focused on reviving the stagnant US nuclear energy sector by promoting exports of nuclear technology to developing countries, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. More

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-20). Russia's Nuclear Energy Edge Got the US to "Cut Ethical Corners" with the Saudis. globalresearch.ca One of the latest American scandals revolves around former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's alleged breach of ethical norms in trying to secretly push through a nuclear energy deal with the Saudis which might have even been illegal if …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-20). With Trump Beating War Drums, Coalition Calls on Congress to Oppose Sanctions, Back Diplomacy With Iran. commondreams.org Amid rampant warnings that "the drums of war are beating" since President Donald Trump ditched the Iran nuclear deal last year, more than 50 pro-democracy groups representing millions of Americans are calling on members of Congress to rein in the Trump administration's hawkish policy toward Iran—which has included crippling economic sanctions—and instead push for diplomacy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/iran_deal_0.jpg

unitedEditor (2019-02-19). Trump's Iran strategy: regime change or regime collapse? uwidata.com When Donald Trump took office in January 2017, he made it clear that countering Iran was a top priority on his agenda. Trump ripped up the Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as JCPOA; reimposed pre-JCPOA sanctions and even added new ones that were unprecedented in terms of their scope and scale; and put Iranian citizens, …

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 …

Kevin Martin (2019-02-08). Korea Peace Network Responds to Letter Calling for Resumption of War Drills. peaceaction.org In response to a January 29, 2019 letter sent to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan by 13 House Armed Services Committee members calling for a resumption of military exercises with South Korea, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, sent the following letter of behalf of the Korea Peace …

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, 2019 — 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, 2019 — 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, 2019 — 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…

Kevin Martin (2019-01-18). Second Trump-Kim Summit Hints at Progress. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 18, 2019 — 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 …

2019-02-21: Social Media Postees

Trump Regime Pursuing Nuclear Technology Sales to the Saudis
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Saudi Arabia is a fascist dictatorship run in cahoots with religious extremists — the Middle East's most dangerous regime after Israel. | Other than nations already with nukes, it's likely the last regime on earth anti-war activists would want to be …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-pursuing-nuclear-technology-sales-to-the-saudis/5669285

How Will the Courts Handle the Trump Emoluments Cases?
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-21
When North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump meet for a second summit in Vietnam from February 27 to 28, keep an eye on whether the two discuss developing hotels on North Korea's beaches. This topic came up the last time they met, raising the eyebrows of ethics watchdogs worried that Trump is using his position to enrich himself unconstitutionally under the foreign emoluments clause. | The courts certainly have their hands full with the Trump presidency. In both
truthout.org/articles/how-will-the-courts-handle-the-trump-emoluments-cases/

Who Gains from Turning Europe into a Potential Nuclear Battlefield?
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
The United States and its NATO partners are attempting to make the case for Washington's decision to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. | Claims that the Russian Federation has been violating the treaty have yet to be substantiated with …
globalresearch.ca/gains-turning-europe-potential-nuclear-battlefield/5669218

Putin Warns US Against Putting Nuclear Missiles in Europe Targeting Russia
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-21
(ANTIWAR.COM) — The unilateral US withdrawal from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty has reopened the possibility of the United States positioning intermediate nuclear arms in Europe targeting Russia. This is of particular concern to Russian officials because NATO territory comes right up to the Russian border. Russian President Vladimir Putin was quick to warn the US away …

Putin Warns US Against Putting Nuclear Missiles in Europe Targeting Russia

US missile treaty withdrawal sparks global nuclear arms race
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-21
A half-century after the Cuban Missile crisis brought humanity to within a hair's breadth of destruction, Washington is fueling an even more dangerous global nuclear standoff.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/21/pers-f21.html

Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran
Peace Action | peaceaction.org | 2019-02-20
Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and …
peaceaction.org/2019/02/20/statement-of-pro-diplomacy-groups-regarding-u-s-policy-toward-iran/

Impeachable offenses? Mountains of evidence point to Trump's obstruction of justice
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-20
The New York Times expose on Trump's obstruction of justice came out right after nationwide protests against the president's illegal and unconstitutional power grab, a declaration of national emergency designed to steal money already appropriated by Congress to meet national needs into the president's unpopular wall project. | LM Otero/AP | Another preliminary report, released Feb. 19 by the committee staff, exposes extreme Trump administration efforts — including by Flynn — to create "A Marshall Plan for the Middle East," built around arming the Saudis with nuclear reactors and associated technology.
peoplesworld.org/article/impeachable-offenses-mountains-of-evidence-point-to-trumps-obstruction-of-justice/

Trump Admin's Secretive Talks to Sell Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology Spark New Fear of Arms Race
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-20
House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of U.S. law. Critics say the deal could endanger national security while enriching close allies of President Trump. Saudi Arabia is considering building as many as 16 nuclear power plants by 2030, but many critics fear the kingdom could use the technology to develop nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California and Isaac Arnsdorf, a reporter with ProPublica. Arnsdorf first…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/20/trump_admins_secretive_talks_to_sell

When Saudi Arabia Gets the Bomb
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
The world took a step closer to a Saudi nuclear bomb last week when President Donald Trump met with representatives from the US nuclear power industry. The meeting focused on reviving the stagnant US nuclear energy sector by promoting exports of nuclear technology to developing countries, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/20/when-saudi-arabia-gets-the-bomb/

Russia's Nuclear Energy Edge Got the US to "Cut Ethical Corners" with the Saudis
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
One of the latest American scandals revolves around former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's alleged breach of ethical norms in trying to secretly push through a nuclear energy deal with the Saudis which might have even been illegal if …
globalresearch.ca/russias-nuclear-energy-edge-got-the-us-to-cut-ethical-corners-with-the-saudis/5669195

With Trump Beating War Drums, Coalition Calls on Congress to Oppose Sanctions, Back Diplomacy With Iran
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
Amid rampant warnings that "the drums of war are beating" since President Donald Trump ditched the Iran nuclear deal last year, more than 50 pro-democracy groups representing millions of Americans are calling on members of Congress to rein in the Trump administration's hawkish policy toward Iran—which has included crippling economic sanctions—and instead push for diplomacy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/iran_deal_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/02/20/trump-beating-war-drums-coalition-calls-congress-oppose-sanctions-back-diplomacy?cd-origin=rss

Trump's Iran strategy: regime change or regime collapse?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-19
When Donald Trump took office in January 2017, he made it clear that countering Iran was a top priority on his agenda. Trump ripped up the Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as JCPOA; reimposed pre-JCPOA sanctions and even added new ones that were unprecedented in terms of their scope and scale; and put Iranian citizens, …
uwidata.com/2271-trumps-iran-strategy-regime-change-or-regime-collapse/

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-status-of-non-nuclear-weapons-status/

Korea Peace Network Responds to Letter Calling for Resumption of War Drills
Kevin Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-02-08
In response to a January 29, 2019 letter sent to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan by 13 House Armed Services Committee members calling for a resumption of military exercises with South Korea, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, sent the following letter of behalf of the Korea Peace …
peaceaction.org/2019/02/08/korea-peace-network-responds-to-letter-calling-for-resumption-of-war-drills/

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/

INF Treaty Latest Victim of Trump's Nuclear Petulance
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2019-01-31
Washington, D.C. — January 31, 2019 — 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-latest-victim-of-trumps-nuclear-petulance/

No-First-Use Bill Would Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-01-30
Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2019 — 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-bill-would-reduce-the-risk-of-nuclear-war/

Congress Can and Should Restrict the First Use of Nuclear Weapons
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-01-29
Washington, D.C. — January 29, 2019 — 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-and-should-restrict-the-first-use-of-nuclear-weapons/

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/