Daily Archives: February 27, 2019

2019-02-27: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-02-27). Trump, Kim Open Second Nuclear Summit With Handshake, Smiles. truthdig.com HANOI, Vietnam — U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, leaders of nations with a long history of hostilities, opened their second summit Wednesday with smiles and friendly banter before sitting down for a dinner that will set the stage for difficult talks about North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons. | "I think it'll lead to wonderful, really a wonderful situation long term," Trump said as he sat beside Kim at the dinner table. | Asked earlier if the summit would yield a political declaration to end the Korean War, Trump said, "We'll se…

Press TV (2019-02-27). Israel Burying Nuclear Waste in Syria's Golan: UN. globalresearch.ca UN chief Antonio Guterres will unveil Monday a report which accuses Israel of burying radioactive nuclear waste in the Golan Heights, a Syrian territory under occupation for over five decades. | Guterres will submit the report — which is based on …

RT (2019-02-27). Nuclear medicine fallout: Cremated man's ash spread radioactivity in local area — study. rt.com In 2017 a 69-year-old man living with pancreatic cancer was treated with nuclear medicine to shrink his tumor, but sadly died three days later and was cremated. New research suggests his remains may have spread radioactivity.

Michael Steinberg (2019-02-27). More Nukes Shutting Down. indybay.org Bad weather and bad business force nuclear plants to shut down.

commondreams (2019-02-26). Peace Action Applauds Legislation Calling for Peace Agreement to End the Korean War. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Kevin Martin (2019-02-26). Peace Action Applauds Legislation Calling for Peace Agreement to End the Korean War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — February 26, 2019 — In response to Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) introducing legislation to support diplomacy and the pursuit of peace on the Korean Peninsula, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, released the following statement: "This legislation offers a common sense vision for achieving peace …

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-26). An End of War Declaration may be reached in the US — N. Korea summit, says S. Korea. peoplesdispatch.org Unless the contents of the declaration provide an assurance that US will not pose a security threat to North Korea, it is unlikely to mark a real beginning of the process of complete denuclearization…

Jessica Corbett (2019-02-26). International Calls for Iran's Leaders to Refuse Resignation of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. mintpressnews.com The U.S.-educated Zarif, a longtime critic of hard-liners in both the United States and his own country, was instrumental in securing the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Medea Benjamin (2019-02-26). Iran's Foreign Minister Resigns Hours After Meeting With US Peace Delegation. theantimedia.com (CD) — We are deeply saddened by the resignation of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday afternoon, which occurred just hours after he met with our 28-person American peace delegation led by CODEPINK: Women for Peace. Zarif talked at length about how dissatisfied the Iranian people had become with the Iran nuclear agreement, and the pressure …

Eoin Higgins (2019-02-26). India's Attack on Pakistan Sparks Fear of Wider War. theantimedia.com (CD) — Warplanes from India launched an attack on an alleged militant camp Tuesday morning, violating Pakistani airspace in the disputed territory of Kashmir in the latest escalation between the two nuclear powers. The attack carried with it fears of wider war between the two countries. "Armed conflicts once started take their own course without either side being in control …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-26). Headlines for February 26, 2019. democracynow.org India Launches Airstrikes in Pakistan Amid Mounting Tension, U.S. Announces New Sanctions on Venezuela as Lima Group Opposes Military Intervention, Univision Reporter Jorge Ramos Briefly Detained in Venezuela, Trump and Kim to Meet in Vietnam for 2nd North Korean Summit, Reports: Michael Cohen to Accuse Trump of Criminal Conduct in Congressional Hearing, Climate Change May Cause Cloud Die-Off, Increase Rate of Warming, U.K.: Corbyn Could Back 2nd Referendum as Brexit Deadline Looms, U.N. Court: U.K. Should Give Up Control of Chagos, U.N.: Sec.-General Warns Against Collapse of Arms Control Treaties, Iran Foreign…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-02-26). Progressives Endorse House Resolution Calling for Formal End to Korean War. commondreams.org Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Ca.) introduced a House resolution to end the Korean War on Tuesday after 69 years of conflict.Jimmy Carter called ending the war "the only way to ensure true security for both the Korean and American people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/korea.peace__1.jpg

Jason Ditz (2019-02-26). Trump and Kim May Declare End to Korean War at Vietnam Summit. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — According to South Korean officials familiar with the situation, they believe that President Trump and Kim Jong Un may issue a joint statement during this week's summit declaring an end to the Korean War, which began in 1950. This is something Kim clearly would want out of the summit, and which the South Korean government has also …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-25). Headlines for February 25, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela: 4 Dead as Violence Spikes Over "Aid" Standoff, U.S. Ratchets Up Threats Against Venezuelan Government, New Yorkers Protest Against U.S. Intervention in Venezuela, Trump Moves to Withdraw Funds, Impose Gag Order on Abortion Providers, Trump and Kim Jong-un to Meet in Vietnam for 2nd Summit, Michael Cohen to Testify Before Congress, Congress Expected to Subpoena Trump Admin over Family Separation, House Dems to Vote on Bill Blocking Nat'l Emergency Declaration, Sudan: President Declares State of Emergency Amid Ongoing Protests, Nigeria: Scores Killed in Election Violence, U.N.: Record Number of Civilians…

Tim Shorrock (2019-02-22). Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks? thenation.com Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks?

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…

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…

2019-02-27: Social Media Postees

Israel Burying Nuclear Waste in Syria's Golan: UN
Press TV | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
UN chief Antonio Guterres will unveil Monday a report which accuses Israel of burying radioactive nuclear waste in the Golan Heights, a Syrian territory under occupation for over five decades. | Guterres will submit the report — which is based on …
globalresearch.ca/israel-nuclear-waste-golan-un/5669846

Trump, Kim Open Second Nuclear Summit With Handshake, Smiles
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-27
HANOI, Vietnam — U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, leaders of nations with a long history of hostilities, opened their second summit Wednesday with smiles and friendly banter before sitting down for a dinner that will set the stage for difficult talks about North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons. | "I think it'll lead to wonderful, really a wonderful situation long term," Trump said as he sat beside Kim at the dinner table. | Asked earlier if the summit would yield a political declaration to end the Korean War, Trump said, "We'll se…
truthdig.com/articles/trump-kim-open-second-nuclear-summit-with-handshake-smiles/

More Nukes Shutting Down
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-02-27
Bad weather and bad business force nuclear plants to shut down.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/26/18821483.php

Nuclear medicine fallout: Cremated man's ash spread radioactivity in local area — study
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-27
In 2017 a 69-year-old man living with pancreatic cancer was treated with nuclear medicine to shrink his tumor, but sadly died three days later and was cremated. New research suggests his remains may have spread radioactivity. | …
rt.com/usa/452555-radioactive-man-cremated-medicine-risk/

Peace Action Applauds Legislation Calling for Peace Agreement to End the Korean War
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-26
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/02/26/peace-action-applauds-legislation-calling-peace-agreement-end-korean-war?cd-origin=rss

Peace Action Applauds Legislation Calling for Peace Agreement to End the Korean War
Kevin Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-02-26
Washington, D.C. — February 26, 2019 — In response to Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) introducing legislation to support diplomacy and the pursuit of peace on the Korean Peninsula, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, released the following statement: "This legislation offers a common sense vision for achieving peace …
peaceaction.org/2019/02/26/peace-action-applauds-legislation-calling-for-peace-agreement-to-end-the-korean-war/

An End of War Declaration may be reached in the US — N. Korea summit, says S. Korea
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-26
Unless the contents of the declaration provide an assurance that US will not pose a security threat to North Korea, it is unlikely to mark a real beginning of the process of complete denuclearization…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/26/an-end-of-war-declaration-may-be-reached-in-the-us-n-korea-summit-says-s-korea/

International Calls for Iran's Leaders to Refuse Resignation of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif
Jessica Corbett | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-26
The U.S.-educated Zarif, a longtime critic of hard-liners in both the United States and his own country, was instrumental in securing the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
mintpressnews.com/international-calls-for-iran-leaders-to-refuse-resignation-of-foreign-minister-javad-zarif/255636/

India's Attack on Pakistan Sparks Fear of Wider War
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-26
(CD) — Warplanes from India launched an attack on an alleged militant camp Tuesday morning, violating Pakistani airspace in the disputed territory of Kashmir in the latest escalation between the two nuclear powers. The attack carried with it fears of wider war between the two countries. "Armed conflicts once started take their own course without either side being in control …

India's Attack on Pakistan Sparks Fear of Wider War

Trump and Kim May Declare End to Korean War at Vietnam Summit
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-26
(ANTIWAR.COM) — According to South Korean officials familiar with the situation, they believe that President Trump and Kim Jong Un may issue a joint statement during this week's summit declaring an end to the Korean War, which began in 1950. This is something Kim clearly would want out of the summit, and which the South Korean government has also …

Trump and Kim May Declare End to Korean War at Vietnam Summit

Progressives Endorse House Resolution Calling for Formal End to Korean War
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-26
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Ca.) introduced a House resolution to end the Korean War on Tuesday after 69 years of conflict.Jimmy Carter called ending the war "the only way to ensure true security for both the Korean and American people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/korea.peace__1.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/02/26/progressives-endorse-house-resolution-calling-formal-end-korean-war?cd-origin=rss

Iran's Foreign Minister Resigns Hours After Meeting With US Peace Delegation
Medea Benjamin | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-26
(CD) — We are deeply saddened by the resignation of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday afternoon, which occurred just hours after he met with our 28-person American peace delegation led by CODEPINK: Women for Peace. Zarif talked at length about how dissatisfied the Iranian people had become with the Iran nuclear agreement, and the pressure …

Iran's Foreign Minister Resigns Hours After Meeting With US Peace Delegation

Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks?
Tim Shorrock | thenation.com | 2019-02-22
Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks?
thenation.com/article/north-korea-democrats-peace-talks/

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/

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

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/