2019-02-28: Social Media Postees

Video: Michael Cohen Testimony on Hush Money, Fraud and Trump's Skyscraper Project in Moscow
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
While US President Donald Trump is in the Vietnamese capital for a second summit with the north Korean leader, his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen testified before US congress. | Michael Cohen offered explanations mainly regarding three cases, the WikiLeaks-hacked Democratic …
globalresearch.ca/michael-cohen-testimony/5669974

Russia, Japan and the USA: The Unfinished Business of War
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
As the USA and North Korea meet in Vietnam to discuss the possibility of a peace treaty between the two after decades of hostility against North Korea from the USA, the governments of Russia and Japan are engaged in talks …
globalresearch.ca/russia-japan-and-the-usa-the-unfinished-business-of-war/5669939

No Deal Reached Between Trump, Kim at 2nd Summit
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-28
HANOI, Vietnam — The Latest on the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local): | 1: 40 p.m. | U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un have failed to reach an agreement at their second summit in Vietnam, but talks between the two nations will continue in the future. | White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the two leaders discussed denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. She adds: "No agreement was reached at this time, but their respective teams look forward to meeting in the future." | Still, Sanders is describing the meetings…
truthdig.com/articles/trump-kim-begin-talks-with-one-on-one-meeting/

Nuclear-armed India, Pakistan on brink of all-out war
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-28
Pakistan announced Wednesday that it had struck targets in India after India carried out a large-scale bombing raid deep in Pakistan on Tuesday morning.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/28/inpk-f28.html

Trump's exit from summit with Kim delayed… because of broken down stair (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-28
As US President Donald Trump prepared to make a rather hasty exit following a no deal at the highly anticipated Hanoi peace summit with North Korea, an unexpected malfunction added insult to injury. | …
rt.com/usa/452649-trumps-vietnam-exit-broken-stairs/

More Nukes Shutting Down
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-02-28
Bad weather and bad business force nuclear plants to shut down.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/26/18821483.php

CodePink's Medea Benjamin on Peace Delegation to Iran & Fallout from U.S. Withdrawal of Nuke Deal
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-27
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is reportedly refusing to accept the resignation of his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who quit suddenly in a surprise move announced via Instagram Monday. Zarif played a central role in the negotiations leading to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Last year, President Trump withdrew from the landmark deal despite international condemnation of the move and U.N. inspectors saying Iran was adhering to the agreement. Zarif did not offer any reason for his resignation, simply writing, "I sincerely apologize for the inability to continue serving and for all the shortcomings during m…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/27/codepinks_medea_benjamin_on_peace_delegation

Disarmament Expert on N. Korea Summit: An International Process Is Needed to Reduce Nuclear Threat
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-27
President Trump is meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un today in Vietnam in their second summit to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. We speak with physicist, nuclear expert and disarmament activist Zia Mian. He is co-director of the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He is the co-author of "Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation."
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/27/disarmament_expert_on_n_korea_summit

As India and Pakistan Issue Veiled Nuclear Threats, New Ceasefire Urged to Defuse Kashmir Conflict
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-27
Tensions are escalating between the nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan. Pakistan claims it has shot down two Indian military jets and captured a pair of Indian jet pilots, and India claims it has foiled an attempt by Pakistan to bomb military installations inside India. This comes a day after India carried out airstrikes inside Pakistan for the first time since 1971. India claimed it was targeting a camp of the militant separatist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which claimed responsibility for a recent attack in the Indian-administered region of Kashmir that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers. India accused Pakist…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/27/as_india_and_pakistan_issue_veiled

Trump, at North Korea Summit, Distracted by Cohen
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-27
HANOI, Vietnam — The moment was meant to be a grand diplomatic triumph, a headline-dominating spectacle that could lead to the disarmament of a dangerous nation while delivering a vital political victory. | Instead, President Donald Trump's high-stakes summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Wednesday was in danger of being upstaged by a monumental betrayal unfolding half a world away in Washington. | Hours after Trump sat face-to-face with Kim in Vietnam, his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, sat before Congress and testified that his longtime boss was a "con man" and a "racist" who lied…
truthdig.com/articles/trump-at-north-korea-summit-distracted-by-cohen/

Amid Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi, Anti-War Women Offer Blueprint for Lasting Peace on Korean Peninsula
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
As President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un went head-to-head Wednesday for their second summit, an international coalition of anti-war women laid out a blueprint for "achieving lasting peace" on the Korean peninsula. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/women-korea-peace.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/02/27/amid-trump-kim-summit-hanoi-anti-war-women-offer-blueprint-lasting-peace-korean?cd-origin=rss

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/

'I worry': Top US nuclear general concerned about new Russian weapons, future of arms control
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-27
Head of the US Strategic Command cited new Russian hypersonic missiles and other weapons as reason US must invest billions in nuclear modernization, and hinted at scrapping the last remaining arms control treaty with Moscow. | …
rt.com/usa/452603-russia-weapon-treaty-general/

As India and Pakistan Issue Veiled Nuclear Threats, New Ceasefire Urged
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-27
Tensions are escalating between the nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan. Pakistan claims it has shot down two Indian military jets and captured a pair of Indian jet pilots, and India claims it has foiled an attempt by Pakistan to bomb military installations inside India. This comes a day after India carried out airstrikes inside Pakistan for the first time since 1971. India claimed it was targeting a camp of the militant separatist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which claimed responsibility for a recent attack in the Indian-administered region of Kashmir that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers. India accused Pak…
truthout.org/video/as-india-and-pakistan-issue-veiled-nuclear-threats-new-ceasefire-urged/

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/

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/

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/

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