2019-05-07: Social Media Postees

Israeli offensive, North Korean missiles, Venezuela, Assange
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-06
Israel offensive On May 4, the Israel Defense Forces announced an air strike on dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip. The office of the Turkish news agency Anadolu in the Gaza Strip was hit in the course of the offensive. Mevlàºt àáavu≈üoƒülu called the incident an example of aggression on the Israeli side, and …

North Korea Tests New Missile–and Trump's Resolve
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-06
TOKYO — North Korea appears to have tested a new short-range missile — and President Donald Trump's resolve to keep it from doing more of the same in the future. | The test early Saturday was quickly played down by Trump and his top advisers, who noted it was not the kind of long-range missile leader Kim Jong Un has refrained from launching since 2017. | But the sudden activity on the North's east coast, complete with fiery photos of a purported bull's eye out to sea, alarmed Washington's regional allies and suggests that Kim's missiles are improving even as the Trump administration wrestles with how…

Why I'm Pro-Detente with Russia — RAI with Stephen Cohen (5/5)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-06
I realized it wasn't the Soviet Union that was the great danger, it was the potential of nuclear war, and it's still the case today — says Stephen Cohen on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay…

Russia's Lavrov Warns Against US Military Action in Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo in Finland Monday after which he warned that U.S. ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äãmilitary intervention in Venezuela would be catastrophic and unjustified. | The two men met on the sidelines of a meeting of the Arctic Council in Finland. | Lavrov told reporters his meeting had been constructive and that the two top diplomats had made decent progress when it came to discussing strategic nuclear stability. | Lavrov also said he was…

NIAC Statement on Reports that Iran Will Halt Compliance with Aspects of Nuclear Deal
commondreams.org | 2019-05-06

China Won't Discuss Trilateral Nuclear Disarmament Deal
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
China will not participate in negotiations on any trilateral nuclear disarmament agreement with the United States (U.S) and Russia, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday. | RELATED: | Russia Warns US of 'Unpredictable Consequences' of Arms Race | "We're opposed to accusations from any country on arms control issues," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said during a press conference, dismissing altogether the possibility of joint talks as "our nuclear forces hav…

'Anything is possible': Trump talks North Korea peace after phone call with Putin
rt.com | 2019-05-04
President Trump took to Twitter to declare his support for peace on the Korean Peninsula, after discussing the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin. North Korea, meanwhile, test-fired short-range missiles. | …

How to Dismantle the Absurd Profitability of Nuclear Weapons
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-05-04
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists currently has its Doomsday Clock set to two minutes to midnight — the closest we've been to self-obliteration in nuclear history. | But nuclear weapons are more than just a terrifying threat to every living thing on earth. For decades, they've been a terrific way to make money. | A new report from PAX, a Dutch peace organization, both illuminates how profitable it can be for multinational corp…

Nobody has to love Putin, but nuclear peace impossible without communication — Chris Hedges
rt.com | 2019-05-04
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked nuclear arms control in a phone call Friday. But what can be achieved when the US shreds treaties and Washington stays hostile to any communication with Russia? | …

North Korean families facing deep 'hunger crisis' after worst harvest in 10 years, UN food assessment shows
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
More than 10 million North Koreans are suffering "severe food shortages" after the worst harvest in a decade, according to a United Nations food security assessment released on Friday.

Friday's Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
This Friday, we cover: a worrying food crisis in the Democratic Republic of North Korea; attacks against civilians in DR Congo; outrage after the execution of child offenders in Iran; concerns over a super cereal distributed by the World Food Programme; and post-electoral violence in Benin.

MintCast Episode 2: Failed Coup in Venezuela, Forgotten US Atrocities in the Koreas, and Joe Biden's Race Problem
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-03
MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss current events in Sri Lanka, France and Venezuela and also delve into U.S. efforts to hide the real history of the Korean War, as well as Joe Biden's history of teaming up with notorious American racists.

Environmental Crisis, Oil Geopolitics and the Trump Diversion
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
America in 2019 is a very strange place. The problems of the age: looming environmental calamity, the threat of nuclear annihilation and accumulating class tensions, keep being shoved to the side through diversionary tactics. No sooner had a range of left programs been consolidated under the banner of a Green New Deal than establishment Democrats…

President Moon's Unenviable Task
Peace Action | peaceaction.org | 2019-04-08
This article was originally published on Common Dreams. When President Moon Jae-in of South Korea meets with President Donald Trump at the White House this week, he may find himself fighting the urge to pour cold water all over Trump, because that's what Trump did to the Korea peace process when he met with Kim …

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