Daily Archives: May 9, 2019

2019-05-09: News Headlines

Middle East Eye (2019-05-09). Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Iran. theantimedia.com (MEE) — One year after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump imposed strict new sanctions on the country, just hours after Tehran announced plans to pull out of parts of the landmark accord. The Trump administration on Wednesday announced a new round of sanctions that will target Iran's metals trade — iron, steel, …

Staff (2019-05-09). More US Pressure on North Korea Is Not the Path to Denuclearization. truthout.org On Friday, when the news broke of North Korea's missile test, two dominant myths immediately circulated in both mainstream and social media. One was that U.S. diplomacy with North Korea was failing, because North Korea had once again proved that it couldn't be trusted to keep its promise. The other was that more pressure was needed to force North Korea's denuclearization. But these narratives — which cut across partisan lines — fail to address an obvious fact: The U.S. policy of maximum pressure has not achieved its desired aim to denuclearize North Korea. To the contrary, U.S. policies of aggressi…

Jake Johnson (2019-05-09). Iran Urges Diplomacy as US Ramps Up "Wildly Reckless" Threats of War. theantimedia.com (CD) — In the face of belligerent threats of war from the Trump administration, Iran on Wednesday took what some observers described as rational steps to reduce compliance with the nuclear accord to pressure European nations to live up to their end of the deal. "The path we have chosen today is not the path of war, it is the path of diplomacy," …

teleSUR (2019-05-09). Brazilian Court Orders ex-President Michel Temer Back to Prison. telesurenglish.net A Brazilian court on Wednesday ordered that former President Michel Temer be jailed again over an ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption. | RELATED: | Brazil's Temer Closed 130 Community Radios Before Leaving | Temer has been charged six times in connection with various corruption investigations. The court decision on Wednesday relates to an alleged corruption scheme involving a nuclear power plant operated by Eletronuclear, a subsidiary of state-run Centrais Eletricas…

plenglish (2019-05-09). Iran's Actions Seek Compliance with Nuclear Deal. plenglish.com Tehran, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Ambassador at the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi said that by withdrawing from parts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), his country seeks compliance with what the pact establishes.

David Krieger (2019-05-09). Imagination and Nuclear Weapons. counterpunch.org Einstein believed that knowledge is limited, but imagination is infinite. Imagine the soul-crushing reality of a nuclear war, with billions of humans dead; in essence, a global Hiroshima, with soot from the destruction of cities blocking warming sunlight. There would be darkness everywhere, temperatures falling into a new ice age, with crop failures and mass More

Mark Karlin (2019-05-09). Why Does Trump Like Communist Vietnam? Because It's Capitalist. globalresearch.ca Before Donald Trump's February summit with Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, The Washington Post ran an article headlined, "The US wants North Korea to follow the 'miracle' of Vietnam's path." | "In light of the once-unimaginable prosperity and partnership …

William Hartung — Mandy Smithburger (2019-05-09). Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget. counterpunch.org In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam More

teleSUR (2019-05-09). US Seizes North Korean Coal Ship as Tensions Mount. telesurenglish.net North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles Thursday in its second such test in less than a week, and the United States announced it had seized a North Korean cargo ship as tensions again mounted between the two countries. | U.S. President Donald Trump said "nobody is happy" at the missile launches, which South Korea said were likely a protest by Pyongyang against Trump refusing to ease economic sanctions on the North. | Meanwhile, the country's foreign ministry said Wednesday that North Korea's "strike drill" last week was "regular and self-defensive," | "The recent drill conducted by our…

unitedEditor (2019-05-09). Trump's achievements in pressure on Iran: from economic sanctions to military confrontation. uwidata.com Exactly a year ago, on May 8, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump took a pivotal decision on pulling his country unilaterally out of the international nuclear agreement on the Iran nuclear deal brokered by international mediators — the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. Trump claimed that the Administration of his …

Middle East Eye (2019-05-08). Iran Quits Parts of 2015 Nuclear Deal and Lays Down 60-Day Ultimatum. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Iran President Hassan Rouhani has announced that Tehran is pulling out of key commitments under a 2015 international nuclear deal, a year after it was abandoned by the United States. Rouhani said Iran would keep enriched uranium stocks in the country rather than sell them abroad and threatened to resume production of higher enriched uranium …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-05-08). Iran to Even the Nuclear Score with the US. globalresearch.ca It is going to be 30 years in another six months since the USS Abraham Lincoln, named in honour of the 16th US President, was commissioned on Nov.11, 1989 as the 5th Nimitz-class aircraft carrier of the American Navy. Now, …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-08). Headlines for May 8, 2019. democracynow.org Iran to Suspend Part of Nuclear Deal Citing U.S. Sanctions, Pompeo Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq As U.S.-Iran Tensions Mount, UN Rapporteur Slams U.S. For Using Sanctions to Precipitate Humanitarian Disasters, 1 Dead, 8 Injured in Colorado School Shooting Near Columbine, NYT: Trump's Tax Records Show He Lost Over $1 Billion Between 1985 and 1994, House Prepares to Hold Barr in Contempt as Justice Dept. Advises Trump to Invoke Executive Privilege, Georgia Enacts One of Nation's Most Restrictive Abortion Bans, Uber & Lyft Drivers Strike Ahead of Uber's Wall Street Debut, Tens of Thousands of Teachers in Oregon to Wa…

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-08). Is the Iran Nuclear Deal Doomed? globalresearch.ca On Wednesday, Iran announced the suspension of some of its JCPOA commitments, short of withdrawing from the nuclear deal altogether. More on this below. | Trump's year ago pullout greatly jeopardizes the deal's sustainability over the longterm, what its hardliners aim …

Akela Lacy (2019-05-08). Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders for Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran. theintercept.com A mainstream, Democratic Party-aligned foreign policy think tank is knocking Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for voting against new sanctions on Iran in 2017 — though the think tank itself and many members of its board oppose new Iran sanctions. | Sanders has been an outspoken supporter of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said at the time that he voted against the measure in…

Comitato No Nato (2019-05-08). US and NATO Reject the UN Treaty and Deploy New Nuclear Weapons in Europe. globalresearch.ca The Following text is Section 12 of | The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War, : | by the Italian Committee No War No NATO | * | Documentation presented at the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, Florence, April 7, …

RT (2019-05-08). New Iran sanctions: Trump threatens anyone trading aluminum, iron, steel & copper. rt.com The US has imposed sweeping new sanctions on anyone who trades with Iran in iron, steel, copper, aluminum and related products, escalating the economic blockade of Tehran as the nuclear deal continues to unravel.

Joyce Chediac (2019-05-08). Suit reveals US, S. Korean govts were sex traffickers of Korean women. liberationnews.org So-called "comfort women" and their advocates advance their struggle in court.

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-05-07). Iran's Reduced Compliance with Nuclear Accord Should be Met with Good-Faith Diplomacy, Not Escalation. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — May 7, 2019 — In response to reports that Iran will announce a reduction in its compliance with the Iran Nuclear Agreement on May 8, the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration's unilateral withdrawal from the agreement, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the …

Staff (2019-05-06). Why I'm Pro-Detente with Russia — RAI with Stephen Cohen (5/5). therealnews.com 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-06). Headlines for May 6, 2019. democracynow.org Gaza: Ceasefire Reached After Intense Fighting Kills 25 Palestinians and 4 Israelis, U.N. Report: 1 Million Species at Risk of Extinction, Trump Nominates Obama-Era Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan to Head ICE, Ex-WH Chief of Staff John Kelly Joins Board of U.S.'s Largest Jailer of Migrant Children, John Bolton: U.S. Deploying Warships to Send "Message" to Iran, North Korea Tests Missiles As Trump Admin Affirms Nuclear Deal Still on Track, U.N. Warns 40% of North Koreans in Need of Food Assistance, Colombia: Renowned Activist Francia Márquez Escapes Attack by Gunmen, Afghanistan: Taliban Raid Security HQ, Killing…

unitedEditor (2019-05-06). Israeli offensive, North Korean missiles, Venezuela, Assange. uwidata.com 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 …

United Nations (2019-05-03). Friday's Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin. un.org 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.

Winston DeLaurier (2019-04-25). California housing crisis continues with no end in sight. liberationnews.org Rising rents are driving working class Californians out of the neighborhoods they grew up in.

Peace Action (2019-04-08). President Moon's Unenviable Task. peaceaction.org 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 …

CounterSpin (2019-03-01). Tim Shorrock on Korea Summit, Jon Schwarz on Elliott Abrams. fair.org Media…

Kevin Martin (2019-02-28). No Hanoi Agreement, But Diplomacy Must Continue. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — February 28, 2019 — In response to the Hanoi summit meeting between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un ending without an agreement, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, released the following statement: "It's unfortunate that the Hanoi Summit did not lead to an agreement, however, …

2019-05-09: Social Media Postees

More US Pressure on North Korea Is Not the Path to Denuclearization
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-09
On Friday, when the news broke of North Korea's missile test, two dominant myths immediately circulated in both mainstream and social media. One was that U.S. diplomacy with North Korea was failing, because North Korea had once again proved that it couldn't be trusted to keep its promise. The other was that more pressure was needed to force North Korea's denuclearization. But these narratives — which cut across partisan lines — fail to address an obvious fact: The U.S. policy of maximum pressure has not achieved its desired aim to denuclearize North Korea. To the contrary, U.S. policies of aggressi…
truthout.org/articles/more-us-pressure-on-north-korea-is-not-the-path-to-denuclearization/

Imagination and Nuclear Weapons
David Krieger | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-09
Einstein believed that knowledge is limited, but imagination is infinite. Imagine the soul-crushing reality of a nuclear war, with billions of humans dead; in essence, a global Hiroshima, with soot from the destruction of cities blocking warming sunlight. There would be darkness everywhere, temperatures falling into a new ice age, with crop failures and mass…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/09/imagination-and-nuclear-weapons/

Iran Urges Diplomacy as US Ramps Up "Wildly Reckless" Threats of War
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-09
(CD) — In the face of belligerent threats of war from the Trump administration, Iran on Wednesday took what some observers described as rational steps to reduce compliance with the nuclear accord to pressure European nations to live up to their end of the deal. "The path we have chosen today is not the path of war, it is the path of diplomacy," …

Iran Urges Diplomacy as US Ramps Up "Wildly Reckless" Threats of War

Brazilian Court Orders ex-President Michel Temer Back to Prison
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-09
A Brazilian court on Wednesday ordered that former President Michel Temer be jailed again over an ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption. | RELATED: | Brazil's Temer Closed 130 Community Radios Before Leaving | Temer has been charged six times in connection with various corruption investigations. The court decision on Wednesday relates to an alleged corruption scheme involving a nuclear power plant operated by Eletronuclear, a subsidiary of state-run Centrais Eletricas…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazilian-Court-Orders-ex-President-Michel-Temer-Back-to-Prison-20190509-0012.html

Iran's Actions Seek Compliance with Nuclear Deal
plenglish.com | 2019-05-09
Tehran, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Ambassador at the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi said that by withdrawing from parts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), his country seeks compliance with what the pact establishes.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=41783&SEO=irans-actions-seek-compliance-with-nuclear-deal

Trump's achievements in pressure on Iran: from economic sanctions to military confrontation
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-09
Exactly a year ago, on May 8, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump took a pivotal decision on pulling his country unilaterally out of the international nuclear agreement on the Iran nuclear deal brokered by international mediators — the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. Trump claimed that the Administration of his …
uwidata.com/3374-trumps-achievements-in-pressure-on-iran-from-economic-sanctions-to-military-confrontation/

Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Iran
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-09
(MEE) — One year after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump imposed strict new sanctions on the country, just hours after Tehran announced plans to pull out of parts of the landmark accord. The Trump administration on Wednesday announced a new round of sanctions that will target Iran's metals trade — iron, steel, …

Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Iran

Why Does Trump Like Communist Vietnam? Because It's Capitalist
Mark Karlin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-09
Before Donald Trump's February summit with Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, The Washington Post ran an article headlined, "The US wants North Korea to follow the 'miracle' of Vietnam's path." | "In light of the once-unimaginable prosperity and partnership | …
globalresearch.ca/trump-like-communist-vietnam-its-capitalist/5677083

Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget
William Hartung — Mandy Smithburger | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-09
In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/09/boondoggle-inc-making-sense-of-the-1-25-trillion-national-security-state-budget/

US Seizes North Korean Coal Ship as Tensions Mount
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-09
North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles Thursday in its second such test in less than a week, and the United States announced it had seized a North Korean cargo ship as tensions again mounted between the two countries. | U.S. President Donald Trump said "nobody is happy" at the missile launches, which South Korea said were likely a protest by Pyongyang against Trump refusing to ease economic sanctions on the North. | Meanwhile, the country's foreign ministry said Wednesday that North Korea's "strike drill" last week was "regular and self-defensive," | "The recent drill conducted by our…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Seizes-North-Korean-Coal-Ship-as-Tensions-Mount-After-Missile-Launches-20190509-0019.html

Iran Quits Parts of 2015 Nuclear Deal and Lays Down 60-Day Ultimatum
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-08
(MEE) — Iran President Hassan Rouhani has announced that Tehran is pulling out of key commitments under a 2015 international nuclear deal, a year after it was abandoned by the United States. Rouhani said Iran would keep enriched uranium stocks in the country rather than sell them abroad and threatened to resume production of higher enriched uranium …

Iran Quits Parts of 2015 Nuclear Deal and Lays Down 60-Day Ultimatum

Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders for Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-08
A mainstream, Democratic Party-aligned foreign policy think tank is knocking Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for voting against new sanctions on Iran in 2017 — though the think tank itself and many members of its board oppose new Iran sanctions. | Sanders has been an outspoken supporter of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said at the time that he voted against the measure in…
theintercept.com/2019/05/08/bernie-sanders-foreign-policy-for-america-score/

Iran to Even the Nuclear Score with the US
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
It is going to be 30 years in another six months since the USS Abraham Lincoln, named in honour of the 16th US President, was commissioned on Nov.11, 1989 as the 5th Nimitz-class aircraft carrier of the American Navy. Now, …
globalresearch.ca/iran-even-nuclear-score-us/5676978

US and NATO Reject the UN Treaty and Deploy New Nuclear Weapons in Europe
Comitato No Nato | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
The Following text is Section 12 of | The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War, : | by the Italian Committee No War No NATO | * | Documentation presented at the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, Florence, April 7, …
globalresearch.ca/us-nato-reject-un-treaty-deploy-new-nuclear-weapons-europe/5676982

New Iran sanctions: Trump threatens anyone trading aluminum, iron, steel & copper
rt.com | 2019-05-08
The US has imposed sweeping new sanctions on anyone who trades with Iran in iron, steel, copper, aluminum and related products, escalating the economic blockade of Tehran as the nuclear deal continues to unravel. | …
rt.com/usa/458769-iran-sanctions-metal-industry/

Is the Iran Nuclear Deal Doomed?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
On Wednesday, Iran announced the suspension of some of its JCPOA commitments, short of withdrawing from the nuclear deal altogether. More on this below. | Trump's year ago pullout greatly jeopardizes the deal's sustainability over the longterm, what its hardliners aim …
globalresearch.ca/iran-nuclear-deal-doomed/5676974

Suit reveals US, S. Korean govts were sex traffickers of Korean women
Joyce Chediac | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-08
So-called "comfort women" and their advocates advance their struggle in court.
liberationnews.org/suit-reveals-us-s-korean-govts-were-sex-traffickers-of-korean-women/

Iran's Reduced Compliance with Nuclear Accord Should be Met with Good-Faith Diplomacy, Not Escalation
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-05-07
Washington, D.C. — May 7, 2019 — In response to reports that Iran will announce a reduction in its compliance with the Iran Nuclear Agreement on May 8, the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration's unilateral withdrawal from the agreement, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the …
peaceaction.org/2019/05/07/irans-reduced-compliance-with-nuclear-accord-should-be-met-with-good-faith-diplomacy-not-escalation/

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…
therealnews.com/stories/why-im-pro-detente-with-russia-rai-with-stephen-cohen-5-5

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 …
uwidata.com/3324-israeli-offensive-north-korean-missiles-venezuela-assange/

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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1037851

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 …
peaceaction.org/2019/04/08/president-moons-unenviable-task/