North Koreans trapped in 'vicious cycle of deprivation, corruption, repression' and endemic bribery: UN human rights office
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-28
Bribery is the main way people in North Korea get food, healthcare, shelter and work, a new UN human rights office report said on Tuesday.
Tuesday's Daily Brief: violence surges in Nigeria, anti-Semitism on the march, taxing pollution to tackle climate crisis, and more
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-28
Tuesday's main stories include: thousands fleeing into Niger as violence surges in Nigeria; UN rights office condemns rise in anti-Semitic incidents; UN chief says tax pollution, not people for climate's sake; North Koreans trapped in vicious cycle of corruption and bribery; Ebola latest from DR Congo.
Does Iran's economic fate depend on a lifeline from China?
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-05-28
It's hard to predict what will happen in the oil market as the U.S. sanctions on Iran tighten. For now, it looks like India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey will hold off from buying Iranian oil. These countries–with China–had been the main sources of Iran's foreign exchange. It is unlikely–at the present time–that India, Japan, […] | Source…
From Nuclear Debris to Dying Coral, Scientific Panel Votes to Recognize the Destructive Impact of the 'Anthropocene'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-28
Most members of the Anthropocene Working Group believe the "age of man" began around the mid-twentieth century, when industrialization accelerated and nuclear weapons were used by the United States | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/coal-power-plant_0.jpeg…
If Trump Really Only Wants 'No Iranian Nukes,' Then He Should Just Rejoin the Nuclear Deal
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-05-28
Iran was screwed over by the US– it gave up its only deterrence card to forestall a US invasion and regime change. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_iran.jpeg…
Prior to the Cold War: US Nuclear Plans Entailed Blowing Up Hundreds of Chinese, Soviet and Eastern European Cities
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-28
On 30 August 1945, Major General Lauris Norstad dispatched a document to his superior, General Leslie Groves, outlining a total of 15 "key Soviet cities" to be struck with US atomic weapons, headed by the capital Moscow. This was …
Capitalism, Fukushima, Creative Reconstruction & The History Of Olympics
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-05-28
Professor George Wright discusses the history of the Olympics and how privatization and control by the corporations of the world have led to in allowing the Olympics going to Japan and the contaminated Fukushima. The three broken nuclear reactors still have melted nuclear rods which must be cooled with water. He discusses the systemic corruption of the Olympic Committee and how it is now ignored the safety of the athletes and the public.
Outraged US congressman, journalists fall for fake Trump quote by TIME contributor
rt.com | 2019-05-27
Twitter went into overdrive over a fabricated quote of US President Donald Trump praising North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The fake quote drew real outrage from Rep. Ted Lieu and other members of the anti-Trump resistance. | …
Chomsky: Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change & the Undermining of Democracy Threaten Future of Planet
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-27
As President Trump pulls out of key nuclear agreements with Russia and moves to expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Noam Chomsky looks at how the threat of nuclear war remains one of the most pressing issues facing mankind. In a speech at the Old South Church in Boston, Chomsky also discusses the threat of climate change and the undermining of democracy across the globe.
Why does Washington hate Iran?
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-24
In recent weeks the United States has sent the USS Abraham Lincoln, B-52 bombers, a Patriot missile interceptor battery and more naval firepower into the Persian Gulf in an escalation of military threats against Iran. | Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced in May that the Pentagon had plans to send 120,000 troops in the event that Iran attacked American forces in the Middle East, or if Iran resumed work that could lead to nuclear weapons. | In April, US President Donald Trump's administration designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, part of Iran's armed forces, as a "terrorist group". | The US…
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 …