2020-02-10: News Headlines

Staff (2020-02-10). Headlines for February 10, 2020. democracynow.org Coronavirus Deaths Soar as First U.S. Citizen Succumbs to Disease, Iowa Dem. Party Officially Gives Buttigieg the Lead as Candidates Prepare for New Hampshire Vote, Trump Budget Seeks Boost to Military and Nuclear Spending, Cuts to Social Programs and EPA, Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan, Trump Fires Key Impeachment Figures Following Acquittal, Thai Soldier Kills 29 People in Shooting Rampage, Brazilian Police Kill Hitman Suspected of Involvement in Marielle Franco's Assassination, Temperature Reaches Record-Breaking 65 Degrees in Antarctica, Extinction Rebellion Activists Demand New York Divest from Foss…

Tim Shorrock (2020-02-10). The 'Parasite' Oscar Sweep Is a Triumph for South Korean Culture. thenation.com The 'Parasite' Oscar Sweep Is a Triumph for South Korean Culture…

Staff (2020-02-10). Big Wins for 'Parasite' Give Oscar Night an Emotional High. truthdig.com Called up to the stage again and again, Bong Joon Ho kept saying he was ready for a drink — "bloody ready." | But the Oscars weren't bloody ready to stop giving him awards. | By the end, the South Korean director and his masterful social thriller "Parasite" had won best original screenplay, best international film, best director, and best picture, the latter a history-shattering win as the first non-English language film to win the top prize in the Oscars' 92-year history. | Bong's giddy, increasingly incredulous acceptance speeches — and the warmly raucous reception he received — were emblemati…

Scott Ritter (2020-02-10). Step to Nuclear Doomsday: US Puts Low-yield Nukes on Submarines to Counter Made-up Russian 'Strategy'. globalresearch.ca The US has deployed "low-yield" nuclear missiles on submarines, saying it's to discourage nuclear conflict with Russia. The move is based on a "Russian strategy" made up in Washington and will only bring mass annihilation closer. | In a statement released …

No Nukes Action (2020-02-10). Rally At Japanese Consulate To Stop Nuclear Olympics In Japan, End Nuclear Power. indybay.org San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/near California | San Francisco…

Andrew Facini (2020-02-10). The "Low-yield" Nuclear Warhead: A Dangerous Weapon Based on Bad Strategic Thinking. globalresearch.ca In the unintuitive world of nuclear weapons strategy, it's often difficult to identify which decisions can serve to decrease the risk of a devastating nuclear conflict and which might instead increase it. Such complexity stems from the very foundation of …

sputniknews (2020-02-10). Stealing Oscar for J-Lo? Backstage Fuss at Academy Awards Turns Into Meme. sputniknews.com Whether it was award-winning director Martin Scorsese dozing off during Eminem's performance or Kristen Wiig's "crab-like" dress, the historic success of the Korean hit movie Parasite or Brad Pitt's acceptance speech — the 92nd Oscar Awards Ceremony has given netizens a lot to discuss. However, something backstage also proved to be meme-worthy.

sputniknews (2020-02-10). South Korean President Says Parasite's Big Win at Oscars Instills Pride and Courage in the Nation. sputniknews.com For South Korea and its film industry it would have been more than enough if director and scriptwriter Boon-Joon-ho had won only in the category best original screenplay, as it was the first Oscar for the country. But after collecting this prize, the film won in three other categories, including the most prestigious — Best Picture.

RT (2020-02-09). Russia is ready to extend New START arms control treaty & negotiate on new weapons, yet US ignores the offers — Lavrov. rt.com Moscow is ready to prolong the crucial New Start arms control treaty without any preconditions — and even negotiate on its new, state-of-art weaponry — yet the US is dodging the talks, Russia's FM Sergey Lavrov has said. | One of the last obstacles on the path of the unhinged nuclear arms race, the US-Russia Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) is set to expire in a year. Still Moscow and Washington have been unable to engage into any meaningful discussion on it yet, since the US has been ignoring the repeated calls for dialogue, Lavrov said during an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspa…

Washington's Blog (2020-02-09). The Real Reason America Used Nuclear Weapons Against Japan. It Was Not To End the War Or Save Lives. globalresearch.ca Like all Americans, I was taught that the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to end WWII and save both American and Japanese lives. But most of the top American military officials at the time said otherwise.

Strategic Culture (2020-02-08). US Deploys 'Mini-Nukes' in Deplorable Threat to World Peace. theantimedia.com These so-called "mini-nukes" represent—despite the diminutive-sounding name—an increased risk of nuclear war.

Staff (2020-02-07). Risk of Nuclear War Rises as U.S. Deploys a New Nuclear Weapon for the First Time Since the Cold War. democracynow.org The Federation of American Scientists revealed in late January that the U.S. Navy had deployed for the first time a submarine armed with a low-yield Trident nuclear warhead. The USS Tennessee deployed from Kings Bay Submarine Base in Georgia in late 2019. The W76-2 warhead, which is facing criticism at home and abroad, is estimated to have about a third of the explosive power of the atomic bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) called the news "an alarming development that heightens the risk of nuclear war." We're joined by William Arkin, longtime reporter…

Staff (2020-02-03). ACLU: Trump Is Expanding His Racist Travel Ban, This Time Targeting Africans. democracynow.org The Trump administration has expanded its contested travel ban to six additional countries — most of which are African nations. Under the new restrictions, nationals of Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan will no longer be able to obtain visas to live and work in the U.S., while Sudan and Tanzania will no longer be able to participate in the diversity visa lottery program. The ban, commonly referred to as the "Muslim ban," already affects citizens from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Venezuela and North Korea. The expansion is expected to affect more than 350 million people. Democrats say they will…

Staff (2020-01-31). Headlines for January 31, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Poised to Acquit President Trump in Impeachment Trial, World Health Organization Declares International Public Health Emergency, U.S. Special Envoy Warns of International Crisis in Idlib, Syria, Britain Formally Withdrawing from European Union Tonight, Pentagon Deploys 1st Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead-Armed Submarine, Trump Admin Poised to Loosen Restrictions on Use of Landmines, Human Rights Groups Condemn Mexico for Crackdown on Central American Migrants, Mexican Butterfly Conservationist Found Dead, Bolivia's Movement for Socialism Candidate Luis Arce Returns to Bolivia, U.S. Pushes EU to End Ban on Chemic…

Lawrence Wittner (2019-12-22). Americans Are Ready for a Different Approach to Nuclear Weapons. zcomm.org Although today's public protests against nuclear weapons can't compare to the major antinuclear upheavals of past decades, there are clear indications that most Americans reject the Trump administration's nuclear weapons policies. Since entering office in 2017, the Trump administration has withdrawn the United States from the nuclear agreement with Iran, scrapped the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces

Jon Rainwater (2019-11-07). Take Action — Some actual, SANE legislation. peaceaction.org Trump has plans to spend nearly $2 TRILLION over the next 30 years on unneeded and unnecessary nuclear weapons and delivery systems. This makes no sense. This is insane. That's nearly $100 million wasted every day for thirty years on weapons we are supposed to be getting rid of. To put that amount in perspective, …

Peace Action (2019-06-25). Peace Action Endorses Ilhan Omar for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 25, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Ilhan Omar for Congress in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Peace Action (2019-06-24). Peace Action Endorses Kara Eastman for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 24, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman for Congress in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

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