2020-06-05: News Headlines

Erika Williams (2020-06-04). Russia OKs Use of Nukes in Response to Non-Nuclear Attacks. globalresearch.ca Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new government policy for nuclear deterrence on Tuesday that allows the use of nuclear weapons in response to conventional arms attacks. | Russia says its nuclear weapons are developed in order to deter potential attacks …

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-06-04). U.S. Abandons Open Skies for New Age Space Weapons. counterpunch.org With the U.S. deciding to walk out of the Open Skies agreement, the U.S. is signaling to the world that it intends to return to days of Pax Americana that existed post-World War II, when it was the sole possessor of nuclear weapons. It has already walked out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in

commondreams (2020-06-04). Beyond Nuclear Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging High-Level Radioactive Waste Dump for Entire Inventory of U.S. "Spent" Reactor Fuel. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Kathy Kelly (2020-06-02). Of Plowshares and Protests: The Moral Obligation to Resist. progressive.org On nuclear weapons and police brutality, what's our excuse not to do more?

Mark Thompson (2020-06-03). Extremely Well-Written Piece on How Much of the Nuclear Arsenal Is Nothing but an Unneeded and Dangerous Make-Jobs Program. anti-empire.com When you get to a certain age, you may need help in getting around. You know: canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. Same thing's true with nuclear bombers. To face ever-improving air defenses over countries they might have to attack, they're turning into lobbers, not bombers. They can fly close to their targets, but stay outside the range of enemy air defenses. That way, the thinking goes, they can "safely" lob atomic weapons, designed to kill millions, with minimal risk to the weapon or the people deploying it. | Bizarre world, this nuclear-war biz. | Just brand it "deterrence," the liturgy goes, and it's not only lo…

RT (2020-06-05). Arctic oil spill: Russian watchdog 'revealed violations' in Norilsk thermal power plant's operations in 2017. rt.com Russia's Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor) revealed violations in the operation of tanks at the combined heat and power plant CHPP-3 in Norilsk, in Russia's Krasnoyarsk Region, in 2017, according to the SPARK database. During inspections in the fall of 2017, Rostechnadzor found irregularities in the operation of two tanks for fuel storage at the thermal power plant that belongs to the Norilsk-Taimyr Energy Company (NTEC), which is part of the Nornickel group. | The watchdog also said the company had failed to conduct repair work which had been planned earlier at…

RT (2020-06-04). 'Thank you, Iran!': Trump says 'deal is possible' after Tehran releases US Navy vet. rt.com US President Donald Trump has praised Tehran for releasing US Navy veteran Michael White, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2018, hinting at a breakthrough that may pave way for a new nuclear deal. | "I just got off the phone with former American hostage Michael White, who is now in Zurich after being released from Iran. He will be on a U.S. plane shortly, and is COMING HOME to the United States," Trump tweeted on Thursday evening, before giving credit to the Islamic Republic for its cooperation in the process. | Thank you Iran, it shows a deal is possible! | I just got off the phone with former Ameri…

RT (2020-06-04). US nuclear secrets reportedly stolen from missile contractor. Surprised to learn that Russian hackers are blamed again? rt.com Cyber extortionists have stolen confidential documents possibly containing information about the United States Minuteman III nuclear deterrent, according to reports. | The hackers The Minuteman III is a key nuclear deterrent system that controls thermonuclear warheads that c…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-05). Russia backs Iran's peaceful satellite launch. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 05 (MNA) — Russia has defended Iran's right to launch a satellite, dismissing US claims that Tehran was defying the UN resolution endorsing the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers by sending it into space.