2020-06-16: News Headlines

Lawrence Wittner (2020-06-16). Let Them Eat Weapons: Trump's Bizarre Arms Race. zcomm.org The price tag for this enormous nuclear buildup, which will occur over the next three decades, has been estimated as at least $1.5 trillion…

Thomas Gaulkin (2020-06-16). Curious Coincidence: The Birth of Donald Trump and the Struggle to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. globalresearch.ca The 45th president of the United States made his first international appearance on June 14, 1946. According to Donald Trump's Five minutes …

_____ (2020-06-16). Act On Dr. King's Call To Tackle Evils Of Racism, Economic Exploitation And War. popularresistance.org Martin Luther King, Jr. King called us to address "Three major evils—the evil of racism, the evil of poverty and the evil of war" to the consternation of the establishment. It is time to tell the truth about the US-Russian relationship and US complicity in driving the nuclear arms race if we are ever to reverse it as well as the race to weaponize space. Perhaps, by addressing the triple evils, we can fulfill King's dream and the mission envisioned for the United Nations, to end the scourge of war! At a minimum, we should be promoting UN Secretary-General António Guterres' call for a global ceasefire while o…

yenisafak (2020-06-15). Israel owns 90 nuclear warheads: Report. yenisafak.com Israel is believed to possess between 80 and 90 nuclear warheads, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on Monday. | In a report, SIPRI said Israel continues to pursue a policy of ambiguity regarding its nuclear program. | It said that the number of nuclear warheads in Israel rose to 90, up from 80 warheads in 2019. | "The nine nuclear-armed states—the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)—together possessed an estimated 13,400 nuclear weapons at the start of 2020," the S…

RT (2020-06-15). 'Conniving human scum': North Korea is very angry at the South, but it's not Seoul's attention it wants. rt.com Things in the Koreas seem to have taken a turn for the worse again. North Korea is threatening military action against the South, seemingly over some propaganda leaflets. But Pyongyang's real target is not so petty — or so close. | With North Korean media referring to the South as "conniving" and "human scum," and communications now cut off between the two, inter-Korean relations risk hitting a dangerously low point. What exactly sparked Pyongyang's seemingly sudden fit of rage — and is it really one? A closer analysis reveals several factors at play. | It's raining balloons : | What initial…

RT (2020-06-15). WATCH Russian jets 'intercept' US strategic bombers over Baltic Sea. rt.com US B-52H strategic bombers have again been spotted near Russian borders, forcing its Baltic Sea Fleet's Su-27 fighter jets to take to the skies and monitor their actions, the Russian Defense Ministry has said. | Video released by Moscow showed all stages of the 'intercept' — from the pilot in full gear rushing towards his jet to the Su-27s gaining on the American nuclear-capable bombers and "foreign surveillance planes" above the neutral waters. | NATO aircraft have frequently been spotted close to Russian airspace above Baltic and Black Sea frontiers in recent years. The flights, which Moscow deems provo…

sputniknews (2020-06-15). North Korea Reviewing Plans to Send Troops Into Disarmed Border Areas. sputniknews.com North Korean military leaders announced on Tuesday they were reviewing plans to reoccupy parts of the inter-Korean border disarmed by a previous agreement with Seoul. The move comes amid continued deterioration of relations between the two Koreas fueled by the activities of North Korean defectors in the South.

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-15). American Delusions About COVID-19. strategic-culture.org China and South Korea have set examples to the world how to see economies open and productive while taking sensible precautions to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic. By contrast, U.S. libertarians and President Donald Trump on the right, one world liberal internationalists on the soft left have both cost scores of thousands of lives with their childish ideological fantasies and sheer incompetence. | Oblivious to how the global pandemic has already transformed the zeitgeist, Hegel's "Spirit of the Age" the Old Right and Old Left across the United States continue to trade their old accusations at each other, oblivious…

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-14). No End to US Hostility Toward Nonbelligerent North Korea. globalresearch.ca US hostility toward North Korea has nothing to do with national security. | North Korea never posed a threat to the US or any other country since the peninsula was divided post-WW II — just an invented one throughout this period….

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-14). Keeping the World Safe from Iran's Legitimate Nuclear Program? globalresearch.ca The above headlined Pompeo's hostile May 27 remarks on Iran. | Perpetuating the myth about an Iranian nuclear threat ignores what the whole world knows. | Throughout its existence since the 1950s, Iran's legitimate nuclear program had and still has no military …

WSWS (2020-06-13). US Navy deploys three aircraft carriers to Pacific against China. wsws.org The deployments underscore the strategic shift by the Pentagon from the so-called "war on terror" to great power competition that heightens the danger of conflict between nuclear-armed powers.

yenisafak (2020-06-13). COVID-19: New cases reported in China, South Korea. yenisafak.com China confirmed 11 new novel coronavirus cases while South Korea reported 48, authorities said on Saturday.China's National Health Commission said in a statement that five of the cases were locally transmitted, all based in the capital Beijing, while the six others were from travelers overseas.The commission reported no deaths due to the virus in the last 24 hours.A total of 83,075 cases have been reported in the country so far, according to the statement.The epidemic has claimed the lives of 4,634 people while 78,367 others have recovered from the virus.Meanwhile, South Korea reported 48 more cases of the virus…

yenisafak (2020-06-13). Fire on French nuclear submarine at Toulon extinguished. yenisafak.com A fire on a nuclear submarine docked at the French Mediterranean port of Toulon was extinguished early on Saturday morning, the Defence Ministry said.Some 100 firefighters had been called in to tackle the blaze on the Perle, which lasted 14 hours and ended at around 00: 50 a.m. (2250 GMT). the ministry said. It confirmed an earlier statement that no nuclear material was aboard when the fire broke out on Friday.Nobody was hurt and no nuclear materials or weapons were on board the vessel, which was in dry dock for repairs, authorities said on Friday.Toulon is France's biggest naval base and is home to most of its fl…

Kyle Mizokami (2020-06-12). US Bombers Are So Ridiculously Expensive Air Force Forced to Make Up for Low Numbers by Planning Cargo Planes for Combat. anti-empire.com Editor's note: A decent article but which does not explain the background of why the Air Force is experimenting with using cargo planes in this way. Despite having a massive budget the hardware the service orders from the defense industry is so ridiculously expensive the stable just isn't large enough. That is also the reason the ancient but reliable B-52s are still kept in service (and indeed form the backbone of the nuclear and heavy bomber force) and will outlive far newer but overly-complicated and troubled machines like the B-1 from the corporate handout era: Curious taxpayers might wonder why we need the Lon…

David P. Goldman (2020-06-12). Trump's Chip Ban Gives Huawei and South Korea an Enormous Incentive to Strike a Grand Bargain. anti-empire.com A US ban on foreign companies' sales of chips to Huawei Technologies if American equipment or software is involved will undermine America's already-weakened position in the global semiconductor equipment market, industry sources say. | Chip fabricators will remove American equipment from production lines in order to maintain market share in China, the world's largest purchaser of semiconductors. | Samsung, the world's biggest fabricator of memory as well as logic chips after Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation, already has set up a small production line for top-of-the-line 7-nanometer chips using only…