2020-08-10: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin (2020-08-10). Elliott Abrams' Appointment as the Next U.S. Special Representative for Iran. Spells Disaster. globalresearch.ca The appointment of Elliott Abrams to replace Brian Hook as the next U.S. Special Representative for Iran is another low point for the Trump administration's disastrous policy towards Iran. The dangerous conflict resulting from Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear agreement …

Bill Hackwell and Alicia Jrapko (2020-08-10). US: Crimes against Humanity at Home and Abroad. dissidentvoice.org Photo Credit: Albert Eisenstaedt This month marks the second year since former President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, announced to the world a campaign promoted by a group of Latin American writers and academics to declare August 9 as International Day of US Crimes against Humanity. Appropriately the day is to remember the second nuclear bomb …

news.un (2020-08-10). Young people have a major role to play in ridding the world of nuclear weapons. news.un.org Nuclear weapons are still one of the most serious threats to mankind, and the dangers are growing. Young people can play an important role in ensuring that they are eliminated once and for all, says the UN's top disarmament official, ahead of International Youth Day on 12 August.

_____ (2020-08-10). US Crimes Against Humanity At Home And Abroad. popularresistance.org The US crimes against humanity did not begin or end with the dropping of the nuclear bombs on Japan. As militant civil rights leader Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown) pointed out years ago, "Violence is as American as cherry pie." Since its inception, the US has been ingrained with a motor force of violent oppression against everyone and every country that stood in its way of its expansion for control of resources and its entitlement to a limitless accumulation of vast wealth for a few. | The original thirteen colonies that rebelled against England were not motivated solely by being taxed without rep…

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Israel says ready for war with Lebanon: Gantz. yenisafak.com Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Monday Israel is ready for a war with Lebanon if such war is imposed on Tel Aviv. | In his briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Gantz warned that such war would have serious consequences on Lebanon. | "While [Hezbollah leader Hasan] Nasrallah is our biggest enemy in the north, he is Lebanon's biggest problem." He said. | Gantz also said that the situation in the Middle East in the past decade was fragile and uncertain, stressing that Israel will continue efforts to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear power, and from operati…

Shane Quinn (2020-08-09). The Rapid Postwar Increase of America's Nuclear Arsenal. globalresearch.ca Hitler had, as early as June 1942, decided against the development of an atomic bomb — on both racial and pragmatic grounds. By the summer of 1944, Allied intelligence accounts were flowing in that a Nazi atomic bomb was non-existent.

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-08-09). Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the threat of nuclear extinction. peoplesdispatch.org It is difficult to believe that the US view of the justness of its possession of nuclear power, while threatening others, is not underpinned by the belief of many in white supremacy…

news.un (2020-08-09). Lessons of Nagasaki survivors should motivate the world to eliminate all nuclear weapons — UN chief. news.un.org UN Secretary General António Guterres on Sunday marked 75 years since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki with praise for the hibakusha, the survivors, who transformed their decades-long plight into a warning about the perils of nuclear weapons and an example of the triumph of the human spirit.

sputniknews (2020-08-09). Investigators Find Labyrinth of Underground Rooms at Epicenter of Beirut Explosions, Report Claims. sputniknews.com As many as 60 people remain missing following Tuesday's massive blasts in the Lebanese capital, with over 150 killed and up to 6,000 suffering injuries of varying severity. Researchers say the ammonium nitrate believed to have caused the explosions had an explosive power equivalent to that of a small nuclear bomb.

H. Patricia Hynes (2020-08-09). The Atomic Bomb Poets and the Military Realists 75 Years After Nagasaki. commondreams.org People observe a one minute silence during a remembrance service for Korean victims of the atomic bomb on the 75th anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing, on August 9, 2020 in Nagasaki, Japan. In a ceremony that has been scaled back substantially because of Covid-19 coronavirus, Japan will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki by U.S forces in World War 2 killing between 35,000 to 40,000 instantly while many thousands more continued to die for months afterward from the effects of burns, radiation sickness, and other injuries compounded by illness and malnutrition.

yenisafak (2020-08-09). N.Korea brings aid supplies to border town under lockdown: state media. yenisafak.com North Korea's ruling party has delivered special aid packages of food and medical equipment to residents of Kaesong, near the border with the South, after imposing a lockdown there due to COVID-19 concerns, state media said on Sunday.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency and imposed a lockdown on the small border town last month after a person, who defected to South Korea in 2017, returned to Kaesong across the highly fortified border showing coronavirus symptoms.Pyongyang has not confirmed any coronavirus infections but has been taking strict quarantine measures and screening the town, while prov…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-08). Video: The Privatization of Nuclear War. A "First Strike" Use of Nuclear Weapons as a Means of "Self Defense" globalresearch.ca An important transition in nuclear doctrine occurred in the immediate wake of 9/11. | The Cold War MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) doctrine was scrapped by the Bush Jr administration in 2002, replaced by the first strike pre-emptive use of nuclear …

_____ (2020-08-08). CODEPINK Denounces Elliott Abrams' Appointment As US Special Representative For Iran. popularresistance.org The appointment of Elliott Abrams to replace Brian Hook as the next U.S. Special Representative for Iran is another low point for the Trump administration's disastrous policy towards Iran. The dangerous conflict resulting from Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear agreement will be exacerbated by a man committed to Washington's failed policies of regime change, including in his present-day position as Trump's representative for Venezuela. | Elliott Abrams has made a career of lying and committing criminal acts that have led to the death and suffering of innocent people from Guatemala to Iraq.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-08). South Korea floods, landslides kill at least 21. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 08 (MNA) — At least 21 people have died after 46 days of heavy rains in South Korea, with the country's longest monsoon in seven years causing more flooding, landslides and evacuations on Saturday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-08). Iran calls on IAEA to clarify Saudis' secret nuclear program. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — Iran's ambassador to IAEA Kazem Gharibabadi has called for the IAEA to put forward a report on Saudi Arabia's secret program of building yellowcake uranium processing plant.

CLPFSRS (2020-08-08). Sunday 8/9: The Bomb: Understanding its History and the Hope for a Nuclear-Free Future. indybay.org Online…

Jim Green (2020-08-08). Book review: Michael Shellenberger's reheated critique of climate 'alarmism'. indybay.org California-based Michael Shellenberger first courted controversy in 2004 with his 'death of environmentalism' critique of the environment movement and has continued to attract controversy by promoting nuclear power, demonising renewable energy ("renewables are worse for the environment than fossil fuels") and demonising the environment movement that he claims to be part of.

Richard Eskow (2020-08-08). Rehearsals for Apocalypse: From the A-Bomb to Covid-19. commondreams.org Medical staff, wearing protective gear, move a patient infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) from an ambulance to a hospital on March 09, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/apocalypse_now_lessons_never_learned.jpg

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-07). America had first Contemplated Nuclear War against both China and North Korea in 1950. globalresearch.ca America's use of nuclear weapons on a first strike basis is no longer considered as a weapon of total annihilation. Quite the opposite, the preemptive use of nukes is upheld as a means to ensuring global peace and security. This is the doctrine which prevails today under Trump's "fire and fury"

John Laforge (2020-08-07). USAF Vet Could Face '20 Days for 20 Bombs' for Protest Against US H-Bombs Stationed in Germany. counterpunch.org Hamburg, Germany With this week's commemorations of the US atomic massacres at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there will be countless hours spent on speeches, sermons, hymns, and warnings; tons of ink spilled in op/eds, editorials and articles. All will solemnly promote the need to pursue a world without nuclear weapons. However, many of the same voices

Eds. (2020-08-07). Ask an expert: Congress plans to spend billions on dangerous, unnecessary nuclear weapons. mronline.org This week is the 75th anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the only time nuclear bombs have been used in a conflict—and one could only hope the last time. To commemorate the anniversary, I thought it would be appropriate to devote this column to taking a hard look at current U.S. nuclear …

Newsclick (2020-08-07). 75 years after Hiroshima, where do we stand? peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha talks about the state of the nuclear threat 75 years after the first atom bomb was dropped in Hiroshima. He explains how the US has embarked on a series of disastrous policies in this regard and also looks at the history of deployment and testing of US nuclear weapons and its racial undertones.

Jeff Jurgens (2020-08-07). Meet the Candidates — Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). peaceaction.org Wednesday, August 5th 2020, Peace Action kicked off our new series of "Meet the Candidates" webinars with Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). Sen. Markey has provided steadfast leadership on issues of peace and justice and has been among our strongest allies in Congress. A long-time advocate for nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, he has stepped up …

Michael Welch (2020-08-07). Hiroshima at 75. The Doomsday Clock and the Ongoing Threat of "Atomic Horror" globalresearch.ca These massive mushroom clouds would go on to become a symbol of the fate of humanity encapsulated in the threat of atomic horror. For all my life, I have contemplated the prospects of nuclear incineration and the aftermath that would follow if our leaders get caught up in a tragic misstep.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-07). Non-nuclear attack could trigger nuke response: Russia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 07 (MNA) — In a possible warning to the US and Western allies, Russia announced Friday it will consider any missile attack as being nuclear in nature, and so will result in a nuclear response.

United Religions Initative (2020-08-07). Thursday 8/6: Hiroshima Nagasaki Accord for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons Livestream. indybay.org Online via livestream & restream…

_____ (2020-08-07). The Policy Of Maximum Pressure Against Iran Has Failed. popularresistance.org Depending on what policy the United States adopts after the elections, Sahimi expects "the response to come at a later time and in a manner and at locations where neither Israel nor the US would expect." | Biden has pledged, if elected, to reverse course on Iran. Izadi believes a Biden Administration would change the Trump policy of maximum pressure. "Whether doing it through rejoining the nuclear agreement or coming up with some other policies, we have to wait and see," he says. | Parsi, who is familiar with the views of Biden's Iran advisors, says the new administration would likely call for "compliance for com…

Global Research News (2020-08-07). Selected Articles: 75 Years after the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima. The Danger of Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca If you look to Global Research as a resource for information and understanding, to stay current on world events, or to experience honesty and transparency in your news coverage, please consider making a

Staff (2020-08-06). "The Beginning of Our End": On 75th Anniversary, Hiroshima Survivor Warns Against Nuclear Weapons. democracynow.org On the 75th anniversary of when the United States dropped the world's first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing some 140,000 people, we speak with Hideko Tamura Snider, who was 10 years old when she survived the attack. "The shaking was so huge," she recalls. "I remember the sensation, the color and the smell like yesterday." Tamura Snider describes her harrowing journey through a shattered city, suffering radiation sickness following the attack, and her message to President Trump.

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2020-08-06). Seeking peace on the Korean Peninsula. mronline.org Although the date drew little notice in the U.S. media, July 27, 2020 marked the 67th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement, an agreement that ended the fighting but not the war between the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).

Robert Jacobs — Ran Zwigenberg (2020-08-06). The American Narrative of Hiroshima is a Statue that Must be Toppled. counterpunch.org In August 1945, the United States attacked two cities in Japan with nuclear weapons in the last days of World War Two. The US used weapons of mass destruction against a primarily civilian population, instantly killing over 100,000 human beings, with tens of thousands of wounded and irradiated people who would die in the subsequent

Howie Hawkins, Madelyn Hoffman (2020-08-06). Reverse the New Nuclear Arms Race. counterpunch.org August 6 is the 75th anniversary of the only time any nation in the world dropped an atomic bomb on people. On August 6, 1945, President Harry Truman ordered Fat Man dropped on Hiroshima. 210,000 people were killed instantly. Three days later, Little Boy was dropped on Nagasaki, killing 70,000 more people instantly. Now would

The Canary (2020-08-06). Artwork explores Hiroshima and Nagasaki in context of climate change and racism. thecanary.co Two London-based artists explore the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in new perspectives, including in the context of climate change and racism, with their digital artwork.I Saw The World End, by Es Devlin and Machiko Weston, reflects on the impact of the events from the points of view of the British artist and Japanese designer.The 10-minute video includes script from letters written by Albert Einstein and J Robert Oppenheimer during the Second World War, as well as first-hand testimonies from the survivors of the bombings.The United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities on 6 and 9 Aug…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-06). Today marks 75 years since the world's first nuclear bombing. peoplesdispatch.org After three quarters of a century of the nuclear bombings, the Japanese people continue to resist creeping militarism and right-ward tilt. The government of Shinzo Abe has been pushing for expanding military power…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-06). 75 years after Hiroshima, the clock is ticking. peoplesdispatch.org This year marks the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To this day, we are under the threat of nuclear war.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-06). US, Israeli nukes threaten region: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 06 (MNA) — Stating that the US was the first and only user of nuclear weapons, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that today, the US and Israeli nukes threaten our region.

Rev. John Dear (2020-08-06). Life Under the Bomb Means a Life of Resistance. commondreams.org "Our message over the years has been simple and urgent: Nuclear weapons have totally failed us. They don't make us safer; they don't provide jobs; they don't make us more secure—these are age-old lies. Instead they bankrupt us, economically and spiritually." (Photo: Courtesy of Rev. John Dear) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/seek_peace_no_nukes.jpg