Daily Archives: May 3, 2020

2020-05-03: News Headlines

RT (2020-05-03). Kim gossip never dies: 'Resurrected' North Korean leader's footage 'evidence' of heart surgery. rt.com For more than a week, the mainstream media got a lot of mileage out of speculating as to whether North Korea's leader had died. It turns out Kim Jong-un is alive, but that hasn't stemmed the flow of rumors about his health.

RT (2020-05-03). North & South Korea 'exchange gunfire' in demilitarized zone — Seoul. rt.com A South Korean guard post in the demilitarized zone was hit by "multiple gunshots" from the North, forcing Seoul's military to "return fire," Yonhap reports citing the Joint Chiefs of Staff. | The South Korean military says it issued a "warning broadcast" and fired back only "two shots" after a volley of gunfire hit a guard post inside the DMZ, causing no injuries. | It was not immediately clear if anyone was hit on the North Korean side. Seoul and Pyongyang are reportedly in contact to resolve the incident. | (URGENT) Multiple gunshots fired from N. Korea hit S. Korean guard post inside DMZ, no casualties rep…

RT (2020-05-03). South Korea moves forward with relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions as new infection numbers remain low. rt.com Health authorities in South Korea have been reporting fewer than 15 new cases of Covid-19 for over two weeks now, with international travel being a major source. With domestic transmissions thought to be in check, the government will now move forward with plans to lift some of the social distancing restrictions, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun confirmed on Sunday. | The anticipated change will come starting Wednesday, after the Asian nation emerges from a period of long holidays. The government will have a set of guidelines for businesses and public venues, which will be allowed to reopen, on how to minimize the…

RT (2020-05-03). Nuclear deal will 'die forever' if US extends conventional arms embargo — Iran's security council chief. rt.com A top Iranian official has warned that the US extending the ban on conventional arms sales to Iran would be the last nail in the coffin for the 2015 nuclear deal. He called on the EU to choose between "dignity" and "humiliation."

Pacifica COVID-19 Taskforce (2020-05-03). 24 hour May Day programing on mayday.pacifica.org. indybay.org Pacifica COVID-19 Taskforce is hosting May Day with programing from throughout the world. Live streaming from South Africa, Korea, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and other countries.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-03). New START and the China Diversion. strategic-culture.org The effort to bring China into an arms reduction treaty certainly is futile. Not only is China not going to participate in arms control negotiations with the U.S. anytime soon, but even if China were persuaded to participate the limits set by New START would allow China to increase its nuclear arsenal many times over while still remaining in compliance.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-03). Illegal extension of arms embargo to kill JCPOA forever. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Rear Admiral Shamkhani warned that the illegal extension of Iran's arms embargo will result in the destruction of the 2015 nuclear deal — also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — forever.

RT (2020-05-02). WATCH North Korea's Kim re-emerge in public amid rumors of DEATH. rt.com North Korean state media has released video footage of the country's leader Kim Jong-un opening a new fertilizer plant. The video comes after weeks of rumors of his death, actively spread by Western media. | The video, said to have been shot on Friday, shows North Korea's leader cutting the red ribbon at a new plant in South Phyongan Province. The smiling Kim Jong-un is pictured meeting the workers of the plant and touring the facility alongside other officials, including his sister Kim Yo-jong. | While the plant's workers are seen wearing face masks as a precaution against coronavirus, none of the official…

RT (2020-05-02). 'I'm glad to see he is back & well!' Trump welcomes Kim Jong-un's public reappearance after weeks of death rumors. rt.com President Trump welcomed the news of Kim Jong-un's public appearance at an opening ceremony of a new plant, following weeks of rumors about the North Korean leader's health, fueled in part by Trump's own vague statements. | US President Donald Trump, who has been asked about Kim by reporters on a near-daily basis recently (and who dropped some cryptic remarks, like saying he had "a very good idea" about Kim's condition but could not "talk about it") welcomed his "friend's" reappearance in public. | I, for one, am glad to see he is back, and well!

Preston Wood and Michael Prysner (2020-05-02). In memoriam: Dr. Roh Kil-nam, beloved fighter for reunification of Korea. liberationnews.org "Ken Roh embodied the spirit of eternal optimism in the long road of struggle of the Korean people for freedom and reunification."

news.un (2020-05-02). First person: South Korea's COVID-19 success story. news.un.org On Thursday, the Republic of Korea recorded no locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, prompting praise from UN Secretary-General António Guterres. UN News has been finding out, from two UN colleagues based in the capital, Seoul, how life is changing for the better.

Scott Ritter (2020-05-02). To impose further sanctions on Iran, the US rewrites history and engages in semantic gymnastics. thealtworld.com On May 8, 2018, President Trump withdrew from the Iran Nuclear deal. In an effort to enact crippling "snap-back" sanctions, his administration is now pretending it did no such thing. | "All our words", the American-Lebanese poet-philosopher Kahlil Gibran observed, "are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." If words are judged by their intellectual weight and adherence to integrity, the statements issued by the Trump administration in relation to its standing as a "participating nation" in the context of the agreement (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA,) is more famine than…

Tim Shorrock (2020-05-01). Electoral Triumph Spurs Green New Deal in South Korea. thenation.com Electoral Triumph Spurs Green New Deal in South Korea…

Alan Macleod (2020-05-01). Experts Warn of New Nuclear Arms Race After Trump Signals US Withdrawal from START Treaty. mintpressnews.com While much of the corporate press has blamed Russia and China for the sudden failure of multiple longstanding nuclear treaties, experts put the blame on squarely on the Trump administration.

Gareth Porter (2020-04-30). With apparently fabricated nuclear documents, Netanyahu pushed the US towards war with Iran. thegrayzone.com An investigation of supposed Iranian nuclear documents presented in a dramatically staged Netanyahu press conference indicates they were an Israeli…

Staff (2020-04-30). Headlines for April 30, 2020. democracynow.org Jared Kushner Hails "Great Success Story" as U.S. Deaths Top 60,000, Dozens of Decomposing Bodies Found in Trucks Outside Brooklyn Funeral Home, President Trump Claims Coronavirus Will Be "Eradicated" from U.S. | , FDA to Approve Emergency Use of Remdesivir After the Drug Shows Promise Treating COVID-19, More Than 30 Million U.S. Workers File Unemployment Claims in Just Six Weeks, International Labour Organization Warns Pandemic Threatens Livelihoods of 1.6 Billion, South Korea Reports No New Domestic Coronavirus Cases , U.K. Now Has Europe's Second-Highest COVID-19 Death Toll | , Femicides and Domestic Violence…

Julianne Tveten (2020-04-30). Is Kim Dead? Your Guess Is as Good as Western Media's. fair.org "Monitoring intelligence" is journalese for "aware of rumors" (CNN, If CNN is to be believed, Kim Jong-un is in critical condition—or he isn't. | Recently, the network published an article (

Staff (2020-04-24). "We Don't Have the Capacity to Treat": Palestinian-Canadian Doctor Says Israel Must Lift Gaza Siege. democracynow.org As fears continue to grow about what a rampant outbreak of the coronavirus might do to the occupied Palestinian territory, already crippled by years of Israeli sanctions, we get an update from Dr. Tarek Loubani, Palestinian-Canadian doctor and emergency physician who volunteers in the Gaza Strip and returned from a trip there last month. "Testing is severely limited," he says. "There have been fewer tests in Gaza so far throughout the entire pandemic than there were in South Korea yesterday."

Jon Rainwater (2020-04-23). A Myriad of Ways to Wage Peace During These Times. peaceaction.org As we shelter in our homes to protect ourselves from this global pandemic, we wanted to share some of the many ways you can remain active and impactful in the work for a more peaceful world. Peace Action has long been a leader in organizing international conferences, marches, and rallies around the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty …

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.

sputniknews (2020-05-03). How a US Government-Sponsored Outlet Sparked Media Hysteria About Kim Jong-un's 'Death'. sputniknews.com After weeks of speculation fueled by a lengthy absence, the North Korean leader suddenly reappeared in public on May 1 at the opening of a new fertilizer plant, dispelling rumours that he was dead or 'gravely ill'.

sputniknews (2020-05-03). Iran Nuclear Deal Will 'Die Forever' If US Uses 'Sanctions Virus' to Extend Arms Embargo — Tehran. sputniknews.com The Trump administration has been searching for options to try to extend the United Nations ban on the sale of conventional weapons to Iran beyond October, proposing sanctions and even considering making the argument that the US is still effectively a party to the Iran nuclear deal, despite its decision to walk out of the agreement in 2018.

2020-05-03: Social Media Postees

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Kim gossip never dies: 'Resurrected' North Korean leader's footage 'evidence' of heart surgery
rt.com | 2020-05-03
For more than a week, the mainstream media got a lot of mileage out of speculating as to whether North Korea's leader had died. It turns out Kim Jong-un is alive, but that hasn't stemmed the flow of rumors about his health. | …
rt.com/news/487654-kim-arm-heart-surgery/

South Korea moves forward with relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions as new infection numbers remain low
rt.com | 2020-05-03
Health authorities in South Korea have been reporting fewer than 15 new cases of Covid-19 for over two weeks now, with international travel being a major source. With domestic transmissions thought to be in check, the government will now move forward with plans to lift some of the social distancing restrictions, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun confirmed on Sunday. | The anticipated change will come starting Wednesday, after the Asian nation emerges from a period of long holidays. The government will have a set of guidelines for businesses and public venues, which will be allowed to reopen, on how to minimize the…
rt.com/newsline/487650-south-korea-lifts-restrictions/

24 hour May Day programing on mayday.pacifica.org
Pacifica COVID-19 Taskforce | indybay.org | 2020-05-03
Pacifica COVID-19 Taskforce is hosting May Day with programing from throughout the world. Live streaming from South Africa, Korea, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and other countries.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/30/18832716.php

Illegal extension of arms embargo to kill JCPOA forever
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-03
TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA)

New START and the China Diversion
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-03
The effort to bring China into an arms reduction treaty certainly is futile. Not only is China not going to participate in arms control negotiations with the U.S. anytime soon, but even if China were persuaded to participate the limits set by New START would allow China to increase its nuclear arsenal many times over while still remaining in compliance.
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/03/new-start-and-the-china-diversion/

WATCH North Korea's Kim re-emerge in public amid rumors of DEATH
rt.com | 2020-05-02
North Korean state media has released video footage of the country's leader Kim Jong-un opening a new fertilizer plant. The video comes after weeks of rumors of his death, actively spread by Western media. | The video, said to have been shot on Friday, shows North Korea's leader cutting the red ribbon at a new plant in South Phyongan Province. The smiling Kim Jong-un is pictured meeting the workers of the plant and touring the facility alongside other officials, including his sister Kim Yo-jong. | While the plant's workers are seen wearing face masks as a precaution against coronavirus, none of the official…
rt.com/news/487633-kim-jong-un-new-video/

'I'm glad to see he is back & well!' Trump welcomes Kim Jong-un's public reappearance after weeks of death rumors
rt.com | 2020-05-02
President Trump welcomed the news of Kim Jong-un's public appearance at an opening ceremony of a new plant, following weeks of rumors about the North Korean leader's health, fueled in part by Trump's own vague statements. | US President Donald Trump, who has been asked about Kim by reporters on a near-daily basis recently (and who dropped some cryptic remarks, like saying he had "a very good idea" about Kim's condition but could not "talk about it") welcomed his "friend's" reappearance in public. | I, for one, am glad to see he is back, and well! t.co/mIWVeRMnOJ%5Bmd
rt.com/usa/487645-trump-glad-kim-back/

In memoriam: Dr. Roh Kil-nam, beloved fighter for reunification of Korea
Preston Wood and Michael Prysner | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-02
"Ken Roh embodied the spirit of eternal optimism in the long road of struggle of the Korean people for freedom and reunification."
liberationnews.org/in-memoriam-dr-roh-kil-nam-1944-2020/

First person: South Korea's COVID-19 success story
news.un.org | 2020-05-02
On Thursday, the Republic of Korea recorded no locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, prompting praise from UN Secretary-General António Guterres. UN News has been finding out, from two UN colleagues based in the capital, Seoul, how life is changing for the better.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/05/1063112

To impose further sanctions on Iran, the US rewrites history and engages in semantic gymnastics
Scott Ritter | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-02
On May 8, 2018, President Trump withdrew from the Iran Nuclear deal. In an effort to enact crippling "snap-back" sanctions, his administration is now pretending it did no such thing. | "All our words", the American-Lebanese poet-philosopher Kahlil Gibran observed, "are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." If words are judged by their intellectual weight and adherence to integrity, the statements issued by the Trump administration in relation to its standing as a "participating nation" in the context of the agreement (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA,) is more famine than…

To impose further sanctions on Iran, the US rewrites history and engages in semantic gymnastics

Experts Warn of New Nuclear Arms Race After Trump Signals US Withdrawal from START Treaty
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-01
While much of the corporate press has blamed Russia and China for the sudden failure of multiple longstanding nuclear treaties, experts put the blame on squarely on the Trump administration.
mintpressnews.com/experts-warn-of-new-nuclear-arms-race-after-trump-signals-us-withdrawal-from-start-treaty/267181/

Electoral Triumph Spurs Green New Deal in South Korea
Tim Shorrock | thenation.com | 2020-05-01
Electoral Triumph Spurs Green New Deal in South Korea…
thenation.com/article/world/south-korea-elections-climate/

With apparently fabricated nuclear documents, Netanyahu pushed the US towards war with Iran
Gareth Porter | thegrayzone.com | 2020-04-30
An investigation of supposed Iranian nuclear documents presented in a dramatically staged Netanyahu press conference indicates they were an Israeli…
thegrayzone.com/2020/04/29/fabricated-nuclear-documents-netanyahu-war-iran/

Is Kim Dead? Your Guess Is as Good as Western Media's
Julianne Tveten | fair.org | 2020-04-30
"Monitoring intelligence" is journalese for "aware of rumors" (CNN, 4/20/20). | If CNN is to be believed, Kim Jong-un is in critical condition–or he isn't. | Recently, the network published an article ( 4/20/20) whose headline stated that the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly known in the West as North Korea, was in "grave danger" following cardiovascular surgery and an absence at an April 15 even…
fair.org/home/is-kim-dead-your-guess-is-as-good-as-western-medias/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=is-kim-dead-your-guess-is-as-good-as-western-medias

Headlines for April 30, 2020
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-04-30
Jared Kushner Hails "Great Success Story" as U.S. Deaths Top 60,000, Dozens of Decomposing Bodies Found in Trucks Outside Brooklyn Funeral Home, President Trump Claims Coronavirus Will Be "Eradicated" from U.S. | , FDA to Approve Emergency Use of Remdesivir After the Drug Shows Promise Treating COVID-19, More Than 30 Million U.S. Workers File Unemployment Claims in Just Six Weeks, International Labour Organization Warns Pandemic Threatens Livelihoods of 1.6 Billion, South Korea Reports No New Domestic Coronavirus Cases , U.K. Now Has Europe's Second-Highest COVID-19 Death Toll | , Femicides and Domestic Violence…
www.democracynow.org/2020/4/30/headlines

"We Don't Have the Capacity to Treat": Palestinian-Canadian Doctor Says Israel Must Lift Gaza Siege
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-04-24
As fears continue to grow about what a rampant outbreak of the coronavirus might do to the occupied Palestinian territory, already crippled by years of Israeli sanctions, we get an update from Dr. Tarek Loubani, Palestinian-Canadian doctor and emergency physician who volunteers in the Gaza Strip and returned from a trip there last month. "Testing is severely limited," he says. "There have been fewer tests in Gaza so far throughout the entire pandemic than there were in South Korea yesterday."
www.democracynow.org/2020/4/24/tarek_loubani_palestinian_canadian_doctor_gaza

A Myriad of Ways to Wage Peace During These Times
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2020-04-23
As we shelter in our homes to protect ourselves from this global pandemic, we wanted to share some of the many ways you can remain active and impactful in the work for a more peaceful world. Peace Action has long been a leader in organizing international conferences, marches, and rallies around the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty …
peaceaction.org/2020/04/23/wage-peace-during-pandemic/

How a US Government-Sponsored Outlet Sparked Media Hysteria About Kim Jong-un's 'Death'
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-03
After weeks of speculation fueled by a lengthy absence, the North Korean leader suddenly reappeared in public on May 1 at the opening of a new fertilizer plant, dispelling rumours that he was dead or 'gravely ill'.
sputniknews.com/asia/202005031079181775-how-a-us-government-sponsored-outlet-sparked-media-hysteria-about-kim-jong-uns-health/

With apparently fabricated nuclear documents, Netanyahu pushed the US towards war with Iran
Gareth Porter | iranian.com | 2020-04-30
An investigation of supposed Iranian nuclear documents presented in a dramatically staged Netanyahu press conference indicates they were an Israeli fabrication designed to trigger US military conflict with Iran. President Donald Trump scrapped the nuclear deal with Iran and continued to risk war with Iran based on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim to have …
iranian.com/2020/04/30/netanyahu-pushed-the-us-towards-war-with-iran/