Daily Archives: May 28, 2020

2020-05-28: News Headlines

teleSUR (2020-05-28). Norway: Municipality Forced to Receive NATO Nuclear Submarines. telesurenglish.net The port of Tromso, located in a Norwegian municipality above the Arctic Circle, will receive nuclear submarines from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) even though local politicians have opposed the decision. | RELATED: | "The government and parliament do not dare say 'no' to the U.S.," Norway's Greenpeace leader Frode Pleym said. | After private investors bought the Olavsvern naval base in Tromso, NATO pushed for a…

Tim Shorrock, Injeong Kim (2020-05-28). 2 Days in May That Shattered Korean Democracy. thenation.com 2 Days in May That Shattered Korean Democracy…

Dean Baker (2020-05-28). Washington Post Tells Readers About Trump's "Existential" Threat to China. cepr.net Thankfully, it is not a nuclear war. Apparently the Washington Post thinks plans considered by Trump to delist Chinese companies from U.S. stock exchanges and to make it more difficult for the country to trade in dollars will pose an "existential" threat to the country. While these plans, which put into practice, will almost certainly …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-28). US announces end of sanction waivers under nuclear deal to Iran. peoplesdispatch.org US secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced the end of exemptions provided under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to some foreign companies to work on certain Iranian nuclear sites. The waiver was renewed every 60 days despite the unilateral US withdrawal from the deal in 2018…

Finian Cunningham (2020-05-27). From Open Skies to Open Season for Nukes. thealtworld.com Washington is destroying trust and integrity by deliberately creating insecurity in order to achieve its geopolitical objective of controlling China. | Another one bites the dust. In less two years, President Donald Trump has now binned three major arms-control treaties — quite a record for undermining decades of international security architecture. First there was the nuclear accord with Iran (2018), then the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty (2019), and now the Open Skies Treaty. | There is growing concern that the Trump administration will let the last-remaining arms-control treaty fall — th…

Terrace (2020-05-27). Update On Kings Bay Plowshare 7 Sentencing. popularresistance.org On Friday, May 22, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the Southern District Federal Court of Georgia in Brunswick assigned new dates for seven defendants, according to the Kings Bay Plowshares' attorney, Bill Quigley. Many of the defendants had asked the court to postpone their May 28th and 29th court dates to accommodate their right to be sentenced in person in open court, witnessed by the public and press and not by video. The seven were convicted of three felonies and one misdemeanor last October for their nonviolent, symbolic disarmament act at the Kings Bay Trident nuclear submarine base. | The defendants had also as…

Reese Erlich (2020-05-26). Other Nations Lead the Way. progressive.org How China, South Korea, and Germany developed effective strategies for fighting COVID-19.

Jeff Jurgens (2020-05-06). U.S. Reverses Policy On Use of Landmines. peaceaction.org On May 6, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) headed a congressional oversight letter with 107 other members of Congress to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper expressing disappointment to the Trump Administration's reversal of the policy limiting the use of antipersonnel landmines to the defense of South Korea, and seeking answers to …

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.

Staff (2020-05-27). Headlines for May 27, 2020. democracynow.org Four Minneapolis Cops Fired After Shocking Video Shows Killing of George Floyd, Federal Food Program Fails to Reach Millions Even as Child Hunger Surges in U.S., NY Governor Cuomo Shielded Nursing Homes from Liability After Big Campaign Donation, GOP Governors Vie for Republican National Convention as NC Won't Commit to Packed Arena, Yemen's Health System Has "Collapsed" Amid Explosion of Coronavirus Cases, India Resumes Domestic Air Travel Even as COVID-19 Cases Surge, China Completing Plans to Test 11 Million Wuhan Residents for Coronavirus, South Korea Reports 40 New Coronavirus Infections, Highest Level in 7…

RT (2020-05-28). US could conduct live NUCLEAR test 'within months' if Trump orders it. rt.com The US could carry out a live nuclear test within "months" should the president request it, a senior Pentagon official said, suggesting "geopolitical issues" — presumably referring to Moscow and Beijing — could prompt the order. | Though Washington has not altered its official stance on nuclear tests — which have been on pause for nearly three decades — that could change "rapidly," the acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters Drew Walter told an online forum hosted by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies on Tuesday. | "If the president directed — becau…

RT (2020-05-28). 'NATO roulette': Norwegian port to host nuclear-powered US subs despite local objections. rt.com A municipal port in Norway is set to receive nuclear-powered submarines from NATO after the only naval base in the area was sold and decommissioned — but local politicians and environmental activists aren't on board with the plan. | When the Olavsvern base in Tromso was sold to private investors in 2009, pressure mounted from NATO to find an alternative point of arrival for reactor-driven vessels, other than Haakonsvern in Bergen, which is currently the only approved port in the country. | Now it appears a "temporary solution" to the problem has been found at Grotsund in Tromso, where the country's Armed…

RT (2020-05-28). Iran slams 'desperate attempt' by US to ramp up 'maximum pressure' campaign by ending sanctions waivers. rt.com Tehran has dismissed the Trump administration's "desperate attempt" to increase pressure on Iran by ending sanctions waivers that had allowed Russian, Chinese and European firms to keep working at civilian Iranian nuclear sites. | Washington will give foreign governments 60 days to wind down operations on the facilities or face new sanctions of their own, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. The waivers had been in place since President Donald Trump tore up the 2015 nuclear deal two years ago. | The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said Washington was engaging in a "desperate attempt to distr…

RT (2020-05-27). US ends ALL BUT ONE sanctions waivers for Iran nuclear facilities. rt.com The US is giving foreign governments 60 days to wrap up work on Iranian nuclear facilities — 90 days for the civilian reactor in Bushehr — or face Washington's sanctions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced. | Washington has offered waivers for its sanctions against Tehran in connection with several civilian facilities since President Donald Trump unilaterally exited a nuclear deal with Iran in 2018. Now those waivers are being phased out entirely, Pompeo said on Wednesday. | European, Chinese and Russian companies working on nuclear projects in Iran will have two months to wrap up their o…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-28). South Korea to send $500,000 worth medical cargo to Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 28 (MNA) — South Korea will this week send $500,000 worth of medicine to Iran used to treat a hereditary disease, the South Korean foreign ministry said Thursday.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-28). Iran criticizes US for further violation of JCPOA, UNSCR 2231. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 28 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations criticized the new decision by the United States to end the remaining sanctions waivers under the nuclear deal, saying Washington is further violating the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the UNSC Resolution 2231.