Daily Archives: June 4, 2020

2020-06-04: 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 …

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 ______________________________…

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

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?

Welch H. (2020-06-01). Removing the Thyroid From Images, Not From Patients. jamanetwork.com In March 2011, a major earthquake and tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, causing the reactor to melt down. Five years later, children living near the plant were reported to have rates of thyroid cancer 20 to 50 times that of other children in Japan. This finding, however, appeared to stem from a systematic thyroid ultrasonographic screening program—one that did not extend to the rest of Japan. Other investigators applying the same screening protocol to children in other Japanese regions found that the rate of thyroid cancer detected by screening did not differ meaningfully from that i…

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 …

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.

Aaron Maté (2020-05-25). US threatens nuclear arms race 'into oblivion' as it kills another treaty and mulls bomb tests. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration continues to undermine global arms control and increase the threat of a nuclear weapons race with Russia…

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…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-05-29). Identifying clusters central to South Korea's COVID-19 response. imperial.ac.uk South Korean interventions controlled the transmission of COVID-19 quickly, resulting in a smaller epidemic made up of "clusters" of cases.

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…

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Beyond Nuclear Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging High-Level Radioactive Waste Dump for Entire Inventory of U.S. "Spent" Reactor Fuel
commondreams.org | 2020-06-04
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commondreams.org/newswire/2020/06/04/beyond-nuclear-files-federal-lawsuit-challenging-high-level-radioactive-waste?cd-origin=rss

U.S. Abandons Open Skies for New Age Space Weapons
Prabir Purkayastha | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-04
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/04/u-s-abandons-open-skies-for-new-age-space-weapons/

Russia OKs Use of Nukes in Response to Non-Nuclear Attacks
Erika Williams | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-04
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 …
globalresearch.ca/russia-ok-use-nukes-response-non-nuclear-attacks/5715051

Of Plowshares and Protests: The Moral Obligation to Resist
Kathy Kelly | progressive.org | 2020-06-02
On nuclear weapons and police brutality, what's our excuse not to do…
progressive.org/dispatches/the-moral-obligation-to-resist-kelly-200602/

Removing the Thyroid From Images, Not From Patients
Welch H. | jamanetwork.com | 2020-06-01
In March 2011, a major earthquake and tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, causing the reactor to melt down. Five years later, children living near the plant were reported to have rates of thyroid cancer 20 to 50 times that of other children in Japan. This finding, however, appeared to stem from a systematic thyroid ultrasonographic screening program–one that did not extend to the rest of Japan. Other investigators applying the same screening protocol to children in other Japanese regions found that the rate of thyroid cancer detected by screening did not differ meaningfully from that i…
jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2764096

Is the THAAD Missile Crisis in South Korea Escalating?
K.J. Noh | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-31
Why are thousands of South Korean Riot Police Bashing Anti-THAAD Protestors? According to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, on May 28th, 2020, "The Ministry of National Defense and the USFK (United States Forces in Korea) engaged in a transportation operation in the middle of the night to bring equipment to the Seongju THAAD [missile defense] …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/05/is-the-thaad-missile-crisis-in-south-korea-escalating/

Washington Post Tells Readers About Trump's "Existential" Threat to China
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2020-05-28
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 …
cepr.net/washington-post-tells-readers-about-trumps-existential-threat-to-china/

Other Nations Lead the Way
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2020-05-26
How China, South Korea, and Germany developed effective strategies for fighting COVID-19.
progressive.org/magazine/other-nations-lead-the-way-erlich/

US threatens nuclear arms race 'into oblivion' as it kills another treaty and mulls bomb tests
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-05-25
The Trump administration continues to undermine global arms control and increase the threat of a nuclear weapons race with Russia…
thegrayzone.com/2020/05/25/us-threatens-nuclear-arms-race-into-oblivion-as-it-kills-another-treaty-and-mulls-bomb-tests/

U.S. Reverses Policy On Use of Landmines
Jeff Jurgens | peaceaction.org | 2020-05-06
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 …
peaceaction.org/2020/05/06/u-s-reverses-policy-on-use-of-landmines/

Extremely Well-Written Piece on How Much of the Nuclear Arsenal Is Nothing but an Unneeded and Dangerous Make-Jobs Program
Mark Thompson | anti-empire.com | 2020-06-03
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…
anti-empire.com/keeping-the-unneeded-and-unnecessarily-dangerous-nuclear-triad-alive/

As Trump Wages War on DC Residents, It's Clear He Must Resign Immediately
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-06-04
There is an iconic scene in the film The Dead Zone where a thoroughly unglued President Stilson, played by Martin Sheen, bulldozes one of his generals into co-authorizing a nuclear strike. "You are not the voice of the people, I am the voice of the people!" Stilson rages. "The people speak through me, not you!" After the launch is effected, upon being told an attack is not necessary, Stilson says with a smile, "The missiles are flying, hallelujah, hallelu…
truthout.org/articles/as-trump-wages-war-on-dc-residents-its-clear-he-must-resign-immediately/

Identifying clusters central to South Korea's COVID-19 response
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-29
South Korean interventions controlled the transmission of COVID-19 quickly, resulting in a smaller epidemic made up of "clusters" of cases.
imperial.ac.uk/news/197837/identifying-clusters-central-south-koreas-covid-19

US nuclear secrets reportedly stolen from missile contractor. Surprised to learn that Russian hackers are blamed again?
rt.com | 2020-06-04
Cyber extortionists have stolen confidential documents possibly containing information about the United States Minuteman III nuclear deterrent, according to reports. | The hackers retrieved the files via Westech International, a US Air Force maintenance and engineering subcontractor working on the LGM-30G Minuteman III land-based intercontinental ballistic missile, Sky News revealed. | The Minuteman III is a key nuclear deterrent system that controls thermonuclear warheads that c…
rt.com/usa/490755-nuclear-secrets-russian-hackers/