Daily Archives: September 21, 2021

2021-09-21: News Headlines

_____ (2021-09-21). Australia, UK, And US Nuclear Submarine Announcement. popularresistance.org On September 15, US President Joe Biden, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison launched a new major strategic partnership to meet the "imperative of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific over the long term." Named AUKUS, the partnership was announced together with a bombshell decision: The United States and UK will transfer naval nuclear-propulsion technology to Australia. Such a decision is a fundamental policy reversal for the United States, which has in the past spared no effort to thwart the transfer of naval reactor technology by other countries,…

WSWS (2021-09-21). New York Times revels in remote-control assassination of Iranian scientist. wsws.org Last November's US-Israeli state murder of Iran's top nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was recognized at the time as a potential trigger for a catastrophic war in the Middle East.

Kerry Smith (2021-09-21). Maritime and electrical trades unions stand against nuclear submarines. greenleft.org.au The Maritime Union of Australia and the Electrical Trades Union are opposed to the nuclear-powered submarines as part of a military alliance with the United States and Britain. Kerry Smith reports.

Alex Bainbridge (2021-09-21). Socialist Alliance candidate, councillor, say 'no' to nuclear submarines. greenleft.org.au Queensland Senate candidate Renee Lees said Australia needs to be a 'productive partner' not a 'colonial bully' in the Asia Pacific region. Alex Bainbridge reports.

Staff (2021-09-20). North Korea wades into AUKUS row, blasts US for 'fueling nuclear arms race & backstabbing allies'. rt.com Pyongyang has condemned Washington for undermining regional stability and global power balance — and vowed retaliation if its divisive nuclear-powered submarine deal with Australia threatens its national security. | "This is a very controversial and dangerous move which undermines the strategic balance in the Asia-Pacific region and can trigger a nuclear arms race," the North Korean Foreign Ministry said in response to KCNA state news agency's question about the AUKUS deal. | The ministry claimed that while the United States routinely demonstrates double standards, the new administration is more "unpredi…

Prof. James Chin (2021-09-20). Why Is Southeast Asia So Concerned About AUKUS and Australia's Plans for Nuclear Submarines? asia-pacificresearch.com

Juan Cole (2021-09-20). Is US-Australia Nuclear Sub Deal a Proliferation Danger, and does it Justify Iran's Civilian Enrichment Program? juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Alexander Ward and Quint Forgey at Politico raise a crucial question about the AUKUS alliance among the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia that involves providing Australia with nuclear submarines. Is it a form of proliferation and does it provide justification for Iran's civilian nuclear enrichment program? Nuclear submarines …

Bertil Lintner (2021-09-20). US encircling China on multiple new Cold War fronts. asiatimes.com The Indo-Pacific's Cold War is heating up as the region splits ever more decisively into opposed camps with a loose alliance of US-led democratic powers on one side and authoritarian China and its aligned satellites on the other. And the first economic salvos of the contest launched by Donald Trump's trade war are becoming more …

Winslow Wheeler (2021-09-20). Why the Nuclear Sub Deal Will End Badly for the Australians. counterpunch.org The Australians complained that the French deal was growing too uncertain as regards cost, schedule and pork (the amount of work done in Australia). Should they opt for the American sub option, their complaints on those measures are about to be multiplied. Virginia class SSNs today cost about $3 billion per copy; given the mods the Australians might need or be talked into, that number is going to go up; way up. US Navy level development and production delays are in a category of their own. American possessiveness of technology, production and other dimensions of pork is the same; multiply that for the nuclear cha…

Melvin Goodman (2021-09-20). Dangerous "War Scares" Of 1974, 1983, And 2021: What Needs To Be Done? counterpunch.org The United States over the past five decades has had dangerous experience with "war scares." This demands an assessment of options for reducing the possibility of a war scare that could result in an actual war, particularly in the nuclear age. U.S. and allied military exercises are particularly dangerous because military doctrine, particularly in communist states, argues that military exercises are an effective way of hiding an actual first strike operation.

Lawrence Wittner (2021-09-20). The Fate of Cassandra: Dire Predictions Go Unheeded. warisacrime.org In ancient Greek mythology, Cassandra was a priestess who was able to predict the future but unable to convince others to act upon her prophecies. The fate of Cassandra seems particularly relevant today, for there has been ample warning about three developments that threaten continued human existence—preparations for nuclear war, climate change, and disease pandemics—without, …

Stuart Rees (2021-09-20). US nuclear submarines: a dangerous nonsense. greenleft.org.au Stuart Rees argues that the decision to own and operate United States nuclear submarines is dangerous nonsense.

Thom Hartmann (2021-09-20). The Real Crime That General Milley Exposed. counterpunch.org Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley stepped outside the realm of his constitutional power to prevent Donald Trump from starting nuclear war with China or Iran. It was definitely unconstitutional and probably illegal. But he's not the true villain in this story; the true villain is almost never mentioned in the press. Trump's advisors aren't

The Conversation (2021-09-20). Yes, Australia is buying a fleet of nuclear submarines. But the future of Electricity is Renewables, not Polluting Nuclear. juancole.com By Ian Lowe | — The federal government on Thursday announced a landmark defence pact with the United States and United Kingdom that involves this nation acquiring nuclear-powered submarines. The question of nuclear submarines in Australia has been bubbling along for some time — and with it, whether we should also develop a nuclear energy …

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