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2021-09-24: News Headlines

John Rachel (2021-09-24). The Never Ending Cycle of Nuclear Insanity. dissidentvoice.org Amidst all of the sensible and sane cries to eliminate nuclear weapons, we are caught in a self-sustaining, self-reinforcing feedback loop. Call it the Death Spiral of Human Annihilation. Yes, the U.S. throughout its history, despite official denials even among historians who should know better — maybe they do but prefer being manufacturers of myth …

ecns.cn (2021-09-24). DPRK says still too early to declare termination of 1950-53 war. ecns.cn The Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Friday rejected South Korean President Moon Jae-In's proposal to declare a formal end to the 1950-53 war, saying such a declaration would be meaningless if the U.S. "hostile policy" remains unchanged.

Linda Gunter (2021-09-24). The Record-Breaking Failures of Nuclear Power. counterpunch.org The Tennessee Valley Authority could likely rightfully claim a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, but it's not an achievement for which the federally-owned electric utility corporation would welcome notoriety. After taking a whopping 42 years to build and finally bring on line its Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear power reactor in Tennessee, TVA just broke its own record for longest nuclear plant construction time. However, this time, the company failed to deliver a completed nuclear plant.

Vijay Prashad (2021-09-24). Clear away the hype: the U.S. and Australia signed a nuclear arms deal, simple as that. mronline.org The AUKUS despite being coined a security partnership, is a nuclear arms deal aimed at increasing pressure against China and should be cause for concern.

John Laforge (2021-09-24). A Little Radiation Is Not Good For You. counterpunch.org In a rare pushback against the radioactive pollution industry, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission — well known as a rubber stamp for the nuclear lobby — has flatly rejected an attempt to further weaken the agency's radiation exposure regulations. After six years of deliberation, the NRC's three commissioners, two Democrats and one Republican, voted unanimously to reject formal petitions submitted in

Alex Bainbridge (2021-09-24). Socialist councillor casts sole vote against AUKUS on Cairns Council. greenleft.org.au Alex Bainbridge reports that Socialist Alliance councillor Rob Pyne was the sole voice of opposition against Morrison's nuclear submarine proposal on the Cairns Council.

Anonymous103 (2021-09-23). Nuclear Tensions Between Australia And North Korea Are Among AUKUS Side Effects. southfront.org A missile is launched during a long and medium-range ballistic rocket launch drill in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on August 30, 2017. | Agreement paves the way for nuclear proliferation in Asia-Pacific | Written by Lucas Leiroz, research fellow in international law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. | Apparently, the creation of the AUKUS group is the new big topic of debate on the geopolitical scenario. While the main focus is on China, which is undoubtedly the main target of the American initiative, the North Korean issue cannot be neglected. North Kor…

ecns.cn (2021-09-23). China expresses grave concern over U.S.-UK-Australia nuclear submarine cooperation. ecns.cn China on Wednesday expressed grave concern over the cooperation between the United States, the UK and Australia on nuclear submarines, stating that it deliberately escalates regional tensions.

Vijay Prashad (2021-09-23). US and Australia signed a nuclear arms deal, simple as that. asiatimes.com On September 15, the heads of government of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States announced the formation of AUKUS, "a new enhanced trilateral security partnership" among these three countries. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined US President Joe Biden to "preserve security and stability in the Indo-Pacific," …

Lawrence Wittner (2021-09-23). The Fate of Cassandra: Dire Predictions Go Unheeded. counterpunch.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,

Manlio Dinucci (2021-09-23). Joe Biden, el aprendiz de brujo nuclear. globalizacion.ca El discurso que anunció la creacion de la nueva alianza bélica AUKUS está plagado de ‚Äémentiras. Los submarinos que Estados Unidos venderá a Australia están concebidos ‚Äépara portar armas nucleares. Al negar ese hecho, Australia trata de ocultar que AUKUS…

Staff (2021-09-23). United States of War: How AUKUS Nuclear Submarine Deal Could Inflame Tension, Provoke War with China. democracynow.org Criticism is growing of AUKUS, a new trilateral military partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States that the countries say is needed to counter China's growing power in the Indo-Pacific region. As part of the agreement, the U.S. has agreed to help Australia build a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, replacing a previous deal Australia had with France. China has denounced the deal, saying the countries are "severely damaging regional peace and stability, intensifying an arms race, and damaging international nuclear non-proliferation efforts." Anthropologist David Vine, who tracks U.S…

_____ (2021-09-23). Veterans To President Biden: Just Say No To Nuclear War! popularresistance.org To mark the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, September 26, Veterans For Peace is publishing an Open Letter to President Biden: Just Say NO to Nuclear War! The letter calls on President Biden to step back from the brink of nuclear war by declaring and implementing a policy of No First Use and by taking nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert. | VFP also urges President Biden to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to provide global leadership for the total elimination of nuclear weapons. | The full letter will be published on the VFP website and offered to mainstr…

Anonymous103 (2021-09-23). Lithuania More Isolated Than Ever After Latvia And Estonia Refuse To Cut Energy From Belarus. southfront.org Illustrative ImageBaltic unity is cracking over Belarussian energy dispute | Written by Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst | Lithuania is unilaterally reducing the capacity of electricity networks at its border with Belarus. Using this dubious method, the country's authorities are trying to block the "unsafe" Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP) from providing energy. However, attempting to achieve this will not only be difficult, but Lithuanian decisionmakers in the capital of Vilnius risk engaging in a prolonged spat with Latvia and Estonia who rely on this energy source."Latvia will no long…

MEE correspondent (2021-09-23). Iranian press review: Where is Hassan Rouhani? middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Where is Hassan Rouhani? | Meanwhile, Iranian officials are cautious of Israel's U-turn over nuclear deal, and more couples divorce to receive government's financial aid | Thu, 09/23/2021 – 12: 30 | A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on 14 July 2021 shows Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attending a cabinet meeting in the capital Tehran (AFP) |

Anonymous007 (2021-09-23). France Could "Cozy Up" With Russia Following Nuclear Submarine Debacle: National Interest. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | France could forge closer bonds with Russia in many fields, according to MSM outlet The National Interest is a premier outlet for all sorts of ridiculous and biased stories based, and this one is of little surprise. | France may move towards rapprochement with Russia after the creation of a new defense partnership AUKUS and the termination of a major contract for…

MEE staff (2021-09-23). Iran says UK must repay $550m debt and lift sanctions: Report. middleeasteye.net Iran says UK must repay $550m debt and lift sanctions: Report | In meeting between the countries' foreign ministers, the UK acknowledged the payment but said sanctions make it impossible to pay, according to The Guardian | Thu, 09/23/2021 – 19: 59 | UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss spoke at the UN with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, pressing him to urge Tehran to return to nuclear talks (AFP/File photo)…

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2021-09-23: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2021-09-23). US and Australia signed a nuclear arms deal, simple as that. asiatimes.com On September 15, the heads of government of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States announced the formation of AUKUS, "a new enhanced trilateral security partnership" among these three countries. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined US President Joe Biden to "preserve security and stability in the Indo-Pacific," …

ecns.cn (2021-09-23). China expresses grave concern over U.S.-UK-Australia nuclear submarine cooperation. ecns.cn China on Wednesday expressed grave concern over the cooperation between the United States, the UK and Australia on nuclear submarines, stating that it deliberately escalates regional tensions.

Lawrence Wittner (2021-09-23). The Fate of Cassandra: Dire Predictions Go Unheeded. counterpunch.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,

Manlio Dinucci (2021-09-23). Joe Biden, el aprendiz de brujo nuclear. globalizacion.ca El discurso que anunció la creacion de la nueva alianza bélica AUKUS está plagado de ‚Äémentiras. Los submarinos que Estados Unidos venderá a Australia están concebidos ‚Äépara portar armas nucleares. Al negar ese hecho, Australia trata de ocultar que AUKUS…

Staff (2021-09-23). United States of War: How AUKUS Nuclear Submarine Deal Could Inflame Tension, Provoke War with China. democracynow.org Criticism is growing of AUKUS, a new trilateral military partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States that the countries say is needed to counter China's growing power in the Indo-Pacific region. As part of the agreement, the U.S. has agreed to help Australia build a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, replacing a previous deal Australia had with France. China has denounced the deal, saying the countries are "severely damaging regional peace and stability, intensifying an arms race, and damaging international nuclear non-proliferation efforts." Anthropologist David Vine, who tracks U.S…

Anonymous007 (2021-09-23). France Could "Cozy Up" With Russia Following Nuclear Submarine Debacle: National Interest. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | France could forge closer bonds with Russia in many fields, according to MSM outlet The National Interest is a premier outlet for all sorts of ridiculous and biased stories based, and this one is of little surprise. | France may move towards rapprochement with Russia after the creation of a new defense partnership AUKUS and the termination of a major contract for…

Vijay Prashad (2021-09-22). Clear away the hype: the US and Australia signed a nuclear arms deal, simple as that. peoplesdispatch.org The AUKUS despite being coined a security partnership, is a nuclear arms deal aimed at increasing pressure against China and should be cause for concern…

William Hartung (2021-09-22). How Corporations Won the War on Terror. counterpunch.org The political climate created by the Global War on Terror, or GWOT, as Bush administration officials quickly dubbed it, set the stage for humongous increases in the Pentagon budget. In the first year after the 9/11 attacks and the invasion of Afghanistan, defense spending rose by more than 10% and that was just the beginning. It would, in fact, increase annually for the next decade, which was unprecedented in American history. The Pentagon budget peaked in 2010 at the highest level since World War II — over $800 billion, substantially more than the country spent on its forces at the height of the Korean or…

Staff (2021-09-22). North Korea's Missile Tests Aren't Surprising. Biden Has Been Fueling Tensions. truthout.org While North Korea's In fact, this latest development was entirely predictable because the Biden administration has taken at least two concrete actions that actively fuel tensi…

Mary Dickson (2021-09-22). Nuclear Fallout Victims Need More Help. progressive.org Our government has never been forthcoming about what radioactive fallout did to the folks living under those clouds.

Anonymous103 (2021-09-22). BBC Submarine Drama Is The Anti-Russian Propaganda Machine In Action. southfront.org Illustrative Image | Written by Johanna Ross, journalist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. | The scene: a British nuclear submarine. A detective has been sent to investigate the death of a sailor. When she asks the Naval Commander why there needs to be so much secrecy, as Britain is not at war, he responds 'That is an illusion. We have always been at war'. | The series, entitled '

Suzanne James (2021-09-22). The political, economic and environmental implications of AUKUS. greenleft.org.au Green Left speaks to Professor Mark Beeson about the federal Coalition government's surprise announcement of the AUKUS alliance and the new nuclear submarine agreement with the United States and Britain.

WSWS (2021-09-22). Biden proclaims "new era" of human rights imperialism at UN. wsws.org As the White House presides over a massive nuclear buildup targeting China, Biden told the UN that America would rededicate itself to the preservation of "human rights" and "global cooperation."

Higinio Polo (2021-09-22). Submarinos nucleares en el Pacífico. globalizacion.ca El 15 de septiembre, el presidente Biden y los primeros ministros británico y australiano, Johnson y Morrison, anunciaron la creación del AUKUS (acrónimo de los tres países), un acuerdo de cooperación y defensa para la gran región que agrupa a…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-09-22). Clear Away the AUKUS Hype: The US and Australia Signed a Nuclear Arms Deal. libya360.wordpress.com Vijay Prashad US President Joe Biden, UK PM Boris Johnson, and Australia's high commissioner to the UK George Brandis, had met during the G7 meeting in Cornwall in June. The AUKUS which was announced on September 15, was deemed "a forever partnership" by Brandis. Photo: George Brandis/ Twitter The AUKUS despite being coined a security…

John Feffer (2021-09-22). Working for a Real Mad Man. fpif.org When he was trying to win the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon famously told his chief of staff that he wanted Communist leaders—in the Soviet Union, in North Vietnam—to think that the U.S. president was a mad man, that he was capable of doing pretty much anything up to and including the use of nuclear weapons. Fear of an unpredictable, erratic leader would bring the Communists to the negotiating table and render them more conciliatory. | Nixon's was, of course, a calculated craziness. "When the wind is southerly," Tricky Dick certainly could distinguish "a hawk from a handsaw," as Hamlet famously put it.

Raúl Zibechi (2021-09-22). Estados Unidos ya siente miedo ante China. globalizacion.ca El editor en jefe del Global Times, diario oficialista chino, Hu Xijin, escribe: "Solo podemos hablar con Estados Unidos con fuerza y acciones. (…) Mi conclusión es que la fuerte fuerza militar, especialmente la nuclear estratégica, ha hecho que Estados…

Danny Haiphong (2021-09-22). The revenge of white colonialism motivates the AUKUS alliance against China. mronline.org The United States, United Kingdom, and Australia have formed an alliance called "AUKUS" to create, in the words of Australia PM Scott Morrison, "a partnership where our technology, our scientists, our industry, our defense forces are all working together to deliver a safer and more secure region that ultimately benefits all."

Editor (2021-09-22). The new Australia, UK, and U.S. nuclear submarine announcement: a terrible decision for the nonproliferation regime. mronline.org Named AUKUS, the partnership was announced together with a bombshell decision: The United States and UK will transfer naval nuclear-propulsion technology to Australia.

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