2019-02-17: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-02-17). The Most Dangerous Weapon Ever Rolls Off the Nuclear Assembly Line. truthdig.com Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first of a new generation of strategic nuclear weapons had rolled off the assembly line at its Pantex nuclear weapons plant in the panhandle of Texas. That warhead, the W76-2, is designed to be fitted to a submarine-launched Trident missile, a weapon with a range of more than 7,500 miles. By September, an undisclosed number of warheads w…

Nuclear Free Olympic Games 2020 (2019-02-17). International Campaign "Tokyo 2020 – The Radioactive Olympics" indybay.org There is an international campaign against having part of the Olympic games only 50 km from the Fukushima nuclear plants and opposing all nuclear plants in Japan and throughout the world.

Marjorie Cohn (2019-02-16). Trump Moves the World Closer to "Doomsday" zcomm.org It is incumbent upon all of us to resist the inexorable march toward nuclear winter…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-15). The Lawlessness of William Barr, America's New Top Law Enforcement Official. mintpressnews.com The relatively small amount of scrutiny William Barr fell under from Congress and Beltway thought leaders speaks to a conformity of their ideologies. But to understand what America's new top law enforcement official really signifies as a veteran swamp creature, it is necessary to revisit Cold War history.

unitedEditor (2019-02-15). Can Turkey change its status of non-nuclear weapons status? uwidata.com On the background of the US and Russia's withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), one can hear increasingly often that Turkey might change its status in the emerging new international layout and change its status of a non-nuclear weapons state. Herein we'll consider the possibility of a step of this kind. It is […]

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-15). Over 200,000 Argentines take to the streets against Macri's hike in costs of services. peoplesdispatch.org The demonstrations were called for by the Workers' Confederation of the Popular Economy, the Corriente Clasista y Combativa, Barrios de Pie, the Darío Santillán Popular Front and the Front of Organizations in Struggle

John Laforge (2019-02-15). Nuclear Power Can't Survive, Much Less Slow Climate Disruption. counterpunch.org Donald Trump: "America will never be a socialist country." Too late. We already have socialism for the rich, with the nuclear power industry as a prime example. On a level playing field, nuclear power would go bust. Those owners get financial supports or subsidies that safe renewables like solar power, geothermal, and wind power don't More

WSWS (2019-02-15). Munich Security Conference overshadowed by rising great power conflicts. wsws.org The conference will be dominated by the preparations of the US and its allies for war against Russia and China, and the deepening conflicts between the Western allies.

RT (2019-02-15). Tulsi Gabbard presents bill to stop Trump from pulling out of INF treaty. rt.com Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has introduced a bill to Congress which would prevent President Donald Trump from withdrawing the US from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-15). Russia: New Wave of Anti-LGBT Persecution. hrw.org | | Igor Kochetkov speaking at the European Parliament about persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya. | © 2018 Tanya Lokshina for Human Rights Watch | Russian authorities should investigate allegations of a new wave of anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persecution in Chechnya and take steps to protect rights defenders and journalists who expose abuses there, Human Rights Watch said today. | On J…

RT (2019-02-15). Sarah Sanders gave Mueller 'one of the last' interviews in winding-down Russiagate probe. rt.com White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's office — reportedly one of the last interviews of the two-year probe seeking evidence of Russian collusion with US President Trump.

unitedEditor (2019-02-14). Odinist America? Germanic Paganism, US Capitalism & Millenial Socialism. uwidata.com Across the southern and midwestern United States, it is common at high school sporting events to see the players join hands in prayer. This tradition has even become the subject of court cases, as it violates the US Constitution for any public school or government institution to promote religion. Regardless, in many football fields and […]

Consortiumnews (2019-02-14). The Most Dangerous Weapon Ever Rolls Off the Nuclear Assembly Line. consortiumnews.com An era-shaping threshold is being crossed at a weapons plant in the high plains country of the Texas Panhandle, writes James Carroll. By James Carroll TomDispatch.com Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first… Read more →

Consortiumnews (2019-02-13). The Real Motive Behind the FBI Plan to Investigate Trump as a Russian Agent. consortiumnews.com Coverage of this episode by The New York Times and CNN further stigmatizes any dissent from new Cold War policy toward Russia, writes Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter Special to Consortium News The New York Times and CNN led media coverage last month of… Read more →

Aída Chávez (2019-02-13). Black Critics of Kamala Harris and Cory Booker Push Back Against Claims That They're Russian "Bots" theintercept.com Angela Rye and Joy Reid have speculated that American descendants of slaves using the hashtag "ADOS" to critique Harris and Booker are Russian bots.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-12). (Another) Mockery of Justice in Russia. hrw.org Oyub Titiev, a Chechen human rights activist, has been behind bars for more than 13 months on bogus drug charges and his trial is now drawing to a close. Today, the defense filed its last motion, and the judge declined it — just as she has declined all other defense motions. | | | Oyub Titiev at the Shali court in Chechnya, February 12, 2019. | © 2019 Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch | When Oyub's trial began last summer, we had little, if any, expectations for a fair hearing. A man jailed by Chechen authorities in…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Headlines for February 11, 2019. democracynow.org Shutdown Talks Stall as Friday Deadline Looms, Virginia: Gov. Northam Refuses to Step Down Amid Racism Crisis, Second Woman Accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax of Rape, Venezuela: U.S. and Russia Dig In at U.N. with Rival Resolutions, Venezuela: Standoff over Aid Pits Military Against Guaidó Supporters, Rio: At Least 13 Dead in Shootout, Haiti: At Least 2 Killed in Anti-Government Protests, Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill 2 Teenage Protesters, Acting Pentagon Chief: No Orders to Withdraw U.S. Troops from Afghanistan, AMI, Saudi Official Respond After Bezos Accuses Nat'l Enquirer of Blackmail, Denver Public School Teacher…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Greenwald: How Can Democrats Support Trump's Push for Regime Change to Seize Venezuela's Oil? democracynow.org The U.S. and Russia have proposed opposing draft resolutions at the U.N. Security Council as the leadership crisis in Venezuela deepens. The U.S. is calling for elections in Venezuela and for international aid deliveries to be allowed to enter the country. The Russians called out international intervention in the affairs of Venezuela and the threat of foreign military action. The Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro is accusing the United States of attempting to stage a coup. We speak to The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald about the actions of Washington and of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Lawrence Wittner (2019-02-07). Don't Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament‚ÄïUnless They're Pushed to Do So. zcomm.org At the beginning of February 2019, the two leading nuclear powers took an official step toward resumption of the nuclear arms race. On February 1, the U.S. government, charging Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, announced that it would pull out of the agreement and develop new intermediate-range missiles banned by it. Read more…

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-05). Either Washington or Venezuela, Savage Capitalism or Socialism: A Conversation with Luis Britto Garcia. venezuelanalysis.com In this exclusive interview with Venezuelanalysis, an acclaimed writer and committed Bolivarian talks about the short and long term defense of Venezuela's sovereignty.

Noam Chomsky (2019-02-01). Moral Depravity Defines U.S. Politics. zcomm.org Humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war. These were virtually ignored in the campaign rhetoric and general coverage…

Lawrence Wittner (2019-01-24). As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety. zcomm.org Ever since the U.S. atomic bombings of Japanese cities in August 1945, a specter has haunted the world‚Äïthe specter of nuclear annihilation. The latest report from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, issued on January 24, reminds us that the prospect of nuclear catastrophe remains all too real. Citing the extraordinary danger of nuclear disaster, Read more…

Dave Markland (2019-01-10). Farewell to bblum6. zcomm.org Bill Blum passed away early last month in Virginia. Many Z Net readers will know his canonical book, Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII, or remember his regular newsletter Anti-Empire Report. My first contact with Bill came in 1995 when I wrote him about something he had written on the Cold War. Read more…

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