2019-08-16: News Headlines

Jim Kavanagh (2019-08-16). Dead Man's Hand: The Impeachment Gambit. counterpunch.org The two-year Mueller investigation of Donald Trump's alleged collusion ("largely synonymous with conspiracy") with Russia is over. Nothingburger. The 448-page Mueller Report has been published in full, and made into a dramatic hour-and-twenty-minute stage performance adapted by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright with a cast of Hollywood stars. Yawn. Then there was the seven hours of More

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-16). US Waging Wars on Multiple Fronts: Cold Wars, Hot Wars, Economic Wars, Propaganda Wars … globalresearch.ca Supported by both hawkish wings of its war party, the US is waging hot wars, cold wars, economic wars, financial wars, trade wars, anti-social justice wars, anti-human rights wars, anti-democracy wars, propaganda wars, sanctions wars, tariffs wars, protest wars, homeland …

Dave Lindorff (2019-08-16). Did the US really intend to destroy the Soviet Union with its nuclear monopoly? nationofchange.org 74 years ago by the United States dropped the only two atomic bombs exploded in war on cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today, recalling those events, remember that the US still refuses to renounce a strategy of first-strike use of its nuclear arsenal. This has me pondering two questions that should raise enormous doubts in …

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-16). What Explains Russia and China's Differing Stances towards Kashmir? globalresearch.ca Russia and China, two of the most important Great Powers that are jointly working to accelerate the emergence of the Multipolar World Order, are on totally opposite sides when it comes to Kashmir, with their differing stances being explained by …

Aaron Maté (2019-08-16). Trump worsens threat of nuclear catastrophe with Russia. thegrayzone.com MIT professor Ted Postol warns that Trump's withdrawal from the INF treaty threatens nuclear 'catastrophe.' Guest: Theodore Postol, award-winning Professor…

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-16). South Yemen Is Already Functionally Independent Even if It's Not Recognized as Such. globalresearch.ca The Southern Transitional Council's liberation of the former South Yemeni capital of Aden from the Saudi-backed Islah Islamists has restored the independence of the Old Cold War-era country. | STC vs. Islah | It was bound to happen sooner than later, but …

RT (2019-08-15). US Navy expert laments 'Slav' incompetence of new NATO navies in scary Russia essay. rt.com NATO's Eastern European member states have terrible navies that suffer from "legacy concepts" and equipment and can't do much against Russia, a prominent professor lamented, asking the US Navy to do something about it.

RT (2019-08-15). Russians everywhere! Biden aide cries 'spy plane' about normal treaty flight over US. rt.com A routine Russian flight to Hawaii under the Open Skies treaty has been invoked by a former senior Obama administration official to stir up panic among the 'Russiagate' holdovers, proving some conspiracies just refuse to go away.

Jesse Jackson (2019-08-15). End endless conflict and bring peace to Korea. peoplesworld.org July 27 marked the 66th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice, which brought an end to hostilities that killed nearly five million people, including almost 40,000 U.S. service members. The war ended in a temporary cease-fire, which is why the United States still maintains 28,500 troops in South Korea. Nuclear missiles ring the …

Zubeida Mustafa (2019-08-15). Trump's Ignorance Touches Off a New Crisis in Kashmir. truthdig.com South Asia is again in crisis and could be on the brink of war. For the second time in six months, the world is on tenterhooks, waiting to see what turn events will take. Because the two antagonists are armed with nuclear weapons, the possibility of a confrontation is taken seriously. And as has happened before, Kashmir is at the center of the dispute that has kept India and Pakistan at loggerheads for over 70 years. | The simmering cauldron came to a boil about 10 days ago, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flush after a landslide electoral victory, revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which e…

teleSUR (2019-08-15). Russia Denounces Plan Based in Guyana to Destabilize Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Russia's Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday on a plan to train alleged Venezuelan refugees in a British military base in Guyana, this in order to deploy them in the South American country to perpetrate violent acts. | RELATED: | Maduro Says Uribe, Colombian Ambassador Plotting his Killing | The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that "dozens of alleged refugees from Venezuela have been transferred to a…

James Carden (2019-08-15). Progressives Are Right to Endorse a 'No First Use' Nuclear Weapons Policy. thenation.com Progressives Are Right to Endorse a 'No First Use' Nuclear Weapons Policy…

Staff (2019-08-14). United States and Turkey Agree to a Syrian "Safe Zone," Betraying the Kurds. therealnews.com Baris Karaagac discusses how the U.S allowed the Turkish government seize land in northern Syria to counter Russian and Iranian influence in spite of former Kurdish allies…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-08-14). Here Are Five Lies About Iran That We Need to Refute to Stop Another Illegal War. theintercept.com The Trump administration is lying about Iran and its nuclear program. The media has to debunk this false drumbeat for war.

Gary Leupp (2019-08-13). MSNBC and the Next Election: Racism is the Issue. dissidentvoice.org After Donald Trump unexpectedly won the 2016 election, the Democrats and the mainstream media they shape sought to explain the disaster as a result of Russian meddling. Such meddling, which had been alleged for months, was documented in an (unconvincing) intelligence report prepared by the lame-duck Obama administration, made public Jan. 6, 2017; Congress followed …

Aaron Maté (2019-08-12). What do we know about Russia's alleged influence campaign? thegrayzone.com What have US intelligence officials proven to date about their claims of a sweeping Russian interference effort and Russian government…

Staff (2019-08-12). "The Next Step Is the Kremlin": Why Moscow Protests Have Putin's Government Worried. democracynow.org Up to 60,000 protesters gathered Saturday in Moscow in the largest demonstration Russia has witnessed in years. Although the protest was officially authorized, dozens of protesters were arrested in the capital, and dozens more were also arrested in demonstrations across the country. Saturday's protest was organized to denounce the recent barring of opposition candidates from running in an upcoming election for Moscow City Council. We speak with Nina Khrushcheva, professor of international affairs at The New School. She is the co-author of "In Putin's Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia's…

Norman Stockwell (2019-08-09). How We Learned to Hate the Bomb. progressive.org For nearly three-quarters of a century, "The Progressive" has been a consistent voice against nuclear madness.

Staff (2019-08-08). Kashmir Under Siege: India Moves to Annex Territory, Heightening Tensions with Nuclear Rival Pakistan. democracynow.org Tensions are escalating over the disputed region of Kashmir following India's revocation earlier this week of its special status, which granted the area some autonomy. Kashmir remains on lockdown, with internet and other communications blocked and leaders placed under house arrest. The Modi government has also deployed tens of thousands of additional troops in Kashmir. Pakistan announced Wednesday it would expel India's ambassador and stop its newly appointed envoy from assuming his position in New Delhi. It also announced it was cutting off all bilateral trade with India. We speak with three guests: Sanjay Kak,…

splcenter (2019-08-03). Weekend Read: The SPLC fights an internal threat to our democracy. splcenter.org In his recent testimony before Congress, Special Counsel Robert Mueller pointedly warned the nation about Russia's ongoing attempts to meddle in our nation's elections.

Eoin Higgins (2019-08-01). Kamala Harris Team Accused of "Inventing Conspiracies" About Tulsi Gabbard. theantimedia.com The Kamala Harris' campaign jumped to tie Gabbard and her campaign to a nebulously defined and unclear Russian conspiracy.

Peace Action (2019-06-25). Peace Action Endorses Ilhan Omar for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 25, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Ilhan Omar for Congress in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Peace Action (2019-06-24). Peace Action Endorses Kara Eastman for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 24, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman for Congress in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Peace Action (2019-06-17). Peace Action Endorses Ayanna Pressley for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 17, 2019 — Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace organization, and its affiliate Massachusetts Peace Action, endorsed Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts' 7th district. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and …

2019-08-16: Social Media Postees

US Waging Wars on Multiple Fronts: Cold Wars, Hot Wars, Economic Wars, Propaganda Wars
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Supported by both hawkish wings of its war party, the US is waging hot wars, cold wars, economic wars, financial wars, trade wars, anti-social justice wars, anti-human rights wars, anti-democracy wars, propaganda wars, sanctions wars, tariffs wars, protest wars, homeland …
globalresearch.ca/us-waging-wars-on-multiple-fronts-cold-wars-hot-wars-economic-wars-propaganda-wars/5686511

Did the US really intend to destroy the Soviet Union with its nuclear monopoly?
Dave Lindorff | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-16
74 years ago by the United States dropped the only two atomic bombs exploded in war on cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today, recalling those events, remember that the US still refuses to renounce a strategy of first-strike use of its nuclear arsenal. This has me pondering two questions that should raise enormous doubts in …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/16/did-the-us-really-intend-to-destroy-the-soviet-union-with-its-nuclear-monopoly/

What Explains Russia and China's Differing Stances towards Kashmir?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Russia and China, two of the most important Great Powers that are jointly working to accelerate the emergence of the Multipolar World Order, are on totally opposite sides when it comes to Kashmir, with their differing stances being explained by …
globalresearch.ca/russia-china-differing-stances-kashmir/5686499

Trump worsens threat of nuclear catastrophe with Russia
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-16
MIT professor Ted Postol warns that Trump's withdrawal from the INF treaty threatens nuclear 'catastrophe.' Guest: Theodore Postol, award-winning Professor…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/16/trump-worsens-threat-of-nuclear-catastrophe-with-russia/

Dead Man's Hand: The Impeachment Gambit
Jim Kavanagh | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
The two-year Mueller investigation of Donald Trump's alleged collusion ("largely synonymous with conspiracy") with Russia is over. Nothingburger. The 448-page Mueller Report has been published in full, and made into a dramatic hour-and-twenty-minute stage performance adapted by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright with a cast of Hollywood stars. Yawn. Then there was the seven hours of…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/dead-mans-hand-the-impeachment-gambit/

South Yemen Is Already Functionally Independent Even if It's Not Recognized as Such
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
The Southern Transitional Council's liberation of the former South Yemeni capital of Aden from the Saudi-backed Islah Islamists has restored the independence of the Old Cold War-era country. | STC vs. Islah | It was bound to happen sooner than later, but | …
globalresearch.ca/south-yemen-functionally-independent-not-recognized/5686573

End endless conflict and bring peace to Korea
Jesse Jackson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-15
July 27 marked the 66th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice, which brought an end to hostilities that killed nearly five million people, including almost 40,000 U.S. service members. The war ended in a temporary cease-fire, which is why the United States still maintains 28,500 troops in South Korea. Nuclear missiles ring the …
peoplesworld.org/article/end-endless-conflict-and-bring-peace-to-korea/

Russia Denounces Plan Based in Guyana to Destabilize Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
Russia's Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday on a plan to train alleged Venezuelan refugees in a British military base in Guyana, this in order to deploy them in the South American country to perpetrate violent acts. | RELATED: | Maduro Says Uribe, Colombian Ambassador Plotting his Killing | The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that "dozens of alleged refugees from Venezuela have been transferred to a…
telesurenglish.net/news/Russia-Denounces-Plan-Based-in-Guyana-to-Destabilize-Venezuela-20190815-0014.html

Russians everywhere! Biden aide cries 'spy plane' about normal treaty flight over US
rt.com | 2019-08-15
A routine Russian flight to Hawaii under the Open Skies treaty has been invoked by a former senior Obama administration official to stir up panic among the 'Russiagate' holdovers, proving some conspiracies just refuse to go away. | …
rt.com/usa/466591-open-skies-plane-scare/

US Navy expert laments 'Slav' incompetence of new NATO navies in scary Russia essay
rt.com | 2019-08-15
NATO's Eastern European member states have terrible navies that suffer from "legacy concepts" and equipment and can't do much against Russia, a prominent professor lamented, asking the US Navy to do something about it. | …
rt.com/usa/466599-nato-navy-russia-reforms/

Progressives Are Right to Endorse a 'No First Use' Nuclear Weapons Policy
James Carden | thenation.com | 2019-08-15
Progressives Are Right to Endorse a 'No First Use' Nuclear Weapons Policy…
thenation.com/article/nuclear-weapons-no-first-use-john-bolton-donald-trump/

Trump's Ignorance Touches Off a New Crisis in Kashmir
Zubeida Mustafa | truthdig.com | 2019-08-15
South Asia is again in crisis and could be on the brink of war. For the second time in six months, the world is on tenterhooks, waiting to see what turn events will take. Because the two antagonists are armed with nuclear weapons, the possibility of a confrontation is taken seriously. And as has happened before, Kashmir is at the center of the dispute that has kept India and Pakistan at loggerheads for over 70 years. | The simmering cauldron came to a boil about 10 days ago, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flush after a landslide electoral victory, revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which e…
truthdig.com/articles/trumps-ignorance-touches-off-a-new-crisis-in-kashmir/

United States and Turkey Agree to a Syrian "Safe Zone," Betraying the Kurds
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-14
Baris Karaagac discusses how the U.S allowed the Turkish government seize land in northern Syria to counter Russian and Iranian influence in spite of former Kurdish allies…
therealnews.com/stories/united-states-and-turkey-agree-to-a-syrian-safe-zone-betraying-the-kurds

Here Are Five Lies About Iran That We Need to Refute to Stop Another Illegal War
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-08-14
The Trump administration is lying about Iran and its nuclear program. The media has to debunk this false drumbeat for war.
theintercept.com/2019/08/14/trump-iran-worst-lies/

MSNBC and the Next Election: Racism is the Issue
Gary Leupp | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-13
After Donald Trump unexpectedly won the 2016 election, the Democrats and the mainstream media they shape sought to explain the disaster as a result of Russian meddling. Such meddling, which had been alleged for months, was documented in an (unconvincing) intelligence report prepared by the lame-duck Obama administration, made public Jan. 6, 2017; Congress followed …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/msnbc-and-the-next-election-racism-is-the-issue/

What do we know about Russia's alleged influence campaign?
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-12
What have US intelligence officials proven to date about their claims of a sweeping Russian interference effort and Russian government…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/12/what-do-we-know-about-russias-alleged-influence-campaign/

"The Next Step Is the Kremlin": Why Moscow Protests Have Putin's Government Worried
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-12
Up to 60,000 protesters gathered Saturday in Moscow in the largest demonstration Russia has witnessed in years. Although the protest was officially authorized, dozens of protesters were arrested in the capital, and dozens more were also arrested in demonstrations across the country. Saturday's protest was organized to denounce the recent barring of opposition candidates from running in an upcoming election for Moscow City Council. We speak with Nina Khrushcheva, professor of international affairs at The New School. She is the co-author of "In Putin's Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia's…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/12/the_next_step_is_the_kremlin

How We Learned to Hate the Bomb
Norman Stockwell | progressive.org | 2019-08-09
For nearly three-quarters of a century, "The Progressive" has been a consistent voice against nuclear madness.
progressive.org/dispatches/how-we-learned-to-hate-the-bomb-stockwell-190809/

Kashmir Under Siege: India Moves to Annex Territory, Heightening Tensions with Nuclear Rival Pakistan
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-08
Tensions are escalating over the disputed region of Kashmir following India's revocation earlier this week of its special status, which granted the area some autonomy. Kashmir remains on lockdown, with internet and other communications blocked and leaders placed under house arrest. The Modi government has also deployed tens of thousands of additional troops in Kashmir. Pakistan announced Wednesday it would expel India's ambassador and stop its newly appointed envoy from assuming his position in New Delhi. It also announced it was cutting off all bilateral trade with India. We speak with three guests: Sanjay Kak,…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/8/kashmir

Weekend Read: The SPLC fights an internal threat to our democracy
splcenter.org | 2019-08-03
In his recent testimony before Congress, Special Counsel Robert Mueller pointedly warned the nation about Russia's ongoing attempts to meddle in our nation's elections.
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/03/weekend-read-splc-fights-internal-threat-our-democracy

Kamala Harris Team Accused of "Inventing Conspiracies" About Tulsi Gabbard
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-08-01
The Kamala Harris' campaign jumped to tie Gabbard and her campaign to a nebulously defined and unclear Russian conspiracy.

Kamala Harris Team Accused of "Inventing Conspiracies" About Tulsi Gabbard