In mid-May, super-war hawks Donald J. Trump (worried about the Mueller investigation), John Bolton, Trump’s new unconfirmed national security advisor, and new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are likely to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord. This would open the way for Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his Congressional allies to push for armed conflict with Iran.
On Aug. 6 and 9, millions of people will mark the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in those cities and at events around the world. Some will celebrate the recent deal in which Iran committed not to pursue nuclear weapons and to comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaty with requirements not imposed on any other nation.
I Grew Up Believing in Time Magazine’s Version of America – Gareth Porter on RAI (1/3)
TheRealNews on Mar 15, 2014
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Porter tells Paul Jay that by the end of the Vietnam War, he understood the US government and military could do terrible things. Continue reading
So now we (or at least the 0.03% of us who care to hunt for it) discover that U.S. military spending is not actually being cut at all, but increasing. Also going up: U.S. nuclear weapons spending. Some of the new nukes will violate treaties, but the entire program violates the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which requires disarmament, not increased armament. The U.S. policy of first-strike and the U.S. practice of informing other nations that “all options are on the table” also violate the U.N. Charter’s ban on threatening force.
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
November 23, 2013
The P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, facilitated by the European Union) has been engaged in serious and substantive negotiations with Iran with the goal of reaching a verifiable diplomatic resolution that would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
For some years an international campaign has been gradually building – ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The goal is a treaty banning nuclear weapons, a Convention such as the Landmine Convention and the Cluster Munitions Convention. It will follow the same process, and requires enough nations, supported by their citizens, to sign up to it, bring it into being and then to ratify it. Once ratified, the development, possession and use of nuclear weapons becomes illegal. The beauty of this approach is that it sidesteps the bogged-down Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in which states that have undertaken to get rid of their remaining nuclear weapons endlessly argue about ‘process’ with the aim of hanging on to their horrifically destructive toys.
stimulator on Mar 10, 2012
This is a special report about the motherfuckin resistance down under. It was recently revealed that Australian uranium was used to fuel the Fukushima nuclear power plant. But the meltdown in Japan has not stopped the wholesale export of Australian uranium, including selling the mineral to countries like India that have not signed up to the non-proliferation treaty. Join us this week as we talk to Izzy Brown of Combat Wombat who’s organizing a festival to shut down the Olympic Dam uranium mine. And check out our report about the anti-nuclear resistance in Japan.
An attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, by Israel, the United States, or both, would be a nuclear war for two important reasons:
1. The GBU-28 “bunker buster” bombs which would be used to destroy hardened Iranian nuclear sites use depleted uranium to penetrate concrete. This means lethal radioactive contamination from those exploding bombs would be spewed into the air, ground, and water of Iran, with long-term health consequences to all the people of Iran as well as those in surrounding regions. The people of Fallujah, Iraq, already suffer these horrible consequences from the criminal U.S. & NATO use of depleted uranium there, war crimes which remain unpunished.
The economic sanctions imposed upon Iran are having the desired effect of punishing the population through hunger and economic strangulation, making life miserable for the many. As tensions increase between the “international community” (the West) and Iran, talk of war is in the air. For years, sanctions have been imposed upon Iran in an attempt to devastate its dependence upon the oil industry for 80% of its revenues. Continue reading
“According to Army Radio, the US has reportedly pledged to sell Israel materials used to produce electricity, as well as nuclear technology and other supplies.”
This information appeared as the lead article in yesterday’s Haaretz. The article went on to say, “Israel’s Army Radio reported on Wednesday that the United States has sent Israel a secret document committing to nuclear cooperation between the two countries . . .
“Other countries have refused to cooperate with Israel on nuclear matters because it has not signed the NPT [Nuclear Proliferation Treaty], and there has been increasing international pressure for Israel to be more transparent about its nuclear arsenal.”
The Declared Nuclear Powers, America, Britain and France Defeated by the Power of Reason
It is a fairly reliable rule of thumb that when a person refuses to listen to the argument of another, it is a sign that the person is betraying the fact that his own argument is flawed – or downright spurious.
Take the case of the US and its allies, Britain and France in particular, which allege that Iran is a threat to world peace, has sinister ambitions to build nuclear weapons and is in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
May 04, 2010 — The U.S. is trying to put pressure on organizations like the UN Security Council in order to get its own way on major international issues. That’s the view of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who’s spoken exclusively to RT in an interview. He says that such pressure and new sanctions – if imposed – would harm the U.S. rather than Iran.
Note: Here is the Sept. 22, 2011 video: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Speech at the United Nations + Transcript Sept. 22, 2011
Note: Here is the speech and transcript from Sept. 23, 2010:
Updated: added full transcript below the videos
by President Ahmadinejad
May 3, 2010 Continue reading
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This week, the UN is meeting in New York City to review the progress of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
A Telegraph/UK article titled “US to Unveil Size of Nuclear Stockpile” and posted today on CommonDreams.org states:
Arms-control groups estimate the US nuclear arsenal contains 9,000 weapons, roughly 5,000 of them active and the rest in line for disassembly.
The announcement could be timed to prevent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, from hijacking the conference with demands for more global controls of nuclear stockpiles. He speaks before Mrs Clinton.