Uruguayan and Spanish Groups Denounce US Venezuela Threat

teleSUR | 16 August, 2017

Members from several organizations and parties express solidarity with the Venezuelan government

Members from several organizations and parties express solidarity with the Venezuelan government | Photo: Frente Amplio
Representatives call for the international community to work “within the framework of the most unrestricted fulfillment of respect for human rights”.

Deputies from Uruguay’s ruling party have rejected the threat of possible U.S. military intervention against Venezuela as alluded to by President Donald Trump last week.

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Chomsky, Pilger Slam Trump Threats Against Venezuela

The Dawn News | August 13, 2017

Noam Chomsky and John Pilger spoke with teleSUR, denouncing U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to Venezuela as irresponsible, but typical according to the president’s behavior and U.S. history.

During a conference Friday in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump told reporters that the U.S. has a number of solutions to Venezuela’s situation and military force was still an option being considered.Read More »

Secret Files Show UK Profited From Arms Sales During Gulf War

teleSUR | August 14, 2017

“These revelations show that the U.K. government saw the coming of the first Gulf war … as an opportunity for arms companies to profit from the death and destruction,” Joe Lo said.

A set of recently declassified documents released by the National Archives show the U.S. was not the only nation to take advantage of Iraq’s two-day invasion of Kuwait in 1990, revealing the U.K. became the world’s second largest arms dealer as a result.

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Stand in solidarity with Venezuela against the threat of imperialist military intervention

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MR Online | August 14, 2017

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The Empire’s unhappy mood with Venezuela is old news. It is now showing its teeth to the peoples of Latin America by threatening military intervention.

The mainstream media—e.g., the APCNN and Miami Herald—parroted the U.S. line in one of their latest dispatches. President Trump said on August 12, 2017 that he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a military intervention in Venezuela in response to (in Empirespeak) the power grab by Nicolás Maduro, the president of Venezuela. Trump declared that all options remain on the table including a potential military intervention. “We have many options for Venezuela and by the way, I’m not going to rule out a military option. A military operation and military option is certainly something that we could pursue,” declared the U.S. president. “This [Venezuela] is our neighbor,” he added. “[W]e are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away…. We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary.” Mr. Trump was speaking to reporters at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey. (See “Trump Says ‘Military Option’ Possibility in Venezuela,” NBC, August 11, 2017)Read More »

Western Media ‘Irresponsible’ on Venezuela: Brazil’s Rousseff

teleSUR | August 11, 2017

Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff | Photo: EFE
The leftist Brazilian leader said that biased coverage of Venezuela is intended to facilitate certain political outcomes. 

Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said during a BBC interview that Western media outlets are covering political issues taking place in Venezuela in an “irresponsible” manner.

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Why the United States did not demonstrate the Bomb’s power, ahead of Hiroshima

by Frank von Hippel and Fumihiko Yoshida

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists | August 04, 2017

Arthur H. Compton was one of the many past and future Nobel laureates who worked in the secret US nuclear weapons project during World War II. He directed the Metallurgical Laboratory (Met Lab) at the University of Chicago, where refugee Italian Nobelist Enrico Fermi supervised the construction of the first reactor, future Nobelist Eugene Wigner, from Hungary, led the design of the plutonium-production reactors subsequently built at Hanford, Wash., and future Nobelist Glenn Seaborg developed the first chemical process for extracting plutonium from irradiated uranium.

With these tasks completed, some of the scientists at the Met Lab began to consider the implications of nuclear weapons for the future. One of the products of their concern was a memorandum on “Political and Social Problems” written in early June 1945 by a committee of project scientists chaired by the refugee German Nobelist, James Franck. Read More »

Remembering the Gulf of Tonkin, and the Consequences of Wanting to Believe

by JANINE JACKSON

FAIR | August 05, 2017

Remembering the Gulf of Tonkin, and the Consequences of Wanting to Believe

The USS Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin. (photo: US Navy)

“American Planes Hit North Vietnam After Second Attack on Our Destroyers; Move Taken to Halt New Aggression,” was the Washington Post headline some 53 years ago, on August 5, 1964.

The front page of that day’s New York Times reported: “President Johnson has ordered retaliatory action against gunboats and ‘certain supporting facilities in North Vietnam’ after renewed attacks against American destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.”

Of course, as historians now acknowledge, there was no “second attack” by North Vietnam—no “renewed attacks against American destroyers.”Read More »

U.S: This Massachusetts Nurses’ Union Is Reviving the Strike

by Jane McAlevey

The Nation | July 19, 2017

Massachusets Nurses Picket Tufts Hospital

Barb Tiller is a mother of four boys, a wife, and a highly skilled operating-room nurse who has been working at Tufts Medical Center in Boston for 27 years. On July 12, for the first time in her life, she walked off the job along with 1,200 other nurses – almost all women – in the largest nurses’ strike in Massachusetts’s history, and the first in Boston for 31 years. “Nurses don’t stand up for ourselves,” says Tiller. “We stand up for our patients; we stand up for our families when we go home. We stand up for everyone else. But we can’t work under these conditions anymore – like being locked in the operating room with no water, no bathroom break, no meal break, for 12 hours at a time.”Read More »