As Trump Backs Down, the Pips Squeak ByTom Luongo

21 July 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Last week it was all fire and brimstone. The US was threatening more sanctions on Iran, the Brits were seizing oil tankers and Iran was violating the JCPOA.

This week things look different all of a sudden. An oil tanker goes dark while passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the story fails to get any real traction and the US allows Iranian Foreign Minister, recently sanctioned, to do his job at the United Nations.

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The UK must release the Iranian tanker; The UAE’s mission to Tehran By Elijah J. Magnier

14 July 2019 — Elijah J. Magnier

Before Emmanuel Bonne, the special envoy of the French President Emmanuel Macron to Iran, visited President Hassan Rouhani, he promised to deal with the “Grace I” crisis between Iran and the UK. Iran considered the UK confiscation of its supertanker, loaded with two million barrels of oil, an act of unlawfulpiracy and threatened to retaliate for the British Navy attack on the Iranian tanker that had received permission to enter Gibraltar’s waters for provisions and spare parts. The French intervention led to the release of the captain and sailors. In exchange, Iranian diplomacy promised “not to attack any UK ship sailing in the waters of the Persian Gulf or the Gulf of Oman” pending release of the super tanker “Grace I” with permission to continue to its destination, as high-ranking sources in Tehran confirmed; if release and permission is not forthcoming, the UK can expect consequences.

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Iran’s seizes UK tanker in counter-escalation By M.K. Bhadrakumar

20 July 2019 — Indian Punchline

The British tanker seized by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in Strait of Hormuz, Jul 20, 2019

The seizure of a British oil tanker by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps on July 20 in the Strait of Hormuz has all the hallmarks of a retaliatory act in the downstream of the seizure of an Iranian tanker by the British Navy exactly two weeks ago on July 4 off Gibralter.

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Julian Assange News Links 20 July 2019

20 July 2019 — The New Dark Age

The US Police-State Is Now Undeniable: The Assange Case
https://www.greanvillepost.com/2019/07/20/the-us-police-state-is-now-undeniable-the-assange-case/

‘Anti-Trump’ CNN Presstitute Defends Trump’s Persecution Of Assange
https://www.greanvillepost.com/2019/07/20/anti-trump-cnn-presstitute-defends-trumps-persecution-of-assange/

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Britain Pirates Iranian Ship ‘Grace 1’ – Iran Responds – Takes British Tanker Hostage – (Updated 3x)

20 July 2018 • 18:08 UTC — Moon of Alabama

Updated 3 x  below

On July 4 the Brits used their colonial outlet Gibraltar to steal the Iranian tanker ‘Grace 1’ and its load of 2 million barrel of oil. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps then threatened to take similar measures against British ships. Today Gibraltar announce that it will hold the ‘Grace 1’ for another month. We can guess that those plans will soon change.

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Revolutions Are Not the Train Ride, but the Human Race Grabbing for the Emergency Brake: The Twenty-Ninth Newsletter (2019).

July 18 2019 — Tri-Continental

There is a geography to human suffering; one that subordinates the well-being of the majority of the world’s people to the interests of a small handful of billionaires. In this world, the powerful not only control social wealth; they also control the public policy discussion — and what counts as intellectually correct. In this world, solutions to prevent human death and suffering are forgone in order to invest in developments that further the wealth and comfort of the few. Over the past few decades, pressure from institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank as well as from commercial banks has narrowed the scope for State intervention against poverty. The general theory is to hope that poverty can be made history through philanthropy and charity. All eyes turn to the billionaires, hoping that they will donate their wealth to eradicate the imbalances in the world. But these donations are meagre, their impact inconsequential. Above all, this theory fails to ask why people are poor, precisely because it is the poverty of the masses that generates the wealth of a handful of billionaires.

Netpol condemns calls for expanding surveillance on “far left, anarchist and environmentalist” groups

17 July 2019 — Netpol

Extinction Rebellion protesters in London in November 2018PHOTO: Julia Hawkins on Flickr

The report published today by conservative think-tank Policy Exchange, attacking campaigners from Extinction Rebellion, is a direct call for expanding surveillance on “far left, anarchist and environmentalist extremism”.

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The UK’s dubious role in the new tanker war with Iran by Prabir Purkayastha

20 July 2019 — MROnline

USS STARK (FFG-31) listing to port after being hit by two Iraqi Exocet missiles

Credit Line: This article was produced in partnership by Newsclick and Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

The standoff between the U.S.and Iran is now developing into a reenactment of the tanker wars in the Persian Gulf during the 1980–88 Iran-Iraq War. The United Kingdom seems to have become a part of the U.S.scheme of baiting Iran into military action, triggering a war. How else do we make sense of its seizure of an Iranian supertanker with 2 million barrels of crude in the Gibraltar waters? Has Britain added its name to the B-team (named after the alliterative names of its members: John Bolton, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, and Mohammad bin Salman) against Iran? Or is the UK, with Brexit looming over it, buttering the U.S.’s bread?

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Black Agenda Report 19 July 2019: Imperialism is White Supremacy; Trump-Pelosi Lovefest; Go Gang of Four; Myths of Exceptionalism

19 July 2019 — Black Agenda Report

The “Squad” Will Need to Realize that You Can’t Defeat White Supremacy with White Supremacy

Ajamu Baraka, BAR editor and columnist
The “squad” condemns Trump for his white nationalism, not understanding that as a white supremacist settler-colonial state, white nationalism is “American” nationalism.

Freedom Rider: The Trump and Pelosi Lovefest

Margaret Kimberley , BAR editor and senior columnist
Trump and Pelosi are birds of a feather when it comes to beating up on dissident women of color.

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