Doomsday Redux: The Most Dangerous Weapon Ever Rolls Off the Nuclear Assembly Line By James Carroll

12 February 2019 — TomDispatch

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 will be delivered to the Navy for deployment.

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War summit in Warsaw

15 February 2019 — WSWS

The conference jointly hosted by the US and Polish governments in Warsaw this week under the phony banner of working to “Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East” has laid bare the immense and imminent threat that US imperialism is preparing to drag humanity into another and potentially world catastrophic war.

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SYRIA: 70 Civilians Killed and Injured in Latest Coalition Massacre Near Deir Ezzor

12 February 2019 — 21st Century Wire


Despite repeated announcements by Donald Trump that the US would be withdrawing its military assets from their illegal occupation in northeastern Syria, the civilian death toll at the hands of US-led Coalition continues to mount.  This week, it has been revealed that a further 70 civilians, many of them women and children, have been killed and injured by another Coalition bombing raid.

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Latest FoI release from MoD shows extent of UK air and drone war in Syria by Chris Cole

11 February 2019 — Drone Wars

The rise in UK air and drone strikes in Syria since September 2018 has been laid bare in the MoD’s latest responses to a Drone Wars UK FoI request. The number of British strikes in Syria per month rose to its highest ever amount (75) in December 2018.

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‘America First’ Means Nuclear Superiority By M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

8 February 2019 — The Indian Punchline – Oriental Review

The US president’s annual State of the Union address traditionally focuses on domestic issues but it also throws some light on the foreign policy priorities. President Trump’s speech on Tuesday adhered to the pattern and if anything, the portions on foreign policy received scant attention, restricted to his “agenda to protect America’s National Security.” Trump’s re-election bid for a second term in 2020 provided the backdrop.

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One Step Closer to Nuclear Oblivion: US Sabotages the INF Treaty By Federico Pieraccini

6 February 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The Trump administration announced on February 1 that the country was suspending its participation in the Intearmediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF treaty) for 180 days pending a final withdrawal. Vladimir Putin, in a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu, announced on Saturday that the Russian Federation is also suspending its participation in the treaty in a mirror response to Washington’s unilateral decision.

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Breakdown of Russian Response to America Bailing on INF Treaty By Tim Kirby

4 February 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Trump’s decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) is now back in the spotlight as the main players of the Russian side (President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu) have met and openly discussed the issue. The publicity of the discussion leads one to believe that there is a lot of message sending (to Washington, the media etc.) going on at this meeting which begs thorough analysis in order to understand what the reaction from Moscow actually is and what important points can be read between the lines.

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THE USA IS PREPARING FOR NUCLEAR WAR

4 February 2019 — Theplanningmotivedotcom

Bullies are at their most depraved when they claim to be the victim. The global bully, the land of the free to attack the world, USA, has never tired of portraying itself as the victim in all cases. For these American (North) imperialists, the alphabet begins with b and numerals with 2. The a and the 1 is hidden behind a smokescreen prepared by its vile media, because a and 1, the initiating steps has always been prepared or carried out by the US itself. For close on a hundred years the US has been the home of reaction, intent on crushing progressive and exciting forces throughout the world, anything daring to challenge its hegemonic grip on this planet.

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BREAKING NEWS: Vladimir Putin Held a Meeting On INF Treaty With Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu

2 February 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

BREAKING NEWS: Vladimir Putin Held a Meeting On INF Treaty With Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, please provide an update on the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, and the disarmament dossier in general. What is going on in terms of limitation of offensive arms?

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General Atomics bring in BAE Systems to lobby for ‘Protector’ drone to fly in UK by Chris Cole

28 January 2019 — Drone Wars 

SkyGuardian MQ-9B, dubbed ‘Protector’ by UK MoD

Drone manufacturer, General Atomics, hosted an event in London on 24 January in order – as its press release put it – “to recognize UK companies that are contributing to operational systems such as MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1C Gray Eagle, and the new MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA program” (which the UK MoD is calling ‘Protector’).

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