2020-08-30: News Headlines

Shane Quinn (2020-08-30). Prior to the Cold War: US Nuclear Plans Entailed Blowing Up Hundreds of Chinese, Soviet and Eastern European Cities. globalresearch.ca On 30 August 1945, Major General Lauris Norstad dispatched a document to his superior, General Leslie Groves, outlining a total of 15 "key Soviet cities" to be struck with US atomic weapons.

Monterey Peace and Justice Center (2020-08-30). Saturday 8/29: The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons. indybay.org Monterey Peace & Justice Center YouTube livestream: www.youtube.com/channel/UCP1w-ymh_t13xi8y4WoYK7Q | Or join in the event via Zoom: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k1NGi-bkSaaGulDZ4pUvPw

_____ (2020-08-29). CIA's Addiction to Afghanistan War. strategic-culture.org It is America's longest overseas war and shows no clear sign of ending despite a shaky peace deal underway between the Trump administration and Taliban militants. A phased withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan over the next year could yet be derailed, resulting in continued American military operations in the South Asian country — nearly two decades after President GW Bush launched Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2001. | US involvement in Afghanistan is the archetypal quagmire. Hundreds of thousands killed or maimed, trillions of dollars wasted, a failed state — despite American pretension…

Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research (2020-08-28). Our enemy is imperialism, not abstract art: Fidel Castro. peoplesdispatch.org Today, the threat of imperialism looms with increased might and is putting the future of life and the planet at risk. It has diverse manifestations from military aggression, to the pillaging of territories near and far by transnational companies for natural resources, the militarization of the planet and stockpiling of incomprehensibly dangerous weapons, a global economic order characterized by extreme inequality, and the subjugation of nation-states to international financial and trade institutions dominated by imperialist powers. While we are not always conscious of it, many aspects of our daily lives are shape…

sputniknews (2020-08-28). Russian FM: US Sanctions on Institute Working on COVID Vaccine Aimed at Promoting Their Own Pharma. sputniknews.com On Wednesday, the US slapped sanctions on five Russian institutes, accusing them of developing chemical and biological weapons. The restrictions were specifically imposed on a research institute of the Russian Defence Ministry that developed the first COVID-19 vaccine together with the Gamaleya Institute.

news.un (2020-08-26). UN again calls for full ratification of nuclear test-ban treaty. news.un.org Achieving a nuclear-free world is the best way to honour lives devastated by these weapons, the UN disarmament chief told a virtual meeting held on Wednesday to commemorate the International Day against Nuclear Tests, observed annually on 29 August.