Trump loses even most slavish European NATO fans on Iran deal

This 16 May 2018 video from the USA is called Glenn Greenwald: Is Trump An Aberration?

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Dutch Prime Minister Rutte calls the decision by United States President Trump to withdraw from the Iran deal “crap”. Rutte also recognizes himself in the sharp words of European Union President Donald Tusk about the United States.

Tusk said at the EU summit in the Bulgarian capital Sofia that “after the recent decisions of Donald Trump you can think that you do not need enemies with friends like that“. He also said that if Europe needs help now, then it can only rely on itself.

Prime Minister Rutte agrees.

Mark Rutte is the leader of the VVD party, one of the four party Dutch right-wing government coalition with a one MP majority in parliament. The VVD is traditionally the most pro Big Business, most slavishly pro NATO, most slavishly pro NATO governments’ wars (from the African colonial wars of then fascist Portugal in the 1960s, to Korea to Vietnam to Iraq 2003 to Libya 2011, etc) party in the Netherlands. If even the VVD now disagrees with Trump’s plan for war on Iran, that shows something.

See also here.

EU summit: Anger over Trump hides European tensions: here.

US-EU on collision course: here.

Facing a deepening conflict with the United States, Berlin is massively upgrading its military capacity to enable Germany to use its armed forces to pursue its economic and geo-strategic interests around the world. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen made this clear on Monday at the Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) conference in Berlin: here.

US Secretary of State Pompeo presents war ultimatum to Iran: here.

Keith Richards Urges People To ‘Get Rid Of Donald Trump’: here.


Stop Trump’s Iran warmongering, peace movement says

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Pulls United States Out of Iran Nuclear Deal, Dramatically Escalating Threat of War with Iran

9 May 2018

European nations are scrambling to save the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran, one day after President Trump announced he would pull the United States out of the deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran. The 2015 agreement was worked out by the United States, five other world powers and Iran. Former President Obama described Trump’s decision to withdraw as a serious mistake and warned it could lead to another war in the Middle East. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded by saying Iran would continue to abide by the agreement and would not renew its nuclear program for now.

For more, we speak with Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council. His most recent book is titled “Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy.” We also speak with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink. Her latest book is titled “Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” She is also the author of “Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection.”

This video from the USA says about itself:

Medea Benjamin: The Peace Movement Must Mobilize to Support Diplomacy in Iran & North Korea

9 May 2018

President Trump announced Tuesday he is pulling the United States out of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal, brokered by his predecessor, President Obama. That same day, Trump’s new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to North Korea to finalize plans for President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to hold a landmark face-to-face meeting. For more on President Trump, the Iran nuclear deal and efforts to avoid nuclear proliferation and nuclear war, we speak with Media Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, author of “Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” She has also participated in the peace delegation to North Korea, Women Cross DMZ.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Trump’s ‘immoral’ decision clears the path for war

Labour condemns ‘warmongering’ US president after he sets the stage for World War III by pulling out of Iran nuclear deal

“WARMONGER” Donald Trump’s “immoral” decision to break away from the nuclear deal with Iran sets the stage for a new war in the Middle East, anti-war campaigners and Labour warned today.

Stop the War Coalition said that the US withdrawal from the deal – against pressure from every other signatory, including allies Britain, France and Germany – strengthens the case for national demonstrations against his visit to Britain on July 13.

The US’s EU allies were left scrambling to keep the Iran nuclear deal intact amid fears of a new confrontation in the region following Mr Trump’s announcement lastnight. The deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was signed by the US, China, Russia, Germany, France and Britain with Iran in 2015.

Stop the War Coalition convener Lindsey German said: “Trump is showing his true colours here as a warmonger, not a peace maker. This is an extremely dangerous development which presages more war, not less, in the region.

“Anti-war campaigners are part of a mass coalition which is organising to protest against Trump’s visit in July and to make sure that he is aware of opposition to his plans.

“Opposition to war means opposition to Trump.”

In the Commons, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made a statement in which he said that he and PM Theresa May had urged Mr Trump over last weekend to not pull out of the pact.

“Britain has no intention of walking away, we will co-operate with other parties”, he added.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said that the “whole house and the world” should stand against Mr Trump for his “senseless and immoral act of diplomatic sabotage.”

She added: “By seeking to scupper the nuclear deal, Donald Trump has destroyed the platform for future progress [for human rights in Iran] and risked triggering a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, handing power to the hard-line theocrats in Tehran and pushing Iran back into isolation.

“He has taken all those risks without a single care, without the slightest justification and without the simplest rational thought as to what will come next.

“And in doing so, he is also sending a message to North Korea that any agreement they reach with the US will be worthless.”

She said it was particularly important to avoid a descent into more global conflict.

“The idea of Iran racing to develop a nuclear weapon and the US administration seeking to stop them through military means does not bear thinking about … this is exactly what the Trump administration are thinking about,” she continued.

Before the Commons statements on Wednesday, Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said there was a need to de-escalate tensions in the wake of Mr Trump’s warning that he was ready to impose the “highest level” of sanctions on Tehran.

He also acknowledged that Mr Trump’s decision had shown the limits of European influence in Washington.

And Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Mr Trump that Iran could restart enriching uranium “without any limitations” within a matter of weeks.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the risks of a confrontation between Iran and Israel were real with tensions already running high.

He added that he and his British and German counterparts would be meeting with Iranian representatives on Monday to discuss the next steps.

It’s no secret the US has regime change in mind for Iran: here.

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump made the world a more dangerous place by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, former atomic adviser Mohamed el-Baradei warned today. Former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mr el-Baradei called the decision to withdraw from the agreement “a tantrum and an act of bravado” by Mr Trump: here.

Oliver North, the new NRA president best known for lying about the Iran contra scandal, appeared on Sean Hannity’s show Wednesday to call all Iranians liars.

Tuesday’s decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear agreement has pushed the Middle East to the brink of a catastrophic regional conflict that could rapidly draw in the major powers: here.

The Trump administration’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iranian nuclear treaty has revealed deep and explosive divisions between Washington and its imperialist allies in Europe. Governments and major media outlets across Europe were virtually unanimous in condemning Trump’s action, calling for the treaty to be preserved, and vowing to defend their business interests against Trump’s threats to impose the “highest level of economic sanctions against Iran”: here.

Donald Trump’s war on Iran?

This vidfeo from the USA says about itself:

Is Trump‘s Exit From Iran Deal a Prelude to War? Pt. 1

8 May 2018

With Trump withdrawing from the JCPOA and European allies showing no signs that they’ll withstand US pressure, the Iran nuclear deal is in danger and the threat of war has increased, says Jamal Abdi of the National Iranian American Council.

This video is the sequel.

Today, Wednesday 9 May, peace activists in Amsterdam, the Netherlands will protest against Trump destroying the Iran deal, at the United States consulate, Museumplein. From 5pm to 6pm.

By Keith Jones:

Trump torpedoes Iran nuclear accord

9 May 2018

US President Donald Trump announced yesterday that America has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear accord, is reimposing crippling economic sanctions on Iran, and will soon add further unspecified sanctions.

In doing so, Trump ignored warnings from Washington’s closest European allies and cosignatories of the nuclear accord—Britain, France and Germany—that such action risks plunging the Middle East into all-out war.

Whilst provocative and incendiary, yesterday’s announcement is not in the least surprising.

As the World Socialist Web Site warned in a perspective published in April 2015 in response to the announcement that Iran and the great powers had reached the “framework” for a nuclear accord: “In a broader historical sense, the deal is not worth the paper it is written on. If and when it is expedient, the US will shred the agreement, as has happened many times in the past. The Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi cut a deal in 2003 to give up its WMD [Weapons of Mass Destruction] programs only to find itself the target of a NATO-led war for regime-change in 2011. Amid its own economic decline, US imperialism will stop at nothing in its reckless drive for global domination at the expense of its major rivals.”

Changing what needs to be changed, there are striking and instructive parallels between imperialist diplomacy in the 1930s and today. In the run-up to World War II, all sorts of diplomatic agreements were signed, only to be shredded soon after, with the Nazi regime leading the wolf pack.

In this, Trump is only more brazen and thuggish than his White House predecessors.

His speech was a rant. The wars the US has waged, fomented, and aided and abetted in the greater Middle East over the course of the past quarter-century have blown up complex societies, from Afghanistan and Iraq to Libya, Syria and Yemen. Yet the billionaire, fascist-minded demagogue accused Iran of being “the world’s leading state sponsor of state terrorism”, whose “malign” and “sinister” activities have caused “havoc” in the Middle East.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, which has subjected Iran’s nuclear program to the most intrusive inspection regime in history, all the other signatories of the Iran accord, US Defense Secretary James Mattis and other top members of the Trump administration all state categorically that Iran has fulfilled all its obligations under the Iran deal to the letter and has not had any nuclear-weapons program for at least a decade and a half. Yet Trump claimed Iran is on the cusp of threatening the US with nuclear-armed ballistic missiles.

As proof for these lies, he pointed to the April 30 show-and-tell presentation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which was panned by the European Union and all but the most right-wing Western media outlets as hype and lies. The New York Times, which is an expert at war propaganda, deception and forgery, felt professionally affronted that Washington was associating itself with so crude a performance, headlining its editorial response “Netanyahu’s Flimflam on Iran”.

Near the end of his speech Trump underscored—using language akin to that of a mafia don touting an “offer you can’t refuse”—that Washington has embarked on an escalating campaign of economic, diplomatic and military pressure aimed at reimposing on the Iranian people the type of neocolonial subjugation that prevailed under the savage US-backed dictatorship of the Shah.

First he sung a paean to the Shah, claiming that prior to the 1979 Revolution Iran “commanded the respect of the world.” Then he declared Iran’s leaders will reject Washington’s demands for a “new” US-dictated “deal”, adding, “I’d probably say the same thing if I was in their position. But the fact is, they are going to want to make a new and lasting deal.”

Trump made a brief reference to North Korea in his statement, immediately after boasting that by blowing up the Iran deal he had demonstrated “The United States no longer makes empty threats.”

Whatever the immediate outcome of the planned talks between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung-un, the US repudiation of the Iran deal makes clear that the Korean Peninsula “peace talks” are a tactical maneuver aimed at facilitating US imperialist violence and banditry. Should a deal be reached, it will only be to free America’s hands for confrontations with its more substantial adversaries. If and when US strategic priorities change, or circumstances allow, Washington will invoke the most flimsy and contrived pretext to jettison a Korean denuclearization agreement.

The Democrats and wide sections of the US military-intelligence establishment have, it should be noted, decried Trump’s turn to negotiations with Pyongyang and more or less announced that they would repudiate any deal he signs with the North Korean regime.

No doubt the European imperialist powers are angered and shaken by Trump’s indifference to their counsels. French [President] E[m]manuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both came to Washington in late April to personally plea for Trump not to jettison the Iran deal. On Monday, it was British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s turn, although he only had audiences with Vice-President Pence and Secretary of State Pompeo.

Once again US imperialism has brushed aside the concerns of its ostensible European allies in the naked pursuit of its own interests. Whatever is said in public statements, relations between the imperialist powers are ever more venomous as each pursues its own interests under conditions of economic crisis and ever-intensifying geopolitical and commercial rivalry.

The history of the last century demonstrated that the imperialist appetites of the British, French and German ruling elites are no less voracious than those of the capitalist rulers of America.

If they have sought to dissuade Trump from jettisoning the Iran deal it is only because this would cut across their attempts to exploit Iran economically, and because they fear the destabilizing impact of a war with Iran, including soaring oil prices and a further mass influx of refugees.

In their vain attempt to convince Trump to remain in the deal, the Europeans joined with him in making a whole series of fresh demands on Teheran, including for drastic limits to its ballistic-missile program, and pledged their steadfast support for Israel—thus encouraging both Trump and Netanyahu to proceed with their offensive against Iran.

This points to another of the chief concerns of the European imperialists, which underscores that their intentions are no less belligerent. Along with the Democratic Party and much of the US military-intelligence apparatus, they have been arguing that the best strategy for bringing Iran to heel, and integrating that campaign with NATO’s military-strategic offensive against Russia, is to concentrate on prosecuting the war for regime change in Syria. As was frankly admitted by political leaders and the capitalist media in the run-up to last month’s US-French-British airstrikes on Syria, this alternate imperialist strategy could rapidly result in direct military clashes between US and Russian forces, with all that entails.

Washington’s trashing of the nuclear deal constitutes an immense crisis and devastating exposure of Iran’s bourgeois nationalist regime. Terrified of the growing class contradictions in Iran, the Islamic Republic’s bourgeois-clerical regime placed its hopes in a rapprochement with US imperialism and Barack Obama’s phony promises of a new US Mideast foreign policy. No matter that it was under Obama that the US attacked Libya, launched a similar regime-change operation in Syria and supported the military in restoring its bloody grip over Egypt.

Since Trump, an avowed opponent of the Iran deal from its inception, came to office, Teheran has desperately appealed to the Europeans to shield them from America’s wrath. Meanwhile, in line with these efforts to ingratiate itself with the imperialists and woo investment, the Iranian bourgeoisie has pressed forward with its anti-working-class austerity policies.

In response to Trump’s announcement, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the Europeans announced that they intend to stay in the nuclear deal.

Donald Trump’s hypocrisy on Iran demonstrations

This video from the USA says about itself:

Glenn Greenwald on Iran Protests: Trump Tweets “Time for Change” While Backing Dictators Worldwide

5 January 2018

At least 22 people are dead and hundreds have been arrested, as Iranian authorities move to quell the largest anti-government protests since 2009. President Donald Trump responded to the protests on Monday in one of his first tweets of the new year, writing ”TIME FOR CHANGE!” “This is the same president who, not more than three months ago, announced a ban on Iranians from coming to the United States”, says Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Glenn Greenwald. “He’s somebody who has aligned with the world’s worst, most savage dictators.”

Iran Hawks Embrace Protest Movement But Show Little Concern for Iranian Lives: here.

Trump and the Neocons Are Exploiting an Iran Protest Movement They Know Nothing About: here.

By E.P. Milligan in the USA:

Trump “defends” the right to protest in Iran, criminalizes protest in Washington

8 January 2018

US President Donald Trump last week published a series of tweets denouncing the Iranian government’s crackdown on protests against austerity and social inequality that shook the bourgeois-clerical regime. The protests, which heralded the entry of the Iranian working class into struggle against the right-wing nationalist regime, left over 20 dead in clashes with government forces and hundreds more arrested.

Trump began a day after the first protests, calling on the Iranian government to “respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching!”

Having done his best to starve the Iranian population by means of economic sanctions, repeatedly threatened it with war, and banned Iranians from entering the US, Trump offered crocodile tears to the “great Iranian people,” who “have little food, big inflation and no human rights.”

Over the ensuing days, he issued a barrage of tweets decrying “human rights violations” by the regime, at one point criticizing it because it had “closed down the Internet so that peaceful demonstrators cannot communicate”. Last Wednesday, Trump tweeted a veiled threat of direct US intervention, promising the Iranian people, “You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!”

As a historically oppressed country, Iran must be defended against imperialist bullying and aggression. This does not, however, imply any political support for the Iranian government, which is a capitalist regime representing the interests of the clerical establishment, the bazaar merchants and big business. Behind the smokescreen of anti-US rhetoric it carries out a policy of brutal austerity against the working class while seeking to curry the favor of European imperialism by opening up Iran to foreign investment and exploitation. The task of settling accounts with the regime and the Iranian bourgeoisie as a whole is that of the Iranian working class, not US imperialism and its reactionary allies in the region such as Israel and the Gulf monarchies.

Trump’s self-righteous claims to defend the right to protest in Iran are sheer hypocrisy. There is no greater violator of human rights on the planet than the United States. Trump himself is the most deeply anti-democratic and authoritarian figure ever to assume the US presidency.

Even as he was bloviating about democratic rights, his government was carrying out a political trial against peaceful protesters in a brazen attack on the freedom of speech and assembly guaranteed by the US Constitution. The first act of his administration was to collaborate in a police crackdown and launch a legal witch-hunt against people who protested his inauguration on January 20 of last year. The “Disrupt J20” protests were legitimate, democratic expressions of opposition to Trump’s pro-corporate, xenophobic and war-mongering policies.

Washington DC police “kettled” protesters, employed indiscriminate violence and arrested hundreds. They fired on the crowd with chemical agents, pepper spray, rubber bullets and crowd control grenades. Protesters claim the police sexually assaulted detainees. An American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit currently underway against the DC police alleges that officers knocked a ten-year-old boy to the ground and pepper-sprayed his mother.

A document obtained by Democracy In Crisis and The Real News Network through a Freedom of Information Act request shows that police deployed weapons on at least 191 occasions over the course of the day. Police fired 74 sting ball grenades, a type of “non-lethal” explosive that ejects rubber balls in a radius surrounding the device’s point of impact. A total of 230 people were arrested.

The police crackdown occurred under the purview of the outgoing Obama administration, and the new Trump administration wasted no time attempting to make an example of the protesters. Prosecutors initially charged 214 of the arrested with “felony rioting,” a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. In April, a grand jury issued additional charges.

So far, 20 people have pleaded guilty. The first round of trials involving six defendants collapsed late last year, with the jury acquitting all of the defendants. One hundred and eighty-eight defendants still await trial, many facing up to 50 years in prison.

Under Trump, every effort has been made to stack the courts against the accused. DC Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz, chosen to oversee the trials, has a long anti-protestor record and is notorious for her authoritarian views. The prosecution has made clear it intends to seek the maximum sentence for any and all defendants who are convicted.

The prosecution is basing itself on the concept of collective punishment: anyone present at the Disrupt J20 protest is criminally liable. In the words of Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff, “A person can be convicted of rioting without breaking a window. It is the group who is the danger, the group who is providing the elements.”

This case, made by the prosecution with Trump’s blessing, stands in direct violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which prohibits “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The government’s case is also in violation of international law. The concept of collective punishment is characterized as a war crime under the 1949 Geneva Convention.

The first round of trials underscored the alliance of the police with fascistic elements. The prosecution presented doctored video footage from known far-right extremist groups such as Project Veritas and the Oath Keepers militia. It also has become clear that police infiltrators attended Disrupt J20 meetings prior to the day of the protest. Investigators have since begun spying on social media accounts of individuals who “liked,” interacted with, or even visited the Disrupt J20 Facebook page.

Were such a travesty of democracy to occur in Iran, North Korea, Russia or China, Trump and the mainstream press would be quick to denounce it in the harshest terms.

From the outset of his administration, Trump has time and time again expressed his utter contempt for the right to freedom of expression. He has on numerous occasions threatened to ban individual reporters and even entire news organizations that published material presenting him in an unfavorable light. Last September, he called on the National Football League to fire any “son of a bitch” who kneeled in protest of police violence and racism during the pledge of allegiance.

In July of last year, Trump told police and immigration agents in Long Island, New York that he loved watching criminal suspects “get thrown into the back of a paddy wagon”. He urged them to rough up people being detained, saying, “Please don’t be too nice.”

Equally hypocritical is Trump’s feigning sympathy for the plight of the Iranian working class. The demonstrations in Iran stem from working class anger over the rising cost of living, mass unemployment, austerity measures, deepening social inequality and political repression. These are the same basic problems, exacerbated by Trump’s massive tax cut for the rich and deregulation of big business, confronting the American working class.

Trump’s phony support for Iran’s popular protests: here.

Trump vows to renew all-out economic war on Iran: here.

Revealed: Trump team hired spy firm for ‘dirty ops’ on Iran arms deal. Israeli agency told to find incriminating material on Obama diplomats who negotiated deal with Tehran: here.

COMMUNIST and workers’ parties have declared solidarity with the Iranian people who are facing brutal repression after taking to the streets against the theocratic government: here.

President Donald Trump, who recently said he would announce the “MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR,” has been awarded the title of the world’s most oppressive leader toward press freedom by the Committee to Protect Journalists: here.