Headlines of interest for June 2019 [updated]…
We begin this month’s edition with another examination of the past as prologue. The reader is probably aware that much of the West’s current difficulty with Iran stems from a long history going back to the 1953 overthrow of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh in a MI-6/CIA orchestrated coup; the ensuing installation of the brutal regime of the Shaw, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, brought conditions intolerable to the Iranian people, who rose up and overthrew him in the 1979 revolution which brought about the establishment of the Islamic Republic.
Going a little further back, we take a news time warp excursion, into the Spring and Summer of 1951, when Mossadegh and the Majlis -the Iranian parliament- nationalized the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC). Here we find conditions that in certain respects parallel the current situation. A brief summary of those events follows – where All the Shaw’s Men, by Stephen Kinzer, 2003, is our source (a review of it is found at CIA.gov)…
On the Ides of March, 1951, the Majlis voted overwhelmingly to nationalize the Anglo Iranian Oil Company (AIOC). The confiscatory business practices and brutal conditions to which the labor force had been subjected by the British at the AIOC refinery at Abadan would no longer be tolerated by Iran’s government. Just a week previous to the nationalization -on March 7th- Prime Minister Ali Razmara was assassinated in what was likely a desperate last ditch effort to derail the inevitable. (Though the PM’s killing was blamed on a member of Fedayeen-i-Islam, the weapon used, a Colt revolver, was only available to soldiers.)
After the nationalization of AIOC, the British did all they could to sabotage operations at Abadan, to prevent the export of oil, and to deprive the company of the expertise necessary to run it. Meanwhile, by mid April, the Royal Navy had begun assembling a small fleet consisting of three frigates and two cruisers within sight of Abadan. On the political front, an attempt was made to install the British puppet Sayyed Zia as PM on April 28; in repudiation of this effort, however, the Majlis instead elected Mossadegh to the position in a 79 to 12 vote. On May the 1st, Mossadegh then signed the law establishing the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).
Over the ensuing months, AIOC officers would refuse access to those of the NIOC. For instance, following his appointment on June 20, managing director Mehdi Barzagan was refused receipts for the accounting of revenue from oil exports by AIOC general manager Eric Drake. After Barzagan threatened Drake’s arrest for sabotage, Drake went to Basra, Iraq, and the chairman of AIOC in London, Sir William Fraser, ordered tanker captains to pump the already loaded oil back to Abadan, leaving with their holds empty. This amounted to an export sanction against Iran, which did not have tankers of its own. Of this, Fraser said: “When they need the money, they will come crawling to us on their bellies.”
Then, as now, this was a grave miscalculation and failure to appreciate the Iranian people’s capacity to endure deprivation and persevere with patriotic dignity. Mirroring the arrogance of Fraser, Trump, in taking the course of his neocon advisors, believes that an unrelenting policy of “maximum pressure” will bring Iran to heel. Like the AIOC before him, he has sought to cut off -with varying degrees of success- any and all trade relations between Iran and its economic partners in the EU and in Asia…
Like the government of Mossadegh before it, however, the current Iranian leadership is responding by upping the ante…
Trump would do well to clean the slate, even to consider going on an “apology tour” – his diplomats could begin by reminding the Iranians that they have not always regarded America as the “Great Satan”. There was a time, particularly during the period of the dispute with AIOC, that the Americans were quite sympathetic to their plight. In the summer of ’51, many Iranians still remembered Americans like Howard Baskerville, a school teacher who died in 1909 fighting with his Iranian friends for the Constitutional Revolution in which the Majlis was established; many would still remember -and even today should be reminded of- Morgan Shuster, a banker whom the Majlis appointed as Iran’s treasurer general, and who proceeded to eliminate the tax exemptions through which British and Russian syndicates leached upon Iran; it was on account of the Majlis’s refusal to fire Shuster that Mohammad Ali Shaw forcibly shut it down in 1911.
One American whom Iranian patriots did not look favorably upon however was Averell Harriman. President Truman sent Harriman to help negotiate an agreement and to fend off a feared military assault from the British ships parked near Abadan. The executive director of the Bank of England, Sir George Bolton (every bit the hawk as his current namesake), had by this time recommended “the possibility of direct intervention by taking over by force the fields and refinery” at Abadan. Plans for invasion had been drawn up in May, involving 70,000 troops to be supported by air strikes. U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson strongly informed British Ambassador Franks that the U.S. would oppose such an invasion. The British however continued to sabotage the refinery and block exports. It was in this context that Harriman arrived on July 15 to angry crowds greeting “Death to Harriman!” How they were so prescient of his treachery is unclear. While managing to get the otherwise recalcitrant Mossadegh on board for a compromise – which the British stubbornly rejected – Harriman, unsuccessful, then suggested to the Shaw before leaving that Mossadegh might be overthown, thus planting the seed that would bear fruit two years later with Allen Dulles’s CIA now taking the initiative in Operation Ajax.
In the current situation, likewise the CIA will attempt another round of “fun and games” as were successfully played in ’53; but will the Iranian people be fooled again?…
Ron Paul Institute (Vijay Prashad) – Have You Heard of the CIA’s Iran Mission Center?
To the present, the events of the month as they unfolded: Gulf Cooperation Council and Arab League summits held in Mecca in late May…
Consortium News (Giorgio Cafiero) – Intrigues in the Gulf Following Summits in Mecca
Times of Israel (June 3) – Mossad intelligence helped link Iran to UAE tanker sabotage — report
The Saker (Pepe Escobar, June 5) – Why Trump now wants talks with Iran
An American source said a series of studies hit President Trump’s desk and caused panic in Washington. These showed that in the case of the Strait of Hormuz being shut down, whatever the reason, Iran has the power to hammer the world financial system, by causing global trade in derivatives to be blown apart.
ThereAreNoSunglasses (Japan Today) – Tanker Attack Hits Ships w/Japan-Related Cargo, While Japanese PM Meeting w/Iranian President
Truth escorted by lies?…
U.S. Central Command – Unexploded Limpet Mine Removed from M/T Kokuka Courageous in the Gulf of Oman
Eurasia Review (Kaveh L. Afrasiabi) – Questions About The US Video – OpEd
Craig Murray – The Gulf of Credibility
Skepticism even from the MSM…
Concurrently with the events in the Gulf came an uptick of action on the Peninsula…
South Front (June 13) – Cruise Missile Strike On Saudi Airport Marks Start Of New Round Of Escalation In Middle East
Pepe Escobar relates, from his social media, June 16:
THE CLOCK IS TICKING
Persian Gulf trader, in Dubai, with decades of experience, in an email to me:
“All of us know if Iran cannot sell oil they will pull the plug [on the Straits of Hormuz]. I know them and this is a certainty.”
Bloomberg (June 17) – Trump Calls Ship Attacks `Minor’ as U.S. Adds Mideast Troops
Jerusalem Post – U.N. officials: U.S. planning a ‘tactical assault’ in Iran
Moon of Alabama – Trump Fires Shanahan. Pompeo For Sec Def? Bolton To State?
Another one from Escobar, June 18:
DOGS OF WAR UPDATE – IN REAL TIME
My exchange with the immensely wise Prof. Marandi of the University of Tehran, less than a minute ago.
myself – The dogs of war are totally mad.
Marandi – Even a limited strike will be met by a major and disproportionate response.
myself – The Pentagon generals know it. Not Pompeo, who now overrules the Pentagon.
Marandi – Well then, oil will go through the roof. Saudi and UAE facilities will be in flames.
myself – Trump seems to be aware of it – that’s why he’s downplaying an attack.
Marandi – It seems so.
Which raises the question we repeatedly ask, who is in charge? Escobar picks up these themes in his June 20 piece…
Strategic Culture – Iran goes for “maximum counter-pressure”
Later on the 20th, it hits the fan, almost…
Consortium News (Joe Lauria) – Ten Minutes to War
In the Delegate’s Lounge at United Nations headquarters in New York several years ago I had a one-on-one conversation with Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, who was then Teheran’s ambassador to the UN. I confided in him that I thought the U.S. was being the aggressor but I asked him, for the sake of his country and the region and to avoid a devastating conflict, whether Iran might make the very difficult decision to give in to Washington.
“We would rather fight and die than give in,” Zarif told me.
(If only our diplomats could talk to their counterparts as true journalists like Lauria and Escobar do, they might come to realize how far into uncharted waters their hubris has led them… far over their fat, pompous heads)
Elijah J. Magnier (June 23) – How Iran decided to down a US drone and narrowly averted War by sparing another US plane
Escobar has an extraordinary account, though it is unclear if it is sourced, or speculation; again from his social media, June 24:
HOW THE IRANIANS TOTALLY FOOLED THE AMERICANS AND DESTROYED THE NAVY’S ONLY GLOBAL HAWK – IN 10 SECONDS
The American P-8 spy plane was BETWEEN the Iranian missile launcher and the Global Hawk drone. The P-8 has at least a HUNDRED TIMES PLUS the radar cross section of the drone. The Iranians quickly figured it out; it was a trap. They also know the US Navy has a lot of P-8s. But they only had ONE Global Hawk.
The Iranians immediately figured out that the Global Hawk was there to “collect evidence” about the shooting down of the P-8.
So the Iranians shot the Global Hawk.
And that was our Sun Tzu lesson of the week.
MIT Technology Review– The US has launched a cyber attack against Iran’s weapons systems
Reuters (June 26) – Israel says GPS mysteriously disrupted in its airspace but planes secure
Intelligence Online – Cyberspying spearheads Tehran’s regional strategy
Military.com (AFP) – US Cyber Attack on Iran Shrouded in Digital ‘Fog of War’
Aviationist (June 28) – A Dozen U.S. F-22 Raptor Stealth Jets Make Their Return To The Persian Gulf Region
A thawing begins?…
Asia Times (Pepe Escobar) – Iran at the center of the Eurasian riddle
Strategic Culture (Alastair Crooke) – Russia’s Middle East Brinkmanship vs. Acquiescence to Trump’s Greater Israel Plan
Voltairenet (Thierry Meyssan) – Secret tripartite summit in Jerusalem
Times of Israel – Jerusalem to host ‘unprecedented’ Israel-Russian-US security summit
Al Monitor – Trump offers another gift to Netanyahu
The honeymoon never ends…
Intrepid Report (Wayne Madsen) – Trump’s Middle East ‘deal of the century’ and his ‘Kosher Quartet’
Mint Press News (Whitney Webb) – In Israel the Push to Destroy Jerusalem’s Iconic Al-Aqsa Mosque Goes Mainstream
Intelligence Online – Cornered by its strategic choices, Erdogan’s MIT forced to negotiate in Syria
Exodus – fuga dalla Libia (Vimeo) – TAJOURA MASSACRE – Exodus – Escape from Libya
ThereAreNoSunglasses – U.A.E., Supported By U.S., Named As Primary Culprit In Destabilization of N. Africa
Intelligence Online – Balance of power in Khartoum swings to Cairo-Abu Dhabi-Riyadh axis
Shifting whispering sands of the Chadian rebel forces -the UFR- from Sudan to Libya and back to Sudan?…
West Africa Newsletter – Idriss Deby keeps close eye on Khartoum
To the Korean Peninsula, Trumps says hey I’m in the neighborhood, let’s hook up…
Korean Central News Agency – Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Has Historic Meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at Panmunjom
Pyongyang, July 1 (KCNA) — Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, had a historic meeting with President of the United States of America Donald Trump at Panmunjom on Sunday afternoon at the suggestion of Trump.
The Supreme Leader of the Party, the state and the armed forces of the DPRK accepted the opinion of President Trump that he would like to meet Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone during his June 29-30 visit to south Korea and went to the south side portion of Panmunjom to have a surprise meeting with him.
Kim Jong Un stepped out of the Panmun Pavilion on Sunday afternoon and had a historic meeting with Donald Trump just before the demarcation line at Panmunjom amid the worldwide attention.
In 66 years since the Armistice Agreement in 1953 there happened such an amazing event of the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. exchanging historic handshakes at Panmunjom, place that had been known as the symbol of division.
Kim Jong Un exchanged compliments with Trump about meeting him after about 120 days and guided him toward the north side portion of Panmunjom.
The two leaders stepped toward just before the Panmun Pavilion in the north side portion of Panmunjom where they held their hands again, leaving the historic moment of the sitting U.S. President setting his foot on the soil of the DPRK across the Military Demarcation Line for the first time in history.
They headed for the “House of Freedom” in the south side portion of Panmunjom, the venue of the talks, exchanging a pleasant chat.
Kim Jong Un exchanged warm greetings with Moon Jae In.
Then there were a one-on-one chat and talks between the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S.
They explained issues of easing tensions on the Korean peninsula, ending the inglorious relations between the two countries and making a dramatic turn and also issues of mutual concern and interest which become a stumbling block in solving those issues, and voiced full understanding and sympathy.
The top leaders of the two countries agreed to keep in close touch in the future, too, and resume and push forward productive dialogues for making a new breakthrough in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and in the bilateral relations.
Kim Jong Un said that it was the good personal relations with President Trump that made such a dramatic meeting possible at just a one day’s notice, noting that the relations would continue to produce good results unpredictable by others and work as a mysterious force overcoming manifold difficulties and obstacles in the future, too.
Present at the talks from the DPRK side was Ri Yong Ho, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, member of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and foreign minister, and from the opposite side U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo.
The top leaders of the two countries expressed great satisfaction over the results of the talks.
After the talks Kim Jong Un exchanged parting words with Trump.
Trump and Moon Jae In saw Kim Jong Un off up to the demarcation line at Panmunjom. -0-
Yonhap News Agency – Moon calls DMZ meeting end to N. Korea-U.S. hostility
Little has changed evidently where Japan is concerned…
Wall Street Journal – North Korean Leader’s Slain Half Brother Was a CIA Source
Atlantic – Trump Sides With North Korea Against the CIA
But it is this sort of thing that makes us ashamed to be called American…
Oriental Review (Andrew Korybko) – Hong Kong’s Caught In A Color Revolution Crisis
Mint Press News (Alexander Rubinstein) – American Gov’t, NGOs Fuel and Fund Hong Kong Anti-Extradition Protests
Intelligence Online – ODNI joins Pompeo in anti-Nord Stream 2 campaign
New York Times – U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid
@realDonaldTrump (6:15 PM, 15 June, 2019 Twitter) – Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia. This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country….. …..ALSO, NOT TRUE! Anything goes with our Corrupt News Media today. They will do, or say, whatever it takes, with not even the slightest thought of consequence! These are true cowards and without doubt, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!
Global Research (David Lindorff) – US Cyber Attack on Russia’s Power Grid Is an ‘Act of War’
Strategic Culture (Wayne Madsen) – It’s Back to Cold War Days Over the Baltic
Defense Blog – Mysterious version of Abrams tank was spotted in Romania
Mad Cow Productions – Story of 20-ton cocaine seizure on container ship breaks down
Strategic Culture (Wayne Madsen) – CIA Finances Another Group of Fraudsters: the Venezuelan ‘Opposition’
Grayzone (Alex Rubinstein) – Why Hondurans set fire to the US embassy
Congress will have its Mueller time after all…
New York Times – Robert Mueller to Testify Before House Committees
Potentially facing some very uncomfortable questions from the minority Republicans (if they don’t wimp out)…
Washington Times – Robert Mueller exploited cellphone GPS to track Trump associates
The Hill (John Solomon) – Key figure that Mueller report linked to Russia was a State Department intel source
Conservative Treehouse – DOJ Admits FBI Never Saw Crowdstrike Report on DNC Russian Hacking Claim…
William Binney to Alex Jones: Trump was under surveillance before his campaign began – we would ask: did it have something to do with Trump’s foray into the “birther” movement, i.e. the questioning of Obama”s eligibility as POTUS? We would remind: John Brennan knew something about Obama’s eligibility, since it was his employee at The Analysis Corporation who accessed Obama’s passport records while contracting at the State Department early in 2008 (see our Wxxx News reports of June, 2011: Compromised by Birth I & II). This was the first time Brennan meddled in a presidential election and reaped the benefit of its successful result (in contrast to the second -or third?- time, which was unsuccessful)…
Wall Street Journal – Justice Department Is Preparing Antitrust Investigation of Google
Consortium News (Edward Curtin) – Speeding into the Void of Cyberspace as Designed
Liberty Nation – The Tyranny of Future Crimes TAPS Act
Next News Network (Bitchute) – ALERT: Militias Rise! Vow To Fight Oregon Democrats ‘At Any Cost,’ Gov. Calls Police To Arms
It’s Going Down – Police Push MisInfo After Portland Shuts Down Proud Boys
Lift the Veil (Bitchute) – Antifa: A History of Violence
We warned Dr. Fetzer that it was logically unsound to categorically say “Nobody died…”
The Economic Collapse – “The Skid Is Everywhere”, And We Just Received More Confirmation That The Worst Is Yet To Come
Nature Conservancy – Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
ArXiv (J. Kauppinen and P. Malmi) – NO EXPERIMENTAL EVIDENCE FOR THE SIGNIFICANT ANTHROPOGENIC CLIMATE CHANGE
Al Monitor – Cancer hits residents of Iraqi oil city of Basra
Secrecy News – DoD Doctrine on Nuclear Operations Published, Taken Offline
Corbett Report – The 5G Dragnet
Popular Mechanics – Trump, Senators Have Been Briefed on UFO Sightings
Updates on old news…
Independent – Trump says ‘I think I know’ who was behind 9/11 attacks
World War II still not over…
Hessenshau.de – Selbstzündende Weltkriegsbombe reißt Krater in Getreidefeld