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Mr. Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.
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" Iran Downs US Spy Drone in Its Airspace "

Stephen Lendman Reports
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On Thursday, Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said “the IRGC air force shot down an American spy drone, identified as RQ-4 Global Hawk, that had violated Iranian airspace in the Kuh Mubarak region located at Hormozgan province, south of the country, the IRGC’s public relations department said in a statement.”


The IRGC said further details of the intrusion will be announced later.


A Pentagon spy plane provocatively entering Iranian airspace when tensions between both countries are at a fever pitch was a hostile act, further heightening them.


Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Bill Urban claimed “(n)o US aircraft w(as) operating in Iranian airspace today.”


An unnamed Trump official claimed the RQ-4 Global Hawk was shot down in “international airspace” by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.


Ahead of the incident on Tuesday, head of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said the Islamic Republic will defend its airspace, territorial waters, and borders from hostile intrusions.


Days earlier, unnamed Western diplomatic sources told the Israeli Hebrew-language Maariv broadsheet that the Trump regime is planning a “tactical assault” on an Iranian nuclear facility in response to last week’s Gulf of Oman attacks on two tankers — no evidence suggests the Islamic Republic had anything to do with.


An unnamed Western diplomat was quoted saying “(t)he bombing will be massive but will be limited to a specific target” — an Iranian response in self-defense highly likely if this occurs, its legal right under international law.


The Pentagon hasn’t confirmed the downing of its spy drone so far, nor has the State Department commented on the incident.


Downing of the Pentagon’s spy drone came when Yemini Houthis reportedly struck a major Saudi power plant in the kingdom’s southern Jizan province with a cruise missile, according to Yemini al-Masirah television.


It followed a similar attack on the Abha International Airport in southern Saudi Arabia, injuring dozens and shutting down the facility.


According to AMN News on Thursday, Houthi forces made a “large-scale advance inside Saudi Arabia’s Najran Province near the Yemeni border, captur(ing) more than 20 military sites” in the kingdom, “inflicting heavy losses on the enemy troops.”


The US accuses Iran of supporting the Houthis, their latest actions likely to further heighten tensions with the Trump Administration, pushing things closer to possible war Trump said he doesn’t want, but as his record shows, time and again he said one thing and went another way.


During Wednesday House Foreign Affairs Committee testimony, Dem Rep. Ted Deutch noted John Bolton’s history of “false or misleading” statements while holding State Department envoy for regime change in Iran Brian Hook’s feet to the fire about White House claims about the country.


“There are legitimate concerns about taking the administration at its word,” Deutch stressed, quoting former State Department official Greg Thielmann on Bolton’s earlier intelligence disinformation in the run-up to Bush/Cheney’s aggression on Iraq, saying last month:

“The pattern that I’ve seen with Bolton then and subsequently is that he has established quite a track record of cherry-picking intelligence information that serves whatever case he’s going to make.”


Deutch called Bolton “a long-time proponent of regime change in Tehran. He continually questions the utility of negotiating with Iran and frequently indicates that (its ruling authorities) will not be in power in the coming years.”


The congressman questioned Pompeo’s dubious claim about (nonexistent) Iranian support for Taliban fighters in Afghanistan “against American and allied interests” — no evidence whatever suggesting it.


Deutch also questioned Hook about whether the White House intends using the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to wage war on Iran.


Clearly it provides no legal justification to attack any nation. Security Council members alone may authorize one country to attack another, permitted only in self-defense, never preemptively.


Using the AUMF to strike Iran would be naked aggression against a nation threatening no one. Hook declined to say if the Trump regime intends using it as authorization to wage war on the Islamic Republic.


Claiming “we will comply with the law” is belied by ongoing US aggression in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere, along with all-out war by other means on Iran and Venezuela, similar less extreme actions against Cuba and Nicaragua.


All of the above are illegal under international, constitutional, and US statute laws — never standing in the way of US actions against nations targeted for their sovereign independence and opposition to its imperial agenda.

On Wednesday, the State Department said Hook will visit Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and other Gulf states to discuss (nonexistent) “Iran(ian) regional aggression.”

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" The Trump Administration Planning War on Iran "

Stephen Lendman Reports
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Fast-moving events suggest that unthinkable US preemptive war on Iran is possible


On Monday, acting US war secretary Patrick Shanahan said the following:

“In response to a request from the US Central Command (CENTCOM) for additional forces, and with the advice of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes (sic) to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East” — despite only invented ones exist, adding:

“The recent Iranian attacks (sic) validate the reliable, credible intelligence (sic) we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups (sic) that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region (sic).”


On Monday, the Pentagon released new images of a small vessel approaching the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous tanker, claimed to be Iranian, allegedly removing an unexploded limpet mine attached to the vessel, a statement saying:

“Iran is responsible for the attack based on video evidence and the resources and proficiency needed to quickly remove the unexploded limpet mine (sic).”


These and related events are why today is the most perilous time in world history. 


The risk of possible US-launched nuclear war is real.


While these dangerous events are unfolding, the US public is largely unaware and perhaps indifferent to what threatens their welfare, security and lives.

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" Britain Split Over Gulf of Oman Incident "

Stephen Lendman Reports

The Trump Administration is selling war on Iran, not easily finding buyers among its allies, failing so far to achieve what acting war secretary Patrick Shanahan called the need to reach “international consensus” on blaming Tehran for the incident.


German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the Pentagon’s (dubious) video evidence “is not enough. We can understand what is being shown, sure, but to make a final assessment, this is not enough for me.”


Through an aide, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini expressed similar skepticism about the Trump Administration claims.


Some US allies intend making their own intelligence assessments of what happened before rushing to judgment.


Trump said the Gulf of Oman incident had “Iran written all over it.” On Friday, Britain’s Tory backed the Big Lie, falsely blaming Iran for what happened.


A Foreign Office statement turned truth on its head, saying “(i)t is almost certain (sic) that a branch of the Iranian military – the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – attacked the two tankers on 13 June (sic). No other state or non-state actor could plausibly have been responsible (sic),” adding:

“There is recent precedent for attacks by Iran against oil tankers (sic). The Emirati-led investigation of the 12 May attack on four oil tankers (in UAE waters) concluded that it was conducted by a sophisticated state actor. We are confident that Iran bears responsibility for that attack (sic).”


Separately, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said “(t)hese latest attacks build on a pattern of destabilizing Iranian behavior (sic) and pose a serious danger to the region (sic),” adding:

“It is essential that tankers and crews are able to pass through international waters safely. We call on Iran urgently to cease all forms of destabilizing activity (sic).”

“The UK remains in close coordination with international partners to find diplomatic solutions to de-escalate tensions” it’s going all-out with Trump regime hardliners to heighten.


UK opposition Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn isn’t buying the Trump Administration Big Lie, tweeting:

“Britain should act to ease tensions in the Gulf, not fuel a military escalation that began with US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement,” adding:

“Without credible evidence about the tanker attacks, the government’s rhetoric will only increase the threat of war.”

Hunt slammed his remarks, calling them “pathetic and predictable…(W)hy can he never bring himself to back British allies, British intelligence or British interests?”


Iran strongly denied false Trump Administration accusations. No credible evidence proves them because none exists.


Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih called for a “rapid and decisive response to the threat of energy supply, market stability and consumer confidence, which are posed by recent terrorist acts in both the Arabian Sea and the Arabian Gulf, against the major global energy supply chains” — what Iran had nothing to do with he failed to explain.


According to Arabia Foundation resident scholar Geneive Abdo, “Trump has already parted ways with (John) Bolton.”


A late May NYT report said guests with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort heard him “grousing” about Bolton, “complaining about the advice he was getting and wondering if Mr. Bolton was taking him down a path he did not want to go.”


Despite DJT’s hostility toward Iran, the Times said he broke with Bolton on how to deal with its ruling authorities, the same true for North Korea, Bolton pushing for war on both countries.


Aiming for reelection next year, Trump prioritizes policies he believes improves his prospects. War with Iran risking a quagmire and body bags returning home could lose him more support than already.


Replacing raging hawk Bolton would step back from possible war on Iran. According to the Times “Trump is not fond of Mr. Bolton, according to a half-dozen (unnamed) advisers and associates, and he makes no secret of it in private.”


They “differ sharply over their approach to the world.” Trump is a businessman prioritizing profits. One critic earlier slammed Bolton saying he never met a country he didn’t want to bomb. “If it was up to John, we’d be in four (new) wars now,” an unnamed Trump regime official quoted him saying.


The Times cited another unnamed figure close to Trump, saying what’s going on between him and Bolton resembles how DJT soured on Rex Tillerson.


Whatever disagreements exist between them doesn’t diminish US hostility toward Iran. But replacing him would lower the temperature for war.

The views of this news report are from Mr Stephen Lendman Only and not those of Global News Aruba and its associates or the Editor in Chief, read our disclaimer and contact the News Reporter Stephen Lendman.

Contact at [email protected]

Mr. Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MR STEPHEN LENDMAN  CONTACT MR LENDMAN AT : [email protected]

The views of this news report are from Mr Stephen Lendman Only and not those of Global News Aruba and its associates or the Editor in Chief, read our disclaimer and contact the News Reporter Stephen Lendman.  Contact at [email protected] [email protected]