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Threat of using NUKES grows bigger under Trump & renewing milestone START treaty may be ‘too late’ – Noam Chomsky tells RT

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While the Democrats’ record on arms control doesn’t look good at all, it’s no match for that of Donald Trump who is amplifying the risk of nuclear weapons being put to use, world-renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky opined on RT.

Chomsky, one of the most cited political thinkers of our time, made the remarkable point while speaking to RT’s Going Underground program. The US President “is racing towards maximizing the threat of nuclear weapons,” he proclaimed, invoking the Doomsday Clock which metaphorically measures time until a global disaster.

“That’s why the famous Doomsday Clock has been moved closer to midnight every year Trump has been in office,” Chomsky said to back up the claim. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a group of scientists and academics managing the clock, has “abandoned minutes [and] moved to seconds – 100 seconds to midnight” this January, the intellectual said.

A vocal critic of US interventionism and historically not a fan of Trump, Chomsky insisted that the President – who isn’t shy of bragging about America’s nuclear deterrent – “has continued his attacks on arms control regime which has somewhat limited the enormous threat of nuclear destruction.”

Democrats don’t have a pretty record on this, I should say, but nothing like that.

Chomsky continued by listing the milestone treaties abandoned – or endangered – by the Trump administration. Among them was the 1987 US-Soviet Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) which banned an entire class of weapons systems, as well as the 2002 Open Skies Treaty (OST) which allowed, as a trust-building measure, for unarmed surveillance flights over the entire territory of 35 participants.

While brushing aside existing restraints, Trump’s US is “moving towards creating new and far more threatening weapons of destruction against which there is no possible means of defense,” Chomsky said, apparently referring to the Pentagon’s latest technological advances in building hypersonic weapons.

Further unloading on Trump, Chomsky mentioned the last major arms control agreement standing. “He’s now delayed, on frivolous grounds, renewal of the New START treaty,” he said.

The binding document, signed by then-Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev ten years ago, called for halving the number of strategic nuclear missile launchers in use by both sides and set limits for deployed nuclear warheads.




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Attack outside former Charlie Hebdo office in Paris ‘clearly act of Islamist terrorism’ – French interior minister

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A meat cleaver attack that seriously injured two people outside the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris is being treated as an act of Islamist terrorism by French authorities.

Two employees of the Premieres Lignes news production agency were outside their office in the 11th arrondissement on Friday when they were attacked by a knife-wielding man. They were “very badly wounded,” Premieres Lignes founder Paul Moreira told AFP.

The attack took place near the former address of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satirical newspaper whose staff was massacred in a 2015 attack by Islamist militants. The 14 alleged accomplices in that attack are currently on trial in Paris.

Charlie Hebdo eventually reopened at a different address in Paris, which is being kept secret for security reasons.

AFP reports that five men have been detained, including the suspected attacker. The PNAT anti-terrorism prosecution office said it has opened an investigation, with charges of “attempted murder related to a terrorist enterprise” and “conspiracy with terrorists.”

PNAT head Jean-Francois Ricard said the main suspect is an 18-year-old man, reportedly born in Pakistan.

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‘The Army just killed my wife!’: Soul-crushing video provokes online outrage towards Colombian military

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A young Colombian man filmed himself crying over his dead wife, who was shot in her car by soldiers. The emotional video led online users to denounce both the country’s government and US foreign policy.

The woman, reported as Juliana Giraldo Diaz, was killed on Thursday, while she and her husband were driving through the rural area of Miranda, Cauca. In the graphic video, her body can be seen lying in the car’s front seat, apparently shot in the head, and in a pool of blood.

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The Colombian army shot this man’s wife in the head and killed her. He’s begging for help. “Help me please, we have nothing.” Her name is Juliana and she was killed this morning in Miranda, Cauca.pic.twitter.com/l8Cq4TPmZU

— Camila (@camilateleSUR) September 24, 2020

“The Army just killed my wife!” the man, Francisco, can be heard screaming in the footage.

“We had no drugs, we had no weapons, we had nothing … Please help me!”

The Colombian Army has issued a statement, saying that the woman was shot by a soldier while the military was securing the area.

The country’s president, Ivan Duque, ordered both the defense ministry and the army to carry out a “quick” investigation and “punish” those responsible. Separately, the incident will also be reviewed by the attorney general’s office.

Condeno repudiable hecho ocurrido en Miranda, Cauca. He ordenado a @mindefensa y @COL_Ejercito disponer lo necesario para investigación con celeridad. Responsable debe recibir castigo ejemplar. Solidaridad con familiares de Juliana Giraldo, a quienes brindaremos acompañamiento.

— Iván Duque 🇨🇴 (@IvanDuque) September 24, 2020

Commentators universally condemned the killing online, saying that people in uniform always get to act with “impunity”

Others lamented that “no one” in the international community addresses such incidents, in their view because “Colombia is a US puppet state”.

Knowing Colombia is US puppet state no one will condemn it.

— Tito ☭ 🇸🇻 ⛰️ Андрей 🐈🐕 (@adxtrjuseniorit) September 24, 2020

The woman’s horrifying death follows countrywide turmoil during protests and riots against police brutality, which broke out over the death of law student Javier Ordonies. He died on September 8, after being repeatedly tasered by police officers.




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Death toll from Covid-19 could ‘very likely’ reach 2 MILLION before vaccine widely available, WHO says

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The coronavirus death toll could double to reach the two million mark before a vaccine comes into wide use, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) head of emergencies Mike Ryan has warned.

The current death toll, which is hovering just below the one million mark, could easily grow twofold without a “concerted” effort to make an effective vaccine widely available as soon as possible, Ryan said in a Friday news conference.

“Unless we do it… the number you speak about [two million deaths] is not only imaginable, but sadly very likely,” he said.




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The official also spoke about the ongoing increase in spread rates registered worldwide in the past few weeks after anti-coronavirus lockdowns were eased in many countries. Ryan cautioned against blaming the latest spike on young people, who have allegedly become the primary spreaders.

“I really hope we don’t get into finger wagging: it’s all because of the youth,” he said. “The last thing a young person needs is an old person pontificating and wagging the finger.”

The situation in Europe, where several countries, including France and the UK, reported the highest-ever daily rises in Covid-19 cases, remains very “worrying,” WHO officials have said, urging the authorities to do their best to try and halt the spread before the season of regular flu comes around.




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“We are at the end of September and we haven’t even started our flu season yet, so what we are worried about is the possibility that these trends are going in the wrong direction,” WHO’s technical lead on coronavirus, Maria Van Kerkhove, said.

Globally, more than 32.3 million people have contracted the disease with over 980,000 succumbing to it, the latest figures by Johns Hopkins University show.

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