After UN Court Rules in Favor of Lifting Sanctions on Iran, Pompeo Terminates Amity (Friendship) Treaty

In response to the United Nations’ top court ordering the US to lift sanctions on humanitarian goods to Iran, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made threatening statements against Iran and Syria and he terminated the 1955 treaty of amity (friendship) with Iran. Pompeo also referenced recent gunfire on the US consulate in Basra, Iraq, saying that the Ayatollah and his henchmen support attacks on the United States, and that “Iran is the origin of the current threat to Americans in Iraq.” Meanwhile, Syria received delivery of Russian S-300 anti-air defense missiles this week. -GEG

 

The drums of war are beating over Iran and Syria as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday morning responded to the United Nations’ top court ordering the US to lift sanctions on “humanitarian” goods to Iran. Pompeo made a series of threatening statements targeting Iran as well as Syria, which also comes after the latter received delivery of Russian S-300 anti-air defense missiles early this week.

Pompeo said in his State Department press briefing, “I’m announcing that the United States is terminating the 1955 treaty of amity with Iran. This is a decision that is 39 years over due.”

He was referencing a 1955 “friendship treaty” or so-called Treaty of Amity which had been established long before the 1979 Islamic Revolution brought the Ayatollahs to power.

In July Tehran had pulled the US before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to demand that the UN immediately suspend economic sanctions leveled by Washington after Trump ordered US pullout of the 2015 nuclear deal and the reimposition of far-reaching rounds of sanctions targeting Iran’s energy and other vital sectors.

The ICJ’s ruling is a huge blow to Washington (though perhaps largely symbolic) and a diplomatic win for Iran as it unanimously ruled that Washington “shall remove by means of its choosing any impediments arising from the measures announced on May 8 to the free exportation to Iran of medicines and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities” as well as airplane parts, said judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf. The court pointed out that targeting aviation parts created the “potential to endanger civil aviation safety in Iran and the lives of its users”.

The decision essentially gives UN-imprimatur and legal cover for countries and companies seeking to still do business with Iran amidst threats of punitive action by the US should they proceed. But Pompeo slammed the international court’s decision as null and void and Iran’s clinging to the “decades overdue” treaty “absurd” in announcing the “termination”.

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The University of Southern Maine Offered Course Credit to Students to Pressure Senator Collins into Voting Against Kavanaugh

The taxpayer-funded University of Southern Maine offered one credit to students for traveling to Washington, DC to harass Republican Senator Susan Collins, who is a swing vote in the Kavanaugh confirmation. According to the Maine Republican Party Facebook page, students were to leave on buses on Wednesday night, spend two nights on the bus, and return Friday morning. The credit was only offered to students opposing Kavanaugh, and an extra $50 was offered in case of arrest. The course reportedly was canceled after an uproar from taxpayers and citizens.

The University of Southern Maine if offering credit hours to students if they travel to Washington DC and harass Senator Susan Collins in the hallways and elevator.

Students will receive one credit hour for their political action.

Via The Maine Republican Party Facebook page.

However there’s a catch.
Only anti-Kavanaugh protesters will be rewarded the extra credit hour.
Pro-Kavanaugh students need not apply.

Your tax dollars are funding this.

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Rand Paul’s Wife Issues Public Letter to Senator Cory Booker After Paul Was Doxxed

Kelley Paul, the wife of Senator Rand Paul, wrote an open letter to Senator Cory Booker in response to being doxxed, which means their home address and Rand’s cell phone number were published on the internet after Booker encouraged activists to get up in the face of lawmakers with whom they disagree. She publicly asked Booker to publicly retract his position. In the past 18 months, Rand Paul has been the target of a gunman on a baseball field, was savagely attacked by a neighbor, and has been subjected to screaming protests at the airport. His family has received numerous threats of extreme violence. -GEG

It’s nine o’clock at night, and as I watch out the window, a sheriff’s car slowly drives past my home. I am grateful that they have offered to do extra patrols, as someone just posted our home address, and Rand’s cell number, on the internet — all part of a broader effort to intimidate and threaten Republican members of Congress and their families. I now keep a loaded gun by my bed. Our security systems have had to be expanded. I have never felt this way in my life.
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In the last 18 months, our family has experienced violence and threats of violence at a horrifying level. I will never forget the morning of the shooting at the congressional baseball practice, the pure relief and gratitude that flooded me when I realized that Rand was okay.
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He was not okay last November, when a violent and unstable man attacked him from behind while he was working in our yard, breaking six ribs and leaving him with lung damage and multiple bouts of pneumonia. Kentucky’s secretary of state, Alison Lundergan Grimes, recently joked about it in a speech. MSNBC commentator Kasie Hunt laughingly said on air that Rand’s assault was one of her “favorite stories.” Cher, Bette Midler, and others have lauded his attacker on Twitter. I hope that these women never have to watch someone they love struggle to move or even breathe for months on end.
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Earlier this week, Rand was besieged in the airport by activists “getting up in his face,” as you, Senator Booker, encouraged them to do a few months ago. Preventing someone from moving forward, thrusting your middle finger in their face, screaming vitriol — is this the way to express concern or enact change? Or does it only incite unstable people to violence, making them feel that assaulting a person is somehow politically justifiable?
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Senator Booker, Rand has worked with you to co-sponsor criminal justice reform bills. He respects you, and so do I. I would call on you to retract your statement. I would call on you to condemn violence, the leaking of elected officials’ personal addresses (our address was leaked from a Senate directory given only to senators), and the intimidation and threats that are being hurled at them and their families.
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Sincerely,
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Kelley Paul