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Nevada bombing prelude to attack on Iran

"The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Geneva, Switzerland) ruled in March that the Western Shoshone are the rightful owners of this land and ordered Washington to abort the June 2 [Divine Strake] test and to desist from activities that violate Western Shoshone sovereignty."

Desert Dispatch, CA

by Carol Jensen
As an American whose family tree includes a branch of ancestors who were living on this land when the first Europeans stumbled ashore, I find it intolerable that the Bush Administration is going ahead with its plan to detonate 700 tons of explosives on tribal land in Nevada. This is yet another hate-based idea concocted by the Republican-controlled government.

Russia, China: Don't use force in Iran


BEIJING -- Russia and China will not vote for the use of force in resolving the Iranian nuclear dispute, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday in a sign of persisting differences with the U.S.

After two days of talks with his Chinese counterpart, Lavrov said Moscow and Beijing hold identical positions on Iran's nuclear program and a separate one by North Korea: Both disputes require diplomacy, not force.

Stop "Divine Strake" Bombing in Newe Sogobia (NTS); May 28

by Shundahai Network Call to Action Sunday, May. 14, 2006 at 10:49 PM
On May 28, 2006 dozens of indigenous, environmental justice and peace and disarmament organizations will converge at the Peace Camp outside the Nevada Test Site near Mercury Nevada to protest the Divine Strake test scheduled for June 2, but now apparently postponed to June 23.

"Divine Strake" is the name of a planned military (Defense Threat Reduction Agency) test above ground explosion of a 700 ton ammonium nitrate mixed with fuel oil bomb planned to be detonated on ground level in the Nevada Test Site (Newe Sogobia, Shoshone land from Treaty of Ruby Valleyof 1862). The Nevada Test Site was the location where above ground nuclear weapons were exploded during the cold war era 1950s-1960s. Some residual radioactive particulates from these tests remain in the desert sands. In the event of a large explosion like "Divine Strake", the particulates will become resuspended in the air and likely enter the watershed of the nearby Amargosa River, home ecosystem of the endangered Amargosa pupfish. The land occupied by the NTS is also the ancestral home of the Western Shoshone (Newe Sogobia), and many other people who live downwind of the test site will also be exposed to the dust cloud containing radioactive particulates released by the "Divine Strake" explosion..

Southern Utah residents rally to protest Divine Strake

"If our grandparents were here they wouldn't want us to carry on blindly and trust the government like they did." --Katy Kroupa

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - Several dozen southern Utah residents gathered at a park Saturday to question the safety of detonating a 700-ton explosive in the neighboring Nevada desert.

The blast known as "Divine Strake," which is planned to occur about 85 miles northwest of Las Vegas, is expected to generate a 10,000-foot mushroom cloud and a shock wave that can be felt dozens of miles away.

So. Utah Demonstrators Want End To 'Divine Strake'

By Kathryn May

(KUTV) ST. GEORGE Demonstrators say that the delay of the massive, so-called Divine Strake blast planned for Nevada is good. Eliminating the whole project would be even better.

Residents of Southern Utah gathered for a protest in St. George Saturday. They say bomb testing is dangerous, and they're sick of paying the price. They want to put an end to bomb testing at the Nevada test site and they're making their voices heard.

'Divine Strake' test fuels Dixie protest

"The government seems to be fighting its own people on this." --John Nordin
60 rally in St. George against the planned detonation in Nevada
By Nancy Perkins, Deseret Morning News, UT

ST. GEORGE — John Nordin remembers growing up with his best buddies in Dragerton, Carbon County, and keeping an eagle eye on the sky.

Nancy Perkins, Deseret Morning NewsRoy Hahn signs a petition Saturday that calls for stopping the June 23 "Divine Strake" test.

Test blurs political lines

"Reid, however, is a disappointment. He's selling out for political gain. He's placing clout above human lives, and, as a result, is no better than the administration that he has so heavily criticized."
The Spectrum, UT

The political lines are blurring with regard to the Divine Strake bomb blast in the Nevada desert, which has been postponed until June 23.

Parts of the left are drifting to the right and some from the right are moving to the left.

Bush's Unanswered Letter

Published on Friday, May 12, 2006 by
by Tom Porteous

The first reaction of the Bush administration to the extraordinary letter from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been to dismiss it out of hand on the grounds that it does not offer any compromises over Iran's nuclear enrichment program. That’s a strategic mistake, because the biggest complaint of Middle Easterners about the United States is precisely that it has consistently failed to listen to concerns of the kind outlined by Ahmadinejad.

Debate on blast safety heats up

By ROBERT GEHRKE, Times Record News, TX

An environmental consultant who has studied the Nevada Test Site says there is likely radioactive contamination at the location where the Pentagon plans to conduct a major explosives test, potentially dispersing the contaminants.

Richard L. Miller, author of two books on nuclear fallout from atomic testing, identified six tests conducted in the 1950s that could have spread contamination over the area where the Pentagon plans to detonate 700 tons of explosives in a test called Divine Strake.

Will Israel Start the Next War?

Commentary: Iran's nuclear nightmare
By Arnaud de Borchgrave
UPI Editor at Large

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. and/or Israeli air strike against Iran's nuclear facilities before November conjures up a dead duck rather than a lame one at one end of Pennsylvania Avenue and at the other, key Congressional committees under the control of prominent liberals.

Charlie Rangel rewriting the tax code to penalize the rich and favor the disadvantaged? Barney Frank, John Conyers and Henry Waxman chairing key committees? America's NATO allies siding with Russia and China in disassociating themselves from President Bush's decision to defang Iran's nuclear ambitions? This is what moderate Republicans can see in their viewfinders if the decision were made to decapitate Iran's nuclear ambitions before November's Congressional elections.

Woman plans bomb protest

The Spectrum, UT

Though St George resident Hughette Nordin lived in Iowa during the Cold War-era atomic testing at the Nevada Test Site, she decided after reading about a planned non-nuclear bomb blast at the site that she wanted to do something to stop history from repeating itself.

Nordin said she and her husband, John, who grew up in Carbon County during the testing, thought of their grandchildren's future as they began planning a protest of the 700-ton ammonium nitrate-fuel oil explosion. Downwinders - those who claim health problems related to above-ground atomic testing at the site during the 1950s and 1960s - and special interest groups have taken notice and Nordin now has an old-fashioned grassroots protest scheduled for Saturday morning at Bluff Street Park.

Divine Strake

Salt Lake City, UT

Defense Department plans to detonate a 700-ton mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil at the Nevada Test Site in late June should concern every Utahn.

The enormous blast, dubbed Divine Strake (not strike), is projected to send a debris cloud some 10,000 feet into the air.

Considering the debilitating downwind health problems caused by nuclear testing in Nevada a half century ago, a hefty dose of skepticism is warranted over the scheduled test. Indeed, the Defense Department ought not to go ahead with Divine Strake without credible assurances there'll be no adverse effect on residents in communities downwind from the test site.

The Fourth "Supreme International Crime" in Seven Years is Already Underway

With the Support of the Free Press and the "International Community"
US Aggression-Time Once Again: Target Iran

With the United States having initiated wars in violation of the UN Charter, and hence engaged in the "supreme international crime,"1 against Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Iraq in 1999, 2001, and 2003, one might have expected that its commencement of a fourth aggression only a few years later against Iran would arouse the UN, EU, other international institutions and NGOs, and even the supposedly moral and independent Free Press, to serious protest and counter-action, including referral to the UN Security Council under Chapter VII's "threat of peace" articles and support of possible diplomatic and economic sanctions. This has not happened, and in fact the Bush administration has successfully mobilized the UN, whose "primary responsibility" is the "maintenance of international peace and security," and the EU, as well as the Free Press, to facilitate its fourth attack.

Iran's Nuclear Program: The Way Out

By Hassan Rohani,

A nuclear weaponized Iran destabilizes the region, prompts a regional arms race, and wastes the scarce resources in the region. And taking account of U.S. nuclear arsenal and its policy of ensuring a strategic edge for Israel, an Iranian bomb will accord Iran no security dividends. There are also some Islamic and developmental reasons why Iran as an Islamic and developing state must not develop and use weapons of mass destruction.

Iran vs. US: Nuclear Standoff or Realpolitik?

By Ramzy Baroud,

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice couldn't possibly have been more accurate when she accused Iran of "playing games" with the international community.

Rice was specifically referring to an announcement made April 30, by deputy head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency Muhammad Saeedi, that his country is willing to allow "snap inspections" by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, on the condition that the UN Security Council is excluded from any involvement in inspecting Iran's nuclear-enrichment facilities.

US military, intelligence officials raise concern about possible preparations for Iran strike

By Larisa Alexandrovna,

Use of Iraq terror group bypassed Congress, sources say

Concern is building among the military and the intelligence community that the US may be preparing for a military strike on Iran, as military assets in key positions are approaching readiness, RAW STORY has learned.

According to military and intelligence sources, an air strike on Iran could be doable in June of this year, with military assets in key positions ready to go and a possible plan already on the table.

Poll: Bush Lied About Iraq, Has No Right to Attack Iran

By David Swanson,

A new poll conducted in Pennsylvania by Zogby International and commissioned by asked some of the questions the corporate media has failed to ask. The answers are surprising. One revelation is this: the single greatest predictor of an American's political views is whether she or he watches Fox News. READ MORE:

Test-Blast Battle Not over Yet

Published on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 by the Deseret Morning News (Utah)
Activists are not claiming victory over delay of explosion
by Joe Bauman and Suzanne Struglinski

Activists opposing the Divine Strake explosion are not claiming victory because the federal government has delayed the enormous blast, which had been set for June 2 at the Nevada Test Site.

"They still don't get it," said Robert R. Hager, the Reno attorney whose legal filing prompted the government to say it was putting off the explosion until at least June 23. In his opinion, the National Nuclear Security Administration still wants to ignite 700 tons of conventional explosives.

Bush struggles to make headway on Iran

Bid for U.N. resolution delayed; Rumsfeld openly questions quality of U.S. intelligence
Cox News Service

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration struggled Tuesday for a way forward in dealing with Iran’s nuclear program, with a U.S. bid for a U.N. Security Council resolution stalled and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld publicly questioning the quality of American intelligence about Iran.

At the U.N., Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met resistance from Russia and China on a proposed resolution that would declare Iran’s nuclear program a threat to world security and demand that Tehran suspend its production of enriched uranium, a potential nuclear weapons fuel.

Middle East Experts Warn Against Military Option in Iran

Friends Committee on National Legislation
Ahmad Sadri, 847-735-5251, or Jim Cason, 202-903-2531,

WASHINGTON - May 10 - Today more than 200 scholars, academics, commentators, and former U.S. government officials issued a strong condemnation of the threat of U.S. military action against Iran and called on the Bush administration to enter into face-to-face negotiations with the government in Tehran.

Divine Strake

by Robert Koehler,

Will residents of Las Vegas be seeing a mushroom cloud over their city next month?

As I write this, "Divine Strake," the big bang with the macabre and vaguely blasphemous name (the military-industrial complex is playing God again), has been postponed from June 2 to June 23, thanks to legal proceedings against the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the National Nuclear Security Administration, related to unanswered environmental-impact questions. Maybe the delay will be enough of a wedge to allow the passionately bitter opponents of the blast - and they are legion - to build the necessary momentum to stop it altogether.

Cindy Sheehan to Lead Delivery of Petition to White House

Cindy Sheehan to Lead Delivery of Petition to White House
Ray McGovern to Lead March to Sec. Rumsfeld's Home

Delivery of petition to White House opposing attack on Iran
When: 1-3 p.m., Thursday, May 18
Where: Lafayette Square Park, in front of White House, Washington, D.C.

March to Secretary of War Donald Rumsfeld's House
When: Departing at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 18

U.S. Friendship Delegation Leaves for Iran

The Fellowship of Reconciliation

May 8 - 20, 2006

Despite the rise in tensions between the United States and Iran, and talk of sanctions or military intervention, the Fellowship of Reconciliation's second interfaith delegation departs tonight (May 8) for Iran on a mission of peace and friendshiip towards the Iranian people.

The delegation, which will spent 12 days in the country, is part of FOR's ongoing commitment to working for peace, justice, and the nonviolent resolution of conflict.

Hatch wants pledge blast will be safe

By Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune

WASHINGTON - Sen. Orrin Hatch is pressing the Pentagon harder to back up its claims that a massive detonation at the Nevada Test Site, known as Divine Strake, will not spread contamination from Cold War nuclear tests.

The Utah senator was dissatisfied with assurances he received as a result of his earlier inquiry. He said the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's response failed to explain why the agency concluded the test would not throw contaminated material into the air, and didn't say how far tunnels used for past nuclear tests are from the Divine Strake test site.

Mushroom cloud blast in Nevada delayed

By KEN RITTER, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS - A non-nuclear explosion expected to generate a mushroom cloud over the Nevada desert will be postponed at least three weeks, while a federal court reviews plans for the blast, test officials said Tuesday.

"The planned Divine Strake experiment will not be conducted earlier than June 23," said Cheri Abdelnour, spokeswoman for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va. The blast was originally scheduled for June 2.

The Path to War With Iran

Published on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 by
by Shadi Hamid

The uproar and controversy over purported U.S. plans to attack Iran show no sign of dying down. While President George W. Bush assures us that talk of impending war is little more than “wild speculation,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently threatened to assemble a “coalition of the willing” against Iran outside the U.N. if the security council fails to take action. All this has convinced many Iranians that "the nuclear issue is just the latest stage in a struggle between Washington and Tehran dating back to the 1979 Islamic Revolution,” according to The Financial Times.

Activists Fear U.S. "Help" Could Spur Crackdown

Published on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 by Inter Press Service
by Omid Memarian

BERKELEY, California - The United States is struggling with Iran's fundamentalist government on two fronts -- while U.S. diplomats are negotiating with other members of the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions on Tehran, Washington has allocated 75 million dollars to inspire "regime change".

The money is to be spent on empowering civil society, providing supplemental requests, broadcasting into Iran, promoting democracy, offering scholarships and fellowships, and enhancing communication.

Blair Calls Iran Nuclear Strike 'Absurd'

Ahmadinejad proposes 'new solutions'

In a press conference on Monday, Tony Blair stated that any consideration of a nuclear attack against Iran would be "absolutely absurd," and said the issue had no bearing on his decision to demote his foreign secretary. As reported in the China Daily, Blair said: "I don't know anybody who has even talked or contemplated the prospect of a nuclear strike in Iran and that would be absolutely absurd."

Ahmadinejad's Letter to Bush

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written President Bush an 18-page letter discussing religious values, history and international relations. Following is an unofficial translation from the original written in Farsi:

"Mr. George Bush, president of the United States of America

For some time now, I have been thinking, how one can justify the undeniable contradictions that exist in the international arena -- which are being constantly debated, especially in political forums and amongst university students. Many questions remain unanswered. Those have prompted me to discuss some of the contradictions and questions, in the hopes that it might bring about an opportunity to redress them.

Nevada blast delay a victory, critics say

Environmentalists, politicians see time as chance to probe risks
By Judy Fahys and Robert Gehrke
The Salt Lake Tribune

Red tape has snagged the federal government's plans next month for a massive explosion at the Nevada Test Site.

Court papers filed by Pentagon and U.S. Energy Department lawyers say the Divine Strake test will be delayed by three weeks.

"The proposed detonation of Divine Strake will take place no earlier than June 23," said Jay H. Horman, acting manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Nevada Test Site office, in a statement presented to the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas on Monday.


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