2021-04-17: News Headlines

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-17). Iran Begins 60% Uranium Enrichment in Response to Natanz Sabotage. news.antiwar.com Iran said on Friday that it has begun "Sixty-percent enrichment is currently underway at the Shahid Ahmadi Roshan nuclear facility" at Natanz, said Ali Akbar Salehi, The move is the latest step Iran has take…

Staff (2021-04-17). FM Zarif to host Serbian counterpart to discuss bilateral tie. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will host his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selakoviƒá in Tehran on Sat. to discuss bilateral talks.

Eurasia Review (2021-04-17). The Future Of Particle Accelerators Is Here. eurasiareview.com When the Electron Ion Collider received the go-ahead in January 2020, it became the only new major accelerator in the works anywhere in the world. | "All the stars aligned," said Elke-Caroline Aschenauer, Brookhaven National Laboratory Staff Scientist and a leader in developing the EIC plans. "We have the technology to build this unique particle accelerator and detector to do the measurements that, together with the underlying theory, can for the first time provide answers to longstanding fundamental questions in nuclear physics." | The EIC isn't the only Brookhaven project poised to reshape nuclear and partic…

Staff (2021-04-17). VIDEO: Protestors urge release of prisoners in Bahrain. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — Bahraini demonstrators chanted slogans calling for the immediate release of political prisoners in the Al-Khalifa regime jails.

Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold (2021-04-16). The Hawks Who Want War With Iran Are Working Overtime. counterpunch.org Just as talks between the US and Iran were taking place last week in Vienna, a cyberattack was carried out on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility. Reports are that the Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, was behind the attack that blacked out the facility just one day after Tehran launched new advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges and as

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-04-16). Nobel Laureate Warns of 'Devastating Marriage' Between Artificial Intelligence and Killer Robots. commondreams.org "The biggest threats are the 'modernization' of nuclear weapons and the new 'revolution' of weapons," says Peace Prize winner Jody Williams. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/jody-williams-killer-robots-marriage.jpg

Staff (2021-04-16). Medical Oxygen Plant Reactivated in Venezuela to Tackle COVID-19 Spike. orinocotribune.com The company Oxígenos del Centro CA (Oxicentro), was reactivated by government authorities and the healthcare staff in the municipality of Independencia (Santa Teresa del Tuy), Miranda state, with the goal of helping to provide oxygen to healthcare centers in the region. The privately owned industrial and medicinal oxygen plant had been inoperative for more than eight years. | The facilities were supervised and refurbished by officials from the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), the scientific-technological council of Miranda, and the mayor's offices of the municipalities Independencia (Santa Ter…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-16). Iran Produced First Batch Of 60% Enriched Uranium At Natanz Facility. southfront.org File image | Iranian scientists have produced the first batch of 60% enriched uranium, Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, announced on April 16."I am proud to announce that at 00: 40 last night … young and pious Iranian scientists were able to obtain a 60% enriched uranium product," Qalibaf wrote in a Persian tweet on Friday. "We congratulate the brave people of the Islamic Iran on this success; the will of the Iranian people is miraculous and will thwart any conspiracy." | Earlier this…

Mike Walter (2021-04-16). The Heat: Fukushima Waste Water. america.cgtn.com Controversy in Japan as the government announces plans to release treated radioactive water into the ocean from the site of one of the world's biggest nuclear disasters.

Staff (2021-04-16). Biden Sanctions Russia for Cyber Espionage While Remaining Silent over Israeli Cyberattack on Iran. democracynow.org The United States has imposed new sanctions on Russia and expelled 10 Russian diplomats after the Biden administration accused Moscow of being involved in major cyberattacks. The Treasury Department claimed Russia interfered in the 2020 election and was behind the SolarWinds hack, which compromised the computer systems of nine U.S. government agencies and scores of private companies. The sanctions target 32 Russian entities and individuals and bar U.S. banks from purchasing Russian government debt. Russia vowed to retaliate against the new sanctions and accused the Biden administration of degrading bilateral rela…

RT (2021-04-16). Stop the 'saber-rattling' & begin de-escalation before Russia-Ukraine conflict turns into 'nuclear holocaust,' Gabbard tells Biden. rt.com Unless the world wants to see loved ones "burned alive in a nuclear holocaust," politicians should cut out the "macho" act and begin to deescalate. That's according to former US congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a US Army veteran. | Speaking to Tucker Carlson on Fox News on Thursday, Gabbard said the American people must decide if they're willing to go to war with Russia on behalf of Ukraine. If not — the rhetoric must be toned down. | "Such a war would come at a cost beyond anything we can really imagine," she told Carlson. "This is something that will directly impact…every single one of your viewers." | "I…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-16). CrossTalk on Ukraine: Toward war? antibellum679354512.wordpress.com With new backing from the West, Ukrainian president says "The Army is ready" Tulsi Gabbard and Tucker Carlson: war with Russia over Ukraine could produce unimaginable nuclear catastrophe…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Chile Vaccinates Over 50 Percent of Its Population. telesurenglish.net Chile's Health Ministry reported on Thursday that over 60 percent of the population had been vaccinated, as the country enjoys one of the fastest COVID-19 vaccine rollouts alongside Iran. | RELATED: | Minister Rogelio Paris said that "12,934,282 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered. Of which, 7,664,226 are people with the first dose, and 5,270,056 are vaccinated people who have already complet…

Editor2 (2021-04-16). Old Customers Impatient to Resume Oil Imports from Iran. orinocotribune.com Demand is rising for Iranian crude oil, with an OPEC report showing a higher output already by Iran which is closely watched by customers as the country is discussing the removal of unilateral US sanctions. | Iran's oil production rose by 137,000 barrels per day to 2.3 million bpd in March, marking the highest crude production growth among OPEC members, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said in a monthly report. | The higher output by Iran which is exempt from making voluntary cuts because of US sanctions came for the third consecutive month. Iran's oil production had jumped by 62,000 and 35,0…

Arab News (2021-04-16). Iran Opens Pandora's Box With Attacks Against Rivals In Iraq — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Sinem Cengiz* | A drone attack on Irbil airport in northern Iraq, where US forces are stationed, and a rocket attack on a military compound in the nearby town of Bashiqa, where Turkish troops are deployed, took place on Wednesday. The latter resulted in the death of a Turkish soldier and injured a child, according to the Turkish Defense Ministry. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, who informed him about the attacks and extended his condolences. | Although no one has claimed responsibility, Iran-backed Shiite militias have,…

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). China to monitor Japan's plan to dump nuclear wastewater, vows to protect consumers. ecns.cn The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said it will closely monitor the developments in Japan's decision to dump Fukushima wastewater into the ocean and pledged to ensure the safety of Chinese consumers.

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-16). Democrats Reintroduce Bill to Block US From Using Nuclear Weapons First. news.antiwar.com A pair of Democratic lawmakers in the House and the Senate reintroduced a bill on Friday that would prohibit the US The bill reads: "It is the policy of the United States to not use nuclear weapons first." The legislation will be reviewed by the foreign affairs committees of each chamber of Congress. | A no first use bill was introduced by Smith and Warren…

Staff (2021-04-16). China summons Japan envoy to protest Fukushima water release. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 16 (MNA) — The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Japanese ambassador in Beijing on Thursday to express opposition to Japan's intention to release wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Staff (2021-04-16). Chicago police shooting a 13-year-old boy dead+ video. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 16 (MNA) — Chicago officials released to the public on Thursday a graphic body-camera video showing a police officer shooting and killing a 13-year-old boy while he appeared to be raising his hands in an alley more than two weeks ago.

Staff (2021-04-16). Russian diplomat says JCPOA informal talks underway in Vienna. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 16 (MNA) — According to a senior Russian diplomat, the Joint Commission of JCPOA continues its work today in Vienna through informal consultations in various configurations.

Staff (2021-04-16). Malaysian Muslims holding Congregational Prayer in Ramadan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 16 (MNA) — Muslim people in Malaysia hold Congregational Prayer on the first Friday of the holy Ramadan month.

Staff (2021-04-16). South Korea Prime Minister resigns in bid for presidency. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 16 (MNA) — South Korea's prime minister resigned his post to prepare for a run in next year's presidential race, facing a battle to win voters upset over runaway real estate prices and lacking confidence in government-proposed fixes.

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2021-04-16: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold (2021-04-16). The Hawks Who Want War With Iran Are Working Overtime. counterpunch.org Just as talks between the US and Iran were taking place last week in Vienna, a cyberattack was carried out on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility. Reports are that the Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, was behind the attack that blacked out the facility just one day after Tehran launched new advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges and as

Staff (2021-04-16). Biden Sanctions Russia for Cyber Espionage While Remaining Silent over Israeli Cyberattack on Iran. democracynow.org The United States has imposed new sanctions on Russia and expelled 10 Russian diplomats after the Biden administration accused Moscow of being involved in major cyberattacks. The Treasury Department claimed Russia interfered in the 2020 election and was behind the SolarWinds hack, which compromised the computer systems of nine U.S. government agencies and scores of private companies. The sanctions target 32 Russian entities and individuals and bar U.S. banks from purchasing Russian government debt. Russia vowed to retaliate against the new sanctions and accused the Biden administration of degrading bilateral rela…

Staff (2021-04-16). Medical Oxygen Plant Reactivated in Venezuela to Tackle COVID-19 Spike. orinocotribune.com The company Oxígenos del Centro CA (Oxicentro), was reactivated by government authorities and the healthcare staff in the municipality of Independencia (Santa Teresa del Tuy), Miranda state, with the goal of helping to provide oxygen to healthcare centers in the region. The privately owned industrial and medicinal oxygen plant had been inoperative for more than eight years. | The facilities were supervised and refurbished by officials from the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), the scientific-technological council of Miranda, and the mayor's offices of the municipalities Independencia (Santa Ter…

Mike Walter (2021-04-16). The Heat: Fukushima Waste Water. america.cgtn.com Controversy in Japan as the government announces plans to release treated radioactive water into the ocean from the site of one of the world's biggest nuclear disasters.

Anonymous669 (2021-04-16). Iran Produced First Batch Of 60% Enriched Uranium At Natanz Facility. southfront.org File image | Iranian scientists have produced the first batch of 60% enriched uranium, Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, announced on April 16."I am proud to announce that at 00: 40 last night … young and pious Iranian scientists were able to obtain a 60% enriched uranium product," Qalibaf wrote in a Persian tweet on Friday. "We congratulate the brave people of the Islamic Iran on this success; the will of the Iranian people is miraculous and will thwart any conspiracy." | Earlier this…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-16). CrossTalk on Ukraine: Toward war? antibellum679354512.wordpress.com With new backing from the West, Ukrainian president says "The Army is ready" Tulsi Gabbard and Tucker Carlson: war with Russia over Ukraine could produce unimaginable nuclear catastrophe…

Editor2 (2021-04-16). Old Customers Impatient to Resume Oil Imports from Iran. orinocotribune.com Demand is rising for Iranian crude oil, with an OPEC report showing a higher output already by Iran which is closely watched by customers as the country is discussing the removal of unilateral US sanctions. | Iran's oil production rose by 137,000 barrels per day to 2.3 million bpd in March, marking the highest crude production growth among OPEC members, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said in a monthly report. | The higher output by Iran which is exempt from making voluntary cuts because of US sanctions came for the third consecutive month. Iran's oil production had jumped by 62,000 and 35,0…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-16). Democrats Reintroduce Bill to Block US From Using Nuclear Weapons First. news.antiwar.com A pair of Democratic lawmakers in the House and the Senate reintroduced a bill on Friday that would prohibit the US The bill reads: "It is the policy of the United States to not use nuclear weapons first." The legislation will be reviewed by the foreign affairs committees of each chamber of Congress. | A no first use bill was introduced by Smith and Warren…

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). China to monitor Japan's plan to dump nuclear wastewater, vows to protect consumers. ecns.cn The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said it will closely monitor the developments in Japan's decision to dump Fukushima wastewater into the ocean and pledged to ensure the safety of Chinese consumers.

Ariel Gold, Medea Benjamin (2021-04-15). War Hawks Are Working Overtime to Derail US-Iran Diplomacy. commondreams.org As the saboteurs of diplomacy hope for a violent escalation, let's keep in mind—and hope Iran agrees—that the best revenge would be a revived JCPOA. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/netanyahu_8.jpg

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-04-15). March 11, 2011: Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War: The Unspoken Crisis of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation. globalresearch.ca Unimaginable" levels of radiation still prevail. In the words of Dr. Helen Caldicott, "one millionth of a gram of plutonium, if inhaled can cause cancer". If not duly addressed, the continued dumping of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean constitutes a potential trigger to a process of global radioactive contamination.

Staff (2021-04-15). Iran COVID-19 update: 25,078 cases, 321 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 15 (MNA) — The total number of people infected with the coronavirus in Iran during the last 24 hours has reached 25,078 as some 321 more Iranians have died from the disease, the Health Ministry said.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-15). Israel Sabotages the Natanz Nuclear Facility. counterpunch.org Over the weekend, Iran marked National Nuclear Technology Day. The stars of the show were going to be new advanced centrifuges at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant. Unfortunately, the stars did not shine and President Hassan Rouhani and his officials were left with a reminder of the previous time the centrifuges at Natanz crashed. In

Eds. (2021-04-15). Grave concerns raised as Japan announces release of radioactive water into the sea. mronline.org JAPAN has come under fire after its government announced today that it would release more than a million metric tonnes of radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. | April 15, 2021 | Newswire…

_____ (2021-04-15). For JCPOA Re-entry, Biden Must Tear Down This Sanctions Wall. popularresistance.org It was clear from the outset: Returning to the Iran Nuclear Deal was not a matter of nuclear technicalities or diplomatic savvy. It was and remains primarily a matter of political will and political capital. | Though all eyes will be on the start of formal talks in Vienna this week, the real test will take place in Washington D.C. where President Joe Biden must muster the political will to tear down the "sanctions wall" his predecessor put in place for the sole purpose of preventing an American return to the nuclear agreement, lest the talks in Vienna will be for naught. | With only two months left until the Iran…

Steven Sahiounie (2021-04-15). The Israeli Attack on Iran May Sabotage the US Goal of a New Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca On April 11, the Natanz uranium enrichment site was attacked. An …

Arab News (2021-04-15). Arab League Chief 'Deeply Concerned' Over Iran's Uranium Enrichment Move. eurasiareview.com By Mohammed Abu Zaid | The secretary-general of the Arab League has expressed his deep concerns over Iran's decision to increase its enrichment of uranium to 60 percent, nudging it ever closer to bomb-grade purity. | Ahmed Aboul Gheit has described Tehran's move as a dangerous development and a clear step toward developing a nuclear weapon, an official source at the General Secretariat of the Arab League said. | Further enriching uranium from 20 percent purity by using advanced centrifuges, added more doubts about the real goals of the Iranian nuclear program, as such high levels of enrichment were unnecessary…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-15). France need not apologise for Rwanda genocide: former PM. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 15 (MNA) —Former French prime minister Edouard Balladur has rejected the recent findings of a historical commission investigating France's role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, saying that his country does not need to apologize.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-15). Iran's police vow to continue anti-arrogant powers struggle. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 15 (MNA) — In reaction to the recent EU sanctions against some Iranian police commanders, a police spokesman said that such sanctions will not undermine Iranian Police's firm resolve to continue the fight against US, EU hostile policies.

Staff (2021-04-15). Zionists concerned with Iran's retaliation for Natanz. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 15 (MNA) — The former PM of the Zionist regime Ehud Olmert has expressed concern about the retaliatory act of Iran for the Natanz incident.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-15). Iranian researchers produce Nano-based thermal coating. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 16 (MNA) — Iranian researchers from a knowledge-based firm have successfully produced Nano-based thermal insulation and protective coatings products for the first time in Iran.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-15). Russia says would reciprocate new US sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 15 (MNA) — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the new US sanctions against Russia "wouldn't facilitate" the planned summit between the leaders of the two countries, adding that Moscow would reciprocate for any new limits.

Mark H. Gaffney (2021-04-15). Does Biden Want to Provoke Russia into A Rash Military Action, "Leading" the World to the Brink of Nuclear War? globalresearch.ca Scarcely three months into his presidency, Joe Biden is "leading" the …

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-15). Ukrainian envoy: NATO or nuclear weapons. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ukrainian envoy: NATO or nuclear weaponsRick Rozoff Today Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky seconded a statement by Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili that "it is time for concrete proposals for Ukraine and Georgia to obtain a NATO MAP and a plan to join the EU." The two countries have been paired as partners for future NATO membership, …

Ahyousha Khan* (2021-04-15). Indian Nuclear Attack Submarines (SSN) And Security Calculus In Indian Ocean — OpEd. eurasiareview.com In

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). China urges Japan to reconsider decision on nuclear waste disposal: FM spokesperson. ecns.cn China strongly urges Japan to reconsider its decision on the disposal of nuclear waste, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Wednesday.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-04-15). Warren and Smith Reintroduce 'Critical' Bill to Block US From Starting Nuclear War. commondreams.org "There are no winners in a nuclear war, and the U.S. should never start one." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11455199201_1.jpg

Labor Video Project (2021-04-15). Seattle APRI Panel:Mineworkers Union Of Namibia Rossing Mine Fight Against Union Busting. indybay.org The Seattle APRI held a panel with Namibian Mineworkers Union Rossing fired union leaders who discussed the union busting by the China National Nuclear Corporation CNNC in Namibia.

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). Greenpeace expert: Japan's decision must be overturned. ecns.cn Dumping contaminated wastewater into the sea may be the cheapest way for Japan to deal with its troubles of Fukushima nuclear plant, but the Japanese government's decision completely disregards the human rights and interests of the people in Japan and the wider Asia-Pacific region, said Shaun Burnie, a senior nuclear specialist with Greenpeace East Asia.

Staff (2021-04-15). VIDEO: Beatufil nature of 'Kakan' region in Spring. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 15 (MNA) — Kakan rural district is located in Boyer-Ahmad County, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province. The region is covered with flowers in Spring.

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