2020-05-16: News Headlines

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran to hold online intl. conf. on Quds as replacement to rallies. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — According to Ayatollah Alireza Arafi, head of the Islamic Seminaries of Iran, a two-day online international conference will be held on the issue of Palestine.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran to hold online intl. conf. on Quds to as replacement to rallies. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — According to Ayatollah Alireza Arafi, head of the Islamic Seminaries of Iran, a two-day online international conference will be held on the issue of Palestine.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Imam Khomeini viewed the right path toward Quds: Islamic Jihad representative. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Glorifying the International Quds Day, initiated by the founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini in 1979, is an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan to express support for the Palestinians and oppose Zionism and the Israeli regime. Quds Day is a unique form of a wide-aware campaign against the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

RT (2020-05-16). 'Unreliable for allies, dangerous for rivals': Tehran blasts 'mindless' trio of Trump, Pompeo & US Iran envoy. rt.com A high-ranking Iranian politician has unloaded on three of the top US officials, saying their "mindless" behavior paints the US government as being dangerous for rivals, unreliable for allies and incompetent for the people. | Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council took aim at US President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook in a series of tweets on Friday. | "The rule of the incompetent and mindless is only a source of danger," Shamkhani said before proceeding to call the Americans by name. | The Trump-Pompeo-Hook triangl…

RT (2020-05-16). POLAND would gladly host American nukes if Germany refuses, US envoy claims, fanning 'Cuban missile crisis 2.0'. rt.com As the US ambassador to Germany — and acting spy chief — tried persuading Berlin to keep hosting US nuclear weapons, his colleague in Warsaw suggested Poland would be willing to take them instead, an act sure to provoke Moscow. | "If Germany wants to diminish nuclear capability and weaken NATO, perhaps Poland — which pays its fair share, understands the risks, and is on NATO's eastern flank — could house the capabilities here," Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher tweeted on Friday. | If Germany wants to diminish nuclear capability and weaken NATO, perhaps Poland – which pays its fair share, un…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran, Syria discuss cooperation in fight against terrorism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Senior Iranian and Syrian officials discussed on Saturday the bilateral ties, especially the cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Zarif, Zanganeh offer condolences on passing of Iran OPEC governor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh have offered commiserations on the passing of Iran's OPEC Governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Trade exchange between Iran, Venezuela has nothing to do with anyone else. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Rabiei said that trade volume exchange between Islamic Republic of Iran and Venezuela, as two independent countries in the world, has nothing to do with anyone else, and the Islamic Republic of Iran will not hesitate to sell its oil.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Zarif main online speaker of intl. Quds Day on May 22. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif is to deliver an online speech on the International Quds Day on Instagram, when the world chides the cruelties of the Zionist regime on last Friday of Ramadan (this year May 22).

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Resistance will terminate fake Israeli regime's existence: Amir-Abdollahian. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs said on Friday that the Resistance movement will end the Israeli regime's presence in the region.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). 'incompetent' Trump-Pompeo-Hook triangle is only a source of threat: Shamkhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — The Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council [SNSC] Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said that the triangle of the Trump, Pompeo & Hook has created an image of the US administration that its allies consider it 'unreliable'.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran treating foreign nationals infected by Covid-19 free of charge: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — Director-General of Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants Affairs of the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs Mehdi Mahmoudi announced on Saturday that all foreign nationals, in particular those from Afghanistan, infected by the coronavirus are being treated free of charge in Iranian hospitals.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Eid al-Fitr prayers to be held all across Iran: Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on Saturday that the Eid al-Fitr prayers (on May 24) will be held in all mosques across the country by observing health protocols.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Talks underway between Iran, Iraq to reopen Mehran border crossing amid pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — The Director-General of Ilam Customs Office Rouhollah Gholami said on Sat. that Iranian and Iraqi customs officials are in talks with each other for reopening Mehran Border Crossing with the aim of resuming trade activities halted due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). US continues to disrupt world despite need for unity against pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi condemned the disruptive measures of the United States across the globe while the world needs to be united against the pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Schools reopened in Hamedan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — According to the direct order of the National Committee on Combating Coronavirus, schools in Iran have been reopened as of May 16. These pictures depict school students in the western Iranian province of Hamedan.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Parl. National Security Committee ratifies anti-Zionism motion. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Parliament, on Saturday, approved a motion which obliges the Iranian government to take certain measures against hostile measures of the Israeli regime.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Military secrets must not be revealed to enemies: Sayyari. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Deputy Coordinator of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Army Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that no country reveals its defense secrets and Iran must not divulge any military information to the enemies.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran's OPEC governor passes away after brain haemorrhage. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Iran's veteran OPEC Governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili has died of a brain haemorrhage two weeks after slipping into a coma.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Russian amb. rejects reports on Iran, Turkey, Russia agreement on removal of Assad. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Rejecting some reports on Iran, Russia and Turkey's agreement to remove Syrian President from the power, Russian ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan told Mehr News Agency that the future of President Assad and Syria will be decided by Syrian people through free transparent elections, not by us.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Russian amb. talks of Iran, Russia bilateral relation, regional developments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan in an exclusive interview with Mehr News Agency on Wednesday talked of Tehran-Moscow bilateral relations, as well as the recent developments in Syria and region.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran condemns US' coronavirus blame game against China. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi has condemned American officials' COVID-19 related blame game against China, noting that these measures are being taken to divert attention from Trump administration's incompetency to fight the outbreak.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Nuclear deal opponents helpless, ignorant: Ulyanov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov termed the opponents of the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as Iran deal, ignorant and helpless.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Front pages of Iran international dailies on May 16. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran-based international newspapers on Saturday, May 16.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran's COVID-19 cases surpass 118,000. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — More than 118,000 people have contracted the novel coronavirus in Iran with the death toll exceeding 6,900, a senior health official said.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). The CORONAREVAYAT Festival invites public to submit 'corona narrative' in a variety of forms. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — The Medical Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran has started and called for a big documentation project in order to record and archive the lasting moments in corona management.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran, Iraq discuss military, defense cooperation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Second Brigadier General Mustafa Moradian emphasized expanding military-defense cooperation with Baghdad in a meeting with Iraqi Defense Minister Juma Anad.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran's COVID-19 cases surpass 118,000 with recovery rate at 78%. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — More than 118,000 people have contracted the novel coronavirus in Iran with the death toll exceeding 6,900, a senior health official said.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Headlines of Iranian dailies on May 16. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Mehr News takes a look at the headlines of Iranian dailies on Saturday, May 16.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Fariba Adelkhah sentenced to 6 years in prison. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Islamic Revolutionary Court of Iran sentenced Fariba Adelkhah to six years in prison on charges of breaching national security and spreading propaganda against the country.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Leader, university studesnts to meet via videoconference. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — On the 22nd day of the holy month of Ramadan (May 17), the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will meet with a group of university students and the representatives of students associations via videoconference, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Saudis react to economic squeeze. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Saudi Arabia and the UAE introduced the five percent Value Added Tax (VAT) in January of 2018, a first for the Persian Gulf region which had long prided itself on its tax-free, cradle-to-grave welfare system. On the same day, Saudi Arabia announced a petrol price hike of 127 percent.

Irina Slav (2020-05-15). Up to Five Iranian Tankers en Route to Venezuela Carrying Much-Needed Gasoline. anti-empire.com An Iranian tanker loaded with gasoline has set sail for Venezuela, Reuters reports, citing tanker tracking data. The cargo should help alleviate a growing shortage of gasoline in the sanctions-stricken South American country. | The Clavel, a medium tanker, loaded in March at the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, and this week passed the Suez Canal, the data showed. | TankerTrackers.com co-founder Samir Madani confirmed the data to Oilprice.com, noting that there were several vessels en route from Iran to Venezuela, with the cargo all or mostly gasoline. | twitter.com/Joyce_Karam/status/1261022167669

W. T. Whitney (2020-05-15). For Cuba and Venezuela, US Silence May Not Be Golden. counterpunch.org The U. S. President and his Secretary of State frequently expound about the supposed failings of enemies abroad. Recently they've blasted China's response to the pandemic, Venezuela's dictatorship, Cuba's "slave doctors" overseas, and even Iranian border guards beating up on Afghan migrants. But they've been mostly silent about two recent disruptions of the imperialist status

Ryan Parry (2020-05-15). Venezuelan TV Exposed US Mercenaries' Names, Photos and Incursion Plan a Month Before It Happened. anti-empire.com The Americans behind the failed Venezuelan coup went ahead with the ill-fated mission even though the country's ruling regime publicly exposed their plan on live TV more than a month earlier. | In footage unearthed by DailyMail.com Venezuelan state television claimed its government had infiltrated the 'mercenaries' and even aired photographs of the coup's US leader, Jordan Goudreau. | They also appeared to have the names of the other two Americans captured and paraded on TV this week, ex Green Berets Luke Denman and Airan Berry. | The revelation, alongside the apparent lack of funding and adequate equipment fo…

ahtribune (2020-05-15). Iran Is Not A Victim, It Is One of The Most Influential and Strong-Minded Nations on Earth. ahtribune.com When facing mortal danger, its people unite, harden themselves and get ready to face invaders, no matter how threatening they might be. | Iran is home to one of the oldest and deepest cultures in the world, and it's precisely this culture that helps Iranian people to survive the most frightening moments. | And one such moment is sadly, right now. | *** | US battleships are sailing right next to the Iranian territorial waters. One mistake, one false move, and war could erupt, engulfing the entire region in flames. Iran is a proud nation, and it takes its independence extremely seriously. | Right now, the countr…

Abdallah El Harif (2020-05-15). A universal appeal for humanity to end militarism and stop war. peoplesdispatch.org On March 15, 1950, the World Peace Council sent out the Stockholm Appeal, a short text that called for a ban on nuclear weapons and that would eventually be signed by almost 2 million people. The appeal was made up of three elegant sentences: | -We demand the outlawing of atomic weapons as instruments of intimidation and mass murder of peoples. We demand strict international control to enforce this measure. | -We believe that any government which first uses atomic weapons against any other country whatsoever will be committing a crime against humanity and should be dealt with as a war criminal. | -We call on a…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-15). Iran's sponge iron production vol. exceeds 2.5mn tons in 1st month of current year. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 15 (MNA) — The production volume of sponge iron [Direct Reduction Iron, DRI] in large mining and mineral companies and also subsidiary companies to the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization [IMIDRO] in the first month of the current year [from March 21 to April 19] topped 2.5 million tons.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-15). 'Not their business': Iran slams US threats to reimpose UN sanctions. peoplesdispatch.org The US has threatened to reimpose UN sanctions on Iran if its draft resolution to extend the arms embargo is vetoed in the UN Security Council…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-14). 'Zombie Neocon': How This Iran Contra Architect Is Leading Trump Policy. strategic-culture.org Hawk Elliot Abrams, reborn as a U.S. envoy, is at the spear point of recent aggressive moves in Venezuela. | Barbara BOLAND | As we await answers on who funded the plot to Called the "neocon zombie" by officials at the State Department, Abrams is know…

Lawrence Korb (2020-05-14). Pandemic Spending Will Force US Defense Budget Cuts—Some of Which Should Come From Nuclear Weapons Programs. globalresearch.ca Even supporters of increased US defense budgets expect that, because the US government will likely spend trillions of dollars trying to rescue the economy from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, military spending in the United States is likely …

Matthew Russell Lee (2020-05-14). Banking on the Nuclear Bomb Are Citi, Chase, BofA, Wells and Goldman Sachs. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in 2018. | Among the top ten investors in nuclear weapons are banks which stand to benefit from the de-regulatory bill

Ricardo Vaz (2020-05-13). [UPDATED] Venezuelan Oil Sector Continues Slump Amid Pandemic, US Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com The Maduro government is working to repair refineries with Chinese and Iranian assistance to tackle fuel shortages.

Whitney Webb (2020-04-22). Is Trump's "Shoot Down And Destroy" Tweet About Boosting Oil Prices Or A Harbinger Of War With Iran? thelastamericanvagabond.com Trump's recent tweet to "shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships" has sparked concern over a new war in the Middle East. However, the more immediate effect of Trump's tweet has been a big boost in oil prices and a rise in the stock market. Was that Trump's …

Paul K. Drain, Nigel Garrett (2020-04-21). [Commentary] SARS-CoV-2 pandemic expanding in sub-Saharan Africa: Considerations for COVID-19 in people living with HIV. thelancet.com In December 2019, a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, started a global pandemic of respiratory illness, termed COVID-19 [1]. The spectrum of COVID-19 has ranged from a mild, self-limiting respiratory tract illness to severe progressive pneumonia, multi-organ failure, and death [2]. Older patients and those with a weaker immune system appear to have a greater risk of death [3]. Thus far, the vast majority of deaths from COVID-19 have occurred in Italy, China, Iran, and Spain—all Northern hemisphere countries with good health care resources and a low HIV prevalence.

Kollengode Ramanathan, Graeme MacLaren, Alain Combes, Daniel Brodie, Kiran Shekar (2020-04-16). [Correspondence] Blood transfusion strategies and ECMO during the COVID-19 pandemic — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank David Koeckerling and colleagues for their correspondence calling for restrictive blood transfusion strategies in response to our Health-care Development report on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) services for severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.1 The ideal transfusion trigger during ECMO support remains uncertain. Daily transfusion of the magnitude mentioned by Koeckerling and colleagues happens occasionally in patients receiving ECMO, but such requirements seldom happen in adult patients receiving venovenous ECMO managed in…

Roxanne George (2020-04-04). Call Congress to commemorate the anniversary of the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven's nuclear weapons protest. kingsbayplowshares7.org Tell Congress that now, more than ever, it's time to wash our hands of Trident. On April 4, 2018, seven anti-nuclear activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, entered the Kings Bay Naval Base in Camden County in Georgia to protest the nuclear weapons based there. The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 carried out their…

VINS (2020-04-03). Military-Grade Drones to Operate over San Diego in 2020. projectcensored.org As tensions between Iran and the United States remain high, the US military is preparing to conduct test flights of drones over major American cities, Truthout reported in January 2020….

Strategic Culture (2020-02-08). US Deploys 'Mini-Nukes' in Deplorable Threat to World Peace. theantimedia.com These so-called "mini-nukes" represent—despite the diminutive-sounding name—an increased risk of nuclear war.

Jason Ditz (2020-02-05). Trump Says War With Iran Was "Closer Than You Thought" Last Month. theantimedia.com Trump told reporters that the U.S. came "closer than you thought" to war with Iran last month.