2020-05-18: Social Media Postees

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Sanctions in the Era of Pandemic
Phyllis Bennis | zcomm.org | 2020-05-18
From Venezuela to Iran, Washington's illegal and inhumane economic sanctions are putting millions of lives at risk…

Revealed: The Secret US-Iran Deal that Installed Kadhimi in Baghdad
David Hearst | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Tehran ordered Shia factions to back prime minister in return for Washington 'looking the other way' over release of assets targeted by sanctions, Iraqi officials tell MEE | *** | The nomination of Mustafa al-Kadhimi as Iraqi prime minister was the result …

The Coming Nuclear Menace: Hypersonic Missiles
Karl Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-18
The United States is seeking to acquire "volumes of hundreds or even thousands" of nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles that are "stealthy" and can fly undetected at 3,600 miles per hour, five times faster than the speed of sound. Why so many? A Pentagon official is quoted in the current issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology as saying "we have to be careful we're not building boutique weapons. If we build boutique weapons, we won't–we'll be very reluctant to–use them." | …

The Coming Nuclear Menace: Hypersonic Missiles
Karl Grossman | zcomm.org | 2020-05-18
These weapons need to be outlawed, not produced and purchased en masse…

Iran: Socialist, Internationalist, Powerful and Determined
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-16
I refuse to describe Iran as a victim. It is not. It is one of the most influential and strong-minded nations on Earth. When facing mortal danger, its people unite, harden themselves and get ready to face invaders, no matter how threatening they might be. Iran determined despite attacks Iran is home to one of …

How Huxley's X-Club Created Nature Magazine and Sabotaged Science for 150 Years
Matthew J. L. Ehret | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-16
Amidst the storm of controversy raised by the lab-origin theory of COVID-19 extolled by such figures as Nobel prize winning virologist Luc Montagnier, bioweapons expert Francis Boyle, Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, an elaborate project was undertaken under the nominal helm of Nature magazine in order to refute …

A universal appeal for humanity to end militarism and stop war
Abdallah El Harif | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-15
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…

'Not their business': Iran slams US threats to reimpose UN sanctions
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-15
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…

Tehran Pledges 'Decisive Response' to Possible US Attempts to Intercept Iranian Tankers
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-18
On Saturday, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif slammed alleged plans by the US Navy to intercept Iranian tankers as "illegal, dangerous, and provocative" acts, which he said look like "an act of piracy".

Iranian mills produce 2.3mn tons of steel ingot in one month
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA)

Zionist regime disturbing region by its hostile activities: Larijani
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA)

Details of anti-Zionism motion adopted by Iranian Parliament
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Iran vows 'retaliation' in case its oil tankers seized by US
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA)

Parl. ratifies outlines of a motion to counter Zionist regime's hostile moves
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA)

Abdullah thanks FM Zarif's support for political accord in Afghanistan
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA)

Iran records 2,294 new cases, 69 deaths on Monday
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA)

Iran chides EU's impracticality towards US hostile anti-Iranian actions
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA)

Iran's electricity export to neighboring states up 27% last year
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA)

Headlines of Iranian dailies on May 18
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA)

VIDEO: Russian envoy talks of Iran, Russia bilateral relation, regional issues
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA)

Russia sends three batches of fabric for face masks to Iran
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA) –Russia has delivered to Iran three batches of fabric for manufacturing face masks, a press attache of the Russian diplomatic mission Andrei Ganenko said.

'The Unseen' to go on screen at Krakow Film Festival
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA)

Political stability in Iraq important for region
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA)

Iran enters 'containing phase' of coronavirus pandemic: govt. spox
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA)

Russia terms US struggles to retain JCPOA rights 'groundless'
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA)

Iran Is Not A Victim, It Is One of The Most Influential and Strong-Minded Nations on Earth
Andre Vltchek | iranian.com | 2020-05-18
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 …

US unable to block Iran gasoline shipments to Venezuela: Source
Press TV | iranian.com | 2020-05-18
A senior source within the Iranian petroleum industry says the United States would be practically unable to block shipments of gasoline from Iran to Venezuela at a time the two countries need to cooperate to mitigate the impacts of American sanctions on their energy sectors. Hamid Hosseini, who serves as the spokesman of the Iranian …

Chinese Ambassador To Israel Found Dead, Sparking Avalanche Of Rumors Amid Tensions
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2020-05-17
China's Ambassador to Israel has been found dead inside his home near Tel Aviv Sunday morning, Israel's Foreign Ministry has confirmed. 57-year old ambassador Du Wei had only assumed his post in February 2020 in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, due to which he entered a two week mandatory self-quarantine upon his arrival. He'd previously been China's envoy to …

Google Play Removes Iranian App Used against Coronavirus
Tasnim News | iranian.com | 2020-05-17
The anti-Iran sanctions imposed by the "Wild West" have forced Google to remove Iranian mobile application 'Mask', developed to tackle the novel coronavirus and warn people to avoid high-risk areas, from its Play Store, a health official said. Iranian Health Ministry spokesperson Kianoosh Jahanpoor said in a post on his Twitter account that the homegrown …

Russia makes a botch of its Syrian alliance
M. K. Bhadrakumar | iranian.com | 2020-05-15
Russia's relationships with its client states have never been easy. Of course, managing client states is always a complicated exercise. The Kremlin's cupboard is full of skeletons

Iranian Warns US Acts Over Venezuela Fuel Shipments Will Not 'Go Without Repercussion'
Sputnik News | iranian.com | 2020-05-15
An Iranian news agency has warned the US against taking action against several Iranian-flagged tankers transporting fuel to Venezuela, as Washington has threatened. "If the United States, just like pirates, intends to create insecurity on international waterways, it would be taking a dangerous risk and that will certainly not go without repercussion," Iran's Nour News …

INSTEX Transactions Unsatisfactory: Iranian Deputy FM
Tasnim News | iranian.com | 2020-05-15
Iran's deputy foreign minister for economic diplomacy expressed dissatisfaction with the volume of transactions that Tehran has been able to carry via a financial mechanism the EU has devised for trade with the Islamic Republic, known as INSTEX. In an interview with IRIB, Gholam Reza Ansari said although the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges …

"My Job Is To Make Syria A Quagmire For The Russians": CIA Doctrine Made Official Policy
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2020-05-14
Like with the disastrous Iraq quagmire years before the US war machine came to Syria under Obama, Washington's rationale and justification for occupying the Syrian Arab Republic has shifted and changed drastically multiple times over. When ultimately what started as US covert regime change efforts targeting Assad failed (based ostensibly in "protecting civilians"), the official mission then …

Iran Receives Another Cargo Of Medical Supplies From Germany
RFE | iranian.com | 2020-05-14
An official of the Iranian Customs Organization on Thursday confirmed that a consignment of medical equipment purchased from Germany worth around 749,000 euros (about $800,000) has been delivered to Iran. Speaking to the Islamic Republic News Agency, the Director-General of Customs Office Sadeq Namdar at the Turkish border said the equipment delivered from Germany consists …

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

After Trump Vetoed the Iran War Powers Resolution, Congress Must Continue to Act
Erica Fein | iranian.com | 2020-05-13
The bipartisan majority that has come together on this issue should not stop working to enact legislation to reclaim its war powers and block Trump from taking us to war with Iran. On April 22, President Trump took to Twitter and threatened to attack Iran, instructing the Navy to "shoot down and destroy any and …

Evidence suggests prehistorical Iranians migrated to Americas
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2020-05-13
Some prehistorical residents of the Iranian plateau migrated to the Americas, an Iranian archaeologist and researcher says based on evidence from similarities between the petroglyphs and cave painting symbols in central Iran and the ones found in the Americas. "After years of exploring ancient paintings inside Iran's caves and mountains and other parts of the …

Iran to Reopen Schools on May 16
Tasnim News | iranian.com | 2020-05-12
All schools in Iran will reopen as of Saturday, May 16, after almost three months of closure in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the minister of education announced. Speaking to the state TV on Tuesday, Iranian Education Minister Mohsen Haji Mirzaee said the schools will reopen on coming Saturday. The teachers and school staff …

Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help
Jeff Jurgens | peaceaction.org | 2020-05-07
Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help Washington, D.C.

A Myriad of Ways to Wage Peace During These Times
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2020-04-23
As we shelter in our homes to protect ourselves from this global pandemic, we wanted to share some of the many ways you can remain active and impactful in the work for a more peaceful world. Peace Action has long been a leader in organizing international conferences, marches, and rallies around the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty …

Is Trump's "Shoot Down And Destroy" Tweet About Boosting Oil Prices Or A Harbinger Of War With Iran?
Whitney Webb | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-04-22
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 …

[Commentary] SARS-CoV-2 pandemic expanding in sub-Saharan Africa: Considerations for COVID-19 in people living with HIV
Paul K. Drain, Nigel Garrett | thelancet.com | 2020-04-21
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.