2020-06-11: News Headlines

Tony Norfield (2020-06-11). Viruses & imperialism. mronline.org Despite conspiracy theories, there is no evidence whatsoever that the virus was manufactured in or escaped from a laboratory, in China or anywhere else. Such accusations ignore how easy viral transmission can be when other factors come into play.

Juan Cole (2020-06-11). Russia shoots down "Ridiculous" Trump demand for Arms Embargo on Tehran. zcomm.org The Neoconservative wing of the Trump administration, which is dying to drag the United States into a war with Iran, suffered an embarrassing setback on Monday when its latest flimsy scheme crashed and burned.

_____ (2020-06-11). Trump agitates to restart the global nuclear arms race. truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica: Time Magazine says Donald Trump is both "dangerous, impatient and foolish." EuroNews says Trump — "is a grave danger to the US and the world." The 2017 book entitled — The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, contains the essays from 27 psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals describing the "clear and present …

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-10). Trump Regime Wants 84 Million Iranians Ill-Nourished and Starved. globalresearch.ca Trump regime hardliners want imports of food, medicines, medical equipment, and other humanitarian goods blocked from entering Iran. | They want the world community going along with a high crime against humanity on the Iranian people. | They want them denied treatment …

teleSUR (2020-06-10). Iran Urges UN to Prevent the US From Extending Sanctions. telesurenglish.net Iran's President Hassan Rohani Wednesday urged members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to curb U.S. attempts to extend sanctions against his country. | RELATED: | Next October, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a 2015 nuclear deal popularly known as "The Arms Embargo", will be lifted as agreed in the UNSC resolution 2231. | Currently, however, the United States does not recognize this international agre…

T.J. Coles (2020-06-09). Nukes in Space: the Extinction Rebellion Yet to Be. counterpunch.org In January 2017, President Trump ordered the Department of Defense to conduct a Nuclear Posture Review. The document published a year later makes clear that the US possesses nuclear weapons, in part, so that "our diplomats continue to speak from a position of strength on matters of war and peace." The Nuclear Posture Review cites Russia as the evil menace against which the US must defend by renewing its nuclear stockpiles.

RFE (2020-06-10). Iran To Shut Down Several TV Channels Beaming Programs To Other Countries. iranian.com Iran's state television may have to shut down several foreign language channels due to financial strains caused by sanctions, mismanagement, falling viewership figures and long-standing differences between the state broadcaster and the presidential administration. Payman Jebelli, the head of the external services of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Broadcasting organization (IRIB) told Fars news agency …

Tasnim News (2020-06-10). Iran to Take Legal Action If S Korean Banks Fail to Release Funds: CBI Chief. iranian.com Governor of the Central Bank of Iran called on South Korean banks to release Iran's oil money frozen under US pressure, warning that the Islamic Republic reserves the right to take legal action under international law. "It is appalling to see that (South) Korean banks have conveniently neglected their obligations, common international financial agreements, and …

The Iranian (2020-06-10). Founder of Iran Studies Center, Tel Aviv University: Israel is pistachios for Iran. iranian.com "I have news for you. Israel is half of the city of Tehran, in terms of population. You don't go through such a revolution for a tiny small country which is peanuts, or maybe in this case you say pistachios for the Iranians. We are nothing. You don't create a revolution because of the state …

Tehran Times (2020-06-10). Excavations reveal rare find of Bronze Age culture in Iran. iranian.com Iran has recently unearthed a rare Bronze Age culture, related settlements and relics following to rounds of excavation in a plain near the north-central city of Qom. "Archaeological excavations carried out at a broad natural sandy-gravel hill named Tepe Yousef Khan has revealed relics and remains which are related to the Kura—Araxes culture known as …

Sputnik News (2020-06-09). Iran to Execute Alleged CIA Spy Involved in Killing of Ex-Quds Commander Soleimani. iranian.com On 3 January, a US drone strike, authorised by President Donald Trump, killed Qasem Soleimani and Shia militia commander Abu Mahdi Muhandis who both were in a car at the Baghdad International Airport. Iran's judiciary spokesman has announced that a citizen of the Islamic Republic, who allegedly provided the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with …

Marko Marjanoviƒá (2020-06-11). The Powers That Be Are Ecstatic That the Left Believes the Biggest Problem Right Now Are Statues of Dead White Men. anti-empire.com In the US and the EU both, we've witnessed the biggest monetary heist in history. We're sailing into a depression that central banks have set up for us over the past two decades. And we're doing so in the worst possible condition thanks to the Draconian, harebrained and unnecessary lockdowns that the politicians imposed on us. | Several of Empire's wars and occupations continue in Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, and Syria. Tension is being needlessly cultivated with China and Russia, and the entire architecture of nuclear arms control is just about done being thrown in that trash bin of history. | Simultaneously the…

RT (2020-06-10). Cracked silo at under-construction UK nuclear plant releases DUST CLOUD after accident. rt.com A silo at Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset has suffered structural damage, releasing a cloud of granulated slag into the surrounding area and temporarily halting work on the joint French-Chinese venture. | The 115-foot (35-meter) tower buckled at around 7: 30 am local time on Wednesday. Although initial reports were of an explosion, the smoke was in fact a cloud of Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag (GGBS), which was being used to reinforce the concrete, according to a spokesperson with Electricite de France (EDF). | No one was injured and no radiation was released in the incident, according to…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-10). 'I Can't Breathe' gallery in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 10 (MNA) — The Art Bureau of Iran's Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization has launched an international cartoon exhibition on "I Can't Breathe" to show protests against racism in the US. Over 40 Iranian and foreign artists are showcasing 72 works at the event.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-10). Iranian embassy in Madrid planning for fourth direct flight to Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 10 (MNA) — Iranian embassy in Spain is planning to launch the fourth direct flight to Tehran to bring home Iranian nationals to the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-10). Iran at forefront of fight against drug trafficking: cmdr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 10 (MNA) — The newly-appointed deputy head of Iran's Police said that Iran is at the forefront of the fight against drug trafficking and Western governments must appreciate the efforts of the Islamic Republic.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-10). Senegal congratulates Ghalibaf on election as new Parl. Speaker. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 10 (MNA) — Speaker of the National Assembly of Senegal Moustapha Niasse in a message congratulated Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf on his election as Iran's parliament speaker.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-10). Homegrown defense systems protecting Iranian sky: deputy cmdr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 10 (MNA) — Abolfazl Sepehri Rad, deputy commander of the Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, announced on Wednesday that the Iranian sky is well-protected against foreign threats by domestically grown defense systems.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-10). Be ashamed of crying wolf over detention of an Iranian. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 10 (MNA) — In a tweet on Wednesday, Iran's Ambassador to UK Hamid Baeidinjad lashed out at United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom Woody Johnson for his latest remarks urging the release of the detained Iranian citizen Morad Tahbaz by the Islamic Republic.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-10). Roads min. says grounds paved to connect holy shrines of Iran, Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 10 (MNA) — Suitable ways have been provided for connecting the holy shrines of Iran in Qom and Mashhad cities to those in Iraq.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-10). Palestinian people have no choice but resort to resistance: Deputy FM. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 10 (MNA) — Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for International and Legal Affairs Mohsen Baharvand said on Wed. that Palestinian people have no other choice but to resort to resistance.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-10). Iranian Parliament's open session on Jun. 10. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 10 (MNA) — Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran held an open session on Wednesday, June 10. Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian and Road Minister Mohammad Eslami attended the session to report on various issues related to their ministries.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-10). Army chief names 'enhancing military readiness' as force's main mission. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 10 (MNA) — Iranian Army's first-in-command pointed to the necessity of boosting the readiness of the military forces.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-10). Iran, Russia voice concern over humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 10 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister's Senior Assistant for Special Political Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji held a phone conversation with Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and Syria.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-09). Iranian coppersmith from North Khorasan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 10 (MNA) — June 10 is celebrated as World Handicraft Day worldwide. Iranian artists have used the occasion to draw international attention to Iran's unique art forms. Mr. Naghi Khorasani is a coppersmith (also known as a brazier) who makes artifacts from copper and brass (brass is an alloy of copper and zinc) for almost 20 years in the Iranian province of North Khorasan. His colleague Mr. Masoumian accompanies him by doing 'toreutics' (metal-engraving) on his crafts.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-09). Iran's re-export of fishery products to EU kicks off despite US sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 09 (MNA) — State Veterinary Medicine Organization on Tue. revealed the re-export of fishery products to the European Union [EU].

en.mehrnews (2020-06-09). All Iranian soldiers ready for self-sacrifice to preserve security. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said that all soldiers of the Islamic Iran are ready to self-sacrifice themselves to establish security and repel global arrogance from the country especially in the maritime sector.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-09). 5.7-Richter quake jolts southern Fars province. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 09 (MNA) — An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale hit 'Beyram' city in the southwestern Iranian province of Fars on Tuesday night.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-09). Police confiscate 265 kg illicit drugs in central Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 09 (MNA) — The police forces of Isfahan Province have seized 265 kg of illicit drugs in Nain County.

sputniknews (2020-06-10). Semantic Arguments, George Floyd Laid to Rest, Arming Iran, Trump Sued. sputniknews.com Defunding the police might be the current focus, but this fight must be for so much more.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-09). Belarus congratulates Ghalibaf on election as new Parl. Speaker. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 09 (MNA) — Belarus' Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko, in a congratulatory message to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, felicitated his election as the new Iranian parliament Speaker.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-09). A trip to Nahavand's nature in Hamedan Prov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 10 (MNA) — Nahavand is located southwest of Hamadan province. It has many historical monuments and is considered one of the tourism attractions of Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-09). Iran records 2,095 new COVID-19 infections, 74 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 09 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry announced 2,095 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours, putting the total number of cases in the country at 175,927.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-09). Rouhani stresses expansion of economic coop. with Kyrgyzstan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 09 (MNA) — President Hassan Rouhani in a phone talk with his Kyrgyz counterpart, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, on Tuesday stressed the need for developing cooperation between Iran and Kyrgyzstan amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-09). MP calls on intelligence min. to pursue perpetrators of martyr Soleimani's assassination. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 09 (MNA) — A member of Iranian Parliament in a letter penned to the intelligence minister called on him to submit a comprehensive report on the measures taken by the Ministry of Intelligence in connection with the assassination of martyr Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani by the US terrorist forces.

_____ (2020-06-09). The Rest Of The World Sees Uprisings, Not Riots. popularresistance.org U.S. officials, whether Democrat or Republican, pretend that only other countries violate human rights. Every year, the State Department issues a report on worldwide human rights with the heaviest criticism aimed at enemies du jour such as China, Russia, and Iran. | Human rights, as defined by U.S. officials, include freedom of the press, maintaining an independent judiciary, and civil rights. But most of the world, the United Nations included, goes further, saying human rights include the right to a job, health care, and housing, among other things. | Not surprisingly, U.S. leaders never mention authoritative in…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-06-08). 80 Lawmakers Demand Trump Ditch Any Thought of Resuming 'Dangerously Provocative' Nuclear Tests. commondreams.org "When Americans say that they want and need tests, they weren't talking about the nuclear kind." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump-testing-nukes.jpg

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-06-08). Time Served and $25 a Month in Fines in First Sentencing of Kings Bay Plowshares Anti-Nuclear Activists. commondreams.org "I don't apologize for it," said sentenced activist Elizabeth McAlister. "I think the weapons are completely destructive of life." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/kbp_group_2_signs_horiz.jpg

WSWS (2020-06-08). This week in history: June 8-14. wsws.org 25 years ago: France ends moratorium on nuclear weapons testing in the PacificOn June 13, 1995, the French government announced that it would resume nuclear weapons testing in the South Pacific. French President Jacques Chirac decided to end the three-year moratorium on nuclear testing, citing France's "higher interests," just shy of the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima in World War Two—earning himself the hostile label "Hirochirac."

Farid Parsa (2020-06-08). Did Napoleon Bonaparte Offer Nader Shah's Son the Peacock Throne? iranian.com Napoleon was inspired by Nader Shah's military conquests. He must have read the biography of Nader Shah which was in print by 1770 in French translation. The book was written by Nader's personal historian, Minister Mirza Mehdi Khan and was translated first into English by Sir William Jones. Nader Shah, a Turkic peasant became a great military …

Tasnim News (2020-06-08). Venezuela-Bound Oil Tankers Tracked by Iranian Satellite: IRGC General. iranian.com Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force Space Division said the homegrown 'Noor' (light) satellite that was launched into space in April is fully operational and has been used to track the oil tankers that recently carried fuel to Venezuela. In an exclusive interview with Tasnim, Brigadier General Ali Jafarabadi highlighted the IRGC's …

en.mehrnews (2020-06-08). Authority of Armed forces due to popularity: Ghalibaf. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 08 (MNA) — Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said that popularity is the key to the victory and authority of Iran's Armed Forces.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-08). US imposes new sanctions against Iranian tankers. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 08 (MNA) — US Treasury Department recently added 125 ships and tankers linked to the Islamic Republic of Iran to its sanctions list.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-08). Surge in production, key to resolve problems for entering new century: Pres. Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 08 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pointed to the current year's motto entitled 'surge in production' and added, "surge in production is the key to resolve problems for entering new century.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-08). Iranians stranded in Kazakhstan return home amid pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 08 (MNA) — A group of Iranian citizens stranded in Kazakhstan due to the pandemic arrived in Tehran on Monday.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-08). Leader thanks crew of oil tankers carrying fuel to Venezuela. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 08 (MNA) — Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei appreciated the efforts of the oil tankers' crew that delivered Iranian fuel to Venezuela.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-08). Raeisi condemns West's hosting Iranian financial criminals. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 08 (MNA) — Iran's Judiciary Chief Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi criticized western countries that act as a safe haven for economic disruptors charged with financial crimes in Iran but have fled the country to escape justice.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-08). New bridge between Iran-Turkmenistan, source of strengthening ties between two nations'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 08 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Turkmenistan said that inauguration of the new bridge between Iran and Turkmenistan in Sarakhs is the source of strengthening relations between the two nations.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-08). 2,043 new coronavirus infections confirmed in Iran: spokseman. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 08 (MNA) — According to Iranian Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour, 2,043 new coronavirus cases and 70 deaths have been confirmed in Iran during the past 24 hours.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-08). Indian ship evacuating nationals from Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 08 (MNA) — India's 'INS Shardul' will evacuate 200 Indian citizens, i.e. fishermen stranded in Iran for months now, on Monday from the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran to Porbandar, Gujarat.