2020-07-20: News Headlines

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2020-07-20). "How Trump Stole 2020‚Ä≥— An Interview With Greg Palast. counterpunch.org Voter suppression is simply class war by other means." —Greg Palast What do timber interests, nuclear power, and off-shore drilling have in common with voter-suppression in Georgia? Greg Palast lays it out, following the money and naming the names, in his new book, "How Trump Stole 2020: The hunt for America's Vanished Voters," which was

Lawrence Wittner (2020-07-20). Making America Feared Again: The Trump Administration Considers Resuming Nuclear Weapons Testing. dissidentvoice.org Americans who grew up with nightmares of nuclear weapons explosions should get ready for some terrifying flashbacks, for the Trump administration appears to be preparing to resume U.S. nuclear weapons tests. The U.S. government stopped its atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons in 1962, shortly before signing the Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963. And it …

Global Research News (2020-07-20). Selected Articles: The Trump Administration Considers Resuming Nuclear Weapons Testing. globalresearch.ca By An exiled Iranian opposition group

Dave DeCamp (2020-07-20). US Officials Speak at Iran Regime Change Conference. globalresearch.ca An exiled Iranian opposition group

Raul Diego (2020-07-20). Mike Pompeo Delineates Atlanticist Playbook To Target China, Russia and Iran. mintpressnews.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a teleconference call at the Economic Club of New York, where he spoke to the choir about the next phase of American foreign policy.

Simon Watkins (2020-07-20). China Inks Military Deal with Iran Under Secretive 25-Year Plan. globalresearch.ca Last August, Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif, paid a visit to his China counterpart, Wang Li, to present a roadmap on a comprehensive 25-year China-Iran strategic partnership that built upon a previous agreement signed in 2016. Many of …

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-07-20). Tehran and Baghdad: Parting Ways? thealtworld.com Iraq's new prime minister wants to woo the US and Saudi Arabia, but Iran cannot be simply cast aside | A variety of divergent opinions have been voiced about Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's visit to Baghdad on Sunday and the message it was intended to send to the Iraqi leadership — especially Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi as he prepares to travel to Riyadh on his first foreign excursion since assuming office. | Kadhimi's choice of the Saudi capital, rather than Tehran, as his first port of call on his maiden voyage, was itself a clear and carefully calculated message to Iran, as was his…

Robert J. Burrowes (2020-07-20). Contemplating Human Extinction Terrifies Most People: A Strategy for Survival. dissidentvoice.org Any serious study of the relevant scholarly literature reveals at least four possible paths to imminent human extinction, that is, human extinction within five years: nuclear war, the climate catastrophe, the deployment of 5G, and biodiversity collapse. Moreover, as I have documented previously, under cover of the non-existent 'virus' labeled COVID-19, the global elite is …

_____ (2020-07-20). Why Iraqis Hate The US Troops Who Occupy Their Country. popularresistance.org We invaded their land. We did it on the basis of Bush's lies that Bush had conclusive evidence that Saddam was six months from a nuclear weapon and had been behind the 9/11 attacks. He blatantly misrepresented the evidence that he did have. And instead of Bush, or any of his successors, apologizing for this — the destruction of Iraq (on the basis of lies) — there has been continued military occupation of Iraq, and forcing of its Government to do what our lying Government demands, such as privatizing the oil and paying international oil companies to exploit and market it — their oil. | The reason…

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-20). Iraqi PM to visit Iran as scheduled: spokesman. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 20 (MNA) — A spokesperson with the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said that the country's Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi will pay a visit to Iran on Tuesday as previously scheduled.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-20). Iran, Russian FMs to meet in Moscow on Tuesday: spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 20 (MNA) — A spokesperson with the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov will hold talks in Moscow on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-20). Police seize 124 kg of narcotics in eastern Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 20 (MNA) — The police force of Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province have seized 124 kg of illicit drugs in Zabol County.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-20). Iran's saffron exports hit 37 tons in three months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 20 (MNA) — Iran exported more than 37.64 tons of saffron worth $38.58 million during the first three months of the current fiscal (March 20-June 20), a senior official said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-20). Three working groups tasked to boost Iran-EAEU coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 20 (MNA) — The Deputy Minister of Industry Mine and Trade said that three new working groups have been set up in line with developing cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-20). Iran records 2,414 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 20 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,414 people and claimed 217 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-20). Iran-India ties ought not be interfered by a third party. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 20 (MNA) — Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf praised the longstanding, amicable ties between Iran and India, saying that such amicable relations should not be affected by another country's interferences.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-20). Iran felicitates Syria on successful parliamentary elections. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 20 (MNA) — The Spokesperson of the Iranian Foreign Ministry congratulated Syria's successful parliamentary elections to the country's government and nation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-20). Iran's tea exports near $500,000 in three months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 21 (MNA) — Iran exported more than 575 tons of tea worth $493,785 during the three months of the current fiscal year that started on March 20, a senior official said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-20). Ghalibaf, Indian ambassador meet in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 20 (MNA) — Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and Indian Ambassador to Iran Gaddam Dharmendra met in Tehran on Monday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-20). 1,044 centrifuges enriching uranium in Fordow: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 21 (MNA) – Spokesman for the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said 1,044 centrifuges are enriching uranium in Fordow Nuclear Facility.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-20). Home-made 'Remdesivir' to enter market next week: Minister. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 20 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeed Namaki said that the home-made 'Remdesivir' will enter the Iranian pharmaceutical market next week.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-20). Iranian animation nominated for Golden Goblet at SIFF. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 21 (MAN) — Iranian animation 'Crabi', by Shiva Sadegh Amini, has been nominated for Golden Goblet Award at this year's Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF).

Thea Paneth (2020-07-19). Reflection on the Upcoming 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. commondreams.org "It is fitting that the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reset the Doomsday Clock at 100 seconds to midnight. This is an urgent warning," writes Thea Paneth. (Photo: ICAN) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ban_nuclear_weapons_0.jpeg

_____ (2020-07-19). The Human Cost Of Nuclear Tests. popularresistance.org July 16 – Seventy-five years ago today, the United States conducted the Trinity test, the world's first nuclear detonation. In the ensuing years, the U.S. ultimately conducted more than 1,000 nuclear tests, half of all known tests conducted by the world's nine nuclear nations since 1945. Now, on the 75th anniversary of the nuclear age, the United States is contemplating the resumption of live testing for the first time in nearly three decades. | A nuclear test, the Washington Post reported in May, could be used as leverage in negotiations with China and Russia. The news provoked widespread criticism, not only fro…

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-19). Iranian elite abroad cooperating with country: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 19 (MNA) -An official in the vice presidency of science announced the statistics of the definite return of elites to the country, adding that "More than 8,000 Iranian elite abroad are cooperating with the country."

yenisafak (2020-07-19). Turkey has suspended flights to Iran amid coronavirus outbreak. yenisafak.com Turkey has suspended flights to Iran amid a coronavirus outbreak in the Islamic Republic, a spokesman for Iran's Civil Aviation Organization, Reza Jafarzadeh, said on Sunday, according to the official IRNA news agency.The suspension of flights had begun on Saturday, he said.

yenisafak (2020-07-19). Blast at power plant in Iran's central Isfahan province. yenisafak.com An explosion occurred at a power plant in Iran's central Isfahan province on Sunday but there were no casualties, the official IRNA news agency reported.The blast was caused by the wear and tear of a transformer at the power plant in Islamabad, the managing director of the Isfahan power company told IRNA.There have been several explosions and fires around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-19). Covid-19 claims 209 lives in past 24 hours in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 19 (MNA) — Iran's Health Ministry spokesperson announced on Sunday that in the past 24 hours the lethal coronavirus has claimed 209 lives in Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-19). 'Goodby Olymbic' goes to Chinese film festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 19 (MNA) — Iranian short 'Goodbye Olympic' directed by Mojtaba Pourbakhsh has made it into the competition program of Beijing International FICTS Festival.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-19). Iran sends medical aid to Iraq concurrent with Zarif's visit. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 19 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran sent medical aid, as weigh as 1 ton, to neighboring Iraq concurrent with the visit of Iranian Foreign Minister's visit to Iraq.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-19). Zarif holds meeting with Iraqi officials. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 19 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Baghdad on Sunday morning to meet with Iraqi officials.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-19). Iran-Turkey flight canceled due COVID-19 restrictions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 19 (MNA) —According to reports the Iranian Mahan and Qeshm airlines announced the cancellation of the flights to Turkey.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-19). FM Zarif, Iraqi President discuss regional, intl. issues. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 19 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iraqi President Barham Salih hold a meeting in Iraq's capital on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-19). Zarif, Hakim hold meeting in Baghdad. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 19 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met and held talks with Leader of the National Wisdom Movement of Iraq Seyyed Ammar al-Hakim on Sunday.

_____ (2020-07-18). The East-Bound Wind Causes A Storm In The West. popularresistance.org A few months after the publication of his remarkable book, Adam Smith in Beijing, I had an illuminating conversation with Giovanni Arrighi about the significance of China in world history. The late sociologist was interested in knowing more about the subject of my scholarship—modern Iran and the Iranian revolution. When he saw my puzzled face, he told me that he believes that all this apprehension in the west about Iran, is actually rooted in apprehension about China. Arrighi thought that if there were any "mainstream" of world history, it ought to be located in the story of China, the only civilization tha…

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-18). Economic benefits needed for Iran's full compliance to JCPOA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 18 (MNA) — EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs said on Saturday that expecting Iran to fully comply with JCPAO obligations without having the country benefit from the economic advantages of the deal is not acceptable.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-18). Iran-Syria military coop. to defeat Zionist Regime. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 17(MNA) — An Iranian Lawmaker said that military cooperation agreements must be signed between Iran and regional countries including Syria to strengthen Iran and the axis of Resistance and to defeat the Zionist Regime and other enemies.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-18). Admitting defeat against Iran better than foolish bluffs. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 18 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said accepting defeat against powerful Iran is better than foolish bluffs.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-18). Iranian researchers produce antivirus hospital clothing. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 18 (MNA) — Iranian researchers in a knowledge-based company designed and produced isolated antivirus hospital clothing, applicable in the fight against the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in particular.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-18). Iran-China cooperation major challenge to US unilateralism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 18 (MNA) — Chinese TV in a report described Iran-China 25-year cooperation roadmap as the result of US maximum pressure, stressing it has posed major challenge to the US unilateralism in the international community.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-18). Saudi sponsored TV channel showed utter obscenity: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 18 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to UK Hamid Baeidinjad reacted to the live broadcast of the gathering of MEK (Mujahedin-e Khalq) terrorist group on the Iran International Channel in his Twitter account.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-18). Parl. investigating withdrawal form UN 'additional protocol'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 18 (MNA) — An MP informed on Saturday that the Parliament is investigating a new plan to have Iran out of the United Nations' additional protocol.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-18). Sixth Indian shipment to Afghanistan arrives at Iranian port. en.mehrnews.com CHABAHAR, Jul. 18 (MNA) — India's sixth consignment of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan has arrived at Chabahar's Shahid Beheshti Port, the director-general of Sistan and Baluchestan Ports and Maritime Department said on Saturday.

_____ (2020-07-17). Modi's 'New' India: Notch Or Knot On China's Belt (And Road Initiative). popularresistance.org File it in the rapidly-brimming "biggest-stories-of-2020-you-haven't-heard-about" folder. | Amidst the madness merger of pandemic and protests — both of which Trump's minions have blamed on China — there's been scant attention paid to a brewing conflict between two of the world's nine nuclear-armed powers (accounting for some 430 warheads between them). One is a rather flighty proxy — India — that Washington has long pursued with the oft-hopeless passion of a smitten suitor. The other, an "enemy" of "freedom," America, and apple pie everywhere: a Chinese dragon to whom new cold war enthusi…

Behrooz Ghamari Tabrizi (2020-07-17). The East-Bound Wind Causes a Storm in the West: Iran-China Sign Long-Term Trade Agreement. counterpunch.org A few months after the publication of his remarkable book, Adam Smith in Beijing, I had an illuminating conversation with Giovanni Arrighi about the significance of China in world history. The late sociologist was interested in knowing more about the subject of my scholarship—modern Iran and the Iranian revolution. When he saw my puzzled face,

RT (2020-07-17). Government-funded museum pulls 'racist' anti-white graphic from website. rt.com A taxpayer-funded museum of black history and culture has removed a chart describing a list of wholesome behaviors as white supremacist microaggressions. However, the museum remains committed to "deconstructing" whiteness itself. | The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a Smithsonian institution, and received some $33 million in government funding last year. At least some of that money went toward illustrating a chart describing a number of American virtues — including hard work, timekeeping, the nuclear family and delayed gratification — as traits of "whiteness." | The Nation…

Philip Giraldi (2020-07-17). Turmoil at Home, Turmoil Abroad: Israel and the U.S. Escalate Their War Against Iran. globalresearch.ca As the combined impact of the corona virus and the wholesale destruction of America's history and culture, or at least the part of it that is white, continues, it is nice to see that other nations are getting into the …

_____ (2020-07-17). VIDEO: Turmoil at Home, Turmoil Abroad: Israel and the U.S. Escalate Their War Against Iran. strategic-culture.org Iran has been under the threat of war ever since their Islamic revolution over 40 years ago. After decades of war threats, Washington may finally be starting the war… incrementally. Watch the video and read more in the

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-16). Iran ready to host intra-Afghan peace talks: Atmar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 16 (MNA) — Afghan Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar said on Thursday that Iran has offered readiness to host intra-Afghan peace negotiations.

Andrew Korybko (2020-07-16). India-Iran Relations in Crisis: Geopolitical Realignment in Favor of China. globalresearch.ca These easily discernible strategic chain reactions were regrettably missed by many experts owing either to unfamiliarity with the guiding motivations of each related party and/or pressure to comply with the so-called "political correctness" being pushed by some of the players …