2020-07-21: News Headlines

Staff (2020-07-21). Headlines for July 21, 2020. democracynow.org Coronavirus Spikes Across U.S. as Tensions Mount over Plans to Reopen Schools, Labs Show Promising Results in COVID-19 Vaccine as Cases Surge in Countries Around the World, Trump Threatens to Send More Feds into Cities Across U.S. to Crack Down on Protests, Georgia Dems Select State Senator Nikema Williams to Run for Late John Lewis's Congressional Seat, Suspect in Killing of NJ Judge's Son Is Found Dead, Was an "Anti-Feminist," Racist Lawyer, U.K. Suspends Extradition Treaty with Hong Kong, Iran Executes Man Convicted of Spying, After Halting Killing of Protesters Following Public Outcry, Rights Groups Call for…

Mike Whitney (2020-07-21). Vote Democrat… and Watch America Burn. globalresearch.ca "…This is the most dangerous time in the history of man. The seriousness of this plot cannot be underestimated. It is not due to any threat of conventional war or nuclear decimation, it is based on the fact that this …

Germán Gorraiz López (2020-07-21). Towards a "New Cold War" in the Middle East: Geopolitics of the Persian Gulf and the Battle for Oil and Gas. globalresearch.ca The foundations of the great Near East were established in the Pact of Quincey (1945) following the doctrine of the Franco-British Sykes-Picot agreements of 1916 that favored the regional division of power in areas of influence and sustained on the …

Paul R. Pillar (2020-07-21). The Undeclared War Against Iran. globalresearch.ca A series of violent attacks, involving explosions and fires, has been Caution is always advisable in attributing responsibility for …

_____ (2020-07-21). How Many Ways Can Israel Wage War On Iran Before The Media Reports It? popularresistance.org Israel just bombed Iran. And no one noticed. On July 2, 2020, two explosions erupted in Iran, and both seem to have been ignited by Israel. Neither explosion attracted much reporting, and what reporting there has been remains thin and confused. | The first report came out on the afternoon of July 3. The Jerusalem Post picked up a story from Kuwait's Al-Jarida, reporting that a fire had broken out at Iran's civilian Natanz nuclear enrichment site. The Kuwaiti report says that an unnamed senior source informed them that the fire was caused by an Israeli cyber attack. They suggest that Iran will need about two month…

John Feffer (2020-07-21). Hamilton and the Iconoclasts of Tomorrow. counterpunch.org This week, 216 years ago, one founding father killed another in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. On that early July morning, the vice president of the United States squared off against the former secretary of the treasury. As virtually everyone in America now knows, thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alexander Hamilton didn't survive the shootout

yenisafak (2020-07-21). Iran records highest daily deaths from coronavirus. yenisafak.com Health Ministry spokesperson Sima Sadat Lari said 2,625 additional cases were registered over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 278,827 infections. Iran's nationwide death toll now stands at 14,634.The alarming surge in daily fatalities has sent shockwaves across the country as the healthcare system is already overwhelmed. The previous record single-day death toll was 221 on June 9.According to Lari, some 3,589 coronavirus patients are presently in "critical condition," which means the daily deaths could rise in coming weeks.One of the first countries in the region to witness the COVID-19 outbreak, the fir…

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-21). Iran, Georgia discuss bilateral ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 21 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Georgia Javad Ghavam Shahidi and the country's Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia met and held talks in Tbilisi on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-21). Iran, India set to cooperate to produce 'Remdesivir'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) — Iranian and Indian Pharmaceutical companies are cooperating to produce Remdesivir to treat COVID-19 at a competitive price, said the deputy chairman of Iran Pharmacists Association.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-21). Iranian delegation due in Kiev next week on Ukrainian plane. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) — Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for International and Legal Affairs Mohsen Baharvand said that Iranian delegation will travel to Ukraine's capital Kiev next week to discuss issues around the Ukrainian plane crash.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-21). VIDEO: Iraqi PM's arrival in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 21 (MNA) — Heading a high-ranking delegation, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived in the Iranian capital Tehran on Tuesday noon to hold talks with senior Iranian officials, including the Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-21). Iran, Iraq to expand customs coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 21 (MNA) — President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration held a meeting with the Iraqi Minister of Finance on Tuesday, conferring on expanding customs cooperation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-21). Iran registers 2,625 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 21 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,625 people and claimed 229 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-21). Iran seeking to establish trade office in China. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 21 (MNA) — A member of the Board of Directors of Iran's Chamber of Commerce said that the organization is trying to set up a business office in China.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-21). Unveiling support plans for Armed Forces retirees. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Defense Brigadier General Amir Hatami unveiled the support and treatment plans for the retirees of the Armed Forces on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-21). Illegitimate US presence, root cause of insecurity in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 21 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said that illegitimate presence of the United States is the main cause of insecurity in the region and Iraq.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-21). Germany, UK to discuss European trio format on Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) — German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas informed of his intention to discuss the European trio format on Iran with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at their upcoming talks.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-21). Iran-Russia relations growing exponentially: Lavrov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 21 (MNA) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Iran-Russia relations are growing exponentially.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-21). Gilan province exports top $160 million in four months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) — More than 296,000 tons of commodities worth $162 million were exported from the northern Gilan province during the first four months of the current Iranian year (March 20-April 21).

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-21). Iran, Iraq to finalize foreign currency deal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 21 — An official from the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) informed that Iraq and Iran are on the verge of finalizing a foreign currency agreement which will inundate Iran's market with several million US dollars in the near future.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-21). Rouhani welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 21 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi on Tuesday.

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

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 …

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.

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…

sputniknews (2020-07-20). Iranian Government Releases About 36,000 Prisoners as Part of Fight Against COVID-19. sputniknews.com TEHRAN (Sputnik) – The Iranian authorities have released about 36,000 inmates as part of a new phase of the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the country's prisons, Iranian prison service chief Mohammad Mehdi Haj-Mohammadi said on Monday.

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). 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 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-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). 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). 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). 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).

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). 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). 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 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). 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). 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.

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). 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.

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.

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.