2020-07-22: News Headlines

Daryan Rezazad (2020-07-22). Iran-China Deal Must be Green. counterpunch.org When ultra-conservative members of Iran's parliament and the usual neo-con suspects within the United States power structure agree on an issue you can be certain geopolitical watchers will be getting the popcorn out and will want to find out what is really going on. For now nobody has the full details of the Iran-China deal though this

South Front (2020-07-22). Video: Israel Responds with Force to Iranian Plans to Deploy Air Defense Systems in Syria. globalresearch.ca Late on July 20, the Israeli Air Force carried out a new wave of airstrikes on the southern countryside of the Syrian capital of Damascus. According to Syria's state-run news agency SANA, Israeli warplanes launched missiles from the airspace over …

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-22). Stepped Up Trump Regime War on China by Other Means. globalresearch.ca Another day, more shoes dropped, escalating US war on China by other means, a scenario fraught with danger by pushing things toward a point of no return that risks belligerent confrontation. | Time and again, US charges against Russia, Iran, China, …

Raul Diego (2020-07-22). Israel Leaking Evidence of Its Involvement in Covert Iran Bombing Campaign that Threatens to Spark a Wider War. mintpressnews.com A relentless campaign of aggression against Iran is entering a new phase with cyberattacks on military and civilian targets that aim to cripple Rouhani's government and set the stage for wider conflict in the Middle East.

sputniknews (2020-07-22). Iran Urges Iraq to 'Vigorously Pursue' Justice in Soleimani Assassination Case. sputniknews.com Iranian authorities have already issued an arrest warrant against US President Donald Trump and three dozen other alleged conspirators in the plot to kill senior Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani. Interpol has said it would refuse a red notice request for Trump, citing the case's "political" nature.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-22). Iranian police busts over 19 ton of illicit drug in a week. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 23 (MNA) — An official with Iran Drug Control Headquarters said that over 19 tons of different drugs have been seized in the last week, registering a 20% increase compared to the same period last year.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-22). Kermanshah to run technical, vocational courses in Halabja. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) — General director of technical and vocational training of Iran's western Kermanshah province announced that the province is to run educational courses in Iraqi Kurdistan's Halabja.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-22). Iran successfully tests 5G mobile network. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) — Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology (ICT) said that first trial of high-speed 5G mobile internet technology has been successfully tested in Iran with a speed of 1.5 gigabits per second (Gb/s).

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-22). Iran-Russia coop. contract updated: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) — Iranian FM Zarif on Wednesday informed that the long-term comprehensive and strategic contract between Iran and Russia has been updated.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-22). 1st humanitarian transaction channel with Iran to take place. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 23 (MNA) — The Swiss Foreign Ministry announced in a statement that the first transaction of the humanitarian channel with the Islamic Republic of Iran will take place soon.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-22). Coop. with china to positively influence Iran economy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) — An Iranian lawmaker said that "as China is a good political and economic partner for Iran, the strategic cooperation with this country would influence our economy positively".

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-22). Iran COVID-19 update: 2,586 cases, 219 deaths in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,586 people in Iran in the past 24 hours, increasing the total cases to 281,413, said Health Ministry Spokesperson Sima Lari on Wednesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-22). Assassinating Gen. Soleimani, violation of Iraq sovereignty. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker said that the criminal assassination of Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani is a clear violation of Iraq's sovereignty.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-22). Iran has advanced air defense capabilities: cmdr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 23 (MNA) — Commander of Iran's Army Major General Seyyed Abdolrahim Mousavi noted that Iran enjoys advanced technology in the air defense field.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-22). Iran, Oman stress expansion of bilateral ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Muscat held a farewell meeting with Oman's Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-22). Over 1 ton illicit drugs confiscated in SE Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) — According to the police chief of Sistan and Balouchestan, southeast province of Iran, over 1 ton of narcotics have been seized during a clash with traffickers in Iranshahr.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-22). S Korea must clear $7bn-debt to Iran ASAP: MP. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) — Deputy chairman of the Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Abbas Moghtadaei urged South Korea to pay Iran's 7-billion-dollar debt as soon as possible.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-22). Bearing children significant duty for families: Leader. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) — Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that bearing children must be a priority for all the families.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-22). US turned into rogue country after abandoning JCPOA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 23 (MNA) — Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that the US has turned into a rogue country after abandoning Nuclear Deal.

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 …

RT (2020-07-21). 'We'll never forget': Iran's supreme leader meets Iraqi PM & vows to 'strike a blow' to US in revenge for killing of Soleimani. rt.com Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned that the US will see further retaliation for the January drone strike on elite commander Qasem Soleimani, telling Iraq's premier that Tehran will resist American meddling in the region. | Khamenei met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Tehran on Tuesday, the PM's first trip abroad since taking office in May. During the talks, the ayatollah stressed that the American presence in Iraq is an ongoing "source of corruption and destruction," citing Soleimani's assassination earlier this year in Baghdad as a case in point. | "They killed your guest at your hou…

RT (2020-07-21). US indicts two 'state-backed Chinese hackers' for stealing military secrets & coronavirus data. rt.com The US Justice Department has accused two "Chinese hackers" of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars-worth of trade secrets, including defense data and research related to the development of a vaccine against coronavirus. | The indictment was rolled out on Tuesday, accusing two Chinese nationals, identified as Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi, of waging a massive worldwide hacking campaign. The investigation into their alleged activities was triggered back in 2015, when they broke into a network belonging to the Hanford Site, a decommissioned nuclear complex in the state of Washington. | The US Justice Department…

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-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). 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). 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). 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 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, 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). 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.

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, 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). 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 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.

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

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…

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 …

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 …