2020-08-26: News Headlines

Iran-Eurica (2020-08-26). Manufacturing Misconceptions About Iran and the Persistent Misguided Decisions of the US Government. globalresearch.ca The narrative of "regime change in Iran" has turned into a profitable industry run by those who indoctrinate White House officials with misperceptions about the course of events in Iran, and by doing so, mislead US policies vis-à -vis Tehran. Indeed, …

South Front (2020-08-26). Video: Massive Explosion Rocks Syria's Arab Gas Pipeline. Terrorist Attack. globalresearch.ca A large explosion rocked the Arab Gas Pipeline in Syria on August 24 causing a blackout in the country's capital Damascus and multiple other cities and towns. | The explosion occurred between the towns of Ad Dumayr and Adra the a …

Steven Sahiounie (2020-08-26). Iran Shops for Weapons in Moscow, while the US Is Sidelined. globalresearch.ca The

Leonid Savin (2020-08-26). The world is going to multipolarity. thealtworld.com Leonid Savin, a Russian political analyst, is of the opinion that the world is moving in the direction of "multipolarity" as the world is fed up with unipolar moves by Washington. | "The world is going to multipolarity, and humanity is tired of Washington's dominance and unipolar operations," Savin tells the Tehran Times. | Savin also says Moscow is looking to the East as Russians have bitter memories of the West. | "Russian decision-makers started looking to the East more and more. Because historically, we faced serious threats from the West." | Following is the full text of the interview: | Q: Iran and Russia a…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-26). UNSC rejects US demand for snapback sanctions against Iran. peoplesdispatch.org The admissibility of the notice submitted by Pompeo last week was questioned by 13 out of 15 members of the UNSC. Even US allies have pointed out that having left the deal in 2018, it cannot ask for sanctions…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-26). Catholics Against Nukes: Archbishop Wester, the Church and Nuclear Deterrence. globalresearch.ca In what is a turn-up for the books, a senior voice of the Catholic Church made something of an impression this month that did not incite scandal, hot rage, or the commencement of an investigation. It did, however, agitate a …

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). Leader attends 1st night of Muharram mourning ceremony. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) —The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei attended the first night of mourning ceremony of Muharram, marking the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH), at the Husseiniyeh of Imam Khomeini on Wed.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). Ayatollah Khamenei condoles demise of Hosseinian. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) — Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei expressed condolences over the demise of Hojatoleslam Ruhollah Hosseinian.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). Iranian Animation "H2 Hope" vie at two intl. Film Festivals. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 27 (MNA) — The short animation "H2 Hope", co-directed by Ashkan Rahgozar and Negin Khajehaei, is accepted at the Bucheon International Fantasy Film Festival and the Comics and Animation Festival in Greece.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). Iran coronavirus update: 2,243 cases, 119 deaths in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) — As of Wednesday, the total number of coronavirus cases in Iran has passed 365,000, of whom 21,020 have lost their lives to the deadly virus.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). Iraq continuing anti-ISIL fight with Iran, Syria & Russia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) — The spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji informed that the 'quadruple security center' comprised of Iraq, Iran, Russia and Syria, is continuing its fight against the ISIL.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). India's sugar consignment to Afghanistan arrives in Chabahar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) — A cargo ship carrying the first sugar consignment of the Indian private sector to Afghanistan has docked at the southern Iranian port of Chabahar.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). Iranian defense sector independent from foreign countries. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) — Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force said on Wednesday that having access to modern equipment, the Iranian defense sector is now standing on its feet independent from any other countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). Relations with Zionist Regime criteria for US terror list. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 27 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that relation with the Zionist Regime is a criterion for US State Department's terror list.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). Sidelines of Cabinet Session. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) — In the sideline of Iran's Cabinet session, some Iranian Ministers answered some questions proposed by reporters.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). Trump's latest move regarding Iran isolates US: Cyr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) —American Professor believes the US move in the UNSC regarding Iran has isolated the US, adding that the issue of the UN has been a controversial issue in the US domestic policy.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). Khaji calls for active role of UN in helping Yemeni people. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister's Senior Assistant in Special Political Affairs Ali-Asghar Khaji called on the United Nations to play a more active role in helping the Yemeni people.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). US premier violator of JCPOA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) — Iran's Presidential Aide for Legal Affairs Laya Joneidi named the US as the 'premier violator of the JCPOA'.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). Iranian envoy to UK reacts to UNSC's rejection of US bid. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) — The Iranian ambassador to London has reacted to the isolation of the United States at the UN Security Council for the second time and said there is no consensus on US bid to return Iran's sanction.

sputniknews (2020-08-26). Russia, Iran, Turkey Issue Joint Statement on Syria Condemning Israeli Attacks, US Theft of Oil. sputniknews.com The statement was formulated on the sidelines of the meeting of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, a United Nations-facilitated negotiating platform aimed at reconciling the Syrian government and the opposition and establishing an enduring peace in the war-torn country.

_____ (2020-08-26). Trump and Pompeo Craft No-Win Solutions for the World. strategic-culture.org You have to hand it to the sociopaths running U.S. foreign policy, they are very adept at creating no-win scenarios for their opponents. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was just handed a major defeat at the United Nations Security Council, who voted down a resolution to extend the arms embargo against Iran. | That embargo is set to expire in October as part of the U.S. unilaterally pulling out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known colloquially as the Iran Nuclear Deal. | But Pompeo and President Trump only wanted that vote, in my opinion, to force out into the open their ability to impose the 's…

_____ (2020-08-26). Syria Faces Calamity as Trump's New Sanctions Combine With Surging Coronavirus. strategic-culture.org The number of Syrians who are food insecure has risen in the last six months by 1.4 million to 9.3 million, more than half the population, according to the WFP. The Caesar Act and coronavirus do not appear to be weakening Assad, Russia and Iran, but there is every sign they are together plunging ordinary Syrians into a deep and lethal quagmire.

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-08-25). Alliance Between Venezuela and Iran Evolves into the Military Sphere. globalresearch.ca The alliance between Venezuela and Iran seems to be taking new directions. The ties between the two countries began to strengthen in an economic sphere when, in the first half of 2020, Tehran started sending oil ships to Venezuela, circumventing …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-08-25). Reports Say the Explosion at Iranian Nuclear Plant Had a Criminal Cause. globalresearch.ca A new focus of tensions and uncertainties appears to be emerging in Iran. Recent reports from the Iranian authorities have concluded that the explosion at the Natanz nuclear plant had a criminal cause, most likely caused by a sabotage operation. …

RT (2020-08-25). Iranian FM accuses Pompeo of 'lawless bullying' as UNSC president dismisses US push for sanctions 'snapback'. rt.com US efforts to trigger the return of UN sanctions on Iran have been dismissed by the president of the Security Council amid a lack of consensus among the body's 15 members. Iran's foreign minister said it shows the US is isolated.

Marco Carnelos (2020-08-25). What does UAE stand to gain from peace with Israel? thealtworld.com Abu Dhabi's crown prince may be surprised to discover that the signing of a peace deal with Netanyahu is not enough to buy Israel's trust | Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince While it is true that most of his regional "initiatives" have not been fully successful, he, nonetheless, remains committed to "saving" the Arab world from two existential threats: Iran and its Axis of Resistance, and the ol…

South Front (2020-08-25). Video: Pro-Iranian Forces Attack US Convoys Withdrawing from Largest Base in Iraq. globalresearch.ca The US military has been facing increasing pressure from local resistance forces and pro-Iranian groups in Iraq. | On August 21, an improvised explosive device (IED) reportedly struck a vehicle of company working with the U.S.-led coalition in Aweerij, south of …

Comitato No Nato No Guerra (2020-08-25). Appello Ai Leader Dei Nove Stati Con Armi Nucleari (Cina, Francia, India, Israele, Nord Corea, Pakistan, Regno Unito, Russia, Stati Uniti). globalresearch.ca Noi, persone di buona volontà di tutti i ceti sociali, di tutti i continenti, di credo e religioni diverse, richiamiamo la vostra attenzione sulla minaccia di una guerra nucleare totale che puà≤ scoppiare molto facilmente a causa di azioni deliberate …

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Ehsan Hajsafi to join Greece's Aris Thessaloniki. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — A Greek website has reported that the Iranian midfielder, Ehsan Hajsafi, who plays for Tractor Sazi, will leave his team in case it loses the semi-final match at the Iranian Hazfi Cup.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Iran's government not waiting for US election. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Government Spokesman Ali Rabiei said that Iran's administration will not wait for the result of the upcoming US election.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). IAEA vows to fulfill obligations responsibly despite pressure. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — The head of the UN nuclear watchdog stressed that his organization will carry out its commitments regrading Iran responsibly and independently, despite some pressures.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). 5th night of Muharram mourning in Zanjan. en.mehrnews.com ZANJAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — The mourning ceremonies on the fifth night of Muharram in Zanjan Province, west of Iran, were held preserving the anti-coronavirus health and social-distancing protocols.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). FM Zarif, IAEA chief hold talks in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister met and held talks with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi on Tuesday afternoon.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Iran-Russia coop. has wide capacities incl. arms trade. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami pointed to the high potential of military cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Rouhani orders implementation of new Iran-India tax laws. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, on Tuesday, ordered the finance ministry to implement a new law of an agreement between Iran an India made on double-taxation avoidance and tax-evasion prevention.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Iran seeks to cooperate with IAEA based on Intl. regulations. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Islamic Republic of Iran seeks to cooperate with IAEA based on international regulations.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). FM Zarif bids farewell to outgoing Chilean envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday received Chilean Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran Ignacio Janus at the end of his mission.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Iran COVID-19 update: 125 deaths, 2,213 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 2,213 COVID-19 infections and 125 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Iranian 'Crab' wins Special Jury Prize at Hiroshima Filmfest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug, 25 (MNA) — Iranian short animation 'Crab' directed by Shiva Sadegh Asadi won the Special Jury Prize in the 18th Hiroshima International Animation Festival 2020.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). UNSC not able to take action on US move against Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — UN Security Council President Dian Triansyah Djani said on Tuesday that he is not in a position to take further action on the attempt by the US to re-impose all UN sanctions on Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). US police brutality stems from racist way of thinking: Veep. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Iran's First Vice-President on Tue. blasted US police for its brutalities against the American people and said that US' police behavior is the outcome of domination of racist thoughts in that country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Jahangiri felicitates Independence Day of Ukraine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Iranian First Vice President Es'hagh Jahangiri congratulated the Independence Day of Ukraine on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Grossi negotiating IAEA's safeguards verification activities. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — In a tweet on Tuesday, the IAEA Chief Rafael Grossi said during his ongoing visit to Iran, he is seeking to reach an agreement with the Iranian side on IAEA's safeguards verification activities in the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). IAEA's reports indicate reduction of Iran's JCPOA commitments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that IAEA's reports indicate that Iran has taken all the five steps to reduce commitments to JCPOA.

sputniknews (2020-08-25). Iran Blasts Pompeo for Trying to 'Flood Region With US Weapons' Amid Talk of More Arms for UAE. sputniknews.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, where he promised to "continue to honour" the US commitment to ensure Israel's "qualitative military edge" against its neighbours. Pompeo made the comments amid reports that the US is looking to sell F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates.

yenisafak (2020-08-25). Iran, IAEA agree to 'open new chapter of cooperation'. yenisafak.com The director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, held wide-ranging talks with Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran on Tuesday and both agreed to open "a new chapter of cooperation". | Grossi arrived in Tehran late on Monday on a two-day visit to discuss the issue of granting IAEA inspectors access to two Iranian nuclear sites. | He is expected to meet with top Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, officials said. | The standoff between the UN nuclear watchdog and Tehran has intensified in recent months after the IAEA…

Prof. Juan Cole (2020-08-24). Trump Walks Alone: Former US Allies Britain, France, Germany Join Russia and China in Forcefully Rejecting Trump Iran Sanctions. globalresearch.ca

sputniknews (2020-08-24). Maduro Says Can't Reveal Full Extent of Venezuela's Cooperation With Iran. sputniknews.com Iran has recently defied US pressure and provided Caracas with half a dozen cargo ships-worth of fuel, food, medical supplies and spare parts for its flagging oil industry. Washington has resorted to calling the partnership between the two countries an "alliance of pariah states."

Raul Diego (2020-08-24). Hoping to Seize on UAE-Israel Deal, Pompeo and Kushner Head East in Search of New Allies for Israel. mintpressnews.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Trump adviser Jared Kushner are hitting the road in an attempt to strong-arm more Arab states into normalizing relations with Israel, turning their backs on Palestine and isolating Iran.

The Canary (2020-08-24). Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is an Iranian 'hostage', documentary claims. thecanary.co Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a "hostage" in Iran and was on the brink of being freed from jail in Iran almost two-and-a-half years ago until a planned deal collapsed, according to a new documentary.The mother-of-one's husband Richard Ratcliffe said the family had even been given a date of 28 December 2017 for his wife's return to the UK.It is unclear why the deal fell through.The revelations were made during a BBC Panorama investigation into the detention of British and other western citizens in Iran, which airs on 24 August on BBC One at 7.30pm.It has long been claimed Zaghari-Ratcliffe is being held in order to…