2020-08-31: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-31). EU Supports US Coup Plot Against Belarus, Imposes Illegal Sanctions. globalresearch.ca Nearly always, EU countries are subservient to Washington's geopolitical agenda — no matter how unlawful. | Support by Britain, France, Germany (the E3), and Brussels for Iran's right to buy and sell conventional arms once the UN embargo on the practice …

WSWS (2020-08-31). This week in history: August 31-September 6. wsws.org 25 years ago: French test nuclear bomb in Pacific, setting off protests in Tahiti On September 5, 1995, the French government launched the first in a series of nuclear tests at Moruroa Atoll in the Pacific. Rioting and protests erupted in the Tahitian capital of Papeete in response, where one-third of the population was unemployed.

WSWS (2020-08-31). Radioactive: The pioneering efforts of physicist and chemist Marie Curie. wsws.org Marie Curie (1867-1934) was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, and the first person and only woman to win it twice. Her life and work are the subject matter of Iranian-born French filmmaker Marjane Satrapi's feature.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Iran voices readiness to assist flood-hit Afghan people. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian expressed Iran's readiness to help flood victims in Afghanistan.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Iran's deputy FM holds talks with Austrian FM in Vienna. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Agu. 31 (MNA) —Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araghchi met and held talks with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg on Monday evening.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Iran, Pakistan emphasize on cooperating in regional forums. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Agu. 31 (MNA) — Iranian and Pakistani Parliament speakers stressed the need to develop and enhance bilateral political, economic, cultural, trade and parliamentary cooperation in regional forums.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Iran registers 1,642 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 1,642 COVID-19 infections and 109 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Niger to prevent UNSC from abusing US unilateralism: Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep.01 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Niger will prevent abuse of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for US unilateralism.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Police bust over 1.3 tons of drugs in eastern Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — Iranian anti-narcotic forces have captured over 1.3 tons of opium in the eastern province of Khorasan Razavi.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Iranians for Iranians against pandemic in Muharram. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — Iranian society is experiencing new trends under the coronavirus pandemic and in Muharram, the most significant of which is the increasing people's support for each other and their cooperation on improving their livelihood.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Persian Restaurants in New Mexico. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — The restaurant concept is defined by business model and restaurant theme, style of service, cuisine, interior design, and price point. One of these concepts is catering restaurants.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Iran strengthens border security with modern equipment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — Commander of the Border Guard of the NAJA said that the forces have been equipped with modern tools to strengthen border security.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Pursuing Gen. Soleimani's assassination case high on agenda. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — Iran's Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raeisi said that his body considers the case of Lieutenant General Soleimani's assassination as a priority to deal with.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Shalamcheh border crossing resumes operation after short halt. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — Shalamcheh border crossing, which connects Iran's southwestern Khuzestan province to Basra in Iraq, resumed trade operation on Monday morning after a temporary halt last week.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Air defense providing major security of borders of Iran's sky. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — Head of Iran's Passive Defense Organization said that Air Defense Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran is tasked with providing major security of borders of Iranian sky.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Iran's Zarif Blasts Washington's 'All Options on the Table' Approach to Own Citizens in Portland. sputniknews.com Portland became an epicenter of protests against police brutality and racism in the wake of the killing of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis in late May. The West Coast city has also been a major flashpoint for violence between rioting demonstrators, local police, federal law enforcement, and more recently, pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Iran Invests in Advanced Drone Technology to Strengthen 'Deterrence Power' – State Media. sputniknews.com Iran's Ministry of Defense is investing in its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to ensure it remains one of the top countries in combat drone development, according to state media.

yenisafak (2020-08-31). Turkey's quaint town Birgi eyes to be must-visit stop. yenisafak.com A historical town in western Turkey craves to be a tourist hub with new projects reviving its nearly 3,000-year-old history.Located in the Odemis district of Izmir on the Aegean coast, Birgi dates back to 750 B.C., according to estimates.With the traces of Phrygian and Lydian civilizations, Persian and Pergamon kingdoms, Roman and Byzantine empires, the Aydinid dynasty, and the Ottoman period, Birgi has been hosting a vibrant social life for thousands of years with its water resources and fertile lands.The historical premises, which succeeded in bringing the architectural texture formed during the time of Aydinid…

Shane Quinn (2020-08-30). Prior to the Cold War: US Nuclear Plans Entailed Blowing Up Hundreds of Chinese, Soviet and Eastern European Cities. globalresearch.ca On 30 August 1945, Major General Lauris Norstad dispatched a document to his superior, General Leslie Groves, outlining a total of 15 "key Soviet cities" to be struck with US atomic weapons.

Monterey Peace and Justice Center (2020-08-30). Saturday 8/29: The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons. indybay.org Monterey Peace & Justice Center YouTube livestream: www.youtube.com/channel/UCP1w-ymh_t13xi8y4WoYK7Q | Or join in the event via Zoom: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k1NGi-bkSaaGulDZ4pUvPw

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Iran marks Ashura with low-key ceremonies over virus. yenisafak.com Iranians marked the annual Ashura ritual with low-key ceremonies on Sunday, amid a coronavirus outbreak in the country.Shia Muslims hold mourning processions, which attract large crowds, on the month of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar, to mark the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, who was killed in a battle in the Iraqi city of Karbala in 680 AD.The day is commonly known as Ashura.All major ceremonies marking the day, however, were canceled this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Iran, one of the first countries in the region to report coronavirus cases in mid-February…

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-08-30). The UAE-Israel Deal: Selling Illusions. thealtworld.com Gulf rulers think they're buying protection against Iran and Turkey, just like the Palestinians bought into the fake promise of independence | Shimon Peres, Israel's shrewd former prime minister, once described the Oslo Accords as Israel's 'greatest invention.' The UAE-Israel agreement due to be formally signed next month can be seen as an equally great and duplicitous 'invention' by its architect Jared Kushner and his mentor Benjamin Netanyahu. | The former agreement, signed in the White House Rose Garden on 13 September 1993, sold the Palestinians the illusion that they would get an independent state on the 196…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-29). Iranian support for Iraqi government 'unconditional'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi expressed the Islamic Republic's "unconditional support" to the Iraqi government, whether Iraq decides to expel US troops or not.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-29). Iran, Italy discuss expansion of ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) — Iranian and Italian ambassadors to Russia held a phone conversation on Friday to discuss ways of boosting bilateral ties.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-29). China's UNSC stance 'actual rejection of US bullying'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) — Iran's ambassador to Beijing hailed China's standing against US bullying policies at the UN, saying such stance has thwarted Washington's unilateralism.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-29). Iran, Austria review security, law enforcement coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) — Iran and Austria have reviewed the bilateral relations in the field of security, police and law enforcement.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-29). Iran to keep pursuing disappearance of Imam Musa al-Sadr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Iran has constantly been pursuing the disappearance of Imam Musa al-Sadr, the founder of the basic core of anti-Zionism resistance in Lebanon, and will keep it on the agenda.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-29). Muharram mourning ceremony at Fatima Masumeh's holy shrine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) — People of Qom, central Iran, convened at the holy shrine of Hazrat Fatima Masumeh on Saturday night to hold mourning ceremonies of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam. The ceremony was held while observing all health protocols.

sputniknews (2020-08-29). Venezuela Reportedly Sends Ship Full of Aluminium to Iran Following Fuel Deliveries From Tehran. sputniknews.com The two countries have been actively cooperating after unilateral US sanctions started affecting their economies. Tehran has namely delivered several shipments to help Caracas restart its massive oil refining industry.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-08-28). Normal Has Failed. Be As Weird As You Like. thealtworld.com Consumerism is unsustainable. Competition is unsustainable. Imperialism is unsustainable. | Our species is standing on the brink of an extinction-level event due to ecosystemic collapse or nuclear war, and it is because of the way that we have lived on this planet up until this point. If we keep moving in this direction we will go the way of the dinosaur in the not-too distant future and take most terrestrial life with us. Maybe even all of it. | The imperfect and immature nature of our newly evolved capacity for language and abstract thought, combined with our social nature as primates, has caused our species to…

Carla Stea (2020-08-28). "Modern Attilla the Hun" Ravages Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iran… China and Russia Block The Momentum, Are They the Next Targets? globalresearch.ca In 1991-1992, just prior to, and following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US gloated over its global supremacy which, of course guaranteed its unfettered dominance of United Nations agencies, the most powerful of which is the UN Security …

Carla Stea (2020-08-28). "Modern Attila the Hun" Ravages Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iran… China and Russia Block The Momentum, Are They the Next Targets? globalresearch.ca In 1991-1992, just prior to, and following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US gloated over its global supremacy which, of course guaranteed its unfettered dominance of United Nations agencies, the most powerful of which is the UN Security …

Comitato No Nato No Guerra (2020-08-28). Appeal to the Leaders of the Nine Nuclear Weapon States. globalresearch.ca Initiative of the No War No NATO Campaign: | We, the people of good will, of all walks of life, living on all continents and professing different creeds and religions, direct your attention to the threat of an all-out nuclear war …

Comitato No Nato No Guerra (2020-08-28). Apelo Aos Dirigentes Dos Nove Estados Detentores De Armas Nucleares (China, Franàßa, Ândia, Israel, Coreia do Norte, Paquistà£o, Rússia, Reino Unido e Estados Unidos da América). globalresearch.ca Nós, pessoas de boa vontade, de todas as etnias e de todas as classes socioeconómicas, a viver em todos os continentes e a professar credos e religiàµes distintas, dirigimos a vossa atenàßà£o para a ameaàßa de uma guerra nuclear total …

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-28). Foreign students' visas to be issued in Sep.: SAO. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 28 (MNA) — According to a statement released by Iran's Students Affairs Organization, visas for foreign students of masters and Ph.D. will be issued from September 6, 2020.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-28). Zarif trying to simplify law for US officials. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 28 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reacted to recent threats of the United States for imposing sanctions against any country that stands against their snapback measures.

Scott Ritter (2020-08-27). US Is Willing to Dismantle the UN Security Council to Put Pressure on Iran. globalresearch.ca In a world where American exceptionalism and unilateralism has become common currency, the brazenness of Secretary of State Pompeo's bid to impose "snap back" inspections of Iran takes the cake. Moreover, it's doomed to fail. | When it comes to …

_____ (2020-08-27). Lebanon: Inconvenient Truths About Syria, Iran, Hezbollah And The Shia 'Street'. popularresistance.org There's been a lot of nonsense passing as truth in post-blast Lebanon reporting. Most centers around alarmism about Hezbollah's nefarious influence, the West's "opportunity" to destroy it, and the supposed struggle with Russia, China, and Iran for paternalist-preeminence in a country that isn't ours (or theirs) to preside over in the first place. There's little discussion in most mainstream reporting on the minor matter of why Hezbollah gained influence in the first place. Shia Muslims are difficult to provoke and almost impossible to suppress once aroused. Long led by a more "quietist" strand of conservative, ap…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-27). Iran, Turkmenistan stress expanding trade, transit coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 27 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkmenistan called for broadening and developing trade and transit cooperation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-27). China welcomes Iran-IAEA agreement: FM. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 27 (MNA) — China welcomed and applauded that the IAEA and Iran reached an agreement on the resolution of the safeguards implementation issues after friendly consultations.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-27). Germany seeking to impose arms embargo on Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 27 (MNA) — Leveling accusations against Iran, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas pointed to efforts to impose an arms embargo against the Islamic Republic in the future.