2020-09-17: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-17). Trump Regime Illegally Imposing Snapback Sanctions and Arms Embargo on Iran. globalresearch.ca In defiance of world community sentiment and SC Res. 2231 — that's binding international and US constitutional law — the Trump regime will unilaterally reimpose sanctions on Iran that were lifted when the JCPOA took effect. | According to Trump regime …

Ricardo Vaz (2020-09-17). Venezuelan Oil Production Continues Slump as Iran Steps Up Cooperation. venezuelanalysis.com A recent Iranian condensate shipment will boost oil blending operations.

Stansfield Smith (2020-09-17). Why the US Can Keep Increasing its Debt and not Suffer Inflation (Part 2). dissidentvoice.org The US Still Dominates the World Economy The US ruling class has dominated the planet since the end of World War II. Key elements of this control include its military superiority in nuclear and conventional weapons, and the stationing of over 900 military bases around the world. In addition, the US presides over the United …

_____ (2020-09-17). Less Than Two Minutes to Midnight — and Getting Closer. strategic-culture.org On January 23 this year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists set their famous "Doomsday Clock" at 100 seconds to midnight — midnight signifying the outbreak of thermonuclear world war. In the 73 years since the famed and fearful symbol was first created in 1947, this setting was — and remains — the closest to Armageddon this supreme symbol of warning to the world has ever been set. | Yet were the Doomsday Clock to be reset today, eight months after that last announcement, the time gap to midnight would have to be further reduced, perhaps to a little more than one minute, but not by much [mdash…

Steven Sahiounie (2020-09-16). Israeli-Arab Re-election Gift to Trump. globalresearch.ca President Trump hosts a signing ceremony today in Washington which joins Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Israel in the 'Abraham Accord' which establishes full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Persian Gulf monarchies, and portends the possibility that other …

WSWS (2020-09-16). Trump stages sham Mideast "peace" ceremony on White House lawn. wsws.org The overriding significance of the Israel-UAE-Bahrain accords is the further consolidation of a US-led anti-Iran axis in the Middle East.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). Parl. hails massive Zolfaghar-99 war game. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) — In a statement on Wednesday, the Iranian Parliament hailed the recent Grand Zolfaghar-99 military exercise, staged by the Army.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). Tehran,Geneva discuss boosting coop. via joint museums. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) —The Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage and Swiss envoy to Tehran agreed on boosting ties in the fields of joint museum exhibitions and tourism, as well as supporting the intellectual property of Iranian traditional arts.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). VIDEO: Ranger slakes thirst of poisonous snake in C Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — Rangers in Yazd province encounter a thirsty Persian horned viper and slake its thirst using freshwater.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). Pompeo seeking to restore Trump's destroyed credibility. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Pompeo is seeking to restore Trump regime's destroyed credibility due to its failure in maximum pressure policy against Tehran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). 410,334 infected by, 352,019 recovered from COVID-19 in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) — Iran's Health Ministry announced on Wednesday that the number of coronavirus cases has hit 410,334 in the country, while 352,019 have so far recovered from the disease.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). Hands stained with Iranians' blood to end in cemetery. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani in tweet addressing US Trump said those who have bloods of the Iranian children on their hands will end in cemetery, as did Saddam.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). US think tank under pressure due to hosting FM Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) — US administration claimed that the Council on Foreign Relations has violated US law due to planning to host Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif next Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). Shahriar's death anniv. honored as Day of Persian Poetry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — September 18 is the death anniversary of Seyed Mohammad-Hossein Behjat-Tabrizi, better known by his pen-name Shahriar (1906-1988), who was a prominent Iranian poet.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). Iran-Venezuela ties offering anti-unilateralism model: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) — Stating that the hegemony of the US is over, Venezuela's Ambassador to Tehran told Mehr News Agency that the Iran-Venezuela relations are conveying a message to other countries that they can counter the unilateralism too.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). Iran's steel production 10% above global average in 2020 H1. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — Deputy Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Khodadad Gharibpour said on Wednesday that steel production in Iran during the first 6 months of 2020 has bee 10 percent higher than the global average.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). UNODC attaches importance on Iran' counter narcotic messures. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) — Hailing Iran's performance in the fight against narcotics, the Executive Director of UNODC expressed readiness to cooperate with Iran in the restitution of criminal's properties who have fled Iran into western countries.

sputniknews (2020-09-16). $400 Billion Deal Between Iran-China Does Not Impact Our Ties with Tehran: Indian Foreign Minister. sputniknews.com Murmurs of a potential $400 billion trade and military deal between Beijing and Tehran have reached New Delhi. As China and India continue to have estranged relations, Beijing's growing influence in the strategically-important Iran is being seen as a matter of concern by the Indian opposition.

sputniknews (2020-09-15). Hezbollah Says Military Resistance Is Main Means for Liberating Palestine, Reports Claim. sputniknews.com The announcement followed the Abraham Accords signed by UAE and Bahrain with Israel at the White House, which were negatively met both by the Palestinian authorities and Iran.

Robert Fantina (2020-09-15). Iran, the United States and False Flags. globalresearch.ca United States' government spokespeople are forever demonizing Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has proclaimed that Iran is the

Tsvetana Paraskova (2020-09-15). Iran to Link Its Power Grid to Russia, Azerbaijan. globalresearch.ca Iran's electricity grid will be connected with Russia and Azerbaijan in a few months, once grid compatibility studies are completed, Iran's Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian Iran's power grid could be linked and synchronized to connect with other …

Shane Quinn (2020-09-15). US Planned Nuclear Attacks on Every City in the USSR and China. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in 2018. | In mid-December 1960, a conference was held at Strategic Air Command headquarters near Omaha, Nebraska, to outline America's nuclear war strategy. During the meeting, plans were revealed whereby Moscow alone would be hit …

teleSUR (2020-09-15). Trump Warns Iran About Retaliatory Attack If It Hurts Diplomat. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump Monday warned that his government would respond to any attack made by Iran with another attack 1,000 times stronger. | RELATED: | His threat came after Iran allegedly said that they will kill the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks, in response to General Qasem Soleimani's murder early this year. | "Iran may be planning an assassination, or other attacks, against the U.S. in retaliation for th…

teleSUR (2020-09-15). Russia's COVID-19 Vaccine Could Be Distributed in Saudi Arabia. telesurenglish.net The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi Chemical Holding Co. so that the COVID-19 Sputnik V vaccine can be developed in Saudi Arabia, the country most affected by the pandemic in the Persian Gulf. | RELATED: | For the Russian vaccine to be used in that nation, the Saudi company must locally register Sputnik V and its clinical studies. | Authorizations for its…

No Nukes Action (2020-09-15). On Tenth Year Of Fukushima, The Olympics & The Resignation Of Abe. indybay.org No Nukes Action hosts a panel with anti-nuclear activists, unionists and a journalist in Japan about the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Olympics and the resignation of Abe. It also presents a new videos from Fukushima tens years after the meltdowns.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-15). All countries must take all possible measures to save JCPOA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) — Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres called on countries to take all possible measures to safeguard Iran's nuclear deal entitled "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA".

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-15). Gas industry mobilized for sustained supply in winter. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) — National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) and all its subsidiaries have been working in the past few months to ensure the sustained supply of gas during the cold season.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-15). Iran ready for any assistance to peace process in Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran has voiced its readiness for any assistance to the peace process in neighboring Afghanistan.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-15). "Shabab al-Moqawama" International Conference in Qom. en.mehrnews.com QOM, Sep. 16 (MNA) — The 7th International Conference of the "Shabab al-Moqawama" with the topic of the strategies for confronting Zionism was held in the conference hall of the Dar al-Shifa seminary in Qom, Iran on Monday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-15). EU claims it has complied with its JCPOA commitments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) — the representative of the European Union claimed that the EU has complied with its JCPOA commitments and is concerned over the increase in Iran's uranium stockpile.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-15). Iran reiterates concern on Saudis' secret nuclear activities. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) — Iran has once again expressed its concerns over the "non-transparent" nuclear activities of Saudi Arabia.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-15). Combining theory, practice, a must to localize oil equipment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) —Strengthening domestic production and indigenizing knowledge, technology for producing products and equipment that Iran imports from other countries has become one of the major programs that country is pursuing in recent years.

sputniknews (2020-09-15). Biden Mistakes Iran for Iraq During His Florida Speech. sputniknews.com Earlier in the month, President Donald Trump claimed that Joe Biden is "possibly" using drugs in order to improve his debate performances during his election campaign.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-15). Power Politics and Imperial Gambles. counterpunch.org In grand power politics, there are only national interests, not friendships. This is a point often missed on Australia's dedicated Americanophiles. Faith is put in such untestable propositions as extended nuclear deterrence. Faith is also unqualified. Foreign conflicts with US forces are bound to see the company, albeit small, of Australian contingents. When it comes

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-14). Joe Biden's Pro-War History … Vote Independent. globalresearch.ca Businessman Trump is a political novice, a geopolitical know-nothing. | Longtime Washington insider Biden has been active politically since 1973 as a US senator, vice president, and presidential aspirant. | He never met a US war of aggression against a nation threatening …

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-09-14). UAE-Israel Deal: 'Peace-for-Protection'…? globalresearch.ca It was no surprise to hear US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declare at the weekend that the UAE and Israel have agreed to form a security and military alliance against Iran to 'protect' US interests and the Middle East …

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Iranian judge, artists in Italian art tour. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — An art tour titled "Italy in Arte" is underway in Italy with the participation of international artists including two from Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Peace agreements signed between longstanding allies. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Peace agreements' being signed are not between foes but longstanding allies.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). 3rd group of Iranians stranded in Bulgaria return home. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) — A group of Iranian nationals stranded in Bulgaria and other Balkan countries due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, left the country for Tehran on Sunday evening.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Police busts 1.7 ton of drugs in Zahedan. en.mehrnews.com ZAHEDAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) — The police force of Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan have successfully busted 1,674 kilograms of illicit drugs through in a single operation in the southeastern province.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Iran shining in world for achieving isotope enrichment tech. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — The head of the Atomic Energy Organization stated that despite sabotages of the arrogant powers, today, Iran is one of the few countries that have acquired the technology of the enriching the stable isotopes.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). 'All the Time' to go on screen at Busan Intl. FilmFest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Iranian short film, 'All the Time' directed by Shadi Karamroudi, has been accepted into the competition program of the 25th edition of Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Animation sections' jury members of Festivals announced. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Iran's 16th Resistance International Film Festival announced the names of the juries of Festival of Festivals which covers short fiction, video clips and animation sections.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Observe diplomatic etiquette! en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Ali Bagheri, deputy of international affairs of the Judicial System of Iran, strongly condemned the interference of European embassies in Iran's internal affairs and urged them to observe the diplomatic etiquette.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). World must boycott those who only pretend to favor peace. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) —The Commander of Iran Army's University of Command and Staff said that the world should move towards peace, and in this regard, those who are are making a pretense of being adherent to peace should be boycotted.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Iran COVID-19 update: 2,619 cases, 156 deaths in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) — The daily count of COVID-19 infections in Iran reached 2,619 on Monday, bringing the total cases to 404,648, according to the Health Ministry.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Foreign passing flights from Iran's sky hits 13% growth. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Foreign passing flights from Iranian sky in the 5th Iranian month in the current year (from July 21 to August 22) registered a 13.4 percent growth as compared to a month earlier.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). IAEA to inspect second location in Iran later this month. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi said that a complementary access at the second specified location in Iran will take place later this month.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). US always used gullible journalists to sell their folly. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that US warmongers have always used gullible journalists to sell their folly.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Leader to honor Sacred Defense's veterans via videoconference. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — At the threshold of the Sacred Defense Week, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei will deliver a speech on Monday Sept. 21 to honor one million war veterans through videoconference.