2020-09-18: News Headlines

John Laforge (2020-09-18). Germany: US Nuclear Weapons Shamed in Nationwide Debate. counterpunch.org We need a broad public debate … about the sense and nonsense of nuclear deterrence. —Rolf Mutzenich, German Social Democratic Party Leader Public criticism of the US nuclear weapons deployed in Germany bloomed into a vigorous nationwide debate this past spring and summer focused on the controversial scheme known diplomatically as "nuclear sharing" or "nuclear

Mitchell Plitnick (2020-09-18). Israel, the UAE, & Bahrain Didn't Sign Peace Deals, They're Military Alliances to Counter Iran. globalresearch.ca Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in Washington on Tuesday. Brokered by the Trump administration, these deals represent two of the most broadly popular developments for both Trump and Netanyahu in many …

MEE correspondent (2020-09-17). Iranian press review: Execution of wrestler Navid Afkari sparks outrage. middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Execution of wrestler Navid Afkari sparks outrage | Meanwhile, candidates bribed officials to facilitate vetting process in parliamentary elections and the education minister is under fire for excluding girls from a textbook image
| Thu, 09/17/2020 – 11: 30 | A woman holds a portrait of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari during a demonstration on the Dam Square in…

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…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-17). The magic and allure of Persian poetry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — Today is the National Day of Persian Poetry and a good opportunity to learn more about some of the greatest Persian poets with their lasting influence on Persian language and rising popularity across the world.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-17). Iran urges termination of foreign interference in Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Pakistan underlined the significance of putting an end to all sorts of external interventions in Afghanistan.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-17). Army, IRGC ready to give decisive response to any threat. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — Commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari says any threat against Iran's interests or security will draw a decisive response by the Iranian armed forces.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-17). 'Israel-firsters betray their own people for votes'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — In a tweet on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammd Javad Zarif named US President as an 'Israel-firster' who has betrayed Americans just for votes.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-17). UAE, Bahrain's ties with Zionists part of US pres. campaign. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — Iranian parliament speaker's adviser for international affairs said The UAE and Bahrain's normalization of ties with the Israeli regime is part of a broader plot linked to the US president's reelection campaign.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-17). Iran condemns attack on diplomatic vehicles in Baghdad. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzade on Wednesday deplored attack on convoy of diplomatic vehicles in Baghdad.

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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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.

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). 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). 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). 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.

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.

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…

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). 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). "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). 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). 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). 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.

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.

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