2020-09-29: News Headlines

MEE and agencies (2020-09-29). Iran rejects Saudi accusation it trained terrorist cell uncovered in kingdom. middleeasteye.net Iran rejects Saudi accusation it trained terrorist cell uncovered in kingdom | Riyadh says it arrested 10 people earlier this month and seized weapons and explosives from the group | Tue, 09/29/2020 – 12: 24 | Saudi Arabia said the cell had received training from Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (Reuters) | Iran rejected on Tuesday an accusation by Saudi Arabia that it had t…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-29). Three IRGC soldiers martyred in SE Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 29 (MNA) — The Quds Headquarters of IRGC ground forces announced that three of its forces have been martyred near Nikshahr County in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-29). Rouhani hails Denmark' stance over JCPOA at UNSC. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 29 (MNA) — Hailing Denmark's constructive stance in favor of JCPOA at UN Security Council, the Iranian President expressed hope that Iran-Denmark expand relations in the field of trade, economic, and technology.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-29). Terrorists' defeat in Syria like Liberation of Khorramshahr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 29 (MNA) — Hailing Iran's recent victories at the international level, the Commander of Iran Air Force likened the failure of the terrorist group in Syria to the victory of Iran in liberating Khorramshahr during the Imposed War.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-29). Iranian envoy meets Omani deputy FM. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 29 (MNA) — Iranian ambassador Ali Najafi met and held talks with the Deputy Foreign Minister for Diplomatic Affairs in the Sultanate of Oman Sheikh Khalifa bin Ali Al-Harthi in Muscat on Monday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-29). New industry min. gets vote of confidence from Parliament. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 29 (MNA) — Members of the Iranian Parliament gave their vote of confidence to Alireza Razm Hosseini as the new Minister of Industry, Mines, and Trade.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-29). Rouhani urges Europe to maintain economic relations with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 29 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged Europe not to allow US illegal and unilateral sanctions to affect its economic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-29). Iraqis' resistance against ISIL outcome of Sistani's wisodom. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 29 (MNA) — IRGC Quds Force Commander Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani said the resistance of Iraqi people against the ISIL is a result of the wisdom of Iraq's most prominent Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

_____ (2020-09-28). Iran Has Been 'Resanctioned' but Do Sanctions Actually Work? strategic-culture.org The Trump administration is seeking international support to turn back the clock on

South Front (2020-09-28). Video: US Is Preparing Military Response to Wave of Iranian-backed Attacks on Its Forces in Iraq. globalresearch.ca Over the past months, attacks on convoys of the US-led coalition moving military equipment and supplies have become an ordinary development in Iraq. Local Iranian-backed resistance groups demanding a US military withdrawal from the country have conducted over two dozen …

Elijah Magnier (2020-09-28). La Russie et l'Iran en Syrie : l'Iran se prépare à la frontière israélienne. thealtworld.com On a beaucoup parlé de conflit d'intérêts entre Russes et Iraniens en Syrie, dont les priorités et les objectifs divergeraient, notamment en ce qui concerne le déploiement des forces iraniennes dans différentes provinces syriennes, en particulier dans la zone au sud de la Syrie bordant le plateau du Golan occupé par Israà´l. En réalité, les différents acteurs acceptent les désaccords tacites tant qu'ils ne nuisent pas à leurs principaux objectifs. Cependant, l'Iran semble avoir décidé de prendre des mesures d'escalade en Syrie qui devraient soulever des inquiétudes en Israà´l. Ces mesures sont envisag…

Editor (2020-09-28). Discredited Russian Bounty Story Exposes Media's Role in Status Quo. scheerpost.com By Maj. (ret.) Danny Sjursen / Original to Scheerpost It is an old journalistic trope: no one reads the correction … or the retraction. No matter how serious the error or profound the implications of the misreporting. Like, let's say the entire range of mainstream media took the word of unnamed intelligence sources as gospel and reported that the only other nuclear superpower — which supposedly… |

WSWS (2020-09-28). Armenian-Azeri conflict erupts in Caucasus, threatening wider war. wsws.org A war could spiral out of control and escalate into a broader conflict between Russia, Turkey and other NATO states, potentially involving nuclear weapons.

Elijah Magnier (2020-09-28). Russia and Iran in Syria; Iran prepares a move on the Israeli borders. thealtworld.com There has been a lot of talk about a Russian-Iranian conflict of interest in Syria and the differences of priorities, goals, and about the deployment of the Iranian forces in different Syrian provinces, in particular in the south of Syria bordering the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. In reality, there are organised disagreements which the various players have accepted without this necessarily affecting their primary objectives. However, Iran seems to have decided to take more escalatory steps in Syria that are expected to cause concern in Israel. This step follows the normalisation of the Emirates and Bahrein rel…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Assassinating top gen., proof of strengthening US terrorism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei said that assassination of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lt. Gen. Soleimani is a proof of strengthening of terrorism by the US.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Governor Generals' meeting at Interior Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 29 (MNA) —The meeting of Governor generals across the country held at a venue in the Ministry of Interior on Monday in the presence of Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Iran marks National Day of Rumi, greatest mystical poet. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 29 (MNA) — Mehr 8 in the Iranian calendar corresponding with September 29 this year is considered a significant cultural event for Iranians to commemorate the prominent Iranian poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi who is known to everyone.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). New development in region to end to detriment of Israelis. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs said that the new trend and development is taking shape in the region which will end to the detriment of the Zionist regime.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Iran backs peaceful stability of all ethnic groups in Bosnia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — Iranian ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina said that Islamic Republic of Iran supports the amicable coexistence, integrity and stability of all ethnic groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Iranian documentary honored at US MLFF. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — Iranian documentary 'Democracy on the Road of Saveh" directed by Touraj Kalantari received an honorary reward in the 2020 Mammoth Lakes Film Festival.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Trump using 'small' countries to rescue US out of troubles. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — An official with the Leader's office said that US President Donald Trump is taking advantage of some Persian Gulf states to gain votes in the upcoming election.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Ayatollah Sistani fortress of Iraq, safety valve for region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif in a Monday tweet in Arabic appreciated the role of Iraq's most prominent Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in establishing stability and security in Iraq.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Indian animator awarded in 16th Resistance Int. Film Fest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — "The Saviour" by Arjun Mukherjee from India managed to snatch the Iran's 16th Resistance International Film Festival's "Health Defenders" Section's trophy and diploma of honour.

sputniknews (2020-09-28). US Plan Seeks to Isolate Iran From Global Financial System – Reports. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US administration is considering sanctioning Iran's entire financial system to cut it off from the outside world, Bloomberg news agency reported.

sputniknews (2020-09-28). Despite Calls to Support Armenia, India Should Take Its Cues from Russia, Analysts Say. sputniknews.com Both Azerbaijan and Armenia have blamed each other for triggering the latest round of hostilities over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which has been disputed between the two countries since the 1980s. Major powers, including Russia, Iran, and the US, have called for defusing the tensions. Turkey, on the other hand, has backed Azerbaijan.

yenisafak (2020-09-28). Iranian ships conduct illegal fishing off Yemen coast. yenisafak.com "The illegal fishing by these Iranian ships constitutes a blatant assault on the Yemeni sovereignty," Fahad Kafain said on Twitter. | Kafain called on the international community to intervene to "halt Iran's destructive role" in Yemen, going on to call for a stronger coordination between the Yemeni government and the Saudi-led coalition to "counter Iran's violations and prevent tampering with the Yemeni waters and resources". | There was no immediate comment from the Iranian authorities on the accusations. | Yemen has been devastated by a conflict that escalated in September 2014 after Iran-aligned Houthi rebe…

yenisafak (2020-09-28). Iran reports 190 more virus deaths, over 3,500 new cases. yenisafak.com At least 190 more coronavirus-related fatalities have raised the death toll in Iran to 25,779, the country's Health Ministry said on Monday. | Some 3,512 more people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, pushing the overall count up to 449,960, ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said. | She added that 376,531 patients have recovered so far, while 4,068 are hospitalized in critical condition. | Some 30 of Iran's 31 provinces are in the red zone with high risk of coronavirus, Lari warned. | Iran is struggling to contain the pandemic since February when the first cases were confirmed in the city of…

Nick Turse (2020-09-28). How a News Report on Hiroshima Helped Prevent Nuclear War. thenation.com How a News Report on Hiroshima Helped Prevent Nuclear War…

_____ (2020-09-27). RIP Andre Vltchek: 'Western Imperialism Is World's Biggest Problem'. popularresistance.org André traveled relentlessly from one battle field to another, from one conflict zone to a war zone. He exposed innumerable atrocities committed around the world, mostly by western powers. He never wavered from revealing the truth. From Afghanistan to Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan to Argentina, Chile, Peru to Hong Kong, to Xinjiang, the Uygur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China — André was there.

Scott Ritter (2020-09-27). In refusing to extend New START, the US puts the world on the path of collective suicide. zcomm.org The US has embraced the notion that American security is predicated on a new generation of nuclear weaponry unconstrained by the limitations imposed by arms control agreements…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). 1,377 new COVID-19 cases hospitalized in 24h. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 1,377 of the 3,362 new confirmed COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours have been hospitalized.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). "Rasoul's Sign" presented to Iranian composer Majid Entezami. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — The "Rasoul's Sign" memorial of the 16th Resistance International Film Festival was presented to maestro Majid Entezami who has composed music for over 80 movies, the Sacred Defense films in particular.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). Iranian FM sympathizes with Ukraine over plane crash. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh on Sun. expressed his sympathy with the people and government of Ukraine over the plane crash.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). 3 veteran Iranian artists honored at Resistance film fest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) —Concurrent with the closing ceremony of the 16th Resistance International Film Festival, three veteran Iranian artists including Jamshid Hashempour, Jamal Shorjeh, Mohsen Ali Akbari, were honored.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). Zarif urges Azerbaijan, Armenia to self-restraint, ceasefire. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister called on Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia to self-restraint and ceasefire over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). Open session of Iran's Parliament on Sunday. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — Presided by the Iranian Parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, the open session of Iran' Parliament held on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). Iran closely monitoring alarming violence in Nagorno-Karabakh. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Islamic Republic of Iran is closely monitoring the alarming violence in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). Tehran hosts closing ceremony of 'Resistance Intl. Filmfest.'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — The closing ceremony of Iran's 16th Resistance International Film Festival held in Tehran's Sacred Defense Garden on Sunday attended by several high-ranking officials and cinematic figures.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). Iran, Iraq poised to broaden bilateral defense coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq explored avenues for broadening and enhancing bilateral ties in the defense field.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). Industry min. can play a key role in solving economic problem. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade can play a very constructive and leading role in solving economic problems overshadowing the country effectively in the current situation.

sputniknews (2020-09-27). Iran's Rouhani Urges All Mideast Nations Hosting US Forces to Expel Them. sputniknews.com Washington beefed up its military presence near Iran earlier this month, deploying a carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf in a move one senior Iranian commander has called "theatrics." At the same time, the US has been gradually paring down its permanent troop presence in Iraq amid constant attacks on its interests.

Frida Berrigan (2020-09-27). After 4 Decades of Plowshares Actions, It's Nuclear Warfare that Should Be on Trial — Not Activists. commondreams.org Phil Berrigan in front of a "wreckage of war" die-in at the River Entrance. Frida is half-visible behind to the left. Photo taken by Rick Reinhard on December 30, 1996. The banner reads, "The Pentagon Product Is War: Shut It Down." (Photo via Frida Berrigan) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/wreckageofwar.jpg

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-09-26). Renewed Scrutiny of US Nuclear Weapons Stockpile as Campaigners Mark Day to Rid World of 'Tools of Mass Human Death and Suffering'. commondreams.org "There is no cure for a nuclear war. Prevention is our only option." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/2020-day-elimination-nuclear-weapons.jpg

Juan Cole (2020-09-26). Russia tells Trump to Jump in Lake. zcomm.org Commits 80,000 Personnel to War drill alongside Iran, China…

teleSUR, ce (2020-09-26). International Peace Forum Opposes US-Led New Cold War on China. telesurenglish.net Peace activists from China, the US, Britain, South Africa, India, Morocco, Bolivia and Belgium have come together for an international forum to discuss the US-led New Cold War and how to oppose it. | RELATED: | The event, organized by the No Cold War campaign, was chaired by Vijay Prashad, Director of the Tricontinental Institute and Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. | Deputy General Se…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Iranian, Iraqi FMs hold meeting in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met and held talks with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein on Saturday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Kuwait calls for dialogue between Iran, Arab states. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Kuwait's Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah urged Iran and Arab countries to dialogue in order to end tensions in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Iran, UN official discuss latest developments in Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister's Senior Assistant for Special Political Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji held a phone talk with the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen on the latest developments in Syria.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). AEOI promoting use of nuclear tech. in determined manner. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that it is pursuing and promoting the use of nuclear technology in a precise and determined manner.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Iran's Army not worried about regional threats: Pourdastan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — The Head of Army's Strategic Studies Center said that Iran's Army is not worried about the regional threats.