2020-10-08: News Headlines

Suadad al-Salhy (2020-10-08). 'War is imminent': Iraq's Kadhimi moves to fend off US threat to target pro-Iran groups. middleeasteye.net 'War is imminent': Iraq's Kadhimi moves to fend off US threat to target pro-Iran groups | Iraqi government scrambling to head off threatened closure of US embassy in Baghdad amid fears move could lead to political and economic collapse | Thu, 10/08/2020 – 14: 07 | Iraqi security forces stand guard in front of the US embassy in Baghdad in January 2020 (AFP) | The United States has drawn up a l…

Ali Harb (2020-10-08). US elections: Four Middle East moments from Harris-Pence debate. middleeasteye.net US elections: Four Middle East moments from Harris-Pence debate | Kamala Harris and Mike Pence discussed US policy on Iran, Israel and Palestine in the first and only vice presidential debate | Thu, 10/08/2020 – 07: 11 | Plexiglass separated the two candidates on Wednesday amid coronavirus concerns (AFP) | If political debates were a sport, US vice presidential debates would be a game between the reserve teams.

_____ (2020-10-08). Fishermen Oppose 'Catastrophic' Release Of Fukushima Water To Ocean. popularresistance.org Tokyo – Japanese fish industry representatives on Thursday urged the government not to allow the release at sea of tonnes of contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant, saying it would undo years of work to restore their reputation. | Tokyo Electric has collected more than a million tonnes of contaminated water since the plant was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. | The water is stored in huge tanks that crowd the site and it says it will run out of storage room by 2022.

_____ (2020-10-08). The Rebellious Emirate of the UAE: Ras al Khaimah. strategic-culture.org Israel may view the United Arab Emirates as one of its few allies in the Arab World. However, the UAE's embrace of Israel does not enjoy universal support in the seven emirates that make up the oil-rich federation. One of the constituent emirates, Ras al Khaimah — sometimes referred to merely as "RAK" — has had a stormy relationship with the chief emirate in the unequal federation, Abu Dhabi. Israel and the Donald Trump administration may believe that the UAE is part and parcel of the Washington-Jerusalem security bulwark against Iran, but Ras al Khaimah has always marched to its own beat from the ver…

Staff (2020-10-07). Headlines for October 7, 2020. democracynow.org Stephen Miller Tests Positive for COVID-19 as Top Pentagon Generals Quarantine, Rudy Giuliani Coughs Through TV Interview While Awaiting Coronavirus Test Result, White House Refuses Contact Tracing Help as Trump Puts Residence Staff at Risk of COVID-19, Two Presidential Valets Who Carry Nuclear Launch Codes Test Positive for Coronavirus, Six States Report Record Hospitalizations as U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Nears 211,000, Trump Calls Off Stimulus Talks, Then Reverses Course in Erratic Series of Tweets, Facebook, Twitter Crack Down on Trump's False Claim COVID-19 Is Less Lethal Than Flu, FDA to Require Two Month Sa…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Parl. consultation peaceful way to resolve Karabakh conflict. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — The Chairman of the Executive Council of the World IPU in Iran's Parliament, in his letter to the IPU President, named Parliamentary consultations as a proper way for a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Iran records highest COVID-19 death toll since outbreak. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran hit a high record on Wednesday as 239 new deaths were registered over the past 24 hours, the highest since the virus outbreak in the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Asalem to Khalkhal, spectacular forest road in Iran. en.mehrnews.com KHALKHAL, Oct. 07 (MNA) — Asalem to Khalkhal Road in northern Iran's Gilan province is a spectacular and eye-catching road which enjoys a beautiful nature attracting many enthusiasts every year.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Agreement between Iran, IAEA, 'a shining moment in diplomacy'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that recent agreement made between Iran and IAEA is a shining and brilliant moment in diplomacy.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). 'Preserving JCPOA strategic to EU security'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell said on Wednesday that preserving Iran nuclear deal (JCPAO) is strategic to EU security.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Iran futsal team defeats Uzbekistan in friendly. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — Iran national futsal team beat Uzbekistan in a friendly match on Wednesday evening in the capital city Tashkent.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Relating Yemen war to Iran, another American fallacy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — The chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen dismissed the speculations relating the Yemen war to the US' pressure campaign on Iran, saying this is transparently another fallacy by the Americans.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Astonishing scenery of autumn in Hyrcanian forests. en.mehrnews.com GORGAN, Dec. 04 (MNA) — As the autumn comes, Hyrcanian forests in Golestan province, northern Iran, reveal part of their impressive beauties in a festival of colors.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Iran has a straight line to Antarctica: Roads min. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development said that Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the rare countries in the region in terms of accessing to the sea and a straight line to Antarctica.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). US keeps repeating empty offers of aid: FM spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the US keeps repeating empty offers of aid and urged Washington to stop blocking Iranian people's right to use their own money frozen in Korea, Iraq, and Japan.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). 23 export brokers serving Iran's knowledge-based firms. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 06 (MNA) — An official in Vice Presidency for Science and Technology noted that 23 export brokers have been launched in more than 18 countries to pave the way for Iranian knowledge-based firms to export their products.

Alan MacLeod (2020-10-06). Abraham Accord: Experts Warn Trump Peace Deal a Precursor to War with Iran. thealtworld.com Experts warn that the Accord is motivated by a desire to secure a united front against Iran for a potential future war — a conflict that would likely make Iraq and Afghanistan look mild by comparison. | MPN— On paper at least, last month's U.S.-sponsored agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were all about peace. But behind the headlines, a darker, much more worrying picture of regional alliances, weapons deals, destabilization campaigns, and messianic prophecies emerge. | The Abraham Accord, as it is known, is likely to expand the power of Gulf dictatorships and increase the…

MEE staff (2020-10-06). US court orders Iran to pay $1.4bn in damages to missing ex-FBI agent's family. middleeasteye.net US court orders Iran to pay $1.4bn in damages to missing ex-FBI agent's family | Robert Levinson, who was on unauthorised CIA mission, disappeared in 2007 after flying from Dubai to Iran's Kish Island | Tue, 10/06/2020 – 15: 43 | Levinson's family welcomed the ruling in a statement (AFP) | A United States court has ordered the Iranian government to pay more than $1.4bn in damages to the family of a former FBI…

news.un (2020-10-06). UN rights chief urges Iran to release jailed human rights defenders, citing COVID-19 risk. news.un.org The top UN rights official has called on Iran to release imprisoned human rights defenders, lawyers and political prisoners, citing deep concerns over their situation and heightened risk of contracting COVID-19.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-06). Iran update: 227 deaths, 4,151 new infections in 24h. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 06 (MNA) — The daily count of COVID-19 infections in Iran reached 4,151 on Tuesday, bringing the total cases to 479,825, according to the Health Ministry.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-06). Alireza Ghezili appointed as new amb. to Mexico. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 06 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry has appointed Alireza Ghezili as the new Ambassador to Mexico.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-06). Iran among top 10 countries in radar construction: IRGC cmdr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 06 (MNA) — Commander of Islamic Revolution Guard Corps Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said that if there are 20 countries in the world that construct radar, Iran is definitely among the top 10 countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-06). Iran to be pioneer cheap gasoline, petchem products producer. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — Researchers at Amirkabir University of Technology have succeeded to produce gasoline and petrochemical products with natural gas via a very cheap method.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-06). 22nd Iran Intl. Steel Exhibition kicks off in Kish. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 06 (MNA) — The 22nd edition of Iran International Steel Exhibition dubbed "Annual Steel Symposium" was inaugurated in Kish Island on Tue. with the participation of 254 domestic and foreign companies and will run for three days.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-06). Others should not become complicit in US inhumane actions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 06 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that other countries should not cooperate with the United States in its 'inhuman' policies against Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-06). Iran ready to expand media cooperation with Russia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 06 (MNA) — Foreign Ministry Spox expressed Iran's tendency for expanding media cooperation with Russia on Tuesday, underlining the significance of intellectual and media cooperation between the two sides to counter US media conspiracies.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-06). Iranian Lawyers in Canada, US. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07(MNA) — Ones who intend to immigrate must first give all work to a qualified lawyer to follow immigration laws.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-06). US at war with Iran since Islamic Revolution victory: MP. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — An Iranian lawmaker noted that since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the US has been at war with Iran in various fields of economic and military ones.

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-06). A Ghedi si prepara la nuova base per gli F-35 nucleari. globalresearch.ca Nell'aeroporto militare di Ghedi (Brescia) stanno iniziando i lavori per realizzare la principale base operativa dei caccia F-35A dell'Aeronautica italiana armati di bombe nucleari. La Matarrese spa di Bari, che si è aggiudicata l'appalto con un'offerta di 91 milioni di …

MEE staff (2020-10-05). A Biden victory will be 'bad' for Israel, Gulf states, US envoy claims. middleeasteye.net A Biden victory will be 'bad' for Israel, Gulf states, US envoy claims | US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman says if Joe Biden wins presidential election, it would damage Trump's efforts to subdue Iran | Mon, 10/05/2020 – 15: 57 | US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks during a briefing at the White House on 13 August 2020 (AFP/File photo) | The US ambassador to Israel has said a victory for Joe Bide…

WSWS (2020-10-05). Foreword to 30 Years of War, the German edition of David North's A Quarter Century of War. wsws.org After three decades of US-led wars, the outbreak of a third world war, whichwould be fought with nuclear weapons, is an imminent and concrete danger. Based on a thorough understanding of the wars of the past three decades and the socioeconomic and political processes in which they were rooted, this book develops a socialist perspective for the struggle against war.

Manuela Solé (2020-10-05). Venezuela Announces New Fuel Scheme as Iranian Gasoline Arrives. globalresearch.ca A second Iranian convoy of tankers is arriving in Venezuela this week with over 800,000 barrels of gasoline. | Forest, Faxon and Fortune ships will be discharging the fuel shipments in the El Palito and Paraguana refinery ports over the coming …

_____ (2020-10-05). UN Nuclear Ban Treaty Likely To Enter Force Early Next Year. popularresistance.org Above photo: From In Depth News. New York -A U.N.-adopted nuclear ban treaty is likely to enter into force early next year as the number of signatories is anticipated to reach the needed threshold of 50 soon, possibly later this month, a diplomatic source said Friday. According to the source and the International Campaign to …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-05). Agriculture minister's trip to S. Khorasan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 05 (MNA) — In his trip to South Khorasan province, the Iranian Minister of Agriculture Kazem Khavazi paid visits to an ostrich farming complex and a greenhouse complex and took part in a symposium with agricultural elites and activists.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-05). Iranian Doctors in US, Canada. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 05 (MNA) — Iranians are among the most talented nations in the world in medical sciences. They have proven that the best results can be achieved by relying on Iranian intelligence and round-the-clock efforts.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-05). 'Gelak' wins at San Francisco Intl. FilmFest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 06 (MNA) — Iranian short documentary film, 'Gelak' directed by Siroos Kaffash, won the best documentary film award at the 13th San Francisco Iranian Film Festival.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-05). Persian Restaurants in Canada. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 05 (MNA) — Restaurants have long been a place for friends and family for gatherings.