2020-10-09: News Headlines

Alan Macleod (2020-10-09). Critics Say New Iran Sanctions Designed To "Choke off Humanitarian Exports" Amid Pandemic. mintpressnews.com The Trump administration's new sanctions on Iran are so wide-reaching that many fear they are meant to directly harm the Iranian people as they struggle to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

_____ (2020-10-09). Trump Administration Imposes Crushing New Sanctions On Iran. popularresistance.org The Trump administration on Thursday imposed a new, crushing round of sanctions that virtually blacklists Iran's entire financial sector – raising concerns it will cut off the country's ability to import humanitarian goods like food and medicine. | Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement that the sanctions, which target 18 banks and penalize foreign institutions that do business with them, are part of efforts to cut down on "illicit access to U.S. dollars" and won't stifle humanitarian efforts.

John Feffer (2020-10-09). Nukes and North Korea: a New Direction. counterpunch.org North Korea's acquisition of nuclear weapons has changed the nuclear balance in Northeast Asia. But it hasn't altered the way politicians and diplomats approach the question of arms control and disarmament in the region. The debate among influencers continues to revolve around two versions of "more of the same." Containment advocates argue that North Korea

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-09). Iran says fresh US sanctions on banking sector are an attempt "to starve its people" peoplesdispatch.org On Thursday, the US treasury department blacklisted 18 major Iranian banks in the latest assault as part of its so-called maximum pressure campaign against the country…

commondreams (2020-10-08). NIAC Condemns New Iran Sanctions That Will Stifle Humanitarian Trade. commondreams.org ______________________________…

MEE correspondent (2020-10-08). Iranian press review: Revolutionary Guard equips speed boats with suicide drones. middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Revolutionary Guard equips speed boats with suicide drones | Meanwhile, the Shahrvand daily interviews a former death row inmate and Iran sets new record for daily coronavirus deaths | Thu, 10/08/2020 – 13: 01 | This handout photo provided by Iran's IRGC official website via SEPAH News on 23 September 2020 shows speed boats carrying drones during a ceremony in Iran…

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.

RT (2020-10-08). US slaps new sanctions on Iran as FBI seizes 92 web domains allegedly used by Tehran to wage 'global disinformation campaign'. rt.com Washington has announced a new sanctions package against Iran, hitting the country's financial sector and targeting 18 major banks. Tehran has branded the move a "crime against humanity" and an attempt to starve the country out. | The new sanctions were announced by the US Treasury Department on Thursday. The move was made to further "isolate the Iranian economy from the global financial system," which the Treasury claimed is necessary to stop Tehran from advancing its alleged "malign agenda." | "Our sanctions programs will continue until Iran stops its support of terrorist activities and ends its nuclear prog…

Paul Haeder (2020-10-08). Eternal Impunity of Capitalism's Crimes. dissidentvoice.org The very idea of War Being a Racket penetrates so deeply into capitalism's flair for murder by a thousand cuts, a thousand miles in a Corvair, a thousand sips from diet Coke, a thousand sucks from Nestle baby formula, a thousand hours on the video screen, a thousand seconds inside the nuclear core, a thousand …

WSWS (2020-10-08). Turkey backs Azeri offensive on Armenia as Russia, Iran warn of escalation. wsws.org The war between Armenia and Azerbaijan threatens to escalate into a regional war involving Russia, Iran, Turkey and the entire NATO alliance.

_____ (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.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-08). COVID-19 infects 4,392, kills 239 people in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 08 (MNA) — The daily count of COVID-19 infections in Iran reached 4,392 on Thursday, bringing the total cases to 488,236, according to the Health Ministry.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-08). Iran's H1 aluminum output tops 200,000 tons. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 08 (MNA) — Iran's aluminum production reached 211,779 tons during the six calendar months to September 21, indicating a 71% hike compared with the similar span of the last year.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-08). Ilam province' handicrafts exports top $1 mn in 6 month. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 08 (MNA) — Director-General of the Ilam province Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Department announced that in the first 6 months of the current Iranian calendar, the Ilam province's handicrafts exports hit over $1 million.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-08). Iranian documentaries shine at 5 Intl. Filmfest. in 1 month. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — According to Iran's House of Documentary, some Iranian documentaries participated in five international events within the time of early September to October 2020 and won awards.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-08). Legendary Iranian singer Shajarian passes away. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 08 (MNA) — Iranian classical singer Mohammad-Reza Shajarian has passed away.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-08). Non-oil exports to Oman via Sirik top 550 tons. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 08 (MNA) — Around 550 tons of non-oil commodities have so far been exported to Oman via the southern Iranian port of Sirik, Hormozgan province.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-08). Pence, Harris argue over Iran in US election debate. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 08 (MNA) — US Vice President Mike Pence and his Democratic rival Kamala Harris have clashed over a number of issues, including the US' policies toward Iran, in their only televised debate ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

sputniknews (2020-10-08). Apparently There Was a Vice Presidential Debate? sputniknews.com On today's episode host Lee Stranahan covers; The Vice Presidential debate, the Presidential debate is now scheduled to be virtual, 7 militiamen plotted to kidnap Michigan Governor, Democrats have rejected the airline bailout bill, Harris explained she and Biden are going to continue fracking, and Steve Mnuchin announced more Iran sanctions.

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…

MEE and agencies (2020-10-07). Coronavirus: Iran reports record high death numbers as it grapples with third wave. middleeasteye.net Coronavirus: Iran reports record high death numbers as it grapples with third wave | Health minister says whole country on Covid-19 red alert as cases soar | Wed, 10/07/2020 – 15: 25 | Hospital admissions have reached record levels as entire country struggles with a rise in coronavirus infections (Reuters) | Iran on Wednesday reported 239 Covid-19 deaths, a record number over 24 hours, as…

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

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.

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). 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). 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). 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.

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.

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 …