2020-10-15: News Headlines

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Iran home to one of oldest, deepest cultures. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Andre Vltchek a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker, and journalist has described Iran as home to one of the oldest and deepest cultures in the world that helps Iranian people to survive the most frightening moments.

Howard Lisnoff (2020-10-14). So Long, Sister Ardeth Platte, Anti-Nuclear Activist. counterpunch.org Sister Ardeth Platte, a Dominican nun and antinuclear protester, died ("Ardeth Platte, Dominican Nun and Antinuclear Activist, Dies at 84," New York Times, October 8, 2020) during the night or early morning of the first presidential debate. When Sister Ardeth broke into a nuclear missile facility in Colorado, she recited "Oh God, help us to be

RT (2020-10-14). Russia sees no prospect of prolonging New START treaty with US, but is not closing door on negotiations — Foreign Minister Lavrov. rt.com Moscow doesn't believe the New START treaty with the US can be continued, as achieving common ground is impossible against the backdrop of ultimatums employed by Washington, the Russian Foreign Minister said on Wednesday. | In his interview with three Russian radio stations, Sergey Lavrov was asked if he saw any prospect of the two countries agreeing to prolong the landmark deal until 2026. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, obliges Russia and the US to reduce the number of their strategic nuclear missile launchers by half, and it expires in February. | "There is no such prospect. I persona…

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-14). Trump Regime/Russia New START Talks at Impasse. globalresearch.ca As long as nuclear weapons exist, the chance of their use ahead — as once before unjustifiably — is ominously high. | Humanity has a clear choice. Eliminate these weapons entirely or risk their eliminating us. | The history of warfare shows …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Zanjan uni. to host Intl. Workshop on UI GreenMetric World. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) — The 6th International (Virtual) Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings (IWGM 2020) will be held in October, in Zanjan, Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Iran COVID-19 update: 279 deaths, 4,830 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 4,830 COVID-19 infections and 279 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). 'Careless Crime' goes to Vinennale Film Festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian film, Jenayat-e Bi Deghat (Careless Crime in English) has been accepted into the 2020 edition of Viennale Film Festival in Austria.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Security situation in world has worsened: Iran UN envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iran's ambassador to the United Nations warned against return of Cold War-era mentality, stating that threat of weapons of mass destruction and outer space and cybernetic threats have worsened security situation in the world.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Funeral procession of 'Akbar Alami'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — The funeral procession of Iran's cinema critic, documentary filmmaker Akbar Alami was held in Tehran on Wednesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Abdullah Abdullah to visit Tehran on Sunday: FM spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that the Head of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah is set to visit Iran on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Flow of resistance must reach beyond borders of Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — An Afghan poet and cultural expert, stressed the need for recognizing the enemies of the Islamic world accurately with cultural and artistic tools.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Iran, Russia discuss bilateral trade cooperation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian and his Russian counterpart reviewed the latest status of Iran-Russia trade cooperation on Wednesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Iran opposes any foreign military presence in Persian Gulf. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs said that the Islamic Republic of Iran opposes any foreign military presence in the Persian Gulf region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Farewell ceremony for Resistance martyrs in Mazandaran. en.mehrnews.com MAZANDARAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) — People held a farewell ceremony for the martyrs of Holy Shrine Defenders in Mazandaran, the northern Province of Iran through observing health protocols in place.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). New sanctions on Iran more window dressing: Atlantic Council. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — The Atlantic Council in a report on Wednesday named the new round of US sanctions of Iran as "more window dressing than anything of strategic import".

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Iran ready to play role in solving Azerbaijan-Armenia dispute. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian President's Chief of Staff said that Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to play a key role in resolving dispute between Azerbaijan Republic and Armenia.

sputniknews (2020-10-14). US and South Korea Committed to Denuclearizing Pyongyang, Mark Esper Says. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States and South Korea remain strong military allies and both are still committed to the goal of getting North Korea to scrap its nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said, welcoming recently appointed Seoul Defense Minister Suh Wook to the Pentagon.

The Alternative World (2020-10-13). Trump's new Iran sanctions hurt civilians and threaten war. thealtworld.com Grayzone- Pushback with Aaron Maté | Weeks before the U.S. election, the Trump administration has imposed crushing new sanctions that sever Iran from the global financial system and further threaten the import of humanitarian goods. The Israeli government and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a pro-regime change think tank, reportedly lobbied White House officials for the new move. | Assal Rad of the National Iranian American Council discusses how the sanctions target Iranian civilians, and threaten an outbreak of military conflict. | Guest: Assal Rad, Research Fellow at the National Iranian American Cou…

Tyler Cullis (2020-10-13). The Undeniable Cruelty of Trump's 'Maximum Pressure' on Iran. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration calls its policy towards Iran one of "maximum pressure." By its latest move, it would more properly be called "siege and starve," as the feigned interest in establishing leverage for comprehensive negotiations with Iran has been replaced …

Michael T. Klare (2020-10-13). Talking Tough and Carrying a Radioactive Stick. The Nuclearization of American Diplomacy. globalresearch.ca On August 21st, six nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortress bombers, representing approximately

_____ (2020-10-13). Olive Branches and Nuclear Bombs in Israel. strategic-culture.org According to the Christian website

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-13). 33rd ICFF Iranian Cinema Competition Jury Board Announced. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 13 (MNA) — The 33rd ICFF Iranian Cinema Competition jury members have been introduced.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-13). Health Ministry confirms 4,108 new COVID-19 cases across Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 13 (MNA) — The daily count of coronavirus infections in Iran reached 4,108 on Tuesday, bringing the total cases to 598,389, according to the Health Ministry.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-13). Iranian, Serbian wrestling federations sign MoU. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian Wrestling Federation signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Serbian Wrestling Federation on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-13). Iran to host 2021 Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 13 (MNA) — Following an open bidding process and the approval of the FIVB Board of Administration, the international body has confirmed Iran to host the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-13). Iranian "Haunt" to vie at Asian FilmFest. in Los Angeles. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Directed by Iranian filmmaker Siamak Kashef-Azar, the short film "Haunt" has managed to participate in the Asian Film Festival, Los Angeles Hollywood.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-13). Another survey on subterranean ducts ends in Persepolis. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 13 (MNA) — The fourth season of an archaeological survey, probing into a sophisticated water management system of the time has come to an end beneath the ruins of the UNESCO-registered Persepolis in southern Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-13). Government Spokesman holds press conference on Tuesday. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 13 (MNA) — Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Rabiei held a press conference on Tuesday and answered a number of questions raised by reporters.

teleSUR (2020-10-12). Amid Sanctions, Iran Unlocks Essential Funds Frozen in Iraq. telesurenglish.net Iran's central bank chief announced Monday an agreement with neighboring Iraq to unlock frozen Iranian funds in Iraqi banks to purchase humanitarian goods. | The announcement comes in the context of Washington's move last week to blacklist Iran's entire financial sector, which will further hamper Tehran's ability to purchase essential foods and medicine while facing the worse COVID-19 outbreak in the Middle East. | RELATED: | In a banking and business d…

Prof. Juan Cole (2020-10-12). With Crushing Sanctions on 18 Iranian Banks, Is Trump Trying to Leave a War Behind for Biden? globalresearch.ca As the dying Trump administration, literally on a sickbed, contemplates losing power, its hawks are lashing out at Iran in an attempt to ensure that the 2015 international nuclear deal is dead and buried, and that the US and Iran …

MEE staff (2020-10-12). Iran records its highest daily death toll from coronavirus. middleeasteye.net Iran records its highest daily death toll from coronavirus | At least 272 deaths and more than 4,200 new cases were reported on Monday, as country grapples with its third wave of infections, health ministry says | Mon, 10/12/2020 – 19: 59 | Masks are now mandated even in outdoor areas of Tehran as the country struggles to contain the virus (AFP/File photo) | For the second day in a row, Iran shattered its sing…

Michael T. Klare (2020-10-12). The Nuclearization of American Diplomacy. counterpunch.org On August 21st, six nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortress bombers, representing approximately one-seventh of the war-ready U.S. B-52H bomber fleet, flew from their home base in North Dakota to Fairford Air Base in England for several weeks of intensive operations over Europe. Although the actual weapons load of those giant bombers was kept secret, each of them is capable of carrying eight AGM-86B nuclear-armed, air-launched cruise missiles (ALCMs) in its bomb bay.

Rohollah Faghihi (2020-10-12). Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict raises spectre of 'pan-Turkism' in Iran. middleeasteye.net Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict raises spectre of 'pan-Turkism' in Iran | Government appears to shift to pro-Azerbaijan position as Iranian Azeris rally to support the country | Mon, 10/12/2020 – 11: 52 | Iranians viewing skins and other merchandise at the bazaar in the city of Tabriz in Iran's northwestern East Azerbaijan province (AFP) | Fears have grown of unrest among Iran's Azeri minority…

Phyllis Bennis (2020-10-12). As Trump Aims Fresh US Aggression at Iran, How Many Surprises Can This October Hold? commondreams.org A man walks past a mural painted on the outer walls of the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran, on September 29, 2020. – For Iran, struggling from sanctions imposed under Washington's policy of "maximum pressure", the US presidential race raises hope of change—but also fears that life could get even worse. (Photo: Atta Kenare / AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/iran_october_surprise.jpg

Nauman Sadiq (2020-10-12). What Does Biden's 'Deliberate Ambiguity' on Iran Sanctions Imply? globalresearch.ca The Trump administration tightened the noose further around Iran's beleaguered economy on Thursday, October 8, announcing a fresh round of sanctions that will effectively shut the country out of the global financial system. | The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on …

_____ (2020-10-12). VIDEO: Why is the British press sexing up stories on Hezbollah, Iran and China? strategic-culture.org

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-12). US pressure campaign on Iran doesn't work: Ex-IAEA chief. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 12 (MNA) — Former Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Monday said that US pressure exerted on the Islamic Republic of Iran does not work and is futile.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-12). Iran welcomes war termination between Azerbaijan, Armenia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 12 (MNA) — Iranian President's Chief of Staff said that Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes termination of war between Azerbaijan Republic and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh wholeheartedly.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-12). US, Great Satan with "hollow" anger, threats: Bagheri. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 12 (MNA) — The Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran considered the US as the Great Satan whose anger, threats, and military movements are completely hollow ones.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-12). Iran enjoys $125bn exports capacity to 15 neighboring states. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 12 (MNA) — Chief of Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI) on Monday said that Islamic Republic of Iran enjoys capacity of exporting $125 billion worth of products to 15 neighboring countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-12). Illegal sanctions amid pandemic sign of genocide: Namaki. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 12 (MNA) — Iranian Health Minister Saeid Namaki said that illegal sanctions amid pandemic are a sign of genocide that targets ordinary people.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-12). Iraq to eventually release Iranian accumulated assets. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 12 (MNA) — The Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) announced on Monday that the Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) has agreed to release Iran's export revenues and financial resources accumulated in Iraqi banks.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-12). Afghanistan hails Iran's position in Afghan Peace Process. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 13(MNA) — Afghanistan's Political Deputy Foreign Ministry appreciated strong position of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Afghanistan Peace Process.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-12). Harvest of tobacco in Kordestan province. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 13 (MNA) — The harvesting of tobacco leaves has begun in the western province of Kordestan. The province is a suitable place for tobacco cultivation in Iran due to its climatic and fertile soil.

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-12). Em Ghedi, Prepara-se a Nova Base para os F-35 Nucleares. globalresearch.ca No aeroporto militar de Ghedi (Brescia), està£o a inciar-se os trabalhos de construàßà£o da base operacional mais importante para os caàßas F-35A da Foràßa Aérea Italiana, armados com bombas nucleares. A empresa Matarrese spa, de Bari, que se adjudicou ao …

RT (2020-10-11). First reactor of Belarus' controversial Astravets nuclear power plant achieves criticality, Baltic states are outraged by project. rt.com The first of two Russian-built reactors at the new Belarusian nuclear power plant, at Astravets, is almost ready to go. Located near the border with Lithuania and Latvia, the Baltic states have fiercely opposed the project. | Along with Estonia, the pair have pledged to stop electricity trade with Minsk when the plant is finally operational. The Astravets nuclear power plant (known in Belarus as BelAes) is a joint project with Russia's state atomic energy corporation, Rosatom. On Sunday, the first chain reaction was launched at one of the VVER-1200 type reactors and sustained at the minimum controlled power le…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-11). Iran's envoy reacts to IAEA chief's comments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) — Iran's Permanent Envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that considerable centrifugal and quality of nuclear materials have no place in the documents of IAEA.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-11). Official urges launching Iran-Switzerland financial channel. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) — Chairman of Iran-Switzerland Joint Chamber of Commerce expressed his hope that financial mechanism between Iran and Switzerland will be launched in the first half of the next fiscal year (starts March 20, 2021).

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-11). US sanctions aim at terminating Iran's exports: Hatami. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) — Referring to new US sanctions, Iran's Minister of Defense Brigadier General Amir Hatami noted that Washington is afraid of Iran's exports.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-11). Iran' aerospace rank first in Islamic world ,13 in Intl level. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) — The head of Aerospace Research Institute announced that in the aerospace field, Iran ranks first among Islamic countries and 13th at the international level.