2020-10-17: News Headlines

Noam Chomsky (2020-10-17). The President, the Pandemic & the Election. zcomm.org The urgent problem of overcoming the existential crises—global warming, nuclear war, pandemics—has to be done within the general framework of existing institutions. We can improve them. But you won't be able to overcome them in the relevant time frame…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-17). Fishermen oppose release of contaminated water from Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. peoplesdispatch.org The company which operates the plant, Tokyo Electric Power, has collected over 1.23 million tons of contaminated water since the collapse of the nuclear plant in 2011…

RT (2020-10-16). 'Putin's proposal a non-starter': White House rejects Russian call to extend nuclear arms control treaty. rt.com Washington has refused President Vladimir Putin's offer to extend New START, the last remaining arms control treaty between the US and Russia, for one year without any preconditions. | "President Putin's response today to extend New START… is a non-starter," the US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien said in response to Moscow's offer, adding that Washington hopes Russia "will reevaluate its position before a costly arms race ensues." | (2/3) This would have been a win for both sides, and we believed the Russians were willing to accept this proposal when I met with my counterpart in Geneva. President Pu…

_____ (2020-10-16). Priest Sentenced To 33 Months For Protesting Nuclear Weapons. popularresistance.org Fifteen supporters in a carefully Covid masked and distanced courtroom witnessed Father Steve Kelly receive a sentence of 33 months today. After a 20 minute delay to get the telephone conference line working and properly muted 160 people listened in to the proceedings on the audio link. | Fr. Steve's sentence falls in the middle of the proposed guidelines and will likely allow his release from the Glynn County Detention Center where he is presently being detained 30 months after the action.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-16). Iran, Sweden emphasize strengthening bilateral economic coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 16 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran and Sweden stressed the need to enhance and broaden bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-16). New arrangements forming in WA thanks to martyr Soleimani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 16 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs said that new political-security arrangements are being formed in world, mostly in West Asia, thanks to the great martyr Soleimani.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-16). Interacting freely with neighbors, Iran's main foreign policy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 16 (MNA) — Iranian Embassy to Pakistan in a statement on Fri. said that interacting freely with neighbors is an important principle of Iran's foreign policy.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-16). Baku in talk with Tehran, Ankara, London over Karabakh row. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 16 (MNA) — Media outlets in Azerbaijan Republic on Fri. revealed that Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov has held telephone talk with his Iranian, Turkish, Czech and British counterparts over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

sputniknews (2020-10-16). Roman Catholic Priest to Be Released Following 2018 Activist Break-in at Nuclear-Capable US Base. sputniknews.com A 71-year-old Roman Catholic priest will spend virtually no additional time become bars after he was granted time served during sentencing for his April 2018 break-in at a nuclear-capable US Navy submarine base in Georgia.

sputniknews (2020-10-16). 2016 Plot to Install Biden Plus a Tale of Two Town Halls. sputniknews.com On today's episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan discussed current events, including the Democrats' plot to install Biden, the beheading of a teacher in Paris, Savannah Guthrie's town hall performance, the desecration of an altar in Louisiana, a drone strike in Idlib, and the latest on the START nuclear treaty.

sputniknews (2020-10-16). 'Distraction Mechanism': NYT's Crocodile Tears Over Iran Sanctions Disguise Role in Justifying Them. sputniknews.com What seems to be a compassionate plea for mercy from Washington by a major US newspaper is actually just a furthering of the US propaganda war against Iran that's responsible for the strangling sanctions that frustrate its ability to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, a doctor and activist told Sputnik.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-16). Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Activists Sentenced for 2018 Anti-Nuclear Protest at Georgia Naval Base. commondreams.org Father Stephen Kelly and Patrick O'Neill were sentenced to nearly three years and 14 months in prison, respectively. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/kings-bay-plowshares-955px.jpg

Staff (2020-10-15). Will Trump's October surprise be a hot war with China? therealnews.com Post-COVID-19 hospitalization, Trump pledged to "make China pay." His rhetoric coincides with growing military tensions between the nuclear-armed superpowers—and a military analyst worries about the prospects of war.

Philip Giraldi (2020-10-15). Running Out of Time… October Surprise Redux? thealtworld.com If either party has an October Surprise up its sleeve it had better produce it soon. Only about three weeks to go until the election. | There is considerable speculation in Washington about a so-called October Surprise being engineered by either party to change the outcome of the upcoming election. The original October Surprise took place in 1980, when Ronald Reagan's campaign manager William Casey conspired with several senior CIA officers in Europe to convince the Iranian government to delay the release of the American Embassy hostages until after the November election against Jimmy Carter. Casey believed th…

Phyllis Bennis (2020-10-15). AsTrump Aims Fresh US Aggression at Iran, How Many Surprises Can This October Hold? zcomm.org This latest not-so-shocking surprise is actually incredibly dangerous and reckless for the future as well as incredibly cruel, heartless, indeed sadistic right now…

Gerry Mohan (2020-10-15). Most Germans Want US Military to Leave the Country. zcomm.org Unlike their elected riulers, most Germans don't want to be part of the nuclear 'theater' Trump, once again doing the right thing for the wrong reasons, wants to pull US troops out of Germany because Germany doesn't spend enough on "defence". The German population tend to like it but don't like his reasons. And, as

_____ (2020-10-15). Morales Warns About US Meddling In Upcoming Elections. popularresistance.org The former head of state made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Iran's Hispan TV Spanish-language television network on Tuesday. | Morales was seeking to nationalize the extraction of Bolivia's lithium reserves when he was forced to resign last November under pressure from the military and following the opposition's challenging the victory that he had secured in presidential elections a month earlier. | The former president, who both himself and his Movement for Socialism (MAS) still wield influence in Bolivia's politics, sought exile in Mexico back then and is currently residing in Argentina, closely mo…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-15). Iran's snooker player defeats UK rival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) — Iranian talented snooker player Hossein Vafaei defeated his UK rival Joe Perry in the 2020 English Snooker Open Tournament .

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-15). Iran nuclear scientists ready to face US coercion: AEOI. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) — In reaction to to Pompeo's new claim about Iran's use of nuclear energy, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that Iran nuclear scientists are ready to face the coercion and unilateralism of the US government.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-15). 'Weapons embargo against Iran not linked with nuclear deal'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) — Restrictions on weapons supplies to Iran were not linked with the settlement of the situation around Iran's nuclear program, of which all the parties to the talks were aware from the very beginning, Maria Zakharova said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-15). 'Tangle' to go on screen at St. Louis Intl. FilmFest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) — Iranian short animated piece 'Tangle', directed by Maliheh Gholamzadeh, will take part at the 29th edition of the St. Louis International Film Festival in US.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-15). Iranian, Azeri FMs discuss latest developments in Karabakh. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held a phone talk with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov on the latest developments in Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-15). Iranian police seize over 1 tons of illicit drugs in Kerman. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) — The police forces of Kerman province, in south Iran, have confiscated 1,340 kilograms of narcotics in the province during two separate operations.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-15). Iran, Slovakia to expand media coop.: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) — Following his visit with Slovakian officials, Iranian ambassador to Slovakia announced that Iran-Slovakia media cooperation will be strengthened.

Timi Iwayemi, Miranda Litwak (2020-10-15). Biden's Treasury Could Fight Climate Change, But Would Lael Brainard's? commondreams.org The Treasury Secretary has untapped capacity to push Wall Street to take the risks of the climate crisis seriously. (Photo: Kiyo/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/treasury.jpg

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 …

Scott Ritter (2020-10-14). Dangerous delusions: US claims arms control 'agreement' with Russia for Trump election points. thealtworld.com Extending the New START treaty until a new arms control agreement can be negotiated is in the best interest of world peace. President Trump, however, seems ready to sacrifice that security for a few points in pre-election ratings. | There is one thing virtually every arms control expert can agree on: extending the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as New START, past its February 2021 expiration date is essential for preventing a new nuclear arms race between the US and Russia. As such, it should be done even in the face of widespread disagreement over what a new arms control treaty would look like, and who w…

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). 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). 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). 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). 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 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). 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.

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). 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). 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.

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.

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

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.