2020-10-31: News Headlines

Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-31). Cultivated Lunacy, Nuclear Deterrence and Banning the Nuke. zcomm.org In looking at the debates on nuclear weapons, one tension remains ineradicable. Those who do not possess such weapons, nor put their stake in their murderously reassuring properties, have little interest in seeing them kept…

Robert Hunziker (2020-10-31). Dumping Fukushima's Water into the Ocean… Seriously? dissidentvoice.org (Reuters) For nearly a decade the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has been streaming radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. As it happens, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) struggles to control it. Yet, the bulk of the radioactive water is stored in more than 1,000 water tanks. Assuredly, Japan's government has made an informal …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). No one should insult Holy Prophet in name of democracy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — Iranian First Vice President said that no one should insult Holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH) under the pretext of freedom of expression and democracy, stating that the West should stop committing violence and insult.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). Iran COVID-19 update: 386 deaths, 7,820 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 7,820 COVID-19 infections and 386 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). TPOI pursuing launch of bartering deal with 10 countries. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) – Deputy Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade said that Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI) is pursuing the operationalization of bartering deal with 10 countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). Autumn attracting skydivers to Yazd. en.mehrnews.com YAZD, Oct. 31 (MNA) — The number of skydivers and aficionados coming to the central Iranian province of Yazd has been growing in the past weeks after the onset of autumn and its suitable wind conditions.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). Iranian feature film 'Badger' wins at Austin Film Festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — Iranian feature 'Badger' won an award at the 27th edition of Austin Film Festival in US.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). Rahbari urges artists to return Order of Arts & Letters. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — The former conductor of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra Ali Rahbari called on the Iranian artists to return their Chevalier of Arts & Letters due to the French president's support for insulting the Holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH).

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). Bosnia & Herzegovina eyes bolstering economic coop. with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — Speaker of House of Peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina said that his country keens to strengthen and bolster economic cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). '180 Degree Rule' wins at Valladolid Intl. FilmFest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — Iranian film '180 Degree Rule' by Farnoosh Samadi has won an ward at the 65th Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). "Sailors do not go to the sea alone" wins at Kenya FilmFest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — Iranian documentary "Sailors do not go to the sea alone" received the Diploma of Honor for Best Feature Documentary at the Kenya International Sports Film Festival.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). Washington resorting to target Iran vital infrastructures. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — Hailing Iran's defense equipment and deterrent power, the Head of Iran's Passive Defense Organization noted that Americans have resorted to targeting Iran's infrastructures after failing in the field of military options.

Robert Koehler (2020-10-31). The parallel universe of peace. zcomm.org The guy who could start a nuclear war has, in his own mind, already dehumanized a huge percentage of the world's population. Doing so makes it so much easier to kill them when necessary…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). Meeting of COVID-19 combat headquarters held on Saturday. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — National Coronavirus Combat and Prevention Headquarters held a meeting in the presence of Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki on Saturday.

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-31). Manlio Dinucci: "Il pericolo per l'umanità viene dalle armi nucleari non dal covid" globalresearch.ca Manlio Dinucci, giornalista del comitato "no guerra no Nato", spiega i reali pericoli che incombono oggi sul pianeta. …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). Foreign powers, main cause of regional crises: Army cmdr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — Iran's Army Chief Commander said that foreign powers are the main cause of crises in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). 'Gabriel' wins two awards at Berkeley film festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 01 (MNA) — Iranian short film, 'Gabriel' has snatched to awards at the at the 2020 Berkeley Video & Film Festival in the US.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). FM spox commiserates with quake-hit people of Turkey. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — The spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry has expressed commiserations with the Turkish people following a strong and deadly earthquake which hit the country on Friday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). Asian American Intl. Filmfest to host Iranian "Haunt" en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — The Seattle Asian American Film Festival will be hosting the Iranian short film "Haunt" which is directed by Siamak Kashef-Azar.

Virginia Rodino (2020-10-30). Why I'm Voting Green in 2020. globalresearch.ca Author's note: Kevin and I worked on this article together right before his untimely passing on September 6. I met Kevin during Ralph Nader's 2004 presidential campaign. Throughout the years since, I appreciated seeing his anti-imperialist and eco-socialist arguments strengthen …

Sarah Aziza (2020-10-30). For Persian Gulf Migrant Workers, the Pandemic Has Amplified Systemic Discrimination. thenation.com For Persian Gulf Migrant Workers, the Pandemic Has Amplified Systemic Discrimination…

RT (2020-10-30). Instagram 'blocked French account of Iran's Khamenei' after he sent message to youths on Prophet Mohammed cartoons. rt.com A French-language Instagram account of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was temporarily blocked after posting a critical message to young people about controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, Iran's FARS news agency reported. | The page became inaccessible on Friday, two days after Khamenei's missive to "young French people" was posted on social media. In his address, the Ayatollah blasted French President Emmanuel Macron as "stupid" for insisting that caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed were in line with that country's values of freedom of speech. He also questioned why it was "OK" in France to insult the Prophe…

Dave Lindorff (2020-10-30). Effective January 1, 2021 Nuclear Weapons Will Be Illegal. zcomm.org The task, going forward, is to use the new UN treaty banning these weapons to pressure the nations of the world to eliminate them for good…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-30). 1,000 Iranian academics pen letter to French counterparts. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 30 (MNA) — A number of 1,000 Iranian university professors in a letter penned to French counterparts on Fri. criticized French President Macron's support for publishing an insulting cartoon about Holy Prophet of Islam Hazrat Muhammad.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-30). Armed Forces ready to respond to any adventurism on borders. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 30 (MNA) — The Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) said that Armed Forces of the country are ready to give a crushing response to any adventurism of enemies in all borders of the country.

_____ (2020-10-30). America's Still Strangelovian Schemes To 'Win' Nuclear Wars. popularresistance.org A full 56 years after Peter Sellers roasted America's nuclear absurdity in Stanley Kubrick's dark comedy classic Dr. Strangelove, Pentagon planners remain dedicated to delusions. That old Pete's three-role — in three nationalities — performative evisceration of the fantasy that nuclear wars can be won didn't stick raises serious questions about human nature, and our species's survival prospects. Don't take my word for it: just six years ago Eric Schlosser, author of Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, penned a piece in the New Yorker titled…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-30). Iran planning to boost constructional exports to Africa. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 30 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran is eyeing to increase export of construction and building materials to African states.

sputniknews (2020-10-30). US Intelligence Alleges Iranian Hackers Behind Intimidation Emails Accessed Voter Data. sputniknews.com Iranian hackers who reportedly sent threatening emails to thousands of Americans earlier this month also allegedly accessed US voter data, US intelligence officials revealed late Friday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-30). Iran eyes boosting non-oil exports by 15% in H2: TPOI. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 30 (MNA) – Head of Trade Promotion Organization of Iran said that the country eyes surging export of non-oil commodities by 15 percent in the second half of the current Iranian calendar year .

WSWS (2020-10-30). Casualties mount in Armenian-Azeri war as US-brokered ceasefire collapses. wsws.org The danger is growing that the war between the two former Soviet republics in the Caucasus could escalate into a war involving Russia, Iran, and the NATO powers.

John Krzyzaniak (2020-10-30). The Nuclear Ban Treaty Is Set to Enter Force. Experts Explain What Comes Next. globalresearch.ca Seventy-five years after their destructive power was first unleashed, nuclear weapons are about to be officially and explicitly prohibited by international law. For the average person, it may come as a surprise to know that nuclear weapons, dreadful as they …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-30). Iranian FM reacts to statement of US Justice Department. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 30 (MNA) —Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh showed reaction to the statement issued by the US Department of Justice.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-30). Iran's special envoy Araghchi meets with Armenian PM. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 30 (MNA) — Iranian President's Special Envoy met and held talks with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashniyan in Yerevan on Fri.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-30). FM Zarif sympathizes with Turkish counterpart on deadly quake. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 30 (MNA) —Iranian Foreign Minister in a message to his Turkish counterpart sympathized with him over the occurrence of devastating earthquake in Turkey's Izmir city on Friday.

Gordon Duff (2020-10-29). Intel Drop with The Greenwald issue. thealtworld.com A few things to add… | The Greenwald issue, he has taken to twitter to establish himself as 'wronged' but those of us who carry the water for the journalistic world, those who point at Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Kosher Nostra (Trump's gang) as 9/11 perpetrators…who publish the hard evidence of nuclear attacks…don't appreciate those like Greenwald very much. | You can't say "Israeli did it" without crediting Giuliani. You can't say "Rudy" without saying "Donald." | Trump's silence on 9/11 has been deafening. | Is the great reset coming? You will know when Trump flees to Ukraine. | As for Greenwald, we woul…

MEE staff (2020-10-29). US warns of possible Houthi missile strikes on Saudi capital. middleeasteye.net US warns of possible Houthi missile strikes on Saudi capital | Saudi coalition spokesman said bomb-laden Houthi drones were launched toward the capital 'deliberately and systematically to target civilians' | Thu, 10/29/2020 – 15: 25 | Brian Hook, then-US special representative on Iran, on 21 June 2019 checks what Saudi officials said were Iran-made Houthi missiles and drones intercepted over Saudi territory (A…

MEE correspondent (2020-10-29). Iranian press review: Tehran's Baghdad ambassador 'happy' to be on US sanctions list. middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Tehran's Baghdad ambassador 'happy' to be on US sanctions list | Meanwhile, Iran deploys ground forces to its borders with Armenia and Azerbaijan, and Tehran and Washington accuse each other of destabilising Afghanistan | Thu, 10/29/2020 – 14: 34 | Iran's ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi has been blacklisted in the latest round of US sanctions (AFP) | Iran's Bag…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-29). Islamic Unity Conf. should pursue new ways for solidarity. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 29 (MNA) — Top Iranian jurisprudent Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi warned of enemies' efforts to find new ways to divide the world of Islam calling on the Islamic Unity Conference to find new ways to boost solidarity among Muslims.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-29). Iranian, Russian deputy FMs discuss Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 29 (MNA) — Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Ryabkov met and held talks in Moscow on Thursday.

Carla Stea (2020-10-29). China: "Nuclear 'Sword of Damocles' Jeopardizes the Survival of Humanity". Entry In Force of Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. globalresearch.ca Background: An Auspicious October | October 2, 2020: United Nations High Level Meeting Commemorating and Promoting the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons: This Meeting Was Boycotted by United Kingdom, United States and France, AGAIN! | For many years …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-29). Iranian animation goes to German film festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 28 (MNA) — Iranian animation 'Autumn Winds, Spring Winds, and Two Doves' by Sadegh Javadi, will take part in the 63rd edition of DOK Leipzig festival in Germany.

WSWS (2020-10-29). US threatens military strikes against Iran and Venezuela. wsws.org Washington has indicated it is prepared to use armed force to prevent Iran from selling weapons to Venezuela, potentially attacking both countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-29). COVID-19 infections soaring in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 29 (MNA) — The daily coronavirus infections broke previous records on Thursday, with Iran reporting 8,293 new infections, the Health Ministry announced.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-29). Iran announces its priorities in academic coop. with China. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 29 (MNA) — Iran's deputy science minister announced the country's cooperation priorities in the higher education sector with China.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-29). '7.5' to vie at Barcelona Asian Film Festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 29 (MNA) — Iranian feature '7.5' by Navid Mahmoudi, will go on screen at the Barcelona Asian Film Festival in Spain.

Sheren Khalel (2020-10-28). US lawmakers to introduce bill that may allow Israel to buy bunker-buster bombs. middleeasteye.net US lawmakers to introduce bill that may allow Israel to buy bunker-buster bombs | Bipartisan group's legislation would allow Israel to buy munitions capable of penetrating Iran's underground nuclear infrastructure | Wed, 10/28/2020 – 16: 31 | Massive Ordnance Penetrator bunker-busters are designed to be dropped by B-2 bombers like this one at Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia (Reuters/File photo)…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-28). Velayati says Iran backing peace, stability in Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 28 (MNA) — Ali Akbar Velayati said, "Iran opposes the continuation of the war in Afghanistan and it supports the establishment of peace and stability in this neighbor country."

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-28). Ali Karimi on verge of signing with Qatar SC. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 28 (MNA) — Iranian midfielder Ali Karimi is reportedly close to signing contract with Qatar SC.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-28). 'Family Relations' goes to German film festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 28 (MNA) — Iranian documentary 'Family Relations' has made its way to the competition lineup of 2020 Exground Film Festival in Germany.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-28). For 1st time COVID-19 daily death toll surpasses 400 in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (MNA) — Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran hit a high record on Wednesday as 415 new deaths were registered over the past 24 hours, the highest since the virus outbreak reported in the country.