2020-11-15: News Headlines

Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-15). A Dedicated Obsession: Washington's Continuing Iran Sanctions Regime. dissidentvoice.org One dogma that is likely to persist in US foreign policy during a Biden presidency will be the sanctions regime adopted towards Iran. Every messianic state craves clearly scripted enemies, and the demonology about the Islamic Republic is not going to go begging. Elliot Abrahams, the current US special representative for Iran, told Associated Press …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-15). Iran-Bulgaria: Great capacities for coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 15 (MNA) — Taking a look at the commonalities between Iran and Bulgaria in a variety of aspects, signals that the two countries have great capacities for further enhancing ties.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-15). Shamkhani's meeting with Iraqi Defense Minister. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 15 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani met and held talks with the visiting Iraqi Minister of Defense Juma Inad Sadoon in Tehran on Sunday.

Iran Aguilera (2020-11-15). Communal Organisation: The Barcelona Experience. zcomm.org Venezuelan communard Iran Aguilera examines the advances of popular power in Anzoátegui State…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-15). MP terms re-negotiation with fraudulent liars as foolish idea. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 15 (MNA) — MP Moghtadaei stressed, "re-negotiation of JCPOA with fraudulent liars and criminals, who have never stopped their hostile moves against Iran, is basically a foolish idea."

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-15). Iran to avenge perpetrators of assassinating Martyr Soleimani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 15 (MNA) — Chief Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said that Iran will certainly revenge the perpetrators of assassination of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Martyr Lt. Gen. Soleimani.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-15). Parliament's Sunday open session. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 15 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament, during its open session on Sunday, investigated an urgent bill to extend the VAT law.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-15). Swapping to improve Iran's foreign trade. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 15 (MNA) — In an interview with Mehr News, Deputy Foreign Minister for the Economic Diplomacy Affairs said bartering will improve Iran's foreign trade.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-14). Iran's trade vol. exchange with Europe at $8.8bn in 7 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 14 (MNA) — Spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) put the country's trade volume exchanged with Europe in the seven months of the current year (from March 21 to Oct. 22) at $8.8 billion.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-14). IRGC launches attack on anti-revolutionary group in NW Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 14 (MNA) — IRGC's Hamza Sayyid al-Shuhada Base announced that it has targeted the positions of anti-Revolutionary groups on the other side of the Iranian border.

Devi Sridhar (2020-11-14). [Perspectives] Staying sane in our new COVID-19 world. thelancet.com COVID-19 spread like wildfire across the world: from China to its neighbouring countries to east Asia, Iran, Europe, and the rest of the world. This pandemic showed how connected the world has become, and how even the best mathematical modelling could not predict which countries would be first affected and how elite travellers would move from hotels to ski resorts to cruise ships and restaurants. But during the pandemic, there has been anxiety about the virus and considerable uncertainty, with widespread reports of mental health issues and feelings of isolation, especially under lockdowns.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-14). Iranian "The Hunter" to vie at Canadian HECFF. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 14 (MNA) — The documentary film "The Hunter" directed by an Iranian filmmaker will be taking part in Human-Environment Care Film Festival in Canada.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-14). Iran produces effective antiviral COVID-19 drug. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 14 (MNA) — Iranian researchers have developed an effective COVID-19 drug that has been approved by Iran's Food and Drug Administration (IFDA).

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-14). Iran ready to aid Iraq boost its defense capabilities: Hatami. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 14 (MNA) — Iran's Minister of Defense voiced Iran's readiness to help Iraq strengthen its defense capabilities.

Linda Pentz Gunter (2020-11-13). In Promoting New Nuclear Power, Biden-Harris Back Fiction Over Science. counterpunch.org When you look at the precipitating drop in renewable energy costs versus the ever soaring nuclear ones; when you examine how you can reduce more carbon emissions faster and more cheaply with renewables than nuclear; and when you observe the real life examples of countries whose carbon reductions are greater after investing in renewables rather than clinging onto nuclear; then the only reason to include nuclear power in a climate plan is political.

David Swanson (2020-11-13). Everything Will Fundamentally Change. zcomm.org Either everything will change for the better or one or both of the twin dangers of environmental and nuclear apocalypse will change everything for the worse…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-13). Sponge iron production vol. tops 18.1mn tons in 7 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 13 (MNA) — Production volume of sponge iron in the country exceeded 18.1 million tons in the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year (from March 21 to Oct. 22).

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-13). Iran produces 13.9mn tons of steel ingot in H1. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 13 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran produced 13.9 million tons of steel ingot in the first six months of the current year (from March 21 to Sept. 22).

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-13). Five Iranian COVID-19 vaccines included in WHO's list: IFDA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 13 (MNA) — Spokesman of Iran Food and Drug Administration (IFDA) announced that five Iranian vaccines were included in the list of candidates of coronavirus, COVID-19, vaccine of World Health Organization (WHO).

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-13). COVID-19 claims 461 lives in past 24 hours in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 13 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, claimed lives of other 461 people in the country in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death tally to 40,582.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-13). Developing trade ties with neighbors, way to counter sanction. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 13 (MNA) — Chairman of Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce said that development of economic relations with neighboring countries is the best way to deal with sanctions.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-12). Iran's support for Palestine 'a matter of faith'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 12 (MNA) — A senior member of Hamas Islamic Resistance Movement said the martyrdom of General Soleimani indicated that Iran's support for Palestine and the ideals of the Palestinian people is not political hypocrisy but a firm belief.

RT (2020-11-12). Russia inks draft deal to open naval base for nuclear-powered ships in Sudan, in exchange for military cooperation with Khartoum. rt.com Russia is to build a naval logistics base in northeastern African Sudan, allowing Moscow to keep its nuclear warships on the Red Sea coast. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin approved the draft agreement. | The deal stipulates a maximum of four warships and 300 servicemen can stay in the base at one time, including "naval ships with nuclear propulsion systems." Once endorsed, the bilateral agreement will enable Russia to use the Sudanese port for repairs and resupply, and in return Khartoum will receive weapons and military equipment free of charge to protect the base. | The Russian ships will be e…

Charles Pierson (2020-11-12). Trump's UAE Arms Sale Means More Slaughter in Yemen. counterpunch.org The Trump Administration has approved a $23.37 billion arms sale to the United Arab Emirates. A November 10 statement from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that the UAE needs the weapons in order to "defend itself against heightened threats from Iran." That sounds better than admitting that the UAE will use the weapons

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-12). VIDEO: Pristine, rainy nature of Arasbaran forests in NW Iran. en.mehrnews.com TABRIZ, Nov. 12 (MNA) — The beautiful and scenery forests of Arasbaran, with breathtaking views, is one of virgin tourist hubs in the country which has a special and unique nature in these rainy and autumn days.

sputniknews (2020-11-12). Man Commits Suspected Self-Immolation Near Albania's Foreign Ministry – Reports. sputniknews.com BELGRADE (Sputnik) – An unknown man has supposedly set himself on fire near the building of the Albanian Foreign Ministry in Tirana, media reported on Thursday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-12). Iranian film to be screened at Torino film festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 12 (MNA) — Iran-Germany co-production 'Extra Sauce', directed by Iranian filmmaker Alireza Ghasemi, will take part in the 38th edition of Torino Film Festival in Italy.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-12). Iran COVID-19 fatalities pass 40,000. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 12 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 457 new coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the death tally to 40,121.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-12). Intelligence Ministry busts ringleader of ASMLA terror group. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 12 (MNA) — Iranian intelligence forces have arrested a leader of the separatist group Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA), which is regarded as a terrorist organization by Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-12). IAEA report shows no proliferation concern over Iran activity. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 12 (MNA) — A senior Russian diplomat has reacted to the new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency over Iran's activities, saying the report leaves no proliferation concern over Tehran's nuclear program.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-12). Trump virus more lethal than COVID-19: Iran OPEC governor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 12 (MNA) — Iran's OPEC governor says the impact of the economic terrorism imposed by Donald Trump Administration on Iran was more severe to its gas production than the coronavirus pandemic.

John Schoonover (2020-11-11). The Conspiracy Against Nuclear Energy: How Big Oil Built the Ecology Movement to Demonize Nuclear Energy Competition. dissidentvoice.org Some skeptical questions Is nuclear energy safe? What can we do about the waste? What about Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima — don't they prove that we can't rely on nuclear reactors? Won't a tiny amount of radiation kill you? Why are reactors so expensive to build with so many delays? Why don't we just …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-11). Iran, Syria explore avenues for boosting coop in water sector. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 11 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria explored avenues for implementing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked between the two countries in the field of water and wastewater.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-11). 'Indian equipment for Chabahar development to arrive by Mar.'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 11 (MNA) — In an interview with Mehrnews, PMO Head Mohammad Rastad informed that the 1st consignment of the Indian equipment for the development of Chabahar Port will arrive in Iran by March 2021.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-11). MoU of 7th Iran-Qatar joint commission finalized. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 11 (MNA) — The text of the MoU of the joint commission meeting on cooperation between Iran and Qatar is finalized.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-11). VIDEO: Iran, Pakistan to expand border trade exchange. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 11 (MNA) — Iran's visiting Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is currently holding talks with his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi to confer on a host of issues of mutual interest.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-11). VIDEO: Meeting of Iran FM, Pakistani Army chief. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 11 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa conferred on the fight against terrorism and strengthening border security cooperation on Wednesday.