2020-11-19: News Headlines

Hajira Asghar (2020-11-19). Palestinians, Iran in the crosshairs as Pompeo makes farewell visit to Israel. liberationnews.org Pompeo used the occasion to deepen two of the most odious features of U.S. foreign policy: support for the colonial occupation of Palestinian land, and warmongering against Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-19). Reproducing soft, hard power key to lifting sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) — Stressing that Biden is not Iran's friend and master key, Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs said that reproducing soft and hard power is key to lifting sanctions.

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-11-19). United States Imperialism Threatening War Against Iran During Contested Presidential Elections Struggle. globalresearch.ca There have been serious threats to the Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies in the aftermath of the contested presidential and congressional elections in the United States. | Inside the U.S., the incumbent administration of President Donald J. Trump has …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-19). Iran's new amb. submits credentials to South Africa President. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) — Iran's new Ambassador to South Africa submitted his credentials to the country's president on Thursday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-19). Iran not to negotiate its defensive power: Leader's advisor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) — A military aide to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that Iran will not negotiate its defensive power with anybody under any circumstances.

Polina Aniftou (2020-11-19). "The End of the War in Syria Will Come as Part of the Agreement Between Iran and China," Says Iranian Foreign Policy Analyst. globalresearch.ca As the US changes leadership, new opportunities for re-alignment may open up for the Middle East and the wider region. To understand more fully the implications presented in conflicts ranging from the US-Iran tension, the Syrian war, and the role …

Elise Swain (2020-11-19). Anti-Nuclear Pacifists Get Federal Prison Terms for Nonviolent Protest. zcomm.org The most dedicated peace activists you've never heard of are headed to federal prison amid a deadly pandemic…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-19). Iran's futsal maintains 6th rank in world. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) — According to the latest ranking published by Futsal World Ranking, Iranian futsal team kept its first place in Asia and 6th in the world.

Ralph Nader (2020-11-18). Abdicating to Boeing: An Open Letter to FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson. counterpunch.org November 13, 2020 Stephen Dickson, Administrator Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) U.S. Department of Transportation 800 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20591 Dear Mr. Dickson, It is now abundantly clear that instead of clearing out top Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operatives who have worked to make the FAA safe for Boeing, you have thrown in your

RT (2020-11-18). Canadian border officer denies questioning Huawei CFO on FBI orders, claims WIKIPEDIA sparked his suspicion. rt.com A Canadian border agent has insisted he questioned Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou about its dealings in Iran because a Wikipedia article piqued his suspicion she was a spy — denying the FBI used him to gather evidence. | Border Services Agency Superintendent Sanjit Dhillon claimed during a Tuesday court hearing that five to 10 minutes spent reviewing a Wikipedia article about Meng and Huawei had motivated him to question the CFO about her company's business in Iran upon her arrival at Vancouver airport in December 2018. | Meng's legal team, however, has claimed he was attempting to extract information on beha…

a guest author (2020-11-18). A survivor speaks: 'I had to defend myself'. workers.org This is a slightly edited version of a talk given at the webinar "Women and Oppressed Genders: Survival and Resistance" hosted by WWP's Prisoners Solidarity Committee on Sept. 24. Wendy Howard with daughters Bailey (left) and Miranda (right) in front of the office of the Kern County District Attorney. . . . |

Prof. Juan Cole (2020-11-18). Trump Bruited Strike on Iran Civilian Nuclear Facilities, Which May Kill as Many as Did Nuclear Bombing of Hiroshima. globalresearch.ca

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Traitors to Holy Quds have no future in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs said that traitors to Holy Quds and Palestine have no future in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Iranian filmmaker joins juries at Cortos en Grande fest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iranian filmmaker Ghasideh Golmakani has joined the jury panel at the 3rd edition of the Cortos en Grande Short Film Festival in Chile.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). 'Iran not to fullfil commitments if US does not so'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iranian President's Chief of Staff said if the US does not return to its commitments, Iran will not be able to meet its requirements, either.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Neutrality, non-interference Iran stance on Kharabakh issue. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) — President of the Center for Strategic Studies noted that "Neutrality" and the need for "non-interference of intra-regional powers" are Iran's main policies toward the Karabakh dispute.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). US imposes new sanctions on Iranian companies. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — The US imposed new sanctions on a number of Iranian officials and companies on Wednesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Pres. Rouhani congrats Sultanate of Oman on Natl. Day. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani felicitated the Sultanate of Oman on the arrival of National Day.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Cinema Vérité to review world's top docs. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) — A selection of documentaries acclaimed at 2020 international events across the world will be reviewed in a special program at the 14th edition of the Cinema Vérité festival in Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Iran, Uzbekistan to establish Joint Trade Committee. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — The Presidents of the Iran-Uzbekistan Chambers of Commerce, in a video conference, signed an MoU to establish the joint trade committee of the two sides.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Iran can reach $300b market via EAEU agreement. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 10 (MNA) — Iran's ambassador to Moscow says accession to the Free Trade Agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) can be an opportunity to reach a $300-billion worth market.

sputniknews (2020-11-18). Canadian Intelligence Agency Claims China, Russia Pose Greatest State-Sponsored Cyber Threat. sputniknews.com TORONTO (Sputnik) – China, Russia, Iran and North Korea pose the greatest cybersecurity threat to Canada, a division of the country's Communications Security Establishment (CSE) intelligence agency said in a Wednesday report.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Iran, Oman discuss parliamentary ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iran's envoy to Muscat met and Speaker of Majlis Al-Shoura of Oman held talks about the Parliamentary cooperation between the two countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). 75 Democrats urge Trump to show leniency on Iran Sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Democrats on Capitol Hill are pushing back on the Trump administration's plan to unveil stepped-up sanctions against Iran, urging the outgoing US president to be flexible and allow coronavirus aid to be sent.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Iranian film 'The Enemies' goes to Estonian festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iranian film 'The Enemies' directed by Ali Derakhshandeh has been accepted into the 2020 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). US medicine sanctions endangered Iranians' health: MP. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Head of Iran-Greece Parliamentary Friendship Group said that US medicine and economic sanctions have endangered the health of the Iranian people while the coronavirus outbreak has overshadowed the international community.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Zarif felicitates Oman on National Day. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister has congratulated his counterpart on the occasion of Oman's National Day.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Assassination of Lt. Gen. Soleimani accelerated US expulsion. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs said that the assassination of Lt. Gen. Soleimani has accelerated US expulsion from the region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Iran COVID-19 cases exceed 800,000. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 10 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 13,421 COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the total cases in the country to 801,894.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Diplomats defend legitimacy of Iranian people during war. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs said that diplomats defended the legitimacy of Iranian people during eight years of Iraqi imposed war against Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). U≈üak Kƒ±sa FilmFest. to host 7 Iranian titles. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Seven Iranian short films will take part in the 7th edition of the U≈üak Kƒ±sa Film Festival in Turkey.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). If US meets its obligations, we will fulfill ours: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that if the United States meets its obligations as such under UNSCR 2231, we will fulfill ours under the #JCPOA.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). No safe, impenetrable refuge for criminals: Shamkhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said that Iran's security forces will eventually terminate any aggressor or criminal.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-11-17). House Progressives Call on Pompeo to Condemn Israeli Demolition of West Bank Village That Left Dozens Homeless. commondreams.org "This is a grave humanitarian issue that demands your immediate attention and our collective condemnation," the lawmakers told the outgoing secretary of state, who is visiting the region this week. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bibi_pompeo_iran_war.jpg

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-11-17). Albania's Attempts to Refocus Kosovo War Crime Tribunal onto Serbia Will Not Work. globalresearch.ca Kosovo Albanians via their allies in Tirana are once again attempting to antagonize Serbia, this time through the Self-Determination Movements initiative. The Movement is trying to push through the Albanian Parliament a declaration condemning the so-called "Serbian genocide in Kosovo." …

Thomas Knapp (2020-11-17). How Joe Biden Can Score a Major Foreign Policy Win on Day One of his Presidency. counterpunch.org "President-elect Joe Biden has promised to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal," writes Tom O'Connor at Newsweek. "But a return is set to face challenges on both sides as they attempt to rebuild trust in a radically different environment than five years ago."

teleSUR (2020-11-17). Saudi Arabia: Nuclear Weapons to Confront Iran Is an Option. telesurenglish.net Saudi Arabia announces that it is considering as an "option" equipping itself with nuclear weapons to deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. | "It is definitely an option. If Iran becomes a nuclear power, more countries will follow its example," said Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Yubeir, in a recent interview with the German agency DPA. | RELATED: | Although Iran has repeatedly clarified tha…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Meeting of Coronavirus Combat Headquarters in Isfahan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — The meeting of Coronavirus Combat and Prevention Headquarters was held in the presence of Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Iran produces COVID-19 rapid antigen diagnostic test kits. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — The unveiling ceremony of the production line of COVID-19 rapid antigen diagnostic test kits was held in the presence of Iranian First Vice President at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences on Tuesday.

Scott Ritter (2020-11-17). US' successful ICBM intercept test brings us closer to a nuclear war and proves Moscow's concerns were well grounded. thealtworld.com The US has long dismissed Russian concerns over the deployment of the Aegis Ashore missile defense system …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Hungarian Faludi Intl Film Fest to host Iranian "Branded" en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — The short film "Branded" directed by an Iranian filmmaker is scheduled to vie at the Faludi International Film Festival in Hungary.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Protecting security of borders, Ground Force's main priority. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — Commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces said that protecting and preserving security of borders is an important priority of Iran's Army Ground Force.

Manlio Dinucci (2020-11-17). Ritornano gli euromissili nucleari. globalresearch.ca Foto : il missile sm-6 della raytheon da cui la lockheed martin derivera' il missile balistico nucleare a medio raggio da installare in europa | Oltre cinque anni fa titolammo sul Manifesto (9 giugno 2015) ´Ritornano i missili a Comiso? ª. Tale …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Borders of Iran, Azerbaijan to be peaceful forever: Envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — The Ambassador of Iran in Azerbaijan said that borders between Iran and Azerbaijan will always be peaceful due to historical and cultural similarities between the two countries.

Ben Jacob (2020-11-17). Oxford University's Ties to Nuclear Weapons Industry Revealed. globalresearch.ca Freedom of Information requests submitted by Cherwell have revealed that Oxford University accepted at least £726,706 from the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), the designer and producer of the UK's nuclear warheads, during the years 2017-19 alone. | The majority of this …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Iran among top 5 in COVID-19 rapid test kit production. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — Chairman of the Coronavirus Combat Headquarter said that Iran is among the top five countries in the world in the production of COVID-19 rapid detection kit.

_____ (2020-11-16). How War Became Absurd — Again. strategic-culture.org With a massive, growing gap between our military goals and actual outcomes, we must acknowledge that U.S. strategy has hit a dead end. | Andrew J. BACEVICH | The October 1955 issue of Harper's magazine featured a trio of essays grouped together under the heading "How War Became Absurd." Leading off was an article by Bernard Brodie, then a prominent theorist in the arcane field of study known as nuclear strategy, titled "Strategy Hits a Dead End." | Today Brodie is all but forgotten. With its abstruse vocabulary of deterrence and decapitation, counterforce and countervalue, first strike and second strike, nucle…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-11-16). 'An Act of Love, An Act of Justice': Anti-Nuclear Activists Headed to Prison for US Naval Base Protest. commondreams.org "To be clear," said Martha Hennessy, granddaughter of Dorothy Day and one of the sentenced, "these weapons are not private property, they belong to the people of the United States; they belong to me, to you, to us." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/kings-bay-plowshares-955px_0.jpg