2020-12-30: News Headlines

Karl Grossman (2020-12-30). Inviting Nuclear Disaster. counterpunch.org Nuclear power plants when they began being constructed were not seen as running for more than 40 years because of radioactivity embrittling metal parts and otherwise causing safety problems. But in recent decades, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has extended the operating licenses of nuclear power plants from 40 years to 60 years and then

Karl Grossman (2020-12-30). Inviting Nuclear Disaster. counterpunch.org Nuclear power plants when they began being constructed were not seen as running for more than 40 years because of radioactivity embrittling metal parts and otherwise causing safety problems. But in recent decades, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has extended the operating licenses of nuclear power plants from 40 years to 60 years and then 80 years, and is now considering 100 years.

South Front (2020-12-30). Video: Russia Suffers Casualties in Greater Idlib. Israeli Air Force Strikes Damascus Countryside. globalresearch.ca On the morning of December 30th, warplanes of the Israeli Air Force once again carried out strikes on alleged Iranian targets in the countryside of Damascus. According to reports one person was killed and 3 others injured in the attack….

Anya Parampil (2020-12-30). An exclusive look inside Iran's supermarket in Venezuela. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil visits Megasis, an Iranian supermarket which recently opened in Caracas, Venezuela, and explores cooperation between Tehran and Caracas against the US economic blockade. The Grayzone's Anya Parampil provides an exclusive look inside a superstore which the US government and corporate media have condemned and attempted to link to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. She also speaks with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza about how increased cooperation between Tehran and Caracas is improving the material …

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). Tehran, Doha to make joint documatry on Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — Iran's Documentary & Experimental Film Center and the Qatari Al-Jazeera are to make a joint documentary on Covid-19.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). Iran has promoted combat capability proportionate to threats. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — The Second-in-Command of the Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base said that the base has upgraded its combat capability proportionate to the existing threats.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). World has refused to be held hostage to US bullying. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman pointed to four years of "Maximum Failure" of Trump administration and said that people are not naàØve and the world has refused to be held hostage to your bullying.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). Soleimani blood united regional nations against US arrogance. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — In a tweet on early Wednesday, Iran's Foreign Ministry stated that the blood of Martyr General Soleimani united regional nations against the US arrogance and presence.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). Iranian company exports 1st cargo of MEG to Istnbul by train. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — The first export consignment of mono ethylene glycol (MEG) produced by Shazand Petrochemical Co. was exported from Iran's Arak to Istanbul by train on Wednesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). Culprits of Gen. Soleimani's terror to be held accountable. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — Iran's Judiciary Chief said that the perpetrators of the Martyrdom of Lt. General Soleimani will be punished and no one is allowed to obstruct the relevant investigations.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). Araghchi holds talks with Qatari Foreign Minister. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs held talks with the Foreign Minister of Qatar on Wednesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). Basiji ladies donate blood in Tabriz. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — A group of Basiji ladies donated blood in Tabriz, the capital city of East Azerbaijan Province, in northwestern Iran.

sputniknews (2020-12-30). Iran to Pay $150,000 to Each Family of Victims Killed in Downed Ukrainian Flight. sputniknews.com Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was downed on January 8, 2020, by a pair of missiles deployed by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) moments after the airliner took off from the Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport. All 176 passengers and crew were killed. Iranian officials have blamed the downing on human error.

_____ (2020-12-30). Iraq: 'British Company G4S Implicated In Assassination Of Soleimani'. popularresistance.org An Iraqi politician accused the UK private security company G4S of being involved in the assassination of Iranian Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani. | The commander of the Quds Force of the Corps of Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (IRGC) of Iran, Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani, and the deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Units of Iraq (Al-Hashad Al-Shabi in Arabic), Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, were martyred on January 3 in a drone strike perpetrated by the US in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. | This Monday the leader of the Iraqi political party Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Qais Al-Jazali, accused the British co…

Editor (2020-12-29). Book Review: 'Out of Mesopotamia' Is a Great War Novel. scheerpost.com Introducing a new Book Review section on ScheerPost, edited by Eunice Wong. By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPost Salar Abdoh's novel, " Out of Mesopotamia," is one of a handful of great modern war novels. It tells the story of Saleh, a jaded, middle-aged Iranian reporter — one suspects a bit like Abdoh himself — who accompanies Shia militias, as Abdoh did, in Iraq and Syria during the heavy… |

Ralph Nader (2020-12-29). Recidivist Criminal and Constitutional Outlaw Trump Rushes to Pardon Criminal Lawbreakers. counterpunch.org Serial lawbreaker Donald J. Trump is embarking on the most sordid presidential pardon spree in American history. He has already pardoned convicted crooks, thieves, and violent outlaws. Trump's pardon lawyers are frantically assembling more MAGA besotted individuals and groups to be pardoned wholesale. The number may climb into the hundreds. The queue is long. Trump

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-29). 1st solo exhibition of Iran handwoven carpets opened in China. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (MNA) — First solo exhibition of Iran handwoven carpets and handicrafts was inaugurated in historical-cultural city of Nanjing, capital of China's Jiangsu province on Tue. in presence of Consul General of Iran in Shanghai.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-29). Citrus fruit sorting in Mazandaran. en.mehrnews.com TONEKABON, Dec. 29 (MNA) — Mazandaran province is the hub of Iran's citrus fruit harvest. With the onset of the winter, many units are busy sorting the fruits to prepare them for the domestic and international markets.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-29). Iran has made salient progresses in nanotechnology field. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the country has made salient progresses and achievements in the field of nanotechnology which is a matter of proud for the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-29). Iran, Russia defense coop. based on Intl. law. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (MNA) — Russian Foreign Minister said that Moscow's defense cooperation with Iran is in accordance with international law.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-29). Iran emphasizes resumption of gas export to Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (MNA) — Iranian Energy Minister emphasized resuming gas export to Iraq in a meeting with the Prime Minister of the country on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-29). 'Badger' to vie at 13th Jaipur International Film Festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — Iranian feature 'Badger' directed by Kazem Molaie , has been accepted at the competition section of the 13th Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF) in India.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-29). Iranian, Qatari FMs discuss latest developments in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (MNA) — Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani held a telephone talk with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the latest development in the region and bilateral ties on Tue.

John Kendall Hawkins (2020-12-28). Doomsday ex Machina: Daniel Ellsberg and the Nuclear Gang. counterpunch.org You hide in your mansion While the young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world — Bob Dylan, "Masters of War" (1963) October 15, 1969. That's the day the world might have

Alan Macleod (2020-12-28). 2020 Ends as It Began: With the Looming Threat of a US War With Iran. mintpressnews.com 2020 began and ended with high-profile assassinations of Iranians, a buildup of the US military on Iran's borders, and fears of another major war in the Middle East.

teleSUR (2020-12-28). Iran Claims 48 US Citizens Were Involved in Soleimani Killing. telesurenglish.net Iran has expanded the list of U.S. citizens suspected of involvement in the assassination of its senior commander Qassem Soleimani to include 48 names. | RELATED: | "The number of the main accused in the assassination of Soleimani has increased from 45 to 48," said Hossein Amir Abdollahian, spokesman for the Popular Committee for the Celebration of the Anniversary of the Martyrdom of General Soleimani. | Speaking…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-28). Shamkhani reacts to increase of US Army provocation in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) reacted to the increase of US Army provocation in the region and called it as defensive and fear-mongering show because of its past mischief.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-28). Overcoming all problems, neutralizing sanctions "possible" en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (MNA) — Iran's Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said that it is possible to overcome all problems and defusing sanctions, so that this strategy should be pursued seriously.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-28). Zarif, Armenian counterpart confer on mutual coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (MNA) — In a phone talk on Mon., Iranian FM Zarfi and Armenian foreign minister Ara Aivazian discussed issues of bilateral cooperation and regional agenda.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-28). Lifting sanctions, nation's health, livelihood top proiority. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (MNA) — Iranian President Rouhani said on Mon. that in the few months left of his tenure, his administration has the Iranian nation's health and their livelihood besides breaking the sanctions at its top priority.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-28). China ready to work with Iran in fight against terrorism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (MNA) — Chinese Ambassador to Iran voiced Beijing's readiness to work with the international community, including Iran, to jointly tackle terrorism under the new circumstances.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-27). Iran producing 5 million COVID-19 test kits monthly. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (MNA) — Five Iranian knowledge-based companies are making their best efforts to produce 5 million COVID-19 test kits monthly.

Askiah Adam (2020-12-27). Is Iran Contemplating Vengeance in Regards to the Murder of Its Two Prominent Leaders? globalresearch.ca Brigadier General Mohsen Fakhrizadeh of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Command (IRGC) and Iran's most important nuclear scientist was assassinated not too far from Tehran recently. Iran immediately accused Israel , an allegation confirmed by a senior Washington official soon after. …

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-27). Iraqi PM sends delegation for unexpected Tehran visit: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (MNA) — A high-ranking Iraqi delegation will arrive in Tehran for an unannounced visit later today to hold talks with Iranian officials, according to sources.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-27). Close to 2 tons illicit drugs busted in SE Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (MNA) — The police forces of the Sistan and Baluchestan province have seized close to 2 tons of different kinds of narcotics in this southeastern province of Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-27). Diplomacy an integral part of Iranian social, political life. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister said that diplomacy has always been an integral part of Iranian social and political life.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-27). MPs condemn US sanctions on Al-Mustafa Intl. University. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (MNA) — More than 175 Iranian lawmakers in a statement on Sunday strongly condemned sanctions imposed by US Treasury Department on Al-Mustafa International University.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-27). Iran exports $1.2bn products to Afghanistan in 8 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (MNA) — Statistics showed that Islamic Republic of Iran exported $1.2 billion worth of non-oil products to neighboring Afghanistan in the eight months of the current year (from March 21 to Nov. 22).

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-27). Iranian cartoonist wins Indonesian fest. award. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (MNA) — Iran's Ahmadreza Sohrabi has won the award of Indonesia's 1st Cartoon Festival, 2020.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-27). Parl. to investigate establishemnt of new ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament is to study the formation of a new ministry titled as 'Ministry of Crisis Management'.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-27). FM to host 4th Conf. on History of Iran's Foreign Relations. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (MNA) — Fourth Conference on History of Iran's Foreign Relations will be held by Center for Political and International Studies of Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sun. in the presence of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-27). VIDEO: Citrus harvest in North Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (MNA) — Citrus harvest has begun in gardens in the northern Iranian province of Mazandaran. As predicted, 2.8 million tons of citrus is to be harvested in the province this year, of which one million tons will be exported.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-27). Iran foreign trade grows month-on-month: IRICA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (MNA) — Iran's non-oil foreign trade stood at $7.37 billion in the ninth calendar month that ends December 20, said the spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA).

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-27). Israelis on high alert after Iran scientist assassination. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (MNA) — Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah says the Israeli regime's forces are on high alert after the assassination of top Iranian scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-27). Iranian "Nargese Mast" wins 2 awards at Lift India Film Fest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (MNA) — Iranian film Nargese Mast directed by Seyyed-Jalaleddin Dorri, has managed to win two awards at Lift India International Film Festival.

sputniknews (2020-12-27). Iran Adds New Names to List of Americans Allegedly Involved in Soleimani's Assassination – Report. sputniknews.com The report comes as the anniversary of the Iranian top military commander's death approaches, raising media speculation about possible military strikes in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-26). Iran's exports to top five European destinations up 7%. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 26 (MNA) — Iran's exports to five top European destinations amounted to ‚Ǩ493.7 million during the January-October 2020, indicating a 7% growth compared with the similar period of last year.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-26). Winter snow whitens Bojnurd. en.mehrnews.com BOJNURD, Dec. 26 (MNA) — Winter snowfall has covered Bojnurd, the capital city of North Khorasan Province in Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-26). Iran, Armenia discuss gas exports, barter. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 26 (MNA) — The heads of the Iranian and Armenian delegations have held constructive talks on gas exports and extension of a gas-for-electricity barter contract.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-26). Iranian, Indian knowledge-based firms to develop interactions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 26 (MNA) — Iranian and Indian knowledge-based and technological companies will hold an online meeting on Jan. 31 for promoting export.