Daily Archives: June 23, 2020

2020-06-23: News Headlines

Melvin Goodman (2020-06-23). Trump, Bolton, and Pompeo: Loathsome Peas in a Pod. counterpunch.org For nearly a year and a half, from April 2018 to September 2019, the Trump administration was in the hands of a "war cabinet." With Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, and John Bolton as National Security Adviser, Donald Trump created one of the most aggressive foreign policy teams in the history of the presidency. Bolton and Pompeo were fixated on going to war against Iran; were contemptuous toward our European allies and the entire European Community; and were opponents of arms control and disarmament.

RT (2020-06-22). Fool me twice? Bolton says Iran had yellowcake uranium, echoing bogus claims that led to Iraq war. rt.com Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton has claimed Israeli agents found "yellowcake uranium" in Iran in 2018, channeling the discredited intelligence used by the George W. Bush administration to justify invading Iraq. | Israel's Mossad retrieved "human-processed uranium" that was "perhaps yellowcake (uranium oxide in solid form)" during a "daring raid on Iran's nuclear archives" in 2018, the mustachioed warmonger declared in his controversial Trump administration memoir, 'The Room Where It Happened'. The discovery, Bolton alleged, was substantiated when the International Atomic Energy Agency subsequen…

Gareth Porter (2020-06-22). Israel leverages dubious 'Nuclear Archives' to secure new IAEA demands on Iran. thegrayzone.com The International Atomic Energy Agency has once again lent itself to the political interests of the United States and Israel,…

Gareth Porter (2020-06-22). Israel leverages dubious 'Nuclear Archives' to re-enlist IAEA in campaign against Iran. thegrayzone.com The International Atomic Energy Agency has once again lent itself to the political interests of the United States and Israel,…

sputniknews (2020-06-22). Netizens Enraged as Full Page Tennessee Newspaper Ad Declares 'Islam' Will 'Detonate Nuclear Device'. sputniknews.com The published ad was paid for by a religious group referring to itself as "Ministry of Future for America", who defined their mission "to proclaim the final warning message" of the Christian Bible.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). UNWTO chief thanks Iran for adopting measures against COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization thanked the Iranian government for adopting necessary measures regarding the pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). Necessary measures to be taken to prevent illegal transit on Iranian-Afghan borders. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Caretaker of the Afghan Foreign Ministry Mohammad Hanif Atmar in a joint statement on Monday emphasized that necessary and drastic measures will be taken to prevent illegal transit on borders of the two countries.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). Iran ready to share anti-corona expertise with Afghanistan: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) —Iran's Treatment Deputy of Health and Medical Education Ministry, Qasem Jan-Babaei said in a meeting with Afghanistan's Deputy of Public Health Ministry that Iran is ready to share some anti-corona successful expertise with Afghanistan.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). China not to support resolution that escalates tension: spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — In response to IAEA anti-Iranian resolution, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said that China does not support a resolution that would increase tensions.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). Agricultural products of Tarom, Zanjan province. en.mehrnews.com Zanjan, Jun. 23 (MNA) — Tarom is one of the towns in Zanjan province with different agricultural products. The town is called 'Iran's India' due to its untouched nature and good climate.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). IRGC Navy to establish permanent base in Indian Ocean: navy cmdr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said that IRGC is looking to establish a permanent base in the Indian Ocean by the end of the current Iranian year.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). Impressive Zomorrod waterfall in N Iran. en.mehrnews.com HAVIQ, Jun. 22 (MNA) — Located some 9km south of Haviq city in Gilan province, Zomorrod Waterfall bestows tranquility to tourists. There are two waterfalls in the area with the larger one having a 15m height and a smaller one having a 12m height with stair-like appearance. These are also being referred to as 'Twin Waterfall'.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). No foreign provocation can undermine Iran-Afghanistan close relation: Foreign Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its twitter account on Monday wrote that no ill-intended foreign provocation can undermine Iran-Afghanistan close relation.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). Tehran condemns ratification of anti-Iranian human rights resolution by UNHRC. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — The Spokesperson of the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs Abbas Mousavi censured approval of an anti-Iranian human rights resolution in the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). NPC plans to diversify butane chain items. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — The first project in the butane chain in Mahshahr will be ready for operation with the aim of commercial production of three important and new items, parallel with planning for realization of the second petrochemical leap in Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). Iran to send black box of Ukrainian plane to France: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held phone talk with his Canadian counterpart Francois-Philippe Champagne and said that the Islamic Republic will send the black box of the Ukrainian plane to France in the upcoming days.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). IAEA's anti-Iran resolution, final nail in the coffin of Iran's relations with West. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 23 (MNA) — The IAEA Board of Governors' recent resolution, while having been the final nail in the coffin of Iran's relations with the West, could serve as an opportunity if the government plays its cards right.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). Foreigners who seek destabilization must leave region: cmdr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said that foreign countries threaten regional peace and must leave the Persian Gulf.

RT (2020-06-21). Tennessee newspaper apologizes after ad promising nuclear bomb from Islam in July based on 'Bible prophecies'. rt.com The Tennessean has found themselves in hot water on social media and apologizing following a paid advertisement in their newspaper promising Islam will drop a nuclear bomb on the city of Nashville on July 18. | "Dear citizens of Nashville," the full-page ad read. "We are under conviction to not tell you but provide evidence that on July 18, 2020, Islam is going to detonate a nuclear device in Nashville, Tennessee." | Included above the text is an image of President Donald Trump and Pope Francis with burning US flags behind them. In small print above the image is the label "paid advertisement." | The text is s…

RT (2020-06-21). China blame game: White House adviser says Beijing 'created' coronavirus, 'open question' whether it was deliberate. rt.com Unfazed by the lack of evidence, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro went on accusing China of creating Covid-19, possibly even purposefully, as he was grilled about the US readiness for the pandemic. | Asked by CNN's Jake Tapper what the president and his team are doing to prepare for a potential second wave of the coronavirus, Navarro quickly launched into a diatribe about China. | "China created this pandemic," he said. "They hid the virus. They created that virus. And they sent over hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens here to spread that around and around the world," he said. "Whether they did th…

yenisafak (2020-06-21). 13-year-old girl killed amid gunfire at Kashmir border. yenisafak.com A 13-year-old girl was allegedly killed in Pakistani-administered Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday in an exchange of gunfire along the border with the Indian-administered side of the region, according to the Pakistani military.Amid heightened tensions between the South Asian nuclear rivals, the Pakistani Army accused Indian border forces of targeting civilians on the Pakistani side of the disputed Kashmir valley, claiming that the girl's mother and a 12-year-old boy were also injured due to "indiscriminate" fire."Indian Army Troops initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation in Hajipir and Bedori Sectors along LOC [Line…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). Iran calls for urgent clarification of judge Mansuri's cause of death. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — Inviting Romanian ambassador to Iranian foreign ministry in Tehran, the Islamic Republic called for Romania to announce the cause of death of the Iranian judge Golamreza Mansouri as soon as possible.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). Parl. National Security Commission mulls over IAEA BoG's resolution against Iran: Spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — Spokesman for the Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Abolfazl Amouei said that the Commission in its first meeting mulled over the illegal resolution issued by the Board of Governors [BoG] of the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). There is no difference between Europe, US: Amir-Abdollahian. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Adviser for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that there is no difference between Europe and the US, and some European countries are the main US' agents.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). Partial solar eclipse over sky of Iranian capital. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — Stargazers in Tehran watched a partial solar eclipse on Sunday morning from 09: 04 to 11: 38 local time.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). Observing last solar eclipse of century in Iran's provinces. en.mehrnews.com SHAHR-E-KORD, Jun. 21 (MNA) — The last solar eclipse of the century took place on Sunday morning June 21. The annular solar eclipse happens when the moon is farther than the Earth and creates conditions which remains an annular of sun around the moon.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). CBI governor Hemmati says Iraq 'good opportunity' for exports. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — Governor of Central Bank of Iran Abdolnaser Hemmati said that Iran's export volume of products to neighboring Iraq and its foreign exchange resources obtained is good opportunity for the country that should be used optimally.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). Iran-China comprehensive 25-yr coop. plan approved. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — The Cabinet of Ministers in a meeting on Sun., headed by President Hassan Rouhani, approved the final draft of a 25-year comprehensive cooperation between Islamic Republic of Iran and China.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). Iran's Shamkhani, Afghanistan's Atmar hold meeting in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani met and held talks with Mohammad Haneef Atmar, the current acting Minister of Afghanistan's Foreign Affairs in Tehran.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). Iran to start holding exhibitions as of July 2: IIEC. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — The Chief Executive of Iran International Exhibitions Company [IIEC] said on Sunday that both domestic and foreign exhibitions will be held in the country from July 2 according to the scheduled program.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). Iran still experiencing first wave of COVID-19: Health Min. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) —Iranian Minister of Health and Medical Education, Saeed Namaki said that we are experiencing the first wave of coronavirus pointing to the increasing cases of patients in Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). 'Headless' to go on screen at 2020 Cannes Film Market. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — Iranian movie 'Headless', directed by Kaveh Sajjadi Hosseini, will be screened at the the 2020 Cannes Film Market (the Marche du Film) in France.

_____ (2020-06-21). Nuclear Rivals Clash in the Himalayas. strategic-culture.org Eric MARGOLIS | Last week, the world's most populous nations, India and China, both nuclear armed, clashed in the high Himalayan region of Ladakh. | At least 20 Indian troops died and 12 were reportedly taken prisoner before a cease-fire went into effect. So far, there were no reports of Chinese casualties. | Ladakh is one of the world's most remote, obscure and inhospitable places, a plateau averaging 4,200 meters altitude (about 14,000 feet) with frigid temperatures, scant oxygen, little rainfall, and howling winds. This bleak moonscape has long been called 'Little Tibet' because of its semi-nomadic ethnic Tibe…

Sharmila Devi (2020-06-20). [World Report] COVID-19 resurgence in Iran. thelancet.com Iran was one of the first countries to experience a COVID-19 epidemic, and began relaxing restrictions in April, but cases have since rebounded. Sharmila Devi reports.

ahtribune (2020-06-20). How Did Syria Control the Pandemic So Well? ahtribune.com How is it that Syria, targeted by war and economic siege, has had such striking success in controlling the COVID19 pandemic? With epidemics raging on either side — across Europe and all around the Persian Gulf — how did the embattled Syrian Arab Republic emerge (by mid-June) with so little damage, and indeed with the lowest number of cases and deaths in the entire Middle East region? | This was not due to luck, nor to a laissez-faire Swedish style practice, as some pandemic denier friends of Syria have reported. On the contrary, the Syrian government: (1) took the virus threat seriously, communicat…

Germán Gorraiz López (2020-06-20). Is Kashmir a US Trap to Confront Russia and China? globalresearch.ca The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), founded in 2001 by the Shanghai Five (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan) and to which Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan were later added would be the ALBA and Iran countries hard core of resistance to world …

yenisafak (2020-06-20). Top Pakistani diplomat hails Bozkir's UNGA presidency. yenisafak.com Pakistan's foreign minister on Saturday congratulated Turkey's Volkan Bozkir on his election as president of the next session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)."On behalf of the people and government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, I would like to extend my warm felicitation on your unanimous election by all member states as the President of the historic 75th Session of the UN General Assembly," Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a letter.He said Bozkir's unanimous election reflects the international community's "trust and confidence" in his abilities to lead the UNGA "at this time of unprecedented global…

WSWS (2020-06-19). New wave of protests in Lebanon amid escalating economic crisis. wsws.org Washington is seeking to curb Iranian influence in the region and place maximum pressure on the Diab government, which is supported by Hezbollah.

Marco Carnelos (2020-06-19). Trump is hoping for an Iranian miracle. Tehran will not give him one. thealtworld.com Chances are next to nil that Iran would make a new deal with the man who ordered the killing of Qassem Soleimani, the country's top general | US President Donald Trump is trying hard to recover from a sharp His attempt to hold China accountable f…

teleSUR (2020-06-19). UK, France, And Germany Refuse To Endorse US Sanctions on Iran. telesurenglish.net The UK, France, and Germany Friday stated that they would not support the U.S to unilaterally push for reimposing United Nations' sanctions against Iran. | RELATED: | As part of the Comprehensive Joint Action Plan (CJAP), Iran is subject to a UN weapons embargo, which will expire in October. Even when the U.S withdrew from CJAP in 2018, they seek to extend it. | In case the UN Security Council does not agree to the extension, the U.S threate…

teleSUR (2020-06-19). Iran to Reinforce Economic Ties With Syria Despite US Sanctions. telesurenglish.net Iran's Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Abas Musavi Thursday condemned the new sanctions imposed by the United States against Syria and indicated that his nation will strengthen its economic relations with the Arab country. | RELATED: | "Iran does not validate unilateral sanctions and considers them expressions of the U.S. government's economic terrorism, which affects the people of Syria and seeks to destabil…

WSWS (2020-06-19). Bolton account of Trump White House: Another volley in the conflict within the US ruling elite. wsws.org Press reviews indicate that Bolton's book attacks Trump entirely from the right, expressing particular bitterness that the administration did not go to war against Iran.

yenisafak (2020-06-19). Iran reports 120 more deaths related to coronavirus. yenisafak.com Iran on Friday confirmed 120 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 9,392.Health Ministry spokesman Sima Sadat Lari said a further 2,615 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 200,262.A total of 159,192 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far, he said, adding that 2,833 remain at hospitals in critical conditions.Over 1.37 million tests have been conducted in the country to date, Lari said.Iran sees an upward trend in daily infections in many provinces, especially in the southwestern Khuzestan provi…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-19). VIDEO: IRGC releases new video of downing US Global Hawk. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun 19 (MNA) — On the occasion of the first anniversary of the downing of a US Navy MQ-4C Triton drone in June 2019 by Iran's military, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force has released a new video showing how the indigenous Khordad 3 air defense system downed the intruding spy drone.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-19). Iranian feature film 'Yalda' to vie at Croatian film festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 19 (MNA) — Iranian feature film 'Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness' directed by Masoud Bakhshi, has been accepted into the competition program of the Mediterranean Film Festival Split in Croatia.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-19). Foreign Ministry confirms death of Iranian judge in Romania. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 19 (MNA) — An Iranian judge accused of corruption was found dead in Romania on Friday.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-19). China expresses deep regret over IAEA's anti-Iran resolution. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 19 (MNA) — Chinese Mission in Vienna has expressed deep regret over the recent resolution adopted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors against Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-19). Iran COVID-19 update: 2,615 cases, 120 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 19 (MNA) — Some 2,615 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been diagnosed in Iran in the past 24 hours, increasing the country's total infections to 200,262.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-19). Friday Prayers held in Ardabil after four months. en.mehrnews.com ARDABIL, Jun. 19 (MNA) — The first Friday Prayer ceremony of Ardabil, northwestern Iran, was held today after an almost four-months hiatus due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The religious event was held with all the issued health protocols in place.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-19). Iran to take appropriate action in response to IAEA resolution: Envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 19 (MNA) — Iran's permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, Kazem Gharibabadi, has slammed the IAEA Board of Governors for adopting a resolution against Tehran, saying that the Islamic Republic will take "appropriate action" in response.