Daily Archives: August 9, 2020

2020-08-09: News Headlines

South Front (2020-08-09). Video: Syrian Army Undertakes Failed Advance in Northern Lattakia Amid Rise of ISIS Attacks in Deir Ezzor. globalresearch.ca Iranian-backed militias and the Syrian National Defense Forces (NDF) have launched a joint security operation against ISIS cells in the area between the towns of al-Mayadin and al-Bukamal, on the western bank of the Euphrates. According to pro-government sources, hundreds …

General Wesley Clark (2020-08-09). Global Warfare: "We're Going to Take out 7 Countries in 5 Years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran.." globalresearch.ca Originally published in March 2007. | Global Research Editor's Note: | This interview serves as a reminder regarding the diabolical timeline of America's hegemonic project. Is Iran the next target "to be taken out"? | All these countries including Lebanon and Iran are …

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-08-09). Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the threat of nuclear extinction. peoplesdispatch.org It is difficult to believe that the US view of the justness of its possession of nuclear power, while threatening others, is not underpinned by the belief of many in white supremacy…

news.un (2020-08-09). Lessons of Nagasaki survivors should motivate the world to eliminate all nuclear weapons — UN chief. news.un.org UN Secretary General António Guterres on Sunday marked 75 years since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki with praise for the hibakusha, the survivors, who transformed their decades-long plight into a warning about the perils of nuclear weapons and an example of the triumph of the human spirit.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). Iran registers 2,020 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,020 people and claimed 163 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). Parl. mulls over Lebanon's developments after blast: Spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission addressed the developments in Lebanon after a devastating explosion happened in Beirut Port last week.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). Iran could buy a lot of planes during sanctions: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — Deputy Ministry of Roads and Urban Development said that Islamic Republic of Iran could purchase a lot of planes in sanctions period.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). 700 Iranian War Veteran using domestic prosthetic feet. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — The CEO of a knowledge-based firm producing carbon fiber prosthetic feet said, "So far, prosthetic feet have been used for 700 Iranian disabled veterans and 1,000 amputations."

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). World never to forget US crimes in Hiroshima, Nagasaki. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokesman said the people around the world, alongside the Japanese, will never forget the US crimes in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). West wants to avoid strategic coop. between Iran, East. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — In a tweet on Sunday, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani wrote that the west is in favor of avoiding Iran from developing ties with the eastern countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). Iran, Bosnia seeking to expand media coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Sarajevo Mahmoud Heidari met and held talks with the head of the state broadcasting of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). New US rep. for Iran indicates Trump's confusion. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Venezuela Hojjatollah Soltani said that the new US special representative for the Islamic Republic of Iran indicates Trump's confusion.

yenisafak (2020-08-09). Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes western Iran. yenisafak.com The quake that hit at 1.46 p.m. local time (1046GMT) had a depth of 8 kilometers (4.97 miles) and the epicenter was Gilan-e-Garbh district, according to the Tehran University Seismological Center.There were no immediate reports of casualties.Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, where earthquakes occur often and are destructive.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-08). Video: The Privatization of Nuclear War. A "First Strike" Use of Nuclear Weapons as a Means of "Self Defense" globalresearch.ca An important transition in nuclear doctrine occurred in the immediate wake of 9/11. | The Cold War MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) doctrine was scrapped by the Bush Jr administration in 2002, replaced by the first strike pre-emptive use of nuclear …

_____ (2020-08-08). CODEPINK Denounces Elliott Abrams' Appointment As US Special Representative For Iran. popularresistance.org The appointment of Elliott Abrams to replace Brian Hook as the next U.S. Special Representative for Iran is another low point for the Trump administration's disastrous policy towards Iran. The dangerous conflict resulting from Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear agreement will be exacerbated by a man committed to Washington's failed policies of regime change, including in his present-day position as Trump's representative for Venezuela. | Elliott Abrams has made a career of lying and committing criminal acts that have led to the death and suffering of innocent people from Guatemala to Iraq.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-08). Eid al-Ghadir celebrated in Urmia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 08 (MNA) — People in Urmia, West Azerbaijan Province of Iran, celebrated the occasion of Eid al-Ghadir on Saturday, preserving the anti-coronavirus health protocols.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-08). Iran calls on IAEA to clarify Saudis' secret nuclear program. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — Iran's ambassador to IAEA Kazem Gharibabadi has called for the IAEA to put forward a report on Saudi Arabia's secret program of building yellowcake uranium processing plant.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-08). UN experts renew call for removal of US anti-human sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 08 (MNA) — A group of UN experts has once agian called for unilateral US sanctions to be lifted on countries including Iran, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, and Cuba.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-08). UN envoy condemns US' support for 'Tondar' terrorist group. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 08 (MNA) — In a letter to UN Secretary-General, Iran's Permanent Representative to the UN condemned the US support for 'Tondar' terrorist group and called the international body to take the required measures against such support.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-08). 'Funfair' to vie at five international film festivals. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 08 (MNA) — Iranian short film 'Funfair', directed by Kaveh Mazaheri will take part at five international festivals in the next three months.

Jim Green (2020-08-08). Book review: Michael Shellenberger's reheated critique of climate 'alarmism'. indybay.org California-based Michael Shellenberger first courted controversy in 2004 with his 'death of environmentalism' critique of the environment movement and has continued to attract controversy by promoting nuclear power, demonising renewable energy ("renewables are worse for the environment than fossil fuels") and demonising the environment movement that he claims to be part of.

CLPFSRS (2020-08-08). Sunday 8/9: The Bomb: Understanding its History and the Hope for a Nuclear-Free Future. indybay.org Online…

yenisafak (2020-08-08). Two Lebanese shot dead in Tehran in rare shootout. yenisafak.com Two Lebanese nationals were shot dead by unknown assailants in Tehran, in what is being described as a rare incident of shooting in the Iranian capital. A father and daughter were shot by motorcycle-borne armed assailants north of Tehran's Pasdaran neighborhood on Friday, according to local media.The semi-official Fars News Agency identified the victims as Habib Davoodi and Maryam Davoodi, both Arab-speaking Lebanese nationals.Many social media users said the shooting took place near the Tehran house of slain Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was killed along with top Iranian general Qassem Sole…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-07). America had first Contemplated Nuclear War against both China and North Korea in 1950. globalresearch.ca America's use of nuclear weapons on a first strike basis is no longer considered as a weapon of total annihilation. Quite the opposite, the preemptive use of nukes is upheld as a means to ensuring global peace and security. This is the doctrine which prevails today under Trump's "fire and fury"

commondreams (2020-08-07). CODEPINK Denounces Elliott Abrams' Appointment as the Next U.S. Special Representative for Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

John Laforge (2020-08-07). USAF Vet Could Face '20 Days for 20 Bombs' for Protest Against US H-Bombs Stationed in Germany. counterpunch.org Hamburg, Germany With this week's commemorations of the US atomic massacres at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there will be countless hours spent on speeches, sermons, hymns, and warnings; tons of ink spilled in op/eds, editorials and articles. All will solemnly promote the need to pursue a world without nuclear weapons. However, many of the same voices

Eds. (2020-08-07). Ask an expert: Congress plans to spend billions on dangerous, unnecessary nuclear weapons. mronline.org This week is the 75th anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the only time nuclear bombs have been used in a conflict—and one could only hope the last time. To commemorate the anniversary, I thought it would be appropriate to devote this column to taking a hard look at current U.S. nuclear …

Michael Welch (2020-08-07). Hiroshima at 75. The Doomsday Clock and the Ongoing Threat of "Atomic Horror" globalresearch.ca These massive mushroom clouds would go on to become a symbol of the fate of humanity encapsulated in the threat of atomic horror. For all my life, I have contemplated the prospects of nuclear incineration and the aftermath that would follow if our leaders get caught up in a tragic misstep.

Jeff Jurgens (2020-08-07). Meet the Candidates — Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). peaceaction.org Wednesday, August 5th 2020, Peace Action kicked off our new series of "Meet the Candidates" webinars with Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). Sen. Markey has provided steadfast leadership on issues of peace and justice and has been among our strongest allies in Congress. A long-time advocate for nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, he has stepped up …

Newsclick (2020-08-07). 75 years after Hiroshima, where do we stand? peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha talks about the state of the nuclear threat 75 years after the first atom bomb was dropped in Hiroshima. He explains how the US has embarked on a series of disastrous policies in this regard and also looks at the history of deployment and testing of US nuclear weapons and its racial undertones.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-07). Celebrating Eid al-Ghadir amid Iran's movement of charity. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 08 (MNA) —Iranian has set up a national charity movement around the country this year on the occasion of Eid al-Ghadir just as Imam Ali helped the needy in his time.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-07). Saudi, Zionist-backed media abusing Beirut blast. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 07 (MNA) — The Saudi and Zionist-backed media, indifferent to the tragic incident in Lebanon, are seeking to accuse Iran and Hezbollah.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-07). 'Brian like John left White House without any achievement'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 07 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani reacted to the departure of US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook from his post.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-07). Iran at forefront of providing aid to Beirut blast's victims. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 07 (MNA) — Appreciating the performance of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan said that Iran is at forefront of providing assistance to Beirut blast's victims.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-07). Iran congrats Sri Lanka on successful parliamentary election. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 07 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi congratulated Sri Lanka's successful parliamentary elections to the country's government and nation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-07). 'Iran not to consider Hook's departure as game-changer'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 07 (MNA) — In reaction to Brian Hook's departure, the spokesman for Iran's mission to the United Nations said that Iran will not do so regardless of who is in charge of implementing this bankrupt policy.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-07). VIDEO: Lebanese health min. visits IRCS' field hospital. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 07 (MNA) — Lebanon's health minister visited the field hospital deployed by Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) in Beirut to provide emergency medical care to the people injured in the deadly blast.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-07). 'Untimely' to go on screen at two intl. film festivals. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 07 (MNA) — Iranian feature 'Untimely', directed by Pouya Eshtehardi, will be screened at "ONE Country ONE Film" in France and "Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF)" in the US.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-07). Non-nuclear attack could trigger nuke response: Russia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 07 (MNA) — In a possible warning to the US and Western allies, Russia announced Friday it will consider any missile attack as being nuclear in nature, and so will result in a nuclear response.

United Religions Initative (2020-08-07). Thursday 8/6: Hiroshima Nagasaki Accord for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons Livestream. indybay.org Online via livestream & restream…

_____ (2020-08-07). The Policy Of Maximum Pressure Against Iran Has Failed. popularresistance.org Depending on what policy the United States adopts after the elections, Sahimi expects "the response to come at a later time and in a manner and at locations where neither Israel nor the US would expect." | Biden has pledged, if elected, to reverse course on Iran. Izadi believes a Biden Administration would change the Trump policy of maximum pressure. "Whether doing it through rejoining the nuclear agreement or coming up with some other policies, we have to wait and see," he says. | Parsi, who is familiar with the views of Biden's Iran advisors, says the new administration would likely call for "compliance for com…

sputniknews (2020-08-07). US State Department Says Behind Russian, Iranian Text Campaign. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The State Department stands behind text messages sent to Russians, Iranians, and others advertising multi-million dollar rewards for information about foreign actors who interfere in US elections, a spokesperson said.

Global Research News (2020-08-07). Selected Articles: 75 Years after the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima. The Danger of Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca If you look to Global Research as a resource for information and understanding, to stay current on world events, or to experience honesty and transparency in your news coverage, please consider making a

Ben Becker (2020-08-06). Why the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. liberationnews.org The following article first appeared in the August 2005 issue of Socialism and Liberation magazine . The 75th anniversaries of the U.S. nuclear bombings of Japan are Aug. 6 and 9 of this year. August 6 and 9 of this year mark the 60th anniversaries of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Staff (2020-08-06). Revealed: How U.S. Gov't & Hollywood Secretly Worked Together to Justify Atomic Bombings of Japan. democracynow.org On the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, when the United States became the only country ever to use nuclear weapons in warfare, we look at how the U.S. government sought to manipulate the narrative about what it had done — especially by controlling how it was portrayed by Hollywood. Journalist Greg Mitchell's new book, "The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood — and America — Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," documents how the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki triggered a race between Hollywood movie studios to tell a sanitized version of the story in a major motion picture.

Staff (2020-08-06). "The Beginning of Our End": On 75th Anniversary, Hiroshima Survivor Warns Against Nuclear Weapons. democracynow.org On the 75th anniversary of when the United States dropped the world's first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing some 140,000 people, we speak with Hideko Tamura Snider, who was 10 years old when she survived the attack. "The shaking was so huge," she recalls. "I remember the sensation, the color and the smell like yesterday." Tamura Snider describes her harrowing journey through a shattered city, suffering radiation sickness following the attack, and her message to President Trump.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-06). Rouhani voices Iran's readiness for helping Lebanese people. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 06 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held a phone talks with the Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday, voicing Iran's readiness for any humanitarian cooperation and assistance with Lebanon.

yenisafak (2020-08-06). Iran sends aid to Lebanon over explosion at Beirut port. yenisafak.com The devastating tragedy in Beirut on Tuesday has drawn tremendous outpouring of shock and grief around the world with many countries, including Iran, coming forward with offers of help.Iran, one of Lebanon's key allies in the region, dispatched the second shipment of humanitarian aid to Beirut on Thursday, following the first shipment late on Wednesday.The consignment of humanitarian aid includes mainly food and medical supplies, said Mohammad Baqer Mohammadi, the deputy head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS).Iran has also set up a field hospital in Beirut and sent a 37-member medical team comprising gen…

Robert Jacobs — Ran Zwigenberg (2020-08-06). The American Narrative of Hiroshima is a Statue that Must be Toppled. counterpunch.org In August 1945, the United States attacked two cities in Japan with nuclear weapons in the last days of World War Two. The US used weapons of mass destruction against a primarily civilian population, instantly killing over 100,000 human beings, with tens of thousands of wounded and irradiated people who would die in the subsequent

Howie Hawkins, Madelyn Hoffman (2020-08-06). Reverse the New Nuclear Arms Race. counterpunch.org August 6 is the 75th anniversary of the only time any nation in the world dropped an atomic bomb on people. On August 6, 1945, President Harry Truman ordered Fat Man dropped on Hiroshima. 210,000 people were killed instantly. Three days later, Little Boy was dropped on Nagasaki, killing 70,000 more people instantly. Now would