Daily Archives: August 11, 2020

2020-08-11: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2020-08-11). Twitter spreads paid U.S. gov't propaganda while falsely claiming it bans state media ads. mronline.org Twitter says it bans ads from state-affiliated media outlets. However, U.S. government propaganda organs like Voice of America's VOA Persian pay the social media corporation huge sums of money to spread disinformation against Iran and other foreign adversaries.

South Front (2020-08-11). Video: Chaos in Lebanon, Marked by Start of New Round of Israeli-Iranian Standoff. globalresearch.ca The explosion in the port of Beirut in early August that caused thousands of casualties became a trigger point for the further development of the already existing crisis in Lebanon. | In the following week days after the August 4 explosion, …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-11). Don't Stigmatise the Nuke! Opponents of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. dissidentvoice.org It would seem a logical step, at least from an existential perspective: to ban something so utterly horrendous to life; to forbid its use in any circumstances, whatever rationale employed to justify its use. But the nuclear weapon has its admirers. There are those who continue to worship its sovereign properties, and those who leave …

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-11). Iran's Intelligence Min. arrests five spy teams. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (MNA) — Deputy Counterintelligence Ministry of Intelligence said that forces of the ministry nabbed five intelligence teams of foreign countries and thwarted their conspiracies waged against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-11). Honey extraction in Daryan, NW Iran. en.mehrnews.com DARYAN, Aug. 11 (MNA) — Some 15.025 tons of honey are produced per annum from 1,391,679 hives in East Azarbaijan Province, northwest Iran. The images show the process of honey extraction in Daryan Village in Shabestar County.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-11). Over 331K people infected by COVID-19, death toll at 18,800. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (MNA) — Iran's Health Ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday that 184 more Iranians have died from coronavirus (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours, bringing the total deaths to 18,800.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-11). Beirut Blast, chance for great unity in Lebanon. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (MNA) — Leaving a note in the memorial notebook of Lebanon, an Iranian politician considered the threat caused by the recent blast in Beirut as an opportunity for reaching a great unity among the diverse Lebanese nation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-11). Extending arms embargo on Iran lacks legal basis. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (MNA) — A Chinese diplomat at the UN said that extending the Arms Embargo on Iran in whatever form lacks legal basis and will undermine efforts to preserve the Nuclear Deal.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-11). Saudi Arabia abusing old regulatory gap in IAEA: Mousavi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said that Saudi Arabia continues to refuse to accept IAEA inspections, despite currently pursuing a comprehensive nuclear program.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-11). Iran to continue efforts to produce COVID-19 vaccine strongly. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that efforts to produce coronavirus, COVID-19, vaccine and drugs will continue vigorously until the final result is achieved.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-11). Regional states should strengthen coop. in combating COVID19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Health Saeed Namaki held talks with WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Ahmed Al-Mandhari on the expansion of regional cooperation in the fight against coronavirus via videoconference.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-11). Police bust over 750kg of opium in southeastern Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Police forces of the Sistan and Baluchestan province, southeastern Iran, have busted a big haul of opium in Iranshahr, weighing over 750 kilograms.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-11). Iran exports $153.7mn worth of dairies in four months: IRICA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (MNA) — Spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) said that the country exported $153.7 million worth of dairy products in the first four months of the current year (from March 21 to July 22).

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-11). 3rd Iranian film week opens in Japan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (MNA) — The third Iranian Film Week opened in Japan on Monday and was welcomed by a large number of Japanese enthusiasts on the first day.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-11). Stock market beats housing sector in attracting liquidity. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (MNA) — In the first four months of the current Iranian year (March 21-July 21), the Iranian stock market could attract 840bn rials ($3.7mn) of liquidity beating its rival, the housing sector, which absorbed 600bn rials ($2.6mn).

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-11). Iran, Russia discuss on broadening bilateral media coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (MNA)- Spokespersons of Iranian and Russian Foreign Ministry discussed about ways to expand bilateral cooperation in the field of media and to counter unrealistic atmosphere created by western states through video conference on Tue.

_____ (2020-08-11). If Trump Wins, Russia Did It, If Biden Wins, It Was China And Iran. popularresistance.org Mass media throughout the western world are uncritically passing along a press release from the US intelligence community because that's what passes for journalism in a world where God is dead and everything is stupid. | The press release, from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and authored by National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina, claims that Russia wants Donald Trump to win re-election in November and is pushing to advance than goal, while China and Iran are doing the same with Joe Biden. What this completely unsubstantiated narrative means, of course, is th…

_____ (2020-08-11). 75 Anniversary of the Nuclear Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. strategic-culture.org 2020 marks the 75 anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The United States still remains the only nation to use atomic weapons on its enemies. But was incinerating untold numbers of Japanese really necessary? The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were a political act to begin the Cold War, deliberately carried out by American leaders to assert U.S. hegemony. Watch the video and read more in the Editorial article.

Bob Dreyfuss (2020-08-11). Will October Surprise Be Trump-Provoked War With Iran? commondreams.org "Consider it beyond irony if, this October," writes Dreyfuss, "the latest election 'surprise' were to take us back to the very origins of the term in the form of some kind of armed conflict that could only end terribly for everyone involved." (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/no-war_with_iran_0.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-08-11). Progressive Groups Pressure Biden and Trump to Include Nuclear Disarmament in Campaign Platforms. commondreams.org "The United States urgently needs a leader who will have the courage to look at, think hard about, and speak openly about the dire perils posed by our country's vast nuclear arsenal." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cropped-gettyimages-871194038_0_0.jpg

Manlio Dinucci (2020-08-11). Cosa fa l'Italia per il disarmo nucleare? globalresearch.ca Nel 75 ∞ anniversario del bombardamento atomico di Hiroshima e Nagasaki, il presidente della Repubblica Sergio Mattarella ha ribadito che ´l'Italia sostiene con forza l'obiettivo di un mondo libero da armi nucleari ª. Gli ha fatto eco il presidente della Commissione Difesa …

Alan MacLeod (2020-08-10). Trump Appoints Disgraced Iran-Contra Hawk Elliott Abrams as Iran Envoy. globalresearch.ca Activists, the UN, and even mainstream news outlets expressed dismay at the Trump administration's decision to appoint regime-change champion Elliot Abrahams to the role of Special Representative for Iran. | *** | The Trump administration has appointed disgraced neoconservative hawk Elliott …

Ben Norton (2020-08-10). Twitter spreads paid US gov't propaganda while falsely claiming it bans state media ads. thegrayzone.com Twitter says it bans ads from state-affiliated media outlets. However, US government propaganda organs like Voice of America's VOA Persian…

Medea Benjamin (2020-08-10). Elliott Abrams' Appointment as the Next U.S. Special Representative for Iran. Spells Disaster. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Jane Green (2020-08-10). Worker's death sparks historic oil and gas strike in Iran. peoplesworld.org

Bill Hackwell and Alicia Jrapko (2020-08-10). US: Crimes against Humanity at Home and Abroad. dissidentvoice.org Photo Credit: Albert Eisenstaedt This month marks the second year since former President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, announced to the world a campaign promoted by a group of Latin American writers and academics to declare August 9 as International Day of US Crimes against Humanity. Appropriately the day is to remember the second nuclear bomb …

WSWS (2020-08-10). Iranian oil workers mount wave of strikes as COVID-19 rages across the country. wsws.org According to reports, at least 10,000 workers have participated in walkouts at nearly 30 oil and petrochemical facilities, including the Abadan, Parsian and Qeshm refineries.

news.un (2020-08-10). Young people have a major role to play in ridding the world of nuclear weapons. news.un.org Nuclear weapons are still one of the most serious threats to mankind, and the dangers are growing. Young people can play an important role in ensuring that they are eliminated once and for all, says the UN's top disarmament official, ahead of International Youth Day on 12 August.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). "Hormuz Peace Endeavor" can only be sustained strategically. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Professor Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Chair of the Centre for Iranian Studies at the London Middle East Institute believes that "The "Hormuz Peace Endeavour" can only be sustained strategically.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iranian animation 'Crab' competing at Animafest Cyprus. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Iranian short animation 'Crab' directed by Shiva Sadegh Asadi is present at the international competition film program of the 19th Countryside Animafest Cyprus, the official animation event of the country, August 9-12.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iran' Mahiroud Market exports over 13 million $ goods. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) —The Director-General of South Khorasan Customs administration said, "The definite export from Mahiroud Market in the first quarter of the current year has been 13 million and 112 thousand and 97 dollars."

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). UNSC facing major test to show independence: Vaezi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Iranian President's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi said that the members of UN Security Council are facing a major test to show their independence and react negatively to US pressure on Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iran, Iraq underscore expansion of mutual ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (MNA) — In a Monday meeting between the ambassador of Iran to Iraq and the Iraqi minister of justice the two sides underlined the significance of improving bilateral ties between the two countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iran records 2,132 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,132 people and claimed 189 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iran not officially notified of ship seizure off Pakistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — In reaction to reports that an Iranian oil tanker was seized in the port of Karachi, Iranian Ambassador to Islamabad said that the Iranian embassy has not received any official report from Pakistani authorities.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iran-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan transit corridor operational. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — The pilot project of the Iran-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan transit corridor became operational under the TIR system with two trucks starting transporting goods from Iran to Afghanistan and finally to Uzbekistan on Monday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Pharmaceutical industry discussed under Covid-19 pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Mehr news agency, on Monday, hosted the head and members of the Iranian Pharmaceutical Industries Syndicate in a meeting to investigate the condition of the domestic pharmaceutical industry under the coronavirus pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iran-Eurasia trade reaches $2.6 billion in 9 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union trades reached $2.6 billion in the nine months since October 27, 2019 — when the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) was inked between Islamic Republic of Iran and Eurasian Economic Union.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iran to adopt various methods to unblock frozen assets. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Islamic Republic of Iran will adopt various methods to unblock its frozen assets in other countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iran, Azerbaijan set roadmap for development of coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Labor, Cooperatives and Social Welfare announced that Iran and Republic of Azerbaijan have set a roadmap for the development of cooperation between the two countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Swiss financial channel to facilitate cereals, pharmaceutical. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Chairman of Iran-Switzerland Joint Chamber of Commerce said that Swiss financial channel with the Islamic Republic of Iran will facilitate trade of cereals and pharmaceuticals.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Beirut Blast to change political arrangement in Lebanon. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Iranian ex-ambassador to Germany said that It seems when the Beirut tensions end, the political arrangement of the forces in Lebanon will change and some political groups will turn to Hezbollah.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Anibar Animation Festival to screen 'Eaten' from Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Iranian animation 'Eaten', directed by Mohsen Rezapour, will be screened at the 2020 edition of the Anibar International Animation Festival.

sputniknews (2020-08-10). Tehran Claims European Insurers Responsible for Compensation of Downed Ukraine Jet. sputniknews.com The head of Iran's Central Insurance Organization is arguing that European insurance companies, rather than Tehran, should be responsible for covering costs related to the Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) plane downed shortly after takeoff by Iranian military personnel on January 8.

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Iran's real virus figures higher than announced: Expert. yenisafak.com The coronavirus figures announced by the Iranian authorities are one-twentieth of the real numbers, a member of an anti-virus taskforce said Monday."There was no transparent flow of information regarding the numbers. Authorities announce official numbers by considering political and security concerns", Mohammad Reza Mahboubfar told the Iranian Jahanesanat news website. | Mahboubfar said despite all the warnings, President Hassan Rouhani's statement that the mourning ceremonies of Ashura will be celebrated with enthusiasm revealed serious disagreements between the taskforce members and the government. | Despite an…

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Israel says ready for war with Lebanon: Gantz. yenisafak.com Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Monday Israel is ready for a war with Lebanon if such war is imposed on Tel Aviv. | In his briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Gantz warned that such war would have serious consequences on Lebanon. | "While [Hezbollah leader Hasan] Nasrallah is our biggest enemy in the north, he is Lebanon's biggest problem." He said. | Gantz also said that the situation in the Middle East in the past decade was fragile and uncertain, stressing that Israel will continue efforts to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear power, and from operati…

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Coronavirus: Iran reports 189 more fatalities. yenisafak.com As many as 189 new coronavirus-related fatalities have raised the death toll in Iran to 18,616, the Health Ministry sai…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). IRCS sends over 90 tons humanitarian aid to Beirut. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) —The head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society said that so far, over 90 tons of various humanitarian packages have been sent to Lebanon, and sending of the other four shipments weighing 60 tons is underway.

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 …