Daily Archives: September 2, 2020

2020-09-02: News Headlines

South Front (2020-09-02). Video: Israeli Missiles Target Iran-Hezbollah backed Forces in Southern Syria. globalresearch.ca Late on August 31, air defense forces of Syria were activated to repel Israeli missile strikes on the countryside of the Syrian capital of Damascus and the southern part of the country. According to reports, Israeli missiles targeted positions of …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-02). Barring US, all parties reiterate commitment to Iran nuclear deal. peoplesdispatch.org Delegates from Iran, Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany said the deal was a key component in the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture. They also rejected US bids to trigger snapback sanctions…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-02). Foreign Ministry to safeguard Iran's national interests. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 02 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Foreign Ministry makes every effort to protect Iran's national interests.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-02). 473 tons of illicit drugs busted in Iran in 6 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 02 (MNA) — Some 473 tons of different kinds of illicit drugs have been seized by Iran's ant-narcotics police forces, in the first 6 months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 20, 2020).

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-02). Brazil attaches importance to boosting ties with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 02 (MNA) — Considering the relations with Iran as an important issue for Brazil, the Brazilian envoy told Hossein Amir-Abdollahian that his country welcomes expanding relations and cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Elijah Magnier (2020-09-01). L'Iran et la Chine bâtissent de nouveaux empires sur les décombres de la politique de Trump. thealtworld.com Depuis la victoire de la ´ Révolution islamique ª en Iran en 1979, le slogan ´ Ni l'orientale, ni occidentale …

_____ (2020-09-01). US Government Seizes Websites Allegedly Involved In Iran-Venezuela Oil Deal. popularresistance.org The US government announced today that it had seized three websites used by Iran to facilitate oil deals with Venezuela. The decision follows the US interception of Iranian oil tankers bound for Venezuela and increased pressure from Washington on both countries. | The Department of Justice assumed control of the websites for Mobin International, Sohar Fuel and Oman Fuel, which the department called front companies. The companies allegedly facilitated a fuel shipment by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to Venezuela, according to a department press release.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). Iran, Asian nations discuss agri. challenges amid COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) along with its 46 member nations, convened in a conference to address the immediate threats posed to the agriculture sector and rural development amid pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). Over 1 ton of narcotics seized in Iran's Saravan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — The police forces of the Sistan and Baluchestan Province, southeastern Iran, have seized over 1 ton of illegal drugs in Saravan County.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). Joint Commission determined to preserve JCPOA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said that the Joint Commission on JCPOA is determined to preserve the Nuclear Deal.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). Iran's daily COVID-19 death toll declines. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — Iran's daily coronavirus fatalities dropped for the third consecutive day on Tuesday, with 101 deaths, down by six compared to a day earlier, according to the Health Ministry's spokeswoman.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). VP Jahangiri congratulates Independence Day of Uzbekistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — In a message on Tuesday, Iranian First Vice President Es'hagh Jahangiri felicitated Uzbek government on the country's Independence Day.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). 27 achievements of Army Air Defense Force to be unveiled. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 02 (MNA) — A number of 27 salient achievements of Iran's Army Air Defense Force will be unveiled on Wed. Sept. 02.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). JCPOA members not recognize US as a party to deal: Araghchi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for the Political Affairs said that members of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) do not recognize the United States as a party to the deal.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). Kamalvandi terms Iran-IAEA agreement 'win-win'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — Stating that the IAEA chief's visit to Tehran had strategic importance, the AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said that the recent Iran-IAEA agreement is win-win.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). Trade to be increased in region via Iran-Afghanistan borders. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — Through launching Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Iran (KTAI) corridor and Iran-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan corridor, trade activities will be increased in the region via Iran-Afghanistan borders.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). UAE normalization ties with Israel violates regional peace. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs said that United Arab Emirates' normalization of ties with the Zionist regime violates peace and security in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). JCPOA participants unanimously reject US-triggered Snapback. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — UN Security Council President Dian Triansyah Djani said last week that he was not in a position to take any further action in relation to the US effort to reinstate UN sanctions against Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). 'Russia remains ready to facilitate US-Iran direct dialogue'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that Russia is ready to help the United States and Iran to have a direct dialogue.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). Leader's meeting with Education Ministry officials. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei held a meeting on Tuesday via videoconference with the Education Minister Mohsen Haji Mirzaei, and senior officials at the Education Ministry.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). Iranian short film 'Doubt' to vie at two intl. Film Festivals. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 02 (MNA) — The short film 'Doubt' directed by Ali Tasdighi and produced by Farhad Ghadimi has been accepted at the 14th Bali International Film Festival.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). US' so-called 'maximum pressure' to fail soon. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — Government Spokesman Ali Rabiei said the Islamic Republic of Iran continues its 'maximum resistance' against the US' so-called 'maximum pressure', which is expected to fail in the near future.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). Will Iraqi PM's visit to US impact Iran-Iraq energy ties? en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — As the US waivers for Iraq's electricity imports from Iran are nearing their expiration in Sep., the Iraqi Prime Minister's recent visit to the US has raised some questions about the future of the two neighbors' energy ties.

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-09-01). Does Western Civilization Have a Future, or Is It Already in Its Grave? thealtworld.com Sandia National Laboritories, a US government-funded nuclear weapons developer, requires its white employees to be subjected to indoctrination in trainings sessions in which critical race theory propagandists tell the white employees they are racists, because they have white privilege due to their skin color. | One of the abused white employees, Casey P…

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-31). EU Supports US Coup Plot Against Belarus, Imposes Illegal Sanctions. globalresearch.ca Nearly always, EU countries are subservient to Washington's geopolitical agenda — no matter how unlawful. | Support by Britain, France, Germany (the E3), and Brussels for Iran's right to buy and sell conventional arms once the UN embargo on the practice …

WSWS (2020-08-31). Radioactive: The pioneering efforts of physicist and chemist Marie Curie. wsws.org Marie Curie (1867-1934) was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, and the first person and only woman to win it twice. Her life and work are the subject matter of Iranian-born French filmmaker Marjane Satrapi's feature.

WSWS (2020-08-31). This week in history: August 31-September 6. wsws.org 25 years ago: French test nuclear bomb in Pacific, setting off protests in Tahiti On September 5, 1995, the French government launched the first in a series of nuclear tests at Moruroa Atoll in the Pacific. Rioting and protests erupted in the Tahitian capital of Papeete in response, where one-third of the population was unemployed.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Iran, Pakistan emphasize on cooperating in regional forums. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Agu. 31 (MNA) — Iranian and Pakistani Parliament speakers stressed the need to develop and enhance bilateral political, economic, cultural, trade and parliamentary cooperation in regional forums.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Police bust over 1.3 tons of drugs in eastern Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — Iranian anti-narcotic forces have captured over 1.3 tons of opium in the eastern province of Khorasan Razavi.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Iran voices readiness to assist flood-hit Afghan people. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian expressed Iran's readiness to help flood victims in Afghanistan.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Air defense providing major security of borders of Iran's sky. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — Head of Iran's Passive Defense Organization said that Air Defense Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran is tasked with providing major security of borders of Iranian sky.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Iran's deputy FM holds talks with Austrian FM in Vienna. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Agu. 31 (MNA) —Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araghchi met and held talks with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg on Monday evening.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Shalamcheh border crossing resumes operation after short halt. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — Shalamcheh border crossing, which connects Iran's southwestern Khuzestan province to Basra in Iraq, resumed trade operation on Monday morning after a temporary halt last week.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Niger to prevent UNSC from abusing US unilateralism: Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep.01 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Niger will prevent abuse of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for US unilateralism.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Iran strengthens border security with modern equipment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — Commander of the Border Guard of the NAJA said that the forces have been equipped with modern tools to strengthen border security.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Iranians for Iranians against pandemic in Muharram. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — Iranian society is experiencing new trends under the coronavirus pandemic and in Muharram, the most significant of which is the increasing people's support for each other and their cooperation on improving their livelihood.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Iran registers 1,642 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 1,642 COVID-19 infections and 109 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Pursuing Gen. Soleimani's assassination case high on agenda. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — Iran's Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raeisi said that his body considers the case of Lieutenant General Soleimani's assassination as a priority to deal with.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Persian Restaurants in New Mexico. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — The restaurant concept is defined by business model and restaurant theme, style of service, cuisine, interior design, and price point. One of these concepts is catering restaurants.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Iran Invests in Advanced Drone Technology to Strengthen 'Deterrence Power' – State Media. sputniknews.com Iran's Ministry of Defense is investing in its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to ensure it remains one of the top countries in combat drone development, according to state media.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Iran's Zarif Blasts Washington's 'All Options on the Table' Approach to Own Citizens in Portland. sputniknews.com Portland became an epicenter of protests against police brutality and racism in the wake of the killing of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis in late May. The West Coast city has also been a major flashpoint for violence between rioting demonstrators, local police, federal law enforcement, and more recently, pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters.

yenisafak (2020-08-31). Turkey's quaint town Birgi eyes to be must-visit stop. yenisafak.com A historical town in western Turkey craves to be a tourist hub with new projects reviving its nearly 3,000-year-old history.Located in the Odemis district of Izmir on the Aegean coast, Birgi dates back to 750 B.C., according to estimates.With the traces of Phrygian and Lydian civilizations, Persian and Pergamon kingdoms, Roman and Byzantine empires, the Aydinid dynasty, and the Ottoman period, Birgi has been hosting a vibrant social life for thousands of years with its water resources and fertile lands.The historical premises, which succeeded in bringing the architectural texture formed during the time of Aydinid…

Shane Quinn (2020-08-30). Prior to the Cold War: US Nuclear Plans Entailed Blowing Up Hundreds of Chinese, Soviet and Eastern European Cities. globalresearch.ca On 30 August 1945, Major General Lauris Norstad dispatched a document to his superior, General Leslie Groves, outlining a total of 15 "key Soviet cities" to be struck with US atomic weapons.

Monterey Peace and Justice Center (2020-08-30). Saturday 8/29: The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons. indybay.org Monterey Peace & Justice Center YouTube livestream: www.youtube.com/channel/UCP1w-ymh_t13xi8y4WoYK7Q | Or join in the event via Zoom: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k1NGi-bkSaaGulDZ4pUvPw

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Iran marks Ashura with low-key ceremonies over virus. yenisafak.com Iranians marked the annual Ashura ritual with low-key ceremonies on Sunday, amid a coronavirus outbreak in the country.Shia Muslims hold mourning processions, which attract large crowds, on the month of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar, to mark the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, who was killed in a battle in the Iraqi city of Karbala in 680 AD.The day is commonly known as Ashura.All major ceremonies marking the day, however, were canceled this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Iran, one of the first countries in the region to report coronavirus cases in mid-February…

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-08-30). The UAE-Israel Deal: Selling Illusions. thealtworld.com Gulf rulers think they're buying protection against Iran and Turkey, just like the Palestinians bought into the fake promise of independence | Shimon Peres, Israel's shrewd former prime minister, once described the Oslo Accords as Israel's 'greatest invention.' The UAE-Israel agreement due to be formally signed next month can be seen as an equally great and duplicitous 'invention' by its architect Jared Kushner and his mentor Benjamin Netanyahu. | The former agreement, signed in the White House Rose Garden on 13 September 1993, sold the Palestinians the illusion that they would get an independent state on the 196…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-29). Iranian support for Iraqi government 'unconditional'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi expressed the Islamic Republic's "unconditional support" to the Iraqi government, whether Iraq decides to expel US troops or not.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-29). Iran to keep pursuing disappearance of Imam Musa al-Sadr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Iran has constantly been pursuing the disappearance of Imam Musa al-Sadr, the founder of the basic core of anti-Zionism resistance in Lebanon, and will keep it on the agenda.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-29). China's UNSC stance 'actual rejection of US bullying'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) — Iran's ambassador to Beijing hailed China's standing against US bullying policies at the UN, saying such stance has thwarted Washington's unilateralism.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-29). Iran, Italy discuss expansion of ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) — Iranian and Italian ambassadors to Russia held a phone conversation on Friday to discuss ways of boosting bilateral ties.