Daily Archives: September 28, 2020

2020-09-28: News Headlines

_____ (2020-09-28). Iran Has Been 'Resanctioned' but Do Sanctions Actually Work? strategic-culture.org The Trump administration is seeking international support to turn back the clock on

South Front (2020-09-28). Video: US Is Preparing Military Response to Wave of Iranian-backed Attacks on Its Forces in Iraq. globalresearch.ca Over the past months, attacks on convoys of the US-led coalition moving military equipment and supplies have become an ordinary development in Iraq. Local Iranian-backed resistance groups demanding a US military withdrawal from the country have conducted over two dozen …

_____ (2020-09-28). Discredited Russian Bounty Story Exposes Media's Role In Status Quo. popularresistance.org It is an old journalistic trope: no one reads the correction … or the retraction. No matter how serious the error or profound the implications of the misreporting. Like, let's say the entire range of mainstream media took the word of unnamed intelligence sources as gospel and reported that the only other nuclear superpower — which supposedly rigged our last election, and runs our current president as an "asset" — had been offering Afghan militants bounties for the scalps of dead American soldiers.

WSWS (2020-09-28). Armenian-Azeri conflict erupts in Caucasus, threatening wider war. wsws.org A war could spiral out of control and escalate into a broader conflict between Russia, Turkey and other NATO states, potentially involving nuclear weapons.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Iranian documentary honored at US MLFF. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — Iranian documentary 'Democracy on the Road of Saveh" directed by Touraj Kalantari received an honorary reward in the 2020 Mammoth Lakes Film Festival.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Assassinating top gen., proof of strengthening US terrorism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei said that assassination of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lt. Gen. Soleimani is a proof of strengthening of terrorism by the US.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Trump using 'small' countries to rescue US out of troubles. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — An official with the Leader's office said that US President Donald Trump is taking advantage of some Persian Gulf states to gain votes in the upcoming election.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). New development in region to end to detriment of Israelis. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs said that the new trend and development is taking shape in the region which will end to the detriment of the Zionist regime.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Iran backs peaceful stability of all ethnic groups in Bosnia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — Iranian ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina said that Islamic Republic of Iran supports the amicable coexistence, integrity and stability of all ethnic groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Iran marks National Day of Rumi, greatest mystical poet. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 29 (MNA) — Mehr 8 in the Iranian calendar corresponding with September 29 this year is considered a significant cultural event for Iranians to commemorate the prominent Iranian poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi who is known to everyone.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Ayatollah Sistani fortress of Iraq, safety valve for region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif in a Monday tweet in Arabic appreciated the role of Iraq's most prominent Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in establishing stability and security in Iraq.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Indian animator awarded in 16th Resistance Int. Film Fest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — "The Saviour" by Arjun Mukherjee from India managed to snatch the Iran's 16th Resistance International Film Festival's "Health Defenders" Section's trophy and diploma of honour.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Governor Generals' meeting at Interior Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 29 (MNA) —The meeting of Governor generals across the country held at a venue in the Ministry of Interior on Monday in the presence of Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli.

sputniknews (2020-09-28). Despite Calls to Support Armenia, India Should Take Its Cues from Russia, Analysts Say. sputniknews.com Both Azerbaijan and Armenia have blamed each other for triggering the latest round of hostilities over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which has been disputed between the two countries since the 1980s. Major powers, including Russia, Iran, and the US, have called for defusing the tensions. Turkey, on the other hand, has backed Azerbaijan.

yenisafak (2020-09-28). Iran reports 190 more virus deaths, over 3,500 new cases. yenisafak.com At least 190 more coronavirus-related fatalities have raised the death toll in Iran to 25,779, the country's Health Ministry said on Monday. | Some 3,512 more people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, pushing the overall count up to 449,960, ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said. | She added that 376,531 patients have recovered so far, while 4,068 are hospitalized in critical condition. | Some 30 of Iran's 31 provinces are in the red zone with high risk of coronavirus, Lari warned. | Iran is struggling to contain the pandemic since February when the first cases were confirmed in the city of…

yenisafak (2020-09-28). Iranian ships conduct illegal fishing off Yemen coast. yenisafak.com "The illegal fishing by these Iranian ships constitutes a blatant assault on the Yemeni sovereignty," Fahad Kafain said on Twitter. | Kafain called on the international community to intervene to "halt Iran's destructive role" in Yemen, going on to call for a stronger coordination between the Yemeni government and the Saudi-led coalition to "counter Iran's violations and prevent tampering with the Yemeni waters and resources". | There was no immediate comment from the Iranian authorities on the accusations. | Yemen has been devastated by a conflict that escalated in September 2014 after Iran-aligned Houthi rebe…

Nick Turse (2020-09-28). How a News Report on Hiroshima Helped Prevent Nuclear War. thenation.com How a News Report on Hiroshima Helped Prevent Nuclear War…

_____ (2020-09-27). RIP Andre Vltchek: 'Western Imperialism Is World's Biggest Problem'. popularresistance.org André traveled relentlessly from one battle field to another, from one conflict zone to a war zone. He exposed innumerable atrocities committed around the world, mostly by western powers. He never wavered from revealing the truth. From Afghanistan to Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan to Argentina, Chile, Peru to Hong Kong, to Xinjiang, the Uygur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China — André was there.

Lawrence Wittner (2020-09-27). Where Does the Democratic Party Stand on War, Peace, and International Relations? zcomm.org After nearly four years of the Trump administration, U.S. voters have a pretty good idea of the policies that the President and his Republican allies champion when it comes to America's dealings with other nations. These policies include massive increases in military spending, lengthy wars abroad, threats of nuclear war, withdrawal from climate and nuclear

Scott Ritter (2020-09-27). In refusing to extend New START, the US puts the world on the path of collective suicide. zcomm.org The US has embraced the notion that American security is predicated on a new generation of nuclear weaponry unconstrained by the limitations imposed by arms control agreements…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). "Rasoul's Sign" presented to Iranian composer Majid Entezami. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — The "Rasoul's Sign" memorial of the 16th Resistance International Film Festival was presented to maestro Majid Entezami who has composed music for over 80 movies, the Sacred Defense films in particular.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). Zarif urges Azerbaijan, Armenia to self-restraint, ceasefire. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister called on Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia to self-restraint and ceasefire over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). 1,377 new COVID-19 cases hospitalized in 24h. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 1,377 of the 3,362 new confirmed COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours have been hospitalized.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). Iranian FM sympathizes with Ukraine over plane crash. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh on Sun. expressed his sympathy with the people and government of Ukraine over the plane crash.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). Iran closely monitoring alarming violence in Nagorno-Karabakh. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Islamic Republic of Iran is closely monitoring the alarming violence in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). Industry min. can play a key role in solving economic problem. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade can play a very constructive and leading role in solving economic problems overshadowing the country effectively in the current situation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). Open session of Iran's Parliament on Sunday. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — Presided by the Iranian Parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, the open session of Iran' Parliament held on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). 3 veteran Iranian artists honored at Resistance film fest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) —Concurrent with the closing ceremony of the 16th Resistance International Film Festival, three veteran Iranian artists including Jamshid Hashempour, Jamal Shorjeh, Mohsen Ali Akbari, were honored.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). Iran, Iraq poised to broaden bilateral defense coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq explored avenues for broadening and enhancing bilateral ties in the defense field.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). Tehran hosts closing ceremony of 'Resistance Intl. Filmfest.'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — The closing ceremony of Iran's 16th Resistance International Film Festival held in Tehran's Sacred Defense Garden on Sunday attended by several high-ranking officials and cinematic figures.

sputniknews (2020-09-27). Iran's Rouhani Urges All Mideast Nations Hosting US Forces to Expel Them. sputniknews.com Washington beefed up its military presence near Iran earlier this month, deploying a carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf in a move one senior Iranian commander has called "theatrics." At the same time, the US has been gradually paring down its permanent troop presence in Iraq amid constant attacks on its interests.

Frida Berrigan (2020-09-27). After 4 Decades of Plowshares Actions, It's Nuclear Warfare that Should Be on Trial — Not Activists. commondreams.org Phil Berrigan in front of a "wreckage of war" die-in at the River Entrance. Frida is half-visible behind to the left. Photo taken by Rick Reinhard on December 30, 1996. The banner reads, "The Pentagon Product Is War: Shut It Down." (Photo via Frida Berrigan) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/wreckageofwar.jpg

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-09-26). Renewed Scrutiny of US Nuclear Weapons Stockpile as Campaigners Mark Day to Rid World of 'Tools of Mass Human Death and Suffering'. commondreams.org "There is no cure for a nuclear war. Prevention is our only option." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/2020-day-elimination-nuclear-weapons.jpg

Juan Cole (2020-09-26). Russia tells Trump to Jump in Lake. zcomm.org Commits 80,000 Personnel to War drill alongside Iran, China…

teleSUR, ce (2020-09-26). International Peace Forum Opposes US-Led New Cold War on China. telesurenglish.net Peace activists from China, the US, Britain, South Africa, India, Morocco, Bolivia and Belgium have come together for an international forum to discuss the US-led New Cold War and how to oppose it. | RELATED: | The event, organized by the No Cold War campaign, was chaired by Vijay Prashad, Director of the Tricontinental Institute and Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. | Deputy General Se…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). El Salvadorian filmmaker hails medical personnel. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Iran's 16th Resistance International Film Festival has held an interview with Susana Beatriz Serrano, a filmmaker from El Salvador.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Iran considers US presence detrimental to regional security. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran considers the presence of US terrorist forces in the region as detrimental to the security and stability of the region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). US attack on top generals, 'insult to Iraq sovereignty'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) —Iranian Parliament Speaker said that US assassination of former IRGC Quds Force Cmdr. General Soleimani and second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis was an insult to sovereignty of Iraq.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Iranian short 'Talker' wins at Tirana Intl. FilmFest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — Iranian short film, 'Talker' directed by Mehrshad Ranjbar, has won the best film award at student film competition in the 18th edition of the Tirana International Film Festival (TIFF) in Albania.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Zarif talks US assassination of Iran top general with Iraq FM. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed the US terrorist murder of Iran's top general Martyr Soleimani with visiting Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein in Tehran on Saturday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Kuwait calls for dialogue between Iran, Arab states. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Kuwait's Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah urged Iran and Arab countries to dialogue in order to end tensions in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Iranian, Iraqi FMs hold meeting in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met and held talks with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein on Saturday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Iran COVID-19 update: 3,204 new cases, 172 deaths in 24h. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Iran's Health Ministry confirmed 3,204 new COVID-19 infections and 172 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Iran, UN official discuss latest developments in Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister's Senior Assistant for Special Political Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji held a phone talk with the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen on the latest developments in Syria.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). 1st VP's visit to Bandar Abbas. en.mehrnews.com BANDAR ABBAS, Sep. 27 (MNA) – In his one-day trip to Bandar Abbas, the First Vice President of Iran Eshaq Jahangiri inaugurated several projects including the second phase of steel-making of Kish South Kaveh Steel Company (SKS).

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Iran's Army not worried about regional threats: Pourdastan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — The Head of Army's Strategic Studies Center said that Iran's Army is not worried about the regional threats.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). AEOI promoting use of nuclear tech. in determined manner. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that it is pursuing and promoting the use of nuclear technology in a precise and determined manner.

sputniknews (2020-09-26). Tehran Accuses Trump of Being Even More of a Threat to Iran Than Saddam Hussein. sputniknews.com Iran and Iraq fought a brutal, eight-year war between 1980 and 1988, with Baghdad invading the Islamic Republic to try to seize the oil-rich province of Khuzestan soon after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Up to 1.2 million people died in the conflict, which included Iraqi use of chemical weapons against both Iranian troops and civilians.

yenisafak (2020-09-26). Lebanon's parliament speaker says still sticks to French initiative. yenisafak.com Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri, who is the leader of the Shi'ite Muslim Amal Movement, said his group would stick to a French initiative after the plan was dealt a blow by the prime minister-designate's decision to step down."Our position is to stick to the French initiative and its content," Berri said in a statement, after a dispute over the new cabinet that centred around a demand by Amal and its ally Iran-backed Hezbollah to name several ministers.

yenisafak (2020-09-26). Iran prepares to impose new coronavirus lockdowns as cases rise. yenisafak.com "We are forced to intensify regulations and supervisions," starting in the capital Tehran, Rouhani said in televised remarks.He said government-run coronavirus task-force offices around the country would make recommendations on restrictions and whether to impose one-week lockdowns.Iran's death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed 25,000 and identified cases on Friday totalled 439,882, according to the health ministry.Iran's health officials have expressed alarm over a surge in infections, urging the country to respect health protocols to control the spread of the disease.