2021-04-21: News Headlines

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-22). Pompeo Joins House Republicans to Unveil Iran Sanctions Bill. news.antiwar.com Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo The legislation, titled

Dave Lindorff (2021-04-21). US Has No Moral Standing to Criticize Russia or China. counterpunch.org President Joe Biden and his Secretary of State Antony Blinken are worried about Russian Putin critic and presidential aspirant, currently in a Russian prison after conviction on charges of skipping bail and leaving the country and other charges, being abused and at risk of dying in jail. That threat may or may not be real,

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-21). 34 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan: MoD statement. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) —Afghanistan Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday that 34 Taliban fighters were killed and 10 others were wounded in clashes with government forces in the past 24 hours.

Anonymous007 (2021-04-21). Russia's Yasen-M Nuclear Submarine To Be Able To Salvo Launch Cruise Missiles. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Russia's Project 885M (Yasen-M) nuclear-powered submarines will be able to salvo-launch Kalibr-PL and Oniks cruise missiles, TASS In November 2020, "the Kazan made a salvo during state trials, which confirmed the possibility of such launches," the source said…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-21). U.S. Falling Behind China And Russia In Terms Of Nuclear Arsenal: STRATCOM. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Chinese nuclear capability is improving at an incredible pace, and could soon be useable in actual conflict, Adm. Charles Richard, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command warned. | He told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he had just ordered all briefs on Beijing's nuclear weapons contain no intelligence information vetted more than one month earlier "because it's probably out of date" that quickly. | Richard testified that China is capable of accurately deployi…

Staff (2021-04-21). Iran, Pakistan agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 22 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation and regional coordination on Afghanistan, Palestine, multilateralism and fighting anti-Muslim bigotry.

Staff (2021-04-21). COVID-19 daily death toll in Iran at 388. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — The number of daily deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran stood at 388 with the total death toll surpassed 67,910 on Wed.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-21). 20,000 people to receive COVIran Barakat vaccine next week. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — The main researcher working on producing anti-Covid-19 vaccine dubbed COVIran Barakat said Wednesday that as many as 20,000 will start receiving the Iranian-made vaccine starting from next week.

Staff (2021-04-21). 18K unaccompanied child migrants have disappeared in Europe. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 22 (MNA) —At least 18,000 unaccompanied child migrants have disappeared after arriving in European countries including Greece, Italy, and Germany.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-21). Trade at Pishin-Mand Crossing between Iran, Pakistan resumes. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — The Pishin-Mand Border Crossing between Iran and Pakistan resumed activities during a ceremony attended by Iranian and Pakistani officials on Wednesday.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-21). GOP introduces largest package of Iran sanctions in Congress. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — The Republicans in the US Congress unveiled on Wednesday what they described as the largest package of Iran sanctions in history, US media reported.

Staff (2021-04-21). Anti-Iranian maximum pressure policy total failure. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna believes Maximum pressure policy totally failed and just prompted the development of the Iranian nuclear program beyond 2015 parameters.

Staff (2021-04-21). Iran to receive 6th batch of Russian 'Sputnik V' vaccine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — The 6th consignment of the Russian 'Sputnik V' vaccine will be forwarded to the Islamic Republic of Iran from Moscow which includes 100,000 doses.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-21). VIDEO: Tehran to receive batch of Russian Sputnik V tomorrow. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — The sixth consignment of Russian Sputnik V vaccines will be dispatched to Iran tomorrow. This batch contains 100,000 doses of the Russian-made vaccine.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-21). EU lawmaker highlights Iran's role in fighting ISIL in Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — A member of the European Parliament said when the ISIL terrorist group was advancing in Iraq the previous Obama administration refused to help Baghdad while Iran came to aid.

Staff (2021-04-21). US welcomes Iran's role in Yemen: Envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 22 (MNA) — US Ambassador to Yemen Tim Lenderking said that his country welcomes Iran's role in ending war in Yemen.

Staff (2021-04-21). Fire Fighters having a different Iftar at fire station. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 22 (MNA) — During the holy month of Ramadan, Iranian firefighters, who are on standby, break their fast at their fire station, sitting around the iftar table with their colleagues.

Staff (2021-04-21). US film fest to host 'Metamorphosis in the Slaughterhouse'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — Iranian film 'Metamorphosis in the Slaughterhouse' directed by Javad Daraei will be participating in Riverside International Film Festival.

Staff (2021-04-21). VIDEO: Inhalation of first dose of Razi COV-Pars vaccine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — On Wednesday, two Iranian volunteers received the first doses of the Razi COV-Pars vaccine that can be inhaled.

Staff (2021-04-21). Iran register $36.5bn foreign trade with neighbors. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — In the last Iranian calendar year, the country could have $36.5-billion foreign trade with its neighbors.

Hamid Enayat (2021-04-21). Iran's Fundamentalist Regime Is A Threat To All Religions — OpEd. eurasiareview.com As descendants of Abraham, we are all brothers and sisters. That is why we should all be united against the Iranian theocracy. Just as it unleashed the coronavirus against the defenseless population inside Iran, Tehran's mullahs also want to infect the world with the virus of fundamentalism. We should build the necessary antibodies to resist it. | Jesus Christ was to heal the "broken-hearted." And God says in the Quran that Muhammad was sent to break the chains of humanity and to lift the heavy burden on them. | This emancipating spirit is the essence of the teachings of Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. Their differ…

Middle East Monitor (2021-04-21). Israeli Intelligence Chiefs Assess that Biden, Iran will Rejoin Nuclear Deal; Netanyahu wants to Stop it. juancole.com By Motasem A Dalloul | — After two weeks of deliberations in Vienna about reactivating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal with Iran, EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell told reporters on Monday that, "There is a real goodwill on both parts to reach an agreement." He pointed out that the …

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-21). Iran's Rouhani Says 60% to 70% of Issues Resolved in Vienna Talks. news.antiwar.com Iranian President Hasan Rouhani spoke positively of the indirect talks with the US that have been ongoing in Vienna aimed at reviving the JCPOA and "The negotiations have achieved 60 to 70 percent progress," Rouhani said on Tuesday. "If the Americans act honestly, we will reach a conclusion in little time." | Diplomats representing Iran and the remaining participants of the JCPOA — China, Russia, the UK, France, and Germany — met in Vienna on Tuesday…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-21). US and Israel at Odds Over Iran Talks. news.antiwar.com Tensions are rising between the Israeli government and the Biden administration over talks that have been ongoing in Vienna aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, The US and Israel have been holding strategic talks on Iran policy through a forum headed by each country's national security advisor. Israeli officials told Axios that during recent talks, Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat felt the US is not showing "sufficient consider…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-21). Report: Israel Backing Down on Some Iran Nuclear Deal Demands. news.antiwar.com According to a report from Israeli TV, The report said Israel is now pushing for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to have more powers in Iran. Israel's Mossad chief Yossi Cohan, National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, and Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi are expected to travel to Washington next week to lob…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-21). U.S. Strategic Command chief calls for nuclear upgrade aimed at China and Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com U.S. Strategic Command chief calls for nuclear upgrade aimed at China and RussiaRick Rozoff On April 20 Admiral Charles Richard, commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee alongside his colleague General James Dickinson, commander of U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM), in both open and closed hearings. Richard described his command, …

Adam Martin (2021-04-21). How Adam Became A Real Progressive. realprogressives.org A long time ago, a game was released for the PlayStation console. The game had a demo released through Pizza Hut, a short taste of this spy thriller, Metal Gear Solid. You play as Solid Snake, and your mission is to sneak through a base and stop a terrorist group from launching a nuclear missile. Upon playing the full version, instead of a full action thriller (although the game has plenty of this) you are instead treated to a thematic experience of pacifism, the folly of nuclear proliferation, genetics and eugenics, government corruption, and more. For a game where you kill plenty of people, these pacifist th…

ecns.cn (2021-04-21). ROK says to join IAEA monitoring team for Fukushima wastewater release. ecns.cn South Korea will make sure to participate in an international monitoring team led by the UN nuclear watchdog for Japan's planned release of nuclear polluted water from its wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, Yonhap reported, citing the country's foreign ministry.

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-21). US Strategic Command Chief Calls for Nuclear Upgrade Aimed at China and Russia. news.antiwar.com On April 20 Admiral Charles Richard, commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee alongside his colleague General James Dickinson, commander of U.S. Space Command SPACECOM), in both open and closed hearings. Richard described his command, which consists of 150,000 service members from all branches of the armed forces, as …

Staff (2021-04-21). IRGC drones capture precise footage of US aircraft carrier. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 22 (MNA) — The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has released strikingly precise and close footage of an American aircraft carrier captured by the elite force's drones during an overflight of the vessel in the Persian Gulf.

Staff (2021-04-21). Indonesian submarine goes missing near Bali. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — An Indonesian Cakra (Type 209/1300)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) has been reported as missing and an attempt to rescue it is currently underway.

Staff (2021-04-21). Bashar al-Assad to run for 2021 Syrian presidential election. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — Bashar al-Assad has officially announced his run for the Syrian presidential election in 2021.

Staff (2021-04-21). Russia summons deputy head of US embassy in Moscow. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — Russia's foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned the deputy head of the US embassy in Moscow.

Staff (2021-04-21). US envoy return to Moscow hinges on developing bilateral ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that return of the US Ambassador to Russia depends on the developments in relations between the United States and Russia.

Staff (2021-04-20). Taliban expresses no willingness to attend Istanbul meeting. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Taliban announced that it will take part in no meeting until foreign troops leave Afghanistan.

Staff (2021-04-20). 8 police forces killed, 3 wounded in Afghanistan's Badakhshan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Sources said that eight police members were killed and three more were wounded in a Taliban attack on their outpost in Zibak district in the northeastern province of Badakhshan after midnight on Tuesday.

Staff (2021-04-20). Venezuela secures aid from UN food programme. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Venezuelan President Maduro announced that his country has signed several agreements with the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

_____ (2021-04-20). Israel and Its Unlikely Arab Friends. strategic-culture.org In 2020, Israel, supported by the United States, began a diplomatic offensive in the Arab world. The goal is evident: containing Iran. As U.S. author Eric Margolis writes, the countries that sign peace agreements with Israel, are "so frightened of neighboring Iran that they would happily have opted for Israeli rule rather than welcome the angry, unforgiving Iranians".

Anonymous007 (2021-04-20). Iran Says "Always Open" For Negotiations With Saudi Arabia. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Iran is always open to negotiations with Saudi Arabia, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said."We have seen media reports about talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, although the reports sometimes had contradictory quotes," Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told a weekly news conference. | "What is important is that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always welcomed dialogue with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and considers it in the interest of the people of the…

Staff (2021-04-20). African Muslims spending 2nd Ramadan amid pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — Same as all Muslims across the globe, African Muslims fast and preserve Ramadan rituals under anti-Covid-19 restrictions and lockdown this year.

Staff (2021-04-20). Main electricity of Natanz Enrichment Facility connected. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Turning to a meeting of National Security Commission held on Tue., spokesman of the Commission said that, according to Atomic Energy Organization of Iran's chief, main electricity of Natanz Enrichment Facility is connected.

Staff (2021-04-20). Focusing on lifting US anti-Iranian sanctions, a top priority. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Chinese representative in the meeting of Joint Commission of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) said that concentrating on lifting US anti-Iranian sanctions is still the main priority.

Staff (2021-04-20). US schedules to suspend sanctions, not lift them. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — A source in Vienna said that the US's schedule was only to suspend sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic of Iran, not to lift them completely.

Staff (2021-04-20). Pak foreign ministry releases statement on FM visit to Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Pakistan's ministry of foreign affairs released a statement on Tuesday, announcing FM Shah Mahmoud Qureshi's upcoming visit to Tehran.

Staff (2021-04-20). Iran to stop talks whenever it turns to excessive demand. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for the Political Affairs said that whenever process of JCPOA talks, which is ongoing in Vienna, move towards excessive demands, it (Iran) will stop continuing it.

Staff (2021-04-20). Over 1,000 tons narcotics seized in Iran in last year. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — The deputy head of Iran's Police Brigadier General said that last Iranian year [started March 20, 2020] more than a thousand tons of narcotics were confiscated, which is unprecedented in the world.

Staff (2021-04-20). Breathtaking scenery of inverted tulips in Kuhrang. en.mehrnews.com KUHRANG, Apr. 21 (MNA) — The fritillaria imperialis tulips, known as inverted tulips, have now blossomed in Kuhrang in Chaharmahal-o-Bakhtiari Province in central Iran.

Staff (2021-04-20). Iran planning to produce nano products in other countries. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Secretary of Nanotechnology Development Headquarters said that joint-venture investment with other countries will lead to more export of nanotechnology products.

_____ (2021-04-20). Make Aid To Israel Conditional On Protecting Palestinian Rights. popularresistance.org The US Democratic party's leading senators and last year's presidential aspirants, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, on Monday, April 20 called on the Joe Biden administration to use the billions of dollars of aid given to Israel to pressurize it to protect Palestinian human rights and work for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. The senators were speaking at the conference of J Street, a "pro-Israel, pro-peace" lobbying group in the US. | Both Sanders and Warren, speaking separately, asked for putting conditions on the military aid to Israel. They argued that the US aid is used by Israel to prolong its occ…

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