2021-05-02: News Headlines

Staff (2021-05-02). Night of Decree observed in Tehran under health protocols. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — People of Tehran observed the Night of Decree, or Qadr Night, on Sunday, 19th of Ramadan in Behesht-e Zahra while following health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-02). Iran foreign trade in year 1399 amid pandemic, sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The statistics show that Iran was able to continue its foreign trade despite being under pressure from the tough sanctions and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Anonymous669 (2021-05-02). Explosions Hit Large Chemical Plant In Iran's Qom (Videos). southfront.org Screen grab from a video shared by the Fars News Agency. | On May 2, a large chemical plant located near the city of Qom in central Iran caught on fire, according to the Iranian media. | Videos showing black heavy black smoke rising from Movaledan chemical factory were released by many sources. A number of explosions were reportedly heard amid the fire. | Around 150 firefighters and 20 firefighting vehicles were dispatched to extinguish the large fire. Two firefighters were seriously injured and two of the fire trucks…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-02). Iran Claimed Breakthrough Prisoners Swap Deal With US, UK. Washington Denies — Reports. southfront.org © Flickr/ peyman abkhezr | Iran is about to reach a breakthrough prisoners swap dead with the US and the UK, the al-Mayadeen TV reported on May 2. | An unnamed Iranian source told the Beirut-based channel that Iran and the US may soon finalize a prisoner exchange deal that would see Tehran freeing four Americans who were charged with spying for their country. | In return, the US would release four Iranian who were charged with violating sanctions imposed on Tehran. The US may also un-freeze Iranian assets worth a…

Lawrence Wittner (2021-05-02). The Fateful Choice: Nuclear Arms Race or Nuclear Weapons-Free World. warisacrime.org The recent announcement by the British government that it plans a 40 percent increase in the number of nuclear weapons it possesses highlights the escalation of the exceptionally dangerous and costly nuclear arms race. After decades of progress in reducing nuclear arsenals through arms control and disarmament agreements, all the nuclear powers are once again …

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-02). NATO's southeastern spearhead: Turkey's military aggression in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Caucasus signals proxy conflict with Iran. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO's southeastern spearhead: Turkey's military aggression in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Caucasus signals proxy conflict with IranRick Rozoff The past week has witnessed reports of increased Turkish military activity in Iraq and Syria as well as its intruding itself deeper into the war in Yemen. In all three cases Ankara has pitted itself against forces …

RFE RL (2021-05-02). Iran: Baha'is Told To Bury Loved Ones Atop Mass Graves Of Political Prisoners. eurasiareview.com By Golnaz Esfandiari | ( The Baha'i community in the Iranian capital has for years buried its dead in a special section of Tehran's Khavaran cemetery, near the resting place for hundreds or even thousands of political prisoners who were victims of mass executions in the late 1980s. | Cemetery officials have in recent days reportedl…

Hassan Mahmoudi (2021-05-02). Iran: International Labor Day Gatherings Under Siege By Security Forces — OpEd. eurasiareview.com On May 1st, International Workers' Day, workers, and retirees held protest rallies in more than 20 cities in Iran, including Tehran, Karaj, Arak, Mashhad, Khorramabad, Marivan, Kermanshah, Haft Tappeh, Tabriz, Sanandaj, Rasht, Boroujerd, Qazvin, Sari, Ilam, … to commemorate International Workers' Day and to pursue their rights. | Workers are celebrating International Workers' Day in a situation where, according to government statistics, which is far from the truth, six million people partially and 1.5 million permanently lost their jobs during the coronavirus crisis up to October 2020. And between the fall o…

Shabbir H. Kazmi (2021-05-02). Saudis And Israelis Don't Approve Of JCPOA Talks — OpEd. eurasiareview.com According to media reports, with Iran and world powers resumed nuclear talks, Saudi Arabia and Israel also have intensified consultations. Washington and Tel Aviv on the one hand and Washington and the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council on the other hand are having extensive talks. | Both, Israel and Saudi Arabia want to influence any US move to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which they have publicly opposed right from the beginning. | As the Iranian negotiating team head to the Austrian capital of Vienna, a senior Israeli delegation comprising of Mossad Chief Yosef Cohen, Head of Military Intelligence Ta…

Arab News (2021-05-02). How The UN Betrayed The Women Of Iran — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Dalia Al-Aquidi* | When Iran was elected by the UN Economic and Social Council to its Commission on the Status of Women, concerns were raised about the kind of message the international organization was sending to the world. | Since the commission's job is the global promotion of equality and women's empowerment, the minimum requirement for membership should be respect for women and their right to make their own decisions. As a woman who was born and raised in the Middle East and has spent most of her adult life fighting for women's rights in this troubled region, I was insulted and flabbergasted by this ou…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). UK Downplays Reports of £400 Million Deal With Iran to Free Woman Jailed for Spying. sputniknews.com Iranian-born Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in April 2016 before boarding a flight back to the UK and jailed for five years for sedition against the government. Hopes for her release last week were dashed when she was handed an additional one-year sentence for propaganda activities.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-02). Palestinian resistance turns into important regional actor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs says that the Palestinian resistance has become an important and influential regional player both politically and on the battlefield.

Staff (2021-05-02). US rejects prisoners' swap deal with Iran: Price. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The US Department of State Spokesperson Price announced on Sunday that the United States would not reach an agreement with Iran on the prisoners' swap.

Staff (2021-05-02). US not yet reached an agreement with Iran in Vienna: Sullivan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Without mentioning his country's unilateral withdrawal from JCPOA along with violating UNSCR 2231 by former US President Trump, US National Security Adviser said that US has not reached an agreement with Iran in Vienna.

Staff (2021-05-02). Al-Saud's weapon of money, bribery less effective after Trump. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Hossein Askari, Professor of Business and International Affairs at GWU believes with Trump gone, al-Saud's only weapon, money and bribery, is less effective, so Bin Salman feels vulnerable and he needs to reach out to Iran.

Staff (2021-05-02). South Korean outgoing amb. meets with Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The outgoing ambassador of South Korea met with the Iranian FM Zarif on Sunday.

_____ (2021-05-02). 'Golden Rule' Peace Boat Sets Sail From Hawaii. popularresistance.org After 21 months in the Hawaiian Islands, the historic anti-nuclear sailboat Golden Rule will depart from Honolulu, Hawai'i for the West Coast of the U.S. The Golden Rule first sailed from California to Hawai'i 63 years ago, in 1958, on her way to interfere with U.S. atmospheric nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands, the site of 67 U.S. nuclear bomb blasts from 1952 to 1958. Under orders from the Atomic Energy Commission, U.S. Coast Guard stopped the boat from leaving Honolulu. The arrest and jailing of the captain and 1958 crew garnered international media attention and increased opposition to nuclear testing a…

Fidel Castro Ruz (2021-05-02). Nuclear War and the Future of Humanity. Conversations with Fidel Castro. globalresearch.ca "In a nuclear war the collateral damage would be the life of humankind. Let us have the courage to proclaim that all nuclear or conventional weapons, everything that is used to make war, must disappear!" "It is about demanding that the world is not led into a nuclear catastrophe, it is to preserve life." (Fidel Castro, 15 October 2010)…

ecns.cn (2021-05-02). DPRK warns U.S. to face worse consequences after Washington calls Pyongyang 'threat'. ecns.cn The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) warned on Sunday that the United States "will face worse and worse crisis" after U.S. President Joe Biden called the DPRK's nuclear program a "serious threat," reported the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Haris Bilal Malik* (2021-05-02). US Intelligence Report On South Asia: Dynamics And Probability Of War And Escalation Between India And Pakistan — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The South Asian region is widely regarded as one of the most volatile regions in the world. This is primarily because of the hostile nature of the relationship between the two arch-rivals India and Pakistan. The regional security dynamics have remained complex given the asymmetric military equation between India and Pakistan. Over the years, both countries have remained involved in various conflicts ranging from full-fledged wars to limited conventional conflicts and even now sub-conventional conflicts. Likewise, the overt nuclearization of South Asia in 1998 has since then emerged as the most crucial dynamic…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). US State Department Supports Prague's Decision to Remove Rosatom From Nuclear Tender. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US State Secretary Antony Blinken held a phone conversation with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis to discuss Russia's actions in light of its diplomatic row with Prague, the Department of State said on Sunday.

Staff (2021-05-02). South Africa in shock after US police kills sportsman. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The death of South African rugby player Lindani Myeni at the hands of US police in Honolulu has aroused shock and anger in his homeland, prompting protests and calls for justice.

Staff (2021-05-02). "Genocide charge" worthy of United States: Turkey. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The Turkish vice president says Biden has chosen the wrong path by accusing the Ottoman Empire of "genocide against Armenians".

Staff (2021-05-02). Zionists have targeted Palestinian identity of Occupied Lands. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — While condemning Israeli expansion of settlements in the occupied lands, Spokesman for Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) said that Zionist regime with these actions has targeted the identity of 'Occupied Lands'.

Staff (2021-05-02). Two US military logistics convoys targeted in Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — A security source in Iraq reported on Sunday that two explosions occurred on the route of two US military logistics convoys in the provinces of Babil and Muthanna.

Staff (2021-05-02). Terrorists escape from prison in S Iraq: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — An informed Iraqi security source said Sun. that a number of terrorists and drug traffickers have escaped from prison in Al Muthanna Governorate, south of Iraq.

Staff (2021-05-02). VIDEO: Clasehs between yellow vest protestors & French Police. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Despite anti-Coronavirus restrictions, tensions have increased between the yellow vest protestors and the French police.

Staff (2021-05-02). 'Crab' goes on screen on Atlanta Intl. Film Fest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)— The animation "Crab" directed by Shiva Sadegh Asadi entered the competition section of the 45th Atlanta International Film Festival in the United States.

Anonymous007 (2021-05-01). Israel Warns Of War With Iran If Nuclear Deal Result Unsatisfactory. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 29th, Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said that war could begin with Iran, if the results of the US-Iran negotiations on the Nuclear Deal are not satisfactory for Tel Aviv."A bad deal will send the region spiralling into war." | "Anyone seeking short-term benefits should be mindful of the longer-term," he said. "Israel will not allow Iran to attain nuclear arms. Iran has no immunity anywhere. Our plan…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-01). Progress In Vienna Talks: Iran's Top Negotiator Says US Is Ready To Lift Some Sanctions. southfront.org Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran. Image source: Iranian Presidency office/EPA-EFE | The ongoing talks in Vienna between the US and Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, commonly known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), are finally seeing some progress. | On May 1, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbass Araghchi, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, revealed that there is an agreement on lifting US sanctioned off some Iranian individuals and institutions. | After attending…

Staff (2021-05-01). Nearly 340 illegal migrants rescued off Libyan coast: UNHCR. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday said that some 340 illegal migrants have been rescued off the coast of Libya.

Staff (2021-05-01). Elliot Abrams: The Venezuelan Opposition Must Stop Waiting for an Invasion. orinocotribune.com Elliot Abrams, US special representative in charge of Venezuelan and Iranian affairs for the Trump administration, stated in an interview with the Colombian media NTN24 that the Venezuelan opposition should stop its efforts to obtain "magic solutions," such as an armed invasion and, instead, concentrate on joining forces to accelerate the departure of President Nicolás Maduro from power. | The US official likewise stressed that, when it comes to the task of uniting the opposition, "it does not get any easier when the political leaders of the Venezuelan opposition basically say: 'I don't want to do the job, I want…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-01). 3rd clinical trial phase of jointly-produced Cov-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com HAMEDAN, May 01 (MNA) — The 3rd clinical trial phase of joint anti-Covid-19 vaccine made by the Iranian Pasteur Institute and Cuban Finlay Institute began on Saturday morning in Hamedan Medical Sciences University in western Iran.

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Tehran, Washington Reportedly Agree on Lifting of Sanctions Against Iran's Oil, Banking Sectors. sputniknews.com On Thursday, US media reported that the Biden administration was considering a "near wholesale rollback" of Trump-era Iran sanctions related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in a bid to end the months-long standoff over which side makes concessions first to restore the nuclear agreement to full working order.

Staff (2021-05-01). Karateka Rozita Alipour fighting for bronze medal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May. 01 (MNA) — The Iranian female karateka Rozita Alipour will fight a rival from Turkey on Sunday to win the bronze medal at the 2021 Karate 1-Premier League Lisbon.

Staff (2021-05-01). IRGC dismantles hostile group in NW Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — IRGC intelligence forces in East Azarbaijan province dismantled a rancorous group dubbed 'Haboot-e Iran'.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-01). Iranian, Iraqi officials discuss electricity cooperation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May. 01 (MNA) — The Iranian Deputy Energy Minister has held a meeting with the Iraqi Electricity Minister in Tehran to discuss the development of relations and cooperation in the field of electricity supplies.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-01). Agreement on delisting sanctioned individuals, institutions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May. 01 (MNA) — The top Iranian nuclear negotiator said after the 3rd round of Vienna talks on reviving JCPOA that there is an agreement on delisting sanctioned individuals and institutions, adding that the talks are continuing.

Staff (2021-05-01). Americans' signatures not to guarantee sanctions removal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — Signatures of US officials are no longer enough to guarantee to lift of the sanctions, an Iranian lawmaker said, adding, "We need to verify to make sure that the sanctions are completely lifted by the United States."

WSWS (2021-05-01). Serious films about serious things—This Is My Desire (Nigeria), Radiograph of a Family (Iran), Poppy Field (Romania). wsws.org There were some well-made and thoughtful films screened at the recent San Francisco film festival, which give one some hope.

Staff (2021-05-01). Saudi prince bans his brother from leaving Saudi Arabia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — An informal source reported that the Saudi Crown Prince has banned his brother from leaving the country.

Staff (2021-05-01). Tax reform plans to be revised over massive protests. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — At least 209 police officers have been injured and 185 activists detained during the two-day protests against a tax reform proposal in Colombia, the country's police said.

Staff (2021-05-01). Protest in London against proposed law boosting Police powers. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — People in London once again protested on Sat. against a proposed law boosting Police powers.

Staff (2021-05-01). US to call for Nord Stream 2 project closure: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 28 (MNA) — The US Secretary of State is expected to call for the closure of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

Staff (2021-05-01). US temporarily suspends arms embargo on Azerbaijan: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — The United States has approved a waiver extension for Section 907 to authorize direct US aid to the Azerbaijani government.

Staff (2021-05-01). Saudi envoy's official UK residence targeted by arsonists. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — The Saudi Ambassador's official London residence was targeted by arsonists today who set fire to the front of the multi-million-pound building before police arrested two men after a struggle.

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