Daily Archives: February 11, 2021

2021-02-11: News Headlines

Lawrence Davidson (2021-02-11). Biden Adopts a Trump Approach to Iran. counterpunch.org All right! Let's hear it for Joe Biden! Our new president is leading us in the direction of domestic sanity, and there are even hints of progressive potential in his evolving agenda. Under his leadership, we might soon master the Covid-19 plague and dig ourselves out of our near-depression economic straits. This is terrific! Some

Alan MacLeod (2021-02-11). Head of Strategic Command: U.S. must prepare for "very real possibility" of nuclear war with China. mronline.org In an era when international cooperation in the face of pandemics and climate change is essential, the world appears to be racing towards a new Cold War, and unfortunately, few except the military top brass are talking about it.

yenisafak (2021-02-11). Iran's Zarif says 'window closing' for US. yenisafak.com Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned Wednesday that the "window of opportunity" for the United States was "fast closing", calling on Washington to end its "fruitless hostility" with Tehran. | Speaking on the sidelines of the 42nd anniversary of the 1979 Iranian revolution, Zarif expressed hope that the new US administration would take a "new approach" towards Iran. | "The existing window is closing," Zarif said, referring to the Iranian parliament's deadline of Feb. 21 for Washington to return to the joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA), also known as Iran nuclear deal. | He said Tehran would be force…

RT (2021-02-11). Los Alamos lab, birthplace of the atomic bomb, STILL under threat from wildfires despite repeated major incidents. rt.com Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, birthplace of the atomic bomb and critical US nuclear weapons production facility, remains under threat from wildfires despite several high profile, expensive blazes in recent decades. | A recent

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-11). Three explosions hit Afghanistan's Kabul, Nangarhar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 11 (MNA) — The three explosion in Afghanistan's Kabul and Nengarhar claimed lives of two civilians and six people were injured as a result of the blast.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-11). Ground Force showcases IRGC defense doctrine in drill: Spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 11 (MNA) – Spokesman for Payambar-e Azam 16 (Great Prophet-16) drill of Ground Forces of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) revealed the demonstration of IRGC defense doctrine by implementing six offensive operations in the drill.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-10). Iranian inmates in Iraq to be handed over to Tehran: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — Chairman of Iran's Prisons Organization says the Iranian prisoners held in Iraq will be pardoned or will be handed over to Iran to spend their remaining jail term in their own country's prisons.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-10). Enemy seeks maximum pressure, minimum commitments: Jalili. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — Representative of Iran's Leader to the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili has warned against US claim on JCPOA return, saying that the enemy seeks maximum pressure along with minimum commitments.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-10). Revolution occurred for independence, dignity: FM spokesman. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has said that the 1979 Islamic Revolution was the result of a relentless national endeavor for independence and dignity.

Behrooz Ghamari Tabrizi (2021-02-10). A Death on the Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. counterpunch.org Haleh Lajevardi, an Iranian professor of sociology, died last week in Tehran at the age 56. Her brother who tweeted the news of her passing did not reveal the cause of death. People close to her knew that she had dealt with bouts of depression for many years, particularly after she was dismissed from her

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-10). EU parl. official says Iran has not violated nuclear deal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Cornelia Ernst, the Chairwoman of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iran has stressed the need to resume talks with Tehran.

Richard Falk (2021-02-10). Iran's Islamic Republic Celebrates its 42nd Anniversary. zcomm.org I believe it is correct that the failure of the United States to overcome Iranian resistance to its destabilization and counterrevolutionary efforts is viewed as one dimension of American imperial decline…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-10). 22 Bahman rallies in provinces (2). en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — Along with their fellow Iranians, people in Tabriz, Birjand, and in Yazd held drive-in rallies amid the pandemic on Wednesday to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution victory on February 11, 1979.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-10). Which feature of Iran revolution causes concern for West? en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — It is the Islamic, ideological, and transnational aspect of the Iranian revolution that has concerned the Western powers.

Labor Video Project (2021-02-10). Rehire the Namibia Rossing Miners! Letter To Chinese President Xi-Jinping. indybay.org Namibia Mineworkers Union Rossing branch union leaders were fired by the Chinese National Nuclear Corporation CNN in a major union busting move. They discuss the illegal actions of the CNN and the corruption in their own national union leadership and then read their letter to President Xi-Jinping. They called on him to rehire the 9 members and end the attacks on Namibian workers.

_____ (2021-02-10). The Diplomacy of No Diplomacy. strategic-culture.org By Patrick LAWRENCE | A return to diplomacy: Let us hold this thought up to the light. Among all the promises President Joe Biden is going to break over the next four years, this will prove the most fraudulent and, in the larger scheme of things, the most consequential of his breaches. | As of last week, it is the crisis over the agreement governing Iran's nuclear programs that stands to demonstrate the truth of this judgment. On Sunday Tehran appeared to put the Biden administration on notice that it has two weeks to get serious about reentering diplomatic negotiations, after which time the shutter will come dow…

yenisafak (2021-02-10). Iran celebrates 1979 revolution amid virus restrictions. yenisafak.com Iran marked the 42nd anniversary of the 1979 revolution this year in a remarkably subdued way owing to countrywide COVID-19 restrictions. | Instead of massive annual processions associated with Bahman 22, when the rule of Iran's Pahlavi dynasty ended in 1979, this year's celebrations are limited to car and motorcycle rallies in Tehran and other major cities. | On Wednesday morning, a large number of motorcycles and cars marched on the iconic Azaadi Street in Tehran, with revelers waving the country's flag and chanting patriotic slogans. | The similar two-wheeler and four-wheeler marches were carried out in other…

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Iran marks 42nd anniversary of Islamic Revolution in cars, motorcycles. laprensalatina.com Tehran, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Tens of thousands of Iranians on Wednesday commemorated the anniversary of the country's 1979 revolution in parades of cars and motorcycles, instead of the usual large-scale rallies organized by the government, due to the coronavirus pandemic. From their vehicles, people held up photos of former Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini, who led …

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-10). Iran condemns Kabul blasts. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry has condemned blasts that hit the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, claiming at least three lives.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-10). Spox rejects report on Flight PS752 as politically motivated. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has dismissed a report by Canadian CBC on Flight PS752 case as politically motivated.

yenisafak (2021-02-10). 103 years pass since death of reformist Ottoman sultan. yenisafak.com According to historical sources, Abdulhamid II was born in Istanbul on Sept. 21, 1842. Growing up in the Ottoman palace, he was fluent in many languages, including French, Arabic, and Persian.His childhood and youth coincided with the Tanzimat, a period of reform in the Ottoman Empire that began in 1839.Abdulhamid's 33-year reign began on Aug. 31, 1876, as the empire was in dire straits amid threats both at home and abroad.The same year of his ascension, he signed the empire's first constitution, known as the Kanun-i Esasi, on Dec. 23, laying the foundations for constitutional government.Excelling at foreign poli…

commondreams (2021-02-10). Beyond Nuclear Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging High-Level Radioactive Waste Dump Targeted at Texas/New Mexico Border. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-10). Macron's idea sign of his inability to think strategically. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA)—"The idea to include Saudi Arabia must be seen within that context, i.e. the inability of Macron to think strategically and in more analytical detail about national and international relations", says Prof. Adib Moghaddam.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-10). 22 Bahman rallies in provinces (3). en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — Below are photos of today's rallies in Bandar Abbas, Bojnourd, and Isfahan on the occasion of the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

Alan MacLeod (2021-02-09). Facebook hires ex-NATO press officer and social media censor Ben Nimmo as intel strategist. thegrayzone.com Nimmo has previously worked for NATO and the Integrity Initiative, a covert UK govt troll farm. His move to Facebook suggests more censorship on the way for anti-establishment voices. This report was originally published by Mint Press News. Ben Nimmo, a former NATO press officer and current senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, has announced Facebook has hired him to "lead global threat intelligence strategy against influence operations" and "emerging threats." Nimmo specifically named Russia, Iran and China as potential dangers to the …

Phyllis Bennis (2021-02-09). Where is Biden's Foreign Policy Headed? zcomm.org Biden has appointed many old guard interventionists and new Cold Warriors, but there is some hope for a better Iran policy. Watch out for attempts by Israel to scuttle the nuclear deal…

teleSUR (2021-02-09). Iran Begins Sputnik V Vaccination Campaign Against COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Several doctors, nurses, and first responders were vaccinated this Tuesday with the Russian anti-COVID vaccine. | A vaccination campaign against COVID-19 began this Tuesday in Tehran with Sputnik V's application to the nation's health sector professionals. | RELATED: | The campaign to put an end to the pandemic in the Persian nation began with applying the Russian substance to prevent infection of the new coronavirus. | Parsa Namaki, the son of…

_____ (2021-02-09). How Rational Can The US Be In Dealing With Yemen And Iran? popularresistance.org This announcement does not augur peace in Yemen any time soon. Rather it looks a bit like political mystification that some have chosen to celebrate now, regardless of what it actually means, apparently in hope of making it a meaningful, self-fulfilling prophecy some time in the future. This does not seem likely, given what Biden actually said, but we shall see. | For the foreseeable future, Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, will remain the victim of a Saudi war of aggression and Saudi war crimes. Since March 2015, with the full support of the Obama administration, Saudi Arabia and its allies have tu…

Staff (2021-02-09). Between a Heating Globe and a Nuclear Conflagration, Can Biden Meet the Urgency? truthout.org If you live in California, you're likely to be consumed on occasion by thoughts of fire. That's not surprising, given that, in last year alone, actual fires

Liberation Staff (2021-02-09). Asheville, NC, locals reject Raytheon's blood money jobs. liberationnews.org Although the protest was primarily focused on nuclear proliferation, these recent demonstrations spearheaded by Veterans for Peace, are part of a larger movement in opposition to Raytheon's plans to bring a plant to Asheville.

Ralph Nader (2021-02-09). Democrats Disarm Themselves Before Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial. counterpunch.org Donald Trump, has with luck, eluded the consequences of being a failed gambling czar with no respect for the law. But his luck has reached a new level with Congressional Democrats refraining from holding him accountable for breaking the law and violating the Constitution as regularly as the rising and setting of the sun for

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Start of Sputnik V vaccination campaign brings hope to Iran. laprensalatina.com Tehran, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- Iran on Tuesday started the immunization program against Covid-19 using the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine in what was a major step toward containing a pandemic that has hit the country hard with more than 1.4 million cases and 58,000 deaths reported so far. This long-awaited step took place before a large …

RT (2021-02-09). Tehran summons Belgian envoy after Iranian diplomat jailed for 20 years on foiled bomb plot charges. rt.com Iran has summoned Belgium's ambassador in Tehran to protest a Belgian court's sentencing of Iranian diplomat Assadolah Assadi for orchestrating a bomb attack in Paris, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday. | Tehran repeated its claim that the 20-year maximum sentence handed down to Assadi by an Antwerp court last week is a violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations — a treaty governing relations between states. | "The Antwerp Court ruling violates international law and ignores Belgium's obligations to the Islamic Republic of Iran, therefore Iran does not recognise it in…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Nationwide COVID vaccination commenced in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iran started nationwide COVID-19 vaccination using the Sputnik V vaccine on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). VIDEO: Covid-19 vaccination in Fars province. en.mehrnews.com SHIRAZ, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iran has started COVID-19 vaccination in various provinces, including Fars province, using the Sputnik V vaccine. Medical staff working in the Intensive Care Units (ICU) are the first in the row to get vaccinated.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Tehran, Baghdad set to follow up martyr Soleimani case. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — After holding a meeting and signing several MOUs and in a joint press conference, Iranian and Iraqi judiciary chiefs announced they have conferred on the assassination of martyr Lt. Ge. Qassem Soleimani.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Leader's remarks indication of Iran's decisive policy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 08 (MNA) — Yesterday's statements of the Islamic Revolution Leader and the expression of the positions that we call decisive policy, are the continuation of his orders over the past few weeks.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Find the Best Iranian Realtor in Sacramento. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Buying and selling properties have been the right way for investment and can be beneficial.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Aliyev congrats Rouhani on Islamic Revolution victory anniv. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA)-Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, in a message, felicitated his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, Iranian government and people on the occasion of 42nd anniversary of victory of Islamic Revolution on behalf of Azeri people.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). US must take practical steps to end war in Yemen: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — In an interview with Al Jazeera, an Iranian official said the United States must take practical steps to end the war in Yemen.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Iranian nation respond to sanctions with resistance. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister said that the Iranian people show resistance in the face of sanctions and pressure.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Dealing with Iranian diplomat, against intl. norms: Lawmaker. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — A member of Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said that ruling of Antwerp Court in Belgium issued on Iranian diplomat Asadollah Asadi violates international law.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Iran Business and Technology Summit to be held in Armenia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iran Business and Technology Summit will be held in Armenia with the participation of 40 Iranian knowledge-based companies aiming the development of Iranian products market.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Iranian Parl. speaker visiting Russia's State Duma. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — In the course of second day of his visit to the Russian Federation, Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf attended the State Duma of Russian Federation on Mon. and held talks with his Russian counterpart.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Iran summons Belgian envoy over illegal ruling for diplomat. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Belgian Ambassador to Tehran on Tuesday in a protest to a Belgian court ruling against Iranian diplomat.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). IRGC to hold 'Great Prophet-15' drill in SW Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — The commander of the IRGC ground forces announced the beginning of the Payambar-e Azam 15 (the Great Prophet-15) ground drill in the southwestern parts of the country by the end of this week.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Leader's message signals long-term strategic Iran-Russia ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iran's Parliament Speaker said that the message of Leader of Islamic Revolution implies that the bilateral relations between Iran and Russia will be a strategic, deep and lasting one for several decades.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Ghalibaf, Patrushev confer on regional, intl. issues. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and the secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev met and held talks on Tuesday in Moscow.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Iran-Oman to expand trade ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — In an online meeting between the Head of TPOI and Omani deputy minister of commerce the two sides discussed the development of mutual trade, putting the issue on agenda.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Tehran, Moscow thinking of 20, 50 years coop. : Ghalibaf. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker said that the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation are thinking of a 20- and 50-year cooperation.