2020-03-26: News Headlines

RT (2020-03-26). Moscow bans all regular, charter flights starting March 27, except those bringing Russians home. rt.com The Russian government is banning all regular and charter international flights starting Friday, except those bringing citizens home, as part of measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. | . | Russia's aerial borders will go on lockdown starting Friday, so far without a resumption date. | The cabinet also requested that the Foreign Ministry assist Russian citizens abroad until their return home. Russian embassies around the world will receive additional funds to provide support. | So far, 652 Covid-19 cases have been registered in Russia, with more than half of those infected in Moscow. | The ban on flig…

RT (2020-03-26). Moscow shuts down all non-essential shops & restaurants to stop spread of Covid-19. rt.com All restaurants, cafes, and shops, except food stores, will be closed in the Russia capital from March 28 to April 5. The mayor also advised Muscovites to refrain from visiting places of worship amid the Covid-19 epidemic. | Restaurants and cafes will still be able to provide take-away food and delivery service, the order by Mayor Sergey Sobyanin read. | The restrictions also include barber shops, spas, massage parlors, as well as baths and saunas. | Access to parks, including Gorky Park and the All-Russian Exhibition Center, will be barred during the upcoming week due to the epidemic. | "I understand the feel…

RT (2020-03-26). Russia's unexpected advantage in the oil price war. rt.com The global economic downturn due to coronavirus and the breakup of OPEC+ has sent the ruble tumbling, which could give Russia an unexpected advantage in the oil price war. | While the ruble is now at its lowest level against the dollar in four years, the cheaper ruble has a silver lining for Russia's oil producers in the oil price war for market share with Saudi Arabia. The collapse of the OPEC+ deal and oil prices has hit Russia's financial markets and currency, leading to a sharp drop in the ruble versus the US dollar. The lower the ruble slides against the US dollar, the lower the production costs of Russia…

RT (2020-03-26). Russia confirms 182 new Covid-19 cases, bringing total to 840. rt.com Russia has 182 new cases of coronavirus, according to the country's official tally. Most of the new cases were recorded in Moscow. This, as Russia shutters international flights to stop the spread of the virus. | The new infections bring the nation's tally to 840. The vast majority of the new cases, 136, were reported in Moscow. | The Russian government announced on Thursday that it would ban all regular and charter international flights starting Friday. Only flights bringing citizens home from abroad will be allowed. | Non-essential businesses in the Russian capital, including restaurants and cafes, will be c…

Ajit Singh (2020-03-26). "Forced labor" stories on China brought to you by US government, NATO and arms industry to drive Cold War PR blitz. thegrayzone.com A new wave of media reports on Chinese forced labor relies almost entirely on a series of dubious studies by…

George Stacey (2020-03-26). Who will win the US presidential election 2020: A prediction as to the winner through surveys and other data analytic tools. nationofchange.org There is no doubt that Bernie will give a tough competition to Trump but if Russia provides any kind of data support to trump, he will outplace Bernie.

teleSUR (2020-03-26). 8 Nations Address Letter to UN Chief Urging Sanctions Be Lifted. telesurenglish.net Venezuela has joined Wednesday China, Russia, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, and Nicaragua in their plea to United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to urge the United States (U.S.) to remove its illegal economic sanctions on these countries amid the coronavirus global pandemic. | RELATED: | "Today we have a common enemy. As you've already recognized, it's a time to prepare, to step up and incre…

sputniknews (2020-03-26). Putin: Russia May Defeat Coronavirus in Less Than 3 Months. sputniknews.com Russia enacted a series of comprehensive measures to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak in recent weeks, instituting travel restrictions, quarantine for infected individuals, and efforts to make an effective vaccine available following testing.

sputniknews (2020-03-26). Aerobatic Group Takes to the Skies in Moscow to Support Fight Against COVID-19 – Video. sputniknews.com The team will skytype messages such as "stay at home" and "resist this" to morally support people during the global fight against the new coronavirus pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-03-26). No Need for Hard Quarantine in Russia So Far – WHO. sputniknews.com There are currently less than 900 officially confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia, but the country's government has recently introduced a number of self-isolation measures to prevent the rapid spread of the disease.

sputniknews (2020-03-26). Watch Russian Biological, Chemical Protection Troops Conduct Training. sputniknews.com As the coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, the Russian Defence Ministry has put all its efforts into dealing with the deadly virus in Russia. Thus, earlier in the day, the Russian Defence Ministry stated that it would build 16 modular-type centres for treating infectious diseases by 15 May.

sputniknews (2020-03-26). Russian Military Doctors to Start Treating Coronavirus Patients in Bergamo From 27 March. sputniknews.com The day before, Russian military specialists arrived in the Italian city of Bergamo to start deploying the Italy-Russia coronavirus response centre in a move to slow the spread of COVID-19.

South Front (2020-03-25). Video: SDF Releases Tens of ISIS Members in Eastern Syria. Turkey, Russia Struggle with Idlib De-escalation. globalresearch.ca On March 23, Russian and Turkish forces carried out a second limited joint patrol in southern Idlib. The patrol involved six armoured vehicles and took place along a short chunk of the M4 highway west of the government-controlled town of …

Whitney Webb (2020-03-25). Coronavirus: What Newsweek Failed to Mention About "Continuity of Government" globalresearch.ca Though often discussed in relation to nuclear war or a similarly chaotic scenario, "continuity of government" plans can be triggered even by popular, nonviolent opposition to an unpopular war abroad. It exists solely to keep the current system in place, …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-03-25). Poland Sabotages Russian Coronavirus Relief Efforts for Italy. globalresearch.ca Russia has encountered problems in delivering humanitarian aid to Italy, with assistance struggling to be reached quickly due to the hostilities of many European Union/NATO countries towards Russia. Yesterday it was revealed that Poland did not let Russian planes pass …

teleSUR (2020-03-25). Russia Suspends Constitutional Referendum to Fight Covid-19. telesurenglish.net Russia's President Vladimir Putin Wednesday postponed the referendum on the amendments to the constitution and called on the people to stay home to quickly curb the Covid-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "It is now extremely important to abort the threat of a rapid spread of the disease," Putin said in a televised message to the nation. | Although Russia closed its border with China in late January, the coronavirus has managed to sne…

Melvin Goodman (2020-03-25). The Coronavirus and the Urgent Need to Redefine National Security. counterpunch.org For far too long, the United States has been wastefully spending its precious budgetary resources on a nineteenth-century military strategy and a strategic arms policy that has brought no advantages to the American people. For the past three decades, our national security policies have been ineffectual and irrelevant to the genuine threats we face today. These threats do not emanate from Russia or China. Rather, they stem from an underfunded and highly vulnerable public health system, a cyber world that is out of control, and a crumbling infrastructure. In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave a grad…

Manlio Dinucci (2020-03-25). Doctor Strangelove Takes Care of Our Health. The Real Scenario is Nuclear War? "Senator, I am a Fan of Flexible First-use Policy" globalresearch.ca The real purpose of Defender Europe 20 was to sow tension and feed the idea of the enemy. The exercise prospected scenario could never occur, because an armed clash between NATO and Russia would also be inevitably nuclear. This is the real scenario which US forces are training in Europe for.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-03-24). The Not-So-Shocking Report on Israeli Weapons Exports. dissidentvoice.org The Middle East region, battered by wars and adjoining humanitarian crises that have left millions of people stateless, hungry and diseased, is in urgent need for peace, security and reconstruction. Thanks to the US, Russian, French, Israeli and other weapons manufacturers, however, it is now the dumping ground for military hardware, an ominous sign for …

Tony Cartalucci (2020-03-24). The Washington Post Admits Crimeans Are Happy Russians. globalresearch.ca The Washington Post — an inveterate keystone of US foreign policy propaganda — made a surprising admission recently. The people of Crimea — allegedly "annexed" by the Russian Federation — are vastly satisfied under Moscow's governance. | The Washington Post article …

Jason Ditz (2020-02-20). Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive. theantimedia.com Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."

Jason Ditz (2020-02-17). DOJ Investigating Former CIA Director's Role in Russiagate. theantimedia.com The Justice Department is investigating the role of John Brennan in the assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Strategic Culture (2020-02-08). US Deploys 'Mini-Nukes' in Deplorable Threat to World Peace. theantimedia.com These so-called "mini-nukes" represent—despite the diminutive-sounding name—an increased risk of nuclear war.

Tyler Durden (2020-02-08). Iraq and Russia Prepare to Boost Military Ties as US Threatens Sanctions. theantimedia.com Iraq and Russia are preparing for deepening military coordination.

Middle East Eye (2020-02-07). Russia Says Israel Used Civilian Plane as Human Shield During Syria Strikes. theantimedia.com Russia accused Israel of "making a total mockery of the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians."

Jon Rainwater (2019-11-07). Take Action — Some actual, SANE legislation. peaceaction.org Trump has plans to spend nearly $2 TRILLION over the next 30 years on unneeded and unnecessary nuclear weapons and delivery systems. This makes no sense. This is insane. That's nearly $100 million wasted every day for thirty years on weapons we are supposed to be getting rid of. To put that amount in perspective, …

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