Daily Archives: March 12, 2020

2020-03-12: News Headlines

RT (2020-03-12). Turkey, Russia 'largely reach' consensus on Syria's Idlib — Ankara. rt.com Turkish and Russian experts engaged in talks in Ankara have largely reached a consensus on the Idlib issue, Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday. | "Talks with a Russian military delegation continue. A consensus has largely been reached," Anadolu news agency quoted him as saying. | On March 10, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey would patrol areas north of Syria's M4 highway and Russia would carry out patrol missions south of it, TASS reported. | Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed at talks in Moscow on March 5 that a ceasefire would be declared i…

RT (2020-03-12). Russia-Saudi revenge against shale oil threatens to crush entire US financial system, Professor Wolff tells Boom Bust. rt.com Global stock markets hit bear territory this week, with oil prices experiencing their biggest plunge since the 1991 Gulf War. | Boom Bust is joined by Professor Richard Wolff of the Economic Update to discuss the ongoing oil crisis. He explains that the US, which wanted "energy independence," decided 10-20 years ago to go into the fracking business simply because it was profitable. | "Fracking is very expensive… but everything was premised on the notion that the price of oil would stay very high," Wolff says. "The Saudis and the Russians were hurt by the emergence of the American fracking industry; they've h…

RT (2020-03-12). Anti-Vaxxing hysteria comes to Russia — WHOOPING COUGH rates up 40%. rt.com You may have thought anti-vax panic was mainly an American thing, but there are growing signs that rejecting science has now gone worldwide — and Russia is not immune. | In 2019, the number of whooping cough cases in the world's largest country increased by almost 40% — with the majority being in Moscow. The chief epidemiologist of the Ministry of Health, Nikolai Briko, believes one of the main reasons is the refusal of parents to vaccinate their children. | "When analyzing the statistics, it was found that, in the first year of life, less than 50% of children were vaccinated on time between 2014 a…

RT (2020-03-12). Good news: Russia develops 15-minute Covid-19 test, Bad news: won't be available until fall. rt.com Rapid control of coronavirus depends on discovering a cheap and practical testing method, and Russian scientists may have found a solution; an especially useful tool, when efforts are focused on detection, delay, and containment. | While the medical community continues its work on a Covid-19 vaccine, researchers have developed a way to trace the infection that can provide an express result in just 15 minutes. What's more, the device could be available to the public as early as autumn, according to news agency TASS. | The new test uses an isothermal polymerase chain reaction and needs a smear from the nose or t…

RT (2020-03-12). Religious procession in Russia against Coronavirus is CANCELED due to Coronavirus. rt.com In times of great worry, many people turn to God. But some faithful who'd been hoping for divine intervention to sort out the Covid-19 crisis might be out of luck. | In Lipetsk, about 400km from Moscow, a religious procession to ward off Covid-19 was canceled for the exact reason it was planned — because of the virus. Christian devotees from the city were disappointed to discover that their planned ceremony was dropped due to Lipetsk's strict quarantine regime. On March 11, rules were introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus. Like in some other Russian cities, such as Moscow, mass gatherings of over…

RT (2020-03-12). Soft as women's skin: Russian furniture maker grilled for comparing its leather with different human races. rt.com "Are they using human skin for their sofas?" online commentators wondered after seeing an ad, in which models of different races were compared to various colors of leather upholstery. | The bizarre collage was posted by Home Collection furniture maker on its Russian VKontakte social network page in January, but only made headlines this week after being discovered by one of the popular Telegram channels. | It featured a group portrait of six models of different skin color paired with samples of leather hide coverings, used by the company for its sofas and armchairs. | Such a questionable creative solution was b…

South Front (2020-03-12). Video: Great Idlib "Rebranding" and Al Qaeda "Turkish Victories" over Russian Air Defense. globalresearch.ca Terrorist groups operating in Idlib are preparing for a new rebranding under Turkish patronage. According to Syrian sources, Hayat Tarir al-Sham (formerly the official Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), the Turkistan Islamic Party (an al-Qaeda-linked group), the National Front for Liberation …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-03-12). Golden Anniversaries for Flawed Treaties: The NPT turns Fifty. dissidentvoice.org In an era where agreements have been abandoned as "bad", to use that favourite word of US President Donald Trump, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons continues to feature on the books of diplomacy. But age seems to be wearying it and decoding sober readings from hype-filled tat has been a testing task. …

WSWS (2020-03-12). As oil prices plunge and coronavirus spreads, Russian oligarchy seeks to keep Putin in power indefinitely. wsws.org The Russian ruling class is trying to prepare for massive social and political unrest.

teleSUR (2020-03-12). Turkey, Russia Reach Consensus on Syria's Idlib. telesurenglish.net Turkish and Russian military delegations who have been discussing the ceasefire in Idlib since Tuesday have reached an agreement "to a large extent," Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Thursday. | RELATED: | "The attacks have halted, and the ceasefire continues at the moment. We are carefully and sensitively following the field," Akar said during a visit to Turkey's defense company ASELSAN. | There is no change…

Raouf Halaby (2020-03-12). Biden and His Supporters: "Shape Without Form, Shade Without Color" counterpunch.org Who needs Russian interference in the American Presidential race when the Clintons, Obama, MSNBC, CNN, the NYT, The Atlantic and their numerous henchmen/women are covertly and overtly interfering in the Democrat's Presidential election? For well over a year now the Democrat leadership (those corrupt and bought dealing/wheeling political bosses and their corporate masters and sweethearts)

sputniknews (2020-03-12). Putin's Participation in 2024 Depends on Various Factors – Kremlin. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin's participation in the 2024 election will depend on a number of factors, including the situation in the world economy, the consequences of coronavirus and conflicts, Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

sputniknews (2020-03-12). Russian Ruble Weakens to 4-Year Low, Trading at Over 75 Per US Dollar. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian ruble weakens against US dollar and euro on Thursday, slipping to a four-year low of more than 75 per US dollar amid weak oil prices, according to the Moscow Exchange data.

sputniknews (2020-03-12). Syria's Envoy to Russia Says Erdogan Using Refugee Crisis as Leverage Against European States. sputniknews.com Previously, Ankara stopped preventing Middle Eastern refugees from trying to breach through its borders with neighbouring European states, specifically Greece, thus violating an agreement that Turkey signed with the EU back in 2016.

sputniknews (2020-03-12). OPEC+ Deal Breakdown Not at Russia's Initiative, Moscow Offered Extension – Prime Minister. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The demise of the OPEC+ agreement did not take place at Russia's initiative, indeed Russia offered to extend the oil cut deal beyond its March 31 deadline, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said Thursday.

sputniknews (2020-03-12). World Athletics Fines Russian Athletics Federation $10 Million Over Doping Scandal. sputniknews.com

Sputnik News (2020-03-12). Russia Hands to Iran Coronavirus Diagnostic Systems Designed for 50,000 Tests — Watchdog. iranian.com Iran has received from Russia coronavirus diagnostic systems designed for 50,000 tests, Russian consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said. "Due to the deteriorating epidemiological situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran because of the spread of the novel coronavirus infection, Rospotrebnadzor provided free of charge test systems for laboratory diagnosis of the new coronavirus infection in …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2020-03-12). Russia cannot do without Turkey's cooperation in Syria. iranian.com The former Soviet Union was a satiated world power. It didn't have to prove anything. The Great Patriotic War (1941-45) spoke for itself. Thus, triumphalism was never a diplomatic tool in the Soviet inventory. The removal of the US nuclear missiles from Turkey in the downstream of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis was not even …

RT (2020-03-12). Iran deploys S-300 missiles at Fordow nuclear facility — report. iranian.com Iran has deployed a Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system at its Fordow uranium enrichment facility, the country's state media have reported, as cited by Reuters. "Our main priority is to protect Iran's nuclear facilities under any circumstances," Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) air defense force, told state …

RT (2020-03-12). Galactic epidemic: Russia & Europe put the brakes on joint Mars mission due to coronavirus. rt.com The global impact of coronavirus has now affected mankind's space ambitions, after it was announced that a joint program between Russia and the European Space Agency to send a probe to Mars has been postponed. | The ExoMars mission, which was designed to determine if there had ever been life on the Red Planet, was set to launch this summer. Preparations for the ambitious project have been put on hold, however — due at least in part to the spread of the deadly coronavirus, which already has been dubbed a pandemic. | The launch has now been pushed back to 2022. According to the European and Russian space a…

Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold (2020-03-12). Saudi's Brave Women Pull Back the Curtain on Crown Prince MBS. dissidentvoice.org This week, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabia's 34-year-old de facto ruler, was on a tear. He arrested members of his own royal family and initiated an oil price war with Russia that has sent the price of oil—and the world's stock markets—plummeting. Behind the headlines, however, another critical event will take place …

The Canary (2020-03-11). Russia passes bill allowing Putin to stay in power past 2024. thecanary.co The Russian parliament has approved a sweeping constitutional reform that will allow president Vladimir Putin to stay in power for another 12 years after his current term ends in 2024.The Kremlin-controlled lower house, the State Duma, endorsed a set of amendments to the constitution and a provision resetting the term count for Putin. A nationwide vote on the proposed amendments is set for 22 April.Kremlin critics condemned the move as a cynical manipulation and called for protests.The Russian Duma passed amendments to the constitution (AP/Pavel Golovkin)Putin, a 67-year-old former KGB officer, has ruled Russia f…

Stansfield Smith (2020-03-11). A Case Study of Corporate Media Disinformation. dissidentvoice.org Some alternative media have exposed the US government and its corporate media fake news reporting on Russian "election interference," on Venezuela, the war on Syria, China's Xinjiang and Hong Kong, Nicaragua, Palestine, among others. One of the longest running media disinformation campaigns has been directed at Cuba, well covered in Keith Bolender's Manufacturing the Enemy: …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-03-11). Golden Anniversaries for Flawed Treaties: The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Turns Fifty. globalresearch.ca In an era where agreements have been abandoned as "bad", to use that favourite word of US President Donald Trump, the

Scott Ritter (2020-03-11). How Turkey Lost a Battle of Wills, and Force, to Russia. globalresearch.ca When the history of the Syrian conflict is written, the fighting that took place between the Syrian Army and its allies on the one side, and the Turkish military and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels on the other, from early February through …

Pepe Escobar (2020-03-11). How Black Swans Are Shaping Planet Panic. globalresearch.ca Is the planet under the spell of a pair of black swans — a Wall Street meltdown, caused by an alleged oil war between Russia and the House of Saud, plus the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 — leading to an …

Michael Brenes (2020-03-11). Joe Biden Personifies Democratic Party Failures Since the Cold War. thenation.com Joe Biden Personifies Democratic Party Failures Since the Cold War…

The Canary (2020-03-10). Contaminated water at nuclear plant still an issue ahead of Tokyo Olympics. thecanary.co Work to deal with contaminated water at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant continues as the Olympic Games approach.Inside a giant decontamination facility at the destroyed plant, workers in hazmat suits monitor radioactive water pumped from three damaged reactors.The decontamination process is a key element of a contentious debate over what should be done with the nearly 1.2 million tons of still-radioactive water being closely watched by governments and organisations around the world ahead of this summer's Tokyo Olympics.The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, says it needs to free up sp…

Phil Barbelé (2020-03-10). The Battle for Idlib: Did Erdogan Capitulate to Putin in Moscow? mintpressnews.com There was a celebration in Syria when Russia announced a ceasefire agreement with Turkey on March 3 following a six-hour meeting between Presidents Erdogan and Putin in Moscow. Under the agreement, Erdogan agreed to pull back Turkish forces and not to contest territory that Syria had recently reclaimed from terrorist groups in eastern Aleppo and southern Idlib provinces. In fact, Turkey agreed not to intervene against Syrian troops in any of the areas from which it pulled back, in effect allowing Syrian forces to reclaim even more of its territory from terrorists in southern Idlib. | The agreement appeared to be…

pip.hinman (2020-03-10). Why nuclear power must remain outlawed in Australia. greenleft.org.au

Juan Cole (2020-03-10). Russia Provoked Oil Price Fall to Protect its Markets from US Frackers, which could Collapse. iranian.com Last weekend, OPEC Plus, an expanded cartel of petroleum exporters, considered a plan for members to cut back on their oil production so as to support prices in the face of a slowing world economy owing to the novel coronavirus. The Russian Federation rejected the plan put forward by OPEC, insisting on continuing to export …

RT (2020-03-09). Chernobyl to Katrina: Pundits scramble to compare Trump's handling of coronavirus to previous catastrophes. rt.com Media are comparing US President Donald Trump's (mis)handling of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic to high-profile historical disasters, from the Chernobyl nuclear accident to Hurricane Katrina…and even the fall of Rome. | Pundits eager to see the end of Trump have rushed to compare what they view as his failure to properly deal with the coronavirus outbreak to legendary disasters from recent and ancient history, regardless of how well those disasters reflect current events. | The president himself retweeted a meme that was quickly interpreted as comparing himself to Emperor Nero, who supposedly fiddled whil…

news.un (2020-03-09). Atomic agency cites concerns over Iran testing sites, offers COVID-19 assistance. news.un.org Iran's nuclear capabilities moved back into the international spotlight on Monday as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that it had concerns about possible "undeclared nuclear material and nuclear-related activities" in unregistered locations there.

Robert Bohm (2020-03-09). Fire and Brimstone at the O.K. Corral, known today as the Democratic Party. dissidentvoice.org Yes, Putin's hackers would love to see Trump reelected. And it's also true that unknown to us there may be a new Giuliani-led team of huckster guerrillas sealing dirty deals behind the scenes in order to bring the Democratic Party (DP) down. But no matter how true these things are, responsibility for the party's current …

Staff (2020-03-06). Headlines for March 6, 2020. democracynow.org 3,500 Cruise Ship Passengers Quarantined Off California Coast over Coronavirus Fears, Seattle Area Residents Urged to Work from Home as Coronavirus Spreads Across U.S., World Health Organization's Coronavirus Warning: "This Is Not a Drill", Stocks Tumble as Coronavirus Rattles Global Economy, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Suspends 2020 Presidential Bid, Bernie Sanders Campaign Rally Disrupted by Protester with Nazi Flag, Russia and Turkey Agree to a Ceasefire in Syria's War-Torn Idlib, Israel Accused of Collective Punishment After Demolishing Palestinian Homes, Israeli Opposition Parties Bidding to Unseat Netanyahu After…

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."

Lawrence Wittner (2019-12-22). Americans Are Ready for a Different Approach to Nuclear Weapons. zcomm.org Although today's public protests against nuclear weapons can't compare to the major antinuclear upheavals of past decades, there are clear indications that most Americans reject the Trump administration's nuclear weapons policies. Since entering office in 2017, the Trump administration has withdrawn the United States from the nuclear agreement with Iran, scrapped the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces

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, …

Peace Action (2019-06-25). Peace Action Endorses Ilhan Omar for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 25, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Ilhan Omar for Congress in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

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Video: Great Idlib "Rebranding" and Al Qaeda "Turkish Victories" over Russian Air Defense
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-12
Terrorist groups operating in Idlib are preparing for a new rebranding under Turkish patronage. According to Syrian sources, Hayat Tarir al-Sham (formerly the official Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), the Turkistan Islamic Party (an al-Qaeda-linked group), the National Front for Liberation …
globalresearch.ca/video-great-idlib-rebranding-turkish-victories-russian-air-defense/5706145

Saudi's Brave Women Pull Back the Curtain on Crown Prince MBS
Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-12
This week, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabia's 34-year-old de facto ruler, was on a tear. He arrested members of his own royal family and initiated an oil price war with Russia that has sent the price of oil–and the world's stock markets–plummeting. Behind the headlines, however, another critical event will take place …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/saudis-brave-women-pull-back-the-curtain-on-crown-prince-mbs/

Russia-Saudi revenge against shale oil threatens to crush entire US financial system, Professor Wolff tells Boom Bust
rt.com | 2020-03-12
Global stock markets hit bear territory this week, with oil prices experiencing their biggest plunge since the 1991 Gulf War. | Boom Bust is joined by Professor Richard Wolff of the Economic Update to discuss the ongoing oil crisis. He explains that the US, which wanted "energy independence," decided 10-20 years ago to go into the fracking business simply because it was profitable. | "Fracking is very expensive… but everything was premised on the notion that the price of oil would stay very high," Wolff says. "The Saudis and the Russians were hurt by the emergence of the American fracking industry; they've h…
rt.com/business/482947-russia-saudi-revenge-shale/

As oil prices plunge and coronavirus spreads, Russian oligarchy seeks to keep Putin in power indefinitely
wsws.org | 2020-03-12
The Russian ruling class is trying to prepare for massive social and political unrest.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/12/russ-m12.html

Biden and His Supporters: "Shape Without Form, Shade Without Color"
Raouf Halaby | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-12
Who needs Russian interference in the American Presidential race when the Clintons, Obama, MSNBC, CNN, the NYT, The Atlantic and their numerous henchmen/women are covertly and overtly interfering in the Democrat's Presidential election? For well over a year now the Democrat leadership (those corrupt and bought dealing/wheeling political bosses and their corporate masters and sweethearts)…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/12/biden-and-his-supporters-shape-without-form-shade-without-color/

Turkey, Russia Reach Consensus on Syria's Idlib
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-12
Turkish and Russian military delegations who have been discussing the ceasefire in Idlib since Tuesday have reached an agreement "to a large extent," Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Thursday. | RELATED: | Syria: Sporadic Attacks Continue After the Ceasefire Agreement | "The attacks have halted, and the ceasefire continues at the moment. We are carefully and sensitively following the field," Akar said during a visit to Turkey's defense company ASELSAN. | There is no change…
telesurenglish.net/news/Turkey-Russia-Reach-Consensus-on-Syrias-Idlib-20200312-0008.html

Soft as women's skin: Russian furniture maker grilled for comparing its leather with different human races
rt.com | 2020-03-12
"Are they using human skin for their sofas?" online commentators wondered after seeing an ad, in which models of different races were compared to various colors of leather upholstery. | The bizarre collage was posted by Home Collection furniture maker on its Russian VKontakte social network page in January, but only made headlines this week after being discovered by one of the popular Telegram channels. | It featured a group portrait of six models of different skin color paired with samples of leather hide coverings, used by the company for its sofas and armchairs. | Such a questionable creative solution was b…
rt.com/russia/482957-furniture-leather-racism-women/

Religious procession in Russia against Coronavirus is CANCELED due to Coronavirus
rt.com | 2020-03-12
In times of great worry, many people turn to God. But some faithful who'd been hoping for divine intervention to sort out the Covid-19 crisis might be out of luck. | In Lipetsk, about 400km from Moscow, a religious procession to ward off Covid-19 was canceled for the exact reason it was planned

Galactic epidemic: Russia & Europe put the brakes on joint Mars mission due to coronavirus
rt.com | 2020-03-12
The global impact of coronavirus has now affected mankind's space ambitions, after it was announced that a joint program between Russia and the European Space Agency to send a probe to Mars has been postponed. | The ExoMars mission, which was designed to determine if there had ever been life on the Red Planet, was set to launch this summer. Preparations for the ambitious project have been put on hold, however

Good news: Russia develops 15-minute Covid-19 test, Bad news: won't be available until fall
rt.com | 2020-03-12
Rapid control of coronavirus depends on discovering a cheap and practical testing method, and Russian scientists may have found a solution; an especially useful tool, when efforts are focused on detection, delay, and containment. | While the medical community continues its work on a Covid-19 vaccine, researchers have developed a way to trace the infection that can provide an express result in just 15 minutes. What's more, the device could be available to the public as early as autumn, according to news agency TASS. | The new test uses an isothermal polymerase chain reaction and needs a smear from the nose or t…
rt.com/russia/482936-russia-quick-coronavirus-test/

Golden Anniversaries for Flawed Treaties: The NPT turns Fifty
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-12
In an era where agreements have been abandoned as "bad", to use that favourite word of US President Donald Trump, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons continues to feature on the books of diplomacy. But age seems to be wearying it and decoding sober readings from hype-filled tat has been a testing task. …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/golden-anniversaries-for-flawed-treaties-the-npt-turns-fifty/

Putin's Participation in 2024 Depends on Various Factors – Kremlin
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-12
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin's participation in the 2024 election will depend on a number of factors, including the situation in the world economy, the consequences of coronavirus and conflicts, Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
sputniknews.com/russia/202003121078547103-putins-participation-in-2024-depends-on-various-factors/

Russian Ruble Weakens to 4-Year Low, Trading at Over 75 Per US Dollar
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-12
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian ruble weakens against US dollar and euro on Thursday, slipping to a four-year low of more than 75 per US dollar amid weak oil prices, according to the Moscow Exchange data.
sputniknews.com/russia/202003121078547847-russian-ruble-weakens-to-4-year-low-trading-at-over-75-per-us-dollar/

OPEC+ Deal Breakdown Not at Russia's Initiative, Moscow Offered Extension – Prime Minister
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-12
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The demise of the OPEC+ agreement did not take place at Russia's initiative, indeed Russia offered to extend the oil cut deal beyond its March 31 deadline, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said Thursday.
sputniknews.com/russia/202003121078546592-opec-deal-breakdown-not-at-russias-initiative-moscow-offered-extension—prime-minister/

Syria's Envoy to Russia Says Erdogan Using Refugee Crisis as Leverage Against European States
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-12
Previously, Ankara stopped preventing Middle Eastern refugees from trying to breach through its borders with neighbouring European states, specifically Greece, thus violating an agreement that Turkey signed with the EU back in 2016.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/202003121078547732-syrias-envoy-to-russia-says-erdogan-using-refugee-crisis-as-leverage-against-european-states/

World Athletics Fines Russian Athletics Federation $10 Million Over Doping Scandal
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-12
sputniknews.com/sport/202003121078548285-world-athletics-fines-russian-athletics-federation-10-million-over-doping-scandal/

Russia cannot do without Turkey's cooperation in Syria
M. K. Bhadrakumar | iranian.com | 2020-03-12
The former Soviet Union was a satiated world power. It didn't have to prove anything. The Great Patriotic War (1941-45) spoke for itself. Thus, triumphalism was never a diplomatic tool in the Soviet inventory. The removal of the US nuclear missiles from Turkey in the downstream of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis was not even …
iranian.com/2020/03/12/russia-cannot-do-without-turkeys-cooperation-in-syria/

Russia passes bill allowing Putin to stay in power past 2024
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-11
The Russian parliament has approved a sweeping constitutional reform that will allow president Vladimir Putin to stay in power for another 12 years after his current term ends in 2024.The Kremlin-controlled lower house, the State Duma, endorsed a set of amendments to the constitution and a provision resetting the term count for Putin. A nationwide vote on the proposed amendments is set for 22 April.Kremlin critics condemned the move as a cynical manipulation and called for protests.The Russian Duma passed amendments to the constitution (AP/Pavel Golovkin)Putin, a 67-year-old former KGB officer, has ruled Russia f…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2020/03/11/russia-passes-bill-allowing-putin-to-stay-in-power-past-2024/

Saudi's Brave Women Pull Back the Curtain on Crown Prince MBS
Medea Benjamin | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabia's 34-year-old de facto ruler, was on a tear. He arrested members of his own royal family and initiated an oil price war with Russia that has sent the price …
globalresearch.ca/saudi-brave-women-pull-back-curtain-crown-prince-mbs/5706082

A Case Study of Corporate Media Disinformation
Stansfield Smith | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-11
Some alternative media have exposed the US government and its corporate media fake news reporting on Russian "election interference," on Venezuela, the war on Syria, China's Xinjiang and Hong Kong, Nicaragua, Palestine, among others. One of the longest running media disinformation campaigns has been directed at Cuba, well covered in Keith Bolender's Manufacturing the Enemy: …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/a-case-study-of-corporate-media-disinformation/

How Turkey Lost a Battle of Wills, and Force, to Russia
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
When the history of the Syrian conflict is written, the fighting that took place between the Syrian Army and its allies on the one side, and the Turkish military and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels on the other, from early February through …
globalresearch.ca/how-turkey-lost-battle-wills-force-russia/5706103

How Turkey Lost a Battle of Wills, and Force, to Russia
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
When the history of the Syrian conflict is written, the fighting that took place between the Syrian Army and its allies on the one side, and the Turkish military and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels on the other, from early February through …
globalresearch.ca/how-turkey-lost-battle-wills-force-russia/5706103

How Black Swans Are Shaping Planet Panic
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Is the planet under the spell of a pair of black swans

Joe Biden Personifies Democratic Party Failures Since the Cold War
Michael Brenes | thenation.com | 2020-03-11
Joe Biden Personifies Democratic Party Failures Since the Cold War…
thenation.com/article/politics/cold-war-liberals-biden/

Golden Anniversaries for Flawed Treaties: The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Turns Fifty
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
In an era where agreements have been abandoned as "bad", to use that favourite word of US President Donald Trump, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons continues to feature on the books of diplomacy. But age seems …
globalresearch.ca/npt-turns-fifty/5706069

How Black Swans Are Shaping Planet Panic
Pepe Escobar | iranian.com | 2020-03-11
Is the planet under the spell of a range of Black Swans

The Battle for Idlib: Did Erdogan Capitulate to Putin in Moscow?
Phil Barbelé | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-10
There was a celebration in Syria when Russia announced a ceasefire agreement with Turkey on March 3 following a six-hour meeting between Presidents Erdogan and Putin in Moscow. Under the agreement, Erdogan agreed to pull back Turkish forces and not to contest territory that Syria had recently reclaimed from terrorist groups in eastern Aleppo and southern Idlib provinces. In fact, Turkey agreed not to intervene against Syrian troops in any of the areas from which it pulled back, in effect allowing Syrian forces to reclaim even more of its territory from terrorists in southern Idlib. | The agreement appeared to be…
mintpressnews.com/265621-2/265621/

Contaminated water at nuclear plant still an issue ahead of Tokyo Olympics
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-10
Work to deal with contaminated water at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant continues as the Olympic Games approach.Inside a giant decontamination facility at the destroyed plant, workers in hazmat suits monitor radioactive water pumped from three damaged reactors.The decontamination process is a key element of a contentious debate over what should be done with the nearly 1.2 million tons of still-radioactive water being closely watched by governments and organisations around the world ahead of this summer's Tokyo Olympics.The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, says it needs to free up sp…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2020/03/10/contaminated-water-at-nuclear-plant-still-an-issue-ahead-of-tokyo-olympics/

Why nuclear power must remain outlawed in Australia
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-10
Environment Jim GreenIssue 1257 Australia nuclear power uranium miningMarch 10, 2020Nuclear power is prohibited in Australia under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC…
greenleft.org.au/content/why-nuclear-power-must-remain-outlawed-australia

Russia Provoked Oil Price Fall to Protect its Markets from US Frackers, which could Collapse
Juan Cole | iranian.com | 2020-03-10
Last weekend, OPEC Plus, an expanded cartel of petroleum exporters, considered a plan for members to cut back on their oil production so as to support prices in the face of a slowing world economy owing to the novel coronavirus. The Russian Federation rejected the plan put forward by OPEC, insisting on continuing to export …
iranian.com/2020/03/10/russia-provoked-oil-price-fall-to-protect-its-markets-from-us-frackers-which-could-collapse/

Fire and Brimstone at the O.K. Corral, known today as the Democratic Party
Robert Bohm | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-09
Yes, Putin's hackers would love to see Trump reelected. And it's also true that unknown to us there may be a new Giuliani-led team of huckster guerrillas sealing dirty deals behind the scenes in order to bring the Democratic Party (DP) down. But no matter how true these things are, responsibility for the party's current …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/fire-and-brimstone-at-the-o-k-corral-known-today-as-the-democratic-party/

Chernobyl to Katrina: Pundits scramble to compare Trump's handling of coronavirus to previous catastrophes
rt.com | 2020-03-09
Media are comparing US President Donald Trump's (mis)handling of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic to high-profile historical disasters, from the Chernobyl nuclear accident to Hurricane Katrina…and even the fall of Rome. | Pundits eager to see the end of Trump have rushed to compare what they view as his failure to properly deal with the coronavirus outbreak to legendary disasters from recent and ancient history, regardless of how well those disasters reflect current events. | The president himself retweeted a meme that was quickly interpreted as comparing himself to Emperor Nero, who supposedly fiddled whil…
rt.com/usa/482683-trump-katrina-chernobyl-media-coronavirus/

Atomic agency cites concerns over Iran testing sites, offers COVID-19 assistance
news.un.org | 2020-03-09
Iran's nuclear capabilities moved back into the international spotlight on Monday as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that it had concerns about possible "undeclared nuclear material and nuclear-related activities" in unregistered locations there.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/03/1059001

Chernobyl to Katrina: Pundits scramble to compare Trump's handling of coronavirus to previous catastrophes
rt.com | 2020-03-09
Media are comparing US President Donald Trump's (mis)handling of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic to high-profile historical disasters, from the Chernobyl nuclear accident to Hurricane Katrina…and even the fall of Rome. | Pundits eager to see the end of Trump have rushed to compare what they view as his failure to properly deal with the coronavirus outbreak to legendary disasters from recent and ancient history, regardless of how well those disasters reflect current events. | The president himself retweeted a meme that was quickly interpreted as comparing himself to Emperor Nero, who supposedly fiddled whil…
rt.com/usa/482683-trump-katrina-chernobyl-media-coronavirus/

Escalating war in Idlib creates new refugee crisis
Peter Boyle | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-05
Middle East Refugees & migrants Chris SleeIssue 1256 Syria Northern SyriaMarch 5, 2020A February 27 Russian and Syrian airstrike on a Turkish military convoy in Idlib province

Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-20
Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."
theantimedia.com/turkey-kills-over-50-syrian-troops-russian-warplanes-halt-offensive/

DOJ Investigating Former CIA Director's Role in Russiagate
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-17
The Justice Department is investigating the role of John Brennan in the assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
theantimedia.com/doj-investigating-former-cia-directors-role-in-russiagate/