Daily Archives: March 16, 2020

2020-03-16: News Headlines

RT (2020-03-16). Constitutional Court approves amendments resetting presidential terms limits, poll says majority would vote for Putin in 2024. rt.com Just a week ago, the general consensus among Russian political experts was that Vladimir Putin would likely leave the Kremlin in four years. But a week is a long time in politics, as the old cliche goes. | Following last Tuesday's dramatic parliamentary intervention by Valentina Tereshkova, quite a lot has rapidly changed. The MP, previously better known as the first woman in space, proposed "that after the updated Constitution comes into force, the current president, like any other citizen, has the right to be elected to…

RT (2020-03-16). 'I'll get better, I have enough toilet paper': Russian kite surfing champion laughs off contracting coronavirus. rt.com Russian kite surfing champion Peter Tyushkevich laughed off his coronavirus diagnosis, saying he has enough toilet paper to recover from the dangerous infection. | The 2009 world champion revealed he is infected by the contagious virus which has swept across the world. | "I have contracted coronavirus. Now, I'm in the infectious diseases hospital, please meet one of those Ru…

RT (2020-03-16). Patient ESCAPES from Moscow coronavirus hospital, chief doctor slams 'ignorant behavior'. rt.com It appears some Russians really don't like the idea of being quarantined over Covid-19. After a well-publicized hospital breakout in Saint Petersburg last month, a Moscow patient decided to play copycat. | Apparently unconcerned about infecting others around the capital, a woman suspected of having coronavirus escaped from a medical facility, according to Denis Protsenko, the head physician at Moscow's Kommunarka Hospital. | "I have to deal with the ignorant behavior of hospitalized patients who do not understand the situation and the danger of spreading Covid-19 in the city," he said. "I ask my colleagues to…

RT (2020-03-16). Russia to launch $4 BILLION anti-crisis fund to stabilize economy. rt.com Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced on Monday the establishment of a 300-billion-ruble anti-crisis fund in order to support the country's economic sectors and citizens amid the global coronavirus pandemic. | "We have developed a number of priority measures, and I think it is necessary to take a number of actions today to prevent the negative impact of coronavirus on the country's economy and people's lives," said Mishustin, who has headed the government's Coordinating Council to combat the spread of Covid-19. | The prime minister said that the government will soon launch a single hotline and an…

RT (2020-03-16). Coronavirus just got real in Moscow: outdoor events banned, schools closed, indoor crowds restricted. rt.com After videos went viral at the weekend showing Russian soccer fans chanting about the coronavirus in packed stadiums, some expressed concern that the country was in denial over Covid-19. If so, that ended on Monday. | In Moscow, all outdoor events have been banned and schools will be closed. Meanwhile, indoor gatherings will be restricted to a maximum of 50 people. The orders were published on the website of the capital's mayor Sergey Sobyanin and came only a few hours after a spokesman said the Kremlin "saw no need" to introduce a state of emergency. | Under the measures, schools will be shut from March 21, w…

RT (2020-03-16). Rammstein's Till Lindemann turns bubble boy with giant 'coronavirus protective gear' at Moscow gig. rt.com You have to be quite cheeky to gather thousands of people together amid coronavirus fears. But Till Lindemann apparently had an ace up his sleeve — a giant iridescent bubble to protect him during his Moscow concert. | The Rammstein star is currently on tour in Russia, together with Swedish multi-instrumentalist Peter Tagtgren. On Sunday the two performed at the VTB Arena in Moscow and had an unusual prop — a giant plastic bubble to take | In actu…

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-16). The Bush Administration's Secret Biowarfare Agenda. globalresearch.ca First published in July 2008 | When it comes to observing US and international laws, treaties and norms, the Bush administration is a serial offender. Since 2001, it's: | — spurned efforts for nuclear disarmament to advance its weapons program and retain …

Andre Vltchek (2020-03-16). America Attacks the World, The World Levitates Towards Russia, China. globalresearch.ca Frankly and in summary: recently The United States of America has crossed several lines, committing atrocities, in many parts of the world. In the past, no country could get away with this; such situations would inevitably lead to war. | Presently, …

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-03-16). The Battle of Idlib Is Far From Over. globalresearch.ca The opening of the Saraqeb-Latakia road, known as the M4, is scheduled for this Sunday the 15th of March as established during the memorandum protocol signed in Moscow between the two presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the …

sputniknews (2020-03-16). Source Reveals Why NATO Warships in Black Sea Can't Collect Intelligence Against Russian Fleet. sputniknews.com The US and its Western European allies regularly send warships to the Black Sea, with other NATO countries bordering the body of water including Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey maintaining a sizable permanent presence in the region.

Andre Vltchek (2020-03-15). West Attacks the World: The World Levitates towards Russia and China. dissidentvoice.org Frankly and in summary: recently The United States of America has crossed several lines, committing atrocities, in many parts of the world. In the past, no country could get away with this; such situations would inevitably lead to war. Presently, war is "avoided" only because the world is too frightened of Washington and its mafia-style …

teleSUR (2020-03-14). Russia: President Putin Signs Law Amending the Constitution. telesurenglish.net Russia's RELATED: | This legal instrument specifies the requirements to be met by the President, members of the Government and Parliament, and other positions related t…

RT (2020-03-13). Pentagon hands out contracts for PORTABLE nuclear reactors… yet another gold vein for cash-savvy military? rt.com There's no shortage of hefty defense deals awarded by the US Department of Defense, but the $40 million contract for micro-reactors definitely stands out, as it hides safety risks and raises doubts over its economic efficiency. | The nuclear device that the DoD strategists want must have the capability to be safely and rapidly transported by road, rail, sea or air (sic!) as well as swiftly set up and shut down. The

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 …

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 …

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

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."

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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America Attacks the World, The World Levitates Towards Russia, China
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-16
Frankly and in summary: recently The United States of America has crossed several lines, committing atrocities, in many parts of the world. In the past, no country could get away with this; such situations would inevitably lead to war. | Presently, …
globalresearch.ca/west-attacks-world-levitates-towards-russia-china/5706392

The Bush Administration's Secret Biowarfare Agenda
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-16
First published in July 2008 | When it comes to observing US and international laws, treaties and norms, the Bush administration is a serial offender. Since 2001, it's: |

Citizen Gorbachev Speaks
Mikhail S. Gorbachev | thenation.com | 2020-03-16
Citizen Gorbachev Speaks…
thenation.com/article/world/mikhail-gorbachev-coronavirus-nuclear/

Constitutional Court approves amendments resetting presidential terms limits, poll says majority would vote for Putin in 2024
rt.com | 2020-03-16
Just a week ago, the general consensus among Russian political experts was that Vladimir Putin would likely leave the Kremlin in four years. But a week is a long time in politics, as the old cliche goes. | Following last Tuesday's dramatic parliamentary intervention by Valentina Tereshkova, quite a lot has rapidly changed. The MP, previously better known as the first woman in space, proposed "that after the updated Constitution comes into force, the current president, like any other citizen, has the right to be elected to…
rt.com/russia/483252-putin-presidential-terms-no-limits/

The Battle of Idlib Is Far From Over
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-16
The opening of the Saraqeb-Latakia road, known as the M4, is scheduled for this Sunday the 15th of March as established during the memorandum protocol signed in Moscow between the two presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the …
globalresearch.ca/battle-idlib-far-from-over/5706407

The Battle of Idlib Is Far From Over
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-16
The opening of the Saraqeb-Latakia road, known as the M4, is scheduled for this Sunday the 15th of March as established during the memorandum protocol signed in Moscow between the two presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the …
globalresearch.ca/battle-idlib-far-from-over/5706407

Russia to launch $4 BILLION anti-crisis fund to stabilize economy
rt.com | 2020-03-16
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced on Monday the establishment of a 300-billion-ruble anti-crisis fund in order to support the country's economic sectors and citizens amid the global coronavirus pandemic. | "We have developed a number of priority measures, and I think it is necessary to take a number of actions today to prevent the negative impact of coronavirus on the country's economy and people's lives," said Mishustin, who has headed the government's Coordinating Council to combat the spread of Covid-19. | The prime minister said that the government will soon launch a single hotline and an…
rt.com/business/483204-russia-anti-crisis-fund-coronavirus/

Patient ESCAPES from Moscow coronavirus hospital, chief doctor slams 'ignorant behavior'
rt.com | 2020-03-16
It appears some Russians really don't like the idea of being quarantined over Covid-19. After a well-publicized hospital breakout in Saint Petersburg last month, a Moscow patient decided to play copycat. | Apparently unconcerned about infecting others around the capital, a woman suspected of having coronavirus escaped from a medical facility, according to Denis Protsenko, the head physician at Moscow's Kommunarka Hospital. | "I have to deal with the ignorant behavior of hospitalized patients who do not understand the situation and the danger of spreading Covid-19 in the city," he said. "I ask my colleagues to…
rt.com/russia/483227-covid-19-patient-moscow-hospital-escape/

Rammstein's Till Lindemann turns bubble boy with giant 'coronavirus protective gear' at Moscow gig
rt.com | 2020-03-16
You have to be quite cheeky to gather thousands of people together amid coronavirus fears. But Till Lindemann apparently had an ace up his sleeve

Coronavirus just got real in Moscow: outdoor events banned, schools closed, indoor crowds restricted
rt.com | 2020-03-16
After videos went viral at the weekend showing Russian soccer fans chanting about the coronavirus in packed stadiums, some expressed concern that the country was in denial over Covid-19. If so, that ended on Monday. | In Moscow, all outdoor events have been banned and schools will be closed. Meanwhile, indoor gatherings will be restricted to a maximum of 50 people. The orders were published on the website of the capital's mayor Sergey Sobyanin and came only a few hours after a spokesman said the Kremlin "saw no need" to introduce a state of emergency. | Under the measures, schools will be shut from March 21, w…
rt.com/russia/483259-covid-19-preventive-measures-moscow/

Cold War Chinatown
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2020-03-16
NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/13/18831502.php

Source Reveals Why NATO Warships in Black Sea Can't Collect Intelligence Against Russian Fleet
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-16
The US and its Western European allies regularly send warships to the Black Sea, with other NATO countries bordering the body of water including Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey maintaining a sizable permanent presence in the region.
sputniknews.com/military/202003161078578603-source-reveals-why-nato-warships-in-black-sea-cant-collect-intelligence-against-russian-fleet/

West Attacks the World: The World Levitates towards Russia and China
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-15
Frankly and in summary: recently The United States of America has crossed several lines, committing atrocities, in many parts of the world. In the past, no country could get away with this; such situations would inevitably lead to war. Presently, war is "avoided" only because the world is too frightened of Washington and its mafia-style …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/west-attacks-the-world-the-world-levitates-towards-russia-and-china/

Russia: President Putin Signs Law Amending the Constitution
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-14
Russia's President Vladimir Putin Saturday signed the law on constitutional amendments that could allow him to run for reelection in 2024. | RELATED: | Russia: Lower House Approves 169 Constitutional Amendments | This legal instrument specifies the requirements to be met by the President, members of the Government and Parliament, and other positions related t…
telesurenglish.net/news/Russia-President-Putin-Signs-Law-Amending-the-Constitution-20200314-0003.html

Pentagon hands out contracts for PORTABLE nuclear reactors… yet another gold vein for cash-savvy military?
rt.com | 2020-03-13
There's no shortage of hefty defense deals awarded by the US Department of Defense, but the $40 million contract for micro-reactors definitely stands out, as it hides safety risks and raises doubts over its economic efficiency. | The nuclear device that the DoD strategists want must have the capability to be safely and rapidly transported by road, rail, sea or air (sic!) as well as swiftly set up and shut down. The project split between three c…
rt.com/news/482942-us-military-nuclear-microreactor/

Pentagon hands out contracts for PORTABLE nuclear reactors… yet another gold vein for cash-savvy military?
rt.com | 2020-03-13
There's no shortage of hefty defense deals awarded by the US Department of Defense, but the $40 million contract for micro-reactors definitely stands out, as it hides safety risks and raises doubts over its economic efficiency. | The nuclear device that the DoD strategists want must have the capability to be safely and rapidly transported by road, rail, sea or air (sic!) as well as swiftly set up and shut down. The project split between three c…
rt.com/news/482942-us-military-nuclear-microreactor/

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 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/

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/

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

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/