Daily Archives: May 3, 2020

2020-05-03: News Headlines

RT (2020-05-03). Over 10,000 for the 1st time: Russia hits new daily record for fresh coronavirus cases. rt.com With 10,633 cases registered in a single day, Russia has seen its largest daily increase in reported Covid-19 infections. While the Moscow area remains the worst affected, the disease is spreading across the country. | The number of people confirmed to have contracted coronavirus nationwide rose to 134,687 on Sunday, disease response officials said. Fifty-eight more patients have died, bringing the overall national death toll from Covid-19 to 1,280. | With over 82,700 infections recorded in Moscow and its surrounding eponymous region, the capital remains the centre of Russia's outbreak. It's followed by the se…

RT (2020-05-03). Nuclear deal will 'die forever' if US extends conventional arms embargo — Iran's security council chief. rt.com A top Iranian official has warned that the US extending the ban on conventional arms sales to Iran would be the last nail in the coffin for the 2015 nuclear deal. He called on the EU to choose between "dignity" and "humiliation."

en.mehrnews (2020-05-03). Russia names US efforts for extension of Iran's arms embargo fruitless. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia's permanent representative to the Vienna-based international organizations said on Sunday that "in case the US cannot persuade the UN Security Council to extend arms embargo against Iran, it will try other options. But we do believe that Americans will not reach their set targets."

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-03). New START and the China Diversion. strategic-culture.org The effort to bring China into an arms reduction treaty certainly is futile. Not only is China not going to participate in arms control negotiations with the U.S. anytime soon, but even if China were persuaded to participate the limits set by New START would allow China to increase its nuclear arsenal many times over while still remaining in compliance.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-03). Illegal extension of arms embargo to kill JCPOA forever. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Rear Admiral Shamkhani warned that the illegal extension of Iran's arms embargo will result in the destruction of the 2015 nuclear deal — also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — forever.

Kurt Nimmo (2020-05-02). German Lawyer Sent to Psychiatric Ward for Organizing Protest Against COVID-19 Lockdown. globalresearch.ca First published on April 16, 2020 | In the Soviet Union, activists were sent to state psychiatric wards. According to the state, any and all opposition to government policy was considered a form of mental illness. |

WSWS (2020-05-02). Russia: Two ministers, one deputy test positive for COVID as workers' protests grow. wsws.org Just one day after Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin was hospitalized for COVID-19, the minister for construction, housing and communal services and his deputy also tested positive.

Marko Marjanović (2020-05-02). Bosnian Croats Ask the Russian Military for Anti-Virus Help, Bosnian Muslims Block It. anti-empire.com The political leader of the Bosnian Croats, Dragan Čović

Pepe Escobar (2020-05-02). The deeper roots of Chinese demonization. thealtworld.com Fasten your seat belts: the US The US strategy remains, essentially, full spectrum dominance, with the National Security Strategy obsessed by the three top "threats" of China, Russia and Iran. China, in contrast, proposes…

Scott Ritter (2020-05-02). To impose further sanctions on Iran, the US rewrites history and engages in semantic gymnastics. thealtworld.com On May 8, 2018, President Trump withdrew from the Iran Nuclear deal. In an effort to enact crippling "snap-back" sanctions, his administration is now pretending it did no such thing. | "All our words", the American-Lebanese poet-philosopher Kahlil Gibran observed, "are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." If words are judged by their intellectual weight and adherence to integrity, the statements issued by the Trump administration in relation to its standing as a "participating nation" in the context of the agreement (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA,) is more famine than…

Vijay Prashad (2020-05-01). Farewell to the god of plague. mronline.org The Communists were determined to eradicate disease. In the 1930s, Mao joined the Chinese Communist Party's Public Health Commission; in 1934, when he was in the Jiangxi Soviet, Mao placed public health at the top of the list for party work.

Alan Macleod (2020-05-01). Experts Warn of New Nuclear Arms Race After Trump Signals US Withdrawal from START Treaty. mintpressnews.com While much of the corporate press has blamed Russia and China for the sudden failure of multiple longstanding nuclear treaties, experts put the blame on squarely on the Trump administration.

South Front (2020-05-01). Video: Prospects of Turkish-Russian Military Conflict in Syria. globalresearch.ca The region of Greater Idlib remains the main source of tensions in Syria. | The March 5th ceasefire deal reached by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow allowed an end to be made to the …

Andre Vltchek (2020-05-01). Cold War of Trump/Navarro v. China: More Dangerous than COVID-19. dissidentvoice.org It is getting ugly, extremely ugly. It is increasingly looking like a war — at least a new 'cold', ideological war. But in the shadow of COVID-19, it goes almost unnoticed. The blind horseman, who hates China intuitively, without knowing hardly anything about it, is leading the pack, pushing his president into a confrontation with …

Gareth Porter (2020-04-30). With apparently fabricated nuclear documents, Netanyahu pushed the US towards war with Iran. thegrayzone.com An investigation of supposed Iranian nuclear documents presented in a dramatically staged Netanyahu press conference indicates they were an Israeli…

Eric A. Gordon (2020-04-30). European classical music in the U.S. and its foreign policy impact. peoplesworld.org Scholar Jonathan Rosenberg's new book Dangerous Melodies: Classical Music in America from the Great War through the Cold War has a misleading title. He focuses on controversies during three major episodes in global history—the Great War (World War I), World War II, and the Cold War of the 1940s-1960s (he only sketchily carries the story …

Aaron Maté (2020-04-25). US elites use Russiagate playbook to blame China and promote hostility. thegrayzone.com The US establishment is demonizing China over the COVID-19 crisis with a familiar Russiagate playbook of specious claims, fear-mongering, and…

Jon Rainwater (2020-04-23). A Myriad of Ways to Wage Peace During These Times. peaceaction.org As we shelter in our homes to protect ourselves from this global pandemic, we wanted to share some of the many ways you can remain active and impactful in the work for a more peaceful world. Peace Action has long been a leader in organizing international conferences, marches, and rallies around the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty …

Anya Parampil (2020-04-22). China's reality on the ground: fact vs Cold War fiction. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Beijing-based journalist Daniel Alan Bey about his experience living in China during the…

Nancy Mitchell (2020-04-22). The role of leadership in revolutionary struggle — Lenin's April Theses. liberationnews.org The 1917 Russian Revolution was the first time in history that the working class seized and held power, organizing a workers state in the interest of the vast majority of toilers rather than a rich minority elite.

Paul Dobson (2020-03-30). Rosneft Dodges US Sanctions by Transferring Venezuela Operations to Russian State Firm. venezuelanalysis.com Moscow insists that its support for the Venezuelan government and role in its oil industry will remain unchanged.

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.

sputniknews (2020-05-03). Russian, Italian Military Disinfect 3 Medical Facilities in Lombardy – Russian Ministry. sputniknews.com BERGAMO (Sputnik) – Russian servicemen and their Italian counterparts have disinfected three medical facilities in Italy's northern region of Lombardy, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-05-03). Ex-German Chancellor Urges Lifting 'Senseless' Anti-Russian Sanctions Amid COVID-19 Pandemic. sputniknews.com Crimea rejoined Russia in March 2014 as a result of a referendum which saw over 96 per cent of the peninsula's residents backing the option. However, the move was opposed by Ukraine and a majority of Western countries, including EU members, with several rounds of sanctions slapped on Moscow.

sputniknews (2020-05-03). Women at War: Female Soldiers of the Soviet Red Army in the 1940s. sputniknews.com Russia is preparing to mark the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Soviet Union in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 against Nazi Germany.

sputniknews (2020-05-03). Iran Nuclear Deal Will 'Die Forever' If US Uses 'Sanctions Virus' to Extend Arms Embargo — Tehran. sputniknews.com The Trump administration has been searching for options to try to extend the United Nations ban on the sale of conventional weapons to Iran beyond October, proposing sanctions and even considering making the argument that the US is still effectively a party to the Iran nuclear deal, despite its decision to walk out of the agreement in 2018.

Sputnik News (2020-04-29). Russia Calls on US and Iran to Exercise 'Maximum Restraint' Amid Escalating Tensions. iranian.com Tensions between the US and Iran in the Persian Gulf grew after American troops conducted drills in the region, despite complaining that Iranian boats had "harassed" their vessels. The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on the US and Iran to exercise "maximum restraint' in the Persian Gulf region and not fall for provocations. "Moscow has …

Tasnim News (2020-05-01). Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Rules Out Extension of UN Arms Embargo on Iran. iranian.com Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said renewing a UN arms embargo against Iran which is to expire in October 2020 is out of the question. "For us, the case of the existing ban on arms deliveries to and from Iran was closed with the adoption of Resolution 2231. The embargo regime expires in October …

Fars News (2020-04-30). BRICS Members Ask for Removal of US Sanctions on Iran. iranian.com Members of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) stressed the need for Washington to lift sanctions that have impeded the targeted countries' efforts to fight against the coronavirus epidemic, including Iran. "Such restrictive measures violate international law, interfere with the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and cause significant damage to the …

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."

2020-05-03: Social Media Postees

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Russia names US efforts for extension of Iran's arms embargo fruitless
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-03
TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA)

Over 10,000 for the 1st time: Russia hits new daily record for fresh coronavirus cases
rt.com | 2020-05-03
With 10,633 cases registered in a single day, Russia has seen its largest daily increase in reported Covid-19 infections. While the Moscow area remains the worst affected, the disease is spreading across the country. | The number of people confirmed to have contracted coronavirus nationwide rose to 134,687 on Sunday, disease response officials said. Fifty-eight more patients have died, bringing the overall national death toll from Covid-19 to 1,280. | With over 82,700 infections recorded in Moscow and its surrounding eponymous region, the capital remains the centre of Russia's outbreak. It's followed by the se…
rt.com/russia/487652-over-10k-russia-coronavirus/

New START and the China Diversion
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-03
The effort to bring China into an arms reduction treaty certainly is futile. Not only is China not going to participate in arms control negotiations with the U.S. anytime soon, but even if China were persuaded to participate the limits set by New START would allow China to increase its nuclear arsenal many times over while still remaining in compliance.
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/03/new-start-and-the-china-diversion/

Illegal extension of arms embargo to kill JCPOA forever
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-03
TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA)

German Lawyer Sent to Psychiatric Ward for Organizing Protest Against COVID-19 Lockdown
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-02
First published on April 16, 2020 | In the Soviet Union, activists were sent to state psychiatric wards. According to the state, any and all opposition to government policy was considered a form of mental illness. | Stephanie Buck writes about the …
globalresearch.ca/german-lawyer-sent-psych-ward-organizing-protest-against-covid-19-lockdown/5709685

Russia: Two ministers, one deputy test positive for COVID as workers' protests grow
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
Just one day after Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin was hospitalized for COVID-19, the minister for construction, housing and communal services and his deputy also tested positive.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/02/russ-m02.html

China Registers Only One New COVID-19 Case in the Whole Country
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-02
China's National Health Commission (NHC) Friday reported one new COVID-19 case in the entire country corresponding to a traveler from abroad, which is the lowest growth rate recorded in the Asian country since the pandemic began. | RELATED: | Russia Refutes Western Attempts To Blame China For COVID-19 | The NHC also reported two suspected cases, both related to someone from abroad. In the last 24 hours, 43 patients were discharged and 650 of their close contacts were no longer obs…
telesurenglish.net/news/China-Registers-Only-One-New-COVID-19-Case-in-the-Whole-Country-20200502-0002.html

Bosnian Croats Ask the Russian Military for Anti-Virus Help, Bosnian Muslims Block It
Marko Marjanović | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-02
The political leader of the Bosnian Croats, Dragan Čović

The deeper roots of Chinese demonization
Pepe Escobar | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-02
Fasten your seat belts: the US hybrid war against China is bound to go on frenetic overdrive, as economic reports are already identifying Covid-19 as the tipping point when the Asian

To impose further sanctions on Iran, the US rewrites history and engages in semantic gymnastics
Scott Ritter | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-02
On May 8, 2018, President Trump withdrew from the Iran Nuclear deal. In an effort to enact crippling "snap-back" sanctions, his administration is now pretending it did no such thing. | "All our words", the American-Lebanese poet-philosopher Kahlil Gibran observed, "are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." If words are judged by their intellectual weight and adherence to integrity, the statements issued by the Trump administration in relation to its standing as a "participating nation" in the context of the agreement (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA,) is more famine than…

To impose further sanctions on Iran, the US rewrites history and engages in semantic gymnastics

Farewell to the god of plague
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-05-01
The Communists were determined to eradicate disease. In the 1930s, Mao joined the Chinese Communist Party's Public Health Commission; in 1934, when he was in the Jiangxi Soviet, Mao placed public health at the top of the list for party work.
mronline.org/2020/05/01/farewell-to-the-god-of-plague/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=farewell-to-the-god-of-plague

Experts Warn of New Nuclear Arms Race After Trump Signals US Withdrawal from START Treaty
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-01
While much of the corporate press has blamed Russia and China for the sudden failure of multiple longstanding nuclear treaties, experts put the blame on squarely on the Trump administration.
mintpressnews.com/experts-warn-of-new-nuclear-arms-race-after-trump-signals-us-withdrawal-from-start-treaty/267181/

Cold War of Trump/Navarro v. China: More Dangerous than COVID-19
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-01
It is getting ugly, extremely ugly. It is increasingly looking like a war

Video: Prospects of Turkish-Russian Military Conflict in Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
The region of Greater Idlib remains the main source of tensions in Syria. | The March 5th ceasefire deal reached by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow allowed an end to be made to the …
globalresearch.ca/video-prospects-turkish-russian-military-conflict-syria/5711491

With apparently fabricated nuclear documents, Netanyahu pushed the US towards war with Iran
Gareth Porter | thegrayzone.com | 2020-04-30
An investigation of supposed Iranian nuclear documents presented in a dramatically staged Netanyahu press conference indicates they were an Israeli…
thegrayzone.com/2020/04/29/fabricated-nuclear-documents-netanyahu-war-iran/

European classical music in the U.S. and its foreign policy impact
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2020-04-30
Scholar Jonathan Rosenberg's new book Dangerous Melodies: Classical Music in America from the Great War through the Cold War has a misleading title. He focuses on controversies during three major episodes in global history–the Great War (World War I), World War II, and the Cold War of the 1940s-1960s (he only sketchily carries the story …
peoplesworld.org/article/european-classical-music-in-the-u-s-and-its-foreign-policy-impact/

US elites use Russiagate playbook to blame China and promote hostility
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-04-25
The US establishment is demonizing China over the COVID-19 crisis with a familiar Russiagate playbook of specious claims, fear-mongering, and…
thegrayzone.com/2020/04/25/us-elites-use-russiagate-playbook-to-blame-china-and-promote-hostility/

A Myriad of Ways to Wage Peace During These Times
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2020-04-23
As we shelter in our homes to protect ourselves from this global pandemic, we wanted to share some of the many ways you can remain active and impactful in the work for a more peaceful world. Peace Action has long been a leader in organizing international conferences, marches, and rallies around the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty …
peaceaction.org/2020/04/23/wage-peace-during-pandemic/

China's reality on the ground: fact vs Cold War fiction
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-04-22
Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Beijing-based journalist Daniel Alan Bey about his experience living in China during the…
thegrayzone.com/2020/04/22/chinas-reality-on-the-ground-fact-vs-cold-war-fiction/

Women at War: Female Soldiers of the Soviet Red Army in the 1940s
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-03
Russia is preparing to mark the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Soviet Union in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 against Nazi Germany.
sputniknews.com/photo/202005031079180501-Women-at-War-Female-Soldiers-of-the-Soviet-Red-Army-in-the-1940s/

Russian, Italian Military Disinfect 3 Medical Facilities in Lombardy – Russian Ministry
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-03
BERGAMO (Sputnik) – Russian servicemen and their Italian counterparts have disinfected three medical facilities in Italy's northern region of Lombardy, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Sunday.
sputniknews.com/world/202005031079181483-russian-italian-military-disinfect-3-medical-facilities-in-lombardy—russian-ministry/

Ex-German Chancellor Urges Lifting 'Senseless' Anti-Russian Sanctions Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-03
Crimea rejoined Russia in March 2014 as a result of a referendum which saw over 96 per cent of the peninsula's residents backing the option. However, the move was opposed by Ukraine and a majority of Western countries, including EU members, with several rounds of sanctions slapped on Moscow.
sputniknews.com/world/202005031079180885-ex-german-chancellor-urges-lifting-senseless-anti-russian-sanctions-amid-covid-19-pandemic/

Russia Calls on US and Iran to Exercise 'Maximum Restraint' Amid Escalating Tensions
Sputnik News | iranian.com | 2020-04-29
Tensions between the US and Iran in the Persian Gulf grew after American troops conducted drills in the region, despite complaining that Iranian boats had "harassed" their vessels. The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on the US and Iran to exercise "maximum restraint' in the Persian Gulf region and not fall for provocations. "Moscow has …
iranian.com/2020/04/29/russia-calls-on-us-and-iran-to-exercise-maximum-restraint-amid-escalating-tensions/

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Rules Out Extension of UN Arms Embargo on Iran
Tasnim News | iranian.com | 2020-05-01
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said renewing a UN arms embargo against Iran which is to expire in October 2020 is out of the question. "For us, the case of the existing ban on arms deliveries to and from Iran was closed with the adoption of Resolution 2231. The embargo regime expires in October …
iranian.com/2020/05/01/russian-deputy-foreign-minister-rules-out-extension-of-un-arms-embargo-on-iran/

With apparently fabricated nuclear documents, Netanyahu pushed the US towards war with Iran
Gareth Porter | iranian.com | 2020-04-30
An investigation of supposed Iranian nuclear documents presented in a dramatically staged Netanyahu press conference indicates they were an Israeli fabrication designed to trigger US military conflict with Iran. President Donald Trump scrapped the nuclear deal with Iran and continued to risk war with Iran based on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim to have …
iranian.com/2020/04/30/netanyahu-pushed-the-us-towards-war-with-iran/

BRICS Members Ask for Removal of US Sanctions on Iran
Fars News | iranian.com | 2020-04-30
Members of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) stressed the need for Washington to lift sanctions that have impeded the targeted countries' efforts to fight against the coronavirus epidemic, including Iran. "Such restrictive measures violate international law, interfere with the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and cause significant damage to the …
iranian.com/2020/04/30/brics-members-ask-for-removal-of-us-sanctions-on-iran/