Daily Archives: May 7, 2020

2020-05-07: News Headlines

The Moscow Times (2020-05-07). Russian State TV in Media War Against No-Lockdown Belarus. anti-empire.com Editor's note: Recall how in 2014-15 the Russian opposition and western media was trying to prove Russians were fighting and dying en masse in Donbass by supposedly uncovering

Rev. William Alberts (2020-05-07). "What the Hell Do You Have to Lose?" counterpunch.org The coronavirus does not care whether we are Republican or Democrat; mainline or evangelical Christian; Jew, Muslim or Hindu; white, black or brown; Chinese, Italian, Iranian, Russian, African or American, richer or poorer, older or younger. We are all human and subject to the same illnesses. Our nationality, faith, race, class, location or age does

RT (2020-05-07). RT SPECIAL VICTORY DAY PROGRAMMING TO AIR AND STREAM WORLDWIDE IN SIX LANGUAGES. rt.com MOSCOW, MAY 7 — On May 9 RT will run special programming dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the allied victory in the Second World War and Soviet victory in the Great Patriotic War in English, German, Spanish, French, Arabic and Russian. Since the beginning of 2020, RT has launched multiple Victory Day projects, including a film recreating the circumstances surrounding the capture of the iconic May 1945 photograph "Raising a Flag over the Reichstag." | On May 9, RT will air the full version of the documentary series under the title #VictoryAlphabet: from Brest to Reichstag, which tracks the Red Army's…

Dr. Jacques R. Pauwels (2020-05-07). May 1945: Nazi Germany Surrenders, but… on May 7, 8, or 9? globalresearch.ca After the Casablanca Conference of January 1943, the Americans, British, and Soviets had agreed that there would be no separate negotiations with Nazi Germany with respect to its capitulation.

Michael Steinberg (2020-05-07). Nuke Plant Shutdown Continues Near C19 Epicenter. indybay.org On April 30 Reactor 2 at the Indian Point nuclear point, less than 30 miles north of midtown Manhattan on the Hudson River, shut down permanently.

Alan MacLeod (2020-05-06). Experts warn of new nuclear arms race after Trump signals U.S. withdrawal from START Treaty. mronline.org 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.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-06). The Washington Post's Neocons Are Beating Cold War Drums… Again. strategic-culture.org Melvin GOODMAN | The Washington Post has a reputation as liberal and even left-of-center, although its editorial pages are dominated by neoconservatives who support the idea of American exceptionalism and the extreme operational tempo of America's military. In the past week, we have been treated to a series of oped essays that are supportive of expanded American military power and a political, if not military, confrontation with China. | U.S. national media generally have been lazy in their treatment of our military—pandering to the military itself and resorting to retired general officers, such as Generals…

Melvin Goodman (2020-05-06). The Washington Post's Neocons are Beating Cold War Drums…Again. counterpunch.org The Washington Post has a reputation as liberal and even left-of-center, although its editorial pages are dominated by neoconservatives who support the idea of American exceptionalism and the extreme operational tempo of America's military. In the past week, we have been treated to a series of oped essays that are supportive of expanded American military power and a political, if not military, confrontation with China.

Staff (2020-05-05). Headlines for May 5, 2020. democracynow.org Dire Forecasts Warn U.S. Death Toll Could Surge in Coming Weeks as States Move to Relax Restrictions, China Rebukes Trump Admin Claim That Coronavirus Was Man-Made, Report Says Brooklyn Jail Destroying Medical Records to Hide Toll of COVID-19, J. Crew Files for Bankruptcy, Betsy DeVos Sued for Garnishing Wages of Student Loan Holders During Pandemic, EU, World Leaders Pledge Billions to Fund Coronavirus Vaccine; U.S. Sits Out, Questions Raised After 3 Doctors in Russia Fall from Hospital Windows, U.K. May Have Second-Highest Coronavirus Death Toll; France Identifies COVID-19 Case from December, Venezuela Detains…

RT (2020-05-05). Russian Embassy ridicules Pulitzer Board for awarding prize to NYT's 'undiluted fabrications'. rt.com The New York Times' staff have won a prestigious Pulitzer Prize for "exposing the predations of Vladimir Putin's regime." Russia, however, says the paper made it up. | The Pulitzer Prize Board loves a good yarn about Russia, and the New York Times certainly feeds their appetite. 2017 saw the paper score an award for reporting on the Kremlin's online "troll army;" while 2018 saw it

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-05). Trump Is Igniting a Cold War With China to Try to Win Re-election. strategic-culture.org Patrick COCKBURN | "Go to China!", a woman in Denver, Colorado, shouts at two hospital workers standing in front of her car to prevent her from taking part in a protest against the coronavirus lockdown. Her cry is a sign that President Trump is having some success in demonising China: he says that that he has a "high degree of confidence" that the deadly virus emanated from a laboratory in Wuhan, though he cannot reveal the source of his information. | The level of Trump's mendacity is far grosser than that used to sell the Iraq War by claiming that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Then…

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.

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…

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 …

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.

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."

Tasnim News (2020-05-06). Rouhani Communicates To G4+1 Consequences Of Extending Iran Arms Embargo. iranian.com Addressing a cabinet session on Wednesday, Rouhani made it clear that lifting the UN arms embargo against Iran is an indispensable part of the nuclear deal. "If the arms embargo (on Iran) is to return one day, with any title, under any statement and with any mechanism, our response will be what I have mentioned …

sputniknews (2020-05-07). Russia Discusses With Turkey Delivery of Extra S-400 Systems – Defence Cooperation Agency. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow and Ankara discuss the composition and the time frame for the delivery of an additional batch of the Russian S-400 air defence systems, the head of the Russian Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation, Dmitry Shugayev, has said.

sputniknews (2020-05-07). 75 Years of Victory: Capture of Berlin by Soviet Forces in 1945. sputniknews.com On 9 May, Russia is marking the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

sputniknews (2020-05-07). Levelling Up: US Soldiers Play Russian Simulator Videogame to Gain Skills Amid Lockdown. sputniknews.com The lockdown amid the pandemic has severely impacted various activities – including military drills, as troops can't fight against the invisible enemy. However, the US Army has found a way to help soldiers stay focused and polish their skills during the quarantine… by playing a Russian MMO videogame.

sputniknews (2020-05-07). Stoltenberg Vows NATO to 'Remain Nuclear Alliance as Long as Atomic Weapons Exist'. sputniknews.com Jens Stoltenberg has stressed the importance of NATO's deterrent accords which he claimed provide the alliance's European allies with a nuclear umbrella.

yenisafak (2020-05-07). Putin warns global market rivarly rising amid coronavirus pandemic. yenisafak.com Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that international rivalry on global markets was rising because of a fall in demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic."Against the backdrop of falling global demand, the struggle for international markets for deliveries of fuel and raw material goods, food, and other products has intensified," Putin said at a government meeting broadcast on state television.

2020-05-07: Social Media Postees

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Russian State TV in Media War Against No-Lockdown Belarus
The Moscow Times | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-07
Editor's note: Recall how in 2014-15 the Russian opposition and western media was trying to prove Russians were fighting and dying en masse in Donbass by supposedly uncovering "secret burials" all over Russia? Well the Russian state media has now adopted the same tactics to be deployed against brotherly Belarus. Why? While Russians have been forced into Sobyanin's cybergulag (now expanded nationally) Belarus has met the virus with the scorn it deserves, has allowed its people to remain free, and will p…
anti-empire.com/russian-state-tv-in-media-war-against-no-lockdown-belarus/

"What the Hell Do You Have to Lose?"
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
The coronavirus does not care whether we are Republican or Democrat; mainline or evangelical Christian; Jew, Muslim or Hindu; white, black or brown; Chinese, Italian, Iranian, Russian, African or American, richer or poorer, older or younger. We are all human and subject to the same illnesses. Our nationality, faith, race, class, location or age does…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/07/what-the-hell-do-you-have-to-lose/

RT SPECIAL VICTORY DAY PROGRAMMING TO AIR AND STREAM WORLDWIDE IN SIX LANGUAGES
rt.com | 2020-05-07
MOSCOW, MAY 7

May 1945: Nazi Germany Surrenders, but… on May 7, 8, or 9?
Dr. Jacques R. Pauwels | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
After the Casablanca Conference of January 1943, the Americans, British, and Soviets had agreed that there would be no separate negotiations with Nazi Germany with respect to its capitulation.
globalresearch.ca/may-1945-operation-sunrise-nazi-germany-surrenders-but-on-may-7-8-or-9/5334299

Nuke Plant Shutdown Continues Near C19 Epicenter
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2020-05-07
On April 30 Reactor 2 at the Indian Point nuclear point, less than 30 miles north of midtown Manhattan on the Hudson River, shut down permanently.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/06/18832842.php

Experts warn of new nuclear arms race after Trump signals U.S. withdrawal from START Treaty
Alan MacLeod | mronline.org | 2020-05-06
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.
mronline.org/2020/05/06/experts-warn-of-new-nuclear-arms-race-after-trump-signals-u-s-withdrawal-from-start-treaty/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=experts-warn-of-new-nuclear-arms-race-after-trump-signals-u-s-withdrawal-from-start-treaty

The Washington Post's Neocons Are Beating Cold War Drums… Again
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-06
Melvin GOODMAN | The Washington Post has a reputation as liberal and even left-of-center, although its editorial pages are dominated by neoconservatives who support the idea of American exceptionalism and the extreme operational tempo of America's military. In the past week, we have been treated to a series of oped essays that are supportive of expanded American military power and a political, if not military, confrontation with China. | U.S. national media generally have been lazy in their treatment of our military–pandering to the military itself and resorting to retired general officers, such as Generals…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/06/the-washington-posts-neocons-are-beating-cold-war-drums-again/

The Washington Post's Neocons are Beating Cold War Drums…Again
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-06
The Washington Post has a reputation as liberal and even left-of-center, although its editorial pages are dominated by neoconservatives who support the idea of American exceptionalism and the extreme operational tempo of America's military. In the past week, we have been treated to a series of oped essays that are supportive of expanded American military power and a political, if not military, confrontation with China.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/06/the-washington-posts-neocons-are-beating-cold-war-drums-again/

Trump Is Igniting a Cold War With China to Try to Win Re-election
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-05
Patrick COCKBURN | "Go to China!", a woman in Denver, Colorado, shouts at two hospital workers standing in front of her car to prevent her from taking part in a protest against the coronavirus lockdown. Her cry is a sign that President Trump is having some success in demonising China: he says that that he has a "high degree of confidence" that the deadly virus emanated from a laboratory in Wuhan, though he cannot reveal the source of his information. | The level of Trump's mendacity is far grosser than that used to sell the Iraq War by claiming that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Then…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/05/trump-igniting-cold-war-with-china-try-win-re-election/

The Hegemon Won't Leave
Leonid Savin | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-05
While the global economy plunges into a recession, actively aided by the coronavirus pandemic, the US is already hatching plans not just for its own recovery, but also the removal of geopolitical rivals like Russia and China. The expectation is probably that many countries will have been weakened by the current crisis. Opponents will be unable to adequately resist, and partners and neutral parties will be forced to take the position dictated to them by Washington. Therefore, to catch everyone off guard, appropriate action strategies must be prepared. | Revenge is being planned on several fronts at once, one of wh…

The Hegemon Won’t Leave

Russian Embassy ridicules Pulitzer Board for awarding prize to NYT's 'undiluted fabrications'
rt.com | 2020-05-05
The New York Times' staff have won a prestigious Pulitzer Prize for "exposing the predations of Vladimir Putin's regime." Russia, however, says the paper made it up. | The Pulitzer Prize Board loves a good yarn about Russia, and the New York Times certainly feeds their appetite. 2017 saw the paper score an award for reporting on the Kremlin's online "troll army;" while 2018 saw it honored for reporting on Russia's "interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign"

Why Keep On Confronting?
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-05
On April 25 the White House published a heartening and most welcome "Joint Statement by President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia" to mark "the 75th Anniversary of the historic meeting between American and Soviet troops, who shook hands on the damaged bridge over the Elbe River. This event heralded the decisive defeat of the Nazi regime." Some of us considered this a most positive step in relations between the cou…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/05/why-keep-on-confronting/

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/

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/

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/

Rouhani Communicates To G4+1 Consequences Of Extending Iran Arms Embargo
Tasnim News | iranian.com | 2020-05-06
Addressing a cabinet session on Wednesday, Rouhani made it clear that lifting the UN arms embargo against Iran is an indispensable part of the nuclear deal. "If the arms embargo (on Iran) is to return one day, with any title, under any statement and with any mechanism, our response will be what I have mentioned …
iranian.com/2020/05/06/rouhani-communicates-to-g41-consequences-of-extending-iran-arms-embargo/

Levelling Up: US Soldiers Play Russian Simulator Videogame to Gain Skills Amid Lockdown
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
The lockdown amid the pandemic has severely impacted various activities – including military drills, as troops can't fight against the invisible enemy. However, the US Army has found a way to help soldiers stay focused and polish their skills during the quarantine… by playing a Russian MMO videogame.
sputniknews.com/military/202005071079228158-levelling-up-us-soldiers-play-russian-simulator-videogame-to-gain-skills-amid-lockdown/

Russia Discusses With Turkey Delivery of Extra S-400 Systems – Defence Cooperation Agency
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow and Ankara discuss the composition and the time frame for the delivery of an additional batch of the Russian S-400 air defence systems, the head of the Russian Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation, Dmitry Shugayev, has said.
sputniknews.com/military/202005071079230444-russia-discusses-with-turkey-delivery-of-extra-s-400-systems—defence-cooperation-agency/

75 Years of Victory: Capture of Berlin by Soviet Forces in 1945
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
On 9 May, Russia is marking the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
sputniknews.com/photo/202005071079227881-capture-of-berlin-by-soviet-forces-in-1945/

Stoltenberg Vows NATO to 'Remain Nuclear Alliance as Long as Atomic Weapons Exist'
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
Jens Stoltenberg has stressed the importance of NATO's deterrent accords which he claimed provide the alliance's European allies with a nuclear umbrella.
sputniknews.com/europe/202005071079229238-stoltenberg-vows-nato-to-remain-nuclear-alliance-as-long-as-atomic-weapons-exist/

Putin warns global market rivarly rising amid coronavirus pandemic
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that international rivalry on global markets was rising because of a fall in demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic."Against the backdrop of falling global demand, the struggle for international markets for deliveries of fuel and raw material goods, food, and other products has intensified," Putin said at a government meeting broadcast on state television.
yenisafak.com/en/world/putin-warns-global-market-rivarly-rising-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-3518904