Daily Archives: June 9, 2020

2020-06-09: News Headlines

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-06-09). Poland Wants to Become Washington's Eastern European Bulwark Against Russia. globalresearch.ca The "Defender Europe 2020" was to be the most ambitious and largest military exercise by the U.S. and NATO since the Cold War. The U.S.-led multinational exercises are undoubtedly hostile actions against Russia. It is through these military exercises that …

T.J. Coles (2020-06-09). Nukes in Space: the Extinction Rebellion Yet to Be. counterpunch.org In January 2017, President Trump ordered the Department of Defense to conduct a Nuclear Posture Review. The document published a year later makes clear that the US possesses nuclear weapons, in part, so that "our diplomats continue to speak from a position of strength on matters of war and peace." The Nuclear Posture Review cites Russia as the evil menace against which the US must defend by renewing its nuclear stockpiles.

Estelle Levresse (2020-06-09). Can the Russian Health Care System Cope With the Coronavirus? thenation.com Can the Russian Health Care System Cope With the Coronavirus?

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-06-08). Russian Diplomats Expelled from Czechia Because of Likely Fake News Story. globalresearch.ca The secret services of Czechia had first informed its government in April that it had damning evidence against two Russian diplomats in the country that would warrant their expulsion. It was alleged, without any evidence given publicly, that Russian diplomats …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2020-06-08). Russian Academician Arbatov's Washington Leanings, Recommends Moscow to Avoid a Strategic Alliance with China. globalresearch.ca If there were a Russian version of the website PropOrNot, Academician Arbatov could find himself listed there as "American agent/dupe." | Arbatov directs the International Security Center of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of …

Malte Humpert (2020-06-08). The Arctic Northern Sea Route: Russia Conducts Record-Breaking Delivery of LNG to China. globalresearch.ca Russia is one step closer to achieving year-round navigation in the Arctic. An ice-capable tanker made the earliest delivery of LNG to China via the Northern Sea Route. | *** | For the past several years a fleet of fifteen specialized Arc7 …

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-06-08). Russian Academician Arbatov's Washington Leanings. thealtworld.com If there were a Russian version of the website PropOrNot, Academician Arbatov could find himself listed there as "American agent/dupe." | Arbatov directs the International Security Center of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He demonstrates his Washington leanings by his recommendation that Russia avoid a strategic alliance with China. This, of course, is a Washington position. It seems curious coming from a Russian security expert at a time when US foreign policy is dominated by neoconservatives who are hostile to both Russia and China because the two…

Keith Lamb (2020-06-07). George Floyd Is the Spark but Systemic Issues Are the Fuel. globalresearch.ca As a European growing up in the Cold War with the image of America as the land of liberty and freedom the scenes of carnage that we see today are truly saddening. Superficially this is a problem of racial discrimination …

The Lancet (2020-06-06). [Editorial] Salient lessons from Russia's COVID-19 outbreak. thelancet.com Alexander Myasnikov, Russia's COVID-19 information chief, said in mid-April that it would be "impossible" for Russians to get the virus, estimating the probability of extensive spread in Russia at "0 ∑0%". This hubris has been sorely exposed. As of June 2, Russia has 423‚Äà186 cases, the third most in the world, while relatively few deaths from COVID-19 (5031) have been recorded. The rapid spread of the epidemic in Russia has highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of the health system, and presents the traditionally strong Russian leadership with a new challenge.

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-06-06). Turkish-Russian trade-off in Libya? thealtworld.com Moscow seems to have concluded that Haftar can't win, and opted to cut its losses | The success of forces aligned with Libya's UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in taking full control of Tripoli, ending Gen. Khalifa Haftar's year-long siege of the capital, and going on to capture the town of Tarhouna, is a major triumph for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It was his decision to give his full military backing to the GNA that turned the tables both in the air and on the ground: crucially the squadrons of Bayrakdar drones he deployed, and the thousands of battle-hardened Islamist fighters he…

WSWS (2020-06-06). Over 20,000 tons of diesel spilled in Russian Arctic river. wsws.org The catastrophe on the Ambarnaya underlies the dangers bound up with the "new scramble for the Arctic" by the major powers and corporations.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-06-08). 80 Lawmakers Demand Trump Ditch Any Thought of Resuming 'Dangerously Provocative' Nuclear Tests. commondreams.org "When Americans say that they want and need tests, they weren't talking about the nuclear kind." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump-testing-nukes.jpg

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-09). Liberal Leaders Aiding and Abetting Rioters Just the Latest Campaign Strategy to Usurp Trump. strategic-culture.org In a fractious election year that has already witnessed Russiagate, impeachment and a pandemic, Americans are now forced to contend with the malignant scourge of rioting and looting following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a white cop. Now, many Democrats seem content to the let the whole house burn down to achieve some sort of twisted justice . | To get a true sense of the mob mentality that is now leading the United States straight to the abyss, you could do no worse than a visit to the nation's embattled capital. There, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser recently evicted 1,200 members of the…

Addison Blu (2020-06-08). Syria Sends Advisors to Aid US Rebels. anti-empire.com WASHINGTON — As the United States works through its immense internal challenges with human rights, equality, and government use of force, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad seeks to help the US in the same way the US helped during the recent Syrian civil war. | "We're sending advisors from our elite special operations units to, you know, help foster peace," Assad told reporters while hiding a smirk. "I can't tell you how valuable it was to have a foreign influence stoking the fires during a period of violent unrest. The least we can do is return the favor." | Assad's aides exchanged high fives in a symbol of…

RT (2020-06-08). WATCH Russian Army SHOOT burning Siberian oil well with anti-tank gun to put out fire. rt.com Russia's Defense Ministry has carried out an unusual operation in Eastern Siberia. Soldiers helped put out a blaze at an oil well by demolishing the burning wellhead with point-blank fire from an anti-tank gun. | Troops from the Central Military District, still wearing their Covid-19 protection masks, can be seen maneuvering the T-12 cannon off a trailer, and positioning it a mere 180 meters (200 yards) away from the target, then repeatedly shooting it with 100mm shells. | The operation, in the Irkutsk region, was carried out "with a jeweler's precision," the Defense Ministry said in a statement accompanying t…

RT (2020-06-08). Putin praises Egypt's efforts towards Libyan settlement in phone call with President Sisi. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Cairo's diplomatic efforts towards Libya's settlement in a telephone conversation with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fatah el-Sisi on Monday, the Kremlin press service said. | The presidents "confirmed a mutual bid towards continuing coordination with an aim to ensure the soonest end of warfare and the launch of intra-Libyan talks under the UN auspices," the Kremlin said. | The phone call was initiated by Egypt. Sisi briefed Putin on the talks in Cairo on June 6 with President of the Libyan House of Representatives Aguila Saleh and Commander of the Libyan National Army…

RT (2020-06-07). 'They're still at Porton Down': Skripal's niece doesn't trust reports of poisoned ex-spy & daughter moving to New Zealand. rt.com The Sunday Times reports that former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter have moved to New Zealand under new identities. However, his niece in Russia believes it is all a distraction and that they are still in the UK. | The whereabouts of Sergei and Yulia Skripal have remained unknown since they were discharged from hospital after surviving a poisoning by a toxic chemical, which the UK authorities branded Novichok, in Salisbury in March 2018. | An unnamed senior British government official has confirmed to the Sunday Times that the father and daughter at the heart of one of the biggest scandals betwee…

RT (2020-06-07). Netanyahu says Covid-19 won't diminish Israel's commitment to fighting Iran's nuclear program, urges 'crippling' sanction. rt.com The coronavirus pandemic should not be an obstacle in fighting Iran, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said calling for harsh sanctions against Tehran after a critical report by the international nuclear watchdog. | The PM insisted that "coronavirus does not diminish our determination to act against Iranian aggression at all," vowing to do everything to prevent Iran from ever getting a nuclear weapon. | "Iran systematically violates its commitments by hiding sites, by enriching fissile materials and other violations," Netanyahu said as he opened a government meeting on Sunday. | He called on the international comm…

RT (2020-06-06). 'Total disgrace!' Trump roasts MSNBC after former FBI attorney Lisa Page hired as legal analyst. rt.com Lisa Page, the FBI lawyer whose leaked anti-Trump text messages with another federal agent indicated deep-seated bias in the Russiagate probe, has been hired as an analyst at MSNBC, drawing jeers and praise alike. | t.co/3QdaYCaiZS— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

RT (2020-06-06). Russia's request for return of seized diplomatic properties to protect staff against Covid-19 ignored by US — Moscow. rt.com "When the New York State governor declared the state of emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we asked to return said property so our personnel could use it to lower the risks stemming from to the spread of the coronavirus," Russia's deputy envoy to the UN, Gennady Kuzmin, said. | Kuzmin noted that Moscow had hoped that "humanitarian reasons… would trump political motives," but the US ignored the request. | The US seized control over three Russian diplomatic posts in New York, DC, and San Francisco in 2017, after ordering Moscow to vacate the buildings. Moscow slammed the move as hostile and illegal under…

RT (2020-06-05). 'Dishonorable and unworthy' move: Moscow vows 'adequate response' to diplomats' expulsion from Czech Republic over 'poison plot'. rt.com The expulsion of two Russian diplomats over the imaginary Prague poisoning plot is a very hostile move, Russia's Foreign Ministry has said, warning the scandal is set to affect relations between the two countries. | "The Czech side has acted dishonorably and unworthily, taking this unfriendly step. Without any reason, the Czech authorities caused serious damage to Russian-Czech relations," the ministry said in a statement. | The actions of Prague will receive not only an adequate response, but will be also taken into account during formation of Russian policies towards the Czech Republic. | After weeks of unfo…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-08). Sticking to JCPOA sole way to tackle nuclear issue: China. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 08 (MNA) — China has criticized the US' policies toward the 2015 nuclear deal (JCPOA) as the main reason behind the nuclear crisis, saying that fulfilling commitments under the historic pact is the sole way to tackle the situation.

sputniknews (2020-06-07). Russia's Admiral Kasatonov Stealth Warship Completes State Sea Trials. sputniknews.com The Admiral Kasatonov frigate is capable of destroying surface ships, convoys and airborne military units, along with searching and targeting submarines and providing anti-aircraft, anti-submarine and anti-missile defence.

sputniknews (2020-06-07). Representatives for Russian Billionare Deny Reports He Bought Munch's 'The Scream' For $120 Mln. sputniknews.com "The Scream" is an iconic painting created by Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch, depicting a desperate human appearing to howl in pain, and is considered to be one of the most profound artistic symbols of anguish and anxiety in art. Munch painted four versions of the famous painting, two in paint and two in pastel.

sputniknews (2020-06-06). US Media Calls Russia's Mysterious Khabarovsk-Class Sub Potential 'Defining Submarine of 2020'. sputniknews.com In addition to being a major component of Russia's overall naval doctrine, submarines are of crucial importance to the country's nuclear triad, with their silent operations lurking under the Arctic Ocean, the Atlantic and Pacific guaranteeing a strategic response in the event of an enemy first strike.

yenisafak (2020-06-09). Israeli annexation plan 'very dangerous': Russia. yenisafak.com Israel's "dangerous" plans to annex Palestinian territories could provoke further discontent and violence, dooming prospects for a two-state solution, warned a top Russian diplomat on Tuesday.In the near future the new coalition government of Israel "may begin practical steps" to implement its stated plans to annex Palestinian territories, said Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia's deputy foreign minister."We believe that such a development would be very dangerous. We agree with the assessments and warnings in this regard, which are reflected in the latest decisions of the Arab League on this issue."The Arab League has cond…

yenisafak (2020-06-08). Russia announces relaxation measures. yenisafak.com Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed on Monday a decree, relaxing the border restrictions.Russian nationals will be allowed to travel abroad with the purpose of work, study and medical treatment, while the foreigners can enter Russia for medical treatment, Mishustin said at a video-conference with the government members.But the prime minister did not specify when the changes come into effect although the day before the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviation) has already requested a permission to resume international flights to 15 countries starting July 15.Meanwhile, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin ann…

yenisafak (2020-06-06). Merkel allies criticise Trump decision to cut US troops in Germany. yenisafak.com Senior lawmakers from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling conservative bloc on Saturday criticised President Donald Trump's decision to order the U.S. military to remove 9,500 troops from Germany.The move would reduce U.S. troops numbers in Germany to 25,000, from 34,500."The plans once again show that the Trump administration is neglecting an elementary leadership task: the involvement of alliance partners in decision-making processes," Johann Wadephul, foreign policy spokesman for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, told Reuters.All NATO partners benefited from the cohesion of the alliance, and only Russia an…

_____ (2020-06-09). A T-Shirt Sparks Claims That Another 'Foreign Agitator' Is Behind US Racial Unrest. popularresistance.org We've seen various state and federal officials over the past two weeks of George Floyd protests point to a 'foreign hand' stirring the unrest for the purpose of creating deeper instability in American society, already unsettled by months of the coronavirus pandemic crisis. | Of course, the 'nefarious Russians' were the first to be named — with CNN spending a lot of time amplifying this paranoid claim, for example in an interview with Susan Rice a week ago — but Trump administration officials have also named China, accusing Beijing of exploiting US racial tensions with targeted social media activity "c…

_____ (2020-06-09). The Rest Of The World Sees Uprisings, Not Riots. popularresistance.org U.S. officials, whether Democrat or Republican, pretend that only other countries violate human rights. Every year, the State Department issues a report on worldwide human rights with the heaviest criticism aimed at enemies du jour such as China, Russia, and Iran. | Human rights, as defined by U.S. officials, include freedom of the press, maintaining an independent judiciary, and civil rights. But most of the world, the United Nations included, goes further, saying human rights include the right to a job, health care, and housing, among other things. | Not surprisingly, U.S. leaders never mention authoritative in…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-06-05). Russia's Invitation to G7 Summit Sparks Debate. globalresearch.ca The rescheduling of the Group of Seven (G7) summit from late June to September and Russia's invitation to participate alongside Australia, India and South Korea has sparked discussions among both Russian officials and experts. | The Kremlin reported that Russian President …

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-05). 'Great Power Competition' Is a Cheap Slogan Justifying Cold War. strategic-culture.org The fact is, we cannot afford a confrontation with China, no matter how it is packaged. | Daniel LARISON | The hawks that speak loudest about the importance of great power competition don't have the first clue what the U.S. needs to do to remain competitive against other major powers. This has become impossible to miss in the growing push for pursuing a confrontational China policy. | "Great power competition" has become the slogan that hawks now use to justify never-ending increases to the military budget without paying any attention to the importance of developing the social, intellectual, and economic resource…