2021-01-05: News Headlines

Elizabeth Perry (2021-01-05). Debating Maoism in Contemporary China. globalresearch.ca Xi Jinping's frequent references to Mao Zedong, along with Xi's own claims to ideological originality, have fueled debate over the significance of Maoism in the PRC today. | The discussion recalls an earlier debate, at the height of the Cold War, …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-05). Iran's decision to raise uranium enrichment level is expected, say Russia, China. peoplesdispatch.org Iran announced on Monday that it has started enriching uranium to up to 20% as per the law passed by its parliament in November and according to the provisions of the 2015 nuclear deal…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). US creates chaos in international relations: Russia. en.mehrnews.com Tehran, Jan. 06 (MNA) — Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the United States has created chaos in international relations by its norm-breaking actions.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). European Commission reacts to increase of Iran enrichment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — The European Commission has reacted to Iran uranium enrichment, saying that it believes that the nuclear deal was worth saving.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). '20% enrichment no violation of Iran's intl. obligations'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — The Chairman of the Russian Friendship Society with Arab Countries believes that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not violated any of its international obligations by achieving 20% uranium enrichment.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). EU says Nuclear Deal still in place. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — EU announced on Tuesday that despite Iran's decision to enrich uranium by 20 percent, other commitments under the JCPOA are still in place.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran's nuclear steps reversible if all implement commitments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iran's Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations said that nuclear steps will be reversed upon full implementation of JCPOA commitments by all.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran's 20% uranium enrichment not a violation of NPT: Russia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Russian Foreign Ministry showed a reaction to Iran's enrichment of uranium up to 20 percent, stating that Iran's 20% enrichment of uranium is not a violation of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

RT (2021-01-04). St. Petersburg registers more single-day Covid-19 cases than Moscow for first time, just as city's bars & restaurants reopen. rt.com Russia's second city has passed a grim landmark in the country's fight against coronavirus, with St. Petersburg registering more positive tests than the capital for the first time since the pandemic began in the spring of 2020. | On Monday, authorities in the Baltic Sea city reported 3,657 new cases of Covid-19, compared to 3,591 in Moscow. The figure in Europe's largest city is the lowest since early October, and has declined in recent days as the overall national case count has tailed off. St Petersburg, however, has seen its numbers remain relatively constant. | The news comes on the same day bars and resta…

RT (2021-01-04). 'Those with faith in Christ shouldn't fear death from Covid-19:' Russian Orthodox bishop shares 'optimistic' message for 2021. rt.com With the coronavirus pandemic still looming large as we enter the new year, one Orthodox bishop has sought to put it all into perspective with a cheery message of hope for his followers, and for people across the world. | The head of the Ekaterinburg diocese, in Russia's Ural region, Metropolitan Evgeny, told local news site E1 that "the most frequently mentioned words in 2020 were 'disease,' 'virus,' and 'pandemic.' They have been said probably just as often as, in 1941, 'Germans,' 'fascists,' and 'war' were." | According to him, at that time, former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and the Orthodox Church teamed…

RT (2021-01-04). Head of Ukrainian doctors' group accuses government of 'lying' over refusal to register Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com A row in Kiev over the government's decision not to register a Russian-made coronavirus jab has worsened, with one of the country's most senior doctors saying officials are not being straight about the reasons behind the move. | Sergey Kravchenko, the head of the National Medical Chamber of Ukraine, a public organization representing doctors, rubbished claims that Kiev could approve vaccines only once they had completed phase-three trials. Writing on Facebook on Sunday, he said it was "a lie [from health officials] that it is impossible to register the Sputnik V vaccine." | The World Health Organization, he sa…

RT (2021-01-04). Putin opens door to 'vaccine passports' for international travel as growing number of Russians get Covid-19 jab. rt.com The Russian government will consider developing and distributing new documents for those who have been vaccinated against coronavirus, in an effort to cut risks associated with international travel. | In a series of instructions to officials, published at the end of 2020, President Vladimir Putin ordered policymakers "to consider issuing certificates to people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 infections using Russian vaccines… for the purpose of enabling citizens to travel across the borders of the Russian Federation and those of other countries." | Russia's Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin, has be…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran's nuclear program fully transparent, verifiable. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna noted that Iran's nuclear program is fully transparent and verifiable.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran missile program must be 'on the table' for JCPOA talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Jake Sullivan, Biden's incoming national security adviser, says Iran's missile program should be on the table when talking about probable US's return to the nuclear deal.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Netanyahu reacts to resumption of 20% enrichment by Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — In his latest baseless claim, Zionists' Netanyahu said Iran's resumption of 20 percent uranium enrichment is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran, Russia preparing meeting on coronavirus vaccines: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali said that Iran and Russia are preparing a personal meeting on cooperation in producing vaccines against the coronavirus.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Russian official warns increased ISIL movements in Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — A Russian official noted that ISIL movements in east of Euphrates in Syria have increased significantly and termed areas outside control of Damascus as "tense" regions.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran, Russia & Turkey cooperating to push US aside. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — A Zionist newspaper wrote in a report that Iran, Turkey, and Russia are cooperating with one another against the influence and presence of the US in the region.

_____ (2021-01-04). This Book Turns Everything You Thought You Knew About North Korea Upside Down. popularresistance.org In the United States today, North Korea is the standard reference point for modern-day totalitarianism: a land of darkness that is considered a dangerous security threat because of the development of nuclear missiles capable of striking the U.S. | A.B. Abrams' new book, Immovable Object: North Korea's 70 Years at War with American Power (Clarity Press, 2020), shows that the common perceptions in the U.S. of North Korea are mostly wrong. | Though the Kim dynasty has ruled through autocratic methods, it has also adopted rational and at times intelligent policies, which have enabled North Korea to weather unpreceden…

RT (2021-01-03). Moscow finance staff now eligible for Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 jab — in line behind doctors, teachers & industrial workers. rt.com More Russians will become eligible for the country's mass immunization program against Covid-19 from Monday, with plans already made in the capital to hand out jabs to people working in a range of different industries. | The Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, announced on Sunday on his personal website that registration would open for employees of banking and finance businesses, as well as for government workers. They will be able to sign up to receive their first dose of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine at one of 70 centers set up across the city. | This weekend, Russia announced that it had already rolled o…

RT (2021-01-03). Feeling triggered? More than one in three Latvians feel urge to 'SHOOT' fellow citizens who make life in the country worse. rt.com Parties and people refusing to wear masks during lockdown have sparked anger across the world, but, according to a new poll, many Latvians are ready to take drastic action to combat those who make life in the country worse. | Local media in the Baltic nation reported on Sunday that a new study by public pollster SKDS found a large proportion of those surveyed felt aggression towards those "who make life in the country what it is at the moment." | More than one in ten respondents said they often experienced the desire to "shoot" those they hold responsible, while a further 28 percent said they sometimes felt th…

RT (2021-01-03). Border row reignites between Estonia & Russia as Baltic country's top MP reopens WW2 territorial claims, ignoring NATO objections. rt.com Russian officials have accused a senior politician in Tallinn of seeking to reignite old tensions, after the Estonian parliament's speaker said his country still lays claim to swaths of territory on Russia's Baltic coast. | In an address to mark the New Year on Friday, Henn Polluaas, the most senior figure in Estonia's legislative assembly (the Riigikogu), decided to remind the Estonians of the Treaty of Tartu — a post-World War I peace agreement struck between the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and Estonia. | "On February 2, we celebrated the centenary of the signing of the Tartu Peace Trea…

Andrew Korybko (2021-01-03). Russia's Constitutional Amendments. Domestic Law Takes Precedence over International Law. globalresearch.ca The recent amendments to the Russian Constitution confirm that domestic document's precedence over international law, and while Russia still respects the latter, it won't ever let it be exploited for "lawfare" like in the Yukos case. | The Russian people overwhelmingly …

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). A commander with ubiquitous influence on the ground. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03 (MNA) — Five years ago in the midst of the Syria war, when militants were only 400 meters away from the Syrian presidential palace, a top Iranian General held a long, unusual meeting with the Russian president for over 2 hours.

Eric van de Beek (2021-01-02). US govt-sponsored website Bellingcat disrupts MH17 trial in Netherlands. thegrayzone.com Bellingcat has attacked defense attorneys and smeared witnesses in the trial over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Is it being used by Western intelligence services to steer the case in a particular direction? (This report was originally published at Eric van de Beek's personal website.) For six years the British website Bellingcat has promoted Ukraine's narrative that Russia shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17). With the start of the MH17 trial in March 2020, the self-proclaimed "collective …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Iran says it will enrich uranium up to 20 percent. laprensalatina.com Vienna, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it plans to enrich uranium to up to 20 percent purity, a level it reached before the historic 2015 nuclear agreement it signed with six world powers. "Iran has informed the agency that in order to comply with a legal act …

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Iran's plan to start 20% uranium enrichment predictable. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna said that Iran's decision to initiate 20% uranium enrichment was predictable.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Syrian army launches extensive operations against ISIL. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The Syrian army, with support of Russian air force, has launched a large-scale operation in country's deserts against remnants of ISIL.

sputniknews (2021-01-02). Rescue Operation to Find 9 Missing People at Landslide Site in Norway Enters 3rd Day. sputniknews.com MURMANSK, Russia (Sputnik) – Norwegian rescuers continue to search for eight missing people at the site of a giant mudslide about 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of Oslo after one body was found, the public NRK broadcaster reported on Saturday.

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