2021-01-26: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold (2021-01-26). Rob Malley for Iran Envoy: A Test Case for Biden's Commitment to Diplomacy. dissidentvoice.org (Photo credit: National Press Club) President Biden's commitment to re-entering the Iran nuclear deal—formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA—is already facing backlash from a motley crew of warhawks both domestic and foreign. Right now, opponents of re-entering the deal are centering their vitriol on one of the nation's foremost experts …

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-26). Israel to Decide Fate of the JCPOA Nuclear Deal? globalresearch.ca According to Biden's secretary of state-designee Anthony Blinken, the new regime in town will keep much of its predecessor's geopolitical agenda in place. | Former usurper-in-waiting/self-designated interim Venezuelan president Guaido — no longer a National Assembly member — will still …

Tom Clifford (2021-01-26). When Biden's "New" America Confronts the New China. counterpunch.org The lexicon has changed. Words and phrases that seemed to define our world until quite recently now belong to a bygone era. Remember BRICs? The grouping of the next economic superpowers. Well, Brazil, Russia, India and China now resemble a brash start-up promising a whole new way of doing things only to fall out among

Peter Koenig (2021-01-26). Pandemic, Lockdown, Economic Disaster: Are We at War? globalresearch.ca Are we at War? This has become a legitimate question over the last 12 months in the western world. | And we are not talking of war by the west against Russia or China, or the east in general. It's a …

Vijay Prashad (2021-01-26). Why we can't give up on the idea of a world free from nuclear weapons. peoplesdispatch.org The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons came into effect on January 22 but none of the nuclear weapons states are signatories. In fact, the US, in October, asked those governments who signed the treaty to withdraw from it…

Andrew Korybko (2021-01-26). Russia's 2020 Foreign Policy. A Thaw in US-Russia Relations? Foreign Minister Lavrov. globalresearch.ca Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov held his annual press conference last week reviewing his country's foreign policy over the preceding year, the top two dozen highlights of which are touched upon in this analysis for those who don't have the time …

teleSUR (2021-01-26). Iran Approves Use of Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Iran's Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif announced that his country has registered Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine and expects to start producing it soon on its own territory. | RELATED: | "The Sputnik V vaccine was approved by our health authorities. Soon we hope to be able to purchase it and also start its joint production," Zarif said after meeting with Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Dean Baker (2021-01-26). The NYT's Has Not Heard of China's Vaccine (Or Russia's or India's). counterpunch.org It is more than a bit bizarre that the New York Times can run a major piece about the lack of access of developing countries to Covid vaccines and never once mention the vaccines developed by China, Russia, or India. The piece is very useful in highlighting the fact that the United States and Europe

Michael T. Klare (2021-01-26). Averting a Cold War With China Takes On Greater Urgency. thenation.com Averting a Cold War With China Takes On Greater Urgency…

_____ (2021-01-26). How The Nuclear Ban Treaty Impacts The United States. popularresistance.org On January 20, Joseph Biden [became] the U.S. President. Two days later, on January 22nd, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) [has] become binding international law. The Biden administration should seize the opportunity to sign this landmark treaty and work toward its ratification, while productively engaging with the new legal regime created by the treaty. | With the TPNW, nuclear weapons will be subject to a global ban treaty for the first time, at last aligning nuclear weapons with other weapons of mass destruction, all already the subject of treaty-based prohibitions. The TPNW provides a f…

sputniknews (2021-01-26). Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine Has Been Registered in Iran. sputniknews.com Last week, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei stated that Iran had held talks with Russia, China, and India on the potential procurement of vaccines against the coronavirus.

sputniknews (2021-01-26). Putin Submits Agreement on New START Extension for Ratification to Russian State Duma. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted an agreement on the extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) to the Russian parliament's lower house for ratification, according to the State Duma database.

sputniknews (2021-01-26). Biden Believes Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Bad Deal for Europe, WH Says. sputniknews.com The United States is a fierce opponent of the Russian-led project aimed at carrying up to two trillion cubic feet of gas per year from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, as Moscow seeks to export more liquefied natural gas to Europe.

Tom H. Hastings (2021-01-26). Feeding two birds with one hand. nationofchange.org "Nuclear weapons are always in the wrong hands."

Asad Ismi (2021-01-26). The US-Kenya Bilateral Free Trade Agreement. Garbage In, Garbage Out. globalresearch.ca Washington hopes a free trade pact with Kenya will give it a beachhead in its hot war with Al-Shabab and cold war with China—and an African dumping ground for GMOs and plastic waste. What Kenya gets in exchange is not …

Jonathan Cook (2021-01-25). The 'Humanitarian' Left Still Ignores the Lessons of Iraq, Libya and Syria to Cheer on More War. commondreams.org That "defence industry" needs villains, like China and Russia, that it must extravagantly arm itself against. And that means fixating on the crimes of China and Russia, while largely ignoring our own crimes, so that those "defence industries" can prosper. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/china_0.jpg

Global Research News (2021-01-25). Selected Articles: Eurostar Train Near Collapse, Biden's Policy on Israel & Latin America, The Nuclear Ban Treaty. globalresearch.ca By Shutting down an economy flatly contradicts a founding principle of the WHO: "Economic development and public health are inseparable and complementary… the social, …

Karl Grossman (2021-01-25). Let Nuke Plants Run for 100 Years? counterpunch.org With the major decline of nuclear power—the U.S. is down to 94 plants from a high of 129 and only two are now under construction—the nuclear promoters in the U.S. government and nuclear industry are pushing to let nuclear power plants run for 100 years to somehow keep nuclear power going.

Karl Grossman (2021-01-25). Let Nuke Plans Run for 100 Years? counterpunch.org With the major decline of nuclear power—the U.S. is down to 94 plants from a high of 129 and only two are now under construction—the nuclear promoters in the U.S. government and nuclear industry are pushing to let nuclear power plants run for 100 years to somehow keep nuclear power going.

Juan Cole (2021-01-25). Biden's own Moderates and Hardliners Battle it Out on reviving Iran Nuclear Deal. zcomm.org Two and a half days into the Biden administration, it is already clear that the Problem of Iran is going to loom large over its foreign policy…

Dean Baker (2021-01-25). The New York Times Has Not Heard About China's Vaccines (or Russia or India's). cepr.net It is more than a bit bizarre that the New York Times can run a major piece about the lack of access of developing countries to Covid vaccines and never once mention the vaccines developed by China, Russia, or India. The piece is very useful in highlighting the fact that the United States and Europe …

teleSUR (2021-01-25). Mexico To Get 24 Million Doses of Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on Monday spoke by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin who agreed to deliver 24 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine in the next two months. | RELATED: | "Putin was genuinely affectionate. I invited him to visit Mexico and thanked him for the decision to send us 24 million doses," tweeted AMLO, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. | Besides confirming that these dos…

sputniknews (2021-01-25). India to Register Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine Within Next Few Weeks, Indian Ambassador Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – India plans to register the Russian vaccine against COVID-19, Sputnik V, after completion of phase three clinical trials within the next few weeks, Indian Ambassador to Moscow Venkatesh Varma said on Monday.

teleSUR (2021-01-25). Mexico's President AMLO Tests Positive for COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) tested positive for COVID-19 and he is already receiving medical treatment. | RELATED: | "The symptoms are mild, so for the moment, I will be isolated at the National Palace until my full recovery," AMLO said, assuring that he will continue to monitor public affairs from the government headquarters. | On Monday, "I will attend a call from Russian President Vladimir Putin because there is a possib…

Melanie McFarland (2021-01-25). AMC's tense "Salisbury Poisonings" shows how easily terror and toxicity almost consumed a small town. salon.com Based on the true story of how a former Russian intelligence officer was targeted in England and what came next…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-01-25). The UN Prohibits Nuclear Weapons and What Does Italy Do? globalresearch.ca Today, January 22, 2021, is the day that can go down in history as the turning point to free humanity from those weapons that, for the first time, have the ability to erase the human species and almost every other …

sputniknews (2021-01-25). Moscow Sees US Support for Unauthorised Rallies in Russia as Direct Meddling. sputniknews.com Earlier, Moscow voiced its concerns over the fact that the US Embassy had published information about where unauthorised rallies were taking place across Russia.

sputniknews (2021-01-25). Advisor to Winemaker? Putin Reveals What He Might Do After Presidency. sputniknews.com Putin described winemaking as a "noble" industry and said he may one day dabble in the art, but probably from a legal perspective.

Rev. John Dear (2021-01-25). The beginning of the end for nuclear weapons. nationofchange.org Few antiwar activists ever thought they'd see nuclear weapons banned, but thanks to dedicated organizing, a historic UN treaty goes into effect today.

Ramesh Thakur (2021-01-25). The Responsibility to Disarm and the Nuclear Ban Treaty. globalresearch.ca In 1984, President Ronald

WSWS (2021-01-25). Trudeau and Biden to strengthen Canada-US military alliance and trade-war bloc. wsws.org Readouts of Biden's conversation with Trudeau, the first he had with a foreign leader as president, and a flurry of press commentary make clear Ottawa and Washington plan to expand their strategic partnership to more aggressively challenge their great-power rivals, above all Russia and China.

_____ (2021-01-24). Revisiting The Popular Front. popularresistance.org Biographies can tell us about ourselves, where we came from, and where we might go. I recently read two narratives of the lives of extraordinary people and their times. I think their lives and politics are relevant to us today. | The Undiscovered Paul Robeson: Quest for Freedom, 1939-1976, by Paul Robeson Jr., chronicles the years of struggle in the life of the theatrical performer, singer, linguist, and fighter for human freedom. Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South, by Catherine Fosl, tells the story of a militant Southern woman who rejected the political…

sputniknews (2021-01-24). Kremlin Spokesman Blasts US Embassy for Statements About Unauthorised Protests in Russia. sputniknews.com PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKIY, Russia (Sputnik) – Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has described the statements by the US embassy on Saturday's unauthorised protests in Russia as interference in the country's domestic affairs.

James O'Neill (2021-01-24). A Classic Example of Biased Political Reporting. dissidentvoice.org The Sydney Morning Herald has always been regarded as a reasonably responsible newspaper. Although editorially it was generally a supporter of the misnamed Liberal Party, its opinion pieces generally try to pursue an open mind. Its editorial commentary of course generally favoured one side of the political divide rather than the other. The writers were …

Rachel M. Cohen (2021-01-23). Climate Groups Begin Vying for Power in the Biden Era as Pressure for Unity Fades. zcomm.org As the BlueGreen Alliance gears up for a big staff expansion, debates around carbon capture, natural gas, and nuclear energy resurface…

sputniknews (2021-01-23). Biden, Johnson Discuss Need to Coordinate Foreign Policies on China, Iran, and Russia. sputniknews.com Prior to calling the head of the British Conservative Party, Biden had held talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

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