2021-02-12: News Headlines

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-12). The Russian Alternative: How Moscow is Capitalizing on US Retreat in Palestine, Israel. counterpunch.org Israeli anxiety was palpable when it was reported that Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was not contacted by the new American President, Joe Biden, for days after the latter's inauguration. While much is being read into Biden's decision, including Washington's lack of enthusiasm to return to the 'peace process', Moscow is generating much attention as

Rebecca Gordon (2021-02-12). Climate Change Isn't the Only Fire We Should Be Worried About. thenation.com Climate Change Isn't the Only Fire We Should Be Worried About…

_____ (2021-02-12). NATO's Road To Perdition With Ukraine. strategic-culture.org The US-led NATO military alliance is moving ever closer to accepting Ukraine as a new member. This is an incredibly incendiary step towards war that could escalate into a nuclear conflagration. | Despite repeated and long-standing warnings by Russia, the US-led NATO military alliance has indicated it is moving ever closer to accepting Ukraine as a new member. This is an incredibly incendiary step towards war that could escalate into a nuclear conflagration. And, risibly, this reckless initiative is being driven by an alliance which proclaims to be about upholding peace and security. | This week NATO secretary gen…

yenisafak (2021-02-12). 'Russia ready for breakup with EU if sanctions imposed'. yenisafak.com Moscow is ready to break ties with the European Union if it follows through on its plan to impose sanctions, Russia's foreign minister said on Friday.In an interview on the Soloviev Live YouTube channel, Sergey Lavrov said Russia has no desire to be isolated from the world but needs to be prepared for any eventuality.To a question on whether Russia is heading towards a breakup with the bloc, Lavrov said: "We believe that we are ready; if we see once again, as we already have more than once, that sanctions are being imposed in some areas that create risks for our economy, including the most sensitive areas.""We do…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-12). Oman content with current Israel relationship, foreign minister says. middleeasteye.net Oman content with current Israel relationship, foreign minister says | Badr al-Busaidi also says Muscat is ready to help with rescuing Iran's 2015 nuclear deal | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 08: 24 | Busaidi was appointed as foreign minister in August after Oman's new Sultan Haitham delegated the position away from his own portfolio (AFP) | Oman is satisfied with its current relationship with Israel,…

Staff (2021-02-12). Ralph Nader: Biden Must Hold Boeing Accountable for Deaths Due to Faulty Planes. truthout.org Legendary consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the U.S. is experiencing a "corporate crime wave," and that the Trump administration's $2.5 billion settlement with Boeing over the manufacturer's faulty 737 MAX jets amounts to a "slap on the wrist." Boeing's faulty planes were involved in two fatal crashes that killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019, including Nader's 24-year-old grandniece Samya Stumo. Nader says the Biden Justice Department should reopen the previous administration's settlement and…

Staff (2021-02-12). Ralph Nader on Corporate Crime, Holding Boeing Accountable for 737 MAX Deaths & Biden's First Weeks. democracynow.org Legendary consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the U.S. is experiencing a "corporate crime wave," and that the Trump administration's $2.5 billion settlement with Boeing over the manufacturer's faulty 737 MAX jets amounts to a "slap on the wrist." Boeing's faulty planes were involved in two fatal crashes that killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019, including Nader's 24-year-old grandniece Samya Stumo. Nader says the Biden Justice Department should reopen the previous administration's settlement and hold Boeing fully accountable. "This is just another example of giant companies getting away with their corporate criminal…

Staff (2021-02-12). Where Are the Witnesses? Ralph Nader Says Democrats' Impeachment Case Is "Prescription for Defeat" democracynow.org As the historic Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump continues, we speak with longtime consumer advocate, corporate critic and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, who says Democrats have set themselves up for defeat by rushing proceedings and failing to call witnesses — including Trump himself. "The narrow approach of the articles of impeachment keep the Democrats from having a full hand," says Nader. "They have like 10 arrows in their quiver and they're using one or two."

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Navalny in court to face charges of slandering WW2 veteran. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was back in court Friday to face charges of slandering a World War II veteran who appeared in a video last year in support of constitutional changes that would allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036. Navalny tweeted that those who appeared in …

Philip Weiss (2021-02-12). If Navalny deserves support, why not Issa Amro? zcomm.org Where is the U.S. government on a Palestinian activist at a time when it has highlighted the freedom of other groups to protest (notably the imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Russia)…

Susan Price (2021-02-12). Is Russia waking up? Behind January's protests. greenleft.org.au Last month's protests in Russia may have been sparked by the arrest of opposition figure Aleksey Navalny, writes Aleksandr Buzgalin, but they were mostly a mass response to the social and economic suffering of the people.

yenisafak (2021-02-12). At least 12 Iran-backed terrorists killed in airstrike in Syria. yenisafak.com At least 12 Iranian-backed terrorists fighting with the Bashar al-Assad regime were killed in an airstrike conducted by US-led anti-Daesh coalition forces in eastern Syria, sources said Thursday.Warplanes targeted a convoy of terrorist groups in Deir ez-Zor province.Pipelines and trade routes from Iraq and Jordan pass through the province.The terrorists are under the command of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.With the help of Russia and Iranian-backed militias, the central and the western areas of Deir ez-Zor fell to the regime after Daesh terrorists retreated from the region.The majority of Iranian-back…

Vladimir Chizhov (2021-02-12). Strained Russia-EU Relations. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | In a telephone interview on Thursday (11 February) the Ambassador of …

Alan MacLeod (2021-02-11). Head of Strategic Command: U.S. must prepare for "very real possibility" of nuclear war with China. mronline.org In an era when international cooperation in the face of pandemics and climate change is essential, the world appears to be racing towards a new Cold War, and unfortunately, few except the military top brass are talking about it.

Dougal Macdonald (2021-02-11). 76 Years Ago, The February 1945 Dresden Fire Bombing: Allied War Crime Prelude to the Cold War. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in 2016. | On the night of February 13-14, 1945, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bomber command carried out two devastating attacks on the German city of Dresden. At the time, Dresden's pre-war population of …

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-11). Russia hopes for compromise before Iran deadline. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 11 (MNA) — Russia hopes that there may be a compromise on JCPOA before February 21, when Tehran is expected to further ease restrictions on its nuclear program, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Thursday.

RT (2021-02-11). Russian Navy joins major multinational AMAN-2021 drills in Pakistan, NATO countries also expected to attend (VIDEO). rt.com Russia's navy ships have arrived in Pakistan to take part in the multinational exercise AMAN-2021. The drills are expected to see China and several NATO nations in attendance. | Russian vessels arrived in Karachi on Thursday. They were greeted by Pakistan's military officials, as well as the Russian diplomats working there, and they took a brief tour of the ships. RT's footage from the scene shows the vessels being prepared for the drills, expected to kick off on Friday. | The Russian Navy is represented by the country's Black Sea Fleet, which dispatched frigate Admiral Grigorovich and patrol vessel Dmitriy…

RT (2021-02-11). Belarusian President Lukashenko says he'll leave office when 'peace and order' is restored, promises to hold 'open election'. rt.com Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has claimed that he will leave his post, once and for all, if protests subside and the unrest which has gripped the country since his disputed election victory last year comes to an end. | The veteran leader was speaking on Thursday at the All-Belarusian People's Assembly, where he also promised that a draft for a new constitution would be prepared this year and would be submitted for a national referendum in 2022. His plan to leave office is contingent on the new constitution process being completed. | "My main condition for leaving power is peace and order in the cou…

MEE staff (2021-02-11). Biden's policies are the same as Trump, Iran's sole presidential candidate says. middleeasteye.net Biden's policies are the same as Trump, Iran's sole presidential candidate says | Hossein Dehghan says Biden's foreign policy continues 'Trumpism' and calls for guarantees that the US would not leave the nuclear agreement again | Thu, 02/11/2021 – 19: 21 | Hossein Dehghan is a former Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commander who is also under sanctions levied by Washington (AFP) | The only declared candidat…

RT (2021-02-11). Decision to buy S-400s from Russia 'wasn't made overnight' & Turkey will stick to it — Ankara insists as US threatens sanctions. rt.com Turkey won't abandon the S-400 missile systems it ordered from Russia despite the threat of US sanctions, but is eager to resolve the divisive issue through talks with its NATO ally, the Turkish presidential spokesman has said. | "Turkey won't give up on the Russian S-400 systems," Ibrahim Kalin told the local TRT Haber broadcaster on Thursday. | "The S-400 decision wasn't made overnight," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's representative noted, adding that Ankara already touched on the issue in a phone call with Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan last week. Kalin said that more discussions will tak…

RT (2021-02-11). Decision to buy S-400s from Russia 'wasn't made overnight' & Turkey will stick to it — Erdogan's spokesman. rt.com Turkey isn't going to abandon the S-400 missile systems it got from Russia despite the threat of US sanctions, but is eager to resolve the divisive issue through talks with its NATO ally, the Turkish presidential spokesman said. | "Turkey won't give up on the Russian S-400 systems," Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told the local TRT Haber broadcaster on Thursday. | "The S-400 decision wasn't made overnight," he noted, adding that he already touched on the issue in a phone call with Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan last week, and that the two are set to speak aga…

MEE staff (2021-02-11). Top Iranian nuclear scientist 'killed by one-tonne Mossad gun'. middleeasteye.net Top Iranian nuclear scientist 'killed by one-tonne Mossad gun' | Intelligence sources tell the Jewish Chronicle Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in a solo Israeli operation with a deconstructed weapon | Thu, 02/11/2021 – 15: 54 | The damaged car of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh after it was attacked near the capital Tehran (AFP) | Israel's Mossad intelligence service killed a top Iranian nuclear sc…

MEE correspondent (2021-02-11). Iranian press review: Tehran says Macron can't be trusted over US-Iran talks. middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Tehran says Macron can't be trusted over US-Iran talks | Meanwhile, Iran is to produce shoulder-fired missiles, and former minister says the country's unofficial economy is worth more than $20bn per year | Thu, 02/11/2021 – 14: 42 | This handout satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies on 8 January 2020 shows an overview of Iran's Arak Heavy Water Reactor Fac…

yenisafak (2021-02-11). Pakistan conducts 'successful' cruise missile test. yenisafak.com Pakistan on Thursday said it conducted a "successful" training launch of a cruise missile in the Arabian Sea.With a range of 450 km (280 miles), Babur-1A is capable of engaging targets at land and sea with "high precision," according to a statement by Pakistan Army."The missile was launched from state-of-the-art Multi Tube Missile Launch Vehicle, it added.Pakistan, which is engaged in several land and sea disputes with longtime rival India, has conducted a series of ballistic and cruise missile tests in recent months.On Feb. 3, the nuclear-armed nation tested surface-to-surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi, which i…

yenisafak (2021-02-11). Iran's Zarif says 'window closing' for US. yenisafak.com Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned Wednesday that the "window of opportunity" for the United States was "fast closing", calling on Washington to end its "fruitless hostility" with Tehran. | Speaking on the sidelines of the 42nd anniversary of the 1979 Iranian revolution, Zarif expressed hope that the new US administration would take a "new approach" towards Iran. | "The existing window is closing," Zarif said, referring to the Iranian parliament's deadline of Feb. 21 for Washington to return to the joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA), also known as Iran nuclear deal. | He said Tehran would be force…

RT (2021-02-11). Los Alamos lab, birthplace of the atomic bomb, STILL under threat from wildfires despite repeated major incidents. rt.com Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, birthplace of the atomic bomb and critical US nuclear weapons production facility, remains under threat from wildfires despite several high profile, expensive blazes in recent decades. | A recent

RT (2021-02-11). After Russia booted out 3 EU diplomats, Moscow's man in Brussels say it's 'hard to imagine' his staff attending protests abroad. rt.com After three diplomats were kicked out of Russia for taking part in rallies in support of opposition figure Alexey Navalny, Moscow's representative to the EU believes it's unimaginable that Russian officials would do the same. | Last week, the Russian Foreign Ministry declared diplomats from Sweden, Poland, and Germany personae non gratae after allegedly taking part in unauthorized demonstrations supporting Navalny on January 23. Speaking to the press on Thursday, Vladimir Chizhov noted that the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations allows diplomats to observe but not participate. | "I find it difficult to…

yenisafak (2021-02-11). UN sends 71 truckloads of humanitarian aid to NW Syria. yenisafak.com The UN on Thursday sent 71 truckloads of humanitarian aid to northwestern Syria, where millions of people need assistance due to internal conflict.The trucks carrying supplies passed through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province.The aid will be distributed to those in need in Idlib and nearby rural areas.A civil war has ravaged Syria since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and displaced since then.Idlib falls within a de-escalation zone forged under an agreement between Turkey and Russia.*Writing by A…

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). Rublev wins, Tsitsipas, Fognini grind to reach Aussie Open 3rd round. laprensalatina.com Bangkok Desk, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas played a tennis marathon Thursday to defeat local crowd favorite Thanasi Kokkinakis in four hours and 32 minutes at the Australian Open, as Russia's Andrey Rublev faced a tough third set before advancing into the third round. Rublev remains undefeated in 2021 after recently winning the ATP …

_____ (2021-02-11). Are the New York Times and Washington Post Fraudulent? strategic-culture.org An article by the Moon of Alabama (MoA) blogger, on February 5th, decimated the credibility of two American newspapers in just that one shot. It was aptly headlined "New York Times Editors Lie, Obfuscate Facts, To Reinforce Their False Russia Narrative". The following commentary will presume the reader has already read it, because this is a commentary upon his commentary, which was a brilliant (though I shall also note, imperfect) analysis. So, that article should be read first, because the following builds upon it.

yenisafak (2021-02-11). Assad regime forces restricted in YPG/PKK terror areas. yenisafak.com The YPG/PKK terrorist group and Russia have reached an agreement following a series of meetings to restrict the movement of Assad regime forces in the Syrian cities of al-Hasakah and Qamishli, local sources told Anadolu Agency Thursday.According to the sources, regime forces will only be able to move within the two cities if accompanied by members of the YPG/PKK terrorist group.The agreement comes after heightened tensions between regime forces and members of the terrorist group in the region since early January marred by mutual arrests and a siege by YPG/PKK terrorists on regime forces, prompting Russia's inter…

yenisafak (2021-02-11). Russia ready to begin new strategic dialogue with US. yenisafak.com Moscow is ready to immediately begin a new strategic dialogue with Washington, a Russian deputy foreign minister said on Thursday."We note signals that Washington is open to launching a new stage of the strategic dialogue between our countries. At the same time, we are determined to deal with the challenging aspects of the strategic sphere in the most decisive manner. We intend to begin this work without delay, as soon as Washington is ready for it," Sergey Ryabkov said at a news conference in the capital Moscow.On Feb. 3, Russia and the US extended the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), putting a limit…

Pepe Escobar (2021-02-11). Why Russia Is Driving the West Crazy. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | This article was originally published on Future historians …

teleSUR (2021-02-11). Correa Says He Is Leaving Politics, Won't Join Arauz Cabinet. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's former president Rafael Correa confirmed on Thursday that he would not join the cabinet of left-wing candidate Andres Araus if the Unity for Hope leader wins the elections. | RELATED: | "The only place I want to occupy is that of a family man, cook, and writer, and to continue finishing my book," Correa stressed during an interview with Russian news agency Sputnik. | "Going back is not my short-term pla…

Franklin Frederick (2021-02-11). The Geneva School and the Globalists. Switzerland's Contribution to the Neoliberal World Order. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The Russian Revolution in 1917 panicked Europe's upper middle classes, already …

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-10). EU parl. official says Iran has not violated nuclear deal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Cornelia Ernst, the Chairwoman of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iran has stressed the need to resume talks with Tehran.

Labor Video Project (2021-02-10). Rehire the Namibia Rossing Miners! Letter To Chinese President Xi-Jinping. indybay.org Namibia Mineworkers Union Rossing branch union leaders were fired by the Chinese National Nuclear Corporation CNN in a major union busting move. They discuss the illegal actions of the CNN and the corruption in their own national union leadership and then read their letter to President Xi-Jinping. They called on him to rehire the 9 members and end the attacks on Namibian workers.

WSWS (2021-02-10). Dear Comrades: Russian film about the 1962 Novocherkassk massacre. wsws.org Konchalovsky's film offers a view of the crisis of Stalinism in the Soviet Union, but he does so from the standpoint of the Stalinist bureaucracy itself.

Aaron Maté (2021-02-10). For Russian leftists, Western favorite Navalny represents same corrupt elitism. thegrayzone.com Western politicians and media pundits portray Alexei Navalny as the leader of the Russian opposition. But Russian leftists see something quite different: a representative of a different faction of the Russian elite, who backs continued neoliberal policies and aligns with destabilizing NATO-backed actors. The imprisoned Russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny has been held up in the West as…

RT (2021-02-10). Navalny's 'doctor', who never actually treated activist, 'liquidated' in secret Kremlin plot, says conspiracy-loving Western media. rt.com Western media has jumped down the rabbit hole into another Kremlin killing conspiracy after a doctor in the Siberian city of Omsk died suddenly — taking to the grave, they say, secrets about opposition figure Alexey Navalny. | On Monday, a number of outlets, including US state-run media, splashed the explosive claims that the clinician's death had been part of a cover up relating to the anti-corruption campaigner. The Sun, the UK's best read newspaper,

RT (2021-02-10). Wake up call for Ukrainian PM in Brussels as top EU official says Kiev remains hindered by 'criminals' & 'widespread corruption'. rt.com Given his country's geopolitical importance to the bloc, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmigal might have expected a smoother ride on his visit to the European Union in Brussels this week. | Addressing the European Parliament on Tuesday, its executive vice president, MEP Valdis Dombrovskis, revealed that the bloc believes corruption is still holding Kiev back. | Speaking on behalf of the EU's high representative for foreign affairs Josep Borrell, Dombrovskis said Ukraine "remains high on the European agenda," but "comprehensive judiciary reform is long overdue," noting that the country still has issues with "

teleSUR (2021-02-10). Venezuela to Receive 100,000 Doses of Sputnik V Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday announced that 100,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine will arrive in his country next week. | RELATED: | Once the first lot arrives in Caracas, the national vaccination campaign will kick off, prioritizing health workers who are on the front line against COVID-19 and the people most vulnerable to the disease. | The next to be vaccinated will be the country's t…

_____ (2021-02-10). The Diplomacy of No Diplomacy. strategic-culture.org By Patrick LAWRENCE | A return to diplomacy: Let us hold this thought up to the light. Among all the promises President Joe Biden is going to break over the next four years, this will prove the most fraudulent and, in the larger scheme of things, the most consequential of his breaches. | As of last week, it is the crisis over the agreement governing Iran's nuclear programs that stands to demonstrate the truth of this judgment. On Sunday Tehran appeared to put the Biden administration on notice that it has two weeks to get serious about reentering diplomatic negotiations, after which time the shutter will come dow…

commondreams (2021-02-10). Beyond Nuclear Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging High-Level Radioactive Waste Dump Targeted at Texas/New Mexico Border. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Rebecca Gordon (2021-02-10). Time to Roll up our Sleeves and Fix this: Trump left us with Heightened Climate, Nuclear Danger. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com) — If you live in California, you're likely to be consumed on occasion by thoughts of fire. That's not surprising, given that, in last year alone, actual fires consumed over four and a quarter million acres of the state, taking with them 10,488 structures, 33 human lives, and who knows how many animals. …

RT (2021-02-10). 'Russia has most favorable situation of all Euro 2020 host countries': Organizing committee chief Sorokin to RT. rt.com Alexey Sorokin, Russia's Euro 2020 Organizing Committee chief, says the country has the "most favorable circumstances" of all host nations to hold the football tournament with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic in an interview to RT. | The northern Russian city of St Petersburg was chosen as one of the 12 host cities for the pan-continental tournament, and Sorokin says the decrease in number of infections there and in Moscow, as well as the stadium and city's experience of hosting games at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, makes it the perfect location to host games. | Sorokin, who also served as Local Organizing C…

RT (2021-02-10). Russian Communist politician and YouTube star Bondarenko accused of violating corruption laws after attending Navalny protest. rt.com A Russian MP who attended a protest supporting opposition figure Alexey Navalny has been accused of breaking corruption laws after monetizing his YouTube channel. He says he is being targeted to stop him from running in elections. | Nikolay Bondarenko, a Communist politician in the Saratov regional parliament, around 700km southeast of Moscow, runs a channel called 'Diary of an MP', which has over one million subscribers. Some of his videos have garnered multiple millions of views, including one titled 'A fight in Parliament. I was beaten by United Russia deputies. The truth hurts scumbags'. | In September, he…

RT (2021-02-10). Heavy is the head: Khabib says giving up UFC lightweight crown will be 'A RELIEF' — as star plays down Dana White talks (VIDEO). rt.com Khabib Nurmagomedov says he will be relieved to no longer hold the UFC lightweight title as the Russian star doubled down on his retirement stance and urged fans not to read anything into his meetings with Dana White. | Khabib set some sections of the MMA fanbase aflutter again this week when he revealed he was set to meet UFC boss White on his next trip to the US at the end of the month. | The Eagle — as he has done consistently in recent months — reiterated however that he was intent on allowing the 155lbs division to move on in his absence, and that he will stick by the retirement decision he anno…

yenisafak (2021-02-10). Multinational military drill 'to give Pakistan diplomatic push'. yenisafak.com Hosted by Pakistan, a week-long multination naval exercise is set to begin in the Arabian Sea from Thursday, a move that could set the tone for its enhanced bilateral relations with many countries, experts said.Naval forces from 45 countries, including the US, China, Russia and Turkey are participating in Aman-2021 from Feb.11-16.Russia will join the military drill with NATO members for the first time in a decade, a development considered significant. The last time Russian and NATO naval forces took part in a joint exercise was at the Bold Monarch 2011 off the coast of Spain.Organized under the slogan, 'Together…

WSWS (2021-02-10). Philippine Stalinists try to cover their tracks after promoting Navalny. wsws.org The Communist Party of the Philippines again displayed its opportunist politics with a revealing "amended version" of a statement on the pro-Navalny protests in Russia.

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