2021-02-13: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2021-02-13). The complex politics, geopolitics of the Myanmar coup. zcomm.org The 'new cold war' between the US and China has deepened the instability that has marked Myanmar's history since 1962…

Lawrence Wittner (2021-02-13). Will the Nuclear Powers Ever Be Willing to Forgo Their Nuclear Weapons? zcomm.org Supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons remains conspicuously absent from the Biden administration's agenda, as it is from the agendas of all the other nuclear powers…

Eds. (2021-02-13). The biopolitics of nursing homes. mronline.org Historically, the châteaux of the Loire Valley were assessed by their windows. 'A fifty-windowed castle', an onlooker might surmise to suggest its worth. Russian boyars quantified their properties in souls—whether dead or alive, according to Gogol's Dead Souls.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-13). Russia officially invites Iraq to Astana Process meeting. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 13 (MNA) — Moscow has officially handed in an invitation to Iraq to participate in the upcoming Astana Process meeting in Sochi as an observer.

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Nadal, Medvedev, Barty book ticket to Aussie Open 4th round, Pliskova out. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 13 (efe'epa).- Second-seed Rafael Nadal of Spain, Russia's Daniil Medvedev, Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas and local favorite Ashleigh Barty advanced to the Australian Open 4th round, while Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova was sent home. Nadal, who has yet to drop a set at Melbourne, recovered from a slow start to prevail over Briton …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Nadal, Medvedev, Barty book ticket to Assuse Open 4th round, Pliskova out. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 13 (efe'epa).- Second-seed Rafael Nadal of Spain, Russia's Daniil Medvedev, Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas and local favorite Ashleigh Barty advanced to the Australian Open 4th round, while Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova was sent home. Nadal, who has yet to drop a set at Melbourne, recovered from a slow start to prevail over Briton …

yenisafak (2021-02-13). Impact of France's nuclear tests persists: Algeria. yenisafak.com France's nuclear experiments in the Algerian desert in the 1960s were three to four times equal to the Hiroshima bombing in Japan, Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum said on Saturday.In a Twitter post on the occasion of the 61st anniversary of the first French nuclear explosion in the Algerian desert, on Feb. 13, 1960, Boukadoum described the impacts of the tests as "catastrophic"."On this day in 1960, imperialist France carried out the first nuclear explosion in the Reggane region in the Algerian desert, in a process code-named 'Gerboise Bleue' (Blue Desert Rat)," Boukadoum said.He added that the French n…

Dougal Macdonald (2021-02-13). 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 …

_____ (2021-02-13). US And NATO Moving Against Russia's Last Buffers. popularresistance.org When in 1990 U.S. Secretary of State James Baker assured Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization would not expand one inch eastward after German reunification, he was not alone in making that commitment. Documents declassified a few years ago establish that the same pledge was also made by President George H.W. Bush, West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, CIA Director Robert Gates, French President Francois Mitterrand, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd, British Prime Minister Jo…

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

Global Research News (2021-02-12). Selected Articles: Is America on a Collision Course with China? "Very Real Possibility" of Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca By Wall Street may own the country, as Kansas populist leader Mary Elizabeth Lease once declared, but a new generation of "retail" stock market …

RT (2021-02-12). Lavrov says EU turned anti-Russian after 2004 accession of 'immature' Baltic nations & other states with historical grievances. rt.com The European Union has been influenced to take a Russophobic position by an aggressive minority, including the Baltic States and other Eastern European countries, according to Sergey Lavrov, Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs. | Speaking to journalist Vladimir Solovyov, Lavrov said the European Union's stance towards Moscow started to become more negative in 2004, when the bloc expanded to include Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as seven other countries. The Baltic States, which were once part of the Soviet Union, have dragged Brussels towards an anti-Russia stance, he said. | "They have become the m…

RT (2021-02-12). Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny's defamation case adjourned once again — faces fine after calling WWII veteran 'traitor'. rt.com For a second successive Friday, a court in Moscow has adjourned a libel case against Alexey Navalny. This time until next Tuesday. The Russian opposition figure is accused of defaming an elderly World War II veteran in a tweet. | During the trial, judge Vera Akimova warned Navalny multiple times for interrupting and for statements she deemed unrelated to the case at hand. The opposition figure also complained repeatedly that he'd received no answers to his questions during cross-examination. He also accused the judge of conducting an interrogation similar to what would happen in a "fascist commandant's office.

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."

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…

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,…

RT (2021-02-12). 'Insane!' Russian fighter Yunusov FLATLINES opponent with spinning elbow knockout from unlikely position (VIDEO). rt.com It may have taken him more than 20 fights but Russian featherweight Dzhikhad Yunusov finally has a legitimate knockout on his record – and we are sure you will agree that this one was more than worth waiting for. | Experienced ACA competitor Yunusov, who was last seen trading a win and a loss with ex-UFC veteran Diego Brandao, is more known for being a gritty, hard-to-finish fighter with more than enough in the gas-tank to bring a fight to the distance as evidenced by the 12 decision wins on his record. | This time around though it appeared as if Yunusov may have left the stove on at home judging by the speed…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-12). Zarif slams E3's call for Iran's sole JCPOA compliance. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 12 (MNA) — Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticized a statement by the European trio that urges Iran to return to the nuclear deal obligations without referring to the other JCPOA parties' non-compliance.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-12). Italy underlines revival of Iran nuclear deal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 12 (MNA) — The Secretary-General of Italy's ForeignMinistry Elisabetta Belloni has congratulated the anniversary of the Iranian revolution and urged for resuming JCPOA talks between Iran and other parties to the deal.

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.

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…

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 …

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…

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…

_____ (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…

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)…

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 …

teleSUR (2021-02-12). EU Sanctions on Russia Will Affect Block Members Economy. telesurenglish.net Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that his government could cancel relationships with the European Union (EU) if the block imposes new sanctions to damage the economy. This as lawmakers warned that such move would further impact country members since Russia is the EU's third-biggest trading partner. | RELATED: | "The EU should understand that even if sanctions cost Russia a lot, they are also impacting European economies. The Europe-Russia trade has declined…

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.

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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). 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…

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…

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.

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 …

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…

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…

_____ (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.

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 …

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