2021-02-14: News Headlines

MEE and agencies (2021-02-14). Dozens of Houthis and pro-government troops killed in Yemen's Marib. middleeasteye.net Dozens of Houthis and pro-government troops killed in Yemen's Marib | Military officials say at least 16 pro-government forces were killed, 21 wounded, in past 24 hours in the strategic area | Sun, 02/14/2021 – 12: 42 | A Russian-built BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle belonging to forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed government gets into position during clashes with Houthi fighters northwes…

Ralph Nader, Bruce Fein (2021-02-14). Democrats' Shameful Cave. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-12923215461.jpg

_____ (2021-02-14). Why More and More Countries Are Choosing the Russian Vaccine. strategic-culture.org On January 29, 2021, the Russian Direct Investment Fund applied for registration of the Sputnik V vaccine in the European Union. In January, Hungary became the first EU country to register the Russian vaccine joining dozens of other states across the world.

_____ (2021-02-14). New American Regime = Exact Same Challenges for Russia. strategic-culture.org The next 8 years will be a time for Russia to look inwards in order to project outwards, Tim Kirby writes. | As a country that has seen total systemic collapse twice during the 20th century, Russia was watching the leadup to the U.S. presidential inauguration with just as much anticipation as the most ardent Trump/Biden supporters and fervent conspiracy theorists. It looked from Moscow, like Trump, after having been blatantly cheated out of the presidency, might just decide to flip the rigged game table over consequences be damned. Whatever chaos would ensue from such a move would surely give the Russians the fre…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Expectations from START as US, Russia recommit. yenisafak.com Russia and the US announced Feb. 3 the extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) for five years until Feb. 5, 2026.Once part of a larger group of agreements on arms control between the US and the USSR, and later Russia, the New Start is the last pillar that prevents the two countries from relapsing to a new Cold War and unleashing a full-fledged arms race.The first Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, START I, signed in 1991, took effect in 1994."It was seen as a ground-breaking event, and along with achieving other agreements — on limitation of deployed anti-ballistic missiles (ABM Treaty), ban…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Russia says partners in EU need Nord Stream 2 project. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — Russian Deputy Prime Minister said that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline does not face the risk of being unused as EU countries are interested in the project.

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Russian women hold human chain protests in support of Yulia Navalnaya. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Some 300 women formed a human chain in Moscow on Sunday in solidarity with Yulia Navalnaya, the wife of leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny. The protest, which was unauthorized, doubled up as a call to release all political prisoners and came after several large protests were met by a police …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Dimitrov, Karatsev, Zverev off to Australian Open quarterfinals. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday thrashed Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets to book an Australian Open last-eight clash against Russian Aslan Karatsev, who became the seventh man in the Open Era to reach the quarterfinals on his slam debut. Later, German Alexander Zverev also made it to the tournament's …

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Iran urges IAEA to ensure confidentiality of information. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — Iran's permanent ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna said that Tehran has urged the IAEA to ensure the confidentiality of information regarding its nuclear program.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Iran counts on purchasing arms from Russia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — Iran hopes it will be able to procure arms from Russia to ensure security in the region, Senior Assistant to Iranian Foreign Minister in Special Political Affairs Ali-Asghar Khaji told Sputnik.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). London, Washington discuss Iran nuclear program in phone call. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — The British Foreign Secretary said that he had discussed Iran's nuclear program in a telephone conversation with his American counterpart.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). VIDEO: Snowfall disrupts Moscow air travel. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — Airports in Moscow have been disrupted due to heavy snowfall that has blanketed the Russian capital.

Felicity Arbuthnot (2021-02-14). Iraq and the "Gulf War": Remembering the 1991 Al-Amiriyah Bombing by the US Air Force. globalresearch.ca First published on GR on March 21, 2018. | Listen to the interview with Felicity Arbuthnot on the 1991 bombing of Al-Amiriyah shelter in Iraq by the US Air Force. | According to Arbuthnot, the nuclear shelter was built during the Iran-Iraq …

Matthew Ehret-Kump (2021-02-14). New NORAD Warfare Strategies and Canada's Role in the "Great Game" Revisited. 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). | *** | As relations between the USA and Russia continue to fall ever …

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…

RT (2021-02-13). VIDEOS show mountains of snow, collapsed roofs & sliding trucks as Moscow gets hit by record-breaking snowfall. rt.com The Russian capital has been hit with the worst snowfall in decades, with freak weather disrupting air travel and bringing traffic to a halt. Several people have been injured as a result of roofs collapsing in Moscow Region. | The adverse weather befell the city and its surrounding region on Friday, and snow continued falling for two straight days. A snowfall this intense hasn't been registered in the city for some 50 years, with the current record dating back to 1973. | –ú–æ—Å–∫–≤–∞.12.02.21.–°–Ω–µ–&ge…

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.

RT (2021-02-13). 'Snow apocalypse': VIDEOS show Moscow blanketed by flurries, with collapsed roofs & sliding trucks in record-breaking snowfall. rt.com Moscow has been hit with the worst snowfall in decades, with freak weather disrupting air travel and bringing traffic to a halt. Several people have been injured as a result of roofs collapsing in the region surrounding the city | The adverse weather struck the Russian capital and its wider metropolitan area on Friday, and snow continued falling for two straight days. A volley of the white stuff this intense hasn't been registered in the city for some 50 years, with the current record dating back to 1973. | –ú–æ—Å–∫–≤–∞.12.02.21.–°&n…

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…

sputniknews (2021-02-13). Putin Says Russia Dealt With COVID19 Pandemic Better Than Other Countries. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The initial foreign expectations were that Russia was not going to be able to withstand the coronavirus, but it turned out that it did better than other countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

RT (2021-02-13). UK's 'The Independent' apologizes to Roman Abramovich, pays Chelsea owner's legal fees after parroting 'Putin's bag carrier' claim. rt.com Britain's The Independent has been forced to make an apology to Russian tycoon and Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich, after publishing a story accusing the billionaire of holding illicit cash for Russian President Vladimir Putin. | Amid the uproar surrounding the jailing of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny, the Independent, like many Western media outlets, has sided with Navalny's associates in demanding punitive sanctions on Moscow. Yet in its fervor to boost the protest leader, the liberal journal has fallen foul of the law. | In an article published last week, the Independent quoted an associate of…

RT (2021-02-13). The Independent apologizes to Roman Abramovich, pays Chelsea owner's legal fees after parroting claim of 'Putin's bag carrier'. rt.com The Independent has been forced to eat crow and apologize to the Russian tycoon and Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich, after publishing a story accusing the billionaire of holding illicit cash for Russian President Vladimir Putin. | Amid the uproar surrounding the jailing of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny, the Independent, like many Western media outlets, has sided with Navalny's associates in demanding punitive sanctions on Moscow. Yet in its fervor to boost the protest leader, the liberal newspaper has fallen foul of the law. | In an article published last week, the Independent quoted an associate…

RT (2021-02-13). UK's 'The Independent' apologizes to Roman Abramovich, pays Chelsea owner's legal fees after parroting 'Putin's bag carrier' claim. rt.com Britain's The Independent has been forced to make an apology to Russian tycoon and Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich, after publishing a story accusing the billionaire of holding illicit cash for Russian President Vladimir Putin. | Amid the uproar surrounding the jailing of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny, the Independent, like many Western media outlets, has sided with Navalny's associates in demanding punitive sanctions on Moscow. Yet in its fervor to boost the protest leader, the liberal journal has fallen foul of the law. | In an article published last week, the Independent quoted an associate of…

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…

_____ (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…

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 …

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.

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 …

sputniknews (2021-02-13). Putin Does Not Exclude Blocking Foreign Internet Services in Case of Hostile Anti-Russia Actions. sputniknews.com A discussion on the necessity of an autonomous cyberspace emerged in Russia earlier amid concerns regarding big tech companies in the United States and how they control the global web space.

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). 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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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 …

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.

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)…

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.

_____ (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…

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…

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