2021-02-15: News Headlines

teleSUR (2021-02-15). Germany Will Not Reject Russian Vaccine if Authorized by the EU. telesurenglish.net The German Federal Government spokesperson Steffen Seibert on Monday announced that his country will not reject Russian and Chinese COVID-19 vaccines if the European Union (EU) allows its use. | RELATED: | He pointed out that it does not matter where the vaccine is produced if it is certified by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and authorized by the European Commission (EC). | "If the Russian or any other vaccine complie…

Medea Benjamin (2021-02-15). Is Biden Committing Diplomatic Suicide Over the Iran Nuclear Agreement? zcomm.org Can Biden's America be part of the solution? After only three weeks in office, surely it can't be too late. But the ball is in his court, and the whole world is watching…

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Israel stops entry of Covid-19 vaccine into blockaded Gaza. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem/Gaza, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Israel on Monday blocked the entry of the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines to the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian National Authority said. "The Israeli occupation authorities today prevented entry of coronavirus vaccines" to the enclave, the first lot of 2,000-doses out of 10,000 that Palestinian authorities have been allocated from Russia, …

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies (2021-02-15). Is Biden Committing Diplomatic Suicide Over the Iran Nuclear Agreement? commondreams.org American neocons and hawks, including those inside his own administration, appear to be flexing their muscles to kill Biden's commitment to diplomacy at birth, and his own hawkish foreign policy views make him dangerously susceptible to their arguments. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/codepink_2.jpg

MEE and agencies (2021-02-15). Iran will block snap IAEA inspections if nuclear deal terms not met. middleeasteye.net Iran will block snap IAEA inspections if nuclear deal terms not met | Tehran's move is seen as a challenge to Joe Biden's attempt to revive the Iranian nuclear deal | Mon, 02/15/2021 – 10: 16 | An Iranian flag flies outside the International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna (AFP/File photo) | Iran said on Monday that it will not allow snap inspections from the UN nuclear watchdo…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-15). Russia welcomes China's offer to return US to JCPOA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 15 (MNA) — Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says Moscow welcomes China's offer to hold a multilateral meeting to return the United States to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA).

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-15). Iran, Russia, Turkey to hold another round of Astana talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 15 (MNA) — Iran, Russian, and Turkey will reportedly hold another round of Astana Peace talks in Sochi to evaluate the Syrian Constitutional Committee.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-15). Iran informs IAEA of suspending its JCPOA voluntary actions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 15 (MNA) — Iran's permanent ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna said that Tehran has informed the IAEA of suspending its voluntary actions under the Nuclear Deal.

yenisafak (2021-02-15). US: Pro-India malware spying on Pakistan military. yenisafak.com Two malware programs on an Android-based platform that emerged in India have been spying on the Pakistani military, according to a US-based cybersecurity company.In a Feb. 10 statement, Lookout said it has discovered the two malware, Hornbill and SunBird, which are used by a cyber group named Confucius that first appeared in 2013 as "a state-sponsored, pro-India actor primarily pursuing Pakistani and other South Asian targets.""Targets of these tools include personnel linked to Pakistan's military, nuclear authorities, and Indian election officials in Kashmir," the statement said."Hornbill and SunBird have sophi…

yenisafak (2021-02-15). US, Iran game of nerves revives tensions in region. yenisafak.com The delay in the new US President Joe Biden's promise to revive the Iran nuclear deal has once again raised tensions in the region with Tehran announcing to disallow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to visit the nuclear sites from Feb. 21.Following recent tensions between the two long-time adversaries, which peaked in the final weeks of Trump's presidency, Iran's parliament adopted legislation that required the country to accelerate nuclear enrichment activities and end its commitments under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Abolfazl Amouei, the lawmaker and the sp…

yenisafak (2021-02-15). Russia establishing military unit in northeastern Syria. yenisafak.com Russia started to establish a military unit consisting of local elements in Syria's northeastern al-Hasakah province, according to local sources.Russia has been strengthening its military presence in al-Hasakah, a move that caused tension between the Bashar al-Assad regime forces and the YPG/PKK terror group that started on Dec. 28, 2020, and turned into a mutual blockade in January.While the YPG/PKK continues to occupy parts of al-Hasakah province, areas including the Kawkab Mountains, Security Square, and the 156th Brigade facility remain under regime control.The Russian army, which has deployed around 1,000 so…

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Russia successfully launches Progress MS-16 cargo ship for ISS. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Russia on Monday successfully launched the Progress MS-16 cargo ship bound for the International Space Station (ISS), the Roscosmos space agency reported. The freighter was launched by a Soyuz-2.1 rocket from Site 31 at Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Progress MS-16 is carrying nitrogen reserves for the station's atmosphere and materials …

Shahbazz Afzal (2021-02-15). Is Joe Biden Preparing for War against Iran? Will Russia and China Intervene? 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 the US led aggression against Iran escalates, Russia and China …

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…

RT (2021-02-14). Swedish lawmaker calls for being tough on Germany over Berlin's commitment to Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. rt.com A member of Sweden's parliament, Bjorn Soder, is urging its government to take steps to persuade Germany to withdraw from the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 offshore gas pipeline, as a response to Russia's latest "actions." | In an official inquiry addressed to Swedish foreign minister Ann Linde and seen by RT, Soder, who is a member of the country's Democrats party, highlights that the European Union should take the necessary measures as a reaction to what some perceive as the Kremlin's actions towards jailed opposition figure Alexey Navalny, and towards the three EU diplomats booted out of Russia. The lawmaker al…

RT (2021-02-14). 'I may have worn pink': Russian tennis great Maria Sharapova poses in swimsuit on exotic island for happy Valentine's Day message. rt.com While her homeland and much of Europe saw sub-zero temperatures on Valentine's Day, Russian ex-tennis champion Maria Sharapova was tickled pink as she posed in a swimsuit at a luxury resort on the Caribbean Turks & Caicos Islands. | Touted as the region's "best-kept secret", the islands boast pristine sandy beaches, cays and clear waters across more than 40 islands – and Sharapova could not resist taking a snapshot in the sun. | The retired five-time Grand Slam winner was a guest of a boutique hotel set by an idyllic mile-and-a-half of private beaches, picturing herself by a sun lounger under an umbrella on a…

RT (2021-02-14). 'He hit him until the stick broke': Ice hockey aces' horror as shock clips show player soaked in blood from brutal beating (VIDEO). rt.com An amateur ice hockey player has described the "incomprehensible" moment when a prone teammate was beaten with a stick during a game in Sochi, speaking after footage emerged of the bloody aftermath of the gruesome alleged attack. | An initial video from the Sochi Hockey Cup tournament in Russia appeared to show a player from HC Appolonoff being brutally ambushed and beaten with a stick as he lay on the ice, with others seemingly launching punches at his head. | Footage posted by the team then showed the purported victim, named as Alexander Dzyzar, stumbling away from the savage scrap with blood dripping from h…

RT (2021-02-14). Female supporters of Russian activist Navalny gather in central Moscow to form Valentine's Day 'solidarity chain' (PHOTO, VIDEO). rt.com Some 240 women held on to a long white ribbon to form a human chain on an iconic pedestrianized street in Moscow, on Sunday. It was part of a protest organised by supporters of Western-leaning opposition figure Alexey Navalny. | The gathering, on the central Arbat Street, coincided with Valentine's Day and was dubbed "Love is stronger than fear." Some of the participants were given flowers, balloons and leaflets with black hearts. | Those involved told reporters the "chain of solidarity" was aimed at showing support to figures they referred to as "female political prisoners" detained in Russia. | –&iacut…

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.

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.

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 …

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…

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 …

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

_____ (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…

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…

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 …

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 …

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.

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