2021-04-03: News Headlines

Paul Goble (2021-04-03). Russian Opposition Must Shed Its Illusions About Navalny, Putin And Possibilities For Change — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The chief problem of the Russian opposition, Vladislav Inozemtsev says, is that its hopes and expectations increasingly take precedence over a sober assessment of the realities of their situation, one in which they expect to be able to liberate Aleksey Navalny and create "a beautiful Russia of the future." | Their world, however, is imaginary, the Russian analyst says, and it is getting in the way of taking the kinds of steps needed to make real progress in more limited ways possible. The opposition doesn't understand that it needs to operate within the Russia that exists and not the one its members have dream…

Al Bawaba News (2021-04-03). OPEC+ Agrees On Gradual Output Increase. eurasiareview.com The 15th Under the agreement, Opec+, which includes Russia, will increase output by 350,000 barrels a day in both May and June and by 441,000 barrels a day in July. Over the same period, Saudi Arabia will gradually unwind additional cuts of 1 million barrels a day that it has been making voluntarily, reports said. | It's estimated that Opec+ has been withholding 8 million barrels a day from the market. | Reports said Russia…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-03). Fewer African Students Came To Russia In 2020. eurasiareview.com As federal government scholarships are highly limited, Russia's educational institutions are ready to train more and more specialists on tuition paying basis for Africa. There are plans to boost the number of African students, but currently, approximately 60% of the total African students are on private contracts in the Russian Federation. | "The present and the future of Russia-Africa relations is not about charity, it's about co-development," stated Evgeny Primakov, Head of the Russian Federal Agency for International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) and also a member of the Secretariat of the R…

James Emery* (2021-04-03). Revoking The Coup In Myanmar — Analysis. eurasiareview.com The situation in Myanmar following the Tatmadaw's coup d'état of February 1, 2021 is at a critical point. The insular Tatmadaw, backed by China and Russia, along with supportive regional players, is unlikely to capitulate from traditional sanctions and a compromised United Nations (UN). | The first step in crafting an effective response is to identify the primary drivers and objectives of the coup. Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief, General Min Aung Hlaing, controlled the Ministries of Defense (armed forces), Home Affairs (national police force), and Border Affairs. Myanmar soldiers, police, militias, and the courts…

FPIF (2021-04-03). Is The Long War Finally Ending? — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By John Feffer* | In October 1944, with the end of World War II in sight, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin passed a note back and forth to each other at a conference in Moscow. On the piece of paper, Churchill had The percentages on the piece of paper referred to the amount of influence that the Sovi…

Juan Cole (2021-04-03). Over objections of Dem Hawks, Biden agrees to indirect Talks with Iran in Vienna to return to the 2015 Nuclear Deal. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — AFP reports that an arrangement was reached at Friday's teleconference in Vienna between the current signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to mediate indirect talks between Iran and the United States next week. State Department spokesman Ned Price said that the US had agreed to participate in the discussions …

_____ (2021-04-03). No Talks Needed For US Return To Iran Nuclear Deal. popularresistance.org Last month, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced that Tehran is in "no hurry" to return to its obligations under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and is prepared to wait until the US lifts its illegal sanctions against the Islamic Republic. | Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi has stated that a possible US decision to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal, also known asthe Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), does not require any talks. | Speaking to the deal's remaining signatories during a virtual meeting on Friday, Araqchi added that "Iran will suspend its steps [scaling back compliance…

Michael Snyder (2021-04-03). As Russian Tanks Move Toward Ukraine, the Globe Braces for the Possibility that World War 3 Could Soon Erupt. globalresearch.ca At this hour, more Russian military forces are massed near Ukraine's …

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-03). Stop NATO archives: Articles. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Stop NATO articles 2009-2014 The following are available at the link above: Africa: Laboratory and Battleground for Pentagon's 21st Century WarfareMay 29, 2014 Second Stage Interoperability: NATO Trains For Combat In EuropeMay 26, 2014 U.S. Tests Advanced Missile For NATO Interceptor SystemMay 23, 2014 NATO, U.S. Seek to Consolidate Western Military Blockade of Russia in …

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-03). Biden, Pentagon, NATO signal readiness to go to war against Russia over Ukraine. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Biden, Pentagon, NATO signal readiness to go to war against Russia over UkraineRick Rozoff Recent press releases from the White House, the Defense Department and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization uniformly communicate the message that the U.S. and NATO are willing, and perhaps are preparing, to enter into armed conflict with Russia over their joint …

_____ (2021-04-03). Is The Long War Finally Ending? popularresistance.org In October 1944, with the end of World War II in sight, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin passed a note back and forth to each other at a conference in Moscow. On the piece of paper, Churchill had assigned percentages to several Eastern European countries. Stalin amended the numbers, and Churchill agreed. The deal remained secret for nearly a decade. | The percentages on the piece of paper referred to the amount of influence that the Soviet Union and the West would wield in Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Greece, with the first three countries falling in the Soviet sphere, control divided evenly in…

Editor2 (2021-04-03). Ukraine To Regain 'Occupied Territory' in Crimea and Sevastopol. orinocotribune.com In 2014, the Russian-speaking population living in the Donbas region set the Donetsk and Luhansk republics. Ukraine does not recognize that decision to date. | Over the last week, Ukraine has been moving military vehicles and troops to the front lines, a measure that increases its military tensions with Russia. | On March 24, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed the Decree 117/2021 approving the "strategy of disoccupation and reintegration of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the Sevastopol city." | In practical terms, Ukraine's decision could trigger actions lea…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-03). Biden, Pentagon, NATO Signal Readiness to Go to War Against Russia Over Ukraine. news.antiwar.com Recent press releases from the White House, the Defense Department and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization uniformly communicate the message that the U.S. and NATO are willing, and perhaps are preparing, to enter into armed conflict with Russia over their joint client regime in Ukraine. On April 1 U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin held a …

_____ (2021-04-03). Why Is The United Kingdom Raising Its Nuclear Stockpile Limits? popularresistance.org On March 16, the United Kingdom announced it was significantly raising a self-imposed cap on its overall nuclear stockpile, from a previous target of 180 warheads by the mid-2020s to a new cap of 260. The decision was outlined in the United Kingdom's Integrated Review, a landmark strategic update, which also said the country will no longer declare the size of its operational warhead stockpile (previously 120), or the numbers of warheads and operational missiles deployed on submarines (previously 40 and no more than 8, respectively). A previous review in 2015 had left open the possibility of a future change in nuc…

Editor (2021-04-02). Biden: øQuién es el asesino? workers.org El 18 de marzo, el presidente estadounidense Joe Biden llamó "asesino" al presidente ruso Vladimir Putin. Dado que nadie ha retirado este insulto gratuito, suponemos que no fue una metedura de pata de Biden. Por el contrario, indica un aumento de la hostilidad de Estados Unidos hacia Rusia, al igual . . . |

John Feffer (2021-04-02). Is the Long War Finally Ending? counterpunch.org In October 1944, with the end of World War II in sight, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin passed a note back and forth to each other at a conference in Moscow. On the piece of paper, Churchill had assigned percentages to several Eastern European countries. Stalin amended the numbers, and Churchill agreed. The deal remained

_____ (2021-04-02). How Cutting Down Military Spending Could Bring About Peace. popularresistance.org Since the end of WWII, especially since the breakup of the Soviet Union, it appears as if US political leaders feel they are trapped in a time warp and are unable to break free. They seem to believe that they must repeat the same disastrous foreign policy of regime change over and over. Since 9/11, the US has attacked or supported attacks against Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen. | The attacks, especially the horrendous US-led war crime against Iraq, have destabilized and created havoc in the Middle East, devastated these nations and caused death and appalling suffering for the people. | In addition, the…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-02). CrossTalk: Democracy vs autocracy. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com CrossTalkApril 2, 2021 Democracy vs autocracy Historically speaking, the Cold War was a great ideological confrontation. Western liberalism vs Soviet communism. According to Joe Biden, the great geopolitical struggle of our time is democracy vs autocracy. For Biden, we are in another great ideological struggle. But there is a difference: the West, particularly the US, …

teleSUR (2021-04-02). Russia Says Iran and US Are On Track to Return to Nuclear Deal. telesurenglish.net In a positive sign, both parties agreed to meet formally in person in Vienna on Tuesday. | Based in the Austrian capital, the joint commission's virtual meeting followed a breakthrough earlier in the week in private talks on how Iran and the US could both rejoin the deal on a step-by-step basis. | RELATED: | The commission, comprised of France, the UK, Germany, China, the EU, and Russia, is responsible for monitoring the deal's i…

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-04-02). "Defender Europe 21": The US Militarization of the Balkans. A Threat Against Russia and Serbia? globalresearch.ca Twenty two Years Ago. 24 March 2021 marks the commemoration of …

RT (2021-04-02). 'Vaccines our best way out of this pandemic,' including 'effective & safe' Sputnik V jab — WHO Europe executive director to RT. rt.com All vaccines will be needed to defeat Covid-19, including Russia's Sputnik V and UK's AstraZeneca, Robb Butler, WHO Europe executive director, told RT, calling on governments to ramp up their immunization drives. | WHO Europe covers 53 nations on the continent, not just European Union member states, and Sputnik V has come to the "aid and support" of the countries that were unable to get EU-approved Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna jabs, Butler, the head of the World Health Organization's Europe regional office, told RT on Friday. | "Sputnik V vaccine, from what we've seen from the Russian Federation, from the d…

MEE correspondent (2021-04-02). Sudan: Russia, US vie for military presence in Port Sudan. middleeasteye.net Sudan: Russia, US vie for military presence in Port Sudan | The two superpowers are separately in talks with Sudanese authorities to gain a foothold on the Red Sea, but Khartoum's civilian leadership worries about being sidelined | Fri, 04/02/2021 – 17: 29 | US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S Churchill, is seen anchored in Port Sudan on 1 March 2021 (AFP) | Sudan is in talks…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-02). Kiev Scrambles To Justify The Incoming Storm. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Kiev government is going to great lengths to attempt and justify its incoming attempts at escalating the situation in Eastern Ukraine and towards Crimea. | On April 1st, but not as a joke, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Moscow is trying to put pressure on Kiev by amassing its military forces along the Russian-Ukrainian border.In a Facebook post, Zelensky noted he would highlight two points in the issue of war and peace. "First of all, it's about Donbas. Indeed, escala…

teleSUR (2021-04-02). Ukraine To Regain 'Occupied Territory' in Crimea and Sevastopol. telesurenglish.net Over the last week, Ukraine has been moving military vehicles and troops to the front lines, a measure that increases its military tensions with Russia. | RELATED: | On March 24, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed the Decree 117/2021 approving the "strategy of disoccupation and reintegration of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the Sevastopol city." | In practical terms, Ukr…

Tasnim News Agency (2021-04-02). Iran Says Removal Of US Sanctions First Step In Reviving JCPOA. eurasiareview.com Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi made it clear at an online session of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that the verifiable termination of the US sanctions on Tehran is the first and foremost step in restoring the 2015 nuclear deal. | The 18th meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission was held via videoconference on Friday, April 2. | The webinar was chaired on behalf of EU High Representative Josep Borrell by the Deputy Secretary General and Political Director of the European External Action Service Enrique Mora. | The meeting was attended by the representatives of Iran,…

Richard Falk (2021-04-02). Do We Really Want a Second Cold War? zcomm.org The protection of human rights is being geopolitically manipulated to mobilize public support for an anti-Chinese foreign policy in the West that risks generating a dangerous geopolitical confrontation…

Anand Naidoo (2021-04-02). The Heat: Is an India-Pakistan Detente Likely? america.cgtn.com Pakistan backtracks on an earlier decision to resume trade ties with India. Is a détente between the two nuclear-armed neighbors still likely?

teleSUR (2021-04-02). Russia Fines Twitter Over Illegal Child-Sensitive Posts. telesurenglish.net On Friday, a Russian court fined Twitter for not deleting posts summoning minors to participate in illegal rallies demanding the release of opposition politician Alexei Navalny. The ruling comes after pressure upon the U.S. platform to remove content or be blocked. | RELATED: | In the last weeks, Russia's state communications watchdog Roskomnadzorn reported that Twitter had failed to remove over 3,000 posts with banned content…

Jason Ditz (2021-04-02). Iran Activates Fourth Cascade of Centrifuges to Enrich Uranium. news.antiwar.com The IAEA has confirmed that Iran has Iran intends to activate six cascades overall and enrich up to 5% purity. The new cascades are IR-2m centrifuges, more advanced and more efficient than those which Iran had at the start of the nuclear deal. | Under the deal, Iran was allowed to improve its centrifuge technology, but putting the new ver…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-02). US and Iran Agree to Indirect Talks to Revive Nuclear Deal. news.antiwar.com Negotiations on how to bring the US back into compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, will begin in Vienna next week. While US and Iranian officials will attend the talks, The decision to meet in Vienna was decided on Friday during virtual talks between Iran and officials representing the remaining JCPOA participants; Russia, China, the UK, France, and Germany. | The EU

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-02). Nord Stream 2 Operator Warns Warships and Planes Threaten the Russia-Germany Pipeline Project. news.antiwar.com A senior official from Nord Stream 2 AG, the project company leading the Nord Stream 2 Russia to Germany natural gas pipeline project, "Higher activity of naval vessels, airplanes and helicopters and civilian vessels of foreign states is observed in the work area after restarted construction of the offshore segment of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, whose actions are often clearly provocative," said Nord Stream…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-02). Germany's Political Crisis and the Future of Nord Stream 2. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Written by J.Hawk exclusively for SouthFront. | In a Blinken of an Eye: | The Biden Administration entered the White House accompanied by hopes that it would return to some kind of normal in its relations with the European Union. While Biden, unlike Obama, would not score a Nobel Peace Prize solely for his existence, his victory was warmly welcomed in capitals around Europe as a sign that liberalism would vanquish populism ushering in a new era of "business as usual"

commondreams (2021-04-02). Jesuit Priest Continues Holy Resistance to Nuclear Weapons, Will Spend Easter Sunday at FDC SeaTac. commondreams.org ______________________________…

MEE staff (2021-04-02). Saudi foreign minister says normalisation with Israel would bring 'tremendous benefits'. middleeasteye.net Saudi foreign minister says normalisation with Israel would bring 'tremendous benefits' | But Faisal bin Farhan pours cold water on prospects of a detente any time soon, saying a Palestinian state must be established | Fri, 04/02/2021 – 15: 56 | Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan at a press conference in the capital, Riyadh, 21 March 2021 (AFP) | Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan has said that a n…

A Guest Author (2021-04-02). UNAC says: 'No to U.S. war threats against China!'. workers.org This slightly edited statement was issued by the United National Antiwar Coalition March 24. The Biden administration is intensifying its aggression against China. The Pentagon's new Pacific Deterrence Initiative includes increasing U.S. military encirclement of China and deploying nuclear missiles previously banned by the U.S.-signed Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. . . . |

Anonymous007 (2021-04-02). Iran Begins Enriching Uranium With New Centrifuge Cascade. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | As of March 31st, Iran is enriching uranium with its forth cascade of advanced IR-2m machines at its Natanz plant, a new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said. | The UN nuclear agency reported on March 8 that Tehran had begun enriching uranium with the third cascade of advanced IR-2m centrifuges at its Natanz nuclear facility."On 31 March 2021, the Agency verified at FEP (Fuel Enrichment Plant) that: Iran had begun feeding natural U…

Brian Cloughley (2021-04-02). "Global Britain": Flying Flags, Banging War Drums and Going Down the Nuclear Plughole. counterpunch.org Many Britons are in despair about the direction their country has taken under the fraud Boris Johnson. But there are not yet enough of them to make any difference. The United Kingdom is in a dire condition, socially and economically, and as with other countries has a major crisis on its hands in having to

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