2021-04-04: News Headlines

Ivan Eland (2021-04-04). Clashing With Two Great Powers At Once Is Bad Policy — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Right out of the gate, the Biden administration seems to be at loggerheads with both China and Russia. Richard Nixon would be disappointed. | Despite his reputation as an anticommunist, Nixon managed to get China and the Soviet Union in a competition to better relations with the United States. His diplomatic opening to the weaker and more radical Maoist China spurred the communist USSR to desire détente with the United States and the first U.S.-Soviet strategic arms limitation treaty (SALT I Treaty) for limiting long-range nuclear missiles. | To his immense credit, Joe Biden, almost immediately upon taking off…

Arab News (2021-04-04). Iran Regime's Nuclear Deal Puzzle — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Dr. Majid Rafizadeh* | The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal was a product of the balance of power in 2015. At that time, it was unclear whether the Iranian regime would acquire a nuclear weapon in the next few months. Then-US President Barack Obama was willing for the deal to happen. The idea of Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry was that, if they agreed terms with Iran, then the regime could be managed, its foreign policy could be changed, and it would be a more moderate force in the region. | Those beliefs proved to be illusions as there are no moderates inside Iran. Instea…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-04). Developed A Safe And Cheap Technology Of Disinfection Of Packed Eggs. eurasiareview.com Russian researchers have developed an inexpensive, safe, and reliable packed eggs surface disinfection technology. This technology helps to kill bacteria, including salmonella, on eggshells. Also, it allows growing broiler chickens with strong immunity to viral diseases. Packed eggs are disinfected with 50 nanoseconds (one billionth of a second) electron beam. Disinfection takes place in plastic containers. The description of the technology was published in Food and Bioproducts Processing. | "Disinfection of the packed eggs protects eggs from subsequent contamination during storage", said Sergey Sokovnin, a pr…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-04). NATO's boost in military spending fueling global arms race: Russian Foreign Ministry. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com TASSApril 4, 2021 NATO's increased defense spending contributes to arms race — Russian foreign ministryAccording to the ministry's data, global defense spending was up from 1.8 to 1.93 trillion US dollars in 2020 >[On this day] 72 years ago NATO was founded with a declared purpose of "securing peace". By now, on its account: bombing …

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-04). Peace prospects dim as Ukraine tries to drag U.S., NATO into its confrontation with Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Peace prospects dim as Ukraine tries to drag U.S., NATO into its confrontation with RussiaRick Rozoff Numerous statements by Ukrainian and Russian officials reported this Easter Sunday bode ill for hopes of diminishing tensions in Eastern Ukraine. Growing indications of impending intervention by the Pentagon and NATO make the situation yet more grim. U.S. European …

Anonymous669 (2021-04-04). Another Russian Drone Lost In Greater Idlib. southfront.org Click to see full-size image, source: the internet | On April 4, a Russian Orlan-10 drone crashed in the northern countryside of Syria's Idlib, a few kilometers away from the Turkish border. | Opposition sources said the drone crashed near the town of Mashhad Ruhin. The drone was not targeted. It reportedly crashed as a result of a technical failure. The wreckage was recovered by the militants. | The Orlan-10 has a flight duration of 16 hours and a range of 140 km. The drone can be equipped with several types of sensors to c…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-04). In Videos: Military Preparations In Ukraine, Russia, Belarus. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Submitted by ThomasST. | Incredible concentration of forces on the Ukrainian-Russian border. At the same time, it seems that Belarus could not avoid its engagement in potential conflict and mobilizes its own military forces. | Moscow

Anonymous669 (2021-04-04). New Wave Of Russian Airstrikes Eliminates More ISIS terrorists In Central Syria. southfront.org 2717545 10/10/2015 Russian Su-25 attack aircraft take off from the Khmeimim airbase in Syria. Dmitriy Vinogradov/RIA Novosti | On April 3 and 4, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) carried out more than 70 airstrikes on ISIS cells in Syria's central region, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) | The airstrikes targeted vehicles and hideouts of ISIS cells in the following areas: | Jebel Bishri on the administrative border between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor; | The desert of al-Ma…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-04). What Should Russia's Reaction Be? The Saker's Open Thread #3. southfront.org The Ukrainian capital of Kiev in 2014. ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE: ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE / EPAAn interesting discussion continues at The Saker platform about the on-going military escalation in Ukraine and a possible response from Russia. | If you are interested, we may recommend you to join the thread by following the Dear friends, | Today I am opening yet one more open thread and I am offering this suggestion for a topic (not excluding other *related…

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 …

WSWS (2021-04-03). Military clashes raise danger of major escalation between Russia and Ukraine. wsws.org The military clashes have taken place against the backdrop of a series of major military provocations by the Ukrainian government which is calculating to receive NATO support in a potential conflict with Russia.

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). 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…

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 …

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…

RT (2021-04-03). WATCH Mandalorian ship get DESTROYED by Siberian 'mini-tornado', weeks after Star Wars fans erect 'Razor Crest' replica on hill. rt.com A fan-built, life-size copy of a spacecraft from the The Mandalorian TV show, which is part of the 'Star Wars' universe, was knocked from a hill in Siberia by a powerful wind. | A team of fans assembled the replica of 'Razor Crest' gunship last month. The vessel, which was piloted by bounty hunter Din Djarin, the lead character in the show, was then put on display in a park in the city of Yakutsk, Russia. | The ship did not stand for long, however, as it fell victim to local weather. A gust of wind toppled the installation on the hill, sending it rolling down a snowy slope. | –≤–∏–&ye…

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