2021-04-17: News Headlines

Editor2 (2021-04-18). Bolton Says he's 'Proud' to be Barred from Entering Russia. orinocotribune.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Former US National Security Adviser John Bolton on Friday said he was "proud" to be barred from entering Russia after Moscow's decision to include him on a list of individuals who will be denied entry to the country. | "I have been named on a list of individuals barred from Russia in retaliation for sanctions," Bolton

Medea Benjamin (2021-04-17). The Hawks Who Want War with Iran Are Working Overtime. globalresearch.ca Last week's cyberattack on an Iranian nuclear facility, reportedly by Israeli …

Anonymous007 (2021-04-17). Military Situation In Syria On April 17, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 16, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 27 times: 5 — in Idlib province, 11 — in Latakia province, 9 — in Hama province, 2 in Aleppo province | On April 16, artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled SDF positions near Ain Issa | On April 16, Russian warplanes targeted ISIS positions in the Bushri mountain more that 30 times | On April 16, 2 SAA members were killed by an IED blast in Um Batnah are…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-17). Russian Navy To Guard Iranian Oil Supplies To Syria Under Strategic Agreement — Report. southfront.org A Russian Navy assault team from the Russian Federation ship Severromorsk land by helicopter on the deck of the Italian Ship San Marco, the NATO flag ship to Operation Ocean Shield, during a NATO-Russia counter piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden. | Russia, Iran and Syria have established a joint operation room that would work to guarantee the security and stability of oil and wheat supplies to Syrian ports through the Mediterranean Sea, Sputnik reported on April 17. | According to the agency, a series of intensive meetings be…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-17). Meet Reza Karimi, Iran Identified The Natanz Bomber. southfront.org File image | On April 16, the Ministry of Intelligence of Iran identified the man behind the recent

Manlio Dinucci (2021-04-17). U.S. maneuvers threaten war with Russia. workers.org On April 9, the Turkish officials announced to Russian counterparts that Washington, as it must by treaty, had informed them that in the following week the U.S. would send two warships to the Black Sea, which also borders Russia and Ukraine. This is part of the extended framework of tension . . . |

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-17). NATO nations train, arm Ukrainian military for war with Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO nations train, arm Ukrainian military for war with RussiaRick Rozoff As the Ukrainian government and pro-government press is busily and dutifully terrorizing the domestic populace, and equally attempting to stampede the Western public into a "humanitarian intervention" moral panic, with headlines like Over 103,000 Russian troops currently stationed near border with Ukraine and Russia …

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-17). NATO Nations Train, Arm Ukrainian Military for War With Russia. news.antiwar.com As the Ukrainian government and pro-government press is busily and dutifully terrorizing the domestic populace, and equally attempting to stampede the Western public into a "humanitarian intervention" moral panic, with headlines like Over 103,000 Russian troops currently stationed near border with Ukraine and Russia deploys attack aircraft in occupied Crimea, it is also reporting on …

_____ (2021-04-17). US Escalates In Ukraine Battleground. popularresistance.org Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Moscow-based international affairs analyst Mark Sleboda about recent developments in Ukraine. Sleboda provides an in-depth explanation of the history leading to up to the current situation and analyses domestic factors in Ukraine that are pushing the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to pursue a more bellicose posture towards Russia.

Anya Parampil (2021-04-17). US escalates in Ukraine battleground. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Moscow-based international affairs analyst Mark Sleboda about recent developments in Ukraine. Sleboda provides an in-depth explanation of the history leading to up to the current situation and analyses domestic factors in Ukraine that are pushing the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to pursue a more bellicose posture towards Russia.

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-17). Why Xinjiang is emerging as the epicenter of the US Cold War on China. peoplesdispatch.org The US government's information warfare against China has produced the "fact" that there is genocide in Xinjiang. Once this has been established, it helps develop diplomatic and economic warfare…

_____ (2021-04-17). Journalists Learn They Spread A CIA Fraud About Russia. popularresistance.org That Russia placed "bounties" on the heads of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan was one of the most-discussed and consequential news stories of 2020. It was also, as it turns out, one of the most baseless — as the intelligence agencies who spread it through their media spokespeople now admit, largely because the tale has fulfilled and outlived its purpose. | The saga began on June 26, 2020, when The New York Times announced that unnamed "American intelligence officials" have concluded that "a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-17). The Future Of Particle Accelerators Is Here. eurasiareview.com When the Electron Ion Collider received the go-ahead in January 2020, it became the only new major accelerator in the works anywhere in the world. | "All the stars aligned," said Elke-Caroline Aschenauer, Brookhaven National Laboratory Staff Scientist and a leader in developing the EIC plans. "We have the technology to build this unique particle accelerator and detector to do the measurements that, together with the underlying theory, can for the first time provide answers to longstanding fundamental questions in nuclear physics." | The EIC isn't the only Brookhaven project poised to reshape nuclear and partic…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-17). Iran Begins 60% Uranium Enrichment in Response to Natanz Sabotage. news.antiwar.com Iran said on Friday that it has begun "Sixty-percent enrichment is currently underway at the Shahid Ahmadi Roshan nuclear facility" at Natanz, said Ali Akbar Salehi, The move is the latest step Iran has take…

Dr. Theodore Karasik (2021-04-17). War And Peace At Stake At Likely US-Russia Summit — Analysis. eurasiareview.com US-Russia relations are at rock bottom. Name-calling over recent weeks, combined with events around eastern Ukraine, required a sudden gesture by US President Joe Biden to call his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss a potential summit and a host of other bilateral security issues. | The Biden administration, not yet in office for 100 days, got caught by the bear trap in Ukraine after failing to react fast enough. Russia is taking advantage of that "gap," which is allowing Moscow to advance its interests quickly and effectively without immediate pushback by America or its allies. It is par…

P. K. Balachandran (2021-04-17). Have US Sanctions Been Effective? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Studies reveal that despite the increasing popularity of sanctions as a US foreign policy tool, their effectiveness is in serious doubt: | On Thursday, April 15, US President Joe Biden imposed a new round of sanctions against Russia. The Treasury Department blacklisted six Russian technology companies that supported the cyber program run by Russia's intelligence services. Eight persons and entities associated with Russia's actions in Crimea were also sanctioned as were 32 entities and individuals who had allegedly carried out Russian government-directed attempts to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential…

Staff (2021-04-17). JCPOA meeting participants satisfied with progress made. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — In two consecutive tweets on Sat. Russia's Permanent Representative to the Intl. Organizations announced the JCPOA Joint Commission participants are satisfied with the progress made so far.

Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold (2021-04-16). The Hawks Who Want War With Iran Are Working Overtime. counterpunch.org Just as talks between the US and Iran were taking place last week in Vienna, a cyberattack was carried out on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility. Reports are that the Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, was behind the attack that blacked out the facility just one day after Tehran launched new advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges and as

Staff (2021-04-16). Biden Sanctions Russia for Cyber Espionage While Remaining Silent over Israeli Cyberattack on Iran. democracynow.org The United States has imposed new sanctions on Russia and expelled 10 Russian diplomats after the Biden administration accused Moscow of being involved in major cyberattacks. The Treasury Department claimed Russia interfered in the 2020 election and was behind the SolarWinds hack, which compromised the computer systems of nine U.S. government agencies and scores of private companies. The sanctions target 32 Russian entities and individuals and bar U.S. banks from purchasing Russian government debt. Russia vowed to retaliate against the new sanctions and accused the Biden administration of degrading bilateral rela…

Global Research News (2021-04-16). Selected Articles: Biden Declares National Emergency: U.S. and NATO Brand Russia an International Pariah. globalresearch.ca By The thirty-member North Atlantic Council, the political decision-making body of NATO consisting of the ambassadors of all member states, posted a…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-16). Russia Begins Construction Of Over-The-Horizon 'Voronezh' Radar Station In Crimea. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | A project for the construction of a new missile early warning system "Voronezh" was approved in Crimea."Soon, work will begin on the construction of the station's foundation," a source at the office of the EWS General Designer On July 3, 2020, the Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation, Sergei Surovikin, announced that the creation of a new radar station near Sevastopol would be completed in 2…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-16). NATO Activities In Ukraine And Near Its Borders — Russian MFA Briefing. southfront.org M. Zakharova. Source: www.mid.ru | A part of NATO Activities In Ukraine And Near Its Borders: | The United States and its NATO allies continue accusing Russia of building up its military units and equipment near the border…

Anonymous349 (2021-04-16). In Photo: ISIS Militant Uses Russian-made ORSIS T-5000 Sniper Rifle Against Iraqi Forces. southfront.org This article was originally published on SouthFront in January 2020. | The ISIS news agency Amaq released a photo showing an ISIS militiant with a Russian-made ORSIS T-5000 sniper rifle. The militant was allegedly involved in attacks on Iraqi forces. The T-5000 is a bolt-action sniper rifle developed by ORSIS and produced in its Moscow factory. | ORSIS T-5000 rifles were officially delivered to the Iraqi Armed Forces. They are employed by the Iraqi Special Operations Forces, and were spotted in the hands of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units that likely received them from the military. | The ORSIS T-5000 sni…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-16). Iran Produced First Batch Of 60% Enriched Uranium At Natanz Facility. southfront.org File image | Iranian scientists have produced the first batch of 60% enriched uranium, Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, announced on April 16."I am proud to announce that at 00: 40 last night … young and pious Iranian scientists were able to obtain a 60% enriched uranium product," Qalibaf wrote in a Persian tweet on Friday. "We congratulate the brave people of the Islamic Iran on this success; the will of the Iranian people is miraculous and will thwart any conspiracy." | Earlier this…

Staff (2021-04-16). Putin, Navalny, and the left: The coming political crisis in Russia. therealnews.com From Alexei Navalny's return to mass protests and COVID-19, new TRNN contributor Radhika Desai sits down with world-renowned sociologist and activist Boris Kagarlitsky to discuss the tectonic shifts taking place in Russian politics—and what Western media gets wrong about Russia.

Mike Walter (2021-04-16). The Heat: Fukushima Waste Water. america.cgtn.com Controversy in Japan as the government announces plans to release treated radioactive water into the ocean from the site of one of the world's biggest nuclear disasters.

Staff (2021-04-16). Vaccination Plan Advances: Venezuela Receives Fourth Shipment of Sputnik-V. orinocotribune.com Early in the morning of Thursday, April 15, the fourth shipment of the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine arrived in Venezuela. These vaccines will be used to carry forward the Venezuelan immunization plan initiated on February 18. | The shipment was dispatched from Moscow, capital of the Russian Federation, and was carried by the Russian airline Azur Air. | To date, Venezuela has received 300,000 doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine, considered to be the most efficient vaccine in the world against COVID-19. | Moreover, Venezuela has included other COVID-19 vaccines in its vaccination plan, namely the Russian EpiVacCorona and t…

RT (2021-04-16). Russia to expel ten American diplomats & limit staff, also considering 'painful' measures aimed at US businesses — FM Lavrov. rt.com Ten US diplomats will have to leave Russia in response to Washington's expulsion of Russian diplomats, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said, adding that Moscow is looking at other sanction options if unfriendly steps continue. | Lavrov announced the news at a press conference on Friday, adding that Moscow would ban US funds and NGOs from interfering in Russia's internal affairs. Lavrov added that, with the US currently employing 450 diplomatic staff in Russia, and Russia employing 350 in the US, "the Americans will be asked to bring the number of employees in Russia in line with the number of Russians in th…

RT (2021-04-16). Russian MiG-31 fighter jet races to escort American spy plane in skies over Pacific Ocean, amid growing tensions with Washington. rt.com A US Air Force reconnaissance plane flying in international airspace has been shadowed through the skies by a Russian fighter pilot off the country's Pacific coast, Ministry of Defense officials in Moscow confirmed on Friday. | A spokesperson for the department revealed that the Russian MiG-31 jet "took off from an airfield in Kamchatka to identify [the American plane] and accompany it. The fighter pilot identified the target as a strategic reconnaissance aircraft RC-135." | The ministry confirmed that the spy plane, equipped with high-tech reconnaissance equipment, had not violated the border and was escorted…

RT (2021-04-16). Stop the 'saber-rattling' & begin de-escalation before Russia-Ukraine conflict turns into 'nuclear holocaust,' Gabbard tells Biden. rt.com Unless the world wants to see loved ones "burned alive in a nuclear holocaust," politicians should cut out the "macho" act and begin to deescalate. That's according to former US congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a US Army veteran. | Speaking to Tucker Carlson on Fox News on Thursday, Gabbard said the American people must decide if they're willing to go to war with Russia on behalf of Ukraine. If not — the rhetoric must be toned down. | "Such a war would come at a cost beyond anything we can really imagine," she told Carlson. "This is something that will directly impact…every single one of your viewers." | "I…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-04-16). Nobel Laureate Warns of 'Devastating Marriage' Between Artificial Intelligence and Killer Robots. commondreams.org "The biggest threats are the 'modernization' of nuclear weapons and the new 'revolution' of weapons," says Peace Prize winner Jody Williams. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/jody-williams-killer-robots-marriage.jpg

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-16). CrossTalk on Ukraine: Toward war? antibellum679354512.wordpress.com With new backing from the West, Ukrainian president says "The Army is ready" Tulsi Gabbard and Tucker Carlson: war with Russia over Ukraine could produce unimaginable nuclear catastrophe…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Sputnik V COVID Vax Brings Russia and Lat Am Closer Together. telesurenglish.net The Gamaleya Institute's Sputnik V COVID vaccine has been registered to date in 60 countries worldwide with a combined population of 3 billion people, including 13 Latin American and Caribbean nations. | RELATED: | A survey conducted in nine countries, YouGov's March survey, indicated that Russia is seen as the most trusted vaccine producer alongside the U.S. with Sputnik V — the world's first registered jab [mdas…

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). China to monitor Japan's plan to dump nuclear wastewater, vows to protect consumers. ecns.cn The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said it will closely monitor the developments in Japan's decision to dump Fukushima wastewater into the ocean and pledged to ensure the safety of Chinese consumers.

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-16). Democrats Reintroduce Bill to Block US From Using Nuclear Weapons First. news.antiwar.com A pair of Democratic lawmakers in the House and the Senate reintroduced a bill on Friday that would prohibit the US The bill reads: "It is the policy of the United States to not use nuclear weapons first." The legislation will be reviewed by the foreign affairs committees of each chamber of Congress. | A no first use bill was introduced by Smith and Warren…

Staff (2021-04-16). China summons Japan envoy to protest Fukushima water release. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 16 (MNA) — The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Japanese ambassador in Beijing on Thursday to express opposition to Japan's intention to release wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-16). Biden Declares National Emergency: U.S. and NATO Brand Russia an International Pariah. globalresearch.ca The thirty-member North Atlantic Council, the political decision-making body of NATO …

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-16). Kiev: American envoy says U.S. supports Ukraine against "Russian aggression" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Kiev: American envoy says U.S. supports Ukraine against "Russian aggression"Rick Rozoff Today's Interfax Ukraine reports American chargé d'affaires to Ukraine Kristina Kvien adjuring Russia to cease "aggressive actions" against Ukraine — though she didn't cite any specific examples of such actions — or it would face consequences. What in diplomatic language is called diktat. It's …

_____ (2021-04-16). Why Biden's New Russian Sanctions Are Shortsighted. popularresistance.org The Biden administration's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan is a wise and morally courageous one. It refuses to inherit and continue a disastrous American tradition in foreign and security policy: the obsession with defending meaningless U.S. "credibility" (aka prestige), irrespective of real national interests and of the cost in American lives and money. | Previous U.S. "strategy" in Afghanistan was a kind of zombie policy: in reality dead, but still walking around because nobody in Washington could bring themselves to bury it. | The obsession with mortal threats from Russia is a zombie dating b…

WSWS (2021-04-16). Amid mounting tensions, US imposes sanctions on Russia. wsws.org President Joe Biden announced the expulsion of ten Russian diplomats and the sanctioning of almost three dozen companies.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). Russia says U.S. has to pay for new sanctions. ecns.cn Washington must realize that it will "pay a price" for the degradation of U.S.-Russian relations, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Thursday in response to new anti-Russian sanctions and the expulsion of diplomats.

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-16). Ukraine: President pushes shortcut to NATO as government publishes map of bomb shelters. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ukraine: President pushes shortcut to NATO as government publishes map of bomb sheltersRick Rozoff Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a newspaper interview has called insistently for his country being admitted to NATO even before all necessary internal reforms are completed, citing for the pressing nature of his demand what he called Russian aggression. He didn't …

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-16). Kiev: American Envoy Says US Supports Ukraine Against 'Russian Aggression'. news.antiwar.com Today's Interfax Ukraine reports American chargé d'affaires to Ukraine Kristina Kvien adjuring Russia to cease "aggressive actions" against Ukraine — though she didn't cite any specific examples of such actions — or it would face consequences. What in diplomatic language is called diktat. It's not for nothing that Kvien has a master's degree from the U.S. …

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-16). Russia to Expel 10 US Diplomats in Response to Biden's Actions. news.antiwar.com On Friday, The US "Ten diplomats were on a list the US side handed over to us asking to ensure their leavi…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Russia Expels 10 US Diplomats and Intercepts Spy Plane. telesurenglish.net Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday announced that his country is expelling ten U.S. diplomats in response to the sanctions that President Joe Biden imposed on this European nation on Thursday. | RELATED: | On Thursday, the United States imposed unilateral restrictive measures on Russia claiming that the Kremlin had encouraged actions contrary to the U.S. interests. | Besides deporting ten e…

Staff (2021-04-16). Russian diplomat says JCPOA informal talks underway in Vienna. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 16 (MNA) — According to a senior Russian diplomat, the Joint Commission of JCPOA continues its work today in Vienna through informal consultations in various configurations.

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