2021-04-24: News Headlines

World Nuclear News (2021-04-25). Politics Should Not Detract From Climate Policy, Says Blinken. eurasiareview.com US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on heads of state to put their political differences to one side and make a collective effort to tackle global warming. Blinken moderated the first session of the Leaders Summit on Climate, which included Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. | Opening the session, which was titled Raising Our Climate Ambition, Blinken underlined the USA's new pledge, announced moments earlier by President Joe Biden, to halve its CO2 emissions from 2005 levels by the end of this decade. This is up from its original goal of 26% by 2025. | Nations under the…

Arab News (2021-04-25). How Iran Made Itself A Haven For Israeli Spies — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Baria Alamuddin* | There's nothing new in Iran's paranoid ayatollahs seeing spies, saboteurs and enemies under every rock. But their recent paranoia may be well founded, as the Iranian parliament and media accuse their leaders of allowing the nation to be turned into a "haven for spies," while openly wondering about the extent of infiltration of the state's nuclear and intelligence apparatuses. | Iranian officials fear that a substantive clandestine Israeli sabotage network is operating with impunity throughout the Islamic Republic, staging assassinations and attacks against strategically sensitive sites, a…

Paul Goble (2021-04-25). Small Size Of Navalny Protests A Victory For The Kremlin — OpEd. eurasiareview.com While the Navalny protests may have attracted more attention than Vladimir Putin's address to the Federal Assembly, the reality is that those behind the protests overrated their possibilities because of their focus on the Internet, something which "gave rise to the illusion" that they were already at the head of a mass movement, Vladislav Inozemtsev says. | Statistics show why that is the case, the Russian economist and commentator says. While 130 million people viewed the film on Putin's palace, only 465,000 declared themselves Navalny supporters, and while 2.5 million said they would protest, fewer than 60,0…

Tasnim News Agency (2021-04-25). Iran Foreign Ministry Dismisses Ex-Oil Minister's Comments On Helping Yemen. eurasiareview.com The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the recent comments from Rostam Qassemi, a former oil minister, in an interview with Russia al-Youm about the Islamic Republic's military assistance to Yemen and the presence of Iranian military advisers in the Arab country. | In the statement released on Friday, the Foreign Ministry said the comments published in the Wednesday interview are contrary to the reality and policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Yemen. | The ministry emphasized that only the official authorities are eligible to declare Tehran's stances, adding, "Iran's support for Yemen is of poli…

Joseph Gerson (2021-04-24). The New Cold War U.S.-Japanese Summit: Containing China and Reinforcing Hegemony. commondreams.org "The existential truth," writes Joseph Gerson, "is that the U.S. and China are caught in the Thucydides Trap, the historic pattern of inevitable tension between rising and declining powers that have too often climaxed in catastrophic wars." In this informed and crucial read, Gerson argues such conflict and war must be avoided. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/biden_shuga_japan_china.png

_____ (2021-04-24). Biden's Appeasement Of Hawks And Neocons Is Crippling His Diplomacy. popularresistance.org President Biden took office promising a new era of American international leadership and diplomacy. But with a few exceptions, he has so far allowed self-serving foreign allies, hawkish U.S. interest groups and his own imperial delusions to undermine diplomacy and stoke the fires of war. | Biden's failure to quickly recommit to the Iran nuclear deal, or JCPOA, as Senator Sanders promised to do on his first day as president, provided a critical delay that has been used by opponents to undermine the difficult shuttle diplomacy taking place in Vienna to restore the agreement. | The attempts to derail talks range fro…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-24). Zarif's visit has nothing to do with Iran nuclear talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — An Iraqi lawmaker has said that the Iranian foreign minister's upcoming visit to his country has nothing to do with the nuclear talks between Tehran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

Staff (2021-04-24). Iraq hails Iran's stances in Vienna nuclear talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 24 (MNA) — The Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq called Iran's stances in the Vienna nuclear talks courageous that can be used as a model for resolving international disputes.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-04-24). "Wipe the Soviet Union Off the Map", 204 Atomic Bombs against 66 Major Cities, US Nuclear Attack against USSR Planned During World War II. globalresearch.ca According to a secret document dated September 15, 1945, "the Pentagon had envisaged blowing up the Soviet Union with a coordinated nuclear attack directed against 66 major urban areas.

Editor2 (2021-04-24). No US-Ukraine War on Donbass and Russia! Stop the Drone Strikes on Civilians! Stop Killing Children! Justice for the Victims of the 2014 Odessa Massacre! orinocotribune.com By Co-op Anti-War Café Berlin — Apr 19, 2021 | For seven years now, the right-wing government of Ukraine, supported by the United States and other Western powers, has been at war with the people of the independent Donetsk and Lugansk republics in the Donbass region of Eastern Europe. Some 14,000 people have been killed, according to the United Nations. The people of Donetsk and Lugansk live under a brutal military blockade imposed by Ukraine and its Western allies. | On March 22, a 71-year-old pensioner was killed by sniper fire near the capital of Donetsk. | On April 3, in Aleksandrovskoye, Donetsk, a Ukrai…

Roger Annis (2021-04-24). NATO Raises Military Tensions against Russia over False Accusations of Russian Threats against Ukraine. dissidentvoice.org A new round of disinformation and threats against Russia is being staged by the NATO military powers and their state and corporate media outlets. The backdrop is the continued military occupation and aggression by Ukraine in sections of the Donbas region in the east of the country, combined with the Ukrainian government's ongoing refusal to …

Anonymous007 (2021-04-24). Military Situation In Syria On April 24, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 24, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 25 times: 12 — in Idlib province, 6 — in Latakia province, 6 — in Hama province, 1 — in Aleppo province | On April 23, a car bomb explosion was reported in the al-Bab city. Several people were wounded | On April 23, clashes between the YPG and Turkish-backed forces were reported southeast of Afrin | On April 23, a series of clashes erupted between the N…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-24). Russia Restricted Foreign Warships Navigation Off Crimean Coast For Six Months. southfront.org BLACK SEA (June 2, 2015) The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), left, transits the Black Sea with the Ukranian navy frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy (U 130) during an underway exercise. Ross is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released) | Russia restricted navigation of foreign warships and state-owned vessels in three areas of the Black Sea…

Natylie Baldwin (2021-04-24). Americans Are Complacent When It Comes to the Dangers of Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca First published on June 27, 2019 | *** | In a recent

Elijah J. Magnier (2021-04-24). Iran Embarrassed Netanyahu and Cornered the West in Vienna. orinocotribune.com By Elijah J Magnier — Apr 18, 2021 | The Islamic Republic proved to be a shark with sharp teeth during its negotiation with the signatories (Russia, China, France, Great Britain and Germany) of the nuclear deal in Vienna, leaving few choices to the negotiators. Iran showed how complex and inflexible its position is with the most powerful county in the world, forbidding the US envoy to join the mediators in the same room because Donald Trump revoked its 2015 nuclear deal agreement. Moreover, Iran used the Israeli sabotage actions against the Natanz nuclear facility as an excuse to hit Israel, the US and all E…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-04-24). The Nuclear Bomb Is Ready: In Italy Soon. The B61-12 has a Nuclear Warhead with 4 "Selectable Power Options" globalresearch.ca First published on December 3, 2020 | *** | A video was released on November 23 2020 by Sandia National Laboratories that shows a US F-35A fighter flying at supersonic speed 3000 meters above sea level, launching a B61-12 nuclear bomb (non-nuclear …

ecns.cn (2021-04-24). China urges Japan to face oppositions home and abroad over water dump plan. ecns.cn Japan must sincerely face questions and objections from home and abroad over the government's decision to dump polluted nuclear water into the ocean and stop playing dumb on the issue, China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

_____ (2021-04-24). The Rising Threat of Nuclear War Is the Most Urgent Matter in the World. strategic-culture.org STRATCOM has been preparing not just to use its nuclear arsenal for deterrence but also to "win" a nuclear war should one arise from the (entirely US-created) "conditions" which are "neither linear nor predictable". And it's looking increasingly likely that one will as the prevailing orthodoxy among western imperialists that US unipolar hegemony must be preserved at all cost rushes headlong toward America's plunge into post-primacy.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-24). Putin orders preparing list of hostile states for sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 24 (MNA) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree ordering the preparation of a list of countries hostile to Russia in order to impose restrictions and sanctions on them and their nationals.

_____ (2021-04-24). Putin Rewrites the Law of the Geopolitical Jungle. strategic-culture.org Putin's address to the Russian Federal Assembly — a de facto State of the Nation — was a judo move that left Atlanticist sphere hawks particularly stunned. The "West" was not even mentioned by name. Only indirectly, or via a delightful metaphor, Kipling's Jungle Book. Foreign policy was addressed only at the end, almost as an afterthought.

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-24). U.S. Central Command downgrades former war on terrorism to confront China, Russia and Iran. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com U.S. Central Command downgrades former war on terrorism to confront China, Russia and IranRick Rozoff For twenty years U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) has waged the bulk of military operations under the rubric of what Washington formerly named the War on Terror or Global War on Terrorism, including wars in and strikes against Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, …

sputniknews (2021-04-24). Pentagon Believes Russia Behind Mysterious Directed Energy 'Attacks' on Troops in Syria: Report. sputniknews.com The Department of Defense reportedly stopped short of linking the alleged attacks with a mysterious incident at the American embassy in Havana, Cuba, which was subsequently evacuated after numerous diplomatic workers complained of suffering from an unidentified ailment.

sputniknews (2021-04-24). Russian Charge d'Affaires Summoned to US Department of State. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Department of State summoned the Russian charge d'affaires over Moscow's "destabilising actions", but the official rejected the accusations, the Russian Embassy in Washington said.

IDN (2021-04-24). The US To End Its War In Afghanistan, 'The Graveyard Of Empires' — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Somar Wijayadasa* | President Joe Biden of the United States announced that its war in Afghanistan, the US's longest war ever, will end on September 11, 2021. | A glimpse of Afghanistan's history—dubbed as "the country where Empires go to die" will help us understand why many empires failed in that country. | Afghanistan, rightfully called a "graveyard of empires", is a mountainous landlocked country located along the ancient Silk Road between Asia and Europe, and surrounded by powerful nations such as India, Pakistan, and Russia. | For centuries, it was a melting pot as new empires rose up and took c…

sputniknews (2021-04-24). Venezuelan Health Minister Praises Sputnik V as World's Most Effective Vaccine. sputniknews.com BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is the most effective jab in the world, Venezuelan Health Minister Carlos Alvarado González said on Saturday, after receiving a new shipment of doses from Moscow at the Caracas airport.

sputniknews (2021-04-24). 'Plan B': Germany Reportedly Mulls Putting Construction of Nord Stream 2 on Hold Amid US Pressure. sputniknews.com On Friday, Moscow called Nord Stream 2 a project of "existential" importance for Berlin and a kind of test case for determining whether Germany and other EU members are capable of defending their own interests.

Juan Cole (2021-04-23). Syrian Missile strikes Near Israel's Nuclear Facility at Dimona, Which could have Turned into a Dirty Bomb. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The Israeli site i24 reports that on early Thursday morning, a Syrian missile slammed into the desert very near to the Israeli nuclear reactor at Dimona, which Israeli authorities have used to produce an arsenal of an estimated two hundred nuclear bombs. Air raid sirens sounded in southern Israel. Explosions …

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-04-23). The Rising Threat of Nuclear War is the Most Urgent Matter in the World. orinocotribune.com By Caitlin Johnstone — Apr 21, 2021 | US Strategic Command, the branch of the US military responsible for America's nuclear arsenal, "The spectrum of conflict today is neither linear nor predictable. We must account for the possibility of conflict leading to conditions which could very rapidly drive an adversary to consider nuclear use as their least bad option." | The statement, which STRATCOM called a "preview" of…

_____ (2021-04-23). Vienna Talks Reveal Biden Team's Attachment to Sanctions That Would Torpedo Iran Deal. strategic-culture.org Biden's foreign policy team refuses to relieve Iran from sanctions illegally imposed by the Trump administration, setting the stage for the collapse of negotiations and a major crisis.: | By Gareth PORTER | The Biden administration signaled once again at the April 9 Vienna meeting on the Iran nuclear deal that it intends to maintain Trump-era Iran sanctions in an effort to win political and military concessions going well beyond the original deal itself. Team Biden continued to insist during the conference that Iran return to full compliance with the nuclear agreement without any reciprocal US commitment…

Stephen Lendman (2021-04-23). Russia Begins Withdrawing Forces Near Ukraine's Border. Shelling of Donbass by Ukrainian Forces. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Russian forces near Ukraine's border have been engaging in regularly scheduled …

Stephen Lendman (2021-04-23). Russia's Red Lines, Weaponizing Ukraine for War. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Ukraine is a virtual US military base along Russia's border — …

_____ (2021-04-23). The Rising Threat Of Nuclear War. popularresistance.org US Strategic Command, the branch of the US military responsible for America's nuclear arsenal, tweeted the following on Tuesday: | "The spectrum of conflict today is neither linear nor predictable. We must account for the possibility of conflict leading to conditions which could very rapidly drive an adversary to consider nuclear use as their least bad option." | The statement, which STRATCOM called a "preview" of…

sputniknews (2021-04-23). 'We Didn't Feel Anything Right Away — These Weren't Bullets': True Stories of Chernobyl Liquidators. sputniknews.com Monday will mark the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster — one of the worst technogenic accidents in human history. The disaster sparked renewed public interest due to HBO's Chernobyl miniseries in 2019. However, the show, while being highly stylized and dramatic, was also filled with half-truths and even outright lies.

Staff (2021-04-23). 3 states to accelerate construction of Iraqi nuclear reactor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 23 (MNA) — Three countries are holding talks with Iraq to help it accelerate the construction of its nuclear reactors.

Matthew Stevenson (2021-04-23). Letters From Minsk: Coming in From the Cold War at Brest-Litovsk. counterpunch.org This is the seventh in a series about train and bicycle rides from Switzerland to Belarus, in those carefree days before pandemic lockdowns. My afternoon train to Terespol, on the Polish border with Belarus, left Warsaw central station around 2: 30 in the afternoon. Although I had my visa for Belarus, I didn't quite know how

Anonymous103 (2021-04-23). Supply Of Russian Armed Forces In 2020-2021 (Part II). southfront.org @https://www.instagram.com/vectorkel/ | Originally published at You can read the first part Central Military District: | Some of the pictures of the equipment of the Central Military District are taken from the Instagram account of T…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-23). Israel Seeks An Unchecked Nuclear Monopoly: Ex-Senate Candidate. southfront.org A former U.S. Senate Mark Dankof | Interview with Mark Dankof. Originally published at the A former U.S. Senate candidate says Israel resorts to assassination and sabotage because it needs an unchecked nuclear monopoly in West Asia."This demonic agenda involves the need for an unchecked nuclear monopoly in the Middle East (West Asia) and one not under the scrutiny of the Non-Proliferation Tre…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-23). Japanese Militarism Redux: Russian Connection. southfront.org Ronin right and left. "Employed" samurai in middle.Popular TV actors in Edo Period drama | Submitted by Japan fought three wars with Russia in the 20th Century. It won one in 1905, and lost two. It was Russia that drove the Japanese Army from China, in a short, sharp campaign. The Japanese haven't forgotten that. Russia has won respect. The Chinese, by contrast, are still regarded as inferior. | The extreme Japanese rig…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-23). Scandalous Tape Of Palestinian President Cursing China, Russia, US & All Arab States Leaked Online. southfront.org Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Arab League in Cairo on Saturday, via APF. | On April 22, a tape of Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine and the leader of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah), cursing China, Russia, the US and all Arab states surfaced online. | The tape was reportedly recorded during Fatah Central Committee meeting, which was held on April 19. The source of the leak is yet to be determined. | In the short tape, one of the attendees informs Abbas tha…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-23). Bursting Pantsirs, Falling Bayraktars: Turkish-Russian Virtual War. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 22nd, Turkish defense company Roketsan released a video hyping up its Akƒ±ncƒ± UAV. | The video shows the drone use a MAM-T smart bomb, which hits a Russian Pantsir-S1 in a desert setting and destroys it. | Apparently, this is a kind of response to a video report on Russian TV, in which Russian "Lancets" destroy Turkish drones. | On April 18th, The Turkish media drew attention to the fact that in a report on military developments aired on the stat…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-04-23). Biden's Appeasement of Hawks and Neocons Is Crippling His Diplomacy. counterpunch.org President Biden took office promising a new era of American international leadership and diplomacy. But with a few exceptions, he has so far allowed self-serving foreign allies, hawkish U.S. interest groups and his own imperial delusions to undermine diplomacy and stoke the fires of war. Biden's failure to quickly recommit to the Iran nuclear deal,

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-23). Biden's first trip outside the country will take him to NATO headquarters. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Biden's first trip outside the country will take him to NATO headquartersRick Rozoff White House Press Secretary Jen "Russia will be accountable by the international community" Psaki announced today that her boss, President Joe "I will continue with every fiber in my being to keep America involved with troops that can shoot and kill" Biden, …

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-23). Rules-based interplanetary order: U.S. Space Command takes conflict with China and Russia to the heavens. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Rules-based interplanetary order: U.S. Space Command takes conflict with China and Russia to the heavensRick Rozoff General James Dickinson, commander of U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM), testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 21 and laid out the purpose, progress and plans of the Pentagon's latest unified combatant command. SPACECOM in its current avatar …

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-23). NATO chief issues appeal to India to join global anti-Chinese, anti-Russian alliance. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO chief issues appeal to India to join global anti-Chinese, anti-Russian allianceRick Rozoff Two days ago an opinion piece by North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg appeared in the influential Times of India, the title of which is Deepening Nato's dialogue with India: To protect international rules-based order and address shared challenges to …

sputniknews (2021-04-23). UK Space Academy Chief Says Building ISS Without Russia Would Have Been Impossible. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) could not have built the International Space Station without Russia, Anu Ojha, director of the UK National Space Academy, said on Friday.

Staff (2021-04-23). Russia to pull troops back from Ukranian border. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 23 (MNA) — Russia ordered its top military brass to return troops to their permanent bases from the Ukrainian border.

Staff (2021-04-23). Russia summons Polish envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 23 (MNA) — Russian Foreign Ministry has summoned the Polish ambassador on Friday.

Staff (2021-04-23). Two lose lives in Plane Crash in Russia's Irkutsk Region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 23 (MNA) — Two people were killed when a light aircraft crashed in the Cheremkhovsky district of Irkutsk region.

sputniknews (2021-04-23). Mutual Political Will Required to Improve Moscow-Washington Relations, Kremlin Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Mutual political will is required to achieve improvement in relations between Russia and the United States, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

Paul Goble (2021-04-23). Tensions Along Russian-Kazakhstan Border Over Territorial Shifts In Russia's Favor Growing — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Both the Russian and Kazakhstan governments agree that the way in which the border between their two countries was marked after the 2013 agreement about it was incorrect and that border posts, put up in the intervening time, need to be shifted from a few meters to a few kilometers into land that Kazakhs had come to view as theirs. | Russian officials have now begun that process, and at least some Kazakhs in the area over the past ten days have come to view their actions as both illegal and threatening. Adding fuel to the fire, several Kazakh nationalists have posted stories on line that there have been violent…

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