2021-04-25: News Headlines

Anonymous103 (2021-04-25). Great Reinforcement Of China's Navy: Three Advanced Naval Vessels Commissioned For South China Sea Fleet. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 23, a solemn ceremony was held at the naval base in Sanya (Hainan island), in China. Three major vessels were commissioned into the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) fleet. The destroyer "Dalian", the landing helicopter dock (LHD) "Hainan" and the strategic nuclear submarine (SSBN) Changzheng-18 were placed on active service. | The commissioning ceremony was attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committe…

Staff (2021-04-25). Mass Vaccination Advances in Venezuela: Fifth Shipment of Sputnik-V Vaccines Arrives. orinocotribune.com On Saturday, April 24, the fifth shipment of the Russian vaccine Sputnik-V arrived in Venezuela. The shipment, containing 80,000 doses, arrived at the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía, La Guaira state. To date, 380 thousand doses of the vaccine have been received by Venezuela. | This strengthens the National Immunization Plan that started on February 18 with two vaccines: Sputnik-V from Russia and Vero-Cell from China. | Venezuelan Minister for Health, Carlos Alvarado, was in charge of receiving the shipment that flew directly from Moscow in a CONVIASA airbus. | New batch of Russian vaccines Sputn…

Peter Koenig (2021-04-25). World War III: Depopulation, Nuclear War vs. Biological 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). | *** | Imagine a nuclear blast, as depicted by Stephen Fry, in …

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…

Hudson Institute (2021-04-25). Holding Iran Accountable: The Importance Of Maintaining Sanctions Leverage — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Robert Greenway* | The leverage gained through economic sanctions has once again brought Iranian leadership to the negotiating table in Vienna—but that is not the end of sanctions' utility. This leverage will be essential to secure the longer and stronger1 deal nearly everyone agrees is required to effectively prevent the Islamic Republic from getting a nuclear weapon. In fact, absent these sanctions such a deal is practically impossible to envision. Lifting sanctions before validating the change in behavior that required them in the first place endangers our national security, undermines the legitima…

Richard Silverstein (2021-04-25). Iran-Israel Tensions: The Threat of Nuclear Disaster Looms Large. 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). | *** | Israel had a

Staff (2021-04-25). Putin, Biden may meet in June. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden may meet in June.

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…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-25). Russia: Putin Signs Decrees To Counter Foreign Countries' 'Unfriendly Actions' — OpEd. eurasiareview.com President Vladimir Putin has signed decrees tasking the government define and compile foreign countries, their institutions and offices that will face restrictions and possibly complete ban in operating in the Russian Federation. | Under the same decree, terms of employing and hiring of Russian citizens, especially for diplomatic missions is specified. The decree is on countermeasures to foreign states that have shown "unfriendly actions" and consistently interfere in the domestic affairs of the Russian Federation. The document is posted on the Kremlin website. | Under the document, diplomatic missions, consul…

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Despite Claiming Russia is 'Declining Power', Head of UK's MI6 Still Puts It At Top of His Concerns. sputniknews.com Many western governments, such as the US and the UK, have been accusing Russia of engaging in "malign" activities and scaremongering about possible "Russian aggression" over the past six years. Moscow denies the accusations and underscores that these countries do not bother themselves with substantiating their allegations.

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…

_____ (2021-04-25). Russia, Russia, Ever Failing. strategic-culture.org No one ever asks: Mr Expert, you've been wrong for twenty years, why should anybody take you seriously now? | One of the favourite delusions of the people Scott Ritter calls the "

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Ingenuity Helicopter Develops Record Speed During 3d Flight on Mars – NASA. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Ingenuity helicopter conducted its third test flight on Mars, outperforming earlier demonstrated speed and distances, NASA said on Sunday.

teleSUR (2021-04-24). Venezuela to Produce Insulin Under Russian License. telesurenglish.net According to a press release from Geropharm, the plant will be established at the facilities of the Socialist Company for the Production of Biological Medicines ( Espromed Bio) in Caracas. | RELATED: | Geropharm will provide both capital and technology for the venture, and its experts will train Venezuelan personnel into the manufacturing know-how. | The agreement also includes the supply of insulin "analogs" from Russia. Ve…

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 …

Anonymous669 (2021-04-24). After 30 Casualties, Temporary Truce Reached In Syria's Al-Qamishli (Videos). southfront.org Click to see full-size image. Source: the Hawar News Agency. | Clashes in the northeastern Syrian city of al-Qamishli have finally came to a halt as a result of a temporary ceasefire agreement between the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) and Asayish, the security wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces. | The agreement, which was brokered by the Russian Military Police, was reached on April 23. Initially, the ceasefire was set to end at 10: 00 am local time. However, both sides…

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…

_____ (2021-04-24). Will Canada Be a Bridge of Cooperation Or a Platform for War in the 21st Century. strategic-culture.org Canada could play the role of intermediary and diplomatic bridge both for the benefit of its own citizens and the wellbeing of the world as a whole, Matt Ehret writes. | The arctic remains the world's last frontier of human exploration. It is also a domain of great potential cooperation among great civilizations, or inversely a domain of militarism and confrontation. | In recent years, Russia and China have increasingly harmonized their foreign policies around the Framework unveiled by President Xi Jinping in 2013 dubbed the Belt and Road Initiative. Since its unveiling, this megaproject has grown in leaps and bo…

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.

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.

_____ (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.

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 …

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…

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.

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.

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