2021-04-27: News Headlines

MISES (2021-04-28). It's Time To End The Embargo Against Cuba — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Jacob G. Hornberger* | Now that Cuban president Raul Castro has resigned the presidency of Cuba, will the U.S. government lift its six-decades-long economic embargo against Cuba? | Don't count it. Squeezing the life out of the Cuban people as a way to get regime change has become such a normalized way of life for the United States that it is unlikely that this cruel and brutal policy will be ended anytime soon. | Back in the day, the embargo was justified as part of the Cold War against "godless communism" and, specifically, the international communist conspiracy that was supposedly based in Moscow, Russia,…

Eric Walberg (2021-04-28). Solzhenitsyn: Everyone's Pain in the Neck. dissidentvoice.org When you are too close to something, someone, you are not the best analyst. Your feelings get in the way. You reveal more about who you are than who or what you love/hate. But you can see better from afar. That sums up Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who, despite accurately predicting the collapse of the Soviet Union, …

IDN (2021-04-28). Sleepwalking Into Nuclear War? — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Jonathan Power* | Last week on Tuesday (April 20), US Strategic Command, the part of the military responsible for nuclear weaponry and its use, posted an official Tweet that read, "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". | This came just as Russia was pulling back its large deployment of troops on Ukraine's border which, in turn, was triggered in part by President Joseph Biden's decision to ship for the first time sophisticated weapons to Ukraine. | The crisis has now passed but the…

Luis Brito Garcia (2021-04-28). Communications in the Internet Age. orinocotribune.com By Luis Britto García — Apr 24, 2021 | Every technological advance gives rise to a utopian dream and a dystopian nightmare. The invention of the internet around 1990 generated enthusiastic expectations. Its very beginning was utopian. Its creator, Tim Berners-Lee, refused to register the patents that would have made him a billionaire in order to make the internet available to humanity. | A device initially taken over by the military industrial complex as an underground network safe from nuclear attack, it soon became an instrument supposedly available to all for the free exchange of messages and knowledge. I…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-28). US Updates Israel on Iran Policy as Nuclear Talks Continue in Vienna. news.antiwar.com Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat

_____ (2021-04-27). Another Navalny Drama Fizzles Despite Hungry Western Media. strategic-culture.org The indulgence and fawning must have given Navalny a sense of impunity, reinforcing his megalomania and attention-seeking, Finian Cunningham writes. | After three weeks allegedly on a hunger strike, the Western-lionized Russian blogger Alexei Navalny has thrown the towel in. The decisive factor was the Russian authorities refusing to kowtow to a Western orchestrated drama. | Another factor is that Navalny is a conman and stooge of Western intelligence services. To carry out a real hunger strike is perhaps one of the most traumatic, mentally excruciating feats of self-sacrifice. To witness yourself wasting away to…

_____ (2021-04-27). The Mass Media Will Never Regain the Public's Trust. strategic-culture.org By Caitlin JOHNSTONE | marked the first time ever that trust in news media dropped below fifty percent in the United States, continuing a trend of decline that's been ongoing for years. | Mass media punditry is divided on where to assign the blame for the plummet in public opinion of their work, with some blaming it on Russia and others blaming it…

Patrick Cockburn (2021-04-27). Focusing Purely on Injustices in China and Russia with a Cold War Mindset Damages Human Rights Everywhere. counterpunch.org As we enter a second Cold War against China and Russia, there are lessons to be learned from the first, since much the same propaganda mechanisms are once again hard at work. Western governments and media unrelentingly criticise China for the persecution of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province, but there is scarcely a mention of the repression of Kashmiri Muslims in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Diplomatic and media outrage is expressed when Russia and the Syrian government bomb civilians in Idlib in Syria, but the bombing of civilians during the Western-backed, Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen, remains at the bottom…

_____ (2021-04-27). Focusing Purely on Injustices in China and Russia With a Cold War Mindset Damages Human Rights Everywhere. strategic-culture.org By Patrick COCKBURN | During the first The essence of such propaganda is not lies or even exaggeration, but selectivity. To give one example, the focus was kept on very real Soviet oppression in Eastern Europe and away from the savage rule of Wes…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-27). All In Against SouthFront: US Intelligence To Create New Foreign Malign Influence Center. southfront.org Illustrative Image | The US top spy agency is going to establish a new center to combat hostile foreign meddling in U.S. national affairs. The decision was made following multiple assessments that Russia and other US enemies allegedly have sought to sway elections and sow chaos among the American people. | The "Russian dire threat" has been the main duty of US intelligence for years. The US treasure has already been drained on billions of dollars allocated to fight against the mythical Russian information campaig…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-27). U.S. Sends Coast Guard Patrol Ship To Black Sea, As Two Russian Landing Ships Remain. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | A Hamilton-class US Coast Guard patrol boat is heading for the Black Sea, the US 6th Fleet said in a statement."A Hamilton-class US Coast Guard patrol boat has begun sailing north for passage into the Black Sea after working with USS Roosevelt in the Aegean," the US 6th Fleet said on Twitter. | The boat will work with "NATO allies and partners in the region," the report said. | The US Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-27). Military Situation In Syria On April 27, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 27, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 31 times: 19 — in Idlib province, 10 — in Latakia province, 2 — in Hama province | On April 26, clashes between SAA and Turkish-backed forces were reported in the Tadef area | On April 26, the Russian Military Police and the Turkish forces conducted a joint patrol in the vicinity of the city of Ain al-Arab | On April 26, an agreement had been reached for a c…

Juan Cole (2021-04-27). No, Kerry didn't Leak Israeli strikes to Zarif; but Trump did leak Israeli Intel to Russia. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Ted Cruz and other far right demagogues have charged for over half a decade that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was misguided because you can't trust anything Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarid says. Now all of a sudden they are treating an offhand remark by Zarif in a leaked interview …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-27). Anti-imperialists extend solidarity to people of Donbass. peoplesdispatch.org Various anti-imperialist groups across Europe have extended solidarity to the people of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in the region of Donbass as tensions between NATO and EU-backed Ukraine and Russia escalate…

Staff (2021-04-27). Sabotage to have no effect on Iran's nuclear calculations: FP. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 28(MNA) — An American-based periodical 'Foreign Policy' in an editorial wrote that Zionist regime's sabotage on Natanz Nuclear Enrichment Site as well as sanctions imposed by the United States against Iran did not work.

Staff (2021-04-27). Full implementation of JCPOA, interest of all parties: Raab. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 27 (MNA) — British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that full implementation of Iran's nuclear deal, aka JCPOA, is in the interest of all involved parties.

ecns.cn (2021-04-26). IAEA to invite Chinese experts over Fukushima wastewater disposal: FM spokesperson. ecns.cn Experts from China will be invited to be part of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) technical working group pertaining to Japan's disposal of nuclear wastewater, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday…

Staff (2021-04-27). Ukraine expels Russian diplomat. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 27 (MNA) — In a tit-for-tat move on Tuesday, Ukraine expelled the Russian consul general in Odessa.

Staff (2021-04-27). Ulyanov names Iran-Russia-China meeting fruitful. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 27 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov named the meeting of Iranian, Chinese and Russian delegations on JCPOA as fruitful.

_____ (2021-04-27). No Invasions. But the Sparks Continue. strategic-culture.org It has never been Russia's intention to invade Ukraine: this has been clear to the objective analysts of Western professional military institutions. | In 2014-2015, when a major western propaganda drive against Russia was in full swing, there were many studies by U.S. and European military forces and their various professional colleges about the situation in Ukraine, where a A main player in the coup was Victoria Nuland, the then U.S. assistant se…

Eric Walberg (2021-04-27). Ramadan Musings: Solzhenitsyn, Everybody's Pain In The Neck — OpEd. eurasiareview.com When you are too close to something, someone, you are not the best analyst. Your feelings get in the way. You reveal more about who you are than who or what you love/hate. But you can see better from afar. That sums up Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who, despite accurately predicting the collapse of the Soviet Union, and being instrumental in achieving that, was deeply flawed in his understanding of his nemesis, provided really bad advice on how to extricate the huge Eurasian, multinational entity from its many crises, and contributed to the suffering of, in the first place, his beloved Russians. Hardly the most Chri…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-27). US Coast Guard Cutter Enters Black Sea, Stoking Tensions With Russia. news.antiwar.com For the first time since 2008, The Sixth Fleet said the Hamilton made the transit "in support of NATO Allies and partners." The US frequently sends warships into the Black Sea, but this deployment comes at a sensit…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-27). Ankara's Fourth War Front: Turkish Soldiers Killed in New Iraq Offensive. news.antiwar.com While Turkey's president and foreign minister recently pledged support for the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of former Soviet republics-cum-nations, Ankara continues to flagrantly violate those of no fewer than four other countries. Today the nation's leading newspaper, Hàºrriyet, reported that two Turkish soldiers were killed in Iraq in what was routinely termed a cross-border …

sputniknews (2021-04-27). Up to Old Tricks Again? US Patrol Cutter Kicks Off 'Transit Into Black Sea'. sputniknews.com In mid-April, the US cancelled plans to send the missile destroyers USS Roosevelt and USS Donald Cook to the Black Sea reportedly due to concerns that the deployment might "provoke" Moscow.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-26). Putin, Assad discuss supplies of Russian vaccines to Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 26 (MNA) — Russian and Syrian presidents have held a phone conversation to discuss Russian vaccine supplies to Syria and cooperation against COVID-19.

sputniknews (2021-04-26). Over 50% of South Koreans Support Using Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine in Country, Poll Suggests. sputniknews.com SEOUL (Sputnik) – Over 51 percent of South Korean nationals support the use of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 in the country amid reports that the government is studying data on this vaccine, according to a survey published by South Korean pollster Realmeter on Monday.

sputniknews (2021-04-26). Bolivia Vows to Produce COVID Vaccines, Including Russian One. sputniknews.com LA PAZ (Sputnik) – Bolivia is interested in the production of vaccines against COVID-19, including the Russian one, on its territory, Health Minister Jeyson Auza told Sputink.

Arab News (2021-04-26). Tough Decisions For Ministers At Upcoming OPEC+ Meeting — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Cornelia Meyer* | The ministers of OPEC+, an alliance between OPEC members and 10 friendly producer nations led by Russia, will meet this week to look at the global oil markets. | On April 1, the ministers agreed to ease production cuts by 350,000 barrels per day (bpd) during May and June, and 441,000 bpd in July. Saudi Arabia also announced its intention to roll back its voluntary 1 million bpd reductions over the same period. | As has so often happened, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has again delivered a curve ball to plans by world leaders. India showed new infections in the hundreds of thousands, m…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-26). Turkey Signed Contract To Supply Ukrainian Engines For Its ATAK-II Helicopter. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Turkey has signed a contract for supply of Ukrainian engines for Turkish ATAK-II attack helicopters. The signing of the contract was reportedly announced by the General Manager of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil, who called Ukraine a"fraternal country". | ATAK-II is the same class helicopter as U.S.-made Boeing AH-64 Apache and Russia's Mi-28NM Night Hunter. | It will have a maximum take-off weight of 10 tons. It should be equipped with a 30-mm cannon, missile a…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-26). In Video: Russia's New 'Satellite Killer Weapon" Nudol Successfully Test-Launched In Kazakhstan. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 26, Russian military has successfully test-launched a new anti-ballistic missile A-235 PL-19 Nudol. The trial took place at the Sary-Shagan test site in Kazakhstan. | According to Major General Sergei Grabchuk, commander of the anti-missile defence unit of the Aerospace Forces, the anti-ballistic missile accurately hit its target. | A-235 PL-19 Nudol picked up speed of more than three kilometers per second. The defence shield aims to take out incoming enemy missiles at…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-26). Russian Reaction On NATO's Decision To End Its Mission In Afghanistan. southfront.org 100628-N-0475R-287 | MARJAH, Afghanistan (June 28, 2010) Seabees, Marines, Soldiers and members of the Afghan National Army take a tour of an area surrounding a newly completed Mabey-Johnson Bridge project. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ace Rheaume/Released)We bring to your attention a part of the briefing by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, which concerns the NATO's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. This fragment clearly demonstrates the shift in Russian…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-26). Military Situation In Syria On April 26, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 26, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 34 times: 15 — in Idlib province, 14 — in Latakia province, 5 — in Hama province | On April 25, clashes between NDF and YPG were reported in the Tai neighborhood of Qamishli after the ceasefire agreement in the city | On April 25, four SAA soldiers were killed by a car bomb in the west of Aleppo city | On April 25, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-…

Project Censored (2021-04-26). The Cold War Truth Commission. projectcensored.org On March 21st, 2021, an alliance of peace organizations presented the "Cold War Truth Commission," a day of online lectures and discussion about the origins of the Cold War, and the millions of human lives it took, mainly from US invasions and proxy wars. Sponsoring organizations included Witness for Peace Southwest, School of the Americas Watch, Code Pink, KPFK Radio, Project Censored and more. This week's Project Censored Show presents selections from that ten-hour event; next week's show will present additional excerpts. | Notes: | Jim Lafferty is former executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, Los An…

IPS (2021-04-26). US-China Cold War Could Lead To A More Dangerous Nuclear Stand-Off — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Joseph Gerson* | Despite the negotiation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), we are confronted by the increasing dangers of great power war, even nuclear war. | Instead of making necessary investments to ensure public health, reverse climate change and ensure the security of their peoples, trillions of dollars are being wasted to construct new nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, including new hypersonic delivery systems. | The U.S. and Russia are the lead drivers of this race to annihilation, with more than 90% of the world's nuclear weapons. The U.S. is in the process of upg…

teleSUR (2021-04-26). US Attitude Hinders Nuclear Deal Talks in Vienna. telesurenglish.net Iran's Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Said Khatibzade on Monday asserted that if the United States does not demonstrate sufficient political will, his country will abandon talks to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a nuclear deal signed in 2015 by Iran, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, and the United States. | RELATED: | "We have no interest in long or attrition dialogues," Khat…

news.un (2021-04-26). 'Disasters know no borders' says Guterres, 35 years on from Chernobyl nuclear accident. news.un.org In his message for Chernobyl International Remembrance Day on Monday, the UN chief reminded that "disasters know no borders".

Mehr News Agency (2021-04-26). Putin-Biden summit planned for summer: Kremlin. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 26 (MNA) — The summit between Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden is planned for summer but its precise date and location will still have to be agreed, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday.

sputniknews (2021-04-26). Psaki: White House Does Not Have Confirmation on Timing, Details of Biden-Putin Summit. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The White House does not have confirmation on the details or timing of a potential summit between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a press briefing on Monday.

Yanis Iqbal (2021-04-26). The Balance of Forces in Syria. orinocotribune.com By Yanis Iqbal — Apr 24, 2021 | Russia, Iran and Syria have established a mission aimed at securing a safe and stable flow of oil supplies, wheat and some other materials to Syria via the Mediterranean. The mission's work is to secure multi-sided coordination to secure the arrival of oil in the first place, especially after the fuel crisis that is the largest that Syria has witnessed in decades. | After intensive meetings, the three countries approved a mechanism for Russian warships to escort Iranian oil tankers coming to Syria, as soon as they reach the Mediterranean gate of the Suez Canal, and until they…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2021-04-26). The "Russian Threat" globalresearch.ca During 2016 CIA director John Brennan and FBI director James Comey…

Sher Bano* (2021-04-26). Russia And Pakistan To Boost Cooperation In Defense And Counterterrorism — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Despite their long history of troubled relationship that were based on certain dynamics, the bilateral relationship between Russia and Pakistan is seemingly on the path of improvement since the last decade in particular. The relationship has been further solidified through cooperation in the fields of economics, politics, and the military. During the recent visit of Russian Foreign Minister Mr. Sergey Lavrov to Pakistan on In this regard, the most significant outcome of the visit was an em…

_____ (2021-04-26). VIDEO: Russia's 'Reality-Czech' for European Provocation and Hysterics. strategic-culture.org Perhaps the President of the Czech Republic is simply powerless to control his own foreign policy? Watch the video and read more in the

sputniknews (2021-04-26). 14 Russians Targeted in UK's New Anti-Corruption Sanctions. sputniknews.com Earlier in the day, British foreign secretary Dominic Raab outlined updated UK policies pertaining to its fight against illegal schemes around the world.

ecns.cn (2021-04-26). Russia puts U.S. on list of 'unfriendly countries'. ecns.cn Russia has put the U.S. on its list of "unfriendly" states, Russian news agency TASS reported on Monday, quoting Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

_____ (2021-04-26). A Tightening Circle of Replacement Politics. strategic-culture.org It seems that 'the team' wants both to wage 5th generation war and to demand (and expect) cooperation from its 'adversaries', Alastair Crooke writes. | America's foreign policy has become something of a global Rubik's cube — At one moment, the cube is all red; the team seemingly ready to de-escalate tensions with Russia or China; yet the very next moment, the cube rotates to a different facet, with Washington swinging out with slashing sanctions, ruderies and military shows of force. What is so puzzling is that the cube is so aggressively blue one day, yet only the day before, or the day after, it has been…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-26). Czech President Says Russia Might Not Be Responsible for Explosion Its Diplomats Were Expelled Over. news.antiwar.com Over the past week, the Czech Republic has expelled Russian diplomats and encouraged its allies to do the same over Moscow's alleged involvement in a 2014 explosion at a Czech weapons depot. But on Sunday, "We are working with two investigative theories — the first, original one, that th…

Shane Quinn (2021-04-26). 75 Years Ago: Red Army Encircles Berlin. Analysis of Germany's Failed 1942 Offensive. globalresearch.ca First published on April 21, 2020. Three-quarters of a century ago, on 21 April 1945 the Soviet Army had encircled Berlin and was unleashing its final attack upon Nazi Germany. | With the Germans having killed more than 10 million …

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