2021-05-01: News Headlines

Editor2 (2021-05-01). The New Cold War US-Japanese Summit. orinocotribune.com By Joseph Gerson — Apr 27, 2021 | Joseph Gerson comments on the meeting that just took place in Washington between the leaders of the U.S. and Japan. | Amidst the national fixation on the outcome of the trial of George Floyd's murderer and political jockeying over the president's mega infrastructure proposal, the significance of President Joe Biden's first new Cold War summit with a foreign leader was lost to most Americans. In politics, symbolism is often substance, and such was the case when the U.S. and Japanese heads of state convened to demonstrate their common military, economic, diplomatic and scienti…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-01). Escalation In Greater Idlib: Militants Targeted Syrian Troops, Destroyed Tank Near Kafr Nabl. southfront.org Illustrative image | Militants in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib continue to violate the ceasefire in the region, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey last year. | On April 30, militants of the al-Fateh al-Mubeen Operations Room, that's led by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), attacked Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positons near the town of Kafr Nabl in the southern countryside of Idlib. | The militants targeted SAA troops with heavy machine guns. Moreover, a battle tank was struck by…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-01). Russian ¥Flash Bombs' Hit Militants Preparing To Attack Turkish Forces In Northern Syria (Video). southfront.org A Russian Su-24 takes off on a combat mission at Hemeimeem airbase, Syria, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. IMAGE: AP PHOTO/VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) have targeted militants preparing to attack Turkish forces in Syria's northern region, According to the outlet, the VKS quickly took action after receiving information indicating that the militants were about to launch two attacks on Turkish forces in the northern countryside of…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-01). Military Situation In Syria On May 1, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 1, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 36 times: 17 — in Idlib province, 11 — in Latakia province, 6 — in Hama province, 2 — in Hama province | On April 30, clashes between the YPG and Turkish-backed forces were reported west of al-Bab | On April 30, the US forces conducted a military patrol in the vicinity of the Malekiyah | On April 30, the artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled YPG position…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-01). Israel Warns Of War With Iran If Nuclear Deal Result Unsatisfactory. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 29th, Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said that war could begin with Iran, if the results of the US-Iran negotiations on the Nuclear Deal are not satisfactory for Tel Aviv."A bad deal will send the region spiralling into war." | "Anyone seeking short-term benefits should be mindful of the longer-term," he said. "Israel will not allow Iran to attain nuclear arms. Iran has no immunity anywhere. Our plan…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-01). Progress In Vienna Talks: Iran's Top Negotiator Says US Is Ready To Lift Some Sanctions. southfront.org Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran. Image source: Iranian Presidency office/EPA-EFE | The ongoing talks in Vienna between the US and Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, commonly known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), are finally seeing some progress. | On May 1, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbass Araghchi, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, revealed that there is an agreement on lifting US sanctioned off some Iranian individuals and institutions. | After attending…

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Tehran, Washington Reportedly Agree on Lifting of Sanctions Against Iran's Oil, Banking Sectors. sputniknews.com On Thursday, US media reported that the Biden administration was considering a "near wholesale rollback" of Trump-era Iran sanctions related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in a bid to end the months-long standoff over which side makes concessions first to restore the nuclear agreement to full working order.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-01). Agreement on delisting sanctioned individuals, institutions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May. 01 (MNA) — The top Iranian nuclear negotiator said after the 3rd round of Vienna talks on reviving JCPOA that there is an agreement on delisting sanctioned individuals and institutions, adding that the talks are continuing.

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-01). U.S. military intelligence chief: Russia poses existential threat from North to South Pole. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com U.S. military intelligence chief: Russia poses existential threat from North to South PoleRick Rozoff Lieutenant General Scott Berrier, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, presented his agency's annual World Threat Assessment before the Senate Armed Forces Committee on April 29. The transcript of his testimony runs to fifty-seven pages and is broad in its scope …

sputniknews (2021-05-01). 'Road to Yalta': The Grand Finale of WWII Soviet Songs Festival. sputniknews.com The finalists perform songs from the World War II-era USSR, in the languages of their home countries.

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Advanced Weapons Able to 'Destroy US Satellites' Developed by Adversaries, Warns Space Chief. sputniknews.com Previously, the annual threat assessment report of the US Intelligence community released on 13 April cited a diverse array of threats, magnified by rapidly evolving technology, and warned of the broad national security challenges posed by China and Russia.

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-30). I'm Still Here, Though My Country's Gone West. dissidentvoice.org A mass rally with the Free German Youth that marked the founding of the German Democratic Republic in the Soviet Occupation Zone, October 1949. A full generation has elapsed since the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) collapsed in late 1991. Two years earlier, in 1989, the communist states of Eastern Europe dissolved, with the …

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-30). I'm still here, though my country's gone West. mronline.org A full generation has elapsed since the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) collapsed in late 1991. Two years earlier, in 1989, the communist states of Eastern Europe dissolved, with the first salvo fired when Hungary opened its border. | April 30, 2021 | Newswire…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-30). US Ends Visa Services for Most Russians, Reduces Moscow Embassy Staff by 75%. news.antiwar.com On Friday, the US embassy in Moscow As part of the cutbacks, the embassy will no longer process non-immigrant visas for Russians. So any Russian citizens that want to travel to the US that aren't seeking a green card would have to obtain a tourist visa through a third country. | The announcement came after Russia put limits on the amount of staff the US embassy could hire l…

Staff (2021-04-30). Beyond Putin and Navalny: Is there a left alternative for Russia? therealnews.com Alexei Navalny has been celebrated in the West as the democratic savior of Russia, but are things that simple? World-renowned sociologist Boris Kagarlitsky explains what Western media gets wrong about Putin, Navalny, and the political reality on the ground in Russia.

Matthew Stevenson (2021-04-30). Letters From Minsk: The Pripet Marshes. counterpunch.org This is the eighth in a series about train and bicycle rides from Switzerland to Belarus, in those carefree days before pandemic lockdowns. Before leaving the Brest Fortress (on the Belarus-Polish border) I inspected various museums and monuments from the Second World War, when again the fortress was a bastion fought over by Russians and

Anonymous669 (2021-04-30). Central Syria: Russian Airstrikes Killed More Than 50 Terrorists In Past Month. southfront.org File image. | More than 50 terrorists of ISIS had been killed in central Syria over the past month as a result of airstrikes carried out by the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on April 30. | According to the London-based monitoring group, Russian warplanes carried out at least 1,260 airstrikes on ISIS cells in central Syria."SOHR activists documented the death of 59 ISIS members and the injury of 38 others due to over 1,260 Russian airs…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-30). Russian Warplanes Foiled Drone Attack, Hit Targets In Greater Idlib & Northern Aleppo (Photos). southfront.org A ground crew member reports to pilots that their Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet is ready for a combat mission at Hmeymim air base near Latakia, Syria, in this handout photograph released by Russia's Defence Ministry, October 22, 2015. (Photo by Reuters/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation) | The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) have foiled a drone attack and destroyed a number of high-value targets in Greater Idlib and northern Aleppo, the Sputnik news agency reported. | Late on April 29, VKS warplanes shot down si…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-30). Cold War 2.0: U.S. Stops Issuing Visas To Russians. southfront.org Illustrative image | The US Embassy in Moscow announced Friday that it would cut consular services and staff in line with new restrictions imposed by Russia. The last week President Vladimir Putin signed

Joseph Mangano (2021-04-30). Indian Point Reactor Shutdown Ends Nuclear Era For NYC Area. counterpunch.org The permanent shutdown of the Indian Point 3 nuclear reactor on April 30 means that for the first time since 1962, no reactors are operating within 100 miles of New York City. Only one new U.S. plant is under construction, a still-incomplete project of 15 years costing $28 billion. No others are planned, and Indian

teleSUR (2021-04-30). Bolivia Will Produce COVID Vaccines, Including Sputnik V. telesurenglish.net Bolivian Health Minister Health Minister Jeyson Auza says that the Andean nation is interested in producing vaccines against COVID-19, including the Russian Sputnik V, on its territory. "We would be delighted to be able, like Argentina, to produce vaccines in the not too distant future," he said. | RELATED | Argentina will produce Sputnik V and AstraZeneca vaccines. | Auza stressed that negotiations with Russia on t…

teleSUR (2021-04-30). Russia Produces First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccine for Animals. telesurenglish.net Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) announced the production of the first batch of 17,000 doses of "Carnivac-Cov", which are the first COVID-19 vaccines specifically designed for application in animals. | RELATED: | So far, over 20 companies and institutions have expressed interest to negotiate its registration and supply in Germany, Greece, Poland, Austria, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan…

sputniknews (2021-04-30). Albania Approves Use of Russian COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik V. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Albania has approved the use of Sputnik V, a Russian COVID-19 vaccine, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said on Friday, adding that the Balkan country has already received its first shipment.

F. William Engdahl (2021-04-30). US-NATO Geopolitics: Has Washington Lured Erdogan into a Bear Trap? globalresearch.ca After failing to block Turkey's purchase of the advanced S-400 Russian …

Andrew Korybko (2021-04-30). The EU Parliament's Anti-Russian Resolution Is Dangerous. globalresearch.ca Russia is a major world power, and if the EU can …

_____ (2021-04-30). Syria Regime Change Still on Western Agenda — Ex-Ambassador Peter Ford. strategic-culture.org "The Western powers are like dogs with an old bone on the subject of alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. There is no meat on it but they continue to gnaw away," says former British ambassador to Syria in an interview with Finian Cunningham. | The United States, Britain, and other NATO powers failed in their covert military efforts for regime change in Syria, thanks in large part to the principled intervention by Russia to defend its historic Arab ally. However, Peter Ford, the former British ambassador to Syria, contends that regime change is still very much a top priority for Western powers and their crimi…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-30). China Accuses US of 'Cold War Thinking' in Response to Biden's Address. news.antiwar.com On Thursday, Beijing responded to When asked about the speech,

sputniknews (2021-04-30). US General Warns China Nuclear Buildup 'On Track to Exceed Previous Projections'. sputniknews.com China's effort to expand its influence was estimated as one of the largest threats facing the United States, according to a major annual intelligence report released on 13 April, which also foresaw Beijing at least doubling its nuclear stockpile over the next decade.

Staff (2021-04-30). World powers want JCPOA revival before Iran-IAEA deal expiry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 30 (MNA) — World powers are seeking the revival of Iran's nuclear deal, JCPOA, before expiry date of a deal inked between Islamic Republic of Iran and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Staff (2021-04-30). Positive signs seen in Vienna talks, regional coop.: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 30 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that positive signs are seen in Vienna talks on Iran's nuclear program and cooperation in the region.

The Canary (2021-04-30). Climate activists blockade nuclear base with giant plant pots. thecanary.co Climate activists have blockaded the Faslane nuclear base by attaching themselves to giant plant pots. | Members of Extinction Rebellion Scotland and Trident Ploughshares, are staging the blockade at the north gate of the base on the Gare Loch in Argyll and Bute. | The group placed three planters, which contain plants and flowers and are painted with the words "Safe", "Green", and "Future", on the road on Friday morning. | A protester is locked on to each planter so they cannot be moved, preventing access to the base, though emergency vehicles can still access the site via the south gate. | The activists said the…

sputniknews (2021-04-30). Russia Bars Entry to Eight EU Citizens, Including Head of European Parliament. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow has announced that eight citizens of the European Union member states and representatives of official state bodies of the EU, including European Parliament President David Sassoli, are not allowed to enter Russia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

sputniknews (2021-04-30). US Sees Russia's Forces Withdrawal From Ukraine Border as Constructive Step, White House Says. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States considers Russia's withdrawal of troops from the Ukraine border as a constructive step, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Friday.

sputniknews (2021-04-30). US Secretary of State Blinken to Visit Ukraine Next Week – Reports. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Ukraine next week amid concerns over military movements on the country's border with Russia, CBS correspondent Norah O'Donnell reported, citing the top US diplomat.

sputniknews (2021-04-30). Roskomnadzor Demands From Facebook to Restore Access to RT's Redfish. sputniknews.com MOSCOW, April 30 (Sputnik) – Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor on Friday sent a letter to Facebook and demanded to restore access to Redfish, a subsidiary of RT's global multimedia agency Ruptly.

Brasil de Fato (2021-04-30). Brazilian agency's decision to delay authorization is political, says Sputnik V team. peoplesdispatch.org The Russian team also affirmed that Anvisa's position The laboratory put emphasis on technical arguments countering the Brazilian Agency's assessment and rebuffed the possibility of failures in quality control. One of the statements explained that the production of Sputnik V relies on a 4…

sputniknews (2021-04-30). US Expands Probe Into 'Directed-Energy' Attacks to Mainland, Reports Say. sputniknews.com MOSCOW(Sputnik) – US officials are investigating suspected "directed-energy" attacks on government personnel in the country, Politico reported citing unnamed officials familiar with the situation, following a string of alleged incidents abroad.

sputniknews (2021-04-30). US Sanctions Led to Huawei Losing Smartphone Market Share to Rivals, Company Executive Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Chinese tech giant Huawei lost its smartphone market share to key rivals including Apple and Samsung, under pressure from strident US sanctions, a top company executive said on Friday.

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