2021-05-03: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2021-05-03). Move underway to rescue East Germany from anti-communist historians. peoplesworld.org A full generation has elapsed since the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) collapsed in late 1991. Two years earlier, in 1989, the socialist countries states of Eastern Europe gave way to a capitalism that forced its way in—the first salvo came when Hungary opened its border with Austria. Three months later, on June 15, …

Anonymous007 (2021-05-03). Military Situation In Syria On May 3, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 3, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 32 times: 14 — in Idlib province, 12 — in Latakia province, 4 — in Hama province, 2 — in Hama province | On May 2, the artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled SDF positions at Arab Hasan Kabir village north of Manbij | On May 2, the artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled YPG positions near Tal Rafaat | On May 2, the Turkish Army sent a new military rei…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-03). ZarifGate: Iranian Supreme Leader Chastises Foreign Minister. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 2nd, Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, issued an apology for comments that he said "annoyed" the country's supreme leader. | Recordings surfaced late last month of Zarif, long the public face of Iranian diplomacy, saying the Revolutionary Guards had far more influence in foreign and nuclear affairs than he did. | Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appeared to chastise Zarif during a televised speech. | Khamenei didn't specifically say Zarif's name, but…

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Venezuelan President Confirms Fifth Shipment of Russian Sputnik V Vaccine Against COVID-19. sputniknews.com MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says his country has received yet another delivery of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Blinken and Raab Hold Q&A Session as Day 1 of G7 Ministerial Meeting Wraps Up. sputniknews.com The foreign ministers of the G7 arrived in London this week for a three-day in-person gathering to discuss a wide range of issues, including COVID-19 and economic recovery, the climate crisis, China, and Russia.

John Feffer (2021-05-03). The Cyber Cold War Is Here. thenation.com The Cyber Cold War Is Here…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-03). Activists in Norway protest proposed docking of nuclear submarines in Tromsà∏. peoplesdispatch.org The Norwegian government has signed strategic agreements with the US to open up and upgrade its air bases and ports to cater to US military exercises and maneuvers…

Staff (2021-05-03). Tehran not to let Vienna talks become protracted. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — An Iranian diplomat says the Iranian negotiation team is in no hurry in the nuclear talks, they perform their mission seriously and tactfully, and at the same time, they won't let the talks become exhausting and lingering.

Staff (2021-05-03). China's new nuclear submarine can hit mainland US. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — China's newly commissioned nuclear-powered submarine is able to hit targets at a distance of 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles), i.e. the mainland US.

Staff (2021-05-03). US not close to returning to JCPOA: Biden to Mossad chief. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — US President Biden told the director of Israeli regime's intelligence service, Yossi Cohen, on Friday that the US has a long way to go in talks with Iran before it agrees a return to full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Iran Remains 'Primary State Challenger' to Washington's Interests in Mideast, US Intel Report Claims. sputniknews.com Tensions between Tehran and Washington have been simmering since America's unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May 2018.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). UK Think Tank Reportedly Claims Iran Meddled in Upcoming Scottish Election, Promoted Separatism. sputniknews.com In the past, the think tank published texts criticising the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and its alleged impact on Tehran's missile programme and purported engagement in malign activities.

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-05-03). Ongoing Russia-France Business Relations Despite EU Sanctions. globalresearch.ca On April 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin held videoconference with leaders …

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Blinken and Raab: US and UK Seek Predictability in Relations With Russia, Want Moscow to 'Behave'. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Joe Biden will convey to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their upcoming meeting that the United States is not seeking to escalate the situation an seeks more stable and predictable relations with Russia, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Monday.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-03). EU summons Russian envoy as tensions escalate. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The European Union summoned Russia's ambassador to the bloc on Monday to condemn Moscow's decision to bar eight officials from entering the country.

Staff (2021-05-03). Russia interested in discussing strategic stability with US. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Russia is ready for a dialogue about strategic stability with the US.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Russia Ready to Discuss Strategic Stability Issues With US. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia is noticing signals from the United States indicating Washington's readiness to discuss issues of strategic stability and is ready for a dialogue, but will press its missile defence concerns, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Sputnik.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). WHO Expects to Complete Safety Assessment of Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine by July. sputniknews.com GENEVA (Sputnik) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday that it expects to give its safety assessment of Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V in late June or in July.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). EU Summons Russian Envoy to Condemn Moscow's Entry Ban on European Officials. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Senior EU officials summoned the Russian ambassador to the bloc, Vladimir Chizhov, on Monday to criticise Moscow's decision to ban eight European citizens from entering the country, in retaliation to similar EU sanctions.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Per Excrementum ad Astra: Study of Human Faeces May Help Prepare For Missions to Mars. sputniknews.com The study in question is the Mars500 project, a joint initiative of China, Russia, and the European Space Agency, which saw volunteers live for 520 days in conditions that are similar to those that astronauts would be subjected to during a trip to the red planet.

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-03). Atlantic Council slanders this site. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Russia-linked alt news sources promote pro-Russian narratives about Ukraine and NATO See above for graphics. Excerpts: Anti-Bellum, a blog by Rick Rozoff, an anti-NATO blogger often republished by Kremlin-owned outlets like Sputnik International and RT, also contributed to the narrative about aggression from Ukraine and NATO toward Russia. On April 4 Rozoff wrote about Ukraine "dragging" the U.S. and NATO into …

sputniknews (2021-05-03). US Secretary of State Arrives in London for G7 Ministerial. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in London to take part in the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers' Meeting.

Anonymous765 (2021-05-03). Damascus And Moscow Prepare For Spring Cleaning In Central Syria. southfront.org | DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK: | Donation alerts: donationalerts.com/r/southfront | Boosty: boosty.to/analysis-inte

_____ (2021-05-02). I'm Still Here, Though My Country's Gone West. popularresistance.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. On 3 March 1989, Hungary's last communist prime minister Miklós Németh asked the USSR's last President Mikhail Gorbachev whether the border to Western Europe could be opened. 'We have a strict regime on our borders', Gorbachev told Németh, 'but we are also becoming more open'. Three months later, on 15 June, Gorbachev told the press in Bonn (West Germany) that the Berlin Wa…

Lawrence Wittner (2021-05-02). The Fateful Choice: Nuclear Arms Race or Nuclear-Free World. zcomm.org The recent announcement by the British government that it plans a 40 percent increase in the number of nuclear weapons it possesses highlights the escalation of the exceptionally dangerous and costly nuclear arms race. After decades of progress in reducing nuclear arsenals through arms control and disarmament agreements, all the nuclear powers are once again

Lawrence Wittner (2021-05-02). The Fateful Choice: Nuclear Arms Race or Nuclear Weapons-Free World. warisacrime.org The recent announcement by the British government that it plans a 40 percent increase in the number of nuclear weapons it possesses highlights the escalation of the exceptionally dangerous and costly nuclear arms race. After decades of progress in reducing nuclear arsenals through arms control and disarmament agreements, all the nuclear powers are once again …

Anonymous669 (2021-05-02). Russian Warplanes Bombed ISIS Terrorists In Central Syria Ahead Of Large-Scale Operation. southfront.org Russian Su-25 attack aircraft take off from the Khmeimim airbase in Syria © Dmitriy Vinogradov / Sputnik | The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) And its allies are preparing to kick off a large-scale operation against ISIS cells in the central region, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on May 2."Preparations are underway to launch a large-scale military operation in the deserts of Raqqa and Hama with support from Russian warplanes," the London-based monitoring group said in a report. | As a part of the ongoing…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-02). In Video: Russian Frigate 'Marshal Shaposhnikov' Failed To Launch Kalibr Cruise Missile. southfront.org Screenshot | The Russian frigate reportedly tried to launch the Kalibr cruise missile, but almost immediately after the launch, the missile went into an uncontrolled flight and crashed next to the ship itself. The incident allegedly took place aboard the Russian guided missile frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov and involved a Kalibr-type cruise missile, an anti-ship and land-attack weapon powered by turbojet engines. The video emerged online in late April. | Previously, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Feder…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-02). Military Situation In Syria On May 2, 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 May 1, Russian and Turkish forces conducted a joint patrol in the Darbasiyah area. | On May 1, Uzbekistan retrieved 93 women and children from the families of the ISIS militants who were present in al-Hol camp. | On May 1, the Turkish-backed forces arr…

_____ (2021-05-02). Ukrainian Ultranationalist Lobby Flaunts Influence Over Biden, Blocks Top Russia Expert's Appointment. strategic-culture.org Demonstrating the power the ultranationalist Ukraine lobby has attained in Biden's Washington, the White House has withdrawn consideration of esteemed Russia specialist Matthew Rojansky. | By Moss ROBESON | Matthew Rojansky is the head of the Kennan Institute, a notable think tank at the US government-funded Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. Despite his well-established expertise on Russia and lengthy record of leadership on the issue, he has been judged "too soft" to work in the Biden White House. | An increasingly influential element within Washington's powerful anti-Russian lob…

_____ (2021-05-02). 'Golden Rule' Peace Boat Sets Sail From Hawaii. popularresistance.org After 21 months in the Hawaiian Islands, the historic anti-nuclear sailboat Golden Rule will depart from Honolulu, Hawai'i for the West Coast of the U.S. The Golden Rule first sailed from California to Hawai'i 63 years ago, in 1958, on her way to interfere with U.S. atmospheric nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands, the site of 67 U.S. nuclear bomb blasts from 1952 to 1958. Under orders from the Atomic Energy Commission, U.S. Coast Guard stopped the boat from leaving Honolulu. The arrest and jailing of the captain and 1958 crew garnered international media attention and increased opposition to nuclear testing a…

Fidel Castro Ruz (2021-05-02). Nuclear War and the Future of Humanity. Conversations with Fidel Castro. globalresearch.ca "In a nuclear war the collateral damage would be the life of humankind. Let us have the courage to proclaim that all nuclear or conventional weapons, everything that is used to make war, must disappear!" "It is about demanding that the world is not led into a nuclear catastrophe, it is to preserve life." (Fidel Castro, 15 October 2010)…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). US State Department Supports Prague's Decision to Remove Rosatom From Nuclear Tender. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US State Secretary Antony Blinken held a phone conversation with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis to discuss Russia's actions in light of its diplomatic row with Prague, the Department of State said on Sunday.

Shabbir H. Kazmi (2021-05-02). Saudis And Israelis Don't Approve Of JCPOA Talks — OpEd. eurasiareview.com According to media reports, with Iran and world powers resumed nuclear talks, Saudi Arabia and Israel also have intensified consultations. Washington and Tel Aviv on the one hand and Washington and the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council on the other hand are having extensive talks. | Both, Israel and Saudi Arabia want to influence any US move to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which they have publicly opposed right from the beginning. | As the Iranian negotiating team head to the Austrian capital of Vienna, a senior Israeli delegation comprising of Mossad Chief Yosef Cohen, Head of Military Intelligence Ta…

Haris Bilal Malik* (2021-05-02). US Intelligence Report On South Asia: Dynamics And Probability Of War And Escalation Between India And Pakistan — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The South Asian region is widely regarded as one of the most volatile regions in the world. This is primarily because of the hostile nature of the relationship between the two arch-rivals India and Pakistan. The regional security dynamics have remained complex given the asymmetric military equation between India and Pakistan. Over the years, both countries have remained involved in various conflicts ranging from full-fledged wars to limited conventional conflicts and even now sub-conventional conflicts. Likewise, the overt nuclearization of South Asia in 1998 has since then emerged as the most crucial dynamic…

Jason Ditz (2021-05-02). Biden Tells Mossad US Not Close to Iran Deal. news.antiwar.com While Israel's delegation came to the US being warned by the Biden Administration that they aren't going to allow Israel to dictate the Iran nuclear talks, President Biden certainly seems to be continuing to give the Israelis the impression that this is their process. | Israeli officials say Biden told the director of Mossad that the Perhap…

Jason Ditz (2021-05-02). Biden Tells Mossad US Not Close to Iran Deal. news.antiwar.com While Israel's delegation came to the US having been warned by the Biden Administration that it won't allow Israel to dictate the Iran nuclear talks, President Biden certainly seems to be continuing to give the Israelis the impression that this is their prerogative. | Israeli officials say Biden told the director of Mossad that the Perh…

Paul Goble (2021-05-02). Banned Navalny Movement Now Goes Underground With Uncertain Consequences — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The Putin regime has banned the Navalny staffs, the public face of the opposition leader's efforts to promote public policy in Russia. Now, at least some of his supporters will continue to function underground, something with uncertrain consequences for the future of the movement and of Russia as a whole. | No one in the Putin regime or among opposition circles believes that the suppression of the Navalny staff will lower the level of anger in the population or the propensity of the Russian people to take part in demonstrations in the future, but the two groups view the future very, very differently. | Those w…

Fight Back (2021-05-02). Lenin on May Day. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following 1904 article by the great Russian revolutionary VI Lenin. | Comrade workers! May Day is coming, the day when the workers of all lands celebrate Their awakening to a class- conscious life, their solidarity in the struggle against all coercion and oppression of man by man, the struggle to free the toiling millions from hunger, poverty, and humiliation. Two worlds stand facing each other in this great struggle: the world of capital and the world of labour, the world of exploitation and slavery and the world of brotherhood and freedom. | On one side stand the hand…

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-02). US Military Intelligence Chief: Russia Poses Existential Threat From North to South Pole. news.antiwar.com 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 and often detailed in its descriptions, so what follows is a précis and one …

sputniknews (2021-05-02). Israeli Soldiers Shoot at Knife-Wielding Woman – Video. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A woman was shot after she tried to stab Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers at the Gush Etzion Junction in the south of Bethlehem, the IDF said on Sunday.

sputniknews (2021-05-02). Kim's Sister Warns South Korea of Consequences Over Propaganda Leaflets Against North. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The North Korean leader's sister, Kim Yo-jong, has warned South Korea that their recent failure to stop North Korean defectors from spreading anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets will have consequences.

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