2021-05-04: News Headlines

Staff (2021-05-05). Venezuela Begins Clinical Trials of Russian EpiVacCorona Vaccine—Russian Ambassador First to be Vaccinated. orinocotribune.com Venezuela officially began clinical trials of Russian vaccine EpiVacCorona, as the Russian ambassador to Caracas, Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov, became the first volunteer to receive a dose of the COVID-19 immunization drug. | The start of clinical trials was reported by the Executive Vice President, Delcy Rodríguez, who noted that the vaccine simulates small fragments of the virus; this strengthens the immune system of recipients to prevent COVID-19. | "Thus begins the process of applying the vaccine candidate EpiVacCorona to combat COVID-19 in the country," said Rodríguez, "a vaccine developed by Russia that is advan…

sputniknews (2021-05-05). US Actor Steven Seagal Presents Maduro With Samurai Sword During Visit to Venezuela. sputniknews.com American actor, producer and musician Steven Seagal, who received Russian citizenship in 2016 and was subsequently appointed as a Russian special envoy for humanitarian liaison with the US, is also a widely-renowned aikido ace.

Dave DeCamp (2021-05-05). US Visits to Middle East Fuel Speculation Over Iran Deal. news.antiwar.com Although Biden officials are downplaying the progress made by indirect negotiations with Iran aimed at reviving the nuclear deal, a wave of diplomatic activity and US visits to the Middle East is Several US officials

Anonymous007 (2021-05-04). The Values Of Democracy: Latvian Gay Man Dies After Being Burned Alive. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 28th, a 29-year-old Latvian medical assistant died of severe burns in the small, idyllic, historical city of Tukums, Latvia. | 29-year-old Normunds Kindzulis suffered burn wounds over 85 percent of his body after he was found engulfed in flames on his front doorstep. | He was allegedly set ablaze by his neighbors for being homosexual, in the bastion of democracy and human rights that stands against the evil "Russian Empire" alongside the other Baltic states — Latvia.

Anonymous103 (2021-05-04). Two Russian Military Strongholds Established In Armenia On Azerbaijani, Iranian Borders. southfront.org Russian peacekeepers in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Source: Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS | Two new strongholds of the 102nd Russian military base in the Syunik region, bordering on Azerbaijan and Iran, in the south of Armenia. The announcement was made by Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan on May 3."This is an additional security guarantee not only for the Syunik region but for Armenia," Pashinyan was quoted as saying. | "The external security system of Armenia was not changed either before the war…

Medea Benjamin, Marcy Winograd (2021-05-04). Squad & Co: Unite as a block to downsize Biden's military budget. nationofchange.org This is the moment to demand a substantial cut in military spending that defunds new nuclear weapons.

Medea Benjamin (2021-05-04). Squad & Co: Unite as a Block to Downsize Biden's Military Budget. zcomm.org This is the moment to demand a substantial cut in military spending that defunds new nuclear weapons…

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-04). Top-level Turkish civilian-military delegation visits Libya. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Top-level Turkish civilian-military delegation visits LibyaRick Rozoff While the world has been in lockdown because of the Covid epidemic, a new military power has appeared on the world stage: Turkey. One which has shot down Syrian, Russian and Armenian military aircraft and faced no consequences. One which has obtained Russian S-400 anti-aircraft weapons but whose …

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-04). Top-Level Turkish Civilian-Military Delegation Visits Libya. news.antiwar.com While the world has been in lockdown because of the COVID epidemic, a new military power has appeared on the world stage: Turkey. One which has shot down Syrian, Russian and Armenian military aircraft and faced no consequences. One which has obtained Russian S-400 anti-aircraft weapons but whose standing as NATO's second largest and most …

Lawrence Wittner (2021-05-04). The Fateful Choice. zcomm.org Nuclear Arms Race or Nuclear Weapons-Free World…

South Front (2021-05-04). Russian Air Strikes against ISIS Positions in Central Syria. globalresearch.ca At the beginning of May, the time of spring cleaning in …

Stephen Lendman (2021-05-04). JCPOA Nuclear Talks: An Exercise in Futility? globalresearch.ca Reported JCPOA nuclear talks progress in Vienna — between Iran, E3 …

David Cavendish (2021-05-04). Time for U.S. foreign policy to abandon Cold War strategies. peoplesworld.org Passing the 100-day mark of President Joe Biden's administration, one word we hear often is "bold." From the passage of the American Rescue Plan (to fight the coronavirus), to important changes proposed in the American Jobs Plan (on infrastructure), and his American Families Plan (expand paid family and medical leave, pre-school education, free community college, …

Richard Falk, David Krieger (2021-05-04). Biden's Foreign Policy and Nuclear Weapons: a Dialogue. counterpunch.org Ricard Falk: The humane and competently handled responses that the Biden presidency has pursued with respect to the COVID challenge, mitigating economic burdens on the poor, empathy for abuses of persons of color, and moves toward proposing a massive infrastructure program are uplifting changes in policy and leadership of the country, especially welcomed after enduring

Medea Benjamin, Marcy Winograd (2021-05-04). Squad & Co: Unite as a Block to Downsize Biden's Military Budget. dissidentvoice.org Photo credit: ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) Imagine this scenario: A month before the vote on the federal budget, progressives in Congress declared, "We've studied President Biden's proposed $753 billion military budget, an increase of $13 billion from Trump's already inflated budget, and we can't, in good conscience, support this." Now that would …

Staff (2021-05-04). Sixth Shipment of Sputnik V: Venezuela Already has 1.48 Million Doses. orinocotribune.com This Monday, May 3, the sixth shipment of Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Venezuela, unloaded from a plane of national airline Conviasa that landed at Maiquetía Simón Bolívar International Airport, in the state of La Guaira. This sixth shipment contained 50,000 doses, and brings the total of doses in the hands of Venezuela's government to 1.48 million doses, between China's Vero Cell and the Russian Sputnik V. | In addition, the Ministry of Health announced an expansion of the Venezuelan immunization plan that began on February 18 with Sputnik V. | Venezuelan Minister of Health, Carlos Alvarado, pe…

Anonymous349 (2021-05-04). Russian Foreign Ministry's Cosy Fight For Freedom Of Speech. southfront.org ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE | On March 3, the Russian Foreign Ministry released In the statement, the foreign ministry expressed its "concern" over the "politically motivated restrictive activity of Internet platforms that arbitrarily censor [opinions and content] using opaque content moderatio…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-04). Military Situation In Syria On May 4, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 4, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 28 times: 15 — in Idlib province, 11 — in Latakia province, 1 — in Hama province, 1 — in Aleppo province | Syria | On May 3, the SDF carried out a security operation in Hawaiyj area and arrested 7 people | On May 3, a militants was killed and 6 others were wounded, in clashes that broke out between the Turkish-backed forces in the countryside of Al-Bab city…

Staff (2021-05-04). Iran's nuclear deal is crucial for peace in Yemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — The US Democrat Senator Chris Murphy has said during a visit to Jordan, that Iran nuclear deal with world powers is very important for peace in Yemen.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-04). Waiving nuclear-related sanctions in JCPOA nothing new. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — Executive Director of US Arms Control Association, Daryl G. Kimball, believes that it is not something new at this point that the Biden administration is prepared to waive the nuclear-related sanctions identified in the JCPOA.

Staff (2021-05-04). Vienna talks making progress: Ulyanov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — "In real life the talks are making progress", Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna said, criticizing some reports and comments about the lack of progress in the nuclear talks.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Iran, US 'May Be Nearing' Nuclear Deal as Vienna Talks Continue Amid 'Flurry of Diplomatic Contacts'. sputniknews.com Last week, Iranian media outlets claimed Tehran and Washington had reached an agreement in principle on lifting the majority of US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

_____ (2021-05-04). Nuclear Climate Change: Washington Heats Things Up. strategic-culture.org We have been moved yet another step closer to planetary destruction, Brian Cloughley writes. | On April 29 Tom Engelhardt, a respected commentator on world affairs, published a

Dave DeCamp (2021-05-04). US Officials in Middle East to Tamp Down Concern Over Iran Deal. news.antiwar.com With the Biden administration engaged in talks that could revive the Iran nuclear deal, US allies in the Middle East that are against the agreement are concerned. Besides Israel, Arab allies like the UAE and Saudi Arabia are also opposed to a revival of the JCPOA. | To tamp down these concerns

Paul Goble (2021-05-04). Putin Failed To Achieve His Three Goals In Ukraine — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Moscow's open movement of forces toward the Ukrainian border this spring was intended to achieve three goals, but because it was never intended as the beginning of a thrust that would lead to a major war between Russia and the West, Vladimir Putin failed to achieve any of his three goals regarding Ukraine this time around, Jerzy Targalski says. | In 2014, Putin used stealth to advance Russian forces toward and into Ukrainian territory; but this time, the Polish defense analyst says, he flaunted what he was doing in the expectation that such a display of force would be sufficient to achieve his goals. It wasn't…

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-04). NATO summit to discuss Ukraine's membership next month. Nuland accompanies Blinken to Kiev. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO summit to discuss Ukraine's membership next month. Nuland accompanies Blinken to Kiev.Rick Rozoff The president of Ukraine met with the presidents of NATO members Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in the latter's capital, Warsaw, on May 3 to solidify cooperation against their common adversaries: Russia and Belarus. The five heads of state signed a …

Dave DeCamp (2021-05-04). Establishing a Space Guard Is a Top 'Concern' For National Guard Chief. news.antiwar.com It's been about a year and a half since the Trump administrations established the Space Force, and it's clear that the branch is here to stay. Other parts of the US military are also focusing on space, especially as competition with Russia and China is now the Pentagon's priority. | While there is no formal Space Force National Guard,

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Media Retracts Giuliani Claims; Ukrainian Nazis March; Biden Declares Loyalty Day. sputniknews.com Several major outlets are retracting claims that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was warned that he was the target of a Russian influence campaign.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Russiagate Retractions; More Police Killings; Woke CIA. sputniknews.com Major media outlets continue to propagate Russiagate conspiracies. What the press can do to be more skeptical of anonymous sources?

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Brazil Ready to Support Dialogue With Russia on Sputnik V Certification Amid Vaccine Spat. sputniknews.com RIO DE JANEIRO (Sputnik) – The Brazilian foreign and health ministries are willing to continue the conversation about Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V so it can be authorised for use in the country.

Dave DeCamp (2021-05-04). Blinken: US, UK and Allies Must Work Against China's Threat to 'International Rules-Based Order'. news.antiwar.com On Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab ahead of an in-person meeting of the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7). At a joint press conference, Blinken and Raab discussed the need to rally the G7 countries against China and Russia. "We'll talk about threats to the …

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Saudi Aramco Net Income Grew 30% in Q1 Year-on-Year. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco on Tuesday announced gaining $21.7 billion in net income in the first quarter of 2021, a 30 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Explosion in Myanmar's Bago Region Kills at Least 5 People, Reports Say. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – At least five people, including three former police officers and an elected lawmaker, have been killed in a blast in Myanmar's Bago Region, the news portal Myanmar Now reported on Tuesday, citing sources.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Saudi Delegation Meets With Syrian President in Damascus – Reports. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A delegation from Saudi Arabia visited the Syrian capital of Damascus and met with President Bashar Assad, the UK-based Arab newspaper Rai Al-Youm reported on Tuesday, citing senior diplomatic sources in Damascus.

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…

_____ (2021-05-03). Washington's Green Branches in Europe. strategic-culture.org The German Green Party has a chance to join a ruling coalition in September's election, after turning its back on its roots, to root for Washington. | By Diana JOHNSTONE | The core of the American empire is its domination of Europe, directly through NATO and indirectly through a web of treaties, institutions and elite organizations which develop policy consensus and select upcoming leaders in European countries. Pervasive American influence has caused drastically deteriorating relation between Western European countries and Russia. | Russia is a great nation with an important place in European history and culture…

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.

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.

Staff (2021-05-03). Headlines for May 3, 2021. democracynow.org India Breaks New COVID Records Amid Vaccine Shortages; U.S. Restricts Travel from India, Mourners Remember Slain 16-Year-Old Ma'Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio, Colorado Officers Resign After They Attack 73-Year-Old with Dementia, Laugh About Arrest, Biden Administration Releases Documents on Trump's 2017 Drone Order, 4 Families Separated at U.S Border Will Be Reunited, But Thousands Remain Ripped Apart, Traumatized, Biden Admin Cancels Construction of Trump U.S.-Mexico Border Wall, Migrant Boat Capsizes in San Diego, Killing at Least 4 People, North Korea Issues Warning to U.S. After Biden Says Nuclear Program Pre…

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, …

Anonymous103 (2021-05-03). In Video: Militants Shot Down Myanmar Mi-35 Helicopter. southfront.org Illustrative image | On May 3, militants of the "Kachin Independence Army" shot down a Soviet-made Mi-35 helicopter of the Myanmar Air Force in the city of Momauk, Kachin province."They used jet fighters and helicopter gunships since eight this morning to attack our troops. Our troops fired back and this was how the helicopter was shot down," said KIA spokesman Colonel Naw Bu. |

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…

Project Censored (2021-05-03). The Cold War Truth Commission Part 2. 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…

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

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.

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…

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