2021-05-05: News Headlines

teleSUR (2021-05-05). Conviasa Starts Air Route Between Moscow and Caracas. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan state-owned airline Conviasa inaugurated the Caracas-Moscu air route, which will have one direct flight with a fortnightly frequency. | RELATED: | On Monday, the inaugural flight came from Russia and arrived at the Simon Bolivar International Airport, in Maiquetia, La Guaira State. Onboard the Airbus A340 there were 90 tour operators, journalists, influencers, and investors. | "The new air route will contribute to f…

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.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). Video: 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.

Navid Zarrinnal (2021-05-05). The Leaked Zarif Tape: What Western Media Heard and What He Actually Said. mintpressnews.com Western regime change evangelists, mainstream media, radlib analysts, and Persian native informant media all heard the anti-Iran and anti-Russia echoes they wanted to hear in the leaked Zarif tape, but as Navid Zarrinnal asserts, there is more to the story.

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…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-05). Russia Is Prepared To Disconnect From SWIFT Payment System: Foreign Ministry. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Russia is preparing to depart from the international payment system SWIFT, Maria Zakharova, Russia's Defense Ministry spokeswoman said, According to her, disconnecting from SWIFT was "hypothetical" currently, but not at all impossible."The possibility of being disconnected from SWIFT is still considered as hypothetical. Nevertheless, inter-minsistry wo…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-05). Military Situation In Syria On May 5, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 5, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 38 times: 23 — in Idlib province, 10 — in Latakia province, 3 — in Hama province, 2 — in Aleppo province | On May 5, Israel attacked several areas in Lattakia, Tartus and Hama provinces. One civilian reportedly was killed in the missile attacks | On May 4, Russian military police carried out a patrol near the town of Malekiyah | On May 4, the US coalition con…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-05). Syrian Authorities Showcased Weapons, Including Anti-Tank & Anti-Aircraft Missiles, Uncovered In Daraa (Video, Photos). southfront.org Click to see full-size image. | On May 5, Syrian authorities showcased loads of weapons and ammunition which were recently uncovered in the southern governorate of Daraa. | According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, the Syrian military and security forces found the weapons and ammunition during search operations in the eastern countryside of Daraa and in the area of al-Lujat. | The seized weapons and ammunition included: | Seven Soviet or Bulgarian-made Konkurs anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs); | Four Soviet or Bulgarian-m…

Vincent Lofaso (2021-05-05). US Confusion On Iran Jeopardizes JCPOA Talks — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Over the past few weeks, the United States has participated in intense discussions with the Iranians brokered by the Europeans in Vienna, about a way forward for the United States back into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This nuclear agreement was brokered in

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-05). Video: NATO always has been, remains and will continue to be a nuclear alliance. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO video on nuclear weapons NATO has been a nuclear alliance since the U.S. first provided nuclear weapons to the bloc in 1953. It is the only nuclear alliance in history with the U.S., Britain and France as nuclear powers. One billion people are under NATO's nuclear umbrella. "Competitors and potential adversaries" NATO maintains nuclear …

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

sputniknews (2021-05-05). Putin, Erdogan Discuss Joint Production of Sputnik V in Turkey. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed possible production of the coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V at facilities in Turkey with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

Staff (2021-05-05). American or Iranian detainees not part of Vienna talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — In reaction to some reports about the release of American prisoners, Russia's Permanent Representative to the International Organizations said that American or Iranian detainees are not a part of the Vienna talks.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). US Reportedly Set to Join EU Defence Plan for Fast Redeployment of Troops in Europe. sputniknews.com The arrangement is seen as a way to cut delays and red tape at EU borders which so far act as a barrier to foreign troops if they want to redeploy to another part of the bloc — for example, closer to Russia's borders.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). Merkel Says Transatlantic Partners Share No Common Assessment on Nord Stream 2. sputniknews.com BERLIN (Sputnik) – The Russian-led Nord Stream 2 gas project remains an issue lacking a common stance between the European Union and the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

Geopolitical Monitor (2021-05-05). Do We Live In Mearsheimer's World? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Mahammad Mammadov | When Russia annexed Crimea and waged a hybrid war against Ukraine in Donbas in 2014, renowned realist scholar John Mearhseimer

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

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 …

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…

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.

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 …

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, …

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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

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

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 …

teleSUR (2021-05-04). Snowden Criticizes Biden's Double Standard on Press Freedom. telesurenglish.net Former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) analyst Eduard Snowden, a refugee in Russia, said the new U.S. Administration's statements on press freedom would be "more persuasive" if the White House did not "aggressively seek a 175-year sentence" for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. | RELATED: | Snowden's statements came after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, commemorating the day before, that Washington a…

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.

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). 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.

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.

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

_____ (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

teleSUR (2021-05-04). Biden Wants To Meet Putin in Person. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden said that he would like to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin personally during his trip to Europe in June. | RELATED: | "That is my hope and expectation. We're working on it," Biden replied when asked by reporters about a potential encounter with Putin. | ÔøΩÔøΩÔøΩÔøΩ‚ö°ÔøΩÔøΩ&Oc…

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…

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). 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). 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 …

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). 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.

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 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.

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