2021-05-09: News Headlines

Ed Rampell (2021-05-09). You Are There at Stalin's State Funeral. counterpunch.org Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei (aka Sergey) Loznitsa's State Funeral is a remarkable chronicle told in "real time" of how the March 5, 1953 death of Joseph Stalin was observed across the USSR — which, as the title of a 1926 Soviet documentary by Dziga Vertov pointed out, straddled one sixth of the Earth's land surface. Editing

Anonymous007 (2021-05-09). Military Situation In Syria On May 9, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 9, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 53 times: 29 — in Idlib province, 9 — in Latakia province, 9 — in Hama province, 6 — in Aleppo province | On May 9, SDF arrested 4 alleged ISIS individuals in Shaheel town | On May 8, artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled Alqamiya and Shawaragha villages | On May 8, artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled SAA positions in Maarat al-Numan | MORE…

sputniknews (2021-05-09). West Bengal Chief Mamata Banerjee Writes To PM Modi, Urges Him To Waive Taxes on Medical Essentials. sputniknews.com As India battles the second wave of the deadly coronavirus, several countries including Russia, the UK, the US, Australia, Saudi Arabia and others have come forward to help and have been sending oxygen cylinders, concentrators, Covid-related medicines such as Remdesivir and other supplies.

World Nuclear News (2021-05-09). Work Starts On First Disposal Tunnel At Finnish Repository. eurasiareview.com Excavation of the first final disposal tunnel has started at the Onkalo underground used nuclear fuel repository near Olkiluoto, Finnish radioactive waste management company Posiva Oy announced today. The repository – the first in the world for used fuel – is expected to begin operations in the mid-2020s. | Used nuclear fuel will be placed in the bedrock, at a depth of about 450 metres. The disposal system consists of a tightly sealed iron-copper canister, a bentonite buffer enclosing the canister, a tunnel backfilling material made of swellable clay, the seal structures of the tunnels and premises, and the en…

Ivana Lima* (2021-05-09). Nord Stream 2: To Gain Or To Refrain? — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Why Germany Refuses to Bend under Sanctions Pressure: | The chances of the sanctions war around Nord Stream 2 to rage on after the construction of the pipeline is finally over seem to be high. That said, we have to admit, with regret or with joy, that it will be completed, and for the following reasons: | Germany, like any other European country, has set itself the task of abandoning coal and nuclear energy within the next few decades. In reality, however, there is no alternative to coal and nuclear energy. Simultaneously forsaking gasoline and diesel cars, which is something Europe dreams about, will…

Staff (2021-05-09). Risk of Vienna talks to increase after May 21: Ulyanov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 09 (MNA) — Head of Russian delegation chief in nuclear talks in Vienna said that risk of Vienna talks will increase after May 21.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-09). Iran seeking guaranteed lifting of banking sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 09 (MNA) — Abdolnaser Hemmati, Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) says that "Iran has called for the guaranteed and absolute lifting of sanctions against its banking industry during the nuclear talks [underway in Vienna.]"

sputniknews (2021-05-09). Putin Says Followers of Nazi Death Squad Members Continue Attempts to Rewrite History. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his speech at the Victory Parade on Sunday that modern followers of Nazi killing squad members continue attempts to rewrite WWII history.

Staff (2021-05-09). Russia holds World War II victory parade amid tensions with W. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 09 (MNA) — Amid tensions with the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin reviewed Russia's traditional World War Two victory parade which was held in Moscow's Red Square on Sunday.

The Canary (2021-05-09). Prince Michael accused of using royal status to 'sell access' to Vladimir Putin. thecanary.co An undercover investigation has claimed prince Michael Franklin of Kent was willing to use his royal status for personal profit, and to seek favours from Russian president Vladimir Putin. | Royal corruption: | The queen's cousin told undercover reporters posing as investors from South Korea in a virtual meeting that he could be hired for £10,000 a day to make "confidential" representations to Putin's regime. | The revelation was made by Channel 4 Dispatches in collaboration with the Sunday Times, who set up a fake South Korean gold company called House of Haedong and approached five members of the r…

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-09). Syria commemorates Russian victory in World War II, warns of contemporary parallels. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Syria commemorates Russian victory in World War II, warns of contemporary parallelsRick Rozoff The Syrian government news agency reports today on an event at the nation's Damascus Opera House (Dar al-Assad for Culture and Arts) in which Syrian cultural figures and government officials commemorated Russia's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Russian citizens …

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-09). Theoretical Russian aggression: Pentagon leads large-scale airborne exercises in Baltic, Black Seas. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Theoretical Russian aggression: Pentagon leads large-scale airborne exercises in Baltic, Black SeasRick Rozoff U.S. Army Europe is now conducting the annual Swift Response airborne exercise in that part of the world where war games have become nearly a daily occurrence: Eastern Europe from the Baltic to the Black Sea. The 30,000-troop, 27-nation DEFENDER-Europe 21 war …

sputniknews (2021-05-09). US Reportedly Wants to Redeploy Forces From Afghanistan Closer to Russia's Borders. sputniknews.com The US and NATO began their withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 May, with the security situation in the country little better now than it was after the 2001 invasion. US President Joe Biden, in his announcement of the withdrawal in April, called on Russia, China and India to step up and "support Afghanistan" after the US leaves.

sputniknews (2021-05-09). Russia to Mark WWII Victory Anniversary With Nationwide Military Parades on Sunday. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia commemorates the 76th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II as military parades and other celebrations begin across the country.

sputniknews (2021-05-09). US Navy Says It Seized Illicit Shipment of Weapons in North Arabian Sea. sputniknews.com The cargo, found in the Indian Ocean, reportedly contained Russian and Chinese-made "illegal" weapons, and it remains unknown from where the weapons were taken and where they were supposed to be delivered.

sputniknews (2021-05-09). Doctor Who Treated Navalny in Siberia Lost in Forest, Search Ongoing. sputniknews.com OMSK, Russia (Sputnik) – Alexander Murakhovsky, the health minister of Russia's Omsk region and former chief of a hospital that treated opposition figure Alexey Navalny from his alleged poisoning, has disappeared in a local forest, the interior ministry's regional office said on Sunday.

sputniknews (2021-05-09). Victory Day Fireworks Light Up Moscow Skies. sputniknews.com The Victory Day celebrations kicked off in Moscow with a military parade at the Red Square, culminating with a fireworks display.

sputniknews (2021-05-09). Middle East Quartet Calls on Israel to Exercise Restraint Amid Unrest in East Jerusalem. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Middle East Quartet – Russia, the US, the EU and the UN – has expressed concerns over recent violence in East Jerusalem that led to the death of around 300 Palestinians.

sputniknews (2021-05-09). Chinese Media Warns US Would Face 'Absolute Nightmare' in Conflict With China, Russia. sputniknews.com Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently characterized Moscow's relations with Beijing as "the best in their entire history," with the Chinese Foreign Ministry announcing last month that the two countries enjoy a "comprehensive partnership" and would "support each other in matters of protecting state sovereignty."

sputniknews (2021-05-09). Two People Dead in Light Plane Crash in Russia's Tatarstan. sputniknews.com UFA (Sputnik) – A maintenance worker, who was supposed to repair a light-engine plane in Russia's Tatarstan region, hijacked the aircraft and crashed while landing, which resulted in his and the other passenger's deaths, local investigative authorities said on Sunday.

sputniknews (2021-05-09). WWII's Lessons, Combat Robots and Russia's Women Warriors: Highlights From the Moscow Victory Parade. sputniknews.com In Russia and across the former USSR, Sunday marks the 76th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany and its allies in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Parades dedicated to the hallowed day were held across Russia, with Moscow boasting the largest, with thousands of troops, nearly 200 vehicles, and dozens of aircraft taking part.

sputniknews (2021-05-09). 'Ditch the Lot, End Soap Opera': Netizens Mock Idea Prince Michael of Kent 'Sold Access to Kremlin'. sputniknews.com Prince and Princess Michael of Kent are not working members of the British Royal Family. The official Royal Family website describes Queen's first cousin as being "connected to Russia through his maternal grandmother [Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna, the granddaughter of Russia's Alexander II]", and as having "a strong interest in the country".

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-05-09). Russia Becomes Member Of International Organization For Migration — OpEd. eurasiareview.com After several negotiations, Russia finally becomes as a full-fledged member of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). It means that Russia has adopted, as a mandatory condition for obtaining membership, the constitution of the organization. It simply implies that by joining this international organization, it has given the country an additional status. | After the collapse of the Soviet, Russia has been interacting with the IOM since 1992 only as an observer. In the past years, Russia has shown interest in expanding this cooperation. The decision to admit Russia to the organization was approved at…

Eurasia Review (2021-05-09). US Navy Seizes Arms Shipment In North Arabian Sea. eurasiareview.com The US Navy said it seized an illicit arms shipment from a stateless dhow in international waters of the North Arabian Sea on May 6-7, 2021. | The cache of weapons included dozens of advanced Russian-made anti-tank guided missiles, thousands of Chinese Type 56 assault rifles, and hundreds of PKM machine guns, sniper rifles and rocket-propelled grenades launchers, the US Navy said, adding that other weapon components included advanced optical sights. | In a statement, the Navy said that the USS Monterey and its embarked U.S. Coast Guard Advanced Interdiction Team (AIT) discovered the illicit cargo during a rout…

sputniknews (2021-05-09). Claims That Sputnik V Negotiations With Germany 'Dead' Are False, RDIF Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) refuted claims that negotiations on the supply of the Sputnik V vaccine to Germany reached an impasse and slammed such fake reports as part of a disinformation campaign aimed at preventing the Russian drug from entering European markets.

news.un (2021-05-09). Middle East Envoys express deep concern over East Jerusalem violence. news.un.org The Envoys of the Middle East Quartet (from the European Union, Russia, the United States, and the United Nations), have expressed deep concern over confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem, particularly those which began on Friday evening, and continued on Saturday night. The UN Children's Fund noted that several Palestinian children were among those wounded in the clashes.

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-09). VE Day: Ukrainian Officials Imply Conflict With Russia Equivalent to Nazi Invasion. news.antiwar.com On the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of World War Two in Europe (Victory in Europe Day to much of the world), what since the 2014 coup in Ukraine has been celebrated as the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, President Volodymyr Zelensky visited a common gravesite …

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-09). Syria Commemorates Russian Victory in World War II, Warns of Contemporary Parallels. news.antiwar.com The Syrian government news agency reports today on an event at the nation's Damascus Opera House (Dar al-Assad for Culture and Arts) in which Syrian cultural figures and government officials commemorated Russia's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Russian citizens residing in the nation were also in attendance. The ceremony was sponsored by …

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-09). Theoretical Russian Aggression: Pentagon Leads Large-Scale Airborne Exercises in Baltic, Black Seas. news.antiwar.com U.S. Army Europe is now conducting the annual Swift Response airborne exercise in that part of the world where war games have become nearly a daily occurrence: Eastern Europe from the Baltic to the Black Sea. The 30,000-troop, 27-nation DEFENDER-Europe 21 war games are underway currently, taking in the Baltic Sea, the Balkans and the …

sputniknews (2021-05-09). Ghani Condemns Terrorist Attack on Girls' School in Kabul. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday called a bombing of a girls' school in the country's capital Kabul an act of terrorism and a crime against humanity, the deputy interior minister said.

sputniknews (2021-05-09). Three Police Officers Reportedly Injured in Southeast of France. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Two members of the national police and one municipal police officer were injured as they were responding to a call in the town of Frejus in the southeast of France, media reported on Sunday.

sputniknews (2021-05-09). Death Toll From Kabul School Blasts Reportedly Rises to 63. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The death toll from Saturday's blasts near a girls' school in the Afghan capital of Kabul has reached 63, with more than 150 others wounded, media reported.

sputniknews (2021-05-09). China's CZ-5B Heavy-Lift Vehicle Re-entry Expected Over Mediterranean on Sunday. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The spent stage of China's Long March 5B (Chang Zheng 5B, or CZ-5B) rocket that launched the first module for the country's orbital station last month is expected to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere over the Mediterranean on Sunday, according to the latest estimates from the US Air Force.

sputniknews (2021-05-09). Maldivian Police Arrest Third Suspect in Attack on Ex-President Nasheed. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Maldives police said on Sunday that they had arrested a third person in connection with the attack on parliament speaker and former president Mohamed Nasheed.

sputniknews (2021-05-09). South Korea Reportedly Cracks Down on Online Cryptocurrency Phishing Scams. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The South Korean government intends to join hands with the national police to battle the rise of phishing websites linked to cryptocurrencies as prices of virtual money soar, the Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday, citing the ministry of communication technologies.

Anonymous103 (2021-05-08). Leading Yasen-M Nuclear Submarine Entered Service With Russian Navy. southfront.org Yasen-M class nuclear attack submarine Kazan | On May 7th, the nuclear submarine "Kazan" has been taken into service with Russian Navy, according to the information department of the Russian Defense Ministry. "Today in Severodvinsk at the Sevmash enterprise under the leadership of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, a solemn ceremony of admission to the Navy of the fourth generation Kazan nuclear submarine (APC) of the Yasen-M project was held," the department reported. | On May 5, the…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-08). Massive Fire Broke Out Near Key Iranian Nuclear Reactor, Major Oil Export Port (Video). southfront.org Screen grab from one of the fire videos. | Late on May 7, a massive fire broke out in the Iranian city of Bushehr, where a nuclear plant, an oil port and a military naval base are located. | Residents of Bushehr were quick to upload footage of the fire, which spread near the entrance of the city's main port, to social media | According to the Fars News Agency, fifteen firefighters, six trucks and a tanker were mobilized to face the massive fire, which was put down within two hours. No human losses were reported. | T…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-08). Leading Yasen-M Nuclear Submarine Entered Service With Russian Navy. southfront.org Yasen-M class nuclear attack submarine Kazan | On May 7th, the nuclear submarine "Kazan" has been taken into service with Russian Navy, according to the information department of the Russian Defense Ministry. "Today in Severodvinsk at the Sevmash enterprise under the leadership of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, a solemn ceremony of admission to the Navy of the fourth generation Kazan nuclear submarine (APC) of the Yasen-M project was held," the department reported. | On May 5, the success…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-08). Military Situation In Syria On May 8, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 8, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 52 times: 24 — in Idlib province, 17 — in Latakia province, 9 — in Hama province, 2 — in Aleppo province | On May 7, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in the Ariha area | On May 7, Turkish border guards reportedly killed a fisherman near Darkush town | On May 6, US forces carried out a military patrol near the town of Malekiyah | MORE O…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-08). Military Situation In Syria On May 8, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 8, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 52 times: 24 — in Idlib province, 17 — in Latakia province, 9 — in Hama province, 2 — in Aleppo province | On May 7, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in the Ariha area | On May 7, Turkish border guards reportedly killed a fisherman near Darkush town | On May 6, US forces carried out a military patrol near the town of Malekiyah…

Eds. (2021-05-08). The Xinjiang genocide determination as agenda. mronline.org Because of the world's fundamental interconnectedness, the increasingly Cold War-like relations between The West and China have negative consequences for both systems and for the rest of the world. | May 8, 2021…

Noam Chomsky (2021-05-08). United States Withdraws From Afghanistan? Not Really. zcomm.org The U.S. will "withdraw," but will also leave behind its assets to checkmate China and Russia. These geopolitical considerations eclipse any concern for the Afghan people…

_____ (2021-05-08). Iran Says US Has Yet To Offer Enough Sanctions Relief. popularresistance.org The fourth round of talks aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal kicked off in Vienna on Friday. Iran's top negotiator said he believes the US is "serious" about returning to the agreement but that it has not yet offered adequate sanctions relief. | "The information transferred to us from the US side is that they are also serious on returning to the nuclear deal and they have so far declared their readiness to lift a great part of their sanctions," Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi said. | "But this is not adequate from our point of view and therefore the discussions will continue until we get to all our demands,…

Edward Corcoran* (2021-05-08). Re-Engaging Russia — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Russian realignment offers the biggest opportunity to dramatically transform the international situation in the immediate future. A cooperative relationship between Russia and the Industrialized World could be a highly visible example of democratic development, strongly undercutting Chinese promotion of autocracy and minimizing cyber intrusions. It would also significantly reduce requirements for military forces, including a potential for major reductions in nuclear weapons. Diplomatically, collaboration with Russia could help resolve confrontations in Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ukraine, Belarus, Syria and Myanma…

Staff (2021-05-08). EU envoy calls for an immediate revival of JCPOA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — Deputy of European Union Foreign Policy Chief says he feels a definite urgency to conclude the nuclear talks, and he is happy to see that Iran and the United States feel the same way.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-08). 'Onus is on US, not Iran': FM Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has tweeted on the anniversary of the US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal, reminding the new US administration how the crisis over JCPOA started.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-08). Iran may extend cooperation on inspections with IAEA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — The top Iranian negotiator at Vienna talks on reviving the JCPOA says that Tehran may consider extending cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency over inspections of its nuclear sites.

Dave DeCamp (2021-05-08). Iran Says US Is 'Serious' About Reviving Nuclear Deal But Has Yet to Offer Enough Sanctions Relief. news.antiwar.com The fourth round of talks aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal kicked off in Vienna on Friday. "The information transferred to us from the US side is that they are also serious on returning to the nuclear deal and they have so far declared their readiness to lift a great part of their sanctions," Iranian negotiato…

sputniknews (2021-05-08). Russian Space Surveillance Station Records Space Activity Surge in 2021, Defence Ministry Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia's Okno-M facility, part of the Centre for Outer Space Monitoring, recorded 30,000 moving objects since the beginning of the year, which marks an increase in space activity compared to 2020, the Russian Defence Ministry stated on Saturday.

sputniknews (2021-05-08). Victory's Test of Time. sputniknews.com The Russian people have every right to proudly proclaim victory over Nazi Germany and fascism in Europe. Every year, celebrations of Victory Day remain as vibrant as ever. And for good reason.

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