2021-08-21: News Headlines

Anonymous103 (2021-08-21). Soft Power Just Shifted Massively From West To East. southfront.org U.S. soldiers at Kabul airport. Illustrative image | Written by Don Hank | If you look back to the US's first involvement before the start of the Afghan war in 2001, a case can be made that Biden's decision to pull US troops out of the country was planned as part of the ongoing US attempt to weaken Russia. After all, the Democrats have been accusing Putin of meddling in the 2016 election and they seem to have fallen for their own proofless narrative. | Bringing down (Soviet) Russia was the goal when the CI…

Anonymous669 (2021-08-21). Syria's Air Defenses Intercepted 22 Missiles During Recent Israeli Attack: Russian MoD. southfront.org Illustrative image. | The Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) shot down 22 missiles fired by Israel during the recent "The Syrian air defense on duty destroyed 22 missiles from the Russian-made Buk-M2E and Pantsir-S systems," Kulit said. | The Israeli strikes, which were launched from Lebano…

Anonymous669 (2021-08-21). New Wave Of Russian Airstrikes Hit Greater Idlib (Photos, 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 | On August 21, a new wave of Russian airstrikes hit the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, where many terrorist groups are present. | The airstrikes destroyed a compound located near the town of Hmeimat in al-Ghab Plains in the northwestern countryside of Hama. The region is an infamous stronghold of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler of Greater…

H. Patricia Hynes (2021-08-21). The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Near-Meltdown is a Lasting Tragedy. zcomm.org Decades of research have shown that there is no safe level of radiation, according to the National Academy of Sciences. Any exposure to radiation increases an individual's risk of developing cancer…

Staff (2021-08-21). Ukraine shuts down leading independent news site Strana as part of new crackdown on journalists, judges & opposition politicians. rt.com One of Ukraine's most prominent news outlets has been taken offline after the country's National Security and Defense Council marked it out as a threat, thus adding the title to the growing list of banned opposition media groups. |

Paul Antonopoulos (2021-08-21). Data Contradicts Ukrainian Claims that Russia Is Cheating Europe Out of Paid for Gas. globalresearch.ca

Staff (2021-08-21). Russia's talks with Taliban are latest proof Moscow's foreign policy is non-ideological. The West could learn a lesson from that. rt.com Both Russia and China are pursuing a strategy of engaging with the Taliban. While some politicians and commentators insist this is a global threat, the reality is that constructive talks are now more likely to bring stability. | Winston Churchill famously defined Russia as "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." Its unique history and geography have obviously produced a distinctive political culture, but Western efforts to mystify Russia also have the effect of drawing a dividing line between the rational and predictable 'us' versus the irrational and unpredictable 'other' — Moscow. | As a res…

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-21). NATO's No. 2 joins initiative to drive Russia, Black Sea Fleet from Crimea. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO Dpty Secretary General Mircea Joana to visit Crimean platform, 30th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Joana is coming to Ukraine to participate in the Crimean Platform and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence. The corresponding announcement was distributed on Saturday in Brussels by the NATO headquarters. **** "On August …

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-21). Georgia, Ukraine: NATO's two-front proxy conflict with Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Georgian PM in Ukraine: defence, security, economic issues on top of agenda Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has already arrived in Ukraine, where he was welcomed by his Ukrainian counterpart Denys Shmyhal, ambassadors of both countries and Ukrainian officials in Lviv. [Georgian Ambassador to Ukraine Teimuraz Sharashenidze] said that the leaders of 44 foreign countries, …

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-21). Crimea: can humanitarian bombing be far behind? antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Evidently the term indigenous is employed to differentiate all other ethnic groups from Russian speakers. They are then implicitly invaders according to the calculus. Note the glaring geographical disparities between eastern and western Ukraine. That discrepancy will be used to prove that ethnic Russians are "genocidal Islamophobic racists." The bombs and cruise missiles come next. …

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-21). Poland: Russia lying about NATO and U.S. military presence. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Russian spokeswoman 'promoting lies' about Poland, NATO, West: Polish official Stanis≈Çaw ≈ªaryn was speaking after the Russian spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, a day earlier expressed Moscow's concern that the United States "plans for increasing its military presence in Poland," Poland's PAP news agency reported. In an interview with PAP, ≈ªaryn was quoted as saying on Friday …

Edward C. Corrigan (2021-08-20). The United States Does Not Learn from its Past Mistakes. dissidentvoice.org It is said that Afghanistan is the grave yard of Empires. Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, the Empire of Great Britain, the Soviet Union and now the American Empire and its NATO allies have all suffered defeat at the hands of the fiercely independent Afghans. As the World watches in disbelief, the American-backed government in …

Anonymous669 (2021-08-20). In Video: Al-Quds Brigade Fighters Uncover, Destroy ISIS Hideouts In Central Syria. southfront.org File image. | On August 20, the al-Quds Brigade, a Palestinian faction that has been supporting the Damascus government since its formation in 2013, shared a video documenting one of its recent combing operations in central Syria. | The video shows al-Quds Brigade fighters uncovering and destroying several hideouts of ISIS cells in an unspecified part of the central region. Several vehicles of the terrorist group were also destroyed. | The al-Quds Brigade, which is reportedly backed by Russia, has been operating ag…

Anonymous669 (2021-08-20). Intense Russian Airstrikes Hit Greater Idlib As Syrian Army Places Troops On High Alert (Videos, Photos). southfront.org 2712070 10/04/2015 Russian servicemen attach a Kh-25 high-precision missile to a Su-24 aircraft at the Khmeimim airbase in Syria. Dmitriy Vinogradov/RIA Novosti | On August 19, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out intense airstrikes on the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, where several terrorist groups are active. | The airstrikes targeted the outskirts of the town of Ein Shib in the western Idlib countryside as well as the outskirts of town of Qurqnia in the northern countrysi…

Lawrence Wittner, Joseph Mangano (2021-08-20). Children's Teeth, Collected Decades Ago, Can Show the Damage of Nuclear Testing. dissidentvoice.org Nuclear Weapon Test, Bikini Atoll, 1954 In 2020, Harvard University's T. C. Chan School of Public Health began a five-year study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, that will examine the connection between early life exposure to toxic metals and later-life risk of neurological disease. A collaborator with Harvard, the Radiation and Public Health …

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-20). Zelensky: Ukraine's NATO membership would back down nuclear Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Zelensky: Being NATO nation would offer Ukraine protection from fresh Russian offensive President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that NATO membership would offer Ukraine protection from a fresh Russian offensive, The Washington Post reports, citing an interview with the head of state. **** According to the President, the ambiguity over Ukraine's NATO admittance is "a …

Robert Fantina (2021-08-20). Diplomatic Blackmail: Biden, Iran and the Nuclear Agreement. counterpunch.org Hardly a day passes that this writer doesn't see some news article about how the government of Iran is violating the JCPOA; how U.S. officials say that 'time is running out', and how Iran is generally being demonized by the U.S. It is time, once again, for us all to take a deep breath, step

Lawrence S. Wittner, Joseph Mangano (2021-08-20). Baby Teeth Collected Six Decades Ago Will Reveal the Damage to Americans' Health Caused by U.S. Nuclear Weapons Tests. counterpunch.org In 2020, Harvard University's T. C. Chan School of Public Health began a five-year study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, that will examine the connection between early life exposure to toxic metals and later-life risk of neurological disease. A collaborator with Harvard, the Radiation and Public Health Project, will analyze the relationship of

_____ (2021-08-20). Amid Pandemic-Driven Liquid Oxygen Shortage, Orlando Asks Residents to Slash Water Use or Face Boil Alert. commondreams.org Tens years on, the United States, the largest owner of nuclear power plants, still promotes nuclear power as "safe and clean energy."

teleSUR (2021-08-20). Germany Is a "Priority Partner," Putin Says. telesurenglish.net Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Germany is one of the "priority partners in politics and the economy," as he met with Chancellor Angela Merkel. | RELATED: | "I would like to note that despite the coronavirus pandemic, which remains a major hindrance to restoring our business contacts in full, mutual trade has begun to expand," Putin said. | ÔøΩÔøΩÔøΩ&Oc…

Anonymous103 (2021-08-20). Zelensky To Likely Renew Multimillion Dollar Business Ties With Russia After His Presidency. southfront.org Click to see full-size imagePresident Zelensky wants Ukrainians to "do what I say and not as I do". | Written by Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst | Russophobia and Far Right nationalism have defined and dominated Ukrainian politics, especially since the 2014 Coup in Kiev, or more popularly known as the Maidan Revolution. Following the Maidan Revolution and the resulting removal of President Viktor Yanukovych from office, Petro Poroshenko ascended to the presidency. Poroshenko…

Anonymous103 (2021-08-20). Donbass In Deadlock As Ukrainian President Makes Indecent Remarks About Russians. southfront.org Illustrative Image Written by Uriel Araujo, researcher with a focus on international and ethnic conflicts. | The situation in Donbass seems to have become a deadlock; Ukrainian authorities in Kiev keep hampering peace negotiations and hostilities go on — for example, last week the Ukrainian military moved at least nine airborne infantry fight vehicles to the disengagement line in…

Paul Antonopoulos (2021-08-20). Ukraine: Will Zelensky Renew Multimillion Dollar Business Ties with Russia after His Presidency? globalresearch.ca

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