2020-05-27: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-27). Pakistan's Role in Russia's Greater Eurasian Partnership. globalresearch.ca Connectivity is one of the key trends of the 21st century, which Russia is fully embracing with its Greater Eurasian Partnership (GEP) in order to counteract the chaotic processes unleashed throughout the course of the ongoing systemic transition from unipolarity …

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-27). The US Rubbished Another Arms Control Regime as Part of Its Risky Renegotiating Gamble. globalresearch.ca The US' planned withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty represents yet another rubbishing of the international arms control regimes that helped maintain strategic stability after the end of the Old Cold War, with this dramatic move and the others like …

Nino Pagliccia (2020-05-27). Canada's Seat at the UN Security Council May be Coveted But is Far From a Sure Bet. counterpunch.org Next June the United Nations Assembly will hold elections at its 74th session for five non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council (UNSC) starting on January 1, 2021 for the period 2021—22. The UNSC has 15 members five of which are permanent veto-wielding members: U.S., Great Britain, France, Russia and China. The remaining ten seats are elected

Jonathan Power (2020-05-27). The Attacks on China Must Stop. counterpunch.org The world is supposed to be pulling together to defeat the Coronavirus and to some extent it is. Earlier on Russia sent special equipment to the US and recently the US has sent some to Russia. China has aided Italy and Africa with doctors and equipment. Tiny Cuba, with its deep pool of doctors, has

Raul Diego (2020-05-27). EU Foreign Policy Chief Calls for Rapprochement with Russia and End of "American-led System" mintpressnews.com A recent address by the EU's top diplomat, Josep Borell, hints at a new pro-Asian political order on the continent as Germany gets ready to lead the 27-nation bloc. But, is it just a ploy to check Chinese hegemony?

Terrace (2020-05-27). Update On Kings Bay Plowshare 7 Sentencing. popularresistance.org On Friday, May 22, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the Southern District Federal Court of Georgia in Brunswick assigned new dates for seven defendants, according to the Kings Bay Plowshares' attorney, Bill Quigley. Many of the defendants had asked the court to postpone their May 28th and 29th court dates to accommodate their right to be sentenced in person in open court, witnessed by the public and press and not by video. The seven were convicted of three felonies and one misdemeanor last October for their nonviolent, symbolic disarmament act at the Kings Bay Trident nuclear submarine base. | The defendants had also as…

Finian Cunningham (2020-05-27). From Open Skies to Open Season for Nukes. thealtworld.com Washington is destroying trust and integrity by deliberately creating insecurity in order to achieve its geopolitical objective of controlling China. | Another one bites the dust. In less two years, President Donald Trump has now binned three major arms-control treaties — quite a record for undermining decades of international security architecture. First there was the nuclear accord with Iran (2018), then the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty (2019), and now the Open Skies Treaty. | There is growing concern that the Trump administration will let the last-remaining arms-control treaty fall — th…

Rick Sterling (2020-05-26). Racism and Bias at the Court of Arbitration for Sports. dissidentvoice.org Sun Yang Over the past 5 years, the sports "anti doping movement" has been distorted into a political tool to attack Russia and now China. This article reveals the bias behind the decision to ban Chinese athlete Sun Yang for eight years. For example, the president of the panel tweeted against a "yellow faced Chinese …

Melvin Goodman (2020-05-26). Trump Administration and the Washington Post: Picking Fights Together. counterpunch.org For the past several months, the Trump administration has been picking fights—using cold war rhetoric regarding China and applying a "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran. The editorial writers of the Washington Post for the past few weeks have written a series of pieces that support a hard line against China, and on May 24th…

Peter Koenig (2020-05-26). Facts Vs. Fake. A Worldwide Lockdown of Everything. globalresearch.ca Do you know who coined the curse, "conspiracy theory" or accusation, "you are conspiracy theorist!" — It was nobody less than the CIA in the 1950s, to silence those who saw through the lie of the Cold War against the …

John Laforge (2020-05-26). First US Citizen Convicted for Protests at Nuclear Weapons Base in Germany. counterpunch.org COCHEM, Germany A US Air Force veteran of the US war in Vietnam and two other nuclear weapons protesters were found guilty of trespassing and damage to property in Cochem District Court May 11, 2020, as a result of July 2018 protest action at Germany's Bàºchel Air Force Base, where the United States positions 20

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-05-26). US Prepares to Withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies. globalresearch.ca On Thursday, May 21, American President Donald Trump announced the decision to withdraw the United States from the Treaty on Open Skies, signed with Russia and ratified by 35 other countries in 1992. Trump says the reason for withdrawing from …

Steven Sahiounie (2020-05-26). A Cold War Is Heating Up this Summer. globalresearch.ca The Iranian oil tanker

Aaron Maté (2020-05-25). US threatens nuclear arms race 'into oblivion' as it kills another treaty and mulls bomb tests. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration continues to undermine global arms control and increase the threat of a nuclear weapons race with Russia…

Jon Rainwater (2020-04-23). A Myriad of Ways to Wage Peace During These Times. peaceaction.org As we shelter in our homes to protect ourselves from this global pandemic, we wanted to share some of the many ways you can remain active and impactful in the work for a more peaceful world. Peace Action has long been a leader in organizing international conferences, marches, and rallies around the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty …

Jason Ditz (2020-02-20). Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive. theantimedia.com Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."

Jason Ditz (2020-02-17). DOJ Investigating Former CIA Director's Role in Russiagate. theantimedia.com The Justice Department is investigating the role of John Brennan in the assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Global Research News (2020-05-27). Selected Articles: US-China Relations. Are We Seeing a New Cold War? globalresearch.ca We hope that by publishing diverse view points, submitted by journalists and experts dotted all over the world, the website can serve as a reminder that no matter what narrative we are presented with, things are rarely as cut and …

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-25). Can NASA's 'Artemis Accords' Spark a U.S.-Russia Alliance? strategic-culture.org Amidst the global chaos and confusion unleashed by COVID-19, the need for a new global security and financial architecture is becoming clearer every day. Banks tremble upon the precipice of the The scale of chaos and death threatening humanity via the two-fold crises of economic collapse…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-27). Mail-Order Presidency: Democrats Will Do Anything to Beat Trump in November. strategic-culture.org Just like in 2016 when WikiLeaks revealed that the DNC was feeding Hillary Clinton debate questions, 2020 will be no different with the Democrats employing every dirty trick in the book to oust Donald Trump from office. | Following on the backs of Russiagate, Impeachment, and now mass-media hysteria over Coronavirus, which of course has dealt Trump a major blow with regards to his hopes for reelection in November, is there anyone still not convinced that the Democrat machine is prepared to do absolutely anything to win in November? | Liberals are painfully aware that if Trump wins another four years in office all…

ahtribune (2020-05-26). Why Did Russia Refuse Venezuela's Request but Iran Accepted It? ahtribune.com Iranian tankers were 2200 km from the US coast when the Iranian-flagged "Fortune", followed by "Forest", entered Venezuelan waters, challenging the US embargo and the US's threats. The Islamic Republic was broadcasting loud and clear a strong message. | The first message was dispatched to the US administration after Gulf and Arab Leaders conveyed a direct message to the Iranian leaders: "Washington is determined to stop the Iranian tankers sailing to Venezuela". Iran responded to all messages received that "its five tankers will sail to Venezuela and if any of these tankers is intercepted, Iran will respond in…

RT (2020-05-27). Defeating Trump more important: Tulsi Gabbard drops lawsuit against Hillary Clinton over 'Russian asset' smear. rt.com Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has chosen to let Hillary Clinton get away with calling her an agent of the Kremlin, dropping the defamation lawsuit for the sake of party unity and defeating President Donald Trump. | While Gabbard and her campaign "remain certain of the action's legal merit," the new reality of the Covid-19 pandemic requires them to "focus their time and attention on other priorities, including defeating Donald Trump in 2020, rather than righting the wrongs here," her attorney Dan Terzian wrote in the court filing withdrawing the lawsuit on Wednesday. | It was a far cry from the fiery t…

RT (2020-05-27). Russian president, Saudi crown prince agree to further coordinate oil output cuts — Kremlin. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have agreed in a telephone call on further "close coordination" in restricting oil output, the Kremlin press service said on Wednesday. | They also noted the importance of joint efforts aimed at reaching agreements within the OPEC+ group in April on production curbs, the Kremlin said. | On April 10, the Russian president and the Saudi crown prince discussed issues relating to the OPEC+ talks on reducing oil production, and agreed to maintain bilateral contacts on the issue.

RT (2020-05-27). 'Cancel Culture' reaches Russia: Legacy of Cheburaska author under threat after daughter's accusations of violence & abuse. rt.com "A domestic tyrant." That's how Tatyana Uspenskaya describes her late father Eduard, best known as the creator of Cheburashka. She wants his name removed from a children's literature prize, and the row has Russians enthralled. | It raises questions about how a society should treat a cultural giant, once their legacy has been tarnished by accusations of private transgressions. The story has parallels with Western battles over the music of Michael Jackson, the comedy of Louis CK, and the films of Woody Allen. | In an open letter, Uspenskaya, accuses her father of committing domestic violence throughout his adult…

RT (2020-05-27). Disgraced Russian politician TAKES PUTIN TO COURT over 'unlawful' firing. rt.com The former leader of Russia's Chuvash Republic is suing President Vladimir Putin over his dismissal. Mikhail Ignatyev was fired earlier this year due to "a loss of confidence" following an array of well-publicized scandals. | In January, Ignatyev came under fire after calling for journalists to be "wiped out" if they question the authorities. Later that month, he was caught on camera humiliating a local firefighter. While handing out keys for new fire engines, Ignatyev held a set above the head of an officer, forcing the firefighter to jump to reach them. On January 29, Ignatyev was handed his resignation pape…

RT (2020-05-27). 'Just a dwarf': Ex-German Chancellor Schroeder snubs Ukraine envoy who blasted him over calls for anti-Russian sanctions relief. rt.com Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder brushed off criticism from the Ukrainian ambassador to Berlin, calling him "a dwarf" in his personal podcast. The diplomat had accused him of being a 'lobbyist' for Moscow. | The veteran politician, who is still deemed a talented orator in Germany, launched his own When spea…

RT (2020-05-27). US ends ALL BUT ONE sanctions waivers for Iran nuclear facilities. rt.com The US is giving foreign governments 60 days to wrap up work on Iranian nuclear facilities — 90 days for the civilian reactor in Bushehr — or face Washington's sanctions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced. | Washington has offered waivers for its sanctions against Tehran in connection with several civilian facilities since President Donald Trump unilaterally exited a nuclear deal with Iran in 2018. Now those waivers are being phased out entirely, Pompeo said on Wednesday. | European, Chinese and Russian companies working on nuclear projects in Iran will have two months to wrap up their o…

RT (2020-05-27). Technological leaps, more risk or dawn of private space exploration? How SpaceX's 1st manned mission could change things FOREVER. rt.com Elon Musk's SpaceX will launch its first manned mission into orbit on Wednesday — a feat already being hailed by some as 'historic'. RT has asked veteran cosmonauts what it would mean for the US, Russia, and space exploration. | The company's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying its Crew Dragon capsule, will blast off into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida — the first ever launch conducted by a private spacecraft firm. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are expected to link up with the ISS and spend between one and four months in orbit, depending on how well the equipment performs. | If s…

RT (2020-05-27). Russian capital to see quarantine rules relaxed as govt outlines anti-coronavirus plan until 2021. rt.com Starting next Monday the strict quarantine in Moscow will be lifted as the biggest hotspot of the Covid-19 epidemic in Russia eases restrictions. But many rules are here to stay, at least until the end of the year. | Moscow accounts for roughly half of all Covid-19 cases in Russia, but now the outbreak seems to be subsiding, so more quarantine measures will be lifted starting next week. Mayor Sergey Sobyanin on Wednesday outlined his plan to steer the city further out of the lockdown. | Arguably the most welcome change will be the relaxation of the stay-at-home order, under which Muscovites lived for almost tw…

sputniknews (2020-05-27). Pompeo: US Ending Iran Sanction Waivers, Measure Effective in 60 Days. sputniknews.com Citing "Iran's continued nuclear escalation," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the sanctions waiver for Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action-related projects in Iran will expire in 60 days.

Strategic Culture (2020-02-08). US Deploys 'Mini-Nukes' in Deplorable Threat to World Peace. theantimedia.com These so-called "mini-nukes" represent—despite the diminutive-sounding name—an increased risk of nuclear war.

Tyler Durden (2020-02-08). Iraq and Russia Prepare to Boost Military Ties as US Threatens Sanctions. theantimedia.com Iraq and Russia are preparing for deepening military coordination.

Middle East Eye (2020-02-07). Russia Says Israel Used Civilian Plane as Human Shield During Syria Strikes. theantimedia.com Russia accused Israel of "making a total mockery of the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians."

2020-05-26: News Headlines

John Laforge (2020-05-26). First US Citizen Convicted for Protests at Nuclear Weapons Base in Germany. counterpunch.org COCHEM, Germany A US Air Force veteran of the US war in Vietnam and two other nuclear weapons protesters were found guilty of trespassing and damage to property in Cochem District Court May 11, 2020, as a result of July 2018 protest action at Germany's Bàºchel Air Force Base, where the United States positions 20

WSWS (2020-05-26). Nearly 1,200 workers contract COVID-19 at remote Siberian goldmine. wsws.org About 20 percent of the workforce at the Olimpiada mining and processing plant, which is owned by the 24-year-old son of a Russian oligarch, have contracted coronavirus.

Melvin Goodman (2020-05-26). Trump Administration and the Washington Post: Picking Fights Together. counterpunch.org For the past several months, the Trump administration has been picking fights—using cold war rhetoric regarding China and applying a "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran. The editorial writers of the Washington Post for the past few weeks have written a series of pieces that support a hard line against China, and on May 24th…

Aaron Maté (2020-05-25). US threatens nuclear arms race 'into oblivion' as it kills another treaty and mulls bomb tests. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration continues to undermine global arms control and increase the threat of a nuclear weapons race with Russia…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-05-25). What Next if US Exits From Open Skies Treaty? globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump sudden or unexpected decision to withdraw from the 1992 Open Skies Treaty has posed unprecedented challenges, generated extensive debates among Russian politicians and experts, and equally worried are leaders in Europe and Asia. | Trump administration notified international …

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-05-25). China Derangement Syndrome: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com ~ | Believing cold war is no big deal because nuclear war hasn't happened yet is the same as believing your game of Russian roulette is safe because the gun hasn't gone off yet. | ~ | There's no legitimate reason why nations can't just mind their own affairs and care for their own people. Having to read news every day about our government and its allies scheming to destroy nations which disobey them is severely disordered, and we should oppose it ferociously. | ~ | 1. We are in the middle of a slow-motion third world war between the US power alliance and the remaining nations which have resisted its aggressive at…

Ricardo Vaz (2020-05-25). US Blocks UNSC Draft Resolution Denouncing Paramilitary Incursion into Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The United States rejected a Russia-proposed UN Security Council (UNSC) draft condemning a recent coup attempt in Venezuela. | During a virtual session of the UNSC on Wednesday, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy presented a

Jon Rainwater (2020-04-23). A Myriad of Ways to Wage Peace During These Times. peaceaction.org As we shelter in our homes to protect ourselves from this global pandemic, we wanted to share some of the many ways you can remain active and impactful in the work for a more peaceful world. Peace Action has long been a leader in organizing international conferences, marches, and rallies around the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty …

Jason Ditz (2020-02-20). Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive. theantimedia.com Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."

Jason Ditz (2020-02-17). DOJ Investigating Former CIA Director's Role in Russiagate. theantimedia.com The Justice Department is investigating the role of John Brennan in the assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Strategic Culture (2020-02-08). US Deploys 'Mini-Nukes' in Deplorable Threat to World Peace. theantimedia.com These so-called "mini-nukes" represent—despite the diminutive-sounding name—an increased risk of nuclear war.

Tyler Durden (2020-02-08). Iraq and Russia Prepare to Boost Military Ties as US Threatens Sanctions. theantimedia.com Iraq and Russia are preparing for deepening military coordination.

Middle East Eye (2020-02-07). Russia Says Israel Used Civilian Plane as Human Shield During Syria Strikes. theantimedia.com Russia accused Israel of "making a total mockery of the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians."

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-25). Can NASA's 'Artemis Accords' Spark a U.S.-Russia Alliance? strategic-culture.org Amidst the global chaos and confusion unleashed by COVID-19, the need for a new global security and financial architecture is becoming clearer every day. Banks tremble upon the precipice of the The scale of chaos and death threatening humanity via the two-fold crises of economic collapse…

ahtribune (2020-05-26). Why Did Russia Refuse Venezuela's Request but Iran Accepted It? ahtribune.com Iranian tankers were 2200 km from the US coast when the Iranian-flagged "Fortune", followed by "Forest", entered Venezuelan waters, challenging the US embargo and the US's threats. The Islamic Republic was broadcasting loud and clear a strong message. | The first message was dispatched to the US administration after Gulf and Arab Leaders conveyed a direct message to the Iranian leaders: "Washington is determined to stop the Iranian tankers sailing to Venezuela". Iran responded to all messages received that "its five tankers will sail to Venezuela and if any of these tankers is intercepted, Iran will respond in…

RT (2020-05-26). Kremlin warns intensified shelling in Lugansk may undermine prospects for E. Ukraine settlement. rt.com Intensified shelling on the contact line between Ukraine and the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic may undermine the prospects of a peaceful settlement, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday. | "The Kremlin wants the parties to meet their commitments, first of all, on halting the shelling of territories where civilians live and in general the shelling of territories in the self-proclaimed republics," TASS quoted the spokesman as saying. | "We believe that this is unacceptable and this mainly mars the prospects of creating a predictable situation in peaceful life," Peskov said.

RT (2020-05-26). Crew killed in SECOND Russian military Mi-8 helicopter crash-landing within week. rt.com At least four people have been killed after a Russian Air Force Mi-8 helicopter crash-landed and caught fire near the town of Anadyr in Russia's Far Eastern Chukotka region. | The entire crew was killed in the incident, which occurred during a training flight, the military has confirmed. Local emergency services earlier reported at least four casualties. | –í–µ—Ä—Ç–æ–ª–µ—Ç –ú–∏-8 —Å–æ–≤–µ—Ä—à–∏–ª &ndas…

sputniknews (2020-05-26). President Putin Orders to Hold Victory Day Parade on 24 June. sputniknews.com

sputniknews (2020-05-26). US Reportedly Built at Least Eight Biological Labs to Work With Deadly Pathogens in Ukraine. sputniknews.com Cooperation between the two countries was officially aimed at preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in post-Soviet states, as many of them inherited reserves of biological and chemical weapons.