2021-09-25: News Headlines

Editor2 (2021-09-25). AUKUS — A Dangerous Military Escalation of the New Cold War. orinocotribune.com By Dr Jenny Clegg and Keith Bennett — Sep 23, 2021 | In this topical and detailed analysis, British based activist and scholar Dr Jenny Clegg explains how the recently announced AUKUS military alliance represents a serious escalation of the New Cold War and constitutes a threat not only to China but to the entire region. Friends of Socialist China co-editor Keith Bennett also contributed to this article. | The new military AUKUS pact between Australia, the United States and Britain, announced last week, is a serious escalation of the new Cold War against China and of the militarisation of the Asia-Pacific re…

Editor2 (2021-09-25). Drop the Illusions: Biden is a Vicious Cold Warrior. orinocotribune.com By Carlos Martinez — Sep 22, 2021 | This original article by Friends of Socialist China co-editor After four years of Trump's unhinged anti-China rhetoric, combined with the intensification of US diplomatic and economic attacks on Chi…

Alan MacLeod (2021-09-25). Havana Syndrome, Directed Energy Weapons, and the New Cold War. globalresearch.ca

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-25). U.S. recruits NATO allies, partners for showdown with Russia in the Arctic. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com As U.S. shifts Arctic strategy to counter Russia, allies offer valuable info The Arctic has received relatively little military attention since the Cold War, but U.S. strategy is shifting toward a renewed focus on the region, reflecting increasing Russian military activity there. Recent Arctic strategies by the Army, Air Force and Navy emphasize ways of …

WSWS (2021-09-25). Australian government speeds up plans for nuclear-powered submarines to confront China. wsws.org These moves indicate that preparations for war, potentially within years, not decades, are intensifying.

ecns.cn (2021-09-25). China vows to continue support for UN nuclear test ban treaty. ecns.cn China will never be an obstacle to a multilateral treaty that bans all nuclear tests, and will continue to make contribution to facilitate its entry into force, a Chinese envoy reiterated Friday to a high-level United Nations conference.

Morteza Ahmadi Al Hashem (2021-09-25). Iran doubts Biden's seriousness in returning to JCPOA. en.mehrnews.com Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that the Islamic Republic of Iran cast doubt seriousness of US President Biden's administration in returning to Iran's nuclear deal, JCPOA.

Anonymous103 (2021-09-25). Putin Is Unlikely To Trust Erdogan Despite Western Pressure Mounting On Turkey. southfront.org Illustrative ImageTurkey now needs Russia as it struggles to juggle multiple geopolitical-military fronts | Written Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that unlike his relationships with George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, which "worked well," he has "not gotten off to a good start" with his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden since his arrival in the White House on January 20. Erdogan also vented that the source of his frustration with Washington was the removal of Turkey from the F-35 fighter project two years ago after purchasing the R…

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-25). UN: Georgia discusses Caucasus with Turkey, Intermarium projects with Poland. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Turkey is an uncompromising advocate of Georgia joining NATO and "liberating" its "occupied territories" of Abkhazia and South Ossetia "from Russia," either of which developments would almost certainly trigger war with Russia — Turkey's strategic partner as the Vladimir Putin regime describes the relationship between the two countries on an almost daily basis. Turkey maintains …

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-25). Top U.S. envoy in Ukraine: "We have made this clear that further aggression from Russia will have costs and consequences" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Further aggression from Russia will have costs and consequences — Kvien The United States will continue to work to hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine, according to U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Kristina Kvien. **** "As Ukraine works towards Euro-Atlantic integration, we must remain clear-eyed about the challenges Ukraine faces, both from within and from …

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-25). Headed to Georgia, Turkey: NATO ships return to Black Sea. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey are full NATO members, Georgia and Ukraine are NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partners. The only littoral state not a NATO member or advanced partner is Russia. Non-recognized Abkhazia also is on the Black Sea. It would be an immediate target in NATO's plans for the "liberation of occupied territories." Moldova is also …

South Front (2021-09-25). Video: US-led Coalition Denies Responsibility for Drone Strikes against Syria. globalresearch.ca

Anonymous669 (2021-09-25). Russian Aerospace Forces Target Militants In Turkish-Occupied Afrin, Step Up Airstrikes On Greater Idlib (Videos, Photos). 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 September 25, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) carried out at least five airstrikes on the Turkish-occupied northern Syrian area of Afrin. | The airstrikes targeted positions of the al-Shamiya Front located near the town of Bosoufane in the southern part of Afrin. Several militants of the Turkish-backed group were reportedly killed or wounded as a result of the airstri…

Anonymous669 (2021-09-25). Syrian Army Enters Former ISIS Stronghold In Western Daraa (Video, Photos). southfront.org Click to see full-size image. | On September 25, several units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) accompanied by a force from the Russian Military Police entered the al-Yarmouk valley in the western countryside of Daraa. | The deployment is a part of a | Under the agreement, the towns of…

sputniknews (2021-09-25). Biden's National Security Adviser May Be Guilty of Perjury Over Clinton Campaign's Russiagate Plot. sputniknews.com Last week, Michael Sussmann, a former attorney in a law firm that represented Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, was indicted for allegedly lying to the FBI in 2016 about the capacity in which he was providing allegations of cyber links between Russia's Alfa Bank and former US President Donald Trump's Trump Organisation.

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-25). Georgia: small nation, but willing to sacrifice sons in NATO wars around the world. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com At one point Georgia was the third-largest troop contributor for the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan (with a total population of only some 3.5 million), with only the U.S. and Britain deploying more. In August of 2008 the Pentagon airlifted all 2,000 Georgian troops in Iraq home to join in the war with Russia …

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-25). FM: Britain, Turkey arming Ukraine for war with Russia with EU, NATO backing. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Kuleba on Zelensky's meetings in New York: Ukraine strengthening partnership with powerful players Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has emphasized the importance of bilateral talks held by President Volodymyr Zelensky in New York with the leaders of Britain and Turkey, as well as with the European Commission president and the NATO secretary general. "An important …

Johanna Ross (2021-09-25). "Vigil": The BBC's Submarine Drama Is the Anti-Russian Propaganda Machine in Action. globalresearch.ca

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-25). U.S. is Ukraine's strategic ally in "countering Russian aggression," to provide $300 million more in military aid. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ukraine, U.S. to strengthen defense cooperation — Kvien "President Zelensky and President Biden met recently at the White House….Both President Biden and President Zelensky are committed to Ukraine's Western orientation and full Euro-Atlantic integration," [U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Kristina] Kvien said. She said that the United States and Ukraine were going to work together using tools …

Anonymous007 (2021-09-25). Military Situation In Syria On September 25, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On September 25, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 26 times: 11 — in Idlib province, 2 — in Latakia province, 2 — in Hama province, 1 — in Aleppo province | On September 25, Russian warplanes attacked positions of Turkish-backed forces in Ain Sheib area | On September 25, Russian warplanes attacked positions of Turkish-backed forces in Duwayr Akrad area | On September 25, artillery of Turkish-ba…

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-25). UN: Georgia calls on "international community" to "liberate occupied territories" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Echoing identical language employed on the eve of the 1999 war against Yugoslavia, the 2008 war against South Ossetia and last year's war against Nagorno-Karabakh. And the current rhetoric used against Russia over Crimea. Perhaps someone will make the connections. Today I appeal to everyone to end the illegal occupation of Georgia's sovereign lands by …

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-25). Sweden forges military bloc against Russia with NATO neighbors Denmark, Norway. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Sweden, like Finland now a NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner, supplied combat troops for NATO's war in Afghanistan and warplanes for NATO's war against Libya. Sweden to deepen military ties with Norway, Denmark, Swedish TV reports Sweden will sign a defence cooperation agreement with Norway and Denmark this week to counter a deteriorating security situation in …

_____ (2021-09-24). Biden's Appeal for Global Diplomacy at UN is Rank Hypocrisy & Travesty. strategic-culture.org U.S. foreign policy under Biden is essentially one of reviving the Cold War that existed with the Soviet Union to the current period against China and Russia. | Wouldn't it be fun if delegates to the United Nations General Assembly had buttons at their seats to gauge audience reaction in real-time to speeches delivered by world leaders from the podium? Dare we say, the address by U.S. President Joe Biden this week would have engendered a lot of digital groaning and guffawing at his rank hypocrisy. | Biden made an unctuous appeal for global diplomacy and for nations "to work together as never before" to solve a h…

_____ (2021-09-24). AUKUS — Catalyst For A Nuclear Arms Race In The Indo-Pacific Region. popularresistance.org The new pact between the Australian, British and US governments is the latest escalation in a new cold war on China, and the developing world. The "enhanced trilateral security partnership called AUKUS"(1) does not name China, but every single serious commentator has interpreted it as being aimed against the People's Republic of China. | Coming exactly one month after the fall of Kabul, the announcement was a blessed relief for both Joe Biden and Boris Johnson. Biden reasserts US pre-eminence, weeks after it was humiliated by a foe without an air force. Johnson resumes the 'Global Britain' adventure, weeks after…

John Rachel (2021-09-24). The Never Ending Cycle of Nuclear Insanity. dissidentvoice.org Amidst all of the sensible and sane cries to eliminate nuclear weapons, we are caught in a self-sustaining, self-reinforcing feedback loop. Call it the Death Spiral of Human Annihilation. Yes, the U.S. throughout its history, despite official denials even among historians who should know better — maybe they do but prefer being manufacturers of myth …

John Laforge (2021-09-24). A Little Radiation Is Not Good For You. counterpunch.org In a rare pushback against the radioactive pollution industry, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission — well known as a rubber stamp for the nuclear lobby — has flatly rejected an attempt to further weaken the agency's radiation exposure regulations. After six years of deliberation, the NRC's three commissioners, two Democrats and one Republican, voted unanimously to reject formal petitions submitted in

Linda Gunter (2021-09-24). The Record-Breaking Failures of Nuclear Power. counterpunch.org The Tennessee Valley Authority could likely rightfully claim a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, but it's not an achievement for which the federally-owned electric utility corporation would welcome notoriety. After taking a whopping 42 years to build and finally bring on line its Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear power reactor in Tennessee, TVA just broke its own record for longest nuclear plant construction time. However, this time, the company failed to deliver a completed nuclear plant.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-09-24). How the CIA Tried to Overthrow New Zealand's Progressive Labor Government by Stoking White Racial Rage Against the Indigenous MƒÅori Population. libya360.wordpress.com Murray Horton David Lange with the 1985 nuclear-free bills. [Source: stuff.co.nz] The effects of this poisonous coup attempt—cooked up at Langley more than 30 years ago—had lingering consequences which exacerbated income equality, stifled economic growth and undercut human rights. [This article is part of our series on the CIA and its dark history.—CAM Editors] Back…

Alex Bainbridge (2021-09-24). Socialist councillor casts sole vote against AUKUS on Cairns Council. greenleft.org.au Alex Bainbridge reports that Socialist Alliance councillor Rob Pyne was the sole voice of opposition against Morrison's nuclear submarine proposal on the Cairns Council.

_____ (2021-09-24). Probe of Secret Vaccine Talks Finds 'Access for All Was Never a Priority'. commondreams.org Donald Trump humiliated the European Union by annulling the Iran nuclear deal, and now Joe Biden has done so by announcing the new AUKUS agreement with Australia and the UK. But as much as Europe's leaders may protest, the EU's subordination to the US reflects a conscious choice that they have made.

Vijay Prashad (2021-09-24). Clear Away the Hype: The U.S. and Australia Signed a Nuclear Arms Deal, Simple as That. counterpunch.org On September 15, 2021, the heads of government of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States announced the formation of AUKUS, "a new enhanced trilateral security partnership" between these three countries. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined U.S. President Joe Biden to "preserve security and stability in the Indo-Pacific," as

Philip Giraldi (2021-09-24). Putin the Poisoner? More Doubts over Attempts to Delegitimize Russia's Leader. globalresearch.ca

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-09-24). France Opens the Sahel-Saharan Front Against Wagner. libya360.wordpress.com Putin..the new African champion LONDON — France is doing everything it can to prevent Russia's Wagner Group from gaining positions of influence in the Sahel-Saharan region. While the new military council in Mali insists on signing an agreement with the group, Paris is pushing the leaders of the countries in the region to show their…

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-24). Erdogan: NATO's two powerhouses must fight war together, Putin must ditch Assad. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com As a mandatory act of solidarity with his strategic partner. As 2 NATO countries, Turkey, US should be in very different position: Turkish president As two NATO countries, Turkey and the US should be in a very different position, the Turkish president said Friday. Speaking to reporters in Istanbul after the Friday prayer, Recep Tayyip …

Staff (2021-09-24). UN human rights chief slams Ukraine over extrajudicial media crackdown after popular outlet taken offline over undisclosed charges. rt.com The United Nations' human rights mission in Ukraine has voiced serious concerns over a decision by top security officials in Kiev to unilaterally restrict access to a number of media outlets deemed critical of the government. | Speaking to journalists at a briefing on Thursday, the head of the team monitoring civil liberties in the Eastern European nation, Matilda Bogner, said that the move to shutter a series of broadcasters and block access to popular news site Strana, as well as a number of Russian publications, is a cause for concern. | Earlier this year, "the National Council for Security and Defense deci…

Anonymous007 (2021-09-24). Zelensky Could "Escape To Russia" Following Oligarch Law Adoption: Ukrainian MP. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The adoption of the law "On Oligarchs" could lead to the flight of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Russia, Oleksiy Honcharenko, a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the European Solidarity party (Petro Poroshenko's faction) claimed. | The politician believes that the bill turns Ukraine "into a monarchy under the leadership of Vladimir the First.""This is a lot of corruption. The NSDC, and in fact — Zelensky himself — will decide who is bad and who is good. And it will s…

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-24). U.S. Senate Minority Leader hails Georgia for standing up to Russia over "occupation" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com US Senator McConnell thanks Georgia for 'courage, firm stand' against Russia US Senate Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell has thanked Georgia for 'courage and firm stand' against Russia at the meeting with the Ambassador of Georgia to the US Davit Bakradze. Ambassador Bakradze has hosted members of the Republican National Lawyers' Association (RNLA) and Senator …

Anonymous007 (2021-09-24). U.S. Congress Votes More Sanctions On Nord Stream 2, Russian Officials Including Prime Minister. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The House of Representatives of the US Congress has adopted a defense budget providing for tougher sanctions against Moscow. | 316 people voted in favor, and 113 against. | In particular, the document includes amendments on expanding restrictions on Russia's sovereign debt, on the possibility of introducing personal sanctions against a whole list of officials, as well as on new measures against Nord Stream 2. | The defense budget of about $780 billion has yet to pass Senate consideration an…

Staff (2021-09-24). Almost 50% of Latin America & Caribbean Receive Vaccines from China & Russia. orinocotribune.com MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — During the ministerial meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism within the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, the Foreign Minister of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard, announced that presently almost 50% of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean received COVID-19 vaccines from China and Russia. | The Alliance for Multilateralism was initiated on April 2, 2019 by the Foreign Ministers of France and Germany. On June 26, 2020, the first meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism was held in order to reinforce the multilateral health architecture and Franco-German declaration f…

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-24). Aliyev: Azerbaijan planned "frozen conflict" war well in advance. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Interview of President Ilham Aliyev to the authoritative Russian magazine "National Defense" Although in a state of frozen conflict, the plan to conduct combat operations for all aspects of life in a war-torn country, of course, has long been developed. Of course, taking into account the new realities, new opportunities of Azerbaijan, including technological opportunities, …

Conn Hallinan (2021-09-24). Looking Back: 50 Years of Foreign Policy. counterpunch.org For over 50 years I have been writing about foreign policy, mostly America's, but those of other nations as well. I think I have a pretty good grasp of countries like Turkey, China, India, Russia and the European Union. I regret that I am less than sure-footed in Africa and Latin America. During this time

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2021-09-24: News Headlines

John Rachel (2021-09-24). The Never Ending Cycle of Nuclear Insanity. dissidentvoice.org Amidst all of the sensible and sane cries to eliminate nuclear weapons, we are caught in a self-sustaining, self-reinforcing feedback loop. Call it the Death Spiral of Human Annihilation. Yes, the U.S. throughout its history, despite official denials even among historians who should know better — maybe they do but prefer being manufacturers of myth …

Linda Gunter (2021-09-24). The Record-Breaking Failures of Nuclear Power. counterpunch.org The Tennessee Valley Authority could likely rightfully claim a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, but it's not an achievement for which the federally-owned electric utility corporation would welcome notoriety. After taking a whopping 42 years to build and finally bring on line its Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear power reactor in Tennessee, TVA just broke its own record for longest nuclear plant construction time. However, this time, the company failed to deliver a completed nuclear plant.

Vijay Prashad (2021-09-24). Clear away the hype: the U.S. and Australia signed a nuclear arms deal, simple as that. mronline.org The AUKUS despite being coined a security partnership, is a nuclear arms deal aimed at increasing pressure against China and should be cause for concern.

John Laforge (2021-09-24). A Little Radiation Is Not Good For You. counterpunch.org In a rare pushback against the radioactive pollution industry, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission — well known as a rubber stamp for the nuclear lobby — has flatly rejected an attempt to further weaken the agency's radiation exposure regulations. After six years of deliberation, the NRC's three commissioners, two Democrats and one Republican, voted unanimously to reject formal petitions submitted in

Alex Bainbridge (2021-09-24). Socialist councillor casts sole vote against AUKUS on Cairns Council. greenleft.org.au Alex Bainbridge reports that Socialist Alliance councillor Rob Pyne was the sole voice of opposition against Morrison's nuclear submarine proposal on the Cairns Council.

Philip Giraldi (2021-09-24). Putin the Poisoner? More Doubts over Attempts to Delegitimize Russia's Leader. globalresearch.ca

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-24). Erdogan: NATO's two powerhouses must fight war together, Putin must ditch Assad. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com As a mandatory act of solidarity with his strategic partner. As 2 NATO countries, Turkey, US should be in very different position: Turkish president As two NATO countries, Turkey and the US should be in a very different position, the Turkish president said Friday. Speaking to reporters in Istanbul after the Friday prayer, Recep Tayyip …

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-24). Aliyev: Azerbaijan planned "frozen conflict" war well in advance. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Interview of President Ilham Aliyev to the authoritative Russian magazine "National Defense" Although in a state of frozen conflict, the plan to conduct combat operations for all aspects of life in a war-torn country, of course, has long been developed. Of course, taking into account the new realities, new opportunities of Azerbaijan, including technological opportunities, …

Conn Hallinan (2021-09-24). Looking Back: 50 Years of Foreign Policy. counterpunch.org For over 50 years I have been writing about foreign policy, mostly America's, but those of other nations as well. I think I have a pretty good grasp of countries like Turkey, China, India, Russia and the European Union. I regret that I am less than sure-footed in Africa and Latin America. During this time

Staff (2021-09-24). UN human rights chief slams Ukraine over extrajudicial media crackdown after popular outlet taken offline over undisclosed charges. rt.com The United Nations' human rights mission in Ukraine has voiced serious concerns over a decision by top security officials in Kiev to unilaterally restrict access to a number of media outlets deemed critical of the government. | Speaking to journalists at a briefing on Thursday, the head of the team monitoring civil liberties in the Eastern European nation, Matilda Bogner, said that the move to shutter a series of broadcasters and block access to popular news site Strana, as well as a number of Russian publications, is a cause for concern. | Earlier this year, "the National Council for Security and Defense deci…

Anonymous007 (2021-09-24). U.S. Congress Votes More Sanctions On Nord Stream 2, Russian Officials Including Prime Minister. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The House of Representatives of the US Congress has adopted a defense budget providing for tougher sanctions against Moscow. | 316 people voted in favor, and 113 against. | In particular, the document includes amendments on expanding restrictions on Russia's sovereign debt, on the possibility of introducing personal sanctions against a whole list of officials, as well as on new measures against Nord Stream 2. | The defense budget of about $780 billion has yet to pass Senate consideration an…

Anonymous007 (2021-09-24). Zelensky Could "Escape To Russia" Following Oligarch Law Adoption: Ukrainian MP. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The adoption of the law "On Oligarchs" could lead to the flight of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Russia, Oleksiy Honcharenko, a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the European Solidarity party (Petro Poroshenko's faction) claimed. | The politician believes that the bill turns Ukraine "into a monarchy under the leadership of Vladimir the First.""This is a lot of corruption. The NSDC, and in fact — Zelensky himself — will decide who is bad and who is good. And it will s…

Koohan Paik-Mander (2021-09-23). Meet the Biden Advisor Who Wants a Cold War with China. counterpunch.org As a longtime Hawaii resident, I have always wondered how the former President of the United States, Grover Cleveland, was so ineffective when it came to foreign policy matters. His efforts to right the wrong of the unauthorized armed invasion and imprisonment of the last sovereign monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Queen Lili ªuokalani, in 1893

Staff (2021-09-23). Are the Motives of War Profiteers Driving Us to the Brink of a New Cold War? truthout.org "The United States will compete, and will compete vigorously, and lead with our values and our strength," President Biden

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-23). Biden: new era of diplomacy, no new Cold War…except when it comes to Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Biden to the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2021: "And as we close this period of relentless war, we're opening a new era of relentless diplomacy….[W]e are not seeking a new Cold War or a world divided into rigid blocs." Though he coupled those vaporous bromides with: "We have reaffirmed our sacred NATO …

ecns.cn (2021-09-23). China expresses grave concern over U.S.-UK-Australia nuclear submarine cooperation. ecns.cn China on Wednesday expressed grave concern over the cooperation between the United States, the UK and Australia on nuclear submarines, stating that it deliberately escalates regional tensions.

Anonymous103 (2021-09-23). Lithuania More Isolated Than Ever After Latvia And Estonia Refuse To Cut Energy From Belarus. southfront.org Illustrative ImageBaltic unity is cracking over Belarussian energy dispute | Written by Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst | Lithuania is unilaterally reducing the capacity of electricity networks at its border with Belarus. Using this dubious method, the country's authorities are trying to block the "unsafe" Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP) from providing energy. However, attempting to achieve this will not only be difficult, but Lithuanian decisionmakers in the capital of Vilnius risk engaging in a prolonged spat with Latvia and Estonia who rely on this energy source."Latvia will no long…

MEE correspondent (2021-09-23). Iranian press review: Where is Hassan Rouhani? middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Where is Hassan Rouhani? | Meanwhile, Iranian officials are cautious of Israel's U-turn over nuclear deal, and more couples divorce to receive government's financial aid | Thu, 09/23/2021 – 12: 30 | A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on 14 July 2021 shows Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attending a cabinet meeting in the capital Tehran (AFP) |

Anonymous103 (2021-09-23). Nuclear Tensions Between Australia And North Korea Are Among AUKUS Side Effects. southfront.org A missile is launched during a long and medium-range ballistic rocket launch drill in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on August 30, 2017. | Agreement paves the way for nuclear proliferation in Asia-Pacific | Written by Lucas Leiroz, research fellow in international law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. | Apparently, the creation of the AUKUS group is the new big topic of debate on the geopolitical scenario. While the main focus is on China, which is undoubtedly the main target of the American initiative, the North Korean issue cannot be neglected. North Kor…

Lawrence Wittner (2021-09-23). The Fate of Cassandra: Dire Predictions Go Unheeded. counterpunch.org In ancient Greek mythology, Cassandra was a priestess who was able to predict the future but unable to convince others to act upon her prophecies. The fate of Cassandra seems particularly relevant today, for there has been ample warning about three developments that threaten continued human existence—preparations for nuclear war, climate change, and disease pandemics—without,

_____ (2021-09-23). Veterans To President Biden: Just Say No To Nuclear War! popularresistance.org To mark the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, September 26, Veterans For Peace is publishing an Open Letter to President Biden: Just Say NO to Nuclear War! The letter calls on President Biden to step back from the brink of nuclear war by declaring and implementing a policy of No First Use and by taking nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert. | VFP also urges President Biden to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to provide global leadership for the total elimination of nuclear weapons. | The full letter will be published on the VFP website and offered to mainstr…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-09-23). Joe Biden, el aprendiz de brujo nuclear. globalizacion.ca El discurso que anunció la creacion de la nueva alianza bélica AUKUS está plagado de ‚Äémentiras. Los submarinos que Estados Unidos venderá a Australia están concebidos ‚Äépara portar armas nucleares. Al negar ese hecho, Australia trata de ocultar que AUKUS…

Vijay Prashad (2021-09-23). US and Australia signed a nuclear arms deal, simple as that. asiatimes.com On September 15, the heads of government of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States announced the formation of AUKUS, "a new enhanced trilateral security partnership" among these three countries. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined US President Joe Biden to "preserve security and stability in the Indo-Pacific," …

Anonymous007 (2021-09-23). France Could "Cozy Up" With Russia Following Nuclear Submarine Debacle: National Interest. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | France could forge closer bonds with Russia in many fields, according to MSM outlet The National Interest is a premier outlet for all sorts of ridiculous and biased stories based, and this one is of little surprise. | France may move towards rapprochement with Russia after the creation of a new defense partnership AUKUS and the termination of a major contract for…

MEE staff (2021-09-23). Iran says UK must repay $550m debt and lift sanctions: Report. middleeasteye.net Iran says UK must repay $550m debt and lift sanctions: Report | In meeting between the countries' foreign ministers, the UK acknowledged the payment but said sanctions make it impossible to pay, according to The Guardian | Thu, 09/23/2021 – 19: 59 | UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss spoke at the UN with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, pressing him to urge Tehran to return to nuclear talks (AFP/File photo)…

Staff (2021-09-23). United States of War: How AUKUS Nuclear Submarine Deal Could Inflame Tension, Provoke War with China. democracynow.org Criticism is growing of AUKUS, a new trilateral military partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States that the countries say is needed to counter China's growing power in the Indo-Pacific region. As part of the agreement, the U.S. has agreed to help Australia build a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, replacing a previous deal Australia had with France. China has denounced the deal, saying the countries are "severely damaging regional peace and stability, intensifying an arms race, and damaging international nuclear non-proliferation efforts." Anthropologist David Vine, who tracks U.S…

sputniknews (2021-09-23). US Sanctions Suffocating Syrian People, International Community Must Act, Foreign Minister Says. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Syrian President Bashar Assad earlier said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that sanctions against the Syrian people are anti-human, anti-state, and illegitimate.

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-23). Erdogan to deliver diktat to Putin over Syria. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com From Turkey's Daily Sabah. Expectations and choices for Erdogan, Putin at Sochi Summit Although all world capitals, especially Ankara, seem to be focused on the issue of Afghanistan, the lack of a political solution in Syria…will be the most critical issue on the table in Sochi. Erdogan will…convey to Putin how important Turkey's military presence …

Pepe Escobar (2021-09-23). Eurasia Takes Shape: How the SCO Just Flipped the World Order. orinocotribune.com By Pepe Escobar — Sep 22, 2021 | As a rudderless West watched on, the 20th anniversary meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was laser-focused on two key deliverables: shaping up Afghanistan and kicking off a full-spectrum Eurasian integration. | The two defining moments of the historic 20th anniversary Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan had to come from the keynote speeches of — who else — the leaders of the Russia-China strategic partnership. | Xi Jinping: "Today we will launch procedures to admit Iran as a full member of the SCO." | Vladimir Putin…

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-23). Turkey deploys thousands more troops to Syria ahead of talks with Russia, Iran. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Putin and Peskov would never hold a minor peccadillo like that against their strategic ally. Turkish military sends more troops to NW Syria ahead of meeting Turkey's military has dispatched thousands of additional troops to opposition-held northwestern Syria ahead of a critical meeting with Russian and Iranian leaders next week, a report said Thursday. …Turkey, …

Staff (2021-09-23). The Boston Group Supports Mexico Talks. orinocotribune.com This Wednesday, September 22, the Boston Group, a group originally made up of Venezuelan and US parliamentarians, made public its support for the negotiation process taking place in Mexico City between the Venezuelan government and the opposition represented in the Unitary Platform, with the facilitation of Norway, and accompanied by the Netherlands and Russia. | In a statement, the group recognized the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and expressed its support for the talks being held in Mexico City. | In this regard, it welcomed the efforts of the governments of Mexico, Norway, Russia, and th…

_____ (2021-09-23). Lessons From 50 Years Covering Foreign Policy. popularresistance.org For over 50 years I have been writing about foreign policy — mostly America's, but those of other nations as well. I think I have a pretty good grasp of places like Turkey, China, India, Russia, and the European Union. I regret that I am less than sure-footed in Africa and Latin America. | During this time I have also learned a fair amount about military matters and various weapons systems, because they cost enormous amounts of money that could be put to much better use than killing and maiming people. But also because it's hard to resist the absurd: the high performance US F-35 fighter jet — at $1.7…

Anonymous765 (2021-09-23). U.S.-Led Coalition Denies Responsibility For Strikes On Syria, Unlike Russia. southfront.org | DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK : | BITCOIN: bc1qv7k70u2zynvem59u88ctdlaw7hc735d8xep9rq : | BITCOIN CASH: qzjv8hrd…

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-23). UN: Zelensky appeals to NATO chief for release of Ukrainians held in "occupied territories" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ukrainian president, NATO secretary general meet in New York Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to facilitate the release of Ukrainians illegally held in the temporarily occupied territories and in Russia. **** "Volodymyr Zelensky asked Jens Stoltenberg to facilitate the release of almost 450 Ukrainians who are illegally in …

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-23). Ukrainian press boasts of 54% support for continued "war with Russia" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Survey: 54% of Ukrainians oppose compromises with CADLR, 43% believe in return of Crimea Almost 81% of Ukrainians consider that the armed conflict with Russia is ongoing in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and 54% are convinced that Ukraine must not make any compromises to stop the conflict. According to the survey, 80.7% of respondents answered …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-09-23). Calls for end of US military intervention in Syria grow louder. peoplesdispatch.org Iran, Iraq and Russia have raised the issue at the ongoing UN General Assembly session, while some representatives in the US Congress have proposed an amendment in the annual defense spending bill. If passed, it will stop all funding for US military operations in Syria…

Anonymous669 (2021-09-23). Russian Warplanes Continue To Hammer Greater Idlib As Tensions Rise With Turkey (Video, Photos). southfront.org FILE PHOTO: Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft before departing for its permanent base in Russia from Khmeimim Air Base in Syria. © Vadim Grishankin / Sputnik | Russian warplanes continue to hammer the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib where Turkey maintains a large force. | Late on September 22, four Russian airstrikes hit the outskirts of the town of Benin in the southern countryside of Idlib. The airstrikes targeted frontline positions of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler of Greate…

Anonymous007 (2021-09-23). Military Situation In Syria On September 23, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On September 23, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 26 times: 11 — in Idlib province, 11 — in Latakia province, 1 — in Hama province, 3 — in Aleppo province | On September 23, a car bomb explosion was reported in the city of Afrin | On September 23, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in Tadel area | On September 22, an Israeli drone reportedly was shot down by SAA air defens…

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-23). NATO chief, Russian FM meet behind closed doors. Russia declines non-existent offer. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Lamb: Forget about it. I'm joining the wolf pack. (Except through the process of ingestion and digestion.) Russia not to join NATO, Sergey Lavrov says during meeting with Jens Stoltenberg Russian Foreign Minister Sergey began his participation in the UN General Assembly session with a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. During the protocol …

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-23). Transdniester caught in pincer between Romania and Ukraine with Russian troops stuck in the middle. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Try to imagine a small fish, Transdniester, swallowed by a large fish, Moldova, which in turn is swallowed by a larger fish Romania, resting in the belly of a whale, NATO. Transnistria leader speaks in favor of maintaining Russian peacekeeping mission The leader of the unrecognized republic of Transnistria, Vadim Krasnoselsky, believes the peacekeeping mission …

Anonymous669 (2021-09-23). More Towns Join Reconciliation Process In Western Daraa (Photos). southfront.org Syrian soldiers in Tel Rifaat city, Illustrative image | More towns in the western countryside of Daraa in southern Syria have reportedly joined the Russian-sponsored reconciliation process. | On September 23, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) entered the town of Dael under a reconciliation agreement that was accepted by the town's local leaders. As usual, a unit of the Russian Military Police accompanied the SAA. | Dozens of gunmen in Dael have already handed over their weapons and joined the reconciliation process as…

Rick Rozoff (2021-09-23). Baltic: multinational NATO warplane drills send message to Russia, Kaliningrad, Belarus. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ramstein Alloy 21-3 Trains Allies and Partners for Missions Above the Baltic Sea On September 21 and 22, the third Ramstein Alloy exercise this year saw Allied and Partner air forces come together to conduct live-fly training in the Baltic States and…airspace over the Baltic Sea. This iteration of the Ramstein Alloy exercise series was …

Anonymous007 (2021-09-23). Russian PMC Wagner Refused To Support Notorious African Dictator. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Equatorial Guinea's authorities have apparently believed all the rumors and reports about Russian mercenaries active in various locations around Africa and has decided it needed some PMCs for itself. | Reportedly, the country's Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mange made a secret visit to Moscow. There, the VP, who is also the President's son, tried to conclude agreements for PMCs' help in ensuring security in the country. It turned out that cooperation would imply the p…

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