Daily Archives: July 15, 2020

2020-07-15: News Headlines

Germán Gorraiz López (2020-07-15). Is U.S. Military Action against Venezuela Contemplated? Trump Wants to Extradite Maduro. globalresearch.ca The Sino-Venezuelan agreement by which the Chinese state petrochemical company Sinopec will invest 14,000 million dollars to achieve daily oil production of 200,000 barrels per day of crude in the Orinoco Oil Belt, (considered the most abundant oil field in …

_____ (2020-07-15). Trump Tells Florida Crowd 'Something Will Happen In Venezuela' Soon. popularresistance.org On a trip to COVID-19 riddled Florida this weekend, President Donald Trump not-so-cryptically revealed that he had something big planned for Venezuela during a meeting with leaders of the U.S. military's Southern Command. "Something will happen with Venezuela. That's all I can tell you," he said, before adding that Washington would be "very much involved" in what he was referencing. Biden has also taken a hard line on Venezuela and is attempting to out-hawk Trump on the issue. "It's time for free and fair elections so that the Venezuelan people can turn the page on the corrupt and repressive Maduro regime," he sa…

Cira Pascual Marquina (2020-07-15). Popular protagonism in Venezuela's transition to socialism: A conversation with Michael Lebowitz. mronline.org The Marxist theorist emphasizes that socialism involves people transforming themselves.

RT (2020-07-15). ViacomCBS drops Nick Cannon over 'anti-Semitic conspiracies' after he calls whites 'savages' & black people 'the true Hebrews'. rt.com ViacomCBS, which has MTV and Nickelodeon among its assets, has said it's severing its relationship with TV host Nick Cannon, after he was accused of racism and anti-Semitism for a series of bizarre claims in a resurfaced clip. | The multinational media conglomerate accused Cannon — who has been a host for 'Wild 'n Out,' a comedy show broadcast by Viacom's MTV and VH1 for over a decade — of "promoting hateful speech" and "spreading anti-Semitic conspiracy theories" in a statement on Tuesday, shortly after an episode of his 'Cannon's Class' podcast went viral. | "While we support ongoing education and…

John Catalinotto (2020-07-15). What is needed to reopen schools in the U.S.? workers.org July 13 — The Trump administration has ignored facts, science and the advice of experts when issuing an order for schools to open countrywide. Pediatricians, teachers and other education workers who are on the front lines have said they want to reopen schools, but only under safe conditions. They say . . . |

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-07-15). China-Iran Deal Is a Major Blow to U.S. Aspirations in Central Asia. globalresearch.ca "Two ancient Asian cultures, two partners in the sectors of trade, economy, politics, culture and security with a similar outlook and many mutual bilateral and multilateral interests will consider one another strategic partners" — these were the opening words of …

Stansfield Smith (2020-07-15). WOLA's David Smilde Advocates a more Efficient Regime Change Strategy against Venezuela. dissidentvoice.org Common Dreams, a liberal-left website, reposted an article by David Smilde of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA): "Joe Biden Should Not Try to Out-Hawk Trump on Venezuela." It starts off well with the subtitle: "The first task for a Biden administration would be to take military intervention off the table." The US has …

news.un (2020-07-15). Venezuela: amputation, extortion and death amidst booming gold mining racket. news.un.org The Human Rights Council on Wednesday heard damning reports of serious exploitation and abuse of children and indigenous communities in Venezuela, where mining for gold and other minerals is booming.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). Police seize 160 kg of illicit drugs in SW Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 15 (MNA) — The police forces of the Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province, southwestern Iran, have confiscated 160 kg of illicit drugs in a single operation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). Hiroshima Intl. Filmfest. to host 2 Iranian animations. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 15 (MNA) — Two Iranian animation, namely 'Am I A Wolf?' and 'Crab', will vie at the competition section of the 2020 Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). Intl. conf. on polyethylene value chain to be held in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 15 (MNA) — The Iranian capital is to host the first international conference on polyethylene value chain with a focus on introducing new technologies, grades and business markets on October 3-4, 2020.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). Iran paves way for foreign researchers. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 15 (MNA_ Hossein Salar Amoli announced that Iran has paved the way for presence of Foreign researchers in the country under a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Science and the Ministry of Cooperation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). Borrell urges Europe to do more to satisfy Iran with JCPOA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 15 (MNA) — European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell on Wed. called on Europe to do more to win satisfaction of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). VIDEO: Kavir National Park in Semnan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 15 (MNA) — Kavir National Park is a protected ecological zone in northern Iran. It has an area of 4,000 square kilometers. It sits on the western end of one of Iran's two major deserts, the Dasht-e Kavir.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). Deputy FM Araghchi arrives in Kabul for bilateral talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 15 (MNA) — Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araghchi arrived in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Wednesday evening at the head of a political, security and economic delegation for holding talks with senior Afghan officials.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). Afghanistan seeking Iran's experience in COVID-19 combat. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 15 (MNA) — The spokesperson of Afghanistan's Ministry of Health stated that the country is seeking to use Iran's experience in the fight against coronavirus.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). Afghanistan sends 3rd transit consignment to India via Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 04 (MNA) — The third shipment of Afghanistan's transit goods has been shipped to India via a port in southern Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). VIDEO: Virtual trip to Bozqush mount. in E. Azarbaijan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 15 (MNA) — Mountain Bozqush is a 3,306 meters volcanic mountain 20 km south of Sarab and north of Mianeh, East Azarbaijan Province, Iran, that separates Iranian plateau from the Caucasus. In Azerbaijani language, Bozqush means grey bird.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). Iran_Iraq border crossing' operations resume. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 16 (MNA) —the head of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that after a few months of closing some Iran-Iraq borders due to the spreading of COVID-19, the situation has recently improved and trade has resumed in the borders.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). Domestic production of "Remdesivir" drug to hit market soon. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 15 (MNA) — Iran will supply its first localized production of antiviral "Remdesivir" medicine at the market next week in the fight against the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). Observing health protocols, solution in fight against corona. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 15 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that complying with healthcare instructions is the definite solution in battling the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). Iran COVID-19 updates: 2,388 new cases, 199 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 15 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry announced 2,388 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours, putting the total number of cases in the country at 264,561.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). Iranian MPs to visit Natanz nuclear facilitiy site. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 15 (MNA) — A delegation of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament is to pay a visit to Natanz Nuclear Site on Monday, July 20.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). Kyrgyzstan to import medicine from Iran to cure Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 16 (MNA) — The Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Kubatbek Ayilchiyevich Boronov has announced that his country is to import anti-coronavirus and Pneumonia medicine from Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-15). Iran equipped with high-tech military equipment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 15 (MNA)_Brigadier General Kioumars Heydari said "Today, we have taken great steps in achieving our goal of equipping ourselves with smart, pinpoint, digital and electronic weapons.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-07-15). Imperial plans for the future of education, as NSS results are revealed. imperial.ac.uk Student satisfaction at Imperial is now at 81%, according to the most recent National Student Survey (NSS).

_____ (2020-07-15). Trump's Harsh Sanctions Lead To Iran-China Partnership. popularresistance.org China and Iran have drafted a "sweeping economic and security partnership," according to The New York Times. China will get a regular, heavily discounted supply of Iranian oil for the next 25 years, as well as an expanded role in Iranian banking, ports, railways, telecommunications and myriad other projects. Iran and China will also increase their military cooperation. | This "strategic partnership" is the result of Donald Trump's punishing sanctions against Iran. Although it has not yet been formally approved by Iran's Parliament, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, favors the partnership. | Two years…

yenisafak (2020-07-15). Iraq bans parties, tribes from carrying weapons. yenisafak.com The Iraqi government decided on Wednesday to ban parties and tribes from carrying weapons, according to the official Iraqi news agency.Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said his cabinet held a meeting in the southern Basra province and voted to prevent any party or tribe from carrying arms.The move came four days after al-Kadhimi ordered the Iraqi army to control the proliferation of weapons in the country.Arms and weapons are widespread in Iraq, especially in hands of Iranian-backed militant groups, amid accusations for these groups of launching attacks against US targets in the country.Iraqi tribesmen also poss…

yenisafak (2020-07-15). Turkey's medical COVID-19 aid arrives in Kyrgyzstan. yenisafak.com Kyrgyzstan received medical supplies sent by Turkey to contribute to the country's fight against the novel coronavirus, Turkey's deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday.A Turkish cargo plane carrying the supplies landed in the capital Bishkek, Yavuz Selim Kiran said in a tweet."The medical aid Turkey sent to Kyrgyzstan as an expression of solidarity on the instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reached Bishkek on a Turkish Airlines cargo plane named Ayasofya [Hagia Sophia]," the minister said.Turkey has sent medical aid to nearly 140 countries to help them combat the coronavirus pandemic.Since it origin…

yenisafak (2020-07-15). Germany's Merkel discusses Ukraine agreement in call with Putin: spox. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed implementing the Minsk agreement to peacefully solve the conflict in eastern Ukraine in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said.Merkel and Putin also talked about the arms embargo against Iran and the current situation in Libya, Seibert said.

Alan MacLeod (2020-07-14). Trump Tells Florida Crowd "Something Will Happen in Venezuela" Soon. thealtworld.com "Something will happen with Venezuela. That's all I can tell you," Trump said, before not-so-cryptically adding that Washington would be "very much involved." | MPN— On a trip to COVID-19 riddled Florida this weekend, President Donald Trump not-so-cryptically revealed that he had something big planned for Venezuela during a meeting with leaders of the U.S. military's Southern Command. "Something will happen with Venezuela. That's all I can tell you," he

Anya Parampil (2020-07-14). Blockbuster oil bribery scandal exposes corrupt double-dealing of Guaidó 'attorney general'. thegrayzone.com Jose Ignacio Hernandez has raked in lucrative fees as a legal mercenary for the corporate looters of Venezuela's PDVSA oil…

Steve Sweeney (2020-07-14). Iranian union members given 74 lashes and jail for demanding unpaid wages. peoplesworld.org Iranian unions have called on the government to cease its oppression yesterday after 42 workers at the Azarab Industries manufacturing plant were jailed earlier this month for a year and sentenced to 74 lashes for protesting against unpaid wages. The Arak Criminal Court also sentenced the trade unionists to a month of forced labor after …

WSWS (2020-07-14). Washington renews covert campaign to destroy Iran's nuclear infrastructure. wsws.org The US is exerting maximum pressure on Iran, to cripple its economy and intimidate and starve its people, in the hope of effecting regime change.

_____ (2020-07-14). CoronaShock And Socialism. popularresistance.org CoronaShock is a term that refers to how a virus struck the world with such gripping force; it refers to how the social order in the bourgeois state crumbled, while the social order in the socialist parts of the world appeared more resilient. | This is the third in a multiple-part series of studies on CoronaShock. It is based on research by Ana Maldonado (Frente Francisco de Miranda, Venezuela), Manolo de los Santos (researcher with Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research), Subin Dennis (researcher with Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research), and Vijay Prashad (director of Tricontinental: Institute…

WSWS (2020-07-14). Seventeen states and tens of universities file lawsuits against ICE attack on international students. wsws.org Even if the current set of lawsuits are successful, the immigration and educational rights of international students remain under threat.

Richard C. Gross (2020-07-14). The Crackdown on Foreign Students. counterpunch.org There must be something unusually cruel amid a worldwide plague in trying to force international students to take possibly dangerous in-person higher education classes or face losing their U.S. visas or being deported. Colleges and universities are considering online courses for the fall because of a rampant COVID-19 that won't recede. The Trump administration, as

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-14). Student group launches survey on education inequality in Belgium. peoplesdispatch.org Student group Comac claims that the shift to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has increased inequality in education and that almost a quarter of the students in Belgium do not have an adequate place to study…

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2020-07-14). Five Years On, the Nefarious Goals of the Iran Nuclear Deal Reveal Themselves. mintpressnews.com July 14, 2020 marks the fifth anniversary of the so-called Iran Nuclear Deal and five years on it has become more clear than ever that it was never meant to succeed.

Robert Fantina (2020-07-14). Iran, Coronavirus and U.S. Sanctions. globalresearch.ca In 2018, the United States, under the confused and confusing leadership of the bizarre Donald Trump, violated domestic and international law by withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. This was an agreement made with Iran and China, …

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-14). Find the (best) Persian Restaurants in Toronto. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 14 (MNA) — As we see more and more Iranians migrating to Canada and Toronto, we should expect the number of Iranian entertainment venues, especially Persian Restaurants, to increase.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-14). Iran trying to normalize commercial ties with Intl. community. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 15 (MNA) —Referring to Iran and China 25-year cooperation document, Dr. Zaccaria believes Iran is trying to normalize its commercial ties with International community and benefit from it at least in the short and mid-term.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-14). Talks underway between Iran, Serbia to develop trade ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 15 (MNA) — Talks are underway between Islamic Republic of Iran and Serbia for developing and enhancing trade and economic ties.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-14). Ancient artifacts to be returned from Austria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 14 (MNA) — Iran's head of International Affairs of Police and Director General of Interpol said on Tuesday that some Iranian ancient artifacts have been delivered to Iran's representative at the country's embassy in Vienna.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-14). 'UN expert's report on Lt. Gen Soliemani arouses US wrath'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 14 (MNA) — Iranian FM Zarif said on Tuesday that the UN rapporteur report which described the assassination of Lieutenant General Soleiman as 'unlawful' move by the US, has provoked America's wrath.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-14). Iran records 2,521 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 14 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,521 people in Iran in the past 24 hours, said Iran's Health Ministry Spokesperson Sima Lari on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-14). Health Ministry inks MoU with Resistance Int. Film Fest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 14 (MNA) — Iran's Health Ministry and Resistance International Film Festival signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-14). Only solution to Yemeni crisis to be political. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 14 (MNA) — Iranian FM Zarif and FM of Yemen's National Salvation Government Hisham Sharaf Abdullah hold talks via videoconference on regional and Yemeni issues, where Zarif said the only solution to the Yemeni crisis is political.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-14). CIA spy executed: Iran Judiciary. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 14 (MNA) — Iran's Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmaeili said that an individual, a Defense Ministry retiree, was executed last week due to his spying for the CIA.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-14). Iran's human medicine production vol. hits 39% growth. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 14 (MNA) — Statistics of the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade showed that human medicine production volume hit a 39.1 percent growth.