2021-01-29: News Headlines

Jordan Woll (2021-01-29). Biden administration signals it will maintain U.S. hardline anti-Iran policy. liberationnews.org Photo: B-52 bomber, the type that conducted a "patrol" over this Middle East this week Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on his first day of work that President Biden wishes to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal with Iran, but that it will be a "long road" before the U.S. …

Ali Harb (2021-01-29). Biden appoints Rob Malley as Iran envoy despite backlash from hawks. middleeasteye.net Biden appoints Rob Malley as Iran envoy despite backlash from hawks | Conservatives and foreign-policy hawks have voiced opposition to Malley, veteran diplomat who helped negotiate Iran nuclear deal | Fri, 01/29/2021 – 17: 56 | Biden administration taps Robert Malley, who served on Obama's negotiating team for Iran nuclear deal, as its new top envoy for Iran (AFP) | US President Joe Biden on Friday appointed Rob…

yenisafak (2021-01-29). Turkey 'hopes' US returns to Iran nuclear deal. yenisafak.com Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday that he hopes the Biden administration would return to the nuclear deal and lift sanctions on Iran.Speaking at a joint news conference with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif in Istanbul, Cavusoglu said that Turkey has always supported the nuclear deal that was reached by the US, EU and Iran. "I hope the Biden administration will return to the agreement and so the sanctions on brotherly Iran will be lifted."Touching on the Karabakh deal, he said that they want a permanent cease-fire.In this regard, we are planning to establish a mechanism with Azerbaijan,…

yenisafak (2021-01-29). Nuke deal up in air as Iran, US bicker over first move. yenisafak.com Clouds of uncertainty continue to loom over the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, with neither Tehran nor the new US administration willing to make the first move.Mahmoud Vaezi, the Iranian president's chief of staff, said on Friday that Iran "did not leave the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] to return to it," asserting that Tehran will return to full compliance when the US and Europe "live up to their commitments."On Thursday, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif also strongly defended Iran's position, saying Washington needs to "take the first step."Addressing new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, he said "the US…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-01-29). Freeing frozen funds could affect Iran's judiciary's decision. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 29 (MNA) —A senior Iranian MP ruled out any links between Iran's frozen funds in S. Korea and the seizure of a Korean ship while saying that releasing the funds can affect Judiciary's decision on the seized Korean vessel.

_____ (2021-01-29). In First Week As President, Joe Biden Tosses Women, Unions and the American People Under the Globalist Bus. strategic-culture.org Anything that remotely promotes the interest of the nation will be ostracized as racist and working to the advantage of white supremacist tendencies. | In a brutal display of presidential powers that would have made Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un green with envy, Joe Biden rammed through a raft of pro-globalist executive orders just hours after being sworn in as president. | For those U.S. voters who were more obsessed with removing Donald Trump than seriously questioning who or what would replace him, they got their answer shortly after Biden made it through his locked-down inauguration where the soldiers outnumbere…

_____ (2021-01-29). New START Extension a Step in Right Direction. strategic-culture.org There is no guarantee of successful outcome. But at the very least there must be a commitment to work together and to dialogue. Thus, New START is a step in the right direction. | The agreement this week by the United States and the Russian Federation to extend the New START arms control treaty is a symbolic step of reengagement by both sides. That has to be welcomed. | Bilateral relations have deteriorated so badly in recent years that if the treaty was allowed to expire — as it was slated to do next week — then the world was facing the danger of a new, destructive nuclear arms race. The US had alrea…

_____ (2021-01-29). Nuclear Agreement: Biden Wants To Strike A 'Better Deal' With Iran. popularresistance.org Washington re-joining the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), won't happen overnight and will require consultations with Israel and Gulf states, signalled then Secretary of State-designate Tony Blinken during last week's confirmation hearings. | Former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the multilateral agreement in May 2018, prompting the Islamic Republic of Iran to gradually roll back its commitments on uranium enrichment since 2019. Now that Joe Biden has assumed office, Tehran is calling upon the White House to make the first step and lift all sanctio…

Online News Editor (2021-01-29). Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin drops 1st match of 2021. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Jan 29 (efe-epa).- Spanish badminton great and reigning Olympic women's singles champion Carolina Marin fell to rising South Korean teenage star An Se-young 21-16, 14-21, 21-19 in round-robin action Friday at the World Tour Finals, yet she still finished runner-up in her group and will battle for the title this weekend. The 27-year-old …

sputniknews (2021-01-29). 'Window is Closing': Iranian Diplomat Says US 'Must Act Quickly' to Rejoin JCPOA. sputniknews.com With US President Joe Biden just a few weeks into a four-year Oval Office term, talks of how the new administration will work to repair US-Iranian ties has been among the top concerns for many Washington DC insiders, particularly when it concerns the JCPOA Iran nuclear deal.

Dave DeCamp (2021-01-29). Blinken Says Iran Must Comply with Nuclear Deal before the US Does. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles including the E-Book can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | In a sign that the US is a …

Dove of Peace (2021-01-28). End of Anti-Russian Electioneering; Palestinian Funding Restored. indybay.org One week after the Inauguration, Pres. Biden called Pres. Putin to extend the START nuclear arms control treaty, due to expire 2/5/21. Pres. Biden's administration also announced restoration of relations with Palestine and aid to Palestinians.

Stephanie Pavlick (2021-01-28). After landmark international treaty, anti-nuclear demonstrators rally in Pittsburgh. liberationnews.org On Jan. 22, a broad coalition of organizations including PSL Pittsburgh, ANSWER Coalition, the Green Party of Allegheny County, Code Pink, and others joined for a rally and speakout at the PNC Bank headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh. This action was the latest in years of work on the part of local activists in a movement …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). S Korean health workers first to receive COVID-19 jabs in February. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- South Korea intends to begin its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in February, first inoculating frontline workers, followed by hundreds of thousands of elderly and dependent people, according to a plan presented Thursday. The arrival in the country of the first vaccine shipments manufactured by AstraZeneca is scheduled for the end of February …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Pandemic memory chip demand increases Samsung profits by 21.5%. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The high demand for memory chips and displays as a result of lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic increased the net profit of Samsung Electronics by 21.48 percent in 2020, the South Korean technology giant reported on Thursday. The Suwon-based company earned 26.4 trillion won (nearly $23.6 billion) over the year …

_____ (2021-01-28). International Organizations Urge Biden Administration To Suspend US-South Korea Joint Military Exercises. popularresistance.org On Wednesday, a statement endorsed by 110 U.S., 197 South Korean, and 80 international civil society organizations was sent to the Biden administration urging the suspension of annual combined military exercises with South Korea in order to restart diplomacy with North Korea. | In the statement, the groups note these "costly and highly provocative war exercises" — which are based on operation plans that reportedly include pre-emptive strikes and "decapitation measures" against the North Korean leadership — heighten military and political tensions on the Korean Peninsula. As such, they are a major obst…

sputniknews (2021-01-28). Israeli Defense Minister Gantz Denounces IDF Chief's Remarks on Iran 'Nuclear Threat'. sputniknews.com In Tuesday remarks, the chief of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Aviv Kohavi, alleged that Iran was close to creating a nuclear bomb, and said that as a result the IDF will prepare "additional military operations".

sputniknews (2021-01-28). Iranian Foreign Minister Explains Why US Should Make First Step in Returning to Nuclear Deal. sputniknews.com The new US administration earlier indicated its interest in returning to the Iran nuclear deal, but newly sworn-in Secretary of State Antony Blinken suggested that the Islamic Republic, which had been suffering from US sanctions over the past three years, should be the party to make the first step in reaching the agreement.

sputniknews (2021-01-28). Iran Unveils Plans to Install 1,000 Advanced Uranium Enrichment Centrifuges in Natanz. sputniknews.com Earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif stressed that Tehran resuming 20 percent uranium enrichment is fully in line with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Robert C. Koehler (2021-01-28). Nukes Are Illegal, Now What? commondreams.org The necessity for total nuclear disarmament—including American disarmament—is more urgent than ever. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/nuclearweapons.jpg

Staff (2021-01-27). For Peace With North Korea, Biden Must End the US-South Korea Military Exercises. truthout.org One of the thorniest foreign policy challenges the Biden administration will need to face is a nuclear-armed North Korea. Talks between the U.S. and North Korea have been stalled since 2019, and North Korea has continued to develop its weapons arsenal, recently As a retired U.S. Army Colonel and U.S. diplomat with 40 years…

Marilyn Bechtel (2021-01-27). Treaty to ban all nuclear weapons is now international law. peoplesworld.org A major milestone on the long road to ridding the world entirely of nuclear weapons was reached on Jan. 22, as the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons officially became part of international law. That road began Jan. 24, 1946, when the newly formed United Nations adopted its very first resolution, just …

RT (2021-01-27). Doomsday Clock poised at 100 seconds to midnight, scientists cite nuclear arms race & 'online lying' as threats. rt.com The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists' "Doomsday Clock" — a construct representing the threats to humanity from the nuclear to the natural — remains in the red at 100 seconds to midnight for 2021, its proprietors have warned. | The scientists released their While the clock's hands haven…

Howard Lisnoff (2021-01-27). At the End of the Barrel of a Gun: From Voluntown, Connecticut to D.C. counterpunch.org Understanding the attack against antiwar activists and protesters at "The Farm" in Voluntown, Connecticut in late August 1968, without the larger context of the antinuclear and antiwar movement, would be like viewing the insurrection in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, as an aberration. The attack against members of the group the Committee for Non-Violent

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-27). '100 Seconds to Midnight': Doomsday Clock Reveals Humanity Closer Than Ever to the Apocalypse. commondreams.org Citizens must "demand… that their governments reorder their priorities and cooperate… to reduce the risk of nuclear war, climate change, and other global disasters, including pandemic disease." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/doomsday.jpg

Andrew Korybko (2021-01-27). Russian-American Relations Under Biden: More of the Same Except for One Thing. globalresearch.ca Russian-American relations will remain just as bad under Biden as they were under Trump except for the 46th President's desire to extend the New START for another five years as part of an implied nuclear detente with Moscow after his …

_____ (2021-01-27). US Proposes 5-year Extension Of Nuclear Arms Treaty With Russia. popularresistance.org The United States will seek a five-year extension of the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia — the last remaining non-proliferation treaty between the two nations, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed on Thursday. | The New START, which came into force in 2011, limits the number of nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles that each country can deploy. It was due to expire next month. | "The president has long been clear that the New START Treaty is in the national security interest of the United States. This extension makes even more sense when the relationship wit…

Online News Editor (2021-01-27). Seoul, Washington see North Korea as 'urgent' issue. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and the United States' Secretary of State Antony Blinken agreed Wednesday in a phone call on the need to deal urgently with the North Korean nuclear issue. "The two ministers shared the understanding that the North Korean nuclear issue is a matter that should be …

sputniknews (2021-01-27). Israeli Army Chief Slams Iran Nuclear Deal as Operationally, Strategically Unacceptable. sputniknews.com TEL AVIV (Sputnik) – Chief of the General Staff of the Israeli Defence Forces Lt Gen Aviv Kohavi has described the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as a deal that is unacceptable to Israel both on the strategic and operational level.

teleSUR (2021-01-27). Cuba Reaffirms Its Commitment To Global Disarmament. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Ambassador to United Nations Office in Geneva Juan Quintanilla on Monday reaffirmed his nation's commitment to the non-proliferation of weapons while also denouncing the U.S. unilateral coercive measures against his country. | RELATED: | His remarks came in the context of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) which represents the first legally binding multilateral mechani…

teleSUR (2021-01-27). Russian Senate Extends Nuclear Disarmament Treaty With the USA. telesurenglish.net Russia's Senate on Wednesday unanimously endorsed a five-year extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). | RELATED: | "When it comes to global stability and security, Russia and the U.S. can show responsible and pragmatic approaches and reach agreements," Senate President Valentina Matviyenko said. | This nuclear disarmament treaty, which was also previously approved by the Lower House (Duma), was set to expi…