2021-02-15: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin (2021-02-15). Is Biden Committing Diplomatic Suicide Over the Iran Nuclear Agreement? zcomm.org Can Biden's America be part of the solution? After only three weeks in office, surely it can't be too late. But the ball is in his court, and the whole world is watching…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-15). Iran will block snap IAEA inspections if nuclear deal terms not met. middleeasteye.net Iran will block snap IAEA inspections if nuclear deal terms not met | Tehran's move is seen as a challenge to Joe Biden's attempt to revive the Iranian nuclear deal | Mon, 02/15/2021 – 10: 16 | An Iranian flag flies outside the International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna (AFP/File photo) | Iran said on Monday that it will not allow snap inspections from the UN nuclear watchdo…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies (2021-02-15). Is Biden Committing Diplomatic Suicide Over the Iran Nuclear Agreement? commondreams.org American neocons and hawks, including those inside his own administration, appear to be flexing their muscles to kill Biden's commitment to diplomacy at birth, and his own hawkish foreign policy views make him dangerously susceptible to their arguments. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/codepink_2.jpg

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Another South Korean religious group investigated over Covid-19 outbreak. laprensalatina.com Update 1: Adds case of cat testing positive Seoul, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- South Korean police searched the headquarters of a missionary organization Monday for being behind an outbreak of Covid-19, a new case in the country of a Christian group being accused of violating health emergency laws. Authorities stormed the International Mission headquarters in Daejeon …

Tim Shorrock (2021-02-15). Biden Is Adopting a Militaristic Approach to the Far East. thenation.com Biden Is Adopting a Militaristic Approach to the Far East…

yenisafak (2021-02-15). US, Iran game of nerves revives tensions in region. yenisafak.com The delay in the new US President Joe Biden's promise to revive the Iran nuclear deal has once again raised tensions in the region with Tehran announcing to disallow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to visit the nuclear sites from Feb. 21.Following recent tensions between the two long-time adversaries, which peaked in the final weeks of Trump's presidency, Iran's parliament adopted legislation that required the country to accelerate nuclear enrichment activities and end its commitments under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Abolfazl Amouei, the lawmaker and the sp…

yenisafak (2021-02-15). US: Pro-India malware spying on Pakistan military. yenisafak.com Two malware programs on an Android-based platform that emerged in India have been spying on the Pakistani military, according to a US-based cybersecurity company.In a Feb. 10 statement, Lookout said it has discovered the two malware, Hornbill and SunBird, which are used by a cyber group named Confucius that first appeared in 2013 as "a state-sponsored, pro-India actor primarily pursuing Pakistani and other South Asian targets.""Targets of these tools include personnel linked to Pakistan's military, nuclear authorities, and Indian election officials in Kashmir," the statement said."Hornbill and SunBird have sophi…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-15). Iran informs IAEA of suspending its JCPOA voluntary actions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 15 (MNA) — Iran's permanent ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna said that Tehran has informed the IAEA of suspending its voluntary actions under the Nuclear Deal.

RT (2021-02-14). Washington and Seoul to resume drill simulating war with North Korea after break due to Covid-19 and Trump-Kim talks — media. rt.com The US and South Korea will bring back their annual military exercise aimed at defense from the North, reports say. The drill was suspended due to Donald Trump's talks with Kim Jong-un, and, later, because of the pandemic. | The allies will conduct a computer-simulated command-post drill in mid-March, South Korean media reported on Sunday. | The Korea Herald newspaper cited sources saying that a nine-day war game will simulate combat operations against Pyongyang. The event will be the first US-South Korean drill during Joe Biden's administration. | The two countries are still in talks about the size and schedu…

Ralph Nader, Bruce Fein (2021-02-14). Democrats' Shameful Cave. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-12923215461.jpg

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). London, Washington discuss Iran nuclear program in phone call. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — The British Foreign Secretary said that he had discussed Iran's nuclear program in a telephone conversation with his American counterpart.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Iran urges IAEA to ensure confidentiality of information. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — Iran's permanent ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna said that Tehran has urged the IAEA to ensure the confidentiality of information regarding its nuclear program.

Felicity Arbuthnot (2021-02-14). Iraq and the "Gulf War": Remembering the 1991 Al-Amiriyah Bombing by the US Air Force. globalresearch.ca First published on GR on March 21, 2018. | Listen to the interview with Felicity Arbuthnot on the 1991 bombing of Al-Amiriyah shelter in Iraq by the US Air Force. | According to Arbuthnot, the nuclear shelter was built during the Iran-Iraq …

Lawrence Wittner (2021-02-13). Will the Nuclear Powers Ever Be Willing to Forgo Their Nuclear Weapons? zcomm.org Supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons remains conspicuously absent from the Biden administration's agenda, as it is from the agendas of all the other nuclear powers…

yenisafak (2021-02-13). Impact of France's nuclear tests persists: Algeria. yenisafak.com France's nuclear experiments in the Algerian desert in the 1960s were three to four times equal to the Hiroshima bombing in Japan, Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum said on Saturday.In a Twitter post on the occasion of the 61st anniversary of the first French nuclear explosion in the Algerian desert, on Feb. 13, 1960, Boukadoum described the impacts of the tests as "catastrophic"."On this day in 1960, imperialist France carried out the first nuclear explosion in the Reggane region in the Algerian desert, in a process code-named 'Gerboise Bleue' (Blue Desert Rat)," Boukadoum said.He added that the French n…

CP Editor (2021-02-12). Ralph Nader on Corporate Crime, Holding Boeing Accountable for 737 MAX Deaths & Biden's First Weeks. counterpunch.org

Global Research News (2021-02-12). Selected Articles: Is America on a Collision Course with China? "Very Real Possibility" of Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca By Wall Street may own the country, as Kansas populist leader Mary Elizabeth Lease once declared, but a new generation of "retail" stock market …

Staff (2021-02-12). Where Are the Witnesses? Ralph Nader Says Democrats' Impeachment Case Is "Prescription for Defeat" democracynow.org As the historic Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump continues, we speak with longtime consumer advocate, corporate critic and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, who says Democrats have set themselves up for defeat by rushing proceedings and failing to call witnesses — including Trump himself. "The narrow approach of the articles of impeachment keep the Democrats from having a full hand," says Nader. "They have like 10 arrows in their quiver and they're using one or two."

Staff (2021-02-12). Ralph Nader on Corporate Crime, Holding Boeing Accountable for 737 MAX Deaths & Biden's First Weeks. democracynow.org Legendary consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the U.S. is experiencing a "corporate crime wave," and that the Trump administration's $2.5 billion settlement with Boeing over the manufacturer's faulty 737 MAX jets amounts to a "slap on the wrist." Boeing's faulty planes were involved in two fatal crashes that killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019, including Nader's 24-year-old grandniece Samya Stumo. Nader says the Biden Justice Department should reopen the previous administration's settlement and hold Boeing fully accountable. "This is just another example of giant companies getting away with their corporate criminal…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-12). Oman content with current Israel relationship, foreign minister says. middleeasteye.net Oman content with current Israel relationship, foreign minister says | Badr al-Busaidi also says Muscat is ready to help with rescuing Iran's 2015 nuclear deal | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 08: 24 | Busaidi was appointed as foreign minister in August after Oman's new Sultan Haitham delegated the position away from his own portfolio (AFP) | Oman is satisfied with its current relationship with Israel,…

Staff (2021-02-12). Ralph Nader: Biden Must Hold Boeing Accountable for Deaths Due to Faulty Planes. truthout.org Legendary consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the U.S. is experiencing a "corporate crime wave," and that the Trump administration's $2.5 billion settlement with Boeing over the manufacturer's faulty 737 MAX jets amounts to a "slap on the wrist." Boeing's faulty planes were involved in two fatal crashes that killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019, including Nader's 24-year-old grandniece Samya Stumo. Nader says the Biden Justice Department should reopen the previous administration's settlement and…

Rebecca Gordon (2021-02-12). Climate Change Isn't the Only Fire We Should Be Worried About. thenation.com Climate Change Isn't the Only Fire We Should Be Worried About…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-12). Zarif slams E3's call for Iran's sole JCPOA compliance. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 12 (MNA) — Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticized a statement by the European trio that urges Iran to return to the nuclear deal obligations without referring to the other JCPOA parties' non-compliance.

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). North Korea announces foreign minister as a politburo member. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- North Korea's foreign minister Ri Son-gwon has been appointed a member of the powerful politburo of the Workers Party, the country's highest governing body, state media reported on Friday. Ri was elected to the body during a plenary session of the North Korea's only party, which lasted for four days until …

_____ (2021-02-12). NATO's Road To Perdition With Ukraine. strategic-culture.org The US-led NATO military alliance is moving ever closer to accepting Ukraine as a new member. This is an incredibly incendiary step towards war that could escalate into a nuclear conflagration. | Despite repeated and long-standing warnings by Russia, the US-led NATO military alliance has indicated it is moving ever closer to accepting Ukraine as a new member. This is an incredibly incendiary step towards war that could escalate into a nuclear conflagration. And, risibly, this reckless initiative is being driven by an alliance which proclaims to be about upholding peace and security. | This week NATO secretary gen…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-12). Italy underlines revival of Iran nuclear deal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 12 (MNA) — The Secretary-General of Italy's ForeignMinistry Elisabetta Belloni has congratulated the anniversary of the Iranian revolution and urged for resuming JCPOA talks between Iran and other parties to the deal.

Prof. Joseph H. Chung (2021-02-12). Biden's North Korea Policy: Can Washington Solve this Time the 70-year Old North Korea Issues? globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Washington's North Korea policy was designed to change the Juche regime …