• 'Warning sign of major proportions': Number of Siberian forest fires increase fivefold in week since record high temperature

    Jul 01, 2020 13:27

    Russia’s forest fire aerial protection service says forest fires in Siberia have grown nearly fivefold over the past week. The fires come amid a notable heat wave in parts of the sprawling region. A high temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 F) was reported a week ago in the town of Verkhoyansk, if the reading is confirmed, it would be the hottest day ever recorded in the Arctic.

  • Extension of Iran’s arms embargo illegitimate

    Jun 24, 2020 10:31

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov wrote "US bid to extend Iran’s arms embargo is absolutely ridiculous, irresponsible and unacceptable and serves only to recall the famous English proverb about having one’s cake and eating it.”

  • 80 lawmakers demand Trump ditch any thought of resuming 'dangerously provocative' nuclear tests

    Jun 12, 2020 08:50

    A group of 80 Democratic federal lawmakers on Monday called on US President Donald Trump to drop his reported consideration of atomic bomb nuclear testing, calling it an "awful" and "dangerously provocative" proposal that could give rise to "a new nuclear arms race."

  • Climate change: How a green new deal really could go global

    Jun 01, 2020 15:38

    Renewables are now often cheaper than fossil fuels in large parts of the world. The technologies are proven and can be built at scale today. And most importantly, their cost follows the logic of all manufacturing — the more you produce, the cheaper it gets. The same logic applies to hydrogen and to electric vehicles. But it does not apply to fossil fuels, whose cost ultimately relies on mining ever more difficult and dwindling resources.

  • Huge oilfields could help Iran seize Saudi market share in China

    Jun 01, 2020 15:34

    Given that China’s oil demand has now recovered from the COVID-19 outbreak to even higher levels than before, Iran is operating at full tilt to optimize the oil available to key ally Beijing from any and all of its fields. Principally, this involves optimizing output from the cluster of supergiant fields in the West Karoun Oil Region, attempting to increase the average recovery rate from older fields, and pushing forward on production increases from fields shared with Iraq and Kuwait.

  • Trump boosts nuclear weapons spending, fueling a new arms race

    Jun 01, 2020 15:28

    Under Trump, nuclear spending and tensions are sharply increasing, but U.S. allies are anxious and uncertain and adversaries are antagonized. At a time when more than 100,000 Americans have been killed by a virus that can’t be stopped with a bomb, both the ICAN and ANPI reports illustrate how Trump’s unrestrained embrace of nuclear weapons is not making a U.S. that is safer, only a U.S. that is alone.

  • Nuclear disarmament possible, a legally binding obligation

    May 13, 2020 14:28

    Three international conferences on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, in 2013 and 2014, concluded that irrespective of its cause, the impact of nuclear detonations will not be limited to national boundaries but would cause deep, lasting and potentially irreversible harm to the environment, human health and well-being, as well as to socioeconomic development and social order, threatening the very survival of our species.

  • Sanctioned countries are now leading the world in the fight against coronavirus

    Apr 27, 2020 16:11

    Despite weeks of warning where it could have taken precautionary steps, the United States currently has four times the confirmed coronavirus cases and twice the deaths of any other country. At the same time, the countries it is currently placing under economic siege, totaling around a quarter of the world’s population, are faring far better and leading the global fight against the coronavirus.

  • With a quarter of the world’s population under US sanctions, countries appeal to UN to intervene

    Apr 01, 2020 08:08

    The governments of China, Cuba, Iran, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia, Syria, and Venezuela – all under sanctions from the United States – sent a joint statement to the United Nations Secretary-General, the UN’s High Commissioner on Human Rights and the Director-General of the World Health Organization calling for an end to the unilateral American economic blockade, as they are, “illegal and blatantly violate international law and the charter of the United Nations.”

  • Coronavirus: After the EU failed to deliver, Italy looks to Russia for help

    Mar 31, 2020 16:07

    The current global political scene is changing rapidly as a result of the coronavirus. We are seeing new super-powers emerging, such as China and Russia, and former so-called power-houses weakening, such as the US and NATO. The shifting sands of alliances remind us of a similar situation before WW2. Italy, and several other EU members, may find themselves forging new alliances that are headed East.