2020-01-05: News Headlines

Diana Johnstone (2020-01-05). Foul Murder of Another Nation's Hero: An American Disgrace. globalresearch.ca The criminal assassination of General Qassem Soleimani was not only an act of war, it was an act of low treachery and crass stupidity. Among the self-justifying lies, leaders of the perpetual war regime in Washington claim that locating the …

teleSUR (2020-01-05). Spain's PM Sanchez Loses 1st Investiture Vote Confident For 2nd. telesurenglish.net Spanish Socialist Worker's Party (PSOE) leader and acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez failed Sunday in his first attempt to secure sufficient backing to become the country's prime minister in a vote in Parliament, but the result will grant him another chance on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Spain Coalition Govt Plans Hike on Taxes for Rich, Minimum Wage | Sanchez needed to win the necessary 176 seats for an overall majority in Spain's 350-seat lower chamber of parliament (the Congress…

Andrew Korybko (2020-01-05). Russia's Unspoken Relationship With Israel and the Assassination of Maj. Gen. Soleimani. globalresearch.ca The language employed by President Putin and his government in response to Major General Soleimani's assassination is unmistakably less emotional than the eulogies that he gave after the passing of Ariel Sharon, Shimon Peres, and Bush Sr., but this …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-05). Anti-war groups march against US aggression in Iran. peoplesdispatch.org Anti-war protests were organized in several places in the United States on Saturday, January 4, following the assassination of the head of Iran's Al- Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, in an airstrike in Iraq the previous day. The assassination has been widely condemned for bringing the entire West Asia to the brink of war. | While US politicians and media have toed the administration's line and defended the assassination, pushing the narrative that Soleimani was a threat to national security, progressives and anti-war organizations have spoken out against the action. | A statement released by the ANSWER Coalition (Ac…

teleSUR (2020-01-05). Iran Announces It Abandons Nuclear Deal Limits. telesurenglish.net Iran said Sunday it is abandoning the limits contained in the 2015 nuclear deal amid escalating tensions in the region after the killing Friday in Baghdad, Iraq, of top Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani by a U.S. drone strike. | RELATED: | Donald Trump Threatens to Attack Iran's Cultural Sites | State television in Iran cited a statement by President H…

teleSUR (2020-01-05). Iraqi Parliament Votes To Expel US Military From Country. telesurenglish.net The Iraqi Parliament convened on Sunday to vote on a resolution that called for the expulsion of the U.S. Armed Forces from the country. The resolution, which was sponsored by dozens of ministers, was made in response to the U.S.' assassination of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani. | RELATED: | Thousands Mourn Iranian General as Quds Force Unfurls Red Flag | During the parliamentary session, the ministers voted to pass the resolution that seeks to end the foreign troop pres…

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-05). Counterproductive US Imperial Policies. The Risks of Global Warfare? globalresearch.ca The US under both right wings of its war party excels at brute force, not long-range strategic thinking and planning. | Pentagon terror-bombing assassinations of Iranian IRGC Quds commander General Qassem Soleimani and deputy head of Iraq's PMU Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis…

Staff (2020-01-05). AOC Calls Trump a 'Monster' for His Actions in Iran. truthdig.com Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Saturday night called President Donald Trump a "monster" for threatening to target more than 50 Iranian sites—including some he said are " important to Iran and the Iranian culture"—if Tehran retaliates for the U.S. assassination of General Qasem Soleimani. | "This is a war crime," Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, tweeted in response to the president's warning. "Threatening to target and kill innocent families, women, and children—which is what you're doing by targeting cultural sites—does not make you a 'tough guy.' It does not make you 'strategic.' I…

Prof. Tim Anderson (2020-01-05). Implications of the Trump Regime's Assassination of Iran's General Soleimani. globalresearch.ca The US assassinations of Iran's General Soleimani and Iraqi General Muhandis will certainly undermine security in the Middle East. In the short term, it is certain to lead to an escalation of violence. Iran's National Security Council met and announced …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-05). UN Secretary General Guterres Fails to Condemn US Assassinations in Iraq. globalresearch.ca UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard slammed the Trump regime's assassination of Iranian General Soleimani, Iraqi Deputy PMU leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and others with them, tweeting the following: | "The targeted killings of …

Staff (2020-01-05). Iraq Parliament Votes to Expel U.S. Military. truthdig.com BEIRUT — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local): | 4: 45 p.m. | Iraq's parliament has voted to expel the U.S. military from the country. | Lawmakers voted Sunday in favor of a resolution that calls for ending foreign military presence in the country. The resolution's main aim is to get the U.S. to withdraw some 5,000 U.S. troops present in different parts of Iraq. | The vote comes two days after a U.S. airstrike killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani inside Iraq, dramatically increasing regional tensions. | The Iraqi resolution specifically calls for ending an agreement in which Washington sent tro…

Peter Koenig (2020-01-05). The Murder of General Suleimani. Trump Expected Public Applause. It Didn't Happen… globalresearch.ca Author's note: This article is loosely based on an hour-long rolling coverage / Press TV Interview — 3 January 2020 — on the US assassination of General Qassem Suleimani | *** | Interestingly, after the US attack on Iraqi Militia fighters on …

Staff (2020-01-05). Weapons Makers See Stocks Surge as Trump Moves Closer to War With Iran. truthout.org Almost immediately after the United States assassinated Iranian General Qassim Suleimani in a drone strike Thursday night, major American weapons manufacturers and defense contractors—from Northrop Grumman to Lockheed Martin to Raytheon—saw their stocks surge as investors sensed the growing likelihood of another costly and deadly war in the Middle East. | As the Los Angeles Times reported, "E…

F. William Engdahl (2020-01-05). Climate and the Money Trail. globalresearch.ca The very mega-billionaires behind the globalization of the world economy who have wreaked so much damage to our environment are the leading backers of the "grassroots" climate movement. Is it pangs of guilty conscience, or could it be a deeper agenda of the financialization of the very air we breathe and more?

Megha Summer Pappachen & Aviva Levine (2020-01-05). Rally in Chicago against the CAA and police brutality in India. liberationnews.org "The recent steps taken by the Modi government are disastrous for India's minorities and its consequences will amount to nothing short of ethnic cleansing and genocide," said Azhar Ahmad, an organizer with Stand With Kashmir.

Eric Zuesse (2020-01-05). New York Times Reveals America's Weapons-Makers' Trump-Impeachment Drive. globalresearch.ca A remarkably non-propagandistic news-report, in the New York Times, by Eric Lipton, Maggie Haberman and Mark Mazzetti, included powerful evidence that the impeachment-effort against US President Donald Trump is motivated, in part if not totally, by a desire by US …

Staff (2020-01-05). Iraq's Vote to Kick Out U.S. Troops Reflects Growing Anti-Imperialist Movement. truthout.org This morning, the Iraqi Parliament said it loudly and clearly: " The Iraqi government must work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from using its land, airspace or water for any reason." Yes, all foreign forces, including the U.S. and Iran. | As we've all seen by now, the military escalation between the U.S. and Iran has been domin…

Prince Kapone (2020-01-05). The Coming Attack on Iran? globalresearch.ca According to Article IV of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (N.P.T.), all signatory member nations possess the "inalienable right" to "develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination."[1] As a signatory nation, the Islamic Republic of …

Black Alliance for Peace (2020-01-05). Black Alliance for Peace Declares: If You Believe in Peace, Commit to Defeating the Warmongers. No War on Iran! globalresearch.ca The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) is clear: we will not fight for the rich. We understand our objective interests as an oppressed people and will not be moved by appeals to national chauvinism meant to galvanize the poor and …

teleSUR (2020-01-05). Trump Says Tweets Serve as 'Notification' to US Congress. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that his tweets will serve as notification to the U.S. Congress in case he decides to strike Iran. | RELATED: | Thousands Mourn Iranian General as Quds Force Unfurls Red Flag | "These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required,…

teleSUR (2020-01-05). Iran Summons Swiss Envoy Over Trump's Twitter Threats. telesurenglish.net Iran has summoned the Swiss diplomatic mission in Tehran today after a series of tweets from U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to destroy the Islamic Republic's cultural sites if American assets were targeted. | RELATED: | Thousands Mourn Iranian General as Quds Force Unfurls Red Flag | According to the Reuters News Agency, the Iranian government is seeking answers from the United States after Trump's tweets. Since the United States and Iran do not have diplomatic relation…

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-01-05). Trump vs. Iran: Has the US Crossed the Escalation to War Rubicon? globalresearch.ca Wars occur when ideologues and/or reckless leaders in position of power are willing to engage in high risk brinksmanship in foreign policy military adventures—often as a distraction from their growing domestic problems. Their megolomania often leads them to misread the …

Morgan Artyukhina (2020-01-05). Thousands march Washington, D.C. streets against Trump's drive for war with Iran. liberationnews.org "When they say 'more war,' we say 'no more!'"

teleSUR (2020-01-05). Al-Shabaab Attacks Military Base In Kenya Used by US Forces. telesurenglish.net The Somali militant group al-Shabaab attacked a military base Sunday at the airfield in the Bay of Manda in Lamu County, near the Somali border, used by both United States and Kenyan forces killing three and injuring two more. | RELATED: | Air Strikes Targeting Iraqi Militia Kill Six: Army Source | Three people, including a U.S. soldier and two civilians including a U.S. private contractor, are among the dead. While two other Department of Defense personnel were wounded in the attack…

teleSUR (2020-01-05). Venezuelan Opposition Rejects Juan Guaido's Leadership. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan opposition stated on Sunday that they would not be seeking the reelection of the self-proclaimed president Juan Guaidó. According to their statement, the opposition is choosing to move forward without Guaido, as his corruption and failures have worsened their cause. | RELATED: | Venezuela Condemns US Military Attack in Iraq | The parliamentarians declared themselves in revolt against Guaidó for having used the presidency of the parliament as a personal project to enrich himself.

Mark Taliano (2020-01-05). The West Willfully Supports ISIS and Always Has. globalresearch.ca ISIS is not "blow back". ISIS did not "fill a vacuum". The West did not "give rise" to ISIS. | The West supports ISIS directly, sometimes covertly, sometimes overtly. The West is ISIS. It is not an accident. The West willfully …

Professor John Ryan (2020-01-05). Censorship in Canada? Vanessa Beeley's Talks on Syria. globalresearch.ca Vanessa Beeley is a British journalist who was invited to Canada in the fall of 2019 to present talks in seven cities on the conflict in Syria. The sponsors of her speaking tour were several anti-war groups, including the Geopolitical …

Michael Welch (2020-01-05). Venezuela: Disturbing Echoes of History — A Presentation by Maria Páez Victor. globalresearch.ca "During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes have invariably meted out to them relentless persecution, and received their teachings with the most savage hostility, most furious hatred, and a ruthless campaign of lies and slanders."[1] | Vladimir Lenin, …

Staff (2020-01-05). Here's What Workers of the Global South Endure to Create Corporate Wealth. truthout.org In recent decades, as U.S. corporations shipped millions of jobs overseas to save money on wages, GM, H&M, Apple and dozens of other companies established elaborate supply chains in Asia, Mexico and Latin America, where workers earn pennies per hour. These chains are geographically expansive networks organized by foreign companies to produce semi-finished goods in different places before final assembly for huge global corporations. | Abuses abound. One typical example: An Indonesian factory that…

Peter Koenig (2020-01-05). America Is Ruled by a Murderer. globalresearch.ca As most days, this morning I opened the Tao — DaoDeJing— at random, at Dao-42. In its conclusion it says "Those who are forceful and aggressive… die a painful death — This I use as the foundation of my teaching."…

Staff (2020-01-05). Humanity Can't Recycle Its Way Out of Consumption Problems. truthout.org This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | Our story begins in the 1950s. The classic promotional film shows the good American housewife, just like June Cleaver, dropping a large bowl on the kitchen floor. Miraculously, it doesn't break. Rather, it bounces. Plastic had found its way into the American home, and the world would nev…

Elaine Margolin (2020-01-05). Leslie Jamison's Kaleidoscope of Loneliness. truthdig.com Essays include a whale with an online following, a family believing their child led a prior life, and the artistic staging of corpses by Civil War photographers.

Eds. (2020-01-05). Lukacs's Marxist aesthetics. mronline.org Gyà∂rgy Lukács's views on aesthetics will be found in one of his two major mature works, The Specificity of the Aesthetic, the other one being Towards an Ontology of Social Being. They both constitute huge treatises. | Source

Staff (2020-01-05). Al-Shabab Attacks Military Base Used by U.S. Forces in Kenya. truthdig.com NAIROBI, Kenya — Al-Shabab extremists overran a key military base used by U.S. counterterror forces in Kenya before dawn Sunday, destroying U.S. aircraft and vehicles, Kenyan authorities said. It was the al-Qaida-linked group's first attack against U.S. forces in the East African country, and the military called the security situation "fluid" several hours after the assault. | It was not yet clear whether any U.S. or Kenyan forces were killed. A U.S. Africa Command statement, issued after al-Shabab released photos of blazing aircraft, said "an accountability of personnel assessment is underway" and the Mand…

Staff (2020-01-05). Activists Take on the Toxic Tampon Industry and Fight Menstruation Stigma. truthout.org Don't Let Them See You Bleed: PERIOD examines the feminist movement through the lens of period activism. We will look at aspects of women's health and social justice that are often overlooked — From period stigma to the unfair tax on feminine hygiene products and the fight to regulate and disclose ingredients in tampons and maxi pads. We'll hear from activists, researchers, and intellectuals who are challenging the attitudes and policies that negatively impact women on a daily basis. | Specia…

Staff (2020-01-05). IRS Crackdown on Deduction Scam Is Failing. It's Costing the Treasury Billions. truthout.org In March 2019, the IRS added a scheme to its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of "the worst of the worst tax scams." That same scheme was targeted, just weeks earlier, when the U.S. Department of Justice filed a fraud lawsuit against a handful of promoters allegedly responsible for generating more than $2 billion in improper tax write-offs. And the Senate Finance Committee has been investigating that very same racket, recently demanding thousands of pages of documents from six promoters. Lawmakers f…

teleSUR (2020-01-05). Haftar Forces Bomb Military Academy in Tripoli: 42 Killed. telesurenglish.net An air raid on a military academy in Tripoli, attributed to forces under the command of Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, left at least 42 people dead and many more wounded. | RELATED: | Turkish Parliament Approves Bill to Deploy Military to Libya | Security sources told the Reuters News Agency on Saturday that the Libyan National Army bombarded the facility located in the Juhba area on Saturday night; this attack resutled in heavy damage to the site and its surroundings. | "

teleSUR (2020-01-05). Social Democrats Win Croatia's Presidential Election: Polls. telesurenglish.net Social Democrat opposition candidate Zoran Milanovic won Sunday the second and final round of Croatia's presidential election with 54 percent of the vote, while his contender, the incumbent Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of the ruling center-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), obtained about 46 percent, according to exit polls. | RELATED: | Rail Strike Becomes Longest in France's History Since May 1968 | "Thank you! Thanks to all volunteers, all of you who were my support over the…

teleSUR (2020-01-05). Turkish Soldiers Officially on Their Way to Libya: Erdogan. telesurenglish.net Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced Sunday that Ankara was already deploying military units to Libya in support of the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. | RELATED: | Arab League Rejects 'Foreign Interventions' in Libya | The president confirmed that that Turkish soldiers were "already going gradually" to Libya and were tasked with "coordination" at a command center. | "The goal of the Turkish armed forces is not to fight, but to ensure a…

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya (2020-01-05). Plans for Redrawing the Middle East: The Project for a "New Middle East" globalresearch.ca Towards the balkanization (division) and finlandization (pacification) of the Middle East…

Makia Freeman (2020-01-05). 5G Danger: 13 Reasons 5G Wireless Technology Will Be a Catastrophe for Humanity. globalresearch.ca Important article first publish on September 24, 2019 | The 5G danger can't be overstated. | 5G (5th Generation) is now being actively rolled out in many cities around the world. Simultaneously, as awareness over its horrific health and privacy impacts is …

Leah Balecha (2020-01-05). Why Are Vaccine Adverse Events Not Acknowledged or Reported by Medical Professionals? globalresearch.ca 1 by Sen. Richard Pan, which would eliminate almost all vaccine medical exemptions, aims to segregate a minority of children from their …

Bill Nicholov (2020-01-05). Upholding the History and Identity of Macedonia: Macedonian Politicians Don't Even Know "How to Play the Game" globalresearch.ca Picture it. Macedonia. 1991-present. Macedonian politicians playing soccer against [insert any country here] and — not wanting to offend their opponent — spend the entire time playing defence. Whenever they make a save, they celebrate like they're the best soccer …

RT (2020-01-05). UK foreign secretary says Soleimani's job was to attack Western troops 'legitimately' in the Middle East — like in Syria? rt.com British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it was Qassem Soleimani's job to attack Western troops deployed 'legitimately' across the Middle East. But who authorized the presence of those troops in Syria remains a mystery. | Raab went on the BBC to fully endorse Washington's justification of the targeted assassination of the commander of Iran's Quds Force as an act of self-defense. The Trump administration claimed the man was planning attacks on American citizens and that preemptively killing him on Iraqi soil was OK. | "It was General Soleimani's job description to engage proxies, militias across not just Ira…

RT (2020-01-05). Soleimani assassination has opened new phase for whole Middle East region — Hezbollah leader Nasrallah. rt.com The assassination of Qassem Soleimani has opened a new phase for the whole region, the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, has said, calling for attacks on US soldiers and military assets. | Iraqi resistance will not let a single US soldier stay in Iraq after the killing of the Iranian Quds force commander, Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Sunday. | The Hezbollah leader, however, warned against harming any American civilians, as such acts will only play into the hands of US President Donald Trump, adding that every US military asset and serviceman in the region is fair game. | "When…

RT (2020-01-05). 'Commander of Hearts': Grieving Iranians flood streets in Ahvaz to bid farewell to General Soleimani (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Massive crowds of mourners have gathered for a farewell procession dedicated to Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike in Iraq earlier this week. | The solemn procession began at 7am at the Rumi Square in Ahvaz, the capital of Iran's western Khuzestan Province, which borders Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of black-clad mourners have completely filled both the streets and a bridge over the Karun River to pay their last respects to the major general. | People in #Iran's southern Khuzestan pr…

RT (2020-01-05). Iran hoists blood-red 'flag of revenge' in holy city of Qom as thousands mourn Soleimani across the region (VIDEOS). rt.com A blood-red flag, symbolizing the call to avenge the dead, has been hoisted atop the Jamkaran Mosque in the Iranian holy city of Qom. The rare sight comes as people mourn Qassem Soleimani and other officials killed by the US. | The hoisting ceremony was aired by Iranian state TV on Saturday. The blood-red flag, as well as a picture of the slain commander of the elite Quds Force, were carried to the roof of the one of the biggest and most important mosques for Shia Muslims. | Red flag of 'revenge' for #Soleimani hoisted on Jamkaran…

RT (2020-01-05). Easier said than done: Making US troops actually leave Iraq will take more than parliament resolution. rt.com Adoption of the resolution, urging the expulsion of the US military from Iraq, marks a very important step for the country, yet making them actually leave will likely take more than that, analysts have told RT. | The resolution, calling for withdrawal of foreign troops from the country, was adopted by the Iraqi parliament on Sunday. The non-binding document that the government is yet to consider came in response to the assassination of Iranian Quds force commander Qassem Soleimani as well as other Iranian and Iraqi military officials, including the deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Force (PMF), A…

RT (2020-01-05). Iran could bring an 'overnight economic depression' in retaliation to US — ex-Pentagon official tells Boom Bust. rt.com Tehran could block a key shipping route in the Gulf region after US attack, thus causing a terrible headache to global oil markets and the world's economy in general, former Pentagon official Michael Maloof told RT's Boom Bust. | Crude prices rose on Friday — with both Brent and West Texas intermediate (WTI) gaining more than three percent — on the news of the US drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the most powerful Iranian general and the commander of the Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds Force. However, that could be only the beginning of the economic consequences of the attack, according to…

RT (2020-01-05). Iraqi parliament passes resolution asking government to cancel request for assistance from US-led coalition. rt.com Iraqi parliament has voted to have foreign troops removed from the country, heeding to a call from its caretaker prime minister. The move comes after US assassination of a top Iranian general and a commander of Iraqi militia. | The resolution, which was passed anonymously, instructs the government to cancel a request for military assistance to the US-led coalition, which was issued in response to the rise of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). With IS supposedly defeated, Iraq will not need foreign troops to fight the jihadists and can close its airspace to coalition aircraft. | The Iraqi government must work t…

RT (2020-01-05). Enrichment based on technical needs: Iran rolls back on 2015 nuclear deal. rt.com Tehran has removed the last constraints it agreed to impose on its nuclear program under the 2015 deal but said it is ready to return to fulfilling its obligations under the agreement if the US lifts sanctions. | Iran's nuclear program "no longer faces any operating restrictions," a government statement cited by Iranian media said, adding that parameters of enrichment capacity, enrichment level and the amount of enriched material would from now on be determined only by the program's "technical needs." | Tehran still vowed to continue its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and said t…

RT (2020-01-05). 'Terrorist in a suit': Iran's information minister strikes back after Trump's Twitter threats. rt.com The Iranian information minister issued a toughly worded response to US President Donald Trump after he posted a threatening tweet about "targeting" dozens of sites across Iran. | "Trump is a 'terrorist in a suit'. He will learn history very soon that NOBODY can defeat 'the Great Iranian Nation & Culture,'" Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi tweeted on Sunday, while also comparing the US president to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Adolf Hitler and Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan. | The minister was responding to an earlier tweet by Trump, in which he warned that the US has "targeted 52 Iranian sites," incl…

RT (2020-01-05). War over Iran already raging on Twitter: users call for Trump ban, claim suspension over 'No war on Iran' image. rt.com Twitter's dubious enforcement of its own rules is back in the spotlight after Trump threatened to strike Iran and destroy Iranian cultural treasures. Trump's tweet remains, but many wonder whether it's prohibited speech. | Users are supposedly not allowed to threaten violence or glorify acts of violence on Twitter. And many people believe US President Donald Trump did just that when h…

RT (2020-01-05). US-led coalition halts MOST operations, focuses on own forces' protection in wake of Iranian general's killing. rt.com The US-led coalition has announced it will put most of its operations on hold and focus on ensuring the security of its troops as tensions in the Middle East skyrocket after the death of Iran's top general at the hands of the US.

RT (2020-01-05). US federal library program website down after it was hacked by 'Iranian cyber security group' (PHOTOS). rt.com The Federal Depository Library Program (FDPL) website's front page briefly showed an image of President Trump being punched in the face, along with a vow to avenge the killing of a top Iranian general before it went offline. | The website run by the FDPL, a US government program set up to ensure federal government publications are available to the public free of charge, was apparently hacked by a group claiming to be from Iran on Saturday evening. | NEW: The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) website appears to have been hacked by an Iranian group. At the bottom of the page the "Iran Cyber Security Grou…

RT (2020-01-05). Trump says his tweets are 'notification' to Congress, pledges 'disproportionate' response to Iran in case of attack. rt.com The US President Donald Trump has literally said that his Twitter posts should be seen as "notification to the United States Congress" — in another tweet no less — as he vowed to "strike back" should Iran target any American. | The president minced no words as he continued to threaten Tehran with a swift and potentially devastating response as the two nations have found themselves on the brink of a military conflict after the US killed a top Iranian commander on a direct order from the White House. | This time, however, he did not just issue another threat but also said that the US Congress should…

RT (2020-01-05). 3 rockets hit Baghdad's Green Zone not far from US embassy, nearby areas. rt.com The Iraqi capital's heavily fortified Green Zone housing foreign embassies, including the American one, has been targeted in a rocket attack which saw two projectiles landing in the area and another one in a nearby district. | Three 'Katyusha' unguided rockets struck central Baghdad, the Iraqi military confirmed in a statement. Two of them fell in the Green Zone, not far from the US embassy. One more hit the neighboring district of Jadriya. There have been no reports of any casualties or damage resulting from the attack. | It is the second such incident targeting the Green Zone in just a few days since a top I…

RT (2020-01-05). Skating star swindled: Police arrest 'fortune tellers' who took $32K from Olympic champion Sotnikova 'to solve boyfriend woes'. rt.com Fortune-telling swindlers who took two million rubles ($32,000) from 2014 Olympic champion figure skater Adelina Sotnikova in exchange for their 'magic services' have been found and detained by Russian police. | The group of thieves, who claimed to have been gifted with extrasensory abilities, offered fortune-telling and magic help to people in return for massive amounts of money. | READ MORE: Miniskirt, drum & saxophone: Tuktamysheva sets pulses racing at exhibition gala (VIDEO, PICTURES) | One of…

RT (2020-01-05). Satan for scrap: Russia to DESTROY two of its most powerful strategic nuclear missiles in 2020. rt.com Russia is set to dismantle two of its Soviet-era intercontinental ballistic missiles — still considered the most powerful in the world — this year. The R-36M2 ICBMs are commonly known under the NATO reporting name SS-18 Satan. | Two missiles, currently stored at a military compound in Russia's Urals, are set to be destroyed by the end of November, Interfax reported citing a contract for their dismantling. The missiles — which have a dry weight of 52 tons — will be dismantled for scrap, since they contain quite a cache of valuable materials. | Each 'Satan' contains at least 1.2kg of gold,…

RT (2020-01-05). France does not seek trade war with US, but can retaliate if it comes to that — finance minister. rt.com Paris will not sit idle if Washington implements its threat to hit French goods with tariffs, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire stated as he touched on a simmering row on the taxation of US tech giants. | "We want to avoid a trade war, but we're ready to respond, with our European partners, if we're hit with sanctions that we think are inappropriate, unfriendly and illegitimate," the minister said in an interview to Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper. | Also on rt.com | | United States imposes record $7.5 billion in tariffs on European goods | Last year, Fren…

RT (2020-01-05). Bibi gets Freudian by calling Israel 'nuclear power' during cabinet meeting. rt.com Benjamin Netanyahu referred to Israel as a 'nuclear power' in an apparent slip of the tongue. The Jewish state is widely considered one, but has maintained ambiguity, neither confirming nor denying possession of a nuclear arsenal. | Reading a prepared statement to his cabinet on Sunday, Netanyahu lauded the importance of a subsea gas pipeline that will connect Israel with Cyprus and Greece. A trilateral agreement on the project was signed during his trip to Athens this week. | "The significance of this project is that we are turning Israel into a nuclear power," he said, before quickly correcting himself to sa…

RT (2020-01-05). Turkish troops start moving toward Libya — Erdogan. rt.com Turkey has begun deploying troops to Libya for "coordination and stability," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, revealing that Ankara will establish an operational center in the country. | The Turkish military has already started moving "slowly" towards Libya, Erdogan revealed late on Sunday. The scope of Ankara's involvement in the years-long conflict is still unknown. | The deployment of Turkish troops was greenlighted by the country's parliament on Thursday. The move followed a request for military assistance by Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj who heads the UN-backed, Tripoli-based Government of…

RT (2020-01-05). Islamist group Al-Shabaab attacks military base in Kenya that houses US & local troops. rt.com Al-Shabaab jihadists have attacked a military base in Kenya which houses US soldiers along with local troops. The army said they managed to repulse the assault, killing four militants. | The attack was on Camp Simba naval base in Manda Bay in Lamu County on Kenya's coast, bordering Somalia. | Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia told the Daily Nation local newspaper that "heavily armed" militants stormed the compound at 4am local time. Witnesses heard gunfire coming from the base | Photos and videos circulating on social media allegedly show smoke billowing from the site. | Al-Shabaab has attacked a US mil…

RT (2020-01-05). Japan to 'tighten' departure rules after embattled Nissan's ex-chief Carlos Ghosn flees. rt.com The Japanese justice minister promised to beef up departure controls after former auto titan Carlos Ghosn pulled off a daring escape from Japan, where he is charged with financial misconduct. | A frustrated Masako Mori announced on Sunday that she had instructed the nation's immigration services "to coordinate with related agencies to further tighten departure procedures." | "It is clear that we do not have records of the defendant Ghosn departing Japan," Mori said, stressing that the former chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance jumped bail and traveled from the airport in Osaka to Beirut…

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2020-01-05). The Foremost State Sponsor of Terror, the United States of America: Assassination of Soleimani — What Next? globalresearch.ca The foremost state sponsor of terror, the United States of America, carried out a brazen act of terrorism yesterday that took the life of a revered Iranian general — General Ghassem Soleimani. A man, no, a legend, who led …

Francisco Dominguez (2020-01-05). How Brexit Produced the Largest Conservative Majority Since Thatcher. globalresearch.ca The Conservatives managed a landslide in the general election in the UK on 12th December 2019 by obtaining 365 seats —more than an absolute majority- and inflicting a crushing defeat on the Labour Party —that got only 203 seats. …

Juan Cole (2020-01-05). Trump Unites Iran and Iraq . . . against the United States. zcomm.org As is always the way with Western colonialists, Trump administration figures such as secretary of state Mike Pompeo gave it out on Friday that the people of Iran are dying for the United States to invade and occupy them, and are just tickled pick that the US assassinated Gen. Qasem Soleimani…

U.S. Labor Against the War (2020-01-05). US Labor Says: No War on Iran! US Out of Iraq! zcomm.org War is an issue for the US labor movement, and we must speak out against further entrenchment of US troops in the Middle East…

Murtaza Hussain (2020-01-05). The Trump Administration Just Killed Iran's Most Famous Military Commander. zcomm.org We're Not Ready for What's Next…

Reese Erlich (2020-01-05). What's really going on with the US and Iran? zcomm.org Interview on Trump's drone attack that killed a popular Iranian general…

Democratic Socialists of America (2020-01-05). Urgent Call For Action Against A U.S. War On Iran. indybay.org Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) emphatically opposes a U.S. war with Iran. In light of the U.S.'s act of war against Iran, putting the two nations close to the brink of war, DSA calls on all members and chapters to mobilize against yet another U.S. war in the Middle East.

ANSWER Coalition & others (2020-01-05). Sacramento Protest: U.S. Troops Out of Iraq! No War on Iran! indybay.org Intersection of 9th Street and K Street, Downtown Sacramento…

Palestine Justice Coalition (2020-01-05). No War On Iran (Santa Cruz). indybay.org Town Clock, Pacific Avenue and Water Street, Santa Cruz…

Brenda Norrell (2020-01-05). Native People urge peace and friendship with Iran, demand U.S. get out of Iraq. indybay.org Native Americans spoke out today, urging peace and friendship with the people of Iraq and Iran, and called out Trump for assassinations and provocations to escalate war.

Climate One (2020-01-05). Is California's Climate Progress Going Up in Smoke? indybay.org The Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco 94105…

Citizens Climate Lobby and others (2020-01-05). CA District 13 Senate Race: Candidates Forum on Climate & Environment. indybay.org Menlo-Atherton High School Theatre, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton, CA 94027…

CODEPINK.org and many others (2020-01-05). US Out of Iraq! (San Jose). indybay.org 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113…

Monterey Peace & Justice Center (2020-01-05). Monterey Protest: No War on Iran! U.S. Out of Iraq! indybay.org Window On The Bay / Monterey Waterfront Park, Del Monte Ave, Monterey, California 93940…

We Are The Many (2020-01-05). Jan 4, 2020: 5,000 March for Peace in San Francisco. indybay.org With only two days' notice and during the winter vacation, some 5,000 people managed to take over the streets of San Francisco, filling two wide blocks near Fifth and Mission, as we marched past the San Francisco Chronicle building on January 4, 2020, a clear, sunny 55 degree day for a peace march protesting Nazi Trump's war against Iran.

San Mateo Peace Action (2020-01-05). No War with Iran! (San Mateo). indybay.org corner 3rd Ave and El Camino | 300 So El Camino Real | San Mateo, CA 94402…

Yolo Grassroots Collective (2020-01-05). Protest in Davis: No War on Iran! U.S. Troops Out of Iraq! indybay.org B Street and 5th Street, Davis, CA…

On the Streets (2020-01-05). Resounding Chants at San Mateo "No War with Iran" Rally after Drone Strikes. indybay.org Five thousand marched in San Francisco at noon on January 4; for people who felt they wanted something a little smaller, nearby San Mateo was a good option.

Eddie Stiel (2020-01-05). In San Francisco, Thousands March Against Occupation of Iraq And War With Iran. indybay.org On Saturday, January 4, 2020, 2500 to 3000 people marched from Powell and Market to UN Plaza, proclaiming "US Out of Iraq" and "No War With Iran."

Partisan Defense Committee (2020-01-05). Holiday Appeal for Class-War Prisoners. indybay.org Oakstop, 1721 Broadway, Oakland near 19th St. BART stop…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2020-01-05). War Again on the Front Burner. globalresearch.ca The nonsensical statement below from the Pentagon announcing that the US government has committed an act of war against Iran should frighten everyone: | "At the direction of the president, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US …

Andrew Korybko (2020-01-05). MH17 Malaysian Airlines Documentary by Ukraine SBU Whistleblower: Review. globalresearch.ca The latest MH17 documentary, "MH-17: In Search Of Truth" by Ukrainian SBU whistleblower Vasily Prozorov, shares some shocking truths about that tragedy which strongly make the case that the UK conspired with Kiev to take down that civilian aircraft…

Edward Curtin (2020-01-05). 'The Searching Life and Enigmatic Death of Albert Camus'. globalresearch.ca "Everyone wants the man who is still searching to have already reached his conclusions. A thousand voices are already telling him what he has found, and yet he knows he hasn't found anything. Should he search on and let them …

Staff (2020-01-05). Trump Says 52 Targets Already Lined Up if Iran Retaliates. truthdig.com Nancy Pelosi slams his formal notice on fatal strike that sparked hostilities, saying it suggests Americans "are being left in the dark."

Ryan Cristián (2020-01-05). Rockets Fired At US Bases, US Gov Immediately Bombs Iraq & Syria & Their False Claims Exposed. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/4/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Janine Jackson (2020-01-05). 'The Fed Is a Political Institution That Pretends Not to Be Political' – CounterSpin interview with William Greider on Alan Greenspan. fair.org Journalist William Greider, who died on Christmas Day 2019 at the age of 83, was a repeat guest on CounterSpin; Janine Jackson interviewed him about former Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan for the September 21, 2007, episode. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

yenisafak (2020-01-05). Top Turkish, UK diplomats discuss Soleimani killing. yenisafak.com According to diplomatic sources, Turkey's Mevlut Cavusoglu and U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab discussed the killing of Qasem Soleimani, who headed Iran's Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds force. | Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Friday.His death marked a dramatic escalation in tensions between the U.S. and Iran, which have often been at a fever pitch since Trump chose in 2018 to unilaterally withdraw Washington from a 2015 nuclear pact world powers struck with Tehran.Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who gave Soleimani the country's highest honor last year, vowed…

yenisafak (2020-01-05). Soleimani's killing violation of UN Charter: Larijani. yenisafak.com Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Sunday the killing of senior military commander Qasem Soleimani in a U.S. airstrike was an "outright violation" of the United Nations Charter."U.S. President [Donald Trump]'s brutal act is a war crime," he said in an address to parliament cited by the official IRNA news agency.Larijani said Soleimani's killing has changed the political balance of both the region and the international community.Soleimani, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds force, was killed in a U.S. drone airstrike in Iraq on Friday.His death marked a dramatic escalation in tensions b…

yenisafak (2020-01-05). Gulf markets plunge on US-Iran tensions, Aramco hits lowest since IPO. yenisafak.com Gulf stocks fell sharply in late afternoon trade on Sunday, with Kuwaiti and Saudi stocks leading losses.Shares of oil giant Aramco, which listed last month in a record initial public offering (IPO), fell 1.7% to hit the lowest level since it started trading on Dec 11.Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, the architect of Tehran's overseas military operations was killed on Friday in a U.S. drone strike on his convoy at Baghdad airport.The killing is seen by Tehran as an act of war that risks regional conflagration.The Kuwaiti index, the best performer in the region in 2019, was down nearly 4.1%, while Saud…

yenisafak (2020-01-05). UK's Raab calls for de-escalation of tensions after killing of 'menace' Soleimani. yenisafak.com British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday he understood why the United States had killed a top Iranian military commander but urged a de-escalation of tensions in the Middle East to avoid war in the region.Iran condemned Donald Trump as a "terrorist in a suit" after the U.S. president threatened to hit 52 Iranian sites if Tehran attacks Americans or U.S. assets in retaliation for the killing of Qassem Soleimani on Friday.Raab, who is due to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Thursday, said he had spoken to Iraq's prime minister and president and also planned to speak to Iran…

yenisafak (2020-01-05). Trump's attack threat 'war crime': Iran's Zarif. yenisafak.com Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has described U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to attack dozens of Iranian sites as a "war crime" amid rising tensions in the wake of the killing of a senior Iranian general by an American airstrike."Targeting cultural sites is a WAR CRIME," Zarif said on Twitter on Sunday, shortly after Trump threatened to strike 52 Iranian sites in the event of any attacks on U.S. citizens of assets."Whether kicking or screaming, end of U.S. malign presence in West Asia has begun," Zarif said.Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds force, was killed in a U.S.

yenisafak (2020-01-05). Pope calls for dialogue and restraint amid growing US-Iran tensions. yenisafak.com Pope Francis called on Sunday for dialogue and restraint two days after the killing of a top Iranian military commander by the United States.Speaking at the Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican, the pope did not mention Iran by name but spoke of a terrible air of tension that could now be felt in many parts of the world."I call on all sides to keep the flame of dialogue and self-restraint alight and ward off the shadow of hostility," he said."War only brings death and destruction."On Friday a U.S. drone strike on a convoy at Baghdad airport killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, drawing promises of h…

yenisafak (2020-01-05). 2019 begins, ends with bloodshed in Afghanistan. yenisafak.com With deadly precision, Taliban insurgents orchestrated lethal assaults on Afghan forces on New Year Eve similar to those exactly one year before, killing more than 30 soldiers, setting the tone for the year to come.Afghan officials told Anadolu Agency at least 34 security forces were killed in attacks across Balkh, Takhar, Faryab and Kunduz provinces in the north New Year Eve. Police spokesman in Takhar, Khalil Aseer, said at least 11 insurgents were killed in the gunfight.Exactly one year ago, on the eve of 2019, the Taliban stormed the administrative headquarters of Sayaad district in Sar-e-Pul province and kil…

yenisafak (2020-01-05). 'Pakistan to raise Kashmir issue at every world forum in 2020'. yenisafak.com Jammu and Kashmir remains one of the oldest unresolved international conflicts on the UN table. On Dec 31, 1947, India sought the UN Security Council's (UNSC) intervention, complaining that Pakistan was aiding the invaders who had overrun the state. For 23 years (1948-1971) the UNSC adopted 23 resolutions, established organizations and appointed various officials to deal with the issue.On Jan. 5, 1949, the UN Commission for India and Pakistan adopted a resolution calling for a free and impartial plebiscite to let the people of Jammu and Kashmir decide about accession to either India or Pakistan. Both countries ac…

yenisafak (2020-01-05). Iran's minister Jahromi says Trump is 'a terrorist in a suit': tweet. yenisafak.com The United States President Donald Trump is "a terrorist in a suit", Iranian Information and Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi tweeted on Sunday."Like ISIS, Like Hitler, Like Genghis! They all hate cultures. Trump is a terrorist in a suit. He will learn history very soon that NOBODY can defeat 'the Great Iranian Nation & Culture'," Jahromi tweeted.

yenisafak (2020-01-05). Russian begins TurkStream gas flows to Greece, North Macedonia. yenisafak.com Russia has started European gas deliveries through the new TurkStream pipeline to Turkey, Bulgaria's Bulgartransgaz said on Sunday, as Moscow looks to reduce shipments via Ukraine.Russia is building TurkStream and doubling the capacity of NordStream across the Baltic Sea to Germany as part of plans to bypass Ukraine in its gas deliveries to Europe."Russian gas deliveries not only for us but also for Greece and North Macedonia are being carried through the new entry point (at our Turkish border)," Bulgartransgaz CEO Vladimir Malinov told Bulgarian national radio BNR.Russian gas producer Gazprom started shipping ab…