2020-01-08: News Headlines

Betsey Piette (2020-01-08). Coast to coast U.S. protests demand: "U.S. out of Iraq! No war or sanctions on Iran!" workers.org Just days into the new year and a new decade, on Jan. 4, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in 80 cities across 38 states to demand U.S. out of Iraq and no war or sanctions on Iran. Many activists described the massive turnout as the largest . . . | Continue reading Coast to coast U.S. protests demand: "U.S. out of Iraq! No war or sanctions on Iran!" at Workers.org

Renee Parsons (2020-01-08). No Shame, No Honor, No Heart. globalresearch.ca The entire world now knows, as reported by the NY Times, that President Donald Trump personally "opted for the most extreme" option as he ordered the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qaseem Souleimani. In an article entitled " As Tensions with

Zoltan Grossman (2020-01-08). A War on Iran Would be Different From Iraq, and Far, Far Worse. counterpunch.org Since President Trump's assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, widespread alarm has centered on whether he is again dragging us into another war like Iraq, to detract from his impeachment. The bad news is that the situation is even more potentially disastrous. As a political-cultural geographer who has long studied the history of U.S. military More

Dave Lindorff (2020-01-08). US Jingoism Promotes Mindless Support for War with Iran. counterpunch.org This is not an article intended to praise Qassem Suleimani, the Commander of Iran's military who was whacked by President Trump with several Hellfire Missiles fired from a US drone at his vehicle outside the Baghdad Airport. What I do decry, however, is the almost universal characterization of Suleimani as "the baddest of the bad," More

Staff (2020-01-08). A View from Tehran: Iranian Professor Condemns U.S. Aggression & Warns U.S.-Backed Gulf States. democracynow.org Iranian forces fired 22 ballistic missiles at U.S. forces in Iraq early Wednesday in what Iran described as "fierce revenge" for the U.S. assassination of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week at the Baghdad airport. The Iranian missiles targeted the Al Asad Airbase in Anbar province and a base in Erbil. There were no initial reports of U.S. or Iraqi casualties. Shortly after the attacks, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted, "We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression." Earlier today, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali…

Alan Macleod (2020-01-08). Questions Surround Mysterious Plane Crash in Iran That Left 176 Dead. mintpressnews.com The crash comes at a point barely short of war between the United States and Iran and brings back memories of the downing of Iran Air Flight 655 by the US military.

Alan Macleod (2020-01-08). In What May be the Largest Strike in World History, Millions in India Protest PM Modi's Policies. mintpressnews.com An estimated quarter of a billion workers in India went on strike today, protesting the government of Narendra Modi's racist and "anti-people," "anti-worker" policies.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-01-08). Justice at Last? Panic in Israel as the ICC Takes Momentous Step in the Right Direction. mintpressnews.com The high level of these ICC investigations places the legal push against Israel at a whole new level. This is uncharted territory for Israel, the United States, Palestine, the ICC and the international community as a whole.

Staff (2020-01-08). Iranian-American Lawmaker Warns of Rising Xenophobia as U.S.-Iran Tension Escalates. democracynow.org In the midst of escalating U.S.-Iran tensions, Border Patrol has been detaining Iranian Americans at the U.S.-Canada border. At least 100 people were delayed at ports of entry along the border over the weekend, following the U.S. assassination of Qassem Soleimani on January 3. For response, we speak with Anna Eskamani, Florida Democratic state representative of Orlando. She is the first Iranian American to be elected to any public office in Florida. "The reality is that when we see the potential war rise in countries like Iran … we'll see xenophobia rise right here locally" in the U.S., Eskamani says.

Staff (2020-01-08). Juan Cole: U.S.-Iran Conflict Enters Unprecedented Territory with Assassinations & Military Attacks. democracynow.org Iran's retaliatory missile strikes on bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops, following the U.S. assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, have dramatically raised tensions in the Middle East. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei called the missile strike a "slap in the face" of the Americans and called for U.S. troops to leave the Middle East. The Iranian missile strikes come just days after the Iraqi Parliament voted to expel all foreign military forces from Iraq. We speak with Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan.

Staff (2020-01-08). Blowback? U.S. Assassination of Soleimani May Weaken Growing Protest Movement in Iran. democracynow.org Protests broke out in Iran in November in response to high fuel prices, leading to demonstrations in dozens of cities around the country. The protesters have demanded economic relief and denounced corruption. More than 1,000 people have been killed since the outbreak of the protests and a violent crackdown by security forces. The rise in tensions between Iran and the United States, triggered by the U.S. assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, could weaken that protest movement, says Ali Kadivar, assistant professor of sociology and international studies at Boston College who was active in Iran's st…

WSWS (2020-01-08). Corbyn grovels to Privy Council, seeking to block mass anti-war movement. wsws.org Corbyn's letter to Johnson was framed as a defence of British national security interests and exhibited Corbyn's trademark deference to the state.

Anthony DiMaggio (2020-01-08). Opposing War With Iran: Three Reasons. counterpunch.org The U.S. stands at the precipice of war. President Trump's rhetorical efforts to sell himself as the "anti-war" president have been exposed as a fraud via his assault on Iran. Most Orwellian of all is Trump's claim that the assassination of Iranian General Qassam Soleimani was necessary to avert war, following the New Year's Eve More

John Catalinotto (2020-01-08). WW editorial: No war on Iran! U.S. out of Iraq! workers.org The gangsters in the White House and the Pentagon are responsible for the targeted assassination of a top representative of a sovereign government. The target, Qassem Soleimani of Iran, was on a peace mission that the U.S. president was aware of and had encouraged. Trump has now followed up . . . | Continue reading WW editorial: No war on Iran! U.S. out of Iraq! at Workers.org

Liberation Staff (2020-01-08). Protesters across New England demand: No War on Iran! liberationnews.org Reports from Boston, New Haven, Conn, and Manchester, NH.

teleSUR (2020-01-08). Bolivia: Right-Wing Discredits Possible Socialist Candidate. telesurenglish.net The Vice-President of the Confederation of Coca Growers in the Cochabamba Tropics, Andronico Rodriguez, who is also the possible presidential candidate of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), denounced Wednesday that Bolivia's coup-based government tries to discredit him by presenting him as a security threat. | RELATED: | Bolivia's MAS to Launch Presidential Campaign in Argentina | "This is very unfortunate. The de facto government wants the population to think that I am lookin…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-01-08). Video: Trump Calls Upon Iran: "We Should Work Together" globalresearch.ca On January 8, President Trump spoke from the White House following the Iran missile attack against two US military bases in Iraq in the night of January 8. | While US and Iraqi sources said "there were no known casualties" (CNN) …

IASEIS (2020-01-08). Worldwide Protests against 5G on January 25, 2020. globalresearch.ca Protests will take place in many countries on Saturday, January 25, 2020. This is the first Global Day of Protest against 5G. It is only the first of more to come until our voices are heard and the irradiation of …

The Canary (2020-01-08). Nurses warn of burn-out in new strike over pay and recruitment. thecanary.co Thousands of "burned out" nurses have taken to picket lines in the north of Ireland as one-day strike action brings some health services to a standstill.An escalating row over pay and conditions in the under-pressure hospital system emptied treatment waiting rooms across the country.Politicians are trying to reach an agreement which would produce a funding boost for an NHS beset by long waiting lists for treatment and rancour over employee pay levels while struggling to fill some vacant posts.The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) protest follows a similar walkout last month over salary rates that lag behind colleagu…

teleSUR (2020-01-08). More Than 300 Migrants and Refugees Arrested in Niger. telesurenglish.net Nigerian police have arrested at least 335 refugees and migrants from Sudan, accusing them of setting ablaze a refugee camp outside the northern city of Agadez. | RELATED: | African Migrants in Egypt Face Increasingly Violent Racism | Officials said the camp was burnt down after roughly 1,000 refugees, including women and children, protested in front of the U…

teleSUR (2020-01-08). Brazil: Lula Criticized Bolsonaro's Servility to Washington. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Workers Party leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told Wednesday far-right President Jair Bolsonaro to stop "kneeling" before U.S. President Donald Trump with his support to the U.S. offensive launched on Jan. 2 against Iran. | RELATED: | Brazilians Ask Bolsonaro Not to Comment on US Attack in Iraq | Lula emphasized, during the live interview by DC…

Editor (2020-01-08). Undeclared war is real war: WW editorial. workers.org The White House and the Pentagon, with their totally illegal assassination of Iran's leading general, Qassem Soleimani, have opened up a new era of confrontation that could plunge the Middle East into more war, suffering and devastation. As the U.S. rushes thousands more troops to the area, the cost of . . . | Continue reading Undeclared war is real war: WW editorial at Workers.org

RT (2020-01-08). Iran warns 'Great Satan' America that any new attack will result in 'painful and crushing' response, including against Israel. rt.com If the US and its allies launch any more attacks on Iran, they will incur "more painful and crushing responses," the Islamic Revolutionary Guards of Iran warned, noting that the 'Zionist regime' of Israel would not be spared. | The IRGC issued a statement in the early hours of Wednesday local time, after launching a volley of missiles against two bases used by US forces inside Iraq, in retaliation for last week's drone assassination of IRGC Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani outside Baghdad. | We warn the Great Satan, the bloodthirsty and arrogant regime of the US, that any new wicked act or more moves and agg…

Patrick Cockburn (2020-01-08). Trump's Actions in Iraq Could Plunge the Country Into Crisis Once Again, Leaving Iran as Strong as Ever. counterpunch.org The assassination of Qassem Soleimani has capsized Iraqi politics in the most dangerous of ways, making it possible that the country will be plunged once again into a state of permanent crisis and war from which it has escaped in the last two years. President Trump is threatening sanctions against Iraq if it expels the More

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-08). Escalation? Iranian Missiles Strike Two US Military Bases in Iraq, "Slap in the Face" to the US, according to Tehran. globalresearch.ca The Trump regime's assassination of Iranian General Soleimani, Iraqi deputy PMU commander Muhandis, and others with them was a flagrant UN Charter breach — an act of war against both countries. | International law affirms the right of self-defense in response …

Vijay Prashad (2020-01-08). Is This the End of U.S. Interference in West Asia? counterpunch.org Major General Hossein Salami, the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran, said on January 4 that his country would take "strategic revenge" against the United States for the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani. The assassination of Soleimani, Salami said, will be later seen as a "turning point" in U.S. interference More

Thomas Knapp (2020-01-08). The Soleimani Assassination: Worse Than a Crime, a Mistake. counterpunch.org In March of 1804, French dragoons secretly crossed the Rhine into the German Margraviate of Baden. Acting on orders from Napoleon himself, they kidnapped Louis Antoine de Bourbon, Duke of Enghien. After a hastily convened court-martial on charges of bearing arms against France, the duke was shot. "C'est pire qu'un crime, c'est une faute," a More

teleSUR (2020-01-08). Most People Around the World Disapprove of Trump. telesurenglish.net The international trend is skeptical of whether the president of the United States will do something right in foreign policy, as shown by the results of a survey conducted by Pew Research even before he had approved the drone attack that caused the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani last week. | RELATED: | Three Rockets Hit Baghdad, Near US Embassy | The poll was held between May 18th and October 2nd and consisted of telephone and face-to-face interviews with people from 33 countries. It pro…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-08). Iran confirms strike on US airbase in Iraq. peoplesdispatch.org Iranian state TV station Press TV confirmed that early on Wednesday January 8 that Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) had successfully targeted US airbase Ain al-Assad in Western Iraq with tens of surface-to-surface missiles. The strike on the US airbase is the first following the assassination of Qassem Soleimani in a US airstrike on the Baghdad airport. Iranian state television has reported that 80 "US terrorists" were killed in the strike. However, there is no verification of the claim. | Soleimani…

Fight Back (2020-01-08). Iranian response to U.S. attack underway. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, Mn — According to a Jan. 7 report, Iran's news station Press TV is reporting, "Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has targeted the U.S. airbase of Ain al-Assad in Anbar province in western Iraq after vowing to retaliate the US assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander, Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani." | The report says that tens of surface-to-surface missiles were fired at the strategic airbase and the attack was later confirmed by the U.S. officials. | Press TV also states, "The IRGC has called for a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Arab country, asserting that it wo…

Whitney Webb (2020-01-08). Trump Backs Away from Threats to Retaliate for Iranian Missile Strikes, Promises New Sanctions. mintpressnews.com Following Iran's military response to the deaths of Soleimani and his Iraqi ally, Trump's tone — at least publicly — was dramatically less bellicose than his recent tweets promising to strike Iranian territory should Tehran retaliate against the US.

RT (2020-01-08). Iran's overnight strikes on American bases 'a slap in the face' for US — Khamenei. rt.com An Iranian missile attack against US military targets inside Iraq has humiliated Washington, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said, urging remaining forces to leave the region. | Khamenei said that the strikes served as a "slap in the face" for the United States, but were not "sufficient" to remove "the corrupting presence of America in the region." | He stated unequivocally that Tehran views Washington as its enemy. | In a separate statement, President Hassan Rouhani said that the US may have "cut off the arm" of assassinated Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani, but Iran would respond by se…

RT (2020-01-08). Not our problem: BoJo says legality of US assassination of Soleimani is 'not for UK to determine'. rt.com British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted that questions surrounding the legality of the US killing of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani is "not for the UK to determine." | Responding to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during the first PMQs of the year in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Johnson said that "most reasonable people" would accept that the US is well within its rights to "protect its bases and its personnel." | The strict issue of legality is not for the UK to determine since it was not our operation. | Corbyn, who described the escalation of US-Iran tensions in the middle east as…

Staff (2020-01-08). Border Patrol Detains Iranian Americans at US-Canada Border as Xenophobia Rises. truthout.org In the midst of escalating U.S.-Iran tensions, Border Patrol has been detaining Iranian Americans at the U.S.-Canada border. At least 100 people were delayed at ports of entry along the border over the weekend, following the U.S. assassination of Qassem Soleimani on January 3. For response, we speak with Anna Eskamani, Florida Democratic state representative of Orlando. She is the first Iranian American to be elected to any public office in Florida. "The reality is that when we see the potent…

RT (2020-01-08). Will US-Iran conflict spiral out of control with tit-for-tat 'retaliations'? rt.com Iran fired a slew of missiles at US bases in Iraq, fulfilling its promise to avenge the death of its top general. Will both sides stop where they are, or are we witnessing the calm before an all-out storm? | Two waves of Iranian missiles rained down overnight on two military installations housing US and coalition troops, one in Al-Asad and one in Erbil. The strikes were heavy on symbolism, with Iranian leadership making sure that the US gets the message right. | Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the attack — codenamed 'Martyr Soleimani' after the slain commander of Iran's clandestine Quds Force…

Staff (2020-01-08). Iran Strikes Back at U.S. With Missile Attack on Bases in Iraq. truthdig.com Iranian state TV said the attack was launched in revenge for the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Editor (2020-01-08). °Saquen a los EE.UU. de Iraq! °No a la guerra contra Irán! workers.org Publicado el 1 de enero, antes del asesinato mayor general iraní Qassem Soleimani por un ataque aéreo estadounidense. La Casa Blanca está utilizando una manifestación masiva en la fortaleza militarmente defendida de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos en Bagdad, Iraq, para amenazar con otro ataque contra Irán. øCuál es . . . | Continue reading °Saquen a los EE.UU. de Iraq! °No a la guerra contra Irán! at Workers.org

The Canary (2020-01-08). Plane crash which killed 176, including three Britons, caused by fire, Iran says. thecanary.co Three Britons have died after a Ukrainian passenger plane crashed moments after take off from Iran, officials have said.All 167 passengers and nine crew on the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 flight from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran to the Ukrainian capital Kiev were killed minutes after take-off at 6.10am local time (2.40am GMT) on 8 January.The crash comes amid escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf following the killing last week of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani by the US.Debris is seen from an Ukrainian plane, containing three Britons, which crashed moments after take-off from Te…

Staff (2020-01-08). Congress Must Forcibly Limit Trump's Power to Attack Iran. truthout.org The unlawful and provocative assassination of Iran's top general, Qassim Suleimani, has already given rise to an escalating spiral of lethal events. The greatest risks are to stumble into a devastating war in the Middle East with grave consequences for the peoples of Iran and Iraq and likely across the region. Such a war would have disastrous effects for this country, for the region and the world. It is certain to do further harm to the reputation of the United States, which already is perceived i…

Staff (2020-01-08). Iran Sanctions Are Economic Warfare, and Trump Just Vowed to Increase Them. truthout.org The U.S. assassination of Iranian General Qassim Suleimani opened a pandora's box in the Middle East. Iran's initial response has come in the form of a direct missile attack on the Ain al-Assad U.S. military base in Iraq. While this morning President Trump ruled out an immediate military escalation given that there were no U.S. casualties, he did announce that there would be heightened sanctions on the country. Trump's approach to Iran ensures direct conflict unless he leans off his so-called "m…

Ed Sykes (2020-01-08). Iran responds to US assassination by attacking Iraqi bases housing US troops. thecanary.co Iran has responded to the US assassination of its most powerful military commander by firing ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases that house US troops. US and Iraqi officials said there were no casualties among their forces, and it appeared that Iran had given advance warning of the strikes.The Iranian strikes marked the first time in recent years that Iran has directly attacked US positions. The country's leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made clear that the missile strikes wer…

Daniel McAdams (2020-01-08). Trump's Assassination Disaster. globalresearch.ca Is Trump yet ruing the day he lent his ear to the siren songs of the Iran-obsessed neocons? One can almost imagine the president, sitting in the makeshift situation room at Mar-a-Lago just a few days ago surrounded by the …

teleSUR (2020-01-08). Colombia: A Woman Is the First Social Leader Killed This Year. telesurenglish.net Colombia's first political assassination of this year occurred in the Putumayo Department on Monday night when hitmen murdered Gloria Ocampo, the Estrella Community Action Board (JAC) Secretary. | RELATED: | Colombia's Truth Commission Rejects Threats to Social Leaders | "Two men arrived at Gloria's house and asked about her. She identified herself and they shot her repeatedly," local outlet El Tiempo reported. | Ocampo stood out in her community because she promoted the volunta…

RT (2020-01-08). Spain pulls some of its troops from Iraq over security concerns. rt.com Spain has announced that some of its forces stationed in Iraq have left the country, describing the decision as a security precaution. | Around 500 Spanish troops were deployed to Iraq as part of a US-led coalition formed to combat Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). The soldiers, who helped train Iraqi security forces, were stationed in Besmayah, Taji, and Baghdad. It's not yet clear how many Spanish military personnel were ferried out of the country. | Iraq's parliament passed a non-binding resolution calling for the withdrawal of all foreign following the US assassination of Iranian commander Qassem Soleiman…

WSWS (2020-01-08). Australian government backs US provocations against Iran. wsws.org Government representatives responded to the illegal US assassination of General Suleimani by expressing "concern" over "Iran's behaviour" and insisting Australian troops remain in Iraq.

Staff (2020-01-08). Proof Bernie Sanders Has the Billionaire Class' Attention. truthdig.com Billionaire Jeff Gundlach told fellow wealthy investors late Tuesday that Sen. Bernie Sanders is the "odds-on favorite" to win the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination—and warned the senator's potential general election victory could pose a serious threat to Wall Street profits. | "Bernie is stronger than people think," Gundlach, who correctly predicted Donald Trump's defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2…

teleSUR (2020-01-08). Iran's Attack Caused No Deaths or Damage, President Trump Says. telesurenglish.net In his first official statement following Iran's missile strikes on two U.S. military bases in Iraq, President Donald Trump denied that U.S. citizens had died as a result of that military action. | RELATED: | Iran Strikes US Forces in Ain al-Assad and Erbil Base in Iraq | "We suffered no casualties. All of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was susta…

Brian W. Major (2020-01-08). A Marxist response to the animal liberation and vegan movements. peoplesworld.org

Staff (2020-01-08). Trump EPA's Proposed "Secret Science" Rule Directly Threatens Children's Health. truthout.org The Trump administration is working to weaken U.S. environmental regulations in many areas, from water and air pollution to energy development and land conservation. One of its most controversial proposals is known as the " secret science" rule because it would require scientists to disc…

teleSUR (2020-01-08). Ecuador Buys $4m Worth of Non-Lethal Weapons for Armed Forces. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's Ministry of Defense announced Monday it will purchase US$3.6 million worth of non-lethal weapons and riot gear for the Armed Forces, ahead of new strikes called by various social and Indigenous groups for the first quarter of 2020. | RELATED: | UN: Unnecessary and Disproportionate Repression in Ecuador | "Following NATO's criteria, we have bought gear to Israel, France, and the United States," Minister of Defense Oswaldo Jarrin told the press, adding that the gear will be…

Nathan Raia (2020-01-08). Democracy: when the opposition is the Media. mronline.org One more court case has been opened against the former Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa. The elite with the help of the corporate media are trying to get him behind bars. Also, a council has been created, by the executive, to control the judiciary, proving that there is no impartial process for the victims of lawfare. | Source

C.J. Atkins (2020-01-08). Trump makes it clear he will continue endless war. peoplesworld.org The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. So said George Orwell of the endless conflict that Oceania maintained with its supposed adversaries in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. With Iran's quick and casualty-free face-saving retaliatory strikes concluded and President Trump signaling no further U.S. attacks, it looks as though …

WSWS (2020-01-08). House and Senate deadlocked over Trump impeachment trial. wsws.org It was the decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine, which is fighting a US proxy war against Russian-backed separatists, that triggered a furious conflict within the state and the Trump administration itself.

WSWS (2020-01-08). Iran strikes US bases in Iraq as Pentagon deploys B-52 bombers. wsws.org In evident preparation for full-scale war, the Pentagon has dispatched a bomber strike force consisting of six B-52 heavy bombers to the US military base on the island of Diego Garcia.

RT (2020-01-08). Shell-shocked pundits come crawling back to Hillary over Trump's Iran belligerence… forgetting she'd have started war sooner. rt.com Social media sang praises of would-be US President Hillary Clinton as actual President Donald Trump seemed headed for all-out war with Iran — even though Clinton had been a much more enthusiastic participant in US wars. | After Iranian missiles struck several US bases Tuesday night, #Resistance twitter wasted no time disavowing the administration they blamed for the hostilities, running into the arms of his arch-rival with the #IVotedforHillaryClinton hashtag. | I'm proud to raise my hand and say that I voted for Intelligence. | I voted for Leadership. | I voted for Experience. | I voted for Maturity.

Juan Cole (2020-01-08). Trump Has Been at War With Iran for More Than a Year. truthdig.com Attacks on Iraqi military bases Tuesday can be traced directly to the president's violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

RT (2020-01-08). 'No lives lost': Trump holds fire on 'big missiles,' talks peace after Iran's strikes on US bases in Iraq. rt.com US President Donald Trump is delivering an eagerly-awaited address to America, as the country stands on the brink of war with Iran. Trump's speech comes hours after Iranian missiles struck two US bases in Iraq. | Speaking from the White House, Trump backed away from threatening further strikes against Iran, describing Tehran's stand-down as "a good thing for all parties concerned." | Our missiles are big, powerful, accurate, lethal and fast…The fact that we have this great military and equipment, however, does not mean that we have to use it. | Trump did, however, vow to impose new economic sanctions on the…

John Grant (2020-01-08). Trump's Iran War is a Tragedy Foretold. counterpunch.org Here we go again. We lived through George Bush Senior's war, then George Bush Junior's war and now we have Donald Trump's war. Our leaders don't learn from our mistakes very well. True, the curtain is just rising on Act Three, and the players are just now entering the stage; no one in the audience More

Sara Flounders (2020-01-08). Targeting Iraq, Iran/ U.S. threatens wider war. workers.org Jan 7—Enormous demonstrations in Iran, Iraq and region-wide are expressing anti-imperialist rage, and signaling a new day, a rebirth of mass movements that will drive the U.S. out of the region. Philadelphia, Jan. 4. A criminal U.S. act has kindled this firestorm. On Jan. 2, U.S. imperialism pushed its aggressive . . . | Continue reading Targeting Iraq, Iran/ U.S. threatens wider war at Workers.org

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-08). Iran Takes 5th and Final JCPOA Rollback Step. globalresearch.ca It took years of negotiations to conclude the landmark JCPOA nuclear deal in 2015 between Iran and P5+1 countries (Russia, China, UK, France and Germany + the EU). | Adopted unanimously by Security Council Resolution 2231, the agreement became binding international …

Hasan Abu Nimah (2020-01-08). Reciprocal Escalation! Out of Control. globalresearch.ca Crises in the Middle East are by no means unusual. Instability in our region has, for decades, been the rule rather than the exception. But the current showdown between the US and Iran is nearing serious breaking point, if not …

Syria News (2020-01-08). Iran Targets US Base of Ain Al-Assad in Iraq. globalresearch.ca Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Muhammad Hussein Baqeri confirmed today that any new evil American action will face a more resolute response. | In a statement today, Baqeri said that the operation targeting the American base of Ain …

teleSUR (2020-01-08). Most Danish, Latvian Troops To Leave Iraq After Iranian Strikes. telesurenglish.net Denmark and Latvia have announced Wednesday that they will temporarily move some of its military personnel from the Al-Asad airbase in Iraq to Kuwait following Tuesday's missile attack carried out by Iranian forces. | RELATED: | Iran's Attack Caused No Deaths or Damage, President Trump Says | Danish Prime Minister Mettle Frederiksen said that 30 to 40…

RT (2020-01-08). 'Example of cooperation for the world': Putin & Erdogan hail new gas pipeline as Middle East tensions boil. rt.com With regional tensions flaring, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan hailed the launch of the near-1,000km TurkStream gas pipeline as an example of international cooperation. | "We live in a difficult world, and unfortunately, in the region we're in now, there are tendencies for the worsening of the situation," Putin said at the pipeline's inauguration ceremony in Istanbul on Wednesday, referring to ongoing tensions in Iran, Iraq and Syria. | But Turkey and Russia are showing a very different feat: an example of reciprocity and cooperation of our people, of Europe's…

Staff (2020-01-08). Trump Says Iran Appears to Be 'Standing Down' After Airstrike. truthdig.com The president indicates he won't respond militarily after missile strike on Iraqi bases in which no one was harmed, tells of new sanctions.

RT (2020-01-08). 'So far, so good!' Trump tweets of US military might, set to address Americans on Wednesday over Iranian strike. rt.com US President Donald Trump has weighed in after a series of Iranian missile strikes on American bases in Iraq, noting that a damage and casualty assessment looks "good" so far. | "All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now," Trump said, adding that he would make a statement to the nation on Wednesday morning. | All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in t…

RT (2020-01-08). Ukrainian Boeing 737 crashes on takeoff from Tehran, all passengers and crew killed. rt.com A Ukrainian Boeing 737 bound for Kiev from Tehran has crashed after takeoff due to technical problems, Iranian media reported. Much of the regional airspace had been cleared due to Iranian missile strikes on US targets in Iraq. | Flight radar information showed Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 abruptly disappearing after takeoff from the Imam Khomeini airport just after 6 am local time. | Also on rt.com | | WATCH ball of flame falling from the sky alleged to be Ukrainian plane that crashed in Iran | There were 176 passengers and nine crew memb…

RT (2020-01-08). WATCH ball of flame falling from the sky alleged to be Ukrainian plane that crashed in Iran. rt.com An unauthenticated video has emerged online purporting to show a Ukrainian Boeing 737 crashing soon after takeoff from the Iranian capital en route back to Kiev. | Posted online late on Tuesday night, the brief video clip shows what is said to be a Ukraine International Airlines flight as it hit the ground, giving off a bright flash. There were 176 passengers and nine crew on board; all of them were confirmed dead. | The accident comes on the heels of Iranian ballistic missile strikes on US bases in Iraq, which prompted America's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to close the airspace over the region to…

RT (2020-01-08). Several rockets hit '100 meters away' from US embassy, cause fire in Baghdad's Green zone. rt.com Two blasts have reportedly been heard in Baghdad, followed by the sirens of emergency services. The apparent explosions come hours after US President Donald Trump walked back from military action against Iran. | Air raid sirens can be heard in video footage presumably captured in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday night. Multiple journalists in the city reported that two explosions rang out, apparently coming from the direction of the heavily-fortified 'Green Zone,' home to the US embassy. | BREAKING: Rocket fire into Baghdad's Green Zone pic.twitter.com/HaPcDaF22Z— Trey…

RT (2020-01-08). Pentagon says more than a dozen missiles 'launched from Iran' against 2 US bases, vows 'necessary' counter-measures. rt.com The Pentagon said it would take "necessary measures" to defend US troops and regional allies following reports of Iranian missile strikes on US facilities in Iraq, confirming that over a dozen missiles were used in the attack. | "Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq. It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases," the Pentagon said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that it was now working on "initial battle damage assessments." | As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take…

RT (2020-01-08). Ukrainian president Zelensky expresses condolences to victims' families after Ukrainian airliner crashes in Iran. rt.com Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has extended his condolences to the relatives of those killed in a plane crash in Iran. He said that the Ukrainian embassy is clarifying the circumstances surrounding the tragedy. | Zelensky cut short his trip to Oman and returned to Kiev after learning about the crash. | A Ukrainian International Airlines plane carrying 167 passengers and nine crew crashed shortly after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran. The Boeing 737 reportedly experienced technical problems after becoming airborne.There were no survivors in the crash, Zelensky said, citing…

RT (2020-01-08). WATCH debris from Ukrainian Boeing 737 burn in chilling VIDEO from crash site. rt.com The aftermath of a tragic plane crash that killed everyone on board a Ukraine International Airlines jet in Iran has been caught on film, showing the entire site strewn with fire. | The grim crash site features in a widely shared video purportedly taken shortly after the incident. The entire place looks completely lifeless, with debris smoldering. | Bound for Ukraine's capital Kiev, the Boeing 737-800 crashed after departing from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport early on Wednesday. Iranian authorities have confirmed that there were no survivors. | Think your friends would be interested? Share th…

RT (2020-01-08). Engine fire led to Ukrainian Boeing 737 crash in Iran – airport official. rt.com A Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 had suffered an engine malfunction before it went down a few minutes after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport, an airport official has said. | The engine caught fire when the plane was airborne, Ali Khashani, a senior public relations official at Iran's major airport, was quoted by local media. The fatal engine failure is thought to have caused the jet to come down, between the cities of Sharhiar and Parand in the early hours of Wednesday. | The airliner, operated by Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), carried 176 passengers and nine crew, most of whom were Iranians, ac…

RT (2020-01-08). Zelensky calls on public not to speculate about plane crash in Iran, says Ukraine ready to repatriate victims' bodies. rt.com President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on the public to abstain from speculating about what may have caused a Ukrainian airliner to crash in Iran. He also said Kiev was ready to retrieve victims' bodies. | A Ukrainian International Airlines plane carrying 167 passengers and nine crew crashed shortly after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, killing everyone on board. Preliminary reports say the aircraft's engine caught fire. However, according to Iranian media, the pilot did not issue a distress call, fueling speculation about the cause of the accident. | Urging against speculation…

RT (2020-01-08). Iran won't hand over black box to the US, as Boeing offers help after Ukrainian airliner crashes near Tehran. rt.com Iran will not provide Boeing with the black box of a Ukrainian 737 that crashed near Tehran, the country's civil aviation authority has said. An investigation into the accident is ongoing. | Ali Abedzadeh, head of the Iran Civil Aviation Organization, said that Tehran would carry out its own probe into the crash, adding that Ukrainian authorities will be allowed to be "present during investigations." | He also said that it hadn't yet been decided where the black box would be sent for analysis.Responding to the crash, Boeing said in a statement that it was ready to "assist in any way needed." | A Boeing 737 ope…

RT (2020-01-08). Ukrainians, Iranians, Canadians, Germans & Brits among 176 killed in Boeing 737 crash near Tehran. rt.com Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has confirmed the number and country of origin of all passengers and crew on board the Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737-800 which crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran. | All 176 people on board were killed after the plane's engine reportedly caught fire. | "Terrible news about the plane crash in Tehran. My sincere condolences to the families of the dead," Prystaiko said in statements posted to Twitter, adding that "Ukrainian authorities continue to investi…

Staff (2020-01-08). Ukrainian Airplane Crashes Near Iran's Capital, Killing 176. truthdig.com SHAHEDSHAHR, Iran — A Ukrainian airliner carrying 176 people crashed on the outskirts of Tehran during a takeoff attempt Wednesday hours after Iran launched its missile attack on U.S. forces, scattering flaming debris and passengers' belongings across farmland and killing everyone on board. | Iranian officials said they suspected a mechanical problem brought down the 3 Ω-year-old Boeing 737. Ukrainian officials initially agreed but later backed away and declined to offer a cause while the investigation is going on. | The Ukraine International Airlines flight was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew m…

RT (2020-01-08). 'One of our best planes': Ukrainian Boeing 737 that crashed in Iran was 'in excellent condition' & manned by experienced crew. rt.com Nothing was wrong with the Ukraine International Airlines jet that came down in Iran with 176 on board, the company has said. It was one of the best planes in UIA's fleet and had undergone maintenance just days before the crash.

Staff (2020-01-08). The Trump Administration Is Repeating Iraq War Talking Points. therealnews.com Administration officials are repeating ideas that sound eerily similar to the justification used for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

teleSUR (2020-01-08). Three Rockets Hit Baghdad, Near US Embassy. telesurenglish.net Three Katyusha rockets fell on Wednesday inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone which houses government buildings and foreign missions, causing a fire, Iraqi police sources told Reuters. | Sirens were sounding inside the Green Zone, and at least one of the rockets fell 100 meters away from the U.S. embassy, the sources said. No casualties have been reported.

teleSUR (2020-01-08). Twitter Suspends Dozens of Accounts of Venezuelan Officials. telesurenglish.net Twitter accounts linked to Venezuela's Central Bank, the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), public media, political leaders, and journalists were suspended without explanation on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Venezuelan National Assembly To Reactivate Legislative Agenda | Accounts belonging to the FANB Strategic Operating Command and Press Department…

RT (2020-01-08). Putin & Erdogan call on warring Libyan sides to fully cease fire on Sunday. rt.com Russia and Turkey have called for all parties in the ongoing Libyan conflict to declare a ceasefire, even as both countries seem to support opposite sides in the affray. Earlier, Turkey began moving troops toward Libya. | Following a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Wednesday, Moscow and Ankara released a joint statement calling on all sides in the Libyan conflict to "declare a sustainable ceasefire, supported by the necessary measures to be taken for stabilizing the situation on the ground and normalizing daily life in Tripoli and other…

teleSUR (2020-01-08). Russia and Turkey Call for Ceasefire in Libya. telesurenglish.net Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, who back opposing sides in the Libyan conflict, called Wednesday for a ceasefire in the war-torn country to begin at midnight on Jan. 12. | RELATED: | Turkish Soldiers Officially on Their Way to Libya: Erdogan | In a joint statement, both nations called on all parties in Libya to "declare a sustainable ceasefire, supported by the necessary measures to be taken for stabilizing the situation on the ground an…

RT (2020-01-08). Russian and Chinese chess queens battle for women's world title — but should chess even have a male-female divide? rt.com As Russia's Aleksandra Goryachkina and China's Ju Wenjun compete for the Women's World Chess Championship this week, some might question whether chess really needs a male-female divide at all. | Goryachkina, 21, is the young pretender to the crown held by defending women's world champion Ju, 28, as they battle it out over 12 games in Shanghai and Vladivostok. | The prize fund is a cool €500,000 (US$556,000), with the winner taking home €300,000 of that amount. | The money on offer is still only around half of that offered at the World Chess Championship — which is open to men and women — bu…

teleSUR (2020-01-08). Turkey and Russia Officially Launch TurkStream Pipeline. telesurenglish.net Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russia's Vladimir Putin formally launched Wednesday the TurkStream pipeline project, which will carry Russian natural gas to southern Europe through Turkey as part of Moscow's efforts to reduce shipments via Ukraine. | RELATED: | Nord Stream 2 Construction to Press on Despite US Sanctions | The pipeline project, stretching 930 km (580 miles) across the Black Sea, reinforces strong energy ties between Moscow and Ankara, which have also increased…

RT (2020-01-08). Full stream ahead: Russia & Turkey launch TurkStream gas pipeline (WATCH LIVE). rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have launched the long-anticipated offshore pipeline TurkStream, that will deliver Russian gas to Turkey and further to southern European states. | The 930 km pipeline running across the bottom of the Black Sea became operational on Wednesday, with the two leaders attending a special opening ceremony. | "We will be indispensable in international markets with natural gas pipelines coming from both the east and north," Turkish energy and natural resources minister Fatih Donmez said in December, when the project was in the final…

RT (2020-01-08). Full stream ahead: Russia & Turkey launch TurkStream gas pipeline. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have launched the long-anticipated offshore pipeline TurkStream, that will deliver Russian gas to Turkey and further to southern European states. | The 930 km pipeline across the bottom of the Black Sea became operational on Wednesday, with the two leaders attending a special opening ceremony. Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissovalso participated in the event, as the leaders symbolically launched the project from the stage. | | Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladim…

Kenneth Surin (2020-01-08). Australia's Big Burn and Scotty From Marketing. counterpunch.org Under the terms of the Tokyo Agreement, Australia (the world's largest exporter of coal) pledged to cut carbon emissions by 26% from 2005 levels by 2030, but Morrison's government has already started to work-round this commitment– earlier this month at a United Nations summit in Madrid, Australia resorted to sharp practice by using its old carbon credits to count toward future emissions targets. More

Paul Buhle (2020-01-08). The Return of the Antiwar Movement: Memories and Intimations. counterpunch.org The turnout in Madison, Wisconsin, for an antiwar rally on Jan.4, was not bad, considering the students are out of town, many local Bernie devotees are busy canvassing in Iowa, and the weather was about as forbidding as usual in the Winter (it could always be worse). Somehow, the icy wind always sweeps off Lake More

RT (2020-01-08). 1 dead, 3 injured in 'targeted shooting' in downtown Ottawa (WATCH LIVE). rt.com Police responded to reports of "many injuries" in a shooting in the Centretown part of the city before 7: 30am local time, prompting the Canadian parliament's security team to issue an "active shooter" warning to its employees. | The incident unfolded on Gilmour Street, and officers tweeted that a "coordinated response" was underway. | One person was confirmed dead at the scene and three others were taken to hospital "in serious condition suffering from gunshot wounds." Police also said one of the injured was a minor who was taken to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. | Shooting this morning on our…

Kenn Orphan (2020-01-08). As the World Burns, the Powerful Go on Holiday. counterpunch.org Like so many these past few days, I have been stunned by the devastation across Australia. The photographs and videos of the fires sweeping through the countryside and surrounding towns and even the city of Sydney show a nation literally on fire. Terrified people clung to the bottoms of boat docks, neck deep in water More

teleSUR (2020-01-08). Landless Workers Begin Vigil Against Evictions in Brazil. telesurenglish.net At least two months after the Free Lula Vigil ended, the Brazilian city of Curitiba, in Parana state, has become the scenario of new demonstrations led by the Landless Workers' Movement (MTS) to denounce possible evictions. | RELATED: | A 1st Year to Forget: 80% Distrust Brazil's Bolsonaro | Data published on the website of the Workers' Party (PT) warn that 212 families are running the…

WSWS (2020-01-08). The Mandalorian and Disney Plus: The media giant targets the small screen. wsws.org Disney launched its new streaming service, Disney Plus, with the first live-action Star Wars television series, The Mandalorian, this past November.

John W. Whitehead (2020-01-08). Come Home, America: Stop Policing the Globe and Put an End to Wars-Without-End. globalresearch.ca "Let us resolve that never again will we send the precious young blood of this country to die trying to prop up a corrupt military dictatorship abroad. This is also the time to turn away from excessive preoccupation overseas to …

Stephen Martin (2020-01-08). Paradise Lost Political as Talmudic Such the Sigh. counterpunch.org Then, much revolving, thus in sighs began: – 'O thou that, with surpassing glory crowned. Look'st from thy sole dominion like the god Of this new World — at whose sight all the stars Hide their diminished heads — to thee I call, But with no friendly voice, and add thy name, O Sun, to tell More

George Wuerthner (2020-01-08). The Rocky Mountain Restorative Initiative is a Trojan Horse for More Logging. counterpunch.org The recent Durango Herald article about the proposal for aggressive logging of Southwest Colorado Forests supported by the Rocky Mountain Restorative Initiative (RMRI) is a classic example of the Industrial Forestry worldview. The (RMRI) implies that trees killed by drought, beetles, or anything other than a chainsaw are somehow abnormal. Not surprisingly, the membership of More

Andrew Moss (2020-01-08). Immigration and the Prison Industrial Complex. counterpunch.org In the past year, the struggle over immigration rights continued along a broad array of fronts. There were significant setbacks, such as the implementation of the "Remain in Mexico" policy that made asylum nearly impossible to attain. But there were also victories, such as a federal judge's ruling in November that required the government to More

Zero Hedge (2020-01-08). New, Potentially "Catastrophic" Wiring Issues Found In Boeing 737 Max. globalresearch.ca As if Boeing needed any more bad news. | The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducted an internal audit in December of the Boeing 737 Max and found wiring issues could potentially cause a "catastrophic" short circuit at the rear of the …

WSWS (2020-01-08). New Zealand soldier linked to fascist groups arrested. wsws.org The arrested soldier was initially questioned following the Christchurch terrorist attack in March 2019, in which a fascist gunman killed 51 people.

Staff (2020-01-08). Study: Medicare for All Could Save $600 Billion Annually on Bureaucratic Waste. truthout.org Insurers and healthcare providers in the United States spent a staggering $812 billion on paperwork and other administrative burdens in 2017 alone, bureaucratic costs that could be dramatically reduced by switching to a single-payer system like Medicare for All. | That's according to a study published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, which found that admin…