2020-01-11: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-11). Iran will send black box of downed Ukrainian airliner to be decoded in France. rt.com The black box of the Ukrainian passenger jet that was downed by the Iranian military will be examined in France, after Paris, the US and Canada refused to send software needed for its analysis, the Iran's chief investigator said. | Hassan Rezaeifar, the chief of Iran's probe into the crash, told IRNA on Saturday that the country lacks the technology needed to decode and extract the information in the black box, an onboard device that records flight data. | Tehran had originally asked Canada, France and the US to send over the required equipment and software, but they refused, Rezaeifar said. Iran then proposed…

RT (2020-01-11). 'I wish I was dead': Senior IRGC commander accepts responsibility for downing Ukrainian jet, says it was mistaken for missile. rt.com A top Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) officer has revealed that the Ukrainian jet was mistaken for an incoming cruise missile and that the commander of the anti-aircraft unit had only 10 seconds to make the decision. | "After hearing about the crash of the Ukrainian plane, I wished to die", Hajizadeh said during a press conference on Saturday. | I wish I had died and not witnessed such an accident | The commander explained that the incident had occurred as the country was bracing for potential US strikes and that the "likelihood of conflict" between the two nations has been "unprecedented" since the I…

Eds. (2020-01-11). Climate scientist: I witnessed Australia on fire. Climate change is already here. mronline.org Prior to beginning my sabbatical stay in Sydney, I took the opportunity this holiday season to vacation in Australia with my family. We went to see the Great Barrier Reef—one of the great wonders of this planet—while we still can. Subject to the twin assaults of warming-caused bleaching and ocean acidification, it will be gone in a […] | Source

Tracy Keeling (2020-01-11). South Australia's response to the death of over a billion of its animals is beyond disturbing. thecanary.co The price non-human animals pay for homo sapiens' recklessness is incredibly apparent in Australia right now. | Wildfires have ravaged the country since September 2019, due in no small part to the human-induced climate crisis. At least 26 people have died in the avoidable tragedy. But compare…

RT (2020-01-11). Australia becomes top LNG exporter despite bushfire crisis. rt.com Australia's bushfire crisis has arrived to such a tragic and critical apex that the smoke from the climate change-fuelled fires has travelled nearly 10,000 miles to South America and may have reached the Antarctic. | That's according to a terrifying report released by the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization on Tuesday, as reported by Reuters. | "But skies as far away as over central Chile have now gone grey because of the smoke and the WMO cited reports that the sunset in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, had turned red," said Reuters. "The fires, which have raged for months in Australia, have a…

WSWS (2020-01-11). The Australian fire crisis and the necessity for socialism. wsws.org That the Australian prime minister denied any link between the fires and global warming epitomises the organic incapacity of the ruling classes internationally to address, let alone resolve, the climate crisis.

WSWS (2020-01-11). Mass climate change rallies held amid Australian bushfire emergency. wsws.org One protester, whose family has been hit by the fires, said: "The rich and those in power have their own houses, their own air conditioners. They can fly away to Hawaii. They're not impacted."

Binoy Kampmark (2020-01-11). Incendiary Extinctions: Australian Fires and the Species Effect. dissidentvoice.org Cocooned as it is from the world of science scepticism, the handling of the bush fire catastrophe unfolding in Australia is going to one of the more notable (non)achievements of the Morrison government. They were warned; they were chided; they were prodded. But the measures lagged and the flames came. To a certain extent, this …

WSWS (2020-01-11). US and Australia ready another "regime-change" operation in Solomon Islands. wsws.org American and Australian officials had exerted considerable efforts to dissuade Sogavare from aligning with China, and reacted with fury to his diplomatic switch away from Taiwan.

RT (2020-01-11). 'Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster': FM Zarif on Iran's downing of Flight 752. rt.com Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has offered "profound regrets, apologies and condolences" for the unintentional downing of a Ukrainian aircraft over Tehran, saying "human error" during a "crisis" led to the accident. | "A sad day," the FM wrote on Twitter, adding: "Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces: | Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster. Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations. | A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed…

RT (2020-01-11). ISIS praises US murder of Iranian general Soleimani as 'divine intervention' that will help them rise again. rt.com Islamic State terrorists rejoiced at the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani at the hands of his American 'allies,' according to a weekly newspaper affiliated with the group that once controlled much of Syria and Iraq. | Soleimani was killed by a US drone strike on January 3, as he was being driven, with others, near Baghdad international airport. In reprisal, Iran launched a limited strike on US bases in Iraq with ballistic missiles on Tuesday, causing no casualties but demonstrating a capability to hit US assets at will. | The weekly Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) newspaper Al-Naba portrayed So…

Fight Back (2020-01-11). Salt Lake denounces war on the homeless and war with Iran at four energetic rallies. fightbacknews.org Salt Lake City, UT – The Trump administration rang in the New Year by putting millions of lives at risk with the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and threatening a war with Iran. Similarly, Salt Lake City police began 2020 with a violent raid on the homeless community and the organizers fighting to protect them. | Salt Lake residents responded fiercely with no less than three anti-war rallies in the last week, as well as a rally in support of unsheltered folks and tenants' rights. | On January 4, 200 gathered at an event organized by supporters of Bernie Sanders, and on January 8, hundreds more…

Camden Goetz (2020-01-11). 'No war on Iran!' say activist picketing recruitment center in Times Square. liberationnews.org Washington's imperialist aggression on Iran has sparked a new wave of anti-war activism, with actions in over 90 cities saying no to war on Iran.

The Canary (2020-01-11). Jeremy Corbyn to address anti-war rally in Trafalgar Square. thecanary.co Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to address protesters at a "no war on Iran" rally in London.Despite the apparent ratcheting down of tensions between the US and Iran, demonstrators are set to march on Trafalgar Square demanding there should be no new conflict in the Gulf.The protest follows the killing of the senior Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike on 3 January.Tehran responded with a series of limited missile strikes on US bases &#150…

WSWS (2020-01-11). Royal Canadian Mounted Police advocated use of live fire against indigenous pipeline protesters. wsws.org The incident underscores that Canada's ruling elite will stop at nothing to enforce its insatiable drive for profit, and that opposition will be ruthlessly suppressed.

Eds. (2020-01-11). No, Iran didn't exit the nuclear deal. And no, its nuclear announcement is not revenge for Soleimani. mronline.org On January 5, Iran made a major announcement regarding its nuclear program, stating that it will no longer observe limits on the number of centrifuges that it uses to enrich uranium. While the announcement is significant, it was not altogether unexpected. And it most certainly does not constitute the "harsh revenge" that Iran's supreme leader, […] | Source

Jason Ditz (2020-01-11). US Airstrike Failed to Kill an Iranian General in Yemen Last Week. theantimedia.com The US kept the failed assassination under wraps for more than a week.

WSWS (2020-01-11). US and Israel escalate Middle East tensions in wake of Suleimani assassination. wsws.org A report that Washington attempted to assassinate a second Iranian official in Yemen has given the lie to the claim that Suleimani was killed to prevent an "imminent" attack.

WSWS (2020-01-11). Bernie Sanders says "some wars are necessary" wsws.org Sanders' stated opposition to Trump's threatened war in Iran is a political trap being set for workers and youth.

teleSUR (2020-01-11). Bolivia: Coup Govt. Tries to Convince Europe There Was No Coup. telesurenglish.net The de-facto Government of Jeanine Añez entrusted Friday to her now ex-vice chancellor Gualberto Rodriguez to report in Europe that in Bolivia there was no coup d'etat, but a constitutional succession, from his new position as Chargé d'affaires in Spain. | RELATED: | Bolivia One Month After the Coup: A Recount of Pivotal Events | At a ceremony during which Rodriguez's successor was sworn in, de-facto Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia, Karen Longaric, wished the new chargé d'affaires "much…

WSWS (2020-01-11). UK: Corbyn offers no fight against war with Iran. wsws.org Corbyn articulates the concerns within ruling circles, including Johnson's Tories and the armed forces, that Trump's recklessness can endanger the UK's world position.

WSWS (2020-01-11). The Indian general strike and the global fight against communalism and war. wsws.org Tens of millions of workers, youth and rural toilers participated in Wednesday's all-India one-day general strike, transcending communal, caste and ethno-linguistic divides.

RT (2020-01-11). 'Queen of Battle': Indian aircraft carrier deployed to closely watch over Pakistan-China 'Sea Guardian 2020' naval drill. rt.com The Indian Navy has deployed its sole aircraft carrier to the Arabian Sea to keep an eye on a joint military drill between China and regional rival Pakistan. | The INS Vikramaditya, with a fleet of MiG-29K fighter jets on board, has arrived to monitor large nine-day naval exercise 'Sea Guardians 2020,' which was kicked off by Beijing and Islamabad in the northern part of the Arabian Sea on Monday. | The Navy spokesperson praised the "high levels of motivation & #willtowin, that were evident onboard the 'Queen of the Battle,'" as the flagship carrier is often called in India. | DCNS was extremely pleased to wit…

WSWS (2020-01-11). Erdogan and Putin open TurkStream pipeline after Iran strikes US bases in Iraq. wsws.org The opening of this strategic pipeline comes amid escalating conflicts over energy in the region and an esclalating conflict between the United States and Iran.

RT (2020-01-11). Merkel in Moscow: As Trump pushes his weight around, Russia-Germany relations defrost. rt.com Angela Merkel's visit to Moscow is far from a courtesy call. Germany and Russia's political relations are thawing. It's good news for all Europeans. | As Iran and the United States seemingly limbered up for war, Russia and Germany, as the continent's two most powerful countries, have a special responsibility to protect it from any fallout. | Merkel's decision to travel to the Russian capital may be conceived as a signal to Washington that: | a) Berlin remains capable of mounting an independent foreign policy, if pushed, | b) the Germans won't be cowed by sanctions the US has placed on the Nord Stream 2 pipelin…

WSWS (2020-01-11). European powers support war preparations against Iran. wsws.org Not a single leading European politician condemned the brutal murder of General Qassem Suleimani, which represented a gross violation of international law and massively expanded the ongoing regional war in the Middle East.

RT (2020-01-11). Iran admits shooting down Ukrainian flight over Tehran in 'unintentional' missile launch. rt.com The Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed after takeoff from Tehran was downed due to "human error" after it flew too close to a military site and triggered a missile launch amid a standoff with the US, the Iranian Army said. | The Army General Staff stressed that the tragic mistake was made amid the flare-up of tensions with Washington. The nation's air defenses were placed on alert and ready to "respond to possible threats of the highest level," after US President Donald Trump warned that the Pentagon would strike targets on Iranian soil if US citizens or assets were attacked by Iran. | On Wednesday, the Iran…

RT (2020-01-11). CCTV footage purports to show launch of Iranian missile that downed Ukrainian passenger jet (VIDEO). rt.com A video has surfaced online, allegedly showing the actual launch of the anti-aircraft missile that downed a Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 outside Tehran, killing all 176 on board. | The short video was captured by a surveillance camera at a parking lot, presumably located on the outskirts of the Iranian capital. Footage shows the launch of a projectile which goes vertically upwards and apparently explodes off-screen, causing a bright flash of light. | #BREAKING New footage shows the moment which the missile fired in the direction of th…

RT (2020-01-11). Sultan of Oman Qaboos dies after 50 years in power, leaving key Gulf mediator between US & Iran without heir. rt.com Oman's monarch, Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said, has passed away at the age of 79 after a lengthy battle with illness, according to Omani state media. | Located along the highly strategic Strait of Hormuz, which it shares with Iran, Oman under Qaboos maintained better relations with the Islamic Republic than any other Gulf nation. | Throughout his tenure on the throne, the sultan also played a role in mediating dialogue between American and Iranian leaders, often serving as a go-between for the two sides. Just last December, Omani delegations met with top diplomats in both Tehran and Washington in the space of…

RT (2020-01-11). Iran's Khamenei orders immediate and full probe after Tehran admits downing Ukrainian plane. rt.com Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has offered condolences and called for an investigation after Tehran's armed forces acknowledged that they accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane. | "The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake," he wrote on Twitter, promising that those behind the incident would be prosecuted. | Khamenei also said that all the information should be made public. | Later in the day, his Twitter account was temporarily blocked. | Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

WSWS (2020-01-11). Trump boasts of "executing" Iranian General Suleimani in Ohio campaign speech. wsws.org Trump's biggest asset is his nominal political opposition, the Democratic Party.

WSWS (2020-01-11). Boston area professor fired after anti-Trump Facebook posting. wsws.org Asheen Phansey lost his career over statements made in jest, while Trump and his enablers in the Democratic Party make real threats against Iran without any consequences.

RT (2020-01-11). Iran's Rouhani vows to 'identify & prosecute' all responsible for 'disastrous mistake' that led to Ukrainian jet downing. rt.com Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has pledged to find and punish all those involved in the unintentional shooting down of a Ukrainian aircraft over Tehran, calling it a "disastrous mistake." | An internal investigation has "concluded that regrettably missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane and death of 176 innocent people," Rouhani said in a tweet. | Investigations continue to identify and prosecute this great tragedy and unforgivable mistake. | "My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families," the president said in another post, offering "sincerest condolence…

RT (2020-01-11). Nukes before bromance: Trump-Kim 'personal feelings' are not enough for restarting talks with US — N. Korea. rt.com North Korea won't engage in negotiations with the US unless the latter makes real concessions, the country's foreign ministry said, adding that Washington "deceived" it and they were "caught in dialogue" that was a waste of time. | The statement, spelling doom for prospects of the already stalled US-N. Korea negotiations, was released by the country's state media on Saturday. While N. Korea's leader and US President Donald Trump might have good personal relations, it won't get the two countries anywhere. | "Although Chairman Kim Jong Un has good personal feelings about President Trump, they are, in the true se…

RT (2020-01-11). Lethal SARS-linked coronavirus claims first life as China's pneumonia outbreak infects dozens. rt.com A novel virus sweeping across China has inflicted its first casualty, suggesting the brand new bug could potentially rival its microbial cousin — SARS — in lethality. Health officials are now scrambling to combat the outbreak. | The bug's first fatality was reported in the city of Wuhan early on Saturday, by Chinese state media, which offered few details beyond the death itself. Unknown to science when it first emerged on the scene, the coronavirus has hit Wuhan hardest, where it rapidly spread to at least confirmed 59 patients, seven of whom are now in critical condition. | While the World Health…

teleSUR (2020-01-11). Earthquake of Magnitude 6 Shakes Puerto Rico Again. telesurenglish.net A new earthquake of a magnitude of 6 Saturday shook Puerto Rico, a country which since Friday afternoon records aftershocks of different intensity after the 6.4 earthquake that hit the island last Tuesday and caused one death, about 2,000 refugees, and thousands of damaged homes. | RELATED: | 'Water Is Running Out': Puerto Rico on Emergency After Quakes | The Puerto Rico Seismic Network (RSPR) reported that there is no tsunami warning for this latest earthquake, whose epicenter was…

WSWS (2020-01-11). General election in Taiwan marked by anti-China atmosphere. wsws.org The Taiwanese ruling elite has covered up the real issues in the region during this election, including its alignment with Washington's war drive against China.

Robert Hunziker (2020-01-11). Mega Droughts Engulf Countries. dissidentvoice.org Throughout the world, mega droughts are hitting hard with a ferocity not seen in decades and in some cases not seen in centuries. It's not merely coincidental that as global warming accelerates droughts turn more vicious than ever before. All of which begs the logical question of when will world leaders wake up with a …

Ellen Brown (2020-01-11). The Fed Protects Gamblers at the Expense of the Economy. dissidentvoice.org Although the repo market is little known to most people, it is a $1-trillion-a-day credit machine, in which not just banks but hedge funds and other "shadow banks" borrow to finance their trades. Under the Federal Reserve Act, the central bank's lending window is open only to licensed depository banks; but the Fed is now …

Reese Erlich (2020-01-11). Trump backs down, but Iran conflict continues. zcomm.org As of this writing, the tit-for-tat military attacks have subsided. But the underlying conflict is far from resolved. Trump seems intent on forcing regime change in Iran. Iranians aren't going for it…

Joseph Essertier (2020-01-11). Cutting Off Lifelines of North Koreans is a Siege, Not "Sanctions" zcomm.org The sanctions against North Korea are firmly in place, not because everyone loves Washington and wants to cooperate with them, but because U.S.-based multinational corporations control about half of all the world's wealth…

RT (2020-01-11). Putin, Merkel meet reporters after talks in Moscow (WATCH LIVE). rt.com President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel are facing reporters after talks in Moscow. The two leaders have discussed bilateral and international issues, including the situation in the Middle East and Ukraine. | The Russian leader hosted his German counterpart in the Kremlin on Saturday. The main part of the talks was held behind closed doors and revolved around the "most hot" issues, as Putin put it. | He and Merkel spoke about relations between the two countries, economic cooperation, as well as the situation in Syria, Libya and the explosive situation in the Middle East, according to the Kremlin…

Peter Maiden (2020-01-11). Fresno Peace in Iran Vigil Coordinates with Nationwide Protests. indybay.org Over 100 people attended a vigil for peace with Iran in Fresno at 5 p.m. on January 9, in one of around three hundred demonstrations around the United States. The protest was coordinated with others by being held at the same time on the same day with the same message: no war with Iran.

MoveOn, Indivisible, Others (2020-01-11). No War With Iran! Redwood City Protest. indybay.org Intersection of Jefferson Avenue and El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063…

MoveOn, Indivisible, Others (2020-01-11). No War With Iran! Protest Santa Rosa. indybay.org Old Court House Square, 3rd St. & Mendocino Ave and 4th St. & Santa Rosa Ave, Downtown Santa Rosa, CA 95405…

Sonoma Valley Resistance (2020-01-11). No War With Iran! Protest in Sonoma. indybay.org Sonoma Plaza, 453 1st Street East, Sonoma, CA 95476…

Moveon (2020-01-11). No War with Iran! Castro Valley Protest. indybay.org Intersection of Castro Valley Blvd. and Redwood Road, Castro Valley 94546…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-01-11). No New War on Iran! Emergency Protest. indybay.org Photos: Leon Kunstenaar | People rush to demonstrate against Trump war on Iran…

Norman Solomon (2020-01-11). War with Iran Is at Stake — and Democrats' High Jumps Over Low Standards Aren't Helping. indybay.org Bowing down to the military-industrial complex…

Dan Bacher (2020-01-11). Thirty-Seven Groups Urge Newsom to Halt New Fossil Fuel Drilling, Close Aliso Canyon. indybay.org "The combined effects of wildfires, mudslides, power shut-offs and droughts leave no doubt that California is in a climate emergency," said Food & Water Action State Director Alexandra Nagy in a statement. "The time for half-measures is long gone. Governor Newsom still has the opportunity to take courageous action before it's too late. This means banning fracking, shutting down Aliso Canyon and moving the state rapidly off fossil fuels and onto clean, renewable energy."

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2020-01-11). S.F. Rep Pelosi Postponed Vote on War Powers Act. indybay.org San Francisco Representative Nancy Pelosi postponed the urgently needed vote on a War Powers Resolution to prevent a US war against Iran. And Top House Democrats want to abandon any vote on a War Powers Resolution. See | www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/08/kic…

Toby Blomé (2020-01-11). No Iran War — Golden Gate Bridge Peace Walk. indybay.org Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco | 11: 45 am: Gather on the SF side of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking available on southeast and southwest corners, just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101, northbound, as you approach the bridge, or, southbound, take the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive very early for best parking, or carpool. Public transportation below. | Noon: Walk begins on the eastern walkway from the southeast/S.F. side. Short, silent vigil in the middle with signs. Then return to the SF side bridge plaza for our rally. All welcome to speak. | 1: 00 pm: Rally on SF…

John Nichols (2020-01-11). Congress Finally Asserts Its Constitutional War Powers Authority. thenation.com Congress Finally Asserts Its Constitutional War Powers Authority…

sputniknews (2020-01-11). Anti-War Protest Held in London, UK Amid Iran Tensions — Live Video. sputniknews.com The situation in the Mideast sharply escalated in early January when the US killed a key figure in the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, General Qasem Soleimani, in an airstrike near Baghdad Airport, prompting retaliation from Tehran, who targeted US bases in Iraq.

sputniknews (2020-01-11). Extremist Ideology Has Taken Over Nuclear-Armed India, May Lead to Bloodshed – Imran Khan. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Since the passing of the controversial citizenship law in December, the Pakistani government has been urging world leaders to intervene and stop Indian authorities from "instigating violence against protesting Muslims".

sputniknews (2020-01-11). Instagram Deletes Soleimani-Related Posts, Some Iranian Media Accounts Citing US Sanctions. sputniknews.com Following Washington's designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organisation, Instagram and its parent company Facebook started deleting accounts belonging to prominent members of the IRGC last April under the pretext of American sanctions.

sputniknews (2020-01-11). Mine Explosion Hits Vehicle With Romanian Troops in Southern Afghanistan – Source. sputniknews.com KABUL (Sputnik) – A bomb explosion has hit a military vehicle carrying Romanian troops in the Dand district of Afghanistan's Kandahar Province, a source said Saturday.

sputniknews (2020-01-11). Army Will Act to Get Back Pakistani Side of Kashmir if Ordered – Chief M.M. Naravane. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Kashmir has been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan since 1947, when the two countries gained freedom from British colonial rule. Both govern part of the region, but claim it in full.

sputniknews (2020-01-11). India Begins Deployment of Advanced Weapons System Along China Border – Army Chief. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): China had expressed concern in 2018 over the planned deployment of advanced weapons systems along the 4,057-kilometre border that it shares with India. The Chinese defence ministry has said India should avoid steps that contradict an agreement reached between the two leaderships to maintain peace and tranquility.

sputniknews (2020-01-11). Iran Was Prepared for Full-Fledged War with US When Missile Downed Ukrainian Jet – IRGC Commander. sputniknews.com Earlier in the day, Iranian authorities admitted the Ukrainian jet that crashed in Tehran this week was downed with a missile by the Iranian armed forces.

sputniknews (2020-01-11). Shifting Narratives: What Caused the Ukrainian Plane Crash in Iran? sputniknews.com On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker is joined by Jim Kavanagh, the editor of thepolemicist.net, and Sputnik News analysts and producers Walter Smolarek and Nicole Roussell.

sputniknews (2020-01-11). Iranian National Armed With 2 Knives Detained Near Trump's Florida Residence — Reports. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – An Iranian national armed with two knives, a machete, and a pickax was detained by police officers on Friday not far from US President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, media reported.

sputniknews (2020-01-11). Iranian Supreme Leader's Twitter Account Temporarily Restricted. sputniknews.com The social media platform says that "there has been some unusual activity from this account". The reasons for the suspension are not immediately clear.

sputniknews (2020-01-11). Iraq Wants US Out As Factions Battle for Control of Libya. sputniknews.com Taiwan election; Libya reeling from destabilization; Iraq asks US for withdrawal mechanism; Housing protections endangered…

sputniknews (2020-01-11). Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Were Made Aware They're Not 'Really a Part' of Royals, Friend Claims. sputniknews.com According to a Daily Mail poll, the Sussexes were wrong when they decided not to inform the Queen in advance of their decision to leave the Royal Family. Some 60 percent of respondents think that the couple should be stripped off financial privileges and repay taxpayers for the $3 million renovation of their Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

sputniknews (2020-01-11). Pompeo: Washington Focused on Developing 'Constructive and Productive' Ties With Russia. sputniknews.com Mike Pompeo's comments come as former deputy to the US Secretary of State John J. Sullivan is set to assume office as the head of the US diplomatic mission in Russia, succeeding Jon Huntsman Jr.

sputniknews (2020-01-11). Melania Trump Named 2020 'Woman of Distinction' by Florida University For Her 'Be Best' Campaign. sputniknews.com Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, independent university, which offers graduate and professional degrees. In the press release announcing its decision to give the award to the First Lady, it said the university focuses on the integration of Christian values to prepare students for leadership and service.

sputniknews (2020-01-11). Is Pompeo Trying to Convince Zelensky? sputniknews.com On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan weigh the possible scenarios regarding the Ukrainian plane that exploded. Pompeo spoke to Zelensky this morning to ensure him the US is investigating the cause of the crash.

RT (2020-01-11). Zelensky demands full investigation into plane crash by Iran with access for Ukrainian experts. rt.com Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on Iran to conduct a comprehensive and transparent investigation into the deadly Ukrainian airliner crash, after Tehran admitted accidentally shooting down the jet. | Zelensky made his statement after Iran officially admitted that its army had downed Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 by mistake, killing all 176 people on board, including 11 Ukrainians. | We expect from Iran assurances of their readiness for a full and open investigation, bringing those responsible to justice, the return of the bodies of the dead, the payment of compensation, official ap…

teleSUR (2020-01-11). Iran Admits Fault in Downing of Ukranian Airliner. telesurenglish.net Iran announced on Saturday that a preliminary investigation into the crash of the Ukrainian airliner that was flying to Kiev from Tehran earlier this week was caused by human error. | RELATED: ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | Palestinian Militants Not Yet Ready to Avenge Iran | Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter that "human error at time of crisis caused by U.S. adventurism l…

yenisafak (2020-01-11). Iraq prime minister visits Erbil for talks. yenisafak.com Iraq's caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi arrived in Erbil on Saturday for talks with officials in the country's northern Kurdish region.The talks are expected to tackle recent developments in Iraq and current tensions between Iran and the U.S. following last week's killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a U.S. drone airstrike outside Baghdad airport.Iran retaliated to the assassination with firing dozen ballistic missiles on bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq.Upon arrival, Abdul-Mahdi met with president of the Kurdish regional government Nechirvan Barzani, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter…

yenisafak (2020-01-11). Turkey, US representatives discuss Syria, Iran-US row. yenisafak.com A top Turkish official and a key U.S. diplomat in the region on Saturday discussed Syria and the U.S.-Iran row in Istanbul, according to diplomatic sources.During the meeting in Dolmabahce Palace, Ibrahim Kalin and James Jeffrey stressed the importance of meeting the requirements of the agreement between Turkey and the U.S. to establish a safe zone in northern Syria for displaced people.Turkey on Oct. 9 launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey's borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria's te…

yenisafak (2020-01-11). Iran to send black box of Ukrainian plane to France. yenisafak.com Iran will send the black box of the Ukrainian plane which it "accidentally" downed to France, officials said Saturday.Speaking to state-run IRNA, Hassan Rezaeifar, the director-general of the Iran Civil Aviation Organization, said: "We asked countries, including Canada, France and the U.S. to send essential software and hardware to Iran to download information from the black box, but these countries rejected Iran's offer."He said Iran does not have the technology to download this crucial information.Iran also offered to send the black box to a reputable laboratory in countries like Ukraine, Sweden, England, Canad…

yenisafak (2020-01-11). Iran's Guards mistook Ukrainian plane for cruise missile, says official. yenisafak.com A Ukrainian plane shot down by Iran was misidentified as a cruise missile, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said on Saturday in a broadcast on Iranian state television.The plane was shot down by a short-range missile, aerospace division head Amirali Hajizadeh said.Video: Video appears to show moment Ukraine plane hit over Iran

yenisafak (2020-01-11). Ukraine says Iran statement confirms its suspicions on plane crash. yenisafak.com A statement by Iran saying it accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane confirms one of the working theories of the Ukrainian state security service (SBU) on what caused the crash, SBU chief Ivan Bakanov said on Saturday.Contrary to what some experts had said initially, the SBU thought Iran's anti-aircraft missile system had been operated manually rather than automatically, Bakanov said in a statement.Iran said it had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian plane killing all 176 aboard and voiced deep regret, after initially denying it brought down the aircraft in the tense aftermath of Iranian missile strikes…

yenisafak (2020-01-11). Iran to probe 'possible negligence' in plane crash. yenisafak.com Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday ordered an investigation into "possible negligence" in the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane by an Iranian missile.The official IRNA news agency said Khamenei instructed the General Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces to take necessary measures to probe the incident, in which 176 people were killed, and make sure such events will not be repeated.He also extended his condolences for the victims and their families.Iran's General Staff of the Armed Forces admitted Saturday that the Ukrainian plane was "accidentally" hit by an Iranian missile earlier this w…

yenisafak (2020-01-11). Presidents of Ukraine, Iran to discuss downed plane. yenisafak.com Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is set to hold a telephone call with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Saturday after Tehran said it had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, the Ukrainian president's office said.The Ukrainian passenger airplane travelling to Kiev crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.Iran had previously denied any responsibility.

yenisafak (2020-01-11). Turkey expects Russia to convince Haftar for cease-fire. yenisafak.com Turkey expects Russia to convince Libya's renegade general Khalifa Haftar for a cease-fire, the country's foreign minister said on Saturday."Turkey's expectation from its Russian friends is to convince general Khalifa Haftar for a cease-fire in Libya based on what was agreed upon by the Turkish and Russian presidents," said Mevlut Cavusoglu, speaking at a joint news conference with his Ghanaian counterpart Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey in Istanbul.On Wednesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin urged a cease-fire in Libya by Jan. 12 following a meeting in Istanbul.The UN-recogni…

yenisafak (2020-01-11). PROFILE: Sultan Qaboos of Oman dies. yenisafak.com The Arab world's longest-serving ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman died on Friday at the age of 79 after a long battle with illness.State media hailed Qaboos for his "wise and triumphant march full of tenderness that covered Oman from one extreme to the other, and extended all across the Arab, Islamic and international worlds and resulted in a balanced policy that the whole world respected."Taking the helm of power in the Gulf country in 1970, Qaboos was credited for modernizing Oman and pursuing a quiet diplomacy away from regional conflicts.Born in Salalah in southern Oman in 1940, Qaboos was the eighth sul…

Ryan Cristián (2020-01-11). Pompeo Admits No "Imminent Threat," Boeing Emails Reveal 737 Issues & 60 Afghans Killed By US Drone. 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 (1/10/19). 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 …

RT (2020-01-11). Novak Djokovic gives Daniil Medvedev the runaround as Serbia beat Russia to reach ATP Cup final (VIDEO). rt.com World No. 2 Novak Djokovic showed his class as he ran the legs off Russia's top player Daniil Medvedev to send Serbia through to the final of the inaugural ATP Cup in Australia. | Djokovic defeated Medvedev 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 using a clear and effective tactic in their semi-final matchup — make Medvedev run. | Djokovic's well-chosen shots forced the six-foot-five Medvedev to cover an incredible amount of ground as he was forced to chase down shots throughout their three-set encounter. | And, eventually, the Russian was simply unable to keep pace with Djokovic's powerful, precise attack as the Serbian star clai…

teleSUR (2020-01-10). Thousands Request the Resignation of 'Australia's Bolsonaro'. telesurenglish.net Tens of thousands of people Friday demonstrated in several Australian cities demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo). They reject the inaction his administration has shown in fighting bushfires which are sweeping the country's ecosystems and animals. | RELATED: | Save Animals From Bushfires Has Become a Priority in Australia | "We protest because these fires are unprecedented, they have been burning since September. We need urgent action to stop this…

RT (2020-01-10). 'We are the woke': Joaquin Phoenix joins Jane Fonda at DC climate protest, to preach about meat & dairy and flight-shame himself. rt.com The Friday climate change protest in Washington, DC included crowds marching on Capitol Hill and chanting things like, "the waters are rising and so are we" and "Australia is burning and so are we." Police were present. | Celebrities like Jane Fonda and Joaquin Phoenix headlined the protest, which was part of the Friday Fire Drills, originally inspired by teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg. | "Fire drill Fridays call for fast action on the Green New Deal and an end to all fossil fuel exploration, extraction and taxpayer subsidies to oil companies," a notice for the protest read. | 'Joker' star Phoenix…

Staff (2020-01-10). U.S. Blames Iran for Ukrainian Jetliner Downing, Pledges Probe. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. promised "appropriate action" Friday in response to its assessment that an Iranian missile was responsible for downing a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed outside Tehran, as the Iranian government denied playing a role in the killing of all 176 people on board. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo became the highest-level U.S. official to directly pin the blame on Iran, after Canadian, Australian and British leaders announced similar intelligence conclusions Thursday. "We do believe it is likely that that plane was shot down by an Iranian missile," he said. | Pompeo said an investigation wou…

RT (2020-01-10). Microsoft in trouble after revelation unvetted Chinese contractors listened in on Skype calls with NO security. rt.com Microsoft is in damage control after former employee has claimed that contractors in China reviewed audio recordings from Skype calls over the open internet, with zero security measures, no vetting, and one shared password. | Cybersecurity was nonexistent in Microsoft's audio transcription and rating program, according to a former contractor who spoke to the Guardian on Friday. The company sent contractors a username and password in plaintext, unencrypted e…

Ben Norton (2020-01-10). PayPal blocks donations to The Grayzone that mention Iran. thegrayzone.com Small donations to The Grayzone were delayed and reversed by PayPal because they mentioned the word "Iran" in messages praising…

Alan MacLeod (2020-01-10). From Resistance to Assistance: Little Pushback to Trump's Iran Assassination. fair.org Qassem Soleimani (cc photo: Sayyed Shahab Odin Vajedi) | After Donald Trump's election, both the New York Times and Washington Post saw huge jumps in subscribers, all hoping that the outlets would hold the president to account. Both papers tapped into this sentiment: In February 2017,…

Alan Macleod (2020-01-10). Bolivia's New Right-Wing Government Intensifies Crackdown on Journalists, Doctors. mintpressnews.com The US-backed administration of Jeanine Añez is arresting prominent members of the press and even doctors in what it calls a "dismantling of the propaganda apparatus of the dictatorial regime of Evo Morales."

Alan Macleod (2020-01-10). Study Finds Bots and MAGA Supporters Pushing #IraniansDetestSoleimani Hashtag. mintpressnews.com A social media disinformation expert studied 60,000 tweets from nearly 10,000 accounts using the hashtag #IraniansDetestSoleimani and found that the most common phrases in those users' biographies were "Make America Great Again" and "Trump."

Ramzy Baroud (2020-01-10). Reclaiming the Narrative: How to Combat Israel's Misuse of "Antisemitism" mintpressnews.com While anti-Jewish racism is a real phenomenon that must be confronted, but "antisemitism, as defined by Israel, is a smokescreen with the ultimate aim of distracting from the real conversation: the crimes of military occupation, racism, and apartheid in Palestine.

Staff (2020-01-10). Headlines for January 10, 2020. democracynow.org House Approves Resolution Aimed at Limiting Trump's War Powers, NYT: Video Appears to Show Iranian Missile Hitting Jet Before Tehran Crash, Internal Emails Show Boeing Workers Mocked Regulators & 737 MAX Jet Designers, Trump Seeks to Exempt Large Projects from Some Environmental Review, Mexican Asylum Seeker Dies by Suicide After Being Denied Entry into U.S., Six Democratic Candidates Will Debate in Iowa Next Week, Ahead of Caucus, Transport Workers' Strike Becomes Longest in French History, Health and Human Services Declares Public Health Emergency for Puerto Rico, Grand Jury Indicts Hanukkah Attack Suspect on M…

Gary Leupp (2020-01-10). Main Result of Soleimani Assassination: the Movement to Expel U.S. Forces. counterpunch.org Donald Trump postures as an anti-war president, or at least one who opposes "stupid, endless wars in the Middle East." (Emphasis here on stupidity—read: expense—rather than morality and the issue of human suffering. Trump is a singularly non-empathetic human being.) On the other hand he's boasted that he's the "most militaristic" president we've ever seen. More

Mark Gruenberg (2020-01-10). House majority heeds demands that Trump stop his war on Iran. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—By a 224-194 vote, the U.S. House heeded mass anti-war sentiment and invoked the War Powers Act to stop GOP President Donald Trump's escalation against Iran. Eight Democrats voted with Trump, while 220 voted against his war on Iran. So did three Republicans. The 186 others stuck with Trump. Independent Justin Amash of Michigan switched …

Ed Sykes (2020-01-10). We all need to listen to the woman on Question Time last night. Our future depends on it. thecanary.co A Question Time audience member broke through the babble with a vital message on 9 January. And it's one that British people need to deal with urgently if they're going to win the class war which economic and political elites are waging against them.Take on the media establishment, or face defeat again and again: The woman first called out the "relentless campaign" of misinformation and attacks against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by the UK's billionaire press. She then insisted that "anyone standing for socialism will receive the same thing" and that establishment media outlets "will not let a socialist be…

Daniel Warner (2020-01-10). Where's the Message? Who's the Messenger? counterpunch.org Progressives need to sharpen their message. The left — be it Socialist, Democrat or Labour — lacks a clear voice. The messages of an Orbà n, Erdogan, Kaczynski, Johnson and Trump have captured the times with few convincing countervailing forces. How to respond? Images are supposed to be the modern way of communicating. The photo of More

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-01-10). Ten Years Ago: A Haiti Disaster Relief Scenario Tested by US Military One Day Before the Earthquake. globalresearch.ca The holding of pre-disaster simulations pertained to the impacts of a hurricane in Haiti. They were held on January 11.

Global Research (2020-01-10). "The Globalization of War" and "Towards a World War III Scenario" globalresearch.ca The Globalization of War: America's "Long War" against Humanity, by Michel Chossudovsky | America's hegemonic project in…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-01-10). Ten Years Ago in the Aftermath of the Haiti Earthquake: The Militarization of "Emergency Aid". Was it a Humanitarian Operation or an Invasion? globalresearch.ca Twenty thousand foreign troops will be present in the country.

teleSUR (2020-01-10). France: Government Talks on Pension Reform Fails. telesurenglish.net After enduring on Thursday the first mass demonstration of 2020 in rejection of the pension reform promoted by President Emmanuel Macron, negotiations between the French government and trade unions failed to break the deadlock over pension reform as both sides stood firm ahead of a fifth day of nationwide protests. | RELATED: | France Faces Another Nationwide Strike Against Pension Reform | With a public transport strike into its 37th day, Macron's centrist administration defied…

Staff (2020-01-10). U.S. Dismisses Iraq Request to Work on a Troop Withdrawal Plan. truthdig.com BAGHDAD — Iraq's caretaker prime minister asked Washington to work out a road map for an American troop withdrawal, but the U.S. State Department on Friday bluntly rejected the request, saying the two sides should instead talk about how to "recommit" to their partnership. | Thousands of anti-government protesters turned out in the capital and southern Iraq, many calling on both Iran and America to leave Iraq, reflecting their anger and frustration over the two rivals — both allies of Baghdad — trading blows on Iraqi soil. | The request from Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi pointed to his determin…

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