2020-01-13: News Headlines

Mike Whitney (2020-01-13). Did Pompeo Dupe Trump into the Soleimani Hit? globalresearch.ca Donald Trump is under the illusion that the fracas with Iran is over. He thinks that Iran's pinprick missile strikes on US bases in Iraq have assuaged Tehran's thirst for revenge. But he's wrong. The missile strikes were merely the …

Ben Norton (2020-01-13). Under US pressure, social media companies censor critical content and suspend Venezuelan, Iranian, and Syrian accounts. thegrayzone.com As the US escalates its hybrid wars, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are suspending accounts and censoring content that conflicts with…

Jason Ditz (2020-01-13). US Threatens to Block Iraq From Key Bank Account If They Expel Troops. theantimedia.com Iraq's central bank account is held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Juan Cole (2020-01-13). The Smoking Gun in the Soleimani Assassination. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | The Trump administration's claims that it assassinated Gen. Qassem Soleimani because he posed an imminent threat to American lives and was coming to Baghdad to launch an immediate attack on the U.S. embassy there have fallen apart. Commentators are suggesting that the "imminent threat" argument is the equivalent for the Trump administration of the "weapons of mass destruction" (WMD) claim of the Bush administration in the run-up to the Iraq War. | Trump himself and figures in his a…

Juan Cole (2020-01-13). Trump Admin. declares US an Occupying Power in Iraq. zcomm.org Puts US Troops in Jeopardy by Refusing to Leave…

Martha Grevatt (2020-01-13). Biggest strike in world history: 250 million Indian workers. workers.org India is the world's second-most populated county, with about 1.374 billion people. Over 928 million are "working age" (15 to 64 years old; statistics from worldometers.info) On Jan. 8, one in four people in this age group — 250 million — stayed off the job in the biggest strike to . . . | Continue reading Biggest strike in world history: 250 million Indian workers at Workers.org

teleSUR (2020-01-13). Desperate Juan Guaido Vows Again to Plunder teleSUR's Signal. telesurenglish.net The self-proclaimed 'president' of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, is struggling to stay relevant these days after several failed coup attempts to overthrow the legitimate government of the Bolivarian Republic. | RELATED: | Juan Guaido Wants to Silence teleSUR by Taking Over TV Signal | Guaido, in a new set of Tweets, doubled down on his vow to take over teleSUR's signal, claiming that he was "evaluating the relevant legal and institutional options." | "After evaluating the relevant le…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-01-13). Incendiary Extinctions: Australian Fires and the Species Effect. counterpunch.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 More

Alan Macleod (2020-01-13). Jeff Bezos Donates Three Minutes' Income to Help Australia Fight Wildfires. mintpressnews.com The donation would be equivalent to someone who earned $500 per week announcing on social media that they had just donated five cents to help tackle the blazes.

WSWS (2020-01-13). Australian PM declares "new normal" of climate disasters. wsws.org Morrison's performance was a desperate attempt at political damage control, combined with an effort to exploit the bushfire disaster to boost the "emergency" powers of the armed forces.

teleSUR (2020-01-13). New Zealand Volcano Death Toll Rises to 18. telesurenglish.net The death toll from December's volcanic eruption in New Zealand rose to 18 as one of the injured died in a hospital in Australia, police said Monday, while two remain missing and are presumed dead. | RELATED: | New Zealand Man Accused of Mosque Shootings Sent Racist Letters | "Police can confirm a further person died in an Australian hospital last night…

Staff (2020-01-13). Who Profits when Iran and America Fight? therealnews.com We spoke to Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin after Thursday's War Powers resolution vote. Whose interests are driving the narrative around conflict with Iran?

Alan Macleod (2020-01-13). Big Tech Firms Are Joining Trump's All Out War Against Iran. mintpressnews.com Deleting messages of support for Iran may seem a petty, childish retaliation for opposing the Trump administration, but it has profound ramifications for freedom of access to information.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-01-13). Embracing Palestine: How to Combat Israel's Misuse of "Antisemitism" counterpunch.org At a talk I delivered in Northern England in March 2018, I proposed that the best response to falsified accusations of antisemitism, which are often lobbed against pro-Palestinian communities and intellectuals everywhere, is to draw even closer to the Palestinian narrative. In fact, my proposal was not meant to be a sentimental response in any More

Staff (2020-01-13). "A System Failure": Iran Admits to Downing Airplane, Sparking Renewed Anti-Government Protests. democracynow.org Iranian protesters have taken to the streets for a third day, after the Iranian military acknowledged it accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner last week, killing all 176 people on board, including 82 Iranians and 57 Canadians. Iran initially denied downing the plane, but Iran's Revolutionary Guard took responsibility for what authorities now describe as a "disastrous mistake." The plane was downed hours after Iranian forces fired 22 rockets at military bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops, in retaliation for the U.S. assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Millions of Iranians took to the streets la…

Staff (2020-01-13). "Stop the Money Pipeline": 150 Arrested at Protests Exposing Wall Street's Link to Climate Crisis. democracynow.org Nearly 150 people were arrested on Capitol Hill Friday in a climate protest led by Academy Award-winning actor and activist Jane Fonda. Fonda has been leading weekly climate demonstrations in Washington, D.C., known as "Fire Drill Fridays," since October. For her last and 14th protest, actors Martin Sheen and Joaquin Phoenix, indigenous anti-pipeline activist Tara Houska, journalist Naomi Klein and dozens more lined up to get arrested as they demanded a mass uprising and swift political action to thwart the climate crisis. Fonda then marched with supporters down Pennsylvania Avenue to a Chase Bank branch where en…

Staff (2020-01-13). "America Exists Today to Make War": Lawrence Wilkerson on Endless War & American Empire. democracynow.org Retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff from 2002 to 2005, says the escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Iran today is a continuation of two decades of U.S. policy disasters in the Middle East, starting with the 2003 run-up to war with Iraq under the Bush administration. "America exists today to make war. How else do we interpret 19 straight years of war and no end in sight? It's part of who we are. It's part of what the American Empire is," says Wilkerson. "We are going to cheat and steal to do whatever it is we have to do to continue th…

Staff (2020-01-13). Headlines for January 13, 2020. democracynow.org Esper Says He Did Not See Specific Evidence Soleimani Was Planning Embassy Attacks, Iran Admits It Mistakenly Shot Down Plane Last Week, Sparking Protests, House Expected to Vote to Send Articles of Impeachment to Senate This Week, Coveted New Hampshire Union SEIU Local Endorses Sanders, White House Press Secretary Under Pressure to Hold Press Briefing, Volcanic Eruption in Philippines Forces Residents to Evacuate Homes, French Government Backing Down on Efforts to Raise Retirement Age, Taiwan: Voters Re-elect President Tsai Ing-wen in Rebuke to Beijing, Malta: New Prime Minister to Be Sworn In, After Journalist'

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-13). What the World Needs Now Is Sustained Anti-War Activism for Peace in Our Time. globalresearch.ca It's vitally needed in the US nationwide, in other Western countries and elsewhere. | It's needed in large numbers, staying the course longterm, reviving the Vietnam era anti-war spirit in America. | January 9 was "No War With Iran Day of Action," …

WSWS (2020-01-13). Stop the War rally tries to restore Corbyn's tattered anti-war credentials. wsws.org The more dangerous the world situation becomes, the less the STWC, which orients to the rightward-lurching Labour and trade union apparatus, is able to mobilise popular support.

teleSUR (2020-01-13). Spain: New Coalition Government Takes Oath of Office. telesurenglish.net The new left unity Spanish government, the first ruling coalition since 1936, led by Socialist Pedro Sanchez, was sworn in Monday in the presence of King Philip VI. | RELATED: | Spain: Sanchez Names Four VP's in New Coalition Government‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | After more than eight months of political deadlock and two general elections, the four vice-presiden…

Aaron Maté (2020-01-13). Ex-Bush official: OPCW's Syria cover-up recalls Iraq war lies. thegrayzone.com Former Bush administration official Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says that reports of US pressure on the OPCW's Syria chemical weapons investigation…

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2020-01-13). US secretary of state's attempt to suck up to Iranians backfires spectacularly. thecanary.co Since the beginning of this new decade, Donald Trump has pushed the US even closer to a war with Iran. So it's somewhat ironic, and indeed sickening, that on 12 January, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo tried to paint the US as a friend of the Iranian people: | @SecPompeo #IranProtests

Staff (2020-01-13). Nearly 150 Arrested at Protests Exposing Wall Street's Link to Climate Crisis. truthout.org Nearly 150 people were arrested on Capitol Hill Friday in a climate protest led by Academy Award-winning actor and activist Jane Fonda. Fonda has been leading weekly climate demonstrations in Washington, D.C., known as "Fire Drill Fridays," since October. For her last and 14th protest, actors Martin Sheen and Joaquin Phoenix, indigenous anti-pipeline activist Tara Houska, journalist Naomi Klein and dozens more lined up to get arrested as they demanded a mass uprising and swift political action t…

Staff (2020-01-13). Iran Admits to Downing Airplane, Sparking Renewed Anti-Government Protests. truthout.org Iranian protesters have taken to the streets for a third day, after the Iranian military acknowledged it accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner last week, killing all 176 people on board, including 82 Iranians and 57 Canadians. Iran initially denied downing the plane, but Iran's Revolutionary Guard took responsibility for what authorities now describe as a "disastrous mistake." The plane was downed hours after Iranian forces fired 22 rockets at military bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops, in re…

C.J. Atkins (2020-01-13). Khamenei regime has no authority to rule Iran, says Tudeh Party. peoplesworld.org The Iranian people are back in the streets protesting the theocratic regime of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei following the government's stunning about-face on the downing of a Ukrainian airliner in the midst of war tensions with the United States last week. Tear gas and live ammunition were fired at demonstrators in Tehran and several cities over …

WSWS (2020-01-13). UK protesters speak out against war on Iran. wsws.org WSWS reporters spoke to attendees at Saturday's demonstrations in the UK against the danger of war in Iran.

Surangya (2020-01-13). Israel continues to grab Palestinian land for building illegal settlements. peoplesdispatch.org In Qalqilya in the northern West Bank, Israeli security forces on Monday violently attacked a peaceful Palestinian protest march against the forceful seizure of land by Israel for the purpose of construction of illegal Jewish settlement near Qalqilya city.

Norman Solomon (2020-01-13). Biden, Buttigieg and Corporate Media Are Eager for Sanders and Warren to Clash. zcomm.org Corporate Democrats got a jolt at the end of last week when the highly regarded Iowa Poll showed Bernie Sanders surging into first place among Iowans likely to vote in the state's Feb. 3 caucuses…

Norman Solomon (2020-01-13). Corporate Democrats Desperately Want a Sanders-Warren Feud. truthdig.com Corporate Democrats got a jolt at the end of last week when the highly regarded Iowa Poll showed Bernie Sanders surging into first place among Iowans likely to vote in the state's Feb. 3 caucuses. The other big change was a steep drop for the previous Iowa frontrunner, Pete Buttigieg, who — along with Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden — came in a few percent behind Sanders. The latest poll was bad news for corporate interests, but their prospects brightened a bit over the weekend when Politico reported: "The nonaggression pact between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren is seriously fraying." | The reaso…

Gareth Porter (2020-01-13). Pompeo's Gulf of Tonkin Incident. Provocation to War. globalresearch.ca Like the crucial steps toward public acceptance preceding the U.S. invasions of Vietnam and Iraq, the assassination of Qassem Soleimani was aimed at building popular support for war on Iran. Not only the justification, but the assassination itself were part …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-13). Iraq Remains US Occupied Territory, "We're Not Leaving Unless…" Say Trump. globalresearch.ca In response to the Trump regime's assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi deputy PMU head Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Iraq's prime minister and parliament called for expelling US troops from the country. | They're a hostile force wherever based, their …

Renee Parsons (2020-01-13). Trump Sends a "Death Threat" to Iraq's Prime Minister. globalresearch.ca The assassination of Major General Qaseem Soleimani, who was already a national hero in Iran, has now achieved the stature of a world class martyr. Carrying a diplomatic passport on his flight into Baghdad, Soleimani was also carrying the …

Special to People's World (2020-01-13). Iranian, U.S., British Communists issue joint statement on Mideast war danger. peoplesworld.org The following is the text of a statement issued jointly on Jan. 8, 2020, by the Tudeh Party of Iran, the Communist Party USA, and the Communist Party of Britain. It was issued in the wake of the U.S. assassination of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Iraq and the launching of retaliatory missile strikes by …

Staff (2020-01-13). Obama Normalized Drone Warfare. Trump Is Escalating It. truthout.org We're only a few days into the new decade and it's somehow already a bigger dumpster fire than the last. On January 2nd, President Trump decided to order what one expert called "the most important decapitation strike America has ever launched." This one took out not some nameless terrorist in a distant land or a group of civilians who ha…

Sarah Abed (2020-01-13). ISIS and Israel Praise Trump's Assassination of Iranian Top General Soleimani. globalresearch.ca Ten days have passed since US President Donald J. Trump ordered the assassination of Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force (IRCG) Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Soleimani had just arrived at Baghdad …

teleSUR (2020-01-13). Israeli Intelligence Involved in Killing of Soleimani: NBC. telesurenglish.net The Israeli intelligence played a role in the U.S.' assassination of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani on January 3rd, NBC News reported over the weekend. | RELATED: | Pentagon Had No Evidence of Iran's Plan To Attack US Embassies | NBC News claimed, citing unnamed sources, that Israel's intelligence apparatus helped the U.S. stage the operation that led to the assassination of Qassem Soleimani and the Deputy Head of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes.

teleSUR (2020-01-13). Trump: Doesn't Really Matter If Soleimani Posed Imminent Threat. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump said Monday that it "doesn't really matter" if U.S. authorities did not have clear evidence that Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was an imminent threat to the country because the leader's military history was enough for his team to make the decision to kill him on Jan. 3. | RELATED: | Pentagon Had No Evidence of Iran's Plan To Attack US Embassies | Through his Twitter account, Trump wrote that media and Democrats are "working hard to determi…

teleSUR (2020-01-13). Trudeau: Plane Victims Would be Alive Without Regional Tensions. telesurenglish.net Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday that the victims of the Ukrainian airliner shot down in Iran would still be alive if the recent escalation of tensions in the region had not happened, according to a transcript of an interview with Global News TV. | RELATED: | Trump: Doesn't Really Matter If Soleimani Posed Imminent Threat | The U.S. killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad in a Jan. 3 drone strike prom…

Darius Shahtahmasebi (2020-01-13). "Act of Divine Intervention:" ISIS Celebrates Killing of Iran's Top General. theantimedia.com It should come as no surprise that ISIS has heralded the death of Soleimani as an "act of divine intervention."

Andrea Germanos (2020-01-13). Seems Increasingly Likely Trump Just Made Up the 'Imminent Threat' Posed by Soleimani. theantimedia.com According to NBC News, Trump authorized Soleimani's killing seven months ago.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-01-13). Illegality of US Foreign Policy, Pre-emptive Force and Qasem Soleimani. globalresearch.ca International relations is typified by its vagueness of definition and its shallowness of justification. Be it protecting citizens of a state in another, launching a pre-emptive strike to prevent what another state might do, or simply understanding the application of …

Staff (2020-01-13). As Tensions With Iran Escalate, It Is Time to Challenge Empire in the Classroom. truthout.org For educators, war is one of the most difficult topics to discuss within our classrooms. And yet, with the recent U.S. assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, Iraqi senior military leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and other Iraqis, the threat of imminent war is now forcefully part of the everyday thoughts of many students. | For families from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and other parts of the region, the weight of these anxieties has been carried for…

Staff (2020-01-13). Turkey's Bounty on Ex-Palestinian Security Chief Reveals Web of Intrigue. therealnews.com Palestinian security chief Mohammed Dahlan was involved in mercenary operations in Palestine and Yemen, and was expelled from Palestine's Fatah party. Evidence of his involvement in the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey reveals his operations are more extensive than previously thought.

Asa Winstanley (2020-01-13). British Universities Invest in Israeli Apartheid. globalresearch.ca British universities have invested more than an estimated half a billion dollars in companies that arm Israel or support Israeli settlement infrastructure. | This revelation comes from new research by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. | Activists on Wednesday held an "Apartheid …

Ed Sykes (2020-01-13). Rapper MIA supports Julian Assange at court. thecanary.co Rapper and singer MIA has supported Julian Assange as the WikiLeaks founder appeared in court on Monday. She joined dozens of Assange supporters as he attended a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court.Fellow rapper Lowkey has also supported Assange, and recently spoke to The Canary about the importance of whistleblowers and media freedom.Assange, 48, is currently being held in HMP Belmarsh, awaiting the outcome of an extradition request by the US, where he faces 18 charges, including c…

Junaid S. Ahmad (2020-01-13). The Deep State "Entrapment of President Trump": Competing Factions within the Military intelligence Complex. globalresearch.ca What we witnessed last week was unprecedented in international affairs: the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qasem Suleimani, as well as a senior Iraqi military commander. Why did Trump decide to engage in this lawless, reckless act? Was it just …

Staff (2020-01-13). A New War Will Not Produce Even Short-Term Economic Benefits. truthout.org With the surprise assassination of Qassim Suleimani, it's hard not to wonder if Trump was trying to start a full-fledged war for an election year economic boost. To be clear, economics is not ever a justification for war, but it is important to understand the impact war can have on the economy. | The basic story with spending on a war, or any other military spending, is that it provides a boost to demand in the economy. In this sense, it is like anything else that would provide a boost in demand, such as inc…

WSWS (2020-01-13). Iran admits to inadvertently shooting down Ukraine International Airlines jet, killing 176. wsws.org The felling of Flight 752 came amid a war crisis fomented by Washington's campaign of "maximum pressure" on Tehran and its January 3 assassination of Suleimani.

Harry Blain (2020-01-13). The Useless War Powers Act. counterpunch.org Practically speaking, the Trump administration's extrajudicial assassination of a top Iranian general was probably legal. The rationale is straightforward: Congress has steadily settled on a constitutionally dubious theory of handing the president near-limitless authority over how, when, and why the country goes to war. The 1973 War Powers Resolution, the often-cited check on this extraordinary More

WSWS (2020-01-13). The assassination of Qassem Suleimani and the criminalization of US state policy. wsws.org The normalization of extrajudicial killing is the outcome of the "war on terror" and decades of continuous war.

F. William Engdahl (2020-01-13). Scientists Call for Ban on Human Gene Editing. globalresearch.ca Japan has banned gene-edited human embryos and international scientists are increasing the call to ban the highly uncertain and risky practice of gene-editing of human DNA. The growing opposition comes as details of a Chinese biologist's attempt to gene-edit embryos …

Staff (2020-01-13). Calling Bernie Sanders Anti-Semitic Is Islamophobic. therealnews.com Sahar Aziz discusses her article from The New Arab, "Accusing Bernie Sanders of anti-Semitism is nothing but thinly veiled Islamophobia." The accusation of anti-Semitism has been weaponized to attack people who promote solidarity with Muslim Americans and who demand sustainable foreign policy towards the Middle East.

Staff (2020-01-13). CNN's Sanders Hit Piece Is a Journalistic Outrage. truthdig.com A poorly sourced and poorly written story appears just before the start of primary season on a network hostile to Bernie Sanders for years.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2020-01-13). During Yemen's Annual Martyr Week, Anti-American Sentiment Prevails. mintpressnews.com SANA'A, SADAA, YEMEN — As the ongoing war and blockade against their country enters its sixth year, Yemenis are commemorating the annual Martyr Week amid an increasing feeling of hatred and resentment towards the United States, a feeling never seen at this level in the war-torn country. | In Yemen, a country far from the prosperous and bustling United States, the size of cemeteries has increased dramatically in the past five years, with new burial sites springing up to house victims of the weapons supplied by western countries, particularly by the United States, as well as the blockade, hunger, and disease…

teleSUR (2020-01-13). Evo Morales Urges Bolivia to Restore Rule of Law. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's democratically elected President Evo Morales, who is now an asylum seeker in Argentina after the coup d'etat against him, urged the South American nation to restore the rule of law in his country in order to achieve "peace, reconciliation and unity." | RELATED: | Bolivia: Senate Approves Constitutional Guarantee Law | Morales tweeted on Monday that the treatment of government officials from his administration, including former Interior Minister Carlos Romero, by the de facto reg…

teleSUR (2020-01-13). Chile Charges State Oil Company Over Environmental Failures. telesurenglish.net Chile's environmental regulator (SMA) filed charges Monday against state-run energy producer ENAP, after finding six breaches to the provisions established in the Resolutions of Environmental Rating (RCA), including fracking, in the commune of Primavera located in the southern Tierra del Fuego province. | RELATED: | New Tool Uses Climate, Political Data to Predict Water Conflicts | The SMA said ENAP had failed to follow protocols in its permits for so-called "hydro-fracking"

John W. Whitehead (2020-01-13). Come Home America: Stop Policing the World and Waging Endless Wars. counterpunch.org "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 the rebuilding of our own nation. America must be restored to a proper role in More

Colin Todhunter (2020-01-13). GM in India: Faking it on the Astroturf. counterpunch.org According to a recent report in The Hindu Business Line, India's intelligence agencies are investigating the role of a global investment company and international seed companies in supporting farmers organisation Shetkari Sanghatana (SS) in the distribution of illegally procured genetically modified (GM) herbicide tolerant (HT) cotton seeds. The planting of such seeds is an offence under the More

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-01-13). U.S. Media Says Russia the True Winner in Hostilities Against Iran. globalresearch.ca While the final outcome of the U.S.-Iran conflict is not yet clear, US media outlets and think tanks are already claiming that Russian President Putin is the winner. The U.S.-Iran hostilities has undermined Washington's confidence and reputation in the region, …

John Stanton (2020-01-13). The USA's System of Checks, Balances and Reality Crumbles as it Seeks War with Iran. counterpunch.org Send in Pope Francis, Not the Marines "Any Muslim who denies #JesusChrist's and #SaintMary's infallibility is rejected by #Islam. This is how Islam respects Jesus and Mary (pbut).The honor #Muslims attribute to #JesusChrist (pbuh) is no less than his position and merit in the eyes of the Christian believers in Christianity. Today, many who claim More

Sheldon Richman (2020-01-13). Trump's Escalation Imperils Innocents. counterpunch.org While an eerie, surreal calm has fallen over US-Iranian relations, I wouldn't assume we're out of the woods yet. Trump had no reason to be confident that Iran's response to his most recent escalation of violence would be little more than symbolic. Although he's accepted that response more or less passively for now, with Trump, things can turn on a dime. Who can tell what determines his mood at any given time? More

Tony Cartalucci (2020-01-13). Strikes in Iraq and Syria: US Terror for the New Year. globalresearch.ca US strikes against targets in Iraq in Syria belonging to Iranian-linked militias operating across the territory of both Middle Eastern nations directly before New Year's marked a new low for US foreign policy in the region. | The strikes were soon …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-13). New Poll Shows Most Americans Oppose Trump's Iran Agenda. globalresearch.ca All nations unwilling to subordinate their sovereign rights to US interests are on its target list for regime change. | US policies toward them are based on Big Lies and mass deception. | Throughout…

Eric Zuesse (2020-01-13). U.S. Now at War Against Iraq and Iran. globalresearch.ca On January 9th, Iraq's Prime Minister and Parliament again ordered all American troops out, but on January 10th the AP headlined "US dismisses Iraq request to work on a troop withdrawal plan" and reported that the U.S. State Department …

Larry Johnson (2020-01-13). The Facts About Iran and Terrorism. globalresearch.ca When emotion rules the day facts do not matter. Sadly, that is the reality we confront when it comes to talking about Iran and terrorism. The U.S. Government and almost all of the media continue to declare that Iran is …

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-01-13). "Iran Must Begin Acting Like a Normal Nation," Says Totally Normal Nation. theantimedia.com The government which runs a globe-spanning empire led by a reality TV host keeps talking about the lack of normality in the nation of Iran.

Brett Wilkins (2020-01-13). Ukraine Airliner Tragedy: Memories of Iran Air Flight 655 Shootdown, Cubana Flight 455 Attack. globalresearch.ca On July 3, 1988 the US guided missile destroyer USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655, an Airbus A300 flying in Iranian airspace and carrying 290 civilians from Tehran to Dubai via Bandar Abbas, killing all aboard. | *** | "I'll …

Middle East Eye (2020-01-13). US Troops Forced to Hide in Saddam-Era Bunkers During Iran's Missile Attack. theantimedia.com (MEE) — US troops were ill-prepared to fend off Iran's ballistic missile attacks last week, with American soldiers forced to take cover in bunkers built by Saddam Hussein's administration, CNN reported. While the US had built its own bunkers at the Ain al-Asad airbase, those shelters were not built to deflect long-range missiles that Iran fired, CNN said, citing testimony …

Tyler Durden (2020-01-13). Damning Video Emerges of Biden Praising Bush for Leading America Into Iraq War. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Yet another video of Democratic primary front runner Joe Biden passionately defending the 2003 Iraq invasion and occupation has resurfaced and is going viral. In it he even sings George W. Bush's praises at a moment which came a mere few months after the now infamous "Mission Accomplished" stunt aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. This comes …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-13). US Resurrecting ISIS in Iraq? globalresearch.ca On August 31, 2010, Obama declared an end to Washington's combat mission in Iraq, saying: | "Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility (sic)." | Ignored was Washington's rape and destruction …

teleSUR (2020-01-13). Cuban President Condemns Guaido's Threats Against teleSUR. telesurenglish.net Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez strongly rejected on Monday the threats by Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido to take over teleSUR's television signal. | RELATED: | 'Venezuela Won't Allow US Meddling in Elections' Arreaza Warns | 'We strongly reject threats against the voice and image of the peoples who fight and resist the imperialist…

Vanessa Beeley (2020-01-13). UN Security Council Extends Aid Runs for Al Qaeda in Idlib. globalresearch.ca "Al-Qaeda terrorists operating in the north of Syria and oppressing millions of Syrians can now breathe comfortably after the United Nations Security Council extended their supply routes from their regional sponsor NATO member state Turkey for an additional Six months …

Staff (2020-01-13). Minneapolis Activists Ask Local Leaders to Invest in Communities, Not Cops. truthout.org In dramatic effect, a Minneapolis resident dumps a bag of money onto a podium during public comments at the final City Council meeting on the 2020 budget last month. The person with them, who identified himself as David, is addressing the council members. | "This is $193.40," David says, then begins to explain that the money represents the $193 million budget Mayor Jacob Frey proposed to give the Minneapolis Police Department in 2020, more than one-third of the city's general fund. The budget sp…

Bryan Dyne (2020-01-13). After Two Crashes that Killed 346 People, Fired CEO Dennis Muilenburg Gets $80.7 Million on Exit from Boeing. globalresearch.ca Ex-Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg left the aerospace giant with $80.7 million in salary, stock options and other bonuses after he was forced to resign from the company in December, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing disclosed on …

Staff (2020-01-13). AOC's Revolt Against DCCC Is "Exactly What We Need," Say Progressive Democrats. truthout.org For bucking a key arm of the Democratic Party establishment that has stood in the way of attracting and supporting progressive candidates, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) received applause over the weekend after she announced the launch of a new political action committee designed to directly challenge the power of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee by helping insurgent, left-leaning challengers like herself take on both Republican incumbents and centrist Democrats. | "The rum…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-01-13). Turkish-backed GNA Leader Fayez al-Sarraj Is on the Verge of Losing Tripoli. globalresearch.ca Italy, Russia and Turkey have been pressing for an end to the war in Libya between the Parliament-backed Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Turkish-backed Muslim Brotherhood Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. Pressure to put an end to …

Peter Koenig (2020-01-13). The West Is Run by Barbarians. globalresearch.ca How much longer are we accepting the tyrannical dictate of the American rulers? It gets worse by the day — and it looks like the western world's "leaders" (sic — so sic!) are caving in ever more to the American …

teleSUR (2020-01-13). Libya Talks in Russia Progress but Fail to Sign Ceasefire. telesurenglish.net Talks between Libya's warring factions, aimed at agreeing an unconditional and open-ended ceasefire failed to achieve a breakthrough Monday despite making good progress, Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters. | RELATED: | Libya's Rival Factions Accuse Each Other of Violating Ceasefire | The head of the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj signed a draft ceasefire agreement, while General Kalifa Haftar who leads th…

WSWS (2020-01-13). Working through injuries, bomb threats and tornadoes: Amazon workers describe conditions at Spartanburg, South Carolina warehouse. wsws.org According to OSHA, there were 57 injuries last year at the GSP1 facility—but Amazon workers suspect the real number is higher.

teleSUR (2020-01-13). Lopez Obrador Introduces University of Health. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced this Monday the creation of the University of Health, coordinated, boosted and executed by the capital's government. | RELATED: Mexico's AMLO Vows Justice in Visit to Town Scarred by Massacre | The head of the executive of the city, Claudia Sheimbaun, presented the plan in the morning conference of the president in the National Palace. | She said that the program is carried out by a team, which has been working on the crea…

Helen Yaffe (2020-01-13). Farewell to Two Cuban Revolutionaries: Faure Chomón and Harry ('Pombo') Villegas. counterpunch.org In December 2019, Cuba bid farewell to two veterans of the struggle which overthrew the Batista dictatorship in January 1959. Both men remained committed revolutionaries and important figures in Cuba for the next 61 years. Faure Chomón Mediavilla died on 5 December, a few weeks before his 91st birthday. Harry Villegas Tamayo died on 29 More

WSWS (2020-01-13). Taiwan's anti-China president wins re-election. wsws.org Emboldened by her victory, and with Washington's backing, Tsai Ing-wen will continue to escalate cross-strait tensions with China.

Nicole Braun (2020-01-13). We Need a New Deal for Housing. counterpunch.org When I came of age in Flint, Michigan, homeownership was a crucial part of the American dream. Often one income was sufficient to buy into this dream — union GM jobs paid enough to buy a home and to support a family. Some of my friends' parents were even able to buy a second home, More

Staff (2020-01-13). Cities in the Crosshairs Are Pushing Back Against Nuclear Weapons. truthout.org Two years after a mistakenly sent text alert warning of an inbound ballistic missile threat caused widespread panic and confusion across Hawaii, cities remain potential targets and nuclear jitters continue to grow around the world. | Panicked responses to the erroneous text alert — which read "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL" and was accidentally issued on January 13, 2018, to Hawaii residents via the Emergency Alert System and Commercial Mob…

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton (2020-01-13). A Call to Catholics: Let Us End Our Complicity in War. zcomm.org All Catholics should refuse to kill and should refuse cooperation with United States wars…

WSWS (2020-01-13). Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991—2011: A significant exhibition at Museum of Modern Art's contemporary arts center. wsws.org A large-scale group exhibition focused on US violence in the Middle East is currently on display at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York.

Allegra Harpootlian (2020-01-13). How the President Became a Drone Operator. zcomm.org From Obama to Trump, the Escalation of Drone Warfare…

Hassan Mansour (2020-01-13). The War in Libya: The Cease-Fire Initiative of Erdogan and Putin. globalresearch.ca Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin issued a joint statement in which called the Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord, Fayez Sarraj, and the leader of the Libyan National Army, strongman Khalifa Haftar, for …

Staff (2020-01-13). 'Joker' Leads the Way With 11 Oscar Nominations. truthdig.com Todd Phillips' much-debated supervillain origin story and R-rated box-office smash "Joker" topped all films with 11 Academy Awards nominations, while Martin Scorsese's elegiac crime epic "The Irishman," Quentin Tarantino's 1960s Los Angeles fairy tale "Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood" and Sam Mendes' World War I tale "1917" all trailed close behind with 10 nods apiece. | Those four were among the nine films nominated for best picture, in nominations announced Monday to the 92nd Academy Awards. The others were: "Parasite," "Little Women," "Marriage Story," "Jojo Rabbit" and "Ford v Ferrari." | While "Joker" was…

WSWS (2020-01-13). Spain's new PSOE-Podemos government commits itself to austerity and war. wsws.org Described by its architects as Spain's most progressive government since the Second Republic (1931-1939), it is in fact committed to austerity, repression and militarism.

The Mind Unleashed (2020-01-13). Trump Brags About Selling Troops to Saudi Arabia for $1 Billion. theantimedia.com "They've already deposited $1 billion in the bank."

Ellen Brown (2020-01-13). The Federal Reserve Protects Gamblers at the Expense of the Real Economy. "Helicopter Money" — The Only Way Out? globalresearch.ca 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 …

Zero Hedge (2020-01-13). "This Plane Was Designed by Clowns, Who Are Supervised by Monkeys" — Shocking Boeing Emails Reveal Contempt for Management, FAA. globalresearch.ca We have never heard a more damning description of the relationship between a corporation and its regulators than a line that has been plucked from a batch of company emails that Boeing has just handed over to the FAA (and …

Claire Robinson (2020-01-13). The Controversial CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing Technology. Unintended Consequences. globalresearch.ca A new study reveals yet another major unintended effect from the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool — with potentially serious implications for the food safety of gene-edited plants. The study found that CRISPR-Cas9 edits intended to knockout the function of a …

Julian Rose (2020-01-13). Fake-Green Zero Carbon Fraud: 'Destroying the World to Save It'. globalresearch.ca If the grand plan to 'decarbonise the planet' was based upon a human scale renewable energy supply and de-corporatised, decentralised, small scale environmentally friendly distribution patterns — I would have no argument with the initiators. On the contrary, I would …

Robert Fantina (2020-01-13). The "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave". Where is "America's Model Democracy" globalresearch.ca Three years into the presidential administration of Donald Trump, one might ask if he has kept his commitment to 'Make America Great Again'. These four words, comprising his 2016 campaign slogan, are based on the false premise that the …

The Global Research Team (2020-01-13). The Price of Publishing Independent Thought: We Need Your Support! globalresearch.ca Dear readers, | With freedom of speech continually being curtailed, running an independent counter-current news media in 2020 is no easy feat. | We have always operated on a shoestring budget, but the last year has been a financial struggle for us. …

teleSUR (2020-01-13). US Lawmakers Aim for Prisoner's Right to Read, Make Video Calls. telesurenglish.net As prisons across the United States are increasingly charging prisoners with high fees for reading ebooks or making video calls – while at the same time paying them less than a dollar an hour for prison labor – lawmakers in three states prepared the draft of a bill that could curb this practice. | RELATED: | US Border Militia Leader Pleads Guilty to Weapons Charge, Faces 10 Years in Jail | "It's clear that the criminal justice system is unjust and disproportio…

teleSUR (2020-01-13). US Democratic Candidate Cory Booker Quits Presidential Race. telesurenglish.net "Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win