2020-01-15: News Headlines

Patrick Cockburn (2020-01-15). Who Wins and Who Loses in the Iran Crisis? counterpunch.org In the latest phase of the US-Iran confrontation, who came out on top is not clear-cut; both countries made gains and losses from the crisis and some of its the results are still to come. By ordering the assassination on 3 January of general Qassem Soleimani, the head of Quds Force, the external arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, President Trump claims to More

Ari Paul (2020-01-15). Facebook's Soleimani Ban Flies in Face of First Amendment. zcomm.org If sanctions can be invoked by a social media network to take down certain content, what is next?>

Staff (2020-01-15). Support for Combat Troop Withdrawal Is Not Enough to Stop Endless Wars. truthout.org Six Democratic presidential candidates sparred on Tuesday night in Des Moines, the last debate before the crucial Iowa caucuses. The debate, hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register, focused heavily on foreign policy and rising tensions with Iran following the U.S. assassination of that country's top military commander, Qassem Soleimani. As the presidential field continues to narrow, the U.S. Senate is preparing for the historic impeachment trial of President Trump, for which Senators Sanders, Warren…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-01-15). Does the US Military "Own the Weather"? "Weaponizing the Weather" as an Instrument of Modern Warfare? globalresearch.ca Weather-modification, according to the US Air Force document AF 2025 Final Report, "offers the war fighter a wide range of possible options to defeat or coerce an adversary", capabilities, it says, extend to the triggering of floods, hurricanes, droughts and earthquakes…

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2020-01-15). Australia on the Chasm of Climate Catastrophe. counterpunch.org Australia has had a series of bad governments beholden to the coal industry and to the Rupert Murdoch propaganda machine. The media empire of Murdoch controls about 60 percent of the newspapers and television stations. The Murdoch message, just like the message of Fox TV in America, is in defense of the oligarchs and against environmental protection of any kind. This propaganda is in accord with the continued use of fossil fuels and the ceaseless destruction of the natural world. More

Kevin Zeese (2020-01-15). Trump Prosecutors Make Move to Ensure that Embassy Protectors Are Convicted. globalresearch.ca Last April and May we were in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC protecting it from a US coup takeover. We were in the embassy for 37 days and are now being prosecuted by the federal government for 'interference with …

Alan Macleod (2020-01-15). Keeping with its Crackdown on Alternative Voices, Google Deletes Press TV from YouTube. mintpressnews.com Without warning, tech giant Google "permanently removed" Iranian government-owned media channel Press TV UK's YouTube channel Monday night amid increasing American hostility to Iran. | "This attack on the freedom of speech of Press TV's journalists seems to be part of an anti-Iran purge as the West sets its sights on regime change in Iran," Press TV said. Its content, in its own words, focuses on "anti-imperialis…

Alan Macleod (2020-01-15). CNN, Warren's Sexism Jibe Against Sanders Backfires as #CNNisTrash Trends on Twitter. mintpressnews.com CNN has been widely criticized for its perceived bias in moderating yesterday's Democratic presidential debate in Iowa. With just three weeks before the first primaries, six leading candidates descended upon Des Moines last night to take part. But, as with previous debates, much of the public discussion centered on the organization, framing and bias of the organizers and moderators. | CNN asked Bernie Sanders, the most left-leaning of the candidates, if he thought he "owed voters an explanation" on how much his health plan would cost them…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-01-15). Sealed Off and Forgotten: What You Should Know About Israel's West Bank "Firing Zones" mintpressnews.com Throughout the 1970s, the Israeli military declared roughly 18% of the West Bank as "firing zones," effectively wresting control from the local Palestinian population.

WSWS (2020-01-15). European powers move toward scrapping nuclear accord with Iran. wsws.org Berlin, London and Paris, emboldened by Tehran's weak response to the US murder of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani, are escalating attacks against Iran.

Philip A Farruggio (2020-01-15). The 'Big Squeeze' on Sanders. globalresearch.ca Now, get this straight. I am not a 'Democratic Socialist' or a supporter of the Democratic Party. Yes, I just changed my political affiliation here in Florida so I can vote for Sanders in the upcoming Florida primary. My 'short …

Andrew Korybko (2020-01-15). 'Phase One' of the US-Chinese Trade Deal Is Bad News for India. globalresearch.ca The planned signing of "phase one" of a more comprehensive US-Chinese trade deal is extremely bad news for India because its chief Asian competitor is committing to gradually open up its economy and therefore become even more attractive of an …

teleSUR (2020-01-15). IACHR Denounces Ecuadorian Govt. Repression In October Protests. telesurenglish.net The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) presented on Tuesday a report on its visit to Ecuador last October, when massive protests took place against the neoliberal measures promoted by President Lenin Moreno. | RELATED: | Ecuador Buys $4m Worth of Non-Lethal Weapons for Armed Forces | The IACHR report states that "the acts of protest, in…

teleSUR (2020-01-15). IACHR Denounces Ecuadorean Govt. Repression In October Protests. telesurenglish.net The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) presented on Tuesday a report on its visit to Ecuador last October, when massive protests took place against the neoliberal measures promoted by President Lenin Moreno. | RELATED: | Ecuador Buys $4m Worth of Non-Lethal Weapons for Armed Forces | The IACHR report states that "the acts of protest, in…

Kathy Durkin (2020-01-15). Together in solidarity and towards socialism. workers.org The Women's March Global, set to take place on Jan. l8, will be the fourth such international protest since 2017 after the inauguration of misogynist/bigot-in-chief Donald Trump as president. Over 100 chapters and thousands of members are mobilizing for multinational, multigendered, multigenerational protests around the U.S. and in countries around . . . | Continue reading Together in solidarity and towards socialism at Workers.org

teleSUR (2020-01-15). Brazilian Indigenous Leaders Mobilize to Protest Amazon Mining. telesurenglish.net A four-day-long tribal meeting among the Brazilian Indigenous leaders has begun in the Amazon to protest far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's push to open their reservations for commercial mining and agriculture. | RELATED: | Brazil to Go Through With Mining on Tribal Lands | The meeting, which is being attended by several tribal leaders, seeks to develop a contingency to combat Bolsonaro's plan to exploit this historical region for commercial purposes. | "The riches Bolsonaro speaks of are…

Staff (2020-01-15). Biden Says His Vote for War Wasn't Really a Vote for War. He's Still Lying. truthout.org I found myself tumbling through a time warp during the opening segment of Tuesday night's debate in Iowa. I was sitting there attentively, listening to the six candidates discuss their various stances on the Iraq War … when all of a sudden, I flashed back to October 25, 2002. | I was in a car with fellow activists on the way to a massive antiwar protest in Washington D.C., when my very first cell phone burred in my pocket. I answered, and even through the poor connection I could hear the emotion…

Sara Flounders (2020-01-15). Iran-Iraq solidarity grows amid U.S. threats. workers.org United States policy toward both Iran and Iraq is based not on "bad advice" or howling blunders by President Donald Trump, as Democratic Party pundits claim. It is not just a "mismanaged" foreign policy. Times Square protest, Jan. 8, New York City. Washington's miscalculations of the past two weeks have . . . | Continue reading Iran-Iraq solidarity grows amid U.S. threats at Workers.org

Michael Kramer (2020-01-15). Hundreds rally in Jersey City, N.J., to defend public park. workers.org Jersey City, N.J. Jan. 11 — Over 700 people rallied in Liberty State Park today to oppose the transfer of 22 acres of parkland to the adjacent private Liberty National Golf Course. Liberty National, owned by billionaire tycoon Paul Fireman, has an initiation fee of $500,000. Jan. 11 rally in . . . | Continue reading Hundreds rally in Jersey City, N.J., to defend public park at Workers.org

Binoy Kampmark (2020-01-15). Vague Imminence: US policy, Pre-emptive Force and Qasem Soleimani. counterpunch.org 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 a treaty provision, justifications can prove uneven and at odds. The pre-emptive jerk behind the More

teleSUR (2020-01-15). Why Killing Soleimani has Further Destabilized the Middle East. telesurenglish.net On January 3rd, the United States carried out the assassination of Iran's Quds Force commander, Qassem Soleimani, near the Baghdad International Airport. | RELATED: | Trump Signed Off on Soleimani's Assassination in June | The U.S.' assassination of this high-ranking Iranian military commander would create shockwaves across the Middle East, as the killing of Soleimani would see a sequence of events to follow the Trump administration's move. | What Led to the Assassination? | A special…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-15). Moqtada al-Sadr calls for million-man march against US troops in Iraq. peoplesdispatch.org The Iraqi parliament has already passed a resolution asking the government to initiate the process of withdrawal of foreign troops from the country, following the assassination of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis on January 3…

Staff (2020-01-15). Key Takeaways From Democratic Presidential Debate in Iowa. truthdig.com DES MOINES, Iowa — Some key takeaways from Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, the final forum before the Iowa caucuses: | CIVILITY AND SUBSTANCE OVER FIGHTING AND FRICTION | After the United States' killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Democrats were bracing for fights over foreign policy. Instead, a whole lot of substance broke out. | There was a brief skirmish between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who opposed the Iraq War, and former vice president Jo…

Michael Welch (2020-01-15). Persian Peril: The Assassination of Qasem Soleimani and the Prospect of War with Iran. globalresearch.ca "And after what my source had sent me on Wednesday morning…I was pretty confident that they would have to back off because the reasons were overwhelming in terms of Iranian military power… In fact there was an indirect, a direct-indirect …

Jacob G. Hornberger (2020-01-15). The Pentagon's and CIA's Power to Assassinate Americans. globalresearch.ca Pentagon officials are assuring Americans that the Pentagon's recent assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani will make Americans safer. There is at least one big problem with that formulation, one that, unfortunately, many Americans still don't recognize. That problem …

Joyce Chediac (2020-01-15). George H.W. Bush's Complicity in the 1991 "Highway of Death" Iraq Massacre. globalresearch.ca US war crimes then and now. | George H. W. Bush (1991). A "statesman" and "American hero"? What a lie! | George W. Bush declares war on Afghanistan (2001) | George W. Bush and Tony Blair wage war on Iraq (2003), | Barack Obama's …

Dianne Mathiowetz (2020-01-15). Putting the truth behind bars. workers.org Did you know that one of the most protected rights in this country is the right of the government to lie to the people? That is the essence of the persecution being carried out right now against Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. Manning was a U.S. Army intelligence analyst based . . . | Continue reading Putting the truth behind bars at Workers.org

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-01-15). Short of Time: Julian Assange at the Westminster Magistrates Court. globalresearch.ca Another slot of judicial history, another notch to be added to the woeful record of legal proceedings being undertaken against Julian Assange. The ailing WikiLeaks founder was coping as well as he could, showing the resourcefulness of the desperate …

WSWS (2020-01-15). An Open Letter to fellow Educators: Take a stand with Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. wsws.org A long-time educator has submitted the following statement to the WSWS.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-15). Assange's 12-minute hearing presents a grim picture of judicial indifference. peoplesdispatch.org Assange's legal team has complained of not being given enough time, by both the court and prison authorities, to discuss the evidence in the case with the defendant. A hearing on January 13 was wound up in under 12 minutes…

WSWS (2020-01-15). The prosecution of Julian Assange, the destruction of legality and the rise of the national security state. wsws.org The political and legal attack on Assange represents a qualitative intensification of the destruction of core rights and, indeed, on legality itself as the mode of bourgeois rule.

Kenn Orphan (2020-01-15). Missiles, Lies and Assassinations. counterpunch.org "In war, truth is the first casualty." — Aeschylus "Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state." — Noam Chomsky, Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda "We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of." — Edward More

Staff (2020-01-15). A Truly Antiwar Agenda Must Include Free College and Medicare for All. truthout.org Last night's debate brought home a reality for me: A truly antiwar agenda is not confined to priorities traditionally seen as "foreign policy." It must include bold plans to address climate change, education, institutional racism and sexism, health care and immigration justice. And our movements must reflect that broad-based vision. | The recent assassination of Iran's top Gen. Qassim Suleimani was a frightening reminder of the undemocratic and reckless approach of those who currently rule the U.S.

Ed Sykes (2020-01-15). Union issues powerful ultimatum to Labour leadership candidates. thecanary.co The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has given a strong, direct assessment of what went wrong in the 2019 election. And now, it's holding Labour leadership candidates' feet to the fire with a powerful ultimatum. | Lessons are "very clear": | In a December statement, CWU general secretary Dave Ward said of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that: a prolonged assault from the media has assassinated the character of a man who has devoted his whole life to helping others | He added: what nobody can face away from is that we…

WSWS (2020-01-15). Bolsonaro backs Trump in war on Iran, while Workers' Party appeals to Brazilian military. wsws.org Brazil's fascistic President Jair Bolsonaro was one of the first to defend Washington's assassination of Iranian general Qassem Suleiman.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-15). Assassination of Communist leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in Germany. peoplesdispatch.org On January 15, 1919, communist leaders, Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in Germany were murdered on the orders of German authorities. The assassination was an attempt to crush the growth of the German revolutionary movement that challenged the regressive state establishment.

Staff (2020-01-15). CNN Moderators Fixate on Cost of Medicare for All, Ignore Price of Endless War. truthout.org Democrats onstage Tuesday night at the CNN/Des Moines Register debate in Iowa were challenged repeatedly by moderators on the cost of major plans like Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All — scrutiny that was missing in the first half hour when the questions focused on endless war and a potential attack on Iran. | "Wonder if CNN asked how much going to potential war with Iran cost?" asked artist Karla Ortiz. | Quest…

teleSUR (2020-01-15). Bolivian FM Wants Argentina to Condemn Comments by Evo Morales. telesurenglish.net The Bolivian Foreign Ministry wants the Argentinian government to condemn the recent comments made by the democratically elected President Evo Morales about defending civilians defending themselves against the brutality of the de facto regime in La Paz. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Urges Bolivia to Restore Rule of Law | In an interview last Sunday with Reuters, Morales told the news agency that Bolivians have the right to organize and defend themselves, without the use of firearms, against the b…

Staff (2020-01-15). Earth Had its Hottest Decade on Record in 2010s. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said they see no end to the way man-made climate change keeps shattering records. | "If you think you've heard this story before, you haven't seen anything yet," Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said at the close of a decade plagued by raging wildfires, melting ice and extreme weather that researchers have repeatedly tied to human activity. "This is real. This is happening." | The 201…

Emily Apple (2020-01-15). The Guardian's concern for Cornish residents if FlyBe collapses totally misses the point. thecanary.co An article in the Guardian on 14 January highlighted the fears some Cornish residents have of being "isolated" if FlyBe collapses. But the article misses two crucial points. Firstly, and most importantly, there's the fact we're living in a climate crisis, and no-one should encourage domestic flights. Secondly, the Guardian only managed to talk to airline users to highlight these supposedly generic 'fears' — only two of whom are actual residents.As a Cornish resident, it can be is…

Staff (2020-01-15). Shuttered Refinery in Philly Shows Climate Activists Cannot Ignore Labor. truthout.org In the early morning hours of June 21, 2019, a catastrophic explosion tore through the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) oil refinery in the southwest section of Philadelphia. The training and quick thinking of refinery workers, members of United Steelworkers Local 10-1, averted certain disaster and saved millions of lives. One month later, on July 21, PES declared bankruptcy — their second in as many years — and began to close down the refinery in the following months, laying off a…

teleSUR (2020-01-15). Honduras: Hundreds Join Caravan Heading to the United States. telesurenglish.net Despite the tightening of the U.S. immigration regulations, hundreds of Honduran Tuesday night left from San Pedro Sula to Guatemala in a new caravan heading towards the U.S. where they hope to apply for asylum. | RELATED: | US Plans to Send Mexican Asylum Seekers to Guatemala | Convened through social networks, migrants are joining the first Honduran pilgrimage to the North since April 2019, when about 400 people were arrested by migration authorities in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.

teleSUR (2020-01-15). Honduran Migrant Caravan Repressed On Guatemala Border Crossing. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of Honduran migrants that joined the caravan heading to the United States were repressed Wednesday by security forces in the town of Corinto while managing to cross the border with Guatemala. | RELATED: | Honduras: Hundreds Join Caravan Heading to the United States | According to teleSUR's correspondent Gilda Silvestrucci, thousands of Hondurans make up this first caravan since April 2019, which includes…

Staff (2020-01-15). Indian Students Refuse to Give an Inch to the Far Right. truthdig.com A youth movement is rising across the country to confront the dangerous rhetoric and racist policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-15). Britain, France and Germany (E3) Trigger JCPOA Dispute Mechanism, a Hostile Action Against Iran. globalresearch.ca The nuclear deal dispute resolution mechanism and sanctions snapback provision can take effect if one JCPOA signatory claims another failed to meet its obligations under the deal — depending on the specific complaint, along with following required procedures. They're complicated….

Staff (2020-01-15). EU Nations Push Iran in Last-Ditch Bid to Save Nuclear Deal. truthdig.com Britain, France and Germany trigger pact's dispute mechanism, starting the clock on a process that could result in more sanctions on Iran.

WSWS (2020-01-15). US workers denounce war threats against Iran. wsws.org Three decades of disastrous wars have produced popular skepticism to the official propaganda machine and opposition to the launching of new wars.

WSWS (2020-01-15). Trump exploits Iran war crisis to incite violence against political opponents. wsws.org Following Trump's order for the murder of Iranian General Suleimani, his denunciations of political opponents for "taking the side of terrorists" can only be interpreted as a threat of violence.

F. William Engdahl (2020-01-15). Unintended Consequences: Did Trump Just Give the Middle East to China and Russia? globalresearch.ca By the series of actions in recent months in Iraq and across the Middle East, Washington has forced a strategic shift towards China and to an extent Russia and away from the United States. If events continue on the present …

Zero Hedge (2020-01-15). 1983 CIA Document Reveals Plan To Destroy Syria, Foreshadows Current Crisis. globalresearch.ca Relevant Zero Hedge article first published and crossposted on GR in April 2017. | Prophetically foreshadowing the current crisis (and apparent action plan), leaked CIA documents from the reign of Bashar al-Assad's father in the 1980s show a Washington Deep State …

WSWS (2020-01-15). Germany's Sàºddeutsche Zeitung defends murder of Suleimani. wsws.org In reaction to the Middle East crisis, Germany's ruling circles are enthusing about the criminal methods of Trump while pursuing their own imperialist interests more aggressively.

Colin Todhunter (2020-01-15). Gone Fishing? No Fish but Plenty of Pesticides and a Public Health Crisis. globalresearch.ca There is mounting evidence that a healthy soil microbiome protects plants from pests and diseases. One of the greatest natural assets that humankind has is soil. But when you drench it with proprietary synthetic chemicals or continuously monocrop as part …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-15). 23 die as two migrant boats capsize in Mediterranean region. peoplesdispatch.org One of the boats capsized in the Ionian Sea near Paxi, Greece while the other accident took place in the Aegean Sea near Cesme in Turkey. 29 people were rescued…

teleSUR (2020-01-15). Poland: Record Fine to Volkswagen Over "Dieselgate" Scandal. telesurenglish.net A record-high fine of 120.6 million Polish zloty (31.8 million U.S. dollars) has been imposed on automaker Volkswagen Group Poland for misleading customers about the emissions of its vehicles, the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) said here on Wednesday. | RELATED: | 91 US Fortune 500 Companies Paid $0 in Income Tax in 2018: Report | " Volkswagen manipulated the emissions indicators and it misled consumers by…

Eric Toussaint (2020-01-15). Brazil: From Lula to Bolsonaro. globalresearch.ca I arrived in Sao Paulo, the financial and economic capital of Brazil, on the night of 14 November 2019. The city has over 12 million inhabitants. In all the districts I visited poverty is flagrant. You see homeless people living …

(2020-01-15). Lawsuit Challenges Trump Plan to Frack, Drill 1 Million Acres of California Public Lands, Minerals. globalresearch.ca Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today challenging the last step in the administration's plan to allow oil drilling and fracking on more than 1 million acres of public lands and minerals in Central California. | Today's lawsuit, filed in U.S. …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-01-15). Passing the Point of No Return, Is A World War Upon Us? globalresearch.ca War is inevitable. More innocent people will be murdered, maimed, raped or sold into slavery. War is indescribable, a nightmare, yet those who are currently in power, the establishment or what some like to call "the elite" are on Trump's …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-01-15). Ceasefire Failure as Haftar Leaves Russia to Resume Military Operations in Libya. globalresearch.ca Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin made a joint statement last week regarding the civil war raging in Libya to "declare a sustainable ceasefire, supported by the necessary measures to be taken for stabilizing the situation …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-15). US Deterrence: Code Language for Endless "Hot Wars" against Humanity. globalresearch.ca Washington's criminal class is bipartisan. | Both right wings of the US war party pose an unparalleled threat to world peace, stability, security, and humanity's survival. | The rhetoric of each wing differs, the agenda the same, notably since the neoliberal 90s, …

Fidel Castro Ruz (2020-01-15). Fidel Castro's Message against Nuclear War: "In a Nuclear War the 'Collateral Damage' would be the Life of All Humanity." globalresearch.ca A forceful message calling for World peace and the survival of humankind.

Black Alliance for Peace (2020-01-15). Dr. King Understood: U.S. Is Threat to Global Humanity. globalresearch.ca As the U.S. engages in its annual ritual of parading out the state-sanctioned "I have a dream" Dr. King, it attempts to accomplish the amazing feat of reconciling Dr. King's commitment to peace and principled non-violence with the normalized violence …

teleSUR (2020-01-15). Russia: Prime Minister Medvedev Resigns After Putin Speech. telesurenglish.net Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev Wednesday announced his resignation shortly after President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual State-of-the-Nation Address, in which he proposed a nationwide vote on sweeping changes in the Constitution that would shift power from the Presidency to the Chamber of Deputies. | RELATED: | Libya Talks in Russia Progress but Fail to Sign Ceasefire | Medvedev considered "correct" to present his resignation given that the constitutional amendments…

Washington's Blog (2020-01-15). Middle Eastern Wars Have Always Been About Oil. globalresearch.ca Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published on GR in February 2016. | Robert Kennedy Jr. notes: | For Americans to really understand what's going on, it's important to review some details about this sordid but little-remembered history. …

teleSUR (2020-01-15). China, Venezuela to Boost Bilateral Cooperation, Brotherhood. telesurenglish.net In response to an invitation from the Chinese government, Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza Wednesday arrived in Beijing to strengthen strategic cooperation relations and brotherhood between the Bolivarian Nation and this Asian country. | RELATED: | Venezuela Asks Electoral Body to Invite UN, EU to Observe Polls | Venezuela and China have maintained diplomatic and commercial relations for 45 years, which were strengthened since the arrival of Hugo Chavez to the Presiden…

teleSUR (2020-01-15). Israel Carries Out Fresh Airstrikes Over Gaza. telesurenglish.net The Israeli Defense Forces launched fresh airstrikes over the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, as their warplanes targeted sites belonging to the Hamas Movement. | RELATED: | NGOs Urge UN to Disclose Firms Involved in Israel's Settlements | Palestinian activists reported that Israeli warplanes targeted the northern part of the Gaza Strip, which resulted in a number of explosions. In turn, the Jerusalem Post reported that the IDF was pounding alleged Hamas targets in northern Gaza.

Gala Pin (2020-01-15). City Problems: A Fairly True Barcalona Story. counterpunch.org We won the elections. We won by an absolute minority and there's some merit in that. When you win you have to do a lot of incomprehensible things and no one explains them to you, among them negotiating who'll end up being mayor at the investiture. Since you're the winning force (sic) you've got to More

Miko Peled (2020-01-15). Why Israel's So-Called "Occupation" of "Palestinian Territories" is a Farce. mintpressnews.com The root cause of oppression and violence that Palestinians experience is not "the occupation" of 1967 as many people claim it to be. It is something much older and seemingly more benign.

Staff (2020-01-15). Another Trump Official Has Been Caught Red-Handed. truthdig.com In 2017, Dow Chemical scored a long-sought-after victory: After a push from the U.S. government, China approved the import of the company's genetically modified herbicide-resistant corn seeds. | A grateful Dow lobbyist emailed a senior Agriculture Department official whose support had been critical: "Thank you for your efforts in support of U.S. agriculture." | That official, Rebeckah Adcock, was no stranger to Dow. Before joining the Trump administration, Adcock was the chief lobbyist for the herbicide industry's trade group, of wh…

Staff (2020-01-15). Emphasis on U.S. Exports, Trade Secrets in China Trade Deal. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The United States and China reached a trade deal Wednesday that eases tensions between the world's two biggest economies, offers massive export opportunities for U.S. farms and factories, and promises to do more to protect American trade secrets. | Still, the Phase 1 agreement leaves unresolved Washing…

Gala Pin (2020-01-15). City Problems: A Fairly True Barcelona Story. counterpunch.org We won the elections. We won by an absolute minority and there's some merit in that. When you win you have to do a lot of incomprehensible things and no one explains them to you, among them negotiating who'll end up being mayor at the investiture. Since you're the winning force (sic) you've got to More

Michael Welton (2020-01-15). Traversed by Tensions: Quebec's Religious Symbols Law. counterpunch.org Fatima Ahmad, 23, an Education student at McGill University in Montreal, says that Bill 21 prevents her from working as a public school teacher in Quebec. A fourth year student, graduating in April 2020, she is already making plans to move to the United Arab Emirates or Calgary once she graduates. She is photographed wearing More

Thomas M. Magstadt (2020-01-15). A Fine Republic, But Can We Keep It? counterpunch.org As Benjamin Franklyn was leaving Independence Hall on the final day of the Constitutional Convention, the story goes, a woman asked him, 'Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" He is said to have replied without hesitation, "A republic, if you can keep it."* A Skeptical Founder Scholars tend to focus More

Howard Lisnoff (2020-01-15). Fifty Years and Still the Unrelenting Drumbeat of War. counterpunch.org The night was cold with a strong wind blowing in from the northwest. The nearly full waxing moon seemed to ride easily over the tops of the pine forest. A jet, with its lights still on, within minutes of taking off from the airport at Windsor Locks, Connecticut, flew westward against the departing day of More

Stephen Cooper (2020-01-15). Hey Los Angeles: More Public Restrooms, Please! counterpunch.org I have to pee. But I can hold it; thank you, God! I can hold it until I get there, and everything will be fine. It's not like I urgently need to urinate at this very moment; in fact, it was only while exiting the freeway, navigating a rather large intestine-shaped loop, that I sensed More

teleSUR (2020-01-15). Trump Signs Partial Deal to Limit US Trade War Against China. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He Wednesday will sign the so-called "Phase One" of an agreement rolling back some tariffs and defusing the "Trade War" which the Republican ruler initiated in March 2018 when he imposed tariffs on Chinese products. | RELATED: | U.S. Treasury Drops China's Currency Manipulator Label | According to what is known about this 86-page deal, which provides Trump with relief in an election year, China will buy U.S. products worth US$200 b…

teleSUR (2020-01-15). Taal Volcano Is Still Active, Tens of Thousands Evacuated. telesurenglish.net Between 80,000 and 90,000 people have been evacuated on the Philippine island of Luzon due to the eruption of the Taal volcano, which kept today Batangas province in stage-four alert. | RELATED: | New Zealand Volcano Death Toll Rises to 18 | The authorities regret that inhabitants of several nearby towns are resisting evacuation or disregarding police cordons to return to their homes, to clean the roofs, overloaded with the weight of ashes, or to feed the animals that they left behind. | Opposing…

Jeff Harris (2020-01-15). Over 100 Years Ago the US Government Lied Us into World War I. globalresearch.ca You may think "fake news" is a fairly recent development made possible by the internet and social media. But a little over 100 years ago President Woodrow Wilson created an official fake news agency to persuade the American people to …

WSWS (2020-01-15). The 2020 Academy Award nominations: A generally weak, if unsurprising showing. wsws.org The nominations as a whole reflect the combination of strong commercial pressure, Hollywood liberal views and limited artistic tastes that generally dominate the Academy Awards.

Ruth Conniff (2020-01-15). In Iowa Debate, Progressives Resist Efforts to Divide Them. progressive.org The moderators did all they could to start a fight, but Sanders and Warren refused to bite.

Astronomers' Appeal (2020-01-15). More than 50,000 5G Satellites Encircling the Earth: Appeal by Astronomers, Safeguarding the Astronomical Sky (IT). globalresearch.ca This is an international appeal by professional astronomers open for subscription to ask for an intervention from institutions and governments. | To sign/subscribe follow this link. | Astronomical observations from the ground can be greatly harmed by the ongoing deployment of …

Staff (2020-01-15). The Secret Behind How Billionaires Make Obscene Amounts of Money. truthdig.com As Ray Charles wailed in a song of true-life blues: "Them that's got is them that gets/And I ain't got nothin' yet." | While the workaday majority of Americans continue to be mired in our low-wage economy, the precious few at the tippy-top soared out of sight in 2019. They started the year already wallowing in wealth. By year's end, the 500 richest people saw their total haul increase by an average of $2.4-billion each. | Indeed, some needed bulldozers to bank their increased wealth. | M…

Staff (2020-01-15). CNN Asked No Questions About Immigration at First All-White Democratic Debate. truthout.org As the federal government plans to divert an additional $7.2 billion from the military budget for the construction of President Trump's promised border wall, and tens of thousands of asylum seekers from Central America, the Caribbean and other regions are stranded throughout the U.S.-Mexico border, CNN moderators failed to question Democratic presidential candidates on border and immigration issues. We speak to Julio Ricardo Varela, co-host of the Latinx political podcast "In the Thick" and fou…

Staff (2020-01-15). The Wrong Question for Democrats to Be Asking About Trump. truthdig.com A loopy Iran speech has fueled speculation that he's hopped up on Adderall. But amphetamines can't explain the madness of his presidency.

teleSUR (2020-01-15). Chile Takes a Step Towards the Approval of Same-Sex Marriage. telesurenglish.net Chile took an important step towards equal marriage on Wednesday after the Senate of the southern country took one step forward to approve legislation allowing it, a fact that LGTBI associations and much of the political spectrum described as " historic". | "Today's accomplishment is due to organizations that have been demanding their rights for decades. From that first public demonstration in 1973 until the last Pride march. It was an honor to make the Senate available to equality and love," said the President of the Upper House, opposition lawmaker, Jaime Quintana. | By 22 votes in favor, 16 against and one…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-01-15). CNN Moderators, Alarmed by Cost of Medicare for All, Ignore Price Tag of Endless War. commondreams.org "None of the candidates who said they support keeping troops in Iraq were asked how they were going to pay for it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-01-15). Did Giuliani Goons Plot Against US Ambassador? 'Incredibly Disturbing' House Impeachment Docs Raise Serious New Questions. commondreams.org "The new documents from Lev Parnas are chilling, and damning," said Rep. Ted Lieu. "Is Donald Trump a thug? I don't know. But Trump certainly used thugs to help him abuse the power of his office." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-01-15). Trump deal instead of Iran nuclear deal? I agree! US president gives Twitter nod to BoJo. rt.com Boris Johnson's suggestion that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal be replaced with a new one — named after Donald Trump — received an enthusiastic response from the US president. | "Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, stated, 'We should replace the Iran deal with the Trump deal.' I agree!" Trump proclaimed in a tweet released Wednesday. | Earlier, Johnson said he understands American concerns over the "flawed" 2015 pact with Iran, which saw the Islamic Republic dramatically reducing its nuclear program in exchange for lifting crippling economic sanctions. | Prime Minister of the United Ki…

RT (2020-01-15). Want a free trade deal with the US? Then align with Washington not Brussels on foreign policy, former Trump aide tells BoJo. rt.com A former aide to US President Donald Trump, Richard Goldberg, has warned British PM Boris Johnson that if the UK wants a free trade agreement with the US, then he'll need to follow Washington and not Brussels on foreign policy. | In an interview with BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday, Iran hawk Richard Goldberg — who recently stepped down from his role on the National Security Council following his part in ramping up US tensions with Tehran — ostensibly issued Johnson a veiled threat. | | Goldberg suggeste…

Johanna Ross (2020-01-15). Scotland's Independence Project. globalresearch.ca On Tuesday Boris Johnson submitted a letter to Nicola Sturgeon, rejecting outright her request for powers to be transferred to the Scottish parliament to call a second referendum on independence. It read: | "The UK government will continue to uphold …

Ryan Cristián (2020-01-15). Video Shows TWO Missiles Bringing Down Iran 737, Second Plane Reported & Iraq And Syria Under Attack. 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 (1/14/19). 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 …

teleSUR (2020-01-15). Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to Achieve Blue Nile Dam Deal This Month. telesurenglish.net Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan have agreed Wednesday to reconvene in Washington on Jan. 28 and 29 to finalize an agreement on a large hydropower dam on the Blue Nile that sparked a diplomatic crisis between Cairo and Addis Ababa. | RELATED: | Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan Continue Talks Over Contested Nile Dam | Ministers from the three nations will meet again to finalize the agreement with technical and legal discussions, the United States Treasury Department, which hosted the meeting, said in a stat…

sputniknews (2020-01-15). 'It Will Remain Forever': Lionel Messi Hails 'Special Duel' with 'Nemesis' Cristiano Ronaldo. sputniknews.com Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo likes to emphasise that his "healthy rivalry" with Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi during his time in La Liga made him a better player, and since then both have taken their individual battle to be the best in soccer to a whole new level.

John Nichols (2020-01-15). Bernie Sanders Won't Play Your Game. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Won't Play Your Game…

Jason Ditz (2020-01-15). US Threatens to Cut Military Aid If Iraq Formally Asks Troops to Leave. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — In addition to bankrupting Iraq by seizing the entirety of their oil revenue account, the Trump Administration is now also threatening to cut military aid to Iraq, if the Iraqi government formally asks the US to leave. The US State Department and Pentagon have discussed the matter, with the State Department working on cutting all $250 million …

pip.hinman (2020-01-15). Climate change and its unequal impact on women. greenleft.org.au women Mary MerkenichIssue 1249 Australia busfires disaster managementJanuary 15, 2020While some do not want to discuss the cause of Australia's horrendous bushfires — runaway climate change — e…

Massoud Nayeri (2020-01-15). The Human Catastrophe of War. globalresearch.ca The year 2020 began with news of President Trump's bold military adventure which garnered the attention of the people around the world. 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedish, 4 Afghans, 3 Britons, and 3 Germans lost their lives …

commondreams (2020-01-15). USMCA Is Bad for Climate and Food Safety. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2020-01-15). A Modest Improvement or a Deal to Be Rejected? Warren & Sanders Debate New NAFTA Rewrite. democracynow.org Progressive Democratic presidential candidates Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders clashed over their trade policy disagreements as they zeroed in on the U.S., Mexico and Canada trade agreement that is meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Sanders said the government can do much better. "The heart and soul of our disastrous trade agreements — and I'm the guy who voted against NAFTA and against permanent normal trade relations with China — is that we have forced American workers to compete against people in Mexico, in China, elsewhere, who earn starva…

Staff (2020-01-15). Democrats Debate Wealth Tax, Free Public College & Student Debt Relief as Part of New Economic Plan. democracynow.org At Tuesday's Democratic debate, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg repeated his criticism of plans for tuition-free public college and wiping out student debt, supported by both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Activist and Truthout contributor Alexis Goldstein says the dispute highlights a philosophical split within the Democratic Party. "We essentially have a disagreement between the progressive candidates and the moderate candidates about whether or not we want to pursue a universal benefit for higher education and make it a public good, much in the way that K-12 education is treated as a public good,"

Staff (2020-01-15). Sanders and Warren Openly Spar as Some Progressives Fear Fighting Could Help Centrist Democrats. democracynow.org At Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren openly sparred for the first time when asked about Warren's claim that Sanders told her in a private 2018 meeting that a woman could not win the presidential election. Sanders again denied the accusation when asked about it by CNN's Abby Phillip. Warren maintained her claim. At the end of the night, Warren also apparently refused to shake Sanders's hand. We speak with journalist Julian Brave NoiseCat, activist and Truthout contributor Alexis Goldstein and Larry Hamm of People's Organization for Prog…