2020-01-19: News Headlines

Diana Johnstone (2020-01-19). France's Popular Uprising: Revolution or Frozen Conflict? globalresearch.ca The people are angry with their government. Where? Just about everywhere. So what makes ongoing strikes in France so special? Nothing, perhaps, except a certain expectation based on history that French uprisings can produce important changes — or if not, …

Aaron Maté (2020-01-19). Ex-UN weapons inspector: Biden's Iraq war vote excuse a 'bald-faced lie'. thegrayzone.com Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter dismantles Joe Biden's explanation for his Iraq war vote and recounts Biden's long record…

teleSUR (2020-01-19). Bolivia's Movement to Socialism Party Forms Presidential Plan. telesurenglish.net The Movement to Socialism ( MAS ) is choosing this Sunday its presidential formula for the elections, which will be held in Bolivia on May 3, with the "firm commitment" to remain united around single leadership, the democratically elected President Evo Morales said this weekend. | RELATED: | Bolivia's Anti-Imperialist Army School Renamed After Che's Assassins | In a message released on his official Twitter account, Morales said that "the first day of meeting between national leaders of…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-19). Around The World in 8 Minutes: South African workers' struggle. peoplesdispatch.org We look at the struggle lead by NUMSA and NUM unions in South Africa, a run organized against dictatorship in Thailand and the mass assassinations of social leaders in Colombia.

teleSUR (2020-01-19). In impeachment document, Democrats say Trump endangers US security. telesurenglish.net Democratic U.S. lawmakers leading the impeachment case against Republican President Donald Trump said on Saturday the president must be removed from office to protect national security and preserve the country's system of government. | RELATED: | US House to Send Trump Impeachment Charges to Senate for Trial | In a 111-page document filed before Trump's Senate trial begins in earnest on Tuesday, the lawmakers laid out their arguments supporting charges of abuse of power and obs…

Staff (2020-01-19). The Battle to Impeach Trump Is Part of a Global Struggle for Democracy. truthout.org The impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump — with their abundance of political theater and insipid media coverage — often treat Trump's crimes as the endpoint of an abuse of power and an illegal act. This is a grave mistake: We must understand Trump's crimes not as an endpoint but as symptoms of a long history of conditions that have led to the United States' slide into the abyss of authoritarianism. | Trump's impeachment battle is part of the wider historical and global struggle…

Staff (2020-01-19). What Rod Blagojevich's Double Impeachment Could Mean for Trump. truthout.org Impeachments are fortunately rare in American political life: Trump is only the third president to have been impeached; eight governors have been impeached and removed from office. | The most recent was former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He was arrested in 2008, after he was caught on a federal wiretap trying to sell the appointment to fill Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat. Blagojevich was also charged with various crimes related to campaig…

Staff (2020-01-19). Today's US-Iran Crisis Is Rooted in the Decision to Invade Iraq. truthout.org The ramifications of the illegal, unnecessary and predictably tragic U.S. decision to invade Iraq are still with us. This includes the ongoing crisis with Iran, which brought us perilously close to all-out war in early January, resulted in the tragic downing of a civilian airliner and remains in a hair-trigger situation. | Those of us who opposed the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq raised questions regarding the Bush administration's false alarmist claims about Iraqi weapons, weapons programs and weapons system…

teleSUR (2020-01-19). Over 330 People Wounded in Lebanon After Clashes in Beirut. telesurenglish.net More than 330 people were treated for injuries sustained during clashes between the Lebanese security forces and protesters in central Beirut on Saturday, the Red Cross reported. | RELATED: | At Least 220 Wounded in Protests Over the Crisis in Lebanon | The clashes, which lasted for several hours on Saturday, forced the closure of several streets in Beirut's central district, prompting the Lebanese security forces cordon off these areas in order to prevent the spread of violence i…

Mike Whitney (2020-01-19). Pompeo Says Gangland-Style Hit on Soleimani Was "Restoration of Deterrence" globalresearch.ca America's "shadow president", Mike Pompeo, has acknowledged that the assassination of Iran's highest-ranking military general, Qassem Soleimani, was part of a broader strategy to restore "real deterrence" by eliminating presumed enemies of the United States. Pompeo's comments at …

Staff (2020-01-19). Louis Adamic's Life Fighting Fascism. truthdig.com "Death to Fascism: Louis Adamic's Fight for Democracy" | Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar | Louis Adamic, a popular nonfiction writer of the 1920s-'40s, never escaped—perhaps never wished to escape—his status as an enigma. He was a talented journalist whose work appeared in a variety of magazines, as well as the author of well-received works of fiction and nonfiction. He was also a Slovene immigrant, from that sliver of land once part of Yugoslavia and now an independent s…

Peter Koenig (2020-01-19). Iran — The EU — The Three Trigger Dispute Mechanism in the Iran Nuclear Deal and Trump's Bluff. globalresearch.ca Why, after so many assurances to the contrary, have the three European Iran's Nuclear Deal Partner's — Germany, France, the UK — decided to go after Iran, to follow the US dictate again? | The short answer is because the cowards. …

Michael Welch (2020-01-19). 2019 Year in Review: From Corporate Capture of Social Media to Trump's War Agenda to Climate Change. globalresearch.ca "It just seems like people have really lost their way, severed ties with reality completely, where we're listening to some pied piper online instead of really questioning authority. questioning the power structures like we should be all along!" — Abby …

Emily Apple (2020-01-19). At first I couldn't stop laughing at the cop's counter-terror list. But I stopped because it's utterly sinister. thecanary.co On 17 January, the Guardian revealed a counter-terrorism document listing a variety of protest and left-wing groups alongside neo-Nazis and the far-right and their associated symbols. | My first reaction to it was laughter and piss-taking. The list contains groups from Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) to Greenpeace and Animal Aid. It's also woefully out-of-date. It's as if someone has taken a roll call of groups from ten years ago and added Extinction Rebellion (XR) to the list. | It also c…

Staff (2020-01-19). Southern Peace Activists Help Soldiers Become Conscientious Objectors. truthout.org The South is arguably the engine of the U.S. war machine. The region is home to Fort Bragg, the largest U.S. military base in the world. Southern states supply more soldiers than others; the region is home to three of the five states with the highest military recruitment numbers in 2016 — Florida, Georgia, and Texas. Its congressional delegations have historically been some of the most militaristic, and military contractors hav…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-01-19). NAFTA 1.0: Was It a "Legal Agreement". One of Its Signatories Linked to Organized Crime. And What About NAFTA 2.0? globalresearch.ca Public opinion has its eyes riveted on USMCA, which is tagged as NAFTA 2.0. It is important at this stage to focus on the murky history of NAFTA 1.0 as well as the transition to NAFTA 2.0. | USMCA modifies the …

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2020-01-19). Trump Is the Third President to Lie About Afghan War Success. globalresearch.ca The Bush, Obama and Trump administrations all routinely lied to the American people about the success of the 18-year war in Afghanistan. They exaggerated progress and inflated statistics to create an illusion that that the war was winnable. But after …

Staff (2020-01-19). As Citizens United Turns 10, We Need to Fight to Get Money Out of Politics. truthout.org Ten years ago this week, the Supreme Court released its disastrous 2010 Citizens United decision. | The court, either through remarkable naivety or sheer malevolence, essentially married two terrible ideas: that "money equals speech" and that "corporations are people." The ruling put a for sale sign on our democracy, opening up a flood of corporate, special interest, and even foreign money into our politics. | Through Citizens United and a collection of other terrible and related decisions, the…

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2020-01-19). Video: The WHO's Vaccine Experts Inadvertently Communicate to the World that "Vaccine Hesitancy" Makes Scientific Sense. globalresearch.ca In this expose, the WHO vaccine experts admit that: | Vaccines can be fatal. | The design of safety studies makes it difficult to spot problems. | Safety monitoring is inadequate. | Vaccine adjuvants increase risk. | "The FDA receives 45% of its annual budget …

teleSUR (2020-01-19). Matteo Salvini Vows to Recognize Jerusalem as Israeli Capital. telesurenglish.net Matteo Salvini recently conducted an interview with Israel's Ynet News to discuss Italian-Israeli relations and his bid for the premiership of the Mediterranean country. | RELATED: | Israel, Greece, Cyprus to Sign Pipeline Deal in Mediterranean | In his interview with Ynet, Salvini said he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite harming relations with the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank region. | "Yes, absolutely", Salvini said, answering the reporter's…

Emily Apple (2020-01-19). Priti Patel is proposing a new terrorism offence that should worry us all. thecanary.co Home secretary Priti Patel is proposing a new terrorism offence. And it's one that should worry us all. Not just because the UK already has an array of draconian terrorism laws but because of the implications for freedom of speech and what might be included. | Patel is looking at whether there is "a gap in the legislation" and is proposing creating an offence prohibiting possession of terrorist and extremist material. Currently, it is a crime to distribute terrorism information, but not si…

Anil Eklavya (2020-01-19). An Easy Proof of Behaviourism. zcomm.org The Experiment Confirming that stimulus and reward change behaviour. Participant (Subject): Consent not necessary, as it avoids chances of bias. A Human Lab Rat Behaviour Waking up early based on the stimulus. Stimulus Holding a gun to the head of the participant and threatening to shoot him/her if they don't wake up at the pre-decided Read more…

Tom Luongo (2020-01-19). Putin's Now Purged the West from the Kremlin. Medvedev Cabinet dissolved. globalresearch.ca It came as the biggest shock of the day on Wednesday. The Russian government resigned. The day before President Vladimir Putin gave his State of the Nation address and outlined a slate of constitutional changes. | That speech prompted an overhaul …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2020-01-19). Remarks on the US/China "Trade Deal" globalresearch.ca The first thing to understand is that it is not a trade deal. It is Trump backing off his tariffs when he discovered that the tarrifs fall on US goods and American consumers, not on China. Trump is covering his …

RT (2020-01-19). May's spell? Boris Johnson trapped in car as he meets Merkel in Berlin (VIDEO). rt.com In what could be seen as a karmic response to Brexit, UK PM Boris Johnson found himself struggling to join an EU counterpart after being momentarily trapped in his car after arriving in Berlin on Sunday. | German Chancellor Angela Merkel looked on from the red carpet as a member of security attempted to wrench the car door open, eventually succeeding after several tries. All the while, Johnson sat inside as a perhaps fitting metaphor of the years of difficulties in the Britain-EU relationship. | Johnson is among the world leaders visiting Berlin for the Libya peace talks. | Not so long ago, his predecessor…

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Britain Won't Stay Close to EU After Brexit and Some Businesses Will Lose, UK Treasury Chief Warns. sputniknews.com Great Britain is currently trying to finalise its divorce from the European Union and leave the bloc on 31 January, after three years of heated debates. The country is still set, however, to continue trade negotiations with the remaining EU states for the next 11 months.

RT (2020-01-19). Berlin peace talks: In war-torn Libya, can intl community help finish what Russia & Turkey started? rt.com Talks in Berlin between warring Libyan factions could finally deliver a lasting ceasefire after a decade of chaos ushered in by NATO regime change there. Could the mediation efforts, kick-started by Moscow and Ankara, bear fruit? | All eyes in Europe and beyond are set on Berlin, as PM Fayez al-Sarraj of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army (LNA) arrive on Sunday for peace talks hosted by Germany and attended by representatives from 11 countries, including Russia's Vladimir Putin. | The GNA has been internationally recognized since 2015, but Hafta…

RT (2020-01-19). Putin & Erdogan set stage for Libya peace talks at Berlin meeting (VIDEO). rt.com The Libyan peace talks in Berlin were yet to begin, but Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan already voiced their positions on the conflict, Erdogan speaking against Haftar and Putin calling for dialogue. | As the two presidents met ahead of the Sunday conference, Erdogan was direct in showing his animosity towards Libya's Khalifa Haftar, whose forces have been closing in on the UN-backed government in Tripoli. | "Haftar has proven himself to be in favor of a military solution [to the conflict]. Here in Berlin, the ceasefire must be confirmed. Haftar's aggressive behavior must be stopped s…

RT (2020-01-19). Berlin talks 'important step' towards cementing Libya ceasefire, groundwork created with Moscow — Erdogan. rt.com Upcoming talks in Berlin are an "important step" towards finally facilitating a long-lasting ceasefire in civil-war-torn Libya, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ahead of negotiations on Sunday. | "We see the ceasefire as a particularly important step toward reconciliation and political settlement" in Libya, Erdogan said, reiterating that peace can be achieved only through dialogue. | The Turkish leader stated that a call to end hostilities, which was jointly made by him and Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month, has created the groundwork for further negotiations. | On Sunday, Prime Mi…

RT (2020-01-19). 'Where's Putin?' World leaders can't start Berlin conference photo-op without Russian president (VIDEO). rt.com Leaders gathering for Libya peace talks in Berlin attempted to take a group photo as the summit got underway, but the photo-op was momentarily delayed as no one could seem to find Russian President Vladimir Putin. | The awkward 'Where's Putin?' moment was captured on video as other leaders shuffled around trying to locate the Russian president. | German Chancellor Angela Merkel looked particularly perturbed by Putin's absence, turning around to look for him multiple times and pointing toward the empty spot where he should have been standing. | French President Emmanuel Macron then joined the search, looking…

RT (2020-01-19). Putin meets Johnson in Berlin, but UK PM says 'no normalization of relations'. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the Libya peace conference in Berlin. Johnson used the opportunity to state it outright to Putin that there will be "no normalization" of bilateral relations between Moscow and London. | The UK PM then demanded Russia end what he called "destabilizing activity" that supposedly threatens the UK, its citizens and allies, though he did not elaborate what exactly he meant by that. Instead, Johnson once again referred to the Salisbury poisoning case, which London has been blaming on Moscow without providing it…

RT (2020-01-19). Russian tech giant Yandex wants to expand car-sharing service across Europe. rt.com Russia's Yandex, which runs a popular car-sharing service in the country, is planning to expand across Europe this year, the tech company has revealed. | "We are considering such an opportunity," Dmitry Gorchakov, Yandex's head of geolocation services PR told RT. | It was earlier reported that the firm could make up to 1,000 electric vehicles available to rent. While the exact city where Yandex is going to test launch the project is not clear, Anton Ryazanov, chief of Yandex.Drive, told the Financial Times that the company is eyeing Madrid and Copenhagen, as well as cities in France and Italy. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-01-19). German FM blasts US policy on Iran, says Europe wants to prevent 'firestorm' in Middle East without regime change. rt.com German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that, instead of following the US' maximum pressure campaign against Iran, the EU will stick to diplomacy in order to avoid further escalation of tensions in the region. | The US and Europe have a "different approach" to Iran and the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for its nuclear program, Maas told Bild am Sonntag newspaper, in an interview published on Saturday. | "While the US unilaterally abandoned the nuclear agreement and imposed maximum pressure [on Tehran], we want to achieve progress through negotiations. France, Britain and Germany want to keep…

RT (2020-01-19). Iran will review cooperation with IAEA if Europe takes 'unjust measures' over nuclear deal. rt.com Tehran will review its cooperation with the global nuclear watchdog IAEA if the EU introduces "unjust" steps over the 2015 nuclear deal, which was first abandoned by the US, Iran's parliament speaker has warned. | Britain, France and Germany formally launched a process, charging Iran with failing to comply with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on its nuclear program. | Speaker of Iran's parliament, Ali Larijani, called the decision "unfortunate." | "We clearly announce that if Europe, for any reason, uses Article 37 of the nuclear agreement unfairly, then Iran will make a serious decision re…

RT (2020-01-19). Iran examines downed Boeing black boxes, no decision yet on sending them anywhere — investigation chief. rt.com The head of the Iranian investigation team denied earlier reports that the black boxes from the downed Ukrainian airliner would be sent to Kiev. Tehran tried to extract the data on its own, he said. | "We are trying to read the black boxes here in Iran. Otherwise, our options are Ukraine and France, but no decision has been taken so far to send them to another country," Hassan Rezaeifar, who leads the investigation into the incident along with the nation's Civil Aviation Organization, told local news agency IRNA on Sunday. | He added that Iran so far has "no plans" to send the flight recorders to Kiev. | Rezae…

RT (2020-01-19). Maduro says time for direct talks with Trump, blames Pompeo & co for US 'failure' in Venezuela. rt.com Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said he is open to talks with US President Donald Trump in the hope of repairing ties with the US, while blaming Trump's hawkish advisers for feeding him a distorted narrative. | In an interview with the Washington Post, published on Saturday, Maduro said that he would like to sit down with his US counterpart, suggesting that both countries would benefit from rapprochement based on mutual respect. | If there's respect between governments, no matter how big the United States is, and if there's a dialogue, an exchange of truthful information, then be sure we can create a n…

RT (2020-01-19). Cusack, Bernie's prophet of doom: Only 10-12 years to stop climate change & 'predatory capitalism'. rt.com It appears actor John Cusack took the climate change messages in his film '2012' really, really seriously, because he says Earth only has a handful of years left — unless Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is elected US President. | Introducing Sanders in Exeter, New Hampshire, on Saturday, the 53-year-old actor threw out a doomsday scenario where the world only has a "10 to 12 year window" to reverse the effects of climate change and combat the "predatory capitalism" that is supposedly fueling it. | "The billionaires are getting nervous and all the corporate media is — they hate us, they don't hate us…

RT (2020-01-19). New deadly virus spreads fear across China as 17 more people fall victim to mysterious illness. rt.com In the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a viral outbreak, 17 more cases of the new coronavirus have been reported by authorities — three of which have been described as "severe." | The virus has infected a total of 62 people in Wuhan, eight of whom are in a severe condition, while 19 have been cured and discharged from hospital. The rest are still receiving treatment and are being kept in isolation. | Two people have died so far from the new form of coronavirus. A 69-year-old man died on Wednesday after the infection caused pulmonary tuberculosis and damaged multiple organs. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-01-19). Gremlin in the sky: Pentagon contractor shows maiden flight of its new 'swarm' drone. rt.com Swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles overwhelming enemies' defenses with sheer numbers might soon be part of the US combat strategy. Footage of the first flight of one such drone has just been showcased by a Pentagon contractor. | A video published on YouTube by an applied science and IT company, Dynetics, shows a drone, which looks roughly like a large air-to-surface missile, being drop-launched from under the wing of a US transport Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft. | The drone designated X-61A then releases small wings and ignites its rocket engine, setting off for an autonomous flight. Media reports sugges…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). More than 300 people wounded in Beirut protest clashes. yenisafak.com Lebanese rescuers treated more than 300 people for injuries during hours of clashes between security forces and protesters that rocked central Beirut on Saturday night.It was the highest toll in some of the most intense violence since largely peaceful protests erupted across the country in October. As Lebanon sinks deeper into its worst economic crisis in decades, anger has boiled over at a ruling elite dominating the country since the 1975-1990 civil war.The Lebanese Red Cross said it had treated 220 people who were wounded on both sides on Saturday night, taking 80 of them to hospital. The Civil Defence said it…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). Putin: Don't lose hope that Libya conflict will be solved. yenisafak.com "We don't lose hope that dialogue will continue and the conflict will be solved," Putin said before meeting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the conference.Putin said that Russia and Turkey had taken a "very good step" by urging Libyan factions to stop fighting, adding that large military actions had been stopped in Libya.

yenisafak (2020-01-19). Erdogan urges Libya's Haftar to end aggressive stance. yenisafak.com Ahead of Libya conference in Berlin, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Berlin conference should ensure a cease-fire and political dialogue for Libyan peace."It should be ensured that a cease-fire and return to political process are agreed at the Berlin summit in order for Libya to attain peace and calm," Erdogan said in Berlin during the televised part of the meeting with Putin.Erdogan also said: "[Gen. Khalifa] Haftar's aggressive attitudes must end to implement the phase of political process and solution [in Libya].""Joint efforts on Libya provided relative…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). Erdogan, Putin meet ahead of Berlin conference on Libya. yenisafak.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting ahead of the Berlin conference on the Libyan peace.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will co-host the Berlin conference, which will seek a stronger commitment from the world powers and regional actors to non-interference in Libya to genuinely support the cease-fire and adhere to the UN's arms embargo.Since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: one in eastern Libya supported mainly by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and the other i…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). Erdogan arrives in Berlin to attend Libya summit. yenisafak.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Berlin on Sunday to attend an international conference on Libyan peace.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will co-host the Berlin conference, which will seek a stronger commitment from the world powers and regional actors to non-interference in Libya, to genuinely support the cease-fire and adhere to the UN's arms embargo.Turkish president was welcomed by German Chief of Protocol Konrad Arz von Straussenburg, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey's Ambassador to Germany Ali Kemal Aydin, and Turkish Consul Gene…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). China moves to phase out single-use plastics. yenisafak.com China is stepping up restrictions on the production, sale and use of single-use plastic products, the state planner said on Sunday, as it seeks to tackle one of the country's biggest environmental problems.Vast amounts of untreated plastic waste are buried in landfills or dumped in rivers. The United Nations has identified single-use plastics as one of the world's biggest environmental challenges.The National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, which issued the new policy, said plastic bags will be banned in all of China's major cities by the end of 2020 and banned in al…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). Iran denies decision taken to send downed plane's black boxes abroad. yenisafak.com Iran is seeking to examine the black boxes of a Ukrainian airliner that was shot down this month, the official IRNA news agency reported, denying an earlier report that a decision had been taken to send the plane's recorders to Ukraine."We are trying to read the black boxes here in Iran. Otherwise, our options are Ukraine and France, but no decision has been taken so far to send them to another country," Hassan Rezaifar, a director in charge of accident investigations at Iran's Civil Aviation Organization, told IRNA.Another Iranian news agency had said on Saturday the flight data and voice recorders of the plane,…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). Azerbaijan remembers Jan. 20 tragedy with sorrow, pride. yenisafak.com Azerbaijan recalls the tragedy of Jan. 20, also called Black January, with sorrow and pride, the country's ambassador to Turkey said.Regarded as the rebirth of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Black January violent crackdown witnessed the massacre of more than 130 people and wounding of hundreds of civilians by the Soviet army in Baku and surrounding areas Jan. 20, 1990, on the eve of the country's independence. Mass arrests accompanied the illegal deployment of troops and subsequent military intervention.Marking the 30th anniversary of the tragedy and remembering the violence Azerbaijan witnessed prior to the breakup…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). All Anadolu Agency staffers released after detention in Egypt. yenisafak.com All of Anadolu Agency staffers, who were detained by Egyptian police earlier this week, were released, said the agency head on Sunday."All our staff members, detained in Egypt on Jan. 14 have been released," Anadolu Agency Director General Senol Kazanci said.On Tuesday evening, Egyptian police raided the Cairo office of Anadolu Agency and detained four employees.Hilmi Balci, one of four detained in Egypt, was released last Thursday and he came to Turkey.Kazanci said three Egyptian citizens of Anadolu Agency staff were released on Sunday for some $600 bail on each.Turkey and the international community had condemn…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). Meghan's father accuses daughter of 'cheapening' UK's royal family. yenisafak.com Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, has accused his daughter of "cheapening" the British royal family, in part of an interview released a day after Buckingham Palace said Prince Harry and his wife would no longer be working members of the monarchy.The palace announced on Saturday that the couple would no longer use their "Royal Highness" titles and would pay their own way in life. The monarchy had been thrown into turmoil earlier this month when Harry, 35, and his American former actress wife announced that they wanted to reduce their official duties and spend more time in North America.Thomas Markle, who is e…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). Founder of S.Korean retail giant Lotte dies. yenisafak.com Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk-ho, who started manufacturing chewing gum in 1948 in Japan and built the business into South Korea's No.5 conglomerate with interests ranging from retail to chemicals, died on Sunday, the company said. He was 98.He was the last of the South Korean entrepreneurs who founded the country's major chaebols, or family-run conglomerates, that now dominate Asia's fourth-largest economy.Lotte was founded in 1948 as a chewing gum maker in Japan by Shin, who moved to the neighbouring country when the Korean peninsula was under Japanese colonial rule. He married a Japanese woman and they had two…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). Pompeo expresses outrage to Sisi over death of US citizen. yenisafak.com U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed outrage during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over the "pointless and tragic death" of detained U.S. citizen Moustafa Kassem in Egypt, a U.S. official said on Sunday.The United States on Monday confirmed the death of Egyptian-American Kassem in a prison in Egypt, where he had been in custody since 2013, and vowed to continue to raise concerns over Cairo's human rights record.A Egyptian presidency statement on the meeting made no mention of Kassem's case.

yenisafak (2020-01-19). Brad Pitt, Joaquin Phoenix up for more awards at Hollywood's SAG ceremony. yenisafak.com Terrifying clown or heartbroken dad? Scheming pole dancer or ruthless divorce lawyer?Hollywood actors make their picks on Sunday for the best movie performances of 2019 as a crowded awards season begins to take shape ahead of the ultimate accolades – the Oscars – next month."Joker" star Joaquin Phoenix, "Marriage Story" lead actor Adam Driver, Jennifer Lopez of "Hustlers" and Laura Dern in "Marriage Story" are among the A-listers competing for Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards at a ceremony that focuses entirely on performers.Sexual harassment drama "Bombshell" goes into Sunday's awards with a leading four nods fo…

Elie Mystal (2020-01-19). Unity Requires Recognizing that Warren Is Telling the Truth. thenation.com Unity Requires Recognizing that Warren Is Telling the Truth…

San Jose Peace & Justice Center (2020-01-19). Secular Traditions in Indian Music and Poetry. indybay.org San Jose Peace and Justice Center | 48 South 7th Street | San Jose, CA 95112 | Bus routes: 22, 522, 23, 523, 55, 64, 66, 68, 72, 73, 168, 181, 500, Hwy 17 Express, MST 55, LRT…

Youth Vs Apocalypse (2020-01-19). ReclaimMLK: Youth Climate Strike & Resiliency Village. indybay.org Oscar Grant/ Frank Ogawa Plaza | Oakland, CA 94612…

Anti Police-Terror Project (2020-01-19). 6th Annual Rally & March: Reclaim MLK's Radical Legacy! (Oakland). indybay.org Oscar Grant Plaza, 1 Frank H Ogawa Plz, Oakland, California 94612 (outside Oakland City Hall)…

Kate Zeller (2020-01-19). IMF Chief Warns of Financial Disaster Driven by Inequality. indybay.org IMF Head Kristalina Georgieva warns of a return of the Great Depression driven by inequality and financial sector instability in a speech delivered at the Peterson Institute of International Economics.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Four Million to Form Massive Human Chain at Pro-Environment Initiative in India – Photos. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian state of Bihar has launched a mega-event, the forming of a human chain to create awareness about the ongoing climate crisis across the globe. This is the state's third such human chain event.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Pakistani PM Urges UN to Pressure India to Allow Supervision of Ceasefire Violations in Kashmir. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Days after Pakistan failed in its second attempt to garner international support on Kashmir at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the UNSC to insist that India allow supervision by the UN along the Line of Control.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Russians Celebrate Epiphany by Bathing in Icy Waters – Photos. sputniknews.com On 19 January, Eastern Orthodox believers worldwide celebrate Epiphany, marking the baptism of Jesus Christ, which is usually accompanied by bathing in icy cold water. In Russia, however, the holiday often takes place under extreme weather conditions.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). US Director on Russian Affairs at NSC Leaves Post Amid Pending Investigation – Reports. sputniknews.com

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Former Russian Prime Minister Medvedev Says to Remain Chair of United Russia Ruling Party. sputniknews.com On 15 January, Dmitry Medvedev unexpectedly resigned hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced sweeping changes to the Constitution and a revamped approach to managing the country's economy.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). German Foreign Minister Lashes Out at US Over Its Max Pressure Policy Towards Iran. sputniknews.com Tensions between Tehran and Washington, which have been growing since Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, peaked this January following the killing of the Islamic Republic's top commander Qasem Soleimani. Following the assassination, Germany and other European countries reiterated their calls for avoiding escalation.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Iran to Review Cooperation with Int'l Nuclear Watchdog In Case of 'Unjust' Steps by EU – Reports. sputniknews.com The European parties to the Iranian nuclear deal earlier launched a dispute resolution mechanism under the agreement, a process that could entail the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Iran Two Years Away From a Nuclear Bomb, Documents Talk for Themselves – Israeli Analyst. sputniknews.com Israel doesn't believe the Iranian claims that their nuclear programme is peaceful, says an Israeli analyst. Although Israel has the right to defend itself, Ephraim Asculai still believes it would have been better if the two countries sat down for talks.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Tehran Analyses Downed Boeing Recorders, No Decision on Sending Them to Ukraine Yet – Iranian Media. sputniknews.com On Saturday, the Tasnim News Agency quoted the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry as saying that the black boxes from the downed jetliner were to be sent to Ukraine for examination.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Iraqi Forces Say Detain One of Leaders of Daesh in Al-Fallujah. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) have detained one of the leaders of the Daesh* terrorist group in the city of Al-Fallujah, Anbar province, the ISOF said.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Eastern Libyan Gov't Pledges to Fight Terrorism, Prevent Turkish Intervention — Speaker. sputniknews.com CAIRO (Sputnik) – Libya's ongoing civil war will not end until terrorist and extremist groups in the country have been completely defeated and the Libyan people will not allow military intervention from Turkey or any other foreign power, Aguila Saleh, the speaker of Libya's eastern-based parliament, said.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). North Korea Appoints Korean Unification Talks Chief as New Foreign Minister — Reports. sputniknews.com SEOUL (Sputnik) – According to the Yonhap News Agency, ambassadors in Pyongyang have been notified of the appointment. The former CPRC chief, who has previously headed North Korean delegations during high-level talks with South Korea, will reportedly replace outgoing Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Putin on Western Attempts to Rewrite History: We Need to Do Everything Possible to Preserve Truth. sputniknews.com Earlier in January, the Polish parliament adopted a resolution declaring that the Soviet Union carries equal responsibility with Nazi Germany for the beginning of World War II.

Ryan Cristián (2020-01-19). Revealed Iran's Attack Did Cause Casualties, US/Israeli Cyberattack & Pompeo Threatens The World. 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 (1/18/19). 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 …

Kelsey Hawkins-Johnson (2020-01-19). Our Last Decade to Get Climate Right. zcomm.org In the climate talks to come, we need more youth, indigenous, and civil society groups — and fewer oil companies…

Zoe PC (2020-01-18). Colombia: stories of pain and resistance. peoplesdispatch.org The Colombian tragedy continues without an end in sight. The last two weeks have seen a worrying surge in assassinations of social leaders, human rights defenders and ex-combatants. 19 such leaders have been assassinated since the turn of the decade. The demand by organizations and movements for protection and justice for the leaders — 800 of whom have been assassinated since 2016 — are being ignored. Meanwhile, in the first week of January, the news magazine Semana released an extensive exposé revealing that the Colombian army was illegally listening to and indulging in surveillance of journalists, pol…

Staff (2020-01-18). Hunger Striker Nearing Death in ICE Custody: "I Just Want Freedom" truthout.org Doctors and advocates for incarcerated immigrants are demanding that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) release five South Asian asylum seekers on hunger strike at a remote ICE jail in Louisiana, where at least three strikers are being force-hydrated and at least two are being force-fed after refusing to eat and drink for over 75 days. | When a hunger striker's health fails, ICE may obtain a court order to restrain the striker and force fluids and nutrients into their body with tubes, a process hum…

teleSUR (2020-01-18). Bolivia Anti-Imperialist Army School Renamed to Che's Assassins. telesurenglish.net The anti-imperialist school that Evo Morales created in the Armed Forces of Bolivia in 2016 has been renamed Friday to Heroes of àëancahuazu, after the Bolivian military unit that killed the revolutionary figure Ernesto "Che" Guevara in 1967. | RELATED: | Bolivian Senate Approves Extending Coup Government Mandate | "Bolivians are not anti-anything," Bolivia's Interim Defense Minister Luis Fernando Lopez declared to media in La Paz, while explaining that the anti-imperialist or…

Justin Podur (2020-01-18). Cracking Up the Walls of War and Authoritarianism. zcomm.org The sustained protests in Colombia are part of a larger trend against austerity and endless war…

teleSUR (2020-01-18). Brazil's Peoples: Bolsonaro Means Genocide, Ethnocide, Ecocide. telesurenglish.net After a four-day meeting carried out in Piaracu village, at the Mato Grosso state, in Brazil, over 600 Indigenous leaders Friday issued a manifesto denouncing the "genocide, ethnocide, and ecocide" planned by the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | Brazil to Go Through With Mining on Tribal Lands | "The white man is very greedy," chief Raoni Metuktire said and explained that the Brazilian government is threatening the survival of Indigenous peoples with plans to allow commercial…

Staff (2020-01-18). Bernie Sanders Denounces Trump's Effort to Divide Democrats. truthout.org After President Donald Trump earlier in the day accused Democrats in Congress of "rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders," the 2020 presidential candidate shot back Friday evening to say the president's effort to divide Democrats would be unsuccessful. | "Let's be clear about who is rigging what," Sanders said in a statement. "It is Donald Trump's action to use the power of the federal government for his own political benefit that is the cause of the impeachment trial. His transparent attempts to di…

Mark Dudzic (2020-01-18). Take My Benefits — Please! Medicare System in Crisis. globalresearch.ca At the June 2019 House Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Medicare for All, Texas Republican Kevin Murphy lamented, "That great health care plan that your union negotiated for you? It's gone. Banned under Medicare for All." | A right-wing congressman …

teleSUR (2020-01-18). At Least 220 Wounded in Protests Over the Crisis in Lebanon. telesurenglish.net Clashes between police and Lebanese protesters wounded more than 220 people on both sides Saturday in the highest such tally in three months of anti-establishment demonstrations. | RELATED: | Lebanon Descends Further into Chaos as Economic Crisis Worsens | The sound of ambulance sirens rang out across Beirut as the Red Cross reported 80 wounded had been taken to hospital and 140 more were treated on site. | Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon, chasing protesters armed…

Staff (2020-01-18). Texas Republicans Are Manufacturing a Crisis in Houston's Public School System. truthout.org If the state of Texas had its way, the state would be in the process of taking over the Houston Independent School District. | But a judge temporarily blocked the takeover on Jan. 8, with the issue now set to be decided at a trial in June. | The ruling temporarily spares Houston's pub…

IMEMC News & Agencies (2020-01-18). UN Officials: German Anti-BDS Resolution Infringes on Freedom of Expression, Basic Political Rights. imemc.org United Nations Special Rapporteurs / Germany UN officials say it is not anti-Semitic to criticize the government of Israel. UN letter is now public, as Germany did not respond within mandated 60-day period. PALAIS DES NATIONS ‚Ä¢ 1211 GENEVA 10, SWITZERLAND Mandates of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and …

Fight Back (2020-01-18). Minnesotans brave a blizzard to challenge Klobuchar on Iran and Iraq. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – 20 people picketed in front of Senator Amy Klobuchar's office during a blizzard, January 17, for her legitimizing Trump's targeting of Iran and for her silence on the U.S. occupation of Iraq. | Autumn Lake of the Anti-War Committee spoke to the crowd, "Minnesota's favorite hometown disappointment, Senator Amy Klobuchar, is somehow still on the campaign trail, seemingly for no other reason than to prove what many of us have known for years; that the Republicans and the Democrats will always unite to serve the interests of the powerful over the interests of the broad masses. She's managed to…

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-01-18). Three Palestinians Detained Near Bethlehem, Including a Former Prisoner. imemc.org Israeli soldiers, on Friday, detained at least three Palestinians from the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Security sources confirmed that Israeli forces conducted an invasion into Bethlehem city, resulting in the detention of two Palestinians, including a former prisoner. Soldiers also …

South Front (2020-01-18). Video: Turkish Invasion of Libya? Erdogan Sends Troops. globalresearch.ca In early 2020, Libya became one of the main hot points in the Greater Middle East with stakes raised by Turkey's decision to launch a military operation there. | On January 5, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey had sent …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-18). Nuclear Weapons: Trump Regime Pressured E3 Countries (UK, France, Germany) to Trigger JCPOA Dispute Mechanism. globalresearch.ca Post-WW II, Washington transformed Western European countries into virtual US colonies — their presence status. | Judge them by their actions. Time and again, they subordinate their sovereign rights to US interests, even when harming their own. | It shows by imposing …

teleSUR (2020-01-18). Mexico Halts Migrant Caravan by Closing Border With Guatemala. telesurenglish.net In response to the arrival of the caravan of Central American migrants, Mexico temporarily closed its border crossings near the Guatemalan cities of El Ceibo and Tecun Uman on Saturday morning. | RELATED: | Mexico's President Offers 4,000 Jobs in Attempt to Stop Caravan | Previously, around 4,000 Hondurans had arrived in the country and were waiting on a bridge at Tecun Uman. Some of them began pushing and shoving before being driven back by Mexican security officials, who shut…

Eds. (2020-01-18). World First: Bank of England unveils climate stress test to banks and insurance companies. mronline.org Tackling climate change isn't just about replacing fossil fuels with renewables, or planting more trees. It's about confronting climate stress across society. | Source

Staff (2020-01-18). Thousands Gather for Women's March Rallies Across the U.S. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Thousands gathered in cities across the country Saturday as part of the nationwide Women's March rallies focused on issues such as climate change, pay equity, reproductive rights and immigration. | Hundred showed up in New York City and thousands in Washington, D.C., for the rallies, which aim to harness the political power of women, although crowds were noticeably smaller than in previous years. Marches were scheduled Saturday in more than 180 cities. | The first marches in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of people to rallies in cities across the country on the day after President Donald Trump…

IMEMC News & Agencies (2020-01-18). #FreeMays — Israel is torturing my friend for being an outspoken Palestinian woman. imemc.org by Kristian Davis Bailey, Black4Palestine On New Year's Eve, as we approached the end of the year and the start of a new decade, one person weighed heavily on my mind: my friend Mays Abu Ghosh, a 21-year old journalism student from Palestine, who was spending her new year incarcerated without charge …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2020-01-18). Israeli Forces Abduct Finnish MP, Activists On Gaza Border. imemc.org Israeli occupation forces, on Thursday, detained five Finnish citizens, including a member of parliament, for allegedly attempting to cross the fence separating the 1948 occupied Palestinian territories and the blockaded Gaza Strip. According to Israeli media sources, the Israeli forces detained Anna Kontula, a Finnish MP, and four other humanitarian …

Staff (2020-01-18). Gun-Rights Activists Gear Up for Show of Force in Virginia. truthdig.com They see Richmond protests as a rallying point for their cause, as state officials issue dire warnings over rhetoric and fears of violence.

Tyler Durden (2020-01-18). Trump Suggests He Ordered Soleimani Killed for "Saying Bad Things About Our Country" theantimedia.com (ZH) — Adding more to the ever evolving rationale for the Jan.3 Qassem Soleimani killing which has brought the Middle East to the brink of a new major war, President Trump told Republic donors Friday night that the IRGC Quds force chief was "saying bad things" about the U.S. before his death. High-dollar donors were gathered for a fundraiser …

teleSUR (2020-01-18). Palestinians Benefit From China-Funded Desalination Plants. telesurenglish.net Abdul-Rahim Abu Gouda, a Palestinian living in a small village in the Gaza Strip's southern border town of Rafah, breathed a sigh of relief after two China-funded water desalination plants opened this month in his impoverished al-Naser village. | RELATED: | Israel Breaches Law, Transfers 34 Palestinian Minors From Prisons | "This is a joyful day for my family and we can now get drinking water instantly and for free. We no longer need to wait for trucks selling filtered drinki…

IMEMC News & Agencies (2020-01-18). Gaza Bombed for 2nd Time in 24 Hours. imemc.org Occupation aircraft have carried out a fresh round of airstrikes, against targets in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, as Israel continues with its acts of aggression against the besieged Palestinian coastal sliver. The Israeli military said, in a statement, that a combat helicopter attacked infrastructure used for by …

PCHR (2020-01-18). PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (09 — 15 January 2020). imemc.org Summary | | This week, PCHR documented 179 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. They were as follows: | As part of the Israeli shooting and excessive use of force:…

Brasil de Fato (2020-01-18). Dilma Rousseff: "Torture is about pain and death. They want you to lose your dignity" peoplesdispatch.org Fifty years ago today, on Jan. 16, 1970, the 22-year-old militant Dilma Rousseff was arrested by agents of the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil from 1964 and 1985, a period when the country faced a crack down on civil liberties and freedom of speech. The regime persecuted political activists and anyone whose behavior was deemed to deviate from the norm. | "Torture is an extremely complex thing. I think that everyone who went through prison will always bear that mark. I don't like to watch movies where there is torture, for example. It's not that I don't like them. I just don't watch them. I don't want to w…

Phyllis Bennis (2020-01-18). Support for Combat Troop Withdrawal Is Not Enough. zcomm.org I thought that was an important advance, that there's a recognition of where the entire base of half this country is, which is strongly against wars…

WSWS (2020-01-18). The Libya conference and the new scramble for Africa. wsws.org The Berlin meeting is reminiscent of the infamous Congo Conference, also held in Berlin in 1884-85 and aimed at the complete colonization of Africa.

Ahmed Tharwat (2020-01-18). Sleepless in Cairo: Egyptians Reacquaint Themselves to Life In a Dictatorship. mintpressnews.com Ahmed Tharwat returns to his home country of Egypt to find that Egyptians, once vibrant and full of optimism, have returned to the grim reality of life in a repressive dictatorship.