2020-01-20: News Headlines

Gerald E. Scorse (2020-01-21). Even the Democrats Do Favors for the Rich. dissidentvoice.org In 2017 a Republican-controlled Congress passed a tax cut hugely tilted to corporations and the wealthy. In the waning days of 2019, the Democratic-controlled House did a kind of me-too. It pushed through a retirement bill with a provision that gives billions to those in the upper tiers. The House's gift to the well-off was …

Manlio Dinucci (2020-01-21). Gli aggressori garanti della ´sovranità ª libica. globalresearch.ca Alla Conferenza di Berlino il segretario di stato Usa Mike Pompeo ha richiesto ´la fine dell'interferenza straniera in Libia, l'embargo sulle armi e un durevole cessate il fuoco ª. Lo stesso hanno fatto Francia, Regno Unito e Italia, gli stessi paesi …

Manlio Dinucci (2020-01-21). Os agressores, sà£o agora os responsáveis pela "soberania" da Líbia. globalresearch.ca Na Conferência de Berlim, o Secretário de Estado dos EUA, Mike Pompeo, pediu "o fim da interferência estrangeira na Líbia, o embargo de armas e um cessar-fogo duradouro". O mesmo fizeram a Franàßa, o Reino Unido e a Itália, os …

RT (2020-01-21). 2 killed, 1 critically injured in chaotic stabbing, robbery & arson spree in Barcelona (VIDEOS). rt.com Police in Barcelona have connected the dots between a series of apparently random attacks across the city, tying one suspect to two murders, a stabbing and an attempt at arson in the span of a single afternoon. | It all started around 3pm local time, when Barcelona's fire brigade responded to calls about an apartment blaze near the city's Ciutadella Park. Inside the flat they stumbled upon far more than a fire, finding not only evidence of arson, but the body of a man with "signs of violence," and apparently strangled. Police were called to investigate, strongly suspecting foul play. | A video later emerged on…

RT (2020-01-21). 'Complete turnaround': OPCW whistleblower slams chemical watchdog's Douma report in UN Security Council testimony. rt.com A former inspector with the OPCW has accused the chemical weapons watchdog of issuing a sanitized report on the alleged 2018 attack in Douma, Syria, arguing it ignored serious reservations of its own fact-finding team. | The OPCW's final report on the Douma incident, released last March, omitted key findings of its own inspections team which would have cast serious doubt on whether a chemical attack took place at all, a now former OPCW specialist, Ian Henderson, told members of the United Nations Security Council in a recorded video address — after his visa application to attend the meeting in person was…

Susan Price (2020-01-21). Bolivia: New election date announced amidst persecution and threats. greenleft.org.au Bolivia coup Fernando MolinaIssue 1250 Bolivia 2020 Bolivian elections Movement Towards Socialism (MAS)January 21, 2020Bolivians will return to the polls on May 3, almost fi…

Eric Mann (2020-01-20). Martin Luther King and the Black Revolutionary Tradition. counterpunch.org Every year, until The Revolution comes again, the counter-revolution manipulates the historic birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, that so many people fought for, as their symbol of Black "integration" into imperialism and "non-violent" acquiescence to, at best, Barack Obama's cynical negation of his dream. As Donald Trump has just assassinated Iranian General Quassem Soleimani—with

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-20). Assassination of Amílcar Cabral, one of Africa's foremost anti-colonial leaders. peoplesdispatch.org He was a prolific Marxian theorist who not only led the war of independence that toppled Portuguese rule in Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde but influenced the fight for decolonization across the continent.

WSWS (2020-01-20). Bushfire scientist warns that Australia's disaster is "a wake-up call" wsws.org "If nothing is done to address climate change this wildfire season will be a preview into our future."

Ben Norton (2020-01-20). Brazil's far-right government backed terror plot against Venezuela, top newspaper reveals. mronline.org Brazil's extreme Bolsonaro government backed an attack on Venezuela in a plot to overthrow its elected president. The shocking terror operation has received no coverage in mainstream U.S. media. | Source

Patrick T. Hiller (2020-01-20). Instead of Real-Time Commentary, Eight Common-Sense Reason for Not Going to War with Iran. counterpunch.org In the wake of the assassination of Iranian military leader Major General Qasem Soleimani and nine other people by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, tensions between the United States and Iran are at their height. The immediate threat of war is real. Real-time news and expert commentary across the nationwide spectrum of media outlets More

Fight Back (2020-01-20). Embassy Protectors speak out in Fort Lauderdale. fightbacknews.org Fort Lauderdale, FL — Over 60 people from South Florida's tri-county area gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church of Fort Lauderdale to hear a panel and question-and-answer session featuring anti-war activists Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers. Zeese and Flowers are two of the four Embassy Protector activists who spent 37 days protecting international law and peace within the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. They are currently facing bogus federal charges brought by the Trump administration that, if convicted, would mean up to one year in prison and $100,000 fines each. | Also on th…

teleSUR (2020-01-20). Iran Warns of Quitting Global Nuclear Treaty If Case Goes to UN. telesurenglish.net Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Monday that Iran could leave the global nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if Britain, France, and Germany pursue their "unjustifiable behavior" and send the country's nuclear case to the United Nations Security Council. | RELATED: | "If the Europeans continue their improper behavior or send Iran's file to the Security Council, we will withdraw from the NPT," Iranian news agencies quoted Zarif sa…

teleSUR (2020-01-20). Venezuelan FM Makes Official Visit to Iran to Boost Relations. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza met on Monday with his counterpart from the Islamic Republic of Iran, Javad Zarif, to discuss a number of topics, including the strengthening of bilateral relations. | RELATED: | Heading a high-ranking delegation, Arreaza, arrived in Tehran on Sunday night for a three-day visit. Arreaza's visit to Iran comes just a week after he made his first official visit to China. | "The Minister o…

Alan Macleod (2020-01-20). Bolivia: As Elections Near, US-Backed Interim Gov't Mobilizes Military, Arrests Opposition Leaders. mintpressnews.com Interim President of Bolivia Jeanine Añez has ordered troops to the streets and forced opposition candidates to organize abroad for fear of arrest ahead of the country's first elections since a US-backed coup last November.

Alan Macleod (2020-01-20). MSNBC's Joy Ann Reid Invites Quack Body Language Expert on to Trash Sanders. mintpressnews.com MSNBC's Joy Ann Reid has a history of strongly racist and homophobic remarks. She was one of the chief proponents of the RussiaGate narrative and history of anti-Muslim and homophobic comments.

Alan Macleod (2020-01-20). India Puts Capital on Lockdown as Protests Against Discriminatory Laws Rage on. mintpressnews.com India's government is cracking down, imposing martial-law like conditions amid massive protests against the government's not-so-slow creep towards becoming a full-fledged Hindu supremacist state.

Andrew Korybko (2020-01-20). General Haftar Still Holds All the Cards After Berlin's Libya Summit. globalresearch.ca Berlin's Libya summit ended without any real changes to the status quo despite all relevant foreign parties to that country's civil war superficially agreeing to some key points such as the need to abide by the arms embargo and commit …

Katrina Manson (2020-01-20). US Boosts Funding of Tech Companies to Help Anti-Tehran Protests. globalresearch.ca US government-funded technology companies have recorded an increase in the use of circumvention software in Iran in recent weeks after boosting efforts to help Iranian anti-regime protesters thwart internet censorship and use secure mobile messaging. | The outreach is part of …

Cui Yuanlei, Yang Chunxue, Shooka Shemirani (2020-01-20). Latam Expects Stable, Prosperous New Year After Turbulent 2019. telesurenglish.net Via Xinhua: | The year of 2019 was a turbulent one for Latin America where there were protests, violent clashes and a fierce tug of war between conservative and progressive currents in countries long considered bastions of stability. | As the region staggers into 2020 with stagnant or even shrinking growth, hopes are that the first year of this new decade will be marked by greater political stability, economic prosperity and fruitful trade ties, though observers admit it may sometimes be an uphill battle. | RECOVERING STABILITY | With…

Justin Podur (2020-01-20). The people of Colombia are cracking up the walls of war and authoritarianism. mronline.org The protests that started with the national strike called by Colombia's central union on November 21 to protest pension reforms and the broken promises of the peace accords have persisted for two months and grown into a protest against the whole establishment. And the protests have continued into the new year and show no signs […] | Source

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-20). Protesters in Lebanon marched towards parliament, faced police repression. peoplesdispatch.org Political forces in the country have failed to respond to the protesters' demands for an overhaul of the political system in any credible way, even after three months of popular protests in the country…

teleSUR (2020-01-20). Thousands of Armed Gun-Rights Activists Protest in Virginia. telesurenglish.net A large number of armed gun-rights activists descended on Virginia's capitol building on Monday to protest a package of gun-control legislation making its way through the newly Democratic-controlled state legislature. | RELATED: | 55% of US Voting-Age Women Prefer Socialism, Over Capitalism | According to the Reuters News Agency, the Richmond rally was surrounded by heavy security after Virginian Governor Ralph Northam banned carrying weapons onto the capitol grounds. | The r…

Pepe Escobar (2020-01-20). The Roots of American Demonization of Shi'a Islam. globalresearch.ca The US targeted assassination, via drone strike, of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, apart from a torrent of crucial geopolitical ramifications, once again propels to center stage a quite inconvenient truth: the congenital incapacity of so-called US elites to even attempt …

Staff (2020-01-20). 10 Ways Trump's Aggression Against Iran Hurts Americans and the Region. truthout.org The U.S. assassination of General Qasem Soleimani has not yet plunged us into a full-scale war with Iran thanks to the Iranian government's measured response, which demonstrated its capabilities without actually harming U.S. troops or escalating the conflict. But the danger of a full-blown war still exists, and Donald Trump's actions are already wreaking havoc. | The tragic attack on the Ukrainian passenger jet, which left 176 innocent people dead, is the first example of this. Iranian anti-aircraft…

Jeff Mackler (2020-01-20). Worldwide Furor Sparked by U.S. Assassination of Iran's General Suleimani. counterpunch.org The Trump administration's January 3 drone missile assassination of Iran's Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani just outside Iraq's Baghdad airport brought the world to the brink of yet another catastrophic U.S. war. That the Iranian government would retaliate in a matter of days, if not hours, was unquestioned. But Iran's response stunned the world in its

Carl Herman (2020-01-20). Martin Luther King Day 2020: Memphis, Tenn. Court Decision, U.S. "Government Agencies" Found Guilty in Martin Luther King's Assassination. globalresearch.ca After four weeks of testimony and over 70 witnesses in a civil trial in Memphis, Tennessee, twelve jurors reached a unanimous verdict on December 8, 1999 that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy.

F. William Engdahl (2020-01-20). The Mad Geopolitics of Israel's EastMed Gas Pipeline. globalresearch.ca At just a time when the world holds its collective breath over risk of a World War over the US assassination of Iran's leading general and other provocations, Israel has chosen to sign a natural gas pipeline deal with Greece …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2020-01-20). UN Experts Unveil Letter Condemning Germany's Targeting of BDS Movement. imemc.org Five United Nations special rapporteurs have unveiled a letter to the German government censuring a German law that targets a pro-Palestinian boycott movement while insisting that criticism of the Israeli regime "is not anti-Semitic." The UN experts made the letter public this week, after the 60-day reply period ended …

Ilana Novick (2020-01-20). Oxfam Report Calls Extreme Wealth a Sign of a Failing Economic System. truthdig.com "I don't think 500 billionaires are the reason we're in trouble," former Vice President After Bernie Sanders said that "

Mark Harris (2020-01-20). Better Living Through Glyphosate? Spray Now, Ask Questions Later. counterpunch.org There's a lot of talk in the Trump era about the "war on science." But this war, such as it is, extends far beyond uninformed Republican attacks on climate change science or Donald Trump's mocking insults of Greta Thunberg, the teen climate activist nearly 60 years the old bully's junior. This war involves not only

Eds. (2020-01-20). The ‚ÄãJuliana ‚Äã21 continue to fight for justice in the biggest climate lawsuit in America. mronline.org Decision of Divided Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals finds primarily for Juliana ‚Äãplaintiffs, but holds Federal Judiciary can do nothing to stop the U.S. Government in causing climate change and harming children. | Source

WSWS (2020-01-20). Climate change "spin" as Davos gathering confronts mounting environmental and economic crisis. wsws.org The picture presented by the WEF's own analysis is of a socio-economic system heading for catastrophe on every front, for which the ruling elites have no answer.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-01-20). Diminishing Returns: Calculated Misery in Air Travel. globalresearch.ca If there comes a point when people will decide not to fly, the issue may well be less to do with any moral or ethical issue with climate change than the fact that commercial flights have become atrocious. They are …

WSWS (2020-01-20). Lack of action on climate change leads to warmest decade ever recorded. wsws.org For all the proclamations by corporations and governments that they accept the need to reduce fossil fuel use, carbon emissions rose to the highest ever level in 2019.

teleSUR (2020-01-20). Brazilians March in Memory of 272 People Killed Last Year. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of people are participating in a march on Monday that will begin in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte and end in the municipality of Brumadinho. This march is being conducted in memory of the 272 people that died as a result of the collapsed dam in Córrego do Feijao, on January 25, 2019. | RELATED: | Brazil's Peoples: Bolsonaro Means Genocide, Ethnocide, Ecocide | The march in honor of the victims of that tragedy will last six days, as the participants intend to arrive…

Orlenys Ortiz (2020-01-20). Cómo Juan Guaidó perdió el control de la Asamblea Nacional en Venezuela. thegrayzone.com øNo entiendes lo sucedido el 5 de enero en la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela? Echemos un vistazo cronológico al fracaso…

teleSUR (2020-01-20). Honduras Officially Designates Hezbollah a Terrorist Entity. telesurenglish.net The Honduran government has formally declared Lebanon's Hezbollah organization a "terrorist organization", as they attempt to mirror the U.S. government's foreign policy. | RELATED: | "We declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization and will include it in the registry of persons and institutions linked to acts of terrorism and its financing," said Luis Suazo, Honduras' deputy security minister. | Hezbollah, which…

WSWS (2020-01-20). Chicago police to be deputized as federal immigration agents. wsws.org The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency says it will use the Chicago Police Department to enforce federal immigration laws.

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-20). Trump's Legal Team Responds to Dems Impeachment Scam. globalresearch.ca There's overwhelming just cause to impeach and remove Trump from office for legitimate high crimes. | The same is true for most of his predecessors, along with most current and former congressional members. | The Constitution's Article II, Section 4 states "(t)he …

Staff (2020-01-20). Trump Lawyers Urge Dismissal of "Flimsy" Impeachment Case. truthdig.com Their brief offers a glimpse of the lines of defense they intend to use against Democratic efforts to convict and oust the president.

Staff (2020-01-20). Democrats Respond to Trump's Official Statement on Impeachment Charges. truthout.org Responding to President Donald Trump's official answer to the impeachment charges against him now facing trial in the U.S. Senate, the Democratic House Managers assigned to prosecute the case rejected Sunday morning the president's claim his conduct was "perfect" by saying there is "a different word for it: impeachable." | Entitled " The Answer of President Donald J. Trump" (pdf), the six-page…

WSWS (2020-01-20). As neo-Nazis head to Richmond, Trump boosts gun-rights rally. wsws.org The president's tweet is a declaration of solidarity with ultra-right forces on the eve of his impeachment trial.

Great Game India (2020-01-20). How an "International Shadowy Group" Is Influencing India's Food Policy. globalresearch.ca International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), an American nonprofit with an innocuous sounding name has been quietly infiltrating Indian government's health and nutrition bodies influencing India's food policy on behalf of the chemical industry. | New Food Packaging Labeling Rules | Last year …

teleSUR (2020-01-20). Moscow Hopes Iran Won't Quit Global Nuclear Pact. telesurenglish.net Moscow hopes that Iran will not withdraw from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying Monday. | "We warn the Iranian side against reckless steps in terms of maintaining the obligations of the Islamic Republic under the NPT," RIA Novosti news agency quoted Ryabkov as saying. | RELATED: | "We talk about this openly and consider t…

teleSUR (2020-01-20). Three Rockets Land Near US Embassy in Baghdad. telesurenglish.net Three Katyusha rockets fell on Tuesday inside Baghdad's Green Zone which houses government buildings and foreign missions, according to Iraqui police sources. | The three rockets were launched from Zafaraniyah district outside Baghdad, the sources said, adding that two rockets landed near the U.S. embassy. | Sirens went on as rockets landed on the perimeter of the US embassy in Baghdad green zone. Video was distributed in WhatsApp. pic.twitter.com/kWzv2tVm0y — Mustafa Salim (@Mustafa_salimb) | …

teleSUR (2020-01-20). Mexico Guarantees Entry Conditions For The Migrant Caravan. telesurenglish.net The National Institute of Migration of Mexico (INM), announced this Monday that authorities will guarantee the entrance of Central American migrants to their country, obeying Mexican laws regarding the treatment of migrants. | RELATED: | Migrant Caravan Gathers on Guatemala Border To Enter Mexico | The INM explained…

teleSUR (2020-01-20). 500M People Worldwide Struggle to Find Adequate Work: Study. telesurenglish.net Almost half a billion people around the world are stuck in poverty as they struggle to find work or a job that is adequately paid, an International Labour Organization (ILO) report published Monday found. | RELATED: | 2,000 World's Richest Hold More Wealth Than 4.6B Poorest: Oxfam | "For millions of ordinary people, it's increasingly difficult to build better lives through work,"

WSWS (2020-01-20). This week in history: January 20-26. wsws.org 25 years ago: Nuclear war scare caused by Norwegian rocket On January 25, 1995, the Russian military mistook a Black Brant XII rocket—launched by a team of Norwegian and US scientists to research the northern lights over Svalbard—as an incoming Trident missile launched as a high-altitude nuclear attack by the US Navy. It was the first time a Russian leader used the nuclear briefcase in a real alert.

WSWS (2020-01-20). Russian Duma approves new prime minister. wsws.org Putin and sections of the Russian oligarchy regard Mishustin as better equipped than former Prime Minister Medvedev to carry out major attacks on the working class and to facilitate a closing of ranks in the ruling class.

teleSUR, jg (2020-01-20). Venezuelan President Proposes Respectful Dialogue With US Gov't. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro expressed once again that he welcomes dialogue with the United States as long as it is based on mutual respect between both governments. | RELATED: | 'Latin America in Constant Siege from US': Venezuela's FM | In an exclusive interview with The Washington Post, published this weekend, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed dialogue with the United States, which would establish a different relationship between both countri…

IMEMC News & Agencies (2020-01-20). UN Calls for International Support to the Occupied Palestinian Territory. imemc.org Following a six-day visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, called on the international community to ensure continued commitment and consistent and sustained funding to help alleviate the challenges faced by Palestinians in Gaza …

William deBuys (2020-01-20). The Humanitarian and Environmental Disaster of Trump's Border Wall. counterpunch.org A new Wild West has taken root not far from Tombstone, Arizona, known to many for its faux-historical reenactments of the old West. We're talking about a long, skinny territory — a geographic gerrymander — that stretches east across New Mexico and down the Texan Rio Grande to the Gulf of Mexico. It also runs

Ipek S. Burnett (2020-01-20). MLK and the Ghost of an Untrue Dream. counterpunch.org King's dream of economic justice and equality required America's power structures to change. It required America to take a critical look at the unbridled capitalist system that gave way to perpetual injustice. It required a radical and deep reconstruction of both politics and society, where the tangled roots of racism, poverty, militarism, and materialism would be exposed and eliminated.

Katie Fite (2020-01-20). Owyhee Initiative Wilderness and Public Lands Deal Critique: Ten Years After. counterpunch.org The Owyhee Initiative (OI) wilderness and public lands legislation passed Congress in 2009 as the Owyhee Public Land Management part of an Omnibus package bill. Hoopla on the bill's ten-year anniversary generated a spate of articles extolling collaboration and idolizing individual cattlemen. OI collaboration talking points are being parroted by supporters of a new round of Quid

Thomas Knapp (2020-01-20). A Loophole for the Lawless: "Qualified Immunity" Must Go. counterpunch.org On August 11, 2014, officers from the Caldwell, Idaho Police Department asked for Shaniz West's permission to enter and search her home. They were looking for her ex-boyfriend. West authorized the search and handed over her keys. Instead of entering and searching the home, though, the police brought in a SWAT team, surrounding the building.

Eds. (2020-01-20). Military repression aims to silence social unrest in Latin America. mronline.org For popular movements in Latin America and the Caribbean, achieving high levels of political awareness and organisation is not enough whilst the ruling classes, in one way or another, maintain control of the armed forces. | Source

Staff (2020-01-20). Virginia Braces for Arrival of Pro-Gun Militias Amid State of Emergency. truthout.org Virginia-based gun control activist Catherine Koebel is intimately familiar with the reign of terror that the state's pro-gun forces attempt to maintain through threats and intimidation, despite the fact that a strong majority of Virginia residents support gun reforms. | Koebel, who grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia, and has been involved in gun control organizing in the state since the Virginia Tech shooting left 33 people dead in 2007, said she has faced vicious harassment and death threats for he…

Johannes Stern (2020-01-20). The Libya Conference and "The New Scramble for Africa" globalresearch.ca A major international conference on Libya will convene in Berlin on Sunday. At the invitation of Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, heads of state and top officials of the leading imperialist powers in Europe and the US will come together to …

Jill Richardson (2020-01-20). Why Do We Have School Lunch Debt at All? counterpunch.org A Google search for "paying school lunch debt" reveals a long list of recent news stories about good Samaritans paying off the school lunch debt of children whose families cannot afford it. A Fredonia, New York man paid off $2,000 in school lunch debt in his area, helping 140 families. A Rigby, Idaho tattoo shop More

IMEMC News & Agencies (2020-01-20). Report: Israel Steals Land, Erects Nature Reserves and National Parks to Expand Settlements. imemc.org Madeeha Araj/PNN The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements stated, in its latest weekly report , that the far-right Israeli Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett announced, last week, the approval of seven nature reserves in the West Bank, with an area of 130,000-State dunams — 20,000 of which ones …

Michael Nigro (2020-01-20). The Gun Rights Showdown Brewing in Virginia. truthdig.com Militia groups, pro-gun hardliners and far-right fringe factions, including white supremacists and conspiracy theorists,

Greg Guma (2020-01-20). How Perception Management Has Wrecked Reality. globalresearch.ca In The Secret Man, Bob Woodward's book about his Watergate source Deep Throat, he notes, "Washington politics and secrets are an entire world of doubt." And that was before Trump and cyberwar. | Even though Woodward knew the identity of his …

Larry Romanoff (2020-01-20). My God and My Glock — The Theology of Guns in America. globalresearch.ca The Glock is a series of semi-automatic pistols designed Austrian manufacturer Glock Ges.m.b.H. | *** | According to Americans, God is a really pro-gun dude. In fact, one pastor of a New Bethel Christian Church gave a sermon where he announced that …

Paul Rogers (2020-01-20). How Mercenaries and Advisers Fight the Wars the UK Won't Own. globalresearch.ca 'Mercenary' is an evocative word, conjuring thoughts of adventure in foreign lands and elastic personal ethics, but probably not the bureaucratic calculations of British foreign policy. That is a tribute to the success of governments in keeping their use of …

Equipe Phonegate (2020-01-20). The Court of Appeal of Turin Confirms the Link Between a Head Tumour and Mobile Phone Use. globalresearch.ca The Court of Appeal of Turin confirms in a full judgment published on 13 January 2020 (904/2019 of 3.12.2019 , Romeo v. INAIL) the decision of the Tribunal of Ivrea of 2017. Judge Fadda considers that the worker's acoustic neuroma …

Tom Clifford (2020-01-20). Is 2020 China's Year of Economic and Political Milestone? globalresearch.ca Just as one New Year's festivities end, another begins. China is set to celebrate the Year of the Rat on January 25. Folklore says it's a good year for business and fertility. But it also marks an economic and …

Dan Carden (2020-01-20). Africa: For-profit Investments Are Not 'Development'. globalresearch.ca This week's

Joseph E. Stiglitz (2020-01-20). The Truth About the Trump Economy. globalresearch.ca It is becoming conventional wisdom that US President Donald Trump will be tough to beat in November, because, whatever reservations about him voters may have, he has been good for the American economy. Nothing could be further from the truth. …

William deBuys (2020-01-20). Making America Great Again in a New Wild West. globalresearch.ca A new Wild West has taken root not far from Tombstone, Arizona, known to many for its faux-historical reenactments of the old West. We're talking about a long, skinny territory — a geographic gerrymander — that stretches east across New …

The Global Research Team (2020-01-20). Support Independent Media: Global Research Needs Your Help. globalresearch.ca At Global Research we have always sought out ways to make the articles we publish accessible to as many people as possible. We want the information on our website to circulate freely which is why we don't use paywalls, you …

Jack Dalton (2020-01-20). Israel and Bedouins Face Off in the Negev Desert. globalresearch.ca Mohammad Danfiri stands at the edge of his Bedouin family's sheep enclosure in the Negev Desert, looking out at a pair of cell phone towers at the top of a nearby hill. They are situated in an open spot between …

James ONeill (2020-01-20). More to the Flight 752 Tragedy than First Appearances Suggest. globalresearch.ca On 3 January 2020 a drone, believed to be operated by the United States, fired a missile upon a convoy of cars departing Baghdad airport, killing at least nine persons. Amongst the victims was Major General Qassem Solemani, a …

Imad Hamad (2020-01-20). Dr. Martin Luther King as an Inspiration and a Role Model. globalresearch.ca On Dr. Martin Luther King's day (January 20, 2020), we remember a global icon that has been an inspiration to men and women across the globe struggling for human rights for all. Despite all the serious human rights and …

The Canary (2020-01-20). Malaysia refuses to become the plastic 'rubbish dump of the world'. thecanary.co Malaysia has sent back 150 containers of plastic waste to more than a dozen countries as Kuala Lumpur said it will not become the world's rubbish bin. | The country has seen an increase in the number of shipments containing waste since China prohibited imports of refuse in 2018. | Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said the 150 containers have been sent back since the third quarter of last year and a further 110 are expected to be returned by mid-2020. | "If people want to see us as the rubbish dump of the world, you dream on," Yeo told reporters during an inspection at a port in northern Penang state. | Yeo said t…

Staff (2020-01-20). Trump Wants to Funnel More Income Upward Through His China Trade Deal. truthout.org Donald Trump is celebrating "phase 1" of his big trade deal with China. While corporate America seems to be joining the celebration (the stock market has been rising), it's a safe bet that it is not likely to produce much of a benefit for ordinary workers. | First, it is worth refuting one of the main claims that this deal will be a boon to U.S. farmers. Trump apparently got commitments from China to buy large amounts of U.S. soybeans and other agricultural products. This is supposed to mean that fa…

Robert S. Becker (2020-01-20). OMG! Trump defiers outed: We love terrorism, embrace treason, and hate America. Who knew? nationofchange.org Perhaps we should thank vicious rightwingers for broadcasting what's truly at stake in next year's election.

Staff (2020-01-20). In Anti-Communist Fervor, FBI Built a 500-Page File on Coretta Scott King. truthout.org This is a rough, tough, dirty business. —former FBI Assistant Director, William C. Sullivan, on the…

WSWS (2020-01-20). Little Women: The new film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's famed work. wsws.org Greta Gerwig has directed the latest and a generally conscientious film adaptation of Alcott's novel about four sisters and their parents during the Civil War era.

IMEMC News (2020-01-20). Israeli Court Doubles Prison Sentence Of Detained Palestinian Teen. imemc.org The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported, last Thursday, that an Israeli appellate court has accepted an appeal filed by the prosecutor's office demanding to raise the prison sentence of a detained Palestinian teen from the 18 years to life in prison. The PPS stated that the ruling was part …

IMEMC News (2020-01-20). Due To Ongoing Israeli Excavations, Seven Jerusalem Families Ordered To Evict Their Homes. imemc.org The City Council in occupied Jerusalem issued orders, on Sunday evening, instructing seven Palestinian families in Bab as-Silsila (Chain Gate) neighborhood to leave their homes due to ongoing Israeli excavations under them, rendering the properties unsafe. Jerusalem Governor Adnan Gheith told the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) that the …

IMEMC News (2020-01-20). PPS: "Israeli Soldiers Abduct fifteen Palestinians In West Bank" imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, at least fifteen Palestinians, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported. The PPS said the army brought with them two imprisoned Palestinians, identified as Miqdad al-Qawasmi and Mo'tasem Natsha, and violently searched …

IMEMC News (2020-01-20). Army Issues Orders For The Demolition Of 18 Homes In Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, Umm al-Kheir village in Masafer Yatta area, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and handed demolition orders targeting 18 homes. Fuad al-'Amour, the coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committee in Masafer Yatta, said the homes are owned by members of the families …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2020-01-20). Severe Torture in Israeli Prisons Targets Palestinian Steadfastness: Walid Hanatsheh, Samer Arbeed, Mays Abu Ghosh and More. imemc.org Photo: Walid Hanatsheh after his interrogation. | In the last months of 2019 and early 2020, a growing number of cases of severe physical torture against Palestinian detainees carried out by Israeli Shin Bet interrogators have been documented.

IMEMC News (2020-01-20). Israel Orders The Demolition Of Four Homes In Jerusalem. imemc.org An Israeli court ruled, Sunday, in favor of the demolition of four Palestinian homes in Wad al-Hummus neighborhood, in Sur Baher town, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem. The homes are owned by Na'im Oleywa, Osama Hamad, Mohammad Abu Teir, and Na'im al-Atrash. The only building that is not inhabited yet, …

Staff (2020-01-20). DoorDash Drivers Make an Average of $1.45 an Hour, Analysis Finds. truthout.org The national minimum wage of $7.25 an hour has not changed in a decade, and there is widespread agreement that it is far below what constitutes a living wage anyway. As if the statistics on the federal minimum wage weren't dismal enough, leave it to Silicon Valley to figure out "innovative" ways to pa…

Global Research News (2020-01-20). Selected Articles: The Government that Honors MLK with a National Holiday Killed Him. globalresearch.ca SELECTED ARTICLE | | How Mercenaries and Advisers Fight the Wars the UK Won't Own | By Paul Rogers, January 20, 2020 | The Bahraini repression of dissent in 2011-12 caused controversy around the world, but the British government — then a …

REZA FIYOUZAT (2020-01-20). Best Enemies Forever: The Iran-U.S. Kabuki Show. counterpunch.org The recent conflict between the U.S. and Iranian regimes brings to mind that hilariously famous scene from Stanley Kubrick's classic, Dr. Strangelove, with the U.S. president calling the Soviet leader to warn him about a foolish mistake that had led to a hydrogen bomb heading their way from an American base. The President is amiable, More

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-01-20). 'Love Letter to Capitalism and War': Progressive Scorn Follows New York Times Endorsement. commondreams.org The newspaper's endorsement of both Warren and Klobuchar, said one critic, reveals "so much about the liberal reaction to a resurgent left, a reaction that holds Trump as an aberration and polite, well-mannered centrism as the greatest virtue." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-01-20). Bernie Sanders Has Been Getting It Right for 40 Years. Now, Says His Movement: 'We Are Going to Win'. commondreams.org "We've never ever in our lifetimes had a true champion of social, economic, and climate justice this close to the White House." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-01-20). 'Global Precedent' Set as UN Rules Climate Refugees Cannot Be Sent Back to Life-Threatening Conditions. commondreams.org Human rights advocates on Monday applauded a "ground-breaking" ruling by a United Nations panel, which stated that climate refugees cannot legally be sent back to their home countries after applying for asylum, if they would face life-threatening conditions such as high sea levels, drought, or other effects of the climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-01-20). Blaming 'Flawed and Sexist' Capitalist System, Oxfam Report Finds 2,153 Billionaires Wealthier Than 4.6 Billion of World's Poorest. commondreams.org "Our broken economies are lining the pockets of billionaires and big business at the expense of ordinary men and women. No wonder people are starting to question whether billionaires should even exist." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-01-20). 'Look Harry, I'm like DiCaprio in Titanic': Social media mocks awkward Prince Harry & BoJo summit pic. rt.com Boris Johnson has been pictured playing a one-sided game of "aeroplanes" or "Leo DiCaprio from Titanic" — depending on your level of imagination — with Prince Harry, in a surprise meeting between the pair at a summit in London. | The Duke of Sussex was seen engaging in what appeared to be light-hearted conversation with Johnson at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on Monday — which only occurred after the prince had borne witness to the prime minister performing some rather odd actions. | It momentarily left His Royal Highness (HRH) seemingly unimpressed and the UK PM embarrassed.

Charles Andrews (2020-01-20). A Note on Carlos Ghosn and Global Capitalism. counterpunch.org The boss of world car maker Nissan — arrested and under intense surveillance around his luxury mansion, and charged with gorging himself with about $140 million of unauthorized pay — makes a daring escape from under the nose of Japanese authorities and across half the world. It will take months for details of how Carlos More

RT (2020-01-20). Iran 'ups the ante' instead of seeking nukes by threatening to quit Non-Proliferation Treaty. rt.com By threatening to leave the landmark Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Iran wants to renew pressure on Europe rather than get a nuclear weapon, because that would invite US raids and alienate Russia and China, analysts told RT. | On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that the country will leave the NPT if European states file a complaint with the UN Security Council over Iran not following the 2015 nuclear deal. Under the NPT, states that don't have nuclear weapons can't get them in the future. | "Iran's warning is real. But it doesn't mean that Iran is going to get nuclear weapons," Ham…

RT (2020-01-20). Iran will leave pact barring it from getting nukes if complaint over 2015 deal filed with UN — Zarif. rt.com Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that the country will ditch the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if EU states file a complaint over its nuclear commitments with the UN Security Council. | "If the Europeans continue their improper behavior or send Iran's file to the Security Council, we will withdraw from the NPT," Zarif said on Monday, as quoted by IRNA. | Last week, France, Germany and Britain formally lodged a complaint that Tehran is violating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear program. The countries now have up to 60 days to resolve the dispute. Ot…

RT (2020-01-20). Iranian FM Zarif won't attend Davos forum as organizers 'changed agenda'. rt.com Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will not attend the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos this week. The forum's organizers have "abruptly changed its agenda," Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi explained on Monday. | The minister "was scheduled to attend… but they abruptly changed the schedule and it was not the schedule that we agreed upon," Mousavi told reporters. "So he will not attend Davos." | Last week, Reuters reported that Zarif was no longer on the list of nearly 3,000 people due at the event. The forum is being held under the banner 'Stakeholders for a Sustainable and…

RT (2020-01-20). Lebanon 'moving toward unknown', needs new govt to avoid collapse, caretaker PM Hariri warns. rt.com Lebanon needs to quickly form a new government to stop a collapse along with worsening economic and security conditions, caretaker prime minister Saad al-Hariri tweeted on Monday. Politicians have failed to agree on a government or an economic rescue plan since protests pushed Hariri to quit as prime minister in October. | Beirut has been rocked in recent days by some of the worst violence since the unrest began, with 370 injured in clashes between protesters and security forces on Saturday, Reuters said. | "Our government resigned in order to transition to a new government dealing with popular changes but obs…

RT (2020-01-20). Media, Hollywood paint Virginia rally as 'extremist' & violent despite its uneventful nature. rt.com Talking heads in the media and Hollywood tried to paint the pro-Second Amendment supporters in Richmond, Virginia as racist or potentially violent, creating a much gloomier image than the one that transpired in reality. | Folks walking around the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond with semi-automatic weapons strapped over their shoulders had anti-gun activists up in arms and concerned, but the pro-Second Amendment protest — which was against new anti-gun measures proposed by Governor Ralph Northam — ended up being quite peaceful. | 'Westworld' actor Jeffrey Wright was similarly bothered by the gun-…

RT (2020-01-20). Trump's legal team releases impeachment trial memo, calls process a 'charade'. rt.com Donald Trump's legal team has released an official response to the charges of impeachment against the president, calling the process a "charade" and an "affront to the Constitution." | Trump has been charged with abuse of office and obstruction of Congress, with his impeachment trial slated to begin in the Senate on Tuesday. Though Trump has lambasted the impeachment drive against him since an inquiry was initially opened by Democrats in September, his legal team released a 110-page rebuttal of the charges on Monday. | "The Articles of Impeachment now before the Senate are an affront to the Constitution and to…