2020-01-21: News Headlines

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-01-22). Ending Militarization Of Our Communities. dissidentvoice.org From Stop The Militarization of Police Facebook page In recent weeks Popular Resistance has focused on the escalation of US militarism around the world, especially in the Middle East with the assassination of General Soleimani, US troops staying in Syria to take their oil and the US refusing to leave Iraq despite being asked to leave. …

Teresa del Carmen Gonzalez (2020-01-22). 'Many May Not Return': An interview with two actors. peoplesworld.org LONG BEACH, Calif.—The anti-war play Many May Not Return, by David Trujillo, touches on current political issues and global events, such as this being an election year, the recent assassination in Iraq of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by U.S. troops, which created the black cloud of war hanging over the future. These are signs of …

teleSUR (2020-01-22). Protests Continue In Colombia Against Ivan Duque's Policies. telesurenglish.net Several clashes between demonstrators and the police took place during rallies in Bogotá and several regions of the country, in the context of a day of protest in Colombia, where isolated cases of repression were reported. | The most serious incident happened in Bogota, when a g…

Staff (2020-01-22). Mexico Begins Flying, Busing Migrants Back to Honduras. truthdig.com CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico — Hundreds of Central American migrants who entered southern Mexico in recent days have either been pushed back into Guatemala by Mexican troops, shipped to detention centers or returned to Honduras, officials said Tuesday. An unknown number slipped past Mexican authorities and continued north. | The latest migrant caravan provided a public platform for Mexico to show the U.S. government and migrants thinking of making the trip that it has refined its strategy and produced its desired result: This caravan will not advance past its southern border. | What remained unclear was the treat…

RT (2020-01-22). Florida man stabs & kills 'pro-Trump' boss, drapes American flag over his body. rt.com A Florida construction worker outspokenly critical of President Donald Trump has been accused of killing his pro-Trump boss during a heated debate over politics, and using a brand-new Old Glory to cover the corpse. | Mason Trever Toney, 28, was arrested Monday on charges of murdering his boss William Knight, also 28, at a construction site in central Florida's Orange County. | Knight was described as a "proud and outspoken American" who was open about his support of Trump, according to the arrest affidavit filed by sheriff's deputies. Toney, on the other hand, had spoken in the past about his distaste for the…

RT (2020-01-22). Trump meets Khan, reiterates unwarranted offer to 'help' Pakistan & India over Kashmir. rt.com US President Donald Trump has again floated the idea that Washington could referee talks between India and Pakistan to resolve the dispute over Kashmir, but Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan didn't appear to bite. | Trump reiterated the offer at a meeting with Khan on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday, calling the PM his "friend" and making yet another attempt to insert the US into the Kashmir row. | "We're talking about Kashmir … if we can help, we certainly will be helping. We've been watching that and following it very, very closely," Trump said. | #PrimeMiniste…

RT (2020-01-22). Polish PM 'killed own humanity' with propagandist op-ed accusing Moscow of 'Holocaust revisionism' — Zakharova. rt.com Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova fired off a caustic rebuttal to Poland's prime minister after he penned an op-ed accusing Moscow of overstating its role in defeating the Nazis during World War II. | In his column, published by Politico on Tuesday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki claimed that far from a "liberator" of Poland, the Soviet Union was a "facilitator" of the Nazi regime, despite sacrificing tens of millions of citizens in the war to topple fascism. | "The Soviet Union did not 'liberate' Warsaw, as Russian authorities are now claiming," Morawiecki wrote, also arguing that…

RT (2020-01-22). New Russian government: Lavrov & Shoigu remain, but PM Mishustin appoints many fresh faces. rt.com Russia's new Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has announced his first cabinet. It doesn't amount to a radical overhaul, but there are new, and younger, appointees and some well-known ministers have been replaced. | Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Shoigu held on to their "big beast" positions, which suggests foreign and defense policy won't change much. The cabinet retained 12 people from the outgoing one and replaced nine positions, bringing down the average age of ministers down to 50 years. Here are the new faces of Mishustin's cabinet. | First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov (replaces Anton Siluanov) A Musco…

RT (2020-01-22). 'Adapting & mutating': China confirms 9 deaths, 440 cases in coronavirus outbreak, vows close cooperation with WHO. rt.com A pneumonia-like virus sweeping China has claimed its ninth victim and spread to a total of 440 confirmed patients, according to Chinese health officials, who said they would boost international cooperation to contain the illness. | The virus seems to be adapting and mutating, according to the head of China's Disease Control Center, Gao Fu, who noted though that, so far, all its changes were in line with 'expectations.' | Starting in the city of Wuhan, the novel coronavirus has now spread across 13 Chinese provinces, said Li Bin, the vice minister of China's National Health Commission, on Tuesday. She said hea…

Susan Price (2020-01-22). Greta Thunberg: 'My generation will not give up without a fight'. greenleft.org.au

Patrick Cockburn (2020-01-21). The US and Iran's Perpetual Almost-War is Unsustainable — and Will End Badly. counterpunch.org Today Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei gave his first Friday sermon in Tehran for eight years to an audience of thousands, as he tried to calm down the furious public reaction to the Revolutionary Guards mistakenly shooting down a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers, then proceeding to lie about their responsibility for three days. Khameinei

Editor (2020-01-21). Poniendo la verdad tras las rejas. workers.org øSabía que uno de los derechos más protegidos en este país es el derecho del gobierno a mentirle a la gente? Esa es la esencia de la persecución que se está llevando a cabo en este momento contra Chelsea Manning y Julian Assange. Manning era una analista de inteligencia del . . . |

Robert Fisk (2020-01-21). Iran Will be Changed Forever by Admitting Its Great Mistake, Unlike the West Which Ignores Its Own Misdeeds. counterpunch.org "In wartime," Churchill famously told Stalin, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." He said this on 30 November 1943 — by chance his 69th birthday — in an effort to impress upon the Soviet leader the importance of deception in the planning of D-Day. In fact,

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-01-21). Attempts to Remove Morales' Memory from Bolivia Will Likely Reinvigorate an Anti-Imperialist Struggle. globalresearch.ca Last Wednesday, the coup government of Bolivia launched a massive military operation claiming to be a pre-emptive strike against the expected violence to occur this Wednesday during Plurinational State Foundation Day celebrations that memorializes the change in the name of …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-01-21). Berlin Conference Has Not Brought Peace to Libya. globalresearch.ca The Berlin Conference on Libya held on Sunday will not end the conflict in the North African country, especially as the leaders of the two opposing Libyan factions refused to face each other. In fact, Fayez al-Sarraj of the Muslim …

Ronak Chhabra (2020-01-21). In Photos: Civil disobedience is everywhere! peoplesdispatch.org With the far-right Indian government is showing no signs of backing down on divisive Citizenship Amendment Act, the voices of resistance have only grown louder and the list of such protest venues is going on increasing…

Mike Whitney (2020-01-21). Pompeo to Iraq: If You Kick Us Out, We Will Bury You. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration is threatening to destroy Iraq's economy by withholding a critical source of money that is controlled by the Federal Reserve. The threat is a response to the Iraqi parliament's unanimous decision to end Washington's 17 year-long military …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-01-21). In the Name of "Security" Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding. mintpressnews.com Despite the fact that the U.S. is retreating from the Middle East, lacking strategy and future vision, lawmakers are congratulating themselves on passing yet another generous aid package to Israel.

WSWS (2020-01-21). UK Counter Terrorism Policing document seeks to outlaw political dissent. wsws.org The "guidance document" lists prominent left-wing, anti-war and environmental groups alongside far-right, fascist and white supremacist organisations.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2020-01-21). America's Dangerous Inheritance From World War I. truthdig.com The article was originally published in the "War is the health of the state." So said the eerily prescient and uncompromising anti-war radical Randolph Bourne in the very midst of what Europeans called the Great War, a nihilistic conflict that eventually consumed the lives of at least 9 million soldiers, including some 50,000 Americans. He meant, ultimately, that wars — especially foreign wars — inevitably increase the punitive and regulatory power of government. He opposed what Americans commonly term the First World War…

(2020-01-21). Jan. 25 — Global Day of Protest — No war on Iran! workers.org When President Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in early January, tens of thousands of people protested in over 80 cities across 38 U.S. states. While Trump has since stepped back from pushing all-out war in Iraq and Iran, he has issued executive orders increasing deadly sanctions . . . |

Fight Back (2020-01-21). FRSO Delegation Visits Bolivarian University of Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela—A Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation visited the Bolivarian University of Venezuela on January 20, speaking to political science classes. | "Students asked about the movements for change in our country. They definitely had the impression people are protesting Trump, and movements are growing stronger. They are excited that socialist ideas are becoming popular in the U.S.," said Brad Sigal, a delegation member from Minneapolis. | Sigal continued, "Many of the students are attending the university because of the Bolivarian Revolution and the opportunities it opens up fo…

Larry Romanoff (2020-01-21). Factors Behind the Hong Kong-China Extradition Bill. globalresearch.ca The 2019 protests in Hong Kong were triggered by Carrie Lam's attempt to pass an extradition bill between Hong Kong and Mainland China. It is unclear if this were done at Beijing's request (which I believe it was) or …

WSWS (2020-01-21). Mass protests escalate in Iraq and Lebanon. wsws.org Both countries saw violent clashes as discredited caretaker governments fail to meet any of the social and political demands made by hundreds of thousands who have taken to the streets.

teleSUR (2020-01-21). Lebanon Forms New Government. telesurenglish.net Lebanon formed a new government on Tuesday, the presidency announced after Shi'ite Hezbollah and its allies clinched a deal on a cabinet that must tackle the country's worst economic crisis in decades. | RELATED: | Heavily indebted Lebanon has been without an effective government since Saad al-Hariri resigned as premier in October under pressure from protests against state corruption and waste – root causes of the crisis.

Rachel Domond (2020-01-21). Protests denounce deportation of Iranian student from Boston Logan Airport. liberationnews.org More than one hundred advocates and activists gathered at Boston Logan Airport to demand the release of Iranian student Shahab Dehghani, who was detained by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) after landing twenty-four hours prior.

John Feffer (2020-01-21). Trump Makes Space Great Again. counterpunch.org Unlike virtually everything else that Trump has touched, the Space Force boondoggle has generated almost no controversy. Congress approved Trump's initiative, which was folded into the annual National Defense Authorization Act, by an overwhelming bipartisan vote at the end of 2019. Not only have very few voices of protest been raised against this extraordinary expansion of U.S. militarism, it has even generated some unexpected praise.

PCHR (2020-01-21). PCHR: Palestinians Injured at Great March of Return. imemc.org Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) works around the clock to document all Israeli violations and war crimes against Great March of Return (GMR) peaceful protestors, especially children, women and the elderly. Aside from legal documentation of Israeli war crimes, PCHR follows urgent cases that require immediate and advanced medical …

teleSUR (2020-01-21). At Least 10 Killed in Two Days of Violence Across Iraq. telesurenglish.net At least 10 people were killed and 138 wounded over the past two days across Iraq as a result of violent clashes between protesters and security forces, the country's High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) said. | RELATED: | Demonstrators were…

teleSUR (2020-01-21). French Workers Cut Power to World's Largest Food Market. telesurenglish.net France's General Confederation of Labour (CGT) Tuesday announced that the French energy workers protesting against RELATED: | "The power source to Rungis is cut this…

teleSUR (2020-01-21). Switzerland: World Economic Forum Kicks Off Amid Demonstrations. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of environmental and social activists are performing a three-day protest march which departed from Landquart and heads to Davos, where businessmen and politicians attend the World Economic Forum that begins on Tuesday. | RELATED: | The "world's leaders meet for 20 years… they always say they want to make the world better, but for me… They have not even done any progress," activist Theres Matter said a…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-21). Gawkadal massacre in Kashmir. peoplesdispatch.org On January 21, 1990, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), an Indian paramilitary force opened fire on a group of Kashmiri protesters at Gawkadal bridge in Srinagar, Indian side of Kashmir. Gawkadal massacre is considered to be one of the worst massacres in Kashmiri history" along with the Bijbehara Massacre in 1993. According to survivors, more than 250 people were killed in the firing. No action was taken against the CRPF personnel responsible for the massacre.

Lisa Nandy (2020-01-21). Lisa Nandy MP: My Plans as the New Chair of Labour Friends of Palestine & the Middle East. globalresearch.ca I visited Palestine as a new MP and I was struck by the threats facing the next generation, the ferocity of the attacks they endure and the systematic denial of their rights. I met a three-year-old child whose house was …

Marjorie Cohn (2020-01-21). Bush, Obama and Trump Have All Told the Same Ruinous Lie. truthdig.com When it comes to America's longest war, the three presidents have a lot more in common than meets the eye.

Brian Mier (2020-01-21). Netflix, Iran and the Documentary as Geopolitical Weapon. fair.org Netflix's Nisman: The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy | Like The Mechanism before it, Netflix's new series Nisman: The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy is an entertainment product that advances US interests through character assassination of a popular left-wing Latin American leader. | "Try saying this," the director said: "'In the '80s, Rio de Janeiro was a land of the haves and the have nots. I was a have not.'" In 2016, I was working as a fixer on an episode of a Netflix documentary crime series, and the main character was not cooperating with the script. | He was Afro-Brazilian, but he was not the…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2020-01-21). UK government accused of 'normalising' killing people by drone. thecanary.co The British government has been normalising assassination by drone through a veil of "quasi-secrecy" and careful media manipulation,

Zoe PC (2020-01-21). Gustavo Pedraza: "The legacy that Carlos leaves us is of unrelenting struggle" peoplesdispatch.org Five years have passed since social leader Carlos Alberto Pedraza Salcedo was forcibly disappeared and assassinated, and the struggle for truth and justice continues…

teleSUR (2020-01-21). Hillary Clinton Won't Help Bernie Sanders Win 2020 Election. telesurenglish.net Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would not commit to back RELATED: | Her comments were made in an interview with The Hollywood Repo…

Eoin Higgins (2020-01-21). "Nobody Likes Him": Hillary Clinton Not Sure She'll Endorse Bernie Sanders. theantimedia.com (CD) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter released Tuesday that she would not commit to endorse or support Sen. Bernie Sanders should he win the Democratic nomination later this year and stood by comments in a forthcoming Hulu documentary that "nobody likes" the Vermont senator. Progressives were unimpressed with the remarks by Clinton, whose …

teleSUR (2020-01-21). Bolivia: MAS Presidential Candidate Becomes Target of Lawfare. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Office of the Prosecutor expanded an investigation against Evo Morales' former officials, among whom is Luis Arce, the Movement to Towards Socialism (MAS) presidential candidate. | RELATED: | The announcement was made by prosecutor Heidi Gil one day after the MAS unveiled that Arce would be its presidential candidate in the upcoming elections in May. | The judicial process is related to the alleged diversion of public resource…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-21). Evo Morales announces MAS candidates for general elections in May. peoplesdispatch.org Former Bolivian President Evo Morales on January 19 announced the presidential ticket of his party, the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), for the upcoming general elections in the country. Speaking at a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Morales is living as a political refugee, he announced that former Minister of Economy Luis Arce and former Minister of Foreign Affairs David Choquehuanca would run for president and vice president, respectively, in the elections scheduled for May 3. | The decision was taken after two days of intense discussion and contemplation between Morales, the MAS leaders of…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-01-21). Janus-Faced on Climate Change: Microsoft's Carbon Vision. counterpunch.org "This is a bold bet — a moonshot — for Microsoft." So claimed Brad Smith, Microsoft President, in a Thursday announcement painting a picture of a company that intends to be carbon negative by 2030. "And," Smith continued, "it will need to be a moonshot for the world." That vision entails the removal of more

Staff (2020-01-21). Climate Activists Sound Alarm on Mediterranean Natural Gas Pipelines. therealnews.com Activists say the environmental risks of natural gas drilling are being ignored in the rush to challenge Russia's control of the European energy market.

Staff (2020-01-21). Greta Thunberg Chastises Global Elite at Davos Forum. truthout.org The 17-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered a speech Tuesday to the world leaders and global elite gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, one year after she first condemned the forum for its inaction on climate change. "We don't need a 'low-carbon economy.' We don't need to 'lower emissions.' Our emissions have to stop," Thunberg said. "And until we have the technologies that at scale can put our emissions to minus, then we must forget about net zero. We need real zero." | <...

Staff (2020-01-21). 'Our House Is Still on Fire,' Warns Greta Thunberg at Davos. therealnews.com Youth climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland…

The Canary (2020-01-21). Young people making climate change 'hot topic', Greta Thunberg tells Davos elite. thecanary.co Greta Thunberg was among four young climate activists to challenge the elites gathered at the World Economic Forum for not doing enough to deal with the climate emergency and warned them that time was running out.At a panel in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, the four said they hoped their generation had found its voice and can work with those in power to bring about the necessary change to limit climate change.Yet Thunberg said not enough has been done. | "We need to start listening to the science, and treat this crisis with the importance it deserves," said the 17-year-old, just as US president Donald Trump was a…

Staff (2020-01-21). Trump's Legal Team Is Made Up of Religious Fanatics and TV Personalities. truthout.org The impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump begins on Tuesday morning. If you've been closely following the Trump saga since he

Debra Gore-Mann (2020-01-21). The Many Reasons to Impeach Trump. progressive.org The president's embrace of white supremacy has manifest in impeachable offenses.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-21). Iran threatens to leave nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. peoplesdispatch.org The announcement comes after the UK, France and Germany proposed the invocation of the dispute settlement mechanism in the UNSC – a move that Iran alleges is based on US diktats…

Peter Koenig (2020-01-21). Iran: The EU-three Trigger Dispute Mechanism in Iran Nuclear Deal. dissidentvoice.org 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 they're cowards. They have zero backbone to stand up against the US hegemony, because they are afraid …

teleSUR (2020-01-21). US Complains About Iran's Threat to Quit Nuclear Deal. telesurenglish.net "We think that Iran needs to end its malign behavior and sit down with the United States and negotiate an agreement that deals not only with the nuclear issue but also with the other issues that concern us like the ballistic missile proliferation and development and the malign activities around the world."

Kurt Nimmo (2020-01-21). Propaganda and Lies: Iran and Ukrainian Flight PS752. globalresearch.ca Here is the cardinal rule about government—everything it says through its spokespersons, hired guns, public relations adepts, and the mockingbird corporate media should be considered a self-serving lie, or at best a distortion hammered into shape to fit a predefined …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-21). Iran Threatens to Quit NPT if EU Pursues Reimposition of Security Council Sanctions. globalresearch.ca On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif said "(i)f the Europeans continue their improper behavior or send Iran's file to the Security Council, we will withdraw from the NPT," adding: " | "The Europeans' remarks lack legal justification…(I)f (they) keep up their actions …

George Stacey (2020-01-21). Civil war in Iraq? Is Dubai safe? Or World War 3: An analysis of the US-Iran Conflict from every direction. nationofchange.org Iran will never even try to indulge in a one-on-one war with the United States.

Gregory Shupak (2020-01-21). The US's Inalienable Right to Violence. fair.org This Washington Post headline ( Even when critical of US actions, media commentary on recent

Carol Rose (2020-01-21). CBP Deported an Iranian Student With Valid Visa, Defying Court Order. aclu.org Last night, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deported an Iranian student with a valid visa, despite a federal court order prohibiting his removal. | Shahab Dehghani arrived at Boston Logan Airport on Sunday, January 19 to study at Northeastern University, where he was enrolled. Customs officials detained him and questioned him for hours, abruptly revoking his student visa, which the State Department granted after a year of intense vetting. | As CBP tried to put Shahab on the next available flight, supporters and friends gathered at night in the arrivals hall at Logan to demand that CBP stop deporting…

Middle East Eye (2020-01-21). Iran Confirms Two Missiles Were Fired at Downed Ukrainian Airliner. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Iran has confirmed that two surface-to-air missiles were fired at a Ukrainian airliner brought down outside of Tehran earlier this month, killing all 176 people on board. In a second preliminary report posted on its website late on Monday, Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation confirmed investigators discovered that "two Tor-M1 missiles" had been fired at the aircraft. Its …

Graham Peebles (2020-01-21). Education: Expanding Purpose. counterpunch.org As the world stumbles from one crisis to another it is increasingly apparent that existing systems and institutions are incapable of responding to the challenges of the time and the growing demands of the people. Creative ways of thinking free from ideology are needed, allowing for a revolution of ideas to take place and new

teleSUR (2020-01-21). Lebanon is 'Hours Away' from Forming New Government: PM. telesurenglish.net The newly appointed Lebanese caretaker Finance Minister, Ali Hassan Khalil, announced on Tuesday that the formation of a new government was just "hours away", as the country suffers one of its worst economic crisis in decades. | RELATED: | While Khalil did not go into details, the newly appointed Finance Minister appeared optimistic after several days of negotiations and discussions among rival political parties. | Khali…

Dean Baker (2020-01-21). Did Shareholders' Benefit by Paying Boeing's Fired CEO $62 Million? counterpunch.org This is not an abstract philosophical question. Boeing forced out its CEO, Dennis Muilenburg last week. Muilenberg had played a major role in overseeing the development and production of the Boeing 737 Max, a plane which was recently involved in two major crashes, resulting in hundreds of deaths. Following these crashes, and the grounding of

Hans Stehling (2020-01-21). The Many Millions from the Duchy of Cornwall Properly Belong Not to Prince Charles but to the British People. globalresearch.ca A duchy is a medieval country, territory, fief, or domain ruled by a duke or duchess, a high-ranking nobleman hierarchically second to the king or queen in what is now a defunct European tradition. | The Duchy of Cornwall was created …

teleSUR (2020-01-21). Militants Kill 36 Civilians in Burkina Faso Market Attack. telesurenglish.net Thirty-six civilians were killed in Burkina Faso on Monday in what the government called a terrorist attack on a market in Sanmatenga province. | Armed militants forced their way into the market of the village of Alamou and attacked people there before burning the structure to the ground, the government said in a statement on Tuesday. | The bloodshed is part of a surge in violence in the West African country that has killed hundreds, forced nearly a million from their homes and made much of the north ungovernable over the past two years. | "These repeated attacks on innocent civilians call for real cooperati…

Staff (2020-01-21). The Many Ways the Military-Industrial Complex Gets Away With Murder. truthdig.com The arms industry, which has the biggest seat at the table when war spending decisions are made, goes unchecked by Congress and the media.

teleSUR (2020-01-21). Vale Mining Charged for Murder After Tragedy Leaves 270 Dead. telesurenglish.net The Brazilian Prosecutor's Office filed a complaint for homicide on Tuesday against the mining company Vale and the German firm TàúV SàúD for their responsibility in the collapse of a mineral dam that left at least 270 dead. | In addition to the crime of intentional…

WSWS (2020-01-21). Germany: New links found between Làºbcke murder, neo-fascist NSU and the secret service. wsws.org The links between the series of murders carried out by the neo-Nazi terrorist group NSU, the murder of Kassel's District President Walter Làºbcke (CDU) and the secret service are closer than previously known.

Strategic Culture Foundation (2020-01-21). Libyan Peace Talks and Russian Diplomacy 101. globalresearch.ca Libya stands at a precarious watershed between a peaceful political settlement — or further civil war. But at least the two main warring factions this week entered into a process of dialogue when they attended a summit in Moscow hosted …

South Front (2020-01-21). Video: Thousands of Turkish Proxy Fighters Flood into Libya Amid Berlin Peace Talks. globalresearch.ca Turkey is increasing its military involvement in the Libyan conflict. After officially sending its military advisers and officers to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Turkey set up air defense systems near Mitiga Airport. The airport hosts warplanes …

WSWS (2020-01-21). Berlin conference prepares military occupation of Libya. wsws.org The Libya conference, which took place last Sunday in Berlin, was not about peace in the war-torn country, but about the distribution of the loot.

WSWS (2020-01-21). Venezuela's Maduro offers Trump a "win-win" bargain. wsws.org In an interview with the Washington Post, the Venezuelan president "suggested that a bonanza could be waiting for U.S. oil companies" if the White House ends sanctions.

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-21). Huawei's Meng Wanzhou's Politicized Extradition Hearing. globalresearch.ca On December 1, 2018, bowing to Trump regime pressure, Canadian authorities unlawfully arrested and detained Chinese telecom giant Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on trumped up charges. | Charges against her are politically and economically motivated. | Canada operates …

Tiffany Muller (2020-01-21). Get the Money Out of Politics: 10 Years After Citizens United. counterpunch.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

James C. Nelson (2020-01-21). Another Date That Will Live in Infamy: 10 Years After Citizens United. counterpunch.org On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down one of its worst and most activist decisions ever. Indeed, in terms of harm caused and likelihood for future harm, the Court's decision in Citizen's United is, likely, the most pernicious Supreme Court decision ever issued in our nation's history.

Staff (2020-01-21). The Wealthy Have Transformed Campaign Finance a Decade After "Citizens United" truthout.org As a new decade begins, it's hard to believe just how different our campaign finance system looks now compared with the beginning of the last decade. One key difference: ten years ago, there was no such thing as a super PAC. That's because the Supreme Court hadn't decided After that and related cases hacked away at campaign finance limits and the commonsense principles underl…

Staff (2020-01-21). Upcoming SCOTUS Ruling Could Starve Public Schools in Favor of Religious Ones. truthout.org On January 22, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a case that could result in the massive expansion of public funding for private religious schools. The petitioners in the case — which will be litigated by the conservative law group, Institute for Justice — are asking that the court

Philip Giraldi (2020-01-21). A New Definition of Warfare. globalresearch.ca Supporters of Donald Trump often make the point that he has not started any new wars. One might observe that it has not been for lack of trying, as his cruise missile attacks on Syria based on fabricated evidence and …

Miri Wood (2020-01-21). NATO Terrorist Attacks Continue in Aleppo; Drones Hit Near Lattakia. globalresearch.ca NATO al Qaeda ground operatives in Syria continue their recent acceleration of terrorist atrocities against Syria. Rocket bombs have again been fired into civilian neighborhoods of Aleppo. Armed human garbage continue to prevent civilians to be escorted to safe areas …

teleSUR (2020-01-21). Network for Defence of Humanity Voices Support for teleSUR. telesurenglish.net Our America, January 20, 2020 | Compañera Patricia Villegas | President of TELESUR | Caracas, Venezuela | Dear Patricia, | It is difficult to gather together so many elements and of such weak credibility, as those used today by the empire's lackeys with threats and attempts to silence Telesur. These efforts only reaffirm the certainty of the value of this station in the battle of the peoples for their right to truth. | How many times have we, as spectators, felt comforted to see that a Telesur team is in the place where transcendental events are happening for those who have been silenced, for those who ha…

Fréa Lockley (2020-01-21). The government's latest initiative is full Jeremy Kyle. thecanary.co On 21 January, the government announced plans to introduce "polygraph testing" for convicted terrorists. This comes as part of a wave of measures described as a "major overhaul" in the way terrorists are punished and monitored. As home secretary Priti Patel pushes forward with "Ou…

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2020-01-21). When it comes to pay, U.S. business leaders are world champs. mronline.org U.S. CEOs not only draw the highest salaries (including bonuses and equity awards, etc.), but they are king of the hill when it comes to lording it over their employees, as illustrated by the high ratio of CEO to worker earnings. |

David Levin (2020-01-21). The Teamster Revolt Against the Hoffa Era. counterpunch.org Willie Ford listened to the conference call in disbelief from the cab of his tractor trailer on I-95 as the Teamster election monitor announced the results of the contract vote covering 250,000 workers at UPS.Ford, a leader of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), and rank-and-file activists like him, had spent months organizing the UPS

teleSUR (2020-01-21). Life and Legacy of Errol W. Barrow, Barbados' Freedom Fighter. telesurenglish.net One of Barbados' most important political figures, Errol W. Barrow is today remembered for his impressive record: first prime minister, father of the independence, a supporter of the regional unity, and designer of a modern system of public budgeting, among many other achievements. | RELATED: | Barrow was born in St. Lucy on Jan. 21, 1920 into a family of political and social activists. At the age of 20, in 1940, he jo…

Susan Roberts (2020-01-21). The Demise of the Labour Party and the Future For UK Socialism. counterpunch.org Recent elections in the UK have resulted in a seismic shift in the political landscape with the Labour Party being completely decimated: losing over 50 seats, many in places that had voted Labour for generations. The significance of this defeat, particularly regarding the party's long-term prospects, is currently being hotly debated. With the Tories under

Sheldon Richman (2020-01-21). Warmonger Cotton Accuses Antiwar Think Tank of Anti-Semitism. counterpunch.org If you wonder what…

Laura Flanders (2020-01-21). Iowa is not the Twitterverse. counterpunch.org It was a balmy 70 degrees in New York City last Saturday, and the excited green croci began tipping through the earth. Now, that same ground is icy, and those tips are frozen stiff, and I've been fearing that the same fate might befall hopeful progressive voters in the wake of the Warren/Sanders tiff. The

teleSUR (2020-01-21). Officials Confirm First U.S. Case Of Coronavirus From China. telesurenglish.net The Recently discovered, the coronavirus has sickened more than 300 people and has kill…

teleSUR (2020-01-21). China Takes Steps to Curb Human-To-Human Transmitted Virus. telesurenglish.net China's RELATED: | "Party committees and governments at all levels should place people's safe…

Staff (2020-01-21). In Historic Shift, US's Second-Largest Physician Group Endorses Medicare for All. truthout.org The fight for Medicare for All received a two-handed boost from tens of thousands of doctors on Monday when the American College of Physicians — in a move described as a "seachange for the medical professions" — officially endorsed a single-payer system as among only one of two possible ways to improve the nation's healthcare woes. | Representing 159,000 doctors of internal medicine nationwide, the ACP is the largest medical specialty society and second-largest physician group i…

Staff (2020-01-21). We Want a World Without Police. These Organizers Are Charting the Way. truthout.org What does working toward a world without prisons look like? How would we address harm without calling police or relying on imprisonment? | Those are the questions that longtime anti-violence organizers Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Ejeris Dixon are exploring in their new anthology, Beyond Survival is not a "how-to" manual.

Staff (2020-01-21). Why Some Public Universities Get to Keep Their Donors Secret. truthout.org In April 2018, the public learned that

Staff (2020-01-21). Is Hillary Clinton Running for President Again? Sure Seems Like It. truthout.org Did Hillary Clinton become a candidate for the Democratic nomination on Tuesday? Not officially, but I'm pretty damned certain she's in it now just the same, hoping for a confluence of circumstances that can catapult her to the office she has so spectacularly failed to obtain. | Notwithstanding last week's

Philip A Farruggio (2020-01-21). (Burying) 'The Salt of the Earth'. globalresearch.ca The Rolling Stones created a great and meaningful song 'The Salt of the Earth' in 1968: | I wanna drink to the hard working people | Let's drink of the lowly of birth | I wanna raise my glass to the good and …

Dave DeCamp (2020-01-21). Video: Author of Leaked OPCW Engineering Report on Douma Speaks at UN Security Council. globalresearch.ca The UN Security Council

Renee Parsons (2020-01-21). The Comey-Lynch Plausible Deniability Game. globalresearch.ca As the structure and form of institutions continue to breakdown offering new perspectives and unexpected revelations, it is fitting that former FBI Director James Comey continues to be scrutinized regarding his behavior on multiple aspects of the HRC email scandal, …

Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir (2020-01-21). Moroccan Agriculture and Rural Development. globalresearch.ca In recent years, Morocco has put in place the right frameworks for mobilizing rural communities to advance the nation's sustainable development goals, yet it falls woefully short when it comes to implementation. As someone who has been engaged in rural …

teleSUR (2020-01-21). Three Caribbean Nations Reject Pompeo's Visit to Jamaica. telesurenglish.net The Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley recently announced that her country was not sending their Foreign Minister to Jamaica in order to attend a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. | RELATED: | Mottley, citing Barbados' commitment to remaining neutral and non-aggression towards other nations, said her government would not take part in the U.S.' attempts to divide the Caribbean region. | "I am consc…

WSWS (2020-01-21). Anger mounts in Puerto Rico as workers discover warehouse full of unused aid. wsws.org On Saturday, in Ponce, Puerto Rico residents discovered a warehouse piled high with desperately needed unused emergency supplies…

teleSUR (2020-01-21). Several Caribbean Nations Reject Pompeo's Visit to Jamaica. telesurenglish.net The Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley recently announced that her country was not sending their Foreign Minister to Jamaica in order to attend a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. | RELATED: | Mottley, citing Barbados' commitment to remaining neutral and non-aggression towards other nations, said her government would not take part in the U.S.' attempts to divide the Caribbean region. | "I am consc…

Ayelet Waldman (2020-01-21). "Fight of the Century" Looks at 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases. aclu.org Liberty and equality are everywhere under attack. And that's why the work of the American Civil Liberties Union feels more precious to us than ever before. The ACLU lawyers and staff are the brave souls who suit up, blast off, and do what they can to divert and repel all those incoming meteors, or blow them right out of the sky. We admire them. We admire them the way you must admire people who devote themselves to doing, to the utmost of their ability, any thankless, impossible, and absolutely essential job. | Liberty and justice for all. We used to stand up with our classmates | every morning and timelessly…

Jessica Corbett (2020-01-21). Blaming 'flawed and sexist' capitalist system, Oxfam report finds 2,153 billionaires wealthier than 4.6 billion of world's poorest. nationofchange.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."

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 …