2020-01-22: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-23). Modi's 'huge, nuclear-armed' India heading down the path of 'Nazi Germany', Pakistani PM Khan says. rt.com India's current government is taking that country down the same path as Nazi Germany took from a liberal democracy to a "fascist, totalitarian, racist state," Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said in an interview. | Speaking with Foreign Policy on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Khan expressed fear that Pakistan's nuclear-armed neighbor was following in the footsteps of Adolf Hitler. | What is happening in India "bears striking resemblance to what happened in Nazi Germany. Between 1930 and 1934, Germany went from a liberal democracy to a fascist, totalitarian, racist state,"

RT (2020-01-23). Pakistani PM Khan accuses Modi of leading India down the path of Nazi Germany… again. rt.com In yet another outburst against Narendra Modi's policies, Pakistani PM Imran Khan has accused India's govt of leading the country down the same path Nazi Germany took from a liberal democracy to a "totalitarian, racist state." | Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Khan expressed his "fear" that Pakistan's nuclear-armed neighbor was following in the footsteps of Adolf Hitler. What is happening in India "bears striking resemblance to what happened in Nazi Germany. Between 1930 and 1934, Germany went from a liberal democracy to a fascist, totalitarian, racist state," Khan…

RT (2020-01-23). WHO praises China's 'strong action' to quarantine 11mn in Wuhan as outbreak kills 17, with 95 critical. rt.com The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended China's swift response to a rapidly moving virus gripping the country, but despite a quick-climbing infection tally, the agency is reluctant to classify it a global health threat. | "What they are doing is a very, very strong measure and with full commitment," WHO director-general Tedros Ahanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday, referring to Beijing's As of 10am local time, all trains, buses, r…

Staff (2020-01-22). Bolsonaro's Brazil Says Glenn Greenwald's Journalism Is a Cybercrime. truthout.org In Brazil, federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against journalist and Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald in connection to a major investigation he spearheaded that exposed misconduct among federal prosecutors and a former judge. Called "The Secret Brazil Archive," the series of pieces published in The Intercept and The Intercept Brasil used a trove of documents to offer new and damning insight into the sweeping anti-corruption campaign that brought down former President Luiz Inácio Lula…

John McEvoy (2020-01-22). Charges against Glenn Greenwald are a threat to press freedom everywhere. thecanary.co On 21 January, Brazilian federal prosecutors Lava Jato: | Greenwald is co-founder of the Intercep…

WSWS (2020-01-22). Brazil's Bolsonaro government charges journalist Glenn Greenwald with "cybercrimes" wsws.org The trumped-up charges against Greenwald by Bolsonaro's fascistic government are of a piece with the global assault on free speech and democratic rights and the jailing of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

Alan Macleod (2020-01-22). Brazil's Right-Wing Gov't Charges Journalist Glenn Greenwald with Cybercrimes. mintpressnews.com The Brazilian government of Jair Bolsonaro has charged investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald with cybercrimes— offenses he allegedly committed while reporting on the government's own high-level corruption. Prosecutors

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-22). Brazilian prosecutors target journalist Glenn Greenwald for 'cybercrimes'. peoplesdispatch.org Glenn Greenwald is accused of being involved in the hacking of communications of senior government officials. His reports exposed the conspiracy between Brazil's current justice minister, Sergio Moro, and the Federal Prosecutor's Office against former president Lula…

WSWS (2020-01-22). Witnesses testify that CIA spied on Assange and his lawyers. wsws.org This evidence alone requires the US extradition case to be thrown out of court on the grounds of illegality.

WSWS (2020-01-22). SEP to hold public meeting in Canada to demand freedom for Julian Assange. wsws.org The Socialist Equality Party (Canada) is holding a public meeting in Montreal on Sunday, February 2 to fight for the freedom of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, oppose war, and defend democratic rights.

Ben Norton (2020-01-22). OPCW investigator testifies at UN that no chemical attack took place in Douma, Syria. thegrayzone.com In testimony before the United Nations Security Council, former OPCW inspection team leader and engineering expert Ian Henderson stated that…

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. …

Juan Cole (2020-01-22). The Saudi Hacking Scandal Is Much Bigger Than Anyone Realizes. truthdig.com The revelation that the Saudi Crown Prince is linked to the hacking of Jeff Bezos' phone points to larger ways Trump is reshaping the globe.

Joao Pedro Stedile (2020-01-22). 20 points to understand the drama of the right-wing opposition in Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org The honeymoon of the Venezuelan right-wing opposition is definitively over. While one year ago, the different opposition sectors rallied behind Juan Guaidó in his self-proclaimed presidential ambitions, for the past several months the sectors have been embroiled in controversies over corruption and embezzlement. This cumulated in the loss of support for Guaidó as president of the National Assembly and the election of opposition legislator Luis Parra as president of the Assembly on January 5. | What happened to bring about this conflict and what is happening in Venezuela now? Joà£o Pedro Stedile, a member of…

Kenneth Surin (2020-01-22). The "Evolving" Scotty Morrison From Marketing. counterpunch.org In a previous CounterPunch piece I mentioned a scathing adage regarding Australian prime minister Scott Morrison, a former PR executive, making the rounds in Australian social media: you can take Scotty out of marketing, but you can't take the marketing out of Scotty. When he became PM last May ScoMo (as he is also known)

WSWS (2020-01-22). Australia: Thousands protest government inaction on bushfires and climate change. wsws.org The organisers of the Melbourne demonstration provided no way forward beyond the confines of the capitalist system that has led to environmental destruction.

Staff (2020-01-22). Climate Change Will Alter Sports Forever. therealnews.com Australian Open competitors had to fight through wildfire smoke in their qualifying rounds. Political sportswriter Dave Zirin says we're about to see how the climate crisis will permanently change the way we play sports.

Alan Macleod (2020-01-22). World's Super Rich Meet in Davos to Discuss the Climate Change Problem they Created. mintpressnews.com Research has shown that the people most responsible for a warming planet were disproportionately the same people attending the summit and an increasing number of observers see climate change, inequality and capitalism as bound together.

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 …

Max Herschman (2020-01-22). A highschooler's analysis: "The U.S. working class says hands off Iran" liberationnews.org A version of this article was originally published January 15, 2020 at the Daily Olivian, the student newspaper of Oliver Ames High School in Easton, Massachusetts. Liberation News is republishing this piece by Max Herschman to highlight the organizing work of young people and students in this revived anti-war movement. On January 3, Donald Trump …

Andrew Korybko (2020-01-22). Trump At Davos: "The Great American Comeback" globalresearch.ca The theme of Trump's second Davos speech during his presidency was what he described at the beginning of his talk as "The Great American Comeback", a point that he returned to time and again to emphasize the fact that he …

Justin Podur (2020-01-22). The People of Colombia are Cracking the Walls of War and Authoritarianism. counterpunch.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

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…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-22). 10 protesters killed in violent crackdown by Iraqi security forces. peoplesdispatch.org Nearly 150 protesters were also injured in the crackdown by security forces on Monday and Tuesday. Since the beginning of the protests on October 1, 2019, more than 500 people have been killed and over 25,000 injured…

Mario Murcia (2020-01-22). Colombia demonstrations resume demanding dignity for the people and end to right-wing violence. liberationnews.org Major national protests took place across Colombia January 21 within the context of the national strike movement that began on November 21.

G. Dunkel (2020-01-22). Imperialism in Africa: France steps up as U.S. threatens to withdraw. workers.org The Hill, a newspaper that chronicles the role of Congress in backing U.S. imperialism, reported Jan. 20 that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has likely decided to withdraw U.S. troops from former French colonies in Africa. The withdrawals "could include abandoning a recently built $110 million drone base in Niger . . . |

Zero Hedge (2020-01-22). US Officials Admit Covert Tech Program Is Fueling Iran Protests. globalresearch.ca After major protests hit multiple cities across Iran in November following a drastic government slash in gasoline subsidies which quickly turned anti-regime, broad internet outages were reported — some lasting as long as a week or more nationwide — following …

WSWS (2020-01-22). UK: Johnson government plans draconian new anti-terror laws. wsws.org Patel's announcement comes after it was revealed that dozens of left-wing and environmental protest groups are included in a counter-terrorism "guidance document."

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-01-22). How Are Iran and the "Axis of the Resistance" Affected by the US Assassination of Soleimani? globalresearch.ca The US President Donald Trump assassinated the commander of the "Axis of the Resistance", the (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) IRGC — Quds Brigade Major General Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad airport with little consideration of the consequences of this targeted killing. …

Anya Parampil (2020-01-22). Busting pro-war propaganda: what China is really like. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Danny Haiphong, a contributing editor at the Black Agenda Report, about his…

Anya Parampil (2020-01-22). Busting Cold War propaganda: what China is really like. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Danny Haiphong, a contributing editor at the Black Agenda Report, about his recent,…

Prof. As'ad AbuKhalil (2020-01-22). US Violated Unspoken Rule of Engagement with Iran. globalresearch.ca Something big and unprecedented has happened in the Middle East after the assassination of one of Iran's top commanders, Qasim Suleimani. | The U.S. has long assumed that assassinations of major figures in the Iranian "resistance-axis" in the Middle East …

John O'Kane (2020-01-22). The Obama Legacy: Reform Versus Revolution. counterpunch.org Those factions of the Democratic party which worked so hard in 2016 to sabotage Bernie Sanders' chances for the nomination have been nervous for some time about the persistent popularity of the progressive agenda. We've been witnessing the blowback from this assault. The arrival of the "squad" in 2018 and Warren's addition to the slate of candidates for the upcoming election are striking symptoms, unthinkable without the Sanders' "revolution."

teleSUR (2020-01-22). US Style Democracy: Chronology of Bolivia's 'Slow Motion' Coup. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, November 10, 2019, Bolivia's Armed Forces Commander Williams Kaliman "recommended" President Evo Morales to present his resignation. | RELATED: | This was one of the last crucial moments in a coup d'etat that began long ago with the backing of the United States government and with the active participation of the Organization of American States (OAS). On that day, the Bolivian extreme right opened the door…

teleSUR (2020-01-22). Evo Morales Celebrates 14th Anniversary of Cultural Revolution. telesurenglish.net The democratically elected president of Bolivia Evo Morales celebrated on Wednesday the 14th anniversary of the "Democratic and Cultural Revolution, and the Plurinational State Day," as social movements prepare several mobilizations in Bolivian territory to request the restoration of democracy. | RELATED: | "We are the unstoppable force of a people that has decided never to go back. We have shown that another Bolivia…

Deutsche Welle (2020-01-22). At Davos 2020, Trump dismissive of climate change concerns. peoplesworld.org U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed the concerns of environmental activists as "pessimism" in a speech to political and business leaders at the start of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on Tuesday. Climate change and global warming are topping the agenda at this year's annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, with activists at odds with …

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…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-22). Honduran migrant caravan stopped at Mexican border. peoplesdispatch.org A new caravan of over a 1,000 migrants from Honduras is making its way to the US and reached the Mexican border on January 20. They crossed the Suchiante River on the Mexico-Guatemala border into Mexican territory after five days of journey from the Northern city of San Pedro Sula in Honduras. Once inside Mexican territory, members of the caravan were apprehended by Mexico's federal police force, the National Guard. | A short clash ensued when the migrants tried to escape from the police and the Mexican government has ordered for the caravan to be halted at the border. Although the Mexican authorities maintained…

Thomas Knapp (2020-01-22). Executive Power: Alan Dershowitz's Imagination Versus the Constitution. counterpunch.org "The Constitution," Alan Dershowitz claims, "allocates to the president sole authority over foreign policy (short of declaring war or signing a treaty)." Dershowitz makes that claim by way of defending US president Donald Trump against conviction in the Senate on two articles of impeachment. More specifically, he disputes the Government Accountability Office's claim that Trump

Staff (2020-01-22). Andrew Johnson Was a Racist President Facing Impeachment. Sound Familiar? truthout.org After a nearly 13-hour marathon session, the U.S. Senate approved by a party-line vote the rules for the impeachment trial of President Trump. This marks just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from t…

Staff (2020-01-22). For the First Time, Majority of US Wants the Senate to Remove Trump From Office. truthout.org A new CNN poll reveals for the first time that a majority of Americans want President Donald Trump to be impeached and removed from office. | The Notably, this is the first prominent phone poll…

Staff (2020-01-22). First the Trial, Then the Evidence? Impeachment in Wonderland. truthout.org In a scene straight out of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the GOP-controlled Senate has refused to allow timely testimony from witnesses who had front row seats to Donald Trump's abuse of power. The senators voted 53-47, strictly along party lines, to table any possible discussion of whether to allow witnesses and documentary evidence until six days of legal arguments and two days of senator questioning had occurred. That means the parties will argue the case and senators will ask questions before they eve…

Staff (2020-01-22). Trump Impeachment Trial Now on Fast Track With Rules Set. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump's "We have a great case," Trump said at…

John Wojcik (2020-01-22). House impeachment managers make case for removal of the president. peoplesworld.org Undaunted by GOP attempts to stage a sham trial the Democratic House impeachment managers used time Tuesday that Republicans had hoped would embroil them in procedural arguments to instead lay out a clear narrative of why Trump should be removed from office. They made a convincing argument that Trump is continuing today the abuses of …

WSWS (2020-01-22). Senate adopts rules for quick impeachment trial of President Trump. wsws.org The statements on the Senate floor by both the lawyers for Trump and the House impeachment managers made clear the right-wing, antidemocratic politics of both warring factions.

Colin Todhunter (2020-01-22). Challenging the Flawed Premise Behind Pushing GMOs into Indian Agriculture. counterpunch.org A common claim is that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are essential to agriculture if we are to feed an ever-growing global population. Supporters of genetically engineered (GE) crops argue that by increasing productivity and yields, this technology will also help boost farmers' incomes and lift many out of poverty. Although in this article it will

teleSUR (2020-01-22). Canada: One-Third of Prison Population is Indigenous. telesurenglish.net Though Indigenous people account for only five percent of the general Canadian population, they represent more than 30 percent of the detainees in the country's prisons, a RELATED: | The correctional investigator of Canada Ivan Zinger described what he called "the Indigenization of Cana…

Lucas Koerner (2020-01-22). How Western Left Media Helped Legitimate US Regime Change in Venezuela. fair.org In Jacobin ( It's been a year since Juan Guaidó began his US-anointed mandate as "interim president" of Venezuela. | Following the opposition leader's

teleSUR (2020-01-22). Trump Downplays US Casualties from Iranian Attack. telesurenglish.net Dozens of U.S. troops were withdrawn from Iraq this week after 11 soldiers were wounded during the Iranian attack on two bases, a U.S. official told Reuters on the condition of anonymity. | RELATED: | According to the official that spoke to Reuters on Wednesday, the soldiers were transported from Iraq to the U.S. military bases in Germany. | Meanwhile, earlier in the day, U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters during t…

WSWS (2020-01-22). Europe dispatches naval flotilla to threaten Iran, Syria. wsws.org A French aircraft carrier and European naval flotillas will patrol strategic Middle East waters that are critical to the global oil trade.

Benjamin B. Ferencz (2020-01-22). Former Nuremberg War Crimes Prosecutor on the Immoral Killing of the Iranian General. globalresearch.ca *** | To the Editor: | Now in my hundredth year, I cannot remain silent. I entered the United States in January 1921 as a poor immigrant boy, and I have felt obliged to repay the United States for the opportunities given …

David Moore (2020-01-22). The Members of Congress Who Profit from War. globalresearch.ca It was shortly after midnight in Baghdad on Friday, Jan. 3, when a missile strike ordered by President Trump killed Iranian General Qassem …

teleSUR (2020-01-22). Iraqi President Meets With Trump to Discuss US Withdrawal. telesurenglish.net The Iraqi President, Barham Salih, met with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, in Davos on Wednesday to discuss a number of topics, including the withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq. | RELATED: | According to the Iraqi President's office, Salih called on Trump to respect the demands of the Iraqi people and begin withdrawing the U.S. Armed Forces from his country. | "During the meeting, reducing foreign troops and the importa…

WSWS (2020-01-22). Growing fears of global debt crisis. wsws.org As the global oligarchy assembles at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, there are mounting warnings signs that global debt, fuelled by cheap money from central banks, is a ticking time bomb.

Johanna Ross (2020-01-22). The UK Has a Housing Crisis — and We Need Actions, Not Words to Solve It. globalresearch.ca The UK has a housing crisis. According to the National Housing Federation, 8.4 million people in England alone are living in sub-standard housing and 400,000 people are either homeless or at risk of being homeless. For one of the largest …

Staff (2020-01-22). The Trump Administration Just Opened a New Immigrant Prison in Rural Michigan. truthout.org From his office at the Cristo Rey Church in Lansing, Mich., Oscar Castañeda runs a campaign against a new federal immigrant prison, part of President Donald Trump's escalation of immigration enforcement. | In May 2019, the Trump administration awarded a

Peter Koenig (2020-01-22). The Davos World Economic Forum (WEF) Is at It Again — Celebrating 50th Anniversary. globalresearch.ca Friends, this year the WEF is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Forty-nine (49) of the insanely pompous — and every year more — WEF events took place in Davos, Switzerland. Just one, in 2002, after 9/11, was moved to New York City, paradoxically for 'security reasons' they said — the logic of such a move was as ludicrous as the WEF itself.

South Front (2020-01-22). Video: Dozens Army Troops Killed, Injured in Idlib Clashes. globalresearch.ca 46 Syrian service members have been killed and 77 were wounded in recent clashes with radical militants in Greater Idlib in the period from January 16 to January 19, the Russian Reconciliation Center reported. According to the report, 57 civilians …

Staff (2020-01-22). Tulsi Gabbard Files Defamation Suit Against Hillary Clinton. truthdig.com NEW YORK — Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard filed a defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton on Wednesday over an interview in which Clinton appeared to call Gabbard "the favorite of the Russians." | Gabbard, a Hawaii congresswoman, said in her lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan that Clinton's comments in a podcast last year in which she suggested that Gabbard was being groomed by Russia to be a third-party candidate were based on either her own imagination or "extremely dubious conspiracy theories" that any reasonable person would know to be "inherently and objectively unreliable.

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-22). OPCW Inspector Debunks Doctored Syria Report. "The Chemical Weapons Incident That Never Occurred" globalresearch.ca Last November, WikiLeaks published information from an OPCW whistleblower. | A member of its fact finding mission to Douma, Syria, he expressed grave "concern over intentional bias introduced to a redacted version of the report he co-authored." | The OPCW's so-called Fact …

teleSUR (2020-01-22). UN Investigates Saudi Arabia 'Hacking' Jeff Bezos's Phone. telesurenglish.net United Nations experts have announced that they have information that proves the "possible participation" of prince Mohamed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, in the 'hacking' of the phone of Jeff Bezos, founder and executive director of Amazon, in 2018. | RELATED: | In a joint statement, Agnes Callamard and David Kaye, UN representatives in charge of extrajudicial killings and for freedom of expression, respectively, demande…

Middle East Eye (2020-01-22). Saudi Crown Prince Likely Used Israeli Spyware to Hack Bezos' Phone: UN Experts. theantimedia.com (MEE) — An examination of Jeff Bezos' mobile revealed "an anomalous and extreme change in phone behaviour" after the Amazon CEO received a file from a WhatsApp account associated with the Saudi crown prince, two UN special rapporteurs said on Wednesday. There is "reasonable belief" that the behaviour on Bezos' phone was the result of Pegasus spyware sold to the …

Martin Billheimer (2020-01-22). "The Cops & the Klan Go Hand in Hand!" counterpunch.org Back in 1979, the American Nazi Party and the KKK gunned down five members of the Communist Workers Party in Greensboro, NC. Present with the fascists were a turncoat Klansman/ COINTELPRO node named Ed Dawson and an FBI mole, Bernard Butkovich. Though these men knew that the Klan were armed and desirous of a gunfight,

Melvin Goodman (2020-01-22). The Media and the Military Mindset. counterpunch.org U.S. national media have been lazy in their treatment of our military—pandering to the military itself and using retired general officers with ties to the military-industrial complex as spokesmen. The United States is largely in an arms race with itself, but the media typically ignore bloated defense spending. It is past time to reinforce Martin Luther King's address to the Riverside Church in 1967 that linked chronic domestic poverty and military adventurism.

Staff (2020-01-22). Cases of New Viral Respiratory Illness Rise Sharply in China. truthdig.com World health agency weighs global emergency declaration as coronavirus infects more than 400 people, killing at least 17 in Wuhan outbreak.

teleSUR (2020-01-22). Death Toll Rises in China as Flu-Like Virus Global Panic. telesurenglish.net The death toll for a flu-like virus that hit China's Hubei province has risen to 17, Chinese state televeision stated on Wednesday, citing a report from the provincial government. | RELATED: | According to Chinese state television, the provincial government in Hubei has confirmed that the total cases of the coronavirus has risen to 444. The virus itself first emerged on Tuesday at 8 P.M. local time, as it hit the provin…

teleSUR (2020-01-22). WHO Extends Emergency Talks Over Novel Coronavirus Outbreak. telesurenglish.net GENEVA, Jan. 22 – The "The decision is one I take extremely seriously and one I am only prepared to make with appropriate consideration of all the evidence," WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. | "This is an evolving and complex situation," he added. "Our team in China is working with local experts and officials to investigate the outbreak." | He was sp…

Jonah Raskin (2020-01-22). Terence Hallinan: Fighter for the People and for the Legalization of Marijuana. counterpunch.org Terence Hallinan is dead at 83, but his spirit goes marching on in San Francisco and way beyond the city where he practiced law and served as district attorney for seven years. As the son of Reds during the Cold War and McCarthy years, I felt a natural affinity with Terence and also a sense

Jacob G. Hornberger (2020-01-22). Egypt and the Destruction of Civil Liberties in America. counterpunch.org There are lots of things wrong with the conviction and incarceration of 54-year-old Mustafa Kassem, who died last week in Egypt. Kassen was an American citizen who drove a taxi in New York City. He had two children. In 2013, the Egyptian military ousted the democratically elected president of the country, which reestablished its omnipotent

teleSUR (2020-01-22). Greece: Islanders Stage General Strike in Support of Refugees. telesurenglish.net Authorities and residents of the Greek islands of Samos, Lesbos, and Chios Wednesday held a general strike demanding RELATED: | "There should be no more deposits of suffering souls in northern Aegean,…

Ulson Gunnar (2020-01-22). Washington Desperation Drives Nuclear Proliferation. globalresearch.ca A cornered animal is a dangerous animal. For the elite in Washington, with the terminal decline of their "American Century" and the global empire it built during it, they find themselves in a most unaccommodating corner and thus have become …

Staff (2020-01-22). Saudi Prince Implicated in Bezos' Phone Hack, U.N. Experts Say. truthdig.com An immediate inquiry is sought amid findings Mohammed bin Salman appears to have had access to Washington Post owner's private messages.

WSWS (2020-01-22). Clearview AI facial recognition tool being used by more than 600 US police agencies. wsws.org The facial recognition technology company claims that its app can identify anyone within seconds by submitting a photo of them into their database of 3 billion facial photos.

Staff (2020-01-22). #TelltheTruthJoe Trends as Sanders Video Shows Biden Record on Social Security. truthout.org After Joe Biden's campaign Tuesday night released

Staff (2020-01-22). Structural Racism in Medicine Worsens the Health of Black Women and Infants. truthout.org The United States has one of the most abysmal

Staff (2020-01-22). "Roe v. Wade" Is Being Chipped Away. Will We Lose It Altogether This Year? truthout.org Just four years after the

WSWS (2020-01-22). Brazil's minister of culture fired after fascist speech plagiarizing Joseph Goebbels. wsws.org Alvim delivered his speech flanked by a Brazilian flag and a cross and with a Wagner opera that was reportedly Hitler's favorite playing in the background.

WSWS (2020-01-22). Democratic Party establishment wages war on Sanders. wsws.org The public and vicious campaign by Democratic Party leaders against Sanders only underscores the political bankruptcy of his perspective of reforming this organization.

Shane Quinn (2020-01-22). US Foreign Interventionism and the Disappearance of Classical Liberalism. globalresearch.ca American governments have intervened in dozens of countries globally since 1945, either directly by military invasions, indirectly through funding of elite opposition groups and stimulation of unrest, or covertly from its special services such as the CIA. | The level of …

Maha Hilal (2020-01-22). Guantanamo: An Enduring Symbol of US Islamophobia. globalresearch.ca Nothing hits you harder than realising you've been singled out for differential treatment. | This is how I felt as a Muslim American when I learned about the opening of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. It was 2002, and what would …

Physics and Astronomy Zone (2020-01-22). The Bee: "The Most Important Living Being on the Planet" globalresearch.ca Important article first published by GR in September 2019 | Its sting hurts a lot, but if they were to disappear, it would hurt much more. | The Earthwatch Institute concluded in the last debate of the Royal Geographical Society of London, …

James J. Zogby (2020-01-22). Honouring Martin Luther King Jr. globalresearch.ca Thirty-two years ago this month, I was arrested sitting-in and blocking the entrance of the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC. The embassy was hosting an event that evening in honour of Martin Luther King Jr. Looking back at what …

Yudy Castro Morales (2020-01-22). Despite Limitations, Cuba's State Budget Maintains Its Eminently Social Focus. globalresearch.ca The planned budget for 2020 is based on principles of conservation and rationality in expenditures, and maximizing income, mobilizing all untapped potential that exists in the economy, stated Vladimir Regueiro Ale, first deputy minister of Finances and Prices, during …

Addameer (2020-01-22). Hard Evidence on Torture and Ill-Treatment Against Palestinian Detainees at Israeli Interrogation Centers. globalresearch.ca Since its creation, the occupying state developed and enforced laws and practices that led to both the systematic use of torture and to absolute impunity for the perpetrator of this crime. There has never been any individual or agency held …

Larry Romanoff (2020-01-22). Replant the American Dream. "Your USA Today is The World's Most Hated Nation". Why? globalresearch.ca Some years ago, David Ignatius wrote an article in the Washington Post titled, 'Replant the American Dream' (1), in which he told of travelling the world as a foreign correspondent some 35 years ago, and how he believed that as …

Global Research News (2020-01-22). Selected Articles: 50 Years of The Davos World Economic Forum. globalresearch.ca By The theme of Trump's second Davos speech during his presidency was what he described at the beginning of his talk as "The Great American Comeback", a …

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). Scientists find Earth's oldest asteroid crater from 2.229 BILLION years ago which 'may have ended an ice age'. rt.com An innocuous crater in Yarrabubba, Western Australia has been identified as the oldest known extraterrestrial impact site on Earth, with researchers calculating that the natural structure dates back a whopping 2.229 billion years. | Researchers from Curtin University tested minerals found in rocks at the site. The zircon and monazite crystals in the rocks themselves contain tiny amounts of uranium, and by measuring the uranium's very specifically-timed decay into lead, the team was able to calculate exactly how old the crater is. | | © NASA | The 70 kilometer (43 miles) diameter crater was actually disc…

RT (2020-01-22). 'Without it we will die': Denied expensive medication for 3yrs, Russian family fights (and wins) against rare genetic disease. rt.com Diagnosed with a genetic disease that slowly eats away vital organs, and brushed aside by health bureaucrats, a family in Nizhny Novgorod have fought to obtain a crucial but expensive drug — a battle they are now winning. | As millions of children across Russia prepared to open their Christmas presents, 12-year-old Ivan Lobanov, a resident of a small hamlet near Nizhny Novgorod, turned the camera on and began to speak, his voice calm and lips stiff. | "I have a serious disease, the Fabry disease. I inherited it," the pale, intelligent-looking boy is heard to say in the video. "My mother is sick, my cousi…

RT (2020-01-22). Advice from Trump: US is clean & beautiful, Greta; please go and fight those trashing the Pacific Ocean. rt.com When President Donald Trump mentioned Swedish ecological activist Greta Thunberg, everybody held their breath. However, he kept his cool, simply telling her not to focus on America's environmental issues and focus on other places. | Some environmental enthusiasts looked forward to the World Economic Forum the way sports fans wait in anticipation for a big game. US President Donald Trump and Swedish ecological activist Greta Thunberg, two irreconcilable eco-rivals, were given the opportunity and venue to duel it out over climate change. | On Tuesday, Thunberg blamed world leaders for the "inaction" which is fue…

RT (2020-01-22). Migrant caravan shrinks at Guatemala-Mexico border amid deportations. rt.com The number of migrants stuck at the Guatemala-Mexico border continues to dwindle as detentions chip away at what remains of the latest caravan, AP reports. | The first buses of migrants left Tecun Uman, Guatemala overnight to repatriate migrants to their countries. On Tuesday, Mexico began flying and busing hundreds of migrants who had crossed into the country back to Honduras. | Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador recognized the success of his government's strategy on Wednesday, noting that many of the migrants had begun to voluntarily return to their countries. | US Department of Homeland Security…

RT (2020-01-22). Senate approves Trump impeachment trial rules after grueling 12-hour session. rt.com Senate Republicans have pushed through ground rules for President Trump's impeachment trial, ending more than 12 hours of contentious debate with their Democratic rivals over guidelines for the proceedings. | Approved by a party-line vote of 53 to 47, the rules give House prosecutors and Trump's legal team 24 hours each to argue their cases for and against impeachment. The opening statements are scheduled to begin on Wednesday afternoon. | After each side makes their case, senators will have 16 hours to submit questions in writing. The Senate will then consider subpoenaing witnesses or relevant documents. | Al…

RT (2020-01-22). Don't lock him up! Trump says (Bill) Clinton 'shouldn't have been impeached'. rt.com US President Donald Trump has come out with a surprising defense of his fellow impeached president, Bill Clinton, claiming he has always thought the former leader "should not have been impeached." | In between repeatedly defending himself as "the only one who's ever been impeached and he didn't commit a crime," Trump spoke up in Clinton's defense, arguing that the former president should not have been impeached in 1998 either. | pic.twitter.com/rePv3IDGsI— Global Politicsüåè (@Globalpoliticss) 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). Muddle-Eastern diplomacy: White House confuses Iran and Iraq in YouTube blunder. rt.com As President Donald Trump sat down with the world's movers and shakers at Davos, White House staff clearly weren't paying much attention, mistaking Iraqi President Barham Salih for his Iranian counterpart. | "President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the President of the Republic of Iran," the title of a YouTube video published by the White House on Wednesday proclaimed. | Hell had not frozen over, however, and Trump had not secretly met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani unbeknownst to the world's media. Instead, the video clearly showed Trump meeting with Iraqi President Barham Salih. | Ira…

RT (2020-01-22). Can cryptocurrencies protect countries from US sanctions? RT's Boom Bust finds out. rt.com RT's Boom Bust has sat in with the CEO of cryptocurrency aggregator Bitsian to discuss how nations facing tough US sanctions have been exploring cryptocurrencies in attempt to shield their economies from damage. | "These countries are looking at this as a way to avoid sanctions, but also these are countries, where their own sovereign currencies are facing huge amount of devaluation and lack of trust by their own people," Raakhee Miller told Boom Bust. | The CEO said that countries such as Venezuela and Iran face a "flight-to-quality" so bitcoin becomes more trustworthy for people to keep their assets. Howev…

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). 'Obvious malicious intent': Tulsi Gabbard hits Clinton with defamation suit over 'Russian asset' smear. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard is suing two-time White House runner-up Hillary Clinton over her claim that Gabbard was a "Russian asset," alleging that the lie hurt not just her campaign but the entire election. | Clinton "lied about her perceived rival Tulsi Gabbard… publicly, unambiguously, and with obvious malicious intent" when she claimed Gabbard was "the favorite of the Russians," the campaign alleges in the

RT (2020-01-22). The thin line between fashion & bad taste: Most bizarre figure skating costumes of all time (PHOTOS, VIDEO). rt.com With the great variety of programs staged in figure skating, athletes' scrupulously chosen outfits are an inseparable part of the image they try to portray on the ice. But sometimes their fashion choices leave fans astonished. | RT Sport recalls the most bizarre figure skating outfits which either spiced up or completely ruined their programs, making them literally unforgettable in every sense. | OKSANA DOMNINA AND MAXIM SHABALIN: ABORIGINAL COSTUMES | Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin were one of the most remarkable ice-dancing duets of Russia, with memorable routines and perfectly matched music being their f…