2020-01-24: News Headlines

Alan Macleod (2020-01-24). Enormous Crowds at Iraq's Million Man March Tell America to Leave for Good. mintpressnews.com An estimated 2.5 million Iraqis descended on Baghdad to stage a "Million Man March" calling for an end to the nearly 17 year-long U.S. occupation of their country.

teleSUR (2020-01-24). Over 4 Million People Join March Against US Presence in Iraq. telesurenglish.net At least four million people Thursday demanded the departure of U.S. troops from Iraq with a march in Baghdad, which was convened by cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr three weeks after the murder of Iran's General Qasem Soleimani. | RELATED: | At the country's capital, streets were filled with an endless column of people who paraded to express their repudiation of the U.S. military presence. | Banners showed slogans such as "No, No to the U.S. and…

Alan Macleod (2020-01-24). Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva: Obama, Hillary Ordered Me Not to Negotiate with Iran. mintpressnews.com "I remember that Hilary Clinton worked hard against my idea to go to Iran. She even called the Emir of Qatar and asked him to convince me not to go. When I arrived in Moscow and met with [Dmitry] Medvedev, I found out Obama had called and asked him to help convince me not to go."

Ramzy Baroud (2020-01-24). In the Name of "Israel's Security": Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding. counterpunch.org Billions of US tax-payers' money will continue to be funneled into Israel in the next fiscal year, and for many years in the foreseeable future. Republican and Democratic Senators have recently achieved just that, passing a bill aimed at providing Israel with $3.3 billion in annual aid. The Bill, co-sponsored by Democratic Senator, Chris Coons

Tracy Keeling (2020-01-24). The terrifying fallout from the Australian fires that is about to hit the whole world. thecanary.co When it comes to the climate, our obsession with national borders is immaterial. The world has watched in horror as Australia has As the UK's…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2020-01-24). Houthis Anticipate US Assassination Attempts, Warn US Troops Will Be Targeted in Retaliation. mintpressnews.com The U.S. recently admitted that it tried and failed to kill an Iranian commander in Yemen, sparking both fear and mobilization among Yemen's Houthis.

WSWS (2020-01-24). As extradition hearing dates are set, US Department of Justice argues Assange has no First Amendment rights. wsws.org The latest evidence submitted by the US government underscores the fundamental democratic issues at stake in the decade-long illegal persecution and witch-hunting of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

Ben Norton (2020-01-24). OPCW investigator testifies at UN that no chemical attack took place in Douma, Syria. mronline.org In testimony before the United Nations Security Council, former OPCW inspection team leader and engineering expert Ian Henderson stated that their investigation in Douma, Syria suggested no chemical attack took place. But their findings were suppressed. |

Ben Norton (2020-01-24). While Trump cuts food stamps, USAID bankrolls Venezuela regime change with half a billion in tax dollars. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration has spent $654 million in "aid" to try to overthrow Venezuela's government, including $435 million through USAID…

Eds. (2020-01-24). Brazilian prosecutors target journalist Glenn Greenwald for 'cybercrimes'. mronline.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. |

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-01-24). Turkish Intervention in Libya: Another Erdogan Reckless Attempt to Revive Neo-Ottoman Empire. globalresearch.ca With Turkey failing to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power in their drive to forge a regional hegemonic order under their rulership, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has set his eyes on other Eastern Mediterranean issues, primarily aggression against …

Chuck Churchill (2020-01-24). The Long History of Elite Rule: What Will It Take To End It? counterpunch.org Elites have ruled over people and commanded the surplus produced by their labor for many millennia. It is this long history we have to contend with in today's crisis of capitalism that has produced endless wars and environmental catastrophes as corporate billionaire rulers continue to promote business as usual while preparing to fight each other with armed forces and nuclear weapons. This has all been "normalized."

Andrew Korybko (2020-01-24). Putin's Trip to 'Israel' Will be Remembered as an Important Part of His Legacy. globalresearch.ca Putin's trip to "Israel" on Thursday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a defining moment of his 20-year-long presidency and will forever be remembered as an important part of his legacy due to the extremely …

teleSUR (2020-01-24). France: 7th National Strike Against Macron's Pension Reform. telesurenglish.net France's General Confederation of Labor (CGT), the Unitary Federation of Trade Unions (FSU) and other organizations called on citizens to join the 51st day of protests against RELATED: | Today, the seventh national strike will include torch marches that w…

teleSUR (2020-01-24). Puerto Rico: Police Dispersed Protest Against Governor Wanda. telesurenglish.net The Puerto Rican police Thursday night launched tear gas to disperse the massive concentration that took place in downtown San Juan to demand the resignation of Governor Wanda Vazquez, who is responsible for the mismanagement of resources donated to victims of earthquakes. | RELATED: | This concentration was preceded in the afternoon by an impressive ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã&sbquo…

Jim Kavanagh (2020-01-24). Aftermath: The Iran War After the Soleimani Assassination. counterpunch.org The thing that is so sad and so infuriating and so centrally symptomatic of everything wrong with American political culture, is that, with painfully few exceptions, Americans have no idea of what their government has done. They have no idea who Qassem Soleimani was, what he has accomplished, the web of relationships, action, and respect he has built, what his assassination means and will bring. The last person who has any clue about this, of course, is Donald Trump, who called Soleimani "a total monster." His act of killing Soleimani is the apotheosis of the abysmal, arrogant ignorance of U.S. political culture.

Vijay Prashad (2020-01-24). When will the Winter come to an end? mronline.org On 17 January, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, led the Friday prayers for the first time in eight years. He mocked the 'American clowns' who threatened Iran and said that Iran's response to the U.S. assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani was a 'slap in the face' of U.S. power. |

Eric A. Gordon (2020-01-24). 'Nowhere on the Border,' an engrossing play on our conscience. peoplesworld.org NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—The very fine Road Theatre Company is currently staging Carlos Lacámara's Nowhere on the Border (seen Jan. 18), a soul-wrenching, laser-beamed treatment of the emotional and economic issues around cross-border migration from Mexico into the U.S. Southwest. Gary (Chet Grissom), a border watch volunteer/vigilante from Pennsylvania with a son serving in Afghanistan, confronts …

Staff (2020-01-24). Trump Could Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations and Corruption. truthout.org Democratic lawmakers are continuing to lay out their case for removing the president from office in the final day of opening arguments by Democrats in the historic impeachment trial of President Trump. Republicans will begin their opening arguments on Saturday. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic pr…

Staff (2020-01-24). Bernie Sanders Calls Out Trump's Lie About Saving Social Security. truthout.org Just over 24 hours after "Democrats are going t…

teleSUR (2020-01-24). Bolivia's Coup-Born Regime Suspends Relations With Cuba. telesurenglish.net A couple of days after the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale visited La Paz, RELATED: | This decision was made public on Friday, one day after Hale announced that the…

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (2020-01-24). Closer than Ever: It Is 100 Seconds to Midnight. The Dangers of Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca To: Leaders and citizens of the world | Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society's ability to respond. The international security situation is dire, …

Staff (2020-01-24). Federal Court Dismisses Youth Climate Lawsuit — But They're Not Giving Up. truthout.org A sharply divided panel of three federal judges on Jan. 17 dismissed a high-profile climate lawsuit brought on behalf of The

Robert Hunziker (2020-01-24). A Climate Time Bomb With Trump's Name Inscribed. counterpunch.org Thwaites, in West Antarctica, is the world's most dangerous glacier. As of January 15th, scientists have labeled it: "A Climate Time Bomb." Thwaites is crumbling apart on the underneath side where warm ocean currents circulate, which is clear evidence that global warming is really, truly hitting its stride even as America, obeying President Trump's orders,

The Canary (2020-01-24). National Trust warns 73% of special natural sites threatened by climate crisis. thecanary.co Almost three-quarters of special natural areas cared for by the National Trust are under threat from the climate crisis.The trust has conducted its first climate audit of 101,000 hectares (250,000 acres) of priority habitat across England, Wales and Northern Ireland including rivers, fens, and saltmarshes.It discovered that 73% of the land, ranging from upland oak woods to globally rare peatland, was considered to be sensitive or highly sensitive to increasingly turbulent weather events, rising seas and higher temperatures.The trust is calling for immediate action to cut emissions, restore natural habitats and de…

Health Impact News (2020-01-24). Video: "He Was Murdered" — 13 Month Old Infant Dies 14 Hours after Receiving the Flu Shot. globalresearch.ca Krystle Cordingley mourns her son Corbyn who died 14 hours after a flu shot. | Krystle claims that the hospital tried to cover up what happened, and doctors said his death following vaccination was a coincidence. | Finally, she reports, one honest …

teleSUR (2020-01-24). Bolsonaro's Brazil Supports US Deportation of Immigrants. telesurenglish.net The U.S. government will deport the second planeload of Brazilians, from El Paso, Texas, since last October given the increasing number of migrants trying to enter the United States illegally from Mexico, News Agency Reuters reported. | RELATED: | The flight will arrive in Belo Horizonte on Saturday morning, Brazilian Foreign Minister,

Staff (2020-01-24). I've Seen Firsthand the Heartbreak of ICE Detention. This Must End. truthout.org Five hours into the dark, rainy drive, Ana Hernandez and Edwin Loredo laugh about how they've never seen the sun in Georgia. It's their third trip in as many months, and every time, it storms the whole way — nearly nine hours — from their home in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. | Ana's younger brother, Carlos Hernandez, was transferred to Stewart Detention Center in Georgia shortly after being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on August 13, 2019, and although this is Ana's an…

Roger D. Harris (2020-01-24). Three Years into Trump's Presidency, What's Left of the American Left? mintpressnews.com Democrats, despite their attempts at impeachment and boisterous haranguing of all things Trump, have consistently supported the President's "defense" policy and destruction of what remains of America's social safety nets.

teleSUR (2020-01-24). Trump Impeachment: What Happens Next?>. telesurenglish.net Here is what to look out for next: | FRIDAY | * The Democratic House managers present the final chunk of their 24 hours of arguments against Trump that began on Wednesday. | * During the arguments, senators sit as jurors and are not allowed to speak unless they are in a closed session. | RELATED: | SATURDAY | * The president's team will likely have its first opportunity to present its opening arguments. Senat…

Staff (2020-01-24). Chris Hedges: Democrats Have No Moral Authority on Impeachment. truthdig.com "He obstructed us. He is trying to obstruct you. And he has violated the Constitution," Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., As Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues in a new interview with "Rising's" Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, the Democratic Party has been "selective" in its assessment of what rises to a const…

Roger D. Harris (2020-01-24). Three Years into Trump's Presidency, What Left of the American Left? mintpressnews.com Democrats, despite their attempts at impeachment and boisterous haranguing of all things Trump, have consistently supported the President's "defense" policy and destruction of what remains of America's social safety nets.

Robert Fantina (2020-01-24). Impeachment as a Distraction. counterpunch.org Well, the circus has arrived in the United States capital, and the media is all agog at the show! In the Big Tent, sometimes referred to as the White House, announcements about forthcoming performances are being tweeted at a breath-taking rate. Many of them are coming directly from the star clown himself, none other than

John Wojcik (2020-01-24). Schiff on Trump impeachment: "If right doesn't matter we're lost" peoplesworld.org With the words "If right doesn't matter we're lost" the chief House impeachment manager, Rep. Adam Schiff, D., Calif., ended a day of testimony in the Senate chamber yesterday where lawmakers proved conclusively to anyone listening that President Trump is guilty of abuse of power. Unexpectedly, at the very end of the day Schiff, in …

Jess Franklin (2020-01-24). Globalizing the War on Indigenous People: Bolsonaro and Modi. counterpunch.org A man who has repeatedly romanticized dictatorship and advocated the use of torture seems like an odd choice for guest of honor at the annual celebration of the constitution in the biggest democracy in the world. However, it makes perfect sense that Brazil's notorious President, Jair Bolsonaro, has been invited to India's Republic Day parade

Tyler Durden (2020-01-24). Pentagon Now Says 34 US Soldiers Suffered Traumatic Brain Injuries in Iran Attack. theantimedia.com (ZH) — In the latest major revelation contradicting the White House and Pentagon significantly downplayed casualty count regarding the Jan.8 Iranian ballistic missile attack on Ayn al-Asad airbase in Iraq, The New York Times is reporting that a total of 34 American soldiers have been diagnosed with serious head injuries ranging from concussion to traumatic brain injury. Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman confirmed …

Negin Owliaei (2020-01-24). Americans Need to Hear More from Iranians. Here's Where to Start. zcomm.org Here are a few illuminating and emotionally resonant pieces by real Iranians on life under sanctions, the brutality of war, and the recent crisis…

Staff (2020-01-24). 34 Soldiers Suffered Brain Injuries in Iran Strike, Pentagon Reports. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—The Pentagon said Friday that 34 U.S. troops were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries suffered in this month's Iranian Seventeen of the 34 are still under medical observation or treatment, according to Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman. | President Donald Trump had initially said he was told that no troops had been injured in the Jan. 8 strike. The military said symptoms were not immediately reported after the…

Yves Engler (2020-01-24). Canada's Justin Trudeau Toes the Imperial Line on Iran. dissidentvoice.org While the current Liberal government claims to be progressive and in favour of a rules-based international order, promotion of democracy and world peace, its actions regarding Iran demonstrate that the primary drivers of Canadian foreign policy remain US geo-political interests and the interests of the rich and powerful. (This previous article argues this has long been the …

Larry Romanoff (2020-01-24). Fake News and "The Naked Government": Jessica Lynch and the US Invasion of Iraq. globalresearch.ca In the 1950s there was a TV series in the US titled 'The Naked City', composed from stories drawn from the lives of various residents. Each episode began with the words, "There are 8 million stories in the naked city. …

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2020-01-24). Biden's Shameful Foreign Policy Record Extends Well Beyond Iraq. counterpunch.org Presidential contender Joe Biden has come under fire for his support for the 2003 Iraq War, but continues to tout his foreign policy experience as a key selling point for his candidacy. His foreign policy record is shameful, though, extending well beyond his Iraq War vote. After opposing the Vietnam and first Persian Gulf Wars,

Staff (2020-01-24). Women Perform 12.5 Billion Hours of Unpaid Labor Every Day. truthout.org The global economy is polarized on multiple dimensions. Even as the gap widens between the extremely poor and ultra-rich, a chronic economic divide persists between men and women. Millions of people subsist on an income of a few dollars a day, and billions of women work for nothing at all. |

Mike Garrity — Jason Christensen (2020-01-24). Don't Kill 72 Grizzly Bears So Cattle Can Graze on Public Lands. counterpunch.org We have tens of millions of cattle in America but we only have about 700 grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Yet an October 2019 decision by the Bridger-Teton National Forest's Pinedale District authorizes continued cattle grazing on 267 square miles of public lands that will result in the deaths of an estimated 72 grizzly

Mandy Smithberger (2020-01-24). Never the Pentagon: How the Military-Industrial Complex Gets Away with Murder in Contract after Contract. globalresearch.ca Call it a colossal victory for a Pentagon that hasn't won a war in this century, but not for the rest of us. Congress only recently passed and the

WSWS (2020-01-24). Germany: Left Party supports Libya conference and possible military deployment. wsws.org Although the conference was a meeting of imperialist brigands who discussed the military occupation of the resource-rich country and the redivision of the entire continent under the guise of peace, it was acclaimed by the Left Party.

Peter Koenig (2020-01-24). Switzerland Funds Biased and Fake OPCW Chemical Weapons' Reporting. globalresearch.ca Why does Switzerland, neutral by her Constitution, fund, support and reward the partial and I dare say, western-biased and corrupted Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and their fake reporting — with a donation of CHF 300,000 (US$ …

South Front (2020-01-24). Video: Syrian Army Reportedly Suffers Huge Casualties in Idlib. What's Going On? globalresearch.ca Intense clashes between the Syrian Army and Idlib militants resulted in large casualties among both sides, according to statements by the Syrian and Russian defense ministries. | On January 23, the Syrian military reported that its forces had repelled a large-scale …

WSWS (2020-01-24). Consortium News sues for libel over claims it aided "Russian disinformation" campaign against Canada. wsws.org Consortium News has filed libel lawsuits against a Canadian state security agency and a television network over their false claims that the Virginia-based independent news organization spearheaded a pro-Russian disinformation campaign in Canada.

South Front (2020-01-24). Video: Turkey's Military Industrial Complex. globalresearch.ca Turkey is working to develop its national industry and reequip its armed forces with modern military equipment. The worth of projects in this field is estimated to be around $77 billion. Ankara is paying special attention to the modernization and …

Staff (2020-01-24). Uber and Lyft Price-Gouge Customers Trying to Flee Seattle Shooting. truthout.org On Wednesday evening, a fight broke out in Seattle's Pike Place Market that escalated into a shooting, killing one woman and leaving seven injured, according to officials. Bystanders, realizing what was happening, began to flee, some turning to Uber and Lyft for a quick getaway. Yet many were caught off-guard when they realized that the rideshare companies' algorithmic pricing schemes had detected high demand, resulting in hefty "surge" pricing — the companies' friendly term for price-gouging.

Ted Rall (2020-01-24). If This is a Democracy, Why Don't We Vote for the Vice President Too? counterpunch.org Let's say you owned a house and needed extra cash to make ends meet, so you decided to rent two of your bedrooms. Would you agree to lease those rooms to two people, but under the condition that you could only meet and run a credit check on one of them? Would you allow a

Steve Sweeney (2020-01-24). Venezuela's "Guaido Threat": Safeguarding Telesur Is Our Obligation, Academics and Intellectuals. globalresearch.ca Attacks on Venezuelan TV station Telesur are an example of the "arrogance of the powerful" trying to stop people from hearing the truth, campaigners warned today. | Intellectuals and academics from across Latin America penned an open letter in support of …

Nino Pagliccia (2020-01-24). Venezuela Must Remain Vigilant and on Guard Against US Hybrid Warfare. counterpunch.org A meme circulating on social media shows the distraught gaze of Venezuela's opposition member Juan Guaidó with a caption that says in part, "he is not a head of State, he has no army, he has no ministers, he never participated in presidential elections, he was a 'guarimbero' [violent rioter] and he is called interim

news.un (2020-01-24). FROM THE FIELD: Niger supporting the most vulnerable, as crises mount. news.un.org The number of people requiring humanitarian assistance in Niger, a country which the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, says is "being assaulted on all fronts", is expected to increase in 2020.

Tony Pecinovsky (2020-01-24). 'The East is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination'. peoplesworld.org

Dan Bacher (2020-01-24). Will the Extinction of Delta Smelt Be Governor Gavin Newsom's Environmental Legacy? counterpunch.org The Delta smelt, once the most abundant species on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, continues its steep slide towards extinction. For the second year in a row, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in its annual fall midwater trawl survey in 2019 found zero Delta smelt during the months of September, October, November and December.

James Graham (2020-01-24). From Paris, With Tear Gas… counterpunch.org Coming from the south on Avenue d'Italie on foot or bike things were obviously out of the ordinary, impossible as it may be to define ordinary in France at this moment. Long lines of cars pressed together, red and white tape strung everywhere it wasn't five minutes before, sidewalks lined with gargantuan tour buses, their

Courtney Bourgoin (2020-01-24). What We Lose When We Lose Wildlife. counterpunch.org I grew up in Michigan — a place with many deer and very few wolves to keep their populations in-check. Flawed wildlife management decisions caused our wolf numbers to plummet decades ago. While gray wolves are historically native to the state, the only place I've seen one is the Potter Park Zoo — a tiny

Joshua Cho (2020-01-24). Insurance Lobby Talking Points Don't Come With Warning Labels. fair.org Ever since The Intercept (

Zubeida Mustafa (2020-01-24). Pakistan Is Cleaning Up Trump's Mideast Mess. truthdig.com The Middle East has always been a difficult region for the West, especially for the United States. During the Cold War era, America's efforts to establish its hold over the region's key oil-producing countries backfired, resulting in anger and resentment in those countries. Be it the

WSWS (2020-01-24). Bulletin of Atomic Scientists warns of "civilization-ending nuclear war" wsws.org Amid a global nuclear arms race, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists warned that human civilization is closer to destruction than at any other period in history.

WSWS (2020-01-24). Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists warns of "civilization-ending nuclear war" wsws.org Amid a global nuclear arms race, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists warned that human civilization is closer to destruction than at any other period in history.

Staff (2020-01-24). California Governor Proposes Bold Plan to Create State Generic Drug Label. truthout.org California is known for progressive everything, including its health care policies, and, just a few weeks into 2020, state leaders aren't disappointing. | The politicians' health care bills and budget initiatives are heavy on ideas and dollars — and on opposition from powerful industries. They put California, once again, at the forefront. | The proposals would lower prescription drug costs, increase access to health coverage, and restrict and tax vaping. But most lawmakers agree that homel…

Staff (2020-01-24). Trump's Presidency Brings Us Closer to Midnight on the Doomsday Clock. truthout.org The legendary Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS), which tracks issues related to technology and global security, has issued a terrifying warning: We are less than two minutes to midnight on the What makes this moment so perilous? The scientists' statement includes warnings over the cyber-weaponization of information, the spread of a…

teleSUR (2020-01-24). China: Pneumonia Outbreak Forces to Suspend New Year Holidays. telesurenglish.net On January 25, over 1.4 billion Chinese receive their lunar New Year with concern and sadness, for celebrations and family gatherings have been suspended to halt RELATED: | Shows, fireworks, and mass events have been canceled. People have been advised to avoid large fa…

teleSUR (2020-01-24). China: Lunar New Year on Hold as Coronavirus Spreads. telesurenglish.net On January 25, over 1.4 billion Chinese welcomed their lunar New Year with concern and sadness, as celebrations and family gatherings have been suspended to halt RELATED: | Shows, fireworks, and mass events have been canceled. People have been advised to avoid large fa…

True Publica (2020-01-24). State Secrecy: UK Government Now Routinely Refusing Freedom of Information Requests. globalresearch.ca At TruePublica we have constantly warned about the authoritarian traits and tendencies of this government. It started with terror laws designed to catch hardened criminals with the intent to kill that ended up being used on the public to

Gideon Polya (2020-01-24). "One World Digital Dictatorship" A Digital Nightmare. globalresearch.ca Danish writer Soren Korsgaard (editor of Crime & Power) has written a very long and detailed account entitled "One World Digital Dictatorship" that describes the accelerating movement by both Western-style democracies and one-party states (notably China) towards world-wide Digital Dictatorship …

Kavaljit Singh (2020-01-24). The US-China Trade Deal Is Mostly Symbolic. globalresearch.ca On January 15, the US President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed a "phase one" trade agreement to de-escalate an 18-month trade war between the world's two biggest economies. After months of tough negotiations and retaliatory trade …

John Clarke (2020-01-24). Disabled People Under Attack. globalresearch.ca In December, Ontario's Auditor-General, Bonnie Lysyk, issued a report that offers the province's right wing Tory government an opportunity to attack disabled people living in poverty. Her report paints a picture of an Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) that …

Jake Johnston (2020-01-24). 'Biggest Loss of Clean Water Protection the Country Has Ever Seen': Trump Guts Safeguards for US Streams and Wetlands. globalresearch.ca "This all-out assault on basic safeguards will send our country back to the days when corporate polluters could dump whatever sludge or slime they wished into the streams and wetlands that often connect to the water we drink." | *** | The …

Alison Weir (2020-01-24). European Jewish Congress (EJC) Launches Campaign Against 'Antisemitism' (Aka Support for Palestinian Rights). globalresearch.ca The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has

teleSUR (2020-01-24). China Confirms 830 Cases of New Coronavirus Pneumonia. telesurenglish.net Chinese health authorities announced that 830 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the coronavirus, and these had been reported in 29 provincial-level regions in the country by the end of Thursday. | RELATED: | According to the

Cesar Chelala (2020-01-24). The Coronavirus Serious Public Health Threat in China. counterpunch.org The happy expectations for the week-long Chinese New Year holidays has been dampened by a new viral infection that is spreading rapidly in China (cases have been confirmed in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong province) and other countries. Since late 2019, people from Wuhan had been infected with a viral pneumonia whose cause was unknown. Now

Linn Washington Jr. (2020-01-24). Waiting for Justice in New Jersey. counterpunch.org Ask 100 New Jersey residents who is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and more than 90 will quickly reply, a civil rights leader. Ask 100 New Jersey resident who is Peter McGuire and more than 90 will quickly reply, Peter who? King and McGuire both made historic accomplishments. Both the Atlanta born King and the

Louis Proyect (2020-01-24). Isabel dos Santos and Africa's Lumpen-Bourgeoisie. counterpunch.org Thirty years ago, I was part of a Tecnica delegation that visited the African National Congress headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia. We were there to discuss the feasibility of a technical aid project for the ANC and the frontline states with Thabo Mbeki, the future president of post-apartheid South Africa. Back then, the term frontline referred

teleSUR (2020-01-24). Coronavirus Arrives in France, Health Minister Admits Cases. telesurenglish.net France confirmed on Friday its first two cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, with one patient being hospitalized in Paris and the other in the southwestern city of Bordeaux. | RELATED: | Earlier, the charity SOS Medecins said it ha…

Global Research News (2020-01-24). Selected Articles: Trump's "No-Peace/Peace Plan" for Palestine. globalresearch.ca By Leaked information shows Trump's so-called deal of the century is a one-sided scam, favoring…

RT (2020-01-24). 'Orwellian state surveillance': Met police presents facial recognition cameras on London streets & faces backlash online. rt.com The London Metropolitan police have announced that they will be deploying facial recognition cameras for the first time on the streets of the capital within the next month, prompting fears the move will erode civil liberties. | Met police say that the cameras will be operating for five to sex hours at a time, covering a "small, targeted area," with officers working with bespoke lists of suspects wanted for serious and violent crime being drawn up each time. It comes after recent pilots of the new surveillance technology in London and South Wales. | In response, privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch has warn…

RT (2020-01-24). Serena stunned! Williams loses to China's Wang at Australian Open as chance for 24th Grand Slam slips away AGAIN. rt.com The chance of a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam again went begging for Serena Williams as she lost to China's Wang Qiang in the third round of the Australian Open. | Williams, a seven-time champion in Melbourne, went down to Chinese number 27 seed Wang in three sets, 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 at Rod Laver Arena. | For Williams, who was seeded eighth Down Under, it means she remains stuck on 23 Grand Slam titles and again misses out on the chance to level Australian great Margaret Court's all-time mark of 24. | Williams, 38, last won a Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2017, and has since lost in four consecut…

RT (2020-01-24). American bot? US veteran shares thousands of anti-Morales tweets during Bolivia coup. rt.com A new report has revealed that the right-wing coup in Bolivia received automated support from a US Army veteran, who retweeted thousands of anti-Morales messages believed to have been written by fake Twitter accounts. | In the days preceding socialist President Evo Morales' decision to step down amid pressure from the military, thousands of new accounts were created on Twitter — with many of them parroting identical messages reading, in English, "Friends from everywhere, in Bolivia there was no coup." | According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an estimated 68,000 shady accounts were cr…

RT (2020-01-24). Lee Camp straightens out 'sewage' NYT article that claims Russian bots 'sowed confusion' in South America (VIDEO). rt.com American comedian Lee Camp issued a scathing retort to a New York Times piece alleging that Russian bots stoked tensions in South America, jokingly noting that it would take several years to fully dissect the baseless report. | The host of Redacted Tonight marveled at how the piece, titled "As Protests in South America Surged, So Did Russian Trolls on Twitter, US Finds," was based on data provided by not-very-objective State Department 'analysts'. For Camp, this raised a number of obvious red flags. | He argued that, contrary to the US government-sourced piece, Washington and its cheerleaders in the media are…

RT (2020-01-24). 'Million-Man March' kicks off in Baghdad to demand US troop pullout (VIDEO, PHOTOS). rt.com A massive demonstration —called for by a prominent Shia cleric— has flooded the streets of the Iraq's capital Baghdad, with thousands voicing their anger at the US military presence there. | Early on Friday morning, throngs of protesters — men and women, young and old — began amassing at al-Hurriya Square in central Baghdad, near the city's main university. The anti-America rally, dubbed the "Million-man March," was called by Moqtada al-Sadr, Iraq's top Shiite cleric. | Some were wearing white robes, symbolizing their readiness to die for a religious cause, while others were pictured hol…

RT (2020-01-24). Putin returns fallen cap to member of Palestinian honor guard during Bethlehem visit (VIDEO). rt.com The Russian president made a small but noticeable contribution to keeping the Palestinian Authority in order when he put a fallen peaked cap back where it belonged — on the head of a member of an honor guard. | The amusing interlude happened on Friday as Vladimir Putin was visiting the Palestinian city of Bethlehem to meet PA chief Mahmoud Abbas. | A hat of an honor guard occurred during the reception ceremony for the Russian President in Bethlehem, Russia…

RT (2020-01-24). 'False sense of security!' Pakistan claims India's S-400 deal fuels arms race… as it tests ballistic missile. rt.com India's decision to buy Russia's S-400 missile defense system could spark an arms race, Pakistan has claimed, urging its regional rival to ditch it for the sake of "stability" the same day it tested a new nuclear-capable missile. | Citing "concerns regarding the induction of ballistic missile defense systems in the region," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Aisha Farooqui

RT (2020-01-24). Dozens of Indian students TRAPPED in Wuhan as China scrambles to stop spread of deadly coronavirus. rt.com A group of young Indians studying medicine in Wuhan, China have found themselves trapped in the city, as Beijing rushes to contain the new coronavirus outbreak. | Wuhan, home to 11 million people, has been put on lockdown by authorities in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly virus. Restrictions were also placed on two nearby cities, creating a quarantine of nearly 18 million people in total. | Among them are 25 Indian students who attend Wuhan University's College of Medicine. The medical students will likely be trapped in the city until health officials give the all clear. Chinese soldiers and SWAT tea…

RT (2020-01-24). WATCH: Escaped elephants frolic in snowy streets of Russia's Ekaterinburg. rt.com Workers and residents alike were stunned to look out their windows and see not one but two Indian elephants taking a snow bath on the streets of the Russian city of Ekaterinburg on Thursday. | The star performers of a visiting Italian circus, 45-year-old Carla and 50-year-old Roni, couldn't resist taking a stroll in the -5C air and frolicking in the snow in the city before their days-long drive to Saint Petersburg, having broken away from their trainers during a well-earned break. | Elephants on loose in Russia after circus escape

RT (2020-01-24). EU's foreign policy chief extends timeline for dispute mechanism on Iran nuclear accord. rt.com The EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Friday he had extended the time available to discuss ways to save the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran under a dispute mechanism triggered by France, Germany and Britain. "There is agreement that more time is needed due to the complexity of the issues involved. The timeline is therefore extended," Borrell said in a statement. | On January 14, Borrell was notified by Paris, London and Berlin that they had triggered the dispute mechanism, in theory starting a 15-day process to resolve issues with Iran. | However, it is not clear when the 15-day period should start b…

RT (2020-01-24). Listening to Mike Pence's history, you might think it wasn't Soviets but Americans who liberated Auschwitz. rt.com US Vice President Mike Pence's speech on the Holocaust left the impression it was American soldiers who liberated Auschwitz, erased the Soviet Union's well-documented act, and even used the solemn occasion to lash out at Iran. | Speaking at the World Holocaust Forum in Israel on Thursday, Pence said that it was "soldiers" who opened the gates of Auschwitz on January 27, 1945. Which soldiers? Pence does not say, whether accidentally or on purpose. | Pence's omission becomes much more glaring a few moments later, when he honors the memory of "all the Allied forces, including more than 2 million American soldiers…

RT (2020-01-24). Western Balkans' future 'should be toward Europe,' EU to discuss enlargement soon — Brussels. rt.com The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, said on Friday that the bloc will be holding intensive discussions in the coming weeks on how future enlargement should be managed. | Michel, who was in the Albanian capital Tirana to meet with PM Edi Rama, said all member states "are unanimous on one point — that the Western Balkans' future should be toward Europe," AP reports. | Hopes of Albania and its neighbor North Macedonia to launch EU membership talks last year were dashed by French President Emmanuel Macron in October, when he asked for a reform of the process for admitting countries to the 2…

RT (2020-01-24). Turkey sending military to train UN-backed govt's forces in Libya — Erdogan. rt.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that he is sending military personnel to Libya to train the forces loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord. | Erdogan announced the move on Friday, days after he apparently backed off on an earlier promise to deploy ground troops to the war-torn African country. The Turkish leader told journalists on Monday that a group of military "advisers" had been sent to Libya in the troops' stead. | The Turkish personnel will train the forces of Fayez al-Sarraj, who heads the Tripoli-based and UN-backed Government of National Accord. The GNA has been engaged in…

RT (2020-01-24). One of the brightest explosions ever seen was actually a giant star EATING its neighbor — study. rt.com The record-setting stellar explosion SN 2006gy was 50 billion times brighter than our sun, with a blast so energetic it baffled the scientific community. Now scientists think they have uncovered what made it so incredibly bright. | The explosion, which became known as a 'hypernova,' occurred in September 2006 some 240 million light-years away in the Perseus constellation. Astronomers looked on in awe as the blast grew even brighter over the course of 70 days, completely outshining its host galaxy, in a cosmic event hundreds of times more powerful than a standard supernova. | | SN 2006gy was the brightest and…

RT (2020-01-24). 'I want to open new fronts with Russia & China as US lived off the fat of our land,' Philippines' Duterte tells RT. rt.com Speaking to RT, firebrand President Rodrigo Duterte spewed vitriol at the US for seeing the Philippines as "a vassal state," revealing that he has sets his hopes on reaching out to Moscow and Beijing instead. | "America is not the Philippines and the Philippines is not America. It ain't that way anymore, and I refuse to dovetail under American foreign policy," Duterte proclaimed in a candid interview with RT. | Although Washington — which acquired the Philippines from Spain for just $20 million in the late 19th century — had "lived off the fat of the land," their attitudes haven't seemed to change ov…

RT (2020-01-24). McDonald's reportedly shuts down restaurants in five Chinese cities as coronavirus spreads. rt.com Fast food chain McDonald's has announced it will halt operations in five cities in China's Hubei province, where the new deadly coronavirus is believed to originate. The suspension reportedly comes into effect on Friday. | The restaurant chain has dozens of locations in the region, including in the city of Wuhan, which is considered to be the epicenter of the virus. | Apart from Wuhan, where most infections have occurred, McDonalds will reportedly close restaurants in Ezhou, Huanggang, Qianjing and Xiantao. | Chinese authorities have placed several cities on lockdown, restricting movement for over 30 million p…

RT (2020-01-24). Snow safety pillow: Woman miraculously survives fall from 9th storey window in Russian town (VIDEO). rt.com A woman can be seen falling from the window of a ninth-floor apartment in Izluchinsk, Russia in harrowing CCTV footage which has surfaced online. Against all odds, she immediately springs back up to her feet and seeks help. | The woman was incredibly lucky as she somehow managed to break her fall by landing in a perfectly placed snowdrift that was large enough to cushion her and save her life. | –ë—ã—Å—Ç—Ä—ã–π —Å–ø—É—Å–∫ —Å 9–≥–æ —&…

RT (2020-01-24). Merkel and Erdogan's smiles hide tough times ahead: What can we expect from EU-Turkey talks? rt.com They may be all smiles for the cameras, but the issues Angela Merkel and Recep Tayyip Erdogan are set to discuss — from Syrian refugees to Turkey's attempts to join the EU — may stall talks and deteriorate relations even further.

RT (2020-01-24). Killer coronavirus KOs Ramirez v Postol WBC & WBO unification world title fight in China. rt.com The WBC and WBO light-welterweight world title showdown between Jose Ramirez and Viktor Postol scheduled to take place in Haikou, China has been postponed amid fears of the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the country. | The fight was scheduled for February 1 in the Chinese province of Haikou but according to Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, the clash will be rescheduled for a later date following growing concerns about the spread of the fatal illness, which has claimed a reported 26 lives in China alone. | There have been a further 500 cases being suspected across the globe and measures to halt its spread via tradit…

RT (2020-01-24). Trump praises China's strong coronavirus containment efforts as death toll climbs to 41 with more cases confirmed in Europe & US. rt.com US President Donald Trump has commended his Chinese counterpart for his country's quick response to a rapidly moving coronavirus outbreak, as additional cases of the illness are confirmed in Europe and the US. | The fatality count jumped by another 15 on Friday to 41 in total, with most of the deaths involving elderly patients with preexisting conditions, all of them in China. Despite the quickly climbing disease toll — which has sickened over 1,000 worldwide since last month — Chinese health officials said on Friday that they had cured the first patient of the illness, who was discharged from a hosp…

RT (2020-01-24). Chinese authorities share FIRST PHOTOS of deadly coronavirus. rt.com The first close-up images of the deadly coronavirus which has killed at least 26 people and infected some 830 others in China's Wuhan have been released. | The Institute of Microbiology at Chinese Academy of Sciences | The Wuhan Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV is closely related to both the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV), and has so far spre…

RT (2020-01-24). Singapore confirms 2 more Wuhan virus cases, tally is now 3. rt.com Singapore has confirmed two more cases of a new strain of coronavirus, the Health Ministry said on Friday. The statement comes a day after the first case of the infection, which originated in China, was identified. | The ministry said it expected more imported cases because of high travel volume from China, where the virus has killed 25 people and infected more than 800, according to Reuters. Singapore's tally of confirmed cases is now three. | Schools in Singapore asked parents to declare overseas holiday plans as authorities screened travelers at air, land, and sea checkpoints on Friday, to combat the spread…