Daily Archives: January 1, 2020

2020-01-01: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-01). Iran's Supreme Leader hits back at Trump's 'big price' threat, says US 'took revenge' for defeating ISIS. rt.com Giving a sharp rebuke to Donald Trump's threat to make Iran pay for an attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said tirades like this usually end up nowhere. | On the heels of the siege on Tuesday of the US diplomatic mission in Baghdad, President Trump fired off a series of inflammatory tweets, vowing to hold Iran "fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities." Shortly thereafter, he took a different tone, saying he doesn't see a war with Iran coming. | B…

RT (2020-01-01). Trump says he 'does not see war with Iran happening,' hours after issuing 'threat' to Tehran. rt.com US President Donald Trump has said that the US is not gearing up for war with Iran, adding that he prefers peace to war. It comes just hours after the US leader upped the ante, making a pointed threat against Tehran on Twitter.

Staff (2020-01-01). UN Expert Describes Detention of Chelsea Manning as "Amounting to Torture" truthout.org United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer shared on social media Tuesday a letter he sent to the United States government last month expressing concerns that the continued detention of whistleblower Chelsea Manning amounts to torture. | The Geneva-based expert tweeted in the early hours of Tuesday: | #USGovt of 1 Nov 2019 explaining why continued detention of …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-01-01). Who is Pope Francis? Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Argentina's "Dirty War" globalresearch.ca Who was Pope Francis before he became Pope? And why was he chosen to become Pope? Jorge Maria Bergoglio, appointed "Provincial" of the Order of Jesus in Argentina was one of the main supporters –within the Catholic hierarchy– of Argentina's military dictatorship which came to power in March 1976.

teleSUR (2020-01-01). 61 Years Strong: Cuba's Revolution Lives On Despite Blockade. telesurenglish.net A day that will forever live in the hearts and minds of free men and women around the world, Jan. 1, 1959 marked the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, as the military dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista ended under the leadership of Fidel Castro, Ernesto Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos, and Raul Castro, among others. | RELATED: | UN Overwhelmingly Votes in Favor of Resolution Ending US Blockade Against Cuba | And on its 61st anniversary, the ideals of socialist soci…

Staff (2020-01-01). The Town That Refuses to Drown. truthout.org It'S 9 A.M. and a grey cloud that had been shrouding one of four mountains surrounding Temacapulín, in the highlands of western Mexico, has begun to lift. "SINCE THE SIXTH CENTURY, TEMACAPULÂN WELCOMES YOU." The bold white letters emblazoned on the side of one of the mountains, Cerro de la Cruz, emerge through the mist, Hollywood-style, as the town's inhabitants scurry to live up to the promise. It's the first day of the Tenth Annual Chile de Arból Fair and a steady rain has been threatening to flood the town's two-day festival of resist…

Staff (2020-01-01). We Are the Majority. We Must Turn That Into Power. truthout.org Over the last decade, a national consensus has developed for a progressive left agenda on the economy, social services, the climate crisis and ending wars but the movement has not yet built the power to make that a reality. The next decade will be ripe with opportunities for transformational change due to a combination of expanding popular movements as well as escalating crisis situations. | Positive change will only occur if these movements evolve into an organized popular movement that truly represents the people's in…

Staff (2020-01-01). In 2020, Let's Recognize Immigration as a Reproductive Justice Issue. truthout.org Nearly one year ago, in February 2019, a 24-year-old Honduran woman in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody went into premature labor while 27 weeks pregnant. The federal immigration agency failed to transport the woman to a hospital in a timely manner, and she gave birth to a stillborn at the Port Isabel Detention Center in Texas. Days after the news of this tragic story broke, I spoke to Nancy Cárdenas Peña…

David Rosen (2020-01-01). "3 Strikes, You're Out!" Strike 2: Impeachment. counterpunch.org The notion of "3 strikes" is based on the old baseball slogan, "3 strikes, you're out!" In 1994, the federal government, along with other law-enforcement entities, rechristened 3-strikes to cover habitual-offender laws, drastically increasing prison sentences — including mandatory life sentences — for people convicted of a third serious crime. In the age of Trump, "3 strikes" is More

RT (2020-01-01). Pompeo postpones Ukraine trip following Baghdad embassy attack. rt.com US State Secretary Mike Pompeo has pushed back a planned trip to Ukraine, after protesters stormed the fortified American embassy in Baghdad. Pompeo was due to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday in Kiev, on the first leg of a five day jaunt to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Cyprus. The meeting would have been the highest-profile visit of an American official since the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for allegedly pressuring Zelensky into investigating Joe Biden's business dealings in the country. | Pompeo postponed the trip on Wednesday, AF…

RT (2020-01-01). Dance, chant, sing: WATCH Indian soldiers send army-style New Year greetings. rt.com Taking a break from the hard work of soldiering, Indian service members have been filmed sending a flurry of artistic New Year greetings to the nation, garnering applause on social media. | Deployed in the snowy Himalayan ridges of Kashmir, a bunch of soldiers try their best to show off their team spirit. Standing atop a mountain, their squad chanted some slogans before "wishing everybody a happy and a prosperous New Year." | Their brother-in-arms —serving tours of duty in the same region— staged a more sophisticated performance, singing a patriotic song while also dancing in unison. | Message to the…

Nyla Ali Khan (2020-01-01). The Project of Erasing the Indigenous History of Kashmir. counterpunch.org Furthering its project of erasing the indigenous history of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Modi's BJP government has dropped Martyr's Day, July 13, and my maternal grandfather's birth anniversary, December 5, from the list of public holidays. I have always been amazed to see how much the BJP and the Sangh continue to invest in More

Thomas Knapp (2020-01-01). Iraq: America's Other "Longest War" counterpunch.org As the calendar prepared to flip from 2019 to 2020, protesters stormed the US embassy in Baghdad. As I write this, the action — a response to US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria which killed at least 25 and wounded more than 50 — hasn't yet become a reprise of the Iran hostage crisis of 40 years ago, but it's eerily reminiscent. More

RT (2020-01-01). 'Reckless escalation' or 'No more Benghazis'? Dems jeer & GOP cheers as Trump points finger at Tehran after Baghdad embassy attack. rt.com A major partisan divide has formed around President Trump's handling of the situation in Iraq, with several Democrats blasting recent US airstrikes and troop deployments, and some in the GOP lining up to voice support. | Massachusetts senator and Democratic 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday took aim at the president for a US bombing raid ordered on an Iraqi militia over the weekend. American officials accused the group — Kataib Hezbollah — of carrying out a rocket attack on a US base with Iranian backing, which killed one American contractor, though they have yet to offer any evidence for the…

RT (2020-01-01). US troops fire tear gas as protesters throw stones at embassy in Baghdad — reports. rt.com Tear gas has been used to disperse angry crowds outside the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, a day after thousands of protesters attempted to storm the diplomatic compound, according to reports. | Dozens of protesters who'd camped overnight outside the gates of the embassy were attacked with tear gas by security personnel, reportedly after the demonstrators drew closer to the building. | Purported footage of Wednesday's clashes shows protesters shouting and throwing objects toward the compound walls, as thick smoke fills the air. Several bright flashes — likely from tear gas canisters being fired — can a…

Global Research News (2020-01-01). Donald Trump: "You Take the Oil" globalresearch.ca Repost of a facebook compilation video of Donald Trump quotes about 'taking Iraqi oil' by Abizaid N. Alqassier published on Arabic language social media in November 2016. | Trump's voice is in English. | Trump's words have been translated into Arabic subtitles. …

RT (2020-01-01). Iraqi protesters withdraw from US Embassy in Baghdad (VIDEOS). rt.com Paramilitary leaders have ordered their supporters to leave the heavily fortified US Embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq, as American troops reinforced the besieged facility. | Live footage from RT's video agency Ruptly showed protesters with Hezbollah flags withdrawing en masse in their vehicles. Some lingered behind at the scene of the clashes, where tear gas and stun grenades were reportedly fired again on Wednesday. By Wednesday evening, however, the US military stated that all had departed. | Hordes of protesters descended on Baghdad's American embassy — located inside the heavily fortified 'Green Z…

RT (2020-01-01). US sending 750 troops to Middle East after Baghdad embassy siege — Pentagon. rt.com Some 750 paratroopers from the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division are already on their way to Kuwait, and more may soon follow, after the US Embassy in Baghdad was stormed and nearly taken by angry Iraqi militiamen. | The 82nd's alert brigade was ordered to deploy on Tuesday evening, Fox News reported, citing multiple Pentagon officials, shortly before Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed the move. | "The United States will protect our people and interests anywhere they are found around the world," Esper said, announcing the deployment. | The initial force has already departed Fort Bragg, North Carolina on boa…

RT (2020-01-01). Iraqi protesters withdraw from US Embassy in Baghdad, some defy orders (VIDEOS). rt.com Paramilitary leaders have ordered their supporters to leave the heavily fortified US Embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq, as American troops reinforced the besieged facility. However, some protesters stayed put. | Live footage from RT's video agency Ruptly showed protesters with Hezbollah flags withdrawing en masse in their vehicles. It was not immediately clear from the video how many have remained at the scene of clashes, where tear gas and stun grenades were reportedly fired again on Wednesday. | Hordes of protesters descended on Baghdad's American embassy — located inside the heavily fortified 'Green…

news.un (2020-01-01). Year of the Nurse and the Midwife highlights 'backbone' of health systems. news.un.org The world will need an additional nine million nurses and midwives to achieve the commitment of providing all people with access to health care by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

RT (2020-01-01). From dream to reality: Russia's 'Silicon Valley' to mark 10-year anniversary with new projects. rt.com Russia's Skolkovo innovation center, which is marking 10 years since its founding, has ambitious plans for 2020 and beyond to continue promoting technology and helping small innovative startups grow into profitable companies. | Skolkovo Technopark was built from scratch almost a decade ago to create a platform for research and innovation in key spheres such as energy, IT, space, biomedicine, and nuclear technology. Now the complex has facilities spread around 800,000 square meters and hosts around 500 startups, while there are an additional 1,500 enterprises beyond its campus. Skolkovo hosts around 50 research…

RT (2020-01-01). China drops tariffs on hundreds of Pakistani products as wide-ranging trade agreement takes effect. rt.com A newly implemented deal between Beijing and Islamabad will eliminate tariffs on hundreds of products, a move which is expected to provide a billion-dollar boost to bilateral trade. | The Free Trade Agreement (FTA)—II, which started on Wednesday, will waive or ease 75 percent of tariffs imposed by each country, over a period of 15 years. Beijing will immediately drop tariffs on more than 300 Pakistani exports, including textiles and garments, seafood and leather. | In exchange, Islamabad has provided greater market access to Chinese raw materials and heavy machinery. | The deal, inked in April 2019, will…

RT (2020-01-01). Australia deploys military aircraft & navy ships to help fire-ravaged communities. rt.com Australia has sent military aircraft and ships to relieve towns that have been caught in the violent infernos sweeping the country's southeast coast. Thousands of people were forced to camp on beaches as they awaited rescue. | Wednesday's deployment used military helicopters and naval vessels to deliver water, food and fuel to areas that have been completely cut off by the fires in the states of New South Wales and Victoria. | An estimated 4,000 people in the Victorian coastal town of Mallacoota fled to the seashore on Tuesday, after winds pushed wildfires toward their homes. | At 3am on 1 January 2020, there…

RT (2020-01-01). Pope Francis repeatedly SLAPS woman's hand after she YANKS him toward her (VIDEO). rt.com The world saw a different side of Pope Francis on New Year's Eve after the pontiff tore himself free from a woman who had grabbed his hand and pulled him toward her. | A woman seeking the Pope's blessing on New Year's Eve instead ended up enraging the pontiff after grabbing his arm to get his attention. A video of the altercation shows Francis walking through Vatican City as he greeted pilgrims. After reaching out to touch a child, a nearby woman seized his hand, jerking the religious leader around — a yank that appeared to cause him pain. | This evening after visiting the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Sq…

RT (2020-01-01). Not the bees! Pentagon wants to use swarms of AI-powered drones for 'rescue' missions. rt.com The Pentagon is combing the AI developer community to try to build a self-starting swarm of AI-enabled drones capable of recognizing and tracking a target — ostensibly for search and rescue, but potentially for search and destroy. | The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) issued a request (RFI) late in December seeking the latest and greatest in AI and drone swarm tech — and looking for clever ideas on how to combine th…

RT (2020-01-01). It's the wrong guy! Two Ukrainian channels air oligarch Poroshenko's NYE address instead of president Zelensky's. rt.com The political struggle in Ukraine never goes on holiday. The viewers of two local channels couldn't tell if it was 2019 all over again when they saw former president Petro Poroshenko delivering the traditional New Year address. | Puzzled viewers of Ukraine's 5 Kanal and Pryamiy channel discovered that the two seemingly preferred Poroshenko to the actual President Volodymyr Zelensky on New Year's Eve. The man was given airtime right before midnight, when the whole country gathered in front of their TVs with champagne-filled glasses. | But was it an epic fail or an epic provocation? The latter seems to be the…

David Schultz (2020-01-01). Trump, Democrats and the Lumpenproletariat Problem. counterpunch.org The American Democratic Party has a problem with white working-class America—they lost them, or at least large segments of them to Donald Trump's Republican Party. Policy reasons may explain part of this. But a better explanation may be that these voters fit the description of what Karl Marx used to call the Lumpenproletariat—reactionary working class opposed to revolution or at least progressive politics. Understanding who these individuals are may be critical to Democrats winning in 2020. More

John Grant (2020-01-01). Metaphor, the Holy Bible and the Western Hero: Corrupting Jesus to Trump the Constitution. counterpunch.org Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. — Matthew 7: 15 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. — Matthew 7: 18 Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. — Matthew 22: 39 (For Thompson Bradley) Over this More

Gary Lindorff (2020-01-01). When the Power of Love Overcomes the Love of Power (Hendrix). counterpunch.org We will unsubscribe to hate Change our password and pray for the dead All the dead Ooooh oooooh oooooh Pink Floyd: Mother should have run for president This isn't just upsetting. What's been happening is a waste of time All I want right now is a pine-scented candle That is really all I want I'll tell you More

Geoff Beckman (2020-01-01). Interesting Work: Willie Mays, Lee Mendelson and Charlie Brown. counterpunch.org I don't believe in the "Do what you love and the money will follow" argot. A lot of times, it won't. I learned this from both my parents (who were therapists). You can be miserable at a high-paying job, leave it for one you like— but pays squat. Often you end up miserable because you More

Gary Lindorff (2020-01-01). When the Power of Pove Overcomes the Love of Power (Hendrix). counterpunch.org We will unsubscribe to hate Change our password and pray for the dead All the dead Ooooh oooooh oooooh Pink Floyd: Mother should have run for president This isn't just upsetting. What's been happening is a waste of time All I want right now is a pine-scented candle That is really all I want I'll tell you More

Julian Rose (2020-01-01). The 2020 Imperative Cease Being Mesmerised By Demons. counterpunch.org We have a vast global communication network at our fingertips, a significant part of which has long since been hijacked by the purveyors of 'the daily matrix'. But another part of which still manages to operate within a spectrum that gives a possibility for what we refer to as 'freedom of speech'. Used intelligently, this More

Staff (2020-01-01). In 2019, the Far Right Suffered Big Losses. But They Are Far From Defeated. truthout.org The U.S. far right continued to be very active in 2019. The good news is that, surveying their actions for the year, those far rightists outside of the GOP have had less growth and street presence than in 2018. Doxxing, lawsuits, a loss in interest from conservatives and state repression have all taken their toll. The far right's boom years of 2016 and 2017 are starting to fade away, but it remains an energized movement. The white nationalist wing was still far more active in 2019 than it was for…

Staff (2020-01-01). Far Right Movements Suffered Big Losses in 2019. But They Are Far From Defeated. truthout.org The U.S. far right continued to be very active in 2019. The good news is that, surveying their actions for the year, those far rightists outside of the GOP have had less growth and street presence than in 2018. Doxxing, lawsuits, a loss in interest from conservatives and state repression have all taken their toll. The far right's boom years of 2016 and 2017 are starting to fade away, but it remains an energized movement. The white nationalist wing was still far more active in 2019 than it was for…

teleSUR, pha, JCM (2020-01-01). Al-Assad insiste como prioritario eliminar terrorismo en Siria. wp.telesurtv.net El presidente de Siria, Bashar al-Assad, recibió en Damasco al principal asistente del ministro del ministro de Exteriores para Asuntos Políticos Especiales de Irán, Ali Asghar Khaji, quien explicó al mandatario los últimos adelantos en la reunión de Astaná. | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Irán denuncia a EE.UU por ataques en Siria e Irak | El funcionario iraní comentó que las discusiones tuvieron lugar sobre varios temas, especialmente sobre el Comité de Discusión de la Constitución y los desarrollos en la región s…

RT (2020-01-01). Greta Thunberg SEX joke triggers outrage at disabled British comedian. rt.com British comedian Rosie Jones has provoked a mass clutching of pearls on Twitter after she took aim at media's most sacred cow, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, with an X-rated joke during a TV show. | Appearing on Channel 4's 'The Last Leg' on New Year's Eve, Jones was asked what she thought of the 16-year-old campaigner, who was named Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year' for 2019. | "I think Greta's amazing and what she's doing is brilliant," the disabled comedian said. "But don't do it now." | She needs to live a little, she's only 16. She should be doing two things: drinking Lambrini and getting fin…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-01-01). Booked Up: the 20 Best Books of 2019. counterpunch.org Best Nonfiction Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration Rachel Elise Barkow (Belknap Press) Dirty Jokes and Bawdy Songs: the Uncensored Life of Gershon Legman Susan Davis (University of Illinois) Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance Nick Estes (Verso) Music: a More

Desiree Hellegers (2020-01-01). Of Scrooges, and Sweeps, Body Snatching and Death on the Street: A Christmas Carol in Portlandia. counterpunch.org In the midst of the Christmas, Hannukah crush, even for Wiccans and Pagans, it's easy to overlook a relatively recent national ritual that coincides with the solstice: Since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless designated December 21st, the darkest day of the year, National Homeless Persons Memorial Day. Personally, around this time of year, More

Ryan Cristián (2020-01-01). US Gov Blames Iraqi Protests On Iran With No Evidence, Despite The US Bombing Of The Iraqi Military. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (12/31/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

teleSUR, JGN (2020-01-01). Gobierno de facto de Bolivia desmiente que prepare ingreso a embajada mexicana. wp.telesurtv.net El Gobierno de facto de Bolivia desmintió la noche del martes que estuviera preparando el inminente ingreso de las fuerzas del orden a la embajada y la residencia oficial de México en La Paz, con el presunto fin de cumplimentar varios órdenes de aprehensión. | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Tribunal Electoral de Bolivia ratifica habilitación del MAS para comicios | "ESTA NOTA ES FALSA. El contenido de la misma es un absurdo jurídico y fue elaborado para crear conflicto y debilitar el proceso democráti…

teleSUR, JGN (2020-01-01). Miles de chilenos reciben el Año Nuevo con protestas. wp.telesurtv.net Miles de chilenos volvieron a colmar la Plaza Dignidad, en Santiago de Chile, para recibir el Año Nuevo con una cena masiva y enfrentando la represión de la militarizada policía de Carabineros, en el marco de las protestas antigubernamentales que se prolongan por más de dos meses. | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Cientos de personas despiden a manifestante fallecido en Chile | Los manifestantes recibieron el 2020 con una cena masiva en la Plaza Italia, rebautizada como Dignidad, bajo la consigna "Año Nuevo…

teleSUR, lsl, JGN (2020-01-01). Reportan 27 casos de neumonía viral en el centro de China. wp.telesurtv.net Autoridades sanitarias chinas informaron el martes que los 27 casos de neumonía reportados en días pasados en Wuhan, capital de la provincia central de Hubei, fueron identificados como neumonía viral. | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Presidente de China desea un Hong Kong estable y próspero en 2020 | "En relación a la detección continua de casos de inflamación de pulmones de origen desconocido, pedimos a todas las instituciones médicas que mantengan estadísticas y controlen la situación de los pacientes e infor…

teleSUR, JGN (2020-01-01). Riña en cárcel mexicana deja un saldo de 16 muertos y cinco heridos. wp.telesurtv.net Una pelea entre grupos de reos en una cárcel del estado de Zacatecas, en el norte de México, dejó un saldo de 16 personas muertas y cinco heridas, informó una fuente oficial. | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Destacan crecimiento económico durante 2019 en México | La Vocería de Seguridad Pública de Zacatecas informó en la red social de Twitter que "la tarde de este martes se registró una riña al interior del Centro Regional de Reinserción Social (Cerereso) Varonil, que dejó como saldo el fallecimiento de 16 Personas Privada…

teleSUR, JGN (2020-01-01). Corea del norte reanudará sus pruebas nucleares. wp.telesurtv.net El líder de Corea del Norte, Kim Jong-un, informó este miércoles el fin de la moratoria en sus pruebas nucleares y anunció que en fecha próxima presentará una "nueva arma estratégica". | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Se reúne Comité Central de Trabajadores de Corea del Norte | Kim explicó que esta decisión es en respuesta a lo que llamó "estancamiento" de las negociaciones con Estados Unidos (EE.UU.) sobre la desnuclearización de la península coreana. | El dirigente del país asiático adelantó que en…

teleSUR, pha, JCM (2020-01-01). Papa Francisco condena violencia contra las mujeres. wp.telesurtv.net Este 1 ∞ de enero el Papa Francisco denunció el abuso contra la mujer en las sociedades modernas, como parte de su primer mensaje del año, y pidió el fin de la explotación femenina por su cuerpo, coincidiendo con la celebración del día de la Solemnidad de María Santísima Madre de Dios. | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Papa Francisco celebra su 83 ∞ cumpleaños | "Toda violencia infligida a la mujer es una profanación de Dios", dijo el pontífice en su primer sermón del año. | "Cuántas veces el cuerpo de la mu…

teleSUR, JCM (2020-01-01). Polémicas del primer año de Jair Bolsonaro en Brasil. wp.telesurtv.net "Año terrible" vivieron los brasileños, tras 12 meses de la gestión del presidente derechista Jair Bolsonaro, que ha estado marcado por la controversia y la polémica en una variedad de temas, pero también su popularidad apunta a la baja, luego de haber llegado con un alto índice de apoyo de la ciudadanía. | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Aumenta sensación de inseguridad en la población brasileña | Bolsonaro arrancó su gestión el pasado 1 de enero de 2019 con una popularidad del 49 por ciento, mientras ahora solo…

teleSUR, JGN (2020-01-01). Presidente cubano Díaz-Canel celebra 61 años de la Revolución. wp.telesurtv.net El presidente de Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, felicitó al pueblo cubano por el 61 aniversario del triunfo de la Revolución, que se celebra este primero de enero. | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Felicitan a Cuba por aniversario del triunfo de la Revolución | "Hay todas las razones para festejar. En el año 61 de la revolución nos tiraron a matar y estamos vivos. Vivos celebrando y empeñados en seguir ganando °Patria o muerte! °Socialismo o muerte! °Venceremos!", afirmó el mandatario de la mayor de las Antill…

yenisafak (2020-01-01). India, Pakistan exchange lists of prisoners. yenisafak.com In a gesture of normalcy amid tensions between the two countries, Pakistan and India on Wednesday exchanged lists of civilian prisoners in their custody.Despite tensions over the divided Kashmir region and other issues, the lists were exchanged simultaneously in Islamabad and New Delhi under a 2008 pact between the two countries.Pakistan handed over a list of 282 Indian prisoners (55 civilians and 227 fishermen) languishing in Pakistani jails to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, said a statement from Pakistan's Foreign Ministry.India, for its part, handed over a list of 267 Pakistan civilian prisoners and…

yenisafak (2020-01-01). 'Iranian children have death risk under US sanctions'. yenisafak.com Hundreds of Iranian children face death as a result of lack of medications due to U.S. sanctions, said Iran's health minister on Wednesday.In a letter to World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom, Saeed Namaki said the unilateral U.S. sanctions block shipments of medication and medical equipment.Contrary to U.S. claims that sanctions do not hinder medication and food trade, he said global firms don't sell medication or medical equipment to Iran as a result of the the unilateral sanctions."As you know, Iran became a victim of economic war carried out by the U.S. Washington's sanctions made it impossible to sup…

yenisafak (2020-01-01). Iraqi paramilitary groups tell supporters to withdraw from US Embassy perimeter. yenisafak.com Paramilitary groups who have been protesting against U.S. air strikes in Iraq told their supporters to withdraw from the perimeter of the U.S. Embassy in Baghadad on Wednesday.The crowd did not actually begin withdrawing, according to a Reuters witness.The Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) umbrella group made the call in response to the Iraqi government's call for the protesters to disperse, it said in a statement.

yenisafak (2020-01-01). Indonesia rejects China's claims over South China Sea. yenisafak.com Indonesia said on Wednesday it rejected China's claims over a disputed part of the South China Sea as "having no legal basis", after two days earlier protesting to Beijing over the presence of a Chinese coastguard vessel in its territorial waters.The boat trespassed into Indonesia's exclusive economic zone off the coast of the northern islands of Natuna, leading Indonesians officials to issue a "strong protest" and summon the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta.Speaking in Beijing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang had said China had sovereignty over the Spratly Islands and their waters and that…

yenisafak (2020-01-01). Terrorist YPG/PKK kills 2 civilians in northern Syria. yenisafak.com The YPG/PKK terror group killed at least two civilians and wounded four in a car bomb attack in northern Syria, Turkey's National Defense Ministry said on Monday.The ministry said on Twitter that YPG/PKK terrorists had targeted the town of Tal Abyad but a Turkish military checkpoint blocked them from entering the town, and it exploded on the outskirts.The terrorist suspected of being responsible for the attack was arrested.The YPG/PKK terror group is targeting settlement areas under control of the Syrian National Army (SNA), which fought alongside the Turkish forces in Turkish-led anti-terror operations in northe…

yenisafak (2020-01-01). 'Plans excluding Turkey in the region are doomed to fail'. yenisafak.com No plan in the region which excludes Turkey has any chance of success, said Turkey's vice president on Wednesday."Turkey's economy was balanced and disciplined in 2019, and now 2020 will see the start of new revival," Fuat Oktay told Anadolu Agency's Editors' Desk.On Turkey's pact with Libya last November demarcating maritime boundaries, he said it had foiled a plot to confine Turkey to land."No matter who is involved, no plan in the region which excludes Turkey has any chance of success," he stressed.Saying that Turkey is very active in the area designated in the deal with Libya, he said the deal is also benefic…

yenisafak (2020-01-01). OPINION: Status of US-China economic relationship: Complicated. yenisafak.com By Vakkas Dogantekin- The writer is acting main chief correspondent for the Americas desk at Anadolu Agency's English service.ANKARA (AA) – World's biggest two economies, the U.S. and China have been mired in a trade and tariff war ignited by U.S. President Donald Trump who accuses the Asian country of stealing intellectual property from American companies and growing exponentially at the expense of American national interests.Trump and his former advisors — including Steve Bannon, a former senior ally who is seen as a major factor in the president's 2016 election win — designated China as the country's main ri…

yenisafak (2020-01-01). Somali forces kill 20 terrorists, liberate 7 villages. yenisafak.com Somali forces on Wednesday carried out an operation against the al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group al-Shabaab in southern Somali, killing 20 al-Shabaab terrorists and liberating seven villages, said an army commander.Osman Abdimalik Malim, a special forces (Danab) commander, told local media that Somali forces liberated the villages in the lower Shabelle province after a military operation in the region.During the operation, in addition to killing 20 terrorists, the Somali forces wounded several others, he added.He said that the operation will continue until the group is wiped out the region.This operation comes fo…

yenisafak (2020-01-01). New Year brings hope, grief to Somali family devastated by bomb blast. yenisafak.com As wounded men screaming for their mothers were brought into a Mogadishu hospital after a huge truck bomb on Saturday, doctors fought to save eight month-old Mohammed Hassan, whose mother was already dead.The baby had lost too much blood to cry, but on Tuesday, hooked up to oxygen tubes and IV and swathed in bandages – he flexed his uninjured hand, sending a waterfall of tears coursing down the cheeks of his father, Somali farmer Abdi Abukar Hassan."Oh thank God," Hassan exclaimed as his son moved for the first time after his right arm was shredded and his back torn by shrapnel in the bombing, which killed at lea…

yenisafak (2020-01-01). Pope apologises for 'bad example' of slapping arm of pilgrim who tugged him. yenisafak.com Pope Francis apologised on Wednesday for having angrily slapped a woman's arm when she had grabbed hold of his hand and yanked him towards her, saying he had lost his patience and set a "bad example".His unusual apology came after he used his first homily of the new year to denounce violence against women, which he compared to profaning God.Pope Francis, 83, had a sharp encounter with a woman on Tuesday evening during a walkabout in St. Peters Square.The pilgrim, who has not been identified, unexpectedly seized his hand and pulled him towards her, causing him evident alarm. A clearly disgruntled Francis wrenched…

No Nukes Action (2020-01-01). Stop The 2020 Olympics In Japan, End Nuclear Power & Nuclear Weapons. indybay.org San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/near California | San Francisco…

Humanist Community in Silicon Valley (2020-01-01). U.S. Sanctions: The Weaponization of the Global Financial System. indybay.org Mountain View Community Center | 201 South Rengstorff Avenue | Mountain View CA 94040…

Moms 4 Housing (2020-01-01). Emergency Eviction Support: Hold Down the House / Pack the Courtroom. indybay.org Courtroom: | Hayward Hall of Justice | 24405 Amador Street, Hayward, CA 94544 | Moms' House: | 2928 Magnolia Street, Oakland, CA 94608…

Medea Benjamin (2019-12-31). 10 Good Things About 2019. counterpunch.org Impeachment, Trump, impeachment, Trump. It's hard to think of this year without obsessing about the occupant of the White House. But yes, there were lots of other events going on in the world this year. Some of them were tragic, like the coup in Bolivia, but some are hopeful and move us in a positive More

Ralph Nader (2019-12-31). "Then, I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as President." — "King" Donald Trump. counterpunch.org Against Donald J. Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted narrow impeachment charges, despite key House Committee Chairs' arguments for broadening the impeachment charges. These veteran lawmakers, led by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, urged Speaker Pelosi to include the ten obstructions of justice documented in the Mueller Report. These House Committee Chairs also wanted More

Laura Carlsen (2019-12-31). As Honduras Collapses, Its People are Forced to Flee. counterpunch.org Honduras is collapsing. The thousands of migrants who flee every day are direct testimony to a political, economic and social crisis that the world ignores and the U. S. government seems bent on perpetuating. Instead of examining the crisis behind the exodus, the Trump administration has set an intercontinental human trapline that captures thousands of the world's poorest and most persecuted men, women and children, and then converts their suffering into campaign fodder. More

The Global Research Team (2019-12-31). Help Global Research Make It to 2020 and Beyond. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | As we're sure most of you will agree, 2019 has been a tough year for a lot of people for many different reasons. Undeniably, this has been another year of crisis, characterized by the plight of war, economic …

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-12-31). We are the majority; we must turn that into power. nationofchange.org We are building toward being a movement that can make transformational changes over the next decade.

James J. Zogby (2019-12-31). The Importance of Knowing Bethlehem. globalresearch.ca I have long been troubled by the way so many believing Christians in the West have either been ignorant of or turned their backs on the plight of Palestinians, both Christian and Muslim. Right-wing Evangelicals, under the sway of heretical …

Andre Vltchek (2019-12-31). Police in Hong Kong Brutalized by Rioters, While Attacked by the Western Press. globalresearch.ca It is much more than what you are allowed to see. The Hong Kong police force are heroically fighting both the rioters and a complex and extremely dangerous international network which is aiming at destabilizing the People's Republic of China….

Andre Vltchek (2019-12-31). Police in Hong Kong Brutalized by Rioters While Attacked by the Western Press. dissidentvoice.org It is much more than what you are allowed to see. The Hong Kong police force are heroically fighting both the rioters and a complex and extremely dangerous international network which is aiming at destabilizing the People's Republic of China. Uighur, Taiwan, USA, EU — united against socialism and China I never saw such cynicism …

teleSUR (2019-12-31). Top 10 Events That Shaped North America in the 2010s. telesurenglish.net Over the course of the past decade, North America has experienced the rise of several social movements, such as #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, which have helped give voice to the voiceless and empower the oppressed. | While these movements helped bring necessary social change, the 2010s also witnessed the rise of the far-right under U.S. President Donald Trump, which has further divided people across the continent and world. | But as we look back at the 2010s, there are several events that have helped shape the present and the future of the continent. | 1) Whistleblowers (2010-Present) | Julian Assange and…

WSWS (2019-12-31). Australian teachers' defence of Julian Assange welcomed by WikiLeaks supporters. wsws.org US comedian Jimmy Dore discussed the initiative on the December 19 edition of his "Jimmy Dore Show Podcast."

RT (2019-12-31). Only US govt-friendly apps allowed? Army bans soldiers from using TikTok over alleged Chinese 'cyber threat'. rt.com The US Army has banned personnel from using Chinese social media app TikTok, signaling that its soldiers should stick to platforms that march exclusively to Washington's tune. | An army spokeswoman confirmed on Monday that the Chinese app "is considered a cyber threat" and will no longer be allowed on government phones and mobile devices. The military had previously used the popular social media platform to reach out to potential recruits. | The decision comes less than two weeks after the US Navy banned the Chinese app from all government-issued mobile devices — citing the same alleged "cybersecurity thr…

Stansfield Smith (2019-12-31). The Coup in Bolivia: Lessons for our Movement. dissidentvoice.org The US engineered another coup, this time Bolivia, and again our movement could not effectively counter pro-coup propaganda the US was selling to the public, let alone taking any action to stop it. There is an imperative need for much greater long-term cooperative work to combat US interventions. Needed is a qualitatively higher level of …

teleSUR (2019-12-31). Evo Morales Condemns Expulsion of Diplomats from Bolivia. telesurenglish.net The expulsion of diplomats from Mexico and Spain by the de facto Bolivian regime is an act of contempt for international law, the democratically elected President Evo Morales said on Tuesday. Morales condemned the move by "the coup plotters," highlighting the fact that they have been hurting the Andean nation's diplomatic ties. | RELATED: | Spain Expels 3 Bolivian Diplomats in Tit-For-Tat Move | "The coup plotters seek legitimacy, but only exert violence against sister countries," Mora…

teleSUR (2019-12-31). Bolivia's TSE Ratifies MAS Participation for The 2020 Elections. telesurenglish.net The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Bolivia announced this Tuesday that the party "Movimiento al Socialismo" (MAS) will be able to participate in the general elections of 2020. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Condemns Expulsion of Diplomats from Bolivia | After rejecting two challenges and a written note requesting the cancellation of MAS's legal status, the TSE…

Orinoco Tribune (2019-12-31). IACHR Identified 68 Thousand Twitter Accounts Created in Support of Bolivia's de Facto Government. globalresearch.ca The Commission (an appendage of OAS) explained that since the (forced) resignation of Evo Morales, the accounts have supported hashtags such as #BoliviaLibreyDemocratica and #NoHayGolpeEnBolivia. | *** | The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) detected, as part of the campaign to …

WSWS (2019-12-31). Australia: Legal report documents "unlawful" police response to Melbourne climate protest. wsws.org The 45-page report exposes the increasingly repressive measures being employed by police around Australia against political dissent.

teleSUR (2019-12-31). Australia: Wildfires Paint the Sky Red, Create Lightning Storms. telesurenglish.net The 2020 New Year's Eve celebrations were overshadowed by deadly wildfires along Australia's eastern seaboard, where thousands of people sought refuge from the bushfires on beaches. | RELATED: | US, Australia, and More Snub Calls for Climate Action at COP25 | "The Australia bushfires are so big that they are generating 'pyrocumulonimbus' clouds, which create their own thunderstorms that can start more fires," reported the Insider, based on data provided by the Bureau of Meteorolo…

news.un (2019-12-31). 2019: The UN News year in photos. news.un.org From sustainable development to economic development, and human rights to humanitarian aid, UN News provides daily coverage across all of the Organization's key issues — health, migration, climate change and so much more.

Staff (2019-12-31). Fossil Fuel Industry Shifts from Climate Denial to "Youthwashing" therealnews.com For decades, the fossil fuel industry funded climate change denial campaigns aimed toward young people to sow seeds of doubt on climate science. As the climate crisis has worsened, it has made a subtle shift to what critics call "youthwashing.".

Peoples Dispatch (2019-12-31). Antonio García: "The government forgets that the conflict in Colombia has social, political and economic causes" peoplesdispatch.org Commander of the ELN, Antonio García, reflects on the mobilizations that have shaken the continent in the last couple of months and the response of the Colombian government to the mobilizations…

teleSUR (2019-12-31). Colombia: Over 10,000 Homicides, 230 Activists Killed in 2019. telesurenglish.net A total of 10,468 homicides have been officially recorded in Colombia between January and November 2019 according to the Foundation Peace and Reconciliation, corresponding to a rise of 2.34 percent compared with the previous year. | RELATED: | Colombian Attorney Asks to Stop Murder of Social Leaders | The Foundation's Director Ariel Avila highlighted the failure of the conservative government's "tough" approach against crime in the country in an interview with EFE. | The violence an…

Ellen Brown (2019-12-31). The Key to the Environmental Crisis is Beneath Our Feet. counterpunch.org The Green New Deal resolution that was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives in February hit a wall in the Senate, where it was called unrealistic and unaffordable. In a Washington Post article titled "The Green New Deal Sets Us Up for Failure. We Need a Better Approach," former Colorado governor and Democratic presidential candidate John More

Bel√©n Fern√°ndez (2019-12-31). How the US Made the So-Called 'Safe Third Countries' Unsafe. commondreams.org While the US arms industry is presumably feeling pretty secure right about now, it is safe to say many people in "safe third countries" are not. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-12-31). The impeachment crisis and US war plans against Russia. wsws.org The ferocity with which the entire US national security apparatus responded to a temporary delay in sending anti-tank missiles and radar to Ukraine raises the question: Is there a timetable for using these weapons in combat against Russia?

Staff (2019-12-31). Headlines for December 31, 2019. democracynow.org Protests Rage Outside U.S. Embassy in Iraq After U.S. Airstrikes Kill 24, Hate Crime Charges Filed Against Suspect in Hanukkah Stabbing in NY, Texas Church Shooter Had Long Criminal History, NYT: Top Officials Failed to Convince Trump to Release Withheld Ukraine Aid, Death Toll from Crackdown on Protests in India Rises to 27, Five Kashmiri Political Leaders Released from Detention, Sudanese Court Sentences 29 to Death for Killing Teacher in Anti-Protest Crackdown, Thousands Flee to the Ocean to Escape Australia Wildfires, Former Nissan Head Flees Japan to Lebanon to Escape Trial on Financial Crimes, New York Sett…

teleSUR (2019-12-31). 'China's GDP to Reach $14.37 Trillion in 2019', President Xi. telesurenglish.net During the New Year speech delivered on Tuesday, China's President Xi Jinping reviewed the economic, social, political, and scientific achievements of his country and announced that over 10 million people were lifted out of poverty in 2019. | RELATED: | China, Russia, Iran Hold Drills at The 'Maritime Safety Belt' | "Thanks to our steady pursuit of high-qualit…

WSWS (2019-12-31). Washington escalates Mideast war threat with strikes on Iraq, Syria. wsws.org Sunday's airstrikes are part of an increasingly reckless US imperialist intervention in the region directed against Iran.

teleSUR (2019-12-31). Russia: Iran Deal on Brink of Collapse Because of Washington. telesurenglish.net The international nuclear deal signed with Iran in 2015 is on the brink of collapse because of Washington's decision to withdraw, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday following a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif. | RELATED: | Trump Warns Syria, Russia, Iran Over Idlib Campaign | "This extremely important international diplomatic achievement, the Joint Plan of Action (JCPOA) for the Iranian nuclear program, is about to collapse," Lavrov told the pr…

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-31). US Middle East Forever Wars. globalresearch.ca Iraqis suffered from direct and indirect US aggression since Jimmy Carter's orchestrated Iran/Iraq war in the 1980s. | Eight years of bloody fighting produced stalemate. Then came GHW Bush's 1991 Gulf War on Iraq, followed by years of genocidal sanctions, Bush …

RT (2019-12-31). This is not a warning, it's a threat: Trump declares US embassy in Iraq safe, says Iran will pay 'big price' for attack. rt.com President Donald Trump has said that a US embassy in Baghdad has been secured by American and Iraqi troops, and threatened to hold Iran "fully responsible" for any damages or loss of life at any US facility. | "This is not a Warning, it is a Threat," Trump declared in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, adding that Iran will "pay a very BIG PRICE" for the embassy siege earlier in the day. ….Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities. They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat. Happy New Year!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump…

RT (2019-12-31). Unrest at US embassy reveals Iraqis are fed up with American 'occupiers'. rt.com Anti-American sentiment has taken deep root in Iraqi society and ultimately fueled the fiery siege of the US Embassy in Baghdad, as the locals blame Washington for the sorry state of Iraq, military and political analysts tell RT. | Chanting "Death to America" and "Death to Israel," a crowd of protesters surrounded the US diplomatic mission on Tuesday, angered by the death of two dozen Iraqis in US airstrikes against the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia over the weekend. | At one point, the mob set a checkpoint at the entrance on fire and attempted to storm the embassy. Dozens of people made it inside th…

RT (2019-12-31). Iran slams US 'audacity' to blame it for Baghdad embassy storming. rt.com Iran has flatly rejected US accusations that it is behind violent protests which broke out at the American embassy in Baghdad in response to US airstrikes on militia groups in Iraq. | In a tweet on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump accused Iran of "orchestrating an attack on the US Embassy in Iraq," and said Tehran will be held "fully responsible." Trump also called on "millions" of Iraqis to resist Iran. | Iran hit back at the "audacity" of Washington to blame Tehran for the attacks in a statement posted by the Foreign Ministry. | "America has the surprising audacity of attributing to Iran the protests of th…

RT (2019-12-31). Trump blames Iran for Baghdad embassy attack, promises US will 'always' respond strongly. rt.com President Donald Trump has blamed Iran for bombing a coalition base and orchestrating the storming of the US Embassy in Baghdad, as Iraqis rage at American airstrikes on militias in the country. | "Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many," the president tweeted on Tuesday. "We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the US Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible." | Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsib…

Miri Wood (2019-12-31). US Uses False Flag Op to Legitimize Bombing Iraq, Syria. globalresearch.ca In warfare, the False Flag is a ruse, used to legitimize the abandonment of military rules of engagement. Its name derives from ancient cheaters in nautical warfare. The Nazi Reichstag fire and the US Gulf of Tonkin are two infamous …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-12-31). The Syrian War: America's "War on Terror" Exposed. globalresearch.ca Syria's Foreign Minister Walid Muallem recently described the US as using the so-called "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) as "a scarecrow" the US uses to menace targeted nations all while secretly encouraging, protecting, and helping them "move from …

Fight Back (2019-12-31). U.S. Iraq embassy: "Closed by the peoples command" fightbacknews.org The authoritative Lebanese news site, Al Manar, carried this photo of the U.S. embassy in Bagdad, December 31. The spray-painting on the embassy wall reads, "Closed by the peoples command." Demonstrators have surrounded the embassy in response to U.S. air attacks in Iraq and Syria targeting the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), a grouping that played a major role in defeating ISIS. According to reports in the Iraqi press, police and soldiers were among those killed or wounded in the U.S. air attacks.

Peoples Dispatch (2019-12-31). US conducts airstrikes on Kataib Hezbollah targets in Syria and Iraq. peoplesdispatch.org Over 30 militia fighters were killed and 55 others injured in the US strikes which were a response to a rocket attack in which one US civilian contractor was killed…

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-31). What May Follow US Terror-Bombing Strikes on Iraqi Sites? globalresearch.ca What's most likely is more of the same, how the US operates under both right wings of its war party — at war on humanity at home and abroad, its killing machine making everyone unsafe everywhere. | Continued US aggression in …

teleSUR (2019-12-31). Iraq: Protesters Break Into the US Embassy in Baghdad. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of protesters sympathetic to the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) stormed Tuesday at the United States Embassy in Baghdad following deadly U.S. attacks against positions of that armed group on Sunday night. Neither the U.S. ambassador nor officials are inside the building. | RELATED: | Iraq Warns US Of Strained Relations After Overnight Strikes | The protesters managed to penetrate the diplomatic headquarters and burned part of the surrounding wall, as well as some secur…

Patrick Martin (2019-12-31). Donald Trump and America's Criminal Wars. globalresearch.ca On Friday, the New York Times published leaked videos and photos documenting US war crimes in Iraq. The material included a photo of a dozen US Special Operations soldiers posing with the corpse of a teenager they had just murdered….

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Iran's Supreme Leader hits back at Trump's 'big price' threat, says US 'took revenge' for defeating ISIS
rt.com | 2020-01-01
Giving a sharp rebuke to Donald Trump's threat to make Iran pay for an attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said tirades like this usually end up nowhere. | On the heels of the Tuesday siege of the US diplomatic mission in Baghdad, President Trump fired off a series of inflammatory tweets, vowing to hold Iran "fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities." Shortly thereafter, he took a different tone, saying he doesn't see a war with Iran coming. | But…
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Iran's Supreme Leader hits back at Trump's 'big price' threat, says US 'took revenge' for defeating ISIS
rt.com | 2020-01-01
Giving a sharp rebuke to Donald Trump's threat to make Iran pay for an attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said tirades like this usually end up nowhere. | On the heels of the siege on Tuesday of the US diplomatic mission in Baghdad, President Trump fired off a series of inflammatory tweets, vowing to hold Iran "fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities." Shortly thereafter, he took a different tone, saying he doesn't see a war with Iran coming. | B…
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Trump says he 'does not see war with Iran happening,' hours after issuing 'threat' to Tehran
rt.com | 2020-01-01
US President Donald Trump has said that the US is not gearing up for war with Iran, adding that he prefers peace to war. It comes just hours after the US leader upped the ante, making a pointed threat against Tehran on Twitter. | …
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Who is Pope Francis? Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Argentina's "Dirty War"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-01
Who was Pope Francis before he became Pope? And why was he chosen to become Pope? Jorge Maria Bergoglio, appointed "Provincial" of the Order of Jesus in Argentina was one of the main supporters –within the Catholic hierarchy– of Argentina's military dictatorship which came to power in March 1976.
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61 Years Strong: Cuba's Revolution Lives On Despite Blockade
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-01
A day that will forever live in the hearts and minds of free men and women around the world, Jan. 1, 1959 marked the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, as the military dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista ended under the leadership of Fidel Castro, Ernesto Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos, and Raul Castro, among others. | RELATED: | UN Overwhelmingly Votes in Favor of Resolution Ending US Blockade Against Cuba | And on its 61st anniversary, the ideals of socialist soci…
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The Town That Refuses to Drown
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-01
It'S 9 A.M. and a grey cloud that had been shrouding one of four mountains surrounding Temacapulín, in the highlands of western Mexico, has begun to lift. "SINCE THE SIXTH CENTURY, TEMACAPULÂN WELCOMES YOU." The bold white letters emblazoned on the side of one of the mountains, Cerro de la Cruz, emerge through the mist, Hollywood-style, as the town's inhabitants scurry to live up to the promise. It's the first day of the Tenth Annual Chile de Arból Fair and a steady rain has been threatening to flood the town's two-day festival of resist…
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We Are the Majority. We Must Turn That Into Power
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-01
Over the last decade, a national consensus has developed for a progressive left agenda on the economy, social services, the climate crisis and ending wars but the movement has not yet built the power to make that a reality. The next decade will be ripe with opportunities for transformational change due to a combination of expanding popular movements as well as escalating crisis situations. | Positive change will only occur if these movements evolve into an organized popular movement that truly represents the people's in…
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In 2020, Let's Recognize Immigration as a Reproductive Justice Issue
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-01
Nearly one year ago, in February 2019, a 24-year-old Honduran woman in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody went into premature labor while 27 weeks pregnant. The federal immigration agency failed to transport the woman to a hospital in a timely manner, and she gave birth to a stillborn at the Port Isabel Detention Center in Texas. Days after the news of this tragic story broke, I spoke to Nancy Cárdenas Peña…
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"3 Strikes, You're Out!" Strike 2: Impeachment
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-01
The notion of "3 strikes" is based on the old baseball slogan, "3 strikes, you're out!" In 1994, the federal government, along with other law-enforcement entities, rechristened 3-strikes to cover habitual-offender laws, drastically increasing prison sentences — including mandatory life sentences — for people convicted of a third serious crime. In the age of Trump, "3 strikes" is…
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Pompeo postpones Ukraine trip following Baghdad embassy attack
rt.com | 2020-01-01
US State Secretary Mike Pompeo has pushed back a planned trip to Ukraine, after protesters stormed the fortified American embassy in Baghdad. Pompeo was due to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday in Kiev, on the first leg of a five day jaunt to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Cyprus. The meeting would have been the highest-profile visit of an American official since the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for allegedly pressuring Zelensky into investigating Joe Biden's business dealings in the country. | Pompeo postponed the trip on Wednesday, AF…
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Dance, chant, sing: WATCH Indian soldiers send army-style New Year greetings
rt.com | 2020-01-01
Taking a break from the hard work of soldiering, Indian service members have been filmed sending a flurry of artistic New Year greetings to the nation, garnering applause on social media. | Deployed in the snowy Himalayan ridges of Kashmir, a bunch of soldiers try their best to show off their team spirit. Standing atop a mountain, their squad chanted some slogans before "wishing everybody a happy and a prosperous New Year." | Their brother-in-arms –serving tours of duty in the same region– staged a more sophisticated performance, singing a patriotic song while also dancing in unison. | Message to the…
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The Project of Erasing the Indigenous History of Kashmir
Nyla Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-01
Furthering its project of erasing the indigenous history of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Modi's BJP government has dropped Martyr's Day, July 13, and my maternal grandfather's birth anniversary, December 5, from the list of public holidays. I have always been amazed to see how much the BJP and the Sangh continue to invest in…
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Iraq: America's Other "Longest War"
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-01
As the calendar prepared to flip from 2019 to 2020, protesters stormed the US embassy in Baghdad. As I write this, the action — a response to US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria which killed at least 25 and wounded more than 50 — hasn't yet become a reprise of the Iran hostage crisis of 40 years ago, but it's eerily reminiscent.
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'Reckless escalation' or 'No more Benghazis'? Dems jeer & GOP cheers as Trump points finger at Tehran after Baghdad embassy attack
rt.com | 2020-01-01
A major partisan divide has formed around President Trump's handling of the situation in Iraq, with several Democrats blasting recent US airstrikes and troop deployments, and some in the GOP lining up to voice support. | Massachusetts senator and Democratic 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday took aim at the president for a US bombing raid ordered on an Iraqi militia over the weekend. American officials accused the group — Kataib Hezbollah — of carrying out a rocket attack on a US base with Iranian backing, which killed one American contractor, though they have yet to offer any evidence for the…
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US troops fire tear gas as protesters throw stones at embassy in Baghdad — reports
rt.com | 2020-01-01
Tear gas has been used to disperse angry crowds outside the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, a day after thousands of protesters attempted to storm the diplomatic compound, according to reports. | Dozens of protesters who'd camped overnight outside the gates of the embassy were attacked with tear gas by security personnel, reportedly after the demonstrators drew closer to the building. | Purported footage of Wednesday's clashes shows protesters shouting and throwing objects toward the compound walls, as thick smoke fills the air. Several bright flashes — likely from tear gas canisters being fired — can a…
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Donald Trump: "You Take the Oil"
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-01
Repost of a facebook compilation video of Donald Trump quotes about 'taking Iraqi oil' by Abizaid N. Alqassier published on Arabic language social media in November 2016. | Trump's voice is in English. | Trump's words have been translated into Arabic subtitles. …
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Iraqi protesters withdraw from US Embassy in Baghdad, some defy orders (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-01-01
Paramilitary leaders have ordered their supporters to leave the heavily fortified US Embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq, as American troops reinforced the besieged facility. However, some protesters stayed put. | Live footage from RT's video agency Ruptly showed protesters with Hezbollah flags withdrawing en masse in their vehicles. It was not immediately clear from the video how many have remained at the scene of clashes, where tear gas and stun grenades were reportedly fired again on Wednesday. | Hordes of protesters descended on Baghdad's American embassy — located inside the heavily fortified 'Green…
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US sending 750 troops to Middle East after Baghdad embassy siege — Pentagon
rt.com | 2020-01-01
Some 750 paratroopers from the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division are already on their way to Kuwait, and more may soon follow, after the US Embassy in Baghdad was stormed and nearly taken by angry Iraqi militiamen. | The 82nd's alert brigade was ordered to deploy on Tuesday evening, Fox News reported, citing multiple Pentagon officials, shortly before Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed the move. | "The United States will protect our people and interests anywhere they are found around the world," Esper said, announcing the deployment. | The initial force has already departed Fort Bragg, North Carolina on boa…
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Iraqi protesters withdraw from US Embassy in Baghdad (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-01-01
Paramilitary leaders have ordered their supporters to leave the heavily fortified US Embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq, as American troops reinforced the besieged facility. | Live footage from RT's video agency Ruptly showed protesters with Hezbollah flags withdrawing en masse in their vehicles. Some lingered behind at the scene of the clashes, where tear gas and stun grenades were reportedly fired again on Wednesday. By Wednesday evening, however, the US military stated that all had departed. | Hordes of protesters descended on Baghdad's American embassy — located inside the heavily fortified 'Green Z…
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Year of the Nurse and the Midwife highlights 'backbone' of health systems
news.un.org | 2020-01-01
The world will need an additional nine million nurses and midwives to achieve the commitment of providing all people with access to health care by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
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From dream to reality: Russia's 'Silicon Valley' to mark 10-year anniversary with new projects
rt.com | 2020-01-01
Russia's Skolkovo innovation center, which is marking 10 years since its founding, has ambitious plans for 2020 and beyond to continue promoting technology and helping small innovative startups grow into profitable companies. | Skolkovo Technopark was built from scratch almost a decade ago to create a platform for research and innovation in key spheres such as energy, IT, space, biomedicine, and nuclear technology. Now the complex has facilities spread around 800,000 square meters and hosts around 500 startups, while there are an additional 1,500 enterprises beyond its campus. Skolkovo hosts around 50 research…
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China drops tariffs on hundreds of Pakistani products as wide-ranging trade agreement takes effect
rt.com | 2020-01-01
A newly implemented deal between Beijing and Islamabad will eliminate tariffs on hundreds of products, a move which is expected to provide a billion-dollar boost to bilateral trade. | The Free Trade Agreement (FTA)–II, which started on Wednesday, will waive or ease 75 percent of tariffs imposed by each country, over a period of 15 years. Beijing will immediately drop tariffs on more than 300 Pakistani exports, including textiles and garments, seafood and leather. | In exchange, Islamabad has provided greater market access to Chinese raw materials and heavy machinery. | The deal, inked in April 2019, will…
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The 2020 Imperative Cease Being Mesmerised By Demons
Julian Rose | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-01
We have a vast global communication network at our fingertips, a significant part of which has long since been hijacked by the purveyors of 'the daily matrix'. But another part of which still manages to operate within a spectrum that gives a possibility for what we refer to as 'freedom of speech'. Used intelligently, this…
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When the Power of Pove Overcomes the Love of Power (Hendrix)
Gary Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-01
We will unsubscribe to hate Change our password and pray for the dead All the dead Ooooh oooooh oooooh Pink Floyd: Mother should have run for president This isn't just upsetting. What's been happening is a waste of time All I want right now is a pine-scented candle That is really all I want I'll tell you…
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When the Power of Love Overcomes the Love of Power (Hendrix)
Gary Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-01
We will unsubscribe to hate Change our password and pray for the dead All the dead Ooooh oooooh oooooh Pink Floyd: Mother should have run for president This isn't just upsetting. What's been happening is a waste of time All I want right now is a pine-scented candle That is really all I want I'll tell you…
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Trump, Democrats and the Lumpenproletariat Problem
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-01
The American Democratic Party has a problem with white working-class America–they lost them, or at least large segments of them to Donald Trump's Republican Party. Policy reasons may explain part of this. But a better explanation may be that these voters fit the description of what Karl Marx used to call the Lumpenproletariat–reactionary working class opposed to revolution or at least progressive politics. Understanding who these individuals are may be critical to Democrats winning in 2020.
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Metaphor, the Holy Bible and the Western Hero: Corrupting Jesus to Trump the Constitution
John Grant | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-01
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. — Matthew 7: 15 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. — Matthew 7: 18 Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. — Matthew 22: 39 (For Thompson Bradley) Over this…
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Interesting Work: Willie Mays, Lee Mendelson and Charlie Brown
Geoff Beckman | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-01
I don't believe in the "Do what you love and the money will follow" argot. A lot of times, it won't. I learned this from both my parents (who were therapists). You can be miserable at a high-paying job, leave it for one you like– but pays squat. Often you end up miserable because you…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/01/interesting-…

#GoBonobos in 2020
Susan Block | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-01
There it goes, Brothers and Sisters, Lovers and Sinners, another year, along with another whole decade, down the hatch, into the archives and off the table. Now the future unfurls at our feet, its composition too hazy to make out. Will it be a carpet of soft grass that puts a spring in our step?
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Pope Francis repeatedly SLAPS woman's hand after she YANKS him toward her (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-01
The world saw a different side of Pope Francis on New Year's Eve after the pontiff tore himself free from a woman who had grabbed his hand and pulled him toward her. | A woman seeking the Pope's blessing on New Year's Eve instead ended up enraging the pontiff after grabbing his arm to get his attention. A video of the altercation shows Francis walking through Vatican City as he greeted pilgrims. After reaching out to touch a child, a nearby woman seized his hand, jerking the religious leader around — a yank that appeared to cause him pain. | This evening after visiting the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Sq…
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Australia deploys military aircraft & navy ships to help fire-ravaged communities
rt.com | 2020-01-01
Australia has sent military aircraft and ships to relieve towns that have been caught in the violent infernos sweeping the country's southeast coast. Thousands of people have been forced to camp on beaches as they await rescue. | Wednesday's deployment used military helicopters and naval vessels to deliver water, food and fuel to areas that have been completely cut off by the fires in the states of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria. | An estimated 4,000 people in the Victorian coastal town of Mallacoota fled to the seashore on Tuesday, after winds pushed wildfires toward their homes. | At 3am on 1 January 202…
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Not the bees! Pentagon wants to use swarms of AI-powered drones for 'rescue' missions
rt.com | 2020-01-01
The Pentagon is combing the AI developer community to try to build a self-starting swarm of AI-enabled drones capable of recognizing and tracking a target — ostensibly for search and rescue, but potentially for search and destroy. | The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) issued a request (RFI) late in December seeking the latest and greatest in AI and drone swarm tech — and looking for clever ideas on how to combine th…
rt.com/usa/477239-pentagon-ai-drone-swar…

Australia deploys military aircraft & navy ships to help fire-ravaged communities
rt.com | 2020-01-01
Australia has sent military aircraft and ships to relieve towns that have been caught in the violent infernos sweeping the country's southeast coast. Thousands of people were forced to camp on beaches as they awaited rescue. | Wednesday's deployment used military helicopters and naval vessels to deliver water, food and fuel to areas that have been completely cut off by the fires in the states of New South Wales and Victoria. | An estimated 4,000 people in the Victorian coastal town of Mallacoota fled to the seashore on Tuesday, after winds pushed wildfires toward their homes. | At 3am on 1 January 2020, there…
rt.com/news/477249-australian-wildfires-…

Far Right Movements Suffered Big Losses in 2019. But They Are Far From Defeated
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-01
The U.S. far right continued to be very active in 2019. The good news is that, surveying their actions for the year, those far rightists outside of the GOP have had less growth and street presence than in 2018. Doxxing, lawsuits, a loss in interest from conservatives and state repression have all taken their toll. The far right's boom years of 2016 and 2017 are starting to fade away, but it remains an energized movement. The white nationalist wing was still far more active in 2019 than it was for…
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In 2019, the Far Right Suffered Big Losses. But They Are Far From Defeated
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-01
The U.S. far right continued to be very active in 2019. The good news is that, surveying their actions for the year, those far rightists outside of the GOP have had less growth and street presence than in 2018. Doxxing, lawsuits, a loss in interest from conservatives and state repression have all taken their toll. The far right's boom years of 2016 and 2017 are starting to fade away, but it remains an energized movement. The white nationalist wing was still far more active in 2019 than it was for…
truthout.org/articles/in-2019-the-far-ri…

It's the wrong guy! Two Ukrainian channels air oligarch Poroshenko's NYE address instead of president Zelensky's
rt.com | 2020-01-01
The political struggle in Ukraine never goes on holiday. The viewers of two local channels couldn't tell if it was 2019 all over again when they saw former president Petro Poroshenko delivering the traditional New Year address. | Puzzled viewers of Ukraine's 5 Kanal and Pryamiy channel discovered that the two seemingly preferred Poroshenko to the actual President Volodymyr Zelensky on New Year's Eve. The man was given airtime right before midnight, when the whole country gathered in front of their TVs with champagne-filled glasses. | But was it an epic fail or an epic provocation? The latter seems to be the…
rt.com/news/477279-poroshenko-zelensky-n…

Al-Assad insiste como prioritario eliminar terrorismo en Siria
teleSUR, pha, JCM | wp.telesurtv.net | 2020-01-01
El presidente de Siria, Bashar al-Assad, recibió en Damasco al principal asistente del ministro del ministro de Exteriores para Asuntos Políticos Especiales de Irán, Ali Asghar Khaji, quien explicó al mandatario los últimos adelantos en la reunión de Astaná. | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Irán denuncia a EE.UU por ataques en Siria e Irak | El funcionario iraní comentó que las discusiones tuvieron lugar sobre varios temas, especialmente sobre el Comité de Discusión de la Constitución y los desarrollos en la región s…
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The Lost Decade
John Vidal | zcomm.org | 2020-01-01
How We Awoke To Climate Change Only To Squander Every Chance To Act…
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Greta Thunberg SEX joke triggers outrage at disabled British comedian
rt.com | 2020-01-01
British comedian Rosie Jones has provoked a mass clutching of pearls on Twitter after she took aim at media's most sacred cow, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, with an X-rated joke during a TV show. | Appearing on Channel 4's 'The Last Leg' on New Year's Eve, Jones was asked what she thought of the 16-year-old campaigner, who was named Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year' for 2019. | "I think Greta's amazing and what she's doing is brilliant," the disabled comedian said. "But don't do it now." | She needs to live a little, she's only 16. She should be doing two things: drinking Lambrini and getting fin…
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Booked Up: the 20 Best Books of 2019
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-01
Best Nonfiction Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration Rachel Elise Barkow (Belknap Press) Dirty Jokes and Bawdy Songs: the Uncensored Life of Gershon Legman Susan Davis (University of Illinois) Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance Nick Estes (Verso) Music: a…
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Of Scrooges, and Sweeps, Body Snatching and Death on the Street: A Christmas Carol in Portlandia
Desiree Hellegers | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-01
In the midst of the Christmas, Hannukah crush, even for Wiccans and Pagans, it's easy to overlook a relatively recent national ritual that coincides with the solstice: Since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless designated December 21st, the darkest day of the year, National Homeless Persons Memorial Day. Personally, around this time of year,…
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Happy New Year, Riyadh!
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-01
'Tis the season for giving. Accordingly, the US has given the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia a gift in the form of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which President Donald Trump signed into law on December 21. The NDAA is not only a gift to the Saudis. The $738 billion in new defense spending the NDAA authorizes means a very Merry Christmas for the Pentagon and for Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and the like.
counterpunch.org/2020/01/01/happy-new-ye…

US Gov Blames Iraqi Protests On Iran With No Evidence, Despite The US Bombing Of The Iraqi Military
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-01-01
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (12/31/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
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Gobierno de facto de Bolivia desmiente que prepare ingreso a embajada mexicana
teleSUR, JGN | wp.telesurtv.net | 2020-01-01
El Gobierno de facto de Bolivia desmintió la noche del martes que estuviera preparando el inminente ingreso de las fuerzas del orden a la embajada y la residencia oficial de México en La Paz, con el presunto fin de cumplimentar varios órdenes de aprehensión. | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Tribunal Electoral de Bolivia ratifica habilitación del MAS para comicios | "ESTA NOTA ES FALSA. El contenido de la misma es un absurdo jurídico y fue elaborado para crear conflicto y debilitar el proceso democráti…
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Miles de chilenos reciben el Año Nuevo con protestas
teleSUR, JGN | wp.telesurtv.net | 2020-01-01
Miles de chilenos volvieron a colmar la Plaza Dignidad, en Santiago de Chile, para recibir el Año Nuevo con una cena masiva y enfrentando la represión de la militarizada policía de Carabineros, en el marco de las protestas antigubernamentales que se prolongan por más de dos meses. | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Cientos de personas despiden a manifestante fallecido en Chile | Los manifestantes recibieron el 2020 con una cena masiva en la Plaza Italia, rebautizada como Dignidad, bajo la consigna "Año Nuevo…
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Reportan 27 casos de neumonía viral en el centro de China
teleSUR, lsl, JGN | wp.telesurtv.net | 2020-01-01
Autoridades sanitarias chinas informaron el martes que los 27 casos de neumonía reportados en días pasados en Wuhan, capital de la provincia central de Hubei, fueron identificados como neumonía viral. | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Presidente de China desea un Hong Kong estable y próspero en 2020 | "En relación a la detección continua de casos de inflamación de pulmones de origen desconocido, pedimos a todas las instituciones médicas que mantengan estadísticas y controlen la situación de los pacientes e infor…
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Polémicas del primer año de Jair Bolsonaro en Brasil
teleSUR, JCM | wp.telesurtv.net | 2020-01-01
"Año terrible" vivieron los brasileños, tras 12 meses de la gestión del presidente derechista Jair Bolsonaro, que ha estado marcado por la controversia y la polémica en una variedad de temas, pero también su popularidad apunta a la baja, luego de haber llegado con un alto índice de apoyo de la ciudadanía. | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Aumenta sensación de inseguridad en la población brasileña | Bolsonaro arrancó su gestión el pasado 1 de enero de 2019 con una popularidad del 49 por ciento, mientras ahora solo…
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Presidente cubano Díaz-Canel celebra 61 años de la Revolución
teleSUR, JGN | wp.telesurtv.net | 2020-01-01
El presidente de Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, felicitó al pueblo cubano por el 61 aniversario del triunfo de la Revolución, que se celebra este primero de enero. | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Felicitan a Cuba por aniversario del triunfo de la Revolución | "Hay todas las razones para festejar. En el año 61 de la revolución nos tiraron a matar y estamos vivos. Vivos celebrando y empeñados en seguir ganando °Patria o muerte! °Socialismo o muerte! °Venceremos!", afirmó el mandatario de la mayor de las Antill…
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Papa Francisco condena violencia contra las mujeres
teleSUR, pha, JCM | wp.telesurtv.net | 2020-01-01
Este 1 ∞ de enero el Papa Francisco denunció el abuso contra la mujer en las sociedades modernas, como parte de su primer mensaje del año, y pidió el fin de la explotación femenina por su cuerpo, coincidiendo con la celebración del día de la Solemnidad de María Santísima Madre de Dios. | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Papa Francisco celebra su 83 ∞ cumpleaños | "Toda violencia infligida a la mujer es una profanación de Dios", dijo el pontífice en su primer sermón del año. | "Cuántas veces el cuerpo de la mu…
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Riña en cárcel mexicana deja un saldo de 16 muertos y cinco heridos
teleSUR, JGN | wp.telesurtv.net | 2020-01-01
Una pelea entre grupos de reos en una cárcel del estado de Zacatecas, en el norte de México, dejó un saldo de 16 personas muertas y cinco heridas, informó una fuente oficial. | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Destacan crecimiento económico durante 2019 en México | La Vocería de Seguridad Pública de Zacatecas informó en la red social de Twitter que "la tarde de este martes se registró una riña al interior del Centro Regional de Reinserción Social (Cerereso) Varonil, que dejó como saldo el fallecimiento de 16 Personas Privada…
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Corea del norte reanudará sus pruebas nucleares
teleSUR, JGN | wp.telesurtv.net | 2020-01-01
El líder de Corea del Norte, Kim Jong-un, informó este miércoles el fin de la moratoria en sus pruebas nucleares y anunció que en fecha próxima presentará una "nueva arma estratégica". | LEA TAMBIÉN: | Se reúne Comité Central de Trabajadores de Corea del Norte | Kim explicó que esta decisión es en respuesta a lo que llamó "estancamiento" de las negociaciones con Estados Unidos (EE.UU.) sobre la desnuclearización de la península coreana. | El dirigente del país asiático adelantó que en…
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India, Pakistan exchange lists of prisoners
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-01
In a gesture of normalcy amid tensions between the two countries, Pakistan and India on Wednesday exchanged lists of civilian prisoners in their custody.Despite tensions over the divided Kashmir region and other issues, the lists were exchanged simultaneously in Islamabad and New Delhi under a 2008 pact between the two countries.Pakistan handed over a list of 282 Indian prisoners (55 civilians and 227 fishermen) languishing in Pakistani jails to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, said a statement from Pakistan's Foreign Ministry.India, for its part, handed over a list of 267 Pakistan civilian prisoners and…
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'Iranian children have death risk under US sanctions'
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-01
Hundreds of Iranian children face death as a result of lack of medications due to U.S. sanctions, said Iran's health minister on Wednesday.In a letter to World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom, Saeed Namaki said the unilateral U.S. sanctions block shipments of medication and medical equipment.Contrary to U.S. claims that sanctions do not hinder medication and food trade, he said global firms don't sell medication or medical equipment to Iran as a result of the the unilateral sanctions."As you know, Iran became a victim of economic war carried out by the U.S. Washington's sanctions made it impossible to sup…
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Iraqi paramilitary groups tell supporters to withdraw from US Embassy perimeter
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-01
Paramilitary groups who have been protesting against U.S. air strikes in Iraq told their supporters to withdraw from the perimeter of the U.S. Embassy in Baghadad on Wednesday.The crowd did not actually begin withdrawing, according to a Reuters witness.The Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) umbrella group made the call in response to the Iraqi government's call for the protesters to disperse, it said in a statement.
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Indonesia rejects China's claims over South China Sea
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-01
Indonesia said on Wednesday it rejected China's claims over a disputed part of the South China Sea as "having no legal basis", after two days earlier protesting to Beijing over the presence of a Chinese coastguard vessel in its territorial waters.The boat trespassed into Indonesia's exclusive economic zone off the coast of the northern islands of Natuna, leading Indonesians officials to issue a "strong protest" and summon the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta.Speaking in Beijing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang had said China had sovereignty over the Spratly Islands and their waters and that…
yenisafak.com/en/world/indonesia-rejects…

Terrorist YPG/PKK kills 2 civilians in northern Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-01
The YPG/PKK terror group killed at least two civilians and wounded four in a car bomb attack in northern Syria, Turkey's National Defense Ministry said on Monday.The ministry said on Twitter that YPG/PKK terrorists had targeted the town of Tal Abyad but a Turkish military checkpoint blocked them from entering the town, and it exploded on the outskirts.The terrorist suspected of being responsible for the attack was arrested.The YPG/PKK terror group is targeting settlement areas under control of the Syrian National Army (SNA), which fought alongside the Turkish forces in Turkish-led anti-terror operations in northe…
yenisafak.com/en/world/terrorist-ypg-pkk…

'Plans excluding Turkey in the region are doomed to fail'
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-01
No plan in the region which excludes Turkey has any chance of success, said Turkey's vice president on Wednesday."Turkey's economy was balanced and disciplined in 2019, and now 2020 will see the start of new revival," Fuat Oktay told Anadolu Agency's Editors' Desk.On Turkey's pact with Libya last November demarcating maritime boundaries, he said it had foiled a plot to confine Turkey to land."No matter who is involved, no plan in the region which excludes Turkey has any chance of success," he stressed.Saying that Turkey is very active in the area designated in the deal with Libya, he said the deal is also benefic…
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OPINION: Status of US-China economic relationship: Complicated
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-01
By Vakkas Dogantekin- The writer is acting main chief correspondent for the Americas desk at Anadolu Agency's English service.ANKARA (AA) – World's biggest two economies, the U.S. and China have been mired in a trade and tariff war ignited by U.S. President Donald Trump who accuses the Asian country of stealing intellectual property from American companies and growing exponentially at the expense of American national interests.Trump and his former advisors — including Steve Bannon, a former senior ally who is seen as a major factor in the president's 2016 election win — designated China as the country's main ri…
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Somali forces kill 20 terrorists, liberate 7 villages
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-01
Somali forces on Wednesday carried out an operation against the al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group al-Shabaab in southern Somali, killing 20 al-Shabaab terrorists and liberating seven villages, said an army commander.Osman Abdimalik Malim, a special forces (Danab) commander, told local media that Somali forces liberated the villages in the lower Shabelle province after a military operation in the region.During the operation, in addition to killing 20 terrorists, the Somali forces wounded several others, he added.He said that the operation will continue until the group is wiped out the region.This operation comes fo…
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New Year brings hope, grief to Somali family devastated by bomb blast
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-01
As wounded men screaming for their mothers were brought into a Mogadishu hospital after a huge truck bomb on Saturday, doctors fought to save eight month-old Mohammed Hassan, whose mother was already dead.The baby had lost too much blood to cry, but on Tuesday, hooked up to oxygen tubes and IV and swathed in bandages – he flexed his uninjured hand, sending a waterfall of tears coursing down the cheeks of his father, Somali farmer Abdi Abukar Hassan."Oh thank God," Hassan exclaimed as his son moved for the first time after his right arm was shredded and his back torn by shrapnel in the bombing, which killed at lea…
yenisafak.com/en/world/new-year-brings-h…

Pope apologises for 'bad example' of slapping arm of pilgrim who tugged him
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-01
Pope Francis apologised on Wednesday for having angrily slapped a woman's arm when she had grabbed hold of his hand and yanked him towards her, saying he had lost his patience and set a "bad example".His unusual apology came after he used his first homily of the new year to denounce violence against women, which he compared to profaning God.Pope Francis, 83, had a sharp encounter with a woman on Tuesday evening during a walkabout in St. Peters Square.The pilgrim, who has not been identified, unexpectedly seized his hand and pulled him towards her, causing him evident alarm. A clearly disgruntled Francis wrenched…
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Stop The 2020 Olympics In Japan, End Nuclear Power & Nuclear Weapons
No Nukes Action | indybay.org | 2020-01-01
San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/near California | San Francisco…
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U.S. Sanctions: The Weaponization of the Global Financial System
Humanist Community in Silicon Valley | indybay.org | 2020-01-01
Mountain View Community Center | 201 South Rengstorff Avenue | Mountain View CA 94040…
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Emergency Eviction Support: Hold Down the House / Pack the Courtroom
Moms 4 Housing | indybay.org | 2020-01-01
Courtroom: | Hayward Hall of Justice | 24405 Amador Street, Hayward, CA 94544 | Moms' House: | 2928 Magnolia Street, Oakland, CA 94608…
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10 Good Things About 2019
Medea Benjamin | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-31
Impeachment, Trump, impeachment, Trump. It's hard to think of this year without obsessing about the occupant of the White House. But yes, there were lots of other events going on in the world this year. Some of them were tragic, like the coup in Bolivia, but some are hopeful and move us in a positive…
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"Then, I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as President." — "King" Donald Trump
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-31
Against Donald J. Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted narrow impeachment charges, despite key House Committee Chairs' arguments for broadening the impeachment charges. These veteran lawmakers, led by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, urged Speaker Pelosi to include the ten obstructions of justice documented in the Mueller Report. These House Committee Chairs also wanted…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/31/then-i-have-…

As Honduras Collapses, Its People are Forced to Flee
Laura Carlsen | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-31
Honduras is collapsing. The thousands of migrants who flee every day are direct testimony to a political, economic and social crisis that the world ignores and the U. S. government seems bent on perpetuating. Instead of examining the crisis behind the exodus, the Trump administration has set an intercontinental human trapline that captures thousands of the world's poorest and most persecuted men, women and children, and then converts their suffering into campaign fodder.
counterpunch.org/2019/12/31/as-honduras-…

India's Democracy is Facing an Existential Threat
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-31
Peaceful protests have been taking place across India. Every public event seems to be transformed into a demonstration against not only these laws, but the government itself. In Kolkata — from where I write these words — the annual Rainbow Pride Walk combined Gay Pride with opposition to these laws. Signs at the march read, 'No CAA' and 'No to Fascism.' The Indian flag — not often seen at these events — was everywhere, a symbol of the fight over how 'India' should be understood.
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Help Global Research Make It to 2020 and Beyond
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-31
Dear Readers, | As we're sure most of you will agree, 2019 has been a tough year for a lot of people for many different reasons. Undeniably, this has been another year of crisis, characterized by the plight of war, economic …
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We are the majority; we must turn that into power
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | nationofchange.org | 2019-12-31
We are building toward being a movement that can make transformational changes over the next decade.
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The Importance of Knowing Bethlehem
James J. Zogby | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-31
I have long been troubled by the way so many believing Christians in the West have either been ignorant of or turned their backs on the plight of Palestinians, both Christian and Muslim. Right-wing Evangelicals, under the sway of heretical …
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Police in Hong Kong Brutalized by Rioters, While Attacked by the Western Press
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-31
It is much more than what you are allowed to see. The Hong Kong police force are heroically fighting both the rioters and a complex and extremely dangerous international network which is aiming at destabilizing the People's Republic of China….
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Police in Hong Kong Brutalized by Rioters While Attacked by the Western Press
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-31
It is much more than what you are allowed to see. The Hong Kong police force are heroically fighting both the rioters and a complex and extremely dangerous international network which is aiming at destabilizing the People's Republic of China. Uighur, Taiwan, USA, EU — united against socialism and China I never saw such cynicism …
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Top 10 Events That Shaped North America in the 2010s
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-31
Over the course of the past decade, North America has experienced the rise of several social movements, such as #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, which have helped give voice to the voiceless and empower the oppressed. | While these movements helped bring necessary social change, the 2010s also witnessed the rise of the far-right under U.S. President Donald Trump, which has further divided people across the continent and world. | But as we look back at the 2010s, there are several events that have helped shape the present and the future of the continent. | 1) Whistleblowers (2010-Present) | Julian Assange and…
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Australian teachers' defence of Julian Assange welcomed by WikiLeaks supporters
wsws.org | 2019-12-31
US comedian Jimmy Dore discussed the initiative on the December 19 edition of his "Jimmy Dore Show Podcast."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/31/dore…

Only US govt-friendly apps allowed? Army bans soldiers from using TikTok over alleged Chinese 'cyber threat'
rt.com | 2019-12-31
The US Army has banned personnel from using Chinese social media app TikTok, signaling that its soldiers should stick to platforms that march exclusively to Washington's tune. | An army spokeswoman confirmed on Monday that the Chinese app "is considered a cyber threat" and will no longer be allowed on government phones and mobile devices. The military had previously used the popular social media platform to reach out to potential recruits. | The decision comes less than two weeks after the US Navy banned the Chinese app from all government-issued mobile devices — citing the same alleged "cybersecurity thr…
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Evo Morales Condemns Expulsion of Diplomats from Bolivia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-31
The expulsion of diplomats from Mexico and Spain by the de facto Bolivian regime is an act of contempt for international law, the democratically elected President Evo Morales said on Tuesday. Morales condemned the move by "the coup plotters," highlighting the fact that they have been hurting the Andean nation's diplomatic ties. | RELATED: | Spain Expels 3 Bolivian Diplomats in Tit-For-Tat Move | "The coup plotters seek legitimacy, but only exert violence against sister countries," Mora…
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The Coup in Bolivia: Lessons for our Movement
Stansfield Smith | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-31
The US engineered another coup, this time Bolivia, and again our movement could not effectively counter pro-coup propaganda the US was selling to the public, let alone taking any action to stop it. There is an imperative need for much greater long-term cooperative work to combat US interventions. Needed is a qualitatively higher level of …
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Bolivia's TSE Ratifies MAS Participation for The 2020 Elections
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-31
The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Bolivia announced this Tuesday that the party "Movimiento al Socialismo" (MAS) will be able to participate in the general elections of 2020. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Condemns Expulsion of Diplomats from Bolivia | After rejecting two challenges and a written note requesting the cancellation of MAS's legal status, the TSE…
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IACHR Identified 68 Thousand Twitter Accounts Created in Support of Bolivia's de Facto Government
Orinoco Tribune | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-31
The Commission (an appendage of OAS) explained that since the (forced) resignation of Evo Morales, the accounts have supported hashtags such as #BoliviaLibreyDemocratica and #NoHayGolpeEnBolivia. | *** | The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) detected, as part of the campaign to …
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Australia: Wildfires Paint the Sky Red, Create Lightning Storms
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-31
The 2020 New Year's Eve celebrations were overshadowed by deadly wildfires along Australia's eastern seaboard, where thousands of people sought refuge from the bushfires on beaches. | RELATED: | US, Australia, and More Snub Calls for Climate Action at COP25 | "The Australia bushfires are so big that they are generating 'pyrocumulonimbus' clouds, which create their own thunderstorms that can start more fires," reported the Insider, based on data provided by the Bureau of Meteorolo…
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Think Bigger, Get Louder
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-31
Words matter. | Words give form to ideas and make them matter, quite literally. Words hold enormous potential to spark change, violence, resolution and renewal. | In recent years, we've been shown in no uncertain terms how much raw force a single person's words can carry–how much impact they can have on millions, even billions, of lives. The national political climate is becoming as toxic as the air above our major cities, and the 2020 presidential campaign is only just heating up. | Luckily, journalism still matters. Here's a hint: If it didn't, there would be no need for our current president to keep rail…
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Fossil Fuel Industry Shifts from Climate Denial to "Youthwashing"
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-12-31
For decades, the fossil fuel industry funded climate change denial campaigns aimed toward young people to sow seeds of doubt on climate science. As the climate crisis has worsened, it has made a subtle shift to what critics call "youthwashing.".
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Australia: Legal report documents "unlawful" police response to Melbourne climate protest
wsws.org | 2019-12-31
The 45-page report exposes the increasingly repressive measures being employed by police around Australia against political dissent.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/31/mals…

2019: The UN News year in photos
news.un.org | 2019-12-31
From sustainable development to economic development, and human rights to humanitarian aid, UN News provides daily coverage across all of the Organization's key issues — health, migration, climate change and so much…
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Antonio García: "The government forgets that the conflict in Colombia has social, political and economic causes"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-12-31
Commander of the ELN, Antonio García, reflects on the mobilizations that have shaken the continent in the last couple of months and the response of the Colombian government to the mobilizations…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/12/31/antonio-g…

Colombia: Over 10,000 Homicides, 230 Activists Killed in 2019
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-31
A total of 10,468 homicides have been officially recorded in Colombia between January and November 2019 according to the Foundation Peace and Reconciliation, corresponding to a rise of 2.34 percent compared with the previous year. | RELATED: | Colombian Attorney Asks to Stop Murder of Social Leaders | The Foundation's Director Ariel Avila highlighted the failure of the conservative government's "tough" approach against crime in the country in an interview with EFE. | The violence an…
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The Key to the Environmental Crisis is Beneath Our Feet
Ellen Brown | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-31
The Green New Deal resolution that was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives in February hit a wall in the Senate, where it was called unrealistic and unaffordable. In a Washington Post article titled "The Green New Deal Sets Us Up for Failure. We Need a Better Approach," former Colorado governor and Democratic presidential candidate John…
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How the US Made the So-Called 'Safe Third Countries' Unsafe
Belén Fernández | commondreams.org | 2019-12-31
While the US arms industry is presumably feeling pretty secure right about now, it is safe to say many people in "safe third countries" are not. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The impeachment crisis and US war plans against Russia
wsws.org | 2019-12-31
The ferocity with which the entire US national security apparatus responded to a temporary delay in sending anti-tank missiles and radar to Ukraine raises the question: Is there a timetable for using these weapons in combat against Russia?
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/31/pers…

Headlines for December 31, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-12-31
Protests Rage Outside U.S. Embassy in Iraq After U.S. Airstrikes Kill 24, Hate Crime Charges Filed Against Suspect in Hanukkah Stabbing in NY, Texas Church Shooter Had Long Criminal History, NYT: Top Officials Failed to Convince Trump to Release Withheld Ukraine Aid, Death Toll from Crackdown on Protests in India Rises to 27, Five Kashmiri Political Leaders Released from Detention, Sudanese Court Sentences 29 to Death for Killing Teacher in Anti-Protest Crackdown, Thousands Flee to the Ocean to Escape Australia Wildfires, Former Nissan Head Flees Japan to Lebanon to Escape Trial on Financial Crimes, New York Sett…
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'China's GDP to Reach $14.37 Trillion in 2019', President Xi
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-31
During the New Year speech delivered on Tuesday, China's President Xi Jinping reviewed the economic, social, political, and scientific achievements of his country and announced that over 10 million people were lifted out of poverty in 2019. | RELATED: | China, Russia, Iran Hold Drills at The 'Maritime Safety Belt' | "Thanks to our steady pursuit of high-qualit…
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Washington escalates Mideast war threat with strikes on Iraq, Syria
wsws.org | 2019-12-31
Sunday's airstrikes are part of an increasingly reckless US imperialist intervention in the region directed against Iran.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/31/iraq…

Russia: Iran Deal on Brink of Collapse Because of Washington
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-31
The international nuclear deal signed with Iran in 2015 is on the brink of collapse because of Washington's decision to withdraw, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday following a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif. | RELATED: | Trump Warns Syria, Russia, Iran Over Idlib Campaign | "This extremely important international diplomatic achievement, the Joint Plan of Action (JCPOA) for the Iranian nuclear program, is about to collapse," Lavrov told the pr…
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US Middle East Forever Wars
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-31
Iraqis suffered from direct and indirect US aggression since Jimmy Carter's orchestrated Iran/Iraq war in the 1980s. | Eight years of bloody fighting produced stalemate. Then came GHW Bush's 1991 Gulf War on Iraq, followed by years of genocidal sanctions, Bush …
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This is not a warning, it's a threat: Trump declares US embassy in Iraq safe, says Iran will pay 'big price' for attack
rt.com | 2019-12-31
President Donald Trump has said that a US embassy in Baghdad has been secured by American and Iraqi troops, and threatened to hold Iran "fully responsible" for any damages or loss of life at any US facility. | "This is not a Warning, it is a Threat," Trump declared in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, adding that Iran will "pay a very BIG PRICE" for the embassy siege earlier in the day. | ….Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities. They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat. Happy New Year!– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump…
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Trump blames Iran for Baghdad embassy attack, promises US will 'always' respond strongly
rt.com | 2019-12-31
President Donald Trump has blamed Iran for bombing a coalition base and orchestrating the storming of the US Embassy in Baghdad, as Iraqis rage at American airstrikes on militias in the country. | "Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many," the president tweeted on Tuesday. "We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the US Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible." | Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsib…
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Iran slams US 'audacity' to blame it for Baghdad embassy storming
rt.com | 2019-12-31
Iran has flatly rejected US accusations that it is behind violent protests which broke out at the American embassy in Baghdad in response to US airstrikes on militia groups in Iraq. | In a tweet on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump accused Iran of "orchestrating an attack on the US Embassy in Iraq," and said Tehran will be held "fully responsible." Trump also called on "millions" of Iraqis to resist Iran. | Iran hit back at the "audacity" of Washington to blame Tehran for the attacks in a statement posted by the Foreign Ministry. | "America has the surprising audacity of attributing to Iran the protests of th…
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Unrest at US embassy reveals Iraqis are fed up with American 'occupiers'
rt.com | 2019-12-31
Anti-American sentiment has taken deep root in Iraqi society and ultimately fueled the fiery siege of the US Embassy in Baghdad, as the locals blame Washington for the sorry state of Iraq, military and political analysts tell RT. | Chanting "Death to America" and "Death to Israel," a crowd of protesters surrounded the US diplomatic mission on Tuesday, angered by the death of two dozen Iraqis in US airstrikes against the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia over the weekend. | At one point, the mob set a checkpoint at the entrance on fire and attempted to storm the embassy. Dozens of people made it inside th…
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US conducts airstrikes on Kataib Hezbollah targets in Syria and Iraq
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-12-31
Over 30 militia fighters were killed and 55 others injured in the US strikes which were a response to a rocket attack in which one US civilian contractor was killed…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/12/31/us-conduc…