Daily Archives: January 2, 2020

2020-01-02: News Headlines

Massoud Nayeri (2020-01-03). Assange and Manning: The Slow Execution of the Voices of Freedom. globalresearch.ca Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning have exposed corrupt officials and criminal politicians | Assange and Manning are prisoners of conscience | How to free Assange and Manning? | Be the Voice of Assange and Manning in your community by any needs necessary. | ***…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-01-03). Policing, Facial Recognition and Targeting Privacy. globalresearch.ca The chances for those seeking a world of solitude are rapidly run out. A good case can be made that this has already happened. Aldous Huxley's Savage, made famous in Brave New World, is out of options, having lost to …

Asad Ismi (2020-01-03). Old Money and New Questions in AMLO's Mexico. globalresearch.ca It's been nearly a year since the "leftist firebrand" Andrés Manuel López Obrrador (AMLO) took office as Mexican president, promising to end official corruption and state-linked violence, redistribute wealth to the poor and promote Indigenous rights. Shortly into his term, …

Staff (2020-01-03). Pentagon: U.S. Airstrike Kills Powerful Iranian General. truthdig.com BAGHDAD — The Pentagon said Thursday that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump. | An airstrike killed Soleimani, architect of Iran's regional security apparatus, at Baghdad's international airport Friday, Iranian state television and three Iraqi officials said, an attack that's expected to draw severe Iranian retaliation against Israel and American interests. | The Defense Department said Soleimani "was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region." I…

Bouthaina Shaaban (2020-01-03). Video: US Sanctions and the Caesar Act, Oil and Gas, Chemical Weapons, and the Syrian Response. globalresearch.ca The Caesar Act is one of the main topics discussed by the Media and Political Advisor in the Syrian Presidency Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban in a thorough must watch and learn from interview with Kamal Khalaf of Al-Mayadeen News channel. | Dr. …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-03). More US Fuel on the Middle East Fire: Trump Orders New Troop Deployment to the Region. globalresearch.ca Trump began 2020 with a bang by authorizing more US combat troops to the Middle East. | It's already ablaze from endless US wars of aggression on nonbelligerent states threatening no one. | The new deployment is an ominous new year's beginning, …

Staff (2020-01-03). Turkish Lawmakers Authorize Sending Troops to Fight in Libya. truthdig.com The move to support current government in Tripoli is seen as a threat to regional security and is denounced by Greece, Israel and Cyprus.

RT (2020-01-03). Pentagon says Trump 'directed' assassination of Iran's Quds Force chief Soleimani to 'deter future Iranian attacks'. rt.com US President Donald Trump authorized a US military strike near Baghdad's airport which resulted in the death of Iran's Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, the Pentagon confirmed in a statement on Thursday. | "At the direction of the president, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani," the Pentagon said in a statement. | "This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and interests wherever they are around the world." | The Pentagon said tha…

RT (2020-01-03). Iran Quds Force commander killed in strike on convoy at Baghdad Airport. rt.com The head of Iran's elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, has been killed in a strike near the Baghdad International Airport, along with senior leaders of the Iraqi Shia militia, the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps has confirmed. | The news of the commander's demise was carried by Iran's semi-official Fars news agency, citing The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. | #Baghdad #Iraq pic.twitter.com/eklxjmqTKV— Steven nabil (@thestevennabil) RT (2020-01-03). Greece, Israel & Cyprus ink EastMed gas pipeline deal amid Turkish outcry. rt.com Cyprus, Greece and Israel have signed a deal to construct a natural gas pipeline between the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe, drawing Turkey's ire as it pursues a foothold in the energy-rich region. | The agreement, signed on Thursday, kicks off plans for a 1,900km (1,180 mile) pipeline expected to carry some 10 billion cubic meters of gas into Europe yearly, set to be completed by 2025, after the parties to the deal agree on a final investment plan. | The Turkish Foreign Ministry wasted little time in protesting against the agreement, issuing a harsh statement predicting doom for the $7 billion venture soon…

Medea Benjamin (2020-01-02). A New Year and a New Trump Foreign Policy Blunder in Iraq. mintpressnews.com Trump's effort to blame Iran for this crisis is simply a ploy to divert attention from his own bungled policy. In reality, the blame for the present crisis should be placed squarely on the doorstep of the White House itself.

Staff (2020-01-02). Death Toll Rises in India as Protests Against Modi's Citizenship Law Intensify. truthout.org In India, the death toll amid the government's crackdown on widespread protests has risen to at least 27 people, and over 1,000 more have been arrested. The protests are against a controversial new citizenship law, which provides a path to Indian citizenship for undocumented immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan — unless they are Muslim. Opponents of the law say it's a step toward the official marginalization of India's 200 million Muslims. Paramilitary and police forces we…

Alan Macleod (2020-01-02). After 18 Years of US Occupation, Poll Finds Zero Percent of Afghans Thriving, 85 Percent "Suffering" mintpressnews.com Since the 2001 occupation of Afghanistan began, fighting has not stopped, destroying the country and leading to the U.S. spending an estimated $2 trillion on the war.

Staff (2020-01-02). Death Toll Rises in India as Protests Against Modi Government's Citizenship Law Intensify. democracynow.org In India, the death toll amid the government's crackdown on widespread protests has risen to at least 27 people, and over 1,000 more have been arrested. The protests are against a controversial new citizenship law, which provides a path to Indian citizenship for undocumented immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan — unless they are Muslim. Opponents of the law say it's a step toward the official marginalization of India's 200 million Muslims. Paramilitary and police forces were deployed in response to the demonstrations in Muslim-majority districts in Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi, and the intern…

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-02). Trump Regime Torture and Abuse of Chelsea Manning. globalresearch.ca In March 2019, Manning was imprisoned for invoking her constitutional right of silence. | She courageously refused to be part of the Trump regime's effort to frame and imprison Julian Assange longterm for the "crime" of truth-telling investigative journalism the way …

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Pentagon Confirms It Killed Iran's Soleimani on Trump's Orders. telesurenglish.net The United States Department of Defense confirmed Thursday night that its forces killed Iranian Major-General Qassim Soleimani "at the direction of the president." | RELATED: | Iran's Soleimani and Iraq's Muhandis Killed in US Air Strike | The statement call the assassination a "defensive action…aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans." Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump has not issued an official statement but only tweeted a U.S. flag with no caption. | There has bee…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Austria Coalition Deal Includes Anti-Migrant Policies. telesurenglish.net A coalition deal between Austria's conservative People's Party (OVP) and the Greens will include banning headscarves and preventive custody for potentially "dangerous" migrants, several Austrian media reported Thursday. | RELATED: | Austrian Conservatives and Greens Reach Coalition Deal | The deal includes raising the age until which girls are banned from wearing…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Mexican Ambassador Expelled From Bolivia Arrives in Her Country. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Ambassador to Bolivia Maria Teresa Mercado Tuesday arrived in her country after being expelled by Bolivia's de-facto regime after an incident starring Spanish diplomats at her residence. | RELATED: | Bolivia Expels Mexican Ambassador Amid Ongoing Diplomatic Row | On Dec. 30, the coup-born government led by Jeanine Añez gave Ambassador Mercado 72 hours to leave the Andean country as tensions escalated over Mexico's decision to grant asylum to former officials of Preside…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Evo Introduces Legal Team to Fight Coup Government Accusations. telesurenglish.net The constitutional president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, introduced the team of professionals who will advise him on legal matters, and that could assume his defense after the legal accusations against him. | RELATED: | Mexican Ambassador Expelled From Bolivia Arrives in Her Country | Lawyers Raúl Zaffaroni and Gustavo Ferreyra will integrate the team that will assume the legal role of defense and advice for Morales to confront the de facto government attacks that were imposed af…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Mexico Ratifies Asylum to Bolivian Refugees in Its Embassy. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) reaffirmed Thursday that he will not fall to "any provocation" and ratified that he will not hand over the former officials from Evo Morales government that have been granted asylum at his country's embassy in La Paz, Bolivia. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Condemns Expulsion of Diplomats from Bolivia | "The instruction they have is to assert the right of asylum, that we cannot waver in this matter of giving protection to those politica…

Staff (2020-01-02). Headlines for January 2, 2020. democracynow.org Iranian-Backed Militia Withdraws After Standoff at U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Reports: 9 Civilians Killed in Syrian Government Strike on School in Idlib, Wildfires Rage in Australia; Floods Kill 16 in Indonesia, Tens of Thousands Protest in Hong Kong on New Year's Day, Thousands March in Santiago, Chile, Against Austerity on New Year's Day, French Rail Workers' Strike Now Longest Since 1968, Netanyahu Asks Parliament for Immunity in Corruption Cases, 16 People Killed in Prison Riot in Zacatecas, Mexico, Pope Francis Condemns Violence Against Women in New Year's Day Speech, Scores of New Laws Take Effect Across the…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Chile: Mayor of Santiago City to Face Constitutional Accusation. telesurenglish.net Chile's lawmaker of the Social Convergence party Gabriel Boric Thursday confirmed that a coalition of progressive parties will present a constitutional accusation against the Santiago Metropolitan Mayor Felipe Guevara who is one of the authorities responsible for the brutal repression that the Military Police has been performing against citizens at Dignity Square. | RELATED: | Chileans Ring In New Year With Large Protest Against Regime | "Guevara is politically responsible for som…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Argentina: Fernandez to Send Legal Abortion Bill to Congress. telesurenglish.net On the last day of 2019, Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez confirmed that he will send to Congress a new bill to legalize abortion in his country. | RELATED: | Guatemala: Legislator Proposes Bill to Protect Underaged Rape Survivors | "It's a public health problem that needs to be resolved," Fernandez said and added that he doesn't wa…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Water-Related Violence Increased More Than 50% in 2010s: Report. telesurenglish.net Violence associated with the essential resource has soared over the past ten years, as shortages and extreme weather conditions contribute to a climate of mounting tensions in several parts of the world, with the Middle East and India as the most affected, according to the Pacific Institute's database of conflicts linked to water. | RELATED: | Major Water Shortage Hits Panama Canal Hindering Proper Functioning | Population…

Answer Coalition (2020-01-02). Sat. Jan. 4 National Day of Action U.S. Troops Out of Iraq! globalresearch.ca On Saturday, January 4 the ANSWER Coalition, CODEPINK and others are calling on people from around the United States to organize local demonstrations to demand: NO MORE U.S. TROOPS TO IRAQ OR THE MIDDLE EAST! U.S. OUT OF IRAQ NOW! …

teleSUR (2020-01-02). IACHR Requests Precautionary Measures for Former Ecuadorean VP. telesurenglish.net The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) requested Thursday precautionary measures in favor of former Vice President of Ecuador Jorge Glas, jailed since October 2017 after being sentenced to six years in prison as part of a case linked to the bribe plot of the Brazilian company Odebrecht which Glas denies to have taken part of. | RELATED: | Pabon: Fear and Persecution Can Hurt the Pillars of Democracy | Glas' attorney Fausto Jarrin announced it with a photograph that sho…

Aaron Maté (2020-01-02). OPCW leaks expose 'criminal' Syria cover-up — and US media is silent. thegrayzone.com The US media continues to ignore one of 2019's top scandals: a cover-up inside the OPCW, the world's top chemical…

The Grayzone (2020-01-02). Top 20 The Grayzone stories of 2019: From Venezuela coup attempt to Russiagate delusions, information warfare to new cold war. thegrayzone.com 2019 was a big year for The Grayzone. We traveled the world and broke many stories, exposing the empire's schemes…

Mideast Discourse (2020-01-02). US Navy Chief Says Only 'Regime Change' in Iran Can Stop Country's 'Provocative Actions' in Gulf. globalresearch.ca Russian and Chinese warships joined Iran's Navy and Revolutionary Guards vessels on Friday for four days' worth of maritime exercises in the Gulf of Oman and the northern Indian Ocean, simulating search and rescue, anti-piracy and shooting drills. | The US …

Ishaal Zehra (2020-01-02). India's Infringement over Nepal Border Area. globalresearch.ca As Nepal prepares to fix a date for holding talks with India to resolve the border issue, the seriousness of resolve on Indian side and depth of the issue must be realized. | The history of demarcation of India-Nepal border began …

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Pope Condemns Violence Against Women in New Year's Mass. telesurenglish.net Pope Francis condemned Wednesday violence against women during his first mass of 2020, on the day that the Catholic Church commemorates the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. | RELATED: | Another Brutal Gang Rape and Murder Shakes India | "Women are a source of life. However, they are continually offended, beaten, raped, forced to prostitute themselves and to eliminate the life they carry in the womb. All violence inflicted on women is a desecration of God, born of a woman," the pont…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Iran's Soleimani and Iraq's Muhandis Killed in US Air Strike. telesurenglish.net Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were killed late on Thursday in an airstrike on their convoy in Baghdad airport, an Iraqi militia spokesman told Reuters. | "The American and Israeli enemy is responsible for killing the mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani," said Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces umbrella grouping of Iran-backed militias. | According to sources cited by the Lebanese channel Al Mayadeen, the explosions occurred in the vicinity of an Iraqi Air Force base, wes…

Staff (2020-01-02). Could a "New Civil War" Erupt in Iraq as U.S. and Iran Fight for Influence in the Country? democracynow.org In Iraq, Iran-backed militia members withdrew from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad's heavily guarded Green Zone on Wednesday after being tear-gassed by American security forces. Their withdrawal ended a tense standoff that began Tuesday when militia members broke through the embassy's reception area chanting "Death to America" while thousands rallied outside to protest a slew of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria that killed at least 24 members of the Iranian-backed militia Kata'ib Hezbollah. The U.S. airstrikes came after an American contractor was killed in a rocket attack in Kirkuk, Iraq, Friday. The embassy withdr…

Staff (2020-01-02). Could a New Civil War Erupt in Iraq as the US and Iran Vie for Influence? truthout.org In Iraq, Iran-backed militia members withdrew from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad's heavily guarded Green Zone on Wednesday after being tear-gassed by American security forces. Their withdrawal ended a tense standoff that began Tuesday when militia members broke through the embassy's reception area chanting "Death to America" while thousands rallied outside to protest a slew of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria that killed at least 24 members of the Iranian-backed militia Kata'ib Hezbollah. The U.S. ai…

Thomas L. Knapp (2020-01-02). Iraq: America's Other "Longest War" globalresearch.ca 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 …

Adam Dick (2020-01-02). Shutter the Gigantic US Embassy in Iraq. globalresearch.ca This week, amid protests by people upset with United States intervention in Iraq, individuals forced their way into and damaged the US embassy compound in Baghdad. In response, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper declared on Tuesday that 750 …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-02). Public Rage in Baghdad over US Terror-Bombing Strikes. globalresearch.ca In response to last Sunday's terror-bombing strikes by Pentagon warplanes that killed over two dozen Kata'ib Hezbollah members of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces, wounding many others, Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi called what happened "a dangerous aggravation which endangers the …

Staff (2020-01-02). "The Genocidal Regime Is Still in Power": Assad Forces Push into Idlib, Last Rebel Stronghold. democracynow.org The United Nations says a quarter of a million people have fled the Russian-backed Syrian government offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib. Aid groups are now warning the offensive in Idlib could become the worst humanitarian crisis in the nine-year war in Syria. Nearly 200,000 Syrian civilians have fled toward the Turkish border as Syrian government ground troops advance into Idlib, the last major rebel-held territory, where about 3 million people live. Displaced civilians have sought refuge in several camps along the border, where they struggle with harsh winter conditions, flooding and mud due to hea…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Algeria Appoints New Cabinet Amid Political Crisis. telesurenglish.net Newly-elected President of Algeria Abdelmadjid Tebboune appointed Thursday the members of his new cabinet led by Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad who was nominated Saturday. | RELATED: | Tunisian PM-Designate Presents Cabinet to President | Tebboune and Djerad have kept several important posts unchanged, apparently signaling continuity in the state's major policies. Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum, Energy Minister Mohamed Arkab and Interior Minister Kamel Beldjoud will continue in their…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). African Migrants in Egypt Face Increasingly Violent Racism. telesurenglish.net Sub-Saharan African migrants who flee war, violence, and poverty in their homelands face huge racial harassment and discrimination in Egypt, an Associated Press investigation revealed Thursday. | RELATED: | Libya Militias Divert EU Funds for Migrants, Exploit Them: Report | In Egypt's capital Cairo, reporters have been visiting migrant communities, where at least two dozen sub-Saharan Africans, including four children, recounted the racist insults, sexual harassment, and othe…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Turkish Parliament Approves Bill to Deploy Military to Libya. telesurenglish.net The Turkish Parliament passed a bill on Thursday that approves the deployment of the country's armed forces to the North African nation of Libya in order to assist the U.N.-recognized Government of National Accord troops in Tripoli. | RELATED: | Libya Militias Divert EU Funds for Migrants, Exploit Them: Report | According to the state-owned Anadolu Agency, the Turkish Parliament passed the bill with a 325 -184 vote in favor of deploying the armed forces to Libya. | Due to the…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). US Border Militia Leader Pleads Guilty to Weapons Charge. telesurenglish.net United States leader of a far-right armed militia Larry Hopkins, 70, pleaded guilty Thursday to federal weapons charges, prosecutors and a defense lawyer informed. | RELATED: | FBI Arrests Leader of Militia Stopping Migrants in New Mexico | A U.S. Attorneys' spokeswoman said that during a hearing in federal court in New Mexico, Hopkins had admitted to being in possession of nine firearms and ammunition for those weapons at the time of his arrest in April. | Hopkins, who has fou…

Eds. (2020-01-02). Social program meets goal, delivers 3 million homes. mronline.org The new goal of the social housing program is to deliver at least 500,000 new dwellings in 2020. | Source

Binoy Kampmark (2020-01-02). Hypersonic Putin and Gonzo Weaponry. counterpunch.org Weapons of dazzling murderousness have always thrilled military industrial establishments. They make money; they add to the accounts; and they tickle the pride of States who manufacture them. From time to time, showy displays of restraint through arms limitation agreements are made. These can apply to either the offensive element of such weapons, or their More

Ramzy Baroud (2020-01-02). Archbishop Atallah Hanna: The Palestinian Christian Leader Israel Loves to Hate. mintpressnews.com Archbishop Hanna has been on Israel's radar for many years, as his kind of leadership is problematic from the viewpoint of a hegemonic power that requires utter and absolute submission.

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-02). Failure of Trump-Kim Dialogue: North Korea to Continue Developing Strategic Nuclear Weapons and Missiles. globalresearch.ca In remarks during Pyongyang's yearend Plenary Meeting, Kim Jong-un said his government will continue development of strategic weapons because of US hostility toward the country, adding he'll no longer be bound by an ICBM test moratorium. | Pyongyang's KCNA news agency …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-02). Netanyahu Seeking Immunity from Prosecution? globalresearch.ca According to the Times of Israel, citing a Channel 13 report, Netanyahu "has made a final decision to ask the Knesset to grant him immunity from prosecution in three corruption cases and informed Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein in writing of …

Staff (2020-01-02). 2 Democrats Join Republicans to Ask Top Court to Overturn Roe v. Wade. truthdig.com This article was originally published on Common Dreams. | Reproductive rights advocates on Thursday seized on an amicus brief signed by more than 200 members of Congress, including two conservative Democrats, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider overturning Roe vs. Wade. | The brief was signed by 168 members of the House and 39 senators. The two House Demo…

Staff (2020-01-02). Rojava's Revolution Begins in the Classroom. truthout.org From the start of the Rojava revolution in 2012, the Syrian regime has maintained control of a small area of the regional capital, Qamishli. Symbolic of its ongoing power and threat of return, members of the Syrian regime forces patrol what is called "security square," or the Christian quarter. On the roundabout just outside the square stands a statue of President Bashar al-Assad set against the backdrop of the Syrian flag, with posters of martyrs who have died fighting for the regime. | At the next roundabout in the part of…

Carla Stea (2020-01-02). Syria and the Politicization of Human Rights: Double Vetoes and Paralysis at the UN Security Council. globalresearch.ca "The current situation in Syria is precisely caused by the erroneous actions of some countries. It is these countries that should really reflect on and answer the series of questions before us. If they really care about the Syrian people …

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Interpol Issues Arrest Warrant to Lebanon for Ex-Nissan Boss. telesurenglish.net Interpol issued an arrest warrant to Lebanon on Thursday for the former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, who recently escaped from Japan to Turkey. | RELATED: | Lebanon: Hundreds of Displaced Syrians Return Home | The Interpol red notice was given to the Lebanese authorities and has not been referred to the country's judiciary, Reuters reported on Thursday. | In similar cases in the past, Lebanon has seized the passports of the wanted citizens, but they do not detain them. | Ghosn, who was facin…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). 'Venezuela Moves Towards a Thriving Economy' President Maduro. telesurenglish.net During an interview granted on Wednesday, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro assessed the year 2019 and made a socio-political and economic prospect for 2020. | RELATED: | Latin America: A Decade in Review | "We had to regulate public spending and prioritize every single dollar available to buy medicine, food, and vital supplies," Maduro said. | "The economy started to self-regulate. Private sector doll…

Tania Hary (2020-01-02). The UN Predicted Gaza Would be "Unliveable" by 2020. Israel's Deliberate Plan to "Destroy Life" in Palestine? globalresearch.ca While revelers around the world are making new year's resolutions for 2020, in the Gaza Strip, a different kind of assessment is taking place as Palestinians try to determine whether, or how, they can survive the next 10 years. In …

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Gaza Officials Claim PA Helped Israel Kill Islamic Jihad Chief. telesurenglish.net Gaza officials made public Thursday a recording of a phone call allegedly between a Palestinian Authority (PA) intelligence officer and Israel, accusing the PA of having assisted Israel in the killing of senior Islamic Jihad leader Bahaa Abu al-Ata in November. | RELATED: | On the Road to Gaza: The Freedom Flotilla Will Sail Again | In the recording,…

Robert Hunziker (2020-01-02). Kill GDP to Help Save the Planet. counterpunch.org There's a problem with America's favorite statistic: GDP. It avoids pretty much everything that's actually, truly, really good for society, including the importance of robust ecology. Still, it's the biggest measure of what's happening with the economy and used around the world, even though horribly flawed. According to some forward thinkers, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), More

Gaither Stewart (2020-01-02). Our Nazis: the Gehlen Org. counterpunch.org In February 2019 Germany opened a brand new intelligence complex in the city of Berlin. The new headquarters of the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst or Federal Intelligence Service) occupies a huge space—by the way, much as STASI or State Security Service once did in East Berlin the former German Democratic Republic—and supposedly employs a total of over More

Nino Pagliccia (2020-01-02). Cuba's Revolutionary Origins: a Personal Reflection. counterpunch.org Some time ago in another late December my partner in life commented that she liked beginnings in reference to the approaching new year. I became immediately aware that other traditions may have a calendar different from the Gregorian calendar and the beginning of their new year may take place at a different time. But the More

Hanna Kawas (2020-01-02). Canada, Israel and the UN Security Council. globalresearch.ca Canadian activists have compiled a study of Canada's 2019 voting record at the United Nations on resolutions [see list below] that document and censure Israeli violations of international law. | There was much fanfare made about Canada's orphan "yes" vote at …

Staff (2020-01-02). Democrat Julián Castro Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race. truthdig.com AUSTIN, Texas — Former Obama housing secretary Julián Castro, the only Latino in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race, on Thursday ended his campaign that had pushed the field on immigration and swung hard at rivals on the debate stage but never found a foothold to climb from the back of the pack. | "I'm so proud of the campaign we've run together. We've shaped the conversation on so many important issues in this race, stood up for the most vulnerable people and given a voice to those who are often forgotten," Castro said in an online video. "But with only a month until the Iowa caucuses, and given…

Staff (2020-01-02). A Growing Movement Shows There Is an Alternative to Capitalism. truthout.org The profit-driven economy is being tested by new visions of wealth-building models outside of mainstream capitalism. These cooperative structures form part of a new system that envisions a service to the public good instead of the shareholders' balance sheets. As global demands for economic justice grow, can this new economy reshape the way we think about ownership and pension strategies? What are the setbacks in implementing these programs, and who is doing the work on the ground? Helping to unpack these…

Staff (2020-01-02). Today's Concentration Camps Go by Many Names, But They're Still Open. truthout.org "The use of concentration camps changes the world, but going forward, the most predictable outcome of their use is a world with more camps." | Today we use a lot of euphemisms: re-education camps, internment, work camps, prison camps, camps for internally displaced people. But before world war one, these prisons were known simply as concentration camps and they started in Cuba in the 1890s to control an uprising against the Spanish colonizers. Since then, concentration camps have proliferated across the globe, and have become the…

Staff (2020-01-02). Plastics Industry's Greenwashing Aggravates Environmental and Health Crises. truthout.org Janine Jackson: Those of a certain age will remember a TV spot in which a Native American man — the actor was Italian-American, it turns out, but never mind — surveys a roadside full of discarded bottles and bags, and a single tear rolls down his cheek. Memorable and impressive, the spot did a couple of things: It located the responsibility for pollution at the level of the individual — the litterbug — and it suggested that the big problem with these plastic bags and bottle…

Staff (2020-01-02). All Students Should Receive Free School Meals. truthout.org In Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, an area with a poverty rate of 13.8 percent, about 1,000 families received letters in August warning that unless their arrears were paid in full, they could be taken to Dependency Court for negligence. "The result may be your child being removed from your home and placed in foster care," threatened the missive, which was sent a month before the 2019-2020 school year began…

Staff (2020-01-02). Fighting for Reforms Isn't Enough. It's Time We Reach for Prison Abolition. truthout.org It's time to drastically reconsider what safety means to our communities. | Even as we fight to pass incremental reforms to the prison-industrial complex, we must do so through an unapologetic lens that rejects the idea that reformism is enough. | While we understand that these incremental reforms are the individual trees that get us closer to dismantling the system, we must be clear that the forest beyond those trees must be full-on abolition. | My experiences as a grassroots organizer have made…

Staff (2020-01-02). Against Lunch Shaming? Provide Universal Free School Meals to All Students. truthout.org In Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, an area with a poverty rate of 13.8 percent, about 1,000 families received letters in August warning that unless their arrears were paid in full, they could be taken to Dependency Court for negligence. "The result may be your child being removed from your home and placed in foster care," threatened the missive, which was sent a month before the 2019-2020 school year began…

Staff (2020-01-02). Julián Castro Ends 2020 Bid by Listing Names of People of Color Killed by Police. truthout.org Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, who was the only Latino candidate in the Democratic presidential field, announced that he would end his 2020 campaign on Thursday. | Castro, who is also a former mayor of San Antonio, formally announced that he would drop his primary bid after failing to qualify for the last two Democratic debates. | "I've determined that it simply isn't our time," Castro said in a campaign video. "Today, it's with a heavy heart and profound gr…

Jim Miles (2020-01-02). I'm Waiting …but in the Meantime…. What is the Future of Humanity? globalresearch.ca Essentially there are …

Prof Rodrigue Tremblay (2020-01-02). The Decline of Democracy in the 21st Century. globalresearch.ca "In general, unfortunately, the qualifications required to gain power and keep it have almost no connection with those required to govern with competence and impartiality." — Jean-Franàßois Revel (1924-2006), French author and philosopher. (In 'Ni Marx ni Jésus', 1970, p. …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-01-02). Who Is Really in Control of US Foreign Policy? globalresearch.ca Baron Nathan Mayer de Rothschild once said "I care not what puppet is placed on the throne of England to rule the British Empire on which the sun never sets. The man that controls Britain's money supply controls the British …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-01-02). Africa in Review 2019, From Internal Crises and Conflict to Internationalism. globalresearch.ca Since mid-2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been stricken with another Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak largely impacting the northeastern region of the vast mineral-rich nation in Central Africa. | EVD has its origins in the DRC during the …

James ONeill (2020-01-02). The West's Present "Misconduct" Has a Long History. America's Proclivity for War. globalresearch.ca One of the persistent themes of western political leaders is that they support the notion of "the rule of law". By this they generally mean the system of law as developed by western nations, and in the international context the …

Yuri Martins Fontes (2020-01-02). O fascismo brasileiro é racista, nà£o nacionalista. globalresearch.ca A professora Marilena Chauí, em recente artigo sobre o novo movimento ultrarreacionário (que ascendeu e já dá mostras de cair), afirma que essa extrema direita neoliberal nà£o deve ser denominada "fascista", pois que pratica o enfraquecimento do Estado (conforme receita …

Sondus Ewies (2020-01-02). Israel Demolishes Newly Built Houses of Palestinian Families on New Year's Day. globalresearch.ca Israeli forces demolished two houses 0n Wednesday belonging to Palestinian families in the Silwan neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. | After two years of construction, the al-Khalialeh families had made ready their houses to move into …

Staff (2020-01-02). The Devastation of the Australian Wildfires Almost Defies Belief. truthdig.com Ecologists at the University of Sydney estimate as many as half a billion animals have perished in the blaze, including entire species.

Alan Macleod (2020-01-02). Insulin Prices Triple Since 2010, Leaving Americans to Ration or Travel Abroad for Affordable Meds. mintpressnews.com According to surveys, over one in four American diabetics ration their insulin, putting their lives at risk because they cannot afford the cost of constantly injecting $290 medicine into their bodies.

Brian Horejsi (2020-01-02). The Public Trust is Slipping Away. counterpunch.org A Happy New year to all. When the holidays come along traditionalists, and there are many of us in this country, view it as a time to celebrate what good fortune we've had and the lives we've been able to carve out for ourselves. Needless to say, the degree to which people participate, and the More

George Ochenski (2020-01-02). 2020: Buckle Up for a Rough Ride. counterpunch.org Here we are, saddle pals, heading into a new year, a new decade and a host of new elections nationwide. It would be wonderful to say it's going to be a great year ahead, but that would require some serious myopia on the challenges facing the nation and world. Realistically, it's going to be a More

Shawn Fremstad (2020-01-02). Should We Care How Many People LBJ Would Think are Poor Today? counterpunch.org In a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper, Richard Burkhauser and his coauthors argue that only 2.3 percent of Americans lived in poverty in 2017, if we define poverty in the way they claim "President Johnson defined it." By comparison, the OECD put the US poverty rate at 17.8 percent using the More

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Strauss's 'De-Nazified' Radetzky March Ring in Vienna's NYE. telesurenglish.net Once again, the Vienna Philharmonic has greeted New Year with its traditional concert and for its 80th-year event organizers left some space for Beethoven among the members of the Strauss family, and showcased a "de-Nazified" version of the "Radetzky March." | RELATED: | Syd Mead, Conceptual Artist Behind 'Blade Runner,' Dies at 86 | The main celebration was the 250th anniversary of the birth of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, who composed iconic pieces in Vienna. | The condu…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Sanchez on His Way to Investiture: ERC Will Abstain. telesurenglish.net After months of dialogue with the Government, Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) finally decided it would abstain during the Spanish parliament's upcoming vote to confirm Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez as prime minister, potentially ending the prolonged national political deadlock. | RELATED: | Spain Coalition Govt Plans Hike on Taxes for Rich, Minimum Wage | This move would end the unstable political situation which ruled the country throughout 2019, with two inconclusive…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Top Taiwanese Army Chief Killed in Helicopter Crash. telesurenglish.net At least eight people were killed on Thursday after a Black Hawk military helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in the Wulai District of northern Taiwan, Taiwanese officials announced. | RELATED: | Trump Admin Approves F-16 Fighter Jet $8B Sale to Taiwan | In the helicopter, were 13 people military personnel, including senior officials from the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense. Among the Ministry of Defense officials in the helicopter was the Taiwanese Chielf-of-Staff, Shen…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Israel, Greece, Cyprus to Sign Pipeline Deal in Mediterranean. telesurenglish.net The Mediterranean nations of Greece, Cyprus and Israel are expected to sign a new agreement to build a large pipeline that stretches nearly 2,000 kilometers across the sea. | RELATED: | Israel's Top Court Hears Case on Netanyahu's Political Future | If the agreement goes through, the subsea pipeline will be able to carry natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean region to the developing gas industry in southern Europe. | According to the Reuters News Agency, the three countries…

teleSUR (2020-01-02). Netanyahu: I'll Request Immunity to Avoid Corruption Trial. telesurenglish.net Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Wednesday in a live television appearance that he will ask the Knesset — Israel's parliament — for immunity to avoid being brought to trial in three corruption cases. | RELATED: | Israel's Top Court Hears Case on Netanyahu's Political Future | "I intend to make a request to the…

RT (2020-01-02). Balloon with Austrian girl's Christmas wishes miraculously lands in Russian villager's yard & he proves Santa is real. rt.com A helium balloon traveled more than 2,500km by air from a tiny Austrian town to a mountainous village in Russia's North Caucasus, prompting one of this year's most amazing Christmas stories. | Amin, a farmer from the village of Krasny Kurgan in Russia's southern Karachay-Cherkess Republic, told the Mash Telegram channel about how he became a real life Santa. | Straight out of a fairy tale, the story began one day in mid-December when Amin spotted a white helium balloon falling from the sky and right into his backyard. The farmer took interest in the unusual "intruder" and discovered that it had a handwritten l…

RT (2020-01-02). 'Will they go to Italy?' Indian minister rallies behind citizenship law, says other nations won't take 'poor' Hindus. rt.com India's Home Minister G. Kishan Reddy said it was imperative that persecuted religious groups in neighboring countries be granted Indian citizenship, arguing they have nowhere else to go. | Speaking in the context of the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Act, which fast-tracks Indian citizenship for religious groups fleeing persecution in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Reddy said India must pick up the slack for other nations unwilling to take in poor refugees, singling out Italy by name. | "It's our moral responsibility to give citizenship to the minorities [from three neighboring Muslim countries]…

RT (2020-01-02). Belgium suspends extradition warrant on Catalan independence leader Puigdemont. rt.com A Belgian court has suspended the extradition of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, citing his immunity as a member of the European Parliament, the pro-independence politician has confirmed on his Twitter. | The court ruled in favor of Puigdemont and another pro-independence politician, Toni Comin, who served as health minister in the exiled leader's former government. Both politicians are now residing in Belgium, and are wanted in Spain on charges of sedition over their role in organizing a banned Catalonia independence referendum in 2017. | Belgian justice recognizes our immunity and decides to susp…

RT (2020-01-02). China-UK stock trade scheme 'suspended' over Britain's stance on Hong Kong protests. rt.com A financial scheme linking investors in London and Shanghai, and launched last year, has reportedly been put on pause by Beijing in response to what is perceived as British meddling in the ongoing Hong Kong protests. | The Shanghai-London Stock Connect allows certain companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and the Shanghai Stock Exchange to issue depositary receipts on the other bourse. This offers international investors a backdoor access to the Chinese financial market, s…

RT (2020-01-02). India launches free Wi-Fi on Delhi Metro with help from Russian telecoms firm. rt.com Free high-speed Wi-Fi has been launched on the underground metro system in India's capital, Delhi, with key technology for the project provided by the Russian company that developed Wi-Fi for Moscow's subway. | The Delhi Metro is a massive urban transport system spanning 325 kilometers, and linking the Indian capital to its satellite towns. The sheer size of the transport network, used by almost three million commuters every day, sets it firmly among the largest metro systems in the world, including those in London, Shanghai, Beijing, and New York. | Now, with the help of Russian telecoms expertise, the city's…

RT (2020-01-02). 'We can break America, but won't lead Iran to war' IRGC commander says after US embassy standoff. rt.com Iran's Revolutionary Guards are not leading the country into a war with the US, but will not hesitate to wage one if forced to, the commander of the elite force said amid a row over US embassy in Baghdad. | The US blames Tehran for orchestrating mass protests at the US embassy in the Iraqi capital, which involved a partial takeover of the massive compound. The protest was led by Kataib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed militia group, in response to US airstrikes on its forces. Speaking on Thursday, Brigadier General Hossein Salami said the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was not moving towards an open war wi…

RT (2020-01-02). Jumping into 2020? Two Siberian men use PARACHUTES to leap out of high-rise apartment (VIDEO). rt.com A couple of thrill-seekers in the Russian Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk apparently grew so bored at a New Year's party that they decided to leave it by literally making a parachute jump out of the apartment block. | Footage taken by alarmed onlookers in a nearby building shows two men standing on a balcony railing on the 24th floor of a high-rise overlooking the Yenisei River, before making a spectacular parachute jump. | –í –ö—Ä–∞—Å–Ω–æ—è—Ä—Å–∫–µ —ç–&in…

RT (2020-01-02). Russia to launch stock exchange for sanctioned companies. rt.com Companies targeted by Western sanctions will have an opportunity to list their bonds, as Russia plans to create a special stock exchange in 2020 to bolster its national capital markets. | The launch was initially scheduled for December but was then postponed to January, according to Russia's Deputy Finance Minister Alexey Moiseev. The official explained that the ministry needed more time to finish the platform. | Read more | | Sanctions? Russia has the best-peforming stock market in the world | At least two companies have already announced…

RT (2020-01-02). Marvel will introduce trans hero 'very soon' in ongoing effort to go woke in new phase of films. rt.com Marvel President Kevin Feige has promised that a transgender character will be entering Disney's Marvel universe in the near future after having already promised gay and disabled characters. | Box-ticking is a number one priority for Marvel's upcoming Phase Four films. Having already confirmed gay and deaf characters in 'The Eternals,' Marvel President Kevin Feige promised that a transgender character will be introduced into the fictional world "very soon." | Asked at the New York Film Academy about transgender representation in the franchise that kicked off in 2008 with 'Iron Man,' Feige responded that a film…

RT (2020-01-02). Imperial delusion: Turkey sending troops to Libya would be no solution to the chaos caused by the 2011 NATO intervention. rt.com With an emergency convening of Turkey's parliament, the path has been cleared for Ankara to send troops to Libya — but such a move may be less about ending the bloody civil conflict there and more about Turkey's power ambitions. | The new year barely begun, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fast-tracked a motion to approve the potential deployment of Turkish troops, which passed handily in parliament on Thursday. | Erdogan's move follows a pattern of recent muscle-flexing and is an obvious play to force Ankara into a more influential position. This is a gamble that could backfire. | Ravaged by years of conf…

RT (2020-01-02). Turkish parliament backs govt plan to send troops to Libya in emergency session. rt.com The Turkish parliament has voted to approve a plan to send troops to support the UN-recognized government in Libya as it continues to fight forces loyal to a rival government in the eastern part of the country. | Lawmakers approved the motion, which grants a one-year mandate for the troop deployment, in an emergency session on Thursday. The motion passed by 325 votes to 184. | The plan was opposed by Turkey's main opposition party, the Republican Peoples' Party (CHP), which said sending troops could aggravate the situation and embroil Ankara in another conflict. | The CHP said Monday that it didn't want to see…

RT (2020-01-02). Foreign interference could 'complicate' Libya, Turkey's Erdogan is told… by Trump. rt.com None other than US President Donald Trump has stood up against foreign intervention in Libya, warning his NATO ally Turkey that its planned military deployment could make the situation in the North African country worse. | During the phone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, "President Trump pointed out that foreign interference is complicating the situation in Libya," the White House said in a statement. | No further details were given, but the call took place just after the Turkish legislature voted 325 to 184 to approve sending troops to the North African country, in order…

RT (2020-01-02). Residents baffled as THREE SUNS appear in skies above China (VIDEO). rt.com Residents in the Chinese city of Fuyu, were stunned this week when they were greeted not by the usual morning sunlight but what appeared to be three suns shining brightly. | Two large glowing orbs appeared to be flanking the Sun on either side, dwarfing our star in the process, on the last day of 2019 in the skies above the country's northeastern Jilin Province. | Three "suns" appear on the sky over northeast China‚òÄÔ∏è‚òÄÔ∏è‚òÄÔ∏è | This spectacular view is caused by a natural phenomenon called "sun do…

RT (2020-01-02). Lebanon receives Interpol arrest warrant for disgraced Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn — reports. rt.com Lebanon has received an international police arrest warrant for former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, the state-run National News Agency reported on Thursday. | The 'red' notice calls on authorities in Lebanon to arrest Ghosn, who managed to jump bail in Japan, where he is charged with embezzlement, and to flee to the middle-eastern country. | Also on rt.com | | Pilots detained as Turkey opens probe on ex-Nissan chief Ghosn's Japan escape via Istanbul — reports | Interpol's request was received by Lebanon's internal security forces but it has y…

RT (2020-01-02). Pilots detained as Turkey opens probe on ex-Nissan chief Ghosn's Japan escape via Istanbul — reports. rt.com Turkish authorities are determined to find out how former Nissan and Renault chief Carlos Ghosn managed to jump bail in Japan, where he is charged with embezzlement, and flee through Istanbul airport, Turkish media said. | Seven people, including four pilots, have been detained after the Interior Ministry launched a probe into the allegations that the fugitive ex-CEO had made it from Osaka to Beirut, Lebanon, passing through Istanbul, Turkish media said on Thursday. | A former chairman and CEO of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Ghosn is charged in Japan with embezzling the company's assets and lying to sha…

RT (2020-01-02). Cutting it close: NASA just detected two asteroids headed towards the Earth… with two more right behind. rt.com NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) is currently monitoring a miniature swarm of four asteroids currently heading towards Earth, two of which were only detected on January 1. | CNEOS is tasked with watching the skies for any potentially hazardous asteroids, but given the vastness of space, that's a lot of sky to check which may explain why two of the four asteroids were only spotted yesterday. | 2020 AC, with a diameter of roughly 89 feet and traveling at approximately 13,000 miles per hour, will lead the charge, flying past the Earth at 1: 56 am EST. | It will be followed soon after by the 72-f…

RT (2020-01-02). 'Only Latino candidate' Julian Castro drops out of US presidential race. rt.com Former Obama housing secretary Julian Castro has dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination after failing to crack 1 percent in most polls. His platform lives on in how it pushed other candidates leftward. | Castro released a video on Thursday thanking his supporters and promising to "keep fighting for an America where everyone counts." Touting his record of "speaking up for the most vulnerable folks in this country," the former San Antonio mayor boasted of "shaping the conversation" in the 2020 race, but admitted that he had realized "it simply isn't our time," with just a month to go…

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Assange and Manning: The Slow Execution of the Voices of Freedom
Massoud Nayeri | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-03
Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning have exposed corrupt officials and criminal politicians | Assange and Manning are prisoners of conscience | How to free Assange and Manning? | Be the Voice of Assange and Manning in your community by any needs necessary. | ***…
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Policing, Facial Recognition and Targeting Privacy
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-03
The chances for those seeking a world of solitude are rapidly run out. A good case can be made that this has already happened. Aldous Huxley's Savage, made famous in Brave New World, is out of options, having lost to …
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Old Money and New Questions in AMLO's Mexico
Asad Ismi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-03
It's been nearly a year since the "leftist firebrand" Andrés Manuel López Obrrador (AMLO) took office as Mexican president, promising to end official corruption and state-linked violence, redistribute wealth to the poor and promote Indigenous rights. Shortly into his term, | …
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Pentagon: U.S. Airstrike Kills Powerful Iranian General
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-03
BAGHDAD — The Pentagon said Thursday that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump. | An airstrike killed Soleimani, architect of Iran's regional security apparatus, at Baghdad's international airport Friday, Iranian state television and three Iraqi officials said, an attack that's expected to draw severe Iranian retaliation against Israel and American interests. | The Defense Department said Soleimani "was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region." I…
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Video: US Sanctions and the Caesar Act, Oil and Gas, Chemical Weapons, and the Syrian Response
Bouthaina Shaaban | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-03
The Caesar Act is one of the main topics discussed by the Media and Political Advisor in the Syrian Presidency Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban in a thorough must watch and learn from interview with Kamal Khalaf of Al-Mayadeen News channel. | Dr. …
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More US Fuel on the Middle East Fire: Trump Orders New Troop Deployment to the Region
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-03
Trump began 2020 with a bang by authorizing more US combat troops to the Middle East. | It's already ablaze from endless US wars of aggression on nonbelligerent states threatening no one. | The new deployment is an ominous new year's beginning, …
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Turkish Lawmakers Authorize Sending Troops to Fight in Libya
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-03
The move to support current government in Tripoli is seen as a threat to regional security and is denounced by Greece, Israel and Cyprus.
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Pentagon says Trump 'directed' assassination of Iran's Quds Force chief Soleimani to 'deter future Iranian attacks'
rt.com | 2020-01-03
US President Donald Trump authorized a US military strike near Baghdad's airport which resulted in the death of Iran's Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, the Pentagon confirmed in a statement on Thursday. | "At the direction of the president, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani," the Pentagon said in a statement. | "This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and interests wherever they are around the world." | The Pentagon said tha…
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Pentagon says Trump 'directed' assassination of Iran's Quds Force chief Soleimani to 'deter future Iranian attacks'
rt.com | 2020-01-03
US President Donald Trump has authorized a US military strike near Baghdad's airport which resulted in the death of Iran's Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, the Pentagon confirmed in a statement on Thursday. | "At the direction of the President, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani," the Pentagon said in a statement. | "This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and interests wherever they are around the world." | The Pentagon said…
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Greece, Israel & Cyprus ink EastMed gas pipeline deal amid Turkish outcry
rt.com | 2020-01-03
Cyprus, Greece and Israel have signed a deal to construct a natural gas pipeline between the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe, drawing Turkey's ire as it pursues a foothold in the energy-rich region. | The agreement, signed on Thursday, kicks off plans for a 1,900km (1,180 mile) pipeline expected to carry some 10 billion cubic meters of gas into Europe yearly, set to be completed by 2025, after the parties to the deal agree on a final investment plan. | The Turkish Foreign Ministry wasted little time in protesting against the agreement, issuing a harsh statement predicting doom for the $7 billion venture soon…
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A New Year and a New Trump Foreign Policy Blunder in Iraq
Medea Benjamin | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-02
Trump's effort to blame Iran for this crisis is simply a ploy to divert attention from his own bungled policy. In reality, the blame for the present crisis should be placed squarely on the doorstep of the White House itself.
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Death Toll Rises in India as Protests Against Modi's Citizenship Law Intensify
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-02
In India, the death toll amid the government's crackdown on widespread protests has risen to at least 27 people, and over 1,000 more have been arrested. The protests are against a controversial new citizenship law, which provides a path to Indian citizenship for undocumented immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan — unless they are Muslim. Opponents of the law say it's a step toward the official marginalization of India's 200 million Muslims. Paramilitary and police forces we…
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After 18 Years of US Occupation, Poll Finds Zero Percent of Afghans Thriving, 85 Percent "Suffering"
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-02
Since the 2001 occupation of Afghanistan began, fighting has not stopped, destroying the country and leading to the U.S. spending an estimated $2 trillion on the war.
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Death Toll Rises in India as Protests Against Modi Government's Citizenship Law Intensify
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-02
In India, the death toll amid the government's crackdown on widespread protests has risen to at least 27 people, and over 1,000 more have been arrested. The protests are against a controversial new citizenship law, which provides a path to Indian citizenship for undocumented immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan — unless they are Muslim. Opponents of the law say it's a step toward the official marginalization of India's 200 million Muslims. Paramilitary and police forces were deployed in response to the demonstrations in Muslim-majority districts in Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi, and the intern…
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WaPo's Afghan papers propagate colonial narrative of noble intentions gone awry
Joshua Cho | mronline.org | 2020-01-02
In an earlier article (FAIR.org, 12/18/19) regarding the Washington Post's Afghanistan Papers (12/9/19), I discussed how…
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Trump Regime Torture and Abuse of Chelsea Manning
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
In March 2019, Manning was imprisoned for invoking her constitutional right of silence. | She courageously refused to be part of the Trump regime's effort to frame and imprison Julian Assange longterm for the "crime" of truth-telling investigative journalism the way …
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Pentagon Confirms It Killed Iran's Soleimani on Trump's Orders
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
The United States Department of Defense confirmed Thursday night that its forces killed Iranian Major-General Qassim Soleimani "at the direction of the president." | RELATED: | Iran's Soleimani and Iraq's Muhandis Killed in US Air Strike | The statement call the assassination a "defensive action…aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans." Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump has not issued an official statement but only tweeted a U.S. flag with no caption. | There has bee…
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Austria Coalition Deal Includes Anti-Migrant Policies
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
A coalition deal between Austria's conservative People's Party (OVP) and the Greens will include banning headscarves and preventive custody for potentially "dangerous" migrants, several Austrian media reported Thursday. | RELATED: | Austrian Conservatives and Greens Reach Coalition Deal | The deal includes raising the age until which girls are banned from wearing…
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Mexican Ambassador Expelled From Bolivia Arrives in Her Country
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
Mexico's Ambassador to Bolivia Maria Teresa Mercado Tuesday arrived in her country after being expelled by Bolivia's de-facto regime after an incident starring Spanish diplomats at her residence. | RELATED: | Bolivia Expels Mexican Ambassador Amid Ongoing Diplomatic Row | On Dec. 30, the coup-born government led by Jeanine Añez gave Ambassador Mercado 72 hours to leave the Andean country as tensions escalated over Mexico's decision to grant asylum to former officials of Preside…
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Evo Introduces Legal Team to Fight Coup Government Accusations
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
The constitutional president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, introduced the team of professionals who will advise him on legal matters, and that could assume his defense after the legal accusations against him. | RELATED: | Mexican Ambassador Expelled From Bolivia Arrives in Her Country | Lawyers Raúl Zaffaroni and Gustavo Ferreyra will integrate the team that will assume the legal role of defense and advice for Morales to confront the de facto government attacks that were imposed af…
telesurenglish.net/news/evo-presents-leg…

Mexico Ratifies Asylum to Bolivian Refugees in Its Embassy
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) reaffirmed Thursday that he will not fall to "any provocation" and ratified that he will not hand over the former officials from Evo Morales government that have been granted asylum at his country's embassy in La Paz, Bolivia. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Condemns Expulsion of Diplomats from Bolivia | "The instruction they have is to assert the right of asylum, that we cannot waver in this matter of giving protection to those politica…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mexico-Ratifies-…

Chile: Mayor of Santiago City to Face Constitutional Accusation
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
Chile's lawmaker of the Social Convergence party Gabriel Boric Thursday confirmed that a coalition of progressive parties will present a constitutional accusation against the Santiago Metropolitan Mayor Felipe Guevara who is one of the authorities responsible for the brutal repression that the Military Police has been performing against citizens at Dignity Square. | RELATED: | Chileans Ring In New Year With Large Protest Against Regime | "Guevara is politically responsible for som…
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Water-Related Violence Increased More Than 50% in 2010s: Report
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
Violence associated with the essential resource has soared over the past ten years, as shortages and extreme weather conditions contribute to a climate of mounting tensions in several parts of the world, with the Middle East and India as the most affected, according to the Pacific Institute's database of conflicts linked to water. | RELATED: | Major Water Shortage Hits Panama Canal Hindering Proper Functioning | Population…
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Sat. Jan. 4 National Day of Action U.S. Troops Out of Iraq!
Answer Coalition | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
On Saturday, January 4 the ANSWER Coalition, CODEPINK and others are calling on people from around the United States to organize local demonstrations to demand: NO MORE U.S. TROOPS TO IRAQ OR THE MIDDLE EAST! U.S. OUT OF IRAQ NOW! …
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IACHR Requests Precautionary Measures for Former Ecuadorean VP
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) requested Thursday precautionary measures in favor of former Vice President of Ecuador Jorge Glas, jailed since October 2017 after being sentenced to six years in prison as part of a case linked to the bribe plot of the Brazilian company Odebrecht which Glas denies to have taken part of. | RELATED: | Pabon: Fear and Persecution Can Hurt the Pillars of Democracy | Glas' attorney Fausto Jarrin announced it with a photograph that sho…
telesurenglish.net/news/iachr-asks-to-pr…

OPCW leaks expose 'criminal' Syria cover-up — and US media is silent
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-02
The US media continues to ignore one of 2019's top scandals: a cover-up inside the OPCW, the world's top chemical…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/02/opcw-leaks-ex…

Top 20 The Grayzone stories of 2019: From Venezuela coup attempt to Russiagate delusions, information warfare to new cold war
The Grayzone | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-02
2019 was a big year for The Grayzone. We traveled the world and broke many stories, exposing the empire's schemes…
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A More Perfect Union
Wim Laven | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-02
Current partisan politics frequently returns to questions and debates about the supreme law of the land–The Constitution–as it should, because two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump passed on December 18, 2019. This affirmed an ugly truth about Trump's illegitimate use of the office of the White House. Trump will go down in history for…
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US Navy Chief Says Only 'Regime Change' in Iran Can Stop Country's 'Provocative Actions' in Gulf
Mideast Discourse | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
Russian and Chinese warships joined Iran's Navy and Revolutionary Guards vessels on Friday for four days' worth of maritime exercises in the Gulf of Oman and the northern Indian Ocean, simulating search and rescue, anti-piracy and shooting drills. | The US …
globalresearch.ca/us-navy-chief-says-onl…

India's Infringement over Nepal Border Area
Ishaal Zehra | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
As Nepal prepares to fix a date for holding talks with India to resolve the border issue, the seriousness of resolve on Indian side and depth of the issue must be realized. | The history of demarcation of India-Nepal border began …
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Pope Condemns Violence Against Women in New Year's Mass
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
Pope Francis condemned Wednesday violence against women during his first mass of 2020, on the day that the Catholic Church commemorates the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. | RELATED: | Another Brutal Gang Rape and Murder Shakes India | "Women are a source of life. However, they are continually offended, beaten, raped, forced to prostitute themselves and to eliminate the life they carry in the womb. All violence inflicted on women is a desecration of God, born of a woman," the pont…
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Could a "New Civil War" Erupt in Iraq as U.S. and Iran Fight for Influence in the Country?
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-02
In Iraq, Iran-backed militia members withdrew from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad's heavily guarded Green Zone on Wednesday after being tear-gassed by American security forces. Their withdrawal ended a tense standoff that began Tuesday when militia members broke through the embassy's reception area chanting "Death to America" while thousands rallied outside to protest a slew of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria that killed at least 24 members of the Iranian-backed militia Kata'ib Hezbollah. The U.S. airstrikes came after an American contractor was killed in a rocket attack in Kirkuk, Iraq, Friday. The embassy withdr…
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Could a New Civil War Erupt in Iraq as the US and Iran Vie for Influence?
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-02
In Iraq, Iran-backed militia members withdrew from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad's heavily guarded Green Zone on Wednesday after being tear-gassed by American security forces. Their withdrawal ended a tense standoff that began Tuesday when militia members broke through the embassy's reception area chanting "Death to America" while thousands rallied outside to protest a slew of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria that killed at least 24 members of the Iranian-backed militia Kata'ib Hezbollah. The U.S. ai…
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Iran's Soleimani and Iraq's Muhandis Killed in US Air Strike
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were killed late on Thursday in an airstrike on their convoy in Baghdad airport, an Iraqi militia spokesman told Reuters. | "The American and Israeli enemy is responsible for killing the mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani," said Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces umbrella grouping of Iran-backed militias. | According to sources cited by the Lebanese channel Al Mayadeen, the explosions occurred in the vicinity of an Iraqi Air Force base, wes…
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Iraq: America's Other "Longest War"
Thomas L. Knapp | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
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 …
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Shutter the Gigantic US Embassy in Iraq
Adam Dick | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
This week, amid protests by people upset with United States intervention in Iraq, individuals forced their way into and damaged the US embassy compound in Baghdad. In response, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper declared on Tuesday that 750 …
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Public Rage in Baghdad over US Terror-Bombing Strikes
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
In response to last Sunday's terror-bombing strikes by Pentagon warplanes that killed over two dozen Kata'ib Hezbollah members of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces, wounding many others, Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi called what happened "a dangerous aggravation which endangers the …
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"The Genocidal Regime Is Still in Power": Assad Forces Push into Idlib, Last Rebel Stronghold
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-02
The United Nations says a quarter of a million people have fled the Russian-backed Syrian government offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib. Aid groups are now warning the offensive in Idlib could become the worst humanitarian crisis in the nine-year war in Syria. Nearly 200,000 Syrian civilians have fled toward the Turkish border as Syrian government ground troops advance into Idlib, the last major rebel-held territory, where about 3 million people live. Displaced civilians have sought refuge in several camps along the border, where they struggle with harsh winter conditions, flooding and mud due to hea…
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Algeria Appoints New Cabinet Amid Political Crisis
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
Newly-elected President of Algeria Abdelmadjid Tebboune appointed Thursday the members of his new cabinet led by Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad who was nominated Saturday. | RELATED: | Tunisian PM-Designate Presents Cabinet to President | Tebboune and Djerad have kept several important posts unchanged, apparently signaling continuity in the state's major policies. Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum, Energy Minister Mohamed Arkab and Interior Minister Kamel Beldjoud will continue in their…
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Turkish Parliament Approves Bill to Deploy Military to Libya
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
The Turkish Parliament passed a bill on Thursday that approves the deployment of the country's armed forces to the North African nation of Libya in order to assist the U.N.-recognized Government of National Accord troops in Tripoli. | RELATED: | Libya Militias Divert EU Funds for Migrants, Exploit Them: Report | According to the state-owned Anadolu Agency, the Turkish Parliament passed the bill with a 325 -184 vote in favor of deploying the armed forces to Libya. | Due to the…
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African Migrants in Egypt Face Increasingly Violent Racism
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
Sub-Saharan African migrants who flee war, violence, and poverty in their homelands face huge racial harassment and discrimination in Egypt, an Associated Press investigation revealed Thursday. | RELATED: | Libya Militias Divert EU Funds for Migrants, Exploit Them: Report | In Egypt's capital Cairo, reporters have been visiting migrant communities, where at least two dozen sub-Saharan Africans, including four children, recounted the racist insults, sexual harassment, and othe…
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US Border Militia Leader Pleads Guilty to Weapons Charge
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
United States leader of a far-right armed militia Larry Hopkins, 70, pleaded guilty Thursday to federal weapons charges, prosecutors and a defense lawyer informed. | RELATED: | FBI Arrests Leader of Militia Stopping Migrants in New Mexico | A U.S. Attorneys' spokeswoman said that during a hearing in federal court in New Mexico, Hopkins had admitted to being in possession of nine firearms and ammunition for those weapons at the time of his arrest in April. | Hopkins, who has fou…
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Hypersonic Putin and Gonzo Weaponry
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-02
Weapons of dazzling murderousness have always thrilled military industrial establishments. They make money; they add to the accounts; and they tickle the pride of States who manufacture them. From time to time, showy displays of restraint through arms limitation agreements are made. These can apply to either the offensive element of such weapons, or their…
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'New Strikes Against Pension Reform Are Ready', French Workers
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
The strike of French railway workers against President Emmanuel Macron's pension reform proposal became one of the longest-running protests since it surpassed the 1986 demonstrations with 28 days. | RELATED: | France: Unions, Yellow Vests, Transporters Take to the Streets | Although this massive demonstration is gaining more and more strength, the president…
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Archbishop Atallah Hanna: The Palestinian Christian Leader Israel Loves to Hate
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-02
Archbishop Hanna has been on Israel's radar for many years, as his kind of leadership is problematic from the viewpoint of a hegemonic power that requires utter and absolute submission.
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Failure of Trump-Kim Dialogue: North Korea to Continue Developing Strategic Nuclear Weapons and Missiles
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
In remarks during Pyongyang's yearend Plenary Meeting, Kim Jong-un said his government will continue development of strategic weapons because of US hostility toward the country, adding he'll no longer be bound by an ICBM test moratorium. | Pyongyang's KCNA news agency …
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Netanyahu Seeking Immunity from Prosecution?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
According to the Times of Israel, citing a Channel 13 report, Netanyahu "has made a final decision to ask the Knesset to grant him immunity from prosecution in three corruption cases and informed Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein in writing of …
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2 Democrats Join Republicans to Ask Top Court to Overturn Roe v. Wade
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-02
This article was originally published on Common Dreams. | Reproductive rights advocates on Thursday seized on an amicus brief signed by more than 200 members of Congress, including two conservative Democrats, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider overturning Roe vs. Wade. | The brief was signed by 168 members of the House and 39 senators. The two House Demo…
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Rojava's Revolution Begins in the Classroom
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-02
From the start of the Rojava revolution in 2012, the Syrian regime has maintained control of a small area of the regional capital, Qamishli. Symbolic of its ongoing power and threat of return, members of the Syrian regime forces patrol what is called "security square," or the Christian quarter. On the roundabout just outside the square stands a statue of President Bashar al-Assad set against the backdrop of the Syrian flag, with posters of martyrs who have died fighting for the regime. | At the next roundabout in the part of…
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Interpol Issues Arrest Warrant to Lebanon for Ex-Nissan Boss
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
Interpol issued an arrest warrant to Lebanon on Thursday for the former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, who recently escaped from Japan to Turkey. | RELATED: | Lebanon: Hundreds of Displaced Syrians Return Home | The Interpol red notice was given to the Lebanese authorities and has not been referred to the country's judiciary, Reuters reported on Thursday. | In similar cases in the past, Lebanon has seized the passports of the wanted citizens, but they do not detain them. | Ghosn, who was facin…
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Syria and the Politicization of Human Rights: Double Vetoes and Paralysis at the UN Security Council
Carla Stea | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
"The current situation in Syria is precisely caused by the erroneous actions of some countries. It is these countries that should really reflect on and answer the series of questions before us. If they really care about the Syrian people …
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'Venezuela Moves Towards a Thriving Economy' President Maduro
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
During an interview granted on Wednesday, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro assessed the year 2019 and made a socio-political and economic prospect for 2020. | RELATED: | Latin America: A Decade in Review | "We had to regulate public spending and prioritize every single dollar available to buy medicine, food, and vital supplies," Maduro said. | "The economy started to self-regulate. Private sector doll…
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Palestinians Decry ICC Prosecutor's Delay of Israeli War Crimes Investigation
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
In a significant development for Israeli accountability, Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), seeks to launch an investigation into war crimes committed in Palestine. But she has established an unnecessary and politically suspect condition to …
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The UN Predicted Gaza Would be "Unliveable" by 2020. Israel's Deliberate Plan to "Destroy Life" in Palestine?
Tania Hary | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
While revelers around the world are making new year's resolutions for 2020, in the Gaza Strip, a different kind of assessment is taking place as Palestinians try to determine whether, or how, they can survive the next 10 years. In …
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Gaza Officials Claim PA Helped Israel Kill Islamic Jihad Chief
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
Gaza officials made public Thursday a recording of a phone call allegedly between a Palestinian Authority (PA) intelligence officer and Israel, accusing the PA of having assisted Israel in the killing of senior Islamic Jihad leader Bahaa Abu al-Ata in November. | RELATED: | On the Road to Gaza: The Freedom Flotilla Will Sail Again | In the recording,…
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Canada, Israel and the UN Security Council
Hanna Kawas | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
Canadian activists have compiled a study of Canada's 2019 voting record at the United Nations on resolutions [see list below] that document and censure Israeli violations of international law. | There was much fanfare made about Canada's orphan "yes" vote at …
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Democrat Julián Castro Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-02
AUSTIN, Texas — Former Obama housing secretary Julián Castro, the only Latino in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race, on Thursday ended his campaign that had pushed the field on immigration and swung hard at rivals on the debate stage but never found a foothold to climb from the back of the pack. | "I'm so proud of the campaign we've run together. We've shaped the conversation on so many important issues in this race, stood up for the most vulnerable people and given a voice to those who are often forgotten," Castro said in an online video. "But with only a month until the Iowa caucuses, and given…
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A Growing Movement Shows There Is an Alternative to Capitalism
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-02
The profit-driven economy is being tested by new visions of wealth-building models outside of mainstream capitalism. These cooperative structures form part of a new system that envisions a service to the public good instead of the shareholders' balance sheets. As global demands for economic justice grow, can this new economy reshape the way we think about ownership and pension strategies? What are the setbacks in implementing these programs, and who is doing the work on the ground? Helping to unpack these…
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Against Lunch Shaming? Provide Universal Free School Meals to All Students
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-02
In Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, an area with a poverty rate of 13.8 percent, about 1,000 families received letters in August warning that unless their arrears were paid in full, they could be taken to Dependency Court for negligence. "The result may be your child being removed from your home and placed in foster care," threatened the missive, which was sent a month before the 2019-2020 school year began…
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Today's Concentration Camps Go by Many Names, But They're Still Open
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-02
"The use of concentration camps changes the world, but going forward, the most predictable outcome of their use is a world with more camps." | Today we use a lot of euphemisms: re-education camps, internment, work camps, prison camps, camps for internally displaced people. But before world war one, these prisons were known simply as concentration camps and they started in Cuba in the 1890s to control an uprising against the Spanish colonizers. Since then, concentration camps have proliferated across the globe, and have become the…
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Fighting for Reforms Isn't Enough. It's Time We Reach for Prison Abolition
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-02
It's time to drastically reconsider what safety means to our communities. | Even as we fight to pass incremental reforms to the prison-industrial complex, we must do so through an unapologetic lens that rejects the idea that reformism is enough. | While we understand that these incremental reforms are the individual trees that get us closer to dismantling the system, we must be clear that the forest beyond those trees must be full-on abolition. | My experiences as a grassroots organizer have made…
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Julián Castro Ends 2020 Bid by Listing Names of People of Color Killed by Police
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-02
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, who was the only Latino candidate in the Democratic presidential field, announced that he would end his 2020 campaign on Thursday. | Castro, who is also a former mayor of San Antonio, formally announced that he would drop his primary bid after failing to qualify for the last two Democratic debates. | "I've determined that it simply isn't our time," Castro said in a campaign video. "Today, it's with a heavy heart and profound gr…
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All Students Should Receive Free School Meals
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-02
In Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, an area with a poverty rate of 13.8 percent, about 1,000 families received letters in August warning that unless their arrears were paid in full, they could be taken to Dependency Court for negligence. "The result may be your child being removed from your home and placed in foster care," threatened the missive, which was sent a month before the 2019-2020 school year began…
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Plastics Industry's Greenwashing Aggravates Environmental and Health Crises
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-02
Janine Jackson: Those of a certain age will remember a TV spot in which a Native American man — the actor was Italian-American, it turns out, but never mind — surveys a roadside full of discarded bottles and bags, and a single tear rolls down his cheek. Memorable and impressive, the spot did a couple of things: It located the responsibility for pollution at the level of the individual — the litterbug — and it suggested that the big problem with these plastic bags and bottle…
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I'm Waiting …but in the Meantime…. What is the Future of Humanity?
Jim Miles | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
Essentially there are …
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The Decline of Democracy in the 21st Century
Prof Rodrigue Tremblay | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
"In general, unfortunately, the qualifications required to gain power and keep it have almost no connection with those required to govern with competence and impartiality." — Jean-Franàßois Revel (1924-2006), French author and philosopher. (In 'Ni Marx ni Jésus', 1970, p. …
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Who Is Really in Control of US Foreign Policy?
Timothy Alexander Guzman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
Baron Nathan Mayer de Rothschild once said "I care not what puppet is placed on the throne of England to rule the British Empire on which the sun never sets. The man that controls Britain's money supply controls the British …
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How Low Can You Go?
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
This writer has always been told, since childhood, that I was a 'funny guy'. I was, and is, able to bring humor to everyday occurrences. Having attempted at times to do 'Stand Up comedy' way back when, the thought of …
globalresearch.ca/how-low-can-you-go/569…

Israel Demolishes Newly Built Houses of Palestinian Families on New Year's Day
Sondus Ewies | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
Israeli forces demolished two houses 0n Wednesday belonging to Palestinian families in the Silwan neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. | After two years of construction, the al-Khalialeh families had made ready their houses to move into …
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Africa in Review 2019, From Internal Crises and Conflict to Internationalism
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
Since mid-2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been stricken with another Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak largely impacting the northeastern region of the vast mineral-rich nation in Central Africa. | EVD has its origins in the DRC during the …
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O fascismo brasileiro é racista, nà£o nacionalista
Yuri Martins Fontes | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
A professora Marilena Chauí, em recente artigo sobre o novo movimento ultrarreacionário (que ascendeu e já dá mostras de cair), afirma que essa extrema direita neoliberal nà£o deve ser denominada "fascista", pois que pratica o enfraquecimento do Estado (conforme receita …
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The West's Present "Misconduct" Has a Long History. America's Proclivity for War
James ONeill | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-02
One of the persistent themes of western political leaders is that they support the notion of "the rule of law". By this they generally mean the system of law as developed by western nations, and in the international context the …
globalresearch.ca/the-wests-present-misc…

The Devastation of the Australian Wildfires Almost Defies Belief
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-02
Ecologists at the University of Sydney estimate as many as half a billion animals have perished in the blaze, including entire species.
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Kill GDP to Help Save the Planet
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-02
There's a problem with America's favorite statistic: GDP. It avoids pretty much everything that's actually, truly, really good for society, including the importance of robust ecology. Still, it's the biggest measure of what's happening with the economy and used around the world, even though horribly flawed. According to some forward thinkers, Gross Domestic Product (GDP),…
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Cuba's Revolutionary Origins: a Personal Reflection
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-02
Some time ago in another late December my partner in life commented that she liked beginnings in reference to the approaching new year. I became immediately aware that other traditions may have a calendar different from the Gregorian calendar and the beginning of their new year may take place at a different time. But the…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/02/cubas-revolu…

Our Nazis: the Gehlen Org
Gaither Stewart | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-02
In February 2019 Germany opened a brand new intelligence complex in the city of Berlin. The new headquarters of the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst or Federal Intelligence Service) occupies a huge space–by the way, much as STASI or State Security Service once did in East Berlin the former German Democratic Republic–and supposedly employs a total of over…
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Insulin Prices Triple Since 2010, Leaving Americans to Ration or Travel Abroad for Affordable Meds
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-02
According to surveys, over one in four American diabetics ration their insulin, putting their lives at risk because they cannot afford the cost of constantly injecting $290 medicine into their bodies.
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2020: Buckle Up for a Rough Ride
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-02
Here we are, saddle pals, heading into a new year, a new decade and a host of new elections nationwide. It would be wonderful to say it's going to be a great year ahead, but that would require some serious myopia on the challenges facing the nation and world. Realistically, it's going to be a…
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Should We Care How Many People LBJ Would Think are Poor Today?
Shawn Fremstad | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-02
In a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper, Richard Burkhauser and his coauthors argue that only 2.3 percent of Americans lived in poverty in 2017, if we define poverty in the way they claim "President Johnson defined it." By comparison, the OECD put the US poverty rate at 17.8 percent using the…
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The Public Trust is Slipping Away
Brian Horejsi | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-02
A Happy New year to all. When the holidays come along traditionalists, and there are many of us in this country, view it as a time to celebrate what good fortune we've had and the lives we've been able to carve out for ourselves. Needless to say, the degree to which people participate, and the…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/02/the-public-t…

Israel, Greece, Cyprus to Sign Pipeline Deal in Mediterranean
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
The Mediterranean nations of Greece, Cyprus and Israel are expected to sign a new agreement to build a large pipeline that stretches nearly 2,000 kilometers across the sea. | RELATED: | Israel's Top Court Hears Case on Netanyahu's Political Future | If the agreement goes through, the subsea pipeline will be able to carry natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean region to the developing gas industry in southern Europe. | According to the Reuters News Agency, the three countries…
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Strauss's 'De-Nazified' Radetzky March Ring in Vienna's NYE
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
Once again, the Vienna Philharmonic has greeted New Year with its traditional concert and for its 80th-year event organizers left some space for Beethoven among the members of the Strauss family, and showcased a "de-Nazified" version of the "Radetzky March." | RELATED: | Syd Mead, Conceptual Artist Behind 'Blade Runner,' Dies at 86 | The main celebration was the 250th anniversary of the birth of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, who composed iconic pieces in Vienna. | The condu…
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Top Taiwanese Army Chief Killed in Helicopter Crash
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
At least eight people were killed on Thursday after a Black Hawk military helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in the Wulai District of northern Taiwan, Taiwanese officials announced. | RELATED: | Trump Admin Approves F-16 Fighter Jet $8B Sale to Taiwan | In the helicopter, were 13 people military personnel, including senior officials from the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense. Among the Ministry of Defense officials in the helicopter was the Taiwanese Chielf-of-Staff, Shen…
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Netanyahu: I'll Request Immunity to Avoid Corruption Trial
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Wednesday in a live television appearance that he will ask the Knesset — Israel's parliament — for immunity to avoid being brought to trial in three corruption cases. | RELATED: | Israel's Top Court Hears Case on Netanyahu's Political Future | "I intend to make a request to the…
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Sanchez on His Way to Investiture: ERC Will Abstain
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
After months of dialogue with the Government, Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) finally decided it would abstain during the Spanish parliament's upcoming vote to confirm Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez as prime minister, potentially ending the prolonged national political deadlock. | RELATED: | Spain Coalition Govt Plans Hike on Taxes for Rich, Minimum Wage | This move would end the unstable political situation which ruled the country throughout 2019, with two inconclusive…
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Argentina: Fernandez to Send Legal Abortion Bill to Congress
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-02
On the last day of 2019, Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez confirmed that he will send to Congress a new bill to legalize abortion in his country. | RELATED: | Guatemala: Legislator Proposes Bill to Protect Underaged Rape Survivors | "It's a public health problem that needs to be resolved," Fernandez said and added that he doesn't wa…
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Balloon with Austrian girl's Christmas wishes miraculously lands in Russian villager's yard & he proves Santa is real
rt.com | 2020-01-02
A helium balloon traveled more than 2,500km by air from a tiny Austrian town to a mountainous village in Russia's North Caucasus, prompting one of this year's most amazing Christmas stories. | Amin, a farmer from the village of Krasny Kurgan in Russia's southern Karachay-Cherkess Republic, told the Mash Telegram channel about how he became a real life Santa. | Straight out of a fairy tale, the story began one day in mid-December when Amin spotted a white helium balloon falling from the sky and right into his backyard. The farmer took interest in the unusual "intruder" and discovered that it had a handwritten l…
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'Will they go to Italy?' Indian minister rallies behind citizenship law, says other nations won't take 'poor' Hindus
rt.com | 2020-01-02
India's Home Minister G. Kishan Reddy said it was imperative that persecuted religious groups in neighboring countries be granted Indian citizenship, arguing they have nowhere else to go. | Speaking in the context of the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Act, which fast-tracks Indian citizenship for religious groups fleeing persecution in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Reddy said India must pick up the slack for other nations unwilling to take in poor refugees, singling out Italy by name. | "It's our moral responsibility to give citizenship to the minorities [from three neighboring Muslim countries]…
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Belgium suspends extradition warrant on Catalan independence leader Puigdemont
rt.com | 2020-01-02
A Belgian court has suspended the extradition of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, citing his immunity as a member of the European Parliament, the pro-independence politician has confirmed on his Twitter. | The court ruled in favor of Puigdemont and another pro-independence politician, Toni Comin, who served as health minister in the exiled leader's former government. Both politicians are now residing in Belgium, and are wanted in Spain on charges of sedition over their role in organizing a banned Catalonia independence referendum in 2017. | Belgian justice recognizes our immunity and decides to susp…
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China-UK stock trade scheme 'suspended' over Britain's stance on Hong Kong protests
rt.com | 2020-01-02
A financial scheme linking investors in London and Shanghai, and launched last year, has reportedly been put on pause by Beijing in response to what is perceived as British meddling in the ongoing Hong Kong protests. | The Shanghai-London Stock Connect allows certain companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and the Shanghai Stock Exchange to issue depositary receipts on the other bourse. This offers international investors a backdoor access to the Chinese financial market, s…
rt.com/business/477302-shanghai-london-c…

India launches free Wi-Fi on Delhi Metro with help from Russian telecoms firm
rt.com | 2020-01-02
Free high-speed Wi-Fi has been launched on the underground metro system in India's capital, Delhi, with key technology for the project provided by the Russian company that developed Wi-Fi for Moscow's subway. | The Delhi Metro is a massive urban transport system spanning 325 kilometers, and linking the Indian capital to its satellite towns. The sheer size of the transport network, used by almost three million commuters every day, sets it firmly among the largest metro systems in the world, including those in London, Shanghai, Beijing, and New York. | Now, with the help of Russian telecoms expertise, the city's…
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'We can break America, but won't lead Iran to war' IRGC commander says after US embassy standoff
rt.com | 2020-01-02
Iran's Revolutionary Guards are not leading the country into a war with the US, but will not hesitate to wage one if forced to, the commander of the elite force said amid a row over US embassy in Baghdad. | The US blames Tehran for orchestrating mass protests at the US embassy in the Iraqi capital, which involved a partial takeover of the massive compound. The protest was led by Kataib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed militia group, in response to US airstrikes on its forces. Speaking on Thursday, Brigadier General Hossein Salami said the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was not moving towards an open war wi…
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Pentagon chief threatens Iran with 'pre-emptive action' if embassy attacks continue
rt.com | 2020-01-02
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has warned that he will take "preemptive action" to "protect US forces" if he receives word of attacks by Iran or its "proxy forces," claiming to have indications of such attacks in the future. | Esper said he expects more "provocative behavior" by "Iran-backed" groups — and warned that "they will likely regret it." | "They've been…attacking our bases for months now," Esper claimed, apparently pinning every rocket attack on a coalition base in recent months on Iran. He called on Iraq to…
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'We can break America, but won't lead Iran to war' IRGC commander says after US embassy standoff
rt.com | 2020-01-02
Iran's Revolutionary Guards are not leading the country into a war with the US, but will not hesitate to wage one if forced to, the commander of the paramilitary service said amid a row over US embassy in Baghdad. | The US blames Tehran for orchestrating mass protests at the US embassy in the Iraqi capital, which involved a partial takeover of the massive compound. The protest was led by Kataib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed militia group, in response to US airstrikes on its forces. Speaking on Thursday, Brigadier General Hossein Salami said the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was not moving towards an op…
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Pentagon chief threatens Iran with 'pre-emptive action' if embassy attacks continue
rt.com | 2020-01-02
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has warned that he will take "preemptive action" to "protect US forces" if he receives word of attacks by Iran or its "proxy forces," claiming to have indications of such attacks in the future. | Also on rt.com | | 'We can break America, but won't lead Iran to war' IRGC commander says after US embassy standoff | DETAILS TO FOLLOW…
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Jumping into 2020? Two Siberian men use PARACHUTES to leap out of high-rise apartment (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-02
A couple of thrill-seekers in the Russian Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk apparently grew so bored at a New Year's party that they decided to leave it by literally making a parachute jump out of the apartment block. | Footage taken by alarmed onlookers in a nearby building shows two men standing on a balcony railing on the 24th floor of a high-rise overlooking the Yenisei River, before making a spectacular parachute jump. | –í –ö–Ä–∞–Å–Ω–æ–è–Ä–Å–∫–µ –ç–&in…
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Russia to launch stock exchange for sanctioned companies
rt.com | 2020-01-02
Companies targeted by Western sanctions will have an opportunity to list their bonds, as Russia plans to create a special stock exchange in 2020 to bolster its national capital markets. | The launch was initially scheduled for December but was then postponed to January, according to Russia's Deputy Finance Minister Alexey Moiseev. The official explained that the ministry needed more time to finish the platform. | Read more | | Sanctions? Russia has the best-peforming stock market in the world | At least two companies have already announced…
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Marvel will introduce trans hero 'very soon' in ongoing effort to go woke in new phase of films
rt.com | 2020-01-02
Marvel President Kevin Feige has promised that a transgender character will be entering Disney's Marvel universe in the near future after having already promised gay and disabled characters. | Box-ticking is a number one priority for Marvel's upcoming Phase Four films. Having already confirmed gay and deaf characters in 'The Eternals,' Marvel President Kevin Feige promised that a transgender character will be introduced into the fictional world "very soon." | Asked at the New York Film Academy about transgender representation in the franchise that kicked off in 2008 with 'Iron Man,' Feige responded that a film…
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Turkish parliament backs govt plan to send troops to Libya in emergency session
rt.com | 2020-01-02
The Turkish parliament has voted to approve a plan to send troops to support the UN-recognized government in Libya as it continues to fight forces loyal to a rival government in the eastern part of the country. | Lawmakers approved the motion, which grants a one-year mandate for the troop deployment, in an emergency session on Thursday. The motion passed by 325 votes to 184. | The plan was opposed by Turkey's main opposition party, the Republican Peoples' Party (CHP), which said sending troops could aggravate the situation and embroil Ankara in another conflict. | The CHP said Monday that it didn't want to see…
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Imperial delusion: Turkey sending troops to Libya would be no solution to the chaos caused by the 2011 NATO intervention
rt.com | 2020-01-02
With an emergency convening of Turkey's parliament, the path has been cleared for Ankara to send troops to Libya — but such a move may be less about ending the bloody civil conflict there and more about Turkey's power ambitions. | The new year barely begun, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fast-tracked a motion to approve the potential deployment of Turkish troops, which passed handily in parliament on Thursday. | Erdogan's move follows a pattern of recent muscle-flexing and is an obvious play to force Ankara into a more influential position. This is a gamble that could backfire. | Ravaged by years of conf…
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