Daily Archives: January 12, 2020

2020-01-12: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2020-01-13). Under US pressure, social media companies censor critical content and suspend Venezuelan, Iranian, and Syrian accounts. thegrayzone.com As the US escalates its hybrid wars, Twitter and Facebook are suspending accounts and censoring content that conflicts with Washington's…

RT (2020-01-13). 'I wish I was inside that plane': Iran's IRGC chief expresses sorrow over downing of Ukrainian jet. rt.com The top commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Major General Hossein Salami, has expressed his deepest condolences, saying he had never felt more ashamed in his life than after the Ukrainian passenger jet tragedy. | Debriefing the session of Iran's parliament on Sunday, Salami stated that IRGC has no other purpose or wish "but to be torn into pieces for the sake of the security, welfare and peace of [Iranian] people." | I swear on the life of my children… I wish I were inside that plane and fell down and burned along w…

Colin Todhunter (2020-01-12). Genetically Modified Seeds in India: Faking it on the Astroturf. globalresearch.ca According to a recent report in The Hindu Business Line, India's intelligence agencies are investigating the role of a global investment company and international seed companies in supporting farmers organisation Shetkari Sanghatana (SS) in the distribution of illegally procured genetically …

Staff (2020-01-12). More States Are Reconsidering Medicaid Work Requirements. truthout.org Six states — Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, and Virginia — have reversed or suspended their plans to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don't meet work requirements. Other states with similar approved or pending waivers from the federal government also should reconsider these harmful policies. | The six states reconsidering their work requirement policies cited legal challenges and significant pending coverage losses, among other reasons: | In early 2019, newly elected Mai…

Emily Apple (2020-01-12). We should be outraged that the police listed Extinction Rebellion as extremists. But we shouldn't be surprised. thecanary.co Environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion (XR) hit the headlines on 10 January after the police included it as an extremist ideology in its guide to "Safeguarding young people and adults from ideological extremism". | But while it's outrageous that a nonviolent group focussed on saving the planet from the climate crisis is listed as an extremist threat, we shouldn't be surprised. Because this is exactly how the police treat pro…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Iran Summons UK Ambassador Over Role in Anti-Gov't Protest. telesurenglish.net The Iranian Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday that the U.K.'s Ambassador to Tehran was summoned over his participation in the anti-government protests this weekend. | RELATED: | Iran Rejects New Sanctions Imposed by the US | "Today, Rob Macaire was summoned because of his unconventional behaviour of attending an illegal rally on Saturday", the Foreign Ministry's website said. | Prior to his summoning, Macaire was reportedly detained by the Iranian authorities for breaking diplomatic protocol…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Star War Actor Rejects Advertising Depicting Pinochet as Jedi. telesurenglish.net The U.S. actor Mark Hamill, who is best known for playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, Saturday rejected an image in which far-right activists portrait Chile's dictator Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) as a Jedi. | RELATED: | Chile: College Admissions Test Suspended Due To Student Protest | The story began when Natire Bolledo wrote to Hamill telling him that…

Staff (2020-01-12). Defying Police, Iranians Protest Over Plane Shootdown. truthdig.com DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iranian demonstrators defied a heavy police presence Sunday night to protest their country's days of denials that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 176 people, the latest unrest to roil the capital amid soaring tensions with the United States. | Videos posted online showed protesters shouting anti-government slogans and moving through subway stations and sidewalks, many near Azadi, or Freedom, Square after an earlier call for people to demonstrate there. Other videos suggested similar protests were taking place in other Iranian cities. | Related Articles

Juan Cole (2020-01-12). All the Times the US allied with Gen. Soleimani against Common Enemies. zcomm.org The prime minister of Iraq says he invited Soleimani to Baghdad for peace negotiations with Saudi Arabia and then Trump just suddenly blew his guest away. Soleimani came openly on a commercial flight and went through passport control with his diplomatic passport…

Eli Clifton (2020-01-12). U.S. Media Outlets Fail to Disclose U.S. Government Ties of 'Iranian Journalist' Echoing Trump Talking Points. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration is adamant that Iranians welcome the assassination of Qassem Soleimani. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Iraqis were "dancing in the street … thankful that General Soleimani is no more" and that Iranians will view the U.S. …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-12). O Secretário Geral da ONU, António Guterres, nà£o condena os assassínios dos EUA no Iraque. globalresearch.ca A relatora especial da ONU sobre execuàßàµes extra judiciais, sumárias ou arbitrárias, Agnès Callamard, criticou o assassínio perpetrado pelo regime Trump, do General iraniano Soleimani, do Vice Presidente iraquiano da PMU, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis e de outros que …

Dimitri Lascaris (2020-01-12). Invoking the United Nations' Historic "Uniting for Peace" Resolution 377 Before Trump Embroils Us in War with Iran. globalresearch.ca In the early hours of January 3, 2020, the United States military assassinated Iran's most powerful military commander, General Qasem Soleimani. | Soleimani's killing, accomplished by means of a drone strike in Baghdad, was done without the authorization of the Iraqi …

Max Parry (2020-01-12). Iran's Accidental Downing of a Ukrainian Plane Is Already Being Used to Smear MH-17 Skeptics. globalresearch.ca When the Pentagon confirmed the assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, U.S. President Donald Trump took to social media to post a single image of the American flag to the adulation of his followers. Unfortunately, most Americans are …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-12). Polls Show Americans Believe Killing Iranian General Made the US Less Safe. globalresearch.ca The Trump regime's assassination of widely respected Iranian General Qassem Soleimani made things less safe in the region and beyond. | Killing him was an act of war, the highest of high crimes under international law — turning millions of Iranians, …

Andrew Korybko (2020-01-12). Why Iran "Came Clean" Regarding Its Role in the UIA-752 Tragedy. globalresearch.ca Iran should be commended for ceasing all disinformation activities aimed at covering up its role in the UIA-752 tragedy, but it didn't do this just because it's the right thing to do, but because it realized that its international reputation …

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Mexico's AMLO Vows Justice in Visit to Town Scarred by Massacre. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged Sunday that those behind a massacre that killed nine members of a U.S.-Mexican family of Mormon origin will be punished and that the truth surrounding the crime will eventually come out. | RELATED: | Gunmen Kill Mormon Family Members in North Mexico | In a speech before extended family members near the U.S. border, Lopez Obrador also promised to keep relatives appraised of the investigation into the ambush carried out by cartel gunmen t…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Juan Guaido Wants to Silence teleSUR by Taking Over TV Signal. telesurenglish.net The self-proclaimed 'president' of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, announced on Saturday that he has plans to take over teleSUR's television signal in an attempt to silence the channel. | RELATED: | US Seeks to Affect Cuba's Revenue by Banning Charter Flights | "In the next few days we keep moving forward: tomorrow we announce the steps to recover the teleSUR signal in the continent, and be aware of where and when we are going to hold the session of the @AsambleaVE to open all together th…

Alan MacLeod (2020-01-12). After 18 Years of US Occupation, Poll Finds Zero Percent of Afghans Thriving, 85 Percent "Suffering" globalresearch.ca American polling firm Gallup has found that Afghans are the saddest people on earth, finding that nearly nine in ten respondents are "suffering," in their own words, with zero percent claiming that they are currently "thriving." When asked to …

Miri Wood (2020-01-12). Additional 6 Months Granted to NATO Terrorists North of Syria by the UN Security Council. globalresearch.ca Al-Qaeda terrorists operating in the north of Syria and oppressing millions of Syrians can now breathe comfort after the United Nations Security Council extended their supply routes from their regional sponsor NATO member state Turkey for an additional Six months …

Sue Sturgis (2020-01-12). Will Northrop Grumman get its long-planned war with Iran? zcomm.org Amount Northrop Grumman's political action committees contributed to federal campaigns and committees from 2000 to date, according to OpenSecrets.org: almost $24 million…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-01-12). Twenty-six Things About the Islamic State (ISIS-ISIL-Daesh) that Obama and Trump Do Not Want You to Know About. globalresearch.ca The US led war against the Islamic State is a big lie. Going after "Islamic terrorists" is used to justify a military agenda. The Islamic State is a creation of US intelligence. Washington's "Counter-terrorism Agenda" in Iraq & Syria consists in Supporting the Terrorists.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-01-12). The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq. globalresearch.ca The objective is to engineer a civil war in Iraq, in which both sides are controlled indirectly by US-NATO. The scenario is to arm and equip them, on both sides, finance them with advanced weapons systems and then "let them fight".

Abdul Rahman (2020-01-12). The tenuous deployment of US troops in Iraq. peoplesdispatch.org With the resolution of the Iraqi parliament demanding the withdrawal of all foreign troops from the country, the presence of the nearly 5,200 US soldiers has become a major flashpoint…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Colombia: Two Indigenous Leaders Were Killed in Cauca Valley. telesurenglish.net Two members of the Quintin Lame's Grandchildren Movement (NQL), Amparo Guejia and Juan Dicue were killed by an unidentified armed group‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã on Friday at La Buitrera village, in the Cauca Valley, Colombia. | RELATED: | Colombia: A Woman Is the First Social Leader Killed This Year | "They were founders of a social organization. We just know…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Brazil to Go Through With Mining on Tribal Lands. telesurenglish.net Brazil's right-wing regime said it was pushing ahead with its plans to mine on tribal lands, despite the objections of the people that live in these targeted areas. | RELATED: | Number of Fires in Brazilian Amazon Increased 30% in 2019 | The Brazilian regime held a briefing on Friday to inform European diplomats about the proposals that have drawn criticism from Indigenous advocates in Brazil and overseas. | According to a public statement on the ministry's website, the Mning and En…

Staff (2020-01-12). Activists Demand U.S. Close Guantánamo and End 18 Years of Torture. truthdig.com Human rights advocates marked the 18th anniversary of the opening of the U.S. military prison at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba with a rally outside the White House on Saturday to "demand an end to years of torture and human rights violations" and call for the detention camp's immediate closure. | In January 2018, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep the prison open. The move, which revoked an order from Trump's predecessor that called for the pri…

Habib Ahmadzadeh (2020-01-12). This Iranian War Vet Has Some Advice for Trump: Don't Play Checkers with the Grandmasters of Chess. globalresearch.ca Dear President Trump, | In a recent Tweet, you claimed that "Iranians never won a war, but never lost a negotiation." As a world citizen and a veteran of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, I have firsthand experience with the bitterness of …

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Several Rockets Hit Iraqi Airbase: 4 Wounded. telesurenglish.net The Iraqi Armed Forces announced on their official Twitter account that a number of rockets targeted the Al-Balad Airbase in the country's Salah Al-Deen Province. | RELATED: | Iran Admits Fault in Downing of Ukranian Airliner | "The Al-Balad Airbase in the Salah Al-Deen Governorate came under attack by eight Katyusha rockets, wounding four members of the Iraqi Air Force, including two officers," the Iraqi Armed Forces said. | The Iraqi Armed Forces did not release anymore details about the…

Aaron Maté (2020-01-12). Ex-US intel officer: Pompeo 'lying through his teeth' on Iran. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration is imposing new sanctions on Iran and defying Iraq's call for a US troop withdrawal. This comes…

Middle East Eye (2020-01-12). Iranian Opposition Group Went From US Terror List to Halls of Congress. theantimedia.com Meet the terrorist organization now lauded by top U.S. officials as an alternative to Iran's government.

Zero Hedge (2020-01-12). In Stunning Reversal, Iran Admits Accidentally Shooting Down Ukrainian Passenger Jet. globalresearch.ca After multiple denials, and demands for proof from foreign entities — accusing them of spreading "psychological warfare" lies, President Hassan Rouhani has admitted Iran accidentally shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that took off from Tehran's international airport amid this …

Rashaan Ayesh (2020-01-12). Only 23% of American Voters Can Identify Iran on the World Map. globalresearch.ca Only 23% of registered American voters were able to correctly identify Iran on an unlabeled world map, according to a poll from Morning Consult and Politico. | Why it matters: Voters' inability to pick out Iran on the map highlights …

Staff (2020-01-12). The U.S. Public Doesn't Want War With Iran. The Senate Must Reaffirm That. truthout.org As early as this coming week, the U.S. Senate may vote on whether to join the House of Representatives in asserting the rightful role of the U.S. Congress in deciding whether the president is authorized to wage war against Iran. | It's not looking likely that the Senate will vote on the same bill passed by a bipartisan majority of 224-194 in the House on Thursday because Republicans leadership may not allow this bill to…

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-12). US Plans Permanent Occupation of Iraq. globalresearch.ca The US plans permanent occupation of numerous nations worldwide, including Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and other countries it attacked preemptively. | It's up to officials of these countries and mass public opposition to end US occupation through the power of resistance. | Pentagon …

Staff (2020-01-12). The Deadly Myth of the Border. truthdig.com "The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America" | Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar | In my memories, the U.S.-Mexico border is always seen at night. I'm crossing home — how many times in my life? — through San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Mexicali. I'm bored, impatient, sometimes drunk in a rowdy car with more people than seats, other times sleepy after a vacation with my parents, still carrying Ensenada beach sand in my shoes. And suddenly ther…

Staff (2020-01-12). As Trial Nears, Trump Keeps Discredited Ukraine Theory Alive. truthdig.com The theory took root in vague form well before Donald Trump laid claim to the White House in 2016. The candidate's close confidant tweeted about it. His campaign chairman apparently spoke about it with people close to him. | What if, the idea went, it was actually Ukraine — and not Russia — that was interfering in the 2016 election? | Never mind that the notion has since been amplified by the president of Russia, the country that U.S. intelligence agencies unequivocally blame for interfering in that year's presidential race. Or that Trump's hand-picked FBI director and other American officials have sa…

Andrew Butler (2020-01-12). Lowkey talks about Julian Assange, the media and internet manipulation. thecanary.co At times when the drums of war beat loudest, we need to remember, recognise, and protect the important role played by whistleblowers. In the first of two exclusive interviews (above) Lowkey talks about Julian Assange and the need for media to question and hold power to account. | In part two (below), Lowkey explains how our online data is used by the state and corporations to monitor and manipulate us. He also discusses the importance of supporting whistleblowers who work to expose this. | By Andrew Butler

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Bolivia: De Facto Regime Supporters Kidnapped Evo's Ex-Minister. telesurenglish.net Evo Morales' former Interior Minister Carlos Romero denounced Saturday that The Resistance, a shock group supporting the coup-based government led by Jeanine Añez, kept him kidnapped for two days inside his home. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Coup Govt. Tries to Convince Europe There Was No Coup | "They have kidnapped me in my own house. They've locked the water stopcock, I had no food or water," Romero told reporters at the hospital where he is still convalescing.

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Libya's Rival Factions Accuse Each Other of Violating Ceasefire. telesurenglish.net Libya's warring factions, the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al Sarraj and the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Kalifa Haftar, have accused each other of violating an agreed ceasefire Sunday. | RELATED: | Russia and Turkey Call for Ceasefire in Libya | Early on Sunday morning, Reuters reported that fire exchange could be heard in Salaheddin and Ain Zara districts in Tripoli. | The GNA warned in a statement that it had recorded gunfire in the Salaheddin and…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Canada Apologizes for Wrongly Raising Alarm at Nuclear Plant. telesurenglish.net Canadians in the province of Ontario on Sunday were awoken to a frightening message from their local government after the latter wrongly raised an alarm at a nuclear power plant. | RELATED: | Canadian Muslim Convention Hosts Anti-Palestinian Politician | According to the Canadian Broadcast Channel, the authorities in the proivince of Ontario were conducting a training excerise at a nuclear power plant near Toronto when they mistakenly sounded the alarm at the site. | The false a…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Workers Remember Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht's Legacies. telesurenglish.net The European left's largest conference Saturday began in Berlin paying tribute to the memory of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two communist revolutionaries killed by far-right paramilitaries on January 15, 1919. | RELATED: | New Film on German Communist Playwright Bertolt Brecht | Over 3,000 people are sharing and analyzing experiences of the struggle around the world at the Rosa Luxemburg International Conference (RLIC), which has been running since 1996 every second Saturday i…

Jim Miles (2020-01-12). How to Hide an Empire — A History of the Greater United States. globalresearch.ca The Greater United States of the title is not just the contiguous states of the mainland plus insets for Alaska and Hawaii, but includes many of the smaller — and not small — territories and possessions held by the U.S. …

Shane Quinn (2020-01-12). The US-China Power Struggle, Two Decades of CIA Interference in Tibet. globalresearch.ca America's position as the world's strongest country faces its greatest challenge today from China, as is widely acknowledged. Yet the United States-China power struggle is not merely a phenomenon of this century, but has been ongoing for at least 70 …

Tyler Durden (2020-01-12). US Expels More Than a Dozen Saudi Military Trainees Over Extremist Ties and Child Porn. theantimedia.com Over a dozen Saudi servicemen stationed at US military installations will be expelled from the country.

Jason Ditz (2020-01-12). Pentagon Chief Saw No Evidence US Embassies Were Under Threat. theantimedia.com Defense Secretary Mark Esper told CBS that he'd seen no evidence at all to support the idea that US embassies were under threat.

Staff (2020-01-12). In Massachusetts, Minors Need Permission for Abortion, But That Could Change. truthout.org She was 15 and recovering from rape, when she realized she was pregnant. She knew right away that she wanted to terminate the pregnancy. But as in many states, Massachusetts required — and still requires — minors to get a parent's consent before an abortion. | "I knew I couldn't tell my mom or my immediate family members because my pregnancy was the result of a sexual assault from a family friend," the now 23-year-old woman said. (KHN and NPR agreed to withhold her name.) Her home,…

Staff (2020-01-12). New York City Mayor Asks for Criminal Investigation Into Trump Taxes. truthout.org New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that he had asked Manhattan's district attorney to investigate discrepancies ProPublica and WNYC revealed last fall between what President Donald Trump's company reported in filings to city tax officials and what it reported in loan filings. The discrepancies made his properties seem more profitable to a lender and less profitabl…

Staff (2020-01-12). Corporate "Cage-Free" Commitments Are Only Meaningful With Accountability. truthout.org Consumers and scientists agree: Eggs from hens raised in cages are bad business. | "Cage-free" is much more than a trend — soon, it will be the industry standard. Demand from consumers and a slew of new laws has led the food industry to take significant strides to avoid being left behind by their competitors. | Between 2014 and 2016, nearly every major U.S. restaurant chain, retailer, food manufacturer, and food service company made a public commitment to their customers and stakeholders to…

Staff (2020-01-12). Ranked Choice Voting Gains Traction for 2020. truthout.org As an independent candidate for public office, Tiffany Bond might typically be seen as a spoiler in a conventional election. | But when she ran for Congress in 2018 in Maine's second Congressional district, she campaigned in Maine's first major election using ranked choice voting, enacted for all state and federal elections in 2016. | Ranked choice voting is now in use in 18 cities, and five states—Hawaii, Alaska, Wyoming, Kansas, and Nevada—plan to use it in their Democratic primaries and caucuses in 2020. | In…

Manlio Dinucci (2020-01-12). A China e nà£o só o Irà£o, sob fogo USA no Médio Oriente. globalresearch.ca O assassínio do General iraniano Soleimani autorizado pelo Presidente Trump desencadeou uma reacàßà£o em cadeia que se propaga para além da regià£o do Médio Oriente. Esse objectivo estava nas intenàßàµes daqueles que decidiram esse acto. Soleimani estava sob a mira …

Global Research News (2020-01-12). Selected Articles: Iran Admits Accidentally Shooting Down Ukrainian Passenger Jet. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

RT (2020-01-12). Dakar Rally tragedy: Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves dies after crash in Saudi Arabia. rt.com Portuguese motorbike rider Paulo Goncalves has tragically died after a crash during Sunday's seventh stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. | The tragedy took place after 276 kilometers (171 miles) of the day's Riyadh to Wadi Al Dawasir test, which is mostly comprised of sand planes and dunes. | READ MORE: Italian cyclist tragically dies after sustaining head injury right before finish | Race organizers immediately summoned a medical helicopter to the scene after the 40-year-old rider was found unconsci…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2020-01-12). S.F. Rep Pelosi Postponed Vote on War Powers Act. indybay.org San Francisco Representative Nancy Pelosi postponed the urgently needed vote on a War Powers Resolution to prevent a US war against Iran. And Top House Democrats want to abandon any vote on a War Powers Resolution. See | www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/08/kic…

RT (2020-01-12). 'Impeached for life': Pelosi sets off Twitter fireworks, falsely claims Dems pursuing subpoena-defying witnesses. rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made numerous odd claims about Trump impeachment in a new interview, including that Dems are pursuing subpoena-defying witness from the Ukraine investigation. | While speaking on ABC's 'This Week' Pelosi told host George Stephanopoulos that "this president is impeached for life, regardless of any gamesmanship on the part of Mitch McConnell." | While Congress passed articles of impeachment against the president, he still technically needs to go through a trial in the Senate to determine his guilt. One is not "impeached" until a decision is made through a trial. Congress merely conduct…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Republicans Will Pay for Denying Impeachment Witnesses: Pelosi. telesurenglish.net United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Sunday that Republicans will pay a political price for denying President Donald Trump's impeachment trial with witnesses, as House Democrats will determine on Tuesday when to send formal charges to the Senate. | RELATED: | US Senate Republicans Ready for Trump Impeachment Trial | Pelosi has delayed delivery of the charges for weeks to compel Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to agree to include new witness testimony and evidence abo…

The Canary (2020-01-12). Sir David Attenborough to speak about the climate crisis at charity dinner. thecanary.co Sir David Attenborough has been announced as the guest speaker at a charity dinner hosted by Sir Tom Hunter. | The broadcaster and naturalist will attend the event at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh next month. | Businessman and philanthropist Hunter said: The climate crisis is one of the greatest threats to the future of our society, so what better guest to welcome to Scotland than Sir David Attenborough? | All funds raised will go to charities chosen by The Hunter Foundation, which is also hosting a competition offering secondary school pupils the chance to win a table for their school at the dinner…

Peter Bolton (2020-01-12). Boris Johnson's PMQs performance exposed him as the puppet of Trump he truly is. thecanary.co Boris Johnson's cosy relationship with US President Donald Trump is nothing new. After Theresa May's resignation, Trump was quick to endorse Johnson as her replacement. He even described him as "Britain Trump". Ever since becoming prime minister, Johnson has returned the favor by further aligning

The Canary (2020-01-12). No matter what Johnson says, the EU won't be rushed into striking a Brexit deal. thecanary.co Passing law to prevent the extension of Brexit negotiations will not force the EU to rush into a deal, Ireland's deputy premier has warned.Simon Coveney said the EU felt the end of 2020 deadline set by Boris Johnson was "ambitious, if not unrealistic".Coveney said he felt it would take longer than 12 months, as he highlighted the deal encompassed much more than trade and included areas like aviation, fishing and data.He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: When people talk about the future relationship, in the UK in particular, they seem to only talk about a future trade agreement, actually there's much more to this t…

RT (2020-01-12). 'The vulnerable spot': Disruption in the Strait of Hormuz would be greatest 'black swan' event in years for oil markets — S&P. rt.com The growing hostilities between the United States and Iran have raised concerns about the possibility of disruption to a key shipping route in the Gulf region, and about the consequences for global oil markets. | According to analyst Dave Ernsberger of S&P Global, any disruption to what is probably the most vital chokepoint in the Middle East could become the largest 'black swan' occasion within the oil market. | Ernsberger who is the firm's global head of commodities pricing, told CNBC that "the market is extremely exposed to any disruption to vessel traffic in the Strait of Hormuz." | Also on rt.com | | <...

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Protesters gather again in Iran, chant against authorities. yenisafak.com Scores of protesters gathered for a second day in Iran on Sunday chanting slogans against the authorities following the military's admission it had shot down a passenger plane in error after days denying it was to blame, social media posts showed.

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Qatar's emir visits Iran amid regional tension. yenisafak.com According to a statement by the Qatari Royal Court, Tamim will hold talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and senior officials on bilateral relations and regional developments.The Qatari leader will also meet with Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to discuss regional developments, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.Tension soared in the region after the U.S. killed Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian general, in a drone airstrike outside Baghdad airport earlier this month. Iran retaliated with firing a dozen ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops.Last week, Qatari Foreign Minister Mo…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Two US service members killed in Afghanistan: NATO. yenisafak.com Two U.S. service members were killed and two others wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said in a statement on Saturday.The service members were conducting operations when their armoured vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in an attack which was claimed by the Taliban.Despite a winter lull in fighting due to heavy snowfall in the mountains, where the Islamist Taliban typically rest and regroup ahead of their annual spring offensive, roadside bombs continue to hit Afghan forces and their foreign allies.A senior…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Turkish, US officials discuss security of Libya, Syria. yenisafak.com Turkey's presidential spokesman discussed security of Libya and Syria with U.S. national security advisor over the phone, Turkey's presidential sources said on Saturday.Ibrahim Kalin and Robert C. O'Brien also discussed recent developments in Iraq and Iran, said the sources who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.Turkey reiterated its call for a cease-fire and both countries agreed on putting efforts to de-escalate the tension in the region.Earlier this week, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles targeting U.S. troops in Iraq…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Fly me to the moon: Japanese billionaire Maezawa seeks girlfriend for SpaceX voyage. yenisafak.com Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa's search for a girlfriend to join him on a voyage around the moon will be the subject of a new documentary programme, in the latest attention-grabbing stunt by the entrepreneur.44-year-old Maezawa, who sold his online fashion retailer Zozo Inc to SoftBank Group Corp, is seeking single females aged over 20 for the show, which will be shown on streaming service AbemaTV."As feelings of loneliness and emptiness slowly begin to surge upon me, there's one thing that I think about: continuing to love one woman," wrote Maezawa on a website for applicants."I want to find a 'life partner…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Turkey 'neutralizes' 2 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces "neutralized" two PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the Defense Ministry said on Sunday."Two PKK terrorists were neutralized in an air-back operation in Metina region of northern Iraq," the ministry said on Twitter adding that the operations will continue.Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralize" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.PKK terrorists often use northern Iraq to plan cross-border terrorist attacks in Turkey.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK

yenisafak (2020-01-12). German chancellor Merkel says Berlin will host Libya peace talks. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Libyan peace talks will be held in Berlin, as Turkey and Russia appealed to the north African nation's warring factions to enter a ceasefire."We hope that the joint efforts by Russia and Turkey will lead to success, and we will soon send out invitations for a conference in Berlin," Merkel said on Saturday during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.She stressed that the United Nations would lead talks if a meeting were to take place in Berlin, and that Libya's warring parties would need to play a major role to help find a solution.The aim wa…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Turkey extends condolences to Oman over Sultan's death. yenisafak.com Turkey on Saturday extended condolences to Oman over the death of longtime ruler Qaboos bin Said al Said.In a Twitter post, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "I wish Allah's mercy on Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said al Said, who was a key figure for Oman's welfare and development with his efforts as well as for the politics in our region."In a separate Twitter post, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said: "Heartfelt condolences to the brotherly people of #Oman who lost a visionary leader, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said. May his soul rest in eternal peace. @MofaOman @Oman_GC."Sultan Qaboos die…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Calm prevails in Tripoli as cease-fire takes effect. yenisafak.com Calm prevailed in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Sunday as a cease-fire called by Turkey and Russia went into effect.The cease-fire took effect at 12 midnight local time [2200GMT] and the decision was celebrated with fireworks in the capital.On Saturday, forces loyal to Libya's renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar accepted a joint call by Turkey and Russia for a cease-fire and truce in the battle for Tripoli.Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari said in a video message that the forces accepted the cease-fire call but would harshly respond if violated.The cease-fire announcement came minutes after…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Turkey arrests 4 FETO-linked terror suspects. yenisafak.com At least four suspected members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and three human smugglers were arrested in northwestern Turkey as they attempted to cross to Greece, security sources said on Sunday.According to a military source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking with the media, Turkish border guards made the arrests in Edirne province's border village of Doyran.FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Turkey launches Operation Kapan-2 in country's south. yenisafak.com Turkey launched Operation Kapan-2 to eliminate terrorists in the country's south, the Interior Ministry announced on Sunday.The gendarmerie command launched the counter-terrorism operation in the rural area of Hatay province, the ministry said in a statement.A total of 623 security personnel, including gendarmerie and police forces, are taking part in the operation.So far, a three-room shelter and three depots have been identified and an improvised explosive device and a large quantity of daily use items have been destroyed.With Turkey ramping up its fight against terrorists, it launched on Saturday Operation KAP…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Two killed as small aircraft crashes in Pakistan. yenisafak.com A small aircraft on Sunday crashed in northeastern Pakistan killing two people including the pilot, an official said.The aircraft crashed near Sadiqabad area of Rahim Yar Khan district in Punjab province while it was spraying pesticides for locusts, Hassan Iqbal, a local police officer, told Anadolu Agency by phone.Two people including a pilot and an engineer of the Plant Protection Department were killed in the incident, he added.The crash apparently happened due to technical fault, he said.Swarms of locusts have headed to Pakistan in the last few months wreaking havoc to crops.

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Italian premier due to visit Turkey on Monday. yenisafak.com Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday will pay a working visit to Turkey on the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.In a statement, the Turkish Communications Directorate said the two leaders will discuss bilateral relations and steps that can be taken to improve cooperation between the two countries.In the meetings, the duo is expected to exchange views on current, regional and international developments, particularly on Libya.It will be Conte's first visit to Turkey after he took office in 2018.

RT (2020-01-12). Russian figure skating duo Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov claim gold at 2020 Youth Olympics (VIDEO). rt.com Russian junior skaters Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov delivered a win for the national team at the 2020 Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland, claiming gold in the pairs event. | Panfilova and Rylov put on a flawless performance on Sunday, perfectly dealing with the technical elements, including two impeccably landed triple throws. | READ MORE: New rival for Zagitova and Medvedeva? Russian gymnast Alexandra Soldatova tries out figure skating elements | The duet received 127.47 points for thei…

RT (2020-01-12). Russian figure skating duet Apollinariia Panfilova & Dmitry Rylov claim gold at 2020 Youth Olympics. rt.com Russian junior skaters Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov delivered a win for the national team at the 2020 Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland, claiming gold in the pairs event. | Panfilova and Rylov put on a flawless performance on Sunday, perfectly dealing with the technical elements, including two impeccably landed triple throws. | READ MORE: New rival for Zagitova and Medvedeva? Russian gymnast Alexandra Soldatova tries out figure skating elements | The duet received 127.47 points for thei…

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Three, Including Top Terrorist, Killed in Encounter with Security Forces in Kashmir – Reports. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India's restive Kashmir region has witnessed considerably fewer incidents of violence since the federal government revoked Article 370 on 5 August 2019. However, there have been several shoot-outs between militants and security forces in Kashmir.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Iran Reportedly Summons UK Envoy Over His Attendance at Anti-Government Rally. sputniknews.com Earlier on Sunday, UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire denied his taking part in Tehran protests that allegedly called for the prosecution of those responsible for the fatal mistake that led to the recent downing of the Ukrainian Airlines plane in the Iranian capital.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). US Forces Reveal Photos of Soleimani Body After Airstrike Hit His Car — Report. sputniknews.com On 3 January, the head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' Quds Force Qasem Soleimani was killed at Baghdad International Airport in a US drone strike which was ordered by President Donald Trump and which further worsened already tense relations between Tehran and Washington.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). US Mulled Targeting Soleimani for Assassination Since 2018 — Report. sputniknews.com The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander was killed in Baghdad by a US drone in the early hours of January 3, putting the two countries on the brink of war.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Report Reveals Why US Troops Suffered No Casualties During Iran Strike on American Bases in Iraq. sputniknews.com Wednesday's Iranian missile attack on US military forces at the Ayn Al-Asad Air Base and a facility in Erbil in Iraq came in response to an American drone strike that killed a top Iranian general earlier this month.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Netanyahu Accuses Iran of Deliberately Lying About Downed Ukrainian Plane. sputniknews.com TEL AVIV (Sputnik) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused Iran of deliberately misleading the world about true causes of Ukraine's Boeing 737 fatal crash as it knew but failed to say right away that the jetliner was shot down by the Iranian military by mistake.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Ceasefire in Libya, Syria's Idlib Generally Observed — Turkish Defence Ministry. sputniknews.com ANKARA (Sputnik) – Ceasefire, brokered by Russia and Turkey in western Libya and the Syrian province of Idlib since Sunday midnight, has been generally observed, the Turkish Defence Ministry said in a statement.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Over Dozen People Killed in Afghanistan's Herat, Kandahar Due to Heavy Snowfall, Rains. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Excessive snow and rain downpour in Afghanistan's western province of Herat and southern province of Kandahar have resulted in 16 deaths due to roof collapses and other damage, Afghan media reported on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Russia Capable of Completing Nord Stream 2 Unaided — Gazprom CEO. sputniknews.com PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY (Sputnik) – Russia has all it takes to complete the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on its own but this will take longer without help from international partners, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Israel's Former Envoy to Poland: Poles Don't Want to Rewrite History but They Look at it Differently. sputniknews.com Israel is caught in the middle of an ongoing squabble between Russia and Poland over who started World War II. But while the Poles have every right to claim they were victims, Warsaw shouldn't sweep under the rug its collaboration with the Nazis, believes a former diplomat.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Russian 'Orbital Spy Satellite' Has Broken Up in Space — Harvard Astronomer. sputniknews.com Russia launched the Kosmos-2491 military satellite into orbit in 2013, with few details made available regarding its capabilities and mission, leading to speculation about its true purpose.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). The Fallout From Trump's Messy Geopolitics is Pulling Merkel and Putin Closer Together — Observer. sputniknews.com As Germany's European and Middle Eastern policy is plagued by differences with the United States, Chancellor Angela Merkel has made it clear that she is willing to withstand pressure from her ally and cooperate with Russia.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Canadian Authorities Issue Alert on 'Incident' at Nuclear Power Plant 'by Mistake'. sputniknews.com The Pickering Nuclear Power Station is one of the world's oldest continuously operating nuclear power plants, and produces about 15 percent of Ontario's power.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Italian Vessel Travelling to GNA-Controlled Port in Libya Detained by Haftar's Forces. sputniknews.com Earlier, the Libyan National Army warned marine traffic about using the ports of Misrata and Khoms, but the UN-backed Libyan government said that the cities were under their control and vessels could enter the ports unimpeded.

Keith D. Brown, Ismael Armendariz, Chaz Garcia (2020-01-12). How We Organized The Oakland Teachers Strike. zcomm.org We organized a seven-day strike last February and March that united 3,000 Oakland public school educators with parents and community against a billionaire-backed school board…

RT (2020-01-12). 'Regime change is in the air': US establishment seeks to capitalize on Iranian protests… again. rt.com The protests in Iran that followed Tehran's admission of its role in the downing of the Ukrainian passenger jet were met with an outpouring of support from Washington. But is it about Iranians, or regime change? | US officials and establishment figures certainly spared no effort as they went out of their way to show how much they supposedly admire the 'courage' of Iranians who took to the streets to vent their anger at the fact that a Ukrainian passenger jet, with many Iranians on board, was mistakenly shot down by Iran's military — something Tehran admitted of its own volition before the results of the c…

RT (2020-01-12). Iran summons UK ambassador over his participation in 'illegal rally' following his arrest at anti-govt protest. rt.com The UK envoy's detention during an anti-government rally in Tehran has sparked a diplomatic scandal. The envoy, summoned on Sunday by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, says he was at a "vigil" for victims of the Ukrainian plane crash. | "Today, Rob Macaire was summoned because of his unconventional behavior of attending an illegal rally on Saturday," the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It also demanded that the British government provide clarification on the matter. | The diplomat was briefly detained late on Saturday outside of Amirkabir University in Tehran, as part of a group of people attending a…

RT (2020-01-12). Facebook 'thought police' censors pro-Iran posts 'to comply with US sanctions'… as Trump warns Tehran against censorship. rt.com Facebook has admitted to selectively censoring pro-Iranian government Instagram posts about the murdered General Soleimani, as US President Donald Trump hypocritically championed free speech and warned Tehran against censorship. | Instagram has confirmed that they have been removing posts that voice support for Qassem Soleimani, with a Facebook spokesperson claiming that censorship is fully justified in order to comply with US sanctions. Instagram is one of the few social media platforms that is not blocked in Iran, and it is where many within the country went to fuel outrage over the US assassination strike i…

RT (2020-01-12). Trump's defense secretary admits he 'didn't see' evidence about Soleimani planning attacks against US embassies. rt.com President Donald Trump warned that Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani was planning "imminent" attacks against Americans, but his own defense secretary seems to be unable to back this claim. | Secretary of Defense Mark Esper revealed in a Sunday interview with 'Face the Nation' on CBS that he "didn't see" specific evidence that supported the president's claim that Soleimani was planning attacks on four US embassies, which Trump touted in a Friday interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham. | "The president said that he believed that there probably could have been attacks against additional embassies," Espe…

RT (2020-01-12). China's smart supercities powered by 5G to become new growth engine. rt.com The next phase of growth in China could come from developing smart supercities through 5G connectivity, smart grids, renewable energy and modern transportation, according to a report by Morgan Stanley. | It expects the country's urbanization ratio to grow from the current 60 percent to 75 percent by 2030, bringing in 220 million new city residents. | Morgan Stanley defines smart tech supercities as regional clusters of giant hubs surrounded by large satellite cities. | "In our view, China is poised to be a global leader in smart city and city cluster development," said Morgan Stanley's Chief China Economist Ro…

RT (2020-01-12). Putin & Macron call for Iranian nuclear deal to be saved, urge US & Tehran to show restraint. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed to take further efforts to keep the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA), in place. On Saturday German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed the same idea on her visit to Moscow. | Putin and Macron also called on all parties involved in the latest escalation of tensions between Iran and the US to show restraint. The two nations found themselves on the brink of military conflict after the US assassinated a top Iranian general, but have still avoided starting a war.

RT (2020-01-12). Four Iraqi Air Force servicemen injured as 8 rockets hit base housing US troops — Iraqi PM's office. rt.com At least four Iraqi soldiers have been injured in mortar shelling targeting Al-Balad airbase housing American troops. The facility has become a frequent target of attacks in the wake of the US killing of a top Iranian commander. | At least eight 'Katyusha' rockets hit the base located some 80 kilometers north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the prime minister's office has confirmed. The rockets allegedly struck a runaway located inside the facility, military sources earlier told Reuters. | There have been no reports of any casualties among the US military personnel. | US bases in Iraq were also hit by a balli…

RT (2020-01-12). 4 Iraqi Air Force servicemen injured as 8 rockets hit base housing US troops. rt.com At least four Iraqi soldiers have been injured in mortar shelling targeting Al-Balad airbase housing American troops. The facility has become a frequent target of attacks in the wake of the US killing of a top Iranian commander. | At least eight 'Katyusha' rockets hit the base located some 80 kilometers north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the prime minister's office has confirmed. The rockets allegedly struck a runaway located inside the facility, military sources earlier told Reuters. | There have been no reports of any casualties among the US military personnel. No groups has so far claimed responsibility…

RT (2020-01-12). US wants to discuss steps for Iran to become 'normal country' without precondition — Esper says amid 'warnings' from Washington. rt.com Despite soaring tensions, the US is open to talk with Tehran, Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said. But there's a catch: such discussion should revolve around "a series of steps" that would make Iran "a more normal country." | "We're willing to sit down and discuss without precondition a new way forward, a series of steps by which Iran becomes a more normal country," Esper said on Sunday, speaking on CBS's 'Face the Nation'. | On negotiations between U.S. and Iran, @EsperDoD acknowledged that Iran, once deemed "corrupt" is "still the legitimate go…

RT (2020-01-12). Iran made 'important decision' to admit fault for Ukrainian plane crash, now all sides must decrease tensions — Kazakh president. rt.com Kazakhstan's leader has said that all sides must avoid further civilian deaths and work towards de-escalation, after Iran acknowledged that it mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane amid fears of war with the US. | Qasym-Jomart Toqayev wrote on Twitter that Iran's decision to admit responsibility for the downing of the plane was "an important" one. | Under the current circumstances, all parties must show restraint in order to lower tensions, which also lead to civilian casualties. | Kazakhstani Foreig…

RT (2020-01-12). 'Turbulent' situation in Middle East is result of US 'corruptive presence' — Iran's supreme leader. rt.com The tense situation in the Middle East requires close cooperation between all nations in the region, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said during his meeting with the emir of Qatar, adding that the region should be free from foreign influence. | "The region's unfavorable situation is due to the corruptive presence of the United States and its cohorts; and the only solution for countering that is to rely on cooperation among the countries of the region." | T…

2020-01-12: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2020-01-13). Under US pressure, social media companies censor critical content and suspend Venezuelan, Iranian, and Syrian accounts. thegrayzone.com As the US escalates its hybrid wars, Twitter and Facebook are suspending accounts and censoring content that conflicts with Washington's…

RT (2020-01-13). 'I wish I was inside that plane': Iran's IRGC chief expresses sorrow over downing of Ukrainian jet. rt.com The top commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Major General Hossein Salami, has expressed his deepest condolences, saying he had never felt more ashamed in his life than after the Ukrainian passenger jet tragedy. | Debriefing the session of Iran's parliament on Sunday, Salami stated that IRGC has no other purpose or wish "but to be torn into pieces for the sake of the security, welfare and peace of [Iranian] people." | I swear on the life of my children… I wish I were inside that plane and fell down and burned along w…

Emily Apple (2020-01-12). We should be outraged that the police listed Extinction Rebellion as extremists. But we shouldn't be surprised. thecanary.co Environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion (XR) hit the headlines on 10 January after the police included it as an extremist ideology in its guide to "Safeguarding young people and adults from ideological extremism". | But while it's outrageous that a nonviolent group focussed on saving the planet from the climate crisis is listed as an extremist threat, we shouldn't be surprised. Because this is exactly how the police treat pro…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Iran Summons UK Ambassador Over Role in Anti-Gov't Protest. telesurenglish.net The Iranian Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday that the U.K.'s Ambassador to Tehran was summoned over his participation in the anti-government protests this weekend. | RELATED: | Iran Rejects New Sanctions Imposed by the US | "Today, Rob Macaire was summoned because of his unconventional behaviour of attending an illegal rally on Saturday", the Foreign Ministry's website said. | Prior to his summoning, Macaire was reportedly detained by the Iranian authorities for breaking diplomatic protocol…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Star War Actor Rejects Advertising Depicting Pinochet as Jedi. telesurenglish.net The U.S. actor Mark Hamill, who is best known for playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, Saturday rejected an image in which far-right activists portrait Chile's dictator Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) as a Jedi. | RELATED: | Chile: College Admissions Test Suspended Due To Student Protest | The story began when Natire Bolledo wrote to Hamill telling him that…

Staff (2020-01-12). Defying Police, Iranians Protest Over Plane Shootdown. truthdig.com DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iranian demonstrators defied a heavy police presence Sunday night to protest their country's days of denials that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 176 people, the latest unrest to roil the capital amid soaring tensions with the United States. | Videos posted online showed protesters shouting anti-government slogans and moving through subway stations and sidewalks, many near Azadi, or Freedom, Square after an earlier call for people to demonstrate there. Other videos suggested similar protests were taking place in other Iranian cities. | Related Articles

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Juan Guaido Wants to Silence teleSUR by Taking Over TV Signal. telesurenglish.net The self-proclaimed 'president' of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, announced on Saturday that he has plans to take over teleSUR's television signal in an attempt to silence the channel. | RELATED: | US Seeks to Affect Cuba's Revenue by Banning Charter Flights | "In the next few days we keep moving forward: tomorrow we announce the steps to recover the teleSUR signal in the continent, and be aware of where and when we are going to hold the session of the @AsambleaVE to open all together th…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-01-12). Twenty-six Things About the Islamic State (ISIS-ISIL-Daesh) that Obama and Trump Do Not Want You to Know About. globalresearch.ca The US led war against the Islamic State is a big lie. Going after "Islamic terrorists" is used to justify a military agenda. The Islamic State is a creation of US intelligence. Washington's "Counter-terrorism Agenda" in Iraq & Syria consists in Supporting the Terrorists.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-01-12). The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq. globalresearch.ca The objective is to engineer a civil war in Iraq, in which both sides are controlled indirectly by US-NATO. The scenario is to arm and equip them, on both sides, finance them with advanced weapons systems and then "let them fight".

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Mexico's AMLO Vows Justice in Visit to Town Scarred by Massacre. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged Sunday that those behind a massacre that killed nine members of a U.S.-Mexican family of Mormon origin will be punished and that the truth surrounding the crime will eventually come out. | RELATED: | Gunmen Kill Mormon Family Members in North Mexico | In a speech before extended family members near the U.S. border, Lopez Obrador also promised to keep relatives appraised of the investigation into the ambush carried out by cartel gunmen t…

Staff (2020-01-12). As Trial Nears, Trump Keeps Discredited Ukraine Theory Alive. truthdig.com The theory took root in vague form well before Donald Trump laid claim to the White House in 2016. The candidate's close confidant tweeted about it. His campaign chairman apparently spoke about it with people close to him. | What if, the idea went, it was actually Ukraine — and not Russia — that was interfering in the 2016 election? | Never mind that the notion has since been amplified by the president of Russia, the country that U.S. intelligence agencies unequivocally blame for interfering in that year's presidential race. Or that Trump's hand-picked FBI director and other American officials have sa…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Libya's Rival Factions Accuse Each Other of Violating Ceasefire. telesurenglish.net Libya's warring factions, the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al Sarraj and the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Kalifa Haftar, have accused each other of violating an agreed ceasefire Sunday. | RELATED: | Russia and Turkey Call for Ceasefire in Libya | Early on Sunday morning, Reuters reported that fire exchange could be heard in Salaheddin and Ain Zara districts in Tripoli. | The GNA warned in a statement that it had recorded gunfire in the Salaheddin and…

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-12). Polls Show Americans Believe Killing Iranian General Made the US Less Safe. globalresearch.ca The Trump regime's assassination of widely respected Iranian General Qassem Soleimani made things less safe in the region and beyond. | Killing him was an act of war, the highest of high crimes under international law — turning millions of Iranians, …

Miri Wood (2020-01-12). Additional 6 Months Granted to NATO Terrorists North of Syria by the UN Security Council. globalresearch.ca Al-Qaeda terrorists operating in the north of Syria and oppressing millions of Syrians can now breathe comfort after the United Nations Security Council extended their supply routes from their regional sponsor NATO member state Turkey for an additional Six months …

Sue Sturgis (2020-01-12). Will Northrop Grumman get its long-planned war with Iran? zcomm.org Amount Northrop Grumman's political action committees contributed to federal campaigns and committees from 2000 to date, according to OpenSecrets.org: almost $24 million…

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-12). O Secretário Geral da ONU, António Guterres, nà£o condena os assassínios dos EUA no Iraque. globalresearch.ca A relatora especial da ONU sobre execuàßàµes extra judiciais, sumárias ou arbitrárias, Agnès Callamard, criticou o assassínio perpetrado pelo regime Trump, do General iraniano Soleimani, do Vice Presidente iraquiano da PMU, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis e de outros que …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-12). US Plans Permanent Occupation of Iraq. globalresearch.ca The US plans permanent occupation of numerous nations worldwide, including Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and other countries it attacked preemptively. | It's up to officials of these countries and mass public opposition to end US occupation through the power of resistance. | Pentagon …

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Colombia: Two Indigenous Leaders Were Killed in Cauca Valley. telesurenglish.net Two members of the Quintin Lame's Grandchildren Movement (NQL), Amparo Guejia and Juan Dicue were killed by an unidentified armed group‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã on Friday at La Buitrera village, in the Cauca Valley, Colombia. | RELATED: | Colombia: A Woman Is the First Social Leader Killed This Year | "They were founders of a social organization. We just know…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Brazil to Go Through With Mining on Tribal Lands. telesurenglish.net Brazil's right-wing regime said it was pushing ahead with its plans to mine on tribal lands, despite the objections of the people that live in these targeted areas. | RELATED: | Number of Fires in Brazilian Amazon Increased 30% in 2019 | The Brazilian regime held a briefing on Friday to inform European diplomats about the proposals that have drawn criticism from Indigenous advocates in Brazil and overseas. | According to a public statement on the ministry's website, the Mning and En…

Max Parry (2020-01-12). Iran's Accidental Downing of a Ukrainian Plane Is Already Being Used to Smear MH-17 Skeptics. globalresearch.ca When the Pentagon confirmed the assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, U.S. President Donald Trump took to social media to post a single image of the American flag to the adulation of his followers. Unfortunately, most Americans are …

Eli Clifton (2020-01-12). U.S. Media Outlets Fail to Disclose U.S. Government Ties of 'Iranian Journalist' Echoing Trump Talking Points. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration is adamant that Iranians welcome the assassination of Qassem Soleimani. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Iraqis were "dancing in the street … thankful that General Soleimani is no more" and that Iranians will view the U.S. …

Dimitri Lascaris (2020-01-12). Invoking the United Nations' Historic "Uniting for Peace" Resolution 377 Before Trump Embroils Us in War with Iran. globalresearch.ca In the early hours of January 3, 2020, the United States military assassinated Iran's most powerful military commander, General Qasem Soleimani. | Soleimani's killing, accomplished by means of a drone strike in Baghdad, was done without the authorization of the Iraqi …

Middle East Eye (2020-01-12). Iranian Opposition Group Went From US Terror List to Halls of Congress. theantimedia.com Meet the terrorist organization now lauded by top U.S. officials as an alternative to Iran's government.

Aaron Maté (2020-01-12). Ex-US intel officer: Pompeo 'lying through his teeth' on Iran. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration is imposing new sanctions on Iran and defying Iraq's call for a US troop withdrawal. This comes…

Staff (2020-01-12). The U.S. Public Doesn't Want War With Iran. The Senate Must Reaffirm That. truthout.org As early as this coming week, the U.S. Senate may vote on whether to join the House of Representatives in asserting the rightful role of the U.S. Congress in deciding whether the president is authorized to wage war against Iran. | It's not looking likely that the Senate will vote on the same bill passed by a bipartisan majority of 224-194 in the House on Thursday because Republicans leadership may not allow this bill to…

Habib Ahmadzadeh (2020-01-12). This Iranian War Vet Has Some Advice for Trump: Don't Play Checkers with the Grandmasters of Chess. globalresearch.ca Dear President Trump, | In a recent Tweet, you claimed that "Iranians never won a war, but never lost a negotiation." As a world citizen and a veteran of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, I have firsthand experience with the bitterness of …

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Several Rockets Hit Iraqi Airbase: 4 Wounded. telesurenglish.net The Iraqi Armed Forces announced on their official Twitter account that a number of rockets targeted the Al-Balad Airbase in the country's Salah Al-Deen Province. | RELATED: | Iran Admits Fault in Downing of Ukranian Airliner | "The Al-Balad Airbase in the Salah Al-Deen Governorate came under attack by eight Katyusha rockets, wounding four members of the Iraqi Air Force, including two officers," the Iraqi Armed Forces said. | The Iraqi Armed Forces did not release anymore details about the…

Zero Hedge (2020-01-12). In Stunning Reversal, Iran Admits Accidentally Shooting Down Ukrainian Passenger Jet. globalresearch.ca After multiple denials, and demands for proof from foreign entities — accusing them of spreading "psychological warfare" lies, President Hassan Rouhani has admitted Iran accidentally shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that took off from Tehran's international airport amid this …

Andrew Korybko (2020-01-12). Why Iran "Came Clean" Regarding Its Role in the UIA-752 Tragedy. globalresearch.ca Iran should be commended for ceasing all disinformation activities aimed at covering up its role in the UIA-752 tragedy, but it didn't do this just because it's the right thing to do, but because it realized that its international reputation …

Rashaan Ayesh (2020-01-12). Only 23% of American Voters Can Identify Iran on the World Map. globalresearch.ca Only 23% of registered American voters were able to correctly identify Iran on an unlabeled world map, according to a poll from Morning Consult and Politico. | Why it matters: Voters' inability to pick out Iran on the map highlights …

Juan Cole (2020-01-12). All the Times the US allied with Gen. Soleimani against Common Enemies. zcomm.org The prime minister of Iraq says he invited Soleimani to Baghdad for peace negotiations with Saudi Arabia and then Trump just suddenly blew his guest away. Soleimani came openly on a commercial flight and went through passport control with his diplomatic passport…

Alan MacLeod (2020-01-12). After 18 Years of US Occupation, Poll Finds Zero Percent of Afghans Thriving, 85 Percent "Suffering" globalresearch.ca American polling firm Gallup has found that Afghans are the saddest people on earth, finding that nearly nine in ten respondents are "suffering," in their own words, with zero percent claiming that they are currently "thriving." When asked to …

Staff (2020-01-12). The Deadly Myth of the Border. truthdig.com "The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America" | Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar | In my memories, the U.S.-Mexico border is always seen at night. I'm crossing home — how many times in my life? — through San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Mexicali. I'm bored, impatient, sometimes drunk in a rowdy car with more people than seats, other times sleepy after a vacation with my parents, still carrying Ensenada beach sand in my shoes. And suddenly ther…

Staff (2020-01-12). More States Are Reconsidering Medicaid Work Requirements. truthout.org Six states — Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, and Virginia — have reversed or suspended their plans to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don't meet work requirements. Other states with similar approved or pending waivers from the federal government also should reconsider these harmful policies. | The six states reconsidering their work requirement policies cited legal challenges and significant pending coverage losses, among other reasons: | In early 2019, newly elected Mai…

Colin Todhunter (2020-01-12). Genetically Modified Seeds in India: Faking it on the Astroturf. globalresearch.ca According to a recent report in The Hindu Business Line, India's intelligence agencies are investigating the role of a global investment company and international seed companies in supporting farmers organisation Shetkari Sanghatana (SS) in the distribution of illegally procured genetically …

Abdul Rahman (2020-01-12). The tenuous deployment of US troops in Iraq. peoplesdispatch.org With the resolution of the Iraqi parliament demanding the withdrawal of all foreign troops from the country, the presence of the nearly 5,200 US soldiers has become a major flashpoint…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Bolivia: De Facto Regime Supporters Kidnapped Evo's Ex-Minister. telesurenglish.net Evo Morales' former Interior Minister Carlos Romero denounced Saturday that The Resistance, a shock group supporting the coup-based government led by Jeanine Añez, kept him kidnapped for two days inside his home. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Coup Govt. Tries to Convince Europe There Was No Coup | "They have kidnapped me in my own house. They've locked the water stopcock, I had no food or water," Romero told reporters at the hospital where he is still convalescing.

Andrew Butler (2020-01-12). Lowkey talks about Julian Assange, the media and internet manipulation. thecanary.co At times when the drums of war beat loudest, we need to remember, recognise, and protect the important role played by whistleblowers. In the first of two exclusive interviews (above) Lowkey talks about Julian Assange and the need for media to question and hold power to account. | In part two (below), Lowkey explains how our online data is used by the state and corporations to monitor and manipulate us. He also discusses the importance of supporting whistleblowers who work to expose this. | By Andrew Butler

Staff (2020-01-12). Activists Demand U.S. Close Guantánamo and End 18 Years of Torture. truthdig.com Human rights advocates marked the 18th anniversary of the opening of the U.S. military prison at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba with a rally outside the White House on Saturday to "demand an end to years of torture and human rights violations" and call for the detention camp's immediate closure. | In January 2018, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep the prison open. The move, which revoked an order from Trump's predecessor that called for the pri…

Staff (2020-01-12). In Massachusetts, Minors Need Permission for Abortion, But That Could Change. truthout.org She was 15 and recovering from rape, when she realized she was pregnant. She knew right away that she wanted to terminate the pregnancy. But as in many states, Massachusetts required — and still requires — minors to get a parent's consent before an abortion. | "I knew I couldn't tell my mom or my immediate family members because my pregnancy was the result of a sexual assault from a family friend," the now 23-year-old woman said. (KHN and NPR agreed to withhold her name.) Her home,…

Staff (2020-01-12). New York City Mayor Asks for Criminal Investigation Into Trump Taxes. truthout.org New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that he had asked Manhattan's district attorney to investigate discrepancies ProPublica and WNYC revealed last fall between what President Donald Trump's company reported in filings to city tax officials and what it reported in loan filings. The discrepancies made his properties seem more profitable to a lender and less profitabl…

Staff (2020-01-12). Corporate "Cage-Free" Commitments Are Only Meaningful With Accountability. truthout.org Consumers and scientists agree: Eggs from hens raised in cages are bad business. | "Cage-free" is much more than a trend — soon, it will be the industry standard. Demand from consumers and a slew of new laws has led the food industry to take significant strides to avoid being left behind by their competitors. | Between 2014 and 2016, nearly every major U.S. restaurant chain, retailer, food manufacturer, and food service company made a public commitment to their customers and stakeholders to…

Staff (2020-01-12). Ranked Choice Voting Gains Traction for 2020. truthout.org As an independent candidate for public office, Tiffany Bond might typically be seen as a spoiler in a conventional election. | But when she ran for Congress in 2018 in Maine's second Congressional district, she campaigned in Maine's first major election using ranked choice voting, enacted for all state and federal elections in 2016. | Ranked choice voting is now in use in 18 cities, and five states—Hawaii, Alaska, Wyoming, Kansas, and Nevada—plan to use it in their Democratic primaries and caucuses in 2020. | In…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Canada Apologizes for Wrongly Raising Alarm at Nuclear Plant. telesurenglish.net Canadians in the province of Ontario on Sunday were awoken to a frightening message from their local government after the latter wrongly raised an alarm at a nuclear power plant. | RELATED: | Canadian Muslim Convention Hosts Anti-Palestinian Politician | According to the Canadian Broadcast Channel, the authorities in the proivince of Ontario were conducting a training excerise at a nuclear power plant near Toronto when they mistakenly sounded the alarm at the site. | The false a…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Workers Remember Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht's Legacies. telesurenglish.net The European left's largest conference Saturday began in Berlin paying tribute to the memory of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two communist revolutionaries killed by far-right paramilitaries on January 15, 1919. | RELATED: | New Film on German Communist Playwright Bertolt Brecht | Over 3,000 people are sharing and analyzing experiences of the struggle around the world at the Rosa Luxemburg International Conference (RLIC), which has been running since 1996 every second Saturday i…

Shane Quinn (2020-01-12). The US-China Power Struggle, Two Decades of CIA Interference in Tibet. globalresearch.ca America's position as the world's strongest country faces its greatest challenge today from China, as is widely acknowledged. Yet the United States-China power struggle is not merely a phenomenon of this century, but has been ongoing for at least 70 …

Jason Ditz (2020-01-12). Pentagon Chief Saw No Evidence US Embassies Were Under Threat. theantimedia.com Defense Secretary Mark Esper told CBS that he'd seen no evidence at all to support the idea that US embassies were under threat.

Tyler Durden (2020-01-12). US Expels More Than a Dozen Saudi Military Trainees Over Extremist Ties and Child Porn. theantimedia.com Over a dozen Saudi servicemen stationed at US military installations will be expelled from the country.

Jim Miles (2020-01-12). How to Hide an Empire — A History of the Greater United States. globalresearch.ca The Greater United States of the title is not just the contiguous states of the mainland plus insets for Alaska and Hawaii, but includes many of the smaller — and not small — territories and possessions held by the U.S. …

Global Research News (2020-01-12). Selected Articles: Iran Admits Accidentally Shooting Down Ukrainian Passenger Jet. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Manlio Dinucci (2020-01-12). A China e nà£o só o Irà£o, sob fogo USA no Médio Oriente. globalresearch.ca O assassínio do General iraniano Soleimani autorizado pelo Presidente Trump desencadeou uma reacàßà£o em cadeia que se propaga para além da regià£o do Médio Oriente. Esse objectivo estava nas intenàßàµes daqueles que decidiram esse acto. Soleimani estava sob a mira …

RT (2020-01-12). Russian figure skating duo Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov claim gold at 2020 Youth Olympics (VIDEO). rt.com Russian junior skaters Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov delivered a win for the national team at the 2020 Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland, claiming gold in the pairs event. | Panfilova and Rylov put on a flawless performance on Sunday, perfectly dealing with the technical elements, including two impeccably landed triple throws. | READ MORE: New rival for Zagitova and Medvedeva? Russian gymnast Alexandra Soldatova tries out figure skating elements | The duet received 127.47 points for thei…

RT (2020-01-12). Russian figure skating duet Apollinariia Panfilova & Dmitry Rylov claim gold at 2020 Youth Olympics. rt.com Russian junior skaters Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov delivered a win for the national team at the 2020 Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland, claiming gold in the pairs event. | Panfilova and Rylov put on a flawless performance on Sunday, perfectly dealing with the technical elements, including two impeccably landed triple throws. | READ MORE: New rival for Zagitova and Medvedeva? Russian gymnast Alexandra Soldatova tries out figure skating elements | The duet received 127.47 points for thei…

RT (2020-01-12). 'The vulnerable spot': Disruption in the Strait of Hormuz would be greatest 'black swan' event in years for oil markets — S&P. rt.com The growing hostilities between the United States and Iran have raised concerns about the possibility of disruption to a key shipping route in the Gulf region, and about the consequences for global oil markets. | According to analyst Dave Ernsberger of S&P Global, any disruption to what is probably the most vital chokepoint in the Middle East could become the largest 'black swan' occasion within the oil market. | Ernsberger who is the firm's global head of commodities pricing, told CNBC that "the market is extremely exposed to any disruption to vessel traffic in the Strait of Hormuz." | Also on rt.com | | <...

RT (2020-01-12). Dakar Rally tragedy: Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves dies after crash in Saudi Arabia. rt.com Portuguese motorbike rider Paulo Goncalves has tragically died after a crash during Sunday's seventh stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. | The tragedy took place after 276 kilometers (171 miles) of the day's Riyadh to Wadi Al Dawasir test, which is mostly comprised of sand planes and dunes. | READ MORE: Italian cyclist tragically dies after sustaining head injury right before finish | Race organizers immediately summoned a medical helicopter to the scene after the 40-year-old rider was found unconsci…

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Netanyahu Accuses Iran of Deliberately Lying About Downed Ukrainian Plane. sputniknews.com TEL AVIV (Sputnik) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused Iran of deliberately misleading the world about true causes of Ukraine's Boeing 737 fatal crash as it knew but failed to say right away that the jetliner was shot down by the Iranian military by mistake.

RT (2020-01-12). Knesset to go forward debating & rejecting Bibi's immunity request as his allies cry it will be a 'jungle'. rt.com In a blow to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Knesset was given the green light to debate his immunity from prosecution. The legislative body is likely to deny it, paving the way for his corruption trial to start. | Netanyahu requested immunity after he was indicted in November on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of public trust saying he needs "to continue to lead Israel to great achievements." | On Sunday Eyal Yinon, the Knesset's legal adviser, issued a ruling that Speaker Yuli Edelstein should allow the formation of a Knesset House Committee that will look into the matter and is expected…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Israel's Parliament to Start Discussing PM's Immunity Request. telesurenglish.net An Israeli Parliament committee, known as the Knesset's Arrangements Committee, is set to meet Monday to start processing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request for immunity from prosecution in the three corruption cases against him. | RELATED: | Netanyahu Pledges ICC Investigation Won't Impede Settlements | The Arrangements Committee – headed…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Fly me to the moon: Japanese billionaire Maezawa seeks girlfriend for SpaceX voyage. yenisafak.com Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa's search for a girlfriend to join him on a voyage around the moon will be the subject of a new documentary programme, in the latest attention-grabbing stunt by the entrepreneur.44-year-old Maezawa, who sold his online fashion retailer Zozo Inc to SoftBank Group Corp, is seeking single females aged over 20 for the show, which will be shown on streaming service AbemaTV."As feelings of loneliness and emptiness slowly begin to surge upon me, there's one thing that I think about: continuing to love one woman," wrote Maezawa on a website for applicants."I want to find a 'life partner…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2020-01-12). S.F. Rep Pelosi Postponed Vote on War Powers Act. indybay.org San Francisco Representative Nancy Pelosi postponed the urgently needed vote on a War Powers Resolution to prevent a US war against Iran. And Top House Democrats want to abandon any vote on a War Powers Resolution. See | www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/08/kic…

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Iran Reportedly Summons UK Envoy Over His Attendance at Anti-Government Rally. sputniknews.com Earlier on Sunday, UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire denied his taking part in Tehran protests that allegedly called for the prosecution of those responsible for the fatal mistake that led to the recent downing of the Ukrainian Airlines plane in the Iranian capital.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Russia Capable of Completing Nord Stream 2 Unaided — Gazprom CEO. sputniknews.com PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY (Sputnik) – Russia has all it takes to complete the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on its own but this will take longer without help from international partners, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Russian 'Orbital Spy Satellite' Has Broken Up in Space — Harvard Astronomer. sputniknews.com Russia launched the Kosmos-2491 military satellite into orbit in 2013, with few details made available regarding its capabilities and mission, leading to speculation about its true purpose.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). The Fallout From Trump's Messy Geopolitics is Pulling Merkel and Putin Closer Together — Observer. sputniknews.com As Germany's European and Middle Eastern policy is plagued by differences with the United States, Chancellor Angela Merkel has made it clear that she is willing to withstand pressure from her ally and cooperate with Russia.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Israel's Former Envoy to Poland: Poles Don't Want to Rewrite History but They Look at it Differently. sputniknews.com Israel is caught in the middle of an ongoing squabble between Russia and Poland over who started World War II. But while the Poles have every right to claim they were victims, Warsaw shouldn't sweep under the rug its collaboration with the Nazis, believes a former diplomat.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Ceasefire in Libya, Syria's Idlib Generally Observed — Turkish Defence Ministry. sputniknews.com ANKARA (Sputnik) – Ceasefire, brokered by Russia and Turkey in western Libya and the Syrian province of Idlib since Sunday midnight, has been generally observed, the Turkish Defence Ministry said in a statement.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Three, Including Top Terrorist, Killed in Encounter with Security Forces in Kashmir – Reports. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India's restive Kashmir region has witnessed considerably fewer incidents of violence since the federal government revoked Article 370 on 5 August 2019. However, there have been several shoot-outs between militants and security forces in Kashmir.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). US Mulled Targeting Soleimani for Assassination Since 2018 — Report. sputniknews.com The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander was killed in Baghdad by a US drone in the early hours of January 3, putting the two countries on the brink of war.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). US Forces Reveal Photos of Soleimani Body After Airstrike Hit His Car — Report. sputniknews.com On 3 January, the head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' Quds Force Qasem Soleimani was killed at Baghdad International Airport in a US drone strike which was ordered by President Donald Trump and which further worsened already tense relations between Tehran and Washington.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Report Reveals Why US Troops Suffered No Casualties During Iran Strike on American Bases in Iraq. sputniknews.com Wednesday's Iranian missile attack on US military forces at the Ayn Al-Asad Air Base and a facility in Erbil in Iraq came in response to an American drone strike that killed a top Iranian general earlier this month.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Over Dozen People Killed in Afghanistan's Herat, Kandahar Due to Heavy Snowfall, Rains. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Excessive snow and rain downpour in Afghanistan's western province of Herat and southern province of Kandahar have resulted in 16 deaths due to roof collapses and other damage, Afghan media reported on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Canadian Authorities Issue Alert on 'Incident' at Nuclear Power Plant 'by Mistake'. sputniknews.com The Pickering Nuclear Power Station is one of the world's oldest continuously operating nuclear power plants, and produces about 15 percent of Ontario's power.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Italian Vessel Travelling to GNA-Controlled Port in Libya Detained by Haftar's Forces. sputniknews.com Earlier, the Libyan National Army warned marine traffic about using the ports of Misrata and Khoms, but the UN-backed Libyan government said that the cities were under their control and vessels could enter the ports unimpeded.

Peter Maiden (2020-01-12). Fresno Peace in Iran Vigil Coordinates with Nationwide Protests. indybay.org Over 100 people attended a vigil for peace with Iran in Fresno at 5 p.m. on January 9, in one of around three hundred demonstrations around the United States. The protest was coordinated with others by being held at the same time on the same day with the same message: no war with Iran.

MoveOn, Indivisible, Others (2020-01-12). No War With Iran! Redwood City Protest. indybay.org Intersection of Jefferson Avenue and El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-01-12). No New War on Iran! Emergency Protest. indybay.org Photos: Leon Kunstenaar | People rush to demonstrate against Trump war on Iran…

Toby Blomé (2020-01-12). No Iran War — Golden Gate Bridge Peace Walk. indybay.org Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco | 11: 45 am: Gather on the SF side of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking available on southeast and southwest corners, just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101, northbound, as you approach the bridge, or, southbound, take the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive very early for best parking, or carpool. Public transportation below. | Noon: Walk begins on the eastern walkway from the southeast/S.F. side. Short, silent vigil in the middle with signs. Then return to the SF side bridge plaza for our rally. All welcome to speak. | 1: 00 pm: Rally on SF…

Roknich (2020-01-12). Ro Khanna "End the War in Iran" indybay.org BREAKING: Minutes ago, US Representaive Ro Khanna spoke at the Bernie Sanders rally in Iowa City Iowa. Here's video from minutes ago.

Curt Wechsler (2020-01-12). No war on Iran. No war on women. indybay.org RefuseFascism Organizers meeting | 1590 Bryant, San Francisco…

Free Julian Assange (2020-01-12). London Public rally with speakers on issue of Press freedom and the case of Julia. indybay.org University College London, Logan Hall…

Jim Mitulski (2020-01-12). Sunset Peace Vigil in Foster City. indybay.org In front of Foster City City Hall (610 Foster City Blvd)…

Dan Bacher (2020-01-12). Thirty-Seven Groups Urge Newsom to Halt New Fossil Fuel Drilling, Close Aliso Canyon. indybay.org "The combined effects of wildfires, mudslides, power shut-offs and droughts leave no doubt that California is in a climate emergency," said Food & Water Action State Director Alexandra Nagy in a statement. "The time for half-measures is long gone. Governor Newsom still has the opportunity to take courageous action before it's too late. This means banning fracking, shutting down Aliso Canyon and moving the state rapidly off fossil fuels and onto clean, renewable energy."

RT (2020-01-12). 'Impeached for life': Pelosi sets off Twitter fireworks, falsely claims Dems pursuing subpoena-defying witnesses. rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made numerous odd claims about Trump impeachment in a new interview, including that Dems are pursuing subpoena-defying witness from the Ukraine investigation. | While speaking on ABC's 'This Week' Pelosi told host George Stephanopoulos that "this president is impeached for life, regardless of any gamesmanship on the part of Mitch McConnell." | While Congress passed articles of impeachment against the president, he still technically needs to go through a trial in the Senate to determine his guilt. One is not "impeached" until a decision is made through a trial. Congress merely conduct…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Republicans Will Pay for Denying Impeachment Witnesses: Pelosi. telesurenglish.net United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Sunday that Republicans will pay a political price for denying President Donald Trump's impeachment trial with witnesses, as House Democrats will determine on Tuesday when to send formal charges to the Senate. | RELATED: | US Senate Republicans Ready for Trump Impeachment Trial | Pelosi has delayed delivery of the charges for weeks to compel Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to agree to include new witness testimony and evidence abo…

RT (2020-01-12). 'Regime change is in the air': US establishment seeks to capitalize on Iranian protests… again. rt.com The protests in Iran that followed Tehran's admission of its role in the downing of the Ukrainian passenger jet were met with an outpouring of support from Washington. But is it about Iranians, or regime change? | US officials and establishment figures certainly spared no effort as they went out of their way to show how much they supposedly admire the 'courage' of Iranians who took to the streets to vent their anger at the fact that a Ukrainian passenger jet, with many Iranians on board, was mistakenly shot down by Iran's military — something Tehran admitted of its own volition before the results of the c…

RT (2020-01-12). Iran summons UK ambassador over his participation in 'illegal rally' following his arrest at anti-govt protest. rt.com The UK envoy's detention during an anti-government rally in Tehran has sparked a diplomatic scandal. The envoy, summoned on Sunday by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, says he was at a "vigil" for victims of the Ukrainian plane crash. | "Today, Rob Macaire was summoned because of his unconventional behavior of attending an illegal rally on Saturday," the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It also demanded that the British government provide clarification on the matter. | The diplomat was briefly detained late on Saturday outside of Amirkabir University in Tehran, as part of a group of people attending a…

RT (2020-01-12). Putin & Macron call for Iranian nuclear deal to be saved, urge US & Tehran to show restraint. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed to take further efforts to keep the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA), in place. On Saturday German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed the same idea on her visit to Moscow. | Putin and Macron also called on all parties involved in the latest escalation of tensions between Iran and the US to show restraint. The two nations found themselves on the brink of military conflict after the US assassinated a top Iranian general, but have still avoided starting a war.

RT (2020-01-12). US sanctions will delay Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline but WON'T END IT, Polish PM admits. rt.com The Polish prime minister has admitted that US sanctions will fail to torpedo the major Baltic Sea pipeline intended to supply Germany with Russian natural gas, and says he wishes the project had "never begun in the first place." | "I believe the US sanctions will delay the project but will not end it," Mateusz Morawiecki told German newspaper Die Welt in an interview. | Swiss-Dutch pipe-laying company Allseas stopped its work on the pipeline in December through fear of getting hit by the sanctions, which were adopted by the US earlier that month. | Morawiecki, whose government argues that the project will mak…

RT (2020-01-12). Water polo drubbing: Russian women's team scores WHOPPING 31 GOALS against Slovakia at European Championship (VIDEO). rt.com Russia's women's water polo team started their campaign for an Olympic berth in style, destroying their Slovakian rivals 31-2 in the opening game of the 2020 European Championship in Budapest, Hungary. | The Russians netted a total of 14 unanswered goals during the first two quarters to ensure a dominant victory long before the match ended. | READ MORE: WATCH: South Korean water polo players shed tears of joy after scoring in 30-1 demolition by Russia | The Slovakian squad managed to score two consolation…

RT (2020-01-12). China's smart supercities powered by 5G to become new growth engine. rt.com The next phase of growth in China could come from developing smart supercities through 5G connectivity, smart grids, renewable energy and modern transportation, according to a report by Morgan Stanley. | It expects the country's urbanization ratio to grow from the current 60 percent to 75 percent by 2030, bringing in 220 million new city residents. | Morgan Stanley defines smart tech supercities as regional clusters of giant hubs surrounded by large satellite cities. | "In our view, China is poised to be a global leader in smart city and city cluster development," said Morgan Stanley's Chief China Economist Ro…

RT (2020-01-12). Facebook 'thought police' censors pro-Iran posts 'to comply with US sanctions'… as Trump warns Tehran against censorship. rt.com Facebook has admitted to selectively censoring pro-Iranian government Instagram posts about the murdered General Soleimani, as US President Donald Trump hypocritically championed free speech and warned Tehran against censorship. | Instagram has confirmed that they have been removing posts that voice support for Qassem Soleimani, with a Facebook spokesperson claiming that censorship is fully justified in order to comply with US sanctions. Instagram is one of the few social media platforms that is not blocked in Iran, and it is where many within the country went to fuel outrage over the US assassination strike i…

RT (2020-01-12). Four Iraqi Air Force servicemen injured as 8 rockets hit base housing US troops — Iraqi PM's office. rt.com At least four Iraqi soldiers have been injured in mortar shelling targeting Al-Balad airbase housing American troops. The facility has become a frequent target of attacks in the wake of the US killing of a top Iranian commander. | At least eight 'Katyusha' rockets hit the base located some 80 kilometers north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the prime minister's office has confirmed. The rockets allegedly struck a runaway located inside the facility, military sources earlier told Reuters. | There have been no reports of any casualties among the US military personnel. | US bases in Iraq were also hit by a balli…

RT (2020-01-12). 4 Iraqi Air Force servicemen injured as 8 rockets hit base housing US troops. rt.com At least four Iraqi soldiers have been injured in mortar shelling targeting Al-Balad airbase housing American troops. The facility has become a frequent target of attacks in the wake of the US killing of a top Iranian commander. | At least eight 'Katyusha' rockets hit the base located some 80 kilometers north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the prime minister's office has confirmed. The rockets allegedly struck a runaway located inside the facility, military sources earlier told Reuters. | There have been no reports of any casualties among the US military personnel. No groups has so far claimed responsibility…

RT (2020-01-12). US wants to discuss steps for Iran to become 'normal country' without precondition — Esper says amid 'warnings' from Washington. rt.com Despite soaring tensions, the US is open to talk with Tehran, Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said. But there's a catch: such discussion should revolve around "a series of steps" that would make Iran "a more normal country." | "We're willing to sit down and discuss without precondition a new way forward, a series of steps by which Iran becomes a more normal country," Esper said on Sunday, speaking on CBS's 'Face the Nation'. | On negotiations between U.S. and Iran, @EsperDoD acknowledged that Iran, once deemed "corrupt" is "still the legitimate go…

RT (2020-01-12). Trump's defense secretary admits he 'didn't see' evidence about Soleimani planning attacks against US embassies. rt.com President Donald Trump warned that Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani was planning "imminent" attacks against Americans, but his own defense secretary seems to be unable to back this claim. | Secretary of Defense Mark Esper revealed in a Sunday interview with 'Face the Nation' on CBS that he "didn't see" specific evidence that supported the president's claim that Soleimani was planning attacks on four US embassies, which Trump touted in a Friday interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham. | "The president said that he believed that there probably could have been attacks against additional embassies," Espe…

RT (2020-01-12). 'Turbulent' situation in Middle East is result of US 'corruptive presence' — Iran's supreme leader. rt.com The tense situation in the Middle East requires close cooperation between all nations in the region, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said during his meeting with the emir of Qatar, adding that the region should be free from foreign influence. | "The region's unfavorable situation is due to the corruptive presence of the United States and its cohorts; and the only solution for countering that is to rely on cooperation among the countries of the region." | T…

RT (2020-01-12). Iran made 'important decision' to admit fault for Ukrainian plane crash, now all sides must decrease tensions — Kazakh president. rt.com Kazakhstan's leader has said that all sides must avoid further civilian deaths and work towards de-escalation, after Iran acknowledged that it mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane amid fears of war with the US. | Qasym-Jomart Toqayev wrote on Twitter that Iran's decision to admit responsibility for the downing of the plane was "an important" one. | Under the current circumstances, all parties must show restraint in order to lower tensions, which also lead to civilian casualties. | Kazakhstani Foreig…

RT (2020-01-12). Iran's Foreign Ministry to provide consular assistance to relatives of Ukrainian jet downing victims. rt.com The Iranian Foreign Ministry has created a special taskforce that will provide consular support to the relatives of those who perished in the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 downing, spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Sunday. | The jet, which primarily carried Iranian and Canadian nationals, went down outside Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 on board. Tehran acknowledged that it was shot down by the county's armed forces, which erroneously identified the passenger plane as an incoming cruise missile.

RT (2020-01-12). Oops! Canadian nuclear power plant 'incident' alert turns out to be 'error' after 'Chernobyl' Twitter panic. rt.com It was 7: 24am Sunday when Ontario residents received a chilling alert about an "incident" at one of the world's oldest nuclear power stations located a few kilometers away from Canada's most populous city of Toronto. | Pickering power plant, located on the shore of Lake Ontario, sent out an alert stating that emergency staff are responding to an incident at the facility, although "there has been no abnormal release of radioactivity from the station." It also said that locals do not need to evacuate or take any other protective measures. | I was just awoken by my phone blaring an emergency alarm. There's been a…

The Canary (2020-01-12). No matter what Johnson says, the EU won't be rushed into striking a Brexit deal. thecanary.co Passing law to prevent the extension of Brexit negotiations will not force the EU to rush into a deal, Ireland's deputy premier has warned.Simon Coveney said the EU felt the end of 2020 deadline set by Boris Johnson was "ambitious, if not unrealistic".Coveney said he felt it would take longer than 12 months, as he highlighted the deal encompassed much more than trade and included areas like aviation, fishing and data.He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: When people talk about the future relationship, in the UK in particular, they seem to only talk about a future trade agreement, actually there's much more to this t…