Daily Archives: January 18, 2020

2020-01-18: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-19). Maduro says time for direct talks with Trump, blames Pompeo & Co for US 'failure' in Venezuela. rt.com Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has said he is open to talks with US President Donald Trump in the hopes to repair ties with the US, while blaming Trump's hawkish advisors for feeding him a distorted narrative. | In an interview to the Washington Post, published Saturday, Maduro said that he would like to sit down with his US counterpart, suggesting that both countries would benefit from the rapprochement given it is based on mutual respect. | If there's respect between governments, no matter how big the United States is, and if there's a dialogue, an exchange of truthful information, then be sure we can…

Staff (2020-01-18). Gun-Rights Activists Gear Up for Show of Force in Virginia. truthdig.com They see Richmond protests as a rallying point for their cause, as state officials issue dire warnings over rhetoric and fears of violence.

teleSUR (2020-01-18). Brazil's Peoples: Bolsonaro Means Genocide, Ethnocide, Ecocide. telesurenglish.net After a four-day meeting carried out in Piaracu village, at the Mato Grosso state, in Brazil, over 600 Indigenous leaders Friday issued a manifesto denouncing the "genocide, ethnocide, and ecocide" planned by the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | Brazil to Go Through With Mining on Tribal Lands | "The white man is very greedy," chief Raoni Metuktire said and explained that the Brazilian government is threatening the survival of Indigenous peoples with plans to allow commercial…

Wim Laven (2020-01-18). Message to Trump supporters: I am sorry. zcomm.org Great things can happen when we are united, right now 80 million Iranian citizens and all Americans need us to be united in calling off the dogs of war…

Sid Shniad (2020-01-18). Canada must not suppress free speech on Israel. zcomm.org We are opposed to all forms of racism. We advocate for justice and peace for both Israelis and Palestinians…

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-18). Nuclear Weapons: Trump Regime Pressured E3 Countries (UK, France, Germany) to Trigger JCPOA Dispute Mechanism. globalresearch.ca Post-WW II, Washington transformed Western European countries into virtual US colonies — their presence status. | Judge them by their actions. Time and again, they subordinate their sovereign rights to US interests, even when harming their own. | It shows by imposing …

teleSUR (2020-01-18). Bolivia Anti-Imperialist Army School Renamed to Che's Assassins. telesurenglish.net The anti-imperialist school that Evo Morales created in the Armed Forces of Bolivia in 2016 has been renamed Friday to Heroes of àëancahuazu, after the Bolivian military unit that killed the revolutionary figure Ernesto "Che" Guevara in 1967. | RELATED: | Bolivian Senate Approves Extending Coup Government Mandate | "Bolivians are not anti-anything," Bolivia's Interim Defense Minister Luis Fernando Lopez declared to media in La Paz, while explaining that the anti-imperialist or…

teleSUR (2020-01-18). Mexico Halts Migrant Caravan by Closing Border With Guatemala. telesurenglish.net In response to the arrival of the caravan of Central American migrants, Mexico temporarily closed its border crossings near the Guatemalan cities of El Ceibo and Tecun Uman on Saturday morning. | RELATED: | Mexico's President Offers 4,000 Jobs in Attempt to Stop Caravan | Previously, around 4,000 Hondurans had arrived in the country and were waiting on a bridge at Tecun Uman. Some of them began pushing and shoving before being driven back by Mexican security officials, who shut…

Staff (2020-01-18). Hunger Striker Nearing Death in ICE Custody: "I Just Want Freedom" truthout.org Doctors and advocates for incarcerated immigrants are demanding that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) release five South Asian asylum seekers on hunger strike at a remote ICE jail in Louisiana, where at least three strikers are being force-hydrated and at least two are being force-fed after refusing to eat and drink for over 75 days. | When a hunger striker's health fails, ICE may obtain a court order to restrain the striker and force fluids and nutrients into their body with tubes, a process hum…

Mark Dudzic (2020-01-18). Take My Benefits — Please! Medicare System in Crisis. globalresearch.ca At the June 2019 House Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Medicare for All, Texas Republican Kevin Murphy lamented, "That great health care plan that your union negotiated for you? It's gone. Banned under Medicare for All." | A right-wing congressman …

Staff (2020-01-18). Bernie Sanders Denounces Trump's Effort to Divide Democrats. truthout.org After President Donald Trump earlier in the day accused Democrats in Congress of "rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders," the 2020 presidential candidate shot back Friday evening to say the president's effort to divide Democrats would be unsuccessful. | "Let's be clear about who is rigging what," Sanders said in a statement. "It is Donald Trump's action to use the power of the federal government for his own political benefit that is the cause of the impeachment trial. His transparent attempts to di…

Staff (2020-01-18). Texas Republicans Are Manufacturing a Crisis in Houston's Public School System. truthout.org If the state of Texas had its way, the state would be in the process of taking over the Houston Independent School District. | But a judge temporarily blocked the takeover on Jan. 8, with the issue now set to be decided at a trial in June. | The ruling temporarily spares Houston's pub…

South Front (2020-01-18). Video: Turkish Invasion of Libya? Erdogan Sends Troops. globalresearch.ca In early 2020, Libya became one of the main hot points in the Greater Middle East with stakes raised by Turkey's decision to launch a military operation there. | On January 5, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey had sent …

Staff (2020-01-18). Thousands Gather for Women's March Rallies Across the U.S. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Thousands gathered in cities across the country Saturday as part of the nationwide Women's March rallies focused on issues such as climate change, pay equity, reproductive rights and immigration. | Hundred showed up in New York City and thousands in Washington, D.C., for the rallies, which aim to harness the political power of women, although crowds were noticeably smaller than in previous years. Marches were scheduled Saturday in more than 180 cities. | The first marches in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of people to rallies in cities across the country on the day after President Donald Trump…

Eds. (2020-01-18). World First: Bank of England unveils climate stress test to banks and insurance companies. mronline.org Tackling climate change isn't just about replacing fossil fuels with renewables, or planting more trees. It's about confronting climate stress across society. | Source

Brasil de Fato (2020-01-18). Dilma Rousseff: "Torture is about pain and death. They want you to lose your dignity" peoplesdispatch.org Fifty years ago today, on Jan. 16, 1970, the 22-year-old militant Dilma Rousseff was arrested by agents of the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil from 1964 and 1985, a period when the country faced a crack down on civil liberties and freedom of speech. The regime persecuted political activists and anyone whose behavior was deemed to deviate from the norm. | "Torture is an extremely complex thing. I think that everyone who went through prison will always bear that mark. I don't like to watch movies where there is torture, for example. It's not that I don't like them. I just don't watch them. I don't want to w…

Phyllis Bennis (2020-01-18). Support for Combat Troop Withdrawal Is Not Enough. zcomm.org I thought that was an important advance, that there's a recognition of where the entire base of half this country is, which is strongly against wars…

WSWS (2020-01-18). Sigrid Nunez's National Book Award-winning novel, The Friend: One form of contemporary misanthropy. wsws.org A novel about a middle-aged writing instructor whose recently deceased friend and mentor has bequeathed her his enormous Great Dane.

WSWS (2020-01-18). The Libya conference and the new scramble for Africa. wsws.org The meeting is reminiscent of the infamous Congo Conference, which was held in Berlin in 1884-85 and aimed at the complete colonization of Africa.

Staff (2020-01-18). With Passage of NAFTA 2.0, Congress Boosts Fossil Fuel Polluters in Mexico. truthout.org NAFTA 2.0 cleared another hurdle on January 16 as the U.S. Senate approved the trade deal with bipartisan support. | Officially called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the pact has some improvements but remains a handout to large corporations. | This is particularly evident in the USMCA rules related to investor rights. One of the most controversial aspects of the original NAFTA was that it allowed private corporations to sue governments in international tribunals, demanding co…

Ahmed Tharwat (2020-01-18). Sleepless in Cairo: Egyptians Reacquaint Themselves to Life In a Dictatorship. mintpressnews.com Ahmed Tharwat returns to his home country of Egypt to find that Egyptians, once vibrant and full of optimism, have returned to the grim reality of life in a repressive dictatorship.

RT (2020-01-18). UK's Prince Harry & Meghan to lose titles & funds, repay millions spent for renovation as they 'exit' royal family duties. rt.com The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to lose their titles and public funding, as they opt for "a more independent life," Buckingham Palace has said, adding they are no longer "working members of the Royal Family." | An arrangement agreed by the couple and the Royal family says Harry and Meghan will no longer be able to formally represent the Queen and will lose their titles. They will no longer receive public funds associated with their former royal duties. | The couple also expressed their wish to refund public monies used to renovate Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their family home even after they part wa…

yenisafak (2020-01-18). US, Pakistani top diplomats talk Afghan cooperation. yenisafak.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi discussed on Friday a series of issues, including the importance of bilateral cooperation in bringing a long-elusive peace to Afghanistan.The leaders also addressed Iran, and increased economic relations, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a brief statement following their meeting.Pompeo's meeting with Qureshi comes amid reports that the Afghan Taliban have presented the U.S. with a proposal that would reduce hostilities for a number of days to allow peace talks to resume.Pakistani and Taliban negotiators are also…

yenisafak (2020-01-18). Police seize over 180 kg of heroin in eastern Turkey. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces seized 183 kilograms (around 403 pounds) of heroin in the country's east, an official statement said on Friday.The provincial police teams seized the illicit drug in Agri province when they stopped a truck having Iranian number plates, said the statement by provincial governor's office.During the search, assisted by a sniffer dog, police found 362 packs of heroin hidden in the trunk of the truck.Police arrested the truck driver, who is Iranian national. A local court later remanded the suspect into custody.The truck was also seized.According to police data, Turkish security forces seized a…

yenisafak (2020-01-18). Canada to give $25,000 to 57 families of plane victims. yenisafak.com Canada will give $25,000 to each of the families of the 57 victims of Flight PS752 that was shot down inadvertently by Iran, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced at a press conference Friday.As he spoke, Canada's Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif were in a face-to-face meeting in Muscat, Oman.The two discussed "the necessity of full access to Iran for officials from Canada and other grieving nations to: provide consular services, assist in ensuring victim identification meeting international standards and participate in a thorough and transparent inve…

yenisafak (2020-01-18). UK says Berlin Conference important for Libya ceasefire. yenisafak.com The Berlin Conference on Sunday is "an important step towards securing a ceasefire" in Libya, Britain's foreign secretary said on Friday.In a Twitter post, Dominic Raab wrote his country is committed to uniting all sides behind peace efforts initiated by the UN."Sunday's Berlin Conference is an important step towards securing a ceasefire and political solution to conflict in Libya," Raab said."Spoken to Libyan PM Serraj to stress UK commitment to uniting international community behind UN's efforts to find lasting peace," he added.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will attend the conference alongside the leader…

yenisafak (2020-01-18). Berlin talks to seek political solution to Libya crisis. yenisafak.com Germany is set to host a major peace conference on Libya that will seek a stronger commitment from regional actors for a cease-fire in the war-torn country to pave the way for a political solution.Chancellor Angela Merkel invited leaders from Turkey, Russia, the U.S., China, France, the U.K. and other regional actors to a single-day conference in Berlin on Sunday, amid a fragile cease-fire between Libya's internationally recognized government and forces loyal to Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar.The German government cautioned against high expectations ahead of the conference and underlined that a single meeting coul…

yenisafak (2020-01-18). Challenges ahead of Berlin Conference on Libya. yenisafak.com As all eyes are on the Sunday's Berlin Conference, where regional and international actors are set to discuss Libya conflict that has been going on since the ouster of the country's leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.Nebahat Tanriverdi Yasar, an expert at North Africa studies of Ankara-based Center for Middle Eastern Studies (ORSAM) think-tank, told Anadolu Agency that the initial peace-themed political process was launched in 2015 with the Skhirat agreement.Named after a city in Morocco, where the agreement was signed, Skhirat deal was sponsored by the UN in a bid to find a political solution to Libyan crisis. In li…

yenisafak (2020-01-18). Over 1,400 irregular migrants held off Turkey's coasts. yenisafak.com A total of 1,471 irregular migrants were held off Turkey's Aegean and Mediterranean coasts over the last one week, the Turkish Coast Guard said on Friday."A total of 1,471 irregular migrants and 1 migrant smuggler were captured by the Coast Guard Command in 41 incidents between 10-16 January 2020 within the scope of anti-irregular migration activities," the coast guard said on Twitter.As many as 12 dead bodies were also recovered during the same period, it added.Turkey has been a main route for irregular migrants trying to cross into Europe, especially since 2011, when the Syrian civil war began.

yenisafak (2020-01-18). Turkey deports 4 German nationals for terror links. yenisafak.com Turkey deported four terrorists of Germany nationality to their country, the Turkish Interior Ministry announced on Friday.The terrorists were deported as part of Turkey's ramped-up efforts to repatriate foreign terrorist fighters, the ministry said in a statement.Turkey continues to deport foreign terrorist fighters, it added.The ministry also noted that the total number of foreign terrorist fighters deported back to their countries since Nov. 11 last year has reached 179.The issue of the handling of Daesh/ISIS members and their families detained in Syria

yenisafak (2020-01-18). Expelling foreign forces 'bad precedent': Iraq's KRG. yenisafak.com President of Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani on Friday saw that the Iraqi parliament's decision to expel foreign forces was a "bad precedent" in Iraq, as it was issued by "the Shia blocs" only. In statements reported by local media, Barzani said that "the decision taken by the Iraqi parliament was not good and that the Kurds and Sunnis did not take part in making it."On Jan. 5, the Iraqi parliament voted for a resolution calling for the government to remove foreign forces from the country during a session boycotted by Kurdish representatives and most of Sunni law makers.The decision was…

yenisafak (2020-01-18). Can Berlin conference solve Libyan crisis? yenisafak.com Germany's Foreign Ministry announced leaders and heads of states from 12 countries and four multinational organizations, including the UN, were invited to the Berlin conference.On the other hand, acceleration of troop deployment in Tripoli sent by Haftar, who did not sign a cease-fire agreement in Moscow; resurgence of fulfillment by United Arab Emirates (UAE), an important ally of Haftar; and tough statements from Egypt, raise questions about the success of the conference.The Berlin conference can only achieve success if a common will to end the external support deepening of the war in the country is ensured.How…

yenisafak (2020-01-18). UAE crown prince part of problem in Middle East: Forbes. yenisafak.com A Forbes magazine article accused United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of being a "dictator" and part of conflicts in the Middle East. "The first thing to be noted is that to the extent that the future of the Persian Gulf and the broader Middle East look grim, M.B.Z. has so far been part of the problem, not part of the solution," said the article published on Thursday, using his initials.The report said bin Zayed has used UAE's military and financial resources to "thwart the emergence of democratic tendencies in the region, all under the guise of fighting Islamic extremism."On the $27 bill…

yenisafak (2020-01-18). Injured Turkish soldier succumbs to wounds. yenisafak.com A Turkish soldier, who was injured while preventing a PKK terror attack, succumbed to his wounds, Turkey's Defense Ministry said Friday.In a statement, the ministry said the soldier threw a hand grenade while preventing a terrorist attack in the Hakurk region and got injured by it. He succumbed to injuries in a hospital.The statement wished God's mercy upon the martyred soldier and extended condolences to his family.Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar also extended his condolences to the family of the martyr."On behalf of myself and the members of the Ministry of National Defense, I wish Allah's mercy on our her…

RT (2020-01-18). Return their fabled attacking flair, cure away-day woes — Quique Setien's five major challenges as new Barcelona boss. rt.com While Quique Setien describes the Barcelona job as a dream, the new manager at Camp Nou walks into a tight title race, a testing Champions League campaign and a squad facing fresh questions and transition. Here are five key tests. | Arrest the away slumps: | Barca's run on the road has been, at best, inconsistent and, relative to their home record, wretched. | The warning signs sounded in a 2-0 defeat at Celta Vigo the Saturday before that incredible 4-0 defeat at Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals in May — results that were only the start of an eight-game winless away run during which…

teleSUR (2020-01-18). France: Macron Evacuated From Parisian Theater Due to Protests. telesurenglish.net French citizens tried to enter the Des Bouffes du Nord Theater in Paris to protest against President Emmanuel Macron who was attending the performance of "La Mouche" on Friday evening. | RELATED: | Operation 'Dead Ports' Makes Macron Feel the Workers' Strength | While secret service and police agents managed to prevent Yellow Vest activists from entering th…

The Canary (2020-01-18). Javid slammed after he issues 'catastrophic' post-Brexit warning to business leaders. thecanary.co UK Chancellor Sajid Javid has warned manufacturing leaders that there will be no alignment with EU regulations once Britain's exit from the European Union is made official. | In an interview with the Financial Times. Javid said the Treasury would not lend support to manufacturers that favour EU rules as the sector has had three years to prepare for Britain's transition | "There will not be alignment, we will not be a ruletaker, we will not be in the single market and we will not be in the customs union — and we will do this by the end of the year," Javid said. | "We're … talking about companies that have…

San Jose Peace & Justice Center (2020-01-18). Secular Traditions in Indian Music and Poetry. indybay.org San Jose Peace and Justice Center | 48 South 7th Street | San Jose, CA 95112 | Bus routes: 22, 522, 23, 523, 55, 64, 66, 68, 72, 73, 168, 181, 500, Hwy 17 Express, MST 55, LRT…

Youth Vs Apocalypse (2020-01-18). ReclaimMLK: Youth Climate Strike & Resiliency Village. indybay.org Oscar Grant/ Frank Ogawa Plaza | Oakland, CA 94612…

Kate Zeller (2020-01-18). IMF Chief Warns of Financial Disaster Driven by Inequality. indybay.org IMF Head Kristalina Georgieva warns of a return of the Great Depression driven by inequality and financial sector instability in a speech delivered at the Peterson Institute of International Economics.

Anti Police-Terror Project (2020-01-18). 6th Annual Rally & March: Reclaim MLK's Radical Legacy! (Oakland). indybay.org Oscar Grant Plaza, 1 Frank H Ogawa Plz, Oakland, California 94612 (outside Oakland City Hall)…

sputniknews (2020-01-18). Into the Fire: Boris Johnson's Call For New 'Iran Deal' Show UK Deep in 'Washington's Camp' – Prof. sputniknews.com The British prime minister's call for a new deal on Iran underscores numerous factors tying London's foreign policy to Washington's, threatening the UK's independence following the 2016 referendum and placing it at the mercy of a new foreign power further abroad.

sputniknews (2020-01-18). How UK, France & Germany Try to Save Face While Iran Nuclear Deal is Falling Apart. sputniknews.com Bending under the pressure from the Trump administration, major EU states have taken yet another step away from the Iran nuclear deal, say academics, suggesting that it's unlikely that Tehran will engage in new nuclear negotiations with the same actors.

sputniknews (2020-01-18). India's National Investigation Agency Takes Over Probe of Suspended Kashmir Cop's Terror Links. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh was intercepted while travelling on the national highway to Jammu with two suspected militants linked to the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terror group and a lawyer last week. Singh has been arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Arms Act.

sputniknews (2020-01-18). Is BDSM the New Trend? German Brand Unveils New Kinky Collection at Berlin Fashion Week. sputniknews.com Last year, some celebrities, including star Kim Kardashian, caused shockwaves with BDSM-inspired attire. In 2020, the trend appears to be gaining momentum.

sputniknews (2020-01-18). Historic Rainfall, Flooding Hits Fire-Ravaged Areas of Australia's East Coast – Reports. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Kimba Wong, a forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, told Australian broadcaster ABC the thunderstorms that triggered the heavy rainfall were a "one-in-100-year event".

sputniknews (2020-01-18). Queen Is Unhappy about Harry and Meghan Spending $3 Million on Renovation of Their Home – Report. sputniknews.com In their bombshell statement announcing plans to quit the Royal Family, the couple said they would honour duties to the Queen, balancing their time between Britain and North America. Royal sources, however, told the Daily Mail they believe that the Duchess won't ever return to Britain for a lengthy period of time.

sputniknews (2020-01-18). Aircraft Engine Catches Fire Before Takeoff at Airport in Western Siberia – Video. sputniknews.com A regional transport watchdog is investigating the incident to determine whether the flight complied with safety and consumer rights requirements.

sputniknews (2020-01-18). Russia Urges UN, OSCE to Assess New Ukrainian-Language Education Law. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia has called on human rights institutions at the UN, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe to evaluate a law passed by the Ukrainian parliament limiting the extent to which children can be educated in the languages of Ukraine's national minorities, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

sputniknews (2020-01-18). Is Impeachment Being Used for Political Advantage? sputniknews.com On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan discuss the impeachment trial against President Trump. Senator Ted Cruz said, "if the prosecution brings… John Bolton… bring Hunter Biden."

Jason Ditz (2020-01-18). Pentagon: No Attempt Made to Underplay Casualties in January 8 Iran Attack. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Pentagon officials denied that they made any effort to downplay or delay the revelation of American military casualties in the January 8 Iranian missile strike on the Ayn al-Asad airbase in Iraq. President Trump reported on January 8 that there were no American casualties, and this was the official story for over a week. On Thursday, …

RT (2020-01-18). Pentagon insists US troops are 'FORCE FOR GOOD' in Iraq after its parliament votes to expel them. rt.com The US Defense Department has claimed that its military presence makes Iraq more secure and "prosperous," despite calls by Iraqi lawmakers for the removal of all foreign troops from the country and growing tensions with Iran. | "At this time, there are no plans by the US military to withdraw from Iraq," Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Jonathan Rath Hoffman told reporters at a press briefing. | And I think it's been obvious… that the consensus in Iraq seems to be that the United States forces there are a force for good. | The official said that the US presence in the country is "beneficial" to Iraq and…

RT (2020-01-18). Black boxes of Boeing 737-800 downed in Tehran to be sent to Ukraine — chief Iranian investigator. rt.com The flight recorders of the Ukrainian International Airlines jet, which was accidentally shot down by Iran's air defenses, will be sent to Kiev, the head of the Iranian investigative team has told local media. | Hassan Rezaeifar told Tasnim News Agency on Saturday that once the flight recorders are transported to Kiev, experts from the US, Canada and France will work to extract the data from them. | If they fail, the black boxes will be sent to a lab in France. Rezaeifar previously stated that Iran lacks technical expertise to extract the necessary flight data on its own. | Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelens…

RT (2020-01-18). Burnt bodies of troupe of musicians discovered — Mexican gang suspected of grisly mass murder. rt.com The scorched remains of a band of 10 indigenous musicians have been discovered in southern Mexico and investigators suspect that a vicious drug gang carried out the brutal slayings. | The bodies of 10 members of the Sensación music group were found in the rural Mexcalcingo community, in the southern state of Guerrero. | | © Google Maps | The musicians, from the Nahaus indigenous group, the largest in Mexico, were traveling in two vans along the country road when they were reportedly stopped at a checkpoint by a band of armed men from a 'Peace and Justice' group linked to the infamous Los Ardillos…

RT (2020-01-18). Berlin peace talks: In war-torn Libya, can intl community help finish what Russia & Turkey started? rt.com Talks in Berlin between warring Libyan factions could finally deliver a lasting ceasefire after a decade of chaos ushered in by NATO regime change there. Could the mediation efforts, kick-started by Moscow and Ankara, bear fruit? | All eyes in Europe and beyond are set on Berlin, as PM Fayez al-Sarraj of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army (LNA) arrive on Sunday for peace talks hosted by Germany and attended by representatives from 11 countries, including Russia's Vladimir Putin. | The GNA has been internationally recognized since 2015, but Hafta…

RT (2020-01-18). At least 4 dead, 20 injured in car bomb attack targeting Turkish contractors in Somalia – reports. rt.com A car bomb attack targeting a group of Turkish contractors has reportedly left four people dead and injured at least 20 others in the town of Afgoye, 30 kilometers outside the Somali capital Mogadishu. | "A speeding suicide car bomb rammed into a place where the Turkish engineers and Somali police were having lunch," a spokesperson for Somali police told the Reuters news agency. | #Turkish contractors and their Somali police guards in #Afgoye town, 30km outside RT (2020-01-18). India issues travel advisory out of 'abundant caution' as new coronavirus takes hold in China. rt.com Indians traveling to and from China have been warned of a dangerous new virus on the move in the country, with officials boosting security and health screenings at Indian airports in an effort to catch new cases of the illness. | The emergent coronavirus — related to the lethal SARS pathogen — has struck scores of people across China, hitting the city of Wuhan the hardest, with up to 40 confirmed cases, prompting the Indian Ministry of Health to issue a travel advisory on Friday. | While the World Health Organization has…

RT (2020-01-18). 'Tired of politicized pastors': Maduro alerts Pope that Venezuelans are DITCHING Catholicism. rt.com Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that his countrymen are fleeing the Catholic Church en masse because they have grown tired of "politicized" bishops. | "I want to tell you, dear Pope Francis, we now have the data that Venezuelans have been leaving Catholicism," Maduro stated in a speech, broadcast live on state TV on Friday. | "Nearly 40 percent are declaring themselves Evangelicals. That number used to be 3 percent." | Maduro stressed that people are getting "tired" of bishops who "use pulpits to express their political obsessions." Some clergymen "act like militants, not like pastors," he added. | Th…

RT (2020-01-18). 'We'll shut your filthy mouth': Putin says Russia will combat the rewriting of WWII history with new free-to-all archive center. rt.com Moscow is to create the most extensive collection of WWII documents, open to all persons anywhere, to once and for all "shut the filthy mouth" of those seeking to rewrite history for short-term gains, the Russian president said. | Any person, Russian or non-national, will be able to access the archive, including through a website resource, and the ultimate goal is to debunk any disinformation about the most devastating conflict in human history, President Vladimir Putin pledged, during a meeting with veterans of the Great Patriotic War, held in St. Petersburg on Saturday. | The creation of the center would lea…

RT (2020-01-18). Born with a badge? Officers midwife in PATROL CAR after woman goes into labor while stuck in Moscow traffic. rt.com Moscow traffic patrol officers tried their hand at a new job, literally — helping a pregnant woman deliver a baby boy after her taxi got stuck in traffic. The newborn got his own uniform right away, bundled up in a police jacket.

RT (2020-01-18). Alligator in the sky: Russian combat helicopter performs insane stunts (VIDEO). rt.com A Ka-52 'Alligator' attack helicopter was filmed twirling around, gaining altitude tail-up, while flying just several meters above the ground during an aerobatics training course in Russia. | The video, published by the Zvezda TV channel on Saturday, shows the chopper performing stunts above the snowy airstrip outside the city of Khabarovsk, in Russia's Far East. | Flying on low altitude, the gunship practices spinning around while keeping its weapon systems locked onto a target. The helicopter also executes an almost 90-degree rapid ascent, and climbs tail-first into the air, which is something only the Ka-52…

RT (2020-01-18). WATCH Passenger plane engine turn into a FIREBALL on runway before takeoff. rt.com An engine on a Vietnam-bound Russian Airbus A320neo suddenly caught fire just as the pilots attempted to get the passenger airliner off the runway. | The S7 Airlines jet was about to take off from an airport in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk and head for Cam Ranh in Vietnam. The pilots tried to start the engines multiple times, until one of them burst into flames. | Videos, filmed from inside and outside the plane, show a bright ball of fire below the airliner's wing. | –ù–æ–≤–æ—Å–∏–±–∏—Ä—Å&nda…

RT (2020-01-18). Xenobots are here: Tiny bio-robots inside your veins may heal you & will definitely be weaponized by West to take out 'bad guys'. rt.com Xenobots — tiny, biological robots swarms designed by a computer — are upon us. What does the birth of these strange not-quite-alive creatures mean for robotics — and for us? | Real robots are not two-legged steel boxes with a metallic voice: | Mankind has been imagining advanced robot technology for a long time — pop culture is full of Terminators, Cylons, and Droids. But in fact, these humanoid designs show a distinct lack of imagination. Why have we always assumed that robots would be designed to have the same basic form as us: slightly ungainly primates trotting about on two…

RT (2020-01-18). 'I thought it was a terrorist attack': California teachers sue Delta after plane showers school children with jet fuel. rt.com Four southern California teachers have filed a lawsuit against Delta Airlines after a Boeing 777 jettisoned its fuel over several schools near Los Angeles, drenching staff and scores of children with the volatile liquid. | Filed on Friday by attorney Gloria Allred, the suit alleges that the crew of Delta Flight 89 was negligent in dumping the fuel when and where it did, arguing the toxic substance led teachers and students to become "sick, dizzy and nauseated," producing "a lasting and severe irritation and a lasting and noxious taste and smell." | "A Delta Airlines pilot flying at a relatively low altitude an…

Staff (2020-01-18). Biden Prioritizes Israel While Overlooking Daily Anti-Semitism in US. truthout.org When, on January 2, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden responded to a questionnaire from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) about anti-Semitism, Zionism, and his relationship to Jews and Jewish culture in the U.S., there was a noticeable absence in his response: practically any mention of American Jews. | The interview, entitled "Joe Biden: My plan to fight anti-Semitism," included three concrete s…

JON (2020-01-18). 'Pete Takes Money From Fossil Fuel Billionaires': Climate Activists Disrupt Buttigieg Rally in New Hampshire. commondreams.org 'Pete Takes Money From Fossil Fuel Billionaires': Climate Activists Disrupt Buttigieg Rally in New Hampshire | jon | Sat, 01/18/2020 – 01: 10…

Vijay Prashad (2020-01-17). Your arrow can pierce the sky, but ours has gone into orbit. mronline.org On Wednesday, 15 January, China and the United States agreed to suspend their full-scale trade war. From February 2018, the United States placed tariffs on Chinese goods that entered the US market, and then China retaliated. This tit-for-tat game continued for almost two years, causing massive disruption in the global value chain. | Source

Vijay Prashad (2020-01-17). Not an Inch: Indian Students Stand Against the Far Right. counterpunch.org With her head bandaged and her arm in a sling, university student Aishe Ghosh went before the cameras to say that the students of the university she attends in New Delhi would move "not an inch back." The students would continue to agitate to defend Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and its union, and to fight More

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-17). Canadian federal police restrict access to Wet'suwet'en Indigenous land. peoplesdispatch.org A year after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) attacked camps of Indigenous protesters opposing the controversial Coastal GasLink oil pipeline through their traditional land, it has now restricted access to the Wet'suwet'en territory. On January 13, the RCMP put up checkpoints on three main service roads which were used by the protesters to set up camps and makeshift checkpoints. This effectively blocks access to Indige…

teleSUR (2020-01-17). 'You Have Not Seen Anything Yet,' Thunberg Warns Ahead of Davos. telesurenglish.net Swedish activist Greta Thunberg marched with 10,000 protesters in the Swiss city of Lausanne Friday warning the world's top leaders and global elite that they "have not seen anything yet" before the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos next week. | RELATED: | The Maldives Seek Financing to Manage Climate Change Impacts | The 17-year-old, who launched the #FridaysforFuture movement that has sparked worldwide protests, denounced a lack of government action to cut heat-trapping emi…

Alan Macleod (2020-01-17). In France's Longest Protests Since 1968, Striking Workers Continue the Fight Against Neoliberalism. mintpressnews.com From bus drivers to ballet dancers, workers from across France have taken to the streets in opposition to President Emmanual Macron's attempts to reshape the country into a U.S.-style neoliberal state.

Ben Norton (2020-01-17). Brazil's far-right government backed terror plot against Venezuela, top newspaper reveals. thegrayzone.com Brazil's extreme Bolsonaro government backed an attack on Venezuela in a plot to overthrow its elected president. The shocking terror…

(2020-01-17). San Francisco Labor Council Resolution: "Support the rising anti-war and pro-peace movement" workers.org The following resolution was adopted Jan. 13 by unanimous vote of the San Francisco Labor Council. Whereas, President Trump has placed the whole world on alert and brought the United States closer to war due to the irresponsible assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani; and Whereas, President Trump has threatened . . . | Continue reading San Francisco Labor Council Resolution: "Support the rising anti-war and pro-peace movement" at Workers.org

Michael T. Hertz (2020-01-17). What was the point of Soleimani's assassination? nationofchange.org The Trump regime had no authority to assassinate a senior Iranian general. Nor did it have a reason to do so, except to reap revenge upon his past acts.

Roger Jordan (2020-01-17). Canada's Media and Political Establishment Endorse Illegal Assassination of Iranian General Suleimani. globalresearch.ca In the two weeks since Washington violated Iraq's sovereignty to assassinate Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) General Qassem Suleimani, major Canadian corporate media outlets and leading figures within the political establishment have voiced their support for such acts of state terrorism. …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-17). Trump Calls for New Iran Nuclear Deal that Renders the Country Defenseless. globalresearch.ca Last week, Trump called for a new Iran nuclear deal, claiming: | "(W)e must all work together toward making a deal with Iran that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place (sic)." | That's precisely the JCPOA's aim — even …

Whitney Webb (2020-01-17). Trump's True Motives in Iraq: What You're Not Being Told. theantimedia.com (MPN Op-Ed) — Since the U.S. killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis earlier this month, the official narrative has held that their deaths were necessary to prevent a vague, yet allegedly imminent, threat of violence towards Americans, though President Trump has since claimed whether or not Soleimani or his Iraqi allies posed an imminent …

Steven Sahiounie (2020-01-17). Iraq Set to Buy Russian S-400 Air Defense System and Assert Its Sovereignty. globalresearch.ca Iran attacked US forces stationed at two bases in Iraq with 15 missiles on January 8th, but it does not appear missile defense systems were used to counter them. Eric Gomez, a missile defense policy analyst at the Cato …

Fight Back (2020-01-17). Protest at Senator Klobuchar's office to demand no war on Iran and U.S. troops out of Iraq. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – The Anti-War Committee of Minnesota is holding a protest on Friday, January 17, 4: 30 p.m., at U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar's Office, located at 1200 S Washington Avenue in Minneapolis to demand the senator denounce the Trump administration's military escalations with Iran and the U.S. continued occupation of Iraq. Klobuchar had the opportunity to denounce Trump's airstrike and instead responded that Trump should have asked for Congress' permission. | Protesters also plan on denouncing Klobuchar's attempts to further legitimize the targeting of Iran. On CNN Tonight with Don Lemon Senator Klobuchar…

WSWS (2020-01-17). US students and youth speak out against the threat of war with Iran. wsws.org "We know who war benefits. It benefits the rich, and it's always the poor and the working class who suffer the consequences. My father fought in World War II and the Korean War and it totally destroyed him."

Yves Engler (2020-01-17). Canada Opposed Iranian Democracy. globalresearch.ca To understand where you are, it is necessary to know where you have been. To understand current Canadian policy towards the 18th most populous country in the world, it is necessary to look at the history of Ottawa's relations …

Bill Van Auken (2020-01-17). Washington Continues War Buildup Against Iran. globalresearch.ca With a series of new US military deployments, Washington is escalating its preparations for a full-scale war with Iran. The buildup is continuing despite what has been universally described in the media as an easing of tensions following the January …

Yves Engler (2020-01-17). Canada's Dark History vis-à -vis Iran. dissidentvoice.org To understand where you are, it is necessary to know where you have been. To understand current Canadian policy towards the 18th most populous country in the world, it is necessary to look at the history of Ottawa's relations with Iran. For the first 75 years after Confederation Canada's foreign policy was largely shaped by …

Victor Grossman (2020-01-17). The bombs of the last war and preparations for the next rattle Germany. peoplesworld.org BERLIN—"ALARM! Twelve thousand residents must immediately leave their homes! All hospital clinics must be evacuated! No exceptions! Hasten!" Not in burning Australia nor a besieged town in Syria or Afghanistan were those words heard, but rather on Jan. 12, 2020 in the otherwise peaceful if no longer prosperous Dortmund, in Germany's Ruhr Valley. Once again, unexploded …

teleSUR (2020-01-17). Brazil: Police Repress Protest Against Transport Price Increase. telesurenglish.net Military police repressed protesters linked to the Free Pass Movement and arrested at least ten people Thursday during the third protest against the increase in public transport taxes in Sao Paulo, Brazil. | RELATED: | Brazil: Bolsonaro Leads 2019 Record for Attacks on the Press | The citizen movement met in front of the Municipal Theater late in the afternoon and then headed towards the Republic Square, peacefully, always accompanied by the police, with the intention of reaching…

The Canary (2020-01-17). Police criticised for the 'chilling effect' of including environmental groups in counter-terror documents. thecanary.co Police have defended their inclusion of environmental groups such as Extinction Rebellion in counter-terrorism documents, in the face of criticism it could have a "chilling effect" on people.The Guardian reported that a 24-page policing document it had seen included Greenpeace, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and other non-violent groups, as well as extremist right-wing proscribed groups such as National Action.It said the document was distributed to teachers and medical staff as part of anti-extremism briefings last year.Deputy assistant commissioner Dean Haydon, senior national co-ordinator for the U…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-17). New US sanctions on North Korea threatens to jeopardize Korean peace process. peoplesdispatch.org The US has sanctioned two companies based in China for employing North Korean citizens overseas. The US claims that it is implementing UN-backed sanctions…

Vyshakh T (2020-01-17). Julian Assange's battle for justice. peoplesdispatch.org Julian Assange's extradition hearing is scheduled to begin on February 25. We bring you a timeline of the major developments in the case since his arrest in April 2019.

Dave Lindorff (2020-01-17). The ERA Just Got Ratified by Virginia, the Needed 38th State! counterpunch.org Here's a big deal that's bound to become a lot bigger this year. Exactly 100 years after women finally won the vote with ratification of a 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, the state legislature of Virginia on January 15 finally became the needed 38th state of the Union to ratify the proposed Equal Rights More

Karin Leukefeld (2020-01-17). Sanctions harm reconstruction in Syria's Homs province. workers.org Published in Junge Welt, Dec. 16. Translation by John Catalinotto. According to Gov. Talal Barasi, about half a million people fled from Homs province, the largest in Syria, during the war. Some 2.3 million people had lived in Homs before the war, Barasi explained in an interview with Junge Welt. . . . | Continue reading Sanctions harm reconstruction in Syria's Homs province at Workers.org

teleSUR (2020-01-17). Abby Martin Banned From Speaking at US University. telesurenglish.net Former teleSUR presenter and creator of The Empire Files Abby Martin was blocked from delivering a keynote speech at Georgia Southern University for refusing to "sign a contractual pledge to not boycott Israel" to comply with the anti-Boycott, Divest and Sanctions state law. | RELATED: | YouTube Censors Empire Files' Abby Martin on Israeli Militarism | "After I was scheduled to give a keynote speech at an upcoming Georgia Southern conference, organizers said I must comply with…

Ryan McMaken (2020-01-17). The World Looks to Abandon the Dollar as US Sanctions Tighten Their Grip. globalresearch.ca When the US places financial sanctions on one country, it de facto sanctions many other countries as well — including many of its allies. | This is because not all countries and firms are interested in participating in the US sanctions-based …

Whitney Webb (2020-01-17). How a Hidden Parliamentary Session Revealed Trump's True Motives in Iraq. mintpressnews.com The U.S. is adamant that its assassination of Qassem Soleimani and refusal to leave Iraq is about protecting Americans, but a little known Iraqi parliamentary session reveals how China increasingly strong ties to Baghdad may be shaping America's new Mideast strategy.

teleSUR (2020-01-17). Colombia: Armed Incursion to Jamundi Leaves Five Civilians Dead. telesurenglish.net Five young farmers were killed in the middle of a confrontation among illegal armed groups operating in the municipality of Jamundi, at the Cauca valley, in Colombia. | RELATED: | 17 Social Leaders Assassinated so Far This Year in Colombia | According to local media, the victims were traveling in three cars when members of those armed groups threw explosives into the vehicles destroying them. | On Thursday night, there was a clash among criminal organizations, one of which was ap…

Jessicah Pierre (2020-01-17). MLK's final campaign lives on: The war against racism and poverty. peoplesworld.org As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., it's natural to remember his courageous advocacy for racial equity. But before he was assassinated, King had also begun to broaden his efforts to unify the movement around economic justice. That's worth remembering today. In December 1967, King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and other …

Jessicah Pierre (2020-01-17). Learning From King's Last Campaign. counterpunch.org As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., it's natural to remember his courageous advocacy for racial equity. But before he was assassinated, King had also begun to broaden his efforts to unify the around economic justice. That's worth remembering today. In December 1967, King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and other conveners More

Staff (2020-01-17). Turkey Cuts Deal with Russia, Intensifying the War for Gas in Libya. therealnews.com Turkey sent Syrian fighters to Libya to back the government and keep its control of offshore natural gas reserves. Egypt, Russia, ExxonMobil, Israel, and Greece are expanding Libya's civil war in a fight over control of the natural gas that Europe needs.

Miri Wood (2020-01-17). NATO Terrorists Bomb Aleppo Neighborhood: 5 Murdered, 15 Injured. globalresearch.ca NATO terrorists continued their slaughter of Syrian civilians. Courtesy of mostly the US taxpayer, another residential neighborhood in Aleppo was bombed. Five persons were murdered. Fifteen persons were injured. Homes and other buildings were damaged. | The wounded were rushed to …

Staff (2020-01-17). Trump Vastly Overestimates America's Readiness for War. truthdig.com A series of recent accidents suggests that the U.S. military is not as prepared for a conflict in the Middle East as the president insists.

Staff (2020-01-17). At US Border, Inaccurate Mayan-Language Interpretation Can Lead to Deportation. truthout.org As the U.S. continues to use hostile policies to stop people from seeking refuge and asylum in the United States, we look at a key problem that is preventing migrants from getting due process, and in many cases getting them deported: inadequate interpretation for indigenous asylum seekers who speak Mayan languages. Guatemala has a population of 15 million people, and at least 40% of them are indigenous. In the past year, a quarter of a million Guatemalan migrants have been apprehended at the U.

2020-01-18: Social Media Postees

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Maduro says time for direct talks with Trump, blames Pompeo & Co for US 'failure' in Venezuela
rt.com | 2020-01-19
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has said he is open to talks with US President Donald Trump in the hopes to repair ties with the US, while blaming Trump's hawkish advisors for feeding him a distorted narrative. | In an interview to the Washington Post, published Saturday, Maduro said that he would like to sit down with his US counterpart, suggesting that both countries would benefit from the rapprochement given it is based on mutual respect. | If there's respect between governments, no matter how big the United States is, and if there's a dialogue, an exchange of truthful information, then be sure we can…
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Gun-Rights Activists Gear Up for Show of Force in Virginia
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-18
They see Richmond protests as a rallying point for their cause, as state officials issue dire warnings over rhetoric and fears of violence.
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France: Macron Evacuated From Parisian Theater Due to Protests
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-18
French citizens tried to enter the Des Bouffes du Nord Theater in Paris to protest against President Emmanuel Macron who was attending the performance of "La Mouche" on Friday evening. | RELATED: | Operation 'Dead Ports' Makes Macron Feel the Workers' Strength | While secret service and police agents managed to prevent Yellow Vest activists from entering th…
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Brazil's Peoples: Bolsonaro Means Genocide, Ethnocide, Ecocide
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-18
After a four-day meeting carried out in Piaracu village, at the Mato Grosso state, in Brazil, over 600 Indigenous leaders Friday issued a manifesto denouncing the "genocide, ethnocide, and ecocide" planned by the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | Brazil to Go Through With Mining on Tribal Lands | "The white man is very greedy," chief Raoni Metuktire said and explained that the Brazilian government is threatening the survival of Indigenous peoples with plans to allow commercial…
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Message to Trump supporters: I am sorry
Wim Laven | zcomm.org | 2020-01-18
Great things can happen when we are united, right now 80 million Iranian citizens and all Americans need us to be united in calling off the dogs of war…
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Canada must not suppress free speech on Israel
Sid Shniad | zcomm.org | 2020-01-18
We are opposed to all forms of racism. We advocate for justice and peace for both Israelis and Palestinians…
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Nuclear Weapons: Trump Regime Pressured E3 Countries (UK, France, Germany) to Trigger JCPOA Dispute Mechanism
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-18
Post-WW II, Washington transformed Western European countries into virtual US colonies

Bolivia Anti-Imperialist Army School Renamed to Che's Assassins
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-18
The anti-imperialist school that Evo Morales created in the Armed Forces of Bolivia in 2016 has been renamed Friday to Heroes of àëancahuazu, after the Bolivian military unit that killed the revolutionary figure Ernesto "Che" Guevara in 1967. | RELATED: | Bolivian Senate Approves Extending Coup Government Mandate | "Bolivians are not anti-anything," Bolivia's Interim Defense Minister Luis Fernando Lopez declared to media in La Paz, while explaining that the anti-imperialist or…
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Mexico Halts Migrant Caravan by Closing Border With Guatemala
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-18
In response to the arrival of the caravan of Central American migrants, Mexico temporarily closed its border crossings near the Guatemalan cities of El Ceibo and Tecun Uman on Saturday morning. | RELATED: | Mexico's President Offers 4,000 Jobs in Attempt to Stop Caravan | Previously, around 4,000 Hondurans had arrived in the country and were waiting on a bridge at Tecun Uman. Some of them began pushing and shoving before being driven back by Mexican security officials, who shut…
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Hunger Striker Nearing Death in ICE Custody: "I Just Want Freedom"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-18
Doctors and advocates for incarcerated immigrants are demanding that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) release five South Asian asylum seekers on hunger strike at a remote ICE jail in Louisiana, where at least three strikers are being force-hydrated and at least two are being force-fed after refusing to eat and drink for over 75 days. | When a hunger striker's health fails, ICE may obtain a court order to restrain the striker and force fluids and nutrients into their body with tubes, a process hum…
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Bernie Sanders Denounces Trump's Effort to Divide Democrats
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-18
After President Donald Trump earlier in the day accused Democrats in Congress of "rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders," the 2020 presidential candidate shot back Friday evening to say the president's effort to divide Democrats would be unsuccessful. | "Let's be clear about who is rigging what," Sanders said in a statement. "It is Donald Trump's action to use the power of the federal government for his own political benefit that is the cause of the impeachment trial. His transparent attempts to di…
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Texas Republicans Are Manufacturing a Crisis in Houston's Public School System
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-18
If the state of Texas had its way, the state would be in the process of taking over the Houston Independent School District. | But a judge temporarily blocked the takeover on Jan. 8, with the issue now set to be decided at a trial in June. | The ruling temporarily spares Houston's pub…
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Video: Turkish Invasion of Libya? Erdogan Sends Troops
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-18
In early 2020, Libya became one of the main hot points in the Greater Middle East with stakes raised by Turkey's decision to launch a military operation there. | On January 5, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey had sent …
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Thousands Gather for Women's March Rallies Across the U.S
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-18
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World First: Bank of England unveils climate stress test to banks and insurance companies
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-01-18
Tackling climate change isn't just about replacing fossil fuels with renewables, or planting more trees. It's about confronting climate stress across society. | Source…
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Dilma Rousseff: "Torture is about pain and death. They want you to lose your dignity"
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-18
Fifty years ago today, on Jan. 16, 1970, the 22-year-old militant Dilma Rousseff was arrested by agents of the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil from 1964 and 1985, a period when the country faced a crack down on civil liberties and freedom of speech. The regime persecuted political activists and anyone whose behavior was deemed to deviate from the norm. | "Torture is an extremely complex thing. I think that everyone who went through prison will always bear that mark. I don't like to watch movies where there is torture, for example. It's not that I don't like them. I just don't watch them. I don't want to w…
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Support for Combat Troop Withdrawal Is Not Enough
Phyllis Bennis | zcomm.org | 2020-01-18
I thought that was an important advance, that there's a recognition of where the entire base of half this country is, which is strongly against wars…
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Sigrid Nunez's National Book Award-winning novel, The Friend: One form of contemporary misanthropy
wsws.org | 2020-01-18
A novel about a middle-aged writing instructor whose recently deceased friend and mentor has bequeathed her his enormous Great Dane.
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The Libya conference and the new scramble for Africa
wsws.org | 2020-01-18
The Berlin meeting is reminiscent of the infamous Congo Conference, also held in Berlin in 1884-85 and aimed at the complete colonization of Africa.
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The Libya conference and the new scramble for Africa
wsws.org | 2020-01-18
The meeting is reminiscent of the infamous Congo Conference, which was held in Berlin in 1884-85 and aimed at the complete colonization of Africa.
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With Passage of NAFTA 2.0, Congress Boosts Fossil Fuel Polluters in Mexico
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-18
NAFTA 2.0 cleared another hurdle on January 16 as the U.S. Senate approved the trade deal with bipartisan support. | Officially called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the pact has some improvements but remains a handout to large corporations. | This is particularly evident in the USMCA rules related to investor rights. One of the most controversial aspects of the original NAFTA was that it allowed private corporations to sue governments in international tribunals, demanding co…
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Sleepless in Cairo: Egyptians Reacquaint Themselves to Life In a Dictatorship
Ahmed Tharwat | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-18
Ahmed Tharwat returns to his home country of Egypt to find that Egyptians, once vibrant and full of optimism, have returned to the grim reality of life in a repressive dictatorship.
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UK's Prince Harry & Meghan to lose titles & funds, repay millions spent for renovation as they 'exit' royal family duties
rt.com | 2020-01-18
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to lose their HRH titles and public funding, as they opt for "a more independent life," Buckingham Palace has said, adding they are no longer "working members of the Royal Family." | An arrangement agreed by the couple and the Royal family says Harry and Meghan will no longer be able to formally represent the Queen and will lose their HRH titles. They will no longer receive public funds associated with their former royal duties. | t.co/ZAPC5ARUup– The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily)

UK's Prince Harry & Meghan to lose titles & funds, repay millions spent for renovation as they 'exit' royal family duties
rt.com | 2020-01-18
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to lose their titles and public funding, as they opt for "a more independent life," Buckingham Palace has said, adding they are no longer "working members of the Royal Family." | An arrangement agreed by the couple and the Royal family says Harry and Meghan will no longer be able to formally represent the Queen and will lose their titles. They will no longer receive public funds associated with their former royal duties. | The couple also expressed their wish to refund public monies used to renovate Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their family home even after they part wa…
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US, Pakistani top diplomats talk Afghan cooperation
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-18
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi discussed on Friday a series of issues, including the importance of bilateral cooperation in bringing a long-elusive peace to Afghanistan.The leaders also addressed Iran, and increased economic relations, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a brief statement following their meeting.Pompeo's meeting with Qureshi comes amid reports that the Afghan Taliban have presented the U.S. with a proposal that would reduce hostilities for a number of days to allow peace talks to resume.Pakistani and Taliban negotiators are also…
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Police seize over 180 kg of heroin in eastern Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-18
Turkish security forces seized 183 kilograms (around 403 pounds) of heroin in the country's east, an official statement said on Friday.The provincial police teams seized the illicit drug in Agri province when they stopped a truck having Iranian number plates, said the statement by provincial governor's office.During the search, assisted by a sniffer dog, police found 362 packs of heroin hidden in the trunk of the truck.Police arrested the truck driver, who is Iranian national. A local court later remanded the suspect into custody.The truck was also seized.According to police data, Turkish security forces seized a…
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Canada to give $25,000 to 57 families of plane victims
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-18
Canada will give $25,000 to each of the families of the 57 victims of Flight PS752 that was shot down inadvertently by Iran, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced at a press conference Friday.As he spoke, Canada's Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif were in a face-to-face meeting in Muscat, Oman.The two discussed "the necessity of full access to Iran for officials from Canada and other grieving nations to: provide consular services, assist in ensuring victim identification meeting international standards and participate in a thorough and transparent inve…
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Berlin talks to seek political solution to Libya crisis
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-18
Germany is set to host a major peace conference on Libya that will seek a stronger commitment from regional actors for a cease-fire in the war-torn country to pave the way for a political solution.Chancellor Angela Merkel invited leaders from Turkey, Russia, the U.S., China, France, the U.K. and other regional actors to a single-day conference in Berlin on Sunday, amid a fragile cease-fire between Libya's internationally recognized government and forces loyal to Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar.The German government cautioned against high expectations ahead of the conference and underlined that a single meeting coul…
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UK says Berlin Conference important for Libya ceasefire
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-18
The Berlin Conference on Sunday is "an important step towards securing a ceasefire" in Libya, Britain's foreign secretary said on Friday.In a Twitter post, Dominic Raab wrote his country is committed to uniting all sides behind peace efforts initiated by the UN."Sunday's Berlin Conference is an important step towards securing a ceasefire and political solution to conflict in Libya," Raab said."Spoken to Libyan PM Serraj to stress UK commitment to uniting international community behind UN's efforts to find lasting peace," he added.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will attend the conference alongside the leader…
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Challenges ahead of Berlin Conference on Libya
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-18
As all eyes are on the Sunday's Berlin Conference, where regional and international actors are set to discuss Libya conflict that has been going on since the ouster of the country's leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.Nebahat Tanriverdi Yasar, an expert at North Africa studies of Ankara-based Center for Middle Eastern Studies (ORSAM) think-tank, told Anadolu Agency that the initial peace-themed political process was launched in 2015 with the Skhirat agreement.Named after a city in Morocco, where the agreement was signed, Skhirat deal was sponsored by the UN in a bid to find a political solution to Libyan crisis. In li…
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Over 1,400 irregular migrants held off Turkey's coasts
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-18
A total of 1,471 irregular migrants were held off Turkey's Aegean and Mediterranean coasts over the last one week, the Turkish Coast Guard said on Friday."A total of 1,471 irregular migrants and 1 migrant smuggler were captured by the Coast Guard Command in 41 incidents between 10-16 January 2020 within the scope of anti-irregular migration activities," the coast guard said on Twitter.As many as 12 dead bodies were also recovered during the same period, it added.Turkey has been a main route for irregular migrants trying to cross into Europe, especially since 2011, when the Syrian civil war began.
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Turkey deports 4 German nationals for terror links
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-18
Turkey deported four terrorists of Germany nationality to their country, the Turkish Interior Ministry announced on Friday.The terrorists were deported as part of Turkey's ramped-up efforts to repatriate foreign terrorist fighters, the ministry said in a statement.Turkey continues to deport foreign terrorist fighters, it added.The ministry also noted that the total number of foreign terrorist fighters deported back to their countries since Nov. 11 last year has reached 179.The issue of the handling of Daesh/ISIS members and their families detained in Syria

Expelling foreign forces 'bad precedent': Iraq's KRG
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-18
President of Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani on Friday saw that the Iraqi parliament's decision to expel foreign forces was a "bad precedent" in Iraq, as it was issued by "the Shia blocs" only. In statements reported by local media, Barzani said that "the decision taken by the Iraqi parliament was not good and that the Kurds and Sunnis did not take part in making it."On Jan. 5, the Iraqi parliament voted for a resolution calling for the government to remove foreign forces from the country during a session boycotted by Kurdish representatives and most of Sunni law makers.The decision was…
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Can Berlin conference solve Libyan crisis?
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-18
Germany's Foreign Ministry announced leaders and heads of states from 12 countries and four multinational organizations, including the UN, were invited to the Berlin conference.On the other hand, acceleration of troop deployment in Tripoli sent by Haftar, who did not sign a cease-fire agreement in Moscow; resurgence of fulfillment by United Arab Emirates (UAE), an important ally of Haftar; and tough statements from Egypt, raise questions about the success of the conference.The Berlin conference can only achieve success if a common will to end the external support deepening of the war in the country is ensured.How…
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UAE crown prince part of problem in Middle East: Forbes
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-18
A Forbes magazine article accused United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of being a "dictator" and part of conflicts in the Middle East. "The first thing to be noted is that to the extent that the future of the Persian Gulf and the broader Middle East look grim, M.B.Z. has so far been part of the problem, not part of the solution," said the article published on Thursday, using his initials.The report said bin Zayed has used UAE's military and financial resources to "thwart the emergence of democratic tendencies in the region, all under the guise of fighting Islamic extremism."On the $27 bill…
yenisafak.com/en/world/uae-crown-prince-…

Injured Turkish soldier succumbs to wounds
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-18
A Turkish soldier, who was injured while preventing a PKK terror attack, succumbed to his wounds, Turkey's Defense Ministry said Friday.In a statement, the ministry said the soldier threw a hand grenade while preventing a terrorist attack in the Hakurk region and got injured by it. He succumbed to injuries in a hospital.The statement wished God's mercy upon the martyred soldier and extended condolences to his family.Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar also extended his condolences to the family of the martyr."On behalf of myself and the members of the Ministry of National Defense, I wish Allah's mercy on our her…
yenisafak.com/en/news/injured-turkish-so…

Javid slammed after he issues 'catastrophic' post-Brexit warning to business leaders
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-01-18
UK Chancellor Sajid Javid has warned manufacturing leaders that there will be no alignment with EU regulations once Britain's exit from the European Union is made official. | In an interview with the Financial Times. Javid said the Treasury would not lend support to manufacturers that favour EU rules as the sector has had three years to prepare for Britain's transition | "There will not be alignment, we will not be a ruletaker, we will not be in the single market and we will not be in the customs union

Secular Traditions in Indian Music and Poetry
San Jose Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-01-18
San Jose Peace and Justice Center | 48 South 7th Street | San Jose, CA 95112 | Bus routes: 22, 522, 23, 523, 55, 64, 66, 68, 72, 73, 168, 181, 500, Hwy 17 Express, MST 55, LRT…
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Not Bernie, Us. Not Warren, Us. Their Clash Underscores the Need for Grassroots Wisdom
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2020-01-18
Billionaires want Sanders and Warren to clash and burn…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/16/1882979…

ReclaimMLK: Youth Climate Strike & Resiliency Village
Youth Vs Apocalypse | indybay.org | 2020-01-18
Oscar Grant/ Frank Ogawa Plaza | Oakland, CA 94612…
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IMF Chief Warns of Financial Disaster Driven by Inequality
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2020-01-18
IMF Head Kristalina Georgieva warns of a return of the Great Depression driven by inequality and financial sector instability in a speech delivered at the Peterson Institute of International Economics.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/17/1882982…

6th Annual Rally & March: Reclaim MLK's Radical Legacy! (Oakland)
Anti Police-Terror Project | indybay.org | 2020-01-18
Oscar Grant Plaza, 1 Frank H Ogawa Plz, Oakland, California 94612 (outside Oakland City Hall)…
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Into the Fire: Boris Johnson's Call For New 'Iran Deal' Show UK Deep in 'Washington's Camp' – Prof
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-18
The British prime minister's call for a new deal on Iran underscores numerous factors tying London's foreign policy to Washington's, threatening the UK's independence following the 2016 referendum and placing it at the mercy of a new foreign power further abroad.
sputniknews.com/analysis/202001181078044…

How UK, France & Germany Try to Save Face While Iran Nuclear Deal is Falling Apart
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-18
Bending under the pressure from the Trump administration, major EU states have taken yet another step away from the Iran nuclear deal, say academics, suggesting that it's unlikely that Tehran will engage in new nuclear negotiations with the same actors.
sputniknews.com/analysis/202001181078063…

India's National Investigation Agency Takes Over Probe of Suspended Kashmir Cop's Terror Links
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-18
New Delhi (Sputnik): Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh was intercepted while travelling on the national highway to Jammu with two suspected militants linked to the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terror group and a lawyer last week. Singh has been arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Arms Act.
sputniknews.com/india/202001181078067169…

Is BDSM the New Trend? German Brand Unveils New Kinky Collection at Berlin Fashion Week
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-18
Last year, some celebrities, including star Kim Kardashian, caused shockwaves with BDSM-inspired attire. In 2020, the trend appears to be gaining momentum.
sputniknews.com/society/2020011810780678…

Historic Rainfall, Flooding Hits Fire-Ravaged Areas of Australia's East Coast – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-18
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Kimba Wong, a forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, told Australian broadcaster ABC the thunderstorms that triggered the heavy rainfall were a "one-in-100-year event".
sputniknews.com/asia/202001181078067773-…

Queen Is Unhappy about Harry and Meghan Spending $3 Million on Renovation of Their Home – Report
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-18
In their bombshell statement announcing plans to quit the Royal Family, the couple said they would honour duties to the Queen, balancing their time between Britain and North America. Royal sources, however, told the Daily Mail they believe that the Duchess won't ever return to Britain for a lengthy period of time.
sputniknews.com/uk/202001181078067888-qu…

Aircraft Engine Catches Fire Before Takeoff at Airport in Western Siberia – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-18
A regional transport watchdog is investigating the incident to determine whether the flight complied with safety and consumer rights requirements.
sputniknews.com/russia/20200118107806747…

Russia Urges UN, OSCE to Assess New Ukrainian-Language Education Law
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-18
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia has called on human rights institutions at the UN, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe to evaluate a law passed by the Ukrainian parliament limiting the extent to which children can be educated in the languages of Ukraine's national minorities, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
sputniknews.com/world/202001181078068028…

Will Former FBI Director James Comey Be Indicted After New Revelation?
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-18
On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Daniel Lazare, a journalist and author of three books

Is Impeachment Being Used for Political Advantage?
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-18
On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan discuss the impeachment trial against President Trump. Senator Ted Cruz said, "if the prosecution brings… John Bolton… bring Hunter Biden."
sputniknews.com/radio_fault_lines/202001…

Pentagon: No Attempt Made to Underplay Casualties in January 8 Iran Attack
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-18
(ANTIWAR.COM)

Pentagon insists US troops are 'FORCE FOR GOOD' in Iraq after its parliament votes to expel them
rt.com | 2020-01-18
The US Defense Department has claimed that its military presence makes Iraq more secure and "prosperous," despite calls by Iraqi lawmakers for the removal of all foreign troops from the country and growing tensions with Iran. | "At this time, there are no plans by the US military to withdraw from Iraq," Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Jonathan Rath Hoffman told reporters at a press briefing. | And I think it's been obvious… that the consensus in Iraq seems to be that the United States forces there are a force for good. | The official said that the US presence in the country is "beneficial" to Iraq and…
rt.com/news/478575-pentagon-soldiers-ira…

Berlin peace talks: In war-torn Libya, can intl community help finish what Russia & Turkey started?
rt.com | 2020-01-18
Talks in Berlin between warring Libyan factions could finally deliver a lasting ceasefire after a decade of chaos ushered in by NATO regime change there. Could the mediation efforts, kick-started by Moscow and Ankara, bear fruit? | All eyes in Europe and beyond are set on Berlin, as PM Fayez al-Sarraj of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army (LNA) arrive on Sunday for peace talks hosted by Germany and attended by representatives from 11 countries, including Russia's Vladimir Putin. | The GNA has been internationally recognized since 2015, but Hafta…
rt.com/news/478573-libya-berlin-conferen…

Berlin peace talks: In war-torn Libya, can intl community help finish what Russia & Turkey started?
rt.com | 2020-01-18
Talks between warring Libyan factions in Berlin could finally deliver a lasting ceasefire after a decade of chaos ushered in by NATO regime change. Could the mediation efforts, kick-started by Moscow and Ankara, bear fruit? | All eyes in Europe and beyond are set on Berlin, as PM Fayez al-Sarraj of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army (LNA) arrive on Sunday for peace talks hosted by Germany and attended by representatives from 11 countries, including Russia's Vladimir Putin. | The GNA has been internationally recognized since 2015, but Haftar's tr…
rt.com/news/478573-libya-berlin-conferen…

India issues travel advisory out of 'abundant caution' as new coronavirus takes hold in China
rt.com | 2020-01-18
Indians traveling to and from China have been warned of a dangerous new virus on the move in the country, with officials boosting security and health screenings at Indian airports in an effort to catch new cases of the illness. | The emergent coronavirus

India issues travel advisory out of 'abundant caution' as new coronavirus takes hold in China
rt.com | 2020-01-18
Indians traveling to and from China have been warned of a dangerous new virus on the move in the country, with officials boosting security and health screenings at Indian airports in an effort to catch new cases of the illness. | The emergent coronavirus

'Tired of politicized pastors': Maduro alerts Pope that Venezuelans are DITCHING Catholicism
rt.com | 2020-01-18
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that his countrymen are fleeing the Catholic Church en masse because they have grown tired of "politicized" bishops. | "I want to tell you, dear Pope Francis, we now have the data that Venezuelans have been leaving Catholicism," Maduro stated in a speech, broadcast live on state TV on Friday. | "Nearly 40 percent are declaring themselves Evangelicals. That number used to be 3 percent." | Maduro stressed that people are getting "tired" of bishops who "use pulpits to express their political obsessions." Some clergymen "act like militants, not like pastors," he added. | Th…
rt.com/news/478580-maduro-pope-francis-c…

'We'll shut your filthy mouth': Putin says Russia will combat the rewriting of WWII history with new free-to-all archive center
rt.com | 2020-01-18
Moscow is to create the most extensive collection of WWII documents, open to all persons anywhere, to once and for all "shut the filthy mouth" of those seeking to rewrite history for short-term gains, the Russian president said. | Any person, Russian or non-national, will be able to access the archive, including through a website resource, and the ultimate goal is to debunk any disinformation about the most devastating conflict in human history, President Vladimir Putin pledged, during a meeting with veterans of the Great Patriotic War, held in St. Petersburg on Saturday. | The creation of the center would lea…
rt.com/news/478610-russia-fight-history-…

Alligator in the sky: Russian combat helicopter performs insane stunts (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-18
A Ka-52 'Alligator' attack helicopter was filmed twirling around, gaining altitude tail-up, while flying just several meters above the ground during an aerobatics training course in Russia. | The video, published by the Zvezda TV channel on Saturday, shows the chopper performing stunts above the snowy airstrip outside the city of Khabarovsk, in Russia's Far East. | Flying on low altitude, the gunship practices spinning around while keeping its weapon systems locked onto a target. The helicopter also executes an almost 90-degree rapid ascent, and climbs tail-first into the air, which is something only the Ka-52…
rt.com/russia/478590-russian-ka52-helico…

WATCH Passenger plane engine turn into a FIREBALL on runway before takeoff
rt.com | 2020-01-18
An engine on a Vietnam-bound Russian Airbus A320neo suddenly caught fire just as the pilots attempted to get the passenger airliner off the runway. | The S7 Airlines jet was about to take off from an airport in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk and head for Cam Ranh in Vietnam. The pilots tried to start the engines multiple times, until one of them burst into flames. | Videos, filmed from inside and outside the plane, show a bright ball of fire below the airliner's wing. | –ù–æ–≤–æ–Å–∏–±–∏–Ä–Å&nda…
rt.com/russia/478581-russian-plane-engin…

Born with a badge? Officers midwife in PATROL CAR after woman goes into labor while stuck in Moscow traffic
rt.com | 2020-01-18
Moscow traffic patrol officers tried their hand at a new job, literally

Xenobots are here: Tiny bio-robots inside your veins may heal you & will definitely be weaponized by West to take out 'bad guys'
rt.com | 2020-01-18
Xenobots

'I thought it was a terrorist attack': California teachers sue Delta after plane showers school children with jet fuel
rt.com | 2020-01-18
Four southern California teachers have filed a lawsuit against Delta Airlines after a Boeing 777 jettisoned its fuel over several schools near Los Angeles, drenching staff and scores of children with the volatile liquid. | Filed on Friday by attorney Gloria Allred, the suit alleges that the crew of Delta Flight 89 was negligent in dumping the fuel when and where it did, arguing the toxic substance led teachers and students to become "sick, dizzy and nauseated," producing "a lasting and severe irritation and a lasting and noxious taste and smell." | "A Delta Airlines pilot flying at a relatively low altitude an…
rt.com/usa/478569-california-teachers-du…

People Want a Wealth Tax
Chuck Collins | zcomm.org | 2020-01-18
Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are practically the only major politicians supporting a wealth tax to reduce inequality and fund government programs, even though polling shows nearly two-thirds of Americans support it…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/people-want-a-weal…

Biden Prioritizes Israel While Overlooking Daily Anti-Semitism in US
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-18
When, on January 2, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden responded to a questionnaire from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) about anti-Semitism, Zionism, and his relationship to Jews and Jewish culture in the U.S., there was a noticeable absence in his response: practically any mention of American Jews. | The interview, entitled "Joe Biden: My plan to fight anti-Semitism," included three concrete s…
truthout.org/articles/biden-prioritizes-…

'Pete Takes Money From Fossil Fuel Billionaires': Climate Activists Disrupt Buttigieg Rally in New Hampshire
JON | commondreams.org | 2020-01-18
'Pete Takes Money From Fossil Fuel Billionaires': Climate Activists Disrupt Buttigieg Rally in New Hampshire | jon | Sat, 01/18/2020 – 01: 10…
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/18/pete-ta…

Your arrow can pierce the sky, but ours has gone into orbit
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-01-17
On Wednesday, 15 January, China and the United States agreed to suspend their full-scale trade war. From February 2018, the United States placed tariffs on Chinese goods that entered the US market, and then China retaliated. This tit-for-tat game continued for almost two years, causing massive disruption in the global value chain. | Source…
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Not an Inch: Indian Students Stand Against the Far Right
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
With her head bandaged and her arm in a sling, university student Aishe Ghosh went before the cameras to say that the students of the university she attends in New Delhi would move "not an inch back." The students would continue to agitate to defend Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and its union, and to fight…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/not-an-inch-…

Not an Inch: Indian Students Stand Against the Far-Right
Vijay Prashad | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-17
The rods of the muscular Right wing were aimed at Aishe Ghosh's head, but the students of JNU have pledged to fight the intimidatory, divisive and toxic politics of BJP-RSS with 'words.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/01/17/not-an-in…

'You Have Not Seen Anything Yet,' Thunberg Warns Ahead of Davos
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-17
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg marched with 10,000 protesters in the Swiss city of Lausanne Friday warning the world's top leaders and global elite that they "have not seen anything yet" before the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos next week. | RELATED: | The Maldives Seek Financing to Manage Climate Change Impacts | The 17-year-old, who launched the #FridaysforFuture movement that has sparked worldwide protests, denounced a lack of government action to cut heat-trapping emi…
telesurenglish.net/news/You-Have-Not-See…

In France's Longest Protests Since 1968, Striking Workers Continue the Fight Against Neoliberalism
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-17
From bus drivers to ballet dancers, workers from across France have taken to the streets in opposition to President Emmanual Macron's attempts to reshape the country into a U.S.-style neoliberal state.
mintpressnews.com/france-longest-protest…

Brazil's far-right government backed terror plot against Venezuela, top newspaper reveals
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-17
Brazil's extreme Bolsonaro government backed an attack on Venezuela in a plot to overthrow its elected president. The shocking terror…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/17/brazil-paper-…

Canada's Media and Political Establishment Endorse Illegal Assassination of Iranian General Suleimani
Roger Jordan | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-17
In the two weeks since Washington violated Iraq's sovereignty to assassinate Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) General Qassem Suleimani, major Canadian corporate media outlets and leading figures within the political establishment have voiced their support for such acts of state terrorism. …
globalresearch.ca/canada-media-political…

Canada's media and political establishment endorse illegal assassination of Iranian General Suleimani
wsws.org | 2020-01-17
To the extent that criticisms have been made, they have revolved around the question of whether Suleimani's murder by drone strike was tactically wise.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/17/caso…

Battle of the Ages to Stop Eurasian Integration
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-17
The Raging Twenties started with a bang with the targeted assassination of Iran's General Qasem Soleimani. | Yet a bigger bang awaits us throughout the decade: the myriad declinations of the New Great Game in Eurasia, which pits the US …
globalresearch.ca/battle-ages-stop-euras…

San Francisco Labor Council Resolution: "Support the rising anti-war and pro-peace movement"
| workers.org | 2020-01-17
The following resolution was adopted Jan. 13 by unanimous vote of the San Francisco Labor Council. Whereas, President Trump has placed the whole world on alert and brought the United States closer to war due to the irresponsible assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani; and Whereas, President Trump has threatened . . . | Continue reading San Francisco Labor Council Resolution: "Support the rising anti-war and pro-peace movement" at Workers.org
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What was the point of Soleimani's assassination?
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2020-01-17
The Trump regime had no authority to assassinate a senior Iranian general. Nor did it have a reason to do so, except to reap revenge upon his past acts.
nationofchange.org/2020/01/17/what-was-t…

Washington continues war buildup against Iran
wsws.org | 2020-01-17
Another squadron of F15-E fighter jets has been dispatched to the region, while the threat of a "nuclear option" is on the table.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/17/iran…

Trump Calls for New Iran Nuclear Deal that Renders the Country Defenseless
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-17
Last week, Trump called for a new Iran nuclear deal, claiming: | "(W)e must all work together toward making a deal with Iran that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place (sic)." | That's precisely the JCPOA's aim

Trump's True Motives in Iraq: What You're Not Being Told
Whitney Webb | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-17
(MPN Op-Ed)

Iraq Set to Buy Russian S-400 Air Defense System and Assert Its Sovereignty
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-17
Iran attacked US forces stationed at two bases in Iraq with 15 missiles on January 8th, but it does not appear missile defense systems were used to counter them. Eric Gomez, a missile defense policy analyst at the Cato …
globalresearch.ca/iraq-buy-russian-s-400…

Protest at Senator Klobuchar's office to demand no war on Iran and U.S. troops out of Iraq
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-17
Minneapolis, MN – The Anti-War Committee of Minnesota is holding a protest on Friday, January 17, 4: 30 p.m., at U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar's Office, located at 1200 S Washington Avenue in Minneapolis to demand the senator denounce the Trump administration's military escalations with Iran and the U.S. continued occupation of Iraq. Klobuchar had the opportunity to denounce Trump's airstrike and instead responded that Trump should have asked for Congress' permission. | Protesters also plan on denouncing Klobuchar's attempts to further legitimize the targeting of Iran. On CNN Tonight with Don Lemon Senator Klobuchar…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/17/protest-…

Canada's Dark History vis-à -vis Iran
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-17
To understand where you are, it is necessary to know where you have been. To understand current Canadian policy towards the 18th most populous country in the world, it is necessary to look at the history of Ottawa's relations with Iran. For the first 75 years after Confederation Canada's foreign policy was largely shaped by …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/canadas-dark-…

US students and youth speak out against the threat of war with Iran
wsws.org | 2020-01-17
"We know who war benefits. It benefits the rich, and it's always the poor and the working class who suffer the consequences. My father fought in World War II and the Korean War and it totally destroyed him."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/17/yout…

Washington Continues War Buildup Against Iran
Bill Van Auken | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-17
With a series of new US military deployments, Washington is escalating its preparations for a full-scale war with Iran. The buildup is continuing despite what has been universally described in the media as an easing of tensions following the January …
globalresearch.ca/washington-continues-w…

Canada Opposed Iranian Democracy
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-17
To understand where you are, it is necessary to know where you have been. To understand current Canadian policy towards the 18th most populous country in the world, it is necessary to look at the history of Ottawa's relations …
globalresearch.ca/canada-opposed-iranian…

The bombs of the last war and preparations for the next rattle Germany
Victor Grossman | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-17
BERLIN–"ALARM! Twelve thousand residents must immediately leave their homes! All hospital clinics must be evacuated! No exceptions! Hasten!" Not in burning Australia nor a besieged town in Syria or Afghanistan were those words heard, but rather on Jan. 12, 2020 in the otherwise peaceful if no longer prosperous Dortmund, in Germany's Ruhr Valley. Once again, unexploded …
peoplesworld.org/article/the-bombs-of-th…

Brazil: Police Repress Protest Against Transport Price Increase
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-17
Military police repressed protesters linked to the Free Pass Movement and arrested at least ten people Thursday during the third protest against the increase in public transport taxes in Sao Paulo, Brazil. | RELATED: | Brazil: Bolsonaro Leads 2019 Record for Attacks on the Press | The citizen movement met in front of the Municipal Theater late in the afternoon and then headed towards the Republic Square, peacefully, always accompanied by the police, with the intention of reaching…
telesurenglish.net/news/brazil-police-re…

Police criticised for the 'chilling effect' of including environmental groups in counter-terror documents
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-01-17
Police have defended their inclusion of environmental groups such as Extinction Rebellion in counter-terrorism documents, in the face of criticism it could have a "chilling effect" on people.The Guardian reported that a 24-page policing document it had seen included Greenpeace, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and other non-violent groups, as well as extremist right-wing proscribed groups such as National Action.It said the document was distributed to teachers and medical staff as part of anti-extremism briefings last year.Deputy assistant commissioner Dean Haydon, senior national co-ordinator for the U…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/01/17/police-c…

New US sanctions on North Korea threatens to jeopardize Korean peace process
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-17
The US has sanctioned two companies based in China for employing North Korean citizens overseas. The US claims that it is implementing UN-backed sanctions…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/01/17/new-us-sa…

Defender and spearheads
Victor Grossman | mronline.org | 2020-01-17
Troop movements today promise anything but peace. Every two years military maneuvers encircle Russian borders; every nine months a new brigade of 4500 U.S. soldiers was flown over to "gain experience". This year it will be a division of 20,000, joined by soldiers from 18 countries, 37,000 in all. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/17/defender-and-spe…

Julian Assange's battle for justice
Vyshakh T | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-17
Julian Assange's extradition hearing is scheduled to begin on February 25. We bring you a timeline of the major developments in the case since his arrest in April 2019.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/01/17/julian-as…

The ERA Just Got Ratified by Virginia, the Needed 38th State!
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
Here's a big deal that's bound to become a lot bigger this year. Exactly 100 years after women finally won the vote with ratification of a 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, the state legislature of Virginia on January 15 finally became the needed 38th state of the Union to ratify the proposed Equal Rights…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/the-era-just…

Sanctions harm reconstruction in Syria's Homs province
Karin Leukefeld | workers.org | 2020-01-17
Published in Junge Welt, Dec. 16. Translation by John Catalinotto. According to Gov. Talal Barasi, about half a million people fled from Homs province, the largest in Syria, during the war. Some 2.3 million people had lived in Homs before the war, Barasi explained in an interview with Junge Welt. . . . | Continue reading Sanctions harm reconstruction in Syria's Homs province at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/01/45594/

Abby Martin Banned From Speaking at US University
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-17
Former teleSUR presenter and creator of The Empire Files Abby Martin was blocked from delivering a keynote speech at Georgia Southern University for refusing to "sign a contractual pledge to not boycott Israel" to comply with the anti-Boycott, Divest and Sanctions state law. | RELATED: | YouTube Censors Empire Files' Abby Martin on Israeli Militarism | "After I was scheduled to give a keynote speech at an upcoming Georgia Southern conference, organizers said I must comply with…
telesurenglish.net/news/Abby-Martin-Bann…

The World Looks to Abandon the Dollar as US Sanctions Tighten Their Grip
Ryan McMaken | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-17
When the US places financial sanctions on one country, it de facto sanctions many other countries as well

MLK's final campaign lives on: The war against racism and poverty
Jessicah Pierre | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-17
As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., it's natural to remember his courageous advocacy for racial equity. But before he was assassinated, King had also begun to broaden his efforts to unify the movement around economic justice. That's worth remembering today. In December 1967, King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and other …
peoplesworld.org/article/mlks-final-camp…

Learning From King's Last Campaign
Jessicah Pierre | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., it's natural to remember his courageous advocacy for racial equity. But before he was assassinated, King had also begun to broaden his efforts to unify the around economic justice. That's worth remembering today. In December 1967, King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and other conveners…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/learning-fro…