2020-01-05: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-05). War over Iran already raging on Twitter: users call for Trump ban, claim suspension over 'No war on Iran' image. rt.com Twitter's dubious enforcement of its own rules is back in the spotlight after Trump threatened to strike Iran and destroy Iranian cultural treasures. Trump's tweet remains, but many wonder whether it's prohibited speech. | Users are supposedly not allowed to threaten violence or glorify acts of violence on Twitter. And many people believe US President Donald Trump did just that when h…

Megha Summer Pappachen & Aviva Levine (2020-01-05). Rally in Chicago against the CAA and police brutality in India. liberationnews.org "The recent steps taken by the Modi government are disastrous for India's minorities and its consequences will amount to nothing short of ethnic cleansing and genocide," said Azhar Ahmad, an organizer with Stand With Kashmir.

RT (2020-01-05). Soleimani assassination has opened new phase for whole Middle East region — Hezbollah leader Nasrallah. rt.com The assassination of Qassem Soleimani has opened a new phase for the whole region, the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, has said, calling for attacks on US soldiers and military assets. | Iraqi resistance will not let a single US soldier stay in Iraq after the killing of the Iranian Quds force commander, Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Sunday. | The Hezbollah leader, however, warned against harming any American civilians, as such acts will only play into the hands of US President Donald Trump, adding that every US military asset and serviceman in the region is fair game. | "When…

Morgan Artyukhina (2020-01-05). Thousands march Washington, D.C. streets against Trump's drive for war with Iran. liberationnews.org "When they say 'more war,' we say 'no more!'"

Elaine Margolin (2020-01-05). Leslie Jamison's Kaleidoscope of Loneliness. truthdig.com Essays include a whale with an online following, a family believing their child led a prior life, and the artistic staging of corpses by Civil War photographers.

RT (2020-01-05). 'Terrorist in a suit': Iran's information minister strikes back after Trump's Twitter threats. rt.com The Iranian information minister issued a toughly worded response to US President Donald Trump after he posted a threatening tweet about "targeting" dozens of sites across Iran. | "Trump is a 'terrorist in a suit'. He will learn history very soon that NOBODY can defeat 'the Great Iranian Nation & Culture,'" Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi tweeted on Sunday, while also comparing the US president to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Adolf Hitler and Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan. | The minister was responding to an earlier tweet by Trump, in which he warned that the US has "targeted 52 Iranian sites," incl…

RT (2020-01-05). France does not seek trade war with US, but can retaliate if it comes to that — finance minister. rt.com Paris will not sit idle if Washington implements its threat to hit French goods with tariffs, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire stated as he touched on a simmering row on the taxation of US tech giants. | "We want to avoid a trade war, but we're ready to respond, with our European partners, if we're hit with sanctions that we think are inappropriate, unfriendly and illegitimate," the minister said in an interview to Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper. | Also on rt.com | | United States imposes record $7.5 billion in tariffs on European goods | Last year, Fren…

RT (2020-01-05). Turkish troops start moving toward Libya — Erdogan. rt.com Turkey has begun deploying troops to Libya for "coordination and stability," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, revealing that Ankara will establish an operational center in the country. | The Turkish military has already started moving "slowly" towards Libya, Erdogan revealed late on Sunday. The scope of Ankara's involvement in the years-long conflict is still unknown. | The deployment of Turkish troops was greenlighted by the country's parliament on Thursday. The move followed a request for military assistance by Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj who heads the UN-backed, Tripoli-based Government of…

Eds. (2020-01-05). Lukacs's Marxist aesthetics. mronline.org Gyà∂rgy Lukács's views on aesthetics will be found in one of his two major mature works, The Specificity of the Aesthetic, the other one being Towards an Ontology of Social Being. They both constitute huge treatises. | Source

RT (2020-01-05). UK foreign secretary says Soleimani's job was to attack Western troops 'legitimately' in the Middle East — like in Syria? rt.com British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it was Qassem Soleimani's job to attack Western troops deployed 'legitimately' across the Middle East. But who authorized the presence of those troops in Syria remains a mystery. | Raab went on the BBC to fully endorse Washington's justification of the targeted assassination of the commander of Iran's Quds Force as an act of self-defense. The Trump administration claimed the man was planning attacks on American citizens and that preemptively killing him on Iraqi soil was OK. | "It was General Soleimani's job description to engage proxies, militias across not just Ira…

RT (2020-01-05). Easier said than done: Making US troops actually leave Iraq will take more than parliament resolution. rt.com Adoption of the resolution, urging the expulsion of the US military from Iraq, marks a very important step for the country, yet making them actually leave will likely take more than that, analysts have told RT. | The resolution, calling for withdrawal of foreign troops from the country, was adopted by the Iraqi parliament on Sunday. The non-binding document that the government is yet to consider came in response to the assassination of Iranian Quds force commander Qassem Soleimani as well as other Iranian and Iraqi military officials, including the deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Force (PMF), A…

RT (2020-01-05). Iraqi parliament passes resolution asking government to cancel request for assistance from US-led coalition. rt.com Iraqi parliament has voted to have foreign troops removed from the country, heeding to a call from its caretaker prime minister. The move comes after US assassination of a top Iranian general and a commander of Iraqi militia. | The resolution, which was passed anonymously, instructs the government to cancel a request for military assistance to the US-led coalition, which was issued in response to the rise of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). With IS supposedly defeated, Iraq will not need foreign troops to fight the jihadists and can close its airspace to coalition aircraft. | The Iraqi government must work t…

RT (2020-01-05). Satan for scrap: Russia to DESTROY two of its most powerful strategic nuclear missiles in 2020. rt.com Russia is set to dismantle two of its Soviet-era intercontinental ballistic missiles — still considered the most powerful in the world — this year. The R-36M2 ICBMs are commonly known under the NATO reporting name SS-18 Satan. | Two missiles, currently stored at a military compound in Russia's Urals, are set to be destroyed by the end of November, Interfax reported citing a contract for their dismantling. The missiles — which have a dry weight of 52 tons — will be dismantled for scrap, since they contain quite a cache of valuable materials. | Each 'Satan' contains at least 1.2kg of gold,…

RT (2020-01-05). Enrichment based on technical needs: Iran rolls back on 2015 nuclear deal. rt.com Tehran has removed the last constraints it agreed to impose on its nuclear program under the 2015 deal but said it is ready to return to fulfilling its obligations under the agreement if the US lifts sanctions. | Iran's nuclear program "no longer faces any operating restrictions," a government statement cited by Iranian media said, adding that parameters of enrichment capacity, enrichment level and the amount of enriched material would from now on be determined only by the program's "technical needs." | Tehran still vowed to continue its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and said t…

RT (2020-01-05). Bibi gets Freudian by calling Israel 'nuclear power' during cabinet meeting. rt.com Benjamin Netanyahu referred to Israel as a 'nuclear power' in an apparent slip of the tongue. The Jewish state is widely considered one, but has maintained ambiguity, neither confirming nor denying possession of a nuclear arsenal. | Reading a prepared statement to his cabinet on Sunday, Netanyahu lauded the importance of a subsea gas pipeline that will connect Israel with Cyprus and Greece. A trilateral agreement on the project was signed during his trip to Athens this week. | "The significance of this project is that we are turning Israel into a nuclear power," he said, before quickly correcting himself to sa…

RT (2020-01-05). 'Commander of Hearts': Grieving Iranians flood streets in Ahvaz to bid farewell to General Soleimani (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Massive crowds of mourners have gathered for a farewell procession dedicated to Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike in Iraq earlier this week. | The solemn procession began at 7am at the Rumi Square in Ahvaz, the capital of Iran's western Khuzestan Province, which borders Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of black-clad mourners have completely filled both the streets and a bridge over the Karun River to pay their last respects to the major general. | People in #Iran's southern Khuzestan pr…

RT (2020-01-05). US-led coalition halts MOST operations, focuses on own forces' protection in wake of Iranian general's killing. rt.com The US-led coalition has announced it will put most of its operations on hold and focus on ensuring the security of its troops as tensions in the Middle East skyrocket after the death of Iran's top general at the hands of the US.

RT (2020-01-05). US federal library program website down after it was hacked by 'Iranian cyber security group' (PHOTOS). rt.com The Federal Depository Library Program (FDPL) website's front page briefly showed an image of President Trump being punched in the face, along with a vow to avenge the killing of a top Iranian general before it went offline. | The website run by the FDPL, a US government program set up to ensure federal government publications are available to the public free of charge, was apparently hacked by a group claiming to be from Iran on Saturday evening. | NEW: The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) website appears to have been hacked by an Iranian group. At the bottom of the page the "Iran Cyber Security Grou…

RT (2020-01-05). Iran could bring an 'overnight economic depression' in retaliation to US — ex-Pentagon official tells Boom Bust. rt.com Tehran could block a key shipping route in the Gulf region after US attack, thus causing a terrible headache to global oil markets and the world's economy in general, former Pentagon official Michael Maloof told RT's Boom Bust. | Crude prices rose on Friday — with both Brent and West Texas intermediate (WTI) gaining more than three percent — on the news of the US drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the most powerful Iranian general and the commander of the Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds Force. However, that could be only the beginning of the economic consequences of the attack, according to…

RT (2020-01-05). Trump says his tweets are 'notification' to Congress, pledges 'disproportionate' response to Iran in case of attack. rt.com The US President Donald Trump has literally said that his Twitter posts should be seen as "notification to the United States Congress" — in another tweet no less — as he vowed to "strike back" should Iran target any American. | The president minced no words as he continued to threaten Tehran with a swift and potentially devastating response as the two nations have found themselves on the brink of a military conflict after the US killed a top Iranian commander on a direct order from the White House. | This time, however, he did not just issue another threat but also said that the US Congress should…

RT (2020-01-05). Japan to 'tighten' departure rules after embattled Nissan's ex-chief Carlos Ghosn flees. rt.com The Japanese justice minister promised to beef up departure controls after former auto titan Carlos Ghosn pulled off a daring escape from Japan, where he is charged with financial misconduct. | A frustrated Masako Mori announced on Sunday that she had instructed the nation's immigration services "to coordinate with related agencies to further tighten departure procedures." | "It is clear that we do not have records of the defendant Ghosn departing Japan," Mori said, stressing that the former chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance jumped bail and traveled from the airport in Osaka to Beirut…

RT (2020-01-05). Skating star swindled: Police arrest 'fortune tellers' who took $32K from Olympic champion Sotnikova 'to solve boyfriend woes'. rt.com Fortune-telling swindlers who took two million rubles ($32,000) from 2014 Olympic champion figure skater Adelina Sotnikova in exchange for their 'magic services' have been found and detained by Russian police. | The group of thieves, who claimed to have been gifted with extrasensory abilities, offered fortune-telling and magic help to people in return for massive amounts of money. | READ MORE: Miniskirt, drum & saxophone: Tuktamysheva sets pulses racing at exhibition gala (VIDEO, PICTURES) | One of…

RT (2020-01-05). Islamist group Al-Shabaab attacks military base in Kenya that houses US & local troops. rt.com Al-Shabaab jihadists have attacked a military base in Kenya which houses US soldiers along with local troops. The army said they managed to repulse the assault, killing four militants. | The attack was on Camp Simba naval base in Manda Bay in Lamu County on Kenya's coast, bordering Somalia. | Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia told the Daily Nation local newspaper that "heavily armed" militants stormed the compound at 4am local time. Witnesses heard gunfire coming from the base | Photos and videos circulating on social media allegedly show smoke billowing from the site. | Al-Shabaab has attacked a US mil…

Janine Jackson (2020-01-05). 'The Fed Is a Political Institution That Pretends Not to Be Political' – CounterSpin interview with William Greider on Alan Greenspan. fair.org Journalist William Greider, who died on Christmas Day 2019 at the age of 83, was a repeat guest on CounterSpin; Janine Jackson interviewed him about former Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan for the September 21, 2007, episode. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

RT (2020-01-05). 3 rockets hit Baghdad's Green Zone not far from US embassy, nearby areas. rt.com The Iraqi capital's heavily fortified Green Zone housing foreign embassies, including the American one, has been targeted in a rocket attack which saw two projectiles landing in the area and another one in a nearby district. | Three 'Katyusha' unguided rockets struck central Baghdad, the Iraqi military confirmed in a statement. Two of them fell in the Green Zone, not far from the US embassy. One more hit the neighboring district of Jadriya. There have been no reports of any casualties or damage resulting from the attack. | It is the second such incident targeting the Green Zone in just a few days since a top I…

Staff (2020-01-05). Al-Shabab Attacks Military Base Used by U.S. Forces in Kenya. truthdig.com NAIROBI, Kenya — Al-Shabab extremists overran a key military base used by U.S. counterterror forces in Kenya before dawn Sunday, destroying U.S. aircraft and vehicles, Kenyan authorities said. It was the al-Qaida-linked group's first attack against U.S. forces in the East African country, and the military called the security situation "fluid" several hours after the assault. | It was not yet clear whether any U.S. or Kenyan forces were killed. A U.S. Africa Command statement, issued after al-Shabab released photos of blazing aircraft, said "an accountability of personnel assessment is underway" and the Mand…

Staff (2020-01-05). AOC Calls Trump a 'Monster' for His Actions in Iran. truthdig.com Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Saturday night called President Donald Trump a "monster" for threatening to target more than 50 Iranian sites—including some he said are " important to Iran and the Iranian culture"—if Tehran retaliates for the U.S. assassination of General Qasem Soleimani. | "This is a war crime," Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, tweeted in response to the president's warning. "Threatening to target and kill innocent families, women, and children—which is what you're doing by targeting cultural sites—does not make you a 'tough guy.' It does not make you 'strategic.' I…

CODEPINK.org and many others (2020-01-05). US Out of Iraq! (San Jose). indybay.org 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113…

Staff (2020-01-05). Activists Take on the Toxic Tampon Industry and Fight Menstruation Stigma. truthout.org Don't Let Them See You Bleed: PERIOD examines the feminist movement through the lens of period activism. We will look at aspects of women's health and social justice that are often overlooked — From period stigma to the unfair tax on feminine hygiene products and the fight to regulate and disclose ingredients in tampons and maxi pads. We'll hear from activists, researchers, and intellectuals who are challenging the attitudes and policies that negatively impact women on a daily basis. | Specia…

Monterey Peace & Justice Center (2020-01-05). Monterey Protest: No War on Iran! U.S. Out of Iraq! indybay.org Window On The Bay / Monterey Waterfront Park, Del Monte Ave, Monterey, California 93940…

Black Alliance for Peace (2020-01-05). Black Alliance for Peace Declares: If You Believe in Peace, Commit to Defeating the Warmongers. No War on Iran! globalresearch.ca The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) is clear: we will not fight for the rich. We understand our objective interests as an oppressed people and will not be moved by appeals to national chauvinism meant to galvanize the poor and …

Brenda Norrell (2020-01-05). Native People urge peace and friendship with Iran, demand U.S. get out of Iraq. indybay.org Native Americans spoke out today, urging peace and friendship with the people of Iraq and Iran, and called out Trump for assassinations and provocations to escalate war.

Prince Kapone (2020-01-05). The Coming Attack on Iran? globalresearch.ca According to Article IV of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (N.P.T.), all signatory member nations possess the "inalienable right" to "develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination."[1] As a signatory nation, the Islamic Republic of …

We Are The Many (2020-01-05). Jan 4, 2020: 5,000 March for Peace in San Francisco. indybay.org With only two days' notice and during the winter vacation, some 5,000 people managed to take over the streets of San Francisco, filling two wide blocks near Fifth and Mission, as we marched past the San Francisco Chronicle building on January 4, 2020, a clear, sunny 55 degree day for a peace march protesting Nazi Trump's war against Iran.

San Mateo Peace Action (2020-01-05). No War with Iran! (San Mateo). indybay.org corner 3rd Ave and El Camino | 300 So El Camino Real | San Mateo, CA 94402…

Staff (2020-01-05). Humanity Can't Recycle Its Way Out of Consumption Problems. truthout.org This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | Our story begins in the 1950s. The classic promotional film shows the good American housewife, just like June Cleaver, dropping a large bowl on the kitchen floor. Miraculously, it doesn't break. Rather, it bounces. Plastic had found its way into the American home, and the world would nev…

ANSWER Coalition & others (2020-01-05). Sacramento Protest: U.S. Troops Out of Iraq! No War on Iran! indybay.org Intersection of 9th Street and K Street, Downtown Sacramento…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-05). Anti-war groups march against US aggression in Iran. peoplesdispatch.org Anti-war protests were organized in several places in the United States on Saturday, January 4, following the assassination of the head of Iran's Al- Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, in an airstrike in Iraq the previous day. The assassination has been widely condemned for bringing the entire West Asia to the brink of war. | While US politicians and media have toed the administration's line and defended the assassination, pushing the narrative that Soleimani was a threat to national security, progressives and anti-war organizations have spoken out against the action. | A statement released by the ANSWER Coalition (Ac…

Yolo Grassroots Collective (2020-01-05). Protest in Davis: No War on Iran! U.S. Troops Out of Iraq! indybay.org B Street and 5th Street, Davis, CA…

Peter Koenig (2020-01-05). America Is Ruled by a Murderer. globalresearch.ca As most days, this morning I opened the Tao — DaoDeJing— at random, at Dao-42. In its conclusion it says "Those who are forceful and aggressive… die a painful death — This I use as the foundation of my teaching."…

Democratic Socialists of America (2020-01-05). Urgent Call For Action Against A U.S. War On Iran. indybay.org Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) emphatically opposes a U.S. war with Iran. In light of the U.S.'s act of war against Iran, putting the two nations close to the brink of war, DSA calls on all members and chapters to mobilize against yet another U.S. war in the Middle East.

F. William Engdahl (2020-01-05). Climate and the Money Trail. globalresearch.ca The very mega-billionaires behind the globalization of the world economy who have wreaked so much damage to our environment are the leading backers of the "grassroots" climate movement. Is it pangs of guilty conscience, or could it be a deeper agenda of the financialization of the very air we breathe and more?

Staff (2020-01-05). Here's What Workers of the Global South Endure to Create Corporate Wealth. truthout.org In recent decades, as U.S. corporations shipped millions of jobs overseas to save money on wages, GM, H&M, Apple and dozens of other companies established elaborate supply chains in Asia, Mexico and Latin America, where workers earn pennies per hour. These chains are geographically expansive networks organized by foreign companies to produce semi-finished goods in different places before final assembly for huge global corporations. | Abuses abound. One typical example: An Indonesian factory that…

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-05). Counterproductive US Imperial Policies. The Risks of Global Warfare? globalresearch.ca The US under both right wings of its war party excels at brute force, not long-range strategic thinking and planning. | Pentagon terror-bombing assassinations of Iranian IRGC Quds commander General Qassem Soleimani and deputy head of Iraq's PMU Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis…

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-05). UN Secretary General Guterres Fails to Condemn US Assassinations in Iraq. globalresearch.ca UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard slammed the Trump regime's assassination of Iranian General Soleimani, Iraqi Deputy PMU leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and others with them, tweeting the following: | "The targeted killings of …

Professor John Ryan (2020-01-05). Censorship in Canada? Vanessa Beeley's Talks on Syria. globalresearch.ca Vanessa Beeley is a British journalist who was invited to Canada in the fall of 2019 to present talks in seven cities on the conflict in Syria. The sponsors of her speaking tour were several anti-war groups, including the Geopolitical …

teleSUR (2020-01-05). Al-Shabaab Attacks Military Base In Kenya Used by US Forces. telesurenglish.net The Somali militant group al-Shabaab attacked a military base Sunday at the airfield in the Bay of Manda in Lamu County, near the Somali border, used by both United States and Kenyan forces killing three and injuring two more. | RELATED: | Air Strikes Targeting Iraqi Militia Kill Six: Army Source | Three people, including a U.S. soldier and two civilians including a U.S. private contractor, are among the dead. While two other Department of Defense personnel were wounded in the attack…

teleSUR (2020-01-05). Trump Says Tweets Serve as 'Notification' to US Congress. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that his tweets will serve as notification to the U.S. Congress in case he decides to strike Iran. | RELATED: | Thousands Mourn Iranian General as Quds Force Unfurls Red Flag | "These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required,…

teleSUR (2020-01-05). Haftar Forces Bomb Military Academy in Tripoli: 42 Killed. telesurenglish.net An air raid on a military academy in Tripoli, attributed to forces under the command of Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, left at least 42 people dead and many more wounded. | RELATED: | Turkish Parliament Approves Bill to Deploy Military to Libya | Security sources told the Reuters News Agency on Saturday that the Libyan National Army bombarded the facility located in the Juhba area on Saturday night; this attack resutled in heavy damage to the site and its surroundings. | "

teleSUR (2020-01-05). Iran Summons Swiss Envoy Over Trump's Twitter Threats. telesurenglish.net Iran has summoned the Swiss diplomatic mission in Tehran today after a series of tweets from U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to destroy the Islamic Republic's cultural sites if American assets were targeted. | RELATED: | Thousands Mourn Iranian General as Quds Force Unfurls Red Flag | According to the Reuters News Agency, the Iranian government is seeking answers from the United States after Trump's tweets. Since the United States and Iran do not have diplomatic relation…

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