2020-01-10: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-10). Rare FOOTAGE shows Ukrainian Boeing crash site in Tehran after 'site bulldozed' claims (PHOTOS). rt.com RT's video agency Ruptly has obtained footage of the site where a Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 crashed after taking off in Iran. It shows what appear to be passengers' belongings strewn about, but parts of the plane have been removed. | The still images were taken on Friday morning in Laleh Park, the site of the wreck. The site does not appear to be cordoned off any longer, and plane parts and bodies have been removed. | | © RT / Ruptly | | © RT / Ruptly | The footage appears to counter recent media reports that suggested the site had been "bulldozed" to remove physical evidence, a claim that seems d…

Olivia Rosane (2020-01-10). Environmental groups outraged at Trump's proposed rollback of infrastructure review. peoplesworld.org President Donald Trump proposed one of his most aggressive environmental rollbacks yet on Thursday, announcing a change that would exempt federal agencies from considering the climate impacts of pipelines and other infrastructure projects. The president's proposal would significantly limit enforcement of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which mandates that federal agencies consider how proposed construction projects like pipelines, highways and …

RT (2020-01-10). Bollywood megastar Deepika Padukone's support visit to protest hotbed JNU taps into raging politics for fail-safe publicity. rt.com Deepika Padukone, Bollywood superstar and India's highest-paid female actor, became a trending Twitter topic this week, after a strategic visit to Jawaharlal Nehru University — a center of ongoing anti-government protests. | In India's volatile political climate where a huge debate ensued, and protests are raging over a new 'anti-Muslim' citizenship law, Padukone added fuel to fire by stepping into the premises of the university in New Delhi, which has become a "symbol of resistance" against an allegedly "fascist government," to express solidarity with the protesting students. Padukone, whose latest film…

RT (2020-01-10). 'We are the woke': Joaquin Phoenix joins Jane Fonda at DC climate protest, to preach about meat & dairy and flight-shame himself. rt.com The Friday climate change protest in Washington, DC included crowds marching on Capitol Hill and chanting things like, "the waters are rising and so are we" and "Australia is burning and so are we." Police were present. | Celebrities like Jane Fonda and Joaquin Phoenix headlined the protest, which was part of the Friday Fire Drills, originally inspired by teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg. | "Fire drill Fridays call for fast action on the Green New Deal and an end to all fossil fuel exploration, extraction and taxpayer subsidies to oil companies," a notice for the protest read. | 'Joker' star Phoenix…

Cathy Breen (2020-01-10). And We Allow this Madness to Continue. dissidentvoice.org Try as I did, I found it impossible to send New Year's greetings to friends in Iraq given the unthinkable and shameless actions of Trump and his regime in the last weeks. His decision to assassinate Iranian Major General Qasim Soleimani at the Baghdad airport led to the Iraqi Parliament voting to expel all foreign …

CounterSpin (2020-01-10). Gregory Shupak on Iran Assassination, Brett Hartl on Biodiversity Loss. fair.org Media…

Alan MacLeod (2020-01-10). From Resistance to Assistance: Little Pushback to Trump's Iran Assassination. fair.org Qassem Soleimani (cc photo: Sayyed Shahab Odin Vajedi) | After Donald Trump's election, both the New York Times and Washington Post saw huge jumps in subscribers, all hoping that the outlets would hold the president to account. Both papers tapped into this sentiment: In February 2017,…

RT (2020-01-10). Killing of Soleimani 'wake-up call' to get rid of US presence in the region — Iran's envoy to UN. rt.com The killing of Qassem Soleimani by the US has not only crossed crucial "red lines" but provided an impetus to expel American troops from the Middle East, an Iranian envoy to the UN's office in Geneva told RT. | The assassination of Major General Soleimani had "surpassed the red lines that distinguish barbarism from civilized rules of engagement," Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh told RT's Afshin Rattansi on his show Going Underground. | The diplomat argued that the raid served as "a wake-up call for the people in the region and beyond." | I think this is the beginning of a process: the people of our region would get ri…

RT (2020-01-10). Japan 'didn't convince' Moscow that US Aegis Ashore missiles would be deployed only for defense — Russian deputy FM. rt.com Tokyo has failed to convince Moscow that it intends to deploy US Aegis Ashore missile systems on its territory solely for defensive purposes, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Friday. He made the statement after talks with his Japanese counterpart Takeo Mori. The diplomats held their meeting as part of the 11th round of the Russia-Japan strategic dialogue in Tokyo. | "We don't believe that the deployment of these systems will serve solely the task of Japan's defense against hypothetical strikes from North Korea," TASS quoted the Russian diplomat as saying. "In these systems we see certain…

RT (2020-01-10). Seoul conveys Trump's birthday message for N. Korea's Kim Jong-un — officials. rt.com US President Donald Trump has congratulated North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on his birthday, South Korea's top presidential security adviser said on Friday, after returning from his trip to Washington, DC. | Chung Eui-yong, head of the national security office, had a brief meeting with Trump at the White House during the three-day visit. | Trump had some congratulatory words for Kim on the occasion of his January 8 birthday, and asked President Moon Jae-in to deliver the message, Yonhap reported. "As far as I know, the message was conveyed to North Korea yesterday in an appropriate manner," Chung told reporter…

RT (2020-01-10). Taliban expects date to sign deal with US 'to be fixed soon'. rt.com The Taliban expects that a date to sign a peace agreement with the United States will be fixed in the near future, TASS reported on Friday, citing Mohammad Sohail Shaheen, a spokesman for the movement's Qatar office. | "A date to sign the agreement has not been fixed. We expect to fix it soon," he said, responding to a question. | Russian special presidential envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said earlier that Washington and the Taliban had agreed that Russia and several other countries would witness the signing of the agreement. | On December 29, the Taliban's ruling council agreed to a temporary ceasefire…

RT (2020-01-10). Iran showcases recovered BLACK BOXES of crashed Ukrainian jet (VIDEO). rt.com Iran has released a video showing the black boxes of Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 that went down outside Tehran killing 176 on board. The devices have been damaged in the crash and it's expected to take several months to read them. | Short footage of the recorders was released by Iranian media on Friday. The black boxes — that are actually bright orange — are seen sitting inside a crate, handled by the officials with the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization (CAO). | The flight data recorder appears to be largely intact, yet it's quite charred and has a handful of visible dents in its body. The cockpi…

RT (2020-01-10). India considers tightening drone policy after Soleimani's death in US airstrike — report. rt.com Indian officials are alarmed by new security risks arising from the use of UAVs after a US drone strike killed Iranian military commander, Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad. | The country's authorities are considering an update to recently adopted regulations on drones, which are due to take effect this month, the Indian Express reported on Friday, citing two high-ranking government sources. | "There is a realization of the need to up the guard [on who gets licenses]… there will be a step back on that," a source said, explaining that the existing drone policy requires "careful reassessment, given the new risks."

Staff (2020-01-10). U.S. Dismisses Iraq Request to Work on a Troop Withdrawal Plan. truthdig.com BAGHDAD — Iraq's caretaker prime minister asked Washington to work out a road map for an American troop withdrawal, but the U.S. State Department on Friday bluntly rejected the request, saying the two sides should instead talk about how to "recommit" to their partnership. | Thousands of anti-government protesters turned out in the capital and southern Iraq, many calling on both Iran and America to leave Iraq, reflecting their anger and frustration over the two rivals — both allies of Baghdad — trading blows on Iraqi soil. | The request from Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi pointed to his determin…

RT (2020-01-10). EU foreign ministers hold emergency meeting on Iran crisis, nuclear deal. rt.com Foreign ministers for the EU states are holding an emergency meeting on Friday to seek ways to guide the United States and Iran away from confrontation, Reuters reported. | President Donald Trump had earlier urged European allies to "break away" from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. However, the EU says it "will spare no effort" in attempts to keep alive the deal, aimed at preventing Iran from developing atomic weapons. | The president of the European Council, Charles Michel, on Thursday defended the crumbling Iran nuclear deal, but warned Tehran against "irreversible acts" that would sink the accord. He also…

Steve Sweeney (2020-01-10). Iraqi Communists say their country should not be battleground for U.S.-Iran war. peoplesworld.org Iraqi Communists called for the international community to respect national sovereignty yesterday, warning against their country being used as an arena for war between the U.S. and Iran. In a statement issued in response to Iran's retaliatory missile attack on the U.S. bases in Ain al-Assad in Anbar and Harir in Erbil, the Iraqi Communist …

RT (2020-01-10). Panic mode? Iran could have 'access' to nuclear weapon in 1-2 years, French FM warns. rt.com French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has claimed that if Iran continues to roll back the 2015 nuclear deal (JCPOA), it may get a nuclear bomb in a very short period of time. | If the Islamic Republic continues "with unraveling" the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on its nuclear program, Tehran could obtain a nuclear weapon in the nearest future, Le Drian told RTL radio on Friday. | Within a fairly short period of time, between one and two years, they could have access to a nuclear weapon, which is not an option. | EU foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss ways of…

RT (2020-01-10). Iran to announce preliminary cause of Ukrainian Boeing crash on Saturday — report. rt.com The cause of the deadly crash of Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 in Iran will be given on Saturday, following a meeting of the commission investigating the incident, which will be attended by "domestic and foreign parties," Iran's Fars News Agency said, citing "an informed source." | The meeting will hear a "preliminary report" on the circumstances of the catastrophe that claimed lives of all 176 people on board of the Ukrainian Boeing. The investigation into the crash is ongoing, and Iran is cooperating with Ukrainian specialists who've arrived in Tehran. Iran has also unveiled the recovered bla…

Staff (2020-01-10). U.S. Blames Iran for Ukrainian Jetliner Downing, Pledges Probe. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. promised "appropriate action" Friday in response to its assessment that an Iranian missile was responsible for downing a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed outside Tehran, as the Iranian government denied playing a role in the killing of all 176 people on board. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo became the highest-level U.S. official to directly pin the blame on Iran, after Canadian, Australian and British leaders announced similar intelligence conclusions Thursday. "We do believe it is likely that that plane was shot down by an Iranian missile," he said. | Pompeo said an investigation wou…

RT (2020-01-10). Iran's civil aviation chief certain Ukraine plane 'not hit by missile'. rt.com Iran's civil aviation boss Ali Abedzadeh said on Friday he was "certain" a Ukrainian airliner which crashed outside Tehran this week was not hit by a missile. | "One thing is for certain, this airplane was not hit by a missile," Abedzadeh told reporters in Tehran after Britain and Canada both said intelligence sources suggested a catastrophic error by Iranian air defense batteries had downed the aircraft, AFP said. | France said on Friday it was ready to join the probe into the crash that killed all 176 people abroad. Ukraine said it could not rule out a missile strike but that had not been confirmed, Reuters…

RT (2020-01-10). US acting 'like ISIS' threatening to destroy Iran's cultural sites – FM Zarif. rt.com The US was behaving like terrorists when President Donald Trump threatened to target Iranian cultural sites if Tehran retaliated for the killing of its top general Qassem Soleimani, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has said. | In a speech directed to the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, Zarif said Trump's threat could be compared to the Islamic State's destruction of cultural sites during its reign of terror in the region, Iran's PressTV reported. | The US "seeks to emulate the war crimes of Daesh, menacing the cultural heritage of the millennia-old civilization of Iran," he said. His remarks were deli…

RT (2020-01-10). Japan's Abe heading to Middle East despite crisis in region. rt.com Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the Middle East from Saturday, hoping to ease regional tensions that have soared after the US killing of a top Iranian general. | Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said on Friday that the January 11-15 trip to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman would go ahead. | Abe will also seek to explain Tokyo's decision to deploy a military vessel and two patrol planes to the region to "ensure safety of Japan-related vessels," AFP reports. | "To avoid further escalation of the tense situation in the Middle East, [Abe] will exchange opinions with the thr…

RT (2020-01-10). Asian oil buyers unfazed by Iran crisis. rt.com Oil prices rose and fell in the aftermath of the latest escalation between the United States and Iran, but one kind of oil remained more resilient than the rest: heavy crude. | Heavy crude grades traditionally trade at a discount to lighter crudes, and they still are. But if, as some fear, Iraq becomes a battlefield, this may change. | Asian refineries are the main drivers of heavy crude oil demand even after the new sulfur emissions rules of the International Maritime Organisation took effect at the start of this year. Many warned that IMO 2020 will seriously dampen demand for heavy crude but this doesn't see…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-01-10). House majority heeds demands that Trump stop his war on Iran. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—By a 224-194 vote, the U.S. House heeded mass anti-war sentiment and invoked the War Powers Act to stop GOP President Donald Trump's escalation against Iran. Eight Democrats voted with Trump, while 220 voted against his war on Iran. So did three Republicans. The 186 others stuck with Trump. Independent Justin Amash of Michigan switched …

RT (2020-01-10). Ukraine says Iran cooperating with Boeing crash probe, calls to reduce media speculation. rt.com Ukraine's foreign minister has called for the media to avoid speculation about what caused the crash of the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 outside Tehran, explaining that the investigation is ongoing and nothing has been ruled out. | Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko asked that the media not spread "unconfirmed" information on Friday, pleading with reporters to "reduce the level of speculation" while the probe continues. The experts are still analyzing evidence, looking at the bodies of the victims and the wreckage in hope of gaining insight into what took down Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752, killing all…

RT (2020-01-10). EU meeting to focus on bringing Iran back into nuclear deal — Slovakia. rt.com European Union foreign ministers at a meeting in Brussels will focus on finding ways on how to bring Tehran back into the nuclear deal, after its decision to scrap the deal's enrichment limits, Slovakia's foreign minister said on Friday. | "The steps they announced are reversible and verification by the [nuclear watchdog] IAEA is ongoing, but we are not happy with the step five that was announced," Miroslav Lajcakbut told reporters on arrival at the meeting. | "We hope that we can help Iran return to the game," the minister added.

RT (2020-01-10). Ukrainian prosecutors call for an end to 'shameless self-promotion' & speculation about deadly plane crash in Iran. rt.com Ukrainian investigators have asked that people stop spreading unfounded claims about the deadly crash of its passenger airliner in Iran. The call comes amid a flood of rumors that the jet was downed by an Iranian missile. | The office of the Prosecutor General in Kiev has urged that everyone "refrain from speculations" concerning the plane crash. | We ask the politicians, the former prosecutors with no legal training or basic knowledge of criminal law and procedures to refrain from the shameless self-promotion on…

RT (2020-01-10). Iraq asks US to prepare troop pullout, send team to Baghdad. rt.com Caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has asked the United States to send a delegation to Iraq to begin preparing for a troop pullout, his office said on Friday. | In a phone call late on Thursday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Abdul-Mahdi "requested that delegates be sent to Iraq to set the mechanisms to implement parliament's decision for the secure withdrawal of [foreign] forces from Iraq," AFP reports. | Some 5,200 US soldiers are stationed at bases across Iraq to support local troops preventing a resurgence of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). | They make up the bulk of a broader US-led coal…

Staff (2020-01-10). Pelosi: House Moving to Send Impeachment to Senate Next Week. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the House will take steps next week to send articles of impeachment to the Senate ending Democrats' blockade of President Donald Trump's Senate trial. | In a letter to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said she was proud of their "courage and patriotism" and warned that senators now have a choice as they consider the charges of abuse and obstruction against the president. | "In an impeachment trial, every Senator takes an oath to do 'impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws," Pelosi wrote. "Every Senator now faces a choice: to be loyal to t…

RT (2020-01-10). 'Pelosi caved': After 3-week delay seeking leverage, Democrats to finally send impeachment to Senate. rt.com Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that articles of impeachment will be transmitted to the Senate next week, after Republican leadership rejected her conditions and moved to dismiss the charges unless they were sent over. | "I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate," Pelosi (D-California) wrote in a letter to House Democrats on Friday. | "Pelosi caves," declared Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), who authored the motion to change the Senate rules so the charge…

RT (2020-01-10). Trio of galaxies spotted reshaping universe around them as they emerge from 'COSMIC DARK AGE' (VIDEO). rt.com Researchers believe they have found the farthest galaxy group ever seen by mankind, and we are witnessing it emerge from a so-called 'cosmic dark age' as it reshapes the universe around it. | The trio of galaxies, named EGS77, dates back to when the universe was just 680 million years old. | | © NASA, ESA and V. Tilvi (ASU) | In the immediate aftermath of the Big Bang, the universe was a thick, cloudy soup dense with hydrogen atoms and almost entirely bereft of light. | After 500 million years, the epoch of deionization began, in which ever-expanding galaxies began to burn away the fog, splitting the hy…

RT (2020-01-10). Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova surges into Shenzhen Open final (VIDEO). rt.com Russian fifth seed Ekaterina Alexandrova powered into the final of the Shenzhen Open as her preparations for the Australian Open continued with another strong display. | Alexandrova, who is seeded number 30 for the upcoming Australian Open in Melbourne, defeated two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza in just 76 minutes, to punch her ticket to the final in China, where she will take on Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina. | "It was a tough match right from the start," Alexandrova said, after her victory. | "I was calmer than yesterday and that helped a lot. I'm happy I did my best and I hope I can do it tomorrow."

RT (2020-01-10). Homecoming king: Light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev set to defend IBF title in Moscow. rt.com Reigning WBC and IBF light heavyweight champion of the world Artur Beterbiev could be set to make the next defense of his IBF title on home soil, according to reports. | TASS has reported that Beterbiev is being lined up to face Chinese challenger Meng Fanlong on March 28 in Moscow after initial plans to hold the bout on Chinese soil fell through. | After purse bids from the potential Chinese promoters failed to reach the required amount to stage the contest, plans have seemingly switched from China to Russia, with Beterbiev looking likely…

Donald Donato (2020-01-10). The Green New Deal and China's Green Revolution. peoplesworld.org As a testament to the growing momentum for the Green New Deal, over 900 people gathered in the small town of Acton, Massachusetts, on a frosty Sunday night, just five days into the new year, to hear from U.S. Senator Ed Markey, its sponsor in the Senate. Markey, himself a little surprised by the popularity …

RT (2020-01-10). Your proof proves you wrong: VIDEOS of Russian warship's 'aggressive approach' actually show US Navy violating maritime law — MoD. rt.com The Russian defense ministry has dismissed claims by the US Fifth Fleet that a Russian navy ship "aggressively approached" USS Farragut in the North Arabian Sea. It was the US vessel that broke the rules, it said. | The US Naval Forces Central Command on Friday accused a "Russian Navy ship" of provoking a near-collision with the US Navy destroyer USS Farragut in the North Arabian Sea. | In a statement, that was promptly picked up by ma…

RT (2020-01-10). Australian Open 2020: Defending champion Naomi Osaka continues winning streak by reaching Brisbane International semis (VIDEO). rt.com Reigning Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka says she's hopeful of a strong run in Melbourne after booking her place in the semi-finals of the Brisbane International. | Osaka is competing in the tournament as a warm-up for her defense of her Australian Open crown, and showed plenty of fight as she battled past Dutch player Kiki Bertens 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the final four of the tournament on Friday. | Osaka's victory was her third consecutive match to go all three sets as she defeated Bertens after a two-hour match to reach the semis in Brisbane for the second successive year. | As well as a berth in the se…

RT (2020-01-10). 'Delegation that epitomizes the dark arts': India & Pakistan trade poetic barbs at UN Security Council. rt.com A highly eloquent war of words erupted between the United Nations envoys of India and Pakistan during meetings at the agency's Security Council, with New Delhi's representative slamming the "dark arts" of his counterpart. | On the heels of a speech from Pakistan's UN envoy Munir Akram on Thursday — who insisted on New Delhi's "aggressive intent" toward his country, and that India had been "false and duplicitous" in claiming Kashmir had returned to a state of normalcy — the Indian envoy shot back with surprising diction. | "One delegation that epitomizes the dark arts has, yet again, displayed its war…

RT (2020-01-10). 'Pay it forward' Russian-style: Single mom raises $25k for a boy who'd bought her bus ticket just to help. rt.com A truly inspirational Christmas story unfolded in a small town in Russia's Altai region, after a boy bought a bus ticket for a single mom struggling with a crying child. That mother, it turned out, is a popular Instagram blogger. | The heart-warming story was told by the blogger Natalya Mishina herself. Apart from raising a three-year-old boy on her own, the young woman is a columnist with a fashion mag and an Instagram blogger, who boasts a vast army of over 600,000 subscribers. | During the New Year holiday week, Mishina, who resides in St. Petersburg, visited her parents in the small town of Kamen-na-Obi, l…

RT (2020-01-10). India's top court orders review of all restrictions in Kashmir. rt.com India's Supreme Court on Friday ordered the government to review all restrictions, including the suspension of internet service, in Indian-controlled Kashmir within a week. | Defense attorney Vrinda Grover said the top court also directed the Indian government to make public all orders imposing a lockdown in Kashmir in August after the constitution's Article 370 granting Kashmir special status was revoked, AP said. | The court reportedly held that the internet shutdown impacted the freedom of press, which is part of freedom of speech and expression. | Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government ended Muslim-majo…

RT (2020-01-10). Risky pitch? Labour leadership hopeful calls for 'referendum' on British Royal family (VIDEO). rt.com Clive Lewis — the Labour politician bidding to become Jeremy Corbyn's successor — has suggested as part of his leadership pitch, that the British people should decide the future of the Royal family in a referendum. | Following his speech in Brixton on Friday, the Norwich South MP was asked by a reporter to give his views on the state of the monarchy, with regards to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's recent decision to "step back" from senior royal duties. | Lewis said that he respected the couple's decision due to the press treatment that they have received, along with "the racism that Megan has exp…

RT (2020-01-10). US won't heed Iraq's call for troop withdrawal, calls military presence there 'appropriate'. rt.com The US is willing to discuss "recommitting to strategic partnership" with Iraq but not a troop withdrawal, the US State Department said, after the country's prime minister told Washington to "prepare a mechanism" for pull back. | In a statement on Friday, department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said that the US military presence in Iraq was 'appropriate' and that any delegation the US might send to Iraq to discuss arrangements between the two countries would not discuss the removal of troops. | Ortagus acknowledged that there does "need to be a conversation" between US and Iraqi officials, "not just regarding se…

RT (2020-01-10). WATCH Russia's hypersonic Kinzhal missile IN ACTION during large-scale drills in the Black Sea (VIDEO). rt.com Russia's cutting-edge, air-launched Kinzhal cruise missile has been spotted during massive military drills in the Black Sea, which also featured other missile weaponry, including the trusted Kalibr cruise missiles. | The footage, showing a MiG-31K fighter jet carrying a hypersonic Kinzhal missile, was released by the Russian Defense Ministry on Friday. The aircraft deploys the munition, which is seen free-falling for a few moments. The missile then shoots off a shroud from its engines and blasts away. | Kinzhal missiles are said to be able to travel at least 10 times faster than sound, which makes it a very…

RT (2020-01-10). Vanishing water MYSTERY casts doubt over Mars colonization plans. rt.com Paradigm shifting research has found that water on Mars is escaping much faster than existing models and observations predict, upending our current understanding of the Red Planet and casting doubt on future colonization plans. | An international research team has discovered unexpectedly large amounts of water vapor accumulating at an altitude of 80km up in the Martian atmosphere. | The scientists gathered the data thanks to the Trace Gas Orbiter probe from the ExoMars mission, which is financed by the Russian space agency Roscosmos and the European Space Agency. | | © NASA/GSFC | Previous studies had a…

RT (2020-01-10). Moscow joins TOP 5 'best' cities in the world, triumphing over Dubai, Singapore, Barcelona & others. rt.com The Russian capital has been named the world's fifth-best metropolis in a ranking of 100 major cities by Resonance Consultancy. It is the top-hashtagged city on Instagram, the consultancy firm said. | "Intriguing and increasingly hungry for global attention, Russia's beguiling capital is a cultural gold mine spanning the ages," reads Resonance's ranking. "First timers and regulars fall under the spell of Moscow the minute they set foot in this endlessly fascinating and dynamic metropolis." | | © Pixabay.com

Ramzy Baroud (2020-01-10). Reclaiming the Narrative: How to Combat Israel's Misuse of "Antisemitism" mintpressnews.com While anti-Jewish racism is a real phenomenon that must be confronted, but "antisemitism, as defined by Israel, is a smokescreen with the ultimate aim of distracting from the real conversation: the crimes of military occupation, racism, and apartheid in Palestine.

RT (2020-01-10). 'Love will prevail': Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson drops out of 2020 election race. rt.com Self-help author and activist Marianne Williamson has dropped out of the race to be the next US president, after running a longshot campaign advocating an "agenda for peace" and a "spiritual awakening" for America. | In a statement posted to her website on Friday, Williamson said she had run for president to "forge another direction" for the country and to bring topics to the agenda which otherwise would not be discussed. | The 67-year-old self-help guru and proponent of a more "mindful politics" was polling at a…

WSWS (2020-01-10). Trump administration initiated program to deport Mexican asylum seekers to Guatemala. wsws.org The deportations were already under way when the story broke Monday; however, the Trump administration has since paused the program, in part due to the strong criticism from immigration advocates as well as within federal agencies.

Sasha Abramsky (2020-01-10). California's New 'Gig Worker' Law Will Hurt Freelancers. thenation.com California's New 'Gig Worker' Law Will Hurt Freelancers…

WSWS (2020-01-10). UN rapporteur Nils Melzer condemns Britain's criminal role in the torture of Julian Assange. wsws.org Melzer demanded the abandonment of the extradition proceedings, Assange's freedom and a criminal investigation into those responsible for his persecution.

Ben Norton (2020-01-10). PayPal blocks donations to The Grayzone that mention Iran. thegrayzone.com Small donations to The Grayzone were delayed and reversed by PayPal because they mentioned the word "Iran" in messages praising…

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