2019-01-31: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-01-31). Headlines for January 31, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela: U.S. Urges Military to Back Guaidó as Protesters Take to Streets, Reuters: UAE Hired Ex-NSA Agents to Spy on Opponents and Critics, Congress Reintroduces War Powers Resolution to End War on Yemen, Trump Hits Back After Intelligence Chiefs Contradict Him on Iran, N. Korea, Israeli Forces Kill Teenage Palestinian Girl at West Bank Checkpoint, Israel: Thousands of Israeli Ethiopians Protest Racism, Police Brutality, Migrants: Scores Killed in 2 Boat Wrecks Off Djibouti Coast, Humanitarian Ship Docks in Italy After European Nations Agree to Process Migrants, Colombia: 2 Community Leaders Killed Amid Mounti…

Hans Stehling (2019-01-31). Who Is the Real Threat to World Peace: Nuclear Israel with Its 400 WMD or Non- Nuclear Iran? globalresearch.ca U.S. intelligence officials confirmed to the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday, that Iran was not developing nuclear weapons in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement, and furthermore had no strategic plans to do so. | This report from the US intelligence …

aljazeera (2019-01-31). EU launches mechanism to bypass US sanctions on Iran. aljazeera.com EU opens new channel for humanitarian trade with Iran, showing its willingness to stand against US policies.

aljazeera (2019-01-31). Boochani: Asylum seeker on Manus wins Australian literature prize. aljazeera.com Iranian Kurd awarded $73,000 for his book written via text messages sent from offshore prison.

aljazeera (2019-01-31). Iran to mark 40th anniversary of revolution. aljazeera.com The Islamic Republic of Iran was created after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from exile and his followers toppled the Shah.

ZeroHedge (2019-01-31). EU Launches INSTEX To Facilitate Trade, Bypass US Sanctions on Iran. mintpressnews.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo previously warned of "swift punishment" for countries doing business with Iran, thus INSTEX is seen as a first small step toward greater European economic independence.

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-01-31). Imagining Reality: Two Minutes to Midnight on the Clock of the Atomic Scientists. globalresearch.ca On January 24, 2019, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has stated: | "Humanity now faces two simultaneous existential threats, either of which would be cause for extreme concern and immediate attention. These major threats—nuclear weapons and climate change—were exacerbated this …

RT (2019-01-31). 'Trump spars with US intel because he does not trust Deep State' — former CIA analyst to RT. rt.com President Donald Trump's bickering with US intelligence chiefs over Iran is at least in part due to his aversion to career government officials, the 'deep state' that outlived many presidents, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou said.

RT (2019-01-31). US Energy Dept. blindsides Nevada with secret delivery of half a ton of weapons-grade plutonium. rt.com The US Department of Energy secretly shipped half a metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium to Nevada despite the state's strong opposition to receiving the nuclear material. The state government fears more deliveries may follow.

Michael Steinberg (2019-01-31). How Will PG&E's Bankruptcy Affect Diablo Canyon Nuke/s Shutdown? indybay.org PG&E's bankrupcy filing will, among other things, affect the scheduled shutdown of its Diablo Canyon nuclear plant on Central California's coast. But how?>

South Front (2019-01-30). Video: Fake News Story: Hundreds Killed in Clashes Between Pro-Iranian and Pro-Russian Forces. globalresearch.ca A fake-news story about large-scale clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Iranian factions in Syria is making jitters in English- and Russian-language mainstream media outlets. According to these reports citing anonymous sources and each other, "the pro-Russian Tiger Forces and 5th…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-30). US-Taliban Talks: Another Likely Tragedy for the Afghan People. therealnews.com Vijay Prashad of the Tricontinental Institute says we need a regional peace agreement for Afghanistan that includes Pakistan, India, and Iran at the negotiating table, lead by the United Nations

RT (2019-01-30). 'Why must we hate Iran?' Rick Sanchez questions MSM mantra as Trump & US intel disagree. rt.com Twisted headlines and nuclear accusations against Iran all serve the same purpose: beating the drums of war and fanning public hatred: Rick Sanchez takes on how the White House and the MSM are trying to ram their message home. |

RT (2019-01-30). Trump rips into US intel's Iran report, calling spies 'wrong' & 'naive'. rt.com President Trump has called US intelligence agencies "naive" and "wrong" on Iran, after their annual 'threat assessment' contradicted his hawkish stance by downplaying Tehran's nuclear threat.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). Headlines for January 30, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Hands Over Assets to Guaidó as Venezuela Restricts His Travel, Intelligence Community Contradicts Trump on Iran, N. Korea, ISIS, Trump Immigration Rule Forces 1st Asylum Seeker Out of U.S., Back into Mexico, Pentagon to Send "Several Thousand" More Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border, Honduras: Rights Groups Slam Guilty Verdict for Opposition Critic María Luisa Borjas, Brazil: 5 Arrested in Dam Collapse That Killed 65, Devastating Environment, Mexico: Tens of Thousands Strike as 27 Factories Reach Deals for Pay Raises, U.K. Lawmakers Order PM Theresa May to Reopen Brexit Negotiations, Cameroon: Security Forces Arre…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-28). Regime Change Is Not the Answer: Rep. Ro Khanna Speaks Out Against U.S.-Backed Coup in Venezuela. democracynow.org More information has come to light about the direct U.S. role in an attempted coup in Venezuela. The Wall Street Journal reports Vice President Mike Pence called opposition leader Juan Guaidó on the night before he declared himself to be president, pledging U.S. support for his actions. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has accused the United States of attempting to wage a coup. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has named Elliott Abrams to be his special envoy to Venezuela. Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later p…

Lawrence Wittner (2019-01-24). As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety. zcomm.org Ever since the U.S. atomic bombings of Japanese cities in August 1945, a specter has haunted the world‚Äïthe specter of nuclear annihilation. The latest report from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, issued on January 24, reminds us that the prospect of nuclear catastrophe remains all too real. Citing the extraordinary danger of nuclear disaster, Read more…

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