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…

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!'"

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). '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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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 …

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-01-05). Trump vs. Iran: Has the US Crossed the Escalation to War Rubicon? globalresearch.ca Wars occur when ideologues and/or reckless leaders in position of power are willing to engage in high risk brinksmanship in foreign policy military adventures—often as a distraction from their growing domestic problems. Their megolomania often leads them to misread the …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2020-01-05). War Again on the Front Burner. globalresearch.ca The nonsensical statement below from the Pentagon announcing that the US government has committed an act of war against Iran should frighten everyone: | "At the direction of the president, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US …

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,…

Staff (2020-01-05). Weapons Makers See Stocks Surge as Trump Moves Closer to War With Iran. truthout.org Almost immediately after the United States assassinated Iranian General Qassim Suleimani in a drone strike Thursday night, major American weapons manufacturers and defense contractors—from Northrop Grumman to Lockheed Martin to Raytheon—saw their stocks surge as investors sensed the growing likelihood of another costly and deadly war in the Middle East. | As the Los Angeles Times reported, "E…

Prof. Tim Anderson (2020-01-05). Implications of the Trump Regime's Assassination of Iran's General Soleimani. globalresearch.ca The US assassinations of Iran's General Soleimani and Iraqi General Muhandis will certainly undermine security in the Middle East. In the short term, it is certain to lead to an escalation of violence. Iran's National Security Council met and announced …

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…

Staff (2020-01-05). Trump Says 52 Targets Already Lined Up if Iran Retaliates. truthdig.com Nancy Pelosi slams his formal notice on fatal strike that sparked hostilities, saying it suggests Americans "are being left in the dark."

teleSUR (2020-01-05). Iraqi Parliament Votes To Expel US Military From Country. telesurenglish.net The Iraqi Parliament convened on Sunday to vote on a resolution that called for the expulsion of the U.S. Armed Forces from the country. The resolution, which was sponsored by dozens of ministers, was made in response to the U.S.' assassination of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani. | RELATED: | Thousands Mourn Iranian General as Quds Force Unfurls Red Flag | During the parliamentary session, the ministers voted to pass the resolution that seeks to end the foreign troop pres…

teleSUR (2020-01-05). Iran Announces It Abandons Nuclear Deal Limits. telesurenglish.net Iran said Sunday it is abandoning the limits contained in the 2015 nuclear deal amid escalating tensions in the region after the killing Friday in Baghdad, Iraq, of top Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani by a U.S. drone strike. | RELATED: | Donald Trump Threatens to Attack Iran's Cultural Sites | State television in Iran cited a statement by President H…

On the Streets (2020-01-05). Resounding Chants at San Mateo "No War with Iran" Rally after Drone Strikes. indybay.org Five thousand marched in San Francisco at noon on January 4; for people who felt they wanted something a little smaller, nearby San Mateo was a good option.

Palestine Justice Coalition (2020-01-05). No War On Iran (Santa Cruz). indybay.org Town Clock, Pacific Avenue and Water Street, Santa Cruz…

Eddie Stiel (2020-01-05). In San Francisco, Thousands March Against Occupation of Iraq And War With Iran. indybay.org On Saturday, January 4, 2020, 2500 to 3000 people marched from Powell and Market to UN Plaza, proclaiming "US Out of Iraq" and "No War With Iran."

Staff (2020-01-05). Iraq Parliament Votes to Expel U.S. Military. truthdig.com BEIRUT — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local): | 4: 45 p.m. | Iraq's parliament has voted to expel the U.S. military from the country. | Lawmakers voted Sunday in favor of a resolution that calls for ending foreign military presence in the country. The resolution's main aim is to get the U.S. to withdraw some 5,000 U.S. troops present in different parts of Iraq. | The vote comes two days after a U.S. airstrike killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani inside Iraq, dramatically increasing regional tensions. | The Iraqi resolution specifically calls for ending an agreement in which Washington sent tro…

Peter Koenig (2020-01-05). The Murder of General Suleimani. Trump Expected Public Applause. It Didn't Happen… globalresearch.ca Author's note: This article is loosely based on an hour-long rolling coverage / Press TV Interview — 3 January 2020 — on the US assassination of General Qassem Suleimani | *** | Interestingly, after the US attack on Iraqi Militia fighters on …

Staff (2020-01-05). Iraq's Vote to Kick Out U.S. Troops Reflects Growing Anti-Imperialist Movement. truthout.org This morning, the Iraqi Parliament said it loudly and clearly: " The Iraqi government must work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from using its land, airspace or water for any reason." Yes, all foreign forces, including the U.S. and Iran. | As we've all seen by now, the military escalation between the U.S. and Iran has been domin…

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2020-01-05). The Foremost State Sponsor of Terror, the United States of America: Assassination of Soleimani — What Next? globalresearch.ca The foremost state sponsor of terror, the United States of America, carried out a brazen act of terrorism yesterday that took the life of a revered Iranian general — General Ghassem Soleimani. A man, no, a legend, who led …

Reese Erlich (2020-01-05). What's really going on with the US and Iran? zcomm.org Interview on Trump's drone attack that killed a popular Iranian general…

Murtaza Hussain (2020-01-05). The Trump Administration Just Killed Iran's Most Famous Military Commander. zcomm.org We're Not Ready for What's Next…

Juan Cole (2020-01-05). Trump Unites Iran and Iraq . . . against the United States. zcomm.org As is always the way with Western colonialists, Trump administration figures such as secretary of state Mike Pompeo gave it out on Friday that the people of Iran are dying for the United States to invade and occupy them, and are just tickled pick that the US assassinated Gen. Qasem Soleimani…

U.S. Labor Against the War (2020-01-05). US Labor Says: No War on Iran! US Out of Iraq! zcomm.org War is an issue for the US labor movement, and we must speak out against further entrenchment of US troops in the Middle East…

yenisafak (2020-01-05). Soleimani's killing violation of UN Charter: Larijani. yenisafak.com Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Sunday the killing of senior military commander Qasem Soleimani in a U.S. airstrike was an "outright violation" of the United Nations Charter."U.S. President [Donald Trump]'s brutal act is a war crime," he said in an address to parliament cited by the official IRNA news agency.Larijani said Soleimani's killing has changed the political balance of both the region and the international community.Soleimani, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds force, was killed in a U.S. drone airstrike in Iraq on Friday.His death marked a dramatic escalation in tensions b…

yenisafak (2020-01-05). Gulf markets plunge on US-Iran tensions, Aramco hits lowest since IPO. yenisafak.com Gulf stocks fell sharply in late afternoon trade on Sunday, with Kuwaiti and Saudi stocks leading losses.Shares of oil giant Aramco, which listed last month in a record initial public offering (IPO), fell 1.7% to hit the lowest level since it started trading on Dec 11.Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, the architect of Tehran's overseas military operations was killed on Friday in a U.S. drone strike on his convoy at Baghdad airport.The killing is seen by Tehran as an act of war that risks regional conflagration.The Kuwaiti index, the best performer in the region in 2019, was down nearly 4.1%, while Saud…

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