2020-01-09: News Headlines

John Feffer (2020-01-09). The Endless War With Iran. commondreams.org The administration justified the killing of Soleimani by suggesting that he and Iran's surrogates throughout the region were on the verge of attacks that threatened U.S. soldiers. It has not provided evidence for these imminent attacks.(Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/iran_1.jpeg

Steven Sahiounie (2020-01-09). Iraqis to the United States: What Part of "Go Home" Don't You Understand? mintpressnews.com Iranian forces launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against two military bases housing US troops in Iraq early hours of Wednesday morning. The al-Assad airbase in western Iraq was hit by 17 missiles, and 5 targeted at a base in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil. No US casualties were immediately reported. | Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called the attack a "slap in the face" of the US, and observers seem to question whether the attack was designed to kill or inflict casualties, or was it carefully orchestrated to produce closure to a situation which could have escalated into a regional or…

Melvin Goodman (2020-01-09). The Incoherence of U.S. Policy in the Middle East. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's decision to kill Qassim Suleimani, the most influential figure in Iran other than the Ayatollah Khamenei, will increase the terrorist threat to the United States and the global community. Suleimani's death has already provoked widespread outrage in Iraq and Iran among the Shiia populations. Prior to the killing, Iraqi leaders were campaigning against Iran's military presence in their country. Now, the Iraqi Parliament has called for the removal of the U.S. military presence. More

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-01-09). The current U.S. approach to nuclear weapons can only lead to armageddon—arms control provides the only path to peace. mronline.org The decade ends with two major threats to humanity: global warming leading to a climate catastrophe and the threat of a nuclear war extinguishing our civilization. | Source

RT (2020-01-09). Trump confirms more sanctions against Iran, says Tehran plane crash may have been 'mistake'. rt.com President Donald Trump has announced fresh sanctions on Iran, a day after the Islamic Republic launched a missile attack on a pair of bases used by American troops in Iraq. Trump also called for a NATO presence in the Middle East.

RT (2020-01-09). Tired of media's Pentagon spin? Lee Camp outlines 6 things you aren't being told about the US assassination of Soleimani (VIDEO). rt.com Media outlets have omitted aspects about the US assassination of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani that don't fit Washington's narrative, comedian Lee Camp has argued. He's debunked the Pentagon spin so you don't have to. | The host of Redacted Tonight has listed six things about the highly controversial killing that the media has either ignored completely or under-reported, including the not-so-convenient fact that Soleimani had come to Baghdad to hold de-escalation talks with Saudi Arabia — before being killed by a US drone. | And what about the fact that the US carried out this strike without the perm…

Liberation Staff (2020-01-09). Demonstrations break out across Pennsylvania to oppose U.S. war drive. liberationnews.org Anti-war organizers in Pennsylvania sprung into action following the Trump administration's brazen act of war against Iran to participate in the January 4 national day of action.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-01-09). Reckless US Actions Fire Up The Antiwar Movement. dissidentvoice.org The reckless and dangerous act of war committed by Donald Trump and the Pentagon in killing Major General Qasem Soleimani of Iran and the Iraqi leader of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, has brought the conflict in the Middle East (aka West Asia) to a new level. The conflagration of war is growing with …

Sarah Anderson (2020-01-09). Meet the CEOs Cashing In on Trump's Aggression Against Iran. counterpunch.org CEOs of major U.S. military contractors stand to reap huge windfalls from the escalation of conflict with Iran. This was evident in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. assassination of a top Iranian military official last week. As soon as the news reached financial markets, these companies' share prices spiked, inflating the value of their executives' stock-based pay. More

Staff (2020-01-09). Andrew Bacevich: Trump Sparked "Unnecessary Crisis" by Killing Soleimani, Barely Avoiding War. democracynow.org President Trump vowed on Wednesday to hit Iran with new sanctions but appeared to pull back from taking any new military action. Tension between the two countries soared after the U.S. assassinated Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad International Airport last week. Early on Wednesday, Iran retaliated by firing 22 ballistic missiles at military bases in Iraq housing U.S. forces, but no one was injured in the attack. Iran had warned the Iraqi government about the strike in advance. Two small rockets also later hit the Green Zone near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. During a televised address on Wednesda…

RT (2020-01-09). Top US general claims Iran was 'shooting to kill'… by giving early warning to hide personnel & prepare air-defenses? rt.com Although no one died in the Iranian missile strikes on US bases in Iraq, in part due to advance warning from Tehran, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he personally believed that Iran intended otherwise. | "I believe, based on what I saw and what I know, that [the strikes] were intended to cause structural damage, destroy vehicles and equipment and aircraft, and to kill personnel," Army General Mark Milley told reporters on Wednesday. | "That's my own personal assessment," he added. "But the analytics is in the hands of professional intelligence analysts. So they're looking at that." | Also on rt.com

Sarah Anderson (2020-01-09). Wall Street weapons company CEOs cash in on Iran war danger. peoplesworld.org The prospect of war with Iran is terrifying. Experts predict as many as a million people could die if the current tensions were to lead to a full-blown war. Millions more would become refugees across the Middle East, while working families across the U.S. would bear the brunt of our casualties. But there is one set of …

Norman Solomon (2020-01-09). Why Won't Democrats Unequivocally Oppose War With Iran? truthdig.com A crisis of this magnitude demands a forceful response, yet even such putative progressives as Sen. Chris Murphy feel the need to equivocate.

Staff (2020-01-09). Andrew Bacevich: The U.S. Needs to Abandon "Militarized Approach" to Middle East and Build Peace. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with Andrew Bacevich, president and co-founder of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He is a retired colonel, Vietnam War veteran and author of, most recently, of "The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory." Bacevich says the crisis with Iran, sparked by President Trump's assassination of top general Qassem Soleimani, is just the latest in a long series of ill-advised American actions in the Middle East. "The only conceivable way for us to begin to extricate ourselves from this terrible mess in the region … is to abandon this militarized approac…

The Canary (2020-01-09). Ukrainian plane didn't call for help before crash, say Iran investigators. thecanary.co The crew of a Ukrainian airliner that crashed in Iran didn't make a radio call for help and were trying to turn back to the airport when it went down, according to an initial Iranian report.The report suggested a sudden emergency struck the Boeing 737 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines early on 8 January when it went down moments after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, killing 176 people.(PA Graphics)Witnesses, including the crew of a passing flight, described seeing the plane engulfed in flames before crashing, the report said. The crash caused a massive explosion when the…

Michael Arria (2020-01-09). 'The assassination of Qasem Soleimani was an act of war'. mronline.org On January 5, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Barbara Lee announced that they are introducing a War Powers Resolution in the House. The legislation would remove U.S. forces from any conflict with Iran that hasn't been granted congressional approval and is a companion to a Senate resolution that was introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine […] | Source

Liberation Staff (2020-01-09). Peace activists in South say 'No war on Iran'. liberationnews.org Reports from North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Kentucky.

Charles Pierson (2020-01-09). US Isolationist Forces Strike the Middle East. counterpunch.org If any good comes out of the US assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani it may be to finally put to rest the lunatic notion that President Donald Trump is an isolationist. More

Max Blumenthal (2020-01-09). Iraqi PM reveals Soleimani was on peace mission when assassinated, exploding Trump's lie of 'imminent attacks'. mronline.org The Trump administration claimed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was planning "imminent attacks" on U.S. interests when it assassinated him. That lie was just destroyed, but not before countless corporate media outlets transmitted it to the public. | Source

RT (2020-01-09). Turkish & Pegasus airlines to resume flights to Iran, Iraq — report. rt.com Turkish and Pegasus airlines will resume flights to Iran and Iraq on Thursday night, Reuters reported, citing company sources. The airlines halted flights for some 24 hours due to tensions between Iran and the United States. | Turkish Airlines will fly to Tehran out of Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 1805 GMT on Thursday, one source said. Pegasus Airlines will fly to Tehran at 2050 GMT out of the same airport, according to a second source. | Ankara has intensified diplomatic efforts "to alleviate the escalated tension in the aftermath of recent developments in the region."

Norman Solomon (2020-01-09). War with Iran Is at Stake — and Democrats' High Jumps Over Low Standards Aren't Helping. indybay.org Bowing down to the military-industrial complex…

Norman Solomon (2020-01-09). Biden and Buttigieg Are Showing How Corporatism and 'the Madness of Militarism' Go Together. counterpunch.org There's nothing like an illegal and utterly reckless U.S. act of war to illuminate the political character of presidential candidates. In the days since the assassination of Iran's top military official, two of the highest-polling Democratic contenders have displayed the kind of moral cowardice that got the United States into — and kept it in More

Aaron Maté (2020-01-09). US and Iran avoid war, but Trump's war-mongering goes on. thegrayzone.com The threat of an immediate US-Iran military conflict has been averted, but President Donald Trump has vowed to continue his…

Ajamu Baraka (2020-01-09). Sheep-dogging on Steroids: The New Democratic Party Anti-War Activists. dissidentvoice.org In the cynical spectacle that is called politics in the United States, the latest insult to the intelligence of the people is the Democrats who are posturing as Anti-war champions in reaction to the Trump Administration's assassination of Qassem Soleimani and the possibility of further attacks on Iran. We are supposed to buy that the …

WSWS (2020-01-09). Trump bides his time, but the preparations for war against Iran will continue. wsws.org The media falsely claims that Trump's failure to order immediate strikes against Iran signals an opening for peace.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2020-01-09). S.F. Rep Pelosi Postponed Vote on War Powers Act. indybay.org San Francisco Representative Nancy Pelosi postponed the urgently needed vote on a War Powers Resolution to prevent a US war against Iran. And Top House Democrats want to abandon any vote on a War Powers Resolution. See | www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/08/kicking-can-next-week-irresponsible-progressives-rebuke-pelosi-delaying-iran-war

MoveOn, Indivisible, Others (2020-01-09). No War With Iran! Protest in Livermore. indybay.org Livermore Flagpole Plaza, First Street and South Livermore Ave, Livermore, CA 94550…

MoveOn, Indivisible, Others (2020-01-09). No War With Iran! Protest in San Jose. indybay.org Intersection of of Stevens Creek and South Winchester Blvd., at the border of San Jose 95128 and Santa Clara 95050…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-01-09). No New War on Iran! Emergency Protest. indybay.org Photos: Leon Kunstenaar | People rush to demonstrate against Trump war on Iran…

Indivisible Alameda County and others (2020-01-09). No War With Iran! Protest in Fremont. indybay.org Veterans Memorial Park (outside Fremont Courthouse), intersection of Walnut Ave. and Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA 94538…

Indivisible Yolo Co., Others (2020-01-09). No War With Iran! Protest in Davis. indybay.org Central Park, 5th St & B St, Davis, CA 95616…

Moveon (2020-01-09). No War with Iran! Castro Valley Protest. indybay.org Intersection of Castro Valley Blvd. and Redwood Road, Castro Valley 94546…

MoveOn, Indivisible, Others (2020-01-09). No War With Iran! Protest in Pacifica. indybay.org Intersection of Hwy 1 & Reina Del Mar, Pacifica, CA 94044…

MoveOn, Indivisible, Others (2020-01-09). No War With Iran! Protest Vigil in Mountain View. indybay.org Gateway Park, intersection of W. El Camino Real and Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94040…

MoveOn, Indivisible, Others (2020-01-09). No War With Iran! Protest Santa Rosa. indybay.org Old Court House Square, 3rd St. & Mendocino Ave and 4th St. & Santa Rosa Ave, Downtown Santa Rosa, CA 95405…

Contra Costa MoveOn and Indivisible ReSisters (2020-01-09). No War With Iran! Protest in Walnut Creek. indybay.org Corner of Civic Dr. and Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94596…

ANSWER Coalition (2020-01-09). SF: No New War on Iran! Emergency Protest. indybay.org Powell + Market, San Francisco…

MoveOn, Indivisible, Others (2020-01-09). No War With Iran! Redwood City Protest. indybay.org Intersection of Jefferson Avenue and El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063…

Sonoma Valley Resistance (2020-01-09). No War With Iran! Protest in Sonoma. indybay.org Sonoma Plaza, 453 1st Street East, Sonoma, CA 95476…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-01-09). Iran's Strikes Against the U.S. Demonstrates the Unipolar System Is Truly Over. globalresearch.ca When U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, he certainly had not expected that Iran would respond in the way it did by bombarding two U.S. military bases in Iraqi territory. It is likely …

Staff (2020-01-09). Ralph Nader: Impeach Trump for His Illegal War on Iran. truthdig.com Many Americans have forecasted that the outlaw Donald Trump will commit even more illegal acts to increasing his support in the 2020 presidential year. Remember Wag the Dog, a film about using a fabricated war to draw attention away from presidential misdeeds. Those Americans have been proven right by Donald Trump's attempt to provoke an unlawful war with Iran. Likewise, Trump has illegally ordered his staff or ex-staff to ignore Congressional subpoenas to testify and provide documents. | As the most impeachable president in American history, Trump continues to shred our Constitution and its critical separation o…

Staff (2020-01-09). Democrats Move to War Powers Vote as Iran Tensions Escalate. truthout.org As the Trump administration on Wednesday reportedly pressured lawmakers behind closed doors to not debate or even discuss the legality of unilateral military action against Iran, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House will vote Thursday on a War Powers Resolution aimed at curbing President Donald Trump's ability to attack Iran without congressional approval.

WSWS (2020-01-09). After Suleimani murder, New Anti-capitalist Party backs US war on Iran. wsws.org The NPA advances the lie that Iran, a former colonial country, is in fact an imperialist power attacking Washington and slanders Suleimani personally as a mass murderer.

Staff (2020-01-09). The Threat of War Inflates Stock Holdings of Military Contractor CEOs. truthout.org CEOs of major U.S. military contractors stand to reap huge windfalls from the escalation of conflict with Iran. This was evident in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. assassination of a top Iranian military official last week. As soon as the news reached financial markets, these companies' share prices spiked, inflating the value of their executives' stock-based pay. | I took a look at how the CEOs at the top five Pentagon contractors were affected by this surge, using the most recent SEC informati…

Daniel Larison (2020-01-09). Trump's Awful, Dishonest Iran Speech. globalresearch.ca Trump's remarks this morning show that his Iran policy remains as blinkered and reckless as ever. Following the Iranian retaliation last night that caused no casualties, the president does not appear to be escalating the conflict further for the moment. …

Staff (2020-01-09). Headlines for January 9, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Appears to Pull Back from New Military Action Against Iran, Mitch McConnell Met with Trump at White House & Discussed Impeachment Trial, Investigators Probe Cause of Fatal Boeing Plane Crash in Tehran, Youth Climate Group the Sunrise Movement Endorses Bernie Sanders, More Than 1 Billion Animals Killed in Climate-Fueled Wildfires in Australia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says She's Cancer-Free, Guatemalan President Says U.S. Cannot Send Mexican Asylum Seekers to Guatemala, Spanish Socialist Party Leader Pedro Sánchez Sworn In as Prime Minister, Facebook Doubles Down on Its Policy of Allowing Lies in Political Ads…

sputniknews (2020-01-09). EgyptAir Plans to Resume Flights to Baghdad on Saturday. sputniknews.com Earlier in the day, the Turkish airline Pegasus stated that it would resume flights to Iran and Iraq on Thursday night.

Staff (2020-01-09). Retired Colonel Urges Congress to Constrain Trump After Suleimani Assassination. truthout.org President Trump vowed on Wednesday to hit Iran with new sanctions but appeared to pull back from taking any new military action. Tension between the two countries soared after the U.S. assassinated Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad International Airport last week. Early on Wednesday, Iran retaliated by firing 22 ballistic missiles at military bases in Iraq housing U.S. forces, but no one was injured in the attack. Iran had warned the Iraqi government about the strike in advance. Two small roc…

Prof Rodrigue Tremblay (2020-01-09). Donald Trump's Reckless Gamble with Iran Distracts from His Domestic Political Problems. globalresearch.ca "Don't let Obama play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected. —Be careful Republicans! Donald Trump (1946- ), 45th American president and hotel and casino owner, (statement made in a tweet, on Mon., …

teleSUR (2020-01-09). Iranian Commander Says Iran Will Take 'Harsher Revenge Soon'. telesurenglish.net A commander from the Iranian Army issued a stern warning to the U.S. administration on Thursday, threatning to make a "harsher response soon" to Washington's attacks against the Islamic Republic. | RELATED: | Pope Calls on Iran, US to Avoid Escalation and Seek Dialogue | In a statement released by the Tasnim News Agency, the Iranian Army commander Abdollah Araghi warned the U.S. not to think that the Islamic Republic was going to sit idle after this recent attack in Iraq. | Aragh…

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