2020-01-12: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-13). 'I wish I was inside that plane': Iran's IRGC chief expresses sorrow over downing of Ukrainian jet. rt.com The top commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Major General Hossein Salami, has expressed his deepest condolences, saying he had never felt more ashamed in his life than after the Ukrainian passenger jet tragedy. | Debriefing the session of Iran's parliament on Sunday, Salami stated that IRGC has no other purpose or wish "but to be torn into pieces for the sake of the security, welfare and peace of [Iranian] people." | I swear on the life of my children… I wish I were inside that plane and fell down and burned along w…

Ben Norton (2020-01-13). Under US pressure, social media companies censor critical content and suspend Venezuelan, Iranian, and Syrian accounts. thegrayzone.com As the US escalates its hybrid wars, Twitter and Facebook are suspending accounts and censoring content that conflicts with Washington's…

RT (2020-01-12). Putin & Macron call for Iranian nuclear deal to be saved, urge US & Tehran to show restraint. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed to take further efforts to keep the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA), in place. On Saturday German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed the same idea on her visit to Moscow. | Putin and Macron also called on all parties involved in the latest escalation of tensions between Iran and the US to show restraint. The two nations found themselves on the brink of military conflict after the US assassinated a top Iranian general, but have still avoided starting a war.

RT (2020-01-12). Oops! Canadian nuclear power plant 'incident' alert turns out to be 'error' after 'Chernobyl' Twitter panic. rt.com It was 7: 24am Sunday when Ontario residents received a chilling alert about an "incident" at one of the world's oldest nuclear power stations located a few kilometers away from Canada's most populous city of Toronto. | Pickering power plant, located on the shore of Lake Ontario, sent out an alert stating that emergency staff are responding to an incident at the facility, although "there has been no abnormal release of radioactivity from the station." It also said that locals do not need to evacuate or take any other protective measures. | I was just awoken by my phone blaring an emergency alarm. There's been a…

RT (2020-01-12). 'Turbulent' situation in Middle East is result of US 'corruptive presence' — Iran's supreme leader. rt.com The tense situation in the Middle East requires close cooperation between all nations in the region, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said during his meeting with the emir of Qatar, adding that the region should be free from foreign influence. | "The region's unfavorable situation is due to the corruptive presence of the United States and its cohorts; and the only solution for countering that is to rely on cooperation among the countries of the region." | T…

RT (2020-01-12). 'Regime change is in the air': US establishment seeks to capitalize on Iranian protests… again. rt.com The protests in Iran that followed Tehran's admission of its role in the downing of the Ukrainian passenger jet were met with an outpouring of support from Washington. But is it about Iranians, or regime change? | US officials and establishment figures certainly spared no effort as they went out of their way to show how much they supposedly admire the 'courage' of Iranians who took to the streets to vent their anger at the fact that a Ukrainian passenger jet, with many Iranians on board, was mistakenly shot down by Iran's military — something Tehran admitted of its own volition before the results of the c…

Staff (2020-01-12). Defying Police, Iranians Protest Over Plane Shootdown. truthdig.com DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iranian demonstrators defied a heavy police presence Sunday night to protest their country's days of denials that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 176 people, the latest unrest to roil the capital amid soaring tensions with the United States. | Videos posted online showed protesters shouting anti-government slogans and moving through subway stations and sidewalks, many near Azadi, or Freedom, Square after an earlier call for people to demonstrate there. Other videos suggested similar protests were taking place in other Iranian cities. | Related Articles

RT (2020-01-12). US wants to discuss steps for Iran to become 'normal country' without precondition — Esper says amid 'warnings' from Washington. rt.com Despite soaring tensions, the US is open to talk with Tehran, Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said. But there's a catch: such discussion should revolve around "a series of steps" that would make Iran "a more normal country." | "We're willing to sit down and discuss without precondition a new way forward, a series of steps by which Iran becomes a more normal country," Esper said on Sunday, speaking on CBS's 'Face the Nation'. | On negotiations between U.S. and Iran, @EsperDoD acknowledged that Iran, once deemed "corrupt" is "still the legitimate go…

RT (2020-01-12). Facebook 'thought police' censors pro-Iran posts 'to comply with US sanctions'… as Trump warns Tehran against censorship. rt.com Facebook has admitted to selectively censoring pro-Iranian government Instagram posts about the murdered General Soleimani, as US President Donald Trump hypocritically championed free speech and warned Tehran against censorship. | Instagram has confirmed that they have been removing posts that voice support for Qassem Soleimani, with a Facebook spokesperson claiming that censorship is fully justified in order to comply with US sanctions. Instagram is one of the few social media platforms that is not blocked in Iran, and it is where many within the country went to fuel outrage over the US assassination strike i…

RT (2020-01-12). Four Iraqi Air Force servicemen injured as 8 rockets hit base housing US troops — Iraqi PM's office. rt.com At least four Iraqi soldiers have been injured in mortar shelling targeting Al-Balad airbase housing American troops. The facility has become a frequent target of attacks in the wake of the US killing of a top Iranian commander. | At least eight 'Katyusha' rockets hit the base located some 80 kilometers north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the prime minister's office has confirmed. The rockets allegedly struck a runaway located inside the facility, military sources earlier told Reuters. | There have been no reports of any casualties among the US military personnel. | US bases in Iraq were also hit by a balli…

RT (2020-01-12). 'The vulnerable spot': Disruption in the Strait of Hormuz would be greatest 'black swan' event in years for oil markets — S&P. rt.com The growing hostilities between the United States and Iran have raised concerns about the possibility of disruption to a key shipping route in the Gulf region, and about the consequences for global oil markets. | According to analyst Dave Ernsberger of S&P Global, any disruption to what is probably the most vital chokepoint in the Middle East could become the largest 'black swan' occasion within the oil market. | Ernsberger who is the firm's global head of commodities pricing, told CNBC that "the market is extremely exposed to any disruption to vessel traffic in the Strait of Hormuz." | Also on rt.com | | <...

RT (2020-01-12). 4 Iraqi Air Force servicemen injured as 8 rockets hit base housing US troops. rt.com At least four Iraqi soldiers have been injured in mortar shelling targeting Al-Balad airbase housing American troops. The facility has become a frequent target of attacks in the wake of the US killing of a top Iranian commander. | At least eight 'Katyusha' rockets hit the base located some 80 kilometers north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the prime minister's office has confirmed. The rockets allegedly struck a runaway located inside the facility, military sources earlier told Reuters. | There have been no reports of any casualties among the US military personnel. No groups has so far claimed responsibility…

RT (2020-01-12). Trump's defense secretary admits he 'didn't see' evidence about Soleimani planning attacks against US embassies. rt.com President Donald Trump warned that Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani was planning "imminent" attacks against Americans, but his own defense secretary seems to be unable to back this claim. | Secretary of Defense Mark Esper revealed in a Sunday interview with 'Face the Nation' on CBS that he "didn't see" specific evidence that supported the president's claim that Soleimani was planning attacks on four US embassies, which Trump touted in a Friday interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham. | "The president said that he believed that there probably could have been attacks against additional embassies," Espe…

RT (2020-01-12). Iran made 'important decision' to admit fault for Ukrainian plane crash, now all sides must decrease tensions — Kazakh president. rt.com Kazakhstan's leader has said that all sides must avoid further civilian deaths and work towards de-escalation, after Iran acknowledged that it mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane amid fears of war with the US. | Qasym-Jomart Toqayev wrote on Twitter that Iran's decision to admit responsibility for the downing of the plane was "an important" one. | Under the current circumstances, all parties must show restraint in order to lower tensions, which also lead to civilian casualties. | Kazakhstani Foreig…

RT (2020-01-12). Iran summons UK ambassador over his participation in 'illegal rally' following his arrest at anti-govt protest. rt.com The UK envoy's detention during an anti-government rally in Tehran has sparked a diplomatic scandal. The envoy, summoned on Sunday by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, says he was at a "vigil" for victims of the Ukrainian plane crash. | "Today, Rob Macaire was summoned because of his unconventional behavior of attending an illegal rally on Saturday," the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It also demanded that the British government provide clarification on the matter. | The diplomat was briefly detained late on Saturday outside of Amirkabir University in Tehran, as part of a group of people attending a…

RT (2020-01-12). Iran's Foreign Ministry to provide consular assistance to relatives of Ukrainian jet downing victims. rt.com The Iranian Foreign Ministry has created a special taskforce that will provide consular support to the relatives of those who perished in the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 downing, spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Sunday. | The jet, which primarily carried Iranian and Canadian nationals, went down outside Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 on board. Tehran acknowledged that it was shot down by the county's armed forces, which erroneously identified the passenger plane as an incoming cruise missile.

Aaron Maté (2020-01-12). Ex-US intel officer: Pompeo 'lying through his teeth' on Iran. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration is imposing new sanctions on Iran and defying Iraq's call for a US troop withdrawal. This comes…

Peter Maiden (2020-01-12). Fresno Peace in Iran Vigil Coordinates with Nationwide Protests. indybay.org Over 100 people attended a vigil for peace with Iran in Fresno at 5 p.m. on January 9, in one of around three hundred demonstrations around the United States. The protest was coordinated with others by being held at the same time on the same day with the same message: no war with Iran.

Toby Blomé (2020-01-12). No Iran War — Golden Gate Bridge Peace Walk. indybay.org Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco | 11: 45 am: Gather on the SF side of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking available on southeast and southwest corners, just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101, northbound, as you approach the bridge, or, southbound, take the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive very early for best parking, or carpool. Public transportation below. | Noon: Walk begins on the eastern walkway from the southeast/S.F. side. Short, silent vigil in the middle with signs. Then return to the SF side bridge plaza for our rally. All welcome to speak. | 1: 00 pm: Rally on SF…

Dimitri Lascaris (2020-01-12). Invoking the United Nations' Historic "Uniting for Peace" Resolution 377 Before Trump Embroils Us in War with Iran. globalresearch.ca In the early hours of January 3, 2020, the United States military assassinated Iran's most powerful military commander, General Qasem Soleimani. | Soleimani's killing, accomplished by means of a drone strike in Baghdad, was done without the authorization of the Iraqi …

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2020-01-12). 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 (2020-01-12). No War With Iran! Redwood City Protest. indybay.org Intersection of Jefferson Avenue and El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Iran Summons UK Ambassador Over Role in Anti-Gov't Protest. telesurenglish.net The Iranian Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday that the U.K.'s Ambassador to Tehran was summoned over his participation in the anti-government protests this weekend. | RELATED: | Iran Rejects New Sanctions Imposed by the US | "Today, Rob Macaire was summoned because of his unconventional behaviour of attending an illegal rally on Saturday", the Foreign Ministry's website said. | Prior to his summoning, Macaire was reportedly detained by the Iranian authorities for breaking diplomatic protocol…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-01-12). No New War on Iran! Emergency Protest. indybay.org Photos: Leon Kunstenaar | People rush to demonstrate against Trump war on Iran…

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Iran Reportedly Summons UK Envoy Over His Attendance at Anti-Government Rally. sputniknews.com Earlier on Sunday, UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire denied his taking part in Tehran protests that allegedly called for the prosecution of those responsible for the fatal mistake that led to the recent downing of the Ukrainian Airlines plane in the Iranian capital.

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-12). Polls Show Americans Believe Killing Iranian General Made the US Less Safe. globalresearch.ca The Trump regime's assassination of widely respected Iranian General Qassem Soleimani made things less safe in the region and beyond. | Killing him was an act of war, the highest of high crimes under international law — turning millions of Iranians, …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-12). O Secretário Geral da ONU, António Guterres, nà£o condena os assassínios dos EUA no Iraque. globalresearch.ca A relatora especial da ONU sobre execuàßàµes extra judiciais, sumárias ou arbitrárias, Agnès Callamard, criticou o assassínio perpetrado pelo regime Trump, do General iraniano Soleimani, do Vice Presidente iraquiano da PMU, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis e de outros que …

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Canadian Authorities Issue Alert on 'Incident' at Nuclear Power Plant 'by Mistake'. sputniknews.com The Pickering Nuclear Power Station is one of the world's oldest continuously operating nuclear power plants, and produces about 15 percent of Ontario's power.

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Canada Apologizes for Wrongly Raising Alarm at Nuclear Plant. telesurenglish.net Canadians in the province of Ontario on Sunday were awoken to a frightening message from their local government after the latter wrongly raised an alarm at a nuclear power plant. | RELATED: | Canadian Muslim Convention Hosts Anti-Palestinian Politician | According to the Canadian Broadcast Channel, the authorities in the proivince of Ontario were conducting a training excerise at a nuclear power plant near Toronto when they mistakenly sounded the alarm at the site. | The false a…

Max Parry (2020-01-12). Iran's Accidental Downing of a Ukrainian Plane Is Already Being Used to Smear MH-17 Skeptics. globalresearch.ca When the Pentagon confirmed the assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, U.S. President Donald Trump took to social media to post a single image of the American flag to the adulation of his followers. Unfortunately, most Americans are …

Roknich (2020-01-12). Ro Khanna "End the War in Iran" indybay.org BREAKING: Minutes ago, US Representaive Ro Khanna spoke at the Bernie Sanders rally in Iowa City Iowa. Here's video from minutes ago.

Staff (2020-01-12). The U.S. Public Doesn't Want War With Iran. The Senate Must Reaffirm That. truthout.org As early as this coming week, the U.S. Senate may vote on whether to join the House of Representatives in asserting the rightful role of the U.S. Congress in deciding whether the president is authorized to wage war against Iran. | It's not looking likely that the Senate will vote on the same bill passed by a bipartisan majority of 224-194 in the House on Thursday because Republicans leadership may not allow this bill to…

Eli Clifton (2020-01-12). U.S. Media Outlets Fail to Disclose U.S. Government Ties of 'Iranian Journalist' Echoing Trump Talking Points. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration is adamant that Iranians welcome the assassination of Qassem Soleimani. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Iraqis were "dancing in the street … thankful that General Soleimani is no more" and that Iranians will view the U.S. …

Middle East Eye (2020-01-12). Iranian Opposition Group Went From US Terror List to Halls of Congress. theantimedia.com Meet the terrorist organization now lauded by top U.S. officials as an alternative to Iran's government.

Habib Ahmadzadeh (2020-01-12). This Iranian War Vet Has Some Advice for Trump: Don't Play Checkers with the Grandmasters of Chess. globalresearch.ca Dear President Trump, | In a recent Tweet, you claimed that "Iranians never won a war, but never lost a negotiation." As a world citizen and a veteran of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, I have firsthand experience with the bitterness of …

sputniknews (2020-01-12). US Mulled Targeting Soleimani for Assassination Since 2018 — Report. sputniknews.com The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander was killed in Baghdad by a US drone in the early hours of January 3, putting the two countries on the brink of war.

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Several Rockets Hit Iraqi Airbase: 4 Wounded. telesurenglish.net The Iraqi Armed Forces announced on their official Twitter account that a number of rockets targeted the Al-Balad Airbase in the country's Salah Al-Deen Province. | RELATED: | Iran Admits Fault in Downing of Ukranian Airliner | "The Al-Balad Airbase in the Salah Al-Deen Governorate came under attack by eight Katyusha rockets, wounding four members of the Iraqi Air Force, including two officers," the Iraqi Armed Forces said. | The Iraqi Armed Forces did not release anymore details about the…

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Netanyahu Accuses Iran of Deliberately Lying About Downed Ukrainian Plane. sputniknews.com TEL AVIV (Sputnik) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused Iran of deliberately misleading the world about true causes of Ukraine's Boeing 737 fatal crash as it knew but failed to say right away that the jetliner was shot down by the Iranian military by mistake.

Curt Wechsler (2020-01-12). No war on Iran. No war on women. indybay.org RefuseFascism Organizers meeting | 1590 Bryant, San Francisco…

Sue Sturgis (2020-01-12). Will Northrop Grumman get its long-planned war with Iran? zcomm.org Amount Northrop Grumman's political action committees contributed to federal campaigns and committees from 2000 to date, according to OpenSecrets.org: almost $24 million…

Zero Hedge (2020-01-12). In Stunning Reversal, Iran Admits Accidentally Shooting Down Ukrainian Passenger Jet. globalresearch.ca After multiple denials, and demands for proof from foreign entities — accusing them of spreading "psychological warfare" lies, President Hassan Rouhani has admitted Iran accidentally shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that took off from Tehran's international airport amid this …

Andrew Korybko (2020-01-12). Why Iran "Came Clean" Regarding Its Role in the UIA-752 Tragedy. globalresearch.ca Iran should be commended for ceasing all disinformation activities aimed at covering up its role in the UIA-752 tragedy, but it didn't do this just because it's the right thing to do, but because it realized that its international reputation …

sputniknews (2020-01-12). US Forces Reveal Photos of Soleimani Body After Airstrike Hit His Car — Report. sputniknews.com On 3 January, the head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' Quds Force Qasem Soleimani was killed at Baghdad International Airport in a US drone strike which was ordered by President Donald Trump and which further worsened already tense relations between Tehran and Washington.

Rashaan Ayesh (2020-01-12). Only 23% of American Voters Can Identify Iran on the World Map. globalresearch.ca Only 23% of registered American voters were able to correctly identify Iran on an unlabeled world map, according to a poll from Morning Consult and Politico. | Why it matters: Voters' inability to pick out Iran on the map highlights …

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Report Reveals Why US Troops Suffered No Casualties During Iran Strike on American Bases in Iraq. sputniknews.com Wednesday's Iranian missile attack on US military forces at the Ayn Al-Asad Air Base and a facility in Erbil in Iraq came in response to an American drone strike that killed a top Iranian general earlier this month.

Manlio Dinucci (2020-01-12). A China e nà£o só o Irà£o, sob fogo USA no Médio Oriente. globalresearch.ca O assassínio do General iraniano Soleimani autorizado pelo Presidente Trump desencadeou uma reacàßà£o em cadeia que se propaga para além da regià£o do Médio Oriente. Esse objectivo estava nas intenàßàµes daqueles que decidiram esse acto. Soleimani estava sob a mira …

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Protesters gather again in Iran, chant against authorities. yenisafak.com Scores of protesters gathered for a second day in Iran on Sunday chanting slogans against the authorities following the military's admission it had shot down a passenger plane in error after days denying it was to blame, social media posts showed.

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Qatar's emir visits Iran amid regional tension. yenisafak.com According to a statement by the Qatari Royal Court, Tamim will hold talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and senior officials on bilateral relations and regional developments.The Qatari leader will also meet with Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to discuss regional developments, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.Tension soared in the region after the U.S. killed Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian general, in a drone airstrike outside Baghdad airport earlier this month. Iran retaliated with firing a dozen ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops.Last week, Qatari Foreign Minister Mo…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Turkish, US officials discuss security of Libya, Syria. yenisafak.com Turkey's presidential spokesman discussed security of Libya and Syria with U.S. national security advisor over the phone, Turkey's presidential sources said on Saturday.Ibrahim Kalin and Robert C. O'Brien also discussed recent developments in Iraq and Iran, said the sources who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.Turkey reiterated its call for a cease-fire and both countries agreed on putting efforts to de-escalate the tension in the region.Earlier this week, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles targeting U.S. troops in Iraq…

Global Research News (2020-01-12). Selected Articles: Iran Admits Accidentally Shooting Down Ukrainian Passenger Jet. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

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