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10 Ways Trump's Actions Against Iran Hurt Americans and the Region
Nicolas J S Davies, Medea Benjamin | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-14
The U.S. assassination of General Qassem Soleimani has not yet plunged us into a full-scale war with Iran thanks to the Iranian government's measured response, which demonstrated its capabilities without actually harming U.S. troops or escalating the conflict. But the danger of a full-blown war still exists, and Donald Trump's actions are already wreaking havoc.

Global Day of Protest: No War on Iran!
ANSWER Coalition | indybay.org | 2020-01-14
Old Courthouse Sq, Santa Rosa, CA 95404…

Iran Announces Arrests in Downing of Ukrainian Jet
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-14
TEHRAN, Iran–Iran said Tuesday that authorities have made arrests for the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane, which killed all 176 people on board and set off protests in the country demanding accountability after officials initially concealed the cause of the crash. | Iran's Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said "some individuals" were arrested after "extensive investigations." His statement on the judiciary's website did not say how many people had been detained or name those arrested. | Iran at first dismissed allegations that a missile had brought down the plane, but in the fac…

Charlottesville City Council Passes Resolution Against War on Iran
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-14
Charlottesville Virginia's City Council voted Monday evening to adopt a resolution opposing war on Iran and urging passage by Congress of Senator Tim Kaine's privileged resolution. The City Council re-affirmed the position it had taken in 2012 in passing a resolution against war on Iran. The latest threat of war on Iran is particularly Trumpian, but it has…

Charlottesville City Council Passes Resolution Against War on Iran
David Swanson | zcomm.org | 2020-01-14
The normalization of murder bestowed on us by the Obama years will not end well and must urgently be reversed…

Demonizing the Shia: How the West Perpetuates False Claims About Iran's Regional Influence
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-14
I was in Iraq in April 1991 when government security forces crushed the Shia uprising against Saddam Hussein's regime, killing tens of thousands and burying their bodies in pits. I had been expelled from Iraq to Jordan at the start of the rebellion in March and then, to my surprise, allowed to return, because Saddam…

Trump and Congress Double Down on Demonizing Iran
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-14
If one seriously seeks to understand how delusional policymakers in Washington are it is only necessary to examine the responses by the president and Congress to the assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani. The first response came in …

US to Iraq: 'Vote All You Want, We're Not Leaving!'
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-14
President Trump's decision earlier this month to assassinate Iran's top military general on Iraqi soil

Video: How and Why Iran Shot Down Ukrainian Boeing
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-14
On January 10, SouthFront released a video entitled " What's Behind Boeing Crash In Iran" on the January 8 airliner crash near Tehran. This video was produced because the Iranian side released new facts and details regarding the incident….

Iran to Sue the US and Trump for Killing General Soleimani
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-14
According to Iran's Judiciary Spokesman Gholamhossein Esmayeeli, the country's ruling authorities will sue the US in international courts for Soleimani's assassination. | "This brutal act was a violation of human rights and all international rules," Esmayeeli stressed, adding: | "Martyr Soleimani | …

Syrian Air Defence System Repels Attack Targeting Air Base in Homs – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-14
The T4 airbase located in the east of Syrian Homs province, also known as the Tiyas Military Airbase, is reportedly used by Iranian forces. The site was earlier hit by Israeli forces.

Israel Provided The Intel To Kill Soleimani & A Cyberattack May Have Been Behind Iran's 737 Downing
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-01-14
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/13/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Bernie calls for vote in Senate for No War Against Iran Act
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2020-01-14
"We must end our endless wars."

Seems Increasingly Likely Trump Just Made Up the 'Imminent Threat' Posed by Soleimani
Andrea Germanos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-14
New reporting out Monday further erodes the White House narrative that President Donald Trump was justified in ordering the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani earlier this month because Soleimani posed an "imminent" threat to American targets. | According to NBC …

The 40 Year Cold War With Iran
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-14
The United States has been in a 40-year cold war with Iran. Just like the cold war with the Soviet Union, the conflict between Washington and Tehran has been fought largely through proxies: in Yemen, in Syria, in Iraq. Iranian-aligned organizations like Hezbollah have attacked U.S. targets, such as the 1984 embassy bombing in Beirut.

Assassination of Iran's General Suleimani planned months in advance
wsws.org | 2020-01-14
The claim by the Trump administration that its drone missile assassination was carried out in the face of an "imminent" threat stands exposed as a lie.

Iranian Opposition–1970s to 2020
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-14
In the mid-1970s, I did a fair amount of organizing work with Maryland members of the Iranian Student Association. Our goal was to end the rule of the US-installed Shah of Iran. Some of my work involved helping the Iranian students write their leaflets in American English. In 1976, I attended some meetings in Washington,…

Canadian Experts Join Ukrainian Plane Crash Investigation, Visit Tehran Crash Site – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-14
On Monday, Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) Senior Investigator Natacha Van Themsche said that two investigators were on their way to Tehran as part of the international team of investigators working under the guidance of Iran's Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau.

Johnson calls for 'Trump deal' to resolve Iran tensions
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-01-14
Donald Trump should produce a replacement for the Iran nuclear deal, Boris Johnson said as he called for tensions in the Gulf to be "dialled down".The UK, along with European allies, has remained part of the troubled nuclear deal despite the US president's opposition.The prime minister said one of the problems the American leader had with the agreement was that it was negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, so putting in a replacement "Trump deal" would be a way out of the current crisis. | The US has pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which eased sanctions in return for Iran agree…

A Brutal Trump Makes Culture War on Iran—and Everyone Else
Michael Winship | commondreams.org | 2020-01-14
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in the Oval Office on May 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_iran_cultural_sites.jpg

Iran warns against 'destructive measures,' promises firm response as EU trio starts nuclear deal 'non-compliance' investigation
rt.com | 2020-01-14
Iran will firmly respond to anyone acting to damage the 2015 nuclear deal, but welcomes "good faith" measures to save it, the foreign ministry said as three EU signatories triggered a non-compliance investigation against Tehran. | "It is necessary to explain that the action taken by the three European countries is a passive and weak position," Abbas Mousavi, spokesman for the foreign ministry, warned in a statement. | He spoke shortly after Germany, France and the UK initiated a special dispute resolution procedure under the 2015 deal citing Iran's alleged non-compliance with the pact. | Now, the Islamic Repub…

Russia hopes triggering dispute resolution mechanism in Iran deal won't complicate situation
rt.com | 2020-01-14
Russia's permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, commented on Tuesday on the decision by the UK, Germany and France to launch a dispute resolution mechanism within the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear deal. | "They stated that they did it 'in good faith' to preserve the deal and that it has nothing to do with maximum pressure policy," the Russian diplomat tweeted. "Let's hope that this step will not complicate the situation further." | The three European states said they have been left with "no choice, given Iran's actions, but to register to…

European Parliament Discusses Situation in Iran and Iraq Amid Tensions in Region – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-14
Tensions in the Middle East flared up when a US drone strike killed Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani on 3 January, prompting Iran to retaliate with a ballistic missile attack on US bases in Iraq, causing widespread fears of an open conflict. US troops have since failed to comply with Iraq's request that they leave the country.

And We Allow This Madness to Continue
Cathy Breen | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-14
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 regimein 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 troops from…

Experts Divided Whether Iran's Al-Asad Base Attack Intended to Kill or Carefully Avoided US Deaths
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-14
The ballistic missile attacks on two US bases in Iraq last week failed to kill any members of the US-led coalition. However, could that have been the point? While senior officers at Ayn al-Asad Air Base saw bloodlust, other experts dissent, pointing to deliberate restraint by Tehran.

Trump and Esper: No Evidence, Just a "Sneaky Feeling". Time for the Invaders to Go Home
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-14
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told Margaret Brennan on "Face the Nation" on Sunday that he didn't see any specific evidence that Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was planning an imminent attack, which had been widely used by Trump as the …

US Commits Acts of War, But No One Is Asking the Hard Questions
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-01-14
Gen. Soleimani was an ally in the fight against ISIS, just as Saddam was an ally against Iran. Why did the U.S. turn against them?

Sanders' rise in polls alarms Democratic political establishment
wsws.org | 2020-01-14
The increased support for the Vermont senator is linked to mounting antiwar sentiment in the midst of the Iran crisis.

Sito russo: USA responsabili dell'errore umano che ha causato l'incidente dell'aereo ucraino
Stop NATO | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-14
Il sito militare russo Avia.pro ha affrontato il problema dell'incidente a causa di un errore umano del Boing ucraino 737 in Iran, l'8 gennaio, pochi minuti dopo il decollo, che ha causato la morte di 179 passeggeri e membri dell'equipaggio….

At Least Five Rockets Land Near Iraq Base Hosting US Forces – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-14
A US-led military coalition said to be backing the Iraqi government in its fight against Daesh terrorists has been training Iraqi army forces for several months at a military base located in Taji. The attack on the Iraqi base comes amid escalating tensions in the region due to the ongoing standoff between the United States and Iran.

US Clearing Anti-War Voices Off the Web in Vast Censorship Operation
Darius Shahtahmasebi | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-14

European States' Decision to Launch Dispute Resolution Mechanism May Doom Iran Nuclear Deal – Moscow
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-14
On Tuesday, France, the UK and Germany moved to trigger the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal's dispute mechanism and called on Tehran to cancel any measures which may violate the deal's terms.

Berlin, London and Paris threaten Iran over 2015 nuclear treaty
wsws.org | 2020-01-14
After the recent US assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani, the European powers are denouncing not Washington, but Tehran, as a threat to the Middle East.

Refuting Pompeo claim, Iraq sticks to demand that U.S. troops get out
Matt Trinder | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-14
The Iraqi government announced yesterday that it will not sign an agreement to keep U.S. forces in the country. On Jan. 5, the Iraqi parliament voted unanimously to demand an end to the presence of foreign forces in the country. The vote came two days after Iranian Major General Qasam Soleimani was killed by a …

Iranian Opposition: 1970s to 2020
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-14
In the mid-1970s, I did a fair amount of organizing work with Maryland members of the Iranian Student Association. Our goal was to end the rule of the US-installed Shah of Iran. Some of my work involved helping the Iranian students write their leaflets in American English. In 1976, I attended some meetings in Washington,…

A US thinktank eager for war on Iran has been throwing money at Boris Johnson's cabinet
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-01-14
A new exposé reveals that a US thinktank eager for war with Iran has been throwing money at key members of Boris Johnson's cabinet, including the PM himself. | Writing in the Daily Maverick, journalist Matt Kennard reveals that the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has spent tens of thousands of pounds on Conservative ministers. Given the current high tensions between the US an…

US Air Force Drops Nuclear Bombs From B-52H Bomber's Nuke Inventory – Report
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-14
Introduced into service back in the 1950s, the B-52 Stratofortress and its upgraded B-52H variant have served as the backbone of the US Air Force's strategic bomber fleet, and have been used in virtually all of the major wars fought by the US since Vietnam.

Was ist die wirkliche nukleare Bedrohung im Nahen Osten?
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-14
‚ÄûDer Iran hà§lt sich nicht an die Nuklearabkommen" (Il Tempo), ‚ÄûIran zieht sich aus den Nuklearabkommen zuràºck

Selected Articles: Iran to Sue the US and Trump for Killing General Soleimani
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-14
SELECTED ARTICLES FROM GLOBAL RESEARCH | . | | India's Kashmiri Detainee Self-Censorship Demand Is Undemocratic | By Andrew Korybko, January 14, 2020 | India's demand that thousands of Kashmiri detainees sign a bond that commits them to not to make any comments …

After Days of Claiming Soleimani Posed "Imminent" Threat to US, Trump Finally Declares "It Doesn't Really Matter"
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-14
After NBC News reported that President Donald Trump approved the assassination of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani last June, Trump appeared to dismiss the new report by claiming that the rationale for unilaterally killing a foreign leader was irrelevant if the president deemed it necessary. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/donald_trump_3_0.jpg

Warren Says 'No Interest' in Discussing It Further After Dropping Bombshell Accusation of Sexism on Sanders
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-14
"I would concede that I could've misinterpreted it and would call my 'good friend' for clarity before asserting something that clearly goes nuclear on his campaign," said one observer. "Unless that is, my intention was to go nuclear on his campaign. In which case, I'd do what Warren did." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/warren_sanders_woman_president.jpg

UK urges new nuclear deal with Iran
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-14
Following weeks of turmoil and death resulting from U.S.-Iranian tensions, Britain on Tuesday urged a new nuclear deal with Iran.In his first exclusive interview since the December election, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the BBC that work is needed to negotiate a new deal that would replace the previous 2015 deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)."Let's work together to replace the JCPOA and get the Trump deal instead," Johnson said, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump, who unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018, claiming it was flawed beyond fixing."Somehow or ot…

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

Who Profits when Iran and America Fight?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-01-13
We spoke to Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin after Thursday's War Powers resolution vote. Whose interests are driving the narrative around conflict with Iran?

Hundreds of South Floridians join several days of protests against war with Iran
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-13
Fort Lauderdale, FL- Over the last several days, four protests calling for an end to U.S. aggression toward Iran have taken place throughout the South Florida area. From rallies and marches, to vigils and artistic displays, the progressive-minded people of South Florida have united and made it clear that they oppose any further military escalation against Iran and the entire region. | On January 4, over 60 activists gathered at the Torch of Friendship in downtown Miami to hold signs and listen to speeches opposing the assassination of Iranian General Soleimani. They chanted, "No More Wars!" and held a banner rea…

UK protesters speak out against war on Iran
wsws.org | 2020-01-13
WSWS reporters spoke to attendees at Saturday's demonstrations in the UK against the danger of war in Iran.

"A System Failure": Iran Admits to Downing Airplane, Sparking Renewed Anti-Government Protests
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-13
Iranian protesters have taken to the streets for a third day, after the Iranian military acknowledged it accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner last week, killing all 176 people on board, including 82 Iranians and 57 Canadians. Iran initially denied downing the plane, but Iran's Revolutionary Guard took responsibility for what authorities now describe as a "disastrous mistake." The plane was downed hours after Iranian forces fired 22 rockets at military bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops, in retaliation for the U.S. assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Millions of Iranians took to the streets la…

America Has Built a Global Dystopia
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2020-01-13
Interview on the incredible global failure to address the climate crisis, as well as the nuclear arms race, which are both leading humanity to a precipice that may be impossible to walk away from…

"America Exists Today to Make War": Lawrence Wilkerson on Endless War & American Empire
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-13
Retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff from 2002 to 2005, says the escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Iran today is a continuation of two decades of U.S. policy disasters in the Middle East, starting with the 2003 run-up to war with Iraq under the Bush administration. "America exists today to make war. How else do we interpret 19 straight years of war and no end in sight? It's part of who we are. It's part of what the American Empire is," says Wilkerson. "We are going to cheat and steal to do whatever it is we have to do to continue th…

Iranian, U.S., British Communists issue joint statement on Mideast war danger
Special to People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-13
The following is the text of a statement issued jointly on Jan. 8, 2020, by the Tudeh Party of Iran, the Communist Party USA, and the Communist Party of Britain. It was issued in the wake of the U.S. assassination of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Iraq and the launching of retaliatory missile strikes by …